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Biz Community New mixed-use student accommodation revitalises Hatfield Square Hatfield Square mixed-use student accommodation in Pretoria was designed by the Paragon Group for owners and developers Respublica and Redefine. Catering for 2,200 students in a variety of...
Biz Community dhk completes sculpted monolithic apartment block in Century City dhk Architects has completed an apartment block in Century City, Cape Town, conceived as a monolith with indentations and cut-outs. The building features 85 luxury residential apartments and penthouses...
Biz Community Department Of Architecture wraps Thailand hotel with shimmering facade Bangkok-based architecture firm Department of Architecture Co. has completed this tiny hotel wrapped by a shimmering facade, referencing Thailand's local culture. Image W Workspace Company LimitedCalled Little...
Biz Community Data-driven decision-making for water security Every day we make observations to inform our decisions - whether it is taking your loved one's temperature to establish if they have a fever or checking your fuel gauge...
Biz Community Chris Collaris, i29 complete tiny holiday home in Vinkeveen, Netherlands Architect Chris Collaris and i29 interior architects have completed a tiny holiday home in the middle of nature in Vinkeveen, Netherlands. Called Tiny Holiday Home, the house sits on a...
Biz Community High-level panel at UN-Habitat Assembly focuses on creating innovative, inclusive cities A high-level panel featuring President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Prime Minister Josai Vorege Bainimarama of Fiji, and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed...
Biz Community WSP helps restore stable electricity access to 20,000-plus customers in Zim Infrastructural challenges in its power and WASH sectors (water, sanitation and hygiene) led the Zimbabwean government to seek funding to redress the situation that has impacted on people's lives....
Biz Community Progressing towards gender equality in the construction industry Women empowerment has been a widely promoted topic globally, particularly in traditionally male-dominated industries like construction. In South Africa, the rate of unemployment amongst women was 29.5% in...
Biz Community CoCT proposes Parow Station Precinct exemption from heritage protection Residents and interested parties are invited to comment on the City of Cape Town's proposal to exempt the Parow Station Precinct from heritage protections under the National Heritage Resources...
Biz Community All the 2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards winners Ethiopia's former state minister in the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy Wondimu Tekle Sigo was among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards held...
Biz Community Herzog & De Meuron's controversial Triangle Tower gets approval Herzog & de Meuron's controversial Triangle Tower in Paris has been approved by the Administrative Court of Paris. The 41-storey tower, located in the Porte de Versailles site in...
Biz Community 2019 RICS Summit Africa speaker lineup finalised The 2019 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Summit Africa takes place 29-30 May at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton Central. Eighteen keynote speakers and panellists have been confirmed...
Biz Community With engagement and education, reusing wastewater can become the norm When it comes to developing technological solutions to the world's problems, social processes matter as much as the scientific ones. Wastewater reuse projects in various parts of the globe...
Biz Community Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy The demographic dividend, new production revolution, shifting wealth patterns, accelerated urban transition and climate change and the green economy are the megatrends that will influence this continent's future claims...
Biz Community Massive pollution in Durban sea as waste treatment facility fails Bathing, surfing and fishing have been banned in Durban due to raw sewage flowing into the water. Hundreds of thousands of litres of raw sewage are flowing into the port...
Biz Community Desalination plant ends contract with City of Cape Town Quality Filtration Systems (QFS), the V&A Waterfront desalination plant owner, has terminated its water supply contract with the City of Cape Town and will pursue legal action. The city...
Biz Community Phase one of Sandton Gate development on track Joint developers of the Sandton Gate precinct Abland and Tiber have confirmed that they are on track to complete phase one of the mixed-use development. The first phase will...
Biz Community Gift of the Givers pulls out of Makhanda Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers unexpectedly announced on Wednesday, 15 May, its immediate withdrawal from Makana Municipality, where Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) is located. Gift of the givers has...
Biz Community AI SpaceFactory wins NASA's 3D Printing Habitat Challenge Competition AI SpaceFactory, a multi-planetary architectural and technology design agency, has won the first prize in NASA's 3D Printing Habitat Challenge Competition. The team was awarded with a $500,...
