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Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 A newly built R100-million fibre-optic production facility in Waltloo, Tshwane, will manufacture optical fibre, optical-fibre cabling and speciality phototonic solutions for the telecommunications industry in Africa, says telecommunications specialist distributor Dartcom Fibre Solutions... 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 Unless South Africa and its citizens deal with the issue of widespread corruption, the country will not be able to provide the “kinds of engineering services” that it ought to provide to people, former Finance Minister and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel has said. Speaking at a South... 

South Africa steadily keeps pace with global LED shift

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 With the UK expecting that all conventional street lights will be converted to street lights fitted with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) by 2021, manufacturer of luminaires and glass-fibre-reinforced polyester poles BEKA Schréder product development manager Daniel Kasper laments South Africa’s... 

South Africa’s capital city replacing electricity meters after court ruling

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 South Africa’s capital city is replacing thousands of electricity meters after the high court ruled that the contract for their procurement was invalid, an official said on Thursday. Cilliers Brink, member of the mayoral committee for the municipality of Tshwane, which incorporates the capital... 

Fire & Security Techniques launches new Fire Orbs in South Africa

     1st November 2017 A simple-to-use, cost-effective new fire-extinguishing device is being introduced to the local market by Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion. The FST Fire Orb is a unique self-activating, portable fire-extinguishing device that activates automatically when in contact with open flames. The FST... 

Mamabolo commits to reclaiming govt buildings

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development has launched an initiative to recover government buildings that are illegally occupied across the province and to use them for student accommodation and other service delivery requirements. The department has identified several properties that... 

Octodec delivers muted FY17 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Octodec Investments on Tuesday posted a muted 0.8% growth in distribution for the 2017 financial year, in part owing to a sluggish economy and a more difficult second half. Despite a strong start in the first half of the year, a weak second half... 

On-The-Air (27/10/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 South Africa’s foremost mining leader – Mxolisi Mgojo – this week called for a collective national vision to re-energise the stagnating South African economy; Big Type II diamonds that have been buried deep in the earth of billions of years are popping up to the surface and fetching as much as... 

Court declares contract between City of Tshwane, two service providers invalid

By: African News Agency      13th October 2017 The North Gauteng High Court on Friday declared a contract between the City of Tshwane and two service providers PEU Capital Partners and it’s subsidiary TUMS invalid. The court ordered that the R950-million, placed in a special trust account set up for the purchase of PEU’s infrastructure, to be... 

Tshwane extends A Re Yeng bus service across townships – Msimanga

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday, said the city will expand its A Re Yeng bus service into South Africa’s capital city’s high density areas in a bid to provide a safe, affordable, accessible and reliable transport system. “Let me start by first congratulating the A Re Yeng team under the... 

Gauteng fast-tracks metered taxis licences

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial government on Thursday said it would soon carry out an outreach programme for metered taxis to help owners comply with necessary licence requirements. Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said the outreach programme aims to fast-track outstanding licencing applications that... 

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... 

Tshwane City to ask court to set aside multibillion-rand broadband contract

By: African News Agency      14th September 2017 The City of Tshwane on Thursday said it has approached the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the “so-called Tshwane Broadband contract” with Thobela Telecoms on the grounds that the previous administration entered into the contract unlawfully. At a press conference at Tshwane House in... 

City of Tshwane signs new public transport subsidies agreement

By: African News Agency      7th September 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the City of Tshwane have concluded an “inter-governmental authorisation agreement” to process subsidised bus contracts in the city as from the April 1, 2018. Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Thursday said the agreement opens the... 

Heavy rainfall predicted in late summer, says water dept

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2017 Although no heavy rains are expected at the beginning of the summer season, the South African Weather Services is predicting heavy showers towards the end of the period. “The good news is that the El Nino phenomenon that brings with it the drought, will not hit South Africa this summer,” the... 

Fire & Security Techniques champions Fire Heroes in informal settlements

     6th September 2017 Fire Hero is a ‘smart’ educational strategy that combines leadership training and critical survival skills for residents of informal settlements. The programme is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion. The company was a key exhibitor at the City... 

