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J&G rebrands to JG Afrika
J&G rebrands to JG Afrika

Engineering and environmental consulting company Jeffares & Green (J&G) has rebranded and, since February this year, is now known as JG Afrika...

By Sindy Peters 4 Apr 2016

#BrandManagerMonth: Ed Jardim from M&R
#BrandManagerMonth: Ed Jardim from M&R

Meet Ed Jardim, group investor and media executive at Murray & Roberts.

By Sindy Peters 3 Mar 2016

Progressing towards the utopian vision of a smart city
Progressing towards the utopian vision of a smart city

Much has been written over the past couple of years around the topic of smart cities. The utopian vision of the smart city often involves carefully orchestrated...

By Lionel Moyal 26 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: International design award for Google SA HQ
#DesignMonth: International design award for Google SA HQ

"Google's culture is manifested in the design of its offices worldwide..."

By Nicci Botha 22 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: Value of architecture in sustainable development
#DesignMonth: Value of architecture in sustainable development

As part of our special focus on design this February, we interviewed vice president of the South African Institute of Architects Kevin Bingham on the importance of sustainable design in SA...

By Sindy Peters 22 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: Design industry in a critical place of opportunity
#DesignMonth: Design industry in a critical place of opportunity

Design, whether built form, industrial, visual or utilitarian, is a construct of place and time, hence society. Context, herein referred to as place, defines and informs design, while design in turn changes the dynamics, structures and perceptions of society. Design therefore has an implicit ethical duty to society...

By Yashaen Luckan 16 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: Reimagining energy storage with LiGE
#DesignMonth: Reimagining energy storage with LiGE

The technology used to produce renewable energy has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last 10 years, providing a greater output at lower costs. Energy storage, on the other hand, has been a persistent bugbear. LiGE believes it has the answer...

By Sindy Peters 16 Feb 2016

#DesignMonth: The R1bn rebirth of Sun City
#DesignMonth: The R1bn rebirth of Sun City

Sun City's been around since 1979, and in order to stay relevant, it's had to innovate and reimagine its offering over the years...

By Sindy Peters 15 Feb 2016

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[BizTrend 2016] Sustainability, technology key for construction

Sustainability and technology will continue to be trend growth points in SA's building and construction industry...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jan 2016

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[BizTrends 2016] A tougher construction industry for smaller players

According to a recent report by PwC, infrastructure spending in Africa is estimated to grow from $70bn in 2014 to $180bn per annum by 2025...

By Frans Pienaar 18 Jan 2016

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[BizTrends 2016] Sustainability technology will change our lives and buildings

Buildings are moving from bricks and mortar into what previous generations considered science fiction...

By Werner van Antwerpen 18 Jan 2016

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[BizTrends 2016] Year of radical innovation in built environment

Much of our modern life is rooted in the way we have designed our cities...

By Alta Schoultz 18 Jan 2016

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[BizTrends 2016] New approaches to urban planning in property sector

The construction and engineering sectors are currently facing slower growth that is expected to continue into the first quarter of 2016. There is however room for optimism...

By William Johnston 18 Jan 2016

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Government should partner with private sector to secure water supply

South Africa is a water scarce country. With average annual rainfall of 450mm - compared to a global average of 870mm - the country is ranked the 30th driest in the world...

By Kroshlen Moodley 17 Dec 2015

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Financing infrastructure, energy projects

Without a solid infrastructure or a stable energy supply, sustainable development and economic growth in any context is virtually an impossible dream...

By Nicci Botha 27 Nov 2015

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VDC technology has transformed major building projects

From the advances in stone masonry that led to the building of the Parthenon in Athens, right through to the latest green building trends, the building industry has been at the forefront of innovation throughout human history...

By Douglas Ackerman 25 Nov 2015

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Smart metering a starting point for smart cities

Smart cities are best defined as urban ecosystems that leverage technology and connectivity to deliver services to citizens...

By Martin Vergunst 16 Nov 2015

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[#gbcsa2015] On the move to green

Gridlock. Traffic jam. Congestion. Every person who commutes has experienced the agony and frustration of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for what feels like forever...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2015

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Going green adds real bottom line benefits

Sustainability remains a hot topic as it's the right thing to do. It's the hard returns that will get companies taking action...

By Neil Cameron 9 Nov 2015

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[#gbcsa2015] Building better business

The Green Building Convention, at the CTICC in Cape Town from 2-6 November 2015, showcases green and sustainability ideas and innovations from local and international thought leaders, which make a difference in the way business is done within the built space...

By Nicci Botha 6 Nov 2015

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Now is the time to deploy smart building technologies

The grid - the infrastructure that delivers electricity from our local utility and municipalities to buildings - is over-taxed...

By Neil Cameron 26 Oct 2015

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[Joburg Indaba] Powering up for tomorrow

The energy crisis in this country is the collective responsibility of all the role-players, including the mining industry..

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Oct 2015

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SA needs and deserves an energy revolution

The African Climate Reality Project says it's time for South Africa to look up and not down for its energy solutions...

By Chris Wild 16 Oct 2015

IoT: the land of opportunity
IoT: the land of opportunity

The worldwide web, a place most of us are familiar with, is populated by 2.5 billion people who go online to stay in touch, find information, entertainment and shopping...

By Neil Cameron 13 Oct 2015

Greening Cape Town's skyline
Greening Cape Town's skyline

When you have a backdrop as dramatic as Table Mountain, it must be very hard to resist the temptation of making a contrasting statement when it comes to adding to the city's skyline...

By Nicci Botha 6 Oct 2015

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Lifting the veil on SA's nuclear programme

Does South Africa need a nuclear build programme? Not according to Hilton Trollip, senior researcher at UCT's Energy Research Unit...

By Nicci Botha 30 Sep 2015

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Energy savings counterbalance expensive green development

The commercial property space in South Africa has seen rapid growth in the past few years, and is showing no signs of slowing down...

By Simon Black 9 Sep 2015

[Earth Focus] Nuclear red. Renewable energy green
[Earth Focus] Nuclear red. Renewable energy green

Given South Africa's world-shattering potential for renewable energy, it is inexplicable why our government is seriously considering the purchase of eight nuclear reactors at an estimated R1tn...

By Roger Metcalfe 17 Aug 2015

[#WomenInBiz] Smashing the glass ceiling, Q&A with Dr Hannelie Nel
[#WomenInBiz] Smashing the glass ceiling, Q&A with Dr Hannelie Nel

We chatted to Dr Hannelie Nel who's had to overcome the barriers women face when pursuing an engineering career...

By Sindy Peters 5 Aug 2015

Is South Africa ready for smart cities?
Is South Africa ready for smart cities?

The concept of the 'smart city' is growing in popularity as more and more connected technologies emerge. The term has many definitions...

By Paul Divall 29 Jul 2015

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