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Infrastructure News

Bentley announces new acquisitions, software developments

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd November 2016 Infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has acquired the assets, staff and services of UK-based infrastructure capital projects ComplyPro. The managed services provider has become a division of Bentley and will be led by ComplyPro founder Chris Rolison. The development of ComplyPro's... 

Sasol appoints Fluor to oversee Secunda oxygen train project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Sasol Group Technology, a division of the Sasol group, has contracted construction company Fluor Corporation to oversee engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the additional oxygen capacity train 17 outside battery limits project at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga. Fluor will book... 

Sasol appoints Fluor to oversee Secunda oxygen train project
Sasol Group Technology contracting VP Lourens Coetzer and Fluor South Africa GM Alejandro Escalona

M&R to sell construction units to Southern Palace-led consortium for R314m

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2016 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Tuesday that it had entered into a R314-million agreement to sell eight of its infrastructure and building divisions to a black-empowered entity known as Firefly Investments, led by the Southern Palace Group. The transaction... 

M&R to sell construction units to Southern Palace-led consortium for R314m
Signing the deal: Jerome Govender, Lucas Tseki, Henry Laas, Cobus Bester

China the global pacesetter for BIM advancements

By: Ilan Solomons     1st November 2016 Infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley has lauded advancement efforts made by China’s building industry. Speaking at the company's 2016 Year in Infrastructure conference, in London, Bentley stated that China had become the global pacesetter for building information... 

Another large-scale solar PV plant officially opens in N Cape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2016 The 86 MW Prieska solar photovoltaic (PV) project, in the Northern Cape, has been officially inaugurated, having entered commercial operation in July. The plant has been developed by the Mulilo Sonnedix joint venture and was opened at the end of October by Sonnedix CEO Andreas Mustad and Mulilo... 

Another large-scale solar PV plant officially opens in N Cape
The 86 MW Prieska solar photovoltaic power plant

Final Ingula unit synchronised to grid

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2016 Electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that Unit 3 at the 1 332 MW Ingula pumped-storage scheme, in the Drakensberg, was synchronised to the national grid on October 29, making it the fourth and final 333 MW unit to be synchronised at Ingula. Unit 3 was previously synchronised on March 6, 2016,... 

Final Ingula unit synchronised to grid

City of Cape Town will continue to fight against stadium collusion, says De Lille 

By: African News Agency      31st October 2016 National government should be ashamed that it misled the country into thinking that municipalities would be compensated for collusion by construction companies, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. “Last week it was reported that municipalities which have incurred a loss of... 

CIG to fund acquisition through capital raise

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) aims to raise R750-million through an offer of 38.8-million rights offer shares at R19.30 apiece to fund the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of metering solutions provider Conlog. The acquisition comprises three elements, including... 

South African IPP pioneer laments the ‘dampening effect’ of Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs 

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2016 A South African developer of medium-sized hydropower projects is increasingly turning its attention to regional opportunities, largely because of the hydrological potential to the north of the border, but also because of the prevailing uncertainty domestically about the future of the country’s... 

South African IPP pioneer laments the ‘dampening effect’ of Eskom’s refusal to sign PPAs
Renewable Energy Holdings CEO Anton-Louis Olivier

AFD, DBSA to help fund Durban bulk water supply projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2016 Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have provided the eThekwini municipality with a R700-million 15-year loan. A grant of R93-million was also provided to the municipality by the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa which is... 

Funding, procurement for road infrastructure projects problematic

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The methods of acquiring funding, as well as the public procurement process for road infrastructure projects need to be re-examined, as current models are problematic, says civil engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa. WSP | Parsons transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Funding, procurement for road  infrastructure projects problematic
CAUTION CURVES AHEAD Challenges pertaining to the country's economy, government funding and public procurement has made it increasingly more difficult to develop road infrastructure

Gauteng aerotropolis feasibility study completed

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 The feasibility study for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project, to be developed around the OR Tambo International Airport, has been completed, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are ready to set up an implementation office. This will be a physical office on site. 

