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Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets

17th August 2018 Transport packaging company Kimmo is driving the industry to switch to paper pallets as alternatives to the usual wooden and plastic pallets.  The company manufactures paper pallets using honeycomb fibreboard in South Africa. According to the founder of Kimmo Jan Vreken, he discovered honeycomb... 

Dachser South Africa driving excellence in road freight services

17th August 2018 According to logistics company Dachser South Africa road freight in Africa can be a challenging undertaking. Therefore, transporting goods and services throughout the continent requires a network of support partners, a team that has up-to-date information on multi-country customs and border... 

Wave of innovation for infrastructure development

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With business spend in Africa predicted to grow from $2.6-trillion in 2015 to $3.5-trillion by 2025, wholly black-owned construction group Concor Construction believes that this trend will redefine urban areas and cities, triggering the need for rapid infrastructure development and services.... 

Expediting infrastructure development to address rapid urbanisation

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With increasing urbanisation and technological advancement in African countries, the need for more robust and sophisticated infrastructure to support and sustain this growth is essential, says global engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting partner and principal civil engineer James Morris.... 

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Need for engineers amid infrastructure delivery challenges

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Amid basic service delivery challenges, such as housing, water, transport infrastructure and energy, there is a desperate need for engineers in the country, says association for consulting engineering firms Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather. He says efforts should... 

Experts collaborate to deliver project in Kenya

17th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom’s Nairobi team, consisting of experts from South Africa, Kenya, Germany and the US, is working on a civil-structure assessment project for a transmission line in Kenya. “A major advantage for Aecom in the region is its ability to leverage its... 

Vodacom expanding rural network coverage

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th August 2018 Telecommunications giant Vodacom is accelerating its rural connectivity programme, with more than 200 new rural network sites planned across all nine provinces in the year ahead. The company has already provided 101 rural villages with second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) connectivity... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Budget airline continues to refine its service and aircraft mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 Pan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve consistent profitability. “As a... 

PM3 paper machine, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Propapier is building a state-of-the-art PM3 10 000 mm wire width paper machine in Leipzig. 

Power clean your home and work space with Black & Decker’s new pressure washers

15th August 2018 Black & Decker has a more than a 100 year’s history of producing innovative products that make life simple, so the introduction of two new high-pressure washers is sure to make a splash in the South African market. With the variety of surfaces across a home and work that need regular cleaning,... 

We made significant progress in Marikana, says Lonmin

By: African News Agency      15th August 2018 Platinum producer Lonmin has made significant progress in delivering on its commitment to the Marikana community, the company said on Wednesday. "Housing has been a key focus of the company’s social and labour plans, with modern housing developments being built for many of its employees," said... 

Davies endorses Itac’s recommendation of increase in sugar import duties

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) recommendation for an increase in import duties on sugar to $680/t. While the level is not at the maximum bound rate, as initially requested by the industry in the... 

Cable theft disrupts Metrorail's Joburg-Pretoria train service

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Metrorail has said its technical teams are busy replacing stolen cables after its train service between Pretoria and Johannesburg was disrupted on Wednesday morning due to missing overhead wires on both lines at Olifantsfontein. As a result, trains from Johannesburg are turning around at... 

City of Joburg makes 71 inner city properties available for private sector development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2018 Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba has declared Johannesburg’s inner city open for business by putting 71 properties out to tender for private sector development into mixed-income housing, student accommodation and small business rental space. This forms part of City of Joburg’s inner... 

Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2018 The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Air Transport Association, to partner to improve aviation safety, it was announced on Tuesday. The MoU will allow the two sides to jointly establish a framework for the employment of... 

Western Surat gas project receives final enviro nod

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th August 2018 ASX-listed Senex Energy has been given commonwealth environmental approval for its Western Surat gas project, bringing the project one step closer to development. Along with the previously granted state environmental approvals and petroleum lease, Senex has received all primary approvals to... 

