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Urbanisation putting pressure on Gauteng govt 

By: Anine Kilian     7th April 2016 While the South African government has created housing opportunities for 4.3-million people since 1994, government estimates that some 1.8-million people still do not have access to adequate housing and continue to live in informal settlements, said Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on... 

Hulisani joins the JSE, leverages demand for energy assets

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2016 Newly established renewable energy special-purpose acquisition (Spac) company Hulisani on Thursday listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), taking advantage of investor demand for energy assets in South Africa and Africa. Hulisani CEO Mlungelo Zilimbola highlighted that... 

Hulisani joins the JSE, leverages demand for energy assets
Hulisani CEO Mlungelo Zilimbola

Think tank calls for expert panel to study relationship between growth and transformation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2016 A domestic policy think tank called this week for the creation of a “blue ribbon commission” to study the relationship between growth and economic transformation in South Africa and to make recommendations as to how opportunities for black business could be expanded in a way that encouraged... 

Think tank calls for expert panel to study relationship between growth and transformation
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein

Alstom moves to solidify local presence with 51% stake in CTLE

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2016 With the 51% acquisition of local rail company Commuter Transport and Locomotive Engineering (CTLE) now complete, French multinational Alstom is moving to develop a platform that will fully localise its rail presence in South Africa. The group, which rebranded the Nigel-based train modernisation... 

Alstom moves to solidify local presence with 51% stake in CTLE

Eskom says Majuba rail line to be completed in 2017

By: Reuters     7th April 2016 South African electricity utility Eskom said on Thursday that construction of a railway line linking its Majuba power plant with the main coal line would be completed at the end of 2017. The 68-kilometre corridor is the first large green field freight rail infrastructure project to be carried out... 

Eskom says Majuba rail line to be completed in 2017

Growth, fiscal stresses at heart of S&P’s downgrade review, but political tensions a worry

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2016 South Africa’s weak growth outlook as well as the country’s fiscal risks – including the possibility that government might need to step in to support State-owned Companies (SoCs) with weak balance sheets – would be the key “pressure points” in Standard & Poor's (S&P’s) assessment of whether or... 

Growth, fiscal stresses at heart of S&P’s downgrade review, but political tensions a worry

LNG imports a real option for South Africa – IGU president 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2016 The development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity in countries such as the US and Australia is transforming gas into a “global energy market” and creating opportunities for countries such as South Africa to diversify its energy mix and bolster security of supply. This is the view of... 

LNG imports a real option for South Africa – IGU president

All 35 turbines erected at Noupoort wind farm project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2016 All 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion Noupoort wind farm project, in the Northern Cape, have been installed and the plant is scheduled to enter commercial operations in July. The 80 MW wind farm, selected during the third bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

All 35 turbines erected at Noupoort wind farm project

BRT to change the face of Sandton

By: SANews, SA government news service     5th April 2016 The much anticipated Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) is expected to change the face of Sandton, allowing commuters to travel seamlessly between Alexandra and Sandton by 2017. Construction, which got underway in March 2015, is already at an advanced stage with a bridge connecting one of South... 

BRT to change the face of Sandton

Kenya and France sign €250m pacts

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 Kenya and France have signed five pacts that will inject into the Kenyan economy close to €250-million (Ksh29-billion). Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and French President François Hollande witnessed the signing of the deals at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday after holding bilateral talks... 

Kenya and France sign €250m pacts
Photo by Bloomberg
French President Francois Hollande

Concrete Society appoints new president

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2016 The Concrete Society of Southern Africa has elected Hanlie Turner as its new national president for 2016/17, succeeding outgoing president Tseli Maliehe. Turner is currently a technical information specialist for cement company PPC and has held several voluntary positions in the society,... 

Concrete Society appoints new president
Tseli Maliehe and Hanlie Turner

Africa to receive early-warning weather systems

By: Dylan Slater     1st April 2016 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has, in a tender procedure, selected private weather service provider Ubimet to provide equipment and services for meteorological and hydrological early-warning systems that will be supplied to national weather services in developing countries, with... 

Block-making machinery used to build affordable housing

     1st April 2016 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform built 27 affordable homes on the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village outside of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, using brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform’s interlocking block-making technology. The official handover ceremony took... 

Block-making machinery used to  build affordable housing
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPED Hydraform was contracted to undertake the construction of this project for the benefit of the community

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

By: Dylan Slater     1st April 2016 The development of shale gas projects in South Africa was halted with the 2011 issuing of a moratorium on the issuing of shale gas exploration licences within the central Karoo, which has subsequently been lifted.  

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

SA, Chinese firms team up on Moz–Gauteng gas pipeline study

By: David Oliveira     1st April 2016 JSE- and Aim-listed oil and gas company SacOil signed a cooperation agreement with the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) last month for the possible construction of a gas processing facility near the Rovuma basin, in Mozambique, as well as a 2 600-km-long, large-diameter pipeline to... 

SacOil says Lagia oilfield has reached 1 000 bbl/d target

By: David Oliveira     1st April 2016 Dual-listed oil and gas company SacOil’s Mena International Petroleum subsidiary reached its Phase 2 production target of 1 000 bbl/d in February this year at its wholly-owned Lagia onshore oil field in Sinai, Egypt. The first phase production target of 400 bbl/d was reached in February last year. 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

First phase of N8 highway rehabilitation due for completion in June

By: Samantha Herbst     31st March 2016 The first of two contracts that will see the rehabilitation of the N8 highway between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu is due for completion in June, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) revealed on Thursday. Sanral embarked on the two-contract upgrade owing to a significant... 

First phase of N8 highway rehabilitation due for completion in June

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2016 The World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) announced on Wednesday that it had extended €698.9-million in guarantees to South Arica’s Eskom to support transmission infrastructure investments, which would help it alleviate prevailing grid bottlenecks to the connection of... 

