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Place clean energy at the centre of post-Covid-19 recovery efforts – IEA 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2020 A new International Energy Agency report forecasts that the world will add 167 GW of new renewables capacity in 2020, a 13% decline when compared with record 2019 renewable-power connections of 192 GW. Besides being the first fall in new additions in 20 years, the Covid-19-induced downward... 

Lafarge Africa halts capex and warns of second-quarter sales drop

By: Reuters     19th May 2020 Lafarge Africa will freeze capital expenditure this year, Chief Executive Khaled El Dokani said on Tuesday after the cement company forecast a drop in second-quarter sales as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand. Major infrastructure projects have been put on hold, El Dokani said, citing... 

Timber suitable to help address Covid-19 housing requirement

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2020 In response to government investigating alternative housing solutions for densely populated informal settlements during the Covid-19 pandemic, Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) and the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) have approached government with a proposal that timber be... 

Containerised ICU can be deployed quickly where needed

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2020 EOH consulting engineering subsidiary Dihlase has designed a modular intensive-care unit (ICU) and isolation ward that contains all necessary heating, ventilation and airconditioning, medical gas, electricity, water, air, communication, technology and sanitation infrastructure systems. The... 

Construction industry operating at 10%, 15% of capacity, says Metelerkamp 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2020 Despite certain sections of the construction industry returning to work under Alert Level 4 of the national lockdown, the industry is currently only working at between 10% and 15% of its capacity, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. Construction on public projects, such as... 

Construction industry operating at 10%, 15% of capacity, says Metelerkamp

Wind body calls for privately funded renewables to be key component of recovery plan 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is urging government to include renewable-energy as one of the main components of any post-Covid-19 economic stimulus package, arguing that such infrastructure is particularly well positioned to support a much-needed economic recovery, as it would... 

Wind body calls for privately funded renewables to be key component of recovery plan
Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Growthpoint advises of significant impact to South African retail portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties says its retail portfolio has been hit hardest during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since South Africa declared a Level 5 lockdown, the company has been grading the retailers at its properties according to the severity of the impact of the... 

Growthpoint advises of significant impact to South African retail portfolio
Growthpoint group CEO Norbert Sasse

Balwin defers full-year dividend

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2020 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has decided to defer the declaration of a dividend for the financial year ended February 29. This follows careful consideration of current market conditions and the uncertainty surrounding the continued impact of Covid-19 and its implications on the cash resources of... 

REIPPPP projects to resume development

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2020 Law firm Fasken reports that Covid-19 lockdown regulations enforced with the commencement of the national lockdown on March 26, which restricted the operation of a number of industries in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, have been clarified with the publication of the latest directions... 

WSP says light industrial property has room for innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2020 Professional services firm WSP says it is not all doom and gloom in the property sector, especially not in the light industrial property space. The firm adds that it is often darkest before the light and some of the most difficult periods have led to great innovations, new approaches and... 

Calgro says generates sufficient cash to weather Covid-19, settle some debt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2020 Property investment company Calgro M3 CEO Wikus Lategan says the company has made good progress on turning the business around, with cash generated from operations having increasing by 55.6% year-on-year to R464-million in the year ended February 29. This helped the company settle R52-million... 

Growthpoint’s Exxaro HQ development receives Africa’s first WELL certification

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2020 Property developer Growthpoint Properties has developed the first building in Africa to achieve a WELL certification, receiving. The Growthpoint-developed Exxaro headquarters in Pretoria, an 18 500 m2 office building opposite the Centurion Gautrain Station, has been awarded a Silver Level WELL... 

Growthpoint’s Exxaro HQ development receives Africa’s first WELL certification
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IDC CFO Dlamini resigns

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2020 Nonkululeko Dlamini has resigned as CFO of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). She will serve out her notice period until July.  

Local blockchain solution shortlisted for global award

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 Blockchain construction contract management solution Sherlock, developed by DoshEx, has been selected as one of three shortlisted candidates for the Blockchain Trailblazer category of the 2020 IBM Beacon Award. An enterprise-ready smart contract management and administration solution, Sherlock... 

