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R18-million office park

By: System Author     26th March 1999 CAPE TOWN company Murray & Roberts Properites has formed a joint venture with Rabie Property Developers and Cavcor to construct an R18-million office park at Prosperity Park in Milnerton, Cape Town. The development follows the sale of a 31 136 m2 portion of the original 62 847 m2 Prosperity Park... 

Pta project finishes phase one

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE first phase of a major piling contract at the Menlyn Park shopping and office development in Pretoria has been completed by Frankipile. To date, about 360 piles have been installed for a parking garage currently under construction at the expanded shopping centre. Straight-shafted auger piles... 

For sale: Johannesburg’s HQ

By: System Author     26th March 1999 By the middle of this year, the Johannesburg Council hopes to have sold its Civic Centre building in Braamfontein to a private company to help it raise money for its ambitious Igoli 2002 revival plan. Igoli 2002, announced last month, is a three-year programme designed to tackle the financial and... 

Norway supports capacity building in SA

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The Norwegian and South African governments announced the kick-off of a local government capacity-building support programme in March, following an investment of about R40-million by Norway in December. Norway has been contributing in various ways to the transformation of South Africa to a... 

Slump reported in Cape building industry

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The Cape Peninsula building industry has reported a 45% drop in tender activity. Although a marginal improvement was evident towards the end of 1998, this increase in tender activity was unable to offset the overall downturn reported for the whole of 1998. “There was, throughout 1998, a... 

Housing-delivery figure plummets

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE number of privately- funded dwelling houses, completed in the Western Cape has dropped by 23% to 8 011 during the twelve months to October 1998, reports the Building Industries Federation South Africa, (Bifsa). In total, an estimated 14 500 low-cost units were awarded in the twelve months... 

New truss launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new product designed for use in the construction industry has been developed by Johannesburg company International Truss Systems in partnership with Mondi Timber. The new truss, called the Spacejoist, consists of parallel stress-graded lumber flanges manufactured from kiln-dried timber and... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

R20-million contract for piping system

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A R20-million con- tract for the sup- ply and installation of an upgraded piping system at Mondi’s Richards Bay project has been awarded to Kentz, of Randburg, Gauteng. The contract was signed in November last year and is due to be completed by September, contingent on a successful shutdown... 

Aussie sports model revs up dying Welkom

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The Free State economy could gain a significant boost should plans succeed for Welkom to become one of the largest sport centres in South Africa, starting with the construction of an R80-million multipurpose sports facility, which features an international motorcycle race track. Situated in South... 

Pta university marches to Johannesburg

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Construction of the University of Pretoria’s R45-million executive business school in the heart of Illovo, Johannesburg, started this month. Currently, project manager Barow Projects is overseeing the excavations and piling, and expects construction to be complete at the end of November.... 

Germiston digs deep into its piggy bank

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The Greater Germiston Council has just received further funding for its R700-million infrastructure development project which spans five years. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) approved a loan of R133,1-million in February, which will be paid off by the council over 20 years. A... 

Company takes chunk out of food projects

By: System Author     12th March 1999 OVER the last couple of years, Fluor Daniel Southern Africa has successfully carried out sizeable projects in the food and beverage industry, and is making its mark, says business-development manager Jonathan Cramp. It is currently investigating a project for Pillsbury in Greece. In 1997, the... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

Construction of state-of-the-art wine cellar

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a project valued at R68-million, Durbanville Hills wine cellar in Cape Town is constructing a new state-of-the-art wine cellar. The cellar was designed by internationally-acclaimed cellar designer Johann Biesenbach. A prerequisite for making high-quality wine is a winemaker’s ability to... 

Firm wins R87-million contract

By: System Author     12th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION company Grinaker Building has been awarded an R87-million contract by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Properties for the construction of the fifth and final phase of the company’s Merchant Place head-office development in Sandton. The company has, to date, undertaken all four previous... 

Web site for development corridor

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a pioneering step, the Mabopane–Centurion development corridor (MCDC) has become the first spatial development initiative to launch a virtual electronic community (VEC). Announcing this private-sector initiative iti On-Line divisional manager Lee Pienaar said at the launch in Centurion... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

R15m housing project

By: System Author     5th March 1999 GAUTENG company Grinaker Housing has completed 800 low-cost houses in a R15-million project for the Jan Kempdorp municipality in the Northern Cape. The company used the services of 20 local contractors each employing an average of five employees for the duration of the contract, which began in... 

R1,2-million stock storage expansion planned

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A R1,2-million expansion to increase stock-storage facilities is planned for June at Universal Storage Systems in Randburg, Gauteng. Continuous growth due to the manufacturer’s exports rising to R12-million a year – out of a R45-million turnover – has prompted this move and also... 

