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Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had provided its concurrence to a Section 34 Ministerial Determination, issued in February, which opened the way for the procurement of  11 813 MW of new electricity... 

IEA says green hydrogen is ‘ready for big time’ and lists Africa as key production site  

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2020 Africa has been listed, in a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report, as one of the locations that could emerge as dominant in the production of green hydrogen, which the agency says is required to extend the decarbonisation reach of renewable electricity to industries where the direct use... 

IEA says green hydrogen is ‘ready for big time’ and lists Africa as key production site
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Eskom expects 2021 replacement of generators at nuclear plant

By: Reuters     10th September 2020 Power utility Eskom said on Thursday it was on track to install six new steam generators at its Koeberg nuclear power plant in 2021, with the first already in transit and expected to arrive in Cape Town later this month. The R4.3-billion project, which was unsuccessfully challenged in court by... 

Afrimat Construction Index tanks in Q2, but predicts ‘strong performance’ ahead 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 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. 

Afrimat Construction Index tanks in Q2, but predicts ‘strong performance’ ahead

Growthpoint posts solid result despite difficult operating environment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th September 2020 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties achieved a 5.4% growth in revenue and R5.5-billion in distributable income for the full year to June 30. Taking additional new shares issued during the period into account, this translates to distributable income per share of 183.1c, which is 16% lower year-on-year. 

Growthpoint posts solid result despite difficult operating environment
Norbert Sasse

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 International cooperation will be key to unlocking the competitive production of green hydrogen as global trade will be required to link those countries, such as South Africa, that are best suited to producing the energy carrier, using a combination of low-cost renewable energy, water and... 

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen

Infrastructure projects fail when procurement is pursued administratively rather than strategically 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 An analysis of public infrastructure delivery in South Africa, prepared for consideration by the National Planning Commission (NPC), identifies the quality of procurement and client-delivery management as the main differentiators between those projects that have succeeded in recent years and... 

Infrastructure projects fail when procurement is pursued administratively rather than strategically

Moolgem sells Limpopo property to Depoway

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 Moolgem has agreed to sell the Jane Furse Crossing rental enterprise, in Limpopo, to Depoway as a going concern for R174-million. Moolgem is a subsidiary of Cumulative Properties, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSE-listed Arrowhead Properties. 

SANEDI continues roll-out of cool roofs solution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2020 While South Africa’s energy supply continues to fall short, government organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) says it looks forward to continuing its roll out of an energy efficient cooling solution – known as ‘cool roofs’. Cool roofing involves the coating... 

Kibo's UK subsidiary to acquire 9 MW flexible gas power project

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2020 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy's wholly owned UK subsidiary Sloane Developments will acquire a production-ready 9 MW flexible power project. The acquisition in line with Kibo's strategy to acquire and develop a portfolio of small-scale flexible power generation assets that will help... 

Proper ventilation a key tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2020 Indoor ventilation is an important tool to prevent the viral transmission of the Covid-19 virus when correctly applied. Conversely, poor ventilation promotes viral transmission, Engen industrial hygiene specialist Garth Hunter warned during the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and... 

Proper ventilation a key tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Two specialists discuss the importance of proper ventilation as a tool to prevent the viral transmission of Covid-19. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has initiated a process through which it aims to identify potential partners for the development and demonstration of technologies that can utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced at its South African operations as part of a broader strategy to lower its... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan 

4th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction secftor. 

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan
Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction sector. (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

Local smoke vent fan gets green light

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 Cape Town-based industrial fan design and manufacturing company CFW Industries has received certification for its 400 °C powered emergency smoke exhaust fans, which will add to its basket of solutions in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning sector. The certification has been provided by... 

Local smoke vent  fan gets green light
FANTASTIC In three months, CFW should be able to provide smoke exhaust fans, rated to operate at a temperature of 400 °C for a minimum of 120 minutes to local and international markets

Digital platforms used for lectures 

By: Halima Frost     4th September 2020 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) launched online learning for students at its Cape Town and Durban welding schools in April after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions prevented students from attending lectures. The students join lectures taking place in Johannesburg through digital... 

Digital platforms  used for lectures
Southern African Institute of Welding executive director John Tarboton and business development manager Etienne Nell discuss welding students’ use of simulation and digital training.

SAIW helps Ethiopia to train welders  

By: Halima Frost     4th September 2020 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been approached by the Centre of Excellence for Engineering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to assist in a substantial training and certification initiative to boost Ethiopia’s welder capacity. The aim of the collaboration is to develop more than 2... 

SAIW helps Ethiopia to train welders
Southern African Institute of Welding Certifications CEO Herman Potgieter discusses the institute’s involvement in Africa and more so Ethiopia.

PPP legislation being reviewed to ‘make it more workable’, says De Lille

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2020 South Africa’s public-private partnership (PPP) legislation is undergoing a review, says Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille. “I can confirm that there is a review at the moment.” 

Council adapting to Covid-19 chokehold

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) is adopting new technological solutions to meet its goals of growing its membership and exports this year despite the Covid-19 outbreak, says SACEEC chairperson Benny Jiyane. Amid the pandemic, six new members have joined SACEEC, which... 

Council adapting to Covid-19 chokehold
CAPITAL IDEA The South African Capital Equipment Export Council has launched a virtual product showroom in collaboration with Creamer Media on September 4 to promote member company products

Opinion: Wake up, the sun is shining

3rd September 2020 In this opinion piece, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) chairperson Wido Schnabel writes that the country has everything it needs to not only work its way out of the recession that is coming, but to actually improve the situation for every individual and elevate the... 

