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Construction index points to shift from large to smaller projects

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

Creamer Media to partner with Construction and Concrete events

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2017 Creamer Media is a media partner for the African Construction Expo & Totally Concrete 2017 event, taking place on 23 and 24 May 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Engineering News edition dated 12 May 2017 will include a special Cement & Concrete feature previewing the... 

Kibo Mining signs supply MoU with Mbeya Cement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 Dual-listed Kibo Mining has signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lafarge Tanzania subsidiary Mbeya Cement, to develop regional collaboration and to allow for reciprocal supply of materials. The MoU includes discussions with regional development partners to allow socioeconomic... 

Baker McKenzie launches app to assist in case of antitrust dawn raids

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2017 An application (app) that assists clients in navigating the coordinated dawn raids undertaken by competition authorities has been expanded to accommodate 44 countries, including South Africa. Multinational law firm Baker McKenzie’s Dawn Raid app delivers real-time step-by-step guidance on the... 

Mondi, Constantia Afripack reach one-billion sack-kraft-paper-made cement bag milestone

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 In a partnership spanning decades, more than one-billion cement bags have been made from packaging and paper group Mondi’s sack kraft paper by South African packaging and bags producer Constantia Afripack. Mondi Sack Kraft Paper, Constantia Afripack’s principal supplier, supplies strong, quality... 

Department of Human Settlemants to support African Construction & Totally Concrete Initiative

     10th April 2017 South Africa’s National Department of Human Settlements announces its support of the 5th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo that will take place from 23 to 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The 2017 initiative welcomes South Africa’s... 

5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo scheduled for 23-24 May 2017

     10th April 2017 The 5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng from 23 to 24 May 2017. With an expected 45 countries participating, this is Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show and biggest gathering of 9 000 qualified buyers and... 

Trends in Southern Africa's construction industry to look out for in 2017

     10th April 2017   With 2016 bringing a year of unexpected developments across the globe, from Brexit to the election of the 45th President of the United States, and from falling commodity prices to waning GDP growth across Africa, there are now diverse global realities impacting the African continent as a whole... 

ZA Central Registry calls for applications for dotAfrica domain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 The administrator of South African domain zones .co.za and .web.za, ZA Central Registry (ZACR), on Monday invited applications from businesses, civil society and other interested parties for its dotAfrica (.africa) pioneer programme. This is in an effort to create brand awareness and visibility... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines to build campus

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Independent school for boys and girls Knowstics Academy, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, bought three block production machines in June last year from machine manufacturer Hydraform, in Boksburg, South Africa to start construction on new premises that will have separate buildings for boys and girls. 

Afrimat Construction Index shows industry far from dead

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

NUM goes to war over proposed Eskom power station closures

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations to make room for independent power producers (IPPs). In an effort to “save” Eskom from bankruptcy and privatisation, as... 

Pallinghurst turns $45m profit, upbeat on 2017, mulling options

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2017 Diversified mining company Pallinghurst, which made $45-million profit in 2016, is upbeat on 2017. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company spoke of all three of its business platforms being well positioned for further growth and value-unlock. 

2017 Budget Speech: Carbon Tax To Be Considered By Parliament

     28th March 2017 The 2017 Budget Speech was delivered by Minister Pravin Gordhan on 22 February 2017. Although tax was a large focus in this year’s budget (as it usually is), the proposed carbon tax only received a cursory mention. The Minister confirmed that the proposed carbon tax and its date of implementation... 

South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements to support African Construction and Totally Concrete initiative

     27th March 2017 South Africa’s National Department of Human Settlements announces its support of the 5th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo that will take place from 23 to 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The 2017 initiative welcomes South Africa’s... 

NCPC-SA to emphasise efficiency at Naacam show

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) will share its knowledge regarding resource efficiency and cleaner production methods to assist industry in lowering costs through reduced energy, water and material use during this year’s National Association of Automotive... 

Dawn welcomes new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) has appointed Edwin Hewitt CEO, effective April 1, to succeed Stephen Connelly, who is taking up the position of executive deputy chairperson. Hewitt was appointed chief restructuring officer at Dawn in February, working with a major bank,... 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project – Phase 2, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 Phase 2B of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project is under review with the DWS. 

PPC Zimbabwe’s Harare mill officially opened

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 PPC Zimbabwe on Thursday officially opened its $82-million Harare cement milling and dispatch facility, bringing its collective production capacity to 1.4-million tons a year. The project, forming part of PPC’s African expansion strategy, was completed on time and under budget, and boasted a... 

