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Infrastructure News

Ten African nations face $1tr infrastructure funding gap

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 A group of ten African nations, including some of the continent's rising economic stars, will fall $1-trillion short of the infrastructure financing required to meet UN development goals by 2040, a study released on Tuesday found. The report by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) of the G20... 

Côte d'Ivoire eyes biomass power generation from cocoa waste

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The world's top cocoa producer Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 60 MW to 70 MW capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to diversify its... 

Q2 building, civil engineering business confidence weakest in six years – CIDB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) says general building confidence fell by three points to 33 index points in the second quarter – its lowest level in six years.  

More than R650m budgeted to prepare Gauteng land for expropriation   

By: Anine Kilian     2nd July 2018 The Department of Human Settlements has budgeted more than R650-million to prepare identified portions of land in Gauteng for expropriation without compensation. Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa said on Monday that the province’s rapid land release programme, launched in May, would... 

More than R650m budgeted to prepare Gauteng land for expropriation
Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa talks about land expropriation without compensation

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2018 The board of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has again guided shareholders not to accept ATON’s mandatory offer of R17 a share, which it argues undervalues M&R’s strategic platforms and business prospects. The board made the statement in a circular response to ATON’s... 

ATON’s mandatory offer undervalues company, M&R reiterates in circular

Group Five relocates in effort to cut costs, secures early work on PPP

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2018 Cash-strapped construction firm Group Five has relocated its offices as part of an effort to cut costs. The JSE-listed group said on Monday that its South African construction operations had been relocated to Spartan, on the East Rand, to owner-occupied premises. 

Group Five relocates in effort to cut costs, secures early work on PPP

Grayston drive bridge collapse inquiry to resume on July 2

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2018 The Department of Labour (DoL) will, on Monday, resume its inquiry into the Grayston drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse with testimony from the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). The October 2015 incident resulted in the death of two people, while 19 others were injured.... 

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

Service expansion expected to  promote geographical expansion
GERTRUDES GARDEN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL The project began in April this year and is scheduled for completion in mid-2020

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Mining downturn results  in profile expansion  for consulting firm
MEDUPI POWER STATION SRK Consulting’s scope of work at the Medupi power station is due for completion in December

Meyburgh to retire as Stefanutti CEO in May 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks on Thursday announced several leadership changes, including the retirement of CEO Willie Meyburgh on May 31, 2019. Russell Crawford, currently MD of the company's construction and mining business unit, has been appointed CEO-designate, and will report to Meyburgh from... 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe initiated bilateral discussions with Mozambique this week regarding the further development of the cross-border gas infrastructure linking South Africa’s energy and chemicals sectors to Mozambique’s vast natural gas resource. Well over 100-trillion cubic feet (tcf) of... 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects
Ministers Jeff Radebe and Gugile Nkwinti with SADC deputy executive secretary Dr Thembinkosi Mhlongo

R59m project completed on R44 route in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) in the Western Cape has completed a R59-million maintenance project on the scenic R44 route between Rooi Els and Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape, the department said on Wednesday. The project that started in October 2017, included crack... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Siemens boss outlines how China’s BRI will benefit 70% of global population

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd June 2018 Earlier this month, multidisciplinary cooperation Siemens held its first Belt & Road International Summit in Beijing, China, themed Create, Connect and Collaborate, during which it advocated for a digital ecosystem to foster future-oriented infrastructure development globally in what it referred... 

Govt to deploy support teams to assist distressed municipalities – Nel

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 Government is working to ensure that all distressed and dysfunctional municipalities have access to a district support team by December this year, says Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel. Speaking at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, he... 

Govt to deploy support teams to assist distressed municipalities – Nel
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel

Traffic on Gauteng’s freeways to grow by 50 000 trips a day in 2018 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 Current traffic growth on Gauteng’s e-toll freeways is running at around 4%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) planning, toll and transportation project engineer Alan Robinson. This means the current volume of 1.25-million people-trips a day on the e-toll freeway network... 

Traffic on Gauteng’s freeways to grow by 50 000 trips a day in 2018

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2018 Murray & Roberts (M&R) announced on Thursday that it would proceed to further develop a potential tie-up with Aveng after the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) sanctioned the outcome of an earlier shareholder vote, which approved a resolution stating that the proposed Aveng deal was not designed to... 

Takeover panel clears way for M&R to move on Aveng tie-up amid ongoing ATON opposition

Zambia urges South African firms to invest in public projects

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zambia's finance minister urged South African firms to invest in roads and power plants in Africa's No.2 copper producer after it suspended borrowing indefinitely, slowing down the accumulation of new debt amid worries about the risk of distress. The International Monetary Fund rejected Zambia's... 

Basil Read applies for suspension of listing

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 South African construction firm Basil Read Holdings said on Wednesday it had applied to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange for the voluntary suspension of the listing of its shares after a key unit started business rescue proceedings. The cash-strapped company announced on Friday that Basil Read... 

Basil Read applies for suspension of listing

Energy forum panelists reiterate need for regional integration in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2018 A panel of speakers at the 2018 Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, agreed that Ministers of energy in Africa and other stakeholders should focus on regional power integration, and what would work accordingly, rather than debating country-specific suitable energy resources and... 

