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Jun 01, 2015
The Financial and Fiscal Commission says spending performance by State-owned entities on infrastructure projects has improved despite tight fiscal conditions. The Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) today tabled its Annual Submission for the Division of Revenue in...
Jun 01, 2015
The Department of Public Works’ new proposed regulations under the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Act 2000 could pave the way for a more affordable and efficient resolution of disputes over nonpayment of contractors and subcontractors in the building...
Jun 01, 2015
Karpowership sales director Patrick O’Driscoll
Turkish floating power plant group Karpowership says it has identified several potential sites along South Africa’s coastline where it could berth or moor vessels with generating capacities of up to 500 MW, indicating that the sites are generally located near load...
May 29, 2015
JSE-listed Tower Property Fund has acquired the Link Hills Shopping Centre, in Waterfall, KwaZulu-Natal for R160.9-million from The Sabre Trust and Matlu Family Trust. The shopping centre, on Inanda Road, was situated in an upper-high-growth residential area, next to...
May 29, 2015
While a healthy appetite for investment in government’s infrastructure development programme existed among international and domestic providers of capital, policy coherence, a clear roll-out strategy and a champion in government were critical to triggering this...
May 29, 2015
Under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, being held in Cape Town from June 3 to 5, South Africa will reiterate its stance that it is open for business, showcasing what it has to offer other countries and global business. The event, which would...
May 29, 2015
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The head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to South Africa, Ambassador Roeland van de Geer, expects a quieter year in relations between the 28-member-country bloc and South Africa, following an action-packed and, at times, tempestuous 2014. Besides a high-profile...
May 29, 2015
LSM Distributors has contracted engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa to undertake the R100-million restoration of the 54-year-old Kyalami racetrack, situated in Midrand. The restoration will assist in re-establishing it as a venue for...
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May 29, 2015
MAGNITUDINAL POTENTIAL The planned Durban Dig-Out Port will be the largest infrastructure capital project in South Africa, notwithstanding the value and timeframe of current projects
KwaZulu-Natal’s infrastructure development outlook is brighter than South Africa realises it is, considering the current level of megaproject activity in the province, states professional services and advisory firm Deloitte. Moreover, South Africa needs these...
May 29, 2015
CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIC The X-Stop PVC Waterstops are manufactured from a high-quality virgin polyvinyl chloride compound to provide substantial flexibility and durability
Tiling installation materials, tiling tools, building solutions and construction adhesives manufacturer and supplier Tal has supplied its largest order of X-Calibur X-Stop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Waterstop extruded water bars to date to the lower Thukela bulk water...
May 29, 2015
BULK WATER SUPPLY The R513-million Valdezia-Makhado project aims to solve water challenges in the Makhado West area
The supply of steel pipes, fittings and valves to the value of R97-million to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) Valdezia-Mowkop water line project, in the Makhado local municipality, in Limpopo, is well under way, says pipe supplier Incledon, noting...
May 29, 2015
Raubex is no longer a South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) or a road-building company, but a diversified infrastructure and materials group, says CEO Rudolf Fourie. A spate of acquisitions, aimed at achieving the goal of diversification, as well as a...
May 29, 2015
BENEFICIAL MATERIAL Stainless steel handrailing offers numerous benefits among which is increased safety
Stainless steel handrailing can be used in various industries to ensure the safety of personnel and compliance with hygiene standards, says precision engineering company Andrew Mentis.
May 29, 2015
NECESSARY EXPANSION The expansion of the Northern Aqueduct will alleviate water shortages and rationing
The construction of R250-million in urgently needed bulk water infrastructure in the northern part of the eThekwini region, in KwaZulu-Natal, is nearing completion, says municipal water and sanitation service eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS). Newly appointed EWS...
May 28, 2015
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The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed three consultants for work packages as part of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). The contracts, worth a collective M40-million, were awarded to the SMEC-FMA joint venture (JV);...
May 28, 2015
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The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) would, within the next six weeks, form a task team to develop frameworks for encouraging local construction companies to enter Africa’s developing markets and to seek further growth through the possible establishment...
May 28, 2015
May 27, 2015
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Wednesday night that reasons “beyond his control” led to him cancelling a news conference where he would have made public his long-awaited Nkandla report. According to Nhleko's spokesperson Musa Zondi the need to follow...
 
 
 
 
May 27, 2015
JSE-listed Dipula Income Fund reported that its distributable earnings grew 33.2% in the six months ended February 28, translating into a combined growth of 6.8% in distributions for both A- and B-linked units. The distribution attributable to the A-linked units was...
May 27, 2015
JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties’ Kirstenhof Office Park, in Johannesburg, has become the hundredth building in South Africa to achieve a Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), securing a 5-Star Green Star: Existing...
May 27, 2015
NASREC MEMORIAL PARK
JSE-listed residential property developer Calgro M3 Holdings’ subsidiary, Calgro M3 Memorial Parks has diversified its portfolio by officially launching its first memorial park, in Nasrec, near Soweto. This is the first development of its kind by Calgro M3 in what it...
May 27, 2015
Nedbank Property Finance has granted finance of R323-million to unlisted property fund, the FPG Group, for the acquisition of the Cape Gate Lifestyle precinct, in Cape Town, from real estate investment trust Hyprop. The acquisition comprised 30 000 m2 of gross...
May 26, 2015
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude
JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude told shareholders and analysts on Tuesday that of the company’s land assets, 39% was either in the process of undergoing an environmental-impact assessment, being released from agriculture, had formally submitted a planning...
May 26, 2015
JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund’s headline earnings a share for the year ended March 31, increased by 14% year-on-year to 187c, while earnings a share rose 21% to 278c. The fund further reported 8.1% year-on-year growth in normalised distributions a share, delivering...
May 26, 2015
The mandate of local government has expanded greatly over the last ten years, and now includes more comprehensive operational responsibilities, as well as new ones, such as air quality management, says KPMG South Africa City Centre of Excellence associate director...
May 25, 2015
The Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged collusion against JSE-listed construction materials company Dawn, along with its subsidiaries DPI Plastics, Ubuntu Plastics and Sangio Pipes, to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The commission alleged...
May 25, 2015
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Freedom Property Fund has achieved maiden headline earnings a share of 1.49c and headline earnings of R13.2-million for the financial year to February 28. “It has been a time of growth and focus on setting up the...
May 25, 2015
JSE-listed Delta Property Fund on Monday announced a distribution of 84.07c a share for the year to February 28, a 15.7% rise on the prior financial year, as revenue surged past the R1-billion mark. The specialist real estate investment trust property fund posted a...
 
