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Materials & Equipment News

R1,2-billion ‘Disney World’ for Centurion

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Plans are on the map to develop a R1,2-billion theme park in Centurion, Gauteng, which, if implemented, would cap Disney World, Orlando, in the US in size. The first of four phases in the development, called Centurion Wonder World, is a proposed R300-million undertaking which would comprise a... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Specialist construction coating

By: System Author     7th May 1999 ASouth African ma- nufacturer of spe- cialist coatings for the construction industry, Marmoran, is launching a new product throughout the country. Alltek is a 2 mm to 3 mm thick spray-applied plaster that adheres to walls with great strength. It is normally applied by a team of three, one of whom... 

Modified-bitumen contracts in the pipeline

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Despite severely-depressed market conditions, modified bitumen manufactured at Bituguard South Africa’s newly-completed production facility near Bethlehem in the Free State is being used on a number of contracts. Most notable of these are for the coating of 25 km of pipeline – 5 km... 

10% GDFI in sight, predict engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Despite low confidence levels by industry in general in the construction sector, new president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Dr Rodney Milford believes that gross domestic fixed investment (GDFI), excluding plant and equipment, will again reach the level of about... 

Solar roof development

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A solar roofing system, jointly developed by Gapp Architects and Urban Designers and Solar Heat Exchangers, is being used to roof part of a public bathhouse built for the Katorus Market Society. This society is a non-governmental organisation representing the townships of Katlehong, Tokoza and... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Jhb airport terminal cladding on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Upgrading and cladding of the north fa 

African concrete supply contracts secured

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONCRETE products supplier Grinaker Duraset has secured two contracts north of South Africa’s border. In Tanzania the company has completed a contract for the supply of 7 500 m2 of its industrial paving product Stelcon Raft to Protecon for the construction of Trans Africa’s new... 

Academy maintains 100% success rate

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa ranked a lowly seventh on the list of most competitive African countries, stated Anglo American Industrial Corporation chairperson Leslie Boyd at the graduation ceremony of the African Academy for Cadd Training last month. He pointed out that only with the invaluable input of... 

20-year sludge-processing contract for Pta

By: System Author     9th April 1999 In line with government’s intention to finance capital projects through the private sector using build, operate, transfer/build and operate, own, transfer (Bot/Boot) techniques, the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) is in the process of finalising enquiries for a 20-year Boot... 

UK auto component plant for local firm

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE construction of a new production facility in the UK for South African automotive component manufacturer Bosal is due to be completed before the end of April. This follows other group expansions completed during 1998 in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, with new plants opened... 

Athletes’ village reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sport infrastructure development in preparation for the seventh All Africa Games (AAG) to be held in Johannesburg in September is on track, with 300 units of the athletes’ village, to be known as the Village of the Stars, completed last month, reports games services GM Imtiaz Abdullah. The... 

Engineering company is in pole position

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 International engineering firm Arup is building its reputation as a world-renowned engineer of sport and tourism facilities in South Africa with its involvement in a number of infrastructure-improvement projects around the country. One of the company’s greatest feats has been the completion... 

Casino resort on track

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Construction of Carnival City, Sun International’s new casino resort in Brakpan, Gauteng, is on schedule for completion in August this year, Engineering News can today report. The construction contract for the main elements of this development is being undertaken by Rainbow Construction in... 

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