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Infrastructure News

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2019 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set up a war room together with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) in a bid to deal with a surge in infrastructure theft, as well as recent acts of sabotage and vandalism on its key coal corridor from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. On... 

Ennerdale school shut amid collapse fears

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2019 The Gauteng department of education has done nothing to address crumbling infrastructure at Ennerdale Secondary School, putting more than 1 200 pupils' lives at risk, say parents at the school. The parents have lambasted the department and its MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, saying their dithering could see... 

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

BBE Group air-cooling  consulting crucial to African mining prospects
TRANSCONTINENTAL AFRICA FOCUS We’re not considering entering the HVAC industry locally we are staying in our market - where people fear to tread

More trade-focused lighting solutions for the construction industry

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd February 2019 With lighting being a critical factor on any job site, as workers need to be able to see properly in order to carry out their work safely and correctly, heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories manufacturer Milwaukee is investing significantly in the development of its lighting... 

More trade-focused  lighting solutions for the construction industry
WERNER KOCH Lighting is a critical factor on any job site, as workers need to be able to see properly in order to carry out their work safely and correctly

Labour broking not a dying breed

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Although the temporary employment sector has been under pressure over some years it has now reached a level they are regarded as legitimate for sectors in an open economy.  The industry continues to play a significant role in sectors of the economy including the Constructional Engineering... 

Labour broking  not a dying breed
LABOUR LINEUP Labour broking is still a viable option for many short-term projects

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Despite the contribution of the construction sector to local economic activity being inconsistent, and having decreased significantly over the years, Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) executive director Anthony Boy is hopeful that there will be an upturn in investments in the sector... 

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Anthony Boy and Louis Breckenridge speak of their hopes for the future

AfriSam expects ‘tough 2019’ amid continuing political, policy uncertainty  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2019 Construction materials company AfriSam CEO Rob Wessels expects “a tough 2019”, especially amid ongoing political and policy uncertainty. Wessels was, on Thursday, joined by political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi and AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes at a briefing post Finance... 

AfriSam expects ‘tough 2019’ amid continuing political, policy uncertainty
AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes discusses AfriSam and its expectations for 2019. Video: Perfect Directions. Editing: Creamer Media's Christo Greyling

Zambia, Zimbabwe shortlist foreign firms to build hydro plant

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 Zambia and Zimbabwe have shortlisted American, European and Chinese companies to build the Batoka Gorge hydro power plant, the ministry of finance said in statement on Wednesday. Preparatory studies, including engineering feasibility, for the 2 400 MW power station will be completed by end of the... 

Industries and municipalities contribute to Vaal river pollution, SAHRC hears

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2019 There is continued unlawful spillage, mainly sewage, into waterways that run into the Vaal river from the Emfuleni region, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was told on Wednesday, during the final sitting of its inquiry into the contamination of the river. South African National... 

R100bn to be injected into infrastructure fund over ten years 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 National Treasury will be reprioritising resources towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s infrastructure fund and away from the wage bill, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday, with government committing R100-billion over the next decade towards the building and operation of key... 

R100bn to be injected into infrastructure fund over ten years

AfDB optimistic about Eskom’s turnaround prospects

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended billions of rands in loans to Eskom, says it is optimistic the actions being taken to turnaround the embattled South African power utility will bear fruit. Power, energy, climate and green growth complex VP Amadou Hott told Engineering News... 

AfDB optimistic about Eskom’s turnaround prospects
Photo by Creamer Media
AfDB power, energy, climate and green growth complex VP Amadou Hott

M&R expects significant improvement in interim HEPS

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 JSE-listed engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects a significant improvement in total earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. Basic EPS for the period are expected to increase by between 57% and 75% year-on-year to between 44c... 

Clough set to acquire Saulsbury’s oil and gas unit, EPC portfolio

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 Murray & Roberts (M&R) subsidiary Clough will acquire Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Saulsbury’s Gulf Coast downstream and chemical business unit, as well as its EPC portfolio, for $5.2-million.  In the statement issued on Tuesday, M&R CE Henry Laas... 

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

70 schools in SA red-flagged for structural defects

By: News24Wire      18th February 2019 A tragedy similar to the one at Hoërskool Driehoek is possible at 70 schools in South Africa, after they were red-flagged for structural defects. On February 1, the country mourned the death of four pupils after a concrete slab above a corridor at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark collapsed.... 

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will be closing the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Martizburg street to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume. The road closure will be in effect from 06:00 on February 28 until the end of October. Work on both carriageways is expected to be... 

