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    CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport Infrastructure Engineering (TIE) competence area principal researcher Dr Martin Mgangira notes that his research into material design optimisation is aimed at maximising alternative materials to ensure the aforementioned outcomes.

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    SA business delegation explores opportunities at Central African ports

    Research and consulting specialists Africa House led a business delegation to Central African port cities last month, to explore business opportunities in new port developments in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The business delegation comprised So…

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    South African container trade remains under pressure

    Expectations that South Africa’s container market would grow during the third quarter of the year proved incorrect, despite a slightly stronger rand, indicates the 2016 Q3 Maersk Trade Report. The report shows that the market declined by 6% year-on-year.

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    Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

    South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is that the lowest-cost solution may not necessarily be the best solution. It may take longer to implement and it may be less effective – this is especially true in terms of transport solutions, which require a high level of integration with other, existing systems.

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    Consultants appointed to help government decide future course for SAA, SA Express

    A notice (NT008-2016) on the website of National Treasury has confirmed that a joint venture between Bain and Company South Africa and Abacus Advisory has been appointed the “professional service provider(s) for developing the optimal group corporate structure for the realignment of the state-owned airline assets”. The Bloomberg news agency reports that the contract is valid for three months and was awarded last month. This follows comments by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement late last month. “There are a number of processes under way to rationalise State entities,” he said. “These include the … appointment of transaction advisers on restructuring the State airlines and the possible introduction of a strategic equity partner… .”

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    Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson

    For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, in Johannesburg, he said he believed the current cycle had reached its bottom.

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    Direct route helping SA improve trade with India

    According to the 2016 H1 ‘Maersk Group India Trade Report’, India continues to shine as one of the largest containerised trade markets, registering significant growth of 11% in the first half of the year, with extensive opportunities existing for South Africa–India trade going forward. Increased use of the direct trade route between India and South Africa will facilitate better trade between the two nations, as products reach markets “faster and cheaper”, says Maersk Line Southern Africa trade manager Matthew Conroy.

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    Automotive sales figures reflect decline, but there is hope

    National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield tells Engineering News that the recent slight decline in light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales is “positive”, contrasting with the bigger decline in passenger vehicle sales.

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    M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

    The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) M1 bridge rehabilitation projects will now only be completed towards the end of 2017, owing to unforeseen events, including sporadic labour unrest and geotechnical complications. Improvements to the Oxford and Federation bridges, as well as the M1’s Double Decker bridge, were initially scheduled for completion in early 2017.

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    Lockheed’s hybrid airships gets launch customer in Canada

    The operator of Lockheed Martin Corp’s blimp-like hybrid airships on Wednesday announced its first customer, a Canadian mining company that expects to lease seven of the heavy-lift cargo aircraft for a decade starting in 2019. Quest Rare Minerals will …

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