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Construction News

R1,4bn Cape dam gets approval

9th May 2002 Cabinet has approved the construction of the long-awaited R1,4-billion Skuifraam dam on the Berg River, near Franschhoek in the Western Cape. 

R42m for Tembisa magistrates court

8th May 2002 The community of Tembisa on the East Rand is to receive a Magistrates Court, to the tune of R42-million, as part of the department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s commitment to improving service delivery. 

Injaka bridge inquiry coming to a head

6th May 2002 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998 will come to an end before the end of this month as a public hearing – the last step in a three year investigation – will start today. 

Peru postpones $61,4m highway

3rd May 2002 Peru postponed for the second time the bidding for a highway project that will require an estimated investment of $61,4-million until May 24, the country’s privatisation board COPRI said. 

Auto order breathes life into PE foundry

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 About R55-million will be spent on upgrading the Murray & Roberts foundries to meet the needs of the five-year R1-billion contract to supply castings for Ford’s new 1,3 l and 1,6 l RoCam engines. 

E Rand council seeks partnership with business

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd May 2002 Having merged nine towns and 11 administrations to form the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality on the East Rand in December 2000, the task of building relationships between the municipality and business was set in motion in April with a business meeting between the municipality and some of the... 

Cement producer reports 33% earnings rise

2nd May 2002 South African cement producer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), reported a 33% rise in operating profit to R247,5-million in the six months to March, despite stagnant domestic demand for cement and upheaval in Zimbabwe. 

Joburg to demolish four derelict buildings

30th April 2002 As part of the Johannesburg Inner City Regeneration and Rejuvenation Project, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council is targeting all old, potentially dangerous buildings in the city for demolition. So far, four derelict buildings in the inner city have been identified and are earmarked for... 

Building collapses have industry in shock

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2002 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering, the Association of Consulting Engineers, the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa), the Institute for Timber Construction and the Institute for Municipal Engineers are preparing to lobby for stricter compliance with building regulations. 

Insurance solution for construction sector

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2002 Recent events in South African construction – such as the partial roof collapse of the Brooklyn centre earlier this month in Pretoria, as well as a similar incident at Kollonade shopping centre late last year, and the cave-in of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998 – have prompted... 

Public Works spends its full R3,25bn budget

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th April 2002 Government departments are often criticised for not successfully dispensing of all the funds allocated to them in a given fiscal year. 

R53,3m for municipal development projects

26th April 2002 Mpumalanga has budgeted more than R35,3-million for development projects in Kungwini municipality near Bronkhorstspruit. 

Building collapses have industry in shock

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2002 The South African Institute of Civil Engineering, the Association of Consulting Engineers, the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa), the Institute for Timber Construction and the Institute for Municipal Engineers will lobby for stricter compliance with building regulations. 

Submersible pumps donated for Kenyan health project

26th April 2002 Johannesburg-based pump manufactuer Lowara has donated submersible pumps to the African Medical and Research Foundation, the main non-profit private health organisation in East Africa. 

State infrastructure to boost SA construction

24th April 2002 South Africa’s construction industry is expected to get a boost in the next three years from government plans to raise infrastructure spending, the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) said. 

Nanotech - innovation driver

By: Karel Smrcka     19th April 2002 Nanotechnology has left its ivory tower behind and is set to have a massive influence in altering future economic reality. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

Diamond-tools manufacturer shows sparkle

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th April 2002 The establishment of an independent company, focused on the manufacture of diamond-sawing and drilling tools and diamond-wire, within the Boart Longyear group last year, has paid off, with profits up some 400% over 2000, reports divisional manager Brian Clark. 

Four shorlisted for Cradle of Humankind

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2002 The contract for the design, construction and operation of the interpretation centre – an interactive museum – at the cradle of humankind world heritage site (COHWHS), will be signed in August, with work starting soon after, says Gauteng department of agriculture, conservation,... 

225 km rail rehab under way in Moz

By: Deborah Spicer     19th April 2002 A Grinaker-LTA/Harsco joint-venture team is on site in Mozambique erecting offices so that construction can begin on the flood-damaged rail line between Maputo and Macarretane, in the south of the country. 

Nacala investors' conference to table projects

19th April 2002 More than a hundred projects have been identified for potential investment under the Nacala Development Corridor, a spatial development initiative involving Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, reports the corridor projects manager Wilfred Ali. 

New home for antenna maker

16th April 2002 SATCOM antenna supplier Omnipless opened its new facility in Westlake Business Park in the Western Cape on April 10. 

Desmond Equipment SA

12th April 2002 Desmond Equipment SA is a South African original equipment manufacturer of the Dezzi brand of earthmoving equipment and industrial and agricultural transport equipment. 

Ship repair (port project)

12th April 2002 Name of the project and location Ship repair facility project, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Project description The scope of the project has not yet been finalised. It could be a dry-dock or just a ship repair facility, but is planned to cater for all vessel sizes mainly bigger... 

Remembering Spike Milligan (II)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th April 2002 WG: “Part two: Looking for diamonds Neddy is finding being in the desert somewhat arduous . . .” 

High-flying entrepreneur still investing hundreds of millions in South Africa

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A company which today supplies one in every five vehicle exhausts sold in the world had humble beginnings right here in South Africa – and this year it will plough another R330 million into its South African operations. 

Big solar plan for Northern Cape

12th April 2002 By 2005, South African power utility Eskom could be operating the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. 

Next phase unlikely for Highlands water project

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2002 Indications are becoming clear that the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) will not continue beyond phase one in the foreseeable future. 

Govt in 'state-of-construction' probe following collapes

9th April 2002 The Department of Public Works has commissioned a study into the state of the construction and building industry in light of a spate of building collapses, the latest being in Pretoria on Sunday. 

New body for built-environment profession launched

9th April 2002 A new body, the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), was launched in Pretoria yesterday, and has been created to enable the future growth and development of the built environment professions to meet the country’s infrastructure delivery challenges. 

Bids invited for new office block

5th April 2002 THE Cape Town International Convention Centre Company (Convenco) is inviting enquiries from financiers, developers or tenants to construct a proposed commercial block of 15 000 m2 to 20 000 m2 of bulk adjoining the convention centre. 

Cape convention centre sees bookings rise

5th April 2002 THE R500-million Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is taking shape so rapidly that bookings are being taken from July 1, next year – a month earlier than expected. 

Public Works moves to end 'roll-over rot'

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th April 2002 The national Department of Public Works, notorious over the last few years for its failure to spend funds allocated to it for capital projects, is making reasonable progress in this regard. 

Alstom South Arica

5th April 2002 Mark Wilson Alstom South Africa Leader of 4 000 

Study to seek ways of securing engineering jobs

5th April 2002 A tender for a study to facilitate the formulation of an integrated strategy for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry has been invited by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Sustainability is key to sanitation

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 The real issue at the moment when it comes to providing sanitation is sustainability, maintains Mvula Trust technical specialist Richard Holden. 

Strike threat hangs over engineering sector

3rd April 2002 If a meeting between the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the South African Engineering Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) on April 12 fails to provide a concrete solution to a dispute, more than 200 000 workers in the local engineering industry will down tools. 

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