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Gibbs upgrades Mkuze water treatment facility

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 7 hours ago The northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Mkuze’s water treatment facility will be upgraded by engineering firm Gibb, resulting in a larger output of clean water and improved water quality. Gibb announced on Thursday that the upgrading of the plant was earmarked to unlock growth and development within... 

Esor returns to FY profitability

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2016 Civils and construction group Esor on Thursday posted a return to profitability for the year ended February 29, 2016, after a “painful” restructuring that set the JSE-listed group on a more stable path for recovery and growth. Esor swung to a profit of R3.7-million for the year under review, from... 

Corobrik’s quality face bricks used in the construction of Marikana’s housing project

     23rd May 2016 Residents in the North West town of Marikana, situated just east of Rustenburg, welcomed the donation of much needed housing earlier this year. Implemented by the North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements in conjunction with Lonmin Mine, the Marikana Extension 2 Housing... 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Housing and construction systems developer Moladi says its low-cost housing system, comprising plastic formwork panels and a cement admixture, is widely embraced throughout Africa, as it has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the African market. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Imminent lack of coarse ash will change cement brick industry

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Cement stock brick manufacturer Brick-It director Sean Cameron predicts that the upcoming shortage of coarse ash – which is combined with cement and other aggregates before being moulded into cement  bricks – will force the industry to change the bricks’ composition, subsequently affecting many... 

Modular electric drive system to start volume production in 2018

     20th May 2016 Last month, powertrain, chasis and safety technology developers ZF Motion and Mobility announced that its new electric drive system, which is based on a modular approach, will start volume production with a European vehicle manufacturer in 2018. 

Polystyrene homes for North West orphans

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Nonprofit organisation Mobile Education and Training Trust (METT), in a joint venture (JV) partnership with polystyrene recyclers’ association Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC), is finalising construction of 75 housing units of 68 m2 each using polystyrene and cement-admixture panels to house... 

More oil sands interruptions as Alberta wildfires spread; to cost local economy C$1bn

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2016 As the evacuation zone on Tuesday increased north of Fort McMurray, where a gigantic wildfire was spreading out of control, a top Canadian think tank estimated that the Alberta wildfires could have an impact of almost C1-billion on the local economy. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo... 

Western Cape launches climate change action plan 

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 The Western Cape government on Tuesday launched a comprehensive climate change response strategy called Smart Agri, which aims to to combat the impact of extreme weather events on the province’s agriculture sector. Smart Agri was unveiled by provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde... 

Customised solution for automated small part welding

     17th May 2016 CLOOS presents the new QIROX QR-CC-4.1 compact cell, a "Ready to weld" system with many new features. The robot cell has a 2-station workpiece positioner with vertical change and vertical rotation. Whilst the robot welds at one station, the other station can be loaded again. With a clamping... 

Motor industry driving Tshwane economy – Mayor

By: African News Agency      17th May 2016 Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Tuesday paid tribute to the automotive sector for driving the capital city’s economy during the current challenging global economic conditions. “I assume all of us have seen in the recent months investments made in the automotive sector of the our economy... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Nigeria's mining pioneers weigh risks and rewards

By: Reuters     11th May 2016 Arriving on motorbikes after midnight, a dozen gunmen opened fire on gold miners sleeping at a camp in northern Nigeria last month, killing one of them and stealing their equipment before fleeing into the bush. The site, a collection of huts and tents flanked by Baobab trees where locals sell... 

Calgro M3 delivers an outstanding result for sixth consecutive year

     11th May 2016 Calgro M3, the listed residential property and memorial parks developer, today announced final results for the year ended 29 February 2016, with a 91.2% improvement in operating profit and profit after taxation up 32.7%. Wikus Lategan, Managing Director of Calgro M3 said, “We are pleased to have... 

Draft Mining Charter under intense legal scrutiny

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2016 The possible far-reaching implications for the mining industry of the new draft Mining Charter came under intense scrutiny in Johannesburg on Tuesday when a team of lawyers discussed the various changes contained in the draft and focused in particular on its attempt to align the mining industry –... 

Human Settlements selects 101 PPP projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2016 The Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has approved 101 “catalytic” public–private partnership (PPP) projects, valued at around R340-billion – more than half of which would be sourced from the private sector – that would mobilise and coordinate private-sector involvement in government housing... 

Exploration, mining expected to grow in importance for cement producer PPC

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2016 The medium-term game plan of African cement producer PPC is to find new resources needed by its operations, which will probably require it to engage in some form of exploration and eventual mining close to where urban development is expected in Africa. Over time, the resources side of the... 

Concrete Footprint In Growth Nodes

     3rd May 2016 South Africa’s leading concrete solutions provider, AfriSam has strengthened its readymix production and supply capacities in the northern areas of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Since September 2015, its new batching plant in Phoenix has been supplying concrete for the construction of the massive Dr... 

Leratong City integrated nodal development project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th April 2016 The project involves the construction of 15 000 residential units, an intermodal transport hub, a government precinct and a 30 000 m2 regional mall. 

Outdoor element enhances exhibition

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 This year marks the first indoor/outdoor expo at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – ranked first among construction stakeholders for its relevant and strategic content, according to a 2015 survey – which will be held from May 9 to 11 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in... 

