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Construction News

Abland, Tiber on schedule to complete Phase 1 of Sandton Gate development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th May 2019 Abland and Tiber, joint developers of the Sandton Gate precinct, are on track to complete Phase 1 of the mixed-use development. The first phase will include 15 500 m² of commercial space, 13 000 m² of P-grade office space and a 2 500 m² Planet Fitness positioned on the piazza level of the building. 

Redefine maintains sustained growth, value creation despite difficult local climate  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th May 2019 JSE-listed Redefine Properties, which increased its distribution for the six months ended February 28 by 4% to 49.2c, maintained a strong platform for sustained growth and value creation despite ongoing economic and political uncertainty. The South Africa-based real estate investment trust holds... 

Redefine maintains sustained growth, value creation despite difficult local climate
Redefine CFO Leon Kok outlines the company’s performance for the period

IEA says world cannot ‘press pause’ on renewables, as capacity growth stalls  

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2019 The International Energy Agency has expressed concern over the “unexpected flattening” of renewable-energy capacity additions in 2018, which, at 180 GW, remained in line with additions recorded in 2017. It was the first time since 2001 that year-on-year additions of renewable energy failed to... 

IEA says world cannot ‘press pause’ on renewables, as capacity growth stalls

Massmart’s Hayward to step down as CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 Massmart CEO Guy Hayward has informed the company of his intention to step down from his position before the end of this year. The timing of his exit is still to be confirmed as he and the board embark on the process of ensuring a seamless transition. 

Insurers are rethinking construction sector risk mitigation – Allianz

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 As construction projects become bigger and harder to fund, given rate pressures and market challenges, many insurers are exiting or scaling back in the engineering market, says Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Africa property and engineering head Seelan Naidoo. He explains that the... 

New TCTA board announced

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti has appointed a new board for State-owned water infrastructure project implementer Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority. The board will serve until April 30, 2022. 

New TCTA board announced
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TCTA Vaal pipeline project

Built environment still plagued by falling-from-height accidents – federation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 Nelson Mandela University has found that the indirect costs of falling-from-height (FFH) accidents are 14.2 times the direct costs, reports the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company. This is backed by UK-based Health and Safety Executive research, which determined the indirect costs of... 

Built environment still plagued by falling-from-height accidents – federation

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
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MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

Firm well-positioned for business in Botswana and Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 The working environment in Botswana is stable, and civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting Engineers welcomes the country’s focus on infrastructure development, which the company is well-positioned to support, says ADA Consulting Engineers director Paul Maitre. The company’s office,... 

Firm well-positioned for business in Botswana and Africa
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT Last year, ADA Consulting Engineers completed work for the extension of the Airport Junction shopping centre, in Gaborone

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

Partnership aims to enhance  local fluid power sector
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2019 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has appointed Mohammed Mahomedy as acting group CEO after its board decided not to extend the six-month contract of the Tau Morwe, beyond Friday, May 3. Mahomedy, who has worked with Transnet for more than 12 years, has been acting CFO for the past 12... 

Transnet promises to fill executive vacancies as Mahomedy is appointed new acting CEO
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New acting Transnet CEO Mohammed Mahomedy

Builders Warehouse unveils new Boksburg store

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2019 Builders Warehouse has opened its latest store in Boksburg, which was developed as a replacement to its former store. The new 15 170 m2 box format store’s design entailed a new layout and look and feel, to align with Builders’ digitalisation and counter-driven strategy. 

Builders Warehouse unveils new Boksburg store
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Builders Warehouse CEO Llewellyn Walters

NHBRC deregisters errant builders from it database

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2019 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has deregistered 17 contractors and builders from its database of approved homebuilders following the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. The names of the affected contractors have been published in the Government Gazette of March 15. 

High Court turns down N2 Wild Coast Road appeal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court to deny an appeal against a decision that confirmed the road agency’s decision to proceed with the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR). In an earlier judgment, Judge... 

Gauteng govt to release property to Wits for student accommodation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2019 The Gauteng provincial government has signed a memorandum of intent (MoI) with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) for the release of five properties around Constitution Hill, as part of the provincial government's Rapid Land Release Programme. The agreement, which was signed by... 

Atterbury Europe completes Mall of Cyprus Phase 1 expansion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2019 Property developer Atterbury Europe’s Mall of Cyprus Phase 1 expansion has opened to shoppers with an added 6 000 m2 of retail space, 15 new retail brands, six new food and beverage concepts and 300 extra parking spaces. The €30-million expansion of the Mall of Cyprus was designed to further... 

Joburg mayor excited about R20bn inner city development project

By: African News Agency      29th April 2019 Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said he is looking forward to seeing cranes across the inner city within six to eight months when construction on more than 20 developments worth around R20 billion is set to begin. Mashaba was accompanied by the MMC for Economic Development Leah Knott, and MMC... 

Joburg mayor excited about R20bn inner city development project
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

KZN floods cause damage of over R1bn, province wants disaster declared 

By: News24Wire      29th April 2019 The cost of damage to various parts of KwaZulu-Natal following last week's heavy rains and localised flooding has run into billions of rand, Premier Willies Mchunu said on Monday. "The estimated damage currently stands at R1.1-billion, with the eThekwini damage alone estimated at over... 

KZN floods cause damage of over R1bn, province wants disaster declared

Global steel production increases to 444 Mt in first quarter

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2019 Global crude steel production for the first quarter of this year increased by 4.5% year-on-year to 444.1-million tonnes, global industry body, the World Steel Association (worldsteel), said in a statement on Monday. Asia produced 312.9-million tonnes of crude steel during the first three months... 

