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Civil Engineering and Construction

Blantyre hotel development on cards

By: Marcel Chimwala     14th September 2001 MALAWI – Malawi is inviting tenders from civil engineering contractors which are registered or are eligible for registration in that country for preliminary site works as part of a $16-million five-star hotel construction project in the country’s commercial capital, Blantyre. 

A dog's life

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2001 The other day I was at a site meeting. There were many of us there, some new faces. We were appointed to do the main power supply of the building. 

Construction group breaking from its conglomerate past

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 The transformation of construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) from a virtual conglomerate into an entity with a unitary structure has started delivering important synergies which are set to enhance the group’s bottom line for a long time to come. 

'Struggle museum' to open in November

14th September 2001 An R80-million museum in Johannesburg, which will call to mind the trauma of South Africa’s Apartheid era, will open its doors to the public in November. 

Big Kwazulu–Gauteng water scheme on track

14th September 2001 The upgrade of the R199,7-million Tugela-Vaal government water scheme, in Kwazulu-Natal, which supplies water to Gauteng, is on track for completion next month, reports Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) resident engineer Harry Swart. 

Road engineers encouraged to use resources efficiently

14th September 2001 The local road engineering sector will have to expand its imagination to ensure the sustainability of road building in the future. 

Contractor licks chops at Nigeria prospects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 Construction and engineering giant Murray & Roberts (M&R) is eyeing multimillion-rand projects in the West African country of Nigeria, where the seaports are being privatised and substantial offshore oil and gas development is taking place. 

Cross-border projects boost South African construction firm

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2001 A rebuilding strategy initiated last year is starting to reap results for construction company Group Five. 

Quality award for clay-brick maker

7th September 2001 The biggest independent clay-brick manufacturer in the Western Cape, Crammix Bricks, reports to be the first in South Africa to qualify for SABS ISO 9002 certification, a quality standard recognised in 70 countries. 

Tenders issued for Durban port berths

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 As part of the R1,34-billion Port of Durban Development 2005 project, National Ports Authority will be building five new deep-water berths to replace under-utilised shallow-water berths, reports port engineer Patrick Raw. 

Foreign backers help drive N4 Platinum Corridor

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th September 2001 In a show of confidence in the way South Africa handles toll-road concessions, foreign financiers are putting up half of the R3-billion needed for the N4 Platinum highway project, being built for Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (BPCC) by a four-company consortium known as the Platinum... 

Jo'burg urban renewal moves forward

By: Laura Franz     31st August 2001 Evidence of the surgeon’s knife being taken to the inner city of Johannesburg in its bid to transform itself into a world-class city is becoming apparent to many who lay their eyes on it. 


31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

Aussie losses will not hurt SA engineering group

30th August 2001 As expected, Aveng’s Australian subsidiary McConnell Dowell reported an operating loss of A$3,932-million for the six months ended June 30, 2001. 

Contracting firm still high on Dubai

29th August 2001 South Africa’s biggest contracting company, Murray & Roberts, has won $300-million-worth of construction work in Dubai, Engineering News Online can today report. 

Strijdom Square plans were never approved

24th August 2001 As far as can be determined, building plans for the Strijdom Square dome were never submitted to the local authority and were, therefore, not approved, says City Development Control (Pretoria administrative unit) director Louis Bouwer. 

2002 take-off for R348m airport terminal

17th August 2001 Construction of the new R384-million terminal at the Johannesburg International Airport – the largest contract to be commissioned by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) – is on schedule for completion by September next year. 

Pretoria's plan for R1-billion Mandela Development Corridor

By: Laura Franz     17th August 2001 Earlier this month, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a request for qualification for a 25-year master concession, under a public-private partnership, for the design, fast-track construction, lifecycle management and financing of the department’s new premises, to be located... 

SA firm builds another Malawi hotel

10th August 2001 MALI – South African construction firm, Group Five International, which was reported to be building a hotel for the Protea group in Malawi earlier this year, has started construction of another hotel, valued at $ 1,6-million, in the country’s commercial capital, Blantyre. 

