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Hydraulic excavator a first for Southern Africa

28th June 2002 The first Hitachi ZX 850 BEH hydraulic excavator in Southern Africa was recently purchased by Alpha Plant & Services, a plant hire company from Gauteng. 

Platinum highway is South Africa's largest toll concession

28th June 2002 The concession awarded to the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire is the third and largest contract awarded by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRA) in South Africa. 

Financiers keen on public–private partnerships

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The involvement of a number of banks in funding the Bakwena Platinum Highway project resulted in just over a billion rand in total underwriting. The toll road is the largest project financing in the South African market to date. 

Toll-road construction speeds ahead

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 Almost a year into the Bakwena Platinum Highway project, some 30% of the initial construction – which translates to R2,1-billion of the R3-billion funding for the project – of the highway has been completed. 

15-bus fleet supplied to upgraded airport terminals

28th June 2002 The contract for the supply of passenger buses for apron services at Johannesburg International Airport has been secured by black-owned fleet management group, Viamax Fleet Solutions. 

Joburg domestic terminal in operation by year-end

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The R460-million upgrade of the domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is due for completion by the end of the year. 

Escalator, walkways contract extended

28th June 2002 The contract for the new escalators and passenger walkways at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) was secured by Schindler Lifts South Africa. 

CCTV security roll-out at domestic terminal reaches halfway mark

28th June 2002 The company currently undertaking the maintenance of all closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems at Johannesburg International Airport, Southwest Systems, has been tasked by the Airports Company of South Africa with the installation of the surveillance system for the new domestic... 

R53m apron extension work is progressing

28th June 2002 Construction company, WBHO, in a joint venture with empowerment companies, Rainbow Construction and Balemi Civils, has started work on the construction of a new apron at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Cable-laying contract lands safely

28th June 2002 Gauteng based electrical-infrastructure specialists, Tractionel Enterprise (TE), has successfully completed a R3,1-million contract for Airport Contractors, lead contractor for the Johannesburg International Airport domestic terminal upgrade, relocating the main 11 kV feeder and other cables to... 

JV completes earthworks

28th June 2002 The earthworks piling and lateral support for the new domestic terminal was carried out by a joint venture between Ground Engineering (GEL), Grinaker-LTA’s specialist geotechnical arm and Bafokeng Civil Works (BCW). 

R384m main contract 80% complete

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The single largest contract for the domestic terminal upgrade at Johannesburg International Airport is a R384-million contract for the construction of the new terminal and for the elevated roads. 

Black firm earns wings during JIA expansion

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The contracts for the extensions to the multistorey parkade (MSP) and the construction of the new domestic pier at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) are being undertaken by Fikile Stocks, a joint venture between Fikile Construction, a 100% black-owned company, and Stocks Building Africa,... 

A warm African welcome for domestic voyagers

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 Sunlight, transparency and African warmth are what the architects of the new domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport hope passengers and visitors will experience when entering the building. 

Project management JV rises to logistical challenge

By: marisa rodrigues     28th June 2002 The successful management of the R450-million, 80 000m2 new domestic terminal at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been a logistical challenge, Turner & Townsend partner Robin Jones informs Engineering News. 

Southern African aluminium smelters take shape

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 The world’s largest resources group BHP Billiton is still on track to bring two of its aluminium smelter expansion projects to fruition. 

State financier champions community tourism projects

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 “To boost the tourism industry in South Africa we need to develop products, specifically themed attractions that go beyond wildlife attraction,” believes Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) tourism head Ben Nkosi. 

Gauteng's tourism drive to take PPP route

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 Two of the tourism projects being driven by the Gauteng Provincial Government as part of its R1,7-billion Blue IQ initiative, to boost its economic output over the next ten years, are well into their planning phases and some important milestones are to be reached by each of them within the next... 

Conference centres: the key to SA hotel industry's oversupply dilemma?

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 Making new tourism projects financially viable is not an easy feat in the current South African climate, maintains Grant Thornton Kessel Feinstein Tourism Hospitality and Leisure Principal Gillian Saunders. 

