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Infrastructure News

Murray & Roberts posts H1 loss

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 2 hours 48 minutes ago JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Wednesday reported an attributable loss of R60-million for the six months ended December 31. Revenue and profit from continuing operations were R10.7-billion and R119-million respectively for the period. 

Group Five reports R383m loss, CEO Eric Vemer resigns

By: Irma Venter     Updated 3 hours ago Group Five CEO Eric Vemer has unexpectedly announced his resignation – “within the next few weeks” – from the JSE-listed construction group. Vemer took over from Mike Upton on December 1, 2014, and spent less than three years at the helm of Group Five. 

Group Five reports R383m loss, CEO Eric Vemer resigns
Photo by Duane Daws
Eric Vemer

Budget makes room for more housing opportunities

By: News24Wire      Updated 4 hours ago Government is to spend R29.8-billion on housing, according to the National Budget. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered Budget 2017 in parliament on Wednesday. He said it was important to have intergovernmental cooperation between the different spheres to improve delivery of services such as... 

Budget makes room for more housing opportunities

Group Five CEO resigns

By: Reuters     22nd February 2017 South African construction firm Group Five said on Wednesday its group chief executive Eric Vemer will be resigning in the next few weeks. "Eric and the board will be working towards transitional arrangements which will result in the identification of a suitable replacement candidate," Group Five... 

Group Five CEO resigns
Photo by Duane Daws
Eric Vemer

Aveng to seek shareholder backing for sale of Grinaker-LTA stake to Kutana in March  

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2017 Construction and engineering group Aveng will seek shareholder approval before the end of March for the sale of a 51% beneficial interest in Aveng Grinaker-LTA to Kutana Construction, a black economic empowerment company. Aveng has also decided to include Aveng Water in the transaction, along... 

Aveng to seek shareholder backing for sale of Grinaker-LTA stake to Kutana in March
Aveng CEO Kobus Verster in conversation with Terence Creamer on group's performance and outlook, as well as the impending sale of 51% of Grinaker-LTA to Kutana. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.2.17

Edenville raises £2m to advance Rukwa project to production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has raised £2-million through an oversubscribed subscription of 250-million new ordinary shares at 0.8p apiece. The company also issued 125-million warrants to the subscribers on the basis of one warrant for every two new ordinary shares, exercisable at 1.08p per... 

New panel established to guide Gauteng on infrastructure projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2017 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) has established an economic advisory panel to advise it on the roll-out of social and economic infrastructure projects planned for the next two years. GPG aims to leverage the various infrastructure projects planned for the next two years to promote the... 

New panel established to guide Gauteng on infrastructure projects
Gauteng Premier David Makhura delivers his State of the Province Address. Date recorded: 20.02.17. Camerawork and video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Aurecon appoints new global energy MD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 Engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Dr Alex Wonhas as its new global energy and resources business MD. Prior to this appointment, he was an executive director at the environment, energy and resources sector at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) claims that Eskom has yet to issue any updated budget quotes for projects that President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address (Sona) would proceed, following a protracted impasse that arose as a result of the State-owned utility’s... 

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’
Mark Pickering

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

New Draft White Paper suggests standard gauge network for freight rail

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) insists that measures to support the downstream steel industry in South Africa are a priority for government and are being fast-tracked. In a statement outlining the various interventions undertaken since 2015 to support a primary steel sector wracked by... 

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation 

     17th February 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the agreement between government and South Africa’s construction industry to accelerate transformation in the sector. 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation
Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd

Challenging times call for innovation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 It remains imperative for companies to remain innovative, especially amid the construction industry’s facing a dilemma, with local infrastructure – including power, road, water and sewerage infrastructure – in dire need of upgrading, while very little money is being spent on civil construction... 

Challenging times  call for innovation
HOISTS GAIN POPULARITY SA French’s high-speed rack and pinion hoists are proving to be an effective complement to traditional tower cranes

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in specialised product

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Construction solutions provider a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is seeing growing confidence in the use of specialised coatings in the South African construction industry, proving that the company’s commitment to high quality and durability in its product range continues to be a successful strategy... 

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in  specialised product
BRETT LARSEN a.b.e. Construction Chemicals focuses on prioritising good quality standards and keeping up to date with product advancements

Conference to boost key partnerships

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry representative Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) will host the twenty-fourth International Federation of Consulting Engineers’ Group of African Member Associations (FIDIC GAMA) Conference – one of the biggest networking events for African consulting engineers – in Cape Town from... 

Conference to boost  key partnerships
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL CESA aims to achieve a more inclusive approach to infrastructure development in Africa

CSI fund supports investment in Vanderbijlpark school infrastructure

By: Dylan Slater     17th February 2017 Gas materials and equipment company Air Products South Africa launched its new R800-million air-separation unit, the G-Plant, in 2014, with an associated ring-fenced corporate social investment (CSI) fund aimed at uplifting the Vanderbijlpark community.  

CSI fund supports investment in Vanderbijlpark school infrastructure
NEW SCHOOL HALL A new school hall is unveiled at the Bophelong Primary School as part of Air Products’ investment in the Vanderbijlpark community

Partnership crucial in addressing housing shortfall

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Demonstrating the potential for the success of private-public partnerships, residential property developer Calgro M3 and construction products supplier PPC have partnered to upgrade an informal settlement along the Fleurhof dam, in Johannesburg, into a fully integrated city. 

