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Engineering News Features

Plastics, Packaging & Printing

By: Liezille Vermeulen     31st January 2022 This feature will provide an overview of South Africa’s plastics, packaging and printing industries, focusing on legislative developments, environmental issues, as well as new technologies, products, projects and initiatives.  


By: Liezille Vermeulen     31st January 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the local steel industry, including the industry outlook, recent information on the price of steel, the effects of the steel price, and the supply/demand balance in the steel sector. It will also provide information about the need for skills development,... 

Cranes & Hoists

By: Liezille Vermeulen     31st January 2022 This feature will showcase the latest developments in the cranes & hoists sector, focusing on new products and technologies, projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way, skills development, challenges and any other new developments.  

Polished performance for automotive sector

28th January 2022 Cutting, welding and grinding equipment manufacturer and supplier First Cut assists the automotive sector through its extensive range of Italy-based BLM Group’s tube bending machinery. BLM is dedicated to designing, manufacturing and digitising systems for processing of tubes, wires and sheet metal. 

Domestic vehicle sales increase draws attention to road safety standards

28th January 2022 The 27% increase in domestic vehicle sales in South Africa in October last year, compared with the same period in 2020, has resulted in more vehicles being transported across the country. As a result, attention is being drawn to safety concerns related to the transportation sector, particularly... 

Learning academy continues to develop local skills

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th January 2022 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) continues to develop skills for the future through its learning academy, which prioritises the development of skills in the automotive industry to not only service in-house business needs but also the wider automotive industry. The... 

Industry embraces both EVs and ICE

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th January 2022 While the full extent of the impact of electric vehicles (EVs) on the local battery industry is not expected to reach South Africa soon, the industry is prepared to service EVs and continue to meet the current market demands of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, says battery manufacturer... 

Artic Driers - internationally connected, locally focused

28th January 2022 Artic Driers is a family owned and operated company with a 30-year history in the compressed air treatment industry. It operates from a spacious distribution and manufacturing base close to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Artic Driers represent a broad range of international... 

CNG is a greener fuel alternative

28th January 2022 There is a global push towards sustainability and green initiatives, especially in the automotive industry. Every second, two brand new vehicles enter the roads which increases the environmental impact of one of the biggest contributors to carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution. Between 80%... 

Flexible girth-gear drive systems for Mpumalanga mill

By: Darren Parker     28th January 2022 Drive technology company SEW-Eurodrive has delivered four of its modern industrial girth gear drive systems to a mine in Limpopo for the refurbishment of the rotary scrubber. The order for four 5.3-m-diameter girth gear drive systems, coupled with the X2FS220 drive system, was issued in mid-2020,... 

Winding completed at KZN power storage station

28th January 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) performed a significant rewind in 2020 after being contracted by German original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Voith Hydro to wind the stator of Unit 1 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Drakensburg hydro pump storage... 


28th January 2022 Tritec Sintered Products (Pty)Ltd com-menced business in Johannesburg in 1984 as a closed corporation, converting to a Propriety Company in 1996 trading under the much more sensible name of Sintech. The name “Sintech”, in turn, is an abbreviation of ‘Sintered Technology’ which when applied to... 

Support services ramping up for new motor distributor deal

By: Darren Parker     28th January 2022 Bearings and power transmission supplier Bearings International (BI) is aiming to provide a comprehensive support service for engineering company ABB Africa’s motors this year, which the company now distributes in Southern Africa, says BI business unit leader Stephen Bekker. “We aim to provide... 

Supplier reconditions hydraulic cylinder assemblies

By: Claire O'Reilly     28th January 2022 Honed tube, chrome bar and cylinder kits supplier Honingcraft group of companies has reconditioned its hydraulic cylinder barrels and hydraulic cylinder rods as semi-finished assemblies. 

Company supplies HDPE pipes for new road in Ogiek

28th January 2022 The construction of the new road near Ogiek Secondary School, which is nearly complete, is set to transform the Ogiek community in Njoro, Nakuru County in Kenya by giving them easier access to schools, hospitals and other local amenities. 

Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for reclaiming rare metals. Reclaiming rare metals from waste – called urban mining – involves extracting... 

Mining: Project Management

By: Liezille Vermeulen     24th January 2022 This feature will focus on the latest projects secured by project houses and provide an overview of the state of project management in mining. It will also highlight the challenges currently facing project management companies, the advantages of employing project houses and any new project... 

Mining in Namibia

By: Liezille Vermeulen     24th January 2022 This feature will provide an overview of Namibia’s mining industry, highlighting the latest developments at new and existing projects. The feature will provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in Namibian mining, while discussing commodity trends, new products and... 

