Building & Construction News

Covid-19: R2 billion allocated to upgrade informal settlements

  • 08-07-2020
  • News 24

Government has allocated more than R2 billion to upgrade informal settlements in the hope of reducing Covid-19 infections through improved living conditions and better access to water and sanitation. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Ministe...

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Gordhan names firms linked to R4bn Eskom overpayment, while NPA investigates former employees

  • 08-07-2020
  • Daily Maverick

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has written to ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina naming contractors responsible for R4-billion overspend on the construction of Eskom’s Kusile power plant. Several former employees, Gordhan also revealed, are be...

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South Africa’s ‘alphabet soup recovery’ – and up to 1.5 million jobs lost

  • 07-07-2020
  • Business Tech

While the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook suggests a contraction of 8% in South Africa’s economy in 2020, the current rates of recovery from government lockdowns on various sectors could see a contraction of as much as 10% ...

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8 arrested for alleged fraudulent Kimberley health dept contracts worth almost R500m

  • 07-07-2020
  • The Citizen

The eight people were scheduled to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation Unit arrested eight people aged between 29 and 64 in the Northern Cape on Monday morning for alleged fraud, corru...

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R2bn Umgeni water tender set aside as judge questions process

  • 06-07-2020
  • IOL

The rehabilitation of the infrastructure that makes water drinkable for the greater Durban area had to be stalled following a multibillion rand tender scandal that has played out in court. Construction companies in a joint venture, WBHO and Icon C...

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Equatorial Guinea receives financial support for its Sendje hydroelectric power plant project

  • 06-07-2020
  • Construction Review Online

The government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has received financial support of over US $137M for its Sendje hydroelectric power plant project which is currently under construction at Weller River about 40 km from Bata, a port city on the mainl...

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Construction activity slumps to record low – Afrimat

  • 03-07-2020
  • Moneyweb

Q1 figures alarming, but sector expected to ‘rocket’ in Q3. The Afrimat Construction Index, a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction sectors, plunged to a record low in the first quarter of this year despit...

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Construction of floating solar power plant in Seychelles delayed due to COVID -19

  • 03-07-2020
  • Construction Review Online

The construction of a floating solar power plant in Seychelles will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Located on the lagoon at Le Rocher, in the central Mahe district of Les Mamelles; the utility-scale floating solar PV system will be the firs...

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New Draft Tendering Law closed for public comment

  • 02-07-2020
  • Taranis

New Draft Tendering Law closed for public comment The period for public comment on the Draft Procurement Bill, has closed on 30 June 2020 and it will probably be promulgated through Parliament within the next six-months or so. Once passed, i...

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TURNAROUND TIMES FOR CONSTRUCTION APPLICATIONS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED

  • 02-07-2020
  • Property Wheel

eThekwini Municipality has announced system improvements for the development plan application processes within the City’s Development Planning, Environment and Management Unit have more than halved the expectation turnaround times for these applicati...

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