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Infrastructure News

Suez Canal starts dredging work to extend double lane

By: Reuters     17th May 2021 The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has started dredging work to extend a second lane that allows for two-way traffic in a southern section of the canal near to where a giant container ship got stuck for six days in March, it said on Saturday. The SCA announced this week that it was planning to extend... 

100-bed hospital handed over in East London

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Siemens South Africa, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Solidarity Fund officially handed over a separate 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, in Mdantsane, near East London, on May 14. Built in fewer than 100 days, the hospital... 

The interior of the 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital
The interior of the 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2021 Energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that it had entered into a R5-billion agreement with a Reatile-led consortium for the sale of a 30% stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Company (Rompco), the joint venture that owns the 865-km gas transmission pipeline from southern... 

Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium

District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Proponents of government's recently launched District Development Model (DDM) believe the joined-up model provides the framework required for South African municipalities to begin tackling their generally severe service-delivery problems. Conceptualised by the Department of Cooperative Governance... 

District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

'Future-proofing' infrastructure is key to better dealing with flooding in SA - expert

By: News24Wire      13th May 2021 With parts of the Western Cape entering into the rainy season, and the recent heavy rainfall that caused flooding, flood resilience expert Tjeerd Driessen says South Africa needs to invest in "future-proof" infrastructure. "If you have more rainfall events normally, the infrastructure should also... 

KwaZulu-Natal announces Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th May 2021 The province of KwaZulu-Natal held its first ever sitting of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council, on Wednesday, as part of plans to mitigate natural disasters that have recently plagued the province. The council, which is chaired by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, is... 

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala
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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala

Aveng to launch follow-on rights offer to raise R100m

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 JSE-listed Aveng intends to launch a follow-on rights offer of 6.7-billion ordinary no par value shares and class A shares. The follow on rights offer will be made to qualifying shareholders at 1.5c per follow-on rights offer share. 

‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revised upwards, by 25%, its forecasts for renewable-energy capacity additions for 2021 and 2022 relative to those published in November, arguing that the platform is now in place for a “new normal” of elevated levels of yearly deployments. In its... 

‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update

Raubex declares dividend, record order book

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2021 Infrastructure development and construction materials group Raubex has declared a final cash dividend from income reserves of 29c a share for the financial year ended February 28. Its secured order book was at a record level following a recovery during the second-half of the financial year. 

‘Right policy changes’ could ignite R150bn in electricity investment by private firms  

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2021 Business Leadership South Africa, which is made up of some of South Africa's largest domestic and multinational companies, estimates that private firms would move to invest billions in new power generation capacity in the near term should the rules governing embedded or distributed plants be... 

 ‘Right policy changes’ could ignite R150bn in electricity investment by private firms

Nyanza Light Metals secures R28m facility from Afreximbank

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th May 2021 Pan-African multilateral trade finance institution the Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has approved a R28-million project preparation facility for titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Nyanza Light Metals, which is based in the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ). Afreximbank... 

BMW SA hands over 150-bed overflow facility at Bronkhorstspruit hospital

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Automotive multinational BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has handed over a 150-bed overflow facility, at Bronkhorstspruit Hospital. The facility forms part of a long-term and sustainable R76-million investment in creating more than 800 beds in nine hospitals and four community health clinics,... 

Durban Port's return to form vital for South African recovery, says Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      7th May 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa told the National Assembly of Parliament that government's plans to guide South Africa on the path to economic recovery will not succeed unless the Port of Durban is restored to its former glory. Ramaphosa was replying orally to questions from Members of Parliament on... 

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2021 The long lag between the establishment of community trusts that own a portion of the independent power producer (IPP) projects procured through South Africa’s renewables procurement programme and the flow of dividend income into these trusts has been identified in a new research report as a major... 

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness

Prevailing low capacity use in manufacturing industry a worry for Seifsa

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2021 Persistent low levels of capacity use in the manufacturing sector and low demand for locally manufactured goods are “worrying” trends compounding the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions that are limiting operations at industrial plants, says the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

Massmart opens new distribution centre in Brackenfell

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2021 Consumer goods distributor Massmart has opened its new 53 000 m2 distribution centre (DC) in the Brackengate 2 precinct, in Brackenfell, Cape Town. Construction on the centre started in October 2019.  

Massmart's new Brackengate-based distribution centre
Massmart's new Brackengate-based distribution centre

Housing authority delivered 14 000 units in 2020, asks for budget reform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2021 Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) council chairperson Bathabile Dlamini says the 2019/20 financial year had seen “encouraging” performance in that 13 projects were completed, delivering almost 14 000 units. Although the target for the year was not met, it is a solid achievement, she... 

Saldanha Bay IDZ announces R3.5bn Phase 1 expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2021 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is embarking on the R3.5-billion first phase of an eventual seven-phase infrastructure investment project. The first-phase 356 ha expansion is integral to national and regional infrastructure development and will also be the single largest... 

Ministerial determination sanctioning private power procurement would spur investment, clear regulatory blockages  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 The chairperson of the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) believes that the quickest and cheapest way to reduce, or eliminate, South Africa’s growth-sapping risk of load-shedding would be for Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to issue a Ministerial... 

