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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. 
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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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 15, 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 08, 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...
Nov 01, 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 25, 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 11, 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...
Oct 11, 2013
STEELY FOCUS Increased value-added beneficiation is important to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the South African steel manufacturing industry
The diversification of steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals’ baseline products and markets in key sectors will create strong growth into the immediate future, particularly in the Africa, where the company has about R650-million in projects under way.
Oct 11, 2013
CRADOCK PROJECT The solid external walls comprise light steel frame structures clad with fibre cement and filled with a polystyrene concrete mix
Light frame steel construction company and engineering service provider Silverline Group is undertaking 82 projects in the commercial and residential sectors, which are at various stages of completion, Silverline Group director Jonathan Pepler tells Engineering News....
Oct 11, 2013
POLYUREA APPLICATIONVoelkel Industrie Produkte’s high-performance coating systems have been successfully used on a diverse range of structures overseas
Germany-based industrial adhesives and coatings manufacturer Voelkel Industrie Produkte’s (VIP’s) new cold spray-applied low-pressure waterproofing system and a VIP coating system, specifically developed for industrial and commercial flooring in Southern Africa, is...
Oct 11, 2013
South African steel distributor BSi Steel’s reports that its service centre has acquired a second laser profile cutter for its Dunswart factory, in Gauteng, owing to increased demand for laser-cut steel. The new laser machine will take up the extra demand for...
Oct 07, 2013
Global steel demand was expected to increase over the next two years, despite recording a slowdown in 2012, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Monday, with emerging economies registering higher growth. In its latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) report for...
Oct 03, 2013
Cement producer Lafarge expects to hike its cement prices as high input costs are hampering investment opportunities, Lafarge South Africa country CEO Thierry Legrand has said. “Inexorable rises in fuel and energy costs, which are continually impacting margins, have...
Oct 01, 2013
South African cement producer PPC will build a $230-million, one-million-ton-a-year cement factory and associated quarry near Kimpese, in the western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), further accelerating its penetrative African strategy. The group, which recently...
Sep 30, 2013
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The existing tender process for the awarding of construction contracts in the affordable housing and social housing sectors requires extensive reform to mitigate the prevalence of substandard work and enable government to reach its delivery targets, asserts York...
Sep 27, 2013
DAVID EASTON Retired civil engineer highlights the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008
Retired civil engineer David Easton wrote an autobiography of his lifelong career in the civil engineering industry, highlighting the industry and his progression therein from 1930 to 2008 and now gives presentations to high school learners, based on the book, to...
Sep 27, 2013
A GOOD SPORT Gary Teichmann traded in the rugby field and sportsmanship for the boardroom and business acumen
Former Springbok rugby captain Gary Teichmann talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about how he handles rucks in the business world to keep his company in play.
Sep 20, 2013
“The bottom line is that we have to stop scoring own goals and execute profitable work,” says Aveng CFO and acting CEO Kobus Verster. He notes that continued losses at Aveng’s South African construction business, Grinaker-LTA, are largely to blame for the negative...
Sep 13, 2013
Murray & Roberts has accrued around R350-million in losses in its South African business owing to labour unrest and strikes in the 2013 financial year, says CE Henry Laas. He says the deteriorating labour situation in South Africa is a “big problem”, and that he is...
Sep 13, 2013
Construction group Wilson Bayley Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) has established an international civil engineering and building division to drive further growth in Central and West Africa, adding to the work the company’s roads and earthworks division is already doing on the...
Sep 12, 2013
JSE-listed Dawn on Thursday declared its first dividend in four years after reporting a significant rise in earnings for the 2013 financial year. The building and civil products manufacturer and supplier would pay out a final dividend of 16.5c a share for the twelve...
Sep 10, 2013
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Kobus Verster
“The bottom line is that we have to stop scoring own goals and execute profitable work,” said Aveng CFO and acting CEO Kobus Verster on Tuesday. Speaking in Johannesburg, he noted that continued losses at Aveng’s South African construction business, Grinaker-LTA,...
Sep 06, 2013
Belgium-based steel plate manufacturer NLMK Clabecq says its presence at bauma Africa is the perfect example of how a Southern African distributor, in this case South Africa-based steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services, can work hand...
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