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Construction News

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... 

Plans floated to potentially convert Soccer City into 1 500-bed Covid-19 medical facility

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2020 Architecture studio Boogertman and Partners, in association with healthcare design architects Geyser Hahn, have drawn up plans for design and support services to convert the Johannesburg FNB Soccer City Stadium into a 1 500-bed temporary severe acute respiratory infections treatment centre. The... 

Plans floated to potentially convert Soccer City into 1 500-bed Covid-19 medical facility
FNB Soccer City Stadium

Octodec withdraws dividend for now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd April 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Octodec Investments announced a satisfactory set of results for the six months ended February 29, against a rapidly degrading environment. The company reported lower distributable earnings of 97c apiece, compared with 101.7c apiece in the six months ended... 

EU reviewing steel imports in view of possible glut - trade chief

By: Reuters     22nd April 2020 The coronavirus crisis could lead to massive stockpiling of steel that could then flood the European Union when demand returns, the EU trade chief said on Tuesday, adding this was something the bloc would seek to guard against. The EU put in place safeguards in 2018 to control incoming steel to... 

Ramaphosa outlines new support for firms and workers as part of R500bn Covid-19 relief package

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined various measures to support companies and workers, including R200-billion loan guarantee scheme to assist enterprises negatively affected by the Covid-19 lockdown, as part of a broader R500-billion social and economic relief package unveiled on Tuesday night.... 

Ramaphosa outlines new support for firms and workers as part of R500bn Covid-19 relief package
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Cecilia Makiwane Hospital to be revamped to accommodate Covid-19 patients

By: Yvonne Silaule     21st April 2020 Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize met with Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane and Health MEC Sindisiwe Gomba on Tuesday, to assess the conversion project at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, in the Eastern Cape, in which a derelict part of the hospital would be converted to accommodate additional... 

Cecilia Makiwane Hospital to be revamped to accommodate Covid-19 patients
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Trumod donates alternative building material houses in Ekurhuleni

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2020 Alternative building solutions company Trumod will donate temporary relief structures this week to communities that have been affected by displacements during Covid-19. This will be done in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni. 

JPOMA calls on City of Johannesburg for relief plan, reduction in utility charges

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2020 With an understanding of the economic, social and financial struggles of everyone amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Johannesburg Property Owners & Managers Association (JPOMA) on April 6 submitted a relief proposal to City of Johannesburg mayor Geoffrey Makhubo. It suggested the need for a balanced... 

Redefine founder Marc Wainer dies at 71

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2020 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties founder, former chairperson and CEO Marc Wainer passed away on April 20, at the age of 71. Wainer retired from the company at the end of August last year. 

Redefine founder Marc Wainer dies at 71
Marc Wainer

SAHIF pledges 50 temporary housing structures in aid of Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2020 The South African Housing and Infrastructure Fund (SAHIF) has pledged to provide 50 temporary housing structures that will provide shelter for 200 South Africans in need, following government’s appeal business leaders to assist in creating solutions in aid of the Covid-19 pandemic. This... 

SAHIF pledges 50 temporary housing structures in aid of Covid-19
SAHIF donates houses

Construction industry medical aid assures members it will pay Covid-19 claims

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2020 The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA) has confirmed it will pay claims for Covid-19, as per its normal scheme rules and benefits, for its members and employers in the building, construction and engineering sectors, as well as in opencast mining. BCIMA CEO Phumelele... 

Construction sector calls for immediate phased restart

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2020 The Construction Covid-19 Rapid Response Task Team has made a submission to government motivating for the construction sector be reactivated in phases after the nationwide lockdown ends, starting with live construction sites. The task team was established to represent major organisations in the... 

Road and bridge project completed

By: Darren Parker     20th April 2020 Civil engineering and infrastructure contracting company Road-Tech Engineering recently successfully completed the construction of  Mia Boulevard road and access bridge project for property developer Balwin Properties unlocking the Munyaka Lifestyle Estate in Waterfall, Midrand, by end of... 

AfDB refutes media reports relating to East African crude oil pipeline project

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2020 Development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has refuted allegations reported on by a news outlet stating that the bank plans to provide financial support to the East African crude oil pipeline project. The article references a letter by a group of civil society... 

Concor CEO rallies South Africa to fight Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2020 “South Africa has boldly taken the right steps to avoid the high number of coronavirus-related deaths experienced by many countries; we just need to stay strong, stay healthy and stay at home,” is the message infrastructure and construction company Concor CEO Lucas Tseki has sent, as the country... 

Concor CEO rallies South Africa to fight Covid-19
Lucas Tseki

Nxesi’s new directive further streamlines UIF Covid-19 relief scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     17th April 2020 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has made further changes to the directives governing the Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, following ongoing engagements with business and labour on the scheme at the National Economic Development and Labour... 

Nxesi’s new directive further streamlines UIF Covid-19 relief scheme
Photo by Creamer Media
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Modular power solutions increasing in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2020 In most power plants across Africa, clients prefer to install modular-type solutions, also known as containerised solutions or e-houses, and dry-type transformers fit “perfectly” within this scope, says transformer supplier and specialist Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. The preference... 

Modular power solutions increasing in Africa
DAVID CLAASSEN Trafo also designs and customises its transformers according to client specifications and requirements

Restrictions eased on various industries as South Africa enters extended lockdown phase  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2020 The South African government announced the easing of lockdown restrictions for parts of the logistics, retail, services, mining and energy sectors on April 16, as the country entered the second phase of what was initially meant to be a 21-day nationwide lockdown in response to the Covid-19... 

 Restrictions eased on various industries as South Africa enters extended lockdown phase
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Cape Town extends deadline for carbon-neutral development proposals 

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2020 Given the current lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, the City of Cape Town has extended the date for submissions for four underutilised city-owned sites that have been made available for carbon-neutral, mixed-use development. The four sites are available to interested and affected parties,... 

Cape Town extends deadline for carbon-neutral development proposals

GBCSA’s Cruickshanks takes up position at Growthpoint Properties

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2020 Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has announced the resignation of its market engagement managing executive Grahame Cruickshanks. Cruickshanks had since 2015 undertaken various roles at the council, including leadership of the residential business unit, business development,... 

Debt funders appointed for 15 MW Kenya hydropower project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2020 Africa-focused independent power producer Tembo Power, of Mauritius, has announced the appointment of two senior debt financiers – the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) and Finnfund – for its 15 MW Kaptis hydropower project in Kenya. The $44-million run-of-river project is located near... 

Debt funders appointed for 15 MW Kenya hydropower project
Tembo Power has a portfolio of ten projects across Kenya, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Construction sector faces cash crunch as lockdown is extended  

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North warns that the current Covid-19 lockdown and its aftermath are set “to raise all sorts of issues” for an industry that is already in trouble.  “The fact that all construction work has been put on hold for the lockdown period has caused an immediate cash... 

Construction sector faces cash crunch as lockdown is extended

Business warns of 8% to 10% GDP contraction and at least one-million job losses as Covid-19 pandemic ravages South African economy  

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2020 Initial modelling conducted by South African business of the potential macroeconomic impacts of the country’s response to the global Covid-19 pandemic indicates that the country’s gross domestic product could slump by between 8% and 10% in 2020 and that more than a million jobs could be lost.... 

Business warns of 8% to 10% GDP contraction and at least one-million job losses as Covid-19 pandemic ravages South African economy
Photo by Creamer Media
Martin Kingston
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