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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.


Bell Equipment, Sanral MoU gives small contractors access to earthmovers

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and construction machinery company Bell Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give small contractors access to earthmoving machinery to allow them to participate more meaningfully in major construction projects. The... 

Zambia says debt restructuring will not disrupt Chinese projects

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 Zambia will be careful to ensure its planned debt restructuring does not disrupt Chinese-financed projects, President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday, after China's ambassador to the southern African nation sought clarification on the matter. China is a leading financier of infrastructure projects... 

N1 Plattekloof to Old Oak interchange upgrade 58% complete

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R487-million project to upgrade a section of the N1 between Plattekloof road and the Old Oak interchange is 58% complete, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said in a statement on Wednesday. As one of Cape Town’s busiest roads, about 120 000 vehicles travel along this... 

Rio Tinto says minerals sands operation in South Africa shut by protests

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A mineral sands operation on the South African coast run by Rio Tinto has been closed since Friday due to violent community protests which saw a security guard killed earlier this week, the company and a union said on Wednesday. Community unrest is a common feature of South Africa's social... 

Public not properly consulted on e-tolls, says toll collection firm

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2018 The public was not properly consulted in the process to implement e-tolling in Gauteng, says  Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. “The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was very poorly communicated and the tax payer not respected. 

You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2018 South Africa is in critical need of a funding model for its road infrastructure. “The situation with toll in this country now is that, number one, people are anti-toll, and now we can’t toll anything,” said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma on Monday at... 

Ethiopia needs $7.5bn to finish megaprojects – PM

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Ethiopia needs $7.5-billion to finish infrastructure projects such as a massive dam and roads that the government hopes will drive industrialisation, the new prime minister said on Friday. Speaking to parliament before its vote on the 2018/19 budget, Abiy Ahmed said the government needed to be... 

Products facilitate cleaner, safer environments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2018 With dust legislation encouraging awareness of dust repercussions, chemical solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) and its subsidiary a.b.e are providing a range of dust suppression technologies to help reduce the effects of dust, Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News. “We... 

Rescue Rod

6th July 2018 Trenchless specialist Rescue Rod notes that, after more than ten years of decisively shaping horizontal directional drilling practices within the company, this form of trenchless technology is widely becoming recognised worldwide as the most efficient, rapid and cost-effective method of... 

Raubex Infra Paves The Rocky Road To Soft Living

5th July 2018 Work is well underway to open a second phase – Bergendal – at Bloemfontein’s sought-after Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate residential development. Raubex Infra’s civils division is currently putting vital infrastructure such as storm water pipes, water reticulation, sewers and streets in place.... 

dmg events open for business in Saudi Arabia

5th July 2018 dmg events establishes office to use as base for the company's events throughout the Kingdom att Denton Having been granted a Saudi investment licence by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) earlier this year, dmg events, a leading international events company, has now... 

When the going gets tough, the tough get railing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2018 Earlier this year, it was widely reported that Zambia had passed a statutory ruling which instructed firms (affecting mostly Mining), to transport at least 30% of their heavy and bulk freight volumes by rail. To place this into perspective, it is estimated that only 5% of the total freight moved... 

Sanral’s credit rating downgraded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services has downgraded the credit ratings of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral). The agency downgraded Sanral’s long-term local and foreign currency global scale ratings to Ba2, from Ba1, with the outlook accorded as negative and the short-term... 

Agility Keeps Concor Infrastructure Project On Track

2nd July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) project on the N2, between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, has brought with it its own challenges and in so doing has allowed Concor Infrastructure to demonstrate its agility as one of South Africa’s leading roads contractors.... 

Agility Keeps Concor Infrastructure Project On Track

2nd July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) project on the N2, between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, has brought with it its own challenges and in so doing has allowed Concor Infrastructure to demonstrate its agility as one of South Africa’s leading roads contractors.... 

Mongolian Parliament OKs plan to sell 30% of Tavan Tolgoi mine

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Mongolian lawmakers approved a plan to sell up to 30% of the troubled Tavan Tolgoi coal mine in the Gobi desert, the latest attempt to develop what’s anticipated to be massive coking and thermal coal deposits. The north Asian country’s Parliament on Friday voted in favor of an initial public... 

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Trump trade war looms over Canadian town built to supply America

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 If ever a town embodied US-Canadian symbiosis, it’s Arvida, Quebec. Built by Americans, its giant smelter supplied most of the Allied forces’ aluminum in World War II and today makes metal used in Budweiser beer cans, Tesla and Ford cars and in AR15 rifles, part of the 2.5-million metric tons... 

