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The Society of Real Estate Developers of Nigeria (SOREDON) has emerged to support the government in tackling Nigeria’s prevalent housing deficit. As such, the Society is to construct and deliver 10,000 housing units for each of the 37 states in Nigeria.
This is contingent upon the federal government providing adequate land in each of the states. The lands must come with complete titled documents for the land provided. A guaranteed take off for the completed project is also a requirement.
The society shall build for each of the local government a standard modern market on the stream of the local government. Additionally, a modern functional health centre in collaboration with the federal ministry of health is also in the works. This is courtesy of the local government.
Transparency and accountability
The Executive Chairman, Soredon Limited, Dr. Michael Abiodun Adedeji, said the move will enable the society to perform its function as project executors and societal benefactors. He also explained this as the reason why the membership is restricted. Corporate entities in the field of real estate development, construction engineering, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, building and allied trade concerns.
Dr. Adedeji also emphasized on the importance of intellectual and practical quality of housing delivery. This, he said, will also aid in avoiding issues such as collapse of buildings. SOREDON will also put in place a monitoring group to monitor and access the quality of work delivered by these experienced corporate entities. The self-assessment will ensure the quality of materials and delivery.

Source: Construction review


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Traxtion Group aims to partner with locomotive and wagon manufacturers, track construction companies, consulting engineers and project developers in the African rail market so as to increase their presence in Africa.
The Sheltam group has been rebranded as Traxtion Group, following a 30% investment from Harith General Partners’ Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2.
Chairman Brian Myerson said the business could also expand into the mining and industrial sectors. The newly launched Traxtion Leasing business will focus on product innovation and flexible financing, with maintenance support from Traxtion Sheltam.
“Leasing companies need to be so much more than financiers, and at Traxtion Leasing we have the experience and understanding to bring product innovation to complement flexible funding solutions,” said  Traxtion Leasing CEO Willem Goosen. “With the support of the outstanding maintenance expertise in Traxtion Sheltam it is a really exciting value proposition.”
The Traxtion Projects
The Traxtion Projects business aims to combine Harith’s financing experience with the operational and freight market expertise of Traxtion Sheltam, to support operating concessions, upgrading projects and new infrastructure.
‘In addition to what this offering brings Africa, as a black-owned infrastructure fund we believe that Traxtion Leasing and Traxtion Projects are perfectly placed to support the South African government with its public-private partnership drive’,  said Emile du Toit, Head of Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2.
Sheltam has a long and well-deserved reputation for delivering unparalleled, rail services and solutions across the African continent.
Incorporation of Traxtion into the Sheltam brand
With the incorporation of Traxtion into the Sheltam brand, they bring deep financial capacity to invest in rolling stock and track infrastructure, enabling them to offer even greater expertise and benefits to their clients. They are passionate about all things rail and locomotive related – and equally passionate about providing world-class quality and safety. Above all, they are committed to bringing fresh prospects, progress and new horizons to the people of Africa.