Government initiatives result in more road lighting projects

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The South African government’s drive to implement energy efficiency practices and maximise energy savings, along with its work with municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom in the electrification of informal settlements and rural areas, has ensured that there are more opportunities for... 

Government initiatives  result in more road  lighting projects
DE HOEK PLAZA BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi streetlight luminaires and its OMNIstar floodlights were used for the N3 Toll Plaza projects

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in road marking paint

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Paint manufacturers organisation South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence has approached the national standards authority South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to request that it reformulates specifications for the use of lead pigments in road... 

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in  road marking paint
DANGERS UNDERFOOT Friction caused by vehicles tyres erodes the lead paint, which could result in pedestrians or drivers inhaling minuscule amounts of lead particulates

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to facilitate traffic flow

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Civil engineering consultants SMEC South Africa  recently successfully completed the R400-million National Route 7 (N7) upgrade, which included the realignment and widening of the road to improve safety and enhance traffic flow. Completed in April, the reconstruction project was carried out on a... 

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to  facilitate traffic flow
NEW & IMPROVED The R400-million N7 upgrade was carried out on a 27.7 km portion of road between the Western Cape towns of Citrusdal and Clanwilliam

Political consultation under way on Gautrain expansion study

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study on the possible expansion of the Gautrain rail network has been completed. The proposed routes under investigation include a link from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of... 

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances safety and mobility

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 As part of the City of Johannesburg’s ten-year R100-billion investment in infrastructure, the city’s road infrastructure authority the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) investigated the state and quality of the 814 bridges in Johannesburg, and set out to construct and rehabilitate bridges in the... 

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances  safety and mobility
NALEDI-PROTEA NORTH BRIDGE Construction on the bridge that now links the two Soweto suburbs started in 2014

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’ Port Nolloth harbour under way

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced with a multimillion-rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at the small domestic seaport of Port Nolloth, on the north-western coast of South Africa.  

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’  Port Nolloth harbour under way
PORT NOLLOTH The port was founded in the late 1800s as an export facility for copper from mines located in the Springbok area

Tribunal approves Aveng’s immunity from an administrative penalty

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a consent agreement between construction company Aveng and the Competition Commission, which will give Aveng immunity from an administrative penalty. The matter had been delayed for the commission to make changes to the consent agreement to include some... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Government has budgeted R987.4-billion for infrastructure over the next three years, with large investments continuing in energy, transport and telecommunications, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said during the presentation of the 2016 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. He... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2016 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly increased its five-year growth forecast for renewable energy in light of what it describes as a “turning point” in 2015, when a record 153 GW of new renewables capacity was added globally. In its ‘Medium-Term Renewable Market Report’, the... 

IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’
Photo of Enel's Pulinda solar project in South Africa

African value chains key to building economic resilience, Davies avers

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 Intercontinental trade in Africa was key to provide impetus for industrialisation and more resilient economic growth, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies noted during the the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SACCI’s) presidential consultative group meeting in Johannesburg... 

Grid storage to decrease electricity infrastructure cost

     21st October 2016 Information and communication technology company Xon notes that grid storage solutions can help to overcome the challenges associated with the cost to build and maintain infrastructure for total installed electricity. The company notes that the total installed electricity generating capacity in... 

High-tech cold storage warehouse gives clients competitive edge

     21st October 2016 Logistics and supply chain management specialist Imperial Cold Logistics’ new 25 500 m2 warehouse developed at a cost of R160-million, situated in Linbro Park, Johannesburg, is now one of the largest cold storage facilities in Africa. The warehouse houses 37 000 pallets, operates 24/7 and offers... 

