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Infrastructure News

JDA undertakes R52m public transport facility upgrades

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has appointed Alberton-based road construction company Boitshoko Construction Road & Surfacing to undertake the first phase upgrade of the Merafe railway station, in Soweto.   

Gauteng govt to release unused land and properties in July

By: Donald Makhafola     1st June 2018 The Gauteng provincial government completed an assets register last year and is expecting to release its property portfolio to the value of R31-billion in July. The portfolio consists of unused land and buildings, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo told construction... 

Gauteng govt to release unused land and properties in July
JACOB MAMABOLO The Gauteng government will release its assets portfolio consisting of land and buildings in July

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 It is inevitable that water utilities will continue to face various challenges, but technology can be used to ensure visibility of water quality throughout the value chain, and automatically communicated to stakeholders and consumers.   In this regard, investment in analytics can be a quick win... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management
MAANDA RAMUTUMBU Analytical tools can empower utilities to manage their water resources more efficiently and enable them to take proactive steps

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration to improve cyberdefence

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 A security strategy that integrates cyber and physical security operations is best practice to protect against increasing cyberattacks and cybercriminal acts that are a challenge for utilities to mitigate, says BT Africa IT Security Sales head Alessandro Postiglioni. Physical and virtual assets... 

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration  to improve cyberdefence
ALESSANDRO POSTIGLIONI Refined controls and new technologies allow utilities to build effective prevention capabilities across business networks and the growing number of endpoints in their environments

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Infrastructure engineering multinational AECOM is developing high-technology building information modelling (BIM) systems as part of the transition to digital business and service models and to meet changing client needs, says AECOM Africa Buildings and Places MD Tim ter Haar. The company is... 

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services
TIM TER HAAR AECOM is developing BIM systems and solutions through its interactions with clients to meet their technical requirements and includes the steel milling industry, bulk materials and commodities handling, mining and ports in South Africa

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Companies and industries affected by corrosion should consider Afrisun’s High Ratio Calcium Sulfonate Alkyd (HRCSA) coating to mitigate the threat of corrosion at production plants in the metal- and industrial sectors, says local corrosion solution provider Afrisun Coating Enterprises CEO Quentin... 

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion
NEW PRODUCT HRCSA coating technology has been used in the US to prevent crevice corrosion

Rics, GBCSA sign MoU for collaboration on sustainable development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). With smart urbanism and sustainability the overall theme at this year’s Rics Summit Africa, the MoU represents a commitment by both... 

Rics, GBCSA sign MoU for collaboration on sustainable development
Rics president John Hughes signs a memorandum of understanding with GBCSA nonexecutive deputy chairperson Nkosinathi Manzana

Infrastructure development key to meeting consumer demand in megacities – economist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 There are rapidly growing megacities, including Accra, Cairo, Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kinshasa, in Africa, and it is important to ensure infrastructure development grows at a pace that will meet the increasing consumer demand that will come out of these megacities, said Imara Africa... 

Infrastructure development key to meeting consumer demand in megacities – economist
Imara Africa Consulting managing partner Barbara Barungi speaking at the Rics Summit Africa 2018

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development
Rics CEO Sean Tompkins

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2018 Investment company ATON, which is preparing a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has reiterated it steadfast opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, describing the proposed Aveng transaction as a “poison pill” to prevent a takeover... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal
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ATON says Aveng transaction would distract M&R from focusing on growth opportunities in mining

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) confirmed on Wednesday that it would be meeting with its largest single shareholder, ATON, to discuss the merits of M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, which it continues to describe as “highly strategic”. No date has been provided for the meeting, which is being pursued... 

M&R says meeting set with ATON to discuss ‘highly strategic’ Aveng deal

Coca-Cola Co's Africa distributor to invest $100m in Kenya over next 5 years

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continent’s largest soft drinks bottler, said on Wednesday it would invest $100-million in Kenya over the next five years to improve infrastructure and launch new products. The company, which sells and distributes Coca-Cola Co products in Africa, plans to... 

Tullow Oil picks Australia's Worley Parsons for Kenya contract

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Tullow Oil has awarded an engineering design contract for oil production in its northern Kenyan blocs to Australia's Worley Parsons, a Kenyan petroleum ministry official told Reuters on Tuesday. Kenya this month moved a step closer to full production at the blocs when the local government and the... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 The takeover battle for engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) by German investment company ATON intensified this week with ATON announcing its intention to make a new mandatory offer, following a Takeover Special Committee (TSC) ruling instructing ATON to withdraw its earlier... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn
New Development Bank Yearly Meeting

ATON ‘open to engage’ with M&R board as offers is made mandatory

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 German investment company ATON has increased its offer price to Murray & Roberts (M&R) shareholders to R17 a share from R15 previously and the family-owned group has also confirmed that it will convert its voluntary offer to a mandatory one. ATON’s announcement follows a two-day hearing of the... 

ATON ‘open to engage’ with M&R board as offers is made mandatory

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Monday that it intended to sell its 50% indirect interest in steel trading and shipping business Macsteel International (MIHBV) to a subsidiary of Macsteel Holdings (MacHold) for $220-million, or around R2.8-billion. The proposed... 

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

LHDA opens bids for three LHWP Phase 2 contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), a bi-national project between the governments of Lesotho and South Africa, intends to procure three construction contracts for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2. The first of the contracts will entail the construction of a 33 kV... 

Esor postpones release of FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 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... 

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