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Cooling equipment to increase energy efficiency of data centres

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There is a significant push to provide energy efficient technologies for data centre applications to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. Consequently, data centres can save significantly in terms of energy and associated costs by ensuring their cooling solutions are designed... 

Company releases efficient lighting range

6th November 2020 Lighting technology manufacturer BEKA Schréder last month announced the launch of the ECOBAY, a light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting range with a high return on investment. According to BEKA Schréder, ECOBAY is the ideal luminaire for lighting industrial facilities at optimised light levels, and... 

Company releases efficient lighting range
LIGHTING THE WAY ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

Noticeable growth in smart home market
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Pandemic prompts local focus on energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Owing to Covid-19, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has witnessed an increase in the number of new applications from companies for the Section 12L Energy Efficiency tax incentive. “With companies aiming to be competitive under the pandemic and remain in business,... 

Pandemic prompts  local focus on  energy efficiency
BARRY BREDENKAMP The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations

Eskom says it needs R23bn more from tariffs in 2021 to remain a going concern  

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom argued on Thursday that it required additional revenue of R23-billion for the upcoming financial year to remain a going concern and told the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) that further tariff increases, beyond the 5.22% already approved for... 

Eskom says it needs R23bn more from tariffs in 2021 to remain a going concern

Wind power continues to show record growth, despite Covid-19 crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2020 Wind power will continue to show record growth over the next five years, despite the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, and will “make a crucial contribution to economic recovery”, says the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). 

Ekurhuleni ready to exchange ideas during World Town Planning Day

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th November 2020 The City of Ekurhuleni will join the world in commemorating World Town Planning Day on November 8, bringing together role-players in the planning fraternity to exchange ideas that improve city planning. This year’s World Planning Day, also known as World Urbanism Day, will be commemorated under... 

Ekurhuleni ready to exchange ideas during World Town Planning Day

Tungsten launches Quantura alternative litigation funding model in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th November 2020 Global engineering and construction claims consultancy Tungsten Capital has launched its Quantura subsidiary in South Africa, through which it will provide an alternative method of funding and developing commercially viable construction and engineering claims. Allardyce & Partners Attorneys... 

Redefine launches programmes to support community development in Soweto

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th November 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties has launched two programmes, one for nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and another one targeting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME), in Soweto.   

Entries now open for 2021 GreenPitch Challenge

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2020 Innovators and entrepreneurs with “economically viable" green economy innovation business ideas have been invited by nonprofit organisation GreenCape, to enter and participate in the Invest Cape Town Business Hub GreenPitch Challenge 2021. Entries are open from November 4 and will close on... 

Covid-19 accelerates domestic sustainable finance market – Standard Bank

By: Donna Slater     4th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has heightened the focus on climate change and financial instruments that promote sustainable economic development, Standard Bank group CEO Sim Tshabalala noted in the latest episode of the ClimateBiz podcast series hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In... 

Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan presents opportunity to build a better economy, says Saice

By: Donna Slater     4th November 2020 The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan tabled by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October, provides an opportunity to build a better structured economy, reports South African Institution of Civil Engineering CEO Vishaal Lutchman. Following Ramaphosa’s announcement of the plan, Finance Minister... 

French firms set to make R14bn in fresh investment pledges to South Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2020 French Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness Minister Franck Riester, who is leading a business delegation to South Africa this week, reports that French firms will follow-up their R20-billion in investment commitments made to South Africa in 2019 with new promises worth a further... 

French firms set to make R14bn in fresh investment pledges to South Africa

Covid-19 presents negative and positive impacts on industrial property market

By: Donna Slater     3rd November 2020 Although the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in some negative impact on the industrial property market worldwide, there have also been some positive impacts and future potential upside brought on by the pandemic, says real estate investment trust Equites Property CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan. In... 

Credible pipeline of projects seen as key to achieving R1-trillion infrastructure goal  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the importance of project preparation to unlocking the mostly private finance that will be needed to realise government’s goal of investing R1-trillion in infrastructure over the coming four years and turning South Africa into a “building site”. Speaking... 

Credible pipeline of projects seen as key to achieving R1-trillion infrastructure goal
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Extending housing finance crucial for sub-Saharan Africa, says professor

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2020 There is  growing pressure on the affordable housing sector in sub-Saharan Africa and, therefore, extending housing finance is critical to solving this problem, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School International Housing Finance Program Founder and director Professor Marja Hoek-Smit has said.... 

PIC lowers stake in PPC to 4.93%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2020 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has reduced its shareholding in cement manufacturer PPC from 9.52% to 4.93%. The State-owned fund manager has progressively been decreasing its stake in the cement manufacturer, having reduced its shareholding from 25% to about 19% in June, to just under... 

Ramaphosa addresses South Africa infrastructure roundtable

By: African News Agency      3rd November 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa is addressing an Infrastructure South Africa project preparation round-table and market place in Johannesburg, his office said on Tuesday. The forum aligns with one of the priorities Ramaphosa presented last month when he launched an economic reconstruction and recovery... 

Ramaphosa addresses South Africa infrastructure roundtable
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom introduces 400 kV transmission line construction project to municipalities

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd November 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has introduced its project for the construction of the 282 km of 400 kV transmission line, with associated feeder and transformer bays, which will be construction between the Gromis substation, in the Northern Cape, and the Juno substation, in the Western Cape. The... 