AECOM is well-positioned for oil-and-gas project boom in East Africa

28th June 2018 The oil-and-gas sector in East Africa is on the verge of a major boom, as various infrastructure projects are either kicking off, or are in the final design stages, according to AECOM Uganda Managing Director Bridget Ssamula. Global oil-and-gas companies have set up offices, and some are... 

VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2018 German car manufacturer Volkswagen on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The group also kickstarted its mobility operations in the East African country. 

DonBur and DHL take solar power from trailer roofs

22nd June 2018 Worldwide logistics company DHL is partnering with Staffordshire-based semi-trailer manufacturer, Don-Bur, to launch a system that draws solar energy from trailer roofs and converts it into electricity to operate the trailer lights and tail-lifts. TRAiLAR is part of DHL’s target of zero emissions... 

Improving industry presents opportunities for fastener portfolio

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 While the local fasteners industry has experienced a “downfall”, the proposed increase in government spend on power generation points to an upswing during the course of 2019, with this holding significant opportunities for technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of fastener products, says... 

Namibia’s world-class roads

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd June 2018 I have been to a few countries in Southern Africa but Namibia seems to always fall into the blind spot whenever I plan to travel beyond the borders of Mzansi. However, the good work being done in that country has not gone unnoticed by those who really matter. By ‘those who really matter’ I mean... 

Asian giant supports African industrialisation – ambassador

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Industrialisation is necessary for Africa to achieve sustainable development. "Only by realising sustainable development could Africa escape foreign interference." These points were made by Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human... 

Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network extension project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 The development of Gautrain 2 is “being held back” by the National Treasury. 

Copper mine planned for Utah National Monument shrunk by Trump

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 The red sandstone vistas in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument may soon be criss-crossed with dump trucks after a Canadian mining company announced plans to begin operations on land cut from federal protection by President Donald Trump. Vancouver-based Glacier Lake Resources... 

Special needs schools get a digital helping hand

21st June 2018 iPad donation to greatly assist learners overcome learning difficulties MiX Telematics, in partnership with iSchool Africa, continues* to empower teachers and learners with educational technology and classroom practices that assist learners overcome their learning difficulties. Last week, MiX... 

Isaac Plains East set for July start

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 The Isaac Plains East coal mine, in Queensland, is expected to start production in July this year. Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded project house NRW Holdings subsidiary Golding Contractors a A$93-million contract to start production at Isaac Plains East, with the scope of the contract... 

Traffic on Gauteng’s freeways to grow by 50 000 trips a day in 2018 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 Current traffic growth on Gauteng’s e-toll freeways is running at around 4%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) planning, toll and transportation project engineer Alan Robinson. This means the current volume of 1.25-million people-trips a day on the e-toll freeway network... 

Zambia urges South African firms to invest in public projects

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zambia's finance minister urged South African firms to invest in roads and power plants in Africa's No.2 copper producer after it suspended borrowing indefinitely, slowing down the accumulation of new debt amid worries about the risk of distress. The International Monetary Fund rejected Zambia's... 

Gauteng Transport Authority Bill approved by Cabinet, Gautrain 2 ‘held back’ by Treasury

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2018 The bill to establish a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) has been approved by Cabinet. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Go Green, Go Smart conference in Midrand on Tuesday, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said the bill would now be tabled at the Gauteng legislature “within the... 

Sanral’s transformation policy ready for submission to Cabinet

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 The final version of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) transformation policy, which is aimed at reshaping the construction and engineering sectors, will now be submitted to Cabinet for approval. The roads agency first unveiled the draft policy in September 2017. 

Basil Read enters business rescue

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Basil Read on Friday announced that it has entered voluntary business rescue, as provided for by Section 129 of the Companies Act. Shares in the construction group plummeted 94% in afternoon trade, from a high of 22c to a low of 1c. 

Royalties to contribute A$20bn to Qld Budget in next five years

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The resources sector’s contribution to the Queensland state Budget is expected to soar to more than A$20-billion between now and July 2023. Total mineral royalties reached A$4.32-billion in the 2018 financial year. 

Sustainable construction championed for building industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Sustainable construction should be pursued instead of green building, and using concrete can help achieve this, as it is quite a sustainable material, advances technical services provider for concrete The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. TCI is well poised and equipped to promote this,... 


15th June 2018 Singapore has built a mini town designed to position it favourably in the global race to deploy driverless public transport. The 2 ha complex has intersections, traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, all built to Singapore’s public-roads specifications. Pictured above is a Navya SAS... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have vowed to iron out their differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. 

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