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Feb 27, 2015
Construction and engineering company Group Five plans to shed 250 jobs in its civil engineering division this financial year, says CEO Eric Vemer. The restructuring will come at a retrenchment cost of more than R25-million.
Feb 26, 2015
Clough CEO Kevin Gallagher
Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has signalled its intention to accelerate the internationalisation of its Australia-based oil and gas unit, Clough – a strategy underpinned by a dramatic tapering off of greenfield liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
Feb 26, 2015
The National Development Plan (NDP) will be the highlight of the first breakaway session of the inaugural Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, which will be held, in Johannesburg, on May 28 and 29.
Feb 26, 2015
M&R CEO Henry Laas
JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) order book decreased to R37.8-billion in the six months to December 31, compared with an order book of R44.9-billion as at December 2013. The group attributed the decrease in its order book to smaller and shorter-term contracts...
Feb 25, 2015
Freight services and shipping group Grindrod would upgrade capacity at its Richards Bay coal and magnetite terminal from 3.2-million tons a year, to 4.5-million tons a year, said Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier on Wednesday. Speaking at the company’s annual results...
Feb 25, 2015
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Prioritising spending on “economic” infrastructure such as roads and transport, electricity, and water and sanitation, the 2015 National Budget has earmarked R274-billion of the public kitty for the construction, maintenance, repair and upgrade of public-sector...
Feb 25, 2015
The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements has received an additional R233-million to help increase productivity on its housing projects. The additional fund, allocated by the national Department of Human Settlements, was a result of the department changing its...
Feb 25, 2015
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Petrochemicals group Sasol has signed a long-term agreement with French multinational Air Liquide for the supply of large quantities of industrial gases to Sasol Secunda. The deal would see Air Liquide invest about €200-million on the construction of what it says is...
Feb 24, 2015
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Feb 24, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
 
 
Feb 23, 2015
Government and the City of Johannesburg plan to revitalise old townships, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said during his state-of-the-province address on Monday. Focus would be on Kliptown in Soweto and Alexandra, next to Sandton.
Feb 23, 2015
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe would “soon” call for nominations for commissioners to serve on the country’s second National Planning Commission (NPC), with the term of the inaugural commission set to end in May....
Feb 23, 2015
David Makhura
The Gauteng provincial government aims to inject more than R300-million into information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure over the next three years, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Monday. While this was a fraction of the planned R32-billion...
Feb 23, 2015
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has outlined a range of initiatives to bolster power supply across South Africa’s wealthiest province, including a plan to increase municipal coal-fired power generation by 1 200 MW and to use provincial government buildings to install...
Feb 20, 2015
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IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach
The South African government's Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office will release a request for information (RFI) in March for possible domestic gas-to-power projects, as a precursor to a possible 3 000 MW tender that should arise before year-end. IPP Office head...
Feb 20, 2015
PROVEN TECHNOLOGY Bulk hydrogen storage and handling is common in many industries, including the oil and gas industry, and can be applied to develop hydrogen infrastructure
Research regarding the use of South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) in fuel cells and water electrolysis will enable electrification of remote communities and the use of hydrogen as a primary energy carrier in future. Hydrocarbons, mostly petroleum distillates...
Feb 20, 2015
The 2 200 ha, multi billion Rand Waterfall City development currently under construction could potentially become Gauteng’s new central business district, enabling large corporates to consolidate their Johannesburg base. The land is owned by the Waterfall Islamic...
Feb 20, 2015
VIKTOR POLIKARPOV The growth in skills, industrial capacity and subsequent electricity surplus bolster industrialisation of countries building nuclear generation fleets
A programme to build new nuclear generation capacity will require the involvement of large parts of the industrial capacity of South Africa, which will require and support large-scale industrial activity and, subsequently, provide surplus electricity to support...
Feb 19, 2015
The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday heard four settlement agreements between the Competition Commission and South African construction companies, which disclosed that they were involved in collusive activities with regard to cover pricing and tender agreements. On...
Feb 19, 2015
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Africa had the potential to be one of the biggest providers of energy in the world, but was still seen as a “good for nothing” continent, particularly with regard to US investment, World Energy Council (WEC) Africa vice-chairperson Bonang Mohale said on Wednesday....
 
 
 
