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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.
Aug 09, 2013
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Aug 02, 2013
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Aug 02, 2013
MEETING DEMANDPan Mixers South Africa has delivered a mobile VB1X concrete block-making machine to a client in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Concrete brick, block and paving machinery supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has recognised an increased demand for mobile machines in Africa, which help overcome logistical challenges associated with rough terrain and the challenge of remote locations on the...
Jul 26, 2013
South Africa’s construction industry saw its average profit margin plunge from 5% in 2009, to 2.8% in 2011, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Income in the sector reached R267-billion in 2011, down from R285-billion in 2009,...
Jul 19, 2013
South African cement producer PPC has appointed Salim Abdul Kader as group COO with immediate effect. Previously occupying the role of MD of the South African operations, Kader would now be responsible for all group and head office human resource functions, as well...
Jul 19, 2013
The proposed Durban dig-out port (DDOP) and the high-speed rail link between Johannesburg and Durban will enhance KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN’s) position as an attractive import stopover, says industrial concrete flooring experts Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) director Lance...
Jul 19, 2013
FIRST HIGH SCHOOLThe R100-million high school in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape will underpin three pillars of the Siemens commitment – skills development, sustainability and local commitment
Former President Nelson Mandela’s birth town of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, is having its first high school built.
Jul 19, 2013
NEW DESIGN The building has a modular design and was built using a light-steel frame design with layered walls to improve insulation
A new restaurant of fast-food franchise McDonald’s opened in Goodwood, in Parrow, in the Western Cape last month. The 132-seater restaurant, café and drive-through was built in 105 days and uses 20% less electricity and water than conventional designs, says...
Jul 15, 2013
First Tech Group, the parent company of liquidated structural steel company Cosira, has started voluntary business rescue proceedings, after admitting in its application that the group was “financially distressed” and could not pay its debts. The 20-year-old company,...
Jul 12, 2013
JSE-listed Iliad has agreed to sell its ceramics business Ferreiras as a going concern to Portion 140 Springs Properties for R49.64-million. “The strategy developed after reviewing Iliad’s business in the midst of the macro financial crisis has been steadily...
Jul 12, 2013
The South African mainstream building market has been cautious in accepting light-steel frame building (LSFB), unlike in the US, Australia and New Zealand where it is being used increasingly, yet the building method’s advantages – substantially faster construction...
Jul 12, 2013
Consulting engineering firm Aurecon’s R70-million project involving the construction of a study centre at the University of Pretoria’s Engineering 1 building, which comprises 158 t of structural steel, is scheduled for completion this month.
 
 
 
 
Jul 12, 2013
Operating from two large modern factories in Germiston and Brakpan and with additional processing facilities in Pinetown and Queenstown, Macsteel Roofing is Southern Africa’s leading supplier of metal roofing products and cold formed sections. Included in its...
Jul 12, 2013
INCREASED CONSUMPTIONSome 45% of the steel produced in the world goes into construction, and increasingly more is used in developing countries, such as Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa
The global steel industry, including the steel industry in South Africa seems to be in a constant state of flux.This was one of the trends identified at the SteelFuture conference, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc), in March,...
Jul 12, 2013
Manufacturer and supplier of steel windows, doors, doorframes and garage doors Duro Pressings says the advantages of using steel in the manufacture of its products, specifically its inner and outer South African Bureau of Standards- (SABS-) approved Cliscoe windows,...
Jul 12, 2013
The extension project at the existing University of South Africa (Unisa) Cape Town Campus, situated in Parow, displays the power of local ingenuity for an institution that ranks among the greatest of its kind in the world and is one of several good entries in this...
Jul 03, 2013
South Africa’s construction industry saw its average profit margin plunge from 5% in 2009, to 2.8% in 2011, said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) statistician-general Pali Lehohla on Wednesday. Income in the sector reached R267-billion in 2011, down from...
Jun 28, 2013
Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Friday that it had agreed to sell four of its construction-products businesses for R1.3-billion to consortiums comprising private-equity companies and management. The group of businesses disposed...
Jun 28, 2013
Although lightweight steel structures and cold-formed sections manufacturer Robor Structural Solutions faces challenges in meeting State-owned power utility Eskom’s initial product-volume requirements, coupled with an erratic steel supply, the company worked with all...
Jun 07, 2013
JSE-listed materials supplier Afrimat on Thursday increased its offer to the minority shareholders of resources group Infrasors from 35c a share to 65c a share to acquire their stake in the company. This was a premium to the current trading price of Infrasors of...
Jun 07, 2013
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A new roof-tile manufacturing machine from Swedish roof-tile specialist ABECE is expected to provide Africa with a complete roof-tiling solution, filling the gap in concrete solutions and technology provider Pan Mixers South Africa’s (PMSA’s) product offering. PMSA...
Jun 04, 2013
On the back of anticipated improved market conditions in the 2014 financial year, construction materials supplier WG Wearne would invest R700 000 in new product lines in its concrete manufacturing products division. The firm indicated that the additional product...
 
