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Materials & Equipment News

ArcelorMittal South Africa responds to Itac’s termination of safeguard probe

23rd September 2021 Earlier this month, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) recommended that an investigation be terminated into the imposition of safeguard duties on certain steel sections manufactured at the Highveld Structural Mill. The application was lodged in June 2020 by... 

PPC completes disposal of PPC Lime and PPC Aggregate Quarries Botswana

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2021 Construction materials company PPC on September 20 announced that all conditions precedent for the disposal of PPC Lime and PPC Aggregate Quarries Botswana (PPC AQB) have been met. The completion of the sale of PPC Lime and PPC AQB is an important and positive step in the ongoing capital... 

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Metal pipes of a correctly installed pipe system for the HVACR system
HOW TO... The association has released a new installation manual which will be used by training providers form this month

Opinion: Steel Master Plan needs refining if it is to help revive downstream industry

15th September 2021 In this opinion article, Duferco MD Ludovico Sanges argues that the Steel Master Plan is a good start, but that certain key issues still need to be addressed if the embattled downstream steel industry is to be revived. 

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Duferco MD Ludovico Sanges

John Deere adds more models to its construction equipment offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2021 Since original-equipment manufacturer John Deere announced its expansion into the sub-Saharan African market with its construction equipment in March, it has added nine more machines to its portfolio. Among these additions is a 310L backhoe, which runs a 63 kW engine and has a four-speed... 

John Deere construction equipment
John Deere construction equipment

Building confidence remains under pressure

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2021 Financial services firm First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau of Economic Research Building Confidence Index declined to 35 points in the third quarter of the year from 39 points in the second quarter, indicating that 65% of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions.... 

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving truck in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

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The Bell ADT

Paradigm shift can address unemployment

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Increasing awareness of the skills required to advance civil engineering education in South Africa is integral to unlocking employment opportunities, specifically within the country’s municipal sector, advocates South Africa Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) CEO Vishaal Lutchman.  

An image of Vishaal Lutchman, the CEO of SAICE
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The country needs to find a balanced approach to promote both artisanal trade qualifications and qualifications received from universities

Company involvement in municipal project well under way

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Engineering consultant Zutari has completed several aspects of Phase 1 and Phase 1A of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), for which it provided civil and structural engineering services associated with bulk and internal infrastructure. 

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ZUTARI TASEZ DEVELOPMENT The TASEZ is a key driver for economic growth in the City of Tshwane and in Gauteng

Company uses innovative ideas in municipal project

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 Consulting engineers Knight Piésold completed the design and construction supervision of the 25 ML rectangular reinforced concrete reservoir at the Emoyeni site for the eThekwini municipality Water and Sanitation Unit in February 2021. 

An image of the construction of the concrete reservoir project
CONCRETE RESERVOIR The project represents creative design elements that exceeded the expectations of both the client and the community

Tech key to transform water systems

By: Anna Moross     10th September 2021 The global water and wastewater treatment market is driven by rapid population growth and urbanisation and it is, therefore, critical for water boards and municipalities to break down the ‘silo mentality’ for better management of resources, says information technology company Rockwell Automation... 

An image of Sagren Govender the sales manager and Europe, Middle East and Africa water industry coordinator for Rockwell Automation
SAGREN GOVENDER Using technology in the development of water plants allows for intellectual knowledge to be shared between water boards and municipalities

Afrimat Construction Index sees 55% y/y rebound in the second quarter

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 Following a “predictable sharp decline” during the second quarter of 2020, JSE-listed Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI) has emulated the trend of several key sectors of the economy by staging a swift and pronounced recovery from the worst of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations. 

Afrimat Construction Index sees 55% y/y rebound in the second quarter

Company highlights importance of adequate lighting in oil refineries

By: Anna Moross     3rd September 2021 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder emphasises the importance of using correct lighting in oil refineries to ensure productivity and avoid injury.  

