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De Beers’ Venetia mine launches multimillion-rand empowerment deal

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 Diamond miner De Beers has announced the launch of a major empowerment deal related to the transportation of employees to and from its operations at the Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. In a high-impact, local procurement and empowerment initiative, Venetia mine, in partnership with VM Diamond... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

By: News24Wire      25th July 2017 Compensation will be paid to minibus taxi operators affected by the next phase of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. Owners who will have their vehicles scrapped to make way for the R2.2-billion Phase 1C BRT project, will share more than... 

Chains and sprockets for bulk materials handling, cement applications

     24th July 2017 Engineered and standard chains, sprockets, and ancillary products such as outboard rollers, scrapers, and carrier pans used in conjunction with chains from leading manufacturer KÖBO are distributed exclusively by leading supplier Bearings International (BI). Target industries are bulk materials... 

New association launched to support emerging truck operators 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

SKF inaugurates large-size bearing test centre

     21st July 2017 SKF has inaugurated its newly-built Sven Wingquist Test Centre in Schweinfurt, Germany, an investment totaling EUR 40 million. The centre is the first in the world that is able to test large-size bearings under actual operating conditions. This allows for a more efficient development process for... 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 South African bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal is determined to repay all its debt and continue to improve safety standards, while improving overall operating capability to ensure its operations become optimally efficient, says interim CEO Rowan Karstel, who was speaking to... 

Opinion: Another look at South Africa’s electricity generating options 

     21st July 2017 In this opinion article, economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey calls for a re-evaluation for the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2016 planned and recommended electricity mix going forward Energy is the critical component of the country’s future policy mix. Electricity is the necessary... 

Gautrain expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has said that national government will, in principle, support the expansion of the Gautrain system. 

Give taxi operators a better deal, Maswanganyi urges

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, says Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. He notes that the minibus taxi industry is correct in saying it is being exploited when purchasing new vehicles. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 A digital wireless communications system is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail of South Africa's operations and run its transport systems more efficiently. 

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Stellenbosch Hospital emergency centre, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project involves the construction of a new emergency centre at Stellenbosch Hospital. 

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 South Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

Sharp Pan African gold production rise on way

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2017 Gold-mining company Pan African Resources is looking forward to a much improved performance in 2018 with a substantial increase in gold production. The group’s gold production guidance for the financial year ending June 30, 2018, is 190 000 oz-plus, a 10% increase on 2017 gold production. 

Guinea Bissau reaches $47m deal on submarine cable

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 Guinea Bissau has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the World Bank, Orange and MTN for a $47-million project to link the country to a submarine telecoms cable connecting Africa with Europe, the government said on Wednesday. Under the agreement, French telecoms company Orange and South... 

Wirtgen Group at Steinexpo 2017 with world premiere from Kleemann

     20th July 2017 The Wirtgen Group will be showcasing tailored solutions for recycled material processing and quarry applications when it exhibits products from Kleemann and Benninghoven at the industry trade fair in Homberg/Nieder-Ofleiden, Germany, from August 30 to September 2. The world premiere of the... 

Mbalula, Maswanganyi to step into Uber feud 

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is to intervene in the apparent conflict between Uber drivers and meter taxi drivers. This after violence escalated recently, resulting in the death of an Uber driver due to injuries he sustained during an attack near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10. 

‘Gigaba stifling good governance’ – Popo Molefe 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board chairperson Popo Molefe on Tuesday accused Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba of withholding a National Treasury nominee to his board and stifling corporate governance at the state enterprise. Molefe, who was reinstated as board chairman following a... 

Competition Commission launches inquiry into public transport sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the public passenger transport sector following numerous complaints relating to public transport in the country.    The ‘Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry’ was recently published in the Government Gazette and the commission is... 

How Blockchain Technology Can Transform Global Supply Chains & Logistics

     17th July 2017 By Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO, Barloworld Logistics As part of our 2017 supplychainforesight study, we are actively exploring and identifying the key technology trends that are shaping global supply chains. By understanding major trends, as well as their inherent risks and opportunities, leaders and... 

A million self-driving vehicles on the road by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

Joint programme to fund new Australia gas projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th July 2017 During the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, Australian state and territory governments have agreed to work with the federal government to implement its A$26-million gas acceleration programme (GAP) to fast-track new gas to the east coast market. Minister for Resources and... 

Property development JV announces Sandton mixed-use precinct development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Property management company Abland and construction company Tiber announced earlier this week that they will join forces to develop the Sandton Gate mixed-use precinct, comprising office, retail and residential building space with the added benefits of highly convenient access, a vast choice of... 

Despite electric-car future, SA must pursue clean fuel agenda, says VWSA MD

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) this month shows that electric vehicles (EVs) may account for 54% of all new light-duty vehicle sales globally by 2040. However, it is unlikely that South Africa will follow this trend to the same degree. 

Engineering firm appointed for Umhlanga development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering firm Arup announced last month that it had been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development Park Square, in Umhlanga New Town Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by financial... 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August. 

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Marine and energy solutions provider Wärtsilä will present solutions that provide a way for the South African government to realise its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power ambitions in a realistic, cost-effective and swift manner at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Pipeline expansion project completed in February

     14th July 2017 In February, high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies announced that it had completed a commission to design and supply a mobile heater skid to a budgeted $210-million pipeline expansion project. The project was commissioned by engineering firm VGI Consulting Africa, on... 

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. Speaking at the FleetX Conference 2017 in Midrand on Thursday, he noted that a test case between Outa and the South African National... 

Labat acquires 55% stake in Kufika Transport

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 JSE-listed transport and logistics group Labat has acquired a 55% interest in privately owned transport and logistics company Kufika Transport. “Teaming up with Kufika will further enhance and strengthen Labat's ability to meet the challenges in respect of delivery. The last couple of months have... 

Western Cape Dept of Transport completes R152m green building project

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has completed the construction of a R152-million regional office green building at Karl Bremer Hospital in Bellville, Western Cape. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GCBSA) awarded the project a 5-Star Green Star rating for... 

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