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Infrastructure News

DMRE to host bidders conference in April as it restarts renewables procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) intends convening a virtual bidders conference in April to provide information on the qualifying criteria and bid submission expectations for the fifth bid window (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

128 MW Karoo hybrid project to blend wind, sun and batteries to provide dispatchable power

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2021 The lead sponsor of a 128 MW hybrid facility named as a preferred bidder under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) reports that the project is pioneering globally in the way it will use co-located wind turbines, solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays,... 

128 MW Karoo hybrid project to blend wind, sun and batteries to provide dispatchable power

Fossil fuels found accountable for millions of deaths

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Fossil fuels are, through a marked contribution to air pollution, accountable for 8.7-million deaths globally in 2018, which adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health, says University College London (UCL) associate... 

Fossil fuels found accountable  for millions of deaths
POISON Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year

WBHO sees a tripling of civils and road project pipelines

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The pipeline of civil engineering projects in which Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) hopes to participate has “recently nearly tripled” to R27-billion, up from R10.5-billion in June last year, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. This pipeline only includes contracts that WBHO believes will be awarded in the... 

Biogas holds great power generation potential

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 South Africa has the potential to generate upwards of 10 000 MW of power if it were to harness and capitalise on all biogas opportunities, however, the greatest challenge is not a lack of capacity but more the lack of market opportunity, says Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia)... 

Biogas holds great power generation potential
POWER-TENTIAL Biogas has the potential to contribute significantly to the power mix in South Africa and globally

Bidding for renewables finally opens as powership-heavy ‘emergency’ projects are unveiled  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe released the names of the eight preferred bidders – including three powership projects – selected as part of government’s 2 000-MW ‘emergency’ procurement programme and also launched the much-anticipated fifth bid window (BW5) for the... 

Bidding for renewables finally opens as powership-heavy ‘emergency’ projects are unveiled
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Gauteng launches its R23bn infrastructure project book, Transport Infrastructure House

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2021 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery. Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at... 

Gauteng launches its R23bn infrastructure project book, Transport Infrastructure House
MEC Jacob Mamabolo

Bara500 ICU hospital launched

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 Construction company Enza Construction recently completed a new Covid-19 hospital wing – the Bara500 unit – in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital complex using innovative building technology which enabled the company to significantly reduce construction time in comparison to conventional... 

Bara500 ICU hospital launched
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The triage area of the new Bara500 ICU hospital

34 South African cities join global move towards setting renewables targets 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2021 A new international report shows that 34 South African cities, in which some 15.3-million people live and work, had adopted renewable-energy targets and/or policies by the end of 2020, with Cape Town, eThekwini, Johannesburg and Tshwane having also announced official net-zero targets. The... 

34 South African cities join global move towards setting renewables targets

AfDB funds $530m Angola electricity project to expand renewable energy, regional connectivity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2021 Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed $530-million to finance the construction of a 343 km, 400 kV central-south transmission line that will connect the north and south transmission grids in Angola and allow for the distribution of clean energy between... 

Western Cape names candidate municipalities to be primed for direct IPP procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2021 Six Western Cape municipalities, as well as the City of Cape Town, have been named by Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier as candidates to participate in the first phase of the province’s Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) project. The MER initiative, which was... 

Western Cape names candidate municipalities to be primed for direct IPP procurement

'Not fit for purpose': Patricia de Lille explains why Beitbridge border fence won't be repaired

By: News24Wire      17th March 2021 South Africa's porous Beitbridge border fence won't be repaired or maintained. By June this year, a site clearance process should be finished, which will pave the way for a complete change to the fence. 

'Not fit for purpose': Patricia de Lille explains why Beitbridge border fence won't be repaired
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Work starts on water supply scheme project in Mpumalanga

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th March 2021 Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister David Mahlobo on March 16 oversaw the start of work on the Greater Breyten Water Supply Scheme project, in Warburton, Mpumalanga. The project is scheduled for completion in May 2024 and will benefit the communities of Breyten, Chrissiesmeer, Lothair and... 

