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Aug 21, 2014
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Gavin Maxwell
A new online platform is being launched in a bid to link developers of small-scale African energy projects directly with investors and technical advisers with the aim of accelerating the deployment of such projects across the continent. Known as GENHUB-Africa, the...
Aug 20, 2014
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Tshediso Matona
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Wednesday that Cabinet had approved the appointment of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona as the new CEO of State-owned electricity producer Eskom. Brown made the announcement...
Aug 19, 2014
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Simon Freemantle
A new report by a leading South African banking group confirms that the middle class has expanded materially in 11 key sub-Saharan African countries over the past 14 years to around 15-million households, from less than 5-million in 2000. But it also cautions that by...
Aug 18, 2014
Dr Nkosana Moyo
Mandela Institute for Development Studies founder and director Dr Nkosana Moyo has urged African governments and the private sector to embrace a different “architecture” for economic integration, arguing that the current all-inclusive model had all but “stalled”....
Aug 15, 2014
The Department of Human Settlements plans to abandon the rectification programme aimed at fixing poorly built houses and is placing the responsibility for repair work at the contractors’ feet. Over the past three years, the department has spent R2-billion on...
Aug 15, 2014
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Misfortune often finds its roots in the smallest of things. Such as a centimetre or two. Or is that in inch? Perhaps a foot? Swedish or Dutch? The French had reason to blush in May as it became apparent that national rail operator SNCF had ordered 2 000 trains that...
Aug 15, 2014
The Built Environment unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a cost-competitive ultrathin concrete pavement surface that, for the upgrading of unpaved roads to paved roads, is more durable than many other pavement alternatives...
Aug 15, 2014
PAOLO TRINCHERO The National Development Plan provides ample opportunity for the steel construction industry
The implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) – government’s long-term strategy for building infrastructure, creating employment opportunities and developing the country – will create ample business opportunities for the local steel construction industry,...
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
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Aug 08, 2014
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Aug 07, 2014
Global capital project and infrastructure spending is expected to grow to more than $9-trillion a year by 2025, up from $4-trillion in 2012, with nearly $78-trillion likely to be spent on capital projects and infrastructure globally between now and 2025, a new report...
Aug 07, 2014
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday that the National Planning Commission (NPC) would be retained alongside moves to institutionalise long-term planning within government. Speaking at the formal release of the five-year Medium-Term Strategic...
Aug 06, 2014
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The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has signed a R1.4-billion finance contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the development of the 100 MW !KaXu concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape. Engineering and technology...
Aug 06, 2014
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South Africa’s State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported on Wednesday that it had secured a R6-billion guarantee from the US Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank for the funding of diesel locomotives the company is buying from General Electric (GE). The facility...
Aug 05, 2014
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Mike Peo
The investment banking business of Nedbank, which has a R20-billion exposure to South Africa’s renewable-energy market, expects to significantly increase funding limits in the South African energy space to create capacity for involvement in the upcoming coal and gas...
Aug 05, 2014
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UTRCP road construction in and around Tshwane
The Built Environment unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a cost-competitive ultrathin concrete pavement surface that, for the upgrading of unpaved roads to paved roads, is more durable than many other pavement alternatives...
Aug 04, 2014
The twenty-fifth International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress was officially opened with a colourful ceremony attended by national, provincial and local government representatives, as well as high-profile international and South African heads of...
Aug 04, 2014
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi
At the heart of service delivery is a glaring shortage of professional skills in the built environment and a lack of transformation. The twenty-fifth International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress, which is being held in Durban from August 3 to 7, would...
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed that the reline project at its Newcastle mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, has hit snags and that the project, which was initially expected to be completed four months after the May 12 shutdown began, will be...
 
 
 
