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Master Builders Association mourns first woman president Eunice Forbes

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 Industry organisation Master Builders South Africa has announced that Eunice Forbes, who was the first woman to serve as president of a national construction association, has passed away at the age of 80. Forbes was president of Gauteng Master Builders Association, now Master Builders Association... 

KZN Master Builders elects new council, plans to help grow construction industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 Industry organisation the KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association has elected an executive council for the next term of office and Marcus Gonzalves, of FS Gonzalves Construction, was designated as president. It also announced plans to contribute to the growth of the... 

Focus on ‘core underlying issues’ to tackle load-shedding crisis – EIUG 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2022 Ending the current restrictions to the addition of new generation capacity and addressing Eskom’s deteriorating generation performance are key to arresting intensifying load-shedding, the Energy Intensive Users Group (EUIG) asserts. CEO Fanele Mondi said in a statement the recent illegal... 

A power line tower

Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant can now start

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2022 Construction of the first unit (that is, reactor) of Egypt’s El Dabaa nuclear power plant (NPP) has been licenced by the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA), World Nuclear News has reported. The permit was issued to the country’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA).... 

New 15-megalitre water reservoir for Lenasia and surrounds

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 A new 15 megalitre water reservoir has been launched for Lenasia and surrounding communities to improve storage capacity of the Lenasia High Level Reservoir and to ensure reliability of clean water supply. The R45-million multi-faceted project, which started in August 2020, included site... 

More schools means more infrastructure needed

1st July 2022 The Kenyan government’s plan to construct an additional 10 000 classrooms to accommodate an expected surge in student numbers once learners’ transition from primary to junior secondary schools under the Competency-Based Curriculum is welcome and necessary. However, the transition will require... 

A large round drum used as a peptic tank made of Weholite ready for delivery to Kenya's new school projects
SANITATION SUCCESS In order for sanitation works of this magnitude Megapipe suggests the projects use its Weholite HDPE technology

Pump and hose flotation devices on offer

1st July 2022 Specialist pumps supplier Integrated Pump Rentals (IPR) says it carries a comprehensive range of pump flotation devices (PFD) and hose flotation devices (HFD) which are available for either purchase or hire. IPR operations manager Henru Strydom explains that a PFD is used to suspend the pump... 

HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used
FLOATING AWAY HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used

Pipe supply proves manufacturer’s metal

By: Halima Frost     1st July 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Pipes & Fittings have successfully delivered over 1.4 km of pipe to a project in Tshwane – cementing its position as a leading pipe supplier in Africa. The project entailed the supply of about 70 pipes of 800 nominal bore (NB) in lengths of 12.19 m, with... 

A number of 12-meter-long blue water pipes on a truck set for delivery at a water works
TRUE BLUE The water pipes for a 1.4 km project have been delivered to site by Stewarts & Lloyds

Manufacturer now offers new stainless steel braided hose

1st July 2022 Earlier this year, industrial hose specialist Truco announced it had started manufacturing stainless steel braided hose at its Chamdor campus in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Initial capabilities are for hose assemblies from 6 mm to 25 cm in diameter. 

A reel of stainless steel braided hose which is impervious to fire chemicals and pressure
STEELING THE SHOW The new sheet braided hose offered by Truco is ideal for use across a range of industries

Association stresses quality control is imperative

1st July 2022 As part of its continuous education process, Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) continues to enlighten design engineers, contractors and all users of plastic pipe of the critical importance of getting the highest quality of polymers in the products they specify or... 

A bunch of blue plastic pipes which have a light shining thorug them form back to front
SHINING LIGHT Sappma continues to shine a light on the need for quality products and materials to its members

Consulting engineering sector faces skills depletion

By: Mandisa Nyathi     1st July 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to increased retrenchments and job losses in the consulting engineering industry, which, in turn, has led to a skills drain in the sector, temporary works consultant Waco Engineering Services MD Otto Botha says. 

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OTTO BOTHA Government projects are important because engineers gain the required skills and create job opportunities for community members, adding that the Sanral’s decision to cancel R17.47-billion in tenders will lead to delays in executing projects

Best practices for small businesses

1st July 2022 Experienced engineers are crucial in such a critical and technically-minded sector as engineering, and it is consequently not surprising that the industry players place a premium on the employment of those who have the years under their belts, says engineering firm Zimile Consulting Engineers CEO... 

