The SAISC Steel Awards celebrates diversity in South Africa’s steel construction industry

The 2019 entries for the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards contained an unprecedented level of diversity. This ranges from building type, size, ownership and construction/property value, from cost-effective to high-end. There has also been enormous diversity reflected in both the aesthetic and functional use of steel in construction: from light steel frame building, to metal roofing and cladding, and the use of heavy structural steel. The level of diversity this year is also reflected ‘behind-the-scenes’: in terms of age, gender, professional discipline and background of the many…

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How the construction ‘mafia’ business model jumped to other sectors

They started off invading construction sites in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), demanding 30% of the contract work. Then it spread to Gauteng, and has now gone countrywide. The tactic is working, and many contractors simply pay off the gangs rather than have building work disrupted. Sometimes they employ the locals, often at extortionate rates. They became known as the construction mafia, though they prefer to be called business forums. The business model is so successful that it is being replicated across the country in different sectors of the economy, as local community…

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How trailblazer Lebogang Zulu is changing the construction industry

Zulu has carved out a niche for herself in innovative building technology and is determined to transform the supply industry Trailblazing construction businessperson Lebogang Zulu has become the go-to person for fast and efficient delivery of construction projects, even for government. Zulu, who scooped a top sector award a fortnight ago at a prestigious ceremony at Emperors Palace, is, however, not known to many people outside the construction business. Born and raised in KwaThema in the east of Johannesburg, Zulu says she has always been assertive and passionate. During an…

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OPINION: Construction companies in SA are increasingly run by women – here’s why

Construction remains a male-dominated industry but there are signs that women are starting to become better represented in this sector – to its great potential benefit. Unsurprisingly, given the nature of the work itself, women are primarily making their mark in managerial and administrative roles, and a growing number of smaller construction companies are headed by women.Figures from the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) show that 48% of the country’s construction enterprises are owned by women. However, the vast majority of these are very small companies – 95% fall within…

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Coega favoured as investments flow in

Despite the deteriorating local and global economic investment environment, which has resulted in most of South Africa’s special economic zones (SEZs) struggling to attract investment, Coega in Port Elizabeth is riding the investment wave. The SEZ, which is operated by the Coega Development Corporation, has secured an additional 18 new investments valued at R2.6 billion, creating about 3 000 jobs during the 2018/19 financial year, against a target of R693 million. Investments in aquaculture, which include an abalone farm and a land-based fish farming facility, represent a third of the…

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South Africa’s construction industry could become safer. Here’s how

Uniform policies around health and safety management within the construction industry is lacking. Patrick Nwabueze Okonkwo  /  17 August 2019 00:15 Stakeholders like the Department of Labour, employer associations, labour unions, tertiary institutions and industry bodies need to come together to address the lack of suitably qualified and registered health and safety professionals. Picture: Moneyweb Construction is tough, sometimes dangerous work. Globally, the construction industry accounts for about 7% of employment. But it’s responsible for between 30% and 40%of all work-related fatalities. The figure is at its highest in developing countries. This is because contractor organisations…

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Steep rise in civil construction tender activity

  The construction industry has received a sign of possible better times ahead, with the nominal estimated value of civil construction projects out to tender increasing by 42% in the second quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter. David Metelerkamp, senior economist at construction market intelligence firm Industry Insight, said the nominal estimated value of civil construction projects out to tender was up by “an encouraging” 38.6% on a year-on-year basis in the second quarter. “Following some improvement in the estimated tender values during the last two quarters,…

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Sanral to issue R40bn in road-building tenders

  South Africa’s crisis-ridden construction industry has received a boost, with the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) reporting that it will issue major road construction tenders to the value of more than R40 billion over the next two to three years. Read: Construction industry in survival mode The expenditure commitment has been welcomed by various organisations and analysts, with Sanral confirming that its roads network forms the backbone of the country’s transport system and serves as a catalyst for balanced economic growth, business confidence, investment and the transformation of society. Louw…

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Durban demolishes derelict buildings to unlock new development

Malaysian-based UEM Sunrise is pumping new energy into the multi-billion-rand development at the entrance to SA’s busiest port. Suren Naidoo  /  30 July 2019 13:31 Construction underway on the R300m extension of Durban’s beachfront promenade to the Point Waterfront development near the harbour entrance. Picture: Supplied Durban’s multi-billion rand Point Waterfront urban regeneration development, which stalled until a few years back, is set to benefit from the eThekwini Municipality’s moves to demolish derelict buildings around Mahatma Gandhi Road (old Point Road) – the main thoroughfare to the waterfront and harbour entrance. The…

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Commission opposes Aton’s acquisition of Murray & Roberts

CAPE TOWN – In South Africa, the Aton Group through Redpath SA provides a range of mining services to sub-Saharan Africa, including the excavation of vertical or inclined openings from the surface for conveyance of miners, materials, ventilation, pumping water, in addition to hoisting ore and waste rock, operational or maintenance activities, infrastructure development and upgrading, and whole mine operational management. M&R focuses on project engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance solutions. It puts its capabilities into three global sectors: oil and gas, underground mining and power and water.…

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