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Infrastructure News

Basil Read CFO resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 JSE-listed Basil Read CFO and FD Pieter van Buuren has resigned, effective September 21, to pursue other interests. The board will make an announcement on the appointment of a new CFO in due course.  

New bridge to improve access to Brackengate 2 logistics park

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2018 JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties and VDMV Property Group on Friday officially opened the newly improved Cilmor road bridge over the R300. The bridge, which was completed in August, was built at a cost of R27-million and is expected to further improve... 

New bridge to improve access to Brackengate 2 logistics park

Creecy concerned about lack of infrastructure spending

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2018 Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy on Thursday raised her concerns about the negative impact on the quality of public facilities and job creation caused by poor spending of infrastructure budgets by municipalities in the province. During a meeting with MMCs of Finance from all municipalities in... 

Creditors to vote on Basil Read business rescue plan in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 Since JSE-listed Basil Read announced its entering into business rescue in June, it has secured R265-million in funding and its business rescue practitioners (BRP) have, this week, published a business rescue plan. The company’s appointed BRPs – Siviwe Dongwana and John Lightfoot – believe the... 

Construction sector outlook promising following difficult 2017 – Bryte

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 The construction sector in South Africa faced an exceptionally challenging 2017, reaching 17-year lows; however, it remains one of the economic engines of the country. The construction sector holds immense potential for advancement of the country’s general financial wellbeing, says Bryte... 

Construction sector outlook promising following difficult 2017 – Bryte

Only 6% of Joburg bridges are in good condition – JRA

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 The City of Johannesburg says it is facing a major headache, after the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) said that out of the 902 bridges managed by the City, only 6% are in good condition. The remaining 94% need immediate intervention. "The city is facing a R170-billion infrastructure backlog. Do... 

Only 6% of Joburg bridges are in good condition – JRA

Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit and State capture

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2018 A surge in irregular expenditure to over R8-billion triggered a qualification of Transnet’s 2018 financial results, all but eclipsing an otherwise strong financial and operational performance by the State-owned group. The irregular expenditure related primarily to procurement undertaken by... 

Transnet results eclipsed by irregular expenditure, qualified audit and State capture

Municipalities to blame for 'contamination of Vaal river system' – Parliament 

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 A lack of maintenance in sewage infrastructure by municipalities is to blame for contamination into the Vaal River system, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation said on Sunday. "The Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities [are] at the centre of crumbling current... 

Basil Read, Esor ask for JSE share trading suspension

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2018 Construction firms Basil Read and Esor, which have both entered into business rescue, on Friday asked the JSE to suspend trading in their shares. Basil Read requested the suspension until the effect of the business rescue on the listed business can be quantified, which it said is only likely once... 

Experts collaborate to deliver project in Kenya

17th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom’s Nairobi team, consisting of experts from South Africa, Kenya, Germany and the US, is working on a civil-structure assessment project for a transmission line in Kenya. “A major advantage for Aecom in the region is its ability to leverage its... 

Experts collaborate  to deliver project in Kenya
BONI CHILESHE A major advantage for Aecom in the region is its ability to leverage its international expertise and experience on the continent

Microsurfacing system cost effective, environment friendly

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Bituminous binders and slurries for road-surfacing specialist manufacturer and applicator Colas South Africa completed 700 000 m² of road reseal for Mogale City local municipality, including several roads in the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve, over the past three years. For the project, which... 

Microsurfacing system cost effective, environment friendly
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY The Colas South Africa team applying Colmat L microsurfacing in the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve

Wave of innovation for infrastructure development

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With business spend in Africa predicted to grow from $2.6-trillion in 2015 to $3.5-trillion by 2025, wholly black-owned construction group Concor Construction believes that this trend will redefine urban areas and cities, triggering the need for rapid infrastructure development and services.... 

Wave of innovation for  infrastructure development
COLLABORATION Concor Construction wants to work with governments and municipalities to meet their mandates for infrastructure delivery

Expediting infrastructure development to address rapid urbanisation

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With increasing urbanisation and technological advancement in African countries, the need for more robust and sophisticated infrastructure to support and sustain this growth is essential, says global engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting partner and principal civil engineer James Morris.... 

Expediting infrastructure development to address rapid urbanisation
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URBANISATION There is a need for robust and sophisticated infrastructure to support and sustain increasing urbanisation in Africa

55 Mℓ/d treatment plant completed

17th August 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently handed over the 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant to State-owned water utility Umgeni Water in the iLembe district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was part of the Lower Thukela Bulk Water... 

55 Mℓ/d treatment  plant completed
RELIABLE SUPPLY The 55 Mℓ/d potable water treatment plant in the iLembe District has been handed over to Umgeni Water

Investors looking for viable infrastructure projects in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 There is investor appetite for well-structured infrastructure projects on the continent, but investors need clarity from governments on regulations and the various projects earmarked for development, says specialist banking company Investec Bank head of power and infrastructure finance... 

Investors looking for  viable infrastructure  projects in Africa
INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE Investec Bank is considering investment in renewable energy, water desalination and treatment projects, transportation infrastructure and speciality buildings

Need for engineers amid infrastructure delivery challenges

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Amid basic service delivery challenges, such as housing, water, transport infrastructure and energy, there is a desperate need for engineers in the country, says association for consulting engineering firms Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather. He says efforts should... 

