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Construction News

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Continued growth for tool manufacturer

6th April 2018 This year, tool and equipment manufacturer the Hilti Group intends to maintain its growth momentum following last year’s growth of CHF 5.1-billion throughout all of its business regions. The company explains that year-on-year the company’s sales are up by 10.8%, and 9.6% in local currencies. 

Continued growth for  tool manufacturer
GROWING The company experienced growth throughout the 2017 period in all of its worldwide markets

New measuring laser introduced to African market 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Tool and fixings distributor Upat has introduced the Stabila LAR 350 rotational laser (LAR 350) to the African market, which enables construction workers and foremen to measure, level and position equipment, explains Upat national product specialist Charl Weber. The LAR 350 has a wireless... 

New measuring  laser introduced  to African market
Stabila national product specialist Charl Weber describes the advantages of using Stabila measuring tools. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Hand-held power tool supplier Milwaukee has launched the patented Red Link Plus Intelligence electronics system for hand-held power tools. “The Red Link Plus system introduces new electrical controls throughout the hand-held power tools that the company supplies. It starts with the battery packs... 

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa
Milwaukee product specialist Werner Koch explains the power tools available from the company. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Company resupplies machine stock to keep S. African market supplied

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 To keep its supply of stud-welding machines current, furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group keeps a range of such machines in stock at its Vereeniging headquarters at all times. The company has supplied more than 600 stud-welding machines over the past 24 years to the mining,... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Owing to its well-established relationship with its loyal distribution partners and distribution network in Southern Africa, a large range of about 5 200 individual line items of hand tools from professional tools manufacturer Jonnesway are being used in Southern Africa, says Carel Venter, the... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa
TOOL RANGE Jonnesway has a wide range of tools and works with original-equipment suppliers to ensure that tools are always available

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project
Photo by LYT Architects
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The Polo Fields is a massive development of 1 512 apartment units that will be located in the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand

Commissioning under way on Kenya’s new multipurpose pipeline

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Kenya was last week set to commission a multipurpose pipeline from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, in a major milestone in its quest to enhance efficiency in the transport of petroleum products. Construction of the $470-million pipeline, implemented by the Kenya Pipeline... 

New study to assess electrification of Rwanda, Tanzania rail project

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Tanzania and Rwanda face the daunting tasking of mobilising funding for a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line connecting the two countries, following a decision to review the project's design so that electric, rather than diesel-powered, trains run on the line. The initial project cost was... 

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Corporate signage manufacturer Premier Sayina Africa (PSA) and signage and solar solutions company Romano Signs have merged to create PSA Romano – the largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa.  

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa
Romano Signs MD Alexi Romano signs merger with PSA MD Sean Rogers

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts
Some of the key assets where Redefine has already installed rooftop solar PV plants include Boulders Shopping Centre, in Midrand

Oando commissions new office building in Lagos

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Dual-listed Oando has officially commissioned its new office building, the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos, Nigeria. The complex, which was commissioned by State and Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachickwu,  comprises two 12-storey towers with 27 000 m2 of lettable office space, a three-level car park,... 

R281m Western Cape forensic pathology facility set for mid-2019 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 A larger, purpose-built modern forensic pathology facility is being built at the Groote Schuur Hospital, in the Western Cape, to replace the Forensic Pathology Services Laboratory, in Salt River, and is expected to be completed in mid-2019. The project, headed by the Department of Transport and... 

R281m Western Cape forensic pathology facility set for mid-2019 completion
A larger, purpose-built modern forensic pathology facility is being built at the Groote Schuur Hospital, in the Western Cape, and will cost about R281-million.

Survey shows market confidence flat among general builders, civil contractors

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2018 General building confidence, as measured by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) SME Business Conditions Survey, was flat at 36 index points in the first quarter of this year. Only Grades 3 and 4 reported lower confidence in line with weaker underlying indicators among general... 

Kenyan fund targets $15m green bond for water projects

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 A nonprofit organisation plans to issue a 1.5-billion shilling ($15-million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities. Robert Bunyi, chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Pooled Water Fund, said on Wednesday it aimed to launch a 15-year instrument and to have it certified as a green bond. 

Merger architect Schmidheiny to exit LafargeHolcim board

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Thomas Schmidheiny, LafargeHolcim's largest shareholder and a driving force behind the merger that created the world's largest cement maker, will step down from the company's board at its 2018 annual general meeting (AGM), it said on Wednesday. Schmidheiny, who owns 11.4% of the Franco-Swiss... 

Long-delayed renewables IPP agreements to be signed on Wednesday

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Tuesday that agreements for 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, which have been delayed since 2016, will be signed on Wednesday, April 4. The projects have a collective investment value of R55.92-billion. 

Long-delayed renewables IPP agreements to be signed on Wednesday
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

M&R awarded a further R3.7bn in mining contracts

By: Anine Kilian     3rd April 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a further R3.7-billion in underground mining projects in the sub-Saharan African, North American and Australasian markets. This follows the company’s announcement earlier this month that it had been awarded R3.8-billion in new underground mining... 

