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Civil Engineering and Construction

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... 

Experience, ethics needed to improve infrastructure delivery

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 2012 Corruption and a lack of capacity within government have negatively impacted on infrastructure delivery, says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie.  

Public sector lacking skilled quantity surveyors

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 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.  

Construction of Eastern Cape retail mall complete

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 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. 

Recycled material making inroads in construction

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 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. 

New fibre technology introduced to local construction market

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 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.  

New design, construction planning system to be launched in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 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.  

Construction activity flat, not expected to slump further

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 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 construction sector has been flat since... 

Construction input costs expected to rise – analyst

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 2012 International credit insurer Coface South Africa expects construction input costs in South Africa to rise by 7% in 2013. 

Challenges slow civil engineering industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th November 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, late payments and the... 

Regulatory body optimistic about 2012

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     17th February 2012 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) says signs of a recovery in the South African civil engineering and construction sectors are already evident, but admits that a lot remains to be done by all stakeholders to ensure the industry reaches satisfactory levels in all areas. 

Association optimistic about engineering, construction sectors despite challenges

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     17th February 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.  

Decline in activity pushes local companies to other economies

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     17th February 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).  

Survey reveals energy, infrastructure are biggest opportunities

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     17th February 2012 The demand for infrastructure and energy is causing a fundamental shift in focus for nearly all engineering and construction firms.  

Construction companies’ success to be tested in 2012

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     17th February 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. 

Sub-Saharan Africa EPC boom lures international company to Africa

17th February 2012 Germany-based pipeline specialist Kurvers Piping has opened an office in Johannesburg, to provide its piping products and services to the burgeoning sub-Saharan Africa engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) market.  

Infrastructure maintenance backlog to result in more tenders

17th February 2012 There is a significant maintenance backlog within the water wastewater sectors with much of the infrastructure requiring recapitalisation, which should result in a lot more tenders going out to the market, says specialist maintenance service company Bosch Munitech MD Steve McCarley. 

New regulations encourage companies to incorporate eco-mechanisms in business model

17th February 2012 Energy use in buildings is under the spotlight in South Africa owing to the new energy efficiency regulations set out in the National Building Regulations (NBR) and Building Standards Act (BSA), which came into effect in November last year, highlights construction materials manufacturer Corobrik.  

Firm attains highest construction company carbon disclosure rating

17th February 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). 

Group strengthens focus on construction-related segments

17th February 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. 

Recycling strategy could save construction sector expenditure 

17th February 2012 South Africa needs a coherent strategy for the recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) waste, states materials and minerals processing technology provider IMS Engineering. 

The Gauteng Partnership Fund – your preferred affordable housing partner

By: sue charlton     17th February 2012 There are two major challenges facing those involved in the housing sector in South Africa –the lack of access to finance, and the delivery of low-cost housing to those that need it the most. The Gauteng Partnership Fund’s (GPF’s) mandate is to facilitate the evolvement of affordable housing in... 

Company supplies products to NMPP

17th February 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). 

Banks’ stringent finance criteria open way for alternative lenders

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     17th February 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 through commercial banks, says... 

Construction industry constrained by fluctuating government funding

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 Unpredictable minimum government spending year-on-year places the local construction and infrastructure industry in a position where it cannot rely on consistent financial support, which translates into a reluctance to commit to long-term development and innovation, Council for Scientific and... 

Civil engineer shortage leads to infrastructure deterioration 

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 The lack of qualified and experienced civil engineers in the municipal sector is leading to the deterioration of existing infrastructure, as well as a decline in the number of significant new public developments, says eThekwini Water and Sanitation department head Neil Macleod.  

Significant growth in local green building practices

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 Increased environmental impact awareness and the push towards infrastructure sustainability have resulted in considerable growth in the use of green building techniques in South Africa. 

Recycled aggregates are key to the future

11th November 2011 The recycling of raw materials is beginning to play an increasingly important role in the manufacture of concrete products in South Africa.  

Construction company bridges gap in roads upgrade project

11th November 2011 Concrete coring, sawing and scanning group QA Coring says it has become the first company in South Africa to use diamond tool technology to drill through three concrete bridges, allowing the structures to be linked together by contractors using reinforcing steel bars.  

Awards ceremony recognises women’s contribution to construction industry

11th November 2011 The annual Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB’s) National Women in Construction Excellence Awards, presided over by former Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, was held at the SAX Arena in Centurion, in August this year 

Equipment distributor offers new excavator range with tier-two engines

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 Local distribution and maintenance company High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa, says its new -9 range of excavators offers tier-two engines, making them suited to local conditions. 

Firm uses mobile system to track materials across Africa

11th November 2011 The pilot phase of a mobile solution developed by software solutions provider Dynamic Visual Technologies (DVT) to track construction materials across Africa has gone live at two of integrated construction and infrastructure development company Group Five’s construction sites in Ghana and Tanzania. 

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