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Embattled sector necessitates cost containment measures – AfriSam

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2019 With the South African construction industry remaining under pressure and in a state of accelerated decline, the need to contain costs continues and correct specification of construction materials remains critical. Construction materials company AfriSam construction materials executive Avi Bhoora... 

Minerals Council welcomes safety improvements, but warns of continuing policy concerns 

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa will, later this year, launch a new health and safety initiative called Khumbela iKhaya, council chaiperson Mxolisi Mgojo revealed on Wednesday. Addressing the council's annual general meeting, he noted that appreciable improvements in the health and safety... 

Ramaphosa unveils first step in Cabinet cleanup

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa took his first step toward revamping his Cabinet after May 8 elections, removing Environment Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, who’d been accused of taking bribes during a judicial probe. Ramaphosa has made the fight against graft a top priority since taking office 15 months... 

ARM Cement's Kenyan assets sold for $50m – statement

By: Reuters     21st May 2019 The assets of Kenya's ARM Cement have been sold to the National Cement Company for $50-million, its administrator said on Tuesday. ARM Cement was put under administration last August by some of its creditors over a $190-million debt and its shares were suspended from the Nairobi bourse. It has... 

Recycling used oil - fueling the economy and protecting the environment

20th May 2019 350 million litres of new lubricant oil is sold in South Africa every year. This new oil is a combination of locally manufactured, as well as imported lubes. Of all the oil that is sold, approximately150 million litres becomes used oil, of which 120 million litres is collectable for recycling.... 

LafargeHolcim CEO eyes up to ten deals this year

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 LafargeHolcim expects to increase the number of small acquisitions it makes this year after buying four businesses so far in 2019, CE Jan Jenisch said on Wednesday. "We are trying to get a more dynamic start to the process to do bolt-ons this year," Jenisch told reporters, noting that... 

Swedish Foreign Minister outlines goal to be 100% reliant on renewables

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 The Nordic countries have brought their renewable energy expertise to South Africa for African Utility Week and shown how serious they are about reducing carbon emissions. Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Niklas Johansson, on Tuesday said the European country had the most stringent... 

Connecting outlying Sekhukhune District to major urban nodes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2019 The Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) is forging ahead with the construction of a new road that will connect three villages in the mainly rural Sekhukhune District Municipality to two provincial roads, including the D1547 that is administered by the South African National Roads Agency Limited. When... 

Calgro M3 positioned for growth, despite challenging environment

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 JSE-listed property and property-related investment company Calgro M3 on Monday reported that its basic earnings a share for the year ended February 28 decreased by 97.31% to 2.53c. It also posted a headline loss a share of 19.01c for the financial year – down 121% year-on-year. 

Making Roads And Bridges Last Longer With Afrisam

13th May 2019 Construction materials leader AfriSam leverages the power of applied research to make roads, bridges and other concrete structures more resistant to corrosive environments. Among its long term research is a project assessing the effects of highly corrosive environments on concretes, and how... 

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