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Atterbury concludes new BBBEE deal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th November 2018 Property development and investment company Atterbury has concluded a significant broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction that secures 30% black ownership of Atterbury Property Fund (APF), the company announced on Thursday. APF is now 30% owned by Talis Investment Partners... 

Dangote is said to express interest in Kenyan cement firm ARM

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2018 Dangote Cement, Africa’s biggest producer of the building material, expressed an interest in acquiring Kenyan rival ARM Cement, according to three people familiar with the matter. ARM has been exploring a sale since at least October 2017. The company, part-owned by CDC Group, was placed in... 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th November 2018 As a result of increasing demand for stretched and flattened steel, local steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode on Thursday launched a second stretcher leveller at its Midvaal-based facility for the production of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM). Having the stresses of... 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand
Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon and group CE Arun Chadha speak to Engineering News Online about the company’s most recent purchase, a second stretcher leveler, as well as some of the company’s corporate social investments in the Midvaal area. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Africa poised to be global renewable-energy leader – AfDB president  

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2018 African Development Bank (AfDB) president Dr Akinwumi Adesina says Africa is poised to become the leading region for renewable-energy globally and has reaffirmed the bank’s support for the ambitious ‘Desert to Power’ programme in the Sahel region. Speaking in Johannesburg at the inaugural Africa... 

Africa poised to be global renewable-energy leader – AfDB president
Photo by Reuters
AfDB president Dr Akinwumi Adesina

To unlock sustained investment Africa must ‘resolve problems that keep investors away’  

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2018 If Africa is to seize the opportunities of the future, it needs to mobilise large-scale, sustained investment, especially in infrastructure, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his address at the Africa Investment Forum under way in Johannesburg this week. Organised by the African Development Bank... 

To unlock sustained investment Africa must ‘resolve problems that keep investors away’
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Stefanutti posts R125m H1 operating profit despite order book decline, strained market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2018 JSE-listed construction company Stefanutti Stocks managed to generate an operating profit of R125-million in the six months ended August 31, despite a constrained construction market, which indicates a positive turnaround from the R451-million operating loss reported for the financial year ended... 

Rexroth HUBB launches to fully consolidate companies  

8th November 2018 The Rexroth HUBB, in Kempton Park, was officially inaugurated in October, with this 16 000 m2 central hub housing the Bosch Rexroth South Africa group of companies, formerly the Hytec Group. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Rexroth HUBB launches to fully consolidate companies
Rexroth HUBB launches to fully consolidate companies

Wits university builds additional student accommodation

By: African News Agency      7th November 2018 26’10 South Architects and Corobrik said on Wednesday that the construction of additional accommodation at the University of Witwatersrand’s Barnato Hall of Residence would provide about 150 students with new rooms by the end of 2019.  The Department of Higher Education said there was a shortfall... 

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 Transnet acting CEO Tau Morwe is prioritising the restoration of trust, internally and externally, which he acknowledges has been affected by the “turbulence” associated with recent action taken by the board to tackle corruption and recover money “siphoned” from the State-owned company. However,... 

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’

South African, French companies collaborate on sustainable cities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th November 2018 While there has been an ongoing push for environment-friendly practices and reducing harmful greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, in Africa, South Africa and France, growing urbanisation requires further efforts and an approach to engender sustainable cities for all citizens. This was outlined during... 

South African, French companies collaborate on sustainable cities
Business France trade development adviser Stefane Leny outlines the pioneer French-South Africa Sustainable City conference, its contribution to the countries’ bilateral relations, and the upcoming Pollutec event. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Group Five says Ghanaian power project delayed

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 South African engineering firm Group Five said on Tuesday that construction on its Ghanaian Kpone power plant had been delayed once again due to fuel contamination. The power plant, whose construction begun in 2015 and was due to be completed in 2017, had previously been delayed due to the late... 

Public Works hikes minimum wage for EPWP workers 

By: African News Agency      6th November 2018 The Department of Public Works has announced an increase in minimum wage for all workers in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), from R88 to R92.31, with effect from November 1. This revised minimum wage refers to a wage rate per day and per task performed across all EPWP sectors in all... 

Struggling construction industry requires intervention, but can recover

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th November 2018 The capital construction industry in South Africa is at a crossroads, with declining activity and productivity and a bleak future outlook. Efforts are needed to turn the industry’s fortunes around, Construction Industry Institute-Africa (CII-Africa) director Dr Giel Bekker told Engineering News... 

Master Drilling diversifies, expands through new JV in Italy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Italian construction company Ghella, to establish a new Italy-based company called TunnelPro. TunnelPro will pursue tunnel boring projects in the smaller scope civil construction and broader mining industries, while also... 

Redefine distributable income rises above R5bn mark for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties reported year-on-year distribution growth of 5.5% for the financial year to August 31, with full-year distribution of 97.1c apiece, compared with 92c apiece in the prior year. The board declared a gross dividend of 49.8c apiece... 

Aveng reports R3.8bn rise in McConnell Dowell’s order book 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2018 JSE-listed infrastructure group Aveng reported on Friday that its Australian subsidiary McConnell Dowell had secured recent contracts worth a combined R3.8-billion, boosting the business’ overall order book to R8.7-billion. The new orders have been secured across a range of infrastructure and... 

Lightweight window cleaner developed for industry

By: Halima Frost     2nd November 2018 Cleaning equipment manufacturer and supplier Kärcher Industrial’s Window Vac Professional 10 (WVP 10 Adv) is now available to the South African market following the good reception received by participating contract cleaners, retailers and prospective clients in its test samples. Having made the... 

