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Apr 24, 2014
DPE director-general Tshediso Matona
Updated 3 hours ago Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona confirms that the interdepartmental task team established to find a solution to Eskom’s financial problems has agreed that further support will be required. However, he says it is premature to...
Apr 23, 2014
Property industry bodies the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism (KLCBT) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at fostering improved policy and communication between the private property...
Apr 22, 2014
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TNPA CEO Tau Morwe
State-owned Transnet has awarded a R760-million contract to a joint venture comprising Stefanutti Stocks and Axsys for the reconstruction of the steel sheet pile quay walls at Maydon Wharf, in Durban. The contract was signed by Transnet Capital Projects on behalf of...
Apr 18, 2014
MORE IN SA Phase 2 should see local content on the mainline locomotive increase from 65% to 80% by the end of 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
Apr 18, 2014
HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL The 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station will provide electricity for about 750 000 Angolans
Work on the 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station, in Angola’s Kwanza riverbed, has started. The country aims to have the facility commissioned by the end of 2017, says Angolan State-owned power utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidade de Angola (ENE) international...
Apr 18, 2014
As part of Goscor Group, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has been providing best practice in industrial warehousing equipment solutions for the past 30 years. The company provides a range of market-leading products, including Crown, Doosan, Bendi and Hubtex. This...
Apr 17, 2014
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Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
Apr 17, 2014
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A specialist in finance and energy says South Africa's electricity prices are too low and unsustainable. “We are under-pricing electricity by at least a factor of two,” Bridge Capital Refco director Dudley Baylis told Engineering News Online.
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Apr 16, 2014
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Apr 16, 2014
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There is enough water in South Africa to supply communities and the economy, even if some activities may be constrained, such as agriculture in the Limpopo, says National Planning Commission commissioner Mike Muller. 
Muller was also the director-general from 1997...
Apr 15, 2014
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South Africa’s infrastructure investment and roll-out ambitions face a significant capacity challenge as local government experiences a constraint in the availability of architects, engineers, project managers and financial managers. The nation’s pragmatic, but...
Apr 15, 2014
Ghana has banned the export of ferrous scrap metal immediately in a bid to make more raw material available to sustain the West Africa country's steel industry, Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu said on Tuesday. Iddrisu said the government was also drafting legislation...
Apr 14, 2014
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Concrete steps are being taken to overcome the “historic neglect” of the commuter rail system in South Africa’s most populous province as the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) moves to prioritise corridors and stations for revamping in the short...
Apr 14, 2014
South African cement producer PPC has teamed up with residential project developer Calgro M3 and construction industry representative body Master Builders South Africa to bring an eight-part reality series, PPC Cement’s Building Better Homes Challenge, to South...
Apr 14, 2014
President Jacob Zuma on Friday launched the more than R12.45-billion Mzimvubu water project, which would include the building of the Ntabelanga and Laleni dams, in the Eastern Cape. The Ntabelanga dam, which would store about 490-million cubic meters of water, would...
Apr 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins will on Monday make major announcements related to the much-delayed independent power producer (IPP) procurement processes. But in an unusual move, it appears the announcements will coincide with the Minister’s address to a paid...
Apr 11, 2014
South Africa’s green building movement has gained significant momentum, celebrating its fiftieth Green Star SA certification in only six years, and with a further 150 projects in the Green Star SA registration pipeline, the impact will increase significantly. “In...
Apr 11, 2014
KEEPING AFLOAT The South African rail sector needs large rail projects to keep it buoyant, which require substantial capital investment to fund
Owing to poor economic conditions, the South African rail sector is under strain, says engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon railway engineering technical director Francois Heyns. However, State-owned rail services provider...
 
