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New special steel solutions from Ugitech for pioneering construction projects

29th February 2016 Aesthetically pleasing designs, energy savings, cost efficiency, and durability – the demands of the construction industry on the steel available today are numerous and challenging. The innovative special steel solutions UGI® und UGRIGRIP® from steel producer Ugitech meet these requirements. The... 

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 The recent concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal require debate and input from all role-players, such as exporters of and domestic users of scrap metal, says steel industry representative organisation the Southern... 

Contract awarded for new luxury high-rise in Sandton

By: David Oliveira     26th February 2016 Luxury accommodation provider Legacy Group announced earlier this month that it had awarded multi-disciplinary construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA with the Leonardo building contract to construct a four-level basement and a 150 m high-rise building at 75 Maude street, in... 

H1 growth for WBHO on the back of Aus operations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2016 JSE-listed civil engineering and construction company Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) headline earnings a share rose 23.6% to 645c apiece for the six months ended December 31. The company’s revenue from continuing operations also increased by 7% from R14.4-billion to R15.4-billion, bolstered... 

Foundation piles for new Kyalami building project

12th February 2016 Gauteng Piling has provided 118 auger cast in-situ piles for the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit building project, as part of the extensive upgrade of the Midrand circuit following its acquisition by Porsche South Africa CEO Toby Venter last year. The complete refurbishment of the Kyalami building was... 

Gas supplier strives for OHS excellence

5th February 2016 Gas products supplier Air Products South Africa has, over a number of years, developed a formal occupational health and safety (OHS) programme, which has proven effective, and has gained recognition in the health and safety industry. The safety programme involves not only strict adherence to... 

New exhibition focuses on Cape logistics sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Event organising company Exhibition Management Services (EMS) will launch two logistics-oriented exhibitions, Cape Logistics and Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Africa (TCSD), which will be co-located with the Cape Industries Showcase.  

Crane refurbishing improves operational performance

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 To meet the increasing need for modernising materials handling equipment, solutions provider Terex Materials Handling and Port Solutions (MHPS) has refurbished two 36 m, 30 t scrap-handling cranes as part of a crane modernisation and modifications project for a major steel producer in... 

NSL signs MoU with Indian state govt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2016 Junior iron-ore producer NSL Consolidated has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government of Andhra Pradesh, in India, to support the iron-ore growth strategy within the state. The MoU covers the mining, beneficiation and pelletisation of low-grade iron-ores in the... 

SA govt moves to protect domestic steel industry with 10% duty

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2015 South Africa has instituted rates on five categories of steel wire rod and steel reinforcing bar, increasing protection for an industry battered by slower demand and dumping from China. Effective December 18, certain steel products would attract a 10% duty. 

Going gas?

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2015 Despite the absence of the long awaited Gas Utilisation Master Plan, or Gump, South Africans are nevertheless starting to seriously weigh the future gas options, with a strategic environmental assessment for shale gas development under way and with strong interest having reportedly been recorded... 

Steel re-rollers oppose duty protection on hot-rolled coil

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2015 Two leading steel processing companies will make a submission to International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to voice their objection to ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) application for tariff protection of 10% on hot-rolled coil (HRC). HRC is the flat-steel product... 

Vukile gears towards strong retail growth, looks to residential

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2015 JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund’s distributions for the six months ended September 30, increased by 7%, in line with guidance.   Vukile boosted its distributable income by 27.7% year-on-year to R426.3-million and grew like-for-like net property revenue by 6.1%.   CEO Laurence Rapp noted that the... 

Vukile delivers half-year distribution growth of 7% and reinforces operational strength

25th November 2015 Vukile Property Fund today reported 7% growth in distributions per share for its half year to 30 September 2015, delivering results in line with its market guidance. Its solid set of results show strong operational performance and an increased retail property focus. Vukile boosted its... 

Local BPO sector to continue growing – Davies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies expects the growth potential of the local business process outsourcing (BPO) industry to continue increasing over the next five years, particularly in contact centre, shared services centre and legal process outsourcing. He added that the BPO sector was... 

Chryso Products Facilitate Silo Slide In Northern Cape

23rd November 2015 An innovation solution, applied by Chryso Southern Africa, contributed to the successful completion by Renniks Construction of six grain and wheat silos in Kimberley in the Northern Cape using slip forming construction methodology. These large silos, 33 metres in height with a 200 mm wall... 

Swiss product range plays integral role in Maitland water pipe refurbishment

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 Swiss-based waterproofing, protecting and reinforcing products supplier Sika provided the range of products used in the refurbishment of the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality’s main city water pipeline at the Maitland river mouth in the Eastern Cape. The pipeline which has not... 

Two leading steel re-rollers to oppose application for 10% duty on hot-rolled coil

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2015 Two leading steel processing companies will make a submission to International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to voice their objection to ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) application for tariff protection of 10% on hot-rolled coil (HRC). HRC is the flat-steel product... 

Silo Spalling & Buffer Installation at PFG Building Glass

9th November 2015 Spalling concrete can be potentially hazardous if left untreated with potentially high risks involved from possible property damage or personal injury due to failing detritus. The term ‘spalling’ is used to describe the delaminating or fragmenting of the concrete surface. This flaking from the... 

