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May 11, 2015
State-owned utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has confirmed that it will embark on a ten-day shutdown of the coal export line from May 12 to 21 and that no coal or general-freight trains will be operational on the corridor for the duration of the shutdown. The...
May 11, 2015
The Southern African Railways Association, an association of railways utilities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will hold its fifth conference and exhibition at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng, from May 26 to 28. The gathering will be held under the...
May 11, 2015
Cape Town International Airport is set for an overhaul with the upgrading of its domestic and international terminals planned for the airport, along with the realignment of its runway, forming the bulk of Airports Company South Africa’s R7.7-billion expansion plans....
May 08, 2015
CHANGING CONSTRUCTION CODESIndustry specifications in the construction industry ensure that the public and the company overseeing construction are protected
Significant changes are currently under way in the concrete industry, with amendments being made to design codes, construction standards, material specifications and test methods for concrete, says technical services provider to the cement and concrete industry, The...
May 08, 2015
AGRO-ECOLOGICAL POTENTIAL Africa boasts one-quarter of the world’s arable land
In the past six to twelve months, there has been an increase in international and South African agriculture-equipment suppliers establishing branches in many sub-Saharan African countries, as opposed to catering for the continent from South Africa, says international...
May 08, 2015
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members
Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation...
May 08, 2015
CEMENT'S GLOBAL GROWTH One of the primary demands from customers is the assurance that the Chryso Group’s products are 'green'
The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This...
May 08, 2015
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May 05, 2015
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday said her department had a budget of R53.7-billion for 2015/16 to meet the transport needs of the country. Speaking at a media briefing prior to her budget vote, she added that the department’s budget would increase to...
May 05, 2015
May 04, 2015
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Marc Granger
The technology gap between South Africa’s rail industry and the global industry is “very significant”, with “very few” existing black companies active in the local rail environment, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Gibela has been appointed to deliver 600 new...
Apr 30, 2015
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The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) aims to pursue a major dam-building programme to increase access to water and ensure a more integrated “source-to-tap” approach to distributing the resource to communities. Addressing media post a...
Apr 30, 2015
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President Jacob Zuma
As the members of the first National Planning Commission (NPC) hand over their final “close-out report” on Thursday, a call is being made for the nominations of new members to continue the work that has been done since the commission was established in 2010. The NPC,...
Apr 30, 2015
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Engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) firm WorleyParsons says construction is running smoothly at solar energy specialist Abengoa Solar’s 50 MW  Khi Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, near Upington in the Northern Cape. The CSP...
Apr 29, 2015
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
Apr 28, 2015
Whether government’s ambitious R813-billion infrastructure programme spend over the next three years can be realised without tackling the shortage of key skills in the region, remains to be seen, says Nedbank Property Finance human resources head Portia Muyunda. One...
Apr 24, 2015
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was appointed to the position following the surprise secondment of Brian Molefe to Eskom, has placed revenue diversification at the top of his list of immediate priorities, with the weak commodity outlook seen as having the...
Apr 24, 2015
Phase 3 construction of the Maclear Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) upgrade project, in the Eastern Cape’s Joe Gqabi district municipality, will start in June this year, says South African black-owned engineering firm Gibb, This phase will include the construction...
 
 
 
 
Apr 23, 2015
The construction of a 100 MW natural gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia is progressing well, with the first of 13 power generation sets having arrived at the Gigawatt Park site on April 15. South African investment group and majority shareholder in the project...
Apr 22, 2015
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Boutique advisory company EDPlatform, established in 2012 to support energy developers meet the economic-development requirements of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) procurement initiatives, has described recent announcements on the expansion and...
Apr 21, 2015
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With Africa holding 60% of the world’s arable land, agriculture held one of the keys to unlocking economic opportunities for the continent, but could only be achieved through cooperation with other countries in regions such as Asia. Speaking at the Asia–Africa...
Apr 21, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven...
Apr 20, 2015
Construction on Line 2B of Pretoria’s A Re Yeng bus-rapid transit (BRT) system would start in August, while construction on Line 2C would start in November, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has revealed. Line 2B will run between Hatfield and Menlyn and Line 2C between...
Apr 17, 2015
Llewellyn Consulting's Russell Jones
Power represents Africa’s largest infrastructure challenge, a new thought-leader report argues, noting that the continent’s power infrastructure delivers only a small fraction of that delivered in other developing regions. Titled ‘Foundations for Growth -...
Apr 17, 2015
SMART DISTRIBUTION Providing funds to introduce smart grid technologies in the absence of a clearly defined strategy will not result in the desired outcome
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
Apr 17, 2015
STRANDED POWER It would not be feasible to propose building a thermal plant in a location far from the nearest gas pipeline
Applying for an independent power producer (IPP) licence required extensive planning, with help from various industry-specific companies, said Nigeria-based energy advisory firm Lavayo Energy CEO Lolu Adubifa, who addressed delegates at the ‘How to Get an IPP...
Apr 17, 2015
PARKS TAU The city is using international standards and evaluations of smart systems to provide a foundation for rolling out robust smart systems
The City of Johannesburg has confirmed it has opened its Smart City Portal – a collection of resources, standards, best practices and in-house discussions to support the development of smart city implementation frameworks – to smaller municipalities that do not have...
Apr 16, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to accelerate and expand the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), reporting that she will be seeking the concurrence of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa...
 
