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Afrimat Construction Index muted by slow infrastructure rollout 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2022 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19 induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 74% within only two quarters.   Since then, however, progress has been muted, owing mainly to the sedate rollout of government’s... 

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Nersa and DFFE insist Transnet remains compliant after serious theft-induced fuel spills 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) both insist that Transnet Pipelines remains compliant with its licence conditions and with environmental legislation in relation to its response to recent theft-induced fuel... 

The Transnet Multiproduct Pipeline runs from Durban to Heidelberg
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The Transnet Multiproduct Pipeline runs from Durban to Heidelberg

Creecy wants climate commission to oversee consultations on air quality disputes  

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to request that the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) be allowed to oversee public consultations on appeals that have arisen in relation to air-quality compliance by Eskom power stations.... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Large gas consumers cautious as Nersa seeks interim solution to avoid price shock 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2022 The Industrial Gas Users Association of Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) has cautiously welcomed moves by the energy regulator to introduce an interim pricing methodology for piped gas in light of the recent spike in international gas prices and ahead of what could otherwise be a debilitating July hike... 

Various industries would be affected by gas price spike including glass manufacturers
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Various industries would be affected by gas price spike including glass manufacturers

Ivanhoe invests initial R200m in Renergen to secure clean energy for Platreef 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th March 2022 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines has invested R200.6-million ($13.3-million) in South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen by buying more than 5.6-million Renergen shares, at R35.625 a share. The placement is within the company’s existing pre-approved placement capacity, and means that... 

Pic of Renergen's Virginia gas project, in South Africa's Free State.
Pictured is Renergen's Virginia gas project, in South Africa's Free State.

Tiger Wheel & Tyre installs first solar project as part of nationwide rollout 

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2022 Tiger Wheel & Tyre has unveiled the company’s first solar-powered store. The automotive parts and fitment brand’s Fourways store, in Johannesburg, is the first of the family to complete the move to solar power. The system was installed by Easy Power. 

Image of Tiger Wheel & Tyre's shop in Fourways
The Tiger Wheel & Tyre shop in Fourways

South Africa's energy crisis  

11th March 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what led to the latest bout of load-shedding, the cost to Eskom of having to burn huge amounts of diesel at its open cycle gas turbines, the outlook for the electricity generation sector for the rest of this... 

Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer
Terence Creamer unpacks South Africa's energy crisis (Camera & Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

City of Cape Town studying battery storage as part of strategy to end load-shedding   

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2022 The City of Cape Town is at the preliminary stages of assessing the business case for the deployment of battery energy storage systems (BESS) as part of its evolving strategy to eliminate the threat of load-shedding for its residents. The city is already moving ahead with plans to procure 300 MW... 

Cape Town

Cape Town looks to IPPs to make the city load-shedding resilient by 2027 

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2022 Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis is taking steps to protect the city from Stage 3 load-shedding by 2027 at a minimum – but preferably Stage 4 – in a move that he believes will facilitate “meaningfully faster” growth across the metropole. “Not only is it inconvenient to have load-shedding, but... 

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Sanral dealing with ‘significant backlog’ in procurement  

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is dealing with a “significant backlog in procurement”. There are a number of reasons for this, including a process between the agency and National Treasury to seek clarification on the 30% subcontracting clause, which took 18... 

The R75 between Jansenville and Wolwefontein

Isuzu to continue assembly of current D-Max as it adds new generation to line-up 

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2022 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) will be implementing a dual-product strategy by retaining production of a number of key models from the current Isuzu D-Max line-up.  This is a similar strategy to Volkswagen Polo Vivo production and Nissan NP 300 assembly where the previous model is retained as a... 

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The Gen 6 D-Max range

Eskom readies for R5bn first phase of battery storage roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2022 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is in the final stages of pre-contract discussions for the first phase of its much-anticipated battery energy storage system (BESS) deployment, which will involve investments valued at about R5-billion. During Phase 1, the utility aims to introduce... 

A battery storage system

Diesel supply and pricing again under the spotlight as Eskom intensifies cuts to preserve reserves  

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2022 Eskom has again issued a warning over the supply and pricing of diesel, which it has been consuming at extreme levels in recent days to cover for its underperforming coal fleet, the energy availability factor (EAF) of which has now slumped to below 60%. The State-owned utility deployed its open... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Business confidence has been improving, but Ukraine war may disrupt that 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2022 The Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)/Bureau for Economic Research Business Confidence Index (BCI) has increased to 46 in the first quarter of this year, after remaining flat at 43 points in the fourth quarter of last year. Although the reading remains below the neutral 50-point mark, RMB says it is,... 

Telkom, rain win opt-in phase of spectrum auction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2022 Telecommunications groups Telkom and rain have become the first winners among operators bidding to secure high demand spectrum as the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) starts its spectrum auction. Icasa, on March 8, started the opt-in phase of the auction process with... 

Steeply rising diesel prices may increase load-shedding risk as Eskom warns of difficulties in absorbing costs  

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2022 State-owned utility Eskom says it is still in the process of quantifying the likely impact of surging diesel prices on the cost of producing electricity at its open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) facilities but has cautioned that continued steep price rises will be difficult to absorb in light of its... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

South Africa's economy grew by 4.6% in 2021 – Stats SA 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th March 2022 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) for 2021 increased by 4.9% in 2021, compared with a contraction of 6.4% in 2020. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) statistician-general Risenga Maluleke on March 8 said the growth was the result of the country moving out of the Covid-19 pandemic... 

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Save money where you can, warns Misa 

By: Irma Venter     7th March 2022 The Motor Industry Staff Association (Misa) has warned its nearly 53 000 members that the next few weeks will require South Africans to dig deep into their pockets and save money where they can. South Africa’s economy has hit a double whammy with the recent steep fuel price increase, says... 

