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Construction

Construction turnaround requires collaboration

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 Partnerships between the private and public sectors are paramount to turning the built environment and construction sectors around in South Africa, says engineering firm Aecom Africa programme cost consulting director Dean Narainsamy. “This will encourage collaborative thinking and combine the... 

Direct cement sales to industry drop

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 About 30% of cement sales in South Africa are going directly to the construction industry for construction projects, which is down from about 50% being sold directly to the construction industry about ten years ago, says cement manufacturer AfriSam sales & marketing executive Richard Tomes. “We... 

CONCRETE ASSURANCE
Quality is not only about the product delivered but also the entire value chain
CONCRETE ASSURANCE Quality is not only about the product delivered but also the entire value chain

Sustainable construction ethos prioritised by manufacturer

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 Cement additive manufacturing company CHRYSO Southern Africa has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park manufacturing facility, in Gauteng; this forms part of the company’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. The installation was completed in January and consists of... 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement
ENERGY EFFICIENCY The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement

Construction sector builds hope

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 Although there is uncertainty regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy and the construction sector, hope remains as long as South African policy makers continue to recognise that the built environment sector is an important pillar in terms of stimulating the economy, says... 

BLUE SKIES AHEAD
Hope remains for the construction sector as policy makers seem to be committed to infrastructure spend
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BLUE SKIES AHEAD Hope remains for the construction sector as policy makers seem to be committed to infrastructure spend

Libra Plant Sales and Service

21st May 2021 As the exclusive South African distributor of world-renowned & market-leading Alimak rack-and-pinion hoists, Libra Plant offers vertical access solutions that are tailored to each client’s specific requirements, with hoists that are safe and long-lasting. Alimak hoists have a useful life of more... 

Libra Plant Sales and Service

MES Cranes

21st May 2021 Tower crane specialists, MES Cranes, have become the most innovative and forward-looking tower crane supplier. MES has an extensive fleet of tower cranes available for all heavy lifting jobs. With a fleet of 160 top slewing and self-erecting tower cranes ranging from 1.8t – 16t capacities,... 

MES Cranes

Integrated Pump Rental

8th September 2020 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer cus­tomers quick and easy access to a comprehen­sive... 

Integrated Pump Rental

Construction sector survival requires fresh approach

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The survival of the construction industry will depend on the willingness and ability of individuals and organisations to adapt to a new way of working, as well government’s commitment to address the threats highlighted by the sector, University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology... 

DECISIVE ACTION 
For the construction industry to thrive, opportunism will need to be dealt with immediately and decisively
DECISIVE ACTION For the construction industry to thrive, opportunism will need to be dealt with immediately and decisively

Council accelerates online services amid lockdown

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has forced home building industry regulator the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) to review its business operations by fast-tracking its online service offering following the national lockdown. 

OTSILE MASENG
Covid-19 and subsequent economic downgrades by rating agencies will result in a sharp decline in domestic demand for residential properties
OTSILE MASENG Covid-19 and subsequent economic downgrades by rating agencies will result in a sharp decline in domestic demand for residential properties

Pandemic, economic challenges to shape industry direction

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Industry trends are likely to take a new direction because of the global Covid-19 pandemic and a severely constrained local economy, says steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel. 

MIKE BENFIELD 
The construction and steel sectors – including the larger manufacturing industry – are “hand-in-glove”
MIKE BENFIELD The construction and steel sectors – including the larger manufacturing industry – are “hand-in-glove”

Built-environment growth a focus for regulator

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has its sights set on accelerating growth in and strengthening its partnerships with the construction sector. 

TOWING THE LINE 
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications’ National Building Regulations division assists with the upkeep of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act
TOWING THE LINE The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications’ National Building Regulations division assists with the upkeep of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act

Integration vital for construction-project life cycle

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 There is a need for integration between the engineering design and environmental processes, before the final submission stage of a project, to avoid the possibility of environmental authorisation for construction on the preferred site being denied, says environmental consultancy Environmental... 

SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS 
Identifying the environmentally sensitive areas on-site early during the design phase can increase the probability of a sustainable and integrated development
SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS Identifying the environmentally sensitive areas on-site early during the design phase can increase the probability of a sustainable and integrated development

Sector lags behind, requires innovative tech

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 While other industries have undergone tremendous changes over time, owing to innovation and technology, the construction industry has only made incremental changes, says power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa marketing manager Candice Knipe-Tlhotlhalemajoe. 

LEADING CONSTRUCTION TOOLS 
Some of Matus South Africa's leading brands for power tools within the construction sector are Hikoki (formerly known as Hitachi), Fox and Euroboor
LEADING CONSTRUCTION TOOLS Some of Matus South Africa's leading brands for power tools within the construction sector are Hikoki (formerly known as Hitachi), Fox and Euroboor

Expert enhances skills

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Demolition expert Jet Demolition has made a significant investment in developing and retaining an exclusive skills base through the retention of full-time, long-term employees. 

