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Association supports government’s professional development policy

14th November 2008 The South African Maintenance Association (SAMA) is currently engaged in a number of certification programmes and training initiatives with the aim of developing the local maintenance industry, and this includes organisational benchmarking, and providing accreditation for continuing professional... 

Metro awards extension to asset management contract

14th November 2008 Asset Management Company Pragma Africa’s Asset Care Centre (ACC) contract for the centralised asset refurbishment and maintenance of the electricity division of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has been extended to 2010, reports Pragma Africa MD Alain Tait. 

Landmark hotel facelift completed

14th November 2008 Building contractor Grinaker-LTA, part of the JSE-listed Aveng Group, last month completed the R160-million refurbishment of the landmark Rosebank Hotel, situated north of Johannesburg. 

French asphalt could find application in local roads and airports

14th November 2008 A French asphalt technology, namely high-modulus asphalt (HiMA), is a potentially viable alternative to conventional heavily-trafficked bitumen pavements, which often no longer offer road utilities long-term, and maintenance-free solutions, reports the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Refurbishment projects reap higher yields

14th November 2008 Property loan stock company ApexHi Properties is increasingly investing in the refurbishment of existing buildings in its portfolio at returns of between 10% and 12,8%, states ApexHi MD David Rice.  

Construction boom unlocks spin-off opportunities

24th October 2008 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa is experiencing unprecedented interest in its products from the construction sector, owing to a combination of a slew of construction projects under way, and new worker safety legislation, states MSA Africa marketing director Hayley Arnesen.  

Cement demand inspires new plant

24th October 2008 In spite of a downturn in the volume of building projects owing to interest rate hikes, the demand for cement remains high and seems set to stay inflated as a result of the many infrastructural projects currently in the pipeline for completion between 2010 and 2014, states construction materials... 

Alternative building methods create market for sustainable materials

24th October 2008 Timber products supplier Interwil has provided the timber floor and roof-framing company Superjoist with the oriented strand board (OSB) for use in the construction of the five-star timber-frame Tinstwalo Atlantic Hotel in the Western Cape, Interwil group marketing manager Stuart Juds tells... 

Western Cape rains deflate growth margins

24th October 2008 Building and construction materials supplier Afrimat has experienced a decline in sales volumes in the last four to five months to date, Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden tells Engineering News.  

Infrastructure boom buoys aluminium industry

24th October 2008 The aluminium industry in Southern Africa is a huge, vibrant, and growing business, and the increasing use of the metal in local industry is likely to continue for the next eight years at least, states Aluminium Federation for Southern Africa (Afsa), executive director Mark Krieg. 

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