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Construction News

Entries for inaugural Factory of the Year competition to close on Oct 31 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2018 A.T. Kearney has extended the entry deadline for the inaugural South African Factory of the Year competition to October 31. The event is aimed at boosting competitiveness in the country’s ailing manufacturing sector. 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate
Balwin Properties CEO Steve Brookes

Renewable energy sector could provide jobs boost to SA

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 The renewable energy sector could provide an unexpected but much-needed jobs boost to South Africa’s employment levels, as the sector continues to mature, solar enery company SOLA Future Energy said on Monday. SOLA Future Energy is the company that replaced Robben Island’s diesel-powered... 

Sapoa to research root causes of planning delays in various municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) CEO Neil Gopal says property sector role-players are experiencing significant challenges in some municipalities with regard to building plan application processes and land use/zoning. These challenges lead to a number of issues impacting on the... 

First LHWP Phase 2 construction contracts awarded

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 Construction work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. This follows the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding the first construction contract on the project – the R235-million contract for the Polihali north-east access road – to the... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero believes the industry continues to produce “outstanding work, [which] demonstrates its capability and expertise”. Speaking at its yearly Steel Awards function on Thursday evening, he said there was continued perseverance in... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala on Friday unveiled his portfolio of investment opportunities, which will result in R200-billion being pumped into the province’s economy over the next few years. Addressing captains of industry during an... 

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment
KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam in WCape to create thousands of jobs

By: African News Agency      12th October 2018 The construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation. In a statement on Friday,  the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create... 

Sierra Leone axes plan to build Chinese-funded airport

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Sierra Leone's government has terminated a $400-million scheme to build a new airport with Chinese labour and loans, according to a letter written last week by the country's minister of transport and aviation, reviewed by Reuters. The plan – one of many Chinese infrastructure projects that have... 

Technicrete celebrating half century this year

12th October 2018 Leading S African precast concrete provider turns 50 this year. Over the last 50 years, Technicrete has grown operationally as well as through its product offering. From small beginnings to the construction of Technicrete’s first major plant at Randfontein, the establishment of nine other... 

Technicrete celebrating half century this year
HITTING THE DECK Deckwerk blocks and paving are one of Technicretes longest standing offerings

New bitumen binding application introduced

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Transport infrastructure specialists Bouygues Group’s South African subsidiary Colas has introduced Colbifibre – its latest bitumen binding process – for use on deteriorating roadways. Colbifibre is a new process aimed at road surfaces that have suffered significant wear and tear. It combines its... 

New bitumen binding  application introduced
PAVING THE WAY The single truck needed to apply the Colbifibre

Company offers new range of equipment

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Power equipment and tool supply company Hire It launched its locally assembled range of small plant construction equipment, called Kwagga, following a need for cheaper and more readily available equipment by industry. Launched in August, Hire It sales director Richard Fraser says stock to the... 

Company offers new range  of equipment
EARNING ITS STRIPES The Kwagga range of industrial-grade heavy duty equipment

Cranes used for heavy lifting on N2 upgrade

12th October 2018 Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes deployed equipment manufacturer Liebherr’s 440T mobile cranes to the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). According to Sanral, this has been acknowledged... 

Cranes used for heavy  lifting on N2 upgrade
HIGHER FOR HIRE Concord’s cranes helped erect the 30-metre-long 52 t bridge

Industry 4.0 in readymix industry still a way off, says association

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 The construction materials industry can improve its customer-supplier interface if it takes up Industry 4.0, notes South African ReadyMix Association (Sarma) director Johan van Wyk. “The current economic climate impacts on construction materials in the same way as the construction industry, for... 

Industry 4.0 in readymix industry still a way off,  says association
CHUTING FOR PERFECTION A high-grade mix is poured into the foundation through a chute system attached to the readymix truck

New pop rivet tool for construction sector

12th October 2018 Powertool manufacturer Milwaukee’s new M12 BPRT pop rivet system, is available locally through construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa. Considering the sheer number of rivets needed during prefabrication, assembly and field installation work, particularly in the construction sector,... 

New pop rivet tool for construction sector
RIVETING PRODUCT The new pop rivet tool alleviates problems commonly experienced with hand-held rivets

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Since the launch of construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s Firestop façade joint coating earlier this year, the product – which has been well received by engineers and architects – will be used in its first large construction project in Bedfordview, Gauteng,... 

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire
AT FAÇADE VALUE The easily sprayable coating is applied to gaps left in the façade

R&D provides solutions for water management problems

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Constant research and development (R&D) has been key to the growth and success of 34-year-old industrial agitator and specialised mixing-equipment for water and wastewater treatment company, Mixtec, says the company’s sales and project manager Rudi Swanepoel.    The Mixtec global group of... 

R&D provides solutions for water management problems
HIGH-QUALITY Mixtec is known for producing mixers to the latest international standards and quality controls

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges
OPTIMISATION Grundfos energy efficient pumps can save up to 50% of energy

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity

12th October 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during flood... 

