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Construction News

Grayston Drive bridge collapse inquiry to resume

By: African News Agency      Updated 28 minutes ago The on and off inquiry into the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist bridge that collapsed and killed two people and injured 19 others last year is set to resume, the Department of Labour said on Friday. The inquiry, which was set up after the 14 October 2015 collapse of the temporary bridge... 

Botswana markets itself as an attractive business destination

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Several key factors make doing business in Botswana attractive, according to Botswana high commissioner Zenene Sinombe, who posed several key sentiments of business opportunities during the launch of inter-country relations promotion platform the Africa Matchmaking in May.  

Cable protection key in solar systems

     1st July 2016 Despite the harsh environmental conditions that many photovoltaic (PV) installations are subject to, cable protection is often overlooked, reports electrical component, tool and machinery supplier Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin.  

Cable protection key in solar systems
CABLE WEAR AND TEAR Cable damage and degradation can affect the long-term viability of photovoltaic installations

Cities are ‘future hope’ for construction, infrastructure project spend

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 The most significant new space and area of “future hope” for construction and infrastructure projects, not just in South Africa, but Africa more broadly, will be cities, provided that local government can focus on effective infrastructure delivery procurement processes, says professional services... 

Light steel frame building advantageous for the SADC

     1st July 2016 Light steel frame building (LSFB) is increasingly becoming the preferred building method in the Southern African Development Community, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Safsa) director John Barnard. 

Light steel frame building advantageous for the SADC
LIGHT STEEL FRAME BUILDING LSFB methods allowed for the construction of an out-patient hospital without interfering with the operations of the neighbouring main hospital

Steel exporter adapts for changing steel landscape

By: Victor Moolman     1st July 2016 Owing to the global economic downturn, and tough and volatile trading conditions, steel distributor Building System Integration (BSi) Steel has continually adapted and modified its handling of the supply of steel products, to meet the demand in the sub-Saharan African markets. 

Métier reports lower margins, higher revenue  

By: Anine Kilian     30th June 2016 JSE-listed Spehaku Holdings’ mixed concrete subsidiary Métier increased its revenue 13% to R874-million in the year to March 31, but subdued demand from the construction industry resulted in prices remaining flat year-on-year, resulting in Métier having to prioritise cost management and the... 

Métier reports lower margins, higher revenue
Photo by Duane Daws
Sephaku CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 JSE-listed industrial energy group enX will acquire two of JSE-listed industrial and capital equipment group Eqstra’s divisions and recapitalise Eqstra’s contract mining division in a R7.8-billion deal. enX would issue 52.7-million of its shares (consideration shares), at R21 apiece, to Eqstra... 

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’
enX CEO Paul Mansour

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Artist impression of possible future oil and gas services infrastructure at Port of Saldanha

Sephaku lifts FY profit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2016 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings has posted a R60.42-million net profit for the year ended March 31, a 28% improvement on the profit of R47.16-million posted the year before. Headline earnings a share rose by 5.41c to 29.84c, while revenue increased to R874.3-million, compared with R775.4-million. 

Sephaku lifts FY profit
Photo by Duane Daws
Sephaku CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba

TFR to begin 14-day coal-line shutdown on July 11

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2016 State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced on Wednesday that it would begin a 14-day total shutdown of the coal export line on July 11. The yearly maintenance shutdown would continue until July 24. On average, 230 000 t/day is railed down the corridor, which links the... 

TFR to begin 14-day coal-line shutdown on July 11

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold

Investment from China on the rise in Africa, despite growth wobble

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2016 Despite talk that the Chinese economy was in trouble and that China’s investment in Africa had subsided, investment by Chinese companies in Africa was, in fact, on the rise. China had indeed seen its economy slow down from 9% growth to 6% or 7%, but it was “still robust by any account”, said... 

Creditors to receive Highveld business rescue update on July 11

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 The business rescue practitioners at Highveld Steel and Vanadium will hold a meeting in early July to update creditors and shareholders of the progress being made regarding the sale of assets, following the failure of an earlier proposal to sell the business as a going concern. The meeting will... 

Creditors to receive Highveld business rescue update on July 11

First new PRASA trains to enter service in Pretoria in October

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), were set to enter service in October, said PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola on Monday. Speaking at a... 

First new PRASA trains to enter service in Pretoria in October
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola

Accelerate rides out economic pressures, reports 9.1% distribution growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Accelerate Property Fund has delivered 9.1% year-on-year distribution growth to 53.67c a share for the year ended March 31. The strong 2016 financial year-end results achieved by the company also included 24% growth in the value of Accelerate’s... 

Accelerate rides out economic pressures, reports 9.1% distribution growth
Accelerate COO Andrew Costa

PPC enters into standby underwriting agreement in support of R4bn rights offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2016 The share price of JSE-listed cement producer PPC rose by 8.9% on Monday morning after the company announced that it had entered into a standby underwriting agreement to support its proposed R4-billion rights offer. PPC had appointed a syndicate of banks, including Standard Bank South Africa,... 

PPC enters into standby underwriting agreement in support of R4bn rights offer
Photo by Duane Daws
PPC CEO Darryll Castle

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments 

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official “promised” on Friday that the department was giving focused attention to ensuring that the local-content targets associated with Transnet’s R50-billion locomotive procurement programme were met. Chief director for industrial procurement Dr... 

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments

Gauteng endorses creation of single provincial transport authority

By: Anine Kilian     24th June 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday signed a declaration with mayors in the Gauteng City Region (GCR) endorsing the establishment of a single transport authority for the GCR. Makhura said the signing of the declaration was an important step taken by government towards ensuring that all... 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has raised serious concern about the exclusion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a direct participant in so-called ‘steel committee’ set up to monitor interventions made to shore up the domestic primary steel industry, which is under... 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

Zuma proud of megahousing project in KZN 

By: News24Wire      24th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday gave a "mega" housing project in Pietermaritzburg his stamp of approval. Zuma visited the Vulindlela rural area to celebrate the project that has built 12 300 houses since 2012. The project aims to deliver a total of 25 000 homes by completion in 2018. 

