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Construction News

R5-million 380-unit extension completed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The first 380 homes have been completed at the R5,28-million Olievenhoutbosch Extension 13, in Centurion, Gauteng, through the efforts of the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha) and emerging developer Ahanang Hardware & Construction. The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council... 

Building up for big international trade expos

By: System Author     9th July 1999 In one of her first public functions as the new Minister of Public Works, Stella Sigcau will officially open the Afribuild and Afriwater trade exhibitions in August. Afribuild is the international trade exhibition focused on the building, construction and infrastructure sectors, while Afriwater... 

US$550m hydroelectric project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A US$550-million project to construct a 1 140 MW hydropower plant on the Pelotas river in southern Brazil, is progressing according to schedule, with diversion of the river planned for October this year. This will be followed by the filling of the reservoir in January 2002 and construction of the... 

Fibre optics and ultrasonic concrete testers

By: System Author     9th July 1999 French fibre optic control systems monitor construction and building sites to provide real-time location of all structural defects, with an accuracy of 100  

Cement contract in place

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The contract to supply all the cement needed for the construction of the R1,4-billion Gateway Centre project at Umhlanga, Kwazulu-Natal, has been secured by NPC Eagle Cement. New commercial manager Gerry Stott reports that this translates into supplying a total of a million bags of cement.... 

New shopping mall for Vereeniging

By: System Author     9th July 1999 GAUTENG will soon witness the establishment of a 160 ha mixed-use development along the Vaal river in Vereeniging. Known as the Riverwalk Metroplex, it will be a fully-integrated and multifaceted node encompassing a shopping, business and family entertainment centre. The first phase is the... 

Capacity-building to improve service delivery

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A CAPACITY-building programme for local government in Mpumalanga and the Northern Province has been launched. The purpose of the programme is to improve service delivery to poor communities through the enhancement of skills, planning, organisation, resources and service delivery. The objective of... 

Thabo to support spatial-development initiatives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 More emphasis is expected to be given to spatial-development initiatives (SDIs) and industrial development zones (IDZs) by government under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki. In his speech to parliament late last month, Mbeki stated that major investment projects were underpinned by the... 

Inner-city decay to be combated

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Germiston, in Gauteng, is becoming the focus of national attention for its efforts to combat inner-city decay through social housing developments that give lower-income groups a stake in the upliftment of areas close to work opportunities and city infrastructure. A 437-unit apartment complex has... 

Low-cost should not imply urban sprawl

By: System Author     9th July 1999 There will be a move away from low-cost housing development in and around historically ‘black’ township areas, with developers attempting to secure land better suited for such projects, says Urban Dynamics MD and town planner Rocco de Kock. “Over the past four years a trend has... 

SA companies fail to compute A&C benefits

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Can you provide us with a succinct definition of A&C? Automation is an enabling technology. Computerisation refers to the computer hardware and software infrastructure required to automate a process or manufacturing operation. Control of the manufacture of a product through its successive stages... 

R135m internet boost

By: System Author     9th July 1999 SOFTWARE company Internet Solution (IS) is establishing South Africa’s premier e-commerce network. IS Infrastructure has secured the first full 45 Mb/s international Internet circuit in the country for delivery this month. According to Dimension Data executive director Alon Apteker the move... 

Electricity sector prepares for transformation

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The restructuring of the Johannesburgs electricity distribution system and subsequent application by Pretoria West to take on private sector partners is proof of the urgency with which electricity distribution throughout South Africa needs to be revamped. Speaking at an informal lunch with... 

Deal set to revolutionise low-cost housing plans

By: System Author     9th July 1999 deal between one of South Africa’s largest financial institutions and homeloan-guarantee provider National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha), of Doornfontein, Gauteng, set to be struck by the end of the year, will revolutionise low-cost housing delivery to the South African... 

Contract and the Heathrow tunnel collapse

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Several institutions, including the London Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the South African NEC Users Group and Eskom, have come out in support of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) following articles in the Engineering News and other local and international journals regarding the... 

Spotlight on improved drilling methods

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the application of technology in the field of drilling. The reason for the surge of activity in this direction has been the drop in crude-oil prices and corresponding profit reduction. As a result, companies have actively sought new and more... 

Computer model used

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Developments in the field of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided modelling show remarkable results in the development of the structural design of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, reports Lillicrap Crutchfield design engineer Con Strydom. The consulting civil and structural engineering... 

