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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... 


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... 


Nokia to support initiative to expand rural connectivity coverage in Africa
1st March 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

As connectivity in rural regions across Africa lag that of the more populous urban areas, technology company Nokia aims to provide support to accelerate the pace of connectivity in these harder to... 


Little cheer from Budget speech, but construction resilient - AfriSam
Little cheer from Budget speech, but construction resilient - AfriSam
28th February 2024

It was a sombre tone at this year’s annual AfriSam Budget Breakdown event, but sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes reminded stakeholders that the company’s 90 years in business should be an... 


The People’s Joice Innovative Product Award celebrates the most impressive innovations in concrete equipment, materials, services and tools
SCP P3 wins prestigious concrete technology award
27th February 2024

Spray-Lock Concrete Protection’s unique SCP P3 Industrial technology won the prestigious World of Concrete’s 2024 People’s Choice Innovative Product Award in the Concrete Repair & Demolition... 


Construction of the first half of the concrete access road up the 18% incline towards the top of the mountain to ensure safe access for the turbine components
Wolf Wind Farm project advances swiftly with Concor
26th February 2024

Work is progressing well on the Wolf Wind Farm in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, with Concor carrying out the civils balance of plant – including an innovative design for a steeply inclined... 


Fish being released into the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve
Thungela launches fish breeding facility in Mpumalanga
23rd February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Coal producer and exporter Thungela on February 23 launched a fish breeding facility at the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, in Mpumalanga. The facility was pursued in congruence with efforts to restore... 


Sylvania reports positive results despite lower PGM prices
22nd February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer and developer Sylvania Platinum says its revenue and net profit for the 2023 financial year remained respectable, despite the impact of a significantly lower... 


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Lafigué gold project, Côte d'Ivoire – update
16th February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Endeavour Mininf has reported that construction activities are well advanced. 


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Complex SA-DRC reactor project recognised
16th February 2024

The fabrication, in South Africa, of six large reactors for the Azmet Reactor project, being undertaken at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a “massive achievement” after it was... 


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Admixtures help manage effects of extreme weather
15th February 2024

Extreme weather conditions such as very hot or cold ambient temperatures can affect both strength and open time, when working with concrete. CHRYSO Southern Africa technical manager Patrick... 


Significant progress made on R292m Sir Lowry's Pass river upgrade
14th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Since breaking ground on the R292-million major upgrade of the Sir Lowry’s Pass river a year ago, the City of Cape Town is on track to complete the project in 2026. The upgrades, in an effort to... 


How cultural assessments drive behavioural change for safer operations in high-risk industries
How cultural assessments drive behavioural change for safer operations in high-risk industries
14th February 2024

By Louise Woodburn, GM Risk Solutions, KBC Health & Safety The roar of heavy earthmoving machinery, the shouts of workers at height, the flash of welding arcs, the vast expanse of an open mine –... 


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Major infrastructure needed to access limestone deposit
10th February 2024

A new quarry in the Northern Cape set to be an important source of limestone for a local cement plant, will require significant infrastructure to enable access to the deposit. The deposit is said... 


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Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting
9th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on February 8, as these are critical to turning around... 


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Kusile power plant project, South Africa – update
9th February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Unit 5 of Kusile was synchronised to the national grid at the end of December 2023. 


West African’s 2024 production to align with long-term mining plan
6th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

ASX-listed West African Resources expects its Sanbrado mine, in Burkina Faso, to produce between 190 000 oz and 210 000 oz of gold this year, consistent with the company’s long-term mining plan.... 


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Straub pipe couplings see an uptick in African orders
2nd February 2024

According to a recent press release, the recent spike in union-related mining strikes near the end of 2023, coupled with a decline in workforce numbers, meant that the mining industry had to find a... 


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New ventilation shaft holes out safely
26th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client Palabora Mining Company (PMC) this month celebrated the last blast at the new ventilation shaft at the Lift II project,... 


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N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridge project – Mtentu bridge, South Africa – update
26th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The project will displace the Bloukrans bridge, in the Western Cape, as the highest bridge in Africa and the southern hemisphere. 


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Downstream companies implore ArcelorMittal South Africa, govt to avoid long steel plant closures
24th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

The South African downstream steel industry has urgently appealed to both steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and the government to find immediate solutions that will allow the... 


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Slimline precast wall system offers many benefits
24th January 2024

Precast concrete construction techniques are said to have many advantages over conventional on-site concrete construction, particularly in repetitious elements such as wall panels and support... 


Aerial view of shopping centre roof undergoing construction
Complex HVAC installation at retail centre
24th January 2024

Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gauteng is undergoing a major upgrade of the centre’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) facilities. The project is being undertaken by black-owned... 


