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Apr 03, 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 03, 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 27, 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 27, 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 20, 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
Meetings were often held when there were significant input price changes
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,...
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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 27, 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...
Feb 17, 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,...
Feb 05, 2014
Government’s two infrastructure priorities for the year will be the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) president Norman Milne. “The deadline is for Medupi to deliver power from the...
Jan 27, 2014
Cement producer PPC says its African expansion plans remain “well on track”, with commissioning of its new operation in Rwanda anticipated at the end of the year, and construction at its sites in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo progressing well. The...
Jan 15, 2014
Cement production has started at Sephaku Cement’s (SepCem’s) 1.4-million-ton-a-year Delmas milling plant, which would ramp up to full output by mid-2014. The cement producer has dispatched the first bags of cement from the plant – one of two significant projects...
 
 
 
 
Dec 18, 2013
An inquiry into the Tongaat mall collapse in which two construction workers died and 29 were injured, will begin in January, the Sowetan reported. "The inquiry will take place during the second or third week of January," KwaZulu-Natal labour department spokesman...
Dec 13, 2013
South African cement producer PPC’s acquisition of Safika Cement, announced during August, has been unconditionally approved by the Competition Tribunal. PPC acquired a 69.3% stake in Safika for a purchase consideration of R377-million. 
Dec 12, 2013
WARNING LIGHT A crane at a building site in Accra, Ghana. But the Deloitte report warns that Africa is no easy market for contractors
The infrastructure boom in Africa has seen investment in 322 megaprojects reach $222.7-billion, says professional services firm Deloitte in its ‘African Construction Trends’ report. Deloitte Southern Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader André Pottas says...
Dec 12, 2013
Three loss-making contracts sharply eroded profits at JSE-listed civils and construction group Esorfranki for the six months ended August 31. The company reported a 38.5% increase in revenue compared with the same period last year, to R1-billion, but saw profit for...
Dec 05, 2013
PAOLO TRINCHERO The steel construction industry is ready to benefit from the employment opportunities and growth that will come with the National Development Plan
To spur the local steel industry to grow by at least 5% a year over the next 10 years, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) will increase its focus on improving relationships with its counterparts in other African countries. Recently...
Nov 25, 2013
Christina Teixeira and Mike Upton
Workdays lost in 2013 as a result of industrial action at Group Five had increased by roughly 30% over 2012, to 78 465 days, said Group Five human resources director Junaid Allie on Monday. Speaking at a media round table in Johannesburg, he noted that 7 487 people...
Nov 22, 2013
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Building collapses in South Africa could become more prevalent should there be an escalation in the use of inappropriate or substandard building materials in construction projects, Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) and the Southern...
Nov 21, 2013
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The South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) says, that in the past seven years, light steel frame building (LSFB) has become the most viable alternative building method for low to medium rise buildings. Sasfa recently released a report, which...
Nov 21, 2013
Afrimat has posted another set of healthy results as the JSE-listed company continue the momentum which has seen it grow its revenue rapidly since the 2012 financial year. Labelled as a specialist openpit miner, and no longer a construction materials supplier,...
Nov 21, 2013
The local road construction industry will remain under pressure in the short term, with real relief only possible once the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), starts long-delayed tolling on the Gauteng freeways, says Raubex Group CEO Rudolf Fourie....
 
 
 
 
Nov 21, 2013
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The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) on Thursday launched an investigation into whether the collapse, earlier this week, of the half-built Tongaat Mall, in KwaZulu-Natal, was related to the improper conduct of any persons registered with the organisation....
Nov 19, 2013
PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan
Cement producer PPC plans to add a fifth project to its growing portfolio of African investments and reports that it is on track to meet its objective of generating 40% of its revenues from the rest of the continent by 2017. CEO Ketso Gordhan tells Engineering News...
Nov 14, 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 07, 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...
Oct 31, 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 24, 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,...
 
 
 
 
Oct 23, 2013
Sephaku Cement continues to advance the ramp-up of its cement milling plant, in Delmas, in Mpumalanga, which it aims to bring into operation early next year. Project manager Andre Roeloffze said in a statement that power had been connected to the...
Oct 23, 2013
Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) hot mix asphalt supplier unit Much Asphalt will venture out as an independent entity after its acquisition by a Capitalworks Private Equity-led consortium. The unit would, however, continue with existing...
Oct 22, 2013
JSE-listed Afrimat on Tuesday said it expected to report a 35% to 45% year-on-year increase in headline earnings for the six months ended August 31. Headline earnings a share and earnings a share were also expected to show an improvement of between 35% and 45% on...
Oct 18, 2013
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas
Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has reported that all conditions precedent to the R1.15-billion disposal of its Construction Products Africa manufacturing businesses have been fulfilled, while negotiations with potential buyers for the sale...
Oct 10, 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...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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