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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

Second project wins housing award

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Bigen Africa reports that the Second Creek integrated development project in the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality, in East London, which it is involved in, has won the Govan Mbeki Housing Award. The project is the company’s second integrated... 

Business plan to improve services at multipurpose centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB has compiled a business plan, aimed at identifying challenges that exist at the multi-purpose Thusong Centres, in the Eastern Cape, to support the effective functioning of the centres. GIBB has been tasked by the Eastern Cape Transport... 

Service level agreements will ensure services at the Tombo Thusong Centre
BUSINESS PLAN Service level agreements will ensure services at the Tombo Thusong Centre

Engineers need to lead municipal departments 

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 To enhance and monitor the quality of municipal infrastructure and services, engineers should head the various departments of South Africa’s municipalities as they have the necessary skills and expertise to understand the engineering aspects of the services in question, voluntary association... 

Cesa suggests that engineers head municipal infrastructure departments
Photo by Duane Daws
MUNICIPAL PROFICIENCY Cesa suggests that engineers head municipal infrastructure departments

Roads, infrastructure restoration key focus 

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Roads infrastructure management agency Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) plans to complete the repairs of nine rain-damaged bridges in Johannesburg as soon as possible to continue with its key focus of restoring the asset value of roads infrastructure in the City of Johannesburg, in line with its... 

The Johannesburg Roads Agency received a budget injection of about R6-billion for investment in the city’s road infrastructure
Johannesburg Roads Agency MD Skhumbuzo Macozoma discusses the core programmes comprising the agency’s response plan.

Durban pipeline project still on track for completion in 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Municipal water and sanitation services eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) says construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation, which forms part of the eThekwini strategic master plan to deal with the increasing demand for water in the northern regions of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, is still... 

The R150-million first phase of the Northern Aqueduct project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015
WATER WAY The R150-million first phase of the Northern Aqueduct project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015

Substation upgrade on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 The estimated R140-million upgrades to Mogale City local municipality’s Condale substation, in Gauteng, are on track and due for completion in early 2015, consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV says. The Condale substation, which is the only main infeed substation for the entire Mogale... 

Upgrades to the Mogale City Condale substation will ensure stable electricity supply capacity for the community
NECCESARY UPGRADE Upgrades to the Mogale City Condale substation will ensure stable electricity supply capacity for the community

Social housing valuable tool in creating an integrated society

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 Social housing serves as a valuable tool in restructuring urban areas and creating a socially and economically integrated society, says Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA) human settlements project manager and advisor to South African Local Government Association (Salga) Michelle Essink. 

Lack of skills remains obstacle to effective service delivery

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 The lack of skills and expertise remain an obstacle to improving service delivery, says United Democratic Movement (UDM) secretary-general Bongani Msomi. 

Alternative technology offers housing solution

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 A housing solution for South Africans who fall in the affordable housing bracket has come in the form of innovative and affordable fly ash technology.  

Manufacturer participates in affordable-housing projects

29th July 2011 Construction materials manufacturer Corobrik says it has secured orders for more than 40-million CoroJem face bricks, which will be used in the construction of more than 11 000 affordable homes in the Free State and Northern Cape provinces.  

Forged products pose health hazards

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 The use of counterfeit circuit breakers in low-cost housing poses significant safety hazards, says Reunert subsidiary CBI Electric marketing executive Louis Blom. 

R450m ablution facilities upgrade for informal settlements

30th July 2010 Infrastructure engineering and project management company Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of B & A Group, has been commissioned by the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), to design water and sewerage connections to containerised ablution blocks. This is part of a R450-million... 

Construction giant advances with green initiatives

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2010 Construction giant Basil Read’s developments division is moving ahead with a series of initiatives that are aimed at reducing its carbon footprint; a vision which has come to life at the division’s site office in Cosmo City, in the north-west of Johannesburg, where a 1 105-ha mixed-use,... 

Nonrevenue water reduction programme under way in eThekwini

30th July 2010 Specialist in managing and maintaining municipal facilities Munitech is working on a three-year programme with the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, on a comprehensive nonrevenue water- (NRW-) reduction programme to be implemented in South Africa. 

Civils work under way for low-cost residential development

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2010 Property developers Multi Spectrum Property Developments (MSP Developments) reports that construction of civils has started on a new low-cost residential development, the Belladonna Estate, which is situated in Blue Downs, in Cape Town’s northern suburbs. 

Housing project commemorates women’s march of 1956

30th July 2010 The North West province Department of Human Settlements reports that the province has undertaken a project to construct 1 956 houses by the end of August, as part of the National Women Build project that commemorates the women’s march of 1956 to the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, in protest of the... 