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February 2017 saw the completion of an extensive Sika project on the newly constructed Eteza Interchange on the N2 National Route in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Due to continual road damage caused by a high percentage of overloaded trucks, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) resolved to construct an Overload Control Facility on the dangerous section 29 of the N2. In order for heavy vehicles to gain safe access to the control facility, a full diamond interchange was constructed at the junction of Road P352 and the N2.
Empa Structures, a division of Robex
Empa Structures, a division of Robex, was appointed civil contractor for all concrete aprons, bridge over the N2 and building works. Contracted to install and apply multiple Sika products, they commenced the approximately 6200 m2 project in May 2015. Mortars used included Sikadur-43 ZA, a solvent-free, three-component, repair and filling mortar based on a combination of epoxy resins and selected high strength aggregates, and Sika Rep, a one-component, cement-based multi-purpose patching and repair mortar.
Suitable for both dry and damp surfaces, Sikadur-43 ZA provides rapid, shrinkage-free hardening and high mechanical strength as well as abrasion and impact resistance. Curing of Sikadur-43 ZA is unaffected by high humidity, an important factor in this area of KwaZulu-Natal. Easy to mix, apply and finish, Sika Rep provides excellent adhesion, is shrinkage compensated and vapour permeable with a high resistance to freeze/thaw cycling.
Sika concrete curing agents
Sika concrete curing agents used were Antisol -E (3000 litres), and Antisol-15 White Pigmented Resin Based (Colta requirement) (9000 litres), both liquid curing compounds particularly useful for the prevention of water loss in large areas of exposed concrete. Supplied ready for use and simple to apply, these Antisol products reduce the incidence of plastic cracking, ensure achievement of desired strengths, minimise shrinkage, reduce dusting and increase frost resistance.
Use of these compounds alleviates other costly methods of curing such as hessian-watering, which was an advantage during this project due to the extreme weather conditions in Zululand, especially in summer.
Prior to filling and sealing, concrete joints were mechanically prepared using an angle grinder, then air blown and cleaned with a high-pressure water jet and allowed to dry.
Grouting was done using SikaGrout-212, a one-component, high strength, free flowing expansive grout that is supplied as a ready to mix powder. With shrinkage compensated properties, it is non-corrosive and pre-batched for quality.
Sikadur-52 ZA, a two-part, low viscosity injection liquid based on high strength epoxy resins, was used to fill and seal voids and cracks. Solvent-free and suitable for both dry and damp conditions, it not only forms an effective barrier against water infiltration and corrosion promoting media, but also structurally bonds concrete sections together. Sikadur- 52 ZA is usable at low temperatures, injectable with single component pumps and provides shrinkage-free hardening with high mechanical and adhesive strengths.
One of the top-quality products used was Sikasil-728 NS (727 cartridges), a non-sag, ultra low modulus elastomeric, neutral cure, silicone sealant. Although Sikasil-728 NS met multiple international standards and environmental requirements, at the time of the project it was not a SANRAL-approved sealant, resulting in Sika being required to provide independent test reports to prove its efficacy.
Unsurprisingly, the results satisfied SANRAL technical specifications for a highway sealant. Sikasil-728 NS provides very high movement capabilities, excellent flexibility even in extreme temperatures, very good adhesion, especially to concrete and, due to its outstanding UV resistance, has an exceptionally long service life. Manual applicator joint sealant guns were used to apply this specialist product.
As a moisture-tolerant, structural two-part bonding agent, Sikadur-32 Normal was used as a bonding agent between wet freshly placed repair mortar and old existing concrete. Based on a combination of epoxy resins and special fillers, Sikadur-32 Normal is easy to mix and apply, suitable for dry or damp concrete surfaces, hardens without shrinkage and provides very good adhesion with high bond strength as well as high initial and ultimate mechanical strength. It is impermeable to liquids and water vapour and designed for application between 10oC and 30oC.
The ninth Sika product specified for the project was Sika BlackSeal Lastic; a rubberised bitumen emulsion waterproofing coating that is easily applied either by brush, roller or trowel.  With non-sag, crack-bridging properties, non-toxic Sika BlackSeal Lastic remains flexible even at low temperatures.
Thanks to Sika supplying a skills development program, local labour from the district municipality of Uthungulu was employed to apply many of the specified Sika materials. The local Empasoccer teams also benefitted from the project by being sponsored with Sika T-shirts for their sports day.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated that 20% of all heavy vehicles are overloaded; accounting for 60% of the damage caused to the South African road network. The Overload Control Facility at Eteza Interchange will provide much needed safety measures by monitoring all heavy vehicles not only for overloading, but also for roadworthiness tests. The Eteza Interchange is a very worthwhile project in which Sika played a major role.
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Sika AG Corporate Profile
Sika AG, is a globally active specialty chemicals company with its South African Head Office based in Durban, and branches in all major SA cities.
Sika AG, located in Baar, Switzerland, supplies the building and construction industry as well as manufacturing industries (automotive, bus, truck, rail, solar and wind power plants, facades). Sika is a leader in processing materials used in sealing, bonding, damping, reinforcing and protecting load-bearing structures.
Sika’s product lines feature high-quality concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and reinforcing materials, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring as well as roofing and waterproofing systems. Sika has subsidiaries in 93 countries around the world and manufactuers in over 170 factories, with some 17 281 employees link customers directly to Sika and guarantee the success of all partners. Sika generated annual sales of CHF 5.49 billion in 2015.

