Thursday 25 April 2019
Engineering News Holistic approach to lifting projects saves time, money Germiston-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire tells Engineering News that the heavy lifting capacity of the company’s modern mobile crane is transforming industrial project roll-...
Engineering News Africa's sole nuclear plant undergoes revamp to extend lifespan Eskom Holdings, the State utility that supplies 95% of South Africa’s power, is overhauling the continent’s sole nuclear plant with the aim of extending its lifespan...
Engineering News Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has requested the Western Cape provincial government to suspend plans to roll out Phase 4B of the George Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN). This was...
Engineering News PIC raises Texton stake to 18.9% State-owned investment management company, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), increased its beneficial shareholding in JSE-listed real estate investment trust Texton Property Fund to 18.9%. Texton CEO Marius...
Biz Community Eastern Cape artist takes top accolade in 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards Eastern Cape emerging artist Sonwabiso Ngcai was revealed as the overall winner of this year's PPC Imaginarium Awards, taking home R150,000 in cash for his sculpture entitled 'Isigu',...
Biz Community MAD Architects softens New York City skyline with fluid-form skyscraper MAD Architects has unveiled an alternative skyscraper softening New York City's skyline with its fluid form and new iconic presence. Called East 34th, the 232-metre tall skyscraper is...
Engineering News Cape Town in good position even if winter rains are poor deputy mayor Dam levels are 10% higher than the City of Cape Town's projections for the end of summer so the city is in a good position even if the...
Biz Community Divercity takes transfer of Towers Main, redevelopment set to begin Divercity Urban Renewal Fund has taken transfer of the 30-storey Towers Main building in Johannesburg's ABSA Precinct with redevelopment plans to extend the lifespan of the landmark. The...
Biz Community Can South Africa learn lessons from the mega mistakes of Eskom's mega projects? Kusile and Medupi power stations continue to come under fire as poorly managed and ill-designed, remaining years behind completion dates amidst drastically rising costs that now stand at R300bn,...
Biz Community Construction entrepreneur Julia Petla receives international recognition Born for leadership, Nkgomeleng Julia Petla is the founder and MD of Amedzo Trading and Projects, a 100% black-women-owned construction company which turns 10 this year. Her success...
Biz Community Liveable cities rankings: how a global enterprise is influencing urban change Every year, the world's most "liveable" cities are celebrated, in city rankings published by Mercer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Monocle Magazine. Global institutions including UN Habitat and the...
Engineering News Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way...
Biz Community Pilot Crushtec, Sanral sign MoU to promote transformation in SA While the continuous expansion and maintenance of South Africa's road network generates billions in revenue and employs tens of thousands of individuals, barriers to entry for newcomers are restrictive...
Biz Community Efficient project management reduces costs, drives innovation in property construction East Africa continues to grow as an attractive investment prospect for both international investors looking for favourable returns and global organisations establishing their presence in the region. Despite being open...
Engineering News N1 highway pedestrian bridge to be ready for use soon The new pedestrian bridge over the N1 at Erasmusrand will soon be ready for use by pedestrians and cyclists near Hoërskool Waterkloof, in Pretoria, says the South African...
Biz Community VSD and magnetic bearings drive HVAC advances in 2019 HVAC solutions are getting smarter and more efficient every year. These advances are driven by both customer demands and new regulations. Two components that are helping HVAC manufacturers meet these...
Habitat Magazine Nandos fires-up a spirited collective of South African Design at Milan Design Week 2019 International food franchise Nandos, which has outlets in over 35 countries, is adding a new item to its menu of exciting social investment projects that accompany the spicy Portuguese-...
Habitat Magazine Handcrafted Perfection Having debuted the reinvented flagship sedan in 2018 – the all-new LS – Lexus is putting an exclamation point on this signature model with the new F Sport. The...
Biz Community Mall of Tembisa development under way Work on the 42,889m2 Mall of Tembisa, McCormick Property Development's (MPD) largest development to date, has begun. The regional shopping centre will be located in the under-serviced...
Engineering News Transnet to meet OEMs this month in bid to reach settlement on unlawful locomotive contracts State-owned logistics group Transnet will, during the course of April and May, seek to secure “just and equitable” negotiations with the four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying...
Engineering News New machine collection for floor preparation launched Floor grinders and dust extractors manufacturer HTC Sweden AB launched a new line of smaller grinders and dust extractors, the Start and Grind collection, to assist flooring contractors when preparing...
Engineering News Lack of knowledge a concern in flooring industry A lack of knowledge, specifically among structural engineers on specifications for concrete floors, poses a challenge to the industry, says concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan...
Engineering News Demand for concrete flooring continues to increase The demand for concrete flooring continues to grow at a robust rate, as more commercial, retail and residential customers opt for polished concrete, says diamond tools and equipment manufacturer Diamond...
Engineering News Construction industry in rapid decline as work wanes, mafia takes over, warns Safcec The South African construction industry is in a state of accelerated decline, says South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) CEO Webster Mfebe. This is caused mainly by a...
Engineering News Universal considering offer from Afrimat PERTH (miningweekly.com) – South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal received a conditional, nonbinding indicative counter offer from JSE-listed Afrimat to rival a previous offer from a consortium...
Engineering News SME building and construction industry in the doldrums, says CIDB survey The 2019 first quarter Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Business Conditions Survey, released on Tuesday, suggests that the South African building and construction industry...
Engineering News Transnet execs seek balance between efficiency improvements, growth opportunities It is not about pouring concrete and spending, it is a war of efficiency, Transnet group executive of new business growth and diversification Herbert Msagala told a select special interest...
Engineering News Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role Multinational engineering consultancy Aurecon sees a need to shift the group’s role from that of consultant for engineering design and delivery to being more of a partner to...
Engineering News Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector...
Engineering News SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and...
Engineering News Digital tech can improve client and project interaction Professional services firm WSP is finding more opportunities to use emerging digital technologies in delivering engineering and infrastructure projects globally, points out WSP in Africa MD Mathieu du Plooy. This...
Engineering News Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address in February this year that government plans to introduce more technical subjects at high schools in South...
Biz Community Why more retailers are going green Every week, around the world, an area of floor space the size of Paris is constructed. With building and construction comes harmful emissions that remain with us for decades, threatening...
Biz Community Oppenheim Architecture designs GLF headquarters in Miami Oppenheim Architecture has completed a new office complex near the Miami River. The building comprises large shifted concrete volumes to provide a flexible office space and big open spaces throughout...
Biz Community Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers' Eskom's inability to provide the country with a reliable supply of electricity is mainly due to many years of insufficient maintenance of its aging coal-fired power stations, a...
Biz Community Crowdfunding: An untapped funding resource for renewable energy Small and innovative renewable energy projects battle to raise funds through formal channels. One possible solution is to reach out to communities with an interest in those projects to help...
Biz Community Closing Africa's infrastructure gap Never before has the need for infrastructure felt so immediate and acute. This became apparent to me as I travelled to Nairobi, Lagos, Lusaka and Gaborone during the first three...
Biz Community Radisson BluWaterfront to harvest sea water with new desalination plant The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has made it possible to harvest seawater for desalination purposes, resulting in the hotel being independent of the Cape Town municipality's water system. As...
Habitat Magazine Executive chef Guy Bennett to open Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George in Cape Town Design HotelsTM will be introducing Gorgeous George, Cape Towns first cool downtown property, to its group in April. Only a select collection of privately owned and run establishments make...
Biz Community Veolia installs packaged potable water treatment plant in Stellenbosch Commissioned in December 2018, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has supplied a package plant for the treatment of water abstracted from two new boreholes at Cloetesville in Stellenbosch. The packaged...
Habitat Magazine Meet 100% Design South Africa’s first feature artist of the year – r1 With large-scale public artworks located anywhere from Azerbaijan to Brighton, the internationally recognised and locally celebrated street artist, r1. is set to be 100% Design South Africas first-...
Biz Community Africa rising as Bizcommunity launches .Africa domain Bizcommunity, the wholly independently owned media brand made in Africa for Africa, is proud to announce the launch of the Bizcommunity.africa domain. Africa rising, pan-Africanism and African renewal...
Biz Community Why building plans must be updated and fully approved by the local municipality In order for a residential property to be sold or for a bond to be acquired, South Africa's banks are increasingly insisting that the property has up-to-date...
Biz Community Protection of strategic water source areas should be legislated, says UCT researcher Left unprotected, South Africa's strategic water source areas are highly vulnerable to inappropriate development, according to Amanda Mkhonza, an environmental law lecturer at the University of Cape Town's (...
Engineering News Nkwinti announces changes to water depts procurement processes Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti on Tuesday announced a revamp of the procurement and project management processes for infrastructure projects within the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in...
Engineering News Renewal of iconic Joburg high-rise a response to citys evolving property needs Located at the centre of banking group Absa’s campus in downtown Johannesburg, Absa Towers Main stands in stark contrast to the rest of the complex. Currently stripped out...
Biz Community Sandi Mbutuma appointed MD of SVA International Sandi Mbutuma has been appointed managing director of architectural company SVA International (SVA), a member of the GIBB Group of Companies and its Property Delivery Unit. Sandi Mbutuma, MD, SVA...
Biz Community Horskool Driehoek tragedy: Who should take the blame and compensate victims? When a massive concrete walkway slab collapsed at Die Horskool Driekoek in Vanderbijlpark, four learners lost their lives and more than 20 others were injured. Alarmingly, teacher's union,...
Business Insider Watch: This futuristic vertical farm would farm fish, bugs and plants in the middle of the city Designers at Studio NAB have come up with the idea of creating a large vertical farm called the Superfarm to promote sustainable living.The designer’s nifty...
