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Nov 13, 2015
CROSS-PLATFORM APPLICATION Onsite Control Systems in October launched a mobile app version of its OnSiteIMS online collaboration platform, which is now available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices
Pre-build, construction phase and post-build collaboration solutions provider Onsite Control Systems (OCS) in October launched a cross-platform mobile application (app) version of its OnSiteIMS online collaboration platform, which is now available for iOS, Android...
Nov 13, 2015
It is “quite apparent that something is starting to give” in South Africa’s economy, says Citibank economist Gina Schoeman. She says the country has become a 1% economy, with economic growth slipping from 3% to 2% to the current level of around 1%.
Nov 13, 2015
SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS AfriSam has focused on providing more sustainable solutions by offering readymix concrete
The demand for cement in South Africa dropped from a peak of around 16-million tons a year to about 14-million tons a year between 2014 and 2015, says Southern Africa’s largest concrete materials producer, AfriSam. AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes...
Nov 13, 2015
NEIL CAMERON Bidirectional information between the utility and the consumer can drive consumer use and behaviour change
Power-consuming infrastructure, buildings and equipment that can communicate demand to various elements of the distribution grid are required to enable the grid to adjust to changing demand and power-generation supply, says industrial technology company Johnson...
Nov 12, 2015
JSE-listed multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks’ operating profit increased 5% year-on-year to R170-million for the six months ended August 31, but its revenue from continuing operations remained unchanged from the previous year at R5.3-billion....
Nov 12, 2015
Construction work on the new Gauteng industrial development zone (IDZ), near the OR Tambo International Airport, has started, with civil engineering contractor Liviero at the end of October turning the first sod at the project.   The proposed IDZ is situated in...
Nov 12, 2015
As South Africa battles drought-induced water shortages, a South African Cities Network survey has shown that the overall expenditure of the country’s biggest municipalities declined by 1% between 2009 and 2013. The dry conditions have exposed inadequacies in water...
Nov 11, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) achieved double-digit increases across the board as it posted its financial results for the year ended August 31. Headline earnings a share rose 18% to 220.7c for the year under review, while earnings a share...
Nov 10, 2015
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Nov 09, 2015
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National and provincial government will, from April 2016, implement new infrastructure standards and regulations to better manage the country’s procurement and expenditure processes. However, the public and private sectors were underestimating the structure of the...
Nov 09, 2015
Cesa president Abe Thela
South Africa’s education sector was in crisis, with the World Economic Forum ranking the country as the worst faring in maths and science out of 143 countries, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Abe Thela said on Monday. The state of human capital...
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
A survey published by global risk consultancy Control Risks found that 55% of the South African companies surveyed avoid certain countries if the corruption risk is perceived to be too high. Twenty-eight companies, head-quartered in South Africa, and 38 based in the...
Nov 06, 2015
UNIVERSAL ACCESS R&D A significant amount of research and development on universal access has been conducted with the South African National Council of the Blind
Local standards concerning tactile ground-surface indicator (TGSI) systems require more clarity to ensure that visually impaired South Africans can safely navigate through city streets and buildings, says local universal access specialist company Future Mobility...
Nov 06, 2015
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Nov 05, 2015
The South African government has been ranked thirty-third out of this year’s top 500 global infrastructure owners, up two places from last year with a 0.55% increase in its infrastructure assets to $81.03-billion, as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets....
Nov 05, 2015
Separate public transport lanes, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights and buses powered by compressed natural gas and biogas are some of the steps South Africa’s cities are considering in a bid to cut down on carbon emissions. These moves and a range of other...
Nov 05, 2015
Following four lossmaking periods, construction firm Esor on Thursday announced that it had returned to profitability. The group moved from a loss of R24-million for the six months ended August 31 last year, to a profit of R6.1-million for the same period this year.
Nov 05, 2015
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Nuclear expert Tom Blees
Independent nuclear expert Tom Blees, who is president of US-based nongovernmental organisation the Science Council for Global Initiatives, believes that the South African government should leave room in its procurement programme for emerging reactor designs, rather...
 
