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Civil Engineering and Construction

Wastewater treatment infrastructure to benefit from improvements

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 While some parts of South Africa’s wastewater treatment infrastructure can be considered as being in an excellent condition, further improvements could lead to greater operational efficiency and cost savings, believes engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon. 

Closing the skills gap

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Engineering and management consultancy firm Arup South Africa, which launched the Arup Education Trust (AET) in January, has announced the 12 tertiary and 30 high school beneficiaries of a collective R1-million full-time education sponsorship for this year. 

Call for bitumen to be declared a strategic mineral resource

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 A possible solution to the reoccurring bitumen shortages for the economic and infrastructure developments in South Africa is to have the product declared a strategic mineral resource, rather than a commodity, says asphalt manufacturer Much Asphalt CEO Phillip Hechter. 

Survey points to concerns on proposed accounting rule changes

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG's international global construction survey, ‘Navigating the storm: Charting a path to recovery?' reports that the construction industry globally is concerned over the proposed accounting rule changes on the timing of revenue recognition. The changes proposed by... 

contractor reduces 
lost-time injury frequency rate

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Civil engineering contractor Concor Civils MD Graham Browne says that the company’s lost-time injury frequency rate is currently more than five times lower than industry averages five years ago.

He says that achieving such statistics in the construction industry a few years ago was unheard of... 

Improving SA's maintenance programmes critical

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Fears are that, if maintenance programmes are not properly implemented in provincial and municipal infrastructure - particularly in the roads and the water and sanitation sectors, South Africa's maintenance issues will turn into reconstruction issues. This challenge is also fuelled by the lack of... 

Emergency programmes under way to assist municipalities

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Engineering and environmental consultants SSI has devised a number of emergency projects to assist the municipalities of the southern Cape coastal belt, in light of the severe drought that the area is experiencing. SSI communications manager Robin Hayes says that during December, tourists flood... 

SA’s development model reliance may put natural resources at risk

12th February 2010 South Africa’s development model, which relies heavily on new municipal infrastructure development to fuel economic growth and boost service delivery, risks being unsustainable and putting the country’s natural resources at risk, said Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (Imesa)... 

Business Leader Zulch Lötter

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Full Name: Johannes Bernard Zulch Lötter
Position: President, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and MD, UWP Consulting

Main Activity of the Company: Cesa aims to create a healthy business environment for its members, while simultaneously campaigning for the operation, maintenance and... 

report points to water shortages in SA by 2030

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 A recent global water report released in Washington states that South Africa is heading for a significant water shortfall of between 17% and 30% by 2030. The country will need to invest at least R2,8-billion a year, in real terms, over a three-year period to prevent shortages, says construction... 

Precast sewerage pipes supplied to wastewater project

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Manufacturer of precast concrete infrastructural products Rocla, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, is manufacturing precast concrete sewer- age pipes for the second phase of the Paarl wastewater project, in Cape Town. 

Further contraction of civils industry expected in 2010

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) reports that the civils industry is expected to contract by about 10% in real terms this year, with possible mitigation from existing projects. Safcec senior economist Pierre Blaauw attributes this to the unwinding of... 

Business conditions threaten contractors

13th February 2009 Results of the Business Conditions Survey conducted by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) states that contractors are reporting worsening business conditions. 

Contactor tackles testing bridge jacking project

13th February 2009 Specialist geotechnical engineering contractor Esor is tackling a challenging bridge contract on a South African National Roads Agency Limited project, located on the western extension of the N17, linking the Nasrec road to the Soweto highway. 

Institute training to include laboratory personnel

13th February 2009 The need for more durable structures in South Africa has prompted the Cement & Concrete Institute’s (C&CI’s) School of Concrete Technology to expand the training it offers to laboratory testing personnel. 

Geotechnical company overcomes tough 
dolomitic conditions

13th February 2009 Accustomed to overcoming tough geotechnical challenges, geotechnical engineering contractors Franki Africa has provided an innovative solution for the Gautrain rapid-rail project’s viaducts in the Centurion area. 

First phase of bulk water supply project completed

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Consulting engineering and project management company SSI's Lowlands Water joint venture (JV), successfully completed the first phase of the Lesotho Lowlands bulk water supply project during the last quarter of 2008, SSI group communications manager Robin Hayes tells Engineering News. 

Steel raised to new heights on Gautrain cranes

13th February 2009 International crane company Morris Cranes has joined with construction solutions company, the Cosira Group, to manufacture and erect gantries required for cranes servicing the Gautrain project. 

