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Infrastructure News

Esor postpones release of FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 3 hours ago Civil engineering and construction group Esor has postponed the release of its annual financial statements for the year ended February 28 to June 29. The group on Friday said it still needed to confirm various claims and provisions on certain material contracts and the related impact on revenue... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices
TEMA PORT The Tema Port Expansion Project, in Ghana, meets global engineering best practices for ground and civil engineering, sustainability and environmental and social impact

Shipping containers provide temporary teaching facility

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 The Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE), in Cape Town, is using shipping containers at its campus for interim teaching and office space while campus expansion is under way. The ASE, first formed in 1997 in Johannesburg, has had significant success and growth since then. Owing to its success, the... 

Shipping containers provide temporary teaching facility
CONTAINER CONVERSION PROJECTS Container conversions are faster to construct and present as a cheaper construction alternative that can be moved if required

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive
LOWERING TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP Himoinsa SA works extensively with clients in the construction industry to reduce costs associated with owning and operating a generator set and lighting towers

Decreasing investment causes industry lull

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 There is likely to be a lull in growth for the foreseeable future in construction and the property development industry, owing to reduced government expenditure on large-scale infrastructure projects and uncertainty in private-sector investment markets, says global engineering professional... 

Decreasing investment causes industry lull
DRIVING CONSTRUCTION FORWARD Innovations, technical advances and rethinking investment strategies will be key in driving the local construction sector forward in years to come

Plans under way to build R20m Klipspruit pedestrian bridge

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has approved the development of a R20-million pedestrian bridge over railway tracks in Klipspruit, owing to a high volume of pedestrian movement over the railway tracks that lead to the Chiawelo Railway Station. The bridge will prevent the unsafe and illegal... 

AfDB, Unido sign MoU to improve Africa’s industrialisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to step up collaboration that will boost Africa’s industrialisation. 

AfDB, Unido sign MoU to improve Africa’s industrialisation

UJ home to new SARChI Chair in Built Environment

By: African News Agency      21st May 2018 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday announced that it has received a new research chair following the announcement of the latest round of awards by the National Research Foundation in its South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) programme. The Faculty of Engineering and the... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2018 Xina Solar One, which is owned by a consortium between Abengoa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Public Investment Corporation and the Xina Community Trust, was officially launched near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. The 300 ha solar thermal plant, which was built by... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

R3bn budgeted for Moloto road upgrade

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2018 The Department of Transport has this financial year set aside roughly R3-billion to upgrade the Limpopo and Mpumalanga sections of the R573 Moloto road. Over the medium term, this road project will receive R4.3-billion. 

R3bn budgeted for Moloto road upgrade
Dr Blade Nzimande

M&R hopes to convince ATON of commercial merits of Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says he will make every effort to convince its largest shareholder ATON – the German family-owned business, which owns 39% of the company and which has made a firm offer to acquire majority control of the South African engineering and construction group – of... 

M&R hopes to convince ATON of commercial merits of Aveng tie-up
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M&R CEO Henry Laas

CIG secures funding to turn Conco operation around

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2018 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has secured funding to turn around its power infrastructure services provider subsidiary Conco, which fell into financial dire straits in November.  

Plans in place to redeem utility

18th May 2018 In its presentation to Parliament last month, State-owned power utility Eskom mentioned that it would be dealing with a number of issues within the utility relating to governance, ethics and accountability as well as improving liquidity to ensure financial sustainability. Presented on April 18,... 

Plans in place to redeem utility
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REVIVING ESKOM The new board Eskom will focus on multiple aspects to bring it to financial sustainability

Improving water management through deployment of IoT devices

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The use of low-power wide-area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) provide significantly greater water management capabilities and highly detailed water information across the value chain, says multinational mobile network operator Vodacom IoT director Deon... 

Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum 

17th May 2018 The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, built inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, required specialist concretes and technical formwork to realise the vision of the architect Thomas Heatherwick. Schalk Burger has the details. Also making headlines, South African... 

Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum
Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Group Five secures R650m in bridge funding

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 JSE-listed construction company Group Five has secured R650-million in short-term bridge funding. The company said on Wednesday that it had also entered a creditors standstill agreement with regards to the secured short-term bridge funding. 

Group Five secures R650m in bridge funding

Nigeria awards $7bn rail project to Chinese state rail firm – Xinhua

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Nigeria has awarded a $6.68-billion contract to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for work on a major segment of a railway linking the country's commercial hub Lagos, in the southwest, and Kano in the north, Xinhua reported. "The signing of the ... segment contract... 

