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eCobalt preconstruction activity ramps up

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 Preconstruction activities for eCobalt Solutions’ Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP) are ramping up with components for the water treatment plant starting to arrive on site, the company reported on Monday. The Vancouver-headquartered company has awarded contracts for the water treatment plant’s... 

The Future’s Smartest Supply Chains Will Leverage Blockchain

     23rd April 2018 “I envision blockchains as the orchestrator of the supply chain process, where supply chain events – or transactions – can originate from applications as well as ‘things’. A smart contract will determine the next action to be conducted along the supply chain, based on blockchain transactions... 

Corobrik embarks on multibillion-rand investment

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 South African brickmaker Corobrik announced on Monday it has embarked on a multi-billion rand investment roll-out to grow its business and develop new markets over the next five to six years. Corobrik CE Dirk Meyer said that the lion’s share of the initial R1-billion allocated during 2017/18... 

Malawi seeks funding for new dam to shore up supply to Mzuzu

By: Marcel Chimwala     20th April 2018 Malawi’s Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) is seeking $120-million in financing for a new dam to supply the city of Mzuzu. Mzuzu and surrounding areas rely on the Lunyangwa dam, which can no longer meet increasing water demand from a growing population. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 General Electric has successfully completed performance tests on Unit 1 of the power plant. 

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

R360m Admin Craft Basin opens opportunities for growth at Port of Ngqura

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The completed Admin Craft Basin (ACB), valued at R360-million, in the Port of Ngqura has opened up opportunities for revenue growth in the developing port. The new structure will be home to the port’s three tugs and one pilot boat, thereby freeing up Berth C101, which was designed to handle... 

Stabila, fischer products shine at iconic 129 Rivonia Road project

     16th April 2018 Leading brands fischer fixings and Stabila measuring equipment, distributed locally by Upat, played an integral role in ensuring the safe and speedy installation of the iconic façades at the 129 Rivonia Road development in Sandton, the site of the former Village Walk shopping centre. Developed by... 

Johnson Crane Hire Helps Gmc Repair Critical Cape Town Breakwater

     16th April 2018 Lifting solutions leader Johnson Crane Hire has assisted Guerrini Marine Construction (GMC) to successfully complete vital maintenance at Cape Town’s breakwater – considered one of the most essential aspects of the infrastructure for the Port of Cape Town and the popular V&A Waterfront. Johnson... 

Gensource offtake MoUs signal supply malaise in N American potash market

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2018 The fact that junior Canadian start-up Gensource Potash has been able to secure two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) from separate US offtake partners that support the establishment of a new and independent supply of potash, speaks to a certain malaise in the continent’s crop nutrient market.... 

Controlled permeability formwork liners prevent tank degradation

     13th April 2018 To reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork (CPF) liners, supplied by nonwoven roll goods supplier Fibertex SA, have been designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications, including highly... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 Talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have concluded without agreement. 

Kin’s share price plunges 40% on Leonora curtailment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Kin Mining plunged 40% on Wednesday as the company announced that it had curtailed construction work at the Leonora gold project, in Western Australia, on fears of a cost blow-out. The junior on Wednesday told shareholders that the decision was necessitated by an... 

Shopping centres need to buy into compliant fire-prevention strategies

     11th April 2018 Imagine a fire breaking out in a densely-packed shopping centre. Are you sure you know where the nearest emergency exit is, or even if that particular shopping centre has the necessary equipment and evacuation planning in place? ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk argues that many shopping centres... 

At the core of new residential suburb in Polokwane

     11th April 2018 Demand for middle-income housing in Polokwane still remains high long after the city was named the capital of Limpopo. This demand is mainly being driven by civil servants, who prefer their own homes to rental accommodation, while the conversion of existing residences into commercial buildings in... 

Wacker Neuson concludes ground-breaking black-owned dealer / distribution agreement with Enza Capital Equipment

     10th April 2018 Wacker Neuson is proud to announce the successful conclusion of a dealer and distribution agreement on 22nd March 2018 which sees Enza Capital Equipment as the first 100% black-owned Wacker Neuson dealer in South Africa. Enza is a member of the Asani Group, a diversified industrial holdings... 

JG Afrika successfully repairs the Groot Marico River Bridge to keep traffic moving

     10th April 2018 The swift action taken by JG Afrika on behalf of the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire to repair the damaged Groot Marico River Bridge on the N1/N4 prevented further damage to the toll-road and provided road users with a more convenient alternative to a 36 km detour while repairs were... 

