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Oct 31, 2014
Rosatom VP: sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov
Russian nuclear energy group Rosatom confirmed on Friday that it had canvassed funding options with South African government officials during a recent “nuclear vendor parade workshop” held in the Drakensberg on October 23. The company said the options discussed were...
Oct 31, 2014
SECURING THE DOOR Bitcon’s security doors are supplied as a door and frame unit and installed by the building contractor
Security-door company Bitcon Industries completed a modernisation programme of its manufacturing plant last month, enabling it to meet the growing demand from businesses for its range of security, fire, radiation and transformer doors, says director Bob Vollmer....
Oct 31, 2014
There is a clear plan laid out by government and significant investment proposed in terms of South Africa’s road network infrastructure development, which is positive for the country’s future development, as it is integral to growing the economy. “The fundamentals of...
Oct 31, 2014
There have been significant changes in South Africa’s infrastructure over the past 20 years, primarily because a large portion of money from the fiscus has been allocated to development. However, the road infrastructure maintenance that needs to be undertaken is...
Oct 30, 2014
South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) group corporate services executive Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo stressed on Thursday that South Africa currently had only one Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, the IRP 2010, and that the IRP Update...
Oct 29, 2014
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Oct 29, 2014
The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) that was established to revitalise distressed mining towns has mobilised municipalities to review their Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) to pave the way for new-look mining towns.   Mpho Ndaba, the Director: Revitalization of...
Oct 29, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
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Oct 27, 2014
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Oct 27, 2014
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Oct 24, 2014
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Oct 24, 2014
A well-documented challenge facing the construction industry is the across the board skills shortage, which has the potential to seriously affect the sustainability of the sector. “Within construction people are our greatest assets and the Stefanutti Stocks group is...
Oct 24, 2014
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Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
Oct 24, 2014
SOD-TURNING Imperial Logistics group executive officer marking the start of the development of the $20-million pharmaceutical warehouse in Kenya
Logistics company Imperial Logistics’ Africa-focused healthcare supply chain management provider last month started the construction of a $20-million pharmaceutical storage and distribution facility in Nairobi, Kenya. Imperial Health Sciences MD Dr Iain Barton states...
Oct 24, 2014
Through Sasol Oil, chemical and energy company Sasol’s fuels marketing and sales business, R100 000 will be invested in the Nelson Mandela Bay and George areas. This will be implemented through the company’s Friendly Neighbour initiative that will see Sasol’s retail...
Oct 24, 2014
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The backlog on South Africa’s road network has reached R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. This backlog included the strengthening and regravelling of roads, and excluded periodic...
Oct 23, 2014
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Global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler on Thursday announced that an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the company had completed its acquisition of metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering. MDM would now become part of Foster Wheeler’s...
Oct 23, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Government aimed to fast-track certain “fast-growing” infrastructure programmes, despite cutting back on expenditure over the next few years, the 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) revealed on Wednesday. The MTBPS, released by new Finance Minister...
Oct 17, 2014
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GRI Renewable Industries is investing in a R300-million wind-tower factory
The Western Cape government’s GreenCape sector development agency is finalising work on an application to have the Atlantis industrial area designated as a green-technology (greentech) special economic zone (SEZ). Atlantis SEZ project executive Mike Mulcahy tells...
Oct 16, 2014
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The Sere wind farm project
Electricity utility Eskom reports that the first seven wind generators at its R2.5-billion Sere wind farm project, in the Western Cape, have been synchronised to the grid and that the project is on track for full commercial operations by end March 2015. Renewables GM...
 
 
 
