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Have your say in Sandton’s skyline of the future and development in Joburg

If you have a vision for the future of Sandton Central and the city of Joburg, now is the time to have your say and share your passion, insights and ideas. With the recent approval of Johannesburg’s Spatial Development Framework 2040, the Department of Development Planning and Urban Management began reviewing the boundaries and controls of the urban areas within the city. They have assessed each key node with the aim of guiding and encouraging good urban growth and development. The city has published its draft nodal review, which outlines its new development zone approach. The document also indicates the development guidelines for each of the city’s development zones. The review is now open for its second round of public comment. “This is something that everyone should be interested in and participate in. It lays the foundation for future of our city and decides what development will take place in the different areas of the city for the next two decades and beyond,” says Elaine Jac…

Atterbury’s “The Club” precinct in Pretoria is now also a cutting-edge medical destination

Leading South African property investor and developer Atterbury has introduced a landmark new medical development to its prestigious mixed-use Pretoria precinct, The Club. Club Surgical Centre, a state-of-the-art day hospital that offers cutting-edge treatment in skin cancer, cosmetic, ear-nose-and-throat, and spinal surgery, began helping patients this month. Fully operational from 9 April, the Club Surgical Centre development is revolutionary. The centre was shaped by its specialists together with Atterbury, so it is designed optimally for their services. The opposite is usually true. Specialists often have to slot into prebuilt generic hospital spaces. The Club Surgical Centre is also groundbreaking as it has been crafted based on leading-edge world trends in day care surgery. The centre’s co-founders, Dr Japie de Wet and Dr Pieter du Plessis, have acquired unique skills to pioneer the only multidisciplinary unit of this kind in South Africa. When setting up a modern skin-cance…

SKF offers lever-action grease coupler

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SKF recently released their lever-action coupler. Developed to optimise grease gun lubricant delivery, this coupler is available in two versions – one for battery-powered grease guns and one for manual grease guns. The lever-action coupler tool improves safety and simplifies the manual lubrication process. Featuring one-handed operation, the easy-to-use coupler remains attached to the fitting without being held in place. In addition, its reverse-jaw design holds the fitting securely to the seat for less grease spillage. Offering a comfortable, ergonomic design, the lever-action coupler has a flexible rubber sleeve that offsets pressure applied to the lever and protects the hose from unnecessary wear. Also, its durable, all-steel construction delivers long service life. It enables one-handed operation for improved safety and is easy to use. The lever is activated for quick attachment and release from the fitting. It is a comfortable, ergonomic design with a protective grip and opti…

Malindi – Bagamoyo road construction

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Kenya and Tanzania have plans to construct a 412 km road that will connect Malindi and Bagamoyo which is expected to ease movement between the two countries’ coastlines. It is not clear when the project will start as Kenya has not kept pace with Tanzania in undertaking required studies that will inform how the project will be executed. Kenya has started the process of sourcing contractors who will undertake the feasibility studies and environmental effect assessments while Tanzania is currently concluding some of the critical studies. The project has been on the track and it was expected to begin early last year and be commissioned within 36 months. Tanzania has overtaken Kenya in the preliminary planning, which could delay the starting of the project that is expected to start later this year. This is according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). “We expect that the project to start later this year or early next year,” said Director General of East Africa Regional Development …

Expansion of SGR line at Mombasa port

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The standard gauge railway (SGR) is set to extend its line deeper to cover 10 berths at the Mombasa port. This is according to Chinese contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC). The expansion move is aiming to facilitate easier movement of bulk and heavy goods such as clinker, steel, iron and cement into the SGR. The Kenya Ports Authority has been offloading goods through cranes once they land at various berths at the Port of Mombasa and later transporting them through trucks to the SGR line. According to Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, the process are underway to extend the SGR to cover berth No 1 to berth No 10. “We are extending the railway line along the 10 berths so that as ships arrive, you can have the cargo coming straight from the ship into the SGR train,” said the CS. About 40% of the Mombasa port’s yard cargo will be assigned to CRBC, a move which may edge out trucks out of the lucrative container business. Unlike the defunct Rift Valley Railways …

