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Atterbury ready with Gosforth Park development

Atterbury will develop a R850 million industrial and business park on the prime site it has acquired in Gosforth Park, Germiston, in Ekurhuleni.

Preventing shack fires with paint

The Khusela Ikhaya Project, launched by social entrepreneurs Justin Zietsman and Ashley Stemmett of Transception, aims to prevent rapid spreading shack fires through the use of a specifically formulated intumescent (fire retardant) paint applied to informal dwellings...

Four ways to ensure a successful construction contract

There are four ways to ensure the satisfactory outcome of any construction contract, according to Ian Massey, director at MDA Consulting...

CDC performance targets in reach for 2016

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) says it is poised to reach its performance targets for the 2015/16 financial year...

Slowdown of China's economy impacts on infrastructure projects

Muzi Siyaya, group business development executive at GIBB, says the slowdown of China's economy has reduced capital expenditure on major infrastructure projects in South Africa and the rest of Africa, impacting significantly on the consulting engineering industry...

E&C companies on the right track with the use of mobility

While the transition to use mobility may not always be easy considering the tough locations such companies often work in, engineering and construction (E&C) companies are generally on the right track with their emphasis on the use of mobility...

2015/2016 PPC Imaginarium Awards winners announced

Category winners in the 2015/2016 PPC Imaginarium Awards were announced this month with entries doubling that of the initial year of the competition...

Obama signs Africa electricity initiative into law

President Barack Obama signed into law Monday, 8 February, a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent...

Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes

Shocking images of a Taiwan apartment complex felled like a tree by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake have highlighted what is needed to build a structure that can withstand seismic shocks...

MBAWC announces Apprentice of the Year

Donald Perreira has recently been named winner of the Buckland Apprentice of the Year Award by the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC)...

Pact to support steel sector

Government is working closely with stakeholders in the steel sector to secure an agreement to support the country's primary steel production capabilities...

Winners of Corobrik's Architectural Student of the Year Awards announced

Gillian van der Klashorst from the University of Pretoria has been named regional winner of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards, which are held annually to acknowledge and reward outstanding talent in South Africa...

Development capital boosts African infrastructure

A new report finds that the funding gap for African infrastructure has narrowed to about $25bn a year...

By Mark Allix

Eris Property Group to invest in Nigeria's Agbara Estate

The development plans for the Agbara Estate in Lagos, Nigeria, represents Momentum Africa Real Estate Fund (MAREF) and its partners, Land Afrique and Eris Property Group's commitment to investment in Nigeria...

Imagining and constructing healthier buildings

The focus at this year's Green Building Conference will be on leap-frogging straight to the lasted thinking, innovations, and technologies, enabling built environment designers to imagine and construct higher performing healthier buildings now and into the future...

Tanalised E treatment plant commissioned for Western Cape

Arch Wood Protection has commissioned its first Tanalised E treatment plant in the Western Province...

Mechanical concrete: A road building revolution

Making a leap in waste beneficiation, the mechanical concrete system of road building transforms waste tyres into 'geo-cylinders', which function as lateral reinforcement elements and make road construction more affordable, faster and more sustainable...

Safety reigns at Maydon Wharf Berth reconstruction

Transnet Capital Projects has achieved a safety milestone of 1,000,000 man hours without a Lost Time Injury on reconstructing and deepening the Maydon Wharf Berth...

GCR rates outlook for construction industry negative

Factors such as regulatory uncertainty, low levels of public infrastructure spending and declining global commodity prices have converged to create turmoil within the construction industry...

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