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Construction News

Contracts awarded for Cape marina

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Construction of one of South Africa’s largest residential developments, valued at R1,3-billion, is well under way at Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. 

Tallest petrochem column

By: System Author     12th May 2000 A new steel column, which is reportedly the tallest in Southern Africa, was erected at Sasol’s Alpha Olefins plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, last month. 

R211m for new staduim

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Planned development of the R211-million, 35 000-seat stadium in Brakpan, on the East Rand, is on track with the project due to start in July or August. 

R4,2m bridge contract in progress

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Tribology, corrosion control & coatings 

Considerable developments under the RDP

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Reconstruction & development 

Delivery of houses set to increase

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Reconstruction & development 

Taking IT to the people

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Reconstruction & development 

Rapid Allweiler

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Factory 

R30m secured in foreign contracts

By: System Author     5th May 2000 In a move to expand its market base from South Africa into the rest of Africa and foreign markets, consulting engineering company Stewart Scott has secured contracts with a total value of R30-million during the past year. 

Germany extends more help to South Africa

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The development of the reunited city, Berlin, in Germany, may well be the South African engineering fraternity’s gateway to central Europe. 

Second franchise for booming business

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Hydraulic and pneumatics 

R150m German brewhouse for SA

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Construction of a R150-million brewery for the Eastern Cape by a German-South African joint venture is expected to start in the second half of the year. 

Twelve weigh-stations to beat overloaders on new N3 toll-road

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Overloaded trucks are adding R600-million a year to the backlog bill of maintenance and repairs of South African roads, which stands at R37-billion, but public–private partnerships could help solve the problem. 

Guide for settlements launched by Minister

By: System Author     28th April 2000 A workbook of information to assist professionals and policy makers in creating sustainable settlements in South Africa, known as the Red Book, was released this month in Pretoria. 

SA glass bridges off to Zimbabwe

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Three glass airport passenger-loading bridges left for Harare, Zimbabwe, this week to join the first bridge successfully transported to and installed at Harare airport earlier this month. 

Threats and opportunities of using private finance in infrastructure

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Southern Africa is cottoning on to the global trend of attracting private finance into infrastructure development. 

‘World in a water crisis’

By: System Author     28th April 2000 South Africa will not achieve water security in the twenty-first century without balancing the creation of physical infrastructure and efficient water management. 

Fibre optics now handle more info than all installed copper cable

By: System Author     28th April 2000 The 193-million kilometres of fibre optic cable installed around the world in the last 15 years can handle more information than all the billions of kilometres of copper cable installed over the last century. 

State studies ways to add value to its property assets

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Progress is being made on the disposal of five large properties currently owned by the State. 

SA firm’s swift shift from defence

By: System Author     21st April 2000 In what is probably one of the best examples of adjusting to markets, former South African defence equipment leader, Reunert, has swiftly moved its business from heavy military equipment to sophisticated electronics and low-voltage electrical engineering. 

Telescope construction to start next quarter

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Construction of the proposed R100-million Southern African large telescope, which will be able to record images as faint as a candle flame at the distant of the moon, at Sutherland in the Northern Cape is set to start in the third- quarter of this year. 

SA could supply 5% of world aluminium

By: System Author     21st April 2000 A feasibility study into a possible R2,5-billion expansion of Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is expected to be completed by November. 

SA infrastructure bank seeks S&P rating

By: System Author     21st April 2000 State-owned infrastructure bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, has invited ratings agency Standard & Poor to give it a credit assessment. 

PPPs: are they the Panacea for Public Paralysis?

By: System Author     21st April 2000 In his State of the Nation address on February 4, President Thabo Mbeki amplified what has been arguably the most significant shift in strategic thinking to have taken place within the ranks of the ruling party since its 

Saldanha upgrade starts next month

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Implementation of Portnet’s plan for a R400-million upgrade to the Port of Saldanha’s 23-year-old iron-ore export plant is due to begin by the end of May. 

Big QS shake-up

By: System Author     7th April 2000 South Africa’s quantity-surveying industry experienced a significant shake-up at the beginning of April, with three long-serving directors leaving one of the country’s largest firms, Farrow Laing Ntene, and setting themselves up in direct opposition. 

Holistic approach needed in dam-building

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Alternatives to dam-building need to be thoroughly canvassed before a dam is built, and dam-building should not automatically be a first reaction. 

On the ROAD to a national CRISIS

By: System Author     7th April 2000 South Africa’s road infrastructure can be categorised into maintainable, repairable and rebuildable, with many of its road seals at the limit of their useful life, requiring urgent rejuvenating or resealing. 

Bloem gets ready for private prison

By: System Author     7th April 2000 A concession contract was signed this month between the Ikwezi Consortium and the Department of Correctional Services for the establishment of a new prison in Bloemfontein. 

Pro Brick Equipment

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Factory 

Sports centre pilot project on track

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Sport and tourism development 

Advances in engineering design software

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Hitech Briefs 

R100m ‘struggle’ museum for Jhb

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The R100-million Freedom Park development – a museum commemorating freedom struggles worldwide, and the brainchild of Akani Egoli, will be completed next year in Johannesburg. 

Soweto in eco-house experiment

By: System Author     24th March 2000 A new trend towards energy-efficient housing construction is taking off in Soweto. 

Constructor grows out of shrinking SA

By: System Author     24th March 2000 South African construction company LTA’s expansion into a number of African countries and offshore is paying off – the company’s order book stands at R3,9-billion and it posted record results with earnings up by 42% in the past year. 

Prisons spawn electronic opportunities

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The South African government’s Department of Public Works to approve the use of local companies to install integrated electronic security systems in all new prisons has saved the SA taxpayer R30-million. 

Tight goals for auto industry

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Automotve industry 

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