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Construction News

R1,28m contract won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Industrial and office building developer Clearspan has been awarded a R1,28-million contract for the design and erection of the structural steelwork for a new Ford showroom on the Comores island of Mayotte. The contract calls for the company to design, supply and erect the structural steelwork,... 

Unique architectural solution for JIA

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A R185-million international retail project, which aims to increase capacity at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), is on track with the first of three structural steel nodes designed, constructed and fitted to the eastern fa 

R1,2m dust-control contracts

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THREE orders totalling about R1,2-million for supply of dust-control filters for packaging equipment have been placed with Air Cleaning Equipment (Ace), of Springs, Gauteng, by leading packaging-equipment specialist BMW Packaging of Sandton, Gauteng. The filters are for packaging equipment for... 

Mast manufacturer wins R70m contract

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The largest slice of a major telecommunications infrastructure project has this month been awarded to East Rand company P&D Engineering. Fifty per cent of the mast-manufacturing contract for Telkom – valued at between R40-million and R70-million a year over three years – will be... 

E-commerce: targeting blue-eyed consumers

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Information technology (IT) group Usko predicts that up to 70% of its operating profits will be derived from electronic-commerce-linked activities within the next three to five years. This is a bold statement given that the business, at present, accumulates very little profit from e-commerce,... 

Thai and Taiwanese markets beckon

By: System Author     21st May 1999 South Africa’s international missions, particularly those in the Middle East, need to do a more effective job of marketing South Africa as an advanced and developed country if export breakthroughs are to be made in the region, says Gunric Valves marketing director Mark Wilson. “A... 

Large scrap exports must be curbed – call

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The Non-Ferrous Metal (NFM) Works, of Durban, claims to be the largest integrated copper and copper-alloy extrusion mill in South Africa. The company is in its fifty-second year of existence, and has developed a good marketing name for itself for product consistency, which has resulted in ongoing... 

Joint effort to secure electronic commerce

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A JOINT effort to test advanced methods for secure electronic commerce on multi-application smart-cards which provide the best combination of processing speed, cryptographic strength and memory size has been announced by Visa International, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), National University of... 

Challenging Mozambican roads project

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Amost unusual kind of joint venture (JV) is taking shape in Mozambique, a JV in which the ‘partners’ have never met, have never talked to each other, and whose respective contributions to the project are separated not by function, equipment, or component, but by time – some 25... 

Africa is engine of growth for company

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The identification of Africa beyond the borders of South Africa by Endress+Hauser as a future growth area has seen the company appoint a number of distributors throughout the region. “It became apparent in the mid-1990s that a number of South African engineering companies were becoming more... 

Cape Town airport in R72m ramp-up

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE constant increase in passenger numbers at Cape Town International Airport (CIA) has prompted the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) to fast-track construction of its new international arrivals terminal. The R72-million project is the first major expansion of the airport’s... 

Durban firm surfs the marine repair wave

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The contract for permanent repairs to one of the largest vessels ever to enter a South African port, the 276 000 t Mobil Shipping-owned Harrier, was last month snapped up by Durban-based International Marine and Construction (Imac) in the face of severe international competition. The company then... 

Cape Town to construct R100-million arena

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R100-million indoor exhibition, event and entertainment facility is to be built at the 250 ha Century City development on the outskirts of Cape Town. The multipurpose venue, being developed by Century City owner and developer Monex and to be designed and managed by AME Events, a division of... 

Construction progressing well at smelter project

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R60-million portion of the construction work at Billiton’s US$1,8-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) primary aluminium smelter, situated outside Maputo, is being undertaken by GBR, a joint venture between Grinaker Concrete Construction and Basil Read. With overall construction work on... 

Taking the gamble out of empowerment

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Hot competition among bidders for gaming licences, particularly in Gauteng, saw contenders painting rosy pictures in their proposals to obtain a licence but the ability of most to meet these still remains to be seen. However, Global Resorts South Africa appears to have met and exceeded targets... 

Road contract completion

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE US$5,9-million contract to construct the Chibuto–Chongoene road in Mozambique is drawing to a close. Funded by Badea, the contract is being undertaken by LTA Earthworks (Mozambique) in a joint venture with Mozambique company Ceta. Being undertaken for the Direcao Nacional de Estrades e... 

Developers get the lowdown on training

By: System Author     14th May 1999 ow-cost housing resi- dents in the Northern Province are reaping the benefits of an extensive on-site training programme for developers and building inspectors to improve the quality of their residences. The training in basic concrete technology, as well as the correct application of cementitious... 

Low-cost housing must not be an eyesore

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Low-cost housing developments in Kwazulu-Natal are becoming more aesthetically pleasing with the supply of seamless tiled roofs, which are taking the place of traditional corrugated-iron covering, reports Harvey Roofing Products Knights divisional product manager Dion Perotti. The company is... 

