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Diamond major releases inaugural impact report
Published: 30 Jul 21
The world’s largest diamond miner by volume Alrosa, earlier this month released its first ever Impact Report, which summarises its social and economic progress in Yakutia – which hosts 90% of Alrosa’s operations – over the last decade. Yakutia is one of the world’s richest regions in terms of natural resources. However, it faces extreme weather conditions, and all the infrastructure and public facilities need to be renovated on a regular basis. 
N4 Kaapmuiden-to-Kaalrug project 75% complete
Published: 30 Jul 21
Trans African Concessions (TRAC) expects to complete the major upgrade between Kaapmuiden and Kaalrug, in the Nkomazi region, on the N4 Toll Route, by October.  The toll road concessionaire says the 15.5 km road project is more than 75% complete.
Unitrans Africa launches dedicated Moz-Zim rail service
Published: 30 Jul 21
Using its partnerships with the National Railways of Zimbabwe, CFM Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique and Traxtion, Unitrans Africa has opened a dedicated rail service between Maputo port and three major Zimbabwean trade hubs – Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru.  Until now, this key section of rail has been largely underutilised, says Unitrans.
A front view of an operational train set in a warehouse Revitalisation vital to economic recovery
Published: 30 Jul 21
South Africa’s transport sector is central to trade, and modernising and revitalising it is critical to the country’s recovery from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, says railroad equipment supplier Gibela CEO Hector Danisa. The country's economy went into its deepest recession in a century in 2020 when the government halted a large swathe of economic activity to stop Covid-19’s spread. Already sluggish before the March 2020 national lockdown, economic activity in South Africa contracted by 7% and sacrificed an estimated one-million jobs.
3CR12 grade steel train wagon transporting coal Production surplus meets growing rail industry demand
Published: 30 Jul 21
Although stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless can meet South Africa’s stainless steel material demands in all sectors, including the railroad industry, the apparent stainless steel consumption is too low to fulfil the mill’s total production capacity, says Columbus Stainless market development manager Lerato Mashigo. “We currently sell the excess capacity that is produced in our mill into most of the international stainless steel markets. Therefore, there remains sufficient capabilities and capacity within Columbus Stainless to meet the current demand and future growth demands in the domestic rail industry, as our priority ultimately lies with meeting the demands of the domestic market.”
BMG’s Dinamic Oil gearbox in a warehouse Gearboxes ensure increased safety
Published: 30 Jul 21
Engineering solutions provider BMG supplies the local railway sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes. Design customisations are adjusted according to the demand and physical requirements of the application.
Railroad tipper bin standing upright Specialty containers create easy access
Published: 30 Jul 21
Niche market container product supplier Specialised Container Agencies (SCA) has developed SCA Intermodal Side Tipper Bins that ensure quick, safe and cost-efficient bulk handling in rail and road applications. “Robust Intermodal Side Tipper Bins have been designed for rapid and efficient off-loading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks, using specially designed hydraulic tipping cylinders,” says SCA director Ken Mouritzen.
Covid lockdown delays completion of N4 projects
Published: 30 Jul 21
The four major rehabilitation and expansion projects on the South African side of the N4 toll route are back on track, says toll road manager Trans African Concessions (Trac). All sites were officially opened in the second week of May and are fully operational.
An image of an aerial view of the Autumn Leaf Mall Retail opportunities abound in peri-urban areas
Published: 30 Jul 21
Peri-urban areas have immense opportunities for investment in commercial properties, such as shopping complexes and warehouses for retailers, says 100% black-owned property development, management and investments company Akani Properties MD Zamani Letjane. “We saw opportunities in the property sector, and coincidentally, we took over a client’s property portfolio, which was then administered under our retirement fund administration company. We then separated the properties and registered Akani Properties to develop and manage.”
An image of Masmart warehouse progress Commercial property industry set to improve
Published: 30 Jul 21
The commercial property sector is set to improve once Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the South African economy has navigated its way through the harshest of the pandemic’s impact, says commercial real estate agency Black Pepper Properties director Simon Black. The office market has been heavily impacted on, compared to other property sectors; however, the full impact can be understood only once there has been a round of lease renewals over the next 12 to 18 months.
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