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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. 

Railway lines pose surveying challenge

By: vanessa vasques     5th July 2002 Perhaps the biggest challenge affecting all aspects of the Nelson Mandela Bridge, a 176 m-long structure which is to connect Newtown to Braamfontein, is the fact that it has to be built over about 42 operating railway lines managed by Metro Rail and Spoornet. 

Coega opening doors for construction SMMEs

4th July 2002 The Coega project’s commitment to empowering small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs), particularly those located within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area, is reaping economic benefits for local business. 

Hydraulic excavator a first for Southern Africa

28th June 2002 The first Hitachi ZX 850 BEH hydraulic excavator in Southern Africa was recently purchased by Alpha Plant & Services, a plant hire company from Gauteng. 

Southern Africa being linked coast-to-coast

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The progression of the construction of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been commended by the National Roads Agency (NRA) chief executive Nazir Alli. 

R10m roads, earthworks subcontract completed

28th June 2002 Roads and earthworks construction company Protech Construction, based in Midrand, has recently completed a R10-million subcontract on the Bakwena Platinum Highway. 

Joint venture develops local human capital

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Bakwena Platinum Highway Project has given rise to employment for previously-disadvantaged South Africans in the form of the involvement of at least 150 small-medium-and-micro enterprises (SMME) in the field of supply and subcontracting to the highway project. 

Big benefits from engineering collaboration

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The collaboration between two well-established participants in the design of the infrastructure of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been crucial to the success of its construction, GMKS executive chairman Trueman Goba tells Engineering News on behalf of the Bakwena Engineering Joint Venture (BEJV). 

New hope for SA construction

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th June 2002 The civil engineering and construction sector is poised for a buoyant future, as the government commits itself to increased infrastructure spending and the private sector implements large projects, particularly in the mining and minerals industry. 

New hope for South Africa's construction sector . . .

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st June 2002 The civil engineering and construction sector is poised for a buoyant future, as the government commits itself to increased infrastructure spending and the private sector implements large projects, particularly in the mining and minerals industry. 

Register of contractors in 18 months

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th June 2002 South Africa will, within the next 18 months, have a national register of contractors which will help screen out ‘fly-by-nights’ which destabilise the construction industry. 

Composite plastics rising to Namibian zinc-mine challenge

By: marisa rodrigues     14th June 2002 Glass-reinforced plastics (GRP) are among the materials of choice used in the construction of a zinc-mine in Namibia because they are able to withstand the tough operational environment. 

Airport conference facility

7th June 2002 Name of the project and location Conference centre facility, Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), South Africa. Project description The JIA requires the fit-out, operation and management of a conference centre at the new domestic terminal. Value Unstated. Duration Unstated. Description of... 

Ten SA manufacturers show the way in the export market

By: Deborah Spicer     7th June 2002 South Africa’s exports grew from R210-billion in 2000 to R251-billion last year in what should not be regarded as an exceptional year for exports but as part of a sustained pattern of export growth. 

New research-base plan for Marion Island

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2002 An environmental impact assessment and concept design for a new research base at Marion Island have been completed, and the project now awaits budget approval from Cabinet. 

Gauteng development expands

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 The three-year Blue IQ initiative aiming to develop the tourism, transport and high value-added manufacturing sectors in Gauteng has increased its budget from R1,2-billion to R3,5-billion, and expanded its scope to include an extra project – the development of Kliptown in Soweto – to... 

Conversion from coal to natural gas

24th May 2002 A detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract has been awarded to Fluor South Africa to convert the Sasol Infrachem Plant (SCI) in Sasolburg from a coal to a natural gas based feedstock. 

Blunders hold new prison hostage

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2002 Kokstad prison will house its first inmate on May 30, says Department of Correctional Services (DCS) deputy commissioner Themba Rubushe. 

A new deal for engineering skills

By: Keith Campbell     24th May 2002 The SA construction industry must make itself more attractive as a place to pursue a career in order to attract skilled young recruits into its ranks. 

