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Ninety One SA clients increase shareholding in Murray & Roberts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2021 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts has received formal notification that clients of financial services provider Ninety One SA have, in aggregate, acquired an interest in the ordinary shares of the company. The total interest in the ordinary shares held by Ninety One SA clients now amounts to 5.18% of... 

AfriSam helps build solid foundation for Cape Town mixed-use development

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2021 Variable ground conditions at an upmarket mixed-use development in Cape Town has demanded some innovative solutions from contractor GVK-Siya Zama Construction and readymix specialist AfriSam. At the Old Cape Quarter project in De Waterkant, four floors of luxury apartments are being added to... 

AfriSam helps build solid foundation for Cape Town mixed-use development
A particular challenge was the lack of space in the basement for the use of normal Class 3 formwork.

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2021 After fulfilling, in November 2019, all the conditions precedent to finally consummate the R165-million acquisition of valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) from Aveng the new black owners faced a true baptism of fire. CEO and co-shareholder Tumi Tsehlo, who previously headed the South... 

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery
Tumi Tsehlo

Second wave of infections delays training at Tjeka Training Centre

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2021 Construction training academy Tjeka Training Centre, based in Randfontein, has seen a slowdown in the onboarding of participants for the new year, mostly owing to the second wave of Covid-19 infections in South Africa, says Tjeka Training Matters CEO Frans Toua. He tells Engineering News that the... 

Second wave of infections delays training at Tjeka Training Centre
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
A class and training room at Tjeka Training Centre, in Randfontein.

Company ready for larger-scale projects

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 With the global trend of microgrid hybrid power solutions, solar solutions company Vert Energy was presented with a unique opportunity by property development company O’Nit Developments, whose strategic intent was to develop a power management solution that optimised the available energy sources... 

Company ready for larger-scale projects
FULL CONTROL The installation, with remote monitoring and remote access, ensures that the client has full control over the system remotely

Concor fast-tracks Covid-19 modules for Jubilee hospital

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2021 Diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor has successfully completed a fast-track Covid-19 facility at Jubilee hospital, which was handed over on  November 27, 2020, with the company having begun work on site some five months earlier. The turnkey project in Hammanskraal,... 

Concor fast-tracks Covid-19 modules for Jubilee hospital
Concor successfully completed a fast-track Covid-19 facility at Jubilee Hospital

New report highlights growing financing gap for climate adaptation 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2021 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is warning that current levels of climate adaptation finance are woefully inadequate to support the planning and projects needed to limit the social and economic damage that will arise as a result of intensifying climate change. Distinct from... 

New report highlights growing financing gap for climate adaptation

JPMorgan Chase & Co now holds 25% shareholding in Aveng

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2021 Investment banking company JPMorgan Chase & Co now owns 25.52% of the total issued ordinary shares of international infrastructure and resources company Aveng. This includes the 19.07%, 3.87% and 2.58% holdings by various JPMorgan Chase & Co subsidiaries. 

Wearne appoints new FD

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2021 Building materials company Wearne has appointed Norman Janse van Rensburg FD, with effect from January 14. He is a chartered accountant who completed his articles at professional services firm PwC and has been working for industrial company Barloworld in various divisions for the past 20 years.  

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2021 Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo expresses optimism that the country’s much promised infrastructure-led recovery will finally be implemented from late 2021 onwards, describing preparations for the roll-out as impressive. However, she warns that unless the Covid-19 pandemic is brought... 

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers
Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo

Total, Engie seek aid for France’s biggest green hydrogen plant

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2021 Total and Engie plan to build France’s largest green hydrogen facility to feed the oil company’s biodiesel plant in the south of the country from 2024, provided they get subsidies to make the project viable. Steelmakers and gasoline and biofuel producers currently make the hydrogen they need from... 

Akani to develop R350m hotel, conference facility in Middelburg

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th January 2021 Property development, management and investment company Akani Properties has won a bid to develop a R350-million hotel and conference facility, in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga.  The facility will include a 150-room hotel and a 1 000-seater capacity conference centre. The hotel will boast standard... 

