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Construction companies warned on compliance

By: African News Agency      20th October 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has warned construction companies to comply with South Africa’s labour laws or face being shut down. Oliphant’s warning came after she visited a construction site where 400 housing units were being built in Rustenburg, North West. 

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.  

Mambilla hydroelectric power plant, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 Nigeria's Federal Executive Council has approved the construction of the project. 

NUM members down tools at PPC Cement over wages

By: African News Agency      17th October 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said that its members at South Africa’s leading supplier of cement and related products, PPC Cement Slurry in Mafikeng, North West, have embarked on a strike over wages. This comes after the NUM gave PPC Cement a notice to strike on Sunday last week and... 

Pan Mixers South Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th October 2017 Quality concrete equipment supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) also provide a full range of on-site batching plant solutions. Having supplied the construction industry with its equipment for over 40 years, one of the product ranges that PMSA is proud to distribute is the Self-Loading FIORI. 

Dialogue drives development

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 With the second-largest manufacturing economy in Europe and unique expertise in many sectors, Italy is ideally positioned to help South Africa step up in the global value chain – but foreign companies need to be guided by local role-players to understand the needs and expectations of the country,... 

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th 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 sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

Wolseley residents complain of no refuse collection for 5 years

By: News24Wire      10th October 2017 Residents who moved to Zakhele in Wolseley five years ago, say the municipality hasn't provided any basic services despite them paying for it. After GroundUp sent questions to Witzenberg Municipality about the absence of refuse removal for all these years, the municipality sent out a small truck... 

Cornubia held up as vision for future, socially-minded developments

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has won acclaim for transforming the landscape north of Durban by creating South Africa’s largest mixed-use integrated human settlement project. Tongaat Hulett Developments was named Visionary Client of the Year at the annual Consulting Engineers South Africa Aon... 

Improving miners’ lives best way of honouring Marikana victims – Zuma

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 President Jacob Zuma has said he would not declare a commemorative day to mark the killing of miners at Marikana five years ago, as the most effective way of honouring the victims was to take practical steps to improve the lives of mining communities. Zuma was responding to a written... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has reported that the start of construction works on Phase II is only a few months away. 

Residents furious as City of Cape Town awards controversial R1bn prime land tender 

By: News24Wire      5th October 2017 The City of Cape Town has awarded a controversial R1-billion tender to sell and transform stretches of its prime land between Clifton and Camps Bay - a move which residents feel will push up costs and start squeezing out those who can no longer afford to live there. The Clifton tender, which... 

Chamber of Mines wage offer favourable – Solidarity

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday that it had received a favourable wage offer from the Chamber of Mines, following extensive coal industry pay bargaining.   Mining Weekly Online can report that the wage offer ranges from 5.5% to 7.5% and involves a 7.5% wage increase at the Anglo Coal,... 

Metalworkers to intensify wage strike at South32 smelter in South Africa

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday vowed to intensify the strike against Australian miner South32 in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, after a marathon negotiation session to resolve the strike was deadlocked. The global mining company has an aluminium smelter in... 

City of Johannesburg paves way for inner city housing revitalisation 

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 The Johannesburg city council has approved a plan to tackle the housing problem within the inner city and creating safe, clean, and connected communities with access to economic opportunities, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday. The council had made 12 city-owned properties available for... 

Wesizwe continues to advance Bakubung development

By: Anine Kilian     29th September 2017 The development of JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung Platinum Mine (BPM) continues to progress in line with targeted milestones. The company, which late on Thursday reported its financial results for the six months to June 30, said the main shaft commissioning was nearly complete, with the... 

Petra Diamonds reaches wage agreement with South Africa's NUM

By: Reuters     29th September 2017 Petra Diamonds Ltd said on Thursday it had reached an agreement with South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on pay at the company's Finsch and Koffiefontein operations, ending a strike at the two mines. Employees would return to normal duties on Sept. 29, the company said in a... 

Lightweight and compact lanyard launched in SA

     29th September 2017 Last month, equipment supplier MSA Africa launched a new self-retracting lanyard that is both lightweight and compact. The MSA Latchways 3 m personal fall limiter (PFL) has been designed specifically for environments where close anchorage is available. The lanyard uses multiple spring radial... 

African ports define development roadmap for 2018 and beyond

     22nd September 2017 Over 20 African ports authorities, terminal operators and Ministries of Transport convene in Durban, South Africa this October for strategic think-tank discussions around port optimisation and modernisation across the region.  The African Ports Evolution initiative sets the backdrop for the... 

