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Civil Engineering and Construction

First sod in R4,9-billion convention centre to be turned by year-end

By: Helene Le Roux     10th February 2006 Shaped in the form of the African continent, the R4,9-billion Tshwane International Convention Centre and adjacent precinct project has the potential to establish a landmark in South Africa’s capital city that could become as well known as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, or the Sydney... 

BEE status not living up to expectations

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th February 2006 A number of companies undertaking black economic-empowerment (BEE) deals believe that once the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, doors of new business opportunities will automatically open to them. 

Construction industry rocked by contract award to Chinese firm

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. 

Topless crane takes materials-handling industry to new heights

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2006 Independent South African company SA French, distributor of a range of ?internationally-recognised tower cranes, unveiled Potain’s Topless City Cranes in South Africa in November last year. 

New base completion due in 2008

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2006 The third phase in the construction of the new R190-million Marion Island base was completed mid-November. 

Shock as Chinese contractor snaps up big SA water contract

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2006 State-owned bulk water infrastructure utility TCTA has confirmed the award of a R425-million contract to a Chinese construction company, whose bid was reportedly some 25%, or around R100-million, lower than those submitted by two local construction consortia. The company concerned is the China... 

Construction economy set for 9,42% growth

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 Obscured by record car sales and booming house prices, something else happened last year that was out of the ordinary. 

Consumer boom keeps rolling

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 Construction of R450m Witbank mall under way 

R370bn infrastructure rollout will make or break growth plan

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2006 South Africa's Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka argued yesterday that the initial key performance indicator of government's yet-to-be-launched accelerated and shared growth initiative (Asgi) would hinge significantly on the success of the rollout of the R370-billion capital programme,... 

Innovation comes down to some physics and common sense

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2005 When the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) put forward a tender for the installation of new sluice gates for the Roodeplaatdam in Gauteng, the idea was to create a dry chamber through the installation of steel plates between the buttresses of the existing wall. 


By: Irma Venter     16th December 2005 Hendrik van Staden, about 60 years of age, who was scheduled to appear in court at the beginning of this year following the partial collapse at the Kolonnade shopping centre, in Pretoria, can not be located, reports the state prosecutor’s office. 

One down,

By: Laura Tyrer     16th December 2005 Civil engineering and building contractor Newport Construction has completed the first of its three projects for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ). 

Zone one construction ahead of schedule

By: Laura Tyrer     16th December 2005 The contract for the municipal infrastructure development of zone one, phase one of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), is forecast for completion late next year ahead of the anticipated completion date. 

Dutch solution to avoiding post-2010 infrastructure blues

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 The 2010 soccer World Cup, to be held in South Africa, will last for 33 days; some of the stadiums involved are likely to be employed for only 14 days – during the group stages of the tournament. 

Construction industry urged to double output

By: peter cromberge     16th December 2005 The looming construction boom expected to come in the wake of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Department of Public Works COO Sean Phillips notes that the construction industry will need to double its output over the next 10 years in order to meet demand. 

Meeting industry’s water needs

By: Jade Davenport     9th December 2005 R3,3bn project flowing towards 2007 completion 

Preparing for boom

By: Helene Le Roux     9th December 2005 One of the largest groups in the South African engineering- and construction-related industries, Aveng, is positioning itself to reap the benefits of the government’s multibillion-rand commitment to infrastructure investment. 

IT investment drives sustainable growth

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd December 2005 The core company where the Cosira group started 17 years ago, Cosira International, has experienced exponential growth in the last five years and is continuing to gain an increased shareholding in the highly-competitive Southern African market. 

Record growth for construction firm

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd December 2005 The multidiscipline construction company in the structural mechanical and piping erection fields Cosira Projects, which undertakes all of its sister company Cosira International’s erection work, is set for controlled growth in the foreseeable future. 

