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Materials & Equipment News

R250-million John Ross highway upgrade

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Tenders for the first contract of the R250-million upgrade of the John Ross highway could go out as early as November this year. 

‘Arabisation’ continues for SA contractor

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The ‘Arabisation’ of South Africa’s leading contractor, Murray & Roberts, is continuing apace. 

Bloemfontein City

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Bainsvlei 33kV distribution centres and switching station 

Give us the go-ahead, say airport developers

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The financial backing for the proposed R3,2-billion Springs-Nigel International Airport (SNI) could become a reality within the next month but will definitely be in place by the end of the year. 

Building sector in recovery

By: System Author     10th September 1999 South African construction industry’s seems to be heading for the high road following its dismal recent past. 

New terminal a source of pride for citizens – Mbeki

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The latest stage in Airports Company South Africa’s developments at Johannesburg International Airport came to a high-profile climax when President Thabo Mbeki opened the airport’s new Terminal 1. 

Feb scheduling for new transmission line

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Construction on the second phase of the 400 kV transmission line stretching from Aries in South Africa to Auas outside Windhoek in Namibia is progressing ahead of schedule. 

Let us build fuel plant: Stumpf on pebble-bed

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The State-owned Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa is in an ideal position to build the fuel plant for the country’s first inherently safer nuclear power reactor, the much-celebrated pebble-bed modular reactor which could contribute an estimated R20-billion to South Africa’s... 

Africa’s women have been in construction for ages

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 While women in construction are generally praised for succeeding in a man’s world, Africa’s women were, in fact, making mud bricks and building and painting houses long before men were welcomed into the world of construction. 

New construction firm boss up-beat

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Despite the recessionary conditions in the South African construction sector, one of the 

Construction board laws before year end

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Legislation to establish the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) will be gazetted later this year for enactment in parliament by early next year. 

Swazi road building begins in September

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Construction of the R89-million highway between Mbabane and Oshoek, which was awarded to WBHO Swaziland in July, is due to start at the beginning of September. 

Big projects lift company’s prospects

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Local benefit from R1,4bn development

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The development of the R1,4-billion Gateway retail and entertainment centre in Umhlanga, Kwazulu-Natal, is benefiting local subcontractors through contracts worth about R320-million. 

Another private prison deal secured

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The second asset procurement and operating partnership system (Apops) project development agreement has been signed between the Departments of Correctional Services (DCS) and Public Works and privately-owned consortium South African Custodial Services (Sacs) for the construction of the new Louis... 

New private prisons era to begin in Bloemfontein

By: System Author     30th July 1999 CONSTRUCTION of the new R250-million Bloemfontein maximum security prison is expected to begin in the first weeks of August. This follows the signing of a project development agreement between the South African government and the Ikhwezi consortium last month under which Ikhwezi will design,... 

R75m dam nears completion

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Construction of the R75-million Paris dam in Kwazulu-Natal is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. At this stage the wall is 65% complete and the intake tower civils work is complete. Situated on the Bivane river in the Vryheid district, the dam is to supplement the flow of the... 

R2,5 bn toll-road project moves up a gear

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Preliminary work has started on the N3 De Beers Pass corridor following the signing of the R2,5-billion build, own and transfer contract by government with N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) in May. The contract concerns the upgrading of the bulk of the 415,3 km stretch from Heidelberg in Gauteng to... 

Contract secured for 12 gravity sand filters

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Gauteng water-treatment systems and components supplier ASW Engineering has secured a significant contract for the refurbishment of 12 rapid gravity sand filters at Umgeni Water’s Wiggins road water-purification works. The water authority has been experiencing severe filter media loss... 

R22m reticulation works on course

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Good progress is being made on the R21,5-million Driftsands water-reticulation works for the Port Elizabeth municipality, Engineering News can today report. Gauteng consulting engineer Jeffares & Green has been appointed by the main consultant and overall project manager, JE Glibbery &... 

Search for groundwater tees off

By: System Author     30th July 1999 n investigation to secure a ground- water source for the residential golf course at Melkbosstrand, 40 km from Cape Town, has been undertaken by SRK Consulting. The consulting firm was appointed during the proposal phase of the development by Johnnic Properties to secure a groundwater source which... 

