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Construction News

Ghana officials showcase progress on international airport project

By: David Oliveira     1st September 2017 The construction of a new terminal at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA), in Accra, is expected to transport five-million passengers a year once completed in April next year. The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with a $120-million facility, will not only improve... 

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st August 2017 Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidated two smaller parts distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including enabling the company to work more efficiently, while... 

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre
Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 31.8.2017

Gauteng DID turns a corner, promises no more excuses

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2017 Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) has taken a hardline stance towards delivering quality infrastructure projects on time and on budget, to the point that Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo has said there would no longer be any excuses for any project not moving... 

Gauteng DID turns a corner, promises no more excuses
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo

CIG expects lower FY17 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2017 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended August 31, to decrease by 25% to 35%. EPS are expected to be between 165.75c and 191.25c, compared with 225c in the 2016 financial year,... 

Rustenburg did not overspend on rapid transport system, Scopa hears

By: African News Agency      31st August 2017 The Rustenburg local municipality did not over spend on the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project, the North West Scopa heard on Wednesday. Mayor Mpho Khunou, Speaker Sheila Mabale-Huma and Municipal Manager Nqobile Sithole were called to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts... 

Growthpoint’s FY17 distribution surpasses guidance

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties on Wednesday posted a distribution growth of 6.5% for the year ended June 30, surpassing its guidance. The group declared a final dividend of 100.8c a share for the year – a 6.9% rise on the 94.3c apiece declared in 2016 and in excess... 

Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation well ahead of schedule

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Unit 1 of Eskom’s Kusile power station has been brought into full commercial operation, adding 800 MW of much-needed power to help stabilise the national power grid. This means that construction and optimisation of the unit is complete and the operator, Eskom Generation, has taken over the plant... 

Kusile Unit 1 brought into full commercial operation well ahead of schedule
Eskom interim group CEO Johnny Dladla

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Cape Town’s first independent oil storage and distribution terminal, Burgan Cape Terminal, was officially opened in the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday. The city’s newest energy asset offers 122 000 m3 of diesel and petrol storage and will offer the option to blend bioethanol and... 

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2017 The Botswana government has assured potential renewable-energy investors that it will follow through with the implementation of a proposed 100 MW utility-scale solar project, for which it received 166 responses to a call for expressions of interest (EoI) released earlier this year. The Botswana... 

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

More holistic view of transformation in built environment sector needed

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2017 The skills pipeline in the built environment is a key enabler for transformation in the industry, with a holistic approach to tackling transformative ambitions key to breaking the barriers of the demographically skewed industry. This was one of the key messages emerging from the Council for the... 

More holistic view of transformation in built environment sector needed

Basil Read posts R459m loss, continues restructuring, capital raising

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2017 Construction and engineering group Basil Read on Monday announced a R458.8-million operating loss for the six months ended June 30, compared with a R73.4-million profit for the same period last year. Revenue from continuing operations declined from R2.5-billion, to R2.27-billion. 

Basil Read posts R459m loss, continues restructuring, capital raising

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2017 State-owned entities Transnet and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to create a new facility that will extend favourable financing to African and Middle Eastern buyers of Transnet Engineering’s (TE’s) rail rolling stock and port equipment. The financing scheme will be... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief officer in advanced manufacturing Thamsanqa Jiyane

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday, members of the nine countries, represented by their Science and Technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on the export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management
Photo by Bloomberg
CRITICAL PROTECTION Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

     25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres

Specialist still major contributor to industry

     25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

Specialist still major contributor to industry
SOLUTION OFFERING Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance

AfriSam sees merger as key to surviving cement glut

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, earlier this month, he said the situation in the industry was... 

Morocco receives funding for hybrid renewable-energy plants

By: Dylan Slater     25th August 2017 A loan to the value of $25-million has been granted to Morocco for investment in renewable-energy projects to help the country generate solar power through an innovative hybrid concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) solution.  

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade  and value chains across SADC region

Cost-effective fire suppression product has desired impact

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire Security and Techniques (FST) has just started supplying the FST Fire Orb – which supresses fires – to those living in informal settlements to mitigate the damage caused by a fire incident. 