Need for engineers amid infrastructure  delivery challenges
NERESH PATHER AND CHRIS CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa is encouraging partnerships among its member companies, in the form of joint ventures, to benefit in respect of growth and skills transfer

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area 

16th August 2018 Following the completion of the Rothdene Pump Station at the end of June, the project aims to provide the Midvaal Municipality with an opportunity to start several housing and social developments in the area. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area
Rothdene pumpstation upgrade allows municipality to accommodate growth in area

City of Joburg makes 71 inner city properties available for private sector development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2018 Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba has declared Johannesburg’s inner city open for business by putting 71 properties out to tender for private sector development into mixed-income housing, student accommodation and small business rental space. This forms part of City of Joburg’s inner... 

Nigeria's State-owned oil company considers refinery partnerships

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) could allow private investors to install two refineries on two of its sites, the State-owned oil company said on Tuesday. NNPC said in a statement that it was considering plans to establish a 100 000 bbl/d brownfield refinery at its Port-Harcourt and... 

Ethiopia plans to build new airport in Oromia region – Fana

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Ethiopian Airlines plans to build a new airport with annual capacity of 80 million passengers in Bishoftu, about 48km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, State-affiliated media said on Tuesday. Fana Broadcasting Corporation quoted Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam saying that... 

Fund manager Vantage provides R2bn for six South African renewable energy projects

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Fund manager Vantage said late on Monday it had, through its renewable energy fund Vantage GreenX Note II, provided R2.05-billion of funding to six solar and wind energy projects in South Africa with a combined capacity of 433 MW. The projects, which are part of South Africa's Renewable Energy... 

Kudu gas project might not be viable for Namibia – Energy Minister

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Namibia's long-delayed Kudu gas-to-power project, seen as key to boosting electricity security in the southwest African country, might not be viable, Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo said on Monday. Namibia's offshore Kudu Gas Fields have proven and probable recoverable reserves estimated... 

Kenya charges top officials with fraud over new $3bn railway

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 A Kenyan court on Monday charged the heads of the agency that manages public land and of the state railway with fraud over land allocation for a new $3-billion train line linking the capital with East Africa's biggest port. The line between Nairobi and Mombasa, funded by China, is one of the... 

Tribunal to pursue alleged price-fixing, collusion in R240m Eskom tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has refused an application to dismiss a complaint against companies accused of alleged price-fixing and tender collusion in a R240-million tender issued by State-owned power utility Eskom in March 2015. The tender was for the supply, installation and dismantling of... 

Western Cape transport department says begins R29m roadworks

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 The Western Cape province's department of transport and public works (DTPW) said on Friday it had started periodic maintenance on the R341 road between De Rust and Uniondale, and that the R29 million project was expected to be complete by March. The road, last refurbished in 1995, provides access... 

Cape Town changing HID street lights with smart LED technology

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 The programme to replace high intensity discharge (HID) lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) technology is progressing well, the City of Cape Town said on Thursday. In a statement, the City said it has budgeted approximately R20-million in this new financial year to replace more HID lamps with... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan Slater     10th August 2018 The Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene  for pioneering scientific discovery

Pillay to remain Saice CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) on Wednesday apologised "unreservedly" for a recent opinion piece, titled 'Out on a Rib' written by Saice CEO Manglin Pillay. Pillay came under fire earlier this week for the article, in which he said women choose to have the flexibility... 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

M&R withdraws Aveng merger proposal

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Wednesday announced that it had withdrawn its proposal for a potential merger with Aveng. The company announced last week that it was reviewing a decision by the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) to overturn a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel that... 

M&R withdraws Aveng merger proposal

Development continues at Waterfall City 

8th August 2018 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Construction and development of JSE-listed Attacq’s Waterfall City is ongoing, with new infrastructure including roads, residential properties and warehouses continuously in the pipeline. Anine Kilian tells us... 

Development continues at Waterfall City
Development continues at Waterfall City

AB InBev to build new brewery in fast-growing Mozambique

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer, will start building a more than two-million hectolitre a year brewery in Mozambique in the second half of next year, the company's Africa head said on Tuesday. The Mozambique investment will look to fend off competition from rival Heineken, which... 

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Women in the construction and related industries not only face discrimination while working for existing firms, but also when starting their own businesses, says Mercantile Bank. A recent study conducted on behalf of the institution found that 67% of female business owners surveyed in the... 

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction

Pillay has engineering industry members hot under the collar over opinion piece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2018 Professional organisation Women in Engineering, engineering company Aurecon, and the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), have expressed their dismay at Saice CEO Manglin Pillay following an opinion piece he wrote on women in the... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced the appointment, by his department, of 81 engineers and town planners to assist with infrastructure delivery in 55 struggling municipalities across South Africa. Through Cogta’s implementing agent,... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

Tanzania wants to build pipeline to pump gas to Uganda

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, another step in the two countries' bid to expand energy cooperation. State-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) said on Monday that the pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass... 

Group Five granted immunity from competition authorities for 15 construction projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement in terms of which construction company Group Five will receive immunity for cooperating with the Competition Commission’s investigation into the construction industry and disclosing its participation in 15 construction projects as a... 

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