Local procurement lags in public, private sectors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 A prevailing issue facing the valves sector is the “poor attitude” to local procurement in the public and private sectors, says valves manufacturer RGR Technologies commercial director Ross Hunter. 

Local procurement lags  in public, private sectors
MAPPING THE WAY FORWARD RGR Technologies looks forward to slowly introducing three-dimensional printing into its processes to assist with the manufacture of valve parts

Valves maintenance still a challenge

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 Although demand for valves has increased over the past five years, maintenance costs, efficiency and valve service life are some of the challenges that companies face yearly, says coating technology specialist Thermaspray’s laser cladding manager Jordaan Lourens. 

Valves maintenance  still a challenge
IRREPLACEABLE SOLUTIONS The initial coating of new valves as well as their efficient repair results in fewer valve replacements

Moolmans remobilises after lockdown, but Aveng warns of liquidity risks

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2020 Construction and engineering group Aveng reports that the group’s South African contract-mining subsidiary, Moolmans, has recommenced full operations at the majority of its opencast contracts, while its underground project at Platreef is operating at 50% of capacity in line with South Africa’s... 

Business wants swift action on inappropriate level 4 regulations, as e-commerce opens 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2020 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has called for swift amendments to those Covid-19 level 4 lockdown regulations that President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged to be unclear and contradictory and has again called for preparations to be accelerated for an orderly and rapid transition through... 

Business wants swift action on inappropriate level 4 regulations, as e-commerce opens
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Martin Kingston

SA construction contractors remain under siege, MDA Attorneys

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2020 The construction sector was in steep decline before the Covid-19 lockdown and few businesses have the cash reserves to remain sustainable in the current environment, says construction and technology law specialist MDA Attorneys. The firm indicates that the most pressing concerns for contractors... 

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Entrepreneurs that have started a business or are looking to start a business, especially in the green economy, should start, as soon as possible, with documenting their business development process to ensure they have that information available for when they start looking for investors, YWaste... 

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors
YWaste Solutions MD Emile Fourie discusses how entrepreneurs can navigate starting businesses in the green economy.

Sasol calls for IPP bids to supply 600 MW of renewable energy to South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2020 Chemicals and fuels group Sasol has issued a request for information (RFI) for the supply of 600 MW of renewable energy to its South African operations so as to reduce its yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 1.6-million tons. The closing date for submissions is Friday, June 5. 

Sasol calls for IPP bids to supply 600 MW of renewable energy to South African operations
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Sasol's Secunda complex in Mpumalanga, with power lines in the foreground

New venture set up to explore South Africa’s offshore floating wind-farm potential 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2020 A South African renewable-energy company has teamed up with a Swedish floating wind-farm developer and technology designer to explore the development of large-scale floating wind farms offshore South Africa. In a joint statement released in Stockholm and Cape Town, Hexicon AB and Genesis... 

New venture set up to explore South Africa’s offshore floating wind-farm potential

Westend Building C secures Green Stars rating

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2020 Westend Building C, which is part of the modern Westend office development in Centurion, received its 4-Star Green Star SA Design certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), just weeks before South Africa went into lockdown. With a useable area of 6 214 m2, Building C... 

Westend Building C secures Green Stars rating
Westend Building C

AfriSam now operating under Level 4 restrictions

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2020 The first steps in relaxing South Africa’s national coronavirus lockdown will allow critical supplies of cement and construction material to reach specified markets. “With the lowering . . . to Alert Level 4, the new regulations permit AfriSam to resume some of its production and to supply... 

AfriSam now operating under Level 4 restrictions

Cesa calls on govt to embrace opportunities for infrastructure development amid pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2020 It is widely understood that South Africa’s economy is set to be a casualty in the fight against Covid-19 and industries caught in the lockdown restrictions are eager to get back to work, with the construction industry being no different, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa... 

