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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

Collaboration on infrastructure projects can yield economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th June 2016 South Africa is facing demand for economic growth; it is therefore critical that government considers collaborating with the private sector in primary infrastructure megaprojects that will yield almost immediate gross domestic product growth, says professional services firm WSP∣Parsons... 

Improved project implementation will drive infrastructure growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Infrastructure construction specialist Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings chairperson Frans Pienaar says a willingness from government to transfer the responsibility for the implementation of infrastructure projects to the private sector will help to drive growth in the industry. 

Upscaled infrastructure and regional integration needed in Africa

     10th June 2016 Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace, which means infrastructure such as bypasses, bridges, new highways and new technologies needs to be deployed in congested areas where traditional methods cannot work, notes Africa-focused consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. 

Wireless connectivity fundamental to infrastructure development

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Multinational networking equipment manufacturer Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham says Wi-Fi and connectivity will play an integral role in infrastructure and socioeconomic development. Connectivity broadly refers to the ability to access what is required – whether it... 

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     12th June 2015 The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways. 

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements

Municipality’s smart water meters reduce leaks, improve readings

By: Dylan Slater     12th June 2015 The installation of smart water meters in Jansenville, in the Eastern Cape, has contributed significantly to a reduction in water leaks and to the municipality’s accurate capturing of water-meter readings, says Johannesburg-based metering solutions company Elster Kent Metering. 

Municipality’s smart water meters  reduce leaks, improve readings
DETERRING THEFT The smart water meters have no metal components, thereby mitigating theft for metal recycling

Open-access fibre-optic network key to smart city success

By: Dylan Slater     12th June 2015 Implementing open-access fibre-optic networks is integral to helping municipal services transfer data quicker in a smart city, says fibre network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA). 

Open-access fibre-optic network key to smart  city success
DARK FIBRE NETWORK Dark Fibre Africa’s network has the capacity to handle bandwidths far larger than South Africa’s expected broadband traffic requirements over the next 20 years

Stable municipalities require long-term foresight

By: Dylan Slater     12th June 2015 The ability to plan the development of a municipality several years in advance is key to ensure long-term success, says auditing and advisory firm KPMG. 

Stable municipalities require long-term foresight
DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE Strategic long-term planning is essential to ensure the completion of long-term infrastructure developments

Business plan to improve services at multipurpose centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB has compiled a business plan, aimed at identifying challenges that exist at the multi-purpose Thusong Centres, in the Eastern Cape, to support the effective functioning of the centres. GIBB has been tasked by the Eastern Cape Transport... 

Business plan to improve services at multipurpose centre
BUSINESS PLAN Service level agreements will ensure services at the Tombo Thusong Centre

Durban pipeline project still on track for completion in 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Municipal water and sanitation services eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) says construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation, which forms part of the eThekwini strategic master plan to deal with the increasing demand for water in the northern regions of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, is still... 

Durban pipeline project still on track for completion in 2017
WATER WAY The R150-million first phase of the Northern Aqueduct project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015

Engineers need to lead municipal departments 

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 To enhance and monitor the quality of municipal infrastructure and services, engineers should head the various departments of South Africa’s municipalities as they have the necessary skills and expertise to understand the engineering aspects of the services in question, voluntary association... 

Engineers need to lead municipal departments
Photo by Duane Daws
MUNICIPAL PROFICIENCY Cesa suggests that engineers head municipal infrastructure departments

Roads, infrastructure restoration key focus 

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Roads infrastructure management agency Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) plans to complete the repairs of nine rain-damaged bridges in Johannesburg as soon as possible to continue with its key focus of restoring the asset value of roads infrastructure in the City of Johannesburg, in line with its... 

Roads, infrastructure restoration key focus
Johannesburg Roads Agency MD Skhumbuzo Macozoma discusses the core programmes comprising the agency’s response plan.

Second project wins housing award

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Bigen Africa reports that the Second Creek integrated development project in the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality, in East London, which it is involved in, has won the Govan Mbeki Housing Award. The project is the company’s second integrated... 

Second project  wins housing award
LUFHERENG INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT Bigen Africa will service the housing stands with municipal infrastructure and construct the housing units

Substation upgrade on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 The estimated R140-million upgrades to Mogale City local municipality’s Condale substation, in Gauteng, are on track and due for completion in early 2015, consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV says. The Condale substation, which is the only main infeed substation for the entire Mogale... 

Substation upgrade  on track
NECCESARY UPGRADE Upgrades to the Mogale City Condale substation will ensure stable electricity supply capacity for the community

Alternative technology offers housing solution

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 A housing solution for South Africans who fall in the affordable housing bracket has come in the form of innovative and affordable fly ash technology.  

Forged products pose health hazards

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 The use of counterfeit circuit breakers in low-cost housing poses significant safety hazards, says Reunert subsidiary CBI Electric marketing executive Louis Blom. 

Lack of skills remains obstacle to effective service delivery

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 The lack of skills and expertise remain an obstacle to improving service delivery, says United Democratic Movement (UDM) secretary-general Bongani Msomi. 

