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EPP forms JV to manage Poland office buildings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 12 minutes ago JSE-listed property company EPP has established a joint venture with pan-European private equity real estate platform Henderson Park, which will acquire a 70% interest in EPP's Polish office building portfolio. EPP will retain a 30% interest in the portfolio, which comprises 11 newly built office... 

WeWork opens second South African location in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2019 Global space, community and services company WeWork has established an office in Cape Town, the second city in South Africa where it is launching a presence. WeWork will take up four floors in the city’s eleven-floor 80 Strand street property, which is co-owned by Emira Property Fund and Swish... 

More African capitals realise need for resilient, sustainable infrastructure 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2019 City of Tshwane executive mayor Stevens Mokgalapa says 71% of South Africa’s population will live in urban areas by 2030. This will increase further to 80% by 2050. Africa as a continent, meanwhile, is expected to reach 50% urbanisation by 2030, the mayor said, citing data from the World... 

More African capitals realise need for resilient, sustainable infrastructure
Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa

Sisulu calls on municipalities to prioritise water, sanitation infrastructure maintenance

By: African News Agency      24th June 2019 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Sunday called on all municipalities to prioritise maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure to prevent pollution of dams and rivers. In a statement issued after a briefing by water and sanitation department acting... 

Resgen says final member confirms participation in lending syndicate for Boikarabelo

By: African News Agency      24th June 2019 Energy resources firm Resource Generation (Resgen), which is listed on the ASX and the JSE, on Monday said the third and final member of the proposed lending syndicate for the construction of its Boikarabelo mine in South Africa had confirmed its participation in writing. It said the combined... 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm turbine foundations completed ahead of schedule

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 The developers of the Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, last week completed the project’s 48 wind turbine foundations – three weeks ahead of schedule and still within budget. The first of the foundations was poured in November 2018. 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm turbine foundations completed ahead of schedule

GVK to pay R6m fine in settlement with competition authorities

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2019 The Competition Tribunal has ordered local construction firm GVK Siyazama Building to pay an administrative penalty of just over R6-million after the firm admitted to collusive tendering in three construction projects in the Western Cape. The firm’s admission and its agreement to pay the fine,... 

Theft, vandalism slow new train rollout at Metrorail 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2019 While the Gibela factory in Gauteng has started to steadily produce new, made-in-South Africa trains for the Metrorail system in South Africa, it appears it may take some time before these trains all start carrying passengers. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is to deliver 600 new trains (3... 

Theft, vandalism slow new train rollout at Metrorail
A new train on the Metrorail system

Company expands on fixing range

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st June 2019 Construction and fixing supplier Upat South Africa, the sole Southern African agents for fischer Fixings, has added its Duopower nylon expansion plug to its extensive range of fixings. Made from two different types of nylon, Upat technical sales director and co-owner, Kerry Kuhlmann, explains... 

Company expands on fixing range
CLOSE KNIT Upat not only supplies the fischer range of products, the company offers four other major brands that are all complementary

Upat offers a complete solution for construction industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st June 2019 As a local supplier of premium brands – including those of measuring tool supplier Stabila, power tool manufacturer Milwaukee and construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer – leading distributor Upat South Africa offers a complete solution to clients in construction and associated trades.... 

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Civil engineering voluntary association and learning institution, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has initiated a long-term expansion strategy to cater to the needs of its members according to their specific member segment, such as segments for students, graduates or... 

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy
GROWING FORWARD The diversity panel and ‘Growing Forward’ strategy will allow the institution to develop policies that address gender diversity and inclusivity in the built environment industry

Company supplies tech for local brick factory

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st June 2019 German supplier and independent plant engineering and construction company Keller will supply technology for clay brick manufacturer and distributor Corobrik’s R800-million brick factory currently being constructed in Driefontein, Gauteng. Construction of the new facility began in July 2018 and... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Organisations need to play a more active role in developing engineering capacity in South Africa, as new regulations are in place to provide available funding for graduate training, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) capacity building arm Civils Masakheni MD Allyson... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates
ALLYSON LAWLESS Employers are mistaken in unrealistically expecting graduates to design and manage processes, projects and systems from their first day at work

Lafarge Africa rises to 3-week high after it sells South African unit

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Shares of Lafarge Africa rose 9.95% to a three-week high on Thursday after the cement maker said it had sold its loss-making South African operations. The stock of the local unit of Franco-Swiss group Lafarge Holcim listed in Lagos, climbed to 10.50 naira, outperforming the weaker Nigerian All... 

Group Five shareholders unlikely to receive any value from business rescue process 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 2019 Dave Lake and Peter van den Steen, the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Group Five on Thursday informed shareholders that it was “very unlikely” that they would receive any value back on their investments in the construction group. Shares “are not worth very much at all”, Lake told... 

Group Five shareholders unlikely to receive any value from business rescue process

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways 

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2019 Italian Railways senior VP Nino Cingolani expects the consortium appointed as the preferred bidder in the Tambo Springs Intermodal Terminal project to sign the 20-year concession agreement with Transnet Freight Rail by the end of the year. The consortium, announced earlier this month, is led by... 

Tambo Springs project an 'exciting experience', says Italian Railways

Sierra Leone President opens bids for 7 km airport bridge

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Sierra Leone's President opened a tender process on Wednesday for building a 7 km bridge at a cost of up to $2-billion to link Freetown to the country's only international airport. Freetown International Airport at Lungi is currently accessible only by boat or helicopter, separated from the... 

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa 

20th June 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute last month launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the Wits University’s Junction Campus, saving the buildings millions in energy costs a year. 

