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M&R JV issued arbitral award in Dubai airport dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has announced that an arbitral award has been issued in relation to a dispute between the Al Habtoor M&R Takenana (HMRT) joint venture (JV) and Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA) regarding a construction contract at the Dubai International Airport. The Dubai International... 

SME building and construction industry in the doldrums, says CIDB survey

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2019 The 2019 first quarter Construction Industry Development Board small and medium-sized enterprise Business Conditions Survey, released on Tuesday, suggests that the South African building and construction industry remains under pressure. General building confidence declined by one index point to 33. 

SME building and construction industry in the doldrums, says CIDB survey

Communicare sells Cape Town Foreshore building to foreign hotel chain for R120m

By: African News Agency      8th April 2019 Social enterprise housing non-profit company (NPC) Communicare has sold its property on the Foreshore in Cape Town to an international hotel chain for R120-million, the NPC said on Sunday. The new owner, a foreign buyer, operates in the leisure property market. They have been on the lookout for... 

Universal considering offer from Afrimat 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2019 South Africa focused coal miner Universal Coal has received a conditional, non-binding indicative counter offer from JSE-listed Afrimat to rival a previous offer from a consortium headed by Ata Resources. Universal on Monday reported that Afrimat was proposing to acquire all the shares in the... 

Universal considering offer from Afrimat
Universal Coal operates the Kangala mine.

Marriott to add nearly 20 properties under Middle East & Africa portfolio in 2019

By: African News Agency      8th April 2019 Hotel group Marriott International said on Monday it expected to add 19 new properties and more than 3 000 rooms to its Middle East and Africa portfolio in 2019.  It said the new additions were in line with the company’s expansion plans to add more than 100 new properties and nearly 26 000 rooms... 

Construction industry in rapid decline as work wanes, ‘mafia’ takes over, warns Safcec  

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2019 The South African construction industry is in a state of accelerated decline, says South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) CEO Webster Mfebe. This is caused mainly by a lack of new contracts flowing from government’s purse, as well as increased violence and thuggery on local... 

 Construction industry in rapid decline as work wanes, ‘mafia’ takes over, warns Safcec

TPT sets its focus on African port concession opportunities

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 State-owned Transnet aims, through its Transnet International Holdings entity, to leverage its expertise to secure port concessions across the African continent. Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) growth and diversification senior manager Dr Darren Fraser told a special interest group gathering under... 

TPT CE stresses need for faster turnarounds of vessels, trains 

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 It would no longer be business as usual at the Port of Durban, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Nozipho Sithole told the Transport Forum’s special interest group meeting, in Durban, on Thursday. Conceding that TPT was not yet where it wanted to be in terms of efficiency, consistency or... 

Afrimat expects 20% to 30% increase in full-year earnings

By: African News Agency      5th April 2019 Building materials company Afrimat said on Friday it expected earnings per share of between 216.4 cents and 234.4 cents  for the year to February, up 20% to 30% from 2018. The company, which is due to publish its results on May 23, said headline earnings per share -- the key measure of... 

Clough JV awarded civil works contract for Australian hydropower project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 The Clough Salini joint venture (JV) has been appointed as the contractor for the Snowy 2.0 hydropower project, in New South Wales, Australia. The JV’s scope of work on the project is valued at about A$1.8-billion, spanning over the next five years.  

Transnet execs seek balance between efficiency improvements, growth opportunities 

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 It is not about pouring concrete and spending, it is a war of efficiency, Transnet group executive of new business growth and diversification Herbert Msagala told a select special interest group convened at the Transport Forum, in Durban, on Thursday. In what he ultimately labelled an “honest and... 

Transnet execs seek balance between efficiency improvements, growth opportunities
Transnet group executive of new business growth and diversification Herbert Msagala

Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Multinational engineering consultancy Aurecon sees a need to shift the group’s role from that of consultant for engineering design and delivery to being more of a partner to government, specifically in the capacity of adviser and decision-maker on important infrastructural challenges. This will... 

Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role
GREEN BUILDINGS The next for green buildings will be the integration the Internet of Things and consistent use of technology through the life cycle of an asset

Power tools manufacturer rebrands

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th April 2019 Power tools and life‐science equipment manufacturer Hitachi Koki has changed its corporate name to Koki Holdings and rebranded its full line of power tools, known as Hitachi Koki, under the new HiKoki name, effective from May this year for the South African market. “The new corporate name, Koki... 

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address in February this year that government plans to introduce more technical subjects at high schools in South Africa, is long overdue, says consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s Sibongile... 

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital
MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION Companies should create an inclusive environment for employees to enable them to contribute to the company and community

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector consulting services. “As the country faces a backlog in water infrastructure maintenance, it must also... 

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting
THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming

Digital tech can improve client and project interaction

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Professional services firm WSP is finding more opportunities to use emerging digital technologies in delivering engineering and infrastructure projects globally, points out WSP in Africa MD Mathieu du Plooy. This involves the managing of information and data, designing and collaboration efforts... 

Digital tech can improve client and project interaction
MATHIEU DU PLOOY WSP’s focus on the African continent is more sector-based than geographical. We will follow the countries where the need is pressing

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says  consulting firm
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Education important for future of industry – Cesa  

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Consulting engineering association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather says introducing new technology subjects at technical high schools will play a critical role in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the general consulting... 

Education important for future of industry – Cesa
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Neresh Pather & Gauteng Road & Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi discuss education and technology in consulting engineering. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Polymers can improve load-bearing, structural elements of roads

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Local polymer road solution company Romix has developed products that improve the performance of load-bearing and wear layers of roads while reducing the costs of construction and the impact on the environment, says Romix Africa MD Vijian Naidoo. “Our soil-fix product is used in a liquid form... 

