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African ports define development roadmap for 2018 and beyond

     22nd September 2017 Over 20 African ports authorities, terminal operators and Ministries of Transport convene in Durban, South Africa this October for strategic think-tank discussions around port optimisation and modernisation across the region.  The African Ports Evolution initiative sets the backdrop for the... 

Maintenance and rehabilitation – putting African Rail back on track

     22nd September 2017 After a period of decline, Rail in the developed world has made a significant comeback to mature in a vibrant sector. With a few exceptions, Rail in Africa lag behind due to poor or even non-existence of rail maintenance and rehabilitation with the result of an outdated infrastructure – in some... 

Cosatu lays charges against Metrorail with Cape Town police

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2017 The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Western Cape laid charges against Metrorail at Cape Town Central Police Station on Thursday. At issue is the worsening situation of train transport in the city over the past ten years. 

3D-printed metal component passes auto giant’s quality tests

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Power generation stakeholders and key industry players are investigating ways of deriving the most benefit from lower coal qualities, says independent mining advisory company Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that companies are implementing new technologies to... 

Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Taking the green out of economy

By: Saliem Fakir     22nd September 2017 There is only one economy, not two. The challenge all societies face today is leaving behind the legacy of an old system. How do we embark on a systems change – a shift from System A to System B? Fundamentally, it is a shift in production and consumption systems. How do we interlink the two to... 

Broken lifts and stairs for commuters with wheelchairs

By: News24Wire      21st September 2017 There is no time frame on when railway stations in Cape Town will be universally accessible, but they will be upgraded says Metrorail. The trains themselves will only be fully accessible for wheelchair users in two to three years, GroundUp reported. 

China's NDRC says coal mines must not close to avoid inspections

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Thursday warned coal miners not to temporarily close to avoid inspections as the country's top economic planner works to stabilize prices amid the environmental and safety checks. In a statement on its website, NDRC also said railway... 

Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

CTC Plant Company turns 25

     20th September 2017 The year of 2017 is a landmark year for South Africa’s most experienced used equipment company, CTC Plant Company (Pty) Ltd, based at Airport Industria, Cape Town, conveniently located right next to the Airport and close to main access highways. 

Pan African poised for growth, proposes R185m final dividend

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2017 Precious metals mining company Pan African, which on Wednesday proposed a R185-million final dividend, reports that it is poised for growth as remedial action regarding its operational challenges in the 12 months to June 30 delivers expected results. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company,... 

Gauteng freeway toll network nearly at capacity, says Sanral 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The busiest section of the Gauteng open-road tolling (GORT) system is between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges, in Midrand. The traffic volume in both directions in 2016 reached 245 500 vehicles a day during the week, on average, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)... 

A resolute commitment to SHEQ keeps fuels and chemical deliveries in the safe lane

     19th September 2017 Renewed and expanded contracts in the fuel and chemicals sector Despite an extremely challenging economic climate, many South African companies are taking a longer-term outlook to business by only partnering reputable providers of specialist supply chain and transport logistics services. 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Imbalance in South African society driven by spatial inequality  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 South Africa is fast approaching a perfect inequality rating on the Gini coefficient, University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance head Professor David Everatt said at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. The Gini... 

North West needs R17bn to upgrade road network

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 The North West province needs R17-billion to upgrade its roads, provincial premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Tuesday. “We have given Transport Minister [Joe] Maswanganyi our total graveled road network. He is going to be coming to us on how we can work together to finance. The problem is we do not... 

Zambia to tender for fourth voice mobile service provider

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 Zambia plans to invite bidders for a fourth mobile phone voice service provider following approval of a new licensing regime, the Minister of Transport and Communication said on Tuesday. Zambia approved a law in June allowing more mobile phone voice service providers to boost competition. 

Crown Extends Popular QuickPick® Remote Technology

     19th September 2017 To Other Forklift Models And Applications Crown, one of the world’s largest material-handling companies, and represented in South Africa by Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has extended its well-established, multi-award-winning QuickPick® Remote order-picking technology to cover an even broader... 

