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Infrastructure News

R4.6bn Nwamitwa dam construction set for 2026 completion, subject to finance availability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation plans to appoint contractors for the roads and advanced works for the Nwamitwa dam, in Limpopo, in March 2020, ahead of the appointment of a contractor for the construction of the dam in March 2022, Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti said in a... 

LHDA holds workshops on Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase 2

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has started a series of workshops with registered construction companies in Gauteng and Free State to explain the procurement framework of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2 and to share lessons learned from previous tender... 

Mini-refineries race billionaire to fix Nigerian fuel crisis

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 In the race to solve a fuel-import crisis in Nigeria, Africa’s richest person faces competition from a swarm of tiny challengers. Billionaire Aliko Dangote is building a 650 000 barrel-a-day refinery in Nigeria that will help cut the nation’s $7-billion annual fuel-import bill. Such is the... 

City of Cape Town to spend over R2bn on new housing – De Lille

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2018 The city of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will spend over R2-billion on new housing over the next three financial years, with over R500-million budgeted for 2018/19, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. In a statement, de Lille said the 2018/19 budget was... 

City of Cape Town to spend over R2bn on new housing – De Lille
Photo by Reuters
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Basil Read to proceed with business rescue plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 JSE-listed construction group Basil Read’s business rescue plan was approved by 99% of creditors and 98% of independent creditors during a shareholder’s meeting on Thursday. Basil Read entered into voluntary business rescue in June and its business rescue plan was published in August.  

SAIMechE appoints first female president

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 The South African Institution for Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) has elected Professor Debby Blaine president for the 2018 to 2020 period. Blaine is an associate professor at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. She has served on the organisation’s... 

Mindful spending critical for sustainable infrastructure under economic stimulus package – Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 In light of the launch last week by President Cyril Ramaphosa of an economic stimulus package for South Africa, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reiterates that public funds management is critical to deriving true value for money. CEO Chris Campbell said in a statement issued on Friday... 

N1 upgrades in Western Cape now 60% complete, completion targeted for May 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 The R487-million upgrade of a section of the N1 between Plattekloof road and Old Oak interchange, in the Western Cape, is 60% complete. The project is expected to be completed by May 2019.  

Company diversifies aluminium offering

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is preferred over painted surfaces due to its colour retention, corrosion resistance and low... 

Company diversifies  aluminium offering
DESIGN VERSATILITY The aluminium composite material panels allow for versatile facade designs

Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue

28th September 2018 As landfill space in South Africa reaches capacity, the controlled, planned and systematic filling of landfill cells requires progressive closure and rehabilitation, says infrastructure delivery company Aecom, adding that it can provide this specialised service. Landfills may need to be closed... 

Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue
JAM-PACKED JUNK Once filled to capacity, landfills must be closed and decommissioned

Marubeni says Thabametsi unaffected by group’s policy to halve coal capacity by 2030

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2018 Japan’s Marubeni Corporation reports that the development of the Thabametsi coal-fired power station, in South Africa, has not been affected by the group’s September 18 policy decision to “no longer enter into any new coal-fired power generation business”. As part of the policy change, Marubeni... 

Marubeni says Thabametsi unaffected by group’s policy to halve coal capacity by 2030

Hogan Lovells sheds light on business rescue in construction industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 In light of a struggling construction sector in South Africa and many companies going into liquidation or business rescue, and with the business rescue success rate only 10% on average for companies in South Africa, law firm Hogan Lovells says it is crucial for construction companies to carefully... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets 

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2018 Following a series of capital markets transactions, which have helped stabilise Aveng’s precarious balance sheet, the JSE-listed infrastructure group has turned its attention to the disposal, by June 2019, of several noncore businesses, including its well-known construction business,... 

Aveng reports strong market interest in most of its noncore assets
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on prospects for the group following some major interventions aimed at stabilising the balance sheet and turning around the struggling business. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.09.2018

Hyatt Hotels to more than double its Africa hotels by 2020

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 Hyatt Hotels Corp plans to more than double its hotels in Africa by 2020 to capitalise on improved travel links and robust economic growth that is boosting demand for rooms, the company's regional vice president said on Wednesday. Hyatt currently has nine hotels in Africa but lags far behind... 

Three UCT lecturers participate in international Solar Decathlon competition

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Thee lecturers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are part of Team Mahali, the only team representing sub-Saharan Africa in the international Solar Decathlon competition, which will be held in Morocco next year. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition to design and build a fully... 

Embattled South African construction firm Aveng reports wider FY operating loss

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 South Africa's Aveng reported on Tuesday a wider annual net operating loss due to declining revenue in two business units in its manufacturing business as well as under-performance of three key contracts in its core mining Moolmans unit. After market close, the construction firm reported a net... 

