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Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

LHDA awards Polihali transfer tunnel design contract

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the contract to design and supervise the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase Two (LHWP II) engineering design contracts – to the Metsi a Senqu-Khubelu... 

Gautrain expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 The Gauteng Management Agency would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Two more advance infrastructure construction tenders have been advertised. 

South Sudan seeks outside help as it aims to power up

By: John Muchira     10th November 2017 South Sudan is pleading for foreign funding and investment in the energy sector to light the country which remains in the dark. Despite being endowed with vast oil and gas reserves and massive potential to generate electricity from hydro, solar and wind sources, the country entirely depends on... 

Cornubia held up as vision for future, socially-minded developments

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has won acclaim for transforming the landscape north of Durban by creating South Africa’s largest mixed-use integrated human settlement project. Tongaat Hulett Developments was named Visionary Client of the Year at the annual Consulting Engineers South Africa Aon... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has reported that the start of construction works on Phase II is only a few months away. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 A contractor has been appointed to supervise construction of the Polihali dam. 

Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards winners for 2017 announced

     18th August 2017 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), supported by Aon South Africa, on Thursday announced the winners of this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in the engineering industry and celebrate innovation, quality, outstanding workmanship and... 

Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network expansion project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The National Treasury is evaluating the expansion project's feasibility study. 

Gautrain expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has said that national government will, in principle, support the expansion of the Gautrain system. 

Best practice engineering crucial for supporting solar in South Africa

     14th July 2017 Although the global solar industry is growing rapidly, photovoltaic (PV) plants are still relatively new in South Africa and require professional design expertise to ensure best practice engineering, says consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa power and energy function manager Stephen... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. 

Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project proposes the expansion of the pumped-storage scheme, its first expansion since the hydropower plant was completed in 1974. 

SMEC South Africa celebrates 70 years of transformational success

     5th July 2017 SMEC acquired Vela VKE, a South African professional consulting engineering company in 2012 as part of a strategy to strengthen their presence within South Africa and the wider African market. With Vela VKE commencing operations in 1947, this year proudly marks the celebration of 70 years of... 

Company celebrates 70 years of success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Professional engineering services provider SMEC South Africa’s merger with Singapore-based consultancy Surbana Jurong has further strengthened the South African company’s offering to the African market this year as it celebrates its seventieth year of operation. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Lesotjo Highlands Water Commission has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority will host a briefing session on June 12 to provide information pertaining to the project schedule. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 Bid for the design and construction supervision of the two main water-transfer components – the Polihali dam and the transfer tunnel – are being evaluated. 

SMEC South Africa, DEC Trust, Kapela Holdings establish partnership

     1st March 2017 More than two million disabled South Africans stand to benefit from a new partnership entered into between SMEC South Africa and the Disability Empowerment Concerns (DEC) Trust, in partnership with the Kapela Holdings Group. Signed at an official ceremony at SMEC South Africa’s Randburg head... 

Gautrain 2 project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The Gautrain Management Agency has completed the feasibility study for the expansion of the railway. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The engineering design contracts for the two main water-transfer components of the project are expected to be awarded by mid-2017. 

Pacaltsdorp Bridge Wins Coveted Award at the SAICE-SAFCEC Awards Gala in Johannesburg

     3rd November 2016 The prestigious annual SAICE--SAFCEC Awards gala event for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements for 2015/2016 was held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on 13 October and attended by industry leaders and dignitaries from across South Africa. The awards recognize international and... 

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to facilitate traffic flow

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Civil engineering consultants SMEC South Africa  recently successfully completed the R400-million National Route 7 (N7) upgrade, which included the realignment and widening of the road to improve safety and enhance traffic flow. Completed in April, the reconstruction project was carried out on a... 

Company encourages ISO 55000 certification

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Multidisciplinary and professional services engineering company Smec is encouraging its clients to become ISO 55000 certified, as this certification will enable companies to realise enhanced value from their assets. Smec explains that good asset management maximises value for money by ensuring... 

‘Sleep cities’ no longer an option for urban development

     23rd August 2016 The creation of ‘sleep cities’, far away from work opportunities, is no longer sustainable in terms of urban development. New cities have to integrate all facets of life (live, work, play) in close proximity so as to enhance quality of life for inhabitants. Urban development in general has... 

Singapore consultancy acquires SMEC in $400m deal as it seeks to have a global presence

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Singapore-based urban development consultancy Surbana Jurong acquired 100% of Australia-based major infrastructure consultancy firm SMEC on August 1, in an acquisition valued at about S$400-million.  

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Construction of the Polihali dam – an integral part of the LHWP Phase II – is expected to start in 2019. 

Phase II update: Polihali dam construction expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Construction of the Polihali dam – an integral part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II – is expected to begin in 2019.  The Polihali dam, Polihali-Katse transfer tunnel and other infrastructural aspects of the LHWP Phase II should be completed by 2024. Once Phase II is... 

Lack of government expenditure hits hard on firms

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Despite infrastructural investment promises made by government, engineering consulting service provider SMEC South Africa CEO Kostas Rontiris tells Engineering News that investment in civil infrastructure has not been up to scratch in recent times, which has seen big consulting firms increase... 

Strong flow of water, sanitation projects for SMEC South Africa

     22nd June 2016 The Water & Environment sector of SMEC is engaged in a range of projects in South Africa, demonstrating its experience and track record in this highly competitive sector. Apart from its general capabilities, the Water & Environment sector also boasts specialist skills such as hydrology and water... 

Gauteng/Gautrain rail extension project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The Gauteng government will make an announcement on the possible expansion of the province’s rapid rail system by the end of June. 

Uganda unhappy with quality of work on two power projects

By: John Muchira     6th May 2016 Two Chinese companies undertaking critical power projects in Uganda are at loggerheads with the East African country over shoddy workmanship. Synohydro and China Water & Electric (CWE), which are constructing the Karuma hydropower dam and Isimba hydropower dam respectively, have attracted the... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th March 2016 Progress has been made on the five advanced infrastructure contracts, which were awarded during 2015. 

With a 2024 delivery target, preparatory work begins on next Lesotho Highlands phase 

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, which comprises a water transfer system from Lesotho to South Africa and a hydropower generation scheme to improve Lesotho’s electricity security, is expected to deliver first water in late 2024, increasing the amount of water supplied to South... 

With a 2024 delivery target, preparatory work begins on next Lesotho Highlands phase

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II, which comprises a water transfer system from Lesotho to South Africa and a hydropower generation scheme to improve Lesotho’s electricity security, is expected to deliver first water in late 2024, increasing the amount of water supplied to South... 

Soweto multipurpose facility to open at the end of the year

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 The new 1 800 m² multipurpose education campus that is being constructed in Soweto is expected to open its doors by December 2016. The education campus building, designed pro bono by New York-based architect, William Reue, will include a suite of flexible multipurpose classrooms, a large... 

Gauteng/Gautrain rail extension project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th January 2016 The feasibility study to expand the Gautrain commuter rail system is expected to be completed in March this year. 

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