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May 08, 2015
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members
Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation...
May 08, 2015
CEMENT'S GLOBAL GROWTH One of the primary demands from customers is the assurance that the Chryso Group’s products are 'green'
The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This...
May 08, 2015
JOHN THOMSON EMS has introduced a free business matchmaking app to enhance the benefits of attending Indutec
Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organiser of the 2015 South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) that will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to 22, says the event promises to attract the largest number of visitors...
May 08, 2015
JOE MAPIRAVANA Asbestos-free cement boards have been under development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for two years
Electrical insulation and high-temperature electrical insulation specialists Insulectric and Interhom have partnered with the Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) to develop asbestos-free cement-board insulators....
May 08, 2015
VAN DYK STENE PLANT This is the first plant at which PMSA has implemented Kraft Curing technology in Africa.
Africa’s largest manufacturer of concrete brick, block and paving machinery, and concrete equipment supplier, Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA), won the contract in mid-2014 to build and commission the Van Dyk Stene plant in Vredenburg, in the Western Cape. PMSA was...
Apr 29, 2015
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
Apr 22, 2015
PPC CEO Darryll Castle
Following his first 100 days as CEO of cement producer PPC, Darryll Castle reports that action plans have been put in place to more aggressively win back market share within South Africa, while pressing ahead with its high-potential African expansion strategy. A...
Apr 16, 2015
JSE-listed construction company Stefanutti Stocks has appointed Antonio Cocciante as CFO and executive director, effective June 1. He would succeed outgoing CFO and executive director Dermot Quinn, who was stepping down on May 31. Quinn would continue to serve on...
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CONCRETE FLOORING The Concrete Institute technical staff deal mostly with problems pertaining to concrete flooring
Dividing on-site flooring responsibility between main contractors and subcontractors leads to poor-quality concrete floors, says cement and concrete industry body The Concrete Institute. Therefore, the institute is encouraging main contractors and subcontractors to...
Apr 10, 2015
QUALITY FLOORING a.b.e Construction Chemicals and FloorworX take pride in their partnership that aims to offer a better system to the end-user
The reformulated version of construction chemicals manufacturer a.b.e Construction Chemicals’ abescreed SLC P is being successfully applied at building projects countrywide, says a.b.e national flooring sales manager Peter Jones. “The abescreed SLC P is a pumpable...
Apr 10, 2015
BUILDING FOR SAFETY Contractors must ensure that they build high-quality floors to ensure the safety of human assets
Flooring companies need to consider the safety of people before they consider the price of a product when deciding which material to use for floor construction, says floor gratings, stair treads and safety hand rails manufacturer Vital Engineering MD Dodds Pringle....
Apr 07, 2015
Domestic cement sales increased by 1.7% year-on-year to 3.16-million tons in the fourth quarter of 2014. Data provided by PPC showed that sales volumes for the quarter were, however, 6.7% lower than the 3.39-million tons sold in the third quarter of the year.
Apr 02, 2015
FUELLING INVESTMENT Heavy-duty construction and infrastructure projects under way in Africa are likely to lead to gradual, but significant investment in equipment and machinery
After a steady decline in construction jobs since the boom in 2010, the South African construction industry has welcomed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s announcement in the 2014 medium term Budget speech that the country is set to spend R847-billion on new and...
Mar 31, 2015
South African cement producer Sephaku Cement (SepCem) is planning for its cement plants to reach steady-state capacity utilisation by the end of the second quarter of this year, subject to demand. By the end of December 2014, the company’s two cement plants had...
Mar 27, 2015
Talks over a proposed merger between heavyweight South African cement producers Afrisam and PPC have collapsed, after the parties were unable to reach consensus on the terms of the deal. AfriSam made a nonbinding, conditional proposal to PPC on December 10 for a...
Mar 27, 2015
JEFFREY MAHACHI A major challenge the new manual will address is foreign products entering the South African market
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is revising its home- building manual to include the new regulations and standards of the past fifteen years.
Mar 20, 2015
Accéntuate has recovered well from the severe impact of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike in July, to produce pleasing results for the six months ended December 31, says CEO Fred Platt. Trading for the remaining five months proved...
Mar 18, 2015
An artist's impression of One Airport Square, Ghana
With cities contributing about 70% of the world’s energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions, but only occupying 2% of land, sustainability has become one of the most significant drivers for growth, and would become entrenched in building design and occupier...
Mar 17, 2015
Building materials supplier Iliad appears to be experiencing the upside of a 2013 decision to cull several lossmaking divisions, this week posting a dramatic 80% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 72.3c for the year ended December 31. The company’s...
Mar 16, 2015
JSE-listed Bell Equipment on Monday posted plunging earnings on the back of the continuing weakness and unpredictability of the resource-based economy and the delayed impact of protracted strikes and labour unrest. In addition to the “extremely challenging” global...
Mar 13, 2015
As the requirements of reliability and the extended life span of plastic pipes across industry are increasing, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (Sappma) is inviting companies to submit high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe samples by April...
