Author: Liesl Frankson

Engineering skills a pillar for development in Africa

A global consulting engineering firm plans to extend its footprint in Africa through building on local skills and experience in a range of technical fields vital to the continent’s sustainable development. “Our expansion strategy is based on long-term investments in selected countries where we have identified the right local experts and a landscape of opportunity,” says SRK Consulting (South Africa) managing director, Peter Labrum. “This may mean there are no quick returns, but we can ensure our exacting standards are applied and capacity is continuously built over time.” The company’s service offering has steadily grown from an initial focus on mining to now serve sectors that include infrastructure, energy, local, provincial and national government, industry and agriculture. “The importance of environmental and social services – especially as they relate to stakeholder engagement – has become critical to the success of mining and infrastructure projects in recent years,” says Labrum. “Demand for our water expertise has also grown due to... Read More

Another North West water crisis

The Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM) is seeking a long-term solution to the water shortage affecting its communities. This is according to the municipality’s administrator, Kumaran Nair. Nair has stated that the municipality is developing a strategy that will ensure a constant supply of water to residents without any disruption. This follows his leading of an intervention task team that managed to restore water provision to different parts of NMMDM. “There is still much that needs to be done to bring water supply stability in the area. Water tankers delivery water has never been a long term solution to water shortage as it is expensive and it’s not sustainable,” says Nair. The municipality reports several boreholes within its borders have been repaired after being vandalised. “We ensured the operation of boreholes which supply the areas of Welbedacht and Ntsweletsoku. We also activated the existing delivery of water by contracting a tanker supplier to provide water in areas where... Read More

SA in scramble to find cash for Eskom

London – South Africa would consider selling stakes in publicly traded companies, including those held indirectly through Industrial Development Corporation, to bolster the finances of power utility Eskom. The government said last week in its mid-term budget it would provide Eskom with 20 billion rand through the sale of non-strategic assets. Many of those, including a stake in Sasol, the world’s biggest maker of motor fuel from coal, are held via state-owned IDC. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said the form in which the shares were owned would make no difference to the government’s ability to raise cash. “If it’s held by government, it’s held by government,” he said in an interview at a conference in London yesterday. “There are areas where the government shouldn’t be invested. It’s those areas that we are looking at.” Eskom, which supplies 95 percent of South Africa’s power, is struggling to meet demand in the continent’s second-biggest economy as parts of its aging fleet... Read More

The continuing development of Diepsloot

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has completed the upgrading of a 5km stretch of road in Diepsloot which included surfacing and paving of the road as well as kerbing along the pavement alongside it. The JRA has also undertaken several roads construction projects in Diepsloot, with new roadbeds completed along Boswa, Tjhesa, Joy, Livhuwani, Phenduka, Swakahle, Katatura, Impala and Baleka Streets during the course of the last financial year. “It is our mission to provide quality roads that are accessible, safe and livable for our communities. The well being of our communities is a priority and the main objective of these projects is to improve the safety of all road users and facilitate economic development through improved mobility,” says Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, Christine Walters. JRA managing director, Skhumbuzo Macozoma, explains that a total of R9,4 million was spent on the Diepsloot Roads Upgrade Project during the 2013-2014 financial year. A further R47 million has... Read More

Visit Utility Systems at IMESA 2014

The national drive to clean up South Africa’s struggling municipalities includes ramping up water utilities’ ability to collect revenue, accurate metering, managing the free basic water allowance effectively and reducing water losses. Utility Systems, (USC Metering) is South Africa’s leading supplier of water control and STS prepayment systems, as well as state of the art, intelligent electronic flow control devices. Utility Systems’ suite of Automated Meter Reading technologies include Mobile and Fixed Data collection devices, delivering smart data for improved system management, including leak detection. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane sees the application of new technologies and embracing innovation as a cornerstone of the country’s water strategy, and an aggressive roll out of water management and metering technologies would go a long way to meeting national targets. Utility Systems are exhibiting at IMESA’s annual conference, taking place at Durban’s ICC from the 28th to the 31st October. Visit them at stand 77 and discover how their specialist approach... Read More

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