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Apr 24, 2015
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was appointed to the position following the surprise secondment of Brian Molefe to Eskom, has placed revenue diversification at the top of his list of immediate priorities, with the weak commodity outlook seen as having the...
Apr 24, 2015
Phase 3 construction of the Maclear Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) upgrade project, in the Eastern Cape’s Joe Gqabi district municipality, will start in June this year, says South African black-owned engineering firm Gibb, This phase will include the construction...
Apr 23, 2015
The construction of a 100 MW natural gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia is progressing well, with the first of 13 power generation sets having arrived at the Gigawatt Park site on April 15. South African investment group and majority shareholder in the project...
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
JSE-listed Redefine Properties on Thursday said it had completed the R4.1-billion acquisition of the Leaf Capital portfolio of properties, a deal which significantly boosted the company’s Western Cape office portfolio. This included Black River Park, which offered 74...
Apr 22, 2015
PPC CEO Darryll Castle
Following his first 100 days as CEO of cement producer PPC, Darryll Castle reports that action plans have been put in place to more aggressively win back market share within South Africa, while pressing ahead with its high-potential African expansion strategy. A...
Apr 22, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
The V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, will invest R380-million in the construction of a new Radisson Red hotel, in its Silo District. Developed and funded by the V&A Waterfront, the 235-room hotel, which would open by end-2016, would also mark the first of its kind in...
Apr 22, 2015
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Apr 21, 2015
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Apr 21, 2015
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Apr 21, 2015
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With Africa holding 60% of the world’s arable land, agriculture held one of the keys to unlocking economic opportunities for the continent, but could only be achieved through cooperation with other countries in regions such as Asia. Speaking at the Asia–Africa...
Apr 21, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven...
Apr 21, 2015
The developers behind the large-scale mixed-use residential development, the “holistic” R20-billion Coega Ridge housing estate, outside Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, have confirmed that the project remains on track to break ground in 2018 and will likely slash...
Apr 20, 2015
Construction on Line 2B of Pretoria’s A Re Yeng bus-rapid transit (BRT) system would start in August, while construction on Line 2C would start in November, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has revealed. Line 2B will run between Hatfield and Menlyn and Line 2C between...
Apr 17, 2015
Llewellyn Consulting's Russell Jones
Power represents Africa’s largest infrastructure challenge, a new thought-leader report argues, noting that the continent’s power infrastructure delivers only a small fraction of that delivered in other developing regions. Titled ‘Foundations for Growth -...
Apr 17, 2015
SMART DISTRIBUTION Providing funds to introduce smart grid technologies in the absence of a clearly defined strategy will not result in the desired outcome
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
Apr 17, 2015
The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) is building 502 rental housing units, valued at R200-million, in Dobsonville, Soweto, which are scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Apr 17, 2015
STRANDED POWER It would not be feasible to propose building a thermal plant in a location far from the nearest gas pipeline
Applying for an independent power producer (IPP) licence required extensive planning, with help from various industry-specific companies, said Nigeria-based energy advisory firm Lavayo Energy CEO Lolu Adubifa, who addressed delegates at the ‘How to Get an IPP...
Apr 17, 2015
PARKS TAU The city is using international standards and evaluations of smart systems to provide a foundation for rolling out robust smart systems
The City of Johannesburg has confirmed it has opened its Smart City Portal – a collection of resources, standards, best practices and in-house discussions to support the development of smart city implementation frameworks – to smaller municipalities that do not have...
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2015
LOUIS SHAFFER It would be in South Africa’s best interest to pursue rooftop solar to add a few gigawatts in the near future
The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.
Apr 17, 2015
BARRY BREDENKAMP The number one priority of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing the emissions of large-scale electricity generation is gathering data
Energy efficiency requires a complex approach that should be initiated and implemented across the supply chain, from production to the consumer, said State-owned entity the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) senior manager for energy...
Apr 16, 2015
Sisa Ngebulana
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Rebosis Property Fund on Thursday reported distribution growth of 8.2% to 52.46c per linked unit for the six months ended February 28, exceeding the forecast 52.38c per linked unit for the interim period.
Apr 16, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to accelerate and expand the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), reporting that she will be seeking the concurrence of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa...
Apr 16, 2015
To better manage, maintain and improve Limpopo’s ailing road infrastructure, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a partnership agreement with the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL). RAL had calculated that it would need R122-billion to...
Apr 16, 2015
The Western Cape government, in partnership with the private sector, is considering proposals to increase the value of the province’s tourism sector by 65% to R28-billion. International and local experts discussed various proposals during a two-day design lab hosted...
Apr 16, 2015
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $140-million loan for Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport development project. The project, to be implemented within three to four years, was expected to increase the airport’s capacity to 18-million...
Apr 16, 2015
JSE-listed construction company Stefanutti Stocks has appointed Antonio Cocciante as CFO and executive director, effective June 1. He would succeed outgoing CFO and executive director Dermot Quinn, who was stepping down on May 31. Quinn would continue to serve on...
Apr 16, 2015
The first phase of the Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) would only be ready for operation on October 8, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed in a written response to a Parliamentary question by opposition party Democratic...
Apr 15, 2015
One of BioTherm's existing SA projects
South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy has confirmed that three of its renewable-energy projects, with a combined capacity of 251 MW, were named as preferred bids during the fourth bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power...
 