Mar 10, 2015
Cement producer PPC is still considering the proposed merger deal with fellow JSE-listed construction materials firm AfriSam. AfriSam in December made a conditional, nonbinding proposal to merge the two companies.
Mar 02, 2015
Infrastructure supply group Accéntuate said on Monday that it had recovered well from the “severe impact of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike in July”, to produce “pleasing results” for the six months ended December 31. “Trading for...
Feb 27, 2015
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Property management company Citiq has officially opened its Umhlanga Junction Extension, a 75-bed student apartment block, in Brixton, built entirely from shipping containers. Situated in Caroline Street, the striking building was erected within two months. “We...
Feb 27, 2015
Construction and engineering group Aveng has been faced with weak markets almost everywhere it turned, says CEO Kobus Verster. Continued softness in the local construction sector has made it particularly difficult for the still-struggling Grinaker-LTA to regain its...
Feb 27, 2015
Construction and engineering company Group Five plans to shed 250 jobs in its civil engineering division this financial year, says CEO Eric Vemer. The restructuring will come at a retrenchment cost of more than R25-million.
Feb 27, 2015
MODULAR ASSEMBLY The entire floor of the multistorey steel-frame system is preassembled and erected in one piece
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is concerned about the number of future infrastructure projects in South Africa, which will impact the revitalisation of the country’s struggling steel industry. Saisc CEO Paulo Trinchero tells Engineering...
Feb 24, 2015
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South Africa’s Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged indirect price fixing and market division against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC) to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The referral followed the commission’s investigation, between 2008...
Feb 23, 2015
Moderate growth across all Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) business segments has resulted in an 11%, or R14.7-billion, increase in revenue from continuing operations in the six months ended December 31, the JSE-listed construction company reported on Monday. The...
Feb 23, 2015
JSE-listed construction company Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) continues to defend itself against allegations of collusion. The company on Monday reiterated the nonreferral of two of the five cases in which the Competition Commission alleged it had contravened the...
Feb 20, 2015
The 2 200 ha, multi billion Rand Waterfall City development currently under construction could potentially become Gauteng’s new central business district, enabling large corporates to consolidate their Johannesburg base. The land is owned by the Waterfall Islamic...
Feb 20, 2015
LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY In the past 12 months, Beka Schréder has designed and manufactured more than eight new light-emitting diode products
Johannesburg-based luminaire designer and manufacturer Beka Schréder has registered significant growth in the past year, having recently secured various contracts in the municipal, industrial, mining, floodlighting and solar light-emitting diode (LED) lighting...
Feb 19, 2015
The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday heard four settlement agreements between the Competition Commission and South African construction companies, which disclosed that they were involved in collusive activities with regard to cover pricing and tender agreements. On...
Feb 17, 2015
Kobus Verster
Construction and engineering group Aveng was faced with weak markets almost everywhere it turned, said CEO Kobus Verster on Tuesday. Continued softness in the local construction sector made it particularly difficult for the still-struggling Grinaker-LTA to regain its...
Feb 16, 2015
JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) on Monday reported that its revenue for the six months ended December 31 had increased by 9% year-on-year to R2.4-billion, despite the negative impact of a strike in the building and infrastructure segments. The...
Feb 16, 2015
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Feb 13, 2015
JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) on Friday said that, despite a “very challenging” six months to December 31, the company still expected to achieve a 5% to 10% increase in revenue to between R2.3-billion and R2.4-billion. However, the building...
Feb 12, 2015
Driving through Midrand will soon be much easier owing to a new R160-million highway overpass bridge being built by the developers of Waterfall City. The 115.8-m-long Bridal Veil road overpass bridge was developed by Atterbury Property Development and engineers Aecom...
Feb 11, 2015
Eric Vemer
Construction and engineering company Group Five planned to shed 250 jobs in its civil engineering division this financial year, said CEO Eric Vemer on Wednesday. The restructuring would come at a retrenchment cost of more than R25-million.
Feb 06, 2015
In recognition of its commitment to health and safety in the workplace, flooring company Kevin Bates Flooring and Carpeting (KBAC) received the Master Builders Association (MBA) North category award for health and safety in 2014, contracting and safety administrator...
Feb 06, 2015
MAINTENANCE PREPARATION Proper maintenance planning will also improve the efficiency of repairs during unplanned stoppages
Cement producers must prepare adequately for shutdowns so that maintenance work proceeds rapidly and must optimise their plants to enable efficient maintenance and repairs during shutdowns. This will also improve the efficiency of repairs during unplanned stoppages,...
Feb 06, 2015
Multidisciplinary construction group Liviero has designed and manufactured its own edge protection system, which not only helps to ensure the safety of all employees, subcontractors and clients, but also offers cost savings compared with imported edge protection.
Feb 06, 2015
The heat generated during copper production extraction processes can be harnessed and transferred back into the system using heat exchangers, resulting in significant energy savings and unparalleled yield, says evaporative water cooling specialist Industrial Water...
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