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Construction News

GVK completes 20-storey student housing block in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2024 Privately owned construction company GVK-Siya Zama has completed construction of a 20-storey, 3 000-bed student accommodation block in Cape Town. The 77 000 m2 development also includes 6 700 m2 of retail space and a public square. 

BCIMA urges construction industry to increase safety measures in wake of George tragedy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2024 The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA) has called for a review of the safety practices on construction sites and the prioritisation of the health of construction workers following the collapse of a five-storey residential building in George, in the Western Cape earlier... 

Silhouette of construction site and workers

Energy trader reports strong market demand for green electricity from 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2024 Newly formed electricity trader Apollo Africa reports that it is experiencing strong demand from potential customers for the renewable electricity that will be produced from the grid-ready 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm, being developed by Enertrag in the Mpumalanga province. Apollo Africa, which is... 

Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris
Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris

Development finance agency highlights Africa’s infrastructure needs and opportunities

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2024 The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), which exists to catalyse private-sector investment in African infrastructure, on Friday released its latest report, State of Africa’s Infrastructure Report 2024: The infrastructure imperative: Igniting Africa’s Industrial Renaissance. This found that the... 

George building collapse rescue, recovery operations wrapped up

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th May 2024 Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell has confirmed that the rescue and recovery operation at the site of a building collapse, in George, has been concluded. More than 1 000 rescue, support and volunteer workers carried out the... 

The cleared site of a building collapse in George

Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2024 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean energy deployment and affordability, it is a bane for critical mineral investment and... 

Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system
Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system

Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station

17th May 2024 Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is operated by energy infrastructure operator E.ON. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received in the... 

The Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK
POWERFUL REVAMP The boiler build being undertaken by Valmet for the Steven’s Croft biomass power station will increase efficiencies and output

Solutions provider helps manage emissions reduction

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2024 As a company that delivers modern, efficient solutions for oil and gas burner and boiler installations, Combustion Technology prides itself on its continuous carbon reduction cognisance, both for its own operations and for those of its clients, says Combustion Technology MD Grant Renecle. He... 

A man in a R&D workshop working on Boiler monitoring technologies
WORKING HARD The new Mini MK9 developed by Autoflame and distributed locally by Combustion Technology it can trim the air/fuel ratio of a client's operation by monitoring the actual flame itself

Alley Roads’ Riverstone Mall kickstarts R600m development injection for Meyerton

By: Sabrina Jardim     16th May 2024 Property developer Alley Roads has unveiled Riverstone Mall in Meyerton – its first retail development currently under construction – as part of its pipeline of 175 000 m2 of retail space earmarked for township and peri-urban areas across South Africa. The development of the R370-million mall,... 

Alley Roads CEO Barry Chapman
Alley Roads CEO Barry Chapman

Afrimat delivers strong full-year results, continuing growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2024 During its financial year to February 29, midtier mining and materials company Afrimat invested considerably in projects that are expected to yield fruitful returns and further strengthen diversity and competitive advantage, group CEO Andries van Heerden said. One such project was the Nkomati... 

An image of Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
CEO Andries van Heerden

Concor’s Msikaba bridge progresses to highly technical phases

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2024 Construction at the Msikaba Bridge on the N2 in the Eastern Cape is set to move up a gear this year, with a number of challenging technical activities to be tackled. According to contractor Concor, these include post-tensioning the anchor blocks, installing pylon inserts and building the ladder... 

The Msikaba bridge

Opinion: Time to open the floodgates on infrastructure development

16th May 2024 In this article, Stellenbosch University PhD student and Centre for Sustainability Transitions junior researcher Alboricah Rathupetsane writes about the impact of extreme weather events on South Africa's infrastructure and the need for increased investment in infrastructure development, as well... 

Alboricah Rathupetsane
Alboricah Rathupetsane

Rescue workers searching two remaining sections at George building collapse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2024 The George municipality says about 2 500 t of building rubble has been removed from the site of the collapsed building in the town, which has so far claimed the lives of 33 people. About 500 t of rubble remains on site, as rescuers near day ten of rescue and recovery efforts 

Rescue and recovery efforts continue at the site of a building collapse in George

Forensic pathologists identify 18 of the 33 deceased in George building collapse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2024 Forensic Pathology Services have, as at 06:00 on May 15, identified 18 of the workers killed in the collapse of a partially built residential building in George. The death toll has reached 33, while 19 people are still unaccounted for eight days after the building's collapse. 