KIND OF A BIG DEAL
The Bank of Lisbon building implosion on November 24 2019 is the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition
KIND OF A BIG DEAL The Bank of Lisbon building implosion on November 24 2019 is the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition

Pandemic heightens existing construction sector woes

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Challenges in the construction sector will continue to prevail if construction sites remain closed, owing to South Africa’s national lockdown, says Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) president Christelle Bown. 

CHRISTELLE BOWN 
It is important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services
CHRISTELLE BOWN It is important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services

Applied Mineral Technologies

22nd May 2020 Established in 2001, South African materials handling systems and processing plants construction company Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) has come a long way from being a consultancy to a fully fledged industrial construction company. Amtec specialises in civil, structural, mechanical, piping... 

Applied Mineral Technologies

More to concrete parking lots than meets the eye

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Concrete offers several major advantages when building parking areas, says industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

DIG A LITTLE DEEPER 
The environmental aspects of concrete parking lots, should not be overlooked
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER The environmental aspects of concrete parking lots, should not be overlooked

Company supplies products for new Gauteng reservoirs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 A variety of products supplied by construction products specialist a.b.e. Construction Chemicals are being used for several new major water reservoir projects currently under construction in Gauteng. 

WATER WORKS 
Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa
WATER WORKS Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa

System gaining traction in building conversion projects

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Alternative building technology solutions provider SanteQ Liteweight Building Technology’s bespoke Plaswall building technology provides for simple and rapid installation using unsophisticated skills. 

BACK TO THE WALL 
SanteQ's walling systems use between 80% and 90% recycled and waste materials
BACK TO THE WALL SanteQ's walling systems use between 80% and 90% recycled and waste materials

Growth in SA construction sector expected

24th May 2019 Since the highs last experienced just before the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the construction sector in South Africa and on the continent has yet to see an industry boom. South Africa experienced a technical recession in the first and second quarters of this year. Coupled with 2018’s economic... 

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY The construction expo provides unique opportunities for the industry with 9 500 construction professionals from over 45 countries coming together to do business
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY The construction expo provides unique opportunities for the industry with 9 500 construction professionals from over 45 countries coming together to do business

Construction companies urged to streamline businesses

24th May 2019 With South Africa’s construction sector under growing pressure as a result of slow government infrastructure spending and a tightening economy, construction companies should be looking at ways to streamline their business processes, improve cash flow management and tighten risk management,... 

ANDREW SKUDDER Challenges faced by the industry are compounded by the fact that many construction groups have not digitised operations such as cost-consulting
ANDREW SKUDDER Challenges faced by the industry are compounded by the fact that many construction groups have not digitised operations such as cost-consulting

Software provides support for project’s design phase

By: Thabi Madiba     24th May 2019 To help avoid construction failures for building contractors and consulting engineers, construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer fixings SA’s design software FIXPERIENCE has been developed as a tool to provide safe, reliable and professional support for the design phases of construction... 

ON ITS KNEES The construction industry is currently “dismal and pitiful” considering the inherent infrastructure that exists in South Africa and the opportunities that abound
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ON ITS KNEES The construction industry is currently “dismal and pitiful” considering the inherent infrastructure that exists in South Africa and the opportunities that abound

Full-size wheel loaders now boast advanced features

24th May 2019 Earthmoving equipment supplier CASE Construction Equipment South Africa’s range of full-size F-series wheel loaders has advanced features for faster operation, higher productivity, lower fuel consumption and improved safety on site. “The F-series wheel loaders, with reduced emissions, also offer... 

EFFICIENT AND SAFE OPERATION There are four working modes – max, economy, normal and auto – which allow the operator to maximise productivity and reduce fuel consumption
EFFICIENT AND SAFE OPERATION There are four working modes – max, economy, normal and auto – which allow the operator to maximise productivity and reduce fuel consumption

Embattled sector necessitates cost containment measures – AfriSam

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2019 With the South African construction industry remaining under pressure and in a state of accelerated decline, the need to contain costs continues and correct specification of construction materials remains critical. Construction materials company AfriSam construction materials executive Avi Bhoora... 

AVI BHOORA
AfriSam remains hopeful that the country’s embattled construction industry is at the end of the downward cycle
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
AVI BHOORA AfriSam remains hopeful that the country’s embattled construction industry is at the end of the downward cycle

Colas South Africa

25th May 2018 Colas South Africa is a company focused on innovative road surfacing products and technology. A subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, the international Colas Group, headquartered in France, is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure, operating in 50 countries... 

