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A solar and battery powered microgrid developed and built by Eskom at the Swartkop dam in the Northern Cape
Microgrid roll-out gaining traction
25th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

After the successful commissioning of State-owned power utility Eskom’s third microgrid, at the Swartkop dam, in the Northern Cape, the company aims to launch its next two microgrids at Nomalengena... 


the cooling towers and stacks with smoke pluming out the top
Refurbishment under way at Kriel
25th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

Thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is working with State-owned power utility Eskom on the refurbishment of two natural draught cooling towers at its Kriel power station, in... 


Eskom interim CEO Calib Cassim
Inoperative Kusile units could be returned earlier as Eskom reports good progress on temporary stacks
24th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The temporary stacks being introduced at the Kusile coal power station, where three previously operational units have been out of service for ten months, have been built and interim CEO Calib... 


Concrete being poured on a construction site
DPWI working to implement infrastructure as economic flywheel
23rd August 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is responding to the national imperatives of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) by implementing infrastructure delivery as... 


A construction site
DPWI taking steps to improve infrastructure delivery, stop corruption
23rd August 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) aims to accelerate the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Amendment Bill and establish a Construction Industry Ombuds office to... 


RH Managers to raise R2bn to boost social, energy infrastructure in South Africa
23rd August 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Johannesburg-based private equity and infrastructure investment firm RH Managers (RHM) is on a fundraising drive for a R2-billion social impact fund to boost South Africa’s healthcare and energy... 


Accelerate to sell Eden Meander centre in George to Sasol Pension Fund
23rd August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Diversified JSE-listed real estate investment trust Accelerate Property Fund has accepted an offer from the Sasol Pension Fund to acquire the Eden Meander Shopping Centre, with a gross lettable... 


Intercape states that it’s operations have run a gauntlet of concerted attacks, with a number of incidents in which coaches were shot at or stoned in and around hotspots towns in the Eastern Cape
State slammed for ‘dereliction of Constitutional duty’ over failure to protect Intercape buses
23rd August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Makhanda High Court has slammed the South African government for the “dereliction of its Constitutional duties” in quelling the violence directed at long-distance coach company Intercape. “It... 


Kenya revives plans for $13.8bn railway line to Ethiopia
23rd August 2023 By: Reuters

Kenya plans to begin construction in 2025 of a $13.8-billion high-speed electric railway from its Indian Ocean port of Lamu to Ethiopia and South Sudan. The 3 000 km standard-gauge railway will... 


Absa plays vital role in an infrastructure improvement transaction by Brics bank
22nd August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Infrastructure projects in South Africa have received a significant boost through a debut R1.5-billion debt issuance in the domestic market. The New Development Bank’s (NDB’s) bond issuance in... 


Chinese President Xi Jinping with South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria
Xi says China ready to import more from ‘strategic partner' South Africa
22nd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China stands ready to import more quality products from South Africa, while also encouraging Chinese enterprises to invest in the country, which he described as a... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and China-Africa Development Fund chair Song Lei at the MoU signing, which took place at the BRICS Manufacturing Forum in Midrand
Bank of China, IDC sign agreement on R10bn funding package
22nd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Bank of China (BoC) have signed a framework agreement that could unlock a R10-billion funding package over the next five years to... 


Image of City of Cape Town's Zahid Badroodien and Geordin Hill-Lewis
Cape Town breaks ground on Milnerton bulk sewer upgrade phase II
21st August 2023 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town has broken ground on the next phase of the R470-million Milnerton bulk sewer upgrade project, with construction of a new pipeline set for completion by 2025.  This project... 


Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
R30bn distribution backlog poses risk to supply beyond current generation shortfall – Ramokgopa
20th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has acknowledged that South African cities and towns face the real prospect of ongoing power interruptions even if the balance between supply and... 


Local steel industry in prime ‘springboard’ position
18th August 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Despite contributing only a small percentage to global steel production, the South African steel sector supplies critical components to the global economy, says industry body Southern African... 


Power lines
Eskom making virtual wheeling strides but says national framework still required
17th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom reports that it has made material advances in developing what it calls a ‘virtual wheeling product’ that will allow one or more generators to transact with multiple offtakers, including those... 


Bigger targets needed to spur premium for South African projects
17th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

South African companies looking to issue green bonds or raise capital for climate-friendly projects have a better chance of getting preferential rates if they set ambitious targets that surpass... 


The Durban Container Terminal Pier 2
DCT Pier 2 partnership to be ‘catalyst for change’, TPT chief asserts
15th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Jabu Mdaki is optimistic that the joint venture (JV) with International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) will be implemented from the start of the... 


