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Civil Engineering and Construction

LED light improve vision on site

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 Multinational manufacturer Atlas Copco’s H6 plus light tower uses light-emitting-diode (LED) lights to improve on the previous H5 plus light tower used at construction sites. Atlas Copco power technique business line manager David Stanford says conditions at a construction or mine site can be... 

New heavy-duty excavator launched in South Africa

12th November 2021 CASE Construction Equipment, a brand of CNH Industrial, has launched the long-awaited CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator in South Africa, to strengthening its position in the local market. This globally renowned excavator, which is manufactured at the company’s plant in India, Pithampur, is said to... 

An image of CASE Construction’s CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator
CX 220C LC HEAVY DUTY EXCAVATOR The new excavator is designed for tough conditions

Sector pushes for transformation amid contraction

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 While government is planning transformational megaprojects to benefit the construction sector, data from sources, such as Statistics South Africa, show that “the sector has been in a permanent state of contracting for some time”, says construction company Motheo Construction Group nonexecutive... 

An image of Motheo Construction's non-executive director Gregory Mofokeng
GREGORY MOFOKENG Industry needs to reflect demographics of South Africa

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... 

An image of Cintocare Hospital at night
CINTOCARE HOSPITAL Zutari provided design and construction supervision for the hospital build

The road ahead for the civil engineering and construction industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 As the year draws to a close, frustrations have been growing over the slow recovery of South Africa’s civil engineering and construction sector – and the knock-on effects to the wider economy. The sector saw a 20.3% contraction in 2020 and is expected to have grown just 6.2% in real terms this year. 

An image of SAICE president Vishal Krishandutt
VISHAL KRISHANDUTT Sector is in need of infrastructure projects injection

Construction industry holds key role in economic recovery

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 While the South African gross domestic product has seen some growth in the last four quarters, the construction industry remains key to expediting economic recovery and creating jobs, according to privately-owned construction company GVK-Siya Zama CFO John de Sousa. De Sousa has been at GVK-Siya... 

An image of GVK-Siya Zama CFO John De Sousa
JOHN DE SOUSA Investor confidence has improved

Hope for construction amid resilient infrastructure development 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 While private-sector involvement remains crucial in the delivery of infrastructure projects, diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor CEO Lucas Tseki says the public sector “still plays a leading role in developing and maintaining resilient and sustainable... 

Pic of Concor CEO Lucas Tseki
Concor CEO Lucas Tseki

OLI South Africa

27th July 2021 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of vibration equipment.  The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa by its subsidiary... 

OLI South Africa

Partnership ensures basket of training opportunities

12th February 2021 Manufacturer Gabion Baskets has partnered construction training specialist Tjeka Training Matters to provide practical instruction in the installation of its products. Under this new arrangement, customers will receive a certificate of competency from the training provider once they have... 

ROCK SOLID TRAINING
The partnership between Gabion Baskets and Tjeka Training Matters aims to raise the standards of gabion structure installations in South Africa
ROCK SOLID TRAINING The partnership between Gabion Baskets and Tjeka Training Matters aims to raise the standards of gabion structure installations in South Africa

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

SUGEN PILLAY
Cesa’s call to purposefully rebuild the economy and infrastructure will aim to foster an enhanced social compact between all industry partners and stakeholders
Photo by Creamer Media
SUGEN PILLAY Cesa’s call to purposefully rebuild the economy and infrastructure will aim to foster an enhanced social compact between all industry partners and stakeholders

Food warehouse expansion under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa has embarked on the second phase expansion of a production and warehousing facility for a food manufacturer in Johannesburg. The first phase was successfully completed last year and the second phase is under way, Peikko South Africa... 

DANIEL PETROV
Installations on site are expected to start this month
DANIEL PETROV Installations on site are expected to start this month

Heritage building facelift under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction contractor Icon Group is conducting bulk earthworks and demolitions in the Johannesburg central business district as part of a construction project aimed at developing a new Title Deeds Office for the City of Johannesburg. The project, a partnership between the city and the... 

ICONIC BUILDING REFURBISHMENT
The project is centred around a 120-year-old heritage building, which needs to be preserved
ICONIC BUILDING REFURBISHMENT The project is centred around a 120-year-old heritage building, which needs to be preserved

Strategic forethought hindered by crisis mindset

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 With South Africa’s fiscus placed under immense strain as government attempts to combat the effects of the pandemic, South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Vishaal Lutchman fears that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s leadership is in “head down crisis mode”, with... 

VISHAAL LUTCHMAN
Government has not prioritised infrastructure development for the past decade and it will likely not prioritise it in 2021 either
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Government has not prioritised infrastructure development for the past decade and it will likely not prioritise it in 2021 either

Collaboration could eliminate challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 Although the construction industry offers many opportunities for collaboration between consultants and contractors, these opportunities are often not fully explored. “This results in contractual disagreements, and a disjointed and misaligned approach to projects,” says demolition expert Jet... 

