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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... 

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

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... 

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... 

Grayston bridge inquiry may be postponed to July 2018

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  may be postponed to July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a... 

Patel says construction fund will be ‘open to public scrutiny’

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has pledged that all transactions pursued under the R1.5-billion Tirisano Fund – which is to be capitalised by the seven the construction companies that recently signed up to the Voluntary Rebuilding Programme (VRP) – will be “be open to public... 

Patel says construction fund will be ‘open to public scrutiny’
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

EIB backs last-mile power connectivity in Kenya

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2017 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €60-million loan agreement with Kenya to support an ongoing project designed to connecg 300 000 Kenyan households to the national electricity grid. The loan for Kenya Power’s ‘Last Mile Connectivity’ project forms part of a “blended” €180-million... 

EIB backs last-mile power connectivity in Kenya

Cape Town park earmarked for housing, work development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Plans are under way to develop 120 ha of the 240 ha Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), in Cape Town, into a mixed-use development to provide previously disadvantaged and lower-income families access to the central business district. The TRUP, located near the confluence of the city’s Liesbeek and... 

Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 South African property development company Atterbury will open its fourth retail development in Ghana, the $95-million Kumasi City mall on April 20. The 18 500 m2 modern mall, with potential for a future 10 000 m2 expansion, will give the city of Kumasi its first one-stop building with shopping... 

Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

Manufacturer launches water campaign

     24th March 2017 Pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the launch of its ‘Who Runs the Water That Runs America’ initiative last month, which was created to help water and wastewater utilities raise public awareness of the many challenges in the water sector. 

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in  Las Vegas
Photo by Duane Daws
PUTZMEISTER Putzmeister presented innovations and new products over 20 800 ft2 for the duration of the expo

New strategy to give policy direction to rail sector

By: Irma Venter     24th March 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... 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

Sanral freeway incident management project clinches intellegent transport award

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 The Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) this year introduced a single biennial award for an outstanding achievement in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) industry in South Africa, for a project completed in the preceding two-year period. This first award was made at the... 

Wärtsilä supplies 15 MW solar plant in Burkina Faso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has entered into an agreement with independent power producer Eren Renewable Energy’s 90%-owned Essakane Solar, in Burkina Faso, to supply it with a 15 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The remaining 10% is owned by Eren’s development partner African Energy... 

City of Cape Town to try flexi-time, work from home, to reduce gridlock

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2017 The City of Cape Town will introduce flexi-hours and an option for working from home for some employees to help reduce the city's infamous rush-hour gridlock. The city also wants bosses in private companies to consider doing the same. Something had to give, said Brett Herron, the city's mayoral... 

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