Building Trends 2016

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Eris Property Group to invest in Nigeria's Agbara Estate
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...

4 Feb 2016 06:41

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Development capital boosts African infrastructure

A new report sponsored by global law firm Baker & McKenzie finds that the funding gap for African infrastructure has narrowed to about $25bn a year...

By Mark Allix 4 Feb 2016 06:15

Imagining and constructing healthier buildings
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...

3 Feb 2016 07:23

Tanalised E treatment plant commissioned for Western Cape
Tanalised E treatment plant commissioned for Western Cape

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

3 Feb 2016 06:15

Safety reigns at Maydon Wharf Berth reconstruction
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...

2 Feb 2016 11:29

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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...

2 Feb 2016 07:59

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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...

1 Feb 2016 13:45

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DRA awarded optimisation study for Makhado coal project

DRA Projects SA has been awarded the optimisation study and front end engineering and design (FEED) package for Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) Makhado coal project...

1 Feb 2016 06:06

DRA announces acquisition of RLH Consulting Engineers
DRA announces acquisition of RLH Consulting Engineers

DRA engineering company has purchased Cape Town-based ports and harbour engineering company, RLH Consulting Engineers. DRA will leverage the wealth of industry experience of key personnel in RLH...

29 Jan 2016 11:54

GladAfrica announces acquisition of Ariya Project Managers
GladAfrica announces acquisition of Ariya Project Managers

Engineering consultancy GladAfrica Group has announced the acquisition of Ariya Project Managers (Pty) Ltd...

29 Jan 2016 11:32

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Advanced analytics key for future water management

While it isn't possible to combat the El Niño weather pattern, better resource management and more effective water conservation could help...

28 Jan 2016 11:19

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Water restrictions are leaky plaster to tackle SA's water crisis

To combat one of the worst droughts South Africa has ever experienced, water restrictions were implemented in Gauteng, Cape Town and parts of KwaZulu-Natal...

28 Jan 2016 09:59

Werner Oelofse of Corobrik pictured with Frank Kleinschmidt
Corobrik announces winner of Most Innovative Landscape Architecture Award

Frank Kleinschmidt, a landscape architecture graduate at the University of Cape Town, has won the 2015 Corobrik Most Innovative Landscape Architecture Award for an innovative dissertation using an experimental board game...

27 Jan 2016 09:53

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Rate of decline in value of building plans is accelerating

The steep downtrend in the value of building plans is accelerating, figures released by Statistics SA show...

26 Jan 2016 13:38

Efficient Power launches new mobile industrial substations
Efficient Power launches new mobile industrial substations

Efficient Power has launched a complete off-site construction solution with abnormal buildings leaving the factory with all internal equipment installed, fully integrated, tested and cold commissioned, resulting in the bare minimum of site work...

26 Jan 2016 08:57

Hassim regional finalist for Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Hassim regional finalist for Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

Architectural student Najeeba Hassim of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is the regional finalist for the 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards...

25 Jan 2016 09:35

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Africa is transforming towards smart city technology

Africa is moving toward smart city technology in order to enhance the performance and quality of urban services...

By Ravin Naidu 25 Jan 2016 08:43

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Civil construction confidence index increases marginally

The FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index increased by three index points to 42 in 4Q2015. Confidence was boosted by an improvement in overall profitability amid continued restrained growth in construction activity...

22 Jan 2016 06:20

How do you build a mirror for one of the world's biggest telescopes?
How do you build a mirror for one of the world's biggest telescopes?

When astronomers point their telescopes up at the sky to see distant supernovae or quasars, they're collecting light that's travelled millions or even billions of light-years through space...

By Buddy Martin and Dae Wook Kim 21 Jan 2016 06:15

Awards for sustainable architecture open
Awards for sustainable architecture open

Entries are open for the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation...

20 Jan 2016 11:17

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Engineer a top salary for yourself

Looking for a job that pays well? Get an engineering degree and wait for the bucks to start rolling in...

20 Jan 2016 06:03

Andries Rossouw, PwC assurance partner
Challenging year ahead for SA construction

2015 was a challenging year for South Africa's construction industry, marred by industrial action, substantial delays on projects, as well as questions raised around safety concerns on structural projects...

19 Jan 2016 06:00

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[BizTrends 2016] Sustainability technology will change our lives and buildings

Buildings are moving from bricks and mortar into what previous generations considered science fiction...

By Werner van Antwerpen 18 Jan 2016 09:00

[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers
[BizTrends 2016] African mega-projects: opportunities and challenges for specialist insurers

Infrastructure development is booming across Africa, due in no small part to significant economic growth and foreign direct investment. Mega-infrastructure projects have massive price tags...

By Karl Bishop 18 Jan 2016 09:00

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[BizTrend 2016] Sustainability, technology key for construction

Sustainability and technology will continue to be trend growth points in SA's building and construction industry...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jan 2016 09:00

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[BizTrends 2016] New approaches to urban planning in property sector

The construction and engineering sectors are currently facing slower growth that is expected to continue into the first quarter of 2016. There is however room for optimism...

By William Johnston 18 Jan 2016 09:00

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[BizTrends 2016] A tougher construction industry for smaller players

According to a recent report by PwC, infrastructure spending in Africa is estimated to grow from $70bn in 2014 to $180bn per annum by 2025...

By Frans Pienaar 18 Jan 2016 09:00

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[BizTrends 2016] Year of radical innovation in built environment

Much of our modern life is rooted in the way we have designed our cities...

By Alta Schoultz 18 Jan 2016 09:00

Emira - Knightsbridge
Emira announces redevelopment of Knightsbridge office park

Emira Property Fund has announced the redevelopment of its Knightsbridge Manor office park in Bryanston into a P-grade and leading-edge Green Star SA rated office complex...

15 Jan 2016 10:53

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