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Women in Transport Awards Winners announced in Durban

Uncategorized November 17, 2016

Women in Transport Awards Winners announced in Durban

 

 

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Says Ms Athi Myoli, Awards Director: “The amount of nominations received from across Africa was overwhelming and each winner deserves to be commended for their valuable contribution toward to the development of the rail and maritime industry in Africa. “

 

Winners were announced at the event’s Mayoral cocktail reception and delegates were welcomed by the host partner to the event, the City of eThekwini.

 

The category winners are as follows:

 

Award for the Best Performing Institution in Transport awarded by Hon. Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga, Deputy Minister of Transport South Africa

 

  • Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

 

Award for the Best Head of Department in Transport awarded by Catherine Larkin, Executive Director, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

 

  • Sylvia Siyo, Transnet National Ports Authority (Durban, South Africa)

 

 

Award for the Best Innovation Partnership in Service Delivery (Project) presented by Babalwa Dludlu, Managing Director, Azon Rail (Pty) Ltd.

 

  • Transnet Freight Rail (Maria Mzimela)

 

Award for the Best Port Operator or Terminal in Africa presented by Athi Myoli, Awards Director

 

  • DCG – DSM Corridor Group

 

Award for the Best Skills Contributor presented by Thembela Taboshe, Master Mariner, Ship Surveyor/Deck Examiner: Durban

 

  • Khomotjo Mphalalele, Transnet MSoE (South Africa)

 

Myoli concluded: “We thank our sponsors, the Development Bank of South Africa and the Road Traffic Infringement Agency for making the awards possible and for rewarding women who have positively impacted the transport sector in Africa.”

 

 

Event dates and location:

 

Co-located with African Port Evolution and African Rail Evolution

Date: 18 October 2016

Location: Durban International Convention Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cabinet officially approves nuclear plan

Uncategorized December 24, 2015

Cabinet officially approves nuclear plan

Dec 24 2015 14:08

Matthew le Cordeur
Fin24
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Cape Town – A Government Gazette notice released by the Department of Energy on December 21 has confirmed Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme.

This means the department can now call for quotes for the tendering process to begin.

However, the process is far from complete, according to energy expert Chris Yelland. “I believe there is still a long road ahead before commitments can be or are made in the form of contract awards for a nuclear new-build,” he tweeted.

He said the process still required a detailed cost/benefit analysis by the Department of Finance, as well as an update to IRP2010-2030 that still needs to be done. “Request for proposals must still commence; shortlisting of vendors and final bids from shortlisted vendors must be recorded.”

Russia, China, France and South Korea, Canada and Japan are all vying to win the main nuclear contract, while there are also opportunities for local companies to win contracts for various infrastructure and construction tenders.

The above countries, excluding Japan and Canada, signed intergovernmental agreements this year ahead of the tender process. The two outstanding countries were planning on signing these agreements too.

Until this point, there has been no official word from government that it had decided to move ahead with the programme. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, however, indicated in his opening address as minister that government would proceed with a formal procurement process, only if it was affordable.

Business Day reported on December 14 that Cabinet approved the decision to go ahead just hours before Nhlanhla Nene was removed from his position as finance minister on December 9.

Fin24 checked with Cabinet following the news report, but acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said she was not aware of this.

Analysts believe Nene was ousted for stalling the nuclear build programme, saying it was too expensive in the current economic climate.

He had allocated R200m in his mini budget this year for the Departments of Energy and Finance to investigate the costing of the programme. There were no indications of this having produced any results.

Meanwhile, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report by Eskom that has recommended Thyspunt as the preferred site to build a 4 000 MW nuclear power station is almost complete and will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs in February 2016, said Deidre Herbst, Eskom’s environmental manager, on Thursday.

The Gazette notice released by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Peterson, in consultation with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, said her department would be the procurement agency. This was initially going to be Eskom’s responsibility, but was moved to the department earlier this year.

