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Civil Engineering and Construction

Casino expects to open its doors in 2017

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Construction company WBHO has been appointed as the principal contractor for the construction of the new Time Square at Menlyn Maine development in Pretoria East. The development follows the approval of the Gauteng Gambling Board for the transfer, by Sun International, of its Morula Casino... 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park

     12th February 2016 Construction chemicals producer The Chryso Group’s plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new research and development (R&D) facility at the Chryso Southern Africa head office in Jet Park, in the... 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park
THIERRY BERNARD The CEO of Chryso group recently announced the opening of a new research and development centre in Jet Park

Construction company recognised for achievements

     12th February 2016 Construction engineering company Murray and Roberts Western Cape, a division of Murray and Roberts Construction, was named the overall winner in the Building Contractors category of Construction World’s Best Projects 2015 Awards for its work on the Century City Square project. 

Construction cost control vital in SA’s shrinking economy

     12th February 2016 South Africa’s shrinking economy, coupled with soaring building costs, has made construction cost control more important than ever. “There is an alarming tendency - particularly for major government contacts - to totally omit the quantity surveyor (QS) from the professional team,” cautions... 

Foundation piles for new Kyalami building project

     12th February 2016 Gauteng Piling has provided 118 auger cast in-situ piles for the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit building project, as part of the extensive upgrade of the Midrand circuit following its acquisition by Porsche South Africa CEO Toby Venter last year. The complete refurbishment of the Kyalami building was... 

Foundation piles for new Kyalami building project
GAUTENG PILING Work in progress for the foundation piles at the new Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

Infrastructure products manufacturer receives recognition

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Infrastructure products manufacturer,  Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG) has been awarded a Golden Award in the Business Corporate and Listed Companies Category of the Business of the Year Awards by the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ROCCI) and First National Bank for... 

Infrastructure products manufacturer receives recognition
IS GROUP Representatives of the company accept the award

International civil engineering conference to be held in CT

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Open-access journal publishing group of India OMICS will host the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering in Cape Town from June 20 to 22. The conference will focus on applying a sustainability concept when designing a structure, and when constructing and maintaining civil... 

International civil engineering  conference to be held in CT
CIVIL ENGINEERING The International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering will be held in Cape Town in June

New construction health and safety IT system developed

     12th February 2016 Master Builders Association (MBA) North has developed a Construction Health and Safety Information Technological (CHS-IT) system aligned to the requirements of the government’s new construction regulations. The new system will be launched early this year, says MBA North’s past president and... 

Precast products will ease economic challenges

     12th February 2016 As emerging market currencies take a pounding on world markets and the rand tests new lows against the US dollar it is prudent for the local construction industry to seek more efficient ways of developing much needed infrastructure and housing. Concrete Manufacturers Association NPC (CMA)... 

Precast products will ease economic challenges
PRECAST CONCRETE CMA says precast concrete will lead to more efficient construction

Pretoria contractors faced challenges of ‘green’ building

     12th February 2016 Pretoria-based building contractor, J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects, has completed a multimillion-rand contract for the construction of new “green” corporate offices and a warehouse for I-CAT Environmental Solutions. The new sustainable I-CAT campus, in the N4 Gateway Park in Pretoria, was... 

Pretoria contractors  faced challenges of  ‘green’ building
GLAZED FACADE A roof overhang over the north-facing windows of the I-CAT office block

Soweto multipurpose facility to open at the end of the year

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 The new 1 800 m² multipurpose education campus that is being constructed in Soweto is expected to open its doors by December 2016. The education campus building, designed pro bono by New York-based architect, William Reue, will include a suite of flexible multipurpose classrooms, a large... 

Soweto multipurpose  facility to open at the  end of the year
VOLUNTEERS Student volunteers helping the community

Unlimited scope for design with precast concrete cladding

     12th February 2016 Precast concrete cladding provides the designer with substantial freedom in the choice of form, texture and appearance, says The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie.  

Unlimited scope for  design with precast  concrete cladding
FAIRSCAPE PRECINCT Concrete cladding can be used innovatively by designers

Urbanisation to trigger construction market growth  

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Owing to the decline in mining activity because of the global economic downturn, which has also affected the construction industry negatively, Swaziland-based construction group Inyatsi Construction chairperson Frans Pienaar states that business in housing developments will increase for the... 

BCCEI accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) received accreditation in September from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to handle all its disputes. BCCEI senior case management officer Merle Denson notes that the accreditation means that... 

BCCEI accredited  by CCMA for  nonparty disputes
Photo by Bloomberg
ACCREDITATION RECEIVED BCCEI received accreditation in September from the Commission for CCMA to handle all its disputes

Binnington Copeland & Associates

     13th November 2015 Founded in 1984, Binnington Copeland & Associates is a Hill International Company that has offices worldwide and a wide range of experts in fields pertaining to engineering and construction projects. The company employs engineers, attorneys, contract administrators, quantity surveyors,... 

Binnington Copeland & Associates

Brick and block technology supports housing delivery in Tanzania

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The National Housing Corporation (NHC) of Tanzania is partnering with brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform in the delivery of housing projects across more than 20 sites in the country. The sites where the NHC is working comprise between 20 and 200 units each, with about 6 000... 

