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Civil Engineering and Construction

Construction boom could set new earnings base for M&R

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2006 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported a surge in second-half earnings to 119 cents a share in the six months to June 30, compared to 65 cents in its first half, and CEO Brian Bruce indicated that, while the first half was “seasonally” always lower than the second, the... 

Acsa's R5,2bn expansion programme steps up a gear

By: Jade Davenport     25th August 2006 As infrastructure is the backbone of South Africa’s economy, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has committed itself to delivering on its expansion programme in time for the hosting of the World Cup as well as delivering improved infrastructure beyond 2010. 

Aveng expects 40% to 60% rise in year earnings

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2006 Construction and steel group Aveng anticipates that its headline earnings and earnings a share could rise by between 40% and 60% year-on-year for its financial year ended June 30, 2006. 

Significant BEE participation in development of new central terminal building at JIA

By: Jade Davenport     18th August 2006 Construction of the new R1,99-billion central terminal building (CTB) at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is now underway. 

Construction of Botswana diamond technology park set to start this month

By: Jade Davenport     4th August 2006 Work on the civil infrastructure for the new $50-million diamond technology park in Gabarone, Botswana, is set to begin this month month. 

Signs of moderation especially in residential market

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 After having accelerated by 17,5% in 2005, building costs increased by 6,2% in the first half of 2006. 

Construction industry will face shortages for some time

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2006 It will take some years yet for the South African construction industry to overcome its current skills shortages. 

With bridge-building prospects improving, SA mulls skills-dearth challenge

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2006 South Africa’s bridge-building skills pool has been decimated– but fear not, say several experts; it is still possible to build a large and complex structure such as the Bloukrans river arch bridge, in the Eastern Cape, even if the countryshould then call on assistance from abroad.... 

Stocks Building Africa looks offshore for qualified human resources

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2006 A senior management team from construction company Stocks Building Africa is visiting London this month, in order to recruit what it terms “suitably-qualified people”. 

Eight years later, still liability uncertainty over Injaka bridge debacle

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2006 The Sabie magistrate’s office is still considering whether anyone can be held liable for the Injaka bridge collapse, eight years ago. 

Southern African bloc sees big economies-of-scale benefits for construction sector

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd June 2006 A comprehensive research project has highlighted that a common construction market in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will benefit the region and the economies of individual countries. 

Kwazulu Natal-based civil engineering firm sees listing as part of expansion drive

By: Jade Davenport     16th June 2006 Civil engineering firm Sanyati Holdings has experienced strong year-on-year growth for the last few years, which has been particularly evident from the company’s 29% growth in revenue to R260-million in its 2005/06 financial year. 

Malawi opts for Chinese over African finance for road project

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th June 2006 The Malawi government has spurned a $43-million loan from the African Development Bank (ADB) for the construction of the Karonga–Chitipa road and has instead secured $45-million – consisting of a $30-million loan and a $15-million grant from the Republic of China (ROC). 

Group Five staff under suspicion in Angola corruption case

By: Nicola Mawson     8th June 2006 South African construction company Group Five has opened a docket with the South African Police Service alleging irregularities at its Nova Vida housing project in Angola. While no charges have been laid as yet, pending an investigation, some Group Five personnel are suspected of being involved.... 

V&A auction sets Transnet noncore disposal programme into motion

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2006 State transport company Transnet on Monday set in motion its much-contested and long-awaited noncore asset-disposal programme when it placed the high-profile Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront property development on to the auction block. The group, which wants to refocus itself as a... 

Brand-new Orlando stadium to rise from the ashes of the old icon

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 In about a week’s time the City of Johannesburg will issue a call for tenders for the construction of the new, 40 000-seat, Orlando Stadium in Soweto. 

R52m claim lodged against the builders of new Sandton tower

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 The 

Engineering council records alarming rise in complaints

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 Over the last three years the number of complaints to the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has increased fourfold. 

Challenging Durban harbour tunnel project 

28th April 2006 Durban’s Point and Bluff areas will soon be linked by a new 530-m-long tunnel that will be installed below sea level. 

