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Infrastructure News

Afrimat Construction Index shows industry far from dead

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

R50m budget approved for revitalisation of Ekandustria Industrial Park

By: African News Agency      30th March 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) on Thursday said a budget of about R50-million has been approved to address the first phase of the revitalisation programme of the Ekandustria Industrial Park. The Deputy Director-General for Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the... 

Shareholders in Aveng approve sale of 51% stake in Grinaker-LTA

By: Reuters     29th March 2017 Shareholders in South Africa's Aveng approved the sale of a 51% stake in the Grinaker-LTA business to Kutana Construction, the company said on Wednesday, bringing in a partner owned by black women. The deal helps Aveng, a 125-year-old company, to align the business with the government's economic... 

Cape Town's drastic plan for affordable housing

By: News24Wire      29th March 2017 The City of Cape Town wants the whole city to be declared a restructuring zone, which will allow for any suitable land to be used for social housing. It announced on Tuesday that about R101-billion was needed for another 650 000 housing opportunities over the next 20 years. 

City launches R88m project to fix potholes

By: African News Agency      28th March 2017 Johannesburg executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, on Tuesday launched a R88-million project to address the pothole repair backlog in the city. Addressing the launch in Ivory Park, Midrand, Mashaba said the City had provided R88-million additional funding to the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) in the... 

Grayston bridge inquiry may be postponed to July 2018

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  may be postponed to July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a... 

Patel says construction fund will be ‘open to public scrutiny’

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has pledged that all transactions pursued under the R1.5-billion Tirisano Fund – which is to be capitalised by the seven the construction companies that recently signed up to the Voluntary Rebuilding Programme (VRP) – will be “be open to public... 

Patel says construction fund will be ‘open to public scrutiny’
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

EIB backs last-mile power connectivity in Kenya

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2017 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €60-million loan agreement with Kenya to support an ongoing project designed to connecg 300 000 Kenyan households to the national electricity grid. The loan for Kenya Power’s ‘Last Mile Connectivity’ project forms part of a “blended” €180-million... 

EIB backs last-mile power connectivity in Kenya

Cape Town park earmarked for housing, work development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Plans are under way to develop 120 ha of the 240 ha Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), in Cape Town, into a mixed-use development to provide previously disadvantaged and lower-income families access to the central business district. The TRUP, located near the confluence of the city’s Liesbeek and... 

Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 South African property development company Atterbury will open its fourth retail development in Ghana, the $95-million Kumasi City mall on April 20. The 18 500 m2 modern mall, with potential for a future 10 000 m2 expansion, will give the city of Kumasi its first one-stop building with shopping... 

Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

Manufacturer launches water campaign

     24th March 2017 Pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the launch of its ‘Who Runs the Water That Runs America’ initiative last month, which was created to help water and wastewater utilities raise public awareness of the many challenges in the water sector. 

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in  Las Vegas
Photo by Duane Daws
PUTZMEISTER Putzmeister presented innovations and new products over 20 800 ft2 for the duration of the expo

New strategy to give policy direction to rail sector

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

Sanral freeway incident management project clinches intellegent transport award

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 The Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) this year introduced a single biennial award for an outstanding achievement in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) industry in South Africa, for a project completed in the preceding two-year period. This first award was made at the... 

Wärtsilä supplies 15 MW solar plant in Burkina Faso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has entered into an agreement with independent power producer Eren Renewable Energy’s 90%-owned Essakane Solar, in Burkina Faso, to supply it with a 15 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The remaining 10% is owned by Eren’s development partner African Energy... 

City of Cape Town to try flexi-time, work from home, to reduce gridlock

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2017 The City of Cape Town will introduce flexi-hours and an option for working from home for some employees to help reduce the city's infamous rush-hour gridlock. The city also wants bosses in private companies to consider doing the same. Something had to give, said Brett Herron, the city's mayoral... 

World Bank to lend Tanzania $2.4bn over three years for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     20th March 2017 The World Bank will lend Tanzania $2.4-billion over the next three years to finance infrastructure projects, the bank's president Jim Yong Kim said on Monday. Tanzania is seeking financing for infrastructure projects as part of its plans to transforming the country into a regional transport and... 

