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Construction News

German skill strengthens SA firm

By: Zonika Botha     2nd November 2001 As the fifth-largest construction company in South Africa, Concor has been conducting its business in construction and mining-related industry across the country and neighbouring African states since 1948. 

Steel Studio

2nd November 2001 Steel Studio specialises in the manufacture of balustrading and associated products from stainless and mild steel, and claims to be one of the foremost designers, manufacturers and fitters of specialist stainless-steel production in South Africa. 

Firm in $120m Ethiopia contract

2nd November 2001 The building contract for a new $120-million pharmaceutical complex on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, has been awarded to WBHO, of South Africa, in joint venture with Midroc Construction, of Ethiopia. 

A letter from The D Warner

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd November 2001 I got a letter from a person who signs themselves ‘D Warner’. The letter is as follows: 

Bricks-and-mortar tribute to SA's new Constitution

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 Construction of South Africa’s new constitutional court is expected to be completed by August 2003. 

Bridge-collapse inquiry coming to a head

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 More than two years after the start of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998, proceedings are expected to conclude on November 30, says DoL presiding officer Larry Kloppenborg. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

SA could be emerging market of choice

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2001 Economist Michiel Bester of Econometrix believes that South Africa “has a lot to offer and we must change our attitude”. 

Labour calls for a ‘reconstruction bond’

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2001 The South African labour movement has reiterated its call for the creation of a reconstruction bond to help boost investment flows into public infrastructure. 

Membership of construction body drops sharply

By: Laura Franz     26th October 2001 Within a decade, the membership of the Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) South Africa has fallen from 250 member companies with 250 000 scheduled employees – those represented by bargaining councils – to a current 144 member companies with almost 10 000 employees, reported... 

Study on for new Mozambique dam

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2001 After being tormented by severe floods in the last two years, Mozambique is conducting a feasibility study into building the Moamba dam in the Moamba district, in the Maputo province, 70 km west of the country’s capital, Maputo. 

Malawi telecoms line up projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     26th October 2001 MALAWI – Malawi's sole fixed phone line operator, Malawi Telecommunications (MTL), has lined up a number of multimillion-dollar projects to be carried out this year and next year. 

F State's industrial-rejuvenation push

26th October 2001 Six weeks after the R25-million Thaba’Nchu assets were transferred into the ownership of the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) the first of 68 factories in Selosesha Industrial Park has been restored. 

Malawi seeks investor for hotel project

By: Marcel Chimwala     19th October 2001 Malawi is seeking an investor for a $6,14-million hotel-construction project at one of its tourism havens, Cape Maclear in the Southern lakeshore district of Mangochi. 

Steel jobs nearly half 1981 level

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th October 2001 The number of employees in the steel and engineering sector has dropped from 450 000 to 230 000 over the last 20 years, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Carl Grim said last week. 


12th October 2001 Rocla is primarily involved in the manufacture an supply of precast concrete pipes, culverts, manholes, poles and related infrastructural concrete products. 

Plan to build Malawi–Moz oil pipeline . . .

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi and Mozambique are pushing plans to construct an oil pipeline from the Mozambique Indian Ocean port of Nacala to Malawi. 

. . . $6m Malawi roads project

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi is preparing to carry out annual routine maintenance of its main roads and selected urban roads. 

'Fix terrorism once and for all'

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th October 2001 The disgraceful attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington have shocked the world into an altered state of mind. 

Power, heat and cooling from manure

By: Karel Smrcka     12th October 2001 Alternative energy sources currently enjoy good market prospects in Germany: from 1998 to 2000 alone, the number of biogas plants doubled to 1 200. 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

Frank Reid, Babcock Plant & Equipment 

12th October 2001 Frank Reid Babcock Plant & Equipment 

SA engineering poised for growth, says bank

By: Deborah Spicer     5th October 2001 The corporate division of BoE Merchant Bank is enthusiastic about the prospects of South Africa’s two leading construction companies. 

R55m defence logistics contract awarded

5th October 2001 Local logistical-support company Reutech Defence Logistics (RDL), of Woodmead, Gauteng, was awarded contracts, worth some R55-million, by Armscor this month to provide full logistical support to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

New software for virtual factory planning

By: Karel Smrcka     5th October 2001 At first glance, a factory consists of a chaotic array of cables, pipes and machinery. To facilitate an overview of these increasingly complex systems, planners visualise and optimise them in a virtual-reality environment. 

Boiler firm starts local manufacturing

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 East Rand-based Allmech earlier this year changed gears from acting only as an agent for electrode boilers, to manufacturing at the company’s facilities in Benoni, on the East Rand. 

Weir EnviroTech

5th October 2001 Weir EnviroTech manufactures pumps, valves and process equipment. The pump range includes slurry, clear water and petrochemical units. 

World Bank mulls SA's growth dilemma

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2001 A new World Bank publication entitled ‘Policies to Promote Growth and Employment in South Africa’ raises a plethora of policy challenges for government, and highlights key failings of the Growth Employment and Redistribution (Gear) programme. 

The impact of telecoms investment on Africa

By: Laura Franz     5th October 2001 More work needs to be done to understand the liberalisation and globalisation processes under way in the African telecommunications sector, and how best to realise the potential that this industry offers for economic development, stressed University of the Witwatersrand School of Economic and... 

EU backs skills conference

28th September 2001 A two-day conference gets under way next month to debate a new national strategy aimed at raising competence levels, qualifications and earning potential for thousands of skilled workers. 

SA smarting at loss of big steel contract

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Dorbyl Heavy Engineering is angry at the fact that ECL, a subsidiary of Pechiney, won the contract for the supply of steel superstructures for Mozal phase 2. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Engineers on the march

By: Philip Lloyd     28th September 2001 For years a common topic of conversation was “What were you doing when you heard Kennedy had been shot?” 

If engineers weren't apolitical

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th September 2001 One of the threats that a person, hell-bent of destruction, can carry out with relative ease to make a social point is the destruction or disruption of the power system of a country. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Top constructor's new international strategy

28th September 2001 Civil engineering, roads and earthworks and building are the core construction disciplines of one of South Africa’s largest construction companies WBHO which currently turns over R1,7-billion a year. 

Resource contracts fill gap

28th September 2001 A flurry of mining industry activity has enabled WBHO to secure R400-million worth of resource based work – and fill the gap left by building’s downturn. 

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