R5-million grease plant for Durban

By: System Author     30th July 1999 LOCAL company Total South Africa is building a R5-million grease plant in Durban as part of a R10-million expansion to its blend plant. Almost every sector of industry has diverse requirements for grease in some form and the new plant will position Total as the fifth-largest producer in the... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

Scientists to make diamonds from light

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 THE cultivation of extremely pure diamonds, not for use in jewellery but to be employed in the ever-growing computer industry, might become a reality in a few years with the help of locally-developed laser technology. South Africans could witness the local construction in the next five years of a... 

26 000 orders for steel-structure system

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s booming brick-and-mortar low-cost housing sector is set for a radical shake-up with the entry of a tested steel-structure construction system which has already secured firm orders for 26 000 units over five years. The design, developed by Pika Construction MD Pieter Botma in... 

R1,4m dome construction contract

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Cape Town company Monex Themed Environments (MTE) has secured a contract worth R1,4-million to manufacture 16 domes or cupolas to be erected on top of the new super-regional shopping centre under construction at Century City. The contract began with the installation of the first two cupolas which... 

R80-million extension work under way

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Local companies Concor Building and Concor Civils are working on extensions to the Vaalkop purification works, providing the client with maximum efficiency. The synergy gained by combining the skills of both group companies will result in completion of the project this month. Concor Building is... 

R12,5m fire equipment upgrade

By: Roelf Diedericks     23rd July 1999 A 22-STOREY building which houses the offices of government ministers is having its fire safety equipment upgraded by Concor Western Cape, a division of Concor Civils. The R12,5-million project includes the installation of new fire-detection alarms, sprinklers and fire-escape stairways.... 

First private-sector prison gets go-ahead

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Construction of the Bloemfontein maximum security prison is imminent following the signing of a project development agreement (PDA) between the Departments of Public Works, Correctional Services and the Ikhwezi consortium. This will be followed by concession contract signature within a few weeks.... 

World clamours for South African engineers

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Since launching its services outside South Africa five years ago, Gauteng engineering and management firm BKS has established itself successfully as a competitor in the international market. Today about 20% of the company’s total business is derived outside South Africa in countries such as... 

Powering up R20-million Namibian contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African transmission and distribution company Alstom Power Systems has won a R20-million turnkey contract to construct the 220/66 kV outdoor Harib substation for Nampower near Karasburg in southern Namibia. The new substation, which will tap power from the Aggeneis–Kokerboom 220 kV... 

Business invests in community

By: System Author     16th July 1999 BIG business has joined hands with locals living and working along the Maputo corridor to encourage active community participation in this billion-rand development investment. When the project ends, the businesses are ensuring that more than just a road is built in the process. A recent example... 

Swaziland resettlement planned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 NELSPRUIT consortium Maguga Dam Network (MDN) has been appointed by the Komati Basin Water Authority (Kobwa) to plan and implement the resettlement of households being displaced by the new Maguga dam reservoir. This consortium, headed by Dr Paul Lombard and Dr At Fischer, will be charged with the... 

R32-million Mozal bake furnace complete

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Ajoint venture, con- sisting of Concor Holdings and WBHO, has completed a R32-million contract for the construction of a bake furnace at Mozal. This was a fast-0track project which called for the joint venture to complete the contract within only nine months, involving a high level of resourcing... 

Botswana contracts clinched

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Southern African construction company Grinaker Whyle has been awarded several contracts for the improvement of basic infrastructure in Botswana, reports MD Eric Dixon. The contracts were awarded to the company by several government departments, including the departments of water affairs, roads,... 

Empty factories to be turned into housing

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The government is proposing to use vacant space in industrial areas which have lost favour with landowners and tenants alike for housing. “There are many unoccupied factories in central Johannesburg and its surrounding industrial areas. “Along with the fact that we have two-million to... 

Novel approach to use of subcontractors

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The All Africa Games Village of the Stars project in Johannesburg has redefined the concept of tight margins for subcontractors, necessitating an efficient and well co-ordinated approach by all concerned. Builders contracted to construct brick superstructures ranging in size from 32 m2 to 50 m2... 

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