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Gauteng beverage project moves ahead

25th January 2002 A leading international capital project and facilities consultancy, EC Harris, through its wholly-owned South African office, has secured a R100-million contract to project and cost manage an expansion scheme for a softdrink producer in South Africa. 

Bidders prequalify for engineering privatisation

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2001 A handful of companies have prequalified to bid for the 30% stakes up for sale in two subsidiaries of State-owned Rotek Industries, namely Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon. 

National register of contractors on cards

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th November 2001 The recently-established Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is to compile a national register which categorises contractors for public-sector work, in an effort to screen out “fly by nights” which destabilise the industry. 

December start for big Malawi bridge contract

By: Marcel Chimwala     23rd November 2001 Malawi – Construction of one of Malawi's largest bridges is set to begin in December. 

Bricks-and-mortar tribute to SA's new Constitution

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 Construction of South Africa’s new constitutional court is expected to be completed by August 2003. 

Bridge-collapse inquiry coming to a head

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 More than two years after the start of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998, proceedings are expected to conclude on November 30, says DoL presiding officer Larry Kloppenborg. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Frank Reid, Babcock Plant & Equipment 

12th October 2001 Frank Reid Babcock Plant & Equipment 

Roads division keeps growing

28th September 2001 The roads and earthworks division of one of South Africa’s largest construction companies has never stopped growing since its inception in 1983. 

Top constructor's new international strategy

28th September 2001 Civil engineering, roads and earthworks and building are the core construction disciplines of one of South Africa’s largest construction companies WBHO which currently turns over R1,7-billion a year. 

Resource contracts fill gap

28th September 2001 A flurry of mining industry activity has enabled WBHO to secure R400-million worth of resource based work – and fill the gap left by building’s downturn. 

Blacks are now replacing top expatriate artisans of past era

28th September 2001 Black construction personnel working for WBHO are today surpassing the performance of the highly-skilled Southern European artisans with whom they worked for many years, Engineering News can today report. 

Seven awards in last three months

28th September 2001 In the past three months, WBHO has won several awards. They are: 

Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

Mandela bridge to be spectacular feature

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Johannesburg Development Agency Project Manager Paul Arnott-Job has been tasked with the responsibility of providing efficient access into the Newtown area which will contribute to the success of ongoing regeneration projects in Newtown and the whole of the Johannesburg Inner City. 

Insulation furnace to be rebuilt in a R20-million project

By: Laura Franz     20th July 2001 Rockwool, fibreglass and glass-reinforcement product manufacturer Owens Corning South Africa (OCSA), of Springs, East Rand, intends rebuilding its insulation furnace in a R20-million project scheduled to take place in early 2002, reports MD Andrew Scott. 

R50m heavy-mineral port terminal

By: Laura Franz     1st June 2001 Construction of a R50-million bulk export terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, to be used by Iscor Heavy Minerals (IHM) for the export of its Hillendale mine and Empangeni processing plant output, is on target for completion by August, reports design engineering and project management firm... 

Office block, Western Cape

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A new high-tech office block is to be built on the north bank of Canal Walk at Century City 

SA-Oz ‘build’ construction links

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A co-operative agreement has been entered into by Building Industries Federation South Africa and the Master Builders of Australia to develop trade links between the building and construction industries in both countries. 

Metro Mall, Gauteng

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tenders closed on November 16 for prequalification as main contractor the bulk earthworks and piling contract for the construction of the Metro Mall. 

Medical clinic, Western Cape

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tenders are invited for the construction of a medical clinic. 

Office development, W Cape

By: System Author     10th November 2000 A new office development is to be built in Diep River. 

Cape Town precinct development approved

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The Cape Town city council has given the go-ahead for the development of the Claremont civic precinct. 

SA ‘would not cope with growth’ due to skills shortage

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The shortage of matriculants and graduates in built-environment disciplines could place the South African building industry in a precarious position in the near future, as it would lack skilled construction management personnel. 

Claremont civic precinct, Western Cape

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The Cape Town city council has given the go-ahead for the development of the Claremont Civic precinct. 

Govt capex to rise ‘considerably’ – Hirsch

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Government capital expenditure is to rise “very considerably” in the next few years. 

Construction industry needs to adapt to new economy

By: System Author     13th October 2000 In order for the construction industry to remain competitive in the new economy, it will have to understand its business processes and know how to apply information technology (IT) to improve them, says CSIR Building and Construction Technology (Boutek) manager: IT/information centre Nellis... 

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. 


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