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Junk status to increase nonpayment in construction industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th May 2017 The already high risk of nonpayment in the local construction industry is set to escalate further, owing to South Africa’s recent downgrades by international ratings agencies impacting on the industry’s credit costs, MDA Attorneys’ Chris Bennett has warned. He notes that the “first to feel the... 

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 With South Africa’s water infrastructure in need of an upgrade, advisory firm KPMG says utilities and the private sector need to form partnerships that will ensure that these upgrades take place. “The main challenge in the water sector is not only the provision of infrastructure but its... 

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

LatAm water scarcity, pollution to drive more stringent enviro rules

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 New analysis by the research arm of the Fitch Group, BMI, forecasts water scarcity and contamination in Latin America will drive increasingly stringent environmental regulations in the region over the coming years. While increasing the costs for miners and delaying certain projects, the focus on... 

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. 

South Africa needs a water-conscious, water-smart approach to mitigating looming water deficit 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 A new report ‘Scenarios for the future of water South Africa’ has revealed how the drought-stricken, water-scarce country needs to transition towards a water-conscious, water smart economy with stronger water governance. In the report unpacking various scenarios, the World Wide Fund for Nature... 

DAFF to assist agricultural sector increase production  

By: Anine Kilian     17th March 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) plans to boost agricultural production, which was severely affected by the drought in recent years. Addressing delegates at the Agricultural Research Symposium 2017 in Centurion, Gauteng, on Friday, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries... 

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

Prevent corruption on government projects through the use of Quantity Surveyors 

     27th February 2017 Government will spend over R50 billion to fund national and provincial economic infrastructure requirements, according to the National Budget 2017 announced on Wednesday by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Noticably, however, according to the Auditor-General report on local government audit... 

Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 Coal and energy company Minergy said on Monday that it will list on the Botswana Stock Exchange in the first half of this year and is also planning a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing in 2017’s latter half. In the initial capital raising ahead of the listing of its Masama coal project, Minergy,... 

IFAT Africa 2017: Finding ways out of the water crisis

     9th February 2017 Messe München GmbH Messegelände 81823 München Deutschland Southern Africa suffering under severe drought Pipeline projects worth billions planned Greater use of groundwater and seawater in the future From September 12 to 14, 2017, local and international representatives from the environmental... 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

South Africa has most construction projects on continent – report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2016 South Africa continues to account for the most infrastructure and capital project activity in Southern Africa, at 48.2%, followed by Angola at 12.9% and Mozambique and Zambia at 10.6% each. South Africa also has the most projects, by country, in Africa, at 41 projects, Deloitte’s 'Africa... 

Diamcor sets deadline for works at Krone-Endora at Venetia

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 South Africa-focused diamond project developer Diamcor Mining reports that a number of expansions at its Krone-Endora at Venetia project are targeted for completion prior to the end of the current quarter. The Vancouver-headquartered company in August raised C$5.82-million through an... 

Qld declares Adani’s Carmichael ‘critical’ to fast-track project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2016 The Queensland government has invoked special power to progress the A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project being developed by Indian major Adani. The combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have all been declared “critical” infrastructure, the first time this has... 

Infrastructure crucial to water availability

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Global professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa says various factors contribute to the operating efficiencies of existing water infrastructure in South Africa, which affects the country’s availability of water resources, including management thereof. WSP environment and energy... 

Reaching your full potential, leads to endless opportunities

     19th September 2016 As a Junior Civil Engineer at GIBB, Kate Murphy owes her successful career at a young age to her own perseverance and determination. She strives harder each day to make a positive impact on the lives of the people around her, through the work she does. Working at GIBB, one of South Africa’s... 

DWS urges caution over water use as drought drags on

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th September 2016 No relief is in sight in one of the worst prolonged droughts that South Africa has ever grappled with, signalling continued – and intensified – water restrictions, as the country’s dams fall to their lowest levels in years. The inter-Ministerial Committee on drought on Thursday warned that water... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow the economy

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Consistent and sustainable water supply is necessary to ensure socioeconomic growth; therefore, wastewater treatment, as a comparatively cost-effective solution that reduces strain on available water supply, is vital to economic growth in water-stressed countries, says waste management company... 

More support needed for local steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 While government has increased import tariffs to protect the local steel market from low-cost Chinese imports, steel products manufacturer and supplier LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse believes that more needs to be done to support the South African steel market. 

