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Civil Engineering and Construction

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

John Ross tolling proposed

By: System Author     6th July 2000 An unsolicited proposal to upgrade and toll the John Ross highway linking Empangeni and Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal at a cost of R220-million to R250-million, has been submitted to the National Roads Agency. 

Brewery project is on target

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Ibhayi brewery development 

Africa’s eye to the sky

By: System Author     30th June 2000 An assortment of engineers has gathered at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town, command centre of the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) project. 

Project is 76% complete

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Century City 

300-metre arched viaduct is now nearing completion

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Century City 

New lions’ den 20 times bigger

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Construction of the Johannesburg Zoo’s R6-million lion enclosure, sponsored by Anglogold, is on target for completion by the end of July. 

The new e-contractor

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Africa’s largest engineering group is putting its losses behind it and embracing the New Economy 

New cable base opens

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 One of South Africa’s leading cable-management product suppliers, HellermannTyton, has invested some R14-million in new premises located in Linbro Park, Johannesburg. 

R1,5-million factory expansion completed

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Composites 

Progress slow at Mohale tunnel

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Southern Africa: projects & trade 

Lesotho Highlands project progressing

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Southern Africa: projects & trade 

Tunnel projects in the pipeline

By: System Author     9th June 2000 South Africa has few tunnels under construction at present, although there are a number of tunnels in the design phase just waiting for the right ‘trigger’ for construction to take place. 

Work begins on R700m Knysna project

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Construction work on the first phase of Thesen Islands, a R700-million commercial and residential property development in the Knysna lagoon starts this month. 

Kiwis help large telescope project

By: System Author     9th June 2000 The University of Canterbury, in New Zealand, has joined a consortium to develop the Southern African Large Telescope. 

Retail project nearing completion

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Property developer Old Mutual Properties’ R200-million retail project in the heart of Rosebank, Johannesburg, known as 

Vic Falls hotel: latest

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Five months into the R330-million contract to build Sun International Zambia’s two hotels overlooking the Victoria Falls, Grinaker Construction is 50% of the way to completing the structures, and has begun with the finishings to the bedroom blocks for the four- and five-star hotels. 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Decision this month for Cape power plan

By: System Author     26th May 2000 National power utility Eskom’s transmission division is to submit its ‘Cape strengthening programme’ to the board for approval this month. 

Bulk earthworks for Cape casino

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Construction of the Caledon Casino Bid Company’s R103,5-million casino resort in Caledon, in the Overberg region, is under way and set to become the first fully-licensed casino operating in the Western Cape. 

Eco-village blueprint under way

By: System Author     26th May 2000 The South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, in partnership with the private sector, will develop a model eco-village for the country, which will serve as a blueprint for other similar developments. 

Contracts awarded for Cape marina

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Construction of one of South Africa’s largest residential developments, valued at R1,3-billion, is well under way at Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 

Tallest petrochem column

By: System Author     12th May 2000 A new steel column, which is reportedly the tallest in Southern Africa, was erected at Sasol’s Alpha Olefins plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, last month. 

R211m for new staduim

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Planned development of the R211-million, 35 000-seat stadium in Brakpan, on the East Rand, is on track with the project due to start in July or August. 

R4,2m bridge contract in progress

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Tribology, corrosion control & coatings 

Considerable developments under the RDP

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Reconstruction & development 

Delivery of houses set to increase

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Reconstruction & development 

Taking IT to the people

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Reconstruction & development 

Second franchise for booming business

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Hydraulic and pneumatics 

SA glass bridges off to Zimbabwe

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Three glass airport passenger-loading bridges left for Harare, Zimbabwe, this week to join the first bridge successfully transported to and installed at Harare airport earlier this month. 

R150m German brewhouse for SA

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Construction of a R150-million brewery for the Eastern Cape by a German-South African joint venture is expected to start in the second half of the year. 

Twelve weigh-stations to beat overloaders on new N3 toll-road

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Overloaded trucks are adding R600-million a year to the backlog bill of maintenance and repairs of South African roads, which stands at R37-billion, but public–private partnerships could help solve the problem. 

Guide for settlements launched by Minister

By: System Author     28th April 2000 A workbook of information to assist professionals and policy makers in creating sustainable settlements in South Africa, known as the Red Book, was released this month in Pretoria. 

Telescope construction to start next quarter

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Construction of the proposed R100-million Southern African large telescope, which will be able to record images as faint as a candle flame at the distant of the moon, at Sutherland in the Northern Cape is set to start in the third- quarter of this year. 

Saldanha upgrade starts next month

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Implementation of Portnet’s plan for a R400-million upgrade to the Port of Saldanha’s 23-year-old iron-ore export plant is due to begin by the end of May. 

Big QS shake-up

By: System Author     7th April 2000 South Africa’s quantity-surveying industry experienced a significant shake-up at the beginning of April, with three long-serving directors leaving one of the country’s largest firms, Farrow Laing Ntene, and setting themselves up in direct opposition. 

Holistic approach needed in dam-building

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Alternatives to dam-building need to be thoroughly canvassed before a dam is built, and dam-building should not automatically be a first reaction. 

Pro Brick Equipment

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Factory 

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