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Batch-treatment is revived in South Africa

By: System Author     9th April 1999 By offering the turnkey design, manufacture, construction, commissioning and operation of sewage and effluent-treatment plants, Prentec, of Gauteng, can offer its clients at least a 30% reduction in price, MD John Buchanan tells Engineering News. He adds that the company is the only one of its... 

R25m motor dealership for Roodepoort

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R25-million Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Colt franchise dealership in Roodepoort is at an advanced stage. The dealership, which is set to become the hub of the vehicle sales and spares industry in the city, will occupy more than 3 000 m2 of space and will incorporate new and used... 

Jhb airport terminal cladding on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Upgrading and cladding of the north fa 

African concrete supply contracts secured

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONCRETE products supplier Grinaker Duraset has secured two contracts north of South Africa’s border. In Tanzania the company has completed a contract for the supply of 7 500 m2 of its industrial paving product Stelcon Raft to Protecon for the construction of Trans Africa’s new... 

Academy maintains 100% success rate

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa ranked a lowly seventh on the list of most competitive African countries, stated Anglo American Industrial Corporation chairperson Leslie Boyd at the graduation ceremony of the African Academy for Cadd Training last month. He pointed out that only with the invaluable input of... 

20-year sludge-processing contract for Pta

By: System Author     9th April 1999 In line with government’s intention to finance capital projects through the private sector using build, operate, transfer/build and operate, own, transfer (Bot/Boot) techniques, the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) is in the process of finalising enquiries for a 20-year Boot... 

UK auto component plant for local firm

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE construction of a new production facility in the UK for South African automotive component manufacturer Bosal is due to be completed before the end of April. This follows other group expansions completed during 1998 in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, with new plants opened... 

Athletes’ village reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sport infrastructure development in preparation for the seventh All Africa Games (AAG) to be held in Johannesburg in September is on track, with 300 units of the athletes’ village, to be known as the Village of the Stars, completed last month, reports games services GM Imtiaz Abdullah. The... 

Engineering company is in pole position

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 International engineering firm Arup is building its reputation as a world-renowned engineer of sport and tourism facilities in South Africa with its involvement in a number of infrastructure-improvement projects around the country. One of the company’s greatest feats has been the completion... 

Casino resort on track

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Construction of Carnival City, Sun International’s new casino resort in Brakpan, Gauteng, is on schedule for completion in August this year, Engineering News can today report. The construction contract for the main elements of this development is being undertaken by Rainbow Construction in... 

Campaign to minimise building waste

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 TEN waste-disposal and recycling sites are being established by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) in the UK to demonstrate how 50-million tons of waste produced by builders each year can be minimised. In a determined campaign to show how environmental and... 

Miniature ball-rail system

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The expansion of Rexroth Star’s miniature ball-rail system, the latest offering in a proved product range, enables Tectra Automation to provide a solution for virtually every linear motion application. As part of an already extensive range of Star profiled rail linear motion systems, the... 

Future home for stock exchange on the rise

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Work is under way on the new home of the Johannes-burg Stock Exchange (JSE) located on the corner of Maude street and Gwen lane in the heart of Sandton, north of Johannesburg. The building will house a new merged entity, comprising the JSE, the South African Futures Exchange and the Bond Exchange... 

R17-million housing project for the Eastern Cape province

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A TOTAL of 1 000 families will have their own homes by the end of this year, when the R17-million affordable-housing project in Komga, in the Eastern Cape, is completed. To date, a total of 36 people have been employed to undertake civil engineering work and 149 to undertake building work.... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

 

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