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Money won't curb #DayZero, we must adapt – Mokonyane

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says that throwing money at the looming #DayZero crisis is not the answer, but rather Capetonians need to adapt to the situation. Mokonyane and deputy director general Trevor Balzer were addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Sunday on the prospect... 

Zambia says miners must move 30% cargo by railway 

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Mining firms and other bulk cargo firms in Zambia must transport at least 30% of their freight by railway, the government said on Friday, imposing a law to revive the sector. Transport Minister Brian Mushimba told reporters there was evidence of a huge imbalance between use of the road and rail... 

Need for more energy increases demand for solar power

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 With electricity demand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region increasing, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies senior researcher Karin Kritzinger believes that solar water heaters can be one of the major... 

Need for more energy increases  demand for solar power
Photo by Duane Daws
WIDESPREAD POWER There are several solar farms across the member countries of the Southern African Development Community

Solar energy can reduce tariff hike strain on consumers

     26th January 2018 With the ruling of the Constitutional Court having allowed power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, solar energy equipment supplier Energy Partners Home Solutions believes that this could lead to... 

Three-year project reaches completion

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 Technology solutions provider Jasco has completed its three-year solar farm project, which has reduced its maximum electricity demand by 27% and its reliance on State-owned power utility Eskom by 33%. “Phase 1 of the project – which started in April 2015 – resulted in the installation of 53 kWp... 

School installs solar system at boarding house

     26th January 2018 The South African College High School (SACS), in Cape Town, made a commitment to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed in November by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS deputy headmaster Barry... 

Emerging markets using latest energy technologies to improve competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 With the advent of new energy generation, storage and management technologies, developing country companies are using the capabilities of new integrated microgrid systems to improve their efficiency and lower costs, says electrical equipment and services multinational ABB Asia, Middle East and... 

Emerging markets using latest energy technologies  to improve competitiveness
CHUNYUAN GU Natural resources, accessible labour and more readily available energy can be leveraged to grow industry in Africa, if industrial operations become more efficient

Investments accumulated to catalyse off-grid energy development

By: Dylan Slater     26th January 2018 Multilateral development bank African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board approved a $30-million investment in the Facility for Energy Inclusion Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) last month.  

Project to lift station platforms proving challenging, PRASA admits

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

     26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

Microgrids using  solar energy to meet energy demands
SOLAR SOLUTION Providing power through solar power projects is just one of many solutions that could grant electricity access to communities

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2018 Digital technologies are providing cities worldwide, including several in Africa, with a new set of tools to improve service delivery and bolster social and economic inclusion. The focus of the smart city movement is how technology can serve citizens, how it can make cities more equal and provide... 

Cities turn to digital solutions to solve service delivery problems

Interactive zebra crossing makes South London debut

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 UK-based technology company Umbrellium has installed an interactive pedestrian crossing in South London that responds dynamically, in real-time, to its environment. Umbrellium says the familiar zebra crossing design (originating in the 1940s) has not been updated for the ways that city... 

Global crude steel output up 5.3% y/y in 2017

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 5.3% year-on-year to 1.69-billion tonnes in 2017. Output increased in all regions except for the Commonwealth of Independent States, where production remained flat at about 102.1-million tonnes, the World Steel Association reported this week. 

China's Belt and Road initiative the future of global collaboration

By: African News Agency      25th January 2018 China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which seeks to build structural linkages and cooperation between countries has been held up as a model of global collaboration. Initially set up as a framework for cooperation between Eurasian countries, the BRI is being hailed as being perfectly in sync... 

Japan's record exports, manufacturing, point to powerhouse economy

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Japan’s exports to China and Asia hit record levels as shipments rose for a thirteenth straight month in December and manufacturing growth hit a four-year high in January, pointing to an economy that powered through the fourth quarter and into 2018. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Wednesday... 

Infrastructure development a key driver of South African economy – Patel

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2018 Infrastructure development is a key driver of South Africa's growth prospects, with rail and water infrastructure focal areas. This is according to Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, who is in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF), as part of the South African delegation looking to... 

Infrastructure development a key driver of South African economy – Patel

Stenprop appoints broker to assist with London listing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 To assist in implementing its proposed LSE listing, JSE-listed Stenprop has appointed Numis Securities to act as its broker. Numis Securities will be acting as financial adviser on the proposed move from the Bermuda Stock Exchange to the SFS of the LSE. 

Botswana to spend $495m to extend power grid to northwest

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on Monday launched a P4.8-billion ($495-million) project to build an electricity transmission line to connect the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid. Domestic consumers in the region currently rely on imports... 