Herbert Smith Freehills releases guide to assist green energy developers

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 Professional services firm Herbert Smith Freehills says Africa-focussed developers and sponsors in the renewable energy market can fast-track project development and enhance bankability by using development funds (DFs). The firm lays out the plans and their benefits in a newly launched renewable... 

Afrimat ramping up operations in line with market demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2020 The impact of the South African Covid-19 lockdown on the Afrimat group was dampened by the partial reopening of its Demaneng iron-ore mine and certain industrial minerals operations early in the lockdown period, the company reports. It says the reopening had been undertaken while taking the... 

Kibo increases Mozambique land holding to expand energy projects

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has acquired 345 ha of land adjacent to its Benga power plant project, in Mozambique's Tete province. Alongside hosting a 150 MW to 300 MW thermal power plant, which is being developed as part of a joint venture agreement with local energy company... 

Dangote Cement supports Cameroon's fight against Covid-19

By: African News Agency      12th May 2020 Nigerian cement-manufacturing company Dangote has handed over personal protection equipment (PPE) kits worth 100-million CFA francs to Cameroon’s ministry of public health to support health-care workers on the front line in the country's fight against Covid-19. Cameroon has been fighting the... 

South Africa urged to leverage the full industrial potential of the IRP 2019 as part of post-Covid recovery  

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2020 The allocation, in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019), to renewable energy represents a major opportunity not only to diversify South Africa’s coal-heavy electricity mix, but also to create new domestic industries and jobs, Kearney senior energy principal Prashaen Reddy argues. To fully... 

South Africa urged to leverage the full industrial potential of the IRP 2019 as part of post-Covid recovery
Kearney senior energy principal Prashaen Reddy in conversation with Terence Creamer on the outlook for renewables in South Africa. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

BCCEI extends admin and levy waiver to May

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2020 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) had taken an unprecedented step in April when it announced that it would waive the BCCEI administration and dispute levy contributions for that month. In bringing further relief to an already ailing industry sector, the BCCEI has... 

Group Five to delist from JSE

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2020 Embattled construction company Group Five will delist from the JSE in June. The last day of trading for the company will be on June 9, with the record date for the delisting being June 12 and the company’s listing to be officially removed from the JSE on June 15. 

Recession expected to have severe impact on tenant payment performance

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2020 Financial services provider First National Bank (FNB) expects “a very significant” deterioration in residential rental tenant payment performance for this year, with a recession more severe than that of 2008/9 expected for this year. While the tenant performance deterioration in response to an... 

Sapma appeals to government to allow paint contractors to resume business

By: Donna Slater     8th May 2020 The South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) urges the government to allow paint contractors to not only carry out emergency projects, but also other contracts for external surface renovations and coatings. In terms of Level 4 stipulations, paint producers and coatings raw material... 

Sapma appeals to government to allow paint contractors to resume business

Environmental studies, discourse vital to decommissioning

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 With the decommissioning of South Africa’s two nuclear facilities officially planned for this decade, consulting engineers WSP hydrology senior associate Karen King states that, with all the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) to be conducted, interested and affected party (IAP) engagement... 

Environmental studies, discourse vital to decommissioning
KAREN KING As with all EIAs undertaken locally, interested and affected party engagement will be essential. WSP is well-placed to undertake all of these studies

New infrastructure creates opportunities for demolition, decontamination

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 The development of new infrastructure, particularly in the expanding local mining sector, has created opportunities for demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition to be involved in sectional demolition and decontamination projects, particularly those involving radiological decontamination.... 

New infrastructure creates opportunities for demolition, decontamination
ION-OPENING EXPERIENCING Radiological decontamination and demolition projects can involve a range of procedures, including radiological scanning and testing of scrap metal after ultra-high pressure washing

Local energy not managed efficiently

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa is not using its world-class renewable energy resources to drive energy efficiency, says independent conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) urban futures project manager Louise Scholtz. “If we were, South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan 2019... 

Local energy not managed efficiently
TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market
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