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Joburg Water tariff increase also meant to encourage water savings

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 7 hours ago The 6.8% increase in water and sewer charges coming into effect on July 1 are also meant to highlight that water is a scarce resource and that City of Johannesburg (CoJ) need to use water resources wisely, water utility Johannesburg Water senior manager Thokozani Tshabalala said on June 24. The... 

Stefanutti to dispose of its share in Al Tayer Stocks for R250m

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2021 Stefanutti Stocks International has entered into an agreement to sell its 49% interest in the issued share capital in Al Tayer Stocks (ATS) to Investment Trading Group. ATS is a building and interior fit-out contracting company, offering a full range of services across all industries, delivering... 

Karpowership SA to appeal after DFFE refuses environmental authorisation on three projects 

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has refused to provide Karpowership SA with environmental authorisation for its three powership-based gas-to-power projects, proposed for development at the ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura and Saldanha Bay. The environmental impact... 

Karpowership SA to appeal after DFFE refuses environmental authorisation on three projects

Civil confidence index plummets to 13

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2021 The FNB/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Civil Confidence Index has fallen to a dismal 13 points in the second quarter, from 21 points in the first quarter. This means that close to 90% of respondents to the index’s survey are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions.  

Decentralised power projects on a positive trajectory, says Nedbank CIB’s Peo

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2021 The South Africa power sector is undergoing a major shift towards decentralised power projects as a “massive energy crisis” grips the country, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) infrastructure, energy and telecommunications head Mike Peo. Speaking during an Infrastructure Africa... 

Macsteel settles safeguard-duty case with DTIC and secures two-year reprieve 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2021 Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and Macsteel have reached a legal settlement in a case brought by the steel merchant after government extended the implementation of safeguard duties on hot-rolled coil (HRC) imports in August last year. The case was settled in the High Court,... 

Macsteel settles safeguard-duty case with DTIC and secures two-year reprieve

Increase pension fund money in African infrastructure development

By: Donna Slater     22nd June 2021 From a private sector and sovereign perspective, Standard Bank global infrastructure sector head Aadil Cajee says a lot of focus is being placed on pension fund reforms in Africa. He adds that the mobilisation of pension money for African infrastructure development is important.  

Emira acquires eleventh US property

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2021 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has acquired its eleventh grocery-anchored dominant open-air shopping centre in the US, growing its equity investments in the country to more than R1.5-billion, or $105-million. The highly attractive Newport Pavilion power centre acquisition strengthens the quality... 

Emira acquires eleventh US property
The Newport Pavilion, in Cincinnati.

EPP experiencing robust retail rebound on the back of Polish vaccination programme

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2021 Poland is outpacing its original vaccination roll-out targets, resulting in a robust rebound in retail activity and promising economic prospects, said JSE-listed EPP on June 22. With one of the lowest and consistently declining Covid-19 infection rates in the European Union (EU), a growing number... 

EPP experiencing robust retail rebound on the back of Polish vaccination programme

Construction company pleads innocence in R85-million border wall probe

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2021 A construction company involved in a R85-million border wall project in KwaZulu-Natal, which is the subject of a Special Investigation Unit probe, is adamant that it is not complicit in corruption. The ISF Group's Mandisa Buthelezi said the group welcomed the investigation and added that it would... 

Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet 

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd June 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will become an independent subsidiary of Transnet. During a site visit to the Port of Cape Town on June 22, the President commented that the creation of a separate subsidiary would allow the ports authority... 

Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet
The Port of Cape Town

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2021 Afrimat, the JSE-listed industrial minerals, commodities and construction material openpit mining company, has released the findings of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter of the year.  The ACI is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and... 

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

Civil war hardens Ethiopian Nile-dam stance, Sudan Minister says

By: Bloomberg     22nd June 2021 The carnage of Ethiopia’s civil war is making its rulers less willing to compromise with Sudan and Egypt in a dispute over the imminent filling of its giant Nile dam, a Sudan official said, as his government urges the United Nations to prevent any unilateral move. With Ethiopia embroiled in an... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2021 Cementitious products manufacturer PPC is considering several initiatives aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of its operations and products as its far-reaching organisational and financial restructuring begins yielding results and creates space for the JSE-listed group to start focusing on... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Sisulu asks engineers to contribute to South Africa’s development agenda

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 In keynote address at a virtual seminar hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) earlier in June, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu called on engineers to “patriotically contribute” to the development agenda of South Africa. She addressed members of... 

AECI Much Asphalt, Origin Materials partner to create low-carbon bitumen

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2021 US carbon negative materials company Origin Materials and Southern African commercial asphalt manufacturer AECI Much Asphalt have launched a programme to create a novel low-carbon bitumen. Origin Materials produces low and negative carbon materials, with the mission to enable the world’s... 

AECI Much Asphalt, Origin Materials partner to create low-carbon bitumen
AECI Much Asphalt's plant in Benoni, South Africa.

CIDB conducting survey into construction tenders cancellations

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Industry body the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is researching the nature, causes and impact of cancellations of tenders on the South African construction industry and has prepared a survey to evaluate these. Western Cape Property Development Forum chairperson Deon van Zyl says... 

100 MW reform ‘precursor’ to new market-driven electricity supply industry – De Ruyter 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the decision to lift the licence-exemption cap on own- or embedded-generation plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as not only positive for addressing South Africa’s immediate electricity shortages, but also as “the precursor to the development of a new electricity... 

