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Civil Engineering and Construction

Construction matchmaking service

By: peter cromberge     18th November 2005 SADC-EU linkage forum set for this month 

Two SA projects in the running

By: Helene Le Roux     18th November 2005 Holcim Awards winners to be announced in April 

Company upbeat despite skills shortage

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 After years in the doldrums, the South African construction industry has experienced a dramatic turnaround in recent months & Stocks Building Africa aims for next 5 years. 

Skills and building suplies remail tight

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2005 The third-quarter business survey conducted in the building industry by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), in Stellenbosch, shows that business confidence remains on a relatively high level, and that overall building activity is continuing at a satisfactory pace. 

Surrounded by retail venues, developers trust theme will offer niche

By: peter cromberge     28th October 2005 Just when you thought continental drift is something that only happens over a few centimeters every year, the Mediterranean has long-jumped into South Africa with the construction of a themed retail and residential development in Bedfordview. 

Construction Seta cracks down on corruption

26th October 2005 Alleged corruption among employers and skills training providers in the building and construction industry is the focus of a major crack-down by the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta), which has initiated punitive legal action against alleged offenders. 

Construction industry confidence remains strong

21st October 2005 The latest results obtained from the third quarter business survey conducted in the building industry by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in Stellenbosch show that business confidence remains on a relatively high level and that overall building activity is continuing at a satisfactory pace. 

Povey calls for construction charter to promote gender equality

19th October 2005 Following a construction conference held last week, outgoing president of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers, Althea Povey, has added her voice to that of Mjoli Development MD Nhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube, who addressed delegates on a gender perspective of the Construction Charter. 

Brickmaking project launched in Khayelitsha

18th October 2005 The City of Cape Town and the provincial Department of Social Services and Poverty Alleviation have come to the aid of a group of budding entrepreneurs, providing finance and land for a brickmaking venture. 

Civil engineering body puts spotlight on skills shortages

By: Liezel Hill     14th October 2005 South Africa will need an additional 1 500 to 4 000 civil engineers over the next ten years to cope with the growing pipeline of large projects, in both the private and public sectors, a research report published yesterday by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) suggests. 

Stainless-steel giant eyeing domestic projects

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 As South Africa’s sole stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless consolidates its successful high production output of the first half of this year, it would seem that the stainless-steel giant is under increasing pressure to maintain this output due to the significant slowdown of global... 

Cementing the future

By: Keith Campbell     7th October 2005 The R1,36-billion Dwaalboom clinker plant expansion project being undertaken by PPC, part of the Barloworld group, will use only the latest generation technology. 

Aluminium industry launches new skills drive

6th October 2005 South Africa's aluminum manufacturing industry has allied itself with the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) in a joint campaign to promote the development of formally qualified workers in the aluminium and ceiling partitioning industries. 

No one to blame for Injaka bridge collapse - prosecutor

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2005 But Sabie magistrate’s office may still intervene 

Room for investment in public works programme

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2005 Cabinet has decided that the scope and the impact of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) must be increased, says Deputy Minister of Public Works Ntopile Kganyago. 

Construction group's powder still dry

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2005 South African construction group Aveng, which was keeping its powder dry for the massive Gautrain rapid-rail project, is now keen to make virtue of the spare capacity created within the company due to the fact that a competitor consortium, Bombela, had been appointed preferred bidder. 

Collaboration platforms in construction

By: System Author     16th September 2005 The planning, design and construction processes require a comprehensive data and information exchange. 

Eight-point project crisis-management plan

By: System Author     16th September 2005 It is every engineer’s worst nightmare - when their projects become front page news for the wrong reasons. 

Murray & Roberts team continues to probe opportunities

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2005 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is now permanently on the prowl for acquisition opportunities, but insists that it will not fall into past patterns of buying companies outside its core business of the construction economy. 

54 MONTHS REQUIRED

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2005 GAUTRAIN??The Gautrain should be completed 54 months to 60 months after financial closure is achieved, says Murray & Roberts CE Brian Bruce. 

