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Infrastructure News

CIDB urges companies to mentor, empower women

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) continues to encourage established construction professionals to contribute to transformation in the industry through personal commitment to the mentorship of women. While women-owned entities have been on the rise, most of these fall within... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) will launch its new publication, The Essentials of Galvanizing, during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on July 15, 2020. The publication offers the civil engineering and construction industry valuable insights into the importance of... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

Mapasa says BRL business rescue proceeding well despite some challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 Progress is being made with the implementation of the business rescue plan of embattled construction company Basil Read Limited (BRL), a subsidiary of Basil Read Holdings Limited (BRHL), “despite challenges”, Basil Read CEO Khathutshelo (K2) Mapasa tells Engineering News.. BRL operates in the... 

Mapasa says BRL business rescue proceeding well despite some challenges
CEO Khathutshelo (K2) Mapasa

New spillway increases dam capacity

3rd July 2020 The installation of a newly developed spillway on the Garden Route dam in George, Western Cape, has successfully increased the potential capacity of the dam to 12.5-million cubic metres, says consulting engineering company Aurecon dam engineer Frank Denys. The company was tasked to raise the... 

New spillway increases  dam capacity
LONG WAY The newly developed elongated spillway, aptly named the duckbill allows for 25% more capacity on the Garden Route Dam

Tech solution enhances water security in S Africa

By: Halima Frost     3rd July 2020 The self-automated scour gate is a technology which has been developed and refined by local water engineering contractors Amanziflow Projects to promote water security. Amanziflow Projects MD Peter Townshend says many projects have been conducted by the company in the Southern African Development... 

Tech solution enhances water security in S Africa
WATER GATE The scour gate developed by Amanziflow allows for the effective flushing of sediment from a dam increasing its storage capacity

Long-term solutions overlooked – Sappma

By: Halima Frost     3rd July 2020 Government’s present efforts to address the lack of potable water in remote areas are resulting in industries that could offer long-term solutions being overlooked, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma). “Understandably, the need to supply to areas that are without... 

Long-term solutions overlooked – Sappma
IN THE PIPELINE The laying of permanent pipelines using high-quality, plastic water pipes can offer a guaranteed water supply as opposed to current quick-fixes

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa indicated on Thursday that it intended providing concurrence this month for a Ministerial determination that would open the way for the procurement of new electricity generation capacity in line with allocations contained in the 2019 edition of the... 

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month

Construction Index tracks down, hopes for recovery pinned in infrastructure build

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2020 While JSE-listed industrial and construction materials company Afrimat's Construction Index (ACI) was down by 12 points year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, there is some hope of a recovery for the construction sector in government’s infrastructure-led economic growth recovery plan... 

Sasol confirms Rompco pipeline sale ‘well advanced’ as asset disposal process kicks into gear 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on July 1 that the sale of its equity interest in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investment Company (Rompco) and the Central Termica de Ressano Garcia gas-fired power plant, also in Mozambique, were well advanced, along with partnering discussions... 

 Sasol confirms Rompco pipeline sale ‘well advanced’ as asset disposal process kicks into gear

M&R subsidiary awarded EPC contract for urea plant in Western Australia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2020 JSE-listed construction group Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) wholly-owned subsidiary Clough has been selected as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor (EPC) for the development of Perdaman Industries’ multibillion-dollar urea plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia.... 

Economic opportunity of South Africa’s energy transition akin to new ‘gold rush’

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2020 South Africa’s energy transition from coal to cleaner energy carries an economic opportunity equivalent to the discovery of gold in the country more than a century ago, a new South African National Energy Association (Sanea) report argues. Published on June 30, the ‘South African Energy Risk... 

Economic opportunity of South Africa’s energy transition akin to new ‘gold rush’

ArcelorMittal SA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar PV plants across operations 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2020 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has become the latest South African company to release a request for information (RFI) to independent power producers (IPPs) to build, own and operate solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants across its six operational sites. The group has... 

ArcelorMittal SA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar PV plants across operations

Interest rate on $4.2bn IMF loan to South Africa will be ‘very, very low’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2020 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported on Monday that its funding talks with South Africa had proceeded at a “measured pace” owing to the country’s favourable access to deep and liquid financial markets, which meant that the negotiations had focused primarily on the terms of the funding... 

Interest rate on $4.2bn IMF loan to South Africa will be ‘very, very low’

Entrepreneurship to champion real value chains in the economy, says university associate

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2020 State-owned enterprises (SOEs), municipalities, development finance institutions (DFIs) and the leverage provided by policy directives “must enhance industrialisation, which leads to job creation, through the revival of entrepreneurship”, says Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development... 

L2D embarks on support campaign for those most impacted by Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has launched an impact campaign called #CreateTomorrow across its retail portfolio. The company’s retail portfolio includes stakes in Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Liberty Midlands Mall and... 

Pipes range offered for various industries

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th June 2020 Cable conduit and subsoil drainage pipe manufacturer Dura-Line components, which meet stringent quality specifications, are used in conjunction with geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex geotextiles and composite drainage systems in various industries. Fibertex SA is a supplier... 

Development of infrastructure crucial to post-Covid growth

By: Cameron Mackay     26th June 2020 Owing to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, unmet basic needs and the demand for service delivery in South Africa’s underdeveloped communities have become increasingly apparent, which has led to awareness of a growing need for infrastructure investment, says engineering consultants WSP... 

Development of infrastructure crucial  to post-Covid growth
MATHIEU DU PLOOY It will be critical for Governments and businesses to collaborate and develop recovery plans that consider Africa’s unique socio-economic circumstances in future development plans

Company adapts to new norm, despite economic concerns

By: Cameron Mackay     26th June 2020 Despite stoppages in current projects, and a downturn in the economy that has restricted the pipeline of incoming projects, consulting engineering company SRK Consulting MD Vis Reddy says the company and its project teams have adapted well to working remotely. Cloud-based data storage systems,... 