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa
Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa

Afrimat Construction Index shows marginal improvement year-on-year

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 2019 JSE-listed Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter broadly followed the same “disappointing trend” evident in overall economic activity during the quarter, with gross domestic product (GDP) having contracted by more than 3% quarter-on-quarter. Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who... 

Afrimat Construction Index shows marginal improvement year-on-year
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

R600m retail boost on the cards for PE’s Boardwalk Precinct

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 2019 Flanagan & Gerard Group and Moolman Group have signed an agreement with Emfuleni Resorts, a subsidiary of Sun International, to extend and upgrade the retail area at Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, in Port Elizabeth, in a R600-million redevelopment project. The Boardwalk Mall... 

R600m retail boost on the cards for PE’s Boardwalk Precinct
An artist's impression of the entrance area of the upgraded retail area at Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World

Resilient infrastructure key to limiting natural disaster costs – World Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery in its latest report had found that the net benefit (on average) of investing in more resilient infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries would be $4.2-trillion, or $4 in benefit for each $1 invested. The report, titled... 

Resilient infrastructure key to limiting natural disaster costs – World Bank

TCTA moves ahead with R12.3bn second phase of Mokolo-Crocodile water scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2019 Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) announced on Wednesday that it had commenced with the implementation of the Mokolo-Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A (MCWAP-2A) project, which is strongly associated with minerals and energy projects in the Limpopo province and is, thus, facing... 

Emira’s Denver warehouse attracts tenants looking for ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2019 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund’s refurbished warehouse facility, in Denver, Johannesburg, has opened its doors and is attracting tenants looking for state-of-the-art facilities paired with contemporary office space and energy efficiency. The real estate investment trust invested R8.2-million in... 

Emira’s Denver warehouse attracts tenants looking for ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities
Emira Property Fund’s refurbished warehouse facility, in Denver, Johannesburg

Balwin registers over 16 000 EDGE certified units

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2019 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has registered more than 16 000 units across seven of its built-to-sell and three of its rental developments as excellence in design for greater efficiency certified with the Green Building Council South Africa. The registration will be completed over the next six... 

Balwin registers over 16 000 EDGE certified units
Balwin Properties Kikuyu development

Index points to mild uptick in building confidence in second quarter

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th June 2019 Following a decline for the last two quarters, and after having reached an eight-year low of 25 in the first quarter, the First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research Building Confidence Index rose by four points to 29 in the second quarter. “While confidence is marginally higher, it... 

City of Joburg to reclaim hijacked shops in Riverlea for community use

By: African News Agency      18th June 2019 The City of Joburg on Tuesday, said it was moving ahead with efforts to reclaim hijacked properties after its Council passed a report to enable the City to reclaim local community shops in Riverlea, south of Johannesburg. Leah Knott, Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development,... 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2019 South Africa is not, as is so often punted, the gateway to Africa, says Africa House director Duncan Bonnett – this is a mere “influence illusion”. The country is more a gateway to Southern African, and not even all of that. 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house

Egypt's Tourah Cement stops production due to oversupply

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Egyptian cement maker Tourah Cement, a subsidiary of Germany's HeidelbergCement , says it has suspended production because of financial distress caused by oversupply in the Egyptian market and is considering liquidation. "Estimated cement consumption during 2019 will end at around 50-million... 

Atterbury’s Western Cape office relocated to Stellenbosch heritage building

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 Atterbury’s new Western Cape office is the La Gratitude Manor House – an iconic building, national monument and the second-oldest building in Stellenbosch. Atterbury’s decision to move its Western Cape head office was based primarily on its space requirements, but Atterbury Western Cape... 

Atterbury’s Western Cape office relocated to Stellenbosch heritage building
La Gratitude

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast
Van Dykspruit Quarry

Fortress joins programme to help emerging property businesses grow

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 Growthpoint initiative Property Point and JSE-listed Fortress Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) have partnered to roll out an enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme in the property sector. The programme provides extensive insight to small businesses on becoming market and funding... 

Growthpoint’s Oxford road development to be completed by October

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 Growthpoint Properties’ multimillion-rand 144 Oxford road development is set for completion in October. The nine-storey, 35 000 m2 office development comprises two office towers. Designed by Paragon Architects, the building comprises a northern and southern wing connected by a central link. 

Growthpoint’s Oxford road development to be completed by October
144 Oxford Road artist impression

Commission approves M&R's buyout of Opti Power Projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2019 The Competition Commission has approved Murray & Roberts' (M&R's) proposed buyout of Opti Power Projects and Opti Power HR. Opti Power provides power transmission and distribution services. 

Health club receives net zero waste rating

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Through rigorous waste reduction, separation and recycling on site, and the assistance of net zero-accredited professionals Ecolution Consulting, Health Club Virgin Active Constantia, in Cape Town, achieved a Net Zero Waste certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.... 

Health club receives net  zero waste rating
Photo by Julian Goldswain
NOTHING GOES TO WASTE Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and... 

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

Rescue practitioners seek another extension for Group Five plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2019 Group Five’s joint business rescue practitioners reported on Thursday that they would be approaching creditors to seek approval for yet another extension to the June 28 deadline for the publication of a business rescue plan. Initially a deadline of April 16 was set in line with a legal... 

Rescue practitioners seek another extension for Group Five plan

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2019 A South African wave-energy start-up is building a pioneering 1 MW pilot project, based on its patented homegrown design, which will supply clean electricity to a large-scale Hermanus abalone farm, in the Western Cape. Mean Sea Level (MSL) is developing the first-of-its-kind project with equity... 

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus
Photo by Mean Sea Level
Construction of 1 MW wave-energy pilot project under way in Hermanus
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