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Infrastructure News

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th April 2017 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved $253-million in loans to the governments of Kenya and Uganda for the upgrading of a 118 km road section connecting the two countries and construction of the 32km Eldoret town bypass, in Kenya. Kenya will receive $147.3-million and Uganda... 

Kenya’s Konza Techno City emerging as Africa’s smart-city frontrunner

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 The Konza Techno City, in Kenya, being developed about 60 km south-east of Nairobi, will be a smart city to better serve citizens and manage city operations, says wireless connectivity firm Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. The focus will be on service delivery,... 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2017 Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year.... 

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production
Wim de Klerk, Mathatha Tsedu and Matodzi Nesongozwi at official opening of Manngwe plant

M&R a co-applicant with GE in dispute with Eskom over Duvha contract

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that it is a co-applicant with GE’s in court bid to prevent Eskom from implementing a contract with Dongfang Electric Corporation for the Duvha Unit 3 boiler recovery project. The 600 MW boiler was damaged catastrophically in March 2014 as a result of over... 

End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2017 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects a recovery in the deployment of wind projects in South Africa, following a hiatus in 2016 brought about by Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable-energy projects procured in 2015. In its ‘Global Wind Report:... 

End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC

Zuma again stresses drive for ‘radical economic transformation’ at launch of Free State SEZ

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2017 The 103 ha Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Harrismith, in the Free State, forms an important part of government’s SEZ Programme, which is aimed at ensuring excluded areas of the country are developed and able to contribute to the country’s economic growth. Speaking at the... 

Zuma again stresses drive for ‘radical economic transformation’ at launch of Free State SEZ
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma and Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Construction of M1 Oxford, Federation bridges to enter final phase

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Monday said construction upgrades on the M1 freeway’s Oxford and Federation bridges will enter the third and final phase in May. The R127-million project is 75% complete, with the majority of fill and stabilisation of underground conditions completed on the... 

Construction of M1 Oxford, Federation bridges to enter final phase

CIG uncertain about local outlook, but sees growth potential in Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Pan-African infrastructure group Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Monday posted revenue growth of 29% to R2.7-billion for the six months to February 28, owing to its strategy to expand across Africa’s energy markets. The company further reported a 20% year-on-year increase in its... 

Nigerian minister asks builders to construct better after spate of collapsing buildings

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 Nigeria is concerned after a spate of collapsing buildings, which a government minister blamed on a lack of commitment to quality by some builders. In 2014, some 84 South Africans were killed during one of these collapses, at a church in Lagos run by prominent pastor TB Joshua. The pastor denied... 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution? 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution?

Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 State-owned power Eskom on Friday confirmed in a statement that it had raised concerns with National Treasury about “areas” of the current procurement regulations, specifically mentioning waivers of certain evaluation criteria that would be required to facilitate the “proposed nuclear new build... 

Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

Nigerian finance minister says country needs to tap its non-oil revenues

By: Reuters     21st April 2017 Nigeria plans to get out of recession by boosting government revenues and cracking down on corruption, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Thursday, and will also issue more international debt to pay for infrastructure projects. The country is in its second year of recession, brought on by... 

Construction index points to shift from large to smaller projects

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

New concept crane being developed
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

EDF's Hinkley Point project could be hit by construction worker strike

By: Reuters     20th April 2017 Workers on EDF's £18-billion ($23-billion) Hinkley Point C nuclear project in southwest England could go on strike over bonus payments, two labour unions said on Thursday. The GMB and Unite trade unions will hold a vote among 700 workers employed by the Bouygues-Laing O'Rourke (BYLOR)... 

Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility 

     20th April 2017 Asset management Fortress Income Fund has launched its Westlake View logistics park, further increasing the companies warehousing and logistics development pipeline, which currently has a gross leasable area of about 1-million m2 that spans Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  

Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility
Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility

More than half a million rand worth of copper recovered in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      20th April 2017 The newly established anti-cable theft unit arrested 12 suspected cable thieves and recovered several tons of copper valued at more than half a million rand over the Easter weekend, Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga said on Thursday. He said the weekend arrests were in addition to 67 other... 

Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says Eskom made a “mistake” by raising its corporate difficulties in relation to the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable-energy generators in a way that undermined the policy position of government on both the energy mix and the... 

Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Governments worldwide could save $1tr by adopting procurement best practices – McKinsey 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Governments worldwide could reduce their current purchasing bill by 15%, or a combined $1-trillion, if they were to adopt best-practice procurement disciplines, a new study by the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) claims. The study, titled ‘Government Productivity: Unlocking the $3.5-trillion... 

Governments worldwide could save $1tr by adopting procurement best practices – McKinsey

Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Saudi Arabia is seeking bids for its first utility-scale renewable energy projects, following the launch of the round one request for proposal (RFP) stage by the country’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al Falih. The RFP is now live on a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects

Dredging of Port of Maputo access channel completed

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital
CHRISTIAAN BARNARD HOSPITAL Polyflor South Africa supplied the doctors’ suites with luxury vinyl tiles

Dacian picks M&R’s RUC Cementation Mining as underground contractor

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2017 Gold developer Dacian Gold has selected its contractor for underground mining at its Mt Morgans gold project, in Western Australia, issuing RUC Cementation Mining – a subsidiary of JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) – with a letter of intent (LoI). The conditional LoI will be replaced by a formal... 

N2 roadworks 75% complete

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2017 The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry road and the R300, in the Western Cape, is 75% complete. The R186-million project, which is being undertaken by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) and on which work started in January 2016, is expected to... 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul
CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa aims to be the body which all consulting engineering companies consider as the home of consulting engineering in South Africa

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

Cabinet reshuffle, downgrade concerns South Africa’s engineers – Cesa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Wednesday added its voice to those that have expressed concern over the latest Cabinet reshuffle and subsequent Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) downgrade of South Africa to sub-investment grade. The industry association said the move risked exacerbating an... 

Transnet calls for private sector support in funding South Africa’s logistics infrastructure

By: Shirley le Guern     4th April 2017 Transnet cannot foot the entire R400-billion bill for logistics infrastructure alone. At least 25% should come from the private sector, which has sufficient funds “sitting and being lazy” on its balance sheets,Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama told delegates at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s annual... 

Localisation a key ‘policy tool’ for South Africa – Davies  

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2017 Localisation is an important policy tool for industrial development in South Africa and will assist in growing the economy and the manufacturing sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Speaking at the 2017 Proudly South African Buy Local Summit, in Johannesburg, he... 

Localisation a key ‘policy tool’ for South Africa – Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies discusses the importance of localisation in South Africa's industrialisation efforts. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Afrimat Construction Index shows industry far from dead

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

Afrimat Construction Index shows industry far from dead
Andries van Heerden

R50m budget approved for revitalisation of Ekandustria Industrial Park

By: African News Agency      30th March 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) on Thursday said a budget of about R50-million has been approved to address the first phase of the revitalisation programme of the Ekandustria Industrial Park. The Deputy Director-General for Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the... 

Shareholders in Aveng approve sale of 51% stake in Grinaker-LTA

By: Reuters     29th March 2017 Shareholders in South Africa's Aveng approved the sale of a 51% stake in the Grinaker-LTA business to Kutana Construction, the company said on Wednesday, bringing in a partner owned by black women. The deal helps Aveng, a 125-year-old company, to align the business with the government's economic... 

Cape Town's drastic plan for affordable housing

By: News24Wire      29th March 2017 The City of Cape Town wants the whole city to be declared a restructuring zone, which will allow for any suitable land to be used for social housing. It announced on Tuesday that about R101-billion was needed for another 650 000 housing opportunities over the next 20 years. 

City launches R88m project to fix potholes

By: African News Agency      28th March 2017 Johannesburg executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, on Tuesday launched a R88-million project to address the pothole repair backlog in the city. Addressing the launch in Ivory Park, Midrand, Mashaba said the City had provided R88-million additional funding to the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in the... 

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