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

Kyalami construction on track; first race set for early 2017

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2016   Construction work at the Kyalami race track is “progressing well”, says Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit spokesperson Christo Kruger. 

Kyalami construction on track; first race set for early 2017

AfDB to put up $1.1bn for Tanzania’s transformation to inclusive, green growth

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced last month that it will support Tanzania’s economic transformation to inclusive and green growth through an indicative concessional resource assistance package estimated at more than $1.1-billion over a five-year period. The support package is... 

Glass manufacturer turns it around through operational efficiencies

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 Despite reporting a R76-million loss for its glass business in 2015, packaging company Nampak has recorded seven consecutive profitable months since July last year, owing to improved sales, operational planning processes and key operational excellence interventions, thereby leading to greater... 

Orion hotel partners with Best Western

     24th March 2016 South African hotel group Orion Hotels has officially joined US hotel chain Best Western Hotels and Resorts as its local franchisee. 

Orion hotel partners with Best Western

Civil confidence falls to five-year low in Q1

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2016 The first-quarter fall in civil confidence to its lowest level since 2011 unveils a weakening in South Africa’s construction activity that is likely to continue throughout the year. The First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau for Economic Research’s (BER’s) Civil Confidence Index, released on... 

Civil confidence falls to five-year low in Q1

Transnet pursuing R3bn Africa rail pipeline as it delivers coaches to Botswana Rail 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2016 The engineering unit of South Africa’s State-owned logistics utility Transnet is actively pursuing R3-billion-worth of possible rolling-stock contracts across Africa, notwithstanding a weakened rail investment climate precipitated by a decline in commodity prices. Speaking at the official launch... 

Transnet pursuing R3bn Africa rail pipeline as it delivers coaches to Botswana Rail
Botswana President Ian Khama disembarks from a new BR Express coach at the official launch

EPWP celebrates a decade of implementation

By: Anine Kilian     18th March 2016 The South African Cities Network, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works, has launched its Expanded Public Works Programme: Reflections over a Decade, a book reflecting on the decade-long implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in South Africa.   EPWP was a key... 

Coal baseload bidder expects IPP project evaluation to begin early April 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2016 One of the two bidders for the first round of South Africa’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (CBIPPPP), Marubeni, of Japan, expects the evaluation of bids to begin in April, following an initial delay in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office receiving the... 

Coal baseload bidder expects IPP project evaluation to begin early April

LHWP Phase II hydropower feasibility studies to start in second quarter

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 Work on feasibility studies for the hydropower aspect of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II is expected to start in the second quarter of this year, says LHWP implementation body the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) CE Refiloe Tlali. The feasibility studies are... 

LHWP Phase II hydropower feasibility studies to start in second quarter
HYDROPOWER Feasibility studies for the hydropower aspect of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II is expected to start in the second quarter of this year

Pump trends based on increasing operational efficiencies

By: Nadine James     18th March 2016 It is not anticipated that the design of pumps will change drastically any time soon, as most modifications or adaptations will either improve operational efficiencies or be introduced specifically for an application, says pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa dewatering product manager Howard... 

Pump trends based  on increasing  operational efficiencies
HOWARD JONES Current trends in the pumps industry are aimed at improving oprational efficiency

Pumps boost water supply in Gauteng

     18th March 2016 Pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves is supplying eight ultra-efficient pump sets to State-owned water utility Rand Water’s Palmiet pumping station near Alberton to help boost potable water supply to the Gauteng region. The large diameter pumps are to be installed in tandem on four pumping... 

Pumps boost water supply in Gauteng
BOOSTING PUMPS The large diameter pumps will deliver 200-million litres of water a day

With a 2024 delivery target, preparatory work begins on next Lesotho Highlands phase

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, which comprises a water transfer system from Lesotho to South Africa and a hydropower generation scheme to improve Lesotho’s electricity security, is expected to deliver first water in late 2024, increasing the amount of water supplied to South... 

With a 2024 delivery target, preparatory work begins on next Lesotho Highlands phase

New route improves access into Cornubia estate

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2016 The opening of the MR 458 road-over-rail bridge has improved access into the Cornubia Industrial and Business Estate (CIBE), in KwaZulu-Natal, with the new route leading motorists directly to the main entrance of the estate. Construction of the MR 458 began in April 2014, with Fountain Civil... 

New route improves access into Cornubia estate

Government mulls review of law regulating construction companies

By: African News Agency      16th March 2016 Government was “itching” to do a complete overhaul of the laws governing South Africa’s construction industry which continued to be dogged by allegations of collusion, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public works, Nxesi and... 

Government mulls review of law regulating construction companies

Johannesburg Roads Agency appoints new MD

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2016 Following a rigorous selection process from a long list of candidates, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has appointed civil engineer Dr Sean Phillips as its new MD. Phillips, who boasted a Master’s degree in science and management, as well as a Doctorate in civil engineering, would assume his... 

 Johannesburg Roads Agency appoints new MD
JRA MD Sean Phillips

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) confirmed on Tuesday that it had received, on March 10, two Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications from Eskom for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. The NNR said that both NISL applications had been... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications

Dawn appoints new infrastructure executive

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 Construction materials provider Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) has appointed Stephen du Toit CEO of its infrastructure division, effective April 1. Du Toit, who had executive management and relevant industry experience in serving as Southern Africa delegate and MD of Gyproc and Donn... 

Dawn appoints new infrastructure executive

Baywest City to see R1.2bn in developments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 Property developer Baywest City is embarking on five major developments this year, valued at more than R1.2-billion. Over the next two years, the developers would invest in a 228-unit residential development, an 8 000 m2 green-rated office block, an international hotel, two restaurants and a... 

Baywest City to see R1.2bn in developments

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