Subscribe to industry newsletters

BizTrends 2017


Download the complete BizTrends 2017 PDFs with over 100 trends contributors across 18 industry sectors.

Download PDF | Order printed book
Bizcommunity has over 400 industry contributors and we always welcome further contributions and contributors.
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 3 days ago

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

Trio partner to develop resilience framework for northern Durban
Trio partner to develop resilience framework for northern Durban

As part of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Programme, Durban aims to create a city that will survive and thrive in spite of environmental and societal changes...

13 Apr 2017

Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN
Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

The world added a record 138.5-gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23% drop in investment, reflecting the falling cost of clean energy, the UN announced on Thursday, 6 April...

10 Apr 2017

Investors want to know the risks of climate change
Investors want to know the risks of climate change

The North Gauteng High Court recently ruled that the environmental authorisation for a new coal-fired power station had not properly considered the project's climate change impacts...

6 Apr 2017

Sustainability - the driving force of the future
Sustainability - the driving force of the future

The cost of not being sustainable is starting to exert pressure on business...

By Matthew Renshaw 5 Apr 2017

Transforming the built environment
Transforming the built environment

Tour & Taxis is Vincent Callebaut Architecture's plan for a green haven in Brussels...

By Jamie Matroos 5 Apr 2017

Image source:
LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access set for Nairobi

The inaugural LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access will take place at the Hotel InterContinental Nairobi on 22 and 23 May 2017, in partnership with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)...

31 Mar 2017

GBCSA shares water-saving tips
GBCSA shares water-saving tips

South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world, and water is becoming one of our most scarce resources...

24 Mar 2017

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

Show more