Core business the same despite diversification

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd December 2005 What started as a small family-owned business in the late 1980s, has bloomed into a bustling black economic-empowered (BEE) consolidated constructions group � Cosira � providing industrial and mining solutions to the domestic and African industries. 

Canadian firms seeks to make SA inroads

By: peter cromberge     2nd December 2005 A Canadian-based company offering a range of environmental solutions for industry has entered the South African market with products aimed predominantly at the mining and construction sectors. 

Building supplier continues on the acquisition trail

1st December 2005 Iliad Africa Limited, the JSE-listed building materials supplier currently ranked third in the Top 100 Company survey, has announced the acquisition of Q Lite, subject to approval of the competition authorities. 

Gov supports initiative to grow construction sector

1st December 2005 Government has expressed its support to promote investment in the construction sector in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in an effort to uplift small emerging constructors, it emerged on Tuesday at the European Union-SADC Mat Construction 2005 conference held in... 

Good times ahead

25th November 2005 Institute predicts bumper period for steel construction sector 

Should premium be paid to build skills base?

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2005 The CEO on the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Spencer Hodgson, put forward an interesting proposition recently regarding the possible desirability for payment of a premium to black contractors engaged in public-sector construction work. 

List expands to over 5 000, but industry remains capacity constrained

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2005 More than 5 000 building and construction companies have been verified and accredited under the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB’s) evolving ‘register of contractors’, well up on the 1 296 firms that had registered as of March 31 this year. 

Construction matchmaking service

By: peter cromberge     18th November 2005 SADC-EU linkage forum set for this month 

Two SA projects in the running

By: Helene Le Roux     18th November 2005 Holcim Awards winners to be announced in April 

Company upbeat despite skills shortage

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 After years in the doldrums, the South African construction industry has experienced a dramatic turnaround in recent months & Stocks Building Africa aims for next 5 years. 

Skills and building suplies remail tight

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2005 The third-quarter business survey conducted in the building industry by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), in Stellenbosch, shows that business confidence remains on a relatively high level, and that overall building activity is continuing at a satisfactory pace. 

Surrounded by retail venues, developers trust theme will offer niche

By: peter cromberge     28th October 2005 Just when you thought continental drift is something that only happens over a few centimeters every year, the Mediterranean has long-jumped into South Africa with the construction of a themed retail and residential development in Bedfordview. 

Construction Seta cracks down on corruption

26th October 2005 Alleged corruption among employers and skills training providers in the building and construction industry is the focus of a major crack-down by the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta), which has initiated punitive legal action against alleged offenders. 

Construction industry confidence remains strong

21st October 2005 The latest results obtained from the third quarter business survey conducted in the building industry by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in Stellenbosch show that business confidence remains on a relatively high level and that overall building activity is continuing at a satisfactory pace. 

Povey calls for construction charter to promote gender equality

19th October 2005 Following a construction conference held last week, outgoing president of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers, Althea Povey, has added her voice to that of Mjoli Development MD Nhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube, who addressed delegates on a gender perspective of the Construction Charter. 

Brickmaking project launched in Khayelitsha

18th October 2005 The City of Cape Town and the provincial Department of Social Services and Poverty Alleviation have come to the aid of a group of budding entrepreneurs, providing finance and land for a brickmaking venture. 

Civil engineering body puts spotlight on skills shortages

By: Liezel Hill     14th October 2005 South Africa will need an additional 1 500 to 4 000 civil engineers over the next ten years to cope with the growing pipeline of large projects, in both the private and public sectors, a research report published yesterday by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) suggests. 

Stainless-steel giant eyeing domestic projects

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 As South Africa’s sole stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless consolidates its successful high production output of the first half of this year, it would seem that the stainless-steel giant is under increasing pressure to maintain this output due to the significant slowdown of global... 

Cementing the future

By: Keith Campbell     7th October 2005 The R1,36-billion Dwaalboom clinker plant expansion project being undertaken by PPC, part of the Barloworld group, will use only the latest generation technology. 

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