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Steel demand to grow in 2017/18 as recession risk decreases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Global steel demand will increase by 1.3% to 1.53-billion tonnes this year, and by a further 0.9% to 1.55-billion tonnes in 2018, following growth of 1% in 2016, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said in its latest short-range outlook (SRO), published on Friday. Worldsteel economics... 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution?

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution?

Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 State-owned power Eskom on Friday confirmed in a statement that it had raised concerns with National Treasury about “areas” of the current procurement regulations, specifically mentioning waivers of certain evaluation criteria that would be required to facilitate the “proposed nuclear new build... 

Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

Nigerian finance minister says country needs to tap its non-oil revenues

By: Reuters     21st April 2017 Nigeria plans to get out of recession by boosting government revenues and cracking down on corruption, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Thursday, and will also issue more international debt to pay for infrastructure projects. The country is in its second year of recession, brought on by... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Mobile elevated work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental launched Africa’s largest scissor lift at its Montague Gardens facility, in Cape Town, last month. The HL-275 D27, manufactured by Netherland-based industrial equipment supplier Holland Lift, has the highest working height and... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched
MEGA LIFTING The HL-275 D27 mega scissor lift has a 6.15 m 2.50 m deck, measuring 8.25 m 2.50 m when extended fully

Construction index points to shift from large to smaller projects

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering
ML1812R MECLIFT The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

New concept crane being developed
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

Plans unveiled for 300-m-tall Nairobi skyscraper

By: John Muchira     21st April 2017 Real estate company Hass Group has unveiled plans to build what will be Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Nairobi, Kenya. The $191-million Hass Tower will be built by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCECC). It will be 300 m tall and will have 67 storeys. 

Sapoa says comments were ignored in new property Bill

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) says that while it supports the aims of the Property Practitioners Draft Bill, published for comment on March 31, the current version of the draft Bill does not take any of Sapoa’s previous recommendations into account. The Bill, which will... 

EDF's Hinkley Point project could be hit by construction worker strike

By: Reuters     20th April 2017 Workers on EDF's £18-billion ($23-billion) Hinkley Point C nuclear project in southwest England could go on strike over bonus payments, two labour unions said on Thursday. The GMB and Unite trade unions will hold a vote among 700 workers employed by the Bouygues-Laing O'Rourke (BYLOR)... 

Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility 

     20th April 2017 Asset management Fortress Income Fund has launched its Westlake View logistics park, further increasing the companies warehousing and logistics development pipeline, which currently has a gross leasable area of about 1-million m2 that spans Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  

Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility
Asset manager launches latest logistics and warehousing facility

More than half a million rand worth of copper recovered in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      20th April 2017 The newly established anti-cable theft unit arrested 12 suspected cable thieves and recovered several tons of copper valued at more than half a million rand over the Easter weekend, Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga said on Thursday. He said the weekend arrests were in addition to 67 other... 

Abland starts earthworks at Atlantic Hills business park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Earthworks and services installation have started for the first phase of a new 450 000 m2 industrial precinct in Durbanville, the Atlantic Hills business park, with the first tenant expected to take occupation in January 2018, construction company Abland says. The first phase will involve the... 

Abland starts earthworks at Atlantic Hills business park

Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says Eskom made a “mistake” by raising its corporate difficulties in relation to the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable-energy generators in a way that undermined the policy position of government on both the energy mix and the... 

Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Trump 'Buy American' edict may have little impact on US steel

By: Reuters     19th April 2017 US President Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" executive order on Tuesday left questions about how the government would enforce the order and whether it would make a real difference in output and employment, according to steel executives and analysts. "Buy American" provisions already... 

US announces probe into imports of steel wire rod

By: Reuters     19th April 2017 The US Department of Commerce said on Tuesday it was launching investigations into whether imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from certain countries are being dumped and/or subsidised. The dumping probe affects imports from Belarus, Italy, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey,... 

Governments worldwide could save $1tr by adopting procurement best practices – McKinsey

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Governments worldwide could reduce their current purchasing bill by 15%, or a combined $1-trillion, if they were to adopt best-practice procurement disciplines, a new study by the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) claims. The study, titled ‘Government Productivity: Unlocking the $3.5-trillion... 

