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[Design Indaba 2014] "Let's design the future of urban Africa" - Issa Diabate

Those who did arrive early on Friday at the Design Indaba were rewarded by listening to Issa Diabate, who apparently even trended on Twitter during his presentation.

By Terry Levin 3 Mar 2014 11:10

An introduction to glass standards

Just as your balustrades, staircases and pool enclosures need to comply with a variety of regulations and building codes, the glass that you use in your building projects or property developments need to comply with a variety of codes and regulations to ensure that the facility is safe for all that utilise it.

By Robert Blackbeard 15 Jan 2014 07:48

Guaranteed certainty... at last!

In October 2011 the SCA had occasion, in the matter of Dormell Properties 282 CC vs Renasa Insurance Company Limited and Others NNO 2011 (1) SA 70 (SCA)("Dormell"), to consider and pronounce upon the status and enforceability of a construction guarantee under circumstances where a dispute existed between the Contractor and the Employer in whose favour the guarantee had been issued.

By Nick Muller 12 Dec 2013 10:37

Does EPC equal evil, painful contract?

Even though EPC contracting is quickly becoming the norm in the South African construction industry, a large portion of the construction fraternity approaches EPC contracts with great circumspection, to put it mildly.

By Jurg van Dyk 11 Dec 2013 10:38

Counter-cyclical spending - where is it?

For some people the only purpose of a business is to make money for shareholders. For others there might be some underlying social investment - such as creating jobs or providing a better quality of life - but one thing is certain: without profit, no business is sustainable.

By Paddy Hartdegen 11 Sep 2013 08:41

Housing for miners should provide jobs too

I fail to understand why it should take the deaths of 44 people - and a year of mourning for the lost loved-ones - to get someone to do something about housing in an area that should be awash with money.

By Paddy Hartdegen 11 Sep 2013 08:28

Building a construction company takes more skill than constructing a building

If there is one entrepreneurial venture where an inability to cost your projects will almost certainly kill your business, it is construction. I was reminded of this by a discussion I had with Sakhile Mdluli*, an entrepreneur with a construction business who recently joined one of Raizcorp's business support programmes.

By Allon Raiz 27 Aug 2013 11:29

Was the construction industry wrong?

Many people in the commercial world, the media and the security sectors have been baying for the blood of the chief executive and directors of several major construction companies over their collusion.

By Paddy Hartdegen 25 Jul 2013 16:31

Green means more than you think

The term "green buildings" is often bandied about, but what exactly does that mean for prospective tenants seeking real value out of this ubiquitous term.

By Stefano Contardo 18 Jul 2013 07:07

The changing face of power in Africa

Africa's energy landscape is rapidly changing. New gas and oil finds in countries outside the traditional resources footprint in North and West Africa have fuelled a flurry of activity among energy investors from Europe, China and India.

By Greg Nott 10 Jul 2013 11:15

Do it once - and do it right

Anyone with half a brain and no mathematical training can follow this simple reasoning: it is cheaper to do a job properly the first time without taking shortcuts than to do it badly, using inferior methods and materials in the hope that it will save money. It should be obvious to everyone that this is never the case. Sadly it isn't.

By Paddy Hartdegen 4 Jul 2013 11:23

Rising electricity costs force increase in solar power usage

The South African economy is very sensitive towards the topic of energy, mostly owing to the price of electricity, its scarcity, climate change and a focus on sustainable living.

By Ori Saban 28 Jun 2013 08:03

Poor maintenance of roads a threat to Joburg home values

Ongoing poor maintenance of Joburg's decaying suburban road infrastructure poses a real threat to the city's residential property values - particularly in prime areas.

By Ronald Ennik 5 Jun 2013 16:39

Everyone at Eskom should be switching to gas

I would hope that everyone at Eskom - not only its chief executive, Brian Dames - would be using gas rather than electricity to make something tasty for supper. We wouldn't want our chief executives, or anyone else at Eskom, going hungry at night when they have to keep the power feeding into the homes of millions of South Africans.

By Paddy Hartdegen 9 May 2013 13:54

Seven stages in becoming an industry expert

From Amoeba to Icon; where do you currently rank in your industry's natural progression? In this piece, I walk you through the seven stages of development as you strive to position yourself as an industry expert. [video]

By Douglas Kruger 13 Apr 2013 06:31

Defining project planning success

Success in project planning can remain elusive, even after the three elements of project management - time, cost or scope - are met. In reality, success seems to depend more on whether the project solved the problem it was meant to solve, whether the customer uses it and whether the project was a valuable use of time and money.

By Louise Worsley 13 Mar 2013 11:14

Addressing skills shortages in the built environment

Skills development remains a pressing concern in the current South African economy, and the built environment is no exception. With an increasing number of small to medium-size enterprise's (SMME's) emerging in the construction sector, it becomes increasingly challenging for authorities to regulate the level of skills and training of the country's construction workforce.

By Werner Franck 4 Mar 2013 08:58

Top 10 New Year's resolutions for employers

Here are some resolutions for 2013 for you that you, as an employer, may well find useful. Get them right now - and avoid any unpleasant surprises during the year.

By Johan Botes 31 Dec 2012 07:37

Focusing on the holes, not the drill: the power of collaborative consumption

Do you have a power drill at home? How often do you use it? If it's anything like the average power drill, it will be used for 12 to 13 minutes in its entire lifetime.

By Sarah Britten 7 Nov 2012 09:35

South Africa needs to enter remarketing

Companies that want to position themselves to drive business value from digital marketing must start working towards mastering the discipline of remarketing or risk getting left behind by nimbler rivals.

By Richard Mullins 1 Nov 2012 06:36

ZuluWaters - a force to be reckoned with

There are game reserves aplenty vying for that moneyed six-star market that demands bespoke experiences and don't mind paying for them. Only a handful gets providing the holy trinity of experiences - superb hospitality, absolute privacy, and breath-taking environment right.

By Brian Berkman 26 Sep 2012 12:51

The Durban bridge and other stories

If people wonder why so many ordinary South Africans get so cross about crime - and here I'm not talking about violent crime, just straight theft - then what happened in Durban and Alexandra are excellent cases to consider.

By Paddy Hartdegen 27 Jun 2012 13:56

[Design Indaba 2012] An architect's manifesto

The failures in our urban design were recognised by the two South African architects speaking on the day two of Design Indaba 2012, the annual design conference currently taking place in Cape Town.

By Herman Manson 2 Mar 2012 10:06