Pertinent Project Stages

  • Conceptual Stage

The project will still be an idea/concept. Pre-feasibility studies are undertaken to determine whether the project is viable during this stage. No construction consultants are appointed as yet, as it is the earliest stage of the project.

  • Procedural Stage

Environmental studies are undertaken in this phase, and various studies, possibly including heritage, geotechnical etc are undertaken on the project’s site location to determine if it would be safe to develop or if there are any issues. Once Environmental Authorisation is granted, Town Planning (TP) applications would be submitted to the Local Municipality by the Town Planning consultants on behalf of the client. A TP application is to rezone the property if required.

During this phase, we could have only the Environmentalist, Town Planner and clients’ details listed on the project however their contact details will be hidden. The Environmentalist & Town Planners listed on the project will solely be involved in the environmental and TP process that is being conducted on the land and will not be of assistance nor will they be the correct person to forward your profile, as they have no input in the procurement or construction of the development. The client and developers’ details will only be made available once all necessary legal approvals have been granted.

  • Design Stage

A project on our database will only be changed to Design once an Architect has been appointed for a building component. An infrastructure component such as a road will be changed to design when a civil engineer is appointed. The Design Phase is where the Designs are developed. There are different stages within the design stage that Architects often follow before designs are approved and finalized by the clients. The rest of the professional team is also appointed during the design phase as they all collaborate to develop detailed designs. Details of the entire team are sourced during this stage as well. Architect drawings are not sourced or added as Project documents. Subscribers are advised to request drawings directly from the Architects.

  • Tender Stage

Tenders are advertised publicly (if the government department is the client) or are sent to preferred bidders (if private client) we update the projects accordingly depending on which sector it is in.

You will find that some Public Projects (CIDB 7, 8 or 9) are added from the Tender stage to our database. These projects are sourced from Government portals, gazettes or local newspapers.

During the Tender stage, the Bill of Quantities could be made available. A copy will be added to the PPA as a document and an email will be sent out notifying the monitors. If the project is a Private development a request will be made to the consultants for a copy of the BOQ. Should a copy be made available, it can be requested by the subscriber from the listed researcher from L2B. A private BOQ can only to be used for information purposes as it is a confidential document and may not be redistributed.

  • Awarded Stage

The project status is changed once the main contractor has been awarded the construction contract. The project in this stage will be updated with Contract Timing, Contract Value, Site Agent and Contracts Managers details from the awarded company. During this stage, the contractor awaits to receive site handover from the client and work permits from the Department of Labour should it be a public project. Private projects exceeding R65 million are also required to apply for work permits at the Department of Labour through their appointed Health & Safety officer.

  • Underway Stage

Once work permits are received and site handover takes place the contractor would then establish the site (moving equipment on-site and setting up office). Once construction has commenced, the status of the project changes to underway. The project is actively monitored with project updates being generated frequently to notify our subscribers of the entire progress of the works. Subcontractor’s details are requested and added to the awards.

  • Completion Stage

When works reach practical completion or project handover takes place or if the works will be completed within 6 – 8 weeks, we will then update the status to Complete and the Project will no longer be actively researched.

  • Postponed Stage

Projects are listed as postponed if we have been advised or sourced that construction will not be taking place for a period of time. If a project was in the tender phase and the tender was cancelled, the status is changed to postponed pending the publication of a new tender

  • Cancelled Stage

A Project is cancelled if we have sourced or been notified that the development is no longer going ahead

  • L2BShelved

In the event of the researcher not being able to source or confirm any viable construction information or contactable professionals details on a project over a period of time, the status could be updated to L2BShelved. This indicates that all avenues of research have been exhausted and the Project will no longer be actively researched by L2B.


