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Infrastructure News

Another multimillion-rand expansion at Coega IDZ

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 State-owned company for the development of 11 500 ha of industrial land in Port Elizabeth, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC), last month announced a R22-million expansion project by agroprocessing company Dynamic Commodities to be developed in Zone 3 of the Coega industrial development zone... 

Collaboration on infrastructure projects can yield economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th June 2016 South Africa is facing demand for economic growth; it is therefore critical that government considers collaborating with the private sector in primary infrastructure megaprojects that will yield almost immediate gross domestic product growth, says professional services firm WSP∣Parsons... 

Collaboration on infrastructure projects can yield economic growth

Dispute over Gautrain Sandton Station claim continues as award value rises

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The arbitration tribunal ruling on the Bombela Concession Company’s (BCC’s) Gautrain Sandton Station cavern claim, has increased it provisional quantum award of R354-million, as set in March, to R624-million. The award is in relation to a claim lodged by the Bombela Civil Joint Venture (BCJV),... 

First race for new-look Kyalami set down for October

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has announced that the first race event to be held on the refurbished, new-look track will take place from October 21 to 23. The October race meeting will form part of the Motorsport South Africa Extreme Festival National Racing Road-show, and will feature... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold 

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani discusses Renergen’s plans for the Free State helium and natural gas field. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Improved project implementation will drive infrastructure growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Infrastructure construction specialist Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings chairperson Frans Pienaar says a willingness from government to transfer the responsibility for the implementation of infrastructure projects to the private sector will help to drive growth in the industry. 

Wireless connectivity fundamental to infrastructure development

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Multinational networking equipment manufacturer Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham says Wi-Fi and connectivity will play an integral role in infrastructure and socioeconomic development. Connectivity broadly refers to the ability to access what is required – whether it... 

African countries need greater collaboration on infrastructure development, empowering women

By: Ilan Solomons     9th June 2016 Infrastructure sharing can greatly assist in developing African countries and can also save billions of dollars in costs, African Union Commission (AUC) infrastructure and energy commissioner Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim told delegates at the Infrastructure Africa conference, in Johannesburg,... 

African countries need greater collaboration on infrastructure development, empowering women
Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, Tas Anvaripour and Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 The renewable-energy unit of Italian energy group Enel reports that its 66 MW Tom Burke photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province has been connected to the grid, raising its installed capacity in the country to nearly 160 MW. Country manager in South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra’ adds... 

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

$11bn the ‘worst-case’ capex scenario for Louisiana project

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2016 Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable has described the possible increase, from $8.9-billion to $11-billion, in the capital budget for the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, as the “worst-case” scenario. Speaking to investors following the release of a LCCP review “preliminary... 

$11bn the ‘worst-case’ capex scenario for Louisiana project
Photo by Duane Daws
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable

Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2016 South African steel consumers are raising serious concerns about the composition of the steel-price basket being proposed by ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) as a mechanism for regulating domestic flat-steel prices and are seeking urgent talks with government to air their anxieties ahead of any... 

Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 Telecommunications company Telkom completed Phase 1 of a three-phase, 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation as part of a new parking lot for staff members at its Centurion headquarters, Telkom Park campus, last month.  

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus
Photo by Dylan Slater
SOLAR PARK The Telkom headquarters, in Pretoria, are set to produce 3 MW of solar photovoltaic electricity once operational

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 Stated-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued a request for proposals (RFP) inviting private logistics companies to design, build, operate, maintain and eventually hand over an inland container terminal, earmarked for Tambo-Springs, in eastern Gauteng. The 20-year concession would be... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port
Photo by Duane Daws
The City Deep inland port

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 The French remain optimistic that South Africa’s nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was initially expected for release before the end of March, will be issued before the end of the year, probably during South Africa’s “spring”, or France’s “fall”. Special envoy of the French President for... 

French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP
Photo by Duane Daws
Special nuclear envoy of the French President Dr Pascal Colombani

R116m water treatment plant launched in the Eastern Cape 

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP), has launched a R116-million water treatment plant in Steytleville, outside Port Elizabeth, to combat water shortages in the area. The project was supported by the DTI, the Department of Water and... 

R116m water treatment plant launched in the Eastern Cape

Urbanisation, spatial injustice remain a challenge in Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2016 The world is urbanising rapidly and, according to the United Nations (UN), 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, a statistic set to increase to 66% by 2050, said Deputy Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Andries Nel on Tuesday. Speaking at the second African... 

Urbanisation, spatial injustice remain a challenge in Africa

Bombela awarded R624m in Gautrain Sandton station claim

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2016 The arbitration tribunal ruling on the Bombela Concession Company’s (BCC’s) Gautrain Sandton Station cavern claim, has increased it provisional quantum award of R354-million, as set in March, to R624-million (excluding VAT). The award was in relation to a claim lodged by the Bombela Civil Joint... 

Bombela awarded R624m in Gautrain Sandton station claim

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2016 Energy group Sasol has started drilling the first of what will be 12 new gas and oil wells in Mozambique where the government recently approved a production sharing agreement (PSA), as well as a field development plan for the resources, which are in the same neighbourhood as Sasol’s producing... 