Embattled South African construction firm Aveng reports wider FY operating loss

100 Resilient Cities 'game-changer' launched in Cape Town to tackle urban problems

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 Cape Town has felt the shock of the taps nearly running dry and the shock of floods. It has felt the chronic stress of crime and being the murder capital of the country. The daily stress of hours in traffic congestion and being stranded on trains. The stress of poverty and 450 000 people who want... 

Angola, IFC court South African investors

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 World Bank Group executive director for Angola, Nigeria and South Africa Bongiwe Kunene says a roundtable event taking place on September 24, will enable South African businesses and investors to explore the growth opportunities in Angola created as a result of the 2017 election of that country’s... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 The Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

Positive performance, outlook for construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2018 There has been a very good increase in the value of buildings completed in larger municipalities during the second quarter of this year, to the tune of almost 7%, which presents a recovery from the sluggish growth of the first quarter of the year, the latest Afrimat Construction Index (ACI)... 

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has awarded the Concor Mota-Engil joint venture (JV) the second of two megabridge construction contracts as part of the N2 Wild Coast project. The R1.65-billion bridge will be built near Lusikisiki over the Msikaba gorge.  

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV
Artist impression of Msikaba bridge

PSV brings on board two key partnerships to drive strategy going forward

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 AltX-listed industrial holding company PSV Holdings has finalised an equity transaction with Regis Holdings and concluded a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) partnership with Beryl Holdings Partners. Regis is a Mauritanian-headquartered investment holding company, and Beryl... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The developing Port of Ngqura, owned by Transnet National Ports Authority, celebrated a milestone this week, with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement. Osho Cement is a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

Sanral completes road improvements on R510

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has completed repairs to and the resealing of the 61-km-long R510, which runs from Rustenburg, in the North West, to the Limpopo border. “The road is now much more comfortable for drivers and safer for pedestrians. It has brought some... 

Global steel production, consumption growth to slow – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 Growth in global production and consumption of steel in expected to slow over 2018/19, following a significant rebound since early 2016, Fitch Solutions Macro Research’s recently published ‘Global Steel Outlook’ report states. The global market will post a narrowing deficit of 7.4-million tonnes... 

CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 The CEO Initiative is putting its weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans for increasing levels of investment and stimulating growth in the recession-afflicted South African economy. The CEO Initiative draws in business leaders from various sectors and rose to prominence during Pravin... 

CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit
Photo by Creamer Media
Jabu Mabuza

Stimulus package to rely on efficiencies not new budgetary resources – Nene

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announced on Thursday that government was “building a pipeline of investment opportunities and infrastructure projects” as part of redoubled efforts to address low levels of investment, which had been identified as the main inhibitor of growth in the... 

Stimulus package to rely on efficiencies not new budgetary resources – Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

By: Shirley le Guern     11th September 2018 Transnet’s R7-billion megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay will create some disruption and require close collaboration. However, given that this is the first project to be funded by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's New... 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

Aveng shareholders vote in favour of 14bn shares issue to pay off debt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Construction group Aveng’s shareholders on Monday voted in favour of the resolutions that will give effect to the specific issue of 14.5-billion Aveng ordinary shares. These shares will be issued to the company’s existing bondholders as part of a process that will see the early redemption of... 

TNPA to prioritise ship repairs, oil and gas facilities at Cape Town, Saldanha ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will be prioritised at its Cape Town and Saldanha ports. This was announced following the Western Cape Regional Customer Forum, held on August 31. The forum is aimed at aligning TNPA’s... 

TNPA to prioritise ship repairs, oil and gas facilities at Cape Town, Saldanha ports
TNPA COO Nozipho Mdawe

Saice parts ways with CEO following controversial opinion piece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has decided to part ways with its CEO, after Manglin Pillay penned a controversial opinion piece on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) careers. Following outraged reactions to the article, titled ‘Out on a... 

Saice parts ways with CEO following controversial opinion piece
Saice former CEO Manglin Pillay

There are deliberate attempts to sabotage government buildings – Nxesi 

By: African News Agency      7th September 2018 There are deliberate acts to sabotage government buildings through arson, Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi, said on Friday. Nxesi was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, accompanied by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. 

 There are deliberate attempts to sabotage government buildings – Nxesi
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure
RIAAN GRAHAM The deployment of smart systems can be enabled by introducing a core design principle established by provincial and/or national government

Basil Read business rescue plan meeting rescheduled

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Construction firm Basil Read said on Thursday that a creditors meeting to consider its business rescue plan was held this week, but that it had been adjourned to allow more time for affected persons to engage and consider the proposals made in the plan. The meeting will be reconvened on... 

Kenya 428 km power line complete, to add 310 MW to grid by December

By: Reuters     5th September 2018 A high-voltage power line to carry electricity from a 310 MW wind power plant to central Kenya from the north is complete and supply to the national grid will stabilise by December, the energy minister said, replacing diesel generation. The 428 km, 400 kV power line is critical for the Lake... 

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

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