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Construction News

Sasol to accelerate portfolio ‘simplification’ as review of 100 assets nears completion  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on Monday that its asset review was at an advanced stage and indicated that it would, in the coming months, accelerate efforts to simplify its portfolio. The group has indicated previously that it expects to realise more than $1-billion from the disposal... 

L2D grows distributions a share to 60c for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2019 Following the successful implementation of a corporate restructure, JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) reported a distribution a share of 60c for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with the distribution a share of 59.2c for the prior financial year.... 

New Tshwane mayor cancels controversial GladAfrica contract

By: News24Wire      25th February 2019 Newly elected Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has announced that the City has cancelled the scandal-ridden GladAfrica contract. Mokgalapa made the announcement at a media briefing in Pretoria early on Monday morning, reports eNCA. The mayor reportedly said the contract was terminated by mutual... 

New Tshwane mayor cancels controversial GladAfrica contract
Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2019 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set up a war room together with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) in a bid to deal with a surge in infrastructure theft, as well as recent acts of sabotage and vandalism on its key coal corridor from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. On... 

Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage

Ennerdale school shut amid collapse fears

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2019 The Gauteng department of education has done nothing to address crumbling infrastructure at Ennerdale Secondary School, putting more than 1 200 pupils' lives at risk, say parents at the school. The parents have lambasted the department and its MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, saying their dithering could see... 

Joburg adopts inclusionary housing framework where rich and poor will live side by side

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2019 Joburg Metro mayor Herman Mashaba has announced the Inclusionary Housing: Incentives, Regulations and Mechanisms Framework, which ushers in a housing plan that will make 30% of new residential developments available for affordable housing.  The scheme will see 'mixed' housing with lower income... 

More trade-focused lighting solutions for the construction industry

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd February 2019 With lighting being a critical factor on any job site, as workers need to be able to see properly in order to carry out their work safely and correctly, heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories manufacturer Milwaukee is investing significantly in the development of its lighting... 

More trade-focused  lighting solutions for the construction industry
WERNER KOCH Lighting is a critical factor on any job site, as workers need to be able to see properly in order to carry out their work safely and correctly

Labour broking not a dying breed

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Although the temporary employment sector has been under pressure over some years it has now reached a level they are regarded as legitimate for sectors in an open economy.  The industry continues to play a significant role in sectors of the economy including the Constructional Engineering... 

Labour broking  not a dying breed
LABOUR LINEUP Labour broking is still a viable option for many short-term projects

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Despite the contribution of the construction sector to local economic activity being inconsistent, and having decreased significantly over the years, Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) executive director Anthony Boy is hopeful that there will be an upturn in investments in the sector... 

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Anthony Boy and Louis Breckenridge speak of their hopes for the future

AHR Expo showcases excitement at HVAC global market expansion

22nd February 2019 The latest advancements in technology and product advancement in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry were on display during the three-day 2019 AHR Expo that took place last month from 14 to 16 January in Atlanta in the US. For the first time since 2001, 1 824 companies... 

AHR Expo showcases  excitement at HVAC  global market expansion
ENERGY FOR FUTURE OF HVAC The HVACR industry is in a exciting position at the moment and that energy was evident on the Show Floor this year

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Despite improvement in the number of people who are obtaining training and qualifications to become registered refrigeration gas practitioners, the number of air conditioner installers without an authorised refrigeration gas practitioner registration licence, or with a fraudulent certification,... 

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca
Photo by Hot Mustard
VITAL QUALIFICATIONS There are many employment opportunities for those trained and certified practitioners who are compliant

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

BBE Group air-cooling  consulting crucial to African mining prospects
TRANSCONTINENTAL AFRICA FOCUS We’re not considering entering the HVAC industry locally we are staying in our market - where people fear to tread

AfriSam expects ‘tough 2019’ amid continuing political, policy uncertainty  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2019 Construction materials company AfriSam CEO Rob Wessels expects “a tough 2019”, especially amid ongoing political and policy uncertainty. Wessels was, on Thursday, joined by political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi and AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes at a briefing post Finance... 

AfriSam expects ‘tough 2019’ amid continuing political, policy uncertainty
AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes discusses AfriSam and its expectations for 2019. Video: Perfect Directions. Editing: Creamer Media's Christo Greyling

Zambia, Zimbabwe shortlist foreign firms to build hydro plant 

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 Zambia and Zimbabwe have shortlisted American, European and Chinese companies to build the Batoka Gorge hydro power plant, the ministry of finance said in statement on Wednesday. Preparatory studies, including engineering feasibility, for the 2 400 MW power station will be completed by end of the... 

ANC Gauteng calls for accelerated release of provincial land for student accommodation

By: News24Wire      21st February 2019 The ANC in Gauteng says one of the ways that tackling the rising lack of student accommodation for higher education students can be fast-tracked is if the provincial government releases land and property it owns. This would be through a rapid land release programme, the subcommittee on education,... 

Industries and municipalities contribute to Vaal river pollution, SAHRC hears

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2019 There is continued unlawful spillage, mainly sewage, into waterways that run into the Vaal river from the Emfuleni region, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was told on Wednesday, during the final sitting of its inquiry into the contamination of the river. South African National... 

