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Apr 01, 2015
The Century City conference centre, part of a new, green, R1-billion mixed-use development under construction in Cape Town, is on track to open in February 2016, with the first bookings already confirmed. Century City Conference Centre & Hotel joint CEOs Glyn Taylor...
Apr 01, 2015
A new tool that provides municipalities with a prewritten tender and contract, which can easily be adapted to suit the specific needs and circumstances of a particular region, is now available and is expected to help municipalities curb water losses. The Model...
Mar 30, 2015
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State-owned freight transport group Transnet has announced that Richard Vallihu has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) from April 1, following the retirement of Tau Morwe.   Vallihu, who has hitherto headed Transnet Engineering (TE), would...
Mar 27, 2015
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Mar 27, 2015
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...
Mar 27, 2015
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China’s emergence – or, more accurately, re-emergence – as one of the world’s most important economies and influential States received a powerful endorsement earlier this month. In a move that surprised nearly everyone, the British government announced that the UK...
Mar 27, 2015
POWERING UP Energy and power made up 37% of the number of megaprojects in Africa last year
Investment in African megaprojects increased by 46% to $326-billion in 2014, mainly as a result of higher investment in transport, energy and power infrastructure, advisory firm Deloitte’s third yearly African Construction Trends report has revealed.
Mar 23, 2015
The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) says proposed changes to the council’s registration process for engineering professionals and candidates will further align the South African engineering profession with international best practice and ensure conformity...
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 19, 2015
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Mar 18, 2015
Despite the “unique” risks paired with the development of Africa, such as political instability, changing government policies, complex legal regimes, volatile currencies and investment timeframe restrictions, real estate investors and developers continued to see...
Mar 18, 2015
juwi Renewable Energies South Africa MD Greg Austin
Renewable energy project specialist juwi Renewable Energies, which has participated in five South African utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of more than 120 MW, reports that it is gearing up to aggressively pursue embedded solar...
Mar 18, 2015
An artist's impression of One Airport Square, Ghana
With cities contributing about 70% of the world’s energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions, but only occupying 2% of land, sustainability has become one of the most significant drivers for growth, and would become entrenched in building design and occupier...
Mar 18, 2015
Africa has been included for the first time in the 36-year history of advisory firm PwC and nonprofit organisation Urban Land Institute’s 'Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015' report. Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg, PwC global real estate leader Kees...
Mar 17, 2015
Key areas have to be unlocked to ensure that the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC’s) Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP) – a guide to the development of seamless and cost-effective transboundary infrastructure – is successful. These...
Mar 17, 2015
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Mar 13, 2015
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Technology group Abengoa has announced that $660-million in project financing has been secured for the 100 MW Xina Solar One project – a parabolic-trough concentrated solar power (CSP) project, with five hours of thermal energy storage capacity, being built in South...
Mar 13, 2015
NUM general secretary Frans Baleni
The unity of all unions is of utmost importance as South Africa moves into this year's wage negotiation season, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday. This was especially so in the mining, energy, and construction sectors, general secretary Frans...
Mar 13, 2015
Freight services and shipping group Grindrod will upgrade capacity at its Richards Bay coal and magnetite terminal from 3.2-million tons a year, to 4.5-million tons a year, says Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier. He says the R125-million project may be completed by the end...
 
 
 
