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Jul 21, 2014
Financial close for bid window three under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extended from the end of July to November, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson revealed on Monday. Delivering her Budget...
Jul 21, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town on Monday. In an address framed by President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation...
Jul 18, 2014
State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has revised its seven-year rolling capital investment figure to R312.2-billion, from R307.5-billion, and reveals in its latest annual report that sustaining capital will comprise 51% of that total. The group released its...
Jul 18, 2014
ARNOUT VAN HAARLEM A project management company must thoroughly understand the needs of the client
A project management company must thoroughly understand the needs of the client before it can successfully manage an engineering and construction project on behalf of the client, says engineering and construction company Fluor South Africa project director Arnout van...
Jul 18, 2014
JEFF SHAW The project management industry is cyclical in nature
The South African project management industry is currently not thriving because the slow pace of infrastructure investments is negatively impacting the industry, professional services firm KPMG infrastructure and major projects director Jeff Shaw says. Although...
Jul 18, 2014
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says she “would love to” present the National Transport Master Plan (NATMAP) to Cabinet for approval by the end of March next year. She says this is, however, dependent on internal process within the Department of Transport (DoT), as...
Jul 18, 2014
MARITIME ECONOMY Durban is a maritime-based city and, as such, its economy relies heavily on the port
The R110.5-billion Durban port upgrade project of State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is the most significant project currently taking place in KwaZulu-Natal, providing significant opportunities for economic...
Jul 18, 2014
As far as infrastructure plans go, government’s National Development Plan (NDP) is “right up there” with the best in the world, says KPMG global infrastructure chairperson James Stewart. He regards the strategic integrated projects (SIPs) approach as “quite...
Jul 17, 2014
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Jul 16, 2014
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Jul 16, 2014
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Jul 15, 2014
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State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued tenders opening the way for formal investigations into the rail requirements to link the the coal-rich Waterberg region with domestic and export coal markets. Transnet Capital Projects is seeking consultants...
Jul 14, 2014
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Jul 12, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Interim Eskom CEO Collin Matjila
State-owned power utility Eskom spent a massive R10.5-billion on diesel fuel in 2013/14 to enable it to operate its two open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT) in the Western Cape. The expenditure was well up on the R5-billion spent in the prior year and a full R8.1-billion...
Jul 11, 2014
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The Medupi power project
Electricity producer Eskom has revealed that it has received cumulative contractor claims at Medupi and Kusile worth R50-billion. But group executive for the capital division Dan Marokane stresses that many of the claims are “concurrent”. He also suggests that global...
Jul 11, 2014
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Phase 1A of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system should carry around 42 000 people a day, while it had been expected that Phase 1B, rolled out last year, would add another 60 000 daily passengers. However, the entire system was currently carrying...
Jul 11, 2014
Seventy-four cloned vehicles, and 821 duplicate licence plates have, to date, been identified on Gauteng’s e-toll network, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Jamie Surkont. Speaking to Engineering News, he says a cloned vehicle is a vehicle identical to...
Jul 10, 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 10, 2014
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Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar’s 40 MW Linde solar photovoltaic (PV) project, located near Hanover in South Africa’s Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology. The project is the Norwegian group’s second utility-scale solar PV...
 
 
 
