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Infrastructure News

Recovery plan advancing amid ‘unprecedented’ collaboration, Kingston reports 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2020 Business for South Africa’s Martin Kingston has described the current level of cooperation and collaboration between labour, government, civil society and business as “unprecedented” and reports that the social partners are making good progress in their attempts to reach agreement on a... 

Stefanutti Stocks alerts stakeholder of cyberattack on its IT systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2020 JSE-listed construction and mining services company Stefanutti Stocks on September 1 released a statement alerting stakeholders that it had become aware of a cyberattack on its information technology (IT) systems in the early hours of August 31. "External IT forensic experts have been engaged to... 

Head of largest women-owned engineering firm troubled by lack of work amid talk of infrastructure-led recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2020 The chief executive officer of South Africa’s largest black- and women-owned consulting engineering company is concerned about the current dearth of infrastructure-related workflow within the profession, which is typically at the forefront of preparing projects for implementation. In fact, Malani... 

Head of largest women-owned engineering firm troubled by lack of work amid talk of infrastructure-led recovery
Malani Padayachee-Saman and Ipeleng Mkhari

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extended a $225-million loan to South Africa’s FirstRand Bank, which will deploy the finance in support of “energy-efficient and water-smart projects” in South Africa. The loan includes a $75-million contribution from the Dutch... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?

1st September 2020 In this opinion article, Vantage GreenX MD Alastair Campbell, who spent 25 years as an investment banker and who manages the R5-billion GreenX Debt Funds, says the renewables programme has proved that the private sector will invest in South African infrastructure once policy certainty is... 

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?
Alastair Campbell

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) is preparing to conduct disclosure meetings with communities in Zambia and Zimbabwe whose land or livelihoods could be affected by the construction of the proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme (BGHES), a transboundary project located 47-km... 

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme
Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme site

Balwin’s Mooikloof Mega City designated a strategic infrastructure project

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2020 Property developer Balwin reports that its newly created entity, Mooikloof Mega Residential City: Gauteng (Mooikloof Mega City), has been designated by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council as a strategic integrated project (SIP) in terms of Government Gazette No. 43547... 

New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has launched a new ‘single channel’ online service through which South African exporters are able to register any problems they are experiencing in their trade interactions and secure dedicated support from government to resolve concerns.... 

 New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports

Ethiopia seeks US clarification on reports of planned aid cut

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2020 Ethiopia asked the US government to clarify reports it may withhold about $130-million of aid in a bid to pressure the Horn of Africa nation to review its plans to fill a new dam that have affronted its neighbors. “We have asked for clarification on reports of the United States’ decision not to... 

Architecture firm presents equal opportunities

28th August 2020 Architecture firm Paragon Group is perhaps “unique in the industry” for employing an equal number of men and women, with the latter ranging from student architects to senior management. “I love the fact we have so many talented, audacious women in our company in different stages of their... 

M&R holds on to shrinking South African unit amid hopes of infrastructure-led recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2020 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is “holding on” to its South African-aligned business unit that focuses on power, industrial and water despite the fact that its contribution to the group’s R54.2-billion order book has slumped to less than one percent, or only... 

M&R holds on to shrinking South African unit amid hopes of infrastructure-led recovery
M&R CEO Henry Laas

South Africa’s Infrastructure Fund to target private investment

By: Bloomberg     27th August 2020 South Africa’s R100-billion infrastructure fund will offer a range of instruments to attract private investors, the head of the Presidency’s Investment and Infrastructure Office said. The office will work with fund managers, commercial banks and development institutions to overhaul traditional... 

Old Mutual fund urges South Africa to focus on power

By: Bloomberg     27th August 2020 A $1.9-billion infrastructure fund owned by Old Mutual said South Africa should start with power as it embarks on an R2.3-trillion drive to lure private investment into infrastructure over the next decade. Electricity is South Africa’s most urgent need and the country has experience of approving... 

Bulk infrastructure works start at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway  

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2020 Construction of bulk infrastructure at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway has started. This development, located on the southern border of the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros, is connected by road and rail corridors between Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng; Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal;... 

