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Construction News

Danes win big at R750m PE brewery

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Contracts for the design and overall project management of South African Breweries’ (SAB) R750-million Port Elizabeth brewery have been awarded to Danish engineering company, Danbrew, and Murray & Roberts subsidiary, Engineering Management Services, respectively. 

South Africa team finishes Zim’s first Bot railway

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consulting Engineers 

Paradigm shift dictates change

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consulting Engineers 

Control solution for engine plant

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Automotive manufacturer Ford/Samcor is in the process of upgrading several of the key production lines at its Port Elizabeth engine plant in preparation for some large export orders. 

Khotso Mokhele - NRF

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Leaders 

Local benefit from R1,4bn development

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The development of the R1,4-billion Gateway retail and entertainment centre in Umhlanga, Kwazulu-Natal, is benefiting local subcontractors through contracts worth about R320-million. 

Another private prison deal secured

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The second asset procurement and operating partnership system (Apops) project development agreement has been signed between the Departments of Correctional Services (DCS) and Public Works and privately-owned consortium South African Custodial Services (Sacs) for the construction of the new Louis... 

Record-breaking drilling in England

By: System Author     30th July 1999 WORLD records are being established with every turn of the drill-bit at Wytch Farm oilfield in southern England, reports oil giant BP Amoco. Although Wytch Farm is listed as an onshore field, much of its oil extends out under the waters of Poole Bay on the south coast of England, in what is known... 

R95-million sewage plant

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A R95-million sewage plant which is said to reach new heights in environmental sensitivity is under construction near Victoria on the island of Mah 

Wireless Internet access for two schools

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Two schools in the remote Manguzi region of northern Kwazulu-Natal, have become the beneficiaries of an information and communications solution by setting up a wireless Internet connection. A team at CSIR Information and Com-munications Technology determined to get the two schools... 

New private prisons era to begin in Bloemfontein

By: System Author     30th July 1999 CONSTRUCTION of the new R250-million Bloemfontein maximum security prison is expected to begin in the first weeks of August. This follows the signing of a project development agreement between the South African government and the Ikhwezi consortium last month under which Ikhwezi will design,... 

R75m dam nears completion

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Construction of the R75-million Paris dam in Kwazulu-Natal is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. At this stage the wall is 65% complete and the intake tower civils work is complete. Situated on the Bivane river in the Vryheid district, the dam is to supplement the flow of the... 

R2,5 bn toll-road project moves up a gear

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Preliminary work has started on the N3 De Beers Pass corridor following the signing of the R2,5-billion build, own and transfer contract by government with N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) in May. The contract concerns the upgrading of the bulk of the 415,3 km stretch from Heidelberg in Gauteng to... 

Contract secured for 12 gravity sand filters

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Gauteng water-treatment systems and components supplier ASW Engineering has secured a significant contract for the refurbishment of 12 rapid gravity sand filters at Umgeni Water’s Wiggins road water-purification works. The water authority has been experiencing severe filter media loss... 

R22m reticulation works on course

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Good progress is being made on the R21,5-million Driftsands water-reticulation works for the Port Elizabeth municipality, Engineering News can today report. Gauteng consulting engineer Jeffares & Green has been appointed by the main consultant and overall project manager, JE Glibbery &... 

Search for groundwater tees off

By: System Author     30th July 1999 n investigation to secure a ground- water source for the residential golf course at Melkbosstrand, 40 km from Cape Town, has been undertaken by SRK Consulting. The consulting firm was appointed during the proposal phase of the development by Johnnic Properties to secure a groundwater source which... 

R5-million grease plant for Durban

By: System Author     30th July 1999 LOCAL company Total South Africa is building a R5-million grease plant in Durban as part of a R10-million expansion to its blend plant. Almost every sector of industry has diverse requirements for grease in some form and the new plant will position Total as the fifth-largest producer in the... 

Leaking dams, reservoirs cost Africa millions

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Despite Africa being the main beneficiary of international aid to develop water-related infrastructure, millions of dollars are being lost drop by drop every year as a result of leaking dams and reservoirs. Water provision in Africa is a crucial issue and, although international aid organisations... 

Novel dam financing

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Adopting a unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation Limited (Inca) provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. A joint development between the Koekedouw irrigation board, the Department of... 

Firm has business in 17 African countries

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Since South Africa’s readmittance to the global economic arena, Pretoria infrastructure company Africon has actively sought to develop and expand its business throughout Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This thrust into markets abroad has been spearheaded... 

