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Construction News

Sanral reopens Msikaba bridge tender

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has reopened the tender process for the construction of the R1.7-billion Msikaba bridge, in the Eastern Cape.    The bridge, located about 23 km east of Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, forms part of the backbone of the greenfield portion... 

Infrastructure governance conference seeks to remove development hobble

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 The inaugural African Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance conference, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and co-sponsored by the World Bank, on Thursday, saw robust debate among members about the most effective way to overcome infrastructure development bottlenecks and... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Company completes second sustainable storage project

     3rd November 2017 Self-storage solutions company Stor-Age earlier this year installed a complete solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the generation of its three-phase power requirements at its Tokai store in the Western Cape. This is the second store in Stor-Age’s portfolio to be fitted with PV panels, and forms... 

Company completes second sustainable storage project
Photo by Bloomberg
SUSTAINABLE STORAGE Stor-Age aims to create sustainable infrastructure with minimal damage to the environment

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

Storage automation in  warehousing globally trending
CUSTOMER INFLUENCE Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
LEON VILJOEN This system makes it the ideal solution, not only for the environment, but also from a business perspective

Logistics property fund seeking development opportunities in South Africa, UK

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 JSE-listed specialist logistics property developer and landlord Equites Property Fund, which has a R1.3-billion development pipeline in progress, is pursuing various development opportunities, in South Africa and in the UK. Equites’ local growth strategy is focused on the development of... 

Logistics property fund seeking development  opportunities in South Africa, UK
LET PORTFOLIO Equites Property Fund has completed the 28 527 m2 distribution centre and head office for Röhlig-Grindrod, in Meadowview, which is being let on a ten-year lease

Suitable solution for African road conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex says its Fibertex AM-2 is the ideal product for road construction and road maintenance projects in Africa, owing to its being highly durable and resistant to all natural soil alkalis and acids. “The Fibertex AM-2 is a flexible... 

Suitable solution for African road conditions
ROAD TO RECOVERY Fibertex AM-2 has been introduced to road authorities in several developing African countries as a cost-effective solution to road rehabilitation

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

Reforms, business models key to unlocking private sector investment for climate change – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Smart policy reforms and innovative business models can unlock the trillions of dollars in private investment that is needed to ensure Africa meets its climate targets as agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The private sector, boasting innovation, the financing and resources, is considered... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2017 A new report has been released in an effort to mobilise South Africans behind the vision of creating a million ‘climate jobs’ as part of the country’s response to the threat posed by climate change. Published by the Alternative Information and Development Centre, the 60-page report has been... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

Afrimat continues ramp-up of new iron-ore asset Diro

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Industrial minerals, commodities and construction materials group Afrimat has successfully recommissioned its recently acquired iron-ore play, with full production on track for March. The acquisition of the distressed small iron-ore mine, Diro, in the Northern Cape, had marked a new phase of... 

New Bloemfontein student residence to open its doors in January

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2017 A R120-million, 469-bed student accommodation development built by Respublica Student Living Fund, in Bloemfontein, will be ready for occupation in January 2018.   The residence includes 58 apartments, each with eight single rooms, two bathrooms, a lounge/dining area and communal kitchen. The... 

New Bloemfontein student residence to open its doors in January

Fertiliser maker Yara may build $2bn Mozambique gas-fired plant

By: Reuters     2nd November 2017 Norwegian fertiliser maker Yara International is considering building a $2-billion plant in Mozambique and may seek partners to share the cost, the chief executive said. Mozambique awarded Yara a project in January to make ammonia and urea from the country's gas output, saying the firm could... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ following improved PMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is “cautiously optimistic” about the sector’s performance, in light of data released by the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),  which indicates an improvement in activity in the manufacturing sector. This was the... 

Japan's steelmakers in rare sweet spot, but Kobe Steel may miss out

By: Reuters     1st November 2017 Japan's steelmakers are in the midst of the best market conditions in at least three years as steel prices rise with construction in full swing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and automakers boosting production. But the country's third-biggest steelmaker, Kobe Steel Ltd , is likely to be left out... 

