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LHDA appoints engineering panel for LHWP II

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined... 

Concor Boosts Safety And Targeted Enterprises In Eastern Cape Road Project

18th January 2019 Safety of both pedestrians and motorists has been boosted by Concor Infrastructure’s rehabilitation of the R75 double-carriageway between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, while the project has had considerable positive spinoff for local small targeted enterprises. The project, which began in May... 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

DoL launches formal inquiry into roof collapse at KZN building

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Department of Labour (DoL) has set up a formal inquiry into the collapse of a structure that was under construction last year on the premises of Imperial Logistics, in Durban. The collapse led to the death of four employees and the injury of four others.  

A.B.E. Flooring System Also Used For Walls At Douglas Greeen Winery

17th January 2019 Three components of a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ popular abecote flooring system were used for both new flooring and walls at the Douglas Green Winery in Wellington in the Western Cape. a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. 

First Oxford Parks building completed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Construction of the Oxford Parks development, in Rosebank, has progressed, with the first building, built by Concor Buildings to serve as the new head office of oil company BP South Africa, completed. The 4-star green rated building is part of Phase 1 of the Oxford Parks vision, which will... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Growing readymix markets with Chryso technology

15th January 2019 Leveraging its admixture technologies and its growing range of value-added products, CHRYSO Southern Africa is helping its readymix customers expand their markets despite the flat conditions in the construction sector. According to Deon Klopper, sales manager readymix segment at CHRYSO Southern... 

Oil near one-month high amid Opec cuts, economic uncertainty

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 Oil traded near a one-month high after entering a bull market, while the tension between an uncertain economic outlook and efforts by Opec to restrict supplies continued to cause volatile trading. West Texas Intermediate slipped 0.5% after a rally on Wednesday brought crude’s rebound from an... 

Air-purifying concrete can reduce atmospheric pollution

10th January 2019 The use of air-purifying concrete in both pavements and surrounding structures can play a major role in the reduction of atmospheric pollution in urban areas, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute. Perrie says air pollution is a steadily increasing problem in densely populated area and... 

Training Course To Lift Professionals Above The Pack

10th January 2019 Construction industry professionals need only devote five days of their time for intensive training in concrete technology to boost their own career opportunities and ensure that the structures they design have the sustainability the South African economy vitally requires. This is the view of... 

Local Kwagga small plant from Hire It a big hit in construction industry

9th January 2019 The increasing demand for fibreoptic cable infrastructure has seen a Durban installer acquire eight Kwagga rammers from Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. This is testament to the success of the rugged and cost-effective range of small plant for the construction industry. The customer is very happy with... 

Upcoming protest not the first amid talks of transition away from coal – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has defended the industry’s job creation potential. This comes ahead of a peaceful march by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is planned for November 17, to protest potential job losses in the coal-fired power generation sector as a... 

Industry should use slowdown to train staff

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The construction industry should use recessions to train staff to gain a competitive edge when work volumes increase, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology senior lecturer John Roxburgh. “It is crucial to have competent people... 

AfriSam Celebrates The Beauty Of Concrete Through Its Inaugural Concreativity Award

2nd November 2018 AfriSam announced the winners of its inaugural ConCreativity challenge at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Zeitz MOCAA, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world, on 26 October 2018. Celebrating the various forms and potential of concrete, ConCreativity invited South... 

Good reception for cleaning system

By: Halima Frost     2nd November 2018 Following the launch of its KaiVac 1750 No-Touch cleaning system at last year’s Cleantex Cleaning Expo, held from June 12 to 14, cleaning solutions provider Goscor Cleaning Equipment says the system has since been taken up by the top five contract cleaning service providers in the country. The... 

Afrimat prospers in H1, despite tough economic environment

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2018 Openpit mining company Afrimat on Thursday posted a 4.3% year-on-year improvement in operating profit to R202.7-million for the six months ended August 31, while revenue increased by 28.6% year-on-year to R1.5-billion. These positive results, CEO Andries van Heerden said at a media breakfast,... 

Kirkland Lake positioned for a ‘strong finish’ to 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 Mid-tier gold producer Kirkland Lake is positioned for a strong finish to the year, president and CEO Tony Makuch said on Tuesday, announcing another revision to the company’s production guidance for 2018. The miner, which operates in Canada and Australia, increased its full-year guidance to... 

Specialist contractor establishes the benchmark in specialised lining applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 BKV Holdings devised a novel means of installing a Polyurea waterproofing over a Perlite cement fire-rated screed to wall system at a newly-built power station, and this approach has since become the standard on other similar projects. Perlite cement screeds are more porous than conventional... 

