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Construction News

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 As it celebrates its sixtieth year in South Africa, Italian multinational engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will complete the construction of one of the country’s largest surfaces of mechanically stabilised earth walls to date – at 10 000 m2 – at the Mount Edgecombe interchange, in... 

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Countries seeking to promote economic growth and job creation tend to adopt policies that create flexible and open immigration regimes, contrasting with South Africa’s adoption of restrictive immigration laws, which when coupled with bureaucratic inefficiency creates a barrier to the entry of... 

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth
GARY EISENBERG South Africa’s foreign policy should never lose sight of the historical benefits that have streamed into South Africa from Italy

Pan-European bank celebrates 45 years in SA

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Pan-European banking and financial services provider UniCredit will celebrate 45 years of successful service in South Africa this year, having provided support for European companies entering African markets from its Johannesburg-based representative office since 1972. 

Pan-European bank  celebrates 45 years in SA
FAR-REACHING NETWORK Headquartered in Milan, UniCredit has a unique Pan-European network that provides expertise to 25-million clients globally

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Local property developer Abland and joint venture partners Ellerine Brothers have started development of the 35 Lower Long office tower in Cape Town, in the Western Cape. The four-star green building will be situated on Lower Long Street, in the City Bowl. The 24-storey office tower will replace... 

Construction starts on new R500m office tower development
ENVISAGED DESIGN The building will have a modern look, characterised by dynamic glazed façades of floor–to-ceiling heights

Pan Mixers South Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th October 2017 Quality concrete equipment supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) also provide a full range of on-site batching plant solutions. Having supplied the construction industry with its equipment for over 40 years, one of the product ranges that PMSA is proud to distribute is the Self-Loading FIORI. 

Pan Mixers South Africa

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide an “unmatched” range of construction equipment for sale or to rent for the construction industry as part of its goal to grow consistently and sustainably. 

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier
PREFERRED SUPPLIER Renttech SA is the preferred supplier of welding, power generation, lifting and rigging equipment to buy or rent in

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success
GEORGE DAVIS Every construction project is unique and has its own set of risks

Construction management council establishes transformation committee

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) has set up a committee to further its transformation goals and a hotline to encourage the public to report any misconduct pertaining to the council’s scope of influence following reports of malpractice,... 

Construction management council establishes  transformation committee
Tjiamogale Manchidi Demographic representativeness in the project and construction management professions is crucial

Sanral overhauls procurement strategy in bid to facilitate transformation

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has launched a draft transformation policy that seeks to have a “snowball effect” on the larger South African construction industry, says CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. “This policy is going to trigger a review of our supply chain management... 

R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 An expression of interest (EoI) for the R20-billion crossborder Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project between South Africa and Swaziland will be released to potential investors before the end of 2017, South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Swaziland Rail confirmed on Thursday. The 150 km... 

R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end
R20bn Swazi Rail Link being prepared for presentation to investors before year-end. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer 12.10.2017

Sanral kicks off series of transformation consultation workshops 

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week hosted 300 construction industry, government and industry association experts at two workshop sessions to discuss the agency’s draft transformation policy and long-term strategy. “These sessions are the first of 30 that will take... 

Abland going green on precinct developments

By: Anine Kilian     12th October 2017 Property developer Abland has two precincts enrolled in the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) sustainable precint pilot study. The properties are Sandton Gate, on William Nicol drive, in Sandton, and Loftus Park, which is adjacent to Loftus Versfeld sport stadium, in Pretoria.   “At... 

Equites’ logistics focus proves resilient in H1

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th October 2017 JSE-listed specialist logistics property developer and landlord Equites Property Fund’s distributions a share for the six months to August 31, increased by 12.02% year-on-year to 60.98c, which is at the upper end of the company’s guidance of 10% to 12% distribution growth for the 2018 financial... 

Equites’ logistics focus proves resilient in H1

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2017 Eskom’s newest interim group CEO Sean Maritz has acknowledged that the utility is facing threats on multiple fronts in light of rapid changes to the global electricity landscape and the constrained outlook for domestic electricity sales. However, in a statement calling for “space and time to... 

Eskom facing threats on multiple fronts, Maritz acknowledges
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim group CEO Sean Maritz

Bunch of old bananas or building materials of the future?

By: Reuters     12th October 2017 Potatoes reborn as insulation, peanuts processed into partition boards and mushroom bricks that grow in five days - just some of the ways the building trade could change its wasteful ways and construct virtuous new cities. In a report released on Wednesday, international engineering firm Arup set... 

Transport key to continental integration, says minister 

By: Anine Kilian     11th October 2017 Intercontinental integration is not feasible without transport playing a critical and strategic role in ensuring that African countries are linked through roads, railway lines, shipping routes and air transport connections, says Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga. Speaking at the... 

Transport key to continental integration, says minister
Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga talks about intercontinental integration

Echo Polska acquires Polish retail property portfolio

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 JSE-listed Echo Polska Properties has acquired a portfolio of 12 retail properties – of which eight are shopping centres and four are retail parks, with more than 620 stores – across Poland. The portfolio has an aggregate gross lettable area (GLA) of about 450 000 m2 – doubling the GLA of Echo... 

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR principal researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

Kenya Power sees slower grid expansion as electricity access reaches saturation

By: Reuters     10th October 2017 Kenya Power expects the expansion of its grid to slow down as the number of people with access to electricity reaches saturation, its chief executive said on Tuesday, adding that its capital expenditure for this year would rise slightly. Ken Tarus, who is also its managing director, said the... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rests on four equally important “pillars”. So affirmed Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe to the recent sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. These pillars are: political... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson is preparing a list of witnesses to appear before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry inquiry into the failure of China South Rail (CSR) to meet local-content obligations as part of its supply of... 