Tanzanian ore export ban unlikely to be implemented – BMI

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 Recent policies aimed at bolstering fiscal revenues, and a crackdown on tax evasion by the Tanzanian government, will increase investor uncertainty across various sectors and have a direct negative impact on the country's future growth, BMI Research's Africa Country Risk team said on Thursday.... 

Flemington proves up for Australian Mines

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2017 A scoping study into the Flemington scandium-cobalt project, in New South Wales, estimates the project could deliver an after-tax cash flow of A$677-million over the first 18 years of operation. The operation is expected to produce 50 t scandium oxide from a 100 000 t/y plant, with the mine to... 

Rain dampens PPC cement sales for January and February

By: African News Agency      13th March 2017 Cement producer PPC said on Monday that adverse weather had negatively affected cement and concrete sales in South Africa during January and February 2017. PPC was providing an operational update which reflected that rainfall in excess of 200 mm was experienced in many parts of the country during... 

Chryso Enviromix® Gives Contractors The Green Edge

     10th March 2017 Billed as a very innovative technology by CHRYSO, EnviroMix® is engineered to boost the performance of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM). SCMs are industrial by-products which when used as a partial replacement for Portland cement reduce the amount of cement that is required for... 

Afrisam Steps In To Boost Customer Efficiency

     10th March 2017 A new initiative by leading cement and construction materials supplier, AfriSam is helping concrete product manufacturers (CPMs) to reduce their costs of production while maintaining quality output. According to Amit Dawneerangen, AfriSam’s national sales manager, the new service is an Efficiency... 

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times and the group’s prospects 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld announced the appointment of new CEO Dominic Sewela, who replaced the outgoing Clive Thomson last month. Thomson was appointed in December 2006 and managed the South African industrial giant during some of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. 

Water scarcity increases need for water treatment chemicals

     10th March 2017 South Africa's growing water scarcity and infrastructure inadequacy are projected to lead to to an escalation in the need for effective water treatment chemicals, notes market research company Frost & Sullivan. The company notes that a rise in environmental awareness has accelerated the move away... 

ELB and Haver & Boecker signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

     8th March 2017 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Haver & Boecker OHG (HB), from Oelde Germany, which will allow ELB to provide a broader service to its existing and future clients in the Sub Saharan African region. Haver &... 

Cement Dust Solutions for Africa

     3rd March 2017 Despite the slow economic growth of recent months, infrastructure development continues to fuel the demand for cement in many African countries. However, the cement industry is also responsible for an estimated 5% of the world’s greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. With sustainability... 

Responsible water use habits a focus for the long term

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 The water use strategies currently being adopted in South Africa to manage water shortfalls and prevent further drought damage must become long-term water use habits for all citizens, says South African advisory services provider KPMG associate director Antonino Manus. 

Sasfa marks ten years of LSFB developments in SA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 In celebrating its tenth anniversary, the South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa), has decided to compile an informative ten-year anniversary publication to highlight the significant achievements and developments in the light steel frame building (LSFB) industry to date. 

Truck assembly plant project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The project entails the construction of a plant capable of manufacturing 10 000 trucks a year. 

Recycled polystyrene used in construction of new mall

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2017 More than 15 t of recycled expanded polystyrene have gone into the production of 20 000 of alternative building company Greenlite Concrete’s concrete blocks for use in the new Table Bay Mall that is under construction. The 65 000 m² mall, which is expected to open in September, is located on a 20... 

15 Tons Of Recycled Polystyrene Used In New Table Bay Mall Construction

     27th February 2017 More than 15 tons of recycled, Expanded Polystyrene have already gone into the production of 20,000 Greenlite Concrete blocks used in the new Table Bay Mall that is currently being constructed. Expected to open its doors at the end of September this year, this 65 000 m² regional shopping centre... 

Dangote Group planning $100m vehicle assembly plant for Lagos

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

MENA region to account for big proportion of 3% growth

     24th February 2017 Last month, international consultancy company Deloitte projected a growth of more than 3% in global defence spending in 2017 after years of declining budgets. 

Partnership crucial in addressing housing shortfall

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Demonstrating the potential for the success of private-public partnerships, residential property developer Calgro M3 and construction products supplier PPC have partnered to upgrade an informal settlement along the Fleurhof dam, in Johannesburg, into a fully integrated city. 

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