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Kenya launches pilot oil export scheme via Mombasa

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Kenya has launched a pilot scheme to export crude oil via Mombasa as part of efforts to capitalise on the country's oil reserves. The East African country discovered commercial oil reserves in its Lokichar basin in 2012 and a 800 km (500 mile) pipeline is due to be built before production starts... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

JDA undertakes R52m public transport facility upgrades

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has appointed Alberton-based road construction company Boitshoko Construction Road & Surfacing to undertake the first phase upgrade of the Merafe railway station, in Soweto.   

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust South African Corporate Real Estate (Sacre) will invest more than R30-million to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants to help curb ever-rising electricity tariffs at its malls and reduce their carbon footprint.  

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants
Montana Crossing solar panel rooftop

Gauteng govt to release unused land and properties in July

By: Donald Makhafola     1st June 2018 The Gauteng provincial government completed an assets register last year and is expecting to release its property portfolio to the value of R31-billion in July. The portfolio consists of unused land and buildings, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo told construction... 

Gauteng govt to release unused land and properties in July
JACOB MAMABOLO The Gauteng government will release its assets portfolio consisting of land and buildings in July

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Last month, bearings and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger presented a talk on the adventures and challenges in overcoming wear in different industries at the South African Institute of Tribology in Sandton, Gauteng. Of the presentation, ‘Adventures in... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges
JEAN-PATRICK LEGER In applications, two surfaces rub and/or spin against each other causing friction and leading to wear

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Companies and industries affected by corrosion should consider Afrisun’s High Ratio Calcium Sulfonate Alkyd (HRCSA) coating to mitigate the threat of corrosion at production plants in the metal- and industrial sectors, says local corrosion solution provider Afrisun Coating Enterprises CEO Quentin... 

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion
NEW PRODUCT HRCSA coating technology has been used in the US to prevent crevice corrosion

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 It is inevitable that water utilities will continue to face various challenges, but technology can be used to ensure visibility of water quality throughout the value chain, and automatically communicated to stakeholders and consumers.   In this regard, investment in analytics can be a quick win... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management
MAANDA RAMUTUMBU Analytical tools can empower utilities to manage their water resources more efficiently and enable them to take proactive steps

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration to improve cyberdefence

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 A security strategy that integrates cyber and physical security operations is best practice to protect against increasing cyberattacks and cybercriminal acts that are a challenge for utilities to mitigate, says BT Africa IT Security Sales head Alessandro Postiglioni. Physical and virtual assets... 

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration  to improve cyberdefence
ALESSANDRO POSTIGLIONI Refined controls and new technologies allow utilities to build effective prevention capabilities across business networks and the growing number of endpoints in their environments

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Infrastructure engineering multinational AECOM is developing high-technology building information modelling (BIM) systems as part of the transition to digital business and service models and to meet changing client needs, says AECOM Africa Buildings and Places MD Tim ter Haar. The company is... 

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services
TIM TER HAAR AECOM is developing BIM systems and solutions through its interactions with clients to meet their technical requirements and includes the steel milling industry, bulk materials and commodities handling, mining and ports in South Africa

Rics, GBCSA sign MoU for collaboration on sustainable development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). With smart urbanism and sustainability the overall theme at this year’s Rics Summit Africa, the MoU represents a commitment by both... 

Rics, GBCSA sign MoU for collaboration on sustainable development
Rics president John Hughes signs a memorandum of understanding with GBCSA nonexecutive deputy chairperson Nkosinathi Manzana

Infrastructure development key to meeting consumer demand in megacities – economist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 There are rapidly growing megacities, including Accra, Cairo, Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kinshasa, in Africa, and it is important to ensure infrastructure development grows at a pace that will meet the increasing consumer demand that will come out of these megacities, said Imara Africa... 

Infrastructure development key to meeting consumer demand in megacities – economist
Imara Africa Consulting managing partner Barbara Barungi speaking at the Rics Summit Africa 2018

South African steel companies urged to diversify markets in wake of US tariff setback

By: Kim Cloete     31st May 2018 South African steel companies need to continue to look for new markets, particularly in Africa, following the recent setback in which the US government decided not to grant South Africa an exemption on steel and aluminum tariffs, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. “We will need to... 

South African steel companies urged to diversify markets in wake of US tariff setback
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development
Rics CEO Sean Tompkins

Nxesi launches expedited lease renewal process

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday held a meeting with client departments, private landlords and other stakeholders to expedite finding a resolution to expired leases and the signing of long-term leases, including the so-called “9.11 leases” that are valid for nine years and eleven... 

Nxesi launches expedited lease renewal process
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Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi

Attacq disputes claims of illegal water connections at Waterfall

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2018 JSE-listed Attacq has refuted allegations by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) regarding illegal water connections at some of the properties under its management in Waterfall City. The property development company said in statement on Thursday that it was in possession of all paperwork and invoicing... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2018 Investment company ATON, which is preparing a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has reiterated it steadfast opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, describing the proposed Aveng transaction as a “poison pill” to prevent a takeover... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal
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ATON says Aveng transaction would distract M&R from focusing on growth opportunities in mining

Cape Town Iron and Steel Works officially opened 

By: Kim Cloete     30th May 2018 The Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco) plant has been officially opened in Kuils River, near Cape Town. The plant has created 300 direct and another 120 indirect jobs, with another 200 in the pipeline.   Established originally in 1967, the factory was closed by Murray & Roberts (M&R) in 2010,... 