Patrick Flannigan, Technical Manager at CHRYSO Southern Africa
When heat or cold complicates concrete -call CHRYSO
22nd January 2024

When ambient temperatures become very hot or cold, concrete users can struggle to achieve the required strength and workability – but there are admixtures for those challenges. Patrick Flannigan,... 


Funding delays hinder Just Energy Transition implementation
19th January 2024

South Africa has comprehensive policy tools to respond to climate change adaptation and mitigation needs, but timely access to funding remains a major impediment to implementing the country’s Just... 


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Eastern Cape megabridges making steady construction progress after initial setbacks
19th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following delays and setbacks in recent years, roads parastatal South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) restarted works last year on the Mtentu and Msikaba megabridges, in the Eastern... 


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Port of East London’s N-berth deepening and strengthening project, South Africa
19th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The project will increase the berth capacity of the automotive terminal and allow for new-generation vessels to berth in the port. 


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Eastern Cape megabridges making steady construction progress after initial setbacks
19th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following delays and setbacks in recent years, roads parastatal South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) restarted works last year on the Mtentu and Msikaba megabridges, in the Eastern... 


Nuclear energy conference in Ghana in May to be hosted by that country’s President
18th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Africa Nuclear Business Platform (AFNBP) has announced that its 2024 conference, to be held in Accra, Ghana, from May 27 to May 30, will be attended by Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa... 


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... 


Hannes Meyer, AfriSam Cementitious Executive
New limestone quarry for AfriSam at Ulco
18th January 2024

As the important mineral component of its cement, limestone will soon be mined from a new deposit by AfriSam’s Ulco cement plant in the Northern Cape. The relocated quarry will be capable of... 


Azmet Reactor project: a precise and praiseworthy victory for South Africa’s steel sector
Azmet Reactor project: a precise and praiseworthy victory for South Africa’s steel sector
16th January 2024

Fabricating six massive reactors that are over three storeys high in Gauteng and then transporting these more than 2 500 kilometres to a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - where all... 


Pierre van Vuuren, Concor Project Manager
Kendal Ash Disposal Facility nears completion
16th January 2024

The Kendal Ash Disposal Facility expansion project, responsible for the storage of ash produced by Kendal Power Station until 2023, has successfully reached over 80% completion. With a projected... 


Chile President praises Codelco, SQM lithium deal ensuring State control
28th December 2023 By: Reuters

Chile's President Gabriel Boric hailed the formation of a new government-controlled lithium partnership that fuses assets of State-run Codelco with private miner SQM, as the leftist leader advances... 


PLATREEF PROJECT
Phase 1 of the project is expected to be brought into production by the third quarter of 2024
Large hoist shaft establishment nears milestone
15th December 2023

In the closing quarter of 2023, the Platreef project, operated by base and precious metals developer Ivanhoe Mines and situated on the Northern Limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Igneous Complex,... 


POSITIVE RESULTS
Construction of the trial pit is showing positive results with the bulk materials mined being used for further metallurgical testwork
Project delays first ore until June 2025
15th December 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The Karo platinum project, in Zimbabwe – a joint venture between the government of Zimbabwe and Karo Mining – is set to mark a significant milestone with the anticipated arrival of the first ore in... 


An image depicting the pump station under construction.
KZN bulk sewer project well under way to meet deadline
15th December 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Engineering, project and construction management firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has been contracted to work on a bulk sewer rising main and pumpstation project, in KwaZulu-Natal. The project aims... 


Image of LNG tanks
Gas Access To Europe Terminal liquefied natural gas project, the Netherlands
15th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The project will make it possible to supply an additional four-billion cubic metres of liquefied natural gas a year. 


A photo of one of the rehabilitated boreholes
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... 


Infrastructure Rehabilitation: Sarnia Road Bridge Project
Infrastructure Rehabilitation: Sarnia Road Bridge Project
14th December 2023

The Sarnia Road Bridge (B112), located within the eThekwini municipality between the suburbs of Bellair and Hillary, is a vehicular bridge that runs over the N2 and carries traffic along the M10... 


New R250m Contermanskloof reservoir starts water supply
11th December 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The City of Cape Town’s new R250-million, 100-megalitre Contermanskloof reservoir, in Durbanville, has completed a one-year operational trial period and will now supply water to the city’s northern... 


TIPS research fellow Sandy Lowitt.
Second iteration of just transition project framework completed
8th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Nonprofit economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has developed the second iteration of its framework to identify and measure just transition projects in South... 


Image of NRF CEO Professor Fulufhelo Nelwamondo at the u'GOOD launch
NRF launches youth-centred research programme in partnership with Swiss Fondation Botnar
8th December 2023 By: Sane Dhlamini

South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) CEO Professor Fulufhelo Nelwamondo on Friday stressed the vulnerability of African youth in terms of their well-being, as he announced the launch... 


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