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Govt turns to private sector to fix public sector facilities
Govt turns to private sector to fix public sector facilities
19th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Given the current economic downturn, government does not have the resources to look after all of its assets, says Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) property management trading... 


As govt skills falter, Infrastructure SA gets R600m boost from Treasury for projects to reach financial close
As govt skills falter, Infrastructure SA gets R600m boost from Treasury for projects to reach financial close
19th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

National Treasury has allocated Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) a budget of R600-million over three years to “prepare projects”, says ISA head Mameetse Masemola. Addressing a media conference at... 


Thirty-one countries to start trading under AfCFTA Agreement this year
18th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid the increasing importance of intra-African trade, 31 countries are expected to start trading under the African Continental FreeTrade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement by the end of the year, South... 


Cape Town aims to invest R43bn in infrastructure over next three years – mayor
15th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city will invest R43-billion in infrastructure over the next three years. The ten-year project pipeline is valued at R120-billion. 


An image of Mpho Mookapele
Specialised energy, water management programmes to be implemented
15th March 2024

Skills development authority, the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) says that it is developing and implementing specialised renewable-energy and water management... 


Ceta invests R180m in training initiatives
14th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has allocated about R180-million to fund various training initiatives, which is set to benefit 2 267 learners across all nine provinces.... 


Industrial Gas Users Association of South Africa executive director Jaco Human
Industrial gas users prepare to make ‘orderly transition’ case at crunch gas-cliff meeting
14th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The creation of a formal public-private platform to assess solutions to a pending “gas cliff” for industrial consumers in South Africa points to the fact that the issue is finally being taken... 


Wind turbine at sunrise
IPPO confirms May 30 renewables bid deadline as it moves to accommodate grid quotes and curtailment
13th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has confirmed that the deadline for submissions under Bid Window Seven (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 


worker's hands, laying cement
Built Environment Indaba to address substandard project delivery, other challenges
12th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

Poor-quality projects, site invasions and inadequate transformation are some of the key issues that will be addressed at the inaugural Built Environment Indaba, which will be held at the Gallagher... 


Port of Richards Bay
Zululand Energy Terminal partners test market appetite for LNG services
12th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Vopak Terminal Durban & Transnet Pipelines joint venture selected recently as the preferred bidder for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Richards Bay has issued an expression... 


FNB/BER building confidence index ‘nosedives’ to 27 in the first quarter
11th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index dropped by 16 points to 27 in the first quarter of this year, from 43 in the fourth quarter of 2023, and four of the six sectors surveyed recorded a decline in... 


WBHO’s head office goes green in R20m project
WBHO’s head office goes green in R20m project
11th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) is installing large-scale solar panel arrays on the rooftops of three buildings of its headquarters in Johannesburg. The first of the three... 


Substation with wind turbines in the background
Curtailment framework in play for current renewables bidding round, Ramokgopa confirms
11th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa and the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) have both confirmed that the curtailment framework outlined by Eskom in January is immediately available... 


Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo
Mgojo says collaborative efforts will enable Transnet to report higher volumes than initially forecast
8th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo reports that the collaboration between business and government to turn around the performance of Transnet could result in the struggling... 


Infrastructure Fund chief investment officer Mohale Rakgate
Fund requesting RFPs for infrastructure projects worth R70bn
7th March 2024 By: Nadine James

Infrastructure Fund chief investment officer Mohale Rakgate has reported that various strategic projects identified through government, and in previous Sustainable Infrastructure Development... 


Construction of Turffontein Clinic resumes
7th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The construction of Turffontein Clinic has restarted following a temporary stoppage, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) says in a statement. The two-storey, 1 870 m² facility is said to be... 


Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas
M&R weighing capital-light re-entry into Australian mining market
7th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it still intends to regain a foothold in the Australian mining market, which it lost when RUC’s Australian holding company entered voluntary administration in... 


Cape Town receiving GIZ support for embedded generation, utility sustainability plans
6th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The City of Cape Town is receiving support from German development agency the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through an embedded generation adviser and seconded... 