R100bn to be injected into infrastructure fund over ten years 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 National Treasury will be reprioritising resources towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s infrastructure fund and away from the wage bill, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday, with government committing R100-billion over the next decade towards the building and operation of key... 

R100bn to be injected into infrastructure fund over ten years

Municipalities should not approve building plans which may devalue surrounding properties, ConCourt rules

By: News24Wire      20th February 2019 The Constitutional Court has ruled that municipalities are obliged to consider the possibilities that a new development could devalue nearby properties before approving building plans. The court said that when a proposed building is being considered, the decision-maker should check against... 

AfDB optimistic about Eskom’s turnaround prospects

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended billions of rands in loans to Eskom, says it is optimistic the actions being taken to turnaround the embattled South African power utility will bear fruit. Power, energy, climate and green growth complex VP Amadou Hott told Engineering News... 

AfDB optimistic about Eskom’s turnaround prospects
Photo by Creamer Media
AfDB power, energy, climate and green growth complex VP Amadou Hott

M&R expects significant improvement in interim HEPS

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 JSE-listed engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects a significant improvement in total earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. Basic EPS for the period are expected to increase by between 57% and 75% year-on-year to between 44c... 

Clough set to acquire Saulsbury’s oil and gas unit, EPC portfolio

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 Murray & Roberts (M&R) subsidiary Clough will acquire Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Saulsbury’s Gulf Coast downstream and chemical business unit, as well as its EPC portfolio, for $5.2-million.  In the statement issued on Tuesday, M&R CE Henry Laas... 

Balwin Rentals to acquire 4 544 rental apartments

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 JSE-listed Balwin Properties’ subsidiary Balwin Rentals has secured a right of first refusal to acquire 4 544 rental apartments that will be developed by Balwin. The developments are Greenpark, comprising 1 056 apartments, in Boksburg, which is expected to be completed by December 2021; Greenlee,... 

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Aveng to sell Infraset to Colossal Africa Consortium

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 JSE-listed Aveng has entered into a binding term sheet for the sale of the Aveng Infraset businesses, comprising the South African division and the Infraset business of the foreign subsidiaries of Aveng Africa, to the Colossal Africa Consortium. Infraset was identified as a noncore asset during... 

Vukile appoints Laurence Cohen CFO designate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Vukile Property Fund has appointed Laurence Cohen as CFO designate, effective March 1. He will succeed Vukile’s FD Mike Potts and be appointed to the Vukile board of directors on July 1, after Potts’ planned retirement on June 30. 

Vukile appoints Laurence Cohen CFO designate
Laurence Cohen

70 schools in SA red-flagged for structural defects

By: News24Wire      18th February 2019 A tragedy similar to the one at Hoërskool Driehoek is possible at 70 schools in South Africa, after they were red-flagged for structural defects. On February 1, the country mourned the death of four pupils after a concrete slab above a corridor at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark collapsed.... 

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will be closing the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Martizburg street to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume. The road closure will be in effect from 06:00 on February 28 until the end of October. Work on both carriageways is expected to be... 

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Damages to the underside of the Selby section of the M2 bridge

Gift of the Givers given green light to drill boreholes in water-scarce Makhanda

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 The Makana municipality has given the green light to disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers to start drilling boreholes as a medium-term solution to the Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) water crisis. The town has been without water for the better part of February. 

City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

Tanzania hydropower dam to cost more than double government estimate – study

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tanzania's Stiegler's Gorge Dam, due to be built on a Unesco World Heritage site, will cost more than double the government's estimates, an independent study showed on Thursday. In December, Tanzania signed a deal with two Egyptian companies, El Sewedy Electric Co and Arab Contractors, to build... 

Cesa optimistic after president’s address

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 The 2019 presidential address of industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather, which he delivered with cautious optimism, calling for a transparent drive for the betterment of the sector, sent out a strong message about the future of the civil engineering and... 

Cesa optimistic after president’s address
NERESH PATHER Procurement policies need to be formulated to embrace the long-term needs of projects

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

SA company receives  multibillion-dollar contract
SO MUCH DAM WATER The Snowy 2.0 project with reuse water through a pumping system to keep the grid running

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant
NO CROP CIRCLE The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant

Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

By: Nadine James     15th February 2019 Construction is a depressing place to be at the moment, says Hogan Lovells partner and construction head Clive Rumsey, citing the lack of large infrastructure projects, deriving from lacklustre economic growth and a backlog in tender adjudication, as some of the reasons why the sector is... 

Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

Green solution used for retaining walls

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex SA is working on a project that entails the supply of more than 12 000 geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags that are being used as a green wall solution rather than using conventional retaining blocks. The GSC bags – being supplied to a project in Salt Rock, on... 

Green solution used  for retaining walls
RETAINING THE GREENERY A green-wall solution was found to make retaining walls more aesthetically pleasing

Open day highlights new offerings from Upat

15th February 2019 Last month construction material and fastener distributor Upat hosted an open day at its head office in New Doornfontein, Gauteng, where customers were given a foretaste of the latest innovations which will be introduced locally in 2019. Upat provides solutions for construction, general industry,... 

Open day highlights new offerings from Upat
MEASURING UP The new Stabila app makes measuring information quicker to archive and easier to access

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo
PAVING THE WAY The mobile paver has a 3D integrated control system for varying offset applications
 

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