“The role of the procurement agency will be to conduct the procurement process, including preparing any requests for qualification, requests for proposals and/or all related and associated documentation, negotiating the power purchase agreements, facilitating the conclusion of the other project agreements, and facilitating the satisfaction of any conditions precedent to financial close which are within its control.”

The Gazette states that the electricity must be purchased by Eskom “or by any successor entity to be designated by the Minister of Energy, as buyer (off-taker)”.

It says the electricity must be purchased from the “special purpose vehicle(s) set up for the purpose of developing the nuclear programme”.

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PMSA sponsoring the 4th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos

Uncategorized November 19, 2015

PMSA sponsoring the 4th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos

PAN MIXERS SOUTH AFRICA (PMSA) are a silver sponsor of the event where the world meets Africa’s construction, concrete and cement industries. The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos are pleased to announce their renewed partnership with PMSA. This concrete equipment solutions and technology company is Africa’s largest manufacturer of concrete brick, block and paving machinery, supplier of concrete pumps (Sermac), planetary and twin-shaft mixers (Eurostar), turbine and counter-current rapid pan mixers (PMSA), moisture measuring systems (Franz Ludwig), oxide dosing systems (Finke Dosiertechnik), kerb stone machinery (Wil El Mil Engineering), concrete pipe machinery (BFS Casagrande), self-loading concrete mixers (Fiori), mixing and weigh batching plants (PMSA) and production pallets (Rettenmeier).

In 2015 PMSA, Van Dyk Stene launched a new African solution. Van Dyk Stene is the first cement plant in Africa to use a full curing system from German technology leader Kraft Curing, distributed locally by PMSA. The total automated solution supplied, covers batching (mixing and weighing), a stacker and destacker, an RE1400 block making machine and automated wet and dry side product handling.

The advanced technology from Kraft Curing provides PMSA’s customers with the solution to reduce their input costs by decreasing the quantity of cement used in the production process whilst maintaining the quality material.

“Van Dyk Stene is now able to achieve the same strength requirements, but with 30% less cement, a cost-saving that will have a significant impact on its bottom line,” says Quintin Booysen, PMSA sales and marketing manager.

The Kraft Curing technology offers consistent control of temperature and relative humidity levels of between 90 and 95 percent together with improved operational efficiency.

Booysen explains that PMSA focuses on providing total concrete solutions to meet all of its customers’ requirements. PMSA was awarded the contract by Van Dyk Stene to supply all of the equipment for the state-of-the-art plant which officially opened on 20 May 2015.

The company has immensely invested in modern production techniques for efficient high-volume output of its broad product range.

Meet the company behind the modern techniques, technologies and solutions at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos, 10 -11 May 2016 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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New Android Virus ‘Cannot Be Removed From Your Phone’

Uncategorized November 6, 2015

New Android Virus ‘Cannot Be Removed From Your Phone’

If you catch it, you basically have to buy a new one

Rob Waugh

 

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Security researchers have found a new, hi-tech Android Trojan which CANNOT be removed from phones once infected.

Basically, if you are infected, you will have to buy a new device.

The good news is that – as unwanted software goes – it’s not the worst out there: it’s a ‘malicious adware’ programme, which fills your phone with unwanted adverts.

It was found by researchers from San Francisco-based security firm Lookout – and is usually downloaded as part of ‘fake’ apps which masquerade as popular ones such as Okta, Facebook, Twitter, WhatApp, and NYTimes.

The adware enters the system directory – something the user is unable to access – and cannot be removed, according to SC Magazine.

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To avoid infection, users should disable installation of apps from unofficial sources, and only download from within Google’s Play Store.

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4 Things to Know about Facebook’s New Patent That Could Impact Your Credit

Uncategorized August 23, 2015

4 Things to Know about Facebook’s New Patent That Could Impact Your Credit

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4 Things to Know about Facebook’s New Patent That Could Impact Your Credit

On Tuesday, Facebook received approval for a patent they have been trying to secure since 2012! Usually this would be marked as a joyous occasion, but since the news leaked out about the contents of this patent…there has been a bit of an uproar.

