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Construction News

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Road construction equipment supplier Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen SA) and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which Wirtgen SA MD Heinrich Schulenburg said would cement the relationship between the entities and give... 

Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can... 

New Mpumalanga mall set to spur growth in the area

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2018 The R240-million Thulamahashe Mall, in Mpumalanga, a new development between partners Nthwese Developments and Twin City, is set to open on October 25, and is expected to create an economic upswing in the rural area, says Nthwese Developments MD Seabelo Theledi. The development has a gross... 

New Mpumalanga mall set to spur growth in the area
Artwork of the R240-million Thulamahashe Mall, in Mpumalanga, a new development between partners Nthwese Developments and Twin City

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to speak at Ramaphosa’s Investment Conference dinner 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2018 Chinese tech sensation Jack Ma will deliver the keynote speech at a dinner to be hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 26 as part of the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference. The conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from October 25 to 27, in... 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to speak at Ramaphosa’s Investment Conference dinner
Jack Ma

Liquid eyes further expansion as Cape to Cairo links up

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2018 Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom is eyeing further expansion across the African continent after completing its Phase 1 decade-long project of connecting a 60 000 km network from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt. The group on Thursday reported that, following the... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation 

18th October 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2-billion in two redevelopment projects – the Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City – in Johannesburg, as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner city precincts. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation
Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation

Civil contractor confidence falls to historic low in Q3 – CIDB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) business conditions survey has shown that civil contractor confidence fell by six index points to a historic low of 27 during the third quarter. Weakness in all the underlying indicators, especially... 

Civil contractor confidence falls to historic low in Q3 – CIDB

Attacq, Tricolt to launch first high-rise luxury apartments in Waterfall City

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 JSE-listed Attacq has partnered with property development company Tricolt to launch the first high-rise luxury apartments in Waterfall City, with the first phase of development set to be completed by 2021. The development is comprised of four towers – the Newton, Kepler, Da Vinci and Galileo... 

Attacq, Tricolt to launch first high-rise luxury apartments in Waterfall City
Artist's impression of the Ellipse Waterfall exterior

Tower Property generates R396m in proceeds, property net income guidance remains unchanged

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Tower Property Fund (TPF) has generated proceeds of R396-million from asset management initiatives in the current financial year, which it will use as part of its total return strategy. The asset management initiatives included the sale of the Pick n Pay... 

Entries for inaugural Factory of the Year competition to close on Oct 31 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2018 A.T. Kearney has extended the entry deadline for the inaugural South African Factory of the Year competition to October 31. The event is aimed at boosting competitiveness in the country’s ailing manufacturing sector. 

Entries for inaugural Factory of the Year competition to close on Oct 31
A.T Kearney manager Mark Saunders discusses the advantages of bringing its Factory of the Year competition to South Africa Video: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Christo Greyling.

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate
Balwin Properties CEO Steve Brookes

Renewable energy sector could provide jobs boost to SA

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 The renewable energy sector could provide an unexpected but much-needed jobs boost to South Africa’s employment levels, as the sector continues to mature, solar enery company SOLA Future Energy said on Monday. SOLA Future Energy is the company that replaced Robben Island’s diesel-powered... 

Sapoa to research root causes of planning delays in various municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) CEO Neil Gopal says property sector role-players are experiencing significant challenges in some municipalities with regard to building plan application processes and land use/zoning. These challenges lead to a number of issues impacting on the... 

First LHWP Phase 2 construction contracts awarded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 Construction work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. This follows the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding the first construction contract on the project – the R235-million contract for the Polihali north-east access road – to the... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero believes the industry continues to produce “outstanding work, [which] demonstrates its capability and expertise”. Speaking at its yearly Steel Awards function on Thursday evening, he said there was continued perseverance in... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala on Friday unveiled his portfolio of investment opportunities, which will result in R200-billion being pumped into the province’s economy over the next few years. Addressing captains of industry during an... 

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment
KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam in WCape to create thousands of jobs

By: African News Agency      12th October 2018 The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation. In a statement on Friday,  the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create... 

Sierra Leone axes plan to build Chinese-funded airport

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Sierra Leone's government has terminated a $400-million scheme to build a new airport with Chinese labour and loans, according to a letter written last week by the country's minister of transport and aviation, reviewed by Reuters. The plan – one of many Chinese infrastructure projects that have... 

Technicrete celebrating half century this year

12th October 2018 Leading S African precast concrete provider turns 50 this year. Over the last 50 years, Technicrete has grown operationally as well as through its product offering. From small beginnings to the construction of Technicrete’s first major plant at Randfontein, the establishment of nine other... 

Technicrete celebrating half century this year
HITTING THE DECK Deckwerk blocks and paving are one of Technicretes longest standing offerings

New bitumen binding application introduced

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Transport infrastructure specialists Bouygues Group’s South African subsidiary Colas has introduced Colbifibre – its latest bitumen binding process – for use on deteriorating roadways. Colbifibre is a new process aimed at road surfaces that have suffered significant wear and tear. It combines its... 

