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Approvals for Eskom’s ‘exciting’ grid-tied battery project expected in February 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the tender evaluation for Phase 1 of the utility’s battery energy storage systems (BESS) project has been completed and that he expects the final approvals to be in place in February. Speaking during a briefing on the state of the system on Thursday, De... 

Public Works to release RFP for renewable energy programme this quarter

By: Darren Parker     Updated 6 hours ago The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) in the first quarter of this year, it said in a statement on January 27. The iREREP will be the largest programme for... 

A photo of Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
Photo by Reuters
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

South Africa’s emergency power process nears another deadline

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2022 South Africa has made faltering progress toward implementing plans announced more than two years ago to procure additional power needed to swiftly address crippling energy shortages. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy first issued a request for information from potential electricity... 

A Kapowership vessel

Vukile’s subsidiary acquires 22% stake in a fellow Spanish Reit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2022 JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund’s 88%-held Madrid-listed subsidiary, Castellana Properties Socimi, has acquired a 21.7% shareholding in its market peer Lar España Real Estate Socimi. The transaction, valued at about €100-million, represents an investment with outstanding synergies, posits Vukile... 

Macsteel business launched to support construction industry

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Steel products distributor Macsteel has established Macsteel Foundation Solutions, which provides customers in the construction industry with steel-based construction and innovative lateral support services and products The new business is part of the company’s strategy to reimagine and... 

GBCSA appoints new chairperson

By: Darren Parker     26th January 2022 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) board has appointed property investment firm Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) asset management executive Brian Unsted as its new chairperson. Unsted has 28 years of experience in the South African property industry and is the sustainability champion for... 

A photo of new GBCSA chairperson Brian Unsted
New GBCSA chairperson Brian Unsted

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
Photo by Creamer Media
Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

Greater accountability needed for underperforming construction contractors

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2022 Following concerns about the lengthy and litigious process to recoup money from underperforming construction contractors, the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements has requested that government enhance accountability mechanisms against contractors responsible for blocked and unfinished human... 

Global steel production increased by 3.7% y/y in 2021

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reached 1.95-billion tonnes in 2021 – a 3.7% year-on-year increase. China produced 1.03-billion tonnes – a 3% year-on-year decline. 

Is there a need for TES in SA’s construction industry? 

25th January 2022 It is without a doubt that many industries have taken a serious knock during the pandemic. Those involved in South Africa’s construction industry had their hands tied, especially at the onset of the pandemic when restrictions severely delayed and even terminated projects. When comparing GDP... 

PIC increases stake in PPC above 10%, while VCP lowers its interest to 13.75%

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2022 JSE-listed PPC has received formal notification that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has acquired additional shares in the cement producer. The PIC now holds 10.249% of PPC’s shares in issue, an increase from the 5.37% of shares it previously held. 

McKinsey pegs the price tag of a livable climate at $9.2tr a year

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 A new analysis from McKinsey & Co. estimates that the investment, in new infrastructure and systems, needed to meet international climate goals could be $9.2-trillion a year through 2050. That’s at least $3.5-trillion more a year than the world is currently laying out for both low-carbon and... 

Western Cape dept launches contractors' framework targeting women, youth

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th January 2022 The Western Cape Human Settlements Department has launched its contractors' framework, which aims to target particularly women- and youth-owned contractors. The department is inviting bids from engineering and construction contractors owned by historically disadvantaged individuals (HDIs) to... 

Schneider Electric launches green-focused business software suite

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is introducing an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure. The Infrastructure of the Future suite offers a holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies, while tackling the challenges... 

Firm launches new contract management services offering

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Legal services firm NSDV has launched a new contract management services offering, which aims to save companies from unnecessary and avoidable legal fees, while improving project delivery and profitability. NSDV construction law specialist, director and cofounder Cameron Staude said in a... 

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

Globeleq's Malindi solar plant providing 40 MW of clean energy to Kenya grid

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The 52 MW Malindi solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Langobaya, Kenya, has been exporting 40 MW of power into the national grid since December 14. The $69-million solar plant, developed by independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq and its project partner Africa Energy Development Corporation... 

Opinion: Steelmaking remains a key strategic industry for South Africa

21st January 2022 In this opinion article, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) stakeholder management and communications group manager Tami Didiza writes about the state of the South African steel industry, trade protection measures and AMSA's investment in its own facilities, as well as its support for the... 

Tami Didiza

Aveng grows order book, expects solid interim performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 JSE-listed construction group Aveng has grown its order book to R29.1-billion as at December 31. This includes A$1.1-billion worth of work won by its Australia-focused subsidiary McConnell Dowell.  

Zimbabwe export farm's 510 kW solar PV and 1 MWh battery powering packhouse, cold storage

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 A 510 kW and 1 MWh solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage installation to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agricultural company Nhimbe Fresh has started generating electricity. The $1.4-million project was funded through a crowd-sale completed by solar leasing... 

DoT, PRASA rehabilitating, reopening Mabopane rail commuter line

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2022 The Department of Transport (DoT) and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are making progress with the R1.4-billion programme to upgrade infrastructure and implement refurbishments to reopen the Mabopane Corridor, with Pienaarspoort to Pretoria and Mabopane to Pretoria services... 

