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Infrastructure News

GeoJozi challenge seeks to improve local maps

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2016 To improve its systems of allocating and maintaining addresses across its 1 644 km2 municipality, the City of Johannesburg has launched the GeoJozi Developer Challenge. The location technology challenge is aimed at developers aged 30 or under, with an interest in apps, maps, data, urban... 

Aveng divests from steel sector through Steeledale sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2016 As part of its efforts to divest from its steel assets, JSE-listed Aveng on Wednesday revealed that its wholly owned subsidiary Aveng Africa had reached an agreement with Kutana Steel stipulating that the latter would acquire a 70% interest in the Steeledale business for R252-million. Between... 

Aveng divests from steel sector through Steeledale sale

Stortemelk Hydro adds 4.5 MW to local electricity grid 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2016 Stortemelk Hydro, the third hydropower plant developed in South Africa by Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), started commercial operations on July 29. The 4.5 MW, R190-million project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under the second bid window of government’s Renewable Energy Independent... 

Stortemelk Hydro adds 4.5 MW to local electricity grid

Municipal election results won’t derail fiscal consolidation – Treasury

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2016 South Africa’s National Treasury has reaffirmed government’s commitment to fiscal consolidation and “returning public finances to a sustainable path”, following local government elections that saw the governing African National Congress (ANC) record its worst performance since 1994. The ANC’s... 

Municipal election results won’t derail fiscal consolidation – Treasury

Rand Water says it is investing to meet 2020 demand forecasts

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion in infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which ends in 2020. Rand Water Zuikerbosch water treatment plant executive manager Eddie Singo told the media during a site visit that the infrastructure... 

Rea Vaya BRT system to be extended to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Technological advances allow for far greater client collaboration on design

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 By using virtual design solutions consulting engineers are now in a position to shorten lead times and lower costs by collaborating with clients to jointly make design choices. In fact, Royal Haskoning DHV MD Salani Sithole tells Engineering News that building information management systems... 

WTO confirms South Africa’s cold-rolled steel safeguards probe 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2016 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has confirmed that South Africa has notified its committee on safeguards about the initiation of a safeguard investigation on certain cold-rolled steel products. In the notification, dated July 29, the International Trade Administration Commission of South... 

WTO confirms South Africa’s cold-rolled steel safeguards probe

Kenya exhibition places focus on renewable energy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 With investment in the offgrid solar sector reaching $276-million last year – a 15-fold increase over 2012 – the third International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (Iorec), which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 30 to October 1, will aim to further improve... 

RAL, Ledjadja partner to upgrade Waterberg roads

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2016 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) and Ledjadja Coal, an operating subsidiary responsible for the Boikarabelo mine on behalf of Resource Generation (Resgen), this week inked a deal to upgrade the road from the Lephalale commercial sector to Steenbokpan and all connector roads to the Boikarabelo site in... 

Transnet outlines ‘low-road’ investment scenario amid demand uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reports that its multibillion-rand capital expenditure (capex) plan, which has already been rephased in response to weaker-than-expected market demand, could be further moderated under what it terms a “low-road scenario”. Outlining its revised capital... 

Transnet outlines ‘low-road’ investment scenario amid demand uncertainty

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and State-owned Eskom have signed an agreement that formalises interaction between the organisations in the security domain, by establishing a standing security subcommittee to identify and deal with security risks. The electricity... 

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations

Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge inquiry to resume

By: African News Agency      1st August 2016 The inquiry into the 2015 Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse in Johannesburg, which left two people dead and 19 others injured, will resume on Tuesday, the Department of Labour said. “The Department of Labour-appointed-M1/Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist... 

Group Five’s shares rise on higher FY earnings expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2016 The share price of JSE-listed Group Five rose by more than 7.46% on Monday morning as the group reported a “pleasing improvement” in earnings for the 2016 financial year. It noted in a trading update that its fully diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended June 30 were likely... 

Steel designations, Highveld supply to shore up AMSA demand amid weak market

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects a proposed deal to reopen the heavy-section mill at Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld), together with recent moves by government to stipulate the use of local steel when calculating local content on certain infrastructure... 

Steel designations, Highveld supply to shore up AMSA demand amid weak market
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years on from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

Goal-based framework seen as key to improving working-at-height safety

By: Dylan Slater     29th July 2016 Working at height operations require ongoing monitoring and support as these activities account for almost 30% of fatal injuries incurred in an industrial working environment, according to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  

Phase II update: Polihali dam construction expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Construction of the Polihali dam – an integral part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II – is expected to begin in 2019.  The Polihali dam, Polihali-Katse transfer tunnel and other infrastructural aspects of the LHWP Phase II should be completed by 2024. Once Phase II is... 