Batteries and decentralised power seen as key way to boost security of supply

By: Cameron Mackay     1st July 2022 Industry body the South African Energy Storage Association chairperson Mikhail Nikomarov emphasises the importance of a decentralised power system and the benefits it can provide, and how this can be supported using battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the local market. “Energy storage... 

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DPWI reiterates commitment to preventing corruption in public built projects  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2022 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has signed an anti-corruption pledge alongside independent statutory body the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), and seeks to solicit the commitment of infrastructure and construction sector players to also maintain good integrity and... 

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

DBSA tasked with overseeing Sanral tender reappointment process 

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as an independent and lead adjudicating body after Sanral’s board in May declined the contracts previously entered into for five strategic projects. As such, the DBSA will act as... 

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Sanral chairperson Themba Mhambi and Sanral acting CEO Lehlohonolo Memeza at a briefing on June 30.

IEA backs nuclear life extensions as Koeberg pushes ahead with 20-year plan

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2022 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has come out in support of nuclear plant lifetime extension programmes, as Eskom pushes ahead with its plans to extend the life of the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. A new IEA report, titled ‘Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions’,... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
The Koeberg nuclear power station

Hyprop reduces LTV to 40%, repositioning portfolio for sustainable growth

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2022 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Hyprop's current consolidated loan-to-value (LTV) is about 40%, down from a historic 47%, the company said in a pre-close update on June 29. This is owing to several interventions, including the completion of the disposal of the Delta City Mall in... 

DPWI undertaking bulk infrastructure installation at new mixed-use development

By: Donna Slater     29th June 2022 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is building and installing bulk and internal infrastructure at the Salvokop Precinct Development – a mixed-use precinct project, which forms part of the greater Tshwane Inner City Regeneration Programme. Located in close proximity to the... 

An image of sod-turning at the Salvokop Precinct Development
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille (middle-left) is joined by Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Mostoaledi (middle-right) and Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu (second-right) at a sod-turning ceremony of the Salvokop Precinct Development.

Opinion: Existing regulatory framework provides good backbone for development of South Africa’s green hydrogen sector

29th June 2022 In this article, Bowmans South Africa’s head of public law and regulatory, Claire Tucker, looks at regulation and incentives for the hydrogen economy. She concludes that, while incentives for developing the sector have not yet been finalised, the existing regulatory framework for these industrial... 

Claire Tucker
Claire Tucker

South Africa imported record volumes of steel in 2021, new report shows

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2022 At close to 1.7-million tonnes, South Africa imported record volumes of primary steel in 2021, constituting about one-third of all steel used in the country, a new Steel Report published by the South African Iron and Steel Institute (SAISI) confirms. The report, which is the inaugural edition of... 

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Satrix launches smart city infrastructure feeder ETF

By: Darren Parker     28th June 2022 South African index investment business Satrix, a division of Sanlam Investment Management, has announced that its new smart city infrastructure feeder exchange-traded fund (ETF) will offer investors access to the rapidly growing investment opportunity of smart cities. The fund’s initial public... 

Infrastructure delivery key to growing economy, creating local demand

By: Donna Slater     27th June 2022 The construction and development of infrastructure is critical to accelerating demand for associated goods and services, as well as to significantly boost the economy, Infrastructure South Africa investment and unblocking chief director Mashopha Moshoeshoe said earlier this month. Speaking at... 

UK to consult with WTO members on tariffs protecting steel

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 The UK government said it will consult with other countries at the World Trade Organization on its plan to extend steel tariffs, after prime minister Boris Johnson said it was “reasonable” to use them to protect Britain’s domestic industry. “No decision has yet been taken,” Johnson’s spokesman... 

Mchunu calls for the fast-tracking of projects to restore water supply in Ugu municipality

By: Yvonne Silaule     27th June 2022 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has called for the fast-tracking of two bulk water projects in the Ugu district municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal. In recent months, the municipality has been under the spotlight owing to its inability to provide reliable water supply to residents, who took... 

PPC pays down R1.2bn in debt on the back of strong cash generation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC has posted a 19% year-on-year improvement in cash available from operations to R1.2-billion for the financial year ended March 31. Together with net proceeds from the sale of noncore assets, PPC was able to pay down R1.2-billion of its debt in the year under... 

PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Earth & Wire targets Eastern Cape for first long-duration storage roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2022 Independent renewable energy company Earth & Wire expects to begin installing its first long-duration energy storage system in South Africa in 2024 after announcing a 300 MW/1 200 MWh order for a battery system from Ambri, of the US. First deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2024,... 

