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Ramaphosa wants smart, connected cities, says sci-tech minister

By: African News Agency      11th September 2018 Cities that are digitally connected and ready to benefit from and contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) are a priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government. This is according to Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the remarks on... 

LEIP MoU signed, 101 669 potential jobs created

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2018 Up to 101 669 jobs could be created during the first five years of construction of the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP), which Eco-Industrial Solutions (EIS) CEO Deshika Kathawaroo on Monday said would “fundamentally change” the Limpopo province’s contribution to South Africa’s strategic... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

Govt to deploy support teams to assist distressed municipalities – Nel

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 Government is working to ensure that all distressed and dysfunctional municipalities have access to a district support team by December this year, says Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel. Speaking at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, he... 

Arun Chadha

8th June 2018 This week we profile Arun Chadha, CEO of Allied Steelrode, a value-adding steel processor and supplier   

Smart cities in Africa require intelligent planning and an active citizenry

15th May 2018 Smart cities in an African context require intelligent planning and an active citizenry rather than the overlay of technological solutions more applicable to international markets such as Europe. This was the message from Paragon Founding Director Henning Rasmuss, a key speaker at the Bigen Smart... 

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Automation and energy management multinational Schneider Electric on Tuesday revealed its strategy for the African continent and how it relates to creating smart cities – taking cognisance of challenges and opportunities.  

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices for aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium and, more modestly, gold,”... 

African projects require integrated delivery models

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 The integrated delivery model is the best means of realising complex, multidisciplinary projects in Africa timeously, says AECOM Civil infrastructure MD Darrin Green. This is primarily because the market in Africa is less mature and project developers frequently have to deal with challenges when... 

Precast concrete technologies complement labour-based construction

12th February 2018 Precast concrete technologies are playing a key role in helping municipalities deliver essential infrastructure, including sports and recreational facilities. By harnessing the main benefits of this technology, namely speed and ease of construction, these public-sector bodies that operate at... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

Mitsubishi Hitachi, Sumitomo ink ¥38bn power plant deal with Tunisian company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2017 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Sumitomo Corporation have secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Societe Tunisienne de l'Electricite et du Gaz (Steg) for the construction of a ¥38-billion, 450 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Rades,... 

Johannesburg needs clear infrastructure delivery plan to attract investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To examine challenges posed by, and find possible solutions to, Africa's urban infrastructure deficit as a result of rapid urban growth, international law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a thought leadership programme, which will bring together numerous experts from its network of 23 global... 

Banro welcomes safe return of kidnapped employees

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2017 The four employees kidnapped in March while working at dual-listed Canadian gold mining company Banro’s Namoya gold mine, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been released after a “long and difficult ordeal”. The company on Monday announced the safe return of its employees, three... 

Rainbow progresses Burundi rare earths project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Rare earth elements mining company Rainbow Rare Earths has started work on the now fully permitted Gakara rare earths project, in Burundi, ahead of trial mining. Following its $8-million fundraising and successful initial public offering (IPO) on the LSE in January, preparation for mining at... 

Partnership crucial in addressing housing shortfall

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Demonstrating the potential for the success of private-public partnerships, residential property developer Calgro M3 and construction products supplier PPC have partnered to upgrade an informal settlement along the Fleurhof dam, in Johannesburg, into a fully integrated city. 

KPMG highlights ten trends that will shape the infrastructure industry in the year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Ten global trends, many of which underscore a drive for more responsible leadership, both from the public and private sectors, will shape the development of infrastructure in the year ahead, the 2017 ‘Emerging Trends in Infrastructure’ report from KPMG International reveals. “Political agendas... 

New native nickel discovery defies understanding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2016 Privately held Comet Minerals has unveiled a new style of native nickel mineralisation at its Titan deposit, in Nigeria. The discovery is believed to be the first of its kind, with the native nickel appearing in sizes of up to 5 mm, at 90% nickel. 

Gemco, land council ink agreements to benefit traditional owners

By: Samantha Herbst     28th June 2016 After three years of negotiations, traditional owners represented by the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) and managers at the Gemco manganese mine have settled on a range of landmark agreements to substantially expand the Gemco mine, located on Australia’s Groote Eylandt, which will generate new... 

Projected infrastructure spend tied to mining in Africa in 2016

16th March 2016 African infrastructure spend will reach US$180 billion per annum by 2025 according to a study by PwC. This sizeable sum represents a commitment from national governments throughout the region, to address regional development. The mining sector in Africa has historically played an important role... 

