Infrastructure development

Infrastructure describes the built facilities which support modern human life, such as water supply, sewage plants, housing, roads, cable networks, food facilities, schools, hospitals, airports, community meeting places, business and government buildings, bridges, and railways.

keyboard_arrow_upWSP helps City of Cape Town bring emergency desalination plant online
keyboard_arrow_downWSP helps City of Cape Town bring emergency desalination plant online

WSP – one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent – played a crucial role in the fast-tracked development of the City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of fresh water into the city’s network per day.

keyboard_arrow_upCornelis River Dam undergoing major refurbishment
keyboard_arrow_downCornelis River Dam undergoing major refurbishment

A wide range of Sika concrete repair and protection products were used in the Cornelis River Dam project, which needed major refurbishment in order to implement a sustainable regional bulk water supply scheme in the Phumelela Local Municipal area, prioritising Warden.

keyboard_arrow_upNo more noise – CRB Noise barriers
keyboard_arrow_downNo more noise – CRB Noise barriers

Karin Johns, Freelance Journalist, investigates the effectiveness of pre-cast interlocking concrete block retaining walls in reducing highway traffic noise, as well as the urgency of reducing noise pollution – unwanted human-created sound that disrupts the environment – in South Africa. How concrete acoustic barriers work According to British Precast, trade body for the United Kingdom precast […]

keyboard_arrow_upTransversely-launched Ashton Arch Bridge a first for AECOM
keyboard_arrow_downTransversely-launched Ashton Arch Bridge a first for AECOM

The concrete tied arch bridge design proposed by multi-disciplinary consulting engineer AECOM to replace the existing substandard river bridge in Ashton, Western Cape, represents one of the few concrete tied arch bridges in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech’s economical alternative for Hammanskraal project
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech’s economical alternative for Hammanskraal project

Thanks to Kaytech, a leading South African manufacturer of nonwoven geotextiles, the rural Moretele Local Municipality in North West Province was afforded massive savings on a subgrade stabilisation project.

keyboard_arrow_upNew range of eco-friendly road dust suppressants from Chryso S.A.
keyboard_arrow_downNew range of eco-friendly road dust suppressants from Chryso S.A.

Chryso Southern Africa has launched a new range of dust suppressants locally developed by the company specifically for the sealing of dirt roads on the African continent.

keyboard_arrow_upLonza’s depth of resources leads to complete customer satisfaction
keyboard_arrow_downLonza’s depth of resources leads to complete customer satisfaction

When it comes to meeting the requirements of each customers’ unique needs, Lonza Wood Protection’s experienced team will pull out all the stops to provide the depth of resources needed to meet customer needs and exceed their expectations. This was recently demonstrated when the R&B Group decided to convert two treatment plants from producing Tanalith® […]

keyboard_arrow_upStandby power solution for Ghana Airports Company of Accra
keyboard_arrow_downStandby power solution for Ghana Airports Company of Accra

Earlier this year, Cummins Power Generation provided a standby power solution to provide back-up power for Ghana’s six major airports. This major turnkey project was undertaken on behalf of main client Ghana Airports Company Limited of Accra. The back-up power supports air transportation systems in Accra, Tamale, Suyani, and Kumasi, Ho and Wa.

keyboard_arrow_upRenu install solar street lights at Renishaw Hills Estate
keyboard_arrow_downRenu install solar street lights at Renishaw Hills Estate

Leading the way in renewable energy solutions, Durban-based company, Renu Holdings, recently installed 100 ISSL+ solar street lights for a newly established lifestyle village in Scottburgh.

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech’s ‘Concrete-on-a-Roll’ aids Mooi River canal remediation
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech’s ‘Concrete-on-a-Roll’ aids Mooi River canal remediation

A unique class of construction material supplied by Kaytech not only solved logistical problems but also saved the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform time and money, due to its speed and ease of installation. The 22 km long Mooi River Irrigation Canal, supplying water to the remote Keate’s drift area of KwaZulu-Natal, was […]

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech reinforces site of new Mamelodi Mall
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech reinforces site of new Mamelodi Mall

