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Infrastructure News

Eskom welcomes ConCourt judgment around Koeberg tender

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Eskom on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss the application by nuclear services provider Westinghouse to review the award of the tender for the replacement of the six steam generators at the Koeberg power station, in Cape Town. Eskom had, in June 2012, called... 

Louwville clinic targets completion in March

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Construction of a new R8-million clinic in Louwville, in Vredenburg, is nearing completion, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said on Wednesday. The project saw the community library building being converted into a health facility to respond to an increase in patient... 

Kibo secures $2.9m forward payment facility for Mbeya project

By: Ilan Solomons     21st December 2016 Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining has entered into a binding term sheet with UK-based private equity provider Sanderson Capital Partners for a new $2.9-million forward payment facility. The facility provides for Kibo to be advanced part of the $3.6-million... 

Kibo secures $2.9m forward payment facility for Mbeya project

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday released a request for information (RFI) to the market for its nuclear new build programme, which will add 9 600 MW to the national power grid when completed. The RFI aims to gather data including experience related to recent nuclear project... 

Eskom releases nuclear RFI

Medupi’s second unit powered for first time, generates 796 MW

By: Ilan Solomons     20th December 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom revealed on Tuesday that the second unit of its Medupi coal-fired power station, in Limpopo was loaded to full capacity over the weekend and generated 796 MW of electricity. Eskom interim CE Matshela Koko said that this was Medupi’s most “significant achievement”... 

Medupi’s second unit powered for first time, generates 796 MW

Western Cape roads upgrades progressing to plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 A R178-million Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to rehabilitate and resurface sections of the R311 and R45 in the Moorreesburg area is progressing well, it said on Tuesday. Construction started in June 2015 and is now scheduled for completion by July 2017,... 

Local engineers have no faith in NDP – survey

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Ninety-one per cent of South African engineers, surveyed in financial planning firm PPS’ Graduate Professional Index, do not believe that government will meet its infrastructure objectives as set out in the National Development Plan, it revealed on Tuesday. The survey, conducted among 400 South... 

Local engineers have no faith in NDP – survey

Kibo signs EPC contract with Sepco III

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2016 Following months of talks, dual-listed Kibo Mining has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania, to Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III (Sepco III) Kibo CEO Louis Coetzee on Monday said the... 

Kibo signs EPC contract with Sepco III

Sanral embarks on R226m road resurfacing project  

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced a R226-million road resurfacing project between the Eastern Cape towns of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort.    Resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence in January and is set to be completed by... 

Execution of PRASA project contributes to outstanding results

     16th December 2016 Railway sector services provider Alstom Group announced in its “outstanding” fiscal year 2016/17 results that trains reached €1.6-billon sales, with ongoing execution of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) project in South Africa among other deliveries of suburban, regional and... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those handling more than 1-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

Northern Cape wind farms receive main transformers

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 The Northern Cape-based Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms announced last month that they had received their main transformer, which were transported by road from Johannesburg. The 160 MVA transformers are to be housed in substations, from where all the generated power from the wind farms will... 

Emperors Palace extends solar PV plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2016 Hotel group Peermont is extending the solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Emperors Palace hotel and casino, in Johannesburg, from 1.18 MW to 2.72 MW by adding more generating capacity on its parkade rooftop and other roof spaces. After the successful reveal of the first phase of the rooftop... 

UK government report slams St Helena airport development 

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2016 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts on... 

UK government report slams St Helena airport development
The St Helena Airport

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra 

     14th December 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched last month in Alexandra, Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision... 

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra
Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development

Civil construction confidence takes nosedive as year closes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Civil Confidence Index fell by 17 index points to 35 in the fourth quarter. Barring the first quarter when the index was at 28, confidence is at its lowest since the beginning of 2012. The fall in the index means that 65% of... 

Civil construction confidence takes nosedive as year closes

Minister Radebe unveils Stats SA’s new R1.4bn home

By: African News Agency      12th December 2016 Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe on Monday unveiled the new headquarters of Statistics South Africa – a giant green building near the Freedom Park monument in Salvokop, Pretoria, – which swallowed over R1-billion during its construction phase. “ISIbalo House has been constructed at the tune... 

Khobab wind farm completes foundations ahead of schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The Khobab wind farm, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. Khobab said in a note released Monday that the first foundation pour was finished on June 30, using low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete... 