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform
Photo by Sasol
Drilling for gas in Temane

Clarion call for creation of African cloud infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2016 Cloud is recognised as one of the four foundations of the fourth industrial revolution, also called digital transformation, but T-Systems South Africa MD Gert Schoonbee highlights concerns that Africa will be subjected to skills and job losses if a large-scale cloud system cannot be developed on... 

Clarion call for creation of  African cloud infrastructure
GERT SCHOONBEE African businesses and governments must consider a shared cloud infrastructure system to support local economic activities

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Insight into proposed Gautrain expansion expected in June

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 The Gauteng government will make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. He notes that the feasibility study – which is investigating the viability of expanding the Gautrain network –... 

Piano key weir solutions investigated at ICOLD 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 The investigation into the structural behaviour of piano key weirs was put under the spotlight at the 2016 annual International Commission on Large Dams Meeting (ICOLD), which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 15 to 20. Speaking at the eighty-fourth edition of the meeting,... 

Piano key weir  solutions investigated  at ICOLD 2016
PIANO KEY WEIRS The rectangular keys are made with sloped bases, which guide flow over and away from the crest of the weir

Water footprinting integral to water management systems

     27th May 2016 Professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa have shifted focus to advising clients within the private sector to focus on their water strategies in order to sustainably manage water resources while lowering operational costs. WSP have assisted companies such as private hospital... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Garth Strachan, Dean Macpherson and Dean Subramanian debate the fair-pricing steel 'deal'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.5.2015

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) dismissed suggestions again on Wednesday that its deal with government to raise steel import protection in return for fairer pricing – as well as jobs and investment guarantees – precluded it from increasing prices. The JSE-listed company was... 

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases
AMSA chairperson Mpho Makwana

GDID opens infrastructure projects monitoring centre 

By: Ilan Solomons     25th May 2016 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) has officially opened its electronic infrastructure projects management centre, giving the GDID the ability to monitor, in real-time, the R30-billion in infrastructure projects under its management in Gauteng. Speaking at the opening in... 

GDID opens infrastructure projects monitoring centre

Zambia to complete $360m new airport terminal by October

By: African News Agency      25th May 2016 Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is set to have a new and modern terminal by October this year, the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation reported on Tuesday. Zambia’s Minister of Works and Supply, Yamfwa Mukanga told the broadcaster that the terminal was part of the expansion... 

Half a million construction workers could be at risk

By: News24Wire      25th May 2016 About 500 000 workers are risking their lives on construction sites that do not comply with health and safety laws, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Tuesday. As much as 40% of the industry did not comply with these laws, which translated to about 5 000 construction sites across the country. 

Half a million construction workers could be at risk
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

Balwin delivers strong maiden results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2016 Property developer Balwin has delivered double-digit growth as it set out its maiden financial results for the year ended February 29, CEO and founder Stephen Brookes said on Monday, attributing the performance to record sales and strong demand. The group, which listed on the Johannesburg bourse... 

To regain FDI ranking, South Africa must ‘rebuild trust’ with investors 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2016 South Africa’s absence – for the second year running – from the top 25 countries listed in AT Kearney’s annual foreign direct investment (FDI) confidence index is suggestive of heightened investor concern about perceived political, policy and regulatory instability. Africa region head Wim... 

To regain FDI ranking, South Africa must ‘rebuild trust’ with investors

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Nonprofit company the Concrete Society of Southern Africa is calling for nominations for its biennial Fulton Awards, which recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete.  

Concrete society calls for Fulton Awards nominations
CONCRETE DESIGN 2015 Fulton Award winner, the Fairscape Precinct Office Tower in Botswana

Quantity surveyors can minimise inflated construction costs  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Voluntary quantity surveying organisation the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) executive director Larry Feinberg would like the South African government and construction stakeholders to recognise the value of employing reputable quantity surveyors to alleviate corruption... 

Quantity surveyors  can minimise inflated  construction costs
LARRY FEINBERG The ASAQS executive director believes the South African government should forge stronger relationships with the quantity surveyor profession

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 South African consulting firm EON Consulting has joined forces with global advisory firm Analysys Mason and leading renewable-energy producer Iberdrola to boost the development and implementation of smart energy technologies and services in South Africa. “Transformation in the energy sector is... 

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

M&R secures licence partner agreement with Organica

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 Murray & Roberts Water, a trading division of JSE-listed construction firm Murray & Roberts (M&R), has inked a deal with wastewater solutions provider Organica Water that gives M&R Water the right to hold the exclusive licence for Organica technology in South Africa, and non-exclusively in the... 

M&R secures licence partner agreement with Organica

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU), aimed at spearheading a medium to long-term gas industrialisation strategy for South Africa and the Southern Africa region.  The aim is to unlock power constraints and reduce carbon intensity, to secure... 

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit
Trade and Industry deputy director-general for industrial policy Garth Strachan

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