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Infrastructure News

Low-cost should not imply urban sprawl

By: System Author     9th July 1999 There will be a move away from low-cost housing development in and around historically ‘black’ township areas, with developers attempting to secure land better suited for such projects, says Urban Dynamics MD and town planner Rocco de Kock. “Over the past four years a trend has... 

SA companies fail to compute A&C benefits

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Can you provide us with a succinct definition of A&C? Automation is an enabling technology. Computerisation refers to the computer hardware and software infrastructure required to automate a process or manufacturing operation. Control of the manufacture of a product through its successive stages... 

R135m internet boost

By: System Author     9th July 1999 SOFTWARE company Internet Solution (IS) is establishing South Africa’s premier e-commerce network. IS Infrastructure has secured the first full 45 Mb/s international Internet circuit in the country for delivery this month. According to Dimension Data executive director Alon Apteker the move... 

Electricity sector prepares for transformation

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The restructuring of the Johannesburgs electricity distribution system and subsequent application by Pretoria West to take on private sector partners is proof of the urgency with which electricity distribution throughout South Africa needs to be revamped. Speaking at an informal lunch with... 

Deal set to revolutionise low-cost housing plans

By: System Author     9th July 1999 deal between one of South Africa’s largest financial institutions and homeloan-guarantee provider National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha), of Doornfontein, Gauteng, set to be struck by the end of the year, will revolutionise low-cost housing delivery to the South African... 

Top zoo in R30-million metamorphosis

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The 100-year-old National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, or Pretoria Zoo, is undergoing a metamorphosis as part of a master-plan for the development of the zoo over the next 30 years. The master-plan includes the refurbishment of about 90% of the 80 ha facility, which is considered one of... 

Good chrome-chem output from new plant

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The R700-million sodium dichromate and chromic acid manufacturing plant, a joint-venture project between Bayer and Dow-Sentrachem, located in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal, is operating satisfactorily at about 70% of capacity. The plant, on which construction began in 1997, was officially opened in... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

SA investment in Africa given a boost

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Agence Fran 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

IT system rollout in KZN

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOFTWARE company AST Kwazulu-Natal has completed the redevelopment of all the core production application systems for Iscor’s integrated profile products steelworks in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal. The project once more confirms the effectiveness of the successful ‘big-bang’... 

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