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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... 

Extension-project contract

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE engineering design and project management for Foskor’s R300 million Extension 8 project at Phalaborwa is being carried out by Engineering Management Services (EMS), a member of the Murray & Roberts group. Due to a number of reasons, it was decided to proceed with this state-of-the-art... 

Bargaining forum to be rebuilt

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE executive committee of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) reports that consensus has been reached between the trade unions and the GMBA, which are represented on the Gauteng Building Bargaining Council (GBBC), on the need for a drastic restructuring of the bargaining forum. In... 

Cancellation of State work a real concern

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Cancellation of government contracts is becoming a worrying threat to an already embattled construction sector, and flies in the face of stated government policy. Industry observers began publicly noting the trend last year, at the same time as they were raising concerns about the fact that... 

Mature handling of telescopics

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The telescopic handling equipment industry has matured into a sophisticated materials-handling industry from its fledgling roots of a few years ago, says SA French director Kim Cottle. He comments that the industry has been recognised as an essential part of materials-handling in the... 

Pneumatic conveying licensee

By: System Author     12th February 1999 LOCAL company Bateman Materials Handling has been appointed as licensee for Southern Africa by Cyclonaire to market its pneumatic conveying and materials-handling systems to the cement, minerals, food and other industries. The range of pneumatic conveying technologies is flexible and reliable and... 

‘Alarming increase’ in business failures

By: System Author     12th February 1999 LIQUIDATION statistics released by Statistics South Africa have revealed an alarming increase in the number of business failures in November last year, when 476 companies went into liquidation. This figure is 15% up on the previous high in June last year when 423 businesses ceased to trade. The... 

W Cape building sector collapses

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Government action on several fronts is now desperately needed if the Western Cape construction industry is to be saved from a totally crippling situation. This ‘brutal’ message emanates from Don McAlister and Mike Loy, respectively president and director of the Master Builders and... 

Building begins at Muizenberg techno park

By: System Author     5th February 1999 CONSTRUCTION of the R2,5-million Innovation and Technology Centre at Capricorn Park in Muizenberg started this week. Charles Clarkson, of project manager Amaru Projects, tells Engineering News that SAG Construction of Elsies River has won the contract to construct the first phase of the complex,... 

PVC scrubber order filled

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A scrubber for chlorine and hydrochloric acid was supplied by Kya Sand, Johannesburg, company Polytech to the Amplats research centre in Primrose, Johannesburg. The scrubber is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and coated with fibreglass. It measures 5 m in height and 970 mm in diameter and was... 

New framework recognises former skills

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The new national qualifications framework (NQF) will form the building blocks for further training in a skills-bereft country by introducing a learning and certification system that can be used with all levels of skills. Metal and Engineering Industries Education and Training Board (MEIETB)... 

R200m construction contract at Moz smelter

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The Mozambique aluminium (Mozal) smelter, Orapa diamond-mine and the Phalaborwa underground mining project are some of the projects in which civil engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Gillis-Mason is involved in. “We are heavily involved in the Mozal smelter and are... 

Work advances on R900m shopping centre

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Construction of the R900-million shopping centre in the R1,5-billion regional Century City is on schedule, reports Murray & Roberts (Cape) operations director Mark Peters. The contract, which must be completed by September next year, was awarded to the construction company by property and leisure... 

Project spread for firm

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 IN spite of worsening economic conditions LTA Building (Western Cape) is involved in a number of multimillion-rand projects. Projects which LTA Building is working on include the R28-million Durbanville Hills Winery, which features a system of walkways, making it possible for visitors to follow... 

New HQ completed

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE high-pressure tight-deadline contract for the building of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) new high-profile headquarters at Johannesburg International Airport has been completed by Protekon Building Services in conjunction with other consultants. The work involved the alteration of... 

Building of R116m technocentre on track

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Contributing to the building of technology in South Africa, the Grinaker group is involved in the construction of properties for cellular service provider Vodacom and computer giant Microsoft. The Vodacom technocentre contract awarded to Grinaker in Bellville, Western Cape, is valued at... 

Growth targeted despite adverse conditions

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Although Concor Holdings has a substantial order book for this year, MD Gavin Hardy does not see too bright a future for the South African construction industry for the last year of the century. “Our order book is still increasing, which is encouraging. However, the construction environment... 

R10,6m hospital revamp

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A R10,6-million contract for additions and renovations to the Sunward Park hospital in Boksburg, Gauteng, has been completed by Rainbow Construction in joint venture with WBHO. The contract included construction of a 34-bed ward and a round chapel. Also included was a new administration block, a... 

Last hurdle for Kwazulu-Natal expansion

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Additional work at one of Kwazulu-Natal’s largest projects ever, the new aluminium hot-rolling mill for Hulett Aluminium (Hulamin) in Maritzburg, is scheduled for completion at the end of this year. This comprises external paving, a canteen, change house, effluent plant and recycle... 

Local building industry in throes of crisis

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The South African building industry is in the throes of crisis, experiencing the worst conditions in the documented history of the Building Industries Federation of South Africa (Bifsa), reports Bifsa executive director Ian Robinson. “People are being retrenched and liquidations taking... 

New tenders out for convention centre

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 All remaining con- tracts for the R350- million Sandton Convention Centre, being built by Grinaker Construction for Liberty Life Properties (LLP), will be put out to tender this quarter. Located adjacent to the Sandton Sun and Towers Inter-Continental, and the Holiday Inn Garden Court Sandton... 

Vanderbijl project springs to life

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 THE fast-track R78,6-million Bophelong housing project has been officially opened in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. What sets this project apart from the many others on the go throughout South Africa is the rapid pace with which the houses were completed. An incredible total of 5 000 units were built... 

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