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Worldsteel forecasts 5.8% steel demand growth in 2021 and 2.7% growth in 2022

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2021 Industry body the World Steel Association (worldsteel), in its 'Short Range Outlook for 2021 and 2022', forecasts that steel demand will grow by 5.8% to 1.87-billion tonnes this year. In 2022, steel demand will grow by a further 2.7% to reach 1.92-billion tonnes. 

Bell posts R57m full-year loss, but says order books healthy in most regions

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2021 A 14% year-on-year decrease in sales for the financial year ended December 31, 2020, has led to JSE-listed materials handing equipment company Bell Equipment reporting a loss after tax of R57.2-million. Additionally, following several years of large expansions in Europe and the US, Bell finds... 

Tenders awarded to connect Lesedi gas, solar project to Botswana grid

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2021 Southern African energy development company Tlou Energy has awarded tenders for the construction of transmission lines and substations to connect the coal-bed methane Lesedi power project to the Botswana national electricity grid at Serowe, the company said on April 14. Botswana electrical... 

Infrastructure development using private funding to provide benefits if projects are sustainable

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Infrastructure investing, when done sustainably, can deliver significant economic benefits to a country and for generations to come, but fund managers have to take a holistic view to ensure they make investments into sustainable infrastructure projects, says financial services group Sanlam... 

Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2021 South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) will be presented for Cabinet approval either before the end of the year or early next year and should outline how the country’s resource advantages should be leveraged to produce green hydrogen, as well as to integrate hydrogen-related technologies,... 

 Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest

GE, PowerChina hydro project on Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2021 GE, PowerChina hydro project on Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed The developers of a $4-billion hydropower plant on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed the project until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

New mixed-use development coming to Cape Town in 2022

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 A new mixed-used development Station House has been launched on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. Located at 19 Kloof road in the heart of Sea Point, one of the most desirable and growing areas of Cape Town, Station House is a 12-storey architectural building, which when completed, will feature 230... 

Harith launches $200m capital raise

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 African infrastructure investor Harith General Partners has launched a $200-million capital raise in a follow-up fund to its Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) 2, that is open to existing and new investors. The PAIDF 2 Infrastructure Top Up Fund is a shorter-term vehicle of... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines in the foreground, with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian proposal for data sharing on Renaissance dam

By: Reuters     12th April 2021 Egypt and Sudan on Saturday rejected an Ethiopian proposal to share data on the operations of its giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile after negotiations between the three countries in Kinshasa this week ended without progress. Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic development and power... 

BLSA commends steps taken to advance public administration, says more to be done

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2021 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso cautions that while business owners, leaders and CEOs may criticise government for maladministration, it ought to be remembered that government is a large and complex organisation with over two-million employees and a budget of R1.8-trillion. “That... 

BLSA commends steps taken to advance public administration, says more to be done
Photo by Donna Slater
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Global construction industry set to grow by 5.2% this year

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 The construction industry is set to grow by 5.2% this year, following the collapse in construction activity in 2020 amid the severe disruption caused by restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, data and analytics company GlobalData said on April 9. The recovery in many markets in late 2020... 

John Deere expands African construction equipment line-up

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 John Deere has announced the expansion of its construction equipment line-up to 18 countries across Southern and West Africa, where Deere-branded construction products were previously not available.  This expansion, which will include backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, motor graders and... 

Managing green-building strategies during construction crucial for ratings

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 Constantly managing, monitoring and aligning construction costs against budget when implementing Green Star sustainable building-rating initiatives helps developers to achieve the objective ratings, says infrastructure and engineering consulting firm Aecom cost management, buildings and places... 

Managing green-building strategies during  construction crucial for ratings
The building achieved an As-Built 6-Star Green Star-rating, which is the highest GBCSA sustainability accreditation

Nyanza Light Metals invests R4.5bn in titanium dioxide plant at Richard’s Bay IDZ

By: Yvonne Silaule     8th April 2021 Chemicals manufacturing company Nyanza Light Metals has invested R4.5-billion on the construction of a plant to produce titanium dioxide at the Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in KwaZulu-Natal. The announcement was made by Finance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube during a Public Sector... 

Western Cape human settlements dept launches its own reserve fund

By: Yvonne Silaule     8th April 2021 The Western Cape government has launched the Western Cape Asset Finance Reserve for Human Settlements (WCAFRHS), with the aim to strengthen the provincial Department of Human Settlement’s ability to drastically improve the lives of the people of the province. The launch of the WCAFRHS was first... 

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects  

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2021 The stipulation that solar projects bid as part of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) include photovoltaic (PV) modules that meet the local-content thresholds and conditionalities outlined in government’s designation for PV components is causing some... 

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021 cancelled

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2021 This year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, the key trade show for construction, building materials, mining, agriculture and forestry machinery and vehicles, has been cancelled. Event organiser Messe Muenchen South Africa CEO Suzette Scheepers said on April 7 that the event, which had been scheduled to be... 

Vukile invests R90m on Daveyton Mall expansion 

7th April 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Vukile Property Fund will invest R90-million on upgrades at its Daveyton Mall, in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, including a new food court. Marleny Arnoldi attended the construction launch. 

