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Infrastructure News

Building pipeline in Aus sees Probuild contribute 60% of WBHO revenue

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) Australian subsidiary, Probuild, has been named the most active construction company in the country by the Australian Housing Industry Association Construction 100 Report. Probuild has jumped from fifth place last year to top spot, in terms of work procured. 

Concor Infrastructure forges ahead with new construction projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Diversified infrastructure and services company Concor Infrastructure is halfway towards completing the additional 14-m-wide dual carriageway on the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni, in KwaZulu-Natal.  

Concor Infrastructure forges ahead with new construction projects
N2 UPGRADE The first half of the new carriageway will be complete mid-2018, after which the existing carriageway will be rehabilitated while traffic runs on the new carriageway

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors will use equipment – such as motor graders, 30 t excavators, compaction equipment and tipper trucks – to the value of about R10-million for its infrastructure contract at the South Hills integrated residential development in Johannesburg,... 

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract
ARCHIE RUTHERFORD The South Hills project will have a positive impact on the local community

Emotional awareness can improve productivity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 The pressure of operating in a global economy necessitates that South Africa aim for perfection in construction projects undertaken, which brings with it a host of challenges, says corporate training consultancy Hidden Dimensions CEO and on-site psychologist Charissa Bloomberg.  

Emotional awareness can improve productivity
CHARISSA BLOOMBERG With all the problems that the construction industry faces, a site psychologist can play a supportive role in training, coaching and mentoring, as well as putting the right teams together

Industry suffers when large companies close down

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 From a global consulting engineers’ perspective, construction industries globally suffer the consequences when large construction companies close down.  

Industry suffers when large companies close down
CHRIS CAMPBELL CESA encourages its consulting engineering member firms to be more involved in business groups that lobby for more political certainty

Investment in infrastructure only way to realise integrated Africa dream

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The inaugural African Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance conference, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and co-sponsored by the World Bank, saw robust debate among members about the most effective way to overcome infrastructure development bottlenecks and leverage... 

Landmark projects help Esor to improve performance in tough market

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Despite challenging market conditions and a deteriorating market environment for the six months ended August 31, JSE-listed civils and construction group Esor recorded a “significant improvement” in its finances, with profit before tax of R3.1-million, compared with a loss recorded in February.... 

Financing secured for solar projects in Egypt

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 European photovoltaic (PV) specialist Scatec Solar announced that it had secured financing of $335-million to fund its portion of the development of six 400 MW utility scale PV power plants which will be located in the Benban solar park in the City of Aswan in Egypt. The company secured funding... 

SA lacking global competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Local legislation, including stringent policy frameworks, continues to prove cumbersome for the South African construction sector, particularly owing to the necessity to conduct socioeconomic- and environmental-impact assessments, as well as obtain approval from the respective government... 

SA lacking global competitiveness
SOCIOECONOMIC BENEFITS Authorities would do well to accelerate the pace of affordable housing delivery, such as Reconstruction and Development Programme housing

African models boost construction development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Owing to various African countries’ having secured sovereign funding for construction projects that are being planned or in the process of implementation, these countries have the potential to promote rapid gross domestic product (GDP) growth, says consultancy firm WSP.  

African models boost construction development
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN There is a lot more awareness around projects, and legislation, and people are more vocal about the impacts of development projects on their circumstances

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is confident that the tide will turn and that Eskom will soon, and finally, sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) that have delayed the renewable energy industry for the past two years. SAWEA chairperson Mark Pickering outlined the... 

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

Few cities have experience to deliver smart city systems

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2017 Transforming the world by 2030 to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require the establishment of more smart cities, information and communication technology multinational Huawei industry, marketing and solution department CTO Joe So told delegates at the Smart City World... 

BCCEI strengthens negotiation skills through training

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2017 To ease local wage negotiations in its industry, the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has embarked on building strong negotiations through training. As part of this process, members of the National Negotiating Forum (NNF) have been undergoing training courses to... 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 Unless South Africa and its citizens deal with the issue of widespread corruption, the country will not be able to provide the “kinds of engineering services” that it ought to provide to people, former Finance Minister and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel has said. Speaking at a South... 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel
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Trevor Manuel

E-toll issues stem from governance issues – Manuel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 Former Finance Minister and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel on Friday spoke out in defence of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), noting that the defiance against the e-toll and gantry system was as a result of South Africans having an issue with governance. His comment... 

E-toll issues stem from governance issues – Manuel

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 routes in 2018. 

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
LIAM CLARKE Construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Gauteng Provincial Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport (LIA), and planned projects around it, for the development of the north west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the recent official opening of the new Control... 

New council announced by architectural body

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 The South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (Saclap) recently annouced its new four-year council, as appointed by Department of Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko. Council members will serve a four year term of office from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2021.  

