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Civil Engineering and Construction

26 000 orders for steel-structure system

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s booming brick-and-mortar low-cost housing sector is set for a radical shake-up with the entry of a tested steel-structure construction system which has already secured firm orders for 26 000 units over five years. The design, developed by Pika Construction MD Pieter Botma in... 

R1,4m dome construction contract

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Cape Town company Monex Themed Environments (MTE) has secured a contract worth R1,4-million to manufacture 16 domes or cupolas to be erected on top of the new super-regional shopping centre under construction at Century City. The contract began with the installation of the first two cupolas which... 

R80-million extension work under way

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Local companies Concor Building and Concor Civils are working on extensions to the Vaalkop purification works, providing the client with maximum efficiency. The synergy gained by combining the skills of both group companies will result in completion of the project this month. Concor Building is... 

R12,5m fire equipment upgrade

By: Roelf Diedericks     23rd July 1999 A 22-STOREY building which houses the offices of government ministers is having its fire safety equipment upgraded by Concor Western Cape, a division of Concor Civils. The R12,5-million project includes the installation of new fire-detection alarms, sprinklers and fire-escape stairways.... 

First private-sector prison gets go-ahead

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Construction of the Bloemfontein maximum security prison is imminent following the signing of a project development agreement (PDA) between the Departments of Public Works, Correctional Services and the Ikhwezi consortium. This will be followed by concession contract signature within a few weeks.... 

World clamours for South African engineers

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Since launching its services outside South Africa five years ago, Gauteng engineering and management firm BKS has established itself successfully as a competitor in the international market. Today about 20% of the company’s total business is derived outside South Africa in countries such as... 

Powering up R20-million Namibian contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African transmission and distribution company Alstom Power Systems has won a R20-million turnkey contract to construct the 220/66 kV outdoor Harib substation for Nampower near Karasburg in southern Namibia. The new substation, which will tap power from the Aggeneis–Kokerboom 220 kV... 

Business invests in community

By: System Author     16th July 1999 BIG business has joined hands with locals living and working along the Maputo corridor to encourage active community participation in this billion-rand development investment. When the project ends, the businesses are ensuring that more than just a road is built in the process. A recent example... 

Swaziland resettlement planned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 NELSPRUIT consortium Maguga Dam Network (MDN) has been appointed by the Komati Basin Water Authority (Kobwa) to plan and implement the resettlement of households being displaced by the new Maguga dam reservoir. This consortium, headed by Dr Paul Lombard and Dr At Fischer, will be charged with the... 

R32-million Mozal bake furnace complete

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Ajoint venture, con- sisting of Concor Holdings and WBHO, has completed a R32-million contract for the construction of a bake furnace at Mozal. This was a fast-0track project which called for the joint venture to complete the contract within only nine months, involving a high level of resourcing... 

Botswana contracts clinched

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Southern African construction company Grinaker Whyle has been awarded several contracts for the improvement of basic infrastructure in Botswana, reports MD Eric Dixon. The contracts were awarded to the company by several government departments, including the departments of water affairs, roads,... 

Project will double Cape’s air cargo capacity

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A NEW R24-million cargo facility at Cape Town International Airport (CIA) will almost double the existing cargo-handling capabilities of the Western Cape’s main gateway. Building contractor Tempo Construction began building the 11 000 m2 cargo centre, on a site to the north of the existing... 

Empty factories to be turned into housing

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The government is proposing to use vacant space in industrial areas which have lost favour with landowners and tenants alike for housing. “There are many unoccupied factories in central Johannesburg and its surrounding industrial areas. “Along with the fact that we have two-million to... 

Novel approach to use of subcontractors

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The All Africa Games Village of the Stars project in Johannesburg has redefined the concept of tight margins for subcontractors, necessitating an efficient and well co-ordinated approach by all concerned. Builders contracted to construct brick superstructures ranging in size from 32 m2 to 50 m2... 

R5-million 380-unit extension completed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The first 380 homes have been completed at the R5,28-million Olievenhoutbosch Extension 13, in Centurion, Gauteng, through the efforts of the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha) and emerging developer Ahanang Hardware & Construction. The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council... 

Building up for big international trade expos

By: System Author     9th July 1999 In one of her first public functions as the new Minister of Public Works, Stella Sigcau will officially open the Afribuild and Afriwater trade exhibitions in August. Afribuild is the international trade exhibition focused on the building, construction and infrastructure sectors, while Afriwater... 

US$550m hydroelectric project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A US$550-million project to construct a 1 140 MW hydropower plant on the Pelotas river in southern Brazil, is progressing according to schedule, with diversion of the river planned for October this year. This will be followed by the filling of the reservoir in January 2002 and construction of the... 

