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South Africa's Infrastructure Outlook

Good governance key to addressing water infrastructure challenges

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      16th February 2024 Transparency, accountability and good governance practices are critical to address the current water infrastructure crisis in South Africa, emphasises Talbot, a sustainable water solutions company. Water infrastructure encompasses everything from dams, reservoirs, water treatment systems and... 

S Africa’s infrastructure at a crossroads – council

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      16th February 2024 Industry body Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has emphasised the significance of maintenance as a proactive measure against further decay of South Africa’s infrastructure. The council acknowledges the existing challenges facing the country but is optimistic about addressing them to... 

An image of Dr Bridget Ssamula
BRIDGET SSAMULA Many countries rely on the private sector to kickstart projects because these companies have done the research and built the prototypes, whereas with government, you have to wait for a more economic design solution that can be implemented at mass scale to push the developmental agenda

2024 could be ‘turning point’ for infrastructure sector

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      16th February 2024 Amid an evolving political landscape and the imminent challenges of an upcoming national election, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) underscores the critical need to expedite infrastructure development and for continuity in South Africa, emphasizing the importance of proactive planning and... 

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CHRIS CAMPBELL The private sector is an integral part of this country and this is why South Africa needs to break down barriers and build relationships

Critical infrastructure blackouts top business risk in SA – Allianz

16th February 2024 For the second consecutive year, international financial services provider Allianz’s Risk Barometer indicates that critical infrastructure blackouts, attributed to power outages and the failure of ports, railways and roads, pose the greatest risk for businesses operating in South Africa. The... 

Zest WEG

17th February 2023 Zest WEG, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is committed to the development of the African region, and has been servicing the continent for over 40 years.  Leveraging best practice engineering and manufacturing capabilities, we offer a range of standard... 

Zest WEG

Mindset change a must for effective PSP

By: Tracy Hancock     17th February 2023 Effective public-sector participation (PSP) in the funding, management, operation and maintenance of South Africa’s depreciating road, rail and port infrastructure requires a mindset change by those in power, says industry body South African Institution of Civil Engineering president Steven... 

Photo of Transnet freight train on railway line.
RAIL REVIVAL The urgent and fast-paced implementation of policy is key to speed up the revival South Africa’s rail infrastructure

TPT engaging OEMs to address ageing equipment

By: Tracy Hancock     17th February 2023 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), a division of State-owned company Transnet, has started a process to engage with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to establish long-term partnerships. The process aims to ensure the standardisation of equipment and spares to improve plant reliability as part... 

Image of red crane equipment at South African port loading containers on or off a ship.
FRESHENING UP THE FLEET Long-term partnerships with original-equipment manufacturers are expected to support Transnet Port Terminal’s drive to acquire much-needed replacement equipment to address the aging fleet but also help standardise the fleet

Private sector provides infrastructure solutions

By: Tracy Hancock     17th February 2023 A local premium prepared food and beverage business has secured the services of Pretoria-based engineering consultant BBEnergy to use water more responsibly and improve management systems by implementing an energy and water utility model as South Africa’s water infrastructure continues to... 

Wastewater treatment system installed on site
ALLEVIATING PRESSURE Reusing treated wastewater reduces demand on surface and groundwater sources, as well as public wastewater treatment facilities

S Africa needs smarter ports

By: Tracy Hancock     17th February 2023 For South Africa’s eight ports to keep up with the changes in global shipping, and safeguard trade that is vital to the economy, it is extremely important that Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies be embraced to enable smart ports, says network technology company Axis Communications... 

An image depicting interconnectivity by using smart technologies at a container terminal.
TRADE SMART If South Africa fails to adopt smart technologies, such as big data and the Internet of Things, the country could see less trade taking place at its ports
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