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Civil Engineering and Construction

Raising offshore container handling standards

10th June 2005 In an important reversal from the common practice of allowing foreign operators to use West Africa as a ‘dumping ground’ for inferior products, the Angolan authorities have taken a giant step in improving the safety in the handling of offshore containers by introducing the Luanda... 

New year bodes well for marine company

10th June 2005 Only six months into the year and already DCD-Dorbyl Marine has successfully completed several ship-repair projects, which include extensive fabrications and seven main ship-repair projects. 

Specialised services are in great demand

10th June 2005 An upturn of activity in the Southern African offshore oil and gas industry has increased demand for specialised offshore services that are essential to the overall safety and integrity of operations. 

JV specialises in ship-repair services

10th June 2005 The East London Shipyard (ELSY) is a joint venture between two of South Africa’s leading ship-repair firms, Elgin Brown & Hamer and Dorbyl Marine. 

R9,8-billion football feast spin-off

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th June 2005 The total expected spectator spend for the soccer World Cup 2010 is estimated to be R9,8-billion, says the CEO for the organising committee of the event Danny Jordaan. 

Sisulu wants construction sector to help speed up delivery

By: Nicola Mawson     6th June 2005 Following on from the memorandum of understanding that the Department of Housing has with banks, the department is endeavouring to develop a similar understanding with the construction and development sectors. 

High profile citizens to gather at Freedom Charter site

3rd June 2005 Kliptown's Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication is nearing completion. 

SA engineers eye island prospects

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2005 Economic growth for the island state of Madagascar, just off the East coast of Africa, is projected at 9,4% for 2005. This is similar to Angola, and ahead of Mozambique, and positions Madagascar in the top ten developing countries in Africa. 

R213m JIA interchange project launched

2nd June 2005 Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa and Public Transport, Roads and Works MEC Ignatius Jacobs will today launch a R213-million project to revamp the Joburg International Airport Interchange - the project seeks to significantly reduce pressure on roads leading to and from the airport. 

Atteridgeville to get new shopping complex

31st May 2005 A one-stop community shopping centre is to be developed in the western Tshwane area of Atteridgeville. 

Developer lobby group set up offices

25th May 2005 An organisation to put forward the case for responsible development has been established. 

Finalist withdraws from Freedom Statue competition

25th May 2005 The Mandela Bay Development Agency have announced that an artist and architect firm had withdrawn their design from the competition for the Statue of Freedom. 

R2,5m facelift for Rosebank building

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Spec-con, a 12-year-old company specialising in fa 

Fibre reinforcement being widely used in cement market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Although fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC) is not a very recent technology, it is being more extensively used in many different areas of the South African concrete market. 

Products impress local construction industry

20th May 2005 The advanced performance of the new EPM range of planetary pan mixers is fast attracting the attention of South Africa’s leading construction companies.? 

Cement sales buoyent, skills remain a challenge

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Cement sales are a good indicator of a country’s economic activity and last year was an outstanding year for the South African cement industry with several sales records being broken. 

Skills crisis bites at building sites

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2005 Grinaker-LTA Building MD Neil Cloete says the shortage of skills currently experienced in the construction industry means it is more difficult to retain qualified staff. 

SA’s construction economy set for boom times

By: Liezel Hill     20th May 2005 Independent equity advisor Mark Ingham and Group Five CEO Mike Lomas yesterday echoed comments made last month by Murray & Roberts CEO Brian Bruce that, following some 15 years of decline, the domestic construction industry was finally emerging from the doldrums. 

Paving firm invests in block-making plant

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th May 2005 Concrete-paving manufacturer Bosun Brick has invested some R10-million in a new Hess block-making plant. 

Consolidation trend in construction to continue

19th May 2005 International ratings agency Fitch Ratings has put on the table the potential for a new round of consolidation in the building materials sector in Europe. 

Stadiums for Africa with a French flair

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Ing 

Nigel prison construction to start soon

6th May 2005 The completion date for Nigel's new generation prison has been set at September 2007. 

New hotel, casino force emerging

By: elizabeth rebelo     6th May 2005 Hotel, casino and resort developer Peermont Global SA, formally known as Global Resorts, is investing R197-million in expansion projects this year.? 

Cement firm mulls Cape readymix expansion

6th May 2005 Cement producer Holcim South Africa is considering the erection of a fourth plant at its Peninsula quarry site, near Killarney, in the Western Cape. 

Construction charter still facing big challenges

By: Keith Campbell     6th May 2005 A report on progress in the development of the Construction Transformation Charter (BEE) process, and the remaining challenge (the scorecard). 

Contractor absolved in building collapse probe

2nd May 2005 An independent enquiry instituted by building contractor, G Liviero & Son has absolved the company from culpability for the collapse of a portion of a McCarthy Nissan building, it says. 

Murray & Roberts launches takeover bid for rival

27th April 2005 South African construction giant Murray & Roberts has indicated that it is attempting to take over rival firm Concor. 

Construction sector seeks safety overhaul

26th April 2005 The week of May 16 to May 20 has been declared 'construction health and safety' week by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE). 

Finalists named for design of Port Elizabeth landmark

21st April 2005 The three finalists in the concept design for Port Elizabeth's iconic Statue of Freedom have been named. 

Construction sector draft BEE scorecard released

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st April 2005 A draft black-economic empowerment (BEE) scorecard was yesterday released for industry comment by the steering committee responsible for driving the construction industry broad-based BEE charter process. 

R400m Soweto property development gets going

By: Nicola Mawson     19th April 2005 Soweto yesterday was the site of the launch of an R400-million development project that aims to uplift the area, and merge heritage with retail convenience. 

Côte d’Ivoire residential-commercial property plan on hold

By: Nicola Mawson     12th April 2005 A project to construct several thousand houses and a shopping centre in C 

Sun is rising on the construction economy

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2005 Engineering contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects the construction economy - now into a recovery following 15 years of decline - to expand to around R100-billion-a-year by 2010, but only if South Africa successfully meets its stated objective of growing gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) to... 

Infrastructure promise is real

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2005 A quite revolution has taken place within government over the last couple of years, with infrastructure delivery now receiving priority attention, from President Thabo Mbeki down. 

Sport development fit for kings

By: Nicola Mawson     8th April 2005 Durban is in the fortunate position of having sporting facilities that are surrounded by park area and are close to all amenities – the only such situation countrywide. 

Studies advance for big Joburg government precinct

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2005 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) and the heritage-impact assessment (HIA) of the Gauteng government project to convert part of the Johannesburg inner-city into a provincial government precinct, will be concluded in May, says the head of the public–private partnership (PPP) unit... 

Local software finds international application

By: Mariaan Webb     1st April 2005 South Africa’s software technology is going to be exported to other parts of the world to help solve problems similar to those experienced here. 

Margins key to filling construction skills gap

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 South African construction industry margins will have to improve markedly if the sector is to develop and retain the skills necessary to implement the country’s growing pipeline of infrastructure projects while supporting the creation of sustainable black-owned contracting businesses, Group... 

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