Kaytech’s quality separation, basal reinforcement and subgrade stabilisation solutions for the new Mamelodi Mall, east of Pretoria, resulted in significant savings for New Africa Development. With the planned Mall strategically situated in the centre of Mamelodi, a township of over half a million inhabitants, it is destined to become a leading commercial and social hub.

keyboard_arrow_upSmart buildings and infrastructure for KZN
keyboard_arrow_downSmart buildings and infrastructure for KZN

The Smart Building and Infrastructure Summit will be taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) from 22 to 23 February 2017.

keyboard_arrow_upInnovative decentralised wastewater system offers water and energy saving benefits
keyboard_arrow_downInnovative decentralised wastewater system offers water and energy saving benefits

Clarus Fusion ZF4000 recently installed at a public school in Oyster Bay, to treat the effluent from the ablution blocks. Clean effluent from the Fusion is flowing into a nearby river under approval of the Department of Environmental Affairs. Maskam Water’s premises in Brackenfell Industria was the venue for the launch of a highly innovative decentralised wastewater treatment system. The system could revolutionise the approach to providing dignified sanitation to disadvantaged and rural communities and save the country millions of litres of precious potable water by substituting treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use - all at a fraction of the cost.

keyboard_arrow_upSandton Central infrastructure gets a big boost with City of Joburg’s Bus Rapid Transit system
keyboard_arrow_downSandton Central infrastructure gets a big boost with City of Joburg’s Bus Rapid Transit system

There’ll be yet another great way to get into and around Sandton Central soon. Expanding its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, The City of Joburg will bring Rea Vaya’s fast, convenient and affordable bus service to Sandton Central within the next two years

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech combats soil erosion in Inanda Valley
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech combats soil erosion in Inanda Valley

Two of Kaytech’s pioneering products solved a major soil erosion problem at a water treatment works in Inanda Valley on the outskirts of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The platform that the treatment works is built on, was situated above a steep, unstabilised fill embankment. Excessive surface water from the platform was scouring the platform and the embankment. Eventually, if left untreated, this scouring would have resulted in the failure of the platform and large-scale damages to the treatment works. Neoweb was anchored in a trench at the top of the slope

keyboard_arrow_upeMbalenhle Schools save water and thousands in spiralling water bills
keyboard_arrow_downeMbalenhle Schools save water and thousands in spiralling water bills

It’s not only multinational and blue chip clients Cobra is able to assist with professional technical plumbing advice, but those less fortunate in our community as well. Cobra was recently seconded to assist in the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) War on Leaks campaign and, through working with other partners, helped a number of rural schools address major water leaks that were costing them heavily both financially and in terms of wasted water.

keyboard_arrow_upDPI Plastics racks up orders in large-bore water infrastructure projects
keyboard_arrow_downDPI Plastics racks up orders in large-bore water infrastructure projects

DPI Plastics has already racked up two major orders for its new 630 mm Class 16 mPVC pipe, which it is now capable of manufacturing at its Roodekop factory.

keyboard_arrow_up‘No dig’ pipeline renovation projects
keyboard_arrow_down‘No dig’ pipeline renovation projects

Fibertex KAVI felts - manufactured from polyester fibres - form the basis for effective coating, impregnation and installation of cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liners, for highly efficient ‘no-dig’ pipeline renovation projects. “Fibertex KAVI multiple layer felt liners make it possible to repair even heavily damaged pipelines using the ‘no-dig’ method, with numerous advantages over conventional open trench pipe repair procedures,” says Lance Woolley, business development manager, Fibertex South Africa. “With these cured-in-place liners, there is no need for excavation during pipeline repair work and thus inconvenience to traffic, production, business or residents is minimised.

keyboard_arrow_upNelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s top student’s thesis offers a solution to revitalise the decaying Boet Erasmus Stadium
keyboard_arrow_downNelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s top student’s thesis offers a solution to revitalise the decaying Boet Erasmus Stadium

‘‘One key issue is the need to incorporate the demands of sustainable development into architectural designs, keeping the lifetime carbon footprint of projects to a minimum. This is becoming increasingly important in the design of public sector buildings such as schools, hospitals and community centres where government has a long appreciation for the specification of sustainable or “green” building materials such as clay bricks,” said Allin Dangers Corobrik Director of Sales – Coastal.