Product presentation showcases VRF technology

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Last month, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) product distributor AHI Carrier South Africa – the official distributor for Japanese air-conditioning manufacturer Toshiba – hosted a product presentation and training event for the Toshiba SHRM-e variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system.... 

Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

Human Settlements department dealing with title deed backlog, rapid urbanising trend

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2017 Clearing the backlog of about 800 000 title deeds is a major focus point for the Department of Human Settlements (DHS), Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the 2017 National Human Settlements Development Summit, in Ekurhuleni, she stressed the importance of dealing... 

Gauteng govt to launch six megahousing projects in Ekurhuleni in the next 5 years

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2017 In a move to address the housing backlog across Gauteng, the provincial government will launch two new megahousing projects a month from now until February 2018, revealed Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the 2017 National Human Settlements Development Summit, in... 

NUM continues strike at Petra’s Finsch mine, to down tools at Koffiefontein after wage deadlock

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has issued Petra Diamonds with a 48-hour notice for a planned, protected strike at the Koffiefontein mine, in Northern Cape. The union on Thursday said it would withdraw all members from the mine, starting on Saturday morning, until Petra accedes to the... 

Imbalance in South African society driven by spatial inequality  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 South Africa is fast approaching a perfect inequality rating on the Gini coefficient, University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance head Professor David Everatt said at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. The Gini... 

World Bank blames lack of innovation for South Africa’s dismal productivity performance 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2017 The World Bank’s tenth and latest South Africa Economic Update points to serious weaknesses in the area of domestic innovation, which it says lies at the heart of a worrying divergence in the country’s productivity performance when compared with both advanced economies and the country’s Brics... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     18th September 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

NHBRC appoints new CEO

     15th September 2017 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has appointed Mziwonke Dlabantu CEO, effective October 1. He brings more than 20 years of public service experience to the NHBRC with a wealth of expertise in human settlements sector experience, as well as strategic and financial management. 

Cape Town identifies inner city housing sites for lower income families

By: News24Wire      14th September 2017 The City of Cape Town identified 11 central sites it owns that would be set aside for affordable, social and transitional housing initiatives. Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday said the goal was to reverse the effects of apartheid spatial planning, forced removals and gentrification. 

NUM members to embark on strike at two Exxaro coal mines

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has served diversified miner Exxaro Resources with a notice to embark on a protected strike at the Grootegeluk mine, in Lephalale, Limpopo, and at the Leeuwpan mine, in Delmas, Mpumalanga.   The NUM submitted wage demands on April 13 and accuses Exxaro of... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown

     8th September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings helped to facilitate a smooth turnaround process during a three-month shutdown at one of Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refineries this year, through the supply of modular housing for critical staff. 

Low-skilled labour plan could provide solution to unemployment challenge

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 Industrial research and development engineering company Greville Wood Developments (GWD) is awaiting funding to recreate a 1986 manufacturing proof study and farming plan, called the Warrenton Plan, which could collectively create about 2 300 jobs in Warrenton, in the Northern Cape, then rolled... 

Partnerships remain key to social housing development

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2017 With access to affordable housing a growing problem in South Africa, the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) on Thursday called on the private sector to partner with government to come up with solutions and to “play their part” in eliminating social housing challenges. Speaking at the ninth... 

South African economy in for a long trek to recovery, ANC conference key

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2017 South Africa’s economic outlook remains complicated by elevated political and policy uncertainty, with the stalled economy unlikely to recover in the short term and more likely to continue moving sideways, Nedbank senior economist Isaac Matshego said on Thursday. It will take some years before... 

Fire & Security Techniques champions Fire Heroes in informal settlements

     6th September 2017 Fire Hero is a ‘smart’ educational strategy that combines leadership training and critical survival skills for residents of informal settlements. The programme is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion. The company was a key exhibitor at the City... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supplied to support major oil refinery shutdown

     6th September 2017 Whilst South Africa is heavily dependent on petroleum products to keep the economy running, major refineries need to periodically suspend or circumvent crude oil production to conduct routine maintenance, renovations and repairs. Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) – a leading manufacturer of... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 A contractor has been appointed to supervise construction of the Polihali dam. 

Latest compact, lightweight self-retracting lanyard launched

     30th August 2017 MSA Africa has launched its most compact and lightweight self-retracting lanyard to date. The MSA Latchways 3 m Personal Fall Limiter (PFL) has been designed specifically for environments where close anchorage is available. The secret behind the lanyard is the use of multiple spring radial... 

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