An image of the BEKA Schréder LEDNOVA product
LEDNOVA The LEDNOVA is designed for applications where a robust, performing luminaire is needed

Association highlights the importance of transport

27th August 2021 African Rail Industry Association CEO Mesela Nhlapo has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and technical business development and has been the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association since 2017. 

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MESELA NHLAPO It is important for women to support each other and “particularly for women that want to enter the rail space

The importance of organisational culture in supporting women

27th August 2021 Project developer G7 Renewable Energies head of development Karen de Bruyn has spoken about the importance of organisational culture in supporting careers for women in previously male dominated sectors. 

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KAREN DE BRUYN The global renewable energy revolution has set in motion new opportunities for women to contribute to the engineering sector

Company empowers future graduates

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Construction company Motheo empowers its staff and identifies future potential in the female youth of South Africa. 

An image of Lettie Mashau CEO of Motheo Construction
LETTIE MASHAU In our 24 years of existence, Motheo has intentionally empowered young African graduates, with a special focus on African women

Free courses promote women involvement

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to encourage and increase women’s participation in the implementation of energy and other resource efficiency projects in industry and, in commemoration of Women’s Month, is offering female engineers the opportunity to apply for... 

An image of Ngoanathari Maja project manager of NCPC-SA
NGOANATHARI MAJA There has been an encouraging, steady increase of women participating in NCPC-SA’s training courses, although there is still some way to go

Women empowered through network

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Cummins Africa Middle East’s Distribution business human resources director, Lebohang Mosese, has played an integral role in the company as the leader of the women's network and has first-hand experience of how Cummins empowers women.  

An image of Lebohang Mosese, the human resources director at Cummins Africa Middle East’s Distribution.
LEBOHANG MOSESE To ensure the empowerment of women at Cummins, its diversity and inclusion council created gender diversity targets across countries, business segments and career levels

Company drives PPE uptake for women

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Industries that require safety footwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) have historically been male-dominated, but this trend is changing and the challenge is to provide women with PPE that is suited to the female body.  

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PREDAHNI NAIDOO Women’s safety wear supplier Sisi Safety Wear aims to drive the message that “women must strive to receive safety wear that is suited for her”

Earthmoving machinery, equipment companies could face charges for allegedly fixing rental rates

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2021 The Competition Commission has filed charges with the Competition Tribunal against the Contractors Plant Hire Association (CPHA) and its 22 members, for allegedly fixing rental rates for earthmoving machinery and plant equipment. The commission found that the association and its members... 

WBHO reports improved full-year operational performance, financials

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2021 JSE-listed Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) expects to report earnings a share and headline earnings a share of 562c and 600c, respectively, for the financial year ended June 30. That compares with the loss a share of 937c and a headline loss a share of 923c reported for the 2020 financial year. 

DRA reports solid interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2021 ASX- and JSE-listed DRA Global reported underlying earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation (Ebita) of A$32.5-million and underlying net profit after tax and amortisation (NPATA) of A$23-million for the half-year ended June 30. Revenue for the period amounted to A$569.3-million. 

ARB Holdings declares record results despite challenging headwinds

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2021 JSE-listed investment and property holding company ARB Holdings has published record results for the year ended June 30, 2021. The group, which owns investments in related trading and distribution businesses, including 74% of ARB Electrical Wholesalers and 60% of Eurolux, reported a 126.5% surge... 

JRA says improved asphalt plant producing to capacity

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says its asphalt plant, which was refurbished and reopened in April, has since produced 3 947.55 t for all the JRA depots across the seven regions. The asphalt was used to repair more than 100 000 potholes city-wide through the Accelerated Service Delivery... 

Cement producers apply for tariff protection against imports

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2021 The domestic cement industry is waiting for a response from the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) on its application for tariffs to be levied on imported cement from certain Asian countries, says PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula. “The application is with... 

New camera used in inspection project

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In a first for Southern Africa and possibly the whole of Africa, rope access specialists Skyriders has used Zenith – a new confined-space inspection camera system – at a petrochemicals plant, in Gauteng, for inspection. The Zenith system is manufactured by US-based inspection technology developer... 