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Damages to the underside of the Selby section of the M2 bridge

Gift of the Givers given green light to drill boreholes in water-scarce Makhanda

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 The Makana municipality has given the green light to disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers to start drilling boreholes as a medium-term solution to the Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) water crisis. The town has been without water for the better part of February. 

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

Tanzania hydropower dam to cost more than double government estimate – study

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tanzania's Stiegler's Gorge Dam, due to be built on a Unesco World Heritage site, will cost more than double the government's estimates, an independent study showed on Thursday. In December, Tanzania signed a deal with two Egyptian companies, El Sewedy Electric Co and Arab Contractors, to build... 

Cesa optimistic after president’s address

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 The 2019 presidential address of industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather, which he delivered with cautious optimism, calling for a transparent drive for the betterment of the sector, sent out a strong message about the future of the civil engineering and... 

Cesa optimistic after president’s address
NERESH PATHER Procurement policies need to be formulated to embrace the long-term needs of projects

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

SA company receives  multibillion-dollar contract
SO MUCH DAM WATER The Snowy 2.0 project with reuse water through a pumping system to keep the grid running

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant
NO CROP CIRCLE The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant

Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

By: Nadine James     15th February 2019 Construction is a depressing place to be at the moment, says Hogan Lovells partner and construction head Clive Rumsey, citing the lack of large infrastructure projects, deriving from lacklustre economic growth and a backlog in tender adjudication, as some of the reasons why the sector is... 

Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Transport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects East and West leader J-P Labuschagne. The... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for  infrastructure development
J-P LABUSCHAGNE The magnitude of African infrastructure development plans necessitates significant capital management skills

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo
PAVING THE WAY The mobile paver has a 3D integrated control system for varying offset applications

Huawei to build data centres in South Africa

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 China's Huawei will build two data centres in South Africa from March, it said, as part of plans to expand cloud services across Africa. "The company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centres in Johannesburg initially and later Cape Town," Huawei said in a... 

The future of e-tolls is a political decision, says Sanral’s Kannemeyer 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2019 The decision on the future of electronic toll (e-toll) in Gauteng is a political one, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. Speaking at the Transport Forum, held in Johannesburg on Thursday, he told Engineering News Online that opposing... 

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2019 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Tuesday announced the first phase of its Western Precinct development at the OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would start this month and would be complete by the end of 2020. The R4.5-billion mixed-use Phase 1 development would... 

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb
OR Tambo's Western Precinct Phase 1

Raubex warns of 20% drop in FY earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Infrastructure development and construction materials group Raubex has warned that its earnings for the financial year ended February 2019, will fall by at least 20%, owing to continued weak trading conditions in the South African construction industry, particularly in the road construction... 

Three consortiums compete to build dry port west of Cairo

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Three consortiums are competing to build a dry port west of Cairo worth $100-million, the Egyptian finance ministry said on Sunday. The project will be a public-private partnership between the General Authority For Ports and Dry Land and the winning consortium, to be built on roughly 104 acres in... 

Basil Read subsidiary to sell 28% stake in Majwe JV

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Basil Read Mining Botswana (BRMB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basil Read Mining, will sell its 28% interest in the Majwe Joint Venture (JV) to Thiess Botswana and Bothakgwa Burrow Botswana (BBB) for R110.5-million. Under the terms of the agreement, BRMB will sell 28 ordinary shares,... 

DST to showcase benefits of using STI in designing future human settlements

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 With a surplus of drivers for the adoption of alternative and innovative technologies in the built environment, particularly in the human settlements sector, the effective application of science, technology and innovation (STI) can be a transformative instrument in addressing South Africa’s most... 

City of Cape Town proposes R800m transport infrastructure project for Wynberg

By: African News Agency      8th February 2019 The City of Cape Town’s portfolio committee for transport on Friday morning approved a project for the further roll-out of the MyCity bus service in the greater Wynberg area, which if given council approval, will see new infrastructure investment of around R800-million. The two proposed transport... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

ASJV denies it terminated Mtentu project owing to alleged ‘financial inability’

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2019 Aveng and Strabag International on Thursday reasserted that the Aveng-Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) had terminated the Mtentu river bridge contract as a result of force majeure, adding in a statement that the termination “had nothing to do with either of the ASJV members’ financial ability to... 

CBE announces initiatives to drive transformation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 Transformation in the built environment has progressed at a slower rate than in other sectors, such as the financial sector, with only 26% of all registered built environment professionals being previously disadvantaged individuals and only 0.3% of all registered professionals being women,... 

Social, technological change on the way for built environment industry – CBE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) has continued its efforts to promote and achieve transformation in the built environment sector, but has added technological change to its focus. CBE chairperson Absalom Molobe on Thursday addressed delegates at CBE’s second yearly Transformation Indaba. 

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