R11-million pedestrian bridge on schedule

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Construction of an R11-million pedestrian bridge, which will span Philippi station and the adjacent staging yards, is on schedule. The bridge, which is being constructed by Stocks South, will incorporate a novel 127 m skywalk and provide a safe route for pedestrians. The main centre portion of... 

R15m Durban trade centre completed

By: System Author     14th May 1999 INDUSTRIAL and buil-ding developer Clearspan has completed the construction of a R15-million Trade Centre for Metcash at Mt Edgecombe in Durban. The 13 000 m2 centre was completed in a fastrack period of only four-and-a-half months to allow the centre to meet its critical opening dates.... 

Africa’s first private-equity RDP fund a success

By: System Author     14th May 1999 To date, the South Africa Infrastructure Fund has invested in, or has committed to invest in, seven reconstruction and development programme (RDP)-related projects totalling R250-million, reports MD Philip Chen. The first private-equity infrastructure fund of its kind in Africa, the fund was... 

Constitution averts RDP water crisis

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The constitution is coming to the rescue of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s (Dwaf’s) multibillion-rand reconstruction and development programme (RDP) water schemes which are facing a looming cash-flow crisis. Since 1994, the department has rolled out some 1 300 projects... 

Turnkey corrosion-control repertoire

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The relocation and depreservation of Anglo American’s Venetia diamond-mine’s bulk-sampling equipment from its original location near Messina, Northern Province, to the new Oaks mine outside Swartwater, in the same province, where a single dolomite pipe has been identified, has been... 

Company celebrates its 25th anniversary

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Control engineering company Festo South Africa, of Isando, Gauteng, is celebrating more than 25 years in South Africa. The company meets low-, medium- and high-technology requirements of its main target market, the manufacturing industry, with cutting-edge control systems. All operations in... 

Painting up a storm at Mozambican aluminium smelter

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Various painting and coating contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter, collectively worth more than R7-million, have been secured by Reef Industrial Painters (RIA) of Alrode, Gauteng. The company, a member of Cape Investments Holdings, a leading black-empowerment industrial services consortium,... 

Train communication system is on track

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A reportedly unique South African developed train communication system worth more than R10-million to support CoalLink in coal transport – with the ultimate goal of moving more than 70-million tons of coal a year to Richards Bay Coal Terminal – is in the process of being rolled out by... 

Work begins on R1,4 bn Umhlanga project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Construction of Old Mutual Properties’ massive R1,4-billion Gateway retail and entertainment centre near Umhlanga is under way, bringing the company’s total investment in retail and entertainment projects to almost R6-billion over the next four to five years. Principal contractor... 

New airport project cleared for take-off

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The project to construct a R250-million international airport for the lowveld at Primkop, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, has received approval from all relevant provincial and national government departments and agencies and now is awaiting only the closure of the necessary financial package,... 

R1,2-billion ‘Disney World’ for Centurion

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Plans are on the map to develop a R1,2-billion theme park in Centurion, Gauteng, which, if implemented, would cap Disney World, Orlando, in the US in size. The first of four phases in the development, called Centurion Wonder World, is a proposed R300-million undertaking which would comprise a... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Specialist construction coating

By: System Author     7th May 1999 ASouth African ma- nufacturer of spe- cialist coatings for the construction industry, Marmoran, is launching a new product throughout the country. Alltek is a 2 mm to 3 mm thick spray-applied plaster that adheres to walls with great strength. It is normally applied by a team of three, one of whom... 

Modified-bitumen contracts in the pipeline

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Despite severely-depressed market conditions, modified bitumen manufactured at Bituguard South Africa’s newly-completed production facility near Bethlehem in the Free State is being used on a number of contracts. Most notable of these are for the coating of 25 km of pipeline – 5 km... 

R22m loan for Knysna projects

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Socioeconomic development in the greater Knysna area was boosted at the end of last month when the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Knysna transitional local council (KTLC) signed a R22,7-million loan agreement. The loan is for the financing of the Knysna infrastructure... 

SA steel traders encouraged to add value

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African steel merchant sector is increasingly going to have to embrace value-adding activities if it hopes to remain a major part of the domestic steel environment, Macsteel co-chairperson Michael Hoffman says. Making a rare public statement at a steel seminar organised by Investec, and... 

Cordless tools offer no strings

By: System Author     30th April 1999 An innovative new system offered by Bosch, combining a cordless tool, a battery pack and a charger, guarantees outstanding performance and long life of components. The extensive range of Bosch cordless tools offers a cable-free solution for many applications, such as concrete and masonry... 

Electronic rotary hammer

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Industrial power-tool company Metabo Power Tools, of Johannesburg, a subsidiary of Metabo Germany – which has just purchased four stationary woodworking companies, making Metabo the largest woodworking-tool company in the world – has launched a new product in its cordless range in... 

New society to boost black engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A NATIONAL society of black engineers has been formed as a platform for black engineers, technicians, artisans and students in an effort to encourage them to join the engineering profession. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News, society president Cyril Gamede says that the idea behind... 

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