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Castle exits PPC after nearly three years

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 1 hour 21 minutes ago After two and a half years at the helm, Darryll Castle is stepping down as JSE-listed PPC CEO and director to pursue other interests, with immediate effect. “The company and the CEO have agreed to part ways,” said PPC chairperson Peter Nelson in a statement to shareholders, released on Monday. 

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister

By: African News Agency      21st July 2017 South Africa was committed to increasing trade and addressing the trade imbalance with Zambia. This was according to South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, ahead of a two-day Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Lusaka, Zambia, from 24-25 July. 

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Community consultation prompted to enter the digital era

     21st July 2017 Global consulting engineering expert Aurecon communication and stakeholder engagement global lead Kylie Cochrane posits that it is time that the project approval and community consultation process step squarely into the digital age, for the benefit of all. 

Compliance reimagining favours comic strip style

     21st July 2017 As the compliance requirements in major projects can cause “a big rabbit hole” of complicated and congested information, a reimagining of the way things are done should be pursued, suggests global consulting engineering experts Aurecon major projects global director John Callaghan. He uses the... 

Compliance reimagining favours comic strip style
Photo by Bloomberg
COMIC RELIEF Compliance requirements for major projects often become unnecessarily complicated and congested, and should be reimagined into a comic strip format

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Failure to adequately regulate illegal sand mining in KwaZulu-Natal is increasingly becoming a threat to the mining and construction sectors in the region, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar. 

Illegal mining threatens infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal
NICO PIENAAR Aspasa is taking steps to ensure a well-run and compliant aggregate and sand producing industry in KwaZulu-Natal

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 In a R60-million renovation project, the former post office on Rissik street is being restored to its former glory as one of Johannesburg’s stand-out heritage sites. During a media tour hosted by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) last month, Johannesburg-based Paradigm Architects principal... 

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage
JOBURG CLASSIC GETS FACELIFT The post office in Rissik street, which was built in 1897, is currently undergoing a R60-million renovation

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 The recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans
Photo by Duane Daws
MIKE MULLER We shouldn’t be relying on good luck with the weather for the water security of so many people

May unveils British initiatives aimed at reducing Africa’s reliance on aid

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May used the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, to announce a series of new British initiatives intended to reduce the reliance of African countries on aid and increase their long-term stability and prosperity. This was in line with a theme for the summit... 

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

Multidisciplinary platform  pursued for project
Photo by Bloomberg
WHOLE OTHER DIMENSION Three-dimensional modelling allows for a project’s building design to be viewed in virtual reality using headsets

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

‘Durban’s best kept  secret’ honoured for  technical excellence
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa provide an overview of the MR577. Video courtesy: RoyalHaskoningDHV

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 South Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

Cape Town housing expansion not linked to water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th July 2017 Cape Town's water restrictions cannot be blamed on new housing projects popping up around the city, the city's mayoral committee member in charge of water and sanitation said. "Despite our population growth almost doubling since 1996, our water demand remained relatively flat," said Xanthea... 

Ethiopia plans to offer firms shares in road projects – finance minister

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Ethiopia plans to offer shares in its road-building and maintenance projects to private investors, its finance minister said on Tuesday, the latest step to open up and modernise the state-led economy. The Horn of Africa country has over 113 000 km (68 000 miles) of paved roads and plans to... 

Construction on Exxaro’s new offices to start in September

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has started the multimillion-rand development of a new head office for diversified miner Exxaro Resources. Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters will consolidate its current offices in Pretoria and Johannesburg into a single workspace, located at... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

Holcim to wind up Nigerian company next month

By: Reuters     18th July 2017 Holcim Nigeria plans to pass a resolution next month to dissolve the company after its Swiss-based parent firm merged with French rival Lafarge two years ago, the cement maker said on Tuesday. Holcim Nigeria is now part of Lafarge Africa following a mega-merger in 2015 to create the world's... 

Vukile raises R900m after heavily oversubscribed placement

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund has raised R900-million after closing a same-day, heavily oversubscribed bookbuild, initially aimed at raising R500-million. Seeing strong demand for shares, the real estate investment trust raised the capital through the placement of about 48-million new shares 

PIC lifts stake in Group Five to above 20%

     17th July 2017 Construction company Group Five on Monday reported that the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had increased its stake in the company to 20.135%. Group Five shareholders are due to meet on July 24 to vote in new board members. 

