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Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

Water project underway and making progress

13th December 2019 Last month, the official ground-breaking function for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) took place and was attended by Kingdom of Lesotho Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and South Africa Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “Implementing Phase... 

Water project underway and making progress
DAM BIG PROJECT The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam

Edenville inks two key coal supply contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has signed two new significant contracts to supply washed coal from the company’s flagship Rukwa coal project, in western Tanzania. The two contracts are for the supply of up to 6 000 t and up to 3 000 t, respectively, of washed coal a month to industrial customers in... 

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Cool coating technologies, also known as cool surfaces, can play a key role in making human settlements more energy efficient and sustainable, and buildings more habitable, says research institution South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency cool surfaces... 

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable
!KHEIS COATING Local youth cover a roof in cool coating in Groblershoop, in the !Kheis municipality in the Northern Cape

Data management in construction adds resilience, efficiency benefits

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Effectively managing data in construction sector businesses helps them to be more resilient in the event of a cybersecurity breach or loss of data, and helps them to use their data efficiently to support operations , says data management consulting company Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie.... 

Data management in construction  adds resilience, efficiency benefits
HEMANT HARIE Effectively managing the flow and protection of data improves resilience and supports operational efficiency

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Cool coating technologies, also known as cool surfaces, can play a key role in making human settlements more energy efficient and sustainable, and buildings more habitable, says research institution South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency cool surfaces... 

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable
!KHEIS COATING Local youth cover a roof in cool coating in Groblershoop, in the !Kheis municipality in the Northern Cape

Tribunal dismisses cement industry cartel case against NPC

5th December 2019 A decade after the Competition Commission launched an investigation into a cement cartel, the matter has been finalised, with the Competition Tribunal this week  having dismissed a case of indirect price fixing and market division against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC).   The cement industry... 

Afrimat Construction Index gains some traction in third quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2019 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI), a composite index of the level of activity in South Africa's building and construction sectors, increased by 5.1% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter. Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who compiles the ACI on behalf of construction materials, industrial minerals... 

Afrimat Construction Index gains some traction in third quarter

Govt delaying AMSA’s inevitable demise, says Neasa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (Neasa) says government is not helping anyone by endeavouring to keep ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Saldanha Steel Works plant open. “Over and above the 20% duties preventing the downstream steel industry from importing cheaper and... 

Govt delaying AMSA’s inevitable demise, says Neasa

Mortar saves energy, costs

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 With a constrained power grid and the ever-increasing cost of energy, the sustainability features of Pratliperl translate into significant growth opportunities in South Africa, says industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley’s marketing director Eldon Kruger. Pratliperl is derived... 

Mortar saves  energy, costs
TOO HOT TO HANDLE The Pratliperl coating offers thermal insulation with subsequent energy-saving and environmental benefits

Barloworld Equipment opens new Isando showroom

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2019 Heavy-duty machines and services company Barloworld Equipment inaugurated a new 3 200 square metre showroom at its Isando campus, in Ekurhuleni, on Wednesday, and renamed its ten-year old learning academy in honour of Peter Bulterman. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela, alongside Ekurhuleni mayor... 

Invicta interim earnings, cash generation increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 Investment holding and equipment distribution company Invicta on Monday reported a 1 046% year-on-year increase in basic earnings a share to 149c for the six months ended September 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 2 029% to 149c apiece. 

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd November 2019 International trends in the use of natural stone and engineered stone are increasing demand for its Keraflex S1 Express ultra-white, high-performance cementitious adhesive, notes Gauteng chemicals and adhesives manufacturer Mapei. For decades, Mapei's primary development focus has been on... 

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s new, fully cloud-based steel anchor design software Profis has been well received in the South African construction sector. Launched in July, Profis Engineering is customised software used in the design of steel anchor... 

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design
HARD JOB The new cloud-based software makes the design of steel erections, stiffeners and welding associated with the connection easier

Industry boasts third positive year despite global downturn

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist and commercial executive Dr Michael Ade says the local metals and engineering (M&E) industry has thus far had a third ‘good year’ in a row. This is in spite of the current challenge of increasing intermediate... 

