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Eris Property Group to invest in Nigeria's Agbara Estate
Eris Property Group to invest in Nigeria's Agbara Estate

The development plans for the Agbara Estate in Lagos, Nigeria, represents Momentum Africa Real Estate Fund (MAREF) and its partners, Land Afrique and Eris Property Group's commitment to investment in Nigeria...

4 Feb 2016 06:41

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Development capital boosts African infrastructure

A new report sponsored by global law firm Baker & McKenzie finds that the funding gap for African infrastructure has narrowed to about $25bn a year...

By Mark Allix 4 Feb 2016 06:15

Safety reigns at Maydon Wharf Berth reconstruction
Safety reigns at Maydon Wharf Berth reconstruction

Transnet Capital Projects has achieved a safety milestone of 1,000,000 man hours without a Lost Time Injury on reconstructing and deepening the Maydon Wharf Berth...

2 Feb 2016 11:29

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GCR rates outlook for construction industry negative

Factors such as regulatory uncertainty, low levels of public infrastructure spending and declining global commodity prices have converged to create turmoil within the construction industry...

1 Feb 2016 13:45

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DRA awarded optimisation study for Makhado coal project

DRA Projects SA has been awarded the optimisation study and front end engineering and design (FEED) package for Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) Makhado coal project...

1 Feb 2016 06:06

DRA announces acquisition of RLH Consulting Engineers
DRA announces acquisition of RLH Consulting Engineers

DRA engineering company has purchased Cape Town-based ports and harbour engineering company, RLH Consulting Engineers. DRA will leverage the wealth of industry experience of key personnel in RLH...

29 Jan 2016 11:54

GladAfrica announces acquisition of Ariya Project Managers
GladAfrica announces acquisition of Ariya Project Managers

Engineering consultancy GladAfrica Group has announced the acquisition of Ariya Project Managers (Pty) Ltd...

29 Jan 2016 11:32

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Rate of decline in value of building plans is accelerating

The steep downtrend in the value of building plans is accelerating, figures released by Statistics SA show...

26 Jan 2016 13:38

Efficient Power launches new mobile industrial substations
Efficient Power launches new mobile industrial substations

Efficient Power has launched a complete off-site construction solution with abnormal buildings leaving the factory with all internal equipment installed, fully integrated, tested and cold commissioned, resulting in the bare minimum of site work...

26 Jan 2016 08:57

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Civil construction confidence index increases marginally

The FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index increased by three index points to 42 in 4Q2015. Confidence was boosted by an improvement in overall profitability amid continued restrained growth in construction activity...

22 Jan 2016 06:20

How do you build a mirror for one of the world's biggest telescopes?
How do you build a mirror for one of the world's biggest telescopes?

When astronomers point their telescopes up at the sky to see distant supernovae or quasars, they're collecting light that's travelled millions or even billions of light-years through space...

By Buddy Martin and Dae Wook Kim 21 Jan 2016 06:15

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Engineer a top salary for yourself

Looking for a job that pays well? Get an engineering degree and wait for the bucks to start rolling in...

20 Jan 2016 06:03

Andries Rossouw, PwC assurance partner
Challenging year ahead for SA construction

2015 was a challenging year for South Africa's construction industry, marred by industrial action, substantial delays on projects, as well as questions raised around safety concerns on structural projects...

19 Jan 2016 06:00

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[BizTrends 2016] Year of radical innovation in built environment

Much of our modern life is rooted in the way we have designed our cities...

By Alta Schoultz 18 Jan 2016 09:00

Steyn City. Image source: www.steyncity.co.za
[BizTrends 2016] New approaches to urban planning in property sector

The construction and engineering sectors are currently facing slower growth that is expected to continue into the first quarter of 2016. There is however room for optimism...

By William Johnston 18 Jan 2016 09:00

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[BizTrends 2016] A tougher construction industry for smaller players

According to a recent report by PwC, infrastructure spending in Africa is estimated to grow from $70bn in 2014 to $180bn per annum by 2025...

By Frans Pienaar 18 Jan 2016 09:00

[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers
[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers

Infrastructure development is booming across Africa, due in no small part to significant economic growth and foreign direct investment. Mega-infrastructure projects have massive price tags...

By Karl Bishop 18 Jan 2016 09:00

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Contractors dissatisfied despite higher construction confidence

Although the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index has risen from 39 in 3Q2015 to 42 points in 4Q2015, the index indicates that close to 60 percent of respondent are dissatisfied...

15 Jan 2016 08:58

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Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects for 2016

Further developments in South Africa's affordable housing market and investments in social infrastructure were the key to positive prospects for 2016...

14 Jan 2016 13:55

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Hawks set to resume probe of contract collusion

The embattled construction industry faces even deeper trouble with the threat of criminal and civil charges over the fixing of contracts...

By Wyndham Hartley 12 Jan 2016 08:24

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Group Five not concerned by JSE suspension alert

Group Five has played down a JSE warning on Monday, 4 January, stating it faced suspension for the late submission of results, explaining this involved debt instruments listed by a subsidiary and not the holding company's shares...

By Mark Allix 6 Jan 2016 09:49

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Cuban engineers continue to be productive

The Department of Water and Sanitation says Cuban experts in the water and sanitation sector, which have been contracted to work in South Africa for two years, continue to be productive...

30 Dec 2015 06:28

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China to finance Mali strategic railway overhaul

China has agreed to finance a much-needed overhaul of the Malian stretch of the key railway line between Bamako and Dakar, the Malian transport ministry said on Monday, 28 December...

30 Dec 2015 06:27

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World Bank pulls funding for Uganda transport project

The World Bank cancelled funding for a Uganda transport initiative, citing environmental concerns and allegations of sexual misconduct by contractors working on the project...

24 Dec 2015 05:52

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Inside Sun City's R800m makeover

Sun International's resort town of Sun City in the North West province is in for a R800m makeover. The group aims to restore its status as a popular destination...

By Reitumetse Pitso 22 Dec 2015 05:55

Gigawatt Mozambique completes gas-fired power station
Gigawatt Mozambique completes gas-fired power station

Gigawatt Mozambique has announced the successful commissioning of its 120MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, on the border between South Africa and Mozambique...

18 Dec 2015 10:59

Building goes on at Coega
Building goes on at Coega

Nearing the close of the year, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is a hive of activity, with two construction projects providing employment for more than 750 people...

17 Dec 2015 13:09

Cosmo Mall Pedestrian Bridge to open in time for peak festive season trading
Cosmo Mall Pedestrian Bridge to open in time for peak festive season trading

The new multi-million rand Cosmo Mall Pedestrian Bridge, developed by the Bentel Group, the owner and developer of the mall, will open to the public later this month just before the peak festive season trading...

14 Dec 2015 07:30

Construction industry can benefit from women's networks
Construction industry can benefit from women's networks

Women's networking and empowerment groups in the technical trade industries were initially started by women in their respective industries who felt alienated and excluded from the activities in their sector...

14 Dec 2015 11:51

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