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South Africa keeping Indians out

By: System Author     19th February 1999 While countries such as the US and UK are recruiting skilled scientific, engineering and technical personnel from India, South Africa is preventing Indians in these professions from settling in this country, Engineering News can today report. “Indian experts are very willing to come to... 

Glyn Riley

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Full name: Glyn Edward Riley Position: CEO, NEI Africa Main activity of company: Diversified engineering group Date and place of birth: December 27, 1943, Newport, UK Education: Newport High School for Boys, 1961; University of Wales, B.Eng (Hons), 1965; University of Cape Town, MBA, 1976 First... 

SA brewer gets ticket to Ethiopia

By: System Author     19th February 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a brewery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by South African Breweries International (Sabi) is anticipated to begin by mid-year. However, it is unclear to what extent the growing conflict between Ethiopia and its northern neighbour, Eritrea, will have an impact on this. As it did in... 

Coega go-ahead expected ‘before election’

By: System Author     19th February 1999 AN announcement is expected that construction of the Coega or Nquru port and building contracts related to the industrial development zone (IDZ) will begin in the second half of the year, says University of Port Elizabeth economics lecturer Stephen Hosking. Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of... 

R50-million station project a boon

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE R50-million Katlehong station project is certainly living up to its promise of delivering real empowerment to emerging contractors and local workers. The project is being undertaken by Intersite Property Management Services on behalf of the SA Rail Commuter Corporation (Sarcc), while the... 

R1-billion services concession granted

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SOUTH Africa’s first concession for the provision of water and wastewater services has been granted. In the presence of Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister Valli Moosa, the borough of the Dolphin coast formally granted a 30-year concession to a consortium led by Saur... 

Web-user survey highlights importance of Internet as business tool

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE Internet is fast becoming a valuable business tool and, according to the South African Web-User Survey, it is estimated that 43% of Web users surveyed have already made a purchase on the Internet, and that 89% intend to so in the near future. In line with this trend, Billcad Holdings, a... 

Empowered firm hits the ground running

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A new black-empow- ered medium- sized engineering consultancy, Semane Consulting Engineers, has started with an impressive set of contracts under its belt. At present the company is providing civil engineering and environmental-management services for the Eastern District Council’s... 

Breakthrough aviation contract for company

By: System Author     12th February 1999 TOGETHER with its Norwegian partner, Navia Aviation, Grintek has been awarded a breakthrough contract for a Normarc 7000 instrument-landing system for the South African Air Force (SAAF). The multimillion-rand system to be installed at Waterkloof Air Force Base in April this year enables aircraft... 

Extension-project contract

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE engineering design and project management for Foskor’s R300 million Extension 8 project at Phalaborwa is being carried out by Engineering Management Services (EMS), a member of the Murray & Roberts group. Due to a number of reasons, it was decided to proceed with this state-of-the-art... 

Bargaining forum to be rebuilt

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE executive committee of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) reports that consensus has been reached between the trade unions and the GMBA, which are represented on the Gauteng Building Bargaining Council (GBBC), on the need for a drastic restructuring of the bargaining forum. In... 

Cancellation of State work a real concern

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Cancellation of government contracts is becoming a worrying threat to an already embattled construction sector, and flies in the face of stated government policy. Industry observers began publicly noting the trend last year, at the same time as they were raising concerns about the fact that... 

Mature handling of telescopics

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The telescopic handling equipment industry has matured into a sophisticated materials-handling industry from its fledgling roots of a few years ago, says SA French director Kim Cottle. He comments that the industry has been recognised as an essential part of materials-handling in the... 

Pneumatic conveying licensee

By: System Author     12th February 1999 LOCAL company Bateman Materials Handling has been appointed as licensee for Southern Africa by Cyclonaire to market its pneumatic conveying and materials-handling systems to the cement, minerals, food and other industries. The range of pneumatic conveying technologies is flexible and reliable and... 

‘Alarming increase’ in business failures

By: System Author     12th February 1999 LIQUIDATION statistics released by Statistics South Africa have revealed an alarming increase in the number of business failures in November last year, when 476 companies went into liquidation. This figure is 15% up on the previous high in June last year when 423 businesses ceased to trade. The... 

W Cape building sector collapses

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Government action on several fronts is now desperately needed if the Western Cape construction industry is to be saved from a totally crippling situation. This ‘brutal’ message emanates from Don McAlister and Mike Loy, respectively president and director of the Master Builders and... 

Prototype rail compressor is to be tested

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Sewer-network contract won for Midrand

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Local civil engineering contractor Sunduza Civils has been awarded a R540 000 contract to upgrade the existing sewer network of the Midrand central business district (CBD). The project will involve the construction and laying of a 1 km pipeline to carry sewage from Halfway House CBD to Vorna... 

