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Mbalula calls for efforts to overcome inefficiencies, infrastructure backlogs

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has made a strong call to correct inefficiencies and tackle infrastructural backlogs. “We need to accept that the way we have been working is not working. We must grow Africa’s economy and connect our economies fast. Time is against us, “he warned at the opening of the African Ports and Rail […]

Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to open a new $1.5-billion Chinese rail line on Wednesday linking the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, despite delays in establishing an industrial park there to drive freight traffic. The extension links to the $3.2-billion line between the port of Mombasa and Nairobi that opened […]

Any further delay to IRP approval will increase load-shedding risk, Busa warns

Amid a return of the load-shedding spectre, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has called for the urgent finalisation of a “least-cost and least-regret” Integrated Resource (IRP), which it describes as the first step towards the stabilisation of the country’s electricity sector. Cabinet is expected to consider the IRP at its October 16 meeting. Powered by […]

Cement industry continues battle to ‘level the playing field’

Faced with an influx of cheap imports, the cement industry is now taking its case to Parliament after it appealed to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for support in the form of tariffs. Industry spokesperson and The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie will […]

PPC warns against the threat of substandard cement products

Substandard cement products are threatening the built environment industry and placing South African lives at risk, says PPC South Africa MD Njombo Lekula. He explains that the use of substandard cement has various implications that may negatively affect the sustainability of buildings and structures, thereby leading to increased repair or maintenance costs, injuries and fatalities […]

Building, construction activity at crisis levels – cidb

Insufficient demand for building and construction work remains a constraint for the industry and is unlikely to improve notably in the near term, the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) says. Its third-quarter SME Confidence Survey, released on Tuesday, shows that the domestic building and construction industry continues to struggle amid tough economic conditions. Powered by […]