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2016 Zambia has started reviewing its options to reverse the country's current energy constraints and diversify its own energy mix, leaving no viable potential initiatives off the table as it seeks to become a "power trader". The mostly hydropowered Southern African country is currently battling... 

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Consulting engineers ready to help with irregular expenditure fight

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 Firms that are members of nonprofit organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) made known at the yearly Cesa Infrastructure Indaba, that they are ready to partner with government to reduce irregular expenditure.  

Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. 

Lite-C sensors allow  for reduction in  electricity bills
AFTER INSTALLATION Lite-C sensors operate using radio frequency technology that allows input devices to communicate with and control output devices without the need for cabling over long distances

Weak economy leading to underbidding by engineering firms

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 South Africa’s struggling economy has increased the pressure on engineering firms to underbid on larger projects, says Arup Southern Africa leader Poya Rasekhi. This, however, often leads to poor design and staff burn-out, which almost inevitably ensures that the final price tag ends up being... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis

Cameras roll in Joburg sky to bring African stories to the world 

     7th December 2016 African stories have a new avenue for expression following the October launch of the Sky Rink Studios, which replaces the old ice rink atop Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg. David Oliveira tells us more. 

Cameras roll in Joburg sky to bring African stories to the world
Cameras roll in Joburg sky to bring African stories to the world

Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2016 Leading gas-engine technology provider Wärtsilä has started making the case for greater flexibility within South Africa's evolving electricity supply industry, as well as within the gas-to-power subsector itself, as the country seeks comment on its future electricity road map. The Finnish group,... 

Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map
The 180 MW Sasolburg gas-engine plant

Bushveld Energy upbeat about IRP, but concedes challenges remain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 While independent power producers await government’s updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with bated breath, as it could possibly impact on the roll-out of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), electricity storage provider Bushveld Minerals is excited... 

Bushveld Energy upbeat about IRP, but concedes challenges remain

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2016 International law firm Pinsent Masons is formally establishing its African office in Johannesburg, from where it plans to pursue continental opportunities in the areasof infrastructure, energy and technology. The firm, which is domiciled in the UK, is a specialist infrastructure practice... 

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice
Pinsent Masons founding partners Rob Morson, George Sibanda and Shane Voigt

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2016 The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), in Parktown, Johannesburg, was launched on Friday. Built over two years, the hospital will host a number of centres of excellence for paediatric care. This includes the cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery ward, an oncology and haemotology ward, a... 

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant connected to national grid

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Developed on a remote site 50 km south-west of Prieska in the Northern Cape, the 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic (PV) project was connected to the national grid in October, thereby finalising the project on schedule, on budget and reaching full grid code compliance in good time for... 

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant  connected to national grid
MEGA POWER The 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic project has the capacity to power 86 000 homes

Artificial football field built in Alexandra in latest roll-out of Safe-Hub programme

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched earlier this month in the north of Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision 2022 that aims to build the structures needed for the development of local... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed  into television production hub

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further  economic growth
JANINE MYBURGH There has been great cooperation between the private sector, the province and the council to improve, build and promote Cape Town

Brown says current power build ‘trajectory’ may be detrimental to consumers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says that South Africa is currently adding electricity capacity to the grid at rate higher than what is required and argues that the “current trajectory” could be detrimental to consumers. She asserts, therefore, that it is “critical that the Integrated Resource... 

Brown says current power build ‘trajectory’ may be detrimental to consumers
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Nedbank to build new office, retail offering in Umhlanga

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th November 2016 Nedbank has committed to investing R1-billion into a new mixed-use office and retail development in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, which is currently under construction. The Park Square development, which is located in the fast-growing Umhlanga Parkside node adjacent to CJ Saunders Park and opposite... 

Local procurement accord key to unshackling struggling economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th November 2016 To enhance local procurement to the benefit of the economy, South African businesses need to start implementing the commitments set out in government’s local procurement accord. Speaking at an economic policy dialogue to discuss the role that big business can play in enhancing local procurement... 

Bid deadlines loom for two key water-transfer components of Lesotho Highlands project 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) reports that the engineering design contracts for the two main water-transfer components of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II will be awarded by mid-2017 and that construction should begin 18 months thereafter. The R23-billion binational... 

Bid deadlines loom for two key water-transfer components of Lesotho Highlands project

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