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City of Joburg’s draft Inclusionary Housing Policy unworkable – Sapoa

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 The City of Johannesburg’s draft Inclusionary Housing Policy, which is currently out for public comment, is not a workable solution and may, in its current form, deter the private sector from developing residential units, says the South African Property Owners’ Association (Sapoa). Sapoa CEO Neil... 

Former Statistician-General Pali Lehohla honoured by University of KZN

By: African News Agency      24th April 2018 The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has awarded Dr Pali Lehohla, former Statistician General and head of Statistics South Africa, with an honorary doctorate, the university said on Tuesday . The university made the award on Monday night in recognition of his unprecedented role in... 

Integrated direct drives for format changeover close a key gap

24th April 2018 The PSD series of direct drives from halstrup-walcher not only incorporates a stepper motor but all the relevant sub-systems such as control, bus interface and incremental or absolute measurement system. The drives for automatic format changeover have a compact design and operate at speeds of up... 

Inclusive infrastructure development impact – leading the charge, changing the mindset

23rd April 2018 The Bigen Group, a recognised infrastructure development activist with a reputable 46-year footprint throughout Africa, is leading the charge in infrastructure development inclusivity by empowering the women of Africa.... 

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2018 As part of plans to meet the growing demand for housing in Gauteng, Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane. Completed in November 2017, with first occupation in February 2018, the project provides safe housing for families... 

Epiroc COP MD 20 rocks the drilling industry

16th April 2018 Epiroc recently boosted its rock drill portfolio with the introduction of the new COP MD 20. “All the capabilities and features of the COP 1838 HD+ has been optimised in the COP MD20 making it hands down the toughest drill in mining,” says Business Line Manager for Epiroc’s Underground Rock... 

Four South African cities strive to make all new buildings zero-carbon

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Residents and businesses moving into new buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane will soon enjoy lower energy bills, and will generate fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, reducing their climate change impact. High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed... 

Flooring company takes over linoleum activities

13th April 2018 Production and distribution of flooring, wallcovering and finishes global leader Gerflor entered into a binding agreement to acquire floor coverings manufacturer DLW Flooring’s linoleum activities. Consummation of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and was expected to... 

UNTU negotiates 7.1% increase at Transnet

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has signed a 7.1% wage increase agreement for its members at State-owned freight group Transnet. The three-year agreement is backdated to April 1, 2018.   

Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2018 Group Five will soon become a minority shareholder in its construction business in South Africa, says CEO Themba Mosai. Speaking on Thursday in Johannesburg at the company’s interim results, he noted that Group Five targeted the sale of 51% of its South African construction business to an... 

IMF chief optimistic on growth, but warns against trade protectionism

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is optimistic on the outlook for global growth but warned darker clouds are looming due to fading fiscal stimulus and rising interest rates, the fund's Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, said on Wednesday. In a speech in Hong Kong, Lagarde said the top... 

AECOM provides social services for Malawi graphite project

11th April 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM produced the winning bid for social services for Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde graphite project in the Lilongwe District in Malawi. AECOM received a request for proposal from Sovereign Metals’ Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP), Dhamana... 

At the core of new residential suburb in Polokwane

11th April 2018 Demand for middle-income housing in Polokwane still remains high long after the city was named the capital of Limpopo. This demand is mainly being driven by civil servants, who prefer their own homes to rental accommodation, while the conversion of existing residences into commercial buildings in... 

Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 New analysis by the World Bank has confirmed that South Africa’s is not only the world’s most unequal country, but that extreme inequality has become a major constraint to higher levels of economic growth, because it is undermining policy certainty and depressing investment. The bank’s latest... 

Supporting communities with practical infrastructure: Designing functional yet attractive footbridges within limited budgets

9th April 2018 Footbridges are built to improve road safety for pedestrians and motorists. First and foremost they must be functional and low maintenance structures. There is, however, the question for designers of whether they can be more than that. “Footbridges of unique character can fit into any environment... 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Blockmaking machine aids in community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Alternative building technology partner Hydraform supplied its M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine to social activist nonprofit organisation Earthrise Trust.  

Riyadh housing project, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     30th March 2018 The Saudi Arabian National Guard iplans to build a housing development in an area of seven-million square metres. 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     29th March 2018 A historical mining area now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin, in the Central Rand goldfield, immediately south-west of the Johannesburg central business district, is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining... 

Customised ELGi compressor–drill-rig-combo delivers efficient drilling solutions

29th March 2018 An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit a state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment and delivers substantial cost savings for the end user. Integrated Air Solution, a GiGi Investments... 

