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Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 South African property development company Atterbury will open its fourth retail development in Ghana, the $95-million Kumasi City mall on April 20. The 18 500 m2 modern mall, with potential for a future 10 000 m2 expansion, will give the city of Kumasi its first one-stop building with shopping... 

Balama on track for Q2 start

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th March 2017 The Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, is on track to be commissioned in the second quarter of this year. Owner Syrah Resources on Friday told shareholders ore mining is scheduled to start in May to allow for the commissioning of the primary crusher. A temporary laboratory will be... 

New Curve™ Pump Proves Its Capability In Market Application

     24th March 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  Among the first South African companies to adopt this new technology was Hernic Ferrochrome who currently plans to retrofit all the pumps at their OB-Plant to the CURVE™ range. The conversion... 

Grand Paris Express – Line 15 South, T3C section construction project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project entails the construction of the T3C section of the Line 15 South. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th March 2017 South Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

S African company wins Japanese award for the first time

     24th March 2017 Automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv South Africa (SA) has been awarded the coveted Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) Total Plant Maintenance (TPM) Excellence Award for 2017.  

Most rugged multi-gas detector yet sets new safety benchmark

     22nd March 2017 The new MSA ALTAIR® 4XR multi-gas detector provides real-time event notification using Bluetooth connectivity. This sets a new technological benchmark for advanced features, boosting health and safety for workers operating in hazardous or dangerous environments. The latest multi-gas detector from... 

Extra funding for another SA-based international radio telescope project

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 The international Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (Hera) telescope, being constructed in South Africa’s radio astronomy reserve in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, has received a significant new cash injection, that will fund a major expansion of the array, SKA South Africa... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Fortress Income Fund launches R650 million Louwlardia development

     16th March 2017 The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion.   Speaking at the launch,  executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1... 

Rain dampens PPC cement sales for January and February

By: African News Agency      13th March 2017 Cement producer PPC said on Monday that adverse weather had negatively affected cement and concrete sales in South Africa during January and February 2017. PPC was providing an operational update which reflected that rainfall in excess of 200 mm was experienced in many parts of the country during... 

Innovative Use Of Technicrete Aqua Zig Zags And Dzz’s For Storm Water Attenuation Management

     13th March 2017 All new properties developed in the Ekurhuleni region, regardless of the size, are required to submit a storm water management plan to the Ekurhuleni Municipality. To meet this prerequisite, the consulting engineers, Mhiduve (Pty) Ltd, developed an innovative storm water attenuation management... 

Chryso Enviromix® Gives Contractors The Green Edge

     10th March 2017 Billed as a very innovative technology by CHRYSO, EnviroMix® is engineered to boost the performance of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM). SCMs are industrial by-products which when used as a partial replacement for Portland cement reduce the amount of cement that is required for... 

Afrisam Steps In To Boost Customer Efficiency

     10th March 2017 A new initiative by leading cement and construction materials supplier, AfriSam is helping concrete product manufacturers (CPMs) to reduce their costs of production while maintaining quality output. According to Amit Dawneerangen, AfriSam’s national sales manager, the new service is an Efficiency... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The Zambian and Zimbabwean governments have signed the plunge pool reshaping works contract. 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Water scarcity increases need for water treatment chemicals

     10th March 2017 South Africa's growing water scarcity and infrastructure inadequacy are projected to lead to to an escalation in the need for effective water treatment chemicals, notes market research company Frost & Sullivan. The company notes that a rise in environmental awareness has accelerated the move away... 

Products supplied by A.B.E Construction Chemicals were successfully applied to create and coat floors in four parts of Southern Africa.

     9th March 2017 A.B.E. Is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. The A.B.E. Products supplied were: 

Rocla’s Versatile Concrete Poles

     9th March 2017 In the last decade, questions about the cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness of timber and steel poles have inevitably made industry seek alternative solutions for applications across a wide variety of sectors which include electricity, electrical, telecommunications, security... 

Brokk Acquires Aquajet Systems AB

     8th March 2017 Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, recently acquired Aquajet Systems AB, the world’s leading manufacturer of hydrodemolition robots. The acquisition expands the application solutions offered by Brokk in the construction and demolition industry.... 

SA cleantech entrepreneurs honoured on world stage

     7th March 2017 Two South African cleantech innovators were honoured at the Global Forum during the 2017 Cleantech Week in San Francisco earlier this month. Yolandi Schoeman of Baoberry, the winner of the 2016 South African  Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs  (GCIP-SA), was named one of two  overall... 

