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Built on DiversityHaving successfully navigated a tough construction industry backdrop, South Africa’s Raubex Infra is now looking ahead to a busier, diversified future thanks to its wide-ranging expertise  Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Eddie Clinton South Africa’s construction industry is, albeit tentatively, starting to emerge out of the darkness.October 2019 marked an important breakthrough in the form of approval for the government’s latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), while the fifth procurement round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme (REIPPP) looks set to move forwards.The IRP is particularly significant. Designed to support a diverse energy mix, it sets out nine policy interventions to ensure the security of South Africa’s electricity supply.It builds on the 2010 IRP. Since this was put into legislation, around 18,000 MW of new generation capacity has been developed across the country, including 9,564 MW of coal power, 1,333 MW of water pumped storage, 6,422 MW of renewable energy and 1,005 MW of open cycle gas turbine peaking plants.For diversified construction companies such as Raubex Infra, this presents a stream of opportunity to capitalise on.Indeed, the industry backdrop has brightened since Africa Outlook last spoke with Managing Director Ean Steenkamp in early 2019.  “It has been a challenging but exciting year for us,” he says. “We were privileged to secure some excellent projects within the renewable energy space, as well as infrastructure and road projects. We managed to stay focussed on what we do well, and this contributed to our success.“We can also confirm that we currently have our largest order book

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