Feb 4, 2011 4:51 pm
At almost the same time as Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) expressed extreme concern at the low levels of building work being initiated in the country, despite the lowest interest rates in decades, the news broke on the Competition Commission’s finding evidence of collusion and bid-rigging in the construction sector.
Clearly the allegations of such anticompetitive behaviour do not help the cause of the building industry.
Jan 28, 2011 9:00 am
The State of Housing in SA formed the focus of the opening debate at Architecture ZA 2010 (AZA 2010), the architectural festival that was held in Johannesburg in September last year. The debate looked at the successes and challenges of South Africa’s contemporary housing strategy and how it contributes to the restructuring of South African society in economic, social and spatial terms.
Jan 26, 2011 1:14 pm
Many old commercial buildings in Johannesburg’s central business district are currently being transformed from derelict offices into secure and comfortable residential accommodation.
Craig Paton-Ash of Ikhaya Futurehouse Systems says, “These refurbishment and conversion projects are challenging for building contractors,particularly when it comes to transporting heavy, bulky construction materials, like conventional bricks, in small, passenger lifts.
Jan 26, 2011 12:30 pm
Social housing projects in Gauteng could be speeded up – and build quality substantially improved – with the introduction of a new foundation system adapting Echo hollow-core prestressed concrete floor slabs, traditionally used in multi-storey commercial and residential buildings.
Nov 22, 2010 10:00 pm
Leading South African petrochemical and energy group, Sasol, has introduced LP gas reticulation for housing developments with supply from bulk tanks on site – offering property developers a ‘greener’ alternative energy option.
With Sasol Homegas the carbon footprint of new housing developments is reduced and electricity consumption costs for the homeowners will be lower.
Nov 15, 2010 10:00 pm
Echo Prestress was the winner of the Regional - Inland Award in the category for precast concrete floor slabs in the 2010 Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) Awards for Excellence.
Oct 18, 2010 10:00 pm
Fast-track building combining prestressed hollow-core concrete panel flooring with a lightweight steel frame structure enabled contractors to erect a three-storey, 90-room barracks building for the Botswana Defence Force in barely 20 weeks. This project marked a first for the use of these twin technologies in Botswana – and it was completed in record time.
Feb 22, 2010 10:00 pm
As a supplier of concrete manufacturing equipment South African company Pan Mixers has won several contracts across the African continent based on its ability to provide first-world technology built with third-world resilience. The latest of these is for the supply, delivery and installation of two VB4X block plants for construction giant Odebrecht's operation in Luanda, Angola. Odebrecht is a Brazilian business conglomerate operating internationally in the fields of engineering and construction, chemicals and petrochemicals.
Jan 28, 2010 10:00 pm
Institutional investors Metropolitan and Molash have jointly acquired a significant minority stake in Duro Pressings – one of South Africa’s biggest and longest-standing manufacturers and distributors of steel and aluminium windows, doorframes and allied building products for the housing development and construction sector.