KATE BESTER
It would be beneficial if contracting and consulting firms were to align their personnel development strategies and actively encourage young engineers to explore these aspects in the industry, within defined frameworks
KATE BESTER It would be beneficial if contracting and consulting firms were to align their personnel development strategies and actively encourage young engineers to explore these aspects in the industry, within defined frameworks

Sector recovery lies in collaboration – says cement maker 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 The construction sector remains under pressure, despite the easing of the national lockdown to Level 1, and contractors need to work with materials suppliers to remain cost competitive, says construction materials company AfriSam.  

CEMENTING SOLUTIONS AfriSam was collaborating with contractors on customised concrete solutions long before Covid-19; however, the pandemic has exacerbated the need for companies to contain costs
AfriSam readymix GM Amit Dawneerangen shares his insight on the state of the construction industry

Structural integrity aids building life cycle

13th November 2020 Asset management company Collaborit has successfully started penetrating the mining and industrial sectors, providing expert solutions and services into the sustainable, proactive management of structural assets such as steel, concrete and masonry.  

THE END IS ALWAYS CERTAIN 
Every structure has a limited design life and adequate budgeting must be allowed for to ensure regular maintenance is done to ensure this design life is reached
THE END IS ALWAYS CERTAIN Every structure has a limited design life and adequate budgeting must be allowed for to ensure regular maintenance is done to ensure this design life is reached

Consultancy laments construction sector decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 The construction sector experienced a significant contraction in terms of the change in value added to the gross domestic product year-on-year in quarter two of 2020, at -30.7%, compared to -2.2% in quarter one of 2020 and -0.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

CONTRADICTORY MUCH? 
There is a paradox in the South African construction sector of large construction firms collapsing amid a housing backlog of about 2.3-million units
CONTRADICTORY MUCH? There is a paradox in the South African construction sector of large construction firms collapsing amid a housing backlog of about 2.3-million units

Pandemic challenges exacerbated for industry

13th November 2020 While construction sites were able to reopen in early May for civil projects, ongoing delays in terms of both the public sector being slow to change gears and client’s additional regulations around health and safety, have exacerbated challenges for both property development and construction... 

COVID-19 CONUNDRUM 
The Power Group’s construction arm has been hit with challenges no one could have foreseen with Covid-19
COVID-19 CONUNDRUM The Power Group’s construction arm has been hit with challenges no one could have foreseen with Covid-19

Economy to affect home builders more

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 The effects of Covid-19 and the sluggish economy remain the biggest challenge for the civil engineering and construction sectors. 

SONGEZO BOOI 
After almost 12 years, the home-building industry is still struggling to reach its former peak
SONGEZO BOOI After almost 12 years, the home-building industry is still struggling to reach its former peak

Infrastructure recovery roadmap mulled

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 If South Africa is to have any hope of economic recovery, no sector can afford to do things the way it did before 2020, says the International Zinc Association (IZA). 

REFINED STRUCTURES 
The construction of a new zinc refinery will reduce dependence on special high-grade zinc imports, and provide a much-needed boost for the construction industry
REFINED STRUCTURES The construction of a new zinc refinery will reduce dependence on special high-grade zinc imports, and provide a much-needed boost for the construction industry

Construction group welcomes green shoots after lull  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 After what has been months of uncertainty about when new projects will come to tender or whether awarded projects will progress, construction company Concor notes that work continues apace on its contracts spread across the construction, infrastructure, civils and mining sectors.  


MIXING IT UP
Concor is developing the derelict Conradie hospital site into an integrated, sustainable and affordable residential-led mixed-use precinct
Lucas Tseki discusses Concor's project's in progress and his takeaways from Covid-19

Integrated Pump Rental

8th September 2020 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer cus­tomers quick and easy access to a comprehen­sive... 

Integrated Pump Rental

Industry remains in decline

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Although the civil engineering and construction sector is the backbone of the economy and contributes significantly to employment and growth in the country, it continues to experience a slump, says engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm COENG founder and CEO Casian Dendere. “The... 

CASIAN DENDERE
The sector remains under pressure, with margins remaining tight amid a generally low market performance
CASIAN DENDERE The sector remains under pressure, with margins remaining tight amid a generally low market performance

CESA remains hopeful about the future 

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Despite the country’s current economic uncertainty, consulting engineering firms association Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) president Sugen Pillay believes that the country is in the “catharsis phase” and that there is a sense of regeneration and renewal looking towards the future. “The... 

Sugen Pillay 
CESA is also calling for the Construction Industry Development Board to fast-track the Register of Professional Service Providers
CESA president Sugen Pillay and CESA CEO Chris Campbell discussed CESA's annual media briefing as well as issues facing the industry and how it plans to mitigate them. Camerawork: Creamer Media's Kutlwano. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicolas Boyd.