But before you form your own opinion or start defriending everyone, know these four things about Facebook’s new patent:

1. The patent will help filter inappropriate or spam emails and any disrespectful content from being approved to your timeline. In the digital age where everything becomes a meme, and Internet trolls roam the net, this is a welcomed improvement to Facebook. I would be curious if the filtering would also apply to Facebook Business Pages to help marketers and customer support staffs weed out spam posts and be able to focus their attention on concerned customers.

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4. It is unclear at this time how Facebook will use the contents of this patent.
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For now, rest assured that as soon as more details about this patent arise, we will bring you an update!

A flowchart of the patent’s lending process can be viewed below, and the full patent can be viewed here.

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About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Senior Specialist of Content Marketing for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on Pagemodo’s Blog and Twitter.

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Cape Town City fighting to avoid Gauteng e-toll R9bn to R59bn cost debacle

Uncategorized August 18, 2015

Cape Town City fighting to avoid Gauteng e-toll R9bn to R59bn cost debacle

There is much at stake in the City of Cape Town’s court battle against the central Government’s attempts to toll 180km of Western Cape province’s roads. For one thing, the City is rightly fretting about the eventual cost – after all, court papers show Gauteng’s e-tolls escalated from an initially proposed R9bn to a staggering R59bn. For another, the City believes there has not been anything like sufficient consultation with its ratepayers, describing the process as a “sham”. It’s a classic showdown between those who love pulling the strings from on high and those who hate having their strings being pulled. – Alec Hogg
By Dane McDonald , Cape Town –  The City of Cape Town has expressed its concern that the SA National Roads Agency’s (Sanral) decision to toll roads in the Cape Winelands may follow the same contentious route as in Gauteng.

The city has brought an application to have Sanral’s decision to toll sections of the N1 and N2 highways into Cape Town reviewed and set aside.

In the city’s reply to Sanral heads of argument, its lawyer, Geoff Budlender, SC, argued that toll fees would have to be determined before construction on the tolls commenced.

Budlender contrasted the city’s proposal with the process of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, “where everything was built and fees were set afterwards”.

According to Budlender, it was possible to know the cost of the project before the declaration that the roads would be tolled.

Budlender criticised an affidavit by the transport minister, in which he said he was satisfied that Sanral had conducted a sufficient public participation process, and that he had applied his mind to the legislation, which had directed his decision.

“He does not say that he considered whether it was socially and financially viable,” Budlender contended.

Budlender told the Western Cape High Court that the minister of transport at the time, Jeff Radebe, was “materially misinformed that the total cost would be R9bn and that the state would not carry any costs”.

According to the City of Cape Town, the total cost of the project should have been estimated at approximately R59bn.

Budlender further argued that the minister’s decision was liable to be set aside “on procedural grounds”, as “he was given incorrect information”.

“The minister misconstrued his powers… he did not make the decision he was supposed to,” said Budlender.

“If the decision maker misconstrues his powers… it is a breach of the principle of legality,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, Budlender called Sanral’s public participation process a “sham” because the city and its citizens were not given a reasonable opportunity to provide input to inform the minister’s decision in September 2008.

He argued that the minister had Sanral’s input on which to base his decision, but not the public’s.

About 180km of highway will be tolled, should the Winelands Toll Highway project go ahead.

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FACEBOOK MESSENGER IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FACEBOOK MESSENGER

Uncategorized June 25, 2015

FACEBOOK MESSENGER IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FACEBOOK MESSENGER

AUTHOR: BRIAN BARRETT. GEAR   DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06.24.15.

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FIRST, FACEBOOK KICKED Messenger out of its main app. Next, it gave Messenger its own home on the web. Now, the final cleaving: As of today, you no longer need a Facebook account to sign up for Messenger at all.

The move might seem surprising; Facebook and Messenger are two enormously popular experiences that have traditionally been symbiotic. If you want to reach your Facebook friends, Messenger is where you find them. It’s that same mutual reliance, though, that could at least in some small way limit Messenger’s potential growth, something in which Facebook is demonstrably invested.

