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AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

Commission approves M&R's buyout of Opti Power Projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2019 The Competition Commission has approved Murray & Roberts' (M&R's) proposed buyout of Opti Power Projects and Opti Power HR. Opti Power provides power transmission and distribution services. 

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and... 

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

Rescue practitioners seek another extension for Group Five plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2019 Group Five’s joint business rescue practitioners reported on Thursday that they would be approaching creditors to seek approval for yet another extension to the June 28 deadline for the publication of a business rescue plan. Initially a deadline of April 16 was set in line with a legal... 

Rescue practitioners seek another extension for Group Five plan

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2019 A South African wave-energy start-up is building a pioneering 1 MW pilot project, based on its patented homegrown design, which will supply clean electricity to a large-scale Hermanus abalone farm, in the Western Cape. Mean Sea Level (MSL) is developing the first-of-its-kind project with equity... 

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus
Photo by Mean Sea Level
Construction of 1 MW wave-energy pilot project under way in Hermanus

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg 

13th June 2019 Builders Warehouse opened its latest store in Boksburg, in April. The new 15 170 m2 box format store design entailed a new layout and look-and-feel to align with Builders’ digitalisation and counter-driven strategy. Marleny Arnoldi attended the opening. 

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg
Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg

Sustainable cities integral to combating climate change

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th June 2019 Combating the effects of climate change will require a collective response from developed and developing cities, which need to pursue the development of sustainable cities, regardless of the disparity between the biggest contributors to and those most affected by climate change. This was a key... 

Gauteng MEC to drive youth agenda in construction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2019 Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Tasneem Motara plans to establish a sector advisory panel to consider ways of bridging the gap between the vast number of youth in the province that need jobs and the skills needed by the construction industry. Motara, newly appointed in her position as... 

Tambo Springs, Gautrain projects to help grow province’s economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2019 In pursuit of growing the Gauteng economy through public infrastructure projects, Public Transport and Road Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo on Wednesday said Transnet’s Tambo Springs inland terminal formed part of the province’s drive to accelerate provincial and national economic growth.... 

Tambo Springs, Gautrain projects to help grow province’s economy
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
A panel of construction industry body representatives at Africa Construction Expo 2019

Black-owned asphalt firm opens its doors in Limpopo

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2019 Limpopo’s newest hot-mix asphalt manufacturing company has opened its doors. The 100% black-owned Maloka Machaba Surfacing (MM Surfacing) also offers road surfacing and logistics services. MM Surfacing co-owner and technical director Kate Machaba says the dream of owning and running her own... 

Black-owned asphalt firm opens its doors in Limpopo
Kate Machaba and Matshela Maloka

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 The United National Transport Union (Untu) wants the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to be moved from the Department of Transport to the Department of Public Enterprises, says Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens. This will place the entity where it belongs – under the same management as other... 

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union
Photo by UNTU
Rail infrastructure in Philippi in the Western Cape

Uganda plans to restore railway after high-speed upgrade delays

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2019 Uganda plans to invest $205-million in restoring a railway from the capital Kampala to the Kenyan border following delays to securing funding for a planned high-speed alternative to the route. The move will boost monthly freight capacity to 120 000 metric tons from the current 20 000 tons by... 

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable  concrete structures
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

Chinese company opens competence centre

7th June 2019 Multinational silicon products developer and manufacturer the WACKER Group has opened a new competence centre for cement and concrete applications in Shanghai, China. The laboratory will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions, which are able to improve the performance of cement and... 

Chinese company opens competence centre
Photo by Bloomberg
CEMENT INNOVATION The new competence center will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that improve the durability of cement and concrete

Supplier adds new crusher to range

7th June 2019 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has added the updated high-performance I54Rv3 impact crusher to the company’s range of screening and crushing equipment manufacturer McCloskey International crushing and screen plants. The I54Rv3 impact crusher, an advanced version... 

Supplier adds new  crusher to range
COMMENDABLE CRUSHING The I54Rv3 impact crusher operates efficiently in various applications. These include asphalt and concrete recycling, rock crushing, construction, mining and demolition

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has reduced the company’s carbon emissions, per ton of cement produced, by 35% from 1990 to 2018 and is focusing on further carbon reductions, sustainability and the implementation of the carbon tax in South Africa. “The 35% is close to the targets being... 

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions

New liner technology surpasses concrete protection alternatives

7th June 2019 Concrete protection liners specialist manufacturer AKS Lining Systems has taken the "cast-in" liner concept and developed its design through the development of Anchor Knob Sheet technology (AKS), which surpasses concrete protection alternatives on both cost-saving and performance. Concrete has... 

New liner technology surpasses concrete protection alternatives
DEMANDING CONDITIONS AKS is used in a diverse range of chemically aggressive applications such as mining, water treatment and conveyance of sewage

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has named a consortium led by black-empowerment group Southern Palace as the preferred bidder for a 20-year concession to build and operate a new R2.5-billion inland container terminal in southern Gauteng. The public­–private partnership, dubbed the... 

Southern Palace-led consortium named preferred bidder for R2.5bn Tambo Springs container terminal

South Africa’s wind power construction to peak at above 1 GW in 2020/21 – WoodMac 

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2019 Wind energy construction activity in South Africa will peak at more than 1 GW of capacity in 2020/21 as developers race to operationalise projects that were awarded during the fourth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme, says Wood Mackenzie... 

Dope-free tech used in three stand CRA pipes’ first run

31st May 2019 Stainless steels developer and manufacturer Sandvik’s SAF 2507 corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) pipes were used with dope-free technology to conduct the first ever run of CRA tubes in stands of three pipes (triples). The pipes were used by an international operator in a project involving wells to... 