Ghana contract takes heavy toll on Group Five, bridging finance in place

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2018 Construction and engineering company Group Five on Thursday afternoon said the loss expected for the six months ended December 2017 would be R371-million more than the guidance provided in a March 1 trading statement, following continued difficulties at the Kpone project, in Ghana. The group said... 

 Ghana contract takes heavy toll on Group Five, bridging finance in place

Rain could bring on more sinkholes in Gauteng, say officials

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2018 The presence of dolomite, most likely activated by heavy rains, has caused recent sinkholes in Gauteng – and could trigger more, the provincial and local government authorities warned on Monday. “In Gauteng, 25% of the land is dolomitic and in that case we have to be very, very careful,” said... 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed

30th March 2018 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has recently completed the upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour. The shiploaders have been used to load sugar onto vessels at the South African Sugar Association’s sugar terminal for over 50 years. 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed
DURBAN HARBOUR The shiploaders needed to be refurbished in line with Transnet’s upgrade of berths at Maydon Wharf

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity

30th March 2018 Durban-based harbour materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has transformed its corporate identity with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD. BLTWORLD MD Ken Mouritzen explains that the company – which has traded locally and internationally as BLT for over 20 years – needed... 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity
CONTAINER HANDLER BLTWORLD’s portfolio of container and bulk handling equipment now includes straddle carriers

WSP finalising port projects in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa is involved in several port-related projects across Africa, some of which will be finalised this month, says WSP Africa maritime director Andre van Tonder. WSP is undertaking the yearly National Port Plan review for State-owned freight utility... 

WSP finalising port projects in Africa
ANDRE VAN TONDER WSP’s maritime skills and expertise are globally marketable and we are involved in many projects locally and abroad

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience
SIMPLISTIC BUILDING Klevabricks enable the bolting together of bricks to form the shape of a house or any building

Gas seen playing key role in Africa’s decentralised power landscape

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Africa is aiming to raise its installed power generation capacity by 250 GW by 2030. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) can serve as a baseload energy source and gas-powered generation assets can be built modularly and scaled up as use increases, says modular infrastructure, engineering services and gas... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     29th March 2018 A historical mining area now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin, in the Central Rand goldfield, immediately south-west of the Johannesburg central business district, is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

Basil Read outlines turnaround plan as auditor issues going-concern warning

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2018 Basil Read remains a viable business, despite the group’s auditors noting their apprehension regarding the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, says CEO Khathutshelo Mapasa, who took over the reins at the company in October. PricewaterhouseCoopers noted in Basil Read’s annual results... 

 Basil Read outlines turnaround plan as auditor issues going-concern warning

M&R's fifth-largest investor rejects Aton's buyout bid

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 The fifth-largest shareholder in Murray & Roberts (M&R) plans to reject a hostile buyout bid from Germany's Aton that values the South African builder at nearly $600-million. "The offer of R15 per share is below what we believe is fair value. As a result we won't be committing to sell into this... 

Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Hotel brand Park Inn by Radisson, together with hybrid solar products producer Solarus, have installed a large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project in Cape Town’s central business district – the first PVT project in the city.  

Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project
Large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal project in Cape Town

M&R board labels Aton offer 'opportunistic'

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) independent board review has concluded that German investment holdings company Aton's planned offer of R15 a share is “opportunistic” and that Aton is unlikely to successfully delist M&R after the takeover. M&R reported on Tuesday that Aton’s proposed cash... 

Bollore to invest €400m in Côte d'Ivoire port terminal

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 French industrial conglomerate Bollore aims to invest €400-million ($496.28-million) from next year to build a second container terminal at Côte d'Ivoire's main port of Abidjan, the deputy CEO of its transport and logistics division told Reuters. Philippe Labonne, deputy CEO of Bollore Transport... 

Sudan, Qatar to sign $4bn deal to manage Red Sea port – Ministry

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4-billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan's coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying. Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on Sunday, the reports said. 

Stenprop buys another UK multilet industrial estate

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 In line with its stated strategy of focusing on UK multilet industrial property, BSX- and JSE-listed Stenprop has completed the acquisition of a modern, fully let industrial estate in Huddersfield, in the UK, for £5.8-million. The purchase, from a private investor, reflects a net initial yield of... 

Atlantic Leaf acquires UK industrial, office property for £14.9m

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 SEM- and JSE-listed Atlantic Leaf, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Trido, has completed the acquisition of a multilet industrial and office property – Deacon Park – in Knowsley, in the UK, from JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property. 

DP World wins 30-year Congo port concession

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 DP World said on Sunday it had won a 30-year management and development concession for a greenfield, multi-purpose port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Dubai-owned port operator will set up joint venture with the Central African country's government to manage and invest in the... 

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