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Infrastructure News

R97-million for two new pipelines

By: System Author     30th April 1999 More than R97-million has been set aside by the board of Rand Water for the construction of two new pipelines to meet the long-term needs of several areas in Gauteng into the new millennium. Rand Water chief engineer: pipelines Alan Tonks reports that the board has approved an amount of R97 368... 

New composite mooted for local housing

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A new composite material, manufac- tured by Heraklith, the local subsidiary of an Austrian company, may be used for economy housing in the Mpumalanga province and Franschoek area, Engineering News can today report. The company started production at its facilities in Brakpan, Gauteng, in September... 

Tendering know-how offered at centre

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Established as a private company in July last year, tender support centre Inkosi Yamathenda is considering registration as a Section 21 company or non-profit organisation. CEO Happy Nkhoma says the centre was formed directly to tackle the lack of knowledge about tendering among formerly... 

Power applications exhibition

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The broader profile of the Electrics Power Electronic Africa (Epea) ’99 exhibition has led the Indian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association to book a national pavilion for its participating companies at this year’s show. The power-applications section of the show is a... 

New Cape Town terminal begins

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Phased construction of a new international terminal at Cape Town International Airport has begun. The first stage of the project will involve the construction of a temporary arrivals terminal while the existing facility will remain fully operational. Once stage one is complete, airport operations... 

Upgrading of Cape carriageway started

By: System Author     30th April 1999 UPGRADING of Carl Cronje Drive from a single to double carriageway has begun. The roadworks form part of a R7,2-million project which involves the canalisation of a stretch of the Elsieskraal River and the provision of a public walkway over the same distance. Funding of the project is being... 

Local centre gets R400 000 US donation

By: System Author     30th April 1999 US company General Electric (GE) has donated over R400 000 to the Sparrow Technical Skills Centre in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, as part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade the existing facilities and construct new facilities. The donation will be used to construct four new workshops on the... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

$5-million global satellite contract won

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A US$5-million three-year contract for the installation of satellite services in Khartoum, Sudan, has been won by South African firm Hix Technologies. “Through this project we can gain the experience in satellite installation necessary in the future in South Africa, particularly because we... 

Madagascar dogged by poor infrastructure

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Madagascar is a country with a promising future, Siemens South Africa CE Dr Klaus Doring tells Engineering News. “I visited Madagascar in February, on an exploratory visit, to see if there were any opportunities there – we had a lot of support from the German ambassador there, who... 

SA pumps industry is flowing together

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The need to export against strong, highly-competitive companies abroad is necessitating consolidation in the South African pump industry, reports Howden Pumps MD Dawie Swart. With the economy in recession, South African pump manufacturers are having to grow their sales in countries where they... 

NZ prisoner home-detention scheme by Oct

By: System Author     30th April 1999 IT seems as if South Africa is not alone in its quest to make its prisoners feel ‘right at home’ with an electronic home-detention electronic monitoring scheme to be implemented by the New Zealand Department of Corrections on October 1 this year. Operational adviser for the project... 

Civil engineers focus on regional projects

By: System Author     30th April 1999 It seems that hope is finally fading that the now- forgotten reconstruction and development programme would spur enough business for many construction-related companies to live comfortably for the next few years. It also seems that reducing the budget deficit has gained greater gravity on the... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Like Topsy, Jhb airport just grows and grows

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R1,6-billion five-year master-plan for the further redevelopment and expansion in capacity of Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been announced by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). The plan came into effect on April 1, and will be completed in 2004. Officially called the western... 

R1bn mini-town for the Cape

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a 100 ha mini-town, which will boost the reconstruction and development programme in the Cape South Peninsula by R1-billion, has been given the green light. Westlake Estate will transform former State-owned land in the Constantia Valley – bounded on the west by the Steenberg... 

South Africa winning a bucket of exports

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 As much as 75% of dragline bucket pro- duction at the new Caterpillar Boksburg, Gauteng, manufacturing facility is expected to be exported to Australia and the US this year. This was announced at the official opening of the new facility this month. The new factory follows Caterpillar’s... 

State property worth R120-billion?

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The Ministry of Public Works is probing the feasibility of setting up a commercial property agency to support government with plans to release value from its enormous property portfolio. Minister Jeff Radebe tells Engineering News exclusively that preliminary studies show this State-owned... 

Black empowerment needed for growth

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Black economic empowerment is imperative for sustainable economic growth in South Africa, which is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa, said African Harvest executive chairperson Mashudu Ramano at the South Africa Republic of China Chamber of Economic Relations annual general... 