 
 
 
Apr 15, 2015
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In recognition of its environmental sustainability, the new head office of construction major Group Five, located at the Waterfall Estate, in Midrand, has achieved both a Design and As Built 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) rating from the Green Building Council...
Apr 14, 2015
Multidisciplinary construction group Liviero Civils on Tuesday announced that it had secured two new civil engineering contracts valued at over R280-million. The group’s current works contract on the Ekurhuleni Trunk Routes Project had been extended until 2016,...
Apr 14, 2015
JSE-listed Tower Property Fund will gain significant exposure to the industrial property sector through the R190.75-million acquisition of HTP Holdings. Tower reported on Tuesday that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of and...
Apr 14, 2015
Hotel group Tsogo Sun will build a new 500-bedroom hotel complex on the site of the recently demolished Tulip hotel, on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand streets, in the Cape Town central business district at a cost of R680-million. “We believe the continued...
Apr 14, 2015
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
There are about 2 225 informal settlements in South Africa, with the highest concentration being in KwaZulu-Natal. In a written reply to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Thandeka Gqada, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu noted that...
Apr 14, 2015
Holcim and Lafarge outlined an even split of seats on the two cement groups' post-merger board, but there was no place for Holcim investor Filaret Galchev, who has yet to announce his support for the proposed $40-billion deal. The inclusion of Galchev or one of his...
Apr 13, 2015
The 18 000 m2 Bridge Park office development, in Century City, Cape Town, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office v1 ‘Design’ rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), bringing to five the number of Green Star-rated buildings...
Apr 13, 2015
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says government intends to find a solution to the Harrismith Hub and N3 De Beers Pass developments. “I am here to assure you that government through the SIP2 Task Team will find a win–win solution to the Harrismith Hub and N3 De Beers...
Apr 10, 2015
Work on South African utility Eskom's new Medupi power plant faced disruption again on Friday after the company said sacked workers blocked other employees from entering the site, while a union said some of its members had gone on strike. Labour disputes and...
Apr 10, 2015
The Western Cape High Court on Friday granted State-owned defence industrial group Denel an interim order forbidding anyone from entering or re-entering its Philippi property in the Western Cape province. The property lies close to Khayelitsha, itself a partially...
 
 
 
 
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
The World Bank's development arm plans to invest between $1.2-billion and $2-billion in Egypt over the next four years, including around the Suez Canal, its regional director told Reuters. The International Finance Corporation is looking at ports and logistics...
Apr 10, 2015
EASY POSITIONING Ampliform’s aluminium floor grating and mesh are suitable for use in applications where the weight of steel grating is an issue when it comes to loading on the roof trusses
Expanded-aluminium floor grating and mesh, manufactured by expanded-aluminium products manufacturer Ampliform ensures that end-users do not struggle with corrosion in outside areas, says Ampliform GM Sean Daly. He adds that the company’s aluminium floor grating and...
Apr 10, 2015
Seamless industrial and commercial flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group, a subsidiary of RPM International, seems to be growing from strength-to-strength, having won the RPM 2014 Connections Creating Value Award in December last year for its collaborative efforts...
Apr 10, 2015
TRAINING SUPPORT Belgotex technical support manager Allan de Wit, Fita training director Patty Vermaak, Sparrow FET new business development manager Melanie Malema and Kevin Bates Albert Carpets CFO Neil Duncan
The flooring industry in South Africa must start investing in worker training, as government plans to make staff accreditation a compulsory requirement, says interior flooring supplier and installer Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) CFO Neil Duncan. He says...
 
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