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Infrastructure News

100 MW reform ‘precursor’ to new market-driven electricity supply industry – De Ruyter 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the decision to lift the licence-exemption cap on own- or embedded-generation plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as not only positive for addressing South Africa’s immediate electricity shortages, but also as “the precursor to the development of a new electricity... 

South Africa will continue to remove barriers to growth and investment, Ramaphosa tells investors 

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2021 Having already announced a key reform for the electricity sector, President Cyril Ramaphosa told international investors on Thursday that the country will continue to remove barriers to growth and investment through the Operation Vulindlela delivery mechanism. In an address to the SA Tomorrow... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Concerns raised over Gauteng infrastructure agency’s underspending

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2021 The Gauteng Provincial Treasury (GPT) has announced an increase in the transfer of funds to the Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency (Gifa) from R64-million in the 2021/22 financial year to R65.4-million in the 2023/24 financial year. The increase in allocation is aimed at ensuring a... 

Supporting young engineers important for future of infrastructure in South Africa, says Saice

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering's (Saice's) Young Members Panel chairperson Michael Mhlanga says young engineers are the future custodians of South Africa’s infrastructure and should be supported in their personal and professional development. Continuous education, mentorship,... 

Transformational investing a challenge for developing nations – investment panel

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2021 Africa presents a unique case for the type of transformational investing that is required for sustainability, to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to panellists participating in a Sanlam Investments Forum on... 

Sudan says it is open to conditional interim deal on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     14th June 2021 Sudan is open to a partial interim agreement on Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, on specific conditions, Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas told a news conference on Monday. The conditions include the signing-off of everything that has already been agreed on in... 

Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 After slipping to 27 in the first quarter of the year, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index has increased to 39 in the second quarter of the year. Even though this is the highest level of the index since the first quarter of 2018, at the current level, more than 60% of respondents says they are... 

Siphamandla Mkhwanazi
Siphamandla Mkhwanazi

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2021 Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African operations to align with the unfolding transitions under way in the energy and mining sectors. Fluor... 

Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach
Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel signs the Steel Master Plan as Numsa's Irvin Jim prepares to do likewise
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 To address the effects of the lack of infrastructure projects in South Africa, cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) MD Njombo Lekula has called for industry and government to work together to mitigate the knock-on effects on the cement sector. “We urgently need an agile and... 

PLANT POWER
PPC has invested substantially in improving its various plants technologies and infrastructure to maximise efficacy
PLANT POWER PPC has invested substantially in improving its various plants technologies and infrastructure to maximise efficacy

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

CONCRETE SUPPORT
A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand 

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the... 

NEW DAWN
The implementation of proposed infrastructure projects will uplift the much needed demand of cement and concrete in South Africa
Cement & Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie discusses the current state if the industry, as well as the formation of the CCSA.

Pioneers for sustainable urban regeneration

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 An urgent shift from traditional market practice towards the ‘green industrial revolution’ is underway, hence specialised commercial property financial services company TUHF’s advocating for the following of green and sustainable building principles in the construction and building industries.  

Association highlights third-party access benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 Local industry body the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says structural changes, as a result of allowing third-party access to State-owned freight utility Transnet’s rail network, will provide a significant boost for the local economy. “Third-party access will enable... 

NO TRAIN, NO GAIN
Third-party access will unlock a range of positive effects upstream and downstream through extra train capacity that is generated
NO TRAIN, NO GAIN Third-party access will unlock a range of positive effects upstream and downstream through extra train capacity that is generated

Product ensures bolt security for safer railways

11th June 2021 Bolt security is essential for optimum safety in all industries, particularly in the railway sector, where demands on rail lines and train components are under increasing pressure, as trains and railway networks become more sophisticated. “Bolt loosening anywhere on railway infrastructure and... 

ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING
BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions
ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions

Commuter rail on the rise

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 Railroad equipment supplier Gibela aims to elevate commuter rail as the transport mode of choice by contributing to safe and reliable public transport, in line with the transport sector’s objectives. “The rail manufacturing industry has been dormant in South Africa for about 40 years, and Gibela... 

HECTOR DANISA 
Gibela plays a pivotal role in South Africa’s economic growth, contributing to our GDP and job creation, and adding to government’s revenue base
HECTOR DANISA Gibela plays a pivotal role in South Africa’s economic growth, contributing to our GDP and job creation, and adding to government’s revenue base

Association encourages use of zinc to boost rail

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk head Simon Norton says there is significant opportunity right now to increase the use of refined zinc for hot dip galvanising of steel, with the steel used for new rail infrastructure projects in South Africa. “This would guarantee a long life for... 

PROTECTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE
Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion
PROTECTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion

Wood beneficial for the circular economy

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 The Graduate School of Technology Management at the University of Pretoria (UP) says policy needs to be developed to ensure wood forms part of the circular economy. 

