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Engineering News Features

Hydrogen Fuel Cells & The Green Economy

By: Liezille Vermeulen     Updated 5 hours ago The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & the Green Economy feature will update readers on the latest developments in hydrogen- and fuel cell technology. It will report on recent projects, while providing insight into the role these technologies can play in facilitating the growth of the Green Economy,... 

Universal Clips

4th August 2020 Founded in 1972, Universal Clips is a proudly South African manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of hose clamps.  Based in Gauteng, Universal Clips’ products are distributed country-wide and internationally through specialist distributors. Universal Clips are valued suppliers to a variety... 

Mining in Zimbabwe

By: Liezille Vermeulen     3rd August 2020 Zimbabwe is said to hold much promise in terms of mining development. This feature will provide an industry overview, highlighting the latest news on key projects, and will provide insight on the mining industry’s importance to the economy. It will discuss recent legislative changes and their... 

Temperature, Pressure & Process Control

By: Liezille Vermeulen     3rd August 2020 The feature will showcase temperature, pressure and process control products and services in South Africa. It will focus on new products and technological innovation, research and development in the field, projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way, and challenges facing... 

SA Institute of Welding

By: Liezille Vermeulen     3rd August 2020 This feature will focus on new welding projects and initiatives, contracts, skills development programmes, industry trends, developments and challenges impacting on the South African Institute of Welding and its member companies.  

Oil Refineries

By: Liezille Vermeulen     3rd August 2020 This feature will provide an overview of oil refineries in South Africa and Africa, focusing on contracts and projects recently completed or currently under way. The feature will also focus on technological innovations, quality assurance, energy efficiency, environmental issues in industry, the... 

Sector looks forward to working with govt

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st July 2020 Industry organisation, The Concrete Institute, is highly encouraged by the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (Sidssa) and looks forward to partnering with government to turn words and policies into actionable and investable projects as identified in Sidssa’s new... 

Construction rubble is functional, says demolition expert

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st July 2020 While a large proportion of demolition and construction rubble is allocated to registered landfill sites, it is critical to note that this material is often used to rehabilitate the landfill sites, says demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition contracts manager Kate Bester.   She explains... 

Online courses upgrade skills in concrete technology

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st July 2020 The School of Concrete Technology is offering ten online courses to assist those in the concrete industry, and concrete-related industries, in upgrading their skills. The courses are offered on the school’s online platform and are supplemented with online lectures that are used to explain... 

Steely resolve, innovation continue despite lockdown

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2020 Although production came to a halt over the past two months, light-steel-frame building materials supplier Etex South Africa – formerly known as Marley Building Systems – continued planning and innovating throughout the Covid-19 lockdown so that it would be well positioned to take advantage of... 

Hempcrete advantageous for construction

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st July 2020 Hempcrete provides several advantages when used for the construction of a building, says Cape Town-based architecture firm Wolf and Wolf Architecture founder and principal Wolf Wolf. Hempcrete is a fully biodegradable material that comprises hemp hurds – the woody core removed during processing... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs

31st July 2020 The safe and efficient offloading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks improves efficiencies, lowers operating costs and protects product integrity during bulk handling, says materials handling company Specialised Container Agencies (SCA). “SCA focuses on the design of containerised... 

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless advocates that the much longer life span of ore wagons achieved using 3CR12, makes it clear why stainless steel is the cost-effective choice for equipment in ore-handling processes. “Owing to its excellent properties in wet sliding conditions, the... 

Manufacturer obtains welding certification

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholdings (TMH) Africa, which acts as the centre of excellence for narrow-gauge rolling stock within the TMH Group, announced in March that it had been awarded the ISO 3834 welding certification. The certification was awarded to the company by the Southern... 

Workshop conversion back on track

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Although the conversion of railroad equipment supplier Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s training centre into a traction motor manufacturing workshop has been delayed because of Covid-19, the project is again on track for completion by the end of the year.  The company says that the electrical... 

Advocacy for women to ramp up going forward

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2020 Following the negative impact of Covid-19 on the commercial and industrial property sector, industry body Women’s Property Network (WPN) aims to ramp up its advocacy work going forward to further promote and support the interests of women working in the sector. WPN national chairperson Nonhlanhla... 

Difficult times ahead for property sector

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2020 Following the significant challenges because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the outlook for the South African commercial and industrial property sector for next year remains somewhat bleak, says South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) CEO Neil Gopal. Since the start of the national lockdown... 

Economic recovery interventions present hope

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2020 South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) CEO Vuyiswa Mutshekwane says it is encouraging to already see a number of the proposals being put into practice from the SAIBPP’s 10-point plan to catalyse economic development and drive the post-lockdown economic recovery. The... 

Mine Site Accommodation

By: Liezille Vermeulen     27th July 2020 This feature will provide an overview of the sector that provides permanent housing and related services for mineworkers and their families, as well as discussing temporary accommodation for employees during a mine’s construction, upgrade or expansion. The mine site accommodation feature will... 

