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Construction News

Lack of skilled engineers, maintenance impacting on South Africa’s infrastructure 

     28th September 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online Anine Killian about the findings of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s third Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa. 

Grayston Bridge inquiry postponed to 2018

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 The Commission of inquiry into the Grayston Drive/M1 pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse was postponed to 2018, with the possibility of 20 more witnesses being called. This follows a two-day sitting at the Department of Labour offices in Pretoria. 

Construction firm chases oil taxes, royalties in $1bn Congo debt row

By: Reuters     27th September 2017 Construction firm Commisimpex has gone to a French court in its fight with the Congo Republic over what it says are more than $1-billion in unpaid bills, the latest step in a decades-old saga that has weighed on the nation's economy. Commisimpex, which worked on construction and public works... 

Local infrastructure impacted on by skills deficit, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 A lack of skilled professionals and maintenance has emerged as among the major issues facing most of South Africa’s infrastructure sectors, according to the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (Saice’s) third Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) for South Africa. “Efficient maintenance... 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2017 Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack, who has stepped in as acting CEO at the construction group following Kobus Verster’s surprise resignation, says a “no-holds-barred” strategic review is currently under way in a bid to improve the company’s immediate liquidity position and position it for a... 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack

WG Wearne secures R300m funding commitment from Milost

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2017 A R300-million equity and debt funding commitment letter has been signed between JSE-listed WG Wearne and Milost Global. Subject to certain terms and conditions, Milost will invest R50-million through the subscription of ordinary shares in Wearne and lend and advance it R250-million in... 

New chillers, heat pumps launch next month

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Multinational heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment producer Johnson Controls is launching its Amichi series of chillers and heat pumps for the South African market on October 1. Johnson Controls building efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron explains that the series has... 

New chillers, heat pumps launch next month
NEIL CAMERON The main driver of the mid-capacity sector is the type of construction currently favoured by South African developers

Product presentation showcases VRF technology

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Last month, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) product distributor AHI Carrier South Africa – the official distributor for Japanese air-conditioning manufacturer Toshiba – hosted a product presentation and training event for the Toshiba SHRM-e variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system.... 

Product presentation  showcases VRF technology
NEW & IMPROVED The SHRM-e series variable refrigerant flow system has various new features and improves on the shortcomings of previous systems

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing  transboundary infrastructure investment
Photo by Duane Daws
PAVING THE WAY The Model Law may aid in additional efficiency, transparency and accountability with regard to public and private sector engagement in transboundary infrastructure

Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

Anticipated tariffs hike makes energy efficiency wise choice

     22nd September 2017 A ruling by the Constitutional Court last month which allows State-owned power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to permit Eskom to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, could lead to further hikes in the price of electricity for South... 

Anticipated tariffs hike makes energy efficiency wise choice
Photo by Duane Daws
SOLAR READY Before home owners install solar panels, they have to ensure that the buildings is suitable

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Manufacturer and supplier of bitumen, modified binders and emulsions for road construction SprayPave has acquired new technology that will enable it to resolve the shortage of high-grade bitumen for asphalt production.  

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads
IMPROVING ROADS The new multistage bitumen converter enables SprayPave to enhance the penetration grades of bitumen required to produce asphalt

New export cluster aims to improve intra-African trade

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 South African manufacturing received a boost following the launch of the Engineering and Technology Grouping of Export Councils (ETGEC) at Infrastructure Africa, which took place last month at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. The ETGEC comprises the South African Electrotechnical... 

Intercontinental alignment agrees to increased economic cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The five member countries of the Brics alignment – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are to strengthen trade and investment between themselves. This was affirmed in the “Xiamen Declaration” issued during the IX Brics Summit in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. The... 

Human Settlements department dealing with title deed backlog, rapid urbanising trend

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2017 Clearing the backlog of about 800 000 title deeds is a major focus point for the Department of Human Settlements (DHS), Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the 2017 National Human Settlements Development Summit, in Ekurhuleni, she stressed the importance of dealing... 

Human Settlements department dealing with title deed backlog, rapid urbanising trend
Photo by Duane Daws
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Grit delivers 2.7% increase in FY17 distribution

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 Mauritius- and Johannesburg-listed Grit Real Estate Income Group on Thursday declared a distribution a share of $0.12 for the year ended June 30, a 2.7% increase on the prior year on the back of strong financial results. The seventh consecutive dividend comprised an interim dividend of $0.06... 

Gauteng govt to launch six megahousing projects in Ekurhuleni in the next 5 years

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2017 In a move to address the housing backlog across Gauteng, the provincial government will launch two new megahousing projects a month from now until February 2018, revealed Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the 2017 National Human Settlements Development Summit, in... 

Gauteng govt to launch six megahousing projects in Ekurhuleni in the next 5 years
Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile

Bolivia signs contract with Russia to create nuclear centre

By: Keith Campbell     21st September 2017 Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group is to establish a Nuclear Research and Technology Centre (NRTC) in Bolivia. The contract was signed in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, between Rosatom group company State Specialised Design Institute (SSDI) and the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency... 

