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Construction News

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector

26th April 2019 The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti reiterated government’s commitment for collaborative efforts to lead transformation of the water sector as the department prepares to launch the Phakisa Process for Water and Sanitation. The Process seeks to address sector challenges and ensure... 

EPP raises R1.45bn for M1 acquisition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 JSE-listed retail property fund EPP has successfully completed an equity raise of R1.45-billion, or €90-million, to fund tranche 2 of its M1 portfolio acquisition. The company expects to complete the transaction by June.  

Barloworld optimistic ‘black public’ will take up offer to invest in new property group 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2019 Industrial group Barloworld is optimistic that qualifying black South Africans will respond positively to its offer to buy a maximum of 30% of the shares available in a new black-owned property company, called Khula Sizwe Property Holdings, being created as part of a larger R3.5-billion... 

Barloworld optimistic ‘black public’ will take up offer to invest in new property group
Barloworld to sell 68 mostly industrial properties to Khula Sizwe

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises  

25th April 2019 Global power company Cummins in March officially launched the “Power Hub”, its new multimillion-rand premises in the business area of the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, in Waterfall City, in Midrand. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises
Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises

Vadi launches R114 road rehabilitation project

By: African News Agency      25th April 2019 Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi has officially launched the R114 road rehabilitation project near Muldersdrift in the West Rand. The R157-million project is fully funded by the provincial roads and transport department and partly implemented under the auspices of the expanded... 

N1 highway project in Cape Town nearing completion

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 The project to add a third lane to the N1 in both directions between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange in Cape Town is expected to be complete early next month. This is according to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) which said the project would help ease... 

South Sudan invites investment in agriculture, mining, oil

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2019 Since its official independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has ripened the environment for investment in the country, which was apparent when the country’s Ministers on Wednesday met with South African investors and businesspersons during a roadshow, in Sandton, to discuss investment... 

Johannesburg mayor announces R20bn investment for inner city

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Wednesday announced a R20-billion investment which he said was the single biggest property investment the city had ever made through private sector development. "Through the release of city properties to the private sector for redevelopment, the city expects... 

Johannesburg mayor announces R20bn investment for inner city
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Sanedi’s reflective roof coatings pilot moves to scale

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) on Wednesday announced that its Cool Surfaces Project has moved from collaboration to a completed, scaled-up project in Groblershoop, in the Northern Cape. Reflective roof coatings have reduced the indoor daytime temperatures at a... 

Sanedi’s reflective roof coatings pilot moves to scale
Reflective coating

Accor plans 60 new hotels in Africa, half of them in Egypt

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2019 Accor SA will open 60 new hotels in 14 countries in Africa in the next four years, its CEO for Middle East and Africa Mark Willis said. Over the next two years, the European hotel operator will open over half of them in Egypt, which Willis said was rebounding after “external factors” hurt the... 

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 A newly built walkway was handed over to Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark, at a sombre event on Monday. The handover, which was attended by school management and its governing body, parents, learners, various businesses and representatives of the Gauteng Department of Basic Education,... 

Hoërskool Driehoek walkway rebuilt following collaborative community effort
The newly built walkway at Hoërskool Driehoek, in Vanderbijlpark

China's Tsingshan expands plans for Zimbabwe steel plant

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 China's Tsingshan Holding Group has expanded its plans for a steel plant in Zimbabwe to include a power plant and a lithium concession, Zimbabwe's Mines Minister Winston Chitando said on Tuesday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is trying to woo foreign investors, especially in mining,... 

SACPCMP urges industry to be vigilant amid ‘construction mafia’ challenge

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2019 South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) registrar Butcher Matutle has urged the construction industry to be cognisant of the benefits of employing and recognising registered professionals, and “in doing so, remain strong in the resolve towards... 

Defy South Africa celebrates R1.2bn investment milestone 

By: Shirley le Guern     23rd April 2019 A R121-million brownfield development at the Defy plant, in Jacobs, Durban, has seen the addition of an automated plant to manufacture top loader washing machines for both the local and export markets. Defy South Africa CEO Evren Albas, Turkish holding company Arçelik Global chief technology... 

Defy South Africa celebrates R1.2bn investment milestone
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

JDA starts development on Jabulani node community facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 One of the Johannesburg Development Agency’s (JDA’s) signature projects, the Jabulani node, has entered Phase 6B – the development of a community and recreational environment for people of all ages, including a Jabulani community facility and South African Football Association (SAFA) Safe Hub.... 

JDA starts development on Jabulani node community facility
Soweto Theatre

Sandton’s Leonardo an example of South Africa’s architectural future, says Co-Arc 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2019 The nascent Fourth Industrial Revolution and the resultant information revolution will affect South African architecture “quite markedly” moving forward, South African architecture firm Co-Arc International Architects director Patrick McInerney tells Engineering News Online, adding that... 

Sandton’s Leonardo an example of South Africa’s architectural future, says Co-Arc
The Leonardo building, which is still under construction, pictured against the Sandton skyline

Tanzania eyes 10 000 MW power generation capacity by 2025

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 Tanzania aims to have six times its current power generation capacity by 2025 through investment in thermal and renewable energy, deputy energy minister Subira Mgalu told Parliament on Tuesday. The East African country boasts reserves of over 57-trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but faces... 

Holistic approach to lifting projects saves time, money

By: Shannon de Ryhove     19th April 2019 Germiston-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire tells Engineering News that the heavy lifting capacity of the company’s modern mobile crane is transforming industrial project roll-out. “Twenty years ago, our heavy-lift fleet consisted of 350 t mobile cranes, which were the biggest... 

