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South Africa unlikely to force specific investments on retirement funds

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2020 South Africa’s government is unlikely to force retirement funds to plow money into specific companies or projects, an industry body of fund managers and insurers said. Of the economic plans under discussion to revive South Africa’s economy, none are calling for prescribed assets to be used as a... 

Redefine reaches agreement with RMB about Zenprop’s Mall of the South sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties has reached what the company deems a mutually beneficial and alternative arrangement with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Investments and Advisory related to the conclusion of the sale of the Mall of the South. The 73 111 m2 regional shopping... 

Redefine reaches agreement with RMB about Zenprop’s Mall of the South sale
Redefine Properties CEO Andrew Konig

Ethiopia says GERD dam will begin generating power in next 12 months

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Ethiopia's giant new hydropower dam on the Blue Nile will begin generating power in the next 12 months, the country's president said on Monday. “This year will be a year where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will start generating power with the two turbines," Sahle-Work Zewde said in a speech... 

DBSA appoints Rakgate to head Infrastructure Fund

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2020 The State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has, from October 1, appointed Mohale Rakgate as its new group executive for the Infrastructure Fund, which has been established by government to support an accelerated roll-out of economic and social infrastructure. Infrastructure is... 

DBSA appoints Rakgate to head Infrastructure Fund
Mohale Rakgate

Ethiopia bans flights over dam for security reasons - aviation chief

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Ethiopia has banned all flights over its giant new hydropower dam on the Blue Nile for security reasons, the head of its civil aviation authority said on Monday. Ethiopia is locked in a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over its $4-billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Cairo has said could... 

Patel prioritising AfCFTA trading by start of 2021 as he takes on key African role 

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2020 South Africa’s Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, who has been elected to chair the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT), says he will prioritise the finalisation of the outstanding work and negotiations required to enable the start of trading under the African Continent Free... 

Patel prioritising AfCFTA trading by start of 2021 as he takes on key African role
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Tambo Springs rail concession fails, talks on to secure new deal 

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2020 Infrastructure development at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway is continuing, despite the inability of State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to deliver on the construction of a rail terminal in the agreed time, says Tambo Springs Development Company (TSDC) CEO Tumi Mohulatsi. In June... 

Tambo Springs rail concession fails, talks on to secure new deal
Tumi Mohulatsi

Spanish solar tracking group establishes formal presence in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2020 Spanish solar tracker and structures specialist STI Norland has, since the start of October, established an active presence in South Africa, which it views as an attractive market for utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. An office and warehouse facility is being established in Port... 

Spanish solar tracking group establishes formal presence in South Africa
The 94.3 MWp Sishen PV Plant in the Northern Cape

City of Cape Town drafting ‘mini IRP’ as it prepares way for IPP procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd October 2020 The City of Cape Town, which has been pushing for the right of municipalities to procure electricity directly from independent power producers for several years, is currently compiling what it describes as a “mini” integrated resource plan to guide its future procurement decisions and actions.... 

City of Cape Town drafting ‘mini IRP’ as it prepares way for IPP procurement

Afrimat Construction Index tanks in Q2, but ‘strong performance’ in second half predicted

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 The second-quarter (Q2) Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has dropped sharply on the back of the national lockdown regulations imposed between April and June to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. JSE-listed openpit miner Afrimat produces industrial minerals, bulk commodities and construction materials. 

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls – Outa

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 Cabinet’s failure to make a decision on a funding mechanism for Gauteng’s freeways is affecting long-term road planning and allows the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to avoid responsibility for an incoherent e-toll collection strategy, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse... 

Renewed hope for industrialisation and transformation ahead of wind procurement

By: Terence Creamer     2nd October 2020 The failure of the R536-million DCD Wind Towers facility, established in the Coega Special Economic Zone in 2013, has become the poster child for the damage inflicted when South Africa’s political infighting and intrigue gives way to policy uncertainty and stalled implementation. The investment... 

Renewed hope for industrialisation and transformation ahead of wind procurement

Wake loss could create headwinds

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 With wind energy set to contribute more to the national energy grid in the future, owing to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, wake loss will become more of a challenge as the wind energy sector grows, says local wind energy company Aurora Wind Power CEO Mmoledi Chisalokile. “The IRP 2019... 

Wind farms in Northern, Western Cape head for completion

2nd October 2020 Two of major renewable power generation company Lekela Power’s wind farms will take major steps towards completion and to contributing 250 MW of energy to the national power grid before the end of the year. The Perdekraal East Wind Farm will add 110 MW to the grid. It is one of the company’s... 

Renewables in Africa – power is only half the story

2nd October 2020 Energy companies should combine the provision of power with positive economic impacts for the communities where they build their projects, says renewable power generation company Lekela Power CEO Chris Antonopoulos. Lekela’s portfolio includes more than 1 300 MW of wind power projects in Egypt,... 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2020 Drive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive on October 1 started construction on its new R200-million head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg. The 25 000 m2 building is being built on property acquired by the company two years ago. The necessary earthworks were completed in... 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory
Aerial view of the site

Creecy hints to inclusion of green components in economic recovery plan 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2020 Environment, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Barbara Creecy has indicated that government is likely to integrate green-economy components into the country’s Covid-19 economic recovery strategy, details of which are yet to be released by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking during a webinar on... 

Creecy hints to inclusion of green components in economic recovery plan
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

Consultant emphasises importance of careful selection of galvanised steel sheet for light metal frame structures, roofing

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2020 Careful selection of continuously galvanised steel sheet products can help to avoid premature corrosion of roofing and cladding on buildings, says galvanising consultant Terry Smith. Continuously galvanised sheet is produced in a hot-dip galvanising process, after which it may be further coated... 

