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Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2018 A private port terminal operator has been selected to build and operate South Africa’s first offshore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha, in the Western Cape. The facility, which will involve investments of R1.8-billion over the coming five years, will provide services to offshore oil and... 

Rental income growth pressure, higher finance charges dent Octodec’s H1 results

By: Anine Kilian     23rd April 2018 Pressure on rental income growth, the lag effect of the let-up period at recent developments and higher finance charges, negatively impacted on JSE-listed real estate investment trust Octodec’s results for the six months ended February 28. “The political and economic uncertainty experienced... 

Tower Property’s refurbished, renamed Cape Quarter Plaza set to launch end-April

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 The refurbishment of the Cape Quarter Plaza, which will be renamed the Old Cape Quarter upon completion, will be launched by Tower Property Fund’s subsidiary Cape Quarter company at the end of April. The Cape Quarter precinct is situated in De Waterkant, in Cape Town, and is a highly desirable... 

Corobrik embarks on multibillion-rand investment

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 South African brickmaker Corobrik announced on Monday it has embarked on a multi-billion rand investment roll-out to grow its business and develop new markets over the next five to six years. Corobrik CE Dirk Meyer said that the lion’s share of the initial R1-billion allocated during 2017/18... 

Heavy capacity lifting equipment in high demand

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Heavy lifting equipment suppliers must sustain investment in the upgrade of lifting equipment fleets and other resources if they wish to remain competitive, advises lifting solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire sales executive Peter Yaman. “The South African economy is experiencing a slight... 

Heavy capacity lifting equipment in high demand
BIG LIFTS CALL FOR BIG EQUIPMENT Johnson Crane Hire's 750 t Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom all terrain crane doing a wind farm installation

New heavy-duty jib put to the test

20th April 2018 Heavy lifting solutions provider Ale has used its heavy duty jib with the the AL.SK350 crane while performing its inaugural lift, weighing 1 276 t, of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) module integration project in Nigeria. The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the... 

New heavy-duty jib put to the test
EXTENDED LIFTING CAPACITY Ale’s modular jib can lift up to 3 400 t and be configured up to 100 m long

Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions is offering dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for several applications. “Mini substations generally include oil transformers, but Trafo Power Solutions is now able to design and deliver dry-type... 

Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution
MADE-TO-ORDER Well proven dry-type technology is being used in Trafo Power Solutions’ customised dry-type mini substations

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Despite the downturn in commodity prices that led to more subdued growth in several of Africa’s resource-intense economies, there is still significant investor interest in Africa’s power sectors, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution... 

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant
DINESH BULDOO Transmission and distribution networks are equally critical components to electrifying Africa

Renewable energy crucial to Africa’s power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in “bringing power to their people”, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution director Dinesh Buldoo. “The return-on-investment of renewable power... 

Renewable energy  crucial to Africa’s power
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER OF NATURE Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in bringing power to their people

Adhesive for heavy, abnormal loads applications launched

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Henkel South Africa, the local subsidiary of Germany headquartered Henkel, launched a new range of Loctite universal structural bonders that expands the capabilities of traditional adhesives. 

Adhesive for heavy,  abnormal loads  applications launched
LOCTITE UNIVERSAL STRUCTURAL BONDERS Loctite demonstrates the strength and speed of the new bonders range by performing a vertical 8.1 t weight lift

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

SA distributor secures rights to market cable fire-protection system

By: Dylan Slater     20th April 2018 A joint venture (JV) between 24-year-old South Africa-based construction access systems provider IBAS Group and Norway-based fire-prevention solutions company Fire Security aims to increase market awareness in South Africa for two fire-prevention systems developed and manufactured by Fire... 

SA distributor secures rights to  market cable fire-protection system
PROTECTIVE COATING FS1 expands up to 100 times its thickness to protect cables from direct contact with flames

Nigeria plans power tariff overhaul by 2021 to attract investment

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Nigeria plans to overhaul its energy tariff system by 2021 to try to attract investment and improve power supply, the vice chairman of the country's electricity regulator said. Only about half of the 190 million people in Africa's most populous country have access to power. The problem has been... 

Illegal mining threatens Johannesburg infrastructure – Mashaba

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday he was concerned about apparent inaction by the national government to curb illegal mining which threatened critical bulk infrastructure and posed an imminent disaster in the city of Johannesburg. Mashaba said the activities could also... 

Atterbury completes Trumali House refurbishment, signs Hungry Lion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Property developer Atterbury has completed the refurbishment of Trumali House, in Stellenbosch, into modern multitenant A-grade offices with 3 500 m2 of space.  

Atterbury completes Trumali House refurbishment, signs Hungry Lion
Atterbury Western Cape development manager Gerrit van den Berg

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work
Photo by Dylan Slater
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Rebosis postpones H1 results, CEO resigns

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 South Africa's Rebosis Property Fund said on Wednesday its CEO Andile Mazwai had resigned and the firm would postpone the release of its interim financial results, sending shares down more than 10%. The company said in a statement its current executive deputy dhairperson Sisi Ngebulana would be... 

R90m Bronkhorstspruit road project completed ahead of schedule 

By: African News Agency      17th April 2018 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a  R90-million road rehabilitation project between Bronkhorstspruit and Ekangala, east of Tshwane. Vadi said the 19 kilometre road project, wholly funded by the department, was completed eight months ahead of schedule. Road D670... 