Uganda power distributor Umeme to spend $1.2bn to expand grid

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Ugandan power distributor Umeme plans to spend $1.2-billion in the next seven years to revamp and expand the grid and has hired an adviser to explore options for raising the money, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday. The investments will be used to prepare for an expected rise in... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom says it intends to play a bigger role in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe says the utility is keen to expand its services into other African countries.  “We have made a decision that our ambition is to play a bigger role on the continent,” he told the opening plenary of African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. 

1 000 new nuclear reactors needed to meet global energy demand by 2050 – WNA

By: Anine Kilian     15th May 2018 The world will need to build 1 000 new nuclear reactors to meet global energy demand by 2050, World Nuclear Association (WNA) Harmony Programme adviser Jeremy Gordon said at AtomExpo, in Sochi, Russia, on Monday. He added that nuclear power was in the past 25 years growing at the fastest rate... 

Sinosteel to invest $1bn in Zimbabwe, lift ferrochrome output

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 China's Sinosteel Corporation has agreed to invest $1-billion in Zimbabwe to build a power plant and increase ferrochrome output, the Southern African country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Monday. Sinosteel president Andong Liu said the Chinese firm planned to build three additional... 

Equatorial Guinea may strip Ophir of LNG project due to finance delays

By: Reuters     14th May 2018 Equatorial Guinea will force Ophir Energy out of the company's flagship liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and may scrap it entirely unless long-delayed financing deals worth $1.2-billion are presented to the government by December. The ultimatum is a blow to UK-listed Ophir, which has set aside... 

Balwin expects sales to grow in FY19, after zoning delays hampered its FY18 performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 Housing development company Balwin Properties’ performance for the financial year ending February 28 was largely impacted on by delays in construction at its five latest developments.  

Balwin expects sales to grow in FY19, after zoning delays hampered its FY18 performance
Balwin Properties CEO Steve Brookes

R10bn budget slash for human settlements dept 

By: News24Wire      11th May 2018 The Department of Human Settlements is on the receiving end of a R10-billion budget cut over the medium term period. This, while the housing backlog stands at an estimated 2.1-million. Addressing a media briefing ahead of her budget vote speech, Human Settlements Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo said:... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Leading concrete materials supplier AfriSam is the anchor sponsor for the 2019 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by nonprofit organisation the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). According to AfriSam, the event recognises the possibilities that concrete structures create for society and,... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards
INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE The Fulton Awards is an event that honours excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete

Stakeholders remain hopeful of growth in local cement industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Various players in the cement and concrete industry say the sector is hoping and expecting that there will be improvements in the industry after being impacted on negatively for several years. Cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner notes that the concrete... 

Stakeholders remain hopeful of growth in local cement industry
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CRUCIAL CONSTRUCTION The upgrade and development of infrastructure is crucial to the sustainability of the cement and concrete industry

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that R11.6-billion has been mobilised as a result of cartel settlements and conditions placed on firms that have pursued mergers and acquisitions in South Africa since 2010, with commitments worth a further R11-bilion have been secured in... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Equites reports strong FY18 distribution growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2018 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Equites Property achieved 12.2% year-on-year growth in distributions a share to R1.23 for the financial year ended February 28 – cementing the company’s record of strong distribution that exceeds full year guidance.  

Equites reports strong FY18 distribution growth
Equites Property CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 The long awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be presented to Cabinet for its approval on August 15, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday, adding that the document would provide much-needed certainty for investors in the electricity sector. The... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Aurecon strengthens Gauteng Built Environment team with new unit leader

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Recognising the increasing pressure on the built environment from growing populations and development in African countries, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Kolosa Madikizela as its unit leader for the built environment, in Gauteng. “African skylines... 

Irregular expenditure at water department rockets to R6.4bn 

By: African News Agency      9th May 2018 The office of South Africa’s auditor-general on Wednesday told parliament that irregular expenditure at the department of water and sanitation had rocketed to R6.4-billion. The AG’s office said that the irregular expenditure at the department was significantly high around 2014/15 and 2016/17... 

Irregular expenditure at water department rockets to R6.4bn

Alstom completes tram line in Algerian city

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 French multinational Alstom has completed the first tram line for the city of Sétif, in Algeria.  

Alstom completes tram line in Algerian city
Alstom tram line for Ouargla, Algeria

AfDB officially launches Africa Investment Forum

By: Anine Kilian     8th May 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday launched its Africa Investment Forum (AIF), which will seek to attract investment and public–private partnerships aimed at transformative development on the continent. “The AfDB is championing the AIF as a platform to actively engage the private... 

Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia will complete its first large-scale 50 MW solar power generation plant in September this year as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output, a state-owned agency said on Tuesday. The electricity shortfall has forced Africa's second-largest copper producer to... 

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