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Infrastructure News

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2017 Manufacturing associations across a range of subsectors, including plastics and packaging, chemicals, agroprocessing and steel have endorsed a Manufacturing Circle-led initiative, designed to find ways of creating an additional one-million manufacturing jobs in South Africa. Manufacturing Circle... 

Group Five reviews enquiries around voluntary rebuild programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 JSE-listed Group Five, led by CEO Themba Mosai, on Monday said it had received a number of enquiries and correspondences regarding equity-based transactions at both the group and subsidiary company level, which forms part of the voluntary rebuild programme (VRP). Group Five, along with five other... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Water resources development and management organisation, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will host a briefing session on June 12, at the Wanderers Club, in Johannesburg, to provide information relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 project schedule. The... 

LHDA calls on construction companies to attend information briefings

Patel moves to bolster Competition Act’s powers to fight economic concentration 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has established an advisory panel to develop draft amendments to the Competition Act with a view to bolstering South Africa’s legislative capacity of to address “persistently high levels of economic concentration”. Patel announced the proposed... 

 Patel moves to bolster Competition Act’s powers to fight economic concentration
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

Call for business to integrate enterprises into supply chains

     26th May 2017 Although both the public and private sector continue investing significant amounts in enterprise and supplier development, many of these efforts remain focused on small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s), says TSK Group FD Thuso Koboyatau. He states that, “In an environment such as South... 

Call for business to integrate enterprises into supply chains
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW FOCUS MAY SAVE CONSTRUCTION Qualifying small enterprise have been somewhat neglected, but could be key to addressing South Africa’s socioeconomic problems

Civil work, settlement agreement position company for future growth

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 A minuscule uptick in civil tenders, private sector projects and a recent development agreement with a multinational construction group have ensured that emerging construction group Motheo Construction is well positioned for future growth. One of the project’s the group has secured is the... 

Civil work, settlement agreement position  company for future growth
ARCHIE RUTHERFORD The canning factory project started in November 2015, following the joint venture agreement to establish Gayatri Cans

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The final phase of the R160-million toll plaza upgrade project being overseen by the N1/N4 freeway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessioniare started last month and is expected to be completed by October. Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke explains that this latest phase of a project... 

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way
Photo by Duane Daws
PUMULANI PLAZA The project also comprised of improvements at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël and Doornpoort plazas, which were completed on schedule in December

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities
Road Milling and Sweeping GM Lesley Kafka discusses the company’s business objectives and relationship with equipment supplier Wirtgen. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

‘Onerous’ Northern Aqueduct project impacts Esor’s FY17 results

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2017 Losses of R102-million incurred on the Northern Aqueduct water pipeline project, in KwaZulu-Natal, severely impacted on JSE-listed Esor’s profitability for the year ended February 28. The nonrealisation of the R50-million Franki agterskot in terms of the three-year earn-out clause under the sale... 

JRA spends R14.4m on bridge joints

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has, over the last year, invested R14.4-million in the replacement of 42 bridge expansion joints on 16 bridges across the city, including on Buccleuch drive and the M1 near the Joe Slovo bridges. The repair and replacement of bridge joints forms part of JRA’s... 

JRA spends R14.4m on bridge joints

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum in... 

MEC Vadi frustrated with slow pace of BRT, aerotropolis developments
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Dr Ismail Vadi

Djibouti opens new port as part of $7bn/y free-trade zone plan

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 Djibouti has formally opened one of four new ports designed to cement the tiny Horn of Africa nation's position as a continental hub, a statement from the ports authority said on Wednesday. Doraleh Multipurpose Port has been substantially upgraded as part of a Chinese-backed plan to establish... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R218-million in loan finance to support the further development of a natural gas resource in the Free State through the creation of a 107-km pipeline network and associated gas processing facilities. The funding,... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project
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Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

AfriBusiness launches investigation into Transnet’s multiproduct pipeline 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Nonprofit business rights watchdog AfriBusiness will launch an application against Transnet regarding the new multi-product pipeline’s (NMPP’s) completion and implementation. The NMPP, which entailed the building of a pipeline for the transportation of various fuels from Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Eskom tests microgrid technology in Free State

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 The Eskom Research, Testing and Development (RT&D) unit is building a MicroGrid technology demonstration plant in a rural unelectrified village, near Ficksburg, in the Free State. “This project is a demonstration of next-horizon technology that supports Eskom’s future strategic objectives, as... 

IPP Office to be incorporated into overhauled Central Energy Fund 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 South Africa’s highly respected Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which has overseen nearly R200-billion-worth of renewable-energy investment since 2011, is to be incorporated into the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which itself is to be overhauled. Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced... 

IPP Office to be incorporated into overhauled Central Energy Fund
DoE director-general Thabane Zulu seconded to SFF as acting CEO

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The construction of two megabridges, as part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) project, is expected to begin between August and October this year, says Sanral’s bridge network manager Edwin Kruger. “The tenders for the two bridges –... 

