Featured Tender: Appointment of three(3) Qualified Electrical Contractors for Emergency Work

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Appointment of three(3) Qualified Electrical Contractors for Emergency Work on the KSDLM Overhead and Underground Electrical Network at Various Locations within KSDLM

Qualified Electrical Contractors

Contract Number:

SCM:002/2018/19 – king Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

Description:

Appointment of three(3) Qualified Electrical Contractors for Emergency Work on the KSDLM Overhead and Underground Electrical Network at Various Locations within KSDLM

 

Category Industry
Electrical & Instrumentation Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Eastern Cape 2018-07-20 10:30 AM
Closing Date Contract Period
15 August 2018 at 12:00 No Details

 

 

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I started working at Leads 2 Business in 2014. I'm currently working in daily Tenders within the Africa department and I Love it!

Tips for Blasting

Tips for Blasting
Blasting

Firstly we need to know what blasting is. It is a technically controlled, effective and safe way to break rock for excavation. It is primarily used in Civil Engineering, Mining and Quarrying for roads and dam construction.

What explosives are used for blasting?

It is a common misconception that dynamite or gunpowder are used for most blasting activities but it is rather the engineered blasting agents that account for approximately 90% of explosive material used.
Ammonium Nitrate mixed with either sodium nitrate or calcium nitrate is the most common product and pound for pound the more effective explosive.

 

What is involved in Blasting?

• Holes are drilled into the rock and filled with explosives. The more solid the rock the more explosives will be needed.
• Proper ventilation is required to remove not only the dust but also the combustion gases from the explosion. This needs to be done before work can be resumed.
• The rock then collapses once detonation takes place.
• The debris is removed and if need be reinforcing is put in place before further work takes place.
• The entire blast lasts up to 1 second.

Blasting

Steps to be considered before blasting takes place:

• Fragmentation desired – take into consideration size of digging equipment and crushing equipment needed on the project.
• Rock quality/character – state of the area being blasted, is the rock hard or soft and is the area dry or wet.
• Site limitations – is the area to be blasted near other structures or properties.
• Safety limitations – are there any electrical hazards
• Equipment limitations – are all equipment needed for the project available

 

Random facts about blasting

• Blasting is now considered routine work in the mining industry.
• Geological or Geotechnical knowledge is needed to ensure effectiveness and safety.
• Blasting involves design and patterns, not just “blowing” stuff up…
• The result of rock blasting is often called rock cut.
• Mining and Construction are the 2 most common uses for explosives.

Blasting

 

Sources:
www.wikipedia.org/wiki
www.railsystem.net
www.miningandblasting.wordpress.com

 

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I started working at Leads 2 Business in May 2009, and have served as Head of Department of Telesales and Administration from 2010 until the present. I oversee both the Telesales department as well as the Administration of our Johannesburg Office.

Industry Events: Affordable Housing Africa, Smart Procurement World Kwa-Zulu Natal Conference & Expo and Power Gen & DistribuTech Africa

Industry Events: Affordable Housing Africa, Smart Procurement World Kwa-Zulu Natal Conference & Expo and Power Gen & DistribuTech Africa

Construction Events

Event:

Affordable Housing Africa

Date:

16 to 18 July 2018

Event location:

Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, Cape Town

Event Description:

This highly-interactive and information packed event will highlight case studies from some of the finest and at the same time provide an excellent networking platform for the public and private sectors, global professionals and industry leaders who are all directly involved with the growth and development of affordable housing, enabling Africa to take itself to the next stage of development.

Contact Details:

Tel: 603-27236745
E-mail: MaheswariG@marcusevanskl.com

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Event:

Smart Procurement World Kwa-Zulu Natal Conference & Expo

Date:

17 to 19 July 2018

Event location:

Durban ICC, Durban

Event Description:

The conference will examine finer procurement and supply chain innovations compatible with organisational goals and policies.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 72 386 9986
E-mail: debbiet@smartprocurement.net

Event Details:

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Event:

Power Gen & DistribuTech Africa

Date:

17 to 19 July 2018

Event location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Event Description:

This event showcases products like power plant technology,Digital Technology Revolution,Utlity Management,Renewable Energy Technologies etc. in the Power & Energy industry.