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The Jordanian Electric Power Company and CTIP have informed the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) of their withdrawal from the solar energy feed-in tariff projects.
In addition to this, five other companies are planning to withdraw from the feed-in tariff projects. This is due to their inability to secure the required funding for the project and complete the financial closure.
Sources close to the ministry disclosed that 20 companies submitted their initial documents to complete the financial closure. They also noted that the financing institutions demanded the companies provide their letters of guarantee again. The companies were doing their best to complete all documents by the due date.
Solar energy feed-in tariff projects
The sources said that the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company will begin studying the documents submitted by the companies by next week. It will also inform the winning companies within a maximum period of two months.
The other five companies could not secure the required financing for the projects. This means that they will withdraw from the feed-in tariff projects.
Wael El Nashar, chairman of Onera Systems, one of the five companies willing to withdraw from the project, said that his company is still negotiating with the international financial entities to complete the financial closure of a 50MW solar power plant in the second phase of the feed-in tariff project. If his company does not reach an agreement with any of these entities, it will withdraw from the project.
A number of experts believe that the withdrawal of some companies will not affect the feed-in tariff projects. This is because many other companies are capable of completing the financial closure on time.
 
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Chinese firm working on Gantas railway tunnel the longest railway tunnel in North Africa has announced that it has officially finished cutting through the tunnel, a major achievement for a project that has been underway for over six years in Algeria.
According to China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), the rocky terrain posed significant challenge leading to its suspension in 2011. “Geological challenges posed by the expansive rocky terrain had to be overcome during the construction of the railway tunnel,” the firm said in a statement.
Wang Wenzhong, the Vice President of the CRCC, says the tunnel would be a pivotal point for railways in northern Algeria and boost economic growth along the line.
On their part, Algeria believes that the new railway would greatly improve transportation for people and goods once completed, cutting the travel time between Algiers and Oran from four hours to two hours.
The tunnel is located 100 kilometers west of Algiers, capital of Algeria, and composed of two separate tubes at 7,346 meters long in one lane and 7,335 meters long in the other, each for just one track. A total length of 14.68 kilometers, it is the longest railway tunnel in North Africa. The Gantas railway tunnel in Algeria created more than 4,100 jobs for local people.
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Wind turbine components manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) officially inaugurated its new rotor blade factory in Tangier, Morocco, at an event chaired by Moroccan Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid El Alamy, and Siemens Gamesa CEO Markus Tacke.
The plant will service Africa and the Middle East and is ready to offer wind turbine blades 100% made in Morocco.
Moreover, the plant will manufacture B63-10 blades with a length of 63 m for export to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as for local projects. “The plant is ready to produce other blade models in the future which could reach up to 75 m. These integral blades are based on licensed technologies and made of composite materials,” stated the company.
The 37 500 m2 factory, which started production in April this year, is strategically located in the industrial zone of Tanger Automotive City. This is about 35 km from Tanger-Med port and ideally positioned between Europe and Africa.
Tacke explained the solid business rationale for this project at the official inauguration of the facility. “This factory is good for our company and a solid business decision. We invest where we see strong business opportunities. The opportunities here in Morocco are stronger than ever before,” he said.
“This location in Tangier provides us with direct access to some of the most important markets of tomorrow. To begin with, Morocco, throughout the Middle East, in Europe, and in the Mediterranean region,”he added.
Job creation
The blade plant will create 600 jobs, as well as an estimated 500 auxiliary jobs.
According to El Alamy this pioneer project allows localizing value and announces the development of a renewable energy industry. Additionally, this will reinforce the strategic choices of Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. It is aimed at the development of a green economy.
A training centre of 3 500 m2 was created to facilitate the knowledge transfer from Denmark to Tangier. The learning process ensures the complete transfer of the technical and process skill sets necessary to optimize the manufacturing process.
The new blade factory plays an important role in contributing to Morocco’s national programme. It aims to achieve production of electricity from clean energy to up to 52% by 2030, of which 20% is generated by wind.
The 850 MW project that will be built by the consortium Siemens Gamesa, Nareva and ENEL represents a major milestone in this goal. With 72% market share in Morocco, Siemens Gamesa delivered key wind energy projects. These include the Tarfaya (300 MW), Tangier (140 MW), Essaouira (60 MW) as well as Haouma (50 MW).
Siemens Gamesa is the market leader in Africa with over 15 years of existence. It also has 2.1 GW installed capacity. This is in countries like Morocco, as well as in Algeria, Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Mauritania, Kenya and Mauritius

