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Infrastructure News

Alstom pitching integrated tram system to SA municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 French multinational company Alstom is in talks with various municipalities around South Africa on an integrated tramline system, using Alstom-developed SRS technology. Speaking to Engineering News Online during a tour of Alstom’s tram manufacturing facility in Reims, France, last week, Alstom... 

R10m Union stadium upgrade nearing completion – JDA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) will complete a R10-million upgrade of the Union stadium, in Westbury, this year in a project that the City of Johannesburg reports has already significantly improved the precinct through the knock-on impact of creating jobs and attracting private sector... 

Nigeria needs to boost social spending to sustain growth – Gates

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 Nigeria needs to boost investment in social infrastructure to lift its population out of poverty and achieve a higher income status, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told Reuters on Thursday. Gates said in an interview that his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $1.6-billion... 

New 'key points' bill should include public interest defence – media groups

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2018 A new bill currently being drafted to replace the apartheid-era National Key Points Act should include a clause that protects journalists investigating key points in the public interest, MPs have heard. MPs on the Portfolio Committee on Police went through a draft version of the proposed... 

New 'key points' bill should include public interest defence – media groups

Johannesburg Mayor finds procedures not followed in building of storm damaged houses

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2018 An investigation by City of Johannesburg's Group Risk and Assurance Services (Gras) found discrepancies and irregularities by officials and builders of bonded and RDP homes damaged by a storm in December last year. Mayor Herman Mashaba said as a result, three officials in the city's development... 

Tanzania says AB InBev to build $100m plant

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 AB InBev, which owns a majority stake in Tanzania Breweries Limited, the country's biggest brewer, will invest $100-million in a new beer plant in the administrative capital Dodoma, the president's office announced. President John Magufuli on Monday chaired a day-long meeting with major foreign... 

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

By: News24Wire      20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

JDA to start construction of R260m Watt Interchange

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 City of Johannesburg infrastructure development entity, the Joburg Development Agency (JDA), will start construction on the R260-million Watt Interchange next month, with construction expected to be completed in June 2019. This forms part of Work Package 15K for Section 15 of Phase 1C of the Rea... 

ICT infrastructure still following the money, but new model possible

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure being built to support the growing use of digital technologies is following wealth and, by extension, apartheid spatial-patterns, but this can be corrected through development financing and city planning, says University of... 

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2018 Engineers have been urged to become more assertive in keeping political and social debates around water, as well as other infrastructure issues, more technically informed. Delivering the South African Academy of Engineering open lecture in Johannesburg this week, Wits University School of... 

Engineers urged to assertively infuse social debates with technical insight
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Wits University School of Governance professor Mike Muller

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

Africa’s downstream oil industry holds promise

By: Kim Cloete     14th March 2018 The downstream market is dynamic in Africa and continues to evolve and become more transparent throughout the supply chain, says African energy specialist CITAC Africa executive director Gary Still. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, on... 

Kazungula Bridge set to open corridor between Zambia, Botswana

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 The Kazungula Bridge project is set to open up the transport corridor between Zambia and Botswana, a move which will see Zimbabwe lose out on transit revenue. The project is being carried out with partial financial assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The primary objective of the... 

China's EximBank approves $1.3bn for Guinea hydro plant

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 China's EximBank has approved $1.3-billion in financing for a 450 MW hydroelectric plant in Guinea that the West African country's government hopes will allow it to export electricity to neighbouring countries. State-owned EximBank first agreed to fund construction of the Souapiti dam, about 50... 

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2018 The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed... 

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Bakwena upgrading N1N4 at a cost of R1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Road construction and maintenance company Bakwena on Friday said it was investing R1-billion to maintain and upgrade road infrastructure along the 385 km of the N1N4 it manages as part of its concession contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). An estimated... 

Bakwena upgrading N1N4 at a cost of R1bn

New presiding officer for Grayston bridge collapse inquiry announced

By: News24Wire      9th March 2018 Phumudzo Maphaha has been appointed as the new presiding officer of the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse inquiry. Maphaha's appointment was announced on Thursday by Tibor Szana, chief inspector at the department of labour. 

Accéntuate to press on with manufacturing amid rise in SA confidence

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 Flooring, water and chemicals specialist Accéntuate experienced a tough six months to December 31, 2017, with the company moving from a R3.5-million profit in the same period in 2016, to a loss of R1.78-million. Accéntuate says its business has suffered on the back of depressed macroeconomic... 

WBHO believes SA’s construction cycle has bottomed

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 Despite the changing political landscape in South Africa, the construction industry, which has been in the doldrums over the last 24 months, will not immediately experience a change in fortunes, warns Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel. “Government has lots of obligations. We won’t... 