Company adapts to new norm, despite economic concerns
POST-LOCKDOWN PROSPECTS With local air travel reopened for business purposes, essential site visits will be possible, and more practical

Sustainable living created after lockdown

26th June 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering companies group Bosch Holdings is set to resume building and land development operations as South Africa lifts Covid-19 lockdown business restrictions. “Our team of engineers and architects strives to create liveable, sustainable and innovative ideas and... 

Sustainable living created after lockdown
SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services

Local company involved in Malawi railway link

26th June 2020 This year, environmental consulting engineers JG Afrika completed hydrological, topographical, sedimentation and climate studies to assist the Malawian government in rebuilding railway infrastructure. This was done in an area of the country that is prone to devastating floods.  

Local company involved  in Malawi railway link
FLOOD TOIL TEARS AND SWEAT Floods caused significant erosion and wash away damage on several sections of the railway line that are in close proximity to the river

Eskom’s new just energy transition office assessing green finance options for repurposing of old coal stations

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the State-owned utility’s newly created just energy transition (JET) project office is evaluating green financing options that could help accelerate the deployment of renewables and facilitate the repurposing of its older coal plants in ways that improves... 

Eskom’s new just energy transition office assessing green finance options for repurposing of old coal stations
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

SA puts infrastructure at centre of recovery plan 

25th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that infrastructure will be put at the centre of South Africa's pandemic recovery plan and what is needed to ensure that an infrastructure-led recovery takes place. 

SA puts infrastructure at centre of recovery plan
SA puts infrastructure at centre of recovery plan

Civil Confidence Index records all time low in second quarter

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th June 2020 The FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index fell to an all-time low of five in the second quarter, as a result of the sharp decline in activity, with many firms having been closed in April and May.  The current index level means that the overwhelming majority (95%) of respondents are dissatisfied with... 

MBA North welcomes infrastructure strategy, but warns that implementation is key 

By: Irma Venter     25th June 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 June... 

MBA North welcomes infrastructure strategy, but warns that implementation is key

Icon Group developing a new filling station along M2 highway

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2020 Civil engineering and construction services provider Icon Group was awarded a contract to develop a new filling station along the M2 Johannesburg highway, in Kensington. Located between the Chilvers street and Cleveland road offramps, the new development will provide motorists with a refueling... 

Icon Group developing a new filling station along M2 highway
The construction site along the M2 Johannesburg highway, in Kensington

3D printed wind turbines to improve access to, cost of renewable energy

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2020 GE Renewable Energy, three-dimensional (3D) construction printing company Cobod and building materials and solutions provider LafargeHolcim have partnered to co-develop wind turbines with optimised 3D printing concrete bases and which reach record heights of up to 200 m. The three partners will... 

South Africa its own biggest enemy in infrastructure roll-out 

By: Irma Venter     24th June 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,... 

South Africa its own biggest enemy in infrastructure roll-out

Infrastructure key to agriculture's future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2020 For agriculture to become a greater contributor to the economy and to better ensure food security, industry experts agree that the country needs investment into infrastructure and this, in turn, needs a targeted approach. Speaking during a session at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure... 

De Lille launches Sustainable Infrastructure System, methodology 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2020 Infrastructure investment, together with the use of public land and buildings, is a critical lever to achieve spatial and economic justice by connecting South Africa’s citizens, integrating its communities and bringing people closer to work opportunities, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister... 

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021   

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 The new head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro, reported on Tuesday that the next bidding round for the procurement of utility scale renewable-energy projects, often referred to as Bid Window 5, would be launched only in the second quarter of... 

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa believes that infrastructure should be the “flywheel” of South Africa’s economic recovery from the growth- and job-destroying Covid-19 crisis and announced on Tuesday that infrastructure would, thus, be placed at the centre of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus... 

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Safepod commissions demo unit to showcase Covid-19 medical facility

By: Donna Slater     22nd June 2020 Prefabricated modular medical facility manufacturer and equipper Safepod has built and outfitted a five-bed isolation unit at the company’s offices in Saxonwold to showcase how quickly it can be set up, as well as its footprint and usability. Safepod was established as a partnership between... 

Safepod commissions demo unit to showcase Covid-19 medical facility
The 5-bed Safepod demonstration unit

BLSA welcomes corruption-related arrests after long wait

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2020 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso in the organisation’s latest weekly newsletter welcomed the arrests made last week of people involved in alleged corruption related to the VBS Mutual Bank. She says the country has been waiting for National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)... 

BLSA welcomes corruption-related arrests after long wait
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2020 New statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre show that South Africa added only 100 MW of additional utility scale renewable-energy capacity in 2019, despite supply-side constraints and an intensive period of load-shedding. In fact, the report... 

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 New equipment, improved access roads, synchronised, longer operating hours and a truck booking system are all in the works for the heavily congested Port of Durban, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of Durban GM Moshe Motlohi. The country’s busiest port has long been criticised... 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

More profiles can benefit local market

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The current SANS 517 for light-steel-frame building, which is still in development, focuses only on the application of the C-channel profile, but consulting engineering firm ES Consulting Engineers and Associates structural, fire and energy consulting engineer Wessel Esterhuizen believes that it... 

More profiles can benefit local market
NO LIGHT MATTER Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered

Emergency structures present opportunity for sector

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 Although the Covid-19 national lockdown proved “disastrous” for the light-steel-frame building sector – as it was for the rest of the construction sector – Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard believes that there are opportunities for the sector.... 

Emergency structures present opportunity for sector
SWIFT AND STURDY The speed with which light steel frame structures can be erected makes them eminently suitable for the building of emergency structures
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