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Godongwana reiterates govt's commitment to structural reforms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th November 2021 The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) for the next three years up to 2024/25 details how government is accelerating various structural reforms to promote growth, while keeping fiscal consolidation on course to narrow its budget deficit and stabilise debt. Delivering the MTBPS on... 

Consulting engineering firms realise exceptional projects in a difficult year

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and professional services multinational Aon South Africa on November 10 recognised excellence in the consulting engineering fraternity in what was a difficult year for infrastructure and engineering projects. The Cesa Aon Engineering... 

Eskom seeks urgent conversion of $8.5bn political declaration into commercial agreement 

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the State-owned utility has already taken some initial steps to ensure that the $8.5-billion political declaration signed at COP26 in early November is urgently converted into a practical commercial agreement to support its just transition programme.... 

Eskom rock statue at Megawatt park head office

CoJ extrends digital construction permit pilot to address technical, security issues

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Department of Development Planning is extending its pilot of the CoJ Construction Permit Management System and will continue with the project until all technical and security issues have been dealt with. The pilot is intended to ensure that all aspects required to... 

Opinion: Embracing green energy industrialisation to tackle climate change and drive inclusive growth

10th November 2021 In this opinion article, Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet writes about the need for South Africa to coordinate its climate change adaptation and mitigation plans with its broader national reindustrialisation plans. 

BCG MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet

South Africa targets ‘highly concessional’ terms as it moves to negotiate $8.5bn climate deal 

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2021 If South Africa is unable to secure highly concessional terms from the international partners that have offered $8.5-billion to support the country’s energy transition and to provide social protection for workers and communities associated with the coal value chain, it will not pursue the... 

Power liens with a coal-fired power station in the background

Raubex posts strong interim results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2021 JSE-listed Raubex Group has posted a significant 1 907% increase year-on-year in operating profit to R435-million for the six months ended August 31. This compares with the R21.7-million in operating profit generated in the six months ended August 31, 2020. 

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sanral meets with SMMEs to bolster Eastern Cape road maintenance capabilities

By: Donna Slater     5th November 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) met with small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in Indwe and Elliot, in the Eastern Cape, at the start of November to discuss the economic benefits and job opportunities its special maintenance project on the R56 national road... 

Namibia selects preferred bidder for pioneering $9.4bn green hydrogen project 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 The Namibian government has stolen a hydrogen march on its larger neighbour South Africa announcing at COP26 the selection of HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy as the preferred bidder for a $9.4-billion green hydrogen project to be developed in the Tsau //Khaeb National Park, near the coastal town of... 

Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia
Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia

South Africa tests market appetite for creation of gas import hub at Coega 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 A request for information (RFI) has been issued to assess the implementation options and market appetite for the creation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import hub at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The RFI is designed as an information gathering exercise to inform a future procurement... 

RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape
RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape

Funding Africa’s $2.8tr net-zero transition by 2050 a ‘pressing issue’ 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2021 Funding Africa’s transition to net zero by 2050 is one of the most pressing issues that Africa and the world must address, PwC states in a new report that estimates the cost of such a transition to be about $2.8-trillion. The ‘Africa Energy Review 2021’ calculates that $33-billion would be... 

PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay
PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay

Ramaphosa says $8.5bn just transition partnership could become model for others 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the initial $8.5-billion to be mobilised over the next three to five years in support of South Africa’s just transition to a low-carbon economy, will facilitate the implementation of the country’s ambitious emission-reduction goals and develop a model for a just... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Urgent need to address grid constraints in high-yield renewables areas - Magoro 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2021 Grid constraints in South Africa’s high-yield renewable-energy areas need to be addressed urgently, Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office CEO Bernard Magoro has again warned. Reflecting on the lessons learned from the most recent renewables procurement round during a Power Futures Lab webinar,... 

IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro
IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro

$8.5bn climate package an ‘important first step’ in South Africa’s just transition 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2021 Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter describes the $8.5-billion (R131-billion) financing package announced at COP26 as “an important first step” in light of the fact that South Africa’s energy transition is expected to require investments of between $30- and $35-billion over the coming 15 years. He says... 

Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter

Mantashe wants new energy council to speak as one, not as competitors 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed optimism that the newly established Energy Council of South Africa will provide a platform for greater coordination and cohesion within the sector, which has hitherto approached government and debates on the energy transition as... 

