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Day Zero is meant to cut Cape Town's water use: what is it, and is it working?
Day Zero is meant to cut Cape Town's water use: what is it, and is it working?

The City of Cape Town has introduced the idea of Day Zero to focus everyone's attention on managing water consumption as tightly as possible by cajoling water consumers into reducing usage...

By Kevin Winter 39 minutes ago

Smart building data makes business sense
Smart building data makes business sense

Buildings have become so much more than brick, mortar and glass...

By Neil Cameron 3 hours ago

Paris “under water” and other European cities facing drastic climate change should trigger planners to think urban spaces differently. ,
When climate comes unhinged, we need to rethink how to build our cities

In late January 2018, Paris seemed to be drowning...

By Dagmar Haase 1 day ago

#SONA2018: Nation called to conserve water amid protracted drought
#SONA2018: Nation called to conserve water amid protracted drought

With a national state of disaster having been declared in three provinces, newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to the nation to continue to intensify efforts to use water wisely...

1 day ago

New construction-focused academy launches
New construction-focused academy launches

Afribiz Academy is a new tertiary education institution launching in Johannesburg and specialising in technical training within the construction industry...

1 day ago

Metro exploring new ways to reduce water and electricity losses
Metro exploring new ways to reduce water and electricity losses

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is on a mission to reduce water and electricity losses through a partnership with the SA Revenue Protection Association (Sarpa)...

By Siyamtanda Capa 1 day ago

Jan Smuts Avenue to be upgraded
Jan Smuts Avenue to be upgraded

The Johannesburg Road Agency has developed a draft design for the upgrading of Jan Smuts Avenue to a dual carriageway from Northwold Drive to Bolton Drive and from 8th Avenue to Kent Road in Rosebank...

By Penwell Dlamini 16 Feb 2018

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 16 Feb 2018

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 16 Feb 2018

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 15 Feb 2018

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 15 Feb 2018

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...

15 Feb 2018

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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

By Andrew Massyn,
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

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