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Creecy calls on rich countries to dramatically raise climate finance pledges from $100bn ‘floor’ 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has called on the developed countries to ensure access to long-term, predictable and affordable climate finance for developing countries. Creecy participated in a July Climate Ministerial meeting hosted in London, in the UK, this... 

Transnet expects to lift force majeure at port terminals ‘soon’ 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, whose operations have been seriously disrupted by recent unrest and a major cyberattack, confirmed on Tuesday that Transnet Port Terminals had communicated a force-majeure declaration with customers on Monday July 26, covering the period from July 22... 

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The Durban Container Terminal

Adopting a 1.5°C pathway could accelerate universal energy access in Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2021 Africa has a narrow window of opportunity to use its natural resource advantages and relatively low carbon emissions to attract the finance it needs to both accelerate a renewables-based energy transition that is supportive of a sub-1.5°C climate outcome and ensure universal energy access. This... 

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Office building in Botswana receives 5-Star Green rating

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2021 Botswana-based PrimeTime Property Holdings’ Motswere building has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star Africa – Office Design v1.1 rating by the Green Building Council South Africa. The building marks the council’s first green star-rated building in Botswana.  

Botswana-based PrimeTime Property Holdings’ Motswere building
Botswana-based PrimeTime Property Holdings’ Motswere building

Fund lends €25m to Côte d’Ivoire clean energy hydropower project

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), owned by the Private Infrastructure Development Group, is lending €25-million over 18 years to Ivoire Hydro Energy (IHE), which will build a 44 MW hydroelectric plant on the Bandama river near the village of Singrobo, in Côte d’Ivoire. Financial... 

JDA celebrates 20 years in existence

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) celebrates 20 years in existence this year and the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) says the agency will aim to further advance its impact over the next ten years by building a welcoming, competitive and resilient city to live, work and play in. The agency has... 

Sturdee Energy signs two PPAs for Botswana renewable energy projects

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 Independent power producer Sturdee energy has entered into two power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) for two renewable energy IPP projects. The projects, located in Bobonong and Shakawe, will have an installed capacity of 3 MW and 1 MW, respectively. 

Redefine unpacks its R1bn sustainability bond  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2021 JSE-listed Redefine Properties has launched a R1-billion sustainability-linked bond on the JSE, which marks the largest amount raised so far by a South African real estate investment trust in what is a growing sustainability bond space. The company explains in a release that the funds will be... 

Botswana-based PrimeTime's Motswere building
Botswana-based PrimeTime's Motswere building

Zimplats plans 185 MW solar power plants

By: Reuters     26th July 2021 Impala Platinum Holdings Zimbabwe unit Zimplats plans to build two solar power plants with generation capacity of 185 MW to power its operations, the country's energy regulator said on Monday. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said Zimplats, the biggest platinum group metals producer in... 

L2D declares interim dividend, despite challenges  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has, notwithstanding a challenging operating environment, declared an interim dividend of 15.79c a share for the six months ended June 30. On releasing its results on July 26, L2D’s share price rose by 3.96% to 499c apiece.  

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L2D CEO Amelia Beattie talks about the company's interim performance.

Insurers advise on claims related to civil unrest

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2021 Following the looting that took place during the civil unrest of mid-July in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, insurance experts advise that claimants ensure they have proof of damage or loss or destruction of stock, to ensure they are able to submit claims within the 30-day threshold. During a webinar... 

Platinum giants eye solar power as green answer to blackouts

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2021 The world’s biggest platinum miners are ramping up plans to build renewable energy plants to free them from power outages that have plagued South Africa for more than a decade and to reduce their carbon footprint. Sibanye-Stillwater, the No. 1 platinum miner, Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo... 

$31m mixed-use office precinct to be built in Mauritius

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2021 Mauritius-based Gateway Real Estate Africa (GREA) is developing a $31-million mixed-use office development – The Precinct – in Grand Baie. The development is designed to accommodate corporate tenants’ fluctuating space needs in addition to catering for the gig economy with rentable desks, access... 

Young African project leaders highlighted

23rd July 2021 Industry association Project Management Institute (PMI) announced its second yearly Future 50 list, which features 50 rising leaders using bold and innovative thinking to transform the world through notable projects. The 50 standout project leaders, highlighted in a new digital experience on the... 

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LEADING THE WAY The 50 individuals on the Future 50 list are changemakers whose range of projects exemplify the power and potential of transformation

Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates... 

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OFF GRID The hybrid solar installation installed by Blockpower SA and Dhybrid was tailor made for the client in Zimbabwe

Investment event targets S Africa and Germany

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The annual Africa Financial Services Investment Conference – Investing in Africa event, known as AFSIC, organised by hosting company Africa Events Limited, will be held in London, UK, on October 11 and 12. The event provides a forum for investors, business leaders and dealmakers to build... 

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SEATED DEBATE The forums and mini country-summits will focus on highlighting investment and business opportunities in Africa

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

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PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year

Municipalities’ project management falling short

By: Darren Parker     23rd July 2021 Municipalities are falling short in terms of project management in “nearly all aspects”, University of Pretoria (UP) project management associate Professor Giel Bekker tells Engineering News. Municipalities draft and present Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) every year, in which all projects... 

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CONTAINED IMPACT Construction activities were only delayed for three months by the pandemic last year

World-class Africa factory nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The construction of drive components manufacturer SEW-EURODRIVE’s R200-million South Africa head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg, is proceeding to plan and on schedule, says SEW-EURODRIVE MD Raymond Obermeyer. “Despite the slowdown in the local economy, we believe that it is critical... 