Construction firm in empowerment move

24th May 2002 Construction firm Basil Read has announced that it has taken a solid step towards realising its economic empowerment vision by forming BR-Ilima Projects in partnership with a consortium of emerging contractors and businessmen. 

SA construction subsidiary in R580m Oz contracts

24th May 2002 Construction group Aveng has announced that its Australian company, McConnell Dowell Corporation has been awarded new contracts with a value of about R580-million. 

Success for young BEE concrete-repair firm

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 In just its fourth year of operation, what is reportedly the only black-owned specialist concrete repair company in South Africa, Liyaphuma Construction, considers itself to be among the top five companies in this field in the country. 

Job-site prefabrication 'tilts' towards new method

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 A special form of precast concrete construction, known as tilt-up construction, is starting to become a more common practice in South Africa. 

New foundation for Kwazulu-Natal concrete blockyard industry

24th May 2002 The future of the concrete block-yard manufacturing industry, a mushrooming enterprise embraced by thousands of unemployed community members throughout Kwazulu-Natal, received a shot in the arm when a development plan was implemented for a women-run block-yard business in Stanger recently. 

New cement product in the mix

24th May 2002 A new cementitious product, the SureMix dry mortar system available from PPC Cement, is a first for South Africa and will reportedly revolutionise how the construction industry mixes and applies mortars, plasters and floor screeds in the future. 

Cement producer reports 33% earnings rise

2nd May 2002 South African cement producer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), reported a 33% rise in operating profit to R247,5-million in the six months to March, despite stagnant domestic demand for cement and upheaval in Zimbabwe. 

Building collapses have industry in shock

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2002 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering, the Association of Consulting Engineers, the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa), the Institute for Timber Construction and the Institute for Municipal Engineers are preparing to lobby for stricter compliance with building regulations. 

Building collapses have industry in shock

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2002 The South African Institute of Civil Engineering, the Association of Consulting Engineers, the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa), the Institute for Timber Construction and the Institute for Municipal Engineers will lobby for stricter compliance with building regulations. 

Four shorlisted for Cradle of Humankind

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2002 The contract for the design, construction and operation of the interpretation centre – an interactive museum – at the cradle of humankind world heritage site (COHWHS), will be signed in August, with work starting soon after, says Gauteng department of agriculture, conservation,... 

225 km rail rehab under way in Moz

By: Deborah Spicer     19th April 2002 A Grinaker-LTA/Harsco joint-venture team is on site in Mozambique erecting offices so that construction can begin on the flood-damaged rail line between Maputo and Macarretane, in the south of the country. 

Govt in 'state-of-construction' probe following collapes

9th April 2002 The Department of Public Works has commissioned a study into the state of the construction and building industry in light of a spate of building collapses, the latest being in Pretoria on Sunday. 

Construction group's order book rises to R8,7bn

12th March 2002 South Africa’s largest construction group, Aveng, which is rapidly geographically diversifying its revenue stream, has reported good results for the six months to December. 

Toll-road projects worth R5bn are planned for about 2004

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2002 Three unsolicited road projects, valued at about R5-billion, will see the N1/N2 road into Cape Town, the Garden route, and the Wild Coast road between Durban and East London become toll-roads in about 2004 when construction is completed. 

Constitution Hill (Blue IQ Project)

4th March 2002 Name of the project and location Constitution Hill, Gauteng. Project description Transforming the Old Fort prison and the surrounding area to a beacon of democracy. It involves the construction of a 12 000 m3 constitutional court, commercial offices and the redevelopment of historical buildings... 

Strong results for SA construction group

22nd February 2002 One of South Africa’s largest construction companies, Group 5, announced strong results for the six months to December 2001. 

Rotating sunshade keeps building cool

22nd February 2002 Toco has completed an innovative and unusual project comprising a rotating sunshade at the Midrand premises of Vodacom’s new service provider building, director Andrew Walls reports. 

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