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Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

Intelsat joins alliance developing specs for inflight connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2018 Integrated satellite solutions group Intelsat has become the latest member of the consortium Seamless Air Alliance to accelerate the development of standards to facilitate better, more seamless, inflight connectivity. The Seamless Air Alliance was formed earlier this year to develop... 

Success of Africawide free trade area will partly rest on world-class infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 The construction industry - a key partner in the economic integration of the continent envisaged by the African Continental Free Trade Area By Mokate Ramafoko, PPC Managing Director: International Operations 

Nigeria oil refinery

3rd August 2018 Nigerian business magnate Aliko Dangote has arranged more than $4.5-billion in debt financing for his Nigerian oil refinery project. 

R573 Moloto road upgrade, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 South African National Roads Agency Limited is developing the Moloto Corridor, which is one of the strategic infrastructure projects being undertaken by government to revive the South African economy.  

Rutas del Loa road project, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 The construction contract for the project has been awarded. 

Gauteng to enforce regulations on tow-truck industry

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, said on Thursday that he was amending the provincial road traffic act in a bid to regulate the towing industry in the province. Vadi said that the amendment of the act will help to better govern the towing industry and promote professional... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2018 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Cargo Carriers cements its legacy in powders transportation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 South Africa’s embattled cement producers will continue to focus on improving operational efficiencies to ensure their survival in an extremely cautious economy that has brought many large state-driven civil-engineering infrastructure and private-sector property developments to a grinding halt.... 

Union welcomes appointment of Siza Mzimela as acting SAX CEO

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 The National Transport Movement (NTM) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of Siza Mzimela as acting chief executive of beleaguered airline, SA Express (SAX). In a statement, NTM described Mzimela's appointment as an "excellent choice".  

Drilling progressing well at Arc’s Zamsort project

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2018 An 11 000 m drilling programme currently under way at Aim-listed Arc Minerals’ Kalaba prospect, in Zambia, is progressing well. The prospect is owned by Zamsort, which is developing a copper/gold project. Arc has a 66% interest in Zamsort. 

EPA backs plans to revive Paroo Station lead mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2018 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has backed plans to restart operations at the Paroo Station lead mine, near Wiluna. EPA chairperson Tom Hatton said the proposal from Rosslyn Hill Mining to expand the current mining operation by 400 ha and introduce new lead... 

Kupang operating licence granted

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2018 ASX-listed Gulf Manganese has been awarded its operating licence for the Kupang smelting facility, in Indonesia. The licence is valid for a period of 30 years, from the end of July 2018, and allows Gulf Manganese to buy, sellc and transport manganese ore within Indonesia for smelting, as well as... 

SANDF chief clarifies situation regarding Cuba flight

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) chief General Solly Shoke reiterated on Tuesday that reports about the smuggling of arms to Cuba on a chartered South African Airways (SAA) flight were misguided and sensationalist. Speaking at an SANDF media briefing in Centurion, Shoke said the... 

Lifting of Karnataka iron-ore restrictions brings miners and consumers into fresh conflict

By: Ajoy K Das     31st July 2018 The Central Empowered Committee (CEC), the body appointed by India’s Supreme Court on all matters related to mining, has recommended lifting restrictions on iron-ore pellet exports from the southern province of Karnataka, bringing to the fore the conflict between producers and consumers of the... 

Senex secures A$150m for project development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2018 ASX-listed Senex Energy has entered into a fully underwritten A$150-million debt facility to fund the development of its east coast gas projects and Cooper Basin assets. The debt facility includes a A$125-million senior secured reserve based lending facility with a seven-year tenor and... 

Q2 unemployment rate rises to 27.2%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st July 2018 The official unemployment rate increased to 27.2% during the second quarter, compared with 26.7% in the first quarter. This translates to 6.1-milllion unemployed people in South Africa. There are 37.8-million people that are of working age (between 15 and 64 years) in South Africa, of which... 

Turkish steel makers eye exports to West Africa amid US tariff setbacks

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Turkish steel makers are looking to expand in West Africa and other emerging markets in response to tariffs and planned quotas which threaten their sales to the United States and the European Union (EU), a senior sector official said. Namik Ekinci, board chairperson for the Turkish Steel Foreign... 

Saboteurs behind train torching 'pretend to be commuters' – Cape Town transport head

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 Alleged saboteurs believed to be behind the recent spate of train torchings all used the same method: they pretended to be commuters before setting the carriage alight as the train arrived in the station. This is according to mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett... 

