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Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies

23rd February 2018 Multinational electric utility company Engie has acquired air conditioning company Thermaire Investments as well as its sister company heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products and services provider Ampair. This is a major step for Engie in developing its energy services in... 

African projects require integrated delivery models

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 The integrated delivery model is the best means of realising complex, multidisciplinary projects in Africa timeously, says AECOM Civil infrastructure MD Darrin Green. This is primarily because the market in Africa is less mature and project developers frequently have to deal with challenges when... 

Jabu Moleketi nominated as PPC chairperson

By: Reuters     22nd February 2018 South African cement producer PPC said Jabu Moleketi has been nominated for the position of chairman of the board to succeed its current chairman Peter Nelson, as it aims to align the board with its strategic priorities. Moleketi is currently chairman of mobile phone network operator Vodacom... 

Nuclear industry group cautions against 'rushed decisions' on energy 

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has urged the government and energy sector to have a broad perspective in their energy planning and include nuclear in a balanced energy mix. The government should not be distracted by the fact that the country currently had an oversupply... 

Nuclear industry group cautions against 'rushed decisions' on energy
Photo by Niasa
Knox Msebenzi

Hyprop subsidiary acquires 90% interest in two Croatian shopping centres

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 Hystead, a UK company co-owned by Hyprop Investments and PDI Investment Holdings (PDI) has acquired a 90% interest in two Croatian shopping centres from WKB 3 for €129.1-million. When completed, Hystead will own six shopping centres in five countries, with a gross asset value exceeding €740-million. 

Hyprop subsidiary acquires 90% interest in two Croatian shopping centres
City Center one Zagreb West

Inside Metrorail’s cable theft and commuter crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Brazen thieves, who have effectively brought a critical rail route in Cape Town to a standstill for nearly six weeks, leaving thousands of commuters in the lurch, have become the focus of intense and unprecedented operations to squeeze out criminals who target beleaguered Metrorail's... 

Spatial transformation key to unlocking infrastructure, industrialisation – Gigaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2018 South African township businesses needed to work “imaginatively” and think beyond car washes and spaza shops to foster productive, high-value economic activity in townships, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. In his Budget speech, he noted that factories, workshops, tech hubs and... 

Spatial transformation key to unlocking infrastructure, industrialisation – Gigaba

Sapoa continues to focus on transformation, advocacy 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2018 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa), under the leadership of president Peter Levett, continues to focus on education, advocacy, transformation and research in the property sector. Sapoa plays a “pivotal role” in advocacy, providing targeted participation in legislative... 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership
Photo by Duane Daws
AfDB VP for power, energy, green growth and climate change Amadou Hott

Atterbury starts construction at R800m Midrand industrial park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 South African property developer Atterbury has started construction on Old Mint Park, a prime industrial development neighbouring the landmark South African Mint and fronting the N1 highway, centrally located between Midrand and Centurion. The R800-million project entails the development of a new... 

Atterbury starts construction at R800m Midrand industrial park

City of Cape Town welcomes 'major court victory for preservation of water sources'

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A ruling by the Western Cape High Court has been described as "a watershed ruling" for the preservation of Cape Town's rivers, floodplains, and wetlands. The judgment refers to a case in which the City approached the courts to order Really Useful Investments, a developer of the Hout Bay Beach... 

Zille blames department of water for stalled Clanwilliam Dam project

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A project which aims to double the capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape will not be able to proceed because of a lack of funding. This is according to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who on Monday said the project, for which R2bn had been budgeted as far back as 2013/2014, would... 

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund commits $200m in loans to fragile States

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), suppliers of debt finance to private sector infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa, said on Tuesday that it had ended 2017 on a high note with $200-million in loan commitments to fragile states. EAIF, a company of the Private Infrastructure... 

Liberty Two Degrees posts maiden full-year results

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 South Africa-focused real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) on Monday posted a distribution of 59.22c a unit in its maiden full-year results.  

Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects

By: Kim Cloete     19th February 2018 Apart from its recently announced temporary desalination plant, the Koeberg nuclear power station is working on a range of desalination projects, including a detailed feasibility study with the City of Cape Town on a large-scale desalination plant. If the feasibility study is successful, it will... 

Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects
Photo by Duane Daws
Koeberg nuclear power station

Commission recommends tribunal approve Southern Palace Group's Genrec buy

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that Southern Palace Group's (SPG's) proposed acquisition of steel fabrication and manufacturing business Genrec Engineering, from construction and engineering company Murray and Roberts, be approved without conditions. SPG,... 

Mines pledge to assist RAL with provincial road infrastructure delivery projects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Provincial road infrastructure delivery agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) has identified four opportunities for potential future strategic partnerships, which are valued at an estimated R1.12-billion, based on a preliminary technical assessment. This follows the RAL's stakeholder engagement and... 

Discovery headquarters nears completion 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 With the construction of health insurance and financial services provider Discovery’s head office set for completion at the end of this month, construction consultancy Aurecon believes that the building is set to become a pioneering green precinct concept, owing to its size and the way in which... 