Mamabolo commits to reclaiming govt buildings

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development has launched an initiative to recover government buildings that are illegally occupied across the province and to use them for student accommodation and other service delivery requirements. The department has identified several properties that... 

Sub-Saharan Africa sets another record for number of business reforms

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2017 Sub-Saharan African countries have set a new record, for the second consecutive year, for the number of business reforms undertaken during 2016/17, a new World Bank report shows. The ‘Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs’ report, now in its fifteenth year, reported that 83 business... 

Sub-Saharan Africa sets another record for number of business reforms

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport, and planned projects around it, for the development of the north-west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the new Control Tower and Fire Station... 

Octodec delivers muted FY17 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Octodec Investments on Tuesday posted a muted 0.8% growth in distribution for the 2017 financial year, in part owing to a sluggish economy and a more difficult second half. Despite a strong start in the first half of the year, a weak second half... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Weak demand impacts on industrial property, office rentals – Rode

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 A lack of vigour may be the best way to describe the current performance across the full spectrum of property in South Africa, says property economist Erwin Rode. In the industrial property sector, contractions in spending on durable goods are impacting on the demand for locally manufactured... 

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

IFC and banks close $653m in funding for Egypt solar plants

By: Reuters     30th October 2017 International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on Sunday said it had completed a $653-million debt package to finance building 13 solar power plants near Aswan in Egypt, planned to be part of the largest solar park in the world. Generating up to 752 megawatts of solar... 

Bakwena to start various maintenance, construction projects along N1/N4 routes in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire will undertake various maintenance and construction projects along the N1/N4 routes in 2018. These upgrades are required to ensure the route continues to meet the highest international standards for motorists. 

Bakwena to start various maintenance, construction projects along N1/N4 routes in 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
LIAM CLARKE The R600-million construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018

Detailed design under way for refurbishment of Mossel Bay slipway 

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port of Mossel Bay has appointed a service provider to provide a detailed design for the refurbishment of the port’s 500 t slipway and sideslip facility. The refurbished facility will cater primarily for fishing vessels.  

LafargeHolcim proposes African asset combination with PPC

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2017 JSE-listed PPC’s share price rose nearly 5% early on Friday after it announced that it had received a credible expression of interest from LafargeHolcim to combine some of their African assets. The proposal also included a partial cash offer to PPC and a special dividend to PPC shareholders.   

LafargeHolcim proposes African asset combination with PPC

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety  and product quality
OBJECT DETECTION The LMS511 Pro object detection system will detect any objects or humans in the reclaimer path

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 The winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Eiffel Tower life-cycle costing competition was announced earlier this month, having proven the success of the association’s new cellphone application (app) and the long-term value of stainless steel as a... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel
A WINNING FORMULA Sassda Western Cape manager Michel Bassson hands Amrish Punwasi his prize for having proven the success of Sassda’s new app

Family-owned businesses outperform peers, report shows

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 Family-owned companies have outperformed broader equity markets in every region and sector, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI’s) ‘The CS Family 1000’ report, which reviews the investment case for family-owned companies. The financial performance of family-owned companies... 

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for  bridge-widening project
GEOTEXTILE SOLUTION The project required 1 000 GeoRevet Geobags to help create the piling platform structure

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 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... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially

First student accommodation-focused Reit to list on JSE

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Inkunzi Student Accommodation Fund (Isaf), which will list on the JSE in November, will acquire nine purpose-built, student accommodation assets valued at R1.7-billion. The acquisition will be settled through a combination of debt financing, at 25% of the... 

First student accommodation-focused Reit to list on JSE

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

Calgro M3 secures R387m in funding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2017 Housing developer Calgro M3 has secured its first international funding – a R387-million facility – that will be used to help fund the delivery of the group’s low-income housing units in its secured pipeline in priority urban development areas. Calgro M3’s current pipeline stands at... 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years and has involved... 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG
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