R4m IT upgrade

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Kwazulu-Natal water reticulation and sanitation authority Umgeni Water has upgraded its ageing computer infrastructure and network at its Maritzburg head office, as well as regional offices and waterworks throughout the province. The R4-million upgrade was designed in conjunction with networking... 

South Africa to send laser to the moon

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 SOUTH African engineers and scientists are working together to construct a laser system by the end of the year that will be able to measure the distance from the earth to the moon at an accuracy of within 10 mm. A consortium of 13 companies, led by laser technology company LaserM of Midrand,... 

Rules of thumb explained

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Every day, facilities across the country use compressed air in manufacturing, process or assembly operations, says Ingersoll-Rand air-compressor group spokesperson David Welch. In the bulk of these facilities there will be multiple air-compressor installations, in a variety of technologies and... 

R8m Cape winery nearing completion

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 CONSTRUCTION of an R8-million winery at Waterford Estate, near Stellenbosch, in Cape Town, is nearing completion. The project is the result of a team effort involving winemaker Kevin Arnold, project engineer Johan Biesenbach, architect Alex Walker, landscape architect Ian Ford, Fulcrum... 

Local firm embarks on a massive export drive

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 LOCAL machine tool manufacturer Feiner Engineering is embarking on an aggressive export campaign to take advantage of the weak rand. The company will be manufacturing the well-known metal-forming machines, including the Elga Hydrashear guillotines, Promacam-type pressbrakes, plate-rolls,... 

Thin-slab casting

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 With an increasing demand for higher-quality steel grades, especially in the field of thin-gauge flat products, smaller steel mills are looking to alternative strategies and more efficient production techniques. Taking a lead in this world trend, Saldanha Steel has followed the route of... 

R45-million lagoon beach office on track

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 WORK has now started on Phase 1 of the new R45-million Lagoon Beach Office Complex in Marine Drive, Milnerton in the Cape. The development is a joint venture between Group Five Project De-velopment Services, Cape of Good Hope Bank and Barrow Projects and occupation will be given from November 1... 

Co-operative spirit is forged between suppliers

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The co-operative spirit that has prevailed between steel-pipe producer Hall Longmore, of Wadeville, Gauteng, and its primary-product suppliers, Iscor and Highveld Steel, has opened the doors for a wealth of export opportunities for the companies. In order to run Hall Longmore’s new... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

Scientists to make diamonds from light

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 THE cultivation of extremely pure diamonds, not for use in jewellery but to be employed in the ever-growing computer industry, might become a reality in a few years with the help of locally-developed laser technology. South Africans could witness the local construction in the next five years of a... 

26 000 orders for steel-structure system

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s booming brick-and-mortar low-cost housing sector is set for a radical shake-up with the entry of a tested steel-structure construction system which has already secured firm orders for 26 000 units over five years. The design, developed by Pika Construction MD Pieter Botma in... 

R1,4m dome construction contract

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Cape Town company Monex Themed Environments (MTE) has secured a contract worth R1,4-million to manufacture 16 domes or cupolas to be erected on top of the new super-regional shopping centre under construction at Century City. The contract began with the installation of the first two cupolas which... 

R80-million extension work under way

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Local companies Concor Building and Concor Civils are working on extensions to the Vaalkop purification works, providing the client with maximum efficiency. The synergy gained by combining the skills of both group companies will result in completion of the project this month. Concor Building is... 

R12,5m fire equipment upgrade

By: Roelf Diedericks     23rd July 1999 A 22-STOREY building which houses the offices of government ministers is having its fire safety equipment upgraded by Concor Western Cape, a division of Concor Civils. The R12,5-million project includes the installation of new fire-detection alarms, sprinklers and fire-escape stairways.... 

Big transborder power sharing on target

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 All the main contracts have been let for the R650-million project to establish power-supply infrastructure to the 250 000-t-a-year Mozambique Aluminium Smelter (Mozal) in Maputo, Engin-eering News can today report. The start of the bulk of work began in September last year. “Even though the... 

Over 3 000 catalogued steel grades available

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Steel is a metal composed of iron plus varying amounts of carbon, as well as other elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, zirconium, vanadium, tungsten, and so on. Different types of steel – that is, steel with different properties and characteristics – are produced by... 

Stake acquired in security company

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 PRIVATE equity fund Gensec NSA has acquired a 26,4% interest in the LS Technology group, a company that provides turnkey solutions to the military, governmental, industrial and domestic security markets. LS Turnkey, of Gauteng, and its parent company, US Technology Group, offer services which... 

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