Megabridge construction on N2 highway project to start later this year
The proposed Msikaba bridge

Deal opens way for new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) in May signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Manufacturer and comprehensive supplier of geosynthetic products Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of its geosynthetic products for use in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Pinotage substation, in the Western Cape. This new large electrical substation is... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation
GEOSYNTHETIC SUPPLY Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of a range of geosynthetic products for use in the construction of the Eskom Pinotage substation

Rope access services provided for coal-fired power station

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists is providing rope access services for State-owned power utility Eskom at its Kendal power station, located about 40 km southwest of Witbank, in Mpumalanga. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News that the company... 

Rope access services provided for coal-fired power station
CIRCUMVENTING BOILING POINT Skyriders conducted boiler safe access inspections for Eskom at one of its coal-fired stations

Sanral investigating road funding models other than e-tolling

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed M&R infrastructure unit 

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th May 2017 The newly black-owned construction company, conceived from a R314-million sale agreement between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) and black-empowered Southern Palace Group, aims to build on its 115-year heritage to become a “leading, tier one, infrastructure player in... 

Southern Palace outlines vision for radically transformed  M&R infrastructure unit
Southern Palace CEO Lucas Tseki discusses the importance of the new company which will emerge from the transaction with engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Afrimat posts strong FY17 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 Local industrial minerals and construction materials company Afrimat on Thursday reported a 25.4% increase in headline earnings a share to 196.4c for the year ended February 28, resulting from a strong performance by its mineral producing operations. The group also achieved an increase in its... 

Public Works sets sights on 1.4m work opportunities this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 Government will disburse its R1-billion Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) integrated grant to eligible public bodies, while incentivising nonprofit organisations to create 1.4-million work opportunities in the year ahead, with a particular focus on rural communities. “This will also allow... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY earnings drop as settlement with govt plays out

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 Construction company Stefanutti Stocks has swung to an operating loss of R106-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with a profit of R392-million the year before, “reflecting the challenging trading environment”. Contract revenue from operations decreased by R611-million to... 

World Bank loans Botswana $145.5m for emergency water projects

By: Reuters     18th May 2017 The World Bank has given Botswana a $145.5-million loan to build water projects after it suffered a severe El Nino-induced drought in the past two years, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said on Thursday. In 2015, overall dam levels in the semi-arid southern African nation fell below 20% of their... 

Group Five shareholder seeks board shake-up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2017 JSE-listed construction firm Group Five has warned of a possible board shake-up. The company on Thursday said a shareholder had notified it that it will seek to call an extraordinary general meeting to call for the reconstitution of Group Five’s board of directors, following a disagreement with... 

Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2017 The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will invest R6.9-billion on major new infrastructure developments at local universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the 2017/18 financial year. Addressing a media briefing ahead of the department’s... 

Higher education dept to invest R6.9bn in infrastructure in 2017/18
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Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Kubayi expresses support for 3 700 MW gas-to-power vision amid IPP uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi expressed her support on Tuesday for the country’s proposed gas-to-power programme, assuring delegates to a conference in Cape Town that government intended proceeding in line with the existing “vision and policy objectives” for gas infrastructure. “Over the past... 

Kubayi expresses support for 3 700 MW gas-to-power vision amid IPP uncertainty
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

African Export Import Bank to invest up to $500m in Gambia

By: Reuters     16th May 2017 The African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) will invest up to $500-million in Gambia, its president said, an economic boost to the impoverished West African country ostracized by investors under former president Yahya Jammeh. The money will go towards tourism, infrastructure and agriculture in... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2017 Fleet management and logistics solutions company Barloworld on Monday posted a 5% increase in its operating profit for the six months ended March 31, to R1.84-billion, as its automotive division achieved record results and its overall equipment division boasted strong growth amid challenging... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela speaks on the company's results. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva 15/05/2017

AMSA expects HRC steel safeguards from July 1

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2017 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects imposition of safeguard duties on hot rolled coil (HRC) to come into effect on July 1, but says certain stakeholder processes still have to be completed before the decision is confirmed. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies... 

AMSA expects HRC steel safeguards from July 1

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry
Photo by Bloomberg
NOTHING CONCRETE A lack of major infrastructure projects in South Africa is negatively affecting the construction industry, thereby hindering the state of cement and concrete

Four bidders shortlisted for Blantyre water project 

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th May 2017 Malawi’s Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has shortlisted four bidders for a project to tap water from the Likhubula river to the city, the country’s commercial capital. The project will be financed by a $23-million loan from the Export and Import (Exim) Bank of India. 

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 An element often overlooked by the construction industry when laying screeds for floor surfaces is the importance of laying concrete subfloors correctly for flooring suppliers, says interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. He tells Engineering... 

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors
Photo by Bloomberg
UNDER THE SURFACE Poorly laid concrete floors are problematic for flooring installers, who have to remedy this before laying floor coverings
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