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Infrastructure News

Approvals for Eskom’s ‘exciting’ grid-tied battery project expected in February 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the tender evaluation for Phase 1 of the utility’s battery energy storage systems (BESS) project has been completed and that he expects the final approvals to be in place in February. Speaking during a briefing on the state of the system on Thursday, De... 

Public Works to release RFP for renewable energy programme this quarter

By: Darren Parker     Updated 4 hours ago The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) in the first quarter of this year, it said in a statement on January 27. The iREREP will be the largest programme for... 

A photo of Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
Photo by Reuters
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

South Africa’s emergency power process nears another deadline

By: Bloomberg     Updated 7 hours ago South Africa has made faltering progress toward implementing plans announced more than two years ago to procure additional power needed to swiftly address crippling energy shortages. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy first issued a request for information from potential electricity... 

A Kapowership vessel

Greater accountability needed for underperforming construction contractors

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2022 Following concerns about the lengthy and litigious process to recoup money from underperforming construction contractors, the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements has requested that government enhance accountability mechanisms against contractors responsible for blocked and unfinished human... 

McKinsey pegs the price tag of a livable climate at $9.2tr a year

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 A new analysis from McKinsey & Co. estimates that the investment, in new infrastructure and systems, needed to meet international climate goals could be $9.2-trillion a year through 2050. That’s at least $3.5-trillion more a year than the world is currently laying out for both low-carbon and... 

Western Cape dept launches contractors' framework targeting women, youth

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th January 2022 The Western Cape Human Settlements Department has launched its contractors' framework, which aims to target particularly women- and youth-owned contractors. The department is inviting bids from engineering and construction contractors owned by historically disadvantaged individuals (HDIs) to... 

Schneider Electric launches green-focused business software suite

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is introducing an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure. The Infrastructure of the Future suite offers a holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies, while tackling the challenges... 

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

Globeleq's Malindi solar plant providing 40 MW of clean energy to Kenya grid

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The 52 MW Malindi solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Langobaya, Kenya, has been exporting 40 MW of power into the national grid since December 14. The $69-million solar plant, developed by independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq and its project partner Africa Energy Development Corporation... 

Aveng grows order book, expects solid interim performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 JSE-listed construction group Aveng has grown its order book to R29.1-billion as at December 31. This includes A$1.1-billion worth of work won by its Australia-focused subsidiary McConnell Dowell.  

Zimbabwe export farm's 510 kW solar PV and 1 MWh battery powering packhouse, cold storage

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 A 510 kW and 1 MWh solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage installation to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agricultural company Nhimbe Fresh has started generating electricity. The $1.4-million project was funded through a crowd-sale completed by solar leasing... 

DoT, PRASA rehabilitating, reopening Mabopane rail commuter line

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2022 The Department of Transport (DoT) and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are making progress with the R1.4-billion programme to upgrade infrastructure and implement refurbishments to reopen the Mabopane Corridor, with Pienaarspoort to Pretoria and Mabopane to Pretoria services... 

Attacq progresses Waterfall developments  

19th January 2022 Real estate investment trust Attacq is continuing to develop Waterfall City, its mixed-used development in Midrand, into a smart, safe and sustainable city. Tasneem Bulbulia expands. 

Attacq progresses Waterfall developments
Attacq progresses Waterfall developments

KZN has masterplan to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal has a masterplan in place to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport, which is undergoing a R72-million upgrade. During a visit to the airport this week, Premier Sihle Zikalala said that masterplan was expected to attract critical infrastructure investment in mixed-use... 

AFC raises $400m syndicated loan for post-pandemic recovery, infrastructure investment

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Private sector-led infrastructure finance provider the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has raised $400-million in a syndicated loan to support the post-pandemic recovery through critical development of infrastructure. The proceeds will facilitate upcoming infrastructure projects that address the... 

Green hydrogen best long-term opportunity to decarbonise hard-to-abate carbon emitters – Gungubele 

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 Hard-to-abate carbon emissions-intensive sectors – such as heavy-duty transport, aviation, maritime and heavy industries – may be able to reduce their emissions through the use of green hydrogen produced at a deep-water harbour facility in Boegoebaai, 60 km north of Port Nolloth. The Boegoebaai... 

Hydrogen from power graphic

Road rehabilitation between Kameeldrift, Ga-Rankuwa to start this week

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2022 Road management company Bakwena N1/N4 Platinum Highway will undertake major rehabilitation of the base layers in the left-hand lane on portions of the N4 between Kameeldrift and Ga-Rankuwa Interchanges as part of its 2022 planned maintenance programme. The detailed design for this work was... 

Tanzania, Burundi sign $900m railway deal to boost trade

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2022 Tanzania and Burundi have signed an agreement to build a $900-million railway that will connect the neighbouring East African nations. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a 282 km line from the western Tanzanian town of Uvinza to Burundi’s capital Gitega. Finance and... 

Stakeholders to visit Boegoebaai to kickstart green hydrogen project

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele will join a delegation from Sasol, Infrastructure South Africa and the Northern Cape provincial government in Port Nolloth on January 17 for a stakeholder engagement aimed at start a green hydrogen project in Boegoebaai. The meeting and site visit will... 

DWS prioritises Sedibeng water project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2022 The Sedibeng Regional Sewer Sanitation Scheme, which remains central to resolving the issues that affect the Vaal River System in the Emfuleni local municipality, has been prioritised by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and is part of the immediate scope of works that will be... 