Heriot to list on AltX

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The JSE has granted real estate investment trust (Reit) Heriot a listing of all its issued ordinary shares in the diversified Reit’s sector on the AltX, effective July 24. Heriot is a newly incorporated company and has been established for the purposes of creating a listed property fund that will... 

Sisulu asks housing beneficiaries to not sell their houses

By: Anine Kilian     14th July 2017 Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on community members of Westonaria Borwa, in Johannesburg, to preserve their houses and look after the community infrastructure.   Sisulu visited the Westonaria housing project with Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile on Thursday to... 

Property development JV announces Sandton mixed-use precinct development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Property management company Abland and construction company Tiber announced earlier this week that they will join forces to develop the Sandton Gate mixed-use precinct, comprising office, retail and residential building space with the added benefits of highly convenient access, a vast choice of... 

Decentralise, find optimal mix

     14th July 2017 Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges, say industry experts on the advisory board of the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. 

Decentralise, find  optimal mix
Photo by Duane Daws
NIGEL BLACKABY The nuclear question, optimal use of renewables and funding for independent power producer programmes are key issues for discussion

Engineering firm appointed for Umhlanga development

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering firm Arup announced last month that it had been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development Park Square, in Umhlanga New Town Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by financial... 

Focus on niche applications, aftersales key for air motor market

By: Nadine James     14th July 2017 The air motor market has a directly proportional relationship to the economy, subsequently making aftersales support and services key focus areas for industrial product supplier Actum Group, says Actum’s Deprag product leader Herman Parsons. This focus, combined with Actum’s approach of providing... 

Focus on niche applications, aftersales key for air motor market
POWER LINE ATEX RANGE The motor complies with European Union Parliament directive 2014/34/EU on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

New tax regime punted as way to spur development of disused or degraded land

By: Dylan Slater     14th July 2017 Using tax increment financing to spur business development on disused or degraded land could be a highly feasible method to repurpose otherwise unusable land, as well as create jobs and encourage entrepreneurs and business in general.  

Nigerian Society of Engineers on how private sector can be incentivised to build infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

Sephaku lifts volumes in highly competitive cement market

By: Ilan Solomons     14th July 2017 JSE-listed minerals exploration, development and investment company Sephaku Holdings’ (SepHold’s) net profit increased by 12.8% year-on-year to to R68.1-million for the year ended March 31, despite its revenue having decreased to R839.9-million on the back of lower prices and reduced demand in... 

Sephaku lifts volumes in highly competitive cement market
Photo by Duane Daws
LELAU MOHUBA Sephaku Holdings’mixed concrete subsidiary Métier recorded a 7.3% increase in net profit to R67.4- million, despite revenue having declined by 3.9%

University library, student resources building wins prestigious award

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 The Sol Plaatje University library and student resources building project, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, has been awarded the 2017 Fulton Concrete Award in the buildings greater than three storeys category at the 2017 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by the Concrete Society of South Africa... 

University library, student resources building wins prestigious award
LANDMARK ENGINEERING The Sol Plaatje University library’s design allows for the building to be draped in a continuous concrete shell, which takes on a strong angular diamond-like shape

Local GBCSA member appointed chair of regional network

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2017 Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) sector managing executive Thulani Kuzwayo has been appointed regional chair of the Africa Regional Network – a group of green building councils working to advance green building within the region. The World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC’s) Africa... 

Local GBCSA member appointed chair of regional network
Green Building Council South Africa sector managing executive Thulani Kuzwayo

Digital innovation, while necessary, comes with risks – Deloitte

By: Ilan Solomons     13th July 2017 While global competition has necessitated technological and digital innovation across all industries, there is legitimate concern globally that innovation could threaten job creation, particularly in traditionally labour-intensive sectors such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture, according... 

Digital innovation, while necessary, comes with risks – Deloitte
Panellists in discussion during Singularity South Africa’s Insider Insight Session

Minister Sisulu in Westonaria Borwa to hand over title deeds

By: African News Agency      13th July 2017 Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Gauteng MEC Paul Mashatile will on Thursday hand over houses and title deeds to beneficiaries of Westonaria Borwa housing project. In a statement, the Human Settlements Department said the mega housing project includes BNG/RDP, bonded, gap market, and... 

Minister Sisulu in Westonaria Borwa to hand over title deeds
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

CompComm enters Esor companies into competition complaint

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 The Competition Tribunal has approved an unopposed joint application by the Competition Commission to include construction companies Esor Africa and Esor Construction as the seventh and eighth respondents in a complaint of collusive tendering, market division and price fixing. The other... 

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