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Construction News

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan Slater     10th August 2018 The Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene  for pioneering scientific discovery

Property developer celebrates completion of R250m Sandton apartment skyscraper

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Property development company Masingita Group subsidiary Masingita Properties hosted a roof-wetting last month to celebrate the completion of its R250-million luxury apartment skyscraper, Masingita Towers, which is situated in West Road South near the Sandton central business district. The project... 

Property developer celebrates completion of R250m Sandton apartment skyscraper
Photo by Nadine James
MASINGITA TOWERS The development was completed on time and on budget last month

Pillay to remain Saice CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) on Wednesday apologised "unreservedly" for a recent opinion piece, titled 'Out on a Rib' written by Saice CEO Manglin Pillay. Pillay came under fire earlier this week for the article, in which he said women choose to have the flexibility... 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

South Africa falls to 37th on International Property Rights Index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 South Africa is now ranked thirty-seventh in the global property rights rankings of the International Property Rights Index, with its score having declined from seven in 2017, when the country ranked twenty-seventh, to 6.35 this year. This is the largest decline by any country measured, mostly... 

M&R withdraws Aveng merger proposal

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Wednesday announced that it had withdrawn its proposal for a potential merger with Aveng. The company announced last week that it was reviewing a decision by the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) to overturn a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel that... 

M&R withdraws Aveng merger proposal

Development continues at Waterfall City 

8th August 2018 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: 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. Anine Kilian tells us... 

Development continues at Waterfall City
Development continues at Waterfall City

AB InBev to build new brewery in fast-growing Mozambique

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer, will start building a more than two-million hectolitre a year brewery in Mozambique in the second half of next year, the company's Africa head said on Tuesday. The Mozambique investment will look to fend off competition from rival Heineken, which... 

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Women in the construction and related industries not only face discrimination while working for existing firms, but also when starting their own businesses, says Mercantile Bank. A recent study conducted on behalf of the institution found that 67% of female business owners surveyed in the... 

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction

Pillay has engineering industry members hot under the collar over opinion piece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2018 Professional organisation Women in Engineering, engineering company Aurecon, and the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), have expressed their dismay at Saice CEO Manglin Pillay following an opinion piece he wrote on women in the... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced the appointment, by his department, of 81 engineers and town planners to assist with infrastructure delivery in 55 struggling municipalities across South Africa. Through Cogta’s implementing agent,... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

Equites acquires Simba logistics facility in Gauteng

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund has concluded an agreement to acquire a 40 428 m² distribution centre, let to Simba, from Investec Property Fund for about R461.9-million. The transaction is estimated to be effective from November 1, 2018. 

Stenprop buys another industrial estate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2018 JSE-listed and UK-based multi-let industrial property investor Stenprop has acquired the Lombard Centre industrial estate, in Aberdeen, from Mayfair Capital for £3.25-million. The Lombard Centre is a modern estate with ten units, one of which is vacant. 

Tanzania wants to build pipeline to pump gas to Uganda

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, another step in the two countries' bid to expand energy cooperation. State-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) said on Monday that the pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass... 

Group Five granted immunity from competition authorities for 15 construction projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement in terms of which construction company Group Five will receive immunity for cooperating with the Competition Commission’s investigation into the construction industry and disclosing its participation in 15 construction projects as a... 

Parkwood housing project in Cape Town gets under way

By: News24Wire      6th August 2018 A team of engineers, planners and designers is to visit seven sites next week where social and affordable housing will be built for backyarders in Parkwood and surrounding areas, GroundUp reports. This was announced by Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela at a joint... 

Octodec uplifts Tshwane CBD

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 JSE listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Octodec has uplifted the Tshwane central business district (CBD) with various residential, commercial, office and retail developments, with the aim of providing safe, clean and productive environments for the citizens of the city. The latest... 

Octodec uplifts Tshwane CBD
Photo by Dylan Slater
Sharon's Place in Pretoria CBD

JDA starts demolition works for new interchange in Wynberg

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 As part of the City of Joburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) project along the Louis Botha development corridor, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is constructing the Watt interchange, in Wynberg. The works for the interchange include the demolition of the existing bridge and the... 

JDA starts demolition works for new interchange in Wynberg

Value for money in sectional title properties

3rd August 2018 Despite challenging economic conditions, there are still opportunities for buyers and investors to purchase property in a desirable address at affordable prices, says leading estate agency Pam Golding. The company says savvy buyers with access to finance are buying up sectional title properties... 

