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Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival

A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum of heavy machinery at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in […]

John Deere showcases construction, forestry equipment for sub-Saharan Africa

Agricultural equipment giant John Deere has introduced its range of construction and forestry equipment to the sub-Saharan African market. Customers across the region can now benefit from the size and scale of the John Deere construction and forestry equipment line-up, including its motor grader line, which features industry-exclusive technology and innovation backed by the John […]

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector

To address the effects of the lack of infrastructure projects in South Africa, cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) MD Njombo Lekula has called for industry and government to work together to mitigate the knock-on effects on the cement sector. “We urgently need an agile and pro-growth policy and regulatory regime that recognise that the […]

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling and foundations for a new footbridge at a produce market in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, as well as […]

Producers under pressure

South Africa’s concrete and cement additive suppliers are under severe production pressures, owing to a global shortage of many of the primary raw materials used in the chemicals industry essential to produce concrete and cement admixtures, says additives and admixtures specialist Chryso Southern Africa group CEO Norman Seymore. He adds that the pressure stems from […]

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand

Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the demand for cement and concrete. The South African National Roads Agency Limited […]