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Nov 15, 2013
The combined effort by South Africa’s government, construction specialists and building materials companies to develop skills in the construction industry by investing in educational initiatives can facilitate economic growth in the country, states building materials...
Nov 13, 2013
A strong performance by construction products provider WG Wearne’s ready-mixed concrete division has helped to narrow the group’s comprehensive loss by 61.18%, or R2.22-million, to R1.4-million for the six months ended August 31. This resulted in a reduction in the...
Nov 08, 2013
Since Bearings supplier OE Bearings an agent for Revolvo split roller bearings (SRB) have installed new bearings, the application has run with far greater operation efficiency and economy. These original bearings have been so successful that Century Cement, a...
Nov 04, 2013
JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings mainly attributed its higher earnings for the six months ended September 30 to the consolidation of the full financial results of the recently acquired ready-mixed concrete products supplier Métier Mixed Concrete. The company said on...
Nov 01, 2013
DELMAS PLANT Kendal power station is only 35 km from Delmas, thereby reducing the transportation costs of the raw material required to produce the cement
Clinker producer Sephaku Cement reports that the first of its new cement projects, in Delmas, Mpumalanga, will open in January 2014. Sephaku Cement was established in 2006 after its founding shareholder, Sephaku Holdings, secured limestone resources and injected the...
Oct 31, 2013
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat on Thursday posted another set of healthy results as the JSE-listed company continued the momentum which had seen it grown its revenue rapidly since the 2012 financial year. Labelled as a specialist openpit miner, and no longer a construction materials...
Oct 31, 2013
JSE-listed Afrimat’s effort to turn the performance of its latest acquisition around was starting to gain traction as the 59.78% owned division reported higher earnings for the interim period to August 31. The construction materials supplier, which took control of...
Oct 25, 2013
Engineers, as well as rigging, crane, scaffolding and related companies, based in the Vaal Triangle, consolidated their skills earlier this month to support the Vanderbijlpark Rotary Club’s eighteenth yearly charity fundraising event, the Rotary River Festival,...
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Oct 11, 2013
CONCRETE DEVELOPMENT Admixture technologies are assisting in improving the control properties of concrete such as workability/pumpability, durability, aesthetics and cost effectiveness
Modern civilisation relies heavily on concrete, as it is the world’s most used construction material, says South African cement producer PPC architectural concrete specialist Daniel van der Merwe. Cement, which makes up about 11% of concrete, is a vital and...
Oct 11, 2013
STEELY FOCUS Increased value-added beneficiation is important to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the South African steel manufacturing industry
The diversification of steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals’ baseline products and markets in key sectors will create strong growth into the immediate future, particularly in the Africa, where the company has about R650-million in projects under way.
Oct 11, 2013
CRADOCK PROJECT The solid external walls comprise light steel frame structures clad with fibre cement and filled with a polystyrene concrete mix
Light frame steel construction company and engineering service provider Silverline Group is undertaking 82 projects in the commercial and residential sectors, which are at various stages of completion, Silverline Group director Jonathan Pepler tells Engineering News....
Oct 11, 2013
POLYUREA APPLICATIONVoelkel Industrie Produkte’s high-performance coating systems have been successfully used on a diverse range of structures overseas
Germany-based industrial adhesives and coatings manufacturer Voelkel Industrie Produkte’s (VIP’s) new cold spray-applied low-pressure waterproofing system and a VIP coating system, specifically developed for industrial and commercial flooring in Southern Africa, is...
Oct 11, 2013
South African steel distributor BSi Steel’s reports that its service centre has acquired a second laser profile cutter for its Dunswart factory, in Gauteng, owing to increased demand for laser-cut steel. The new laser machine will take up the extra demand for...
Oct 07, 2013
Global steel demand was expected to increase over the next two years, despite recording a slowdown in 2012, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Monday, with emerging economies registering higher growth. In its latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) report for...
Oct 03, 2013
Cement producer Lafarge expects to hike its cement prices as high input costs are hampering investment opportunities, Lafarge South Africa country CEO Thierry Legrand has said. “Inexorable rises in fuel and energy costs, which are continually impacting margins, have...
Oct 01, 2013
South African cement producer PPC will build a $230-million, one-million-ton-a-year cement factory and associated quarry near Kimpese, in the western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), further accelerating its penetrative African strategy. The group, which recently...
Sep 30, 2013
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The existing tender process for the awarding of construction contracts in the affordable housing and social housing sectors requires extensive reform to mitigate the prevalence of substandard work and enable government to reach its delivery targets, asserts York...
Sep 27, 2013
DAVID EASTON Retired civil engineer highlights the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008
Retired civil engineer David Easton wrote an autobiography of his lifelong career in the civil engineering industry, highlighting the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008 and now gives presentations to high school learners, based on the book, to...
 
