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Infrastructure News

Sanral, Safcec sign MoU to prioritise small contractor development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), with the aim of prioritising the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the road construction... 

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 South Africa’s civil structures are in dire need of improved performance and longevity, hence building materials company AfriSam’s emphasis on supplying quality products that “go beyond current requirements”. Speaking to Engineering News, AfriSam regional product technical manager Nithia Pillay... 

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues
AfriSam’s Nithia Pillay speaks about the company’s drive to supply products that address industry issues

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 State-owned development finance institution Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is looking to accelerate playing a meaningful role in the economic recovery of the country by assisting in financing and implementing vital infrastructure projects for the transport sector, particularly road... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY The DBSA sees roads infrastructure and other transport sector infrastructure as key to stimulating economic growth and social inclusion

Private-sector investment key amid challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 From an economic perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic has not affected countries in Africa, apart from South Africa, as much as countries on other continents.  

Private-sector investment key amid challenges
GET IT TOGETHER While there is so much potential in Africa, political certainty is required in conjunction with more streamlined procurement processes

Technical panel being assembled to support delivery of 62 infrastructure projects 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2020 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille reported on Thursday that nearly 1 200 applications were received from professionals willing to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for South Africa’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. Applications for the panel were advertised in August... 

Technical panel being assembled to support delivery of 62 infrastructure projects
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Nature must be brought back into cities, says regenerative design expert

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2020 The construction and built environment industries need to strongly consider creative solutions, like integrating regenerative design principles, when designing and building facilities, global consulting company Mott MacDonald regenerative design head Amanda Sturgeon has said. Regenerative design... 

WBHO to report 892c loss per share for FY20

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th October 2020 Construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has advised that it will report an attributable loss s share of between 892c and 985c apiece for the year ended June 30, as a result of project delays taking its toll amid Covid-19. This is around 200% lower than the earnings a share of 938c... 

Boland Cellar commissions 473 kW crowdfunded solar installation

By: Donna Slater     28th October 2020 Paarl-based wine cellars Boland Cellar and peer-to-peer solar leasing platform Sun Exchange received crowd funding from 1 204 individuals from 85 countries to finance a 473 kW solar project to provide clean electricity for the wine cellar, while also reducing its electricity costs and emissions.... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading wind-energy project developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are convinced that South Africa’s plan to install 1.6 GW of new wind capacity yearly until 2030 is more than sufficient to attract large-scale industrial investment. These captains of industry warn, however, that... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly

IDC aims to ‘catalyse’ recovery plan, but won’t go it alone as impairments bite 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – which reported a R3.8-billion loss for the 2019/20 financial year, driven by a surge in impairments from R4.8-billion to R9.6-billion – has revised its investment strategy with the aim of “catalysing” government’s Reconstruction and Recovery Plan... 

IDC aims to ‘catalyse’ recovery plan, but won’t go it alone as impairments bite
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Sanral’s new N2 Wild Coast road to create up to 7 000 jobs

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says up to 7 000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road. A further 29 000 permanent direct and indirect jobs may also be created during the service period of the road once it is opened. 

DTIC revitalisation programme makes progress at Botshabelo Industrial Park

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 The Botshabelo Industrial Park, in the Free State, has attracted investments valued at more than R500-million owing to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) revitalisation programme that is being rolled out. Upgrading the park forms part of the DTIC’s Revitalisation of... 

Traxtion to invest billions in rail infrastructure development over next five years 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 Rail services and solutions provider Traxtion Group intends to embark on a significant investment programme within South Africa’s rail sector, which will, at first, see an initial locomotive and wagon build programme of R1.5-billion upon conclusion of the appropriate access rights with... 

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office   

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2020 The extension of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) to areas where coal jobs are at risk, but where grid capacity is available, represents a “great opportunity” to connect new renewable-energy generators while also supporting a just transition for coal workers, a senior... 

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office
IPPO head of technical Pervelan Govender told participants attending the virtual 2020 edition of Windaba that there was potential grid and just-transition virtue to be derived from locating new renewables projects in Mpumalanga. Video & Editing: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd. 16.10.2020

Water supply projects in Sedibeng, Maluti-a-Phofung areas to resume

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has confirmed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) had resolved a matter that involved delayed payment of service providers and, specifically, the department has paid R80-million to Sedibeng Water for continuation of... 

Water supply projects in Sedibeng, Maluti-a-Phofung areas to resume
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

South Africa’s rail expansion plan links Soweto to Johannesburg

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2020 South Africa’s only high-speed rail network is drawing up a multibillion rand plan to expand outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, joining a potential bonanza of infrastructure projects the government says are key to reviving the economy. A proposal for the venture is awaiting sign-off by the... 

Ethiopia slams pressure after Trump remark on destroying dam

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2020 Ethiopia slammed international pressure regarding its long-running dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a hydropower dam on the Nile River, after US President Donald Trump suggested Cairo could destroy the dam. “Ethiopia will not cave in to aggressions of any kind,” the office of Ethiopian Prime... 

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is in the process of overhauling its approach to opening up its port and rail networks, including 8 000-km of branch lines, to private participants, acknowledging that its previous models have been far to slow and cumbersome. CEO Portia Derby said the... 

