Franki pulls out all stops to unravel brewing challenges at Mozambican project

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An ambitious project timeline for the construction of Cervejas de Moçambique’s new brewery, compounded by a late start to the project due to external constraints, saw geotechnical specialist Franki pull out all the stops to ensure partial handovers of the foundations and lateral support to allow the main contractor to carry on with the works.        Franki Africa is once …

Sappi Project – Standing the test of time

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Introduction When Edgard Frankignoul invented the Franki pile in 1909 he had no idea that 110 years later it would still be regarded as one of the most cost-effective and reliable solutions for a host of different geological conditions. “It’s quite amazing,” says Franki Africa’s Gavin Byrne, “that with only relatively small improvements over time, the Franki pile, after so …

Bridging Communities – Franki Africa’s expertise on show

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A magnificent bridge over the Okavango River in the Mohembo Village area which is being piled by Keller’s Franki Africa for main contractor Itinera/Cimolai JV, is a shining example of Franki’s diverse strengths. Here we focus on Franki’s renowned ability to deliver in remote and challenging environments. The bridge, which connects villages on the east of the river with the …

Franki Africa’s geotechnical champion

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It takes more than the highest levels of ground engineering expertise and experience to be Keller’s Franki Africa, Africa’s geotechnical champion. Much more!  It takes business acumen, customer service excellence, team-building skills, and a whole lot more. Among the important skills required to wear this crown, especially in these times of challenging economic conditions, are the abilities to reconfigure original …

INNOVATIVE PILING SOLUTION FROM FRANKI IN SALDANHA BAY

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The old adage that building roads and bridges is fundamental to the growth of an economy has certainly been heeded by the Saldanha IDZ (Industrial Development Zone), which, in contrast to many areas in South Africa, has been undertaking significant infrastructural development with the funds they have received from the Western Cape government for that specific purpose. Some of this …

UMHLANGA ARCH DEVELOPMENT DEMONSTRATES FRANKI AFRICA’S POWER OF INNOVATION… AND ITS HABIT OF GOING THE EXTRA MILE

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Introduction For construction programmes to be compressed into the shortest possible time to meet client handover deadlines is not unusual, but for contractors to offer innovative improvements to design to realise cost and time savings is far more so – particularly when this increases the pressure on the contractor to perform! For the prestigious new Umhlanga Arch development, north of …

FRANKI AFRICA – global strength and local focus

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LEADING SPECIALIST GEOTECHNICAL CONTRACTOR IN AFRICA Franki Africa recently  celebrated 70 years of continuous operations in Africa. As Managing Director Errol Braithwaite says: “This is a testimony not only to a company which has become synonymous with geotechnical expertise in Africa, but also to the many partners and customers who have entrusted their projects to us.” Franki’s success is based …

TALLEST BUILDING IN AFRICA WILL STAND ON FRANKI’S FOUNDATION

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Article Published in April 2018 edition of Construction World Once complete, Pinnacle Towers in Nairobi, Kenya, with a height of almost 300m, will be the tallest building in Africa. For Keller company, Franki Africa, which is in the process of doing the geotechnical work, this prestigious project has been somewhat of a milestone. “Firstly, it has been a technically challenging …

PLAIN SAILING WITH FRANKI… THE YACHT CLUB

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The Yacht Club:  a testament to Franki’s Foreshore experience AMDEC Property Development’s (AMDEC) The Yacht Club development is a picturesque, nautically inspired design, located on the Cape Town Foreshore in the Roggebaai Canal Tourism Precinct near to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and directly south of the new multi million Rand cruise liner terminal. The Yacht Club, a …

TUGELA FERRY – FRANKI’S INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS HELP BRIDGE KZN COMMUNITY

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The tiny town known as Tugela Ferry (named after the ferry that used to connect the two halves of the town) in the local Municipality of Msinga, part of the Umzinyathi District Municipality in central Kwa-Zulu Natal is part of one of South Africa’s most impoverished areas. People struggle to make a living in Tugela Ferry and the harsh conditions …