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2011 Projects in Progress (Second edition)


The ideal in any national economy is for the government to spend capital when the private sector ceases doing so. In this way, the downturn of the project cycle can be prevented from descending to a low and the upturn from rising too high. There is now an all-out – although excessively prolonged – effort to ensure that this takes place in South Africa.

The government’s infrastructure development cluster is attempting to use the R860-billion public investment programme to realise the long-promised alignment of its infrastructure development plans with job generation and industrial recreation. Government has said that the economy needs to grow by 7% a year on a sustained basis to decrease the unemployment rate, which is currently at over 25%.

Current plans for large-scale infrastructure developments in South Africa, such as electricity plants, rail and road upgrades and water management schemes, are expected to sustain between 50 000 and 100 000 jobs in construction up to 2015. Thus this edition of Projects in Progress includes details on electricity, transport, water and environmentally centred ‘green’ development, as well as mining projects covering coal, gold, iron-ore, platinum, diamonds and uranium.

Published: 10 October 2011.





Electricity 3

  • Eskom’s Arnot capacity increase project
  • Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme
  • Eskom’s Kusile power plant project
  • Eskom’s Medupi power station project

Green Building Property Development 13

  • Absa Towers West office development
  • Menlyn Maine city precinct

Petrochemicals, Oil and Gas 16

  • PetroSA’s Project Mthombo

Transport and Logistics 18

  • Gauteng Provincial Government’s Gautrain rapid rail link
  • South African National Roads Agency Limited’s Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project
  • Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline
  • Transnet’s Phelophepa 2 healthcare train

Water and Sanitation

  • eThekwini water and sanitation projects
  • Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority’s Olifants River Water Resources Development Project Phase 2


Coal 29

  • BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa’s Douglas/Middelburg optimisation project
  • Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk Medupi expansion project
  • Rio Tinto and Riversdale Mining’s Benga coal project
  • Rio Tinto and Riversdale Mining’s Zambeze coal project
  • Sable Mining Africa and Delta Mining Consolidated’s Rietkuil coal project
  • Sasol’s Thubelisha coal mine project
  • Xstrata Coal’s Arthur Taylor Colliery Opencast mining project

Diamonds 41

  • Debswana’s Jwaneng Cut 8 project

Gold 43

  • Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine expansion project
  • Great Basin Gold’s Burnstone gold project
  • Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu (formerly Elandsrand) project

Iron-ore 47

  • Assmang’s Khumani iron-ore expansion project
  • Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela iron-ore project

Other mining projects 51

  • Discovery Metals’ Boseto copper project
  • Kalahari Resources’ Kalagadi manganese project
  • Norilsk Nickel and African Rainbow Minerals’ Nkomati nickel mine expansion

Platinum 56

  • Anglo American Platinum’s Thembelani 2 (formerly Paardekraal 2) platinum mine shaft project
  • Anglo American Platinum’s Twickenham platinum mine project
  • Anglo American Platinum’s Unki platinum mine and concentrator plant
  • Impala Platinum’s No 16 shaft project
  • Impala Platinum’s No 17 shaft project
  • Impala Platinum’s No 20 shaft project
  • Platmin’s Pilanesberg platinum mine
  • Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Anglo American Platinum’s Styldrift Merensky Phase 1 project
  • Western Bushveld Joint Venture’s Project 1

Uranium 67

  • AngloGold Ashanti’s Vaal River uranium recovery expansion/upgrade project
  • First Uranium’s Mine Waste Solutions tailings recovery project
  • Paladin Resources’ Langer Heinrich uranium mine Stage 2, 3 and 4 expansion projects
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