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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.
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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.
Sep 23, 2014
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Collusion within the construction industry undermined government's efforts towards social and economic transformation, Deputy Labour Minister Patekile Holomisa said on Monday. "In South Africa, 2013 will always be remembered as the time in which anti-competitive...
Sep 19, 2014
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Zukie Siyotula, Wandile Mseleku and Govert Rietema.
African investment management firm Thebe Investment Corporation has acquired a 15% stake in Burgan Cape Terminals, which was, last year, awarded a 20-year contract by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to develop and manage fuel storage and distribution...
Sep 19, 2014
Although the national Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (MBI) is not intended to be a solution to service delivery problems, it does aim to improve efficiency and effectiveness by enabling municipalities to share knowledge on a peer-to-peer basis. This is according...
Sep 19, 2014
MICHAEL FLETCHER Real-time information available to government when citizens use publicly funded Wi-Fi networks will enable it to communicate with citizens and provide services
To ensure uptake and a positive impact, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks in cities must be provided at schools, community centres and commercial centres to enable citizens and government to access information that will improve access to and delivery of services....
Sep 19, 2014
Germany-based refrigeration company KTI-Plersch Kältetechnik announced last month that it received a large order to cool a South African gold mine with a surface ice system, which will be used to cool the two-kilometre-deep mine and will provide a total capacity of 8...
Sep 19, 2014
DOUG MICHELL If we manage to control vehicle collisions, we could reduce industry accidents by about 50%
Construction industry representative association Master Builders Association (MBA) North launched the September for Safety road safety campaign this month to promote the safe use of vehicles regarding construction procedures when transporting either personnel or...
 
 
 
 
Sep 18, 2014
Infrastructure development on the continent has gained momentum, with a special office to be set up soon, to champion this cause. Cabinet on Thursday announced that it has approved the establishment of the Project Management Office for the African Union Presidential...
Sep 16, 2014
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Electricity producer Eskom warned on Tuesday it would take some time to arrest the current high levels of unplanned outages, revealing that 32 of its 87 coal-fired generating units required “major surgery”, while four were in a “critical condition”. However,...
Sep 15, 2014
DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini
Following record disbursements of R12.7-billion in 2014, the State-owned Development Bank of Southern African (DBSA) reported on Monday that it planned to raise total yearly disbursements to R22-billion by 2017, with a major focus on under-resourced municipalities....
Sep 15, 2014
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene reported on Monday that nonstrategic government assets had been identified within various government departments that could be used to support an equity injection into the financially strained State-owned electricity producer, Eskom....
Sep 15, 2014
The Cabinet-approved support package for Eskom has reaffirmed that tariff adjustments “remain the key mechanism that will provide the electricity supply industry with a sustainable solution”, but it also included a further allocation of funds – no figure was provided...
Sep 13, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom starts its 100-day countdown for the first power from the first 794 MW Medupi power station unit on Monday September 15, with Unit 6 scheduled to be synchronised at midday on December 24. Synchronisation is the process whereby the...
Sep 12, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Friday that the Hebei Iron and Steel Group, of China, was set to partner with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on the development of steelmaking capacity based on the raw material...
Sep 12, 2014
Any user-pays project where less than half the users pay, is a failure, says Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage. Outa is opposed to electronic tolling on Gauteng’s highways, as implemented last year.
Sep 12, 2014
Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) established a new facility early this year at BMG Park, in Johannesburg, where special attachment chains are assembled to exact requirements in less than one week. “BMG’s special delivery service enables...
Sep 12, 2014
Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) delivered “a reasonable performance” for the financial year ended June 30, says CEO Louwtjie Nel. “We are getting through this tough period. It hasn’t really improved much over the past two, three years, even though it is slightly...
 
 
 
 
Sep 11, 2014
Professor Mosad Elmissiry
The African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Agency have signed a memorandum of understanding with USAID outlining new commitments to the implementation of the Power Africa Initiative, which was unveiled by President Barack Obama in 2013....
Sep 10, 2014
Unctad economist Alex Izurieta
Given the insufficiency of global demand, it is highly unlikely that international trade alone will be able to kick-start economic growth, a new United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report argues. The Trade and Development Report 2014 notes...
Sep 08, 2014
Gauteng MEC of Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Jacob Mamabolo says a mixed housing plan will be ideal for areas affected by dolomite. The impact of dolomite, an underground soil condition, on housing developments in Gauteng...
Sep 05, 2014
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South African electricity utility Eskom said on Friday that it would sign a disputed R4.3-billion contract with Areva, of France, for the replacement of six steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town. However, the potential for legal action...
Sep 05, 2014
An underperforming Grinaker-LTA and problem projects in Australia in the past financial year continued to take their toll on construction and engineering group Aveng. The JSE-listed company in August reported its financial results for the year ended June 30, with...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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