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Tourism could be SA’s leading employer

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Tourism has proved to be the easiest, most efficient way worldwide of increasing employment and stimulating economic growth. With the right infrastructure, the South African tourism industry could become the country’s leading employer, reports Tourism Johannesburg executive director Keith... 

R332-million ‘shoppertainment’ project opens

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Joining the worldwide trend towards ‘shoppertainment’, the R332-million Lakeside Mall, due to open this month, combines the assets of large retail outlets with a variety of leisure activities. The 56 000 m2 retail and entertainment centre, on the southern banks of the Civic Lake in... 

Bridge to ‘Newtown’ and new city

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 OVER the next 18 months, the Johannesburg council hopes to make progress on the creation of two new access points into Newtown on the western side of the city in one of its first real attempts to begin reviving the central business district. The precinct, together with Ellis Park on the eastern... 

R39-million Mozal steelwork contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R39-million contract for the supply of steelwork for the pot-room superstructures for the US$1,8-billion Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo has been awarded to Dorbyl Engineering’s (DHE) Vereeniging works. Construction of the smelter got off the ground in the latter half of last year, with... 

Critical period for SA gas sector at hand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The first six months of this year are going to be a critical period in determining whether South Africa’s largely underdeveloped gas industry realises its long-held potential to develop and thrive. This is the view of Fluor Daniel business manager energy and chemicals, Philip Morkel, who... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

Leading engineer at conference

By: System Author     26th March 1999 You might not expect an engineer to know much about business, but it is this profession that is generating some of the most fascinating new theories about the way business is structured and managed. And the engineer regarded as the world’s leading thinker in systems design for business,... 

R146m Botswana water contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 BOTSWANA’s department of water affairs has awarded a R146-million contract to the Grinaker Whyle/WBHO joint venture. The project involves the upgrading of the water supply, distribution network and sanitation system in and around Tlokweng village, situated outside Gaborone in Botswana. The... 

Tender pricing ebb evidence of downturn

By: System Author     26th March 1999 EVIDENCE that the local building industry is in crisis can be found in the fact that tender pricing is at 15% to 20% below expectations. This is the word from specialist construction management company ASA Construction Services MD Simon Harwood, who reports that building contractors and... 

R100m sports club hotel reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The R100-million project to build a luxury hotel on the grounds of the Wanderers sports club in Johannesburg, has scored smooth runs in construction, bringing it to 50% completion. The hotel is being developed, and will be owned, by Atholl Developments, which comprises the UK company Morrison... 

Dewatering filter-press installation for steel giant

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Design engineering company Delkor Technik, of Gauteng, has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract for the construction of a filter-press installation to dewater scrubber dusts generated by the wet-scrubbing of the off-gases from the blast furnace at Iscor Vanderbijlpark Works. The filter press... 

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... 

 

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