 
 
 
Apr 11, 2014
South Africa-based engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald PDNA (MMPDNA) states that it is currently finalising the feasibility stage of State-owned rail operator Transnet’s R17-billion Swaziland link railway project. The project entails the construction of 146 km...
Apr 11, 2014
Steel products manufacturer Andrew Mentis reports that it attributes its success in the provision of flooring and handrailing solutions to its approach of prioritising consumer feedback and researching the best methods of incorporating consumers’ input into its...
Apr 11, 2014
In response to the growing demand for efficient and cost-effective methods of industrial floor preparation and rehabilitation, flooring solutions provider Diamond Products launched its new ranges of floor grinding, polishing and cleaning systems onto the South...
Apr 11, 2014
After years of delays in hotel construction and infrastructure in Africa, owing to a lack of experienced and knowledgeable investors in the hotel industry, development is starting to gain momentum because of the discovery of minerals in most African countries, says...
Apr 11, 2014
South African engineering firm Delberg Engineering secured a contract last month for the manufacture and supply of piping-related work, such as handrails and hydraulic pipe systems, which will be fitted onto the locomotives and coaches being supplied to the Passenger...
Apr 11, 2014
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Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG notes that State-owned rail operators Transnet and the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) investments, collectively valued at more than R430-billion, offer significant localisation opportunities for South...
Apr 11, 2014
Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa President Rob Adam remains convinced that the energy policy tide in South Africa is running in favour of nuclear power and that the country will, in due course, construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs). This despite the...
Apr 10, 2014
The State-owned Development of Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has issued the first request for project proposals from public and private entities seeking to tap the European Union’s (EU’s) R1.6-billion (€100-million) Infrastructure Investment Programme for...
 
 
 
 
Apr 10, 2014
The February amendments to the construction regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), 85 of 1993, have significant implications for employers in the construction sector, placing additional responsibility for health and safety compliance on the...
Apr 10, 2014
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Fountainhead Property Trust on Thursday declared an interim distribution of 29c/unit for the six-month period to February 28, representing distribution growth of 11% from the first half of the prior fiscal year. The...
Apr 10, 2014
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South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli this week confirmed that Sanral remained firm in its intent to seek restitution from the local construction industry for collusion on a number of road projects, although the form of this restitution...
Apr 10, 2014
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The board of civil society organisation watchdog Corruption Watch (CW)  has called on the President and Cabinet to assume collective responsibility for the misuse of public funds in the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s private home in Nkandla. CW chairperson...
Apr 09, 2014
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Apr 09, 2014
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Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour...
Apr 09, 2014
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Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas
A formal process has been initiated in an effort to rebuild trust that had been “catastrophically” destroyed between government and the construction industry in the wake of revelations of widespread collusion, Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas has revealed....
Apr 09, 2014
CIG CEO Raoul Gamsu
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) reported on Wednesday that more than half of its profits were now arising from outside of South Africa, following its recent acquisition of a stake in an Angolan oil services company. The company reported a 36% rise...
Apr 08, 2014
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again lowered its growth outlook for the South African economy and has listed the country among those large emerging economies whose growth outlook has been downgraded as a result of domestic policy weaknesses, tighter...
Apr 08, 2014
The Construction Industry Development Board’s  (CIDB’s) lowest contractor grading, Grade 1, offers “no barrier” to entry into the industry, making it difficult for companies to select high-potential entities from the “magnitude” of those registered, says...
 
 
 
 
Apr 08, 2014
Massmart, South Africa's number four retailer by market value, plans to enter oil-rich Angola with two stores by 2015, a senior executive said, as the unit of Wal-Mart expands on a continent that is still largely an informal retail market. Speaking at the Reuters...
Apr 08, 2014
Civil engineering construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Civils MD Werner Jerling has iterated the call for government to include input from consulting engineers and contractors “early on” in the tender conception process of large infrastructure projects to...
Apr 08, 2014
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Apr 07, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
Marriott International will open 30 new hotels in South Africa by 2020 as it seeks to expand across the continent following its R2-billion  ($190-million) buyout of Protea Hospitality, a senior official said on Monday. The New York-listed hotel group is targeting...
 
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