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Architecture News

Scientists develop sustainable alternative to traditional building materials

4th August 2023 Scientists have developed a way to grow building materials using knitted moulds and the root network of fungi as a potential alternative to traditional building material. The composite, called mycocrete, can potentially reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry. The paper,... 

Market hindered by interest rates, economic stagnation

By: Bridget Lepere     4th August 2023 The commercial property market experienced a 5.6% decline in sales activity in the first quarter of 2023, compared with the same quarter in 2022, owing to numerous factors, including rising interest rates and the oversupply of office space, says property valuations custodian South African... 

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REDEFINING VALUE The industry is battling major challenges with the construction which is costing the economy billions of rands

US helps fund water projects

7th July 2023 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last month that it has committed $3-million to the African Water Facility (AWF). The funding will support the preparation of water and sanitation investment projects in Africa, through the provision of grants and technical... 

An African child with cupped hands drinking water from a tap
WATER AID The African Water Facility welcomes the donation of $3-million which is being made by The United States Agency for International Development

Consulting engineers critical for resilient infrastructure – firm

By: Nadine Ramdass     30th June 2023 Consulting engineers are necessary to ensure resilient infrastructure and investment viability and should be involved from the pre-investment phase. The convergence of engineering and advisory services provides various benefits for project stakeholders: in addition to technical engineering... 

An image of the Zandvliet wastewater treatment works
IMPROVING COMMUNITIES The Zandvliet wastewater treatment works upgrade addressed water challenges in the impacted communities

Zikalala provides updates on infrastructure projects and initiatives

By: Cameron Mackay     28th June 2023 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has assured the country that his department has plans in place to deal with the various infrastructural challenges. During a media briefing, in Johannesburg, on June 27, the Minister said infrastructure investment by the public sector was... 

Firm selected as supplier of choice

By: Halima Frost     26th May 2023 A prominent South African property development firm has opted to use technology and connectivity provider Lighter Than Air Network’s (LTA’s) devices to monitor and capture critical environment parameters across its South African construction sites to better assess various parameters for its... 

Risk solutions provider growing African footprint

By: Halima Frost     26th May 2023 Since its establishment in 2021, risk mitigation solutions provider Africa Speciality Risk (ASR) has set its sights on consolidating its underwriting activities in South Africa as part of its developing in the African insurance construction space. The company highlights that it has made “real... 

A silhouette of construction workers pouring concrete at a construction site
ASSURING INSURANCE ASR offers reinsurance to many sectors including the construction sector across Africa

Balwin launches R10bn Munyaka lifestyle estate development

By: Darren Parker     2nd March 2023 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has launched its Munyaka lifestyle estate development in Waterfall City, Gauteng. Munyaka, which means 'crystal' in Venda, has one of the largest man-made lagoons in the southern hemisphere at a size of about 30 000 m2, providing a faux beachside aesthetic for residents. 

munyaka lagoon

New storage solution increases capacity at automotive giant

By: Halima Frost     4th November 2022 Storage solutions manufacturer Acrow has successfully completed the installation of a new storage solution for global automotive company Toyota’s Africa Parts Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. The project started in November 2020 and the new warehouse was opened in July this year. 

A group of workers with hardhats stood assessing a shelving system
COOL COLLABORATION The collaboration and constant communication between Acrow and its client Toyota has streamlined the design and manufacturing process of a new storage system

New Gauteng urban hub seeks to strike inclusivity, tech-savvy balance

By: Darren Parker     26th August 2022 The Lanseria smart city initiative, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his 2020 State of the Nation Address, has steadily been gaining momentum over the past two years, despite setbacks caused by the outbreak of Covid-19.   The new urban economic hub is planned to become home to between... 

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Watt Interchange nominated for Fulton Award

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2022 The City of Johannesburg’s Watt Interchange has received an entry into the 2022 Fulton Awards – an awards programme which recognises and honours excellence and innovation in the use of concrete in Southern Africa.   The construction of the Watt Interchange, which lies on the Louis Both... 

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Watt Interchange

New standards for municipalities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     8th July 2022 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) technical committee has added new standards that municipality procurement teams need to adhere to when awarding tenders. 

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STANDARD ENFORCEMENT Companies must strive to use quality products

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Internationally available pump comes to S Africa

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 The South African division of global manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves this year announced the introduction of its KSB Delta Macro series to the local market. The series is designed for large flow rates, with a maximum rate per unit of about 960 m3/h and a maximum pump head of 160 m standard. 

6 in line pressure booster systems augmented by Movitec centrifugal pumps and a Command Pro+ microprocessor control unit
NO PRESSURE The ready to connect Delta Macro water pressure booster system is now available to the South African Market

Challenging project brings Swoosh to Soweto

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Robertville has successfully completed a steel fabrication project for global brand Nike in the newly developed Shapa Soweto Training Centre, in Soweto, Gauteng. The project entailed the fabrication of a roofing structure, made of 406 individually made... 

A red roof made of Y8 Rebar bent at various angles to create a Swoosh effect for client Nike at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre
NIKE? NICE! The Nike Swoosh effect was successfully created through various bends on a rebar based roofing structure at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre

Shopping centre development well under way

18th February 2022 Last month, Centurion-based construction company Tri-Star Construction announced it had been selected as the main contractor on the development of the Mamelodi Square Shopping Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng. The release explains that rural retail development specialists McCormick Property... 

