Basil Read to proceed with business rescue plan

JSE-listed construction group Basil Read’s business rescue plan was approved by 99% of creditors and 98% of independent creditors during a shareholder’s meeting on Thursday.

Basil Read entered into voluntary business rescue in June and its business rescue plan was published in August.

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SAIMechE appoints first female president

The South African Institution for Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) has elected Professor Debby Blaine president for the 2018 to 2020 period.

Blaine is an associate professor at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. She has served on the organisation’s Western Cape branch committee since 2007.

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Mindful spending critical for sustainable infrastructure under economic stimulus package – Cesa

In light of the launch last week by President Cyril Ramaphosa of an economic stimulus package for South Africa, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reiterates that public funds management is critical to deriving true value for money.

CEO Chris Campbell said in a statement issued on Friday that, over the past few years, Cesa has been partnering with government to assist and advise the public sector on maximising its investment in infrastructure and ensuring that the correct capacity is in place to design and implement large-scale, durable projects.

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N1 upgrades in Western Cape now 60% complete, completion targeted for May 2019

The R487-million upgrade of a section of the N1 between Plattekloof road and Old Oak interchange, in the Western Cape, is 60% complete.

The project is expected to be completed by May 2019.

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Company diversifies aluminium offering

Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is preferred over painted surfaces due to its colour retention, corrosion resistance and low maintenance properties says Johannesburg-based metal supplier Consolidated Steel Industries aluminium subsidiary Stalcor MD Craig du Plessis. ACP consist of three layers – namely two outer layers of aluminium skin that sandwich a polyethylene or mineral core material, that forms the middle layer. The aluminium skin is coil coated with various paint finishes in a large array of colour options, but a polyvinylidene difluoride coating is most common for colour retention.

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Company minimising height-access difficulties

Rope access specialist RopeCrew Industrial Abseiling has positioned itself as a viable alternative for those wanting to opt to use rope access as a viable method of accessing areas at height, instead of scaffolding, which is limited and costly. RopeCrew MD Gerrie du Plessis states that rope access is a much more efficient and a less intrusive way of accessing a building, as the work can be done by fewer people. He adds that productivity is also higher when using rope access because it is quicker than having to erect scaffolding.

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Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue

As landfill space in South Africa reaches capacity, the controlled, planned and systematic filling of landfill cells requires progressive closure and rehabilitation, says infrastructure delivery company Aecom, adding that it can provide this specialised service. Landfills may need to be closed for various reasons, including unacceptable environmental impacts such as groundwater pollution, and/or unmanageable air pollution such as dust or odours.

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Managing waste generation crucial

Effective waste management entails industries’ not overlooking the management of waste generation, says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. “There is still a great deal to be done in terms of waste being generated during manufacturing, and waste generated post-consumption – for example, municipal waste. The importance lies in starting at the top of the waste hierarchy and finding ways of reducing the quantities of waste being generated.”

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Mall of Africa to debut world first in integrated solar system

Mall of Africa is set to unveil a world first in integrated renewable energy systems, with the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system of its kind in the southern hemisphere and tenth worldwide. The 4 755 kW installation covers most of the available mall roof space, an area of about 45 000 m² and the energy generated will be used to power the mall’s daily operations.

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Marubeni says Thabametsi unaffected by group’s policy to halve coal capacity by 2030

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation reports that the development of the Thabametsi coal-fired power station, in South Africa, has not been affected by the group’s September 18 policy decision to “no longer enter into any new coal-fired power generation business”. As part of the policy change, Marubeni announced that it would halve its coal-fired power net generation capacity of 3 GW by 2030 and would expand the ratio of power generated from renewable energy from about 10% currently to 20% by 2023. Marubeni has total net power generating capacity of about 12 GW worldwide.

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