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29 construction-sector bodies unite under one umbrella

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2021 South Africa’s construction industry has united to form a single umbrella body, Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA), which is made up of 29 professional, contractor, supplier and other bodies within the industry. Industry stalwart John Matthews has been appointed as CASA chairperson. 

PPC MD shares thoughts on sustainability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2021 PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula says it is largely owing to strong relationships with its people that the company has managed to not only pull through Covid-19, but also been able to continue with its restructuring and refinancing project. Lekula says the company’s social impact has always... 

PPC Cement
PPC Cement

Afrimat disposes of restructured UCP, but retains ownership of Nkomati

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2021 Industrial minerals and construction materials company Afrimat will sell the restructured Unicorn Capital Parents (UCP), which no longer holds a direct interest in the Nkomati anthracite mine. Afrimat last year acquired embattled UCP in order to take full ownership of the Nkomati mine, in which... 

Construction bodies unite into single alliance  

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2021 Twenty-nine of South Africa's professional, contractor, supplier and other bodies within the construction industry have united to form a single umbrella organisation, called the Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA). Industry stalwart John Matthews has been appointed as CASA chairperson. 

Construction bodies unite into single alliance

AfriSam helps build solid foundation for Cape Town mixed-use development

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2021 Variable ground conditions at an upmarket mixed-use development in Cape Town has demanded some innovative solutions from contractor GVK-Siya Zama Construction and readymix specialist AfriSam. At the Old Cape Quarter project in De Waterkant, four floors of luxury apartments are being added to... 

A particular challenge was the lack of space in the basement for the use of normal Class 3 formwork.
A particular challenge was the lack of space in the basement for the use of normal Class 3 formwork.

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2021 After fulfilling, in November 2019, all the conditions precedent to finally consummate the R165-million acquisition of valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) from Aveng the new black owners faced a true baptism of fire. CEO and co-shareholder Tumi Tsehlo, who previously headed the South... 

Tumi Tsehlo
Tumi Tsehlo

JPMorgan Chase & Co now holds 25% shareholding in Aveng

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2021 Investment banking company JPMorgan Chase & Co now owns 25.52% of the total issued ordinary shares of international infrastructure and resources company Aveng. This includes the 19.07%, 3.87% and 2.58% holdings by various JPMorgan Chase & Co subsidiaries. 

Wearne appoints new FD

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2021 Building materials company Wearne has appointed Norman Janse van Rensburg FD, with effect from January 14. He is a chartered accountant who completed his articles at professional services firm PwC and has been working for industrial company Barloworld in various divisions for the past 20 years.  

Forklift-centric children's book launched to spark imagination, acceptance of others


By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 A new children’s book Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers was launched late last year in a partnership between forklift manufacturer Combilift and award-winning author Emer Conlon. The CombiKids book highlights overcoming difficulties, the importance of friendship and that bullying is... 

Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers
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Forklift trucks and their Secret Superpowers

AMSA says steel shortage will be ‘quickly’ resolved after early restart of blast furnace 

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says the earlier-than-planned restart of its second blast furnace at the Vanderbijlpark Works will position the company to “quickly resolve” the current shortage of steel, which has been negatively affecting downstream fabricators and manufacturers... 

The Vanderbijlpark Works
Photo by Creamer Media
The Vanderbijlpark Works

LafargeHolcim to buy Firestone Building Products in $3.4bn deal

By: Reuters     7th January 2021 LafargeHolcim, the world's biggest cement maker, on Thursday announced a $3.4-billion deal to buy Firestone Building Products from Japan's Bridgestone Corporation in its biggest acquisition in more than a decade. The purchase of the roofing products business is the biggest under CEO Jan Jenisch,... 

Planet-warming emissions from buildings put climate goals at risk

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 Planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and construction are jeopardising global goals to keep devastating climate change at bay, a UN-backed coalition warned on Wednesday, after data showed they hit an all-time high in 2019. The use of coal, oil and natural gas for heating,... 

