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Jan 29, 2015
Updated 2 hours 59 minutes ago Global programme management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has been contracted to provide project and cost management services for the refurbishment of the existing Grant Thornton Johannesburg office building, including an upgrade to the exterior. The...
Jan 28, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015
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Gauteng will spend more than R94-billion on both social and economic infrastructure projects over the next three years, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Wednesday. “By investing in social and economic infrastructure, including quality public transport,...
Jan 28, 2015
Redefine is building Webber Wentzel Attorney's new headquarters at its 90 Rivonia Road property in Sandton
JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine has concluded an agreement to acquire Leaf Property Fund, which has a portfolio of high-quality commercial property assets in prime locations across South Africa valued at about R3.7-billion. Redefine noted in a...
Jan 27, 2015
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Port of Saldanha
The establishment of a customs control area (CCA), or free port, within the newly designated Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is being held up as a major drawcard for potential oil and gas services investors into the 330 ha site, situated alongside...
Jan 27, 2015
Web-based property trading portal Quoin Online has been granted an exclusive mandate to dispose of five hotel properties owned by real estate investment trust (Reit) Hospitality Property Fund (HPF), either individually or as a collective purchase. The 87-room Protea...
Jan 27, 2015
Atterbury Property has confirmed it will develop the new R1.5-billion head office of professional services firm PwC at Waterfall City, in Midrand – the first high-rise building in the precinct. This followed the signing of a lease agreement between PwC and Attacq on...
Jan 27, 2015
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The 94.3 MWp Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, was expected to deliver 216 GWh/y of electricity into power utility Eskom’s national grid. The plant, which was built by Spanish firm Acciona and commissioned by Spanish consulting firm Enertis,...
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
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Jan 26, 2015
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Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona believes positive results from the current turnaround plan at the embattled utility will begin showing through in the next 18 to 24 months and has committed to continue “telling it as it is and telling it like it has never been told” so that...
Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Apart, perhaps, from the Stoney ginger beer pick-me-up on his conference table and the queue of awaiting visitors in his reception area, there are few other signs of the pressure Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona is under. His corner office on the third-floor at Megawatt...
Jan 23, 2015
INCREASED DEMAND While some developers are cutting down on expenditures, Krisp Properties has been registering increased demand for its OR Tambo-based office park
US-based beverage producer Pepsi this month set up operations, with about 300 employees, at a new R70-million high-tech, custom-built headquarters at OR Tambo International Airport’s Aerotropolis precinct in Johannesburg. Pepsi, through its South African company...
Jan 23, 2015
The Taiwan machine tool industry is heading towards the production of industrial automated and large-size machines to save labour costs and increase production efficiency, says Taiwan-based tool manufacturer Campro.
Jan 23, 2015
A stretch of the N3 highway between Durban and Johannesburg will be upgraded, starting in the middle of 2015, in a contract valued at around R400-million, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Eastern Region design and construction manager Ravi...
Jan 23, 2015
Owing to its expansion into the global market in 2012, Taiwan-based double-column computer numerical control machining manufacturer Starvision trippled its growth turnover last year, as a result of consistent growth since 2012
Jan 23, 2015
Machinery company Exact, of Taichung, Taiwan, says new product launches and new agencies in China and Europe facilitated turnover growth of 39% last year and it is expecting growth to be stable in 2015. "Following the global economic crisis five years ago, the tools...
Jan 22, 2015
Global crude steel production rose 1.2% year-on-year to 1.66-billion tonnes in 2014, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) revealed on Thursday. While crude steel production in the European Union (EU), North America and Asia expanded by a modest 1.7%, 2% and 1.4%...
Jan 22, 2015
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Jan 22, 2015
The modernisation of public transport infrastructure is among some of the top priorities for Gauteng and forms part of the provincial department’s ten-pillar programme to “radically” transform, modernise and reindustrialise Gauteng. Speaking at the Gauteng Industrial...
 
 
 
