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Infrastructure News

SA business delegation explores opportunities at Central African ports

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 Research and consulting specialists Africa House led a business delegation to Central African port cities last month, to explore business opportunities in new port developments in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The business delegation comprised South African business development managers and... 

SA construction firms taking strain – study

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 The global multidisciplinary construction industry has been under growing pressure and the situation is no different in South Africa, says a Frost & Sullivan study, titled ‘Analysis of the South African Multidisciplinary Construction Industry within an African Context’. The study looked at the... 

Esor profit up despite revenue drop

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2016 Civils and construction company Esor on Thursday posted a 21.7% increase in profit for the six months ended September 30, up from R6.2-million in 2015, to R7.5-million this year. Basic earnings a share for the half-year grew 24.2% to 2.05c, while headline earnings a share increased by 6.8% to 2.15c. 

Wind and solar PV bodies cautiously welcome draft IRP, CSP body to contest exclusion 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2016 The wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) industry bodies have responded positively to the allocations outlined in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case, while the concentrated solar power (CSP) body has expressed dismay at the technology’s exclusion. South African Wind Energy Association... 

Wind and solar PV bodies cautiously welcome draft IRP, CSP body to contest exclusion

Creecy unveils R250bn Gauteng budget, warns on risk late invoice payments pose

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Departmental accruals, where invoices from one financial year are forwarded for payment in the following financial year, pose a threat to the overall financial health of the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) and its R250-billion Medium Term Budget, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Tuesday.... 

Creecy unveils R250bn Gauteng budget, warns on risk late invoice payments pose

Futuregrowth lifts DBSA lending suspension

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has become the third public entity to confirm that Futuregrowth Asset Management has lifted a lending suspension imposed on it and five other State-owned companies (SoCs) earlier in the year. On August 31, Futuregrowth announced that, owing to... 

Futuregrowth lifts DBSA lending suspension
Photo by Duane Daws
DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini

Bombela, Gauteng provincial government settle Gautrain disputes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th November 2016 The Bombela Concession Company, the operator of the Gautrain, and the Gauteng provincial government (GPG), have agreed to a comprehensive settlement of all disputes relating to the Gautrain rapid rail link project’s development period, bringing an end to multiyear protracted legal processes.... 

Bombela, Gauteng provincial government settle Gautrain disputes

AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2016 Shareholders in ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) voted on Friday in favour of a R2.2-billion broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, involving Likamva Resources. The approval was carried by 99.9% of the shares that were eligible to vote. The deal will see Likamva initially hold a 17%... 

 AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The group of companies responsible for the multimillion-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards. 

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE The refurbishment project, completed last month, received the award from SAISC

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Investments required for positive growth
HYDRA ARC Offshore capital investment will reignite the mining industry and new independent power producer projects

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly
MALL OF AFRICA PROJECT The latest large-scale project completed using LSF was the external walling of the 131 000 m2 floor area of the multibillion-rand Mall of Africa

Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The South African government has decided that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will be the owner/operator of the planned new Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) and the proposed future nuclear fuel cycle. National electricity utility Eskom will be the owner/operator of the planned... 

Science council aims to educate public about its role and that of science

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony recently held in Pretoria. "It is an exciting time... 

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Welding shares steel industry standards
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING From the left, Wijnberger from In2Structure with Mthebula and Michelle Warmback from In2Structure

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) will on Tuesday November 22 release the long-waited draft of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The release, which will take place in Pretoria, follows the Cabinet decision of November 2,... 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear
The Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) M1 bridge rehabilitation projects will now only be completed towards the end of 2017, owing to unforeseen events, including sporadic labour unrest and geotechnical complications. Improvements to the Oxford and Federation bridges, as well as the M1’s Double... 

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

Sasol employees move into new headquarters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 The relocation of 2 500 of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s employees from its 11 commercial properties spread across Johannesburg, including the Sturdee road complex, in Rosebank, into the company’s global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton, has started. The 67 000 m2, ten-storey... 

PPC not out of the woods yet, but sees growth potential

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 JSE-listed PPC has posted flat earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R1.14-billion for the six months ended September 30, while its Ebitda margin, at 22.2%, was negatively impacted on by selling price pressures and the timing of administration and other... 

PPC not out of the woods yet, but sees growth potential

Multidisciplinary construction industry sees sharp drop in market cap

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 The global multidisciplinary construction industry has been under growing pressure and the situation is no different in South Africa, says a Frost & Sullivan study, titled ‘Analysis of the South African Multidisciplinary Construction Industry within an African Context’. The study looked at the... 