Awards in the bag for consulting engineering firm

     24th June 2016 Engineering, management, design, planning, project management and consulting company Aurecon MD Ferdi Nell, reported last month that it has excelled in the national survey of consulting engineers undertaken by the management journal Professional Management Review Africa (PMR.africa).  

Awards in the bag for  consulting engineering firm
DIAMOND ARROW AWARDS Three of the six awards that Aurecon received were diamond arrow awards, signifying highest rated in category

Bridging sustainability reporting gap

     24th June 2016 Taking stock of business requirements and reporting on active participation, have become a vital part of scaling up the value for any successfully-driven business, says African infrastructure solutions provider GIBB sustainability consultant Lowrens van der Merwe.  

Bridging sustainability reporting gap
STAKEHOLDER CONFIDENCE In an increasingly competitive market, companies continuously seek new ways to improve performance, protect reputational assets and win stakeholder trust

Company picks up awards for major projects

     24th June 2016 The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (Fice) selected Stantec’s Caloosahatchee River Bridge Widening and Wekiva Parkway Sections 4A & 4B projects carried out in Florida, US for awards under its yearly “Outstanding Project Awards” program.  

Company picks up awards for major projects
ENHANCED TRANSPORTATION The Caloosahatchee river bridge widening project is important in the enhancement of mobility for the local community

Consulting engineer selected to serve on advisory board

     24th June 2016 Engineering consulting services provider ECS announced early this year that the company’s Mid-Atlantic LLC president, Leo J. Titus, has been selected to serve on the advisory board for George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship in Virginia, in the US.  

Consulting engineer  selected to serve on  advisory board
LEO J. TITUS Titus is motivated by his passion for education and the company president is a regular guest lecturer on multiple subjects at several universities

Cost-effective car park monitoring system implemented

     24th June 2016 Machine vision is bringing a new dimension to parking – a cost-effective way of monitoring car park occupancy and on-street parking bays, without expensive infrastructure, product development engineering and technology consulting service provider Cambridge Consultants commercial director Dipak... 

Engineering exhibition on display at London museum

     24th June 2016 An exhibition showcasing the life, work and legacy of design, planning and engineering service provider Arup founder Ove Arup was unveiled early this month at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.  

Engineering exhibition on display at London museum
Photo by Duane Daws
EXHIBITING A LIFETIME OF ENGINEERING The displays will cover over 100 years of engineering design

Engineers faced with fast delivery challenge

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Consulting engineering and environmental consulting firm JG Afrika MD Paul Olivier reports that the consulting engineering industry is faced with an increased demand for fast project delivery from clients.  

Engineers faced with  fast delivery challenge
PAUL OLIVIER The employment rate of graduate engineers is set to be boosted by an increase in demand for infrastructure projects

Lack of government expenditure hits hard on firms

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Despite infrastructural investment promises made by government, engineering consulting service provider SMEC South Africa CEO Kostas Rontiris tells Engineering News that investment in civil infrastructure has not been up to scratch in recent times, which has seen big consulting firms increase... 

Lack of government expenditure hits  hard on firms
Caption: GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE The consulting engineering industry is highly dependent on government expenditure

Meyerton wastewater extension project ‘on schedule’

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 The civil engineering works for the extension of the existing Meyerton Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) south of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, is progressing well and expected to be completed by the end of this year, while completion of the mechanical contract for the project is expected in April... 

Meyerton wastewater extension project ‘on schedule’
LION’S SHARE The civils contract for the Meyerton Waste Water Treatment Works project, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year is estimated at R88-million

Powerhouse merger completed

     24th June 2016 Global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company KBR announced late last month that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire specialised engineering, scientific and technical services provider Wyle. 

Powerhouse merger  completed
SMOOTH ACQUISITION Wyle will become a KBR business unit within KBR's government services segment and will maintain much of its current structure to ensure business continuity

SA has potential as a global centre of excellence – consultancy

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 South Africa has the potential to become a global centre of excellence for consulting engineering services, according to Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East (AEM) region MD Dr Pierre Olivier.  

SA has potential  as a global centre of excellence – consultancy
PRIVATE VS GOVERNMENT FUNDING A large part of South Africa’s development is based on private entrepreneurial input

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Infrastructure projects, consulting and project management services provider Aecom Africa CEO Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News that low economic growth in South Africa is a major challenge for the consulting engineering industry.  

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry
EVOLUTION OF ENERGY Aecom is extremely strong in renewables, and very strong in nuclear and in the decommissioning of nuclear plants, including nuclear waste

Two new engineers join consulting firm

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Environmental consulting and contracting firm SCS Engineers has added two specialists to its environmental management group in the Midwest region in the US, says SCS Engineers principal engineer and VP Samuel Cook.  

Two new engineers join  consulting firm
Photo by Duane Daws
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE O’Brien and Flickinger have a track record of delivering impressive environmental compliance solutions

AFC nets $150m loan facility

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2016 International investment grade multilateral finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has secured a $150-million, 15-year loan facility from Germany’s KfW Development Bank (KfW) to refinance core projects in power, telecommunications, transport and heavy industries across Africa.... 

Commercial property adds R50bn to Gauteng GDP

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2016 It is important to remember that the commercial property sector contributes about R50bn to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Gauteng, Kobus van der Vyver, property development manager at Urban-Econ Development Economists said on Wednesday. The commercial property sector employs almost 350 000... 

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