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Infrastructure News

Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Work on the Selby Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) depot, which will be designated for Phase 1B and Phase 1C operations of the bus service, is progressing well, reports the City of Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), acting on behalf of the City of Johannesburg’s Department... 

Company expands lighting range

12th February 2021 International lighting solutions provider Signify has expanded its Philips Hue portfolio in the US. This expansion includes an outdoor light to further personalise gardens and porches, a new wall switch module that makes existing light switches smart, and a redesigned Philips Hue dimmer switch.... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding
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SUGEN PILLAY Cesa’s call to purposefully rebuild the economy and infrastructure will aim to foster an enhanced social compact between all industry partners and stakeholders

Heritage building facelift under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction contractor Icon Group is conducting bulk earthworks and demolitions in the Johannesburg central business district as part of a construction project aimed at developing a new Title Deeds Office for the City of Johannesburg. The project, a partnership between the city and the... 

Heritage building  facelift under way
ICONIC BUILDING REFURBISHMENT The project is centred around a 120-year-old heritage building, which needs to be preserved

Range provides dependable power distribution

12th February 2021 Electrical and digital building infrastructure provider Legrand’s range of Zucchini busbars includes the LB PLUS range of busbar trunking systems, designed for the distribution of power from 25 A to 63 A. This durable busbar trunking system is an efficient single product solution for dependable... 

Range provides dependable power distribution
DEPENDABLE POWER DISTRIBUTION Key advantages of this power distribution system over conventional busbar systems include a simple design, quick installation and improved performance

Solutions light up local lodge

By: Cameron Mackay     12th February 2021 Lighting products supplier BEKA Schréder has supplied exterior lighting solutions to Skukuza Safari Lodge, which was officially opened last November. Located in one of the largest game reserves in Africa, the Kruger National Park, the newly built lodge offers tourism facilities for local and... 

Solutions light up local lodge
LIGHTING THE WAY This solution includes BEKA LEDPOST installed throughout the lodge’s facilities and BEKA SERIES 30 installed at the back-of-house area

Strategic forethought hindered by crisis mindset

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 With South Africa’s fiscus placed under immense strain as government attempts to combat the effects of the pandemic, South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Vishaal Lutchman fears that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s leadership is in “head down crisis mode”, with... 

Strategic forethought  hindered by crisis mindset
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Government has not prioritised infrastructure development for the past decade and it will likely not prioritise it in 2021 either

Electricity regulations to be amended to raise licence-exemption cap for distributed generation projects 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act would be amended within the next three months to increase “the licensing threshold for embedded generation”. The current licence-exemption cap is set at 1 MW, with projects above that size required... 

Electricity regulations to be amended to raise licence-exemption cap for distributed generation projects
President Cyril Ramaphosa

ArcelorMittal South Africa reports second-half profit as supply squeeze lifts prices 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2021 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) return to profit in the second half of its 2020 financial year on the back of steel-shortage-induced price rises that negatively affected many domestic downstream consumers and have led to growing calls for a lifting of import protection. The... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa reports second-half profit as supply squeeze lifts prices

Bank sees load-shedding, factionalism impeding strong fixed-investment recovery in 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2021 A leading bank economist expects fixed investment in South Africa to remain muted in 2021, weighed down by ongoing power shortages, political uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic. Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim forecasts that investment levels will pick up in 2022, however, spurred... 

Bank sees load-shedding, factionalism impeding strong fixed-investment recovery in 2021
Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim

Law firm warns of lack of pandemic risk clauses in public sector tenders, contracts

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2021 After almost a year of dealing with Covid-19-related shutdowns and disruptions, public sector tenders and contracts still do not include any clauses that deal with the pandemic, construction and technology law firm MDA Attorneys said on February 10, following a review of the contract conditions... 

Digitalisation to drive standardisation in construction, engineering industries

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2021 The digitalisation of construction companies' processes and tools and the introduction of sensors and connectivity on project sites are driving deep changes in the construction and engineering industries. This will improve efficiencies across the supply chain, including the design, development... 

