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UK product enables filtration upgrade for higher performance and efficiency

By: Archivist     26th March 1999 Filtration specialist Filpro has introduced Repak replaceable pleat-pack elements manufactured by UK company PTI Techno-logies, which enable upgrading of existing applications to a higher filtration performance and efficiency, hydraulic, lube and air product manager Frans van der Merwe tells... 

R13-million construction contracts awarded

By: System Author     26th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION company Concor Building has secured two contracts worth R13-million from City Lodge Hotels for the construction of new road lodges. The project will involve the construction of lodges in Randburg and Rivonia within a record time of six months. Each road lodge has 92 rooms and... 

West coast resorts

By: System Author     26th March 1999 GAUTENG company Loots International has been appointed by the West Coast Investment Initiative to prepare all documentation for two proposed public–private partnership developments on the West coast. The first, Langebaan Lodge, will be a resort-type development including a hotel,... 

R18-million office park

By: System Author     26th March 1999 CAPE TOWN company Murray & Roberts Properites has formed a joint venture with Rabie Property Developers and Cavcor to construct an R18-million office park at Prosperity Park in Milnerton, Cape Town. The development follows the sale of a 31 136 m2 portion of the original 62 847 m2 Prosperity Park... 

Pta project finishes phase one

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE first phase of a major piling contract at the Menlyn Park shopping and office development in Pretoria has been completed by Frankipile. To date, about 360 piles have been installed for a parking garage currently under construction at the expanded shopping centre. Straight-shafted auger piles... 

For sale: Johannesburg’s HQ

By: System Author     26th March 1999 By the middle of this year, the Johannesburg Council hopes to have sold its Civic Centre building in Braamfontein to a private company to help it raise money for its ambitious Igoli 2002 revival plan. Igoli 2002, announced last month, is a three-year programme designed to tackle the financial and... 

Norway supports capacity building in SA

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The Norwegian and South African governments announced the kick-off of a local government capacity-building support programme in March, following an investment of about R40-million by Norway in December. Norway has been contributing in various ways to the transformation of South Africa to a... 

Slump reported in Cape building industry

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The Cape Peninsula building industry has reported a 45% drop in tender activity. Although a marginal improvement was evident towards the end of 1998, this increase in tender activity was unable to offset the overall downturn reported for the whole of 1998. “There was, throughout 1998, a... 

Housing-delivery figure plummets

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE number of privately- funded dwelling houses, completed in the Western Cape has dropped by 23% to 8 011 during the twelve months to October 1998, reports the Building Industries Federation South Africa, (Bifsa). In total, an estimated 14 500 low-cost units were awarded in the twelve months... 

Fourfold expansion for top elephant park

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Tourism in the Eastern Cape is anticipated to gain a jumbo boost through a multimillion-rand project to expand the Greater Addo Elephant Park to about four times its present size. “Although the total project is not yet finalised, land is already being purchased to add to the park... 

State-approved inspection authority stands tall

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Originally selected as one of two contractors to look after all Vodacom towers and masts countrywide, government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Centurion, Gauteng, has been appointed the preferred contractor, and is now the only inspection authority working... 

Company nails its colours to the mast

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Communications-infrastructure company Infracom contracted Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) at the end of 1997 to facilitate quality-assurance inspection services in the fabrication of telecom structures. The inspection authority provides Infracom with expertise in the inspection field, says... 

R170-million cheque-processing system to be implemented by bank

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A CONTRACT to implement a nationwide image-based cheque-processing proof- of-deposit (POD) solution has been awarded to National Data Systems (NDS) by Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA). The installation will cover 16 nationwide sites, making this one of the largest installations of its kind in... 

Drilling gets under way at Mohale tunnel

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Drilling started on the 32 km Mohale tunnel – which forms the largest component of the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme phase 1B – by the first of the two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) this month. Named Seilatsatsi, the machine was placed in the tunnel on the Mohale dam intake side... 

New truss launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new product designed for use in the construction industry has been developed by Johannesburg company International Truss Systems in partnership with Mondi Timber. The new truss, called the Spacejoist, consists of parallel stress-graded lumber flanges manufactured from kiln-dried timber and... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

R20-million contract for piping system

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A R20-million con- tract for the sup- ply and installation of an upgraded piping system at Mondi’s Richards Bay project has been awarded to Kentz, of Randburg, Gauteng. The contract was signed in November last year and is due to be completed by September, contingent on a successful shutdown... 

At last, SA lifts the wool from its eyes

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A joint venture between CSIR and South African wool and mohair growers and retailers is developing an easy-care wool-and-mohair product. Government has injected R180 000 into the wash-and-wear textile project, which is as good as guaranteed a retail market if it is taken successfully through to... 

