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Promoting growth and transformation within the Quantity Surveying industry

     25th April 2017 ASAQS is committed to transformation and skills development in the built environment The built environment is one of many industries that faces challenges due to the skills crises. Exacerbating the issue locally is a lack of transformation, retiring baby boomers, too few formalised training and... 

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Technological advancements over the years have meant Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has been able to install trackers on its crane fleet, ensuring more efficient operations during construction projects. 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Manufacturing sector to benefit from nuclear new build programme – Lesedi

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Government and the broader public should realise that nuclear is “the right way to go” to meet South Africa’s future energy needs, says Lesedi Nuclear Services CEO Francis Carruthers, adding that the nuclear new build programme will hold significant downstream benefits in terms of local... 

Conference to boost key partnerships

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry representative Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) will host the twenty-fourth International Federation of Consulting Engineers’ Group of African Member Associations (FIDIC GAMA) Conference – one of the biggest networking events for African consulting engineers – in Cape Town from... 

SA construction firms taking strain – study

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 The global multidisciplinary construction industry has been under growing pressure and the situation is no different in South Africa, says a Frost & Sullivan study, titled ‘Analysis of the South African Multidisciplinary Construction Industry within an African Context’. The study looked at the... 

Multidisciplinary construction industry sees sharp drop in market cap

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 The global multidisciplinary construction industry has been under growing pressure and the situation is no different in South Africa, says a Frost & Sullivan study, titled ‘Analysis of the South African Multidisciplinary Construction Industry within an African Context’. The study looked at the... 

City of Cape Town will continue to fight against stadium collusion, says De Lille 

By: African News Agency      31st October 2016 National government should be ashamed that it misled the country into thinking that municipalities would be compensated for collusion by construction companies, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. “Last week it was reported that municipalities which have incurred a loss of... 

Funding, procurement for road infrastructure projects problematic

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The methods of acquiring funding, as well as the public procurement process for road infrastructure projects need to be re-examined, as current models are problematic, says civil engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa. WSP | Parsons transport and infrastructure divisional... 

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2016 The incoming president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), Michael Pimstein, has called on employers affiliated to the body to adopt a proactive stance towards the upcoming 2017 wage negotiations. Pimstein is returning to a Seifsa post he last occupied... 

M&R to sell civil engineering unit as it agrees to settlement deal with government 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2016 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed its full participation in an agreement unveiled together with government on October 11, allowing for the settlement of potential claims arising from its much-publicised transgressions of South Africa’s competition laws. In return, the... 

Two years into project, Giant Flag outlines visible from space 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd October 2016 The first satellite image of the Giant Flag, near Graaff-Reinet, in the Eastern Cape, has been released, with the outlines of the South African flag clearly visible. The 66 ha flag will be made up of 2.5-million coloured succulents and a 4 MW solar field. The novelty project will also include a... 

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement 

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Despite Cabinet having insisted at its recent lekgotla that South Africa has no intention of “changing course midstream” in its support of the independent power producer (IPP) programme and notwithstanding that all determinations are in terms of official Ministerial determinations, State-owned... 

Will the recovery in Eskom’s plant availability be sustained? 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2016 In its most recent presentations on the performance of its power stations, Eskom has pointed to improvements in the energy availability factor (EAF) from its coal-fired power stations over the past few months as evidence of a solid operational turnaround. The State-owned utility shows, for... 

South Africa waking up to entrepreneurship, but coordinated strategy still lacking

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd July 2016 Amid fiscal constraints, political uncertainties and extremely weak economic growth, South Africa is finally placing increasing emphasis on enterprise development and cultivating an entrepreneurship culture. Epitomising this shift in emphasis, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said... 

South Africa waking up to entrepreneurship, but coordinated strategy still lacking

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd July 2016 Amid fiscal constraints political uncertainties and extremely weak economic growth, South Africa is finally placing increasing emphasis on enterprise development and cultivating an entrepreneurship culture. Epitomising this shift in emphasis, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd June 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has noted the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on free-to-air television broadcaster eTV’s STBs encryption court battle. 

