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Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

Atlas Copco hydraulic magnet helps to pick up the pieces

     6th September 2017 Atlas Copco’s HM 1500 fixed hydraulic (hydro) magnet, fitted to a 22.5 ton carrier, is efficiently and safely sorting and loading steel off cuts at a steel mill in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. Following a successful tender, service contract specialist, Real Tree Trading, was contracted to remove steel... 

TPT awarded multipurpose terminal depot licences

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The South African Revenue Service has granted Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) new depot licences for all its multipurpose terminals (MPTs) for the packing and unpacking of containers for all commodities, including agri, mineral and mining bulk products. This enables State-owned TPT to efficiently... 

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

Solidarity protects local steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Following the National Treasury’s instruction last month that State-owned entities must use 100% locally manufactured structural steel last month, trade union Solidarity says it will act as a watchdog to ensure that this happens.  

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 A fifth tug has been launched in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. 

TNPA launches newest tug, the Ukhozi

By: Shirley le Guern     13th February 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Southern African Shipyards (SAS) on Monday launched a fifth new tug, the Ukhozi, in Durban. TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu told guests at the launch ceremony that the nine-tug R1.4-billion project was 81% complete and was progressing on schedule and within... 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance have often... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

TFR moves record 1.05Mt of manganese in May

     8th June 2016 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) moved a record 1.05-million tons of manganese in May – a new monthly record – as a result of an improvement in operational efficiencies and an upturn in market conditions. “The record-breaking performance is due to a significant improvement in efficiencies across the... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Drive components and systems company Voith’s cycloidal drive marine propulsion system, the Voith Schneider propeller, was chosen to power State-owned freight logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TPNA’s) new fleet of tugboats, currently under construction as part of the 9 Tug... 

AMSA adds R4.5bn rights issue to survival plan, as it warns of earnings ‘bloodbath’ 

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2015 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced a whopping R4.5-billion rights issue on Friday as part of a multipronged survival package, which hinges materially on greater protection for the embattled domestic steel industry. The offer will be fully underwritten by the... 

Percentage of new Moz gas possibly destined for South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 A study on offshore gas reserves in the Rovuma basin, near Mozambique undertaken by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan and published in May 2015 indicates that the reserves might be substantial enough to export a portion to South Africa, providing the country with much sought-after natural gas... 

TNPA introduces online management system at Cape Town, Saldanha Bay ports

By: Natalie Greve     26th August 2015 The ports of Cape Town and Saldanha Bay on Wednesday became the latest to go live with the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) new R79-million Web-based Integrated Port Management System (IPMS), first introduced at the pilot site, the Port of Durban, in July. IPMS replaced manual... 

TNPA’s Western Cape Ports Now ‘smartPORTS’

     26th August 2015 IPMS replaces manual processes and enables key port operations to managed online and in real time across TNPA’s eight commercial ports. All vessels arriving at the two Western Cape ports between 26 and 31 August will be allowed priority registration, provided vessels agents are trained. Other... 

Terminal operator’s licence signals progress towards the readiness of New Manganese Terminal

     25th August 2015 With a permanent operating licence for the manganese terminal at the Port of Ngqura being granted by Cabinet to Transnet Port Terminals on 13 August 2015, the company has a green light for the estimated R8 billion development of a bulk minerals export terminal. The modern and state of the art... 

Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st August 2015 Cabinet has approved the issuing of a permanent operating licence to Transnet Port Terminals to operate the manganese container terminal at the Port of Ngqura. 

TPT gets go-ahead to operate manganese terminal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th August 2015 Cabinet has approved the issuing to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) of a permanent operating licence to operate the manganese container terminal at the Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth. This was in line with government priorities relating to Operation Phakisa on growing the country’s oceans... 

First ship brought into Durban port using smart system

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2015 State-owned enterprise Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) new Web-based integrated port management system (IPMS) went live on July 26 at the Port of Durban, with crude oil tanker Colorado being the first vessel to be brought into the port using the new system. The system replaced manual... 

AMSA, Solidarity sign 3-year wage deal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2015 Trade union Solidarity and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) have signed a three-year wage deal. Solidarity metal industry head Marius Croucamp said AMSA employees would receive an increase of either 6.2% or 6.5%, depending on the employee’s job level, for this year. Wage increases for 2016 and... 

AMSA’s Q1 sales fall despite strong operational recovery

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2015 South Africa’s leading steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a 4.9% fall in sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, when compared with the same period in 2014. The decrease was attributed to lower exports, which declined by 156 000 t period on period, or 43.1%, amid... 

Crane specialist completes Zim project, invests R600m in fleet revamp

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 South Africa-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire’s (JCH’s) heavy-lifting division in January completed a heavy lift project at platinum mining major Impala Platinum’s Zimbabwe-based subsidiary Zimplats’ Selous Metallurgical Complex for global engineering company FLSmidth. JCH’s... 

N Cape manganese mine exports 2 Mt of ore to become among world’s largest

By: Natalie Greve     11th February 2015 Broad-based black economic-empowerment group Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s Northern Cape-based manganese mine, Tshipi Borwa, has become the fifth-largest manganese mine in the world after doubling its first-year production volumes to export two-million tons of semicarbonate medium-grade... 

Johnson Crane Hire Completes Tall Order For Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm In The Eastern Cape

     17th November 2014 Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape recently had a tall order for Johnson Crane Hire in Port Elizabeth when a rotor from a wind turbine had to be removed in order to repair a damaged blade. Each turbine comprises an 80 m high tower, three 49 m blades, a nacelle with the generator and... 

Ebola checks at SA Ports – Brown

By: Sapa     30th October 2014 The National Ports Authority (NPA) has taken steps to ensure the Ebola virus disease does not enter South Africa through one of its main harbours, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown revealed on Thursday. "As of September 23, all vessels [from certain countries] are required to be stringently... 

Solidarity, AMSA agree on 7% wage increase

By: Leandi Kolver     11th June 2014 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday announced that it had reached a wage agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), comprising a 7% wage increase and other favourable changes to workers’ terms of employment. The agreement, which was retroactive to April 1, 2014, and would be... 

Gulfstream Energy Delivers First Transnet Order

     12th May 2014 Gulfstream Energy, one of nine companies collectively awarded the R 15.5bn Transnet contract at the end of 2013, has successfully completed its first fuel deliveries to the ports of Richards Bay, Durban, East London and Saldanha. The Gulfstream Energy portion of the tender, will see the delivery... 

Jch Provides Holistic Lifting Packages For Any Project

     14th April 2014 Ranked amongst the top crane hire companies in the world, Johnson Crane Hire has long been distinguished as the smartest in its field. Qualifying this statement, Peter Yaman, sales executive explains that this accolade was earned through the company’s emphasis on providing more than just a crane... 

Belgium company to launch new steel products in SA

     6th September 2013 Belgium-based steel plate manufacturer NLMK Clabecq says its presence at bauma Africa is the perfect example of how a Southern African distributor, in this case South Africa-based steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services, can work hand in hand with a key foreign... 

Steelmaker hands over R45m Eastern Cape school to govt

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th August 2013 Steel producer and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa has completed and handed over the state-of-the-art R45-million Mandela Park Primary School, which was built in Slovo Park, Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. 

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