Manufacturer participates in affordable-housing projects

     29th July 2011 Construction materials manufacturer Corobrik says it has secured orders for more than 40-million CoroJem face bricks, which will be used in the construction of more than 11 000 affordable homes in the Free State and Northern Cape provinces.  

Social housing valuable tool in creating an integrated society

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 Social housing serves as a valuable tool in restructuring urban areas and creating a socially and economically integrated society, says Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA) human settlements project manager and advisor to South African Local Government Association (Salga) Michelle Essink. 

Civils work under way for low-cost residential development

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2010 Property developers Multi Spectrum Property Developments (MSP Developments) reports that construction of civils has started on a new low-cost residential development, the Belladonna Estate, which is situated in Blue Downs, in Cape Town’s northern suburbs. 

Construction giant advances with green initiatives

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2010 Construction giant Basil Read’s developments division is moving ahead with a series of initiatives that are aimed at reducing its carbon footprint; a vision which has come to life at the division’s site office in Cosmo City, in the north-west of Johannesburg, where a 1 105-ha mixed-use,... 

Housing project commemorates women’s march of 1956

     30th July 2010 The North West province Department of Human Settlements reports that the province has undertaken a project to construct 1 956 houses by the end of August, as part of the National Women Build project that commemorates the women’s march of 1956 to the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, in protest of the... 

Nonrevenue water reduction programme under way in eThekwini

     30th July 2010 Specialist in managing and maintaining municipal facilities Munitech is working on a three-year programme with the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, on a comprehensive nonrevenue water- (NRW-) reduction programme to be implemented in South Africa. 

R450m ablution facilities upgrade for informal settlements

     30th July 2010 Infrastructure engineering and project management company Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of B & A Group, has been commissioned by the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), to design water and sewerage connections to containerised ablution blocks. This is part of a R450-million... 

Construction technology tackles housing backlog 

By: Carla Thomaz     31st July 2009 With a construction time of between 66% and 75% faster than regular bricks and mortar construction, patented alternative construction technology company Imision reports that it is able to provide a solution to meet the country’s current housing backlog, while successfully addressing the... 

Housing development on track for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     31st July 2009 The occupation of the first phase of the R8-billion Lufhereng housing development, west of Soweto, is on track for February 2010. 

Local housing project claims international award

     31st July 2009 One of car manufacturer General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Foundation's housing project, Sakhasonke Village, in Walmer Township Port Elizabeth, has won an international award for the best practices towards improving living environments. 

Home financier teams up with building supplier

By: Dennis Ndaba     17th October 2008 Credit management company Real People has signed an agreement with building supplies retailer Build It, in terms of which Real People is expected to grant more than R3-million in loans a month during the first year through this new distribution channel. 

Costs associated with township renewal programme rise to R4bn 

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st August 2008 The Gauteng provincial government’s 20 Priority Township Project (20 PTP), aiming at building better communities and upgrade local and social infrastructure has exceeded its initial target of R3-billion. 

Land availability contributes to housing delivery woes

By: Fatima Gabru     1st August 2008 The shortage of land available for the City of Cape Town's N2 Gateway housing project is a critical constraint in the progress of the project, an unnamed source tells Engineering News. 

Mpumalanga exceeds housing delivery target

     1st August 2008 The Mpumalanga Department of Housing has exceeded its delivery target of 8 583 housing units by delivering 12 320 units to the province iduring the past financial year, MEC Candith-Matshego Dlamini said at the 2008/9 policy and budget speech. 

Task team tackles Eastern Cape housing delay

     1st August 2008 A total of 57 flagship projects, with the potential to yield 36 820 housing units have been identified by the Eastern Cape Intervention Task Team, that was deployed to accelerate housing delivery in the province. 

Township improvement programme sees R4-bn investment

     1st August 2008 The Gauteng Department of Housing has implemented projects to the value of over R4-billion across the province since the start of the 20 Prioritised Townships Programme (20 PTP), in 2007. 

South Africa’s affordable-housing programme is maturing, but the delivery pressures are mounting

By: Dennis Ndaba     11th July 2008 “The areas which were engulfed by violence and attacks on foreign nationals were in informal settlements and in hostels. These areas often experience a lack of service delivery and are where the poorest people reside.  

Another brick in the wall? Coming right up

     3rd August 2007 Manufacturer, distributor and exporter of bricks and allied building products Corobrik has dispelled a growing perception that its clients and customers could be facing a shortage of clay plaster and clay face bricks. 

Contractor rolls ahead with urban precinct development

     3rd August 2007 The Melrose Arch Development Company has appointed Murray & Roberts Construction as the main contractor on the R1,1-billion Melrose Arch Piazza project. 

Development management software aids municipal project delivery

By: Neal Goldwyer     3rd August 2007 JSE-listed software development company InfoWave Holdings (Infowave), through its operating subsidiary InfraSoft Technologies (Infrasoft), has won a contract for the installation, training and support of its Devman relational database system at a municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Gautrain project creates hot properties

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd August 2007 The property in areas surrounding the intended Gautrain route are experiencing a boom in both development and pricing. 

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