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Civil Engineering and Construction

Challenging Durban harbour tunnel project 

28th April 2006 Durban’s Point and Bluff areas will soon be linked by a new 530-m-long tunnel that will be installed below sea level. 

New method of deck construction for Angolan jetty

28th April 2006 Local company Franki South Africa has pioneered a new method of deck construction for the ?R22-million, 75-m-long spooling jetty project, which it carried out for Sonils in Anglola’s Luanda harbour. 

Reserach says skills squeeze is worsening

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2006 Stellenbosch-based think-tank the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) indicates in its latest building industry business survey – conducted in the first quarter of this year – that the skills crisis has worsened since last year. 

Civil engineering turnover up 14% in 2005

By: Liezel Hill     21st April 2006 The South African civil engineering sector increased its turnover by 14% in real terms during 2005, following a 5% contraction the previous year, industry body South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) reports. 

Public-private engagement needed to preserve local construction sector

By: Liezel Hill     14th April 2006 Urgent action is called for to ensure that the local construction industry is prepared to compete against an onslaught by contract-hungry foreign, and Chinese in particular, companies, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) has warned. 

Fear of big salary rises as focus shifts from retaining to attracting staff

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2006 There is talk of a 30% increase in salaries in the construction industry as the emphasis shifts from retaining staff to attracting new staff, says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) economist Pierre Blaauw. 

Container, auto growth driving port overhaul

By: Laura Tyrer     24th March 2006 In the extensive upgrade of Durban harbour, the National Port Authority�s (NPA�s) top priority is the sustainable development of Durban as a premier status port. 

Construction charter to be signed on Friday

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2006 The long-awaited construction-sector transformation charter is to be signed by industry stakeholders and government on Friday. The draft charter has been under development for two years and was more or less finalised last year at an a public-private industry event held at Sun City, in the North... 

Hard-hat companies get warm reception

By: Liezel Hill     10th March 2006 The real economy appears keen to raise its profile on the JSE this year, with the alternative exchange of the bourse (AltX), set to see two listings in the sector, in as many months. 

Mixing it up

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2006 One segment of the South African truck market that has grown exponentially over the last few years has been cement mixers. 

Increases to soften in 2006, but labour costs may surprise

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2006 Commercial and industrial building costs (according to the Haylett index, which is a composite of labour, materials, plant and fuel costs) is expected to increase by 6,2% this year, compared to the 6,5% recorded last year. 

South African contractor turns attention inwards as boom beckons

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2006 Group Five currently earns 45% of its construction revenue outside the borders of South Africa – with the target stated previously as the company working towards earning 50% to 70% of all its revenue crossborder. 

Construction leader speaks on foreign competition, BEE and capacity

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2006 The South African construction industry will keep close tabs on the delivery of a R425-million water-related contract awarded to a State-owned Chinese contractor, whose bid reportedly shaved more than R80-million off the closest offer made by a South African rival consortium. 

Five new stadiums added to sporting mix

By: peter cromberge     17th February 2006 South Africa will be building five new stadiums and will be renovating five other stadiums to meet the requirements of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Projects galore for award-winning firm

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 Local civil engineering firm Ruthcon recently won a sustainable growth award for private companies demonstrating profitable and sustainable growth in the South African economy over a five-year period. 

Concrete consumption is dependent on government delivery

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 Despite the past two years having seen a substantial increase in cement consumption by the local industry, which increased by 15% in 2004 and 10,6% last year, the Cement and Concrete Institute of Midrand, has set this year’s estimates at only 8%. 

Women making their mark in male-dominated sector

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 The South African Women in Construction Association, which aims to empower women participating in construction projects by coordinating training programmes on and offsite as well as providing 

Confidence high...

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 ...but capacity delivery will be key Expectations for an industry boom have set a ripple of excitement through industry says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) economist Pierre Blaauw, who reports that for the majority of industry participants this could be the... 

