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Green shoots seen in construction industry, despite tight conditions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2018 The South African construction sector is still facing "very tough and difficult" conditions, with the 2.5% inflation rate creating an even tighter environment, Econometrix chief economist Dr Azar Jamine said on Friday. Speaking to industry representatives during an Afrisam-hosted post-Budget... 

RBPlat expects lower full-year HEPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2018 Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) expects to report headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 51c and 60c for the year ended December 31 – a 30.8% to 41.2% decrease on the HEPS of 86.7c reported for 2016. Normalised HEPS, after adjusting for the impact of a restructuring charge and a one-off... 

New products to cater for industrial, commercial applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Earlier this month, leading lighting solutions company Beka Schréder launched nine new luminaires, of which seven are designed to be used in industrial and commercial applications.  

Company addresses ICT cooling shelters

     23rd February 2018 Technology products manufacturer and services provider Tellumat has redeveloped its TK1 Positive Pressure System Air Handling Unit into a modular version of the revolutionary cooling system. The TK1 is a free air-cooling system specifically designed for information and communication technology... 

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

     22nd February 2018 Mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed an innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger to refine and improve the execution of recruitment in the mining industry.  

What happens when China's steel curbs end? Here's BHP's take

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2018 Steelmakers in China are about to get back to business full-time. When unprecedented winter supply curbs lapse in the coming weeks, BHP Billiton forecasts mills in the top producer will step up output, boosting run rates through the second quarter to make up for curtailments. The resumption will... 

Latest acquisition extends Concord Cranes’ reach in Namibia

     21st February 2018 Concord Namibia, which forms part of the Concord Cranes Group, has expanded its geographical reach in Namibia through the strategic acquisition of a Walvis Bay-based company. Concord Cranes recently acquired Walvis Bay-based plant hire company Rent-A-Plant Namibia, a Namibian based-and-run... 

Local Certification Not Accepted Internationally Forces SA Hippo To Set Up Companies In Canada And USA

By: Celeste Koortsen     19th February 2018 In 1993 HAZLETON PUMPS designed, developed and manufactured the first HIPPO Flameproof Submersible Slurry pump be used underground in the South African coal mines.  These pumps had to comply with the IEC 60097-1 regulations and certified by the SABS. As a result of the success of the HIPPO... 

Northam opens R900m platinum smelter expansion

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2018 Platinum mining company Northam on Thursday officially opened a R900-million smelter expansion at its Zondereinde platinum mine in Limpopo province. The addition of a second furnace extends the JSE-listed company’s 30-year-old partnership with metals company Heraeus, which contributed €20-million... 

Infrastructure specialists help municipalities accelerate service delivery to poor communities

     14th February 2018 New sports complex construction projects in Limpopo are providing many members of poor communities with employment opportunities and driving skills development in the South African construction industry. Moreover, these projects have become an important pipeline of work for emerging contractors.... 

Major projects rely on SMEIPP expertise from Tubular

     9th February 2018 Tubular’s expertise, resources and in-house self-sustainable facilities make the company the preferred choice for major capital projects requiring structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) solutions. Tubular are specialists in the supply of... 

Colombia's Cerrejon, union reach last-minute deal to avoid strike

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 The largest union at Colombia's top coal mine Cerrejon has reached an 11th-hour salary and benefits deal with the company, avoiding a strike, the union said on Thursday. Cerrejon accounts for 37% of Colombia's coal output, the world's fifth-largest exporter of the mineral, and a strike likely... 

Unmined gold offers exciting new opportunity – Froneman

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 With more gold in the ground than has been mined in the last 100 years, the South African gold mining industry has a great opportunity to modernise, introduce a social and economic compact, loudly condemn the errant behaviour of the past and eliminate the trust deficit, Chamber of  Mines VP and... 

AfDB boosts ALBC Fund books with R140m loan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2018 To further enhance the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund) portfolio and promote the development of domestic capital markets across the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of R140-million. The senior loan, with a seven-year tenor including a two-year grace... 

New flowmeter from South African manufacturer

     2nd February 2018 South African manufacturer Instrotech is offering a flow meter called Kobold RCD, for measuring and monitoring the flow of liquids and gases. The company explains that depending on the model, the measuring range of the Kobold RCD ranges from 0.5 ℓ/min to 2 350 ℓ/min for water and 0.5 Nm3/h to 2... 

Cape Town council approves building of 15 000 houses

By: African News Agency      1st February 2018 The City of Cape Town’s Council has given its approval for the development of seven housing projects that will provide more than 15 600 houses. The council’s approval of the projects on Wednesday paves the way for the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) to conclude the seven... 

Gauteng launches probe into housing backlog 

By: African News Agency      31st January 2018 The Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Human Settlements will on Thursday launch an inquiry into the housing backlog in the province. In a statement on Wednesday, the GPL said the 1st inquiry hearing will be on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in... 

