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New concrete reinforcement product to replace steel bar 

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Construction company Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) with Basalt Technology which is a part of the PMSA group of companies has launched a concrete reinforcing product made of crushed and melted basalt rock. 

Company Announcement: The New Yaris Hybrid-A Quiet Revolution in the B-Segment

18th July 2012 Everyone knows that green is the new black 

Cable trench covers receive approval

13th July 2012 The newly designed Rhino trench cover by electric cable supplier Consortium Cables has been approved by State-owned power utility Eskom for inclusion in its buyer’s guide and by freight logistics group Transnet for use at its projects, says Consortium Cables CEO Martin Modlin. 

Cisco sale at an 'advanced' stage

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2012 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Friday that it has reached an agreement in principle with a prospective buyer of its Cape Town Iron & Steel Works (Cisco) steel mill, in the Western Cape. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed, nor was the precise composition of the... 

Global standards for certificates of origin established

By: Callie Lombard     29th June 2012 On June 14, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which is based in France, announced that trade documentation specialists from chambers of commerce from more than 20 countries had set in motion a series of global initiatives and projects during their recent meeting – on June 6 –... 

Company Announcement: Today's Students, Tomorrow's leaders

26th June 2012 Lafarge provides support for local university courses 

R1.3bn Bridge City rail link on track for 2013 completion

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2012 Construction work on the R1.3-billion, 3.5 km new dual Bridge City rail link (BCRL), north of Durban, was on schedule, and should be completed by the end of March 2013, said Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) group CEO Lucky Montana on Thursday. The new passenger link would connect... 

Company Announcement: Industry Trade News: AREVA engages with world's largest nuclear utilities on Public Confidence in its 2nd Safety Alliance Seminar

20th June 2012 Pursuing its engagement with utility customers, AREVA held in Paris, on June 18 and 19, the second in a series of Safety Alliance Seminars, which focused on Public Confidence regarding nuclear energy 

Tilt-up building technique helps accelerate mall development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 The construction of Newcastle Mall in KwaZulu-Natal has been completed reports multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA. It was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma. 

Olifants River Water Resources Development Project Phase 2, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th June 2012 Construction activities for the R1.2-billion Phase 2C and Phase 2H of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project Phase 2 are under way. 

More office-to-apartment conversions planned for Joburg

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2012 Two more office blocks are being converted into apartments on the corner of End and Bree streets, in Johannesburg, by low-income housing developer Affordable Housing Company (Afhco), which also developed the adjacent park, including building jungle gyms, and sports and action soccer courts, says... 

Criminalisation of the State  

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th May 2012 Last month, not for the first time, I wrote in another publication about what I call the ‘Deep State’. In the article, I explained that the Deep State comes into being when there is a confluence of political, business, intelligence and criminal interests that are of a mutually reinforcing amd... 

RMS, Vulcania fined in mesh wire cartel case

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2012 The Competition Tribunal has ordered Reinforcing Mesh Solutions (RMS) and Vulcania Reinforcing to pay penalties of R21.6-million and R5.6-million respectively for price-fixing and customer allocation. The Competition Commission said on Tuesday it initiated an investigation in 2008, when BRC Mesh... 

South Africa needs to increase private sector’s infrastructure development role

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2012 “The private sector is not being involved enough in the government’s infrastructure implementation plans. Further, the South African government must establish whether we are a developmental State or a capable State,” infrastructure development company Bigen Africa head Snowy Khoza says. 

Free advice is worth what it costs

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd March 2012 I received an email from somebody I have never met. It reads: “Good day. I got your details and I am hoping you would be able to assist. I am having to specify insulation in drywalls for courtrooms and require the standard acoustic rating. I can pick up from American standards the the dbA should... 

Water technology provider introduces new range

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd March 2012 Water handling and treatment solutions provider Xylem Water Solutions South Africa, formerly ITT South Africa, has launched its Godwin Dri-Prime self-priming pumps range, while reinforcing the availability of its popular Flygt range. 

Company Announcement: Basil Read faces down tough conditions

22nd March 2012 Construction and engineering company Basil Read has withstood another year of difficult trading conditions and global economic volatility, returning a satisfactory set of results for the period to 31 December 2011 and, overall, faring relatively well.  

Transnet delivers last 98 wagons to Rio’s Mozambique operations 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2012 South Africa’s State-owned Transport Rail Engineering (TRE) on Thursday shipped the last 98 of 200 wagons, including spare parts, to diversified mining group Rio Tinto’s Moatize coal operation, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The wagons will carry coking coal to the port of Beira. 

Aveng set to participate in Franco-Chinese nuclear bid consortium  

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2012 South African construction group Aveng is mobilising internally for a possible nuclear energy bidding process, indicating on Wednesday that it was likely to participate in a consortium involving French and Chinese partners. In an interview with Engineering News Online CE Roger Jardine confirmed... 

Bakery acquires lightweight truck bodies

9th March 2012 Cape Town-based designer and manufacturer of insulated and dry freight fibreglass truck bodies and trailers Serco continues to manufacture new lightweight truck bodies for food producer Sasko Bakeries. 