Bulk infrastructure works start at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway 

M&R retreats into a loss amid R622m Covid-19 hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2020 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) estimates that the Covid-19 pandemic had a R622-million negative impact on its results for the 2020 financial year, during which the company retreated into a lossmaking position. The JSE-listed group reported a loss before interest and tax... 

M&R retreats into a loss amid R622m Covid-19 hit

Projects developed in renewables zones, gas and grid corridors ‘not exempt’ from environmental processes 

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2020 The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has dismissed suggestions that renewable-energy projects developed within the designated Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs), including the three new zones being proposed, will be exempt from all environmental authorisation... 

Projects developed in renewables zones, gas and grid corridors ‘not exempt’ from environmental processes

Sudan and Ethiopia pledge to push for deal on Blue Nile dam

By: Reuters     26th August 2020 Ethiopia's prime minister and Sudan's leadership said on Tuesday they would make every effort to reach a deal on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter dispute between Addis Ababa and Cairo over water supplies. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan failed to strike an agreement on... 

New fee guidelines published by Sacap

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2020 The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap) has published this year’s new Guideline Professional Fees in the Government Gazette. This follows after the council had consulted with voluntary associations and formulated recommendations related to principles referred to in... 

Consulting engineer woes have spanned two decades, says Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2020 A recent dig through Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) archives has found that the push for partnership between government and private sector spans long before recent actions of the industry body, says Cesa. For more than 20 years, the organisation has been promoting infrastructure... 

Transnet signals intent to support domestic manufacture of rail despite global tender 

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has signalled its intention to support the localisation of rail manufacture, but is simultaneously proceeding with a global tender for the supply of 60 kg a metre of head hardened rail, which it describes as an interim solution for meeting its... 

Transnet signals intent to support domestic manufacture of rail despite global tender

Mozambique, Total agree to ‘Joint Task Force’ to help secure mega LNG project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2020 French energy major Total, which is leading the development of the $20-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) megaproject in northern Mozambique, announced on Monday that it had signed a new security-related memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of the Southern African country.... 

Mozambique, Total agree to ‘Joint Task Force’ to help secure mega LNG project

DMRE launches procurement process for 2 000 MW of ‘dispatchable’ power

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has formally initiated the much-anticipated procurement process for 2 000 MW of emergency power under its so-called Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). The request for proposals (RFP) bid documentation... 

DMRE launches procurement process for 2 000 MW of ‘dispatchable’ power
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Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence  

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2020 The head of Eskom’s Transmission division has outlined some of the progress being made to establish an Independent Transmission System Operator (ITSO) but has also warned that full separation will take time and will also require major policy, legislative and regulatory changes. The creation of... 

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence
Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers on the progress being made in setting up an Independent Transmission System Operator and the gaps that remain. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Global wind body urges South Africa to explore ‘excellent’ offshore wind potential 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2020 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) says that, while South Africa has strong onshore wind potential, it would nevertheless encourage domestic policymakers to begin creating the framework for an offshore wind industry given the country’s “excellent” offshore wind-energy potential. The World Bank... 

 Global wind body urges South Africa to explore ‘excellent’ offshore wind potential
South Africa's offshore wind resource

Sanral says it is ready to implement R30bn worth of projects

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is ready to implement R30-billion worth of construction projects. Sanral engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer says the road agency has a portfolio of projects that will be implemented during the course of the 2020/21 financial year... 

Science and tech key to sector’s survival

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 The impact of Covid-19 on infrastructure projects demands that the construction sector use its scientific and engineering expertise better, says engineering consultant SRK Consulting partner and principal engineering technologist Steve Bartels. “The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us that... 

Science and tech key to sector’s survival
STEVE BARTELS Communication and data-sharing technologies will be increasingly important tools in the country’s ‘new normal’ working practices since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

Investing in infrastructure now will boost economy

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 Now is the time to invest in infrastructure projects to ensure that the industry does not hit a lull when the economy fully reopens after the lockdown regulations are lifted, urges multinational engineering firm Aecom client and government sector Africa director Fadzai Nyamasve. “The industry... 