Rubber Manufacturing & Products

By: Liezille Vermeulen     24th January 2022 The feature will provide an overview of rubber manufacturing in South Africa and Africa, as well as developments in the South Africa tyre recycling sector. This feature will focus on new technologies and products, as well as any contracts, projects and initiatives that were recently completed or... 


By: Liezille Vermeulen     24th January 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the local defence industry, focusing on South Africa’s role in the global defence industry, as well as the industry’s contribution to economic growth in South Africa. It will also look at alliances and partnerships, new technologies and products, services... 

SA’s aggressive decarbonisation strategy to start

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 South Africa is planning to source 41% of its total energy supply from renewable energy –including solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydropower and concentrating solar thermal power components – by 2030, which energy solutions provider Energy Partners Intelligence head of business development Tygue... 

Integrated solution offers less reliance on national grid

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 South Africa-based renewable-energy solutions company Solareff has designed and installed an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV), diesel generator and battery energy storage system (BESS), with an engineered energy management system (EMS), for a retail developer on the West Rand. 

Solar streetlight designed for longevity

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 Last month, lighting solution manufacturer Beka Schréder began the first SOLARPOLE project roll-out in the country.  

Water treatment in citrus industry needed

21st January 2022 Owing to the rising volumes of industrial wastewater in the citrus industry, the need for water treatment in this sector is undeniable.  

Water treatment system designed for Mauritius Island

By: Anna Moross     21st January 2022 Industrial water treatment solutions company Watericon has been tasked to design, build, transport and install a containerised water treatment system for the island of Mauritius. 

Technology offers solution to S Africa’s water issues

By: Anna Moross     21st January 2022 Technology, such as global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric’s Aquavanced Software Suite, can play an important role in alleviating some of the pressure on South Africa’s ageing water infrastructure, says Southern Africa international operations water and wastewater... 

Solution to sewage treatment facility issues

21st January 2022 Tarcron Projects was appointed by Musina municipality in the Vhembe district to find a sustainable solution that would be fit for purpose, robust and simple for the small municipality to operate and maintain. 

River upgrade wins excellence award

By: Anna Moross     21st January 2022 The Kuils river upgrade project for the City of Cape Town recently won the Consulting Engineers South Africa AON Engineering Excellence Award 2021 for projects with a value of less than R50-million. 

Energy Solutions for Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     12th January 2022 The 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 embedded and distributed energy projects . It will provide an update on new contracts, policies and projects under way,... 

Industrial & Commercial Lighting

By: Liezille Vermeulen     12th January 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the local industrial and commercial lighting sector, focusing on new products and technologies, contracts and projects, skills development, challenges and energy efficiency 

Instrumentation & Control

By: Liezille Vermeulen     12th January 2022 This feature will provide an overview of instrumentation and control in South Africa, focusing on industry development, new products and technologies. The feature will also focus on the need for skills development and training in the sector.  

Civil Engineering & Construction

By: Liezille Vermeulen     12th January 2022 This feature will highlight challenges facing the sector, which includes the lack of government tenders being awarded; insufficient infrastructure maintenance and refurbishment and the need to increase the number of skilled engineers in the country.  

Road tech can improve road longevity, safety

By: Cameron Mackay     10th December 2021 Engineering consultancy WSP has incorporated technologies that compensate for the potential longer time span between maintenance interventions for the rehabilitation of a 27 km section of road in Gauteng, says WSP director Marshall Muthen. The project, set to begin in January, involves a section... 

Road rehabilitation project initiated

By: Cameron Mackay     10th December 2021 A Gauteng rehabilitation project that entails a 27 km section of road – from the D483 / P6-1 intersection, close to Bapsfontein, in Ekurhuleni, to the D483/D713 intersection, in Cullinan, in Tshwane – began last month. This comes after a construction contractor was appointed for the project last... 

1.27 GW of new, clean power supplied to S Africa

10th December 2021 Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power (RP) announced in October that 12 of its projects have won preferred bidder status in round five of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The wind and solar projects, which have a total... 

Renewable-energy projects create economic, power growth

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th December 2021 Renewable power generation company Lekela Power says its projects have grown from the 80 MW produced from wind farms in Noupoort, in the Northern Cape of South Africa, in 2016, to more than 1 GW. “In South Africa, through the various rounds of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

Bid Window 5 bidders announced

10th December 2021 Last month, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) announced the preferred bidders for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This will see just short of 2 600 MW of new generation capacity being developed by independent... 

Multiple energy projects meet industry demands

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th December 2021 Renewable-energy provider Africa Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is developing multiple renewable-energy projects across South Africa. “We are developing a 10 MW biomass plant, in Mpumalanga, which will provide power for the surrounding mines in the area. We are also developing a 2.8 MW... 

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