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How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development
How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development

By 2025, absolute water scarcity will be a daily reality for an estimated 1.8-billion people...

By Tamara Avellán 22 Mar 2017

Ecocubo's alternative living space
Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

The University of Porto (UPTEC), Portuguese startup Ecocubo has created a prefab perfect for travellers...

By Bo Bushwinkel 16 Mar 2017

Tommy Strydom, CEO, Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings
Key areas to focus on for sustainability in the construction industry

In today's socioeconomic environment, with high unemployment rates and a massive skills shortage afflicting South Africa and other Southern African countries, companies in the construction industry who do not adequately focus on succession planning could find themselves without the required skills to take their companies forward...

By Tommy Strydom 15 Mar 2017

PPC partners DRC stakeholders to empower local communities
PPC partners DRC stakeholders to empower local communities

PPC Barnet has initiated a new technical training centre and a local farming project in the DRC with the aim of boosting employment and community economies in nearby villages surrounding the cement plant...

10 Mar 2017

Over R30m to transform home building industry
Over R30m to transform home building industry

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) will be spending more than R30m in the new financial year in its efforts to bring about transformation in the home building industry...

10 Mar 2017

Four-star Green Star rating for Windhoek's @Parkside
Four-star Green Star rating for Windhoek's @Parkside

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa has achieved a four-star Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings' @Parkside building...

9 Mar 2017

Integrating old, new at the refurbished Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
Integrating old, new at the refurbished Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

BILD Architects and Terra Ether Architects partnered to shape the look of the refurbished Menlyn Park Shopping Centre...

9 Mar 2017

Gauteng to convert public buildings into economic precincts
Gauteng to convert public buildings into economic precincts

The Gauteng provincial government wants to convert some of its public buildings, including schools, clinics and hospitals into centres of economic activity; saying this could unlock R42bn in value and create 190,000 jobs...

2 Mar 2017

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...

1 Mar 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

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

Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies
Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies

Sub-Saharan Africa trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy...

16 Feb 2017

Africa pays for fragmented cities, study finds
Africa pays for fragmented cities, study finds

In a city such as London, commuters who travel for an hour to get to work pass 2.5-million jobs on the way...

By Hilary Joffe 16 Feb 2017

Breathing cities: China's first vertical forest to combat pollution
Breathing cities: China's first vertical forest to combat pollution

Stefano Boeri Architetti is building another vertical forest to curb the pollution problem...

By Lolita Pukwana 15 Feb 2017

Dilapidated buildings that were meant to be a public park in Ocean View, Jeffrey’s Bay. Photo: Joseph Chirume
R21m urban renewal project left to rot

Jeffreys Bay park abandoned to vandals and weeds...

By Joseph Chirume 15 Feb 2017

#UrbanHealth: Collaboration key in achieving SDGs, New Urban Agenda
#UrbanHealth: Collaboration key in achieving SDGs, New Urban Agenda

Collaboration between the urban development and health sectors is key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat's New Urban Agenda...

By Sindy Peters 10 Feb 2017

Our cities are full - we need new ones
Our cities are full - we need new ones

By 2050, the UN predicts that cities will somehow accommodate a massive 2.5-billion more people...

By Matt Coetzee 9 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

Eskom sticks on price for renewables
Eskom sticks on price for renewables

The standoff between the Department of Energy and power utility Eskom looks set to continue for a while, with both sides digging in on their positions on price...

By Linda Ensor 6 Feb 2017

Architecture with a twist
Architecture with a twist

A list of cool and quirky buildings from around the world...

By Lolita Pukwana 3 Feb 2017

Report released on state of renewable energy, infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa
Report released on state of renewable energy, infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa

Financial risk consultancy JCRA have released a report in partnership with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) that looks at the state of renewable energy and infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa...

2 Feb 2017

Photo: Noah Schermbrucker
Building rules and regulations work against Cape Town's poor

We must challenge planning and land use management if we want a more equal city...

By Noah Schermbrucker 2 Feb 2017

Woolworths Palmyra store achieves GBCSA 5-star rating
Woolworths Palmyra store achieves GBCSA 5-star rating

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the Woolworths Palmyra store in Claremont, Cape Town a 5-star rating...

2 Feb 2017

An alternative city inspired by nature
An alternative city inspired by nature

Designed for one of the biggest development projects in Malaysia, this Forest City concept is built around a rainforest-like interior...

By Jamie Matroos 1 Feb 2017

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute. Image source:
#WSF2017: Six key investment areas for Africa to achieve the SDGs - Jeffrey Sachs

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute, addressed attendees at the sixth World Sustainability Forum, recently held in Cape Town, providing six key investment areas that he believes need to be a priority for Africa in order for the continent to meet the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By Sindy Peters 30 Jan 2017

CT gears up for phase two of its ceiling retrofit project
CT gears up for phase two of its ceiling retrofit project

R60m has been earmarked for phase two of the City of Cape Town's Transport and Urban Development Authority's ceiling retrofit project...

30 Jan 2017

Virunga Foundation, Aera Group launch carbon certification process in DRC
Virunga Foundation, Aera Group launch carbon certification process in DRC

Virunga National Park and finance group Aera have launched a VCS carbon certification process for Matebe hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

30 Jan 2017

$14m solar field ground-breaking in Burundi
$14m solar field ground-breaking in Burundi

A festive ground-breaking was held recently for a 7.5MW solar field that will add 15% to Burundi's generation capacity. Attended by government officials, international investors, religious leaders and the diplomatic community, Gigawatt Global announced the $14m pioneering project in Mubuga...

26 Jan 2017

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