Urgent need to recycle, reuse natural resources – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2018 A new global circularity metric unveiled in Davos, Switzerland, has revealed an urgent need to use the world’s resources more efficiently and create policies and economic infrastructure that encourages the recycling and reuse of natural resources. The Circle Economy’s first ‘Circularity Gap’... 

New, effective pipe joining method announced

     19th January 2018 Producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions Victaulic last month announced the European premiere of its Refuse-to-Fuse solution. This new technique enables high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes to be coupled without the need for fusion.  HDPE pipes are widely known and popular for their... 

New report names WBHO’s Australian unit the country’s ‘most active’ construction firm

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) Australian subsidiary, Probuild, has been named the most active construction company in the country by the Australian Housing Industry Association Construction 100 Report. Probuild has jumped from fifth place last year to top spot, in terms of work procured. 

Getting it Right

     19th January 2018 Engineering News would like to clarify on civil engineering and construction consultancy South Zambezi Engineering Services’ involvement in the Legaeng Village, Urban Spacing Housing and South African National Roads Limited Central Operations Centre projects. These projects were mentioned in an... 

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

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

Why Verderflex hoses outlast competitor hoses.

     16th January 2018 Why do some hose pumps have short hose life and what unique features does Verderflex have that offer extended hose life beyond that of our competitors? Hoses fail for one main reason: fatigue.  “Although there can be many reasons for a hose to failure, fatigue is one of the main seasons. Speed,... 

Paragon sees in 2018 with major new projects across Africa

     16th January 2018 Paragon has confirmed its standing as a leading architecture, interior design, and space-planning practice with the completion of several major projects in 2017. “These were long in the making and large in scale, and have once more provided a new perspective on our capability,” according to... 

Transnet digs heels in over revised wage offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2018 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised – and final – three-year wage offer, as the company reiterates its “difficult” financial situation since ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Transnet proposed a 6.5%, 7.25% and 7.5% increase in 2018,... 

Why Verderflex hoses outlast competitor hoses.

     15th January 2018 Why do some hose pumps have short hose life and what unique features does Verderflex have that offer extended hose life beyond that of our competitors? Hoses fail for one main reason: fatigue.  “Although there can be many reasons for a hose to failure, fatigue is one of the main seasons. Speed,... 

Construction industry making progress with deals to transform the sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2018 In a move that will see local construction companies further honour their agreements with government to ensure  inclusivity for black contractors in the South African construction sector, the Competition Commission has recommended a number of merger deals to the Competition Tribunal for approval.... 

Omron Uses Technology And Expertise To Improve Lives And Contribute To A Better Society.

     8th January 2018 Omron employees selected the UCPA, a shelter and housing facility for people with Cerebral Palsy, as their community service project. Omron Industrial Automation- Johannesburg. South Africa 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

Sanitaryware manufacturer on marketing road trip

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Sanitary ware manufacturer Grohe Dawn Watertech Holdings (GDWT) – which recently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese housing equipment company LIXIL Corporation – has embarked on a national tour to familiarise South African contractors, developers and aspiring do-it-yourself enthusiasts... 

Cylindrical Sensors Offer Strength

     12th December 2017 Countapulse Controls reports that the Leuze cylindrical sensors offer a higher mechanical strength than the standard sensors. Engineered for particularly arduous conditions, the Leuze 328 series sensor is based on the optical platform of the well-known standard Leuze 318B series, however this new... 

Phase 1 of Nelson Mandela Bay housing project under way

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 Government construction contractor Sakhisizwe breaks ground on the first phase of the multibillion-rand Florida Heights integrated housing development in Nelson Mandela Bay, this month. According to Sakhisizwe, more than 10 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the five-year... 

Municipal workers want minimum R10 000 salary, as municipal pay talks start

By: African News Agency      4th December 2017 The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) wants municipal workers to earn a minimum wage of R10 000 per month, the union said on Monday. Trade unions representing municipal workers tabled their initial demands at the wage negotiations with the South African Local Government Association... 

No opencut mining at Drayton South, but underground allowed

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 The New South Wales government on Friday announced that it would amend policies to ban opencut coal mining in the Hunter Valley, where a heated battle between horse stud owners and major miner Anglo American has been raging over the Drayton South coal project. The New South Wales government,... 

NUM reaches wage deal with Kangra Coal Mine, ends strike

By: African News Agency      1st December 2017 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday it had signed a three-year wage agreement with Kangra Coal Mine, effectively ending a week-long strike. In a statement, NUM said the two parties agreed on a R600 wage increase for 2017, and 7% rises for the following two years... 

DTI part of the reason for SA’s jobs dearth

     1st December 2017 Editor – A request to the public to support engineers addressing Parliament on mass job creation 

Distributor adds filters to existing product range

     1st December 2017 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of products now encompasses EcoPart filter elements for stationary and mobile hydraulic systems from filtration specialists the Filtration Group (FG). These components, with defined filter performance and purity class, comply with... 

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