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Construction News

Water dept will throttle water supply to 30 municipalities as R10.7bn debt piles up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2017 An ongoing culture of nonpayment by local municipalities has exacerbated the water troubles South Africa faces, with the Department of Water and Sanitation currently owed R10.7-billion, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed on Thursday. She pointed out that R3.9-billion is owed to the department’s... 

Wärtsilä to build utility-scale solar power plant in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for its first utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in Nigeria. The 75MW plant is being developed by Pan Africa Solar and, when operational, will be the largest in Nigeria; and one of... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter

Zambezi River Authority says Kariba dam works on track

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2017 The $294-million Kariba dam rehabilitation project (KDRP) is progressing steadily, with the plunge pool currently in the implementation phase and the spillway refurbishment works under procurement, the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) said on Friday. The authority, which operates, maintains and... 

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award

     24th November 2017 This year’s Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction and  sponsored by steel manufacturer and supplier Aveng Trident Steel, saw BMW’s heavy electric monorail system (H-EMS) win both the overall winner award, and the Safal Steel Innovation Category award. The... 

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award
ROOF ASSEMBLY A new roof structure was erected over the existing B50 while the assembly plant remained fully operational

Declining industry could compromise steel industry quality standards

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Cost-cutting measures have been forced upon companies that wish to remain in business in the steel construction and cladding sector, however, this could have a major impact on product safety and performance, with price considerations often taking precedence over quality and safety.... 

Declining industry could  compromise steel industry  quality standards
DODDS PRINGLE Clients must be aware of advertised quality standards in the steel construction industry

Outdoor gym sites increase

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 With there being an increase in steel-constructed outdoor gym equipment nationally, Johannesburg-based outdoor gym equipment manufacturer Lani Service Centre has contacted self-lubricating bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite to provide hard-wearing, self-lubricating bushings for the... 

Outdoor gym sites increase
SOCIAL COHESION An example of some of the hard-wearing gym equipment that has been produced by Lani Service Centre

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

     24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Steel Awards 2017  confirms LSFB growth
SUMMIT PLACE The Assupol Building, the 11-storey winning office block in the Summit Place development

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s optimism regarding long-term prospects for South Africa’s economy and steel industry has prompted it to continually invest in quality steel equipment. Such an investment was made through the buying of the BLM Adige LT20 jumbo tube laser in... 

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite
Photo by Bloomberg
TUBULAR INNOVATION The LT20 creates new possibilities and innovation for architects and structural designers

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

Additional construction tenders for LHWP Phase 2 released

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Two more infrastructure construction tenders for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) have been advertised, with construction expected to start next year. Phase II comprises a wide range of small and large contracts, and Lesotho Highlands Development Authority  (LHDA) divisional... 

Additional construction tenders for LHWP Phase 2 released
LESOTHO WATER PROJECT Phase II builds on the 2003 completion of Phase I and will increase the current supply rate to more than 1.26-billion cubic metres a year

Stefanutti Stocks’ diversified structure providing stability

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 Despite challenging trading conditions, Stefanutti Stocks on Thursday reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R119-million, for the six months ended August  31. Revenue for the period also grew 18%, to R5.2-billion, up from R4.4-billion in the comparable period last year. 

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

Gautrain agency wants Phase 1 network expansion operational by 2027

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs. The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid... 

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2017 Through innovation in the energy sphere, Africa is slowly starting to overcome historical blockages that have prevented the continent from achieving economic growth and creating sustainable jobs, according to energy consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. Speaking at a PowerGen and... 

Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

New Diepsloot mall opened to address access to community-specific retail requirements

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 A new 18 000 m² single-level semi-enclosed shopping mall in Diepsloot West, Gauteng, opened to the public on Thursday. 

New Diepsloot mall opened to address access to community-specific retail requirements
An artists illustration of how the Bambanani Shopping Mall will look in Diepsloot

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Cement producer PPC produced double-digit earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year, with the JSE-listed group’s rest of Africa cement operations delivering a shining performance. For the six months ended September 30, net profit attributable to PPC shareholders increased by 188% to... 

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

Group Five to sell stake in noncore pipes business for R80m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 JSE-listed construction company Group Five will sell its 50% interest in Group Five Pipe to LB Pipes for R80-million. “Although the manufacturing cluster remains a strong performer within the group and contributes solid earnings and cash flow, it is regarded as a noncore operation,” Group Five... 

Road infrastructure theft and vandalism costing Joburg millions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called for immediate intervention to stop the theft and vandalism of road-related infrastructure, which in the first five months of the current financial year cost the city R12.3-million. This included the theft and damage of man-hole covers, traffic... 

Road infrastructure theft and vandalism costing Joburg millions

PPC advises shareholders not to accept Fairfax offer

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 JSE-listed PPC’s board on Wednesday advised shareholders not to accept the R2-billion partial offer from a Fairfax subsidiary. The partial offer is conditional on shareholder approval, which will give effect to a merger between PPC and Afrisam Group. 

Arrowhead posts 6% dividend growth for FY17, downgrades 2018 forecast

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Arrowhead Properties on Wednesday posted a 6.02% growth in dividend to 87.52c a share for the financial year ended September 30, in line with its forecast. However, Arrowhead is forecasting a 6.5% reduction in dividend growth for the 2018 financial... 