Richard’s Bay IDZ gate wins AfriSam-SAIA sustainable architecture award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 The Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) entrance gate in KwaZulu-Natal has won a seminal sustainable design award, in the sustainable architecture category, at the biennial AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (AfriSam-SAIA) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and... 

Greenpeace Africa affirms Mpumalanga is a nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Greenpeace Africa states that analysis from satellite data between June 1 and August 31 shows that Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot across six continents. The data points to coal and transport as the two principal sources of the nitrogen dioxide air... 

A.B.E. And Chryso Products Bring New Life To Wedding Venue Floors

29th October 2018 Products from the Chryso South Africa Group and its subsidiary, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, were used for the refurbishment of the flooring at one of the Western Cape’s most popular wedding and functions venues, Murasie, in the Overberg. Johnie Emmerich, Technical Sales Consultant: Flooring... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy-saving initiative

26th October 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) last month pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Company offers consultation on stainless steel grade use

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 As part of its anchor installer training service, construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa offers consulting on the implications of using different grades of stainless steel as fasteners for anchoring purposes in the construction industry. “We all know stainless... 

Klawer awaits PPA signature, while Roggeveld surges ahead

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 Having received preferred bidder status three years ago, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies’ Klawer wind farm project awaits a power purchase agreement (PPA) signature before undertaking the 18 months of construction needed to add 5 MW of electricity to the national grid. 

N1 – Plattekloof road and Old Oak interchange upgrade, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works is upgrading the N1 between Plattekloof road and Old Oak interchange, which includes the addition of a third lane in both directions. 

Huge Portals Delivered To Nelson Mandela Bay

24th October 2018 A leading construction company has taken delivery of two Condra 60-ton portal cranes for its pre-cast yard in Port Elizabeth. The twin Class Three machines, each one weighing approximately 52 tons, are very large cranes with 30-metre spans and 9-metre lift heights.  They will be used for the... 

Stabila, fischer makes quality cabinetry a cinch for Easylife Kitchens

22nd October 2018 Easylife Kitchens (ELK) of Faerie Glen, Johannesburg, is using fischer fixings and Stabila measuring equipment, distributed locally by Upat, to provide the best cabinetry solutions to meet its clients’ design requirements. From kitchen to bedroom, bathroom, bar, or even garage cupboards, ELK... 

PERI provides solution for gatehouse arch at Yekani Manufacturing

22nd October 2018 A requirement for smooth off-shutter concrete work at the arched gatehouse to ICT group Yekani Manufacturing’s new R1 billion factory in the East London Industrial Development Zone saw main contractor WBHO turn to PERI South Africa to provide a complete architectural solution. The leading... 

Skyriders saves the day at silo inspection for Delmas colliery

22nd October 2018 A combination of rope access and the use of an Elios collision-tolerant drone allowed a prominent colliery near Delmas in Mpumalanga to complete a routine silo inspection in record time, not only minimising downtime, but ensuring the health and safety of all involved in the fast-track project.... 

Wacker Neuson solidifies dealer partnership with Demolition Technologies

22nd October 2018 Demolition Technologies is a renowned and respected supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic construction, demolition and portable power equipment. “With this in mind, the decision to appoint them as our dealer to serve customers in the Western Cape region was an extremely simple one,” affirms Dennis... 

Arup façade Design Commended at 2018 Steel Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 Arup was commended for their entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the Architectural Category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards on 11 October 2018. The company, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, works across every aspect of... 

Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho/South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Construction work on Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. 

DRA Sets Gold Standard On Elikhulu

18th October 2018 Diversified global engineering, project delivery and operations management group, DRA Global (“DRA”), partnered JSE Listed Pan African Resources [JSE: PAN] in completing its R1.74 billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment project in Evander, Mpumalanga, within budget and ahead of schedule. Over the... 

SMEC celebrates Sydney Metro Northwest ENR Global Project of the Year Award win.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 A panel of industry judges and editors of the prestigious Michigan-based Engineering News-Record (ENR) selected the Sydney Metro Northwest in Australia as the 2018 Global Project of the Year and Best Rail Project. SMEC was the Design Lead on the international project team and designed the... 

M&D Construction Group puts pedal to the metal at Gamsberg project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 Construction of the various roads that will serve Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) state-of-the-art Gamsberg mine near Aggeneys in the Northern Cape is forging ahead as planned. They are being built by M&D Construction Group, which also assisted VZI and its engineer, procure, construct (EPC)... 

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