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Construction News

SA's biotech backbone takes shape

By: candice haase     12th July 2002 In line with its National Biotechnology Strategy, government has called for expressions of interest (EOIs) to establish the first of three Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICs). 

Business initiative champions PPPs

By: marisa rodrigues     12th July 2002 Public private partnerships (PPPs) are seen by many in South Africa as a means of achieving effective service delivery, thus reducing poverty and creating economic growth. 

PPPs transform municipal service delivery

By: marisa rodrigues     12th July 2002 In order to extend the managerial and financial capacity of municipalities to meet infrastructural and service requirements, it is becoming increasingly common for municipalities in South Africa to enter into public private partnerships (PPPs), also known as municipal service partnerships. 

SA construction firm on passage to India

8th July 2002 South African construction company Group Five has announced that its subsidiary, Intertoll, has further strengthened its position in the Indian market with the award of two eight-year contracts, with a combined value of $70-million, to operate and maintain two toll-roads. 

Construction shifts into high gear

By: vanessa vasques     5th July 2002 July will see a flurry of activity on the site of what is to be one of Johannesburg’s most notable landmarks, the Nelson Mandela Bridge. 

Business to profit from bridge

By: vanessa vasques     5th July 2002 The new Nelson Mandela Bridge, currently being constructed in an effort to connect Newtown – which is rapidly fulfilling its destiny as the new cultural precinct in Gauteng – and Braamfontein, will give the residents of the Northern suburbs direct access to Newtown. 

Funds found for $58m road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th July 2002 MALAWI – Malawi has identified all funding for a $58-million project involving the construction of a 93-km road from the Northern district of Karonga to the district of Chitipa, on the boarder with Tanzania and Zambia. 

Students prove that cooking oil can power car engines

5th July 2002 Chemical engineering students Donovan Jacobs and Deon Adams at the University of Cape Town ended their final-year research project on a high note. 

Bridge assets successfully safeguarded

5th July 2002 Security services for the duration of the construction of the Nelson Mandela Bridge has been conducted by Duvha Security Services. 

Super-strength concrete supports novel structure

By: vanessa vasques     5th July 2002 The concrete for the bridge being constructed to link Newtown to Braamfontein, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, is being supplied by Alpha Readymix, a business unit of Alpha. 

Railway lines pose surveying challenge

By: vanessa vasques     5th July 2002 Perhaps the biggest challenge affecting all aspects of the Nelson Mandela Bridge, a 176 m-long structure which is to connect Newtown to Braamfontein, is the fact that it has to be built over about 42 operating railway lines managed by Metro Rail and Spoornet. 

Coega opening doors for construction SMMEs

4th July 2002 The Coega project’s commitment to empowering small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs), particularly those located within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area, is reaping economic benefits for local business. 

R32,9m invested in rural Mpumalanga

2nd July 2002 More than R32,9-million has been invested in the deep-rural area of Nkomazi, south of Malelane in Mpumalanga, nearly half of which is being spent on infrastructure projects. 

Joburg domestic terminal in operation by year-end

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The R460-million upgrade of the domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is due for completion by the end of the year. 

JV completes earthworks

28th June 2002 The earthworks piling and lateral support for the new domestic terminal was carried out by a joint venture between Ground Engineering (GEL), Grinaker-LTA’s specialist geotechnical arm and Bafokeng Civil Works (BCW). 

R30m bake furnace heats up

28th June 2002 Construction company WBHO has made something of a name for itself in the construction of aluminium smelters. The company, in a joint venture with Concor, has recently started work on a R30-million contract for the construction of the third bake furnace at the Hillside aluminium smelter in... 

R384m main contract 80% complete

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The single largest contract for the domestic terminal upgrade at Johannesburg International Airport is a R384-million contract for the construction of the new terminal and for the elevated roads. 

Black firm earns wings during JIA expansion

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The contracts for the extensions to the multistorey parkade (MSP) and the construction of the new domestic pier at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) are being undertaken by Fikile Stocks, a joint venture between Fikile Construction, a 100% black-owned company, and Stocks Building Africa,... 

