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Industry should use slowdown to train staff

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The construction industry should use recessions to train staff to gain a competitive edge when work volumes increase, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology senior lecturer John Roxburgh. “It is crucial to have competent people... 

AfriSam Celebrates The Beauty Of Concrete Through Its Inaugural Concreativity Award

2nd November 2018 AfriSam announced the winners of its inaugural ConCreativity challenge at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Zeitz MOCAA, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world, on 26 October 2018. Celebrating the various forms and potential of concrete, ConCreativity invited South... 

Specialist contractor establishes the benchmark in specialised lining applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 BKV Holdings devised a novel means of installing a Polyurea waterproofing over a Perlite cement fire-rated screed to wall system at a newly-built power station, and this approach has since become the standard on other similar projects. Perlite cement screeds are more porous than conventional... 

Merkel looks to Africa to cement a legacy shaped by migration 

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted African leaders on Tuesday, pledging a new development fund to tackle underdevelopment on the continent that has helped to spur mass migration, shaping the later years of her long premiership. Merkel announced on Monday she would retire from politics by... 

A.B.E. And Chryso Products Bring New Life To Wedding Venue Floors

29th October 2018 Products from the Chryso South Africa Group and its subsidiary, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, were used for the refurbishment of the flooring at one of the Western Cape’s most popular wedding and functions venues, Murasie, in the Overberg. Johnie Emmerich, Technical Sales Consultant: Flooring... 

LafargeHolcim cuts full-year earnings forecast as costs bite

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 LafargeHolcim increased its sales outlook for 2018 but reduced its profit expectations as the world's largest cement maker reported better-than-expected earnings during its third quarter. The Swiss company said on Friday it now expected annual sales to grow in the 4% to 6% range, up from its... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy-saving initiative

26th October 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) last month pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Kenya's ARM Cement's administrator proposes to keep company running

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The administrator of Kenya's debt-laden ARM Cement will ask its creditors for support keeping the company afloat by selling some of its assets to cut debt, as well as a plan to engage with financiers for working capital. George Weru, a co-administrator for the cement firm, told Reuters the... 

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Road construction equipment supplier Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen SA) and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which Wirtgen SA MD Heinrich Schulenburg said would cement the relationship between the entities and give... 

Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can... 

Carbon Tax Bill, draft IRP 2018 not aligned

19th October 2018 South Africa is in the process of developing policy instruments to mitigate climate change and ensure the least cost to the economy for future energy requirements. At the core of these environmental and economic objectives are the Draft Carbon Tax Bill (DCTB) and the Draft Integrated Resource... 

Attacq, Tricolt to launch first high-rise luxury apartments in Waterfall City

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 JSE-listed Attacq has partnered with property development company Tricolt to launch the first high-rise luxury apartments in Waterfall City, with the first phase of development set to be completed by 2021. The development is comprised of four towers – the Newton, Kepler, Da Vinci and Galileo... 

Attacq introduces ‘Ellipse Waterfall’ – First High-Rise Luxury Apartments in Waterfall City

16th October 2018 JSE listed Attacq Limited (Attacq) has partnered with Tricolt, a leading property development company, to launch the first high-rise luxury apartments in Waterfall City. Ellipse Waterfall is set to transform urban luxury living in Gauteng’s fastest growing business node. Residents will be able to... 

Polymer Concrete Market Growing At 3.5% CAGR To Reach USD 600 Million By 2025

12th October 2018 According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Polymer Concrete Market size is forecast to exceed USD 600 million by 2025. High polymer prices may prove to become a obstacle in the growth of the polymer concrete market. Few resins, fibers or acrylates that are added to the... 

Connecting international expertise to South African opportunities

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 European alliance partner company GC Top Technologies — an Italian company based in South Africa — aims to connect international suppliers of the best available technologies with South African clients that require improved efficiency, enhanced productivity and environment-friendly solutions. The... 

Engineering firm acquires valve test bench

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Mpumalanga-based wholly black-owned mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering will procure a pressure relief valve test bench by the end of this month to test more than 90% of all installed safety valves currently in use in South Africa.  Global valve test and repair equipment supplier... 

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity

12th October 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during flood... 

Ramaphosa treads 'softly-softly' in South Africa power play 

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught in an intricate game of political chess as he seeks to stamp his authority on the government while maintaining a semblance of party unity before elections next year. While his finance minister and political ally, Nhlanhla Nene, resigned Tuesday after lying... 

Growing Lightly

10th October 2018 Sedick Samsodien explains to the guests attending the factory tour how the mountains of post-consumer and post-recycled polystyrene visible in the background are collected and recycled into the Greenlite lightweight concrete bricks and screed used to build shopping malls, architectural homes and... 

