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Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

TNPA progresses multibillion-rand investment in East London port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Friday said it had injected R542-million into several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London over the past few years as part of Operation Phakisa. This includes the R219-million refurbishment of the dry dock to... 

CoreSlab drives uptake of precast concrete and HCC technologies

     20th October 2017 CoreSlab’s involvement in a number of public sector projects reflects the ongoing growth of precast and hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) technologies in the country. This leading precast concrete designer and manufacturer has participated in many successful infrastructure-related projects,... 

WPG output falls in line with plan to lower costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2017 Gold miner WPG Resources has reported a decline in production for the September quarter, as the company implemented a new mine and mill plan aimed at reducing all-in sustaining costs (AISC) to about A$1 200/oz by the June quarter of next year. The strategy, which was finalised in May this year,... 

Gauteng optimistic new project toolkit will raise infrastructure delivery efficiency

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2017 Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) believes transforming from a department characterised by crisis management and chasing shadows to an “efficient project delivery machine” is well under way and has led to the “cracking of the code” for efficient infrastructure delivery in... 

Gauteng optimistic new project toolkit will raise infrastructure delivery efficiency

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2017 Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) believes transforming from a department characterised by crisis management and chasing shadows to an “efficient project delivery machine” is well under way and has led to the “cracking of the code” for efficient infrastructure delivery in... 

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

RBPlat drops Gupta-linked contractor

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 South African platinum producer Royal Bafokeng Platinum said on Thursday it was dropping the services of contractor JIC Mining Services, majority owned by Oakbay Investments, the main company operated by the Gupta family. RBPlat, a black-owned midtier producer of the precious metal, is the latest... 

Gascoyne picks miner at Dalgaranga

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th October 2017 Gold developer Gascoyne Resources has tapped fellow-listed NRW Holdings as the preferred mining contractor for a A$300-million contract at its flagship Dalgaranga project, in Western Australia. The openpit contract, which is subject to finalising of terms and conditions, will cover four pits... 


     18th October 2017 M&D Construction Group forges ahead at complex WWTW project Leading South African construction company, M&D Construction Group, is helping Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality strengthen wastewater-treatment capacity in Vryburg, North West Province. 

Pre-cast at the CORE of modern hotel

     18th October 2017 The new six-storey 2Ten Hotel is immediately noticeable by the slender and elegant vertical and horizontal lines that traverse the full length and width of the east, west and south walls of the structure. Meanwhile, lean horizontal and vertical strips of pre-cast concrete coping on the perimeter... 


     18th October 2017 M&D Construction Group forges ahead at complex WWTW project Leading South African construction company, M&D Construction Group, is helping Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality strengthen wastewater-treatment capacity in Vryburg, Free State. The group’s civil arm commenced construction... 

Cora Gold appoints drilling contractor for Mali discovery

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2017 West Africa-focused gold exploration company Cora Gold’s wholly owned subsidiary Cora Gold Mali has entered into a contract with Target Drilling for the supply of aircore (AC), reverse circulation (RC) and diamond core drilling services at its flagship Sanankoro gold discovery in South Mali.  The... 

Rockwell reports Q2 2018 results, excludes breakeven-but-bankrupt South African affiliates

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2017 Canadian alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds, which had its origins within Vancouver-based mining house Hunter Dickenson, has reported a noncash comprehensive income of C$23.2-million for the second quarter ended August 31. The result is based almost entirely on the reversal of foreign... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Utility management company Bosch Munitech’s specialised Underground Services Location (USL) facility encompasses advanced utility detection and mapping services, which are essential for providing accurate information on buried utility infrastructure layouts, says Bosch Munitech underground and... 

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 As it celebrates its sixtieth year in South Africa, Italian multinational engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will complete the construction of one of the country’s largest surfaces of mechanically stabilised earth walls to date – at 10 000 m2 – at the Mount Edgecombe interchange, in... 

V&A Waterfront Silo district project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th October 2017 The project has been completed. 

Isang Rakola grid extension, Botswana

By: Sheila Barradas     13th October 2017 The project involves the construction of two parallel 220 kV lines of 80 km each. 

Duqm refinery, Oman

By: Sheila Barradas     13th October 2017 The project entails the construction of a high-efficiency refinery to produce naphtha, jet fuel, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas. 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Omnia Mining starts production at Xtract’s Manica concession

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2017 Mining contractor Omnia Mining has started production on the western half of Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession, in Mozambique. Earlier this year, Xtract’s subsidiary Explorator signed mining contractor agreements with Omnia and Sino Minerals Investment Company for the exploitation of... 

