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Chinese technology group outlines African IoT strategy

By: David Oliveira     Updated 3 hours ago The Asia-Pacific and African markets have been instrumental to the success of global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei. Speaking at the Huawei Connect 2016 conference, which took place in Shanghai from August 31 to September 2, Huawei product marketing and... 

Panel appointed to review solutions for grounded St Helena airport

By: Irma Venter     Updated 3 hours ago The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has appointed an external expert to review the process that has seen a delay in the start of regular air services to St Helena, a spokesperson for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) tells Engineering... 

DTI to launch latest industrial park revitalisation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2016 The first phase of the R49-million Isithebe Industrial Park revitalisation in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal will be launched on October 4. Isithebe is one of ten industrial parks that has been prioritised by the Department of Trade and Industry for upgrading under its Industrial Parks Revitalisation... 

Gas shortages turn Nigeria's Dangote to coal to power cement

By: Reuters     29th September 2016 Nigeria's Dangote Cement has turned to locally-mined coal to power its plants in a bid to end disruptions caused by gas shortages and lower its production costs. "All our cement plants have been converted to coal," Aliko Dangote, the company's billionaire majority owner and chairman, told a... 

GBCSA reaches 200 certifications in ten years, eyes 2 500 certifications

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2016 As the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) achieves a milestone of 200 Green Star South Africa certifications, the now ten-year-old organisation is targeting 2 500 commercial green building certifications and 10 000 residential green building certified homes by 2020. Currently, green... 

Construction confidence rises back above 50 in Q3

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2016 Despite soft growth in the construction industry, the First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau of Economic Research Civil Confidence Index gained 11 points to 52 in the third quarter, 24 points higher than the first quarter of this year. This indicates that slightly more than half of respondents are... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has unwrapped its long-awaited R2.27-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, which chairperson Mpho Makwana insists meets the highest standards of probity and governance. An earlier 2010 attempt by the JSE-listed company... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards
AMSA's Wim de Klerk and Mpho Makwana with Likamva's Noluthando Gosa and Leslie Maasdorp

One-year countdown to the opening of Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum

By: Kim Cloete     28th September 2016 The largest art museum to be built in Africa in more than 100 years will open during Heritage weekend, in Cape Town, in September 2017. Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday marked the one-year countdown to the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). 

One-year countdown to the opening of Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum
Photo by V&A Waterfront
The Zeitz MOCAA

Fraud case at Accéntuate wrapped up; operating profit jumps to R13.4m

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2016 Accéntuate has wrapped up the fraud case that saw R70-million disappear at the JSE-listed flooring, water and chemicals specialist. CEO Fred Platt said on Wednesday that the guilty party – a director at its East London operation – had been charged and found guilty of fraud and theft. Sentencing... 

Fraud case at Accéntuate wrapped up; operating profit jumps to R13.4m
Accentuate CEO Fred Platt

Property sector contributes significantly to South Africa’s economy

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2016 Recent figures show the South African property sector contributes as much as R191-billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and R46-billion to the fiscus, Property Sector Charter Council CEO Portia Tau-Sekati said on Tuesday. Addressing an audience at the sixteenth Rode-REIM Property... 

Land expropriation important for South Africa’s transformation – Cronin  

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2016 Property ownership in South Africa is hugely skewed and there is major asset inequality in the country, Public Works Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin stated at the Rode-REIM Property Conference 2016 on Tuesday. Making the case for the implementation of the Expropriation Bill, which sets out the... 

Land expropriation important for South Africa’s transformation – Cronin
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Works Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin

Greater investment needed in inner city development

By: Anine Kilian     27th September 2016 Inner cities are important nodes for local economic development and investing in them is necessary for future growth, inner city property financier TUHF CEO Paul Jackson said at the Rode-REIM Property Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday. He noted that urban living was often associated with... 

McConnell Dowell recognised for Thai gas pipeline

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th September 2016 Construction company Aveng’s McConnell Dowell subsidiary received top honours for excellence in project execution at the International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association Awards held in Paris, France, earlier this month. The company was recognised for its fourth transmission pipeline... 

McConnell Dowell recognised for Thai gas pipeline

Basil Read appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2016 JSE-listed Basil Read on Tuesday announced the appointment of Talib Sadik as CFO and FD, effective October 1, following the resignation of Amanda Wightman. Chartered accountant Sadik was previously group FD at Times Media, De Beers Group Services and Denel. 

Manufacturing income increased to R2.2tr in 2014 – statistics

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2016 Although the embattled manufacturing industry’s income grew by 9.4% a year from 2011 to 2014, employment in the sector decreased significantly over the same period, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) data shows. Its Manufacturing Industry 2014 report notes that the industry’s income increased... 

Egypt eyes $10bn in foreign investment as it upgrades infrastructure

By: Reuters     26th September 2016 Egypt hopes to attract $10-billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) next year and will automate the process of establishing a company, its investment chief said, highlighting efforts to revive the economy and earn much-needed hard currency. The most populous Arab country has been scrambling to... 

Tender may be issued this year for further development of Constitution Hill

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2016 The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) is hoping to release a request for proposals (RFP) before the end of 2016 for the further development of the Constitution Hill precinct, on the border of Hillbrow and Braamfontein, in Johannesburg. GGDA CEO Saki Zamxaka says various property... 

Tender may be issued this year for further development of Constitution Hill

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service
CONTAINERISED SOLUTIONS ePower Holdings uses shipping containers as a battery recharging and swap centre to improve access to electricity for communities not yet electrified

New technology optimises manufacturing process

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame structure manufacturer Speed Structures is adapting skill sets to enhance adaptability of temporary structures for a variety of applications, such as military, warehousing and agriculture, as well as the traditional event, exhibition and festival industry. 

