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Fairfax exits PPC partial acquisition bid

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 Fairfax Africa Investments has withdrawn its intention to acquire R2-billion worth of shares in cement producer PPC. In an update to shareholders on Monday, JSE-listed PPC said it had received formal notification on Friday that Fairfax would no longer pursue the partial offer. 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2017 Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO
Thierry Darthout

Gift of the Givers to unveil aquifer project in drought-stricken Beaufort West 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2017 The Gift of the Givers is expected to unveil its Beaufort West Witperd aquifer development project in the drought-stricken town on Monday afternoon. Last month, the Western Cape government denied that the town of about 37 000 residents had reached "Day Zero" with water supply. 

M&R acquires a further 17% of Bombela

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has completed the acquisition of a further 17% shareholding in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) for a total consideration of R405-million.  BCC is a special-purpose vehicle that was appointed in 2006 by the Gauteng... 

Khato Civils opens new head office in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 South African construction and engineering company Khato Civils on Friday unveiled its official headquarters, located in Samrand, Gauteng. Speaking at the launch, Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri noted that the company has expanded its operations to Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ghana and... 

Khato Civils opens new head office in South Africa
Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri discusses the company's growth prospects in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Phase 1 of Nelson Mandela Bay housing project under way

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 Government construction contractor Sakhisizwe breaks ground on the first phase of the multibillion-rand Florida Heights integrated housing development in Nelson Mandela Bay, this month. According to Sakhisizwe, more than 10 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the five-year... 

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March
OCEAN ASSISTANCE The City of Cape Town awarded six companies the construction and commissioning of six desalination plants on November 7 as part of the solution to the water crisis

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Concrete construction specialist Bedrock Group has supplied 194 precast tilt-up concrete columns for the construction of food retailer Shoprite Holdings’ 63 000 m2 main distribution campus for the Cape Town area, in Brackenfell, in the Western Cape.  

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre
PRECAST BENEFITS Often full height precast columns are more cost effective than steel columns and can be produced to a high level of accuracy

IoT and data set to be at the heart of African smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the main drivers of change in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities and smart cities, among others, and a key aspect of evolving smart cities in Africa, says information technology and data specialist multinational Hitachi... 

Knysna rental company acquires high-quality TLB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 The downside of unreliable plant hire equipment is two-fold; for the end-user, unplanned downtime translates into project delays, while for the plant hire company, faulty gear translates to foregone profits and a tarnished reputation, says George-based equipment distributor Carlu Tractors.  

Knysna rental company acquires high-quality TLB
POWER LIFTING With a 1.6 t breakout force, the Kubota L45 has a lifting capacity of 1 t at a maximum lifting height of 2.8 m

Business park to be redeveloped as mixed-use precinct – Atterbury

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 Earthmoving equipment and logistics multinational Barloworld has partnered with property development firm Atterbury and investment finance house African Rainbow Capital – as co-investors – to redevelop the Sandton-based Barlow Park Campus into a 130 000 m2 mixed-use precinct. The property is... 

Business park to be redeveloped as mixed-use precinct – Atterbury
An artist's impression of the mixed-use Barlow Park precinct to be developed

Afrimat construction index reveals quarterly improvement

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Construction activity in South Africa improved quarter-on-quarter from Q2 to Q3, according to material building company Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI)  

Barloworld board looks to improve capital allocated to leasing assets to improve returns

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 Earthmoving equipment and logistics multinational Barloworld’s board on Thursday announced that it was investigating the capital allocated to leasing assets to further optimise capital allocation into higher-returning opportunities. Various options are currently under consideration in relation to... 

South Africa, Norway announce new oceans research programme

By: Anine Kilian     6th December 2017 The Norwegian Embassy in South Africa, together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has signed a declaration of intent to develop a new bilateral research programme focused on the oceans economy. The intent for the development of the programme, called the South Africa-Norway... 

South Africa, Norway announce new oceans research programme
DST International Cooperation and Resources deputy-director-general Daan du Toit and Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Namibia Trine Skymoen

Vukile continues to grow Spain retail portfolio

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2017 JSE-listed retail property trading company Vukile Property Fund added two Spanish retail parks, worth about €65-million, to its portfolio of 11 other Spanish retail parks. CEO Laurence Rapp said in a note on Wednesday that the total value of the Spanish portfolio was about €290-million. Vukile’s... 

