Health and Safety

The agony continues to pile on as more and more reports are received of contractors taking days and even weeks to gain access to construction projects. The main reason of course being that their “Safety File” has not been approved. Hours turn into days and days into weeks as the contractor attempts to meet the requirements presented to them by the client’s representative.

Website Designed & Hosted By
Copyright © 2013 South African Builder
Publishing House: Malnor Pty(Ltd)
Contact: 011 726-3081
Security Check:
Click for new image
Sign Up for Our Newsletter
Breaking News

Built  Environment

Infra structure

Product   Review

Construction Manager achieves chartered status

The title Construction Manager has come of age, following a decision by the Privy Council to grant it chartered status.

Full corporate Members (MCIOBs) and Fellows (FCIOBs) of the Chartered Institute of Building who register their interest in advance will be able to use the designation Chartered Construction Manager from March 2014.

Energy Factory - allowing Clients to meet their own Energy Needs

Up to 40% of the energy footprint of a city is determined by the water industry. With electricity costs accounting for some 40% of operating costs, out-of-the-box thinking is required.

The Infrastructure Development Bill

By Nikita Lalla - director in the construction and engineering department at ENSafrica
The Infrastructure Development Bill was first introduced in February 2012 with the aim to fast track infrastructure development projects in South Africa. When it was released for public comment in 2012, a number of concerns were raised and the Bill was subsequently amended

Fox Projects demonstrates the staying power needed to “projectise” Africa 

In contrast to what many companies experience when engaging the Africa market, Fox Projects has managed to overcome many of the challenges and instil a level of service around projects across several countries.
National Infrastructure Plan
The South African Government adopted a National Infrastructure Plan in 2012 that intends to transform our economic landscape while simultaneously creating significant numbers of new jobs, and to strengthen the delivery of basic services. The plan also supports the integration of African economies.

President Zuma: Attend to infrastructure delivery with urgency
President Jacob Zuma has told Ministers, Premiers and Mayors, who are part of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC), that they must jointly attend to delivery matters with speed and a problem-solving culture.

New beginnings for an entire mining town -
Dingleton construction team to receive a rapid housing solution by Kwikspace Modular Buildings

A province rich in minerals, with profitable investment opportunities, the Northern Cape is seeing mining developments gain ground both literally and figuratively. In fact, in order to further expand on the mining industry at present, an entire town situated in this province’s borders is being relocated to allow for such expansion. Making a remarkable contribution to this process is Africa’s leading manufacturer of prefabricated buildings, Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace).


Voluntary   Associations
Engineering industry can change the landscape of the country avers Mokonyane

The Department of Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has made a passionate plea and a clarion call for consulting engineers to partner with government and to perform their duty with integrity and improve the quality of life of the people for a better life for all.

CESA warns unscrupulous and unqualified contractors and corrupt officials

Consulting Engineering South Africa (CESA) is appalled by the pressure put on its members to certify payment for work not done and will not bow to pressure from greedy, unscrupulous and unqualified contractors and corrupt officials.

Creating Supportive Environments for Special Needs Children to Thrive
GVK-Siya Zama - leading specialists in the field of building, renovation, restoration and recycling of buildings - were selected to construct, renovate and upgrade three schools, one in Hluhluwe in KZN, the second in Kwadwesi in PE and the third in Uitenhage, all of which will directly impact and improve the lives of learners with special educational needs
South Africa awards first green rating for an existing building
By Green Bulding Council South Africa CEO, Brian Wilkinson
The 18,675sqm North Park in the Black River Park office park in Observatory, Cape Town, has become the first building in the country to be awarded an “existing building” certification from the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA)...
Read More..
Late government payments killing SME’s
Gauteng Infrastructure MEC Qedani Mahlangu came under fire at the second Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) Conference in Midrand on 21 October over apparently rife non- and late payments by government to black-owned small and medium enterprises (SME’s) for services rendered.
Protecting what’s important to South Africa
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on renewable energy as a source of alternative energy. South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is a 20 year projection on electricity supply and demand, indicates that by 2030, approximately 38% of the total electricity generated in South Africa ...

From the President’s desk: The building blocks for professionalising Construction H&S
It is not often that I dedicate an entire article to one topic, but with so much happening in the Construction Health and Safety (H&S) landscape, I feel it pertinent to answer a question I have been asked recently.

2nd project and construction management conference

It is that time again when the SACPCMP puts the final touches on the preparations towards the 2nd Project and Construction Management Professions Conference which will take place on the 20 - 22 October 2014 at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

This conference has been endorsed by the Honourable Minister of Public Works, Mr T.W. Nxesi, and will be addressed by leading local and international thought leaders in both the public and private sector. It is aimed at creating collaborative and working relationships for infrastructure development and is an ideal platform to network.

Gauteng Premier to address Project and Construction Management Conference
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura will address the 2nd Project and Construction Management Professions Conference, taking place from 20 to 22 October 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre.
Government News
DG envisages smart buildings with controls located on the remote switch of a vehicle - Public Works Director

General (DG) Mr Mziwonke Dlabantu says architects are the built environment creative whiz kids.
Minister Nxesi opens the UIA congress in Durban
Minister Nxesi opens the UIA congress in Durban Public Works Minister  Honourable TW Nxesi, MP says
President Zuma says EPWP contributes in the development of women

President Jacob Zuma says the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has contributed immensely in the development of women in the country. He was speaking during the National Women’s Day celebration held in Umlazi south of Durban in Kwazulu-Natal.

Education and Training
Rrams project embraces technology, transfers skills, builds capacity

The recently awarded District Roads Asset Management projects in four District Municipalities in KwaZulu Natal, Northern Cape and the Free State will involve substantial skills transfer and capacity building and use the latest in-house developed technology, say project consultants Royal HaskoningDHV.