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Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges

     6th October 2017 With South Africa’s lack of clean water and sanitation has pressurising the country’s pumps industry to provide solutions, pump manufacturer Sulzer’s new pump ranges cater to the country’s need for improved water and sanitation, with ranges specifically developed for water transportation and... 

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges
TESTING STANDARDS Results of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis are validated through prototype and model testing at Sulzer

Afrimat Construction Index declined marginally in Q2

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) declined marginally in the second quarter of 2017. The ACI is released by JSE-listed industrial minerals and construction materials miner and supplier Afrimat. It is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction sectors,... 

Traffic volumes between Buccleuch and Allandale have nearly doubled since 2006

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The busiest section of the Gauteng open-road tolling (GORT) system is between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges, in Midrand. The traffic volume in both directions in 2016 reached 245 500 vehicles a day during the week, on average, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)... 

Transforming V&A’s grain silos into Africa’s largest contemporary art museum

By: Kim Cloete     6th October 2017 After four years of cutting, carving and engineering what at times seemed near impossible, the V&A Waterfront’s giant, historic grain silo has been transformed into the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa. In an architectural and engineering feat, the nearly... 

Transforming V&A’s grain silos into Africa’s largest contemporary art museum

Residents furious as City of Cape Town awards controversial R1bn prime land tender 

By: News24Wire      5th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has awarded a controversial R1-billion tender to sell and transform stretches of its prime land between Clifton and Camps Bay - a move which residents feel will push up costs and start squeezing out those who can no longer afford to live there. The Clifton tender, which... 

Water dept frustrates MPs with conflicting annual reports

By: News24Wire      5th October 2017 MPs on the portfolio committee on water and sanitation were left frustrated on Wednesday after receiving two conflicting reports on the department of water's leaking financials. Both the department and the office of the auditor general reported to the committee on Wednesday on the 2016/17 annual... 

Construction tenders open for Phase 2 of Lesotho water project

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2017 The first of about 20 advance infrastructure construction tenders for Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has been advertised, paving the way for construction to start next year. Phase 2 comprises a wide range of small and large contracts and Lesotho Highlands Development... 

Exxaro, Transnet ink ten-year coal transportation agreement

By: Anine Kilian     3rd October 2017 South African diversified resources company Exxaro Resources has signed a ten-year coal export transportation agreement with State-owned rail utility Transnet, which will increase coal volumes from the Limpopo-based Waterberg region to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Exxaro, Transnet ink ten-year coal transportation agreement
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo and Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Decline in insured construction activity to continue – Bryte

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd October 2017 Insured construction activity contracted by 15% year-on-year in the second quarter. Southern African proactive business risk specialist Bryte Insurance (formerly known as Zurich Insurance) this week released its Construction Activity Monitor for the three months to June 30. 

Decline in insured construction activity to continue – Bryte

City of Johannesburg gearing up to clamp down on illegal construction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2017 The City of Johannesburg’s Building Development Management (BDM) directorate, within the Department of Development Planning, will soon introduce city-issued notice boards that will have to be displayed at all construction sites within the city. This is one initiative to clamp down on illegal... 

Tshwane extends A Re Yeng bus service across townships – Msimanga

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday, said the city will expand its A Re Yeng bus service into South Africa’s capital city’s high density areas in a bid to provide a safe, affordable, accessible and reliable transport system. “Let me start by first congratulating the A Re Yeng team under the... 

Tshwane extends A Re Yeng bus service across townships – Msimanga

Building, civil engineering confidence slips two points in Q3

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd October 2017 The ongoing pessimism in the general building and civil engineering contractors’ sectors is being seen in the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB’s) latest small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Business Conditions Survey, which slid two points to 40 in the third quarter. The... 

City of Johannesburg paves way for inner city housing revitalisation 

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 The Johannesburg city council has approved a plan to tackle the housing problem within the inner city and creating safe, clean, and connected communities with access to economic opportunities, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday. The council had made 12 city-owned properties available for... 

Sanral releases draft empowerment policy it hopes will have snowball effect

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday launched a draft transformation policy that seeks to have a “snowball effect” on the larger South African construction industry, says CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. “This policy is going to trigger a review of our supply chain management... 

Sanral releases draft empowerment policy it hopes will have snowball effect
Photo by Duane Daws
Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma

RopeCrew

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th September 2017 Vertical safety systems company RopeCrew is a highly experienced and dynamic rope access company that offers industrial and offshore rope access services and work at height training. 

Government visits China for SEZ study tour

     29th September 2017 Last month, members of the special economic zone (SEZ) advisory board from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) visited Beijing, in China, for a week-long study tour.  

Government visits China for  SEZ study tour
Photo by Duane Daws
BULELANI MAGWANISHE China’s special economic zones model is the most appropriate for South Africa to learn from

Acquisition to enable large-scale cannabis production

     29th September 2017 International investment company LGC Capital, with its joint venture global logistics solutions company AfriAg, signed an agreement to acquire a 60% interest in South African cannabis product manufacturing company House of Hemp.  

Acquisition to enable large-scale cannabis production
WEED FOR PURPOSE Since its establishment, House of Hemp has been targeting research on all cannabis-related markets such as textiles, fibres, oil, nutrition and medicinal

Continued development and investment for KZN SEZ

     29th September 2017 To date, the Dube TradePort has attracted R1.5-billion in private sector investment through various developments within the special economic zone (SEZ), with a further R4.2-billion investment in the pipeline for developments within the second phase of the Dube TradeZone, within the Dube... 

