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Construction News

Design on R1bn casino was no gamble

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The engineers and construction workers toiling on the R1-billion Caesars Gauteng hotel, casino and convention resort are described by US architect and designer Paul Steelman as “some of the best I have ever worked with”. The complex, which is being constructed on the site of the... 

Gas from new fields to flow by April 2000

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Mossgas project to bring the EM and associated gasfields into production is progressing well, with construction activities taking place in South Africa as well as abroad. Gas from the new fields is due to reach the onshore plant in April 2000. In the meantime, provisional test results on the... 

One of SA’s largest single structures

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Towering 114 m above sea level and extending 105 m below, the FA production platform is one of the largest single structures ever constructed in South Africa. Supporting it all is a steel-lattice structure or ‘jacket’, itself 124-m-high and weighing nearly 14 500 t. The jacket is... 

Project garners ’99 best urban-design award

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng architectural firm and urban designer Osmond Lange Architects & Planners has won the 1999 award for best urban design for the ‘new urba nism’ concept of Melrose Arch, MD John Dovey tells Engineering News. The R3-billion project, which is still in its first phase, is situated... 

Coega enviro permits are to get green light

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although no environmental permits have yet been granted for the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), various studies are being undertaken to deal with the numerous permits that will be required for the many activities, such as rezoning of land, construction of sewage works, building of new... 

Five-year outsourced fleet transport contract signed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 TRANSPORT company PPC Transport has concluded an agreement with Corobrick to take over its existing motor transport fleet. The division traditionally serviced its sister company PPC in the transportation of cement goods, but plans to diversify half of its business. PPC Transport will move... 

Big contract for fledgeling firm

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Fledgeling Gauteng architectural firm Paragon is making inroads into the South African building-design market after being contracted to design one of the first buildings to be established at the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, reports architect Henning Rasmuss. The company, which was... 

R5-million electrical contract awarded

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Innovative R65m funding scheme

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Towards third-generation mobile phones

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 NINE global leaders in wireless communications have announced the formation of a new focus group to promote an Internet protocol (IP)-based wireless system for third-generation mobile communications technology. The group, called 3G.IP, consists of BT, AT&T Wireless Services, Rogers Cantel,... 

Bulk services quantified

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng quantity surveyor SBDS has been contracted by Mine Pension Fund Properties for the ‘super basement’ of the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, including infrastructural bulk services and the urban fabric for phase one of the project. However, the company’s involvement... 

Demolition paves way for project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Demolition of the more than 60 low-density houses to make way for the R3-billion Melrose Arch project has been completed by Gauteng firm DOD Contractors. The company made use of a labour-enhanced demolition method, which included subcontracting to entrepreneurs from Alexandra township to strip... 

R600m phase one on schedule for Nov 2000

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Construction of the R600-million first phase of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is on schedule, with completion expected by November 2000, reports Mine Pension Fund Properties CE Jan Groenewald. Comprising the Melrose North triangular island between the M1 and Atholl Oaklands road, just south... 

A merry band of architects

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘designed space’ concept of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is once more drawing attention to street fa 

Sensible mixed-use approach adopted

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘new urbanism’ concept incorporated in the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, which controls building design through guidelines and combines all aspects of urban life, could be applied to complement existing parts of Johannesburg by optimising the favourable qualities of the... 

Strong signal for top security at project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Security for South Africa’s first development designed to offer residential, retail, office, medical and recreational areas within the confines of a high-security perimeter, Melrose Arch, is being supplied by Gauteng firm Signal Security. The company, which has been operating in the area... 

Coega project is set to make big waves

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa is in dire need of the dose of confidence that the Coega initiative would give the economy. As such, Portnet will position itself to do whatever it can to stimulate this confidence, and ensure that it is ready for operation as soon as an anchor tenant is in place, Western Ports GM... 

Coega skills-needs fall under spotlight

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 At this stage there is still uncertainty as to what skills will be required for the Coega initiative, and the Department of Labour (DOL) is therefore conducting a skills audit to determine what the labour demands will be, reveals Coega Skills Development Committee (CSDC) chairperson Johan Fourie.... 

