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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... 

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in specialised product

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Construction solutions provider a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is seeing growing confidence in the use of specialised coatings in the South African construction industry, proving that the company’s commitment to high quality and durability in its product range continues to be a successful strategy... 

Partnership crucial in addressing housing shortfall

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Demonstrating the potential for the success of private-public partnerships, residential property developer Calgro M3 and construction products supplier PPC have partnered to upgrade an informal settlement along the Fleurhof dam, in Johannesburg, into a fully integrated city. 

PMSA

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th February 2017 Being a supplier of concrete equipment in Africa for over forty years, PMSA provides wet batching plant solutions for customers in the Civil sector for renewable energy such as wind and solar plants, conventional power stations, dam construction, roads and bridges, in the Building contractor... 

Quality key for the construction sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry association the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) is taking a proactive role in ensuring that a high level of quality is instituted and maintained throughout the civil engineering and construction sector’s supply chain. 

New labour laws in Chile embolden striking miners

By: Reuters     15th February 2017 Workers at the world's largest copper mine in Chile are digging in for a long strike, emboldened by new labour laws that are likely to result in tough wage negotiations in the industry in 2017 in one of Latin America's most free-market economies. The 2 500-member union at BHP Billiton's Escondida... 

Rehabilitation of Kariba dam wall to start soon

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 The Zambian and Zimbabwean governments will on Tuesday sign a works contract for the first component of the Kariba dam rehabilitation project. This contract will see the reshaping of the dam’s plunge pool and is being funded by the European Union, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and... 

New MD for Babcock’s Equipment business

     10th February 2017 Babcock has appointed David Vaughan as the new Managing Director - Equipment as of 01 November 2016.  Vaughan was previously Sales Director of the business and has been with Babcock since 2005 when he joined as a regional general manager. Babcock’s equipment business manages the exclusive... 

Acclaimed A.B.E. Flooring System For Paarl Panel Beating Workshop

     10th February 2017 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals supplied one of its acclaimed epoxy floor coating systems for new workshop floors of the Paarl branch of Tekton Autobody Repairs, a leading panel beating company in the Western Cape. A.B.E. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. Johnie Emmerich,... 

Alto Tâmega hydroelectric complex, Portugal

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The Alto Tâmega project will be one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe. 

Those who cannot do . . . talk

By: Riaan de Lange     10th February 2017 You may well be acquainted with the adage 'He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches' from George Bernard Shaw’s 1903 play, Man and Superman, Maxims for Revolutionists: Education. But it no longer holds true for South Africa for several reasons, the most prominent being that I do not know of... 

Releasing Agents For Every Concrete Purpose

     9th February 2017 Releasing agents are a valuable part of any construction project, ensuring that concrete does not stick to formwork or moulds; the CHRYSO® Dem range takes this technology another step forward with a brand to suit every application. According to Hannes Engelbrecht, general manager:inland at CHRYSO... 

Specialised energy mission from South Africa to Zambia commended for innovative approach to doing business in Africa

     9th February 2017 A South African energy sector trade and business delegation recently had another successful trip to Zambia. The trade mission was jointly led by Trade Invest Africa and the South African Electrotechnical Export Council. “We are impressed by the calibre of companies from the South African Energy... 

New Revolutionary Quick-Curing A.B.E. Protection For Discovery Air-Conditioning Plant

     8th February 2017 A.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ new VIP quickfloor system that can cure in less than an hour to enable flooring contractors to provide incredibly rapid flooring has been applied as waterproofing protection at the Discovery Holdings headquarters in Sandton. A.b.e., part of the Chryso Southern... 

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

Trends in Southern Africa’s construction industry to look out for in 2017

     6th February 2017 With 2016 bringing a year of unexpected developments across the globe, from Brexit to the election of the 45th President of the United States, and from falling commodity prices to waning GDP growth across Africa, there are now diverse global realities impacting the African continent as a whole... 

