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Hospital benchmarks in sustainable healthcare facilities

12th November 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari provided design and construction supervision of the mechanical services, as well as environmentally sustainable design (ESD) consulting, at the new Cintocare Hospital in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria. It is the first Green Star South Africa... 

Company prepared to meet increased localisation demand

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Demand for logistics storage space remains high, as the e-commerce consumer base continues to grow year-on-year, amid the challenges caused by Covid-19, says design business Paragon Architects director Estelle Meiring. She stresses that the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of extended and... 

Image of Mattress and Couch's facility in Centurion
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES Paragon is the architect for a new warehousing, storage and manufacture facility for Mattress and Couch at the Old Mint Industrial Park in Centurion, Gauteng

Storage flexibility shown during turbulent time

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Logistics company Unitrans has shown flexibility in meeting the warehousing and storage needs of customers – particularly amid the effects of Covid-19, and the looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, on the local market – says Unitrans specialised warehousing and freight GM Ryan Brooke.... 

Image of a Unitrans warehouse
VERSATILE STORAGE The company runs two types of warehousing ¬– specialised warehouses that are customer specific and its own non-exclusive warehouses

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

New camera used in inspection project

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In a first for Southern Africa and possibly the whole of Africa, rope access specialists Skyriders has used Zenith – a new confined-space inspection camera system – at a petrochemicals plant, in Gauteng, for inspection. The Zenith system is manufactured by US-based inspection technology developer... 

An image of two drone pilots, holding a drone and remote
SKY GUYS The project required the expertise of qualified drone pilots to assist in the inspection of the petrochemical tanks

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

CONCRETE SUPPORT
A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand 

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the... 

NEW DAWN
The implementation of proposed infrastructure projects will uplift the much needed demand of cement and concrete in South Africa
Cement & Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie discusses the current state if the industry, as well as the formation of the CCSA.

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Bara500 ICU hospital launched

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 Construction company Enza Construction recently completed a new Covid-19 hospital wing – the Bara500 unit – in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital complex using innovative building technology which enabled the company to significantly reduce construction time in comparison to conventional... 

The triage area of the new Bara500 ICU hospital
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The triage area of the new Bara500 ICU hospital

Company makes a significant investment locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants manufacturer and distributor FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has invested more than R250-million in South Africa for the completion of the construction of a warehouse and office complex, which will be completed by February 2022. Land that is adjacent to its current location in Isando, of... 

REACHING FOR THE SKY
The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high
REACHING FOR THE SKY The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

FAR AND WIDE
 The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam
FAR AND WIDE The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

AUTOMATION AT HOME
Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

SAFE SUSPENSION
Being able to safely complete a task while suspended from a structure takes a specialised team which Skyriders offers
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Architecture firm presents equal opportunities

28th August 2020 Architecture firm Paragon Group is perhaps “unique in the industry” for employing an equal number of men and women, with the latter ranging from student architects to senior management. “I love the fact we have so many talented, audacious women in our company in different stages of their... 

Steel awards go virtual

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 The South African Institute for Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) yearly Steel Awards will be judged and hosted virtually through a dedicated application (app) this year. This comes on the back of efforts to mitigate restrictions on social gatherings and take advantage of the digital marketing... 

VIRTUOSITY ASSESSED
Small teams of judges attend sites physically, observing Covid-19 health and safety protocols, while others attend site visits virtually
VIRTUOSITY ASSESSED Small teams of judges attend sites physically, observing Covid-19 health and safety protocols, while others attend site visits virtually

Steely resolve, innovation continue despite lockdown

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2020 Although production came to a halt over the past two months, light-steel-frame building materials supplier Etex South Africa – formerly known as Marley Building Systems – continued planning and innovating throughout the Covid-19 lockdown so that it would be well positioned to take advantage of... 

MULTIPLE USES
Light-steel-frame buildings can be repurposed, modified or moved to a new location with relative ease
MULTIPLE USES Light-steel-frame buildings can be repurposed, modified or moved to a new location with relative ease

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

NOISE DEFENDERS
Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

Home automation add-on launched

10th July 2020 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has launched its Arteor-with-Netatmo which is a simple home automation solution that uses traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi. The company explains that it expanded on its Arteor range of wiring devices,... 

PLUGGED IN
Legrand has add to its home automation solutions that use traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi
PLUGGED IN Legrand has add to its home automation solutions that use traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi

Sustainable living created after lockdown

26th June 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering companies group Bosch Holdings is set to resume building and land development operations as South Africa lifts Covid-19 lockdown business restrictions. “Our team of engineers and architects strives to create liveable, sustainable and innovative ideas and... 

SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI

Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services
SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services

More profiles can benefit local market

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The current SANS 517 for light-steel-frame building, which is still in development, focuses only on the application of the C-channel profile, but consulting engineering firm ES Consulting Engineers and Associates structural, fire and energy consulting engineer Wessel Esterhuizen believes that it... 

