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Chinese firms continue to increase African investment footprint

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2016 Despite talk that the Chinese economy is in trouble and that China’s investment in Africa has subsided, investment by Chinese companies in Africa is, in fact, on the rise. China has indeed seen its economy slow down from 9% growth to 6% or 7%, but it is “still robust by any account”, says Goldman... 

Company strengthens ties with African country

     15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

Company strengthens ties with African country
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

Electronic bike hubs piloted in Sandton business district 

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2016 Growthpoint Properties has introduced two electronic bike hubs to the Sandton business district, in a pilot project the company hopes will grow its footprint, says Growthpoint head of energy sustainability Werner van Antwerpen. The two hubs are opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station, at the... 

Energy company signs 20-year power purchase agreement

     15th July 2016 Wind energy developments project management company Kipeto Energy, is one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it formally signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power last month. 

Energy company signs 20-year power purchase agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
ENERGY UPGRADES The increase in energy production forms part of Kenya’s Vision 2030

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

     15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

Infrastructure firm secures new contract
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD MAINTENANCE Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa

Transport projects study under way in the UK

     15th July 2016 Project management and development company Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by Solihull metropolitan borough council, in the UK, to undertake a comprehensive integrated transport study. 

Transport projects study under way in the UK
TRANSPORT NETWORK The transport network will be upgraded to link several railways and airports together

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 The capacity of South Africa’s coal export corridor to transport material mined in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg coalfields has been increased with the completion of a new 1.8 km passing loop at Matlabas, Transnet reports. The loop, which enables 100-wagon trains to cross without disrupting... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Global engineering and construction group Fluor argues that South Africa could consider both onshore and offshore storage and regasification options for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), however it believes that onshore facilities could offer a number of advantages. The South... 

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues
LNG jetty expansion project in Belgium

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Despite falling electricity demand in South Africa, global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group Black & Veatch remains optimistic about prospects for the country’s power market, as well as energy prospects across Africa, where increased attention is being given to addressing the... 

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity
Black & Veatch Sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko

80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2016 The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, entered commercial operation on July 11, with all 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion facility commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid. Country programme manager Savva Antoniadis reports that Noupoort is also the first wind farm selected during... 

80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation
The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm

Standard Bank keen to participate in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2016 Leading South African financial institution Standard Bank has confirmed that it is keen to participate in the funding of South Africa’s gas-to-power (GTP) programme and that it is eagerly awaiting the release of the project information memorandum, outlining government’s preferred procurement... 

Standard Bank keen to participate in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme
Standard Bank head of power Rentia van Tonder

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 A method to construct and maintain artificial lagoons is being opened to the South African market after proving successful abroad, according to multinational artificial lagoon company Crystal Lagoons.  

Technique developed to produce and maintain attractive ‘lagoons’ at low costs
CLEAR WATERS Crystal Lagoons use closed circuits and sensors to maintain low levels of water consumption

Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality hosts investment tour

By: David Oliveira     8th July 2016 The Ekurhuleni municipality has given journalists insight into some of the key industrial and infrastructure developments in the metropolitan, including the Harambee bus-rapid transit (BRT) system and the Lords View Industrial Park. Ekurhuleni economic development facilitator Yusuf Mayet... 

First new passenger trains to enter into service in October

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), are set to enter service in October, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. He says the first new blue... 

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine uses industrial waste 

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2016 Local mechanical and chemical engineer Professor Mulalo Doyoyo has developed a low-water brickmaking machine, acid-resistant bricks and chemical-resistant paints that consume industrial waste. The brickmaking machine is adaptable to local conditions and uses vibration compaction to compress the... 

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine  uses industrial waste
ECOCAST BRICK MACHINE The low-water brickmaking machine is adaptable to local materials and can use fly ash to produce bricks

Sustainability of African airports in the balance as air transport requirements increase

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 The sustainability of air transportation in Africa is in the spotlight, with development in key areas requiring attention, according to the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).  

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, said Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he said MiCiti had seen 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The... 

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron

Infrastructure equity fund achieves successful sale of toll road assets

By: Anine Kilian     6th July 2016 African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has sold investments in three privately concessioned toll roads in Southern Africa, the private equity fund manager said on Wednesday. Acting as the manager of the South Africa Infrastructure Fund (SAIF), AIIM successfully concluded the... 

Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 A briefing session will be held this week for potential bidders for a proposed inland Tambo Springs container terminal, earmarked for development as a public-private partnership (PPP) in eastern Gauteng. State-owned freight logistics group Transnet issued a request for proposals (RFP) in June,... 

 Tambo-Springs container terminal briefing moves ahead as Transnet offers zoning assurances

Gibb sets sights on rest of Africa after 60 years of South African growth

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 Leading South African multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb, which marked its sixtieth anniversary in late June, is aiming to materially expands its African footprint in the coming years and has set a target of deriving 30% of its yearly revenues of around R1-billion from the rest of the... 