Feasiblity study kicks off for R200m African 'Disneyland'

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 Construction of Africa’s own Disneyland-type theme park could start as early as the last quarter of this year. 

New CT convention centre ahead of schedule

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 The world-class convention centre currently under construction on a six-hectare site on Cape Town’s northern Foreshore has reached the halfway mark ahead of schedule, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) MD Dirk Elzinga informs Engineering News. 

Cape to Cairo tourism dream unfolds

By: marisa rodrigues     17th May 2002 If a single tourist visit sparks the creation of eight local jobs, as independent research would suggest, southern Africa's local authorities ought to be doing much more to encourage the development of tourism infrastructure and services in their area as a matter of pragmatic self-interest. 

Guardrail installed

14th December 2001 The 300-km-odd length of tolled highway between Cedara in Kwazulu-Natal and Heidelberg in Gauteng is the scene of an interesting labour-intensive project, which will see a total of some linear 25 km of highway guardrail from Andrew Mentis being installed at various points over the distance. 

Corridor attracts foreign investors

14th December 2001 Mpumalanga Investment Initiative CE Gordon Griffiths believes Mpumalanga has laid solid foundations for growth in export-driven investment, manufacturing and trade. 

SA's toll rollout continues

14th December 2001 The National Roads Agency (NRA) is continuing the roll-out of its toll-road programme, designed to alleviate South Africa’s immense road infrastructure backlog. 

Commuter train upgrade on a roll

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Every year, South Africa’s commuter rail loses about R75-million as a result of vandalism on trains, reports Metrorail CEO Honey Mateya. 

Local product grows firm's global sales

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 While Pretoria company Tollink’s world-class toll-road management software has secured the company a large portion of the local market, it has set its sights on becoming a global participant in the toll-road management-system market. 

Leading SA's toll-roads to wealth

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 With the roads sector leading the way in public–private partnerships, participants need to be assured of the financial viability of toll-road projects. 

Toll-roads free up much-needed cash

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 Some R8,8-billion that government would have had to have spent on roads is now available for spending on other needed infrastructure thanks to the private–public partnership (PPP) toll-road projects. 

New road awaits KZN tourists

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 Motorists driving from Gauteng to the Kwazulu-Natal coast will be able to do so on a four-lane highway for the entire route for the first time this holiday season. 

Toll-road financing evolves

14th December 2001 The evolution of toll-road financing in South Africa continues unabated. From the first privately-financed tollroad - the N1 Warmbaths to Pietersburg – through to the recently-closed Platinum toll-road, there has been a measured change in certain key parameters. 

R67-milion upgrade project under way

14th December 2001 Innovation has been the order of the day during the R67-million project to upgrade the N3-12 road between Geldenhuys and Leondale Roads in Gauteng, reports road paving specialist Tosas. 

$860m expansion to double Moz plant's output

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 The ‘dream-team’ of Canadian engineering construction company SNC-Lavalin and South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions, which is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction management of the Mozal II expansion project, is on track to hand over the... 

East Rand firm wins aluminium project

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 A R15-million contract for the installation of lighting and cable racking for the two additional pot rooms, constructed as part of the Mozal II expansion project, has been awarded to East Rand contractors Eddcor E & I Projects, a subsidiary of Skelton & Plummer Investment Holdings. 

Innovation leads coach upgrade

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Innovative design and manufacturing methods have been used for the upgrade of Metrorail’s 88 coaches for use in Gauteng, reports Union Carriage and Wagon designer Raymond Roodt. 

Phase two power contracts awarded

14th December 2001 Power firm Alstom Switchgear has secured orders estimated at more than R9-million for phase two of BHP Billiton’s Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter project following the completion of its contract for the first phase last year. 

Software solutions for aluminium plant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 Southern African distributor of US Wonderware software, Futuristix has been awarded the contract for the use of industrial structured query language (SQL), InTouch and InControl solutions for the Mozal II plant. 

Compressed-air plant contract is awarded

14th December 2001 The turnkey contract for the expansion of the compressed-air plant at the Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) near Maputo has been awarded to IST Industrial, part of the IST group. 

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