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Atterbury completes Trumali House refurbishment, signs Hungry Lion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Property developer Atterbury has completed the refurbishment of Trumali House, in Stellenbosch, into modern multitenant A-grade offices with 3 500 m2 of space.  

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work
Photo by Dylan Slater
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Rebosis postpones H1 results, CEO resigns

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 South Africa's Rebosis Property Fund said on Wednesday its CEO Andile Mazwai had resigned and the firm would postpone the release of its interim financial results, sending shares down more than 10%. The company said in a statement its current executive deputy dhairperson Sisi Ngebulana would be... 

R90m Bronkhorstspruit road project completed ahead of schedule 

By: African News Agency      17th April 2018 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a  R90-million road rehabilitation project between Bronkhorstspruit and Ekangala, east of Tshwane. Vadi said the 19 kilometre road project, wholly funded by the department, was completed eight months ahead of schedule. Road D670... 

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2018 As part of plans to meet the growing demand for housing in Gauteng, Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane. Completed in November 2017, with first occupation in February 2018, the project provides safe housing for families... 

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane

PIC, Aton lift shareholding in M&R

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its interest in JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) to 20.15% of the total issued ordinary shares of the company.  

PIC rejects Aton's takeover offer for M&R

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the second-biggest shareholder in Murray & Roberts (M&R), said on Monday it had rejected an offer by Germany's Aton to acquire the engineering and construction firm. M&R's biggest shareholder German investor Lutz Helmig's Aton, which owns more... 

StayEasy Maputo opens in Mozambique

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Hotel, gaming and entertainment group Tsogo Sun on Monday opened its newest offshore hotel property, StayEasy Maputo, in Mozambique. This addition to the Tsogo Sun Hotels portfolio will bring the group’s number of properties outside of South Africa to 11. This is the group’s third hotel in... 

StayEasy Maputo opens in Mozambique
Tsogo Sun on Monday opened its newest offshore hotel property, StayEasy Maputo, in Mozambique

ELB gets go ahead to start construction at Ngodwana biomass plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed ELB’s ELB Engineering subsidiary, together with its project partner, KC Cottrell, has received notice to proceed with the building of a 25 MW biomass power plant for Ngodwana Energy following the successful bid in terms of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

Detailed design phase for R200m Durban cruise terminal to start this month

By: Shirley le Guern     16th April 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority and the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) consortium on Monday officially signed an agreement that will see the construction of a R200-million-plus cruise terminal at the entrance to the Port of Durban.   The consortium, which is 70% owned by MSC Cruises, the largest... 

Detailed design phase for R200m Durban cruise terminal to start this month

Four South African cities strive to make all new buildings zero-carbon 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Residents and businesses moving into new buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane will soon enjoy lower energy bills, and will generate fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, reducing their climate change impact. High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed... 

Fairvest raises R250m in new equity

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Fairvest has raised R250-million in new equity at R2.20 a share to finance the company’s Barra Precinct acquisition, which was announced in December. The transaction was heavily oversubscribed and the company increased the amount raised owing to strong... 

Grit buys Mozambique property from Tradehold

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2018 JSE-listed Grit Real Estate and Tradehold on Friday announced a $23-million Mozambique property transaction in which Grit would buy an A-grade corporate residential complex, known as Acacia Estate, in Maputo, from Tradehold. Grit has signed an agreement with Tradehold Africa, TC Maputo, Cognis 1... 

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Multinational company Building Energy has donated a 3.12 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant to the Italian consulate in Cape Town. The plant, comprising 12 PV panels, will generate about 5 MWh/y of energy, significantly decreasing the building’s carbon footprint through a... 

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town
Cape Town-based Consul of Italy Alfonso Tagliaferri and Building Energy Africa and Middle East MD Matteo Brambilla

Skysite expands and increases its offering

By: Donald Makhafola     13th April 2018 Work-at-height specialist Skysite is celebrating twenty years of doing business this year, with the company evolving from handling small cleaning and rigging projects to big and diverse projects, increasing its competency and service offering to divisionally managed offices in the Western Cape... 

Skysite expands and  increases its offering
SERVICE OFFERING Skysite was contracted to carry out the complete external redecoration of La Cornieche apartments

Controlled permeability formwork liners prevent tank degradation

13th April 2018 To reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork (CPF) liners, supplied by nonwoven roll goods supplier Fibertex SA, have been designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications, including highly... 

Controlled permeability  formwork liners prevent tank degradation
FORMTEX CONTROLLED PERMEABILITY FORMWORK LINERS Fibertex Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork liners are designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

13th April 2018 Global industrial gases company Air Products has signed an agreement with State-owned Chinese power generation company Shenhua New Energy, a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group, to provide two hydrogen containerised dispenser units to China Energy’s first... 

