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Infrastructure News

Nigeria approves $15.4bn refinery, railway projects

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2021 Nigeria’s government approved major transport and energy investments, including a stake in a giant private refinery, that are expected to cost $15.4-billion. Ministers in the West African nation signed off Wednesday on the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.’s proposed purchase of a 20%... 

New camera used in inspection project

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In a first for Southern Africa and possibly the whole of Africa, rope access specialists Skyriders has used Zenith – a new confined-space inspection camera system – at a petrochemicals plant, in Gauteng, for inspection. The Zenith system is manufactured by US-based inspection technology developer... 

An image of two drone pilots, holding a drone and remote
SKY GUYS The project required the expertise of qualified drone pilots to assist in the inspection of the petrochemical tanks

Work on freeway management system project to resume

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2021 Transport infrastructure management company Tolcon has been given the go-ahead to continue with two freeway management system contracts worth a combined R1.7-billion, awarded by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in 2020, but delayed by court action from disgruntled... 

Delaying emissions reduction will cost more down the line, climate commission director warns 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2021 Presidential Climate Commission executive director Dr Crispian Olver says delaying South Africa’s transition away from coal will only add to the final adjustment costs and will also place the domestic business sector at a competitive disadvantage as other countries implement measures to restrict... 

Photo of coal mining in the foreground with an Eskom power station in the background
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Coal mining in the foreground with an Eskom power station in the background

Business seeks to nudge localisation debate beyond import substitution 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2021 Business is aiming to progress ongoing negotiations on the use of local-content regulations to revive manufacturing in South Africa beyond calls for blanket import substitution by identifying specific products or sectors where the country has the competitive advantages in place to increase... 

A photo of a worker welding

Zutari secures design and site supervision services tender for three major bridges in LHWP Phase II

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has contracted consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari to provide the design and site supervision services for the construction of the Senqu Bridge, the Mabunyaneng Bridge and the Khubelu Bridge as part of the Lesotho... 

M&R’s mining platform bags two contracts in North America

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2021 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ mining platform has secured two contracts in its Cementation Americas business, valued at R1.2-billion. The first contract involves underground characterisation development and infrastructure for global miner Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper project, in the US,... 

From a coal-to-gas conversion to a microgrid factory, Eskom builds Komati’s just energy transaction case 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is hoping to transform the workshops at the Komati power station – identified as the flagship site for the piloting of a broader ‘just energy transition’ programme that couples decarbonisation with social upliftment – into a factory capable of manufacturing... 

Photograph of the Komati power station
A file photo of the Komati power station, which has generated electricity since 1961

DWS implements project to help drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet

By: Yvonne Silaule     3rd August 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation has provided R71.8-million in funding to the Dr Beyers Naude local municipality, in the Eastern Cape, for the Graaff-Reinet Emergency Bulk Supply Scheme. The scheme is aimed at addressing the water supply challenges in the drought-stricken town of... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

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Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

Sanral relaunches R61 upgrade project

By: Donna Slater     2nd August 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has relaunched its R61 upgrade project, aimed at upgrading the road from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport, in the Eastern Cape. The project came to a standstill in June 2018 when the previous contractor was placed under business rescue and... 

An image of Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport
Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport

CIDB, NSBE SA mourn the death of Cyril Gamede

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2021 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has announced that its CEO Cyril Vuyani Gamede has died at the age of 58. Chairperson Dr Natalie Skeepers says he made a great difference at the CIDB since his appointment in January 2020, all the while believing that construction projects can... 

Ongoing decline in Eskom’s coal performance drove another ‘intensive’ period of load-shedding in first half of 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 A continuing decline in the performance of the Eskom coal fleet drove yet another “intensive” period of load-shedding in South Africa during the first six months of 2021, when rotational power cuts were implemented for 650 hours, or 15% of the time. A new Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Photo of an Eskom substation
Eskom substation

South Africa needs all available engineers, says former Saice president

By: Schalk Burger     30th July 2021 South Africa needs all available built environment professionals, especially engineers, to build and manage infrastructure for the benefit of the country's development and future generations, civil engineer and former South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) president Sam Amod said... 

Kibo forms working relationship with IGES to pursue South African waste-to-energy projects

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has satisfied all conditions required, and completed an agreement with South Africa-based Industrial Green Energy Solutions (IGES), to jointly develop a portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa. The companies entered into an agreement to... 

M&R’s Clough receives preferred proponent status for Australia transport project

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reports that its subsidiary Clough’s joint venture with Acciona has received preferred proponent status on a contract valued at about R2.4-billion for the transportation infrastructure upgrade on behalf of Main Roads in Perth,... 

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment  

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

Photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Supplier’s materials can contribute to secure railway structures

30th July 2021 Construction materials supplier Fibertex geotextiles are used to stabilise the foundations of railway structures, enabling them to withstand the dynamic loads of high speeds and great weights of modern trains. The Fibertex plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, manufactures high-performance... 

Fibertex geotiles
SUPPORTING STURDY RAILWAYS Fibertex geotextiles are suitable for stabilising the foundations of railway structures

Concrete pole achieves 8kN of force testing

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Concrete products supplier Rocla subjected its 11 m concrete cast pole to 8 kN of force testing at its manufacturing plant, in Roodepoort, in May. Rocla’s cast concrete pole has become the preferred option for electrification and electric power line projects. 