High-tech cold storage warehouse gives clients competitive edge
LARGEST COLD STORAGE FACILITY IN S.A 25 500 m2 warehouse developed at a cost of R160-million

Sacci calls on members to play part in averting ratings downgrade

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 South Africa’s current economic growth does not reflect the country’s potential and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) members must help build the economy and steer the country to success, says the chamber’s president Vusi Khumalo. Addressing delegates at the Sacci... 

South African engineer’s geotechnical contribution recognised

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb senior associate and geotechnical engineer Ron Tluczek has been recognised internationally for his contribution to the geotechnical engineering sector by being appointed as the vice-animateur for Working Group 2 Research at the International... 

South African engineer’s geotechnical  contribution recognised
RON TLUCZEK As a vice-animateur, my role entails the provision of leadership

Eskom executive upbeat about entity’s performance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2016 Eskom customer service operations GM Marion Hughes on Thursday highlighted the many achievements of the power utility in the past year, including the fact that it has not had the need to load-shed for a year. Speaking at the yearly South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry convention, she... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty
Photo by Duane Daws
Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William

Here’s how Gordhan can ease fiscal pressure in mini budget

By: News24Wire      18th October 2016 One way Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan can ease the country’s fiscal pressure is by halting the proposed Wild Coast N2 highway in the Eastern Cape, which could cost over R8-billion to construct. That’s the advice from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday. It was responding to a... 

Here’s how Gordhan can ease fiscal pressure in mini budget

Itac to make HRC steel safeguard recommendation in November

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 The head of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) reports that, following the completion of public consultations on the possible imposition of safeguard duties for hot-rolled coil (HRC) steel, the commission intends delivering its recommendation to Trade and... 

Itac to make HRC steel safeguard recommendation in November

Construction of R1bn Dunnottar train factory on track – Gibela

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2016 The construction of Gibela’s R1-billion train factory at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, is on schedule, says the rail consortium in a project update. Gibela has been contracted to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with 600 new passenger trains, in a deal worth R51-billion. 

Hard currency availability a challenge for cross-border trade in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 An issue that has come into sharp focus for businesses in Africa is the shortage of available hard currency as most capital projects on the continent tend to be funded in US dollars although they may generate their revenue in local currency, says Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South... 

Hard currency  availability a challenge for cross-border  trade in Africa
MANDISI NKUHLU The company enables export trade from South Africa to the rest of the world and also supports cross-border investments

New Eaton Africa MD to put his energy into powering Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Newly appointed power quality and management multinational Eaton Africa MD Seydou Kane is passionate about helping Africa overcome its energy deficit and unlock its growth potential by leveraging the company’s international experience and collaboration. The French-speaking, Niger-born Kane has... 

New Eaton Africa MD to put his energy  into powering Africa
SEYDOU KANE Eaton will leverage its experience to ensure that suitable solutions and effective designs are deployed

AfDB approves R570m to finance affordable housing for gap market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2016 Housing Investment Partners Trust 2 (HIP2), also known as Vulumnyango Trust, has secured a R570-million loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to offer affordable housing options for South Africa’s lower-middle income earners. With the housing needs of the lower-middle income households –... 

M&R to sell civil engineering unit as it agrees to settlement deal with government 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2016 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed its full participation in an agreement unveiled together with government on October 11, allowing for the settlement of potential claims arising from its much-publicised transgressions of South Africa’s competition laws. In return, the... 

M&R to sell civil engineering unit as it agrees to settlement deal with government
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R CEO Henry Laas

South Africa, Kenya ink investment MoU

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2016 South Africa and Kenya this week entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on investment cooperation on the sidelines of a State visit to the East African country by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. Investment South Africa (ISA) and its counterpart Kenya Investment Authority... 

Construction giants reach transformative agreement with govt 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th October 2016 The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, together with national government, on Tuesday signed an agreement with several construction companies, including Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), Aveng, Murray & Roberts, Group Five, Basil Read, Raubex and Stefanutti Stocks, to accelerate... 

Construction giants reach transformative agreement with govt

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