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Construction News

Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) reported on Friday that it would appeal the dismissal of an urgent application, lodged by the ASJV in February, seeking to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from making a call on the bonds relating to the Mtentu bridge... 

Dube TradePort set for R18bn expansion

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 The R18-billion expansion of one of two of KwaZulu-Natal’s special economic zones (SEZs), the Dube TradePort, is set to create hundreds of jobs as the province gears for yet another round of development for its Durban Aerotropolis precinct, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and... 

Intervention needed to protect South Africa’s infrastructure projects 

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 Urgent intervention is needed to protect infrastructure projects, investor confidence and the safety of professionals in the built environment, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) member Yunus Bayat said on Friday, in response to reports of widespread “construction mafia” and... 

Intervention needed to protect South Africa’s infrastructure projects

Guinea risks 'conflict and confusion' with mining eviction policy

By: Reuters     22nd March 2019 Civil society groups rejected Guinea's first policy seeking to protect people displaced by mines and dams on Thursday, saying it would worsen poverty and conflict in the mineral-rich nation. Seven human rights and development organisations asked the government not to adopt the proposed national... 

Exxaro terminates Group 5 contracts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd March 2019 Exxaro has decided to terminate its agreement with Group Five Construction subsidiary, Group 5 Projects, with effect from March 21, following Group Five’s announcement that it has embarked on business rescue proceedings. Exxaro in April 2017 appointed Group 5 Projects to build a new small coal... 

Growth strategy prompts innovation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a “glocal” growth strategy, this means that Tesmec is global, but at the same time they have a local presence in strategic areas of the... 

Growth strategy prompts innovation
GOING GLOCAL Tesmec seeks to expand local presence in the most strategic areas of the world

Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2019 The growth of the capital equipment sector, and the manufacturing sector in general, is being stifled by South Africa’s heavy reliance on imports, and its inability to deliver on its localisation promises. The manufacturing sector has the potential to significantly accelerate South Africa’s... 

Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector

Local industrial waste being made into paints

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 Local construction materials firm Amoriguard sustainably consumes recycled industrial waste to produce construction products and paints and, in certain applications, improve the performance of the products compared with conventionally produced products, says Amoriguard developer and founder... 

Local industrial waste being made into paints
BUILDING MATERIALS The company is finalising a basic colour range for cement tiles

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain Construction Training Academy, in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, earlier this month to inspect its work and its youth development partnership. The... 

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy
PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSION The youths are trained to install drywall and ceiling installation, as well as insulation or sound-proofing systems

New excavator set to launch in South Africa end of March

22nd March 2019 Capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu's PC210-10MO hydraulic excavator will make its local debut when the first unit lands in South African at the end of this month.  

Aveng appoints M&R veteran Jerome Govender MD for mining division

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 Construction major Aveng has appointed Jerome Govender MD for Moolmans – Aveng’s mining arm and one of the company’s two core businesses – effective April 1. Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack says Govender has the necessary skills and 25 years of construction industry experience to lead... 

Rising energy costs, rates and taxes worry property owners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) members have expressed concern about matters that may affect the sustainability of their assets in South Africa and the association is taking every effort to help its members tackle the various challenges they face, Sapoa president Ipeleng Mkhari... 

Criminals hinder South African building projects

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 A South African engineering contractors’ lobby group has asked the government to better enforce security as criminals have disrupted or vandalised R25.5-billion of construction projects across the country. Armed gangs “recently” disrupted the R1.65-billion Mtentu Bridge project, in the Eastern... 

Imperial roof collapse inquiry to take a recess, reconvene in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The Imperial Logistics construction structural collapse inquiry will go on recess and reconvene on June 18. The Department of Labour (DoL) in January launched an investigation into the causes of the roof collapse of a building, which was under construction on the premises of Imperial Logistics,... 

Kenya, France collaborate on new Nairobi railway line

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 A French consortium will build a new railway line linking Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and the central business district within the next two years, according to a report on Tuesday. The commuter rail, complemented by a Rapid Bus Transit System are expected to greatly... 

Oxford Parks Phase 2 construction set for Sept 2020 completion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 Construction company Concor Buildings anticipates completion of construction on Phase 2 of the Oxford Parks project, in Rosebank, in September 2020. Concor in February started construction on Phase 2 of the mixed-use development, following the completion of the construction of Phase 1 last year.  

Oxford Parks Phase 2 construction set for Sept 2020 completion
Phase 2 of Oxford Parks, in Rosebank

Africa is running out of water as cities' populations boom

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2019 As water supplies in Ghana’s capital grew increasingly erratic, Beatrice Kabuki stopped customers from using her grocery store’s bathrooms and installed a plastic storage tank at her home. “The taps flow once a week and usually at night, so we stay awake to fetch what we can store,” Kabuki, 35,... 

