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Concrete Offers Unmatched Structural Integrity, Says TCI

Updated 7 hours ago Structural integrity, durability, energy efficiency and fire resistance are just a few of the benefits concrete construction offers for the creation of infrastructure, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute (TCI). Perrie says the strength of concrete elements in buildings is well... 

Precast Concrete Faҫades Bring Buildings To Life

21st September 2018 Precast construction technology represents Finnish high-tech know-how at its best. The country’s professionalism in precast technology originates from its extensive application of this construction method. Testing innovative solutions and developing new products has been possible due to a solid... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Company eyes expansion into Africa

By: Evert Wasserman     21st September 2018 Owing to its ability to adhere to State-owned power utility Eskom’s stringent electrification infrastructure requirements, electrical solutions and engineering provider Gridbow has expanded its services into other African countries. “Contrary to popular belief, Eskom has very stringent rules with... 

Recorded music

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st September 2018 From the first voice and music recordings of the 1800s, nothing much changed in the early part of the 1900s. Wind-up gramophones with paper mache cones were used for the reproduction of music that was stored on metal or wax discs. There was no electronic amplification – the recording was done by... 

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has awarded the Concor Mota-Engil joint venture (JV) the second of two megabridge construction contracts as part of the N2 Wild Coast project. The R1.65-billion bridge will be built near Lusikisiki over the Msikaba gorge.  

Infrastructure specialist group sells OCON brick

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 The Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG) has announced the sale of clay brick manufacturer Ocon Brick to Willem Pienaar and his partner Mike Koch.   Albert Weber, CEO of ISG said “ISG regularly evaluates and reviews its operational activities to ensure that our long-term strategies and... 

Helping innovate to improve service delivery in outlying areas of South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 While ageing infrastructure remains a significant challenge in rural areas, this is an opportunity for smaller municipalities and their supply-chain partners to find innovative ways of developing and maintaining the assets they need to provide services to the poor. Shaun Hadkinson, CoreSlab’s... 

Large Bridges Showcase Concor Infrastructure Expertise On N2 Road Contract

17th September 2018 Concor Infrastructure has made solid progress constructing and extending more than eleven structures, including two large bridges and four overpass bridges, on the exciting N2 highway upgrade between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. This substantial South African National Roads Agency SOC... 

Technicrete turns 50

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2018 Technicrete, one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of precast concrete products turns 50 this year. Originally part of the Concor Group launched in 1948 by Jurgen Schultz, who, in 1968, saw a gap in the market for the manufacture and application of precast concrete products. The group... 

Ultra-3000 offered to local, international markets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) completed trials for the Ultra-3000 last month, and is offering this “unmatched machine” to the South African and international markets, PMSA marketing and sales manager Quintin Booysen tells Engineering News. The PMSA-Ultra... 

Professional team toasts success at state-of-the-art brewery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Work forged ahead as planned on a fast-track reservoir-construction project for a sophisticated brewery in Sedibeng, Gauteng. Heineken owns more than 70% of the brewery and Diageo the balance of the facility, where millions of hectolitres of premium beers are brewed and bottled for the South... 

Tanzanian integrity pledge regulations lack clarity, cause uncertainty – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has raised concerns around Tanzania’s new integrity pledge for mining companies, questioning whether it meets international best practice. Since July 2017, the Tanzanian government has introduced significant regulatory reforms to the mining... 

Nordex to supply 80 wind turbines to two South African wind farm projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group has been awarded contracts in South Africa to install 80 AW125/3150 turbines for the Garob and Copperton projects, in the Northern Cape. The turbines have a combined capacity of 252 MW.  

Delivering healthcare that is right for Africa, WSP

12th September 2018 Eliminating barriers and ultimately increasing access to quality health services, for all, is a key pillar that requires significant focus if the aspirations laid out in the Agenda 2063 are to be achieved. It is also crucial if a prosperous future of inclusive and sustainable growth, where all... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy saving initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) on Monday pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Upat keeps Riggers Steeplejacks up high with total solution

6th September 2018 A specialist supplier of suspended access systems, Riggers Steeplejacks makes extensive use of fischer construction fasteners, Milwaukee power tools, and Stabila measuring tools, all distributed exclusively by leading local supplier Upat, to enable it to offer complete solutions to its clients.... 

Local training available for construction professionals at Cape Construction Expo

6th September 2018 The Cape Construction Expo will be taking place at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest in Cape Town from 12 to 13 September 2018. With more than R5.2m allocated for local contractors’ to apply for subcontracting tenders in the Western Cape’s budget for 2018/2019, the Cape Construction Expo is the perfect... 