Artist impression of the Ambri storage system

GBCSA piloting industrial property rating tool development, calls for data from industry

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Sustainable building industry organisation the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has developed a customised pilot version of its Existing Building Performance (EBP) Tool to enable industrial properties to rate their buildings' performance according its Green Star Certification and... 

Attacq Foundation hosts bursary session for students

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 Corporate social investment initiative the Attacq Foundation held its bursary session for students studying property-related and engineering courses at partner institutions on June 24. The students’ studies are facilitated and managed collectively by the South African Property Owners Association... 

Attacq social executive Janine Palmer
Attacq social executive Janine Palmer

Western Cape starts construction on Cape Agulhas housing project

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th June 2022 Western Cape Infrastructure Minister Tertuis Simmers this week turned the sod to mark the first phase of construction of the Deferred Ownership Project, in Cape Agulhas. The R55-million project is aimed at making affordable homes available for first time home buyers residing in the Bredasdorp and... 

Informal settlements near North West mining areas to be upgraded

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th June 2022 Informal settlements in the mining areas around the Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts, in the North West, will soon be upgraded as the provincial Department of Human Settlements sets out to fast-track upgrades. The expanding informal settlements are close to mining areas and mainly house... 

Sephaku reports higher profit, warns of industry headwinds

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 JSE-listed building and construction materials company Sephaku Holdings said its subsidiaries Métier and SepCem increased their net profit by double digits during the group’s financial year to March 31, mainly owing to improved revenues and lower finance expenses, Sephaku CEO Neil... 

Compact cutting system launched

24th June 2022 Having realised that consumers want smaller packaging units and functional sets containing components that are designed to work in harmony with one another, cutting and grinding solutions manufacturer PFERD has scaled down the packaging unit for its popular COMBICLICK system. “It’s like all the... 

A small cutting disk on an angle grinding a piece of steel with sparks flying to the side
CUTE CUTTER The smaller packages for PFERD's COMBICLICK system are now available

Industry body assures job security for welders  

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Despite a marked increase in the uptake of robotic welding systems, owing to Covid-19 and the fast-tracking of automation, artisanal welding will never be completely replaced, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification CEO Herman Potgieter. “The Covid-19 pandemic has played a... 

A man in a ditch welding a water pipe out in the open, which would be inaccessible to a robotic welder
Southern African Institute of Welding Certifications CEO Herman Potgieter discusses the uptake of technology in the welding sector.

Pipe welding work completed

24th June 2022 A successful example of technical solutions provider BMG Fluid Power team’s ability to carry out on-site welding during the installation and replacement of piping, plate work, stainless steel and other components has been highlighted during the installation of pipework over a 48-hour shift shut... 

A Jasic branded welding machine with a Jasic welding mask being used by a BMG welder with sparks flying
WONDER WELD BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment was the preferred brand for on site welding at a pipework installation

New waterjet machine bought

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 To meet growing demand for specialised cutting services, waterjet cutting specialist Aquajet has procured a new precision waterjet machine from jet machining manufacturer Omax to complement its three existing Omax machines. “The machine is part of our ambitious expansion, which aims to increase... 

A brand-new front desk with metal lettering in blue and grey that say Aquajet, which was cut using an Omax waterjet cutter
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BIGGER BETTER The larger premises and addition of new machines will increase productivity output for Aquajet

Testing phase of steam drum finalised

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Earlier this month, steel fabricator and welding specialist Hydra-Arc finished the post weld heat treatment (PWHT) and pressure test of the third of four drums on an order for a client in the sugar industry.   The order – procured in August last year, which will be supplied and commissioned by... 

A welder at Hydra Arc's Middleburg premises is seen welding a large drum which will be used in the sugar industry
UNDER PRESSURE The pressure testing and post weld heat treatment of three of four drums on order has been finalised

Economic strain, building ratings drive green buildings demand

By: Cameron Mackay     24th June 2022 The economic impact of Covid-19 and the introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in South Africa are some of the factors driving the growth of the green buildings sector, states consulting engineers WSP Africa building services regional director Alison Groves. The local market has... 

Image of WSP Africa building services regional director Alison Groves
ALISON GROVES Refurbishment takes existing buildings and gives them a new function, rather than tearing them down and starting again, which is the least environment-friendly approach
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