Coega to accelerate development of Ngqura liquid bulk terminal

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2021 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as an implementation agent for a construction programme to ensure the Ngqura liquid bulk terminal is operational before the Port of Port Elizabeth liquid bulk facility is closed on December... 

Sudan formally requests four-party mediation over Ethiopian dam

By: Reuters     16th March 2021 Sudan's prime minister has written to the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the US to formally request their mediation on the Nile water being used to fill Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Sudanese foreign ministry said on Monday. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok... 

Aveng’s rights offer exceeds expectations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2021 JSE-listed construction group Aveng has successfully completed its rights offer, raising more than R300-million through the issue of about 20-billion shares at 1.5c apiece. The company says the shareholder participation rate of 92.61% in the rights offer exceeded expectations, raising total new... 

Maintenance progress alone insufficient to eliminate load-shedding risk amid 4 GW deficit   

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter insisted on Monday that, despite a recent return to load-shedding, progress was being made on the utility’s so-called reliability maintenance programme to improve the performance of the coal fleet to the point where the risk of rotational power cuts would be materially... 

Maintenance progress alone insufficient to eliminate load-shedding risk amid 4 GW deficit
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter on the 4GW supply gap and what solutions could be used to help close it. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Decline in building activity pushes first-quarter Building Confidence Index lower

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2021 After having risen to 29 in the fourth quarter of 2020, the First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index shed two points to 27 in the first quarter of this year, showing that more than 70% of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business... 

Opinion: Incentivising Strategic Development: moving one step closer, or two steps back?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2021 In this opinion piece, Webber Wentzel's Kirsty Kilner and Gillian Niven discuss how a new requirement may result in delays in renewable energy development in designated areas. Faced with ongoing blackouts, an economy downgraded to junk status and the highest level of unemployment since 2008, the... 

Opinion: Incentivising Strategic Development: moving one step closer, or two steps back?
Gillian Niven and Kirsty Kilner

Calls for professionalisation of water management

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 There is an urgent need to ensure that appropriately qualified and experienced water professionals are appointed to plan, develop and manage South Africa’s water resources and services, says Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) technical director Mike Muller. “Water management is complex.... 

Water stewardship can halt security decline

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With water security declining in South Africa, consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Fiona Sutton believes that securing commitment from companies regarding the value of water stewardship is the first step towards water security. “Adhering to water stewardship... 

Water stewardship can halt security decline
WADING THROUGH THE WATERS Water risks such as declining water quality, flooding, drought, water scarcity and water stress are all contributing to a decline in local water security

No real growth without fixing structural impediments first – Econometrix

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 “The only way out of our economic dilemma is to get this economy to grow faster,” says Econometrix chief economist Dr Azar Jammine. “To achieve that, we need to address the key structural impediments that have been holding back our economic growth performance.” 

Pandemic stresses need for conservation

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With Covid-19 further emphasising the importance of water and water conservation in South Africa, water tank storage solutions provider Abeco Tanks has supplied water tanks to several hospitals and facilities in the country to ease the impact of the pandemic. “The best defence against the... 

Pandemic stresses need for conservation
MANNIE RAMOS JNR As we brand ourselves as a water bank, businesses to store water for when water supply is unavailable in order to have continuity of service

Local PVC industry taking strain despite high demand

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 There is very strong demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in South Africa and the rest of Africa, owing to major water, gas and telecommunication infrastructure projects planned across the continent, but low supply and high prices are hindering industry sustainability, says South African Vinyls... 

Local PVC industry taking strain despite high demand
PRECARIOUS PVC POSITION Sava calls for reduced import tariffs, more local procurement and more reliable service delivery from utilities

New report highlights decade of falling electricity production in South Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2021 A new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) report offers a sobering picture of declining electricity system production and demand between 2010 and 2020 – a trend that was amplified further during Covid-hit 2020, when demand slumped by a sharp 5.1%, or 11.8 TWh, to a decade low... 

