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Construction News

National nonrevenue water programme in development

By: Darren Parker     13th March 2020 The State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is spearheading a programme targeting the creation of  a centralised national office to tackle non-revenue water projects for municipalities while seeking innovative funding solutions. DBSA product development specialist Johann Lübbe and... 

Company reaches new heights with award

By: Cameron Mackay     13th March 2020 Height management solutions providers Skyriders received an award from a major petrochemicals producer in December last year for achieving significant reductions in its maintenance costs and boosting health and safety at one of the producer’s refineries, in Mpumalanga. The award was for a... 

Company reaches new heights with award
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS Skyriders created a methodology and risk assessments for this maintenance project, including a trial run finished last October, and the actual maintenance undertaking in November

Consultancy predicts potential downcycle for petrochemicals industry

13th March 2020 Chemicals consultancy group Wood Mackenzie predicts the start of a downcycle in China’s petrochemicals industry. A supply overhang has hit the country’s paraxylene (PX) market, with olefins and polyolefins markets almost certain to follow. 

Consultancy predicts potential downcycle for petrochemicals industry
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TURBULENT MARKETS Weak global economic growth, the US-China trade war, a decrease in automobile production and a booming electronic-commerce industry influenced China’s polyolefins market last year

Supplier offers complete solution to university

By: Cameron Mackay     13th March 2020 Local cleaning chemicals supplier Industroclean’s ability to provide holistic cleaning solutions enables it to offer the University of Cape Town (UCT) a one-stop-shop cleaning chemicals solution. Industroclean MD Emma Corder confirms that the company began supplying its solutions to UCT... 

Supplier offers complete solution to university
CLEANING VARIATION While above the floor cleaning tasks remain similar, variations in floor types require different products and methodologies for maintenance or restoration

EPP meets guidance for fourth consecutive year

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2020 JSE-listed retail landlord EPP on Thursday reported that it had met its earnings guidance for a fourth consecutive year, with distributable income earnings for the year ended December 31 having increased by 9.6%. Distributions were €11.62 a share. 

EPP meets guidance for fourth consecutive year
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Outgoing EPP CEO Dean Hadley

Balwin, Absa partner to launch South Africa’s first green home loan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Balwin Properties, together with Absa, has launched South Africa’s first green home loan – the Absa Eco Home Loan. The home loan will come with features and benefits that will appeal to customers looking to live green. 

Balwin, Absa partner to launch South Africa’s first green home loan
Balwin CEO Steve Brookes

Tanzania set to launch tender for single gauge railway to Rwanda, DRC

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 The Tanzanian government has announced that it will soon invite international tenders for the construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), building and construction magazine, Construction Review Online reported. Tanzania's chief government... 

Green Building Council seeks new leader

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has invited applications for its CEO position. The council said in a statement on Wednesday that it was looking for a dynamic leader to take it to the next level in its mission of accelerating the property industry towards sustainability.  

Standard Bank funding model helps Growthpoint Investec African Properties expansion

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 A funding solution from Standard Bank’s Real Estate Financing division has helped Growthpoint Investec African Properties Limited (GIAP) expand its sub-Saharan footprint, following the acquisition of properties from the RMB Westport Fund I (RMBW). Historically, property acquisition in sub-Saharan... 

Growthpoint warns of further growth constraints as distributions a share slow

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties delivered a 0.2% year-on-year growth in distributions a share for the six months ended December 31. The company declared an interim dividend of 106c apiece.  

Growthpoint warns of further growth constraints as distributions a share slow
Growthpoint Properties group CEO Norbert Sasse

Construction sector sheds jobs as it faces late payments, community mafias  

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2020 Around 90 000 formal jobs have been lost in the South African construction industry from June 2018 to September 2019, says construction market intelligence firm Industry Insight. Employment in the sector now stands at around 600 000 people, says CEO Elsie Snyman. 

 Construction sector sheds jobs as it faces late payments, community mafias

Marriott International grows footprint in South Africa with two new openings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th March 2020 Marriott International has opened the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and the Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch, marking the debut of Marriott Executive Apartments in South Africa and the first purpose-built Marriott Hotel in the country. Owned and developed by... 

Botha sees potential for construction activity to increase, despite Q4 ACI decline

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th March 2020 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI), a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction sectors, declined by 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019. The trend of the ACI, as measured by the four-quarter moving average, is now at its lowest level since early 2013. 

