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Employment Equity as selection criteria for retrenchment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 The Employment Equity Act, 1998 obliges designated employers to implement affirmative action measures, which include ensuring the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups in all occupational levels in the workplace and retaining and developing people from... 

Expediting infrastructure development to address rapid urbanisation

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With increasing urbanisation and technological advancement in African countries, the need for more robust and sophisticated infrastructure to support and sustain this growth is essential, says global engineering consultancy firm SRK Consulting partner and principal civil engineer James Morris.... 

Need for engineers amid infrastructure delivery challenges

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Amid basic service delivery challenges, such as housing, water, transport infrastructure and energy, there is a desperate need for engineers in the country, says association for consulting engineering firms Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather. He says efforts should... 

Bids sought for water and sanitation project

By: Marcel Chimwala     17th August 2018 Malawi’s Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) is inviting eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in undertaking preparing detailed designs and rendering construction supervision for the Nkhata Bay town water supply and sanitation project. The Malawi government will finance the project... 

Cellular concrete holds potential in South Africa for rapid construction

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Lightweight and strong cellular concrete can reduce the time required to build various elements of buildings and houses in South Africa, although it is currently mostly limited to fill-in applications, says cellular concrete firm Lightbuild Technologies Paul Drozdov. Cellular concrete is... 

Global Energy

17th August 2018 Global Energy is a 100% South African-owned engineering consulting and turnkey project company, providing innovative organic waste management and renewable-energy solutions through biogas technology. Global Energy holds several patents centred on anaerobic digesters, developed in-house through... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project 

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2018 At the inaugural gold pour at its Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment project, in Mpumalanga, on Thursday, Pan African Resources announced the company's next big project, Royal Sheba, which will be built within the company's existing mining right at Barberton, Mpumalanga, before the end of 2019.... 

CESA Aon Awards adds Lifetime Industry Achievement category

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Ivor Evans was, on Wednesday, awarded the first ever Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Lifetime Industry Achievement Award posthumously at the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence awards on Wednesday. This year close to 50 submissions were received and in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s... 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

Billionaire's huge Nigerian oil refinery likely delayed until 2022 – sources

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 A huge oil refinery being built in Nigeria by Africa's richest man is unlikely to start production until 2022, two years later than the target date, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The 650 000 bbl/d refinery near Lagos, set to be Africa's biggest, is expected to boost Nigeria's... 

Alt eyes future production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2018 Mineral explorer Alt Resources on Friday told shareholders that the potential for near-term gold production existed within the tailings dam operations at the Bottle Creek project, in Western Australia. Preliminary testing on the Bottle Creek tailings dams have estimated an average grade of 0.16... 

Anticipated growth for solar furnace market

10th August 2018 The global solar furnace market is envisaged to leverage the opportunity created by the growing need to use solar energy as a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel, owing to increasing prices. This is according to a report by market researcher and consulting services provider TMR Research,... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market

10th August 2018 The global industrial furnaces and ovens market will reach $10 800-million by 2025, according to a report by market researcher QY Research. The global industrial furnaces and ovens market was valued at $9 530-million in 2017 representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% between... 

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Women in the construction and related industries not only face discrimination while working for existing firms, but also when starting their own businesses, says Mercantile Bank. A recent study conducted on behalf of the institution found that 67% of female business owners surveyed in the... 

Miners set to spend $11bn in search of the next jackpot

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Miners and investors are poring over satellite images, tracking drilling rigs and quizzing company executives for clues on whether the sector’s heavyweights are close to a new jackpot discovery. As Rio Tinto Group searches Australia’s Great Sandy Desert for copper and Anglo American scours a 19... 

Professional fees

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd August 2018 You can get advice from a fairly good consulting engineer at a rate of about $700 for an eight-hour day which is near enough to R1 200 an hour. This would be a person who is registered as a professional engineer and has at least 20 years' experience. The rates that individuals and consulting... 

New appointments to help ship repair focus

3rd August 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced its new appointments and rotational changes to current harbour masters, all effective July 1, 2018.   

Unique design solution for 92 Rivonia Road project

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI South Africa was able to supply a unique design solution for the challenging 92 Rivonia Road mixed-use development. This allowed main contractor WBHO to come to grips with the striking ‘feature brows’ at the project, lead engineer: key and strategic... 