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

SACPCMP to host fifth Project and Construction Management Professions conference

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) will host its Project and Construction Management Professions conference on October 18 and 19 at the Birchwood hotel in Boksburg. Following four successful conferences, this year’s event is a continuation... 

Cornubia held up as vision for future, socially-minded developments

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has won acclaim for transforming the landscape north of Durban by creating South Africa’s largest mixed-use integrated human settlement project. Tongaat Hulett Developments was named Visionary Client of the Year at the annual Consulting Engineers South Africa Aon... 

Tribunal approves settlement agreements with two chemicals companies

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 The Competition Tribunal has approved settlement agreements between the Competition Commission and Investchem and Akulu Marchon/Chemical Initiatives (CI), with regard to price fixing and dividing of markets for key chemical input materials used to make detergents, cosmetics and toiletries. Akulu... 

Makhura concerned at delays in Grayston Bridge collapse inquiry

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Sunday expressed concern at delays in the inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston Bridge in Johannesburg two years ago. The bridge on the M1 highway and the Grayston interchange collapsed on October 14, killing two people and injuring 19. An inquiry into the... 

Durban Point developer sues water sports clubs for millions in damages

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 The Durban Point Development Company (DPDC), which has gone to court to evict two water sports clubs accusing them of standing in the way of a R35-billion upgrade of the harbour-mouth area near Vetch's beach, has turned up the legal heat and issued a summons for "special" damages of more than... 

LafargeHolcim names new CFO

By: Reuters     9th October 2017 Cement maker LafargeHolcim on Monday said Geraldine Picaud from French optics maker Essilor International would replace CFO Ron Wirahadiraksa next year. Picaud will take over on Feb. 1, 2018. Wirahadiraksa, who joined LafargeHolcim from Philips in December 2015, is leaving to pursue opportunities... 

Dangote withdraws PPC offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2017 Nigerian cement maker Dangote Cement has withdrawn its nonbinding expression of interest for the acquisition of South African cement producer PPC. In September, Dangote proposed a combination of the two companies. 

Disregard for PPE one of biggest causes of fatalities in work-at-height environment

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Disregard for using personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the common causes of workplace incidents, accidents and fatalities resulting from falls from height at sites in South Africa, states the Institute for Working at Height Professional Body (IWH PB). 

Disregard for PPE one of biggest causes  of fatalities in work-at-height environment
CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVING Personal protective equipment is continuously evolving to ensure maximum safety

High-pressure water jetting pumps witness growth in market

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 In the last three to four years, hydrodemolition by means of automated technological advances has become an increasingly popular method for significant concrete repairs, says water blasting and surface preparation equipment supply company Total Blasting director Bradley Storer. Storer says the... 

High-pressure water jetting pumps witness growth in market
NONDESTRUCTIVE EFFICIENCY High-pressure water jetting allows for concrete removal without rebar damage

Innovative system helps control wastewater pumping

     6th October 2017 Pumps and valves producer KSB Pumps and Valves has introduced the PumpDrive variable speed system, for the effective and controlled pumping of waste water. The system has been designed specifically to overcome problems related to the pumping of waste water. Three innovative functions have been... 

Innovative system  helps control wastewater pumping
INDUSTRY PLATFORM The annual Agritech Expo in Zambia is an opportunity for industry stakeholders and consumers to communicate and find solutions

Integrated heat pumps provide cost-effective energy efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     6th October 2017 With the South African heat pumps market experiencing a high-growth phase, driven by the cost of energy, energy efficiency requirements for buildings, and overall cost and performance efficiency of the technology used, water heating solutions company HydraTherm has responded to the trend of wider... 

Integrated heat pumps  provide cost-effective  energy efficiency
BIG PLANS HydraTherm has upcoming ranges of energy efficient water heating solutions in the gas and solar water sectors for 2018

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges

     6th October 2017 With South Africa’s lack of clean water and sanitation has pressurising the country’s pumps industry to provide solutions, pump manufacturer Sulzer’s new pump ranges cater to the country’s need for improved water and sanitation, with ranges specifically developed for water transportation and... 

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges
TESTING STANDARDS Results of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis are validated through prototype and model testing at Sulzer

Predictive maintenance made portable

     6th October 2017 To detect early signs of component wear or failure in pumps and other mechanical assemblies, vibration sensors and monitoring systems company Monitran, represented locally by manufacturer Instrotech, has designed a portable, rechargeable instrument for measuring vibration levels. The MTN/VM220 is... 

Routine mechanical maintenance emphasised as preventive measure

     6th October 2017 UK-based pump supplier SPP Pumps has emphasised the importance of routine mechanical maintenance, among other preventive measures, to improve pump reliability. SPP Pumps’ products comply with mandatory UK and European regulations and approvals, which guarantee extensive testing of all pumps. 

Routine mechanical  maintenance emphasised  as preventive measure
QUALITY IN CONFORMING SPP Pumps conforms to various UK and European standards to ensure quality and longevity in their pumps products

Supplier extends pumps offering

     6th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco’s portable energy division expanded its offering for the dewatering market, launching more than 20 new heavy-duty, high capacity pumps in August. The launch included the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps.... 

Supplier extends  pumps offering
FLOW ACCOMMODATION Atlas Copco’s high-flow models are capable of handling flow rates of up to 1 400 m3/h

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Ongoing innovation in fabric manufacturing has led to greater durability and flexibility in the material used for work apparel, and companies need to ensure that workers wear such apparel consistently and correctly to benefit from these innovations, says personal protective equipment (PPE)... 

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation
CLEAR UNDERSTANDING A clear understanding of health, safety and environmental (HSE) challenges is essential for proper HSE management and procedures

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