Discovery headquarters nears  completion
Photo by WBHO
VISIONARY CONSTRUCTION The vision for the Discovery building extends beyond providing indoor environmental quality for the occupants, to the integration of a building into a healthier, more desirable surrounding precinct

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates road damage 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To eliminate extensive road damage, construction company Wirtgen SA sales manager Waylon Kukard explains that for an environment-friendly rehabilitation of road pavements, existing construction materials need to be fully reused, which significantly reduces material costs. 

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates  road damage
Wirtgen South Africa sales manager Waylon Kukard discusses the benefits of road rehabilitation and cold recycling. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Projects boding well for geotechnical contractor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Specialist geotechnical contractor and subsidiary of Keller Group, Franki Africa, is providing 46 000 Columns with Mixed Moduli (CMM) for the 350 000 m2 Clairwood logistics park construction site project.  

Projects boding well for geotechnical contractor
WAREHOUSING NEEDS The Clairwood logistics park is being built on Durban’s 91-year-old Clairwood racecourse site to meet the growing demand for A-grade logistics and distribution facilities in the south of Durban

Materials supplier company secures contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Construction materials company Afrimat has been awarded a contract to supply building material to the Mozambique liquefied natural gas fields, which will be developed by oil and gas exploration company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, on the northern border of the country.  

Materials supplier company secures contract
BUILDING NEEDS Afrimat will supply materials – aggregates, ready-mix concrete, bricks and blocks – for the resettlement village at a gasfields development project in Mozambique

Bags ensure soil retention for projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Using small scale nonwoven geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags is a user-friendly method for less critical soil-retention applications, says geosynthetic product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa.  

Bags ensure soil retention for projects
FOR SLOPES’ SAKE Fibertex Naue Secugrid 40/40Q6 soil reinforcing biaxial geogrids are used to minimise soil deformation under tensile loads over the lifetime of the structure

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Drones offer inspection and maintenance  benefits for built environment
JANE THOMSON Remotely piloted aircraft systems can lower costs, enhance general visibility and improve personnel safety

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

PPC to pay particular attention to its financial position in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2018 While Johan Claassen, who was, on Wednesday, appointed permanent CEO of PPC, does not foresee any major changes for the company this year, he notes that particular attention will be paid to the company's financial position this year. This, he explained to Engineering News Online, falls in line... 

PPC to pay particular attention to its financial position in 2018
PPC CEO Johan Claassen

JRA to convert Jan Smuts avenue to a dual carriageway

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2018 The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has developed a draft design for the future upgrading of Jan Smuts avenue to a dual carriageway from Northwold drive to Bolton drive and from Eighth avenue to Kent road in Rosebank, to improve mobility and decrease congestion on the main arterial route. The... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages 

By: Kim Cloete     14th February 2018 In the wake of the severe water shortages in and around Cape Town, Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station has launched a mobile groundwater desalination plant which will take care of the station’s water needs. The temporary groundwater desalination plant has a 920 kilolitre-a-day capacity. The... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages

PPC appoints Claassen as CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2018 Cement producer PPC has appointed Johan Claassen as CEO and executive director of the company. Claassen has served as interim CEO for a number of months, with PPC chairperson Peter Nelson noting that he has overseen a number of important milestones, including the successful stabilisation of the... 

PPC appoints Claassen as CEO
PPC CEO Johan Claassen

Emira returns to positive distribution in H1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2018 South African real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund on Wednesday declared an interim dividend of 70.65c a share for the six months ended December 31 - a 2.5% year-on-year increase. The fund returned to positive distribution growth in the period owing to the significant leasing... 

WSP to develop 330 kV Zambia-DRC electricity transmission line

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 The Southern African Power Pool has appointed UK-based engineering consultancy WSP to develop a proposed 330 kV electricity interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

Oracle Power gets approval for next step in coal, power plant development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) of Pakistan has approved the issue of notice to proceed (NTP) and letter of intent (LoI) for a coal mine and mine-mouth power plant in Block VI of the Thar desert, UK-based Oracle Power reported on Monday. The project is being developed in a... 

Wind energy installations continue to grow – WWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 The overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide by the end of 2017 reached 539 291 MW, preliminary statistics published by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has shown. A WWEA report, released on Monday, further showed that 52 552 MW of wind energy capacity were added last year,... 

Wind energy installations continue to grow – WWEA

City of Cape Town announces winning bidder for foreshore redevelopment

By: African News Agency      12th February 2018 The City of Cape Town on Monday announced that Mitchell Du Plessis Associates (MDA) have been chosen as the winning bid for the redevelopment of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct, which includes completing the unfinished flyover that has marked the city's skyline for more than 40 years. The City... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Electric trucks sale  targeted for 2019
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic

Water department seeking partnerships to strengthen policy environment

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated that it is seeking partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to strengthen the current water and sanitation policy environment, said Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, during the Water Infrastructure Investment... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

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