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Construction News

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

DMRE to test market appetite for 2 500 MW of small nuclear reactors  

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) told lawmakers on May 7 that the development of a roadmap for a 2 500 MW nuclear new build programme would commence soon and that the market would be tested for “robust funding options”. A request for information would be issued to assess... 

DMRE to test market appetite for 2 500 MW of small nuclear reactors
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

GBCSA appoints Reynolds CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2020 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has appointed sustainability expert Lisa Reynolds CEO, effective June 1. Reynolds co-founded the Green Building Design Group and previously served as executive of sustainable development at Saint-Gobain and chaired the South African National... 

PRASA turnaround under way despite delays

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2020 The turnaround of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is on track, albeit with delays, in part owing to the situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has revealed. In a webinar on May 7, he lamented that the passenger rail agency had... 

PRASA turnaround under way despite delays

The startup disrupting the construction tender process

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th May 2020 TenderPoint SA aims to introduce effective and efficient e-procurement in the construction industry both from procurement entities such as government and property development organisations, as well as between contractors themselves. TenderPoint SA is an online construction procurement platform... 

Teraco builds second Cape Town data centre

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2020 Carrier, cloud colocation and data centre services company Teraco on May 6 announced that it was building a second Teraco Cape Town (CT2) data centre facility. Driving this investment is the growth of cloud in the region, resulting in increased demand from cloud providers, enterprises and subsea... 

Infrastructure at the heart of Africa’s economic growth, industrialisation

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2020 Overcoming the infrastructure bottleneck in South Africa will boost long-term economic growth that can drive industrialisation, Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development and Engagement Unit (ID&EU) associate Bongani Mankewu tells Engineering News. According to Mankewu, “there is a need... 

Infrastructure at the heart of Africa’s economic growth, industrialisation

Mantashe seeks comment on draft regulations enabling municipalities to buy own power  

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has released, for public comment, draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity that would enable municipalities “in good financial standing” to develop or procure their own power generation. In a statement,... 

Mantashe seeks comment on draft regulations enabling municipalities to buy own power
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2020 Surface mining industry association Aspasa has advised its members to use the time between the reopening of surface mines and the delivery of products wisely, by preparing smart stockpiles, internal roadway systems and traffic separation measures to deal quickly and safely with a pickup in demand... 

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

Public works infrastructure in dire need or maintenance, says Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2020 The built environment sector is an industry that has been given greater freedom to operate as South Africans settle into a Phase 4 lockdown level. Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) says various industries are getting acquainted with what this means for their operations and... 

Equites grew distributable earnings by 9.4% before Covid-19 hit locally

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Equites Property Fund in the year ended February 29 increased its distributions a share by 9.4% year-on-year to 151.39c apiece. The company attributes the growth mainly to a healthy 6.9% growth in like-for-like net rental income in the year under... 

Equites grew distributable earnings by 9.4% before Covid-19 hit locally
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Equites Property Fund CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan

Zimbabwe border fence completed

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2020 The 40 km borderline fence between South Africa and Zimbabwe at the Beitbridge border crossing was completed on April 20, after undergoing 29 days of repairs and the replacement of some sections. At a value of over R37-million, the project involved the repair and replacement of an existing... 

Redefine expects full-year results to show a ‘tale of two halves’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2020 With the Covid-19 virus and related uncertainty continuing to weigh on businesses, real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties has announced a 32% fall in its distributable income per share for the six months ended February 29, to 33.46c from 49.19c in the prior comparable period.... 

Redefine expects full-year results to show a ‘tale of two halves’
Redefine Properties' management discusses their results and what can be expected in the year ahead during a webinar on May 4. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

SA Reit appoints Solomon as inaugural CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2020 South African Real Estate Investment Trust Association (SA Reit) has appointed Joanne Solomon as its first CEO, effective May 1. The association represents publicly traded Reits in South Africa, which have a total market capitalisation of R300-billion.  

Epping Property bemoans industrial business’ hardships

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2020 Industrial property specialist Epping Property says the Covid-19 "hurricane" has brought about a whirlwind of uncertainty for businesses, but while a lot of discussion has taken place on the lockdown’s impact on shopping malls, listed property funds and major retailers, not much has been said for... 

Zithabiseni Resort a workable quarantine site – Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th April 2020 The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) on Thursday assured that the  Zithabiseni Resort and Conference Centre (ZRCC) is a feasible quarantine site for Covid-19 patients. MTPA spokesperson Kholofelo Nkambule revealed that there were 115 people quarantined at the site: 20 of those are... 

Zithabiseni Resort a workable quarantine site – Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks

PPC appoints permanent CFO; outlines Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2020 JSE-listed PPC has appointed Ronel van Dijk as permanent CFO, providing the company with continuity for all activities that she has initiated since first taking up the role of interim CFO on November 1, 2019. With the acceptance of the position as CFO, Van Dijk will also continue to serve as... 

Patel offers insight into Level 4 balancing act as South Africans smart over irrational restrictions  

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2020 Amid growing opposition to some of the restrictions to be imposed as part of South Africa’s Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown, which begins on May 1,  Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has sought to outline the philosophy underpinning the country’s evolving approach to working during... 

