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Civil Engineering and Construction

Public Works unearths shocking levels of fraud

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2005 The Department of Public Works plans to submit names of 15 construction companies, some of which are listed on the JSE, to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for criminal investigation, following an extensive probe into black economic-empowerment (BEE) fronting activities. 

Concor and Bafokeng nation in BEE deal

11th August 2005 Listed construction and manufacturing group Concor Holdings and Royal Bafokeng Finance have launched a new jointly owned concrete products manufacturing operation in a black economic-empowerment joint venture targeting the mining and commercial building sectors. 

Group Five unveils BEE as order book swells to R4bn

By: Nicola Mawson     11th August 2005 Just in time for the Construction Charter, tipped to be implemented by year-end, Group Five has announced the details of a proposed black economic-empowerment deal. 

WBHO withdraws Concor bid

11th August 2005 Construction firm Concor yesterday advised its shareholders that Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) had withdrawn its firm intention to make an offer to acquire all the shares in Concor. 

Luxury apartment development in Clifton is nearly complete

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Cape Town-based consulting engineering firm Kantey & Templer (K&T) undertook the geotechnical assessment and detailed design of the Eventide Luxury Apartment development in Clifton, Western Cape. 

Consulting firm hard at work at Joburg airport

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The Pretoria-based Encon Engineering is a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm focusing on specialist fields of expertise, one being a fuel-system division, and another a perimeter security division which is currently working on four new projects for the Airports Company of South Africa... 

Bedford Square development

5th August 2005 The 18 000 m2 development is to be undertaken in three phases. Phase 1 involves the construction of 40 duplex units. The townhouses will be differentiated from other developments through a cosmopolitan look, part of which is to design the fa 

A bag full of projects for consultancy firm

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 The implementation of measurements to lessen negative social impacts of the Nandoni dam, in the Luvuvhu river, south of Thohoyandou in the former Venda, carried out by consulting engineering firm BKS, has recently been completed and deputy CEO Bob Pullen, who was involved with the project from... 

Public Works unearths shocking BEE-fronting reality

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2005 The Department of Public Works plans to submit names of 15 construction companies, some of which are listed on the JSE, to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for criminal investigation, following an extensive probe into black economic-empowerment (BEE) fronting activities. 

Building activity set to decline

By: Helene Le Roux     29th July 2005 Indications are that real building activity in South Africa is set to decline in the coming year. 

Scaffolding school

By: Helene Le Roux     29th July 2005 A private company in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, has established a world-class training facility to instruct learners in the artisanship of scaffolding. 

M&R on prowl for empowerment partner

By: Nicola Mawson     29th July 2005 Construction firm Murray & Roberts Holdings has released a notice to its shareholders stating that it is investigating the possibility of introducing black economic-empowerment at the corporate level. 

Dept hosts workshops for contractors

28th July 2005 The Mpumalanga public works department is hosting workshops in all regions of the province this week to inform contractors about the importance of registering with authorities. 

Expanded Public Works Programme exceeds targets

27th July 2005 Government's short to medium-term strategy to create jobs and alleviate poverty, the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), has exceeded its targets. 

Significant growth for local steel fabricator

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 South Africa’s largest privately-owned and black economic empowerment (BEE) compliant structural steel fabricator, the Cosira Group, is experiencing significant growth and expansion as a result of the increased expenditure in the petrochemical and power generation sectors. 

R25m plant to double firm's output volumes

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th July 2005 The official launch of Chryso SA’s new R25-million plant and South African head office facility in Jet Park will allow the company to double its current production volumes. 

Taking a turn for the better

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2005 CONSTRUCTION??Construction activity in the civil engineering sector picked up notably during the second quarter of 2005, with business confidence subsequently also showing an improvement. 

Material-testing lab established in the zone

By: sarah-leigh paul     1st July 2005 A material-testing laboratory has been established within the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) by Civilab and its sister company Soilco. 

Keeping the Towers cool and well-ventilated

By: Jade Davenport     1st July 2005 There has been much talk about the Michelangelo Towers luxury apartment development in central Sandton, Gauteng. 

