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Nov 13, 2015
ACCREDITATION RECEIVED BCCEI received accreditation in September from the Commission for CCMA to handle all its disputes
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...
Nov 13, 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,...
Nov 13, 2015
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
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...
Nov 13, 2015
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
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,...
Nov 13, 2015
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
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...
Nov 13, 2015
CONVERSION UNDER WAY Cape Town-based concrete cutting, coring and drilling company started work on the uninhabitable building in early 2014
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...
Nov 13, 2015
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
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...
Nov 13, 2015
GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS NECESSARY These tests provide invaluable information regarding the physical properties of soil and rock on a site
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 –...
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NICK FASSEN The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry wants to create fair and equal opportunities for all stakeholders
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...
Feb 13, 2015
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
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...
Feb 13, 2015
NETCARE PINEHAVEN HOSPITAL Construction of the 100-bed hospital started in August 2014
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...
Feb 13, 2015
N4 UPGRADE PROJECT The 22-month-long refurbishment is set for completion in July 2016
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...
Feb 13, 2015
SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY Construction of the R300-million air separation unit started in May 2013, with the plant being commissioned in November 2014
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,...
Feb 13, 2015
MICRO-TUNNEL INSTALLATION The micro-tunnel is the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa
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...
Feb 13, 2015
VINOLIA MASHIANE The Gauteng Partnership Fund is succeeding in unlocking private-sector funding for the low-cost housing market
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,...
Feb 13, 2015
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
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...
Feb 13, 2015
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
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...
Feb 13, 2015
STRATEGIC PARTNERING PaCE Services CEO Nic Bennett and BCQS director Brendon Close taking the lead of the partnership
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...
Nov 14, 2014
KWAMASHU INTERCHANGE The project is the first application of a diverging diamond interchange in the southern hemisphere
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...
Nov 14, 2014
KATLEHO NCHAPHA The ultimate beneficiary of the fund is the person who now has access to the affordable rental accommodation
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.
Nov 14, 2014
NEW HOSPITAL The establishment of this nonprofit hospital was a personal dream of Nelson Mandela
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.
Nov 14, 2014
UPGRADE PROJECT The new bridge formed part of a broader project to upgrade the R21 highway
A concept design competition, which was launched in 2011, encouraging the generation of construction-design concepts for an aesthetically pleasing pedestrian bridge, in Ekurhuleni, motivated professional services firm SMEC South Africa to employ innovative solutions...
Nov 14, 2014
REGISTRATION REQUIRED Construction professionals should be registered with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions
Currently, health and safety practices in the workplace are perceived to be predominantly a culture-based issue in business and are usually given little priority in projects, according to multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa.
Nov 14, 2014
CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT On site challenges are overcome by manipulating the numerous resources on site and by trying to finish in areas that are accessible while preparing to work in other areas
Geotechnical contractor Franki Africa, part of Keller Group, is using its own in-house design and expertise to provide the geotechnical solution for Phase 2 of the V&A Silo District basement for V&A Waterfront Holdings, represented by Mace Project Managers.
Nov 14, 2014
UNDER PRESSURE The South African civil construction industry is under greater pressure, owing to a slow start to the year for the economy that was exacerbated by strike action
The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) noted in its ‘State of the South African Civil Industry: Quarter 2, 2014’ report, released in July, that the South African civil construction industry is under greater pressure, owing to a slow start...
Nov 14, 2014
FAST TRACK REPAIR Epidermix 520 is the ideal high-strength mortar to fast-track repair and maintenance projects
It is essential that South African municipalities timeously maintain and repair faulty sewerage reticulation equipment to prevent sewer spills, which could cause environmental hazards and pollution of water resources, says construction chemical company a.b.e....
Nov 14, 2014
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability
The professional planning part of the civil engineering industry is becoming increasingly reactive in terms of preplanning, instead of its primary, and preferred, focus of being proactive, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB.
Nov 14, 2014
SPECIALISED RESCUE A well-trained, forward-thinking team is critical to ensure safety
A team of rope-access technicians from rope-access company Skyriders can assist municipal, national rescue and disaster-management services with specialised rope-rescue services in emergency scenarios such as incidents in the construction industry and the...
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
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
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...
Feb 14, 2014
CONTROLLING QUALITY Ludwig Moisture Control’s new microwave moisture-measuring system gives precast concrete manufacturers and concrete ready-mix supply and delivery companies control over moisture content in concrete mixers
Precast concrete manufacturers and concrete ready-mix supply and delivery companies can control concrete quality and standards with moisture control expert Ludwig Moisture Control’s new microwave moisture-measuring system and wireless Bluetooth transmission system,...
Feb 14, 2014
HIGH CONSTRUCTION Skyriders Access Specialists perform various scopes of work at state-owned and private power stations
Using rope access for construction tasks can easily provide substantial  cost and time savings, states industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists marketing manager Mike Zinn. “When the cost of access is deemed disproportionate to the scope of...
Feb 14, 2014
BEST PRACTICE The Green Star SA Existing Building Performance rating tool (EBP Tool) aims to assess and certify an existing building’s performance while the building is in operation and certifies Best Practice and South African Excellence and World Leadership
The Green Star SA Existing Building Performance rating tool (EBP Tool) aims to assess and certify an existing building’s performance while the building is in operation and is intended to influence a new segment of the South African property market; building owners...
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
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.
Nov 15, 2013
The slowdown in the availability of major infrastructure projects in the past three years has caused civils and construction company Esorfranki Construction to focus on securing housing projects in both the public and private sector.
Nov 15, 2013
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.
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