New method of deck construction for Angolan jetty

28th April 2006 Local company Franki South Africa has pioneered a new method of deck construction for the ?R22-million, 75-m-long spooling jetty project, which it carried out for Sonils in Anglola’s Luanda harbour. 

Reserach says skills squeeze is worsening

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2006 Stellenbosch-based think-tank the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) indicates in its latest building industry business survey – conducted in the first quarter of this year – that the skills crisis has worsened since last year. 

Civil engineering turnover up 14% in 2005

By: Liezel Hill     21st April 2006 The South African civil engineering sector increased its turnover by 14% in real terms during 2005, following a 5% contraction the previous year, industry body South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) reports. 

Public-private engagement needed to preserve local construction sector

By: Liezel Hill     14th April 2006 Urgent action is called for to ensure that the local construction industry is prepared to compete against an onslaught by contract-hungry foreign, and Chinese in particular, companies, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) has warned. 

Fear of big salary rises as focus shifts from retaining to attracting staff

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2006 There is talk of a 30% increase in salaries in the construction industry as the emphasis shifts from retaining staff to attracting new staff, says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) economist Pierre Blaauw. 

Container, auto growth driving port overhaul

By: Laura Tyrer     24th March 2006 In the extensive upgrade of Durban harbour, the National Port Authority�s (NPA�s) top priority is the sustainable development of Durban as a premier status port. 

Construction charter to be signed on Friday

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2006 The long-awaited construction-sector transformation charter is to be signed by industry stakeholders and government on Friday. The draft charter has been under development for two years and was more or less finalised last year at an a public-private industry event held at Sun City, in the North... 

Hard-hat companies get warm reception

By: Liezel Hill     10th March 2006 The real economy appears keen to raise its profile on the JSE this year, with the alternative exchange of the bourse (AltX), set to see two listings in the sector, in as many months. 

Mixing it up

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2006 One segment of the South African truck market that has grown exponentially over the last few years has been cement mixers. 

Increases to soften in 2006, but labour costs may surprise

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2006 Commercial and industrial building costs (according to the Haylett index, which is a composite of labour, materials, plant and fuel costs) is expected to increase by 6,2% this year, compared to the 6,5% recorded last year. 

South African contractor turns attention inwards as boom beckons

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2006 Group Five currently earns 45% of its construction revenue outside the borders of South Africa – with the target stated previously as the company working towards earning 50% to 70% of all its revenue crossborder. 

Construction leader speaks on foreign competition, BEE and capacity

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2006 The South African construction industry will keep close tabs on the delivery of a R425-million water-related contract awarded to a State-owned Chinese contractor, whose bid reportedly shaved more than R80-million off the closest offer made by a South African rival consortium. 

Five new stadiums added to sporting mix

By: peter cromberge     17th February 2006 South Africa will be building five new stadiums and will be renovating five other stadiums to meet the requirements of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Projects galore for award-winning firm

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 Local civil engineering firm Ruthcon recently won a sustainable growth award for private companies demonstrating profitable and sustainable growth in the South African economy over a five-year period. 

Concrete consumption is dependent on government delivery

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 Despite the past two years having seen a substantial increase in cement consumption by the local industry, which increased by 15% in 2004 and 10,6% last year, the Cement and Concrete Institute of Midrand, has set this year’s estimates at only 8%. 

Women making their mark in male-dominated sector

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 The South African Women in Construction Association, which aims to empower women participating in construction projects by coordinating training programmes on and offsite as well as providing 

Confidence high...

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 ...but capacity delivery will be key Expectations for an industry boom have set a ripple of excitement through industry says South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) economist Pierre Blaauw, who reports that for the majority of industry participants this could be the... 

E Cape firm in R293m road-upgrade project

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th February 2006 Eastern Cape’s FST Consulting Engineers, which has its core business in infrastructure development of water, sanitation, solid waste, roads and township sectors, reports that it is currently busy with the N2 to Kei Mouth road upgrade for the Department of Roads and Transport, in the Eastern... 

Cement producer ready to meet future demand

17th February 2006 The high demand for cement during 2005 and the prospect of such demand being sustained in the future through major infrastructure projects like the Gautrain rapid rail link, and the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament have confirmed the need for Holcim South Africa to keep all of its kilns in... 

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