Lack of road maintenance could cost South Africa millions of rands – SARF president

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 Roads that are not properly and timeously maintained are costing South Africa millions of rands, as well as negatively affecting the economy and society, says South African Road Federation president Saied Solomons. Solomons is also the CEO of the Southern African Bitumen Association. 

Nigeria to build seaports to ease gridlock on Lagos's shore

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Nigeria is building a new deep-sea port and considering two additional facilities to ease congestion in the main harbors of the commercial capital, Lagos, which currently handle about 80% of all shipping traffic in Africa’s biggest oil producer. A new facility is already under construction in the... 

Intu Properties appoints Matthew Roberts CE

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 Matthew Roberts has been appointed CE of JSE-listed Intu Properties, with effect from April 29. Roberts will succeed David Fischel, who will be standing down from the board and leaving the company on April 26. 

North West premier commits to resolving impasse on Taung dam project

By: African News Agency      4th April 2019 North West province premier Job Mokgoro has committed to ensuring that issues raised by the Batlhaping Ba-Ga Phuduhucwane traditional council are addressed to resolve an impasse in the implementation of the Taung dam maintenance project by the department of water and sanitation. Mokgoro assured... 

SACAP calls on architectural practitioners to apply for amnesty

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2019 The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) on Monday indicated its readiness to receive applications from thousands of architectural practitioners who have failed to pay their SACAP fees, for amnesty. SACAP in March announced a three-month amnesty period, to run from April... 

Nkwinti announces changes to water dept’s procurement processes  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2019 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti on Tuesday announced a revamp of the procurement and project management processes for infrastructure projects within the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in an effort to tackle corruption within the department. During a media briefing, in... 

Nkwinti announces changes to water dept’s procurement processes
Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti

Hyprop successfully refinances R4bn of external debt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2019 JSE-listed Hyprop on Tuesday announced that it had, in the three months since December 31, 2018, successfully refinanced R4-billion of external debt. On March 15, Hyprop announced the issue of two new unsecured five-year notes, HILB11 and HILB12, in terms of Hyprop’s Domestic Medium Term Note... 

EU funding Eritrean road project using 'forced labour' say activists

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 The Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (FHRE) has warned the European Union (EU) that it will take the organisation to court for allegedly violating its own Charter of Fundamental Rights. The matter relates to what the FHRE says is the EU’s funding of a road-building project which allegedly... 

Mashaba to launch new prospectus of properties with over R20bn investment value

By: African News Agency      1st April 2019 Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba will on Monday unveil another batch of properties to be launched by the Johannesburg Property Company to the private sector for development across the city, his office said. "The full prospectus of properties is expected to draw an investment value of between... 

Union concerned by municipalities' failure to spend infrastructure grants

By: African News Agency      29th March 2019 The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) on Thursday said it is concerned by reports that municipalities are failing to spend allocated infrastructure grants. This comes after Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, this week confirmed that 44 municipalities had their municipal... 

Renewal of iconic Joburg high-rise a response to city’s evolving property needs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2019 In recent years, the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) has been the beneficiary of concerted rejuvenation efforts to assuage the effects of neglect and revitalise the ailing city centre, and the current redevelopment of Absa Towers Main represents a striking manifestation of this. Absa... 

Renewal of iconic Joburg high-rise a response to city’s evolving property needs

Economy impacts negatively on harbour infrastructure and dredging

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th March 2019 The economic situation and reduced demand for port facilities have led to a general reduction in investment in harbour infrastructure and dredging, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright transport head Malcolm Hartwell.  

Economy impacts negatively  on harbour infrastructure and dredging
MALCOLM HARTWELL Severe pressure on global shipping and trade markets has resulted in a significant decline in the commodity exports that South Africa relies on so heavily and in imported manufactured goods

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

29th March 2019 The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first Dredging School to develop and enhance the competencies of new and already employed dredging personnel. 

Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school
ILEMBE The Dredging School is a result of the supplier development plan related to the acquisition of the new 5500 m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, Ilembe, for TNPA

Egypt seeking to increase trade and investment ties with South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa Sherif Eissa has called for more bilateral trade and investment between his country, as well as closer political cooperation. He was addressing the recent South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) and Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Trade... 

Japanese capital equipment group remains confident about South Africa’s prospects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 The Japanese head office of the global capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu has recently approved the investment of R300-million by its South Africa-based subsidiary, Komatsu Africa Holdings (KAfH), in a re-manufacturing plant at KAfH’s new complex in Sunnyrock, Germiston (Ekurhuleni), just... 

Nxesi highlights importance of facilities management in property sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th March 2019 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday emphasised the importance of proper maintenance and facilities management in the property sector. In a speech delivered during the Department of Public Works’ inaugural Real Estate Capacity Building colloquium, in Pretoria, he cited the newly opened... 

Focus on access to opportunity, rather than training – Ceta SMME strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2019 The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) on Wednesday presented a draft version of its five-year small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) strategy, which has followed an extensive stakeholder engagement process and aims to support SMMEs past the training stage and into the... 

Exxaro unveils new ultramodern headquarters  

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2019 South Africa’s largest coal producer and black-empowered coal company Exxaro has unveiled its new ultramodern headquarters. The conneXXion, in Centurion, has e-parking bays for employees to charge their electric or hybrid vehicles while they work, and attractive central staircases to encourage... 

Exxaro unveils new ultramodern headquarters
New Exxaro headquarters
 

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