 
Feb 17, 2015
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Enel Green Power (EGP) country manager for South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra has described government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) as a case study for the industry, which is capturing the attention of other countries....
Feb 17, 2015
Kobus Verster
Construction and engineering group Aveng was faced with weak markets almost everywhere it turned, said CEO Kobus Verster on Tuesday. Continued softness in the local construction sector made it particularly difficult for the still-struggling Grinaker-LTA to regain its...
Feb 17, 2015
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DoE acting director-general Dr Wolsley Barnard
There is currently no shortage of electricity capacity in South Africa, Department of Energy (DoE) acting director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard acknowledged on Tuesday. However, the availability of the country’s installed base had fallen materially, narrowing the...
Feb 16, 2015
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty
JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a loss of R158-million during the year to December 31, 2014, a material improvement on the R2.1-billion loss of 2013 and indicated that it expected a recovery in volumes in 2015, which should...
Feb 13, 2015
NICK FASSEN The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry wants to create fair and equal opportunities for all stakeholders
All necessary processes are in place to begin this year’s wage negotiations for the civil engineering industry, says Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) general secretary Nick Faasen. He tells Engineering News that the deadline for the...
Feb 13, 2015
N4 UPGRADE PROJECT The 22-month-long refurbishment is set for completion in July 2016
Murray & Roberts Infrastructure (MRI), a division of engineering, procurement and construction management major Murray & Roberts Group, has been awarded a 22-month contract by Trans African Concessions (Trac) to upgrade the N4 toll road connecting South Africa to...
Feb 13, 2015
CONTINENT-WIDE COOPERATION African energy leaders need to discuss the implications of low oil prices on gas developments and on the diversity of the continent’s energy mix
Organisers of the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba expect more than 2 000 visitors to attend the conference, a 20% increase, compared with the attendance figures of last year’s event, which, in turn, registered a year-on-year increase in attendance of 23% from 2013 to 2014.
Feb 13, 2015
MICRO-TUNNEL INSTALLATION The micro-tunnel is the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa
Engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Goba has completed the construction of a R120-million sewer relocation project – the Mahatma Gandhi Road Sewer Pump Station – in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Hatch Goba tunnels, geotechnical and trenchless technology...
 
 
 
 
Feb 13, 2015
COEGA RIDGE COEGA RIDGE In addition to the 40 000 residential units that comprise Coega Ridge, the area will be a self-sustained satellite city
Preparations are proceeding as scheduled for construction group Nu-Hold Group’s R6.5-billion Coega Ridge development – a 40 000-home mixed-use housing development adjacent to the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth (PE), in the Eastern Cape. Nu-Hold...
Feb 13, 2015
STRATEGIC PARTNERING PaCE Services CEO Nic Bennett and BCQS director Brendon Close taking the lead of the partnership
The strategic partnership established last year between South Africa-based international project management company Planning & Cost Engineering (PaCE) Services and quantity-surveying and construction-cost consultancy Basson & Close Quantity Surveyors (BCQS) has thus...
Feb 13, 2015
COLLISION RISK Birds can be killed or injured if they collide with wind turbines or associated infrastructure such as power lines
Establishing electricity generation facilities, including renewable-energy facilities, necessitates careful planning to mitigate the risk to birds, other wildlife, the natural ecosystems and area-specific habitats, says bird conservation organisation Birdlife South...
Feb 12, 2015
Driving through Midrand will soon be much easier owing to a new R160-million highway overpass bridge being built by the developers of Waterfall City. The 115.8-m-long Bridal Veil road overpass bridge was developed by Atterbury Property Development and engineers Aecom...
Feb 12, 2015
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Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power reports that construction will begin this month on three new South African wind farms, which recently reached financial close following the third bid window under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent...
Feb 11, 2015
Global CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric says its newly inaugurated factory and office campus in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, has positioned it for both growth in the region and to meet the South African government’s growing demand for...
Feb 11, 2015
Eric Vemer
Construction and engineering company Group Five planned to shed 250 jobs in its civil engineering division this financial year, said CEO Eric Vemer on Wednesday. The restructuring would come at a retrenchment cost of more than R25-million.
Feb 11, 2015
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Cesa president Abe Thela
Private sector expertise and finance should be leveraged to help reinvigorate South Africa’s underperforming infrastructure programmes, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) argues, adding that the accelerated deployment of energy, transport and water projects...
Feb 09, 2015
HSBC Securities has cut its growth outlook for South Africa for 2015 and 2016 as a result of the country’s “deepening and prolonged energy crisis”, lowering its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for this year to 1.6%, from 2% previously, and to 1.9% next...
Feb 06, 2015
Four South African banking heavyweights, Standard Bank, First National Bank (FNB), Absa and Nedbank, are contesting for the tender to manage banking transactions of the Gauteng government, with a 2015 budget estimated at more than R90-billion, Gauteng Provincial...
 
 
 
 
Feb 06, 2015
Out of South Africa’s ten prospective special economic zones (SEZs), three are on the verge of implementation and, before the end of this year, one of them will be completed and implemented, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which envisions 2015 to be...
Feb 06, 2015
RIDING HIGH Skyriders provides on-site rescue teams for Eskom's Medupi and Kusile power station projects
State-owned power utility Eskom’s employees and on-site contractors working at height are ensured of their safety in the event of an emergency, owing to permanent on-site rescue teams stationed at Medupi power station, near Lephalale, Limpopo and Kusile power station...
Feb 06, 2015
A GROWING INDUSTRY Though health and safety awareness and compliance is generally poor in South Africa, it is on the increase, especially among larger companies
All construction projects costing more than R13-million ¬– which is above the Construction Industry Development Board's level six grading, or the project exceeds a duration of 180 days or 1800 person days – will, by August 6, require that the construction client...
Feb 05, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) summit, which will be held in South Africa for the first time, will aim to engage role-players from across Africa’s built environment to discuss vital aspects of the continent’s economic growth and future success....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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