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Construction World August 2018ON THE COVER: On 26 July 2018 Barloworld Equipment officially launched the Next Generation of Cat 20-ton excavators that do exactly what customers want. They perform better at lower cost, assisted by tried and tested technologies that used to be 'on the wish list' but are now standard equipment. The three new excavators in the Next Generation line-up, the Cat 320 GC, 320 and 323, are designed to give machine owners more and better options to suit different sites, conditions and operating requirements.

Shopping centre

Douala Grand Mall, Cameroon’s first modern shopping mall and reported to be the largest in central Africa when complete, is set to showcase not just the highest standards of construction quality but also leading green building features.

Begun in January this year, the €45-million Raubex project, conceived and driven by a UK-based investment fund and its local Cameroonian partner, was designed by London-based award-winning architects. The mall, which includes cinemas and a convention centre, comprises Phase 1 of an ambitious plan that will see a five-star hotel, offices and residential apartments added to the development in coming years.

Shopping centre Douala Grand Mall

An artist's impression of the Douala Grand Mall and Douala Business Park in Cameroon and construction during phase 1.

Projects & Contracts

Clay brick is an integral part of the personality of the new uMkhumbane Cultural Museum at Cato Manor, Durban. It is not only the first new museum to be built in Durban in 100 years but also the first public cultural building constructed in the area. The new museum is located at a visible crossroads site which has transformed from a once polluted riverbank and dumpsite into a world-class facility. According to the architects, Rod Choromanski and Dean Ramlal of Choromanski Architects, museums are manifestations of local, regional and national pride.

VKE Namibia Consulting Engineers, part of the SMEC Group, was contracted by the Namibian Roads Authority to carry out the design work and to supervise the construction phase of the Main Road 118 upgrade. The SMEC Group is a global consultancy delivering engineering excellence, design innovation and advisory to clients worldwide.

The PPP model began to be considered by the South African Government as one of the methods to deliver infrastructure projects in the 1990s. There has been a steady growth of these partnerships since then. Ramodise Mekoa, General Manager, Dipalopalo FM Solutions at Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) explains the status quo of PPPs in South Africa.

Projects and contracts

From left: The uMkhumbane Cultural Museum at Cato Manor; construction on the Main Road 118 in Namibia and the Stats SA building, a public-private partnership building.

Environment & Sustainability

Cape Town’s prolonged water shortage has thrown into sharp relief the need for the city and its residents to be proactive in the long-term management of its water demand and consumption, and to build a more water resilient future. 

WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, is celebrating a milestone million square meters of Certified Green Space in Africa.

Retaining the old, while making way for the new: In 2014 Lead Architects undertook a development masterplan of the Albini Mission situated in KZN, for the Catholic Archdiocese. Renowned construction company F. Verbaan Construction, roofing contractor GWR Roofing together with Use-it, suppliers of Rambrick bricks have all become key contributors in the rebuilding and restoration of this AMAFA site.

Environment and sustainability

From left: Arup did research into arid cities; one of WSP’s many green buildings and the Albini Mission reconstruction.

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