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Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Following its initial forecast of a 1.1% expansion of the metals and engineering cluster at the beginning of the year, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says upon review, preliminary data now suggest a 1.6% expansion of the sector, with all sub-industries... 

Products facilitate cleaner, safer environments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2018 With dust legislation encouraging awareness of dust repercussions, chemical solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) and its subsidiary a.b.e are providing a range of dust suppression technologies to help reduce the effects of dust, Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News. “We... 

Products facilitate cleaner, safer environments
EAT MY DUST Chryso’s Eco Dust range comprises liquid products for dust suppression to seal dirt roads

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The Norval Foundation art gallery, established by the Norval family and which opened in Steenberg, in Cape Town, in April, hosts works by a range of South African artists and has architectural and civil engineering features aimed at promoting environment-friendliness and sustainability, the... 

Environment-friendly design for art gallery
Photo by Dave Southwood
NORVAL FOUNDATION ART GALLERY The gallery has rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, a building management system, water-saving measures, a grey-water purification system and stormwater return to the wetland

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

Technology provides  digital water solution  for Africa
GOING DIGITAL Siemens shows how digitalisation of water management processes is creating impressive new possibilities to increase efficiency and reduce costs

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
Photo by Bloomberg
COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

Low maintenance treatment plants supplied to hospital

6th July 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently designed, manufactured and commissioned two containerised, plug-and-play solutions for State-owned Bambisana Hospital in Goqwana township, Eastern Cape. The two packaged low-footprint and low maintenance... 

Low maintenance treatment plants supplied to hospital
WATER SOLUTION Veolia's packaged water treatment plants provide potable water to Bambisana Hospital and treats its sewage water

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair
WASTEWATER South Africa can increase the amount of wastewater treated, to boost water supply

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure in most developed areas in South Africa, engineering advisory firm WSP technical director water, transport and infrastructure Africa Arnaud Malan says there is a need to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance... 

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply
WATER SCARCE South Africa needs to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance stewardship

Cabinet’s failure to consider IRP threatens mid-August deadline

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2018 South Africa’s Cabinet did not deliberate on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at its most recent fortnightly meeting, potentially threatening Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s self-imposed mid-August deadline for finalising the long-awaited update to the electricity generation plan. Communications... 

Cabinet’s failure to consider IRP threatens mid-August deadline
Photo by GCIS
Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

JDA starts construction on Watt street interchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 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 starting construction on the Watt street interchange, in Wynberg. 
To minimise the impact caused to the public, road users and... 

AFC appoints new president and CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Infrastructure development finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has appointed Samalia Zubairu as the corporation’s third president and CEO, succeeding Andrew Alli.  

AFC appoints new president and CEO
AFC president and CEO Samalia Zubairu

UK to invest £420m to lift construction productivity

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 Britain's government announced what it said was the largest investment in at least a decade to speed up home-building on Thursday, which will see £420-million ($556-million) of public and private money spent on new construction technology. Building more housing has been one of Prime Minister... 

Grayston bridge inquiry: Contract manager accepts responsibility for collapse of temporary structure

By: News24Wire      5th July 2018 The man, who acted as the contract manager and engineer at the site of the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist bridge project, has "accepted responsibility for the collapse of the temporary works structure". Hein Pretorius was testifying on Wednesday before the Grayston bridge inquiry, set up... 

Ten African nations face $1tr infrastructure funding gap

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 A group of ten African nations, including some of the continent's rising economic stars, will fall $1-trillion short of the infrastructure financing required to meet UN development goals by 2040, a study released on Tuesday found. The report by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) of the G20... 

LafargeHolcim names Middle East Africa head as CEO reshuffles management

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 LafargeHolcim CE Jan Jenisch chose a manager from his ex-employer Sika to run the cement maker's Middle East Africa region, the company said on Wednesday, as he reshapes leadership and seeks to rejuvenate a struggling business area. Miljan Gutovic, who joined LafargeHolcim in March as head of... 

Growthpoint launches new trading, development business unit

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 International property company Growthpoint Properties has formed a dedicated trading and development business unit. This new specialised division, the company explained on Tuesday, will play a key role in creating “excellent business opportunities for the company and world-class premises for its... 

Growthpoint launches new trading, development business unit
Growthpoint’s new chief investment and development officer Rudolf Pienaar

Côte d'Ivoire eyes biomass power generation from cocoa waste

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The world's top cocoa producer Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 60 MW to 70 MW capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to diversify its... 

Q2 building, civil engineering business confidence weakest in six years – CIDB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) says general building confidence fell by three points to 33 index points in the second quarter – its lowest level in six years.  