Fleetwood Grobler is the inaugural chair of the Energy Council of South Africa
Fleetwood Grobler is the inaugural chair of the Energy Council of South Africa

NBI study sees role for gas in South Africa’s transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2021 A new National Business Initiative (NBI) study offers support for gas as a transition fuel in South Africa’s shift from coal in the production of electricity and synthetic fuels (synfuels). The study stresses, however, that this role should be confined in the electricity sector to the provision... 

A photo of a LNG tanker
Report says LNG imports will lower gas lock-in risk

Irregular expenditure albatross weighs as heavily on Transnet as R8.4bn loss  

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported a loss of R8.4-billion for the year to March 31, 2021, and also received an audit qualification for the period relating to its ongoing irregular-expenditure problem. The loss, which is the first to be reported by the group for more than a... 

Photo of the Transnet logo

CoJ launches Web-based construction permit system

By: Schalk Burger     29th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg's (CoJ's) Department of Development Planning on October 28 launched its Web-based construction permit system that is designed specifically for building permit purposes. The Construction Permit Management System will be piloted until November 8 and is intended to modernise... 

More than 30 developments in the pipeline in Cape Town CBD

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 The economy of the Cape Town central business district (CBD) remained stable in 2020, despite Covid-19, with the official nominal value of all property set at R43.8-billion by the City of Cape Town, and with 31 new developments worth more than R6.9-billion in the pipeline. This is the key finding... 

Supplier hedge against volatile market

By: Darren Parker     29th October 2021 A significant portion of steel supplier Tradecore Steel’s business stems from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, although the company does business in Kenya and Ghana as well. Tradecore Steel director Anthony Hoare says this has been the strategy pursued since the inception... 

Company prepared to meet increased localisation demand

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Demand for logistics storage space remains high, as the e-commerce consumer base continues to grow year-on-year, amid the challenges caused by Covid-19, says design business Paragon Architects director Estelle Meiring. She stresses that the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of extended and... 

Image of Mattress and Couch's facility in Centurion
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES Paragon is the architect for a new warehousing, storage and manufacture facility for Mattress and Couch at the Old Mint Industrial Park in Centurion, Gauteng

Storage flexibility shown during turbulent time

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Logistics company Unitrans has shown flexibility in meeting the warehousing and storage needs of customers – particularly amid the effects of Covid-19, and the looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, on the local market – says Unitrans specialised warehousing and freight GM Ryan Brooke.... 

Image of a Unitrans warehouse
VERSATILE STORAGE The company runs two types of warehousing ¬– specialised warehouses that are customer specific and its own non-exclusive warehouses

Mantashe announces well priced round five renewables projects ending long hiatus  

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe finally ended a destructive near seven-year disruption to the procurement of renewable energy in South Africa, when he announced the names of 25 wind and solar preferred bidders on Thursday night. The bidders are expected to build  2 583 MW of... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South Africa, Lesotho agree to fast-track LHWP Phase 2 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th October 2021 South Africa's Department of Water and Sanitation on October 28 reported that the South African and Lesotho water Ministries had agreed to fast-track Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) to ensure security of supply to the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS). This follows a... 

Opinion: South African construction contract participation requirements appear to be out of touch with reality

28th October 2021 In this opinion piece, MDA Consulting director Ian Massey writes about construction contract participation requirements in South Africa being unrealistic and resulting in greater risk for contractors. South Africa’s struggling construction sector is understandably buoyed by the South African... 

A photo of Ian Massey

M&R increases North American, Australian platform order book by R1.6bn

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2021 The SecureEnergy joint venture (JV) between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) subsidiary Clough and Elecnor has been awarded additional work to the value of R1.2-billion on the EnergyConnect project. 

Gas key as South Africa transitions to clean energy

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2021 Gas will be needed to help meet energy demand in South Africa during the necessary transition to clean energy, speakers from the energy sector, academia, financial institutions and South African government departments said during a webinar on October 27. They noted, however, that South Africa has... 

Renewables developer warns of a grid-induced crisis akin to South Africa’s 2008 generation crisis  

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2021 Growing constraints on South Africa’s power grid could precipitate a crisis similar to the one experienced in 2008, when it became apparent that the country had run short of generation capacity, the head of a leading domestic renewable-energy company warned on Wednesday. African Clean Energy... 

Photo of power lines

Tshwane failed to maintain wastewater plants, leading to pollution of rivers, dams - SAHRC 

By: News24Wire      27th October 2021 Freshwater sources in Tshwane, including the Hennops river and Roodeplaat dam, are being polluted with untreated and partially treated sewage and sludge with devastating effects because of a failure to maintain wastewater treatment works in Pretoria. These were the findings released by the South... 

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... 

Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers

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... 

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