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact, is set to reduce the volume of liquid-packaging cartons going... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

Quality of Johannesburg’s road network decreasing

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2017 According to the Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) latest assessment of Johannesburg’s roads network, surfaced roads in Johannesburg that are rated as good or very good have decreased from 52% in 2013 to 45%, JRA revealed on Thursday. Its latest assessment of the quality of Johannesburg’s road... 

Stefanutti Stocks sees 18% profit growth, expects margin squeeze to continue

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2017 Despite challenging trading conditions, Stefanutti Stocks on Thursday reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R119-million, for the six months ended August  31. Revenue for the period also grew 18%, to R5.2-billion, up from R4.4-billion in the comparable period last year. 

Stefanutti Stocks sees 18% profit growth, expects margin squeeze to continue
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Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh

Manufacturing Circle implores Eskom to do internal clean-up before seeking electricity tariff increase

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 Around 88% of respondents in the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker survey for the third quarter noted that they still relied on electricity as the primary energy source for their organisation, followed by gas and other energy sources. For this reason, the Manufacturing Circle is imploring... 

Manufacturing Circle implores Eskom to do internal clean-up before seeking electricity tariff increase
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Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter

City of Johannesburg needs R12.5bn to fix water infrastructure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has revealed it will need around R12.65-billion over the next ten years to renew and replace the city’s ageing and decrepit water infrastructure. Joburg Water is in the process of building nine new water reservoirs and towers that will serve 163 800 households in... 

US signs $524.7m investment compact with Côte d'Ivoire

By: Reuters     8th November 2017 The Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US government's main development fund, said on Tuesday it had signed a $524.7-million investment compact with Côte d'Ivoire to build schools and improve roads around the busy port in the commercial capital Abidjan. The five-year compact was signed at the... 

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) monitoring and evaluation project manager Ntando Skosana on Tuesday described the loss of 140 000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”. The construction industry is an important... 

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

Transformation a critical conversation point as progress remains slow

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2017 Transformation in South Africa, and the approaches taken to realise those ambitions, has been revived as an urgent imperative among proponents in the engineering sector, as questions have emerged as to how far off the mark the industry, and the country, is in progressing towards a more inclusive... 

South Africa’s transformation remains skewed – Cesa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2017 Not enough has been done in the transformation space to tackle the imbalances of the past across South Africa, outgoing Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Lynne Pretorius said on Tuesday. Pretorius, whose two-year term had been largely underpinned by the pursuit of transformation... 

Group Five to exit manufacturing business, construction businesses face axe

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 South African construction giant Group Five will exit construction businesses that it does not believe can be turned around on a sustainable basis. “[Businesses] which are not core to [our] revised strategy . . . will either be sold or closed,” the company said on Tuesday, adding that its... 

Group Five to exit manufacturing business, construction businesses face axe

PPC expects earnings to rise as Africa business grows

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 JSE-listed construction materials company PPC, which is currently the takeover target of LafargeHolcim and AfriSam, on Tuesday reported that it expects an uptick in its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of between 3% and 6% for the half-year ending September... 

Raubex reports muted H1 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th November 2017 JSE-listed Raubex recorded a stagnant financial performance for the six months ended August 31. Earnings a share for the half-year increased 1% to 134c, while headline earnings a share ticked up 0.4% to 131.1c during the six months to August. 

Sanral reopens Msikaba bridge tender

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has reopened the tender process for the construction of the R1.7-billion Msikaba bridge, in the Eastern Cape.    The bridge, located about 23 km east of Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, forms part of the backbone of the greenfield portion... 

Sanral reopens Msikaba bridge tender

Infrastructure governance conference seeks to remove development hobble

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 The inaugural African Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance conference, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and co-sponsored by the World Bank, on Thursday, saw robust debate among members about the most effective way to overcome infrastructure development bottlenecks and... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Company completes second sustainable storage project

     3rd November 2017 Self-storage solutions company Stor-Age earlier this year installed a complete solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the generation of its three-phase power requirements at its Tokai store in the Western Cape. This is the second store in Stor-Age’s portfolio to be fitted with PV panels, and forms... 

Company completes second sustainable storage project
Photo by Bloomberg
SUSTAINABLE STORAGE Stor-Age aims to create sustainable infrastructure with minimal damage to the environment

Suitable solution for African road conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex says its Fibertex AM-2 is the ideal product for road construction and road maintenance projects in Africa, owing to its being highly durable and resistant to all natural soil alkalis and acids. “The Fibertex AM-2 is a flexible... 

Suitable solution for African road conditions
ROAD TO RECOVERY Fibertex AM-2 has been introduced to road authorities in several developing African countries as a cost-effective solution to road rehabilitation

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
LEON VILJOEN This system makes it the ideal solution, not only for the environment, but also from a business perspective

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

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