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Construction News

Construction sector in ‘survival mode’

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Confidence in South Africa’s construction industry has dropped to levels last seen at the start of the decade when the sector was in the throes of its worst recession in recorded history. The index is now on average 40% lower than during any quarter in 1997. South African Federation of... 

R350m convention centre on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The construction programme for the development of what is believed to be South Africa’s largest conference facility, the R350-million Sandton convention centre, is running on schedule. A R200-million building contract for the construction of the new facility for Tsogo Sun was awarded by... 

Health and hygiene awareness a priority

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Providing health and hygiene awareness is the first priority of the National Sanitation Co-ordination Office (Nasco), with the actual construction of infrastructure a secondary consideration, technical co-ordinator Piers Vickers tells Engineering News. Nasco was established as an interministerial... 

Batch-treatment is revived in South Africa

By: System Author     9th April 1999 By offering the turnkey design, manufacture, construction, commissioning and operation of sewage and effluent-treatment plants, Prentec, of Gauteng, can offer its clients at least a 30% reduction in price, MD John Buchanan tells Engineering News. He adds that the company is the only one of its... 

R25m motor dealership for Roodepoort

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R25-million Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Colt franchise dealership in Roodepoort is at an advanced stage. The dealership, which is set to become the hub of the vehicle sales and spares industry in the city, will occupy more than 3 000 m2 of space and will incorporate new and used... 

Jhb airport terminal cladding on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Upgrading and cladding of the north fa 

African concrete supply contracts secured

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONCRETE products supplier Grinaker Duraset has secured two contracts north of South Africa’s border. In Tanzania the company has completed a contract for the supply of 7 500 m2 of its industrial paving product Stelcon Raft to Protecon for the construction of Trans Africa’s new... 

Academy maintains 100% success rate

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa ranked a lowly seventh on the list of most competitive African countries, stated Anglo American Industrial Corporation chairperson Leslie Boyd at the graduation ceremony of the African Academy for Cadd Training last month. He pointed out that only with the invaluable input of... 

20-year sludge-processing contract for Pta

By: System Author     9th April 1999 In line with government’s intention to finance capital projects through the private sector using build, operate, transfer/build and operate, own, transfer (Bot/Boot) techniques, the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) is in the process of finalising enquiries for a 20-year Boot... 

South Africa builds its own ‘IFC’ unit

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa is in the throes of developing its own International Finance Corporation (IFC)-styled lending institution to provide support for private-sector provision of infrastructure. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), of Midrand, set up its Private Sector Investments Unit (PSIU)... 

New anti-pollution biocatalyst tested

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South African researchers are working on an innovative concept aimed at naturally purifying the widespread pollution in the country’s rivers. A research project financed by the Water Research Commission (WRC) has revealed that some of the biological aids already used to purify polluted... 

R180-million Lubombo road 30% complete

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The new R180-million road that forms the core of the Lubombo spatial development initiative (SDI) is 30% complete in terms of the work done and 16% in terms of the road opened to traffic. The 156-km-long road, which will give easy access to the formerly remote Maputoland beaches and hinterland... 

Sports trust calls for uplifting proposals

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The Sports Trust is gearing up for its yearly receipt of proposals for community-based sports projects, which play a vital role in the upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities through the promotion of their sporting and cultural lives. Sports Trust technical consultant Eugene van Vuuren... 

UK auto component plant for local firm

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE construction of a new production facility in the UK for South African automotive component manufacturer Bosal is due to be completed before the end of April. This follows other group expansions completed during 1998 in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, with new plants opened... 

Athletes’ village reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sport infrastructure development in preparation for the seventh All Africa Games (AAG) to be held in Johannesburg in September is on track, with 300 units of the athletes’ village, to be known as the Village of the Stars, completed last month, reports games services GM Imtiaz Abdullah. The... 

Engineering company is in pole position

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 International engineering firm Arup is building its reputation as a world-renowned engineer of sport and tourism facilities in South Africa with its involvement in a number of infrastructure-improvement projects around the country. One of the company’s greatest feats has been the completion... 

Casino resort on track

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Construction of Carnival City, Sun International’s new casino resort in Brakpan, Gauteng, is on schedule for completion in August this year, Engineering News can today report. The construction contract for the main elements of this development is being undertaken by Rainbow Construction in... 

Campaign to minimise building waste

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 TEN waste-disposal and recycling sites are being established by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) in the UK to demonstrate how 50-million tons of waste produced by builders each year can be minimised. In a determined campaign to show how environmental and... 

Miniature ball-rail system

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The expansion of Rexroth Star’s miniature ball-rail system, the latest offering in a proved product range, enables Tectra Automation to provide a solution for virtually every linear motion application. As part of an already extensive range of Star profiled rail linear motion systems, the... 

