Equipment supplier eyes road rehabilitation contracts

Construction equipment supplier Bobcat Equipment South Africa aims to become more involved in projects with smaller and emerging construction contractors particularly those linked to either N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) contracts or local municipalities on urban road rehabilitation. For example, Bobcat supplied an emerging subcontractor company with a wheel saw that was used for cutting concrete along the N3 freeway for drainage in 2017, says Bobcat and SANY brands national operations manager Brian Rachman.

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Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model

The South African Roads Federation (SARF) plans to have conducted more than 50 training and capacity development programmes by the end of this year to help build the necessary capacity in terms of capital, human resources and skills in the roads sector. The programmes cover a range of topics and intend to upskill road engineering technicians and engineers.

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Maintenance at centre of Sanral’s R40bn medium-term project pipeline

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will issue tenders for roughly R40-billion of new projects over the next three financial years. These projects will focus on maintaining the current road network, as well as the construction of a number of new projects.

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Saint-Gobain fits out Leonardo high-rise with innovative interior walls

French multinational construction materials company Saint-Gobain has played a key role in the interior fit-out of Sandton’s newest high-rise and what will be the tallest building in Africa once it is complete, The Leonardo. Saint-Gobain has supplied the equivalent of 86 062 m2 of interior walling across the 56-storey and 234-m-high skyscraper, including Isover insulation, Weber screeds, tile adhesives and about 24 000 Gyproc Habito boards.

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Bulk commodities boost Afrimat’s interim profit

JSE-listed industrial minerals and construction materials group Afrimat achieved a 56.9% year-on-year increase in operating profit to R318-million for the six months ended August 31. CEO Andries van Heerden attributed the higher profit to an improved performance in each of its business segments, but especially the bulk commodities segment.

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Aurecon Africa separates from global group to focus on continent

Global engineering group Aurecon has announced that it will demerge with the African business in early 2020.

The African shareholders of Aurecon initiated the separation, with 98% of all shareholders having approved the demerger earlier this year.

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Steyn City luxury lifestyle development launches own app

The Steyn City luxury lifestyle development, in Gauteng, is tapping into the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), while keeping its promise of “creating a lifestyle like no other”, through the release of its Steyn City mobile application (app) for residents. With the intention of being more than a communication tool for residents, the app combines several features, including ride-hailing services, like Uber); fitness; delivery; pets; and community-based apps in one central place.

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R110m for refurbishments to MPs’ houses and R540m for improvements at Parliament

After spending almost three-quarters of a billion rand on the three parliamentary villages, its upkeep and transport the past 10 years, the Department of Public Works is planning another project, worth R110-million, to refurbish houses for MPs. The department is also planning to demolish and replace the prefabricated houses containing asbestos at the parliamentary villages at a later stage.

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M2 motorway to be reopened to motorists from next week

The M2 motorway will be reopened to traffic from November 4, the Johannesburg Roads Agency says. The motorway between the Crown Interchange and Maritzburg street had been closed since February 28 for rehabilitation.  The closure, the JRA explained during a media event on Thursday was necessitated by the continuous monitoring and the bridge’s visual conditions assessment, which had indicated that the structural integrity of the concrete elements had been severely reduced. As a result, …

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Steyn City to invest a further R5.5bn into luxury lifestyle development

In unveiling Steyn City’s Vision 2020 guideline on Wednesday, Steyn City Properties revealed that it intends to invest a further R5.5-billion into its flagship Steyn City luxury lifestyle development, in Midrand. The development’s City Centre is nearing completion, while the first 220 housing units comprising Phase I of the lifestyle development is ready to be launched next year.

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