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Gauteng prepares to expropriate privately owned land without compensation

By: News24Wire      15th June 2018 The Gauteng government wants to "immediately" expropriate without compensation privately owned land lying idle. Premier David Makhura said the province was completing an audit of all unused privately owned land to test the Constitution instead of waiting on the parliamentary process currently... 

Local Industrial Internet of Things Solution Provider, 1Worx, Partners with TUT to Bring World Class Leading IIoT Technology to African Engineering Students

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 On 22nd of June 2018, 1Worx together with Tshwane University of Technology will be launching the world’s first African Industrial Internet of Things laboratory powered by PTC ThingWorx. Appropriately named the “Emerging Laboratory”, the lab is based at the TUT Soshanguve campus and is designed to... 

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... 

UD+ single-filter technology from Atlas Copco redefines filtration standards

14th June 2018 The UD+ advanced filter technology which combines Atlas Copco’s 2-in-1 nautilus concept, delivers a 40% lower pressure drop, removes contamination in compressed air down to 0.01 ppm, reduces maintenance costs and offers numerous environmental advantages. The patent-pending UD+ single cartridge... 

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday officially rejected Eskom's zero percent wage offer, saying that the state-owned power utility cannot plead poverty because it was "dealing with a self-imposed crisis". Last week, wage... 

African cities for sustainable future start with building for resilience

11th June 2018 Driving Agenda 2063 to connect communities and seize opportunities Rapid population growth and urbanisation of African cities will see nearly 350 million new city-dwellers by 2030, and a billion more by 20631. In response to meeting the expected demand of the future populous – and the standards... 

Public sector strike off as wage deal signed

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 A strike by South African public sector workers planned to start on Monday was called off after most trade unions accepted a government pay offer that exceeds Treasury provisions for salary increases. The stoppage was cancelled when more than 50% of unions in a bargaining council agreed to the... 

From Upington to Durban, Incledon has South Africa covered

8th June 2018 With branches in every major South African city, leading quality fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon has a formidable national footprint. This allows it to target many major water-infrastructure projects in the country at present. DPI Trading, a division of the larger national Incledon... 

Diligence in selecting slab-construction methods saves costs in the long run

8th June 2018 Deciding on whether to use hollow-core slabs or rib-and-block systems to construct concrete floor slabs for residential projects cannot be taken lightly. Jaco de Bruin, CoreSlab’s managing director, therefore, urges homebuilders and their professional teams to exercise diligence in selecting... 

Fabcon Steel builds on turnkey solutions for diverse applications

8th June 2018 Structural and reinforcing steel supplier Fabcon Steel of Midvaal, Gauteng continues to expand its service offering, while targeting growth opportunities beyond the construction sector. Established in 2008, Fabcon Steel has become well-known throughout South Africa for the supply of structural... 

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Basil Read enters new avenue with Savanna City residential development

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2018 As part of its turnaround strategy, construction group Basil Read on Thursday launched Basil Read Homes with the first of its 44 residential units on a land parcel at Savanna City, south of Johannesburg, which will, upon completion, boast about 18 399 integrated housing units. “This launch is a... 

Workers call for total shutdown of Eskom amid wage negotiations deadlock

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, following another collapse in wage negotiations.  Eskom workers are demanding a 15% wage increase across the board in a one-year agreement, 80:20 percent contribution... 

Mantashe says dept paying attention to seismicity to avoid fatalities

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the death-toll increase in mining accidents was a serious concern, adding that the department's Council for Geoscience (CGS) and other stakeholders were paying special attention into seismicity.  Since the beginning of 2018, a total... 

Public sector wage deal inches closer as more unions sign

By: News24Wire      7th June 2018 The public sector wage agreement is close to being a done deal, with 48% of workers represented by trade unions at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) supporting the offer. A majority of 50%+1 employee agreement is required to implement the deal. 

City of Cape Town to spend R2.1bn on housing

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said its Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will spend R2.1-billion on the development of new housing opportunities. This comes after the TDA budget for the next financial year, starting on 1 July 2018, was set at R5.34-billion. 

Artisanal mining should be legalised – analyst

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 As industrial mining for gold declines, artisanal mining for gold in abandoned, ownerless and derelict mines will increase, making way for artisanal miners to mine abandoned shafts, says mining analyst David van Wyk. Addressing delegates during a mining seminar at Sustainability Week 2018, in... 

Gauteng govt to release unused land and properties in July

By: Donald Makhafola     1st June 2018 The Gauteng provincial government completed an assets register last year and is expecting to release its property portfolio to the value of R31-billion in July. The portfolio consists of unused land and buildings, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo told construction... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced that it intends to procure three construction contracts for Phase 2. 

