Hyprop warns of up to 46% decrease in distributable income

Specialised shopping centre real estate investment trust (Reit) Hyprop expects its distributable income a share for the six months ended December 31, 2020, to be between 43% and 46% lower year-on-year at between 181c and 191c. The company attributes the decline mainly to the negative impact of Covid-19 on the group’s operations.

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Stellenbosch University building achievest A-rating energy efficiency certificate

Stellenbosch University (SU) received the very first Electrical Performance Certificate (EPC) for any building in South Africa, with its Admin B building receiving an A-rating for electrical consumption of 48 kWh per square metre. This is in adherence to the amendment to the National Energy Act of 1998 proclaimed in December 2020 by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy requiring building owners to publish the electrical consumption per square metre by 2022. The new legislation makes it mandatory that all building owners monitor the electrical consumption for all commercial buildings bigger than 2 000 m².

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JCB appoints Bell to distribute its equipment in South Africa

Construction equipment manufacturer JCB has appointed materials handling subsidiary and distributor Bell Equipment South Africa as the distributor for the full range of JCB construction equipment from May 1. Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) will be JCB’s distributor in the key South African market.

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M&E sector output to recover this year after 15% decrease recorded for 2020

The Metals and Engineering (M&E) sector was no doubt under pressure in 2020 owing to lower steel production and general trading restrictions, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says in its latest ‘State of the M&E Sector’ report.

Seifsa chief economist and report author Chifipa Mhango explains in the report that steel is one of the key subsectors within the M&E sector and that global commodity prices are influenced by production in this sector.

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Planning commission wants new climate-change commission to drive ‘just transition’ social …

The outgoing National Planning Commission (NPC) is preparing to hand over the extensive work it has done to build consensus on South Africa’s ‘just transition’ to a low-carbon and climate-resilient society to the newly formed Presidential Coordinating Commission on Climate Change (PCCCC). When doing so this week, Commissioner Tasneem Essop said that it would emphasise that a transparent and inclusive process, which included affected workers and communities, was as important as the outcomes, as developing a social compact on the just transition was a political process rather than a technical exercise.

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Correct concrete vital for industrial flooring

With the construction of industrial floors requiring concrete with characteristics entirely different from that of concrete for vertical structures, it is important to use the correct material in the correct proportions, says technical service provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. He says TCI receives a number of requests for advice on a monthly basis regarding industrial flooring faults, and that the material specifications for all the ingredients of industrial concrete floors exist and should be adhered to.

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Flooring contributes to Covid-19 safety measures

The increasingly important role of flooring and floor coverings in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in factories and commercial companies’ rethinking their floor covering designs, says floor covering distributor and installer KBAC Flooring. “Many factories have started to add ‘specialised’ products to their offerings, which not only implement differentiation for demarcation and social distancing but also contribute to health and safety. Indoor air-quality has become an important aspect for any building design and the onset of Covid-19 has increased the demand for tools that enhance and maintain safe air quality,” says KBAC Flooring CEO Brandon Park.

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Improved formulation, developments maintain low VOC emissions

Vinyl flooring specialist and South African Vinyl Association (SAVA) member Polyflor SA continually develops and improves formulations for all flooring ranges to ensure that volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels are kept to the lowest possible levels, with no significant negative contribution to indoor air quality. VOCs are gasses released from materials, such as paints, adhesives and cleaning products in buildings.

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Energy Regulator approves 40 MW solar licence for Gold Fields’ South Deep

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announced on Thursday that the Energy Regulator, at its meeting held on February 25, approved the issuance of a generation licence for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to be developed at the South Deep gold mine, in Gauteng. The licence was granted to GFI Joint Venture Holdings Proprietary Limited and Gold Fields Operations Limited (South Deep Joint Venture) to operate a generation facility to be constructed in Westonaria, south-west of Johannesburg.

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Gate upgrade to improve truck turnaround at Ngqura

A R20-million upgrade project of the Ngqura Container Terminal’s automated gate system will reduce truck turnaround times and improve traffic flow, State-owned Transnet Port Terminals Cape Terminals managing executive Wandisa Vazi says. The automated gate system was introduced in 2009 when operations began at the terminal, and enables truck drivers to interact with the system without human interaction. 

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