Construction of Nairobi-Mombasa Highway

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The construction of the Nairobi-Mombasa expressway is scheduled to kick off in July this year. The project is awarded to Bechtel, an American engineering contractor. On completion the project is expected to be of great benefit to the whole country at large. Plans for the region’s highway motorway are in final stages to pave way for actual construction work to start. The motorway measures about 473km. The project will cost US $3bn. The Nairobi-Mombasa expressway will reduce travel time between the two Kenyan cities by up to 50%. Bechtel top officials approximated the road project will generate nearly twice the money spent on the project over a period of 25 years. Kenya needs also public-private-partnership (PPP) approach on the road construction project, such that under this model, the firm will source for financing and build the road, then operate it for a number of years during which it will have toll gates to charge motorists for its use, Bechtel is inclined to the EPC model, adv…

Helpful details for contacting the city to attend to issues in Sandton Central

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When you need to get things done and have to get hold of the City of Joburg to make them happen, having the right contact details at your fingertips can make a big difference. Elaine Jack, City Improvement District (CID) Manager of Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), explains: “When you see something that needs improving or fixing, by logging it with the city you help take charge of your neighbourhood, and this serves to make it better. We are the eyes and ears of the city and our district.” Logging your request with the correct department and in the right way helps speed up the results and makes it easier for everyone involved. Of course, there are times when faster action is needed, or an issue isn’t properly resolved. In this case, it’s the responsibility of the city’s councillors to step in on behalf of residents and to ensure the municipality implements its policies and procedures to address the needs of its citizens. However, it is important to remember, if an issue…

First Talbert Trailer Produced Featured During MATS 2018

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RENSSELAER, Ind. (April 13, 2018) – The American Historical Truck Society exhibited the first trailer ever produced by Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions. The 80-year-old unit was on display during the Mid-America Trucking Show in March in the society’s booth, giving attendees an up-close look at the trailer that set the wheels of heavy-haul innovation in motion. Troy Geisler, Talbert vice president of sales and marketing, was available to share the history of the trailer and the significant innovations the company and its founder, Austin Talbert, have pioneered since Talbert’s beginnings in 1938. “Talbert has been developing heavy-haul solutions for 80 years, and this event was a great way to recognize how Austin and his inventions helped shaped the industry,” Geisler said. Austin Talbert started the company as a heavy haul, crane rental and construction equipment business in Lyons, Illinois. He quickly became known as a pioneer …

DEMAG’S NEW DOUBLE V-GIRDER QUADRUPLES LIFTING CAPACITY

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Demag, one of the oldest crane manufacturers in the world established almost 200 years ago, has developed a new Double V-Girder crane which is capable of a 50T lifting capacity – four times that of the Single Girder. The double-girder overhead travelling cranes offer exceptional load capacity for a low deadweight. Their outstanding crane geometry also provides for extremely good travel characteristics, which minimises wear on the end carriages and crane runway. The load hook can be raised between the two crane girders, which allow large lifting heights to be achieved. The crane offers high long and cross-travel speeds thanks to high-performance double-girder design. The girders can be adapted to building structure requirements and has minimum approach dimensions thanks to the compact travelling hoist design. “Since the launch of the V-Girder in 2016, 60% of all our single girder cranes produced locally are now V-Girders”, said Richard Roughly, Senior Manager: Sales & Marke…

Atterbury’s “The Club” precinct in Pretoria is now also a cutting-edge medical destination

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Leading South African property investor and developer Atterbury has introduced a landmark new medical development to its prestigious mixed-use Pretoria precinct, The Club. Club Surgical Centre, a state-of-the-art day hospital that offers cutting-edge treatment in skin cancer, cosmetic, ear-nose-and-throat, and spinal surgery, began helping patients this month. Fully operational from 9 April, the Club Surgical Centre development is revolutionary. The centre was shaped by its specialists together with Atterbury, so it is designed optimally for their services. The opposite is usually true. Specialists often have to slot into prebuilt generic hospital spaces. The Club Surgical Centre is also groundbreaking as it has been crafted based on leading-edge world trends in day care surgery. The centre’s co-founders, Dr Japie de Wet and Dr Pieter du Plessis, have acquired unique skills to pioneer the only multidisciplinary unit of this kind in South Africa. When setting up a modern skin-cance…