Phase II update: Polihali dam construction expected in 2019
ONTO PHASE II To date, five contracts have been awarded for various elements of the advance infrastructure works

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 Companies are under pressure from government and the public to embark on new projects while there are still projects that need to be completed. The countless delays across the rail expansions are concerning, says the RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA). Negative sentiments by the industry... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector
Photo by Duane Daws
DELAYS Negative sentiments by the industry on implementing the designation policy and delays of some rail projects have led to discussions with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Cennergi wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 Local independent power producer Cennergi on Thursday celebrated achieving commercial operations at its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between miner Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, was selected as the preferred bidder for two... 

Aurecon-led consortium wins award for aerotropolis master plan 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 The South African Planning Institute (SAPI) has recognised an Aurecon-led consortium for its completion of the Ekurhuleni OR Tambo Aerotropolis Master Plan, declaring it the winner of the Private Sector category of the institute’s Planning Awards. The consortium, comprising Aurecon, the Council... 

Construction sector launches revised sector code

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2016 The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) on Thursday launched the revised draft Construction Sector Code (CSC), which is aimed at aligning the unique aspects of the sector with the black economic-empowerment and transformation targets set out by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).... 

86 MW Prieska solar plant enters commercial operation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2016 The 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska solar photovoltaic (PV) project, in the Northern Cape, has officially started operating commercially, following 17 months of construction. The R1.3-billion project, which is located on a 125 ha site 50 km south-west of Prieska, comprises 275 000 PV modules,... 

86 MW Prieska solar plant enters commercial operation
The 86 MW solar PV plant near Prieska in the Northern Cape

Richards Bay IDZ poised for investment, jobs boost

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th July 2016 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) on Monday opened its R16-million Phase 1A Customs Control Gate Complex. This was followed by a sod-turning event for the zone’s Techno Hub. 

Itac seeks input on steel duties after HRC probe finds imports causing ‘serious injury’ 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2016 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) has concluded that the domestic steel industry is “suffering serious injury” as a result of a surge of imports of hot-rolled coil (HRC). However, it has decided not to impose provisional measures until it has received... 

Itac seeks input on steel duties after HRC probe finds imports causing ‘serious injury’

Sanral will start construction on Eastern Cape bridges in 2017 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says construction will start on the Msikaba and Mtentu river bridges, on the N2 Wild Coast Toll road, early next year. The agency has concluded a two-day briefing session with prequalified bidders and site visit for the Msikaba and Mtentu... 

Davies to launch Phase 1 of revitalised Polokwane industrial park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will next week launch the revitalised first phase of the Seshego Industrial Park, in Polokwane, which is aimed at promoting industrialisation, job creation and economic growth. The revitalisation is being implemented in phases focusing on various areas,... 

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges 

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 One hundred of Africa’s most innovative youth gathered at the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) 2016 summit, held in Johannesburg last month, to discuss and find innovative solutions for Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. “BYM is a nonprofit public-benefit organisation aimed at providing a platform for... 

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges
Absa corporate and investment banking CEO Stephen van Coller and Brightest Young Minds (BYM) CEO Dhiren Govender discusses the 2016 BYM summit. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Public transport operators need to do ‘more with less’

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 South African public transport operators need “to do more with less” as the economy contracts and the national fiscus faces increasing financial pressure, says National Treasury intergovernmental relations deputy director-general Malijeng Ngqaleni. She notes that the current system of public... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

South Africa unpacks new possibilities for Habitat III agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2016 As South Africa prepares to present its position at the United Nations’ (UN’s) upcoming third Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), several stakeholders have moved to unpack the key questions from the ten policy papers published by the UN ahead of the adoption of... 

Africa to stand as a collective at upcoming Habitat III – Human Settlements official

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2016 Standing together as a continent will ensure a stronger position at the United Nations’ (UN’s) upcoming third Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Discussing the common position and shared vision to be adopted by Africa, Department of Human Settlements (DHS)... 

IDC, AFD sign €60m credit agreement for green projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has signed an agreement with France's development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), for a €60-million credit line aimed at local small-scale green projects. The facility, a collaboration under the Sustainable Use of Natural... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom expects to finalise commercial terms with the New Development Bank (NDB), of the Brics grouping, for a $150-million facility in the next quarter, CFO Anoj Singh reports. A term sheet has been signed with the NDB and Singh reports that, once consummated, the... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Group of 30-somethings making steady progress in building black-owned IPP 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2016 The Pele Energy Group (PEG), which is owned and managed by a group of 30-something black professionals, is making strides in its stated objective of evolving from an energy investor into a fully-fledged independent power producer (IPP) and, ultimately, a private utility company. Headquartered in... 

Group of 30-somethings making steady progress in building black-owned IPP
The five PEG founders

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018
Sandton Central Management District city improvement district manager Elaine Jack

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