PPC planning to double every ten years 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2016 The target of major cement producer PPC to more than double the size of its business every ten years to retain its market share in Africa is based on the continent’s world-leading rate of urbanisation and the projection that the population of Africa will double by 2050. 

SAB opens entries for yearly innovation awards

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2016 The SAB Foundation is preparing to once again open its yearly Social Innovation programme to innovative entrepreneurs with a product or service with a demonstrable social impact. The programme, for which entries would be open from May 3 to 31, would award the winning entrepreneur a R1.2-million... 

Dangote to nearly double production capacity across Africa in next three years

By: Reuters     26th April 2016 Dangote Cement, Nigeria's biggest listed company, said it aims to nearly double its production capacity over the next three years and half of its output by the end of 2019 will come from African plants outside its home market. The company, majority owned by billionaire Aliko Dangote and Africa's... 

Potential benefits to industrial applications

     26th April 2016 As an alternative energy source, Compressed Natural Gas is cleaner, safer, cheaper and more efficient than other conventional fuel sources. It is an energy source that can significantly reduce both the costs and carbon emissions of your business. With reliable supply, and consistent quality, CNG... 

Building job opportunities – Cornubia unemployed receive bricklayer training through public private sector partnership

     25th April 2016 A group of 25 unemployed residents from Cornubia, the affordable housing development north of Umhlanga, and the nearby Blackburn informal settlement are learning the skills they need to find jobs as bricklayers in a public private sector partnership (PPP) involving Tongaat Hulett Developments and... 

Housing backlog at 2.1m, says Minister Sisulu

By: African News Agency      22nd April 2016 At least 2.1-million houses needed to be built to clear the backlog exacerbated by rapid urbanisation, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday. “We had put the figure at 1.9-million a few months ago, but the Statistician General [Pali Lehohla] yesterday in Parliament during his... 

Hulisani says it has R2.5bn project pipeline as it lists on JSE

By: David Oliveira     22nd April 2016 Newly established renewable energy special-purpose acquisition company (Spac) Hulisani listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), earlier this month, taking advantage of investor demand for energy assets in South Africa and Africa. Company CEO Mlungelo Zilimbola... 

Coperion and Coperion K-Tron to Exhibit at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition, Rosemont,

     19th April 2016 Coperion and Coperion K-Tron formally announce exhibition at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, May 3-5 – Booth 1413. The booth will feature feeding, pneumatic conveying and systems engineered solutions for... 

DEHNcheck camera enables technicians to see the hidden

     18th April 2016 Tracing electrical wiring in walls or anywhere else can be a tricky task, one that involves more than just looking for the visible and non-visible wires. To figure out exactly where the wires are, one would also have to look for the outlets and appliances to which each wire connects. Furthermore,... 

Molex Communicates on EtherNet/IP Using the CIP Safety Protocol in Harsh Environments

     15th April 2016 Molex, LLC introduces the Brad® HarshIO Ethernet modules to provide a reliable solution for connecting industrial safety controllers to sensors and actuators in harsh duty environments. Machine mountable in an IP67 rated housing, Brad HarshIO modules are ideally suited for industrial applications... 

Modular wastewater plants could help relieve municipal sewerage strain

By: Dylan Slater     15th April 2016 Portable toilet and sanitation solutions company Sanitech has implemented a portable modular wastewater treatment solution that enables quick commissioning and versatility in upscaling or downscaling, depending on requirements.  

Bobcat Failsafe Brake puts a stop to ‘run-aways’

     13th April 2016 Bobcat Equipment South Africa, in partnership with Ferrobrake in Witbank, has pioneered a failsafe braking system on the Bobcat T40180 Telescopic Handler that optimises worker safety during materials handling operations in surface and underground mining by stopping the machine in the event of... 

Employ reputable quantity surveyors to combat corruption, says ASAQS

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2016 The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) has urged government to follow Nigeria's example by employing reputable quantity surveyors to stamp out corruption and inflated construction costs in the building industry. ASAQS executive director Larry Feinberg said in a statement on... 

Quantity Surveyors Could Help Stamp Out Corruption

     13th April 2016 The South African government should follow Nigeria's example by employing reputable quantity surveyors  to stamp out corruption and inflated construction costs in the building industry, the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, has urged. Larry Feinberg, executive director of ASAQS,... 

Samwu, Rand Water start wage talks

By: African News Agency      11th April 2016 The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) will this week begin salary negotiation with Rand Water, the union said on Monday. Samwu spokesperson Papikie Mohale said after extensive consultation and taking mandate from members, the union would begin wage and salary talks with Rand Water... 

Government discourages ‘dependency syndrome’ – Sisulu

By: Anine Kilian     8th April 2016 Government is seeking solutions to tackle the ongoing problems regarding informal settlements, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said at the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements on Thursday. “Informality regarding human settlements is a clear and present danger on the... 

Cornubia mixed-use development, eThekwini municipality, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 An independent cost benefit and macroeconomic impact analysis study has found that the Cornubia mixed-use development will change the face of KwaZulu-Natal. 

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