Have your say in Sandton’s skyline of the future and development in Joburg

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If you have a vision for the future of Sandton Central and the city of Joburg, now is the time to have your say and share your passion, insights and ideas. With the recent approval of Johannesburg’s Spatial Development Framework 2040, the Department of Development Planning and Urban Management began reviewing the boundaries and controls of the urban areas within the city. They have assessed each key node with the aim of guiding and encouraging good urban growth and development. The city has published its draft nodal review, which outlines its new development zone approach. The document also indicates the development guidelines for each of the city’s development zones. The review is now open for its second round of public comment. “This is something that everyone should be interested in and participate in. It lays the foundation for future of our city and decides what development will take place in the different areas of the city for the next two decades and beyond,” says Elaine Jac…

Atlas Copco and Skills Development Corporation giving hope to the disabled

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In a bid to contribute to the much-needed skills development and work experience of disabled people, Atlas Copco South Africa partnered with the Skills Development Corporation (SDC) 12 months ago on 4 April 2017. Atlas Copco recognises the daily challenges the disabled face both in their private lives as well as in the business world. The 12-month initiative gave a number of leaners aged between 20 and 28 the opportunity to receive skills development while simultaneously obtaining valuable experience in the work place. The learning programme, hosted at Atlas Copco House in Jet Park, Boksburg, offered learners practical work experience from Monday to Thursday; every Friday learners attended lectures in General Business Management conducted by SDC Facilitator, Nozibusiso Nkosi. “We take pride in working with our future generation, teaching them the fundamental ins and outs of a corporate setting and at the same time boost their self-esteem and much needed confidence to pursue their ca…

Haver & Boecker’s New Ty-Rail™ Configurations Increase Vibrating Screens’ Adaptability

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ST. CATHARINES, Ontario (March 27, 2018) — Haver & Boecker, a leading equipment manufacturer and solutions provider in aggregates and mining applications, introduces new configurations of its Ty-Rail™ quick-tensioning system for screen media. As a result of Ty-Rail’s success, Haver & Boecker developed and now offers three anglebox designs for different vibrating screen setups. This allows producers to benefit from Ty- Rail’s time savings during screen media change-outs, even on difficult-to-access areas of a vibrating screen. The patented Ty-Rail system is designed specifically for Haver & Boecker’s Tyler brand of vibrating screens and now comes standard on all new F-Class and T-Class machines with 3- bend tension rails. The system solves an age-old problem of time-intensive screen media change-outs. Replacing tension rails is typically time consuming and requires removing and replacing many pieces of hardware per screen section. Washers or bolts are often dropped or lost …

Growthpoint reports over R260 million of industrial property deals in Eastern Gauteng

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New KINSHOFER NOX-Tiltrotator Series Offers Advanced Features for Excavators

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SANBORN, New York (Feb. 15, 2018) — KINSHOFER, one of the world’s leading sources of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, introduces the NOX-Tiltrotator Series. The attachments’ universal joint offers 360-degree continuous rotation and tilting angles of up to 2-by-55 degrees, the widest in the industry. The Tiltrotator features an elliptical piston rather than a cylinder, for a streamlined design and high-power performance in a variety of tight areas and applications, such as road construction, general construction and city snow removal. These features, paired with its easy serviceability make it one of the most advanced excavator tools on the market. “We designed the NOX-Tiltrotators to enhance contractors’ productivity and ROI,” said Francois Martin, KINSHOFER North America general manager. “Because the attachments both rotate and tilt excavators don’t need to move much to access key areas, which saves significant time. This combined with the quick-change system and …

