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Projects in Progress 2016 (Second Edition) Projects in Progress 2016 (Second Edition) Has PDF
Published: 30 Sep 16
Notwithstanding the feeble global economic condition, there is little doubt that internal dynamics, especially in the political environment, have emerged as the main constraint to growth in South Africa. These domestic pressures are weighing on confidence and, in turn, on levels of fixed investment. Those companies most exposed to the South African project economy are struggling to sustain order books, while margins have come under pressure. There has also been a concerted effort by a number of engineering contractors, in particular, to seek work elsewhere as South Africa’s project pipeline fails to live up to its earlier promise. These fragilities are apparent in this Project in Progress supplement, where very few brand new projects are featured. Nevertheless, there are still a number of developments under way across a broad range of resources and industrial subsectors. There is, however, little question that South Africa’s fixed-investment environment is nowhere near as lively as it could be in light of the country’s resources potential.
Water 2016: A review of South Africa's water sector Water 2016: A review of South Africa's water sector Has PDF
Published: 28 Sep 16
Ensuring water security is a top global priority, with the 2016 edition of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) ‘Global Risks Report’ identifying water shortage as the third-greatest risk for the next ten years. South Africa could in future face disruptions in water supply akin to the load-shedding that State-owned electricity utility Eskom has had to implement in recent times. The country’s water supply challenges are the result of limited available resources, population growth of 1.3% a year and about 20 years of underinvestment in infrastructure. The situation is exacerbated by South Africa’s suffering from the proxy impacts of the El Niño and La Niña through feedback loops in the tropics, which cause extremes in weather patterns that are associated with droughts and floods. This edition of Creamer Media’s Water Report considers the aforementioned issues in not only a South African context but also an African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Energy Roundup – September 2016 Energy Roundup – September 2016 Has PDF
Published: 02 Sep 16
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The September 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa in August 2016 and includes details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s possibly re-advertising its Nuclear Installation Site Licence applications for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontyn, in the Western Cape; industrial company Barloworld’s launch of a high-performance photovoltaic solar energy solution targeted at Southern Africa’s commercial and industrial power segment; and Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme project.
Energy Roundup – August 2016 Energy Roundup – August 2016 Has PDF
Published: 15 Aug 16
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The August 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa in July 2016 and includes details of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s approval of State-owned power utility Eskom’s application for an extension, until April 1, 2017, to submit a new multiyear price determination application; the Noupoort wind farm’s entering commercial operation, in the Northern Cape; and South Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant.
Liquid Fuels 2016: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Liquid Fuels 2016: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector Has PDF
Published: 15 Jul 16
Under Operation Phakisa, an initiative launched by the South African government in 2014 to accelerate the delivery of some of the development priorities highlighted in the National Development Plan, government aims to accelerate oil and gas exploration and development. However, while considerable interest has been shown in South Africa’s liquid fuels industry, particularly in offshore exploration – following large gas discoveries off the coast of neighbouring Mozambique in recent years – potential investors are hesitant because of regulatory uncertainty, with the low oil price exacerbating the situation. Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2016 report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration and projects currently under development; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and environmental considerations, including the proposed introduction of the government-gazetted Clean Fuels 2 specifications.
Road and Rail 2016: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors Road and Rail 2016: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors Has PDF
Published: 15 Jul 16
The South African government is striving, through its National Development Plan, to ensure that the country has an efficient, competitive and responsive infrastructure network, including transport infrastructure, which is essential to transport people and goods and, thus, support the country's economy. The Department of Transport has, for the 2016/17 financial year, budgeted R24.5-billion to spend on road transport, R19-billion on rail transport, R11.7-billion on public transport and R79-million on integrated transport planning. Many national and provincial road projects are under way, despite the challenges of funding expansion and maintenance projects. Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2016 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and efforts to transfer road freight back onto rail.
Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2016 (First Edition) Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2016 (First Edition) Has PDF
Published: 13 Jul 16
While 2015 was a challenging year for the global mining industry, professional services firm SNL Metals & Mining has said early indications are that 2016 is unlikely to reveal the light at the end of the tunnel for the sector. The firm notes that, with depressed metals prices, production exceeding demand for most metals, high levels of international political turmoil and a slowing Chinese economy, investors are understandably wary of the mining industry and of markets in general. In Africa, as in certain other developing regions, mining companies face the increasing challenge of changing expectations in respect of their social licence to operate, while a skills dearth, successfully implementing capital preservation projects and meeting government revenue expectations pose further challenges. This edition of Creamer Media’s Africa Mining Projects in Progress 2016 (First Edition) reviews recently announced scoping, prefeasibility and definitive/bankable feasibility studies on projects across the continent, as well as the projects that are under way.
Real Economy Insight 2016: Steel Real Economy Insight 2016: Steel Has PDF
Published: 04 Jul 16
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight, and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors. The pumps sector has also been included as a new addition. This five-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the steel sector over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel markets, demand and supply, proposed new steel capacity and a discussion on the development steel price.
Energy Roundup – July 2016 Energy Roundup – July 2016 Has PDF
Published: 04 Jul 16
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The July 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa in June 2016 and includes details of State-owned electricity utility Eskom’s termination of contract negotiations for the rebuild portion of the Duvha Unit 3 boiler recovery project; the South African government’s proposal to secure a local-content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant programme; and automation technology group ABB’s inauguration of the group’s first microgrid in South Africa.
Real Economy Insight 2016: Pumps Real Economy Insight 2016: Pumps Has PDF
Published: 01 Jul 16
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight, and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors. The pumps sector has also been included as a new addition. This seven-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the pumps industry over the past 12 months, including local demand, pumps manufacture and supply, imports and export demand, skill and materials, as well as the global pumps market.
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