ON THE COVER Affirming its reputation as being a leading, technically-advanced demolition specialist in Africa, Jet Demolition joined the elite group of international demolition contractors to have been awarded the ‘Best of the Best’ at the World Demolition Awards (WDA) 2020. It also won the Explosive Demolition category in the online awards ceremony on 12 November.
Director Joe Brinkmann notes it was 40 years ago that he undertook his first blasting course and underground blasting work in the US. “To be able to carry out a project like this and have it turn out perfectly is a culmination and a pinnacle. I must thank the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development for awarding us the project and our people who always give of their best.”
Roads infrastructure for the iconic Mall of Thembisa
The iconic double-level Mall of Tembisa, developed by McCormick Property Development was completed in November. The Mall of Tembisa is located on greenfield land, south of the Olifantsfontein Road (R562), with the Kaalspruit creating the eastern boundary of the property, between the townships of Tembisa and Clayville.
This 45 000 m² gross leasable area (GLA) regional shopping centre is situated in the under-serviced north-western quadrant of Tembisa in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The Mall is part of a mixed-use development project being undertaken in conjunction with KJA Developments (specialists in low-cost housing) and comprise commercial, retail and high-density residential components. Philip Booyens, Director of SCIP Engineering Group provides an insight into the development of the road infrastructure for the new mall.
Answers to high grade bitumen shortage
AECI SprayPave is now able to offer the asphalt industry scarce 10/20 penetration grade bitumen using unique technology that enables the production of specialist bitumen products.
AECI SprayPave manufactures bituminous binders, emulsions, primes and pre-coats for road construction.
In response to an ongoing bitumen shortage in South Africa, the company acquired a multistage bitumen converter from Technix Industries in New Zealand in 2015, only the second to be commissioned worldwide. The technology enables AECI SprayPave to achieve predictable and repeatable conversion of penetration grade bitumen available from South African refineries to grades that are both lower in penetration and higher in softening point than the feedstock bitumen.