Lightweight window cleaner developed for industry
BETTER SQUEEGEE The handheld steam and vacuum window washer is available from Kärcher

Bitumen supplier concerned about slowdown in road construction

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The rapidly increasing bitumen price is less of a concern to bitumen suppliers than the recent slowdown in South African road construction, says Colas South Africa commercial, communication and marketing manager Herman Groenewald. Bitumen prices have increased by more than R2 000 a ton since... 

Sanral 2017/18 project roll-out stalled owing to Treasury regulations

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has, in the past year, issued a total of 60 new contracts to the value of R4.9-billion for road construction, it states in its 2017/18 integrated report, presented to Parliament in October. However, this was significantly lower than in the... 

Repairs on R510 completed

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The repairing and resealing of the R510, which runs from Rustenburg to the Limpopo border, has been completed. “The road is now much more comfortable for drivers and safer for pedestrians,” says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

Afrimat prospers in H1, despite tough economic environment

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2018 Openpit mining company Afrimat on Thursday posted a 4.3% year-on-year improvement in operating profit to R202.7-million for the six months ended August 31, while revenue increased by 28.6% year-on-year to R1.5-billion. These positive results, CEO Andries van Heerden said at a media breakfast,... 

Brick and mortar retail not dying a slow death – US property developer  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 Private commercial real estate investor and operator Rainier Companies principal Danny Lovell says brick and mortal retail is here to stay, despite rapid growth in sales on e-commerce platforms. “It is easy to get caught up in the ‘retail Armageddon’ story and it clearly has created . . .... 

Brick and mortar retail not dying a slow death – US property developer
Emira Property Fund CEO Geoff Jennett

Policy weakness hinders transport financing – Vadi

By: Nadine James     1st November 2018 South Africa does not have clearly defined policy on the funding and financing of public transport infrastructure and operations, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi told delegates at the Transport Forum, in Pretoria, on Thursday. He commented that insufficient progress has been made with... 

Sanral halts Mtentu megabridge construction owing to violent protest  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was on Thursday forced to stop construction of the R1.63-billion Mtentu megabridge, which forms part of its N2 Wild Coast road project, owing to a violent protest. Workers and management at the site were reportedly threatened. 

Sanral halts Mtentu megabridge construction owing to violent protest
Mtentu bridge concept

AMSA reports rise in Q3 sales and output

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reported increased production and sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The JSE-listed company told shareholders on Thursday that liquid steel production increased by 4.8% to 59 000 t, mainly as a result of higher output from its... 

AMSA reports rise in Q3 sales and output

TNPA granted enviro approval for R1.4bn Richards Bay floating dock

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) the green light to build a long-awaited R1.4-billion floating dock at the Richards Bay port. The floating dock facility, which will be located at the port’s Small Craft Harbour, forms part of the... 

Ekurhuleni BRT system extended to OR Tambo International

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2018 The Ekurhuleni bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called Harambee, has been extended from Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina said at a media briefing at the Intercontinental Hotel, at the airport, on Wednesday. The Harambee project was part of the... 

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy... 

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years

Nzimande inaugurates R1.1bn Mt Edgecombe interchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday officially opened the R1.1-billion Mount (Mt) Edgecombe Interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal. The Minister described the interchange as a veritable civil engineering work of art that contributes greatly to easing traffic congestion, while promoting road... 

Nzimande inaugurates R1.1bn Mt Edgecombe interchange
Mt Edgecombe Interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects
Photo by Creamer Media
Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo

Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) entrance gate in KwaZulu-Natal has won a seminal sustainable design award, in the sustainable architecture category, at the biennial AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (AfriSam-SAIA) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and... 

Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award
Richard's Bay Industrial Development Zone Gate

Raubex rightsizes road rehab division as lower Sanral work volumes bite 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 JSE-listed Raubex Group continued to experience challenging conditions in the South African construction industry in the six months ended August 31, particularly in the road construction sector, reporting a 57.4% decline in operating profit to R157-million, compared with the R370-million profit... 

Three Joburg properties open for public tender as part of inner city rejuvenation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2018 The City of Joburg (CoJ) has released information about three inner city properties that are now open for public tender by potential developers, as part of its inner-city rejuvenation project that comprises over 80 buildings and plots for renovation. This project aims to fulfil the city’s vision... 

Legaro’s 78 Corlett drive building achieves highest green star rating

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2018 Lifestyle and commercial property developer Legaro has been given an award for developing South Africa’s highest-rated green building, 78 Corlett drive, in Melrose North. The award was presented at the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) eleventh Green Building Convention gala... 

City of Cape Town delays decision on social housing project

By: News24Wire      26th October 2018 The Cape Town City council was scheduled on Thursday to announce its decision on the sale of City-owned land to housing non-profit organisation Communicare for redevelopment for social housing, GroundUp has reported. But the decision was pushed back to the next council meeting because "the DA... 

LafargeHolcim cuts full-year earnings forecast as costs bite

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 LafargeHolcim increased its sales outlook for 2018 but reduced its profit expectations as the world's largest cement maker reported better-than-expected earnings during its third quarter. The Swiss company said on Friday it now expected annual sales to grow in the 4% to 6% range, up from its... 

Mixed picture emerges of state of SA’s road bridges following deadly Genoa collapse

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 In light of the highly publicised Genoa bridge collapse, in Italy, as well as the abrupt closure of Johannesburg’s M2 east highway, questions surrounding the structural integrity of South African bridges have been raised. Bridges that fall within the South African National Road Agency Limited’s... 

Mixed picture emerges of state of SA’s road bridges following deadly Genoa collapse

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