Transformation in construction materials sector requires closer scrutiny

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2020 Large stakeholders in the construction materials sector need to be more closely scrutinised to determine their true transformation, especially in terms of the empowerment of women, Human Settlements director general Mbulelo Tshangana said on September 30. He spoke during the Social Housing... 

SHRA plans to debottleneck project pipeline, increase housing unit delivery

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2020 The Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) is planning to collaborate and develop mechanisms to remove bottleneck in its pipeline of projects in an effort to roll-out a greater number of affordable housing units, says SHRA CEO Rory Gallocher. He spoke during the SHRA’s virtual investment... 

Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone   

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2020 The steam generator replacement project, which is central to Eskom’s R20-billion programme to extend the 40-year design life of the Koeberg nuclear power station by a further 20 years, marked a major milestone this week with the arrival of the first units in Cape Town. The project, which was... 

Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone
The first unit being transported the 40-km distance from the Cape Town Harbour to Koeberg using abnormal-load vehicles.

Gautrain extension will improve Gauteng’s competitiveness, says GMA  

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2020 Even if the next phase of the Gautrain rail system were to get the green light from National Treasury today, it would take three to four years before construction could start on the project, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO William Dachs. “This is a very ambitious, long-term plan,” he... 

Gautrain extension will improve Gauteng’s competitiveness, says GMA

Concor Buildings’ Oxford Parks development nears full occupancy

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2020 On completion of the Oxford Parks development, the site, situated along Oxford road in Rosebank, will house five buildings on a master basement structure. Oxford Parks Phase 2 is testimony to coordination on the part of Concor Buildings to ensure the concurrent construction of three different... 

PPC given dispensation to delay results as it finalises restructuring and refinancing 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2020 Cement producer PPC, which was expected to report 2020 financial results by September 30, reported on Wednesday that it has received dispensation from the JSE to delay the announcement to the week of October 5. The extension was granted in light of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on the... 

PPC given dispensation to delay results as it finalises restructuring and refinancing

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2020 Renewable-energy jobs rose to 11.5-million globally last year, from 11-million in 2018, with the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry retaining its leading position with 3.8-million jobs, a new study shows. The ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2020’, published by the International Renewable... 

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

EPP expects profit recovery in second half of this year 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust EPP has reported a loss of €24-million, or €0.027 a share, for the six months ended June 30, owing to lower tenant activities during the lockdown in Poland, where the company owns a portfolio of 25 retail centres and three office developments. This... 

EPP expects profit recovery in second half of this year
EPP CEO Tomasz Trzósło discusses some aspects of the company's interim results

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers said on Tuesday that it would take part in the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ October 7 strike against corruption. NUM said while it noted efforts from President Cyril Ramaphosa to fight corruption, workers were losing confidence in government’s ability... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption

AMSA brings blast furnace back on line in Vanderbijlpark

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 Primary steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has decided to restart Blast Furnace C at its Vanderbijlpark Works operations since steel demand has progressively recovered in the last two months. This follows after the company had put the furnace on idle in July amid low demand.  

South Africa pins infrastructure hopes on green-bond appetite

By: Bloomberg     29th September 2020 South Africa plans to tap global appetite for green bonds to help fund an infrastructure program worth as much as R2.3-trillion over the next decade. Winning over the private sector and streamlining the project-approval process will be key to the drive, launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in... 

Sustainable wood-based housing market possible in South Africa, say researchers

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2020 Researchers at Stellenbosch University (SU) have found that South Africa has sufficient log resource options for a sustainable wood residential market. SU’s Department of Forest and Wood Science Dr Philip Crafford says the researchers’ study showed that, with the use of wood resources currently... 

Sustainable wood-based housing market possible in South Africa, say researchers

Eskom tests market for Medupi flue gas desulphurisation solutions 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has issued a no-obligation request for information (RFI) in a bid to gain insight into what flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) technologies are currently available and to assess their potential suitability for deployment at the Medupi power station, in Limpopo.... 

Eskom tests market for Medupi flue gas desulphurisation solutions

L2D portfolio recovering from Covid-19 blow

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2020 While the reopening of the South African economy has contributed to a recovery in trading conditions for Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), the company’s operational performance for the first six months of this year was significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of a national... 

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa  

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Gazetting of a Ministerial determination enabling the development of more than 11 800 MW of new electricity capacity by independent power producers signals government’s intention to move ahead with one of the key reforms needed to unlock growth and investment in... 

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa
Photo by Creamer Media
President Cyril Ramaphosa

FDI can sustainably strengthen Africa, says Merkel's Africa representative

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2020 Foreign direct investment (FDI) can sustainably strengthen the development of the African continent so that the people that live on it “can create real opportunities and prospects for themselves and their families”, says Günter Nooke, who is the African representative of  German Chancellor Angela... 

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

Maintenance work completed during lockdown
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Structures assist in practical training

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 Increased interest in the training of working-at-height personnel in eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, and Rustenburg, in North West, has led to permanent scaffolding structures being erected at safety training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety’s training facilities in the two provinces. KBC... 

Structures assist in practical training
HIGHER GRADE Being able to do practical training at height is now possible with the structures erected at KBC's various training facilities

Accreditations incorrectly processed cause distress – institute

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 Although many working-at-height training providers claim to be accredited with the sector education and training authority (Seta), the professional body for Working at Height (IWH) warns that certifications received by trainees from these training providers are not necessarily being uploaded and... 

Accreditations incorrectly processed cause distress – institute
CLEAN SWEEP Having clean clear directives allows professional body Working at Height to equip the sector with the correct tools for safe working protocols
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