Author: Danielle Petterson

Integrity of original equipment manufacturers

By Nobuzwe Mangcu, Managing Executive – SATMC Manufacturing has inevitably become a highly competitive arena where manufacturers have emphasised their competitiveness on the pillars of safety standard requirements and innovation. This emphasises particularly in the context of safety critical components such as tyres has become the impetus in how manufacturers are getting one over their competitors and solidifying their position to be at the apex of original equipment manufacturing. However, what is the stimulus behind this drive or more judiciously what should manufacturers keep in mind when they battle for supremacy when it comes to manufacturing stakes – bottom line profits or consumer safety? That has always been the fine line that manufacturers have had to contend with in the pursuit for dominance where reputation is everything. These two pillars are always intertwining with one another where manufacturers continually invest heavily in their research and development to galvanise their innovation output and to ensure their products are always at... Read More

Building rail capacity in landlocked countries is key

The Southern Africa Hinterland Territories – Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia – are vital for the continent’s growth. And rail infrastructure development is an important building block to improving trade across this region. This is according to Emmanuel Ntshangase, Country Manager of Maersk Line Hinterland Territories, who believes each of these countries has a great deal to offer the rest of the world. “For example, Lake Nyasa in Malawi contains more fish species than any other lake in the world, making it a prime location for the export of fish. Furthermore, Zambia is Africa’s second largest copper producer and Zimbabwe is the world’s sixth largest tobacco producing country.” Poor inland connectivity and the related cost to move products inland are among the biggest challenges currently facing landlocked countries with regards to trade. “The World Bank Trading Across Boarders Report, which ranks economies on their ease of doing business, suggests that hinterland Countries currently have room to improve when it comes... Read More

New fleet management company enters the market

A new, innovative business, 58Fleet, has joined the South African fleet industry. The company was born out of a recent partnership between Motus Corporation, a member of the Imperial group, and Southern Palace Group. The name 58Fleet is derived from the 58 stars that travellers in earlier times would use for navigation. “When selecting a name, we wanted something that was as unique, identifiable and innovative as our service offering,” explains Quinten Indarjith, Chief Operating Officer. “The concept is further underlined by using the infinity sign in the number 8 to signify perpetual motion and flexibility.” Building on this narrative, the new, majority black-owned company, backed by major shareholders Southern Palace and Motus, is setting its sights on a superior service offering, making use of its shareholder’s unparalleled networks, scope and experience. Service offering 58Fleet’s service offering includes full maintenance leases, managed maintenance, operating rentals, sale-and-leaseback and short-term rentals. “Through our shareholders, we have access to the whole value... Read More

World Water Week: reduce and reuse

World leaders, water experts, development professionals, and policy-makers have gathered in Stockholm this week to find ways to better use, and reuse, the world’s increasingly scarce fresh water. World Water Week is the world’s biggest global annual meeting focusing on water and development. Organised by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the event draws over 3 000 participants from nearly 130 Ensuring water security                                                    As an increasing number of cities and countries experience the effects of high population pressure and less available freshwater, the interest among policy-makers, businesses, and citizens grows. In his welcoming speech, SIWI Executive Director Torgny Holmgren pointed out that it will be challenging but necessary to change large-scale water consumption patterns. “The Week’s theme, Water and waste: Reduce and reuse, really touches the very core of our daily lives. To reduce, some drastic changes will be necessary – especially by the main water users, including industries, energy producers and the agriculture sector,” he said. He... Read More

The ‘new normal’ for Cape Town

Earlier this month the City of Cape Town unveiled its Water Resilience Plan to augment the system by up to 500 million litres of water a day over the coming months using groundwater extraction, desalination, and water reuse. The Water Resilience Plan has been developed based on the ‘new normal’ scenario where Cape Town will no longer rely only on rain water for its drinking water supplies. Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Sanitation Services, and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg,  discuss explains what the ‘new normal’ means for Cape Town. Source: Expresso Show... Read More