Fibre optics and ultrasonic concrete testers

By: System Author     9th July 1999 French fibre optic control systems monitor construction and building sites to provide real-time location of all structural defects, with an accuracy of 100  

Cement contract in place

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The contract to supply all the cement needed for the construction of the R1,4-billion Gateway Centre project at Umhlanga, Kwazulu-Natal, has been secured by NPC Eagle Cement. New commercial manager Gerry Stott reports that this translates into supplying a total of a million bags of cement.... 

New shopping mall for Vereeniging

By: System Author     9th July 1999 GAUTENG will soon witness the establishment of a 160 ha mixed-use development along the Vaal river in Vereeniging. Known as the Riverwalk Metroplex, it will be a fully-integrated and multifaceted node encompassing a shopping, business and family entertainment centre. The first phase is the... 

Capacity-building to improve service delivery

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A CAPACITY-building programme for local government in Mpumalanga and the Northern Province has been launched. The purpose of the programme is to improve service delivery to poor communities through the enhancement of skills, planning, organisation, resources and service delivery. The objective of... 

Contract and the Heathrow tunnel collapse

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Several institutions, including the London Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the South African NEC Users Group and Eskom, have come out in support of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) following articles in the Engineering News and other local and international journals regarding the... 

Top zoo in R30-million metamorphosis

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The 100-year-old National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, or Pretoria Zoo, is undergoing a metamorphosis as part of a master-plan for the development of the zoo over the next 30 years. The master-plan includes the refurbishment of about 90% of the 80 ha facility, which is considered one of... 

Good chrome-chem output from new plant

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The R700-million sodium dichromate and chromic acid manufacturing plant, a joint-venture project between Bayer and Dow-Sentrachem, located in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal, is operating satisfactorily at about 70% of capacity. The plant, on which construction began in 1997, was officially opened in... 

Design on R1bn casino was no gamble

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The engineers and construction workers toiling on the R1-billion Caesars Gauteng hotel, casino and convention resort are described by US architect and designer Paul Steelman as “some of the best I have ever worked with”. The complex, which is being constructed on the site of the... 

Gas from new fields to flow by April 2000

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Mossgas project to bring the EM and associated gasfields into production is progressing well, with construction activities taking place in South Africa as well as abroad. Gas from the new fields is due to reach the onshore plant in April 2000. In the meantime, provisional test results on the... 

One of SA’s largest single structures

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Towering 114 m above sea level and extending 105 m below, the FA production platform is one of the largest single structures ever constructed in South Africa. Supporting it all is a steel-lattice structure or ‘jacket’, itself 124-m-high and weighing nearly 14 500 t. The jacket is... 

Project garners ’99 best urban-design award

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng architectural firm and urban designer Osmond Lange Architects & Planners has won the 1999 award for best urban design for the ‘new urba nism’ concept of Melrose Arch, MD John Dovey tells Engineering News. The R3-billion project, which is still in its first phase, is situated... 

Coega enviro permits are to get green light

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although no environmental permits have yet been granted for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), various studies are being undertaken to deal with the numerous permits that will be required for the many activities, such as rezoning of land, construction of sewage works, building of new... 

Spotlight on improved drilling methods

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the application of technology in the field of drilling. The reason for the surge of activity in this direction has been the drop in crude-oil prices and corresponding profit reduction. As a result, companies have actively sought new and more... 

Work begins on Cape arrivals terminal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Work has begun on the 4 000 m2 stand-alone building which will become the temporary international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport. When the temporary building has been completed and all existing facilities housed in it, the old building will be demolished. It will be replaced... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Training project becomes fully-fledged centre

By: System Author     25th June 1999 training project begun by Fluor Daniel in the early 1980s to ensure a sufficiently-skilled workforce has developed into a fully-fledged, highly-certificated training centre providing better-trained individuals to work in the construction and maintenance industry in South Africa. Located in... 

Control leader offers didactic training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global leader in control technology, Festo not only designs, manufactures and supplies products, equipment and systems for control technology, but also offers didactic training in order to assist with the upgrading of worker skills for industry. First established in Germany in 1970, Festo... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

R1,5m to avert environmental disaster

By: System Author     25th June 1999 THE Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has allocated R1,5-million to Blaauwberg municipality to help avert a potential oil-pollution disaster at Milnerton Lagoon. Fuel pipelines from the Caltex refinery to Table Bay harbour, and underground municipal services, are in danger of being damaged due to... 

R2m Indian hydroelectric contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A CONSORTIUM, comprising Indian company Jaiprakash Indus-tries and a group of Canadian companies, has been awarded a C$500-million (R2-million) contract with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in New Delhi, for the turnkey construction of the Chamera II hydroelectric development in... 

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