Continued development and investment for KZN SEZ
KEEP IT COOL The iDube Cold Storage facility caters for meat importers servicing local retailers and for exports of dairy, concentrate and citrus to international markets

SEZ receives recognition, contributes to SMME participation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2017 Special economic zone (SEZ) developer and operator Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has been recognised by export assistance company Exporters Club for its dedication to job creation initiatives and excellent services to export orientated investors.  

SEZ receives recognition,  contributes to SMME participation
Photo by Duane Daws
JOBS SWEET SPOT The Coega Development Corporation created more than 7 243 operational jobs within its special economic zone at the end of the financial year 2016/17

Lightweight and compact lanyard launched in SA

     29th September 2017 Last month, equipment supplier MSA Africa launched a new self-retracting lanyard that is both lightweight and compact. The MSA Latchways 3 m personal fall limiter (PFL) has been designed specifically for environments where close anchorage is available. The lanyard uses multiple spring radial... 

Lightweight and  compact lanyard  launched in SA
FITS IN A BACKPACK The personal rescue device fits in a small backpack that is not intrusive

First Mygale crawler acquired by Goscor

     29th September 2017 Industrial warehousing equipment solutions provider Goscor Access Rental has acquired its first Mygale 23 crawler boom lift from France-based industrial equipment supplier ATN Platforms. 

First Mygale crawler acquired by Goscor
FIRST IN SA This is the first Mygale 23 that Goscor has acquired to expand their fleet in South Africa

Rules, regulations reinforced to minimise fatalities

By: Victor Moolman     29th September 2017 With the biggest cause of fatalities in the working at height industry being workers falling from height, the Institute for Working at Height (IWH), together with the Department of Labour (DoL), is reinforcing rules and regulations within the industry that will assist in minimising these... 

NDT at height can start immediately after shutdown 

By: Victor Moolman     29th September 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists (Skyriders) can reach high places as soon as ropes have been rigged after which nondestructive testing (NDT) can be done. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn explains that the company uses rope access techniques to do different... 

NDT at height can start  immediately after shutdown
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn explains how the company conducts nondestructive testing. Camerawork: Victor Moolan.

Battalions at Height

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th September 2017 Level 1 BEE-certified industrial rope company Battalions prides itself on good quality services and stringent safety procedures. Safety is most critical to the company hence it has not experienced any incidents since it was established in 2011. 

Battalions at Height

Skysite

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th September 2017 Established in 1998, rope access and work at height specialists Skysite offers a variety of services at height. Currently, Skysite has permanent maintenance and cleaning crews on many of the country’s premier buildings, and a proven track record for the professional, safe manner in which projects... 

Skysite

Stalcor

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th September 2017 Established in 1973, metal company Stalcor is the largest stainless steel, aluminium and carbon steel supplier in South Africa. 

Stalcor

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape has completed all 61 wind turbine installations, ahead of schedule this month. Further, Khobab, together with its adjacent wind farm, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, in the Hantam municipality, in the Northern Cape province, have achieved more than two-million... 

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule
SOARING CONSTRUCTION The 100-m-tall Siemens wind turbines, which allow for optimum energy production, take between one and three days to construct, assuming favourable weather

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg  distribution centre
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

LED best fit for energy-hungry smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 Energy efficiency is critical to sustaining smart cities, especially as the levels of urbanisation are expected to increase, and light-emitting diode- (LED-) technologies will be a key component, says electronic multinational Philips Lighting Southern Africa GM Reggie Nxumalo. “As much as 78% of... 

LED best fit for energy-hungry  smart cities
REGGIE NXUMALO The well-established use of energy-efficiency systems supports industrial development in Africa

World Bank urges South African firms to seize $45bn African procurement opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2017 The World Bank Group is actively encouraging South African businesses to participate more actively in a $45-billion procurement opportunity that will arise over the coming three years as a result of a recently approved funding commitment to 39 low-income African countries. Executive director for... 

World Bank urges South African firms to seize $45bn African procurement opportunity

Growthpoint launches South Africa’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th September 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). This premier portfolio, named... 

Growthpoint launches South Africa’s first dual-certified property portfolio
Growthpoint Properties office division director Rudolf Pienaar

Lack of skilled engineers, maintenance impacting on South Africa’s infrastructure 

     28th September 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online Anine Killian about the findings of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s third Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa. 

Lack of skilled engineers, maintenance impacting on South Africa’s infrastructure
Lack of skilled engineers, maintenance impacting on South Africa’s infrastructure

Grayston Bridge inquiry postponed to 2018

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 The Commission of inquiry into the Grayston Drive/M1 pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse was postponed to 2018, with the possibility of 20 more witnesses being called. This follows a two-day sitting at the Department of Labour offices in Pretoria. 

Local infrastructure impacted on by skills deficit, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 A lack of skilled professionals and maintenance has emerged as among the major issues facing most of South Africa’s infrastructure sectors, according to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (Saice’s) third Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa. “Efficient maintenance... 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2017 Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack, who has stepped in as acting CEO at the construction group following Kobus Verster’s surprise resignation, says a “no-holds-barred” strategic review is currently under way in a bid to improve the company’s immediate liquidity position and position it for a... 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack

WG Wearne secures R300m funding commitment from Milost

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2017 A R300-million equity and debt funding commitment letter has been signed between JSE-listed WG Wearne and Milost Global. Subject to certain terms and conditions, Milost will invest R50-million through the subscription of ordinary shares in Wearne and lend and advance it R250-million in... 

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