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Feb 06, 2015
Out of South Africa’s ten prospective special economic zones (SEZs), three are on the verge of implementation and, before the end of this year, one of them will be completed and implemented, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which envisions 2015 to be...
Feb 06, 2015
RIDING HIGH Skyriders provides on-site rescue teams for Eskom's Medupi and Kusile power station projects
State-owned power utility Eskom’s employees and on-site contractors working at height are ensured of their safety in the event of an emergency, owing to permanent on-site rescue teams stationed at Medupi power station, near Lephalale, Limpopo and Kusile power station...
Feb 06, 2015
A GROWING INDUSTRY Though health and safety awareness and compliance is generally poor in South Africa, it is on the increase, especially among larger companies
All construction projects costing more than R13-million ¬– which is above the Construction Industry Development Board's level six grading, or the project exceeds a duration of 180 days or 1800 person days – will, by August 6, require that the construction client...
Feb 05, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) summit, which will be held in South Africa for the first time, will aim to engage role-players from across Africa’s built environment to discuss vital aspects of the continent’s economic growth and future success....
Feb 03, 2015
Murray & Roberts Infrastructure expects two roadworks rehabilitation contracts on the N2, in Kwazulu-Natal, to be completed in November. The contracts, awarded to it by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), were the first such projects to be...
Feb 02, 2015
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Premier David Makhura
The Gauteng provincial government has outlined seven key areas where it intends pursuing infrastructural developments in partnership with the private sector under its so-called “transform, modernise and reindustrialise” vision. Gauteng is South Africa’s smallest...
Feb 02, 2015
The R120-million Phase 1 rehabilitation of the R36 road between Lydenburg and N4 Schoemanskloof intersection, in Mpumalanga, is expected to be completed by November 2016, the provincial Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport said on Monday. The road played a...
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
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Jan 30, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
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Jan 30, 2015
As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and...
Jan 29, 2015
Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Africa fell by 3% to around $55-billion in 2014, amid an 8% fall in global inflows to an estimated $1.26-trillion, from $1.36-trillion in 2013. In its Global Investment Trends Monitor, the United Nations Conference on Trade...
Jan 28, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015
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Gauteng will spend more than R94-billion on both social and economic infrastructure projects over the next three years, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Wednesday. “By investing in social and economic infrastructure, including quality public transport,...
Jan 27, 2015
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Port of Saldanha
The establishment of a customs control area (CCA), or free port, within the newly designated Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is being held up as a major drawcard for potential oil and gas services investors into the 330 ha site, situated alongside...
Jan 27, 2015
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The 94.3 MWp Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, was expected to deliver 216 GWh/y of electricity into power utility Eskom’s national grid. The plant, which was built by Spanish firm Acciona and commissioned by Spanish consulting firm Enertis,...
Jan 26, 2015
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The public review period for the integrated water use licence application for the proposed construction of a 600 MW coal-fired independent power producer plant and associated infrastructure for Kuyasa Mining subsidiary KiPower will be extended until March 24.
Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona believes positive results from the current turnaround plan at the embattled utility will begin showing through in the next 18 to 24 months and has committed to continue “telling it as it is and telling it like it has never been told” so that...
Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Apart, perhaps, from the Stoney ginger beer pick-me-up on his conference table and the queue of awaiting visitors in his reception area, there are few other signs of the pressure Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona is under. His corner office on the third-floor at Megawatt...
Jan 23, 2015
A stretch of the N3 highway between Durban and Johannesburg will be upgraded, starting in the middle of 2015, in a contract valued at around R400-million, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Eastern Region design and construction manager Ravi...
 
 
 