Rocla's spun concrete poles for windfarm
INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PRODUCTS Today these poles are used for electrification, telecom infrastructure, security and lighting

Equipment supplier distributes compaction range to local market

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Compaction technology manufacturer Bomag has entrusted local equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment to distribute its light compaction equipment range in South Africa and selected cross-border markets, after the dealer agreement was signed at the end of 2019. Smith Power Equipment sales... 

Smith Power Equipment BOMAG equipment on construction site
ROBUST SUPPORT SERVICES The three-to-one warranty is unique locally, as three- to six-month warranties are normally offered for this kind of equipment

Manufacturer stresses need for quality materials during downturn

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Amid strained economic conditions, contractors are opting to buy cheaper and lower-quality building materials, such as cement, to reduce costs, which cement manufacturer AfriSam cementitious executive Hannes Meyer argues is short-sighted and can lead to numerous issues. He emphasises the... 

AfriSam quality construction materials on site
APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION It is important or contractors to understand the composition of construction materials, which, in turn, will ensure quality of construction projects

Covid lockdown delays completion of N4 projects

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2021 The four major rehabilitation and expansion projects on the South African side of the N4 toll route are back on track, says toll road manager Trans African Concessions (Trac). All sites were officially opened in the second week of May and are fully operational. 

Commercial property industry set to improve

By: Nadine Ramdass     30th July 2021 The commercial property sector is set to improve once Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the South African economy has navigated its way through the harshest of the pandemic’s impact, says commercial real estate agency Black Pepper Properties director Simon Black. The office market has been... 

An image of Masmart warehouse progress
MASSMART PROGRESS Covid-19 has enhanced is the use of space

R640m Musina ring road project set for 2022 completion – Sanral  

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2021 The R640-million Musina ring road project is set for completion in the second quarter of next year, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).  The road will serve to alleviate traffic congestion in the Musina central business district (CBD), and reduce the travel time for... 

Image of the Nancefield interchange bridge on the Musina ring road
The Nancefield interchange bridge

Tariff application with Itac, waiting for cement designation to be gazetted – PPC 

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2021 The domestic cement industry is awaiting response from the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) on its application for tariffs to be levied on imported cement from certain Asian countries, says PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula. “The application is with Itac. We... 

Photo of a PPC plant

Biden revives Trump's Africa business initiative; focus on energy, health

By: Reuters     28th July 2021 The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a new push to expand business ties between US companies and Africa, with a focus on clean energy, health, agribusiness and transportation infrastructure on the continent. US industry executives welcomed the interest, but said dollar flows will lag... 

Creecy calls on rich countries to dramatically raise climate finance pledges from $100bn ‘floor’ 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has called on the developed countries to ensure access to long-term, predictable and affordable climate finance for developing countries. Creecy participated in a July Climate Ministerial meeting hosted in London, in the UK, this... 

Photo of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Transnet expects to lift force majeure at port terminals ‘soon’ 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, whose operations have been seriously disrupted by recent unrest and a major cyberattack, confirmed on Tuesday that Transnet Port Terminals had communicated a force-majeure declaration with customers on Monday July 26, covering the period from July 22... 

Photo of the Durban Container Terminal
Photo by Creamer Media
The Durban Container Terminal

Adopting a 1.5°C pathway could accelerate universal energy access in Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2021 Africa has a narrow window of opportunity to use its natural resource advantages and relatively low carbon emissions to attract the finance it needs to both accelerate a renewables-based energy transition that is supportive of a sub-1.5°C climate outcome and ensure universal energy access. This... 

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Fund lends €25m to Côte d’Ivoire clean energy hydropower project

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), owned by the Private Infrastructure Development Group, is lending €25-million over 18 years to Ivoire Hydro Energy (IHE), which will build a 44 MW hydroelectric plant on the Bandama river near the village of Singrobo, in Côte d’Ivoire. Financial... 

JDA celebrates 20 years in existence

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) celebrates 20 years in existence this year and the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) says the agency will aim to further advance its impact over the next ten years by building a welcoming, competitive and resilient city to live, work and play in. The agency has... 

Sturdee Energy signs two PPAs for Botswana renewable energy projects

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 Independent power producer Sturdee energy has entered into two power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) for two renewable energy IPP projects. The projects, located in Bobonong and Shakawe, will have an installed capacity of 3 MW and 1 MW, respectively. 

Zimplats plans 185 MW solar power plants

By: Reuters     26th July 2021 Impala Platinum Holdings Zimbabwe unit Zimplats plans to build two solar power plants with generation capacity of 185 MW to power its operations, the country's energy regulator said on Monday. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said Zimplats, the biggest platinum group metals producer in... 

Insurers advise on claims related to civil unrest

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2021 Following the looting that took place during the civil unrest of mid-July in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, insurance experts advise that claimants ensure they have proof of damage or loss or destruction of stock, to ensure they are able to submit claims within the 30-day threshold. During a webinar... 

Platinum giants eye solar power as green answer to blackouts

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2021 The world’s biggest platinum miners are ramping up plans to build renewable energy plants to free them from power outages that have plagued South Africa for more than a decade and to reduce their carbon footprint. Sibanye-Stillwater, the No. 1 platinum miner, Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo... 

Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates... 

Large solar plant at an agriculture estate Zimbabwe
OFF GRID The hybrid solar installation installed by Blockpower SA and Dhybrid was tailor made for the client in Zimbabwe

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

Large concrete mixer and truck mounted concrete pump Putzmeister
PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year
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