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck
AIR PRODUCTS Air Products has more than 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology

Cape Town finalises new desalination plant project

By: Paige Müller     13th April 2018 With the Cape Town area suffering from one of the worst droughts in its history, tank manufacturer and supplier SBS Tanks marketing manager James Preston tells Engineering News that the City of Cape Town municipality has launched several alternative water source projects to mitigate the drought’s... 

Cape Town finalises new  desalination plant project
DESALINATION PLANT The new desalination plant project will be able to purify and supply two-million litres of fresh water a day

Texton appoints UK asset manager

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate property fund Texton has appointed James Armstrong as asset manager to oversee its assets in the UK, effective May 1. Armstrong previously held senior positions at Hammerson, Dawnay Day Carpathian and LREC. His extensive multisector expertise includes valuations,... 

Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2018 Group Five will soon become a minority shareholder in its construction business in South Africa, says CEO Themba Mosai. Speaking on Thursday in Johannesburg at the company’s interim results, he noted that Group Five targeted the sale of 51% of its South African construction business to an... 

 Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount
Themba Mosai

New Zimbabwe luxury boutique hotel to welcome guests from early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, will soon boast a new luxury boutique hotel catering for a variety of guests to the region’s famous world heritage site. From early 2019, the new 199 all-suite Mbano Manor Hotel will offer a unique and nature-based travel experience for the global, high-end tourist,... 

Investment in Africa’s ports, shipping sector can accelerate economic growth

By: African News Agency      12th April 2018 More strategic investment in Africa’s ports can accelerate growth and development by strengthening trade as these are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value, globally. This is according to an analysis report of port development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) issued by the... 

R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June  

12th April 2018 After an uncertain start, the Regency – a new upmarket apartment hotel development, situated in Menlyn Pretoria – has entered its final stage of construction. Paige Muller tells us more. 

R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June
R350m Menlyn apartment hotel development to open June

TNPA presents strategy to improve transformation at Island View Precinct

By: Shirley le Guern     12th April 2018 A major shake-up within the Island View Precinct (IVP) in the port of Durban is expected after Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) began engaging tenants ahead of the implementation of its new IVP strategy this week. At a press conference following initial engagements with leaseholders and... 

TNPA presents strategy to improve transformation at Island View Precinct
TNPA acting Durban port manager Nokuzola Nkowane

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its new regional distribution centre at the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand, Gauteng. Project developer Attacq and BMW SA jointly invested around R260-million to create the facility. 

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

EAIF raises $385m in new debt financing to drive five-year business plan

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018   The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), managed by Investec Asset Management (IAM), has completed its latest fundraising round, raising $385-million in new long-term debt capital to invest in Africa. 

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards
Chris Soal's sculpture titled Imposed Structure to the Detriment of the Members

Day hospital opens at Atterbury’s The Club precinct

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African property investor and developer Atterbury’s landmark new development The Club, in Pretoria, now includes the fully operational Club Surgical Centre. Club Surgical Centre, a state-of-the-art day hospital that offers cutting-edge treatment in skin cancer, cosmetic, ear-nose-and-throat... 

Day hospital opens at Atterbury’s The Club precinct
South African property investor and developer Atterbury’s landmark new development The Club, in Pretoria, now includes the fully operational Club Surgical Centre

Grit pursues LSE listing

By: Anine Kilian     9th April 2018 Grit Real Estate, which is listed on the JSE and on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM), is seeking a listing on the LSE. The company, which focuses on real estate in select African countries, intends to maintain primary listings on the JSE and LSE, while moving its SEM listing to a secondary... 

Impairments push Lafarge Africa to 2017 loss, shares fall

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Lafarge Africa has taken a one-off impairment in Nigeria and South Africa totalling around 33-billion naira ($105-million), widening its loss before tax for 2017 from a year earlier and sending its shares tumbling. Bruno Bayet, CFO, told Reuters the impairments accounted for bulk of the loss,... 

Three-nation talks on Ethiopia dam fail to reach agreement

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Talks in Khartoum between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over a dam Ethiopia is building ended early on Friday without agreement, the Sudanese foreign minister said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

Capital equipment future looks bright

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th April 2018 Sales of new earthmoving and mining equipment are on an upward trend, breaking the three-year downward cycle that the industry has been in since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

Capital equipment future looks bright
LAWRENCE PETERS An increase in capital equipment sales in 2017 is a positive sign for the future of the industry

Blockmaking machine aids in community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Alternative building technology partner Hydraform supplied its M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine to social activist nonprofit organisation Earthrise Trust.  

Blockmaking machine aids in community development
LIKE BLOCKWORK Hydraform’s M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine can produce 2 200 blocks in an eight-hour shift

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity  in projects
CASE IN POINT CASE Construction South Africa’s skid steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance, enhanced productivity and increased operator comfort

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

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