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Featured Project: Oceans Umhlanga – Radisson Blu Hotel

Umhlanga – PPA 11583

Description
Construction of the Radisson Blu Hotel, as part of Oceans @ Umhlanga (previously known as Gandhi Square) in Umhlanga Village, KwaZulu-Natal. The proposed Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga will have a total of 200 rooms and a range of world-class offerings including: State-of-the-art business facilities; exclusive fine-dining offerings; a large banqueting facility and other meeting rooms for 1200 people; rooftop bar and terrace; spectacular rim flow pool deck; boutique gym; spa treatment rooms; artisanal roaster style coffee bar; and Islamic compliant facilities. There will also be a Presidential suite on the 16th floor. The development site is located in the Umhlanga CBD and is bounded by the Ridge Road Extension in the West, Lighthouse Road in the South, Lagoon Drive in the East and Flamingo Drive in the North. The site sits on approximately 7ha of prime land that nestles in the heart of Umhlanga. The development will also include a shopping mall which will be known as Ocean Mall, arranged over two levels and carrying international brands; and a residential component, consisting of 2 residential towers with a total of 460 residential units. Estimated project value: R490 million (Excl VAT). Approximate GPS Coordinates: -29.725213, 31.084618.

 

Status Region
Underway Umhlanga, KZN
Category Value
Building  200 Million+
Industry Timing
Hospitality & Leisure October 2017 to July 2019 (20 months). Extended May 2022
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

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Featured Tender: Bridge Major Repair Works (Construction of Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert)

Tanzania – DTA 888065

Contract Number:

AE/001/2021-2022/SG/W/22 – Tanzania National Roads Agency

Description:

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has set aside funds for the operation of the Tanzania National Roads Agency – Singida during the financial year 2021-2022. It is intended that part of the proceeds of the fund will be used to cover eligible payment under the contract for Lot No. 1: Bridge Major Repair Works (Construction of Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert)

Category Industry
Infrastructure Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Tanzania No Details.
Closing Date Contract Period
11 October 2021 at 10:30 (Local Time) No Details.

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Featured Tender: Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study and Design for water and sanitation systems on the Eastern Corridor Road

Ghana

Contract Number:

GHA/AfDB/ECRDP/QCBS/SERV/08/2020 – (Expression of Interest) – Ghana Highway Authority

Description:

The Government of the Republic of Ghana has received financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) towards the cost of the implementation of the Eastern Corridor Road Development Programme, Phase 1 (ECRDP-1), and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this loan to payments under the contract for the Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study and Design for water and sanitation systems on the Eastern Corridor road. The Components included under the ECRDP-1 are; Road Construction Works (Dufour Adidome – Asikuma Junction (39.2km) and Asutuare – Aveyime (23.9km) including Interchanges at Dufour Adidome and Asikuma Junction); Consultancy Services; Project Management & Institutional support; Community Support; Trade & Regional Integration.

Category Industry
Consultants Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Ghana No Details
Closing Date Contract Period
10 September 2021 at 17:00 (Local Time) No Details

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The Importance of Social Responsibility

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There are four types of social responsibility (Generally followed by Corporate Companies):

  • Environmental responsibility
  • Human rights responsibility
  • Philanthropic responsibility
  • Economic responsibility

All of the above-named form in what we call “Social responsibility”, The below is a break down of what they are and why they are important:

Environmental Responsibilities:

  • Comply with environmental legislation.
  • Hazardous substances covered by Environmental legislation.
  • Waste and recycling.
  • Conservation and Biodiversity issues for Businesses.
  • Prevent and remedy pollution incidents.

As we all know our world is in danger with regards to pollution, it is vital that we prevent that we use natural resources in the most effective and efficient manner in order to reduce environmental impacts.

Here are a few things we can do to help protect the Earth:

  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Conserve water.
  • Volunteer for clean-ups in your neighborhoods.

Human Rights Responsibilities:

  • To treat people with respect and Dignity
  • The right to live your life free of Discrimination
  • The Right to Liberty and Freedom

Human rights are important because it gives all of our society fairness, dignity, equality and respect.

Philanthropic responsibility:

  • Philanthropic responsibility is an act of Charitable acts or volunteering time and efforts.

Companies giving to charity is important because a lot of the charities would not exist if they did not get funding from companies as they are not supported by the Government. Charities often do not have a voice and having big corporate companies backing them helps them get the word out that there are people in need. Companies enhance their reputation and demonstrate their good citizenship.

Economic responsibility:

An example of Economic responsibility is when a company uses recycled products in their manufacturing processes to potentially lowering the cost of materials and also benefiting society by consuming fewer resources.

Economic Responsibility is important because companies can find a solution that can grow their business as well as generate profits with is also beneficial to our community.

Be Kind to the planet and all who live in it.


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Pollution in Mpumalanga

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“Mpumalanga” The city where the sunrises’ is also known to be the province with the Highest rising levels of air pollution.