ANC worries over elections as SA enters recession

By: News24Wire      6th September 2018 The chairperson of the African National Congress's (ANC's) subcommittee on economic transformation Enoch Godongwana has admitted that the ruling party is worried about going into the 2019 national elections while the country's reeling from an economic recession. He made the comments to... 

Brand new from Wacker Neuson, the MCT36-5 walk-behind concrete trowel, for perfect concrete finishing results

5th September 2018 Wacker Neuson, global specialist in light and compact equipment design, manufacture and supply, proudly introduces the new MCT36-5 M Series walk-behind concrete trowel to the southern African market. Equipped with everything that is needed to deliver superior concrete finishing results, this... 

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

Landowners urged to join fight to increase runoff to dams

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2018 The Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) is calling on private landowners to better protect their “vested interest” by collaborating in the fight against alien invasive plant species, which are stripping out critical run-off from the rains and impairing water supply to Eastern Cape dams. GIB clears... 

Technical analytical firm offers sector-focused laboratory services

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Sci-Ba focuses on providing highly technical analytical services for commercial companies across a range of industries and has been divided into ten sector-focused laboratories to cater for the needs of specific industries, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director David Long. Developing new tests and... 

Graskop Gorge glass elevator project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 The Graskop Gorge Lift Centre was opened in July. 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation from the dam project. 

Metolong dam and water supply programme, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 The dam has spilled for the first time since its completion in 2016. 

Hire It launches locally-assembled and supported Kwagga range

30th August 2018 Leading tool hire and sales company Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. has officially launched the tough, cost-effective Kwagga range of locally-assembled equipment for the building and construction industry. Hire It has over 37 years’ experience in the hire and sales industry, gaining an excellent... 

Grand Prix Models takes to the sky with Fabcon Steel design solution

29th August 2018 When Gary Gibson had a vision to transform Grand Prix Models in Boksburg, adding another level for a restaurant and function area, he turned to steel engineering solutions provider Fabcon Steel to achieve his architectural vision. A total of 25 t of steel and 2 200 bolts later, and Gibson’s... 

Grand Prix Models takes to the sky with Fabcon Steel design solution

29th August 2018 When Gary Gibson had a vision to transform Grand Prix Models in Boksburg, adding another level for a restaurant and function area, he turned to steel engineering solutions provider Fabcon Steel to achieve his architectural vision. A total of 25 t of steel and 2 200 bolts later, and Gibson’s... 

Local training available for construction professionals at Cape Construction Expo

28th August 2018 The Cape Construction Expo will be taking place at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest in Cape Town from 12 to 13 September 2018. With more than R5.2m allocated for local contractors’ to apply for subcontracting tenders in the Western Cape’s budget for 2018/2019, the Cape Construction Expo is the perfect... 

Clinobrite From Pratley Cuts Chlorine Costs In Pool Maintenance

27th August 2018 With spring almost upon us, many homeowners will again be faced with the issue of ongoing pool maintenance. Clinobrite from Pratley is an ideal product to cut costs by reducing chlorine consumption, giving homeowners peace of mind to enjoy their swimming pools to the fullest during summer.... 

M2 Kaserne bridge to be closed for repairs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will close a section of the M2 Kaserne bridge on August 25, owing to the reduced structural integrity of the concrete elements. While undertaking continuous monitoring at the M2 Kaserne bridge, JRA engineers realised that parts of the support structure have... 

JG Afrika helps SANRAL drive another strategic road upgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 JG Afrika, a leading engineering and environmental consultancy, is overseeing the upgrade of a 48 km section of the N2 highway between Caledon and Riviersonderend in the Western Cape. The road serves as a vital link between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and about 3 500 motor vehicles and... 

Major engineering milestone as Lesotho dam achieves full capacity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 The new $100-million Metolong Dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during... 

Quality and affordable grouts help specialist contractor cement its standing in tailings management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 Epoxerite continues to build on its solid track record as a leading supplier of tailor-made chemical solutions for an array of applications in the mining industry and, among these, are the large volumes of high-quality grouts that it supplies for the decommissioning of tailings dams. These... 

Use Building Slumps To Train Staff, Sct Urges

22nd August 2018 The construction industry should use slumps to train staff to gain a competitive edge when work volumes increase again, John Roxburgh, lecturer at The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology (SCT), has urged. Roxburgh says the volatility of the South African construction industry is... 

Engineering milestone as $100m Lesotho dam achieves full capacity

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam, in Lesotho, has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016.  Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during... 

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