Afrimat Construction Index shows recovery in Q3 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2020 Following a sharp decline in construction activity during the second quarter of the year, induced by Covid-19 lockdown regulations, the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a strong comeback in the third quarter, moving back to above the 100-mark level of the base period (the first quarter... 

Roelof Botha
Roelof Botha

SA to introduce Web-based Covid-19 screening system  

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th December 2020 The Department of Health on Thursday announced the launch of a pilot programme for a new Web-based travel health questionnaire to increase efforts to strengthen active screening and surveillance at ports of entry into South Africa. The department says with the full resumption of international... 

SA to introduce Web-based Covid-19 screening system

PPC’s cost containment bears fruit, contributes to R610m interim profit  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2020 After what had been a difficult start to the financial year, JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC managed to turn a profit of R610-million for the six months ended September 30, which was a 77% improvement year-on-year. The company posted a restated profit of R344-million for the six months ended... 

PPC’s cost containment bears fruit, contributes to R610m interim profit
PPC executive team discusses the company's interim financial performance

Construction of jewellery manufacturing hub nears completion

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2020 Raubex Building is nearing completion of a high-security block in the Jewellery Manufacturing Precinct (JMP) close to OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg. The Covid-19 national lockdown brought the project to a halt for most of April, in line with regulations. Raubex Building,... 

The north west corner of the superblock where one of the logistics companies' security yard is located
The north west corner of the superblock where one of the logistics companies' security yard is located

Digitalisation will boost efficiency in construction sector

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2020 The construction industry – one of the least digitalised industries globally – can improve its efficiency and productivity, and regain its competitiveness, if it digitalises, says construction and engineering software solutions firm RIB CCS CEO Andrew Skudder. “The Covid-19 crisis is leading to a... 

ANDREW SKUDDER

Data is the key to improving the construction sector, better managing pain points, improve outcomes and enable companies to be more competitive without sacrificing profitability and sustainability
ANDREW SKUDDER Data is the key to improving the construction sector, better managing pain points, improve outcomes and enable companies to be more competitive without sacrificing profitability and sustainability

Building confidence index gains some traction after Covid-19 slippage

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2020 The First National Bank/Bureau for Economic Research Building Confidence Index gained 20 points to 24 in the third quarter, with a further rise to 29 being registered thus far in the fourth quarter – both reaching their best levels since the end of 2018, respectively. However, despite the rise... 

PPC expects lower interim earnings of around 18c apiece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd December 2020 JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC expects to report basic earnings per share (EPS) of between 18c and 21c apiece for the six months ended September 30, which is between 35% and 45% lower than the restated EPS of 32c apiece reported for the six months ended September 30, 2019. The company’s... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector going forward 

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business . . . we are very clear that we don’t want to... 

Dominic Sewela
Dominic Sewela

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts by CSIR Smart... 

WBHO sees plunge in profit as pandemic, lossmaking projects take toll

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) last week reported a massive turnaround in fortunes from 12 months ago when it boasted R513-million in operating profit for the year ended June 30, to a position where it suffered an operating loss of R585-million. The group cited as the main reasons for the... 

Stefanutti Stocks stays in the red as it reports R101m loss 

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 The impact of Covid-19, as well as an adverse market, saw Stefanutti Stocks report an operating loss of R101-million for the six months ended August 31, compared with a R865-million loss in the same period last year. Contract revenue from continuing operations declined from R2.9-billion to... 

Stefanutti Stocks stays in the red as it reports R101m loss

IBT construction reduces cost, time

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 Student accommodation group STAG African says it can reduce construction time and costs for student accommodation using innovative building technology (IBT) – a first for Africa. “By using such technologies, developers can reduce building time by 40%, which has the effect of reducing associated... 

BUILDING CONSENSUS 
When the industry becomes more satisfied with this approach to building, and realises the cost benefits of IBT, the uptake of IBT in construction will increase
BUILDING CONSENSUS When the industry becomes more satisfied with this approach to building, and realises the cost benefits of IBT, the uptake of IBT in construction will increase

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

FAR AND WIDE
 The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam
FAR AND WIDE The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam

Increased use of light steel frame

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 There is a significant increase in the use of light steel frame (LSF) in construction – despite it still being a relatively new building material in the South African market. This increase is mostly owed to the multitude of benefits it offers over traditional building methods, says LSF... 