New report highlights decade of falling electricity production in South Africa

De Lille unveils three bridges built as part of Strategic Integrated Project programme

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th March 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille and Kwazulu-Natal Transport MEC Kwazi Mshengu have unveiled three recently completed bridges in Ekhamanzi, Kwazulu-Natal. The bridges were built under the the Welisizwe Rural Bridges Programme, which is aimed at significantly improving... 

Opinion: Making space for the concept of ‘executive sponsor’ in South Africa’s infrastructure development rollout

11th March 2021 In this opinion article, Dr Willem Louw makes the case for using ‘executive sponsors’ to improve the prospects for megaproject success as South Africa moves to ramp-up public infrastructure spending as part of its economic recovery effort. When, because it cannot be if, we embark on aggressive... 

Opinion: Making space for the concept of ‘executive sponsor’ in South Africa’s infrastructure development rollout

Research shows significant potential for South Africa to develop offshore wind energy resources

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2021 A study of South Africa's offshore wind energy resources by researchers from the Stellenbosch University Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering indicates that wind turbines installed off the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coasts could potentially supply between 15% and 800% of South... 

Government sees new renewables zones helping to unlock low-carbon energy mix  

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2021 Three additional geographic areas – Emalahleni, Klerksdorp and Beaufort West – have officially been declared as Renewable Energy Development Zones following the publication of a Government Gazette notice signed by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy. The new zones increase... 

Government sees new renewables zones helping to unlock low-carbon energy mix

Infrastructure development to benefit from private investment, impact focus

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2021 The pace of infrastructure roll-out and its impact on development levels will benefit from a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics and private sector investment in impactful, well-governed infrastructure, says private equity infrastructure funds manager African... 

M&R's Clough appointed head contractor for R2.5bn Papua New Guinea naval base redevelopment project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2021 Engineering and construction services firm Murray & Roberts' (M&R's) subsidiary Clough has been selected as the head contractor for the R2.5-billion redevelopment of the Lombrum naval base, in Papua New Guinea. The project is a joint initiative of the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments. 

Data suggests economy to recover this year but work needed to move to sustainable growth path

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 High-frequency data suggestS that a strong recovery is under way this year, in tandem with South Africa’s lockdown having been scaled down to Level 1. South Africa must capitalise on the economic rebound to move its economy onto a more sustainable, job-rich growth path, says North-West University... 

Egypt gets $440m World Bank loan to support rail network

By: Reuters     8th March 2021 The World Bank has approved a $440-million loan to modernise signalling and upgrade track on 763 km of Egypt's 5 000 km rail network, the bank said in a statement. Egyptian National Railways (ENR) will put $241-million into the project on the Cairo-Giza-Beni Suef section of the network, bringing... 

Civil tenders awarded, hardware sales positives in the construction industry – Metelerkamp 

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 There are some positives to be found in the South African construction market, despite the Covid-pandemic, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. This first positive lies in the resilience of the civil engineering sector, where there was a 12.7% increase in civil tenders... 

Civil tenders awarded, hardware sales positives in the construction industry – Metelerkamp

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 South Africa’s ability to compete in global markets depends on the efficiency of its ports and rail network, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation address held in Cape Town last month. He suggested that key infrastructure projects currently underway, including establishing... 

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network
ON TRACK In order for South Africa to compete globally its rail and port infrastructure needs to be addressed

Company secures distributor deal

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Swagefast fastening systems in Africa, including South Africa. “This means that BMG will have the capacity to supply heavy industrial pin and collar fastening solutions directly to the rail industry,” says BMG... 

Company secures distributor deal
PIN AND COLLAR The Swagefast heavy industrial pin and collar range will now be supplied by BMG

Increase in feasibility studies bodes well for rail sector

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 There has been a significant increase in commissioned feasibility studies over the past 18 months in terms of reviewing possible rail infrastructure interventions along the North–South Corridor, says financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance executive director Robert Futter. The corridor... 

Increase in feasibility studies bodes well  for rail sector
CORRIDOR CARRIER Rail infrastructure throughout the North-South Corridor is making steady progress
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