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Project to restore Durban Dry Dock under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The rehabilitation of the inner caisson, which divides the Port of Durban’s Prince Edward Graving Dock into two compartments, enabling two smaller vessels to be docked simultaneously, is in full swing. It is among 11 large-scale projects earmarked for the Durban Dry Dock complex. 

Big data business solutions lab launched at Wits

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new research and design laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), called Scilinx, was developed to address the needs of businesses and industries that require high-level, specialised expertise to develop solutions for their agile, freely evolving operational systems and... 

KwaZulu-Natal’s La Lucia mall to receive a major upgrade

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The La Lucia mall, in KwaZulu-Natal, is undergoing a major upgrade that will modernise its retail space. The mall has undergone eight extensions and five major mall upgrades since it first opened its doors in 1974. Its most recent major upgrade was in 2003. 

World-class projects in SA are being rolled out with the NEC4 contract. Are you up-to-speed?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2019 Described by the NEC as an ‘evolution, not a revolution’, the NEC4 builds on the success as well as the content of the NEC3 to achieve further improvements.  Alusani® Course Leader, Cameron Staude, says that most of South Africa’s state-owned enterprises, including Transnet and Eskom, are... 

SA fire-protection regulatory framework still immature, warns ASP Fire

24th May 2019 Buildings that accommodate large numbers of the public are often not designed with specific occupant characteristics in mind. Shoppers are often unfamiliar with the layout of the emergency escape paths and are unaware of sounding fire alarms and other emergency systems. Large buildings such as... 

A fresh approach to South Africa’s power challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2019 In March 2019, Eskom announced that it had been forced to implement Stage 6 load shedding. This amounted to as much as 6000MW of a total estimated installed capacity of 51 000 MW being unavailable to users, with more disruptions likely to come during the approaching winter. A combination of... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets 

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new liquid bulk handling facility at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, will be built to assist with the predicted future growth of petroleum product consumption in Africa. The terminal – for which civil construction is scheduled to start in July – will serve as a strategic... 

Firm invests heavily in expansion

24th May 2019 In March this year, multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company Merck Group announced its plans to invest €150-million over the next four years, at its manufacturing site at Aubonne, in Switzerland, to expand manufacturing capacity for its biotech medicines. The facility... 

Software provides support for project’s design phase

By: Thabi Madiba     24th May 2019 To help avoid construction failures for building contractors and consulting engineers, construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer fixings SA’s design software FIXPERIENCE has been developed as a tool to provide safe, reliable and professional support for the design phases of construction... 

Pumps manufacturer plans further growth after acquisition

By: Halima Frost     24th May 2019 Following the acquisition of South Korea-based sanitary pump manufacturer JEC Pumps, pump specialist Verder Pumps intends on proliferating its global reach over the next five years, predominantly in the medical and pharmaceuticals industry. JEC Pumps has a sizeable market share in the European... 

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