TNPA granted enviro approval for R1.4bn Richards Bay floating dock

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) the green light to build a long-awaited R1.4-billion floating dock at the Richards Bay port.

The floating dock facility, which will be located at the port’s Small Craft Harbour, forms part of the R4.4-billion capital investment plans announced by TNPA earlier this year.

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Ekurhuleni BRT system extended to OR Tambo International

The Ekurhuleni bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called Harambee, has been extended from Tembisa to OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina said at a media briefing at the Intercontinental Hotel, at the airport, on Wednesday. The Harambee project was part of the overarching objective of developing an integrated public transport network to connect the nine towns and the 17 townships in Ekurhuleni, he said.

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New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years

Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy availability factor (EAF) from the coal fleet fall below 75%. The document tests six EAF scenarios across two demand forecasts: a moderate demand scenario, represented by average yearly growth of 1.9%; and a low demand scenario of 0.64% a year over the five-year period.

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Nzimande inaugurates R1.1bn Mt Edgecombe interchange

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday officially opened the R1.1-billion Mount (Mt) Edgecombe Interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Minister described the interchange as a veritable civil engineering work of art that contributes greatly to easing traffic congestion, while promoting road safety and enabling business.

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Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects

The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it is executing on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government. This has been achieved by combining digital imagery from remotely-piloted aircraft systems (popularly called drones) with three dimensional …

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Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award

The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) entrance gate in KwaZulu-Natal has won a seminal sustainable design award, in the sustainable architecture category, at the biennial AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (AfriSam-SAIA) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation, which were held on Friday, in Cape Town.

The fluid concrete form of the building is a reference to the Umhlatuze municipality’s animal, a fish eagle, that is swooping down. The building’s form is also a counterpoint to the rigid, orthogonal geometry of the typical industrial steel shed typology which will be the predominant form within the estate.

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Raubex rightsizes road rehab division as lower Sanral work volumes bite

JSE-listed Raubex Group continued to experience challenging conditions in the South African construction industry in the six months ended August 31, particularly in the road construction sector, reporting a 57.4% decline in operating profit to R157-million, compared with the R370-million profit recorded for the first half of the 2018 financial year.

The low volume of work during the period under review resulted in the group’s rightsizing of its asphalt and bitumen supply operations to adjust to the current level of demand.

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Three Joburg properties open for public tender as part of inner city rejuvenation

The City of Joburg (CoJ) has released information about three inner city properties that are now open for public tender by potential developers, as part of its inner-city rejuvenation project that comprises over 80 buildings and plots for renovation. This project aims to fulfil the city’s vision of turning Johannesburg into a construction site.

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Legaro’s 78 Corlett drive building achieves highest green star rating

Lifestyle and commercial property developer Legaro has been given an award for developing South Africa’s highest-rated green building, 78 Corlett drive, in Melrose North. The award was presented at the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) eleventh Green Building Convention gala dinner earlier this month.

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City of Cape Town delays decision on social housing project

The Cape Town City council was scheduled on Thursday to announce its decision on the sale of City-owned land to housing non-profit organisation Communicare for redevelopment for social housing, GroundUp has reported. But the decision was pushed back to the next council meeting because “the DA caucus has some queries around the technical aspects of the report,” DA ward councillor for the area Dave Bryant said. The land in question is Salt River market along Voortrekker Road, located on two …

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