South Africa needs all available engineers, says former Saice president

South Africa needs all available built environment professionals, especially engineers, to build and manage infrastructure for the benefit of the country’s development and future generations, civil engineer and former South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) president Sam Amod said this week. Presenting the inaugural seminar as part of Saice’s Support Our Students initiative, he highlighted the value of the built environment, which was worth trillions of rands and represents the largest fixed asset base of the country.

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Kibo forms working relationship with IGES to pursue South African waste-to-energy projects

Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has satisfied all conditions required, and completed an agreement with South Africa-based Industrial Green Energy Solutions (IGES), to jointly develop a portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa.

The companies entered into an agreement to jointly develop a portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa, with an initial target of generating more than 50 MW of electricity for sale to industrial users.

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M&R’s Clough receives preferred proponent status for Australia transport project

JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reports that its subsidiary Clough’s joint venture with Acciona has received preferred proponent status on a contract valued at about R2.4-billion for the transportation infrastructure upgrade on behalf of Main Roads in Perth, Western Australia.

The project will start towards end of this year and will run for the next two years.

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Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment

President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are arising around the transition. Speaking during the third formal meeting of the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC), which he established in December 2020 and chairs, Ramaphosa said that, given the primacy of the climate crisis on the international agenda, South Africa could no longer be debating whether or not it should transition to a low-emissions society.

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Supplier’s materials can contribute to secure railway structures

Construction materials supplier Fibertex geotextiles are used to stabilise the foundations of railway structures, enabling them to withstand the dynamic loads of high speeds and great weights of modern trains. The Fibertex plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, manufactures high-performance geotextiles for many applications, including the design, construction and maintenance of railway systems.

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Industrial properties remain resilient

The industrial real estate sector has shown resilience during a period that has proven to be most volatile for the office property and retail sectors, says JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties national asset manager for industrial Johann Nell. The resilience is a result of a shift towards a more digital world, changes in online shopping behaviours and an increase in manufacturing activity.

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Concrete pole achieves 8kN of force testing

Concrete products supplier Rocla subjected its 11 m concrete cast pole to 8 kN of force testing at its manufacturing plant, in Roodepoort, in May. Rocla’s cast concrete pole has become the preferred option for electrification and electric power line projects.

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Equipment supplier distributes compaction range to local market

Compaction technology manufacturer Bomag has entrusted local equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment to distribute its light compaction equipment range in South Africa and selected cross-border markets, after the dealer agreement was signed at the end of 2019. Smith Power Equipment sales specialist Stephen Peyper highlights the Bomag single-direction vibratory plate compactors, designed for use in all earthworks, asphalt and paving applications.

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Manufacturer stresses need for quality materials during downturn

Amid strained economic conditions, contractors are opting to buy cheaper and lower-quality building materials, such as cement, to reduce costs, which cement manufacturer AfriSam cementitious executive Hannes Meyer argues is short-sighted and can lead to numerous issues. He emphasises the importance of contractors understanding the composition of construction materials, which, in turn, will ensure the quality of construction projects.

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Central, Eastern Europe provides options for South African property diversification

South Africa is in super cycle stagnation phase and moving into a volatile period and, therefore, diversification of portfolios is certainly justified, FNB Commercial Property Finance economist John Loos said, speaking during hybrid fund Fortress REIT’s webinar on June 29. Loos explained that the country has been in a super cycle stagnation phase since the global financial crisis, with this engendering heightened anger and tension, as seen in examples of service delivery protest and unrest.

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