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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. 

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. 

Reshuffle in leading construction firm

20th February 2002 The merger of the two construction companies, Grinaker and LTA, has progressed well and, as a further refinement of the merger process, Frank Crowley, the MD of the merged group, Grinaker-LTA has announced some changes within the group. 

Plan to de-densify Johannesburg's most cramped suburb

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2002 Alexandra, adjacent to posh Johannesburg suburb, Sandton, is set to sprawl across the N3 highway to Linbro Park, as well as closer to its trendy neighbour, as the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) advances the de-densifying of the area’s cramped quarters. 

Road from Gauteng to KZN smoothed

8th February 2002 Travelling by road from Gauteng to Kwazulu-Natal on the N3 highway may now be R17 more expensive, but the infamous single carriageway between Heidelberg and Villiers does no longer exist. 

Enviro studies complete for R1,4bn Knysna project

8th February 2002 Earthworks on a 612 ha site will begin by the middle of the year at the exclusive R1,4-billion Pezula Estate development near Knysna, Western Cape. 

Findings on Injaka collapse by April

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2002 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998, is expected to come to an end in April. 

Appeal to match allocation with expenditure

7th February 2002 Public works minister Stella Sigcau has urged the construction industry to help improve the delivery capacity management in the public sector. 

Steel support structure for Africa's new 'eye to the sky'

1st February 2002 Constructing a steelframe weighing 40 t and measuring a towering 18 m, consisting of numerous steel pipes to a precise design is a challenge. 

Construction accidents damage SA's reputation

1st February 2002 South African engineers are at risk of damaging their world renowned reputation as highly-skilled professionals after a number of construction accidents in the last few years. 

Development corridor a boon for Pretoria  

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2002 The Mandela Development Corridor (MDC) in central Pretoria will create a turnover of R1,8-billion a year for this inner-city area, as well as 9 000 job opportunities. 

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