It was just this past March, after all, that Messenger was elevated from app to full-fledged platform. That’s the month Messenger introduced a payments feature. The following week, at Facebook’s F8 developers conference, over 40 apps for Messenger were announced. Messenger added video calls in April, and its first game—familiar to fans of Draw Something—just a few weeks ago. Its trajectory indicates that Facebook wants to position Messenger as your default chat app by sheer force of features.

In that context, then, tying Messenger inexorably to Facebook can be seen almost as a liability. More people have phone numbers than have Facebook accounts. More people text than write status updates. If your stated mission is to prepare for the “platforms of tomorrow,” as Mark Zuckerberg said when his company bought up Oculus last year, you don’t want to tether any one of them to Facebook, the platform of today.

That’s why Instagram has remained independent in the three years since Facebook acquired it, as have WhatsApp and Oculus. Messenger, in its ideal form, is its own social network. To require a log-in for another, distinct social network for access seems, when you put it that way, a little bit absurd.

Still, Facebook stresses that there are benefits to linking the two. “For those who have Facebook accounts, there are many benefits to using your Facebook credentials when signing up for Messenger,” explains Facebook engineer Louis Boval in apost outlining today’s change. “People can easily message with their Facebook friends and contacts, access their Facebook messages and take advantage of multi-device messaging across mobile devices, the web and tablets.”

Aside from the ease of access to your built-in Facebook contact list, though, those advantages seemingly apply to Messenger as well, especially now that it lives in the browser at messenger.com. And when you sign up for Messenger with your phone number, you can easily sync your phone’s contacts, making that advantage somewhat moot.

In fact, the only weirdness, if you can even call it that, of the separation is that Facebook already has a messenger app in its stable. WhatsApp, acquired early last year for $19 billion, boasts 800,000,000 monthly active users as of this past April. Messenger, meanwhile, has 600,000,000 as of March. It seems like it would lead to some redundancy, if not outright cannibalization.

Facebook, though, views the two as complementary. WhatsApp remains a relatively bare-bones messaging experience, with a swell of users in Asia, South America, and Europe. Messenger, by contrast, offers a much fuller array of features, and a substantially larger United States presence. Besides, even at a combined 1.4 billion users (assuming no overlap, which is highly unlikely), the two apps cover barely 20 percent of the world’s population. There’s ample opportunity for both to grow.

As for current Messenger users, it’s a welcome chance to finally get access to the handful of friends who never joined Facebook—or who left in a fit of techno-pique—on board with your chat app of choice. Let’s just hope they like stickers.

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Hypenica announces the Winners of Third Annual Women in Construction Awards, Recognising Excellence in Africa.

Uncategorized May 15, 2015

Hypenica announces the Winners of Third Annual Women in Construction Awards, Recognising Excellence in Africa.

South Africa – May 15, 2015 – Hypenica

The winners of the Women in Construction Awards, recognising excellewomen-in-constructionnce in Africa were announced Wednesday night, 13 May 2015. Hosted by the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, the Sandton Convention Center, in Johannesburg, South Africa saw 300 guests from the construction, cement and concrete industry celebrate, recognise and applaud the finalists for 2015. Reliabuild’s managing partner Heidi Croxford was there to report on this prestigious event. The call for nominations for the Women in Construction Awards resulted in an influx of 42 nominations. A panel of judges, which consisted of 14 global industry experts, identified 12 finalists, representative of three different African countries. Currently in its third year, The Women in Construction Awards evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate the role of women in the construction, cement and concrete industry. The awards, which comprise of both individual and organisational categories, acknowledge the increasing important role of women in the industry. The individual categories recognise women who are pioneers in innovation within the built environment, as well as identify “New Starters” –  women under the age of 30 years – who through their efforts to date have been identified as women “to watch” as they get a foothold within the sector. The organisational awards acknowledged organisations which have stepped up and developed women’s roles through innovative training programs as well showing their commitment to developing the careers of women in the industry.   2015 WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION AWARD WINNERS

