Ekhaya Mall opens in Embalenhle

The 10 700 m2 Ekhaya Mall was opened to the public on April 29 after sixteen months of construction and, based on shopper and retailer demand, the mall’s third phase of 1 800 m2 is already on the cards. The Ekhaya Mall comprises 45 shops, including anchor stores Cashbuild, Shoprite and Roots Butchery. A Sasol filling station is integrated with the development, as is a new 17 taxi bay facility, says developer and co-owner S-Identity Holdings.

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Govt has eight weeks to decide on powership project after it clears environmental hurdle

Karpowership, the company bidding to moor five powerships in South African harbours for 20 years, cleared another hurdle when its environmental assessors found that the projects at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay and Ngqura could go ahead. Balito-based Triplo4, which carried out the assessments on behalf of Karpowership, submitted the final environmental impact assessments for the three ports earlier in the week, following a period of public comment. It found that the projects should go ahead, subject to a number of mitigations measures.

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DNG Energy takes legal action to halt RMIPPPP

DNG Energy, a South African company that’s aiming to develop liquefied natural gas facilities, said it has taken legal action to have the government’s award of emergency power generation contracts halted. Last month, the government awarded the right to develop 1 845 mw of generation capacity to eight companies at a cost of R45-billion by August next year to alleviate intermittent power shortages. The award attracted criticism mainly because Turkey’s Karpowership won the bulk of the contracts and the right to produce electricity from power ships moored off the South African coast for 20 years.

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Solutions for all sectors provided in KZN

Equipment supplier BMG’s regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the province by providing engineering solutions – including hydraulics and pneumatics services – designed to optimise productivity for every customer. “The consolidation of BMG’s KwaZulu-Natal workshop facilities and field services into a centralised hub about five years ago has significantly enhanced the company’s service throughout the region,” says BMG RSC KwaZulu-Natal manager Keith van Wyk.

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N2 Wild Coast Road project to support development along key trade corridor

The N2 Wild Coast road project will contribute to economic growth and open a trade corridor along the south-eastern coast of South Africa that will promote trade and tourism in South Africa and neighbouring countries Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma said this week. The new N2 Wild Coast road will create many new opportunities for economic growth in the post-Covid-19 period, he said in a statement issued on April 29.

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eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is aiming to sign its first independent power producer (IPP) contract next year following the publication of the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) in 2020, which it described as the first IRP for a local government in South Africa. The head of the eThekwini Energy Office, Sbu Ntshalintshali, reported on Thursday that the municipality was making steady progress with its 12-stage implementation of the EIRP, which outlines a long-term clean energy strategy to 2050, by which stage the city aims to be carbon neutral.

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Fairvest seeks to acquire a stake in Arrowhead

Property company Fairvest Property Holdings has announced its interest in acquiring a stake in Arrowhead Properties through privately placed share swap transactions. This decision follows a number of separate approaches from major Arrowhead shareholders requesting Fairvest to consider becoming a shareholder of reference in Arrowhead.

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Closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs – new report

South Africa’s emerging solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain has significant potential to create employment over the current decade as utility scale and small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) capacity is added in response to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019) and moves by businesses and households to bolster security of supply through rooftop investments. A new ‘Solar PV Industry Jobs Report’ states that between 11 000 and 13 000 permanent operations and maintenance (O&M) jobs could be created by 2030, along with up to 40 000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs every year in the preparation, development and construction of domestic solar projects.

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Nonresidential buildings will have to display energy performance certificate by next December

By December 2022, some nonresidential buildings will be required by law to display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which is done by measuring the building’s energy use intensity and giving it a colour-coded score from A to G, sustainable structures organisation the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says. “It is hoped that this will be a great boost for energy efficiency in South Africa, since the first step toward lowering energy consumption is knowing energy consumption. The new regulation requires that energy data is collected over the period of a year, to get an adequate measure of the building’s energy use.

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N4 toll route to contribute to South Africa’s economic recovery, says Mbalula

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on April 26 said the N4 toll route project, which is managed by Trans African Concessions (Trac), and which extends from the Solomon Mahlangu offramp in Tshwane, to Maputo, in Mozambique, would contribute to South Africa’s economic recovery. “The N4 toll route is the catalyst for trade and investment between three South African landlocked provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga [and] neighbouring countries.

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