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Civil Engineering and Construction

Road improvement scheme kicks off ahead of 2010

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Construction has begun on Phase 1 of the South African National Roads Agency’s freeway improvement scheme with the developments of the N21 between the R21 and Atterbury interchange. 

New technology negates traditional soil compaction methods

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The rapid impact compacter (RIC) enables a fast and cost-efficient method of consolidating material or replacing material from commercial sources, says RIC South Africa business development manager Braam Compion. 

Local government manages infrastructure poorly – survey

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The implementation of infrastructure maintenance and management best practices should be prioritised along with public sector or government investment in new infrastructure, such as the current ports and municipality infrastructure upgrade projects, as this makes good sense in terms of reducing... 

Cape manufacturer produces ecofriendly bricks

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Concrete brick manufacturer Cape Brick manufactures an eco-friendly product as part of the company's long-term commitment to manufacturing a sustainable environmental-friendly product, says Cape Brick sales director Jean Tresfon. 

Green future for building design and infrastructure developments

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Consulting engineering and project management group SSI has placed a strong focus on eco-friendly construction practises by offering sustainable building designs as an alternative to conventional practises to its clients, reports the company. 

New acquisition to garner growth for road building group

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The acquisition of aggregates and contract crushing company, B&E Holdings by road infrastructure development and crushing company, Raubex, will empower the company to participate in a greater array of road construction and maintenance projects in South Africa, says Raubex financial... 

Imminent freeway upgrades for Gauteng

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 Consulting engineering and project management group SSI has completed the upgrade design of an incrementally launched bridge across the N3 and 11 km freeway extension on the N12 from the Gillooly's Interchange as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Skills shortage hammers construction industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The acute skills shortage that is prevalent in many sectors of local industry is, arguably, the most severe in the economy's booming building and construction sector, says JSE-listed civil engineering company Protech Khutele CEO Gerald Chapman. 

Management system mitigates skills shortage challenges

15th February 2008 Consulting engineering company, Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA) has adopted a quality management system to deal with the skills-shortages problem in the construction industry and to provide quality engineering services to its clients, reports SBA national operations director Sid Turner. 

Multinational company builds workshop in DRC

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The construction of an on-site repair and maintenance workshop for integrated exploration, mining and production company, Central African Mining & Exploration Company (Camec), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on schedule for completion in March, reports the company. 

Greenstone Hill office park well under way

15th February 2008 The construction of a new R300-million Greenstone Hill office park in Modderfontein is well under way, with phased occupation projected to begin in mid-2008, reports the Greenstone Hill marketing company Barrow Properties. 

World Cup spells growth for contractors

15th February 2008 The 2010 FIFA World Cup has provided bulk earthworks and construction company Liviero Civils with the opportunity to solidify its place among the fastest growing civil engineering contractors in South Africa, reports the company.  

Ecofriendly roof slab built at Cradle of Humankind

15th February 2008 The design and build of an ecofriendly roof slab for the Monaghan Ecodevelopment project has been completed by MRH Consulting Engineers, using Automa Building Products lightweight and patented thermal acoustical expanded polystyrene multi storey slab system (TASS), reports ABP director Craig... 

Draughtspersons urged to start thinking outside the box

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th December 2007 The South African Institute of Draughting National Computer-Aided Draughting and Design Conference held its inaugural conference in Boksburg last month. 

Leveraged to the resources super-cycle

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The mining-focused business unit within Grinaker-LTA is experiencing unprecedented growth and the unit has been restructured in a bid to position itself for the current strong project flow, as well as the increasing demand for contract mining services, underground mining contracting chairperson... 

'At the bottom of an exponential growth curve'

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 Diversified construction company Grinaker-LTA is "at the bottom of an exponential growth curve and is aligning the business, which is emerging from a protracted turnaround, to capitalise on the myriad opportunities available in the construction industry from affordable housing through to the... 

Partnership the key to unlocking PPPs

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 Multidisciplinary construction company Grinaker LTA is giving renewed focus to concession opportunities in South Africa having had only modest success in the are area for the past few years, newly appointed concessions unit head Mike Edington tells Engineering News. 

Renewed vision sees turnaround in company fortunes

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The buoyancy of the construction market, as well as a renewed vision and value system within the roads and earthworks business unit in the Grinaker-LTA group, has changed the fortunes of the company following a spell of “historically poor performance”, says roads and earthworks MD... 

Hungry to feed into emerging power market

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The mechanical and electrical business unit of construction giant Grinaker-LTA, which also incorporates structural steel fabrication subsidiary DSE, is positioning itself to capitalise on the anticipated growth in the power generation industry in South Africa, says mechanical and electrical MD... 

