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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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...
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...
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 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 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 #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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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 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...
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...
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,...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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'...
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...
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 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...
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...
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 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 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...
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...
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 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 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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 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,...
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...
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 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...
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,...
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 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...
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 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...
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...
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 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 ($...
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...
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...
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