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Martlé Keyter

Electric minibus fleet to put untenable strain on SA’s energy network, warns Stellenbosch prof  

By: Irma Venter     7th March 2022 Eskom is currently unable to service South Africa’s electricity demand and is unlikely to do so in the foreseeable future, says Stellenbosch University (SU) Faculty of Engineering’s Chair in the Internet of Things Professor Thinus Booysen. This short supply is problematic not only for the... 

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Mpact declares dividend, sees rise in product demand amid global supply chain challenges 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2022 JSE-listed paper and packaging group Mpact has reinstated a final dividend of 50c apiece for the year ended December 31, 2021. It did not declare a dividend for 2020 in order to exercise caution over capital following the outbreak of Covid-19 in South Africa and the resultant lockdowns.  

Mpact recycling operation
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mpact recycling operation

All 21 Setas commit to national skills development intervention – Nzimande 

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2022 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on March 4 said all 21 sector education and training authorities (Setas) have committed to achieving the skills development interventions planned for the 2022/23 financial year, especially those interventions aimed at enabling... 

Eskom defers steam generator replacement at Koeberg Unit 2 to Aug 2023 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2022 Eskom has announced the deferral of a project to replace three steam generators at Koeberg Unit 2 to August 2023 following a review, conducted together with Framatome, which indicated that the replacements were unlikely to be completed within the six-month timeframe allocated for the project. COO... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
The Koeberg nuclear power station

Hybrid, EV, sub-compact sales to benefit from rising fuel price – NADA 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2022 February’s new-vehicle sales have brought an interesting statistic to light, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. The combined sales of electric, plug-in hybrid and traditional hybrid vehicles rose by 535% on a year-to-date basis, from only 34 in the... 

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The Corolla Cross

Energy sector developments  

4th March 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's decision on the electricity tariff for 2022/23; the discussions at various local energy sector gatherings; South Africa's just energy transition; and the... 

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Energy sector developments

Grindrod, Vitol to invest R1.8bn in expanding Maputo’s Matola Terminal 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2022 Freight services and banking group Grindrod will spend its share of R1.8-billion to upgrade the Matola drybulk terminal at the Port of Maputo. The JSE-listed Gindrod holds a 65% share in the Matola Terminal joint venture (JV), with energy and commodities group Vitol the other shareholder. 

Image of the Matola Terminal at the Port of Maputo
The Matola Terminal

M&R to assess European LNG terminal opportunities on a case-by-case basis 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2022 Engineering and contracting group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it will assess liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure opportunities emerging in Europe as part of a strategic effort in that territory to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports following Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. Germany... 

M&R CEO Henry Laas
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Norfund, CDC commit R600m towards wind, solar energy projects in South Africa 

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2022 Norwegian investment fund for developing countries Norfund has committed to invest R360-million in South African renewables investor and developer H1 Capital, while UK development finance institution (DFI) CDC Group will commit R240-million. The transaction represents a joint vision by the two... 

M&R expects to add to record R61bn order book over coming year 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2022 Engineering and contracting group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported a strong recovery in earnings for the interim period to December 31, as well as another increase in its order book, which rose to a record R61.1-billion. The JSE-listed group reported attributable earnings of R55-million and... 

M&R Head Office

DWS briefs Portfolio Committee on key priority infrastructure projects 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2022 With many of South Africa’s priority infrastructure projects having strategic importance for the development of water resources, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu highlighted several key projects across the country during a virtual briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Water and... 

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff 

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

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Wolfgang Neff

Naamsa concerned about Ukraine conflict, February new-vehicle sales up 18.4% 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2022 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it is concerned about the potential global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  “The current hostilities pose another potential global supply-chain challenge for the auto industry, because of Europe’s strategic significance to the global... 

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Mantashe wants to ‘refocus’ just energy transition debate as DMRE moves to finalise own policy  

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe indicated on Tuesday that his department will seek to “refocus” South Africa’s just energy transition debate as it prepares to finalise its policy on the matter. In an address to the Africa Energy Indaba on Tuesday, Mantashe indicated that the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Ford reveals its brand-new Everest; production set for Thailand 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2022 The next-generation Ford Everest, based on the new Ranger bakkie, made its global debut on Tuesday. The vehicle will be launched in South Africa later this year. 

Image of the 2022 Ford Everest
The 2022 Ford Everest

Labour Migration Bill to impose quotas on foreign national workers 

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2022 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on February 28 released the draft National Labour Migration Bill, which proposes amendments to the Employment Services Act, for public comment. The Bill proposes that the Minister set quotas for the total number of documented foreign nationals with work... 

Attacks against the trucking industry must stop now ­– RFA 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2022 Renewed turmoil in the trucking industry has prompted the Road Freight Association (RFA) to again call for urgent intervention by the South Africa Police Service (SAPS). The All Truck Drivers Forum (ATDF) has called on truck drivers not to operate on Monday. 

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TFR to release tender in April for take-or-pay access to container corridors 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2022 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will release a request for proposals (RFP) on April 1 for the sale of slots to private operators on the key container corridor linking Gauteng and Durban, as well as parts of the Cape corridor. The State-owned utility tells Engineering News that it is in the process of... 

The City Deep terminal
The City Deep terminal

Industry cautiously optimistic following Godongwana’s maiden Budget  

By: Simone Liedtke     25th February 2022 In spite of South Africa’s construction sector being one of the country’s slowest-growing sectors of the last decade, economic consultancy Econometrix chief director and economist Dr Azar Jammine remains optimistic that, following the National Budget speech earlier this week, the South African... 

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AfriSam's Richard Tomes, Former SA Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and Econometrix's Dr Azar Jammine comment on the 2022 National Budget. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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