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Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Basil Read to swing to H1 loss

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 JSE-listed Basil Read expects to report a headline loss a share of between 290c and 300c for the six months ended June 30, compared with headline earnings a share of 48.92c in the first half of 2016. It further expects to report a basic loss a share of between 359c and 365c for the six months... 

Infrastructure deficit shaves 40% off Africa’s competitiveness

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Africa’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure deficit is not only severely hampering seamless regional integration, industrialisation and efficiencies, but is also detrimental to the overarching competitiveness of the emerging continent. It is believed that Africa could be losing in excess of 40%... 

Infrastructure deficit shaves 40% off Africa’s competitiveness
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Balwin, Transcend partner to deliver 8 900 affordable rental apartments in Gauteng

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 JSE-listed Balwin Properties and Transcend Residential Property Fund have entered into a strategic alliance to bring to market up to 8 900 quality, affordable rental apartments across five developments in key Gauteng nodes over the next six years.   Balwin will be responsible for the design and... 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

Act revised to apply tariffs on imported products 

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Earlier this year, the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) was adapted to include designation of domestic steel, wire and other industry products, and although it came into effect in April, the South African Wire Association (SAWA) says it is too soon for the steel construction... 

Act revised to  apply tariffs on imported products
SAWA director Keith Campbell explains what the effect of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act will be on the industry. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

African conference  strives to boost  bioenergy industries
GORGE FARM The commercial vegetable farm in Naivasha, Kenya, hosts a biogas plant as part of a larger renewable energy project - the Gorge Farm Energy Park

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition
Photo by Bentley Systems
MAINTAINING EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS The addition increases the accuracy of the stress intensification factors for tees based on the work done with FEA 2012 and newer ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

Diverse assets for infrastructure in demand 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 In the commercial and industrial property development space, as well as its supporting infrastructure, there is demand for high-quality, diverse assets with strategic locations and offering optimal planning and design, says consultancy firm WSP.  

Diverse assets for  infrastructure in demand
WSP property team and structures regional director William Johnston discusses the demand for diverse assets in the infrastructure industry.

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 The future of the South African materials handling sector will be impacted on significantly by sub-Saharan Africa development and the ability of South Africa to leverage its export capabilities on the subcontinent, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Business and government must align and work together to realise South Africa’s export potential

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Joburg Council Chamber’s innovative design receives recognition

By: David Oliveira     18th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) Council Chamber, which is managed by the CoJ’s property portfolio company Joburg Property Company (JPC), has been awarded the Public Services Development award by the Africa & Arabia Property Awards. The JPC will officially receive the award at a ceremony at the... 

Joburg Council Chamber’s innovative design receives recognition
AWARD WINNING The City of Johannesburg’s Council Chamber, has been awarded the Public Services Development award by the Africa & Arabia Property Awards

LSFB expands into student accommodation

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Student accommodation requires fast, efficient and sustainable building solutions, prompting the increased use of light steel frame building (LSFB) for its construction, explains Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

Machines, tools  prepare steel pipes  for successful welding
PIPE CUTTING The cutters are capable of cutting pipes while out in the field

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

     18th August 2017 Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy
STEEL MANUFACTURING Steel manufacturers face the most damage from the weak economy

Modular buildings supplied to fire-damaged school

     18th August 2017 Owing to the fires that destroyed several buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School in the Van Stadens Gorge area, in the Eastern Cape, steel modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings supplied, erected and built 16 classrooms, four ablution blocks and an office for the... 

New code to benefit smaller companies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With the Amended Construction Sector Code (CSC) in its final stages, business strategy consultancy Gestalt says that the CSC will provide revised specifications in terms of the black economic empowerment (BEE) requirements in the sector. The sector codes continue to advance the transformation... 