Partnership crucial in addressing housing shortfall
DEVELOPMENT AT FLEURHOF 9 600 housing units together with infrastructure for community services will be completed along the Fleurhof dam by 2018

Quality key for the construction sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry association the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) is taking a proactive role in ensuring that a high level of quality is instituted and maintained throughout the civil engineering and construction sector’s supply chain. 

Quality key for the construction  sector
BENEFITS OF PRECAST Precast concrete is gaining popularity as a cost-effective and efficient solution that can help to facilitate good quality construction work

Quay wall construction completed in Durban

     17th February 2017 Specialist geotechnical contractor Franki Africa has completed construction of a 175-m-long quay wall with a draft of 12.3 m for marine engineering company Dormac’s new floating dock at its marine works facility in Durban. 

Quay wall construction completed in Durban
NEW QUAY WALL An aerial view of the 175 m wall completed by Franki Africa for Dormac’s new floating dock in Durban

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2017 The head of ABB South Africa is hopeful that renewable-energy-related orders, which all but dried up in 2016 as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign new power purchase agreements, will resume in light of President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that the State-owned utility will sign all outstanding... 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations
ABB South Africa CEO Leon Viljoen

€64m Kariba dam plunge pool contract signed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 A €64-million contract that will see the three-year Kariba dam plunge pool reshaping works set in motion, was signed by Zambia’s Treasury secretary Fredson Yamba and French construction company Razel-BEC on Wednesday. The plunge pool reshaping is the first component of the Kariba dam... 

Sanral rolls out R120m training programme for N2 Wild Coast project  

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

Sanral rolls out R120m training programme for N2 Wild Coast project

M&R warns of lower FY earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Owing to persistently low commodity and energy prices, which significantly impacted on its oil and gas platform, JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects to report a decline in operational earnings for the 2017 financial year. The company on Wednesday said its earnings would further be impacted... 

Further disruptions to Johannesburg traffic as another M1 lane closes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2017 Commuters in Johannesburg must once again prepare for further traffic setbacks, as the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, from February 16, close one of the four southbound lanes of the double decker bridge. This lane closure, which forms part of the JRA’s overall rehabilitation programme for... 

Further disruptions to Johannesburg traffic as another M1 lane closes

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2017 Government and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress on Monday in the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black contractors... 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal

Aveng interim results impacted by exceptional items

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 Owing to two nonrecurring exceptional items incurred in the half-year to December 31, JSE-listed Aveng expects to report a headline loss of between R290-million and R310-million, a widening of the R231-million loss it reported for the same period in 2015. The items include a present value charge... 

Rehabilitation of Kariba dam wall to start soon

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 The Zambian and Zimbabwean governments will on Tuesday sign a works contract for the first component of the Kariba dam rehabilitation project. This contract will see the reshaping of the dam’s plunge pool and is being funded by the European Union, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and... 

Rehabilitation of Kariba dam wall to start soon

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Foundation-stage smart city systems can make cities safer, healthier

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The foundational systems of smart cities will provide significant health and security benefits for cities, say information technology multinational Wipro Africa business head Gavin Holme and Wipro Africa analytics practice manager Rudraksh Bhawalkar. These systems include connected street lights,... 

Foundation-stage smart city systems can make cities safer, healthier
GAVIN HOLME An important safety initiative for smart city planners is to build the tools with which citizens can report crimes anonymously

Microlevel electricity grids advantageous for African applications

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Although the price of electricity and cost of generation in many African countries are major challenges, they also present opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can use existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources, says energy, water,... 

AMSA wants customers to unite behind call for industry-wide protection 

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has appealed to its downstream customers to join it in a united lobbying effort for higher levels of tariff protection on both primary and value-added steel products, which, it claims, are being displaced by cheap, subsidised imports that are... 

AMSA wants customers to unite behind call for industry-wide protection
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2017 When the Ministers responsible for seeking resolution to the current impasse in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector meet this month, they will be expected to weigh the serious legal and policy implications of backtracking from a Ministerial determination – as well as from one of the country’s... 

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

Careful planning required for successful smart city development

By: Dylan Slater     3rd February 2017 The development of so-called smart cities requires careful planning – planning that requires a careful balance between conventional and modern technology, as well as computerised and human interactions.  

Championing Delivery

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd February 2017 Founder of black-empowered consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates Pragalathan Dhanapalan (Dempsey) Naidoo may be retiring from Mott MacDonald, but the civil engineering industry and business world, he tells Tracy Hancock of Engineering News, has not yet seen the last of him. 

Diversified fuel source required to fuel local facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 South Africa requires a diversified fuel source for power generation, and natural gas is an ideal fuel, as several facilities in the country are compatible with natural gas to fuel power plants, and the resulting infrastructure will benefit other industries and end-users, says engineering... 

Diversified fuel source  required to fuel local facilities
Photo by Bloomberg
GAS-TO-POWER PROGRAMME The Department of Energy’s GPP will facilitate the construction of the base infrastructure to distribute gas to different sectors and industries

PPC says R1.7bn kiln revamp to improve enviro compliance, market position

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed cement producer PPC last month invited media to a tour of its Slurry operation, in the North West, and the construction site of the R1.7-billion Slurry Kiln (SK) 9 project, which is scheduled for first clinker production at the beginning of next year. The brownfield project, which... 

PPC says R1.7bn kiln revamp to improve enviro compliance,  market position
PPC SLURRY Production at PPC’s Slurry cement manufacturing operation in the North West is set to increase to 1.9-million tons a year following the completion of the SK 9 kiln
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