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Construction News

New financing models needed for infrastructure

By: African News Agency      Updated 50 minutes ago Global leaders and representatives of Canada, France, Switzerland, China, South Africa and the United States on Tuesday, questioned the ability of public sectors across the globe to develop proper infrastructure ecosystems. Financing of infrastructure projects seemed not to be the major obstacle... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures

Nigeria's Kaduna airport terminal still building site ahead of air hub switch

By: Reuters     17th January 2017 A new terminal at northern Nigeria's Kaduna airport is still under construction with cables hanging from ceilings less than two months before it is due to become an aviation hub when the capital's airport closes temporarily for runway repairs. Nigeria plans to shut Abuja airport for six weeks... 

Djibouti breaks ground on massive Chinese-backed free trade zone

By: Reuters     17th January 2017 The president of Djibouti on Monday formally launched the construction of a project touted as Africa's largest free trade zone, to be built in the tiny Horn of African nation with Chinese backing. The agreement to build the 48 square kilometre free trade zone was signed in March 2016 as part of... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the port,... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

Italian consortium wins $95m bridge contract in Botswana wildlife refuge

By: Reuters     16th January 2017 Botswana has awarded a 1-billion pula ($95-million) contract to a joint venture between Italian companies Itinera and Cimolai to build a bridge in the remote Okavango Delta, a major tourist draw renowned for its wildlife. The project, which will be fully funded by the government and involves the... 

Loeriesfontein, Khobab wind farms edge closer to completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Around 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms, near Calvinia, in the Northern Cape, between January 12 and September. The components are being transported from the Port of Ngqura, outside of Port Elizabeth, in the... 

Loeriesfontein, Khobab wind farms edge closer to completion

Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to receive $44.5-million in funding. These projects include a 4.6 MW hybrid microgrid project in the... 

Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

Draft new built environment regulations to be completed by financial year-end – Nxesi 

By: Anine Kilian     13th January 2017 The Department of Public Works (DPW) is reviewing “outdated” legislation that regulates the built environment. Addressing media on the sidelines of a DPW bursary awards ceremony in Centurion, on Friday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi noted that the department intends to have new built... 

Draft new built environment regulations to be completed by financial year-end – Nxesi
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says the department is making progress with its seven-year turnaround plan. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope 

     12th January 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The brainchild and dream of former statesman Nelson Mandela, who encouraged society’s involvement in the nurturing and safeguarding of children, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, will soon launch. Megan... 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope
Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope

Eskom expects net economic loss to South Africa from renewables for next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 Amid growing frustration around the pending amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan and the impact this will have on future renewable-energy projects in South Africa, State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday revealed that the economy has suffered a R9-billion net loss for 2016, owing to a... 

Eskom expects net economic loss to South Africa from renewables for next five years

All 40 000 learners in need of schools will be placed – Makhura

By: African News Agency      11th January 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday assured parents that “everything will be done” to ensure that all 40 000 children on the waiting list will be placed in schools. “The more we improve education and results (the more) we have more problems. We have migrant learners and this is a crisis of... 

All 40 000 learners in need of schools will be placed – Makhura
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Bouygues clinches €1.7bn Hinkley Point C construction contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 French firm EDF has contracted Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, in a consortium with British company Laing O’Rourke, to construct the buildings that will house the two European Pressurised Reactor (ERP) nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England.... 

KwaZulu-Natal to get another retail, logistics park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 A multimillion-rand logistics and retail park being developed by M&F Giuricich Developments and Fortress Property Fund, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be built this year. The logistics park, located between the King Shaka International Airport and Durban, will form part of the N2 Business Estate, located... 

KwaZulu-Natal to get another retail, logistics park

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

By: Reuters     4th January 2017 The sight of a drone hovering above the streets of Tandale to map the crowded flood-prone neighbourhood in the north of Dar es Salaam spread excitement among inhabitants tired of dealing with regular inundations. “I am happy to see something is being done to prevent flooding,” said 35-year-old... 

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

By: African News Agency      30th December 2016 Igniting economic growth to create more jobs would be top of government’s agenda for 2017, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year’s message to South Africans. Zuma described 2016 as a fruitful year in which government worked hard to fight poverty, inequality, unemployment, and reversing “the... 

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2016 As far as Tesla’s concerned, what’s happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno. The electric-car maker is seizing on next week’s consumer electronics show to host investors and analysts at Gigafactory 1, the sprawling... 

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model S

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Analytics firm IHS Markit reports that its Materials Price Index (MPI) rose for a sixth consecutive week, increasing 1.4% to hit a fresh 18-month high. IHS Global Insight Pricing & Purchasing senior economist Ben Orhan pointed out that ferrous metals once again drove the index higher, gaining... 

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

Worcester set to have a new R61m high school in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd December 2016 Construction of the new Worcester high school, in the Western Cape, is nearing completion and is expected to open its doors in January, the Western Cape government (WCG) said on Thursday. The R61-million project was commissioned in August 2015 by the Department of Transport and Public Works... 