Biz Community "This is not a man's world": protesters demand construction jobs for women Residents of Lower Crossroads in Philippi, Cape Town, brought construction of a new school to a halt on Tuesday, 26 March, demanding more jobs for women and for residents. Police...
Biz Community #Propak19: Developing artisan skills for the future Twenty years ago, there were in excess of 50,000 to 70,000 artisans employed throughout the mining, manufacturing, construction and local authorities' sectors in South Africa. Today the country...
Biz Community Egypt embarks on smart city development drive As part of Egypt's Sustainable Development Strategy 2030, it is embarking on a slate of new fourth-generation smart cities. This includes exploring the drafting of a Smart Cities...
Biz Community New paper on Cape Town drought unpacks lessons for other municipalities Unpacking the Cape Town Drought: Lessons Learnt is a new paper from the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities which warns that the Cape Town drought has...
Business Insider These SA highway projects have been left half-finished after two construction giants went bust Four highway projects – with a total value of almost R2.3 billion – are in limbo after Group Five and Basil Read hit a wall. The 45-year-old...
Engineering News Economy impacts negatively on harbour infrastructure and dredging The economic situation and reduced demand for port facilities have led to a general reduction in investment in harbour infrastructure and dredging, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright transport...
Biz Community Revitalisation of Joburg's Jewel City forges ahead The redevelopment of Jewel City in the Johannesburg CBD is under way, as Divercity Urban Property Fund revitalises six city blocks that have been closed to the public for decades....
Engineering News Transnet launches continents first dredging school The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first dredging school to develop and enhance the competences of new and already employed dredging personnel. The...
Biz Community Why buildings keep collapsing in Lagos and what can be done about it There's been a spate of building collapses in Lagos, Nigeria. In some cases, people have died. In one instance a building had been marked for demolition at least three...
Biz Community Tree Tops Houghton inspired by world's largest urban forest Designed by dhk Architects for property developers Tricolt, Tree Tops Houghton is a new apartment block planned for a site nestled between Houghton and Rosebank in Johannesburg. The complex is...
Biz Community How dirty is the Cape Flats groundwater? The groundwater we are extracting from the Cape Flats to augment drinking supply and make us more drought resilient, is too polluted to use without it being treated. Waste water...
Engineering News Exxaro unveils new ultramodern headquarters JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – South Africa’s largest coal producer and black-empowered coal company Exxaro has unveiled its new ultramodern headquarters. The conneXXion, in Centurion, has e-...
Engineering News Radebe willing to use his legislative powers to unlock short-term private power projects Energy Minister Jeff Radebe signalled his willingness on Tuesday to use his legislative powers to facilitate the introduction of private electricity supply alternatives that could reduce the threat of load-...
Biz Community MBSA calls on government to save construction sector from total collapse Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) has called for urgent government intervention to prevent the total collapse of the country's construction industry following Group Five's filing for business rescue...
Habitat Magazine Funke Media Headquarter in Essen, Germany A true exclamation-point! The recently opened headquarter of the international Funke Media Group defines a coherent urban-design ensemble, which – like a well-proportioned body – is articulated...
Biz Community Construction mafia derailing projects worth billions Yunus Bayat, a member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), has called on the National Prosecuting Authority and local police services to intervene in what he describes...
Engineering News Construction industry expected to grow over next three years Despite there being a slowdown in projects for the past few years in the construction industry, power generation equipment developer Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell says the...
Engineering News Group Five subsidiary companies to continue operating as going concerns BRPs The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Group Five and Group Five Construction on Monday confirmed that subsidiary companies of these entities would continue to operate as going concerns, as...
Biz Community Development of Umgeni Deco & Lifestyle Park under way Conceptualised by Eris Property Group, in partnership with PRASA and Intersite Asset Investments, the Umgeni Deco & Lifestyle Park within the Umgeni precinct officially opened earlier this month. The R1.4bn...
Engineering News Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) reported on Friday that it would appeal the dismissal of an urgent application, lodged by the ASJV in February, seeking to prevent the South...
Engineering News Intervention needed to protect South Africas infrastructure projects Urgent intervention is needed to protect infrastructure projects, investor confidence and the safety of professionals in the built environment, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) member Yunus Bayat said...
Biz Community Why crisis proofing for water preservation in SA should be a priority This year's theme for World Water Day, held annually on 22 March, is 'Leaving no one behind', aptly revisiting access to water as a critical human right and placing...
Biz Community R18bn expansion plan for Dube Trade Port The Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone (DTP SEZ) in KwaZulu-Natal continues to experience an unprecedented wave of investments. The port, which is one of two SEZs in the...
Biz Community Sky's the limit for The Leonardo Constructed using more than 8.7-million kgs of steel, The Leonardo will be Africa's tallest completed* skyscraper upon its opening, say the building's architects, Co-Arc International....
Engineering News French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain Construction Training Academy, in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, earlier this month, to...
Biz Community Lesotho Rise in the City design competition winner announced Tanmoy Dey, a graduate of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Department of Architecture in Bangladesh, along with his team mates Louise Bani Sarcar and Syed Golam Rabbani, were earlier this...
Biz Community Names drawn from a bucket for KZN roads work Ward councillors in Osizweni in Newcastle resorted to pulling names out of a bucket on Monday, 18 March, to allocate jobs on a R2.3bn road contract in the area....
Biz Community Wastewater is an asset - it contains nutrients, energy and precious metals, and scientists are learning how to recover them Most people think as little as possible about the wastewater that is produced daily from their showers, bathtubs, sinks, dishwashers and toilets. But with the right techniques, it can become...
Engineering News Local industrial waste being made into paints Local construction materials firm Amoriguard sustainably consumes recycled industrial waste to produce construction products and paints and, in certain applications, improve the performance of the products compared with conventionally produced...
Engineering News Growth strategy prompts innovation Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a ‘glocal’ growth strategy, this means...
Engineering News Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector The growth of the capital equipment sector, and the manufacturing sector in general, is being stifled by South Africa’s heavy reliance on imports, and its inability to deliver...
Biz Community Snhetta completes Europe's first underwater restaurant in Norway Snhetta's half-sunken restaurant has officially been opened to the public and the building will welcome its first guests in Lindesnes, Norway with its monolithic form and special...
Engineering News Oxford Parks Phase 2 construction set for Sept 2020 completion Construction company Concor Buildings anticipates completion of construction on Phase 2 of the Oxford Parks project, in Rosebank, in September 2020. Concor in February started construction on Phase 2 of...
Biz Community Winners of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards Honouring professional excellence drawn from two main categories, namely the built environment and commerce law and management, the fourth annual South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA) was held at Montecasino...
Biz Community SACAP offers amnesty to de-registered architects Following its announcement of a three-month amnesty period for de-registered architectural practitioners, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is expecting a good response. This call...
Biz Community Meet your new team member - the room Digital assistants and smart rooms with environmental systems will soon be so sensitive to our workplace needs that they will feel like conscientious colleagues eager to meet our every command....
Engineering News Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 priority projects to unlock growth The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation...
Biz Community Cape Town women's group pools money to build houses A group of Cape Town women from Philippi, Crossroads, Khayelitsha and Strand have started a stokvel with a difference. They call themselves the Masakhe Ladies (Let's build each other)...
Biz Community Gus Wstemann Architects completes concrete affordable housing in Zurich Zurich and Barcelona-based architecture firm Gus Wstemann Architects has designed affordable housing offering the lowest renting prices amongst other buildings in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. The firm...
Habitat Magazine Contrast of Form location: Waterfall Country Estate, Midrand | architecture: Louise O Architects | interior design: Tiggs Crozet Interior Design | landscaping: Urbanic Landscaping (Pty) Ltd | photography: Elsa Young On an open piece of land, with...
Engineering News Zimbabwe currency crisis robs Bell of record year A new currency regime in Zimbabwe robbed Bell Equipment of a record financial year, giving the company a R87.4-million “ankle-tap that went straight to the bottom...
Habitat Magazine Chef Guido Brambilla – Bocca Born in Milan, Italy, Guido Brambilla studied Business Management and Law in England. Eventually trading his spreadsheets for oven sheets, he enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu London. Rooted in an...
Biz Community Time to reframe the discipline of finance to focus on sustainability Millions of Africans still suffer from water shortages due to problems of uneven distribution and management of existing supplies, while currently 40% of soil in Africa is degraded making managing...
Biz Community Atterbury leadership succession plan taking shape Real estate developer and investor Atterbury is moving forward with its leadership succession plan with the appointment of Armond Boshoff as CEO of Atterbury (Southern Africa) after having served 15...
Biz Community Delivering on climate resilience in Africa Climate resilience must be at the heart of all investments across Africa. Knowledge is the critical ingredient to move the scale of climate resilience. To provide tools to assess a...
Habitat Magazine Coastal Opulence location: Hawaan Forest Estate, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal | architecture: Kevin Lloyd Architects with client | interior design: KLA Architects; client and Baronie Pretorius of Urban Fabric Interior Design | contractor: R and...
Biz Community Retrenchments on the cards as Group Five files for business rescue NEWSWATCH: Construction and engineering firm Group Five has filed for business rescue following severe cash-flow difficulties due to several of its projects running at a loss. Retrenchments are impending,...
Biz Community Local architecture exhibition programme launched in KZN Corobrik is sponsoring a new monthly programme in Glenwood in Kwazulu-Natal, SAIA-KZN First Thursdays, which showcases the work of local architects through a range of evolving themes. The...
Biz Community How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning Access to reliable and affordable electricity brings many benefits. It supports the growth of small businesses, allows students to study at night and protects health by offering an alternative cooking...
Biz Community BIG unveils design of Warsaw-based Towarowa 22 Founded by Bjarke Ingels, international architectural firm BIG will extend its portfolio with a 230,000m2 urban development in Warsaw, Poland with Towarowa 22, recently unveiled at the 2019 MIPIM...