Civil engineering feeling boom’s wind in its sails

By: Sylvester Haskins     30th November 2007 The civil engineering unit within multidisciplinary construction organisation, Grinaker-LTA, has experienced an unprecedented flow of work that is not only influenced by the preparations for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering MD David Spooner tells... 

Why you must register for Workers' Compensation

By: System Author     16th February 2007 All employers (as defined in the Act) are required to register for workers’ compensation and any employer who fails to register is guilty of an offence. 

Design concepts flow in for R325m parliamentary precinct project

By: cheryl reddy     2nd February 2007 Parliament has begun receiving and considering tenders for its space utilisation project, which includes the construction of a banquet hall and is to be completed by December 2008. 

Aveng expects H1 profit to rise 110%-130%

29th January 2007 Construction group Aveng expects headline earnings and earnings a share for the six-month period to December 31 to be between 110% and 130% higher than the corresponding period in 2005, the group indicated in a trading statement on Monday. 

King Shaka airport tender case postponed

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 The Pietermaritzburg High Court hearing into the validity of a legal challenge brought by construction group Grinaker-LTA against the tender process for the erection of a new airport to be built north of Durban has been postponed. MD Eddie du Rand told Engineering News Online over the telephone... 

McCarthy set to launch new range of vehicles and construction equipment from Asian dragon

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 A significant development in the local car market for 2007 will be the introduction of more Chinese vehicles into the “value segments of the market”, specifically sport-utility vehicles and light-commercial vehicles, says McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius. 

Group Five expects H2 headline earnings up 70% - 80%

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2007 South African construction firm Group Five said on Tuesday that it expected its headline earnings a share to surge by as much as 80% in the second half of 2006, on the back of improved operating performance from construction and manufacturing. The firm said in a statement that it expected... 

Demand buoys SA construction earnings

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2007 A growing demand for local construction services should underpin the financial results of South African construction firms, with two major companies already announcing a possible 80% surge in interim headline earnings a share. 

PPC targets May for BEE deal, promises to appoint black chair

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2007 Cement producer PPC confirmed on Tuesday that it would appoint a black chairperson as soon as it had finalised a black economic-empowerment (BEE) equity transaction, which would be concluded during the current financial year. Speaking at the company's annual general meeting, outgoing chair... 

Sanyati acquisition gets Competition Commission approval

16th January 2007 South Africa's Competition Commission has approved the acquisition of the KZN Piling group of companies by civil-engineering firm Sanyati, a deal worth R49,2-million. 

M&R, WBHO to build Cape Town 2010 stadium

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th January 2007 A joint venture between construction firms Murray & Roberts (M&R) and Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the construction of Green Point stadium, in Cape Town, a city spokesperson said on Monday. The controversial Green Point stadium, which will be built... 

Settlement reached in Gautrain expropriation cases

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th January 2007 Government has agreed to finance the accommodation of three Marlboro households affected by land expropriation for the Gautrain project until an arbitration process over compensation has been concluded. The Gautrain rapid rail link is a R25-billion transport system that will run between... 

M&R acquisition gets competition green light

11th January 2007 The Competition Tribunal this week unconditionally approved the merger between Murray & Roberts (M&R) and Wade Walker, which will see Wade Walker becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of M&R. 

Polokwane stadium contract to be awarded before month end

By: Nelendhre Moodley     9th January 2007 The contractor for the new R797-million Peter Mokaba sports stadium, in Polokwane, will be announced on January 22, with construction expected to start shortly thereafter. Speaking to Engineering News Online, Polokwane municipality spokesperson Mabilu Mokwalakwala confirmed that stadium... 

JPC to spend R4,1m on Soweto property developments

14th December 2006 The Jo’burg Property Company (JPC), which manages the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s) property portfolio, announced on Thursday that it intended developing two mixed-use sites in Meadowlands, Soweto, to the value of R4,1-million. 

Group Five scores strong first-time credit ratings

11th December 2006 South Africa's fourth-largest construction company, Group Five, has been accorded first-time credit ratings of A1 in the short term and A in the long term, by international rating agency Global Credit Ratings, reflecting a strong financial and operational position, the company said on Monday. 

Mechanical equipment installation on track

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th December 2006 With all the equipment ordered and nothing late as yet, FFE Minerals-Vecor special projects manager Dr Niels Verkerk is confident that the supply and erection of its sister company FLSmidth’s equipment in the PPC Batsweledi production plant is running on schedule. 

Green point high point

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Three bidders have been shortlisted to build the new Greenpoint stadium, to be constructed for the 2010 soccer World Cup, says Cape Town city council spokesperson Pieter Cronje. 

Individuals increasingly masquerading as engineering professionals

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 The total number of cases the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) is investigating has, over the past four years, increased from 32 to over 150. 

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