Biz Community Miysis proposes fully-glazed roof, new spire for Notre-Dame Cathedral Belgian visualisation design studio Miysis has reimagined the roof and spire of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, following the news that the France government will launch an international competition to design...
Biz Community Construction workers strike over training fund Workers at the R68m construction site of Noninzi Luzipho Primary School in KwaNobuhle township, Uitenhage, are on strike over a training fund. About 40 workers employed by Alex Maintenance and...
Biz Community IWMSA welcomes arrest of 9 individuals for waste tender fraud Nine individuals, including two eThekwini municipal officials, were recently arrested for their involvement in waste tender fraud totalling R208m. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has welcomed...
Biz Community Dirty sea water brings Cape Town desalination plant to a halt The R60m V&A Waterfront desalination plant has been sitting dormant since February. Quality Filter Systems (QFS), the plant owner and contractor, said the decision to stop operation was due...
Biz Community How cities can approach redesigning informal settlements after disasters Recent devastating flooding in parts of South Africa as well as the second massive cyclone to batter neighbouring Mozambique and Zimbabwe in just two months has raised alarm bells about...
Biz Community SAOTA named a winner in Hamburg Neulnder Quarree competition Cape Town architecture and design firm SAOTA, along with eL Architecture from Cologne and Robertneun Architects from Berlin, have been named the winners of the architectural competition for the new...
Biz Community 2019 Dezeen Awards open for entries Following a successful launch last year, the second edition of the Dezeen Awards is now open for entries. In 2019, the Dezeen Awards aims to expand its international influence with...
Biz Community Property developer John Rabie launches new venture in Portugal South African property developer John Rabie has embarked on a new joint venture in Portugal, with Geneva-based GMG Real Estate and Europe-domiciled Neworld - the new operational body that...
Biz Community Increasing population growth in Africa's megacities a challenge for authorities Megacities, cities with a population of at least 10 million, are sprouting everywhere in Africa. Cairo in Egypt, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lagos in Nigeria...
Biz Community Mind the gap between finance and engineering in mining and industrial projects Mining and industrial organisations need to adopt integrated business solutions that enable them to bridge the gap between their engineering and finance departments if they are to maximise the profitability...
Biz Community Top 5 power tool trends to watch Did you know that the first ever power tool is said to be a hand-powered lathe that was created by the ancient Egyptians? Then in 1859 the modern power...
Biz Community World's tallest indoor waterfall completed at Jewel Changi Airport The world's tallest indoor waterfall has been designed by Safdie Architects, reimagining the centre of the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore as a major public realm attraction. Named the...
Biz Community Siemens Atlas of Digitalization measures six cities' digital readiness Siemens has launched its Atlas of Digitalization, a new web-based application that reveals the readiness and potential of six major cities to embrace digitalisation and develop new ways of...
Biz Community Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation The exploration of alternative energy sources and projects has been all the 'buzz' again, particularly in response to challenges Eskom continues to face and the looming reality of further loadshedding...
Biz Community Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area The United Nations reports that water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Just over a third of people don't have access to safely managed drinking water....
Biz Community Construction industry should look to proven tech to weather difficult times With South Africa's construction sector under growing pressure as a result of slow government infrastructure spending and a tightening economy, construction companies should be looking at ways to streamline...
Biz Community Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm? Whenever I visit the Sahara I am struck by how sunny and hot it is and how clear the sky can be. Aside from a few oases there is little...
Biz Community Studio NAB proposes educational and socially active greenhouse roof for Notre-Dame Cathedral Following the recent tragic fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a series of images and proposals have started to circulate on social media for the redesign of its spire. During...
Biz Community Dunoon sport centre comes alive after 4-year legal dispute The Western Cape High court has ordered the City of Cape Town to pay over R5.8m as well as legal costs to Tempani Construction for a multi-use sports...
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 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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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 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 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...
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 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 (...
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 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 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 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 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 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 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...
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...
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 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...
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....
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 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,...
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 #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 "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 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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 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...
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 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 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...
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 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....
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 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 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 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 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...
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...
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 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 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 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...
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!...
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...
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 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 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 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....
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....
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...
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 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 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....
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 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...
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 #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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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 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 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...
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...
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 ...
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,...
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...
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 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 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...
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'...
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....
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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) -...
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...
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 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 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 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...
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 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 &...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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...