Longer-lasting, superior-quality pumps set bar high

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd March 2018 With speed, discharge pressure and temperature influencing hose fatigue, pumps solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa says its Verderflex hose pump series has several design features that provide longer hose life than that of its competitors. Hose life is determined by pump speed, pressure,... 

Pumps feature specialised protective standard

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd March 2018 The Hippo submersible slurry pump range from Centurion-based pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps is regarded as the safest range the company has developed, with specialised protective features standard. "There is currently no other submersible slurry pump range that can be compared to the... 

55 municipalities are dysfunctional – Mkhize 

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 No fewer than 55 municipalities have been identified as distressed or dysfunctional, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize says. Mkhize announced on Tuesday that he would be deploying technical capacity experts who would provide support to municipalities in... 

Quick evaluation of bearing arrangement performance with SKF SimPro Quick

19th March 2018 SKF SimPro Quick is a single-shaft bearing simulation tool that has been developed to quickly evaluate the design of bearing arrangements and their field performance based on relevant application requirements and conditions. Industrial manufacturers are facing new challenges every day when it... 

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

New building player showcases modular building innovation

16th March 2018 Newly formed Cape Town-based company Innovative Modular Concepts (IMC) has unveiled a new modular building innovation for residential and commercial buildings. Leveraging a water-conserving and environment-friendly building process using repurposed material, IMC is constructing energy-efficient,... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

Kazungula Bridge set to open corridor between Zambia, Botswana

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 The Kazungula Bridge project is set to open up the transport corridor between Zambia and Botswana, a move which will see Zimbabwe lose out on transit revenue. The project is being carried out with partial financial assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The primary objective of the... 

'Cooper Roller Bearings' becomes 'SKF Cooper split bearings'

12th March 2018 Now an established brand within the SKF Group, Cooper Roller Bearings product ranges will henceforth be marketed as 'SKF Cooper split bearings'. SKF acquired Cooper Roller Bearings Co Ltd in 2013 as part of the US based Kaydon Corporation, Cooper's parent company at the time. Following a period... 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

SA HIPPO SUBMERSIBLE SLURRY PUMP® GOES TO SIERRA LEONE DIAMOND MINE

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® successfully manufactured and delivered five HIPPO Submersible Slurry pumps® for Carl Hamm PPS (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Carl Hamm GMPH. Carl Hamm Pipes Pumps Solutions specializes in dewatering from surface where access is problematic and provide complete... 

Raubex Completes Quality Rdp Multi-Storeys At Riverside View 

8th March 2018 Raubex Building has notched up another successful RDP housing project in Gauteng, completing 480 units at Riverside View south of Diepsloot in the Fourways area near Johannesburg. The company’s work on the R75 million Riverside View RDP Multi Storey project – implemented for developer Valumax –... 

Basil Read to take on building of top structures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2018 Local construction company Basil Read has received permits from the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) to start building top structures at its housing developments, such as its Savanna City Estate mixed-use development, near Orange Farm, in Gauteng. The top structure would be... 

RS Components announces major expansion of board and panel-mounted switch portfolio from C&K

7th March 2018 Wide range of electromechanical switches and pushbuttons deliver high reliability and excellent value in full spectrum of industrial applications   RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced a major expansion of... 

Stand-Alone Dust Collector

7th March 2018 SOUTH AFRICA  A new Stand-alone Dust Collector from Flexicon removes airborne dust from upstream processes, and discharges it into containers positioned below the collection hopper, protecting operators and improving plant hygiene, while eliminating material waste. The housing is equipped with a... 

RS Components announces major expansion of c and panel-mounted switch portfolio from C&K Wide range of electromechanical switches and pushbuttons deliver high reliability and excellent value in full spectrum of industrial applications

7th March 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has announced a major expansion of switching products from leading manufacturer C&K, including devices for mounting on both panels and printed circuit boards. C&K was founded in 1928 and is one... 

Decrease in government spend could harm the infrastructure sector  

By: Anine Kilian     5th March 2018 This year is going to be extremely difficult for South Africa’s infrastructure sector owing to the 12% decrease in infrastructure spending, economist Elsie Snyman told delegates at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Monday. Former Finance Minister... 

Savannah’s copper project permitting in Oman advances

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 All of the required government permitting approvals for the mining licence application for Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Maqail South copper project, in Oman, have now been received. Additionally, seven approvals for the Mahab 4 mining licence application have been received, with the Omani... 

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