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Infrastructure News

KZN working to ensure water supply in all flood stricken areas

By: Yvonne Silaule     20th May 2022 The floods in the KwaZulu-Natal province severely damaged the water treatment plant in oThongathi and major repairs are expected to take a few months to complete at an estimated cost of R30-million, according to the eThekwini metropolitan municipality engineers. As an interim solution, the... 

‘Almost inconceivable’ cancellation of Sanral projects to lead to ‘major delays’, says Concor CEO  

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 The cancellation of R17.47-billion in tenders by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), will lead to major delays in the execution of these projects, warns Concor CEO Lucas Tseki. The tenders that the Sanral board cancelled are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2,... 

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Lucas Tseki

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

A picture of two gentlemen shaking hands at a branded stand at an event hosted by event organizer Specialised Exhibitions
FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Steel Master Plan presents immediate opportunities for industry, govt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2022 There are a number of opportunities for both government and industry to capitalise on immediately while pursuing the implementation of the Steel Master Plan, speakers agreed during a panel discussion at the Mainstreaming the Steel Master Plan Conference on May 19. Manufacturing Circle executive... 

Fanaroff dismisses infrastructure versus localisation dichotomy as ‘factually wrong’  

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 The “either-or” narrative pitting accelerated infrastructure delivery against localisation has been challenged by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who played a central role in the development of the Steel Master Plan, which identifies localisation as one of several instruments to be used to revive the... 

Dr Bernie Fanaroff
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Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Pivot to citizen-owned renewables could save City Power, energy specialist says ahead of indaba 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 Johannesburg could turn around the lossmaking performance of City Power, end load-shedding and improve the green credentials of its manufacturing industry by purchasing 80% of its wholesale electricity from large-scale, citizen-owned solar and wind plants at a cost below that purchased from Eskom... 

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Decision on e-tolls ‘imminent’; scrap metal exports must be banned – Mbalula 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again promised that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent. Delivering his department’s budget vote on Wednesday, he noted that the matter was on Cabinet’s radar, and that a pronouncement would be made once the final decision had been... 

Fikile Mbalula
Fikile Mbalula

Creecy offers provinces help to process EIAs for 100 MW embedded projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has written to provincial environment MECs to enquire whether they require any assistance in processing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for embedded-generation projects that could help relieve pressure on the... 

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

Sanral cancels R17.5bn in tenders, citing ‘material irregularities’ 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has cancelled tenders to the value of R17.47-billion, citing “material irregularities”. The tenders which the Sanral board did not approve are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2, valued at R3.4-billion; the... 

Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project
Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project

PMI provides new construction sector leader courses and certification

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 Project professionals association the Project Management Institute (PMI) has introduced a series of seven courses to improve project management skills in the construction industry, leading to a construction professional in built environment projects (CPBEP) certification. The construction... 

IPP Office head says stakeholder alignment key to regular, investment-promoting procurement rhythm 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office believes that improved stakeholder management and alignment are key to overcoming delays to the introduction of urgently required new electricity capacity and to creating the predictable “procurement rhythm” required to attract... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro

Raubex posts good full-year results amid higher infrastructure spend by govt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2022 JSE-listed construction and engineering company Raubex posted a 159% year-on-year increase in its operating profit to R945-million for the financial year ended February 28. The group posted a R364-million operating profit in the year ended February 28, 2021.  

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding  

By: Darren Parker     16th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. The tripped Kusile unit removed 720 MW of generating capacity from the already constrained grid. 


Godongwana says work under way to unblock R54bn embedded generation pipeline  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports that work is under way with the private sector to unblock the remaining obstacles to investment of about R54-billion in embedded generation projects. Speaking during a presentation of Operation Vulindlela’s first quarter progress report, Godongwana said... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

South Africa must cut red tape to close energy gap, ANC suggests

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 South Africa must accelerate plans to generate more electricity itself, buy more energy from private producers and make it easier for power-hungry mining companies to build their own plants, according to a draft economic policy document compiled by the nation’s governing party. Projects outlined... 

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Battery installation bolsters solar plant efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Renewable-energy turnkey provider African Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is installing two 540 kWh hybrid lithium-ion batteries at a business park near the Eastgate shopping centre, in Gauteng, to ensure energy efficiency amid load-shedding disruptions. The project, which includes the... 

A large array of solar panels on the top of an office building
TOP-UP The solar PV installation on top of a building finished by ACES Renewables last year will be complimented by a Battery storage system

DBSA, IDC and NEF team up to mobilise finance for just transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2022 The CEOs of three leading South African development finance institutions (DFIs) have established a collaborative platform, known as the DFI CEOs Forum, that aims to support the financing of the country’s just transition to a low-carbon economy and climate resilient society by 2050. Led by... 

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JDA terminates contracts with underperforming service providers

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 As a result of several project delays and poor workmanship, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has terminated the contracts of some of its service providers, and the process of appointing new contractors for the projects is currently under way. Most of the projects are expected to resume... 

Eskom sets August 2024 target date for return of damaged Medupi 4 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2022 Electricity utility Eskom has set a target date of August 2024 for the return to service of Medupi Unit 4, the generator of which was “catastrophically” damaged during an explosion on August 8, 2021. Acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula, who has stepped into the role following the resignation... 

