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Infrastructure News

SNC-Lavalin awarded contract on Fine Ash Dam 6 project at Sasol Secunda

     26th July 2017 Sasol Group Technology has awarded global professional services and project management company SNC-Lavalin a contract to provide structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and piping construction services on the Fine Ash Dam 6 project at Sasol Secunda. This will comprise the installation... 

CoJ incentivises new building developments through special rebates

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will offer special rebates to property developers undertaking new building developments in earmarked areas across the city in a bid to grow the economy and create jobs.   The CoJ recently implemented the new 2017/18 Property Rates Policy, in which the city... 

Liberty Two Degrees acquires additional shares in Liberty property portfolio

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) will acquire additional undivided shares in properties co-owned by financial services company Liberty Holdings (Liberty) to the value of R2.51-billion, boosting L2D’s share in the Liberty property portfolio from 22% to 31%.... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2017 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has confirmed with Engineering News Online that it has not conducted any verification of local content in the 1 064 locomotives being acquired by Transnet and that it also does not have an agreement with Transnet to do so. Transnet awarded the... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

Nepad advocates centralised bankable project information hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2017 The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF) is suggesting that a one-stop shop initiative – comprising a project hub and a help desk – be established to promote bankable projects in Africa, with the aim of increasing the accessibility of... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

By: News24Wire      25th July 2017 Compensation will be paid to minibus taxi operators affected by the next phase of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. Owners who will have their vehicles scrapped to make way for the R2.2-billion Phase 1C BRT project, will share more than... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

South Africa’s ‘accelerating’ SOE-guarantee exposure a risk to debt sustainability

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2017 Rising contingent liabilities in State-owned enterprises (SOEs), together with the recent ratings downgrades pose the main risks to South Africa’s debt sustainability, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) cautions in its fifth and latest economic survey of the country.... 

South Africa’s ‘accelerating’ SOE-guarantee exposure a risk to debt sustainability
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OECD secretary-general Angel Gurría and South Africa's Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Group Five appoints eight new board members in board shake-up

By: Reuters     24th July 2017 South Africa's construction firm Group Five on Monday appointed eight new nonexecutive directors at an extraordinary general meeting as part of a board overhaul following pressure from its largest shareholder Allan Gray. Fund manager Allan Gray owns 25% of Group Five. In May, Allan Gray requested... 

CSP engineering specialist optimistic of technology’s inclusion in new IRP

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2017 Global engineering and technology group SENER, which is active in three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, is optimistic that South Africa’s updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) will include an allocation for CSP, despite the technology’s exclusion from the draft Base... 

CSP engineering specialist optimistic of technology’s inclusion in new IRP
SENER regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister

By: African News Agency      21st July 2017 South Africa was committed to increasing trade and addressing the trade imbalance with Zambia. This was according to South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, ahead of a two-day Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Lusaka, Zambia, from 24-25 July. 

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Compliance reimagining favours comic strip style

     21st July 2017 As the compliance requirements in major projects can cause “a big rabbit hole” of complicated and congested information, a reimagining of the way things are done should be pursued, suggests global consulting engineering experts Aurecon major projects global director John Callaghan. He uses the... 

Compliance reimagining favours comic strip style
Photo by Bloomberg
COMIC RELIEF Compliance requirements for major projects often become unnecessarily complicated and congested, and should be reimagined into a comic strip format

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 The recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans
Photo by Duane Daws
MIKE MULLER We shouldn’t be relying on good luck with the weather for the water security of so many people

May unveils British initiatives aimed at reducing Africa’s reliance on aid

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May used the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, to announce a series of new British initiatives intended to reduce the reliance of African countries on aid and increase their long-term stability and prosperity. This was in line with a theme for the summit... 

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

Multidisciplinary platform  pursued for project
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WHOLE OTHER DIMENSION Three-dimensional modelling allows for a project’s building design to be viewed in virtual reality using headsets

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

‘Durban’s best kept secret’ honoured for technical excellence  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa was awarded the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban branch’s prestigious technical excellence award last month for the design and construction of Main Road 577 (MR577), with SAICE calling it... 

‘Durban’s best kept  secret’ honoured for  technical excellence
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa provide an overview of the MR577. Video courtesy: RoyalHaskoningDHV

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 South Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

Ethiopia plans to offer firms shares in road projects – finance minister

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Ethiopia plans to offer shares in its road-building and maintenance projects to private investors, its finance minister said on Tuesday, the latest step to open up and modernise the state-led economy. The Horn of Africa country has over 113 000 km (68 000 miles) of paved roads and plans to... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

PIC lifts stake in Group Five to above 20%

     17th July 2017 Construction company Group Five on Monday reported that the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had increased its stake in the company to 20.135%. Group Five shareholders are due to meet on July 24 to vote in new board members. 

