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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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National Treasury makes budget cuts to assure more frugal spending

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 Departmental budgets have been reduced by R85.7-billion over the medium term, the National Treasury said on Wednesday, noting that cuts at the provincial level would affect conditional infrastructure grants.  The announcement of the expenditure cuts had been highlighted as a priority prior to the... 

I-CAT offers end-to-end integrated dust-management solutions

     21st February 2018 I-CAT offers highly-effective dust-suppression systems for mines, based on extensive research and development, coupled with affordability. Thus it is able to provide end-to-end integrated dust-management solutions that comply with all relevant industry regulations and standards. I-CAT has... 

Atterbury starts construction at R800m Midrand industrial park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 South African property developer Atterbury has started construction on Old Mint Park, a prime industrial development neighbouring the landmark South African Mint and fronting the N1 highway, centrally located between Midrand and Centurion. The R800-million project entails the development of a new... 

Mines pledge to assist RAL with provincial road infrastructure delivery projects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Provincial road infrastructure delivery agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) has identified four opportunities for potential future strategic partnerships, which are valued at an estimated R1.12-billion, based on a preliminary technical assessment. This follows the RAL's stakeholder engagement and... 

High-quality engineering services drive successful completion of road rehabilitation project

     19th February 2018 JG Afrika, a leading South African engineering consultancy, played a prominent role in the successful rehabilitation of a 58,4 km section of the R399 on behalf of the Western Cape Government’s Department of Transport and Public Works.  Importantly, the R304,6-million construction programme... 

Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks. The storm crossed the coast 165 km south-southwest of Broome early on Sunday morning with destructive... 

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates road damage 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To eliminate extensive road damage, construction company Wirtgen SA sales manager Waylon Kukard explains that for an environment-friendly rehabilitation of road pavements, existing construction materials need to be fully reused, which significantly reduces material costs. 

Country-specific hazards emerge during self-driving car’s world tour

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Materials supplier company secures contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Construction materials company Afrimat has been awarded a contract to supply building material to the Mozambique liquefied natural gas fields, which will be developed by oil and gas exploration company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, on the northern border of the country.  

Bridge street bridge reconstruction, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th February 2018 Johannesburg Roads Agency is reconstructing the bridge over the Klipspruit river, in Johannesburg, Gauteng. 

Infrastructure specialists help municipalities accelerate service delivery to poor communities

     14th February 2018 New sports complex construction projects in Limpopo are providing many members of poor communities with employment opportunities and driving skills development in the South African construction industry. Moreover, these projects have become an important pipeline of work for emerging contractors.... 

VEHS presents opportunity to change energy landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 With South Africa's electricity largely still generated from fossil fuels and the lengthy processes involved in commissioning renewable-energy, civil engineering company Epitome Consulting GM Clement Mokoenene says transferring high volumes of traffic energy into electricity could significantly... 

Bluebird, Southern sign JV to reopen South Korean silver mine

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2018 Aim-listed Bluebird Merchant Ventures has signed an agreement with Southern Gold to develop and reopen the Kochang gold and silver mine in South Korea. Under the terms of the agreement, a joint venture (JV) will be formed once Bluebird has spent $500 000 to complete a report on the feasibility to... 

BEE Under the Government Spotlight – Has SA Truly Embraced Transformation?

     12th February 2018 Head of Operations at LFP Training sheds some light on the current situation and the momentum gained. 2018 has already seen a drastic outcry by Government calling on corporates to truly embrace BEE policies in transforming the country. While this is nothing new, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa... 

Iron Plant 1 at Highveld Industrial Park for sale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2018 Production at the Highveld Steel complex, in Witbank Mpumalanga was halted after the steel producer, EVRAZ Highveld Steel and Vanadium Limited, was placed into business rescue in April 2015. However, a business strategy was set in motion to convert the steel complex, into the Highveld Industrial... 

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

     9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Limpopo roads agency seeks funding from mining sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) will, on February 16, host a stakeholder engagement and fundraising session with the mining industry in the Sekhukhune district municipality. The session is aimed at building cofunding relationships between RAL, the mines and local communities, RAL CEO Maselaganye Matji... 

Kin starts site development activities at Leonora

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2018 ASX-listed gold development company Kin Mining has started site activities at its 100%-owned Leonora gold project (LGP), in the North-Eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Clearing, de-grubbing and stockpiling of topsoil within the approved processing facility boundary works have started and... 