Engineering News Emira on track to achieve environmental sustainability targets CEO Diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund is continuing its positive impact on environmental sustainability by increasing its use of renewable energy resources, expanding its water efficiency initiatives...
Engineering News Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) was in full support of the policy of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to strengthen the country’s relations with the rest...
Engineering News Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. There has been a huge migration to urban...
Engineering News Company offers technology to mitigate floods Construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV’s BlueLabel technology can be used to mitigate flooding in South Africa, says Royal HaskoningDHV business development water director Tjeerd Driessen....
Engineering News Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer will attend The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is combined with the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on...
Engineering News Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions firm Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26...
Engineering News Concurrent events to unfold at PEWA The Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event brings innovators, disrupters and change agents together to talk and engage in business pertaining to power and electricity. It serves as a platform...
Biz Community Construction Indaba to look into regulations compliance The Department of Labour will on Thursday host a Construction Indaba that will bring together industry role-players to discuss construction regulations compliance in the country. HONGQI ZHANG 123RF.com...
Biz Community DS+R to design new Hungarian Museum of Transport in Budapest Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has won an international design competition for the new Hungarian Museum of Transport in Budapest, Hungary. DS+R's new proposal will be built in...
Biz Community UCT's Lesego Bantsheng wins Corobrik's Landscape Architecture Award University of Cape Town (UCT) landscape architecture student Lesego Bantsheng has won Corobrik's Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award for 2018 for her thesis 'Pula! a Ene: Rain!...
Engineering News AMSA says contingency plans in place as Numsa strikes over labour brokers Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it has introduced contingency plans at its various plants to minimise the potential impact on production of a National Union of Metalworkers of...
Biz Community Renewable energy programme will not collapse Eskom President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the independent power producer (IPP) programme. Image source: Getty/GalloResponding to oral...
Engineering News Group Five shares suspended as it enters business rescue Trade in the shares of embattled construction group Group Five has been suspended after the company’s board resolved to place the group, as well as Group Five Construction...
Habitat Magazine Adam Schlosberg Gallery owners reckon that the South African art scene is intoxicating currently. Its a period in which the country is producing wildly impressive talent. One of these up-and-...
Biz Community Renewable energy programme will not collapse Eskom President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the independent power producer (IPP) programme. Przemyslaw Szablowski 123RF.comResponding to...
Biz Community What a failed Johannesburg project tells us about mega cities in Africa Six years ago a major development was announced in South Africa. Billed as a game changer, it was meant to alter the urban footprint of Johannesburg, Africa's richest city,...
Biz Community Residential module built entirely from waste, recycled materials in Switzerland A residential module, fully constructed from reusable, recyclable, and compostable materials, has been opened in Dbendorf, Switzerland. Named NEST, the modular research and innovation building, run by Empa and...
Business Insider An 87-year-old Japanese designer just won the 'Nobel Prize of architecture.' Here are some of his most stunning masterpieces. At age 87, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has left an indelible imprint on the world's cities. His recognizable designs include a 700-foot skyscraper in Milan, a contemporary art...
Engineering News By midyear, R3bn Leonardo will eclipse Carlton as SAs tallest skyscraper The view from the top of the Leonardo is quite spectacular, says Legacy Group development director Jamie Hendry. “It really is a 360º experience. On a clear day,...
Habitat Magazine Chef Amber-May Deetlefs – Bobos Brasserie Currently Executive Chef for The Kove Collections array of distinguished hotels, restaurants and bars, Amber-May Deetlefs is an ambitious and talented 29-year-old chef who worked and...
Biz Community Stronger leadership vital within SACAP following former registrar's resignation Following the resignation of the former registrar of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), Marella O'Reilly, industry veterans are hopeful that new leadership may reposition the...
Biz Community Print your city? 3D printing is revolutionising urban futures The Fabrication City concept puts manufacturing back in the hands of communities - using 3D printers. It could have far-reaching implications for economic development, environmental sustainability, inclusion and other benefits....
Engineering News Construction index improves in Q4, but 2018 average is below year before A recovery in the 2018 fourth-quarter Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has failed to lift the index to a higher level than the year before, but economist Dr Roelof Botha...
Biz Community Kiren Maharaj named MD of GIBB Power Kiren Maharaj is the new managing director of GIBB Power, a subsidiary of GIBB Holdings, effective 4 March. Having held several high-level roles in major companies in the energy...
Biz Community PASA designs bubble-like showroom for Barloworld Equipment Appointed by developer Eris Property Group, Paragon Architects South Africa (PASA) designed a new corporate head office and showroom for Barloworld Equipment in Isando, Johannesburg. A feature of the project...
Biz Community Saint-Gobain showcases its skills development programme The French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian recently visited Saint-Gobain South Africa's premises in Germiston where the company showcased its skills development programme....
Engineering News R5.7bn transfer made to prevent Sanral default, Nzimande says Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says the decision to transfer R5.7-billion from the non-toll network to the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s)...
Biz Community UCT's urine bio-brick pioneer awarded global prize The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Dr Dyllon Randall has been awarded the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize, becoming the fifth recipient to win the global award....
Habitat Magazine Electrifying I-PACE Jaguar has introduced South Africa to the future of motoring with their first all-electric vehicle (EV), launched together with a rapid public charging network to enable long distance travel...
Engineering News Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility in eMalahleni Energy solutions company Novo Energy on Friday launched a R130-million large-scale natural gas compression facility at the Highveld industrial park, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. The facility provides cleaner, and...
Engineering News PE Tanker Berth repairs on schedule for completion later this month Repairs to the Tanker Berth in the Port of Port Elizabeth are progressing as scheduled, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said this week. The berth has been closed since February...
Engineering News TFR and TNPA CEOs among latest Transnet execs suspended State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has suspended four executive committee members, on full pay, to allow for unfettered investigations into allegations of misconduct. The high-ranking officials suspended as...
Engineering News EPP to open flagship development in Q2, reports growth for third consecutive year JSE-listed retail landlord EPP, formerly known as Echo Polska Properties, on Thursday announced that it’s Warsaw-based shopping centre, Galeria Mlociny, which spans 84 400 m2,...
Engineering News M&R pursuing opportunities in complementary market segments Although JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) power and water and oil and gas segments’ contributions were 'insufficient' for the...
Engineering News M&Rs underground mining order book rises to R25bn amid oil and gas slowdown A strong performance from Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) underground mining business was insufficient to offset lower contributions from its oil and gas, as well as its power...
Biz Community Construction of mixed-use Barlow Park Precinct set to start The R3bn-plus redevelopment of Barlow Park Precinct is set to start before mid-year, transforming the Sandton Central site from a sprawling corporate park into a mixed-use precinct....
Biz Community Wild Coast Sun achieves first-in-Africa Net Zero Waste certification Sun International's Wild Coast Sun has achieved Africa's first Net Zero Waste rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). "We are delighted that the growth...
Engineering News Growthpoint signs Altron for a new corporate campus at Woodlands office park Growthpoint Properties has secured JSE-listed technology group Altron as a tenant for the 29 000 m2 Woodlands office park, in Woodmead, Sandton. Altron will take up occupancy at the...
Habitat Magazine Lamborghini Urus – Revolutionary Raging Bull Many have heard the story: Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A., produced tractors from surplus post-WWll military hardware. Then Ferruccio Lamborghini already a successful entrepreneur opted to begin making cars...
Biz Community #DesignIndaba2019: Designing with dignity Architecture was Mariam Kamara's second career. She started out as a software designer after degrees in Computer Science and later studied architecture at the University of Washington. She won...
Engineering News Energy Regulator to announce Eskom tariff decision on March 7 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will announce its decision on Eskom’s fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application, as well as the State-owned utility'...
Biz Community Parly dissatisfied with reasons for water project delays The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation has expressed dissatisfaction with some reasons provided by the department for the delays in the implementation of projects. Kidsana Maimeetook 123RF.comAddressing...
Biz Community How digitisation has enabled smart homes and buildings What once was science fiction is an everyday reality thanks to digitisation, and this is just the beginning. prykhodov 123RF.comLights only operate when someone is there; air conditioners...
Habitat Magazine La Vinya Villa location: PGA Catalunya, Girona, Spain | architecture: Studio RHE| photography: Roger Casas This new villa is one of a number to be built around the perfected landscape of the PGA Catalunya...
Biz Community ASAQS awarded associate member status of Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Chairman of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Francis Leung recently welcomed the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) as the body's first associate member. The PAQS...
Engineering News Gauteng preparing large projects to tap R100bn blended-finance infrastructure fund Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy expressed optimism on Tuesday that the province’s experience in developing a pipeline of blended-finance projects would position it well to tap into...
Biz Community Cape Town has a plan to manage its water. But there are big gaps The City of Cape Town - and southwest Africa more generally - experienced its worst drought on record between 2015 and 2018. With fresh rains as well as careful water management, the...
Habitat Magazine Elphick Proome Architects – Design for Living Elphick Proome Architects (EPA) is an internationally acclaimed, Durban-based practice with three decades of experience. Led by George Elphick and Nick Proome, 75 talented staff contribute to the studio...
Habitat Magazine Visionary Platform location: Waterfall Country Estate, Midrand | architecture: Studious Architects Derick Brits | interior design: owners Sharon Green Franco & Sergio Franco | photography: Rene Walker Waterfall Country Estate is a recent residential development combining...
Biz Community #DesignIndaba2019: Creating architecture for the African continent for the next 100 years Architect Tshepo Mokholo credits the "fantastical house" he grew up in that no architect would put their name to, which had swooping walls, half-moon windows and narrow passages, with...
Biz Community R172m road upgrade project launched The Gauteng Department for Roads and Transport will upgrade the R42/Potch Road in the south of Johannesburg in an effort to improve the structural and functional condition of the...
