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Cape Town’s tallest building awarded five-star rating

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 The R1.6-billion Portside development, in Cape Town’s central business district, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star South Africa (SA) office design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project Phase 2, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2013 The Department of Water Affairs has reported that the De Hoop dam is in its final stage of completion. 

Reinforcing Africa’s future: Manufacturing, distributing and installing reinforced steel

12th July 2013 Macsteel Reinforcing primarily supplies reinforcing steel and provides allied value added services to the construction sector. A strong management team with vast experience and technical knowledge enhances all aspects of the business including the on-site management and installation of its... 

SA growth, commodities vulnerable as China slows

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2013 Slower-than-expected growth in China poses a material external risk to South Africa’s 2013 growth outlook, a leading banking group warned on Monday, while reinforcing the view that the domestic headwinds of policy and labour-market uncertainty remained worrying threats. Absa Capital, which is... 

Carlmac Steel acquires Murray and Roberts Steel

28th June 2013 Carlmac Steel, a company controlled by Malcolm McCulloch and Carlo di Nicola, together with members of the existing management team have acquired all the shares of Murray and Roberts’ reinforcing and steel bar business, Murray and Roberts Steel. The company will retain the name and branding of... 

SA to gauge Agoa-extension temperature during Obama visit

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2013 South Africa plans to use the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to reinforce its position that the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) should be extended for a sustained period beyond its September 30, 2015, expiry date and that South Africa should remain a beneficiary, despite its... 

Turkish steel exporters explore SA business prospects

By: Samantha Herbst     7th June 2013 To explore potential areas of cooperation and new business prospects between the steel sectors of South Africa and Turkey, high-level delegates from the Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association (CIB), comprising 17 prominent steel exporters and manufacturers currently operating in Turkey, held talks... 

Africa offers opportunity for north, south to work together – Zuma

By: SANews, SA government news service     21st May 2013 In developing Africa, countries from the north and the south have the unique opportunity to work together to change the lives of millions of Africans, President Jacob Zuma said today. Briefing the media in Tuynhuys during a visit by Canada’s Governor-General David Johnston, Zuma said South Africa... 

Big renewables financing push a highlight of bank’s sustainability report

By: Joanne Taylor     17th May 2013 Standard Bank Group (SBG) has recently released its 2012 ‘Sustainability Report’ and says its sustainability programmes are mutually reinforcing and have served the company well. 

Cisco’s new Turkish owners to invest R250m to bolster capacity ahead of restart

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2013 The new Turkish owners of the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco), in Kuilsrivier, in the Western Cape, will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade the facility and improve its energy efficiency ahead of its official restart, which is scheduled for either July or August. The plant produces... 

Steel fibres in concrete for strength and ductility

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     28th March 2013 Industrial concrete flooring experts Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) director Peter Norton explains that kooked end high tensile steel fibres are added to concrete in order to make it “tougher” to create a reinforced floor that can withstand heavy impact environments. 

Cisco’s new Turkish owners to invest R250m to bolster capacity and efficiency ahead of restart 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2013 The new Turkish owners of the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco), in Kuilsrivier, in the Western Cape, will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade the facility and improve its energy efficiency ahead of its official restart, which is scheduled for either July or August. The plant produces... 

Focus on high-margin business areas

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 A key focus for JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi this year is to return its Southern African business to profitability by implementing various interventions aimed at repositioning the paper business to be more competitive and better serving the requirements of its customers. 

$15m African project development facility launched

By: Joanne Taylor     1st March 2013 African-led multilateral financial institution the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) recently launched a project-development facility. 

Ngodwana specialised cellulose project to be commissioned in mid-2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th February 2013 Paper and packaging group Sappi’s $340m-million GoCell specialised cellulose (SC) expansion project at its Ngodwana Mill, in Mpumalanga, is on track for commissioning by mid-2013 to grow its SC production. 

Industrial gas firm invests R100m in Richards Bay expansion

18th January 2013 Gas company Air Liquide has invested R100-million in the expansion of its existing production plant in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN). 

Marikana re-inflicts 70s stagflation on SA economy – Peter Leon

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2012 The Marikana tragedy and the events that it sparked have re-inflicted a 1970s-type stagflation on the South African economy, which is now poised to be downgraded yet again by a third sovereign ratings agency, says Webber Wentzel’s Africa mining head Peter Leon in a Chamber of Mines... 

Regional demand for SA alternative building technologies rising

7th December 2012 South African exports of alternative building technologies (ABTs) into Southern Africa are gathering pace across an increasingly wider proportion of the region as it continues to gain momentum amid economic growth and infrastructural development. 