Malawi invites 800 borehole-construction tenders

3rd August 2001 The Malawi government has planned to construct 800 new boreholes and is inviting sealed bids from elligible bidders for the construction of the boreholes. 

'Creative capital' hopes for Newtown

27th July 2001 For many years, scepticisms and negative misconceptions have stunted the potential of Johannesburg’s run-down Newtown area. 

Mandela bridge to be spectacular feature

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Johannesburg Development Agency Project Manager Paul Arnott-Job has been tasked with the responsibility of providing efficient access into the Newtown area which will contribute to the success of ongoing regeneration projects in Newtown and the whole of the Johannesburg Inner City. 

Insulation furnace to be rebuilt in a R20-million project

By: Laura Franz     20th July 2001 Rockwool, fibreglass and glass-reinforcement product manufacturer Owens Corning South Africa (OCSA), of Springs, East Rand, intends rebuilding its insulation furnace in a R20-million project scheduled to take place in early 2002, reports MD Andrew Scott. 

National health threatened by crumbling sewerage systems

13th July 2001 Several sewerage systems in many parts of the country are reportedly falling apart owing to crumbling infrastructure and poor management, posing a worrying threat to national health, Engineering News can today report. 

Poor upkeep blamed for square collapse

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2001 The collapse of Strijdom Square, in Pretoria can most probably be attributed to a lack of maintenance on the structure, says Gauteng transport and public works department Jack Van der Merwe. 

Board signifies change in sector

29th June 2001 The launch of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) highlights the ability of all South Africans to contribute and commit themselves to change that is pivotal to the growth and competitiveness of the economy, reports Deputy President Jacob Zuma. 

Partnership to help build construction industry

29th June 2001 The launch of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) marks the beginning of the realisation of the objective to encourage co-operation in the Southern African region, especially on issues of development, reports Housing Minister Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele. 

Still a long road ahead for regional construction industry development

29th June 2001 Despite the good intentions and dedicated effort of governments and organisations in most countries to develop the construction industry, progress has been slow, and the sector faces most of the same challenges it did 20 years ago, reports head of the Department of Building at the National... 

Sector strengths could help growth

29th June 2001 The South African construction industry is expected to achieve a turnover of about R33-billion this year. 

Three bridges to span V&A canal

29th June 2001 The first of three, hydraulically operated bridges that will span the V&A Canal in the V&A Marina at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is now operational. 

Infrastructure high on SA development agenda

29th June 2001 While there are many priority issues on the Southern African development agenda, few assume the same urgency as public and commercial infrastructure deficiencies, reports Public Works Minister Stella Sigcau. 

New phase in construction

29th June 2001 The establishment of the Construction Industry Development Board is the beginning of a new phase in the journey towards construction industry development. 

New enabling body for the construction sector

29th June 2001 The South African construction industry inherited much of its contractual procedure from its former colonial master, Britain. 

Civil engineers decry lack of infrastructure spending

By: Laura Franz     15th June 2001 The importance of local government as the primary delivery agent for civil engineering services to the people of South Africa cannot be underestimated, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) president Dr Kevin Wall. 

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Western Cape

13th June 2001 The Cape Town International Convention Centre company, Convenco, has named WBHO/Rainbow Construction Cape as its preferred principal building contractor. 

$250m East Rand theme park 'still on'

8th June 2001 Plans to develop a $250-million theme park outside Kempton Park, on the East Rand, are still on the table, despite setbacks in securing finances for the feasibility study. 

R50m heavy-mineral port terminal

By: Laura Franz     1st June 2001 Construction of a R50-million bulk export terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, to be used by Iscor Heavy Minerals (IHM) for the export of its Hillendale mine and Empangeni processing plant output, is on target for completion by August, reports design engineering and project management firm... 

Office block, Western Cape

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A new high-tech office block is to be built on the north bank of Canal Walk at Century City 

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