Opinion: Wake up, the sun is shining

GDDA prioritises the roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs 

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA) has prioritised three special economic zone (SEZ) developments for roll-out in Gauteng, says GDDA CEO Mosa Tshabalala. The first is a high-tech SEZ in the northern corridor of Gauteng, in Bronkhorstspruit, 50 km from Pretoria. 

GDDA prioritises the roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs
The groundbreaking ceremony at the Tshwane automotive SEZ in 2019

$25m investment expands horizon for clean-energy firm 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2020 Independent private equity fund manager Metier has announced a $25-million investment into clean-energy company Broadreach Energy, which specialises in deploying renewable-energy and energy efficiency projects in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors of various African countries. The... 

$25m investment expands horizon for clean-energy firm
Broadreach Energy MD Adam Bekker

HVAC system safety highlighted in the time of Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2020 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems play a key role in mitigating the spread of airborne pathogens in an enclosed office environment, especially that of offices with few or no windows that can open, said HVAC systems services company SFI Group founder and CEO Edward Hector.... 

Recovery plan advancing amid ‘unprecedented’ collaboration, Kingston reports 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2020 Business for South Africa’s Martin Kingston has described the current level of cooperation and collaboration between labour, government, civil society and business as “unprecedented” and reports that the social partners are making good progress in their attempts to reach agreement on a... 

 Recovery plan advancing amid ‘unprecedented’ collaboration, Kingston reports
Photo by Creamer Media
Business for South Africa’s Martin Kingston

PIC further decreases stake in PPC to 9.5%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2020 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has reduced its shareholding in JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC Cement from 13.98% to 9.52%. The State-owned fund manager in June reduced its shareholding from 25% to 19.9% and has continued to reduce its shareholding since then.  

Stefanutti Stocks alerts stakeholder of cyberattack on its IT systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2020 JSE-listed construction and mining services company Stefanutti Stocks on September 1 released a statement alerting stakeholders that it had become aware of a cyberattack on its information technology (IT) systems in the early hours of August 31. "External IT forensic experts have been engaged to... 

Head of largest women-owned engineering firm troubled by lack of work amid talk of infrastructure-led recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2020 The chief executive officer of South Africa’s largest black- and women-owned consulting engineering company is concerned about the current dearth of infrastructure-related workflow within the profession, which is typically at the forefront of preparing projects for implementation. In fact, Malani... 

Head of largest women-owned engineering firm troubled by lack of work amid talk of infrastructure-led recovery
Malani Padayachee-Saman and Ipeleng Mkhari

Cashbuild reports lower revenue, declares dividend

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2020 Building materials retail chain Cashbuild has declared a final dividend of 272c a share for the financial year ended June 28. This brings its total dividend for the year to 702c a share – a 17% decrease compared to the prior year. Revenue for the year decreased by 7% to R10.09-billion.... 

FNB cuts the carbon footprint of its branches by 50% over five years

By: Donna Slater     1st September 2020 After the adoption of carbon-cutting measures to drive energy efficiency across a network of more than 600 branches in South Africa, financial services provider First National Bank (FNB) FNB has reduced the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint in its branches by nearly 50% over a period of five years.... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extended a $225-million loan to South Africa’s FirstRand Bank, which will deploy the finance in support of “energy-efficient and water-smart projects” in South Africa. The loan includes a $75-million contribution from the Dutch... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?

1st September 2020 In this opinion article, Vantage GreenX MD Alastair Campbell, who spent 25 years as an investment banker and who manages the R5-billion GreenX Debt Funds, says the renewables programme has proved that the private sector will invest in South African infrastructure once policy certainty is... 

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?
Alastair Campbell

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) is preparing to conduct disclosure meetings with communities in Zambia and Zimbabwe whose land or livelihoods could be affected by the construction of the proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme (BGHES), a transboundary project located 47-km... 

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme
Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme site

Emira’s US portfolio helps offset lockdown impacts locally  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2020 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has declared a final dividend of 30.26c apiece, taking its dividend for the full-year ended June 30 to 104.36c apiece. The company declared a dividend of 151.34c apiece in the 2019 financial year, reflecting a 31%, or 46.98c apiece, year-on-year decrease in this... 

Emira’s US portfolio helps offset lockdown impacts locally
Emira CEO Geoff Jennet and COO Ulana van Biljon discusses the company’s performance over the last year

Balwin’s Mooikloof Mega City designated a strategic infrastructure project

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2020 Property developer Balwin reports that its newly created entity, Mooikloof Mega Residential City: Gauteng (Mooikloof Mega City), has been designated by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council as a strategic integrated project (SIP) in terms of Government Gazette No. 43547... 

New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has launched a new ‘single channel’ online service through which South African exporters are able to register any problems they are experiencing in their trade interactions and secure dedicated support from government to resolve concerns.... 

 New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports

Ethiopia seeks US clarification on reports of planned aid cut

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2020 Ethiopia asked the US government to clarify reports it may withhold about $130-million of aid in a bid to pressure the Horn of Africa nation to review its plans to fill a new dam that have affronted its neighbors. “We have asked for clarification on reports of the United States’ decision not to... 

Cat Simulators offers new portable training with the SimLite Excavator

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th August 2020 Heavy equipment simulator training solutions provider Simformotion has announced the release of the new Cat Simulators System, called SimLite Excavator. The new compact and portable system allows instructors and learners to use the training inside of the classroom at physically distanced stations... 

Cat Simulators offers new portable training with the SimLite Excavator
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