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Feb 17, 2014
Creamer Media’s Construction 2014 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 14, 2014
Computing giant IBM, which is deploying integrated computing platforms to help cities manage their resources, infrastructure and services, has opened a client centre at its Sandton offices to offer local city managers a view of the system’s capabilities as it is...
Feb 14, 2014
Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod has secured the opportunity to work with Northwest Rail Company (NWR), to build, operate and maintain a new 590 km Cape gauge railway from Chingola, in the heart of the old Zambian Copperbelt, to the Angolan border. The...
Feb 13, 2014
ABB SA CEO Leon Viljoen
The South African unit of global technology group ABB is poised to investment R216-million over the coming three years to significantly expand its Alrode manufacturing facility in a bid to position the factory for rail opportunities emerging across Southern Africa....
Feb 12, 2014
Cesa president Abe Thela
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), which represents about 500 member firms, has called for the creation of a dedicated fund to support the maintenance of municipal infrastructure, the deterioration of which has been blamed for a number of recent service...
Feb 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins reported on Tuesday that a deadline of the end of March had been set by the Department of Energy (DoE) for the initiation of the long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer (IPP)...
Feb 10, 2014
The Hopefield wind farm
The 66 MW Hopefield wind farm, in the Western Cape, has achieved its commercial operation date, Cape Town-based owner and developer Umoya Energy reports. Construction on the project, which comprises 37 wind turbines, began in late 2012, having been identified as a...
Feb 10, 2014
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Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim
The weaker rand should be supportive of a reduction in South Africa’s current account deficit over the medium-term, but Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim warns that continued industrial unrest and ongoing electricity constraints remain key risks to...
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Feb 05, 2014
Government’s two infrastructure priorities for the year will be the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) president Norman Milne. “The deadline is for Medupi to deliver power from the...
Feb 04, 2014
A new World Bank analysis of South Africa’s 20 000-plus exporters documents a worrying trend of underperformance over the past decade and highlights several structural and infrastructure constraints to the country meeting the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s)...
Feb 03, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba says he expects to make an “exciting” announcement in the near future relating to the ownership of the New Largo coal-mine project, which has been earmarked to supply Eskom’s 4 800 MW Kusile power station, under...
Feb 03, 2014
President Jacob Zuma
External partners could not be expected to appreciate the value of Africa “if we as Africans do not”, President Jacob Zuma said at the Bloomberg ‘Africa: Economic Outlook and Opportunities’ conference in Johannesburg on Monday, while underlining South...
Feb 03, 2014
James Holley
Freight and logistics service provider Grindrod on Monday said it had secured the opportunity to work with Northwest Rail Company (NWR), to build, operate and maintain a new 590 km Cape gauge railway from Chingola, in the heart of the old Zambian Copperbelt, to the...
Jan 31, 2014
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National Treasury’s chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown
A helicopter view of South Africa’s public-sector procurement system highlights not just its scale, scope and complexity, but also some of its key fragilities. Every year, departments and agencies across the three tiers of government spend more than R460-billion on...
Jan 31, 2014
Rail operations at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) R1.3-billion Bridge City Station and Rail Precinct project will start on February 1, with a limited service. Prasa said in October that the service was set to start full operations at the...
Jan 29, 2014
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Jan 28, 2014
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The 8 400 MW allocation for wind energy in the existing Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is “a good lower target”, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) asserts, while cautioning that South Africa will fail to take full advantage of its wind resource,...
Jan 28, 2014
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Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames
Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames has confirmed that the State-owned utility has “exercised its contractual rights” by appointing Siemens to replace Alstom as the supplier of the boiler protection system (BPS) at the R105-billion Medupi power station project, under...
Jan 24, 2014
Speaking ahead of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit, which will be held in Johannesburg from February 4 to 6, executive mayor Parks Tau has reaffirmed the city’s commitment to develop and upgrade its infrastructure in a manner that supports the...
Jan 24, 2014
The DEWA 13 solar facility, in Seih Al Dahal, about 50 km south of Dubai, in the UAE
Thin-film solar company First Solar is aggressively pursuing build operate and own (BOO) fuel-replacement projects in the global resources sector and is offering miners the prospect of displacing diesel through the use of increasingly cost-competitive solar energy....
Jan 24, 2014
Engineering, design and project management consulting company Aurecon is continuously exploring ways in which innovative engineering can ensure greater returns on capital expenditure (capex) and simultaneously save on airport operational expenditure (opex). Aurecon...
