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Multinational forecasts growth in SA construction industry

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Multinational building-materials company Lafarge has expressed optimism in the future of the South African construction industry and the country’s economy. 

R3bn mixed-use centre in full swing

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Construction of the first phase of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2001. 

Building and construction: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The construction and building industries in South Africa have not been good places to be over the last two decades. 

Building of new max-security prison

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Construction will begin this month on the proposed 3 024-bed maximum-security prison in Louis Trichardt, Northern Province. 

Consulting engineers need to find new ways of doing business

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Consulting Engineers 

Unique three-dimensional modelling system in use

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Consulting Engineers 

R100m mall to help revitalise city

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Contracts for the first phase of the proposed R100-million Metro Mall are to be awarded before the end of the month, which is also the date noted for the start of construction. 

The marvel South Africans built

By: System Author     4th August 2000 The successful completion of one of the world’s greatest entertainment marvels has been the catalyst for South African construction and engineering firm Murray & Roberts’s growth in the Middle East. 

Building unions invest in construction

By: System Author     28th July 2000 In a move that establishes Africa Construction firmly in the construction industry, Building Industry Investment Company, bought a 33% share in this Newpleaid Investments subsidiary last week for an undisclosed, but reportedly significant sum. 

Green buildings for Africa

By: System Author     28th July 2000 The building and construction division of CSIR, Boutek, has rolled out its Green Buildings for Africa programme in the public domain in an attempt to clean up South Africa’s commercial buildings. 

Quiet construction period at present

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Water engineering 

New port-control tower doubles as weather centre 

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Nautical imagery, shells and budding sugar-cane shoots are the inspiration for the design of the state-of-the-art port control tower which will grace Durban – Africa’s busiest port – by April next year. 

Bloemfontein prison to fuel local economy

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Prison developments 

Louis Trichardt prison to place SA near Australia and the UK

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Prison developments 

R250m prison to be completed in August

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Prison developments 

New building method on offer

By: System Author     14th July 2000 A new patented building method, which draws on the principles of brick, block and concrete building, is cheaper and requires less labour and skill than conventional building techniques. 

The Nelson Mandela bridge

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Construction of the proposed 280-metre-long Nelson Mandela bridge, which will link Braamfontein with Newtown, 

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

John Ross tolling proposed

By: System Author     6th July 2000 An unsolicited proposal to upgrade and toll the John Ross highway linking Empangeni and Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal at a cost of R220-million to R250-million, has been submitted to the National Roads Agency. 

Brewery project is on target

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Ibhayi brewery development 

Africa’s eye to the sky

By: System Author     30th June 2000 An assortment of engineers has gathered at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town, command centre of the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) project. 

Project is 76% complete

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Century City 

300-metre arched viaduct is now nearing completion

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Century City 

New lions’ den 20 times bigger

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Construction of the Johannesburg Zoo’s R6-million lion enclosure, sponsored by Anglogold, is on target for completion by the end of July. 

The new e-contractor

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Africa’s largest engineering group is putting its losses behind it and embracing the New Economy 

New cable base opens

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 One of South Africa’s leading cable-management product suppliers, HellermannTyton, has invested some R14-million in new premises located in Linbro Park, Johannesburg. 

Progress slow at Mohale tunnel

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Southern Africa: projects & trade 

Lesotho Highlands project progressing

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Southern Africa: projects & trade 

Work begins on R700m Knysna project

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Construction work on the first phase of Thesen Islands, a R700-million commercial and residential property development in the Knysna lagoon starts this month. 

Kiwis help large telescope project

By: System Author     9th June 2000 The University of Canterbury, in New Zealand, has joined a consortium to develop the Southern African Large Telescope. 

Retail project nearing completion

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Property developer Old Mutual Properties’ R200-million retail project in the heart of Rosebank, Johannesburg, known as 

Vic Falls hotel: latest

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Five months into the R330-million contract to build Sun International Zambia’s two hotels overlooking the Victoria Falls, Grinaker Construction is 50% of the way to completing the structures, and has begun with the finishings to the bedroom blocks for the four- and five-star hotels. 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Decision this month for Cape power plan

By: System Author     26th May 2000 National power utility Eskom’s transmission division is to submit its ‘Cape strengthening programme’ to the board for approval this month. 

Bulk earthworks for Cape casino

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Construction of the Caledon Casino Bid Company’s R103,5-million casino resort in Caledon, in the Overberg region, is under way and set to become the first fully-licensed casino operating in the Western Cape. 

Eco-village blueprint under way

By: System Author     26th May 2000 The South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, in partnership with the private sector, will develop a model eco-village for the country, which will serve as a blueprint for other similar developments. 

Contracts awarded for Cape marina

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Construction of one of South Africa’s largest residential developments, valued at R1,3-billion, is well under way at Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 

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