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Construction News

Construction progressing well at smelter project

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R60-million portion of the construction work at Billiton’s US$1,8-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) primary aluminium smelter, situated outside Maputo, is being undertaken by GBR, a joint venture between Grinaker Concrete Construction and Basil Read. With overall construction work on... 

Taking the gamble out of empowerment

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Hot competition among bidders for gaming licences, particularly in Gauteng, saw contenders painting rosy pictures in their proposals to obtain a licence but the ability of most to meet these still remains to be seen. However, Global Resorts South Africa appears to have met and exceeded targets... 

Road contract completion

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE US$5,9-million contract to construct the Chibuto–Chongoene road in Mozambique is drawing to a close. Funded by Badea, the contract is being undertaken by LTA Earthworks (Mozambique) in a joint venture with Mozambique company Ceta. Being undertaken for the Direcao Nacional de Estrades e... 

Developers get the lowdown on training

By: System Author     14th May 1999 ow-cost housing resi- dents in the Northern Province are reaping the benefits of an extensive on-site training programme for developers and building inspectors to improve the quality of their residences. The training in basic concrete technology, as well as the correct application of cementitious... 

Low-cost housing must not be an eyesore

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Low-cost housing developments in Kwazulu-Natal are becoming more aesthetically pleasing with the supply of seamless tiled roofs, which are taking the place of traditional corrugated-iron covering, reports Harvey Roofing Products Knights divisional product manager Dion Perotti. The company is... 

R11-million pedestrian bridge on schedule

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Construction of an R11-million pedestrian bridge, which will span Philippi station and the adjacent staging yards, is on schedule. The bridge, which is being constructed by Stocks South, will incorporate a novel 127 m skywalk and provide a safe route for pedestrians. The main centre portion of... 

R15m Durban trade centre completed

By: System Author     14th May 1999 INDUSTRIAL and buil-ding developer Clearspan has completed the construction of a R15-million Trade Centre for Metcash at Mt Edgecombe in Durban. The 13 000 m2 centre was completed in a fastrack period of only four-and-a-half months to allow the centre to meet its critical opening dates.... 

Africa’s first private-equity RDP fund a success

By: System Author     14th May 1999 To date, the South Africa Infrastructure Fund has invested in, or has committed to invest in, seven reconstruction and development programme (RDP)-related projects totalling R250-million, reports MD Philip Chen. The first private-equity infrastructure fund of its kind in Africa, the fund was... 

Constitution averts RDP water crisis

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The constitution is coming to the rescue of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s (Dwaf’s) multibillion-rand reconstruction and development programme (RDP) water schemes which are facing a looming cash-flow crisis. Since 1994, the department has rolled out some 1 300 projects... 

Turnkey corrosion-control repertoire

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The relocation and depreservation of Anglo American’s Venetia diamond-mine’s bulk-sampling equipment from its original location near Messina, Northern Province, to the new Oaks mine outside Swartwater, in the same province, where a single dolomite pipe has been identified, has been... 

Company celebrates its 25th anniversary

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Control engineering company Festo South Africa, of Isando, Gauteng, is celebrating more than 25 years in South Africa. The company meets low-, medium- and high-technology requirements of its main target market, the manufacturing industry, with cutting-edge control systems. All operations in... 

Painting up a storm at Mozambican aluminium smelter

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Various painting and coating contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter, collectively worth more than R7-million, have been secured by Reef Industrial Painters (RIA) of Alrode, Gauteng. The company, a member of Cape Investments Holdings, a leading black-empowerment industrial services consortium,... 

Train communication system is on track

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A reportedly unique South African developed train communication system worth more than R10-million to support CoalLink in coal transport – with the ultimate goal of moving more than 70-million tons of coal a year to Richards Bay Coal Terminal – is in the process of being rolled out by... 

Work begins on R1,4 bn Umhlanga project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Construction of Old Mutual Properties’ massive R1,4-billion Gateway retail and entertainment centre near Umhlanga is under way, bringing the company’s total investment in retail and entertainment projects to almost R6-billion over the next four to five years. Principal contractor... 

New airport project cleared for take-off

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The project to construct a R250-million international airport for the lowveld at Primkop, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, has received approval from all relevant provincial and national government departments and agencies and now is awaiting only the closure of the necessary financial package,... 

R1,2-billion ‘Disney World’ for Centurion

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Plans are on the map to develop a R1,2-billion theme park in Centurion, Gauteng, which, if implemented, would cap Disney World, Orlando, in the US in size. The first of four phases in the development, called Centurion Wonder World, is a proposed R300-million undertaking which would comprise a... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Specialist construction coating

By: System Author     7th May 1999 ASouth African ma- nufacturer of spe- cialist coatings for the construction industry, Marmoran, is launching a new product throughout the country. Alltek is a 2 mm to 3 mm thick spray-applied plaster that adheres to walls with great strength. It is normally applied by a team of three, one of whom... 