R1,5-billion Cape golf estate tees off

28th June 2002 Construction of the first nine holes at the R1,5-billion Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate and Spa in the Western Cape is on track for completion by October. 

Upgrade of oil vessel moves ahead

28th June 2002 Engineering company SA Five has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for the upgrade of the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Glas Dowr. 

R53m apron extension work is progressing

28th June 2002 Construction company, WBHO, in a joint venture with empowerment companies, Rainbow Construction and Balemi Civils, has started work on the construction of a new apron at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Hydraulic excavator a first for Southern Africa

28th June 2002 The first Hitachi ZX 850 BEH hydraulic excavator in Southern Africa was recently purchased by Alpha Plant & Services, a plant hire company from Gauteng. 

Southern Africa being linked coast-to-coast

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The progression of the construction of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been commended by the National Roads Agency (NRA) chief executive Nazir Alli. 

R10m roads, earthworks subcontract completed

28th June 2002 Roads and earthworks construction company Protech Construction, based in Midrand, has recently completed a R10-million subcontract on the Bakwena Platinum Highway. 

Joint venture develops local human capital

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Bakwena Platinum Highway Project has given rise to employment for previously-disadvantaged South Africans in the form of the involvement of at least 150 small-medium-and-micro enterprises (SMME) in the field of supply and subcontracting to the highway project. 

Big benefits from engineering collaboration

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The collaboration between two well-established participants in the design of the infrastructure of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been crucial to the success of its construction, GMKS executive chairman Trueman Goba tells Engineering News on behalf of the Bakwena Engineering Joint Venture (BEJV). 

Financiers keen on public–private partnerships

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The involvement of a number of banks in funding the Bakwena Platinum Highway project resulted in just over a billion rand in total underwriting. The toll road is the largest project financing in the South African market to date. 

Mozambique: cause for Afro-optimism

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th June 2002 The African continent, as well as the international donor community, are desperate for a success story to demonstrate the possibility of economic and political turnaround on a continent riddled with turmoil and poverty. 

New hope for SA construction

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th June 2002 The civil engineering and construction sector is poised for a buoyant future, as the government commits itself to increased infrastructure spending and the private sector implements large projects, particularly in the mining and minerals industry. 

Construction firm enters JV to build up SA's youth

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 The construction industry should be actively marketing itself and exposing the South African youth to the various careers available it offers if it hopes to attract the calibre of student it requires, maintains Neil Muller Construction MD Shaun Webber. 

Engineering council shifts to outcomes-based education

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is currently focusing its attention on shifting its system of accrediting engineering programmes, at the university and technikon level, to an outcomes basis. 

Training centre awarded government contract

21st June 2002 “Fluor Daniel training centre in Secunda was recently awarded its biggest ever contract from the Department of Labour. “This significant award is in support of the training centre’s successful programmes, track record and commitment to training,” says Fluor Daniel training... 

The greatest mining engineering feat

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st June 2002 The leaks persisted and then, as bolts started blowing off flanges, it was decided to abandon the pump station. 

Bids this month for engineering privatisation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 Following the call for expressions of interest in acquiring a stake in Eskom Enterprise-owned engineering firm Roshcon earlier this month, non-binding offers are to be submitted by June 28. 

New hope for South Africa's construction sector . . .

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st June 2002 The civil engineering and construction sector is poised for a buoyant future, as the government commits itself to increased infrastructure spending and the private sector implements large projects, particularly in the mining and minerals industry. 

Development plan for Cape naval base

21st June 2002 THE development of a vast tract of vacant land at Wingfield naval base in Goodwood, Western Cape, comes a step closer this month with the start of the public participation process. 

7-year programme strengthens technology-human resources link

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 By supporting research that provides real solutions to industry problems, the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) is hoping to build South Africa’s economy while developing human resources and improving the country’s competitiveness. 


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