Industry boasts third positive year despite global downturn
BRIGHT FUTURE Improved trade to to the Southern African Development Community brings with it a positive outlook for the steel construction industry

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 South African steel supplier Stalcor has successfully negotiated to supply its Alubond mineral core (A2) noncombustible façade cladding panels for State-owned Airports Company South Africa’s Western Precinct development, which is currently under way. “This is the fourth notable project where the... 

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding
PRETTY LADY The A2 cladding on the Katherine towers is not only aesthetically pleasing but also noncombustible

AfriSam showcases urban quarry amid focus on quality 

21st November 2019 Cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates company AfriSam is focusing on providing high-level, responsive services and high-quality products to its clients as it weathers the sustained doldrums the construction industry remains in. Schalk Burger has the story. 

AfriSam showcases urban quarry amid focus on quality
AfriSam showcases urban quarry amid focus on quality

PPC reports lower profitability, but still generates free cash flow

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2019 JSE-listed PPC on Wednesday reiterated the adverse effects of the devaluation of the Zimbabwean dollar (ZWL) and the rand on its financial performance for the six months ended September 30. The company had already highlighted this in a trading statement published earlier this month. 

PPC reports lower profitability, but still generates free cash flow

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Quality gratings can reduce maintenance and costs

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Grating, stair treads, expanded metal and handrail manufacturer Vital Engineering has supplied its Vitex expanded metal range of raised expanded metal walkway gratings and the Vitex flattened range, for safety guarding applications, to various mining and process plants in the last six months. The... 

Quality gratings can reduce maintenance and costs
GRATE JOB All products supplied by Vital Engineering are produced in compliance with local and international safety standards

AfriSam prioritising quality amid tough times for construction sector

By: Schalk Burger     15th November 2019 Cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates company AfriSam is focusing on producing high-quality cements, concretes and aggregates, as well as offering timely, reliable service to clients, amid difficult economic and construction sector times, says AfriSam construction materials North regional... 

AfriSam prioritising quality amid  tough times for construction sector
Photo by Dylan Slater
AFRISAM READY-MIX PLANT The ready-mix batch plant has significant process controls to ensure that the correct ingredients and additives are mixed and loaded for clients

Global company eyes growth in S Africa, rest of Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko recently entered the South African market, offering “ground-breaking technology” to improve efficiency and boost cost savings in the construction sector. 

Global company eyes growth in S Africa, rest of Africa
LARGEST AFRICAN MALL Peikko South Africa played an integral role in the construction of Fourways Mall, which is now the largest mall in South Africa and probably Africa

Equipment supplier caters to diverse customer base

15th November 2019 During tough times in civil engineering – where lack of work is one of the most worrying issues – equipment supplier Civplant Civils and Civtek Limited’s team pulls together even closer to strengthen the relationships that it has established with customers over the last 20 years, states Civplant... 

Equipment supplier caters  to diverse customer base
CUSTOMER FOCUSED HPE Africa’s national workshop facilities are geared to assist customers with modifications of machines, enabling adaptability for specific tasks

Demand for maintenance planning qualification increases

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Enterprise asset management company Pragma successfully achieved its second intake of students for its Maintenance Planner qualification in August, with a third intake planned for January next year. The National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 5 qualification, offered through the Pragma... 

Demand for maintenance planning qualification increases
QUANTIFYING A QUALITY QUALIFICATION The maintenance planning qualification can lead to good planning, which can boost each artisan’s efficiency on a maintenance team by about 45% to 50%

Refurbished building boasts new materials

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Shared workspace provider WeWork will officially open its newly refurbished 155 West street building, in Sandton, next month. The building, which is more than 25 years old, was previously occupied by health insurance provider Discovery before it was overhauled. 

Refurbished building boasts new materials
NOT JUST A PRETTY FAÇADE The interior of the refurbished building includes upgraded safety features and improved facilities

Sephaku reports R7m interim loss

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 Despite a “challenging” interim period characterised by negative earnings, JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings is committed to weathering the downturn and emerging as a renowned building materials entity. The company reported a net loss of R7.7-million for the six months ended September 30, compared... 

