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Sep 21, 2012
Alert Steel Tshwane, of which Alert Holdings holds a 50% stake in, was awarded a three-year tender for the supply of carbon steel to the Koedoespoort and Germiston outlets of Transnet SOC.
Sep 14, 2012
Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) earned around 60% of its 2012 financial year revenue outside South Africa, says CEO Louwtjie Nel, up from 52% in the previous financial year, which was the first time in the 41-year history of the construction group that the majority...
Sep 14, 2012
Construction group Murray & Roberts has reported an attributable loss of R736-million for the financial year ended June 30, of which R208-million was in the second half of the year, as the group accounted for “significant charges and contract completion costs”...
Sep 13, 2012
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A collaboration agreement signed between Airbus, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR's) National Laser Centre (NLC) and aerostructure manufacturer Aerosud on Thursday would see the group test the viability of titanium powder-based additive...
Sep 13, 2012
JSE-listed building and civil products supplier and manufacturer, Dawn returned to profitability for the financial year ended June 30, reporting an R84.3-million profit compared with a R28.9-million loss in the previous year. Revenue was up 12% to R4.3-billion....
Sep 06, 2012
JSE-listed tiles and sanitaryware manufacturer Ceramic Industries on Thursday reported a big decline in full-year profit as intense competition from cheap imports and limited investment in residential housing took their toll. Operating profit dropped by 33.1% to...
Sep 05, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) earned around 60% of its 2012 financial year revenue outside South Africa, said CEO Louwtjie Nel on Monday, up from 52% in the previous financial year, which was the first time in the 41-year history of the construction group that the...
Sep 03, 2012
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Aug 28, 2012
Building materials provider Iliad Africa is starting to see the benefits of its portfolio adjustments over the past 18 months, CEO Eugene Beneke said on Tuesday, as the JSE-listed firm reported improved half-year financial results. Headline earnings a share...
Aug 24, 2012
Building and construction materials manufacturer Brikor said it would sell its Bronkhorstspruit properties and operations to businessperson Marius van Wyk for R10-million, to regain focus on its core operations and to strengthen its financial position. The...
Aug 23, 2012
JSE-listed construction company Basil Read has appointed Dr Claudia Manning and Nopasika Lila as independent nonexecutive directors to its board, effective August 23. This follows Given Sibiya’s resignation as independent nonexecutive director and chair of the...
Aug 21, 2012
Stakeholders in the construction sector are to sign a historic accord on Friday aimed at improving safety in the industry. These include stakeholders from business, organised labour, government, civil society groups and academics. 

 The event, which is being...
Aug 17, 2012
Change is brewing in terms of accelerating artisan development, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) skills development executive Janet Lopes. With the implementation of government’s National Skills Development Strategy and a...
Aug 17, 2012
Marking and identification company Traceability Solutions will soon release a lower-cost identification system for the galvanising industry, reveals sales manager Kyle Parker. He explains that the traceability of steel becomes a problem after a product has been...
Aug 17, 2012
While building confidence among contractors, materials manufacturers and quantity surveyors has increased marginally over the last two years, the immediate outlook for the South African construction industry remains challenging, says credit solutions provider Coface...
Aug 17, 2012
Public interest in light steel frame building (LSFB) continues to grow, despite the slowdown in the building industry in South Africa, which is operating at about half of its prerecession capacity, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa)...
Aug 17, 2012
Local steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s new carbon steel division, Robor Baldwins, is progressing well in its establishment since its introduction to the market in February, says Robor Baldwins MD Andrew Winter. A year has passed since Robor acquired...
Aug 17, 2012
Local and foreign steel fabricators are pursuing business potential in sub-Saharan Africa, with many focusing on opportunities in Mozambique, says International Steel Fabricators (ISF) director Neels van Niekerk. He tells Engineering News that the number of South...
Aug 17, 2012
Local cement, concrete and aggregate supplier Lafarge South Africa (Lafarge SA) is facing "tremendous cost increases", says CEO Thierry Legrand.
Aug 17, 2012
This year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards will focus on sustainability and green living, hence the decision to make the theme for 2012 ‘Steel Leaves a Legacy’. The institute feels it is important to recognise steel...
Aug 15, 2012
Shares in JSE-listed construction and materials group Aveng fell nearly 5% on Wednesday as the company warned that it would report lower earnings when it published its financial results for 2012 early next month. Earnings and headline earnings a share for the year...
