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State logistics group Transnet has applied for a licence to generate electricity, and plans to regenerate 38MW by 2017, mostly using the technology of its new locomotives.
Transnet, a member of the Energy Intensive Users Group, will need as much as 66% more energy than its present consumption to implement its R300bn port, rail and pipeline expansion plans.
Eskom is struggling to meet growing electricity demand and it is urging its major customers to cut consumption. Transnet Freight Rail applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a power-producer licence in November 2012.(Read Full Article)
A formal process has been initiated in an effort to rebuild trust that had been “catastrophically” destroyed between government and the construction industry in the wake of revelations of widespread collusion, Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas has revealed.
He said it would be premature to disclose who from industry and government was participating in the initiative, which was being facilitated by the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors. However, Laas disclosed that two meetings had already taken place and that four Ministers had participated in the interactions, with the most recent meeting having occurred on April 8.(Read Full Article)
Civil engineering construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Civils MD Werner Jerling has iterated the call for government to include input from consulting engineers and contractors “early on” in the tender conception process of large infrastructure projects to expedite the award process and provide “invaluable” project timeline and budget-related input.(Read Full Article)
Government procurement regulations in Uganda have been revamped to support local businesses, speed up processes and "eliminate influence peddling”.
Under the changes bid evaluation teams will have to work to fixed time frames, and officials and ministers will not be allowed to bid for contracts with the government institution they are employed by or responsible for. A tribunal will also be established to handle complaints about the work of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA).
The new regulations include preference schemes that give advantages to local suppliers when procuring goods, services and works.(Read Full Article)
Port users feel that the 5.9 percent increase in container cargo dues is a slap in the face after numerous pleas to the Ports Regulator of SA to halt tariff adjustments until local ports were price competitive.
The regulator announced the increases, which included an 8.15 percent upward tariff adjustment for dry bulk cargo like coal and iron ore, as well as for marine services, on Friday, only three days before their implementation.(Read Full Article)
ANSYS, an AltX-listed engineering company, has been awarded a R188m Transnet contract for the supply of an integrated dashboard display system for locomotives.
The black-owned and controlled group, which develops products for the rail, mining, industrial and defence markets, had already designed a prototype display that had been "rigorously tested" on Transnet locomotives.
This comes after Transnet earlier in March awarded R50bn worth of contracts to two Chinese and two North American railway groups to build 1,064 electric and diesel locomotives as part of its R308bn market-demand strategy to 2019.(Read Full Article)
The core engineering parts in Transnet’s 1 064 locomotives, for which the winning bidders were announced on Monday last week, will all be produced outside South Africa.
Parts such as the engines and traction motors will be exported by the companies that won the tender from their countries of origin. Only the “frills” would be manufactured in South Africa before they were assembled here, Transnet chief executive Brian Molefe said on Friday.
Speaking after a community engagement in Khayelitsha on Thursday about job opportunities and enterprise development that would result from the locomotive contract, Molefe said that not only ...(Read Full Article)
Johannesburg - Tian Olivier has been appointed SABC's new acting chief executive and James Aguma has taken up the reins of acting chief financial officer, the national broadcaster said on Friday.
“Mr Olivier and Mr Aguma's appointments are based on their extensive knowledge and a proven track record as senior managers currently at the SABC,” spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement.
“The SABC board is confident that these appointments will provide the required leadership to turn around the SABC while maintaining public broadcasting mandate.”(Read Full Article)
The integration of 20 agencies into a one-stop administration service centre will facilitate the delivery of Government services to citizens under the e-Government programme delivered today.
Among these agencies are Ghana Post, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and Ghana Police Service (GPS).
The government’s infrastructure programme is helping combat the effects of the recession and sparking new investment deals, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.
He told an infrastructure cluster media briefing that a combination of investment, particularly in energy, transport and logistics, had lifted the investment rate to 19.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with 18.9% a year earlier. It had also helped to create jobs.(Read Full Article)
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) will account for R404.5 billion of public capital expenditure in the next three fiscal years. Expenditure on public sector infrastructure as a whole is projected to reach R847.3bn in the years to 2016/17. In the past five years, it amounted to R1 trillion.
