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How streets can help bridge social and spatial divides

I recently had a very inspiring conversation with Marcela Guerrero Casas, co-founder and MD of Open Streets Cape Town about the power of streets and its ability to bridge social and spatial divides...

By Ilse van den Berg 2 days ago

Marius Oosthuizen, lecturer: strategic foresight (leadership, strategy & ethics) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
#AUW2017: Trends shaping the future of utilities

Marius Oosthuizen, a lecturer in strategic foresight at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), led delegates during the final keynote session of this year's African Utility Week in a scenario planning exercise, unpacking some of the trends shaping the future of utilities.

By Sindy Peters 23 May 2017

#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency
#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency

One of the many pertinent questions asked at this year's African Utility Week was...

By Sindy Peters 22 May 2017

SA participates in national urban policy conference
SA participates in national urban policy conference

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs deputy minister Andries Nel participated in the Second International Conference on National Urban Policy in France...

22 May 2017

CT appoints first chief resilience officer
CT appoints first chief resilience officer

The City of Cape Town has appointed Craig Kesson as its first chief resilience officer...

19 May 2017

Zanzibar about to undergo mega transformation of the sustainable kind
Zanzibar about to undergo mega transformation of the sustainable kind

Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd has announced the development of the Zanzibar Amber Resort, which will see the cluster of tropical islets forming Zanzibar undergo a mega transformation in terms of social upliftment and tourism...

19 May 2017

2017 Women in Construction Awards finalists revealed
2017 Women in Construction Awards finalists revealed

The finalists in this year's Women in Construction Awards have been announced...

19 May 2017

All roads to sustainable energy lead to the sun
All roads to sustainable energy lead to the sun

Humans consume 221 tonnes of coal, 1,066 barrels of oil, and 93,000 metric cubes of natural gas per second...

By Werner van Zyl 19 May 2017

#AUW2017: Innovative water management in Africa requires collaboration
#AUW2017: Innovative water management in Africa requires collaboration

Uganda's Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris kicked off proceedings in the Water track on the first day of this year's African Utility Week...

By Sindy Peters 17 May 2017

Interventions under way to mitigate Western Cape drought crisis
Interventions under way to mitigate Western Cape drought crisis

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has stressed the need to urgently maintain infrastructure, repair leaks rapidly and to operate water systems more efficiently...

17 May 2017

Greenovate Awards Programme introduces new category
Greenovate Awards Programme introduces new category

The Greenovate Awards Programme is introducing an engineering category to this year's awards...

16 May 2017

Abbas Jamie, community liaison for Africa, World Design Organisation, and director for innovation and transformation at Aurecon. Image:
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: How engineers can help co-create a better Africa

African engineers have been relegated to filling in the technical blanks...

By Sindy Peters 12 May 2017

James Cullis, global service group leader: water, Aurecon
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: African engineers face a ‘wicked' trilemma

Addressing Africa's infrastructure deficit, according to the World Bank, will cost about $93bn a year...

By Sindy Peters 11 May 2017

In their rush to become "global", cities risk creating spatial apartheid
In their rush to become "global", cities risk creating spatial apartheid

The first thing I saw when stepping out of the taxi was a sign advertising craft beer...

By Melissa Tandiwe Myambo 11 May 2017

#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Adapt or get left behind
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Adapt or get left behind

Jeshika Ramchund opened the second day's morning session at the 24th Annual FIDIC-GAMA Conference on Infrastructure by unpacking the power of technology to disrupt both industries and the notion of the profession...

By Sindy Peters 10 May 2017

Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm

Dutch officials on Monday, 8 May, opened what is being billed as one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea...

10 May 2017

#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Partnerships key to sustainable growth in Africa
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Partnerships key to sustainable growth in Africa

Delegates from across 17 African countries are attending FIDIC-GAMA 2017...

By Sindy Peters 9 May 2017

All the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award finalists
All the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award finalists

The 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards comes to its conclusion on 10 May in Johannesburg...

8 May 2017

Higher density cities need greening to stay healthy and liveable
Higher density cities need greening to stay healthy and liveable

Access to high-quality public open space is a key ingredient of healthy, liveable cities...

By Melanie Davern, Alison Farrar, Dave Kendal, Lucy G 8 May 2017

Startups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged
Startups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged

Energy access remains a huge problem for most people living on the African continent...

By Fred McBagonluri 5 May 2017

2017 Access Co-Development Facility competition deadline extended
2017 Access Co-Development Facility competition deadline extended

The deadline to enter the 2017 Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition has been extended until 12 May...

4 May 2017

World Economic Forum needs to move beyond spin if it's going to help Africa
World Economic Forum needs to move beyond spin if it's going to help Africa

Set against the backdrop of low growth, dire unemployment figures, and a huge infrastructure deficit - the theme of this year's African World Economic Forum (WEF) is “inclusive and sustainable growth”...

By Stephen Labson 3 May 2017

CT establishes four more women-only road repair teams
CT establishes four more women-only road repair teams

Cape Town's Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) now has eight all-female road repair teams...

2 May 2017

ASAQS launches programme to support quantity surveying students
ASAQS launches programme to support quantity surveying students

The skills shortage in the South African built environment is exacerbated by...

28 Apr 2017

Cities are complex systems - let's start looking at them that way
Cities are complex systems - let's start looking at them that way

The way we design our cities needs a serious rethink...

By Nicholas Stevens and Paul Salmon 26 Apr 2017

Johannesburg and Accra, inching their way up the urban food chain
Johannesburg and Accra, inching their way up the urban food chain

Like it or not, we measure the success (or failure) of cities according to broad principles of urban culture inherited largely from the west...

By Lesley Lokko 25 Apr 2017

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Water scarcity and smart technology solutions

South Africa is predicted to continue experiencing high levels of water stress...

By Laura Caetano 21 Apr 2017

Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces
Fighting injustice helps in creating resilient urban spaces

Resilience is a word that's thrown around a lot these days. It means different things to different people...

By Gina Ziervogel and Lorena Pasquini 21 Apr 2017

Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech
Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech

With the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) now open for applications, we interviewed Gerswynn McKuur, national project manager of GCIP-SA, to get some insight on how clean technologies could address some of SA's most urgent challenges...

By Sindy Peters 13 Apr 2017

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