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Construction News

R53m apron extension work is progressing

28th June 2002 Construction company, WBHO, in a joint venture with empowerment companies, Rainbow Construction and Balemi Civils, has started work on the construction of a new apron at Johannesburg International Airport. 

Hydraulic excavator a first for Southern Africa

28th June 2002 The first Hitachi ZX 850 BEH hydraulic excavator in Southern Africa was recently purchased by Alpha Plant & Services, a plant hire company from Gauteng. 

Southern Africa being linked coast-to-coast

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The progression of the construction of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been commended by the National Roads Agency (NRA) chief executive Nazir Alli. 

R10m roads, earthworks subcontract completed

28th June 2002 Roads and earthworks construction company Protech Construction, based in Midrand, has recently completed a R10-million subcontract on the Bakwena Platinum Highway. 

Joint venture develops local human capital

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The Bakwena Platinum Highway Project has given rise to employment for previously-disadvantaged South Africans in the form of the involvement of at least 150 small-medium-and-micro enterprises (SMME) in the field of supply and subcontracting to the highway project. 

Big benefits from engineering collaboration

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The collaboration between two well-established participants in the design of the infrastructure of the Bakwena Platinum Highway has been crucial to the success of its construction, GMKS executive chairman Trueman Goba tells Engineering News on behalf of the Bakwena Engineering Joint Venture (BEJV). 

Financiers keen on public–private partnerships

By: candice haase     28th June 2002 The involvement of a number of banks in funding the Bakwena Platinum Highway project resulted in just over a billion rand in total underwriting. The toll road is the largest project financing in the South African market to date. 

Mozambique: cause for Afro-optimism

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th June 2002 The African continent, as well as the international donor community, are desperate for a success story to demonstrate the possibility of economic and political turnaround on a continent riddled with turmoil and poverty. 

New hope for SA construction

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th June 2002 The civil engineering and construction sector is poised for a buoyant future, as the government commits itself to increased infrastructure spending and the private sector implements large projects, particularly in the mining and minerals industry. 

Construction firm enters JV to build up SA's youth

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 The construction industry should be actively marketing itself and exposing the South African youth to the various careers available it offers if it hopes to attract the calibre of student it requires, maintains Neil Muller Construction MD Shaun Webber. 

Engineering council shifts to outcomes-based education

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is currently focusing its attention on shifting its system of accrediting engineering programmes, at the university and technikon level, to an outcomes basis. 

Training centre awarded government contract

21st June 2002 “Fluor Daniel training centre in Secunda was recently awarded its biggest ever contract from the Department of Labour. “This significant award is in support of the training centre’s successful programmes, track record and commitment to training,” says Fluor Daniel training... 

The greatest mining engineering feat

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st June 2002 The leaks persisted and then, as bolts started blowing off flanges, it was decided to abandon the pump station. 

Bids this month for engineering privatisation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 Following the call for expressions of interest in acquiring a stake in Eskom Enterprise-owned engineering firm Roshcon earlier this month, non-binding offers are to be submitted by June 28. 

New hope for South Africa's construction sector . . .

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st June 2002 The civil engineering and construction sector is poised for a buoyant future, as the government commits itself to increased infrastructure spending and the private sector implements large projects, particularly in the mining and minerals industry. 

Development plan for Cape naval base

21st June 2002 THE development of a vast tract of vacant land at Wingfield naval base in Goodwood, Western Cape, comes a step closer this month with the start of the public participation process. 

7-year programme strengthens technology-human resources link

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 By supporting research that provides real solutions to industry problems, the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) is hoping to build South Africa’s economy while developing human resources and improving the country’s competitiveness. 

Two-pronged assault on training neglect

By: marisa rodrigues     21st June 2002 South Africa’s training needs are two-fold, firstly, to upgrade the skills of staff at the lower levels and to bring them up through the ranks and, secondly, to educate medium- to upper-level management, believes Production Management Institute (PMI) of Southern Africa senior lecturer... 

Construction firm may face prosecution

20th June 2002 A construction company working on renovations at the Department of Labour's head office in Pretoria, Costa Zervas, may face possible prosecution, for allegedly ignoring two prohibition notices asking them to provide safety equipment for their workers. 

