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Eskom’s R178bn grid plan points to ‘scary’ step change in expansionary capex 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has outlined a R178-billion grid investment plan for the coming ten years, which is premised on a dramatic acceleration of expansionary capital expenditure. The Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for the period 2022 to 2031 is largely geared towards... 

City reports steady progress on Selby BRT depot

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) says the Selby Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) depot is progressing towards practical completion in one of the heavier industrial nodes in the inner city. The depot will minimise traffic congestion between depots and route starting points and will also be used for... 

Otis Tshabalala to succeed Ngebulana as Rebosis CEO

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Rebosis Property Fund has announced that CEO and founder Dr Sisa Ngebulana will step down and retire with effect from December 1 when Otis Tshabalala's term as CEO will start. Ngebulana positioned the business as a retail-focused fund valued at... 

Opinion: Breaking the stranglehold on growth and recovery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2021 In this opinion article, South African National Roads Agency Limited N2 Wild Coast Road lead project manager Craig McLachlan writes about how investment in road infrastructure can support South Africa's post-Covid-19 economic recovery. 

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Bell founders look to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist the group

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 In a joint announcement published on Friday, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, have announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

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Civil engineering industry signs three-year wage agreement

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2021 A three-year wage agreement has been signed by parties to the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI), which will see workers getting a wage increase of 4.8% during the first year to the end of August 2022 and 0.75% above consumer price inflation for the following two years... 

Just Energy Transition to result in 300 000 new energy jobs over ten years – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 Ongoing analysis and work done by various groups into the so-called Just Energy Transition (JET) points to the potential creation of 300 000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in South Africa’s electricity sector over the next decade, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said on October 22. He added that... 

South Africa to set up finance workstream to assess climate-finance offers 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2021 The South African government is set to establish a high-level technical workstream, which will work under the direction of a Cabinet subcommittee, to evaluate possible concessional finance offers that could be made in support of the country’s just energy transition strategy. The workstream is yet... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Rebosis plans to sell commercial office portfolio for R6.3bn

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 JSE-listed Rebosis Property Fund has entered into a sales agreement with Ulricraft, which could result in the company disposing of its commercial office portfolio for R6.3-billion. Ulricraft is a special purpose behicle (SPV) wholly owned by Vunani Capital Partners (VCP), a company listed on... 

Gauteng government launches SMME incubation hub in West Rand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2021 The Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED), alongside development partners Mogale City and Lepharo, on October 21 unveiled the Mogale City Incubation Hub in the heart of the Munsieville township, in Krugersdorp. The hub is focused on incubating small, medium-sized and... 

GDED head Blake Lefatola
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GDED head Blake Lefatola

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

Aveng appoints Bernard Swanepoel to its board

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 Bernard Swanepoel has been appointed an independent nonexecutive director of construction and engineering group Aveng’s board, with effect from October 20. He has also been appointed to the risk committee, the safety, health and environment committee and the investment committee. 

Range for maintenance extended to Zambia

22nd October 2021 Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment (PPE). The range includes BMG’s advanced welding systems, designed to create a healthy, clean and safe... 

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

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ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan

South Africa’s integrated energy policy ‘vacuum’ discouraging investment, report warns 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 The continued absence of a long-term vision for South Africa’s energy sector is creating a policy “vacuum” and undermining investment, the 2021 edition of the South African Energy Risk Report states. Published by the South African National Energy Association (Sanea), the report highlights that... 

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Sephaku Cement reports additional kiln and plant stoppage, long-term solution identified

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2021 Cement producer Sephaku Cement reports that it has experienced a further kiln stoppage owing to preheater refractory material damage caused by a corrosive element in one of the raw materials, which was subsequently replaced with an alternative option that mitigates the risk of future damage. The... 

Balwin records robust half-year performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th October 2021 JSE-listed Balwin Properties says it recorded robust financial results for the six months ended August 31, with revenue of R1.3-billion, a 41% increase on the revenue of R929.6-million reported for the prior comparable period, which had been impacted on by Covid-19-related measures. Operating... 

R1.5bn allocated to assist businesses affected by July civil unrest

By: Donna Slater     20th October 2021 Money pooled by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the National Empowerment Fund and the Solidarity Fund to address disruption and losses to businesses affected by the mid-July civil unrest has amounted to R1.5-billion. Trade,... 

Afrimat funds bulk water-link for Olifantshoek community

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2021 Afrimat’s Demaneng Mine has contributed undisclosed funds toward the construction of a bulk link line from three boreholes to a 7 ML reservoir to alleviate prevailing water issues in Olifantshoek, in the Northern Cape. The two-phase project followed the reporting to Afrimat management by Demaneng... 

Construction company agrees to pay fine, but denies it contravened Competition Act

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2021 A Gauteng-based construction and electrical civils company called Maziya General Services has agreed to pay a R300 000 penalty for allegedly colluding on a City Power tender in June 2018. The tender related to the appointment of labour contractors for the installation and maintenance of medium-... 