Attacq progresses Waterfall developments  

19th January 2022 Real estate investment trust Attacq is continuing to develop Waterfall City, its mixed-used development in Midrand, into a smart, safe and sustainable city. Tasneem Bulbulia expands. 

Attacq progresses Waterfall developments
Attacq progresses Waterfall developments

KZN has masterplan to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal has a masterplan in place to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport, which is undergoing a R72-million upgrade. During a visit to the airport this week, Premier Sihle Zikalala said that masterplan was expected to attract critical infrastructure investment in mixed-use... 

Investec to offer private bank clients solar-power financing

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 Investec plans to offer its private banking clients funding to install solar panels and battery storage systems in homes, bolstering its own green credentials and providing a power solution in a country regularly hit by electricity outages. The offering, which follows a pilot programme for 1 000... 

AFC raises $400m syndicated loan for post-pandemic recovery, infrastructure investment

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Private sector-led infrastructure finance provider the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has raised $400-million in a syndicated loan to support the post-pandemic recovery through critical development of infrastructure. The proceeds will facilitate upcoming infrastructure projects that address the... 

Fortress REIT acquires third logistics asset in Poland

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 JSE-listed Fortress REIT has acquired its third logistics asset, MDC2 Park Łódź South, located south of Łódź in central Poland. Driven by the demand to supply high-growth western European economies, the first two signature acquisitions in Poland were made in 2020 to deepen and extend the... 

An artist's rendering of Fortress REIT's logistics asset, MDC2 Park Łódź South
Fortress MDC2 Park

Polihali Village and visitors’ lodge construction kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2022 The construction of permanent housing, visitors’ lodge and associated infrastructure at the Polihali Village is set to start in January after the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarded the construction tender to the Polihali Village Joint Venture (JV) in December 2021.... 

V&A Waterfront appoints Antoinette Basson as finance executive manager

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Mixed-use commercial property company the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront has appointed Antoinette Basson as finance executive manager, effective January 10. Basson has more than 26 years' experience, 17 of which have been in the financial services industry. 

V&A Waterfront finance executive manager Antoinette Basson
V&A Waterfront finance executive manager Antoinette Basson

Green hydrogen best long-term opportunity to decarbonise hard-to-abate carbon emitters – Gungubele 

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 Hard-to-abate carbon emissions-intensive sectors – such as heavy-duty transport, aviation, maritime and heavy industries – may be able to reduce their emissions through the use of green hydrogen produced at a deep-water harbour facility in Boegoebaai, 60 km north of Port Nolloth. The Boegoebaai... 

Hydrogen from power graphic

Road rehabilitation between Kameeldrift, Ga-Rankuwa to start this week

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2022 Road management company Bakwena N1/N4 Platinum Highway will undertake major rehabilitation of the base layers in the left-hand lane on portions of the N4 between Kameeldrift and Ga-Rankuwa Interchanges as part of its 2022 planned maintenance programme. The detailed design for this work was... 

GIBB oversees refurbishment of Nalubaale dam in Uganda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2022 After being awarded the contract to design and oversee the refurbishment of the Nalubaale dam, in Uganda, in 2018, engineering firm GIBB said that construction deadlines were met, high technical standards were achieved and the project budget was not exceeded, despite the limitations brought on by... 

Tanzania, Burundi sign $900m railway deal to boost trade

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2022 Tanzania and Burundi have signed an agreement to build a $900-million railway that will connect the neighbouring East African nations. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a 282 km line from the western Tanzanian town of Uvinza to Burundi’s capital Gitega. Finance and... 

Stakeholders to visit Boegoebaai to kickstart green hydrogen project

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele will join a delegation from Sasol, Infrastructure South Africa and the Northern Cape provincial government in Port Nolloth on January 17 for a stakeholder engagement aimed at start a green hydrogen project in Boegoebaai. The meeting and site visit will... 

DWS prioritises Sedibeng water project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2022 The Sedibeng Regional Sewer Sanitation Scheme, which remains central to resolving the issues that affect the Vaal River System in the Emfuleni local municipality, has been prioritised by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and is part of the immediate scope of works that will be... 

A generic water image

EPP expects to report higher distributable earnings on the back of portfolio recovery

By: Schalk Burger     13th January 2022 JSE-listed real estate investment trust EPP, which is focused on the Polish property market, has advised shareholders that the company expects to report distributable earnings a share for the year ended December 31, 2021, of at least €0.075 a share. That is higher than the previous guidance of... 

Plan for decades of high commodity prices, BlackRock says

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2022 Commodities prices may stay high for decades as mining companies struggle to keep up with demand from the energy transition, according to BlackRock’s Evy Hambro. Raw materials, and shares of some companies that produce them, hit record highs last year as massive global stimulus measures... 

Opinion: The ocean economy is integral to the revival of the Eastern Cape's habitability

12th January 2022 With its immense resource wealth and potential to boost economic growth, employment and innovation, the ocean in the Eastern Cape could become the new economic frontier, writes Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development & Engagement Unit associate Bongani Mankewu. 

Bongani Mankewu
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