Government mulls review of law regulating construction companies

By: African News Agency      16th March 2016 Government was “itching” to do a complete overhaul of the laws governing South Africa’s construction industry which continued to be dogged by allegations of collusion, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public works, Nxesi and... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments. Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Air transport catalyst for economic growth across African Continent

     22nd January 2016 Greater distances, more widely dispersed populations and lack of terrestrial infrastructure makes aviation an essential catalyst for social and economic progress on the African continent, says airport management company Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).  

Murray & Roberts slapped with R64m fine

By: African News Agency      11th December 2015 The Competition Commission of South Africa on Thursday confirmed it had issued a R64.1-million fine to construction giant Murray & Roberts for its involvement in sector collusion related to construction projects for the 2010 World Cup. “Yesterday [on Wednesday], the competition tribunal confirmed... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th November 2015 Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has been given permission to take its fight against government’s digital migration policy to the Supreme Court of Appeal. 

Commission refers case against WBHO, Group Five to tribunal

By: Natalie Greve     26th October 2015 Marking the end of the Competition Commission’s investigation into the alleged collusive conduct in the construction sector arising out of the fast-track process, the commission has referred to the Competition Tribunal the last case arising out of its investigation of bid-rigging in that sector.... 

Seifsa reiterates troubles facing manufacturing sector

By: Kim Cloete     23rd October 2015 Price instability and weak performance have hammered South Africa’s manufacturing sector. All major sectors under the manufacturing umbrella – from paper and publishing and clothing and textiles, to chemicals, automotive, food and metals – were performing below full capacity, Steel and... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th October 2015 The Minister of Communications has denied reports that the ruling African National Congress has discussed a reversal of South Africa’s digital migration policy. 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd October 2015 The first household registrations for the set-top boxes required for South Africa’s digital terrestrial television platform started on October 1, in the Northern Cape. 

Long-term benefits or deferred externalities?

By: Riaan de Lange     18th September 2015 I am writing this column having just returned from a concert at which one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Madness, was a headline act. It is with some irony that I contemplate the news of a mere 24 hours before. The city of Durban, my much beloved hometown, was... 

Italian crushing company looks to increase African footprint

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Italian crusher and screening company MB Crusher is looking to expand into the South Africa and African market through an exclusive distributor agreement with a local distributor – Randfontein-based Renlyn Engineering, which is the sole Southern African distributor. 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th August 2015 The final two sites to transmit the broadcasting frequencies of South Africa’s digital terrestrial television platform will go live in March 2016. 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st August 2015 South Africa’s Northern Cape will become the first province to transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. 

Former Director-General of Tourism to head Brand South Africa

     5th August 2015 Brand South Africa’s Chairman Ms Chichi Maponya today announced that Mr Kingsley Makhubela has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Brand South Africa for the period 2015-2020. Mr Makhubela has had an illustrious and distinguished career in the public service having recently concluded his... 

Commonwealth Games to attract R25bn to Durban economy 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th July 2015 If Durban wins the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the city’s economy could expect an inflow of about R25-billion, with positive knock-on effects from 220 000 visitors extending way beyond the East Coast, bid committee CEO Mark Alexander says. However, professional services firm Deloitte... 

Local steel demand suffers 5% yearly contraction

By: Bruce Montiea     10th July 2015 Steel demand in South Africa has suffered a steep decline over the past eight years, having contracted by an average of 5% a year since 2007, says growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Africa. Frost & Sullivan industrial business unit research analyst Tilden Hellyer notes that this dip was... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th July 2015 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has assured that, although no date has been set, the long-awaited digital migration will be concluded within the next two years. 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd July 2015 The Gauteng High Court ruled in June against broadcaster e.tv in its challenge of government’s decision not to encrypt set-top boxes for digital broadcasts. 

Once Treasury signs off on designated products, buying local ‘no longer a choice’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies signalled on Monday that government would be demanding higher levels of compliance with local-content requirements, arguing that once “designation notes” had been issued by the National Treasury it was no longer a choice, but a requirement, for State... 

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