Zambia sets sights on yet more solar as another 34 MW is connected to grid 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2019 The 34 MW Ngonye solar photovoltaic plant, in Zambia, has been connected to the country’s grid and has started operations. Once fully up and running, the facility is expected to produce about 70 GWh of electricity yearly and help the Southern African country diversify its power mix away from its... 

Zambia sets sights on yet more solar as another 34 MW is connected to grid

Abland’s Rubik development set for July 2021 completion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2019 Property developer Abland expects to start demolition and earthworks on The Rubik mixed-use development, in Loop street, in the Cape Town central business district, in the second half of this year. In partnership with Nedbank, Abland will erect a new building with retail, commercial and... 

Abland’s Rubik development set for July 2021 completion
Abland's The Rubik development

Kenya secures $666m from China for tech city, highway

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Kenya has secured 67.5-billion shillings ($666-million) in funding from China to build a data centre in a tech city currently under construction and a highway in Nairobi, the president's office said on Friday. Kenya has turned to China over the past few years for funds, technology and equipment... 

Guinea boosts power output to foster bauxite refining

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Guinea expects to boost its energy production capacity by nearly four-fold over the next six years as it pushes mining companies to refine their bauxite output locally, the energy minister said on Friday. The West African nation, Africa's biggest producer of the aluminium ore, is in the midst of... 

EIB extends €82m loan to Lesotho Lowlands Water Development Project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an €82-million, or 1.3-billion Lesotho Maloti, loan for the Lesotho Lowlands Water Development Project Phase 2 (LLWDP 2). The project aims to improve access to clean water in four priority areas of the Lesotho lowlands. LLWDP 2 is the second phase... 

Transnet installing new tippler to sustain iron-ore exports

By: Reuters     26th April 2019 Transnet is installing a new iron-ore tippler at the country’s main iron-ore export line in order to sustain its current output of 60-million tonnes a year, officials said on Friday at its Saldanha port terminal. The R3-billion project, which includes infrastructure such as a conveyor belt... 

Overcoming backlogs with infrastructure upgrades

26th April 2019 A new, resilient and efficient approach to sanitation resource management is required to overcome the national backlog confronting South Africa’s sewage treatment infrastructure, says water solutions specialist Veolia Water Technologies South Africa marketing GM Chris Braybrooke. He adds that the... 

Overcoming backlogs with infrastructure upgrades
HEALTH HAZARD Underperforming sewage infrastructure is a health hazard and threatens the ecology of natural water sources

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector

26th April 2019 The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti reiterated government’s commitment for collaborative efforts to lead transformation of the water sector as the department prepares to launch the Phakisa Process for Water and Sanitation. The Process seeks to address sector challenges and ensure... 

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector
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GAME-CHANGER Phakisa for Water and Sanitation will change the department and the sector as a whole

EPP raises R1.45bn for M1 acquisition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 JSE-listed retail property fund EPP has successfully completed an equity raise of R1.45-billion, or €90-million, to fund tranche 2 of its M1 portfolio acquisition. The company expects to complete the transaction by June.  

Barloworld optimistic ‘black public’ will take up offer to invest in new property group 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2019 Industrial group Barloworld is optimistic that qualifying black South Africans will respond positively to its offer to buy a maximum of 30% of the shares available in a new black-owned property company, called Khula Sizwe Property Holdings, being created as part of a larger R3.5-billion... 

Barloworld optimistic ‘black public’ will take up offer to invest in new property group
Barloworld to sell 68 mostly industrial properties to Khula Sizwe

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises  

25th April 2019 Global power company Cummins in March officially launched the “Power Hub”, its new multimillion-rand premises in the business area of the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, in Waterfall City, in Midrand. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises
Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises

Vadi launches R114 road rehabilitation project

By: African News Agency      25th April 2019 Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi has officially launched the R114 road rehabilitation project near Muldersdrift in the West Rand. The R157-million project is fully funded by the provincial roads and transport department and partly implemented under the auspices of the expanded... 

N1 highway project in Cape Town nearing completion

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 The project to add a third lane to the N1 in both directions between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange in Cape Town is expected to be complete early next month. This is according to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) which said the project would help ease... 

South Sudan invites investment in agriculture, mining, oil

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2019 Since its official independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has ripened the environment for investment in the country, which was apparent when the country’s Ministers on Wednesday met with South African investors and businesspersons during a roadshow, in Sandton, to discuss investment... 

Johannesburg mayor announces R20bn investment for inner city

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Wednesday announced a R20-billion investment which he said was the single biggest property investment the city had ever made through private sector development. "Through the release of city properties to the private sector for redevelopment, the city expects... 

Johannesburg mayor announces R20bn investment for inner city
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Sanedi’s reflective roof coatings pilot moves to scale

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) on Wednesday announced that its Cool Surfaces Project has moved from collaboration to a completed, scaled-up project in Groblershoop, in the Northern Cape. Reflective roof coatings have reduced the indoor daytime temperatures at a... 

Sanedi’s reflective roof coatings pilot moves to scale
Reflective coating

Accor plans 60 new hotels in Africa, half of them in Egypt

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2019 Accor SA will open 60 new hotels in 14 countries in Africa in the next four years, its CEO for Middle East and Africa Mark Willis said. Over the next two years, the European hotel operator will open over half of them in Egypt, which Willis said was rebounding after “external factors” hurt the... 

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 A newly built walkway was handed over to Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark, at a sombre event on Monday. The handover, which was attended by school management and its governing body, parents, learners, various businesses and representatives of the Gauteng Department of Basic Education,... 

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort
The newly built walkway at Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark
 

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