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2018 As part of plans to meet the growing demand for housing in Gauteng, Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane. Completed in November 2017, with first occupation in February 2018, the project provides safe housing for families... 

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane

PIC, Aton lift shareholding in M&R

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its interest in JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) to 20.15% of the total issued ordinary shares of the company.  

PIC rejects Aton's takeover offer for M&R

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the second-biggest shareholder in Murray & Roberts (M&R), said on Monday it had rejected an offer by Germany's Aton to acquire the engineering and construction firm. M&R's biggest shareholder German investor Lutz Helmig's Aton, which owns more... 

StayEasy Maputo opens in Mozambique

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Hotel, gaming and entertainment group Tsogo Sun on Monday opened its newest offshore hotel property, StayEasy Maputo, in Mozambique. This addition to the Tsogo Sun Hotels portfolio will bring the group’s number of properties outside of South Africa to 11. This is the group’s third hotel in... 

StayEasy Maputo opens in Mozambique
Tsogo Sun on Monday opened its newest offshore hotel property, StayEasy Maputo, in Mozambique

ELB gets go ahead to start construction at Ngodwana biomass plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed ELB’s ELB Engineering subsidiary, together with its project partner, KC Cottrell, has received notice to proceed with the building of a 25 MW biomass power plant for Ngodwana Energy following the successful bid in terms of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

Detailed design phase for R200m Durban cruise terminal to start this month

By: Shirley le Guern     16th April 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority and the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) consortium on Monday officially signed an agreement that will see the construction of a R200-million-plus cruise terminal at the entrance to the Port of Durban.   The consortium, which is 70% owned by MSC Cruises, the largest... 

Detailed design phase for R200m Durban cruise terminal to start this month

Four South African cities strive to make all new buildings zero-carbon 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Residents and businesses moving into new buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane will soon enjoy lower energy bills, and will generate fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, reducing their climate change impact. High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed... 

Fairvest raises R250m in new equity

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Fairvest has raised R250-million in new equity at R2.20 a share to finance the company’s Barra Precinct acquisition, which was announced in December. The transaction was heavily oversubscribed and the company increased the amount raised owing to strong... 

Grit buys Mozambique property from Tradehold

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2018 JSE-listed Grit Real Estate and Tradehold on Friday announced a $23-million Mozambique property transaction in which Grit would buy an A-grade corporate residential complex, known as Acacia Estate, in Maputo, from Tradehold. Grit has signed an agreement with Tradehold Africa, TC Maputo, Cognis 1... 

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Multinational company Building Energy has donated a 3.12 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant to the Italian consulate in Cape Town. The plant, comprising 12 PV panels, will generate about 5 MWh/y of energy, significantly decreasing the building’s carbon footprint through a... 

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town
Cape Town-based Consul of Italy Alfonso Tagliaferri and Building Energy Africa and Middle East MD Matteo Brambilla

Skysite expands and increases its offering

By: Donald Makhafola     13th April 2018 Work-at-height specialist Skysite is celebrating twenty years of doing business this year, with the company evolving from handling small cleaning and rigging projects to big and diverse projects, increasing its competency and service offering to divisionally managed offices in the Western Cape... 

Skysite expands and  increases its offering
SERVICE OFFERING Skysite was contracted to carry out the complete external redecoration of La Cornieche apartments

Controlled permeability formwork liners prevent tank degradation

13th April 2018 To reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork (CPF) liners, supplied by nonwoven roll goods supplier Fibertex SA, have been designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications, including highly... 

Controlled permeability  formwork liners prevent tank degradation
FORMTEX CONTROLLED PERMEABILITY FORMWORK LINERS Fibertex Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork liners are designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

13th April 2018 Global industrial gases company Air Products has signed an agreement with State-owned Chinese power generation company Shenhua New Energy, a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group, to provide two hydrogen containerised dispenser units to China Energy’s first... 

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck
AIR PRODUCTS Air Products has more than 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology

Cape Town finalises new desalination plant project

By: Paige Müller     13th April 2018 With the Cape Town area suffering from one of the worst droughts in its history, tank manufacturer and supplier SBS Tanks marketing manager James Preston tells Engineering News that the City of Cape Town municipality has launched several alternative water source projects to mitigate the drought’s... 

Cape Town finalises new  desalination plant project
DESALINATION PLANT The new desalination plant project will be able to purify and supply two-million litres of fresh water a day

Texton appoints UK asset manager

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate property fund Texton has appointed James Armstrong as asset manager to oversee its assets in the UK, effective May 1. Armstrong previously held senior positions at Hammerson, Dawnay Day Carpathian and LREC. His extensive multisector expertise includes valuations,... 

Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2018 Group Five will soon become a minority shareholder in its construction business in South Africa, says CEO Themba Mosai. Speaking on Thursday in Johannesburg at the company’s interim results, he noted that Group Five targeted the sale of 51% of its South African construction business to an... 

 Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount
Themba Mosai

New Zimbabwe luxury boutique hotel to welcome guests from early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, will soon boast a new luxury boutique hotel catering for a variety of guests to the region’s famous world heritage site. From early 2019, the new 199 all-suite Mbano Manor Hotel will offer a unique and nature-based travel experience for the global, high-end tourist,... 

Investment in Africa’s ports, shipping sector can accelerate economic growth

By: African News Agency      12th April 2018 More strategic investment in Africa’s ports can accelerate growth and development by strengthening trade as these are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value, globally. This is according to an analysis report of port development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) issued by the... 

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