 
 
 
Sep 27, 2013
A GOOD SPORT Gary Teichmann traded in the rugby field and sportsmanship for the boardroom and business acumen
Former Springbok rugby captain Gary Teichmann talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about how he handles rucks in the business world to keep his company in play.
Sep 20, 2013
“The bottom line is that we have to stop scoring own goals and execute profitable work,” says Aveng CFO and acting CEO Kobus Verster. He notes that continued losses at Aveng’s South African construction business, Grinaker-LTA, are largely to blame for the negative...
Sep 13, 2013
Murray & Roberts has accrued around R350-million in losses in its South African business owing to labour unrest and strikes in the 2013 financial year, says CE Henry Laas. He says the deteriorating labour situation in South Africa is a “big problem”, and that he is...
Sep 13, 2013
Construction group Wilson Bayley Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) has established an international civil engineering and building division to drive further growth in Central and West Africa, adding to the work the company’s roads and earthworks division is already doing on the...
Sep 12, 2013
JSE-listed Dawn on Thursday declared its first dividend in four years after reporting a significant rise in earnings for the 2013 financial year. The building and civil products manufacturer and supplier would pay out a final dividend of 16.5c a share for the twelve...
Sep 10, 2013
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Kobus Verster
“The bottom line is that we have to stop scoring own goals and execute profitable work,” said Aveng CFO and acting CEO Kobus Verster on Tuesday. Speaking in Johannesburg, he noted that continued losses at Aveng’s South African construction business, Grinaker-LTA,...
Sep 06, 2013
Belgium-based steel plate manufacturer NLMK Clabecq says its presence at bauma Africa is the perfect example of how a Southern African distributor, in this case South Africa-based steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services, can work hand...
Sep 06, 2013
A new range of products will be displayed by South Africa-based concrete technology company Putzmeister at the first ever bauma Africa event to be held at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from September 18 to 21. On display will be the new generation of...
Sep 06, 2013
POWER NETWORKThe newly formed Power Line Association of South Africa will provide a key service to the development of an electrical infrastructure system necessary to underpin South Africa’s economic growth into the future
The Power Line Association of South Africa (Polasa) was launched earlier this month under the auspices of the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) to represent the broader interests of power transmission and distribution line fabricators and...
Sep 06, 2013
The bauma Africa trade show offers participating companies the opportunity to gain experience and obtain invaluable contacts, owing to the international nature of the event, which will have more than 700 companies from 39 countries exhibiting products for the mining...
 
 
 
 
Sep 02, 2013
WBHO CEO Louwtjie Nel
Construction group Wilson Bayley Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) has established an international civil engineering and building division to drive further growth in Central and West Africa, adding to the work the company’s roads and earthworks division was already doing on the...
Aug 29, 2013
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The Gautrain
The delay and disruption claim the Bombela consortium had filed against the Gauteng government regarding the construction of the Gautrain “was taking a long time”, and would only be resolved by 2016, said Murray & Roberts CE Henry Laas on Thursday. Last year August...
Aug 29, 2013
The Medupi power project
Murray & Roberts accrued around R350-million in losses in its South African business owing to labour unrest and strikes in the 2013 financial year, CE Henry Laas said on Thursday. Speaking in Johannesburg, he said the deteriorating labour situation in South Africa...
Aug 29, 2013
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Murray & Roberts CE Henry Laas
Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts said on Thursday that it had made financial provision for another possible penalty from the Competition Commission, following on from the settlement of 17 cases of collusive behaviour earlier this year. The...
Aug 28, 2013
Building materials supplier Iliad has significantly advanced its “strategic repositioning” as improved growth emerged in the third quarter of 2013, CEO Eugene Beneke said on Wednesday. Over the past three years, the JSE-listed company had been realigning its business...
Aug 27, 2013
JSE-listed building materials group Iliad Africa on Tuesday reported a drop in headline earnings, from 20c a share during the first half of 2012, to 0.4c a share for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Earnings a share moved into the red, recording a loss of 39c...
Aug 23, 2013
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Aug 23, 2013
JSE-listed construction company Group Five has reported net profit of R299-million for the financial year ended June 30, reversing a R230-million loss recorded in 2012. Revenue from contiuing operations was up 27% to R11.13-billion. With almost all of the group’s...
Aug 23, 2013
JOHN ROXBURGH Training provided by the School of Concrete Technology has produced top concrete technologists
One of the biggest threats to the future economic growth of South Africa is the technical skills shortage in engineering and technology, says nonprofit technology services company The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie.
Aug 23, 2013
Seven years after the completion of a new boundary-wall retention structure for the Italian Embassy, in Ethiopia, the solution has proven to be structurally durable and environmentally friendly.
 
 
 
 
Aug 23, 2013
The construction industry’s engagement with the Competition Commission and the rest of South Africa remains a “work in progress”, says Group Five CEO Mike Upton. The commission earlier this year levied R1.46-billion in penalties against 15 companies in the industry...
Aug 16, 2013
Production in the steel and engineering sector has been increasing slowly since 2008; however, severe volatility remained the overwhelming characteristic, with highs and lows that were often above and below the 10% average, the Steel and Engineering Industries...
Aug 12, 2013
JSE-listed construction company Group Five on Monday reported net profit of R299-million for the financial year ended June 30, reversing a R230-million loss recorded in 2012. Revenue from contiuing operations was up 27% to R11.13-billion. With almost all of the...
Aug 12, 2013
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Aug 09, 2013
HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLING This method is becoming the preferred way of laying pipes, conduits and cables
A horizontal directional drill (HDD) operator management course has been developed to improve the skills and safety of operators in the field, as this method is becoming increasingly popular in built-up environments.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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