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Fly-by-night fabricators undermine stainless steel promise

Consumers tend to veer towards the cheapest option during tough economic times and some contractors may be tempted to cut corners...

1 hour ago

Water scarcity and smart technology solutions

There is a sense of relief following the recent downpour in Cape Town and many hope it marks the beginning of the much needed wet winter the city is known for...

By Laura Caetano 3 days ago

Mpumalanga tourism gets a lift

A 51-metre glass elevator will provide a whole new perspective on God's Window, one of South Africa's most well-known natural beauty spots...

3 days ago

Kenya, Tanzania decorative paints, coatings market set for high growth

The combined Kenyan and Tanzanian decorative paints and coatings market is expected to achieve a CAGR of 6.7% up by 2020...

3 days ago

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

Radisson brand expands its African footprint with a new Park Inn in Kenya

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened a Park Inn by Radisson in Nairobi's Westlands, the 35th hotel in its African portfolio..

3 days ago

Blok to launch development in Bo-Kaap

Urban property developer Blok will be launching a new development concept in Cape Town's Bo-Kaap with the aim of providing urban homes to a more diverse range of incomes...

3 days ago

Kwane acquires 63.75% stake in TFM Group

Kwane Capital has acquired a 63.75% stake in the TFM Group in a cash transaction...

3 days ago

R2.4bn programme to light up Ekurhuleni

Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina has announced a R2.4bn programme for the electrification of informal settlements across Ekurhuleni, with over 16,000 households to be completed by the end of this financial year...

19 Apr 2017

Nelson Mandela Bay may get water relief

In a bold initiative directed at relieving ongoing water shortages, discussions have begun around establishing the region's first large-scale, commercial desalination plant...

By Shaun Gillham 19 Apr 2017

Footage reveals flood of sewage into Swartkops River

Drone footage taken late last week has revealed massive sewage spill pollution flowing from the Kelvin Jones Waste Water Treatment Plant into the heavily polluted Swartkops River...

By Estelle Ellis 19 Apr 2017

Switch up your current kitchen décor on a budget

Planning to redesign your kitchen can often mean hours of stress and lots of money spent, however, there are many new options available for you to give your current kitchen a fresh new look without breaking the bank...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Apr 2017

Kenneth Main wins place in Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year finals

The Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards has been held annually for the past 29 years to reward and advance excellence in the architectural profession countrywide...

18 Apr 2017

Scenic Camps Bay restaurant node fosters sensory experience

Covering a total area of 750m2, the latest restaurant node to overlook Camps Bay was designed by SVA International...

18 Apr 2017

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

New NEC4 suite of contracts includes dispute resolutions

NEC4 suite of standard form contracts, including the widely used engineering and construction contract, will be released on 22 June 2017.

13 Apr 2017

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

Veolia upgrades pump station in KZN

Contracted by the Newcastle Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently upgraded the outdated Ncandu pump station...

13 Apr 2017

aha The Rex Hotel undergoing R65m property expansion

The project will encompass an addition of 56 new hotel rooms which will maintain the same mix of contemporary and classic décor, presenting cool colours and rich fabrics...

12 Apr 2017

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International

Transforming the built environment

The Tour & Taxis building in Brussels, Belgium is a brick, glass and wrought iron example of 19th-century architecture. The massive formerly industrial site is now home to cultural events and business offices. Its new purpose deserves a new design. Vincent Callebaut Architecture recently released plans to turn the concrete heritage site into a green, sustainable, modern piece of architecture in line with the goals of conservation in urban spaces.

By Jamie Matroos 5 Apr 2017

Lafarge loses Paris 'beach' deal over support for Trump wall

The City of Paris on Tuesday, 28 March, dumped French-Swiss group LafargeHolcim as supplier of sand for the makeshift "Paris Plages" beach over the company's readiness to supply cement for US President Donald Trump's controversial border wall.

29 Mar 2017

Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

Portuguese startup Ecocubo's 96ft2 prefab is intended to host nomads who find themselves roughing it in the wild. It's an environmentally friendly alternative living space designed by architect António Fernandes in collaboration with the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC).

By Bo Bushwinkel 16 Mar 2017

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