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Harare City Council has received US$ 26m from the Government’s Emergency Rehabilitation Fund to ensure that roads are repaired before the onset of the rainy season.
According to Acting Town Clerk Mrs Josephine Ncube, so far US$ 6m has been used in road maintenance. However, the Acting Town Clerk confirmed that the programme is being funded by the Emergency Rehabilitation Fund and that the City of Harare has been awarded US$ 26m for roads repair. Moreover, US$6m has already been used to repair the city roads.
Nonetheless, coming up with the list of roads to be repaired, the city council has identified major arterial roads, which are widespread within the wards.
There is need for speed to ensure the roads are repaired before the onset of the rains and teams had been put in place to ensure that the roads are repaired on time. The Council has also identified roads that require urgent attention, which include Granville Cemetery Road, Kuwadzana Extension (when turning into Bulawayo Road) and Ardbennie Road, among others.
The city council request
The city council is also requesting the Department of Works (in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development) to include a provision for black spots and humps in the 2018 budget. The City of Harare is currently embarking on the second phase of roadworks which entail road reconstruction, rehabilitation, resealing, overlaying and marking. The city’s 2018 budget proposes to allocate US$12m to roads and maintenance programmes.
“It therefore behooves the city to fully capacitate its roads maintenance teams and steer clear of hiring plant, equipment and machinery. Council will indeed be seized with programmes to render zones fully functional before end of 2018 and the envisaged retooling exercise as targeted in the 2017 and 2018 budget is particularly instructive,” said the city’s finance committee chairperson Councillor Luckson Mukunguma during his presentation of the 2018 budget.
In February, President Mugabe officially declared a state of disaster on Harare’s roads and road infrastructure through a notice published in the Government Gazette. The road network has not had any meaningful routine maintenance over the last 15 years. Government has pledged to help rehabilitate the capital’s 5 000km road network.

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Sokoto State government in Nigeria has declared that it has started the process of connecting a number of rural households to solar power. This is in a move to deepen energy usage and enhance rural electrification in the region.
Alhaji Bashir Gidado, the special adviser to Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Public Private Partnership (PPP), made this disclosure at a news conference in Sokoto.
Gidado said the project was a partnership between the state government and Nigeria Energy Support Project (NESP), GIZ of Germany and GoSolar.
Rural electrification
Gidado also added that a pilot scheme has already started in Kurdula, a rural settlement in Balle town of Gudu local government area.
According to Gidado this is an off grid mini solar project. “The idea is to provide solar power to rural communities that the national grid does not cover using solar energy which we have in abundance in Sokoto State.”
“Kurdula is a rural settlement in Balle and is the location for the pilot scheme. This was after series of deliberations by partners and local stakeholders,” he further explained.
So far, GIZ has completed the installation of the distribution network. On the other hand, the next phase, which is generation network, will be provided by GoSolar.
The governor’s adviser added that the state government has provided land for the project.  The government made an approval of the Payment of compensation. All generation equipment has already arrived in the country and expected in Sokoto anytime soon.
“The population will be provided with clean energy for domestic use and minor commercial uses at very affordable rates,”Gilado added.
The project was being coordinated by a state working group, with membership drawn from relevant ministries, departments and agencies and the office of secretary to state government. “We hope to officially unveil the project in the next three months,” Gidado concluded.