Biz Community NIGC Gas Urban Plaza International Competition winners announced Winners have been announced for the NIGC Gas Urban Plaza International Competition in Tehran, Iran. Hadi Teherani Architect + Eike Becker architekten + Design Core {4s} has been named the winner of...
Engineering News Attacq targets 7.5% to 9.5% dividend growth for 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Attacq on Tuesday announced an interim dividend of 40.5c a share for the six months ended December 31, 2018, which CEO Melt...
Engineering News Texton says strategies in place to improve its performance JSE-listed real estate investment trust Texton Property Fund on Tuesday reported a total dividend of 36.18c apiece for the six months ended December 31, 2018, in what the...
Engineering News Wild Coast Sun hotel achieves Net Zero Waste rating Hotel and resorts group Sun International has become the first company in Africa to receive a Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Net Zero Waste rating for an ambitious...
Habitat Magazine Trellidor – Redefining the Barrier Trellidor is known for traditional security gates and burglar proofing, but for over eight years the company has been introducing more lifestyle-influenced designs to its range. The first of...
Biz Community New water supply, waste management project launched in Welenchiti, Ethiopia A new model water supply, sanitation and waste management system was recently added to Ethiopia's water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the town of Welenchiti, Oromia Region....
Biz Community #Newsmaker: Nobethu Jolobe on architecture in strategic branding and communications Strategic branding and communications agency HKLM recently appointed Nobethu Jolobe, with a background in architecture, as creative director for 3D environmental projects. Nobethu JolobeDurban-born Jolobe studied a Bachelor of...
Biz Community Caio Verde, Angola's new sustainable city takes shape in Cabinda Caio Verde is a new sustainable city currently under development in the Angolan province of Cabinda. Unfolding around three large indigenous coastal forests, the city, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean...
Engineering News Melbourne road project takes heavy toll on WBHO A botched roads project in Melbourne, Australia, saw operating profit at Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) nose-dive from R510-million for the six months to end December 2017, to...
Biz Community Gugs roads rehabilitation project well underway The City of Cape Town's Transport Directorate is making great progress with its Gugulethu Roads Rehabilitation project. This project aims to provide the community with an improved and upgraded...
Engineering News Texton secures lease renewal with Truworths in Durban Real estate investment trust (Reit) Texton Property Fund has secured a long-term lease renewal with clothing retailer Truworths for its prominent high street shop in central Durban, which is...
Engineering News Transnet sets up war room to combat infrastructure-theft surge and line sabotage Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set up a war room together with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) in a bid to deal with a surge in infrastructure theft, as...
Engineering News New Tshwane mayor cancels controversial GladAfrica contract Newly elected Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has announced that the City has cancelled the scandal-ridden GladAfrica contract. Mokgalapa made the announcement at a media briefing in Pretoria early on...
Biz Community Renewable energy programme attracts R209.4bn to SA economy The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is making a significant impact on the economy, job creation, community upliftment, economic transformation and climate change. The REIPPP is a...
Engineering News Aveng outlines piecemeal sale process being pursued at Grinaker-LTA JSE-listed construction and engineering group Aveng says the disposal process for Grinaker-LTA is well advanced, but has also confirmed that the company will not be sold as a...
Engineering News Mtentu bridge will be built, assures Sanrals Kannemeyer The Mtentu bridge will be built, but when this will happen is not yet certain, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. The Aveng Strabag...
Biz Community GIBB to monitor environmental compliance during R7bn Durban port construction GIBB Engineering and Architecture has been awarded the contract to monitor compliance and to avoid disturbance to the ecosystem by the R7bn Durban Container Terminal berth-deepening project that commenced...
Biz Community Government bureaucracy hampering investment in Western Cape, says property forum According to the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF), an increasing slowdown in approval processes by local and provincial governments is costing the Western Cape thousands of jobs and will...
Engineering News Labour broking not a dying breed Although the temporary employment sector has been under pressure over some years, it has now reached a level they are regarded as legitimate for sectors in an open economy. The...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Valuation of development land: have your say We invite comments on a new draft guidance note Valuation of development land. The aim of this guidance note is to assist the valuer in their approach to development property...
Habitat Magazine CREMA, Tom Dixon & Friends – After Dark. CREMA is thrilled to announce an immersive design experience that takes the pop-up display over to the dark side. Thursday 7 March 2019 will see the official launch of...
Engineering News Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry Saracca Despite improvement in the number of people who are obtaining training and qualifications to become registered refrigeration gas practitioners, the number of air conditioner installers without an authorised refrigeration gas...
Engineering News More trade-focused lighting solutions for the construction industry With lighting being a critical factor on any job site as workers need to be able to see properly to carry out their work safely and correctly, heavy-duty, portable...
Biz Community ITC-SA now recognised as a voluntary association In line with the newly gazetted Voluntary Associations Recognition Framework which came into effect in 2018, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) has been recognised as a...
Engineering News Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019 Despite the contribution of the construction sector to local economic activity being inconsistent, and having decreased significantly over the years, Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) executive director Anthony Boy is hopeful...
Habitat Magazine Introducing Irish Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin In the province of Connacht in the West of Ireland, on the shores of Lough Allen, at the foothills of Sliabh an Iarainn, lies the tiny rural village of Drumshanbo....
Engineering News BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery...
Engineering News R100bn to be injected into infrastructure fund over ten years National Treasury will be reprioritising resources towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s infrastructure fund and away from the wage bill, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday, with government committing...
Business Insider Discovery is paying R23 million a month to rent its shiny new head office, which has a roof-top running track The Discovery-group will pay roughly R280 million a year - or R23 million a month - to rent its new offices in Sandton, Netwerk24 reported. Discovery has entered into a 15-...
Habitat Magazine British Airways – Freedom Flying The British Airways Executive Club is uncomplicated and free to join on ba.com. Join, and there are immediate benefits from exclusive privileges and rewards (upgrades, hotel stays and car...
Biz Community SCAPE helps Boston trade sea wall for parks to deal with climate change Instead of building sea walls, Boston is now opting for waterfront parks that welcome the tides in and pose less of a threat to local marine life. Inspired by the...
Biz Community ITC-SA develops inspectorate process to assist in enforcing building regulations The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) has developed an inspectorate process to assist local authorities in the enforcement of compliance with the National Building Regulations (NBR). A...
Engineering News AfDB optimistic about Eskoms turnaround prospects The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended billions of rands in loans to Eskom, says it is optimistic the actions being taken to turn around the embattled South African...
Habitat Magazine Neolith goes back to the future Neolith, a market leading brand of Sintered Stone, was recently specified for two very special projects as part of the latestUK primetime TVseries, George Clarkes Old House,...
Engineering News Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development Transport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure & Capital Projects East...
Engineering News Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month, construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete...
Engineering News Open day highlights new offerings from Upat Last month, construction material and fastener distributor Upat hosted an open day at its head office in New Doornfontein, Gauteng, where customers were given a foretaste of the latest innovations...
Engineering News M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will be closing the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Martizburg street to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume. The road closure will be...
Engineering News Rubber company to focus on automotive sector Premium rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber plans to focus on the localisation of rubber products for the automotive sector this year. Following its merger with rubber retail and wholesale specialists...
Engineering News SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts – and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) – has been...
Biz Community TNPA allocates R98m for floating caisson at Sturrock Dry Dock Following discussions among the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), Wesgro, industry and strategic partners with Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA), a R98m floating caisson will be constructed for...
Engineering News Green solution used for retaining walls Geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex SA is working on a project that entails the supply of more than 12 000 geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags that are being used as a green...
Engineering News Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers Construction is a depressing place to be at the moment, says Hogan Lovells partner and construction head Clive Rumsey, citing the lack of large infrastructure projects, resulting from lacklustre economic...
Habitat Magazine Kohler’s Components Collection KOHLER is putting the freedom of choice into the hands of South African consumers and specifiers with their latest Components line of interchangeable tap elements. This collection offers a wide...
Biz Community Cyber security is key to smart metering deployment As adoption of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) becomes more widespread, its appeal to cyber attackers will undoubtedly increase, and addressing security vulnerabilities across layers - and by different stakeholders - must be...
Biz Community Greater awareness needed of risks posed by working at height, says MBA North According to the Federated Employers' Mutual Assurance Company, accidents involving falling account for over 15% of all incidents recorded by its members. This points to a need for greater awareness...
Engineering News Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng, by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul...
Biz Community Dams can mimic the free flow of rivers, but risks must be managed In recent decades, humans have built many dams. These are designed to regulate flow for irrigation, hydropower and water supply. Most major rivers in the world are dammed. Felix Lipov ...
Habitat Magazine Deepest Darkest by Suzaan Heyns & Krisjan Rossouw Opening just ahead of the 2019 Cape Town Art Fair, Deepest Darkest is a boutique contemporary Art Gallery in the historical heritage village of De Waterkant, within the Cape Town...
Habitat Magazine SAA and Nedbank launch world first with the SAA Voyager Cheque Card South African Airways (SAA) Voyager and Nedbank today launched a first in the world – a cheque card which guarantees users to earn air miles per transactional swipe. The SAA...
Biz Community Department set to improve War on Leaks programme The Portfolio on Water and Sanitation has welcomed the department's commitment to reconsider the model of the War on Leaks programme, following challenges experienced in the last year. This,...
Engineering News Sanral, Nafbi sign MoU to develop small contractors, accelerate BEE implementation State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and nongovernmental organisation, the National African Federated Building Industry (Nafbi), on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at developing...
Habitat Magazine IKEA launches VERALLT collection during Design Indaba Festival Two years ago IKEA teamed up with a group of designers, architects, artists and creatives from five African countries to collaborate around modern urban rituals and the importance they play...