Rocla’s Versatile Concrete Poles

     7th March 2017 In the last decade, questions about the cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness of timber and steel poles have inevitably made industry seek alternative solutions for applications across a wide variety of sectors which include electricity, electrical, telecommunications, security... 

Time to stop digging trenches manually

     7th March 2017 With the advent of trenching machines nearly seventy years ago, Ditch Witch the inventors, revolutionized the industry and put paid to manual trenching throughout most of the world. Yet in South Africa the chain gang still prevails with manual labour used to painstakingly dig our trenches and... 

Gauteng government appoints investigator to look into hospital roof collapse 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd March 2017 The Gauteng provincial government has appointed legal firm Adams and Adams to investigate the cause of a roof collapse at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital during maintenance works. “[The firm will] provide a detailed report of what really transpired. We have also tasked the investigators to... 

Student designs sustainable beekeeping system 

By: Anine Kilian     3rd March 2017 A University of Johannesburg (UJ) student has designed an improved system of beekeeping and beehive production to aid in the survival of bees and, by extension, tackle the problem of decreasing pollination. UJ MTech Industrial Design student Ivan Brown’s Beegin concept involves a lightweight... 

JV completes Phase 1 of subway line

     3rd March 2017 Integrated firm AECOM and global firm Arup celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) earlier this year. It is the first major expansion of New York City subway system done by the AECOM-Arup Joint Venture (JV) in... 

Slave labour

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd March 2017 Thomas Brassey and William Mackenzie built the greater part of the Paris and Rouen Railway. They were British. Their firm got the job because the French contractors were too expensive. Between 1841 and 1844, they built about 700 km of railway line in France. Very little of the work was done with... 

New minerals back idea of man-made epoch for Earth – study

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 Scientists have identified more than 200 minerals created as side-effects of human industries in a sign that mankind's imprint on the Earth is so deep that it marks a new geological epoch, a study said on Wednesday. Rare chemical combinations such as those found in mines, ore dumps or smelters... 

Kobus Burger appointed a technical director of JG Afrika

     1st March 2017 Kobus Burger has been appointed as a technical director of JG Afrika, a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy. With a total of 31 years’ of experience, Burger’s list of achievements includes his involvement in numerous projects throughout southern Africa designing a... 

Recycled polystyrene used in construction of new mall

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2017 More than 15 t of recycled expanded polystyrene have gone into the production of 20 000 of alternative building company Greenlite Concrete’s concrete blocks for use in the new Table Bay Mall that is under construction. The 65 000 m² mall, which is expected to open in September, is located on a 20... 

15 Tons Of Recycled Polystyrene Used In New Table Bay Mall Construction

     27th February 2017 More than 15 tons of recycled, Expanded Polystyrene have already gone into the production of 20,000 Greenlite Concrete blocks used in the new Table Bay Mall that is currently being constructed. Expected to open its doors at the end of September this year, this 65 000 m² regional shopping centre... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 All four units at Ingula are now commercial and produce a combined 1 332 MW. 

New cleaning solution launched into Southern African markets

By: David Oliveira     24th February 2017 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) launched its latest cleaning equipment solution – the GM1ze zero-emission refuse picker from German environment-friendly cleaning equipment manufacturer Green Machines International – at its Johannesburg facilities earlier this month. GCE MD Greg Venter noted... 

Kansai Plascon sets a new standard for road-marking paint

     21st February 2017 Kansai Plascon’s BTP brick and concrete paint product is available in different colours, and adheres to notoriously difficult substrates. It also outlasts competitor products by a significant margin, setting a new benchmark in the road-marking sector in particular. This is according to a... 

Key Factors To Make Concrete More Durable

     20th February 2017 The two main reasons why concrete is the most abundantly used construction material are its durability and competitive pricing compared to other construction materials. Concrete’s durability also leads to significant reductions in maintenance costs over its service life.   “But there is still... 

Kansai Plascon sets a new standard for road-marking paint

     20th February 2017 Kansai Plascon’s BTP brick and concrete paint product is available in different colours, and adheres to notoriously difficult substrates. It also outlasts competitor products by a significant margin, setting a new benchmark in the road-marking sector in particular. This is according to a... 

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