NO LIGHT MATTER
Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered
NO LIGHT MATTER Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered

Emergency structures present opportunity for sector

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 Although the Covid-19 national lockdown proved “disastrous” for the light-steel-frame building sector – as it was for the rest of the construction sector – Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard believes that there are opportunities for the sector.... 

SWIFT AND STURDY
The speed with which light steel frame structures can be erected makes them eminently suitable for the building of emergency structures
SWIFT AND STURDY The speed with which light steel frame structures can be erected makes them eminently suitable for the building of emergency structures

Training course goes online

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has had to adapt its five-day training course for building contractors, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors to an online presentation, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on gatherings. The online version of the... 

JOHN BARNARD
Light-steel-frame building could become more popular in South Africa if more local suppliers and builders were properly trained
JOHN BARNARD Light-steel-frame building could become more popular in South Africa if more local suppliers and builders were properly trained

Company supplies products for new Gauteng reservoirs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 A variety of products supplied by construction products specialist a.b.e. Construction Chemicals are being used for several new major water reservoir projects currently under construction in Gauteng. 

WATER WORKS 
Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa
WATER WORKS Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Deadline for AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award entries extended

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2020 Entries for the yearly AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award have been extended to July 3, as a result of the disruption brought about as a result of Covid-19. Cement, aggregate and readymix concrete producer AfriSam points out that strict lockdown measures in most countries around the world... 

Plans floated to potentially convert Soccer City into 1 500-bed Covid-19 medical facility

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2020 Architecture studio Boogertman and Partners, in association with healthcare design architects Geyser Hahn, have drawn up plans for design and support services to convert the Johannesburg FNB Soccer City Stadium into a 1 500-bed temporary severe acute respiratory infections treatment centre. The... 

FNB Soccer City Stadium
FNB Soccer City Stadium

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns

3rd April 2020 There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development, says consulting engineers firm WSP Africa structures regional director Johan Piekaar. Currently, the local construction and property industries are experiencing a lull owing to reduced expenditure by government on... 

CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING
Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain
Photo by Creamer Media
CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain

Use private engineers to boost State’s ability to plan and execute infrastructure projects - CESA  

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2020 Consulting Engineers South Africa is calling on government to consider immediately boosting the capacity of State departments and municipalities to plan and execute infrastructure projects by opening the way for an injection of private engineering skills and expertise into the public sector. In a... 

CESA president Sugen Pillay
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Sugen Pillay on how private engineering capacity could be injected to boost the State's infrastructure-planning capacity. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 29/1/2020

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

USEFUL BEAUTY
The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 South African steel supplier Stalcor has successfully negotiated to supply its Alubond mineral core (A2) noncombustible façade cladding panels for State-owned Airports Company South Africa’s Western Precinct development, which is currently under way. “This is the fourth notable project where the... 

PRETTY LADY
The A2 cladding on the Katherine towers is not only aesthetically pleasing but also noncombustible
PRETTY LADY The A2 cladding on the Katherine towers is not only aesthetically pleasing but also noncombustible

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH
The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Refurbished building boasts new materials

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Shared workspace provider WeWork will officially open its newly refurbished 155 West street building, in Sandton, next month. The building, which is more than 25 years old, was previously occupied by health insurance provider Discovery before it was overhauled. 

NOT JUST A PRETTY FAÇADE 
The interior of the refurbished building includes upgraded safety features and improved facilities
NOT JUST A PRETTY FAÇADE The interior of the refurbished building includes upgraded safety features and improved facilities

DHL Americas opens new innovation centre

1st November 2019 International courier company DHL has expanded its global innovation footprint to the Americas region with the opening of its Americas Innovation Centre in September. 

Stored goods a fire risk for warehouses

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 Large industrial warehouses are at risk of catching fire, especially when the goods stored are not the property of, for example, courier or logistics companies that own the buildings, says fire risk management company ASP Fire. 

MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK
When dealing with courier and freight forwarding companies, ASP Fire assigns the highest possible fire load and risk
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK When dealing with courier and freight forwarding companies, ASP Fire assigns the highest possible fire load and risk

Nxesi urges South Africans not to ‘give up’ amid unemployment crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2019 With South Africa’s unemployment level at nearly 30% – and youth employment at nearly 50% – Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has encouraged the country to “not give up hope”. In conversation with Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the launch of diversified miner Exxaro... 

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi delivering his keynote address during the launch of Exxaro's new HQ, in Centurion
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi delivering his keynote address during the launch of Exxaro's new HQ, in Centurion

Professional registration, transformation lagging in architectural industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2019 The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap) has approached the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to help it understand why many people who obtain academic qualifications in architecture do not become registered professionals. Speaking on the occasion of... 

HVAC-R system to be introduced to S Africa in Q1 2020

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Diversified technology company Johnson Controls will introduce Verasys – the first plug-and-play control system that integrates heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) equipment and controls – to the South African market in the first quarter of next year. Johnson... 

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