Aug 15, 2012
Ceramic product distributor Italtile grew its revenue 21% to R1.85-billion in the year ended June, despite muted trading conditions, accompanied by limited investment in the sector, the JSE-listed company reported on Wednesday. Basic and headline earnings a share...
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
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The bitumen supply shortage is straining road maintenance in South Africa, and could lead to smaller projects, such as pothole repairs, being deferred to focus on major infrastructure projects, Transport Minister Ben Martins said this week. The Gauteng Freeway...
Aug 10, 2012
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Five-hundred employees of Chinese company Sinoma International Engineering are currently working on site to construct cement producer Sephaku Cement’s new Aganang cement production facility, near Lichtenburg, in the North West, with 200 more to arrive within the...
Aug 07, 2012
The National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS) has found no evidence of substandard cement imported into the South African market, said acting CEO and GM Thomas Madzivhe on Tuesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, he stated that, despite complaints...
Aug 03, 2012
“The new Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (SA-VSBK), deployed and tested in Nepal and India and developed further in South Africa as part of a South-South technology transfer programme involving local brick makers and Swiss expertise, reduces the coal consumption required...
Aug 02, 2012
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Rectification of substandard construction work on many of the low-cost housing projects throughout South Africa has left the State with a bill of about R50-billion, said Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on Thursday. As a result of this, he again posed the...
Jul 26, 2012
Chemical producer BASF has opened a regional office in Lagos to serve customers in Nigeria and other West African countries. “Africa is a huge continent with a wealth of raw materials and a growing population. At the same time, the dynamically growing economy has...
Jul 25, 2012
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Local cement, concrete and aggregate supplier Lafarge South Africa (Lafarge SA) was facing "tremendous cost increases", said CEO Thierry Legrand on Wednesday. With electricity and diesel price increases at double digits this year, Lafarge SA’s total cement input...
Jul 25, 2012
JSE-listed Pretoria Portland Cement’s (PPC’s) African expansion strategy is gaining momentum, with the company and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on Wednesday announcing the joint acquisition of a 47% stake in an Ethiopian cement firm. PPC, which...
Jul 20, 2012
South African cement producer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) said on Friday it was continuing to explore expansion opportunities in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, despite failing in its bid for a stake in the Democratic Republic of Congo's State-owned cement...
Jul 20, 2012
JSE-listed construction company Group Five said in a statement released on Friday that it expected fully diluted headline earnings a share for the year ended June 30 to be between 60% and 70% lower than the restated 310 cents a share of the previous financial year....
Jul 20, 2012
Earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa launched the 120 t Hyundai R1200LC-9 excavator onto the South African market last month.
Jul 20, 2012
Machinery manufacturer Husqvarna has made two new floor saws, the FS 6600 D and FS 8400 D, available to the construction sector.
Jul 20, 2012
Construction materials supplier AfriSam has launched a new specialist product, Roadstab Cement, for road stabilisation applications.
Jul 20, 2012
Construction company Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) with Basalt Technology which is a part of the PMSA group of companies has launched a concrete reinforcing product made of crushed and melted basalt rock.
Jul 18, 2012
JSE-listed building materials provider Iliad Africa on Wednesday said it expected its headline earnings a share for the six months ended June to be between 18c and 21c, significantly higher than the adjusted earnings a share of 3.4c in the comparative period for...
Jul 13, 2012
Construction group Murray & Roberts is ready to implement a two-year, board-approved growth programme starting this new financial year, following the completion of a year-long recovery strategy which had seen the resolution of what CEO Henry Laas terms “several...
Jul 12, 2012
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Following the announcement that PPC would sell a 6.5% stake to employees and black investors in a transaction valued at R1.1-billion, CEO Paul Stuiver said on Wednesday that the JSE-listed company was looking to expand its mining operations in South Africa. “The...
Jul 03, 2012
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South African construction company Erbacon said on Tuesday it had an order book of R900-million, of which 95% would be executed this year. The company, which issued a voluntary trading update ahead of its planned rights offer as part of a debt restructuring plan,...
Jun 29, 2012
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Construction group Murray & Roberts was ready to implement a two-year, board-approved growth programme starting July 1, following the completion of a year-long recovery strategy which saw the resolution of what CEO Henry Laas termed “several challenging...
Jun 29, 2012
State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in April, placed a R1.8-million order with precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla for 600 units of its Alfabloc concrete walling product.
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