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Construction News

Sanitaryware manufacturer on marketing road trip

By: Nadine James     Updated 6 hours ago Sanitary ware manufacturer Grohe Dawn Watertech Holdings (GDWT) – which recently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese housing equipment company LIXIL Corporation – has embarked on a national tour to familiarise South African contractors, developers and aspiring do-it-yourself enthusiasts... 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

Firm completes Soweto-based project
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES The bridge, for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, comprises a five-span 65 m long and 13.5 m wide continuous composite deck

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges
JONATHAN PEARCE A range of environmental studies were carried out and remedial strategies were developed

Maintenance, construction projects along N1/N4 slated for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and private concessionaire the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 toll road, in Gauteng and Limpopo, in 2018. 

Maintenance, construction projects  along N1/N4 slated for 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASING CAPACITY Bakwena has installed two pivots, each valued at about R2.4-million, at both the Doornpoort and Pumulani toll plazas

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Road (M22) and the R300, and the addition of a third lane in both directions, will be completed by the end this year, under the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (WCDTPW). 

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year
LIGHTING THE WAY The upgrade will provide better ride quality, safety and visibility

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists installed temporary access platforms to allow for critical routine maintenance on the Crocodile river bridge, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. 

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges
ABSEILING FOR ACCESS Technicians had to deploy rope access to abseil from a structure to erect the access platforms

Transverse launching method to minimise impact on traffic

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago A transverse launching method, which will be used on the completed Ashton Arch bridge in the Western Cape, will reduce the impact on traffic during the construction of this strategic route, states engineering company Aecom Africa highway and bridges lead Michael Bouwmeester. 

Transverse launching method to minimise  impact on traffic
FIRST OF ITS KIND LOCALLY The bridge is the first tied-arch bridge that will be launched into position sideways

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched
MYLAB LAUNCH Wacker’s MyLab officially opened at its new South African home at IMCD

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Update on multimodal project progress set for next year

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 6 hours ago In the first quarter of next year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is set to provide further update on the Moloto rail corridor expansion project which aims to link Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo to ensure that passenger rail is the backbone of an integrated multi-modal... 

Technology can improve effectiveness of emergency response agencies

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago Information technologies that unify emergency response agencies and allow for efficient interoperation between agencies will enable more effective incident responses, says information technology multinational Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Peter Goulding. The effective sharing of... 

Plans on track for rapid rail network extensions in Gauteng

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 6 hours ago The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is hopeful that the National Treasury will approve the much-awaited Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) for the planned extension of a rapid rail network, following the submission of the feasibility study early this year. “We . . . handed in the documents to the... 

Legislation, regulation to ensure rail success

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 6 hours ago Industry related forum Transport Forum custodian Harry van Huyssteen believes that the major rail infrastructure projects in South Africa could be better implemented if there was improved regulation and legislation. 

Echo Polska posts another set of strong results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 JSE-listed Echo Polska Properties (EPP) has posted growth in distributable earnings to €59.2-million and a distribution per share of €0.8 for the nine months ended September 30. CEO Hadley Dean said during a presentation on Thursday that the company was pleased with another robust performance,... 

Authority to implement plan to protect Lesotho’s local heritage

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed PSG Heritage Solutions to develop and implement a comprehensive cultural heritage plan that will protect and manage Lesotho’s rich cultural heritage during the construction and operation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands water project.... 

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation 

     14th December 2017 Real estate investment trust Inkunzi Student Accommodation Fund, which listed on the JSE in November, will acquire nine purpose-built, student accommodation assets valued at R1.7-billion. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation
Inkunzi making headway in student accommodation

PPC ends merger talks with LafargeHolcim; proposes top-up BEE transaction

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2017 Cement producer PPC’s shares fell by nearly 20% in early morning trade on the JSE on Thursday, after announcing that it has ended merger talks with LafargeHolcim and that it is considering a new black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction. The independent board set up by PPC to evaluate bids... 

PPC ends merger talks with LafargeHolcim; proposes top-up BEE transaction

Size of new mall developments increasing despite saturation being at 88% – MSCI

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2017 The average size of shopping centres has steadily increased since the 1990s, with centres slated for completion between this year and 2020 being significantly larger than those developed during the 1990s and 2000s, a study by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Real Estate South Africa on... 

KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

KZN education department awarded green building certification
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education

Novovoronezh NPP Unit 7 nearing completion

By: Nadine James     13th December 2017 The construction of a 1 200 MW water-to-water energetic reactor (VVER) for Unit 7 at Russian State-owned nuclear company Rosatom’s Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NPP) is nearing completion, Novovoronezh NPP information and public relations head Yuri Molotov told a delegation of African media... 

