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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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