A generic water image

Plan for decades of high commodity prices, BlackRock says

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2022 Commodities prices may stay high for decades as mining companies struggle to keep up with demand from the energy transition, according to BlackRock’s Evy Hambro. Raw materials, and shares of some companies that produce them, hit record highs last year as massive global stimulus measures... 

Opinion: The ocean economy is integral to the revival of the Eastern Cape's habitability

12th January 2022 With its immense resource wealth and potential to boost economic growth, employment and innovation, the ocean in the Eastern Cape could become the new economic frontier, writes Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development & Engagement Unit associate Bongani Mankewu. 

Bongani Mankewu

CoJ urges architects to submit building plans digitally

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th January 2022 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has urged architectural professionals to register building plans online going forward, given that the Department of Planning has migrated its Construction Permit Management System (CPMS) to a digital platform. This means doing away with paper-based manual... 

Parliament fire: Report finds sprinkler valve was not serviced for several years and was closed  

By: News24Wire      7th January 2022 The City of Cape Town fire department's post-incident report into the blaze that ravaged Parliament has confirmed that the National Assembly sprinkler valve was not serviced since 2017 and was closed at the time of the fire. The report also confirmed that the fire doors were latched open, which... 

Parliament Fire

Metrorail to resume services between Fish Hoek and Simon's Town stations

By: Schalk Burger     4th January 2022 Metrorail Western Cape will resume services between the Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town stations on January 5. This means all 29 stations between the Retreat station and the Simon’s Town station will be fully operational, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) said on January 4. 

Parliament blaze contained; National Assembly 'completely destroyed'

By: Reuters     4th January 2022 Authorities said on Tuesday they had finally contained a suspected arson fire at South Africa's parliament building after a second-day flare-up that completely destroyed the lower house National Assembly chamber. A 49-year-old man accused of setting the fire appeared in court to face five charges... 

Senior fire safety staff putting together findings on Parliament fire - City of Cape Town

By: News24Wire      3rd January 2022 Senior fire safety staff are putting together their findings after they looked into the cause of the fire that broke out at Parliament in Cape Town on Sunday. Their findings will be handed over to the police, mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said. 

Parliament building

Suspect arrested in connection with South African parliament fire

By: Reuters     2nd January 2022 A fire at the South African parliament caused extensive damage on Sunday, collapsing the roof and gutting an entire floor in one building and a man in his 50s was arrested in connection with the blaze. The fire broke out in the early morning and authorities said the sprinkler system appeared to... 

A fire at South Africa's Parliament in January 2022

Eskom to release Mpumalanga land to catalyse investments in sub-100 MW renewables projects  

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Eskom is preparing to release land in the coal-rich Mpumalanga province for sub-100 MW distributed electricity projects that can now be built without a licence and wheel electricity through the grid for self-consumption, or for sale to... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Opinion: Is South Africa’s new infrastructure investment plan key to a revitalised construction sector? 

14th December 2021 In this opinion article, Aprio Strategic Communications founder Julian Gwillim writes about how infrastructure investment could benefit South Africa's struggling construction sector, but implementation of government's ambitious infrastructure investment plan is key. 

Aprio Strategic Communications founder Julian Gwillim

Energy expert makes case for solar-wind-storage only IRP with game changing ‘superpower’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2021 An Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) comprising only solar, wind and storage (SWS) would deliver not only a load-shedding-free electricity supply industry but also create the platform for new industries to be built on near-zero-marginal-cost excess green electricity, a South African energy expert... 

Clyde Mallinson
Clyde Mallinson

Mchunu sets up Water Political Steering Committee in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Yvonne Silaule     10th December 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has established a Water Political Steering Committee in KwaZulu-Natal to tackle water challenges in the province. The committee, chaired by the Minister, includes Premier Sihle Zikalala, Water and Sanitation Deputy Ministers Dikeledi Magadzi and David... 

Multiple energy projects meet industry demands

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th December 2021 Renewable-energy provider Africa Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is developing multiple renewable-energy projects across South Africa. “We are developing a 10 MW biomass plant, in Mpumalanga, which will provide power for the surrounding mines in the area. We are also developing a 2.8 MW... 

ACES Renewables technical project manager Tumelo Lekalakala
TUMELO LEKALAKALA Considering the location of these projects, ACES Renewables intends to supply renewable energy to industrial, manufacturing and mining sectors

TASEZ on road to completion

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has expanded and updated the traffic impact assessment for the larger Tshwane area affected by the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The assessment indicated that eight major road intersections must... 

An ariel view of the TASEZ Phase 1 project
ARIEL VIEW OF TASEZ PHASE 1 Zutari has provided engineering service for the project

Road tech can improve road longevity, safety

By: Cameron Mackay     10th December 2021 Engineering consultancy WSP has incorporated technologies that compensate for the potential longer time span between maintenance interventions for the rehabilitation of a 27 km section of road in Gauteng, says WSP director Marshall Muthen. The project, set to begin in January, involves a section... 

Road rehabilitation project initiated

By: Cameron Mackay     10th December 2021 A Gauteng rehabilitation project that entails a 27 km section of road – from the D483 / P6-1 intersection, close to Bapsfontein, in Ekurhuleni, to the D483/D713 intersection, in Cullinan, in Tshwane – began last month. This comes after a construction contractor was appointed for the project last... 

As global steel industry mulls sustainable solutions, SA urged to ‘green’ iron-ore

By: Nadine James     10th December 2021 Producing ‘green steel’ in South Africa might be a distant dream, but exporting ‘green iron-ore’ is achievable in the medium term, says Afriforesight materials engineer and project innovation manager Dr Brandon Davoren. Amid the global trend towards sustainability and in the wake of the... 

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