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Civil Engineering and Construction

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. 

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

Design competition encourages innovation

By: Dylan Slater     14th November 2014 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 for the three designs it... 

Design competition  encourages innovation
UPGRADE PROJECT The new bridge formed part of a broader project to upgrade the R21 highway

Proactive industry becoming reactive

By: Dylan Slater     14th November 2014 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. 

Proactive industry becoming reactive
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability

Enforcement of health and safety procedures back-burnered

By: Dylan Slater     14th November 2014 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. 

Enforcement of health and safety procedures back-burnered
REGISTRATION REQUIRED Construction professionals should be registered with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions

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

Mortar speeds up repairs

14th November 2014 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. concrete repair and general... 

Mortar speeds  up repairs
FAST TRACK REPAIR Epidermix 520 is the ideal high-strength mortar to fast-track repair and maintenance projects

Transnet reconfirms need for increasing Durban’s port capacity

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 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. 

Transnet reconfirms need for increasing Durban’s port capacity
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

Construction disasters warrant ‘deeper look’ – MBA North

14th February 2014 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 Builders Association (MBA)... 

Construction disasters warrant ‘deeper look’  – MBA North
Photo by Duane Daws
CONSTRUCTION RISKS Construction health and safety practitioners should not only consider noncompliance legal issues but also designer competencies, construction programmes and selection of contractors

Mall of Africa piling completed

14th February 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 project, is being built in the new... 

Sustaining consulting engineering key to growing economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 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 excess of 500 consulting... 

Sustaining consulting engineering key to  growing economy
REDUCED INNOVATION Consulting Engineers South Africa says unintended consequences of competitive bidding for consulting engineering services are fewer innovation and training opportunities

Moisture measuring – first wireless system for SA concrete industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 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, states concrete equipment... 

Moisture measuring  – first wireless system for SA concrete industry
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

Construction claims challenging for industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 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 independent construction law, new... 

Construction claims challenging for industry
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

Rope access specialist to assist petrochemicals plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 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 work, the use of rope is a... 

Rope access specialist to assist petrochemicals plant
HIGH CONSTRUCTION Skyriders Access Specialists perform various scopes of work at state-owned and private power stations

Mall to reduce unemployment in Nelson Mandela Bay

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 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 for Economic Development... 

Mall to reduce  unemployment in Nelson Mandela Bay
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Baywest Mall will reduce unemployment in Nelson Mandela Bay by about 5%

Increased confidence in construction industry – MBA

14th February 2014 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 association’s members seems to endorse... 

Increased confidence  in construction  industry – MBA
Photo by Duane Daws
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 projects face challenges owing to skills shortage - ATI

14th February 2014 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 regarding construction project... 

Construction projects face challenges owing to skills shortage - ATI
QUALITY STANDARDS The South African construction industry faces severe problems regarding construction project delivery owing to skills shortage and low quality standards

SANS codes serve as benchmark for rating tool

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th February 2014 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 and facility managers, says... 

SANS codes serve as benchmark for rating tool
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

Challenging times prompt company to enter property development market

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th November 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. 

Software helps engineers design infrastructure projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th November 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 requirements for sustainability, says... 

Collaborating to develop skills can yield economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th November 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 company Lafarge South Africa. 

Discrepancies in tendering process putting construction industry at risk

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th November 2013 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 Consulting. 

Discrepancies in tendering process putting construction industry at risk
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

Transformation in industry reliant on credible data

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th November 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. 

Partnership poised to take advantage of SA’s infrastructure projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th November 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 area sales manager Paolo Molino. 

Construction leaning towards renewable energy projects 

15th November 2013 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. 

PICC plan could yield long-term investments for public and private sectors

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th November 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. 

Construction companies receive best projects accolades

15th November 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. 

Tax fraud rampant in construction industry – analyst

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 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 Service (Sars) announced in May... 

Combined technology solution a first in SA 

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 2013 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 VDC methodology provides time,... 

Firm assists in changing the face of Angola’s capital

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 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 is expected to continue for... 

Cesa signs MoU with Prasa to assist with SIP7 projects

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 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 (Sabtaco). 

Changing lives through housing development

15th February 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.  

Manufacturer develops road binding cement

By: Gia Costella     15th February 2013 Meeting the need for dedicated soil stabilising cement   

Company sees 2013 as one of most successful years

15th February 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 man-hours in August 2012. 

Quarry industry gaining momentum owing to infrastructure development and legal compliance

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 2013 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. Government, at the end of... 

Construction company has hope for 2013

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 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 has resulted in the liquidation... 

E-tolling delay holding up freeway projects  

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 2013 Delays caused by public opposition to the implementation of e-tolling are a great concern to the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) and the agency has experienced resulting loss in revenue, which has led to the roll-out of other planned phases of the Gauteng Freeway... 

Proper understanding of law necessary in industry 

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th February 2013 Certain sections of legislation, including the Project and Construction Management Professions Act of 2000, aimed at regulating the South African construction industry, are poorly drafted owing to inconsistencies and incoherencies which exist within and in-between the various laws which have been... 

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