wo of South Africa's largest construction and engineering companies, Murray & Roberts (M&R) and Aveng, have signed an accord to stamp out corruption in the industry alongside some of the world's biggest names .

Wednesday, 07 January 2004 02:00

Aveng news hits construction shares

South African construction shares are looking shaky

Warning triggers drop in share price

The public works department is compiling a transformation charter to boost black economic empowerment in the construction sector

Monday, 03 November 2003 02:00

Construction sector looks to elections boom

Industry hoping for loosening of grip of strong rand

Wednesday, 27 August 2003 02:00

Code to regulate building sector.

THE Construction Industry Development Board has published a draft code of conduct, which aims to improve the way construction contracts in SA are tendered for, awarded and executed.

THE A20m takeout of minorities in SA construction group Aveng's Australian subsidiary McConnell Dowell moved a step closer to conclusion at the end of last week when a requisite body of shareholders backed the plan, Aveng said on Friday.

Tuesday, 18 March 2003 02:00

Construction sees good growth

The construction sector is confident that it will again experience good growth this year after a brisk last year that saw the sector expanding by 5.32%.

Construction IndustryGovernment will spend about R50-billion on construction projects over the next three years. This represents real growth of 12% a year for the sector, says Carl Grim, CEO of Aveng, SA's largest construction company.

The federation of civil engineering contractors is equally upbeat, expecting nominal turnover from civil engineering alone to rise from about R16-billion last year to R20-billion this year.

Optimism in the sector stems from the expected decline in inflation and interest rates, together with the recovery of the rand against the major currencies and other factors.

SA's economy is expected to continue expanding at a rate of 3% a year. "This growth would in part be brought about by government expenditure as well as private investment, which will support growth in gross fixed capital formation," says the federation's Pierre Blaauw.

"Prudent finances have culminated in a declining budget deficit which, coupled with government's focus on infrastructure development, holds great promise for the civil industry," Blaauw says.

Federation members were encouraged by increased tender activity in the latter part of last year. However, Blaauw says underspending due to institutional capacity problems is still preventing the full benefit of rising government capital expenditure from trickling down to the industry.

The industry is planning a summit at which some of these issues will be discussed. Meanwhile, some construction analysts have said that SA's rate of capital expenditure is still not high enough to catch up on the country's R170-billion social and economic infrastructure backlog.

 

THE construction sector is confident that it will again experience good growth this year after a brisk last year that saw the sector expanding by 5,32%.

Construction IndustryGovernment will spend about R50bn on construction projects over the next three years. This represents real growth of 12% a year for the sector, says Carl Grim, CEO of Aveng, SA's largest construction company. The federation ofcivil engineering contractors is equally upbeat, expecting nominal turn over from civil engineering alone to rise from about R16bn last year to R20bn this year.

Optimism in the sector stems from the expected decline in inflation and
interest rates, together with the recovery of the rand against the major
currencies and other factors.

SA's economy is expected to continue expanding at a rate of 3% a year.
"This growth would in part be brought about by government expenditure as
well as private investment, which will support growth in gross fixed capital
formation," says the federation's Pierre Blaauw.

"Prudent finances have culminated in a declining budget deficit which,
coupled with government's focus on infrastructure development, holds great
promise for the civil industry," Blaauw says.

Federation members were encouraged by increased tender activity in the
latter part of last year. However, Blaauw says underspending due to
institutional capacity problems is still preventing the full benefit of
rising government capital expenditure from trickling down to the industry.

The industry is planning a summit at which some of these issues will be
discussed. Meanwhile, some construction analysts have said that SA's rate of
capital expenditure is still not high enough to catch up on the country's
R170bn social and economic infrastructure backlog.


Tuesday, 25 February 2003 10:01

Stanlib keen on construction

Stanlib Asset Management is bullish on the SA construction sector with the bulk of its funds substantially overweight in this area.

Construction IndustryThe fund manager has taken a strong view on companies such as Aveng, Murray & Roberts and Barloworld due to substantial investment in SA infrastructure.

The Stanlib quarterly market overview blamed the underperformance of its flagship Liberty Wealthbuilder fund on the funds mandate. Wealthbuilder has higher exposure to international companies than its peers and less exposure to medium and small cap companies, a sector which outperformed the market by 30% over the past year. International equities lost 28% over the same period.

Imtiaz Ahmed, the funds manager and head of multi manager clients at Stanlib asset management, said: 'The fund has underperformed, but has remained true to its benchmark. It does not subscribe to the latest investment fads. Other general equity funds have performed well because of their mid and small cap holdings, but there is greater risk involved with this strategy.' He said there would be 'two or three' interest rate cuts this year, and predicted that SA equities would outperform SA bonds over the year.

Paul Hansen, director of Stanlib retail investments, said it was unrealistic to expect the rand to stay at current levels through the year. 'For 14 consecutive years the rand lost value against the US dollar,' he said. 'The law of averages says this can't be sustained although the rand is an extremely difficult currency to make a call on.'

The Stanlib house forecast is for the rand to be at R10,75/ by the end of the year, which Hansen conceded looked a little unrealistic at present. 'The balance of probability is that the rand will be weaker this year,' he said.

Stanlib also outlined the time scale for the continued integration of Standard and Liberty businesses for this year. The group expected to complete its rationalisation phase this year, a stage which would include the unit trust conversion process and business process alignment, the fund manager announced.

 

 

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