What is Pollution? Pollution is “the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects.”

Mpumalanga has the highest rate of pollution in the world and here is why:
Mpumalanga has Thirteen  (13) coal-fired power stations and this has been identified as the biggest source of pollution in the province. The pollution levels are deadly and have claimed the lives of 305 and 650 premature deaths in 2016, this has evolved into a public health crisis. The power stations are Government-owned, Eskom owns Eleven of the Thirteen coal power stations in the area. Eskom is the biggest culprit in polluting South African Air.

How can Mpumalanga improve this:

Mpumalanga can improve its high rate of air pollution by switching to Green energy such as solar and wind power. Government is currently looking at reverting to renewable energy to decrease the pollution in the area.

Kindly click on the link should you be interested in listening to the litigation against the Government for Air pollution.

Sources:
PMG
Ground Up
Youtube
OMNY


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Featured Tender: Consultancy Services for Undertaking Feasibility Study, Detailed Engineering Design, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Preparation of Tender Documents for Upgrading of Nangurukuru – Liwale Road Section (230 Km) to Bitumen Standard

Featured Tender: Tanzania

Contract Number:

AE/001/2019-20/HQ/C/55 – Tanzania National Roads Agency

Description:

This invitation for expression of interest follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) which appeared in Daily News Issue no. N/A dated 26/09/2019. The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has set aside funds for the operation of the Tanzania National Roads Agency – HQ during the financial year 2019/20. It is intended that part of the proceeds of the fund will be used to cover eligible payment under the contract for the Consultancy Services for Undertaking Feasibility Study, Detailed Engineering Design, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Preparation of Tender Documents for Upgrading of Nangurukuru – Liwale Road Section (230 Km) to Bitumen Standard. The Tanzania National Roads Agency – HQ now invites eligible Firms to indicate their interest in providing the services which include Consultancy Services for Undertaking Feasibility Study, Detailed Engineering Design, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Preparation of Tender Documents for Upgrading of Nangurukuru – Liwale Road Section (230 Km) to Bitumen Standard

Category Industry
Consultants Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Tanzania No Details
Closing Date Contract Period
22 June 2020 at 10:00 (Local Time) No details

 


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Abandoned Construction Sites in Gauteng – Why?

Abandoned Building / Construction Sites In Gauteng, Why?

A building is considered abandoned after just thirty days of being left empty. There are many abandoned building projects throughout South Africa, these buildings are not being utilized due to various reasons. An abandoned building is one that is considered to be empty and/or  in disrepair.

There are many setbacks and issues that may occur when building and developing a project that should be taken into consideration before the project even starts, most of the time projects and construction sites are abandoned because of the following reasons :

1.) Financial Problems.
2.) Due To Inexperienced Developers.
3.) Mismanagement And Mistakes.

Abandonment of buildings and construction sites could be a potential problem for South Africa due to the financial constraints within the construction and building industry. Tenders are being awarded to construction companies that are battling and have no funds to continue with the projects and this is yet another reason why construction is not being completed.

Here are a few buildings in Gauteng that have been abandoned and the reasons are as follows:

1.)  Khutsong Clinic – As per the contractor’s Client liaison officer, the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development has not paid the contractor and the contractor is experiencing financial difficulties. This project cost has been estimated at R65 Million.

2.) Carlton Hotel – The Carlton Hotel was considered to be one of the most prominent hotels in South Africa, hosting big names such as Nelson Mandela, Whitney Housten and Hillary Clinton. The hotel has been untouched and standing for over 20 years due to a lack of maintenance. The Carlton Hotel has over 600 rooms over 31 floors, and it closed its doors in 1997. Thereafter Transnet bought the once luxury hotel and even though there as been various plans floating around, the hotel still remains empty.

3.) Kempton Park Hospital –  It has been said that Kempton Park Hospital had been closed due to a shortage of patients, however in 2006 there was talk about re-opening the building and to renovate it, thus taking pressure off of Tembisa and Edenvale Hospitals. Construction was supposed to start in March 2013 and was meant to be completed in July 2014,  however contractors never started the work which was estimated have cost R 244 Million.  In 2017 it was reported that R127 million Rand had been set aside to demolish the Hospital.  However to date, Kempton Park Hospital still stands empty.

