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Infrastructure News

Aveng Strabag JV terminates Mtentu contract, citing protests; Sanral unconvinced  

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (ASJV) has decided to terminate the Mtentu bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. The 1.1 km, R1.65-billion bridge forms part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast road project. 

Group Five appoints interim CEO following Solomon Mosai’s resignation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2019 JSE-listed Group Five has appointed nonexecutive director Dr Thabo Kgogo interim CEO effective February 1, following Solomon Themba Mosai’s resignation, which was effective January 31. Mosai was employed by Group Five for 15 years. He was appointed interim CEO in March 2018 and as CEO in May... 

Botswana keen for corridor to link to South Africa’s coalfields

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Dorcas Makgato, has revived the need for a new heavy haul railway linking Botswana’s Mmamabula area with South Africa’s Lephalale coalfields.   Makgato said the project aimed to link coal deposits in both areas with South African heavy haul... 

Trans-Gambia bridge a boon for trade, but a blow for local traders

By: Reuters     31st January 2019 A gleaming new bridge in West Africa is transforming transport between Gambia and Senegal, but spells disaster for traders making a living off travellers making the agonising wait to catch a ferry across the Gambia River. Gambia is a sliver of land on either side of the river cutting through the... 

Edcon, SA Corporate Real Estate set to refurbish CBD property

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2019 Edcon has announced that the property on the corner of Pritchard and Joubert streets in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) would be renovated by landlord SA Corporate Real Estate, with the renovated building set to become a new mall that will include a renovated Edgars store and... 

Stellenbosch University starts construction on R1bn research institute  

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2019 Stellenbosch University (SU) has started construction on a Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI), to be based at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). The university believes the R1-billion facility, which will be completed in 2022, will be “one of the most innovative and advanced... 

 Stellenbosch University starts construction on R1bn research institute
Photo by Terry February
SU Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers and Professor Jimmy Volmink at the sod-turning ceremony

KfW, IDC sign $80m loan facility for green economy development 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st January 2019 German development bank KfW and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) on Thursday signed a “milestone agreement” for an $80-million loan facility. KfW executive board member Dr Stefan Peiß and newly appointed IDC CEO TP Nchocho were in attendance to sign the document on... 

KfW, IDC sign $80m loan facility for green economy development
KfW executive board member Dr Stephan Peiß and IDC CFO Nonkululeko Dlamini

Cesa president calls for increased transparency

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 Presenting his 2019 presidential address on Wednesday, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naresh Pather called for increased transparency for the betterment of the sector and its future. With the intention of establishing trust, Pather averred that 2019 would see Cesa increase its... 

Cesa president calls for increased transparency
Photo by Dylan Slater
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather

Group Five says pursues counter claims in aborted Kpone power project

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 Construction engineering company Group Five said on Wednesday its legal team was still pursuing its contractual rights and entitlements for payment, including the recovery of damages and other claims, against Cenpower Generation Company over what it called the unlawful termination of the Kpone... 

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.65-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. The bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure
An artist's impression of the Mtentu bridge

Operation Phakisa for water expected by March 

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is preparing to launch its own series of mini-Phakisa's to attempt to resolve the most pressing matters facing South Africa's water infrastructure sector. Over the next eight weeks, the department will mobilise provincial level Phakisa's prior to... 

Operation Phakisa for water expected by March

Province grants R300m for housing after long dispute, says Mashaba

By: African News Agency      25th January 2019 Johannesburg metro mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday that the Gauteng provincial human settlements department had committed about R300-million for housing developments in the city for the current financial year.  This comes against the backdrop of an ongoing dispute about the Human... 

Integrated engineering supply chains require small and large firms

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Large firms are key to transforming the South African engineering sector as part of a business ecosystem that includes smaller, agile and large entities driving industry to be more innovative, diverse and responsive during fluid and volatile times, says multinational engineering consultancy... 

Modules finalisation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec) has taken on the custodian role as the national renewable-energy-sector educator and hopes to have finalised all five occupational certificates of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Qualification through its collaboration with Manufacturing,... 

Modules finalisation nearing  completion
HOME BASE Saretec is based at the Cape Peninsular University of Technology

Flowtite launches impact-resistant pipe solution as it marks fiftieth anniversary

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Multinational glass fibre-reinforced polyester (GRP) pipes manufacturer Flowtite celebrated its 50-year anniversary with the local launch of its impact-resistant Grey-brand pipes last month. The pipes facilitate rapid, easy installation for heavy-duty water uses and the use of native backfill and... 

Collaboration key to protect critical infrastructure from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Electrical engineers and those involved in the power generation sector play a critical role in hardening power operations against intruders. However, the collaboration and support of corporate management and information technology (IT) departments are essential to mitigate cyberthreats, says... 

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

Major upgrades to  start at six airports
UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS Realignment of the runway at Cape Town International Airport is expected to start this year

Inner-city redevelopment project gets underway in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      24th January 2019 The city of Johannesburg on Thursday launched a programme to rejuvenate the inner-city with a tour of the first three of 84 buildings targeted for development. The project is aimed at providing quality low-cost accommodation for residents to address a housing list backlog exceeding 300 000 units,... 

Unops to raise $647m for 100 000 houses in Kenya

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2019 As part of United Nations Office for Project Services (Unops) and the government of Kenya’s landmark affordable housing agreement, the organisation and its partners will seek to attract $647-million to deliver at least 100 000 affordable housing units across the country. Unops will kickstart... 

DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) on Wednesday said its R182-million project to upgrade the R102 between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, as well as the DR1578 between Tergniet and Wolwedans, would be completed by mid-2020. A number of construction activities are... 

DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks
A number of stop/go controls will be implemented along the R102, between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, to manage the flow of traffic where necessary

Giyani water project subcontractor 'determined to fight to the end'

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2019 Khato Civils, the subcontractors removed from the R3bn Giyani water project, is preparing to fight tooth and nail for its reinstatement. This follows the water and sanitation department's announcement on Tuesday that the contract between Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) and LTE Engineering had been... 

World Bank says confidence not enough to lift South Africa’s growth prospects  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2019 The World Bank expects South Africa's growth to pick up modestly in 2019 to 1.3% on the back of several “promising” policy announcements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration in 2018. It expects the economy to expand by 1.7% in 2020. Nevertheless, the bank believes that the country’s... 

World Bank says confidence not enough to lift South Africa’s growth prospects
World Bank progamme leader for equitable growth, finance and institutions Sebastien Dessus on South Africa’s 2019 growth outlook. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 22.1.2019

Western Cape govt starts Holgaten trunk road improvement project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started a project to improve and reseal 16.5 km of trunk road between Holgaten and Oudtshoorn, and reseal another 6.7 km section of trunk road between Holgaten and Uniondale. The first section is a major north-south link between... 

AMSA extends water treatment contract with Veolia Water Technologies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been re-awarded the operational and chemical water treatment contract for ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Vanderbijlpark Works operation. Veolia has operated the facility’s water-related infrastructure and supplied and managed its chemical dosing... 

AMSA extends water treatment contract with Veolia Water Technologies
The thermal desalination plants ensure optimum salinity of the water cycle at the main water treatment plant

McConnell Dowell boosts order book to R11bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st January 2019 Construction group Aveng’s Australian subsidiary McConnell Dowell, has secured contracts to the value of R8.5-billion in the first half of the 2019 financial year. This supports McConnell’s baseline revenue for financial year 2020 and beyond.  

Zimmer Biomet appoints Profica to facilitate smooth office migration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st January 2019 Global medical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet has appointed property and construction solutions company Profica to provide tenant representation and office fitout for a warehouse and office building that Zimmer will occupy. The building is currently under development at the Waterfall... 

New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2019 More than halfway through the 15-year Gautrain concession period, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe says he is pleased with the operation of the 80-km rail system. “Looking back at building the Gautrain there are positives and negatives. A positive is that we have an... 

 New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project

Egypt to invest $9bn in refineries' upgrade over four years – Minister

By: Reuters     21st January 2019 Egypt plans to upgrade six oil refineries at a cost of about $9-billion over four years to increase domestic production to 41-million tonnes a year, the petroleum minister said. "We are trying to secure crude oil supplies for Egyptian refineries to increase local production of refined products,"... 

South Africa may double power purchases from Congo hydro plant

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2019 South Africa is mulling committing to doubling the amount of electricity it will buy from a proposed multibillion-dollar hydro power plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Increasing the amount of electricity that South Africa will buy has become a linchpin for the companies seeking to build... 

South Africa may double power purchases from Congo hydro plant

Nigeria's State oil company seeks $4.1bn to lift output

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2019 Nigeria’s State-owned oil company said it’s in talks with financiers to raise as much as $4.1-billion and will seek to sign service deals to increase production from three leases. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, or NNPC, is in discussions with Lagos-based Sterling Oil Exploration &... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 “Location, location, location,” South Africa’s Minister Jeff Radebe quipped on Friday after a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, where it was agreed that Saudi Aramco and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) would jointly study a plan for a new oil refinery and petrochemical investment... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih with South Africa's Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Clough JV selected as preferred tenderer for civil works at Australian hydropower project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 The Clough Salini Joint Venture (JV) has been selected as the preferred tenderer for about A$4-billion worth of civil works packages for the Snowy 2.0 project – a multiyear infrastructure project. Clough is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts and has a 35% shareholding in the JV. 

Aveng sells noncore Aveng Water business  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2019 JSE-listed Aveng will sell Aveng Water and the Aveng Namibia Water business to Cambrose 735, a special purpose vehicle incorporated as a private company, Infinity Partners, for the purpose of the transaction, for R95-million. Infinity Partners is a 100% black-owned company jointly held by... 

Aveng sells noncore Aveng Water business

Roads Agency Limpopo accepts CEO's resignation

By: African News Agency      18th January 2019 Provincial road infrastructure delivery parastatal Roads Agency Limpopo said on Friday it had accepted the resignation of CEO Maselaganye Matji with effect from March 31, for personal reasons. Matji was appointed on a five-year contract ending February 2020 after the agency was effectively... 

E-toll contract not renewed but extended – Electronic Toll Collection

By: News24Wire      18th January 2019 The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) says its Gauteng e-toll contract with the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been extended - not renewed. It says the extension was made as per the provisions of the contract entered into between the parties in 2009. This was after the Democratic... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience
OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING New partnership opportunities in a range of industries will create more opportunities for growth in the relevant sectors

Connectivity and security balance critical as smart cities grow

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 A balance between the hyperconnected-and-vulnerable and overly-cautious, developmentally moribund poles of the smart-city spectrum must be sought to support and protect smart cities, says networking multinational F5 Networks major channel account manager Simon McCullough. As smart cities expand,... 

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