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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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Authorities help to curb counterfeit car part imports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs offices are committed to reducing the number of imported counterfeit spare parts for motor vehicles, says law firm Spoor & Fisher. 

Sanral freeway incident management project clinches intellegent transport award

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 The Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) this year introduced a single biennial award for an outstanding achievement in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) industry in South Africa, for a project completed in the preceding two-year period. This first award was made at the... 

City of Cape Town to try flexi-time, work from home, to reduce gridlock

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2017 The City of Cape Town will introduce flexi-hours and an option for working from home for some employees to help reduce the city's infamous rush-hour gridlock. The city also wants bosses in private companies to consider doing the same. Something had to give, said Brett Herron, the city's mayoral... 

Argosy truck out, electric vehicles in, says Merc SA

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

Qld welcomes further investment in Surat basin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st March 2017 The Queensland government has welcomed an announcement by oil and gas major Shell that the QGC joint venture (JV) would drill an additional 161 wells to expand operations in the Surat basin. Shell Australia on Tuesday said that the move would enable further supply to both domestic customers and... 

World Bank to lend Tanzania $2.4bn over three years for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     20th March 2017 The World Bank will lend Tanzania $2.4-billion over the next three years to finance infrastructure projects, the bank's president Jim Yong Kim said on Monday. Tanzania is seeking financing for infrastructure projects as part of its plans to transforming the country into a regional transport and... 

Scoping study demonstrates positive economics for Kyrgyzstan gold project

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 A scoping study on Aim-listed Highland Gold’s Unkurtash project, in Kyrgyzstan, has demonstrated positive economics. The study, which was compiled by SRK, estimates some $322-million in capital expenditure will be require to build the mine, which is estimated to produce some 133 000 oz/y of gold... 

JRA to upgrade Roodepoort intersection

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on a R4.3-million upgrade of the Jim Fouche road and Wilhelmina avenue intersection in Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, to ease congestion and improve motorist safety. The project will be completed in September. 

Metrorail cancels trains in Soweto due to protest

By: African News Agency      20th March 2017 Metrorail train services operating in Soweto between New Canada, Dube and Mzimhlophe were on Monday morning suspended Monday morning during peak hours because of a service delivery protest. It was not immediately clear what the protesters were demanding, but the unrest began in the early hours of... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Salani Sithole

     17th March 2017 This week we feature Salani Sithole, Managing Director of consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa   

Sanral initiates training scheme for small firms ahead of N2 Wild Coast construction

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

R158m road construction project part of Gauteng development programme

By: African News Agency      16th March 2017 An R158-million road construction project was launched for the Rust der Winter and Mkhombo Nature Reserves, north-east of Pretoria, the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport said on Thursday. The D1944 road construction project, launched by the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail... 

Fortress Income Fund launches R650 million Louwlardia development

     16th March 2017 The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion.   Speaking at the launch,  executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1... 

Eskom initiates talks on triggering government support to cover IPP costs 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2017 Eskom has written to the signatories of the Government Support Framework Agreement (GSFA) – which guarantees support for the State-owned utility in meeting its obligation to buy electricity from renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) – to discuss a possible triggering of government... 

Outa, Untu speak out against appointment of interim PRASA board 

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) does not believe the newly appointed interim board of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be able to save the entity. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Monday announced the appointment of the interim board, which will be... 

PRASA gets interim board in attempt to bring stability

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has appointed an interim board to stabilise the ailing Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and guide the parastatal until a new, permanent board is selected. Peters last week dissolved the entire PRASA board on the back of “declining performance, lack of... 

Sanral appoints first research associate  

By: Anine Kilian     13th March 2017 A PhD candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Keith Nare, has been appointed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) first ever research associate at the entity’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s role at the lab is to perform a role linking... 

Basil Read maintains steady turnover in FY16

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th March 2017 Basil Read on Friday posted steady turnover at just over the R5-billion mark for the year ended December 31. This was, however, lower than the R5.5-billion turnover in 2015, mainly as a result of eliminating loss-making businesses and projects. 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Motorists on the N1 have had a front-row seat as accounting firm PwC’s 28-storey office building rose from the veld at the Waterfall City development, in Gauteng. Launching in February 2018, the high-rise building is potentially spearheading a new central business district (CBD) between... 

Bulk of the industry’s future turnover to flow to black firms – WBHO

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Amid a series of lossmaking results reported within the South African construction industry in February, building and civil engineering contractor Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) delivered a bit of positive news to battered investors. The group reported steady revenue for the six months ended... 

