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Construction Materials and Equipment

Affordable rental housing programme undertakes construction of first project

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 The first company funded under the Entrepreneur Empowerment Property Fund (EEPF), an incubator programme designed to promote participation in the affordable rental-property market by companies owned by those who were historically disadvantaged, broke ground on its rental-housing construction... 

Initiative promotes sustainable construction

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Marketer of environment-friendly building materials Eco Exhibit, launched its permanent demonstration space to showcase sustainable designs and green building materials and products at the Northgate Estate, in Cape Town, in May. 

Construction materials group gears up for growth

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Construction materials group AfriSam reports having invested in various internal capacity expansion projects as well as having re-engineered its product portfolio to meet future demand and avoid shortages in upcoming years, CEO Stephan Olivier tells Engineering News.  

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. 

Construction sector receives training on standard-form contracts

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Corporate training company Alusani Skills & Training Network has partnered with construction consultancy MDA Consulting to find solutions to skills-development problems encountered in the construction industry. 

Post-2010 construction activity slump continues

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Civil engineering and construction company Trenchless Technologies, which focuses mainly on Municipal water and sewer rehabilitation, has felt the effects of a decline in construction following the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Conference creates platform for sustainable development in Africa

20th July 2012 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reports that this year’s Group of African Member Associations (Gama) conference, held in Livingstone, Zambia, in April, was the most successful conference in Gama’s 20-year history. 

New cement to be used for road stabilisation applications

20th July 2012 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has launched a new specialist product, Roadstab Cement, for road stabilisation applications. 

Equipment distributor launches 120 t excavator in Southern Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa launched the 120 t Hyundai R1200LC-9 excavator onto the South African market last month. 

Floor saws to influence construction sector efficiency

20th July 2012 Machinery manufacturer Husqvarna has made two new floor saws, the FS 6600 D and FS 8400 D, available to the construction sector. 

Firm serious about training, skills development

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra Holdings has invested heavily in training and skills development to overcome skills shortages and unemployment in the industry, and to further train its employees. 

Eqstra’s distributorships division makes a comeback

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra’s Construction and Mining Equipment Distributorships (CMED) division is recovering well. 

JSE-listed firm exploring opportunities for integration between divisions

25th November 2011 Diversified leasing, industrial, construction and mining equipment importer and distributor Eqstra Holdings reports it is continuously exploring opportunities for integration between its different divisions and, where possible, exploiting the opportunities to create additional value. 

Passenger and commercial vehicles division excels with value-added services

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra's passenger and commercial vehicles division reports that the number of vehicles under its management has increased by 35% during the 2011 financial year. 

Division reaps benefits after implementing steadfast business approach in recession

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 The pursuit of new opportunities during the 2008/9 recession, paired with constant product offering expansions, sophisticated distribution agreements and a business approach focused on employee development and involvement, have ensured that Eqstra’s Elandsfontein-based Industrial Equipment... 

Division offers new articulated truck range

25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra’s construction and mining equipment distributorships (CMED) division is now offering the newest range from mining and construction equipment producer Terex. 

Industrial equipment division committed to helping EC schools

25th November 2011 Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of JSE-listed Eqstra Holdings, visited schools in the Eastern Cape, in October, as part of the group’s ongoing commitment to support the educational needs of technical and agricultural educational institutions, as well as the feeder schools from... 

Contract mining division has overcome challenges, expects to increase revenue

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 Eqstra’s contract mining and plant rental division, of which MCC is the major business unit, reports that business is going well, with a steady stream of projects. 

Leasing firm invests in technical schools to alleviate skills shortage

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra Holdings plans to spend R36-million in the next five years on a long-term project called Eqstralution, which will train, develop and educate young learners to take up positions in technical fields. 

Equipment distributor sees increased demand from Zimbabwe, Mozambique

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Despite a decline in local construction activity in recent months, distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment, High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa, says it has managed to remain productive. 

