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Materials & Equipment News

Precast building technology may be key in housing SA

By: Joanne Delaurentis     6th September 2002 A new precast building technology adopted by Group Five’s construction unit, could help meet the significant demand for housing in Africa, while taking into account the shortage of building skills on the continent. 

Road project to unlock tourism potential

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th September 2002 In a development which will pave the way for what is expected to be a significant tourism industry in southern Mpumalanga, the local community and the public and private sectors have joined forces to build a 33-km road from Highlands, outside Barberton, to Bulembu, on the border with Swaziland. 

Construction company lands international deals

6th September 2002 One of South Africa’s largest construction companies, Group Five, announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Group Civils – Industrial and Mining – has secured two contracts worth R95-million, at Vilankulo in Mozambique. 

New trucks for South African market by early next year

By: vanessa vasques     30th August 2002 The South African transport industry, especially in the mining and construction sectors, could soon see a number of new trucks from the local division of the US Mack Trucks. 

Public prosecutor mulls Injaka-bridge action

By: Zonika Botha     30th August 2002 A decision has yet to be made whether to proceed with criminal prosecution against the parties cited in the Injaka bridge collapse inquiry report. 

Group confirms construction sector recovery

29th August 2002 Construction giant Murray and Roberts believes prospects for its major project capabilities in South and southern Africa have improved in line with higher levels of fixed investment. 

Construction sector building skills base

28th August 2002 South Africa’s construction industry is preparing to roll out a R50-million project to fast-track thousands of experienced workers in the construction industry to formal trade qualification standards – and better paying jobs. 

R1-million test pipeline completed

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Gauteng-based company Pipeline Erectors has been awarded a R1-million contract by Sasol Technologies (Sastech) to construct the first kilometre of Sasol’s $549-million 865-km natural gas pipeline between Temane in Mozambique and Secunda in South Africa. 

Line pipe producer increases productivity

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Local pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore, a Murray & Roberts company, is supplying line pipe for the 205 km South African section of Sasol’s natural gas project, which will bring the gas from Temane in Mozambique. 

SA-linked company wins a contract down under

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Construction group Aveng has announced that its Australian company McConnell Dowell has been awarded new contracts to the value of about R580-million. 

Johannesburg to house Southern Hemisphere's largest legal library

By: marisa rodrigues     23rd August 2002 More than R15-million of the R88-million budget for the construction of South Africa's new 12 000 m3 Constitutional Court in the Johannesburg inner city, which is being undertaken by a joint venture between Rainbow Construction and WBHO, has been committed. 

Strong order book for construction firm

23rd August 2002 One of South Africa’s largest construction companies, Group Five, announced a R3-billion order book, as well as a number of projects in the pipeline. 

Construction body studies e-procurement plan

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th August 2002 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is to explore e-procurement as a means of accelerating the restructuring of business processes to improve public-sector construction delivery effectiveness. 

Engineering body probe following Injaka report

By: Zonika Botha     14th August 2002 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has confirmed that the findings of the official inquiry into the 1998 Injaka bridge collapse near Bushbuckridge in the Limpopo Province in which 14 people were killed and 19 injured has been handed over to its own investigative committee for further... 

R5m-worth of containers are destined for Moz gas pipeline

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 The supply of R5-million worth of converted containers to the Temane gas pipeline project began in June this year and is due for completion by September. 

Morocco seeks builder-operator for cereal silo

9th August 2002 Morocco has tendered a permit for the construction and operation of a cereals silo at its main port of Casablanca, which would more than double its storage capacity, a senior equipment ministry official said yesterday. 

Mortarless bricks speed up construction

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 A new technology is currently being marketed in South Africa which its manufacturers say will change the way low-cost housing is built. 

Housing developer diversifies into retail centres

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 Having provided more than 60 000 homes since its inception and continuing to provide low-cost housing has not been enough for housing development company Nu-Way Housing. 

Coega construction village tenders under evaluation

9th August 2002 Some 520 dwelling units will be built for the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to house construction workers engaged on the development of the new port project. 

Durban's marathon building session

9th August 2002 While most eyes were distracted by the World Cup Football in June this year, the residential suburb of Sherwood in Durban appeared to be holding the Olympic Games for house building. 

Firm announces new corporate structure

9th August 2002 International consulting engineering firm Arup has announced a new corporate structure for the South African practice which gives significant impetus to its transformation initiatives and its commitment to black economic empowerment. 

Wendt Longyear

9th August 2002 Specialises in the manufacture and supply of diamond tools and equipment for the construction and natural stone markets. 

Frederic de Rougemont, Lafarge

9th August 2002  

R150-million cash injection is set to boost tyre quality

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The injection of R150-million into the tyre-production facilities at Bridgestone Firestone South Africa’s (BFSA) plants in Port Elizabeth and Brits will facilitate the improvement of the quality of the company’s product. 

R60m wine production, distribution project advances

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2002 Independent wine and spirits importer, exporter and distributor DGB is well into the second of the three-phase expansion of its Wellington production facility, in the Western Cape. 

SA firm awarded R3,2m softdrink warehouse contract for Angola

19th July 2002 Clearspan Structures has been awarded a contract by softdrink giant Coca-Cola for the construction of a new warehouse in Luanda, Angola. 

Steel construction industry anticipates 7-year boom

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The South African steel construction industry is on the brink of experiencing a seven-year boom, should the world economy hold up and the development of skills flourish. 

Jhb firm lands first export order

19th July 2002 South African company General Profiling received its first export order last month. The order was placed by the inventor of a new housing system in the US. 

Acquisitions open door to steel-pipe conveyance market

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The acquisition of Barloworld’s Robor Stewarts and Lloyds distribution centres based in Kwazulu-Natal was effected by Johannesburg-based steel merchant NJR Steel Holdings in March this year. 

Steel Awards just around the corner

19th July 2002 In August this year the steel construction industry will be celebrating the twenty-first year of its Steel Awards. 

Steel construction firm ventures into Africa

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 An opportunity for the development of the steel construction industry’s move into Africa has been identified by West Rand-based construction company Omni Struct. 

Facelift on the cards for steelworks' furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Cape Town Iron and Steel Works’ (Cisco) plans to upgrade the existing 35 t electric arc furnace (EAF). 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

Components drive at new auto park

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 The drive behind Gauteng’s newly launched automotive supplier park in Rosslyn, Pretoria, is to enhance, sustain and retain the automotive industry which has become one of South Africa’s biggest gross domestic product earners – 5,6% in 2001 to be exact. 

Cement leader in environmental first

16th July 2002 The manufacture of quality PPC Cement products has been enhanced as the company recently reached a significant milestone of ISO14001 certification across its six cement manufacturing, cement milling facilities in South Africa, making it a first for the South African Cement industry. 

Bridge assets successfully safeguarded

5th July 2002 Security services for the duration of the construction of the Nelson Mandela Bridge has been conducted by Duvha Security Services. 

Super-strength concrete supports novel structure

By: vanessa vasques     5th July 2002 The concrete for the bridge being constructed to link Newtown to Braamfontein, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, is being supplied by Alpha Readymix, a business unit of Alpha. 

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