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Jun 20, 2014
Concrete roads – coloured black with a Bayferrox inorganic pigment imported from Germany-based iron oxide pigments manufacturer Lanxess – were selected above asphalt or other alternative road surfaces for the extensive road network in the new R220-million major...
Jun 20, 2014
SCARCE SKILLS Skilled employees between the ages of 50 and 60 and will soon retire… while we have training programmes, it is difficult to attract new entrants into the industry
The South African fastener sector is losing specialised skills as veteran workers are retiring, without skills transfer taking place. The industry also struggles to attract skilled graduates, says local standard nuts, bolts and other special fasteners manufacturer...
Jun 20, 2014
The South African fastener manufacturing industry is declining because the mining and power industries – its main customers – are not expanding, says the South African Fastener Manufacturers’ Association (Safma). Safma chairperson Rob Pietersma tells Engineering News...
Jun 18, 2014
JSE-listed Raubex on Wednesday announced that it has received regulatory approvals for the acquisition of majority stakes in two companies. The group acquired a 60% interest in Shisalanga Construction, which manufactures a range of asphalt products from its plants...
Jun 13, 2014
JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings expects to report a basic loss a share for the year ended March 31, 2014, of between 1.36c and 1.63c and a headline loss a share of between 2.15c and 2.58c. The construction materials provider said in a trading update on Friday that the...
Jun 13, 2014
Precast concrete specialists Salberg Concrete Products and Ubuntu Pre-Cast have merged to form a new company with an estimated yearly turnover of R100-million. The 51% black-owned company will retain the name Salberg Concrete Products, as it is a well-known brand in...
Jun 06, 2014
Maintaining a presence close to its burgeoning customer base has led cement provider AfriSam to establish a ready-mix cement plant in the Saldanha Bay industrial development zone (IDZ). Fully operational on June 9, the facility would have a production capacity of 70...
Jun 06, 2014
ART HANDLED WITH CARE Glass art will be on display at this year’s glasstec trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany
International glass industry trade fair glasstec will again live up to its role as the leading international trade fair for the glass industry in 2014, says trade fair ground and organiser Messe Düsseldorf. The number of exhibitor registrations for the biennial...
Jun 06, 2014
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May 20, 2014
PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan
JSE-listed cement producer PPC has added Algeria to its $1-billion African project portfolio, with investments also advancing in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe. The commissioning of the 600 000 t/y plant in Rwanda should begin later...
May 20, 2014
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PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan
PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan, who last year took a R1-million pay cut and froze increases for the cement producer’s 60 top managers in a bid to close the cavity between its highest and lowest paid employees, believes a communication breakdown between managers and workers is...
May 16, 2014
Local presence of international leading cement and building materials company Lafarge Group, Lafarge South Africa, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It has two main subsidiary...
May 15, 2014
Industrial minerals and aggregate products provider Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden expects a shift in government focus away from low-income housing development towards service delivery-centered infrastructure projects, saying this would boost demand for the...
May 13, 2014
Banking group Nedbank Capital and the Bank of China’s Johannesburg branch on Tuesday announced a R1.1-billion debt capital raising to fund new entrant to the South African cement industry Mamba Cement. The funding for the Mamba Cement project, which would include the...
May 09, 2014
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The Zambia government has issued an urgent appeal to the World Bank, the European Union (EU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other international financiers to provide funding for the rehabilitation of the Kariba dam wall, following expert confirmation that...
May 09, 2014
Filtration and separation technology group Porvair Filtration Group has successfully completed the delivery of an energy char filtering system for South Korean business Gwangyang steel plant, in South Korea, in collaboration with South Korean construction company...
May 09, 2014
Gas detection and environment monitoring company Trolex has announced that it has launched a carbon monoxide (CO) detector, the Sentro D, which is capable of giving precise CO level readings in the presence of diesel nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The company states that it...
May 09, 2014
International mobile equipment solutions supplier Pilot Crushtec International states that the Southern African region has been keeping pace with stringent global regulations regarding the management of dust pollution. Pilot Crushtec International sales director...
Apr 29, 2014
JSE-listed Afrimat on Tuesday said it expected its headline earnings a share and earnings a share for the year ended February 28 to increase by between 40% and 45%. The company also pointed out that the results of dolomite, limestone and silica producer Infrasors...
 
