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Construction News

Construction on Inga 3 hydropower project could start by year end, ambassador says

By: News24Wire      17th February 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Jean Le'on Ngandu Ilunga has hinted that construction on the Inga 3 hydro-power project could start by the end of the year. "We believe in the coming month we will see concrete steps towards implementation. Towards the... 

AfDB debars Kenyan civil engineering firm for fraudulent practices

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2021 Development finance institution the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on February 16 announced the 36-month debarment of civil engineering company Global Interjapan (Kenya), with effect from August 24, 2020, which renders Global Interjapan (Kenya) and its affiliates ineligible to participate... 

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom is preparing a pioneering request for proposals (RFP) for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati power station, in Mpumalanga, which is among the first four coal plants scheduled for decommissioning in the coming few years. Eskom just energy transition office... 

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months
The Komati power station

Lifting distributed-generation cap ‘one of the easier decisions’ facing government – De Ruyter   

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the plan, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation (SONA) address, to lift the licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants as “one of the easier decisions” government could make in the near-term to alleviate stress... 

Lifting distributed-generation cap ‘one of the easier decisions’ facing government – De Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

KZN Premier launches R252m science, technology academy

By: Yvonne Silaule     15th February 2021 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala on February 15 officially opened the R252-million Anton Lembede Mathematics, Sciences and Technology Academy, in Durban. The academy comprises 20 classrooms, one specialist classroom, a library, three computer laboratories and an administration block. 

Ramaphosa’s SoNA holds bold promises, but lacks finer details, says BLSA

By: Donna Slater     15th February 2021 In his February 13 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted factors that will serve to lift the economy, tackle Covid-19 and boost ailing electricity infrastructure, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso. Of particular interest, she says,... 

Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Work on the Selby Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) depot, which will be designated for Phase 1B and Phase 1C operations of the bus service, is progressing well, reports the City of Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), acting on behalf of the City of Johannesburg’s Department... 

Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council

Seifsa calls for finalisation, implementation of Steel Master Plan

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called for the finalisation and speedy implementation of the Steel Master Plan, which it believes will benefit primary and downstream players in the local steel industry. It is also considered to be key... 

Partnership ensures basket of training opportunities

12th February 2021 Manufacturer Gabion Baskets has partnered construction training specialist Tjeka Training Matters to provide practical instruction in the installation of its products. Under this new arrangement, customers will receive a certificate of competency from the training provider once they have... 

Partnership ensures basket of training opportunities
ROCK SOLID TRAINING The partnership between Gabion Baskets and Tjeka Training Matters aims to raise the standards of gabion structure installations in South Africa

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding
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SUGEN PILLAY Cesa’s call to purposefully rebuild the economy and infrastructure will aim to foster an enhanced social compact between all industry partners and stakeholders

Food warehouse expansion under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa has embarked on the second phase expansion of a production and warehousing facility for a food manufacturer in Johannesburg. The first phase was successfully completed last year and the second phase is under way, Peikko South Africa... 

Food warehouse expansion under way
DANIEL PETROV Installations on site are expected to start this month

Heritage building facelift under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction contractor Icon Group is conducting bulk earthworks and demolitions in the Johannesburg central business district as part of a construction project aimed at developing a new Title Deeds Office for the City of Johannesburg. The project, a partnership between the city and the... 

Heritage building  facelift under way
ICONIC BUILDING REFURBISHMENT The project is centred around a 120-year-old heritage building, which needs to be preserved

Strategic forethought hindered by crisis mindset

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 With South Africa’s fiscus placed under immense strain as government attempts to combat the effects of the pandemic, South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Vishaal Lutchman fears that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s leadership is in “head down crisis mode”, with... 

Strategic forethought  hindered by crisis mindset
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Government has not prioritised infrastructure development for the past decade and it will likely not prioritise it in 2021 either

Company expands lighting range

12th February 2021 International lighting solutions provider Signify has expanded its Philips Hue portfolio in the US. This expansion includes an outdoor light to further personalise gardens and porches, a new wall switch module that makes existing light switches smart, and a redesigned Philips Hue dimmer switch.... 