FNB/BER Building Confidence Index declines to near 8-year low

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2019 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index dropped to 25 in the first quarter of this year, from 32 in the fourth quarter of 2018. This 7-point decrease resulted in the index nearly reaching an eight-year low. 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth
Minister in The Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks, while Dr Johan van Zyl, Mpumi Mpofu and Roelf Meyer listen

M&R Cementation awarded Palabora ventilation shaft contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2019 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has been awarded a contract by Palabora Mining Company for a 1 200 m deep ventilation shaft. The shaft, with a lined diameter of 8.5 m, will reach a final blind sink depth of 1 190 m before a drop raise takes it to its final depth.  

Zimbabwe currency crisis robs Bell of record year 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2019 A new currency regime in Zimbabwe robbed Bell Equipment of a record financial year, giving the company a R87.4-million “ankle-tap that went straight to the bottom line”, said CEO Leon Goosen on Monday. “It happened right at the end of the year. It’s incredibly sad.” 

Zimbabwe currency crisis robs Bell of record year

SA Reit publishes best practice recommendations for public comment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2019 Industry association South African Real Estate Investment Trust (SA Reit) has published a draft second edition of its best practice recommendations (BPR) for public comment. The process of updating the recommendations, which is the accepted standard for reporting key metrics consistently to... 

Tsogo Sun appoints new CEO, to proceed with hotel business unbundling

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th March 2019 Tsogo Sun has resolved to restructure its hotel interests under one holding company – THL – and to proceed with the separation of Tsogo Sun and THL, culminating in the listing and unbundling of THL. Following the acquisition by Tsogo Sun of a controlling interest in Hospitality Property Fund... 

Emira on track to achieve environmental sustainability targets – CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2019 Diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund is continuing its positive impact on environmental sustainability by increasing its use of renewable energy resources, expanding its water efficiency initiatives and phasing out the use of ozone depleting R22 refrigerant gas. The... 

Emira on track to achieve environmental sustainability targets – CEO

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) was in full support of the policy of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to strengthen the country’s relations with the rest of Africa. “As a business community, we will endorse our Government’s role in Africa,” affirmed FEI African Cooperation... 

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa
Photo by Egyptian Petrochemical Company
An Egyptian petrochemical plant

Concurrent events to unfold at PEWA

15th March 2019 The Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event brings innovators, disrupters and change agents together to talk and engage in business pertaining to power and electricity. 

Concurrent events to unfold at PEWA
PEWA Event transforming business around the world

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer will attend The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is combined with the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 26 and 27, 2019. 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa
SITES ON AFRICA Vermeer aims to penetrate the renewable-energy market in Africa

Company offers technology to mitigate floods

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV’s BlueLabel technology can be used to mitigate flooding in South Africa, says Royal HaskoningDHV business development water director Tjeerd Driessen. BlueLabel was developed by Royal HaskoningDHV in partnership with... 

Company offers technology to  mitigate floods
FLOODING ISSUES There should be an emphasis on how urban areas are planned because if infrastructure is not adequately designed, flooding will present problems

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG We need to embrace LNG as one of the renewables that can make a difference globally

Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

Lesedi exploring opportunities in  Africa at PEWA
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi continues to support Eskom in providing electricity to South Africa

Helios keeps sights on African growth as it makes SA market play

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2019 As independent telecoms tower infrastructure company Helios Towers settles its entry into new markets, South Africa being the most recent, the group aims to continue its profitable growth path over the next year. Helios marked the start of 2019 with an entry into the South African market, through... 

BRI a feasible infrastructure development medium

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th March 2019 China’s belt and road initiative (BRI) initiatives differs from the Asian country’s previous investment programmes in other countries, in that it seeks to achieve more sustainable and longer-term investments, Pinsent Masons partner Sam Boyling outlined during an Africa Infrastructure Conference,... 

Some positives seen amid the dismal South African construction environment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th March 2019 South Africa’s construction industry is currently in a bad space, but there are some positives and the country has the necessary capabilities to turn the situation around if it adopts the correct strategy, Pinsent Masons says. During a panel discussion exploring South Africa’s future... 

Unsolicited bids can benefit some African infrastructure projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th March 2019 Unsolicited bids do have a role to play in African infrastructure procurement, but do come with risks. During a panel discussion at Pinsent Masons’ Africa Infrastructure Conference, held in Johannesburg, this week, a panel of speakers pointed out that unsolicited bids in infrastructure are... 

World Bank, others continue investment in African offgrid projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th March 2019 While progress has been made in increasing access to electricity in Africa, population growth has also increased considerably and, therefore, more needs to be done to meet the needs of the millions of people on the continent who are still without access to electricity, says Pinsent Masons partner... 

French foreign minister visits local construction training academy 

14th March 2019 The French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain’s Germiston, Ekurhuleni, construction training academy. Schalk Burger has the story. 

French foreign minister visits local construction training academy
French foreign minister visits local construction training academy.

Infrastructure development could help Africa eradicate poverty – adviser

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th March 2019 Further investment in infrastructure development could play a significant role in helping Africa to eradicate poverty, strategic adviser and former UK International Development Secretary of State Douglas Alexander said on Wednesday. Speaking at Pinsent Masons’ inaugural Africa Infrastructure... 

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