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Infrastructure spend staved off 2015 recession – Patel

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2017 Infrastructure spending had delayed South Africa’s fall into recession by just over two years, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. Speaking on the first day of the Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference, in Midrand, he stressed that the importance of investing in... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk on seeking a new electricity tariff deal from Eskom and Nersa. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 27.7.2017

Gauteng faces R1.6tr infrastructure funding shortfall

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2017 Gauteng needs R1.8-trillion over the next 15 years to deliver the infrastructure required to support the economic development of South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Thursday. With some 412 infrastructure projects planned over a 15-year period, there is a... 

Gauteng should lead the way in South Africa's economic recovery – Makhura

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2017 With South Africa finding itself in a technical recession shrouded by sovereign downgrades, Gauteng, as the country’s economic engine, needs to step up and take the lead in paving the way for the country’s economic recovery. Gauteng Premier David Makhura, addressing delegates at the Gauteng... 

SNC-Lavalin awarded contract on Fine Ash Dam 6 project at Sasol Secunda

     26th July 2017 Sasol Group Technology has awarded global professional services and project management company SNC-Lavalin a contract to provide structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and piping construction services on the Fine Ash Dam 6 project at Sasol Secunda. This will comprise the installation... 

CoJ incentivises new building developments through special rebates

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will offer special rebates to property developers undertaking new building developments in earmarked areas across the city in a bid to grow the economy and create jobs.   The CoJ recently implemented the new 2017/18 Property Rates Policy, in which the city... 

Redefine Properties’ industrial developments on track  

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2017 Development of one of JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties’ largest industrial developments, the 1.6-million square metre S&J Industrial Estate, in Germiston, is on track, with bulk infrastructure currently being rolled out. The prime site is majority owned by... 

Redefine Properties’ industrial developments on track

Liberty Two Degrees acquires additional shares in Liberty property portfolio

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) will acquire additional undivided shares in properties co-owned by financial services company Liberty Holdings (Liberty) to the value of R2.51-billion, boosting L2D’s share in the Liberty property portfolio from 22% to 31%.... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2017 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has confirmed with Engineering News Online that it has not conducted any verification of local content in the 1 064 locomotives being acquired by Transnet and that it also does not have an agreement with Transnet to do so. Transnet awarded the... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

Nepad advocates centralised bankable project information hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2017 The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF) is suggesting that a one-stop shop initiative – comprising a project hub and a help desk – be established to promote bankable projects in Africa, with the aim of increasing the accessibility of... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

By: News24Wire      25th July 2017 Compensation will be paid to minibus taxi operators affected by the next phase of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. Owners who will have their vehicles scrapped to make way for the R2.2-billion Phase 1C BRT project, will share more than... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

SNC-Lavalin awarded FEED conversion to EPC contract for Guinea refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2017 TSX-listed SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by private firm Brahms Oil Refineries to undertake a front-end engineering design (FEED) conversion to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 10 000 bbl/d crude oil refinery in Kamsar, Guinea. The professional services and... 

South Africa’s ‘accelerating’ SOE-guarantee exposure a risk to debt sustainability

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2017 Rising contingent liabilities in State-owned enterprises (SOEs), together with the recent ratings downgrades pose the main risks to South Africa’s debt sustainability, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) cautions in its fifth and latest economic survey of the country.... 

South Africa’s ‘accelerating’ SOE-guarantee exposure a risk to debt sustainability
Photo by Duane Daws
OECD secretary-general Angel Gurría and South Africa's Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

CSP engineering specialist optimistic of technology’s inclusion in new IRP

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2017 Global engineering and technology group SENER, which is active in three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, is optimistic that South Africa’s updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) will include an allocation for CSP, despite the technology’s exclusion from the draft Base... 

CSP engineering specialist optimistic of technology’s inclusion in new IRP
SENER regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa

Castle exits PPC after nearly three years

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2017 After two and a half years at the helm, Darryll Castle is stepping down as JSE-listed PPC CEO and director to pursue other interests, with immediate effect. “The company and the CEO have agreed to part ways,” said PPC chairperson Peter Nelson in a statement to shareholders, released on Monday. 