Image of WBHO housing project in Lesotho
‘It’s not all doom and gloom in our space’ – WBHO boss
6th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

With a total pipeline of work of R240-billion, up from R211-billion in June, Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) short- to medium-term future “should be okay”, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “It’s not... 


Kusile stack
Eskom says it is on track for permanent repair of Kusile stack by December
5th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom insists it is on track to complete the repairs to the ducts in the west stack at the Kusile power station by December 2024, ahead of the March 31, 2025, deadline set by the Department of... 


Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Solar, battery, inverter imports surged to R70bn in 2023 as wind turbines recovered from two-year lull
4th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South African imports of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and inverters climbed to a record $3.8-billion last year, or about R70-billion, while imports of wind turbines began to recover... 


Port of Durban
TNPA to appoint developer soon for common-user infrastructure required for LNG terminal
4th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) expects to appoint a developer within months for the common-user infrastructure required to support the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG)... 


Coal station
Assessment of Eskom coal fleet warns ‘fixation on the EAF is a dead end’
1st March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

An expert assessment of the state of Eskom’s 14 coal-fired power stations conducted between March and May 2023 describes the prevailing “fixation” on the coal fleet’s energy availability factor... 


National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse
PPP reforms could avert need for prescribed-assets policy to increase private infrastructure investment – Pieterse
1st March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse says the reforms being proposed to facilitate greater private sector investment into infrastructure could obviate the need to introduce a... 


TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION
3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector
3D concrete printer stands to benefit South African construction
1st March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

The development of fit-for-purpose machinery, made in South Africa and for African conditions, such as three-dimensional (3D) concrete printing, stands to offer the construction industry enhanced... 


M&R to report narrowed losses, improved capital structure
29th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed engineering and contracting services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) on February 29 said it has made meaningful progress towards implementing a sustainable capital structure. In a trading... 


TFR train
Business sees appointment of Phillips as key step in accelerating Transnet Recovery Plan
29th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Organised business says the appointment of a permanent executive team at Transnet – led by CEO Michelle Phillips, who has been acting in the role since September and who has been with the utility... 


Collaboration, strategic partnerships needed to tackle infrastructure challenges
28th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships are needed to address the pressing challenges facing the infrastructure sector, says industry association South African Institution of Civil... 


Lineworkers work on a high-voltage powerline
Settling on funding solutions for expedited grid infrastructure set as a Just Energy Transition Investment Plan priority
27th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Finalising funding solutions for the expedited expansion of South Africa’s electricity transmission grid has been identified as a key priority for the Just Energy Transition (JET) project... 


Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol prioritising coal de-stoning investment as it seeks to allay fears over big Secunda output dip
26th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Energy and chemicals group Sasol has moved to address investor concerns that its yearly production at Secunda will need to fall to only 6.7-million tons for it to meet its goal of reducing the... 


Grid infrastrucuture
Ramokgopa says govt close to finalising structure for private grid financing
26th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says all the work being done by government on the financial structure to facilitate private investment into the country’s transmission infrastructure is... 


Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine
Budget shows an economy treading water, not collapsing – Jammine
23rd February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Although Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Budget, delivered on February 21, seemed somewhat prudent, Econometrix director and chief economist Dr Azar Jammine said there was not much in it to... 


Construction worker
Proposed reforms to PPP framework to accelerate infrastructure delivery welcomed
22nd February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

There has been positive, albeit cautious, reaction to the reforms announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to improve infrastructure financing and delivery and attract private sector... 


New infrastructure finance, implementation support agency to be established to support PPPs
21st February 2024 By: Darren Parker

National Treasury has revealed the planned establishment of an infrastructure finance and implementation support agency during the 2024/25 fiscal year to coordinate the planning and preparation of... 


Power lines
RFP for private transmission investment to be launched in July
21st February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government will release a request for proposals (RFP) in the coming months seeking private sector investment into a pilot electricity grid infrastructure project. The National... 


Incoming Aveng CEO Scott Cummins
No immediate plan to list Aveng in Australia, but future listing likely amid change in reporting currency to Aussie dollar
20th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

JSE-listed Aveng, which recently relocated is management epicentre to Australia and changed its reporting currency from South African rands to Australian dollars, has no immediate intention of... 


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