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Construction News

Durban rail corridor to benefit most from addition of standard gauge track 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2019 The freight corridor between Durban and Gauteng would benefit most from a standard gauge railway track being constructed next to the current narrow gauge track. The addition of the line would aid in the transport of mainly double-stacked containers, as well as various other commodities. 

UCT researchers say road maintenance backlog exceeds R400bn 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 The cost of South Africa’s road maintenance backlog is nearing R417-billion, research undertaken by the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics academics Don Ross and Matthew Townshend have found. This is more than double the amount set out in the South African National Roads Agency’s... 

UCT researchers say road maintenance backlog exceeds R400bn
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UCT researcher Matthew Townshend

Conference presentations tackle spatial development, transport planning issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th July 2019 University of Johannesburg Professor Steven Friedman has called for an “urgent conversation” between people with technical expertise who understand planning and transport issues, to debate ways in which the country can begin to integrate its poor people into the country’s economic hubs. This... 

Conference presentations tackle spatial development, transport planning issues
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UJ Professor Steven Friedman

Massive upgrade under way at Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works in Cape Town

By: African News Agency      8th July 2019 The R1.7-billion upgrade of the Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTWs) is set to unlock development in one of the fastest growing catchments in Cape Town, the city said on Sunday. The Zandvliet WwTWs treats effluent from the southern parts of Kuils River, Delft, Blackheath, Blackheath... 

Marubeni seeks sites and partners as it gears up for next renewables bid window 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2019 Japanese multinational Marubeni has issued an expression of interest (EoI) notice calling on entities with ‘bid ready’ wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) project sites in South Africa to approach it with the view to potentially jointly submitting the project as part of any future renewables auction... 

Marubeni seeks sites and partners as it gears up for next renewables bid window

Aveng sells valve and pump manufacturing subsidiary to reduce debt

By: Nadine James     5th July 2019 Infrastructure and resources group Aveng will sell Aveng Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) to 100% black-owned investment company Copaflo for R165-million. The sale will include the DFC operations in South Africa, Finland, the US, Brazil and Australia. 

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 There is a backlog of sufficient planned new bulk water infrastructure projects in South Africa which could potentially provide increased opportunities for engineering consultants, such as AECOM, to become involved in more infrastructure development, says AECOM water business line director Werner... 

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company
WERNER COMRIE Collaboration between the public and private sectors is long overdue. We have to use our collective knowledge to solve the challenges going forward

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th July 2019 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is following a diverse and inclusive approach in the steel industry as it promotes the importance of women working in steel, as well as younger people joining the sector. 

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity
NEW ON BOARD Newly elected chairperson, Nicolette Skjoldhammer with CEO Paolo Trinchero and board member Tebogo Raaleka

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Owing to the varied benefits which companies obtain as members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), the association has created a tiered membership structure. 

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure
GROWTH FROM EXPORTS Growth in the mining, and food and beverage, sectors for stainless steel, led to consumption in South Africa increasing by 8.6% last year

Green office properties deliver returns in tough climate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th July 2019 The latest ‘MSCI South Africa Green Annual Property Index’ – now in its third year – has shown the association between quality and green certified buildings, as reflected by a higher capital value per square metre, more resilient capital growth and slightly lower income returns, compared with... 

Safika now holds 10% of Sephaku

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2019 Investment holdings company Safika has acquired an interest in building materials company Sephaku. Safika now holds 10% of Sephaku’s issued shares. 

Western Cape transport department building N2 pedestrian bridge

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started building a pedestrian bridge on the N2 at Garden Village, in Somerset West, just before the intersection with De Beers avenue. The department expects the R22-million project to be completed by the end of 2020.  

AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions 

4th July 2019 JSE-listed diversified materials company AfriSam has implemented various initiatives to reduce its carbon intensity and developed responses to limit the impact of a carbon tax.  

AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions
AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions

Workshop17 opens third co-working space in Cape Town

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd July 2019 Workshop17, in which JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties holds a 50% interest, has opened a third co-working space, at The Harrington, in the East City precinct, in Cape Town. A collaborative workspace in a key location, the new space provides 30 customisable private offices, hot-desking, dedicated... 

Workshop17 opens third co-working space in Cape Town
The entrance to The Harrington building on Harrington street in Cape Town

Transport conference to feature latest research, expert speakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2019 The Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) will for the thirty-eighth time host internationally-lauded plenary speakers and welcome around 700 transport professionals, academics, students and engineers. The premier transport conference will be held at the Council for Scientific and... 

Zambia, Zimbabwe to start building Batoka power plant next year

By: Reuters     2nd July 2019 Zambia and Zimbabwe will start building the 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydropower plant next year, a company jointly owned by the two governments said on Tuesday. The Batoka project involves construction of a dam, powerhouses, roads, transmission infrastructure and houses in both Zambia and Zimbabwe,... 

Water department committed to transparency in Clanwilliam dam wall project

By: African News Agency      2nd July 2019 The department of water and sanitation has reiterated its commitment to transparency and to empowering the residents of the West Coast district municipality during the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall. Officially launched last October, the project is one of the biggest government... 

Saice calls for effective infrastructure spend

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the State has set aside R100-billion to start an infrastructure fund to be administered by the State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa. During his June 20 State of the... 

Saice calls for effective infrastructure spend
Steven Kaplan

EOH sells 70% of Construction Computer Software to RIB Software

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2019 JSE-listed information technology company EOH has sold 70% of the shares of Construction Computer Software (CCS), held by subsidiary EOH Mthombo, to Frankfurt Stock Exchange-listed construction and building software company RIB Software for R444.39-million. EOH on Tuesday said the deal... 