Jan 24, 2014
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Jan 21, 2014
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Gauteng MEC for Finance Mandla Nkomfe
Gauteng’s first funding fair will stimulate entrepreneurship in the province, create jobs and further enhance the local economy, Gauteng MEC for Finance Mandla Nkomfe said on Tuesday at the official launch of the Gauteng Funding Fair (GFF), in Sandton.
Jan 21, 2014
Lucky Montana
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said on Tuesday that rail operations at the R1.3-billion Bridge City Station and Rail Precinct project would start on February 1, with a limited service. Prasa said in October that the service was set to start full...
Jan 20, 2014
While the gap between global infrastructure investment needs and available public sector funds could reach $500-billion a year between now and 2030, institutional investors will likely increase their allocations to assist in filling the margin left by governments and...
Jan 20, 2014
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Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to...
Jan 17, 2014
During an interview with Engineering News Online earlier this week, Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) CEO Lefadi Makibinyane asserted in strident commentary that the success of government’s national infrastructure plan would hinge on the degree to which...
Jan 16, 2014
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi reports that the utility’s board is pursuing an open process to select a successor to CEO Brian Dames, who made the surprise announcement in December that he will be stepping down on March 31, 2014. In an interview with Engineering...
Jan 16, 2014
Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded State-owned water utility Umgeni Water's national long-term and senior unsecured ratings to AA+(zaf) from AA(zaf), noting that the upgrade reflected a recalibration of the higher end of the South African National Rating scale. “The...
Jan 15, 2014
A commission of inquiry into the mall collapse in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, in November will begin next month, the labour department said on Tuesday. The department's occupational health and safety manager Phumudzo Maphaha has been appointed to preside over the...
Jan 14, 2014
Absa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group, has signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) focused on the development of Mozambique’s natural resources, infrastructure and water security – which are...
Jan 13, 2014
Sasol CEO David Constable
Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects to implement its new operational business model from July 1, 2014, and has confirmed that the restructuring could have an impact on some of its 35 000 employees. However, the JSE-listed company stresses that the organisational...
Jan 10, 2014
Mike Rossouw
Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) chairperson Mike Rossouw has been appointed as Hatch Goba’s new director for power and has left Xstrata Alloys, where he served as an executive director for five years. However, his former employer, GlencoreXstrata, together with...
Jan 09, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a three-nation visit to Africa this month in an effort to build commercial ties, particularly in the area of natural resources, while giving impetus to aid commitments made at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on...
Jan 08, 2014
Thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer First Solar, of the US, remains optimistic about prospects for its solution in South Africa, despite a sharp decline in the prices bid for PV projects during the most recent bid window under the Department of...
Jan 07, 2014
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Africa is blessed with natural resources – key inputs to the manufacturing process. However, as is well known, the majority of these natural resources are exported to the developed world in their raw or semi-processed form, says Frost & Sullivan Africa industry...
Dec 13, 2013
Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed lenders’ technical adviser by Investec Bank and Absa Bank for the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, being developed in Groblershoop, in the Northern Cape. The two banks are the mandated...
Dec 13, 2013
WARNING LIGHT A crane at a building site in Accra, Ghana. But the Deloitte report warns that Africa is no easy market for contractors
The infrastructure boom in Africa has seen investment in 322 megaprojects reach $222.7-billion, says professional services firm Deloitte in its ‘African Construction Trends’ report. Deloitte Southern Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader André Pottas...
Dec 13, 2013
Three loss-making contracts sharply eroded profits at JSE-listed civils and construction group Esorfranki for the six months ended August 31. The company reported a 38.5% increase in revenue compared with the same period last year, to R1-billion, but saw profit for...
Dec 12, 2013
Western Europe remained the most popular geography for infrastructure investors, followed closely by North America and Australasia, while investor interest in markets such as India and China has dropped, a recent study by advisory firm Deloitte has found. Deloitte...
Dec 12, 2013
Eddie O'Connor
Independent renewable-energy company Mainstream Renewable Power, which is in the process of developing a sizeable South African portfolio, has launched a new capital-raising unit designed to secure competitive financing for wind and solar projects. Known as...
Dec 12, 2013
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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved two grants and a loan, worth a total of $105.3-million, to finance the Lovua-Tshikapa section of the Batshamba-Tshikapa road project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project would aim to provide access...
Dec 11, 2013
French nuclear vendor Areva has welcomed the publication of the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update report, notwithstanding its proposal that the integration of new nuclear capacity should be delayed and scaled back, or even abandoned entirely should the...
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