 
 
 
Apr 16, 2015
To better manage, maintain and improve Limpopo’s ailing road infrastructure, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a partnership agreement with the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL). RAL had calculated that it would need R122-billion to...
Apr 16, 2015
The Western Cape government, in partnership with the private sector, is considering proposals to increase the value of the province’s tourism sector by 65% to R28-billion. International and local experts discussed various proposals during a two-day design lab hosted...
Apr 16, 2015
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $140-million loan for Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport development project. The project, to be implemented within three to four years, was expected to increase the airport’s capacity to 18-million...
Apr 16, 2015
The first phase of the Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) would only be ready for operation on October 8, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed in a written response to a Parliamentary question by opposition party Democratic...
Apr 15, 2015
One of BioTherm's existing SA projects
South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy has confirmed that three of its renewable-energy projects, with a combined capacity of 251 MW, were named as preferred bids during the fourth bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power...
Apr 14, 2015
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
There are about 2 225 informal settlements in South Africa, with the highest concentration being in KwaZulu-Natal. In a written reply to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Thandeka Gqada, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu noted that...
Apr 13, 2015
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says government intends to find a solution to the Harrismith Hub and N3 De Beers Pass developments. “I am here to assure you that government through the SIP2 Task Team will find a win–win solution to the Harrismith Hub and N3 De Beers...
Apr 10, 2015
The Western Cape High Court on Friday granted State-owned defence industrial group Denel an interim order forbidding anyone from entering or re-entering its Philippi property in the Western Cape province. The property lies close to Khayelitsha, itself a partially...
Apr 10, 2015
EASY POSITIONING Ampliform’s aluminium floor grating and mesh are suitable for use in applications where the weight of steel grating is an issue when it comes to loading on the roof trusses
Expanded-aluminium floor grating and mesh, manufactured by expanded-aluminium products manufacturer Ampliform ensures that end-users do not struggle with corrosion in outside areas, says Ampliform GM Sean Daly. He adds that the company’s aluminium floor grating and...
Apr 10, 2015
Seamless industrial and commercial flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group, a subsidiary of RPM International, seems to be growing from strength-to-strength, having won the RPM 2014 Connections Creating Value Award in December last year for its collaborative efforts...
 
 
 
 
Apr 10, 2015
TRAINING SUPPORT Belgotex technical support manager Allan de Wit, Fita training director Patty Vermaak, Sparrow FET new business development manager Melanie Malema and Kevin Bates Albert Carpets CFO Neil Duncan
The flooring industry in South Africa must start investing in worker training, as government plans to make staff accreditation a compulsory requirement, says interior flooring supplier and installer Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) CFO Neil Duncan. He says...
Apr 10, 2015
FLOOR WORK The partnership between Diamond Products and Merchant West is making it possible for contractors to afford flooring machinery
Professional contractors in the flooring industry are no longer required to invest substantially in costly flooring machinery, as diamond tools and equipment manufacturer Diamond Products has entered into an agreement with business finance and advisory services...
Apr 10, 2015
CONCRETE FLOORING The Concrete Institute technical staff deal mostly with problems pertaining to concrete flooring
Dividing on-site flooring responsibility between main contractors and subcontractors leads to poor-quality concrete floors, says cement and concrete industry body The Concrete Institute. Therefore, the institute is encouraging main contractors and subcontractors to...
Apr 10, 2015
QUALITY FLOORING a.b.e Construction Chemicals and FloorworX take pride in their partnership that aims to offer a better system to the end-user
The reformulated version of construction chemicals manufacturer a.b.e Construction Chemicals’ abescreed SLC P is being successfully applied at building projects countrywide, says a.b.e national flooring sales manager Peter Jones. “The abescreed SLC P is a pumpable...
Apr 10, 2015
BUILDING FOR SAFETY Contractors must ensure that they build high-quality floors to ensure the safety of human assets
Flooring companies need to consider the safety of people before they consider the price of a product when deciding which material to use for floor construction, says floor gratings, stair treads and safety hand rails manufacturer Vital Engineering MD Dodds Pringle....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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