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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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    Electric performance cars likely in future, despite weight constraints

    The long-term future of performance cars – 15, 20 years from now, or perhaps sooner – will see “some kind of electrification or hybridisation of the drive train” says Mercedes-AMG management board chairperson Tobias Moers. However, the problem with this will be that such drive trains will add weight to the vehicle, which would have to be countered in some way, he notes.

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    Tosas

    Established in 1972 as a joint venture between petrochemicals majors Sasol and Total, bituminous products manufacturer, supplier and applicator Tosas has been supplying high-quality bituminous products across Southern Africa for more than four decades. The company specialises in the modification of bitumen and produces and manufactures most types of modified binders and emulsions that are used by roads industry stakeholders. With a fleet of more than 30 modern bitumen distributors and haulers, as well as 13 mobile bitumen rubber and polymer modified bitumen modification plants, Tosas’s production capacity is more than eight times the maximum capacity required by its exclusive shareholder, integrated road construction and rehabilitation company Raubex.

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    New Mercedes-AMG GT set to delight

    There are a lot of numbers involved in shopping for a car: power output, fuel consumption, number of airbags, price, interest rates, payback period and warranty. At the bottom end of the scale, price is probably the biggest deal-breaker. At the top end…

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    State-owned defence group says order book stands at R35bn

    South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has reported that it had enjoyed a most successful financial year during 2014/2015. “This has been another really good year for us,” enthused Group CEO Riaz  Saloojee. “This year under review was a remarkable one for us. We’ve grown revenues by a billion rand over the last year.”

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    Development of a Rooivalk Mark 2 attack helicopter under consideration

    The country’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force will give a favorable response to the proposed “future roadmap” for Denel’s Rooivalk attack helicopter. This was stated by group CEO Riaz Saloojee at the recent media briefing announcing the group’s results for the financial year 2014/2015.

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    TFR gears up for R176m manganese line shutdown

    Railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) reports that it will spend R176-million during the annual maintenance shutdown of the manganese line, which will begin on August 11 and continue until August 20. The 965 km railway line spans two provinces, …

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    JRA seeks to empower women in construction sector

    The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, as part of Women’s Month, continue to focus on empowering women in the construction industry. Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, JRA chairperson Jackie Manche said that, in recent years, the agency had provided training for women in construction and sponsored female engineers. However, she called for increased participation by women in the construction sector.

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    Rehabilitation work on M1 freeway to start in Sept

    Residents of Johannesburg are urged to make greater use of the city’s public transport systems, including Metrobus, Rea Vaya and the Gautrain, from September, when the Johannesburg Roads Agency embarks on a R365-million contract to upgrade the Soweto Freeway, as well as the M1 and M2 highways to improve mobility on the municipal roads. Speaking at the launch of these projects, JRA MD Mpho Kau said the eight-month M1 freeway project, which included the Oxford, Federation and Double-Decker bridges, would be carried out in three phases.

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    Malaysia says matches prove wing part is from missing flight MH370

    Malaysia said on Thursday paint colour and maintenance-record matches proved that a piece of wing found on the shore of an Indian Ocean island was part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without trace last year. Transpor…

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