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Infrastructure News

Egypt's Carbon Holdings secures $1.25bn to build petrochemicals complex

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Egypt's Carbon Holdings has secured $1.25-billion in financing to build a giant petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, a $10.9-billion project, would be the largest in the Middle East and is expected to create 48 000 jobs. 

Wakkerstroom residents want R13m water pipeline project halted

By: News24Wire      7th December 2018 Residents of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga have called for a R13-million water pipeline project to be halted, saying it will put their water supply at risk. Speaking via the Wakkerstroom Interest Group (WIG), they say the pipeline project - from Martin's Dam, above the Wakkerstroom Wetland, to... 

Eskom should weigh selling its crown jewels, FirstRand CEO says

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 State-owned Eskom should consider selling two coal-fired plants that rank among the world’s biggest to repair the state-owned utility’s finances, according to the head of South Africa’s biggest bank by market value. The supplier of almost all of South Africa’s power is being battered by declining... 

China’s BRI translating its influence into trade, development and cultural engagements with global South

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is an infrastructure development and integration initiative championed and mainly funded by China, has emerged as a conduit for translating China's growing influence into trade, development and cultural engagements and partnership with the global South.... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) reports that is has received over 25 000 comments from affected parties and the general public in response to two nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications received from Eskom on March 2016. The applications are for the Thyspunt site, in the... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications
Koeberg in the Western Cape is South Africa's only nuclear power stations

Group Five shares plunge on further claim from Cenpower

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 JSE-listed construction company Group Five's share price fell by nearly 68% on Thursday morning after it announced that it had been informed of a new claim of $60.5-million from client Cenpower, which late last month terminated its contract with Group Five for the construction of the Kpone gas... 

Level of activity in construction sector recovers by 9% since Q1 – index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 JSE-listed construction materials supplier Afrimat’s latest Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) rose by 4% in the third quarter, compared with the second quarter. This follows a gain of 7% between April and June.  

Level of activity in construction sector recovers by 9% since Q1 – index

Sener advocates for IRP policy adjustment to cater for ‘reliable, carbon-free’ CSP 

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2018 Spanish technology group Sener, which has overseen the construction of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa and 29 in total internationally, is urging the South African government to reconsider CSP’s exclusion from the final version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).... 

Sener advocates for IRP policy adjustment to cater for ‘reliable, carbon-free’ CSP
Photo by Dylan Slater
Sener Southern Africa regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa

Kenya starts construction of 83 MW geothermal plant

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Kenya has started building a geothermal power plant to add 83 MW of capacity to the national grid, the state-owned power generation utility said on Tuesday.  Geothermal power is Kenya's second largest source of electricity after hydroelectric power. The country has total installed power capacity... 

City of Joburg updates investors on inner city housing project opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2018 The City of Johannesburg has identified and is preparing 84 buildings in and around the inner city of Johannesburg for use by private sector developers to build housing for 300 000 people in the city who do not have housing. At the council chambers on Tuesday, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman... 

Group Five Kpone contract terminated, legal dispute resolution expected in early 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 Construction company Group Five has been issued with a notice of termination of its Kpone gas and oil-fired combined cycle power plant project, in Ghana, by its client Cenpower. In a statement issued late on Friday, Group Five denied Cenpower’s entitlement to terminate the contract, saying the... 

100 MW CSP project, developed by black-owned IPP, enters commercial operation  

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2018 A new 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, developed by black-owned independent power producer (IPP) Emvelo, officially entered into commercial operation this week, providing Eskom with a new dispatchable generation option at a time of severe supply-side constraints. Located in Upington,... 

100 MW CSP project, developed by black-owned IPP, enters commercial operation
The Ilanga CSP1 plant

Afreximbank ropes in Russian companies to invest in railway projects in Africa

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) said on Friday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian Railways and the Russian Export Center (REC) to cooperate in implementing export and investment projects in the railway sector in Africa. Under the terms of the MoU, the parties... 

City of Johannesburg works with private firm to develop affordable housing in Bramley

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 The city of Johannesburg said on Friday the first phase of a development in Bramley in which its planning department had an imput was now complete. It said mayor Herman Mashaba would on Monday join Africrest Properties in opening the Village and Spark School Development in the suburb. 

Virtual, augmented reality now part of construction processes

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and building information modelling (BIM) in construction and consulting engineering are important elements of a fully integrated approach to project delivery, says multinational engineering consultancy Aecom Buildings and Places digital project... 

Digital disruption to bring core engineering skills to fore

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Far from posing a threat to engineering as a profession, local engineering experts believe that the digital transformation of industries and of society is amplifying the importance of the core competencies of engineering disciplines and bringing them to the fore. Defining and solving complex... 

Digital disruption to bring core engineering skills to fore

Saice inaugurates its 116th president

By: Simone Liedtke     29th November 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) on Thursday inaugurated Brian Downie as the new president of the institution. Downie is the 116th president of Saice since the inception of the institution in 1903. 

Cost of vandalism, theft of infrastructure surpasses R300m – Johannesburg mayor

By: African News Agency      28th November 2018 The cost of vandalism in the city of Johannesburg and theft of City Power infrastructure has now surpassed R300-million and continues to rise, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday. Mashaba said council members had, during a meeting of the Visible Service Delivery committee, cited this as the... 

SIU moves to recover R2.2bn in failed Giyani water project

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is seeking to recover R2.2-billion from the tender appointment of LTE Consulting Engineers by state-owned water utility Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) for a failed water project in Giyani, Limpopo. The SIU has instituted a civil claim in the High Court in... 

