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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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Metrorail delays hit Cape Town commuters, as bus strike continues

By: News24Wire      20th April 2018 Commuters in Cape Town already in the midst of a bus strike have to contend with a near breakdown of train services, after Metrorail announced massive delays across its network on Friday morning. The company said there were delays of more than 60 minutes on all lines heading into Cape Town, due... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 General Electric has successfully completed performance tests on Unit 1 of the power plant. 

Illegal mining threatens Johannesburg infrastructure – Mashaba

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday he was concerned about apparent inaction by the national government to curb illegal mining which threatened critical bulk infrastructure and posed an imminent disaster in the city of Johannesburg. Mashaba said the activities could also... 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

AfriForum to privately prosecute Malema for fraud and corruption

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th April 2018 Lobby group AfriForum on Thursday announced its intention to prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) did not reinstate the case against Malema for fraud and tender corruption in the On-Point Engineering matter. On-Point, in which... 

R90m Bronkhorstspruit road project completed ahead of schedule

By: African News Agency      17th April 2018 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a  R90-million road rehabilitation project between Bronkhorstspruit and Ekangala, east of Tshwane. Vadi said the 19 kilometre road project, wholly funded by the department, was completed eight months ahead of schedule. Road D670... 

Those who can afford to pay for toll roads, must pay – Nzimande

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The funding of road infrastructure development for the next 15 to 20 years worries Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, the portfolio committee on transport heard. The Department of Transport (DoT) on Tuesday briefed Parliament’s committee on the annual performance plan for the 2018/19 financial... 

Enabling a Sustainable Future – Delivering on Africa's Renewable Energy Agenda Unlocking the power of nature with smart trucking solutions

     17th April 2018 Smart Supply Chain Solutions African economies have in recent years experienced a surge in business activity, thanks in part to the emergence of an increasingly prosperous middle class. This consumer boom has not only strained retail supply chains but has placed overwhelming demands on national... 

Cape Town's water plan is too narrow, says expert; advises long-term plan

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 UCT academic Dr Kevin Winter says the City council's proposed 26.9% water price hike, which has drawn howls of protest from Capetonians, is not big enough to shift the city out of the water crisis in the long term. "I think the increase is not nearly enough. I am sure the City is going to have to... 

Cosatu strongly rejects Eskom’s appeal for more money

By: Kim Cloete     16th April 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected Eskom’s appeal to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to recover its costs in the provision of electricity, calling it “unaffordable, unreasonable and unjustifiable”. “We have no faith in Eskom. We completely... 

New regional manager wants to extend Sanral’s cooperation with roads industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) intends to extend its consultation and communication with industry players in the built and engineering environments to ensure a greater understanding of its strategic objectives. New manager for Sanral’s Northern Region Progress Hlahla... 

Kun-Manie field engineering campaign to start soon

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Exploration and resources company Amur Minerals has completed the restocking and mobilisation of all machinery, spares and supplies needed to complete the 2018 field season at its Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project, in Far East, Russia. The resupply transport effort began on February 15 and... 

‘Sunlight the best disinfectant’

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2018 Asset manager Futuregrowth attracted praise and criticism, possibly in equal measure, when it announced in August 2016 that it was suspending lending to six large State-owned enterprises (SoEs), owing to concerns over the state of their governance. The list included the Development Bank of... 

Goodbye to copper

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th April 2018 Copper, the metal, has been around for a very long time. The Copper Age predates the Bronze and Iron ages and ran from about 4500 BC to 3500 BC. Copper has stuck with us – wooden ships were sheathed in copper and the domes of buildings were made from copper – it does not corrode. The Statue of... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 Talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have concluded without agreement. 

Asphalt plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 To enhance service delivery, the Johannesburg Roads Agency is building an asphalt plant.  

Bakwena N1/N14 road maintenance and upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire plans to upgrade 385 km of the N1/N4. 

Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2018 Group Five will soon become a minority shareholder in its construction business in South Africa, says CEO Themba Mosai. Speaking on Thursday in Johannesburg at the company’s interim results, he noted that Group Five targeted the sale of 51% of its South African construction business to an... 

JG Afrika successfully repairs the Groot Marico River Bridge to keep traffic moving

     10th April 2018 The swift action taken by JG Afrika on behalf of the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire to repair the damaged Groot Marico River Bridge on the N1/N4 prevented further damage to the toll-road and provided road users with a more convenient alternative to a 36 km detour while repairs were... 