SA HIPPO regarded as the safest flameproof submersible pump in the world

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Besides guaranteeing that the electrical motor winding of the HIPPO Flameproof Slurry Submersible Pump® will never burn out – provided that all the safety controls are connected the pump has earned the reputation of being the safest flameproof submersible pump in the world. When HAZLETON PUMPS®... 

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Nxesi launches expedited lease renewal process

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday held a meeting with client departments, private landlords and other stakeholders to expedite finding a resolution to expired leases and the signing of long-term leases, including the so-called “9.11 leases” that are valid for nine years and eleven... 

Alliance Sensors Group expands linear position sensor line

31st May 2018 Alliance Sensors Group, a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC, has expanded its linear position sensor line with the new LA-19-A series of industrial AC-LVDTs (Linear Variable Differential Transformers). These high precision linear sensors are contactless inductive devices designed for industrial and... 

Afrox partners with Ulula Energy to bring safe and affordable gas to the Western Cape domestic market

25th May 2018 Afrox has partnered with Ulula Energy to take gas safety, affordability and convenience into the Western Cape’s informal domestic and residential markets. The partnership will see Ulula Energy, a Level 1 BBBEE contributor and independent black South African woman-owned and managed LPG... 

Nautilus unveils spider-inspired sediment sampler

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has unveiled a new autonomous sediment sampler called the 'Nautilus Jumping Spider’ for use in sampling deep-sea deposits, that could cut exploration costs “by an order of magnitude”, the company reported on Thursday. Nautilus said it has successfully... 

New shafts to enhance motor performance

25th May 2018 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens is extending its portfolio of Simotics synchronous-reluctance motors to include the two new shaft heights, the AH90 and AH225, thereby addressing calls from renowned manufacturers of pumps, fans, compressors and machine builders in general for different... 

Municipalities, State-owned companies must release unused land for urban poor – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2018 Municipalities and State-owned companies must expropriate and release unused land for housing the country's urban, landless poor, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. "Municipalities and State-owned enterprises need to release unused land and service sites for housing so... 

Leading infrastructure specialist mobilises in Western Cape

23rd May 2018  M&D Construction Group’s new office in Paarl will assist Breede Valley Local Municipality with the augmentation of the water-storage capacity at the Langerug reservoir. The construction of the 20 ML reservoir is the first contract to be secured by the leading diversified contractor’s new office,... 

Arrowhead vacancies improve despite challenging economic environment

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 South African focused real estate investment trust Arrowhead achieved a strong operating performance in the six months ended March 31, despite macroeconomic challenges. Speaking to Engineering News Online COO Riaz Kader on Wednesday said that although the company was operating in a very... 

MSA Africa offers latest safety technology for hazardous environments

23rd May 2018 From hearing protection to integrated harness systems, MSA Africa offers industries such as petrochemicals and oil-and-gas the latest technology to guarantee worker health and safety in hazardous environments. For example, the Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD) integrated harness system from... 

LRL-27 Series Long Stroke Heavy Duty LVIT Inductive Linear Position Sensors

22nd May 2018 Alliance Sensors Group a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LRL-27 Series of long-stroke LVIT position sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation systems and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial... 

Corobrik sponsors masterclass which demonstrates a vision of an accessible, safe and thriving city

21st May 2018 As part of ArchitectureZA 2018, an urban cultural festival focused on architecture, Corobrik sponsored a masterclass, which was held on Saturday, May 5. Entitled “The 495 CITY”, 26’10 South Architects, with guest speakers Sameep Padora from India and Peter Barber from the UK, explored and... 

The scramble for Somalia

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th May 2018 The Horn of Africa nation of Somalia is better known as the poorest country on earth, with a per capita gross domestic product of $400, and for lacking a coherent government since the 1991 ouster of Mohamed Siad Barre as President. What many do not remember is that it was one of the first newly... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY operating loss widens on impairment

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks’ operating loss widened to R451-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with the R106-million loss incurred in the prior financial year. The company on Thursday reported that goodwill and intangible assets of R667-million had been impaired,... 

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Government ready to do business with the private property sector – Nxesi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 The government is ready to do business with the private property sector to bring certainty to the market, says Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament, on Tuesday, the Minister said market certainty would be based on market-related pricing, improved value and... 

Government faces strike action over protracted wage talks

By: News24Wire      15th May 2018 The Public Servants Association (PSA) will start balloting its members in favour of a strike as the union grows increasingly frustrated with protracted government wage negotiations. “The employer has plunged the public service into total collapse, and the PSA has strongly warned against this... 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

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