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Civil Engineering and Construction

Firms look for greener global pastures

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The stagnant construction industry in South Africa is forcing many civil engineering and construction companies to seek greener pastures across the border. “We are concerned about the future sustainability of the current workload and are therefore looking across the border for new... 

Light at end of the tunnel envisaged

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The civil engineering industry in South Africa is experiencing troublesome times, with high interest rates and cut-backs in government spending. “Although the industry is going through rough waters at the moment, I believe that we will experience an upturn during the latter part of the... 

New training accreditation for sector

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE Civil Engineering Industry Training Board (CEITB) plans to implement a new process of accreditation for providers of training in the industry in February. It became necessary to make certain changes to the existing process because of shortfalls in the process. New legislation also provides... 

Work continues despite industry decline

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Despite a decline in the building and construction industry, consulting engineering firm Ninham Shand is involved in various civil engineering projects, including the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) phase 1B, the Nkadimeng regional water-supply scheme in the Northern Province and two... 

R200m construction contract at Moz smelter

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The Mozambique aluminium (Mozal) smelter, Orapa diamond-mine and the Phalaborwa underground mining project are some of the projects in which civil engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Gillis-Mason is involved in. “We are heavily involved in the Mozal smelter and are... 

Work advances on R900m shopping centre

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Construction of the R900-million shopping centre in the R1,5-billion regional Century City is on schedule, reports Murray & Roberts (Cape) operations director Mark Peters. The contract, which must be completed by September next year, was awarded to the construction company by property and leisure... 

Project spread for firm

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 IN spite of worsening economic conditions LTA Building (Western Cape) is involved in a number of multimillion-rand projects. Projects which LTA Building is working on include the R28-million Durbanville Hills Winery, which features a system of walkways, making it possible for visitors to follow... 

Civil engineering experiences downturn

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The present economic situation and the transformation facing the civil engineering industry in South Africa are two of the hurdles which participants in this industry must overcome. “It is difficult to describe the exact state of the industry, since some of our members have huge work-loads... 

Public-private partnerships

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE Beitbridge-to-Bulawayo railway line in Zimbabwe and the Phakisa International raceway in Welkom are two public-private partnerships in which V3 Consulting Engineers has been involved. The concession for Zimbabwe’s first railway line to be financed through a build, operate and transfer... 

New HQ completed

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE high-pressure tight-deadline contract for the building of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) new high-profile headquarters at Johannesburg International Airport has been completed by Protekon Building Services in conjunction with other consultants. The work involved the alteration of... 

Building of R116m technocentre on track

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Contributing to the building of technology in South Africa, the Grinaker group is involved in the construction of properties for cellular service provider Vodacom and computer giant Microsoft. The Vodacom technocentre contract awarded to Grinaker in Bellville, Western Cape, is valued at... 

Growth targeted despite adverse conditions

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Although Concor Holdings has a substantial order book for this year, MD Gavin Hardy does not see too bright a future for the South African construction industry for the last year of the century. “Our order book is still increasing, which is encouraging. However, the construction environment... 

R10,6m hospital revamp

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A R10,6-million contract for additions and renovations to the Sunward Park hospital in Boksburg, Gauteng, has been completed by Rainbow Construction in joint venture with WBHO. The contract included construction of a 34-bed ward and a round chapel. Also included was a new administration block, a... 

Last hurdle for Kwazulu-Natal expansion

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Additional work at one of Kwazulu-Natal’s largest projects ever, the new aluminium hot-rolling mill for Hulett Aluminium (Hulamin) in Maritzburg, is scheduled for completion at the end of this year. This comprises external paving, a canteen, change house, effluent plant and recycle... 

New tenders out for convention centre

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 All remaining con- tracts for the R350- million Sandton Convention Centre, being built by Grinaker Construction for Liberty Life Properties (LLP), will be put out to tender this quarter. Located adjacent to the Sandton Sun and Towers Inter-Continental, and the Holiday Inn Garden Court Sandton... 

Vanderbijl project springs to life

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 THE fast-track R78,6-million Bophelong housing project has been officially opened in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. What sets this project apart from the many others on the go throughout South Africa is the rapid pace with which the houses were completed. An incredible total of 5 000 units were built... 

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