 
Oct 16, 2014
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Sapvia CEO Moeketsi Thobela
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) newly appointed CEO, Moeketsi Thobela, says he is hoping to raise the profile of solar PV as a solution to South Africa’s immediate electricity crisis, owing to the fact that the technology can be deployed...
Oct 15, 2014
The Norwegian African Business Association (NABA) will on October 30 host the fourth Norwegian-African Business Summit, aimed at addressing the main challenges and opportunities facing African infrastructure development. The summit, to be held in Oslo, Norway, will...
Oct 14, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
The Department of Energy (DoE) confirmed on Tuesday that an ‘Inter-Governmental Framework Agreement on Nuclear Cooperation’ had been signed with France as part of the “preparatory phase for the possible deployment of French nuclear technology in South Africa”. In a...
Oct 14, 2014
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The transmission unit of South African electricity utility Eskom has completed a strategic grid study for the period to 2040. The study signals major shifts in future generation and demand patterns that will have implications for the domestic network and future...
Oct 14, 2014
Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane
Regulation issues, including the procurement of consulting engineering services, remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the consulting engineering industry, indicates Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) latest Bi-Annual Economic and Capacity Survey...
Oct 14, 2014
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JSE-listed Basil Read on Tuesday noted that it was being featured in a new series of UK postage stamps acknowledging the construction of a new airport on the island of St Helena, a British territory 2 300 km west of Walvis Bay, Namibia. Basil Read St Helena Airport...
Oct 10, 2014
PETER SHEPHERD South Africa’s big cities have had a severe impact on river systems, with increasing urbanisation compounding the situation
A significant amount of stormwater infrastructure in South Africa is insufficient to handle the country’s rapid urbanisation, according to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa.
Oct 10, 2014
The board of construction and engineering group Group Five has appointed Eric Vemer as the company’s new CEO. Vemer will start work on December 1, taking over from Mike Upton, who is approaching the JSE-listed group’s retirement age.
Oct 10, 2014
MAMELLO PROJECT The project includes the construction of a sewerage pumpstation, a 110 mm rising main, an outfall sewer and refurbishments
Bulk water and sewerage service projects in Midvaal (Sicelo) and Vaal Marina (Mamello), undertaken by consulting engineering firm Gibb, are progressing according to plan and within budget.
Oct 09, 2014
More than R7-billion in funding for key infrastructure projects in KwaZulu-Natal is waiting in the wings, with billions more likely to follow the second KwaZulu-Natal Infrastructure Funding Fair, audit and consulting firm Deloitte has said of the event, which it is...
 
 
 
 
Oct 09, 2014
Coenraad Bezuidenhout
Government departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) needed to “drastically” improve their strategic procurement capacity, as well as their localisation compliance levels if local-procurement initiatives were to have any chance of stemming further...
Oct 06, 2014
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Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
The backlog on South Africa’s road network has reached R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. This backlog included the strengthening and regravelling of roads, and excluded periodic...
Oct 03, 2014
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The Medupi project
State-owned electricity producer Eskom plans to announce the completion date of Medupi Unit 5 – the second 794 MW unit at the Limpopo power project – by the latest March next year, having indicated that the original commissioning interval of six months following the...
Oct 03, 2014
The cost of deploying network infrastructure and the long delays experienced in securing site permits could hamper telecommunications group MTN’s ability to satisfy the needs emerging from the “data tsunami” in South Africa, MTN chief technology officer Eben Albertyn...
Oct 03, 2014
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Viktor Polikarpov
Nuclear energy vendor Rosatom says the recent intergovernmental agreement between the Russia Federation and South Africa is “not a deal”, but merely a broad outline of what the company and Russia has to offer South Africa in the area of nuclear energy. Regional VP:...
Oct 02, 2014
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Professor Anton Eberhard
A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reforming Eskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton...
Oct 01, 2014
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Some concern has been expressed about recent delays to South Africa’s hitherto successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), under which 26 projects have already been connected to the grid following three bid windows during...
Sep 30, 2014
The R1.2-billion Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) roll-out was well under way, with Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy, whose department is overseeing the project, confirming on Tuesday that the first two hubs were in the process of being connected. In an interview...
Sep 29, 2014
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Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Company on Monday launched an expedited review application in the South Gauteng High Court challenging Eskom’s decision to award a R4.3-billion contract to Areva, of France, for the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg...
Sep 29, 2014
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Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has appealed for private sector support in the staffing of the new-look Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE), which is seen as the primary bulwark against future fraud, corruption and maladministration within the Department of...
 
 
 
 
Sep 29, 2014
Accentuate CEO Fred Platt
Deteriorating economic cycles in the manufacturing and construction industries saw the Accéntuate group on Monday report an 8.4% drop in revenue for the year ended June 30 compared with the previous financial year, to R308-million. Profit for the year was 42% lower,...
Sep 26, 2014
NEW TRAINS Gibela will provide 600 trains by 2025
Construction of the Alstom-led Gibela consortium’s 600 000 m2 Dunnottar manufacturing facility, in the Ekurhuleni metropolitan area of Gauteng, is set to start in February 2015. On February 28, the land will be handed over from the Passenger Rail Agency of South...
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
Cellular major MTN South Africa has approved two gas-powered generation developments for its Doornfontein (1 MW) and Newlands (6 MW) sites, in Gauteng, based on the success of its 2 MW trigeneration plant, at its Roodepoort headquarters. MTN will expand this...
Sep 23, 2014
Eric Vemer
The board of construction and engineering group Group Five announced on Tuesday that it had appointed Eric Vemer as the company’s new CEO. Vemer will start work on December 1, taking over from Mike Upton, who had approached the JSE-listed group’s retirement age.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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