Construction equipment suppliers under pressure

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Multidisciplinary equipment supplier WAM South Africa is confident that it can weather the downturn in the local construction sector by focusing on supplying its products to a range of other sectors, such as the food and beverage, wastewater and renewable energy sectors. 

Steel processor prepares for construction sector pick-up

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 JSE-listed steel processor and supplier BSi Steel has expressed concern about the low activity levels in the construction industry.  

Manufacturer to scale up concrete barrier production

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Manufacturer of precast concrete products Rocla plans to initially produce about 2 km of Rebloc concrete barrier a month and says it can further increase production if it works double shifts or introduces additional moulds. 

Equipment provider introduces training simulator for customers

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Earthmoving and materials handling machinery company Bell Equipment is looking to lower the risks related to putting a new operator behind the controls of expensive machinery by introducing an operator training simulator service for its customers. 

Construction equipment range offers higher productivity

21st October 2011 Distributor of construction and earthmoving equipment CSE Equipment has launched the latest range of Case backhoe loaders, the T Series, with enhanced power for improved productivity, reduced noise and greater security on site, onto the local market. 

New pedestrian rollers added to existing fleet

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Supplier of rental equipment to the building, construction, do-it-yourself and maintenance markets Lambson’s Hire has added 10 new Wacker pedestrian rollers to its existing fleet. 

Construction materials safety a concern

21st October 2011 Manufacturer of gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails Vital Engineering has expressed concern about the safety of materials used to construct walkways. 

Distributor introduces laser levelling technology into local market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Construction materials distributor and manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has introduced a new product from floor preparation equipment supplier HTC Innovations, the Automatic Levelling Laser (ALL) system, onto the local market.  

Steel fabricator to supply Medupi, Kusile construction projects

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Steel fabricator Genrec Engineering will fabricate and deliver about 216 000 t of steel for power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power station construction sites up to 2015. 

Focus on safety and quality pays off

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th November 2010 Construction firm Grinaker-LTA Earthworks Engineering business unit has almost halved its lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) during the past year. 

Freeway improvement project work on track

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th November 2010 Construction company Grinaker-LTA, part of the Aveng Group successfully completed its deadlines for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) including those for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and reports that it is on track for remaining work on the GFIP. 

Focused on 

26th November 2010 Construction company Grinaker-LTA, an operating group of JSE-listed Aveng, South Africa’s largest construction sector player, aims to continue with the implementation of the strategic re-alignment of the company and maintain its sustainability for 2011 and beyond.  

Acquisition of Glen Douglas dolomite mine  

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd October 2010 Construction materials supplier Afrimat is in the process of acquiring its first metallurgical dolomite mine. The Glen Douglas dolomite mine, which is owned by diversified miner Exxaro, has been sold for R35-million. Afrimat is awaiting final approval for the transfer of shares by the Department... 

New range of environment-friendly concrete products

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd October 2010 Construction materials group AfriSam has announced the introduction of a range of environmentally-responsible concrete products. These Eco Readymix products are application branded, fit-for-purpose ready-mix concretes, specific to the needs of various construction requirements including... 

Industrial-strength concrete cleaning chemicals

22nd October 2010 A specialised range of industrial-strength cleaning products, some of which are designed to prevent concrete from adhering to equipment, and others to remove hardened concrete, were on display at the second International Product Fair, hosted by manufacturer of concrete products and supplier of... 

Promoting its construction range of trucks

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd October 2010 Renault Trucks South Africa, a subsidiary company of French truck manufacturer and supplier Renault Trucks, hosted a construction day earlier this month, to promote its construction range of trucks to professional operators in the earthworking, quarry and concrete and transport industries.


Maintenance could pose long-term challenges

22nd October 2010 The current economic climate has resulted in companies across the globe focusing on reducing costs and saving money. An indication of this, is a notable focus by companies on the maintenance of trucks, as there is an increase in workshop activity, and in not replacing old equipment with new... 

Institute supports concrete for roads

22nd October 2010 Concrete should be the first choice of material for roads, from highways to low-volume roads, says Cement and Concrete Institute MD Bryan Pierre. 

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