Cape Town Iron and Steel Works officially opened
Economic Development Minister and DHT president Dagistan Turanli at the Cisco plant opening

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) confirmed on Wednesday that it would be meeting with its largest single shareholder, ATON, to discuss the merits of M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, which it continues to describe as “highly strategic”. No date has been provided for the meeting, which is being pursued... 

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

Developers break ground on R3bn Sandton Gate precinct development

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2018 Joint developers on the Sandton Gate precinct project, Abland and Tiber, have broken ground on Phase 1 of the development, with the start of bulk earthworks. Phase 1 will include 15 500 m² of commercial space, 13 000 m² of P-grade office space and a 2 500 m² gym positioned on the piazza level of... 

Developers break ground on R3bn Sandton Gate precinct development

Coca-Cola Co's Africa distributor to invest $100m in Kenya over next 5 years

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continent’s largest soft drinks bottler, said on Wednesday it would invest $100-million in Kenya over the next five years to improve infrastructure and launch new products. The company, which sells and distributes Coca-Cola Co products in Africa, plans to... 

Milestone year for Vukile as it delivers 7.7% FY18 distribution growth

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2018 Property management company Vukile Property Fund achieved 7.7% growth in dividends to 168.82c a share for the full year ended March 31 on the back of a higher second-half distribution growth of 7.9%. As its international investment grows, Vukile aims to hedge 75% of its dividend flow from... 

Milestone year for Vukile as it delivers 7.7% FY18 distribution growth
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Vukile Property Fund CEO Laurence Rapp

Exemplar to list on the JSE in June

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 Exemplar Retail has been granted approval to list in the retail real estate investment trust sector on the main board of the JSE, effective June 12. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that it intends to grow its property portfolio through the acquisition of high-quality assets... 

Tullow Oil picks Australia's Worley Parsons for Kenya contract

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Tullow Oil has awarded an engineering design contract for oil production in its northern Kenyan blocs to Australia's Worley Parsons, a Kenyan petroleum ministry official told Reuters on Tuesday. Kenya this month moved a step closer to full production at the blocs when the local government and the... 

Echo Polska acquires Polish shopping centre, changes name

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 Netherlands-based Echo Polska Properties (EPP) has, through its subsidiary EPP Development 7, acquired the King Cross Marcelin shopping centre, in Poznan, Poland, for €91.1-million. The acquisition is in line with the company’s strategy to expand its presence in Polish regional cities. 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 The takeover battle for engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) by German investment company ATON intensified this week with ATON announcing its intention to make a new mandatory offer, following a Takeover Special Committee (TSC) ruling instructing ATON to withdraw its earlier... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

Patel to reopen Cape Town Iron and Steel Works plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel will on Wednesday officially reopen the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works plant (Cisco), in Kuils River, in the Western Cape.  

Patel to reopen Cape Town Iron and Steel Works plant
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn
New Development Bank Yearly Meeting

ATON ‘open to engage’ with M&R board as offers is made mandatory

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 German investment company ATON has increased its offer price to Murray & Roberts (M&R) shareholders to R17 a share from R15 previously and the family-owned group has also confirmed that it will convert its voluntary offer to a mandatory one. ATON’s announcement follows a two-day hearing of the... 

ATON ‘open to engage’ with M&R board as offers is made mandatory

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Monday that it intended to sell its 50% indirect interest in steel trading and shipping business Macsteel International (MIHBV) to a subsidiary of Macsteel Holdings (MacHold) for $220-million, or around R2.8-billion. The proposed... 

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

LHDA opens bids for three LHWP Phase 2 contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), a bi-national project between the governments of Lesotho and South Africa, intends to procure three construction contracts for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2. The first of the contracts will entail the construction of a 33 kV... 

LafargeHolcim to cut 200 jobs as Paris, Zurich offices axed

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 LafargeHolcim will close its corporate offices in Paris and Zurich, eliminating 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive, the world's largest cement maker said on Friday. The Franco-Swiss company confirmed the long-mooted closure of its Paris HQ, which was reported by Reuters on Thursday. 

Esor postpones release of FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Civil engineering and construction group Esor has postponed the release of its annual financial statements for the year ended February 28 to June 29. The group on Friday said it still needed to confirm various claims and provisions on certain material contracts and the related impact on revenue... 

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s... 

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage
AUTOMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA Mint Management Technologies hopes to help digitise the local engineering industry

Shipping containers provide temporary teaching facility

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 The Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE), in Cape Town, is using shipping containers at its campus for interim teaching and office space while campus expansion is under way. The ASE, first formed in 1997 in Johannesburg, has had significant success and growth since then. Owing to its success, the... 

Shipping containers provide temporary teaching facility
CONTAINER CONVERSION PROJECTS Container conversions are faster to construct and present as a cheaper construction alternative that can be moved if required

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive
LOWERING TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP Himoinsa SA works extensively with clients in the construction industry to reduce costs associated with owning and operating a generator set and lighting towers

Decreasing investment causes industry lull

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 There is likely to be a lull in growth for the foreseeable future in construction and the property development industry, owing to reduced government expenditure on large-scale infrastructure projects and uncertainty in private-sector investment markets, says global engineering professional... 

Decreasing investment causes industry lull
DRIVING CONSTRUCTION FORWARD Innovations, technical advances and rethinking investment strategies will be key in driving the local construction sector forward in years to come

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