Value for money in sectional title properties
ON THE MARKET This renovated two bedroom, two bathroom ground unit apartment in Morningside is on the market for R1.575 million through Pam Golding Properties

Internet connectivity increases property value

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Bundling WiFi connectivity is a commercial and industrial property value-proposition, which attracts potential buyers and boosts property value, says wireless networking company Ruckus Networks. “South African property developers are proving to be enthusiastic WiFi adopters because the... 

Internet connectivity increases property value
RIAAN GRAHAM says all property owners and tenants now expect functional and reliable Internet connection

Agreement stokes West African renewable-energy market

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 German solar mounting company Schletter Group has signed a wholesale agreement with steel manufacturer Sparkwest Steel Industries, which will exclusively market Schletter open-area and rooftop systems in Nigeria. Sparkwest Steel will also act as wholesale dealer for the Schletter Group in a... 

Unique design solution for 92 Rivonia Road project

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI South Africa was able to supply a unique design solution for the challenging 92 Rivonia Road mixed-use development. This allowed main contractor WBHO to come to grips with the striking ‘feature brows’ at the project, lead engineer: key and strategic... 

Unique design solution for 92 Rivonia Road project
A UNIQUE CHALLENGE The project was a major challenge from a structural and architectural point of view

Aveng to sell Jet Park, Vanderbijlpark properties

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 Construction firm Aveng has reached agreements to sell its Jet Park and Vanderbijlpark properties for R211.2-million and R42.6-million, respectively. Aveng in February announced its decision to sell certain noncore assets and properties following a strategic review of the business. 

London court rules DP World Djibouti contract 'valid and binding' – Dubai govt

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Dubai's government said on Thursday the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has ruled DP World's port container terminal contract in Djibouti was valid and binding. The government of Djibouti seized the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World in February over a dispute dating back... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2018 The protracted tussle for control of Murray & Roberts (M&R) took yet another turn this week, after the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) overturned a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), allowing M&R to continue with preparations for a potential combination with Aveng, despite the... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

Vukile buys majority stake in Spanish property company

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund announced on Thursday that it has acquired a controlling 51% stake in Morzal Properties Iberia in a bid to expand its property portfolio in Spain.  Last month, Vukile said it would be concluding an agreement to subscribe for shares in Morzal for an aggregate... 

Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners  

2nd August 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two innovative technologies – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners
Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Concrete industry urged to stand together to lobby government

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st August 2018 AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has urged the concrete industry to seriously consider consolidation and collaboration amid a tough operating environment. “Often the private sector is critical about government when we are confronted with the challenges of our industry; however,... 

R7bn needed to complete Limpopo's unfinished roads 

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 An estimated R7-billion will be needed to complete all unfinished roads in Limpopo. This is according to the spokesperson for the provincial department of public works, roads and infrastructure, Joshua Kwapa, who said the department currently does not have the budget to complete unfinished roads... 

Tower Property’s vacancies decrease amid improving consumer, business sentiment

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 An improvement in South African consumer and business sentiment in early 2018 contributed to real estate investment trust (Reit) Tower Property Fund’s vacancies reducing to 5% at the end of its financial year to May 31, after having reached a high of 12% in January. However, in order to secure... 

Nacala corridor transaction reaffirms ‘Africa open for business’

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Owing to a consortium of three export credit agencies (ECAs), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a lending consortium of six international and four South African banks, a collaboration on funding for the revamp and extension of the Nacala Logistics Corridor has successfully raised... 

Specialist team to get the ball rolling for housing opportunities in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 A resolution passed by City of Cape Town council earlier this week is expected to get the ball rolling in expediting housing opportunities across the city. According to a statement by the City of Cape Town, the city's Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will now conclude the four... 

Chinese investors plan $10bn metallurgical complex in South Africa

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 Chinese investors signed agreements to build a $10-billion metallurgical complex in South Africa during President Xi Jinping's state visit this week and hope to start construction next year, an executive involved in the project and a provincial official told Reuters. South Africa's President... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 An idea to retrofit existing buildings in African cities with three-dimensional (3D) printed porous insulation panels to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption for cooling and ventilation has been named the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition run by the Royal... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings
Artist's impression of a resilient urban community

Pretoria hotel adds 86 rooms, restaurant, conference facilities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 Protea Hotels by Marriott Pretoria Hatfield this week opened an additional wing with 86 rooms and enhanced facilities, following the completion of a major construction project that started in mid-2017. This is in line with Pretoria’s growth in demand for quality accommodation that Protea Hotels... 

Pretoria hotel adds 86 rooms, restaurant, conference facilities
Protea Hotels by Marriott Pretoria Hatfield

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