Brick and block technology supports housing delivery in Tanzania
NHC DEVELOPS FIVE-YEAR PLAN More than 20 projects, with units ranging from 50 to 200, are being constructed under the auspices of the NHC in Tanzania

Cement plant on stream for 2016 commissioning

     13th November 2015 Supplier of cement and related products PPC Barnet Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) $280-million integrated cement plant at Kimpese, in Bas-Congo province, is on target for commissioning by the end of 2016. The team is moving to the next phase of construction, as the civil work was... 

Cement plant on stream for 2016 commissioning
Photo by Bloomberg
PLANT READY FOR COMMISSIONING PPC Barnet DRC’s $280-million integrated cement plant at Kimpese, in Bas-Congo province, is on target for commissioning by the end of 2016

Company launches mobile app for collaborative construction platform

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Pre-build, construction phase and post-build collaboration solutions provider Onsite Control Systems (OCS) in October launched a cross-platform mobile application (app) version of its OnSiteIMS online collaboration platform, which is now available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. The app... 

Company launches mobile app for collaborative  construction platform
CROSS-PLATFORM APPLICATION Onsite Control Systems in October launched a mobile app version of its OnSiteIMS online collaboration platform, which is now available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices

Concrete cutter helps convert Cape Town building into museum and shopping centre 

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 A historic Cape Town building is set to be transformed into a museum and shopping centre by late 2016, with the help of concrete cutting, coring and drilling company Concrete Worm. The Cape Town-based concrete cutting, coring and drilling company started work on the uninhabitable building in... 

Concrete cutter helps convert  Cape Town building into  museum and shopping centre
CONVERSION UNDER WAY Cape Town-based concrete cutting, coring and drilling company started work on the uninhabitable building in early 2014

Consulting firm highlights consequences of industry challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 A lack of adequate technical capacity in South Africa’s government departments is one of the most significant challenges currently facing the consulting engineering industry, says professional services firm Smec South Africa. Smec South Africa CEO Kostas Rontiris tells Engineering News that the... 

Consulting firm  highlights consequences  of industry challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
BLURRY TARGETS Smec is often unsure about its scope of work when dealing with government, an issue compounded by insufficient capital spent on infrastructure projects

Need for geotechnical investigations stressed

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Structural engineers should base the design of a building, including its foundations, on detailed and official geotechnical investigations to ensure durable and cost-effective foundations, says piling contractor Gauteng Piling chairperson Nico Maas. These tests – typically conducted by... 

Need for geotechnical investigations stressed
GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS NECESSARY These tests provide invaluable information regarding the physical properties of soil and rock on a site

Piling contractor completes two Swazi-based foundation jobs

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Specialist geotechnical contractor Franki Africa completed two piled foundation contracts – for a new international conference centre (ICC) and a new five-star Fish Hotel – in the second quarter of this year, for the Swaziland Ministry of Economic Planning, in Ezulwini, in the royal valley in... 

Piling contractor completes two Swazi-based  foundation jobs
FOUNDATION JOBS COMPLETED Franki Africa's tender submissions were based on predrilled driven cast-in-situ piles

Producer prioritises sustainable concrete solutions

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The demand for cement in South Africa dropped from a peak of around 16-million tons a year to about 14-million tons a year between 2014 and 2015, says Southern Africa’s largest concrete materials producer, AfriSam. AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes adds that South Africa... 

Producer prioritises sustainable concrete solutions
SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS AfriSam has focused on providing more sustainable solutions by offering readymix concrete

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion  

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Sadara, a joint venture (JV) developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company, is currently in advanced stages of construction of the largest chemical complex ever build worldwide in Jubail Industrial City, in Saudi Arabia. Dow polyurethane business regional... 

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion
MOHAMMED SAMI Sadara investment is one of the building blocks that will contribute to boosting manufacturing sectors in sub-Saharan Africa in general and countries such as South Africa specifically

Work-at-height specialist monitors housing project

     13th November 2015 Rope access specialist Skyriders was appointed by multidisciplinary construction company Liviero Group to monitor the risks of at-height falls, entrapment or equipment malfunctions at its Wilge housing project, in Limpopo. A two-man Skyriders team was initially deployed on site in August 2014,... 

Work-at-height specialist monitors housing project
HEIGHT FALL MALFUNCTIONS MONITORED Skyriders technicians are trained to apply a supreme standard of safety, while disproving the common perception that rope access is dangerous

All systems go for March civils negotiations – bargaining council

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 All necessary processes are in place to begin this year’s wage negotiations for the civil engineering industry, says Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) general secretary Nick Faasen. He tells Engineering News that the deadline for the submission of wage submissions from... 

All systems go for March civils  negotiations – bargaining council
NICK FASSEN The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry wants to create fair and equal opportunities for all stakeholders

Billion-rand Eastern Cape mall exceeds job-creation targets

     13th February 2015 The construction of the R1.7-billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth has resulted in the employment of about 4 300 workers on site since construction started in mid-2013, which is a 43.3% increase on the 3 000 direct jobs that developers had initially forecast for the construction phase of the... 