KINSHOFER’s X-LOCK Coupler Provides Fast and Safe Attachment Exchanges

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SANBORN, New York (March 6, 2018) — KINSHOFER, one of the world’s leading sources of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, offers the X-LOCK Coupler, a safe and quick solution for exchanging excavator attachments on the jobsite. The tool allows the operator to exchange attachments safely from within the cab and features a wedge-locking principal, which allows the coupler to connect to the attachment in two separate places, where competitors only feature one locking point. The X-LOCK Coupler easily pairs with buckets, rippers, rakes and mechanical grabs as well as a wide variety of demolition, recycling and railroad attachments. “The X-LOCK Coupler is the safest solution available when it comes to changing excavator attachments,” said Francois Martin, KINSHOFER North America general manager. “The various safety and design features — which are KINSHOFER exclusive— allow operators to make attachment exchanges from the cab. This ensures safety while speeding up the exchang…

Closely-knit customer-supplier relationship pays dividends on a challenging pipe project

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[Johannesburg, 13 March 2018]: A more than customer-supplier relationship between specialist pipeline contractor, JDC, and thermoplastic piping supplier, Plasti-Tech, was the recipe for success on a challenging pipe installation project recently completed by JDC for Henric Ferro Chrome in the North West Province of South Africa. In business, maintaining strong working relationships means everything. Strong working relationships are entirely possible, but it takes trust and transparency on both sides. A case in point is the relationship which JDC’s HDPE Piping Division has over the past four years forged with thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech. The significance of such a strong customer-supplier relationship was recently demonstrated on a challenging pipe installation project which had a very short and stringent timeline where material shortages were out of question. According to Nadine Roussouw, Contracts Administrator at JDC, the scope of the over R1-million project e…

Construction of a satellite city in Wakiso in Uganda

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The Ugandan government has earmarked Nakigalala area along the Kampala-Entebbe highway for the establishment of a satellite city with an aim of decongesting the capital, Kampala. According to the State Minister for Urban Development, Mr. Isaac Musumba, Nakigalala will be the first ultra-modern city in Uganda with three more to follow. “In this Satellite city development plan, the government’s role is to identify the land and invite experts to work on the physical development master plan to allow for the construction of the buildings,” Mr. Musumba said. The Minister said that the government has invited a team of consultants seconded by the Malaysian government to plan for the satellite city adding that the actual development of the 1200 hectare land will be done by the private sector. “The government identified the land and spoke to the owner who are willing to sell to those investors who want to construct houses that are fitting the plan that will be handed to government by the co…

Talbert Strengthens Dealer Support in Canada with New Sales Manager

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RENSSELAER, Ind. (March 26, 2018) –Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, has welcomed Steve Gardonyi as Canadian sales manager. Gardonyi assists dealers in Canada with Talbert trailer sales, marketing and customization. He is also helping to bring the 80-year-old company’s heavy-haul solutions to more people throughout the region, broadening the company’s Canadian dealer network. “There is a lot of synergy between Steve and our team, both in terms of experience and passion as well as a commitment to customer success,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing. “The knowledge he brings from multiple facets of the industry will help us continue our mission to provide our customers with the heavy-haul solutions they need to be successful, whether that’s ‘off-the-shelf’ trailers or fully customized units.” Gardonyi has nearly 30 years of industry experience, which includes operations management, quality…

Solesbee’s Announces IRONCLAD Marketing As Agency Of Record

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WINSTON, Georgia (Feb. 12, 2018) — Solesbee’s Equipment & Attachments LLC, a premier equipment and attachments manufacturer, has selected IRONCLAD Marketing as its Agency of Record. The Fargo, North Dakota-based company is managing Solesbee’s marketing efforts. A division of the KINSHOFER Group, Solesbee’s is a full-service heavy equipment attachment manufacturer offering a wide range of attachments for forklifts, bulldozers, front-end and back-end loaders, excavators and tractors. Solesbee’s designs its attachments to maximize productivity and profits on the jobsite. Effective immediately, IRONCLAD Marketing has assumed management of all advertising and public relations programs. Please direct all marketing inquiries to Denise Stoppleworth, IRONCLAD president, at 701-373-0062 or denise@ironcladmktg.com. Solesbee’s, a leading manufacturer of quality heavy equipment attachments, offers a wide range of standard and custom attachments designed for excavators, bulldozers, front-en…

