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Feb 14, 2014
INCREASING DEMAND The Durban container port handled 2.7-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from 2012 to 2013 and Transnet expects the demand to grow to between 9-million and 12-million TEUs by 2040
South African State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet still plans to start construction of Phase 1 of the Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP) in mid-2016, says Transnet DDOP programme director Marc Descoins. The company plans to have the phase completed by 2020.
Feb 14, 2014
REDUCED INNOVATION Consulting Engineers South Africa says unintended consequences of competitive bidding for consulting engineering services are fewer innovation and training opportunities
The objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) will not be realised  unless consulting engineers are more involved in the process, says newly appointed voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Abe Thela. Cesa represents in...
Feb 14, 2014
CONSTRUCTION RISKS Construction health and safety practitioners should not only consider noncompliance legal issues but also designer competencies, construction programmes and selection of contractors
The quality of construction work is one of several vital issues that should be considered before construction can start on major projects, as this eliminates the risks of facing challenges later on in the building phase, construction industry trade association Master...
Feb 14, 2014
COEN SNYMAN The number of contract claims and subsequent disputes can be reduced if there is a proper understanding and assessment of claims and better decision-making with regard to the claims process as a whole
Many South African private and public construction projects are experiencing severe cost overruns and delays, which inevitably lead to claims by contractors for a revised or extended completion date and for the payment of additional and associated costs, says...
Feb 14, 2014
QUALITY STANDARDS The South African construction industry faces severe problems regarding construction project delivery owing to skills shortage and low quality standards
The South African construction industry, which many expect to go through a high growth phase this year, owing to an increased number of construction projects, and a greater focus on housing projects and large-scale infrastructure projects, is facing severe problems...
Feb 14, 2014
CONSTRUCTION CONFIDENCE Master Builders Association North members believe the future for the construction industry now looks more promising but do not believe the industry is on a sustained growth path
Construction industry trade association Master Builders Association (MBA) North members agree that there is renewed confidence about the future of the Gauteng construction sector, states MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela. “Input received from the...
Feb 14, 2014
Piling specialist Gauteng Piling reports that it has completed a R5-million piling contract for the construction of Southern Africa’s largest single-phase retail centre, Mall of Africa, in January. The Mall of Africa, a 120 000 m2 Atterbury Property Developments...
Feb 14, 2014
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Baywest Mall will reduce unemployment in Nelson Mandela Bay by about 5%
Construction of the Baywest Mall, in Port Elizabeth, officially started in June last year and Baywest City MD Gavin Blows says the scheduled opening of the mall remains March 2015 and the project is still within its budget of R1.7-billion. Although Eastern Cape MEC...
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The combined effort by South Africa’s government, construction specialists and building materials companies to develop skills in the construction industry by investing in educational initiatives can facilitate economic growth in the country, states building materials...
Nov 15, 2013
Two of engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts Construction companies has received accolades at the 2013 Construction World’s Best Projects awards ceremony, held in June in New York, the US, that recognises projects across the entire construction industry.
Nov 15, 2013
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With renewable energy and resource shortages being a concern for South Africa, most of the country’s top construction projects for 2013 are centred around renewable-energy projects, which will assist in creating jobs in the construction industry.
Nov 15, 2013
QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE WSP Consulting’s involvement with the Green Buildings Council, provides the firm with the opportunity to shape the industry in terms of setting benchmarks for good practice
The current emphasis on the procurement of consulting engineering services, based on the lowest price offered by the competing firms, has put the sustainability of the consulting engineering industry at risk, says international consulting engineering firm WSP...
Nov 15, 2013
Amid multimillion-rand infrastructure projects emerging in South Africa, international construction machinery company Imer Group’s timing to partner with concrete machinery distributor Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) could not have been more perfect, says Imer Group...
Nov 15, 2013
The mandate of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) to develop a 20-year pipeline of infrastructure and construction projects allows for long-term planning and investment by public- and private-sector companies.
Nov 15, 2013
The need for better coordination and design communication, materials, schedules, budgets and compliance across an increasingly dispersed team of stakeholders is becoming apparent, as a result of infrastructure projects becoming more complex with increasing...
Nov 15, 2013
The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) believes that, to transform the construction sector, reliable data is necessary to assess the progress of and identify the barriers to transformation and to determine strategies to resolve these.
Feb 15, 2013
To ensure the successful outcome of its SIP7 projects, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and the South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation...