Basil Read CEO upbeat about capital raise, company prospects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th February 2018 Although still in the grips of a financial predicament, owing to poor construction prospects in South Africa, paired with bad debts and cash-depleting projects, local construction company Basil Read’s CEO Khathutshelo Mapasa tells Engineering News Online that he is confident about company’s... 

Gold Road consolidates Yamarna belt ownership

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2018 Mid-tier gold development and exploration company Gold Road Resources has signed a sale agreement to acquire joint venture (JV) partner Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania's 50% interest in the South Yamarna project for A$7-million in cash and certain rights of first refusal and first negotiation. The... 

Logistics operator fosters road safety

     2nd February 2018 The logistics and supply chain sector must be proactive in adhering to stringent safety standards because companies’ rubber-stamped policy documents locked in lever arch files cannot govern safety on the roads, says logistics and supply chain management company Crossroads MD Arend du Preez. “As... 

Production starts at Algerian gasfield

     2nd February 2018 Energy company Repsol has started production from the Reggane Nord gasfields, in Algeria. With construction completed in December, the company explains that the Reggane Nord gasfields are expected to produce eight-million cubic metres a day of gas. 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation is building a plant with an installed capacity of 6 000 MW that will supply 15 692 GWh/y. 

Argent granted tin/copper tenements in Tasmania

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 The Tasmanian government has granted ASX-listed Argent Minerals the Ringville and Queensberry tenements in the highly productive Mount Read Volcanics belt, following merit-based assessment processes in which the company's proposed exploration plans and capabilities were evaluated in separate... 

Basil Read's shares fall on announcement of discounted rights offer terms

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 JSE-listed construction company Basil Read's shares took a 23.08% tumble on Monday morning, after it released the terms of its proposed R300-million rights offer, which has been significantly discounted. The proposal includes the issue of 1.36-billion shares at 22c apiece, compared with the... 

Zambia says miners must move 30% cargo by railway 

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Mining firms and other bulk cargo firms in Zambia must transport at least 30% of their freight by railway, the government said on Friday, imposing a law to revive the sector. Transport Minister Brian Mushimba told reporters there was evidence of a huge imbalance between use of the road and rail... 

Aerotropolis market access to foster economic growth

By: Donald Makhafola     26th January 2018 A successful aerotropolis has to ensure that the benefits associated with international air connectivity, such as market access and attractiveness for investment, will support economic activity, says consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV’s subsidiary Netherlands Airport Consultants... 

Main Road 352 and Main Road 355 rehabilitation, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works is refurbishing Main Road 352 (Hoekwil road) and Main Road 355 (Saasveld road), which were last refurbished in 1995. 

Getting it Right

     19th January 2018 Engineering News would like to clarify on civil engineering and construction consultancy South Zambezi Engineering Services’ involvement in the Legaeng Village, Urban Spacing Housing and South African National Roads Limited Central Operations Centre projects. These projects were mentioned in an... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

German construction sales to grow by 4% this year – associations

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 German construction companies expect sales to grow by 4% this year, reaching their highest level since 1995, industry associations said on Thursday, suggesting the sector will continue to propel growth in Europe's biggest economy this year. Germany is enjoying a construction boom due to higher... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

CoreSlab keeps scoring milestones on municipal sports complex projects

     15th January 2018 Precast concrete technologies are helping municipalities accelerate the delivery of sports complexes in many poor outlying areas of the country. These projects under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) create many employment, as well as skills-development opportunities during the... 

Treading Carefully On N2 Contract To Preserve Mangrove Forests

     15th January 2018 In one of the largest permit applications to go through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in recent years, Concor Infrastructure has worked with specialist consultants to reduce its environmental footprint on the N2 national freeway contract north of Mtunzini in... 

Combatting traffic

     15th January 2018 Technology may be the loophole that South African infrastructure needs to get itself on the road to recovery South Africa’s transport infrastructure isn’t geared for growth, and the people are feeling it. 

JRA to upgrade Soweto bridge

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has started the R37-million reconstruction of the Bridge road bridge over Klipspruit river, in Soweto, owing to overtopping during heavy rainfall. “[The] bridge in Klipspruit West is known to bring traffic to a halt during heavy downpours, rendering it unsafe... 

Technology may be the loophole that South African infrastructure needs to get itself on the road to recovery

     12th January 2018 South Africa’s transport infrastructure isn’t geared for growth, and the people are feeling it. Congestion, lack of planning, last minute installations that negatively impact legacy infrastructure, dangerous driving, road rage – these aren’t the maybe of the South African day, they’re the norm.... 

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80-million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought. "This is the first in the history of the City of... 

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