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Proposed amendment to legislation set to eliminate lead in paint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Paint industry representative the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) has achieved a “great victory”, with the announcement last month of the government notice of intention to amend the Hazardous Substance Act of 2009, which will eliminate lead in paint, executive director... 

Economic strategies should shape municipal spatial and infrastructure goals

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2018 The integrated urban development framework (IUDF) is helping intermediate cities to develop planning and implementation capacity through the use of long-term planning processes and integrated funding models, says Public Affairs Research Institute public policy and management expert and IUDF... 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade nears completion 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2018 The upgrade of the Rothdene pumpstation, in Meyerton, is 99% complete and will be finalised by the end of June. The project started in June last year and is four pumps with a capacity of 440 ℓ/s comprise the upgrade, which, upon completion, will open the opportunity for the Midvaal municipality... 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade nears completion

Attacq continues to develop Waterfall City

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2018 Construction and development of JSE-listed Attacq’s Waterfall City is ongoing, with new infrastructure including roads, residential properties and warehouses continuously in the pipeline. During a tour of the Waterfall City precinct on Wednesday, head of development Giles Pendleton said the last... 

Attacq continues to develop Waterfall City

Growthpoint Healthcare launches with R2.4bn portfolio

By: Nadine James     13th June 2018 Growthpoint Properties has launched South Africa’s first unlisted healthcare real estate investment trust (Reit), Growthpoint Healthcare Property Holdings, which already holds five assets valued at R2.4-billion. The introduction of Growthpoint Healthcare has received strong market interest with... 

Growthpoint Healthcare launches with R2.4bn portfolio

ACSA continues to work with African partners in developing airports 

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it is working with its counterparts in Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana on the commissioning of airports. ACSA COO Fundi Sithebe says the company is assisting the Zambian government in commissioning its Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, as well as... 

Kenya's Centum to finalise power plant funding this year

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Kenya's Centum Investment Company said on Wednesday a $2-billion, 1 000 MW coal-fired power plant it has a stake in is expected to reach financial close this year. The Amu Power consortium that includes Centum, won a contract to build the plant in Lamu. The project has attracted criticism from... 

Medium-speed rail systems sufficient for Africa, most continents

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2018 Most continents, Africa included, should be “adequately serviced” by rail systems operating at speeds of between 150 km/h to 250 km/h, says Louis Berger Group rail programmes technical VP Vinay Mudholkar. Mudholkar is also a former Amtrak director and All Aboard Florida senior VP. 

Exemplar lists on JSE main board

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2018 Despite volatility in the current market, real estate investment trust (Reit) Exemplar REITail on Tuesday listed in the retail Reit sector of the main board of the JSE. Exemplar MD Jason McCormick on Tuesday said the listing will allow the company to stand alongside the “giants of commerce and... 

Exemplar lists on JSE main board
Photo by Dylan Slater
(Left-to-Right) JSE Capital Markets Director Donna Nemer, Exemplar MD Jason McCormick and Exemplar Executive Director John McCormick

African rail operators should jump to digital networks, says DB venture architect 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2018 Similar to large parts of Africa jumping to mobile/phone-based Internet instead of using fixed-line access first, African railway operators should, from the onset, build systems that make use of the recent advances in technology, says Deutsche Bahn (DB) senior venture architect Henning Seeschaaf.... 

Stor-Age reports continued strong trading results for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 Real estate investment trust Stor-Age has reported an 11.1% year-on-year total dividend increase to 97.8c a share for the year ended March 31.  

Stor-Age reports continued strong trading results for FY18
Stor-Age CEO Gavin Lucas

M&R ‘disappointed’ about ATON’s response to proposed Aveng merger

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Construction and engineering services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) has expressed its disappointment with German investment company and majority shareholder ATON, following ATON’s reaction to M&R’s interest in merging with construction engineering company Aveng.  

Douala Grand Mall construction under way in Cameroon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Raubex Renovo, a subsidiary of JSE-listed turnkey solutions provider Raubex, is building a shopping mall, complete with convention centre and cinemas, in Douala, Cameroon, which is aimed for completion by end-2019.  

Douala Grand Mall construction under way in Cameroon
Artist impression of Douala Grand Mall, in Cameroon

Morocco, Nigeria agree on next steps for offshore/onshore gas pipeline

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Morocco and Nigeria on Sunday signed a joint declaration in Rabat laying out the next steps for the completion of a gas pipeline deal that will be built onshore and offshore, Moroccan state news agency MAP said. The two countries agreed to the pipeline in December 2016 and launched feasibility... 

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia's $4-billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months.... 

ATON bemoans M&R’s Competition Tribunal application

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 German investment company ATON says JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has initiated another ‘frustrating action’ against its offer to acquire all shares in M&R, by trying to prevent ATON from exercising its full rights and voting against M&R’s proposed combination with construction giant Aveng.  

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2018 Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables
JUSTIN SCHMIDT Most companies will rely on more than one source of energy, and the most compelling business cases currently are grid-tied solutions

Basil Read enters new avenue with Savanna City residential development

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2018 As part of its turnaround strategy, construction group Basil Read on Thursday launched Basil Read Homes with the first of its 44 residential units on a land parcel at Savanna City, south of Johannesburg, which will, upon completion, boast about 18 399 integrated housing units. “This launch is a... 

Basil Read enters new avenue with Savanna City residential development

ATON reiterates its view on M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which has made a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has once again reiterated it opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng. The company said in a statement on Thursday that the potential Aveng transaction... 

City of Cape Town to spend R2.1bn on housing 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said its Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will spend R2.1-billion on the development of new housing opportunities. This comes after the TDA budget for the next financial year, starting on 1 July 2018, was set at R5.34-billion. 

Siemens CEO urges more countries to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2018 China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) represents a “new world trade order”, says Siemens global president and CEO Joe Kaeser. In a keynote address at the first Belt and Road International Summit, in Beijing, China, this week, he urged more countries to get actively involved in the BRI. 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under... 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa
IFC country manager Saleem Karimjee

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis
The old Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium plant in eMalahleni

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

Auditor casts doubts on Kenya's ARM Cement's viability after losses

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 ARM Cement's independent auditor has cast doubt on the Kenyan company's survival as a going concern after losses mounted last year. The company, Kenya's second-largest cement maker behind LafargeHolcim's Bamburi Cement, sunk into losses in recent years after financing costs associated with an... 

Telecoms company Seacom upgrades subsea cable system

By: African News Agency      5th June 2018 Pan African telecommunications company Seacom said on Tuesday it had upgraded its key submarine network system from its southern and eastern African coastline landings into Europe at a total capacity of 1.5 terabits per second, adding 500G of new capacity on the system. Seacom said the latest... 

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
Photo by Dylan Slater
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

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