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Construction News

Arrowhead reduces vacancies despite constrained market conditions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2018 Diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Arrowhead Properties reduced its vacancies from 12.1% at the start of its 2018 financial year to 7.9% by the end of the year. This despite the fact that it had initially expected vacancies to increase to more than 13% in the financial year ended... 

Cost of vandalism, theft of infrastructure surpasses R300m – Johannesburg mayor

By: African News Agency      28th November 2018 The cost of vandalism in the city of Johannesburg and theft of City Power infrastructure has now surpassed R300-million and continues to rise, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday. Mashaba said council members had, during a meeting of the Visible Service Delivery committee, cited this as the... 

SIU moves to recover R2.2bn in failed Giyani water project

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is seeking to recover R2.2-billion from the tender appointment of LTE Consulting Engineers by state-owned water utility Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) for a failed water project in Giyani, Limpopo. The SIU has instituted a civil claim in the High Court in... 

LafargeHolcim sees slower 2019 sales growth but higher profitability

By: Reuters     28th November 2018 LafargeHolcim expects slower sales growth but higher profitability during 2019, the world's largest cement maker said on Wednesday, adding that it is counting on "solid market demand" for its building materials to continue. The French-Swiss company expects full-year sales growth of 3% to 5% next... 

Omnia sees R695m nitrophosphate investment as fertiliser ‘game changer’ 

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2018 Diversified chemicals group Omnia says its innovative nitrophosphate plant under construction in Sasolburg will materially improve the company’s overall competitiveness in the production of fertilisers, despite an upward revision to the project’s capital cost. Omnia reported on Tuesday that the... 

Omnia sees R695m nitrophosphate investment as fertiliser ‘game changer’
Omnia's nitrophosphate plant under construction

African countries urged to sign Luxembourg Protocol at Zimbabwe PIDA meeting

By: African News Agency      27th November 2018 African countries have been urged to sign the Luxembourg Protocol by Soteri Gatera, the chief of industrialisation and infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Gatera made the call during his presentation titled, ‘The Luxembourg Rail Protocol: Railway Rolling Stock Financing –... 

Guinea bauxite miner to build new railway in $3bn deal

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2018 Societe Miniere de Boke, which mines aluminum raw material bauxite in Guinea, signed agreements with the West African nation to spend $3-billion on a railway, an alumina refinery and the development of new mining areas. The 135 km railway, which will link mining operations to a river terminal,... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape, has been synchronised to the national grid and the power station is expected to enter into full commercial operation in early 2019. Construction of the parabolic-trough CSP plant began in May 2016, following... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019
The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park

DMR initiates ground stability study in areas affected by illegal mining in Joburg 

By: African News Agency      26th November 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Monday that it has initiated a ground stability study in the Johannesburg area with immediate effect. In a statement, the DMR said the study, which will commence shortly through the Council for Geoscience (CGS), aims to assess whether there is any... 

Following Mandela’s management style will aid in land reform – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      26th November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa invoked the management style of Nelson Mandela on Sunday evening when speaking of how the State would manage land reform, saying the matter needed to be addressed for SA to move forward. Ramaphosa was a guest at the Gauteng Conference of the South African Jewish Board of... 

 Following Mandela’s management style will aid in land reform – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

City of Cape Town beach tidal pools receive multimillion-rand upgrades

By: African News Agency      26th November 2018 Multimillion-rand upgrades to the Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools in the South Peninsula have just been completed in time for the summer season and the annual influx of more than a million visitors to Cape Town beaches, the city said on Sunday. "Our tidal pools are popular spots as these... 

Work on Vaal river system rehabilitation project gets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2018 Work on the Vaal River System rehabilitation project, in Sebokeng, is now under way after a technical team from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) completed its assessments, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has said. Following the deployment by Finance... 

BRI a conduit for Chinese engagement, trade, development with Africa and the world 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2018 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is an infrastructure development and integration initiative championed and mainly funded by China, has emerged as a conduit for translating China's growing influence into trade, development and cultural engagements and partnership with the global South.... 

Nxesi prioritises late payment to contractors; CIDB to expand contractor register criteria

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd November 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi will prioritise dealing with the issue of late payment to contractors and kickstart a process to draft payment legislation as a first priority for the construction industry. The Minister on Friday also discussed improving the criteria for grading contractors... 

Nxesi prioritises late payment to contractors; CIDB to expand contractor register criteria
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Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi

PPC posts solid interim results on the back of growth outside South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Cement producer PPC’s diversified portfolio has enabled the company to offset a weaker performance in South Africa performance with robust growth in the rest of Africa during the six months ended September 30, CEO Johan Claassen said on Friday. Reporting on the company’s financial results for the... 

PPC posts solid interim results on the back of growth outside South Africa
PPC CEO Johan Claassen

Firm’s design breathes new life into industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup was commended for its finalist entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the architectural category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards, held last month. The R500-million V&A Grain Silo project, once an agricultural silo for grain storage... 

Firm’s design breathes  new life into industry
CROWN JEWEL The V&A Grain Silo Complex project was once an agricultural silo for grain storage, and is now features prominently in the silo district development

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The South African stainless steel in construction and cladding market is in an early developmental stage, despite many architectural projects having been completed over the past few decades, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Western Cape regional manager Michel... 

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry
INTO FOCUS Stainless steel in cladding construction brings the advantages into focus

Trade wars costly to long-term construction projects

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Owing to the global trade war in steel prices, local manufacturers, such as local steel fabricator Fabcon, are finding it difficult to quote for long-term construction projects. “The stockholding of any steel company is dramatically reduced, as companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer... 

Trade wars costly  to long-term construction projects
ANDREW VAN GOOL Companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer period of time

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The demand for steel in South Africa’s construction and cladding sector will continue to increase, owing to its myriad of applications and ease of installation, says steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering technical director Glen Pringle.... 

