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BHP awards contract at newly approved South Flank

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 Mining major BHP has awarded a A$260-million mining infrastructure works contract to ASX-listed Cimic, at the newly approved South Flank project, in Western Australia. BHP overnight approved the $3.4-billion South Flank project, which will replace production from the 80-million tonne a year... 

Entrenched player furthers green building

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam believes that it is important for all industry roleplayers to play an active role in furthering green sustainability initiatives in the built environment, and the company is pursuing this through partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, says... 

Sustainable construction championed for building industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Sustainable construction should be pursued instead of green building, and using concrete can help achieve this, as it is quite a sustainable material, advances technical services provider for concrete The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. TCI is well poised and equipped to promote this,... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have vowed to iron out their differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. 

Equinox Gold says Brazil gold project past halfway mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 The Aurizona gold project that Canadian junior Equinox Gold is building in Brazil has moved past the halfway mark, with the overall project now 55% complete and the engineering, procurement and construction management activities about 70% complete. In a project update on Thursday,... 

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre Goes Green

11th June 2018 SA’s largest retail shopping centre awarded a star c for the second time The newly completed and largest retails shopping centre in South Africa’s, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, part of the Pareto Group, has been awarded a 4 -star Green Star Retail Design rating by the Green Building Council of... 

Diligence in selecting slab-construction methods saves costs in the long run

8th June 2018 Deciding on whether to use hollow-core slabs or rib-and-block systems to construct concrete floor slabs for residential projects cannot be taken lightly. Jaco de Bruin, CoreSlab’s managing director, therefore, urges homebuilders and their professional teams to exercise diligence in selecting... 

Fabcon Steel builds on turnkey solutions for diverse applications

8th June 2018 Structural and reinforcing steel supplier Fabcon Steel of Midvaal, Gauteng continues to expand its service offering, while targeting growth opportunities beyond the construction sector. Established in 2008, Fabcon Steel has become well-known throughout South Africa for the supply of structural... 

Afrisam Is Key Backer Of The Concrete Conference 2018

5th June 2018 Talking about creating concrete possibilities is one thing but doing something about it is a completely different story. Leading construction materials company, AfriSam put its money where its mouth is by making this year’s Concrete Conference possible as the headline sponsor. According to... 

Modern Concrete Roads Now Offer Ride Comfort And Safety

4th June 2018 Concrete roads suffer from an image problem because many very old concrete pavements still in existence were designed long ago to very different design criteria than modern concrete pavements, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute. Perrie says decades ago concrete roads were constructed... 

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Companies and industries affected by corrosion should consider Afrisun’s High Ratio Calcium Sulfonate Alkyd (HRCSA) coating to mitigate the threat of corrosion at production plants in the metal- and industrial sectors, says local corrosion solution provider Afrisun Coating Enterprises CEO Quentin... 

Gauteng govt to release unused land and properties in July

By: Donald Makhafola     1st June 2018 The Gauteng provincial government completed an assets register last year and is expecting to release its property portfolio to the value of R31-billion in July. The portfolio consists of unused land and buildings, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo told construction... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced that it intends to procure three construction contracts for Phase 2. 

African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo announce grand return in 2019

31st May 2018 South Africa’s only multidisciplinary built environment show seals outstanding edition in 2018, and announces further growth as part of The Big 5, one of the world’s largest construction events. Hosting over 8 000 professionals from 44 countries, the 6th edition of the African Construction &... 

African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo Announce Grand Return In 2019

31st May 2018 South Africa’s only multidisciplinary built environment show seals outstanding edition in 2018, and announces further growth as part of The Big 5, one of the world’s largest construction events. Hosting over 8,000 professionals from 44 countries, the 6th edition of the African Construction &... 

Rope access, drone combo for Tsumeb Namibia maintenance project

28th May 2018 Skyriders has carried out routine inspections of two smokestacks and one cooling tower using a highly successfully combination of rope access and Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) drones for client Dundee Precious Metals at the Tsumeb Namibia mining operation. The drones completed a general... 

Motheo Construction Group wins Lesedi fuel terminal contract

25th May 2018 Motheo Construction Group has been appointed civil engineering and earthworks contractor for a new fuel-terminal project for Lesedi Local Municipality in Heidelberg, Mpumalanga. The contract was awarded to Motheo Construction Group by Chemie Tech, an EPCM contractor in the oil-and-gas industry,... 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will establish a scientific study group to consult on the filling of the reservoir behind The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. 