Steel major calls for drastic measures to counter current steel industry crisis

9th October 2018 Currently, the South African downstream steel sector is beset by numerous severely challenging issues which - if the situation continues unabated - will be severely detrimental to the ongoing viability of the entire steel sector in this country. One of the primary issues to be addressed is the... 

Kemach JCB’s commitment to service builds long-term customer relationships

5th October 2018 Kemach JCB’s strong service ethic provides a solid foundation on which the company builds and maintains sound long-term relationships with customers like Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire. Founded by Anton Schonken, Lusthof Civil & Plant Hire specialises in quarry and gravel road building projects,... 

Petrochemicals becoming largest driver of global oil demand – IEA

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Petrochemicals are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, ahead of cars, planes and trucks, a study undertaken by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. Petrochemicals, which are components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as... 

Company ensures safety and quality in its offering

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2018 Investment into quality work apparel could lead to higher productivity and can prove to be beneficial to companies as it lasts longer and provides more protection for the workforce, says work apparel manufacturer and supplier Sweet Orr. Sweet Orr places continued emphasis on innovation, research... 

Coal reaching $100/t in Europe boosts greener alternatives

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Coal’s push to $100/t in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does for miners. Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival... 

Family Values and a Shared Passion for Africa Shine in New South Africa Partnership

3rd October 2018 Haver & Boecker Enters Joint Venture with   South Africa-Based Portland Packaging (Pty) Ltd 

14 Projects Shortlisted for AfriSam-SAIA Award 2017/2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 Shortlisted projects for the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation for 2017/18 highlight how reducing the environmental impact of building is pivotal for good architecture and social design It was the Roman architect Vitruvius who defined the principles of good architecture... 

Pilbara readies for first shipment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2018 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has loaded its maiden shipment of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, which is expected to depart shortly to offtake partners in Asia. The company’s chartered vessel is expected to receive up to 8 800 t of spodumene concentrate, with the product being loaded... 

Coal India offers assured volumes to fuel-starved captive power plants

By: Ajoy K Das     26th September 2018 Throwing a lifeline to fuel-starved captive thermal power plants, Coal India Limited (CIL) has offered assured yearly supplies of dry fuel for a period of five years with volumes allocated through e-auctions. CIL has communicated to captive power plants operated by various industries like steel,... 

Concrete Offers Unmatched Structural Integrity, Says TCI

25th September 2018 Structural integrity, durability, energy efficiency and fire resistance are just a few of the benefits concrete construction offers for the creation of infrastructure, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute (TCI). Perrie says the strength of concrete elements in buildings is well... 

Chinese petcoke buyers turning to Russia, Mideast after US tariffs

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Chinese importers of petroleum coke are buying more volumes from Russia and the Middle East due to a hefty tariff on shipments from the United States, previously one of China's main sources of the material used in aluminium and cement production. China slapped a 25% tariff on US petroleum coke,... 

Precast Concrete Faҫades Bring Buildings To Life

21st September 2018 Precast construction technology represents Finnish high-tech know-how at its best. The country’s professionalism in precast technology originates from its extensive application of this construction method. Testing innovative solutions and developing new products has been possible due to a solid... 

Culture imperative in facilitating safe workplaces

21st September 2018 Creating a safe working environment is a complex issue and requires a concerted effort by all stakeholders over a sustained period of time, posits cement, lime and related products supplier PPC technical and lime executive Hardie de Beer. “It is this understanding that is at the core of PPC’s... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

Coca-Cola moving ahead with takeover of Nigeria's Chi juice

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Coca-Cola is moving ahead with plans to take over Nigeria's leading juice company Chi and aims to complete the deal early next year, a senior executive told Reuters. The acquisition for an undisclosed price is one of several steps the US company is taking in a global strategy to diversify from... 

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... 

Commercial coal mining in India potentially heading for backburner

By: Ajoy K Das     17th September 2018 Signs are emerging that commercial coal mining in India, sans any end-use restrictions and permitting free merchant sale, will be put on the backburner, if not die a slow death altogether. Although no official acknowledgement of the same is forthcoming from any of the departments involved in... 

Coal crunch faced by Indian nonpower sector to ease, not end

By: Ajoy K Das     14th September 2018 The coal shortage faced by the nonpower sector is expected to continue, although a reversal of the trend may emerge toward the end of the month, Coal India Limited (CIL) chairperson Anil Kumar Jha has said. “A surge in demand for coal at the start of the summer months this year forced CIL to... 

The black grit that beat Bitcoin's rally and didn't slump

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2018 China’s push for blue skies has caused an obscure steelmaking ingredient to fuel gains of as much as 2,600 percent since the start of 2017 for the few companies that supply it, minting at least one new billionaire. The material is graphite, a form of carbon that has seen demand soar because of... 

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