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Construction News

Texton appoints UK asset manager

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate property fund Texton has appointed James Armstrong as asset manager to oversee its assets in the UK, effective May 1. Armstrong previously held senior positions at Hammerson, Dawnay Day Carpathian and LREC. His extensive multisector expertise includes valuations,... 

Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2018 Group Five will soon become a minority shareholder in its construction business in South Africa, says CEO Themba Mosai. Speaking on Thursday in Johannesburg at the company’s interim results, he noted that Group Five targeted the sale of 51% of its South African construction business to an... 

 Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount
Themba Mosai

New Zimbabwe luxury boutique hotel to welcome guests from early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, will soon boast a new luxury boutique hotel catering for a variety of guests to the region’s famous world heritage site. From early 2019, the new 199 all-suite Mbano Manor Hotel will offer a unique and nature-based travel experience for the global, high-end tourist,... 

Investment in Africa’s ports, shipping sector can accelerate economic growth

By: African News Agency      12th April 2018 More strategic investment in Africa’s ports can accelerate growth and development by strengthening trade as these are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value, globally. This is according to an analysis report of port development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) issued by the... 

R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June  

     12th April 2018 After an uncertain start, the Regency – a new upmarket apartment hotel development, situated in Menlyn Pretoria – has entered its final stage of construction. Paige Muller tells us more. 

R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June
R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June

TNPA presents strategy to improve transformation at Island View Precinct

By: Shirley le Guern     12th April 2018 A major shake-up within the Island View Precinct (IVP) in the port of Durban is expected after Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) began engaging tenants ahead of the implementation of its new IVP strategy this week. At a press conference following initial engagements with leaseholders and... 

TNPA presents strategy to improve transformation at Island View Precinct
TNPA acting Durban port manager Nokuzola Nkowane

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its new regional distribution centre at the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand, Gauteng. Project developer Attacq and BMW SA jointly invested around R260-million to create the facility. 

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

EAIF raises $385m in new debt financing to drive five-year business plan

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018   The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), managed by Investec Asset Management (IAM), has completed its latest fundraising round, raising $385-million in new long-term debt capital to invest in Africa. 

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards
Chris Soal's sculpture titled Imposed Structure to the Detriment of the Members

Day hospital opens at Atterbury’s The Club precinct

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African property investor and developer Atterbury’s landmark new development The Club, in Pretoria, now includes the fully operational Club Surgical Centre. Club Surgical Centre, a state-of-the-art day hospital that offers cutting-edge treatment in skin cancer, cosmetic, ear-nose-and-throat... 

Day hospital opens at Atterbury’s The Club precinct
South African property investor and developer Atterbury’s landmark new development The Club, in Pretoria, now includes the fully operational Club Surgical Centre

Grit pursues LSE listing

By: Anine Kilian     9th April 2018 Grit Real Estate, which is listed on the JSE and on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM), is seeking a listing on the LSE. The company, which focuses on real estate in select African countries, intends to maintain primary listings on the JSE and LSE, while moving its SEM listing to a secondary... 

Impairments push Lafarge Africa to 2017 loss, shares fall

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Lafarge Africa has taken a one-off impairment in Nigeria and South Africa totalling around 33-billion naira ($105-million), widening its loss before tax for 2017 from a year earlier and sending its shares tumbling. Bruno Bayet, CFO, told Reuters the impairments accounted for bulk of the loss,... 

Three-nation talks on Ethiopia dam fail to reach agreement

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Talks in Khartoum between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over a dam Ethiopia is building ended early on Friday without agreement, the Sudanese foreign minister said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

     6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

Capital equipment future looks bright

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th April 2018 Sales of new earthmoving and mining equipment are on an upward trend, breaking the three-year downward cycle that the industry has been in since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

Capital equipment future looks bright
LAWRENCE PETERS An increase in capital equipment sales in 2017 is a positive sign for the future of the industry

Blockmaking machine aids in community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Alternative building technology partner Hydraform supplied its M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine to social activist nonprofit organisation Earthrise Trust.  

Blockmaking machine aids in community development
LIKE BLOCKWORK Hydraform’s M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine can produce 2 200 blocks in an eight-hour shift

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity  in projects
CASE IN POINT CASE Construction South Africa’s skid steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance, enhanced productivity and increased operator comfort

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Continued growth for tool manufacturer

     6th April 2018 This year, tool and equipment manufacturer the Hilti Group intends to maintain its growth momentum following last year’s growth of CHF 5.1-billion throughout all of its business regions. The company explains that year-on-year the company’s sales are up by 10.8%, and 9.6% in local currencies. 

Continued growth for  tool manufacturer
GROWING The company experienced growth throughout the 2017 period in all of its worldwide markets

New measuring laser introduced to African market 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Tool and fixings distributor Upat has introduced the Stabila LAR 350 rotational laser (LAR 350) to the African market, which enables construction workers and foremen to measure, level and position equipment, explains Upat national product specialist Charl Weber. The LAR 350 has a wireless... 