Rescue efforts under way at a building collapse site in George, in the Western Cape

Equites reports sustained growth in rentals market

By: Darren Parker     14th May 2024 Real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund has reported sustained growth in its rental portfolio over the past few years and expects this trend to continue. In its results presentation for the 2024 financial year, where the company highlighted a dividend a share of R1.31 at a 100% payout... 

Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan
Photo by Creamer Media
Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan

Dipula reports improved metrics, hones in on solar

By: Sabrina Jardim     14th May 2024 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Dipula Income Fund has reported improved operational and financial metrics, as well as strategic gains in a period that marked the first phase of its new solar PV initiative roll-out for the six months ended February 29. Dipula’s revenue grew by 9% and its... 

Dipula Income Fund CEO Izak Peterson
Dipula Income Fund CEO Izak Peterson

Octodec grows interim retail income despite challenging conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2024 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Octodec Investments achieved income growth of 3.1% for the six months ended February 29, largely driven by higher rentals in its residential portfolio. Rental income for the period was just over R1-billion, compared with R974.2-million in the first half of... 

An image of Octodec's HealthConnect building
HealthConnect, which is adjacent to the Louis Pasteur Hospital, offering medical suites to doctors and medical specialists, was completed at the end of February, with occupation from March

Pathology services seek to expedite identification as George building collapse death toll reaches 32

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2024 Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) and the South African Police Service are planning to expedite the identification of persons killed in a building collapse in George, in the Western Cape, with only six of the 32 deceased persons identified thus far. Eighty-one people were working on site on the... 

Rubble being removed at the site of a building collapse in George

UJ becomes Project Management Institute’s first academic partner

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2024 The Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the addition of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to its list of authorised training partners (ATP). With this, UJ becomes PMI’s first academic ATP in South Africa to offer PMI Construction Professional (PMI-CP) certification training. 

Calgro M3 issues maiden dividend, posts robust results

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2024 Residential-focused property developer Calgro M3 has issued a maiden dividend of 9.49c a share after posting a record gross profit margin of 27.25% for the financial year ended February 29, and profit after tax increased to R196.8-million, up from R186.29-million in the preceding financial year.... 

Calgro M3 CEO Wikus Lategan
Calgro M3 CEO Wikus Lategan

Death toll in George building collapse rises to 27 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th May 2024 The George municipality has reported that, as at 15:00 on May 13, 25 people still remain unaccounted for following last week's building collapse. The death toll has risen to 27, while 13 people remain in hospital. 

The site of the building collapse in George

Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2024 The construction industry value-chain is at risk of collapsing as shrinking margins, unfair practices and payment issues continue to undermine the sector. This is according to members of the Master Builders Association (MBA) North, who warn that “urgent dialogue and change” are needed to address... 

Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

Raubex sees 28% bounce in its order book despite challenging environment

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2024 Raubex saw a 28% jump in its order book for the financial year ended February 29, to R25.55-billion, compared with R20-billion in the previous financial year. “This is testimony to our diversified business model,” said CEO Felicia Msiza on Monday as the group released its financial results. 

Image of Raubex CEO Felicia Msiza
Felicia Msiza

AFC-led consortium financing large-scale road infrastructure development in Angola

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th May 2024 The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) announced on Friday the signing of a €381.5-million financing package for road transport infrastructure development in Angola. The AFC, founded in 2007, serves to catalyse private sector-led infrastructure development across Africa. This latest financing... 

George building collapse death toll rises to 12

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2024 The George municipality has confirmed that three more bodies have been retrieved from the site of a collapsed building, taking the death toll to 12. Eighty-one people were on-site at the time of the building's collapse on Monday afternoon. By Friday, 41 people were still unaccounted for. Thirteen... 