Future home for stock exchange on the rise

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Work is under way on the new home of the Johannes-burg Stock Exchange (JSE) located on the corner of Maude street and Gwen lane in the heart of Sandton, north of Johannesburg. The building will house a new merged entity, comprising the JSE, the South African Futures Exchange and the Bond Exchange... 

R17-million housing project for the Eastern Cape province

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A TOTAL of 1 000 families will have their own homes by the end of this year, when the R17-million affordable-housing project in Komga, in the Eastern Cape, is completed. To date, a total of 36 people have been employed to undertake civil engineering work and 149 to undertake building work.... 

Tourism development areas identified by study

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The development of tourism infrastructure to support and stimulate tourism development and economic growth in South Africa may be on the cards following the completion of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s infrastructure review in support of tourism development, reports... 

Tourism could be SA’s leading employer

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Tourism has proved to be the easiest, most efficient way worldwide of increasing employment and stimulating economic growth. With the right infrastructure, the South African tourism industry could become the country’s leading employer, reports Tourism Johannesburg executive director Keith... 

R332-million ‘shoppertainment’ project opens

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Joining the worldwide trend towards ‘shoppertainment’, the R332-million Lakeside Mall, due to open this month, combines the assets of large retail outlets with a variety of leisure activities. The 56 000 m2 retail and entertainment centre, on the southern banks of the Civic Lake in... 

Bridge to ‘Newtown’ and new city

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 OVER the next 18 months, the Johannesburg council hopes to make progress on the creation of two new access points into Newtown on the western side of the city in one of its first real attempts to begin reviving the central business district. The precinct, together with Ellis Park on the eastern... 

R39-million Mozal steelwork contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R39-million contract for the supply of steelwork for the pot-room superstructures for the US$1,8-billion Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo has been awarded to Dorbyl Engineering’s (DHE) Vereeniging works. Construction of the smelter got off the ground in the latter half of last year, with... 

Critical period for SA gas sector at hand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The first six months of this year are going to be a critical period in determining whether South Africa’s largely underdeveloped gas industry realises its long-held potential to develop and thrive. This is the view of Fluor Daniel business manager energy and chemicals, Philip Morkel, who... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

Leading engineer at conference

By: System Author     26th March 1999 You might not expect an engineer to know much about business, but it is this profession that is generating some of the most fascinating new theories about the way business is structured and managed. And the engineer regarded as the world’s leading thinker in systems design for business,... 

R146m Botswana water contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 BOTSWANA’s department of water affairs has awarded a R146-million contract to the Grinaker Whyle/WBHO joint venture. The project involves the upgrading of the water supply, distribution network and sanitation system in and around Tlokweng village, situated outside Gaborone in Botswana. The... 

Tender pricing ebb evidence of downturn

By: System Author     26th March 1999 EVIDENCE that the local building industry is in crisis can be found in the fact that tender pricing is at 15% to 20% below expectations. This is the word from specialist construction management company ASA Construction Services MD Simon Harwood, who reports that building contractors and... 

R100m sports club hotel reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The R100-million project to build a luxury hotel on the grounds of the Wanderers sports club in Johannesburg, has scored smooth runs in construction, bringing it to 50% completion. The hotel is being developed, and will be owned, by Atholl Developments, which comprises the UK company Morrison... 

Dewatering filter-press installation for steel giant

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Design engineering company Delkor Technik, of Gauteng, has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract for the construction of a filter-press installation to dewater scrubber dusts generated by the wet-scrubbing of the off-gases from the blast furnace at Iscor Vanderbijlpark Works. The filter press... 

UK product enables filtration upgrade for higher performance and efficiency

By: Archivist     26th March 1999 Filtration specialist Filpro has introduced Repak replaceable pleat-pack elements manufactured by UK company PTI Techno-logies, which enable upgrading of existing applications to a higher filtration performance and efficiency, hydraulic, lube and air product manager Frans van der Merwe tells... 

R13-million construction contracts awarded

By: System Author     26th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION company Concor Building has secured two contracts worth R13-million from City Lodge Hotels for the construction of new road lodges. The project will involve the construction of lodges in Randburg and Rivonia within a record time of six months. Each road lodge has 92 rooms and... 

West coast resorts

By: System Author     26th March 1999 GAUTENG company Loots International has been appointed by the West Coast Investment Initiative to prepare all documentation for two proposed public–private partnership developments on the West coast. The first, Langebaan Lodge, will be a resort-type development including a hotel,... 

R18-million office park

By: System Author     26th March 1999 CAPE TOWN company Murray & Roberts Properites has formed a joint venture with Rabie Property Developers and Cavcor to construct an R18-million office park at Prosperity Park in Milnerton, Cape Town. The development follows the sale of a 31 136 m2 portion of the original 62 847 m2 Prosperity Park... 

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