Building begins at Muizenberg techno park

By: System Author     5th February 1999 CONSTRUCTION of the R2,5-million Innovation and Technology Centre at Capricorn Park in Muizenberg started this week. Charles Clarkson, of project manager Amaru Projects, tells Engineering News that SAG Construction of Elsies River has won the contract to construct the first phase of the complex,... 

PVC scrubber order filled

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A scrubber for chlorine and hydrochloric acid was supplied by Kya Sand, Johannesburg, company Polytech to the Amplats research centre in Primrose, Johannesburg. The scrubber is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and coated with fibreglass. It measures 5 m in height and 970 mm in diameter and was... 

New framework recognises former skills

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The new national qualifications framework (NQF) will form the building blocks for further training in a skills-bereft country by introducing a learning and certification system that can be used with all levels of skills. Metal and Engineering Industries Education and Training Board (MEIETB)... 

SA rail-freight services repositioned

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Rail operator Spoornet is in the process of repositioning its freight rail services to align them with the needs of the customer, GM strategic marketing Herman Evert tells Engineering News. He explains that this means that there will, in all probability, be no large infrastructure developments... 

Piling firm involved in Maputo building project

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE excavations, lateral support and piling for a new 26-storey office block in Maputo are being completed by Frankipile. The Centro Cimpor building contract called for a 12-m-deep excavation on the site of the last basement contract carried out in Maputo back in 1972. This project was also... 

Firms look for greener global pastures

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The stagnant construction industry in South Africa is forcing many civil engineering and construction companies to seek greener pastures across the border. “We are concerned about the future sustainability of the current workload and are therefore looking across the border for new... 

Light at end of the tunnel envisaged

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The civil engineering industry in South Africa is experiencing troublesome times, with high interest rates and cut-backs in government spending. “Although the industry is going through rough waters at the moment, I believe that we will experience an upturn during the latter part of the... 

New training accreditation for sector

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE Civil Engineering Industry Training Board (CEITB) plans to implement a new process of accreditation for providers of training in the industry in February. It became necessary to make certain changes to the existing process because of shortfalls in the process. New legislation also provides... 

Work continues despite industry decline

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Despite a decline in the building and construction industry, consulting engineering firm Ninham Shand is involved in various civil engineering projects, including the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) phase 1B, the Nkadimeng regional water-supply scheme in the Northern Province and two... 

Civil engineering experiences downturn

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The present economic situation and the transformation facing the civil engineering industry in South Africa are two of the hurdles which participants in this industry must overcome. “It is difficult to describe the exact state of the industry, since some of our members have huge work-loads... 

Public-private partnerships

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE Beitbridge-to-Bulawayo railway line in Zimbabwe and the Phakisa International raceway in Welkom are two public-private partnerships in which V3 Consulting Engineers has been involved. The concession for Zimbabwe’s first railway line to be financed through a build, operate and transfer... 

New conditions of contract to be put to test

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) has released test editions of four new conditions of contract. The first edition of these documents will be published for use during the first half of this year, says Fidic arbitrator Philip Loots. “The engineer’s role and... 

Machine tool stockist

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Having serviced the South African engineering industry for 25 years, Machine Tool Exchange, an offshoot of AD Machinery, stocks machine tools ranging from pedestal drilling machines to heavy engineering machinery, including vertical, horizontal and floor boring mills. All items stocked are... 

Coastal, port engineers to converge on SA

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Cape Town has been selected as the venue for what has been hailed as the most important international conference of coastal and port engineers this year. The fifth International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (Copedec) provides an international forum for... 

R200m construction contract at Moz smelter

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The Mozambique aluminium (Mozal) smelter, Orapa diamond-mine and the Phalaborwa underground mining project are some of the projects in which civil engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Gillis-Mason is involved in. “We are heavily involved in the Mozal smelter and are... 

Work advances on R900m shopping centre

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Construction of the R900-million shopping centre in the R1,5-billion regional Century City is on schedule, reports Murray & Roberts (Cape) operations director Mark Peters. The contract, which must be completed by September next year, was awarded to the construction company by property and leisure... 

Project spread for firm

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 IN spite of worsening economic conditions LTA Building (Western Cape) is involved in a number of multimillion-rand projects. Projects which LTA Building is working on include the R28-million Durbanville Hills Winery, which features a system of walkways, making it possible for visitors to follow... 

New HQ completed

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE high-pressure tight-deadline contract for the building of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) new high-profile headquarters at Johannesburg International Airport has been completed by Protekon Building Services in conjunction with other consultants. The work involved the alteration of... 

Building of R116m technocentre on track

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Contributing to the building of technology in South Africa, the Grinaker group is involved in the construction of properties for cellular service provider Vodacom and computer giant Microsoft. The Vodacom technocentre contract awarded to Grinaker in Bellville, Western Cape, is valued at... 

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