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Infrastructure News

Renewables zones in Emalahleni and Klerksdorp part of just-transition vision – Creecy 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has made a direct link between government’s proposed designation of Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) in the coal and gold mining towns of Emalahleni and Klerksdorp respectively, and South Africa’s just transition to a... 

DWS being restructured to improve water management

By: Schalk Burger     23rd July 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on July 23 outlined work done over the past year to improve the work of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The DWS is undergoing a restructuring to stabilise the department, achieve good governance and ensure it is fit for... 

Gauteng unveils R4bn upward revision to Budget in response to Covid-19 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 The Gauteng government announced a R4-billion upward revision to its 2020/21 provincial Budget on Thursday, indicating that the increase to R146.4-billion, from the R142.2-billion outlined in March, had been made in response to the need for additional resources to respond to the Covid-19... 

 Gauteng unveils R4bn upward revision to Budget in response to Covid-19
Gauteng Finance and e-Government MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko

IFC exceed 2019 fiscal commitments with $4.6bn invested

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2020 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, committed $5.6-billion to private sector development in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa in fiscal year 2020, supporting businesses across the two regions to launch, grow, provide jobs and fight the impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic.   IFC is a... 

Zutari geared with creative, collaborative approaches for infrastructure-led recovery in Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2020 After demerging from the global engineering and advisory brand Aurecon on January 1, Aurecon Africa has emerged as Africa’s newest engineering consultancy and is now called Zutari. Zutari CEO Dr Gustav Rohde says that although it is a “new” company, it is really one of the oldest in the industry... 

Zutari geared with creative, collaborative approaches for infrastructure-led recovery in Africa
Zutari CEO Gustav Rohde discusses the new company's Africa-centric approach

AfDB says $400m loan for LNG project in line with Moz country strategy

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2020 African Development Bank (AfDB) is the latest financial institution to confirm funding for the $20-billion Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, which is being developed by a Total-led consortium in northern Mozambique. In a statement, the development finance institution announced that... 

Creecy moves ahead with plan to declare coal and gold towns as renewables zones 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has called for public comment on government’s intention to add three more Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) to the eight that have already been proclaimed for the purpose. Renewable-energy projects located within the boundaries... 

Creecy moves ahead with plan to declare coal and gold towns as renewables zones

Run-of-river hydropower partnership extended to Burundi projects

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2020 Africa-focused independent power producer Tembo Power has announced that its strategic partnership with WK Construction has been extended to the 7.5 MW Dama and 12 MW Siguvyaye run-of-river hydropower projects located in the south-west region of Burundi. WK Construction is already the preferred... 

Run-of-river hydropower partnership extended to Burundi projects
The Kaptis project site in Kenya

DBSA confirms financing of $120m for giant Mozambique LNG project

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2020 South Africa’s State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has confirmed financing of $120-million for the $20-billion-plus liquefied natural gas (LNG) project being developed by a Total-led consortium in northern Mozambique. On July 17, Total announced the signing of a $14.9-billion... 

DBSA confirms financing of $120m for giant Mozambique LNG project

Standard Bank signs $485m financing deal for mega Mozambique gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2020 South African banking group Standard Bank confirmed on July 17 that it would contribute $485-million (over R8-billion) in debt finance to the $20-billion Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, being developed by a Total-led consortium in northern Mozambique. Standard Bank oil and gas... 

Standard Bank signs $485m financing deal for mega Mozambique gas project

Section 12J amendments muddying investment waters, says law firm

By: Donna Slater     17th July 2020 Ongoing amendments to the Section 12J Income Tax Act have left investors at risk as to whether the companies in which they have either invested, or hope to invest, continue to qualify, law firm CMS South Africa partner and tax co-head Andrew Wellsted tells Engineering News. Section 12J was... 

Section 12J amendments muddying investment waters, says law firm
CMS South Africa partner and tax co-head Andrew Wellsted

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

Brick supplier completes Gauteng school project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th July 2020 Face brick supplier Corobrik has completed the supply of its bricks for the construction of Noordgesig Primary School’s administration block and hall. 

Brick supplier completes Gauteng school project
WINTER SEASON BENEFITS The Corobrik clay face brick offers enhanced thermal comfort by retaining warmth in winter

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 The Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM Consult), a business unit of research organisation Enterprises University of Pretoria (UP), can serve the local industry with key capabilities through its expertise in vibration-based condition monitoring and structural health monitoring. “These... 

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing
SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles

Mantashe agrees to creation of engagement forum with renewables stakeholders 

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe met with renewable-energy stakeholders on Thursday in an effort to build trust, improve communication and reduce obstacles to the roll-out of renewable energy in South Africa. The virtual meeting proceeded despite the fact that the Minister had... 

Mantashe agrees to creation of engagement forum with renewables stakeholders
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Virtual event to showcase opportunities arising from mega Moz gas projects 

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2020 A virtual event is being planned for early August to expose South African companies to the opportunities that are likely to arise directly from the mega-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects that are starting to take shape in northern Mozambique, as well as various associated projects,... 

Virtual event to showcase opportunities arising from mega Moz gas projects

South Africa a ‘ticking time bomb’, says Master Builders' John Matthews

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2020 South Africa is a “ticking time bomb” as the entire economy has gridlocked owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, which Master Builders South Africa president John Matthews laments presents a huge challenge. The construction and built environment industry is not expected to survive should the provision... 

Energy projects in Africa remain challenging, but signs of hope emerging

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2020 Renewable energy projects in Africa will be significantly affected by the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in construction site disruptions, delays and difficulties in getting equipment and components across borders which have different levels of restriction on the movement of people and... 