SB 1102 Hydraulic Breaker from Epiroc – a solid solution for construction and demolition

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Epiroc’s range of solid body hydraulic breakers just got bigger with the recent introduction of the new SB 1102 which is defined by powerful, reliable performance in a lightweight, compact package. “The largest in the solid body range, the SB 1102 is all about maximums - performance, durability, reliability and service life and minimums - weight, downtime, maintenance and operational costs,” says Neville Stewart, Business Line Manager for Epiroc’s Hydraulic Attachment Tools (HAT) division. “Key to this Solid Body concept,” says Stewart, “is the elimination of common parts and the integration of all components, the piston and bush being the only exceptions. With fewer working parts and consequently less wear and tear, end-users will reap the ultimate benefit of lowest total cost of ownership brought by increased uptime, long life reliability and reduced maintenance costs.” Integrated components include the maintenance-free high pressure accumulator, located on the side for easier ac…

Recycled chandeliers at Morningside Shopping Centre find new home at Grayston Prep School

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Learners at Grayston Preparatory School will now be able to see for themselves that recycling isn’t only better for our environment but can help make the world a little more beautiful too. On Wednesday, 14 March 2018 Morningside Shopping Centre donated five chandeliers that were hanging in the centre to Grayston Preparatory School. The chandeliers, shaped into exquisite balls of white flowers, are made from recycled plastic milk bottles by acclaimed South African artist Heath Nash. Through art, Nash aims to shine a light on the importance of environmental sustainability through recycling. Morningside Shopping Centre manager, Sharon Henry says the centre is thrilled to continue building strong ties with schools in the community while also caring for the environment by carrying on the artist’s vision to reduce, reuse and recycle. “Morningside Shopping Centre has become the community shopping centre of choice for the surrounding school's families and we are delighted that our ch…

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his recent missions to Nigeria have revealed numerous opportunities for power sector businesses, particularly those operating in the renewable energy, solar energy, power storage, technical and training and specialist financial consulting arenas. Africa House, also the research partner of the premier African power sector conference and exhibition, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, believes Nigeria is currently a hotspot for power industry development. “With a population officially in the region of 186 million, serious power challenges and massive industrial growth potential, Nigeria is actively seeking new and viable power solutions to drive economic growth,” says Runge. The Manufacturers’…

Growthpoint reports over R260 million of industrial property deals in Eastern Gauteng

Industrial property in the East of Gauteng produced a strong showing in 2017, with good leasing and development activity recorded in Growthpoint Properties’ industrial portfolio. While it was an unarguably tough year for the economy in general, industrial property emerged as the strongest performing commercial property sector overall in South Africa. Growthpoint notes that Gauteng’s East Rand was a hotspot for industrial leasing. In 2017 alone, it concluded 70 deals in this region, 40 new and 30 renewals, covering over 146,499sqm and with a total value of R260 million Engelbert Binedell, Industrial Division Director for Growthpoint Properties, says: “We are seeing normal levels of churn on smaller mini-units in the 250sqm to 750sqm and good demand for midsized units up to 2,000sqm. The area is particularly popular with large logistics and warehousing businesses because of its excellent road access. Growthpoint has good quality stock in the area, including properties with developme…

Digitally-inspired hackathon at Tshimologong Precinct selects winners

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The Mine.D: Zero Harm hackathon, hosted by the Tshimologong Precinct and the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS), has announced the three overall winners of the digitally-inspired hackathon. Focused on Mixed Reality (MR) and Internet of Things (IoT) within the health and safety space of the mining sector, the teams that entered were exposed to the wonders of technology, including demonstrations and one-on-one coaching from industry experts. Lesley Williamson, CEO, Tshimologong Precinct, says that the top three entries were inspiring and very relevant to the health and safety of the mining environment: “I was impressed by the depth of knowledge and skill of the entrants. As we hoped, the results address very real issues and concerns within the mining environment and all utilise technology in innovative ways.” While she says the judging process was not easy, the first place was awarded to team SystemDex (Sikhanyiso Ngetu, Mosima Matlhwana, and Menzi Mohlobo)…