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Company extensively involved in the GFIP

25th June 2010 Civil engineering construction company Esorfranki Civils, formerly Patula Construction, which is part of the JSE-listed Esorfranki Group, was awarded the R174-million contract for the N4 freeway phase-one road upgrade.  

Scaffolding contract spurs skills development

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 Insulation contractor Kaefer has been awarded a contract by local construction contractor Murray & Roberts to erect scaffolding during the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station. 

Core focus changes to achieve ambitious 1,5m work opportunities by 2014

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2010 Analysis of South Africa’s unemployment over the past two decades shows that it is structural in nature. People who benefit from employment from the Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP) often do not find regular employment within the formal sector after their two years with the EPWP ends, says... 

Food for waste 
programme under way

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2010 The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) targets infrastructure needs, environment and cultural requirements, as well as social needs when it determines what sector to create jobs in. All municipalities and nongovernmental entities are involved in the identification of needs and the... 

Developing emerging contractors

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2010 The Vuk’uphile learnership programme, one of the training programmes in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) aims to develop emerging contractors into fully-fledged contractors with practical training undertaken on public infrastructure projects, says engineering consultants PD Naidoo &... 

Focus on couplings, fittings and hoses for exhibition

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 International oil and gas service companies can source hoses, fittings and couplings manufactured to global standards in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Namibia and Ghana, hose and fitting manufacturers Jachris GM Warwick Bouwer says. 

Giving value to aesthetics on Gauteng’s roads

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th December 2009 With the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) construction currently under way on the majority of the province’s roads, congestion, rubble and construction equipment may be creating the impression of an unattractive, grey mass of concrete along the freeways and interchanges. 

New technology to enhance environment friendly construction

11th December 2009 New technology is being used to make construction of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme (GFIP) as environment friendly as possible, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

Pipe replacement project 
stimulus for economic growth

By: Carla Thomaz     11th December 2009 Twenty-nine thousand people and a further 16 small to medium-sized companies have to date directly benefited from eThekwini Water Services’ (EWS’) multimillion-rand asbestos cement (AC) pipe replacement project. 

R1,6-billion project on track for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     11th December 2009 The R1,6-billion eThekwini asbestos cement (AC) pipe replacement project, which started in July 2007, is on track for completion in June 2010.  

Expansion on track for 2010

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The first and largest part of the R3,9-billion project to widen and deepen Durban’s harbour mouth is on track for completion in March 2010. 

Durban to remain SA’s leading container port, despite challenges

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight transport company the Transnet National Ports Authority reports that, despite the challenges to meet volume targets in a difficult economic environment, to maintain the five-year investment programme and to achieve performance and efficiency targets, the port of Durban will retain its... 

Deep-water port of Ngqura launched

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The new deep-water port of Ngqura, which has a depth of between 16 m and 18 m to accommodate the larger, new-generation container vessels, was launched operationally in October. 

New customs Bills to facilitate trade

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) launched the draft Customs Control Bill and draft Customs Duty Bill, during October 2009. The bills, which have been released for public comment by February 26, 2010, are designed to strike a balance between trade facilitation and economic growth, as well... 

R800m project on schedule, 
despite challenges

By: Carla Thomaz     11th December 2009 Despite a shortage of skilled workers and a lack of building sand, as well as inclement weather, the first phase of eThekwini’s water and sanitation’s (EWS’) R800-million Western Aqueduct project, which is the largest water project ever commissioned by EWS, is on track and within budget. 

SA’s picturesque ports key to prosperous economy 

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009  

South Africa’s road network takes on a new look

11th December 2009 Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele says that the country is facing a R18,4-billion backlog with regards to the upkeep of the core national road network. In the provinces, there was a further R19,9-billion backlog, bringing the total to R38,3-billion. 

Port of Cape Town prepares for economic recovery

By: Petronel Smit     11th December 2009 Freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports that the Cape Town container terminal’s five-year, R5,4 -billion expansion project, which is now in its second year, will ensure that the country’s second-largest container terminal is better prepared for global market recovery in... 

Luxury coaches supplied for World Cup

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 As the primary transport sponsor for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a FIFA partner, motor company Hyundai Automotive South Africa has been commissioned to supply a minimum requirement of 64 luxury coaches - two coaches for each of the 32 teams in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This has provided a good... 

Challenges in sight, but encouraging response to BRT system 

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th December 2009 City of Johannesburg executive director for transportation Lisa Seftel says that commuter feedback, despite a few teething problems, for phase 1A of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which has been running since September, has been encouraging. The overall feedback from commuters... 

