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Infrastructure News

Eskom’s R178bn grid plan points to ‘scary’ step change in expansionary capex 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has outlined a R178-billion grid investment plan for the coming ten years, which is premised on a dramatic acceleration of expansionary capital expenditure. The Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for the period 2022 to 2031 is largely geared towards... 

City reports steady progress on Selby BRT depot

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) says the Selby Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) depot is progressing towards practical completion in one of the heavier industrial nodes in the inner city. The depot will minimise traffic congestion between depots and route starting points and will also be used for... 

Opinion: Breaking the stranglehold on growth and recovery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2021 In this opinion article, South African National Roads Agency Limited N2 Wild Coast Road lead project manager Craig McLachlan writes about how investment in road infrastructure can support South Africa's post-Covid-19 economic recovery. 

A photo of Sanral N2 Wild Coast Road lead project manger Craig McLachlan

Civil engineering industry signs three-year wage agreement

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2021 A three-year wage agreement has been signed by parties to the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI), which will see workers getting a wage increase of 4.8% during the first year to the end of August 2022 and 0.75% above consumer price inflation for the following two years... 

Just Energy Transition to result in 300 000 new energy jobs over ten years – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 Ongoing analysis and work done by various groups into the so-called Just Energy Transition (JET) points to the potential creation of 300 000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in South Africa’s electricity sector over the next decade, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said on October 22. He added that... 

South Africa to set up finance workstream to assess climate-finance offers 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2021 The South African government is set to establish a high-level technical workstream, which will work under the direction of a Cabinet subcommittee, to evaluate possible concessional finance offers that could be made in support of the country’s just energy transition strategy. The workstream is yet... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

South Africa’s integrated energy policy ‘vacuum’ discouraging investment, report warns 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 The continued absence of a long-term vision for South Africa’s energy sector is creating a policy “vacuum” and undermining investment, the 2021 edition of the South African Energy Risk Report states. Published by the South African National Energy Association (Sanea), the report highlights that... 

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R1.5bn allocated to assist businesses affected by July civil unrest

By: Donna Slater     20th October 2021 Money pooled by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the National Empowerment Fund and the Solidarity Fund to address disruption and losses to businesses affected by the mid-July civil unrest has amounted to R1.5-billion. Trade,... 

Afrimat funds bulk water-link for Olifantshoek community

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2021 Afrimat’s Demaneng Mine has contributed undisclosed funds toward the construction of a bulk link line from three boreholes to a 7 ML reservoir to alleviate prevailing water issues in Olifantshoek, in the Northern Cape. The two-phase project followed the reporting to Afrimat management by Demaneng... 

South Africa’s electricity woes continue to place manufacturing at risk 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2021 The lack of reliable electricity supply is not only leading to lost production and increased costs across South Africa’s shrinking manufacturing sector, but has left enterprises unable to plan, invest and grow, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth warned on Tuesday. Speaking... 

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Hatch Africa chairperson awarded Royal Academy of Engineering honorary fellowship

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 UK-based national academy of engineering the Royal Academy of Engineering has named engineering consultancy Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba an honorary fellow of the academy, recognising him for his “exceptional” contributions, innovative leadership and remarkable achievements. Goba, who... 

An image of Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba
Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba

Creecy says a climate finance breakthrough is key to COP26 success 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says a breakthrough is needed at COP26 on the issue of climate finance, warning that the failure of developed countries to honour their $100-billion-a-year commitments has led a breakdown of trust. Addressing a virtual... 

South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

AIIM successfully raises R5bn for infrastructure in SADC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2021 Private equity fund manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has successfully completed a capital increase of R5.5-billion for its flagship Southern African Development Community (SADC) infrastructure fund called the Ideas Managed Fund. The fundraise exceeds an initial... 

South African building industry in line for more State support

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2021 South Africa’s government is planning more measures to bolster its ailing building industry after banning the use of imported cement on state construction projects. “Government is undertaking research across a range of construction-related products where there appears to be significant potential... 

Sustaining water supply requires innovation

15th October 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu pleaded with water sector stakeholders to rally behind ensuring that water supply exceeds water demand during his keynote address at the fifth Water Research Commission Symposium held on September 20. The symposium was also attended by Kenyan High... 

A photo of Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu
SENZO MCHUNU Technologies that can use less water or no water at all are the future of our country, the continent, and the global community

Reservior awaits commissioning

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 A 25 Mℓ reservoir on Dann road in Glen Marais, Kempton Park, in Gauteng, has still not been commissioned, despite being completed in November 2018 at a cost of about R48-million. Almost three years after construction was completed, the reservoir remains empty and unused. 

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION The City of Ekurhuleni is busy building several large reservoirs across the city as part of a long-term water security plan

Electricity wheeling can reduce load-shedding risk if legal, technical uncertainties are addressed

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Tariffs and the legal framework governing the wheeling of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), which are taking advantage of the recently declared 100 MW licence threshold, will be key factors in IPPs’ ability and willingness to feed surplus power into regional and national power... 

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Digital platforms mitigate water processing risks

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted significant risks to water processing operations across various sectors. All of these sectors depend on these operations being fully operational and for maintenance services to function properly, says water technology and services company Veolia Services... 

