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The African Business Journal: Civils 2000

On August 4, 1992, Robert Starke and Colin Shapiro made their move from directorships at a publically listed company and founded Civils 2000, the South African Civil Engineering Construction Company, headquartered from Cape Town.  It was an exciting yet tentative time as the two experts stood alone and began to build the company which today employs hundreds of people throughout its office in Tokai and supporting offices in Port Elizabeth, George, Plettenberg Bay and Hopefield near Saldanha Bay.

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Bigger, better, über Audi

Located on Imam Haron Road, previously Lansdowne Road, the privately owned dealership of Audi Centre Claremont occupies a vast 8000m² site, with 200 parking bays, eclipsing anything else presently offered in this sector of Claremont.  Four old buildings were demolished to make way for the expansive and impressive flagship dealership, which is viewed as a massive injection of investor confidence into the area. 

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Major Environmental and Construction challenges faced in the upgrading of Main Road between St James and Kalk Bay, Cape Town

 

Background

The scenic 4.5 km stretch of coastal road between Muizenberg and Clovelly, one of the only three routes linking the Cape Town Metropolitan area with the far south, had been re-surfaced in 1994 using a hot in-situ recycling method which was designed to last approximately ten years.

As a result of this road starting to show signs of serious distress, the City of Cape Town appointed Kayad Knight Piesold Consulting Engineers to undertake an initial assessment of its condition in September 2006.  It was subsequently determined that, in addition to the generally poor condition of the road pavement, the undergoing services (water mains, stormwater, and both gravity and pressure sewage pipes) were severely degraded and needed to be replaced urgently.

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