Highly complex contracts with performance milestones are the norm in the construction industry, particularly on big projects – a fertile breeding ground for disputes. The standard contracts developed by the Master Builders Association (MBA) stipulate the use of alternate dispute resolution to resolve such disputes in an effort to save costs and time. But, says Brad Boertje, a construction risk management consultant and adjudicator on the MBA North panel, subcontractors need to understand how the system works to benefit them.

  • Enter one of the biggest global student competitions for engineering and business students worldwide< Student finalists with bold ideas will join Schneider Electric’s Global Innovation Summit in Las Vegas
  • Schneider Electric South Africa is calling on local students to put their skills and ideas to the test in a global competition and stand the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas.

On 10 October this year, some 900 people attended the South African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’S) annual Steel Awards held at three venues simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. And they were well rewarded for their attendance as this year they were treated to a record number of highly innovative entries. What is more, the Steel Awards enjoyed unprecedented sponsor support while the entries themselves with the most diverse seen to date.

Sika records double‐digit growth and achieves a new sales record of CHF 8.11 billion in the 2019 business year. This equates to an increase of 16,3% in local currencies, with the acquisition effect accounting for 13% and organic growth for 3,3%. Sales growth in CHF amounted to 14,4% (‐1,9% currency effect).

The Gas industry is one of South Africa’s most stable industries, with abundant opportunities for entry. The Southern African Qualifications and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas) is mandated by the Department of Employment and Labour to register everyone who is qualified to practice in the various gas industries in South Africa. 

As a way to encourage innovative ideas that motivate social cohesion and environmentally-responsible habitation, Corobrik presents an annual first and second-place award to graduating students in the UCT Master of Landscape Architecture programme. This year, Corobrik Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award went to Josephine Dalberg with Amber Myers taking the second-place prize at the awards’ ceremony held on Friday, 22 November.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.