Range provides dependable power distribution

12th February 2021 Electrical and digital building infrastructure provider Legrand’s range of Zucchini busbars includes the LB PLUS range of busbar trunking systems, designed for the distribution of power from 25 A to 63 A. This durable busbar trunking system is an efficient single product solution for dependable... 

Range provides dependable power distribution
DEPENDABLE POWER DISTRIBUTION Key advantages of this power distribution system over conventional busbar systems include a simple design, quick installation and improved performance

Solutions light up local lodge

By: Cameron Mackay     12th February 2021 Lighting products supplier BEKA Schréder has supplied exterior lighting solutions to Skukuza Safari Lodge, which was officially opened last November. Located in one of the largest game reserves in Africa, the Kruger National Park, the newly built lodge offers tourism facilities for local and... 

Solutions light up local lodge
LIGHTING THE WAY This solution includes BEKA LEDPOST installed throughout the lodge’s facilities and BEKA SERIES 30 installed at the back-of-house area

Electricity regulations to be amended to raise licence-exemption cap for distributed generation projects 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act would be amended within the next three months to increase “the licensing threshold for embedded generation”. The current licence-exemption cap is set at 1 MW, with projects above that size required... 

Electricity regulations to be amended to raise licence-exemption cap for distributed generation projects
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Improved trading environment lifts ARB earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2021 A much improved trading environment has enabled investment and property holding company ARB Holdings to achieve increases across the board during the six months ended December 31, 2020. Following a year of lockdowns and restrictions amid a global pandemic which dragged the company’s 2020 full... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa reports second-half profit as supply squeeze lifts prices 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2021 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) return to profit in the second half of its 2020 financial year on the back of steel-shortage-induced price rises that negatively affected many domestic downstream consumers and have led to growing calls for a lifting of import protection. The... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa reports second-half profit as supply squeeze lifts prices

Bank sees load-shedding, factionalism impeding strong fixed-investment recovery in 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2021 A leading bank economist expects fixed investment in South Africa to remain muted in 2021, weighed down by ongoing power shortages, political uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic. Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim forecasts that investment levels will pick up in 2022, however, spurred... 

Bank sees load-shedding, factionalism impeding strong fixed-investment recovery in 2021
Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim

SAISC urges stakeholders to raise steel shortage concerns amid Itac import rebate investigation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2021 The International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) has reportedly received a policy directive from Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel to investigate the creation of a rebate facility of customs and safeguard duties to cover imported flat steel products used by the... 

Law firm warns of lack of pandemic risk clauses in public sector tenders, contracts

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2021 After almost a year of dealing with Covid-19-related shutdowns and disruptions, public sector tenders and contracts still do not include any clauses that deal with the pandemic, construction and technology law firm MDA Attorneys said on February 10, following a review of the contract conditions... 

Digitalisation to drive standardisation in construction, engineering industries

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2021 The digitalisation of construction companies' processes and tools and the introduction of sensors and connectivity on project sites are driving deep changes in the construction and engineering industries. This will improve efficiencies across the supply chain, including the design, development... 

Green hydrogen and powerfuels could revive ailing PetroSA, unlock green steel and create €160bn export platform   

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2021 The combination of South Africa’s world-class wind, solar and land resources, its platinum group metals reserves, as well as its historical experience in industrial-scale synthetic-fuel manufacture, position the country strongly for the production of green hydrogen and tradeable synthetic... 

Green hydrogen and powerfuels could revive ailing PetroSA, unlock green steel and create €160bn export platform
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande on South Africa's comparative advantage when it came to the production of renewable hydrogen and green powerfuels.