Vukile invests R90m on Daveyton Mall expansion
Vukile invests R90m on Daveyton Mall expansion

Aveng plans another R100m rights offer

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2021 International infrastructure and resources company Aveng intends to launch a further co-underwritten, renounceable rights offer to raise an additional R100-million from shareholders. Aveng, however, requires the approval of its shareholders to proceed with the rights offer and will be convening... 

Growthpoint, Cintocare unveil new specialised surgical hospital in Tshwane 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2021 JSE-listed property management company Growthpoint Properties and Cintocare, the hospital, have opened an 11 000 m2 specialised surgical hospital development in Tshwane, which is expected to become the first five-star rated green hospital in Africa, and only the fifth in the world with its... 

Growthpoint, Cintocare unveil new specialised surgical hospital in Tshwane
Growthpoint Healthcare fund manager Dr Linda Sigaba takes media through a virtual tour of the new Cintocare hospital in Tshwane. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Cooperative Governance dept partners with UN to roll out District Development Model for three districts 

By: Donna Slater     6th April 2021 A partnership between South Africa’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and the United Nations in South Africa (UN-SA) was launched on April 6 in support of the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM) in the OR Tambo District of the Eastern Cape.... 

Egypt says latest round of GERD talks are 'last chance' before second dam filling

By: Reuters     6th April 2021 The latest meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam may be the last chance to re-launch talks before it is filled for the second year in a row, Egypt said in a statement on Sunday. The meeting concludes on Monday in Kinshasa. Previous attempts at reaching... 

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa completed its scope of work on the new car spare parts supplier Spare Pro warehouse in Germiston, Johannesburg. Peikko South Africa was contracted to provide a bolted connection solution for the 18 500 m2 facility, which is highly... 

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech
BIG ERECTION The 18 500 m2 structure was erected between October and January

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

New sealant enhances passive fire protection
MICHAEL BERG The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Despite the strain that the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations is placing on the fiscus, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) believes that it needs to be prioritised in concert with the fast-tracked implementation of infrastructure projects for the recovery of South Africa’s... 

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious... 

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern
GETTING OVER IT Over the past few months, there has been an uptick in the number of tenders put out by State-owned entities, particularly in the transportation sector

Firm expands service offering

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Consulting engineers firm Knight Piésold Southern Africa has added a hydrogeology and groundwater department to its service offering while expanding its mine services offering since the start of the year. “We are providing the full infrastructure spectrum for the mining sector, which includes... 

Firm expands  service offering
VISHAL HARIPERSAD Knight Piésold celebrates its centennial anniversary this month

Triple warehouse project under way

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Civil engineering company Icon Group is conducting the bulk earthworks for three warehouses that will be constructed in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The triple warehouse project is being developed by property developer JT Ross Property Group on a 40 000 m2 site, with all three warehouses being of equal... 

Triple warehouse project under way
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK The bulk earthworks work packet was tendered in January and work began in February

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand
ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discusses the concept of using rational design when implementing a fire prevention or suppressions system

Manufacturer expands abrasive products range

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 German-owned abrasive products manufacturer PFERD South Africa is continuing with product line extensions for its coated and bonded abrasive products to meet market needs. This follows the manufacturer’s having noticed a steady shift in the market towards hand-held power tools that can improve... 

Manufacturer expands  abrasive products range
SAFETY FIRST The higher stock removal rate and unique cut of the ALLROUND tungsten carbide burrs reduce the vibration and noise during operation, which, in turn, improves operator comfort and safety

JRA asphalt plant resumes operation

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) asphalt plant, in Booysens, is fully functional and operations have resumed after a successful trial-run during the past week. The plant, which produces asphalt used for road construction and repairs, was closed in August last year, owing to technical and... 

DMRE delays release of renewables bid documentation  

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2021 The release of the request for proposal (RFP) documentation for Bid Window 5 (BW 5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been delayed, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed. The department reports that the delay is... 

DMRE delays release of renewables bid documentation

PPC reports better financial, debt position

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Cement, aggregates and building materials company PPC has reduced its South African debt to R1.64-billion from R1.92-billion for the eleven months to the end of February. It has also achieved 90% higher free cash flow compared with a year ago and says its restructuring will be completed by... 

PPC reports better financial, debt position

Global energy leaders say jobs must be at heart of people-centred energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2021 Employment creation for workers and communities at the highest risk of disruption as a result of the shift to greater climate-resiliency was identified during a gathering of global energy leaders on Wednesday as essential to ensuring that the transition was not only people-centred but also... 

Global energy leaders say jobs must be at heart of people-centred energy transition

Absa, Amdec partner to develop first Harbour Arch tower

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2021 Finance institution Absa Bank has partnered with urban precincts developer Amdec Group to develop the first tower of the multibillion-rand Harbour Arch project, on the Foreshore, in Cape Town. A long-time partner to Amdec, Absa has provided a loan of R1.43-billion in addition to an existing... 

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction 

31st March 2021 With the surge in hospital admissions brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Gauteng departments of Health and Infrastructure Development embarked on a project to increase its ICU capacity through a national refurbishment and additional build programme. Enza Construction was... 

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction
Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction
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