Investing in infrastructure now will boost economy
FADZAI NYAMASVE The industry cannot afford to wait for the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to subside

Sustainable solutions needed to build economy

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 “A sustainable infrastructure solution is required to reignite South Africa’s economy after Covid-19,” says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. Many municipalities are incapable of handling the infrastructure procurement process from inception to completion, owing to the... 

Sustainable solutions needed to build economy
CHRIS CAMPBELL Explains that it makes sense to use private-sector capacity on a good governance model basis

Clean coal can still play meaningful role in S Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 Coal is relatively cheap and widely available; therefore, if it is used cleanly and efficiently, it can be a vital part of the economic development of South Africa, says the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC). 

Clean coal can still play meaningful role in S Africa
Photo by Creamer Media
GROWTH POINT About 18 000 jobs were created during the peak of construction at Eskom’s Medupi power plant

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand  

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 With physical distancing encouraged amid Covid-19, the need for reliable fibre connectivity and infrastructure has increased, says open access network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) strategy, mergers and acquisitions and innovation executive Vino Govender.  “We have seen a significant increase... 

Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand
Dark Fibre Africa strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation executive Vino Govender discusses the increased demand for bandwidth and data during Covid-19. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2020

Opinion: Providing for the right to adequate housing – innovation needed to address a complex challenge

20th August 2020 In this opinion piece, Sibanye-Stillwater executive VP of corporate affairs Themba Nkosi writes about the right to adequate housing for mining communities. Among some of the contentious policy issues in South Africa is the future of communities that live near mines and have been relying... 

Opinion: Providing for the right to adequate housing – innovation needed to address a complex challenge
Sibanye-Stillwater executive VP for corporate affairs Themba Nkosi

High-level Nedlac working group on economic recovery begins meeting  

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2020 The first formal meeting of the small multi-stakeholder working group set up to finalise South Africa’s Covid-19 economic recovery plan is expected to take place next week, with a preliminary planning meeting having taken place on Thursday afternoon. The working group includes representatives of... 

 High-level Nedlac working group on economic recovery begins meeting
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Business Unity South Africa CEO Cas Coovadia

Govt ‘in contact’ with companies that have shelved investment pledges  

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2020 Department of Trade, Industry and Competition director-general Lionel October reported on Wednesday that government would continue to engage with those companies that had withdrawn investment pledges made in 2019 with the intention of reviving the projects should conditions change. Earlier this... 

 Govt ‘in contact’ with companies that have shelved investment pledges
Photo by Creamer Media
DTIC director-general Lionel October

GVK-Siya Zama adds civils unit to its construction offering

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2020 Construction company GVK-Siya Zama has added a dedicated civils unit to its operational offering.  Through this unit, the company aims to create jobs and better society by filling the void left by many companies in the construction industry that had to close their doors. 

GVK-Siya Zama adds civils unit to its construction offering
Anton Botha

PPP legislation being reviewed to ‘make it more workable’, says De Lille 

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2020 South Africa’s public-private partnership (PPP) legislation is undergoing a review, says Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille. “I can confirm that there is a review at the moment.” 

PPP legislation being reviewed to ‘make it more workable’, says De Lille
Patricia de Lille

Madagascar solar roll-out to address access issues, reduce fossil fuel dependency

By: Donna Slater     18th August 2020 Renewable energy, real estate and free zone project developer Groupe Filatex is rolling out a series of renewable energy power projects in Madagascar in partnership with Canada-based energy development company Dera Energy as part of its efforts to address a dire electricity deficit, increase... 

Madagascar solar roll-out to address access issues, reduce fossil fuel dependency

Sasol’s new-look strategy will seek to ‘reset’ group for low-carbon world 

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2020 Embattled chemicals and energy group Sasol aims to officially unveil its new-look strategy, dubbed Future Sasol, later this year. It has already indicated, however, that the plan will seek to reposition the 70-year-old company, built around a highly carbon-intensive technology that converts coal... 

Sasol’s new-look strategy will seek to ‘reset’ group for low-carbon world
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