Skyriders scores full marks for NDT inspection at Eskom power stations

     10th April 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has been honing its Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) expertise since 2002, having received the stamp-of-approval from Eskom to conduct this specialist service at its power-station fleet, including Kendal in Mpumalanga. NDT forms part of a holistic Wear Failure System... 

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Chryso Supports The Art Of New And Renovating Concrete

     9th April 2018 Decorative concrete solutions can raise the aesthetic value of both new projects and renovations, and CHRYSO Southern Africa is able to provide leading edge expertise and products to customers in the region. Since a well-known French decorative concrete company became part of the CHRYSO Group,... 

Supporting communities with practical infrastructure: Designing functional yet attractive footbridges within limited budgets

     9th April 2018 Footbridges are built to improve road safety for pedestrians and motorists. First and foremost they must be functional and low maintenance structures. There is, however, the question for designers of whether they can be more than that. “Footbridges of unique character can fit into any environment... 

SB 1102 Hydraulic Breaker from Epiroc – a solid solution for construction and demolition

     9th April 2018 Epiroc’s range of solid body hydraulic breakers just got bigger with the recent introduction of the new SB 1102 which is defined by powerful, reliable performance in a lightweight, compact package. “The largest in the solid body range, the SB 1102 is all about maximums - performance, durability,... 

Learning and networking for the construction industry

     6th April 2018 The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo returns to the Gallagher Convention Centre on 16 and 17 May 2018 and will include some exciting features. This year you can expect over 30 free workshops, 250 local and international exhibiting companies, and unlimited networking opportunities... 

Sustainable strategy engenders results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 Consulting firm Knight Piésold’s sustainable, quality process ethos across the board, from executing projects to implementing transformation, has enabled the company to maintain its competitive advantage amid a currently turbulent consulting engineering industry. Knight Piésold CEO Vishal... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

New measuring laser introduced to African market 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Tool and fixings distributor Upat has introduced the Stabila LAR 350 rotational laser (LAR 350) to the African market, which enables construction workers and foremen to measure, level and position equipment, explains Upat national product specialist Charl Weber. The LAR 350 has a wireless... 

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

     6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour has been completed. 

JRA starts R30m road rehabilitation on M2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Wednesday advised motorists travelling along the M2 to use alternative routes, as the agency starts a R30-million rehabilitation project on the Kaseme bridge section of the M2 motorway, which will affect the M2 eastbound, the M2 westbound and the Mooi street... 

Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Power management multinational Eaton has launched a microgrid that powers its factory and campus in Wadeville, Gauteng, using second-hand lithium-ion electric car batteries for its storage component. The batteries come from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles driven in Europe, and have about 4.5 years... 

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

Transformation initiatives revitalize South Africa’s construction industry

     29th March 2018 What are acceptable tools of measurement and how do you analyze transformation in South Africa’s construction industry?  With transformation now at the helm of many development partnerships, South Africa’s construction industry calls for expanded governance in the sector to promote an enabling... 

Woodlawn on track - Heron

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, is on track to start commissioning by year-end, ASX- and TSX-listed Heron Resources said. The company said on Wednesday that significant progress has been made at the site to date, with the start of process plant foundations, and with the... 

Densification defines Africa’s urban trends and infrastructure in 2018

     26th March 2018 Why do we need to talk about infrastructure investment and delivery in sub-Saharan Africa? Business spending in Africa will grow from $2.6 trillion in 2015 to $3.5 trillion by 2025.  It is estimated that over the same period an additional 187 million Africans will migrate to cities, drastically... 

Moody's announcement signals positive sentiment, says Busa

By: African News Agency      26th March 2018 The decision by Moody’s Investors Service to retain South Africa’s international and domestic credit rating at investment grade and the change in outlook to stable is a mark of greater confidence in the country, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Saturday. On Friday night, Moody's said it... 

New pipes turn old quarry into upmarket retirement estate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2018 Waterkloof Quarry, an old 58-hectare landmark, situated on the border of Waterkloof Ridge and Monument Park near Pretoria is to be developed into an upmarket retirement estate known as the Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate and is due to launch early in 2019. Rocla was selected to manufacture... 

HDPE lined pipes for driftsands collector sewer augmentation project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2018 The increase in residential and commercial developments in the Walmer area of Port Elizabeth in addition to the estimated increasing needs requirement by 2020 was a crucial factor for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to increase the capacity of the existing Driftsands Collective Sewer... 

Early days, but some SA firms responding to Zimbabwe’s open-for-business pledge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 Robert Mugabe may no longer be at the helm of Zimbabwe Inc, but the mess he created over his 37-year rule remains – the country’s infrastructure is, for the most part, in a sorry state, its economy is moribund and unemployment has reached ridiculously high levels, with figures as high as 90%... 

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