 
Mar 13, 2015
The aerotropolis initiative in Ekurhuleni, in the east of Gauteng, aims to integrate and develop industrial and logistical capacity and in the greater Gauteng region.
Mar 13, 2015
Since engineered solutions provider ELB Engineering Services (ELB) acquired local electrical and instrumentation (E&I) contractor B&W Instrumentation and Electrical (B&W) in April last year, B&W has reported a significant turnaround and continues to register growth,...
Mar 11, 2015
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Although some companies looking to invest in Africa and, more so, South Africa, remain “extremely bullish” about the development of the continent, further investment in key economic drivers is needed. These include agriculture, which will triple in size, topping...
Mar 11, 2015
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Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau
The City of Johannesburg has started the process of awarding some R1-billion in municipal work contracts to community-based enterprises as part of its Jozi@Work programme, driving the city’s objective of achieving socioeconomic transformation by transforming job...
Mar 11, 2015
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A budget of more than R9-billion has been set aside for the revitalisation of mining towns and the eradication of informal settlements, the inter-Ministerial committee (IMC) responsible for this task has revealed. Government contributed R6-billion of the overall...
Mar 11, 2015
Investment in African megaprojects increased by 46% to $326-billion in 2014, mainly as a result of higher investment in transport, energy and power infrastructure, advisory firm Deloitte’s third yearly African Construction Trends report has revealed.
Mar 09, 2015
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Secunda (pictured) and Sasolburg have about 400 MW of additional near-term power capacity
Energy and chemicals group Sasol is working with the Eskom War Room on a possible public–private partnership (PPP) to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility along the South African coast, which would facilitate the importation of gas to be used by both...
Mar 06, 2015
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Eastern Cape Treasury MEC Sakhumzi Somyo has committed the province to ramping up infrastructure development and maintenance and improving transport logistics, noting at the announcement of the latest provincial budget that this would improve the province’s regional...
Mar 06, 2015
The Department of Human Settlements is awaiting the conclusion of a land acquisition strategy to identify, earmark and allocate available State-owned land for housing purposes. Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said only two-million hectares of the 17-million...
Mar 06, 2015
The assessment data from the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Green Drop water quality certification programme suggests that municipal performance in wastewater management has improved steadily and significantly over the last five years since the programme was...
 
 
 
 
Mar 06, 2015
Until government is able to upgrade its water infrastructure, amend punitive laws for theft of State property and implement traceability laws for scrap metal, the routine theft of government-owned pipes, substation components, transformers and other water-related...
Mar 06, 2015
Identifying a need to clarify the South African National Standards (SANS) organisation’s SANS 2001 pressure test regulations, plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics in 2014 developed and published a guide on how to conduct the pressure testing of pipes.
Mar 05, 2015
The $200-million ‘loop line 1’ project to expand the capacity of the gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa has been completed, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) has confirmed. Rompco is the gas transport joint venture set up in...
Mar 05, 2015
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Areva South Africa MD Dr Yves Guenon
French nuclear vendor Areva says its value proposition for South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme remains intact, despite far-reaching restructuring initiatives being undertaken at the troubled State-owned company, which reported a €4.8-billion loss for...
Mar 04, 2015
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South Africa’s State-owned railways utility Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it remains confident of concluding take-or-pay contracts with 36 coal-line customers before the end of its financial year, which concludes on March 31. Spokesperson Sandile Simelane tells...
Mar 04, 2015
Marking another milestone in the City of Joburg’s efforts to dismantle Apartheid spatial planning and develop transport corridors linking key economic and settlement hubs, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has broken ground on a R130-million pedestrian and...
Mar 04, 2015
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South Africa’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has summoned 15 construction companies to appear before an independent investigating committee for a formal inquiry in April. Following its own investigation into collusive practices in the construction...
Mar 03, 2015
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Finance MEC Barbara Creecy
The Gauteng government has set aside R10-billion of its R95.3-billion 2015/16 budget to fund its five development corridors, which are being pursued across the so-called ‘City Region’. Gauteng, which is South Africa’s smallest province by area, is also the country...
Mar 03, 2015
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has acknowledged that South Africa requires “much higher levels of economic growth” to address unemployment and poverty. He also stresses that any economic expansion would need to be supported by the accelerated implementation of the...
Mar 02, 2015
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Mar 02, 2015
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State-owned electricity utility Eskom announced that first power was produced at 11:03 on Monday March 2, 2015, from Medupi Unit 6, marking a major milestone for the coal-fired power station project, which has been plagued by delays and cost overruns associated with...
Mar 02, 2015
Infrastructure supply group Accéntuate said on Monday that it had recovered well from the “severe impact of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike in July”, to produce “pleasing results” for the six months ended December 31. “Trading for...
Feb 27, 2015
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The Gauteng Provincial Government has outlined plans to develop a handful of “mega” human settlements as part of an ambitious long-term housing development strategy aimed at narrowing the housing backlog, with plans afoot to replace informal settlements with...
Feb 27, 2015
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) was committed to spending R17-billion on infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Durban by 2023. In a briefing on current projects that had begun or were about to get under way at the port, Port of Durban manager Moshe...
Feb 27, 2015
China’s investment in African resources remains at a relatively early stage and is likely to increase further over the next decade, despite the economic slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, reports South African financier Standard Bank. China’s economy...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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