FAR AND WIDE
Futurecon plans to keep expanding the use of LSF in the large-scale commercial sector
FAR AND WIDE Futurecon plans to keep expanding the use of LSF in the large-scale commercial sector

WBHO sees plunge in profit as Covid-19, loss-making projects take toll 

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2020 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) on Tuesday reported a massive turnaround in fortunes from 12 months ago when it boasted R513-million in operating profit for the year ended June 30, to a position where it suffered an operating loss of R585-million. Group CEO Wolfgang Neff cited the main reasons... 

WBHO sees plunge in profit as Covid-19, loss-making projects take toll

Sector recovery lies in collaboration – says cement maker 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 The construction sector remains under pressure, despite the easing of the national lockdown to Level 1, and contractors need to work with materials suppliers to remain cost competitive, says construction materials company AfriSam.  

CEMENTING SOLUTIONS AfriSam was collaborating with contractors on customised concrete solutions long before Covid-19; however, the pandemic has exacerbated the need for companies to contain costs
AfriSam readymix GM Amit Dawneerangen shares his insight on the state of the construction industry

Hard-hit construction sector pins recovery hopes on infrastructure plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2020 South Africa’s construction industry ground to a halt on March 27, as the nation entered a hard lockdown that would last weeks, in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic which spurred governments worldwide to impose emergency restrictions. Six months later, the industry is starting to get back... 

Hard-hit construction sector pins recovery hopes on infrastructure plan

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development 

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 To increase local manufacturing and the attractiveness and attention thereof, the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) have launched the Technology Availability and Readiness Atlas (Tara). The launch on November 12 coincided with the... 

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development

PPC enjoys higher retail-led cement demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2020 Cement manufacturer PPC has advised that its sales volumes continue to rise after having experienced muted sales in April and May during the harder levels of lockdown in South Africa and other African countries. The company’s sales volumes started recovering in South Africa and Botswana in... 

Tribunal confirms settlement agreement between PPC, commission

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2020 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a settlement agreement between Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) and the Competition Commission which, in effect, grants PPC final immunity from prosecution in the cement cartel case. PPC has also been granted immunity from an administrative penalty. 

Nigeria gives Dangote, BUA approval to export cement via closed borders

By: Reuters     11th November 2020 Nigeria has granted presidential approval to Dangote Cement and BUA Cement to export cement through its land borders, which have been closed for more than a year to check smuggling, a customs spokesman said on Tuesday. Nigeria closed its land borders last year to curb smuggling of rice and arms,... 

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

SURE SOLUTION
The Garlock sealing solutions offered by BMG have proven effective in many environments
SURE SOLUTION The Garlock sealing solutions offered by BMG have proven effective in many environments

PIC lowers stake in PPC to 4.93%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2020 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has reduced its shareholding in cement manufacturer PPC from 9.52% to 4.93%. The State-owned fund manager has progressively been decreasing its stake in the cement manufacturer, having reduced its shareholding from 25% to about 19% in June, to just under... 

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 South Africa’s civil structures are in dire need of improved performance and longevity, hence building materials company AfriSam’s emphasis on supplying quality products that “go beyond current requirements”. Speaking to Engineering News, AfriSam regional product technical manager Nithia Pillay... 

PERFORMANCE PRIORITISATION
AfriSam is the pioneer of producing highly extended concrete without compromising performance parameters
AfriSam’s Nithia Pillay speaks about the company’s drive to supply products that address industry issues

Africa’s richest man delays cement London listing until 2023

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2020 Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest person, has again delayed plans to sell shares in his cement maker on the London Stock Exchange, opting instead to focus on increasing exports and boosting the Nigerian company’s foreign-exchange reserves. Dangote Cement, the continent’s biggest producer of the... 

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