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Infrastructure News

Group Five says Greenbay offer to lapse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 JSE-listed Group Five on Friday informed shareholders that the unsolicited R1.6-billion offer by Greenbay Properties to acquire the group’s European division would lapse. Greenbay on October 16 made the offer to acquire Group Five’s European assets, including its highway toll road business,... 

Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

TNPA progresses multibillion-rand investment in East London port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday said it had injected R542-million into several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London over the past few years as part of Operation Phakisa. This includes the R219-million refurbishment of the dry dock to... 

Company expands African footprint to pursue major projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Despite slowing economic growth, political challenges and associated declining investor confidence in many parts of Africa, global project management consultancy Turner & Townsend continues to strengthen its network on the continent as it pursues major projects in mining, oil and gas,... 

Company expands African footprint to pursue major projects
STRATEGIC BASE With several of Turner & Townsend’s multinational clients based in Nairobi, the city was an obvious choice for the location of a new hub

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Economic growth in Africa is ensuring a steady demand for infrastructure development and by tailoring its business model to access this demand, engineering services provider ELB Group has enhanced its activities on the continent and announced a return to profitability. 

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa
ACCESSING NEW MARKETS ELB has been focused predominately on the mineral and metals market and diversification will enable it to better protect its balance sheet during future commodity downturns

Gautrain chief on the four pillars of a successful transport megaproject

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rest on four equally important “pillars”, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe told the recent Sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. They are: political will and commitment;... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The Thrive Portfolio combines quality and... 

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio
WRAPPING UP Growthpoint Properties is nearing completion on the 112 000 m2 office development for Discovery, in Sandton

Eskom’s new R174bn grid plan includes R18bn for IPP connections

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says all connection costs relating to 27 outstanding renewable-energy projects have been included in its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), which covers the ten-year period from 2018 to 2027. The renewable-energy projects were legally procured in... 

Eskom’s new R174bn grid plan includes R18bn for IPP connections

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has alleged that Eskom consultants Trillian Capital Partners have been “dabbling” in derivatives and losing billions of rands in the process. “Trillian has been dabbling in derivatives with our public money, racking up losses of R27-billion,” Outa... 

Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money
Photo by Duane Daws
Ted Blom

Ramaphosa applauds Safcec’s efforts to transform the country’s built environment

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2017 Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa has lauded the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) for partnering with government to transform the country’s built environment. “I applaud the forum for leading the voluntary rebuilding programme, which led to a landmark agreement with... 

Ramaphosa applauds Safcec’s efforts to transform the country’s built environment
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mandela slates 'insensitive' proposal to exclude coloured and Indian BEE contractors

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 A proposal to exclude South Africans who are coloured and those of Indian descent from lucrative state contracts in KwaZulu-Natal is ill-conceived and designed to only benefit the advantaged, said MP and chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela on Monday. "The proposal flies in the face of the significant... 

Greenbay makes R1.6bn offer for Group Five’s European assets

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 JSE-listed Group Five has received an unsolicited R1.6-billion offer from global real estate firm Greenbay Properties for its European division. Group Five said in a statement that the intention letter it received from Greenbay included confirmation that it had R1.6-billion cash held in escrow by... 

Greenbay makes R1.6bn offer for Group Five’s European assets

Tears and joy on Britain’s St. Helena as 'world's most useless airport' finally opens

By: Reuters     16th October 2017 One of humanity’s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to "the world's most useless airport", welcomed its first commercial flight. As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the... 

Tears and joy on Britain’s St. Helena as 'world's most useless airport' finally opens

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Utility management company Bosch Munitech’s specialised Underground Services Location (USL) facility encompasses advanced utility detection and mapping services, which are essential for providing accurate information on buried utility infrastructure layouts, says Bosch Munitech underground and... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information
NECESSARY SERVICE The Underground Services Location facility helps with the planning of new pipe designs, utility diversions and new construction

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance

     13th October 2017 The growing funding gap to keep up with the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of ageing water infrastructure is a global concern, particularly in the current age of austerity, says global engineering firm Aurecon. The firm emphasises that new water systems need to be built to cope with... 

Global water insecurity calls for water infrastructure maintenance
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FOOD INSECURITY Food is heavily reliant on water supply. Scarce water supply puts crops and livestock at risk

Population increase outstrips water infrastructure

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 With South Africa’s population rapidly increasing in the past 60 years, water scarcity and a lack of adequate infrastructure continue to be of concern, says water components supplier African Pipes, Valves and Fittings director Ben Levitas. In the past, the traditional way of increasing to... 

