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Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

Govt moving to accelerate measures to boost township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     10th August 2018 One of the most frustrating realities of government operations is the red tape that entrepreneurs experience when they seek assistance. The slow wheels of government-led initiatives tend to drive many entrepreneurs to despair before they even embark on the first step of their economic endeavours.... 

Do-it-yourself works for Pratley as it turns 70

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Full control over raw-material sources, production and packaging, as well as the in-house expertise that this stimulates, enables the Pratley group of companies to develop innovative products, ensure quality control and grow, says Pratley CEO Kim Pratley. The company, which produces a well-known... 

Rooppur nuclear power plant, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 Construction of the walls of Unit 1’s reactor building are under way. 

Global precast-concrete industry takes centre stage as a driver of innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 The global precast-concrete industry can lay claim to being a leading driver of innovation in the construction industry. This has been an ongoing process since the lattice girder was harnessed in the 1960s to allow for the first large-scale industrial production of precast-concrete elements. 

Fortuna’s Lindero project still set for start of commercial operations in Q3 2019

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Construction of Fortuna Silver Mines’ Lindero gold project, in Argentina, has been delayed slightly, but the Canadian miner still expects commercial operations to start during the third quarter of 2019. Fortuna president, CEO and director Jorge Ganoza on Tuesday noted that delays in the building... 

As technology advances, level measurement tools are becoming more sophisticated.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Since radar was developed and deployed during the Second World War, it’s use has expanded enormously. As technology advances, these uses are also advancing. For example, radar technology is used in the motor industry to assist in detecting objects near a car or truck, for warning systems. Staying... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

Letšeng large diamond recoveries reach a record in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds continued to recover large diamonds during the first half of this year, with a record ten diamonds greater than 100 ct recovered, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. Gem recovered another such diamond in July, which resulted in the highest number of more-than-100 ct... 

JDA starts demolition works for new interchange in Wynberg

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 As part of the City of Joburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) project along the Louis Botha development corridor, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is constructing the Watt interchange, in Wynberg. The works for the interchange include the demolition of the existing bridge and the... 

Darkness, is it contagious?

By: Riaan de Lange     3rd August 2018 A R2 300,000 000 loss, R19 600 000 000 in irregular expenditure, net cash from operations declining by 21.81% from R45 800 000 00 to R37 600 000 000, total debt increasing by 55.04% from R387 000 000 000 to R600 000 000 000, raising only 22% of the R72 000 000 000 borrowing commitment, a firm... 

Unique design solution for 92 Rivonia Road project

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI South Africa was able to supply a unique design solution for the challenging 92 Rivonia Road mixed-use development. This allowed main contractor WBHO to come to grips with the striking ‘feature brows’ at the project, lead engineer: key and strategic... 

Angers tramway – Line B project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 Angers Loire Métropole is building a second tramway line that will run between Belle-Beille and Monplaisir. 

Nam Kong 3 hydropower plant, Laos

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 Chaleun Sekong Energy Co is building a 54 MW greenfield hydropower plant, in Attapue. 

Koolan Island dewatering starts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd August 2018 Dewatering of the Koolan Island project’s main pit has started, ASX-listed Mount Gibson said on Thursday. The start of high volume dewatering in the main pit followed the successful completion of the concrete seepage barrier at the seawall, in mid-July, and following a necessary waiting period... 

Concrete industry urged to stand together to lobby government

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st August 2018 AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has urged the concrete industry to seriously consider consolidation and collaboration amid a tough operating environment. “Often the private sector is critical about government when we are confronted with the challenges of our industry; however,... 

Fire engineering research and postgraduate programmes launched at Stellenbosch University

30th July 2018 Dr Richard Walls (Stellenbosch University) Stellenbosch University has established the Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) which is the first university research group focussed on fire safety in Africa. The team, located within the Department of Civil Engineering, will now be offering... 

Crane Technology Will Slash Mineshaft Pre-Sink Time

30th July 2018 The world’s fifth largest mine, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, will use advanced techniques enabled by pioneering crane design to fast-track the pre-sink phase at Shaft 6. The time needed will be dramatically reduced by a Condra portal crane that combines a very rapid lift speed with optimised cross... 

DBSA awards R145m flagship contract to Motheo Construction Group

30th July 2018 The Motheo Construction Group has been awarded a R145 million contract by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for bulk services at the Tembisa Extension 25 mega-project for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. Located on former Old Mutual Land, the project has been allocated R160... 