IPP Office extends bid deadline for R40bn risk-mitigation programme 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2020 South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has confirmed an extension to the bid submission deadline, to December 22, for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), under which government aims to procure some 2 000 MW of dispatchable generation... 

IPP Office extends bid deadline for R40bn risk-mitigation programme

Company set for expansion despite difficulties

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 Despite Africa’s holding much promise in terms of business development, the business dynamics in African countries have been severely affected by the effects of Covid-19. 

Company set for expansion despite difficulties
DANIEL PETROV Africa is the future and remains so, even in a depressed economic environment

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 South Africa’s civil structures are in dire need of improved performance and longevity, hence building materials company AfriSam’s emphasis on supplying quality products that “go beyond current requirements”. Speaking to Engineering News, AfriSam regional product technical manager Nithia Pillay... 

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues
AfriSam’s Nithia Pillay speaks about the company’s drive to supply products that address industry issues

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 State-owned development finance institution Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is looking to accelerate playing a meaningful role in the economic recovery of the country by assisting in financing and implementing vital infrastructure projects for the transport sector, particularly road... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY The DBSA sees roads infrastructure and other transport sector infrastructure as key to stimulating economic growth and social inclusion

Private-sector investment key amid challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 From an economic perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic has not affected countries in Africa, apart from South Africa, as much as countries on other continents.  

Private-sector investment key amid challenges
GET IT TOGETHER While there is so much potential in Africa, political certainty is required in conjunction with more streamlined procurement processes

Sanral, Safcec sign MoU to prioritise small contractor development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), with the aim of prioritising the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the road construction... 

Africa’s richest man delays cement London listing until 2023

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2020 Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest person, has again delayed plans to sell shares in his cement maker on the London Stock Exchange, opting instead to focus on increasing exports and boosting the Nigerian company’s foreign-exchange reserves. Dangote Cement, the continent’s biggest producer of the... 

Afrimat's diversification strategy paying off  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2020 Openpit miner Afrimat reported an 11% year-on-year increase in operating profit for the six months ended August 31, despite a 9.4% year-on-year decrease in revenue. The company also ended the period with cash and cash equivalents of R330-million, a 170% year-on-year increase. 

Afrimat's diversification strategy paying off
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden shares how the company's diversification strategy has made it more resilient

Growthpoint receives green building certification for Exxaro head office

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2020 Coal miner Exxaro’s new head office building, in Centurion, Gauteng, developed and owned by property developer Growthpoint, has achieved a 6-Star green rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) under the Green Star New Build certification system. Green building certification... 

Growthpoint receives green building certification for Exxaro head office
Exxaro exterior

Sustainable financing imperative to sustainable future, says JSE’s Soobramoney

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2020 Finance has a significant role to play in a sustainable future, which comprises economic, environmental, social and governance responsibilities, JSE chief sustainability officer Shameela Soobramoney said during this year’s virtual Green Building Convention on October 29. Sustainability emerged as... 

Technical panel being assembled to support delivery of 62 infrastructure projects 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2020 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille reported on Thursday that nearly 1 200 applications were received from professionals willing to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for South Africa’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. Applications for the panel were advertised in August... 

Technical panel being assembled to support delivery of 62 infrastructure projects
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Nature must be brought back into cities, says regenerative design expert

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2020 The construction and built environment industries need to strongly consider creative solutions, like integrating regenerative design principles, when designing and building facilities, global consulting company Mott MacDonald regenerative design head Amanda Sturgeon has said. Regenerative design... 

WBHO to report 892c loss per share for FY20

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th October 2020 Construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has advised that it will report an attributable loss s share of between 892c and 985c apiece for the year ended June 30, as a result of project delays taking its toll amid Covid-19. This is around 200% lower than the earnings a share of 938c... 

Boland Cellar commissions 473 kW crowdfunded solar installation

By: Donna Slater     28th October 2020 Paarl-based wine cellars Boland Cellar and peer-to-peer solar leasing platform Sun Exchange received crowd funding from 1 204 individuals from 85 countries to finance a 473 kW solar project to provide clean electricity for the wine cellar, while also reducing its electricity costs and emissions.... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading wind-energy project developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are convinced that South Africa’s plan to install 1.6 GW of new wind capacity yearly until 2030 is more than sufficient to attract large-scale industrial investment. These captains of industry warn, however, that... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly

IDC aims to ‘catalyse’ recovery plan, but won’t go it alone as impairments bite 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – which reported a R3.8-billion loss for the 2019/20 financial year, driven by a surge in impairments from R4.8-billion to R9.6-billion – has revised its investment strategy with the aim of “catalysing” government’s Reconstruction and Recovery Plan... 

IDC aims to ‘catalyse’ recovery plan, but won’t go it alone as impairments bite
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Sanral’s new N2 Wild Coast road to create up to 7 000 jobs

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says up to 7 000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road. A further 29 000 permanent direct and indirect jobs may also be created during the service period of the road once it is opened. 

DTIC revitalisation programme makes progress at Botshabelo Industrial Park

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 The Botshabelo Industrial Park, in the Free State, has attracted investments valued at more than R500-million owing to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) revitalisation programme that is being rolled out. Upgrading the park forms part of the DTIC’s Revitalisation of... 

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