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Steel demand expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year

By: Schalk Burger     15th October 2021 This year has seen a stronger-than-expected recovery in steel demand, leading to upward revisions in the World Steel Association's (worldsteel's) forecast across the board except for China. "Owing to this vigorous recovery, global steel demand outside China is expected to return to its... 

South African building industry in line for more State support

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2021 South Africa’s government is planning more measures to bolster its ailing building industry after banning the use of imported cement on state construction projects. “Government is undertaking research across a range of construction-related products where there appears to be significant potential... 

SepHold share price rallies owing to Treasury’s imported cement circular

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2021 JSE-listed SepHold has commented on its recent share price rally and given an update on Dangote Cement SA’s (SepCem) kiln outage. In an October 12 statement, SepHold noted that the National Treasury had issued a circular effectively banning imported cement in government-funded projects from... 

Limpopo govt opens new access road to benefit for Ga-Masemola communities

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th October 2021 Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha this week officially launched the D4253 road in Ga-Masemola, in the Makhuduthamaga local municipality. Built by Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL), a State-owned entity under the municipal Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, the road is a 5.42 km... 

Finnish research partner develops carbon dioxide emissions reduction solution

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2021 Together with its business partners, research, development and innovation partner VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a solution that it says can bring a significant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the production of cement and quicklime. As one of the... 

Concrete industry says carbon capture a key to hitting emissions targets

By: Reuters     12th October 2021 Global cement and concrete makers on Tuesday laid out steps to cut carbon dioxide emissions 25% by 2030 and to reach zero net emissions by mid-century, relying on more carbon-free energy, new chemistry and manufacturing technology, and carbon capture. Cement, the glue of concrete, accounts for... 

Use of imported cement on govt-funded projects to be prohibited from Nov 4

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2021 The National Treasury has officially designated cement and, from November 4, the use of imported cement will be prohibited on all government-funded projects. Consolidated concrete and cement association Cement and Concrete SA (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says the National Treasury has issued a... 

Made-from-carbon-dioxide concrete, lululemons and diamonds spark investor excitement

By: Reuters     4th October 2021 What do diamonds, sunglasses, high-end lululemon sportswear and concrete have to do with climate change? They can all be made using carbon dioxide (CO2), locking up the planet warming gas. And tech startups behind these transformations are grabbing investor attention. 

Barloworld reflects on resilient group performance

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2021 JSE-listed equipment and services company Barloworld says the group achieved a resilient performance for the 11 months to August 31, in what remains a tough operating environment. The resilient performance was driven by a robust performance from industrial equipment, together with a substantial... 

Arise IIP gets carbon neutral certification for Gabon SEZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2021 Pan-African industrial parks developer Arise IIP has been awarded a carbon neutral certification for its Gabon special economic zone (SEZ). The certification provides a transparent third-party assessment of the SEZ’s carbon footprint and offsetting. 

PPC reaches milestones in its restructuring journey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2021 JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC has provided an update on its restructuring and refinancing project, which has been under way since November 2019. The project is centred on implementing a sustainable capital structure and improving the investment prospects of the group.  

PPC factory in Dwaalboom
PPC factory in Dwaalboom

Jib crane to be used for underground ore recovery

By: Schalk Burger     24th September 2021 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes designed, manufactured and delivered a large jib crane that will be trialled for the bulk recovery of ore spilled underground. The 5 t crane has a 9 m lifting height and a slewing radius of 5 m, with an orange-peel hydraulic grab and electromagnet – a... 

CRAB ASSEMBLY
The assembled crab at the top of the jib crane, with the 5-ton hoist itself, hydraulic power pack, two hydraulic hose reels for the five-tine orange-peel grab, and the cable-reeling drum serving the electromagnet
CRAB ASSEMBLY The assembled crab at the top of the jib crane, with the 5-ton hoist itself, hydraulic power pack, two hydraulic hose reels for the five-tine orange-peel grab, and the cable-reeling drum serving the electromagnet

HybroHeat furnace technology developed

By: Anna Moross     24th September 2021 With the development of the HybroHeat furnace technology, plant supplier SMS group underlines once again its position as world market leader for aluminium extrusion plants. 

