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    Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

    Despite the strain that the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations is placing on the fiscus, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) believes that it needs to be prioritised in concert with the fast-tracked implementation of infrastructure projects for the recovery of South Africa’s economy. Cesa CEO Chris Campbell tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that the vaccination programme will catalyse the success of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP), which was presented in an address by President Cyril Ramaphosa to a joint sitting of Parliament in October last year.

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    Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

    The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious short-term negative effects of Covid-19 on the industry, the possible medium- to long-term consequences are of concern. Funds for future infrastructure may be curtailed, owing to funds being expended on fighting the pandemic and supporting ailing businesses,” he tells Engineering News.

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    Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

    Despite the strain that the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations is placing on the fiscus, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) believes that it needs to be prioritised in concert with the fast-tracked implementation of infrastructure projects for the recovery of South Africa’s economy. Cesa CEO Chris Campbell tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that the vaccination programme will catalyse the success of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP), which was presented in an address by President Cyril Ramaphosa to a joint sitting of Parliament in October last year.

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    Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

    The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious short-term negative effects of Covid-19 on the industry, the possible medium- to long-term consequences are of concern. Funds for future infrastructure may be curtailed, owing to funds being expended on fighting the pandemic and supporting ailing businesses,” he tells Engineering News.

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    Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

    The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s developmental goals can be met, Cesa president Sugen Pillay tells Engineering News. “When we start rebuilding, how do we focus that rebuilding effort on our communities and on society and use it as a mechanism to reinforce democracy in our country?”

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    Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

    The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s developmental goals can be met, Cesa president Sugen Pillay tells Engineering News. “When we start rebuilding, how do we focus that rebuilding effort on our communities and on society and use it as a mechanism to reinforce democracy in our country?”

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    Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers

    Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett is partnering with the South African Farmers Development Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to establish a sugar cane rail transport system, in KwaZulu-Natal, between Makhathini cane growers in northern Zululand and Tongaat Hulett’s Felixton Sugar Mill near Empangeni. Tongaat Hulett has assisted in drafting the business plan to raise about R30-million in funding for the development of a road-truck-to-rail-wagon spiller facility in the Mkuze area, about 50 km away from the Makhathini flats, explains Tongaat Hulett sugar operations MD Simon Harvey.

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    Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers

    Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett is partnering with the South African Farmers Development Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to establish a sugar cane rail transport system, in KwaZulu-Natal, between Makhathini cane growers in northern Zululand and Tongaat Hulett’s Felixton Sugar Mill near Empangeni. Tongaat Hulett has assisted in drafting the business plan to raise about R30-million in funding for the development of a road-truck-to-rail-wagon spiller facility in the Mkuze area, about 50 km away from the Makhathini flats, explains Tongaat Hulett sugar operations MD Simon Harvey.

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    Local valve manufacturer first to be marine-certified

    Valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech), a subsidiary of holdings company Mokoena Holdings, has become the first South African valve manufacturer to become fully certified to supply valves to the marine industry. Paltech was one of the companies to benefit from the Marine Manufacturing, Associated Services and Other Manufacturing Industries Supplier Development Programme, which is managed by the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) – an initiative of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), hosted and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

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    Local valve manufacturer first to be marine-certified

    Valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech), a subsidiary of holdings company Mokoena Holdings, has become the first South African valve manufacturer to become fully certified to supply valves to the marine industry. Paltech was one of the companies to benefit from the Marine Manufacturing, Associated Services and Other Manufacturing Industries Supplier Development Programme, which is managed by the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) – an initiative of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), hosted and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

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