Mathe Group expands tyre recycling facility, despite Redisa demise

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2018 The Mathe Group’s Hammarsdale plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, has quadrupled employment and more than doubled output since coming on stream in 2016, says the tyre recycler. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in the Mathe Group,... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Firm reiterates Africa’s importance as strategic region

     6th April 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom, and as the outlook for the continent remains positive, the company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

Watt Interchange, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency is upgrading the Watt Interchange part of the Work Package 15 K for Section 15 of Phase 1C of the bus rapid transit system. 

Kefi making progress in efforts to secure funding for Tulu Kapi

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals has made “good progress” in assembling a full consortium focused on raising all the development funding at project level for the Tulu Kapi mine. The gold exploration and development company, which has projects in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, is planning a $150-million bond... 

Mackenzie Valley review board OKs Tlicho all-season road; a boon for Fortune

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has completed an environmental assessment of the Tlicho all-season road project, proposed by the Northwest Territories government, subject to 23 measures to reduce its environmental, social and cultural impacts. The conditional approval was... 

Kenyan fund targets $15m green bond for water projects

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 A nonprofit organisation plans to issue a 1.5-billion shilling ($15-million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities. Robert Bunyi, chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Pooled Water Fund, said on Wednesday it aimed to launch a 15-year instrument and to have it certified as a green bond. 

JRA starts R30m road rehabilitation on M2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Wednesday advised motorists travelling along the M2 to use alternative routes, as the agency starts a R30-million rehabilitation project on the Kaseme bridge section of the M2 motorway, which will affect the M2 eastbound, the M2 westbound and the Mooi street... 

Kola project feasibility study progresses, due end Q2 or early Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) on potash exploration and development company Kore Potash’s Kola project, in the Republic of Congo, is 81% complete.  

Carrapateena gets govt approvals

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2018 The A$916-million Carrapateena copper-gold project, in South Australia, has cleared its last approvals hurdle, with the South Australian and Commonwealth governments both granting approvals. ASX-listed Oz Minerals on Tuesday reported that mining lease has been granted by the South Australian... 

Rain could bring on more sinkholes in Gauteng, say officials

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2018 The presence of dolomite, most likely activated by heavy rains, has caused recent sinkholes in Gauteng – and could trigger more, the provincial and local government authorities warned on Monday. “In Gauteng, 25% of the land is dolomitic and in that case we have to be very, very careful,” said... 

Large volumes of traffic expected on SA roads on Monday

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2018 South African authorities said they were expecting large volumes of traffic on the country's roads on Monday as travellers return home following the Easter weekend. "Law enforcement will be on high alert and will deal appropriately with traffic offenders," the Road Traffic Management Corporation... 

Driverless cars and robots

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th March 2018 Let us imagine that two robots, Og and Box, are playing chess against each other. To make sure the game progresses, Og is allowed to make a move every seven seconds. Box is allowed to move every eight seconds. At the fifty-sixth move, there is an impasse, since both are allowed to move. Who moves... 

Transport Minister hikes toll tariffs on national roads

By: African News Agency      29th March 2018 South Africa's transport minister Blade Nzimande has approved an increase in toll tariffs on national roads for the 2018/19 tax year, the country's road agency said on Thursday. The adjustments, which are in line with the consumer price index and the recently announced increase in value added tax... 

Basil Read outlines turnaround plan as auditor issues going-concern warning

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2018 Basil Read remains a viable business, despite the group’s auditors noting their apprehension regarding the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, says CEO Khathutshelo Mapasa, who took over the reins at the company in October. PricewaterhouseCoopers noted in Basil Read’s annual results... 

DAF Trucks on the up

     28th March 2018 Proving its performance and efficiency in pure numbers alone, the DAF XF 105.460 has firmly secured itself as the best current long-distance truck tractor in the South African transport market. The DAF XF 105.460’s outstanding fuel consumption was one of the leading factors that saw it take top... 

New pipes turn old quarry into upmarket retirement estate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2018 Waterkloof Quarry, an old 58-hectare landmark, situated on the border of Waterkloof Ridge and Monument Park near Pretoria is to be developed into an upmarket retirement estate known as the Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate and is due to launch early in 2019. Rocla was selected to manufacture... 

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