An image of two drone pilots, holding a drone and remote
SKY GUYS The project required the expertise of qualified drone pilots to assist in the inspection of the petrochemical tanks

Afrimat unpacks how its recent acquisitions are settling in  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th August 2021 JSE-listed midtier miner Afrimat on August 5, during an investor day, outlined its expectations on when its latest acquisitions will start contributing to the group’s results, as well as how the company will go about driving growth going forward. Most of the acquisition activity in the... 

Afrimat's Cape Lime operation in Vredendal
Afrimat executives unpack the company's diversification strategy and how new acquisitions are settling in. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Group Five’s Everite sold in R600m deal 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2021 Mauritian private investment entity Lonsa Group has acquired the majority shareholding in Everite, the industrial manufacturer of a range of building products for the commercial, industrial and residential markets. The R600-million deal includes Everite’s assets, businesses and companies,... 

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Supplier’s materials can contribute to secure railway structures

30th July 2021 Construction materials supplier Fibertex geotextiles are used to stabilise the foundations of railway structures, enabling them to withstand the dynamic loads of high speeds and great weights of modern trains. The Fibertex plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, manufactures high-performance... 

Fibertex geotiles
SUPPORTING STURDY RAILWAYS Fibertex geotextiles are suitable for stabilising the foundations of railway structures

Concrete pole achieves 8kN of force testing

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Concrete products supplier Rocla subjected its 11 m concrete cast pole to 8 kN of force testing at its manufacturing plant, in Roodepoort, in May. Rocla’s cast concrete pole has become the preferred option for electrification and electric power line projects. 

Rocla's spun concrete poles for windfarm
INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PRODUCTS Today these poles are used for electrification, telecom infrastructure, security and lighting

Equipment supplier distributes compaction range to local market

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Compaction technology manufacturer Bomag has entrusted local equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment to distribute its light compaction equipment range in South Africa and selected cross-border markets, after the dealer agreement was signed at the end of 2019. Smith Power Equipment sales... 

Smith Power Equipment BOMAG equipment on construction site
ROBUST SUPPORT SERVICES The three-to-one warranty is unique locally, as three- to six-month warranties are normally offered for this kind of equipment

Manufacturer stresses need for quality materials during downturn

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Amid strained economic conditions, contractors are opting to buy cheaper and lower-quality building materials, such as cement, to reduce costs, which cement manufacturer AfriSam cementitious executive Hannes Meyer argues is short-sighted and can lead to numerous issues. He emphasises the... 

AfriSam quality construction materials on site
APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION It is important or contractors to understand the composition of construction materials, which, in turn, will ensure quality of construction projects

Company steers through Covid-19 challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Railroad equipment supplier and manufacturer Gibela has not been immune to the challenges posed by the pandemic, particularly those presented by the third wave. “We have experienced a rise in cases within our company, which is impacting on operations. Most of our suppliers were also affected by... 

Gibela procurement executive Colette Yende stands outside in front of a train set at Gibela's premises
COLETTE YENDE What Covid-19 has taught us is to have and implement an alternative plan

Tariff application with Itac, waiting for cement designation to be gazetted – PPC 

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2021 The domestic cement industry is awaiting response from the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) on its application for tariffs to be levied on imported cement from certain Asian countries, says PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula. “The application is with Itac. We... 

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Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

Large concrete mixer and truck mounted concrete pump Putzmeister
PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year

World-class Africa factory nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The construction of drive components manufacturer SEW-EURODRIVE’s R200-million South Africa head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg, is proceeding to plan and on schedule, says SEW-EURODRIVE MD Raymond Obermeyer. “Despite the slowdown in the local economy, we believe that it is critical... 

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MAKING GROUND The construction of SEW EURODRIVE's new South African head office is progressing well

Seifsa encouraged by uptick in building material sales, but fears its derailment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2021 Wholesale trade sales data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows an increase in sales of 31.3% year-on-year in May, to R158-billion in constant terms. Month-on-month, sales increased 6.3% from April. Year-to-date, wholesale trade sales have increased by 14.5%.  

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