Leaf EV real alternative to conventional car – Nissan

By: Tracy Hancock     6th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan will start selling the new Nissan Leaf 2 electric vehicle (EV) in Japan on October 2 at the same price point as the original Leaf while offering a 40% increase in range and an improved driving experience.  At this point Nissan is looking to introduce the Leaf 2 to the... 

New home owners not liable for historical debt, ConCourt rules

By: News24Wire      29th August 2017 The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that new home owners are not liable for historical debt taken over from previous owners. Municipalities such as Tshwane, eThekwini and Ekurhuleni – as well as the cooperative and governance minister - argued against a landmark high court judgment in 2016,... 

RTS Africa Engineering provides accurate, reliable hydrogen detection solutions for increased safety in mine battery-charging stations

     25th August 2017 Increasingly, mines are using battery-powered electric vehicles underground as they help eliminate the problem of air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions. However, there is also an inherent risk in having large multi-battery charging bays underground. The charging process generates hydrogen,... 

No quick fix for Cape Town’s trains, commuters told 

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 There is “no quick fix” to the problems with Cape Town’s trains, says Metrorail’s Riana Scott, in response to a letter from eight train commuters complaining about constant delays and shortages of trains on the southern line, GroundUp reports. In the letter, sent on August 17, the commuters... 

Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network expansion project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The National Treasury is evaluating the expansion project's feasibility study. 

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Competition body conducting probe into township economy 

By: Sydney Majoko     4th August 2017 Competition Commission investigation into Township Economy More than two years ago, we had the so-called xenophobic attacks directed at foreign nationals in the country, but with a specific interest on their businesses in the townships. It was not the first time this happened and certainly was... 

Variance rates measured in eight metropolitan municipalities

     4th August 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has compared the level of rates and taxes levied in each of the eight metropolitan municipalities of the country which reveals some variance in the cents in the rand rate across the main property types. 

‘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... 

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.” 

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. 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

By: Irma Venter     10th 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.” 

Time to question BRT systems in South Africa, says Vadi, Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 South Africa, as a country, had to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) in Pretoria, he said that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in... 

Ekurhuleni tops metros in governance in BD index

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 The Business Day newspaper’s new index that tracks how well cities and towns spend residents’ money has ranked the City of Ekurhuleni top in the country, the city said on Sunday. Released in June, the index allocated each municipality a score out of 100 points based on five indicators – the... 

N14 Phase 2 rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The project entails the rehabilitation of 21 km of the N14 highway. 

New Tshwane light-steel frame building erected at speed

By: David Oliveira     30th June 2017 South African light-steel frame (LSF) construction company Futurecon has completed the construction of a R7-million 454 m2 facility, in Tshwane, for optometric service provider Spectacle Warehouse last month. Project architect Base Architects & Associates MD Darren Ogden explains that the only... 

Two fire control companies admit to cartel behaviour, agree to pay fines

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2017 Two fire control and protection systems companies that had been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution have admitted to engaging in cartel behaviour and will pay penalties. The two companies, Fireco Gauteng and Afrion, have admitted to engaging in price fixing, market division and... 

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss pushes for 150 km network expansion

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Gauteng faces large-scale urbanisation pressure, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Around 547 people arrive in the province every day. At this rate, Gauteng’s population will far exceed 19-million people in 2037. Current population is around 13.5-million people. 

Minister of transport slams taxi protest

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi on Thursday condemned the blocking of major roads in Gauteng by taxi operators which has caused widespread havoc. Large areas of Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria were no-go areas on Thursday after taxis aligned to South African National Taxi Council... 

CoM to boycott new Mining Charter announcement, holds own briefing at 13:30

By: Ilan Solomons     15th June 2017 Ahead of the scheduled publication of the reviewed Mining Charter 3 by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) later on Thursday, the Chamber of Mines (CoM) has raised its concerns about the process, particularly about the lack of consultation about the content of the new charter. The DMR on... 

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss pushes for 150 km network expansion

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2017 Gauteng faces large-scale urbanisation pressure, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Around 547 people arrive in the province every day. At this rate, Gauteng’s population will far exceed 19-million people in 2037. The current population is around 13.5-million people. 

Vadi concerned about slow pace of BRT development in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum held... 

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