Gautrain strike over after workers accept 8% wage offer

By: African News Agency      13th August 2018 A two-week strike by Gautrain workers ended on Monday after workers accepted an offer by the Bombela Concession Company, operator of the high speed commuter rail system, of a one-year wage offer of eight% salary increments for about 90% of employees. Gautrain workers downed tools on July 30,... 

Beowulf marks maiden resource milestone at Aitolampi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has announced a maiden mineral resource estimate for its Aitolampi graphite project, which it believes has the potential to serve the developing battery manufacturing market in Finland and Sweden. The Aitolampi project, in eastern Finland, has an indicated and inferred mineral... 

Billionaire's huge Nigerian oil refinery likely delayed until 2022 – sources

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 A huge oil refinery being built in Nigeria by Africa's richest man is unlikely to start production until 2022, two years later than the target date, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The 650 000 bbl/d refinery near Lagos, set to be Africa's biggest, is expected to boost Nigeria's... 

Western Cape transport department says begins R29m roadworks

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 The Western Cape province's department of transport and public works (DTPW) said on Friday it had started periodic maintenance on the R341 road between De Rust and Uniondale, and that the R29 million project was expected to be complete by March. The road, last refurbished in 1995, provides access... 

Uber rival Taxify bets on motorcycles and rickshaws in East Africa

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Taxify, an Estonian ride-hailing company aiming to take on Uber in emerging markets, will invest millions of euros in East Africa in the next five years with a strategy focused on motorised rickshaws and motorcycles, it said on Thursday. The company, which already operates in five cities in... 

Playing with mental clarity

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th August 2018 There is a serious disconnect between engineers and production idea people.  Production idea people want to innovate. They want a new thing every year. They do not want improvements, they want change – out of the box! Dynamic! Some of these ideas are good but few are ground-breaking. What is... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

As technology advances, level measurement tools are becoming more sophisticated.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Since radar was developed and deployed during the Second World War, it’s use has expanded enormously. As technology advances, these uses are also advancing. For example, radar technology is used in the motor industry to assist in detecting objects near a car or truck, for warning systems. Staying... 

AECOM continues to secure major infrastructure contracts in East Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM continues to secure major contracts in East Africa through its Nairobi office. This forms part of a concerted strategy to target transportation, water, and power projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya. A major advantage for AECOM... 

Western Cape lawmakers begin public hearings to regulate Uber

By: African News Agency      6th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial standing committee on transport and public works will on Wednesday hold its first public hearings into the National Land Transport Amendment Bill aimed at regulating e-hailing services, which include Uber and Taxify. The National Land Transport Act was passed to... 

Tanzania wants to build pipeline to pump gas to Uganda

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, another step in the two countries' bid to expand energy cooperation. State-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) said on Monday that the pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass... 

Rising oil prices threaten to erode mining sector's profitability

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Rising oil prices are the latest challenge to the mining sector's profitability, threatening to eclipse hard-fought efficiency gains during the past two years and increasing metals demand. Miners use heavy fuel oil to generate electricity at remote sites; they also use it for transport, with... 

UNTU says accepts CCMA’s offer to help resolve Gautrain wage dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has accepted the invitation of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to try and resolve the Gautrain strike that entered its fifth day on Friday. Subsequently, Gautrain has also accepted the invitation, as it is concerned... 

What are the SEIFSA Price Indices?

3rd August 2018 So, you are in the process of tendering for that big contract and it is a requirement that you make use of SEIFSA’s price indices to assist you in accurately pricing your tender contract. At this point in the tendering process you might not be aware of who SEIFSA is or that SEIFSA even has price... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil airspace in SA

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

Rail infrastructure in state of neglect

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s railway infrastructure is in a state of neglect, says rail consultancy and rolling stock supplier African Railway Systems technical manager Dylan Knott. “Rail has been in decline for the past three decades, and with it, almost all the once thriving branch lines have closed. The... 

Maintaining Ngqura now easier and more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s newest deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since becoming operational in 2009. The vehicle, a crane truck – estimated to be valued at R1.8-million – was specifically modified to meet the ports requirements, and will be used... 

Enhancing safety in the fishing industry

3rd August 2018 South Africa has become the twenty-fifth State to sign up to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for... 

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