Bolivia signs contract with Russia to create nuclear centre
Photo by Rosatom
ABEN general executive director Hortensia Jiménez Rivera (left) signs the NRTC contract with SSDI director-general Vyacheslav Galushkov (right). Bolivian Energy Vice-Minister Luis Alberto Echazú and Rosatom director-general Alexey Likhachev stand behind them

Afrimat Construction Index dips in Q2 2017, set to improve in Q3

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2017 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) declined marginally in the second quarter of 2017. The ACI is released by JSE-listed industrial minerals and construction materials miner and supplier Afrimat. It is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction sectors,... 

Afrimat Construction Index dips in Q2 2017, set to improve in Q3

Gauteng freeway toll network nearly at capacity, says Sanral 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The busiest section of the Gauteng open-road tolling (GORT) system is between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges, in Midrand. The traffic volume in both directions in 2016 reached 245 500 vehicles a day during the week, on average, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)... 

Gauteng freeway toll network nearly at capacity, says Sanral

Imbalance in South African society driven by spatial inequality  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 South Africa is fast approaching a perfect inequality rating on the Gini coefficient, University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance head Professor David Everatt said at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. The Gini... 

Building prospects in doldrums despite slight confidence uptick

By: News24Wire      19th September 2017 Sixty percent of respondents in a recent survey indicated that they are not happy with current business conditions. After declining by 11 points in the second quarter of 2017, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index improved by 3 index points to 35 in the third quarter of the year. The uptick was... 

Big fall in DBSA disbursements partly attributed to renewables stand-off 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) recorded a sharp fall in disbursements to R12.4-billion in 2017, from a record R17.1-billion in 2016, but has promised to "step up" its role as a catalyst of development in 2018, setting a R20-billion disbursement target for the year. The development... 

Big fall in DBSA disbursements partly attributed to renewables stand-off
DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on the fall in disbursements in 2017 and plans for a 'step up' in future. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 20.9.2017

Encha appoints new chief technology officer

By: Samantha Herbst     18th September 2017 Information and communication technology professional Andy Brauer is the new chief technology officer of investment company Encha – an appointment in line with the company’s strategy to attract partners who are subject-matter domain experts with relevant industry-specific experience and... 

World’s largest museum dedicated to African art opens in Cape Town this week

By: Kim Cloete     18th September 2017 The world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora has been unveiled at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, and will officially open its doors to the public on Friday. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is the V&A Waterfront’s R500-million... 

World’s largest museum dedicated to African art opens in Cape Town this week

Despite NDP ambitions, South Africa weighed down by corruption, State capture

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2017 It has been five years since the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP), with a second commission having been appointed to drive its implementation, aimed at guiding South Africa’s economic and developmental future. However, the two goals most core to the NDP’s ambitions – reducing... 

A new, more internally focused approach should be taken to revive investment status

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2017 With South Africa’s recent ratings downgrades sparking a short-term action plan to claw back its investment grade, it would be more prudent for the country to focus on establishing a stable, healthy, societal base able to leverage regained ratings levels, according to Makhaya Advisory South... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng 

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

NHBRC appoints new CEO

     15th September 2017 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has appointed Mziwonke Dlabantu CEO, effective October 1. He brings more than 20 years of public service experience to the NHBRC with a wealth of expertise in human settlements sector experience, as well as strategic and financial management. 

CoJ to implement new town planning and land use scheme

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) on Friday said it was developing a new Land Use Scheme to replace the current version, which had been in use since 1970. Members of the public have until October 13 to submit their comments on the draft scheme when the 60-day public consultation period comes to an end. 

Legal fight over R4.5bn logistics park in Durban

By: News24Wire      15th September 2017 Residents of Clairwood are expected to turn out in their numbers at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday when their lawyers challenge the provincial government’s approval of a massive R4.5-billion logistics park at the old Clairwood Racecourse - once the only green lung in the area.... 

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

Artisan training  to benefit welders
IN ACTION Hydra-Arc’s Mshiniwami artisan academy is training 400 welders and 300 boilermakers this year

Automation presents growth opportunities for industry

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The recent slowdown in major capital investment projects has resulted in  a challenge in the employment environment within the South African welding industry. This has prompted businesses to reassess opportunities and efficiencies within their current fabrication methodology, says welding and... 

Automation presents growth opportunities  for industry
ENDLESS APPLICATIONS The Polysoude Orbital Welder is consistent, and increases productivity

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Localisation key to welding industry growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Promoting local manufacturing in South Africa creates opportunities for the local welding industry, says South African science institution Agricultural Research Council and Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) research team manager for renewable energy, agricultural infrastructure and agroprocessing... 

Localisation key to  welding industry growth
AGRICULTURAL WELDING The Senotlelo feed mill is an example of how welding is used in the agriculture industry

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

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