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Construction world august 2017ON THE COVER: Caterpillar will launch its 426F2 backhoe loader in August 2017 to complement the existing Cat F2 backhoe loader family.

Caterpillar has been producing backhoe loaders for more than 35 years, from the A Series to the current F2 Series which combines reliability, power and a quality operator environment. The Cat 426F2 backhoe loader continues this tradition with a comfortable cab, superior hydraulic system, and Product Link™ connectivity for remote reporting of machine information.

Barloworld Equipment, the Southern African dealer for Cat earthmoving equipment, is excited to be unveiling the 426F2 ‘in the iron’ to customers in South Africa in August.

Concrete excellence

The Concrete Society of Southern Africa’s Fulton Awards, often dubbed the Oscars of the concrete industry, recognises and honours excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete, a core component of the Society's mission.

The winners and receivers of commendations for the 2017 awards were announced and honoured at a special gala weekend held recently at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg, which was attended by more than 300 guests.

Concrete exccellence

From left: The winner of the BUILDINGS UP TO THREE STOREYS, Glen Crescent House; ARCHITECTURAL CONCRETE winner, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and INFRASTRUCTURE winner, the Mt Edgecombe Interchange Upgrade.

Tricky environmental and heritage considerations

Demolishing a potentially hazardous asbestos cement structure, preserving historic buildings, and the meticulous reconstruction of an old concrete dome were some of the challenges Pretoria building contractors, J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects, successfully coped with in a R55-million contract for the construction of the Reddam House Early Learning Centre in Helderfontein Estate.

Reddam House is part of the Inspired Group of co-educational and non-denominational international schools. Its new Early Learning Centre – the latest of the Reddam House facilities in Gauteng – is situated in the picturesque Helderfontein Estate valley, surrounded by the suburbs of Dainfern, Fourways, Lonehill and Broadacres.

August 2017

Trucking in construction

UD Trucks employees from the company’s head office and its assembly plant in Rosslyn recently celebrated the end of an era, as the last unit of the legendary UD55 to UD100 Medium Duty range came off the line early in June. This series has now been replaced by the new Croner MDT range, which is now assembled at the Rosslyn plant.

During the early post-1994 days, the requirements for local content changed and the then Nissan Diesel planned to replace the Medium Duty range known as the CM Range. It consisted of seven variants ranging from the CM19 to the CM16. Fitted with ADE engines and Astas transmissions, the plan was underway to replace them with the all new A520 range.

An astute businessman by any measure; modest in nature but highly enterprising – this is Mahlaka Lukas Makuwa, owner and MD of Mafate Business Enterprises, primarily a mining supply company. They supply ready-mix concrete, premix concrete, shortcrete, sand, stones and plaster mix to mines and contractors in Sekhukhune district including Steelpoort, Burgersdorp, Jane Furse and Phalaborwa areas. His newest ‘partner’ helping him achieve his overall vision is FAW trucks, which he took on to test in September 2014. Convinced that FAW were the trucks best suited to his operations and needs, he started purchasing various models into his fleet since then.

Alrode-based specialist transport firm Jacobs Transport has made Scania its supplier of choice for its core truck fleet, with both companies sharing a deep-seated commitment to quality and customer service.

With its focus on crane trucks and all the applications they fulfil, Jacobs Transport was formed in 1999 by brothers Gys and Seun Jacobs. It has grown into a significant player in the field of machine-moving and rigging, and is a one-stop shop for abnormal loads.

Trucking in construction

From left: UD Trucks employees from the company’s head office and its assembly plant in Rosslyn gather on a momentous occasion; Mahlaka Lukas Makuwa, owner and MD of Mafate Business Enterprises and Jacobs Transport’s colourful livery on one of the company’s recently acquired Scania G410 units.

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