 
Jul 10, 2014
As a growing global player, South Africa would do well to pioneer the ‘smart city’ concept on the continent, but this would require the alignment of local legislation with international best practice on asset management, said physical asset management firm Pragma...
Jul 10, 2014
The Kenyan government would in October host the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, funded by, among other parties, the United Nations and the World Bank. The aim of the conference was to develop an action plan for sustainable transport in Africa, said World Bank...
Jul 09, 2014
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The joint developers of the R3-billion Jeffreys Bay wind farm, situated alongside the N2 in Eastern Cape, have lauded South Africa’s transparent and well-run renewable-energy bidding programme and indicated on Wednesday that they would be participating in the...
Jul 08, 2014
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More than 173 000 kilometres of municipal roads across South Africa are in poor to very poor condition, MPs heard on Tuesday. Repairing them will cost about R149-billion, acting transport director-general Mawethu Vilana told Parliament's transport portfolio committee.
Jul 08, 2014
Banking group Standard Bank has confirmed the provision of $170-million in debt financing to support the construction of a 118 MW gas-fired power plant being developed by Gigawatt in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique. Gigawatt, which is a Mozambican company, has signed a...
Jul 08, 2014
Yunus Carrim
Parliament is to hold public hearings on the Bill that seeks to extend the mandate of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) across the continent. "We will give the Bill to independent experts. We need people who have technical expertise," chairperson of the...
Jul 08, 2014
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Professor John Briscoe
The South African born and educated recipient of the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize, effectively the ‘Nobel Prize for water’, believes growing up in semi-arid settings helped inculcate in him an acute sense that water security was not necessarily a given. In fact,...
Jul 07, 2014
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Minister Dipuo Peters
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Monday that she “would love to” present the National Transport Master Plan (Natmap) to Cabinet for approval by the end of March next year. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Southern African Transport...
Jul 04, 2014
South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and Eskom’s...
Jul 04, 2014
SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology
Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move into...
 
 
 
 
Jul 04, 2014
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel...
Jul 04, 2014
CABLE COMPANION Wireless solutions allow for rapid and affordable deployment for data transfer
The cabling industry is significantly important in terms of long-term benefits for and the economic growth of South Africa, as it delivers more data transfer capacity through cable roll-out than wireless technology, which should, however, be regarded as complementary...
Jul 03, 2014
African countries should be targeting minimum investment levels of 25% of gross domestic product to sustain economic growth and to improve prospects for job creation and poverty reduction. But a new United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report...
Jul 03, 2014
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Sasol CEO David Constable
A joint prefeasibility study into a large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, based on gas from the Rovuma basin in Northern Mozambique, has been launched amid growing excitement about the energy potential that could flow as a result of large-scale gas discoveries in...
Jul 02, 2014
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The State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), which is in the early stages of a R51-billion fleet overhaul, unveiled the final design of its new X’Ttrapolis MEGA commuter train at the Africa Rail conference in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. As expected...
Jul 02, 2014
Statistician General Pali Lehohla says policies and spend on infrastructure must reflect that more people are living on the fringes of metros. “As far as Gauteng is concerned, that is the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, the buildings where people live are at...
Jul 01, 2014
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The Infrastructure Development Act came into effect on Tuesday following a proclamation signed by President Jacob Zuma. The legislation, which is meant to fast-track implementation of government's infrastructure development plan, was signed into law by Zuma on May 30.
Jul 01, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene gave a firm guarantee on Tuesday that the new Cabinet was fully behind the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and even revealed that President Jacob Zuma was personally meeting with individual Ministers to seek...
Jul 01, 2014
The business rescue practitioner appointed to assist financially distressed civil engineering group Protech Khuthele Holdings, Gavin Gainsford, will file an application to have the group and its Protech Khuthele and Protech Readymix subsidiaries placed under...
Jun 30, 2014
 
 
 
 
Jun 30, 2014
As far as infrastructure plans go, government’s National Development Plan (NDP) is “right up there” with the best in the world, says KPMG global infrastructure chairperson James Stewart. He regards the strategic integrated projects (Sips) approach as “quite...
Jun 27, 2014
The request for proposals (RFP) for the preliminary design of four possible expansion routes to the 80 km Gautrain system closes today, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The RFP includes technical, legal and financial aspects, and should...
Jun 27, 2014
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The North West provincial government has set aside over R460-million for housing projects in the mining area of Marikana. Delivering his State of the Province Address, in Mafikeng, on Friday, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said for the next three years his...
Jun 27, 2014
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Government’s ambitious target to buy at least 75% of goods and services from South African producers is “eminently achievable”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told black business leaders this week. In an address delivered at the Black Business Council’s annual...
Jun 27, 2014
PARKS TAU The City of Johannesburg municipality unveiled launched the stormwater project, which is set for completed in July this year
The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality together with the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) launched the Elias Motsoaledi Housing Project and various road infrastructure projects in Soweto, Johannesburg, on June 10 as part of the city’s mission to build...
 
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