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Construction

Applied Mineral Technologies

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th May 2016 Established in 2001, Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) has grown into a large structural, mechanical, platework and piping (SMPP) services company specialising in the fabrication and construction of materials handling systems and processing plants for clients in the coal, diamonds, iron-ore,... 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Housing and construction systems developer Moladi says its low-cost housing system, comprising plastic formwork panels and a cement admixture, is widely embraced throughout Africa, as it has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the African market. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Conventional building methods not suited to African conditions
FILING THE GAP Aerated mortar is used to fill Moladi's formwork mould in order to create walls

Imminent lack of coarse ash will change cement brick industry

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Cement stock brick manufacturer Brick-It director Sean Cameron predicts that the upcoming shortage of coarse ash – which is combined with cement and other aggregates before being moulded into cement  bricks – will force the industry to change the bricks’ composition, subsequently affecting many... 

Imminent lack of coarse ash will change cement brick industry
VB4X BLOCK MACHINE It can produce 120 000 standard-sized bricks or 75 600 interlocking pavers in a nine-hour shift

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

Basement parking construction completed 

22nd May 2015 Independent geotechnical contractors Keller subsidiary Franki Africa last month completed the construction of basement parking at wealth manager Citadel’s premises in Claremont, Cape Town. The contract was awarded to Franki in July last year and included lateral support, bulk excavation,... 

Basement parking  construction completed
CITADEL BASEMENT CONSTRUCTION The type of basement construction on this project posed a number of challenges both in the general design and in the design of the lateral support requirements

Growing investor confidence increasing DRC cement demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 Demand for cement is increasing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as construction and infrastructure projects roll out in line with growing confidence and trust in the country and its economy, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (SA). “Increased economic growth is... 

Growing investor confidence increasing DRC cement demand
INFRASTRUCTURE DEMAND Darryll Kilian and Natasha Anamuthoo note that increased economic growth is driving infrastructure development and the associated demand for cement

New construction regulations challenging for industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 The requirement to be registered with South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is one of the most far-reaching changes of the 2014 Construction Regulations, set to come into force on August 7, 2015, says training company Alusani Skills & Training... 

New construction regulations  challenging for industry
Photo by Bloomberg
REGULATORY CHANGE The requirement to be registered with South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is one of the most far-reaching changes of the 2014 Construction Regulations

Private-sector companies leading NDP response

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 The award of government tenders is increasingly being delayed as private-sector players are called upon to take a nontraditional approach in implementing major infrastructure projects – and lead these, as opposed to waiting for the State to commission them. The typical approach in comparison to... 

Private-sector companies leading NDP response
FANI MTETWA The biggest opportunity for potential for growth in the construction industry lies in procurement

Cement supplier gears up for increased demand

22nd May 2015 Cement producer PPC is gearing up for expected demand growth by constructing a new 3000 t/d clinker kiln at its Slurry cement factory, in the North West. The new kiln at Slurry will boast a six-stage pre-heater tower design as was used on PPC’s Dwaalboom kiln, in Limpopo, that was completed in 2008. 

Construction industry showing ‘signs of recovery’

22nd May 2015 The construction industry is showing signs of recovery with expected government infrastructure expenditure, retail developments and residential building projects set to lift the industry considerably above last year’s level, says the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa... 

New mill drive system introduced

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 Vertical roller mills manufacturer Loesche last year received an order to install a Loesche Mill type LM 70.4+4 in Calabar, Nigeria, the largest Loesche mill to date. Loesche was awarded the contract in July 2014 by Sinoma for United Cement Company of Nigeria (UCCN) – a consortium comprising... 

New mill drive  system introduced
THE COPE GEARBOX The Cope gearbox, which was developed in cooperation with German gear manufacturer Renk, offers up to eight motors at the motor end

Industry body warns against unaccredited training programmes

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 The Southern African Readymix Association (Sarma) has warned cement and concrete industry stakeholders that some unaccredited organisations are running cement and concrete training and courses, disseminating unvetted information that could be harmful to the industry. Sarma published an article in... 

Industry body warns against unaccredited training programmes
QUALITY EDUCATIONThe School of Concrete Technology providing on site training in Dullstroom

Concrete school clarifies industry tenets

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 The same mistakes are continuously being repeated on construction sites as a result of people not understanding the fundamental concepts of concrete technology, says the School of Concrete Technology (SCT), which is facilitated by concrete industry technical services provider The Concrete... 