Coega creates hundreds of jobs through construction

Booming construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has led to the creation of over 450 jobs in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Projects currently at various phases of construction within the SEZ include the Customs Control Area (CCA), BAIC Ring Road Project, BAIC construction site (Automotive sector), MM Engineering (Energy Sector), Kenako Construction and Osho Cement (Metals sector). “The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that, on the one hand, we create employment opportunities for our people and on the other hand we diversify our sectors in order to address the scourge of unemployment and poverty in the Eastern Cape,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC unit head marketing & communications. “We are certainly alive to and mindful of our role in society and the mandate in terms of socio economic development, given the environment under which we operate. Therefore, every job created is critical in putting food on the table of... Read More

Latest Infrastructure Report Card to launch next month

As a developing nation, South Africa’s engagement in the global economy is either advanced or constrained by the state of its infrastructural capabilities. The first ever Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa, exploring the state of the country’s infrastructure, was released in 2006 by SAICE. According to past SAICE President (2006), Sam Amod PrEng, “Report cards that attempt to greet the condition of infrastructure, or comment on the trends in their condition, have been published in the developed world since the late 1990s. They are now gaining traction in the developing world, starting with South Africa in 2006.” The 2006 IRC, which reported on the condition of infrastructure in South Africa at the time, was followed by an updated IRC in 2011, which also covered notable developments and projects centred on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. This year, on 26 September, SAICE will publish its third IRC, which will provide an overall grade for the country’s infrastructure.... Read More

Turning Africa’s megacities into smart cities

The rapid growth and evolution of megacities in Africa requires radical, effective urban management. Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa already have more than 10 million residents while Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Khartoum are all expected to reach the 10-million-person threshold in the near future. “Rapid urban migration of the population is placing demands on existing infrastructure and transportation networks which are expected to perform beyond their original design. The total number of people living in African cities is projected to increase from 400 million to 760 million by 2030 and 1.26 billion by 2050,” says Sharoda Rapeti, Smart Cities Africa Leader at Deloitte. African megacities also face common challenges while attempting to remain competitive in securing sufficient resources to maintain and grow the city. Each city is unique when it comes to its geographic layout and architecture – varying landscapes have different infrastructure requirements. These cities do however have common objectives, such as the safety and security of... Read More

N2 Wild Coast bridge construction to begin shortly

The tender for the Mtentu Bridge, which forms part of the N2 Wild Coast road (N2WC) project, has been awarded. The first of its magnitude in South Africa, the Mtentu Bridge will be one of the longest main span balanced cantilever bridges in the world and will reach heights of approximately 220 m. Construction of the 1.1 km long bridge is set to start in early November 2017 and should last approximately 40 months. The remote location is a major undertaking that requires specialised engineering skills and building techniques. Sanral last week announced that the R1.634 billion tender was awarded to the Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (JV). According to Vusi Mona, Sanral Communications Manager, the JV partners consist of major South African-based construction company Aveng Grinaker-LTA, and Strabag, a leading construction company in Europe with extensive experience in major balanced cantilever methodology bridge construction. The bridge forms the backbone of greenfields portion of the N2WC road project – a... Read More

Creating the civil engineers of tomorrow

The 2017 winners of the 14th annual SAICE Aqualibrium Schools Water Competition have been announced. The competition teaches learners to design, build, and operate a water-distribution system exactly as if they were qualified civil engineers operating in a municipal environment. The winners are:   First place: Maritzburg Christian School from Pietermaritzburg Team members: Jason Mather, Malcol Govender, and Grace Ngeleka Penalty points: 15   Second place: Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West Team members: Charl du Toit, Stefan le Roux, and Juan Swanepoel Penalty points: 25   Third place: Kimberley Boys’ High School Team members: Guy Jansen, Tumisang Shuping, and Thato Seipato Penalty points: 40   The winners shared total prize money of more than R23 000. Regional winners came from Bloemfontein, Dendron, Durban, East London, Harrismith, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, and Somerset West to compete against the teams from Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the national winning team from Swaziland and Zimbabwe. “Without the sponsorship of major companies like... Read More

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