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South Africa in junk or high on it?

By: Riaan de Lange     8th December 2017 Have you seen junk? Ever touched, used it or sailed on it? No, not in it, but on it? A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to sail on a junk while visiting Hong Kong. A junk, a Chinese flat-bottomed sailing ship, came into use in 220 BC and is still in use to this day. You can no longer sail... 

Iata prioritises safe integration of drones into airspace

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2017 Given the evolution of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly referred to as drones, the International Air Transportation Association (Iata) is working on three specific focus areas to ensure this new branch of aviation is safely integrated and transitioned into the global airspace. The... 

The 2023 Rugby World Cup mistake

By: Riaan de Lange     17th November 2017 The 2023 Rugby World Cup Mistake “Impi! wo 'nans' impi iyeza, Obani bengathinta amabhubesi?” The opening lyrics of Johnny Clegg and Juluka’s ‘Impi’ resonates with me, as do the images of the Springboks storming past Zulu warriors, in traditional dress, with fireworks exploding all around them as... 

Gautrain chief on the four pillars of a successful transport megaproject

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rest on four equally important “pillars”, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe told the recent Sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. They are: political will and commitment;... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rests on four equally important “pillars”. So affirmed Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe to the recent sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. These pillars are: political... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on the export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

The real conflict is between truth and lies

By: Riaan de Lange     18th August 2017 The Real Conflict is between Truth and Lies It is 21 hours since the unthinkable has happened, an event which has divided, and is expected to continue to divide, the athletics world for the foreseeable future. It will take the athletics world a considerable time to recover from the effects of the... 

Atlas Copco Industrial Technique - First in Mind-First in Choice for Rail Industry

     8th August 2017 Rail Africa 2017 presented the ideal platform for Atlas Copco Industrial Technique to launch its ‘Disc to Wrist’ campaign as well as to showcase its comprehensive tool portfolio for the local rail industry. According to Paul Groves, Atlas Copco Industrial Technique Business Manager, the combined... 

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

SADC urged to liberalise services and improve business environments

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2017 In addition to making intraregional trade in goods easier, the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should facilitate intra-bloc trade in services and improve their business environments, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) argued in... 

INFRASTRUCTURE AFRICA Business Forum to provide solutions for Africa’s socio-economic challenges

     3rd August 2017 The International Monetary Fund, after a visit to the country in June, warned South Africa that its economy “is extremely vulnerable to external shocks and funding shortfalls.” The Fund added that current political and domestic factors could exacerbate the situation, “especially if accompanied by... 

INFRASTRUCTURE AFRICA Business Forum to provide solutions for Africa’s socio-economic challenges

     27th July 2017 The International Monetary Fund, after a visit to the country in June, warned South Africa that its economy “is extremely vulnerable to external shocks and funding shortfalls.” The Fund added that current political and domestic factors could exacerbate the situation, “especially if accompanied by... 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Strong South African air traffic growth forecast

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2017 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6-million last year to more than 54-million by 2036. This will be the result of an average annual growth rate in the... 

Drive supplier remains committed to continent

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive remains committed to Africa despite political and economic instability in parts of the continent, says local subsidiary SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA). SEW Eurodrive SA MD Raymond Obermeyer says while the political upheaval and economic uncertainty... 

Iata forecasts strong growth in South African air traffic and cites its role in the economy

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2017 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that the number of air passenger journeys to, from and within South Africa will more than double from the 23.6-million last year to more than 54-million by 2036. This will be the result of an average annual growth rate in the... 

Tanzania govt gives go ahead to Edenville to build bigger Rukwa power plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th May 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has received a formal request from the Tanzania Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) for the company to proceed with the development of its 120 MW Rukwa coal-to-power project. Earlier this year, the government released an updated power master plan, which included the... 

Australian resources sector welcomes Budget

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2017 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the federal Budget, particularly a A$28.7-million investment in the east coast gas security, and over A$70-billion to 2021 on transport infrastructure across Australia. Minister for Resources Matt Canavan said on Wednesday that the A$28.7 million east... 

