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Aug 01, 2014
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A stormwater project in Bedforview, east of Johannesburg, has stalled for eight months after project managers in the Ekurhuleni municipality resigned and municipal managers were placed on special leave without designating replacements. Construction to reinforce the...
Aug 01, 2014
The design of the Beit Bridge border post is the biggest impediment to efficient freight movement between Zimbabwe and South Africa, says Cross-border Road Transport Agency CEO Sipho Khumalo. Beit Bridge is the busiest border post in Africa. A research study on the...
Aug 01, 2014
Industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is hosting the Pipes VIII Conference, which will take place on September 2, at the Bytes Conference Centre, in Midrand. “Several papers pertaining to this year’s theme, Plastic Pipe in...
Jul 31, 2014
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An aloe plant in the foreground as construction gets under way at the Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm project site
Work has officially started at Cennergi’s R3.5-billion Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, located near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. The 138 MW project was among the 19 renewable-energy and seven wind projects selected following the second bid window under the South African...
Jul 30, 2014
South African electricity tariffs are likely to increase by more than the 8% already sanctioned for the year starting April 1, 2015, after the energy regulator determined on Wednesday that Eskom had under recovered R7.82-billion in revenue between 2010 and 2013. The...
Jul 30, 2014
The 2014/15 budget for the Gauteng department of human settlements is R5-billion, human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo said on Tuesday. "Of this amount, R4.4-billion will go towards all housing programmes within the department and we shall ensure that this allocation...
Jul 29, 2014
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The Medupi power station project
Electricity producer Eskom has, for the first time, offered a detailed timeline for the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which is officially scheduled for December 15, 2014. Addressing a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Energy on...
Jul 29, 2014
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The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) has been allocated R4.9-billion to implement capital and maintenance projects, mainly for the health and education departments, in the province. Delivering her Budget Vote, on Tuesday, the MEC for...
Jul 29, 2014
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Jul 25, 2014
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Jul 25, 2014
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Jul 25, 2014
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Global revenues from solar energy operations could double from $59.84-billion in 2013 to $137-billion in 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan shows. The consultancy’s ‘Global Solar Power Market’ report says the total global installed solar photovoltaic (PV)...
Jul 25, 2014
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
Jul 25, 2014
Consulting engineering firm GIBB is on track to deliver sewerage services to 12 700 indigent residents of the Sicelo informal settlement and 10 000 future low-cost houses, in the Sedibeng district of Gauteng, by 2017, says GIBB professional engineer and project...
Jul 25, 2014
Consultancy Frost & Sullivan’s African Utility Market Intelligence Report has highlighted an urgent need for power and water utilities to expand and improve their generation and distribution capacities. This finding is based on the consultancy’s analysis of the...
Jul 25, 2014
An improved and formalised interface between the policymakers in water resources and research organisations such as the Water Research Commission (WRC) can enable the government to use the long-term and continuous research done by the WRC and its partners to generate...
Jul 24, 2014
Jeff Radebe
Cabinet approved the five-year Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) of government on Wednesday, which would serve as the “building block towards the 2030 vision in the National Development Plan (NDP)”. The MTSF, which covers the period 2014 to 2019, reportedly...
Jul 22, 2014
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says government will be prioritising six ‘I’s as part of its “radical economic transformation” agenda for the coming five years. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament on Tuesday, Patel said the six components included...
Jul 22, 2014
Engineering and construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has launched a sponsored American Depository Receipt (ADR) programme in the hopes of opening up investment in the group to international investors, particularly US investors. The ADR programme was...
Jul 22, 2014
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In an update to shareholders, financially distressed civil engineering group Protech Khuthele Holdings, this week, said it was still awaiting the appointment of a liquidator. This followed after business rescue practitioner Gavin Gainsford, earlier this month,...
Jul 22, 2014
The Vanderbijlpark plate mill, which is to be upgraded
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reports that it is planning an upgrade to its plate mill at Vanderbijlpark in quarter four 2014, which will enable it to produce heavy plates of up to 11 t for South Africa’s emerging wind-tower manufacturing sector....
 