Leading infrastructure specialist mobilises in Western Cape

23rd May 2018  M&D Construction Group’s new office in Paarl will assist Breede Valley Local Municipality with the augmentation of the water-storage capacity at the Langerug reservoir. The construction of the 20 ML reservoir is the first contract to be secured by the leading diversified contractor’s new office,... 

A.B.E. Expands Dustless Range With New Pre-Mixed Version Of Popular Floor Screed

21st May 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has expanded its range of dustless cementitious products with the launch of a dustless version of abe.dur – the company’s popular non-metallic high-strength floor screed. a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. 

Gensource project development secured as formal offtake accord is signed

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2018 The development of Gensource Potash’s first 250 000 t/y production module at its Vanguard project, in Saskatchewan, is another step closer to realisation after the company announced on Friday that it has signed a definitive offtake agreement with a major North American agriculture industry... 

Wacker Neuson introduces flexible and compact Light Tower Range LTS

18th May 2018 Work on building sites often extends late into the evening or happens only after nightfall, especially when it comes to road and bridge construction, concreting or other events. A reliable light source is indispensable for these operations. Wacker Neuson's new LTS Light Tower emulates daylight... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 The telescope is creating a favourable impression for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.  

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Johannesburg-based Poynting Group is seeking to expand its business to the rest of the Africa, says CEO Michael Howard. Poynting is already well known outside Africa, with 50% of its revenue flowing from Europe, the US, Australia and Scandinavia. Manufacturing is based in Midrand and China, with... 

Zuma's presidency was a total disaster – Trevor Manuel

By: News24Wire      17th May 2018 The presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa, former finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday night. "I make no apologies for sharing my view that the presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa," said Manuel. Manuel delivered the keynote address... 

Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum 

17th May 2018 The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, built inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, required specialist concretes and technical formwork to realise the vision of the architect Thomas Heatherwick. Schalk Burger has the details. Also making headlines, South African... 

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

A.B.E. Waterproofing For New Botswana Innovation Hub Building

15th May 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has supplied large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the new buildings of Botswana’s massive Innovation Hub campus in Gaborone. Noel Abendroth, a.b.e. High Performance Coatings Solutions Manager, says VIP QuickSeal PP... 

Bridging The Gaps In The Construction Industry To Deliver A Safe And Efficient Environment To Building Users

14th May 2018 Two key events for construction professionals co-located on 16 and 17 May to form one mega-event to cater for the entire industry. Providing a safe and efficient working and living environment to building users is the ultimate goal of any construction project. Yet often the building design phase... 

Hera telescope takes shape in the Karoo 

By: Kim Cloete     11th May 2018 The construction of a radio telescope that will look for the first stars in the universe, is making headway near Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape. It is also making waves for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.    

Pre-construction work gets under way at Nevada Copper’s promising Pumpkin Hollow

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2018 The proponent of what will probably be North America’s next new copper mine development, Nevada Copper, has signed a pre-works agreement with Cementation USA and secured key long-lead time items, further derisking the restart of construction of the company's fully permitted and shovel-ready... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Leading concrete materials supplier AfriSam is the anchor sponsor for the 2019 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by nonprofit organisation the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). According to AfriSam, the event recognises the possibilities that concrete structures create for society and,... 

Substantial need for skills development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 There is a massive need for skills development in the construction industry, particularly in the concrete industry, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “However, with relatively little work available and companies retrenching... 

Innovation, relevance, succession planning key to industry survival

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 The local concrete industry must continuously move forward to remain relevant in a competitive market amid a developing economy where alternative construction materials and practices are gaining popularity, says cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner. “Three... 

Decorative concrete market looking good

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Decorative concrete solutions can raise the aesthetic value of both new projects and renovations, and construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa is participating in the market to supply such solutions for aesthetic and practical applications, company CEO Norman Seymore tells... 

Stakeholders remain hopeful of growth in local cement industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Various players in the cement and concrete industry say the sector is hoping and expecting that there will be improvements in the industry after being impacted on negatively for several years. Cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner notes that the concrete... 

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