More than R650m budgeted to prepare Gauteng land for expropriation   

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018 The Department of Human Settlements has budgeted more than R650-million to prepare identified portions of land in Gauteng for expropriation without compensation. Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa said on Monday that the province’s rapid land release programme, launched in May, would... 

More than R650m budgeted to prepare Gauteng land for expropriation
Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa talks about land expropriation without compensation

WG Wearne suspended on JSE owing to results delay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 The JSE has suspended trading in building materials supplier WG Wearne’s securities, owing to the company’s failure to submit its provisional financial statements by June 30.  

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2018 The board of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has again guided shareholders not to accept ATON’s mandatory offer of R17 a share, which it argues undervalues M&R’s strategic platforms and business prospects. The board made the statement in a circular response to ATON’s... 

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

Group Five relocates in effort to cut costs, secures early work on PPP

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2018 Cash-strapped construction firm Group Five has relocated its offices as part of an effort to cut costs. The JSE-listed group said on Monday that its South African construction operations had been relocated to Spartan, on the East Rand, to owner-occupied premises. 

Group Five relocates in effort to cut costs, secures early work on PPP

Tiso Blackstar to sell non-core steel subsidiary to Macsteel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 Publishing group Tiso Blackstar is in the process of selling 100% of the issued share capital of its non-core asset Consolidated Steel Industries (CSI) to Macsteel Service Centres South Africa.  

Offshore property investment a big opportunity for South African Reits

By: Nadine James     29th June 2018 The global sell-off in emerging markets, an intractably weak domestic economy, an oversupply of business space and a focus on the quality of earnings are all set to be major drivers of South Africa’s real estate investment trust (Reit) sector in the second half of this year, the SA Reit... 

Grayston drive bridge collapse inquiry to resume on July 2

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2018 The Department of Labour (DoL) will, on Monday, resume its inquiry into the Grayston drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse with testimony from the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). The October 2015 incident resulted in the death of two people, while 19 others were injured.... 

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

Service expansion expected to  promote geographical expansion
GERTRUDES GARDEN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL The project began in April this year and is scheduled for completion in mid-2020

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Mining downturn results  in profile expansion  for consulting firm
MEDUPI POWER STATION SRK Consulting’s scope of work at the Medupi power station is due for completion in December

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

Sephaku optimises capacity utilisation despite subdued trading environment

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 Despite a subdued trading environment, owing to intensifying competition in the ready-mix concrete segment, building materials company Sephaku Holdings has optimised its overall capacity utilisation in terms of production and transport, while further reducing its debt in the financial year ended... 

Sephaku optimises capacity utilisation despite subdued trading environment

Meyburgh to retire as Stefanutti CEO in May 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks on Thursday announced several leadership changes, including the retirement of CEO Willie Meyburgh on May 31, 2019. Russell Crawford, currently MD of the company's construction and mining business unit, has been appointed CEO-designate, and will report to Meyburgh from... 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe initiated bilateral discussions with Mozambique this week regarding the further development of the cross-border gas infrastructure linking South Africa’s energy and chemicals sectors to Mozambique’s vast natural gas resource. Well over 100-trillion cubic feet (tcf) of... 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects
Ministers Jeff Radebe and Gugile Nkwinti with SADC deputy executive secretary Dr Thembinkosi Mhlongo

Kenya's ARM Cement counts on shareholder loans for revival

By: Reuters     27th June 2018 Kenya's ARM Cement will rely on short-term loans from shareholders to lift production back to capacity and seek a deep-pocketed strategic investor, its chief executive said on Wednesday, as the firm struggles to stem its financial woes. The company, which was once Kenya's second-largest cement... 

R59m project completed on R44 route in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) in the Western Cape has completed a R59-million maintenance project on the scenic R44 route between Rooi Els and Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape, the department said on Wednesday. The project that started in October 2017, included crack... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

EPP on solid growth path with strong Q1 operational performance

By: Anine Kilian     25th June 2018 JSE-listed Polish property company EPP successfully bought the first tranche of the M1 portfolio, comprising four properties in sought after regions, adding 194 000 m² in gross lettable area (GLA) and taking total income producing assets to over €2-billion in the quarter ended March 31. The M1... 

100 Resilient Cities appoints Dana Omran as MD for Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Dana Omran has been appointed Africa MD for the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme.  

PIC increases shareholding in M&R to 20.41%

By: Anine Kilian     25th June 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray and Roberts (M&R) on Monday reported that the Public investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its beneficial shareholding in the company from 19.96% to 20.41%. The PIC is one of M&R’s biggest shareholders. 

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