Passive fire protection integral element of safety

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 With passive fire-safety becoming increasingly important in new buildings and renovation work, South Africa-based sealant and adhesive supplier Den Braven says such fire protection systems need to ensure that a fire is contained within specified fire compartments. 

Passive fire protection integral element of safety
FIREPROTECT RANGE The Den Braven FireProtect range, which was launched last year, consists of products that offer a complete solution to all types of expansion joints

Sanral awards R1.63-billion Mtentu megabridge construction contract to Aveng Strabag JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has awarded the R1.63-billion tender for the construction of the Mtentu megabridge to a joint venture comprising Aveng Grinaker-LTA and European construction firm Strabag. Construction of the bridge, which forms part of the N2 Wild Coast... 

Sanral awards R1.63-billion Mtentu megabridge construction contract to Aveng Strabag JV

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2017 Restructured engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which offers project lifecycle services in selected natural resources markets globally, is actively pursuing a US acquisition, which it hopes to consummate during the company’s 2018 financial year. CEO Henry Laas tells... 

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

Africa playing infrastructure ‘catch-up' 

     24th August 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to journalist Natasha Odendaal about the Africa Infrastructure Conference. 

Africa playing infrastructure ‘catch-up'
Africa playing infrastructure ‘catch-up'

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) said on Wednesday that its “low” order book of R26.9-billion was reflective of tough conditions in the natural resources markets it serves internationally. However, the company described the near- and medium-term outlook as... 

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Seifsa, unions ink three-year wage agreement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2017 For the first time in a decade, the metals and engineering sector has settled a three-year wage agreement without resorting to industrial action, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Wednesday. While none of the parties who signed the agreement are... 

Seifsa, unions ink three-year wage agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

Group Five CEO prioritising culture of accountability after dismal 2017 performance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2017 Group Five CEO Themba Mosai has moved to assure shareholders that the new leadership at the embattled construction company is prioritising “accountability and consequence management” in light of a dismal 2017 performance, which saw the JSE-listed company report financial results that were far... 

Group Five CEO prioritising culture of accountability after dismal 2017 performance
Group Five CEO Themba Mosai

Tribunal conditionally approves Italtile’s acquisition of CIL

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved JSE-listed Italtile’s proposed acquisition of Ceramic Industries (CIL) and Ezee Tile Adhesive Manufacturers. Italtile in April 2016 made an offer to acquire the remaining 73.5% interest in CIL it does not already own for R3.75-billion in cash... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

Basil Read to swing to H1 loss

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 JSE-listed Basil Read expects to report a headline loss a share of between 290c and 300c for the six months ended June 30, compared with headline earnings a share of 48.92c in the first half of 2016. It further expects to report a basic loss a share of between 359c and 365c for the six months... 

Infrastructure deficit shaves 40% off Africa’s competitiveness

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Africa’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure deficit is not only severely hampering seamless regional integration, industrialisation and efficiencies, but is also detrimental to the overarching competitiveness of the emerging continent. It is believed that Africa could be losing in excess of 40%... 

Infrastructure deficit shaves 40% off Africa’s competitiveness
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Balwin, Transcend partner to deliver 8 900 affordable rental apartments in Gauteng

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 JSE-listed Balwin Properties and Transcend Residential Property Fund have entered into a strategic alliance to bring to market up to 8 900 quality, affordable rental apartments across five developments in key Gauteng nodes over the next six years.   Balwin will be responsible for the design and... 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

SADC in need of localised development

     18th August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical to industrialisation, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  

SADC in need of  localised development
NIGEL GWYNNE-EVANS State-owned entities have a critical role to play in attractive private sector investment for infrastructure projects

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition
Photo by Bentley Systems
MAINTAINING EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS The addition increases the accuracy of the stress intensification factors for tees based on the work done with FEA 2012 and newer ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 The future of the South African materials handling sector will be impacted on significantly by sub-Saharan Africa development and the ability of South Africa to leverage its export capabilities on the subcontinent, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Business and government must align and work together to realise South Africa’s export potential

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