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Materials & Equipment News

Two clay-brick factories reopen

8th November 2002 Suggesting a positive shift in the industry, the reopening of two clay-brick factories is providing employment for about 300 new and old employees. 

IDZ facilitates SMME funding support

4th November 2002 In a major boost to small business participation in the Coega project, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has secured a bridging finance facility for emerging businesses through the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). 

Gabon, Nigerian projects just the beginning

25th October 2002 Frans Kapp of consulting engineers Entech Consultants says the company has since its establishment in 1995, seen its duty in a broader context than merely making a living in South Africa. 

Engineers share infrastructure know-how with local officials

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th October 2002 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) have joined forces with the Department of Provincial and Local Government in an initiative aimed at equipping municipal councillors with the knowledge required to make sound... 

SA firms in Southern African roads projects

17th October 2002 South African firms have been awarded key contracts in Zambian roads projects, valued at R400-million. 

Work begins at Coega

16th October 2002 Site preparation for the construction of the Coega port in the Eastern Cape has started, with actual construction expected to commence next year. 

SA group in Red Sea resort deal

15th October 2002 Kuwait's Kharafi Group said last Friday it had signed contracts with Sun International for the South African company to hold shares and help manage a multi-million dollar resort project on Egypt's Red Sea coast. 

R220-million investment to boost floor-tile production

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th October 2002 In a development which will see its floor-tile production capacity double within the next three years, JSE Securities Exchange-listed Ceramic Industries is building a R220-million factory west of Vereeniging, in the Vaal Triangle. 

Further rates hike will hurt building sector - report

11th October 2002 An analysis of the latest official statistics pertaining to overall building activity indicates that real growth in the industry is slowing. 

Construction group in R150m fundraising

10th October 2002 South African construction group Aveng said on Wednesday it had raised R150-million through a three-month commercial paper issue, as part of its programme to diversify its funding source. 

Local welding skills attain international recognition

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 As non-tariff barriers begin to assume a more prominent role in preventing South African-manufactured products from entering overseas markets, the Southern African Institute of Welding has taken precautionary steps to ensure South African qualifications meet international standards. 

Urban, rural renewal to boost construction – Sigcau

By: Zonika Botha     4th October 2002 Government’s urban renewal and development programme presents new growth opportunities for the construction industry, especially for emerging entrepreneurs. 

Construction leader bullish on toll projects

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd October 2002 The head of South Africa’s largest construction group is optimistic that the government is focusing on various major road projects and says it seems increasingly likely that some of the mega projects, such as the Gauteng Super-Highway System, as well as the Wild Coast freeway will go ahead. 

Health, safety project for construction industry

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 The construction industry has injury and fatality rates second only to the mining industry in South Africa, and yet very is known about occupational health and safety in this sector says the Industrial Health Unit (IHU) project manager Jaine Roberts. 

Fall-arrest equipment for safer working conditions

27th September 2002 Exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for the Tractel range of safety equipment, Bellambie Mining & Industrial, has an extensive range of fall arrest equipment, including safety harnesses and working belts, suitable for use in diverse applications. 

Work at height safely, warns company

27th September 2002 It is important to provide the correct and sufficient training and equipment for staff working at height, says Alpinist Safety Consultants technical director Mark Campbell. 

First phase of fast-tracked casino completed in November

By: Marius Roodt     27th September 2002 To describe the construction of the Suncoast Casino as a fast-track job is an understatement, says Nigel Holley, director at BFH Project Managers. 

Good relationship key to project success

By: Marius Roodt     27th September 2002 Project managers Camane, Honu and Associates of Centurion have had a name change and will in future be known as Diagonal Projects Africa (DPA). 

Social development a priority

27th September 2002 The R1,4-billion investment by Tsogo Sun in the new Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World has been leveraging previously disadvantaged groups into employment and prosperity. 

Bringing the ocean, beach indoors

By: Marius Roodt     27th September 2002 The new Suncoast Casino is situated some 150 m away from the Indian Ocean. This has allowed for numerous design and ecological challenges to the landscape architects and entire professional team as a whole. 

Blend of fun and sun irresistible for retailers

27th September 2002 The Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World development has raised the stakes in the ongoing game to attract and keep visitors, says Broll Property Group director Iain Burns. 

Dunes main environmental headache

By: Marius Roodt     27th September 2002 When there is a development as big as the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment project, there is bound to be potential for environmental impact. 

Fast-track challenge at Durban casino

27th September 2002 Phase one of the Suncoast casino, Durban’s newest tourist facility, is on track to meet its opening date at the start of the festive season – just in time to provide holiday makers with another new entertainment venue. 

New air-conditioning technology at casino

By: Marius Roodt     27th September 2002 Cutting-edge air conditioning technology has been installed at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment project, says Richard Pearce and Partners director Noel Smith. 

Ceiling design rare challenge

By: Marius Roodt     27th September 2002 The art deco theme of the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment project in Durban posed a number of challenges for interior designers, Blacksmith Africa, although art deco does lend itself to casino design and theming. 

Architects involved since inception of project

27th September 2002 The company MDS Architecture has been involved with the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment project since its early gaming license bid proposals in 1997. 

Empowerment central in KZN waterfront project

26th September 2002 Previously disadvantaged individuals and emergent enterprises within the construction industry are set to benefit from the establishment of Durban's first waterfront leisure development, the 4 200 sq m R25,1-million Wilson's Wharf. 

Company moots wire beneficiation

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 Developing the worldwide market for its wire-products, East Rand-based Barnes Fencing Industries has seen potential for its products. 

Construction giant seeks quality, not quantity

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th September 2002 The JSE Securities Exchange-listed Aveng group’s construction order book for the next two years has grown to R9,8-billion, equivalent to103% of the cluster’s revenue for the 12 months to the end of June this year. 

Rope access taking off in SA

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 An industry that appears to be expanding in South Africa is the rope access industry. 

Complex projects need partnership approach

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 A Johannesburg-based consulting engineer has urged teams implementing engineering and construction projects requiring a high degree of interaction between designer and constructer to discard the traditional approach in favour of partnering. 

First eco-village being built at Ivory Park

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 Construction-materials group Lafarge South Africa has stepped up its involvement in sustainable development with the donation of cement and concrete to the eco-village being built by the City of Johannesburg and the EcoCity Trust at Ivory Park, in Midrand. 

Gauteng has spent R5bn on housing since 1994

By: Martin Czernowalow     12th September 2002 In his presentation of the annual departmental report, the Gauteng Housing MEC Paul Mashatile said on Tuesday the Gauteng Housing Department has spent approximately R 5-billion and delivered 275 383 serviced stands and 175 034 houses since 1994. 

Engineering giant to stick to margin targets

11th September 2002 Engineering giant ABB insisted on Monday it would stick to its main financial targets as it struggled to counter growing investor fear that the group may have to row back on its goals. 

SA construction group in Indonesian legal battle

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th September 2002 South African construction giant, Murray & Roberts, has confirmed that its subsidiary, Booker Tate, is involved in a legal battle in Indonesia. 

Cape convention centre to be completed by April

11th September 2002 Cape Town’s International Convention Centre on the foreshore is nearing completion, as the deadline for the finalisation of the project approaches. 

Construction group’s non-SA earnings rise to 45%

10th September 2002 South Africa’s largest construction group, Aveng, that now earns 45% of its revenue outside of southern Africa, yesterday reported another set of excellent results, with diluted headline earnings a share 24% ahead of a year ago 

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