Holistic approach to lifting projects saves time, money
Photo by Johnson Crane Hire
PRECISION PLANNING Johnson Crane Hire heavy lift and support cranes were used for the installation at height of heavy equipment, requiring precision planning and lifting on a confined site

Patented solution aims to free up working capital for construction firms

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2019 A patented working capital solution ‘Sponsored Advance Retention’ – developed by insurance major Santam and local specialist capital consulting firm Capital Breakthru Solutions business development director Wayne van Houten – will release working capital for construction contractors and... 

Organisations call for responsible transformation in the construction sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th April 2019 The Black Business Council (BBC), the BBC in the Built Environment and the Forum for Radical Economic Transformation on Thursday condemned the disruption by local business forums of construction projects in South Africa. The parties met to discuss issues focusing on local economic participation... 

Contract awarded for LHWP II’s Polihali diversion tunnels

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has awarded the contract for the construction of the Polihali diversion tunnels to the SCLC Polihali Diversion Tunnel joint venture, marking another significant step in the implementation of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The contractor... 

Intu Properties, Cale Street sign JV for Intu Derby shopping centre

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 Intu Properties and investment firm Cale Street Investment on Thursday announced the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture for the Intu Derby shopping centre, in the UK. Intu Derby is located in the centre of Derby and is a retail and leisure destination in the 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects  

18th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with rock crushing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec to engender relationships with smaller contractors in the lower end of the construction industry, as part of the organisation’s transformation drive. Tasneem... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects
Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects

France to open redesign of Notre-Dame's spire to international architects

By: Reuters     18th April 2019 France will open the redesign of the Notre-Dame de Paris’ iconic roofline to international architects after Monday night’s blaze gutted the oak-framed structure and sent its 300-foot spire crashing through its vaulted ceiling, the country's PM said on Wednesday. President Emmanuel Macron pledged... 

Africa's sole nuclear plant undergoes revamp to extend lifespan

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 Eskom Holdings, the State utility that supplies 95% of South Africa’s power, is overhauling the continent’s sole nuclear plant with the aim of extending its lifespan by at least 20 years. The revamp of the 1 860 MW Koeberg facility comes as Eskom struggles to produce enough electricity to meet... 

Africa's sole nuclear plant undergoes revamp to extend lifespan

Saice requests Ramaphosa’s urgent intervention to address construction site attacks

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has joined other industry bodies in strongly condemning the recent spate of alleged “mafia-style” coordinated gang activity on project sites across the country. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Saice referred to pleas from the South... 

Saice requests Ramaphosa’s urgent intervention to address construction site attacks

NUM members on strike at PPC Cement in Pretoria

By: African News Agency      17th April 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday confirmed a strike by workers at cement producing company PPC, at Hercules, in Pretoria, over wage increases.  NUM PPC branch secretary Surprise Baloyi, said workers were embarking on a protected strike over the company’s refusal to bargain on... 

PIC raises Texton stake to 18.9%

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 State-owned investment management company, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) increased its beneficial shareholding in JSE-listed real estate investment trust Texton Property Fund to 18.9%. Texton CEO Marius Muller on Wednesday noted that the PIC had become Texton’s largest shareholder. 

PIC raises Texton stake to 18.9%
MARIUS MULLER

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has requested the Western Cape provincial government to suspend plans to roll out Phase 4B of the George Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN). This was in response to a letter sent by the Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant, informing Nzimande of the... 

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension
Photo by Creamer Media
Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Eskom CEO says 'days of surprises' over as problems exposed 

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Almost 15 months into the job, and the boss of South Africa’s state-owned electricity company is getting to grips with issues spanning corruption to defective power plants that threatened to collapse the grid. “The days of surprises are over,” Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe said in an... 

Steel demand growth rates to moderate in line with slowing global economic growth

By: Nadine James     16th April 2019 Global steel demand is expected to increase by 1.3% year-on-year to 1.74-billion tonnes this year, the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) ‘April 2019 Short Range Outlook’ shows. Demand is projected to grow by a further 1% in 2020 to 1.75-billion tonnes, the association added. 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit

Cape Town in good position even if winter rains are poor – deputy mayor

By: News24Wire      16th April 2019 Dam levels are 10% higher than the City of Cape Town's projections for the end of summer so the city is in a good position even if the coming winter rains turn out to be below average, says deputy mayor Ian Neilson. "And the water consumption by Cape Town is well under the target we set of... 

Cape Town in good position even if winter rains are poor – deputy mayor

Johannesburg Roads Agency suspends top management over tender irregularities

By: African News Agency      16th April 2019 Top managers at the troubled Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) including MD Goodwill Mbatha have been suspended for flouting tender regulations, the city's mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. The JRA's board on Monday adopted the findings of a series of forensic investigations which implicated... 

N1 highway pedestrian bridge to be ready for use soon

By: Simone Liedtke     15th April 2019 The new pedestrian bridge over the N1 at Erasmusrand will soon be ready for use by pedestrians and cyclists near Hoërskool Waterkloof, in Pretoria, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). The bridge, which was built in under 20 hours over this past weekend, only needs to... 

N1 highway pedestrian bridge to be ready for use soon
The new pedestrian bridge over the N1 at Erasmusrand will soon be ready for use by pedestrians and cyclists near Hoërskool Waterkloof, in Pretoria

BRPs initiate Group Five disposals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for embattled construction company Group Five on Friday announced that they would start with a series of disposals to reduce financial liabilities as part of the company’s business rescue proceedings. The BRPs David Lake and Peter van den Steen of Metis... 

Tribunal dismisses collusive tendering complaint against WBHO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal this week dismissed the Competition Commission’s complaint referral against construction company WBHO Construction in which it was alleged to have colluded on a South African National Roads Agency tender. The matter stemmed from the commission’s industry-wide... 

 

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