Engineering giant sees turnaround

19th June 2002 The Chief Executive of Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB said there were signs of a rebound in business in the first quarter and that the trend continued in the second quarter. 

Sustainable engineering to be crucial to SADC's development

14th June 2002 It is the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (SAICE) belief that the well-being of African commerce and trade is heavily reliant on the availability of well-developed and maintained infrastructure as provided by the built environment professions and industry to face the... 

African resins giant embarks on composites export drive

By: marisa rodrigues     14th June 2002 Returning to private ownership at the end of last year, the largest producer of unsaturated polyester resins in Africa, NCS Resins, is looking to focus its attention on growing the composites market in South Africa. 

Innovations to kick-start economic upturn

By: Karel Smrcka     14th June 2002 In the previous Developments column, published in the June 7 to 13 edition of Engineering News, we dealt with trends that appeared at several specialist trade fairs as part of Hanover Fair 2002. 

Register of contractors in 18 months

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th June 2002 South Africa will, within the next 18 months, have a national register of contractors which will help screen out ‘fly-by-nights’ which destabilise the construction industry. 

Composite plastics rising to Namibian zinc-mine challenge

By: marisa rodrigues     14th June 2002 Glass-reinforced plastics (GRP) are among the materials of choice used in the construction of a zinc-mine in Namibia because they are able to withstand the tough operational environment. 

SADC fails to exploit US trade opportunities

By: candice haase     14th June 2002 The contribution which the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has made in exports to the US through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for the year 2001 was substantially low, James Lennox, director of trade and investment at the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob)... 

R271m quay wall contract awarded

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The R271-million contract for the construction of the new quay wall at Durban harbour was awarded in February to a joint venture between Grinaker-LTA, Interbeton, a Dutch company and Bafokeng Civil Works, an emerging black empowerment firm. 

South African firm clinches $78-million Middle East super-port quay contract

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 Engineering and construction group, Murray and Roberts, was awarded a $78-million contract earlier this year for the construction of a quay wall for the new super port in Bahrain in the Middle East. 

Phase 2 of heavy-minerals terminal under way

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 The R55-million second phase of the Kusasa bulk terminal is currently under way at Richards Bay. 

Port project manager widens its net in Africa

By: marisa rodrigues     7th June 2002 Local company, Protekon, a subsidiary of the Transnet group, continues to be involved in the design, project management and construction of a number of projects on South Africa’s major ports. 

Innovations galore at industrial fair

By: Karel Smrcka     7th June 2002 Rarely have so many new technical products and processes or innovative services been launched at the world’s largest industrial fair than at Hanover Fair 2002, which took place in April, where some 6 926 exhibitors showcased their latest advances. 

Anderson Engineering

7th June 2002 Anderson Engineering specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of specialised processing equipment, mainly in stainless steel, for the food, chemical, dairy, pharmaceutical and other related industries. 

Airport conference facility

7th June 2002 Name of the project and location Conference centre facility, Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), South Africa. Project description The JIA requires the fit-out, operation and management of a conference centre at the new domestic terminal. Value Unstated. Duration Unstated. Description of... 

Ten SA manufacturers show the way in the export market

By: Deborah Spicer     7th June 2002 South Africa’s exports grew from R210-billion in 2000 to R251-billion last year in what should not be regarded as an exceptional year for exports but as part of a sustained pattern of export growth. 

New research-base plan for Marion Island

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2002 An environmental impact assessment and concept design for a new research base at Marion Island have been completed, and the project now awaits budget approval from Cabinet. 

IT solution to help cut Gauteng housing backlog

7th June 2002 The Gauteng government’s plans to reduce the housing backlog in the province through a multipronged housing strategy were boosted last month with the implementation of a R2-million housing waiting list management system. 

R1,3-bn Alexandra renewal project advances

7th June 2002 The R1,3-billion urban-renewal project aimed at upgrading living conditions and human development within Alexandra, in the north east of Johannesburg, Gauteng, on the banks of the Jukskei River is well underway. 

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