5 May 2009 – Projects with an estimated value of R6 billion were cancelled or postponed last year due to electricity capacity issues, the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) said in its 2008 industry review.

Reflecting on a year in which the economic outlook started deteriorating and consumer and business confidence weakened, coupled with Eskom’s stringent approval policy, the C&CI reported that the construction industry was hit hard in 2008.  Civil engineering turnover remained healthy however, particularly due to increased spending on infrastructure by state enterprises, most notably, Transnet and Eskom.