SWAZI SUCCESS STORY

Dulce Simoes Piling

Contracts in Swaziland demonstrate the power of the Franki pile … … and of the Keller Group  Intro For years Franki Africa has shown its prowess in working in Africa whether in the surrounding SADC region or even further afield in countries tens of thousands of kilometres from Franki’s base in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many other firms – especially in …

FRANKI’S DISCOVERY WORK SHINES IN SANDTON

Dulce Simoes Lateral Support, News, Piling

Franki Africa has dominated the geotechnical industry in the plethora of major developments that have been taking place in Sandton in the recent past. Two of its most recent contracts include the 170 000m³ basement for the new Sandton premises of petrochemical giant, Sasol, and the 60 000m³ basement for the new head office of legal firm Webber Wentzel. A third, …

WENTWORTH STATION SPECIALIST JACKING

Evan Janovsky News, Pipe Jacking

Introduction For more than 30 years Franki Africa (Franki), the most renowned geotechnical brand in Southern Africa and now part of the Keller group, has successfully provided pipe jacking and other trenchless technologies – augering, thrust boring and large diameter case boring – to a wide range of clients on the continent. Pipe jacking, an integral part of the trenchless …

VIRGINIA STORM WATER CULVERT

Evan Janovsky News, Piling

ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY realised the importance of extending the Virginia Storm Water Culvert, near the Virginia Airport, in order to alleviate flooding, as the existing culvert was regularly hampered by a sand build-up causing flooding further inland. This 50-metre culvert extension will assist in managing the storm water network. We bid the specialist works directly to main contractors at tender stage, …

MT EDGECOMBE INTERCHANGE

Evan Janovsky News, Piling, Pipe Jacking

The tender for this contract closed in July 2012 and was awarded by SANRAL to CMC Ravenna in February 2013. After a post-tender period of negotiation, Franki received an order from CMC in June 2013 and were able to move on to site once casings and tooling arrived from Europe in mid-September 2013. The main civils contract comprises a four-level interchange …

THE PEARL OF UMHLANGA

Evan Janovsky News, Piling

The Pearls Sky is the third and final tower of the prestigious and exclusive development located on Umhlanga’s golden beach front. This 37-level building is, as the name suggests, not only the “Pearl of Umhlanga”, but also the highest of the all buildings in Umhlanga. The piled foundations of the first two towers, the Pearls Dawn and the Pearls Breeze, …

BAY OF PLENTY PIER RECONSTRUCTION

Evan Janovsky News, Piling

AFTER A DELAY due to an appeal against the award, Franki Africa (KZN), third placed at tender, were appointed by eThekwini Municipality in October 2013 to carry out the reconstruction of the Durban Bay of Plenty Pier. The existing pier is a reinforced concrete deck supported on precast concrete piles which retain a rock groyne beneath the pier. Due to …

PILING TO PRINCESS PLOT

Evan Janovsky News, Piling

IN FEBRUARY 2013, the Department of Human Settlements invited Franki Johannesburg to tender for the installation of piled foundations to 3- and 4-storey residential buildings for the Township Princess Plot, in western Johannesburg. It was, however, only after post-tender negotiations and a pile testing programme in the first quarter of 2014, that we secured the contract and commenced work in …

FRANKI AFRICA JOINS KELLER

Evan Janovsky News

AT THE END OF NOVEMBER 2013, our business was acquired by Keller Holdings, who are the world’s largest, independent geotechnical contractors, with unrivalled coverage in Europe, United States and Australia and a growing presence in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Keller was founded in Germany in 1860 and currently has approximately 9 000 employees worldwide. They are listed on …

SANDTON MAGIC

Evan Janovsky Lateral Support, News, Piling, Pipe Jacking, Soil Improvement

“This is not just another building,” says Franki Africa’s Paulo Alves of the Sasol premises. “The building will have a massive footprint of about 6 500 m2 and will be 67 000 m2 in total.” “Our main challenge on this job was to excavate 170 000 m3 – of which 100 000 m3 were decomposed granite rock – to a depth ranging between 14 ...