Capital expenditure by major SOEs will account for R381.9bn of the parastatals’ share in the infrastructure bill, with Transnet, Eskom and the SA National Roads Agency accounting for 90 percent of this amount. Transnet’s capital expenditure will overtake Eskom’s for the first time by 2016/17 as the ...(Read Full Article)
President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate a multi-million rand tender, which the Department of Communications awarded to Media Corner.
The proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate the validity of the department awarding the tender to Media Corner to render services in respect of a public awareness campaign, relating to the broadcasting digital migration process project.(Read Full Article)
MDDA: Statement by Media Development and Diversity Agency, statutory development agency, applauds the leadership of SOECA and SOEPF on pledge of support for community and small commercial media (24/02/2014)
The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) would like congratulate and welcome the important announcement made today by the State Owned Entities Communicators Association (SOECA) and the State Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum (SOEPF) to both pledged their support for community and small commercial media as defined by the MDDA Act.
The Agency applauds the leadership of SOECA and SOEPF on giving meaning and effect to both MDDA Act and ...(Read Full Article)
Days after President Jacob Zuma confirmed in his State of the Nation address that government would move ahead with the procurement of new nuclear capacity, the Department of Energy (DoE) indicated that it planned to appoint an adviser to assess the economic impact of “localisation for the nuclear expansion programme”.(Read Full Article)
Centralising government's tender system will go a long way in rooting out corruption in the public service, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.
In an interview with the national broadcaster on Sunday, Zuma told SABC the fight against corruption would be better won when there was a central tender board in place to deal with all tenders. It would also make it easy to police corrupt officials.
Zuma was responding to a question regarding his announcement that government had decided to establish a central tender board to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government.
He made the announcement during ...(Read Full Article)
President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation directing the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of “serious “maladministration by the South African Post Office (SAPO), improper or unlawful conduct by SAPO officials and unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.(Read Full Article)
Allegations to be investigated by the SIU included irregularities, malpractice or maladministration in the affairs of the SAPO in relation to the management of immovable property, intentional or negligent loss of public money and damage to public property.
A helicopter view of South Africa’s public-sector procurement system highlights not just its scale, scope and complexity, but also some of its key fragilities. Every year, departments and agencies across the three tiers of government spend more than R460-billion on procuring goods and services, ranging from automobiles for the police, to textbooks for schools and medication for hospitals.(Read Full Article)
THE Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), which owns and operates Metrorail, has finalised the award of its biggest signalling contract yet to Germany’s Siemens.
The R2.7bn contract to upgrade signalling systems on Gauteng’s passenger rail network was signed on Wednesday, according to a statement from Prasa, and is expected to improve train punctuality and safety, and help provide better controls and capacity management.(Read Full Article)
Britain has suspended direct aid to Malawi over a multi-million pound corruption scandal which has seen ministers close to President Joyce Banda implicated in fraud and the attempted murder of a whistleblower(Read Full Article)
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has taken delivery of two new dual voltage electric Class 20E locomotives -- a month ahead of schedule. TFR on Monday received the first consignment of the locomotives, which it procured from Chinese manufacturer, China South Rail Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR ZELC).
The two locomotives are part of the five electric locomotives to be deployed in Transnet’s General Freight Business, with an additional four locomotives expected to arrive before the end of December this year. The locomotives, however, will undergo rigorous testing before their placement onto the rail network.
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Department’s "hard targets" for state-owned companies seen as alternative to mandatory "set asides" wanted by Black Business Council(Read Full Article)
When the Tanzania Public Procurement Act, 2004, came into force in 2005, public expectations were high that the new legislation would work well against escalating theft and embezzlement of public funds through procurement of goods and services.(Read Full Article)
Fast-growing firms in emerging countries such as China and India are not sufficiently transparent about their anti-corruption efforts. According to a report from anti-corruption group Transparency International (TI), Chinese firms to have the weakest overall performance among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing Emerging Market Multinationals analysed 100 of the fastest growing companies based in 16 emerging markets.(Read Full Article)
There are widespread feelings that the fight against corruption in Zambia does not seem to be fully taken up by everyone in the country.(Read Full Article)