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UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 The winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Eiffel Tower life-cycle costing competition was announced earlier this month, having proven the success of the association’s new cellphone application (app) and the long-term value of stainless steel as a... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel
A WINNING FORMULA Sassda Western Cape manager Michel Bassson hands Amrish Punwasi his prize for having proven the success of Sassda’s new app

Family-owned businesses outperform peers, report shows

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 Family-owned companies have outperformed broader equity markets in every region and sector, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI’s) ‘The CS Family 1000’ report, which reviews the investment case for family-owned companies. The financial performance of family-owned companies... 

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for  bridge-widening project
GEOTEXTILE SOLUTION The project required 1 000 GeoRevet Geobags to help create the piling platform structure

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2017 Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs. The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially

First student accommodation-focused Reit to list on JSE

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Inkunzi Student Accommodation Fund (Isaf), which will list on the JSE in November, will acquire nine purpose-built, student accommodation assets valued at R1.7-billion. The acquisition will be settled through a combination of debt financing, at 25% of the... 

First student accommodation-focused Reit to list on JSE

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

Calgro M3 secures R387m in funding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2017 Housing developer Calgro M3 has secured its first international funding – a R387-million facility – that will be used to help fund the delivery of the group’s low-income housing units in its secured pipeline in priority urban development areas. Calgro M3’s current pipeline stands at... 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years and has involved... 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Attacq appoints interim CEO

     24th October 2017 JSE-listed Attacq has appointed Melt Hamman, its current CFO, to also serve as interim CEO when Morne Wilken steps down on December 31. Hamman will hold the position of interim CEO until a new CEO is appointed. 

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2017 Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama says that the freight logistics group is investigating every allegation of possible corruption in relation to the State-owned group’s procurement programmes, revealing that scope of its inquiries extends beyond the R50-billion locomotive contract, which is the subject... 

Transnet asking suppliers to provide details of any third-party ‘commissions’
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Hydro-economics: Egypt, Ethiopia and the Nile

By: News24Wire      23rd October 2017 Water ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have gathered last week to discuss how Africa's largest hydroelectric dam will affect water distribution and access to the Nile. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is 60% complete and has yet to go into operation. The $4.8-billion megaproject... 

Group Five says Greenbay offer to lapse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 JSE-listed Group Five on Friday informed shareholders that the unsolicited R1.6-billion offer by Greenbay Properties to acquire the group’s European division would lapse. Greenbay on October 16 made the offer to acquire Group Five’s European assets, including its highway toll road business,... 

Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

TNPA progresses multibillion-rand investment in East London port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday said it had injected R542-million into several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London over the past few years as part of Operation Phakisa. This includes the R219-million refurbishment of the dry dock to... 

Construction companies warned on compliance

By: African News Agency      20th October 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has warned construction companies to comply with South Africa’s labour laws or face being shut down. Oliphant’s warning came after she visited a construction site where 400 housing units were being built in Rustenburg, North West. 

Company expands African footprint to pursue major projects

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Despite slowing economic growth, political challenges and associated declining investor confidence in many parts of Africa, global project management consultancy Turner & Townsend continues to strengthen its network on the continent as it pursues major projects in mining, oil and gas,... 

Company expands African footprint to pursue major projects
STRATEGIC BASE With several of Turner & Townsend’s multinational clients based in Nairobi, the city was an obvious choice for the location of a new hub

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Economic growth in Africa is ensuring a steady demand for infrastructure development and by tailoring its business model to access this demand, engineering services provider ELB Group has enhanced its activities on the continent and announced a return to profitability. 

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa
ACCESSING NEW MARKETS ELB has been focused predominately on the mineral and metals market and diversification will enable it to better protect its balance sheet during future commodity downturns

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has launched the first and only property portfolio in South Africa to be highly rated by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The Thrive Portfolio combines quality and... 

Property developer launches SA’s first dual-certified property portfolio
WRAPPING UP Growthpoint Properties is nearing completion on the 112 000 m2 office development for Discovery, in Sandton

Gautrain chief on the four pillars of a successful transport megaproject

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rest on four equally important “pillars”, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe told the recent Sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. They are: political will and commitment;... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 China-based vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), is accelerating some of its construction plans for its vehicle manufacturing plant, currently under construction at the Port Elizabeth-based Coega Industrial Development Zone, to catch up on delays incurred owing to primarily... 

BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline
PORT ELIZABETH FACTORY In the foreground of the newly completed steel superstructure are BAIC vehicles that will be available in South Africa once production reaches full capacity

Eskom’s new R174bn grid plan includes R18bn for IPP connections

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says all connection costs relating to 27 outstanding renewable-energy projects have been included in its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), which covers the ten-year period from 2018 to 2027. The renewable-energy projects were legally procured in... 

Eskom’s new R174bn grid plan includes R18bn for IPP connections

PPC, NUM make headway on wage impasse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2017 Cement producer PPC and trade union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reached an agreement on wage negotiations at the company’s Slurry plant, in the North West. This followed a protected strike by the union on Monday after the parties were unable to reach an agreement through a Commission... 

Atterbury consolidates headquarters in Pretoria

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2017 International property developer and investor Atterbury has consolidated its two Gauteng branches into a single regional headquarters at the Die Klubhuis, housed within the Pretoria precinct development, The Club. The move included its major businesses Atterbury Asset Management, Atterbury... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

     19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park
Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park

Time and money – two major obstacles in tackling Cape Town's water crisis

By: News24Wire      19th October 2017 Desalination plants and other plans, which are in the pipeline for Cape Town to help alleviate the water crisis, will probably cost the city billions of rand, and it is not yet clear where this money will come from. Another possibly hampering factor could be the time it will take to construct... 

Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has alleged that Eskom consultants Trillian Capital Partners have been “dabbling” in derivatives and losing billions of rands in the process. “Trillian has been dabbling in derivatives with our public money, racking up losses of R27-billion,” Outa... 

Outa accuses Eskom consultants of ‘gambling’ with public money
Photo by Duane Daws
Ted Blom

Wilken to join MAS Real Estate as CEO

By: Anine Kilian     18th October 2017 Morné Wilken has been appointed CEO of JSE-listed MAS Real Estate, effective January 1, 2018. Lukas Nakos will continue as CEO until Wilken takes up his position. 

Ramaphosa applauds Safcec’s efforts to transform the country’s built environment

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2017 Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa has lauded the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) for partnering with government to transform the country’s built environment. “I applaud the forum for leading the voluntary rebuilding programme, which led to a landmark agreement with... 

Ramaphosa applauds Safcec’s efforts to transform the country’s built environment
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

NUM members down tools at PPC Cement over wages

By: African News Agency      17th October 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said that its members at South Africa’s leading supplier of cement and related products, PPC Cement Slurry in Mafikeng, North West, have embarked on a strike over wages. This comes after the NUM gave PPC Cement a notice to strike on Sunday last week and... 

Mandela slates 'insensitive' proposal to exclude coloured and Indian BEE contractors

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 A proposal to exclude South Africans who are coloured and those of Indian descent from lucrative state contracts in KwaZulu-Natal is ill-conceived and designed to only benefit the advantaged, said MP and chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela on Monday. "The proposal flies in the face of the significant... 

Greenbay makes R1.6bn offer for Group Five’s European assets

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 JSE-listed Group Five has received an unsolicited R1.6-billion offer from global real estate firm Greenbay Properties for its European division. Group Five said in a statement that the intention letter it received from Greenbay included confirmation that it had R1.6-billion cash held in escrow by... 

Greenbay makes R1.6bn offer for Group Five’s European assets

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2017 The slow pace of transformation in the metals and engineering sector continues to be of concern, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein said during his presidential address in Johannesburg on Friday. He urged the sector, which represents... 

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

GBCSA launches Net Zero pilot certification scheme

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 The certification of the first four projects under the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Net Zero pilot certification scheme was announced this week. Net zero carbon buildings are defined as highly energy efficient buildings, with remaining energy demand supplied by on-site and/or... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Utility management company Bosch Munitech’s specialised Underground Services Location (USL) facility encompasses advanced utility detection and mapping services, which are essential for providing accurate information on buried utility infrastructure layouts, says Bosch Munitech underground and... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information
NECESSARY SERVICE The Underground Services Location facility helps with the planning of new pipe designs, utility diversions and new construction

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