New bitumen binding  application introduced
PAVING THE WAY The single truck needed to apply the Colbifibre

Company offers new range of equipment

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Power equipment and tool supply company Hire It launched its locally assembled range of small plant construction equipment, called Kwagga, following a need for cheaper and more readily available equipment by industry. Launched in August, Hire It sales director Richard Fraser says stock to the... 

Company offers new range  of equipment
EARNING ITS STRIPES The Kwagga range of industrial-grade heavy duty equipment

Cranes used for heavy lifting on N2 upgrade

12th October 2018 Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes deployed equipment manufacturer Liebherr’s 440T mobile cranes to the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). According to Sanral, this has been acknowledged... 

Cranes used for heavy  lifting on N2 upgrade
HIGHER FOR HIRE Concord’s cranes helped erect the 30-metre-long 52 t bridge

Industry 4.0 in readymix industry still a way off, says association

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 The construction materials industry can improve its customer-supplier interface if it takes up Industry 4.0, notes South African ReadyMix Association (Sarma) director Johan van Wyk. “The current economic climate impacts on construction materials in the same way as the construction industry, for... 

Industry 4.0 in readymix industry still a way off,  says association
CHUTING FOR PERFECTION A high-grade mix is poured into the foundation through a chute system attached to the readymix truck

New pop rivet tool for construction sector

12th October 2018 Powertool manufacturer Milwaukee’s new M12 BPRT pop rivet system, is available locally through construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa. Considering the sheer number of rivets needed during prefabrication, assembly and field installation work, particularly in the construction sector,... 

New pop rivet tool for construction sector
RIVETING PRODUCT The new pop rivet tool alleviates problems commonly experienced with hand-held rivets

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Since the launch of construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s Firestop façade joint coating earlier this year, the product – which has been well received by engineers and architects – will be used in its first large construction project in Bedfordview, Gauteng,... 

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire
AT FAÇADE VALUE The easily sprayable coating is applied to gaps left in the façade

R&D provides solutions for water management problems

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Constant research and development (R&D) has been key to the growth and success of 34-year-old industrial agitator and specialised mixing-equipment for water and wastewater treatment company, Mixtec, says the company’s sales and project manager Rudi Swanepoel.    The Mixtec global group of... 

R&D provides solutions for water management problems
HIGH-QUALITY Mixtec is known for producing mixers to the latest international standards and quality controls

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges
OPTIMISATION Grundfos energy efficient pumps can save up to 50% of energy

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity

12th October 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during flood... 

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity
MILESTONE Metolong dam in Lesotho reaches spilling stage for the first time since its completion in 2016

Bulk water supply project nears completion

12th October 2018 Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape – which started last year in September is due for completion in December. The first phase of the four-phase project,... 

Bulk water supply project nears completion
PROGRESSING Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda is due for completion in December

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility
Air Products MD Rob Richardson details that company’s new dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal, and Midvaal executive mayor Bongani Baloyi outlines the impact for the area. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rail to form backbone of South African transport, mobility by 2050

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2018 The draft White Paper on National Rail Policy is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the legislative process only expected to begin post the 2019 national elections. The promulgation of the draft White Paper will be the first instance in which government will be giving the... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will appeal for a “smooth rolling procurement” of new wind-energy capacity in its response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) so as to close a three-year procurement gap in the current document. The Draft IRP 2018 was released on... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission
The Nojoli wind farm

Equites reports solid growth in H1 distributions a share, strategic acquisitions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Despite a challenging economic climate, JSE-listed real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund's portfolio continued to perform well during the six months ended August 31, which translated into an 11.7% year-on-year growth in distributions a share. Distributions a share for the period... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2-billion in two redevelopment projects – the Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City – in Johannesburg, as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner city precincts. This investment is the largest into the Johannesburg central business... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation
Talis Property Fund chairman Tebogo Mogashoa outlines Divercity Urban Property Fund’s investment of R2-billion in the ABSA Towers Main building and Jewel City redevelopments for inner-city rejuvenation; and executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba emphasises the city’s support for these projects. Video: Nicholas Boyd: Editing: Christo Greyling

Consulting engineering sector’s confidence level falls to record low – Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) biannual economic and capacity survey has indicated positive news for the period January to June, noting that construction sector confidence had seen growth for the first time in six quarters. However, confidence levels in the consulting sector... 

Consulting engineering sector’s confidence level falls to record low – Cesa
CESA CEO Chris Campbell

Vinci lays first kilometre of fully-recycled motorway

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Road building company Eurovia and its parent Vinci have laid a kilometre of motorway using only recycled asphalt from a mobile plant, a world first that they said could help reduce the cost of motorway maintenance and cut pollution. The mobile recycling plant can be disassembled and moved along... 

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