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac 

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the rollout of the current R1.6-billion of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. TRAC manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

 Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac
Alex van Niekerk

Roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs being prioritised

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA) has prioritised three special economic zone (SEZ) developments for roll-out in Gauteng, says GDDA CEO Mosa Tshabalala. The first is a high-tech SEZ in the northern corridor of Gauteng, in Bronkhorstspruit, 50 km from Pretoria. 

Eskom moves to appoint advisers to structure 'green' transaction 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2020 South Africa’s coal-heavy power utility is moving to appoint financial advisers to assist it in structuring a potential transaction that could unlock discounted ‘green’ funding for the debt-laden State-owned entity in return for it meeting agreed decarbonisation targets. Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter... 

Eskom moves to appoint advisers to structure 'green' transaction

Fund establishes collective investment scheme with an infrastructure focus

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2020 South Africa’s first preference shares with an infrastructure focus were listed on October 22 on 4 Africa Exchange (4AX), Gaia Fund Managers and Kruger International Asset and Wealth Management confirmed. Gaia, together with Kruger, is listing Gaia Fund 1 (the Fund), which complies with... 

Tunnelling works progressing at Lesotho Highlands Water Project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2020 Underground tunneling works inside the two Polihali diversion tunnels are progressing well, with excavations advancing from the outlets at about 6 m a day per tunnel at the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) site. So far, the excavation of the intake and outlet portals have been completed and... 

Tunnelling works progressing at Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Work on Central and Mabopane rail lines delayed by a year, says PRASA 

By: African News Agency      21st October 2020 It will take another year for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to restore limited electrical service on the main rail lines servicing Cape Town and Johannesburg, the entity conceded in Parliament on Wednesday. "We are now looking at the end of October or November next year to... 

Law to overhaul corruption-prone public procurement still some way off  

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2020 The National Treasury is preparing sweeping legislative changes to the way procurement, which has become highly prone to corruption, is undertaken by public entities, including State-owned companies. It has indicated, however, that the new legal framework is likely to be passed by Parliament only... 

Law to overhaul corruption-prone public procurement still some way off

Massive grid investment needed to unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision  

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that a significant and accelerated expansion of South Africa’s grid infrastructure, beyond that catered for by its current R118-billion investment plan to 2030, is required to integrate the 30 GW of mainly wind and solar generators that will have... 

 Massive grid investment needed to unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision

JRA reopens the upgraded Spring road bridge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has reopened the upgraded bridge on Spring road, in Weltevreden Park, to motorists and pedestrians. The bridge had been closed off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic since March 2017 after it was washed away by floods. Its initial design capacity was not... 

South Africa’s track record bodes ill for investment drive 

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2020 South Africa will be hard pressed to realise its ambitions of attracting R1-trillion of private investment in infrastructure if its past record is anything to go by. The investment drive began two years ago and is a key component of an economic blueprint unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa last... 

Contractors risk ruin owing to contract fine print, payment delays, says MBA 

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North says contractors, particularly small and mid-sized contractors, face growing business risk when embarking on new projects. This is a result of a range of issues, such as contracts that are amended to favour large contractors or clients, unclear delivery... 

Contractors risk ruin owing to contract fine print, payment delays, says MBA

Princess Elizabeth Drydock recommissioned after upgrades

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2020 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully recommissioned the Princess Elizabeth Drydock, at the Port of East London. This follows the completion of two priority capital projects valued at more than R60-million that will "usher in a new era of optimised growth for the historic... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts between CSIR... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres
Construction of the road using the new materials

Electricity regulations amended to allow municipalities to develop or buy power  

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has gazetted amendments to the electricity regulations for new electricity generation capacity, opening the way for “municipalities in good financial standing to develop their own power generation projects”.  The Gazette notice amends the... 

Electricity regulations amended to allow municipalities to develop or buy power
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Reliable and sustainable water solution found in Karoo

16th October 2020 Groundwater specialists from engineering consultants SRK Consulting have assisted in ensuring Prince Albert local municipality in the Karoo is able to provide a reliable and sustainable supply of groundwater to local communities at Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape. Prince Albert local municipality... 

Reliable and sustainable water solution found in Karoo
FULL FLOW Tapping water from the boreholes required a borehole pump design and installation, pipeline design to connect boreholes to existing infrastructure, as well as project and contractor management

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing

16th October 2020 For many years, the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa “have been largely, frustratingly, moot”, according to a statement from industry association LPG South Africa (LPGSA). The doubt surrounding LPG’s benefits stems from an historically inconsistent and unreliable supply... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing
BIG BOY Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 Energy solutions company GE expects gas power to play an increasingly important role in the medium- to long-term future of the country’s energy mix as government continues to pursue decarbonisation through balancing the demands between a coal-fired past and a renewables future. GE Gas Power... 

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future
GAS FOR GROWTH The industrialisation ambitions of African nations depend on cleaner energy sources such as renewables and gas

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Gap analysis needed to guide  gas-to-power industry growth
Photo by Adobe
FLOATING GAS South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market

Expansion set for completion

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has announced that the expansion of the R14-million bulk water supply project in Underberg, for the Harry Gwala district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed and handed over by the end of this month. “The project addresses... 

Expansion set  for completion
UPHILL BATTLE One of the challenges faced during the project entailed an uphill installation which Zimile Consulting Engineers successfully completed without complications
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