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Construction News

R23m church plan for Pimville

By: System Author     17th March 2000 After 17 years of having no permanent place of worship, the enterprising Grace Bible Church, of Soweto, is planning the construction of a R23-million church complex in Pimville, Soweto. 

National parks going on PPP safari

By: System Author     17th March 2000 A task team will report by mid-year on strategies for cost rationalisation, economic empowerment and the outsour-cing of non-core activities for South Africa’s 19 national parks. 

Airport upgrade is taking off

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Namibia’s Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication has invited tenders for the upgrading, rehabilitation and extension of the existing runway, a new taxiway and appurtenant works at Walvis Bay Airport. 

R50m mall upgrade

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The Somerset Mall – owned by AECI Pension Fund – in Western Cape, is getting a R50-million face-lift and extension. 

Work starts on Cape waterfront project

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The group of companies under Grinaker have pulled together for two contracts awarded for projects at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. 

21 000 to benefit from water scheme

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Contracts for the construction of the R28-million Ndaleni water supply scheme are to be awarded at the end of this month. 

Spotlight on the engineering profession

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Spells it Out 

Dry-dock delayed again

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 The calling for proposals for the R1,2-billion dry-dock development at the port of Richards Bay has been delayed until Portnet settles a number of issues with Rowdock. 

On the long road to recovery

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Civil engineering and construction 

R360-million convention centre a challenging task

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Civil engineering and construction 

Refocus for road-surfacing company

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Civil engineering and construction 

SA’s gig-rig a hit

By: System Author     25th February 2000 In a significant engineering feat, South African engineers have put together one of the world’s most sophisticated mobile entertainment units, on a comparatively low budget and in record time. 

Mechatronics – a new buzzword

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Little-known at present, ‘mechatronics’ is a term and a discipline that is destined to become prominent. 

Concrete signs of growth

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Hefty construction projects announced this year to date might be the first concrete proof that the South African economy is truly set to grow in 2000. 

Initiatives to boost construction under way

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Civil engineering and construction 

Building industry raring to go

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Civil engineering and construction 

Maputo corridor: 2/3rds to go

By: System Author     25th February 2000 A third of the estimated R36-billion-worth of commitments made to various infrastructure and investment projects within the Maputo development corridor by the private sector has already been spent, and the remaining two-thirds is in progress. 

Prison window of opportunity

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Canadians arrived from Quebec this month with a jail window that prisoners are unable to saw through even if they try continuously for three weeks, changing the blade every four minutes. 

JHB gets largest roller-coaster in S Hemisphere

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City will have an R850-million new face in March on completion of an upgrade to the existing entertainment complex and the construction of a new casino. 

Multibillion shoppertainment complex gets kick-start

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Property developer Old Mutual Properties forges ahead with critical planning for the R5-billion first phase of South Africa’s largest planned shopping and family entertainment complex, Zonk’Izizwe, in Midrand. 

Now it’s the CPPP programme

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Slow but steady progress is being made to develop the rural economy through the community public-private partnership programme. 

Regulator pleased with progress of the electrification process

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Electrification 

Colombia offers opportunities

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Colombia’s ambassador to Pretoria is urging his government to invite South African companies to tender for infrastructural projects in that country. 

Seismic monitors in dam wall

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Despite delays brought on by heavy rain, the R130-million Paris dam, situated on the Bivane river near Vryheid in Kwazulu-Natal, is on schedule for completion in April. 

Southern Africa leads in ‘Cape to Cairo’ rail dream

By: System Author     4th February 2000 A score of topographical, monetary and political constraints still render Cecil John Rhodes’s dream to link the African continent from ‘Cape to Cairo’ by rail just a dream for the foreseeable future. 

Sandton head office for bank progresses

By: System Author     4th February 2000 The new head office complex in Sandton, Johannesburg, for the Nedcor banking group, is on target for completion by November this year. 

Huberta: bigger than her legend

By: System Author     4th February 2000 A massive replica of Huberta, the legendary hippopotamus who, in the 1930s, made her way from Richards Bay to King William’s Town, is set to be built in Richards Bay. 

Cape Town waterfront just keeps on growing

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Office and residential developments at Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront are continuing apace. 

40% shortfall in roads budget

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail & airport infrastructure 

Govt derails road finance

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

The road to recovery

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road. rail and airport infrastructure 

The digital factory

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Start-up times of South Africa’s new industrial ventures can be compressed from months to days using the latest virtual reality (VR) and concurrent engineering technologies tailor-made for the African century. 

SA moves to plug SADC loopholes

By: System Author     28th January 2000 The Southern African Development Community free trade area negotiations have been upgraded to director-general and principal secretary level in an effort to overcome the current impasse in discussions. 

SA in need of aero engineers

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Aerospace 

Long-awaited start for R1,5bn project

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Next month the long-awaited construction will begin on the R1,5-billion brownfields expansion of Indian Ocean Fertilizer (IOF) in Richards Bay. 

The sky is alive with moving metal

By: System Author     21st January 2000 While it can’t exactly be described as a forest of cranes, the skyline above Jo’burg’s other CBD, Sandton, is most definitely alive with moving metal. 

Stand by for the world’s first rooftop drive-in cinema this year

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The R700-million construction and rejuvenation of the Menlyn Park shopping centre is on schedule and should be completed by October this year. 

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