 
 
 
Apr 25, 2014
South African cement producer PPC on Friday announced that it expected its earnings and headline earnings a share for the six months ended March 31 to be between 30% and 40% higher than that of the prior corresponding period. The expected increases were mostly owing...
Apr 24, 2014
Corobrik has secured the Diamond Arrow Award for the fourth consecutive year after survey respondents in the construction industry rated the brick supplier ahead of the pack. Last week, PMR.africa presented the award to Corobrik after the supplier achieved the...
Apr 16, 2014
Michael Garcia
Steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday appointed executive director and FD Jan Valenta CEO, with immediate effect, after Michael Garcia stepped down. Olga Luzik would replace Valenta, who was appointed FD and director in 2011.
Apr 15, 2014
Ghana has banned the export of ferrous scrap metal immediately in a bid to make more raw material available to sustain the West Africa country's steel industry, Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu said on Tuesday. Iddrisu said the government was also drafting legislation...
Apr 11, 2014
Steel products manufacturer Andrew Mentis reports that it attributes its success in the provision of flooring and handrailing solutions to its approach of prioritising consumer feedback and researching the best methods of incorporating consumers’ input into its...
Apr 11, 2014
In response to the growing demand for efficient and cost-effective methods of industrial floor preparation and rehabilitation, flooring solutions provider Diamond Products launched its new ranges of floor grinding, polishing and cleaning systems onto the South...
Apr 11, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
Iliad Africa has reported a loss of R6.59-million for the year ended December 31, compared with R33.6-million profit in 2012. Revenue was flat, at R4.46-billion, compared with R4.49-billion for the year ended December 31, 2012. Iliad Africa listed on the JSE in 1998,...
Apr 04, 2014
Wholly owned subsidiary of Hudaco Trading and industrial power tools distributor Rutherford was established in South Africa in 1912. In its early years, the company mainly sold general engineering requisites in the shape of packings, brassware, belting but, in latter...
Apr 02, 2014
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
 
 
 
 
Mar 28, 2014
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Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement and its mineral compounds make up roughly 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest of the recipe. Cement, however, is not the green lobby’s favourite...
Mar 28, 2014
Dawn reaped the rewards of increased government spend on water infrastructure and increased sales in Africa, among other factors, as it in March reported a 18% jump in operating profit, to R158.9-million for the half-year ended December 31, compared with the same...
Mar 28, 2014
Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement and its mineral compounds make up roughly 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest of the recipe. Cement, however, is not the green lobby’s favourite...
Mar 21, 2014
While revenue at Accéntuate was up 7% for the six months ended December 31, margin pressure and increased operating expenses saw operating profit before tax and interest drop to R5.3-million, down from the R10.1-million reported for the same period in 2012. The...
Mar 19, 2014
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A Competition Commission investigation, initiated in 2010 into power cables companies, has unearthed cartel conduct by four firms and its findings have been referred to Competition Tribunal for adjudication. The probe, which included a May 6, 2010,...
Mar 13, 2014
Dawn reaped the rewards of increased government spend on water infrastructure and increased sales in Africa, among other factors, as it on Thursday reported a 18% jump in operating profit, to R158.9-million for the half-year ended December 31, compared with the same...
Mar 12, 2014
Ratings agency Fitch on Wednesday downgraded South Africa-based building materials group Aveng’s national long-term rating to ‘BBB(zaf)’ from ‘A(zaf)’ and its national short-term rating to ‘F2(zaf)’ from ‘F1(zaf)’, stating that the company’s outlook was negative. The...
Mar 11, 2014
Iliad Africa on Tuesday reported a loss of R6.59-million for the year ended December 31, compared with R33.6-million profit in 2012. Revenue was flat, at R4.46-billion, compared with R4.49-billion for the year ended December 31, 2012. Iliad Africa listed on the JSE...
Mar 07, 2014
Grinaker-LTA remained a persistent thorn in Aveng’s side for the six months ended December 31, while several claims on large projects also piled on the pressure. Aveng CEO Kobus Verster says revenue for the construction and engineering group increased 11%, to...
Mar 04, 2014
Creamer Media’s Construction 2014 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,...
 
 
 
 
Mar 03, 2014
Accentuate CEO Fred Platt
While revenue at Accéntuate was up 7% for the six months ended December 31, margin pressure and increased operating expenses saw operating profit drop to R5.3-million, down from the R10.1-million reported for the same period in 2012. The Accéntuate group serves the...
Feb 28, 2014
New PG Group CEO Charles Bromley
The PG Group has appointed Charles Bromley, 50, to succeed Stewart Jennings as CEO from March 1, chairperson Ronnie Lubner announced this week. Jennings, whose retirement was announced early last year, joined the company in 1971, when it was still known as Pilkington...
Feb 28, 2014
Government spending has been rolling out in a number of focused pockets, such as water, healthcare and power, but there has been little movement on government’s “big themed strategic projects” as part of its national infrastructure plan, says Group Five CEO Mike...
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Mike Upton
Government spending had been rolling out in a number of focused pockets, such as water, healthcare and power, but there had been little movement on government’s “big themed strategic projects” as part of its national infrastructure plan, said Group Five CEO Mike...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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