Building & Construction News

Infrastructure: Construction industry ready and able to deliver

  • 30/09/2020
  • Moneyweb

Concerns about the capacity of South Africa’s depleted and financially-distressed construction industry to deliver the government’s massive infrastructure investment plan have been debunked by industry associations and analysts. However, there are...

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Load shedding will cripple our economic recovery – we must bring renewables onstream fast

  • 30/09/2020
  • Daily Maverick

Urgent steps must be taken this year to bring the cheapest and most reliable energy on to the grid within the next three years. Coal, nuclear and substantial gas infrastructure cannot be brought online within that time frame. Only renewables (wind a...

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Bad news about load-shedding in South Africa

  • 29/09/2020
  • My Broadband

Eskom is now allowed to source over 11,800MW from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), but this will not solve South Africa’s immediate electricity problems. This is the view of energy expert Chris Yelland, who spoke to ENCA about the Department of...

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Court rules on Local Production and Content in government tenders

  • 29/09/2020
  • Taranis

The aspect of Local Production and Content is governed by the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act Regulations of 2017 and government has designated around 27 different sectors, which must comply with the required local threshold as stipulat...

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New twist in R429m civil damages claim against construction companies

  • 28/09/2020
  • Moneyweb

The City of Cape Town’s R429.47  million civil damages claim against listed construction groups WBHO, Aveng and Stefanutti Stocks – related to collusion and bid-rigging on the Greenpoint Stadium, now called the Cape Town Stadium – has taken a new twi...

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Major strike planned for South Africa next week – this is what unions are angry about

  • 28/09/2020
  • Business Tech

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is continuing to intensify its national mobilisation efforts in the build-up to the upcoming socio-economic national strike set to take place on the 7 October 2020. The Federation has issued a ca...

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R350m investment in Nasrec Covid-19 field hospital 'a colossal waste of money'

  • 25/09/2020
  • IOL

Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government has been accused of “colossal waste of money” for its R350million investment in the Joburg Covid-19 field hospital in Nasrec Expo Centre, outside Soweto, which equated to R500000 a patient. The prov...

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Big questions loom over Gauteng’s billion-rand ICU field hospitals

  • 25/09/2020
  • Daily Maverick

The Gauteng government has spent hundreds of millions of rands on ‘barrack-style field hospitals’ in anticipation of a Covid-19 surge which has already passed, with most of these nowhere near close to completion. Doctors say these structures were al...

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Government’s credibility issues are affecting the civil construction sector

  • 23/09/2020
  • Moneyweb

A serious credibility problem with the government’s so-called “shovel ready” and bankable major infrastructure projects has been blamed for confidence in the civil construction industry remaining at near record low levels in the third quarter of this...

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Battery revolution prepares to take on noisy construction sites

  • 23/09/2020
  • Daily Maverick

At a project in northern Hong Kong, Gammon Construction Ltd. has swapped out diesel generators with massive lithium-ion batteries called Enertainers to power the giant cranes that erect high-rises. It’s yet another indication of how reduced cost and ...

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