Multidisciplinary construction industry sees sharp drop in market cap

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses 

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The amount of municipality-supplied water being lost through leaking pipes and dripping taps – which amounts to about 25% – is a significant concern in the current drought-promoting climate and subsequent water restrictions in the country, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses

After flash floods, Premier prepares to declare parts of Gauteng disaster areas

By: African News Agency      11th November 2016 Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday he intended to declare some parts of Gauteng disaster areas following this week’s fierce flash floods in the province. “We are taking the necessary steps to declare a disaster so that we can tap into all available resources to assist those affected by... 

Company celebrates long-time continuous operations in Africa

     11th November 2016 This month geotechnical contractor Franki Africa celebrates seventy years of continuous operation in Africa. The company highlights that it is more motivated than ever to move forward vigorously in spite of challenging times in the construction industry. “Seventy years is a significant milestone... 

Company celebrates long-time continuous operations in Africa
PILED FOUNDATION PROJECTS Franki has constructed several massive basements in Sandton

Company targets major construction contracts

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Construction, civils and housing company Motheo Construction Group is upgrading the on- and off-ramps at the Engen Blockhouse on the R59, in Vereeniging, which is scheduled for completion in January. Having started in September, the project comprises earthworks that mainly consist of the... 

Company targets major construction contracts
PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION Motheo Construction civils division specialises in the construction of roads and earthworks

Effective construction materials delivered to Dukathole project

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Concrete brick, block and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) supplied a new PMSA VB4X plant to Dukathole Brickworks, in the Eastern Cape, that will manufacture M9, M6, M4, Maxi, Stockbricks, 80 mm paving, 60 mm paving and 50 mm paving for the project. The company details... 

Effective construction materials delivered  to Dukathole project
COMMUNITY BENEFITS One of the major benefits from the Dukathole project is the employment opportunities brought to the community

Hesitancy in the construction industry owing to lack of funds

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  highlights that there is a fair amount of uncertainty in the construction and infrastructure industry given the negative influences affecting it as a whole. WSP divisional director Michael Bouwmeester points out that... 

Hesitancy in the  construction industry  owing to lack of funds
INVESTMENTS REMAIN STAGNANT Mega projects in the infrastructure industry are subdued at the moment owing to the lack of funds

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Following heavy rains that led to flash flooding on key roads around Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has assembled a team of engineers to inspect its Gauteng network for damage. Sanral will also appoint engineers to investigate the... 

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities

Confidence in South Africa’s consulting engineering sector under pressure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th November 2016 Confidence among South Africa’s consulting engineering firms has come under renewed pressure in recent months having recovered earlier in the year from the 16-year low recorded during 2015. Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) Bi-annual Economic and Capacity Survey shows that, while... 

Confidence in South Africa’s consulting engineering sector under pressure
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell

South Africa has most construction projects on continent – report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2016 South Africa continues to account for the most infrastructure and capital project activity in Southern Africa, at 48.2%, followed by Angola at 12.9% and Mozambique and Zambia at 10.6% each. South Africa also has the most projects, by country, in Africa, at 41 projects, Deloitte’s 'Africa... 

South Africa has most construction projects on continent – report

Delays in South Africa weigh on growth of infrastructure group CIG

By: African News Agency      9th November 2016 Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Wednesday recorded 19% profit growth, suggesting it would have been much higher had the “challenging” South African environment not weighed on “robust” business growth outside the country. The diversified pan-African infrastructure-focused group with... 

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Limpopo Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure MEC Jerry Ndou has reappointed the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) board for another three years, providing it with a mandate to continue turning the agency around. Ndou expressed gratitude for the agency's “rapidly improving financial situation”, which... 

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

AMSA reiterates call for safeguards as Itac probe advances

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2016 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reiterated its call for additional import protection through safeguard duties, despite a “slight fall” in imports during the third quarter. In a quarterly operational update, CEO Wim de Klerk argued that imports remained high,... 

AMSA reiterates call for safeguards as Itac probe advances
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

Presidency dismisses reports that Ministers will intervene in IPP PPA signing delays

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2016 The Presidency on Monday disputed media reports that President Jacob Zuma has tasked Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor to persuade Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign off on new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's R20-billion M&A war chest. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.11.2016

Niasa insists nuclear is still best option for South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2016 Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) MD Knox Msebenzi on Friday said nuclear is still the most viable option, from an environmental and economic standpoint, to add to the country’s baseload electricity generation capacity. This comes after the release of former Public Protector... 

Ageing infrastructure offers opportunities

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has noted a growing trend towards high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions, presenting its water infrastructure segment with a major growth opportunity, as South Africa’s ageing water infrastructure network requires serious government... 

Chinese group to supply electric buses, ancillary equipment for Cape Town’s MyCiti service

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

Rehab of Pretoria–Bela-Bela stretch of N1 set for completion by the end of 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The R396-million, 80 km rehabilitation of the N1 highway between Pretoria and Bela-Bela is 80% complete. The project should be wrapped up by the end of 2017, with R123-million to be spent next year, says Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt. 

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