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Act revised to apply tariffs on imported products 

By: Victor Moolman     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Earlier this year, the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) was adapted to include designation of domestic steel, wire and other industry products, and although it came into effect in April, the South African Wire Association (SAWA) says it is too soon for the steel construction... 

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy
STEEL MANUFACTURING Steel manufacturers face the most damage from the weak economy

Modular buildings supplied to fire-damaged school

     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Owing to the fires that destroyed several buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School in the Van Stadens Gorge area, in the Eastern Cape, steel modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings supplied, erected and built 16 classrooms, four ablution blocks and an office for the... 

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago The National Treasury’s (NT’s) standard for infrastructure procurement and delivery management aimed at addressing government’s use of “cheap” professional service providers in public infrastructure projects officially became applicable to municipalities last month.  

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services
Photo by Duane Daws
INCLUSIVE DECISION-MAKING Government bodies in their respective procurement departments, should make more of a crossfunctional team effort regarding procurement

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together
STEEL WAREHOUSES New warehouses across the country are being considered for the Steel Awards

PPC Q1 trading in line with expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Cement maker PPC on Thursday said its first-quarter revenue had tracked ahead of the comparative period in the prior year, while group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) were in line with that of the first quarter of the previous year. However, while the South... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Italtile FY sales, profitability below target

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Italtile’s basic earnings a share rose by 3% to 90.3c, while headline earnings a share decreased by 1% to 85.7c for the year ended June 30. Revenue grew by 4% to R3.7-billion, while after-tax profit rose 3% to R880-million. 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products 

By: Terence Creamer     14th August 2017 Highveld Steel, which recently reopened its heavy structural mill in Mpumalanga despite still being in business rescue, has welcomed the institution of 10% import-duty protection on certain heavy steel sections and shapes. However, CEO Johan Burger tells Engineering News Online that Highveld... 

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products
Photo by Duane Daws
Highveld's recently reopened structural mill

Phase 1 of aquarium resealing project completed

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a range of products for the resealing of the waterproofing system of two Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium tanks between January and March this year. The Two Oceans Aquarium – located at the V&A Waterfront – is resealing its... 

Phase 1 of aquarium  resealing project completed
WATER TIGHT The project, which included waterproofing the Kelp and Predator tanks, also involved applying new waterproofing to the aquarium’s public and service areas

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase

Majozi Bros, Hire-It join forces to create one-of-a-kind black-owned JV

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2017 Durban-based Majozi Brothers Construction has joined forces with tool hire and sales company Hire-It to establish a new Level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) joint venture (JV) company – Majozi Bros Tool Hire & Sales. The new JV, which is 51% owned by Majozi Brothers and 49%... 

Majozi Bros, Hire-It join forces to create one-of-a-kind black-owned JV
Pictured at their new premises on Chris Hani road, Durban North are Majozi Bros Tool Hire & Sales joint venture partners Sihle Ndlela, Richard Fraser and Simphiwe Majozi

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Lafarge to merge Nigerian units to simplify ownership structure

By: Reuters     8th August 2017 Lafarge Africa is consolidating its businesses on the continent to simplify its ownership structure and operations, its head of strategy told Reuters on Monday. Wole Adeleke said the decision was made three years ago after Lafarge combined its Nigerian business with its South African operations... 

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

     4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

Products ensure safety in offshore operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 In the marine and offshore environment, metal corrosion is a major cost and safety factor. Steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers a range of products designed to counter the effects of corrosion in maritime environments.  

Products ensure safety in offshore operations
CORROSION CONTROL Vital Engineering’s fibreglass gratings are manufactured with continuous glass fibre strands interwoven in both directions with thermosetting resins

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

AfriSam stresses the need for industry consolidation

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, on Tuesday, he said the situation in the industry was “pretty... 

AfriSam stresses the need for industry consolidation

Dangote Cement shares trade in off-market deals worth $236m

By: Reuters     1st August 2017 Some 416-million shares in Dangote Cement have been traded at 210 naira each in off-market deals valued at 86.1-billion naira ($236-million), traders said on Tuesday. Dangote Cement, which makes up one third of the Nigerian bourse's total market capitalisation, shed 0.68 percent to 222.22 naira,... 

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) celebrated the milestone of handing over the first red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates to twelve graduates last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, in Pretoria. 

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over
SEAL OF APPROVAL The first cohort of graduates received their red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates last month

Outreach programme providing opportunities for participants

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Engineering company Bosch’s Outreach Robotics Programme has provided participants the opportunity to compete in the 2017 World Robot Olympiad, in Costa Rica, in November this year. 

Outreach programme providing  opportunities for participants
MARKUS THILL The programme aims to ensure that children from various backgrounds have an opportunity to study robotics

Training facility to improve skills deficit in artisan industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, states Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Training facility to  improve skills deficit  in artisan industry
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn gives a tour of their training facility, in Midrand. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

AMSA loss deepens, expects Africa market growth 

By: Reuters     27th July 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a deeper first-half loss on Thursday but forecast growth in steel demand in Africa in the second half. Headline losses grew to R1.62-billion ($125.5-million) for the six months to June 30 from a loss of R458-million a year earlier. 

AMSA loss deepens, expects Africa market growth

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2017 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has confirmed with Engineering News Online that it has not conducted any verification of local content in the 1 064 locomotives being acquired by Transnet and that it also does not have an agreement with Transnet to do so. Transnet awarded the... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

LafargeHolcim Q2 profit beats forecasts, new CEO to join early

By: Reuters     26th July 2017 LafargeHolcim posted slightly better-than-expected second-quarter results on Wednesday as the world's biggest cement maker sought to put a scandal over payments to armed groups in Syria behind it. The Franco-Swiss company reported adjusted operating profit of 1.735-billion Swiss francs... 

Castle exits PPC after nearly three years

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2017 After two and a half years at the helm, Darryll Castle is stepping down as JSE-listed PPC CEO and director to pursue other interests, with immediate effect. “The company and the CEO have agreed to part ways,” said PPC chairperson Peter Nelson in a statement to shareholders, released on Monday. 

Castle exits PPC after nearly three years
Photo by Duane Daws
Outgoing PPC CEO Darryll Castle

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Failure to adequately regulate illegal sand mining in KwaZulu-Natal is increasingly becoming a threat to the mining and construction sectors in the region, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar. 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is taking steps to ensure a well-run and compliant aggregate and sand producing industry in KwaZulu-Natal

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

Multidisciplinary platform  pursued for project
Photo by Bloomberg
WHOLE OTHER DIMENSION Three-dimensional modelling allows for a project’s building design to be viewed in virtual reality using headsets

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

Sephaku lifts volumes in highly competitive cement market

By: Ilan Solomons     14th July 2017 JSE-listed minerals exploration, development and investment company Sephaku Holdings’ (SepHold’s) net profit increased by 12.8% year-on-year to to R68.1-million for the year ended March 31, despite its revenue having decreased to R839.9-million on the back of lower prices and reduced demand in... 

Sephaku lifts volumes in highly competitive cement market
Photo by Duane Daws
LELAU MOHUBA Sephaku Holdings’mixed concrete subsidiary Métier recorded a 7.3% increase in net profit to R67.4- million, despite revenue having declined by 3.9%
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