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Consulting Engineers News

Sisulu asks engineers to contribute to South Africa’s development agenda

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 In keynote address at a virtual seminar hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) earlier in June, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu called on engineers to “patriotically contribute” to the development agenda of South Africa. She addressed members of... 

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 To address the effects of the lack of infrastructure projects in South Africa, cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) MD Njombo Lekula has called for industry and government to work together to mitigate the knock-on effects on the cement sector. “We urgently need an agile and... 

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector
PLANT POWER PPC has invested substantially in improving its various plants technologies and infrastructure to maximise efficacy

Producers under pressure

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 South Africa’s concrete and cement additive suppliers are under severe production pressures, owing to a global shortage of many of the primary raw materials used in the chemicals industry essential to produce concrete and cement admixtures, says additives and admixtures specialist Chryso Southern... 

Producers under pressure
IN THE MIX Admixtures and additives used in the manufacture of cement is is short supply globally

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand 

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the... 

Projects, tariffs could  boost sector demand
Cement & Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie discusses the current state if the industry, as well as the formation of the CCSA.

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

Port upgrade strengthens  Horn of Africa trade
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Water dept provides Solidarity with information about Cuban engineers

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has provided trade union Solidarity with comprehensive information about the Cubans who will perform engineering work in South Africa. “The fact that this information has been provided is a first but important victory in the legal battle against the... 

DWS to oppose court case, says Cuban engineers' qualifications accepted

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says it will oppose the court case brought against it by trade union Solidarity to reverse its decision to deploy Cuban engineers in South Africa. Solidarity and other organisations in South Africa are opposed to the deployment of Cuban engineers in... 

Safety critical to ensuring ‘solid business case’ for projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2021 Safety excellence is not separate from construction or operational excellence – a safe site avoids the cost of incidents and improves personnel’s motivation and the company’s relationships with clients, thereby forming a “solid business case” for a project, says South Africa-based contractor... 

Safety critical to ensuring  ‘solid business case’ for projects
Concor’s Craig Lawrence talks about the company’s health and safety approach and protocols

Court date for interdict against appointment of Cubans set for June 1

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2021 Trade union Solidarity says it will be in court on June 1 to obtain an interdict against the plans of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to import and deploy Cuban engineers. Solidarity brought an urgent application to the North Gauteng High Court to stop these... 

Engineering advocacy necessary to contribute to policy, infrastructure decisions

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2021 The engineering industry, as the primary designer and implementer of solutions, must advocate its priorities and secure its place and role in decision-making to benefit the public, businesses and society through effective infrastructure, says American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)... 

New valve breaking records on size

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 A mono-flanged large-bore Insamcor 1200 valve has been manufactured and delivered to Erongo desalination plant in Swakopmund, Namibia, by South African fluid technology manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) to allow greater volumes of sea water intake.... 

New valve breaking records on size
TUMI TSEHLO The larger than normal valve manufactured for the desalinisation plant would generally be used in the mining sector

Aspasa launches online explosives audit, encourages members to register qualified engineers

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2021 Surface mining industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has launched an innovative and nonintrusive online explosives audit in its ongoing attempts to increase the safety and effectiveness of blasting operations at mines. Over the past three... 

Sisulu welcomes Cuban engineers to South Africa, Solidarity unimpressed

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd April 2021 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the 25 Cuban engineers who have been seconded to help South Africa improve the delivery of water and related services, to South Africa. The engineers will support the South African government in this regard for three years. 

Knight Piésold celebrates centenary

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2021 From its beginnings in South Africa on the April 1, 1921, engineering consulting firm Knight Piésold has established and grown its local operations within Southern Africa, through its offices in Namibia, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Madagascar, Swaziland, Mauritius and... 

Cesa calls for more PPPs as local engineering capacity use drops to 80%

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has questioned the Department of Water and Sanitation's decision to bring in 24 Cuban engineers, while the capacity utilisation of local engineering skills has dropped to 80% in the most recent Cesa Bi-annual Economic and Capacity... 

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

Local company shines  in furnace rebuilds
ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa completed its scope of work on the new car spare parts supplier Spare Pro warehouse in Germiston, Johannesburg. Peikko South Africa was contracted to provide a bolted connection solution for the 18 500 m2 facility, which is highly... 

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech
BIG ERECTION The 18 500 m2 structure was erected between October and January

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Despite the strain that the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations is placing on the fiscus, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) believes that it needs to be prioritised in concert with the fast-tracked implementation of infrastructure projects for the recovery of South Africa’s... 

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious... 

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern
GETTING OVER IT Over the past few months, there has been an uptick in the number of tenders put out by State-owned entities, particularly in the transportation sector

Firm expands service offering

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Consulting engineers firm Knight Piésold Southern Africa has added a hydrogeology and groundwater department to its service offering while expanding its mine services offering since the start of the year. “We are providing the full infrastructure spectrum for the mining sector, which includes... 