Construction technology tackles housing backlog 

By: Carla Thomaz     31st July 2009 With a construction time of between 66% and 75% faster than regular bricks and mortar construction, patented alternative construction technology company Imision reports that it is able to provide a solution to meet the country’s current housing backlog, while successfully addressing the... 

Housing development on track for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     31st July 2009 The occupation of the first phase of the R8-billion Lufhereng housing development, west of Soweto, is on track for February 2010. 

Local housing project claims international award

31st July 2009 One of car manufacturer General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Foundation's housing project, Sakhasonke Village, in Walmer Township Port Elizabeth, has won an international award for the best practices towards improving living environments. 

Home financier teams up with building supplier

By: Dennis Ndaba     17th October 2008 Credit management company Real People has signed an agreement with building supplies retailer Build It, in terms of which Real People is expected to grant more than R3-million in loans a month during the first year through this new distribution channel. 

Task team tackles Eastern Cape housing delay

1st August 2008 A total of 57 flagship projects, with the potential to yield 36 820 housing units have been identified by the Eastern Cape Intervention Task Team, that was deployed to accelerate housing delivery in the province. 

Land availability contributes to housing delivery woes

By: Fatima Gabru     1st August 2008 The shortage of land available for the City of Cape Town's N2 Gateway housing project is a critical constraint in the progress of the project, an unnamed source tells Engineering News. 

Township improvement programme sees R4-bn investment

1st August 2008 The Gauteng Department of Housing has implemented projects to the value of over R4-billion across the province since the start of the 20 Prioritised Townships Programme (20 PTP), in 2007. 

Mpumalanga exceeds housing delivery target

1st August 2008 The Mpumalanga Department of Housing has exceeded its delivery target of 8 583 housing units by delivering 12 320 units to the province iduring the past financial year, MEC Candith-Matshego Dlamini said at the 2008/9 policy and budget speech. 

Costs associated with township renewal programme rise to R4bn 

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st August 2008 The Gauteng provincial government’s 20 Priority Township Project (20 PTP), aiming at building better communities and upgrade local and social infrastructure has exceeded its initial target of R3-billion. 

South Africa’s affordable-housing programme is maturing, but the delivery pressures are mounting

By: Dennis Ndaba     11th July 2008 “The areas which were engulfed by violence and attacks on foreign nationals were in informal settlements and in hostels. These areas often experience a lack of service delivery and are where the poorest people reside.  

Gautrain project creates hot properties

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2007 The property in areas surrounding the intended Gautrain route are experiencing a boom in both development and pricing. 

Another brick in the wall? Coming right up

3rd August 2007 Manufacturer, distributor and exporter of bricks and allied building products Corobrik has dispelled a growing perception that its clients and customers could be facing a shortage of clay plaster and clay face bricks. 

Contractor rolls ahead with urban precinct development

3rd August 2007 The Melrose Arch Development Company has appointed Murray & Roberts Construction as the main contractor on the R1,1-billion Melrose Arch Piazza project. 

High occupancy rates motivate Northriding business park expansions

By: Neal Goldwyer     3rd August 2007 Further expansions are planned for the Northlands development in Northriding, north of Johannesburg, which is already 85% completed and consists of six business parks over 1 000 000 m2 of land. 

Development management software aids municipal project delivery

By: Neal Goldwyer     3rd August 2007 JSE-listed software development company InfoWave Holdings (Infowave), through its operating subsidiary InfraSoft Technologies (Infrasoft), has won a contract for the installation, training and support of its Devman relational database system at a municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. 

RMB finances R300m Khayelitsha housing development

5th December 2006 Construction is about to start at a new 1 200-home affordable-housing project at Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, a statement by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) said. 

Minister backs emergency fold-away-house concept

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th November 2006 Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu this week called on municipalities to make use of the new “fold-away house” to provide quality and decent accommodation in times of emergencies, such as flood and fires. 

R26-million Moz housing project completed

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 In one of its most complex undertakings to date, South African 

R1-billion target reached

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 A leading financier of government allocated subsidy housing, infrastructure and community facilities projects, the National Urban and Reconstruction Housing Agency (Nurcha), recently hit its R1,2-billion rand target in terms of project value. 

Top achievers recognised

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 A local industry body, the South African Housing Foundation, will be awarding outstanding contributors to the housing sector in its 2006 housing awards competition. 

Conference to explore housing, development challenges

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 On October 9 to 11, a three-day conference and exhibition on housing will be held in Cape Town. Hosted by the South African Housing Foundation (SAHF), the event promises to expose delegates to the latest thinking and information on local and global housing developments. SAHF MD John Hopkins adds... 

R15-million contract secured

4th August 2006 Local civil engineering firm Ruthcon Civil Contractors has been awarded a R15-million contract for the first four housing precincts at Jackal Creek Golfing Estate for client Group 5 Development Services. 

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