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PCC executive director Dr Crispian Olver
Delayed coal decommissioning won’t ‘collapse our climate commitments’
27th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is currently assessing the impact of South Africa’s decision to delay the decommissioning of the Hendrina, Grootvlei and Camden coal-fired power stations... 


Kenyan flag
Standard Bank undertakes largest student housing financing endeavour in Africa
27th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Financial services provider Standard Bank has partnered with global advisory firm MiDA Advisors and real estate developer Acorn Holdings to mobilise long-term blended finance commitments for green... 


Solar PV facilities made up 99 of the registrations, with total capacity of 499 MW and an investment cost of R9.9-billion
Nersa confirms registration of 105 more generators as overall number rises to 1 415
24th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it registered a further 105 generation facilities during the period from January to March 2024, raising to 1 415 the number of... 


A microscope view of a lichen spore which is a complex life form comprising a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms; a fungus and an algae
Algae offers new carbon emissions solution
24th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

Based on the concept that algae are a carbon-capture powerhouse, Austin, Texas biotech company Reactive Surfaces has invested over $2-million in the research and development of an algae-infused... 


Remote Metering Solutions (RMS) chief commercial officer Frikkie Malan
Smart metering to drive energy efficiency
24th May 2024

The age-old practice of monthly meter readings is drawing to a close in the face of the modern world’s dynamic and fluctuating energy demands says utility metering management solutions provider... 


executive sod turning ceremony
TNPA signs terminal operator agreement with Mnambithi Terminals in transformation deal
23rd May 2024 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a terminal operator agreement (TOA) with Mnambithi Terminals for the development of a liquid bulk facility at the port’s Maydon Wharf... 


Transnet train
TFR operating company head raises concern over ‘high tariff’ signalled in draft Network Statement
23rd May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Russell Baatjies has added his voice to industry-wide concerns being expressed about the high rail tariffs that would arise should the methodology included in a... 


Eskom’s has applied for permission to reserve scarce grid capacity for IPPs participating in public procurement bidding rounds
Presidency insists 22.5 GW private IPP pipeline won’t be disrupted by Eskom move to reserve grid for public projects
22nd May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency does not anticipate that Eskom’s move to reserve scarce grid capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement bidding rounds will disrupt the more... 


UN agency has launched a report on green business and financing in Africa
22nd May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Africa has major opportunities for green economic development and could become a world-leader in it, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Service Centre for Africa director Dr Matthias Naab... 


Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Eskom seeks Nersa permission to reserve grid capacity for public IPP procurement rounds
21st May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs)... 


GVK-Siya Zama-constructed student accommodation block in Cape Town
GVK completes 20-storey student housing block in Cape Town
20th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Privately owned construction company GVK-Siya Zama has completed construction of a 20-storey, 3 000-bed student accommodation block in Cape Town. The 77 000 m2 development also includes 6 700 m2 of... 


Silhouette of construction site and workers
BCIMA urges construction industry to increase safety measures in wake of George tragedy
20th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA) has called for a review of the safety practices on construction sites and the prioritisation of the health of construction workers... 


Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris
Energy trader reports strong market demand for green electricity from 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm
20th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Newly formed electricity trader Apollo Africa reports that it is experiencing strong demand from potential customers for the renewable electricity that will be produced from the grid-ready 210 MW... 


Development finance agency highlights Africa’s infrastructure needs and opportunities
17th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), which exists to catalyse private-sector investment in African infrastructure, on Friday released its latest report, State of Africa’s Infrastructure Report... 


The cleared site of a building collapse in George
George building collapse rescue, recovery operations wrapped up
17th May 2024 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell has confirmed that the rescue and recovery operation at the site of a building collapse, in... 


Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system
Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’
17th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean... 


The Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK
Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station
17th May 2024

Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is... 


A man in a R&D workshop working on Boiler monitoring technologies
Solutions provider helps manage emissions reduction
17th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

As a company that delivers modern, efficient solutions for oil and gas burner and boiler installations, Combustion Technology prides itself on its continuous carbon reduction cognisance, both for... 


