ON THE COVER: The successful implosion of the 108-m-high, 31-storey Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) at 09:00 on Sunday 24 November 2019 is not only the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition, but also one of its most complex projects ever undertaken.
Jet Demolition Director Joe Brinkmann highlights the close working relationship that the demolition specialist established with various stakeholders throughout the course of the project. The co-operation and dedication to the project by all stakeholders, including its main client the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development various local and provincial departments, project managers, subcontractors, specialists, and the local public, all contributed to the successful implosion of the fire-damaged structure.
Steel awards show innovation
Adversity often brings opportunities with it. South Africa’s steel industry has been going through a period of severe challenges, affecting the entire supply chain and seeing the most serious contraction for many years in the sector.
Despite the prevailing ‘doom and gloom’, however, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has remained true to its role of industry champion during this challenging time, focusing on innovation, positivity and creativity – particularly with regards to this year’s Steel Awards.
This year the SAISC received a record-breaking number of 94 entries for the awards as opposed to 70 in 2018 and 59 in 2017. In addition, sponsorship of the Steel Awards has grown by remarkable 40% from 10 sponsors in 2018 to 14 this year.
Road engineers demonstrate leadership
JG Afrika demonstrated its leadership in road engineering at the Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (CAPSA) 2019.
Hosted at Sun City from 13 to 16 October, this was the 50th edition of the internationally-acclaimed Southern African road building and maintenance conference. Since 1969, CAPSA has provided various participants in the road construction and maintenance industry with a forum to disseminate knowledge and exchange ideas.
CAPSA 2019 was appropriately themed leadership and innovation to preserve and enhance the value of the region’s roads within a rapidly changing world. This is considering the rapid rate of disruption across most industries, including the larger southern African road construction industry, as a result of new technologies.