Friday, 02 August 2013 17:45

Construction collusion: questions remain

The competition tribunal may have confirmed the R1,46bn in penalties for 15 construction firms which admitted collusive tendering, but serious questions remain.

Government will require the support of investors to realise the speedy implementation of South Africa's proposed mega infrastructure programme, says President Jacob Zuma.

Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:00

Property agents positive on prospects

Estate agents have expressed confidence about the sustainability of foreign interest in the South African residential property space post the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 02:00

Benefits from World Cup

SA is getting back to work, but for the residential property market, the World Cup payoff is still to come.

Liberty Properties says that its Property Portfolio is on track to deliver another solid real return performance.

Friday, 02 July 2010 02:00

All the world’s their stage

When SA was awarded the World Cup, construction firms 'came home' to work on the plethora of new public-sector infrastructure projects.

Friday, 28 May 2010 02:00

Legacy for cities

As cities have bent over backwards in preparation for the World Cup, doling out more than R9bn from their own budgets just on stadiums.

Thursday, 11 March 2010 02:00

Fan park delays frustrate health department

Delays in determining the location of public viewing areas were the “Achilles heel” in the Department of Health’s preparations for the World Cup.

The construction sector still faces a tough year with delivery of projects related to the World Cup bringing about a drop in other construction activity.

Thursday, 26 November 2009 02:00

Construction related claims on the rise

World Cup-related construction works are contributing to an at least 20% increase in claims against the Road Accident Fund, a company that processes claims said on Wednesday.

Construction IndustryThe organisation is processing roughly 20% more claims against the RAF in 2009 than in previous years, primarily due to roadwork-related accidents, chief executive of RoadCover Eugene Beck said in a statement.

“Hotspots” include Johannesburg’s Gillooly’s interchange and William Nicol Drive, and the N2 in Cape Town.

More needed to be done to improve safety for drivers and non-motorists at major roadworks, he said.

Poor signage, makeshift concrete barriers, sudden changes in direction of temporary roads and narrower than normal lanes were cited as some of the reasons for accidents at these points.

“Signage at many sites is not geared for 24-hour visibility, with night visibility a particular problem.”

There is no policing at these sites where many motorists don’t slow down, or if they do, see it as a chance to use their cellphones, he said.

The increase in the number of injuries and deaths at roadworks in South Africa is consistent with the trend in other parts of the world.

According to the latest US statistics by the Federal Highway Administration, the number of people killed annually in motor vehicle crashes in roadwork zones has increased 45% over the last 10 years.

“The national roadworks in the run-up to 2010 are necessary in order to improve and elevate our public infrastructure to international standards, but more needs to be done from both a safety and law enforcement perspective in order to protect all road users against accidents,” he said.

An RAF spokesman was not immediately available to comment.

 

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