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Much Asphalt

Much Asphalt is southern Africa’s largest commercial manufacturer of a wide range of hot and cold asphalt products, backed by proven quality control processes. Established in 1965, the company operates 17 asphalt mixing plants across South Africa and mobile plants for remote projects. Customers include all levels of government, state owned enterprises such as SANRAL and ACSA, private companies and the public.

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Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2017 Canada has introduced new rules aimed at reducing methane emissions and cut air pollution from its significant oil and gas industry, a move hailed with mixed reaction from the industry itself. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna introduced the new regulation on Thursday,... 

Aggregate recycling to benefit industry

     26th May 2017 South African aggregate producers are drawing up plans to formalise the aggregate recycling industry to ensure that previously used materials are given new life, in the best possible manner. The aggregate producers’ organization Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Civil work, settlement agreement position company for future growth

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 A minuscule uptick in civil tenders, private sector projects and a recent development agreement with a multinational construction group have ensured that emerging construction group Motheo Construction is well positioned for future growth. One of the project’s the group has secured is the... 

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The final phase of the R160-million toll plaza upgrade project being overseen by the N1/N4 freeway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessioniare started last month and is expected to be completed by October. Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke explains that this latest phase of a project... 

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles used for rough terrains 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Distributed in South Africa by equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), single seater quads and side-by-sides – two-and three-seater vehicles – are used for robust tasks. 

REFORM ROAD MAP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 New French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “historic rebuilding” of Europe during his recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, which was also Macron’s first international trip as president. The two leaders indicated that they would work together to draw up a... 

Volvo Trucks makes further investment into Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

JRA spends R14.4m on bridge joints

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has, over the last year, invested R14.4-million in the replacement of 42 bridge expansion joints on 16 bridges across the city, including on Buccleuch drive and the M1 near the Joe Slovo bridges. The repair and replacement of bridge joints forms part of JRA’s... 

Creamer Media announces special offer on real economy research portal

     25th May 2017 Creamer Media has announced a special offer on its well-respected research portal Research Channel Africa. Research Channel Africa offers unparalleled access to intelligence on industry and mining in South Africa and the wider African continent. 

Kanmantoo offering Hillgrove more upside

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2017 Copper/gold miner Hillgrove Resources has earmarked a number of organic growth opportunities which it will assess later in 2017, including an opportunity for near-mine growth at its Kanmantoo mine, in South Australia. An exploration target of between five-million and ten-million tonnes, with a... 

Heron awards earthworks contract at Woodlawn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2017 Base metals developer Heron Resources has signed a A$12-million earthworks contract for its Woodlawn copper-zinc project, in New South Wales. The contract with Ertech includes the construction of the main road access from the sealed Collector road, process plant site leveling and foundation... 

Asanko prioritises Akwasiso ahead of Dynamite Hill following fast Ghanaian approval

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2017 The Ghanaian government has given the green light for TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed miner Asanko Gold to start mining operations at the Akwasiso deposit, in Ghana, ahead of the Dynamite Hill deposit, as previously planned. The Vancouver-based company will benefit from greater mining flexibility by... 

Office workers prefer mobile over desk phones

     22nd May 2017 In a recent report by Westcon-Comstor vendor partner, Avaya, workers are calling time out on “dumb phones” urging employers to allow them to make use of mobile devices.    The report, conducted by research company YouGov on behalf of Avaya, surveyed 3,000 global office workers, asking if they... 

Manufacturing Circle, Gauteng Premier to cooperate on reviving the Vaal Triangle

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2017 The Manufacturing Circle will work with Gauteng Premier David Makhura on an action plan to revive the Vaal Triangle and arrest the decline of manufacturing in the region.    “The Vaal Triangle rejuvenation project is being driven the CEO Initiative, which Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de... 