New code to benefit smaller companies
Photo by Duane Daws
DEON OBERHOLZER Some companies prefer noncompliance with BEE requirements, but subsequently lose lucrative opportunities to supply government or public-sector-related projects

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Organisation lobbies  government to kick-start  biogas market
AGRICULTURAL BENEFITS A booming biogas industry will create jobs and ensure greater job security within the agricultural sector

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 The National Treasury’s (NT’s) standard for infrastructure procurement and delivery management aimed at addressing government’s use of “cheap” professional service providers in public infrastructure projects officially became applicable to municipalities last month.  

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services
Photo by Duane Daws
INCLUSIVE DECISION-MAKING Government bodies in their respective procurement departments, should make more of a crossfunctional team effort regarding procurement

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

SADC in need of localised development

     18th August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical to industrialisation, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  

SADC in need of  localised development
NIGEL GWYNNE-EVANS State-owned entities have a critical role to play in attractive private sector investment for infrastructure projects

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together
STEEL WAREHOUSES New warehouses across the country are being considered for the Steel Awards

PPC Q1 trading in line with expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Cement maker PPC on Thursday said its first-quarter revenue had tracked ahead of the comparative period in the prior year, while group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) were in line with that of the first quarter of the previous year. However, while the South... 

M&R warns ‘costly’ Middle East exit will drag 2017 earnings lower

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2017 Engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which sold its Southern African infrastructure and building units to a Southern Palace-led consortium in November, has warned that its earnings will fall by more than expected in 2017, owing to additional costs associated with four remaining building... 

New Brics bank plans $1.5bn lending for South African projects 

By: Reuters     17th August 2017 The New Development Bank (NDB) set up by the Brics group of emerging economies plans to lend $1.5-billion to South Africa for infrastructure projects over the next eighteen months. The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - agreed to create the infrastructure-focussed lender in... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Italtile FY sales, profitability below target

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Italtile’s basic earnings a share rose by 3% to 90.3c, while headline earnings a share decreased by 1% to 85.7c for the year ended June 30. Revenue grew by 4% to R3.7-billion, while after-tax profit rose 3% to R880-million. 

Emira on track to improve performance, despite difficult operating environment

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 Despite a challenging year, JSE-listed real estate investment trust Emira Property Fund says it has significantly improved vacancies across its portfolio to 5.3%, from 7% at its half-year, while having also renewed 77% of expiring space during the financial year to June 30.    Speaking at a... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

AMSA initiates retrenchment talks as it pushes ahead with restructuring plan

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Tuesday that it had initiated consultations with employees regarding its proposed business-restructuring programme, which could result in job losses. CEO Wim de Klerk said in a statement that it was premature to provide an estimate as... 

AMSA initiates retrenchment talks as it pushes ahead with restructuring plan
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AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

Lonmin unveils design proposal for Marikana memorial park; showcases new apartments

By: Anine Kilian     15th August 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin on Tuesday unveiled its proposed design for a Marikana memorial park and announced the occupation of its infill apartments a day before the fifth anniversary of the Marikana massacre.  Thirty-four miners died and at least 70 were injured on August 16, 2012, when police... 

Lonmin unveils design proposal for Marikana memorial park; showcases new apartments
Photo by Duane Daws
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Housing supply remains a moving target as govt plays catch-up

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2017 South African cities are struggling to match housing availability to the pace of urbanisation, with the many South African and foreign migrants adding to an ever-expanding population and placing further pressure on housing supply, which is already backlogged owing to a reduction in household... 

Housing supply remains a moving target as govt plays catch-up
Photo by Duane Daws
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Bell’s shares surge on H1 earnings expectations

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2017 JSE-listed Bell Equipment’s shares on the JSE surged nearly 30% by mid-afternoon on the news that the company expects to report a 70%-plus rise in earnings for the six months to June 30. In a trading update to shareholders, Bell said earnings a share and headline earnings a share for the... 

Aveng Infraset builds new concrete roof tile factory in KZN

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2017 Full-scale production at Aveng Infraset’s under-construction multimillion-rand concrete roof tile manufacturing facility, in Effingham, Durban, is scheduled to start in January. Construction of the factory, which will ultimately employ 17 people, started in June and is expected to be completed by... 

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