R2,5m electronic management contract

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Johannesburg company Intertech Systems and its implementation partner, ISIS Information Systems, have been awarded a R2,5-million Mozal contract for the supply of an operational electronic document management system (EDMS) for the new aluminium smelter in Mozambique. “Integraph’s... 

New work in the pipeline from upgrade

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An R80-million up-grade by Hall Longmore has enabled the company to tender on critical projects such as a 12-km gas pipeline for Mossgas, which it had been unable to do previously, MD Alf Non 

Top zoo in R30-million metamorphosis

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The 100-year-old National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, or Pretoria Zoo, is undergoing a metamorphosis as part of a master-plan for the development of the zoo over the next 30 years. The master-plan includes the refurbishment of about 90% of the 80 ha facility, which is considered one of... 

Good chrome-chem output from new plant

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The R700-million sodium dichromate and chromic acid manufacturing plant, a joint-venture project between Bayer and Dow-Sentrachem, located in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal, is operating satisfactorily at about 70% of capacity. The plant, on which construction began in 1997, was officially opened in... 

Design on R1bn casino was no gamble

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The engineers and construction workers toiling on the R1-billion Caesars Gauteng hotel, casino and convention resort are described by US architect and designer Paul Steelman as “some of the best I have ever worked with”. The complex, which is being constructed on the site of the... 

Gas from new fields to flow by April 2000

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Mossgas project to bring the EM and associated gasfields into production is progressing well, with construction activities taking place in South Africa as well as abroad. Gas from the new fields is due to reach the onshore plant in April 2000. In the meantime, provisional test results on the... 

One of SA’s largest single structures

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Towering 114 m above sea level and extending 105 m below, the FA production platform is one of the largest single structures ever constructed in South Africa. Supporting it all is a steel-lattice structure or ‘jacket’, itself 124-m-high and weighing nearly 14 500 t. The jacket is... 

Project garners ’99 best urban-design award

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng architectural firm and urban designer Osmond Lange Architects & Planners has won the 1999 award for best urban design for the ‘new urba nism’ concept of Melrose Arch, MD John Dovey tells Engineering News. The R3-billion project, which is still in its first phase, is situated... 

Coega enviro permits are to get green light

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although no environmental permits have yet been granted for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), various studies are being undertaken to deal with the numerous permits that will be required for the many activities, such as rezoning of land, construction of sewage works, building of new... 

Five-year outsourced fleet transport contract signed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 TRANSPORT company PPC Transport has concluded an agreement with Corobrick to take over its existing motor transport fleet. The division traditionally serviced its sister company PPC in the transportation of cement goods, but plans to diversify half of its business. PPC Transport will move... 

Big contract for fledgeling firm

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Fledgeling Gauteng architectural firm Paragon is making inroads into the South African building-design market after being contracted to design one of the first buildings to be established at the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, reports architect Henning Rasmuss. The company, which was... 

R5-million electrical contract awarded

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Innovative R65m funding scheme

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Towards third-generation mobile phones

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 NINE global leaders in wireless communications have announced the formation of a new focus group to promote an Internet protocol (IP)-based wireless system for third-generation mobile communications technology. The group, called 3G.IP, consists of BT, AT&T Wireless Services, Rogers Cantel,... 

Bulk services quantified

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng quantity surveyor SBDS has been contracted by Mine Pension Fund Properties for the ‘super basement’ of the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, including infrastructural bulk services and the urban fabric for phase one of the project. However, the company’s involvement... 

Demolition paves way for project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Demolition of the more than 60 low-density houses to make way for the R3-billion Melrose Arch project has been completed by Gauteng firm DOD Contractors. The company made use of a labour-enhanced demolition method, which included subcontracting to entrepreneurs from Alexandra township to strip... 

R600m phase one on schedule for Nov 2000

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Construction of the R600-million first phase of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is on schedule, with completion expected by November 2000, reports Mine Pension Fund Properties CE Jan Groenewald. Comprising the Melrose North triangular island between the M1 and Atholl Oaklands road, just south... 

A merry band of architects

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘designed space’ concept of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is once more drawing attention to street fa 

Sensible mixed-use approach adopted

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘new urbanism’ concept incorporated in the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, which controls building design through guidelines and combines all aspects of urban life, could be applied to complement existing parts of Johannesburg by optimising the favourable qualities of the... 

Strong signal for top security at project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Security for South Africa’s first development designed to offer residential, retail, office, medical and recreational areas within the confines of a high-security perimeter, Melrose Arch, is being supplied by Gauteng firm Signal Security. The company, which has been operating in the area... 

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