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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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    Relaunch of pesticide system aimed to support agriculture sector

    Asset management solutions provider QCIC relaunched its Qic-Sur telemetry pesticide system earlier this year, which enables remote control monitoring of pesticides for the fruit, vegetable and wine industries. The product relaunch forms part of QCIC’s aim to hone in on the needs of the agricultural sector, and enables the company to provide trained product specialists for the agricultural environment.

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    Additives reduce asphalt deformation and provide energy savings

    With local road infrastructure gradually deteriorating, most bitumen and asphalt customers are likely to consider products, additives and mixes that could significantly extend the life of roads, says petrochemicals major Sasol. “Road-deterioration challenges could be overcome . . . [using] Sasol’s asphalt additives, such as Sasobit, which offers high resistance to asphalt deformation and, thereby, increases the service life of roads,” says Sasol asphalt additives for sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America performance chemicals sales manager Abraham Aphane.

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    Institute advocates new asphalt pavement tech directions, trends

    South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to endorse new technological directions in the asphalt sector and to promote alignment with international pavement technology trends at this year’s Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (Capsa), which will take place from August 16 to 19 at Sun City, in the North West. “We aim to improve the international competitiveness of the sector while supporting improved efficiency and cost effectiveness in terms of service delivery, as well as to promote greater environmental consciousness,” says CSIR Built Environment competence area manager of transport infrastructure engineering Benoit Verhaeghe.

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    A heavily overloaded truck can literally rip up asphalt in summer heat

    Overload control statistics for 2014 show that just more than 2-million vehicles were weighed at South African weighbridges, with 20%, or 416 364, of these overloaded, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Built Environment network asset management system research group leader Dr Paul Nordengen. However, the number of chargeable offences – in other words, the vehicles exceeding a prescribed tolerance level necessary for prosecution – was only 2.6%, or 53 525 vehicles.

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