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Construction News

Expansion set for completion

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has announced that the expansion of the R14-million bulk water supply project in Underberg, for the Harry Gwala district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed and handed over by the end of this month. “The project addresses... 

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 According to a rough consensus derived from its end customers and partners, about 38% of South Africa’s produced water is non-revenue water, but water technology company Xylem Water Solutions South Africa says its key technologies assist in addressing this challenge. Non-revenue water is water... 

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss
SMART DETECTIVE The Smart Ball water leak detection an assessment tool can be deployed without having to disrupt the flow within the system

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 In a capital-constrained Covid-19-affected market, gas-fired generators offer the advantage of a relatively low upfront capital cost, compared with coal- or diesel-fired alternatives, says energy solutions company GE Gas Power Sub-Saharan Africa  executive Nosizwe Dlengezele. She adds that it is... 

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost
NOSIZWE DLENGEZELE Gas plays an important role in bridging the energy gap to help create a lower-carbon energy future

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

Data-driven approach for water approached

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The time to apply a data-driven approach to optimise water distribution in South Africa is now, says consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group director Bongani Dladla. “This could be the country’s catalyst for digital transformation – the point when municipalities start using technology... 

Data-driven approach for water approached
TANK TRACING A data-driven approach will help optimise water use and its infrastructure suggest Royal HaskoningDHV

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Steel products and related services company Structa Group recently launched the marketing drive for its new Circotank brand, which offers a range of rolled sectional steel tanks. Circotank is manufactured from galvanised steel sheet, cold rolled, with a stiffening profile.  

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched
TANK TOP The Maxi range of tanks offers water storage capacity of up to 1.5Mℓ

Independent grid and market operator ‘required’ to attract much-needed generation investment – De Ruyter  

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has drawn a direct link between securing the investment required to address South Africa’s growth-sapping electricity supply gaps – including some R100-billion to further develop the grid in ways to unlock what will be mostly private generation investment ­– and the... 

Independent grid and market operator ‘required’ to attract much-needed generation investment – De Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Ramaphosa promises rapid power roll-out, but two-year timeframe for solving crisis ambitious 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa listed the rapid expansion of South Africa’s electricity generation, primarily through the building of additional renewable-energy capacity, as a key priority in government’s long-waited ‘Reconstruction and Recovery Plan’, which he unveiled in Parliament on Thursday. The... 

Ramaphosa promises rapid power roll-out, but two-year timeframe for solving crisis ambitious
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Decline in global steel demand to be less than expected -Worldsteel

By: Reuters     15th October 2020 The coronavirus-related decline in global steel demand this year will be less than expected at 2.4% after a buoyant recovery in China, the World Steel Association (WSA) said on Thursday. The industry group made a downward revision to its June forecast of a 6.4% decline this year after heavy... 

Infrastructure, industrial growth central to Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has earmarked infrastructure development as one of the first and most important parts of the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. Considering that infrastructure has the immense potential to stimulate investment and growth to develop other economic... 

DTIC approves R50m for Phase 1 revitalisation of Dimbaza industrial park

By: Yvonne Silaule     15th October 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has approved R50-million for the first phase of the revitalisation of the Dimbaza industrial park, in the Eastern Cape, as part of the process of the National Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme. The revitalisation work includes the... 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory  

15th October 2020 Drive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive on October 1 started construction on its new R200-million head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg. 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory
SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory

Academia, industry must be involved for railway concessions to be successful, says NMU associate

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 The ensure the success of railway concessions, Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development and Engagement Unit (ID&EU) associate Bongani Mankewu says government “must fathom the significant role to be played by academia and the industry”. He explains that the inception of concessioning... 

Civil engineering council now has over 1 500 members

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 Another 373 firms have registered for membership of the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI), meaning that “companies in the civil engineering sector continue to recognise the value” of the council, says BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley. This brought the total number... 

Civil engineering council now has over 1 500 members
BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley

Sanral signs MoU with Safcec to prioritise small contractor development 

By: Irma Venter     14th 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... 

Sanral signs MoU with Safcec to prioritise small contractor development

78 MW Bokamoso solar park begins commercial operations

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2020 Another large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project procured under the fourth bid window of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has entered into commercial operation. The fourth bid window eventually closed in 2018, following a four-year... 

78 MW Bokamoso solar park begins commercial operations
The 78 MW Bokamoso Solar Park

Property fund Equites says collection rate remains high 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2020 Logistics real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund has recorded solid results, remained disciplined in capital allocation and protected its balance sheet during the six months ended August 31, despite the challenging macroeconomic challenges in the UK and South Africa. Equites on... 

Property fund Equites says collection rate remains high
CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan, COO Riaan Gous, and CFO Laila Razack outline the company’s strategy execution and performance for the six months ended August 31.

Solar ‘new king’ of electricity, but shift to net zero will require ‘unwavering efforts from all’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared solar the “new king” of electricity, arguing that, while renewables technologies as a whole are poised for rapid growth over the coming several decades, solar will be “at the centre of this new constellation of electricity generation... 

Solar ‘new king’ of electricity, but shift to net zero will require ‘unwavering efforts from all’

Balwin's interim results reflect lockdown's impact on its construction activity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2020 JSE-listed Balwin Properties' results for the six-month period to August 31 reflect the "unprecedented and evolving market conditions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic", the group said on October 12. As a result of the outbreak and the response implemented by the South African government... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.