Bank forecasting ‘exponential growth’ for South Africa’s small-scale power market 

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2020 A leading South African bank is forecasting “exponential growth” for the country’s small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) market in the coming few years, having already committed to funding project pipelines worth more than R1-billion,  mostly in the form of rooftop solar. Nedbank CIB energy... 

Bank forecasting ‘exponential growth’ for South Africa’s small-scale power market
Nedbank CIB energy finance principal Duncan Abel

Lessons from Brazil and India as South Africa gets set to resume renewables auctions  

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2020 Auctions have proved extremely successful for driving down the cost of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) tariffs in both Brazil and India in recent years and are, thus, set to remain the main instrument for introducing yet more variable renewable-energy capacity. Nevertheless, specialists from... 

Lessons from Brazil and India as South Africa gets set to resume renewables auctions
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A wind farm operating in Brazil

A recycling plan to clear wind turbine blades from landfills

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2020 It’s difficult to recycle a gigantic wind turbine. The blades are built to withstand extreme weather, from scorching desert heat to hurricane-like winds, and that means their life almost always ends in a landfill. In Europe alone, about 3,800 blades will be removed every year through at least... 

UK-China Infrastructure Alliance to support African infrastructural projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th March 2020 Chinese and UK business networks have agreed to build a strategic partnership for the twenty-first century to promote commercial collaboration and knowledge-sharing, with the objective of building high-quality, sustainable infrastructure, including projects on the African continent. The... 

Human Settlements dept reviewing its funding model – Sisulu 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2020 Although the Department of Human Settlements has invested R124-billion in delivering 4.7-million housing units since 1994, the housing backlog in South Africa remains at about 2.3-million homes. Human Settlement, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Friday pointed out that South Africa... 

Human Settlements dept reviewing its funding model – Sisulu
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Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Opinion: South African steel industry is an industry in distress

6th March 2020 In this opinion piece, South African Iron and Steel Institute secretary-general Charles Dednam outlines the difficulties being faced by the domestic steel industry and calls for the creation a ‘level playing field’ to enable the steel industry to contribute more fully in stimulating value-added... 

Opinion: South African steel industry is an industry in distress
South African Iron and Steel Institute secretary-general Charles Dednam

Govt spheres, departments in fresh push to collaborate on district mapping, development 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2020 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the three spheres of government are increasingly working together to take a district-based approach to economic- and human settlements development. Speaking at the Human Settlements Indaba, in Boksburg, on Friday,... 

Govt spheres, departments in fresh push to collaborate on district mapping, development
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Localisation to boost industries

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 Government’s intention to increase demand for locally manufactured content to at least 60% across industries will have a positive impact on the local casting, forging and machining sector, says nonprofit entity the Casting, Forging and Machining Cluster (CFMC) of South Africa project leader Steve... 

Localisation to boost industries
CLUSTER COLLABORATION The CFMC is a development purposed vehicle which will enable companies to work together to achieve what could not be achieved individually

Digitalisation can rapidly mobilise equipment

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 Digitisation is playing a limited role in the procurement and mobilisation of construction equipment for capital projects, University of Pretoria (UP) project and quality management senior lecturer Dr Giel Bekker tells Engineering News. “Apart from built-in equipment information and tracking... 

Digitalisation can rapidly mobilise equipment
DIGITAL ENTERPRISE Local construction equipment suppliers are being more enterprising with regard to digital tools compared with renters

No growth expected amid low govt spend

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 Government spending is the main drive for construction and/or civils spending, but, as the budget is exceptionally tight, construction equipment supplier HPE Africa MD Ross Collard does not expect any growth this year. Last year, there were limited development opportunities for the company’s... 

No growth expected amid low govt spend
HAPPY WITH HYUNDAI Hyundai excavators and wheel loaders are a key construction equipment brand in Pera Plant & Civils’ fleet

Online purchasing first for South Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 US construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar’s mini excavators will be one of the first Cat product lines to be sold online through its Southern Africa dealer, Barloworld Equipment, this year. Following the launch last year, there is growing excitement around the Cat Next Generation mini... 