New measuring  laser introduced  to African market
Stabila national product specialist Charl Weber describes the advantages of using Stabila measuring tools. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Hand-held power tool supplier Milwaukee has launched the patented Red Link Plus Intelligence electronics system for hand-held power tools. “The Red Link Plus system introduces new electrical controls throughout the hand-held power tools that the company supplies. It starts with the battery packs... 

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa
Milwaukee product specialist Werner Koch explains the power tools available from the company. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

     6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Company resupplies machine stock to keep S. African market supplied

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 To keep its supply of stud-welding machines current, furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group keeps a range of such machines in stock at its Vereeniging headquarters at all times. The company has supplied more than 600 stud-welding machines over the past 24 years to the mining,... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Owing to its well-established relationship with its loyal distribution partners and distribution network in Southern Africa, a large range of about 5 200 individual line items of hand tools from professional tools manufacturer Jonnesway are being used in Southern Africa, says Carel Venter, the... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa
TOOL RANGE Jonnesway has a wide range of tools and works with original-equipment suppliers to ensure that tools are always available

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

     6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project
Photo by LYT Architects
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The Polo Fields is a massive development of 1 512 apartment units that will be located in the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand

Commissioning under way on Kenya’s new multipurpose pipeline

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Kenya was last week set to commission a multipurpose pipeline from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, in a major milestone in its quest to enhance efficiency in the transport of petroleum products. Construction of the $470-million pipeline, implemented by the Kenya Pipeline... 

New study to assess electrification of Rwanda, Tanzania rail project

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Tanzania and Rwanda face the daunting tasking of mobilising funding for a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line connecting the two countries, following a decision to review the project's design so that electric, rather than diesel-powered, trains run on the line. The initial project cost was... 

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Corporate signage manufacturer Premier Sayina Africa (PSA) and signage and solar solutions company Romano Signs have merged to create PSA Romano – the largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa.  

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa
Romano Signs MD Alexi Romano signs merger with PSA MD Sean Rogers

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts
Some of the key assets where Redefine has already installed rooftop solar PV plants include Boulders Shopping Centre, in Midrand

Oando commissions new office building in Lagos

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Dual-listed Oando has officially commissioned its new office building, the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos, Nigeria. The complex, which was commissioned by State and Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachickwu,  comprises two 12-storey towers with 27 000 m2 of lettable office space, a three-level car park,... 

R281m Western Cape forensic pathology facility set for mid-2019 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 A larger, purpose-built modern forensic pathology facility is being built at the Groote Schuur Hospital, in the Western Cape, to replace the Forensic Pathology Services Laboratory, in Salt River, and is expected to be completed in mid-2019. The project, headed by the Department of Transport and... 

R281m Western Cape forensic pathology facility set for mid-2019 completion
A larger, purpose-built modern forensic pathology facility is being built at the Groote Schuur Hospital, in the Western Cape, and will cost about R281-million.

Survey shows market confidence flat among general builders, civil contractors

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2018 General building confidence, as measured by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) SME Business Conditions Survey, was flat at 36 index points in the first quarter of this year. Only Grades 3 and 4 reported lower confidence in line with weaker underlying indicators among general... 

Kenyan fund targets $15m green bond for water projects

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 A nonprofit organisation plans to issue a 1.5-billion shilling ($15-million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities. Robert Bunyi, chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Pooled Water Fund, said on Wednesday it aimed to launch a 15-year instrument and to have it certified as a green bond. 

Merger architect Schmidheiny to exit LafargeHolcim board

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Thomas Schmidheiny, LafargeHolcim's largest shareholder and a driving force behind the merger that created the world's largest cement maker, will step down from the company's board at its 2018 annual general meeting (AGM), it said on Wednesday. Schmidheiny, who owns 11.4% of the Franco-Swiss... 

Long-delayed renewables IPP agreements to be signed on Wednesday

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Tuesday that agreements for 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, which have been delayed since 2016, will be signed on Wednesday, April 4. The projects have a collective investment value of R55.92-billion. 

Long-delayed renewables IPP agreements to be signed on Wednesday
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

M&R awarded a further R3.7bn in mining contracts

By: Anine Kilian     3rd April 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a further R3.7-billion in underground mining projects in the sub-Saharan African, North American and Australasian markets. This follows the company’s announcement earlier this month that it had been awarded R3.8-billion in new underground mining... 

Ghana contract takes heavy toll on Group Five, bridging finance in place

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2018 Construction and engineering company Group Five on Thursday afternoon said the loss expected for the six months ended December 2017 would be R371-million more than the guidance provided in a March 1 trading statement, following continued difficulties at the Kpone project, in Ghana. The group said... 

 Ghana contract takes heavy toll on Group Five, bridging finance in place

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