New sand-supplier in foundry market

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 When and where was the project established? We formed the company in the spring of last year for the purpose of reclaiming, processing and marketing specialised silica-sand products. The dump-deposit is located at an area commonly known as the ‘Die Moot’ near Hekpoort in the North... 

Approval close at hand for virtual prisons

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The Department of Correctional Services’ project to electronically monitor prisoners under house arrest has been referred to the correctional services parliamentary portfolio committee in an attempt to gain approval for the full-scale implementation of the programme (see Engineering News,... 

R600-million African hall of fame

By: System Author     16th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R600-million African music and film hall of fame, that is set to star in the remake of Johannesburg’s inner city, will begin in the second quarter of this year. This monument to African culture will be a multimedia experience designed to expose visitors to the evolution of... 

Jana best bet for R6bn water-transfer option

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The dam sites and conveyance alternatives have been decided for the proposed R6-billion Thukela water project (TWP), one of the options for inter-basin transfer to supplement the Vaal River system, Engineering News can today report. The project was identified as an inter-basin transfer option... 

Undersea cable deal predicted for June

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The construction and maintenance agreement for the building of an undersea fibre optic cable from Portugal, around Africa, to Malaysia could be signed in June, Engineering News can today report. Six leading global operators have added their weight to the project, which is set to be operational by... 

Local network-management centre on track

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Construction of the national network management centre or operations centre (NNOC) and the information technology services complex (ITS) of Telkom are on track in Centurion, Gauteng, with the first staged hand-over taking place this month. The ITS project includes the relocation of existing... 

R110-million lignosulphonate plant for Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R110-million plant which will produce 55 000 t/y of lignosulphonate for export, has been opened at Umkomaas, on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast, by chemical cellulose pulp producer Sappi and international chemicals company Borregaard. Known as LignoTech South Africa, the plant is an... 

SA tackles skeletons in its fume cupboards

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A lack of regulation in the South African laboratory equipment industry has created serious problems in several State and private facilities. An estimated 30% of fume cupboards operational in South Africa are substandard at present. Ranging from instances in which employees have been exposed to... 

Passive fire-protection

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Following a damning report in on the state of the fire brigade in the greater Johannesburg area, the importance given to passive fire-protection is also in question, claims BICS Fireproofing director James Kerr. He is of the opinion that passive fire-protection goes hand in hand with the... 

Exports stretch SA ports capacity

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Transport report Moving South Africa (MSA) has identified ‘significant problems’ with the alignment of local freight transport, especially with regard to its capacity to support the country’s value-added export strategy. In particular, the restructuring of South Africa’s... 

Prison contract won

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The contract to design, build, finance and manage a 3 000-bed maximum security prison in Bloemfontein has been awarded to the Ikhwezi joint venture, comprising Group 4 Correction Services South Africa and contractor Murray & Roberts, together with local empowerment partners Fikile Projects and... 

Robben Island facelift

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The now-infamous prison island that housed President Nelson Mandela and scores of other political prisoners, Robben Island, is to be the recipient of a R24-million facelift. Department of Public Works media liaison officer Zaid Nordien reports that this sum, for improvements to roads, sewerage... 

UK–SA public–private partnerships

By: System Author     16th April 1999 THE UK Department of Trade and Industry is looking for opportunities to engage British companies with their knowledge and expertise in public–private partnership projects (PPP) in conjunction with South African organisations. PPPs are the means by which the private sector provides and... 

Construction sector in ‘survival mode’

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Confidence in South Africa’s construction industry has dropped to levels last seen at the start of the decade when the sector was in the throes of its worst recession in recorded history. The index is now on average 40% lower than during any quarter in 1997. South African Federation of... 

R350m convention centre on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The construction programme for the development of what is believed to be South Africa’s largest conference facility, the R350-million Sandton convention centre, is running on schedule. A R200-million building contract for the construction of the new facility for Tsogo Sun was awarded by... 

Health and hygiene awareness a priority

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Providing health and hygiene awareness is the first priority of the National Sanitation Co-ordination Office (Nasco), with the actual construction of infrastructure a secondary consideration, technical co-ordinator Piers Vickers tells Engineering News. Nasco was established as an interministerial... 

Batch-treatment is revived in South Africa

By: System Author     9th April 1999 By offering the turnkey design, manufacture, construction, commissioning and operation of sewage and effluent-treatment plants, Prentec, of Gauteng, can offer its clients at least a 30% reduction in price, MD John Buchanan tells Engineering News. He adds that the company is the only one of its... 

R25m motor dealership for Roodepoort

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R25-million Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Colt franchise dealership in Roodepoort is at an advanced stage. The dealership, which is set to become the hub of the vehicle sales and spares industry in the city, will occupy more than 3 000 m2 of space and will incorporate new and used... 

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