Bus operators should be aware of 
recent changes to legislation

4th December 2009 Bus operators transporting 2010 FIFA World Cup passengers should note the recent changes to the public entity Road Accident Fund (RAF) legislation and adjust their third-party insurance accordingly, says insurance broker and risk consultants Glenrand MIB manager of commercial product solutions... 

BRT system contributes 
to job creation

4th December 2009 Numerous job and skills training opportunities in local communities have been created through the development of infrastructure for the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in Johannesburg.

From June 2008 to the end of June 2009, 3 300 people, including a large number of women, were employed... 

Work on new airport entering final stages

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2009 The building of infrastructure at the new airport at La Mercy in KwaZulu-Natal is largely completes. The control tower and ten ancillary buildings, including the fire and rescue building have been handed over, Ilembe civil construction joint-venture project service director Jon Broadhead says. 

Efforts to mitigate 
environmental impacts 

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2009 Every effort has been made to reduce the negative environmental impact of the new airport at La Mercy, says Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Colin Naidoo. Acsa policies try to deal with aircraft noise, bird management, storm-water runoff, air quality and occupational health and... 

Air-cooled condensing units for Medupi

4th December 2009 Electrical engineering company Actom Electrical Machines was subcontracted by heat transfer equipment supplier GEA Aircooled Systems, of Germiston, to install air-cooled condensing (ACC) units at government parastatal Eskom’s new power station, Medupi. 

Gauteng-based company 
supplies dust filters and silo safety systems

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 Bulk handling equipment importer and supplier Concrete Finishing Equipment (CFE), of Gauteng, has been awarded the contract to supply dust filters and KCS Silo Safety systems to government parastatal Eskom’s Medupi power station. 

Millions invested 
in local boiler part manufacturing 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 South African power equipment supplier Hitachi Power Africa has invested R904-million in increasing boiler-part manufacturing facilities in South Africa. 

Efforts to conserve the environment continue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build programmes, there have been a lot of concerns from various conservation groups and nongovernmental organisations vexed by the possible environmental impacts of resulting emissions, disturbance to fauna and flora, and other factors. 

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for cash-strapped utility?

4th December 2009 Following significant growth in infrastructure development, housing and industries, South Africa’s demand for electricity supply has peaked and given the countries current power woes, has led State-owned power utility Eskom having to ensure that it meets power supply demand requirements. 

Uncertainty over 
hydroelectric project, Eskom’s involvement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 It has emerged that the Democratic Republic of Congo government was mulling over a plan to reverse the South African Development Community’s (SADC) mandate over the development of the high-potential Inga hydroelectric project, and effectively make it a national project. 

Local steel producer will soon be on the market

By: Petronel Smit     27th November 2009 South African steel producer Scaw Metals is one of the assets to be sold off by diversified mining group Anglo American (Anglo) in an effort to focus its activities on mining.


Inspection of SA’s new stadiums a success

By: Carla Thomaz     6th November 2009 A 50-member delegation from the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA has successfully completed an inspection of the five newly built stadiums and the upgraded Soccer City stadium.  

Cyber attacks likely to 
increase, security 
experts warn

By: Carla Thomaz     6th November 2009 As the 2010 FIFA World Cup approaches, security experts are warning that cyber attacks are likely to increase in the days leading to and during the event, and users interested in the FIFA World Cup are advised to equip themselves with the fundamentals of cybercrime, says Information Technology... 

On the mark, set and almost ready to go

6th November 2009 Engineering News previously reported that sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile said that 2010 FIFA World Cup preparations had ensured that more than 103 600 people were employed at the ten stadiums that would host the extrava- ganza, with a further 82 799 employed in sectors... 

Physical security barrier negotiations under way

By: Carla Thomaz     6th November 2009 With the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums nearing completion, negotiations for various physical security barriers are starting and local security barrier manufacturer Trellidor is confident its products will meet security barrier requirements. 

Intelligent backbone ensures return on investment

By: Carla Thomaz     6th November 2009 The design and implementation of an intelligent backbone at the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects is not only helping to make these projects showpieces for the event, but will also ensure that maximum return on investment is achieved, says electrical engineering company Electrical Engineering... 

Local company secures contracts for infrastructure projects

By: Carla Thomaz     6th November 2009 Manufacturer of commercial, industrial and domestic roller shutters Roll-Up Serranda has secured a number of contracts for the infrastructural projects, being carried out countrywide in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, using both its own custom designed and manufactured roller shutters,... 

FIFA World Cup catalyst for ICT industry growth

By: Carla Thomaz     6th November 2009 The 2010 FIFA World Cup has been a catalyst for the information and communication technology (ICT) industry in South Africa, however, customer service delivery is critical for the event’s success, says call centre technology company Inter-Active Technologies. 

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