Artist impression of the proposed deep-water port at Boegoebaai
TNPA confirms participants in consortia vying for Boegoebaai project
14th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has released details of the companies participating in the three consortia shortlisted to participate in an upcoming bidding process to design, fund and... 


Power line
Godongwana provided PFMA consent for unbundling of Eskom’s distribution unit in 2022
13th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government has again moved to dismiss suggestions that the unbundling of the Eskom generation, transmission and distribution businesses into three separate entities can be regarded as... 


The Atlantis OCGT plant
With R9.2bn spent since April, govt insists Eskom is not exceeding diesel budget
13th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government reports that Eskom has spent R9.2-billion on diesel since the start of the State-owned utility’s financial year on April 1, which it claims to be marginally below an initial budget for... 


The project is a milestone in Transnet’s transformation into an agile, data-driven, and customer-centric organisation
Transnet embarks on procurement digitisation journey
11th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

State-owned Transnet has approached the market for the provision of an automated end-to-end procurement system. This comes as the organisation moves to optimise its procurement of goods and... 


Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Eskom unbundling, ERA promulgation will demonstrate electricity reform ‘political will’
11th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay believes an expedited promulgation of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill together with the unbundling of Eskom will send a clear signal... 


A load haul machine driving in a sparse mining terrain with the sun shining brightly in the sky
New colliery promotes women’s empowerment
11th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

Within the first few months of operating, coal miner Canyon Coal’s R600-million Gugulethu colliery, in Mpumalanga, has employed 21 women, with the intention of increasing that number going forward,... 


Koeberg
Koeberg Unit 1 now only scheduled to re-enter operation on November 3
10th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that Unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, is currently scheduled to return to service only on November 3. The unit... 


Presidency says progress being made to increase grant funding for Just Energy Transition Investment Plan
Presidency says progress being made to increase grant funding for Just Energy Transition Investment Plan
8th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidency is exploring several avenues for increasing the grant component in the financing of South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP), following broad-based stakeholder... 


Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation department Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi
Kubayi calls for mandatory procurement transformation in community schemes
8th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says economic transformation has to take place in the multitrillion-rand community schemes economy, which includes sectional title complexes, homeowners’... 


Artist’s impression of the Mtentu Bridge
Much pricier Mtentu Bridge construction restarts five years after Aveng walkout
7th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced the restart of construction work on the R4.05-billion Mtentu Bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. The Aveng Strabag joint... 


Launched last year and with over 7 418 potholes reported, PotholeFixGP is an easy-to-use app that is available from Google PlayStore and Apple App stores
Gauteng dept adds faulty traffic signals reporting to pothole app
7th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has introduced an additional feature on its PotholeFixGP app to also report faulty traffic signals. Launched in 2022, the app was designed to enable... 


DMRE aims to unveil battery storage preferred projects in two months after receiving 17 bids
DMRE aims to unveil battery storage preferred projects in two months after receiving 17 bids
4th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A total of 17 bids have been received in response to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) inaugural public procurement for battery energy storage system (BESS) projects. The... 


An image of the BioKnit prototype structure developed by the Living Textiles Research Group
Scientists develop sustainable alternative to traditional building materials
4th August 2023

Scientists have developed a way to grow building materials using knitted moulds and the root network of fungi as a potential alternative to traditional building material. The composite, called... 


An image of a slipform paver for concrete roads
Concrete offers sustainability, resilience for road construction
4th August 2023

Sustainable and resilient concrete roads are critical in supporting sustainable infrastructure development. Building durable roads should be balanced with minimising the carbon emissions throughout... 


Image of South African Institute of Valuer president Dianne de Wet.
Valuer numbers need boosting to avoid possible crisis
4th August 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

South Africa has fewer than 1 500 registered professionals in residential and commercial property valuation, and fewer than 650 valuer candidates; this demonstrates that property valuation is an... 


Image of L2D development executive Melinda Isaacs
Firm invests in ‘greener’ solutions for sustainable future
4th August 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

JSE-registered real estate investment trust (REIT) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) is beefing up its electricity generation supply to meet its environment, social and governance (ESG) targets. L2D... 


SIHLE ZIKALALA
Contractors must refuse to pay bribes to public officials and extorters. We must protect whistleblowers, and ensure that people who indicate potential for disruption are protected
Procurement clarity and prosecutions key to tackling construction site disruptions
4th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has emphasised the importance of unity in condemning and addressing construction site disruption and extortion affecting the industry. “It is... 


Power line and substation
Alternative funding models for South Africa’s R235bn grid investment outlined in new report
3rd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

To unlock the estimated R235-billion in investment required to strengthen and expand the grid in a way that positions it to connect the 53 GW of new generation capacity that will be required by the... 


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