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Institute warns of looming change in standards
12th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

As the unit standards of the current National Qualifications Framework (NQF) expired in June 2023, with the last enrolment of learners in June 2024, professional body Institute for Work at Height... 


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Tribunal approves Afrimat, Lafarge merger with conditions
10th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the proposed large merger wherein Afrimat intends to acquire the entire issued share capital of Lafarge South Africa Holdings.   The tribunal’s... 


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Concrete towers selected for Impofu wind farm to bolster local content
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Enel Green Power South Africa has confirmed that the Nordex manufacturing facility being set up in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, will produce concrete wind tower sections for the three new wind... 


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Bell Equipment advances contract manufacturing initiative
3rd April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has been growing its business organically by investing in the development and enhancement of products, increasing market share in key regions, such as... 


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PPC’s Zimbabwe business flourishes while South African, Botswana businesses flounder
27th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

Revenue growth in cement producer PPC’s South Africa and Botswana cement businesses was driven by price increases during the ten months ended January 31, positively offsetting the declining sales... 


‘It’s not all doom and gloom in our space’ – WBHO boss
22nd March 2024 By: Irma Venter

With a total pipeline of work of R240-billion, up from R211-billion in June, Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) short- to medium-term future “should be okay”, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “It’s not... 


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Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa
15th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Forklift products and services provider Masslift Africa, in partnership with Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, this week launched Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift series for the Southern... 


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Methanol surge expected to continue
15th March 2024

In recent years, the demand for methanol has witnessed a significant surge, particularly within the marine and construction industries, states analytical reportage company Persistence Market... 


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‘It’s not all doom and gloom in our space’ – WBHO boss
6th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

With a total pipeline of work of R240-billion, up from R211-billion in June, Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) short- to medium-term future “should be okay”, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “It’s not... 


Machinery heralds more efficient, environment-friendly practices
1st March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

In a significant development for the construction sector, machine industry group Husqvarna has introduced a new range of advanced machinery, which machinery distributor Superb Construction Systems... 


Prefab buildings provider celebrates five decades
1st March 2024

Prefabricated buildings provider Kwikspace is celebrating more than five decades of delivering tailor-made solutions across diverse industries. With expertise spanning schools, clinics, mining,... 


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3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector
3D concrete printer stands to benefit South African construction
1st March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

The development of fit-for-purpose machinery, made in South Africa and for African conditions, such as three-dimensional (3D) concrete printing, stands to offer the construction industry enhanced... 


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Local manufacturer seeks to ease crane buying process
1st March 2024 By: Lynne Davies

There is a risk associated with buying capital equipment, and the choice of a factory crane can be “especially tricky”, says local overhead cranes and hoists manufacturer Condra Cranes. Condra... 


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Metals, engineering output up 1.7% but still far below 2008/9 peak
20th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

While aggregate production in the South African metals and engineering sector increased by 1.7% last year, which is slightly higher than the 1.5% increase in 2022, it remains 18% below where it was... 


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Cape Town to invest R43bn in infrastructure in the next three years – mayor
14th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city will invest R43-billion in infrastructure over the next three years. The ten-year project pipeline is valued at R120-billion. 


ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
AMSA sees plausible pathway for salvaging longs unit, but ready to reverse closure deferral if urgent progress is not made
8th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has deferred the wind-down of its long-products business by six months amid widespread concern regarding the detrimental impact of the closure on... 


Bell Equipment founder’s grandson named CEO
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO Leon... 


PPC concludes sale of Rwandan cement business
25th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC’s subsidiary PPC International Holdings has successfully disposed of its 51% shareholding in Cimerwa, in Rwanda, for $42.5-million. PPC confirms that all... 


Afrimat only waiting for CompTrib approval for Lafarge South Africa acquisition
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed midtier mining and materials company Afrimat says it is now awaiting approval from only the Competition Tribunal to proceed with its proposed acquisition of Lafarge South Africa. Mineral... 


The existing Ulco operation and new mining area
AfriSam expects to start mining new Ulco limestone quarry later this year
18th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Aggregates and construction materials company AfriSam will soon start mining at a new limestone deposit near its Ulco cement plant, in the Northern Cape. The relocated quarry will be capable of... 


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PPC reorganises exec committee to drive improved profitability, return on capital
18th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed cement and construction materials company PPC has approved a substantially reorganised and strengthened executive committee to drive improved profitability and a sustainable return on... 


UK to implement carbon levy on imported goods by 2027
18th December 2023 By: Reuters

Britain will implement a new carbon import levy on some products from 2027 to help to protect businesses against cheaper imports from countries with less strict climate policies, the government... 


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PPC rehabilitates boreholes for Madibeng villages
14th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Construction materials company PPC has rehabilitated nine boreholes in Madibeng, in the North West, and handed them over to the Madibeng municipality. This project forms part of the cement maker’s... 


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Bell Equipment management returns to the family as it appoints new CEO
12th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO, Leon... 


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NRCS recalls cement product over insufficient strength
11th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is recalling the Econo Cement CEMV/AS-V32.5N product from all distributors and retail outlets across South Africa, saying it has failed... 


Sunward South Africa launch
Sunward expands presence in South Africa with new distribution, service centre
11th December 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Drilling, earthmoving and construction equipment supplier Sunward South Africa has unveiled its dedicated distribution facility in Jet Park, Boksburg, to serve the Southern African mining and... 


Metalworker
Seifsa warns of dire consequences if govt fails to intervene on AMSA longs closure
8th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is calling on government to take urgent and decisive action to support the domestic steel sector following ArcelorMittal... 


Barloworld expects slowdown in mining equipment sales as commodity cycle cools
8th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Barloworld expects a 10% to 15% decline in the 2024 Southern African mining equipment industry on the back of slowing commodity demand and weak commodity prices. “Having said that, we are... 


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Spares deal expected to boost performance of straddle carriers at congested DCT Pier 2
7th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has concluded a seven-year agreement with four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the supply of critical spares for equipment across its terminals, including... 


XA Global Trade Advisors CEO Donald MacKay
Report poses serious questions about effectiveness of scrap export ban
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Serious questions about the effectiveness and desirability of South Africa’s prevailing scrap export ban have been raise in a new report, which calls for its immediate lifting unless evidence can... 


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New waste management system has multiple environmental benefits
1st December 2023 By: Halima Frost

Sustainable waste management solutions provider Asher Africa’s latest waste management system effectively decreases a client's waste output and offers an “almost emissions-free process”,... 


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Finding immediate steel alternatives a concern as AMSA prepares to wind down longs unit
29th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has indicated that it will enter discussions with buyers of its noncommodity long-steel products in an effort to limit the disruption that is set to arise because... 


Invicta delivers strong interim performance
27th November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Investment holding and management company Invicta Holdings achieved a robust performance for the six months ended September 30, with revenue having increased by 12% to R4.3-billion. The increase of... 


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PPC confirms Cardarelli to take over as CEO from Dec 1
27th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Cement producer PPC has confirmed that Matias Cardarelli's work permit has been issued and that he will formally succeed Roland van Wijnen as CEO with effect from December 1. PPC in September... 


Contractors urge dialogue on the back of 88 liquidations
24th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Contract changes within the construction industry and conditions that are slashing margins are becoming a growing threat to contractors, “contributing to the downward spiral of the construction... 


PPC outgoing CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC reports higher interim revenue, earnings
20th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed cement and construction materials company PPC has reported a 20.9% year-on-year increase in revenue to R6-billion for the six months ended September 30.  Its earnings before interest,... 


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