SA world’s 53rd most competitive travel and tourism destination

By: Riaan de Lange     5th May 2017 South Africa is the fifty-third most competitive travel and tourism destination in the world, according to the World Economic Forum's (WEF's) 'Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017', released on April 5. The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, or TTCI, which consists of four... 

India mulls oil pipeline to Myanmar

By: Ajoy K Das     4th May 2017 Pushing ahead with its ‘oil and energy diplomacy’ in neighbouring countries, India is considering building an oil pipeline to connect refineries in its north-eastern provinces to consumer centers in Myanmar. According to senior government officials in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry,... 

Rail – The Future of Africa’s Industrialisation

     11th April 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, due to underinvestment in rail infrastructure. China’s October 2015 announcement to pledge US$50-billion towards the... 

City launches R88m project to fix potholes

By: African News Agency      28th March 2017 Johannesburg executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, on Tuesday launched a R88-million project to address the pothole repair backlog in the city. Addressing the launch in Ivory Park, Midrand, Mashaba said the City had provided R88-million additional funding to the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in the... 

Northern Tidal Power Gateways project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 North West Energy Squared hopes to progress to the feasibility study on the project by mid-2017. 

Mikono Expo Group will Host the Dar Construction Trade Expo and the East Africa Smart Building Summit 2017 in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania!!

     15th March 2017 Tanzanian based company Mikono Speakers under her sister company Mikono Expo Group, which operates in Tanzania, South Africa and other African nations, is hosting the Dar Construction Trade Expo 2017. This esteemed event will take place along with the East Africa Smart Building Conference. More... 

Working capital important for logistics in current economic climate

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 With the high costs of logistics services, imports and working capital specialist Investec Import Solutions believes that it is important to release working capital by reducing the capital that is tied up in a company’s import transactions. 

The future of integrated and connected road-based transport beyond 2030

     31st October 2016 Transportation remains one of the most important sectors for its potential influence on most other industries and growth in the economy. As much of South Africa’s transportation is still road-based, the country needs to ready itself to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – doing... 

Strategic advisory services for ports and marine terminals from Advisian

     14th October 2016 Advisian, the global advisory business of the WorleyParsons Group, has seen significant growth in their Ports and Marine Terminals division in recent months, as increasing emphasis is placed on efficient terminal operations, which are essential for sustaining national competitiveness, addressing... 

Sandvik hollow bar brings ‘100 years of maintenance-free service’ to Norway’s revolutionary high speed railway

     12th October 2016 Sanmac® 2205 duplex stainless steel hollow bar was used for construction of the Holmestrand station, part of a new high-speed rail system that will transform Norway’s transport infrastructure. Sandvik’s input contributed towards the project’s on time completion.   Sanmac® 2205 long lifetime, low... 

Creamer Media publishes Road and Rail 2016: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors research report

     8th August 2016 Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2016 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and efforts to transfer road freight back onto rail. 

As consortium leader, SMS group supplies turnkey production plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels to RINL

     28th July 2016 Indian steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited  has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply a plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels. From the fall of 2018, RINL will start production in the new factory in the Northern Indian province of Uttar Pradesh. SMS group... 

Manufacturers to exploit emerging automotive markets

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are aiming to expand their client bases and establish automotive manufacturing facilities in emerging market economies, owing to the current saturation in European and US automotive markets, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG industrial and... 

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Govt subsidies for development programmes unsustainable – Gordhan 

By: Shirley le Guern     8th July 2016 The level of government subsidies for development programmes was not sustainable and alternative sources of funding needed to be found, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told a KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture conference in Durban on Friday. Addressing the conference theme – ‘Calling for a... 

Sustainability of African airports in the balance as air transport requirements increase

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 The sustainability of air transportation in Africa is in the spotlight, with development in key areas requiring attention, according to the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).  

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together

     24th June 2016 Regional and international stakeholders for East and Central Africa's transport infrastructure sector will be gathering once again at the seventh East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2016 (Roads & Rail 2016) to be held on September 27 and 28 in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. 

Zulu wants small business development integrated into nine-point plan

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 While the South African Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is one of the lead departments for one of the priority interventions of government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create much-needed jobs – unlocking the potential of small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

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