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Infrastructure News

South Africa should be proud of wind energy achievements 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 South Africa has, in three years, become the largest wind power producer on the continent, generating 1.4 GW of electricity from 600 wind turbines.  On the eve of Global Wind Day, South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) CEO Brenda Martin said the industry should be proud, not only... 

Structural repairs on Robinson canal near completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is nearing completion on the R8-million Phase 1 upgrade of 2.65 km of the Robinson canal, one of the City of Johannesburg’s oldest canals. The agency said the rehabilitation, which extends from Main street, passing through Selby and Ophirton and ending on Lake... 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has found that, despite local-content obligations, not one of the China South Rail (CSR) locomotives being procured by Transnet has been assembled in South Africa and that all have... 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims

Sandton accessibility to improve as new bridges open

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 The Grayston pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the M1 dual carriageway is expected to be completed by October, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday. With over 10 000 people walking between Alexandra, Wynberg and Sandton central daily, the bridge is part of a 5 km dedicated walking and... 

Sandton accessibility to improve as new bridges open

General Electric bets big on digital

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2017 While the industrial ecosystem lags the productivity gains seen in the consumer economy as a result of digital disruption, General Electric (GE) is betting its future on digital industrial transformation and the powerful gains that will emerge from fully leveraging what the Internet of Things... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

JRA upgrades two ageing CBD bridges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 Commuters in the Johannesburg central business district can expect traffic disruptions for the remainder of this month, as the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) upgrades the Harrison Street and Queen Elizabeth bridges. The agency on Monday said that, during weekdays, one slow lane on the Queen... 

Petredec, Bidvest to develop 22 600 t LPG storage facility 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th June 2017 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) logistics company Petredec has entered into an agreement with bulk liquid storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals to develop a new 22 600 t facility for the import and storage of LPG at Bidvest’s site, in Richards Bay. The completed facility will be the region’s... 

Vadi concerned about slow pace of BRT development in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum held... 

Wild Coast highway megabridge projects expected to start this year

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Sasol starts construction at new China-based chemicals plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Sasol on Thursday reported that construction of its new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, China, has started, with the new plant expected to be fully operational by early 2019. The new production unit will modernise and expand Sasol's current alkoxylation capacity, research and development facility... 

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Johannesburg has been ranked fourth among the top five global cities where construction costs will increase over the next year, with the cost of construction set to rise about 7.5% over 2017/18, against a global average of 3.5%, professional services company Turner & Townsend’s ‘International... 

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

Industrialisation, infrastructure development to accelerate economic growth – Gama

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th June 2017 Industrialisation and the provision of infrastructure will accelerate Africa’s economic growth, says State-owned logistics provider Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Speaking at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference promotion breakfast, in Johannesburg, on Monday, he highlighted... 

Johannesburg needs clear infrastructure delivery plan to attract investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To examine challenges posed by, and find possible solutions to, Africa's urban infrastructure deficit as a result of rapid urban growth, international law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a thought leadership programme, which will bring together numerous experts from its network of 23 global... 

Johannesburg needs clear infrastructure delivery plan to attract investment

Sunrise discharges first LPG shipment through Saldanha Bay terminal

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd June 2017 One of two international traders – and their local joint venture partners – who have commercial agreements in place with South Africa-based energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy on Thursday discharged 2 450 t of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through Sunrise’s Saldanha Bay terminal, in the... 

Sunrise discharges first LPG shipment through Saldanha Bay terminal

Connectivity – the next step for rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it has become a necessity for commuters to be connected, and it is also essential for increased operational efficiency in railway networks. This connectivity can be achieved through WiFi networks, which are heading towards being a prominent... 

Connectivity  – the next step for rail
RIAAN GRAHAM An upcoming trend in the rail industry is cybersecurity, which is paramount when introducing a public Internet connectivity domain

Digital technology influences rail industry positively

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Rail infrastructure in South Africa is trending towards smart digital technologies that will influence the industry positively, says consulting engineers company Aurecon. “The integrated three-dimensional (3D) designs used particularly in South Africa are being used to plan and model rail... 

Digital technology influences rail  industry positively
FRANCOIS HEYNS It is not necessarily a case of building more infrastructure, but rather improving the efficiency of existing railways

Grain silos in East London repaired

     2nd June 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors is carrying out repair work at the grain silos at the Port of East London’s Transnet terminals as result of the spalling of the concrete owing to constant exposure to damp, salty air from the Indian Ocean. 

Grain silos in East  London repaired
GRAIN SILO The grain silos are under repair to help combat corrosion on the concrete and steel rebar

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

On track for Africa Rail
INCLUSIVE GROWTH Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders with the view to improve railway performance and its contribution to economic development

Pan African Resources highlights future project pipeline 

     1st June 2017 To produce gold as cheaply as possible, South African gold miner Pan African Resources is undergoing a significant tailings retreatment project at its Evander mine, in Mpumalanga, which will result in the construction of a R6.35-billion tailings retreatment plant. 