Africa's first luffing jib potain crane delivered

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Construction materials handling equipment supplier, SA French, handed over the first tower crane company Potain's luffing jib tower crane to reach African soil to multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA's Old Mutual Parkade project at the end of last year. 

New England interchange wins technical excellence award

13th February 2009 A project to upgrade the New England road Interchange on the N3 freeway in the Pietermaritzburg area has won an award for technical excellence from the local branch of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice). 

Big projects protect company through economic crisis

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Construction company Barrow Construction CEO John Barrow says that while the company is concerned that the global economic slowdown could affect the company's project pipeline, it is busy with a fair number of big projects from 2008, that will run into the second half of 2009. 

Robust pipeline for company despite economic slowdown 

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Engineering consultant Arcus Gibb's project pipeline for 2009 is expected to continue to be robust says Arcus Gibb CEO Richard Vries. 

Infrastructure maintenance failures a growing concern - Saice

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 While the civil engineering industry is currently flourishing there is, nevertheless, growing concern in the industry over the lack of maintenance and upgrading of existing infrastructure, says South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) executive director Dawie Botha. 

Construction group 
involved in freeway project

13th February 2009 Listed construction group, Sanyati Civil Engineering and Construction, is playing a significant role in the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project Joint Venture (JV) that is estimated to cost about R300-million over the next 30 months. 

Consulting engineers association to become more vocal

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Voluntary association for independent consulting engineers Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) intends to make its political, social and economic views on infrastructure developments more widely known in the future, says Cesa CEO Graham Pirie. 

Funding breakthrough for artisan development

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Skills training and development facilitator the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has allocated a R45-million funding breakthrough for artisan development, apprenticeship programmes for the construction industry, says Ceta education, training and quality assurance manager Dr... 

Water project promotes women

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The Vaal River Eastern Sub-system Augmentation Project (VRESAP), considered one of the largest water augmentation schemes in South Africa’s recent history, has been used as a pilot model in an empowerment initiative by the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), and the South Africa... 

Road improvement scheme kicks off ahead of 2010

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Construction has begun on Phase 1 of the South African National Roads Agency’s freeway improvement scheme with the developments of the N21 between the R21 and Atterbury interchange. 

New technology negates traditional soil compaction methods

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The rapid impact compacter (RIC) enables a fast and cost-efficient method of consolidating material or replacing material from commercial sources, says RIC South Africa business development manager Braam Compion. 

Local government manages infrastructure poorly – survey

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The implementation of infrastructure maintenance and management best practices should be prioritised along with public sector or government investment in new infrastructure, such as the current ports and municipality infrastructure upgrade projects, as this makes good sense in terms of reducing... 

Cape manufacturer produces ecofriendly bricks

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Concrete brick manufacturer Cape Brick manufactures an eco-friendly product as part of the company's long-term commitment to manufacturing a sustainable environmental-friendly product, says Cape Brick sales director Jean Tresfon. 

Green future for building design and infrastructure developments

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Consulting engineering and project management group SSI has placed a strong focus on eco-friendly construction practises by offering sustainable building designs as an alternative to conventional practises to its clients, reports the company. 

New acquisition to garner growth for road building group

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The acquisition of aggregates and contract crushing company, B&E Holdings by road infrastructure development and crushing company, Raubex, will empower the company to participate in a greater array of road construction and maintenance projects in South Africa, says Raubex financial... 

Imminent freeway upgrades for Gauteng

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Consulting engineering and project management group SSI has completed the upgrade design of an incrementally launched bridge across the N3 and 11 km freeway extension on the N12 from the Gillooly's Interchange as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Skills shortage hammers construction industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The acute skills shortage that is prevalent in many sectors of local industry is, arguably, the most severe in the economy's booming building and construction sector, says JSE-listed civil engineering company Protech Khutele CEO Gerald Chapman. 

Management system mitigates skills shortage challenges

15th February 2008 Consulting engineering company, Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) has adopted a quality management system to deal with the skills-shortages problem in the construction industry and to provide quality engineering services to its clients, reports SBA national operations director Sid Turner. 

Multinational company builds workshop in DRC

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The construction of an on-site repair and maintenance workshop for integrated exploration, mining and production company, Central African Mining & Exploration Company (Camec), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on schedule for completion in March, reports the company. 

Greenstone Hill office park well under way

15th February 2008 The construction of a new R300-million Greenstone Hill office park in Modderfontein is well under way, with phased occupation projected to begin in mid-2008, reports the Greenstone Hill marketing company Barrow Properties. 

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