Gibb sets sights on rest of Africa after 60 years of South African growth
Don Mkhwanazi, who died on Friday, spoke about black industrialisation at Gibb's 60th anniversary last Thursday

Grayston Drive bridge collapse inquiry to resume

By: African News Agency      1st July 2016 The on and off inquiry into the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist bridge that collapsed and killed two people and injured 19 others last year is set to resume, the Department of Labour said on Friday. The inquiry, which was set up after the 14 October 2015 collapse of the temporary bridge... 

Grayston Drive bridge collapse inquiry to resume

Botswana markets itself as an attractive business destination

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Several key factors make doing business in Botswana attractive, according to Botswana high commissioner Zenene Sinombe, who posed several key sentiments of business opportunities during the launch of inter-country relations promotion platform the Africa Matchmaking in May.  

Cities are ‘future hope’ for construction, infrastructure project spend

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 The most significant new space and area of “future hope” for construction and infrastructure projects, not just in South Africa, but Africa more broadly, will be cities, provided that local government can focus on effective infrastructure delivery procurement processes, says professional services... 

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Operation Phakisa programme director Ricky Bhikraj outlines the approach being taken to PPP projects at the Port of Saldanha. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

TFR to begin 14-day coal-line shutdown on July 11

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2016 State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced on Wednesday that it would begin a 14-day total shutdown of the coal export line on July 11. The yearly maintenance shutdown would continue until July 24. On average, 230 000 t/day is railed down the corridor, which links the... 

TFR to begin 14-day coal-line shutdown on July 11

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold
TNPA senior manager for planning and development Selvan Pillay on the berth-deepening and Salisbury Island projects to increase container capacity at the Port of Durban. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 28.6.2016

Investment from China on the rise in Africa, despite growth wobble

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2016 Despite talk that the Chinese economy was in trouble and that China’s investment in Africa had subsided, investment by Chinese companies in Africa was, in fact, on the rise. China had indeed seen its economy slow down from 9% growth to 6% or 7%, but it was “still robust by any account”, said... 

Creditors to receive Highveld business rescue update on July 11

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 The business rescue practitioners at Highveld Steel and Vanadium will hold a meeting in early July to update creditors and shareholders of the progress being made regarding the sale of assets, following the failure of an earlier proposal to sell the business as a going concern. The meeting will... 

Creditors to receive Highveld business rescue update on July 11

First new PRASA trains to enter service in Pretoria in October

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2016 The first new passenger trains to be delivered according to a multibillionrand contact signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), were set to enter service in October, said PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola on Monday. Speaking at a... 

First new PRASA trains to enter service in Pretoria in October
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments 

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official “promised” on Friday that the department was giving focused attention to ensuring that the local-content targets associated with Transnet’s R50-billion locomotive procurement programme were met. Chief director for industrial procurement Dr... 

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has raised serious concern about the exclusion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a direct participant in so-called ‘steel committee’ set up to monitor interventions made to shore up the domestic primary steel industry, which is under... 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

Awards in the bag for consulting engineering firm

     24th June 2016 Engineering, management, design, planning, project management and consulting company Aurecon MD Ferdi Nell, reported last month that it has excelled in the national survey of consulting engineers undertaken by the management journal Professional Management Review Africa (PMR.africa).  

Awards in the bag for  consulting engineering firm
DIAMOND ARROW AWARDS Three of the six awards that Aurecon received were diamond arrow awards, signifying highest rated in category

Bridging sustainability reporting gap

     24th June 2016 Taking stock of business requirements and reporting on active participation, have become a vital part of scaling up the value for any successfully-driven business, says African infrastructure solutions provider GIBB sustainability consultant Lowrens van der Merwe.  

Bridging sustainability reporting gap
STAKEHOLDER CONFIDENCE In an increasingly competitive market, companies continuously seek new ways to improve performance, protect reputational assets and win stakeholder trust

Company picks up awards for major projects

     24th June 2016 The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (Fice) selected Stantec’s Caloosahatchee River Bridge Widening and Wekiva Parkway Sections 4A & 4B projects carried out in Florida, US for awards under its yearly “Outstanding Project Awards” program.  

Company picks up awards for major projects
ENHANCED TRANSPORTATION The Caloosahatchee river bridge widening project is important in the enhancement of mobility for the local community

Consulting engineer selected to serve on advisory board

     24th June 2016 Engineering consulting services provider ECS announced early this year that the company’s Mid-Atlantic LLC president, Leo J. Titus, has been selected to serve on the advisory board for George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship in Virginia, in the US.  

Consulting engineer  selected to serve on  advisory board
LEO J. TITUS Titus is motivated by his passion for education and the company president is a regular guest lecturer on multiple subjects at several universities

Cost-effective car park monitoring system implemented

     24th June 2016 Machine vision is bringing a new dimension to parking – a cost-effective way of monitoring car park occupancy and on-street parking bays, without expensive infrastructure, product development engineering and technology consulting service provider Cambridge Consultants commercial director Dipak... 

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