Worcester set to have a new R61m high school in 2017

Uganda solar PV project on track

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Multinational independent power producer Building Energy on Wednesday said it could proceed with the construction of the 10 MW Tororo solar photovoltaic project ins Uganda, as it reached financial close with Dutch development bank FMO for $14.7-million. The project’s shareholders will attribute... 

Uganda solar PV project on track

Eskom welcomes ConCourt judgment around Koeberg tender

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Eskom on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss the application by nuclear services provider Westinghouse to review the award of the tender for the replacement of the six steam generators at the Koeberg power station, in Cape Town. Eskom had, in June 2012, called... 

Eskom welcomes ConCourt judgment around Koeberg tender

Louwville clinic targets completion in March

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Construction of a new R8-million clinic in Louwville, in Vredenburg, is nearing completion, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said on Wednesday. The project saw the community library building being converted into a health facility to respond to an increase in patient... 

Kibo secures $2.9m forward payment facility for Mbeya project

By: Ilan Solomons     21st December 2016 Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining has entered into a binding term sheet with UK-based private equity provider Sanderson Capital Partners for a new $2.9-million forward payment facility. The facility provides for Kibo to be advanced part of the $3.6-million... 

Kibo secures $2.9m forward payment facility for Mbeya project

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday released a request for information (RFI) to the market for its nuclear new build programme, which will add 9 600 MW to the national power grid when completed. The RFI aims to gather data including experience related to recent nuclear project... 

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

Medupi’s second unit powered for first time, generates 796 MW

By: Ilan Solomons     20th December 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom revealed on Tuesday that the second unit of its Medupi coal-fired power station, in Limpopo was loaded to full capacity over the weekend and generated 796 MW of electricity. Eskom interim CE Matshela Koko said that this was Medupi’s most “significant achievement”... 

Medupi’s second unit powered for first time, generates 796 MW

Property Point opens applications for enterprise development programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Enterprise development vehicle Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, has invited entrepreneurs that have businesses operating in the property industry to apply for its next two-year enterprise development programme intake before January 31, 2017. As part of its latest intake,... 

Western Cape roads upgrades progressing to plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 A R178-million Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to rehabilitate and resurface sections of the R311 and R45 in the Moorreesburg area is progressing well, it said on Tuesday. Construction started in June 2015 and is now scheduled for completion by July 2017,... 

Local engineers have no faith in NDP – survey

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Ninety-one per cent of South African engineers, surveyed in financial planning firm PPS’ Graduate Professional Index, do not believe that government will meet its infrastructure objectives as set out in the National Development Plan, it revealed on Tuesday. The survey, conducted among 400 South... 

Local engineers have no faith in NDP – survey

Timber houses become tourist attraction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Thirty-two forestry workers’ timber houses at the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near Heidelberg, in the Western Cape, have been transformed into “eco-unit” accommodation for tourists. Work on this R14.5-million project, commissioned for conservation group CapeNature, started in April 2015 and... 

Property stalwart's light is dimmed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2016 Property industry stalwart Gerald Leissner passed away on December 16. Leissner was founder and CEO of JSE-listed property investment companies Arrowhead and Stenprop, as well as chairperson of Indluplace. 

Kibo signs EPC contract with Sepco III

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2016 Following months of talks, dual-listed Kibo Mining has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania, to Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III (Sepco III) Kibo CEO Louis Coetzee on Monday said the... 

Kibo signs EPC contract with Sepco III

CompComm approves Afrimat, Diro deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2016 The Competition Commission on Monday approved JSE-listed Afrimat’s intention to acquire Diro Iron Ore and Diro Manganese. The construction company is marking its entry into the manganese and iron-ore mining sector through the R276-million majority stake in Diro’s distressed assets. 

Sanral embarks on R226m road resurfacing project  

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced a R226-million road resurfacing project between the Eastern Cape towns of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort.    Resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence in January and is set to be completed by... 

Company completes Wolmerton rail project

By: Sascha Solomons     16th December 2016 Rail track construction, rehabilitation, electrification and maintenance provider Grindrod Rail Construction (GRC), in a joint venture with engineering company Bakara, has completed the rail refurbishment of the Wolmerton Depot. This forms part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s... 

Company completes Wolmerton rail project
WOLMERTON DEPOT The Wolmerton Depot overhaul falls under PRASA’s Depot Modernisation Programme

Execution of PRASA project contributes to outstanding results

     16th December 2016 Railway sector services provider Alstom Group announced in its “outstanding” fiscal year 2016/17 results that trains reached €1.6-billon sales, with ongoing execution of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) project in South Africa among other deliveries of suburban, regional and... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those handling more than 1-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

Northern Cape wind farms receive main transformers

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 The Northern Cape-based Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms announced last month that they had received their main transformer, which were transported by road from Johannesburg. The 160 MVA transformers are to be housed in substations, from where all the generated power from the wind farms will... 

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