JRA to upgrade Roodepoort intersection

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on a R4.3-million upgrade of the Jim Fouche road and Wilhelmina avenue intersection in Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, to ease congestion and improve motorist safety. The project will be completed in September. 

DBSA secures $100m AFD loan facility to support continental activity

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has secured a $100-million loan facility from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), earmarked for energy, water, transport and information and communication technology infrastructure across Africa. The DBSA aims to continue to advance... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Sanral initiates training scheme for small firms ahead of N2 Wild Coast construction

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

R158m road construction project part of Gauteng development programme

By: African News Agency      16th March 2017 An R158-million road construction project was launched for the Rust der Winter and Mkhombo Nature Reserves, north-east of Pretoria, the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport said on Thursday. The D1944 road construction project, launched by the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail... 

Salga NEC welcomes ‘progress’ made in resolving impasse between Eskom, municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2017 The South African Local Government Association’s (Salga’s) national executive committee (NEC) has welcomed the progress made in reaching a resolution in the matter of the nonpayment of historical debt owed by municipalities to State-owned power utility Eskom. Speaking shortly after the NEC’s... 

Loeriesfontein completes wind turbine installation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines, while achieving over 1.25-million hours without a single lost-time incident, on March 1. “This is a hugely significant health and safety construction milestone for one of the country’s largest wind farms, so... 

Taking ECSA, Minister to court was a ‘last resort’, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 Taking legal action against the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi was a last resort in attempts to have the current ECSA council suspended, South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Manglin Pillay told Engineering News Online on... 

Grayston drive bridge inquiry postponed again 

By: African News Agency      14th March 2017 The Department of Labour’s commission of inquiry into the Grayston Drive bridge collapse along the M1 which was scheduled to resume at the end of the month has been postponed again, the department said on Tuesday. The inquiry, scheduled for March 27 to May 4, was postponed due to “technical... 

Grayston drive bridge inquiry postponed again

PRASA locomotives contractor paid ANC 'fundraisers' 

By: News24Wire      10th March 2017 Less than a week after PRASA made its first payment of nearly R500-million to the supplier of the controversial Afro4000 locomotives, the latter's managing director paid an amount of R14.3-million into the account of a lawyer who had introduced himself as a fundraiser for the African National... 

PRASA locomotives contractor paid ANC 'fundraisers'

Basil Read maintains steady turnover in FY16

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th March 2017 Basil Read on Friday posted steady turnover at just over the R5-billion mark for the year ended December 31. This was, however, lower than the R5.5-billion turnover in 2015, mainly as a result of eliminating loss-making businesses and projects. 

Basil Read maintains steady turnover in FY16
Photo by Duane Daws
Basil Read CEO Neville Nicolau

Accéntuate flags plan to rescale business after tough period

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 The six months to end December 31 was one of the most difficult periods for Accéntuate in its just more than ten years as a JSE-listed company, says CEO Fred Platt. Speaking at a results briefing in Johannesburg, he said the flooring and chemicals company experienced particularly poor trading... 

Bulk of the industry’s future turnover to flow to black firms – WBHO

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Amid a series of lossmaking results reported within the South African construction industry in February, building and civil engineering contractor Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) delivered a bit of positive news to battered investors. The group reported steady revenue for the six months ended... 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons
DALMARI MCQUEEN Owing to the interest in exhibition spaces at the 2013 pilot conference, the 2017 MCC will have 28 exhibition stands

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Early signs pointing  to recovery in  foundry industry
Saif CEO John Davies and Saif president Takalani Madzivhandila discuss the challenges of the foundry industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Frankfurt Airport seeks to increase its business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2017 Germany’s number one international airport, Frankfurt, is seeking to increase its two-way air cargo trade with South Africa. This was highlighted at a media briefing at the recent 2017 Air Cargo Africa conference in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, by Fraport AG’s executive board member and... 

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