E Cape firm in R293m road-upgrade project

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 Eastern Cape’s FST Consulting Engineers, which has its core business in infrastructure development of water, sanitation, solid waste, roads and township sectors, reports that it is currently busy with the N2 to Kei Mouth road upgrade for the Department of Roads and Transport, in the Eastern... 

Cement producer ready to meet future demand

17th February 2006 The high demand for cement during 2005 and the prospect of such demand being sustained in the future through major infrastructure projects like the Gautrain rapid rail link, and the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament have confirmed the need for Holcim South Africa to keep all of its kilns in... 

A century of service to SA

17th February 2006 From a family start-up in the early 1900s through two world wars to post Y2K, engineering supplies specialist, Incledon-DPI, this year celebrates a century of service to South Africa. 

Sugar project earns firm a top award

17th February 2006 Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), in association with Bosch Projects, received a highly commended award in the international projects section at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) national awards function, held in Johannesburg towards the end of 2005. 

New R45m tile plant for Gauteng

17th February 2006 Local company Marley Roofing has announced the installation of a fully-automated roof tile plant at its Ekandustria factory, Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, which is due to come on stream in the second half of 2006. 

A major facelift planned for Bloemfontein CBD

17th February 2006 Local company Vela VKE, in consortium with the University of the Free State, is currently finalising a master plan for the regeneration of the Bloemfontein central business district (CBD). 

Spares and accessories for all construction equipment

17th February 2006 The specialist spares and accessories division of CSE Equipment Company offers the construction industry a comprehensive range of high-quality branded original equipment and replacement parts. 

Groundbreaking year for truck-body builder

17th February 2006 Specialist truck-body builder TFM Industries had a groundbreaking year in terms of supplying trucks fitted with the Meiller tipper body to customers in the construction and mining industries. 

It is business as usual for construction giant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 Business continues as usual as construction and engineering giant Concor Holdings awaits a ruling from the Competition Commission following last year’s shareholding purchase by Murray & Roberts. 

Transnet likely to seek higher local content in future tenders

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2006 State-owned transport utility, Transnet, has insisted that half of the manufactured content, by value, of a newly-announced R3,5-billion locomotive-acquisition programme for the coal corridor from Mpumalanga to Kwazulu-Natal will be completed domestically. 

Industrial-products firm optimistic that sales will recover

By: peter cromberge     10th February 2006 Hudaco, the JSE-listed distributor of industrial products and security equipment, reported strong sales in its retail sector as a result of growth in spending on housing and commercial properties. 

First sod in R4,9-billion convention centre to be turned by year-end

By: Helene Le Roux     10th February 2006 Shaped in the form of the African continent, the R4,9-billion Tshwane International Convention Centre and adjacent precinct project has the potential to establish a landmark in South Africa’s capital city that could become as well known as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, or the Sydney... 

BEE status not living up to expectations

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th February 2006 A number of companies undertaking black economic-empowerment (BEE) deals believe that once the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, doors of new business opportunities will automatically open to them. 

Construction industry rocked by contract award to Chinese firm

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. 

Topless crane takes materials-handling industry to new heights

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2006 Independent South African company SA French, distributor of a range of ?internationally-recognised tower cranes, unveiled Potain’s Topless City Cranes in South Africa in November last year. 

New base completion due in 2008

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2006 The third phase in the construction of the new R190-million Marion Island base was completed mid-November. 

Shock as Chinese contractor snaps up big SA water contract

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. The company concerned is the China... 

Construction economy set for 9,42% growth

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 Obscured by record car sales and booming house prices, something else happened last year that was out of the ordinary. 

Consumer boom keeps rolling

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 Construction of R450m Witbank mall under way 

R370bn infrastructure rollout will make or break growth plan

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2006 South Africa's Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka argued yesterday that the initial key performance indicator of government's yet-to-be-launched accelerated and shared growth initiative (Asgi) would hinge significantly on the success of the rollout of the R370-billion capital programme,... 

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