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Work resumes on Wild Coast cable-stayed bridge project

Construction has started on the foundations for the Msikaba bridge, which is being constructed by Concor Infrastructure in joint venture (JV) with Mota-Engil Construction South Africa (MECSA). The R1.65-billion contract is poised to deliver the longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa. 

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Concrete solutions for rural roads

With poor rural gravel roads causing horrific accidents, technical service provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie says there is substantial scope for more low-volume concrete roads to increase road safety in South Africa.

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Company welcomes relaxed lockdown regulations

Construction materials company AfriSam has welcomed the first steps in relaxing South Africa’s national Covid-19 lockdown, and looks forward to Level 3, which was earmarked to start at the beginning of this month. The relaxed regulations now allow for critical supplies of cement and construction materials to reach specified markets.

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Concrete batchers training in the works

The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology is planning to offer a special one-day course for concrete batchers and batch plant staff in the second half of 2020.

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Protection tech used at office building

Construction company Storm Waterproofing Systems’ specialists made use of the Spraylock concrete protection technology to successfully cure, increase the concrete durability of and waterproof the ground and first floors, as well as the roof of the new Deloitte head office in Waterfall City, in Midrand.

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Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to …

The South African government is being urged to accelerate the implementation of its renewable-energy-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) as part of the country’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery package. Meridian Economics MD Dr Grové Steyn, who is currently modelling the economic impact of such an acceleration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), argued on Thursday that a large renewables-led green stimulus was one of the few substantial recovery opportunities available that did not require any fiscal resources.

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Foundation welcomes government initiatives to bolster project pipeline

Thought leadership organisation, the Construction Management Foundation, has noted the announcement by the Presidency that it will host an inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium on June 23. This symposium will unveil an infrastructure project pipeline from six priority sectors.

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Rolls-Royce to help develop nuclear fusion energy in the UK

UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has been awarded a four-year full-service engineering design framework contract by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). The contract means that Rolls-Royce will help deliver multi-disciplinary projects for the UKAEA. The company will provide mechanical engineering, process engineering, electrical control and instrumentation, minor structural design engineering, computer-based modelling and simulation, and specialist nuclear services, support. The UKAEA is the British government agency responsible for research and development in the field of nuclear fusion power. The purpose of the framework contract is to aid the development of nuclear fusion energy. “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to help deliver a key part of the planet’s long-term low carbon power supply,” enthused Rolls-Royce Executive VP Chris Tierney.

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Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big …

South Africa’s medium-term response to the Covid-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to reset the country’s unsustainable development pathway by fostering a “green recovery” that improves electricity and water security and creates jobs, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) senior economist Gaylor Montmasson-Clair argues. Speaking during a TIPS webinar on South Africa’s post-lockdown reconstruction options, Montmasson-Clair made the case for placing a green stimulus at the core of the country’s recovery effort.

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Scopa wants public works to stop paying for ‘absolute mess’ of a fence at Beitbridge border

  Parliament’s public finance watchdog supports the directive from law enforcement agencies that the Department of Public Works pays no further money on the “absolute mess” of a fence at the Beitbridge border until all investigations are completed.

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