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HUBGRADE Hubgrade is part of the quality improvement process continuously adopted by Veolia for clients

Desalination plant reaches key milestone

By: Darren Parker     15th October 2021 The Ndlambe seawater reverse osmosis plant in Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape, reached the milestone of having pumped 100-million litres of potable quality water into the municipal reticulation system last month, providing relief for the drought-stricken region. “The desalination plant was... 

A photo of four people outside toasting one another with glasses of clean water at a water processing plant
CHEERS Stakeholders celebrate 100-million litres of potable quality water being pumped into the Ndlambe municipal reticulation system

Eskom aiming to secure concessional funding for R400bn just energy transition project pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has identified a pipeline of ‘just energy transition’ projects valued at about R400-billion that it will seek to fund using concessional finance raised from international financiers that have committed to supporting decarbonisation initiatives in developing... 

Photo of Eskom's rock-man statue at Megawatt Park

Vantage to build R15bn data centre in Waterfall City

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2021 Data centre multinational Vantage Data Centers plans to invest more than R15‐billion to build its first‐ever African campus, which will be based in the mixed-use precinct Waterfall City. The 80 MW campus will help foster economic growth, stimulate job creation and use an energy‐efficient design,... 

An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City
An artist's impression of the Vantage data centre to be built at Waterfall City

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises - study 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new... 

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SepHold share price rallies owing to Treasury’s imported cement circular

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2021 JSE-listed SepHold has commented on its recent share price rally and given an update on Dangote Cement SA’s (SepCem) kiln outage. In an October 12 statement, SepHold noted that the National Treasury had issued a circular effectively banning imported cement in government-funded projects from... 

IEA warns of more energy market volatility as transition investment lags 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 There is a looming risk of more turbulence ahead for energy markets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook publication. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs, and uncertainties over policies and demand trajectories create a... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

South Africa has potential to unlock decarbonised chemicals sector, new study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2021 If South Africa can unlock disruptive technology, in particular green hydrogen, it could decarbonise its petrochemicals and chemicals sectors and become a leading global producer of green fuels and chemicals for both domestic use and export. The outlook for South Africa’s crude refineries,... 

Sasol is studying the production of sustainable aviation fuels using green hydrogen at Secunda (pictured) instead of hydrogen from coal
Sasol is studying the production of sustainable aviation fuels using green hydrogen at Secunda (pictured) instead of hydrogen from coal

City launches app, WhatsApp chatbot to improve pothole reporting

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg, together with Discovery Insure and Dialdirect Insurance, have launched a new ‘Pothole Patrol’ app and WhatsApp-bot to fast-track the ongoing war on potholes across the city. Launched on October 12, the smart mobility initiative is set to enable the speedy reporting of... 

DP World, CDC pledge $1.7bn infrastructure spending in Africa ports deal

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2021 DP World and CDC Group have formed a partnership to develop ports in Africa and committed to spending $1.72-billion on infrastructure over the next few years. DP World, which is based in Dubai and is one of the world’s biggest port operators, will invest $1-billion in facilities including in... 

Bidding process initiated for Ngqura manganese export terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for service providers able to offer a technical solution for a proposed greenfields manganese export terminal at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The CDC has been appointed as the implementing agent... 

Transnet building at Port of Ngqura
Transnet building at Port of Ngqura

Cesa to hold Aon Engineering Excellence Awards in November

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 Industry organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has announced that the forty-ninth Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and professionalism, will be held virtually on November 10. The awards provide a platform to... 

Sanral starts mobilising for R430m upgrade of Breidbach, Belstone interchanges

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says the R430-million upgrade of the Breidbach and Belstone interchanges in King William’s Town will create an estimated 200 job opportunities for the local community, ease mobility between East London and King William’s Town and improve... 

Raubex invests in Mpumalanga vanadium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2021 ASX-listed Vanadium Resources (VR8) has entered into a A$4.6-million subscription agreement with South African construction and mining services company Raubex, which will inject the investment for development of a vanadium project. In return for the investment premium, VR8 associate company... 

CDC welcomes DHL to Coega SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has welcomed international courier and package delivery company DHL as an investor in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape. DHL has invested in a distribution warehouse in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ. 

Vandalism attempt causes R1m damage to rail infrastructure in Cape Town, service affected for a week

By: News24Wire      11th October 2021 Vandalism to Metrorail infrastructure in Cape Town has resulted in more than R1-million worth of damage and has shut down the False Bay section of the rail service for a week. On Sunday, Metrorail's Protection Services prevented the theft of an 11 kV line but, in the process, the suspects threw... 

Ramaphosa lends his weight to plans for raising concessional funding for ‘just transition’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has doubled down on his argument that South Africa needs to act with “urgency and ambition” in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, but stressed that such increased ambition could not be achieved without financial support from developed economies. In his latest weekly... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Progress in tourism, infrastructure must be fast-tracked, BLSA says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2021 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says in her weekly newsletter that there were two positive moves last week for two important economic themes that the organisation has long been championing – tourism and infrastructure investment. She notes that there... 

Wind industry to approach DMRE with pitch for unlocking domestic value-chains from $8bn roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2021 The domestic wind industry plans to approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) with a series of recommendations for boosting local content and direct South African involvement in the deployment of 4 300 MW of new wind capacity over the coming three years. The proposals focus... 

Photo of a blade being attached to a wind rotor
Domestic supply chain to be stretched as some 800 turbines are manufactured, transported, and installed over the coming three years
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