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Concor Infrastructure forges ahead with new construction projects

Diversified infrastructure and services company Concor Infrastructure is halfway towards completing the additional 14-m-wide dual carriageway on the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni, in KwaZulu-Natal. The R964-million project for the South African National Roads Agency began in March last year and is due for completion in 2019.

Concor Infrastructure MD Eric Wisse said major structures on the project are being constructed simultaneously, including big bridges over the Mlalazi and Mhlathuze rivers, as well as smaller structures over streams, railway crossings and interchanges. Wisse notes that challenges with the project so far have mostly been weather-related. In May, KwaZulu-Natal had heavy rain and storm winds resembling a cyclone, which required Concor Infrastructure to be extra vigilant in terms of safety and adapting suitable work times. However, this has not caused a delay for the total completion of the project.

Meanwhile, Concor Infrastructure has been awarded the Belfast Implementation Project for diversified miner Exxaro. The project entails the construction of enabling works for its new coal mine, in Mpumalanga. The contract, awarded early last month, will be a 21-month project.

Concor Infrastructure has also been awarded the construction works for Phase 1 of the Shaft 2 construction at the Platreef mine for platinum miner Ivanplats – a subsidiary of diversified miner Ivanhoe Mines – in Mokopane, Limpopo, with a duration of 12 months. This initial R70-million project will consist of the excavation of a surface boxcut to about 29 m below surface and construction of a concrete hitch for the 103-m-tall concrete headframe that will house the shaft’s permanent hoisting facilities and support the shaft collar. Concor Infrastructure continues to build on its legacy as a diversified contractor in the civil infrastructure space. 

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CESA appoints new President

At Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA) 64th Annual General Meeting held at the CESA Seminar in Johannesburg on 7th November, Neresh Pather from Mott MacDonald Africa was inaugurated as President of CESA for the next two years, succeeding Lynne Pretorius. Sugen Pillay, MD of Zitholele Consulting was elected Deputy President of CESA for the same period.

Pather, a Statutory Director of Mott MacDonald Africa, currently heads up the Transportation Sector in their Africa Business Unit. He holds a BSc. Engineering (Civil) degree and a MSc. Engineering degree in Transportation and has led many transport and strategic infrastructure projects within the company. He has over 24 years’ experience in the industry.  Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Pather was the “CEO of PD Naidoo & Associates Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd” for 12 years. 

Pather paid tribute to outgoing CESA President, Lynne Pretorius, thanking her for her contribution to CESA, for her commitment, sacrifice and hard work in dealing with some hard-hitting issues. “I am truly humbled by the privilege bestowed on me to lead our industry and I hope that CESA will be able to renew and reinvent itself to increase our relevance to our clients and especially to our young professionals who will ultimately take over the leadership of the industry.  Our work on the Transformation of the Industry will definitely continue as we seek to broaden this in the years ahead, to ensure that CESA becomes more inclusive, relevant and able to put the industry at the forefront through ‘Effective Ethical Leadership", he proclaimed.

Contact Dennis Ndaba
Tel: 011 463 2022 or 0785323100

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Dangote opens new cement plant in Congo

Dangote Cement will officially open its 1.5million metric tonnes per annum capacity Cement Plant in Congo on Thursday, this week. Constructed at a conservative cost of $500 million, the Plant is expected to directly employ more than 1000 people as thousands of indirect jobs will also be created.

The Plant which is now the largest in Congo rolled out its first bag of cement on the 7th of August, 2017. Currently in 17 African countries, the Congo Plant commissioning will bring the total of Dangote Cement fully operational Plants to 10 across Africa. The company’s third quarter unaudited results showed that the Congo plant which recently began operations has almost doubled the size of the cement sector in the country.

Overall, Dangote Cement maintained its strong hold in the domestic cement market accounting for 65% of the Nigerian cement market while Pan-African volumes went up by 7.5% to 7.0 mta.  Analysis of the results indicated that the company recorded strong volumes in Senegal, Ethiopia and Cameroon.

A statement from the company read: “Our Pan-African operations are performing strongly with excellent sales growth in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Senegal. We are consolidating our success across Africa and have just commissioned our 1.5Mta factory in Congo, the tenth country in which we have established operations. "In our key operations in Nigeria we have significantly improved our fuel mix and this has helped increase margins across the Group. It is especially good for Nigeria because most of the coal we are using is mined in our own country”.

Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’) and Global Credit Ratings recently scored Dangote Cement high marks in their recent published ratings assigning a stable outlook to the foremost cement conglomerate. Moody’s assigned a first-time Ba3 corporate family rating (CFR), Ba3-PD probability of default rating and Aaa.ng national scale rating (NSR) corporate family rating to Dangote Cement Plc (DCP), with the outlook on the ratings as stable while Global Credit Ratings accorded initial long term and short term national scale issuer ratings of AA+(NG) and A1+(NG) respectively, to Dangote Cement Plc, with the outlook accorded as Stable.

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