Aveng names Sean Flanagan CEO

Construction group Aveng has appointed a former Murray & Roberts executive to lead the company from February 1, it announced on Thursday.

Sean Flanagan will take up the position of CEO on February 1, taking over from interim CEO Eric Diack, who will resume his role as nonexecutive chairperson after a six-month transition period.

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Nazeem Martin resigns from Group Five board

Nazeem Martin has resigned as independent nonexecutive director of Group Five, the JSE-listed construction firm said on Wednesday.

Martin has served for a year on the board and will stand down on December 31.

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Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand

Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also urging government to finalise the mechanism for monitoring whether the designation element of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act is in fact being implemented.

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Maluti Crescent Shopping Centre Phase 1 complete

Maluti Crescent Shopping Centre, formerly Setsing Crescent in Phuthaditjhaba, in the Free State, has unveiled the first part of its major redevelopment and expansion undertaken by JSE-listed retail real estate investment trust Vukile Property Fund; and is well on track for its official launch on March 21, 2019. Developed and leased by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment and designed by MDS Architecture for Vukile, the redevelopment will become the largest shopping centre in the town.

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Fourways office park goes solar

To convert Willow Wood Office Park, in Fourways, Gauteng, to using solar energy, Heartwood Properties has partnered with SolarSaver, which offers a rent-to-own model that does not require any capital outlay, to reduce the building’s footprint and save on electricity costs. All indications are that solar energy is the fastest growing alternative energy industry globally, Heartwood said in a statement this week.

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Johannesburg mayor urges Ramaphosa to intervene in housing funding row

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Friday said the provincial government had reduced the city’s Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) funding by R180-million for the current financial year, a move he said would worsen its housing crisis, and urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene. Mashaba’s Democratic Alliance runs Johannesburg in a coalition with other opposition parties, while Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress controls Gauteng province under which the city falls.

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Cape Town agrees to transfer R114.3m Salt River site for 10% of its value for housing

The City of Cape Town has agreed, “in principle”, to sell the Salt River Market site to a “social housing institution (SHI)” for 10% of its market value for an 820 unit mixed-use development, it announced on Thursday. “I’m elated by Council’s decision to agree, in principle, to transfer this City-owned land,” said councillor Malusi Booi, member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for human settlements. He said the market site was valued at R114.3-million, but the council would let it go, with …

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Cornubia bridge opened to traffic

The new Cornubia bridge that crosses over the N2 to uMhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, has been partially opened to traffic, says construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV project engineer Brian Downie.

The project was a joint venture in which Royal HaskoningDHV designed the bridge and the eThekwini Transport Authority designed the roadworks, he tells Engineering News. Thami Manyathi is the head of the eThekwini Transport Authority and Linga Govender was in overall control of the project.

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N12 bridges expected to open in February 2019

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has identified two bridges on the N12 outside Hopetown, in the Northern Cape, that are being widened and improved, thereby increasing their life span, and the bridges are expected be opened to traffic in February next year, says project manager Tiago Massingue.

The N12 is a key transit route that links Kimberley and the surrounding Northern Cape towns to Cape Town and the greater Western Cape. Construction work also includes repairing the bridges to allow for safer passage of traffic, as well as an extended pedestrian walkway along the route.

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E Cape project to be completed in July 2019

The Qiti bridge forms part of a roads safety upgrade project that is expected to be complete in July next year. The project’s purpose is to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety, says global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy Hatch professional engineer Peter Henderson.

Hatch was appointed by the South African National Roads Agency for the design and supervision of the project. He notes that the Qiti bridge project, in the Eastern Cape, forms part of a larger project that includes the construction of three other bridges.

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