Company Announcement: Concor Civils Makes Rapid Progress on City Deep Container Terminal Upgrade

29th November 2012 Concor Civils, a Murray & Roberts Construction company, is making rapid progress on a multi-million rand contract awarded by Transnet Capital Projects for the construction of new concrete paving, civil services and electrical lighting at its City Deep Container Terminal 

Construction of Eastern Cape retail mall complete

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 2012 The new 33 000 m2 Nonesi Mall, in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, was opened last month and is set to create jobs for local residents and promote economic activity in the area, says retail centre developer Tintswalo Property Group CEO Lisa Goosen. 

Sound engineering principles used to develop home-grown toy concept

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2012 The plastic construction toys launched by start-up toy manufacturer Tugo Build Toys will help to develop delicate skills in children at play, says Vaal University of Technology (VUT) vice-chancellor and principal Professor Irene Moutlana 

New thinking and technology being proposed to deal with South Africa’s road-death scourge

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     5th October 2012 In South Africa, road accidents claim an estimated 14 000 lives every year, making it one of the highest road-death rates globally.  

Market cap of WA-listed firms up 2%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2012 Advisory firm Deloitte reported on Thursday that the market capitalisation of the Western Australian listed companies making up its WA Index had increased some 2% during September, continuing a steady recovery for a second consecutive month. The WA Index stood at some A$142.8-billion at the end... 

Company Announcement: AREVA fosters industry discussions on Nuclear Economics in its 3rd Safety Alliance Seminar

17th September 2012 AREVA welcomed 30 operational and financial leaders of the world’s largest nuclear utilities, from 13 countries, to discuss Nuclear Economics during its latest Safety Alliance Seminar held today in London, England 

Company Announcement: Sephaku Cement invests in local workforce

10th September 2012 Local cement production entrant Sephaku Cement is living up to self mandated contractual requirements to ensure R1.7bn in local investment through construction of the first new clinker and cement plant in South Africa 

Company Announcement: Massive Retaining Walls Constructed for Massbuild Warehouse

7th September 2012 Two unusually high retaining walls have been built at a new Massbuild warehouse site at Waterfall Distribution Park in Midrand which is being developed by Atterbury Property Developments 

Greater collaboration urged as SA moves towards multiparticipant power market

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2012 Effective collaboration in the energy and electricity sector, between independent power producers and government, is necessary to overcome hurdles in the sector, says legal firm Werksmans Attorneys director Greg Nott. 

Cisco buyer’s identity not disclosed as M&R closes steel chapter

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2012 Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that it has disposed of the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco), in Kuilsrivier, in the Western Cape, for an undisclosed fee. But the JSE-listed group says it is restricted, through a confidentiality agreement, from... 

17/08/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2012 SA’s NDP 2030 calls for more natural gas in the energy mix; SA is readying itself to host the ‘world cup’ of geosciences in 2016; and Black-controlled Exxaro will begin exporting iron-ore next year from its new mine in the Republic of Congo. 

Company Announcement: Liviero Completes New Magistrate's Court

6th August 2012 The construction of a new Magistrates’ Court in Palm Ridge, near Alberton, has been completed by contractor Liviero 

First Green Star rating for provincial government building

3rd August 2012 The Department of Public Works’ Sisonke district office, in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, became the first provincial government building to receive a 5-Star Green Star SA office design v1 rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson commented that the State,... 

New concrete reinforcement product to replace steel bar 

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Construction company Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) with Basalt Technology which is a part of the PMSA group of companies has launched a concrete reinforcing product made of crushed and melted basalt rock. 

Company Announcement: The New Yaris Hybrid-A Quiet Revolution in the B-Segment

18th July 2012 Everyone knows that green is the new black 

Cable trench covers receive approval

13th July 2012 The newly designed Rhino trench cover by electric cable supplier Consortium Cables has been approved by State-owned power utility Eskom for inclusion in its buyer’s guide and by freight logistics group Transnet for use at its projects, says Consortium Cables CEO Martin Modlin. 

Cisco sale at an 'advanced' stage

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2012 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Friday that it has reached an agreement in principle with a prospective buyer of its Cape Town Iron & Steel Works (Cisco) steel mill, in the Western Cape. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed, nor was the precise composition of the... 

Global standards for certificates of origin established

By: Callie Lombard     29th June 2012 On June 14, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which is based in France, announced that trade documentation specialists from chambers of commerce from more than 20 countries had set in motion a series of global initiatives and projects during their recent meeting – on June 6 –... 

Company Announcement: Today's Students, Tomorrow's leaders

26th June 2012 Lafarge provides support for local university courses 

R1.3bn Bridge City rail link on track for 2013 completion

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2012 Construction work on the R1.3-billion, 3.5 km new dual Bridge City rail link (BCRL), north of Durban, was on schedule, and should be completed by the end of March 2013, said Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) group CEO Lucky Montana on Thursday. The new passenger link would connect... 

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