100 MW reform ‘precursor’ to new market-driven electricity supply industry – De Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Sephaku Group expects to report higher full-year earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2021 Headline earnings a share for cement manufacturer Sephaku Group – which comprises SepHold, Metier Mixed Concrete and Dangote Cement South Africa (SepCem) – are expected to be between 5.79c and 6.39c for the financial year ended March 31. Earnings a share are expected to be between 7.44c and 8.22c... 

ABT used to build new house

18th June 2021 It is refreshing to encounter a home owner that is confident enough to specify alternative building technology (ABT) for building their new house. Home owner Donald Keys appointed light steel frame construction company Futurecon as the turnkey contractor to build his 647 m² double-storey house,... 

ABT used to build  new house
PRECISION IS KEY Light steel framing is faster than masonry building and results in a lot less waste, while being dimensionally accurate, and providing neater finishes

Steel shortage delays building projects

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th June 2021 The shortage of steel and an increase in the steel price have led to delays in projects for the light-steel-frame building and roofing sector, says construction materials supplier Izinga Roofing director and owner Jerred Micholson.   

Steel shortage delays building projects
EVERY LAST DETAIL A truss has certain details, such as the edge distance, design and specifications, which engineers use to guide them when assembling trusses

South Africa will continue to remove barriers to growth and investment, Ramaphosa tells investors 

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2021 Having already announced a key reform for the electricity sector, President Cyril Ramaphosa told international investors on Thursday that the country will continue to remove barriers to growth and investment through the Operation Vulindlela delivery mechanism. In an address to the SA Tomorrow... 

South Africa will continue to remove barriers to growth and investment, Ramaphosa tells investors
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Concerns raised over Gauteng infrastructure agency’s underspending

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2021 The Gauteng Provincial Treasury (GPT) has announced an increase in the transfer of funds to the Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency (Gifa) from R64-million in the 2021/22 financial year to R65.4-million in the 2023/24 financial year. The increase in allocation is aimed at ensuring a... 

Arrowhead starts merger negotiation process with Fairvest

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2021 JSE-listed Arrowhead Properties has advised that it has started engaging in merger discussions with fellow-listed Fairvest Property. This follows after an independent board assessing the potential merits of such a transaction with Fairvest, having determined that it is in the best interest of... 

Supporting young engineers important for future of infrastructure in South Africa, says Saice

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering's (Saice's) Young Members Panel chairperson Michael Mhlanga says young engineers are the future custodians of South Africa’s infrastructure and should be supported in their personal and professional development. Continuous education, mentorship,... 

Aspasa hopes to have concerns heard via online meetings with the DMRE

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 Surface mining industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has compiled its “big four” priorities to address problems and opportunities in the industry. The association has been mandated by its members to approach the with the Department of... 

Aspasa hopes to have concerns heard via online meetings with the DMRE
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar

Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 Reinvestment is needed to “plant the seeds” and create a better future for South Africa, says diversified miner Exxaro Resources projects and technology executive head Johan Meyer. This is especially critical considering that Covid-19 has made it more challenging to secure investments, but also... 

Reinvestment in South Africa needed to ‘plant the seeds’ for a better future, says Exxaro

Transformational investing a challenge for developing nations – investment panel

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2021 Africa presents a unique case for the type of transformational investing that is required for sustainability, to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to panellists participating in a Sanlam Investments Forum on... 

Sudan says it is open to conditional interim deal on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     14th June 2021 Sudan is open to a partial interim agreement on Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, on specific conditions, Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas told a news conference on Monday. The conditions include the signing-off of everything that has already been agreed on in... 

Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 After slipping to 27 in the first quarter of the year, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index has increased to 39 in the second quarter of the year. Even though this is the highest level of the index since the first quarter of 2018, at the current level, more than 60% of respondents says they are... 

Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index
Siphamandla Mkhwanazi

Public sector investment a ‘defining feature’ of South Africa’s economic recovery, says CIDB CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2021 Public sector investment in infrastructure will be one of the defining features of South Africa’s economic recovery as the country emerges from the current economic slump, states Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) CEO Cyril Gamede. In an opinion piece, he says it is, thus, of the... 

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2021 Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African operations to align with the unfolding transitions under way in the energy and mining sectors. Fluor... 

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive
Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

John Deere showcases construction, forestry equipment for sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2021 Agricultural equipment giant John Deere has introduced its range of construction and forestry equipment to the sub-Saharan African market. Customers across the region can now benefit from the size and scale of the John Deere construction and forestry equipment line-up, including its motor grader... 

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 To address the effects of the lack of infrastructure projects in South Africa, cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) MD Njombo Lekula has called for industry and government to work together to mitigate the knock-on effects on the cement sector. “We urgently need an agile and... 

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector
PLANT POWER PPC has invested substantially in improving its various plants technologies and infrastructure to maximise efficacy

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Producers under pressure

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 South Africa’s concrete and cement additive suppliers are under severe production pressures, owing to a global shortage of many of the primary raw materials used in the chemicals industry essential to produce concrete and cement admixtures, says additives and admixtures specialist Chryso Southern... 

Producers under pressure
IN THE MIX Admixtures and additives used in the manufacture of cement is is short supply globally
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