Energy Solutions for Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     27th July 2020 The Energy Solutions for Mining feature will focus on the various energy solutions available to the mining industry, including the use of renewable-energy sources, hybrid solutions and the establishment of mine-site power plants. It will provide an update on new contracts and projects under way,... 

Women in Construction

By: Liezille Vermeulen     27th July 2020 With the construction sector previously being a male-dominated sector, changes have seen more women getting involved in the sector. This feature seeks to profile women in the construction sector, their challenges, working environments and skills developments.  

Laser Technology

By: Liezille Vermeulen     27th July 2020 The Laser Technology feature will focus on any products and technologies promoting growth in South Africa’s laser technology sector. It will also focus on research and development at some of the country’s major institutions. The feature will also look into skills development, challenges facing... 

Gas

By: Liezille Vermeulen     27th July 2020 Gas has been listed as one of the industrial sectors to be prioritised in South Africa’s industrialisation strategy plan. This feature will look at the value of gas exports and imports, challenges facing the domestic gas industry, the aim of government and independent companies to seek natural... 

Auto repairs without a workshop

24th July 2020 Local manufacturer and supplier Pratley offers a wide range of flexible and cost-effective do-it-yourself adhesive products that are ideal for “quick, on-the-spot automotive repairs” where engineering workshops are often unavailable, such as in rural and informal settlements. To repair engine... 

High-mileage drive belt introduced locally

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Automotive parts supplier Autobax extended its range of Gates automotive components in March this year by introducing drive belts specifically designed for high-mileage cars. This involved a soft launch of the RoadMAX belt to existing customers across South Africa, following which South Africa... 

Variable demand requires new strategy

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Uncertain demand in the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket environments, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, is impacting on short- to medium-term capacity management decisions to meet variable demand, says automotive parts manufacturer GUD Holdings CEO Chris Haworth. “However,... 

Lower human activity limiting tyre sales

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Every business is going to face the consequences of lower human activity and, thereby, commercial activity, as South Africans consume less or differently, owing to Covid-19, says automotive tyre manufacturer and supplier Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO Riaz Haffejee. Tyre sales... 

Use of integration platforms increases in sector

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 The role, development and deployment of collaboration tools and integration platforms in the project management sector have accelerated during the past six months, says University of Pretoria (UP) lecturer and Construction Industry Institute African Chapter director Dr Giel Bekker.  “The... 

Post-lockdown solution offered

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Integrated Project Alliance (IPA) has developed a complete end-to-end (E2E) project management solution to companies and landlords wanting to re-open their companies after the Covid-19 lockdown measures have been lifted. Established in March, the E2E solution – the brainchild of development and... 

Nucleus Mining & Africa Logistics

24th July 2020 Nucleus Mining & Africa Logistics is a projects and supply chain company focussed on planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from point of origin to point of consumption.  Nucleus Mining & Africa Logistics... 

EPC firm suggests experienced team is key factor

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services says using an experienced project management team remains one of the key factors that needs to be applied when managing, identifying and accounting for project risks in South Africa. “Our environment is unique and... 

New technology offers effective communication  

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Blockchain solution provider DoshEx’s newest offering, Sherlock blockchain, is adapted for project managers and engineers to effectively communicate within a communal ecosystem. DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn explains that the Sherlock network combines the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed document... 

Universal Clips

21st July 2020 Founded in 1972, Universal Clips is a proudly South African manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of hose clamps.  Based in Gauteng, Universal Clips’ products are distributed country-wide and internationally through specialist distributors. Universal Clips are valued suppliers to a variety... 

Platinum-Group Metals

By: Liezille Vermeulen     20th July 2020 This feature will provide an overview of the platinum-group metals (PGMs) sector in South Africa and Africa. Industry stakeholders will provide insight into the future of PGMs, as well as new technologies employed by mining companies in the sector. The feature will also provide an update on PGMs... 

Mining: Water Purification & Treatment

By: Liezille Vermeulen     20th July 2020 The feature will look at the development of new technologies, methods, initiatives and/or programmes to purify and treat mine process water, as well as acid mine drainage. The feature will also review existing, new and planned projects, as well as the regulations for adequate water purification... 

Fire Prevention & Protection

By: Liezille Vermeulen     20th July 2020 This feature will focus on efforts being made by local industry to develop and improve fire and occupational risk management across various sectors. It will also look at skills development; research and development; new projects, contracts, products and technologies; quality assurance and... 

Eskom

By: Liezille Vermeulen     20th July 2020 Amid its severe financial and operational challenges, the end-of-2021 has been set as the deadline for the unbundling of Eskom’s operations into three divisions. The feature will offer insight on Eskom’s plans to resolve its challenges and will provide an update on it ongoing projects, including... 

Infrastructure & Services

By: Liezille Vermeulen     20th July 2020 This feature will highlight infrastructure developments in South Africa and Africa, focusing on any new products and services being offered by professionals in this field. It will highlighting growth opportunities and challenges currently facing the industry as well as showcase any projects and... 

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