Patel offers insight into Level 4 balancing act as South Africans smart over irrational restrictions
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on the philosophy behind South Africa’s Level 4 lockdown, which begins on May 1, and the implications for manufacturing and construction. Recorded:29.04.2020. Source: GCIS. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Time to consider TES?

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2020 The temporary employment services (TES) model keeps the construction engineering industry alive, providing manpower when required and relocating staff to other projects when demand for their skills decline. There is a huge market for TES in South Africa’s construction engineering industry, owing... 

Property Group extends relief assistance for retail tenants

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2020 The Property Industry Group (PI Group) has increased and extended its assistance and relief guideline for retail tenants. The PI Group launched an initial guideline for assistance and relief for retail tenants on April 7 and, in response to the extended lockdown, has now announced new guidelines... 

Property Group extends relief assistance for retail tenants
PI Group spokesperson Estienne de Klerk

Eskom says all repurposing options on table for Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom insists that all options are on the table as it considers proposals for the repurposing of three coal-fired power stations – Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei – that are scheduled to cease producing electricity between 2022 and 2026. The utility issued an expression... 

Eskom says all repurposing options on table for Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei
Komati

Final list of sectors entitled to resume under ‘Level 4’ lockdown to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2020 The South African government has unveiled initial details of its risk-adjusted approach for resuming economic activity and easing restrictions imposed as part of a hard lockdown, which was instituted on March 26 to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on... 

Final list of sectors entitled to resume under ‘Level 4’ lockdown to be published soon
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Saice supports rapid built environment reopening

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2020 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) supports the call by the built environment industry for it to be designated as an essential service that can be among the first to restart operations once the lockdown restrictions in South Africa start easing in early May. Before... 

PFERD maintains supplies to essential industries amid and after lockdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2020 German-owned abrasive product manufacturer PFERD South Africa says that although the impact of the lockdown will be felt throughout all businesses within the country over years to come, there is also an opportunity for local businesses to grow, considering the lack or reduced ability to import... 

PFERD maintains supplies to essential industries amid and after lockdown

Company provides crane replacement, refurbishment solutions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th April 2020 The options of replacing or refurbishing an overhead crane both have advantages, and they should be considered very carefully, says crane manufacturer and refurbishment specialist Condra MD Marc Kleiner. “To help customers with this decision, we supply a range of solutions offering varying... 

Company provides crane replacement, refurbishment solutions
BIG JOB Refurbished 20 m span Condra crane for Implats

Manufacturer achieves AoM certification

24th April 2020 Leading supplier of maritime ropes and heavy lift slings Lankhorst Ropes is the first fibre rope manufacturer to achieve DNVGL Approval of Manufacture (AoM) for its LankoForce heavy lift slings. Achieving DNVGL-CP-0173 AoM certification shows that Lankhorst’s sling production process has been... 

Manufacturer achieves AoM certification
Steppingstone The certification is an important steppingstone in the wider market acceptance of heavy lift, fibre rope slings

LPG could plug backup energy gap

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 Research conducted by strategy agency Birguid shows that liquified petroleum gas (LPG) suppliers can approach State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as other independent power producers, to offer LPG supply as a backup energy source instead of diesel or petrol. Birguid researcher Patience... 

LPG could plug backup energy gap
GAS RISING LPG imports are expected to increase, as current suppliers will not be able to cope with the expected increase in industrial and domestic end-user demand

Association improves technicians training

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa has been investing in improving its LPG technicians’ installation training through collaboration with the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) as one of its mandates for the LPG sector. “This will enable us to ensure that... 

Association improves technicians training
NIRVAN BRIJLAL The industry is well regulated, with many safety standards in place

Long-term rental agreement for 43 machines

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th April 2020 Materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has delivered 43 machines on a 60-month, long-term rental contract to tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber Industries. The machines are used at Sumitomo’s manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Opportune time for LPG growth

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The local liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market is an underdeveloped industry and has significant growth potential, largely owing to its use as an energy source, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa acting MD Nirvan Brijlal. Moreover, he highlights the... 

Opportune time  for LPG growth
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry

Concrete Manufacturers Association joins growing calls for govt to lift South Africa’s lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2020 The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) has added its voice to growing calls from professional bodies in the construction industry for the nationwide lockdown – in response to Covid-19 – to come to an end in order to prevent “economic catastrophe” and large-scale job losses. CMA GM Henry... 

Concrete Manufacturers Association joins growing calls for govt to lift South Africa’s lockdown
Concrete Manufacturers Association GM Henry Cockcroft

Indluplace withdraws guidance for 2020 financial year

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2020 JSE-listed residential real estate investment trust Indluplace says its tenants have “reacted positively” to the reality that the extended lockdown in South Africa has brought. Considering that families are now required to stay in their units for extended periods of time, the company on April 23... 

Deadline for AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award entries extended

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2020 Entries for the yearly AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award have been extended to July 3, as a result of the disruption brought about as a result of Covid-19. Cement, aggregate and readymix concrete producer AfriSam points out that strict lockdown measures in most countries around the world... 

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