Ethiopia starts filling Grand Renaissance dam, minister says

By: Reuters     15th July 2020 Ethiopia has started filling the Grand Renaissance dam, a giant hydroelectric project it is building on the Blue Nile, its water minister said on Wednesday, a day after talks with Sudan and Egypt on the issue became deadlocked. "The construction of the dam and the filling of the water go hand in... 

Evaluation of short-term power bids being hamstrung by Covid-19, Eskom confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2020 Progress on Eskom’s proposed Short-Term Power Purchase Programme, initiated to help limit load-shedding while the State-owned utility implements a so-called reliability maintenance programme across its coal fleet over the coming 18 months, is being seriously retarded by South Africa’s Covid-19... 

Evaluation of short-term power bids being hamstrung by Covid-19, Eskom confirms

New Transnet Port Terminals chief on his ‘baptism of fire’

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2020 Newly appointed Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Velile Dube, who officially assumed the role on July 1, acknowledges that his first few weeks were nothing short of a “baptism of fire”. The experience proved challenging not because Dube was new to TPT, or the broader Transnet group for that... 

New Transnet Port Terminals chief on his ‘baptism of fire’
Transnet Port Terminals CEO Velile Dube

Ian McRae, who oversaw Eskom’s ‘electricity for all’ policy, dies 

12th July 2020 The much respected former CEO of Eskom, Ian McRae, died in the early hours of Sunday morning July 12, 2020. He was 90 years old. Born in Germiston on September 24, 1929, Ian Campbell McRae started his career as an apprentice fitter and turner at Eskom. After qualifying he went on to obtain a... 

Ian McRae, who oversaw Eskom’s ‘electricity for all’ policy, dies
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter pays tribute to Dr Ian McRae, who died on July 12.

Talks over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam remain deadlocked

By: African News Agency      10th July 2020 Negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the filling and operation of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have produced no results after seven straight days of talks, reported Daily News Egypt. According to the report, Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and... 

Infrastructure at core of business’ R3.4-trillion economic recovery proposal  

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2020 Business for South Africa released an economic recovery strategy paper on July 10 that includes a list of 12 priority initiatives, many infrastructure-related, which the formation argues could bolster gross domestic product by R1-trillion, create up to 1.5-million jobs and increase yearly tax... 

Infrastructure at core of business’ R3.4-trillion economic recovery proposal
B4SA paper says green-economy investments should be accelerated as part of infrastructure-led recovery

MBA North welcomes infrastructure strategy, but warns implementation is key

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North has broadly welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision of infrastructure spending as the flywheel of South Africa’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.  Speaking at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa, held on... 

South Africa its own biggest enemy in infrastructure roll-out

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 South Africa keeps on tripping itself up when it comes to infrastructure project development and implementation, says New Development Bank (NDB) Africa regional office director-general Monale Ratsoma. The NDB is a multilateral development bank established by the Brics States, namely Brazil,... 

Home automation add-on launched

10th July 2020 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has launched its Arteor-with-Netatmo which is a simple home automation solution that uses traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi. The company explains that it expanded on its Arteor range of wiring devices,... 

Home automation add-on launched
PLUGGED IN Legrand has add to its home automation solutions that use traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi

Pandemic encourages larger project scope

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have encouraged inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources (CCMR) to increase the scope of its Health & Safety on South African Mines project. “It’s important to remember that if you are running a project over three years, you... 

Pandemic encourages larger project scope
RENÉ ZARSKE It is a win-win situation. We have many German companies that want to invest into South Africa, while local mining operations are looking for investors

S Africa crucial for centre’s growth into SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 South Africa is vital for inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources’ (CCMR’s) goal of expanding its network into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, according to CCMR head René Zarske. “South Africa is an important gateway for this, and the... 

S Africa crucial for centre’s  growth into SADC
VITAL ECONOMIC PARTNERS Last November the CCMR invited eight South African companies to Germany to liaise with equipment suppliers, with follow-up delegations planned once travel restrictions are lifted

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe  

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 South Africa’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transitions Summit on July 9 to stress that South Africa’s shift from a high-carbon to a low-carbon path needed to be both systematic and just.... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 United Nations secretary-general António Guterres appealed to governments on Thursday to place the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy at the “core” of their Covid-19 economic recovery spending. Guterres also used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy... 

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy 

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2020 African countries should aim to invest 25% of their Covid-19 stimulus budgets in renewable energy, Sustainable Energy for All CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi said on Wednesday, noting that renewable energy had emerged as the cheapest source of new electricity for most countries on the continent. Speaking... 

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy

Covid lockdown pushes back completion dates for N4 projects 

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2020 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. 

Covid lockdown pushes back completion dates for N4 projects

Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission seen as key to navigating South Africa’s ‘just transition’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2020 A member of South Africa’s National Planning Commission has called for the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission to be established, arguing that such a multi-stakeholder institutional platform is required to implement the just transition vision outlined in the country’s National... 

Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission seen as key to navigating South Africa’s ‘just transition’

ECSA chief says ‘new normal’ involves putting expertise together for greater good

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2020 Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) CEO Sipho Madonsela says the manner in which business operates has shifted and the need to heed the call for a “new normal” is now. His statement comes amid the continuing spread of Covid-19 throughout South Africa and while the measures taken to try... 

Eskom to seek authorisation to proceed with repurposing of four coal stations 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2020 State-owned electricity producer Eskom aims, within the coming months, to seek authorisation from its board and government to initiate a formal bidding process for the repurposing and repowering of the Camden, Komati, Grootvlei and Hendrina coal-fired power stations using lower-carbon generation... 

Eskom to seek authorisation to proceed with repurposing of four coal stations

Capacity development, training continues with virtual meetings

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Professional development nonprofit organisation The South Africa Road Federation (SARF) is delivering ten accredited courses using Microsoft Teams during July and August, with planning for courses later in the year also under way, SARF operations director Basil Jonsson says. South Africa’s road... 

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