Contact Details:

E-mail: ellac@pennwell.com

Event Details:

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About Sasha Anderson

I enjoy making new professional acquaintances and corresponding with existing clients. Reach out if you want to talk, L2B, social media, construction, technology, shoes, dachshunds, popular culture or travel.

Top Demolition Projects

Top Demolition Projects

When it comes to tearing things down, you need to make absolutely sure, that you never ever need or want to see that thing again… Let’s say, a building…

Demolishing a building may come with good reason, like a condemned building or just an unsafe environment all round.

I am 100% sure nobody ever wants anything in life to go wrong, but, just like anything in life, demolishing a building can be very unpredictable.

A lot can go wrong, even with the most meticulous planning. So much needs to be taken into account when planning to demolish a building.
Even more so if the least amount of damage to the surrounding area and the people involved is a concern.

Just like in rugby, because of the shape of the ball, it can go in the complete opposite direction than is planned. And might just cost you the game.

With this in mind, should it all blow up in the wrong direction, it would probably cost you much more than anticipated. And in some cases damage to someone else’s home and/or work.
This will then also lead to months of unnecessary construction work and relocation of people and/or companies.

Wasting time and money, does not bode well for the future of a company.

So, let us take a look at a disastrous outcome for a demolition project:

 

And since I would not like to leave you with that sour taste in your mouth, here are some adventurously, successful demolition projects:

 

Here we can see that some well-planned demolition projects can look absolutely stunning.
It comes with extreme precision, when planning such projects.

We have to keep in mind that where there is demolition in process, there will soon be something more modern and safe built in its place.
It goes to show that in life, we have to take the bad with the Good.

May this give you hope that not all things being demolished end disastrously.

 

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Featured Project: Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

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Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

Description:

Construction of a five star International Hotel and Convention Centre at Ezulwini in Swaziland. No official name has been given to the new Ezulwini complex, but it is being referred to by planners as the King Mswati III Hotel and Convention Centre. Estimated project value : E1 billion.

Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

Status:

Underway

Category:

Building

Industry:

Hospitality & Leisure

Sector:

Public

Region:

Swaziland

Value:

R100 Million+

Timing:

May 2015 – October 2018.

Class

Open Tender

 

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About Melanie Miles

One girl who would rather wear boots than high heels...

Featured Tender: Consultancy Services for Preparation of RAP VMGP ESIA for Transmission Lines Package 3 Machakos Mwala Salala Malindi Kilifi and Substation Extensions Kyeni Mwingi Malindi

Consultancy Services for Preparation of RAP VMGP ESIA for Transmission Lines Package 3 Machakos Mwala Salala Malindi Kilifi and Substation Extensions Kyeni Mwingi Malindi

Consultancy Services

Contract Number:

KE-KETRACO-66986-CS-QCBS – Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (Ketraco)

Description:

The Government of Kenya has has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Eastern Electricity Highway Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the above-mentioned consulting services. The consulting services (“the Services”) include: Carry out detailed Social Impact studies (Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups Plan (VMGP for each of the proposed transmission lines, Carry out detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the proposed transmission lines, The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KETRACO) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. REoI is invited for all the three assignments simultaneously. Firms may express interest for any one or multiple of the packages. Short listing will be prepared for each package.

 

Category Industries
 

Consultants

 