Tongaat Hulett Developments sets out to attract more investment to KwaZulu-Natal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Chris du Toit has been appointed commercial head at Tongaat Hulett Developments, effective November 1. He aims to attract more companies to the City of Durban, which currently contributes 14% to the country’s gross domestic product. 

Dawn’s turnaround plan starts to yield results

By: Anine Kilian     20th November 2017 Despite tough economic conditions in South Africa, JSE-listed Distribution & Warehousing Network (Dawn) narrowed its loss by 71% to R105-million for the six months to September 30, compared with a loss of R367-million in the first half of the prior financial year. Dawn CEO Edwin Hewitt commented... 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

Growthpoint says spends R85m in furniture retail park revamp

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 South African property group Growthpoint said on Monday it had revamped an ageing retail warehousing entity in the plush district of Sandton, at a cost of R85-million. The company said in a statement the year-long upgrade and expansion project had modernised the retail park and increased its size... 

Accelerate ends half-year on strong note, acquires Poland portfolio

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2017 Despite the uncertain macroeconomic and political environment, the value of Accelerate Property Fund’s property portfolio increased by 30% year-on-year to R11.8-billion in the six months ended September 30, resulting in a total gross lettable area (GLA) of 637 577 m², it said on Monday. The... 

Accelerate ends half-year on strong note, acquires Poland portfolio

Continued apartment demand supports Balwin’s top-line growth in H1

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2017 Despite a tough operating environment, residential property developer Balwin Properties continued to perform well in the six months ended August 31, with the group’s revenue up 19% year-on-year to R894-million. The increase was driven by good sales volumes, which were in line with forecasts,... 

Continued apartment demand supports Balwin’s top-line growth in H1
Balwin Properties CEO Steve Brookes

Egypt, Ethiopia deadlocked on dam studies 

By: African News Agency      20th November 2017 Egypt and Ethiopia have reached a deadlock in further studies on the effects of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) on downstream countries, Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper reports. This information was conveyed by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson... 

Building pipeline in Aus sees Probuild contribute 60% of WBHO revenue

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) Australian subsidiary, Probuild, has been named the most active construction company in the country by the Australian Housing Industry Association Construction 100 Report. Probuild has jumped from fifth place last year to top spot, in terms of work procured. 

Building pipeline in Aus sees Probuild contribute 60% of WBHO revenue
The Towers and Ritz Carlton

Focus on flooring helps companies save

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Demand for the floor inspection services and maintenance programmes provided by concrete flooring solutions provider Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) has doubled in the last six months as companies grow increasingly aware of the importance of basing operations on solid ground, says CLF manager Angus... 

Focus on flooring  helps companies save
SMOOTH OPERATOR CLF provided a seamless 200-mm-thick, fibre-reinforced concrete floor for Value Logistics

Concor Infrastructure forges ahead with new construction projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Diversified infrastructure and services company Concor Infrastructure is halfway towards completing the additional 14-m-wide dual carriageway on the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni, in KwaZulu-Natal.  

Concor Infrastructure forges ahead with new construction projects
N2 UPGRADE The first half of the new carriageway will be complete mid-2018, after which the existing carriageway will be rehabilitated while traffic runs on the new carriageway

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors will use equipment – such as motor graders, 30 t excavators, compaction equipment and tipper trucks – to the value of about R10-million for its infrastructure contract at the South Hills integrated residential development in Johannesburg,... 

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract
ARCHIE RUTHERFORD The South Hills project will have a positive impact on the local community

Emotional awareness can improve productivity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 The pressure of operating in a global economy necessitates that South Africa aim for perfection in construction projects undertaken, which brings with it a host of challenges, says corporate training consultancy Hidden Dimensions CEO and on-site psychologist Charissa Bloomberg.  

Emotional awareness can improve productivity
CHARISSA BLOOMBERG With all the problems that the construction industry faces, a site psychologist can play a supportive role in training, coaching and mentoring, as well as putting the right teams together

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa (SA) distributes a comprehensive range of NAUE Geosynthetics products designed for use as efficient sealing barriers, in a range of diverse applications, including construction projects. 

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications
BENTOFIX X The carrier geotextile of the Bentofix X is coated with an additional, low-permeability polyethylene layer

Industry suffers when large companies close down

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 From a global consulting engineers’ perspective, construction industries globally suffer the consequences when large construction companies close down.  

Industry suffers when large companies close down
CHRIS CAMPBELL CESA encourages its consulting engineering member firms to be more involved in business groups that lobby for more political certainty

Financing secured for solar projects in Egypt

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 European photovoltaic (PV) specialist Scatec Solar announced that it had secured financing of $335-million to fund its portion of the development of six 400 MW utility scale PV power plants which will be located in the Benban solar park in the City of Aswan in Egypt. The company secured funding... 

SA lacking global competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Local legislation, including stringent policy frameworks, continues to prove cumbersome for the South African construction sector, particularly owing to the necessity to conduct socioeconomic- and environmental-impact assessments, as well as obtain approval from the respective government... 

SA lacking global competitiveness
SOCIOECONOMIC BENEFITS Authorities would do well to accelerate the pace of affordable housing delivery, such as Reconstruction and Development Programme housing

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