Nacala corridor transaction reaffirms ‘Africa open for business’

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Owing to a consortium of three export credit agencies (ECAs), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a lending consortium of six international and four South African banks, a collaboration on funding for the revamp and extension of the Nacala Logistics Corridor has successfully raised... 

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

30th July 2018 The impact of Africa’s current economic status and future growth potential on infrastructure development will be deliberated during the 7th annual Infrastructure Africa Business Forum (IABF) at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 9th and 10th of October. This event will be attended by prominent... 

Specialist team to get the ball rolling for housing opportunities in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 A resolution passed by City of Cape Town council earlier this week is expected to get the ball rolling in expediting housing opportunities across the city. According to a statement by the City of Cape Town, the city's Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will now conclude the four... 

Bombela sets Gautrain contingency plan in motion as strike goes ahead

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Wage negotiations between Gautrain operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and trade union, the United National Transport Union (UNTU) have reached a deadlock and, owing to this, UNTU-affiliated workers have embarked on a “no work, no pay” strike from Monday. BOC offered an 8.5% increase in... 

PRASA hunting down 'enemies' responsible for Cape Town train attacks

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 All stops are being pulled out to find those responsible for three arson attacks on trains in Cape Town this month, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) board said on Sunday. "It is clear to us that this is the work of people who have placed themselves as enemies of PRASA, enemies of our... 

Funding a vital link across 912kms

27th July 2018 Railway infrastructure is key to the growth of any economy – all the more, if you are exporting coal across international trade waters. Thanks to the revamped and extended Nacala Logistics Corridor, the Moatize coal mine in the northwest Tete region of Mozambique can now export greater volumes of... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 An idea to retrofit existing buildings in African cities with three-dimensional (3D) printed porous insulation panels to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption for cooling and ventilation has been named the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition run by the Royal... 

MinRes to earn into Brockman’s Marillana project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th July 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) has struck a deal with fellow-listed Brockman Mining, which could see it acquire a 50% share in the Marillana iron-ore project, in the Pilbara. Under a farm-in agreement, MinRes could earn a 50% interest in the project by spending A$250 000 on exploration... 

UNTU, Bombela to continue weekend talks to avoid planned Gautrain strike

By: Simone Liedtke     27th July 2018 Following the meeting held on Thursday between Gautrain operator Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and trade union, the United National Transport Union, negotiations to find a settlement in the current wage dispute have resumed on Friday and will continue over the course of the weekend. If no... 

AfriSam headlines sponsorship

By: Shannon de Ryhove     27th July 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam has shown its commitment to the South African concrete industry by headlining the sponsorship of this year’s Concrete Conference.  

More than 300 delegates expected

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma), The Concrete Institute (TCI), the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) and the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) are looking forward to hosting more than 300 delegates at this year’s The Concrete Conference (TCC), which will take... 

Natural gas vital for S Africa’s energy security

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 The energy sector’s global and inclusive forum for engagement, the Energy Council, believes that South Africa’s Gas-to-Power programme is vital to ensuring energy security for the country. Consequently, the Energy Council regularly engages with the Department of Energy (DoE) to see how the... 

African countries are rapidly expanding their use of UAVs, but South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/unmanned aerial systems (UASes) in Africa was increasing rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the recent Southern African Transport... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

Low-cost connection platform to enable mining, agriculture IoT sensing

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2018 Swiss low-power, mass-Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity company Thingstream promises to provide 10 000 message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) messages per device each month for $1/m using its cell-based connectivity systems, which are suitable for use in mining and agriculture, says... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Eskom has signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for the Kusile power station. 

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 Expected payback on the $5-billion copper project that Anglo American is leading in partnership with Mitsubishi is four years after initial production, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani said on Thursday, when the company announced the go-ahead for the development of the new community-backed low-cost,... 

New milestone set at Gamsberg zinc project

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 The completion of the main construction activities and commissioning of the front-end ore crushing, handling and stockpiling system for the Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape is seen as a significant milestone. Completed for the Black Mountain Complex – part of the Vedanta Resources... 

Solid start for M&D Construction Group on ground-breaking housing development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading South African building and civil-engineering construction contractor, has commenced work on a large development that will provide affordable housing to many low income earners and tenants in Vosloorus, Gauteng. Importantly, this project aims to deliver an... 

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