I-45 highway expansion project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The project involves the widening of the I-45 highway in Texas. 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Accounting firm PwC’s Waterfall City-based 28-storey office building, launching in February 2018, has the potential to spearhead the new central business district (CBD) of Gauteng. Located between Midrand and Woodmead, off the Alandale interchange on the N1 highway, the R1.5-billion skyscraper... 

Geopacific identifies cost savings at Woodlark

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th March 2017 A$25-million in capital savings have been identified at the proposed Woodlark gold project, in Papua New Guinea, as ASX-listed Geopacific Resources works to earn an 80% share in the project. As part of its earn-in agreement with owner Kula Gold, Geopacific undertook a review of the processing... 

KZN budget up to R115bn

By: African News Agency      7th March 2017 KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial budget is set to top R115-billion in the coming financial year – a R5-billion rand increase over the current year. This emerged on Thursday when KwaZulu-Natal finance MEC Belinda Scott presented the provincial budget to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Pietermaritzburg. 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

The Importance Of Specialisation In The Civil Engineering Sector

     7th March 2017 As a Civil Engineer you may be seeking a new job opportunity. You believe that you have the qualifications and experience to land your dream job. You initiate the job application process by completing your online application, attaching your CV and creating the perfect LinkedIn profile. You expect... 

Time to stop digging trenches manually

     7th March 2017 With the advent of trenching machines nearly seventy years ago, Ditch Witch the inventors, revolutionized the industry and put paid to manual trenching throughout most of the world. Yet in South Africa the chain gang still prevails with manual labour used to painstakingly dig our trenches and... 

Sanral takes big step towards economic transformation

By: News24Wire      6th March 2017 The time to bolster government’s economic transformation priorities is now, according to the CEO of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), Skhumbuzo Macozoma. He expressed this view at the announcement of the appointment on Sunday of a transformation manager for Sanral.... 

Secret of the Kibali mine – flying people in and gold bars out

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2017 Randgold Resources had to haul heavy equipment more than 1 000 miles to build the roads and hydropower plants needed to construct its Kibali gold mine, the biggest in Democratic Republic of Congo. The sprawling facility in a remote corner of a country the size of Western Europe is a high-tech... 

Rathdowney closes C$7m private placement to progress permitting of Polish project

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 TSX-V-listed project developer Rathdowny Resources has closed a C$6.9-million private placement, which will be used to further advance permitting of the company’s flagship Olza zinc/lead/silver project, in Poland. The Vancouver-based junior has also entered an unsecured C$30 000 debenture with an... 

Africa slump not grounds for ‘excessive pessimism’

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2017 The student is halfway through her question to Christine Lagarde when the power cuts – a reminder of the obstacles facing Africa’s poorest nations. The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) doesn’t miss a beat. “As you can see, building better infrastructure – roads, the Internet,... 

Sandton is still on the rise and home to half of SA’s current commercial property development

     2nd March 2017 Nearly half of all the office development taking place in South Africa right now is happening in Sandton. Sandton Central is the epicentre of this development, which includes many of the most cutting-edge, exciting and innovation new buildings on the continent. The latest research in the South... 

No more trenches in busy centres

     2nd March 2017 Dangerous trenches spanning roads and sidewalks in urban areas can be a thing of the past if contractors laying new utilities adopt the latest horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technologies. South Africa’s already congested roadways and pavements can ill-afford disruptions caused by trenching... 

Gauteng MEC Vadi launches R87m road upgrade project

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2017 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Thursday launched Phase 2 of the Cedar Road upgrading project in Johannesburg valued at R87 million. “The project involves the rehabilitation and widening of Cedar road on both sides to a dual carriageway and is expected to run over 11 months,”... 

Zimbabwe seeks $100m for emergency road repairs

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 Zimbabwe requires $100-million for emergency road repairs following above normal rains that have severely damaged the urban road network and highways, a government minister said on Wednesday. Unable to get balance of payment support from foreign lenders due to unpaid arrears, and with more than... 

Amid sea of construction-sector red, WBHO in the black

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Amid a series of lossmaking results reported within the South African construction industry over the last two weeks, building and civil engineering contractor Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) on Tuesday delivered a bit of positive news to battered investors. The group reported steady revenue for... 

Gibela to resume Dunnottar plant construction as Duduza protests die down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 Construction work can now resume at Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s (Gibela’s) R1-billion train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar, after weeks of community protests in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, have come to an end. Gibela earlier this month halted construction work at the plant out of concern for... 

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