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Jul 03, 2015
Cables manufacturer Aberdare Cables completed a supply contract in March for the delivery of 16 mm2 four-core FR Armoured, 25 mm2 four-core FR Armoured and 25 mm2 three-core Armadac cables to a road infrastructure project, in KwaZulu-Natal. The cables all employ...
Jul 03, 2015
Dutch construction services firm Heijmans announced in June that it will collaborate with Dutch start-up MX3D on the three-dimensional (3D) printing of a steel bridge, to be located in the centre of Amsterdam. The bridge will be designed by Dutch designer Joris...
Jul 03, 2015
South Africa might face significant water stress and possible outright water scarcity within ten to fifteen years, unless its citizens adapt their behaviour with regard to efficient water use and sanitation systems. Significant work is being done to assess the...
Jul 02, 2015
Jul 02, 2015
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South African consultants Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) and Tanzanian sub-consultant Howard Humphreys have been contracted to oversee the R450-million upgrade to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro International Airport. Work would start this month and was expected to be completed...
Jun 30, 2015
Growth in the building sector lost further momentum in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest FNB/BER Building Confidence Index released on Tuesday. This is after the sector slowed in the first quarter of 2015 as well.
Jun 30, 2015
The R215-million roadworks project on the R310 between Vlaeberg road and Vlottenburg road, near Stellenbosch, will be completed at the end of July, the Western Cape government said on Tuesday. It noted that traffic was already flowing freely, with about 14 000...
Jun 29, 2015
Italian independent renewable-energy power producer Building Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority for two 50 MW, $200-million, photovoltaic (PV) plants, in Benban, Upper Egypt. The plants, which would be built...
Jun 26, 2015
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Jun 26, 2015
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CONSTRUCTION POTENTIAL Growth in the construction sector has significant benefits compared with other sectors, such as water and service delivery
While most South African consulting engineering companies are redirecting their focus to opportunities outside of the country, others are retrenching employees, owing to a decline in government-funded infrastructure projects, which accounts for 60% of the sector’s...
Jun 26, 2015
Black-owned multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Gibb is exposing its junior engineers to as many large-scale projects as possible to secure development of the company and South Africa’s consulting engineering sector. Gibb environmental services GM and...
Jun 26, 2015
Three consulting engineering firms have been awarded contracts that are collectively worth more than M40-million, about R39-million, as part of the advance infrastructure works for the multi-billion rand, binational Lesotho Highlands Water project (LHWP), being...
Jun 26, 2015
The mandate of local government has expanded greatly over the last ten years, and now includes more comprehensive operational responsibilities, as well as new ones, such as air quality management, says KPMG South Africa City Centre of Excellence associate director...
Jun 26, 2015
SUPERIOR MATERIAL Polyvinyl chloride is a more cost effective material with a longer life expectancy compared with industry standard steel, concrete and high-density polyethylene
A comprehensive range of Durodrain unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipes valued at R4.4-million have been supplied by water reticulation, drainage pipe and fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics to the City of Matlosana, in the North West, for its...
Jun 26, 2015
VIS REDDY SRK expects to become increasingly busy in a range of fields associated with the low carbon economy
The downward cycle currently facing the global mining industry has negatively affected consulting engineering firms servicing mining companies, says consulting engineering firm SRK’s newly appointed MD and principal scientist Vis Reddy, adding that this is compounded...
Jun 26, 2015
MATHIEU DU PLOOY WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff aims to be a responsible corporation by empowering and upskilling young engineers
Government must make strides to start implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) to strengthen the relationship between the private and public sectors, says consulting engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff MD Mathieu du Plooy. “We believe that once...
Jun 26, 2015
Local consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting South Africa (SA) says that its Tanzania-based practice UWP Consulting Tanzania, which was established about ten years ago, is doing well in the country, where it has successfully completed roads and water projects...
Jun 25, 2015
Tendering price competition is at its worst level since the end of 2011, indicated respondents to the latest FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index. This is due to civil contractors facing keener competition and weak demand for new construction. The limited availability of...
Jun 24, 2015
Only 25% of large construction projects surveyed in KPMG’s Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey, released on Wednesday, were concluded on time and within budget over the last three years. “Every project owner wants predictability when it comes to large...
 