 
 
 
Nov 04, 2015
TPT CEO Karl Socikwa
Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has improved efficiencies and significantly enhanced port throughput, thereby positively impacting on South Africa’s economic growth, CEO Karl Socikwa told delegates at the African Ports Evolution Conference, in Durban. The conference,...
Nov 03, 2015
It was “quite apparent that something was starting to give” in South Africa’s economy, said Citibank economist Gina Schoeman on Tuesday. Speaking at a breakfast meeting hosted by Ford, she said the country had become a 1% economy, with economic growth slipping from...
Nov 03, 2015
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GE Transportation Africa CEO Thomas Konditi
Increasing local content in purchases by government departments and State-owned companies is viewed as a key pillar of South Africa’s reindustrialisation efforts. But the head of GE Transportation Africa, Thomas Konditi, believes the initiative could be augmented...
Nov 02, 2015
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Sir David King
The UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, warned on Monday that countries building new coal-fired power stations could well be building “stranded assets”. Speaking in Johannesburg on Monday, Britain’s former Chief...
Oct 30, 2015
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Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has asked National Transport Master Plan (Natmap) Synopsis Update Colloquium participants, particularly those who do not stem from government, to not avoid being “very critical” of the plan. The long-delayed Natmap was designed to...
Oct 30, 2015
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BIG RESPONSIBILITY The interchange will allow for traffic to flow on the N3 as it crosses Epworth and Market roads in the south of Pietermaritzburg
Planning, engineering, and programme and construction management company WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff won a tender last month to design two new interchanges of the N3 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, WSP road geometrics design head Bruce White tells Engineering News.
Oct 30, 2015
Within sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) there are fifteen landlocked countries, with an average distance of 1 000 km to the sea, says WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  Africa development, transportation and infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. This means these...
Oct 29, 2015
Jean-Bernard Ruggieri
Canada’s official trade finance agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), has formally established permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it aims to facilitate $10-billion-worth of business between sub-Saharan African and Canadian companies over the coming five...
Oct 29, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
An artist's impression of the Gibela factory in Ekurhuleni
A feasibility study into the construction of the greenfield industrial complex and rail factory in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, which will house the Gibela Rail Transportation manufacturing plant, has been approved. The 70 ha industrial park will include a 36 ha train...
 
 
 
 
Oct 28, 2015
The labour department’s inquiry into the M1 bridge collapse that killed two people will take at least six months to complete. “We have already started preparations for the formal inquiry. We are looking at anything from six months,” the labour department’s chief...
Oct 26, 2015
Engineering company Louis Berger has been appointed project manager for the modernisation of several stadiums in Yaoundé, Cameroon – the host city of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations men's soccer tournaments. The project would...
Oct 26, 2015
Infrastructure development group Raubex expects to report an up to 10% increase in its earnings a share and headline earnings share for the six months to August 31. The JSE-listed company noted that the rise, which stemmed from favourable operating conditions in its...
Oct 23, 2015
Two Evraz-linked companies, East Metals and Mastercroft, have approached the High Court to have the Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) business rescue plan declared invalid and for the October 13 vote by creditors supporting the plan to be set aside. East...
Oct 23, 2015
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday said it was imperative to “sort out the hierarchy” of South Africa’s water management, by not only combining the Water Act and the Water Services Act, but prioritising policy reform on water and sanitation in...
Oct 23, 2015
Medupi power station project director Roman Crookes
Medupi power station project director Roman Crookes says several actions have been taken to transfer lessons from the much delayed commissioning of Unit 6 to the other five 794 MW units, which will be introduced in stages between 2017 and 2020. The R105-billion, 4...
Oct 23, 2015
Oct 23, 2015
As part of its corporate social responsibility programme geared towards improving Mozambique citizens’ access to healthcare through infrastructure development, international integrated energy and chemicals company, Sasol, this year handed over the Benzane health...
Oct 23, 2015
Self-storage company Stor-Age in July announced the development of its flagship storage complex in Sunninghill, Gauteng.
Oct 23, 2015
TILTING IT UP A crane erected the large wall panels that were cast in a horizontal position
Concrete construction company Bedrock Group has been contracted to construct a new distribution centre for clothing distributor Mr Price in Keystone Industrial Park, in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal.
 
 
 
 
Oct 23, 2015
3D WAREHOUSE DESIGN Building information modelling is becoming increasingly popular in the design phases of the warehousing industry
Warehouse design is becoming increasingly conceptualised in virtual reality (VR), providing construction role-players with greater access to vital information, says professional services consulting firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Industrial Africa department head Kobus...
Oct 22, 2015
M&R CEO Henry Laas
Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Thursday that it had applied to the Department of Labour (DoL) to regain access to the site of the M1 bridge-structure collapse and that it was also in discussions with its client, the Johannesburg Development...
Oct 22, 2015
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Thursday said it was alarmed by the continuing water and sanitation challenges being experienced in the Madibeng local municipality, in North West, despite capital injections to tackle these problems. The municipality had...
Oct 22, 2015
Aim-listed energy provider Ncondezi Energy has once again been granted an extension for meeting certain conditions relating to the conditional commercial deal signed between it and power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) for its 300 MW power plant. Ncondezi...
Oct 21, 2015
Government’s investment in infrastructure will continue to grow, but not as rapidly as in the past, with the focus shifting to improving value for money in infrastructure delivery, the National Treasury highlighted on Wednesday, noting that more than R800-billion...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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