German consortium is both praised and slated

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Percci) has expressed its delight at the recent breakthrough in the Coega project, which brings the city’s dream of this big economic development closer to reality. News that German consortium Ferrostaal could build its... 

Coega harbour-design is finalised by team

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The proposed new deep-water port at Coega forms part of a planned industrial development zone (IDZ) intended to act as an intermodal transhipment point for bulk cargo for industries in the IDZ and the associated hinterland. The design of the port has been undertaken by a team of port and coastal... 

Urban landscape transformed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In an effort to temper the clinical effect created by the hi-tech buildings of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, Gauteng landscape architect Van Riet & Louw has been contracted to create an intimate urban landscape. The company was involved in the initial planning components and the... 

Alliance to boost oil production

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN alliance between global enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP, and Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading provider of integrated exploration, drilling, production and data management solutions, will benefit Africa’s exploration and production of oil. The two companies have... 

Labour no-show at wage briefing

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The function to announce a landmark wage agreement between labour and employers in the metals industry had to be cancelled after the National Union of Metal-workers of South Africa failed to turn up. A joint labour-business briefing had been planned for 10:00 last Friday at Dorbyl House in... 

This is the banquet tent that engineers built

By: System Author     25th June 1999 While politicians were caught in a race to obtain the most votes at the polls in the June election, the engineers of Arup Consulting Engineers of Durban and Johannesburg were racing against time to design and construct a tent to be used for the formal inauguration banquet. The project, which took... 

Engineering skills shortage rings alarm bells

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is an alarming shortage of school-leavers entering engineering and technology-orientated professions, a state of affairs which will have drastic repercussions for South Africa’s ability to compete in the global market, Ort-Step CEO Arthur Cotton tells Engineering News. The root of... 

‘Jobs’ vs ‘careers’ in South Africa’s changing work environment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Over the last two decades, attitudes towards and expectations of ‘careers’ and ‘jobs’ have changed substantially. In a bygone era, you joined a company in your youth and stayed till retirement. But the whole working environment has changed: nowadays a ‘career’... 

Top marks for practical-training facility

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Engineering students from the Rand Afrikaans University (Rau) are the first in what is sure to be a long line of university engineering students to make use of Amalgamated Beverage Indus-tries’ (ABI’s) technical training facility on the West Rand to augment their theoretical knowledge... 

Internet is new teacher

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The department of mechanical engineering at the University of Stellenbosch has been offering Master’s degree programmes and individual postgraduate modules through the Internet and interactive television since the beginning of this year. This is the first time Master’s degree... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

Work begins on Cape arrivals terminal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Work has begun on the 4 000 m2 stand-alone building which will become the temporary international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport. When the temporary building has been completed and all existing facilities housed in it, the old building will be demolished. It will be replaced... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Training project becomes fully-fledged centre

By: System Author     25th June 1999 training project begun by Fluor Daniel in the early 1980s to ensure a sufficiently-skilled workforce has developed into a fully-fledged, highly-certificated training centre providing better-trained individuals to work in the construction and maintenance industry in South Africa. Located in... 

Control leader offers didactic training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global leader in control technology, Festo not only designs, manufactures and supplies products, equipment and systems for control technology, but also offers didactic training in order to assist with the upgrading of worker skills for industry. First established in Germany in 1970, Festo... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

R1,5m to avert environmental disaster

By: System Author     25th June 1999 THE Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has allocated R1,5-million to Blaauwberg municipality to help avert a potential oil-pollution disaster at Milnerton Lagoon. Fuel pipelines from the Caltex refinery to Table Bay harbour, and underground municipal services, are in danger of being damaged due to... 

R2m Indian hydroelectric contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A CONSORTIUM, comprising Indian company Jaiprakash Indus-tries and a group of Canadian companies, has been awarded a C$500-million (R2-million) contract with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in New Delhi, for the turnkey construction of the Chamera II hydroelectric development in... 

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