Firm expands  service offering
VISHAL HARIPERSAD Knight Piésold celebrates its centennial anniversary this month

Triple warehouse project under way

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Civil engineering company Icon Group is conducting the bulk earthworks for three warehouses that will be constructed in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The triple warehouse project is being developed by property developer JT Ross Property Group on a 40 000 m2 site, with all three warehouses being of equal... 

Triple warehouse project under way
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK The bulk earthworks work packet was tendered in January and work began in February

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

M&R's subsector classification shifts to engineering and contracting on the JSE

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Effective March 23, engineering company Murray & Roberts’ (M&R's) classification on the JSE will move from Diversified Industrials to the Engineering and Contracting Services subsector – a new subsector to be introduced by FTSE Russell and the enhanced Industry Classification Benchmark. Group CE... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding
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SUGEN PILLAY Cesa’s call to purposefully rebuild the economy and infrastructure will aim to foster an enhanced social compact between all industry partners and stakeholders

Food warehouse expansion under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa has embarked on the second phase expansion of a production and warehousing facility for a food manufacturer in Johannesburg. The first phase was successfully completed last year and the second phase is under way, Peikko South Africa... 

Food warehouse expansion under way
DANIEL PETROV Installations on site are expected to start this month

Strategic forethought hindered by crisis mindset

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 With South Africa’s fiscus placed under immense strain as government attempts to combat the effects of the pandemic, South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Vishaal Lutchman fears that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s leadership is in “head down crisis mode”, with... 

Strategic forethought  hindered by crisis mindset
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Government has not prioritised infrastructure development for the past decade and it will likely not prioritise it in 2021 either

Company makes a significant investment locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants manufacturer and distributor FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has invested more than R250-million in South Africa for the completion of the construction of a warehouse and office complex, which will be completed by February 2022. Land that is adjacent to its current location in Isando, of... 

Company makes a significant  investment locally
REACHING FOR THE SKY The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts reports that its subsidiary, construction and engineering company Clough, has been awarded a A$400-million contract for an engineering, procurement and construction scope of work on the Waitsia Stage 2 development project in Western... 

Record number of companies disclosing sustainability impacts

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2020 The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has welcomed KPMG research that shows a record number of companies, spanning many sectors and geographic regions, are voluntarily disclosing their sustainability impacts – with the GRI Standards the most widely used for reporting. GRI is an independent,... 

Record number of companies disclosing sustainability impacts
GRI chairperson Eric Hespenheide

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards
FAR AND WIDE The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam

Cesa Aon Awards 2020 showcase ‘resilience, commitment’ of industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 With 2020 having been an unprecedented year of "uncertainty, trauma and market complexity", Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which took place virtually, “showcased the resilience and commitment of the consulting... 

Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan presents opportunity to build a better economy, says Saice

By: Donna Slater     4th November 2020 The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan tabled by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October, provides an opportunity to build a better structured economy, reports South African Institution of Civil Engineering CEO Vishaal Lutchman. Following Ramaphosa’s announcement of the plan, Finance Minister... 

Expansion set for completion

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has announced that the expansion of the R14-million bulk water supply project in Underberg, for the Harry Gwala district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed and handed over by the end of this month. “The project addresses... 

Expansion set  for completion
UPHILL BATTLE One of the challenges faced during the project entailed an uphill installation which Zimile Consulting Engineers successfully completed without complications

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 According to a rough consensus derived from its end customers and partners, about 38% of South Africa’s produced water is non-revenue water, but water technology company Xylem Water Solutions South Africa says its key technologies assist in addressing this challenge. Non-revenue water is water... 

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss
SMART DETECTIVE The Smart Ball water leak detection an assessment tool can be deployed without having to disrupt the flow within the system

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

Role models directly contribute to more women pursuing technical careers

By: Schalk Burger     9th October 2020 Female engineering and technical careers social enterprise Women in Engineering (WomEng) says that its work supporting girls and young women to enter technical disciplines shows that female engineer and industrial scientist role models with backgrounds comparable to prospective girls and young... 

Role models directly contribute to more women pursuing technical careers
NAADIYA MOOSAJEE Professional role models and having engineering work and careers explained in one's own language are immensely relevant to motive young women

Structures assist in practical training

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 Increased interest in the training of working-at-height personnel in eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, and Rustenburg, in North West, has led to permanent scaffolding structures being erected at safety training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety’s training facilities in the two provinces. KBC... 

Structures assist in practical training
HIGHER GRADE Being able to do practical training at height is now possible with the structures erected at KBC's various training facilities
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