Population increase outstrips  water infrastructure
BEDFORD DAM The Bedford Dam, constructed in 2011, is one of the few notable water infrastructure projects in the past 20 years

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to combat water loss

     13th October 2017 The Drakenstein local municipality in Paarl, Western Cape, has begun a 20-year master plan to replace old or ageing asbestos pipes in the region with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which will achieve significant success in reducing water loss throughout the municipal area. Water leakage... 

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to  combat water loss
MASTER PLANNERS Willem Liebenberg and André Kowalewski (right) of the Drakenstein municipality are at the forefront of the master plan

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 As it celebrates its sixtieth year in South Africa, Italian multinational engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will complete the construction of one of the country’s largest surfaces of mechanically stabilised earth walls to date – at 10 000 m2 – at the Mount Edgecombe interchange, in... 

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN
MAMMOTH TASK Careful project management ensured that each of the nine mechanically stabilised earth walls was constructed and delivered to site as it was needed

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Countries seeking to promote economic growth and job creation tend to adopt policies that create flexible and open immigration regimes, contrasting with South Africa’s adoption of restrictive immigration laws, which when coupled with bureaucratic inefficiency creates a barrier to the entry of... 

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth
GARY EISENBERG South Africa’s foreign policy should never lose sight of the historical benefits that have streamed into South Africa from Italy

Construction management council establishes transformation committee

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) has set up a committee to further its transformation goals and a hotline to encourage the public to report any misconduct pertaining to the council’s scope of influence following reports of malpractice,... 

Construction management council establishes  transformation committee
Tjiamogale Manchidi Demographic representativeness in the project and construction management professions is crucial

Sanral overhauls procurement strategy in bid to facilitate transformation

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has launched a draft transformation policy that seeks to have a “snowball effect” on the larger South African construction industry, says CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. “This policy is going to trigger a review of our supply chain management... 

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Local property developer Abland and joint venture partners Ellerine Brothers have started development of the 35 Lower Long office tower in Cape Town, in the Western Cape. The four-star green building will be situated on Lower Long Street, in the City Bowl. The 24-storey office tower will replace... 

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development
ENVISAGED DESIGN The building will have a modern look, characterised by dynamic glazed façades of floor–to-ceiling heights

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success
GEORGE DAVIS Every construction project is unique and has its own set of risks

R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 An expression of interest (EoI) for the R20-billion crossborder Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project between South Africa and Swaziland will be released to potential investors before the end of 2017, South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Swaziland Rail confirmed on Thursday. The 150 km... 

R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end
R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer 12.10.2017

Sanral kicks off series of transformation consultation workshops 

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week hosted 300 construction industry, government and industry association experts at two workshop sessions to discuss the agency’s draft transformation policy and long-term strategy. “These sessions are the first of 30 that will take... 

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 Eskom’s newest interim group CEO Sean Maritz has acknowledged that the utility is facing threats on multiple fronts in light of rapid changes to the global electricity landscape and the constrained outlook for domestic electricity sales. However, in a statement calling for “space and time to... 

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges
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Eskom interim group CEO Sean Maritz

Transport key to continental integration, says minister 

By: Anine Kilian     11th October 2017 Intercontinental integration is not feasible without transport playing a critical and strategic role in ensuring that African countries are linked through roads, railway lines, shipping routes and air transport connections, says Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga. Speaking at the... 

Transport key to continental integration, says minister
Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga talks about intercontinental integration

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR principal researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

Kenya Power sees slower grid expansion as electricity access reaches saturation

By: Reuters     10th October 2017 Kenya Power expects the expansion of its grid to slow down as the number of people with access to electricity reaches saturation, its chief executive said on Tuesday, adding that its capital expenditure for this year would rise slightly. Ken Tarus, who is also its managing director, said the... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rests on four equally important “pillars”. So affirmed Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe to the recent sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. These pillars are: political... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson is preparing a list of witnesses to appear before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry inquiry into the failure of China South Rail (CSR) to meet local-content obligations as part of its supply of... 

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

Cornubia held up as vision for future, socially-minded developments

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has won acclaim for transforming the landscape north of Durban by creating South Africa’s largest mixed-use integrated human settlement project. Tongaat Hulett Developments was named Visionary Client of the Year at the annual Consulting Engineers South Africa Aon... 

Makhura concerned at delays in Grayston Bridge collapse inquiry

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Sunday expressed concern at delays in the inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston Bridge in Johannesburg two years ago. The bridge on the M1 highway and the Grayston interchange collapsed on October 14, killing two people and injuring 19. An inquiry into the... 

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges

     6th October 2017 With South Africa’s lack of clean water and sanitation has pressurising the country’s pumps industry to provide solutions, pump manufacturer Sulzer’s new pump ranges cater to the country’s need for improved water and sanitation, with ranges specifically developed for water transportation and... 

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges
TESTING STANDARDS Results of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis are validated through prototype and model testing at Sulzer
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