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Construction News

Roads division keeps growing

28th September 2001 The roads and earthworks division of one of South Africa’s largest construction companies has never stopped growing since its inception in 1983. 

Building institutions for development

28th September 2001 There is remarkable consensus emerging between the world’s leading development finance institution (DFI), the World Bank, and South African DFIs, about what is required to ensure development and poverty reduction. 

Lesotho power restructuring on track

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 South African company Southern African Development Through Electricity (SAD-Elec), mandated with bringing the Lesotho Electricity Corporation (LEC) up to standard before it is put up for sale after next July, is inviting bids for a contract to connect 800 households and small commercial and... 

Burgeoning two-year order book for construction firm

21st September 2001 The order book at leading construction and engineering group Aveng has swelled to a whopping R8,2-billion. 

R100m wildlife reserve under construction in Moz

21st September 2001 Work on the R100-million Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary, in the southern area of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique, is under way. 

SADC offering some construction hope

21st September 2001 Despite the stagnant state of Southern Africa’s economy, with many construction and related projects in the region having been delayed, significant opportunities in Southern African Development Community (SADC) do exist, maintains Concor CEO John Willmott. 

Tender invite for 800 Malawi houses

By: Marcel Chimwala     21st September 2001 The Malawi government is inviting tenders for the construction and maintenance of 800 teachers houses on ‘fast track’, using environment-friendly construction materials. 

SA firm wins from defence offset deals

21st September 2001 Local communications and defence electronics company Tellumat has won several multimillion-rand contracts for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) strategic package acquisitions. 

Industrial engineers in image shake-up

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 Many South African businesses are not aware of the contribution that industrial engineers can make to a company’s bottom line. 

International interest in Egyptian cement

20th September 2001 Greek cement group Titan is starting talks with French cement giant Lafarge about acquiring a 50% stake in Egypt’s Alexandria Cement, a company official said. 

Umhlanga bridge completed

14th September 2001 The 60-metre focal point of the Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, the Moreland Millennium Bridge, is an icon for future strategic developments for the entire Kwazulu Natal region North of Durban. 

Blantyre hotel development on cards

By: Marcel Chimwala     14th September 2001 MALAWI – Malawi is inviting tenders from civil engineering contractors which are registered or are eligible for registration in that country for preliminary site works as part of a $16-million five-star hotel construction project in the country’s commercial capital, Blantyre. 

A dog's life

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2001 The other day I was at a site meeting. There were many of us there, some new faces. We were appointed to do the main power supply of the building. 

Construction group breaking from its conglomerate past

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 The transformation of construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) from a virtual conglomerate into an entity with a unitary structure has started delivering important synergies which are set to enhance the group’s bottom line for a long time to come. 

'Struggle museum' to open in November

14th September 2001 An R80-million museum in Johannesburg, which will call to mind the trauma of South Africa’s Apartheid era, will open its doors to the public in November. 

Big Kwazulu–Gauteng water scheme on track

14th September 2001 The upgrade of the R199,7-million Tugela-Vaal government water scheme, in Kwazulu-Natal, which supplies water to Gauteng, is on track for completion next month, reports Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) resident engineer Harry Swart. 

Road engineers encouraged to use resources efficiently

14th September 2001 The local road engineering sector will have to expand its imagination to ensure the sustainability of road building in the future. 

Contractor licks chops at Nigeria prospects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 Construction and engineering giant Murray & Roberts (M&R) is eyeing multimillion-rand projects in the West African country of Nigeria, where the seaports are being privatised and substantial offshore oil and gas development is taking place. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

Troubled constructor in turnaround

13th September 2001 Mid-sized South African construction company Concor is in the throes of a far- reaching restructuring exercise in order to reposition the once troubled company for growth. 

Grim truth not grim at all

10th September 2001 The order book at leading construction and engineering group Aveng has swelled to a whopping R8,2-billion. 

Cross-border projects boost South African construction firm

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2001 A rebuilding strategy initiated last year is starting to reap results for construction company Group Five. 

Quality award for clay-brick maker

7th September 2001 The biggest independent clay-brick manufacturer in the Western Cape, Crammix Bricks, reports to be the first in South Africa to qualify for SABS ISO 9002 certification, a quality standard recognised in 70 countries. 

Smaller, faster, smarter micro systems

By: Karel Smrcka     7th September 2001 Micro System Technic is the buzzword for one of the key technologies of the 21st century, especially in automation. 

Local suppliers not overlooked – Salt management

7th September 2001 Project manager Kobus Meiring is confident that he and his team are maximising South African content in the $30-million Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) project. 

South Africa's development A capacity conundrum rather than capital crisis

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2001 The capacity conundrum The men managing South Africa’s infrastructure development dilemma says it is a capacity conundrum rather than a capital crisis. 

Foreign backers help drive N4 Platinum Corridor

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th September 2001 In a show of confidence in the way South Africa handles toll-road concessions, foreign financiers are putting up half of the R3-billion needed for the N4 Platinum highway project, being built for Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (BPCC) by a four-company consortium known as the Platinum... 

Tenders issued for Durban port berths

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 As part of the R1,34-billion Port of Durban Development 2005 project, National Ports Authority will be building five new deep-water berths to replace under-utilised shallow-water berths, reports port engineer Patrick Raw. 

Privatisation moves at State engineering group

3rd September 2001 The long-awaited restructuring and possible privatisation of maintenance and engineering group Rotek of Gauteng, appears to be moving ahead with the appointment of African Harvest Capital as transaction advisers for the deal. 

Transformation hits engineering sector

3rd September 2001 Transformation has finally reached the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) with the appointment of Sharoda Rapeti as vice-president of the council. 


31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

For the engineer's reference shelf

By: Karel Smrcka     31st August 2001 An electrical installations handbook is a classic reference designed to provide authoritative guidance for engineers and technicians who have responsibility for planning, designing, building and operating electrical installation systems. 

Jo'burg urban renewal moves forward

By: Laura Franz     31st August 2001 Evidence of the surgeon’s knife being taken to the inner city of Johannesburg in its bid to transform itself into a world-class city is becoming apparent to many who lay their eyes on it. 

Aussie losses will not hurt SA engineering group

30th August 2001 As expected, Aveng’s Australian subsidiary McConnell Dowell reported an operating loss of A$3,932-million for the six months ended June 30, 2001. 

Contracting firm still high on Dubai

29th August 2001 South Africa’s biggest contracting company, Murray & Roberts, has won $300-million-worth of construction work in Dubai, Engineering News Online can today report. 

Engineering giant reports record order book

27th August 2001 Global engineering firm Rolls-Royce’s interim results for the half-year ended June 30, 2001, revealed sales to be up 15% at  


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