Metallica appoints contractor in Qld

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd May 2017 Junior bauxite developer Metallica Minerals has appointed contactor LCR Group to undertake all mining an haulage operations at the Urquhart bauxite project, in far north Queensland. LCR will be responsible for the supply of all mining equipment and personnel, and will perform all short-term... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

Tshwane focused on infrastructure expansion

By: Anine Kilian     19th May 2017 The Tshwane municipality has allocated R1.3-billion to maintain and repair infrastructure, which will be the backbone of Tshwane’s developmental agenda. Speaking at a post-budget breakfast media briefing, on Friday, Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga stated that Tshwane’s industrial zones were the key... 

Engen Driver Wellness 2017 travels to Gauteng

     19th May 2017 Engen Petroleum launched their annual Driver Wellness programme in Gauteng this week. Truck drivers were invited to receive free voluntary health screenings at the Kranskop 1 Stop North and South Bound on the N1 Highway, Bela Bela and the Vaal 1 Stop on the N3 Highway as part of Engen’s Driver... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

India, Japan to push for One Belt, One Road counter at AfDB conference 

By: Ajoy K Das     19th May 2017 India will unleash its highest level of economic diplomacy at next week’s African Development Bank (AfDB) conference in the western city of Ahmedabad, with the aim of setting quantifiable targets of international economic and trade cooperation between the continents in a bid to counter China’s... 

Gold Fields takes a stake in Australian JV partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th May 2017 South Africa-based gold major Gold Fields has taken a 10% shareholding in ASX-listed joint venture (JV) partner Gold Road Resources. Gold Road on Friday announced that Gold Fields had acquired some 74.8-million shares in the company, at 86c each, representing a premium of 27% to Gold Road’s... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still one of the water-scarce areas of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit

     19th May 2017 Five mobile transformers were delivered to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal in March.  The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and was followed by a rigorous procurement process. Industrial corporation Siemens was awarded... 

Sanral investigating road funding models other than e-tolling

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

The haves, the have-nots and the wants

By: Riaan de Lange     19th May 2017 The first words of wisdom – which I clearly recall – that my father imparted to me as a youngster were these: "There are three sides to every story – your side, my side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.” This assessment is attributed to American film... 

No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity. “I’ve been in the middle of this deal for... 

Heating things up this winter, AUCOR announces its biggest auction road show across South Africa

     18th May 2017 Auction floors will be filled with eager buyers next week as AUCOR prepares to host a staggering 15 auctions around the country over one week from the 20th to the 27th of May.  Bidders will be spoilt for choice as a selection of vehicles; trucks, mining and construction equipment; lifestyle and... 

South Durban scholars learn about road and rail safety

     18th May 2017 Over the past month, 30 schools in the South Durban area have learnt all about road and rail safety as part of a campaign to educate primary and secondary school learners about the very real danger of not taking their safety seriously.   The roadshow visited 20 Primary schools and 10 High schools... 

Golden Arrow, Silver Standard JV ‘a match made in heaven’ as explorer turns producer 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2017 Canadian explorer Golden Arrow Resources has made the leap from project developer to revenue-earning miner in record time through its novel partnership with senior miner Silver Standard Resources, after the latter exercised its option to form a joint venture (JV) with the company that will... 

Sixth generation Dynapac large asphalt rollers take compaction quality to a new level!

     15th May 2017 Dynapac is proud to introduce the sixth generation CC4000 - CC6200 large asphalt rollers. These extremely operator friendly machines offer unmatched ease of operation, excellent visibility and highest quality compaction. The engines incorporate the latest emission reduction technology and... 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

WAFM completes scoping study

By: Anine Kilian     12th May 2017 A recently completed scoping study on Aim-listed West African Minerals Corporation’s (WAFM’s) Cameroon-based Sanaga iron-ore project has identified two potential pathways to production of 2.4-million tonnes a year of premium grade iron-ore concentrate. The study indicates robust economics and... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Chief selected for Imperial’s newest business venture

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

Fehmarnbelt fixed link project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project entails the construction of the world’s longest immersed tunnel of its type for road and rail transport. 

Mombasa-to-Nairobi rail line set for commissioning

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Kenya is gearing up for a new era in railway transport with the impending commissioning of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) system on June 1. The East African nation has depended on a dilapidated metre-gauge railway line for more than a century, but that is about to change, following the completion... 

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