PPC’s R1bn empowerment deal boosts balance sheet

By: Anine Kilian     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed PPC’s balance sheet has shown significant improvement following the conclusion of its first broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) transaction. The BBBEE transaction resulted in a cash inflow of R1-billion in December, which PPC says will be used to further reduce its debt and... 

Wacker Neuson SE’s Executive Board changes: Alexander Greschner to take over the role of CSO from Jan Willem Jongert

     2nd February 2017 The Supervisory Board of Wacker Neuson SE and Mr. Jan Willem Jongert (member of the Executive Board responsible for sales) have agreed, by fully amicable and mutual consent, for Mr. Jongert to step down from his position earlier than planned due to differences in opinion over the concrete... 

Syrah says Mozambique project’s costs rise

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th January 2017 ASX-listed graphite developer Syrah Resources expects its Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, to cost $8-million more than previously estimated, owing to changes to the final design. The costs of the Balama project, which would be commissioned in the second quarter of this year, had increased... 

Future of St Helena airport uncertain as it is deemed unusable by commercial airlines 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £285.5-million of British taxpayers’ money on building an airport in St Helena that is not usable by commercial airlines. This is the main finding of a report published by the UK House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. 

Hollywood, TV promoting ‘crazy’ science

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th January 2017 Something that irritates me is when there is crazy, impossible science in Hollywood movies. It happens a lot.  It happens on TV all the time.  What I am talking about is things like when some fellow in a modern war movie picks up an infrared viewer and then looks clean through a concrete wall and... 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project – Phase 2, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th January 2017 Phase 2B of project is under review with the Department of Water and Sanitation. 

Solar LED light available in Southern Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 To reach its goal of enlarging its footprint in Southern Africa, solar street light  manufacturing and distribution company Solar Eco Systems Africa has made promotional magnets manufacturer Magnet Energy an exclusive distributor of its range of self-sustaining solar light-emitting diode (LED)... 

Plastic Pipe Conference Association Confirms Spin-Off Conference And Exhibition To Take Place In South Africa Later This Year

     26th January 2017 The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has announced dates and venue for its two spin-off conferences and exhibitions in South Africa and China for this year. The first event in South Africa will be held on 4 -5 September 2017 at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The second will be... 

Belabela Quarries Supports Early Learning In Local Community

     25th January 2017 Early childhood education in Botswana has received a welcome boost in the Kgatleng District near the capital Gaberone, with the Belabela Quarries’ funding of a new building for reception-grade children at Matebele Primary School. The building and furnishing of the reception block was funded by a... 

AngloGold, NUM continue talks to limit retrenchments

By: Anine Kilian     24th January 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has said an agreement has been reached with AngloGold Ashanti to not retrench some 849 workers, but AngloGold spokesperson Chris Nthite on Tuesday said engagement with the union was ongoing and that no concrete decisions had been made. “Yesterday we met... 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane metropolitan municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufac- turing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 A a significant milestone has been celebrated at the Port of Durban, with the Maydon Wharf precinct having serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. 

Local light passenger and utility aircraft programme taking off

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria (within the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality), is the nest within which a fledgling civilian aircraft manufacturing company is developing. Based in the airport’s Hangar 1, Falcon Air has developed and is producing its Falcon 402 general aviation aircraft, albeit... 

Market needs education on plastic pipe advantages

     20th January 2017 The South African market is not well educated to look for, and know, the difference between high-quality plastic pipes and low-quality plastic pipes, says plastic producer DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman. 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Acacia jumps in London on $4bn Endeavour merger talks

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2017 Acacia Mining jumped to the highest in almost two months after the gold miner confirmed it is in early-stage talks with rival Africa-focused producer Endeavour Mining Corp. about a possible merger of the two companies which have a combined value of about $4-billion. Acacia, which mines the... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the port,... 

Right-First-Time Construction

     16th January 2017 The competitive construction market demands quality results – first time around – to keep clients happy and business profitable. Gauteng-based contractor Probuild has its own proprietary quality management software to make sure this happens. It is busy applying this technology and approach on the... 

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