Power Grid
Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Kenya N/A
Closing Date Restrictions
17 July 2018 at 10:00 (Local Time) Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. This may be demonstrated in the form of brochures, description of similar assignments undertaken, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate technical and managerial skills, institutional financial and technical capability…. etc.).. Applicant Firm’s valid professional licence or registration documents or equivalent is also to be submitted with the EoI. The shortlisting criteria are, among others:· Applicant firms’ competence and capability in terms of technical and managerial strength, overall technical experts’ size and mix, financial and institutional strength and good track record in the area of subject consultancy assignment; Satisfactory completion of at least two (2) RAPs for High voltage overhead transmission lines, linear project or large scale infrastructure project that met the requirements of an International Financial Institution within the last eight (8) years preferably in Kenya or in any country of similar social, economic and environmental settings, firms that will demonstrate experience in conducting at least one VMGP will have an added advantage (Relevant completion certificates and/or letters of recommendation from clients MUST be provided). Satisfactory completion of at least two (2) Environmental and social impact assessment studies for high voltage overhead transmission lines, linear project or large scale infrastructure project that met the requirements of an International Financial Institution within the last 8 (eight) years preferably in Kenya or in any country of similar social, economic and environmental settings (Relevant completion certificates and/or letters of recommendation from clients MUST be provided), Relevance of the Firm’s core business area to the assignment including general experience in the consultancy services and implementing Social and Environmental Safeguard standards. Firms that have adequate experience in either Environmental safeguards or Social safeguards but do not meet experience requirements for both, may apply as a joint venture (JV) applicant. At this stage, letter of intent for JV formation or MoU is sufficient for EoI as a JV. Formal JV agreement will be required to be submitted together with the proposals, in case the applicant is short listed and invited for proposals. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank January 2011 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. As indicated above, Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications.

 

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About Pauline Rainbird

I have been working at L2B since March 2011 and my current position is Deputy Head of Department - Africa. When I am not working I am either riding my bicycle or spending time with my dogs.

Unusual Finds During Demolition, Excavation and Renovation

Unusual Finds During Demolition, Excavation and Renovation

Unusual Finds During Demolition, Excavation and Renovation

1. An entire Mosque discovered in apartment during renovations:
Palermo, Italy. When the owners of the apartment in Via Porta di Castro bought the apartment, they started with renovations. They intended to knock down a wall to open the area, but discovered that the plaster was wet and when they cleaned the wet area, they found Arabic writing. The writing covered all four walls and the inscriptions are in gold and silver. The couple have left the mosque as they found it, not wanting to destroy history.
Unusual Finds During Demolition, Excavation and Renovation
2. £50k jackpot in rare tiles found by demolition man:
Southbourne, Dorset. When Stephen Malton was contracted to tear down the home of Victorian artist, Arthur Bell, he never expected to find a fortune in Delft tiles. Due to the eagle eye of his foreman, the tiles were saved from destruction as he stopped the team while they were pulling down a wall behind the fireplace, where the tiles were hidden. Due to a clause in his contract, Stephen has the right to keep any treasure found during the demolition process. This find is estimated to bring him £50 000.
Unusual Finds During Demolition, Excavation and Renovation
3. Letter To Santa Claus From 1943 Found In A Chimney:
United Kingdom. A young boy’s letter to Santa was discovered during the demolition of the chimney of a 1930’s house. The letter asked simply for a Rupert Annual, slippers, a silk tie, a pencil box, chalk, soldiers and Indians. Lewis Shaw, the builder whose crew discovered the letter, decided to find the author of the letter and make his wishes come true. He connected with David Haylock (who wrote the letter when he was six), and David was very excited to receive his Christmas wish from 1943.
Unusual Finds During Demolition, Excavation and Renovation
4. Bethel Church (1905) demolition leads to time capsule extraction:
Chicago, Illinois. During the demolition of the Ingleside Community Church of the Nazarene, extra care was taken during the removal of a cornerstone column. A time capsule was extracted and opened – a Tetley tea tin, containing religious documentation in Danish (or possibly Norwegian) and two U.S. pennies from 1899 and 1901. It is believed the capsule was added to the cornerstone by L.A. Larson, the presiding elder and person who built the church.
5. A Mysterious Discovery halts Demolition of House:
Middletown, Pennsylvania. A hidden room and tunnel were discovered after a crew knocked out a wall during the demolition of a home. The local historical society visited the site due to the age of the building. They advised that it might have been part of the Underground Railroad and used as a speakeasy during Prohibition.
6. Pictures taken of “Mannequin” by Demolition Crew, only to discover it is a dead body:
Merriam, Kansas. The disturbing discovery of a dead body was made by a demolition crew when a load of trash was picked up to move. Initially they thought it was a mannequin and started taking photos, while laughing. Then, the stench got to them and they called 911. Demolition was halted while investigators determined whether it was a homicide.
7. Convent Rubble Yields Priceless Relic:
Christchurch, New Zealand. A large antique safe concealed at the back of the altar of the under-deconstruction Nazareth House convent in Christchurch was found by Paul King, Graceworks Demolition and Recycling boss, while he was working in the chapel. The caretaker managed to find a key that fit the lock and when they opened the safe, they discovered a sacred ceremonial monstrance. Paul returned the monstrance to the nuns who had been living there at the time of the earthquake and they were overjoyed.
8. Stripping of Cottage Wall leads to Discovery of 400-year-old Mummified Cat:
Devon, United Kingdom. A mummified cat was discovered when builders stripped a wall in the bathroom of a house in Ugborough. It is believed that years ago, cats were put behind walls to ward off evil spirits and witches. Richard Parson, the owner of the house, has indicated that the cat will be placed back in the wall after the renovations are complete.
9. Demolition of Abandoned home leads to Surprising Treasure:
Saint Cloud, Florida. During the demolition of a dilapidated home that had been abandoned by the owner(s), silver coins started pouring out of the windows of the house. The coins were gathered up by the crew and they found that there were 202 dimes, a few nickels, over a thousand quarters and 861 half-dollars. These coins had been hidden in the walls of the house in jars and the oldest coin was dated to 1917. The coins were handed to the city of Saint Cloud.
10. Treasure Hidden in Cooler Box:
Johannesburg, South Africa. While digging up a six meter trench for a drainage system near a building in 10th Avenue, Rodgers Nkuna discovered a mud-spattered blue and white cooler box. The police were notified and when they opened it, they discovered R20 and R50 notes, estimated to a value of R1.5 million. It is unknown how long the cooler box had been buried there.