Construction of Western Aqueduct continues according to plan

     27th June 2016 Durban’s largest ever bulk water pipeline, the Western Aqueduct, is making steady progress and reaching important milestones. Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, Ednick Msweli, said this week that the WA would have a significant impact on the future development of the eThekwini region.“With... 

Strong flow of water, sanitation projects for SMEC South Africa

     22nd June 2016 The Water & Environment sector of SMEC is engaged in a range of projects in South Africa, demonstrating its experience and track record in this highly competitive sector. Apart from its general capabilities, the Water & Environment sector also boasts specialist skills such as hydrology and water... 

EWS thanks residents for patience during construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation

     13th June 2016 Work on Durban’s R250 million Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project is gaining momentum and this much needed bulk infrastructure project is on track for commissioning by year end. Ednick Msweli, Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, thanked Umhlanga and Phoenix residents for their patience... 

Step-change in water resource management urgently needed  

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2016 Being the thirtieth-driest country in the world, facing the most severe drought in decades and grappling with water shortages across the board, South Africa faced a one-billion-plus cubic-metre deficit by 2030 if water consumption was not curbed urgently. South Africans currently consumed water... 

Water should be traded as a commodity – Israeli water expert

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2016 For South Africa to overcome the challenges it faces as a result of drought conditions, the country needs to start treating water as a commodity, Israeli water expert Professor Eilon Adar suggests. Speaking at the Israel–South Africa Water conference, in Johannesburg, on Monday, he noted that... 

Vedhant Maharaj wins the 2015 Corobrik Architectural Awards

     12th May 2016 Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night. For nearly three decades, this prestigious award has been presented to a talented young graduate who is on the brink... 

Lionsteel South Africa Acquires Mozambique Steel Pipe Manufacturing Mill From Capital Africa Steel (Cas)

     3rd May 2016 LionSteel South Africa has, after extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel, acquired the steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA, located in Matola, Mozambique. The acquisition worth in excess of R500 million, involved a comprehensive debt restructuring with a syndication of... 

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

By: Samantha Herbst     28th April 2016 In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the city on Thursday, mayoral... 

Lincoln inches closer to Kookaburra Gully development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2016 Graphite developer Lincoln Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the District Council of Tumby Bay, in South Australia, over the proposed Kookaburra Gully graphite mine. The MoU provided a framework for both parties to work together on the road, power and water... 

South Africa on the cusp of broader water crisis – report 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2016 With ever-increasing urgency, intervention is required, as South Africa is on the cusp of a major water crisis that poses an immediate, serious and broader risk to the economy and social stability. In the next 15 years, water demand in South Africa would outstrip supply by 17% and the water... 

Opic opens Côte d’Ivoire office

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2016 US development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) has established its first permanent, dedicated regional office in Côte d’Ivoire, in an effort to stimulate investment into development projects in the critically strategic West and Central Africa. To mark the... 

Building the Perfect Public-Private Partnership in Africa

     16th March 2016 When South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan detailed his budget in Parliament in Cape Town, he emphasized the need for Public Private Partnerships to evolve as a means to reinforce and drive infrastructure. This is a thought that is shared across the African continent, with PPPs now... 

Minister Jeff Radebe to deliver keynote address at Vision 2030 Summit

     7th March 2016 Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Vision 2030 Summit to be hosted by Topco Media in June. The Summit, to be held at Emperors Palace on June 8 and 9, follows on the successful Summit and the publication of a book on the National Development... 

Cesa commits to govt infrastructure plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th February 2016 With Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan calling for greater public–private partnerships, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to working with government to accelerate infrastructure development plans for the next three years. During his 2016 Budget Speech on... 

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 South Africa’s government plans to inject R865.4-billion into infrastructure projects such as housing, roads, rail, public transport, water and electricity, maintaining its public infrastructure investment commitments over the next three years. The 2016 Budget, tabled on Wednesday, showed... 

Budget sets aside R1.1bn for drought relief

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 As South Africa’s water woes worsen on the back of a protracted drought, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday announced relief initiatives totalling R1.1-billion over the medium term. The reprioritised funds aimed to alleviate the pressure of a severe drought on the farming sector and... 

Drought seeps through Gordhan’s budget

By: African News Agency      24th February 2016 The impact of the nation’s drought featured prominently in South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech on Wednesday, with many mentions of government’s response and praise for those looking to lessen the devastating effects. “Budget allocations for water infrastructure this... 

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