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity
MILESTONE Metolong dam in Lesotho reaches spilling stage for the first time since its completion in 2016

Bulk water supply project nears completion

12th October 2018 Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape – which started last year in September is due for completion in December. The first phase of the four-phase project,... 

Bulk water supply project nears completion
PROGRESSING Phase 1 of the design and implementation for the augmentation of the James Kleynhans Bulk Water Supply project in Makhanda is due for completion in December

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility
Air Products MD Rob Richardson details that company’s new dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal, and Midvaal executive mayor Bongani Baloyi outlines the impact for the area. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rail to form backbone of South African transport, mobility by 2050

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2018 The draft White Paper on National Rail Policy is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the legislative process only expected to begin post the 2019 national elections. The promulgation of the draft White Paper will be the first instance in which government will be giving the... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will appeal for a “smooth rolling procurement” of new wind-energy capacity in its response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) so as to close a three-year procurement gap in the current document. The Draft IRP 2018 was released on... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission
The Nojoli wind farm

Equites reports solid growth in H1 distributions a share, strategic acquisitions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Despite a challenging economic climate, JSE-listed real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund's portfolio continued to perform well during the six months ended August 31, which translated into an 11.7% year-on-year growth in distributions a share. Distributions a share for the period... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2-billion in two redevelopment projects – the Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City – in Johannesburg, as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner city precincts. This investment is the largest into the Johannesburg central business... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation
Talis Property Fund chairman Tebogo Mogashoa outlines Divercity Urban Property Fund’s investment of R2-billion in the ABSA Towers Main building and Jewel City redevelopments for inner-city rejuvenation; and executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba emphasises the city’s support for these projects. Video: Nicholas Boyd: Editing: Christo Greyling

Consulting engineering sector’s confidence level falls to record low – Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) biannual economic and capacity survey has indicated positive news for the period January to June, noting that construction sector confidence had seen growth for the first time in six quarters. However, confidence levels in the consulting sector... 

Consulting engineering sector’s confidence level falls to record low – Cesa
CESA CEO Chris Campbell

Vinci lays first kilometre of fully-recycled motorway

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Road building company Eurovia and its parent Vinci have laid a kilometre of motorway using only recycled asphalt from a mobile plant, a world first that they said could help reduce the cost of motorway maintenance and cut pollution. The mobile recycling plant can be disassembled and moved along... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Emira concludes portfolio rebalancing with BEE deal, acquisition of Transcend stake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Emira Property Fund is selling a sizeable R1.8-billion portfolio of 25 office assets to a new majority black-owned entity, Shankly Property Investments, which was specifically set up for this purpose. This concludes the diversified real estate investment trust’s (Reit’s) programme of rebalancing... 

Africa needs to invest more in infrastructure to meet Agenda 2063 goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2018 For Africa to reach its Agenda 2063 goals, the necessary infrastructure needs to be in place, especially to support Africa’s accelerated integration and growth, technological transformation, trade and development. This will include high-speed railway networks, roads, shipping lines, sea and air... 

Construction on Phase A of R1.4bn Umgeni commercial development nearing completion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Construction on the R1.4-billion Umgeni Lifestyle and Deco Park is under way, with completion of Phase A expected this month and the grand opening set for November 1. This commercial concept is a first-of-its-kind for this region, presenting a safe landscaped zone with green spaces and walkways... 

Construction on Phase A of R1.4bn Umgeni commercial development nearing completion
Umgeni Lifestyle and Deco Park commercial development

IMF lowers South Africa's economic growth forecasts, urges reforms 

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut South Africa's economic growth forecasts for this year and next, as it urged implementation of reforms to improve policy certainty and the efficiency of State-owned companies. Having stagnated for a decade, Africa's most industrialised economy... 

IMF lowers South Africa's economic growth forecasts, urges reforms

Emira concludes major portfolio rebalancing with landmark R1.8bn BEE deal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Emira Property Fund is selling a sizeable R1.8-billion portfolio of 25 office assets to a new majority black-owned entity, Shankly Property Investments, which was specifically set up for this purpose. This concludes the diversified real estate investment trust’s (Reit’s) programme of rebalancing... 

Kenya on course to develop nuclear energy, official says

By: Reuters     5th October 2018 Kenya's ambition of having a nuclear power plant is still on course and it hopes to build its first such facility in the next 12 to 15 years, a senior Energy Ministry official said on Friday. Joseph Njoroge, principal secretary for electricity, told Reuters the East African nation plans to turn... 

New safety footwear collection launched

5th October 2018 Safety footwear manufacturer BBF Safety Group has launched the latest range of Bronx Safety Footwear, which provides durable, safety-compliant protection and performance. "Bronx Safety Footwear is committed to providing consumers with the quality, comfort and durability for which the brand is... 

New safety footwear collection launched
SPECIALISED RANGE Each style of footwear features rubber soles for high heat resistance, oil resistance, anti-slip and excellent durability

African transport infrastructure insufficient for continental growth – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has said that if Africa wants to capitalise on its fast growth trajectory it needed better transport and logistics as current infrastructure was “insufficient”. Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi... 

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