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Sanral’s strategy, transformation policy ready for Cabinet approval 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) Horizon 2030 strategy is “ready to go to Cabinet”, in a process that will be managed by the Department of Transport (DoT), says Sanral transformation manager Ismail Essa. He says the Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, as well as... 

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2018 Road construction equipment supplier Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen SA) and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which Wirtgen SA MD Heinrich Schulenburg said would cement the relationship between the entities and give... 

Sanral, Wirtgen SA sign MoU to collaborate on construction development goals

Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero believes the industry continues to produce “outstanding work, [which] demonstrates its capability and expertise”. Speaking at its yearly Steel Awards function on Thursday evening, he said there was continued perseverance in... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

Technicrete celebrating half century this year

12th October 2018 Leading S African precast concrete provider turns 50 this year. Over the last 50 years, Technicrete has grown operationally as well as through its product offering. From small beginnings to the construction of Technicrete’s first major plant at Randfontein, the establishment of nine other... 

Technicrete celebrating half century this year
HITTING THE DECK Deckwerk blocks and paving are one of Technicretes longest standing offerings

New bitumen binding application introduced

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Transport infrastructure specialists Bouygues Group’s South African subsidiary Colas has introduced Colbifibre – its latest bitumen binding process – for use on deteriorating roadways. Colbifibre is a new process aimed at road surfaces that have suffered significant wear and tear. It combines its... 

New bitumen binding  application introduced
PAVING THE WAY The single truck needed to apply the Colbifibre

Company offers new range of equipment

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Power equipment and tool supply company Hire It launched its locally assembled range of small plant construction equipment, called Kwagga, following a need for cheaper and more readily available equipment by industry. Launched in August, Hire It sales director Richard Fraser says stock to the... 

Company offers new range  of equipment
EARNING ITS STRIPES The Kwagga range of industrial-grade heavy duty equipment

Cranes used for heavy lifting on N2 upgrade

12th October 2018 Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes deployed equipment manufacturer Liebherr’s 440T mobile cranes to the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). According to Sanral, this has been acknowledged... 

Cranes used for heavy  lifting on N2 upgrade
HIGHER FOR HIRE Concord’s cranes helped erect the 30-metre-long 52 t bridge

Industry 4.0 in readymix industry still a way off, says association

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 The construction materials industry can improve its customer-supplier interface if it takes up Industry 4.0, notes South African ReadyMix Association (Sarma) director Johan van Wyk. “The current economic climate impacts on construction materials in the same way as the construction industry, for... 

Industry 4.0 in readymix industry still a way off,  says association
CHUTING FOR PERFECTION A high-grade mix is poured into the foundation through a chute system attached to the readymix truck

New pop rivet tool for construction sector

12th October 2018 Powertool manufacturer Milwaukee’s new M12 BPRT pop rivet system, is available locally through construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa. Considering the sheer number of rivets needed during prefabrication, assembly and field installation work, particularly in the construction sector,... 

New pop rivet tool for construction sector
RIVETING PRODUCT The new pop rivet tool alleviates problems commonly experienced with hand-held rivets

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Since the launch of construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s Firestop façade joint coating earlier this year, the product – which has been well received by engineers and architects – will be used in its first large construction project in Bedfordview, Gauteng,... 

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire
AT FAÇADE VALUE The easily sprayable coating is applied to gaps left in the façade

Group Five announces R1.43bn loss, Teixeira resigns

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2018 Group Five will focus on its Developments & Investments (D&I) and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) businesses going forward, with a “de-emphasis” on the Construction and Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) businesses. This “de-emphasis” did not mean Group Five was walking away from construction,... 

Group Five announces R1.43bn loss, Teixeira resigns
Cristina Teixeira

Uganda to join transparency programme as it seeks mining investors

By: , Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 Uganda plans to join a program aimed at rooting out corruption in resource industries as the East African nation seeks to reassure potential investors that it isn’t involved in “conflict minerals.” The Cabinet has already endorsed the plan to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative... 

Company diversifies aluminium offering

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is preferred over painted surfaces due to its colour retention, corrosion resistance and low... 

Company diversifies  aluminium offering
DESIGN VERSATILITY The aluminium composite material panels allow for versatile facade designs

Company minimising height-access difficulties

By: Thabi Madiba     28th September 2018 Rope access specialist RopeCrew Industrial Abseiling has positioned itself as a viable alternative for those wanting to opt to use rope access as a viable method of accessing areas at height, instead of scaffolding, which is limited and costly. RopeCrew MD Gerrie du Plessis states that rope... 

Positive performance, outlook for construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2018 There has been a very good increase in the value of buildings completed in larger municipalities during the second quarter of this year, to the tune of almost 7%, which presents a recovery from the sluggish growth of the first quarter of the year, the latest Afrimat Construction Index (ACI)... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The developing Port of Ngqura, owned by Transnet National Ports Authority, celebrated a milestone this week, with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement. Osho Cement is a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

ELB to focus on IoT for service optimisation, profits up 35% for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 JSE-listed capital equipment supplier and services provider ELB Group reported a 35% increase in profits to R111-million for the financial year ended June 30, compared with R82-million in the prior year. This was on the back of higher sales across all group segments – sales increased by 50% to... 