Demolition works under way at Melrose Arch

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Construction company ICON Earthworks, a subsidiary of the ICON Group, was awarded a R2.5-million contract by property development company Amdec to demolish four buildings at the end of November last year for completion next month. ICON is the principal contractor for the demolition, safety and... 

BIGGER AND BETTER
The area will make way for the expansion of the Melrose Arch Precinct
BIGGER AND BETTER The area will make way for the expansion of the Melrose Arch Precinct

Products reduce construction time 

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Two products of construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa – the bolted column connections and DELTABEAM slim floor structures – contributed to reducing overall construction time at a project of food manufacturer Continental Brands, in Johannesburg. By using DELTABEAM, the... 

Products reduce construction time
Peikko South Africa MD Daniel Petrov discusses the company’s latest innovations in the civil engineering and construction sector.

Pile solution cost effective, saves time

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Piling contractor Geopile – a subsidiary of South African exploration and geotechnical services provider GeoGroup – has saved its client about R2-million and more than a month’s worth of construction time by installing its driven ductile iron-pile solutions for a six-storey mix-use development in... 

IN ACTION 
Geopile rig in action installation
IN ACTION Geopile rig in action installation

Small business celebrates award, charts way forward

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Consulting company ADA Consulting Engineers recently won a commendation for the Small Company of the Year award at this year’s Consulting Engineers South Africa AON Excellence Awards, held in Midrand, Gauteng in August. 

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT 
The South African public and the private sectors need to do their bit to support the development of the infrastructure industry in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT The South African public and the private sectors need to do their bit to support the development of the infrastructure industry in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond

Cermalab

15th November 2019 Established in May 2002, Cermalab is the largest materials testing and materials sector training laboratory in Southern Africa. Cermalab serves the heavy clay, ceramic and refractories industries across Africa and is accredited by the South African National Accreditation agency.  

Cermalab

Cesa shines on international stage

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) was one of the big winners at the 2019 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) Member Association (MA) Excellence Awards. 

 CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL 
Consulting Engineers South Africa's aspirations are in sync with those of the country's National Development Plan
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa's aspirations are in sync with those of the country's National Development Plan

Technology huge driver for earthworks company

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Amid continuous technological development, equipment must keep up with global trends, says earthworks company ICON Group MD Wayne Neary. 

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS 
With tightening global emission standards, ICON Group's equipment range complies with European emission standards
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS With tightening global emission standards, ICON Group's equipment range complies with European emission standards

More support needed for SMMEs in construction

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Amid the downturn in the construction sector during the past five years, it has been very difficult for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the sector to keep afloat, says construction company Sinopa Construction and Property founder and MD Simpiwe Msibi. 

SECTOR HURDLES 
Construction sector difficulties are particularly acute for a 100% black- and female-owned business, such as Sinopa, which is operating in a male-dominated sector
SECTOR HURDLES Construction sector difficulties are particularly acute for a 100% black- and female-owned business, such as Sinopa, which is operating in a male-dominated sector

Global company eyes growth in S Africa, rest of Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko recently entered the South African market, offering “ground-breaking technology” to improve efficiency and boost cost savings in the construction sector. 

LARGEST AFRICAN MALL 
Peikko South Africa played an integral role in the construction of Fourways Mall, which is now the largest mall in South Africa and probably Africa
LARGEST AFRICAN MALL Peikko South Africa played an integral role in the construction of Fourways Mall, which is now the largest mall in South Africa and probably Africa

Equipment supplier caters to diverse customer base

15th November 2019 During tough times in civil engineering – where lack of work is one of the most worrying issues – equipment supplier Civplant Civils and Civtek Limited’s team pulls together even closer to strengthen the relationships that it has established with customers over the last 20 years, states Civplant... 

CUSTOMER FOCUSED
HPE Africa’s national workshop facilities are geared to assist customers with modifications of machines, enabling adaptability for specific tasks
CUSTOMER FOCUSED HPE Africa’s national workshop facilities are geared to assist customers with modifications of machines, enabling adaptability for specific tasks

Cesa optimistic after president’s address

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 The 2019 presidential address of industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather, which he delivered with cautious optimism, calling for a transparent drive for the betterment of the sector, sent out a strong message about the future of the civil engineering and... 

NERESH PATHER 
Procurement policies need to be formulated to embrace the long-term needs of projects
NERESH PATHER Procurement policies need to be formulated to embrace the long-term needs of projects

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

SO MUCH DAM WATER The Snowy 2.0 project with reuse water through a pumping system to keep the grid running
SO MUCH DAM WATER The Snowy 2.0 project with reuse water through a pumping system to keep the grid running

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

NO CROP CIRCLE
The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant
NO CROP CIRCLE The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant

Rescue Rod

15th February 2019 Rescue Rod has provided pipeline services and waste management solutions since 1990. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment in the world, Rescue Rod has always stayed true to the... 

Rescue Rod
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