 
Aug 01, 2014
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A stormwater project in Bedforview, east of Johannesburg, has stalled for eight months after project managers in the Ekurhuleni municipality resigned and municipal managers were placed on special leave without designating replacements. Construction to reinforce the...
Aug 01, 2014
The design of the Beit Bridge border post is the biggest impediment to efficient freight movement between Zimbabwe and South Africa, says Cross-border Road Transport Agency CEO Sipho Khumalo. Beit Bridge is the busiest border post in Africa. A research study on the...
Aug 01, 2014
Industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is hosting the Pipes VIII Conference, which will take place on September 2, at the Bytes Conference Centre, in Midrand. “Several papers pertaining to this year’s theme, Plastic Pipe in...
Jul 31, 2014
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An aloe plant in the foreground as construction gets under way at the Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm project site
Work has officially started at Cennergi’s R3.5-billion Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, located near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. The 138 MW project was among the 19 renewable-energy and seven wind projects selected following the second bid window under the South African...
Jul 30, 2014
South African electricity tariffs are likely to increase by more than the 8% already sanctioned for the year starting April 1, 2015, after the energy regulator determined on Wednesday that Eskom had under recovered R7.82-billion in revenue between 2010 and 2013. The...
Jul 30, 2014
The 2014/15 budget for the Gauteng department of human settlements is R5-billion, human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo said on Tuesday. "Of this amount, R4.4-billion will go towards all housing programmes within the department and we shall ensure that this allocation...
Jul 29, 2014
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The Medupi power station project
Electricity producer Eskom has, for the first time, offered a detailed timeline for the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which is officially scheduled for December 15, 2014. Addressing a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Energy on...
Jul 29, 2014
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The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) has been allocated R4.9-billion to implement capital and maintenance projects, mainly for the health and education departments, in the province. Delivering her Budget Vote, on Tuesday, the MEC for...
Jul 29, 2014
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Jul 28, 2014
Rob Davies
South Africa will use the upcoming US-Africa Leaders' Summit, which will also encompass the 2014 edition of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum, to appeal for a 15-year extension of the nonreciprocal trade arrangement, as well as South Africa’s ongoing...
 
 
 
 
Jul 25, 2014
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ADAM HABIB University of Witwatersrand vice-chancellor and principal Adam Habib
The first of a series of 15 public debates exploring options for the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) was officially inaugurated at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Governance this week. In association with the Oliver and...
Jul 25, 2014
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Mike Rossouw
Eskom’s appointment of former mining executive Mike Rossouw on a one-year, extendable assignment appears to be closely associated with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s appeal for “extraordinary” steps to be taken to deal with the “unsatisfactory” performance...
Jul 25, 2014
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Global revenues from solar energy operations could double from $59.84-billion in 2013 to $137-billion in 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan shows. The consultancy’s ‘Global Solar Power Market’ report says the total global installed solar photovoltaic (PV)...
Jul 25, 2014
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
Jul 25, 2014
Consulting engineering firm GIBB is on track to deliver sewerage services to 12 700 indigent residents of the Sicelo informal settlement and 10 000 future low-cost houses, in the Sedibeng district of Gauteng, by 2017, says GIBB professional engineer and project...
Jul 25, 2014
Consultancy Frost & Sullivan’s African Utility Market Intelligence Report has highlighted an urgent need for power and water utilities to expand and improve their generation and distribution capacities. This finding is based on the consultancy’s analysis of the...
Jul 25, 2014
An improved and formalised interface between the policymakers in water resources and research organisations such as the Water Research Commission (WRC) can enable the government to use the long-term and continuous research done by the WRC and its partners to generate...
Jul 24, 2014
Jeff Radebe
Cabinet approved the five-year Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) of government on Wednesday, which would serve as the “building block towards the 2030 vision in the National Development Plan (NDP)”. The MTSF, which covers the period 2014 to 2019, reportedly...
Jul 22, 2014
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says government will be prioritising six ‘I’s as part of its “radical economic transformation” agenda for the coming five years. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament on Tuesday, Patel said the six components included...
Jul 22, 2014
Engineering and construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has launched a sponsored American Depository Receipt (ADR) programme in the hopes of opening up investment in the group to international investors, particularly US investors. The ADR programme was...
 
 
 
 
Jul 22, 2014
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In an update to shareholders, financially distressed civil engineering group Protech Khuthele Holdings, this week, said it was still awaiting the appointment of a liquidator. This followed after business rescue practitioner Gavin Gainsford, earlier this month,...
Jul 22, 2014
The Vanderbijlpark plate mill, which is to be upgraded
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reports that it is planning an upgrade to its plate mill at Vanderbijlpark in quarter four 2014, which will enable it to produce heavy plates of up to 11 t for South Africa’s emerging wind-tower manufacturing sector....
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
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Moe Shaik
The achievement of South Africa’s infrastructure development ambitions will depend on finding the so-called “sweet spot” of mutual interest between government, players in the private construction and engineering sectors and financiers, Development Bank of Southern...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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