Hyde Park Corner rolls out solar panel project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th February 2021 Shopping centre Hyde Park Corner has installed a 384 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on its two office block roofs and carports on the North Eastern parking deck to lower its carbon footprint. The system, rolled out by specialist solar PV company Solareff, comprises 900 430 W half cut Mono... 

Hyde Park Corner rolls out solar panel project
Hyde Park Corner solar panel project

Outa, HSF speak out against proposed procurement of new nuclear power capacity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2021 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) have opposed Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s proposal to procure new nuclear power capacity. This follows after the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) issued a consultation paper... 

Sisulu calls for more investments into social housing projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2021 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called for potential investors, including banking institutions, to assist government’s efforts in meeting the demand for social housing units by investing in social housing projects. Sisulu says the investment opportunities are... 

Infrastructure roll-out to support economy needs basic service delivery over long term

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2021 Addressing the current fiscal imbalance in the economy through accelerated and efficient infrastructure procurement and achieving the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) requires a strategic focus on not just the short-term, but the medium- to long-term delivery of basic services in... 

Hyprop concludes agreements to dispose of Atterbury Value Mart

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2021 Retail-focused real estate investment trust (Reit) Hyprop has concluded agreements to dispose of Atterbury Value Mart for an aggregate consideration of R1.12-billion − 4.6% below the current market valuation. The company has reached agreements with three private parties who will each acquire a... 

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee has recommended that the Energy Regulator approves Gold Fields’ high-profile licence application for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be developed at its South Deep mine, in Gauteng. Nersa has confirmed... 

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence
South Deep

Filling Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam in July threatens Sudan's security - Minister

By: Reuters     8th February 2021 Any unilateral step by Ethiopia to fill its hydropower project, called the Renaissance Dam, in July would directly threaten Sudan's national security, Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas said on Saturday. Sudan is also proposing a mediation role for the United States,... 

Phase 2 of Sol Plaatje University precinct to be completed in mid-2022

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2021 Engineering and infrastructure services company AECOM is forging ahead with Phase 2 of the R800-million Sol Plaatje University (SPU) precinct in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, and expects to complete its work by mid-2022. Further, the company says it has also been awarded a further contract... 

Phase 2 of Sol Plaatje University precinct to be completed in mid-2022

AfriSam notes readiness to bring more capacity on stream for roadworks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2021 With some important road contracts already secured for this year, building materials company AfriSam notes that it is well placed to bring more capacity on stream as and when there is an upswing in South Africa’s roadbuilding sector. “The construction materials market is now only about a third of... 

AfriSam notes readiness to bring more capacity on stream for roadworks
Avi Bhoora

29 construction-sector bodies unite under one umbrella

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 South Africa’s construction industry has united to form a single umbrella body, Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA), which is made up of 29 professional, contractor, supplier and other bodies within the industry. Industry stalwart John Matthews has been appointed as CASA chairperson. 

EUIG wants wheeling reform to accompany rise in licence-exemption cap to 50 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2021 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) has added its voice to growing calls to increase South Africa’s licence exemption threshold from 1 MW to 50 MW, but says the change should be accompanied by an updating of the current framework for wheeling power across the network. In a... 

EUIG wants wheeling reform to accompany rise in licence-exemption cap to 50 MW

Breaking ground on key infrastructure projects would be ‘immune booster’ for ailing economy  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2021 Consulting Engineers South Africa believes that visible progress on a select number of high-profile infrastructure projects in 2021 could serve as an “immune booster” for South Africa’s ailing economy and provide impetus for a much-needed recovery in investor confidence. Presenting CESA’s yearly... 

Breaking ground on key infrastructure projects would be ‘immune booster’ for ailing economy
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Sugen Pillay

PPC MD shares thoughts on sustainability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2021 PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula says it is largely owing to strong relationships with its people that the company has managed to not only pull through Covid-19, but also been able to continue with its restructuring and refinancing project. Lekula says the company’s social impact has always... 

PPC MD shares thoughts on sustainability
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