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Press Office - Much Asphalt

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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New association launched to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated 2 hours 2 minutes ago The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Casspir mine-protected vehicle continues to enjoy market success

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced early this month that 21 of its Casspir NG2000 mine protected vehicles were ready for handing over to an African customer, completing an order for 45 of the vehicles. The first batch of 24 was delivered to the customer in December... 

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Partnership to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) has partnered with Les Hayden to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production in South Africa. Hayden started Cobra replica sports car production in South Africa in the 1980s with the Shamrock Cobra. He produced around 500 kits for the local and export markets. 

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

Mercedes-Benz seeks ‘fair share’ of growing bakkie market with new X-Class 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

BMI index shows policy determines market attractiveness in Latin America

By: Henry Lazenby     20th July 2017 With policy being of the utmost importance when determining market attractiveness, countries with reliably stable  business environments will continue to dominate the top mining risk/reward index scores in the Americas, reflecting miners' prioritisation of reducing risk, given a volatile mineral... 

A pearl at a time, Fission redefines Saskatchewan’s Athabasca basin 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 Since the November 2012 discovery of a new high-grade uranium deposit just outside the south-western corner of Saskatchewan’s famed Athabasca basin, where the world’s highest-grade uranium mines are found, explorer Fission Uranium has succeeded in stringing together new uranium discoveries “like... 

Over halfway into the year, steel outshines oil markets

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Over halfway into 2017, China's steel market has been the best performer among key Asian commodities because of cuts in low-grade steel production capacity that have reduced supply as demand has remained surprisingly strong. However, oil markets have been the worst performer despite a pledge by... 

Ethiopia plans to offer firms shares in road projects – finance minister

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Ethiopia plans to offer shares in its road-building and maintenance projects to private investors, its finance minister said on Tuesday, the latest step to open up and modernise the state-led economy. The Horn of Africa country has over 113 000 km (68 000 miles) of paved roads and plans to... 

Mercedes-Benz lifts veil on production version of new X-Class bakkie

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2017 The premium market finally has a bakkie. German manufacturer Daimler on Tuesday evening in Cape Town lifted the veil on the production version of its Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, scheduled to launch in South Africa in the first quarter of 2018. 

Africa’s energy funding costs, capital access, risk profile under the spotlight

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2017 Aligning power generation and distribution projects with the host country and government’s mandate is a step forward in attracting more internal and external financing to develop comprehensive energy and power infrastructure. This is one of the messages emerging from this year’s PowerGen Africa... 

MB Crusher, When Economy Rhymes With Ecology

     18th July 2017 A crusher bucket and a screening bucket at work on a Caribbean island The story and the project 

I will vote with my conscience – Gordhan  

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th July 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday that he will be voting with his conscience during a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on August 8. Speaking to media at the Conference for the Future of South Africa, organised by civil society organisations Save South Africa... 

Competition Commission launches inquiry into public transport sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the public passenger transport sector following numerous complaints relating to public transport in the country.    The ‘Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry’ was recently published in the Government Gazette and the commission is... 

How Blockchain Technology Can Transform Global Supply Chains & Logistics

     17th July 2017 By Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO, Barloworld Logistics As part of our 2017 supplychainforesight study, we are actively exploring and identifying the key technology trends that are shaping global supply chains. By understanding major trends, as well as their inherent risks and opportunities, leaders and... 

Polymetal ups stake in ‘perfect fit’ Nezhda deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     17th July 2017 Encouraged by the recently published resource estimate for the Nezhdaninskoye gold deposit, in Yakutia, Russia, LSE-listed Polymetal has decided to increase its shareholding in the joint venture (JV) project to 24.7%, with an option to acquire the remaining stake. A new shareholder agreement has... 

A million self-driving vehicles on the road by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

Property development JV announces Sandton mixed-use precinct development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Property management company Abland and construction company Tiber announced earlier this week that they will join forces to develop the Sandton Gate mixed-use precinct, comprising office, retail and residential building space with the added benefits of highly convenient access, a vast choice of... 

Musgrave grows Cue resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th July 2017 ASX-listed junior Musgrave Minerals has flagged a potential enlarged operation at the Cue gold project, in Western Australia, after a resource update at the Break of Day and Lena deposits. The two deposits are estimated to host a combined mineral resource of 3.55-million tonnes, grading 3.09%... 