Green hydrogen and powerfuels could revive ailing PetroSA, unlock green steel and create €160bn export platform   

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2021 The combination of South Africa’s world-class wind, solar and land resources, its platinum group metals reserves, as well as its historical experience in industrial-scale synthetic-fuel manufacture, position the country strongly for the production of green hydrogen and tradeable synthetic... 

Green hydrogen and powerfuels could revive ailing PetroSA, unlock green steel and create €160bn export platform
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande on South Africa's comparative advantage when it came to the production of renewable hydrogen and green powerfuels.

Outa, HSF speak out against proposed procurement of new nuclear power capacity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2021 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) have opposed Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s proposal to procure new nuclear power capacity. This follows after the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) issued a consultation paper... 

Infrastructure roll-out to support economy needs basic service delivery over long term

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2021 Addressing the current fiscal imbalance in the economy through accelerated and efficient infrastructure procurement and achieving the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) requires a strategic focus on not just the short-term, but the medium- to long-term delivery of basic services in... 

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee has recommended that the Energy Regulator approves Gold Fields’ high-profile licence application for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be developed at its South Deep mine, in Gauteng. Nersa has confirmed... 

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence
South Deep

Filling Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam in July threatens Sudan's security - Minister

By: Reuters     8th February 2021 Any unilateral step by Ethiopia to fill its hydropower project, called the Renaissance Dam, in July would directly threaten Sudan's national security, Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasser Abbas said on Saturday. Sudan is also proposing a mediation role for the United States,... 

Phase 2 of Sol Plaatje University precinct to be completed in mid-2022

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2021 Engineering and infrastructure services company AECOM is forging ahead with Phase 2 of the R800-million Sol Plaatje University (SPU) precinct in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, and expects to complete its work by mid-2022. Further, the company says it has also been awarded a further contract... 

Phase 2 of Sol Plaatje University precinct to be completed in mid-2022

29 construction-sector bodies unite under one umbrella

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 South Africa’s construction industry has united to form a single umbrella body, Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA), which is made up of 29 professional, contractor, supplier and other bodies within the industry. Industry stalwart John Matthews has been appointed as CASA chairperson. 

EUIG wants wheeling reform to accompany rise in licence-exemption cap to 50 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2021 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) has added its voice to growing calls to increase South Africa’s licence exemption threshold from 1 MW to 50 MW, but says the change should be accompanied by an updating of the current framework for wheeling power across the network. In a... 

EUIG wants wheeling reform to accompany rise in licence-exemption cap to 50 MW

Breaking ground on key infrastructure projects would be ‘immune booster’ for ailing economy  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2021 Consulting Engineers South Africa believes that visible progress on a select number of high-profile infrastructure projects in 2021 could serve as an “immune booster” for South Africa’s ailing economy and provide impetus for a much-needed recovery in investor confidence. Presenting CESA’s yearly... 

Breaking ground on key infrastructure projects would be ‘immune booster’ for ailing economy
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Sugen Pillay

Arise creates advisory board to spur further industrial development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2021 Industrial parks developer and operator Arise Integrated Industrial Platforms’ co-founder Gagan Gupta has announced the creation of an advisory board, which includes former Goldman Sachs sub-Saharan Africa CEO Colin Coleman. French diplomat Bruno Delaye, African economist Carlos Lopes, former... 

City of Ekurhuleni hosts forum to improve city planning

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd February 2021 The City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) celebrated World Town Planning month at the end of 2020 by bringing together role-players in the planning fraternity to exchange ideas that improve city planning. City of Ekurhuleni HOD for Institutional Strategy, Monitoring & Evaluation Anathi Zitumane started the... 

De Ruyter backs call for lifting of licensing cap on distributed generators to 50 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter says the State-owned utility is fully supportive of moves by large customers to develop distributed generation plants to power their operations, as well as growing calls to lift the licensing threshold from 1 MW to 50 MW so as to accelerate these investments. South... 