 
Jan 22, 2015
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Jan 22, 2015
The modernisation of public transport infrastructure is among some of the top priorities for Gauteng and forms part of the provincial department’s ten-pillar programme to “radically” transform, modernise and reindustrialise Gauteng. Speaking at the Gauteng Industrial...
Jan 20, 2015
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Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has acknowledged that load shedding is likely to be part of a broader series of interventions to address the country’s prevailing electricity problems. However, it has appealed for every effort to be made to minimise the negative...
Jan 20, 2015
The Department of Water and Sanitation says steady progress is being made in providing water to the residents of Mashonamini village, in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. The department on Monday said phase one of projects to deliver water to the area has been...
Jan 19, 2015
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Black-economic empowered diversified industrial holdings company, the Southern Palace Group (SPG), reported on Monday that it had entered into an arrangement to buy 100% of Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA). MSCSA is a leading supplier of value-added...
Jan 16, 2015
Infrastructure development is a significant cornerstone in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET’s) development plan, with the department aiming to invest a further R7.1-billion on university infrastructure development between 2015/16 and 2017/18,...
Jan 16, 2015
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The South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) has welcomed the release by the Department of Energy (DoE) of the coal baseload tender, but has described the 1 600 MW allocation as “insufficient” and has argued instead for the full 2 500 MW outlined...
Jan 16, 2015
CONSTRUCTION The high growth, but low levels of infrastructure, means that Africa is expected to have a robust appetite for cement until 2050
Austria-based specialist refractory supplier RHI Group and South African cement and lime kiln specialist Dickinson Group foresee sustained demand for cement and related products throughout the next three decades in Africa. Despite additional cement production...
Jan 15, 2015
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Medupi synchronisation said to be weeks away
Embattled power utility Eskom, which has been experiencing major delays and cost overruns at its two coal-fired megaprojects Medupi and Kusile, gave an assurance on Thursday that the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6 is only weeks away, with pipe restoration work...
Jan 15, 2015
Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA has started upgrading the B1 national road between Windhoek and Okahandja, in Namibia, to a dual carriageway at a cost of N$239-million.
 
 
 
 
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
South African chemicals group Sasol’s new corporate office at 2 Katherine street, Sandton, has been designed to resemble the company’s logo, architecture firm Paragon Architects noted on Wednesday. The ten-storey office building, which would span almost 70 000 m2,...
Jan 13, 2015
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South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which issued the long-awaited coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme request for proposals (RFP) in December, is insisting that 51% of the equity in qualifying projects be held by South...
Jan 12, 2015
As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and...
Jan 08, 2015
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Electricity utility Eskom is not providing an official revised date for the first synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, having missed the December 24 deadline. However, spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the milestone should be reached before the end of February and that...
Jan 08, 2015
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An artist impression of the 100 MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power project
South Africa is poised to add yet more concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity, with two additional preferred projects named by the Department of Energy (DoE) and two others reaching financial close in December. The development brings to seven the number of active...
Jan 05, 2015
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The Sonnedix team with DoE officials at the financial close function in December
Independent power producer (IPP) Sonnedix, which reached financial close in December on a 86 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project near the Northern Cape town of Prieska, expects to begin site mobilisation during the second quarter of 2015 and for the plant to enter...
Dec 12, 2014
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Dec 12, 2014
MEDUPI BOILERS Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa took over the boiler contacts that were awarded to Hitach
Johannesburg-based company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa, which is constructing boilers for State-owned power utility Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile power stations, announced a revised top structure, including a new executive chairperson and a new chief...
Dec 12, 2014
Construction resources and aggregates company Lafarge Ash Resources aims to have fly ash exempted from the National Waste Management Amendment Bill’s classification as hazardous waste. This exemption will improve the sustainability of construction materials and...
 
 
 
 
Dec 12, 2014
FAZEL MOOSA The benefit of any form of infrastructure is the value that it adds to the community around it
Financial services provider Investec says it has gained invaluable experience through its funding of a Mozambican power generation project, the Kuvaninga Energia project, which reached financial close in December 2013 and is scheduled for commercial operation in the...
Dec 12, 2014
TINA JOEMAT PETTERSSON Government has held two nuclear vendor parade workshops
Government last month announced that it had successfully concluded the second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US, in its bid to source experienced nuclear energy partners to help with South Africa’s nuclear...
Dec 12, 2014
HERTZOG VERHOEF The Medupi power plant project provided us with an opportunity to establish ELB Construction
Engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services says that its conveyors moved the first coal to the mill bunkers of boiler 6 at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo last month. ELB Medupi project manager Hertzog Verhoef says the coal to bunker process...
Dec 12, 2014
A roads project on the N4 that took 42 months to complete instead of 30, had cost Esor dearly, said CEO Wessel van Zyl in November as he unveiled the construction group’s financial results for the six months ended August 31 in Johannesburg. The total loss over the...
Dec 11, 2014
Murray & Roberts (M&R) Infrastructure has been awarded a contract by the North West provincial government’s Department of Public Works and Roads to upgrade 58.4 km of gravel roads in the Ganyesa area, north-west of Vryburg, by May 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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