Company Announcement: Andrwe Mentis Report Increasing Interest in Expanded Metal Products

2nd March 2012 The South African industrial market is paying increasing attention to the unlimited potential applications served by expanded metal.  

Industry body highlights environment, pricing as priorities

2nd March 2012 Among its priorities for this year and beyond, there are none more crucial to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) than the promotion of steel as a green product, the protection of the local consumer – especially from the importation of substandard and dangerous products,... 

Infrastructure allocations could be withdrawn from underperformers

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2012 Departments and municipalities that persistently failed to spend, underspent, or misspent their capital expenditure budgets risked losing their allocations, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his 2012 Budget address last week. He warned, too, that officials would be held liable for such... 

Company Announcement: Decmil Delivers Solid HY 2012 Results

24th February 2012 Leading civil engineering and construction company Decmil Group Limited (ASX: DCG) (DGL or the Company) today reported a net profit after tax for the half-year ended 31 December 2011 of $13.0 million, on revenue of $210.9 million.

Despite reporting revenue that was slightly lower (9.8%) than the... 

Olifants river water resources development project phase 2, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala     24th February 2012 Basil Read has been awarded a R1.2-billion contract for Phase 2C and Phase 2H of the Olifants River Water Resources development project. 

Infrastructure allocations could be withdrawn from chronic underperformers 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2012 Departments and municipalities that persistently failed to spend, underspent, or misspent their capital expenditure budgets risked losing their allocations, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. He warned, too, that officials would be held liable for such misdemeanours and that the... 

Recycling strategy could save construction sector expenditure 

17th February 2012 South Africa needs a coherent strategy for the recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) waste, states materials and minerals processing technology provider IMS Engineering. 

Company supplies products to NMPP

17th February 2012 Concrete admixture specialist Chryso South Africa has supplied products for use in the concrete mix of the foundation anchors of fuel storage tanks, as well as the slabs surrounding the tanks at State-owned Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP). 

Manufacturers looking to control supply chain to curtail price rises

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 Concrete-products equipment company PMSA is building a factory for steel component manufacturer TWR Steel Services, who will give preferential supply to PMSA’s equipment manufacturing division, in an effort to control its supply of critical parts, says PMSA sales and marketing manager Quintin... 

Mittal seeks govt approval for N Cape iron-ore acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2012 Africa's largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) has completed its due diligence of an unnamed iron-ore exploration prospect in the Northern Cape and would move to buy the resources once it had received the necessary approvals from Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu.... 

Company Announcement: January 2012Naamsa Retail Sales

2nd February 2012 PRETORIA, South Africa, 02 February, 2012 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) started 2012 with solid momentum. It continues ramping up production of the all-new Ranger pickup truck and offering new vehicles like Kuga. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala     27th January 2012 Afrimat has secured additional orders to supply coarse and fine aggregate for the construction of the Medupi power plant. 

Company Announcement: Industrial minerals JV with Energizer Resources

20th January 2012 Malagasy Minerals Industrial Minerals JV with Canada’s Energizer Resources Inc POTENTIAL GRAPHITE CAMP DISCOVERY Malagasy Minerals Limited (“Malagasy”) (ASX: MGY) advises that its Joint Venture Partner Energizer Resources Inc of Canada has made a release to the Toronto Stock Exchange as detailed... 

Company Announcement: Weir Minerals Africa Tops Its Own Record For The Biggest Hose Bend Manufactured in Africa

18th January 2012 Weir Minerals Africa has just dispatched the biggest hose bend manufactured on the African continent — a 1 000 nominal bore (NB) hose weighing 1.4 ton and a mandrel weighing 1.4 ton — to a customer in Australia and is currently working on an enquiry for an even bigger unit of 1 100 NB. 

Company Announcement: Chryso Products for Multi-Billion Rand Fuel Pipeline

12th January 2012 Products supplied by Chryso South Africa are playing important roles in the concrete mix for the foundation anchors of fuel storage tanks, as well as the slabs surrounding the tanks on Transnet’s New Multi-product Pipeline (NMPP) project. 

Company Announcement: IMS Calls for Coherent Recycling Strategy

12th January 2012 Leading materials and minerals processing technology provider, IMS Engineering, says that it is time that there was a coherent strategy for construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling in South Africa. “We need to take a leaf out of many European countries which have established... 

Three injured at Gold Fields mine in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th January 2012 Three miners have been injured at Gold Fields’ Agnew underground mine, in Western Australia, after concrete reinforcing mesh toppled onto operators who were in the process of moving the mesh. The workers were flown to Perth to receive medical attention. 

JV fast-tracks Medupi silo, chimney construction

9th December 2011 Slipform construction specialist the Karrena-Concor joint venture (JV) says it adopted innovative measures to meet advanced deadlines for the construction of two 213 m chimney’s and nine coal and ash silos for the Medupi power station in the Limpopo province. 

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