Global steel production, consumption growth to slow – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 Growth in global production and consumption of steel in expected to slow over 2018/19, following a significant rebound since early 2016, Fitch Solutions Macro Research’s recently published ‘Global Steel Outlook’ report states. The global market will post a narrowing deficit of 7.4-million tonnes... 

Ultra-3000 offered to local, international markets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) completed trials for the Ultra-3000 last month, and is offering this “unmatched machine” to the South African and international markets, PMSA marketing and sales manager Quintin Booysen tells Engineering News. The PMSA-Ultra... 

Ultra-3000  offered to local,  international markets
SIZEABLE MACHINE The Ultra-3000 is engineered to meet high-volume manufacturers’ requirements for brick, block and paving products

Local manufacturing expo to bolster exports, economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th September 2018 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) will host its inaugural Local Manufacturing Expo next year, to showcase local manufacturing capabilities and bolster the country’s economic growth, SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman told attendees at a presentation during Electra Mining, on... 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

Sanral, Barloworld Equipment sign MoU to provide emerging contractors with access to equipment

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and Barloworld Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will provide emerging contractors with greater access to Caterpillar equipment. Barloworld Equipment is the dealer for Caterpillar earthmoving machines and power... 

Sanral, Barloworld Equipment sign MoU to provide emerging contractors with access to equipment

Distressed SA market to be offset by UK acquisitions, says WBHO

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 A South African construction company that still makes a profit is a rare sight these days, yet Wilson Bailey Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) this financial year yet again managed to buck the depressing trend of failing domestic construction companies, owing largely to gains made in geographies outside South... 

Distressed SA market to be offset by UK acquisitions, says WBHO
Louwtjie Nel

Bell reports strong H1 results, remains bullish on South African market

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

Cashbuild expansion strategy places retailer in good position to reap rewards

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Despite demanding trading conditions, South African retailer Cashbuild on Tuesday announced that it has, for the first time, exceeded the R10-billion group revenue mark. Cashbuild CE Werner de Jager attributed the 5% year-on-year growth in group revenue largely to the 42 new stores that were... 

Local firm to support long term growth of AEG brand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Local construction tools and fasteners distributor Upat aims to support the long-term growth of German company AEG’s power tools range in South Africa and Southern Africa by providing technical support services to and leveraging its partnerships with retailers, Upat MD Richard Kuhlmann says. The... 

Local firm to  support long term growth of AEG brand in SA
MIKE PHORA Upat merchandiser Mike Phora demonstrates the ease of use of a corded AEG drill

Nairobi Securities Exchange suspends trading of Kenya's ARM Cement

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) said on Monday it had suspended trading of Kenya's ARM Cement three days after it was put under administration. "The suspension in trading of the company's shares takes effect from August 20, 2018," NSE said in a statement. "This suspension shall remain in... 

Opportunities for growth, innovation for steel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2018 Despite the challenging period that the steel industry is facing, with the difficult economic climate and policy issues, progress is being made within the industry in terms of projects, and current developments present much scope for further growth and innovation. This was the sentiment conveyed... 

Opportunities for growth, innovation for steel
IT’S A CONSTRUCTION STEEL Owing to rapid urbanisation, there are a number of opportunities for steel construction that the industry can capitalise on

Cellular concrete holds potential in South Africa for rapid construction

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Lightweight and strong cellular concrete can reduce the time required to build various elements of buildings and houses in South Africa, although it is currently mostly limited to fill-in applications, says cellular concrete firm Lightbuild Technologies Paul Drozdov. Cellular concrete is... 

Kenya's ARM Cement CEO says to leave post, to stay as board member

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 The chief executive officer of Arm Cement said on Thursday he planned to leave his post as part of a management shake-up, but would stay on as a board member. "As founder shareholder and entrepreneur, I will be an active Board member and support the incoming CEO and the management team in... 

WG Wearne CFO resigns

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 Building materials company WG Wearne’s CFO Marius Bierman has resigned as a director with effect from August 11. His resignation follows a mutual agreement between Bierman and the board of WG Wearne. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Women in the construction and related industries not only face discrimination while working for existing firms, but also when starting their own businesses, says Mercantile Bank. A recent study conducted on behalf of the institution found that 67% of female business owners surveyed in the... 

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction

Group Five granted immunity from competition authorities for 15 construction projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement in terms of which construction company Group Five will receive immunity for cooperating with the Competition Commission’s investigation into the construction industry and disclosing its participation in 15 construction projects as a... 

Agreement stokes West African renewable-energy market

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 German solar mounting company Schletter Group has signed a wholesale agreement with steel manufacturer Sparkwest Steel Industries, which will exclusively market Schletter open-area and rooftop systems in Nigeria. Sparkwest Steel will also act as wholesale dealer for the Schletter Group in a... 

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