Castle exits PPC after nearly three years
Photo by Duane Daws
Outgoing PPC CEO Darryll Castle

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister

By: African News Agency      21st July 2017 South Africa was committed to increasing trade and addressing the trade imbalance with Zambia. This was according to South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, ahead of a two-day Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Lusaka, Zambia, from 24-25 July. 

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Community consultation prompted to enter the digital era

     21st July 2017 Global consulting engineering expert Aurecon communication and stakeholder engagement global lead Kylie Cochrane posits that it is time that the project approval and community consultation process step squarely into the digital age, for the benefit of all. 

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

Multidisciplinary platform  pursued for project
Photo by Bloomberg
WHOLE OTHER DIMENSION Three-dimensional modelling allows for a project’s building design to be viewed in virtual reality using headsets

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Failure to adequately regulate illegal sand mining in KwaZulu-Natal is increasingly becoming a threat to the mining and construction sectors in the region, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar. 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is taking steps to ensure a well-run and compliant aggregate and sand producing industry in KwaZulu-Natal

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

‘Durban’s best kept  secret’ honoured for  technical excellence
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa provide an overview of the MR577. Video courtesy: RoyalHaskoningDHV

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 The recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans
Photo by Duane Daws
MIKE MULLER We shouldn’t be relying on good luck with the weather for the water security of so many people

Compliance reimagining favours comic strip style

     21st July 2017 As the compliance requirements in major projects can cause “a big rabbit hole” of complicated and congested information, a reimagining of the way things are done should be pursued, suggests global consulting engineering experts Aurecon major projects global director John Callaghan. He uses the... 

Compliance reimagining favours comic strip style
Photo by Bloomberg
COMIC RELIEF Compliance requirements for major projects often become unnecessarily complicated and congested, and should be reimagined into a comic strip format

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 South Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

May unveils British initiatives aimed at reducing Africa’s reliance on aid

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May used the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, to announce a series of new British initiatives intended to reduce the reliance of African countries on aid and increase their long-term stability and prosperity. This was in line with a theme for the summit... 

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 In a R60-million renovation project, the former post office on Rissik street is being restored to its former glory as one of Johannesburg’s stand-out heritage sites. During a media tour hosted by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) last month, Johannesburg-based Paradigm Architects principal... 

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage
JOBURG CLASSIC GETS FACELIFT The post office in Rissik street, which was built in 1897, is currently undergoing a R60-million renovation

Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th July 2017 Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation said. "Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat," said Xanthea... 

Construction on Exxaro’s new offices to start in September

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has started the multimillion-rand development of a new head office for diversified miner Exxaro Resources. Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters will consolidate its current offices in Pretoria and Johannesburg into a single workspace, located at... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

Vukile raises R900m after heavily oversubscribed placement

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund has raised R900-million after closing a same-day, heavily oversubscribed bookbuild, initially aimed at raising R500-million. Seeing strong demand for shares, the real estate investment trust raised the capital through the placement of about 48-million new shares 

PIC lifts stake in Group Five to above 20%

     17th July 2017 Construction company Group Five on Monday reported that the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had increased its stake in the company to 20.135%. Group Five shareholders are due to meet on July 24 to vote in new board members. 

Heriot to list on AltX

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The JSE has granted real estate investment trust (Reit) Heriot a listing of all its issued ordinary shares in the diversified Reit’s sector on the AltX, effective July 24. Heriot is a newly incorporated company and has been established for the purposes of creating a listed property fund that will... 

Sisulu asks housing beneficiaries to not sell their houses

By: Anine Kilian     14th July 2017 Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on community members of Westonaria Borwa, in Johannesburg, to preserve their houses and look after the community infrastructure.   Sisulu visited the Westonaria housing project with Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile on Thursday to... 

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