Feb 15, 2013
Consulting engineering firm Gibb has been awarded the civil engineering contract for the third phase of Cape Town’s Joe Slovo housing development project.
Feb 15, 2013
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Engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (formerly SSI Engineers & Environmental Consultants) is the first South African firm to introduce the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) methodology supported by Integration-room (I-room) technology on the continent. , The...
Feb 15, 2013
As the main contractor on State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile coal-fired power station project, the power utility’s second most advanced new build, Esorfranki Civils was the first contractor to be recognised for achieving one-million lost-time injury free...
Feb 15, 2013
The persistence of suicidal pricing from many construction contractors desperate to obtain work, restricts the ability of more prudent contractors to secure even low-margin work, states construction company Gordon Verhoef and Krause (GVK) CEO Richard Williams. This...
Feb 15, 2013
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Feb 15, 2013
The initial public works phase of the Baia de Luanda project should be completed by the beginning of this year, engineering and development consultant Smec reports. When completed, the project will positively impact on the daily lives of the people of Luanda and it...
Feb 15, 2013
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Feedback from member companies of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) reflect that the quarry industry gained momentum in 2012, owing to an increase in infrastructure development with a positive industry outlook expected for 2013....
Feb 15, 2013
Tax evasion has been highlighted as a deeply rooted issue in the construction industry – one of the most competitive industries in the South African economy – states credit solutions provider Coface South Africa lead analyst Saijil Singh. The South African Revenue...
Nov 16, 2012
The improvement in the South African civil engineering sector will remain constrained in the near future, says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) executive director Neville Gurry. Keen tender prices, delays in the awarding of tenders,...
Nov 16, 2012
Activity in the South African construction industry has reached a plateau and it is expected to continue like this for the next six months, says global professional services firm KPMG Africa construction leader Gavin Maile. Growth within the South African...
Nov 16, 2012
International credit insurer Coface South Africa expects construction input costs in South Africa to rise by 7% in 2013.
Nov 16, 2012
The new 33 000 m2 Nonesi Mall, in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, was opened last month and is set to create jobs for local residents and promote economic activity in the area, says retail centre developer Tintswalo Property Group CEO Lisa Goosen.
Nov 16, 2012
Corruption and a lack of capacity within government have negatively impacted on infrastructure delivery, says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie.
Nov 16, 2012
Project management, engineering and consulting services provider Royal HaskoningDHV will officially launch the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) concept at its newly built Integration Room (I-Room) at its Tshwane offices later this month.
Nov 16, 2012
Swiss protection systems designer and manufacturer Geobrugg has introduced new microfibre and macrofibre technology to the market to replace steel mesh and fibres in concrete floors, walls and bridges.
Nov 16, 2012
Efficiency, innovation and best practices in the private sector are creating a concentration of adequately skilled quantity surveyors, while the public sector is struggling with a lack of skills, especially at municipal level.
Nov 16, 2012
The need for greener buildings and the drive to lower the construction and running costs of buildings are changing peoples’ building materials choices, specialist provider of trade, bridging and equity finance Chester Finance Group executive Jake Lerman points out.
Feb 17, 2012
A number of key issues are inhibiting the South African infrastructure sector’s development and, consequently, the creation of jobs, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naren Bhojaram tells Engineering News.
Feb 17, 2012
The civil engineering and construction sector, which is already experiencing a decline in year-to-year earnings, largely owing to government’s underspending on infrastructure, is now faced with an additional challenge of securing financing for projects and contracts...
Feb 17, 2012
Concrete admixture specialist Chryso South Africa has supplied products for use in the concrete mix of the foundation anchors of fuel storage tanks, as well as the slabs surrounding the tanks at State-owned Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP).
Feb 17, 2012
Construction companies will have to find ways to expand their product and service offering, as well as target higher growth markets this year, advises assurance, tax and advisory services provider Ernst & Young.
Feb 17, 2012
The current state of the civil engineering and construction sector in South Africa is leaving companies with no alternative but to seek opportunities in other African countries, reports consulting engineering firm Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA).
Feb 17, 2012
Construction firm Group Five has achieved the highest rating of any JSE Top 100-listed construction company in the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Feb 17, 2012
Belgium-based multidisciplinary equipment manufacturer and distributor Atlas Copco has added a fourth business area to strengthen its focus on specific products and customers in the construction sectors.
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