Highland lifts Q3 output 14.6%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2017 Russia-focused gold miner Highland Gold has increased its production by 14.6% year-on-year to 71 767 oz in the third quarter, ensuring that the company remains on track to meet its full-year guidance of 255 000 oz to 265 000 oz. From the Khabarovsk region, production at the Mnogovershinnoye mine... 

Specialist Knowledge Meets Innovation

     10th October 2017 Local Engineering And Construction Company Develops Unique Formwork Solution For Dome Structures Durban-based engineering company, NOVARC, has developed a safe, fast and cost-effective formwork solution for concrete dome structures and reservoirs. 

Tharisa reports best production year

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2017 Platinum group metals (PGM) and chrome co-producer Tharisa on Tuesday reported a record fourth quarter, which nudged the company to its best yearly production performance to date in the 12 months to September 30. The JSE-listed company, headed by CEO Phoevos Pouroulis, said in a release to... 

Sino starts production at Xtract’s Manica project

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 One of Xtract Resources’ alluvial mining contractors at the Manica concession, in Mozambique, Sino Minerals, has started production on the eastern half of the concession. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary Explorator concluded mining contractor agreements for the project with mining contractors Omnia... 

Kariba South Extension Project reaches 85% completion milestone

     9th October 2017 The Kariba South Extension Project on the Zambezi River is 85% complete, and is on track for completion in March 2018, reports Hatch, the Owner’s Engineer on the massive project. This flagship infrastructure project was initiated by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) due to an acute power shortfall... 

Makhura concerned at delays in Grayston Bridge collapse inquiry

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Sunday expressed concern at delays in the inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston Bridge in Johannesburg two years ago. The bridge on the M1 highway and the Grayston interchange collapsed on October 14, killing two people and injuring 19. An inquiry into the... 

Aspire granted mining lease at Nuurstei

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th October 2017 Coal junior Aspire Mining has been granted a mining lease for its Nuurstei coking coal project, in Mongolia. The mining licence from the Mineral Resources Authority of Mongolia provides the ASX-listed company with a minimum 30-year tenure over the licenced area, and will result in Aspire issue... 

M1 overpass bridges rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Johannesburg Road Agency is finalising the project. 

M1 to be opened in stages as rehabilitation is completed

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd October 2017 As the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) wraps up the structural rehabilitation programme of the M1 Oxford and Federation bridges, the agency is considering several other options to improve the severely congested roads infrastructure across the city. The JRA on Tuesday unveiled the completion of... 

NMC a 63 percent blacked owned and fully transformed construction company

     3rd October 2017 The NMC Construction Group is underpinning a proud 34-year heritage, with an exceptional reputation as a designer and builder of industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects, through its new executive chairman, Phila Jordan whose 51 percent stake has lifted BEE ownership to 63 percent. So... 

McKinsey told Eskom of transparency risk at Trillian Capital

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2017 Eskom Holdings continued to pay Trillian Capital Partners even after McKinsey & Co warned the South African State power company that it had concerns over transparency at the project development partner. Letters written in March 2016 by McKinsey to Eric Wood, the chief executive officer of... 

Hall's Chemicals And Adhesives Build New Retail Space In Pietermaritzburg

     2nd October 2017 The new Hall’s Retail space offers everything a DIY enthusiast to a contractor could need. After months of anticipation, Hall’s Chemicals and Adhesives has reinvented itself with a fantastically renovated space at 176 Victoria Road in Pietermaritzburg. Built in 1957 and restored to its former... 

Red 5 outlines plans for newly acquired WA gold assets

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd October 2017 ASX-listed Red 5 has joined the rank of Australian gold producers after completing the purchase of the King of the Hills and Darlot gold mines, in Western Australia. The company in August unveiled plans to acquire the Darlot gold mine from South Africa’s Gold Fields for a total consideration of... 

Fade to black

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th September 2017 About 20 years ago, I wrote the following: "What do you see? You see the ruins of a building. It has burnt down. There are pathetic little burnt bundles of bits strewn around everywhere. And the coroner  (the coroner! ) is there. He's investigating what could have possibly caused this... 

R341 rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th September 2017 The project will rehabilitate the R341 between Oudtshoorn and De Rust. 

Construction progresses at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila gold project

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th September 2017 The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold pour by the end of this year. The installation is a significant milestone in progressing the project to... 

Palladium price gains may prompt re-estimation of Monchetundra reserves

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2017 The soaring palladium price is boding well for the Monchetundra project, on the Kola Pensinsula of Russia, and has boosted the project’s in-situ value to about $2-billion, project owner Eurasia Mining reports. The company, which is listed on London’s Aim, said on Tuesday that it was considering a... 

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