 
 
 
Jun 24, 2015
The Department of Energy (DoE) plans to launch its Solar Energy Technology Roadmap, which seeks to map solar technologies and the way these fit into South Africa’s long-term energy plan, before the International Renewable Energy Conference in October. Speaking at a...
Jun 24, 2015
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Renewable-energy technology is a key priority in the roll-out of low cost housing in the Western Cape, says a senior politician. The Western Cape provincial government has partnered with housing developer Van Horsten Property Holdings to construct low cost homes with...
Jun 23, 2015
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
African cities should expand and increase their capacity to cater for influxes of residents as rural to urban migration and international relocation continued, said African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday. “When we say there will be...
Jun 19, 2015
There are a number of “inconvenient truths” often ignored in the debate around tolling the 201 km of Gauteng highways upgraded during the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. He says the...
Jun 19, 2015
The first historical document mentioning the name of the Italian village San Gimignano, dates back to the year 929. San Gimignano sits on top of a hill, 334 m above sea level, its skyline representing a quaint Tuscan Manhattan.
Jun 18, 2015
Jun 17, 2015
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Jun 17, 2015
The Department of Labour is to host an informational session ahead of the implementation of the registration of construction health and safety professionals and the implementation of the construction work permit in terms of the new labour regulations. The seminar...
Jun 15, 2015
Engineering and construction company Kentz has secured a $24-million contract to carry out the mechanical and piping work for Work Pack 3 of Phase 2 of energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg. The contract would...
Jun 12, 2015
The US government officially opened its new, four-storey United States Agency for International Development (USAID) office, in Totius street, Pretoria, on Friday. The nearly 8 000 m2 environment-friendly building received a Green Building Council of South Africa...
 
 
 
 
Jun 12, 2015
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas
A new report benchmarking the regulatory environment faced by small businesses operating in nine South Africa cities shows that entrepreneurs face quite distinct regulatory burdens depending on the location of their firms. Overall, however, the study found that,...
Jun 12, 2015
The R227-million rehabilitation of the R298 on the R43 between Worcester and Wyzersdrift, in the Western Cape, has started, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has said. The project, which was expected to be completed towards the end of...
Jun 12, 2015
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements
The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways.
Jun 12, 2015
DETERRING THEFT The smart water meters have no metal components, thereby mitigating theft for metal recycling
The installation of smart water meters in Jansenville, in the Eastern Cape, has contributed significantly to a reduction in water leaks and to the municipality’s accurate capturing of water-meter readings, says Johannesburg-based metering solutions company Elster...
Jun 12, 2015
DARK FIBRE NETWORK Dark Fibre Africa’s network has the capacity to handle bandwidths far larger than South Africa’s expected broadband traffic requirements over the next 20 years
Implementing open-access fibre-optic networks is integral to helping municipal services transfer data quicker in a smart city, says fibre network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA).
Jun 12, 2015
DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE Strategic long-term planning is essential to ensure the completion of long-term infrastructure developments
The ability to plan the development of a municipality several years in advance is key to ensure long-term success, says auditing and advisory firm KPMG.
Jun 11, 2015
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Infrastructure investment spending in South Africa had increased and was being taken seriously as Africa was receiving a growing share of foreign direct investment, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. “Infrastructure investment spending has quadrupled, exports...
Jun 11, 2015
Common problems associated with local municipalities, including poor service delivery, incorrect billings, tender process irregularities and housing delivery gone wrong, can be overcome through closer collaboration between municipalities and the Engineering Council...
Jun 11, 2015
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Acting director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard
South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to begin formally moving ahead with plans for a so-called ‘expedited’ renewable-energy procurement process by the end of June. The intention is to offer projects that narrowly failed selection as preferred bidders...
Jun 10, 2015
The 25-year master plan for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project will go through a process of approval and adoption during June and July, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are also in the process of putting together a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to...
 
 
 
 
Jun 09, 2015
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The final round of the national wage negotiations for the civil engineering industry has once again reached a deadlock, the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) said on Tuesday. The wage negotiations started in March and involved five rounds...
Jun 09, 2015
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Tanzania-focused mineral exploration company Kibo Mining can now “significantly increase” the pace at which feasibility work at its $760-million Mbeya coal-to-power-project (MCPP) can be concluded, after construction and engineering company Chinese Shandong Electric...
Jun 09, 2015
Aurora Wind Power has started commercial operations at its 94 MW West Coast 1 wind farm, near Vredenburg. The wind farm would allow for the offset of an estimated 5.6-million tonnes of carbon dioxide over the 20-year duration of its power purchase agreement (PPA)...
Jun 09, 2015
Despite the ongoing energy crisis, South Africa has created some opportunities for those businesses and individuals with the right skills sets, product and service offerings, which should contribute to an increase in job opportunities in this sector in the third...
Jun 08, 2015
Renewable-energy development company SunEdison will provide an additional 371 MW of electricity to the local grid through five solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, following the selection of preferred bidders for 13 more projects in the fourth bid round of the Renewable...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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