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Power Africa moves towards its goal of bringing more energy to the continent

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 Power Africa, which was launched by former US President Barack Obama six years ago, is working towards its target of providing energy access to an additional 60-million new homes and businesses and adding 30 000 MW of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity on the African... 

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2019 The $62-million smelter at Unki Mine’s existing complex is a strategic investment, which meets local beneficiation commitments, Anglo American Platinum said on Thursday, when it opened the completed installation at a ceremony in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. The smelter investment is indicative of the... 

Work on Bosmansdam road around Century City continuing apace

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 Work on the busy Bosmansdam road around the Century City precinct is continuing, with the City of Cape Town announcing on Tuesday that it will be contributing a further R20-million towards the rehabilitation of the existing road and extension of the cycle lane towards the N7 freeway. This... 

Raubex uncertain about South African construction industry’s future

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 Infrastructure development and construction materials group Raubex’s 2019 financial year was characterised by a lack of work, coupled with violent community unrest that affected several of its sites, CEO Rudolf Fourie said on Monday. The adverse conditions resulted in Raubex having to rightsize a... 

Elections Are Over, Now We Build The Africa We Want Through Agenda 2063

10th May 2019 South Africans went to the polls on Wednesday in its fifth, pivotal general election since the advent of democracy. Now, all eyes remain on the IEC boards as the preliminary results emerge. And while many South African voters are focused on social issues, such as job creation, some candidates in... 

Oh Alex

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th May 2019 After townships grew all over the areas around Johannesburg from 1950 (and earlier), they remained unelectrified. The authorities who could electrify them (Municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom) were reluctant to electrify them because, they said, the residents would not pay for the... 

Indluplace warns of lower dividends as difficult conditions persist

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Indluplace has warned of a 20% decrease in its dividend for the financial year ended September 2019, as difficult trading conditions previously flagged have turned out to be “considerably worse”. The residential-focused property fund on Thursday declared a... 

ANC seen winning election but support falters

By: Reuters     8th May 2019 South Africans voting in a national election on Wednesday expressed frustration at rampant corruption, high unemployment and racial inequalities that persist 25 years after the first all-races poll marked the end of white minority rule. The vote for a new Parliament and nine provincial... 

Sub-Saharan African construction activity set to pick up despite risks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2019 International consultancy and construction company Mace expects construction activity in sub-Saharan Africa to grow over the next two years, despite various risk factors that threaten to limit economic growth. Mace says that the overall outlook for construction activity in sub-Saharan Africa is... 

Thos Begbie - Edwin Dreyer

7th May 2019 I was born in Johannesburg in September 1941 just 3 months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. I experienced some of the side-effects of the 2nd World War and followed the various wars since then with interest and horror. 

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