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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

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

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

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

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

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

Collusion implicated construction companies making amends
Collusion implicated construction companies making amends

The construction companies implicated in collusion have paid their first sum of R117m in terms of the settlement agreement they entered into with the National Revenue Fund, following the findings of investigations by competition authorities...

14 Feb 2017

R50m road project launched
R50m road project launched

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, has launched a R50m road rehabilitation project between Meyerton and Alberton/Katlehong in Sedibeng...

13 Feb 2017

French Polynesia signs agreement for Floating Island Project
French Polynesia signs agreement for Floating Island Project

The French Polynesian government, earlier this year, officially signed an agreement with The Seasteading Institute to cooperate on creating legal framework to allow for the development of The Floating Island Project...

8 Feb 2017

RICS Africa Summit 2017 expands to two days
RICS Africa Summit 2017 expands to two days

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Africa Summit will take place from 22-23 February in Sandton Central, Johannesburg...

2 Feb 2017

Greater responsible leadership needed for infrastructure agenda - KPMG report
Greater responsible leadership needed for infrastructure agenda - KPMG report

According to the 2017 Emerging Trends in Infrastructure report from KPMG International, offshoots of disruption and uncertainty around the world pose enormous implications for the future of infrastructure...

30 Jan 2017

Nominations open for Women in Construction Awards 2017
Nominations open for Women in Construction Awards 2017

The fifth instalment of the Women in Construction Awards is now open for nominations...

27 Jan 2017

Bridging the gap in Africa
Bridging the gap in Africa

Africa has seen great economic growth over recent years and is expected to continue growing at an average rate of 6% annually, between 2013 and 2023...

By Ravi Kumar 24 Jan 2017

Polarisation leads to serious problems in SA construction industry
Polarisation leads to serious problems in SA construction industry

Why are so many construction contracts in SA over budget, late and being carried out at the expense of good relationships between the parties? I believe that polarisation in the construction industry is at the root of the problem...

By Ian Massey 24 Jan 2017

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Silvermine Road and Ou Kaapse Weg intersection upgrade under way

City of Cape Town's Transport and Urban Development Authority have begun with the upgrade of the Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road intersection with the aim to relieve congestion...

24 Jan 2017

It is likely to cost you more than R6‚500 a square metre to build a house
It is likely to cost you more than R6‚500 a square metre to build a house

The cost of building houses rose on average to R6‚539/m² in November‚ representing inflation of 6.4% over 11 months from January‚ Absa property analyst Jacques du Toit said in a research note on Friday, 20 January...

By Robert Laing 23 Jan 2017

#Davos17: Closing Africa's infrastructure gap
#Davos17: Closing Africa's infrastructure gap

CNBC Africa hosted a Building Africa debate as part of its coverage of the 2017 World Economic Forum currently under way in Davos, Switzerland...

19 Jan 2017

Traffic restrictions implemented on damaged N4 bridge
Traffic restrictions implemented on damaged N4 bridge

Due to December storms in the region, the bridge on the N4 that crosses the Groot Marico River has been damaged. For safety reasons, traffic restrictions on the bridge have been introduced until further notice...

18 Jan 2017

Three construction game changers for 2017
Three construction game changers for 2017

Huge tower blocks built in weeks under one roof, automated bridge-building behemoths, bricklaying robots...

By Kenny Ingram 18 Jan 2017

The deepest berths at Port of Durban now fully operational after reconstruction
The deepest berths at Port of Durban now fully operational after reconstruction

Berth 13 and 14 at the Maydon Wharf Precinct in the Port of Durban is now deeper and safer for bigger ships calling at the port...

17 Jan 2017

RICS global Mentor of the Year 2016 announced
RICS global Mentor of the Year 2016 announced

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has awarded chartered building surveyor Anil Singh Rana Mentor of the Year 2016. Rana is associate project manager for UK-based Capital Property and Construction Consultants...

13 Jan 2017

BIM Institute to host BIM BAM BOOM workshop in Durban
BIM Institute to host BIM BAM BOOM workshop in Durban

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute will host a BIM BAM BOOM workshop for architects, engineers and other building professionals at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 22-23 February 2017...

13 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market
#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market

Drought, local political uncertainty and ongoing global macro-economic instability have placed many businesses on the back foot as they go into the New Year...

11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR
#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR

The use of virtual reality (VR) technology - and not only in the design phases, but throughout the construction phases and in facilities management too - is quickly becoming the biggest trend in the built space today...

By William Johnston 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Green building groundswell taking hold
#BizTrends2017: Green building groundswell taking hold

Dissatisfied urbanites increasingly experience carbon emissions, resource indulgence, aching infrastructure and the resulting gridlock, disempowered local economies and degradation...

By Donia Kamstra 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever
#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever

The construction industry has always been cyclic, enjoying a boom for several consecutive years only to face a slump afterwards. Eventually, things pick up again...

By Larry Feinberg 9 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction
#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction

The myth that cost outweighs yield for companies that invest in greener, more sustainable and stakeholder-driven policies has been debunked...

By John Schooling 9 Jan 2017

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