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing
DIVERSIFIED PRODUCT OFFERING Vital Engineering supplies various items, including stainless steel handrails, GRP products, galvanised steel gratings and stainless steel gratings

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 With the new stimulus plan announced under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership, South Africa’s economy is poised for an upturn, which will inevitably promote growth in the steel construction sector, says cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut MD Andrew Poole. “This... 

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth
SOLUTIONS PROVIDER First Cut supplies processing solutions, which comprise its latest-generation fribelaser solutions that cut sheet steel

Signs of positive change in steel sector

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The drive to import certain quantities of steel has gained impetus during 2018, as a result of some doubts in the steel manufacturing industry about the ability of local mills to produce the required level of quality of certain products they require, steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode... 

Signs of positive change in steel sector
WARNE RIPPON There has also more recently been a concerted effort made by the primary steel producer to improve its product quality

Large scale erosion control at Pepper Bay

23rd November 2018 A large-scale erosion-control retaining wall to stabilise the existing eroded embankments in the Pepper Bay harbour area on the West Coast was initiated in the interest of public safety by the Department of Public Works. The embankments consist of multiple layers of sedimentation reaching up to... 

Industry associations offer innovative opportunities for precast manufacturers

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam, who has been producing quality construction materials for over 80 years, strongly believes that industry bodies, such as the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), have the opportunity to build the knowledge base and positively contribute towards... 

CMA membership offers significant advantages

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 As a leading supplier of innovative infrastructure products to the construction and mining industries in Southern Africa, the Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG), which represents precast concrete product specialists Rocla and Technicrete, believes that Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA)... 

Supporting industry associations adds value – CMA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 To ensure the use of high-quality precast concrete products in the market, it is vital for professionals and manufacturers of products related to the built environment to realise the value of joining industry associations, particularly those that have the wellbeing of end-users and industry at... 

UCT growing bricks of any shape from urine

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2018 The University of Cape Town (UCT) Civil Engineering Department has developed a process to grow bricks that can be any shape using sand, bacteria and human urine. The bricks are made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) – the same substance as limestone, coral reefs, egg- and seashells – and sand cemented... 

UCT growing bricks of any shape from urine
GROWING BRICKS Sand, bacteria, fertiliser and urine produce calcium carbonate bricks in any shape

Emira boosts US retail property portfolio with another acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd November 2018 Emira Property Fund on Thursday announced that it has grown its portfolio in the US to five value-orientated assets in thriving states. The JSE-listed real estate investment trust co-invests in the US with its in-country partner, Rainier Group of Companies. 

Emira boosts US retail property portfolio with another acquisition
Woodlands Square in Tampa, Florida

Stenprop on track to achieve multi-let transition goal over next two years

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd November 2018 Dual-listed property investment company Stenprop, which is focused on growing its multi-let industrial (MLI) portfolio, posted basic earnings of £13.2-million for the six months ended September 30. Net rental income of £16-million, excluding Switzerland, remained broadly flat compared with the... 

BP to invest $1bn in South Africa, including refinery upgrade

By: Reuters     22nd November 2018 BP Southern Africa (BPSA) will invest $1-billion in South Africa in the next five years with more than a quarter of that set aside to upgrade the SAPREF refinery to produce lower sulphur diesel, its chief executive said on Thursday. The 180 00 barrels per day SAPREF refinery, South Africa's... 

Education, Health, Public Works finances are in a bad way, says Auditor-General

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has warned that the financial health of the provincial departments of health, education and public works are in a bad way and need urgent intervention. “Urgent intervention is needed to prevent the collapse of these key service delivery departments,” said Makwetu in... 

Gemgrow delivers expected dividend growth for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st November 2018 In line with guidance set, JSE-listed real estate investment trust Gemgrow Properties delivered dividend growth of 5% year-on-year to 106.91c apiece for A shares and 7% year-on-year to 78.7c apiece for B shares, for the financial year ended September 30. The company on Wednesday reported a... 

New terminal at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport the pride of Ghana

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) MD John Attafuah is an animated man to whom words come freely, quickly and eloquently. But even he has to pause and gasp for a few seconds though, as he describes the impact the new Terminal 3 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport has had on Ghanaians. The... 

Gauteng government seeks help spending its RDP budget

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Uhuru Moiloa has plans to exhaust the RDP construction budget by the end of the financial year and he needs help. According to Moiloa, for the first time in his department's history, more than 50% of the budget was spent in the third quarter of the financial year. He... 

Mashaba orders audit to establish legal status of those occupying City property

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says he has ordered an audit into the legal status of those occupying City properties. The audit would establish, among other things, whether tenants occupying buildings in the City were doing so legally and if any subletting was taking place. It would... 

Mashaba orders audit to establish legal status of those occupying City property
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Dipula delivers strong FY results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2018 Diversified real estate investment trust Dipula Income Fund on Tuesday reported double-digit growth in distributable earnings to R504.2-million for the year ended August 31. Dipula’s property portfolio ended the year with a 25% higher value at R8.6-billion. 

Stor-Age achieves growth despite challenging economic climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2018 Real estate investment trust Stor-Age has achieved a 9.1% year-on-year increase in dividends a share to 51.3c apiece for the six months ended September 30, underpinned by solid organic growth in its South African and UK portfolios and the successful integration of acquisitions. Stor-Age... 

Report lays out action plan for sanitation crisis in Limpopo schools

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th November 2018 Public-interest law centre Section27 has released its long-awaited sanitation report, offering an overview of the state of school sanitation in Limpopo and calling on the Limpopo Department of Education (LDE) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to address the issue. The report, ‘Towards... 

Report lays out action plan for sanitation crisis in Limpopo schools

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