Concrete school  clarifies industry tenets
MISCONCEPTIONS The same mistakes are continuously being repeated on construction sites as a result of people not understanding the fundamental concepts of concrete technology

Improved economic outlook bodes well for construction companies

22nd May 2015 According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the economy of the sub-Saharan Africa region is set to grow by 4.5% in 2015, and 5.1% in 2016, which explains the significant infrastructure investment the continent is currently seeing, says Bauma Conexpo Africa CEO Elaine Crewe. “With a... 

Tall buildings constructed at an increasingly rapid pace

22nd May 2015 Following the construction of the Burj Khalifa 830 m skyscraper in Dubai in 2009, during which the need to find quicker ways to construct tall buildings was identified, global engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon produced a holistic system to enable the... 

Tall buildings constructed at an increasingly rapid pace
DUBAI'S BURJ KHALIFA During the Burj Khalifa building construction period Aurecon identified the need to find quicker ways to construct tall buildings

Piling contractors provide foundation for shopping centre construction

22nd May 2015 Piling contractors Gauteng Piling provided the foundation augercast piles for the latest extension to the Cresta Shopping Centre, to be completed in April 2015 on the border of Northcliff and Cresta, in Johannesburg. Auger piles, also known as continuous flight auger piles, are deep foundation... 

Piling contractors provide foundation for shopping  centre construction
PILING FOUNDATION Gauteng Piling provided the foundation augercast piles for the latest extension to the Cresta Shopping Centre

R27m committed to Limpopo training centre

22nd May 2015 Engineering and construction services company Murray & Roberts has committed R27-million to build and equip a 6 000 m2 artisan-training centre in Lephalale running since 2008, close to the company’s operations at the Medupi power station. Murray & Roberts runs the centre in partnership with the... 

R27m committed to Limpopo training centre
Photo by Duane Daws
MEDUPI POWER STATION On-site training at the power station is structured according to activities that are signed off by a qualified artisan, who also acts as coach

New mixer targets African market

22nd May 2015 Concrete brick, block and paving-making machinery and technology supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) in March launched the new Fiori DBX35 self-loading concrete mixer, designed specifically for emerging markets in Africa that require high-quality concrete on demand at a more affordable price.... 

New mixer targets African market
DBX35 The new Fiori DBX35 self-loading concrete mixer is designed specifically for emerging markets

Acceptance of MSE a significant civil engineering development

22nd May 2015 The worldwide acceptance and use of mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) technology is one of the most significant civil engineering developments of the past 50 years, says retaining wall company Reinforced Earth. MSE is the generic name for a composite material comprising a frictional backfill,... 

Acceptance of MSE a significant  civil engineering development
SIGNIFICANT ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT An MSE approach embankment eliminates the need for retaining walls in conditions of limited space

Applied Mineral Technologies

22nd May 2015 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. Not only is this division the largest in the company, it is probably the most important, as no project can be undertaken... 

Applied Mineral Technologies

Two new machines introduced to local market

22nd May 2015 Brick and block making machine manufacturer Hydraform has introduced two new automated block-making machines to the South African building and construction market. The new machines are fully automated making them safer to operate, while also reducing labour requirements. 

Hospital construction under way

23rd May 2014 Construction work on the new R320-million Sipetu District Hospital in Ntabankulu, in the Eastern Cape, was initiated by a sod turning ceremony on February 24. The hospital will roll out in five phases. 

Hospital construction  under way
EARTH MOVING The hospital will have a floor area of more than 12 000 m2

Women in construction awarded

23rd May 2014 The increasingly important role women play in the construction industry will be acknowledged and honoured at concrete trade fair the Totally Concrete Expo, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, on May 28. 

Women in construction awarded
SANTIE GOUWS Industry experts will present strategic round table discussions at the expo

Heavy rains dampen piling

By: Donna Slater     23rd May 2014 Despite being hampered by water ingress after heavy summer rainfall, piling company and Master Builders Association (MBA) North member Gauteng Piling has completed its piling contract for a new large-scale warehouse for Value Logistics in Pomona, Kempton Park, in March. 

Heavy rains dampen piling
PILES OF WORK Gauteng Piling has completed nearly 1 500 major piling contracts

Charities benefit from recycled carpets

By: Donna Slater     23rd May 2014 As part of global carpet tile producer Interface’s carpet recycling programme, its local distributor, Kevin Bates Flooring & Carpeting Group (KBAC) has collected 4 000 m2 of used tile carpets and distributed them at several local charities. 