 

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Sources:
HTTP://WWW.ANSAMED.INFO/ANSAMED/EN/NEWS/SECTIONS/CULTURE/2013/08/27/PALERMO-MOSQUE-DISCOVERED-DURING-HOME-RENOVATIONS_9205871.HTML
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3246619/Demolition-man-unearths-50-000-rare-tiles-hidden-fireplace-called-knock-artist-s-house.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/letter-to-santa-found-in-chimney-wall-fulfilled-72-184511409.html
https://www.today.com/news/78-year-old-man-reunited-santa-letter-he-wrote-boy-t61511
HTTPS://WWW.URBANREMAINSCHICAGO.COM/NEWS-AND-EVENTS/2018/02/02/UNUSUAL-TIME-CAPSULE-EXTRACTED-FROM-BETHEL-CHURCH-DURING-BUILDINGS-DEMOLITION/
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2014/05/27/a-construction-crew-demolishing-a-home-was-forced-to-stop-after-a-very-mysterious-discovery

Demolition crew takes pictures of “mannequin” only to find it is a dead body

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/8113672/Priceless-relic-found-in-convent-rubble
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5200089/400-year-old-mummified-cat-found-in-walls-of-cottage.html
http://yournationnews.com/construction-workers-find-surprising-treasure-during-demolition-of-abandoned-home/
https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/mud-covered-treasure-box-found-in-edenvale-436810

Photo Credits:
Mosque, Palermo, Italy – Photo by Franco Lannino
Bethel Church, Chicago – Photo by Eric J. Nordstrom

 

 

About Cecile Van Deventer

I joined the L2Q Team in 2006, as a L2Q Support Assistant and have been the HOD since 2010. I supervise L2Q Bills, Daily Tender Bills, Control Lists and Directory.

Industry Events: WoodEX for Africa, I Code Java Conference and International Conference on Transport Infrastructures

Industry Events: WoodEX for Africa, I Code Java Conference and International Conference on Transport Infrastructures

Construction Events

Event:

WoodEX for Africa

Date:

11 – 13 July 2018

Event location:

Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Event Description:

WoodEX for Africa is the largest exhibition in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber trade and with the support of strategic industry partners, WoodEX for Africa is hosted biennially and offers a unique business and networking platform to connect, unify and grow the African timber, tooling and machinery markets.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 21 850 8846
E-mail: info@woodexforafrica.com

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Event:

I Code Java Conference

Date:

11 – 13 July 2018

Event location:

AstroTech Conference Centre, Johannesburg

Event Description:

I Code Java Cloud South Africa is a two-day conference for beginners to enterprise skilled professionals. The conference aims to bring together the most knowledgeable developers and share their knowledge with Africa and many more.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 78 4885095
E-mail: info@j-sa.co