Tahoe goes into damage control after flagship mine suspended

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Tahoe Resources, whose flagship Guatemalan mine has been suspended, is taking steps to cut costs, including possibly slowing an expansion of a project in Peru and trimming exploration. The Reno, Nevada-based company may also discuss halting its dividend at an August board meeting and might slow... 

Australian products showcased at event

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Following the establishment of Australia-based industrial solutions provider HMA Group’s South African subsidiary, the company is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. 

N1/N4 highway rehabilitation projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The rehabilitation of the N1/N4 toll highway aims to increase the design life of the road by ten years. 

Tokwe Mukosi dam project, Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Tokwe Mukosi dam is the largest artificial lake in Zimbabwe. 

Prophecy secures third vanadium project in 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     13th July 2017 Canadian project developer Prophecy Development Corp has secured a third vanadium-focused project in 2017, announcing on Thursday that it has signed a lease on the Louie Hill vanadium project, in Nevada With the acquisition of the Louie Hill project, together with the previously acquired... 

Mentrail Offers Resilient Barrier To Protect Motorists

     13th July 2017 Vehicle accidents are still a leading cause of deaths in South Africa and road safety continues to be of major concern in the country. Significantly, locally manufactured Mentrail Guardrails continue to play a vital role in restraining out-of-control vehicles. Designed and manufactured by Andrew... 

China's new Silk Road encroaches on US turf in Eastern Europe

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes teeming with the books, research papers and maps he needs to become an instant expert on China. Mrkic, a one-time Foreign Minister,... 

MPRDA, LNG import clarity key to establishment of gas economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th July 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), while greater clarity is also needed around the anticipated and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South... 

Upstream oil industry continuing on the road to recovery – Woodmac

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2017 New data by advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) has shown that the number of upstream oil projects reaching final investment decision (FID) in 2017 could double to 25, compared with only 12 last year. In its latest report ‘A big year for FIDs: 2017 marks a turning point’, Woodmac points out... 

Fertoz inks offtake agreement in US

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2017 ASX-listed phosphate developer Fertoz has inked a marketing agreement for up to 10 000 t of rock phosphate from a US project owned by Solvay USA. The agreement will see Fertoz hold the exclusive right to market the product for a period of two years, with Solvey to be responsible for loading the... 

Pump attendant Samson Vilakazi goes the distance

     11th July 2017 Samson Vilakazi, a pump attendant at Engen 1Stop in Belfast, Mpumalanga is a super star on and off the forecourt. Competing against 21 000 people in this year’s Comrades Marathon, Samson scooped a silver medal, competing the gruelling ultra-marathon in under 7 hours. Dewald de Klerk, the... 

Imperial’s Mount Polley mine impacted by BC wildfires

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Base metals miner Imperial Metals has significantly reduced operations at its Mount Polley openpit copper/gold mine, in the Williams Lake area of British Columbia, as about 17 ‘wildfires of note’ posing a threat to public safety, rage in four of the province’s six fire management centres. Many of... 

Work starts on R1.7bn fluorspar mine 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2017 Work has begun on the building of an opencast fluorspar mine and concentrator at Rust de Winter, 80 km northeast of Pretoria, Nokeng Fluorspar Mine announced on Monday. The wholly owned subsidiary of SepFluor said that the R1.7-billion finance for the 21-month project had been raised through a... 

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2017 Southern African railways utilities Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to package the 146-km ‘Swazilink’ greenfield line between Lothair, in South Africa, and Sidvokodvo, in Swaziland, as a public-private partnership (PPP) and may release an international tender for a 20- to 25-year... 

Pump attendant Samson Vilakazi goes the distance

     7th July 2017 Samson Vilakazi, a pump attendant at Engen 1Stop in Belfast, Mpumalanga is a super star on and off the forecourt.    Competing against 21 000 people in this year’s Comrades Marathon, Samson scooped a silver medal, competing the gruelling ultra-marathon in under 7 hours.   Dewald de Klerk, the... 

Electric cars to reach 54% of new sales by 2040, prices to drop dramatically

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) will make up the majority of new-car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The forecast draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in... 

A good disaster

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th July 2017 Do they still have, one wonders, the good old engineering Friday afternoon braai? For the sake of moral, it used to be that, at the end of every month, on a site, they would have a braai, usually starting at 15:00. The beers would be floating in a water-and-ice mixture in a galvanised bath (know... 

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