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Putting wind in the sails
Putting wind in the sails

With Eskom's conventional power infrastructure foundering, alternate sources of energy are looking more attractive. The ground breaking at an 80MW wind farm in the Northern Cape brings the country a step closer to effectively harnessing renewable energy...

By Nicci Botha 28 Jul 2015 13:33

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Trends driving the transformation of building systems

Building efficiency is being reinvented by connected-building technologies. Building equipment and systems are becoming more integrated and intelligent...

By Neil Cameron 22 Jun 2015 06:23

Implications of an SA nuclear build
Implications of an SA nuclear build

Nuclear energy has always been the proverbial bogeyman when it comes to power supply. Mention the subject and Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima are immediately thrown into the mix as worst case scenarios...

By Nicci Botha 25 May 2015 08:07

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[African Utility Week] The evolution of the utility

The focus of the third and final keynote session at the African Utility Week was on bridging the gap between the lack of Africa's utility infrastructure and the fully-integrated smart cities of the future for the continent to live up to its projected rate of economic growth...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2015 06:14

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[African Utility Week] Delivering energy solutions for African economies

The golden thread stitching together the keynote presentations on the second day of African Utility Week was undoubtedly the need to tap into Africa's vastly underutilised renewable energy resources to support the potential for economic growth and social upliftment...

By Nicci Botha 14 May 2015 09:41

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[African Utility Week] Eskom hopes to keep the lights on this winter

Eskom hopes to maintain its unbroken record over the years of not having to implement loadshedding during the winter months...

By Nicci Botha 13 May 2015 08:18

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[African Utility Week] Africa is open for business...

Africa has the potential of becoming the energy powerhouse of the future and thereby going a long way to alleviating the poverty on the continent...

By Nicci Botha 13 May 2015 08:05

Discourse of environmental issues has been hijacked
Discourse of environmental issues has been hijacked

Sustainability is not about being 'green'. It encompasses economic, environmental and social conditions and with regulatory requirements comes the opportunity for improvement...

By Melissa Baird 18 Mar 2015 07:33

Imraan Lambat
Disruptive technologies - 3D printing

The future of how things are made is evolving rapidly to fit a changing world. Driven by disruption, it's no longer science fiction or limited to the imagination, the design-led revolution is now underway...

By Imraan Lambat 10 Dec 2014 08:46

Neil Cameron
To build smart cities, we need smart buildings

As the global urbanisation trend picks up, smart cities are emerging...

By Neil Cameron 27 Nov 2014 09:16

LPG a cost-effective alternative to conventional power supply
LPG a cost-effective alternative to conventional power supply

LPG is a safe, reliable and cost-effective alternative to conventional power supply yet only 3% of South Africans are currently using it as an additional source of energy...

By Atose Aguele 26 Nov 2014 07:53

Addressing the national energy crisis
Addressing the national energy crisis

We can no longer depend solely on Eskom to meet our escalating energy needs, says WWF-SA, nor can we continue our heavy reliance on coal...

By Sindy Peters 20 Nov 2014 09:20

Competition Commission approves Grohe acquisition
Competition Commission approves Grohe acquisition

The Competition Commission recently announced its unconditional approval of Grohe Luxembourg Four SA's acquisition of joint control over South African-based Apex Valves South Africa, Cobra Watertech, Isca, Libra Bathrooms, Vaal Sanitaryware and Expiro Manufacturing (Watertech Companies).

By Nazeera Mia 4 Nov 2014 07:45

Cross-shareholdings can create an element of transparency
Cross-shareholdings can create an element of transparency

Recently the Competition Commission conditionally approved a merger involving two cement producers, Holcim Limited and Lafarge SA.

By Nazeera Mia 4 Nov 2014 07:38

Ke nako! Shifting to a green economy
Ke nako! Shifting to a green economy

Ke nako (It's time) was the buzz phrase top of mind during the months preceding the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2014 this phrase once again rings true, but for a new zeitgeist: it's time for business to get on the green wave.

By Sindy Peters 7 Oct 2014 10:17

Climate change: the South African scenario
Climate change: the South African scenario

On Tuesday, 23 September, more than 120 world leaders will meet in New York to announce how they each intend to tackle climate change.

By Sindy Peters 18 Sep 2014 11:49

Honing PR skills in the construction industry
Honing PR skills in the construction industry

The marketing of the construction industry varies from other industries in major ways. Where some companies can focus exclusively on inbound marketing...

By James White 22 Aug 2014 09:09

Clarity required on drivers of energy policy decision
Clarity required on drivers of energy policy decision

In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month President Jacob Zuma fleetingly highlighted government's support of a strategy to raise nuclear generation capacity in South Africa (quoting the potential for the addition of over 9,000MW of nuclear capacity), while highlighting shale gas and nuclear energy as core industries that need to be developed.

By Tom Harris 8 Aug 2014 07:18

Architecture's influence on interior design
Architecture's influence on interior design

It is no secret that the intersection of architecture and interior design has always been fraught by seemingly irreconcilable points of view

By Callie van der Merwe 5 Aug 2014 07:37

Harding Allison admits to collusive tendering
Harding Allison admits to collusive tendering

As part of the Competition Commission's fast-track settlement procedure in the construction industry, the Commission invited construction firms that were involved in collusive conduct to apply to engage with the Commission on settlement terms.

By Kayley Keylock 4 Aug 2014 11:02

Racing through snow for solar power
Racing through snow for solar power

David Barnard is one of those extraordinary people who make the rest of us look like sloths. He's run the Kalahari, the Sahara, and through South West Burkina Faso; next up is Antarctica, and he's not just doing it for fun.

By Sindy Peters 4 Aug 2014 10:00

Section 44 of LUPO declared unconstitutional
Section 44 of LUPO declared unconstitutional

Parties aggrieved by municipal land use decisions are no longer able to appeal such decisions at provincial level through the mechanism of section 44 of the Land Use Planning Ordinance 15 of 1985 (LUPO).

By Jyoti Narshi 11 Jul 2014 14:08

SONA will not attract investment in energy sector
SONA will not attract investment in energy sector

Several energy-related themes were mentioned during the 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by president Jacob Zuma.

By Johan Muller 23 Jun 2014 10:23

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

Paddy Hartdegen
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

Paddy Hartdegen
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

Allon Raiz
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

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