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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

UK reports 2019 was a record year for renewable electricity generation 

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2020 In a report issued on April 9, the British Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy reported that, based on provisional figures, last year had been a record year for the production of electricity using renewable technologies in the UK. Renewable electricity generation last year was... 

Quickly deployable prefabricated medical facility ideal to tackle Covid-19 in Africa

By: Donna Slater     9th April 2020 A partnership between renewable energy company Africa Clean Energy Solutions (Aces) and mining, civil and roadworks company 3C Tech Mining has led to the development of a turnkey prefabricated medical facility – SAFEPOD – which can be used to bolster medical facilities available to tackle the... 

Declaring force majeure is not so simple during lockdown − CDH

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 Law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) on April 9 discussed some of the pertinent issues that its clients were facing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. These issues include the enforceability of contracts, force majeure clauses, commercial leases, distributions and liquidity... 

Saipem-led consortium picked as preferred bidder for Egypt rail project

By: Reuters     9th April 2020 Italian energy contractor Saipem has been chosen as preferred bidder to head a consortium to rebuild a railway line in Egypt, Egyptian phosphorus group Waphco said in a statement. If the contract is awarded, the project would involve developing a cargo and passenger railway line to connect a... 

Afrimat expects to report higher full-year earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 JSE-listed Afrimat expects its earnings a share for the year ended February 29 to be between 318.2c and 362.4c, reflecting an increase of between 44% and 64% year-on-year. Its headline earnings a share are expected to be between 323.1c and 369.9c, reflecting an increase of between 38% and 58%... 

Construction task team helps soothe industry issues amid Covid-19 battle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 John Matthews, who is chairperson of the newly established Covid-19 Construction Rapid Response Task Team, says the global economy has been thrown into turmoil as the world struggles to combat the spread of Covid-19. He adds that South Africa’s economy has been particularly hard hit by the... 

World Bank warns of big South Africa GDP slump and first SSA recession in 25 years as Covid-19 bites 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2020 The World Bank is forecasting that gross domestic product in South Africa could slump by between 6.9 percentage points and 8 percentage points in 2020 when compared with a base case that does not include the anticipated economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Similar contractions are... 

World Bank warns of big South Africa GDP slump and first SSA recession in 25 years as Covid-19 bites
World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack

Eskom extends bidding deadline for short-term power purchase scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2020 Electricity utility Eskom has extended the deadline, to May 11, for responses to a request for proposals (RFP) to participate in its Short-Term Power Purchase Programme (STPPP), owing to the imposition of a 21-day lockdown in South Africa in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The initial bid... 

Eskom extends bidding deadline for short-term power purchase scheme

Octodec withdraws distribution guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2020 JSE-listed Octodec has withdrawn its distribution guidance for the financial year to end August 31 owing to the ongoing unpredictability in the market as a result of Covid-19. Octodec says the business continuity and safety measures put in place in collaboration with City Property Administration,... 

Covid-19 outbreak to cause recession, impact property – FNB

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2020 With broad consensus that the Covid-19 outbreak will result in a sharp contraction in global gross domestic product (GDP), as well as for South Africa, in the first half of this year, the consequences of the outbreak are worrying, says FNB Property economist Siphamandla Mkhwanazi. While the... 

The Property Industry Group announces industry-wide assistance, relief package

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2020 The Property Industry Group has announced an industry-wide assistance and relief package for retail tenants that are hardest hit by South Africa’s lockdown in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative, which focuses principally on supporting affected small-, medium-sized and... 

The Property Industry Group announces industry-wide assistance, relief package
Property Industry Group spokesperson and SA Reit Association chairperson Estienne de Klerk

Ground-breaking R488m fund seeks to catalyse green-economy SMMEs 

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2020 An innovative new fund has been launched in South Africa to incentivise fund managers to invest in small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that are able to generate verifiable green outcomes and jobs in the energy, water, waste, infrastructure and land-management sectors. The... 

Ground-breaking R488m fund seeks to catalyse green-economy SMMEs

South African private equity firm teams up with IPP to develop 14.7 MW hydro plant in Kenya 

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2020 South African private equity firm teams up with IPP to develop 14.7 MW hydro plant in Kenya South African private equity fund manager Metier has signed an agreement with Tembo Power, of Mauritius, for the joint development of the 14.7 MW Kaptis project, a run-of-river hydropower project near the... 

South African private equity firm teams up with IPP to develop 14.7 MW hydro plant in Kenya
The 5.25 MW Sindila hydropower project, in Uganda.

Association to assist in overcoming South Africa’s water woes

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2020 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa (ASTPM) says it will provide assistance to and work as a strategic stakeholder with municipalities and water authorities to see to it that the urgently needed implementation of the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan’s... 

Governments urged to integrate clean energy into Covid-19 stimulus packages 

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2020 Economic stimulus measures adopted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic should embrace sustainability and climate goals, International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) director-general Francesco La Camera argues in the agency’s Renewables Capacity Statistics 2020 report. Released on April 6, the... 

Governments urged to integrate clean energy into Covid-19 stimulus packages

World Green Building Council collaborates with BBC StoryWorks on buildings series

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2020 The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has partnered with filmmaker BBC StoryWorks to deliver a landmark film series. The series will air on the BBC television network between September and December 

World Green Building Council collaborates with BBC StoryWorks on buildings series

JDA appoints new CEO

By: Donna Slater     3rd April 2020 Infrastructure development project administrator for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), has appointed Anthony Ngcezula as CEO, effective April 1. His appointment is for a term of five years.  