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INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES Pioneer in Innovation Award:

  1. Manana Khotseng, Director, Rehauwe Construction And Development, South Africa
  2. Solange Ngandu Misengabu, Managing Director, Best Construct, Democratic Republic of Congo

New Starter of the Year – Under 30 Award:

  1. Lentsu Mmako, Quality Surveyor in Training, VSB Quantity Surveyors, South Africa

ORGANISATIONAL CATEGORIES Most Innovative Women Training Program Award:

  1. Gordon Institute of Business Science: The NHBRC Women Empowerment Program, South Africa

Excellence in Career Development Award:

  1. Seda Construction Incubator, South Africa

“Nights like these would not be possible if we did not have the support of sponsors, I would like to thank our sponsors Aecom, Power Group and Neuroleadership for their support. The Women in Construction Awards are important as they create visibility for women and those organisations supporting and shaping the role of women in the construction, cement and concrete industry. I am excited as we’ve had winners from South Africa and the DRC. ” said Award director Tanitha Jolly.

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Shaping the future of Africa’s cement, concrete and construction industries

Uncategorized May 12, 2015

Shaping the future of Africa’s cement, concrete and construction industries

The African construction industry remains key to support the continents’ infrastructural development requirements; the outlook for Africa’s concrete and cement sector in particular is promising, given the strong economic outlook, long-term demographic growth and rising urbanisation, all of which is boost demand for cement and concrete.

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Reliabuild’s managing partner Heidi Stassen Croxford is attending the African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo from 12-15 May 2015 to report on new development plans, new products and valuable information for the construction sector as a hole in order for YOU to position your business. Preregistered visitors already exceeds 6000 from over 30 countries with 240 exhibitors across 3 exhibition halls
As the industry continues to evolve so do the opportunities at Africa’s leading construction and concrete events:

African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos.

For 2015, African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos. are creating five unique experiences to culminate into Africa’s biggest gathering of qualified buyers and sellers for the cement, concrete and construction industry.

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An entire week of conferences, seminars, workshops, expos, site visits dedicated to highlighting and promoting cement, concrete and construction in Africa.
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The only dedicated coatings event focused on providing proactive strategies for improving the use and understanding of coatings technologies and emerging trends in the industry.
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Investment in road infrastructure is key to the continent’s development. This forum will focus on elements such as road design and construction, investment and maintenance
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With the continent now experiencing the world’s fastest economic growth and highest urbanisation rate, this much needed forum will highlight the latest technologies, thinking, approaches and strategies for building and meeting the demand for housing in Africa.
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The Captains of Construction: Leadership Forum is a by-invitation-only event, and will see more than 100 senior construction professionals gather to take part in a high level strategic debate on the state of the industry, and where the areas of growth lie.

Together all 5 events will tell the story of shaping the future of Africa’s cement, concrete and construction industries.

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You can’t afford to not be there…

JUST as You can’t afford not to be on Reliabuild.co.za !!!

This is no ordinary event. We can guarantee that you will leave African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos with dozens of ideas and hundreds of contacts to make your job easier and more productive. The program has been tailored to enable you to spend as much or as little time as you have. No matter what function you fulfill within the concrete and construction value chain you’ll get fresh ideas and help from your peers and experts attending the conference.

  • Innovation: Learn about state-of-the-art concrete and construction technologies from more than 300 exhibiting companies and sponsors showcasing new technological developments. Attend exhibitor workshops that provide training and introduce new technologies that provide further opportunities to build industry knowledge.
  • Impact the future: A diverse attendee demographic makes it even easier to share your passion for construction, cement and concrete with the construction industry and ignite enthusiasm for the next generation of concrete technologists, architects and engineers.

If you would like advice on what sessions to attend or how to structure your time, please contact Malvin Kane: malvin.kane@totallyconcrete.co.za. Phone: +27 21 700 4300.