Colas South Africa

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s... 

AUTOMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA 
Mint Management Technologies hopes to help digitise the local engineering industry
AUTOMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA Mint Management Technologies hopes to help digitise the local engineering industry

Shipping containers provide temporary teaching facility

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 The Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE), in Cape Town, is using shipping containers at its campus for interim teaching and office space while campus expansion is under way. The ASE, first formed in 1997 in Johannesburg, has had significant success and growth since then. Owing to its success, the... 

CONTAINER CONVERSION PROJECTS
Container conversions are faster to construct and present as a cheaper construction alternative that can be moved if required
CONTAINER CONVERSION PROJECTS Container conversions are faster to construct and present as a cheaper construction alternative that can be moved if required

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

LOWERING TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP 
Himoinsa SA works extensively with clients in the construction industry to reduce costs associated with owning and operating a generator set and lighting towers
LOWERING TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP Himoinsa SA works extensively with clients in the construction industry to reduce costs associated with owning and operating a generator set and lighting towers

Decreasing investment causes industry lull

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 There is likely to be a lull in growth for the foreseeable future in construction and the property development industry, owing to reduced government expenditure on large-scale infrastructure projects and uncertainty in private-sector investment markets, says global engineering professional... 

DRIVING CONSTRUCTION FORWARD 
Innovations, technical advances and rethinking investment strategies will be key in driving the local construction sector forward in years to come
DRIVING CONSTRUCTION FORWARD Innovations, technical advances and rethinking investment strategies will be key in driving the local construction sector forward in years to come

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING
The construction industry is experiencing mounting pressure to improve real sustainability in building from design to material use
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING The construction industry is experiencing mounting pressure to improve real sustainability in building from design to material use

N4 leg of toll plaza upgrade under way

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The final phase of the R160-million toll plaza upgrade project being overseen by the N1/N4 freeway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessioniare started last month and is expected to be completed by October. Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke explains that this latest phase of a project... 

PUMULANI PLAZA The project also comprised of improvements at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël and Doornpoort plazas, which were completed on schedule in December
Photo by Duane Daws
PUMULANI PLAZA The project also comprised of improvements at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël and Doornpoort plazas, which were completed on schedule in December

Call for business to integrate enterprises into supply chains

26th May 2017 Although both the public and private sector continue investing significant amounts in enterprise and supplier development, many of these efforts remain focused on small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s), says TSK Group FD Thuso Koboyatau. He states that, “In an environment such as South... 

NEW FOCUS MAY SAVE CONSTRUCTION Qualifying small enterprise have been somewhat neglected, but could be key to addressing South Africa’s socioeconomic problems
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW FOCUS MAY SAVE CONSTRUCTION Qualifying small enterprise have been somewhat neglected, but could be key to addressing South Africa’s socioeconomic problems

$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

Aggregate recycling to benefit industry

26th May 2017 South African aggregate producers are drawing up plans to formalise the aggregate recycling industry to ensure that previously used materials are given new life, in the best possible manner. The aggregate producers’ organization Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

NICO PIENAAR  Recycling of aggregates will become an important means of reducing the environmental impact of quarrying and construction
NICO PIENAAR Recycling of aggregates will become an important means of reducing the environmental impact of quarrying and construction

Earthworks for 42 500 m2 office to start in August

26th May 2017 Bulk earthworks for the 42 500 m2 property that hosts auditing and consulting firm Deloitte South Africa’s new Gauteng office is excepted to start in August, with construction expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year. Property development company Atterbury announced last month that it... 

ULTRA MODERN The premises has capacity for about 5 000 people and will consolidate Deloitte’s current Woodmead and Pretoria offices in a single central location
ULTRA MODERN The premises has capacity for about 5 000 people and will consolidate Deloitte’s current Woodmead and Pretoria offices in a single central location

Civil work, settlement agreement position company for future growth

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 A minuscule uptick in civil tenders, private sector projects and a recent development agreement with a multinational construction group have ensured that emerging construction group Motheo Construction is well positioned for future growth. One of the project’s the group has secured is the... 

ARCHIE RUTHERFORD The canning factory project started in November 2015, following the joint venture agreement to establish Gayatri Cans
ARCHIE RUTHERFORD The canning factory project started in November 2015, following the joint venture agreement to establish Gayatri Cans

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

DRIVING PROFIT The core niche business of renting out milling machines will remain profitable for at least another decade
Road Milling and Sweeping GM Lesley Kafka discusses the company’s business objectives and relationship with equipment supplier Wirtgen. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Amtec

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th May 2017 The construction division of minerals processing projects specialist Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) is an integral part of the offering that the company has to offer.  

Amtec
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