 
 
 
Jun 04, 2013
South African cement producer PPC on Tuesday launched its ‘Builders’ App’ for smartphones, at the TotallyConcrete Conference and Expo, in Sandton. PPC marketing manager Sibongile Moko said the software’s main objective was to enable builders and construction workers...
May 31, 2013
Construction materials supplier WG Wearne on Friday said it expected to report a headline loss a share of between 5.5c and 6.5c for the year ended February 28, an improvement on the headline loss of 19.88c apiece incurred in the previous year. The company, which is...
May 31, 2013
A chemical concrete-additive causes impermeable crystals to grow inside and seal cracks, pores and capillaries and preventing liquids from penetrating the concrete. This nontoxic additive can be used to seal concrete structures in potable water systems and in more...
May 24, 2013
The biggest culprit in Stefanutti Stocks’ R162-million loss for the year ended February 28, is the building division’s dismal performance, says Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh. While the proposed R323-million penalty imposed by the Competition Commission,...
May 24, 2013
Local pharmaceutical company Cipla Medpro’s corporate social investment (CSI) arm, the Cipla Foundation, has launched an initiative aimed at mitigating the growing shack fire crisis plaguing informal settlements across South Africa. The project, called Ajuga, has...
May 24, 2013
Competitive pressures are “levelling off slightly” in the road construction industry, says Raubex Group CEO Rudolf Fourie. Discussing the road specialist’s results for the financial year ended February 28, he says the lower margins seen in the road industry in recent...
May 24, 2013
The R323-million penalty the Competition Commission wants to levy against construction group Stefanutti Stocks is “higher than expected”, says Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh. He notes that the company is “giving consideration” to the proposed penalty it has to...
May 22, 2013
The majority of the large civil structures at Sephaku Cement’s new Aganang plant, in the North West province, were complete and the remaining civil work was progressing well, engineering project manager Heinrich de Beer reported on Wednesday. The greenfields project...
May 21, 2013
The Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association (CIB) on Tuesday said it would bring a high-level delegation of prominent steel manufacturers and exporters to South Africa to explore areas of cooperation and new business prospects with local companies. The delegation, which...
May 17, 2013
Following the closure of the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) in April, owing to the withdrawal of funding, major South African cement producers AfriSam, Lafarge and Sephaku have announced the establishment of a new agency, which will offer education and consulting...
 
 
 
 
May 17, 2013
The concrete admixture industry, which is directly affected by the cement industry, is recovering from negative growth consumption that it experienced in 2011. The industry experienced a slight 2.7% rebound in 2012 and is expecting further growth this year.
May 17, 2013
One of the major challenges still affecting the aggregate industry is that quarries are not being used to capacity, which has put a strain on employment in the industry, states the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa). “If quarries are...
May 17, 2013
The core services of the former Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI), including its training facility, information centre and consultant service, are being evaluated at the request of industry members to determine whether they are still beneficial to the industry. The...
May 17, 2013
To broaden the availability of knowledge about concrete and concrete equipment to the public and industry, brick, block and paving machinery supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) will build a training centre behind its showroom, which was launched in Boksburg last...
May 17, 2013
Cement, concrete and aggregate manufacturer Lafarge Group encourages skills, training and development, and supports its employees at all levels in order for them to develop their full potential. The company also actively recognises a responsibility to help develop...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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