Charities benefit from recycled carpets
NET EFFECT A carpet tile produced from discarded fishing nets, collected in the Philippines is shown by carpet tile producer Interface

Shower cubicle refurbishment at colliery

23rd May 2014 Enamel steel products manufacturer for architectural applications Vitrex recently supplied and installed 240 shower cubicles as part of the refurbishment of hostels at coal producer Igoda Coal’s Twistdraai colliery near Secunda, in Mpumalanga. 

Shower cubicle refurbishment at colliery
SHOWER TIME Tests have shown that vitreous enamel steel provides the best anti-bacterial protection

BBBEE codes compliance extended to 2015

23rd May 2014 Building industry representative organisation Master Builders Association (MBA) North states that the government has further extended the implementation date of the new broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes of practice – but it has also strongly advised companies to take prompt... 

BBBEE codes compliance  extended to 2015
BBBEE CODES COMPLAINCE The new extension of around six months will offer companies more time to adjust to the new targets

Painters soon to face accreditation requirement

23rd May 2014 Painting contractors in the construction industry could soon require their painters to be accredited, in an effort to decrease poor workmanship of work done on government projects, the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma) notes. 

Painters soon to face  accreditation requirement
PAINTING A DIFFERENT PICTURE Government is well aware of the high volumes of consumer complaints about the lack of skills shown by paint contractors

Trend puts construction workers in danger

23rd May 2014 Purchasing generalised, non-specific health and safety files from consultants to expedite the start of building projects has become a “menacing monster” threatening the wellbeing of building site workers, warns building industry representative association Master Builders Association (MBA) North. 

Trend puts construction workers in danger
CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY A specific health and safety plan should be a comprehensive document, not a generalised and non-specific file

Stefanutti Stocks

23rd May 2014 JSE-listed multi-disciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, which was established in 1945, is one of South Africa’s leading construction companies and has the capability to deliver a range of projects, of any scale, to a multitude of clients in diverse markets. This ambitious and... 

Stefanutti Stocks

Building green impeded by skills shortages

By: Donna Slater     23rd May 2014 A lack of skills and resources nationwide is hampering environment-friendly and sustainable methods of construction, says engineering and design company WSP Group Africa. 

Building green impeded by skills shortages
Photo by Duane Daws
BIG DREAMS The South African construction industry has the determination and knowledge to build word-class green buildings

Sustainable building driven by environmental concerns

By: Donna Slater     23rd May 2014 Construction companies are aiming to use more sustainable methods of building, as the sector is increasingly being driven by companies’ need to have a lower environmental footprint to meet increasingly stringent environmental legislation, states audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG. 

Sustainable building driven by environmental concerns
GAVIN MAILE Labour stability and productivity are required to create trust between government and the private sector

Multibillion-rand electricity infrastructure investment

By: Donna Slater     23rd May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom has invested R35-billion in improved electricity transmission infrastructure – boosting the utility’s capacity to provide electricity – as part of its new build programme. 

Multibillion-rand electricity infrastructure investment
POWER TOWER INVESTMENT Cross-rope towers and guy V-shaped towers will save more than 15% capital cost

World’s first solar powered off-grid toll plaza in Zim

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     2nd August 2013 As part of the Zimbabwe National Road Agency’s (Zinara’s) roads rehabilitation project, the Zinara toll plaza near Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe, has been designed and commissioned by consulting engineers, Arup, making it the world’s first Solar powered off-grid toll plaza. The project is part of Arup’s... 

Construction claims procedure is lacking – training provider

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 Suggested changes to the construction claims procedure, as set out in the amendments that are proposed in the sixth edition of the Joint Building Contracts Committee’s (JBCC’s) suite of building agreements, will simplify the claims process but will not improve clarity and eliminate uncertainty,... 

Latest design software version released

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 Graphisoft, the creator of the three-dimensional (3D) architectural design software, ArchiCAD, released the latest version of the software last month. The software allows architects to create 3D models of buildings and structures in incredible detail, including elements such as lighting, beams,... 

Training needed to limit reliance on OCNs

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 The South African construction industry needs to implement consolidated, industry-wide training programmes across all skill levels to ensure a stronger resource core and less reliance on other country nationals (OCNs). Engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management... 

African event lures international players 

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 The first bauma Africa trade fair is expected to bode well for the construction industry in Africa, as it has already attracted the interest of key international construction companies, says bauma Africa CEO Elaine Crewe. “Government’s multibillion-rand spending plan on infrastructure will... 

African event lures international players
bauma Africa CEO Elaine Crewe discusses the South African construction industry and the first bauma Africa event. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.
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