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Civil Engineering and Construction

New procurement strategy

16th November 2001 A new procurement, logistics and enabling information-technology (IT) strategy is being developed by the new unitary Murray & Roberts. 

New aluminium foundry

16th November 2001 The bulk of this will be invested in a new greenfields state-of-the-art aluminium foundry in Port Elizabeth to fulfill a contract to supply all of the major iron and aluminium castings for Ford’s new RoCam engines bound for export markets. 

New transport focus for civils operation

16th November 2001 Transport-related infrastructure – embracing not only roads, railways, airports and harbours, but also pipelines – is the new focus of Murray & Roberts Civils. 

Huge train-upgrade demand on the horizon

16th November 2001 Trainset manufacturer and refurbisher Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) of Nigel, a wholly-owned operation within the Murray & Roberts group, is in the process of refurbishing 88 suburban trains in what it sees as area of huge future opportunity. 

Competitive in structural steel

16th November 2001 South Africa’s competitiveness in structural steel is being repeatedly emphasised by local companies winning contracts in developed countries. 

World Bank set to approve $500m Uganda hydro project

16th November 2001 The World Bank said it was likely to approve a $500-million project to build a 250 megawatt power dam in Uganda aimed at almost doubling the country’s electric power capacity. 

Positioned for growth

16th November 2001 One company, one brand, one strategy and one leadership – the new unitary approach of Murray & Roberts – is already yielding improved financial results and growth in shareholder value for the company which this year celebrates 100 years in the construction industry. 

R500m-plus capex expected

16th November 2001 Construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts has strong cash balances. 

120t lift at Richards Bay harbour

16th November 2001 Murray& Roberts group company Johnson Crane Hire used the only crane of its kind in South Africa to lift a 120 t hopper at the Richards Bay harbour for the State-owned Portnet. 

Mining saves construction sector

9th November 2001 While government spending on infrastructure is nowhere near the levels of a few years ago, continued spending in the minerals and metals industry is having a positive effect on the construction civil engineering industry, reports South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec)... 

German skill strengthens SA firm

By: Zonika Botha     2nd November 2001 As the fifth-largest construction company in South Africa, Concor has been conducting its business in construction and mining-related industry across the country and neighbouring African states since 1948. 

Steel Studio

2nd November 2001 Steel Studio specialises in the manufacture of balustrading and associated products from stainless and mild steel, and claims to be one of the foremost designers, manufacturers and fitters of specialist stainless-steel production in South Africa. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Bridge-collapse inquiry coming to a head

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 More than two years after the start of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998, proceedings are expected to conclude on November 30, says DoL presiding officer Larry Kloppenborg. 

Firm in $120m Ethiopia contract

2nd November 2001 The building contract for a new $120-million pharmaceutical complex on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, has been awarded to WBHO, of South Africa, in joint venture with Midroc Construction, of Ethiopia. 

Bricks-and-mortar tribute to SA's new Constitution

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 Construction of South Africa’s new constitutional court is expected to be completed by August 2003. 

Membership of construction body drops sharply

By: Laura Franz     26th October 2001 Within a decade, the membership of the Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) South Africa has fallen from 250 member companies with 250 000 scheduled employees – those represented by bargaining councils – to a current 144 member companies with almost 10 000 employees, reported... 

Study on for new Mozambique dam

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2001 After being tormented by severe floods in the last two years, Mozambique is conducting a feasibility study into building the Moamba dam in the Moamba district, in the Maputo province, 70 km west of the country’s capital, Maputo. 

Malawi seeks investor for hotel project

By: Marcel Chimwala     19th October 2001 Malawi is seeking an investor for a $6,14-million hotel-construction project at one of its tourism havens, Cape Maclear in the Southern lakeshore district of Mangochi. 

Frank Reid, Babcock Plant & Equipment 

12th October 2001 Frank Reid Babcock Plant & Equipment 

Rocla

12th October 2001 Rocla is primarily involved in the manufacture an supply of precast concrete pipes, culverts, manholes, poles and related infrastructural concrete products. 

Plan to build Malawi–Moz oil pipeline . . .

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi and Mozambique are pushing plans to construct an oil pipeline from the Mozambique Indian Ocean port of Nacala to Malawi. 

. . . $6m Malawi roads project

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi is preparing to carry out annual routine maintenance of its main roads and selected urban roads. 

SA engineering poised for growth, says bank

By: Deborah Spicer     5th October 2001 The corporate division of BoE Merchant Bank is enthusiastic about the prospects of South Africa’s two leading construction companies. 

R55m defence logistics contract awarded

5th October 2001 Local logistical-support company Reutech Defence Logistics (RDL), of Woodmead, Gauteng, was awarded contracts, worth some R55-million, by Armscor this month to provide full logistical support to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

Seven awards in last three months

28th September 2001 In the past three months, WBHO has won several awards. They are: 

Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

EU backs skills conference

28th September 2001 A two-day conference gets under way next month to debate a new national strategy aimed at raising competence levels, qualifications and earning potential for thousands of skilled workers. 

SA smarting at loss of big steel contract

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Dorbyl Heavy Engineering is angry at the fact that ECL, a subsidiary of Pechiney, won the contract for the supply of steel superstructures for Mozal phase 2. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Top constructor's new international strategy

28th September 2001 Civil engineering, roads and earthworks and building are the core construction disciplines of one of South Africa’s largest construction companies WBHO which currently turns over R1,7-billion a year. 

Resource contracts fill gap

28th September 2001 A flurry of mining industry activity has enabled WBHO to secure R400-million worth of resource based work – and fill the gap left by building’s downturn. 

Blacks are now replacing top expatriate artisans of past era

28th September 2001 Black construction personnel working for WBHO are today surpassing the performance of the highly-skilled Southern European artisans with whom they worked for many years, Engineering News can today report. 

Burgeoning two-year order book for construction firm

21st September 2001 The order book at leading construction and engineering group Aveng has swelled to a whopping R8,2-billion. 

R100m wildlife reserve under construction in Moz

21st September 2001 Work on the R100-million Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary, in the southern area of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique, is under way. 

SADC offering some construction hope

21st September 2001 Despite the stagnant state of Southern Africa’s economy, with many construction and related projects in the region having been delayed, significant opportunities in Southern African Development Community (SADC) do exist, maintains Concor CEO John Willmott. 

Tender invite for 800 Malawi houses

By: Marcel Chimwala     21st September 2001 The Malawi government is inviting tenders for the construction and maintenance of 800 teachers houses on ‘fast track’, using environment-friendly construction materials. 

Umhlanga bridge completed

14th September 2001 The 60-metre focal point of the Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, the Moreland Millennium Bridge, is an icon for future strategic developments for the entire Kwazulu Natal region North of Durban. 

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