R2m refurbishment contract awarded

By: System Author     5th March 1999 AS part of its programme to upgrade OK stores throughout the country, Shoprite Checkers has awarded a contract to Concor Building for the refurbishment of the OK store in Cresta, Gauteng. This follows the recent acquisition of OK Bazaars by Shoprite Checkers, and forms part of a programme to... 

Construction firm rebuilds itself

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THIS year will be an exceptionally tough year for the South African construction industry, but the Cape branch of Gordon Verhoef & Krause is confident that it will also be a time of market expansion and entry into new fields, says MD Richard Williams. “As we all know, there has been a big... 

Big Botswana sports-stadium contracts

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE upliftment and development of sport in Botswana has taken a major leap forward with construction contracts of the country’s second and third sports stadiums having been awarded this year. Situated at Masunga and Maun, the stadiums are the second and third of ten integrated sports... 

First phase of road K4 north of Pta complete

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE first phase of road K4, which provides access to a new residential area in Shoshanguve north of Pretoria, is complete. This new road will be about 4,5 km long, with an interchange from the PWV9 freeway between Pretoria and Mabopane. It provides direct access to new infrastructure and formal... 

R80m upgrade for Johannesburg zoo

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The Johannesburg Zoo is seeking sponsors to help transform its nature park into a stimulating display of ecology and wildlife which exhibits animals as part of interdependent ecosystems. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News, Johannesburg Zoo director Dr Pat Condy says plans to upgrade... 

R25-million industrial boiler set for Turkey

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A contract worth about R25-million has been awarded to Steinmuller Africa to supply a complete turnkey service to Turkish fertiliser company, Isgas. The company will construct and supply an industrial boiler to the Turkish group which is in Izmit, in that country’s Asian section, about 70... 

Mill gatehouse constructed

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The construction of the gatehouse for the African Products Kliprivier plant, commissioned in August last year, made up an interesting part of the civil engineering work undertaken by Civcon. The design of this feature was done by MV3 Architects which was also responsible for the design of the... 

Big leisure complex plan for west coast

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Proposals are being invited for a public–private partnership to develop an estimated R50-million to R90-million hotel and resort-type complex in Langebaan on the West Coast. The 3 ha site fronting the Langebaan lagoon comprises the grounds of the demolished Langebaan Lodge, belonging to the... 

Trace heating advances up efficiency

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Energy management can reportedly bring about savings in operating costs of trace heating systems in pipework, vessels and plant as well as in hot-water systems in buildings. Developments in trace heating by Bartec Barlian Technik are said to have resulted in a range of electric heating tapes and... 

Reverse-osmosis unit commissioned

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A 10 m3 Deomed reverse- osmosis (RO) system has been commissioned by Pall South Africa at Hulett Aluminium’s rolled product’s Camps Drift plant in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal. Midrand company Deomed was recently purchased by the Pall Corporation. The pure water produced by the RO system... 

Electric thermostat range introduced in SA

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A range of electrical switches and sockets have been introduced by Legrand, and include thermostats which measure and control temperature in offices, shops, commercial buildings and homes. “Electronic Mosaic thermostats are designed for flexibility, comfort and safety. “Due to their... 

Budget fails to bail out building sector

By: System Author     26th February 1999 LITTLE in the 1999 National Budget delivered by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel offers any short-term relief for the beleaguered building industry, says Building Industries Federation South Africa (Bifsa) executive director Ian Robinson. However, he commends Manuel’s strict view of fiscal... 

SA brewer gets ticket to Ethiopia

By: System Author     19th February 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a brewery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by South African Breweries International (Sabi) is anticipated to begin by mid-year. However, it is unclear to what extent the growing conflict between Ethiopia and its northern neighbour, Eritrea, will have an impact on this. As it did in... 

Coega go-ahead expected ‘before election’

By: System Author     19th February 1999 AN announcement is expected that construction of the Coega or Nquru port and building contracts related to the industrial development zone (IDZ) will begin in the second half of the year, says University of Port Elizabeth economics lecturer Stephen Hosking. Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of... 

R50-million station project a boon

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE R50-million Katlehong station project is certainly living up to its promise of delivering real empowerment to emerging contractors and local workers. The project is being undertaken by Intersite Property Management Services on behalf of the SA Rail Commuter Corporation (Sarcc), while the... 

R1-billion services concession granted

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SOUTH Africa’s first concession for the provision of water and wastewater services has been granted. In the presence of Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister Valli Moosa, the borough of the Dolphin coast formally granted a 30-year concession to a consortium led by Saur... 

Web-user survey highlights importance of Internet as business tool

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE Internet is fast becoming a valuable business tool and, according to the South African Web-User Survey, it is estimated that 43% of Web users surveyed have already made a purchase on the Internet, and that 89% intend to so in the near future. In line with this trend, Billcad Holdings, a... 

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