Pan African Resources highlights future project pipeline
Pan Africa Resources highlights future project pipeline

Aurecon launches White Paper on buildings of the future

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2017 Engineering firm Aurecon has released a White Paper, ‘Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?’, inspired by interviews with professionals across the built environment sector. The paper shares thoughts around what is driving demand, challenges inherent in reaching intelligent... 

Nicolau resigns as Basil Read CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2017 Neville Nicolau has resigned as CEO of Basil Read, effective May 31, for personal reasons. Basil Read group executive committee member and the executive officer for mining, Khathutshelo (K2) Mapasa, will step in as acting CEO until a permanent successor is appointed. 

Urbanisation, pollution a threat to South Africa’s water quality

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2017 Rapid urbanisation is contributing to a deterioration in South Africa’s water quality, Department of Water and Sanitation water quality planning scientific manager Pieter Viljoen said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at an integrated water quality management symposium, in Centurion, Gauteng, he... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), which belongs to the State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), has received authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to proceed with its planned runway realignment and other necessary infrastructural developments. Acsa... 

Cape Town airport reaches milestone in environmental approval for new runway
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cape Town International Airport

Preferred bidder for R215m Durban cruise terminal finally selected

By: Shirley le Guern     30th May 2017 KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) – a joint venture between MSC Cruises, a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, and its black empowerment partner, Africa Armada Consortium – has been selected the preferred bidder for the development of the R215-million Durban Cruise Terminal. Announcing... 

Preferred bidder for R215m Durban cruise terminal finally selected
An artist's impression of the Durban cruise terminal

Sandton Central works to reduce traffic jams

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 The Sandton Central Management District said on Tuesday that it was continuing to work towards significant improvement to traffic signals and traffic flow in a bid to reduce traffic jams in Africa’s financial hub. Numbeo’s 2016 Traffic Index revealed that South Africa was the fifth most traffic... 

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2017 Manufacturing associations across a range of subsectors, including plastics and packaging, chemicals, agroprocessing and steel have endorsed a Manufacturing Circle-led initiative, designed to find ways of creating an additional one-million manufacturing jobs in South Africa. Manufacturing Circle... 

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’
Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter explains the ‘Map-to-a-Million’ initiative. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Group Five reviews enquiries around voluntary rebuild programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 JSE-listed Group Five, led by CEO Themba Mosai, on Monday said it had received a number of enquiries and correspondences regarding equity-based transactions at both the group and subsidiary company level, which forms part of the voluntary rebuild programme (VRP). Group Five, along with five other... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Water resources development and management organisation, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will host a briefing session on June 12, at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg, to provide information relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 project schedule. The... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

Patel moves to bolster Competition Act’s powers to fight economic concentration 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has established an advisory panel to develop draft amendments to the Competition Act with a view to bolstering South Africa’s legislative capacity of to address “persistently high levels of economic concentration”. Patel announced the proposed... 

 Patel moves to bolster Competition Act’s powers to fight economic concentration
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

Call for business to integrate enterprises into supply chains

     26th May 2017 Although both the public and private sector continue investing significant amounts in enterprise and supplier development, many of these efforts remain focused on small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s), says TSK Group FD Thuso Koboyatau. He states that, “In an environment such as South... 

Call for business to integrate enterprises into supply chains
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW FOCUS MAY SAVE CONSTRUCTION Qualifying small enterprise have been somewhat neglected, but could be key to addressing South Africa’s socioeconomic problems

Civil work, settlement agreement position company for future growth

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 A minuscule uptick in civil tenders, private sector projects and a recent development agreement with a multinational construction group have ensured that emerging construction group Motheo Construction is well positioned for future growth. One of the project’s the group has secured is the... 

Civil work, settlement agreement position  company for future growth
ARCHIE RUTHERFORD The canning factory project started in November 2015, following the joint venture agreement to establish Gayatri Cans

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The final phase of the R160-million toll plaza upgrade project being overseen by the N1/N4 freeway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessioniare started last month and is expected to be completed by October. Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke explains that this latest phase of a project... 

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way
Photo by Duane Daws
PUMULANI PLAZA The project also comprised of improvements at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël and Doornpoort plazas, which were completed on schedule in December

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities
Road Milling and Sweeping GM Lesley Kafka discusses the company’s business objectives and relationship with equipment supplier Wirtgen. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

‘Onerous’ Northern Aqueduct project impacts Esor’s FY17 results

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2017 Losses of R102-million incurred on the Northern Aqueduct water pipeline project, in KwaZulu-Natal, severely impacted on JSE-listed Esor’s profitability for the year ended February 28. The nonrealisation of the R50-million Franki agterskot in terms of the three-year earn-out clause under the sale... 

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