Habitat Magazine Design Indaba Nightscape Design your February diary around Nightscape, an open-hearted public festival of design, creativity and performance that takes place after working hours to make it easier for everyone to attend....
Biz Community SAWEA welcomes investor clarity on SA energy sector Brenda Martin, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), has welcomed the investor clarity for the SA energy sector provided by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent State...
Habitat Magazine Dulux introduces the new LOVE palette Global leader of premium quality paint, Dulux , has curated an earthy, rich palette of stimulating tones called LOVE in its trend forecast for 2019. Every year, the colour specialists at...
Engineering News OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Tuesday announced the first phase of its Western Precinct development at the OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would start this month and...
Habitat Magazine Investec – Zero Jeopardy With Investec Life Investecs long-term insurance business Investec Private Banking clients now have exclusive access to the appropriate level of cover for themselves and their families, depending on...
Habitat Magazine Caesarstone – Kramerville Design Studio Now Open Perfectly located in the heart of Joburgs design district, the Caesarstone Design Studio provides consumers with an inspirational and experiential space with expert advice and one-on-one service,...
Biz Community City fails to publish water quality tests for two years Cape Town's scenic beaches, which are a draw card for tourists, are occasionally contaminated by bacteria from faeces, at levels which pose a risk to human health. The city...
Biz Community Can waste-to-energy offer an OPEX reprieve for mines? Despite the large impact mines have on the environment, mining is a significant contributor to the local economy from both a financial and employment perspective - with an estimated worth of...
Biz Community First phase of R4.5bn OR Tambo mixed-use precinct development unveiled OR Tambo International Airport has unveiled the first phase of a multi-billion-rand development plan for its Western Precinct which will feature new offices, retail space, hotel and conference...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Stepping up global regulation for AML, Bribery and Corruption Today we've published the global professional statement: \"Countering bribery and corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing\" to further tackle the known problems within the property industry. RICS have been...
Engineering News EAAB to drive transformation of the South African estate agency sector Estate agents in the property sector have long been bound by “dinosaur” legislation and the profession has remained untransformed since the advent of democracy in 1994, Estate Agency...
Biz Community Oppenheim Architecture completes water purification plant in Swiss forest Miami, New York and Basel-based practice Oppenheim Architecture has completed a water purification plant in a protected Swiss forest in Muttenz. Commissioned by OAD Europe to design the city'...
Habitat Magazine Plewman Architects – Game Lodge to Cityscape Nicholas Plewman Architects, based in Johannesburg and having recently opened an office in Stellenbosch, was founded and is directed by Nick Plewman. This architect has combined his life-long passion...
Habitat Magazine Casarredo – Design Distinction Since 1956 Giorgio Collection has been creating a distinguished level of furniture intended for luxury lovers. Currently present in 52 countries, it has become a landmark in the world of...
Biz Community SAPPMA issues call for papers ahead of PIPES XII Conference The Southern African Plastic Pipes Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has issued an invitation to professionals interested in presenting at its PIPES XII Conference, to submit their abstracts as soon as possible....
Engineering News What needs to be done to make SAs buildings fire safe In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg, last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised...
Biz Community Henning Larsen Architects to transform Opra Bastille in Paris Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled its designs for the expansion and transformation of the French Opra Bastille, the largest opera house in Paris. All images courtesy...
Biz Community SONA 2019: Road closures To accommodate the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the opening of Parliament on Thursday, 7 February 2019, several roads will be closed in and around the Cape Town...
Biz Community Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency After more than three decades of talk about the potential of building green, we've still failed to change the way we design and construct buildings so that the built...
Engineering News Aveng Strabag JV terminates Mtentu contract, citing protests; Sanral unconvinced The Aveng Strabag joint venture (ASJV) has decided to terminate the Mtentu bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. The 1.1 km, R1.65-billion bridge forms part of the...
Biz Community Wits regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award winner announced Jason Ngibuini from the University of Witwatersrand is a regional winner in the 32nd Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, taking the top prize of R10,000. Second place...
Habitat Magazine Enza Home – Art Deco Renaissance Enza Home, a concept brand whose products have the strength of Yata Groups years of expertise, meets all expectations of comfort and quality, durability and elegance, affordability and good...
Habitat Magazine California Modern location: Healdsburg, California, USA | architecture: Feldman Architecture | interior design: by clients | photography: Joe Fletcher Forty acres of undeveloped rolling countryside was the site for this modest yet distinctly different build,...
Biz Community OMA completes first phase of Beijing museum with "wrinkled geometry" OMA has completed the first phase of the refurbishment of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, one of China's oldest private museums, re-positioning the centre in the 798 Art...
Biz Community Steinbuild is now The Building Company Steinhoff Doors and Building Materials (SteinBuild) has changed its name to The Building Company, effective as from 28 January 2019. The name change was approved by its board and parent...
Habitat Magazine Willowlamp – The Love Clovers Part of Adam Hoets most recent range of pendants and chandeliers, the Love Clover collection is a whimsical take on the striking similarity between the silhouette of a clover and...
Habitat Magazine Design Indaba – Most Beautiful Object in SA This February, the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa will be decided by public vote. The polls officially opened on Friday 25 January 2019 and members of the public can...
Habitat Magazine Woodbender introduces the Cala Last year Woodbender was inspired to bring you the Malmo after noticing that low backrest seating was becoming increasingly popular. In 2018 theyve adapted the Malmo and are now...
Habitat Magazine Miele – Dishwasher Buyers’ Guide We speak to Liam Gawne from leading appliance manufacturer, Miele, on his top tips on what to look for when investing in a dishwasher. There is no denying that a...
Habitat Magazine Radisson Blu – Celebrating Summer Finding cool solace from summers consuming heat is a favourite South African pastime and summer is all about chilled days spent outdoors and even more chilled beverages. When mirages...
Habitat Magazine L’Abysse – Perfect Synchronicity LAbysse in Paris has been awarded with its first prestigious Michelin star. Designed by gallerist and artist Laurence Bonnel, the decor echoes the delicate Japanese-inspired cuisine of Michelin...
Habitat Magazine Chris Soal – Sticks and stones create a master piece Chris Soal is an award-winning artist living and practicing in Johannesburg, South Africa. Using found materials as the departure point for his works, Soals sculptural and spatial approach...
Habitat Magazine Lay of the Land This vacant plot on an estate in Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands measures 910 square metres. Architect Hugo Hamity was tasked with designing a contemporary family home that would meld...
Architectural Digest This New Consumer-Goods System Could Solve Recyclings Failures At the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, the pioneering recycling company TerraCyle announced the launch of Loop, a new system of product packaging and delivery that focuses on...
Habitat Magazine Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View announces CoLab designers for 2019. For its third instalment, Media 10s Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, is thrilled to announce the 9 designers set to transform the Sandton Convention Centre into the nucleus...
Habitat Magazine Design Indaba 2019 – design activism and creativity takes center stage Design Indaba, the internationally acclaimed creative conference, will take place in Cape Town from Wednesday 27 February to Friday 01 March 2019 and will once again set the standard for...
Habitat Magazine Stiles – Super Surfaces This contemporary home in George is an exercise in coastal practicality, in synch with aesthetically considered architecture and interior design. As is often the case, in such environs, finishes are...
Habitat Magazine Gorgeous George on St Georges Mall Gorgeous George, a new cool downtown hotel in the heart of Cape Town, will officially open in March this year. Created out of two beautifully restored heritage buildings, its...
Biz Community UNU report compares technologies that remove arsenic from groundwater Recently released by United Nations University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health, a new study compares for the first time the effectiveness and costs of many different...
Habitat Magazine Blancpain celebrates Chinese New Year Blancpain’s Traditional Chinese Calendar is a watchmaking masterpiece combining the fundamental principles of the age-old lunisolar calendar stemming from Chinese tradition with the date according to the...
Habitat Magazine Poltrona Frau – Auspicious Decades A hundred years after Achilles birth anniversary and 50 years after Pier Giacomos death anniversary, Poltrona Frau wanted to celebrate Castiglioni brothers with the launch of a Limited...
Habitat Magazine Duravit – Oodi Central Library The new Oode (English: ode) central library in downtown Helsinki opened on December 5, 2018, the day before the 101st anniversary of Finlands independence. The parliament building, concert hall,...
Engineering News KfW, IDC sign $80m loan facility for green economy development German development bank KfW and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) on Thursday signed a “milestone agreement” for an $80-million loan facility. KfW executive board...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The rise and fall and rise(?) of the post-industrial city There are few images of urban decay as striking as that of Detroit. At one time the midwestern city defined American mass market capitalism as the centre of the auto...
Engineering News Stellenbosch University starts construction on R1bn research institute Stellenbosch University (SU) has started construction on a Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI), to be based at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). The university believes the R1-billion...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Greater expectations In times gone by, business strategies would focus solely on revenue generation and cost-saving initiatives. Expenditure was reserved for purchasing stock that would yield a financial return and labourers...
Biz Community SA's dam levels continue to drop The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on water consumers to intensify their water conservation efforts to save the country from a dry winter. The department said that South...
Biz Community How VR, AR tech in architecture allows for a better understanding of design proposals As virtual reality (VR) technology in architecture evolves to the point where multiple people can partake in the same VR session, either in the design process itself, or when used...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Drones have transformed my business With drone use becoming increasingly prevalent across the surveying profession, we asked three drone-flying professionals to share their experiences. John Cusack: technical operations director, Qubic Aerial systems, UK and...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Fitter cities With health and well-being an increasingly important consideration in towns and cities, Yvonne Rydin and Helen Pineo discuss how surveyors can contribute to healthier lives. While high-income and...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Africa: continent of opportunity Africas population is predicted to double by 2050, putting pressure on cities that are already busting at the seams. One answer is to build new smart cities from scratch,...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Come fly with me Unmanned aerial vehicles are fast becoming a common part of the surveyor's tool kit. So what does it take to be able to use one? We sent novice pilot...