The Msikaba bridge
Concor’s Msikaba bridge progresses to highly technical phases
16th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction at the Msikaba Bridge on the N2 in the Eastern Cape is set to move up a gear this year, with a number of challenging technical activities to be tackled. According to contractor Concor,... 


Alboricah Rathupetsane
Opinion: Time to open the floodgates on infrastructure development
16th May 2024

In this article, Stellenbosch University PhD student and Centre for Sustainability Transitions junior researcher Alboricah Rathupetsane writes about the impact of extreme weather events on South... 


Rescue and recovery efforts continue at the site of a building collapse in George
Rescue workers searching two remaining sections at George building collapse
16th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The George municipality says about 2 500 t of building rubble has been removed from the site of the collapsed building in the town, which has so far claimed the lives of 33 people. About 500 t of... 


Rescue efforts under way at a building collapse site in George, in the Western Cape
Forensic pathologists identify 18 of the 33 deceased in George building collapse
15th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Forensic Pathology Services have, as at 06:00 on May 15, identified 18 of the workers killed in the collapse of a partially built residential building in George. The death toll has reached 33,... 


Rubble being removed at the site of a building collapse in George
Pathology services seek to expedite identification as George building collapse death toll reaches 32
14th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) and the South African Police Service are planning to expedite the identification of persons killed in a building collapse in George, in the Western Cape, with only... 


The site of the building collapse in George
Death toll in George building collapse rises to 27
13th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The George municipality has reported that, as at 15:00 on May 13, 25 people still remain unaccounted for following last week's building collapse. The death toll has risen to 27, while 13 people... 


Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North
Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North
13th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The construction industry value-chain is at risk of collapsing as shrinking margins, unfair practices and payment issues continue to undermine the sector. This is according to members of the Master... 


Image of Raubex CEO Felicia Msiza
Raubex sees 28% bounce in its order book despite challenging environment
13th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Raubex saw a 28% jump in its order book for the financial year ended February 29, to R25.55-billion, compared with R20-billion in the previous financial year. “This is testimony to our diversified... 


AFC-led consortium financing large-scale road infrastructure development in Angola
10th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) announced on Friday the signing of a €381.5-million financing package for road transport infrastructure development in Angola. The AFC, founded in 2007, serves... 


A sniffer dog helping to search for survivors
George building collapse death toll rises to 12
10th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The George municipality has confirmed that three more bodies have been retrieved from the site of a collapsed building, taking the death toll to 12. Eighty-one people were on-site at the time of... 


UNDER PRESSURE
Mammoet was tasked to lift and skid an 850 t concrete tunnel section 40 m beneath railway lines in Belgium
Tunnel section installed emissions-free using battery power
10th May 2024

A standard skidding operation evolved into an opportunity for heavy lifting solutions provider Mammoet to showcase its ability to reduce the carbon footprint of civil projects while minimising... 


A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
Organisers expect record attendance at event
10th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by... 


Conditions still challenging, but contractors report noticeable uptick – MBA North
10th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Last year was one of the most challenging years the Master Builders Association (MBA) North has ever experienced, with many of its long-standing members entering business rescue or closing their... 


Battery storage
Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules
9th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The deadline for South Africa’s recently launched third battery energy storage bidding round, or bid window three (BW3), has been extended by three months to October 31, following a recent deadline... 


Underspending on repairs, maintenance impacting on Joburg infrastructure – JoburgCAN
9th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Following a decade of underspending on repairs and maintenance on infrastructure, JoburgCAN, an initiative of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), says it is “gravely concerned” over the... 


George building collapse
Hope fades for 44 trapped in collapsed South Africa building
9th May 2024 By: Reuters

Relatives of 44 construction workers trapped under a collapsed building in the South African city of George faced a fourth day of anguished waiting on Thursday as heavy machinery worked at the site... 


Port of Durban container operations
TPT to continue to invest in Durban Pier 2 while legal spat over private partner plays out
8th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says it will continue to invest in Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 while legal proceedings around its selection of International Container... 


A rescue worker and his dog search for survivors of the building collapse
Engineering organisations, labour dept urge patience as cause of George building collapse awaits determination
8th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Civil engineering and construction industry organisations the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and Master Builders South Africa... 


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