Morocco hopes to attract $10bn in investment to new tech city

By: Reuters     2nd July 2019 Morocco hopes to attract investments worth $10 billion and create 100,000 jobs at a high-tech city near the northern city of Tangier, a local elected official said. Morocco-based BMCE Bank signed a memorandum of understanding in April with state-owned China Communications Construction Co (CCCC)... 

Growthpoint, Investec JV buys prime shopping centre in Ghana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2019 Pan-African real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Investec African Properties (GIAP) on Monday concluded the acquisition of 97.5% in Achimota Retail Centre, a prime shopping centre in Accra, Ghana. The asset was acquired from AttAfrica, which is a joint venture (JV) between JSE-listed... 

Gautrain looks at expanding non-fare revenue with Centurion pilot project 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2019 While “doing okay” in terms of non-fare revenue from advertising, the “one big trick” the Gautrain system has missed out on has been to participate in the rise in property value around Gautrain stations, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) COO William Dachs. Since the establishment of the... 

 Gautrain looks at expanding non-fare revenue with Centurion pilot project
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Centurion station

Biggest concrete pour in UK history completed at nuclear plant site

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2019 Electricite de France has completed the biggest single pour of concrete in Britain at the site of a new nuclear power plant in Somerset. The utility poured 9 000 cubic meters of the material at Hinkley Point, exceeding the amount of concrete that went into the Shard skyscraper in London. It was... 

PPC reports ‘solid’ results despite challenging trading conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2019 Despite having had to navigate through challenging trading conditions across the markets in which it operates, cement producer PPC on Friday reported a 60% increase in its basic earnings a share to 16c, and a 33% increase in its headline earnings a share to 20c for the financial year ended March... 

Conco wins eSwatini solar power project

By: Reuters     28th June 2019 South Africa's Consolidated Infrastructure Group (Conco) has won a $16-million contract to build a 10 MW solar project, in eSwatini, the firm said late on Thursday. The kingdom, formerly known as Swaziland, imports 80% of its electricity from South Africa's troubled utility Eskom but is looking... 

Basil Read’s business rescue on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2019 JSE-listed construction company Basil Read on Friday announced that the implementation of its business rescue plan was progressing well. From February to May, the company continued to complete three contracts, while five contracts were in the process of being descoped or ceded to other... 

Sanral extends olive branch to smaller contractors, communities

By: Shirley le Guern     28th June 2019 The massive turnout at the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) N2/N3 information corridor roadshow across KwaZulu-Natal this week saw the roads agency extend an olive branch to local contractors and communities, as well as controversial business forums that had disrupted... 

At least five N2, N3 tenders to open by financial year-end, says Sanral 

By: Shirley le Guern     28th June 2019 At least five tenders for the upgrade of the N3 and N2 highways in KwaZulu-Natal will go out before the end of South African National Road Agency Limited's (Sanral’s) current financial year, Sanral Eastern Region design, planning and construction manager Ravi Ronny told a business briefing... 

At least five N2, N3 tenders to open by financial year-end, says Sanral
Sanral Eastern Region design, planning and construction manager Ravi Ronny

Industry body discusses challenges at hand

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 The lack of larger projects and inconsistent application of procurement regulations are but two of the many issues holding the consulting engineering industry back, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. He mentions that infrastructure is a great... 

Industry body discusses challenges at hand
CLUED-UP CONSULTING Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

Sporting complex completed two years early

28th June 2019 An innovative design-and-build solution for the Japoma Sports Complex in Douala, Cameroon has allowed for multinational engineering consultancy Aecom to decrease the proposed project timeframe by two years. The Japoma Sports Complex consists of a 50 000-seat multi-sport stadium, an aquatics... 

Sporting complex completed  two years early
TRACK RECORD The stadium was built in record time as a multifaceted sporting facility and arts and culture hub

Prospect of reinvestment brings hope to sector

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 A reinvestment in projects at government level will help lift the consulting engineering sector in South Africa, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa MD Vis Reddy. “Although there has been the promise of funding and infrastructure-related projects, the actual... 

Prospect of reinvestment brings hope to sector
VIS REDDY South Africa has a good record in terms of managing tailings dams, even with the risks involved

WSP remains proactive in slow market

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Amid the pressures in the built environment, professional services provider WSP is proactively looking for opportunities to diversify and alternative ways of conducting its business to improve efficiencies that will benefit clients. “. . . the need for infrastructure investment and development... 

WSP remains proactive in slow market
GRID GANG The WSP team working on improving the power grid in Zimbabwe

Company recognised for upliftment project

28th June 2019 The corporate social responsibility arm of consulting engineering firm holding company Bosch Holdings, Bosch Ulwazi has offered 200 unemployed young people in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape, jobs focusing on construction at one of its projects. 

Company recognised for upliftment project
LAYING A FOUNDATION The company hopes to educate young unemployed people with its new programme

AfriSam exploring ways to further reduce its carbon emissions

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2019 Diversified materials company AfriSam is working to further reduce its carbon emissions, after achieving a sustained reduction of 35% as a result of on various initiatives over nearly two decades, says AfriSam Cementitious executive Hannes Meyer. During a media tour of the clinker production... 

AfriSam exploring ways to further reduce its carbon emissions
Photo by Dylan Slater
LIMESTONE KILN Producing clinker is energy intensive and releases CO2 over and above the fuel used to burn the limestone

First customer day at new location hosted

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch (HUBB), in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

First customer day at  new location hosted
TECH FORWARD Bosch Rexroth is now more focused on technological innovation, such as the Internet of Things

Countdown to pipes conference under way

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 The countdown to the 2019 PIPES XII Conference – which is hosted by industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) – has begun.  

Countdown to pipes conference under way
PIPES XII The conference – themed Not all plastics are alike – will take a closer look at the quality standards that govern the manufacturing and installation of high-performance plastic pipes and pipe systems
 

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