Modified-bitumen contracts in the pipeline

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Despite severely-depressed market conditions, modified bitumen manufactured at Bituguard South Africa’s newly-completed production facility near Bethlehem in the Free State is being used on a number of contracts. Most notable of these are for the coating of 25 km of pipeline – 5 km... 

R22m loan for Knysna projects

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Socioeconomic development in the greater Knysna area was boosted at the end of last month when the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Knysna transitional local council (KTLC) signed a R22,7-million loan agreement. The loan is for the financing of the Knysna infrastructure... 

SA steel traders encouraged to add value

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African steel merchant sector is increasingly going to have to embrace value-adding activities if it hopes to remain a major part of the domestic steel environment, Macsteel co-chairperson Michael Hoffman says. Making a rare public statement at a steel seminar organised by Investec, and... 

Cordless tools offer no strings

By: System Author     30th April 1999 An innovative new system offered by Bosch, combining a cordless tool, a battery pack and a charger, guarantees outstanding performance and long life of components. The extensive range of Bosch cordless tools offers a cable-free solution for many applications, such as concrete and masonry... 

Electronic rotary hammer

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Industrial power-tool company Metabo Power Tools, of Johannesburg, a subsidiary of Metabo Germany – which has just purchased four stationary woodworking companies, making Metabo the largest woodworking-tool company in the world – has launched a new product in its cordless range in... 

New society to boost black engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A NATIONAL society of black engineers has been formed as a platform for black engineers, technicians, artisans and students in an effort to encourage them to join the engineering profession. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News, society president Cyril Gamede says that the idea behind... 

South African laser device is a world first

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Taking science fiction laser technology and making it accessible to the average engineer in the process industry is the main aim of Midrand-based international laser-technology development company Laser M. “We will be launching two revolutionary new products at the upcoming Engineering... 

10% GDFI in sight, predict engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Despite low confidence levels by industry in general in the construction sector, new president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Dr Rodney Milford believes that gross domestic fixed investment (GDFI), excluding plant and equipment, will again reach the level of about... 

Solar roof development

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A solar roofing system, jointly developed by Gapp Architects and Urban Designers and Solar Heat Exchangers, is being used to roof part of a public bathhouse built for the Katorus Market Society. This society is a non-governmental organisation representing the townships of Katlehong, Tokoza and... 

R97-million for two new pipelines

By: System Author     30th April 1999 More than R97-million has been set aside by the board of Rand Water for the construction of two new pipelines to meet the long-term needs of several areas in Gauteng into the new millennium. Rand Water chief engineer: pipelines Alan Tonks reports that the board has approved an amount of R97 368... 

New composite mooted for local housing

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A new composite material, manufac- tured by Heraklith, the local subsidiary of an Austrian company, may be used for economy housing in the Mpumalanga province and Franschoek area, Engineering News can today report. The company started production at its facilities in Brakpan, Gauteng, in September... 

Tendering know-how offered at centre

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Established as a private company in July last year, tender support centre Inkosi Yamathenda is considering registration as a Section 21 company or non-profit organisation. CEO Happy Nkhoma says the centre was formed directly to tackle the lack of knowledge about tendering among formerly... 

Power applications exhibition

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The broader profile of the Electrics Power Electronic Africa (Epea) ’99 exhibition has led the Indian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association to book a national pavilion for its participating companies at this year’s show. The power-applications section of the show is a... 

New Cape Town terminal begins

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Phased construction of a new international terminal at Cape Town International Airport has begun. The first stage of the project will involve the construction of a temporary arrivals terminal while the existing facility will remain fully operational. Once stage one is complete, airport operations... 

Upgrading of Cape carriageway started

By: System Author     30th April 1999 UPGRADING of Carl Cronje Drive from a single to double carriageway has begun. The roadworks form part of a R7,2-million project which involves the canalisation of a stretch of the Elsieskraal River and the provision of a public walkway over the same distance. Funding of the project is being... 

Local centre gets R400 000 US donation

By: System Author     30th April 1999 US company General Electric (GE) has donated over R400 000 to the Sparrow Technical Skills Centre in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, as part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade the existing facilities and construct new facilities. The donation will be used to construct four new workshops on the... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

$5-million global satellite contract won

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A US$5-million three-year contract for the installation of satellite services in Khartoum, Sudan, has been won by South African firm Hix Technologies. “Through this project we can gain the experience in satellite installation necessary in the future in South Africa, particularly because we... 

Madagascar dogged by poor infrastructure

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Madagascar is a country with a promising future, Siemens South Africa CE Dr Klaus Doring tells Engineering News. “I visited Madagascar in February, on an exploratory visit, to see if there were any opportunities there – we had a lot of support from the German ambassador there, who... 

 

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