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Construction News

R50m heavy-mineral port terminal

By: Laura Franz     1st June 2001 Construction of a R50-million bulk export terminal in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, to be used by Iscor Heavy Minerals (IHM) for the export of its Hillendale mine and Empangeni processing plant output, is on target for completion by August, reports design engineering and project management firm... 

Growth envisaged for South African readymix sector

1st June 2001 The South African Readymix Association (Sarma) envisages to grow the readymix component of the cementitious materials industry to 25% by the year 2005, and to represent 80% of all producers. 

Firm wins contracts in East, Europe

1st June 2001 South African refinements to dry-shake concrete floor hardening techniques have resulted in Samson Construction Products of the East Rand winning concrete floor treatment contracts in China, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Venezuela, Columbia and Eastern Europe. 

Firm restructuring streamlines efficiency

1st June 2001 Cape firm Neil Muller Construction, nationwide specialists in design and construction are leading and managing projects requiring specialist building and concrete knowledge. 

Cape brick industry improves 10%

1st June 2001 Turnover in the Western Cape brick and block industry improved by 10% to 15% in the year 2000 – and will see a further similar improvement in 2001. 

Concrete helps saves fynbos

By: Mmathapelo Mokoena     1st June 2001 Interlocking concrete blocks manufactured by Concor Technicrete's Armorflex, marketed by Brick King, have proved successful on two Cape strip road projects. 

Concrete-mixing system has rock solid market

1st June 2001 International original-equipment manufacturer Liebherr has been supplying its successful Betomix series of modular-element concrete mixing plant systems for quite a number of years. 

A lack of projects concerns the local concrete sector

1st June 2001 There is as yet no indication that the provinces will be spending significantly more on roads this year, and it seems that the civil engineering projects on road development and maintenance are not going to be significantly better than last year. 

First manual on concrete retaining-block walls

1st June 2001 The first technical manual on the design of reinforced concrete retaining-block (CRB) walls for South African conditions has been produced by the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA). 

Detailed planning and team work builds new clinic wing

1st June 2001 The construction of a hospital radiation wing requires detailed planning, effective construction practices and concrete solutions. 

Opportunities abound for private sector

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Top toll roads 

Science centre in Cape complex

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A science centre has been opened at Canal Walk, in Cape Town’s Century City. 

Spier Estate, Western Cape

By: System Author     1st December 2000 The Village at Spier, a village-style hotel, opened on November 1 and plans are already under way for the next major project, the construction of a Ritz Carlton hotel 

Office block, Western Cape

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A new high-tech office block is to be built on the north bank of Canal Walk at Century City 

SA-Oz ‘build’ construction links

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A co-operative agreement has been entered into by Building Industries Federation South Africa and the Master Builders of Australia to develop trade links between the building and construction industries in both countries. 

Bloem prison a first for the State

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top prison projects 

Financiers playing a vital role in PPPs

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top prison projects 

Programme tackles infrastructure backlog

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top prison projects 

R1,7bn prison under construction

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top prison projects 

Collective responsibility is tripe

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Spells it Out 

Cement leader is united behind undefeatable spirit of Kambuku

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Barloworld 

Textile concrete is popular in SA, abroad

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South African material is believed to be wowing international construction markets, with the product having been exported to the US, Europe and Australia to date. 

SA platinum group begins drilling Canada

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South Africa’s second-largest platinum producer, Implats, begins drilling a platinum-group metals prospect in Canada this month as it explores ways to diversify the geographic mix of its production portfolio. 

ScienCentre, Western Cape

By: System Author     17th November 2000 MTN and other sponsors are intending to establish a network of science centres around the country 

Metro Mall, Gauteng

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tenders closed on November 16 for prequalification as main contractor the bulk earthworks and piling contract for the construction of the Metro Mall. 

Medical clinic, Western Cape

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tenders are invited for the construction of a medical clinic. 

Engineering transformation to be debated

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The transformation challenges facing the engineering profession will be the topic of discussion at a workshop to be presented by the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, and the Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists. 

Office development, W Cape

By: System Author     10th November 2000 A new office development is to be built in Diep River. 

Engineers’ showcase in North West

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 At an engineering exhibition hosted by Bolt & Engineering Distributors in the North West Province, Premier Popo Molefe reported that construction on the Trans-Kalahari highway, which will link the bay in Maputo with Walvis Bay, Namibia, is due to begin in January. 

Road construction, Namibia

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Contractors are invited to pre-qualify for the construction of climbing lanes and other improvements between Windhoek and Aris. 

New equipment market emerging

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 With an ever-brightening future for the oil and gas production sector in Southern Africa, resulting from significant discoveries in and off Mozambique, Namibia and, potentially, South Africa, markets are emerging for specialist equipment hardly needed in the region before, and consequently not... 

Hydropower mining proving its worth

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hydropower mining, initially believed to be suitable only for deep-level mining, is proving to be useful in shallow mines. 

Is South Africa ‘set’ for science, engineering and tech challenge?

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 At the beginning of the twenty-first century, which has been anticipated throughout the last 50 years to be a technological watershed for humankind, the question of whether South Africa is, in fact, prepared for a science, engineering and technological future remains largely unanswered. 

Cape Town precinct development approved

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The Cape Town city council has given the go-ahead for the development of the Claremont civic precinct. 

SA ‘would not cope with growth’ due to skills shortage

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The shortage of matriculants and graduates in built-environment disciplines could place the South African building industry in a precarious position in the near future, as it would lack skilled construction management personnel. 

Flood-relief scheme for agro-industry, tourism sector

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The response of the tourism and agro-industries communities to the Industrial Development Corporation’s R300-million flood relief scheme has been disappointing and, as a result, the cut-off date may be extended beyond December. 

Recipes for success

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

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