Decentralise, find optimal mix

     14th July 2017 Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges, say industry experts on the advisory board of the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. 

Decentralise, find  optimal mix
Photo by Duane Daws
NIGEL BLACKABY The nuclear question, optimal use of renewables and funding for independent power producer programmes are key issues for discussion

New tax regime punted as way to spur development of disused or degraded land

By: Dylan Slater     14th July 2017 Using tax increment financing to spur business development on disused or degraded land could be a highly feasible method to repurpose otherwise unusable land, as well as create jobs and encourage entrepreneurs and business in general.  

Nigerian Society of Engineers on how private sector can be incentivised to build infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

Sephaku lifts volumes in highly competitive cement market

By: Ilan Solomons     14th July 2017 JSE-listed minerals exploration, development and investment company Sephaku Holdings’ (SepHold’s) net profit increased by 12.8% year-on-year to to R68.1-million for the year ended March 31, despite its revenue having decreased to R839.9-million on the back of lower prices and reduced demand in... 

Sephaku lifts volumes in highly competitive cement market
Photo by Duane Daws
LELAU MOHUBA Sephaku Holdings’mixed concrete subsidiary Métier recorded a 7.3% increase in net profit to R67.4- million, despite revenue having declined by 3.9%

University library, student resources building wins prestigious award

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 The Sol Plaatje University library and student resources building project, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, has been awarded the 2017 Fulton Concrete Award in the buildings greater than three storeys category at the 2017 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by the Concrete Society of South Africa... 

University library, student resources building wins prestigious award
LANDMARK ENGINEERING The Sol Plaatje University library’s design allows for the building to be draped in a continuous concrete shell, which takes on a strong angular diamond-like shape

Minister Sisulu in Westonaria Borwa to hand over title deeds

By: African News Agency      13th July 2017 Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Gauteng MEC Paul Mashatile will on Thursday hand over houses and title deeds to beneficiaries of Westonaria Borwa housing project. In a statement, the Human Settlements Department said the mega housing project includes BNG/RDP, bonded, gap market, and... 

Minister Sisulu in Westonaria Borwa to hand over title deeds
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2017 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has confirmed that the export coal line from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, was closed for its yearly maintenance shutdown on Tuesday, July 11 and will remain closed for planned maintenance until Monday, July 17. The... 

Coal export line shuts for planned maintenance

Nepad Special Fund contributors call for increased contribution for Africa’s infrastructure development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2017 While contributions to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (Nepad’s) Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF) Special Fund reached some $90.5-million during the first half of this year, donor contributors have urged other countries to contribute to the fund to support... 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2017 Southern African railways utilities Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to package the 146-km ‘Swazilink’ greenfield line between Lothair, in South Africa, and Sidvokodvo, in Swaziland, as a public-private partnership (PPP) and may release an international tender for a 20- to 25-year... 

R16bn Swazilink rail project being prepared for release as a PPP
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

China, France eye Gambian port upgrade to rival Dakar

By: Reuters     7th July 2017 Chinese and French companies are bidding to help Gambia build up its Atlantic port Banjul to be what industry sources say could be a rival to neighbouring Senegal's Dakar. It would be one of the first major structural changes in Gambia following the end of President Yahya Jammeh's more than... 

JRA to erect R16.4m pedestrian bridge in Diepsloot

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 A R16.4-million pedestrian bridge construction project, in Diepsloot, will be completed in July 2018. The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is building the bridge to safeguard residents crossing the Jukskei river during flooding. 

JRA to erect R16.4m pedestrian bridge in Diepsloot
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Afrimat Construction Index continues to outperform general economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th July 2017 Despite negative perceptions, South Africa’s economy remains resilient, while the construction industry remains healthy and continues to perform well, says JSE-listed openpit mining company and industrial mineral and construction material supplier Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. This is evident... 

Afrimat Construction Index continues to outperform general economy
RESILIENT INDUSTRY According to the Afrimat Construction Index, the construction sector at large remains on a stronger footing than what it was in 2010

Britain to keep preferential access for poor countries, post-Brexit

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 The British Government has publicly committed itself to maintaining duty-free access to British markets for the world’s least-developed countries (LDCs, as defined by the United Nations) following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). London further expressed a desire to increase trade... 

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