Interior design places premium on luxury

By: Jade Davenport     1st July 2005 The departure point for the Legacy Group’s latest project, The Michelangelo Towers, was to develop a classical high-rise apartment building, designed to be beyond aesthetic comparison in the heart of the corporate capital of Africa. 

Luxury apartment development nearing completion

By: Jade Davenport     1st July 2005 The trend towards an international inner-city lifestyle has seen a surge in demand for high-rise residential buildings in Africa’s richest square mile, which is being driven by people’s desire to cut down on commuting time, increase security and have easy access to entertainment,... 

Rental-pool developments could set new property trend

By: Jade Davenport     1st July 2005 The Michelangelo Towers development represents a watershed in South African high-rise luxury residential accommodation as it promises to offer its residents a lifestyle of distinction beyond comparison on the African continent. 

Body probes roads complaint

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 A complaint regarding the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) contract for the provision of a comprehensive engineering, topographical and cadastral service survey is currently being investigated by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). 

Skill shortages hamper building boom

30th June 2005 The latest results obtained from the second quarter business survey conducted in the building industry by the Bureau for Economic Research in Stellenbosch indicate that building activity overall is continuing at a robust pace. 

'Real' work now under way

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Situated on the upper Berg river in the La Motte forest outside Franschhoek in the Western Cape, the Berg River dam, which was previously known as the Skuifraam dam, is the largest water-infrastructure project currently under construction in South Africa. 

Water project powered up

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 For over 30 years Brand Engineering has been engaged in the construction industry as a contractor for power distribution, electrical, instrumentation and control installations. 

Office solution supplied to Berg Water Project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Black-empowered company e-KwikBuild Housing, with 27% black woman-owned equity, supplied and installed the office buildings to the Berg Water project – a contract worth R2,2-million. 

Enviro-friendly bush clearing creates jobs

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The 560-ha footprint of the Berg River dam is almost being left untouched as the bush clearing and chipping contract, awarded to Cape Town-based Fastfell in January, is being done in an environment-friendly manner, a member of Fastfell, Shaughn Frost, tells Engineering News. 

Why dam project is needed

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The City of Cape Town’s increasing demand for water, although significantly tempered by a water demand management policy and strategy, required the implementation of the National Cabinet’s decision in 2002, to implement the Berg Water project. 

Instrumentation installation under way at dam project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Specialising in geotechnical instrumentation, the 19-year-old company Kop-Kop was awarded the contract for the supply, installation and monitoring of the Berg River dam’s instrumentation by the Berg River Project Joint Venture (BRPJV). 

R10m blasting contract nearing completion

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 The R10-million blasting contract for the Berg River dam, subcontracted by the Berg River Project Joint Venture (BRPJV) to Durban-based Eire Contractors, will be completed by the end of July. 

Mpumalanga purges itself of shoddy housing contractors

22nd June 2005 Mpumalanga housing MEC Jabu Mahlangu has started meeting with all building contractors in the province this week after a mass purge of crooked builders. 

Government urges North West construction firms to register

22nd June 2005 North West Public Works MEC Howard Yawa has urged contractors in the province to register their businesses as a matter of urgency. 

WBHO in fresh move on Concor

21st June 2005 Construction giant WBHO yesterday advised its shareholders that it had submitted a written notice to the board of directors of Concor of its firm intention to make an offer for the entire issued share capital of Concor. 

Gauteng unveils plan to accelerate housing delivery

By: Nicola Mawson     13th June 2005 Some 450 000 households in 392 informal settlements are to be targeted for action by the Gauteng Department of Housing in the next five years. 

Ship-repair facility mooted for Cape Town

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 Cape Town has a long history of ship repair and it has been considered, since 1994, 

Diving solutions for coastline and offshore industries

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 Durban-based Dive Solutions – founded 20 years ago and formerly known as Propshine Diving – operates worldwide, specialising in the provision of accredited commercial diving solutions to many different industries based inland, along the coastline or offshore. 

Coating specialist repairs and maintains ships

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 One of South Africa’s largest and better-equipped marine anticorrosion project engineering companies, Nautilus Marine, has developed an international reputation for quality services to ship owners and industrialists. 

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