Public, private sectors must partner for successful ICT roll-out in Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2015 It is increasingly widely accepted that deploying information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure will bring about a surge in economic growth across Africa. However, the sourcing of billions of dollars required to deliver universal coverage was up for debate at the Infrastructure... 

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. 

CIDB encourages S African firms to increase exports to rest of Africa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th May 2015 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) would, within the next six weeks, form a task team to develop frameworks for encouraging local construction companies to enter Africa’s developing markets and to seek further growth through the possible establishment of an export council. With... 

Coal mine methane touted as alternative energy source for mines 

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th April 2015 The lack of power or irregular power supply is posing an additional challenge for the South African mining sector, which has had to grapple with policy uncertainty, rising input costs, labour unrest and illegal mining. This is according to University of the Witwatersrand professor Dr Ria Vosloo,... 

Megaproject strategy to permanently alter housing development landscape – Makhura 

By: Natalie Greve     7th April 2015 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) has fleshed out a radical Mega Projects human settlements strategy that will signify a “paradigm shift” in spatial planning and housing development in the province, transitioning urban planning towards projects that delivered no fewer than 15 000 units and... 

Nonmotorised transport the way to go in eThekwini 

By: SANews, SA government news service     3rd October 2014 The City of eThekwini has unveiled its Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) Network at the Green Hub in Durban. Mayor James Nxumalo on Thursday said the city was committed to developing public transport infrastructure that was safe and easy to use for its citizens. The NMT network provides accessible... 

SA should buy in to ‘smart city’ concept – asset manager

By: Natalie Greve     10th July 2014 As a growing global player, South Africa would do well to pioneer the ‘smart city’ concept on the continent, but this would require the alignment of local legislation with international best practice on asset management, said physical asset management firm Pragma sales and marketing director Nico... 

New report highlights key role of cities in building climate resilience

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2014 Steps taken to build climate resilience in urban areas can materially accelerate successful climate adaptation globally, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) latest report argues. But it also warns that many global climate risks are concentrated in urban areas, owing to the fact... 

Global group has sector with urban focus

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 2014 With the world’s top 600 cities (with populations of 600 000 or greater) responsible for more than 50% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), urban infrastructure is a major focus for German-based global engineering and technology group Siemens. “This is one of the fastest growing sectors... 

SA moving to secure its share of world aquaculture growth  

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2013 South Africa’s aquaculture industry, though still in its infancy, has been identified by government as a key priority sector because of its potential to supplement dwindling wild-caught fish stocks with cultured fish products. Aquaculture – often referred to as the Blue Revolution – is the... 

Zim needs billions to bring infrastructure to acceptable levels 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2013 It would take several years and at least $15-billion to bring Zimbabwe’s basic infrastructure back to an acceptable level, said Frost & Sullivan environmental and building technologies research analyst Derrick Chikanga. Speaking to Engineering News Online, he said the infrastructure in the... 

Planning commission’s transport vision long on ambition, short on detail

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2012 While August 16 will probably forever be remembered as the day the South African Police Service opened fire on striking mineworkers at the Marikana platinum mine, killing 34 people, the week also delivered another noteworthy, much more positive event. National Planning Commission (NPC)... 

Planning commission’s transport vision long on ambition, short on detail

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2012 While August 16 will probably forever be remembered as the day the South African Police Service opened fire on striking mine workers at the Marikana platinum mine, killing 34 people, the week also delivered another noteworthy, much more positive event.  

New social compact needed for mining industry – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2012 Government, labour and business needed to craft a new social compact for the mining industry to avoid the risk of another Marikana, Webber Wentzel Africa projects head Peter Leon said on Tuesday. Leon, who addressed the inaugural Junior Mining and Exploration conference of the Institute for... 

NPO develops mobile purification system, educates rural communities

By: Samantha Herbst     12th October 2012 Newly established nonprofit organisation Water Footprint Community Development (WFCD) has designed a mobile water purification system for installation in rural and remote areas that lack basic infrastructure such as electricity and potable water. The Sawazi water purification system uses chlorine... 

Minister Davies gazettes BBBEE code for property sector  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     14th June 2012 Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has gazetted the Property Sector Code in terms of Section 9 of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act of 2003. The objectives of the new sector code promotes economic transformation in the property sector to enable meaningful participation... 

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