Renewables, decentralisation top energy trends in Africa – Aggreko

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The pace of electrification in Africa has nearly tripled since 2012, relative to the previous decade, with electrification in sub-Saharan Africa surpassing population growth for the first time in 2014. However, there is a long way to go to realise continental electrification, says Aggreko CEO... 

Renewables, decentralisation top energy trends in Africa – Aggreko

AfDB pledges $12bn for Africa’s energy development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has placed access to sustainable energy development at the heart of its strategy, with the biggest priority ensuring improved access to electricity across the continent. AfDB power, energy, green growth and climate change VP Amadou Hott told delegates at the... 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Shareholders in South Africa’s Murray & Roberts voted on Tuesday for the company to look into a potential tie up with construction rival Aveng, sending Aveng's shares around 25% higher. The resolution got the backing of 52.06% of votes at the Murray & Roberts' (M&R) annual shareholder meeting. 

Aveng shares leap as M&R moves closer to tie-up
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Investment company ATON, which is seeking to acquire Murray & Roberts (M&R), has welcomed a Competition Tribunal ruling opening the way for it to vote all its shares at a general meeting at which M&R shareholders will vote on the merits of a proposed transaction with Aveng. The meeting is... 

ATON welcomes tribunal’s M&R voting-rights ruling, despite restrictions

Sanral’s transformation policy ready for submission to Cabinet

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 The final version of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) transformation policy, which is aimed at reshaping the construction and engineering sectors, will now be submitted to Cabinet for approval. The roads agency first unveiled the draft policy in September 2017. 

Sanral’s transformation policy ready for submission to Cabinet

Swiss place efficiency at heart of post-nuclear energy strategy

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Residents taking occupation of apartments at a new mixed-use property development on the site of a decommissioned paper mill in southern Zurich, Switzerland, are all encouraged to download a neighbourhood App to their mobile devices. The social media component, which allows Greencity residents... 

Swiss place efficiency at heart of post-nuclear energy strategy
Photo by Empa
Testing new building innovations at the Empa NEST

Agrément South Africa officially launched as a Public Works entity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday launched technical agency Agrément South Africa as a fully-fledged legal entity of the Department of Public Works (DPW).  

Basil Read enters business rescue

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Basil Read on Friday announced that it has entered voluntary business rescue, as provided for by Section 129 of the Companies Act. Shares in the construction group plummeted 94% in afternoon trade, from a high of 22c to a low of 1c. 

Basil Read enters business rescue

Company invests in new petrochemicals complex

15th June 2018 Petroleum industry company Qatar Petroleum plans to build a “world-scale” petrochemicals complex that will include the Middle East's largest ethane cracker, according to Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi. Qatar Petroleum has invited a group of leading international... 

Company invests in new petrochemicals complex
INTERNATIONAL CONTRACT Qatar Petroleum has invited leading international companies to submit proposals for partnering on the development of a new Petrochemicals Complex

Economic strategies should shape municipal spatial and infrastructure goals

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2018 The integrated urban development framework (IUDF) is helping intermediate cities to develop planning and implementation capacity through the use of long-term planning processes and integrated funding models, says Public Affairs Research Institute public policy and management expert and IUDF... 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade nears completion 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2018 The upgrade of the Rothdene pumpstation, in Meyerton, is 99% complete and will be finalised by the end of June. The project started in June last year and is four pumps with a capacity of 440 ℓ/s comprise the upgrade, which, upon completion, will open the opportunity for the Midvaal municipality... 

Rothdene pumpstation upgrade nears completion

ACSA continues to work with African partners in developing airports 

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) says it is working with its counterparts in Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana on the commissioning of airports. ACSA COO Fundi Sithebe says the company is assisting the Zambian government in commissioning its Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, as well as... 

Kenya's Centum to finalise power plant funding this year

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Kenya's Centum Investment Company said on Wednesday a $2-billion, 1 000 MW coal-fired power plant it has a stake in is expected to reach financial close this year. The Amu Power consortium that includes Centum, won a contract to build the plant in Lamu. The project has attracted criticism from... 

Medium-speed rail systems sufficient for Africa, most continents

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2018 Most continents, Africa included, should be “adequately serviced” by rail systems operating at speeds of between 150 km/h to 250 km/h, says Louis Berger Group rail programmes technical VP Vinay Mudholkar. Mudholkar is also a former Amtrak director and All Aboard Florida senior VP. 

African rail operators should jump to digital networks, says DB venture architect 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2018 Similar to large parts of Africa jumping to mobile/phone-based Internet instead of using fixed-line access first, African railway operators should, from the onset, build systems that make use of the recent advances in technology, says Deutsche Bahn (DB) senior venture architect Henning Seeschaaf.... 

M&R ‘disappointed’ about ATON’s response to proposed Aveng merger

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Construction and engineering services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) has expressed its disappointment with German investment company and majority shareholder ATON, following ATON’s reaction to M&R’s interest in merging with construction engineering company Aveng.  

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