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Event:

International Conference on Transport Infrastructures

Date:

09 – 10 July 2018

Event location:

CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria

Event Description:

The International Conference on Transport Infrastructures, organized by the international Society for Maintenance And Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructures. The conference will cover areas like Southern African Transport, Transportation Infrastructure, Design Construction, Design Construction.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 12 804 3762
E-mail: icti2018.sa@gmail.com

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Tools everyone in the Demolition Industry Should be using

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Tools everyone in the Demolition Industry Should be using

Originally when I was given this topic, my first thoughts were….hmmm? Demolition, that’s got to be pretty straight forward, right? Blowing a bunch of buildings up or smashing walls down with a sledge hammer in an episode of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” came to mind but apparently it’s not that simple.
After hours of research and chatting to a couple of experts in the demolition industry there are basic guidelines to follow before any of the dirty work can even begin.

What exactly are we demolishing?

Are there special regulations?

There are different tools to use for different methods of demolition. One would have to assess where the site is situated. Apparently bringing a bulldozer to a graveyard to build the next Mall of Africa would be frowned upon. Yes, it would get the job the done but there are basic regulation guidelines one would have to follow. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it won’t be that easy to knock it down either. Depending on what you’re demolishing, you may need to use different tools to finish the job.

Here is a list of tools that everyone in the industry should be using:

1. Safety Equipment
The number one rule in construction is always SAFETY FIRST. Make sure your team is equipped with adequate Health & Safety training as well as all the necessary PPE equipment.

2. Explosives
In the controlled demolition industry, building implosion is the strategic placing of explosive material and timing of its detonation so that a structure collapses on itself in a matter of seconds, minimizing the physical damage to its immediate surroundings. Despite its terminology, building implosion also includes the controlled demolition of other structures, such as bridges, towers, and tunnels.
Building implosion (which reduces to seconds a process which could take months or years to achieve by other methods) typically occurs in urban areas and often involves large landmark structures.

3. Excavators
An excavator is a construction vehicle used to excavate or move large objects. An Excavator is basically made up of 2 parts: A driving base holding a powerful boom arm with an attachment designed for excavating. The operator sits within a small cab connected to the base and controls the arm.
The excavator uses a Hydraulic system to generate a Hydraulic force to control the mechanical arm of the machine. It also uses a chain wheel system for its movement.
There are several types of excavators which are classified on use, brand and purpose.

4. Hand-Held tools
These tools are your “go-to” for more precise work.
If you are just taking fixtures off the walls, or removing adhesive from a floor surface for example, hand held light demolition tools will do.
Bigger tasks like mass tile removal, concrete breaking and knocking down partitions, will require heavy duty power tools in many instances.

 

Sources:
https://home.howstuffworks.com/5-tools-you-need-for-demolition6.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_implosion

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About Shanna Knezovich

I started my journey with Leads 2 Business in 2013 as an Account Co-Ordinator. I transitioned into an External Sales position as an Account Executive in 2015. I help professionals within the building & construction industry keep up to date with the latest project and tender information as well as source new business opportunities throughout Africa.

Featured Project: Bella Riva Lifestyle & Golf Estate – Residential

Bella Riva Lifestyle & Golf Estate – Residential

Kathu Solar Park

Description:

Construction of the residential component for the Bella Riva Lifestyle and Golf Estate. Situated at the Fisantekraal Urban edge north east of Durbanville, in the Western Cape. The development will consist of a golf course, residential components, retirement village component, a plastic surgery facility supported by a hotel and spa facilities. A retail component and various recreational facilities such as children’s play areas, BMX circuit, gym trim trail, indoor climbing wall, skate park, jogging trails, fishing and canoeing.

Status:

Design

Category:

Building

Industry:

Residential

Sector:

Private

Region:

Western Cape

Value:

R100 Million+

Timing:

2018 onwards

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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About Marlaine Andersen

I have been working for Leads 2 Business, in the Private Projects Department, for 10 years this July. I am Deputy HoD for Private Projects. Researching mining projects and projects through-out the African continent are my areas of research and I find them most interesting.

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