An artists depiction of what the Mamlodi Square Shopping Centre will look like once completed the project undertaken by McCormick Properties was awarded to Tri-Star Construction
'CENTRE' OF ATTENTION Construction of the Mamlodi Square Shopping Centre started last month

Ericsson South Africa relocates to Waterfall City

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2022 Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson has relocated its South African operations from Woodmead, in Sandton, to Waterfall City, in Midrand. The company said the motivation for choosing Waterfall was that it was an “award-winning hub of collaboration, innovation, sustainability and... 

A photo of Ericsson's new location in Waterfall City, in Midrand
Ericsson has relocated its South African operations to Waterfall City, in Midrand

Use of registered professionals essential to a successful infrastructure project

By: Donna Slater     28th January 2022 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is concerned about the collapse of road infrastructure in the Eastern Cape, after a section of the R61 at Tsomo Junction between Ngcobo and Cofimvaba collapsed owing to heavy rainfall towards the end of... 

Hospital benchmarks in sustainable healthcare facilities

12th November 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari provided design and construction supervision of the mechanical services, as well as environmentally sustainable design (ESD) consulting, at the new Cintocare Hospital in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria. It is the first Green Star South Africa... 

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CINTOCARE HOSPITAL Zutari provided design and construction supervision for the hospital build

Company prepared to meet increased localisation demand

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Demand for logistics storage space remains high, as the e-commerce consumer base continues to grow year-on-year, amid the challenges caused by Covid-19, says design business Paragon Architects director Estelle Meiring. She stresses that the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of extended and... 

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SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES Paragon is the architect for a new warehousing, storage and manufacture facility for Mattress and Couch at the Old Mint Industrial Park in Centurion, Gauteng

Storage flexibility shown during turbulent time

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Logistics company Unitrans has shown flexibility in meeting the warehousing and storage needs of customers – particularly amid the effects of Covid-19, and the looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, on the local market – says Unitrans specialised warehousing and freight GM Ryan Brooke.... 

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VERSATILE STORAGE The company runs two types of warehousing ¬– specialised warehouses that are customer specific and its own non-exclusive warehouses

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

New camera used in inspection project

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In a first for Southern Africa and possibly the whole of Africa, rope access specialists Skyriders has used Zenith – a new confined-space inspection camera system – at a petrochemicals plant, in Gauteng, for inspection. The Zenith system is manufactured by US-based inspection technology developer... 

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SKY GUYS The project required the expertise of qualified drone pilots to assist in the inspection of the petrochemical tanks

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

CONCRETE SUPPORT
A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand 

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the... 

NEW DAWN
The implementation of proposed infrastructure projects will uplift the much needed demand of cement and concrete in South Africa
Cement & Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie discusses the current state if the industry, as well as the formation of the CCSA.

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Bara500 ICU hospital launched

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 Construction company Enza Construction recently completed a new Covid-19 hospital wing – the Bara500 unit – in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital complex using innovative building technology which enabled the company to significantly reduce construction time in comparison to conventional... 

The triage area of the new Bara500 ICU hospital
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The triage area of the new Bara500 ICU hospital

Company makes a significant investment locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants manufacturer and distributor FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has invested more than R250-million in South Africa for the completion of the construction of a warehouse and office complex, which will be completed by February 2022. Land that is adjacent to its current location in Isando, of... 

REACHING FOR THE SKY
The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high
REACHING FOR THE SKY The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

FAR AND WIDE
 The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam
FAR AND WIDE The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

AUTOMATION AT HOME
Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

SAFE SUSPENSION
Being able to safely complete a task while suspended from a structure takes a specialised team which Skyriders offers
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Architecture firm presents equal opportunities

28th August 2020 Architecture firm Paragon Group is perhaps “unique in the industry” for employing an equal number of men and women, with the latter ranging from student architects to senior management. “I love the fact we have so many talented, audacious women in our company in different stages of their... 

Steel awards go virtual

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 The South African Institute for Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) yearly Steel Awards will be judged and hosted virtually through a dedicated application (app) this year. This comes on the back of efforts to mitigate restrictions on social gatherings and take advantage of the digital marketing... 

VIRTUOSITY ASSESSED
Small teams of judges attend sites physically, observing Covid-19 health and safety protocols, while others attend site visits virtually
VIRTUOSITY ASSESSED Small teams of judges attend sites physically, observing Covid-19 health and safety protocols, while others attend site visits virtually

Steely resolve, innovation continue despite lockdown

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2020 Although production came to a halt over the past two months, light-steel-frame building materials supplier Etex South Africa – formerly known as Marley Building Systems – continued planning and innovating throughout the Covid-19 lockdown so that it would be well positioned to take advantage of... 

MULTIPLE USES
Light-steel-frame buildings can be repurposed, modified or moved to a new location with relative ease
MULTIPLE USES Light-steel-frame buildings can be repurposed, modified or moved to a new location with relative ease

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

NOISE DEFENDERS
Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

Home automation add-on launched

10th July 2020 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has launched its Arteor-with-Netatmo which is a simple home automation solution that uses traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi. The company explains that it expanded on its Arteor range of wiring devices,... 

PLUGGED IN
Legrand has add to its home automation solutions that use traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi
PLUGGED IN Legrand has add to its home automation solutions that use traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi

Sustainable living created after lockdown

26th June 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering companies group Bosch Holdings is set to resume building and land development operations as South Africa lifts Covid-19 lockdown business restrictions. “Our team of engineers and architects strives to create liveable, sustainable and innovative ideas and... 

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Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services
SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services
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