Australian Bauxite completes shipments

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th September 2017 ASX-listed bauxite producer Australian Bauxite has delivered 30 000 t of bauxite ahead of schedule, from its Bald Hill mine, in Tasmania. The customer will pay 90% of the invoice value immediately, with the balance due on proof of weight. 

Afrox unveils welding school at LIV Village

     19th September 2017 Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge recently culminated in the official opening on 7 September of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding school that was developed by Afrox in partnership with LIV and the Southern African... 

Climate change is a global challenge – Zuma

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 Climate change is a global challenge and developing countries should be provided with adequate support for their mitigation and adaptation actions, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. “Climate change is a global challenge that requires no one to be left behind. The whole world affirmed this in... 

Royal HaskoningDHV launches innovative online solution for project reporting

     18th September 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV has taken another key step to deliver innovative solutions to accelerate decision-making and enable effective stakeholder management. The iReport is a new accessible online digital tool where project information is visual, enabling it to be rapidly reported, shared and... 

Gauteng to clamp down on illegal Uber and metered taxis

By: News24Wire      18th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial authorities are going to clamp down on non-compliant Uber and metered taxi operators in an attempt to quell the “territorial warfare” between Uber and metered taxi driver. Premier David Makhura, MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi, MEC for Community Safety Sizakele... 

Protecting pipelines from overvoltage interferences

     15th September 2017 Pipelines operate under high pressure, meaning that the material used (such as steel) can rapidly reach its maximum lifespan. In extreme cases, heavy corrosion can damage the pipeline and result in leakage that may impact both on the material used and the environment. Thus it is clear that... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

Energy East pipeline project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 TransCanada has said the viability of its Energy East pipeline project is in doubt. 

Future of Denel’s aero engine and manned aircraft businesses clarified

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has a clear plan for the future of Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which it is in the process of buying off Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE), part of France’s Safran S/A aeroengines group. Hitherto, TMA (originally established in 2002) was a joint venture... 

IDC confident BAIC’s Coega plant will begin production in mid-2018

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

Locally built vehicles gaining ground, says financier

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Smart regulation key to driving renewable energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 Smart regulation and market stimulation are key drivers for growing the renewable energy sector and help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Finnish Economic Affairs and Employment Deputy Minister Petri Peltonen said on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the... 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

Fastener Fair France 2018 arrives in Paris

     14th September 2017 Paris Expo Porte de Versailles will host Fastener Fair France from 28-29 November 2018. The exhibition is the latest in the world’s leading series of trade shows specialising in fastener and fixing technologies. Locating the exhibition in Paris will bring the very latest in fastener and fixing... 

We won't scrap e-tolls - Sanral

By: News24Wire      14th September 2017 Scrapping e-tolls is not on the table, Sanral said on Wednesday. This came after there was confusion whether the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) would abandon Gauteng's e-toll scheme, after The Citizen reported on Tuesday that the road agency had acknowledged that the project is a... 

Durban needs more than 1 000 buses of all sizes for GO! network

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Sulphurous fuels flow to West Africa as States defer tougher rules

By: Reuters     13th September 2017 Nigeria and several other West African States are not expected to implement rules banning imports of sulphur-heavy fuels until December 1 at the earliest after missing summer deadlines, drawing the ire of health campaigners pushing for cleaner air. Nigeria, Togo, Côte d'Ivoire and Benin promised... 

Royal HaskoningDHV WINS Community-based Projects category at SAICE PMB Regional Awards

     13th September 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV continued its winning streak at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) KwaZulu Natal Regional Awards that were held in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 29th July. In the category for Community-based projects, Royal HaskoningDHV won the award for the ePhatheni... 

Property experts help accelerate delivery of affordable office space in Polokwane

     13th September 2017 Property developers and builders are responding to a high demand for affordable and quality office space in Polokwane. One of these astute companies is Golden Bay Properties. This property developer and building contractor already has a solid track-record successfully completing many developments... 

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