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MAKING GROUND The construction of SEW EURODRIVE's new South African head office is progressing well

Passenger rail agency fails to meet capex targets

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s modernisation programme. 

eThekwini issues RFI as it gears up to procure 400 MW of IPP power 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2021 The eThekwini municipality, which has been badly affected by recent deadly rioting and looting, is pushing ahead with its electricity procurement plans and has issued a request for information (RFI) as part of preparations for the procurement of 400 MW of new generation capacity from independent... 

Image of the Durban skyline in the eThekwini municipality
The Durban skyline in the eThekwini municipality

Phase 1 digital service delivery platform launched in Johannesburg, Cape Town

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 The first phase of the free-to-use My Smart City service delivery platform, which allows citizens to report potholes, monitor power or water outages and communicate with local municipal officials, besides other activities, has been launched in Johannesburg and Cape Town. “My Smart City is giving... 

100-MW reform set to spur rapid increase in larger-scale solar projects – SAPVIA 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2021 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is optimistic that the decision to increase the licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation facilities from 1 MW to 100 MW will support a rapid increase in the deployment of larger-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, with... 

A head shot of SAPVIA spokesperson Maloba Tshehla
SAPVIA spokesperson Maloba Tshehla

SARB cautions against stained banknotes after unrest

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st July 2021 Following recent looting and acts of lawlessness that caused unrest in the country, the South African Reserve Bank has cautioned the public not to accept stained banknotes, stating that these notes are considered as proceeds of crime. Last week, protests against former President Jacob Zuma’s... 

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Western Cape making progress on pioneering municipal power projects 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2021 The Western Cape provincial government is currently evaluating responses to a request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to assess the potential for renewable-energy projects in six municipalities included as part of its Municipal Energy Resilience... 

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Report shines light on empowerment of women in green industry

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 The virtual launch of a assessment report on the Empowerment of Women in the Green Industry Policy on July 20 has been welcomed by Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina, who delivered an address at the event. The report is the result of the collaboration between the... 

Kumba breaks ground on lifestyle complex in Postmasburg

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2021 Anglo American group subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine has broken ground on a multipurpose lifestyle complex in the small Northern Cape town of Postmasburg, which the company says will transform the lives of the Tsantsabane community. The 16 ha complex will provide a range of sporting,... 

An artist's drawing of the multipurpose lifestyle complex in the small Northern Cape town of Postmasburg
Artist drawing of the complex

Seven Growthpoint properties damaged during protests, looting

By: Simone Liedtke     20th July 2021 Seven of JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties’ retail properties in KwaZulu-Natal were damaged during last week’s unrest. The damaged property represents 2.3% of the group’s South African gross lettable area (GLA).. 

Construction under way at Concor’s Paarl Rock

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2021 Construction is under way at Paarl Rock, the fifth building in diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor’s 22 ha Conradie Park development, in Cape Town. Piling for the eight-storey block began in May, marking the start of a one-year building programme, says Concor... 

An image showing an artist's impression of the block that anchors the Conradie Park development
An artist's impression of the block that anchors the development

Carbon emissions to reach record levels in 2023 as stimulus spending fails to match net-zero ambition 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 The financial resources allocated by governments globally to clean-energy measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis currently represents only 2% of the $16-trillion in total fiscal support set aside for economic stimulus, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) new Sustainable Recovery... 

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IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Ethiopia says second filling of giant dam on Blue Nile complete

By: Reuters     20th July 2021 Ethiopia has completed filling the reservoir of its huge dam on the Blue Nile river for a second year and the plant may start generating power in the next few months, a minister said on Monday, a move that has already angered Egypt and Sudan. Addis Ababa says the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam... 

Construction can emerge stronger, but needs new business models - Aspasa

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2021 The construction industry can emerge stronger after Covid-19, but new business models will need to be developed to keep the industry and the country afloat in the medium- and long-term, says surface mining industry association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Heartwood Properties spearheads new hybrid office development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2021 Commercial office and industrial warehousing developer Heartwood Properties is launching a new hybrid office development, called Sunvlei. The new office block will be situated in the Paardevlei precinct of Somerset West, just outside Cape Town, close to the Strand Beach and the Paardevlei Nature... 

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Sunvlei exterior

Construction industry condemns property damage, looting

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2021 Construction body the Construction Alliance South Africa (Casa) has condemned the acts of violence, damage to property and looting that has been taking place in some parts of the country, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. “It is very sad for us as a construction industry to see... 

Opinion: The smart road to prosperity

16th July 2021 In this opinion article, South African National Roads Agency head of engineering Louw Kannemeyer argues that smart transport, cities and infrastructure are intertwined in road construction. 

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Transnet operations gradually returning to normal following unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 There has been an incremental improvement in the operations of State-owned logistics company Transnet, following disruptions caused by days of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. As a result of the unrest, port operator Transnet Port Terminals had issued force majeure notices with regard to the... 

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SIDS fast-tracks infrastructure- boosting projects

16th July 2021 As part of the Sustainable Infrastructure Development System (SIDS) methodology launched last year, the government announced 50 projects, along with 12 special projects, that the methodology has already been applied to. These projects were fast-tracked for implementation along with all regulatory... 

INTERCHANGE Transport sector has 15 SIDS projects across the country
INTERCHANGE Transport sector has 15 SIDS projects across the country
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