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Infrastructure News

Activist shareholder says loses faith in South Africa's Group Five after resignations

By: Reuters     27th June 2017 Activist shareholder Allan Gray said on Tuesday it had lost faith in South African construction company Group Five's board to act in the best interest of the firm following the resignation of several directors and its chief executive. More than 10 executive and non-executive directors at Group... 

Govt will spend R1.8bn to increase university lodgings by 2020

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 The Department of Higher Education and Training has allocated around R1.8-billion to increase the number of available beds at public universities by 28 690 by 2020. In response to a Parliamentary question by opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, Higher Education and Training Minister Dr... 

TNPA unveils R255m admin building at Ngqura

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has unveiled a new R255-million administration building – eMendi – at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at the unveiling, TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu said the 10 000 m2 building was named in reference to the SS Mendi troop ship... 

TNPA unveils R255m admin building at Ngqura

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is taken on a tour of the Beitbridge Border Post on Monday

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth, Gama avers 

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, earlier this month, he... 

Infrastructure development key to accelerating growth,  Gama avers
SIYABONGA GAMA We need to make sure that Africa’s share of global trade continues to grow

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s attractiveness to foreign investors in the future will depend a great deal on how it recovers from its latest economic knocks and political and policy developments, warns the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI). SAGCCI CEO Matthias Boddenberg explains... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery
RESOLUTE RELATIONSHIP German businesses have deep roots in South Africa and are unlikely to pull out any time soon

Afrimat Construction Index continues to outperform general economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd June 2017 Despite negative perceptions, South Africa’s economy remains resilient, while the construction industry remains healthy and continues to perform well, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. This is evident in the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) having expanded by 22.7% between the third quarter... 

Afrimat Construction Index continues to outperform general economy
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

Kenya joins Africa Finance Corporation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Kenya is the latest country to become a member of Pan-African multilateral development finance institution, the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).   Kenya is the AFC’s fifteenth member and its third East African member after Rwanda and Uganda. The other members are Cabo Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire,... 

Africa should embrace private sector infrastructure investment

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

 Africa should embrace private sector infrastructure investment

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering
SOL-ONE The luminaire has an integrated photocell and an integrated motion sensor

Malawi and Tanzania sign MOU for Songwe River Basin Programme 

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Malawi and Tanzania signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, which will see the two African nations work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The SRBDP was... 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is increasing pressure on businesses whose production processes produce waste to become more sustainable and support government’s efforts to safeguard the future of the environment by minimising their carbon footprint within their operations, says waste management company Interwaste group... 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives
REWARDING BENEFITS By obtaining green accreditation, businesses are recognised and can be rewarded for the role they play in protecting the environment

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY ABOVE ALL Ishecon’s training helps engineers to build and operate safe chemical plant installations

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

South Africa should be proud of wind energy achievements 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 South Africa has, in three years, become the largest wind power producer on the continent, generating 1.4 GW of electricity from 600 wind turbines.  On the eve of Global Wind Day, South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) CEO Brenda Martin said the industry should be proud, not only... 

South Africa should be proud of wind energy achievements

Structural repairs on Robinson canal near completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is nearing completion on the R8-million Phase 1 upgrade of 2.65 km of the Robinson canal, one of the City of Johannesburg’s oldest canals. The agency said the rehabilitation, which extends from Main street, passing through Selby and Ophirton and ending on Lake... 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has found that, despite local-content obligations, not one of the China South Rail (CSR) locomotives being procured by Transnet has been assembled in South Africa and that all have... 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims

Congo tells consortia to form joint bid for Inga 3 hydro project

By: Reuters     14th June 2017 Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday asked Chinese and Spanish consortia vying to develop a long-delayed $14-billion hydroelectric project to join together and submit a single bid. The statement represents a new delay for the Inga 3 project, which has struggled to attract financing. Last May,... 

Sandton accessibility to improve as new bridges open

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 The Grayston pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the M1 dual carriageway is expected to be completed by October, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday. With over 10 000 people walking between Alexandra, Wynberg and Sandton central daily, the bridge is part of a 5 km dedicated walking and... 

Sandton accessibility to improve as new bridges open

General Electric bets big on digital

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2017 While the industrial ecosystem lags the productivity gains seen in the consumer economy as a result of digital disruption, General Electric (GE) is betting its future on digital industrial transformation and the powerful gains that will emerge from fully leveraging what the Internet of Things... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

Group Five looks to boost margins at loss-making construction unit

By: Reuters     12th June 2017 South African construction company Group Five plans to boost profit margins after restructuring into more geographically focused units, the group's new chief executive said on Monday. The company has been grappling with lower margins at its construction business, which has been split into South... 

JRA upgrades two ageing CBD bridges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 Commuters in the Johannesburg central business district can expect traffic disruptions for the remainder of this month, as the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) upgrades the Harrison Street and Queen Elizabeth bridges. The agency on Monday said that, during weekdays, one slow lane on the Queen... 

Tanzania signs $154m contract with Chinese firm to expand main port

By: Reuters     12th June 2017 Tanzania's government signed a $154-million contract on Saturday with the state-run China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to expand the main port in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is seeking financing for infrastructure projects as part of its plans to transform the country... 

Group Five to hold EGM, shareholder seeks board shake up

By: Reuters     9th June 2017 South African construction company Group Five said on Friday it will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in July following pressure from its second largest shareholder Allan Gray, which wants to reconstitute the board. Allan Gray, which owns 12.04% of the company according to Reuters'... 

Petredec, Bidvest to develop 22 600 t LPG storage facility 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th June 2017 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) logistics company Petredec has entered into an agreement with bulk liquid storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals to develop a new 22 600 t facility for the import and storage of LPG at Bidvest’s site, in Richards Bay. The completed facility will be the region’s... 

Vadi concerned about slow pace of BRT development in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum held... 

Wild Coast highway megabridge projects expected to start this year

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Sasol starts construction at new China-based chemicals plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Sasol on Thursday reported that construction of its new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, China, has started, with the new plant expected to be fully operational by early 2019. The new production unit will modernise and expand Sasol's current alkoxylation capacity, research and development facility... 

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Johannesburg has been ranked fourth among the top five global cities where construction costs will increase over the next year, with the cost of construction set to rise about 7.5% over 2017/18, against a global average of 3.5%, professional services company Turner & Townsend’s ‘International... 

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

Industrialisation, infrastructure development to accelerate economic growth – Gama

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, on Monday, he highlighted... 

Johannesburg needs clear infrastructure delivery plan to attract investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To examine challenges posed by, and find possible solutions to, Africa's urban infrastructure deficit as a result of rapid urban growth, international law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a thought leadership programme, which will bring together numerous experts from its network of 23 global... 

Johannesburg needs clear infrastructure delivery plan to attract investment

Sunrise discharges first LPG shipment through Saldanha Bay terminal

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd June 2017 One of two international traders – and their local joint venture partners – who have commercial agreements in place with South Africa-based energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy on Thursday discharged 2 450 t of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through Sunrise’s Saldanha Bay terminal, in the... 

Sunrise discharges first LPG shipment through Saldanha Bay terminal

Connectivity – the next step for rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it has become a necessity for commuters to be connected, and it is also essential for increased operational efficiency in railway networks. This connectivity can be achieved through WiFi networks, which are heading towards being a prominent... 

Connectivity  – the next step for rail
RIAAN GRAHAM An upcoming trend in the rail industry is cybersecurity, which is paramount when introducing a public Internet connectivity domain
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