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Kenya, Tanzania decorative paints, coatings market set for high growth

The combined Kenyan and Tanzanian decorative paints and coatings market is expected to achieve a CAGR of 6.7% up by 2020...

3 days ago

Kwane acquires 63.75% stake in TFM Group

Kwane Capital has acquired a 63.75% stake in the TFM Group in a cash transaction...

20 Apr 2017

Bell Equipment announces a 30% black-woman-owned empowerment transaction

Bell Equipment, a manufacturer and distributor of heavyweight equipment, announced that it had entered into a broad-based black economic empowerment agreement with SiBi Capital, an entity entirely owned and managed by black women...

6 Apr 2017

RDP brick supplier referred to Competition Tribunal

The Competition Commission has referred a supplier of the main ingredient in RDP bricks to the Competition Tribunal for charging excessive prices...

3 Apr 2017

Factors igniting growth in centrifugal pumps market

According to Frost & Sullivan, water and wastewater end-user demand, power generation in emerging economies, and investment in modernising water and wastewater infrastructure are factors igniting pockets of growth in the global centrifugal pumps market...

31 Mar 2017

Lafarge loses Paris 'beach' deal over support for Trump wall

The City of Paris on Tuesday, 28 March, dumped French-Swiss group LafargeHolcim as supplier of sand for the makeshift "Paris Plages" beach over the company's readiness to supply cement for US President Donald Trump's controversial border wall...

29 Mar 2017

SA steel production rose by 3.6% in February to 496,000 tonnes

South African steel production rose by 3.6% year on year (y/y) in February to 496,000 tonnes after falling by 4.2% in 2016 to an estimated 6.141-million tonnes (Mt), according to the World Steel Association (worldsteel)...

By Dominic Preuss 23 Mar 2017

PPC Imaginarium Awards announces 2016/2017 regional finalists

Fifty five finalists have been chosen from across South Africa as the PPC Imaginarium Awards reveals its 2016/2017 regional finalists...

20 Mar 2017

Planting restrictions cause timber shortage

The government's stringent restrictions on the issuing of forestry and planting permits have led to a timber shortage...

By Colleen Goko 13 Mar 2017

Sassda launches app-based life cycle costing competition

The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has launched a competition in which entrants need to use sassda's life cycle costing (LCC) app to calculate the long-term maintenance savings that could have been achieved had the Eiffel Tower been constructed from stainless steel...

8 Mar 2017

Cashbuild interim net profit up 41% to R272.55m

Cashbuild on Tuesday, 28 February, reported a 41% rise in net profit to R272.55m in the six months to end-December from the year-earlier period...

1 Mar 2017

Sparking business change with building information modelling

Construction and contracting companies in the UK and many other markets are driving transformation of their businesses with a concept called building information modelling (BIM)...

By Thabo Ndlela 21 Feb 2017

Why alternative building methods aren't yet feasible in SA

Alternative building methods can potentially be more expensive than traditional methods, don't inspire customer trust and may not be as aesthetically pleasing. Alternative building methods also come with a hidden price tag that can impact on quality and finish...

17 Feb 2017

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Transforming the built environment

The Tour & Taxis building in Brussels, Belgium is a brick, glass and wrought iron example of 19th-century architecture. The massive formerly industrial site is now home to cultural events and business offices. Its new purpose deserves a new design. Vincent Callebaut Architecture recently released plans to turn the concrete heritage site into a green, sustainable, modern piece of architecture in line with the goals of conservation in urban spaces.

By Jamie Matroos 5 Apr 2017

Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

Portuguese startup Ecocubo's 96ft2 prefab is intended to host nomads who find themselves roughing it in the wild. It's an environmentally friendly alternative living space designed by architect António Fernandes in collaboration with the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC).

By Bo Bushwinkel 16 Mar 2017

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