Group Five's BEE deal gets the rating nod

15th September 2005 JSE-listed construction firm Group Five yesterday announced that economic empowerment rating agency, Empowerdex, gave its proposed black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction a score of over 80%. 

Aveng wants to turn Gautrain loss to virtue

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2005 South African construction group Aveng, which was keeping its powder dry for the massive Gautrain rapid-rail project, is now keen to make virtue of the spare capacity created within the company due to the fact that a competitor consortium, Bombela, had been appointed preferred bidder. 

Exuberance Pitfalls

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2005 Building and construction group WBHO has set margin management as its main priority for the next few financial years as it seeks to balance current exuberance in the sector with a desire for quality growth. 

Scaffolding firm will be JSE's biggest listing since Telkom

By: Ollie Madlala     5th September 2005 A scaffolding and modular building international company head-officed in South Africa is skyrocketing ahead of one of the largest listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) since Telkom's in 2003. 

'SA construction boom could last decades'

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Brian Bruce believes South Africa's construction economy, which has been in retreat for three decades, is on the cusp of a new cycle of multidecade growth. 

Biggest stock-exchange listing since Telkom's

By: Ollie Madlala     2nd September 2005 A scaffolding and modular building international company head-officed in South Africa is skyrocketing ahead of one of the largest listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) since Telkom’s in 2003. 

M&R offers R282m for Concor

By: Liezel Hill     2nd September 2005 Construction firm Murray & Roberts (M&R) said today that it has made an offer to acquire 100% of rival Concor for R282,4-million. 

M&R begins empowerment journey

By: Nicola Mawson     1st September 2005 Construction group Murray & Roberts, headed by Brian Bruce, has announced details of a R494-million broad-based direct black ownership injection into its shareholder base. 

WBHO expects SA's construction upsurge to be sustained

By: Liezel Hill     30th August 2005 South African construction giant WBHO yesterday reported headline earnings per share of 251c for the year ended June 31, 2005, an increase of 20,6% over the previous year. 

Truck bodies favoured by various industries

26th August 2005 Manufacturer of truck bodies for specialised applications, TFM Industries, has streamlined its business by focusing on its core competences in the design, manufacture and supply of truck bodies for three main industrial groupings while continuing to assist its various customers in developing and... 

Energised by empowerment

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2005 A growing share in the energy market beckons for Group Five on the back of its empowerment deal with the Mvelaphanda Group and the iLima consortium – jointly referred to as iLimaMvela. iLimaMvela will hold 21,6% of Group Five and current and future black management, as well as employees... 

Construction conference to unpack industry charter

26th August 2005 Public Works Minister Stella Sigcau is to address delegates at the annual construction-industry conference, to be held on October 9-11. 

Port Shepstone beachfront development

26th August 2005 Name of the project and location Port Shepstone beachfront development, Kwazulu-Natal South Coast. Project description The Hibiscus Coast Development Agency is spearheading an initiative to develop the Port Shepstone beachfront, with plans including an inner harbour, canal, pier and coastal... 

Building supplier on aggressive growth push

By: Nicola Mawson     17th August 2005 Building-material supplier Iliad is moving along an aggressive growth strategy and, in the half-year to June, had acquired four firms. 

Higher-grade steel could benefit exporters

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2005 The recent introduction of the new grade 350WA structural steel, which replaces the grade 300WA as the standard steel for structural purposes, provides an increase in nominal yield strength of 50 Mpa, which is equivalent to some 17% compared to grade 300WA. 

New steel construction 'Bible' available soon 

12th August 2005 The Southern African Steel Construction Handbook, which has long been the primary resource for participants in the steel construction sector, including architects, design engineers, draftsmen and quantity surveyors, has been revised by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC),... 

Steel projects shine at awards ceremony

12th August 2005 The Steel Awards, the annual event held under the auspices of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), was again a testimony to the excellent work currently being undertaken in steel by South African companies. 

Steel's planets are being aligned

12th August 2005 From ancient times people have attached great importance to planets and other heavenly bodies being aligned. 

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