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Vintage English home trends entering the SA market

The concepts of style and luxury are very subjective, and the quest to create the epitome of each has resulted in some fairly odd design ideas...

20 hours ago

Community Plumbing Challenge improves Diepsloot living conditions
Community Plumbing Challenge improves Diepsloot living conditions

The Community Plumbing Challenge, which was held in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, recently, was inspired by the concept that "focused design" can drastically improve even the poorest of living environments...

1 day ago

Blue Rock Village shoots for 6-star green rating
Blue Rock Village shoots for 6-star green rating

Blue Rock Village, said to be one of Africa's first green villages, has announced that it will be targeting a 6-star Green Star SA - Communities Rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), as part of the GBCSA's pilot project programme...

2 days ago

Recycling tyres into green paving solutions
Recycling tyres into green paving solutions

Durban-based carpet manufacturer, Van Dyck Carpets and PFE International are redefining how rubber tyres can be re-used, in an investment that recycles truck tyres into rubber crumb and developed into a paving commodity...

2 days ago

Why the green building buy-in is vital for corporates, developers
Why the green building buy-in is vital for corporates, developers

Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and developers to embrace the reality of "green building" as government actively pursues legislation to enforce more sustainable construction...

3 days ago

Property Point backs innovative entrepreneurs
Property Point backs innovative entrepreneurs

Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, is linking budding entrepreneurs with green building leaders at the 2016 Green Building Convention...

3 days ago

SA steel production rises 6.9% y/y in June to 545‚000 tons: worldsteel
SA steel production rises 6.9% y/y in June to 545‚000 tons: worldsteel

South African steel production rose 6.9% year on year (y/y) in June to an estimated 545,000 tons, according to the World Steel Association (worldsteel)...

By Helmo Preuss 22 Jul 2016

Alarming rate of material extraction over last 40 years
Alarming rate of material extraction over last 40 years

According to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP), the amount of primary materials extracted from the Earth has tripled in the last four decades...

21 Jul 2016

A tale of five cities: applying foresight to shape their futures
A tale of five cities: applying foresight to shape their futures

Mayors, CEOs, citizens and policy analysts are working to create uplifting images of their future cities. Their intended result is clear unifying visions for the city futures they desire...

By Colin Russo 21 Jul 2016

Michael Deighton, managing director of Tongaat Hulett Developments
Durban conference addresses transformation of SA spaces

The KwaZulu-Natal branch of the South African Institute of Architects recently hosted a conference at Durban's City Hall with the objective of putting the radical transformation of SA cities, towns and villages at the top of the national agenda...

20 Jul 2016

Profica expands presence in Francophone Africa
Profica expands presence in Francophone Africa

Profica's expansion into Francophone Africa has been overseen by French project management expert Thierry Giannone...

20 Jul 2016

AUx 'The Future of Making Things' set for September
AUx 'The Future of Making Things' set for September

Autodesk's University Extension (AUx), themed 'The Future of Making Things' will take place at Cape Town's Century City Convention Centre on 1 September 2016...

19 Jul 2016

PPC seeks R4bn to repay bank debt
PPC seeks R4bn to repay bank debt

Cement maker PPC is being kept alive by its banks. On Friday, 15 July, R1.6bn of very scarce cash went whooshing from its books to pay back bondholders...

By Stuart Theobald 19 Jul 2016

The need for integration in the construction industry
The need for integration in the construction industry

BIM or building information modelling is one of the relatively few buzzwords you'll hear in the construction industry that continues to dominate conversations - and there's a very good reason for that...

By Rob Stummer 18 Jul 2016

Is it possible to humanise cities?
Is it possible to humanise cities?

Architects have had to reinvent themselves in terms of the kinds of projects they undertake, the sorts of businesses they run, in how they relate to each other, and in the research they do...

18 Jul 2016

Stainless steel shows high value potential in municipal water delivery
Stainless steel shows high value potential in municipal water delivery

A 30-year case study has shown how stainless steel piping is non-corrosive, features sophisticated corrugated joints which prevent leakage and sophisticated leak detection monitoring systems...

15 Jul 2016

Without the right transformation the future will remain unbuilt
Without the right transformation the future will remain unbuilt

Africa must stop believing that it cannot think for itself in the construction industry and grab the opportunities on the continent. The future is unbuilt without the right transformation...

By Frans Pienaar 15 Jul 2016

A Cashbuild outlet in Rustenburg, North West.
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New stores add to Cashbuild's revenue and customer base

Cashbuild's revenue jumped 9% in the fourth quarter to June from the previous financial year, with 20 new stores opening since the beginning of July 2014, contributing a 3% increase...

14 Jul 2016

Kathu Solar Park creates construction opportunities
Kathu Solar Park creates construction opportunities

Kathu Solar Park, the thermos-solar generating plant project near Upington in the Northern Cape, is currently underway...

14 Jul 2016

Dencity winners tackle high density in informal settlements
Dencity winners tackle high density in informal settlements

Social, architectural and technological solutions to improve the living conditions in the world's urban slums...

14 Jul 2016

Is architecture still a manifestation of place, time and people?
Is architecture still a manifestation of place, time and people?

Architecture was once intrinsically connected to place and time...

By Yashaen Luckan 13 Jul 2016

Sipho Madonsela
Engineers to have a say on the profession's regulatory frameworks

The ECSA has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to discuss revisions to its governing instruments with stakeholders in the engineering profession.

13 Jul 2016

Dune covered carpark doubles as flood defence
Dune covered carpark doubles as flood defence

Named the Best Dutch Building of the Year in 2016, the Katwijk underground parking garage protects against future floods...

By James de Villiers 12 Jul 2016

YIC exposes learners to possibilities in construction space
YIC exposes learners to possibilities in construction space

Launched in 2008, the Youth in Construction (YIC) initiative exposes learners to the opportunities that exist in the construction and engineering space...

By Sindy Peters 12 Jul 2016

Global infrastructure investment: short-term pain for long-term gain
Global infrastructure investment: short-term pain for long-term gain

Global spending growth of 5% per annum on capital projects & infrastructure (CP&I) is projected within four years, doubling the low rates of growth of just 2% expected this year...

11 Jul 2016

Water treatment works to boost Swellendam
Water treatment works to boost Swellendam

Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete says the development of infrastructure within the water and sanitation sector is critical for all socio-economic development...

11 Jul 2016

Inquiry given contrary reports on scaffolding
Inquiry given contrary reports on scaffolding

The oft-delayed Department of Labour's inquiry into the M1 bridge collapse resumed on Thursday, 7 July, with principal parties Murray & Roberts and Form-Scaff shifting blame over who was responsible for the fatal accident last year...

By Fifi Peters and Roxanne Henderson 8 Jul 2016

How 'greening' your hotel can benefit your bottom line
How 'greening' your hotel can benefit your bottom line

An important part of marketing your business involves elaborating on what you're doing to make it 'green'. The more educated your target audience, the more...

By Robert Nienaber 8 Jul 2016

Is the plan to streamline EIAs working?
Is the plan to streamline EIAs working?

Regulations in place to streamline authorisations for EIAs certainly seem to have accelerated the pace at which most government departments provide the necessary comment...

By Chris Dalgliesh 8 Jul 2016

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