Biz Community dhk completes 12,000m2 Battery Park in Cape Town Architecture and urban design firm dhk has completed Battery Park, a 12,000m2 urban park situated at a key entranceway to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Developed as...
Architectural Digest An L.A. Abode as Creatively Alluring as Its Occupants On the Los Angeles design and art scene, few couples cut such a dashing figure as Valerj Pobega and Mattia Biagi. They look as if they came straight out of...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Surveying on autopilot At present, most UAV regulations stipulate that operators must keep their UAVs in a visual line of sight (VLOS) at all times. But, in some regions regulations are evolving to...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The workplace experience revolution: the real drivers of employee sentiment This summer, Leesman undertook a comprehensive analysis of its workplace experience data. The primary objective was to gain a better understanding of the complex web of factors that impact, shape...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors What if all new homes had a car-charging point? All new homes having a car-charging point would be a step in the right direction, says Ashley Osborne, but, in the short term, it could create more problems than...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Anticipating predictive workplaces There are two key reasons that some of the world's leading companies are moving to predictive workplaces, says Christina Tubb of EMS Software: talent retention and return on investment....
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The call of the wild Protecting wildlife for the future will also benefit developers and homeowners, argues Rachel Hackett of The Wildlife Trusts. The government has an ambition to build one million new homes in...
Engineering News Cesa president calls for increased transparency Presenting his 2019 presidential address on Wednesday, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather called for increased transparency for the betterment of the sector and its future. With the...
Architectural Digest Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Reinvent a Charles Moore–Designed Art Museum at Dartmouth Satisfying a client request to increase gallery spaces by 42 percent and offices by 400 percent, invent an art study center, and design a new public face for a college...
Architectural Digest Santiago Calatravas Design for Chicagos OHare Airport Bridges the Past and Future Chicago is a city steeped in rich architecture. Sure, it's often referred to as the Second City. But let's not forget that it did have the first skyscraper,...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Agricultural break point With UK agriculture facing many disruptions, including Brexit, Estate Director at Clinton Devon Estates John Varley, considers how emerging trends may shape land-based rural businesses over the next few...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors What we can learn from giving way to cyclists The UK should look to a near neighbour if it wants to get cycle-friendly infrastructure right, says Carlton Reid. Ask most people what the phrase going Dutch means, and...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Proptech: positivity or pessimism? Invest in proptech before you need to use it advises Anthony Walker, as he looks at surveyors attitudes to adoption. Property technology, more commonly referred to as proptech, is defined...
Biz Community NMU's Riaan Huiskens takes regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award As a regional winner of the 32nd Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, Riaan Huiskens will represent Nelson Mandela University at the final competition to be held on the...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Valuation of development land: have your say We invite comments on a new draft guidance note Valuation of development land. The aim of this guidance note is to assist the valuer in their approach to development property...
Architectural Digest Why Peru May Be the Worlds Most Sustainable Destination When Chilean architect Jos Cruz Ovalle set out to design the South American hotel group Exploras first property outside of Chile, Explora Valle Sagrado in Perus Sacred Valley,...
Architectural Digest The Bauhauss Untold Impact on Everyday Design in America This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus design school in Weimar, Germany, and tributes are being held globally. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Art Museums...
Biz Community Construction starts on SU's Biomedical Research Institute Construction of a R1bn new state-of-the-art research facility based at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) commenced with a sod-turning ceremony on...
Architectural Digest The Restoration of King Tut's 3,000-Year-Old Tomb Is Finally Complete When British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, the world erupted into frenzied excitement. For the first time in history, a burial chamber...
Biz Community Moriyuki Ochiai Architects creates red latticework on ceiling of Japan restaurant Tokyo-based architecture studio Moriyuki Ochiai Architects has completed the interior of a Japan restaurant by hanging red sticks and wooden planes from the ceiling of the building that create...
Engineering News Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.65-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as...
Architectural Digest Beautiful Drawings by the Worlds Most Famous Architects Here at Architectural Digest, we, of course, think that all architects are artists, working in a three-dimensional medium on a grand scale. But their artistry actually goes beyond their...
Biz Community AECOM names Adriaan Vorster as new director for architecture in Africa Adriaan Vorster has been appointed AECOM's director for architecture in Africa. Vorster is a professional architect with 19 years' experience, including a decade at a strategic, managerial, and business...
Architectural Digest Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveils a Beautiful Design for the London Center for Music Few people would debate London's cultural primacyalong with Paris and New York, London contains some of the best art museums, most dynamic skyscrapers, and trendiest fashion of...
Architectural Digest L.A.s Burgeoning Breed of Domestic Explorers David Silverman was a lawyer at Sony for 19 years before he decided to ditch the day gig and devote himself to documenting Los Angeles homes. Now the Los Angeles...
Engineering News Operation Phakisa for water expected by March The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is preparing to launch its own series of mini-Phakisa's to attempt to resolve the most pressing matters facing South Africa&#...
Engineering News Company focused on agriculture The agriculture sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of...
Biz Community Plastics pipes bodies warn against substandard pipe use in important applications The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has added its voice to the Plastics Pipe Institute's (PPI) warning about substandard high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes that do not...
Engineering News Major upgrades to start at six airports South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s...
Architectural Digest Cutting-Edge Communities That Have Changed the World A home is not an island. Not isolated, not floating through space with a self-contained universe behind closed doors. We often consider the majority of design taking place within...
Engineering News Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South...
Architectural Digest This Architecture Firm Wants to Build a Wall Around Trump's Mar-a-Lago Since the current government shutdown (which remains in place at the time of publication of this article) began on December 22, hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been forced...
Engineering News Modules finalisation nearing completion The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec) has taken on the custodian role as the national renewable-energy-sector educator and hopes to have finalised all five occupational certificates...
Architectural Digest The Sartorialists Downtown Digs Are a Case Study in High Style Scott Schuman and Jenny Walton approached the interior design of their downtown New York apartment much in the same way they approach fashion: a tightly edited mix of vintage and...
Engineering News Acquisition of German company confirmed The acquisition of Germany-based planetary drives producer O&K Antriebstechnik by Italian gear motors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes producer Bonfiglioli and Italian transmission systems producer Carraro has made...
Engineering News Expanded products portfolio leads to new opportunities New markets and opportunities have arisen after technical solutions provider BMG expanded its products portfolio with the addition of Fenner conveyor belting products last year. “BMG decided to sign...
Architectural Digest Rio de Janeiro Receives the First-Ever Title of UNESCO World Capital of Architecture Rio de Janeiro, known for world-class samba, caipirinhas, and breathtaking beaches, recently added another accolade: The city was just chosen by UNESCO as the worlds first capital of...
Architectural Digest Americas Most Expensive Home Was Just Sold to Billionaire Ken Griffin for $238 Million At this point, it's safe to say that billionaire Ken Griffin likes to set records. Early in the new year, Griffin completed one of the priciest deals in...
Biz Community Western Cape construction industry outlook for 2019 As we head into a new year, there are a number of factors which are likely to impact the amount of work on offer in our region and the resultant...
Architectural Digest Snhetta Designs Innovative Outdoor Retreats for Hospitals Think of a hospital, and youre likely conjuring an image of stark white halls with bright fluorescent lighting. Aesthetically, hospitals often leave a lot to be desired. But firm...
Architectural Digest This Tiny Home Runs on Used Coffee Beans from Dunkin' Donuts Coffee helps energize millions of Americans each day. In fact, according to the U.K.-based marketing firm Euromonitor, the average American guzzles nearly 90 gallons of coffee each year....
Architectural Digest Serenity Reigns in This Spacious North Carolina Waterfront Getaway When Manhattan resident Ferebee Taube, who grew up in relatively rural Rocky Mount, North Carolina, went looking for a vacation home for her husband and young children, she set her...
Engineering News AMSA extends water treatment contract with Veolia Water Technologies Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been re-awarded the operational and chemical water treatment contract for ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Vanderbijlpark Works operation. Veolia has...
Engineering News DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) on Wednesday said its R182-million project to upgrade the R102 between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, as well...
Architectural Digest The 11 Biggest Scandals in Architecture History While scandal doesnt hit architects quite as often as, say, politicians, the architecture profession is not immune from controversy, fraud, and even cold-blooded murder. The distinguished field has...
Biz Community Ruan Jansen van Rensburg named regional winner in Corobrik architecture awards Ruan Jansen van Rensburg from the Tshwane University of Technology has been announced a regional winner in this year's Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award. In addition to...
Architectural Digest What Would a "Green New Deal" Look Like for Architecture? Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got tongues wagging this month when she championed a plan for a Green New Deal, and drafted a proposal to kickstart the committee that...
Biz Community Design-focused hotel Gorgeous George to open in Cape Town Gorgeous George on St George's Mall will officially open in March 2020. Created out of two restored heritage buildings, it's the first hotel in Cape Town to join...
Biz Community Morphosis designs multi-bridged form building in Sejong City Pritzker prize-winning architect Thom Mayne's firm Morphosis has released the design for a multi-bridged form commercial building in Sejong City, a new metropolitan centre designated as a...
Biz Community Trends transforming the traditional face of property ownership High property prices and building costs, rising consumer inflation and a subdued economy are driving the development of innovative alternatives, with a number of emergent trends transforming the traditional face...
Biz Community Investing in the future of building and architecture The first regional finalist of the 32nd Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards has been named, while the company gears up for a year of investment and expansion. Ruan...
Engineering News New construction process proposed for Gautrain expansion project More than halfway through the 15-year Gautrain concession period, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe says he is pleased with the operation of the 80-km...
