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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Cape Town signs R2.3bn water deal with national govt

9th December 2022 The City of Cape Town council has approved a contract with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) that proposes boosting water supply to the metro by 40-million litres of drinking water a day from 2024/25.  This investment, which is estimated to cost more than R2.3-billion over 20 financial... 

10 000th unit rolls off assembly line at FAW Trucks’ Coega plant

9th December 2022 The 10 000th truck assembled at FAW Trucks South Africa’s plant in Coega – a JH6 28.500FT, 6 x 4 AMT truck tractor – has rolled off the assembly line. This follows the start of assembly in 2014, in an investment valued at R600-million.  

Toyota to evaluate local customers’ response to RAV4 plug-in hybrid in new pilot initiative

9th December 2022 Following the introduction of the RAV4 GX hybrid last year and the RAV4 hybrid E-Four this year, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it will test the local market’s response to the RAV4 plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV).  While not officially on sale yet, several RAV4 PHEVs have been imported as a... 

Policy certainty key to unlocking EV investments, says WesBank

9th December 2022 “Capital investment in the local automotive industry, which includes the vehicle and asset finance houses, requires certainty in policy frameworks so that [the industry] can make long-term predictions when getting involved in completely new projects such as the move to electric vehicles (EVs),”... 

Vehicle availability, tourism seen improving in 2023

9th December 2022 Zeda will invest in the renewal of its fleet next year, with the group expecting the supply of new vehicles to stabilise in 2023, says CEO Ramasela Ganda. Zeda is a mobility specialist that incorporates the Avis and Budget brands. It is active in the vehicle leasing and rental sectors, and is set... 

Anglo’s fuel-cell truck operating ‘akin to its diesel counterpart’

5th December 2022 Anglo American’s big nuGen hydrogen-powered truck is currently functioning “akin in operation and cost to its diesel counterpart”, says Anglo American market development principal Fahmida Smith.  The global mining company in May unveiled its nuGen truck, with a 2 MW hybrid battery/hydrogen... 

Construction sector ailing as govt’s infrastructure plan stalls – MBA North

2nd December 2022 Following a harrowing two years for the construction sector, this year started with cautious optimism amid promises that a series of major infrastructure works would be fast-tracked, says Master Builders Association (MBA) North executive director Mohau Mphomela. “Also, the value of building plans... 

There are signs of life in the local construction sector – CIDB

2nd December 2022 There are some green shoots in the South African construction industry, despite predictions that the sector is facing imminent collapse, says Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) CEO Bongani Dladla. “Next year will be a year of recovery, after the industry was hit by successive waves of... 

Ford ‘remains engaged’ with Transnet on development of southern rail corridor

2nd December 2022 Ford South Africa remains “actively engaged” with government and its rail arm, Transnet, to enable vehicle and component transport to and from the Gqeberha port, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. “Frustratingly so we seem to make progress, and then it all seems to retreat. 

First new Ford Ranger assembled at Silverton plant, where Phase 2 solar project is in the works

2nd December 2022 The first new Ranger – Job 1 – has been assembled at Ford’s Silverton plant in Pretoria. Production of the new-generation bakkie follows a R16-billion investment in the US car maker’s local operations and at its suppliers. 

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