Published: By Heidi Stassen Croxford / 12 May 2015

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Concrete.TV Announces Finalists of Third Annual Women in Construction Awards, Recognising Excellence in Africa.

Uncategorized May 4, 2015

Concrete.TV Announces Finalists of Third Annual Women in Construction Awards, Recognising Excellence in Africa.

 

The Awards acknowledges the increasing role of women in the industry and encourages individuals and companies to promote their work as well as providing an opportunity for those in the industry to come together to celebrate women  at the Glamour Cocktail evening hosted by African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo.  

 

The Awards will be held on the 13 May 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

“We aim to honour and celebrate women and to advance their role in the industry across the continent, I am excited to see we have finalists not only from South Africa but also from Kenya and the DRC” said Award director Tanitha Jolly. “The awards creates visibility women and those organisations supporting and shaping the role of women in the construction, cement and concrete industry”.

 

The third Women in Construction Awards are both individual and organizational. Individual categories are set to recognise women who are pioneers in innovation within the built environment, as well as identify “New Starters” –  women under the age of 30 years – who through their efforts to date have been identified as women “to watch” as they get a foothold within the sector.

 

The organisational awards will acknowledge organisations which have stepped up and developed women’s roles through innovative training programmes as well showing their commitment to developing the careers of women in the industry.

“The calibre of the judges sets the standards of the Awards – we are privileged to have had 14 industry experts from across the globe who gave up their time to evaluate the nominees” said Tanitha Jolly.

 

For more information on our judges go to www.womeninconstruction.co.za .

 

The 2015 Finalists are, in no particular order…

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

 

Pioneer in Innovation Award:

 

1.       Manana Khotseng, Director, Rehauwe Construction And Development, South Africa

2.       Melanie Wituka, Managing Director, Suleco Company Limited, Kenya

3.       Solange Ngandu Misengabu, Managing Director, Best Construct, Democratic Republic of Congo

 

New Starter of the Year – Under 30 Award:

 

1.       Carmen Sharpe, Project Coordinator, Goal Projects, South Africa

2.       Charne Matthews, CEO, MSHEQ Health and Safety Consultants, South Africa

3.       Lentsu Mmako, Quantity Surveyor in Training, VSB Quantity Surveyors, South Africa

 

 

ORGANISATIONAL CATEGORIES

 

Most Innovative Women Training Programme Award:

 

1.    Gordon Institute of Business Science: The NHBRC Women Empowerment Programme, South Africa

2.    Group Five Basadi Programme, South Africa

3.    South African Women in Construction: Free State, South Africa

 

Excellence in Career Development Award:

 

1.       Paragon Group: Architects/ Interiors, South Africa

2.       Seda Construction Incubator, South Africa

3.       Suleco Company Limited, Kenya

 

 

For more information on the Women in Construction Awards, visit www.womeninconstruction.co.za

 

For more information contact Tanitha Jolly, Awards Director, +27 (0)21 700 4300tanitha.jolly@hypenica.com

 

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Innovation within construction industry hastens development on African continent.

Uncategorized April 28, 2015

Innovation within construction industry hastens development on African continent. 

28 April 2015

Africa is the second-largest and second most populous continent and it is highly like that Africa’s population will reach 1.9 billion by 2050 as predicted by the World Population Review organisation.

Continuous growth on the continent has brought with it a growing need for infrastructure development to meet the requirements of the growing African population. Toby Shapshak, who will be a Keynote speaker at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2015, in his TED Global address in 2013 said, “Innovation in Africa is the purest form of innovation [as it is] out of necessity”.

With countries in Africa facing the realities of harsh economic circumstances, infrastructural development and construction remains a necessity which is considered economically taxing. It is therefore imperative for African construction industries to apply innovative plans and techniques to develop their industries.

