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Construction News

City of Joburg to reclaim hijacked shops in Riverlea for community use

By: African News Agency      18th June 2019 The City of Joburg on Tuesday, said it was moving ahead with efforts to reclaim hijacked properties after its Council passed a report to enable the City to reclaim local community shops in Riverlea, south of Johannesburg. Leah Knott, Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development,... 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2019 South Africa is not, as is so often punted, the gateway to Africa, says Africa House director Duncan Bonnett – this is a mere “influence illusion”. The country is more a gateway to Southern African, and not even all of that. 

South Africa not the gateway to Africa, warns research house

Egypt's Tourah Cement stops production due to oversupply

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Egyptian cement maker Tourah Cement, a subsidiary of Germany's HeidelbergCement , says it has suspended production because of financial distress caused by oversupply in the Egyptian market and is considering liquidation. "Estimated cement consumption during 2019 will end at around 50-million... 

Atterbury’s Western Cape office relocated to Stellenbosch heritage building

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 Atterbury’s new Western Cape office is the La Gratitude Manor House – an iconic building, national monument and the second-oldest building in Stellenbosch. Atterbury’s decision to move its Western Cape head office was based primarily on its space requirements, but Atterbury Western Cape... 

Atterbury’s Western Cape office relocated to Stellenbosch heritage building
La Gratitude

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast
Van Dykspruit Quarry

Fortress joins programme to help emerging property businesses grow

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 Growthpoint initiative Property Point and JSE-listed Fortress Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) have partnered to roll out an enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme in the property sector. The programme provides extensive insight to small businesses on becoming market and funding... 

Growthpoint’s Oxford road development to be completed by October

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 Growthpoint Properties’ multimillion-rand 144 Oxford road development is set for completion in October. The nine-storey, 35 000 m2 office development comprises two office towers. Designed by Paragon Architects, the building comprises a northern and southern wing connected by a central link. 

Growthpoint’s Oxford road development to be completed by October
144 Oxford Road artist impression

Commission approves M&R's buyout of Opti Power Projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2019 The Competition Commission has approved Murray & Roberts' (M&R's) proposed buyout of Opti Power Projects and Opti Power HR. Opti Power provides power transmission and distribution services. 

Health club receives net zero waste rating

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Through rigorous waste reduction, separation and recycling on site, and the assistance of net zero-accredited professionals Ecolution Consulting, Health Club Virgin Active Constantia, in Cape Town, achieved a Net Zero Waste certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.... 

Health club receives net  zero waste rating
Photo by Julian Goldswain
NOTHING GOES TO WASTE Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and... 

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

Building and construction applications get a coatings sustainability boost

14th June 2019 Multinational speciality chemicals producer Clariant aims to contribute more sustainability and safety solutions to meet the building and construction industry’s challenges, says Clariant flame retardants segment coating manager Achim Hennemann. Clariant offers pigment paste producers and... 

Building and construction applications get a coatings sustainability boost
AFTER FIRE TEST Strong intumescent formation with clear coat based on Exolit 855 after fire test

Rescue practitioners seek another extension for Group Five plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2019 Group Five’s joint business rescue practitioners reported on Thursday that they would be approaching creditors to seek approval for yet another extension to the June 28 deadline for the publication of a business rescue plan. Initially a deadline of April 16 was set in line with a legal... 

Rescue practitioners seek another extension for Group Five plan

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2019 A South African wave-energy start-up is building a pioneering 1 MW pilot project, based on its patented homegrown design, which will supply clean electricity to a large-scale Hermanus abalone farm, in the Western Cape. Mean Sea Level (MSL) is developing the first-of-its-kind project with equity... 

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus
Photo by Mean Sea Level
Construction of 1 MW wave-energy pilot project under way in Hermanus

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg 

13th June 2019 Builders Warehouse opened its latest store in Boksburg, in April. The new 15 170 m2 box format store design entailed a new layout and look-and-feel to align with Builders’ digitalisation and counter-driven strategy. Marleny Arnoldi attended the opening. 

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg
Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg

Sustainable cities integral to combating climate change

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th June 2019 Combating the effects of climate change will require a collective response from developed and developing cities, which need to pursue the development of sustainable cities, regardless of the disparity between the biggest contributors to and those most affected by climate change. This was a key... 

Gauteng MEC to drive youth agenda in construction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2019 Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Tasneem Motara plans to establish a sector advisory panel to consider ways of bridging the gap between the vast number of youth in the province that need jobs and the skills needed by the construction industry. Motara, newly appointed in her position as... 

Tambo Springs, Gautrain projects to help grow province’s economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2019 In pursuit of growing the Gauteng economy through public infrastructure projects, Public Transport and Road Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo on Wednesday said Transnet’s Tambo Springs inland terminal formed part of the province’s drive to accelerate provincial and national economic growth.... 

Tambo Springs, Gautrain projects to help grow province’s economy
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
A panel of construction industry body representatives at Africa Construction Expo 2019

Black-owned asphalt firm opens its doors in Limpopo

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2019 Limpopo’s newest hot-mix asphalt manufacturing company has opened its doors. The 100% black-owned Maloka Machaba Surfacing (MM Surfacing) also offers road surfacing and logistics services. MM Surfacing co-owner and technical director Kate Machaba says the dream of owning and running her own... 