Ramaphosa moves to tackle growth-sapping electricity crisis by increasing licence-exemption cap on distributed projects to 100 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2021 In a surprise move, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that the licence-exemption cap on self- or distributed-generation plants would be raised from 1 MW to 100 MW to help address the country's electricity crisis, which has been weighing down economic growth and confidence for more... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Egypt and Sudan urge Ethiopia to negotiate seriously over giant dam

By: Reuters     10th June 2021 Sudan and Egypt agreed on Wednesday to coordinate efforts to push Ethiopia to negotiate "seriously" on an agreement on filling and operating a giant dam it is building on the Blue Nile, a joint statement said. The two countries, which are downstream from the dam, issued the statement after... 

Honouring $100bn/y climate-finance pledge key to catalysing developing country energy transitions  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2021 Annual clean energy investment in emerging and developing economies needs to increase by more than seven times, from less than $150-billion in 2020 to over $1-trillion by 2030, if the world is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, a new report shows. The ‘Financing Clean Energy Transitions in... 

 Honouring $100bn/y climate-finance pledge key to catalysing developing country energy transitions

Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso... 

The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Renewable energy organisations to host second series of business development webinars

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2021 Following a successful webinar series on business opportunities in the renewable energy sector in 2020, a second series started in May this year in collaboration between the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA). The 2020... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

Aveng raises R100m in follow-on rights offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 JSE-listed Aveng has successfully completed its follow-on rights offer on June 4, raising total new capital of R100-million. The follow-on rights offer comprised of R89.5-million of follow-on rights offer shares taken up by shareholders who followed their rights.  

South African industrial hub has found a faster route to the sea

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2021 A new inland transit facility between South Africa and Mozambique could slash transport times between the Maputo port and the region’s industrial and business hub. DP World’s new dry port depot in Komatipoort, a town on South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique, operates as a bonded container... 

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

TRIPLE POWER
The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks
TRIPLE POWER The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks

Institute working to host international event locally

By: Cameron Mackay     4th June 2021 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) is collaborating with industry bodies and relevant government departments to host the International Tribology Council’s (ITC’s) eighth International World Tribology Congress in South Africa in 2025 or 2026, says SAIT president Patrick Swan.  “We are... 

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Macsteel seeks reimbursement for ‘unlawful’ duty payments 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2021 Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield is confident that the company has a strong legal case against the continued application of an 8% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and confirms that it is also asking the court for an order granting that it be reimbursed for the duties paid since the extension was... 

Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield
Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield

Johannesburg International Transport Interchange to launch at the end of June

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) on June 3 said the 50 000 m² Johannesburg International Transport Interchange (JITI) had reached practical completion and would launch at the end of the month. The international long-distance and cross-border transport hub is located in the city's central business... 

Johannesburg International Transport Interchange to launch at the end of June

Opinion: Current priorities for South Africa’s electricity policy

3rd June 2021 In this summary of a presentation made to a colloquium organised by Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion, Creamer Media CEO and Wits University economics lecturer Dr Kenneth Creamer outlines five priorities for South Africa’s electricity policy 

Priorities on road to electricity reform
Photo by Creamer Media
Priorities on road to electricity reform

SMEC secures Tatu City industrial infrastructure consultant contract

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2021 Engineering multinational SMEC on June 2 said it had been appointed as infrastructure consultant for the second phase of Tatu Industrial Park, which is part of the 5 000-acre special economic zone Tatu City outside Nairobi, in Kenya. SMEC will oversee the design, tender processing and... 

The five steps Meridian says South Africa should take in the next 500 days to future-proof energy sector  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2021 Specialist economics advisory group Meridian Economics has outlined five practical actions that could be taken in the next 500 days to address South Africa’s immediate electricity crisis and position the broader energy sector for future sustainability and climate resilience. In a briefing note... 

The five steps Meridian says South Africa should take in the next 500 days to future-proof energy sector

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 On behalf of the German government, the German development bank KfW has initiated a programme of up to €200-million in size to support the establishment of green hydrogen projects in South Africa and it intends releasing a formal request for information (RFI) by the end of June. The funding,... 

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa

Gift of the Givers to drill borehole to alleviate water crisis at Johannesburg hospital

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2021 Gift of the Givers will be drilling for water at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville following water delivery disruptions in Johannesburg. In the last week, there have been water outages across the City of Johannesburg because of below optimum inflow of water into the system... 

South Africa adds $1bn solar-battery project portfolio to RMIPPPP preferred bidder list  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has announced the appointment of three additional preferred bidder projects under the 2 000-MW Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), following the completion of “value for money negotiations” with... 

South Africa adds $1bn solar-battery project portfolio to RMIPPPP preferred bidder list
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