‘Reframing’ construction in Southern Africa: light steel frame building offers quality, energy-efficient and affordable construction which is growing in popularity

The growth trajectory and incremental increase in the popularity of light steel frame building (LSFB) in South Africa has been nothing short of remarkable. In 2004, when the CEO of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) visited Australia to evaluate light steel frame building, this construction technique was little-known in South Africa. Today, this relatively new building method is now both widely accepted and frequently used locally. “The growth in the popularity of LSF construction locally is due to its inherent innovation, and to the fact that it…

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Kwikspace places first operational buildings for Mpumalanga mine

Kwikspace was contracted to manufacture, supply and erect 10 mobile units to for use at a new mine in Mpumalanga. Consisting of four single-wide and six double-wide prefabricated modular units, they were the first operational buildings to be placed on site. All units, which provide structures for four different applications on the mine, were completed and handed over during 2018, within a specified three-month timeline. One double-wide unit (7 x 7 m) is used as the induction office located near the entrance and five of them make up the site…

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Profits, projects and pressure in the construction industry

By Kenny Ingram, Global Industry Director, Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure This year will see a digital leap forward as many construction companies explore implementing integrated business software into projects for the very first time. Tighter margins, global skills shortages and new industry entrants are all ramping up the pressure on traditional construction businesses to deliver greater productivity and more integrated, cost-efficient projects, on time, every time. 50% of all construction projects worldwide will include modular content by 2022, driven by the growing global skills shortage In March 2018, a new factory opened outside Liverpool, England employing 150 people…

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Unfinished business: What to do when construction halts due to liquidation

OPINION / 13 MARCH 2019, 07:30AM / DIANA BURGER JOHANNESBURG –  The past year has been challenging for South Africa’s construction industry, with some of the country’s best-known construction companies facing business rescue or liquidation. The unfinished business left behind when this occurs can be problematic for project employers in the private and public sectors alike. Although their options are limited, the financial exposure for employers can be mitigated through immediate action, says Diana Burger, senior associate in Bowmans’ Construction Dispute Resolution Department. Here are the crucial steps to take.…

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Construction Indaba to look into regulations compliance

The Department of Labour will on Thursday host a Construction Indaba that will bring together industry role-players to discuss construction regulations compliance in the country. The Construction Indaba will also look at findings of non-compliances identified by the Department of Labour inspectors on construction sites with respect to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). The indaba, which will be held in Umhlanga in Durban, comes in the wake of the recent structural collapses around the country. In recent years, South Africa has seen fatal structural collapses including Tongaat Mall, Meyersdal Eco…

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Property development in eThekwini is booming

DURBAN – The KwaZulu-Natal construction industry has weathered a difficult economic climate over the past year, but business leaders are upbeat about the possibility of a turnaround in 2019.Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Musa Makhunga, speaking to Network following the KZN Construction Expo last week, said there were several successful projects and opportunities in the province that had bucked the economic slump and others that could contribute to an upturn. The expo brought together more than 2 750 stakeholders involved in construction and infrastructure projects in the region to address strategic…

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R13bn to be spent on road infrastructure

  PRETORIA – Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has unveiled a R13 billion road infrastructure programme, comprising a number of packages in several provinces, in response to the Presidential Stimulus Package that will create an estimated 20 000 jobs. Nzimande said yesterday that the R3.5bn budget from the stimulus package, which would be supplemented by the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) budget allocations, would unlock an investment of R13.1bn in critical and strategic road infrastructure. He said that a number of stimulus projects were in place on the Sanral network, some…

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SA infrastructure market is in crisis, says Aveng

PRETORIA – The South African infrastructure market was in crisis, says financially troubled listed construction and engineering group Aveng. Eric Diack, the executive chairperson of Aveng, said yesterday that this reflected the marginal economic growth experienced in South Africa, which was exacerbated by “unprecedented and widespread threats of violence, community unrest and protest action on construction sites which employers (clients) seemingly expect contractors to accept as the new normal”. The Aveng-Stabag Joint Venture (ASJV), in which Aveng wholly-owned Southern African construction and engineering business Grinaker-LTA was a 50 percent partner, terminated…

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Saldanha Bay IDZ attracts R3bn worth of investment

Saldanha Bay IDZ attracts R3bn worth of investment The investors are targeting construction to start between March 2019 and March 2020, Minister Rob Davies said. “The investments signal a significant start of establishing new industrial value chains in and around the Port of Saldanha. “The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone is part of the dti Special Economic Zones Programme and is developing into a world-class offshore and maritime hub,” the Minister said. Having established most of the major land-based infrastructure and some of the marine infrastructure, the zone’s partnership with…

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South Africa O.R Tambo International Airport unveils phase1 of mixed-use development

South Africa’s biggest airport, the O.R. Tambo International Airport has unveiled the first phase of the US $324m mixed-use development that will form part of a massive seven-phase plan to revamp the airport. Speaking during the sod turning ceremony, Mrs Pityi-Vokwana, the OR Tambo General Manager said the development dubbed ‘The Western Precinct development’, forms part of a strategy to expand their offering and to drive new sources of development for the entire region.   The Western Precinct development Phase 1 of the development project will include construction of  three six-storey buildings, comprising…

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