Engineering News South Africa may double power purchases from Congo hydro plant South Africa is mulling committing to doubling the amount of electricity it will buy from a proposed multibillion-dollar hydro power plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Increasing the...
Biz Community Urban rooms: where people get to design their city's future Despite the strong Utopian traditions of urban planning, there has often been a reluctance to think beyond the short term. Long-term planning is complex; electoral cycles are short and...
Architectural Digest Ryan Korban Infuses a Classic Manhattan Apartment with Warm Minimalism In the world of New York real estate, prewar apartments are like double-edged swords. On one hand, they have the kind of classical details and structure that make interior...
Engineering News Aveng sells noncore Aveng Water business JSE-listed Aveng will sell Aveng Water and the Aveng Namibia Water business to Cambrose 735, a special purpose vehicle incorporated as a private company, Infinity Partners, for the purpose...
Architectural Digest A New London Design Exhibit Celebrates David Adjaye In this star-studded age of architects, Sir David Adjaye has long claimed center stage, and now the London Design Museum is set to debut David Adjaye: Making Memory, devoted...
Architectural Digest 10 Modern Marvels That Changed America Forever Humans, by nature, are problem solvers, and during the U.S.s brief history, some of the greatest engineering minds have dreamed up solutions that at one point seemed impossible....
Architectural Digest Ruined by Hurricane Irma, a Resort Reopens on Princess Dianas Favorite Island Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua, is a private oasis of pink- and white-sand beaches thats known for being one of Princess Dianas favorite destinations. But the...
Architectural Digest 5 Architectural-Heritage Sites at Risk from Sea-Level Rise Last week, NOAA released its annual Arctic report, which revealed that rapid warming over the past three decades has led to a 95 percent decline of the region's...
Architectural Digest How Government Shutdowns Affect Housing and Design Now into its third full week, the U.S. federal government shutdownour countrys longest evermeans that museums such as the Smithsonian and National Parks are closed, 380,...
Architectural Digest 5 Smart Designs Combating Homelessness On any given night during 2018, some 552,830 Americans nationwide experienced homelessness, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That'...
Architectural Digest A Pink Country Retreat Near Paris with Charm to Spare When Boston native and fashion insider Jason Basmajian was looking for a country retreat outside Paris, he fell in love with Le Couvent, a pink house built in the late...
Biz Community How water treatment in South Africa can eradicate water-related diseases Understanding the nature of waterborne diseases is the first step to comprehending why water treatment is critical in South Africa. Waterborne diseases are a global phenomenon and in an effort...
Architectural Digest San Francisco's Older BART Trains Might Be Turned Into Housing Units Last year, roughly 126 million people rode in trains operated by San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The system has been in continual operation since 1972, with...
Architectural Digest An Ode to California Calm in the Heart of Downtown Manhattan Most people would be horrified to learn that the Manhattan apartment theyd just occupiedupon a friend evacuating his film editing company officeshad no closets, zero bookshelves, and...
Architectural Digest This New Coastal Village Was Designed to Be Picture-Perfect Twelve years ago, developer Rick Caruso began envisioning a center of town for a town that had no center: Pacific Palisades, a seaside Los Angeles community nestled between Malibu and...
Architectural Digest A Breezy Indoor-Outdoor Beach House Built Around Art and Family When the high-powered art lawyer Thaddeus Stauber and his wife, Tracy OBrien, teamed up to realize their dream house at the beach, the result was an art-filled...
Architectural Digest Every Inch of This Polished Philadelphia Townhouse Is Highly Customized When a young couple tapped interior designer Mona Ross Berman to bring character to their lackluster corner office, neither party expected to dive headfirst into a multiyear overhaul of the...
Architectural Digest An Inspired Gut Renovation Where Light and Flow Rule the Day You could say an interior designer always remembers his first gut renovation, especially when it starts out as a small decoration job that took on new life. The ultimate combination...
Biz Community 5 things utilities must consider in their quest to become smarter Driven by the requirement to improve operational efficiencies and revenues, cut down on wastage, and enhance customer service, water utilities around the world are turning to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) -...
Engineering News Inside one of Joburgs flagship urban renewal projects Urban property fund Divercity is helping City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba to realise his concept of restoring the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) to some degree of its former...
Architectural Digest An Otherworldly Cultural Complex Grows Out of the Jungle in Mexico Azulik Uh May, a new cultural complex that opened in the jungle outside Tulum at the beginning of December, is full of holes. Under the 52-foot-tall dome of...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Determining the value of unregistered land: Examples from around the world There is a widely-discussed notion that title registration and formalisation are essential prerequisites for valuing unregistered land. In a report published by RICS, we examine, for the first time,...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The call of the wild Protecting wildlife for the future will also benefit developers and homeowners, argues Rachel Hackett of The Wildlife Trusts. The government has an ambition to build one million new homes in...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Africa: continent of opportunity Africas population is predicted to double by 2050, putting pressure on cities that are already busting at the seams. One answer is to build new smart cities from scratch,...
Biz Community Elao Martin wins UJ Corobrik regional architecture award The University of Johannesburg's Elao Martin is the regional winner of this year's Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award. Martin received an award of R10,000 while...
Engineering News First Oxford Parks building completed Construction of the Oxford Parks development, in Rosebank, has progressed, with the first building, built by Concor Buildings to serve as the new head office of oil company BP South...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Come fly with me Unmanned aerial vehicles are fast becoming a common part of the surveyor's tool kit. So what does it take to be able to use one? We sent novice pilot...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors IPMS: How is it measuring up? Peter Folwell MRICS, Director at Plowman Craven, recently delivered a series of IPMS breakfast briefings in Birmingham, Manchester and London where he discussed his experience of using IPMS, the benefits...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Fitter cities With health and well-being an increasingly important consideration in towns and cities, Yvonne Rydin and Helen Pineo discuss how surveyors can contribute to healthier lives. While high-income and...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Ease of doing business puts Australia and NZ at risk from money laundering Around the world, governments, organisations and professionals are faced with the challenge of identifying and mitigating the risks posed by corruption, bribery, money laundering and terrorist financing. Even with strict...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Driving sustainable growth through smarter urbanisation Africa is going to take up a bigger and bigger share of the planning and development agenda in the coming decades, with its phenomenal projected population growth, rapid urbanisation and...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Credit controls to bite China’s real estate industry Official data shows that tighter credit conditions are beginning to act as a drag on the Chinese economy, but what impact is this having on real estate companies? Since 2016,...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The rise and fall and rise(?) of the post-industrial city There are few images of urban decay as striking as that of Detroit. At one time the midwestern city defined American mass market capitalism as the centre of the auto...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Cities for our Future global shortlist announced The Cities for our Future judges have assessed the regional shortlists to decide the winners, and the two best runners-up from around the world. The shortlisted projects will now...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Greater expectations In times gone by, business strategies would focus solely on revenue generation and cost-saving initiatives. Expenditure was reserved for purchasing stock that would yield a financial return and labourers...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Our first thematic review: phase 1 completed In July and August, RICS and our partner Research by Design, an independent research company, concluded the initial phase of our first thematic review. We collected information on the profession...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors What if all new homes had a car-charging point? All new homes having a car-charging point would be a step in the right direction, says Ashley Osborne, but, in the short term, it could create more problems than...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Global organisations unite to solve fire safety in buildings RICS has joined more than 30 organisations from around the world to develop landmark industry standards to address fire safety in buildings. The group, known as the International Fire Safety...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Team reenacts surveyor’s journey in Arctic Canada As a boy, David Reid was an avid collector of stories by famous explorers. He would listen to them recount their tales of adventure upon their return from faraway lands....
Engineering News EPP dominates listed property market with 21% return for 2018 JSE-listed retail property fund EPP has delivered a total return of 21% in 2018. The JSE’s benchmark property index SAPY recorded a total return of minus 25%...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The workplace experience revolution: the real drivers of employee sentiment This summer, Leesman undertook a comprehensive analysis of its workplace experience data. The primary objective was to gain a better understanding of the complex web of factors that impact, shape...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Anticipating predictive workplaces There are two key reasons that some of the world's leading companies are moving to predictive workplaces, says Christina Tubb of EMS Software: talent retention and return on investment....
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Fire safety: Why it's key to our global urbanisation response Dubai is known for its mega skyscrapers, its mixed use buildings and perhaps best known for having the worlds tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. The city has come...
Engineering News Transnet to pursue just and equitable settlements with rail OEMs awarded unlawful contracts Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contacts awarded to four original...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Infrastructure suffers as Brazilian institutions are marred by scandal Recent political scandals have impacted public trust in Brazils public institutions. Political corruption has resulted in mismanaged infrastructure projects impacting viability of public transportation, waste, water, energy and other...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Why ICMS is a global game changer Its been a year since a global coalition of organisations working in the construction sector launched the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) in Canada last July. ICMS is a...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Ecosystem needs to change to fight bribery and corruption in India Bribery and corruption remain problems in India, in part due to an ecosystem that makes professionals vulnerable to financial crimes. India was ranked 81st out of 180 countries in Transparency...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Rural conference report 2018 Change and opportunity were strong themes running through the 2018 rural conference. Brexit Many aspects of surveying are facing up to changes but the rural sector has the added direct...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors What we can learn from giving way to cyclists The UK should look to a near neighbour if it wants to get cycle-friendly infrastructure right, says Carlton Reid. Ask most people what the phrase going Dutch means, and...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Surveying on autopilot At present, most UAV regulations stipulate that operators must keep their UAVs in a visual line of sight (VLOS) at all times. But, in some regions regulations are evolving to...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Agricultural break point With UK agriculture facing many disruptions, including Brexit, Estate Director at Clinton Devon Estates John Varley, considers how emerging trends may shape land-based rural businesses over the next few...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Cities for our Future regional shortlists announced After almost 1,200 entries and over two weeks of deliberation, our regional judging panels of experts, RICS professionals and partners have narrowed the list down to a total of...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Proptech: positivity or pessimism? Invest in proptech before you need to use it advises Anthony Walker, as he looks at surveyors attitudes to adoption. Property technology, more commonly referred to as proptech, is defined...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors EU sustainable finance: the state of play The European Commission has published the state of play of the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. On 5 July 2018, the members of the newly-created Technical Expert Group...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors The Future of the Profession Fundamental disruption to long-established status-quos within the built and natural environments is changing the industry at a rate faster than ever before. As a professional body, we have...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Drones have transformed my business With drone use becoming increasingly prevalent across the surveying profession, we asked three drone-flying professionals to share their experiences. John Cusack: technical operations director, Qubic Aerial systems, UK and...