Fund invests in Africa-focused renewables IPP

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 Clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency investment company Inspired Evolution has signed a deal to invest up to $36-million in independent power producer (IPP) Alten Renewable Energy Developments Africa, which is the sub-Saharan Africa-focused subsidiary of Netherlands-based solar... 

Kenya plans to electrify Mombasa–Nairobi rail link

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya plans to electrify its diesel-powered standard-gauge railway (SGR) line from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, as it seeks to cement its position as a regional transports hub. The East Africa nation has since secured $240-million from China Electric Power Equipment &... 

Development finance may unlock Moz–Malawi interconnector

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th March 2018 The European Union (EU) and the German Development Bank (KfW) are to extend a E20-million grant to Malawi to partially finance the $127-million Mozambique–Malawi electricity interconnector project. Malawi is keen to fast-track the project so that it can start importing electricity from... 

Contract to restart stalled Kenyan transmission project

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya has contracted a consortium of Chinese companies to complete the construction of a major transmission line that will evacuate electricity from the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, which stalled in 2016, when the previous contractor, Italian company Isolux Ingeneria, went bankrupt.... 

Brics' New Development Bank could fast-track Africa infrastructure projects

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2018 Africa lacks adequate infrastructure, which stymies regional trade and the provision of basic services such as health and education, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) capacity development officer Bob Kalanzi said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at a dialogue, hosted by Oxfam... 

Brics' New Development Bank could fast-track Africa infrastructure projects

Basil Read to take on building of top structures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2018 Local construction company Basil Read has received permits from the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) to start building top structures at its housing developments, such as its Savanna City Estate mixed-use development, near Orange Farm, in Gauteng. The top structure would be... 

Growthpoint starts excavation work for Rosebank office development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties has started the excavation process for the 35 000 m2 144 Oxford premium-grade office development in Rosebank, Gauteng, with the project expected to be completed in October 2019.  

Growthpoint starts excavation work for Rosebank office development
Growthpoint Properties' 144 Oxford office development

Current public construction project tendering unsustainable – organisation

By: Nadine James     6th March 2018 The manner in which engineering companies tender for public construction projects is unsustainable and unnecessary, says South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (Sabtaco) president Clint Koopman. “I don’t see a gun being held to our heads to tender at the rates that we do,”... 

UK dept earmarks £21.4bn for African infrastructure development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 The UK’s Department of International Trade (DIT) is pledging funding for infrastructure development in Africa, including £4-billion in South Africa, £1-billion in Kenya and £750-million in Nigeria, through export credit agency, UK Export Finance (Ukef).  

South Africa needs to adopt strategic water plan to avoid deteriorating supply  

By: Anine Kilian     5th March 2018 South Africa’s water crisis is having a significant impact on economic growth and on the wellbeing of South African citizens, Department of Water and Sanitation DDG Trevor Balzer said on Monday. Addressing delegates at the Consulting Engineers of South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, in... 

South Africa needs to adopt strategic water plan to avoid deteriorating supply
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Trevor Balzer

Decrease in government spend could harm the infrastructure sector  

By: Anine Kilian     5th March 2018 This year is going to be extremely difficult for South Africa’s infrastructure sector owing to the 12% decrease in infrastructure spending, economist Elsie Snyman told delegates at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Monday. Former Finance Minister... 

Decrease in government spend could harm the infrastructure sector
Elsie Snyman

Hyprop lifts H1 distributions by 8.3% y/y

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed specialist shopping centre real estate investment trust (Reit) Hyprop on Friday reported solid growth in distributions of 8.3% for the six months to December 31, which was driven by a stable performance from South African shopping centres and a strengthening South-Eastern European... 

Re-guarantee facility to benefit infrastructure sector SMEs

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 The African Guarantee Fund (AGF) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has entered into a re-guarantee transaction with GuarantCo, a division of Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), to increase its capacity for SME financing. The transaction will provide a platform for... 

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Built environment summit in May

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 The Africa Summit of London-based Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) – which has entrenched itself as a noteworthy yearly event – will reconvene for the fourth consecutive year at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, from May 30 to 31.  

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

Over 20 000 visitors expected  at event
2018 EDITION The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16

Bosch completes Hytec takeover, strengthens African operations

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 Industrial technology and equipment multinational Bosch has acquired the remaining 50% stake in Johannesburg-based industrial technology company Hytec. The company had acquired 50% of the Hytec shares in 2014. 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2018 The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the Australasian oil and gas sector. The value of M&R’s oil and gas order book has fallen to below R4-billion,... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown
M&R CEO Henry Laas
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