 
 
 
May 22, 2015
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South Africa’s credit rating is at risk of being downgraded if government fails to pay the debt taken on to fund infrastructure programmes, such as the upgrading of Gauteng’s major highways, National Treasury deputy director-general for tax and financial sector...
May 22, 2015
CITADEL BASEMENT CONSTRUCTION The type of basement construction on this project posed a number of challenges both in the general design and in the design of the lateral support requirements
Independent geotechnical contractors Keller subsidiary Franki Africa last month completed the construction of basement parking at wealth manager Citadel’s premises in Claremont, Cape Town. The contract was awarded to Franki in July last year and included lateral...
May 22, 2015
SIGNIFICANT ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT An MSE approach embankment eliminates the need for retaining walls in conditions of limited space
The worldwide acceptance and use of mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) technology is one of the most significant civil engineering developments of the past 50 years, says retaining wall company Reinforced Earth. MSE is the generic name for a composite material...
May 22, 2015
Cement producer PPC is gearing up for expected demand growth by constructing a new 3000 t/d clinker kiln at its Slurry cement factory, in the North West. The new kiln at Slurry will boast a six-stage pre-heater tower design as was used on PPC’s Dwaalboom kiln, in...
May 22, 2015
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
May 22, 2015
MISCONCEPTIONS The same mistakes are continuously being repeated on construction sites as a result of people not understanding the fundamental concepts of concrete technology
The same mistakes are continuously being repeated on construction sites as a result of people not understanding the fundamental concepts of concrete technology, says the School of Concrete Technology (SCT), which is facilitated by concrete industry technical services...
May 22, 2015
ANTICIPATED IMPROVEMENT The recovery of the construction industry is expected to have a positive effect on the aggregate and sand industry
The construction industry is showing signs of recovery with expected government infrastructure expenditure, retail developments and residential building projects set to lift the industry considerably above last year’s level, says the Aggregate and Sand Producers...
May 22, 2015
VAAL RIVER CITY The project is a public–private partnership aimed at unlocking the potential of the waterfront developments in the Sedibeng district’s Emfuleni and Midvaal areas
The development of the multibillion-rand Vaal River City megacity project will begin at the end of this year and it will create new economic and industrialisation activity anchored by the Vaal river.
May 22, 2015
INFRASTRUCTURE DEMAND Darryll Kilian and Natasha Anamuthoo note that increased economic growth is driving infrastructure development and the associated demand for cement
Demand for cement is increasing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as construction and infrastructure projects roll out in line with growing confidence and trust in the country and its economy, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (SA)....
May 22, 2015
HOSPITAL ENGINEERING A industry best practice norms and standards are being developed for built environment professionals working in the healthcare sector
Healthcare infrastructure norms and standards developer Infrastructure Unit Support Systems (IUSS) is in the process of developing and publishing a set of healthcare infrastructure standards and norms, to act as a built environment best practice guideline. The IUSS...
 
 
 
 
May 22, 2015
According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the economy of the sub-Saharan Africa region is set to grow by 4.5% in 2015, and 5.1% in 2016, which explains the significant infrastructure investment the continent is currently seeing, says Bauma Conexpo Africa CEO...
May 22, 2015
QUALITY EDUCATIONThe School of Concrete Technology providing on site training in Dullstroom
The Southern African Readymix Association (Sarma) has warned cement and concrete industry stakeholders that some unaccredited organisations are running cement and concrete training and courses, disseminating unvetted information that could be harmful to the industry....
May 22, 2015
CONTAMINENT FREE ZONE ISO cleanrooms are used to ensure that contaminants do not interfere with material research or the equipment being manufactured
South African mineral research organisation Mintek launched a R13-million manufacturing facility last month to produce lateral-flow diagnostics test strips for infectious diseases such as malaria, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB). The...
May 22, 2015
REGULATORY CHANGE The requirement to be registered with South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is one of the most far-reaching changes of the 2014 Construction Regulations
The requirement to be registered with South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is one of the most far-reaching changes of the 2014 Construction Regulations, set to come into force on August 7, 2015, says training company...
May 22, 2015
THE COPE GEARBOX The Cope gearbox, which was developed in cooperation with German gear manufacturer Renk, offers up to eight motors at the motor end
Vertical roller mills manufacturer Loesche last year received an order to install a Loesche Mill type LM 70.4+4 in Calabar, Nigeria, the largest Loesche mill to date. Loesche was awarded the contract in July 2014 by Sinoma for United Cement Company of Nigeria (UCCN)...
 
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