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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)
The private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is keen to boost the export potential of emerging black coal juniors in close partnership with South Africa’s State-owned rail company Transnet.
RBCT CEO Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane tells Mining Weekly Online that RBCT is ready to work with Transnet in an “open-minded” way to ensure that an additional 19-million tons of coal export capacity is made available to South Africa’s emerging black coal-mining juniors.(Read Full Article)
The South African Navy (SAN) has confirmed that South African defence procurement (and disposals and research and development) agency Armscor has been granted the authority to start the acquisition process for three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and three new inshore patrol vessels (IPVs). This programme is codenamed Project Biro.(Read Full Article)
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has decided to extend the transitional period for the recently revised Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (B-BBEE) codes of good practice to the end of April 2015.(Read Full Article)
Government’s efforts to advance South Africa’s manufacturing capability and boost the country’s international competitiveness through incentive mechanisms was in evidence on Tuesday, as a new high-voltage (HV) cable manufacturing facility – partly funded by government – was officially introduced to the market.
The R150-million CBI electric: African Cables (CBI) facility, in Vereeniging, would become the first in sub-Saharan Africa to design and manufacture HV underground electric cables up to 275 kV with conductor sizes of up to 2500 mm²(Read Full Article)
Freight logistics group Transnet has awarded the much anticipated contracts for the procurement of 1064 locomotives, collectively valued at R50-billion, to four separate companies, including two from China – the R50-billion contract value, which is the largest ever concluded by the State-owned utility, includes hedging and escalation costs.
CEO Brian Molefe announced on Monday that China South Rail (CSR) Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive and Bombardier Transportation South Africa, led by the German arm of the Canadian company, would collectively supply 599 electric locomotives, while General Electric South Africa Technologies and China North Rail (CNR) Rolling Stock South Africa would supply the 465 ...(Read Full Article)
Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on Tuesday that the utility was considering restarting some of the energy-saving programmes that were suspended in late 2013 as a result of funding constraints. Speaking at a briefing hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dames said he had requested the integrated demand management (IDM) unit to prepare a proposal for board for approval.(Read Full Article)
Barloworld Logistics’ eleventh yearly supply-chain foresight survey has revealed a shift in consumer power, with companies subsequently realigning their supply chain strategies and business models to meet increasing customer expectations. Based on independent research by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, conducted on behalf of logistics group, the study revealed that emphasis had shifted from customer service to customer centricity, which Barloworld Logistics marketing executive Kate Stubbs said clearly demonstrated an understanding by businesses that customer satisfaction went beyond simply offering good service.(Read Full Article)
Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod had a R10-billion project pipeline planned for sub-Saharan Africa, said Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier on Thursday. He told Engineering News Online that the capital expenditure for some of these projects had already been approved by the Grindrod board – R1.6-billion from 2014 to 2016.
The remaining projects were in various stages of development, and, for example, had either already been costed, or were awaiting regulatory approval or commitment from customers, said Olivier.
All the projects were aimed at creating new or replacement infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa, allowing Grindrod to better service trade flows on ...(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)
The Aveng Group has announced the appointment of acting CEO and FD Kobus Verster as CEO, with with immediate effect. . Verster, who had “extensive” experience in the steel and mining sectors, holds a BCom degree from the University of Potchefstroom and a BCom Honours in Economics degree from the University of Pretoria.
He also holds an MBL from the University of South Africa and attended the Executive Management Programme, at the University of Virginia, in the US. Prior to joining Aveng, Verster was CFO at ArcelorMittal South Africa, where he previously held various senior management positions.(Read Full Article)
Economic development agency the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) on Tuesday reported that it had facilitated the creation of 18 314 jobs and job opportunities through the disbursement of R650-million in loans to more than 2 300 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), over the last five years.(Read Full Article)
Amid persistent challenges, the seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) started the year unchanged at 49.9 points, while the business activity and new sales orders indices weakened, as demand remained subdued. The business activity index fell for the second consecutive month in January to reach 48, its lowest level since March 2013.(Read Full Article)
Following complaints from its member firms, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has noted “with concern the blatant abuse of Section 32 of the Municipal Finance Management Act” and has called on the Auditor General, National Treasury and the Public Protector to investigate the deviations. According to the organisation, Section 32 dealt with the procurement of goods and services under contracts secured by other organs of State.(Read Full Article)
In a rare criticism of transformation legislation, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has conceded deficiencies in broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE), saying on Wednesday that shortcomings in the implementation of this legislation had emerged.
Speaking at the Mail & Guardian’s 20 Years of Economic Transformation Summit, in Sandton, he asserted that, among others, emphasis on ownership and senior management had unintended consequences, resulting in fronting, speculation and abuse of the tender system.(Read Full Article)
BBBEE regulations, Motlanthe said, had also failed to adequately incentivise job creation and provide support for small enterprises and local procurement.
South Africa’s steel and engineering sectors are likely to yield better growth in 2014 than last year when the sector only saw 2% growth and produced output estimated at R335-billion, said Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Henk Langenhoven in Johannesburg on Wednesday. He said short-term signals indicated that benefits would be derived from the expected domestic spending on infrastructure.(Read Full Article)
Standard Bank has joined forces with construction materials group Massbuild to provide a R20-million credit facility for select black economic-empowerment (BEE) building contractors, aimed at enabling them to establish sustainable businesses and improve their ability to deliver as preferred suppliers to government.(Read Full Article)
Sasol on Tuesday officially opened its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as EPU5, in Sasolburg, Free State, which aims to service the rising demand for polyethylene (PE) material in South Africa, a domestic market that Sasol CEO David Constable asserts is growing at a rate of between 4% and 5% a year.(Read Full Article)
Industry body, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa), has expressed concern over the relapse of slower growth in the metals and engineering sector in the last quarter of 2013, with only a 2% increase over the last three months of the prior year.(Read Full Article)
The 2 820 truck sales recorded during November pushed the truck industry’s year-to-date total to 28 538 units – a 12.57% increase on October’s numbers. This positive result also means that the industry has surpassed 2012’s total sales of 27 474 units in eleven months. This is according to the latest combined results released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, Associated Motor Holdings and Amalgamated Automobile Distributors.(Read Full Article)
Cape-based engineering, procurement and construction company Sustainable Power Solutions and its subcontractor Renen Renewable Energy Solutions have completed the installation of a R17-million, 1 MW single-rooftop grid-tied solar plant on the roof of floorcovering manufacturer Belgotex’s factory, in Pietermaritzburg.(Read Full Article)
State-owned power utility Eskom’s eta Awards this week unveiled exceptional efforts by South Africa’s individuals, students, companies and other institutions in energy efficiency initiatives to reduce strain on the national grid. The eta Awards, initially established 20 years ago to create awareness and encourage action in the energy efficiency field, sought to recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency.
INNOVATION(Read Full Article)
Welding solutions specialist Shield Technologies was the winner of Innovation category with its weld spatter product – Spatter Guard HT Plus – which reduced the amount of spatter caused when welding. Energy intensive methods, such as manual grinding and needle ...
Telecommunications group Telkom has appointed Ian Russell chief procurement officer, with effect from February 1, as it continues to strengthen its top leadership team. This follows the recent appointment of Len de Villiers as chief information officer and Enzo Scarcella as chief marketing officer. Telkom noted that it was still in the process of recruiting a chief technology officer.(Read Full Article)
Futuregrowth Asset Management is investing R165-million in five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This brought the total number of REIPPPP projects in which Futuregrowth was involved, through its Power Debt Fund (projects in round one and two) and its Development Equity Fund (round three projects) to 23, the company said on Wednesday. .(Read Full Article)