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Infrastructure News

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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
Photo by Creamer Media
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
Photo by Dylan Slater
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... 

TFR shuts Natcor line for maintenance

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will shut down the Natal Corridor (Natcor) line, from Rietvlei, Gauteng, to the Durban Harbour, from May 8 to 14 for maintenance and refurbishment. The shutdown schedule will encompass a partial shut from May 8 to 10, meaning there will be a reduced service, while... 

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2018 International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing... 

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation
The 100 MW XiNa Solar One parabolic-trough CSP power station in the Northern Cape

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2018 Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation
Pele Green Energy MD Gqi Raoleka

Uganda presents growth opportunities for companies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2018 Owing to the type of foreign direct investment prevalent in the country, the working climate in Uganda is becoming more competitive, which presents a number of opportunities for companies, says integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM Uganda MD Bridget Ssamula. “The biggest opportunities... 

Uganda presents growth  opportunities for companies
BRIDGET SSAMULA The biggest opportunities for Uganda lie in the oil and gas sector

Virtualisation to improve African rural telecoms services

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 The quality of services for rural and remote users, often served using 2G technology, can be significantly improved using virtualisation technologies, such as network function virtualisation and software-defined networking, says network virtualisation company Parallel Wireless president,... 

Virtualisation to improve African rural telecoms services
RAJESH MISHRA Virtualised network orchestrator gateways and small-cell converged wireless systems can improve service quality and lower costs to roll out telecommunications infrastructure

Toshiba signs African energy development MoUs

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2018 Energy sytems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions on Thursday signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic... 

World Bank grants Kenya $1bn loan for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had given Kenya a $1-billion concessional loan for energy, transport and water infrastructure projects in poorer regions in its north and northeast. These regions have benefited little from Kenya's strong economic performance, the World Bank said. The East... 

Hope for Mafefe residents as asbestos road is replaced

By: News24Wire      3rd May 2018 In the hope that it would bring an end to the amount of deadly asbestos dust on their streets, residents of former asbestos-mining community Mafefe, have welcomed the construction of part of a road in the town at the cost of R43-million. Over the past two decades, locals have complained to the... 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2018 Technical and legal complexities are delaying the announcement of the preferred bidder in the three-horse race to provide twelve new four-car trains to the Gautrain system, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The deal was expected to reach financial close at the end of... 

Gautrain rolling stock tender delayed ‘by complexities’, says Van der Merwe

DTI completes R50m Phase 1 upgrade of Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has completed the R50-million Phase 1 revitalisation of the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park in the Free State. The revitalisation comprised the upgrading of the security infrastructure including fencing, street lighting, installation of boom gates,... 

DTI completes R50m Phase 1 upgrade of Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park
Official representatives of various stakeholders were at the industrial park on Thursday for the official handover of the site to the Free State Development Corporation

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2018 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes South Africa has become “collateral damage in the trade war of key global economies” after the country was excluded from a list of countries exempted from tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports. While insisting that the country... 

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war
US President Donald Trump

Aveng announces early bond redemption and R1.8bn rights issue

By: Anine Kilian     30th April 2018 JSE-listed construction group Aveng will implement a R1.8-billion rights offer to raise the capital needed to fund the early redemption of a portion of its existing convertible bonds of R2-billion. The rights offer will also add R300-million in new capital into the business. 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2018 Wholly black-owned construction group Concor, which marked its first year of operations in April, is aiming to materially increase its share of the public infrastructure market as part of an ambitious plan to increase its order book to R10-billion by 2020. The company, which has a Level 1... 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push
Concor CEO Riaz Saloojee

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

Site survey recommended before installing power backup system

27th April 2018 With the winter months approaching, systems integration specialist Jasco Intelligent Technologies (Jasco) explains that before companies invest in alternative power solutions it is important to select the right solution for their needs. Jasco renewable energy consulting solutions architect Kevin... 

Power storage tech development on the rise

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 With there being a rise in the development of technology for power distribution, storage and generation, power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum says the company is also assessing ways in which technology will change the way electricity is... 

Power storage tech  development on the rise
POWER GENERATION The company provides several power generation, distribution and storage systems worldwide

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Owing to ageing infrastructure and a shortage of skills in wastewater a number of the wastewater treatment plants of the country’s municipalities are discharging effluent that requires attention, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) MD Tumelo Gopane. Some... 

Municipal wastewater facilities need adequate maintenance
NEW TECHNOLOGY Erwat installed its hybrid bacillus bacterium at its plant in Tsakane

Tanks provide sustainable wastewater management

By: Donald Makhafola     27th April 2018 Water tank supplier Water Systems’ 3301kℓ ST31 tank is the best solution for wastewater and sanitation plants, owing to its high quality standard and large capacity, says marketing manager James Preston. “The innovative design of SBS Tanks allows for the tanks to be easily transported and... 

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Multinational professional services firm Arup and US-based CLS Architects this week unveiled a new concrete three-dimensional (3D) printed house in central Milan, as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival.  

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan
3D printed concrete house

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