Tourism infrastructure audit 70% complete

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The chief directorate of tourism in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is well advanced in an audit of the country’s tourism infrastructure, Engineering News can today report. “The infrastructure audit is 70% complete – we’re now looking at the finer... 

African trade opportunities outlined

By: System Author     19th March 1999 For South African businesses, real opportunities exist in Africa, especially in the infrastructure, telecommunications and agro-industrial sectors, Engineering News can today report. “Many infrastructural projects in Africa are funded by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (ADB),... 

R545-million revamp project on schedule

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R545-million revamp of Mondi’s Richards Bay operation is proceeding according to a tight project schedule, reports newly-appointed Mondi Kraft MD Andrew Thompson. The project, which gained approval in May last year, and was formally initiated in June, involves the upgrade of the PM2... 

Aussie sports model revs up dying Welkom

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The Free State economy could gain a significant boost should plans succeed for Welkom to become one of the largest sport centres in South Africa, starting with the construction of an R80-million multipurpose sports facility, which features an international motorcycle race track. Situated in South... 

Pta university marches to Johannesburg

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Construction of the University of Pretoria’s R45-million executive business school in the heart of Illovo, Johannesburg, started this month. Currently, project manager Barow Projects is overseeing the excavations and piling, and expects construction to be complete at the end of November.... 

Germiston digs deep into its piggy bank

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The Greater Germiston Council has just received further funding for its R700-million infrastructure development project which spans five years. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) approved a loan of R133,1-million in February, which will be paid off by the council over 20 years. A... 

Company takes chunk out of food projects

By: System Author     12th March 1999 OVER the last couple of years, Fluor Daniel Southern Africa has successfully carried out sizeable projects in the food and beverage industry, and is making its mark, says business-development manager Jonathan Cramp. It is currently investigating a project for Pillsbury in Greece. In 1997, the... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

Construction of state-of-the-art wine cellar

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a project valued at R68-million, Durbanville Hills wine cellar in Cape Town is constructing a new state-of-the-art wine cellar. The cellar was designed by internationally-acclaimed cellar designer Johann Biesenbach. A prerequisite for making high-quality wine is a winemaker’s ability to... 

Firm wins R87-million contract

By: System Author     12th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION company Grinaker Building has been awarded an R87-million contract by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Properties for the construction of the fifth and final phase of the company’s Merchant Place head-office development in Sandton. The company has, to date, undertaken all four previous... 

Web site for development corridor

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a pioneering step, the Mabopane–Centurion development corridor (MCDC) has become the first spatial development initiative to launch a virtual electronic community (VEC). Announcing this private-sector initiative iti On-Line divisional manager Lee Pienaar said at the launch in Centurion... 

Phase two of Kingsmead project under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 PHASE two of Durban’s new Kingsmead office park development, right next to the cricket grounds, is well under way. Local civil engineering concern Nascon Projects has moved onto the site to clear the area in preparation for phase two of the construction. A novel concept, the new upmarket... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

R15m housing project

By: System Author     5th March 1999 GAUTENG company Grinaker Housing has completed 800 low-cost houses in a R15-million project for the Jan Kempdorp municipality in the Northern Cape. The company used the services of 20 local contractors each employing an average of five employees for the duration of the contract, which began in... 

R1,2-million stock storage expansion planned

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A R1,2-million expansion to increase stock-storage facilities is planned for June at Universal Storage Systems in Randburg, Gauteng. Continuous growth due to the manufacturer’s exports rising to R12-million a year – out of a R45-million turnover – has prompted this move and also... 

R2m refurbishment contract awarded

By: System Author     5th March 1999 AS part of its programme to upgrade OK stores throughout the country, Shoprite Checkers has awarded a contract to Concor Building for the refurbishment of the OK store in Cresta, Gauteng. This follows the recent acquisition of OK Bazaars by Shoprite Checkers, and forms part of a programme to... 

Hi-tech for stock exchange

By: System Author     5th March 1999 THE information technology (IT) subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed financial services company Peregrine Holdings, Peregrine Systems, has won a contract to install Hermes, its electronic share-trading system, at stock-broking firm Standard Equities, edging out stiff competition... 

R56m prisoner tag plan to be approved

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A R56-million project to ‘tag’ prisoners with electronic bracelets could kick-off within six months if it receives approval from Cabinet, the Department of Correctional Services reports. Correctional Services Minister Ben Skosana says 10 000 prisoners will be released each year with... 

Construction firm rebuilds itself

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THIS year will be an exceptionally tough year for the South African construction industry, but the Cape branch of Gordon Verhoef & Krause is confident that it will also be a time of market expansion and entry into new fields, says MD Richard Williams. “As we all know, there has been a big... 

 

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