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Our first thematic review: conflicts of interest RICS regulation is undertaking its first thematic review, taking a close look at conflicts of interest. It is the first piece of research, with the help of Research by Design,...
Business Insider 19 of the most outrageous-looking skyscrapers of all time Skyscrapers have got taller, more expensive, and a lot more elaborate over the past few decades. Some of the most recent designs incorporate wild twists, thousands of plants, and even...
Biz Community Stadiums aren't fated to disrepair and disuse - history shows they can change with the city Stadiums are among the oldest forms of urban architecture: from Olympia to Rome, stadiums were at the centre of the Western city, well before the great medieval cathedrals and the...
Biz Community Rising number of desalination plants creating a salty dilemma - UN report Now with almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide quenching a growing thirst for freshwater, the technology is also creating a salty dilemma: how to deal with all the chemical-laden...
Biz Community What is aeration in sewage treatment? Aeration is a fundamental component of conventional sewage treatment, because without it the biodegradation of many pollutants wouldn't take place as it should. You might still be wondering exactly...
Biz Community V&A Clock Tower refurbishment complete Commissioned to refurbish the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront, building refurbishment company Indawo completed its work on the historic building in time to see in 2019. V&A...
Biz Community How to negotiate infrastructure deals with China: four things African governments need to get right There is a widespread view in Africa that you accept whatever terms are offered, for fear that the money might go somewhere else instead. Image source: FacebookChina is the...
Biz Community ElasticoSPA reinterprets traditional Italian houses With new construction techniques Italian architecture firm ElasticoSPA has renovated two traditional houses by using new masonry techniques, combining traditional concrete and stone in a different way. Image © Elisabetta CrovatoCalled Stoned, the...
Biz Community Much of the same expected for 2019 With pressure on costs, increased fuel prices, the water shortage in Cape Town in 2018, and an economy that is struggling at best, the remedial construction industry can prepare for...
Business Insider One of the world's largest artificial waterfalls is a 100m manmade structure on the side of a Chinese skyscraper. Take a look. Guizhou province in China has the country's largest waterfall and one of the biggest in Asia. The region now also features one of the world's tallest man-made...
Business Insider Durban just launched a R1.14 billion highway interchange with 4 levels and Africas longest flyover bridge Durban just added an impressive architectural and engineering marvel to its portfolio of landmarks. The Mount Edgecombe highway interchange was officially opened by transport minister Blade Nzimande and the South...
Business Insider This abandoned Disney water park has been rotting for over 15 years now it's turning into a resort Seph Lawless When Disney River Country opened in 1976, visitors flocked to Orange County, Florida, to ride the winding slides and traverse the wooden bridges. The park closed down 25...
Engineering News Mashaba seeks Treasury's intervention in R180m housing funding dispute with province  Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday said that the City manager will be writing to the director-general of National Treasury, Dondo Mogajane, to seek their urgent...
Business Insider This South African super-strong brick is made from human urine - a world first The world’s first ‘bio-brick’ made from human urine was unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering masters student Suzanne Lambert on Wednesday. ...
Engineering News Cornubia bridge opened to traffic The new Cornubia bridge that crosses over the N2 to uMhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, has been partially opened to traffic, says construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV project...
Business Insider The most impressive skyscraper of 2018 has the fastest elevator in the world. Take a look. The world is witnessing a massive boom in skyscraper construction, led by nations like China, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. This year alone, China built more skyscrapers than any...
Biz Community KPF unveils design for its spiraling Tel Aviv tower Global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has unveiled the design for its spiraling tower, which will be the tallest building of Tel Aviv upon its completion. All images &...
Engineering News Nelson Mandela replica statue unveiled for the visually impaired  From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: Exarro Resources and the Rotary District 9400 in November unveiled a 1m-tall replica of the famous...
Business Insider These are the tallest buildings in every province of South Africa The tallest building in each SA province isn't always even a skyscraper.  The average number of floors for the tallest buildings in non-metro provinces (Northern Cape, Limpopo,...
Engineering News MAS acquires Atrium mall in Arad, Romania MAS has, through a subsidiary of PKM Investments, acquired the Atrium shopping centre in Arad, Romania, from Cosmovia Holdings. The acquisition forms part of the company’s acquisition pipeline...
Biz Community An exponential shift in many areas of SA real estate awaits 2019 will usher in a quarter of a century since South Africa has been addressing post-apartheid challenges. Many of the current challenges within the real estate domain continue to...
Biz Community Struggling construction sector must develop a new talent perspective South Africa's declining infrastructure remains an area of concern for the country's future, yet despite the current environment, opportunities exist for construction companies. Government's...
Business Insider BMW designed these tiny luxury cabins for city life take a look inside As cities across the world contend with massive housing shortages, architects have developed new ways to build in miniature. Recent years have ushered in a wave of tiny homes, backyard...
Biz Community Excavator sales to recover from 2018 industry slump The excavator market is estimated to improve its volume by 3.2% year-on-year in 2019 over 2018 - the result of the heavy construction equipment industry recovering from a...
Business Insider This is what the R2 billion Jewel City development on the seedier side of Joburgs CBD will look like Jewel City's Block 1 on the corner of Joe Slovo Driver and Fox Street in the Johannesburg CBD (supplied)Property developers Divercity will spend R2 billion to redevelop six...
Biz Community The exciting fast-growing trend of TOD Transit-oriented development is the exciting fast-growing trend in creating vibrant, livable, sustainable communities. Also known as TOD, it's the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-...
Engineering News Growthpoint prepares for Cape Towns planned ban on wet waste at landfills   JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has partnered with Waste Transformers – an organisation based in Netherlands – to leverage end-of-pipeline food waste from the...
Business Insider The tallest skyscrapers of 2018 include a helipad, sky gardens, and an indoor skating rink The year's tallest skyscrapers include a number of luxury towers around the world. The structures feature notable design elements like helipads, sky gardens, and an indoor skating rink. 2018'...
Biz Community Alternative building methods continue to change the face of construction in Africa Beyond brick and mortar, South Africans are increasingly considering new and alternative building methods and techniques. This is largely due to the increase in urbanisation, population growth, ever-increasing utility...
Engineering News Fourways office park goes solar To convert Willow Wood Office Park, in Fourways, Gauteng, to using solar energy, Heartwood Properties has partnered with SolarSaver, which offers a rent-to-own model that does not require...
Business Insider 8 of the most envy-inducing tiny homes of the year including a house that can be printed for less than R60,000 Around the world, many envy-inducing tiny homes were built in 2018. The list of this year's best includes a cabin on a mountainous ledge in New Hampshire in...
Business Insider Apartments are now available inside the world's skinniest skyscraper take a look The world's skinniest skyscraper will soon open up in New York City. Rising more than 1,400 feet above the ground, 111 W. 57th Street features a facade made...
Biz Community Co-working trend has the potential to change office space landscape in SA The international trend towards co-working, defined essentially as shared office space, equipment, and services, is set to change the office space landscape in South Africa, as it is currently...
Engineering News No more 'grand plans', fix what you have, Ramaphosa tells municipal delegates   President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday told representatives of local government to stop producing “grand plans for new projects” when existing infrastructure was lying in disrepair. Addressing the South...
Business Insider 10 massive projects the Chinese are funding in Africa - including railways and a brand-new city China is Africa’s biggest and strongest ally and in recent years has pumped millions of dollars into the continent, funding one mega project after another. At the close...
Business Insider These ultra-luxury villas near the Kruger will cost R90,000 a night but you get your own butler, spa therapist, and field tracker Cheetah Plains, a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, is currently constructing three designer bush villas that will be more than a little luxurious. Here'...
Engineering News Bigen awarded Level 1 BBBEE rating Solutions-focused infrastructure development group Bigen has been rated a Level 1-compliant company in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act Codes of Good Practice. Rated...
Engineering News An improved focus on governance will drive confidence in South Africas Reits this year The South African real estate investment trust (Reit) sector’s focus on improved corporate governance is expected to support positive sentiment for investment in listed property this year, says...
Business Insider For R40 you can drive across Africas longest bridge and get to Mozambique four hours faster This past weekend, the president of Mozambique opened the three-kilometre long Maputo-Katembe bridge, officially the longest in Africa. Costing a massive R11.3 billion at current exchange rates ($...
Biz Community Great cities are built on great collaborations Urbanisation continues to be one of the most powerful megatrends reshaping our world. It is a shift that is creating countless problems, but even more opportunities. Elaine Jack, city improvement...
Engineering News Textons shareholders vote against share repurchase Shareholders of Texton Property Fund have voted against the repurchase of shares in terms of the put option related to Texton’s 2014 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE)...
Engineering News Mashaba seeks to reignite entrepreneurship, address infrastructure challenges  Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Monday said the mayoral committee has approved another 100 buildings to be released for private sector development, as part of the metro’s inner...
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