UK-born idea could improve ventilation, cooling in African city buildings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 An idea to retrofit existing buildings in African cities with three-dimensional (3D) printed porous insulation panels to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption for cooling and ventilation has been named the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition run by the Royal... 

AfriSam headlines sponsorship

By: Shannon de Ryhove     27th July 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam has shown its commitment to the South African concrete industry by headlining the sponsorship of this year’s Concrete Conference.  

More than 300 delegates expected

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma), The Concrete Institute (TCI), the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) and the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) are looking forward to hosting more than 300 delegates at this year’s The Concrete Conference (TCC), which will take... 

Company invites clients to test its products

27th July 2018 Construction materials industry chemical solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa, states that it has a range of solutions to meet the plethora of different demands the readymix sector faces for all concrete applications. Chryso welcomes all concrete industry professionals to engage with its... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Eskom has signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for the Kusile power station. 

Klipspruit pedestrian bridge, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency plans to build a pedestrian bridge over railway tracks in Klipspruit. 

No matter the cause, DEHN AFRICA protects data centres from lightning and surges

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Data centres rely on the optimal performance of equipment, and surges can cripple operations. Data centre operators need to be able to effectively manage these energy spikes, as it can cost a significant amount of money to recover from the resultant downtime or hardware damage. Across the... 

Solid start for M&D Construction Group on ground-breaking housing development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading South African building and civil-engineering construction contractor, has commenced work on a large development that will provide affordable housing to many low income earners and tenants in Vosloorus, Gauteng. Importantly, this project aims to deliver an... 

Cape Town train fire platform repairs completed – Metrorail

By: News24Wire      25th July 2018 Repairs to the two platforms at Cape Town station damaged during a fire last week were completed on Tuesday. In a statement, Metrorail said Platforms 15 and 16 were back in business after repairs had been completed and structural engineers confirmed that the integrity of the overhead concrete... 

Structures team scores a win at SAICE Regional Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2018 Cape Town office Structures team were proud to be announced the winner for the 2018 Best International Project at SAICE’s Western Cape Regional Awards, for the Sydney Metro Cable-Stayed Bridge project. Located in the north west of Sydney this unique, curved three-span cable-stayed rail bridge was... 

Old Mutual’s Mutualpark Realises The Shared Value Opportunity Of Recycling Polystyrene

23rd July 2018 Doné Rankin-Rowley, Contracts Manager at Old Mutual's Mutualpark seen here with Adri Spangenberg of the Polystyrene Association, standing in front of large bales of polystyrene ready to be collected and recycled The Polystyrene Association and Mutualpark join forces to increase corporate recycling 

Earthform The Perfect Solution

23rd July 2018 When a couple in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, decided to build their dream retirement home they were faced with an unexpected challenge, soil erosion due to the high lying area of their land. A Google search highlighted Technicrete’s Earthform retaining wall blocks as a solution. Meeting with... 

Make any job-site shine with rugged lighting technology from Milwaukee

23rd July 2018 Milwaukee’s high-output LED lighting offers full-day run-times in portable packages, utilising advanced technology to deliver consistent beams, optimised colour temperature, and true colour representation, all integral to ensuring more productive work areas and job sites in the construction and... 

High-strength fischer chemical fixings prop up the mining industry

20th July 2018 German-engineered fischer chemical fixings are popular in the African mining sector due to their high-performance, added safety benefits and quick installation, which avoids costly downtime. The complete fischer product range is available exclusively from leading distributor Upat. The chemical... 

Provincial presence benefits company

20th July 2018 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex SA’s local operation plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, is well positioned to meet growing demand for geosynthetic products, not only in Africa, but also from countries in Europe, Australasia and Asia, and is the largest plant in Africa... 

Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 Acwa Power has signed an investment agreement with South Africa’s Central Energy Fund regarding the project. 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 South Africa and Lesotho have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Phase 2 project. 

Kibo’s Mbeya special mining licence submissions in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Following the submission of Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining’s local content plan (LCP) and integrity pledge (IP) to the Mining Commission – a constituent of the Tanzania Ministry of Mines – within the next two weeks, the authority will be ready to consider Kibo’s application for a special mining... 

CoreSlab ranks skills development high on the agenda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 CoreSlab continues to invest heavily into skills development and training to ensure the future sustainability of the South African precast concrete sector and larger construction industry. Both the company’s sophisticated factory in Polokwane, Limpopo, as well as many construction sites have... 

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