Acquisition offer for WBHO subsidiary withdrawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2021 JSE-listed construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has confirmed that the proposal from a buyer to acquire its 88% interest in Australian construction subsidiary Probuild has been withdrawn. The company in June last year received the indicative proposal from a major international... 

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts reports that its subsidiary, construction and engineering company Clough, has been awarded a A$400-million contract for an engineering, procurement and construction scope of work on the Waitsia Stage 2 development project in Western... 

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others


By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 A new children’s book Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers was launched late last year in a partnership between forklift manufacturer Combilift and award-winning author Emer Conlon. The CombiKids book highlights overcoming difficulties, the importance of friendship and that bullying is... 

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others

Photo by Creamer Media
Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers

Three-way talks on Ethiopian dam reach new impasse

By: Reuters     11th January 2021 Negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, in a long-running dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, have reached a new impasse, the three countries said on Sunday. "We cannot continue this vicious cycle of circular talks indefinitely," Sudanese irrigation... 

Biggest obstacle for residential property market this year will be unemployment, expert predicts

By: News24Wire      11th January 2021 The biggest obstacle for South Africa's residential property market in 2021 will be a predicted increase in the country's already very high unemployment rate in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group. He expects the... 

Enel teams up with Qatar wealth fund on Africa green energy projects

By: Reuters     8th January 2021 Italy's biggest utility Enel has signed a deal with the Qatar Investment Authority to develop renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, the two groups said. Under the deal, the Qatar sovereign wealth fund will, as a first step, buy half of Enel's stake in 800 MW of its existing renewable... 

Two Chinese firms to build $1.32bn Tanzanian rail line

By: Reuters     8th January 2021  Two Chinese companies have won the contract to build a 3.0617-trillion shillings ($1.32-billion) modern rail line in Tanzania, the East African nation's foreign minister said, extending more than a decade of Chinese involvement in the country. China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and... 

AMSA says steel shortage will be ‘quickly’ resolved after early restart of blast furnace 

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says the earlier-than-planned restart of its second blast furnace at the Vanderbijlpark Works will position the company to “quickly resolve” the current shortage of steel, which has been negatively affecting downstream fabricators and manufacturers... 

AMSA says steel shortage will be ‘quickly’ resolved after early restart of blast furnace
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The Vanderbijlpark Works

LafargeHolcim to buy Firestone Building Products in $3.4bn deal

By: Reuters     7th January 2021 LafargeHolcim, the world's biggest cement maker, on Thursday announced a $3.4-billion deal to buy Firestone Building Products from Japan's Bridgestone Corporation in its biggest acquisition in more than a decade. The purchase of the roofing products business is the biggest under CEO Jan Jenisch,... 

Ghana’s floating regasification unit arrives in Tema port

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2021 A floating regasification unit (FRU) for the Tema port’s liquid natural gas (LNG) facility, in Ghana, arrived on January 7. This will enable Tema LNG Terminal Company (TLTC) to start delivering LNG to customers in the first quarter of the year.  

Ghana’s floating regasification unit arrives in Tema port

Steel supply squeeze continues for downstream firms 

By: Terence Creamer     7th January 2021 South Africa’s downstream fabricators and manufacturers are continuing to experience difficulties in securing steel and are also confronting rising prices, which could be partly attributed to the throttling of supply over the past few months. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition... 

Steel supply squeeze continues for downstream firms

Construction to start on Liberia Inland Storage Facility

By: Donna Slater     7th January 2021 Infrastructure project funder InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), and Global Logistics Services (GLS) have signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Liberian contractor BMC Group to build the Liberia Inland Storage Facility... 

120 MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility connected to the grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th December 2020 The 120 MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility, in the Eastern Cape, is the latest wind farm to be connected to South Africa's national grid.  “We are pleased to announce the successful commissioning of all 48 wind turbine generators as the year draws to an end and we prepare to have our portfolio... 

120 MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility connected to the grid

AfDB secures nearly $90m in new funding towards sustainable energy in Africa

By: African News Agency      17th December 2020 The African Development Bank says it has secured $90-million in new donor commitments towards the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa). In a statement dated Wednesday, the AfDB said the Sefa had also been transformed on Monday into an expanded and more flexible fund that is more responsive... 

