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Civil Engineering and Construction

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,... 

Innovation comes down to some physics and common sense

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2005 When the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) put forward a tender for the installation of new sluice gates for the Roodeplaatdam in Gauteng, the idea was to create a dry chamber through the installation of steel plates between the buttresses of the existing wall. 


By: Irma Venter     16th December 2005 Hendrik van Staden, about 60 years of age, who was scheduled to appear in court at the beginning of this year following the partial collapse at the Kolonnade shopping centre, in Pretoria, can not be located, reports the state prosecutor’s office. 

One down,

By: Laura Tyrer     16th December 2005 Civil engineering and building contractor Newport Construction has completed the first of its three projects for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ). 

Zone one construction ahead of schedule

By: Laura Tyrer     16th December 2005 The contract for the municipal infrastructure development of zone one, phase one of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), is forecast for completion late next year ahead of the anticipated completion date. 

Dutch solution to avoiding post-2010 infrastructure blues

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 The 2010 soccer World Cup, to be held in South Africa, will last for 33 days; some of the stadiums involved are likely to be employed for only 14 days – during the group stages of the tournament. 

Construction industry urged to double output

By: peter cromberge     16th December 2005 The looming construction boom expected to come in the wake of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Department of Public Works COO Sean Phillips notes that the construction industry will need to double its output over the next 10 years in order to meet demand. 

Meeting industry’s water needs

By: Jade Davenport     9th December 2005 R3,3bn project flowing towards 2007 completion 

Preparing for boom

By: Helene Le Roux     9th December 2005 One of the largest groups in the South African engineering- and construction-related industries, Aveng, is positioning itself to reap the benefits of the government’s multibillion-rand commitment to infrastructure investment. 

IT investment drives sustainable growth

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd December 2005 The core company where the Cosira group started 17 years ago, Cosira International, has experienced exponential growth in the last five years and is continuing to gain an increased shareholding in the highly-competitive Southern African market. 

Record growth for construction firm

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd December 2005 The multidiscipline construction company in the structural mechanical and piping erection fields Cosira Projects, which undertakes all of its sister company Cosira International’s erection work, is set for controlled growth in the foreseeable future. 

Core business the same despite diversification

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd December 2005 What started as a small family-owned business in the late 1980s, has bloomed into a bustling black economic-empowered (BEE) consolidated constructions group � Cosira � providing industrial and mining solutions to the domestic and African industries. 

Canadian firms seeks to make SA inroads

By: peter cromberge     2nd December 2005 A Canadian-based company offering a range of environmental solutions for industry has entered the South African market with products aimed predominantly at the mining and construction sectors. 

Building supplier continues on the acquisition trail

1st December 2005 Iliad Africa Limited, the JSE-listed building materials supplier currently ranked third in the Top 100 Company survey, has announced the acquisition of Q Lite, subject to approval of the competition authorities. 

Gov supports initiative to grow construction sector

1st December 2005 Government has expressed its support to promote investment in the construction sector in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in an effort to uplift small emerging constructors, it emerged on Tuesday at the European Union-SADC Mat Construction 2005 conference held in... 

Good times ahead

25th November 2005 Institute predicts bumper period for steel construction sector 

Should premium be paid to build skills base?

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2005 The CEO on the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Spencer Hodgson, put forward an interesting proposition recently regarding the possible desirability for payment of a premium to black contractors engaged in public-sector construction work. 

List expands to over 5 000, but industry remains capacity constrained

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2005 More than 5 000 building and construction companies have been verified and accredited under the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB’s) evolving ‘register of contractors’, well up on the 1 296 firms that had registered as of March 31 this year. 

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