South Africa’s electricity woes continue to place manufacturing at risk 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2021 The lack of reliable electricity supply is not only leading to lost production and increased costs across South Africa’s shrinking manufacturing sector, but has left enterprises unable to plan, invest and grow, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth warned on Tuesday. Speaking... 

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Hatch Africa chairperson awarded Royal Academy of Engineering honorary fellowship

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 UK-based national academy of engineering the Royal Academy of Engineering has named engineering consultancy Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba an honorary fellow of the academy, recognising him for his “exceptional” contributions, innovative leadership and remarkable achievements. Goba, who... 

An image of Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba
Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba

Calgro M3 ahead of years-long net debt reduction targets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2021 Property developer and investor Calgro M3 says it has come a long way since its portfolio streamlining and transformation efforts started in 2016, particularly as the company is also coming out of what had been heavy Covid-19 impacts. The group posted a 262% increase in headline earnings a... 

An integrated social housing development by Calgro M3

Creecy says a climate finance breakthrough is key to COP26 success 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says a breakthrough is needed at COP26 on the issue of climate finance, warning that the failure of developed countries to honour their $100-billion-a-year commitments has led a breakdown of trust. Addressing a virtual... 

South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

AIIM successfully raises R5bn for infrastructure in SADC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2021 Private equity fund manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has successfully completed a capital increase of R5.5-billion for its flagship Southern African Development Community (SADC) infrastructure fund called the Ideas Managed Fund. The fundraise exceeds an initial... 

Dipula agrees transaction with Resilient to optimise capital structure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2021 South-African focused diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Dipula Income Fund has concluded formal agreements with Resilient Reit, which is intended to help Dipula optimise its capital structure and unlock shareholder value. In terms of the transaction, Dipula will acquire 50% of the... 

Steel demand expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year

By: Schalk Burger     15th October 2021 This year has seen a stronger-than-expected recovery in steel demand, leading to upward revisions in the World Steel Association's (worldsteel's) forecast across the board except for China. "Owing to this vigorous recovery, global steel demand outside China is expected to return to its... 

South African building industry in line for more State support

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2021 South Africa’s government is planning more measures to bolster its ailing building industry after banning the use of imported cement on state construction projects. “Government is undertaking research across a range of construction-related products where there appears to be significant potential... 

Reservior awaits commissioning

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 A 25 Mℓ reservoir on Dann road in Glen Marais, Kempton Park, in Gauteng, has still not been commissioned, despite being completed in November 2018 at a cost of about R48-million. Almost three years after construction was completed, the reservoir remains empty and unused. 

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION The City of Ekurhuleni is busy building several large reservoirs across the city as part of a long-term water security plan

Desalination plant reaches key milestone

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Ndlambe seawater reverse osmosis plant in Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape, reached the milestone of having pumped 100-million litres of potable quality water into the municipal reticulation system last month, providing relief for the drought-stricken region. “The desalination plant was... 

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CHEERS Stakeholders celebrate 100-million litres of potable quality water being pumped into the Ndlambe municipal reticulation system

Sustaining water supply requires innovation

15th October 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu pleaded with water sector stakeholders to rally behind ensuring that water supply exceeds water demand during his keynote address at the fifth Water Research Commission Symposium held on September 20. The symposium was also attended by Kenyan High... 

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SENZO MCHUNU Technologies that can use less water or no water at all are the future of our country, the continent, and the global community

Electricity wheeling can reduce load-shedding risk if legal, technical uncertainties are addressed

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Tariffs and the legal framework governing the wheeling of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), which are taking advantage of the recently declared 100 MW licence threshold, will be key factors in IPPs’ ability and willingness to feed surplus power into regional and national power... 

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Digital platforms mitigate water processing risks

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted significant risks to water processing operations across various sectors. All of these sectors depend on these operations being fully operational and for maintenance services to function properly, says water technology and services company Veolia Services... 

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HUBGRADE Hubgrade is part of the quality improvement process continuously adopted by Veolia for clients

Eskom aiming to secure concessional funding for R400bn just energy transition project pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has identified a pipeline of ‘just energy transition’ projects valued at about R400-billion that it will seek to fund using concessional finance raised from international financiers that have committed to supporting decarbonisation initiatives in developing... 

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More than 30 developments in the pipeline in Cape Town CBD – report

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2021 The economy of the Cape Town central business district (CBD) remained stable in 2020, despite Covid-19, with the official nominal value of all property set at R43.8-billion by the City of Cape Town, and with 31 new developments worth more than R6.9-billion in the pipeline. This is the key finding... 

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Vantage to build R15bn data centre in Waterfall City

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2021 Data centre multinational Vantage Data Centers plans to invest more than R15‐billion to build its first‐ever African campus, which will be based in the mixed-use precinct Waterfall City. The 80 MW campus will help foster economic growth, stimulate job creation and use an energy‐efficient design,... 

An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City
An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises - study 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new... 

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