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today22 May 2012

SANRAL leads the way for green government buildings

The new corporate headquarters for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) in Pretoria has been awarded a 4-star Green Star SA - Office Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the country’s green building authority.  As the first parastatal in South Africa to achieve a Green Star SA rating for one of its buildings, SANRAL, an agency of the Department of Transport, is leading the way for government and state-owned enterprises to move towards green building standards.  Worldwide, buildings are reportedly responsible for a third of all carbon emissions. Given that SA has boldly committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025, the reduction of carbon emissions via buildings and the built environment presents one of the most efficient ways of achieving these commitments. 
today15 Jul 2011

Third bridge demolition in GFIP

As part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) undertaken by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), Jet Demolition successfully completed the third and final bridge demolition earlier this year. The demolition of the Nelmapius Bridge over the N1 highway in Centurion followed that last year of the Allandale and Le Roux bridges in Midrand and was carried out over a weekend in February.
today15 May 2012

SAICE laments Nazir Alli’s departure from SANRAL

In a press statement, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) said it laments the resignation of Nazir Alli as CEO of SANRAL. Alli is a longstanding, valued member and Fellow of SAICE. “It is indeed a privilege to salute him for the significant leadership role he has played since 1998 with the establishment of SANRAL, an implementing agency of the Department of Transport,” SAICE said. Alli was also a recipient of the SAICE Transportation Division Chairman’s Award for excellent service to the industry.  “Under Nazir’s leadership a 16 000km road network across South Africa, that can compete with the best in the world, was developed, operated and maintained. In the SAICE Infrastructure Report Card for South Africa 2011 these national roads received a B+ grading, one of only a few infrastructure systems awarded this ‘Fit for the Future’ grade. This is of major importance to our country’s economic growth and development and could only be accomplished because Nazir was a highly competent, motivated and technically sound civil engineering and business manager – a rare combination. It could be said that he was a visionary leader who propelled the civil engineering industry into the 21st century, while working in a complex and very technical environment. 
today11 Dec 2013

Much Asphalt splits from Murray & Roberts Group

Much Asphalt, supplier of hot mix asphalt to the construction industry, became an independent entity on 1 November 2013 following the acquisition of the business from Murray & Roberts by a consortium led by Capitalworks Private Equity.
today15 Mar 2011

Jobs for engineers?

Following government’s introduction of its New Growth Path in November last year, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) expressed its surprise at the announcement, made within the context of the drive to create jobs, that the country needed to produce 30 000 additional engineers by 2014.