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    Ford to start Ranger assembly in Nigeria

    US vehicle manufacturer Ford on Tuesday announced that it would assemble its Ranger pickup in Nigeria, starting in October. The plant would be Ford’s first African production location outside South Africa, noted Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth.

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    Stellenbosch roads project nears completion

    The R148-million road upgrade between Stellenbosch arterial road and Polkadraai road in Kuilsrivier is expected to be completed in September. Construction started in October 2013, following urgent repairs required on the main road between the Strand/Va…

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    Bell Equipment reports modest H1 improvement, despite tough conditions

    Despite difficulties in a number of its major markets and industries, JSE-listed Bell Equipment has seen a modest improvement in the half-year results relative to 2014, with earnings a share climbing 67% to 106c for the six months ended June 30. The co…

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    City of Cape Town argues that Sanral board could not have made a decision through ‘osmosis’

    Sanral used an “irrational” procedure when it made the decision to go ahead with tolling the N1 and N2, the City of Cape Town has argued in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. The court was hearing the City of Cape Town’s application to have the South African National Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) proposed toll roads scrapped.

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    Denel breaks into the world defence industry’s Top 100

    Leading US – indeed, international – defence publication Defense News has ranked South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel as the second largest defence manufacturer in the southern hemisphere and one of the top 100 in the world, in terms of revenues obtained in 2014. Denel ranks 100th on the list, and this is the first time the group has featured on it. Denel’s appearance on the list is a reflection of the rapid increase in its revenues over the past few years. These increased from R3.2-billion in 2011 to R4.6-billion in 2014. Since then, the group’s revenues have risen by another 28%.

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    Air China offers first direct Beijing–Jhb flights

    Becoming the first air link offered by a Chinese carrier between mainland China and South Africa, as well as Air China’s first route to Africa, the Asian carrier has announced that it will launch a nonstop service between Beijing and Johannesburg from …

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    Cape Town set for tolling showdown with Sanral

    A long-awaited showdown between the City of Cape Town and Sanral is set to take place in court over proposed tolling in the Western Cape.

    The city is approaching the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday to have Sanral’s decision to toll sections of the …

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    Gautrain to implement ticketing system upgrade

    Enhancements to the Gautrain service will see users gain access to the rapid-rail link by tapping their local or international bank-issued contactless credit and debit cards at the fare gates – instead of their Gautrain gold cards – provided they are compliant with the Europay/MasterCard and Visa standard, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. A number of South African banks are rolling out new generation contactless bankcards, which can make ‘tap’-payments, typically for small value transactions. Vadi says the Gautrain ticketing system will be upgraded to comply with “national interoperable ticketing regulations” while simultaneously offering “additional functionalities”.

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    Sustainability driving alternative technologies

    Industry’s drive towards sustainability and innovation is the impetus behind the use of recycled asphalt materials, and implementing new and alternative initiatives in asphalt technologies and applications in the road construction and rehabilitation sector, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. “Key technologies being explored include, but are not limited to, using steel slag as an asphalt aggregate, modified bitumen binders and warm-mix asphalt technologies,” highlights WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff divisional director for development, transportation and infrastructure in Africa Michael Bouwmeester.

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    Conference to home in on industry stakeholders delivering quality, value

    The 2015 Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa’s (Capsa’s) theme of technology delivering quality and value is intended to demonstrate the industry’s willingness to strive for value creation for all stakeholders through the delivery of excellence and quality, says event organiser the South African Bitumen Association (Sabita). Capsa will take place from August 16 to 19 at Sun City, in the North West. About 500 delegates, 30 sponsors and 50 exhibitors are expected to attend the conference, which, according to several industry players, has attracted international interest and can be regarded as one of Africa’s most significant events for the road construction, rehabilitation, asphalt, and bitumen sectors.

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