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Health and safety burden shifts onto firms as Level 3 opens way for big resumption of economic activity

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 23 minutes ago The nationwide transition from lockdown Level 4 to Level 3 on June 1 would facilitate the return-to-work of almost eight-million more South Africans than had hitherto been allowed to do so, Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. He cautioned, however, that the... 

Sanral seeks go-ahead to move to ‘non-paper-based’ tender process

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 59 minutes ago The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is awaiting permission to move to an online tender system, says Sanral Eastern Region regional manager Dumi Nkabinde. Seventy tenders are currently undergoing compliance checks at Sanral, while 132 are under evaluation. The number of... 

Sanral seeks go-ahead to move to ‘non-paper-based’ tender process

Ramaphosa to host inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago President Cyril Ramaphosa will on June 23 host the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa to unveil an infrastructure project pipeline from six priority sectors. The Sidssa itself is a culmination of a meeting convened by the President in February this year,... 

Ramaphosa to host inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Pipeline construction at Renergen's Virginia project to resume

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Engineering consultant EPCM Bonisana, a subsidiary of EPCM Holdings, plans to remobilise on June 1 for the restart of construction of the pipeline at emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virgina gas project, in the Free State. “This is a great result, not only for Renergen... 

South Africa plans $20.5bn of public works to spur economy - ANC official

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago South Africa is planning projects worth $20.5-billion in sectors such as transport, energy and water as it looks to drive an economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, a top official in the governing African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday. Paul Mashatile, the ANC's treasurer... 

Wind energy market set new installation record in 2019 with 63 GW added

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2020 According to its second edition of its annual 'Supply Side Analysis 2019' report, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that in 2019 a new supply side record, in terms of capacity for the wind energy industry, was set, with 22 893 wind turbines being installed internationally. These wind... 

Pandemic-induced slump in global energy investment risks locking in obsolete technologies 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge by $400-billion in 2020, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report shows. Describing the slump as “unparalleled” and “staggering” in both scale and swiftness, the... 

Pandemic-induced slump in global energy investment risks locking in obsolete technologies
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Arrowhead performs above expectations in tough interim period

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2020 Diversified real estate investment trust Arrowhead recorded a solid performance ahead of expectations for the six months ended March 31, despite having to contend with a tough economic environment. Speaking to Engineering News on May 27, Arrowhead CEO Mark Kaplan highlighted some of the... 

Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’ 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) confirmed on Tuesday that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had concurred with a Ministerial determination submitted to the regulator in February for the procurement of 2 000 MW of emergency electricity from independent... 

Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’
IPP Office working on scheme to procure 128 MW of additional energy from existing wind and solar farms

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reports that there has been a recovery in some of its operations since the easing of lockdown restrictions and is increasing tending towards an “optimistic” recovery scenario for many of its units – a scenario that assumes a ramp-up to full operations... 

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit

Giflo celebrates ten years in the property industry

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2020 Property management company Giflo this week celebrates ten years in the business, during which it has grown to a full-spectrum developer of residential, hotel, retail and medical developments nationwide. During this anniversary year, which is characterised by the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of... 

Giflo celebrates ten years in the property industry
Artist's render of Building B adjacent to Barloworld Logistics building at Giflo's Irene Link Precinct development.

Afrimat proposes Unicorn Capital buyout

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2020 JSE-listed Afrimat has submitted a nonbinding expression of interest to acquire the remaining shares in Unicorn Capital Partners it does not already own. Afrimat is offering one new Afrimat share for every 280 Unicorn Capital shares held. 

Cape Town proposes national renewables procurement scheme for municipalities as it pushes ahead with IPP legal case 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The City of Cape Town is proposing the creation of a nationally coordinated renewable-energy procurement programme through which municipalities are empowered to procure electricity from  independent power producers (IPPs). The City has adopted this position notwithstanding its long-running legal... 

Cape Town proposes national renewables procurement scheme for municipalities as it pushes ahead with IPP legal case

AfCFTA to be continent’s main post-pandemic ‘stimulus’ lever  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2020 The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) represents the only realistic stimulus option available to resource-constrained African governments for reigniting growth in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene avers. The global response to the virus had... 

AfCFTA to be continent’s main post-pandemic ‘stimulus’ lever
AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene on the impact of Covid-19 on the trade agreement and its role in reigniting growth across the continent. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Alert Level 3 might save teetering construction companies

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 Construction companies that are on the verge of collapse after having shuttered operations during Alert Level 4 and 5 of the national Covid-19 lockdown might now be saved with a move to Alert Level 3 when construction is permitted to resume, says Construction Covid-19 Rapid Response Task Team... 

EPP revokes paying interim dividend

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 In light of uncertain trading conditions and the difficulty in determining the impact of Covid-19, JSE-listed real estate investment trust EPP has decided to revoke its dividend declaration for the six months ended December 31, 2019. The Poland-focused developer initially delayed the payment of... 

M&R says order book remains healthy, despite delayed projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says few of its projects have continued with little or no disruption as a result of Covid-19-related suspensions and restrictions. As a result, the company is reasonably certain that its earnings per share (EPS) for the... 

Lesedi appoints new nonexecutive director

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 Engineering procurement and construction company Lesedi has appointed Makole Mupita as a new nonexecutive director to its board. Mupita is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years of professional experience within the financial services sector.  

Alert Level 3 to bring relief for construction industry

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 KwaZulu-Natal-based construction industry representative organisation Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal (MBA-KZN) reports that the move to Alert Level 3 of the national Covid-19 lockdown on June 1, will bring much-needed relief for the construction industry. The move will result in the... 