keyboard_arrow_upNew Swellendam primary school is set to excite
keyboard_arrow_downNew Swellendam primary school is set to excite

Bold use of face brick colours contrast in a striking architectural design have resulted in an eye-catching school building servicing the Railton community in Swellendam, Western Cape.

keyboard_arrow_upInnovative engineering solution at Franschhoek Pass
keyboard_arrow_downInnovative engineering solution at Franschhoek Pass

A major project to effect road repairs and slope stabilisation at the Franschhoek Pass in the Western Cape has resulted in an innovative solution being developed by engineering consultancy SMEC South Africa. This not only ensures the safety of motorists on this scenic route, but also preserves the natural heritage of the area.

keyboard_arrow_upMahwelereng chooses Rocla storm water pipes for project upgrade
keyboard_arrow_downMahwelereng chooses Rocla storm water pipes for project upgrade

When the Mogalakwena Municipality commenced the storm water pipe upgrading project at Mokopane Ext 20 in Mahwelereng, Limpopo in June 2015, they found that the original storm water pipes installed in the 1960’s were redundant and no longer big enough to accommodate the waste needs of the local community. Bashitwa Construction, who were awarded this project partnered with Rocla, a South African pre-cast concrete pipe specialist to replace these old pipes with new, larger pre-cast concrete pipes which offer a greater longevity.

keyboard_arrow_upPre-cast concrete manholes offer secure option for the Mokopane pipeline
keyboard_arrow_downPre-cast concrete manholes offer secure option for the Mokopane pipeline

Water infrastructure maintenance is important not only to safeguard against the wastage of water through old and leaking pipes, but also against the loss of water and associated products and equipment through tampering. Rocla’s pre-cast concrete manhole cover slabs, lids and rings have recently been installed in the Mokopane District to protect a freshwater pipeline that services the local community and runs past the Mogalakwena Mine.

keyboard_arrow_upSaving water through plastics
keyboard_arrow_downSaving water through plastics

The earth is parched. Worldwide, countries are facing periods of intense drought. Areas such as California are currently in the midst of the worst drought the state has seen in its 164-year history, with 38 million residents under strict water conservation rules to reduce urban consumption by 25 % compared to 2013.

keyboard_arrow_upQuality aggregate supplied for N4 road contract
keyboard_arrow_downQuality aggregate supplied for N4 road contract

The ability to ensure a consistent quality and ongoing capacity of aggregate supply is a major differentiator in the roadworks and civils industry. B&E International is providing both these critical elements on the Trans African Concessions (TRAC) extensive road rehabilitation and upgrade programme on the N4 in the Highveld region in Mpumalanga.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik’s clay pavers finish off Ballito’s fresh, new entrance
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik’s clay pavers finish off Ballito’s fresh, new entrance

Entering the bustling coastal town of Ballito on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, pedestrians are welcomed by the recently completed walkways made up of Corobrik’s range of clay pavers.

keyboard_arrow_upCustom designed inverted culverts for Mozambique power station cooling channels
keyboard_arrow_downCustom designed inverted culverts for Mozambique power station cooling channels

Rocla has supplied precast concrete inverted culverts, lids and bases for use in the cooling channels at the R2.24 billion Gigawatt 100 MW natural gas-fired power station near Ressano Garcia in Mozambique.

keyboard_arrow_upConcrete selected for Ekurhuleni’s new bus lanes
keyboard_arrow_downConcrete selected for Ekurhuleni’s new bus lanes

Concrete is the preferred material for the new concrete bus lanes of the Ekurhuleni Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN), now under construction on the East Rand.

keyboard_arrow_upR1.8m worth of steel pipes supplied to water project
keyboard_arrow_downR1.8m worth of steel pipes supplied to water project

Water infrastructure has been substantially improved for Tembisa residents on the East Rand of Gauteng, following a major upgrade that involved the replacement of a heavily corroded pipeline with R1.8m worth of 600mm coated steel pipes that feature a 6mm wall thickness bevel ended three layer polyethylene (3LPE) coating.

keyboard_arrow_upEffective rainwater harvesting
keyboard_arrow_downEffective rainwater harvesting

The need to save water has never been more paramount. Local municipalities are focussing on upgrading water infrastructure systems to stem water wastage and to ensure water supplies are hygienic for communities.