18 June 2013- Zululand Observer
It's all systems go for the third
quarter opening of Zululand's first
oncology centre, where cancer patients
will be admitted for radiation and
chemotherapy treatment. This will be the
only oncology treatment facility
radiation therapy north of the Umgeni
Work has reached roof height at the R120-million, 40-bed facility located at the corner of Lira Link and Premium Promenade in Richards Bay.
The main HVAC (Air Conditioning) plant has arrived and was hoisted into position onto the roof of the bunkers, which serves as the plant area.
The HVAC plant comprise of chiller units, of which the reverse cycle is used to provide the hot water for the building, and air handling units in which the fresh air supply is pre-treated and cooled down to lower the load on the air conditioning system.
All in all it's a very efficient system in line with every saving legislation and we anticipate a much lower running cost for the building compared to a conventional system.
It will soon be roof-wetting time for
Zululand's first oncology center.
Bingelela Consulting Professionals is responsible for both the Quantity Surveying and Mechanical Engineering services on this project.
Bingelela Consulting Professionals is proud to announce our first R&D project commissioned at BHP Billiton Hillside Aluminum plant in Richards Bay.
The project was done as a joint venture between BCP and Mammoth Technologies in Gautteng. BCP was commissioned by Morecare Engineering (MCE) to design and develop a plate binder to repair damaged 16mm metal plates in place. The bender was successfully tested and commissioned on 17 August 2012 and we are currently working on the design of a 20mm plate upgraded version.
Zululand Observer - 22 June 2012
R30-million injected into maths and science centre.
The opening of the Titanium Learning Centre based on Grantleigh School outside Richards Bay, celebrated more than R30-million injected into the development of maths and science in the district. Grantleigh School held the centre's dedication ceremony on Monday night. Main sponsors Richards Bay Minerals invested a whopping R18-million to establish the centre and have allocated R4-million annually for the next three years towards capacity building and running costs, and will provide additional support as needed. The state of the art facility, with it's modern design was born through a partnership between RBM, the Department of Education, Grantleigh school and private enterprise.
The main sponsors:
At the dedication ceremony, Rotary
International, via the local and district
chapters, donated an additional R549 000 towards
the further development of the centre and Telkom
also came on board with a cheque of R206 000.
Built to aid the reduction of the country's
skills shortage through professional intervention
at school level, the focus is on the critical
learning areas of maths and science and language
through RBM's renowned Bambisanani Learning
Community Programme (BLCP).
The modern building contains four maths classrooms and two science laboratories, an experiment room, amphitheater and a 150-seat auditorium for teacher training and conferences. Bambisanani Through the BLCP, Grantleigh School partners with 12 State schools in RBM;s host communities including Mbonambi, Sokhulu, Dube and Mkhwanazi.
Three days a week, 120 students selected from these schools are bused in for tutoring by Grantleigh's own teachers in Science, maths, English and Life orientation. Headmaster Shaun McMurtry said, "The Bambisanani concept offers a practical, viable and sustainable vehicle to significantly improve learning in our region." The programme was initiated in 2003 to identify and develop talented pre-matric pupils for eventual employment at RBM. In 2007, RBM signed a contract with Grantleigh School to run the BLCP. RBM's Managing Director Elaine Dorward-King said, 'The results of the BLCP programme have been excellent with a dramatic increase in pass rates since 2007, and some students excelling with distinctions in various subjects."
THE MERCURY - 11 August 2010
Six black economic empowerment (BEE) construction companies from the communities around Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) attended a five-day workshop last month to develop their business management skills.
The enterprise development initiative was
aimed at helping them to be better equipped to
take on building projects for RBM and other
clients in the area.
"We always try to hire local BEE contractors for the construction of the classrooms, admin blocks and clinics we build in local communities," said Sicebi Mthethwa, RBM's superintendent of local economic and rural development who facilitated the course.
Richards Bay company, Bingelela Consulting Professionals was contracted to run the workshop at the Eibusiswene Rural Development Centre in Mbonambi. It covered financial and project management, including budgeting and quantity surveying (how to calculate costs and fees); tendering; statutory compliance; (tax, labour requirements, unemployment, insurance fund, workmen's compensation); health and safety; and planning for the on-site execution of a project.
"Ongoing mentoring is a crucial aspect of the programme.... we believe it is important for the trained contractors to be able to contact Bingelela any time they need advice whilst working on a RBM project. This will prevent problems and make sure that the projects run successfully." said Mthethwa.
"It was a practical, empowering course which also helps the contractors move up through the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) graces. Although these are specifically designed to enable building companies to register for government and parastatal tenders, a higher CIB will also help them win contracts in the private sector," he added.
"most of the companies attending this course are on grae one, and we hope they will now be able to advance to grade two." Mthethwa said.
RBM plans to run two more workshops for local construction small, medium and micro enterprises this year.
THE THUTHUKA (Working together for progress) - 12 July 2010
Six BEE construction companies from RBM's host communities attended a five-day training workshop earlier this month to develop their business management skills and so make them better equipped to take on building projects for RBM and other clients.
"We always try and hire local BEE contactors for the construction of the classrooms, admin blocks and clinics we building in local communities," said Sicebi Mthethwa, RBM's superintendents of LED and rural development, who facilitation the course.
The contractors have good technical skills because most have worked on building projects through their careers, but some lack the business expertise to run a construction project cost-effectively."
Richards Bay company, Bingelela Consulting Professionals, was contracted to run the workshop at the Esibusisweni Rural Development Centre in Mbonambi from 5-9 July. It covered financial and project management, including:
- Budgeting and Quantity
Surveying (how to calculate costs and fess)
- Statutory compliance (tax, labour requirements, U
IF, Workmen's compensation)
- Health and Safety
- Planning for the execution of a project
- Site organization and the execution of a project
"Ongoing mentoring is a
crucial aspect of the programme, "Mthethwa said.
"We believe it is important for the trained
contractors to be able to contact Bingelela at
any time they need advice whilst working on an
RBM project. This will prevent problems
and make sure that the projects run successfully
- which will lead to a win-win situation for all
"It is a practical, empowering course which will also help the contractors move up through the construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) grades.
RBM plans to run two or more workshops for local construction SMME this year.
THE ZULULAND OBSERVER - 8 March 2010
Empangeni's Zikulise Arts and Craft Centre now has more room to be creating and increase its community skills development programme.
After two years of planning and implementation, the center's new building was officially occpied. The extension provides administration offices and additional space to accommodate more trainees, including Zikulise's ceramic kilns so that pottery training can be in again in earnest.
The extension to the original building was made possible when adjacent land was made available by the City of uMhlathuze. "The building phase was completed in time and there were no problems at all,," siad Zikulise's Executive Director, Julie Jonson.
Major funding for the project came from the European Union, the ABSA Foundation and Exxaro KZN Sands. Without these funds it would not have been possible to extend our training facilities," she said.
Zikulise was launched in 2004 and in 2007 established itself at the Empangeni Arts and Crafts Centre in Turnbull Street (opposite the Empangeni museum)
BCP (Bingelela Consulting Professionals), the newly re-branded QS and Project Management company, sponsored hold no. 16 during the Rotary club's golf day. Seen in the photo is BCP CEO, Johan Richards and Marketing manager, Sizwe Khumalo with two business guests (Thula Mkhwanazi of Business partners and Nelson Govender of Elite Panel Beaters) that participated in the BCP 4 Ball. BCP was proud to have a table on holder no. 16to quench the golfers' thirst on the host summer day whilst supporting the Rotary Club's worthy cause. The day was enjoyed by all who took part and above all walked away with brochures of BCP's professional service offerings.