Throughout Africa, many conventional building materials are regarded as expensive and as a result, inaccessible. Agremént South Africa is the only recognised body in South Africa which evaluates non-standardised building and construction products and systems. By providing assurances for non-standardised products, Agrément South Africa provides alternatives to more expensive traditional building materials, encouraging construction through the application of innovative methods and the uses of alternative, Agremént South Africa certified products.

Joe Odhiambo, the Chief Executive Officer of Agrément South Africa says, “New cutting edge ideas and innovation in the construction industry happens constantly and the pace of the change is bound to escalate with time. With technology growing in leaps and bounds so does the potential for innovation within the construction industry. ”

Joe is also a member of the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2015 advisory board.  The event is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, from Tuesday, 12 May to Thursday, 14 May 2015. The advisory board consists of senior executives from a cross-section of organisations active in the African cement, concrete and construction industries. The board advises the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2015 organising team on the latest industry trends, challenges and discussion issues, thus creating an event developed by the industry for the industry.

Sponsored by PPC Cement, Marley, Standard Bank and Builder’s Warehouse, the conference is Africa’s biggest gathering of qualified buyers and sellers for the entire cement, concrete and construction industry value chain. It is set to create a platform for construction stakeholders from across the globe to engage in open dialogue, as well as exchange knowledge, discuss best practice and innovative case studies from the respective countries present.

About PPC CementPPC

PPC is the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa through eight cement man ufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe that can produce around eight million tons of cement products each year. PPC also produces aggregates, metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone.

 

 

Marley RoofingAbout Marley

Marley Roofing is the home of high-performance concrete roof tiles in Southern Africa. With four modern manufacturing plants, dynamic management and leading concrete roof tile profiles and roof tile ranges in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, Marley Roofing has established a unique reputation for quality and service which extends well beyond the borders of South Africa.

 

About Standard BankStandardBank-logo

Standard bank currently operates in 20 countries on the African continent, including South Africa, as well as in other designated developing markets. Their three main pillars of business include Personal and Business Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth – Liberty. The Standard Bank Group is listed on the JSE Limited, share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB. The largest bank in the world, ICBC, is a 20.1% shareholder in the group. Excluding the 20.1% ICBC shareholding 26.8% of Standard Bank’s shareholder base is foreign.

builders logo.About Builders Warehouse

Builders Warehouse is a front-runner in home development and building supplies with thorough project solutions. Builders Warehouse has four store arrangements that accommodate diverse markets with their personal tailored composition and service offerings. Builders Warehouse delivers incomparable value and offers a wide of competitively priced products, with the concluding consuming specialists on hand to give recommendations on home, DIY and gardening needs.

 

 

 

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Captains of Construction to meet with industry stakeholders at Africa’s biggest construction expo.

Uncategorized April 16, 2015

Captains of Construction to meet with industry stakeholders at Africa’s biggest construction expo.

The organisers of the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo are excited to launch the Captains of Construction forum held on the 13th of May 2015. “Captains of Construction creates a platform for public and private sector industry stakeholders to discuss regional development plans and how an enabling environment can be created,” says Anita Kruger, Executive Director of Captains of Construction.

images ppcThis Captains of Construction forum will see high-level decision makers and stakeholders, in the public and private sector discussing key issues in infrastructure development and construction in South Africa. Hosted by Max du Preez, South African Author, Columnist and Documentary Filmmaker, the forum seeks to promote growth in the region’s construction industry through the collaboration of different stakeholders across the board.

Private sector participants will personally engage with policy makers and pose the questions that will allow them to determine their future path in the industry. This will allow government stakeholders to balance expectations and for private participants to gain a better understanding of the regulatory environment within which they are operating and how they can adapt to ensure that their full potential is met.

National and provincial government representatives will be in attendance, along with high-level representatives from select associations and executives of financial Institutions, consultancies, law firms, EPC companies and cement manufacturers. Attending the Captains of Construction will allow you to network and gain industry knowledge from these vital role players and leaders of industry.