A large number of buildings are left empty and these buildings are not just little three-story buildings that are implicated, they are skyscrapers and huge 210-roomed hospitals where space has just been wasted. Tenders are being awarded to new development when these older and abandoned buildings and structures should be given preference and utilized before we build more. building    The buildings that stand empty are targets for criminal activities to take place and by standing empty and unused, they drop the value of the surrounding buildings and the area in general. If there is no-one monitoring the buildings or if there is no security in place, then this allows for squatters to move in and take over the building and also allows for pests to run around freely.

Incomplete construction has cost Gauteng over R620 million and it has been reported that the Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on infrastructure development will be clamping down on “poor contractors’ workmanship” as there are tenders that have been awarded in 2017 that have not even started for renovating or building projects and this leaves 40 companies implicated. The projects pertain to new clinics, seven new schools and other important renovations that need attention in order to help the citizens of South Africa. Since this money has been paid over to the contractors, it is believed that fraud and corruption have been suspected.

Gauteng has identified a new “low-cost housing” opportunity and is allowing the private sector to turn them into affordable housing, The city is hoping to upgrade 2000 to 4000 informal settlement homes. This is a great way for the government to give back and I am sure this is exciting for the residents that stay in these buildings. Let’s hope this project materializes.

Sources:
Infrastructure News
Traveller24
Informal City
IOL
Business Insider
Flickr
Business Tech
City Lab
Times Live
Research Gate


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Solar Cities

In 1839, Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered electricity could be generated by sunlight. He claimed that “Shining light on an electrode submerged in a conductive solution would create an electric current.” Solar energy is now utilized and recognized all over the world.

Solar cities would be very beneficial in South Africa due to our current restraints with Eskom and the load shedding each one of us has had to endure on and off for the past 12 years. Solar Energy is free and being a third world County, this would be viable and It would be great not having to depend on Eskom for electricity.  Utilizing Solar panels will save you money and reduce your lights account.

Many South African are currently utilizing solar energy to power the following:

  • Watches
  • Calculators
  • Lighting
  • Water pumps
  • Water heaters

Solar energy hold’s the most potential in South Africa due to the fact that we receive a large amount of radioactive energy. Solar Energy is renewable, meaning we will never run out of sunshine. Wind energy could also be unitized in South Africa, especially around our coastal areas.

Counties that make the most use of Solar power would be:

  • China
  • United States of America
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia

The initial cost of setting up a solar running house or city is at a high rate, however, the saving, in the long run, is thousands of rand.

Sources:
Feedspot
Google
HomeInsulations


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Funny excuses written on insurance claims

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Funny excuses written on insurance claims.

Insurance fraud is no joke, but below are a few funny insurance fraud and claims :

• “I thought my window was down but I found it was up when I put my head through it.” Probably not the most effective way to think with your head”

• “I was driving along the motorway when the police pulled me over onto the hard shoulder. Unfortunately I was in the middle lane and there was another car in the way..”

• “Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early..”

• “A man in Washington State nearly got a taste of his own medicine when he attempted to kill a spider with a makeshift blowtorch. Using a cigarette lighter and a can of hairspray, he promptly set fire to his towels and the bathroom went up in flames. His insurance claim was refused because it was deemed a ‘deliberate act”

• “There’s a WHAT in your soup? Carla Patterson tried to defraud a Virginia Cracker Barrel restaurant for a $500,000 insurance settlement after claiming she found a mouse in her soup. An investigation found that the mouse didn’t have any soup in its lungs and never was cooked. She was sentenced to one year in prison”

• “For 7 years between 1993 and 2000 Isabel Parker pretended to slip and fall in various locations. After doing it nearly 49 times she filed insurance claims worth nearly a millions dollars. Unfortunately for her the insurance company didn’t fall for it”

• “The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other eye on the car behind.”

• “A woman in the USA who had accidentally baked her cellphone inside a birthday cake had her insurance claim denied”

• “In Greece, a British tourist was so busy looking at a group of girls that he ran into a bus shelter and broke his nose. He was lucky – his insurer paid out for his medical treatment”

 

Think the next time you lay a claim with your insurance, make sure it is sensible and that it does not land up on the funniest insurance claims list.

 

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Sources:
List 25
Admiral
Not Always Right
Quora

 

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