An image of the hybroheat furnace technology
HYBROHEAT FURNACE TECHNOLOGY HybroHeat furnace technology combines the advantages of cost-efficient preheating of log material in a gas furnace and precise temperature setting

Industry developed through strategy

By: Anna Moross     24th September 2021 While the Aluminium Federation of South Africa’s (AFSA’s) role in the South African Aluminium Industry Roadmap (SAAIR) has been to promote the roadmap and ensure that policymakers are aware of the envisaged, ambitious deliverables, there have been major challenges and milestones, including... 

An image of Muzi Manzi the CEO of AFSA
MUZI MANZI At the height of the pandemic, the LME's aluminium prices plummeted to a low of $1 425/t in April of 2020, resulting in increased stockpiles

Rubble recycling not seen as economically viable

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The recycling of construction and demolition materials in South Africa is behind the global curve, partly because it is generally not viewed as economically viable by the vast majority of local companies operating in the sector, claims crushing and screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec... 

A photo of Pilot Crushtec Africa sales manager Fernando Abelho
FERNANDO ABELHO A lack of enforcement means much construction and demolition waste is not suitable for recycling into general aggregate

ArcelorMittal South Africa responds to Itac’s termination of safeguard probe

23rd September 2021 Earlier this month, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) recommended that an investigation be terminated into the imposition of safeguard duties on certain steel sections manufactured at the Highveld Structural Mill. The application was lodged in June 2020 by... 

The Highveld Structural Steel Mill
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The Highveld Structural Steel Mill

PPC completes disposal of PPC Lime and PPC Aggregate Quarries Botswana

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2021 Construction materials company PPC on September 20 announced that all conditions precedent for the disposal of PPC Lime and PPC Aggregate Quarries Botswana (PPC AQB) have been met. The completion of the sale of PPC Lime and PPC AQB is an important and positive step in the ongoing capital... 

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Metal pipes of a correctly installed pipe system for the HVACR system
HOW TO... The association has released a new installation manual which will be used by training providers form this month

Opinion: Steel Master Plan needs refining if it is to help revive downstream industry

15th September 2021 In this opinion article, Duferco MD Ludovico Sanges argues that the Steel Master Plan is a good start, but that certain key issues still need to be addressed if the embattled downstream steel industry is to be revived. 

Photo of Duferco MD Ludovico Sanges
Duferco MD Ludovico Sanges

John Deere adds more models to its construction equipment offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2021 Since original-equipment manufacturer John Deere announced its expansion into the sub-Saharan African market with its construction equipment in March, it has added nine more machines to its portfolio. Among these additions is a 310L backhoe, which runs a 63 kW engine and has a four-speed... 

John Deere construction equipment
John Deere construction equipment

Building confidence remains under pressure

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2021 Financial services firm First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau of Economic Research Building Confidence Index declined to 35 points in the third quarter of the year from 39 points in the second quarter, indicating that 65% of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions.... 

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving truck in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

Image of Bell ADT trucks
The Bell ADT

Paradigm shift can address unemployment

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Increasing awareness of the skills required to advance civil engineering education in South Africa is integral to unlocking employment opportunities, specifically within the country’s municipal sector, advocates South Africa Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) CEO Vishaal Lutchman.  

An image of Vishaal Lutchman, the CEO of SAICE
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The country needs to find a balanced approach to promote both artisanal trade qualifications and qualifications received from universities

Company involvement in municipal project well under way

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Engineering consultant Zutari has completed several aspects of Phase 1 and Phase 1A of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), for which it provided civil and structural engineering services associated with bulk and internal infrastructure. 

An image of the construction site  of the TASEZ project
ZUTARI TASEZ DEVELOPMENT The TASEZ is a key driver for economic growth in the City of Tshwane and in Gauteng

Company uses innovative ideas in municipal project

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Consulting engineers Knight Piésold completed the design and construction supervision of the 25 ML rectangular reinforced concrete reservoir at the Emoyeni site for the eThekwini municipality Water and Sanitation Unit in February 2021. 

