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The real reason why cities in sub-Saharan Africa aren't issuing municipal bonds
The real reason why cities in sub-Saharan Africa aren't issuing municipal bonds

Cities around the world have been financing their long-term investment needs through municipal bonds for centuries...

By Jeremy Gorelick 2 days ago

Claassen has 'the right skills' to lead PPC
Claassen has 'the right skills' to lead PPC

Cement group PPC has appointed Johan Claassen as CEO and executive director with immediate effect...

By Mark Allix 2 days ago

Looking through semi-transparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows. UNSW, author provided
Semi-transparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Can you see a window as you are reading this article?

By Matthew Wright and Mushfika Baishakhi Upama 3 days ago

Construction merger raises questions
Construction merger raises questions

The Competition Commission has approved, with conditions, the "mergers" - in the form of "economic alliances" - of Raubex, Stefanutti Stocks and Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) and their respective groups of "emerging contractors"...

By Mark Allix 3 days ago

R440m invested in road construction in Mamelodi
R440m invested in road construction in Mamelodi

The Gauteng Provincial Government will invest R440m on a road construction project on the K54 (Tsamaya Road) in Mamelodi, Tshwane east...

3 days ago

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'Boreholes could affect quality of PE's water'

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is banking on boreholes as a short-term solution to the drought, but water experts have warned that this could spell problems for the city in the long term...

By Tremaine van Aardt 14 Feb 2018

Cape Town should serve as a wake up call for managing water in South Africa
Cape Town should serve as a wake up call for managing water in South Africa

There has been fierce finger pointing across various levels of government in Cape Town's water crisis...

By Magalie Bourblanc 14 Feb 2018

#DayZero moved to 4 June, record low water usage achieved
#DayZero moved to 4 June, record low water usage achieved

Cape Town executive deputy mayor Ian Neilson today announced that Day Zero has been moved out to 4 June 2018 thanks to...

13 Feb 2018

Property developers will face cash flow pressure due to VAT on temporary rental of residential units
Property developers will face cash flow pressure due to VAT on temporary rental of residential units

The curtains have come down on section 18B of the Value-Added Tax Act, No. 89 of 1991 (VAT Act) and the resultant impact may catch a few residential property developers off-guard...

By Chetan Vanmali, Des Kruger and Andile Miya 13 Feb 2018

Water experts discuss crisis in Cape Town and water management in SA
Water experts discuss crisis in Cape Town and water management in SA

The water crisis in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa was recently placed under the magnifying glass when water experts requested a drastic change in water management in South Africa during a media conference...

By Elmarie Helberg 13 Feb 2018

Africa needs to invest more in its water professionals
Africa needs to invest more in its water professionals

The African continent is disproportionately affected by extreme climate...

By Nelson Odume and Andrew Slaughter 13 Feb 2018

Xperiencemakers designs first outlet of Charles Back's new deli-cum-restaurant franchise
Xperiencemakers designs first outlet of Charles Back's new deli-cum-restaurant franchise

Architecture and design firm Xperiencemakers is the team behind Charles Back's first outlet of his planned organic deli-cum-restaurant franchise - The Butcher, The Baker, Cheese and Winemaker...

12 Feb 2018

How to make healthy buildings in an era of mass migration
How to make healthy buildings in an era of mass migration

Worldwide population growth and mass migrations are putting the infrastructure of many cities under strain...

By Laura B Alvarez 12 Feb 2018

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Desalination: global examples show how Cape Town could up its game

Day zero is looming for Cape Town and a dedicated and efficient long-term solution to South Africa's water woes must be found...

By Werner van Zyl 9 Feb 2018

These are the speakers set to inspire at the upcoming #cocreateDesign Festival
These are the speakers set to inspire at the upcoming #cocreateDesign Festival

The cocreateDesign Festival has announced its speaker list comprising top local and international designers, thinkers and activists set to tackle challenges in water, food security, mobility and social cohesion...

