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Pandemic can spur innovation in property sector
Published: 30 Jul 21
Although the pandemic has made it difficult for commercial and industrial property stakeholders to plan effectively for the future, this has led to great innovations, new approaches and renewed opportunities, says engineering services consulting firm WSP Africa regional director Johan Piekaar. “When looking to grow an avenue of a business, regardless of the state of the economy, it depends on managing risk and upfront capital investment versus the long-term return on investment.”
A photo of Liberty Two Degrees FD José Synders Covid exacerbates retail sector challenges
Published: 30 Jul 21
Amid the negative impact of Covid-19 on the retail property sector, real estate investment trust company Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) FD José Snyders says rental relief enables retail businesses to navigate the effects of the pandemic while ensuring that retail spaces remain appealing to the public. “Rent relief, in the context of last year, when we had various stages of lockdown with iterations of restricted trading or no trading at all, was very relevant and necessary.”
Gibela procurement executive Colette Yende stands outside in front of a train set at Gibela's premises Company steers through Covid-19 challenges
Published: 30 Jul 21
Railroad equipment supplier and manufacturer Gibela has not been immune to the challenges posed by the pandemic, particularly those presented by the third wave. “We have experienced a rise in cases within our company, which is impacting on operations. Most of our suppliers were also affected by positive cases and this affected our June performance, as material deliveries were delayed,” says Gibela corporate services and traction motor operation executive Dr Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani.
AfriSam quality construction materials on site Manufacturer stresses need for quality materials during downturn
Published: 30 Jul 21
Amid strained economic conditions, contractors are opting to buy cheaper and lower-quality building materials, such as cement, to reduce costs, which cement manufacturer AfriSam cementitious executive Hannes Meyer argues is short-sighted and can lead to numerous issues. He emphasises the importance of contractors understanding the composition of construction materials, which, in turn, will ensure the quality of construction projects.
Smith Power Equipment BOMAG equipment on construction site Equipment supplier distributes compaction range to local market
Published: 30 Jul 21
Compaction technology manufacturer Bomag has entrusted local equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment to distribute its light compaction equipment range in South Africa and selected cross-border markets, after the dealer agreement was signed at the end of 2019. Smith Power Equipment sales specialist Stephen Peyper highlights the Bomag single-direction vibratory plate compactors, designed for use in all earthworks, asphalt and paving applications.
Rocla's spun concrete poles for windfarm Concrete pole achieves 8kN of force testing
Published: 30 Jul 21
Concrete products supplier Rocla subjected its 11 m concrete cast pole to 8 kN of force testing at its manufacturing plant, in Roodepoort, in May. Rocla’s cast concrete pole has become the preferred option for electrification and electric power line projects.
An image of Massmart Industrial properties remain resilient
Published: 30 Jul 21
The industrial real estate sector has shown resilience during a period that has proven to be most volatile for the office property and retail sectors, says JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties national asset manager for industrial Johann Nell. The resilience is a result of a shift towards a more digital world, changes in online shopping behaviours and an increase in manufacturing activity.
Fibertex geotiles Supplier’s materials can contribute to secure railway structures
Published: 30 Jul 21
Construction materials supplier Fibertex geotextiles are used to stabilise the foundations of railway structures, enabling them to withstand the dynamic loads of high speeds and great weights of modern trains. The Fibertex plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, manufactures high-performance geotextiles for many applications, including the design, construction and maintenance of railway systems.
Volkswagen SA sells 6 824 more vehicles in H1 than in same period last year
Published: 30 Jul 21
Volkswagen South Africa sold 32 603 vehicles in the first half of the year – 6 824 more than in the same period last year.  The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has sold 29 772 units to date this year, while Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has sold 2 881 units. 
Sumitomo Rubber loses 70 000 tyres to looters
Published: 30 Jul 21
Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has warned consumers that goods stolen at its KwaZulu-Natal warehouse are currently being advertised for sale on social media and online classifieds sites. SRSA says that its Durban Westville warehouse was invaded and vandalised during the looting frenzy that took place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng earlier this month.
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