Arrowhead nears total disposal target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2020 JSE-listed Arrowhead Properties’ sales pipeline has grown by a further R170-million to R1.43-billion, after the real estate investment trust reported a sales pipeline amount of R1.26-billion in September. Additionally, Arrowhead advised that it had since transferred 11 sales, valued at... 

Infrastructure plan good news for battered metals industry – Seifsa chair

9th October 2020 In his address during the 2020 edition of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa's presidential breakfast on October 9, outgoing president and chairperson Elias Monage reflected on what has been another difficult year for the metals and engineering sector. He expressed... 

Infrastructure plan good news for battered metals industry – Seifsa chair
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Elias Monage

PPC says trading conditions have improved in recent months

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2020 Although JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC's financial performance weakened in the financial year ended March 31, actions taken during the period to reposition the company to deliver sustainable value for stakeholders “are beginning to yield results”. After the resumption of trading in the 2021... 

PPC says trading conditions have improved in recent months
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Dewatering solutions suited for versatile applications

9th October 2020 Industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco’s WEDA electric submersible pump series offers dewatering solutions for the construction, industrial, agriculture, emergency and maintenance sectors, featuring unrivalled performance, efficiency, reliability and flexibility. 

Dewatering solutions suited for versatile applications
DEWATERING SOLUTIONS WEDA D drainage pumps are designed to pump water containing abrasive solids of 4 mm to 12 mm diameter

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility

By: Cameron Mackay     9th October 2020 Special fire-risk protection equipment supplier DoseTech has supplied a comprehensive fire-protection system to a new bulk fuel offloading wharf that is being built at the Port of Ngqura harbour, north-east of Port Elizabeth. The system includes a foam dosing system and remote-controlled... 

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility
SAFE HARBOUR Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system

GVK-Siya Zama launches dedicated civils unit

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Construction company GVK-Siya Zama has added a dedicated civils unit to its operational offering.  Through this unit, the company aims to create jobs and improve society by filling the void left by many companies in the construction industry that had to close their doors. 

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity

9th October 2020 Included in equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s range of equipment manufacturer Kito lifting equipment, is the durable Kito high-speed CB manual chain hoist series, which is suitable for use in shipbuilding and restorations. These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds... 

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity
VERSATILE HOISTING These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2020 Energy expert Clyde Mallinson is calling on government to urgently overhaul its Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says not only fails to address the country’s immediate electricity needs, but will also lock in dirty and expensive energy for the... 

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power
Clyde Mallinson

World Bank forecasts ‘weak’ recovery for South Africa from Covid-19 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2020 The World Bank expects South Africa’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic to be weak relative to most other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, forecasting an economic expansion of only 2.6% in 2021 on the back of a massive 7.2% contraction this year. In its latest ‘Africa’s Pulse’ publication, the... 

World Bank forecasts ‘weak’ recovery for South Africa from Covid-19
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World Bank highlights power reforms in South Africa to reduce dependence on Eskom

WCPDF calls for self-certification to rescue property development sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Countries globally are increasingly turning to self-certification to combat public sector bottlenecks that result in serious application backlogs and that impede the building process. South Africa urgently needs to do the same for an industry that was in rescue mode even before Covid-19, the... 

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2020 Bombardier Transportation, one of four companies to secure a contract to supply 1 064 electric and diesel  locomotives to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in 2015, reports that it is continuing to execute on the contract, despite the fact that a dispute resolution process is ongoing. In 2019, Transnet... 

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues
The TRAXX AFRICA locomotives delivered to date have been deployed to support the export of manganese ore

Afrimat earnings slowly rise following pandemic impact

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2020 Industrial minerals and building materials supplier Afrimat is expecting to report headline earnings a share of between 181.9c and 191c for the six months ended August 31, representing an increase of between 0% and 5% year-on-year. Earnings a share are expected to be between 183.5c and 192.7c,... 

Umhlanga Arch opens its doors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2020 After four years of planning and development, The Multiply Group and Devmco Group have announced the opening of Umhlanga Arch, in KwaZulu-Natal. A statement by the developers says the R1.3-billion development will redefine city living, introducing a dynamic lifestyle to South Africa and... 

Umhlanga Arch opens its doors
Umhlanga Arch, in KwaZulu-Natal

Nersa granted leave to appeal R69bn Eskom equity judgment 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has been granted leave to appeal the July 28 High Court decision relating to the recovery of R69-billion of government equity, which the court judged had been illegally deducted by Nersa from Eskom’s allowable revenue for the period 2019/20 to... 

Nersa granted leave to appeal R69bn Eskom equity judgment
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim at Nersa hearings into Eskom's allowable revenue in 2019

Johannesburg mayor warns rogue business forums not to delay projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2020 Johannesburg Executive Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo has warned "business forums" not to interfere in service delivery projects. “The stopping of service delivery projects by business forums will not be tolerated as it delays the completion of projects and the provision of much-needed service to the... 

Inaugural public−private training programme for African infrastructure sector starts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2020 The Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) and Meridian have announced the start of training for the first cohort of fellows of the Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program (AIFP). The AIFP is a public−private initiative designed to upskill African government infrastructure specialists and enable... 

CESA touts technical expertise as route to economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2020 The absence of technical expertise in infrastructure procurement is starting to have an increasingly adverse effect on the quality and sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure, laments industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA). The association says the country needs to be... 

CESA touts technical expertise as route to economic growth
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