Billion-rand Eastern Cape mall exceeds job-creation targets
BAYWEST MALL By the end of 2014, Baywest Mall’s 65 000 m² roof, as well as a bridge over the N2 highway, had been completed

Company builds multimillion-rand hospital

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 The construction of a R199-million, 100-bed hospital for healthcare provider Netcare Properties, in Pinehaven, Johannesburg, is well under way, says South Africa-based construction company Aveng Grinaker-LTA. Aveng Greinaker-LTA building business unit MD Marc Meire  tells Engineering News that... 

Company builds  multimillion-rand hospital
NETCARE PINEHAVEN HOSPITAL Construction of the 100-bed hospital started in August 2014

Company contracted to expand toll road linking SA and Moz

     13th February 2015 Murray & Roberts Infrastructure (MRI), a division of engineering, procurement and construction management major Murray & Roberts Group, has been awarded a 22-month contract by Trans African Concessions (Trac) to upgrade the N4 toll road connecting South Africa to Mozambique. The N4 toll road,... 

Company contracted  to expand toll road  linking SA and Moz
N4 UPGRADE PROJECT The 22-month-long refurbishment is set for completion in July 2016

Construction of air separation unit complete

     13th February 2015 The construction of Johannesburg-based industrial gas company Air Products South Africa’s R300-million air separation unit (ASU), located at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, was successfully completed in November, with an injury-free record.... 

Construction of air  separation unit complete
SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY Construction of the R300-million air separation unit started in May 2013, with the plant being commissioned in November 2014

EPCM firm completes Southern Africa’s first microtunnel

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 Engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Goba has completed the construction of a R120-million sewer relocation project – the Mahatma Gandhi Road Sewer Pump Station – in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Hatch Goba tunnels, geotechnical and trenchless technology infrastructure regional manager... 

EPCM firm completes Southern Africa’s  first microtunnel
MICRO-TUNNEL INSTALLATION The micro-tunnel is the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa

Gauteng Partnership Fund bearing fruit

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 The Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF), established in 2008 to leverage private-sector investment into the affordable housing market by assisting previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs in making inroads into the property development sector, is showing significant growth, with most of its funded... 

Gauteng Partnership Fund bearing fruit
VINOLIA MASHIANE The Gauteng Partnership Fund is succeeding in unlocking private-sector funding for the low-cost housing market

Group prepares for multibillion-rand housing development

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 Preparations are proceeding as scheduled for construction group Nu-Hold Group’s R6.5-billion Coega Ridge development – a 40 000-home mixed-use housing development adjacent to the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth (PE), in the Eastern Cape. Nu-Hold executive director Jordan Mann... 

Group prepares for multibillion-rand housing development
COEGA RIDGE COEGA RIDGE In addition to the 40 000 residential units that comprise Coega Ridge, the area will be a self-sustained satellite city

Piling contractor supplies to Newtown lodge

     13th February 2015 Johannesburg-based piling contractor Gauteng Piling has provided foundation piles for use in the construction of a new City Lodge hotel in Newtown, Johannesburg. The 148-room hotel, which is being developed by Atterbury Property Developments, will form part of the Newtown Junction mixed-use... 

Piling contractor  supplies to Newtown lodge
A NEWTOWN FOUNDATION Gauteng Piling has provided 64 piles with an average depth of 10 m for the new seven-storey City Lodge hotel in Newtown Junction NEWTOWN CITY LODGE Gauteng Piling has provided 64 piles with an average depth of 10 m for the new seven-storey City Lodge hotel in Newtown Junction

Project partnership yielding positive results

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 The strategic partnership established last year between South Africa-based international project management company Planning & Cost Engineering (PaCE) Services and quantity-surveying and construction-cost consultancy Basson & Close Quantity Surveyors (BCQS) has thus far been a success for both... 

Project partnership yielding positive results
STRATEGIC PARTNERING PaCE Services CEO Nic Bennett and BCQS director Brendon Close taking the lead of the partnership

Civil projects honoured

     14th November 2014 Engineering company Aurecon received two awards for civil engineering projects, while one of its engineers also received an award at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) National Project Awards, held at the International Convention Centre in Durban on October 16. 

Civil projects honoured
KWAMASHU INTERCHANGE The project is the first application of a diverging diamond interchange in the southern hemisphere

Cofunding partners needed for projects

By: Dylan Slater     14th November 2014 The Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) is looking for financial partners to support entry-level property entrepreneurs to participate in the affordable housing market in Gauteng. 

Cofunding partners needed for projects
KATLEHO NCHAPHA The ultimate beneficiary of the fund is the person who now has access to the affordable rental accommodation

Construction under way for nonprofit hospital

     14th November 2014 Cement producer AfriSam has been awarded a contract by construction and engineering group Group Five to supply 17 650 m3 of readymix concrete for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg. 

Construction under way for nonprofit hospital
NEW HOSPITAL The establishment of this nonprofit hospital was a personal dream of Nelson Mandela
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