Governments worldwide could save $1tr by adopting procurement best practices – McKinsey

Dawn appoints new CFO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network, or Dawn, has appointed Chris Booyens as its CFO and FD, effective May 1. A qualified chartered accountant, Booyens has several years’ experience in the building industry as Iliad Africa group FD. He also previously served as financial executive and... 

Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Saudi Arabia is seeking bids for its first utility-scale renewable energy projects, following the launch of the round one request for proposal (RFP) stage by the country’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al Falih. The RFP is now live on a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects

Dredging of Port of Maputo access channel completed

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital
CHRISTIAAN BARNARD HOSPITAL Polyflor South Africa supplied the doctors’ suites with luxury vinyl tiles

Industry body develops training for flooring industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) currently facilitates a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 National Certificate: Installation of Floor Coverings training and, further to this, aims to facilitate improved training for new and existing flooring installers, aligned... 

Industry body develops training for flooring industry
RECENT GRADUATES Flooring installer certification can open up a career path in the flooring industry

Liberty Two Degrees refurbishments contribute to lower vacancies, higher turnover

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 JSE-listed property fund Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has signed a binding offer to lease the Nelson Mandela Square offices, comprising 6 350 m2, to an international tenant for five years. The rental obligation date of the lease agreement is from October 1 and will reduce the complex’s office space... 

South Africa’s property investment sector returns dropped to 11.1% in 2016

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th April 2017 Rteurns in the South African property investment sector hit the lowest level since 2009 after falling from 13% in 2015 to 11.1% in 2016, a 190 basis point decline, the latest IPD South Africa Annual Property Index shows. NYSE-listed MSCI, which compiled the report, noted this week that “it was... 

Dacian picks M&R’s RUC Cementation Mining as underground contractor

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2017 Gold developer Dacian Gold has selected its contractor for underground mining at its Mt Morgans gold project, in Western Australia, issuing RUC Cementation Mining – a subsidiary of JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) – with a letter of intent (LoI). The conditional LoI will be replaced by a formal... 

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition
GCIP-SA top performers for 2016, Yolandi Schoeman and Martin Ackermann, with Gerswynn McKuur (left) and Paul deGive at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Francisco

Atterbury secures new R1bn-plus Deloitte office development tender

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 Property investment and development business Atterbury has been awarded the tender to develop a new office for Deloitte in Waterfall City, in Midrand, Gauteng, as the audit firm consolidates its Johannesburg and Pretoria offices. The total estimated R1-billion-plus development cost is expected to... 

Atterbury secures new R1bn-plus Deloitte office development tender

N2 roadworks 75% complete

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2017 The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry road and the R300, in the Western Cape, is 75% complete. The R186-million project, which is being undertaken by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) and on which work started in January 2016, is expected to... 

Africa’s first Radisson RED hotel to open in V&A Waterfront Silo District

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Africa’s first Radisson RED hotel is set to open in the third quarter of 2017 at the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District, in Cape Town. The hotel chain, which successfully launched RED hotels in Brussels, Belgium, and Minneapolis, in the US, and with RED hotels in Campinas, Brazil, and... 

AMSA to raise R3.5bn

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 The South African unit of ArcelorMittal is seeking to raise a R3.5-billion ($250-million) credit facility to shore up its working capital, it said on Thursday. The borrowing-based credit facility depends on the value of collateral a company pledges. The company is struggling to make a profit due... 

Komatsu concludes $3.7bn Joy Global acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th April 2017 Komatsu America, a subsidiary of Komatsu, has completed its $3.7-billion acquisition of high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global. Retaining its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joy Global will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp and operate as a subsidiary of Komatsu, while... 

Komatsu concludes $3.7bn Joy Global acquisition

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul
CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa aims to be the body which all consulting engineering companies consider as the home of consulting engineering in South Africa

Compact self-erecting cranes for smaller building sites

By: Dylan Slater     7th April 2017 Self-erecting cranes have several benefits for contractors wanting a quick, easy and efficient solution to their lifting and moving requirements on smaller building sites, and perhaps even the larger ones, according to Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French.  

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past
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