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De Lille calls for drought-hit Cape Town to be declared disaster area
De Lille calls for drought-hit Cape Town to be declared disaster area

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wants the city to be declared a disaster area because of the drought...

By Aphiwe Deklerk 14 hours ago

African urbanisation tops RICS Africa Summit agenda
African urbanisation tops RICS Africa Summit agenda

With the continent having one of the fastest urbanisation rates in the world, Africa's cities need to brace themselves for millions more people over the next few decades...

10 hours ago

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

14 hours ago

ACSA to ramp up infrastructure for air cargo traffic
ACSA to ramp up infrastructure for air cargo traffic

ACSA plans to boost its efforts in supporting air cargo traffic growth with initiatives that aim to ease congestion and expand warehouse space...

1 day ago

Bay's water crisis worsens
Bay's water crisis worsens

Nelson Mandela Bay is on the brink of being declared a disaster area, with the city's overall dam levels sitting at a combined capacity of 49%, despite strict water restrictions being in place...

By Avuyile Mngxitama-Diko 1 day ago

#DesignMonth: SA interior designers on par with international counterparts
#DesignMonth: SA interior designers on par with international counterparts

We interviewed ARRCC director Mark Rielly to find out more about the local interior design industry and some of the projects on which the internationally recognised studio has worked...

By Sindy Peters 2 days ago

Survey offers insights into global trends, future of smart cities
Survey offers insights into global trends, future of smart cities

As cities and solution providers develop their smart city strategies, they are trying to understand which solutions and business models hold the greatest promise in this growing market...

2 days ago

Gumtree launches app to connect homeowners and service providers
Gumtree launches app to connect homeowners and service providers

Gumtree has launched a new app called Gumtree Connect which allows homeowners to find up to five vetted service providers in their area. They can also receive quotes, schedule and manage appointments and make payments from the app...

2 days ago

Streamlining the installation of a complex residential roof - a case study
Streamlining the installation of a complex residential roof - a case study

Every so often, a complex residential roof, of average scale and with relatively small truss spans, arrives for design and estimation at a timber roof truss fabricator...

2 days ago

Gauteng lifts water restrictions
Gauteng lifts water restrictions

Water restrictions will be lifted in Gauteng on Monday, 27 February, as the Vaal Dam fills up...

By Katharine Child 2 days ago

#DesignMonth: How to revive retail interior using Pantone's Colour of the Year
#DesignMonth: How to revive retail interior using Pantone's Colour of the Year

As we all know by now, Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2017 is Greenery, "a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature's greens revive, restore and renew.”

By Brandon Williams 24 Feb 2017

Future Energy to address Africa's power potential
Future Energy to address Africa's power potential

Regional power events in Africa, including EAPIC and WAPIC, have been renamed to Future Energy, in order to reflect the optimism and potential of the energy and power sectors on the continent...

24 Feb 2017

Nersa approves 2.2% Eskom tariff increase
Nersa approves 2.2% Eskom tariff increase

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has allowed Eskom to raise tariffs by 2.2% in the 2017/18 financial year...

24 Feb 2017

Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign
Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign

South Africa's Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan said very little about the energy sector in his recent budget speech...

By Hartmut Winkler 24 Feb 2017

Darren Sampson won first prize.
UJ student takes top regional award in architecture competition

Speaking ahead of the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards, Dirk Meyer, managing director of Corobrik said that innovation is the standout quality that differentiates design resolutions and helps define architecture as special and appreciated by one's peers...

23 Feb 2017

South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan
SAREC welcomes finance minister's support

SAREC has welcomed confirmation in the 2017 Budget Speech that the IPP energy programmes is an imperative to boost the economy...

23 Feb 2017

Morocco tops new survey on quality of African urban life
Morocco tops new survey on quality of African urban life

Four Moroccan cities, led by Marrakesh, ranked among the top 10 African cities for quality of life in a new survey published on Tuesday, 21 February...

23 Feb 2017

SA investors rising to green building challenge as globe heats up
SA investors rising to green building challenge as globe heats up

Progressively, more South African property investors are rising to the challenge of mitigating climate change...

22 Feb 2017

Could using stainless steel save SA millions in water losses?
Could using stainless steel save SA millions in water losses?

With South Africa experiencing stage two and three water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on how to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained water resources into the long-term future...

22 Feb 2017

Barloworld Equipment, Caterpillar launch free training programme in Mozambique
Barloworld Equipment, Caterpillar launch free training programme in Mozambique

Barloworld Equipment and Caterpillar recently launched Technicians for Africa, a free foundation training programme, in Tete Province, Mozambique...

22 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Creative collaboration central to Blok's Konnect
#DesignMonth: Creative collaboration central to Blok's Konnect

Besides the nine properties Blok has launched since its inception in 2014, the urban property developer has also worked on various urban and design intervention projects...

By Sindy Peters 21 Feb 2017

Sparking business change with building information modelling
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

Amanda Clack, president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is one of the speakers at the RICS Africa Summit.
RICS Africa Summit to host mentoring workshop with Women's Property Network

The annual RICS Africa Summit, taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg, 22-23 February, will place a stronger focus on the empowerment of women in the built environment...

21 Feb 2017

How to incorporate metallics, without going overboard
How to incorporate metallics, without going overboard

According to Melissa Davidson from The Lighting Warehouse, metallics are making a huge comeback in interior design...

20 Feb 2017

Developer installs bicycle parking system on Sea Point Promenade
Developer installs bicycle parking system on Sea Point Promenade

Urban property developer, Blok, in partnership with Future Cape Town and the City of Cape Town, has now enhanced the Sea Point Promenade cycling experience with the installation of the Blade bicycle parking system...

20 Feb 2017

Dr Kandeh Yumkella, UN under-secretary-general and former special representative of the secretary-general and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), won the Lifetime Achievement Award last year.
New categories added to African Utility Week Industry Awards

The fourth annual African Utility Week Industry Awards will honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent...

20 Feb 2017

The 20th century saw a 23-fold increase in natural resources used for building
The 20th century saw a 23-fold increase in natural resources used for building

The volume of natural resources used in buildings and transport infrastructure increased 23-fold between 1900 and 2010, according to our research...

By Heinz Schandl and Fridolin Krausmann 20 Feb 2017

Why alternative building methods aren't yet feasible in SA
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

Bakwena invests R1bn in road maintenance, construction
Bakwena invests R1bn in road maintenance, construction

Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire has invested in a R1bn schedule of maintenance and construction projects scheduled for 2017...

17 Feb 2017

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