Only Tshwane municipality pursues ultrathin reinforced concrete roads

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Since 2010, when the Tshwane municipality stated its intention to pursue the use of ultrathin reinforced concrete pavements (UTRCPs) specifically for roads in townships, it is the only municipality to have done so, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) project consultant... 

Tilt-up construction chosen for clothing warehouse

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 Concrete construction company Bedrock Group has been contracted to construct a new distribution centre for clothing distributor Mr Price in Keystone Industrial Park, in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Construction and mining markets targeted

By: Dylan Stewart     16th October 2015 “Presenting its products to members from the construction and the mining industries was the focus for steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, held at Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 15 to 18,” says company sales and marketing executive head George... 

Power tools specialist launches new rotary hammer

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Power tools company Bosch launched the GBH 12-52 D Professional rotary hammer last month, claiming it to be the most powerful rotary hammer from Bosch to date. 

Custom-made concrete products supplied to Moz power station

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Precast concrete products company Rocla earlier this year supplied precast concrete inverted culverts, lids and bases to use as cooling channels to the R2.24-billion, 100 MW natural gas-fired Gigawatt power station, near Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique. 

Cortec's MCI® Coating for Rebar - Superior Corrosion Resistance for Reinforcing Metal!

10th September 2015 Cortec's MCI® (Migratory Corrosion Inhibitor) Coating for Rebar is water based, environmentally friendly product that provides corrosion protection in outside storage as well as offering powerful corrosion resistance for embedded rebars. As a soft film, MCI® Coating for Rebar is an excellent... 

School soccer coach wins top women’s sports award

26th August 2015 Already a proven winner as a soccer coach for under-12 and under-14 boys, Tsogo Sun Soccer Academy Coach Londiwe Hlatswayo has taken her winning streak up a notch and won the gsport Volunteer of the Year Award. “No words can explain how I feel.  I am grateful to the Tsogo Sun Academy for... 

Loyiso Bala inspires Arts Academy kids in Diepsloot

24th August 2015 Participating in the arts can add great value to anyone’s life, multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Loyiso Bala told youngsters of the Tsogo Sun Arts Academy at Diepsloot Primary School on a recent visit to encourage and motivate them. “There are many skills and values that the... 

Worker dies at Sherritt’s Ambatovy operation, Madagascar

By: Henry Lazenby     21st August 2015 A contract worker has died from head injuries after being struck by a falling tree at diversified miner Sherritt International’s Ambatovy joint-venture (JV) project, in Madagascar. TSX-listed Sherritt reported that an employee of a tree-clearing contractor was working  in a future mining area on... 

Reinforced concrete preferred for construction of Ekurhuleni bus lanes

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 As concrete is the preferred material for the new concrete bus lanes for the Ekurhuleni integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) currently under construction on Gauteng’s East Rand, cement and concrete industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) has played an advisory role on site for... 

South African steel giant willing to forego future upside to secure immediate protection

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2015 South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) gave notice last month that it was weighing the partial or full closure of its Vereeniging Works, in southern Gauteng, and would make a decision on the plant’s future by the end of August. At the same time, CEO Paul... 

AMSA makes yet more submissions to Itac for steel protection

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed the submission of seven new applications to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for an increase of customs duties on certain steel products to 10%. The new submissions cover plate, hot-rolled coil,... 

Tongaat Hulett releases land in Sibaya Precinct for development

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 Citing healthy demand for new coastal developments, Tongaat Hulett has released the first parcels of land for development within the eastern component of the Sibaya Precinct development, north of Durban, expecting the 750-ha development to effectively pump R8-billion into the local economy,... 

Tongaat Hulett Developments releases land at Sibaya

5th August 2015 Tongaat Hulett Developments, building on its highly acclaimed track record over the past 20 years with developments such as the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, La Lucia Office Estate and Ridgeside which are home to some of South Africa’s most recognised names as well as the residential developments... 

‘Poor citizen’ AMSA promises to mend ways as it seeks support to save Vereeniging and company 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2015 South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) gave notice on Thursday that it was weighing the partial or full closure of its Vereeniging Works, in southern Gauteng, and would make a decision of the plant’s future by the end of August. At the same time, CEO Paul... 

New coating solution a first in South Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th July 2015 Local thermal spray coating and plasma transferred arc (PTA) cladding services provider Thermaspray is the first company in South Africa to introduce an array of coatings from US-based corrosion, wear and release-coating service providers Plasma Coatings USA – a division of rollers, roller... 

EBH Namibia boosts safety, customer loyalty and brand value through ISO and OHSAS compliance

15th July 2015 Elgin Brown & Hamer Namibia is fast progressing towards its stated vision of being ‘the preferred shipyard globally’. Pivotal to the company’s growing reputation for world-class systems and facilities is its adherence to international quality and safety standards, using ISO and OHSAS systems as... 

Three A.B.E. Products For Ashburton Bridge Repairs

8th July 2015 Three a.b.e. Construction Chemicals' concrete repair and protection products were used for the repair of the Ashburton Bridge over the N3 highway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The SA National Road Agency Ltd bridge experienced substantial fire damage after a truck crashed into it - and... 

Goodyear to use silica from rice husk ash in tyre manufacture

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2015 The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has reached an agreement with Yihai Food and Oil Industry, in China, for the supply of silica derived from rice husk ash. Goodyear will begin using the silica this year in a consumer tyre that will be manufactured in its factory in Pulandian, China, and sold in... 

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