Industrial parks must focus on overcoming business constraints, says DTIC

To drive industrialisation in South Africa and promote economic growth, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition industrial cluster development director Gavin Adams says an industrial park’s key objective must be a focus on overcoming the constraints of doing business within a constrained economy. He adds that shifts in the global value chain, as well as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, create a focus on asset-lite, intangible forms of production, while creating risks for traditional physical production, especially within an industrial park.

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Equipment supplier overcomes vats challenge

Industrial equipment supplier Turnmill Proquip Engineering mitigated challenges that were presented by the installation and manufacturing of four leaching vats at a vanadium mine. The vats form part of a chemical process to extract vanadium. The project was completed in August 2019, in partnership with steel products manufacturer CIS Engineering and engineering solution provider ELB Construction.

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Mortar saves energy, costs

With a constrained power grid and the ever-increasing cost of energy, the sustainability features of Pratliperl translate into significant growth opportunities in South Africa, says industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley’s marketing director Eldon Kruger. Pratliperl is derived from a volcanic glass, called perlite, which is mined in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The raw material is expanded in special furnaces to create millions of small, well-sealed Pratliperl beads. Each bead has a small vacuum inside, giving the product its unique thermal insulation properties. It can then be mixed with ordinary cement to create thermally insulating plasters and screeds.

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Codes and partial safety factor for infrastructure geotechnical designs updated

Eurocode 7, which provides detailed guidance for geotechnical designs, includes a key difference to the global safety concept, as it is known in South Africa, which is to consider partial safety factors, says German Federal Defence University Munich professor Conrad Boley. The codes are being revised and updated, and will be released next year.

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Two new registration categories for building inspectors launching next month

Two new registration categories for building inspectors will officially launch on December 1, under the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP). According to registrar Butcher Matutle, the protection of the public from substandard building practices, as well as boosting the professionalism of building inspectors within the built environment, “are key outcomes for this registration category”.

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M&R sees 2020 as ‘a year of consolidation’

Following several acquisitions in the prior financial year, the 2020 financial year will be “a year of consolidation for all three business platforms”, with the focus on growing the order book and on successful project delivery, multinational engineering and construction services provider Murray & Roberts (M&R) said in a business update to shareholders on Thursday. The group reported that its underground mining platform’s order book had decreased to R20.9-billion, as at October 31.

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Conlog invests R110m in factory at Dube TradePort SEZ

Durban-based electronics manufacturing company Conlog has invested R110-million in a smart electricity meter manufacturing plant in the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The 12 000 m2 development, located at the now fully-subscribed Dube TradeZone 1, is a significant expansion of Conlog’s operation which was previously located in Overport, Durban.

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Vukile to sell non-retail assets in deal aimed at advancing transformation

JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund will sell its remaining non-retail property assets to Mbako Property Fund in a deal that it says will contribute to economic and gender transformation in the South African property sector.  

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Stefanutti Stocks appoints restructuring team amid interim losses

A strategic restructuring team has been appointed to develop and assist with the implementation of detailed turnaround interventions for construction engineering company Stefanutti Stocks, including securing any requisite additional short- and long-term funding, the company reported on Thursday. The short-term funding carries the normal terms and conditions applicable to loans of this nature, and the successful conclusion thereof was a pre-requisite to obtaining long-term funding, the company explained.

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Steyn City continues to invest as luxury development nears completion

In unveiling Steyn City’s Vision 2020 guideline last month, Steyn City Properties revealed that it continues to invest in its luxury lifestyle estate development as it nears completion. With the most recent investment totaling R5.5-billion, Simone Liedtke gives us some insights into what residents can expect.

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