Ethiopia leader rejects call for World Bank arbitration in dam dispute 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration in a dispute over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile. The two countries are at odds over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, with Cairo... 

Signing of power purchase agreements with IPPs imminent – SAWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) expects the conclusion of 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) to occur during the first quarter of this year. It said on Friday that the majority of the processes required to conclude the PPAs... 

Signing of power purchase agreements with IPPs imminent – SAWEA

PPC reschedules DRC cement plant debt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Construction materials provider PPC has further improved its liquidity position by finalising a capital repayment moratorium with funders of the group’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) operation, limiting PPC’s capital requirements to only interest payments from January this year to January... 

Egypt, Ethiopia leaders say Nile dam must not ruin relations

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged on Thursday not to let differences over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile river ruin relations with Addis Ababa. Ethiopia hopes the hydroelectric Grand Renaissance Dam will make it Africa's largest power exporter. 

African Energy to delist from Botswana exchange

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 ASX-lsited African Energy Resources (AER) on Friday said it would delist from the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE), as it currently encompassed only 22 shareholders with less than 0.3% of its shares on issue. Listed since October 2011, AER’s directors believed that the administrative costs and... 

African Energy to delist from Botswana exchange

IDC assessing 21 applications under R1.5bn downstream steel incentive

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2018 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is currently assessing 21 potential transactions, worth a combined R437-million, arising from applications for support under a R1.5-billion industrial financing scheme set up in 2017 to support manufacturers of value-added steel products. The... 

IDC assessing 21 applications under R1.5bn downstream steel incentive

Guidance note on support for off-grid renewable energy launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day – which took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during October – resulted in the launch of a guidance note for governments. The note aims to share recommendations for policymakers about how they can support the off-grid... 

New report names WBHO’s Australian unit the country’s ‘most active’ construction firm

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) Australian subsidiary, Probuild, has been named the most active construction company in the country by the Australian Housing Industry Association Construction 100 Report. Probuild has jumped from fifth place last year to top spot, in terms of work procured. 

Africa, and other regions, seen benefiting from China-driven One Belt, One Road superproject

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2018 The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, says Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

$324m for Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire renewables projects

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.  

Hammerhead benefits in replacing Gauteng’s ageing pipelines

     19th January 2018 Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently contaminate the province’s waterways and ground water. With thousands of pipelines already well over the 50-year mark and equally many over 100 years... 

Hammerhead benefits  in replacing Gauteng’s  ageing pipelines
URBANITE The Hammerhead pipe-bursting solution allows crews to work in confined and heavily built-up areas

German construction sales to grow by 4% this year – associations

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 German construction companies expect sales to grow by 4% this year, reaching their highest level since 1995, industry associations said on Thursday, suggesting the sector will continue to propel growth in Europe's biggest economy this year. Germany is enjoying a construction boom due to higher... 

Chinese demand drives construction boom in Cambodia

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 The value of construction projects in Cambodia rose more than 22 percent to $6.4 billion in 2017 from the previous year, according to official figures released on Tuesday that showed the impact of a boom driven by Chinese investors. The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction... 

ABB supplies motor for world’s steepest funicular railway

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 A 1.7 km funicular railway in the Swiss Alps, said to be the steepest in the world, has been brought into operation this week. The railway cable car, which can carry 36 passengers, is being powered by a 1.2 MW low-voltage electric motor designed and built by automation company ABB. 

ABB supplies motor for world’s steepest funicular railway

Sapoa concerned about funding Cape Town water projects

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) is concerned that the City of Cape Town is not receiving the necessary income needed to fund projects for emergency water supply augmentation projects that were launched in mid-2017. The city proposed to raise the funding through the... 

JRA to upgrade Soweto bridge

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has started the R37-million reconstruction of the Bridge road bridge over Klipspruit river, in Soweto, owing to overtopping during heavy rainfall. “[The] bridge in Klipspruit West is known to bring traffic to a halt during heavy downpours, rendering it unsafe... 

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80-million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought. "This is the first in the history of the City of... 

PRASA warns of impact of prohibition notice on commuters

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has warned that a ban on manually authorising trains will negatively impact on Metrorail commuters. The Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) on Wednesday enforced the ban, after two trains collided in Germiston, Gauteng, on Tuesday morning. About 200... 

LHDA awards Polihali transfer tunnel design contract

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the contract to design and supervise the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase Two (LHWP II) engineering design contracts – to the Metsi a Senqu-Khubelu... 

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