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The construction of a US$ 4m mini-cement plant in Athi River, Kenya has stalled due to the political tension experienced in the country. Athi River-based cement-maker Karsan Ramji and Sons is the company behind the project.
Managing director Kishon Varsani confirmed the reports and said that the prevailing political environment had forced the Ndovu brand firm to halt all construction work awaiting conclusion of the presidential election.
“Everything is on hold at the moment due to lack of proper working days and too many holidays,” he said in allusion to the two-day holiday declared by acting Interior secretary Fred Matiang’i last week to facilitate the repeat presidential election.
The same sentiments of the organization are equally expressed by those of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa), which said investments worth US$ 963m had been deferred pending return to normalcy.
“The Nairobi Securities Exchange market capitalization lost approximately US$ 2.3bn with foreign investors shipping out US$ 144m while loss of opportunities for local firms amounted to US$ 2.4bn and investments worth US$ 963m were on hold,” said Kepsa.
Karsan Ramji & Sons is putting up a 700-tonne per day grinding plant in Athi River where it will import clinker while sourcing pozzolana and gypsum raw materials from its quarries in Kajiado and Kilifi.
The company is stepping up its investments in the cement business with the planned construction of a cement plant in Nakuru, the second such project in a short period.

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Off-grid energy company SolarNow and investors comprising of SunFunder, Oikocredit and responsAbility Investments have established a new syndicated receivables financing facility to the sum of US $6m.
Structured as a bankruptcy-remote special purpose vehicle, the facility will enable renewables company to deploy solar home systems. This will cover a broad section of Uganda’s off-grid population by offering credit to end users.
The facility is SolarNow’s second structured asset finance instrument, known as SAFI, arranged by SunFunder. SAFI is a bankruptcy-remote special purpose vehicle whose design is for solar companies deploying systems through pay-as-you-go and solar leasing models in developing countries.
Willem Nolens, SolarNow CEO, commenting on the development, said that this new step of the partnership will enable them to continue tackling the massive unmet market opportunity in East Africa of providing affordable energy to millions of off-grid households. “We will also reach 70% of Uganda’s off-grid population with solar home systems,” he added.
Off-grid energy for remote communities
The facility enables the solar company to expand their offerings and reach more people living without access to energy.
The syndication was led by SunFunder, with each lender providing US $2m to the facility. SunFunder, acting as the arranger, lender and also a facility agent, arranged the US $6m facility with social investor Oikocredit and an energy fund focusing on energy access and managed by responsAbility Investments as co-investors.
According to SunFunder CEO, Ryan Levinson the customers need more scalable, less time-consuming financing options. This is important so they can focus on their core business delivering solar energy. “Furthermore, by leading syndications, SunFunder offers solar companies larger ticket size loans with less hassle. We are glad to build on our long-standing relationship with SolarNow and bring in additional investors,” he said.

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Egypt will construct Africa’s tallest skyscraper as part of the new administrative capital project. The new building will be worth a whopping US$ 3bn.
State-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) is the company behind the project. It will develop the 345m-high skyscraper and once complete it will replace South Africa’s 223-meter-tall Carlton Centre.
Features of the skyscraper
The development will also comprise of 12 business complexes, five residential buildings and two hotels over half a square kilometer. In total, the new capital will cover an area of 50km.

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