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Infrastructure News

Extension-project contract

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE engineering design and project management for Foskor’s R300 million Extension 8 project at Phalaborwa is being carried out by Engineering Management Services (EMS), a member of the Murray & Roberts group. Due to a number of reasons, it was decided to proceed with this state-of-the-art... 

Bargaining forum to be rebuilt

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE executive committee of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) reports that consensus has been reached between the trade unions and the GMBA, which are represented on the Gauteng Building Bargaining Council (GBBC), on the need for a drastic restructuring of the bargaining forum. In... 

Cancellation of State work a real concern

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Cancellation of government contracts is becoming a worrying threat to an already embattled construction sector, and flies in the face of stated government policy. Industry observers began publicly noting the trend last year, at the same time as they were raising concerns about the fact that... 

Mature handling of telescopics

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The telescopic handling equipment industry has matured into a sophisticated materials-handling industry from its fledgling roots of a few years ago, says SA French director Kim Cottle. He comments that the industry has been recognised as an essential part of materials-handling in the... 

Pneumatic conveying licensee

By: System Author     12th February 1999 LOCAL company Bateman Materials Handling has been appointed as licensee for Southern Africa by Cyclonaire to market its pneumatic conveying and materials-handling systems to the cement, minerals, food and other industries. The range of pneumatic conveying technologies is flexible and reliable and... 

‘Alarming increase’ in business failures

By: System Author     12th February 1999 LIQUIDATION statistics released by Statistics South Africa have revealed an alarming increase in the number of business failures in November last year, when 476 companies went into liquidation. This figure is 15% up on the previous high in June last year when 423 businesses ceased to trade. The... 

W Cape building sector collapses

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Government action on several fronts is now desperately needed if the Western Cape construction industry is to be saved from a totally crippling situation. This ‘brutal’ message emanates from Don McAlister and Mike Loy, respectively president and director of the Master Builders and... 

Prototype rail compressor is to be tested

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Building begins at Muizenberg techno park

By: System Author     5th February 1999 CONSTRUCTION of the R2,5-million Innovation and Technology Centre at Capricorn Park in Muizenberg started this week. Charles Clarkson, of project manager Amaru Projects, tells Engineering News that SAG Construction of Elsies River has won the contract to construct the first phase of the complex,... 

PVC scrubber order filled

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A scrubber for chlorine and hydrochloric acid was supplied by Kya Sand, Johannesburg, company Polytech to the Amplats research centre in Primrose, Johannesburg. The scrubber is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and coated with fibreglass. It measures 5 m in height and 970 mm in diameter and was... 

New framework recognises former skills

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The new national qualifications framework (NQF) will form the building blocks for further training in a skills-bereft country by introducing a learning and certification system that can be used with all levels of skills. Metal and Engineering Industries Education and Training Board (MEIETB)... 

SA rail-freight services repositioned

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Rail operator Spoornet is in the process of repositioning its freight rail services to align them with the needs of the customer, GM strategic marketing Herman Evert tells Engineering News. He explains that this means that there will, in all probability, be no large infrastructure developments... 

R200m construction contract at Moz smelter

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The Mozambique aluminium (Mozal) smelter, Orapa diamond-mine and the Phalaborwa underground mining project are some of the projects in which civil engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Gillis-Mason is involved in. “We are heavily involved in the Mozal smelter and are... 

Work advances on R900m shopping centre

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Construction of the R900-million shopping centre in the R1,5-billion regional Century City is on schedule, reports Murray & Roberts (Cape) operations director Mark Peters. The contract, which must be completed by September next year, was awarded to the construction company by property and leisure... 

Project spread for firm

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 IN spite of worsening economic conditions LTA Building (Western Cape) is involved in a number of multimillion-rand projects. Projects which LTA Building is working on include the R28-million Durbanville Hills Winery, which features a system of walkways, making it possible for visitors to follow... 

New HQ completed

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE high-pressure tight-deadline contract for the building of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) new high-profile headquarters at Johannesburg International Airport has been completed by Protekon Building Services in conjunction with other consultants. The work involved the alteration of... 

Building of R116m technocentre on track

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Contributing to the building of technology in South Africa, the Grinaker group is involved in the construction of properties for cellular service provider Vodacom and computer giant Microsoft. The Vodacom technocentre contract awarded to Grinaker in Bellville, Western Cape, is valued at... 

Growth targeted despite adverse conditions

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Although Concor Holdings has a substantial order book for this year, MD Gavin Hardy does not see too bright a future for the South African construction industry for the last year of the century. “Our order book is still increasing, which is encouraging. However, the construction environment... 

R10,6m hospital revamp

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A R10,6-million contract for additions and renovations to the Sunward Park hospital in Boksburg, Gauteng, has been completed by Rainbow Construction in joint venture with WBHO. The contract included construction of a 34-bed ward and a round chapel. Also included was a new administration block, a... 

Last hurdle for Kwazulu-Natal expansion

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Additional work at one of Kwazulu-Natal’s largest projects ever, the new aluminium hot-rolling mill for Hulett Aluminium (Hulamin) in Maritzburg, is scheduled for completion at the end of this year. This comprises external paving, a canteen, change house, effluent plant and recycle... 

Local building industry in throes of crisis

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The South African building industry is in the throes of crisis, experiencing the worst conditions in the documented history of the Building Industries Federation of South Africa (Bifsa), reports Bifsa executive director Ian Robinson. “People are being retrenched and liquidations taking... 

New tenders out for convention centre

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 All remaining con- tracts for the R350- million Sandton Convention Centre, being built by Grinaker Construction for Liberty Life Properties (LLP), will be put out to tender this quarter. Located adjacent to the Sandton Sun and Towers Inter-Continental, and the Holiday Inn Garden Court Sandton... 

Vanderbijl project springs to life

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 THE fast-track R78,6-million Bophelong housing project has been officially opened in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. What sets this project apart from the many others on the go throughout South Africa is the rapid pace with which the houses were completed. An incredible total of 5 000 units were built... 

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