We recently reported that confidence is still high in the construction industry’s future. Now we are bringing you 5 good news stories to come about from the month of August.
[COVER STORY] Composting can save the world
With the disposal of organic waste under increasing control and scrutiny, finding on-site solutions will ensure a legally and environmentally compliant waste management system.
A recent CSIR research estimates that food waste costs South Africa roughly R61.5 billion every year – with a third of the 31 million tonnes of food produced annually going to waste. Gavin Heron, co-founder at Earth Probiotic, says food waste represents a complex South African challenge, which requires a “fast, easy and cost-effective” solution.
[COVER STORY] Composting can save the world | Infrastructure news
Survey shows confidence still high in construction sector’s future
Confidence in the future of SA’s construction sector reached its highest level in five years despite a marked decline in business activity in recent months.
This is the main finding of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Business Conditions Survey, conducted by the Bureau for Economic Research on behalf of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
The index’s confidence level during the second quarter was 42, compared with 35 during the first three months of the year. The CIDB has seen a slow but steady rise for the past seven quarters since the early days of the pandemic, says CIDB CEO Bongani Dladla.
Among general building contractors, who have been struggling for months, sentiments improved to 44 from 33. Confidence in the civil engineering sector was supported by better activity and rose marginally to 40 from 38.
Survey shows confidence still high in construction sector’s future | Infrastructure news
Women winning in construction – ERWIC awards winners announced
The Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) hosted the prestigious Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction (ERWIC) Awards on the 24th of August 2022.
This year’s awards have 12 categories that recognise companies and individuals who support the gender transformation, development, and mentorship of women in the construction industry.
CEO of the cidb, Bongani Dladla, stated the ERWIC Awards were developed to celebrate and encourage the development of women in the construction industry. He explained that the competition at the ERWIC awards has always been fierce, and this year was no different. Attended by the Department of Infrastructure and Public Work’s Deputy Minister, Noxolo Kiviet, who in her impassioned keynote address congratulated the nominees and winners, and stated that the event held during Women’s Month celebrates the strength, dedication, and resilience of these women dedicated to building the country.
Women winning in construction – ERWIC awards winners announced | Infrastructure news
Women’s important role in curbing vandalism of water infrastructure
As part of Women’s Month commemoration and in pursuit of women’s socio-economic empowerment and advancement, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Dikeledi Magadzi embarked on a campaign with a specific focus on the role of women.
The commemoration took place on 25 August 2022 in Free State under the theme “Women’s social economic rights and empowerment: Building back better for women’s resilience”.
At the heart of the deliberations during the gathering, which was attended by approximately 200 women, was their role in curbing the scourge of water resource infrastructure vandalism because it affects the delivery of water and sanitation services adversely.
Women’s important role in curbing vandalism of water infrastructure | Infrastructure news
John Deere introduces new ADT to Southern Africa market
As a highly water stressed country, South Africa cannot use its bulk water supply to manufacture green hydrogen. The good news is that the cost of desalination of saline or non-potable water makes up a near-negligible fraction (1%) of the hydrogen...
The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) welcomes the recent announcements made by the Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana to streamline procedures, enhance accountability, and introduce new financing instruments to bolster...
The closure of long steel plants in South Africa could have a notable impact on local zinc usage. The users of long steel from these plants are major zinc consumers, using it extensively in galvanizing, highlights Simon Norton, Director of the...