 
 
 
Jul 21, 2014
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Jul 21, 2014
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Moe Shaik
The achievement of South Africa’s infrastructure development ambitions will depend on finding the so-called “sweet spot” of mutual interest between government, players in the private construction and engineering sectors and financiers, Development Bank of Southern...
Jul 21, 2014
Financial close for bid window three under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extended from the end of July to November, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson revealed on Monday. Delivering her Budget...
Jul 21, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town on Monday. In an address framed by President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation...
Jul 18, 2014
State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has revised its seven-year rolling capital investment figure to R312.2-billion, from R307.5-billion, and reveals in its latest annual report that sustaining capital will comprise 51% of that total. The group released its...
Jul 18, 2014
ARNOUT VAN HAARLEM A project management company must thoroughly understand the needs of the client
A project management company must thoroughly understand the needs of the client before it can successfully manage an engineering and construction project on behalf of the client, says engineering and construction company Fluor South Africa project director Arnout van...
Jul 18, 2014
JEFF SHAW The project management industry is cyclical in nature
The South African project management industry is currently not thriving because the slow pace of infrastructure investments is negatively impacting the industry, professional services firm KPMG infrastructure and major projects director Jeff Shaw says. Although...
Jul 18, 2014
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says she “would love to” present the National Transport Master Plan (NATMAP) to Cabinet for approval by the end of March next year. She says this is, however, dependent on internal process within the Department of Transport (DoT), as...
Jul 18, 2014
MARITIME ECONOMY Durban is a maritime-based city and, as such, its economy relies heavily on the port
The R110.5-billion Durban port upgrade project of State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is the most significant project currently taking place in KwaZulu-Natal, providing significant opportunities for economic...
 
 
 
 
Jul 18, 2014
As far as infrastructure plans go, government’s National Development Plan (NDP) is “right up there” with the best in the world, says KPMG global infrastructure chairperson James Stewart. He regards the strategic integrated projects (SIPs) approach as “quite...
Jul 17, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is optimistic that the first commitment by the ‘New Development Bank’, which was officially approved for establishment by the governments of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the sixth Brics Summit in...
Jul 17, 2014
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China cannot be concerned about only itself and must join a development bank being created by emerging market nations as its economy is intertwined with that of the world, the Chinese central bank said on Thursday. In a short defence of why China will invest...
Jul 16, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has reiterated that critical talks are under way within government to address Eskom’s financial problems, adding that the issue is being addressed “not as an Eskom problem but as a national priority”. Addressing lawmakers...
Jul 16, 2014
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President Jacob Zuma would, on July 19, launch the first phase of Operation Phakisa, a government initiative aimed at fast-tracking the delivery of some of the priorities outlined in the National Development Plan. Operation Phakisa is modelled on the government of...
Jul 15, 2014
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State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued tenders opening the way for formal investigations into the rail requirements to link the the coal-rich Waterberg region with domestic and export coal markets. Transnet Capital Projects is seeking consultants...
Jul 14, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Interim Eskom CEO Collin Matjila
State-owned power utility Eskom spent a massive R10.5-billion on diesel fuel in 2013/14 to enable it to operate its two open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT) in the Western Cape. The expenditure was well up on the R5-billion spent in the prior year and a full R8.1-billion...
 
 
 
 
Jul 11, 2014
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The Medupi power project
Electricity producer Eskom has revealed that it has received cumulative contractor claims at Medupi and Kusile worth R50-billion. But group executive for the capital division Dan Marokane stresses that many of the claims are “concurrent”. He also suggests that global...
Jul 11, 2014
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Phase 1A of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system should carry around 42 000 people a day, while it had been expected that Phase 1B, rolled out last year, would add another 60 000 daily passengers. However, the entire system was currently carrying...
Jul 11, 2014
Seventy-four cloned vehicles, and 821 duplicate licence plates have, to date, been identified on Gauteng’s e-toll network, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Jamie Surkont. Speaking to Engineering News, he says a cloned vehicle is a vehicle identical to...
Jul 10, 2014
Consultancy Frost & Sullivan’s African Utility Market Intelligence Report has highlighted an urgent need for power and water utilities to expand and improve their generation and distribution capacities. This finding is based on the consultancy’s analysis of the...
Jul 10, 2014
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Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar’s 40 MW Linde solar photovoltaic (PV) project, located near Hanover in South Africa’s Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology. The project is the Norwegian group’s second utility-scale solar PV...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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