Airport development not keeping pace with passenger growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 Globally, airport capacity and airline demand for access to airports have not kept pace with one another, setting global aviation on a path to chaos should mitigation measures not be taken with urgency, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata). Passenger load factors are... 

Airport development not keeping pace with passenger growth

Mokonyane urges business community to invest in water infrastructure

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 South African minister of water and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, on Tuesday urged the business community to invest in the country’s water security in a bid to prevent the collapse of one of the sectors on which the economy rests. Speaking at the Water Infrastructure Investment Summit 2017 in... 

Nigerian’s Dangote Cement partners with online shopping giant Jumia

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 Nigerian based Dangote Cement has signed a deal with the e-commerce platform Jumia Nigeria to sell its cement to online. According to the group, the move was designed to reduce price and ease logistics inherent in the purchase of its products. 

Polish retail portfolio offers expansion opportunities for EPP

By: Anine Kilian     4th December 2017 A portfolio of 12 retail properties in Poland being acquired by JSE-listed Echo Polska Properties (EPP), offers “substantial” expansion opportunities, says EPP CEO Hadley Dean. EPP in October announced that it would acquire the 12 properties, which includes eight shopping centres and four retail... 

Distributor adds filters to existing product range

     1st December 2017 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of products now encompasses EcoPart filter elements for stationary and mobile hydraulic systems from filtration specialists the Filtration Group (FG). These components, with defined filter performance and purity class, comply with... 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 The chemicals, power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors have created a significant demand for tanktainers, says container industry provider Container World. Tanktainers, or tank containers, are intermodal containers used to transport liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump
TANKTAINER Container World’s tanktainers can store nonhazardous, semi-hazardous and hazardous materials and products

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

Focus on environmental services  boosts project sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS Sustainability requires the optimisation of environmental, social and economic outcomes

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Unfiltered air shortens air compressors’ life span 

By: Victor Moolman     1st December 2017 With many industrial air compressors being used in dusty conditions, the lack of proper filtration of incoming air can shorten the life span of the compressors by 75% to 80%, says specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. “Air compressors used in industries are, for... 

Unfiltered air shortens air compressors’ life span
RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser explains how spin filters work. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Small size particles prompt regular filter replacement

     1st December 2017 Owing to typical commercial primary filters in a pneumatic circuit being designed to filter out particles as small as 5 μm from the air, particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin says companies need to change or clean dirty elements as... 

Barloworld puts underperforming logistics unit on notice

By: Irma Venter     1st December 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. 

Potential of groundwater in spotlight again amid Western Cape drought

By: Dylan Slater     1st December 2017 Groundwater still holds significant potential to provide water for various uses, especially to augment large-scale supply during drought, notes Geological Society of South Africa: Western Cape ground water division chairperson Dr Roger Parsons.  

Long-delayed Gauteng Transport Authority to be launched in 2018

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 The long delayed Gauteng Transport Authority will launch next year, says Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.” 

GE reaches halfway mark of construction at Medupi power station

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2017 General Electric (GE) Steam Power Systems has received a final acceptance certificate from State-owned Eskom for the successful testing and transitioning of Unit 4 at the Medupi power station.   Unit 4 is the third of six units to be transferred to commercial operation, marking the halfway point... 

Governments largest developers of Africa’s infrastructure projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 Governments remain the single largest developers of infrastructure projects – and own between 57% and 90% of tracked projects – across Africa, the 2017 edition of Deloitte’s ‘Africa Construction Trends’ report has found. The report, released on Wednesday, includes 303 infrastructure projects... 

Governments largest developers of Africa’s infrastructure projects

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2017 The standalone cost of battery energy storage remains above South Africa’s prevailing, albeit rising, electricity tariffs, but could already be commercially viable in some instances when the “stacked benefits” of the technology are taken into account. A levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) study... 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom's battery energy storage test site at Rosherville, in Gauteng

De Aar wind projects connected to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 The 96.48 MW De Aar and the 138.96 MW De Aar 2 North wind projects have successfully reached early operations and have been connected to the Hydra transmission substation. The projects, located near De Aar, in the Northern Cape, were selected as preferred bidders under Round 3 of the Renewable... 

De Aar wind projects connected to the grid

Waterfall City development for Deloitte Africa HQ kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2017 Construction has started on Deloitte Africa’s new headquarters, which will consolidate the current Woodmead and Pretoria offices into a single central location at Waterfall City. Developers Atterbury Property and Attacq expect to complete the 42 500 m2 ultra‐modern offices in the first quarter of... 

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... 

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

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... 

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