Fire engineering research and postgraduate programmes launched at Stellenbosch University

30th July 2018 Dr Richard Walls (Stellenbosch University) Stellenbosch University has established the Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) which is the first university research group focussed on fire safety in Africa. The team, located within the Department of Civil Engineering, will now be offering... 

First tin concentrate to market in Q4 – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2018 Emerging tin mining company AfriTin is on track to place its first tin concentrate into the market in the fourth quarter of this year. The Aim-listed company is going all out to put Africa, once the fourth-biggest exporter of tin but now without an industrial-scale mine, back on the global tin... 

SA’s richest startup programme seeks financial services entrepreneurs for R16m in support

30th July 2018 AlphaCode, an incubation, acceleration and investment vehicle for early-stage financial services businesses powered by Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI) is looking for businesses or ideas that could change the face of financial services. It is inviting applications for its prestigious... 

SMEC South Africa achieves two wins at SAICE Durban Regional Awards event

By: Maxine Arries     27th July 2018 The 2018 Annual SAICE Durban Branch Awards took place on Friday 22nd June at the Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga, and is a prestigious event attended by clients and leading consulting firms within the region. The Awards celebrate the industry as a whole, and recognise achievements made by project... 

Lack of investment stymies SA coal producers

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 A lack of investment is hindering the South African coal industry’s ability to capitalise on a period of relatively stable demand for thermal and metallurgical coal locally and abroad, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. The local coal industry is experiencing a challenging... 

Alastair Macduff

27th July 2018 This week we feature Alastair Mcduff, chairperson and CEO of the South African chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, which is involved in the turnaround and business recovery of distressed companies   

Engineering gut feel

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th July 2018 So, there I was at a site meeting. As acoustics engineers, we had designed a roof build-up for the building which was under construction; firstly, to comply with thermal insulation requirements and, secondly, to comply with sound insulation requirements. We had been called to the site meeting to... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Eskom has signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for the Kusile power station. 

Labour Unrest And Strike Protection

25th July 2018 Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd During June, parts of Johannesburg were plunged into darkness – not from load shedding, but due to striking Eskom workers damaging company property during a one-day wage strike. 

Savannah appoints lead engineering group for Mina do Barosso study

By: Mariaan Webb     24th July 2018 Experienced lithium consulting engineers Primero Group have been appointed as the lead engineering group for the Mina do Barosso feasibility study, Aim-listed Savannah Resources announced on Tuesday. The study will build on the outcomes of the June 2018 scoping study, which confirmed that the... 

Galileo to continue with drill programme at Star Zinc project

By: Anine Kilian     23rd July 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources will continue with a drilling programme at its 85%-owned Zambia-based Star Zinc project, after a positive study of the project was completed by Earthmaps Consulting.    

Anglo Platinum taking steps to reverse unjustified investor bearishness 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining, refining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which on Monday delivered an outstanding set of dividend-yielding financial results for the six months to June 30, is taking steps to reverse unjustified investor bearishness. After the company... 

Growthpoint, Cintocare break ground on R450m Pretoria head, neck hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties and private company Cintocare on Monday broke ground on the R450-million development of an 11 000 m2 special surgical head and neck hospital, in Pretoria, which will be the first green-certified hospital in Africa. The companies are creating a... 

AECOM assists with urban planning, infrastructure delivery in Zambia

20th July 2018 AECOM has been appointed by the Department for International Development (DFID) to deliver its Cities and Infrastructure for Growth project in Zambia (CIGZ). CIGZ will provide demand-led technical assistance consultancy to national and local government in areas such as urban planning,... 

Community project receives Saice honours

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 The eThekwini municipality’s Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements project was awarded the 2018 South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) Durban region award for the most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the category of community-based projects last... 

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

Certified NDT personnel needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 A major challenge facing the nondestructive testing (NDT) sector is that companies require NDT personnel who are certified, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. However, to acquire certification, technicians must meet certain... 

End-users should be familiar with NDT

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Clients using nondestructive testing (NDT) services are sometimes unfamiliar with NDT, and it is crucial that they educate themselves prior to spending money on NDT inspections, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. “Clients... 

Future of digital project delivery showcased in KwaZulu-Natal

20th July 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing three dimensional (3D) models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process.... 

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Government is not prioritising noise reduction with the necessary vigour in industry across the board, says acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy. He notes that the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires... 

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