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Civil Engineering and Construction

SA-Oz ‘build’ construction links

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A co-operative agreement has been entered into by Building Industries Federation South Africa and the Master Builders of Australia to develop trade links between the building and construction industries in both countries. 

Textile concrete is popular in SA, abroad

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South African material is believed to be wowing international construction markets, with the product having been exported to the US, Europe and Australia to date. 

Metro Mall, Gauteng

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tenders closed on November 16 for prequalification as main contractor the bulk earthworks and piling contract for the construction of the Metro Mall. 

Medical clinic, Western Cape

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tenders are invited for the construction of a medical clinic. 

SA platinum group begins drilling Canada

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South Africa’s second-largest platinum producer, Implats, begins drilling a platinum-group metals prospect in Canada this month as it explores ways to diversify the geographic mix of its production portfolio. 

R21-billion for SADC projects

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Reconstruction & development 

R1,155-billion allocated for the reconstruction of infrastructure

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Reconstruction & development 

RDP not necessarily a failure

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Reconstruction & development 

Engineering transformation to be debated

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The transformation challenges facing the engineering profession will be the topic of discussion at a workshop to be presented by the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, and the Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists. 

Office development, W Cape

By: System Author     10th November 2000 A new office development is to be built in Diep River. 

Engineers’ showcase in North West

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 At an engineering exhibition hosted by Bolt & Engineering Distributors in the North West Province, Premier Popo Molefe reported that construction on the Trans-Kalahari highway, which will link the bay in Maputo with Walvis Bay, Namibia, is due to begin in January. 

Road construction, Namibia

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Contractors are invited to pre-qualify for the construction of climbing lanes and other improvements between Windhoek and Aris. 

Cape Town precinct development approved

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The Cape Town city council has given the go-ahead for the development of the Claremont civic precinct. 

SA ‘would not cope with growth’ due to skills shortage

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The shortage of matriculants and graduates in built-environment disciplines could place the South African building industry in a precarious position in the near future, as it would lack skilled construction management personnel. 

New equipment market emerging

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 With an ever-brightening future for the oil and gas production sector in Southern Africa, resulting from significant discoveries in and off Mozambique, Namibia and, potentially, South Africa, markets are emerging for specialist equipment hardly needed in the region before, and consequently not... 

Hydropower mining proving its worth

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hydropower mining, initially believed to be suitable only for deep-level mining, is proving to be useful in shallow mines. 

Claremont civic precinct, Western Cape

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The Cape Town city council has given the go-ahead for the development of the Claremont Civic precinct. 

Govt capex to rise ‘considerably’ – Hirsch

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Government capital expenditure is to rise “very considerably” in the next few years. 

Appropriate engineering to get kudos

By: System Author     20th October 2000 While the winners of this year’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering and South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation awards were nowhere near the size of past awarded projects. 

Construction industry needs to adapt to new economy

By: System Author     13th October 2000 In order for the construction industry to remain competitive in the new economy, it will have to understand its business processes and know how to apply information technology (IT) to improve them, says CSIR Building and Construction Technology (Boutek) manager: IT/information centre Nellis... 

Maguga dam road construction, Swaziland

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Tenders are invited for the construction of a gravel road. 

Multinational forecasts growth in SA construction industry

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Multinational building-materials company Lafarge has expressed optimism in the future of the South African construction industry and the country’s economy. 

R3bn mixed-use centre in full swing

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Construction of the first phase of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2001. 

Building and construction: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The construction and building industries in South Africa have not been good places to be over the last two decades. 

Building of new max-security prison

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Construction will begin this month on the proposed 3 024-bed maximum-security prison in Louis Trichardt, Northern Province. 

Consulting engineers need to find new ways of doing business

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Consulting Engineers 

Unique three-dimensional modelling system in use

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Consulting Engineers 

R100m mall to help revitalise city

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Contracts for the first phase of the proposed R100-million Metro Mall are to be awarded before the end of the month, which is also the date noted for the start of construction. 

The marvel South Africans built

By: System Author     4th August 2000 The successful completion of one of the world’s greatest entertainment marvels has been the catalyst for South African construction and engineering firm Murray & Roberts’s growth in the Middle East. 

Building unions invest in construction

By: System Author     28th July 2000 In a move that establishes Africa Construction firmly in the construction industry, Building Industry Investment Company, bought a 33% share in this Newpleaid Investments subsidiary last week for an undisclosed, but reportedly significant sum. 

Green buildings for Africa

By: System Author     28th July 2000 The building and construction division of CSIR, Boutek, has rolled out its Green Buildings for Africa programme in the public domain in an attempt to clean up South Africa’s commercial buildings. 

Quiet construction period at present

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Water engineering 

New port-control tower doubles as weather centre 

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Nautical imagery, shells and budding sugar-cane shoots are the inspiration for the design of the state-of-the-art port control tower which will grace Durban – Africa’s busiest port – by April next year. 

Bloemfontein prison to fuel local economy

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Prison developments 

Louis Trichardt prison to place SA near Australia and the UK

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Prison developments 

R250m prison to be completed in August

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Prison developments 

New building method on offer

By: System Author     14th July 2000 A new patented building method, which draws on the principles of brick, block and concrete building, is cheaper and requires less labour and skill than conventional building techniques. 

The Nelson Mandela bridge

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Construction of the proposed 280-metre-long Nelson Mandela bridge, which will link Braamfontein with Newtown, 

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