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African event lures international players

7th June 2013 The first bauma Africa trade fair is expected to bode well for the construction industry in Africa, as it has already attracted the interest of key international construction companies, says bauma Africa CEO Elaine Crewe. “Government’s multibillion-rand spending plan on infrastructure will... 

Manufacturer donates pipes to shack-conversion project

7th June 2013 Manufacturer of water reticulation, drainage and pipe-fitting systems DPI Plastics donated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) building pipes and fittings to the first-ever shack-to-house eco-replacement project in Kayamandi, in the Western Cape. The test phase of the Kayamandi project, which was completed... 

Construction claims procedure is lacking – training provider

7th June 2013 Suggested changes to the construction claims procedure, as set out in the amendments that are proposed in the sixth edition of the Joint Building Contracts Committee’s (JBCC’s) suite of building agreements, will simplify the claims process but will not improve clarity and eliminate uncertainty,... 

R400m enviro-friendly store opened in Gauteng

7th June 2013 South African retailer Massmart opened a R400-million environment-friendly Makro store in Alberton, in the south of Johannesburg, as part of its new-generation stores. Makro’s new-generation stores – those built after 2009 – incorporate technologies which include energy efficient refrigeration... 

New roof-tile manufacturing machine introduced to African market

7th June 2013 A new roof-tile manufacturing machine from Swedish roof-tile specialist ABECE is expected to provide Africa with a complete roof-tiling solution, filling the gap in concrete solutions and technology provider Pan Mixers South Africa’s (PMSA’s) product offering. PMSA received the SPS712 machine... 

Training needed to limit reliance on OCNs

7th June 2013 The South African construction industry needs to implement consolidated, industry-wide training programmes across all skill levels to ensure a stronger resource core and less reliance on other country nationals (OCNs). Engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management... 

Industry growth depends on government contracts – risk analyst

7th June 2013 The growth of the South African construction industry is dependent on government contracts and timeous payments for those services, says credit insurance solutions provider Coface. “Confidence in the industry has remained relatively constant over the past few quarters, marginally increasing in... 

Latest design software version released

7th June 2013 Graphisoft, the creator of the three-dimensional (3D) architectural design software, ArchiCAD, released the latest version of the software last month. The software allows architects to create 3D models of buildings and structures in incredible detail, including elements such as lighting, beams,... 

Software company helps manufacturers face industry challenges

3rd May 2013 The pending environmental legislation regarding carbon tax as outlined in the treasury white paper and mentioned in the South African Revenue Service’s tax budget document for 2012, intended to curb harmful emissions, will add to the difficulties that South African manufacturing companies are... 

Society notes challenges and opportunities for industry

3rd May 2013 The instrumentation and control industry is a survivor of the stagnation that has affected many industries worldwide as a result of the economic crisis, says the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC). “It has been a difficult year for many industries, but... 

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