Eskom acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula
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Eskom acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula

Raubex announces new CEO, other leadership changes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2022 JSE-listed Raubex Group has appointed Felicia Msiza, currently Governance, Risk And Compliance executive director, as group CEO, effective August 1. She will succeed Rudolf Fourie, who will be stepping down after 25 years at Raubex, having served the last 12 years as group CEO. He will remain... 

An image of Felicia Msiza, incoming group CEO of Raubex
Felicia Msiza

Sinkhole on N3 disrupts traffic between Peacevale, Hammarsdale

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited on May 11 advised that only one lane was open on the N3 southbound after the Key Ridge interchange after a sinkhole formed, causing major traffic congestion from Peacevale to the Hammarsdale interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal. “Two lanes, including the... 

Talk must make way for action if ‘SA Inc’ is to navigate looming 22 GW coal exit   

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2022 Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has appealed for urgent and coordinated public-private action to close an immediate electricity shortfall of up to 6 000 MW and to prepare the way for the replacement of 22 000 MW of coal capacity that will be shut over the coming 14 years. Speaking during a system... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Kubayi announces war room team to clamp down on blocked housing projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2022 To help unblock bulk infrastructure and housing projects once and for all, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has announced the members of a newly established national Human Settlements War Room. The Minister, during her announcement of a R33-billion budget allocation for the... 

Uganda acquires land for East Africa’s first nuclear power plant 

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2022 Uganda said it acquired land for the construction of East Africa’s first nuclear power plant as the continent’s top exporter of coffee beans attempts to expand its electricity generation capacity multi-fold. The Minister of State for Energy Okasai Sidronius Opolot made the announcement in a... 

Another renewables installation record forecast for 2022, but higher costs to linger

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2022 A record 295 GW of new renewables capacity was installed globally in 2021 and the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting that installations will rise to about 320 GW this year, despite elevated costs for both solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind. Solar PV is forecast to account for 60% of... 

Solar PV is forecast to account for 60% of the 2022 increase
Solar PV is forecast to account for 60% of the 2022 increase

New infrastructure vulnerable to climate change owing to mismanagement, corruption

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2022 New infrastructure was just as vulnerable to climate change as ageing infrastructure, said South African Local Government Association (Salga) senior climate change adviser Slindile Maphumulo on May 10. She explained that, while ageing infrastructure was vulnerable to being damaged or destroyed... 

Flood damage to roads in KZN

Kruger National Park tourist facilities to receive a makeover

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th May 2022 South African National Parks (SANParks) will invest R370-million in infrastructure upgrades and refurbishments at the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the next three years. Funds for the upgrade have been accumulated from payments from insurers and contributions from the Department of Tourism;... 

KZN transport dept allocated R12.4bn for 2022/23

By: Yvonne Silaule     6th May 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has been allocated R12.4-billion for 2022/23, with a large proportion of the funds to be spent on restoring infrastructure damaged in the recent floods. MEC Peggy Nkonyeni tabled the department’s 2022/23 budget at the Legislature August House on May 5... 

Cameroon PM welcomes €123m loan for Bélabo-Ngaoundéré railway upgrade

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2022 Cameroon Prime Minister Joseph Ngute has welcomed the €106-million development finance institution European Investment Bank (EIB) loan and €17.1-million European Union (EU) grant to support upgrading of the 330 km Bélabo-Ngaoundéré railway line. The new EIB loan, EU investment grant and technical... 

Pylon legs at N2 Msikaba Bridge project hydraulically jacked apart

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 The Msikaba Bridge project notched up an engineering milestone this month, when the south pylon legs were hydraulically jacked apart. The 580-m-long, stay cable bridge – which will span the 198-m-deep Msikaba Gorge – is located near Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, and forms part of the South... 

As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about which department gets to use the devices and payloads, says Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van... 

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Renewable-energy projects considered for Komati repowering

By: Cameron Mackay     6th May 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom is investigating the implementation of solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, battery storage and, possibly, gas power generation projects at Komati power station, in Mpumalanga, as the station is scheduled to shut down this year. “We’ve divided this into two phases. In... 

Image of Eskom’s Komati Power Station and solar panels
RENEWABLE REPURPOSING In total, the cost for the solar and wind projects in Phase 1 could amount to about R1.3-billion

Microgrid, agriculture repurposing projects initiated for Komati

By: Cameron Mackay     6th May 2022 Following socioeconomic impact studies and community engagement, State-owned power utility Eskom has initiated the first three of its repurposing projects for the coal-powered Komati power station, in Mpumalanga. Eskom just energy transition GM Mandy Rambharos states that the first of these... 

Image of an agricultural pilot project at Komati
SUSTAINABLE PILOT PROJECT Eskom wants to test the possibility of using a PV plant in combination with agricultural activities

Gordhan calls for ban on sale of scrap metal to protect SA's infrastructure

By: News24Wire      5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says in order to to alleviate the risk of continued damage, theft and vandalism of freight rail infrastructure in the country, government should consider a temporary ban on the sale of scrap metal. Gordhan was replying to questions in the National... 

Zikalala says infrastructure repairs progressing

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the construction of a temporary detour route near the N2 in uMkhomazi and Umgababa in the north of Durban. This will allow flow of traffic from the south to the north of Durban, which has been blocked since the floods in... 

Eskom questions assertion that it is delaying IPP projects  

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2022 Eskom insists that it is processing budget quotes for independent power producers (IPPs) seeking to connect to the national grid, in line with agreed timelines, and that it is making every effort to debottleneck the process so that much-needed new generation capacity can be introduced speedily.... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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