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Civil Engineering and Construction

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. 

Amended building legislation drives energy efficiency

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, of 1977, has been amended to introduce legislation that calls for more energy efficient construction technologies and building methods, and requires building projects to meet certain sustainability criteria. 

SA construction needs momentum

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Despite the impact of the economic downturn and the slow pace of the economic recovery, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG’s fifth ‘Global Construction Survey’, which was released in January, shows that many global engineering and construction companies have a cautiously optimistic... 

Partnering key to economic growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) and its members will, this year, assist in the growth of the country’s economy by ‘partnering for growth’ and fully backing the New Economic Growth Path for South Africa, which was tabled by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel in 2010. 

Construction amendments to enhance industry safety 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 The implementation of the latest amendments to the Construction Regulations of 2003, which are expected to be promulgated by May, could have a positive effect on safety in the construction industry, training company KBC Health & Safety (KBC) operations director Norman Hartman tells Engineering News. 

Construction group sets safety record

11th February 2011 The Civils Division of civil engineering and construction group Basil Read has, for the first time on any project, achieved a three-million lost time injury- (LTI-) free hours safety record. 

Construction firm unveils fatal risk control protocol campaign

11th February 2011 Construction firm Concor Group has unveiled its fatal risk control protocol (FRCP) campaign, which is anticipated to further improve the safety performances throughout the group. 

New civil engineering design system launched 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Integrated software solutions company Knowledge Base is in the process of rolling out its new software solution platform, Civil Designer 2011, across Africa, following a launch at an Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa conference, in October. 

Heavy-duty machine supplier expanding its markets

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Hyundai machine supplier and maintenance service provider High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa is continually expanding its footprint in the southern African market by extending its equipment range and targeting specialised markets. 

Utility detection and mapping facility introduced

11th February 2011 Municipal operations and maintenance management company Munitech’s leak-detection department is introducing a new specialist utility detection and mapping facility. 

First GMBA students graduate

11th February 2011 The Gauteng Master Builders Association’s (GMBA’s) 2010 intake of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) cadets will be the first to qualify with the South African Qualifications Authority-registered National Certificate: Construction Health and Safety National Qualifications Framework Level 3,... 

Technology ensures sustainability of construction designs

11th February 2011 Heavy investment in South African infrastructure is key to ensure that the country is able to support a sustainable, growing economy that encourages foreign investment, says engineering, project management and business management services provider Electrical Engineering Solutions MD Bradley... 

Wastewater treatment infrastructure to benefit from improvements

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 While some parts of South Africa’s wastewater treatment infrastructure can be considered as being in an excellent condition, further improvements could lead to greater operational efficiency and cost savings, believes engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon. 

Closing the skills gap

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Engineering and management consultancy firm Arup South Africa, which launched the Arup Education Trust (AET) in January, has announced the 12 tertiary and 30 high school beneficiaries of a collective R1-million full-time education sponsorship for this year. 

Call for bitumen to be declared a strategic mineral resource

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 A possible solution to the reoccurring bitumen shortages for the economic and infrastructure developments in South Africa is to have the product declared a strategic mineral resource, rather than a commodity, says asphalt manufacturer Much Asphalt CEO Phillip Hechter. 

Survey points to concerns on proposed accounting rule changes

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG's international global construction survey, ‘Navigating the storm: Charting a path to recovery?' reports that the construction industry globally is concerned over the proposed accounting rule changes on the timing of revenue recognition. The changes proposed by... 

Engineering 
contractor reduces 
lost-time injury frequency rate

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Civil engineering contractor Concor Civils MD Graham Browne says that the company’s lost-time injury frequency rate is currently more than five times lower than industry averages five years ago.

He says that achieving such statistics in the construction industry a few years ago was unheard of... 

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