NHBRC submits Covid-19 guidelines for public comment

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 Housing regulator, the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), has issued guidelines to deal with the management of Covid-19 in residential construction sites, for public comment. This is part of the regulator’s efforts to ensure the spread of the virus is contained and to protect... 

Atlantic Leaf directors, main shareholder in favour of Apollo buyout

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 JSE-listed and UK-focused real estate investment trust Atlantic Leaf Properties has entered into an implementation agreement with South Downs Investment (SDI), which intends to acquire the issued share capital of Atlantic for £152-million. This values Atlantic at a price at 80.5p, or R17.30, a... 

AMCU calls for testing of all employees at affiliated workplaces 

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has again called on employers to test all employees for Covid-19 as the pandemic continues to spread across South Africa. AMCU notes that while it has consistently called for the testing of all workers, the official stance of... 

Work resumes on N2 Msikaba bridge project 

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2020 Work has started on the foundations for the Msikaba bridge being constructed by Concor Infrastructure, in joint venture (JV) with Mota-Engil Construction South Africa (MECSA). The R1.65-billion contract is poised to deliver the longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa.  

Work resumes on N2 Msikaba bridge project
Aerial view of the south side of the Msikaba project

Covid-19 workplace protocols must become ‘second nature’ for any further lockdown easing 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2020 Organised business has called for domestic firms to take steps to ensure that their workplaces are Covid-19-ready in light of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s May 24 announcement that the country would transition from lockdown Level 4 to Level 3 from June 1, a move that will result in many more South... 

Covid-19 workplace protocols must become ‘second nature’ for any further lockdown easing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Busa president Sipho Pityana

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the deficits in the water and sanitation sectors in South Africa, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dr Dhesigan Naidoo said during a webinar on May 22. He added that the pandemic had also highlighted some of the opportunities in these sectors. 

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

Why a giant hydropower dam in Africa worries the US, China

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 China and the United Nations backed calls for Ethiopia to resume talks over its plan to begin filling a giant hydropower dam that is opposed by Egypt. Ethiopia wants to flood the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam when the next rainy season begins in July. Egypt insists on having a say in how... 

MBA North calls for engagement around lockdown regulations 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North is calling on government to “proactively engage” with the construction industry to firm up the lockdown regulations relating to the industry as quickly as possible.  MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela says that certainty will help the industry... 

MBA North calls for engagement around lockdown regulations

UIF/TERS claims leading to 'enormous anger', says Master Builders’ WCape 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Master Builders’ Association Western Cape (MBAWC) says it is “cautiously confident” that the construction industry is ready to return to work safely, and maintains that the longer the industry remains dormant, the greater the financial losses its members will need to bear.  These losses... 

UIF/TERS claims leading to 'enormous anger', says Master Builders’ WCape

Construction sector survival requires fresh approach

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The survival of the construction industry will depend on the willingness and ability of individuals and organisations to adapt to a new way of working, as well government’s commitment to address the threats highlighted by the sector, University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology... 

Construction sector survival requires fresh approach
DECISIVE ACTION For the construction industry to thrive, opportunism will need to be dealt with immediately and decisively

Council accelerates online services amid lockdown

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has forced home building industry regulator the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) to review its business operations by fast-tracking its online service offering following the national lockdown. 

Council accelerates online services  amid lockdown
OTSILE MASENG Covid-19 and subsequent economic downgrades by rating agencies will result in a sharp decline in domestic demand for residential properties

Pandemic, economic challenges to shape industry direction

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Industry trends are likely to take a new direction because of the global Covid-19 pandemic and a severely constrained local economy, says steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel. 

Pandemic, economic challenges to shape industry direction
MIKE BENFIELD The construction and steel sectors – including the larger manufacturing industry – are “hand-in-glove”

Built-environment growth a focus for regulator

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has its sights set on accelerating growth in and strengthening its partnerships with the construction sector. 

Built-environment growth a focus for regulator
TOWING THE LINE The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications’ National Building Regulations division assists with the upkeep of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act

Integration vital for construction-project life cycle

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 There is a need for integration between the engineering design and environmental processes, before the final submission stage of a project, to avoid the possibility of environmental authorisation for construction on the preferred site being denied, says environmental consultancy Environmental... 

Integration vital for construction-project life cycle
SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS Identifying the environmentally sensitive areas on-site early during the design phase can increase the probability of a sustainable and integrated development

Sector lags behind, requires innovative tech

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 While other industries have undergone tremendous changes over time, owing to innovation and technology, the construction industry has only made incremental changes, says power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa marketing manager Candice Knipe-Tlhotlhalemajoe. 

Sector lags behind, requires innovative tech
LEADING CONSTRUCTION TOOLS Some of Matus South Africa's leading brands for power tools within the construction sector are Hikoki (formerly known as Hitachi), Fox and Euroboor

Expert enhances skills

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Demolition expert Jet Demolition has made a significant investment in developing and retaining an exclusive skills base through the retention of full-time, long-term employees. 

Expert enhances skills
KIND OF A BIG DEAL The Bank of Lisbon building implosion on November 24 2019 is the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition

Pandemic heightens existing construction sector woes

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Challenges in the construction sector will continue to prevail if construction sites remain closed, owing to South Africa’s national lockdown, says Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) president Christelle Bown. 

Pandemic heightens existing construction sector woes
CHRISTELLE BOWN It is important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services

More to concrete parking lots than meets the eye

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Concrete offers several major advantages when building parking areas, says industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

More to concrete parking lots than meets the eye
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER The environmental aspects of concrete parking lots, should not be overlooked
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