SepHold expects lower HEPS for H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) expects to report lower headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 3.36c and 4.37c for the six months ended September 30, compared with the HEPS of 12.59c reported for the six months ended September 30, 2018. The company attributed the lower earnings to... 

SepHold expects lower HEPS for H1

Green SanteQ lightweight walling system in heavy demand

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Discussions are under way with developers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Botswana for the supply of the ‘green’, locally produced SanteQ lightweight walling system, as well as  for potential partnerships and projects in Sri Lanka, the UK and Australia. Introduced early this year,... 

Green SanteQ lightweight walling system in heavy demand

Steel tube exports grow despite poor domestic demand

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th November 2019 South Africa’s carbon steel and low-alloy-steel tube and pipe manufacturing industry exported about 221 000 t in 2017, compared with 278 000 t in 2018, an increase of 26%. This increase has been largely buoyed by a sharp increase in seamless pipe exports in 2018, says Steel Tube Export... 

Steel tube exports grow despite poor domestic demand
KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE The South African steel industry, including the steel tube and pipe sub-industry, requires an export strategy that is supported by government policies

Green cement? Captured carbon may fuel new markets and help climate

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Capturing planet-warming carbon dioxide and turning it into useful products, from plastics to jet fuel, could make climate action cheaper and become a good business - but market obstacles need to be overcome first, researchers said on Thursday. Companies are already turning carbon dioxide... 

PPC’s shares fall as ‘hyperinflationary’ Zim environment drags down earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2019 The JSE-listed shares of cement producer PPC fell by nearly 17% on Thursday morning as the company warned of lower earnings for the six months ended September 30, mainly as a result of the hyperinflationary environment in Zimbabwe. PPC expects its basic earnings per share (BEPS) to decrease by... 

PPC’s shares fall as ‘hyperinflationary’ Zim environment drags down earnings

Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model

By: Cameron Mackay     1st November 2019 The South African Roads Federation (SARF) plans to have conducted more than 50 training and capacity development programmes by the end of this year to help build the necessary capacity in terms of capital, human resources and skills in the roads sector. The programmes cover a range of topics and... 

Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model
THE ROAD AHEAD A comprehensive plan, which would include the required funds and development of human capital, combined with a will to execute, could address the backlog of road maintenance

Maintenance at centre of Sanral’s R40bn medium-term project pipeline

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will issue tenders for roughly R40-billion of new projects over the next three financial years. These projects will focus on maintaining the current road network, as well as the construction of a number of new projects. 

Maintenance at centre of Sanral’s R40bn medium-term project pipeline

Equipment supplier eyes road rehabilitation contracts

By: Cameron Mackay     1st November 2019 Construction equipment supplier Bobcat Equipment South Africa aims to become more involved in projects with smaller and emerging construction contractors particularly those linked to either N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) contracts or local municipalities on urban road rehabilitation. For example,... 

Equipment supplier eyes road rehabilitation contracts
PATCHING UP ROADS Bobcat aims to take advantage of significant road construction tenders in the next two to three years

Saint-Gobain fits out Leonardo high-rise with innovative interior walls

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2019 French multinational construction materials company Saint-Gobain has played a key role in the interior fit-out of Sandton’s newest high-rise and what will be the tallest building in Africa once it is complete, The Leonardo. Saint-Gobain has supplied the equivalent of 86 062 m2 of interior walling... 

Saint-Gobain fits out Leonardo high-rise with innovative interior walls
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
The Leonardo

Bulk commodities boost Afrimat’s interim profit 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2019 JSE-listed industrial minerals and construction materials group Afrimat achieved a 56.9% year-on-year increase in operating profit to R318-million for the six months ended August 31. CEO Andries van Heerden attributed the higher profit to an improved performance in each of its business segments,... 

LafargeHolcim optimistic about 2020 building industry

By: Reuters     25th October 2019 LafargeHolcim expects the construction industry to remain buoyant next yeardespite the downturn dragging on other sectors of the global economy. The outlook for 2020 remained good despite problems seen by manufacturers, intensified by the trade war between the US and China, Jan Jenisch, the CE of... 

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