Planet-warming emissions from buildings put climate goals at risk

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 Planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and construction are jeopardising global goals to keep devastating climate change at bay, a UN-backed coalition warned on Wednesday, after data showed they hit an all-time high in 2019. The use of coal, oil and natural gas for heating,... 

Growthpoint mourns the passing of chief development, investment officer Rudolf Pienaar

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Property group Growthpoint Properties says it announces "with great sadness" the sudden passing of its chief development and investment officer Rudolf Pienaar. “Growthpoint is indebted to Rudolf for his passion, drive, dedication, and leadership, especially in the field of green building and... 

Growthpoint mourns the passing of chief development, investment officer Rudolf Pienaar
Rudolf Pienaar

Pan African appoints juwi South Africa as EPC contractor for R140m Evander solar PV plant 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th December 2020 Gold miner Pan African Resources has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement with juwi South Africa to build a 9.975 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Evander Mines. Construction on the R140-million solar PV plant will start in the first quarter of 2021,... 

Pan African appoints juwi South Africa as EPC contractor for R140m Evander solar PV plant
Pan Africa CEO Cobus Loots

SNC-Lavalin South Africa bought out by local management team, renamed Aurex Constructors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 The South African management team of SNC-Lavalin South Africa, led by VP Stuart Kent, has completed the buyout of the local entity and renamed it Aurex Constructors. The management team of the South African entity recognised the advantages of becoming a wholly owned South African company. 

Cape Town pair develop water importance initiative

By: Donna Slater     11th December 2020 Independent facilitator Peter Willis and filmmaker Victor van Aswegen have collaborated to build a unique initiative to capture learnings from Cape Town’s 2017/18 water crisis, during which a prolonged drought resulted in the city almost running out of potable water resources. The Cape Town... 

South Africa’s renewables plan presents ‘remarkable’ industrialisation opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2020 The roll-out of renewable energy at the scale envisaged in South Africa’s official electricity plan to 2030 presents a “remarkable” industrialisation opportunity, the leader of the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) project team, Francis Jackson, argues. Jackson, who is also a... 

South Africa’s renewables plan presents ‘remarkable’ industrialisation opportunity
Completed tower sections manufactured by DCD Wind Towers, which subsequently closed down as a result of a protracted Eskom-induced procurement hiatus

University of Western Cape’s latest residence on track to start operating early in 2022

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2020 The University of the Western Cape (UWC) says its 2 700-bed Unibell student residence is on track to start operating its administration area early in 2022, after construction work got under way in September. Located in Belhar, the R640-million residence is within walking distance of the... 

PPP creates numerous opportunities

11th December 2020 The innovative new R3.4-billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), which was officially announced in November last year by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, is forging ahead with extensive clearing of the site, groundworks and the... 

TASEZ on track, boosts enterprise involvement

By: Theresa Bhowan     11th December 2020 Despite the challenges for projects throughout the year, including Covid-19, the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) remains within its timeline and budget. “The project is in the construction phase and we have broken down the project into a number of work streams that are dedicated... 

TASEZ on track, boosts enterprise involvement
Photo by Creamer Media
A GREAT START The TASEZ project is in the construction phase and has been broken down into a number of work streams

South Africa’s biggest power shift in over a generation holds big promise, and some risk

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2020 Next year, 2021, is poised to be a pivotal one for South Africa’s renewable-energy sector – for real this time! The industry will have an opportunity, finally, to participate in the fifth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the bid... 

South Africa’s biggest power shift in over a generation holds big promise, and some risk

EPP reveals ‘encouraging recovery’ after second Covid-induced lockdown in Poland

By: Simone Liedtke     10th December 2020 JSE-listed EPP on December 10 revealed an “encouraging recovery” for retail and the continued strengthening of its operational resilience. Poland emerged from a second three-week Covid-19 lockdown on November 28, which marked the start of a robust return to shopping at EPP’s centres. Footfalls... 

EPP reveals ‘encouraging recovery’ after second Covid-induced lockdown in Poland
EPP shoppers adhering to Covid regulations
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