An image of the construction of the concrete reservoir project
CONCRETE RESERVOIR The project represents creative design elements that exceeded the expectations of both the client and the community

Tech key to transform water systems

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 The global water and wastewater treatment market is driven by rapid population growth and urbanisation and it is, therefore, critical for water boards and municipalities to break down the ‘silo mentality’ for better management of resources, says information technology company Rockwell Automation... 

An image of Sagren Govender the sales manager and Europe, Middle East and Africa water industry coordinator for Rockwell Automation
SAGREN GOVENDER Using technology in the development of water plants allows for intellectual knowledge to be shared between water boards and municipalities

Afrimat Construction Index sees 55% y/y rebound in the second quarter

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 Following a “predictable sharp decline” during the second quarter of 2020, JSE-listed Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI) has emulated the trend of several key sectors of the economy by staging a swift and pronounced recovery from the worst of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations. 

Afrimat Construction Index sees 55% y/y rebound in the second quarter

Company highlights importance of adequate lighting in oil refineries

By: Anna Moross     3rd September 2021 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder emphasises the importance of using correct lighting in oil refineries to ensure productivity and avoid injury.  

An image of the BEKA Schréder LEDNOVA product
LEDNOVA The LEDNOVA is designed for applications where a robust, performing luminaire is needed

Association highlights the importance of transport

27th August 2021 African Rail Industry Association CEO Mesela Nhlapo has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and technical business development and has been the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association since 2017. 

CEO An image of, the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association
MESELA NHLAPO It is important for women to support each other and “particularly for women that want to enter the rail space

The importance of organisational culture in supporting women

27th August 2021 Project developer G7 Renewable Energies head of development Karen de Bruyn has spoken about the importance of organisational culture in supporting careers for women in previously male dominated sectors. 

An image of Karen de Bruyn the head of development at G7 Renewable Energies
KAREN DE BRUYN The global renewable energy revolution has set in motion new opportunities for women to contribute to the engineering sector

Company empowers future graduates

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Construction company Motheo empowers its staff and identifies future potential in the female youth of South Africa. 

An image of Lettie Mashau CEO of Motheo Construction
LETTIE MASHAU In our 24 years of existence, Motheo has intentionally empowered young African graduates, with a special focus on African women

Free courses promote women involvement

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to encourage and increase women’s participation in the implementation of energy and other resource efficiency projects in industry and, in commemoration of Women’s Month, is offering female engineers the opportunity to apply for... 

An image of Ngoanathari Maja project manager of NCPC-SA
NGOANATHARI MAJA There has been an encouraging, steady increase of women participating in NCPC-SA’s training courses, although there is still some way to go

Women empowered through network

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Cummins Africa Middle East’s Distribution business human resources director, Lebohang Mosese, has played an integral role in the company as the leader of the women's network and has first-hand experience of how Cummins empowers women.  

An image of Lebohang Mosese, the human resources director at Cummins Africa Middle East’s Distribution.
LEBOHANG MOSESE To ensure the empowerment of women at Cummins, its diversity and inclusion council created gender diversity targets across countries, business segments and career levels

Company drives PPE uptake for women

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Industries that require safety footwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) have historically been male-dominated, but this trend is changing and the challenge is to provide women with PPE that is suited to the female body.  

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An image of Predahni Naidoo, the brand manager Sisi Safety Wear
PREDAHNI NAIDOO Women’s safety wear supplier Sisi Safety Wear aims to drive the message that “women must strive to receive safety wear that is suited for her”

Earthmoving machinery, equipment companies could face charges for allegedly fixing rental rates

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2021 The Competition Commission has filed charges with the Competition Tribunal against the Contractors Plant Hire Association (CPHA) and its 22 members, for allegedly fixing rental rates for earthmoving machinery and plant equipment. The commission found that the association and its members... 

WBHO reports improved full-year operational performance, financials

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2021 JSE-listed Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) expects to report earnings a share and headline earnings a share of 562c and 600c, respectively, for the financial year ended June 30. That compares with the loss a share of 937c and a headline loss a share of 923c reported for the 2020 financial year. 

DRA reports solid interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2021 ASX- and JSE-listed DRA Global reported underlying earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation (Ebita) of A$32.5-million and underlying net profit after tax and amortisation (NPATA) of A$23-million for the half-year ended June 30. Revenue for the period amounted to A$569.3-million. 

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