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South African Construction – an ecosystem in crisis

South African Construction – an ecosystem in crisis

Recent media coverage of appeals by SAFCEC, CESA and others to government to intervene and save our industry has caught the attention of many a Civil Engineer. We work and ply our trade in a sensitive ecosystem that is a jewel in the crown of South Africa. We are in fact one of the few countries in Africa that still has a fully functioning and self-sufficient construction industry. But we are in t... »

Engineering and Infrastructure in Dam Construction~Lessons from Vale Brazil .

Engineering and Infrastructure in Dam Construction~Lessons from Vale Brazil .

On Tuesday 28th, the mining company Vale withdrew from the UN Global Compact, the largest social and corporate responsibility network in the world. This information appears on Vale’s page on the site of the United Nations initiative. The multinational’s decision to withdraw from the Compact was taken after pressure from civil society. In February 2019, an international group of organisations forma... »

Declining demand for cement

Declining demand for cement

Global cement consumption is expected to remain at its current level of 4.01 billion tons (3.63 billion tonnes) until 2050, according to an update of the Global Cement Volume Forecast Report from CemWeek Research. [rml_read_more] This changing cement demand is expected to develop as a result of cement consumption sharply declining in China. On the other hand, it is likely to see moderate gains in ... »

Four SA highway projects in limbo  after two construction giants went bust

Four SA highway projects in limbo after two construction giants went bust

Four highway upgrade projects in the Western Cape, Limpopo and the Eastern cape remain unfinished after Group Five and Basil Read filed for bankruptcy. »

KZN Floods: What the Engineers have to say

KZN Floods: What the Engineers have to say

Residents in KwaZulu-Natal are still feeling the aftermath of the torrential floods. This follows unseasonable rain that hit the region earlier this week and resulted in severe damage to infrastructure and roads. Many residents have lost their homes and Government has instructed a task team to assist in the rebuilding of affected areas as well as in the provision of funds for these projects. “The ... »