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Civil Engineering and Construction

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. 

World Cup spells growth for contractors

15th February 2008 The 2010 FIFA World Cup has provided bulk earthworks and construction company Liviero Civils with the opportunity to solidify its place among the fastest growing civil engineering contractors in South Africa, reports the company.  

Ecofriendly roof slab built at Cradle of Humankind

15th February 2008 The design and build of an ecofriendly roof slab for the Monaghan Ecodevelopment project has been completed by MRH Consulting Engineers, using Automa Building Products lightweight and patented thermal acoustical expanded polystyrene multi storey slab system (TASS), reports ABP director Craig... 

Draughtspersons urged to start thinking outside the box

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th December 2007 The South African Institute of Draughting National Computer-Aided Draughting and Design Conference held its inaugural conference in Boksburg last month. 

Leveraged to the resources super-cycle

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The mining-focused business unit within Grinaker-LTA is experiencing unprecedented growth and the unit has been restructured in a bid to position itself for the current strong project flow, as well as the increasing demand for contract mining services, underground mining contracting chairperson... 

'At the bottom of an exponential growth curve'

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 Diversified construction company Grinaker-LTA is "at the bottom of an exponential growth curve and is aligning the business, which is emerging from a protracted turnaround, to capitalise on the myriad opportunities available in the construction industry from affordable housing through to the... 

Partnership the key to unlocking PPPs

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 Multidisciplinary construction company Grinaker LTA is giving renewed focus to concession opportunities in South Africa having had only modest success in the are area for the past few years, newly appointed concessions unit head Mike Edington tells Engineering News. 

Renewed vision sees turnaround in company fortunes

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The buoyancy of the construction market, as well as a renewed vision and value system within the roads and earthworks business unit in the Grinaker-LTA group, has changed the fortunes of the company following a spell of “historically poor performance”, says roads and earthworks MD... 

Hungry to feed into emerging power market

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The mechanical and electrical business unit of construction giant Grinaker-LTA, which also incorporates structural steel fabrication subsidiary DSE, is positioning itself to capitalise on the anticipated growth in the power generation industry in South Africa, says mechanical and electrical MD... 

Civil engineering feeling boom’s wind in its sails

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The civil engineering unit within multidisciplinary construction organisation, Grinaker-LTA, has experienced an unprecedented flow of work that is not only influenced by the preparations for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering MD David Spooner tells... 

Why you must register for Workers' Compensation

By: System Author     16th February 2007 All employers (as defined in the Act) are required to register for workers’ compensation and any employer who fails to register is guilty of an offence. 

Design concepts flow in for R325m parliamentary precinct project

By: cheryl reddy     2nd February 2007 Parliament has begun receiving and considering tenders for its space utilisation project, which includes the construction of a banquet hall and is to be completed by December 2008. 

Aveng expects H1 profit to rise 110%-130%

29th January 2007 Construction group Aveng expects headline earnings and earnings a share for the six-month period to December 31 to be between 110% and 130% higher than the corresponding period in 2005, the group indicated in a trading statement on Monday. 

King Shaka airport tender case postponed

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 The Pietermaritzburg High Court hearing into the validity of a legal challenge brought by construction group Grinaker-LTA against the tender process for the erection of a new airport to be built north of Durban has been postponed. MD Eddie du Rand told Engineering News Online over the telephone... 

McCarthy set to launch new range of vehicles and construction equipment from Asian dragon

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 A significant development in the local car market for 2007 will be the introduction of more Chinese vehicles into the “value segments of the market”, specifically sport-utility vehicles and light-commercial vehicles, says McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius. 

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