De Ruyter backs call for lifting of licensing cap on distributed generators to 50 MW
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Ramaphosa lauds progress at Tshwane Automotive SEZ

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2021 Despite the “massive challenges” posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in visiting the newly established Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on February 2, said it was “great to see the progress” that had been made since construction started in August... 

Ramaphosa lauds progress at Tshwane Automotive SEZ
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President Cyril Ramaphosa attends a sod-turning ceremony at the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone in November 2019

Energy multinational outlines South Africa’s $100bn green hydrogen export opportunity  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2021 French energy multinational Engie says that South Africa is ideally positioned, by virtue of its solar and wind endowments, to emerge as a global leader in the production of green hydrogen and derivative carbon-neutral fuels and chemicals, which could generate domestic and export revenues worth... 

Energy multinational outlines South Africa’s $100bn green hydrogen export opportunity

Teraco secures R2.5bn to build new 38 MW data centre in Ekurhuleni

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2021 Vendor-neutral data centre provider Teraco announced on February 2 that it had finalised a new R2.5-billion loan financing transaction for the construction of a new 38 MW hyperscale data centre in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg. Teraco will use the funds raised, along with internally generated... 

Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2021 Market dynamics for embedded generation projects in South Africa have shifted materially over the past 12 months as an increasing number of mines and power-heavy industrial firms moved to install renewable-energy facilities at a time when government is also starting to resume utility scale... 

Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’

ZRA clarifies stakeholder engagement process, confirms Batoka construction has not started

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2021 Binational organisation the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has reiterated and clarified its Covid-19-impacted stakeholder engagement process amid preparations to start building the multibillion-dollar 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydropower project on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The... 

Building confidence falls but civil engineering confidence rises

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2021 The Construction Industry Development Board's (cidb's) SME Confidence Survey for the fourth quarter of 2020 showed mixed results in the performance of the building and construction sector. For general builders, conditions, especially activity, worsened compared with the previous survey round,... 

Sanral to invest R500m in Buffalo City road project

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is investing an estimated R500-million in a road infrastructure project in the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The contract will involve the improvement of the N2 national road from Green River to Buffalo River... 

Sanral to invest R500m in Buffalo City road project

District Development Model to improve planning, implementation as South Africa embarks on economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     29th January 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic is providing a good socioeconomic testing ground for the newly rolled-out District Development Model (DDM), with its One Plan, One Budget strategy expected to alleviate disjointed planning, budgeting and implementation across the different spheres and entities of... 

Stellenbosch municipality to consider alternate energy sources

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2021 Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier and Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell have welcomed a decision by the Stellenbosch municipal council to consider generating and using alternate electricity energy supplies... 

ArcelorMittal SA ramps up Vaal Meltshop to full production to ease steel shortages  

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported on Thursday that it would increase output at its Vaal Meltshop electric arc furnace (EAF), in Vereeniging, to help address prevailing steel shortages, which have been negatively affecting downstream fabricators and manufacturers for... 

ArcelorMittal SA ramps up Vaal Meltshop to full production to ease steel shortages
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Kobus Verster

AfCFTA improves Africa's trade profile, investment attractiveness 

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2021 The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) helps to improve the attractiveness of Africa for investors, as the potential markets companies can tap have become much larger. This also places the continent in a stronger position to negotiate fair trade terms with other countries and blocs,... 

AfCFTA improves Africa's trade profile, investment attractiveness

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors 

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2021 A new global partnership has been formally launched in an effort to accelerate the decarbonisation of seven heavy industrial and transport sectors that together represent 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and where carbon-abatement pathways have yet to be defined. Known as the ‘Mission... 

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors

Opinion: District Development Model must embrace science to achieve inclusivity

25th January 2021 In this opinion article, Bongani Mankewu explores the factors that could improve District Development Model outcomes. Policy is a product of science and politics. This structural definition borrows from the fundamental work of Francis Bacon (1974) and appreciates that while the utilization of... 

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