Heartland-to-heartland linkages sought in China-driven industrial superproject

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, said Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

Rosatom says planned Egypt nuclear plant to cost $21bn

By: Reuters     11th December 2017 Russian state nuclear company Rosatom said on Monday a power station it will build in Egypt will cost up to $21-billion and is expected to be finished by 2028/29. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will sign an agreement on the project on Monday,... 

Fluor secures Vopak EPCM contract for Durban fuel storage terminal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th December 2017 Vopak Terminal Durban has awarded NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation an engineering, procurement and construction management contract to deliver the Vopak Growth 4 Project, in Durban. The project forms part of Vopak’s expansion programme to increase the capacity of fuel storage at its Durban terminal... 

AfDB grants loan support to two African renewable energy projects

By: Dylan Slater     11th December 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.  

AfDB grants loan support to two African renewable energy projects
The Noor concentrated solar power project’s Phase 1

Fairfax exits PPC partial acquisition bid

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 Fairfax Africa Investments has withdrawn its intention to acquire R2-billion worth of shares in cement producer PPC. In an update to shareholders on Monday, JSE-listed PPC said it had received formal notification on Friday that Fairfax would no longer pursue the partial offer. 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2017 Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout. Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical... 

Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO
Thierry Darthout

Gift of the Givers to unveil aquifer project in drought-stricken Beaufort West

By: News24Wire      11th December 2017 The Gift of the Givers is expected to unveil its Beaufort West Witperd aquifer development project in the drought-stricken town on Monday afternoon. Last month, the Western Cape government denied that the town of about 37 000 residents had reached "Day Zero" with water supply. 

M&R acquires a further 17% of Bombela

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has completed the acquisition of a further 17% shareholding in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) for a total consideration of R405-million.  BCC is a special-purpose vehicle that was appointed in 2006 by the Gauteng... 

Khato Civils opens new head office in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 South African construction and engineering company Khato Civils on Friday unveiled its official headquarters, located in Samrand, Gauteng. Speaking at the launch, Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri noted that the company has expanded its operations to Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ghana and... 

Khato Civils opens new head office in South Africa
Khato Civils chairperson Simbi Phiri discusses the company's growth prospects in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa's Aveng terminates agreement to sell stake in Grinaker-LTA

By: Reuters     8th December 2017 South African construction firm Aveng said on Friday it terminated an agreement to sell a 51 percent stake in its Grinaker-LTA unit to a black-owned company, after the acquiring firm failed to fulfil funding conditions. Aveng said Kutana Construction, which is now known as Singabakhi Holdings,... 

Phase 1 of Nelson Mandela Bay housing project under way

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 Government construction contractor Sakhisizwe breaks ground on the first phase of the multibillion-rand Florida Heights integrated housing development in Nelson Mandela Bay, this month. According to Sakhisizwe, more than 10 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the five-year... 

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March
OCEAN ASSISTANCE The City of Cape Town awarded six companies the construction and commissioning of six desalination plants on November 7 as part of the solution to the water crisis

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Concrete construction specialist Bedrock Group has supplied 194 precast tilt-up concrete columns for the construction of food retailer Shoprite Holdings’ 63 000 m2 main distribution campus for the Cape Town area, in Brackenfell, in the Western Cape.  

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre
PRECAST BENEFITS Often full height precast columns are more cost effective than steel columns and can be produced to a high level of accuracy

IoT and data set to be at the heart of African smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the main drivers of change in sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities and smart cities, among others, and a key aspect of evolving smart cities in Africa, says information technology and data specialist multinational Hitachi... 

Knysna rental company acquires high-quality TLB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 The downside of unreliable plant hire equipment is two-fold; for the end-user, unplanned downtime translates into project delays, while for the plant hire company, faulty gear translates to foregone profits and a tarnished reputation, says George-based equipment distributor Carlu Tractors.  

Knysna rental company acquires high-quality TLB
POWER LIFTING With a 1.6 t breakout force, the Kubota L45 has a lifting capacity of 1 t at a maximum lifting height of 2.8 m

Business park to be redeveloped as mixed-use precinct – Atterbury

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 Earthmoving equipment and logistics multinational Barloworld has partnered with property development firm Atterbury and investment finance house African Rainbow Capital – as co-investors – to redevelop the Sandton-based Barlow Park Campus into a 130 000 m2 mixed-use precinct. The property is... 

Business park to be redeveloped as mixed-use precinct – Atterbury
An artist's impression of the mixed-use Barlow Park precinct to be developed

Afrimat construction index reveals quarterly improvement

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Construction activity in South Africa improved quarter-on-quarter from Q2 to Q3, according to material building company Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI)  

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