 

Launching at the forum is a special publication entitled, Captains of Construction Leaders Book; 100 People at the Steer of Infrastructure Development in Southern Africa. The book showcases South Africa’s most influential figures that are driving infrastructure development and construction in the country and region. Not only will this prestigious feature serve as the definitive guide to the industry, but also give insight as to where industry leaders believe the country and continent is headed.

 

The forum is co-located with African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos, which is expected to see over 6000 attendees from approximately 1000 companies cross its threshold and will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from 12-14 May. Sponsored by PPC Cement, Marley Roofing, Pan Mixers South Africa, AfriSam, Mota Engil Africa, Builders Warehouse and Weza Afrika, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is Africa’s highest profile event for the construction industry and Africa’s first ever three-storey exhibition.

 

The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is set to spark valuable dialogue on Africa’s infrastructure deficit and the sustainable infrastructure development and economic growth across the sub-Saharan region for 2015 and beyond.

Information on the sponsors: Supplied by PPC Cement

PPC is the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa through eight cement manufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe that can produce around eight million tons of cement products each year. PPC also produces aggregates, metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone.

RELIABUILD IS A PROUD MEDIA PARTNER TO THE

AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION EXPO

TO BE HELD IN 8-13 MAY 2015

For more information you can contact

heidi@reliabuild.co.za

ReliabuildSA

 

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Is there a solution to rolling power failures?

Uncategorized April 15, 2015

Is there a solution to rolling power failures?

So is there an alternative to just waiting for Eskom to build more dirty polluting power plants?

Well actually there is!
A small number of pioneers have been testing out an alternative strategy right here in Cape Town. Foremost of these is David Lipschitz. David has proposed letting us generate the power needed for the the periods of demand right in our own homes.

 

Ok so it is not necessarily production, possibly more like storage, unless you add solar and wind energy generation into the mix. Which would be the next logical step, but no before going that far what we are talking about is allowing households to install inverter and battery arrays, which would charge during periods of low demand like most of the night when almost all our electricity production is wasted to the grid.

 

Then allow these arrays to dispense electricity to the household during the periods of high demand and more importantly, as we need to identify a viable  financial model, dispense excess stored electricity back into the grid during these periods of high demand and let Eskom pay these households for the electricity dispensed back into the grid at an advantaged premium say two to one for electricity provided during demand periods.

This model would mean that if a household was willing to make the investment of a inverter battery array they could be compensated for assisting with load shedding at a household level and so over time either balance out the purchased  of their electricity or alternatively even repay their investment and possiblbly be motivated to extend their arrays to produce more high demand period electricity, thus enabling a viable loadshedding model that would not require rolling power failures or the need to build more power plants.

If correctly incentivised the budget that would go towards building new power plants could rather be spent on incentivising households to extend their household inverter battery arrays with wind and solar units to actually charge the inverter battery arrays without the use of grid electricity during the day and so further increase national electricity production through a cleaner and more environmentally friendly and most important renewable manor.

The Government could also offer interest free (sponsored) lease programs to businesses and homeowners for the equipment, so that if they cannot afford the cost or even a loan to raise the funds needed they could possibly afford a monthly payment that might even be negated by the income they received for the electricity fed back into the grid.If need be to further reduce the cost on these systems because batteries are so expensive and have a limited life span the Gov could incentivise companies that could manufacture and rent out batteries taking back the old batteries to refurbish.

Actually there are just so many business models around this that we might not even have thought of yet, but would inspire a whole new local industry and massive job creation opportunities for companies installing and maintaining these systems, so much more than any new power station could possibly hope to match!

This could even inspire a whole industry in SA that could become an export industry adding to GNP.

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So isn’t is time we petitioned our politicians to make a wiser and better informed decisions to improve our countries energy production!

Please support this petition if you agree:

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Oh and please do register on CommunitE to show your support for the investigation of CommunitE based collaborative solutions to affordable power, internet, insurance, medical aid and household budgeting. We at CommunitE would like to start cooperative systems owned by the people who join them so that the profit that would usually be filtered off by unesesary middlement goes back into building your own CommunitE solutions.

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