African countries urged to sign Luxembourg Protocol at Zimbabwe PIDA meeting

By: African News Agency      27th November 2018 African countries have been urged to sign the Luxembourg Protocol by Soteri Gatera, the chief of industrialisation and infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Gatera made the call during his presentation titled, ‘The Luxembourg Rail Protocol: Railway Rolling Stock Financing –... 

Guinea bauxite miner to build new railway in $3bn deal

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2018 Societe Miniere de Boke, which mines aluminum raw material bauxite in Guinea, signed agreements with the West African nation to spend $3-billion on a railway, an alumina refinery and the development of new mining areas. The 135 km railway, which will link mining operations to a river terminal,... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape, has been synchronised to the national grid and the power station is expected to enter into full commercial operation in early 2019. Construction of the parabolic-trough CSP plant began in May 2016, following... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019
The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park

DMR initiates ground stability study in areas affected by illegal mining in Joburg 

By: African News Agency      26th November 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Monday that it has initiated a ground stability study in the Johannesburg area with immediate effect. In a statement, the DMR said the study, which will commence shortly through the Council for Geoscience (CGS), aims to assess whether there is any... 

City of Cape Town beach tidal pools receive multimillion-rand upgrades

By: African News Agency      26th November 2018 Multimillion-rand upgrades to the Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools in the South Peninsula have just been completed in time for the summer season and the annual influx of more than a million visitors to Cape Town beaches, the city said on Sunday. "Our tidal pools are popular spots as these... 

Work on Vaal river system rehabilitation project gets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2018 Work on the Vaal River System rehabilitation project, in Sebokeng, is now under way after a technical team from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) completed its assessments, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said. Following the deployment by Finance... 

BRI a conduit for Chinese engagement, trade, development with Africa and the world 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2018 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is an infrastructure development and integration initiative championed and mainly funded by China, has emerged as a conduit for translating China's growing influence into trade, development and cultural engagements and partnership with the global South.... 

Nxesi prioritises late payment to contractors; CIDB to expand contractor register criteria

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd November 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi will prioritise dealing with the issue of late payment to contractors and kickstart a process to draft payment legislation as a first priority for the construction industry. The Minister on Friday also discussed improving the criteria for grading contractors... 

Nxesi prioritises late payment to contractors; CIDB to expand contractor register criteria
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi

Firm’s design breathes new life into industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup was commended for its finalist entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the architectural category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards, held last month. The R500-million V&A Grain Silo project, once an agricultural silo for grain storage... 

Firm’s design breathes  new life into industry
CROWN JEWEL The V&A Grain Silo Complex project was once an agricultural silo for grain storage, and is now features prominently in the silo district development

Trade wars costly to long-term construction projects

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Owing to the global trade war in steel prices, local manufacturers, such as local steel fabricator Fabcon, are finding it difficult to quote for long-term construction projects. “The stockholding of any steel company is dramatically reduced, as companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer... 

Trade wars costly  to long-term construction projects
ANDREW VAN GOOL Companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer period of time

Large scale erosion control at Pepper Bay

23rd November 2018 A large-scale erosion-control retaining wall to stabilise the existing eroded embankments in the Pepper Bay harbour area on the West Coast was initiated in the interest of public safety by the Department of Public Works. The embankments consist of multiple layers of sedimentation reaching up to... 

Supporting industry associations adds value – CMA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 To ensure the use of high-quality precast concrete products in the market, it is vital for professionals and manufacturers of products related to the built environment to realise the value of joining industry associations, particularly those that have the wellbeing of end-users and industry at... 

BP to invest $1bn in South Africa, including refinery upgrade

By: Reuters     22nd November 2018 BP Southern Africa (BPSA) will invest $1-billion in South Africa in the next five years with more than a quarter of that set aside to upgrade the SAPREF refinery to produce lower sulphur diesel, its chief executive said on Thursday. The 180 00 barrels per day SAPREF refinery, South Africa's... 

Education, Health, Public Works finances are in a bad way, says Auditor-General

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has warned that the financial health of the provincial departments of health, education and public works are in a bad way and need urgent intervention. “Urgent intervention is needed to prevent the collapse of these key service delivery departments,” said Makwetu in... 

New terminal at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport the pride of Ghana

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) MD John Attafuah is an animated man to whom words come freely, quickly and eloquently. But even he has to pause and gasp for a few seconds though, as he describes the impact the new Terminal 3 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport has had on Ghanaians. The... 

Report lays out action plan for sanitation crisis in Limpopo schools

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th November 2018 Public-interest law centre Section27 has released its long-awaited sanitation report, offering an overview of the state of school sanitation in Limpopo and calling on the Limpopo Department of Education (LDE) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to address the issue. The report, ‘Towards... 

Report lays out action plan for sanitation crisis in Limpopo schools

Barloworld mulls adding another Cat business; cuts 1 000 auto jobs 

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2018 Barloworld is mulling the acquisition of another distribution deal with US equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, says Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela. This follows the sale of the Iberia Equipment business in Spain for R2.5-billion. 

Barloworld mulls adding another Cat business; cuts 1 000 auto jobs
Dominic Sewela

Lack of school toilets puts 620m children in danger – report

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 A lack of proper school toilets threatens the health, education and safety of at least 620-million children around the world, the charity WaterAid said in a new study published on Friday. Children at one in three schools lack access to proper toilets, putting them at risk of diarrhea and other... 

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