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  • Africa: Experts Explore Infrastructure and Cooperation to Improve Lives

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Addis Ababa — African economies require structural transformation to attain sustained increase that trickles down to all its peoples, an official from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told experts gathered at the organization’s Ethiopian headquarters. Soteri Gatera, who heads the ECA’s Industrialization and Infrastructure Section, says only such “inclusive” economic increase will help resolve the “persistent social economic problems” Africa faces.
  • Construction begins on South Africa’s new $7.4bn smart city

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/08/20 Construction has begun on the new $7.4 billion (R84 billion ZAR) new city in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, owned by Hong Kong listed Shanghai Zendai, with development of 300 residential units underway. Plans to build a new city were unveiled last year in April by founder Zikhang Dai and some of the roads were reportedly by presently underway. Shanghai Zendai acquired 1600 hectares of land in Modderfontein in 2013 from explosives and chemicals company AECI which sold it for R1.06 billion.
  • South Africa: Investigations Into Johannesburg Bridge Collapse Begins

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2015/11/15 While a clean-up operation to remove the rubble from the aftermath of the collapse of the bridge structure on the M1 freeway in Sandton continues this morning, the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, has called on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. The highway remains closed while investigations continue and motorists are being directed to alternative routes. Minister Peters appealed for calm and patience while the highway remains closed to allow investigations to continue and the subsequent clean-up operation.
  • South Africa: Construction Sector Must Throw Its Weight Behind

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2014/09/01 The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls on the construction sector to throw its weight behind government developmental programmes that will assist to fast-track development. "Partnership in public works is crucial for both sustainable development and job creation, which will help to reduce poverty. The construction industry is widely seen as one of the driving forces to fight poverty because it creates jobs and has the ability to develop skills that empower people to start their own businesses," said IFP Spokesperson on Public Works, Mr Hassan Motala, MPL.
  • The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has made significant headway with the inspection and repairs of road infrastructure,

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2014/05/06 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has made significant headway with the inspection and repairs of road infrastructure, traffic signals, bridges and culverts following this year’s abnormally heavy rains, the road agency reported. The JRA reports that its team has worked seven days a week completing repairs on 70% of damage caused by the flooding. It has repaired 23504 potholes, done 7981m2 patching, Skoffeling 36044m2 and cleared, unblocked and performed minor repairs on 1819 stormwater drains. Nine bridges within the City of Johannesburg were identified and prioritised for immediate repairs. The JRA committed R37 million for bridge repairs, including culverts and gabions, within the city.
  • The new board of the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) will be appointed

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2014/02/23 The new board of the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) will be appointed before the end of this month, Premier Stanley Mathabatha says. "In an endeavour to resuscitate the agencies, the Road Agency Limpopo (RAL) and the Gateway Airport Authority Limited (GAAL) have commissioned a study to review the institutional models of the two agencies. "We have appointed a new board for GAAL and during the course of this month, a new board for RAL shall be appointed," the premier announced, during his National of the Province Address, on Thursday.
  • South Africa’s infrastructure development programme

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2014/02/06 South Africa’s infrastructure development programme will expand the black industrial class, with the Strategic Integrated Project II (SIP2), presenting an opportunity for black business to grow. Speaking on infrastructure development and the role of black business at a business breakfast hosted by the Black Management Forum (BMF), Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said that SIP 2 (The Durban-Free State-Gauteng Logistics and Industrial Corridor) was intended to improve access to Durban’s export and import facilities, among others. “Our infrastructure programme will, without reservation, expand the black industrial class, create new industrialists and improve social wellbeing,” he said on Thursday.