Black-owned asphalt firm opens its doors in Limpopo
Kate Machaba and Matshela Maloka

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2019 Construction services provider ELB Construction (ELBCon) has been awarded a contract by Turnmill Proquip Equipment to install four leach vats, as well as associated structural steel, at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine, in the North West. The mine’s aged leach vats are becoming obsolete and will... 

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

City commits to changing red tape into red carpet for business community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2019 City of Joburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba’s Inner City Rejuvenation Programme (ICRP) has, to date, awarded tenders for 24 developments, spanning 81 properties and pieces of land. These developments are expected to create 11 000 direct jobs and will comprise around 6 500 one- and two-bedroom... 

City commits to changing red tape into red carpet for business community
Photo by Bloomberg
Johannesburg

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 The United National Transport Union (Untu) wants the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to be moved from the Department of Transport to the Department of Public Enterprises, says Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens. This will place the entity where it belongs – under the same management as other... 

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union
Photo by UNTU
Rail infrastructure in Philippi in the Western Cape

NEPI approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Europe-focused retail property owner NEPI Rockcastle (NEPI) has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets and its shares will be available for trade on A2X from June 19. NEPI is a FTSE JSE Top 40 constituent with a market cap of over R72-billion. 

Uganda plans to restore railway after high-speed upgrade delays

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2019 Uganda plans to invest $205-million in restoring a railway from the capital Kampala to the Kenyan border following delays to securing funding for a planned high-speed alternative to the route. The move will boost monthly freight capacity to 120 000 metric tons from the current 20 000 tons by... 

Solar plant to power Pietermaritzburg Mall

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2019 Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) and Liberty Group, co-owners of Liberty Midlands Mall, have completed the R12-million installation of a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at the centre. The plant was commissioned on the roof structure of the mall’s 22 000 m2 Lifestyle Centre. 

Solar plant to power Pietermaritzburg Mall
Aerial View

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

Chinese company opens competence centre

7th June 2019 Multinational silicon products developer and manufacturer the WACKER Group has opened a new competence centre for cement and concrete applications in Shanghai, China. The laboratory will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions, which are able to improve the performance of cement and... 

Chinese company opens competence centre
Photo by Bloomberg
CEMENT INNOVATION The new competence center will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that improve the durability of cement and concrete

Supplier adds new crusher to range

7th June 2019 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has added the updated high-performance I54Rv3 impact crusher to the company’s range of screening and crushing equipment manufacturer McCloskey International crushing and screen plants. The I54Rv3 impact crusher, an advanced version... 

Supplier adds new  crusher to range
COMMENDABLE CRUSHING The I54Rv3 impact crusher operates efficiently in various applications. These include asphalt and concrete recycling, rock crushing, construction, mining and demolition

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

New liner technology surpasses concrete protection alternatives

7th June 2019 Concrete protection liners specialist manufacturer AKS Lining Systems has taken the "cast-in" liner concept and developed its design through the development of Anchor Knob Sheet technology (AKS), which surpasses concrete protection alternatives on both cost-saving and performance. Concrete has... 

New liner technology surpasses concrete protection alternatives
DEMANDING CONDITIONS AKS is used in a diverse range of chemically aggressive applications such as mining, water treatment and conveyance of sewage

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable  concrete structures
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has reduced the company’s carbon emissions, per ton of cement produced, by 35% from 1990 to 2018 and is focusing on further carbon reductions, sustainability and the implementation of the carbon tax in South Africa. “The 35% is close to the targets being... 

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions

Solutions provider releases new admixture for variable aggregates

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction chemicals and solutions provider Mapei South Africa released the new Dynamon MS 100 acrylic-based admixture product earlier this year for use in concrete where there are variable-quality aggregates. The admixture prevents variations in the quality of aggregates, particularly in... 

Solutions provider releases new  admixture for variable aggregates
AGGREGATE MITIGATION The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates

Growthpoint completes Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters in Centurion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th June 2019 Growthpoint Properties has completed its R600-million development of Exxaro’s new head office, opposite the Centurion Gautrain Station. The building integrates P-grade aesthetics and finishes and high-performance workspace. 

Growthpoint completes Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters in Centurion
Exterior view of Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters in Centurion

City of Joburg plans to probe massive development built on petrol pipeline in Glenvista

By: News24Wire      6th June 2019 The City of Joburg is expected to launch an investigation into the construction of a residential development by Balwin Properties and one of the major issues is a petrol pipe that runs underneath the development. The investigation relates to the Alinta complex in Glenvista, which officials and... 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has named a consortium led by black-empowerment group Southern Palace as the preferred bidder for a 20-year concession to build and operate a new R2.5-billion inland container terminal in southern Gauteng. The public­–private partnership, dubbed the... 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal

South Africa’s wind power construction to peak at above 1 GW in 2020/21 – WoodMac 

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2019 Wind energy construction activity in South Africa will peak at more than 1 GW of capacity in 2020/21 as developers race to operationalise projects that were awarded during the fourth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme, says Wood Mackenzie... 

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 Industrial group Barloworld reports that the public-offer component of its Khula Sizwe Property Holdings empowerment transaction was oversubscribed, with over 50 000 applications received and the R164-million funding target met. The offer, which was open to black investors only, closed on May 31.... 

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed
 

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