New technology             optimises manufacturing process
Photo by Speed Structures
CLEAR-SPAN MARQUEE An example of a clear-span marquee, with clear spaces between the vertical columns

Physical, virtual integration can improve safety in African cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd September 2016 The integration of physical infrastructure and information technology (IT) systems will improve the safety of cities, but these capabilities will also underpin smart city systems that will improve the efficiency of Africa’s cities, says multinational IT firm NEC chief engineer Shinya Kukita.... 

Upgraded Kyalami receives key Grade 2 motor racing certification

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 Kyalami’s 4.522 km Grand Prix circuit has been certified by the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) as a Grade 2 race track, following an extensive refurbishment process that started in May last year. Kyalami is the only motor-racing facility in Africa with such accreditation, says... 

Lafarge Africa raises 60bn naira in bond issues

By: Reuters     22nd September 2016 Lafarge Africa said on Thursday it has raised 60-billion naira ($184-million) by issuing three and five-year bonds through book building. The local unit of the world's biggest cement maker, LafargeHolcim, issued a three-year bond at 14.25% to raise 26.38-billion naira and sold a five-year bond at... 

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) disbursed a record R17.1-billion during its 2016 financial year, up from R13-billion in 2015, with disbursements to the country’s eight metropolitan councils (metros) surging to R7.5-billion from R3.7-billion. CEO Patrick Dlamini said a total of... 

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini

New segments need to be added to housing delivery model – UCT academic

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2016 The current South African housing delivery model is generally seen as problematic and more housing categories need to be introduced to better accommodate different housing needs, UCT construction economics and management lecturer Rob McGaffin said on Thursday. A research report compiled by... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela 

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. The first 20... 

Train plant construction ‘on track’, says Gibela
Construction work at the site of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory in Dunnottar

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday opened the Menlyn Maine Central Square, in Pretoria, calling it a “very important development” for Gauteng. Speaking at the launch of the 65 000 m2 R1.8-billion Central Square development, which forms part of the overall 315 000 m2 Menlyn Maine mixed-use... 

Menlyn Maine Central Square open for business
Gauteng Premier David Makhura launches the new Menlyn Main Central Square

SKA South Africa makes the cut as finalist for Bentley Systems’ awards

By: Ilan Solomons     21st September 2016 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has announced the project finalists for its 2016 Be Inspired Awards. The annual awards honour the “extraordinary work” of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations worldwide. Ten independent jury panels... 

SKA South Africa makes the cut as finalist for Bentley Systems’ awards
MeerKAT radio telescope array project, in the Northern Cape

Industrial property sector struggling – Sapoa

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2016 South Africa’s commercial retail property sector has been doing well, especially in the retail office sector, where there have been a lot of new developments, according to South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) president Nomzamo Radebe, who spoke at a Sapoa media event on Monday.... 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are facilitating the deployment of off-grid and embedded solar in Nigeria. Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Programme, and DFID’s Solar... 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

PPC rights offer oversubscribed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 Shareholders of JSE-listed PPC subscribed for 920-million rights offer shares of its R4-billion rights offer. In August, the company reported it would price its rights offer at a 55.5% discount as it fought for survival in the face of depressed domestic growth. 

PPC rights offer oversubscribed
Photo by Duane Daws
PPC CEO Darryll Castle

Flooring installation wins safety award

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) Flooring was awarded its second Master Builders Association (MBA) North Safety Trophy in July for installing the flooring of petrochemicals group Sasol’s new head offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. KBAC Flooring supplied and installed Interface carpet tile. The... 

Flooring installation wins safety award
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL Every company and person working on site needs to be aware of and trained in health and safety and regulations

Market-share gains, not market, help lift WBHO’s performance

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 One of the main drivers behind Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) healthy jump in profit in the 2016 financial year was the company’s success in grabbing a bigger share of the market, rather than an improving domestic environment, says CEO Louwtjie Nel. A strong push in the building sector saw... 

SA legal firms soon to play more of a role in Africa business disputes with adoption of arbitration Bill 

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 There are about 157 countries which have adopted the Model Law, thereby recognising international arbitration agreements and enforcing international arbitration awards.  

SA legal firms soon to play more of a role in Africa business disputes with adoption of arbitration Bill
Clyde and Co tells Engineering News about a new arbitration bill. Video courtesy of Shaun Smith.

Building confidence shows slight uptick

By: News24Wire      15th September 2016 Although the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index has shown a slight increase, more than 60% of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions. After falling to 34 in the second quarter of 2016, the index lifted by four points to 38 in the third quarter. This returns it to the... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 With ongoing water restrictions across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is revisiting its policies on hydropower and the effect climate change has on the water sector. South Africa has been struck by drought conditions over the last two years, which has had a significant... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

Independent panel to address St Helena air operations delay 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has appointed an external expert to review the process that has seen a delay in the start of regular air services to St Helena, a spokesperson for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) tells Engineering... 

Independent panel to address St Helena air operations delay
The St Helena airport

African companies and govts need to work harder to benefit from growth potential – McKinsey 

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2016 Some of Africa’s economies have been experiencing significantly less accelerated growth than five to fifteen years ago, having started experiencing a marked slowdown as a result of lower resource prices and higher sociopolitical instability. This is despite the bulk of the continent’s countries... 

African companies and govts need to work harder to benefit from growth potential – McKinsey
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