 
Jan 22, 2015
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Trade union Solidarity on Thursday said there were indications that State-owned power utility Eskom was on track for a mid-February synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6. Eskom had delayed the synchronisation of the first of the power plant’s power generating units...
Jan 21, 2015
JSE-listed Rebosis Property Fund on Wednesday raised R565-million through the placing of about 47.48-million linked units at R11.90 a unit. The company had initially set out to raise R400-million through the accelerated book build.
Jan 20, 2015
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Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has acknowledged that load shedding is likely to be part of a broader series of interventions to address the country’s prevailing electricity problems. However, it has appealed for every effort to be made to minimise the negative...
Jan 20, 2015
Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh laid the first stone of a new Chinese-funded airport, part of an effort to turn the small Horn of Africa state into a regional travel hub at a cost of $599-million. The investment, to be provided by China Civil Engineering...
Jan 20, 2015
The Department of Water and Sanitation says steady progress is being made in providing water to the residents of Mashonamini village, in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. The department on Monday said phase one of projects to deliver water to the area has been...
Jan 19, 2015
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Aurecon was targeting a Green Star South Africa (SA) rating for a new R88-million green office building that will be built next to its existing Century City office building, in Cape Town, by November. Aurecon, which built the first five-star Green Star SA Office...
Jan 19, 2015
Black-economic empowered diversified industrial holdings company, the Southern Palace Group (SPG), reported on Monday that it had entered into an arrangement to buy 100% of Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA). MSCSA is a leading supplier of value-added...
Jan 16, 2015
Johannesburg-listed Tower Property Fund will acquire real estate company HBW Group’s property letting enterprise Sanclare and its asset, the Sunclare Office Block, in Claremont, Cape Town, for R192.8-million in cash. Tower said in a statement on Friday that the 14...
Jan 16, 2015
Infrastructure development is a significant cornerstone in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET’s) development plan, with the department aiming to invest a further R7.1-billion on university infrastructure development between 2015/16 and 2017/18,...
Jan 16, 2015
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The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) has welcomed the release by the Department of Energy (DoE) of the coal baseload tender, but has described the 1 600 MW allocation as “insufficient” and has argued instead for the full 2 500 MW outlined...
 
 
 
 
Jan 16, 2015
CONSTRUCTION The high growth, but low levels of infrastructure, means that Africa is expected to have a robust appetite for cement until 2050
Austria-based specialist refractory supplier RHI Group and South African cement and lime kiln specialist Dickinson Group foresee sustained demand for cement and related products throughout the next three decades in Africa. Despite additional cement production...
Jan 16, 2015
CITY DEEP PROJECT The project aims to integrate mixed-income groups to achieve social, economic and spatial integration
The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) officially launched Phase 2 of its City Deep Social Housing project, handed over keys to its Fleurhof units to new residents and celebrated its tenth anniversary in Johannesburg last month.
Jan 15, 2015
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Medupi synchronisation said to be weeks away
Embattled power utility Eskom, which has been experiencing major delays and cost overruns at its two coal-fired megaprojects Medupi and Kusile, gave an assurance on Thursday that the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6 is only weeks away, with pipe restoration work...
Jan 15, 2015
Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA has started upgrading the B1 national road between Windhoek and Okahandja, in Namibia, to a dual carriageway at a cost of N$239-million.
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
South African chemicals group Sasol’s new corporate office at 2 Katherine street, Sandton, has been designed to resemble the company’s logo, architecture firm Paragon Architects noted on Wednesday. The ten-storey office building, which would span almost 70 000 m2,...
Jan 13, 2015
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South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which issued the long-awaited coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme request for proposals (RFP) in December, is insisting that 51% of the equity in qualifying projects be held by South...
Jan 12, 2015
As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and...
Jan 08, 2015
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Electricity utility Eskom is not providing an official revised date for the first synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, having missed the December 24 deadline. However, spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the milestone should be reached before the end of February and that...
Jan 08, 2015
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Zendai Modderfontein
Hong Kong-listed property development group Shanghai Zendai is well into the first phase of its R84-billion Zendai Modderfontein development, in north-eastern Johannesburg, telling Engineering News Online on Thursday that several electrical substations had already...
 
 
 
 
Jan 08, 2015
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An artist impression of the 100 MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power project
South Africa is poised to add yet more concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity, with two additional preferred projects named by the Department of Energy (DoE) and two others reaching financial close in December. The development brings to seven the number of active...
Jan 06, 2015
Data released by major South African cement producer PPC on Tuesday showed domestic cement sales bouncing back into positive territory, rising 4.6% to 3.38-million tons in the third quarter of 2014. This had followed two consecutive quarterly contractions, with...
Jan 05, 2015
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The Sonnedix team with DoE officials at the financial close function in December
Independent power producer (IPP) Sonnedix, which reached financial close in December on a 86 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project near the Northern Cape town of Prieska, expects to begin site mobilisation during the second quarter of 2015 and for the plant to enter...
Jan 05, 2015
Cameroon plans to raise some 320-billion CFA francs ($582-million) through treasury bills and medium-term bonds in 2015 to finance infrastructure projects in the Central African State, the finance ministry said on Monday. The total issuance is 14% higher than the...
Dec 31, 2014
Improvements to water and energy infrastructure must continue in the new year, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday. "[In 2014], we celebrated the milestone of 11-million connections to electricity since 1994," he said in his new year's statement.
 
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