A sniffer dog helping to search for survivors

Balwin seeks to broaden access to padel in South Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th May 2024 Balwin Padel, a division of JSE-listed property developer Balwin Properties, opened four new padel courts at its Thaba Eco Lifestyle Centre, in Gauteng, at the end of April. The sports centre now has six padel courts available to residents of the Thaba Eco Estate and to the public. Players can... 

An image depicting Balwin's padel courts

Tunnel section installed emissions-free using battery power

10th May 2024 A standard skidding operation evolved into an opportunity for heavy lifting solutions provider Mammoet to showcase its ability to reduce the carbon footprint of civil projects while minimising disruption. Mammoet was tasked by multidisciplinary infrastructure company Stadsbader Contractors to... 

UNDER PRESSURE
Mammoet was tasked to lift and skid an 850 t concrete tunnel section 40 m beneath railway lines in Belgium
UNDER PRESSURE Mammoet was tasked to lift and skid an 850 t concrete tunnel section 40 m beneath railway lines in Belgium

Organisers expect record attendance at event

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by global dignitaries and industry leaders”. The Enlit Africa 2024 will be held at the Cape Town... 

A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
TAKING TO THE FUTURE This years Enlit Africa theme – Less Talk, More Action – aims to encourage attendees and speakers to move away from talk in favour of action and implementatio

Conditions still challenging, but contractors report noticeable uptick – MBA North

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 Last year was one of the most challenging years the Master Builders Association (MBA) North has ever experienced, with many of its long-standing members entering business rescue or closing their doors, says MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela. The 120-year-old employers’ body serves the... 

Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules 

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2024 The deadline for South Africa’s recently launched third battery energy storage bidding round, or bid window three (BW3), has been extended by three months to October 31, following a recent deadline extension for the concurrent second battery bidding round from April 30 to June 6. Independent... 

Battery storage

Underspending on repairs, maintenance impacting on Joburg infrastructure – JoburgCAN

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th May 2024 Following a decade of underspending on repairs and maintenance on infrastructure, JoburgCAN, an initiative of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), says it is “gravely concerned” over the budget allocations for the maintenance of fixed assets in the City of Johannesburg’s draft budget for... 

Hope fades for 44 trapped in collapsed South Africa building

By: Reuters     9th May 2024 Relatives of 44 construction workers trapped under a collapsed building in the South African city of George faced a fourth day of anguished waiting on Thursday as heavy machinery worked at the site in a race against time to find any survivors. Of 81 people who were on site when the five-storey... 

George building collapse

Equites starts wheeling power from distribution centre to head office in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2024 Property developer Equites Property Fund has officially started wheeling renewable energy onto Cape Town’s grid from solar panels atop its newly built distribution centre in Parow. The company is among the first to begin wheeling energy for the municipal grid, with its current offtaker being a... 

Equites' distribution centre, in Parow
Equites' distribution centre, in Parow

TPT to continue to invest in Durban Pier 2 while legal spat over private partner plays out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2024 South Africa’s Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says it will continue to invest in Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 while legal proceedings around its selection of International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), of the Philippines, for a 25-year partnership at what is South Africa’s largest... 

Port of Durban container operations
Port of Durban container operations

Engineering organisations, labour dept urge patience as cause of George building collapse awaits determination

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2024 Civil engineering and construction industry organisations the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice), Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) have urged patience to allow for investigations into the cause of the building collapse in... 

A rescue worker and his dog search for survivors of the building collapse
Photo by Reuters
A rescue worker and his dog search for survivors of the building collapse

Attacq subsidiary acquires remaining 20% stake in Mall of Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     7th May 2024 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Attacq’s 70% held subsidiary, Attacq Waterfall Investment Company (AWIC), has acquired the remaining 20% stake in Mall of Africa from the Atterbury Group. AWIC already held an 80% stake in the asset. 

Mall of Africa
Mall of Africa

NamPower grid-strengthening and battery storage project secures $138.5m World Bank backing

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2024 The World Bank has approved a $138.5-million finance package to support the integration of renewable energy into Namibia’s electricity system by strengthening its transmission grid and integrating a second utility scale battery storage system into the country’s network. The initiative, which is... 

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