9 Feb 2018

No Day Zero, says water minister Nomvula Mokonyane
No Day Zero, says water minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Cape Town's use of the term "Day Zero" came under fire from water and sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane in Parliament...

9 Feb 2018

Italtile bucks trend as turnover soars
Italtile bucks trend as turnover soars

Italtile saw trading profit leap as turnover soared in the six months to December 2017, despite consumer sentiment in SA being "by and large down"...

By Mark Allix 8 Feb 2018

South Africa needs good water management - not new water laws
South Africa needs good water management - not new water laws

Because water is shared by everyone, there have to be some rules to govern the way it is used...

By Mike Muller 8 Feb 2018

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SA group seals R5bn Saudi water deal

SA-based investment company PSG Group has not had to wait long for its investment in GrahamTek, a desalination and water purification company, to start paying off...

By Marc Hasenfuss 8 Feb 2018

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Makwetu flags R469m impairments at Rand Water

Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu has flagged material impairments in the financial statements of Rand Water, one of the country's biggest water boards, to the value of R469m...

By Khulekani Magubane 7 Feb 2018

Not all spring water in Cape Town is safe
Not all spring water in Cape Town is safe

Beware: Not all of the spring water being collected by residents in Cape Town is safe for drinking...

By Tanya Farber 7 Feb 2018

Projects in pipeline to deal with drought
Projects in pipeline to deal with drought

Drilling more boreholes, changing building bylaws, constructing three desalination plants and finishing phase three of the Nooitgedacht Water Treatment Works...

By Siyamtanda Capa 7 Feb 2018

It's business as usual for some in drought-stricken Kouga
It's business as usual for some in drought-stricken Kouga

The drought-stricken Kouga Municipality in the Eastern Cape is trying to avoid 'Day Zero' when the taps will run dry. But for many residents it is business as usual...

By Joseph Chirume 6 Feb 2018

Why treating water scarcity as a security issue is a bad idea
Why treating water scarcity as a security issue is a bad idea

Helen Zille, the Premier of the Western Cape in South Africa, has made two startling claims about the water crisis in the province...

By Joelien Pretorius 6 Feb 2018

Critical issues from final Construction Sector Code
Critical issues from final Construction Sector Code

The final Construction Sector Code was finally gazetted in December 2017 - notably just two weeks before the builder industry's holiday... but at least better than the repeal of the old one just days before the financial year-end of most companies in 2016...

By Deon Oberholzer 6 Feb 2018

Smart cities need to be more human, so we're creating Sims-style virtual worlds
Smart cities need to be more human, so we're creating Sims-style virtual worlds

Huge quantities of networked sensors have appeared in cities across the world in recent years. These include cameras and sensors that count the number of passers-by, devices to sense air quality, traffic flow detectors, and even beehive monitors...

By Nick Malleson and Alison Heppenstall 5 Feb 2018

Delegates at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference currently underway at the University of Cape Town. Photo: Andy Mkosi
Water crisis: Are bigger dams the answer?

Why is Cape Town experiencing a water crisis? How does one answer that without ignoring history and simplifying the facts?...

By Sean O'Toole 5 Feb 2018

Filmmaker Michael Uwemedimo, one of the keynote speakers at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference, spoke about the violent ‘clearing’ of almost two million people and their waterfront houses in Port Harcourt, Nigeria to make way for development. Photo: Andy Mkosi
Housing crisis: data collection is critical

The use of data to manage the world's growing housing crisis came into focus during the second day of the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference at the University of Cape Town...

By Sean O'Toole 5 Feb 2018

Volume of cement PPC sold in 2017 falls, but it remains ahead of competitors
Volume of cement PPC sold in 2017 falls, but it remains ahead of competitors

The volume of cement PPC sold in the nine months to end-December fell about 2% - half the overall South African cement industry's 4% decline, the group said in an operating update on Friday, 2 January...

By Robert Laing 5 Feb 2018

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