Online purchasing first for South Africa
SOUTH AFRICAN INFLUENCE Air conditioning has also been introduced as an option on all Cat Next Generation mini excavator model sizes in response to direct feedback from South African customers

Mkhize sees room for private sector to refurbish healthcare facilities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th March 2020 Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) presents a number of opportunities for business. Speaking on the second day of the Black Business Council's yearly summit, he said the Department of Health was determining the mechanisms for... 

Massive R1.4bn boost to get Cape Town central line back on track

By: News24Wire      5th March 2020 The Department of Transport budgeted a massive amount of money to get the problematic Cape Town Central train line back on track. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said there would be a phased re-introduction of the train service for the central line which served commuters in... 

Nersa aiming to grant concurrence on Ministerial determinations within three months 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa will release a consultation paper, possibly next week, which will formally initiate the public-participation process required to secure the regulator’s concurrence on two Section 34 Ministerial determinations that have been drafted by Mineral... 

Nersa aiming to grant concurrence on Ministerial determinations within three months

Lesedi keen to retain nuclear skills built up over years in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     5th March 2020 South African engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company Lesedi is keen to use its nuclear expertise and skills in South Africa and other African countries and is also looking to expand its focus to Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Lesedi has diversified its business and is active... 

Lesedi keen to retain nuclear skills built up over years in South Africa
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Koeberg power station

M&R’s order book rises to R50.8bn on back of oil and gas platform recovery

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2020 Specialised engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Wednesday that its order book had increased to R50.8-billion during the interim period to the end of December, up 60% on the R31.7-billion level reported for the corresponding period in the previous year. The... 

M&R’s order book rises to R50.8bn on back of oil and gas platform recovery

Deloitte’s new consolidated headquarters to be operational from April

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th March 2020 The new African head office of professional services firm Deloitte is set to formally start operating in April, says property development, asset management and real estate investment trust Atterbury. The 44 000 m2 building, in Waterfall, Midrand, will initially accommodate 3 500 staff members,... 

Deloitte’s new consolidated headquarters to be operational from April
Deloitte Africa's new head office, in Midrand

Zambia awards China Railway $825m deal for line upgrades

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2020 Zambia signed an $825-million contract with a China Railway Construction Corporation unit to upgrade tracks in the south of the country, the company said. The project will last eight years and will cover nearly 650 km of lines, China Railway said a statement, without saying how it will be... 

Solar PV brings hope for eSwatini

By: Kim Cloete     4th March 2020 The Kingdom of eSwatini, previously called Swaziland, is confident it is on the right track by developing its renewable energy sector to help reduce its reliance on its neighbours for power. eSwatini Energy Minister Peter Bhembe on Tuesday said his country had developed a comprehensive, long-term... 

Solar PV brings hope for eSwatini

IRP to be reviewed frequently, says DMRE

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it has started with its work to implement the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) 2019 from a policy and regulatory point of view. A Section 34 determination is needed to operationalise the IRP 2019, which supports a diverse energy mix. 

IRP to be reviewed frequently, says DMRE

Attacq lifts interim dividend despite ‘extremely negative’ environment

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2020 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Attacq on Tuesday announced an 11.1% increase to its interim dividend to 45c a share, which positions the group to deliver at the upper end of its full-year guidance of between 8% and 10% growth in dividends. Building on this positive performance within an... 

Sephaku expects cement market to remain subdued as it reports fall in 2019 sales

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2020 JSE-listed building and construction materials group Sephaku Holdings expects the South African building materials market to remain subdued in 2020, following a difficult 2019 financial year, characterised by increased competition from blenders and cement imports. The company, which holds a 36%... 

Sephaku expects cement market to remain subdued as it reports fall in 2019 sales

WBHO (almost) shakes off nightmare Aussie roads project 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2020 Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) saw a strong recovery in the six months ended December 31, as it turned a R2-million profit for the comparative period in 2018 into a R264-million profit. It seems the construction group is shaking off the effect of a botched roads project in Melbourne,... 

WBHO (almost) shakes off nightmare Aussie roads project

South African economy enters recession as Q4 GDP contracts 1.4% 

By: Reuters     3rd March 2020 South Africa’s gross domestic product contracted 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2019, following a revised 0.8% contraction in the third quarter, data from Statistics South Africa showed on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters had predicted a contraction of 0.1% in quarter-on-quarter and... 

South African economy enters recession as Q4 GDP contracts 1.4%
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