JDA appoints new CEO
Anthony Ngcezula

M&R outlines evolving impact of Covid-19 disruptions to its projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2020 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has noted the evolving impact of Covid-19 on its active projects in Australasia, the Americas and sub-Saharan Africa. The Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia, which the company’s Oil & Gas and Underground Mining platforms run in joint venture with a third partner,... 

Eskom wants Medupi Unit 3 defect repairs completed on schedule despite Covid-19 restrictions 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has not shifted its April 9 deadline for returning Medupi Unit 3 to service, despite work restrictions imposed at the Lephalale site, in Limpopo, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The unit was shut for 75 days on January 26 to address defects that... 

Eskom wants Medupi Unit 3 defect repairs completed on schedule despite Covid-19 restrictions
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All work has been stopped on Kusile units 4, 5 and 6 for the duration of the lockdown

GBCSA to launch home green rating system next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2020 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has motivated South Africans to get a certified green rating for their homes. The council explains that the Green Home Rating System for existing buildings will look to shift South Africa’s homes to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable... 

GBCSA to launch home green rating system next year

Design consideration critical for efficiency of power tools

3rd April 2020 With choosing the right motor for an industrial power tool being no trivial task, designers must consider the unique operating profile of the tool as well as operating life, product weight, user comfort and energy efficiency, particularly if the tool is to be battery operated, says motion... 

Design consideration critical for efficiency  of power tools
COIL TECHNOLOGY The Ultra EC family of brushless slotless motors employs a revolutionary and patented U coil technology

Supplier offers advisory service for equipment

3rd April 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s tools & equipment division supports its range of quality-branded equipment with a technical-advisory service, assisting customers throughout the country with the selection of the correct tools for assembly, manufacturing and maintenance. “Our extensive range of... 

Supplier offers advisory service for equipment
HANDS ON FASTENING BMG’s extensive range of Ingersoll Rand fastening tools for heavy equipment assembly and maintenance, extends from basic tightening devices to high-tech assembly equipment

Power tools innovation leads to industry growth

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd April 2020 The power tools market is on the rise and there are “exciting trends and innovations’ emerging” in the industry, says power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus marketing manager Candice Knipe-Tlhotlhalemajoe. Some of these innovative trends include cordless power tools, battery switches and... 

Power tools innovation  leads to industry growth
FREEDOM OF POWER This innovative product allows users the freedom of a 36 V cordless power tool with the power of alternating current and the freedom of direct current

Equipment supplier awarded contract to supply tool kits

3rd April 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC) in Emalahleni has awarded industrial equipment supplier INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment the 2020 contract to supply tool kits, which are used during mining- and engineering-related skills training. “The CTC, initially established specifically for the mining sector,... 

Company unveils cordless metal cutting circular saw

3rd April 2020 Heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories manufacturer Milwaukee Tools has developed the industry’s first cordless 20.3 cm metal cutting circular saw. The M18 FUEL 20.3 cm metal cutting circular saw will be available this month and will ship with one of the company’s new metal... 

New tech needs consulting engineers buy-in

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Construction connection technology company Peikko is working to raise awareness among consulting engineers in South Africa of the potential that its bolted column connection technology and associated solutions could have to transform the construction industry. The Finnish company entered the... 

New tech needs consulting engineers buy-in
BUILDING TRUST Peikko's technology has been adopted to some success in a few projects since entering the country

Company adds new steel cutting tool for its machines

3rd April 2020 Remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk offers a new steel cutting tool for mid-size Brokk machines. The MC300 Multi Cutter – which is manufactured by Brokk’s sister company equipment supplier Darda – offers the highest cutting force with low weight. 

Company adds new steel cutting tool for its machines
Versatile application The mid-size Brokk 200 and 300 remote-controlled demolition machines can use the Darda MC300 Multi Cutter attachment to cut steel material, utility lines and cables in a variety of industries

Local project scarcity causes loss of top-class engineers

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 The scarcity of public-sector projects is leading to massive retrenchments and the loss of South Africa’s world-class consulting engineers to foreign markets, says law firm LNP Attorneys CE Nikita Lalla. “Insufficient project implementation is causing the engineering and construction sector... 

Local project scarcity causes loss of top-class engineers
NIKITA LALLA There is an abundance of talking without timeous, practical implementation

Adopt QCBS mindset – Cesa 

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is embarking on a focused marketing drive in the second quarter of this year as part of a renewed effort to raise awareness surrounding quality cost-based selection (QCBS) within the public and private sectors. QCBS is the notion that... 

Adopt QCBS mindset – Cesa
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell discusses some of the key concerns facing the consulting engineers sector in South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 06.03.2020

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns

3rd April 2020 There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development, says consulting engineers firm WSP Africa structures regional director Johan Piekaar. Currently, the local construction and property industries are experiencing a lull owing to reduced expenditure by government on... 

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns
Photo by Creamer Media
CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain

SAPS, industry form partnership to combat construction mafia  

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 The South African Forum for Engineering (SAFE) has met with the national police commissioner to discuss the increased prevalence of the so-called construction mafia and its effect on the local construction industry. SAFE includes the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE),... 

SAPS, industry form partnership to combat construction mafia

Covid-19 could delay completion of Group Five business rescue plan

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2020 Owing to the economic and social consequences directly associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, and South Africa’s national lockdown, construction company Group Five may face delays in the completion of its business rescue proceedings. In a statement on April 1, the business rescue practitioners... 

Three Reits withdraw distribution guidance for the year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trusts (Reits) Vukile Property Fund, Hyprop Investments and Attacq have announced the withdrawal of their distribution guidances for their respective financial year-ends during 2020. This follows after the governments in countries where they operate have declared... 

Three Reits withdraw distribution guidance for the year
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