Dope-free tech used in three stand CRA pipes’ first run
CRA TRIPLES TUBES CRA pipes have traditionally been run in singles as the threaded connections exhibit a higher tendency to galling and require a careful make-up

New stainless steel enclosure systems presented at trade fair

31st May 2019 Earlier this month, industrial enclosures provider Rittal presented its new stainless steel versions of the company’s AX and KX small and compact enclosure series and the VX25 enclosure system at this year’s international meat industry trade fair IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 4 to 9. While... 

New stainless steel enclosure systems presented at trade fair
CORROSION PROTECTION The VX25 large enclosure system is now available in a 100% stainless steel version to meet the strictest corrosion resistance standards

Company drives new stainless steel applications

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Owing to stainless steel being 100% reusable, local stainless steel distributor Stalcor is engaged in a drive to find new applications for stainless steel in which the metal can be used as an alternative to materials such as plastic, thereby providing a green solution, says Stalcor projects... 

Company drives new  stainless steel applications
CRUCIAL SAVINGS Cost-effective solutions and savings have become crucial as local and global markets contract, and as profitability in the sales cycle becomes more difficult

Ruland makes stainless steel oldham couplings

31st May 2019 Flexible couplings manufacturer Ruland Manufacturing now makes oldham coupling hubs from 303 stainless steel. This addition gives designers an off-the-shelf coupling to choose from when designing systems in corrosive, vacuum or cleanroom environments. 

Ruland makes stainless steel oldham couplings
MISALIGNMENT CAPABILITIES Stainless steel oldham couplings are well suited for corrosive, cleanroom and vacuum applications that require high misalignment capabilities

Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works 

30th May 2019 JSE-listed Redefine Properties continues to thrive amid a subdued environment, as a result of its strategy of investing where it believes the best market opportunities lie, while also catering to the demands of tenants. Simone Liedtke, who attended one of the company’s investor site visits, gives... 

Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works
Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works

Broad stakeholder engagement necessary to effect 'new dawn' – Cesa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2019 In keeping with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for a “new dawn” in South Africa’s economy, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) says it would like to see the reinstatement of stakeholder engagement processes in especially the construction industry. These processes are aimed at creating a... 

Broad stakeholder engagement necessary to effect 'new dawn' – Cesa
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell

Aveng says has received R133m for sale of Aveng Rail

By: African News Agency      28th May 2019 South African conglomerate Aveng said on Tuesday the sale of Aveng Rail as a going concern to Mathupha Capital had now become unconditional and the cash consideration of R133-million was received on May 24. Aveng, which is involved in steel, engineering, manufacturing, mining, concessions, public... 

Kenya engages World Bank for $750m loan for budget support

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 Kenya is negotiating with the World Bank for a $750-million loan for budgetary support, documents on the proposed funding posted on the lender's website showed on Tuesday. The East African nation has multiple development funding programmes, worth billions of dollars, with the Washington-based... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2019 Designer SMEC South Africa and construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Coastal have progressed in its work to replace the old swing bridge at the V&A Waterfront that connects the Pierhead and the Clock Tower precincts. The massive structure that is 42 m long and 4 m wide will need to be... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront
The swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

Growth in SA construction sector expected

24th May 2019 Since the highs last experienced just before the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the construction sector in South Africa and on the continent has yet to see an industry boom. South Africa experienced a technical recession in the first and second quarters of this year. Coupled with 2018’s economic... 

Growth in SA construction sector expected
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY The construction expo provides unique opportunities for the industry with 9 500 construction professionals from over 45 countries coming together to do business

Construction companies urged to streamline businesses

24th May 2019 With South Africa’s construction sector under growing pressure as a result of slow government infrastructure spending and a tightening economy, construction companies should be looking at ways to streamline their business processes, improve cash flow management and tighten risk management,... 

Construction companies urged to streamline businesses
ANDREW SKUDDER Challenges faced by the industry are compounded by the fact that many construction groups have not digitised operations such as cost-consulting

Software provides support for project’s design phase

By: Thabi Madiba     24th May 2019 To help avoid construction failures for building contractors and consulting engineers, construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer fixings SA’s design software FIXPERIENCE has been developed as a tool to provide safe, reliable and professional support for the design phases of construction... 

Software provides support for project’s design phase
Photo by Creamer Media
ON ITS KNEES The construction industry is currently “dismal and pitiful” considering the inherent infrastructure that exists in South Africa and the opportunities that abound

Full-size wheel loaders now boast advanced features

24th May 2019 Earthmoving equipment supplier CASE Construction Equipment South Africa’s range of full-size F-series wheel loaders has advanced features for faster operation, higher productivity, lower fuel consumption and improved safety on site. “The F-series wheel loaders, with reduced emissions, also offer... 

Full-size wheel  loaders now boast advanced features
EFFICIENT AND SAFE OPERATION There are four working modes – max, economy, normal and auto – which allow the operator to maximise productivity and reduce fuel consumption

Embattled sector necessitates cost containment measures – AfriSam

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2019 With the South African construction industry remaining under pressure and in a state of accelerated decline, the need to contain costs continues and correct specification of construction materials remains critical. Construction materials company AfriSam construction materials executive Avi Bhoora... 

Embattled sector necessitates cost containment measures – AfriSam
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
AVI BHOORA AfriSam remains hopeful that the country’s embattled construction industry is at the end of the downward cycle

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new liquid bulk handling facility at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, will be built to assist with the predicted future growth of petroleum product consumption in Africa. The terminal – for which civil construction is scheduled to start in July – will serve as a strategic... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

SACPCMP calls on construction industry to avoid being timid

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2019 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) has called on the South African construction industry to avoid being timid. In an address at Construction Industry Conversations forum, held last week, SACPCMP registrar Butcher Matutle encouraged the... 

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