Ministerial determination sanctioning private power procurement would spur investment, clear regulatory blockages

M&R's Clough awarded R1.1bn EPC contract for New South Wales power station

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2021 Murray & Roberts (M&R) subsidiary Clough has been awarded a R1.1-billion contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Tallawarra B gas turbine power station in New South Wales, Australia. Tallawarra B is a 300 MW expansion of the existing Tallawarra A power station. 

Makhubo says CoJ to focus on finances, good governance; proposes infrastructure drive 

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Geoff Makhubo has said the administration was focusing on responding to the worrying state of Johannesburg’s finances, the collapse of good governance and the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the economy. "We have re-committed ourselves to creating an... 

EPC contracts for Sukari solar project awarded

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2021 Gold miner Centamin has awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for its 36 MW solar farm and 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system at the Sukari gold mine, in Egypt, to renewable energy specialist juwi Renewables and systems integrator company Giza Systems. juwi has been... 

The Sukari mine site, in Egypt
The Sukari mine site, in Egypt

Germany to use hydrogen fuel cell trains on reactivated historic Heidekrautbahn line

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 The German Federal Ministry of Transport has provided €25-million in funding for a project using green hydrogen in rail transportation in Brandenburg. The total cost of the project to connect the surrounding area with the metropolis of Berlin was €100-million, said Federal Transport Minister... 

DBSA infrastructure competition aims to fill gaps with youth’s ideas

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2021 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has launched the second edition of the DBSA Youth Challenge, a competition aimed at harnessing innovative solutions from young people in South Africa to help address infrastructure challenges. Young people aged between 18 and 35 are invited to submit... 

French financier pledges support for Eskom’s ‘just energy transition’ strategy

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2021 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on Monday that includes a specific objective of creating a framework for cooperation and collaboration on Eskom’s evolving ‘just energy... 

The Komati power station
The Komati power station

Opinion: Curbing illegal capital flight would unlock resources for infrastructure

3rd May 2021 In this opinion article, Bongani Mankewu contrasts the strong resource mobilisaiton framework associated with President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan with South Africa’s far less assertive handling of illicit financial flows (IFF) to help secure resources for its own plan. South Africa’s... 

Enza Construction acquires rail rehabilitator Tractionel Enterprise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2021 Construction company Enza Construction has completed the acquisition of Tractionel Enterprise, an electrical infrastructure construction company in South Africa. Tractionel Enterprise has since 1982 been specialising in electrical infrastructure projects, with a focus on railway and power... 

Raising distributed generator licence-exemption cap to 10 MW ‘does not go far enough’ 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2021 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) says a proposed amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, which would raise the licence exemption threshold for private distributed-generation plants from 1 MW to 10 MW, “does not go far enough”. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede... 

Raising distributed generator licence-exemption cap to 10 MW ‘does not go far enough’

Govt has eight weeks to decide on powership project after it clears environmental hurdle 

By: News24Wire      30th April 2021 Karpowership, the company bidding to moor five powerships in South African harbours for 20 years, cleared another hurdle when its environmental assessors found that the projects at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay and Ngqura could go ahead. Balito-based Triplo4, which carried out the... 

DNG Energy takes legal action to halt RMIPPPP

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2021 DNG Energy, a South African company that’s aiming to develop liquefied natural gas facilities, said it has taken legal action to have the government’s award of emergency power generation contracts halted. Last month, the government awarded the right to develop 1 845 mw of generation capacity to... 

N2 Wild Coast Road project to support development along key trade corridor

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2021 The N2 Wild Coast road project will contribute to economic growth and open a trade corridor along the south-eastern coast of South Africa that will promote trade and tourism in South Africa and neighbouring countries Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, South African National Roads Agency Limited... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2021 The eThekwini metropolitan municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is aiming to sign its first independent power producer (IPP) contract next year following the publication of the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) in 2020, which it described as the first IRP for a local government in South... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role

Closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs – new report 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2021 South Africa’s emerging solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain has significant potential to create employment over the current decade as utility scale and small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) capacity is added in response to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019) and moves by... 

Closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs – new report

N4 toll route to contribute to South Africa's economic recovery, says Mbalula 

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th April 2021 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on April 26 said the N4 toll route project, which is managed by Trans African Concessions (Trac), and which extends from the Solomon Mahlangu offramp in Tshwane, to Maputo, in Mozambique, would contribute to South Africa's economic recovery. “The N4 toll route is... 

Road construction demand to increase over next three years, says advisory firm

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 The South African road construction sector, which has declined in size in recent years owing to the absence of public sector spending, rising material costs and declining profit margins, is expected to see an increase in demand for contractors during the next two to three years. That increase... 

BlueCape partnership to support businesses in oceans economy

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Marine economy public-private partnership organisation BlueCape will support businesses in the oceans economy, remove barriers to entry and support skills development and transformation for job creation in the Cape Town V&A Waterfront, says founding director Bruce Tedder. BlueCape is a... 

Ramaphosa emphasises need for action to address climate change challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2021 In the ramp-up to the next international climate conference, to be held in Scotland in November, President Cyril Ramaphosa has shared the sentiments of the international community in that the world needs to “dramatically scale up its efforts, raise its level of ambition and support developing... 

Ramaphosa emphasises need for action to address climate change challenges
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