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#EntrepreneurMonth: Be completely prepared, only fools rush in
#EntrepreneurMonth: Be completely prepared, only fools rush in

No fool in the slightest, Wendy Damon is the owner of Damp Control Cape. Not quite a rags-to-riches story, hers is still quite impressive...

By Sindy Peters 1 Nov 2018

#5ForChange: CRSP dsgn tackles injustices around edtech with LCERT
#5ForChange: CRSP dsgn tackles injustices around edtech with LCERT

CRSP dsgn is one of this year's five beneficiaries of the 5 For Change black tie event set for Saturday, 27 October, at The Station in Newtown, Joburg...

By Sindy Peters 23 Oct 2018

#WomensMonth: Solid Green celebrates 50+ green building certifications
#WomensMonth: Solid Green celebrates 50+ green building certifications

Founded in 2010 by Marloes Reinink, Solid Green Consulting is all about advancing sustainability in the African built environment...

By Sindy Peters 3 Aug 2018

#Newsmaker: Atisha Gopichund on how embracing her femininity has benefited her career
#Newsmaker: Atisha Gopichund on how embracing her femininity has benefited her career

Atisha Gopichund is a wife, mother and businesswoman working in the interior construction sector. I asked her to let us in on the challenges she has faced working in such a male-dominated industry and for some words of advice to other women facing similar challenges in business...

By Jessica Tennant 3 Aug 2018

#MFGIndaba: Manufacturing key to growing SA economy
#MFGIndaba: Manufacturing key to growing SA economy

With its multiple effect, manufacturing is the one sector in the economy that has the potential to create the jobs the country needs so desperately. But the industry is under threat and has declined...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Jun 2018

Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?
Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?

The extensive drought in SA has brought to the fore many a creative solution...

By Sindy Peters 18 May 2018

#BizTrends2018: Engineering sector - remaining competitive in tough times
#BizTrends2018: Engineering sector - remaining competitive in tough times

South African companies face an embattled business environment...

By Richard Vries 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The skills shortage in the construction industry and what we need to do about it
#BizTrends2018: The skills shortage in the construction industry and what we need to do about it

We don't need to be told that we live in a divided society. According to informed observers, ours is one of the most economically polarised societies in the world...

By Ian Massey 9 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Building and construction trends from a quantity surveyor perspective

The built environment is often thought of in terms of only its visible results: buildings, roads, bridges, dams, and so on. A group of lesser-known construction professionals...

By Larry Feinberg 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Construction industry to improve technology use and safety
#BizTrends2018: Construction industry to improve technology use and safety

Although the construction industry in South Africa is facing a downturn in the economy, it remains an important industry because it fulfils a major role in economic growth and infrastructure development...

By Tommy Strydom 8 Jan 2018

Constructing millennial growth on old-school family values
Constructing millennial growth on old-school family values

As companies grow from small, often family-owned enterprises to larger operations, it's easy to lose the original company values upon which the business was founded. GVK-Siya Zama, however, has sought to hold onto these values...

By Shan Radcliffe 31 Aug 2017

Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector
Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector

Situated in Germiston, Sun Silicates is currently the only company in South Africa that supplies both vermiculite and perlite-based insulating media used in the construction industry...

By Sindy Peters 20 Jun 2017

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How streets can help bridge social and spatial divides

I recently had a very inspiring conversation with Marcela Guerrero Casas, co-founder and MD of Open Streets Cape Town about the power of streets and its ability to bridge social and spatial divides...

By Ilse van den Berg 26 May 2017

#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency
#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency

One of the many pertinent questions asked at this year's African Utility Week was...

By Sindy Peters 22 May 2017

Abbas Jamie, community liaison for Africa, World Design Organisation, and director for innovation and transformation at Aurecon. Image:
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: How engineers can help co-create a better Africa

African engineers have been relegated to filling in the technical blanks...

By Sindy Peters 12 May 2017

James Cullis, global service group leader: water, Aurecon
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: African engineers face a ‘wicked' trilemma

Addressing Africa's infrastructure deficit, according to the World Bank, will cost about $93bn a year...

By Sindy Peters 11 May 2017

#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Adapt or get left behind
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Adapt or get left behind

Jeshika Ramchund opened the second day's morning session at the 24th Annual FIDIC-GAMA Conference on Infrastructure by unpacking the power of technology to disrupt both industries and the notion of the profession...

By Sindy Peters 10 May 2017

#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Partnerships key to sustainable growth in Africa
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Partnerships key to sustainable growth in Africa

Delegates from across 17 African countries are attending FIDIC-GAMA 2017...

By Sindy Peters 9 May 2017

#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer
#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer

A bit of patience and manners is some of what's required to be successful in the African context, says Jean-Jacques Pierre Oelofse, Wood-Mizer corporate director for emerging markets...

By Sindy Peters 4 May 2017

Building regulations workshop helps standardise construction in South Africa
Building regulations workshop helps standardise construction in South Africa

There is a deep concern in South Africa that national building regulations developed by the South African government are not being implemented by builders, architects, and engineers...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 29 Apr 2017

Are you thinking of building?
Are you thinking of building?

Unless you have the cash saved up, constructing a home is going to require getting a loan from a financial institution...

By Adrian Goslett 28 Apr 2017

Investing in a circular water economy in SA
Investing in a circular water economy in SA

The UN World Water Development Report: Wastewater, the Untapped Resource indicates that for decades, people have been using fresh water faster than nature can replace it...

By Hermann Erdman 24 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: It's about matching insides to outsides
#BrandManagerMonth: It's about matching insides to outsides

Based in more than 500 offices across 40 countries, the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff brand employs approximately 36,000 people...

By Sindy Peters 22 Mar 2017

Bridging the gap in Africa
Bridging the gap in Africa

Africa has seen great economic growth over recent years and is expected to continue growing at an average rate of 6% annually, between 2013 and 2023...

By Ravi Kumar 24 Jan 2017

Polarisation leads to serious problems in SA construction industry
Polarisation leads to serious problems in SA construction industry

Why are so many construction contracts in SA over budget, late and being carried out at the expense of good relationships between the parties? I believe that polarisation in the construction industry is at the root of the problem...

By Ian Massey 24 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR
#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR

The use of virtual reality (VR) technology - and not only in the design phases, but throughout the construction phases and in facilities management too - is quickly becoming the biggest trend in the built space today...

By William Johnston 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Green building groundswell taking hold
#BizTrends2017: Green building groundswell taking hold

Dissatisfied urbanites increasingly experience carbon emissions, resource indulgence, aching infrastructure and the resulting gridlock, disempowered local economies and degradation...

By Donia Kamstra 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever
#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever

The construction industry has always been cyclic, enjoying a boom for several consecutive years only to face a slump afterwards. Eventually, things pick up again...

By Larry Feinberg 9 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction
#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction

The myth that cost outweighs yield for companies that invest in greener, more sustainable and stakeholder-driven policies has been debunked...

By John Schooling 9 Jan 2017

Marco Kriek, founder, Ground Up
#EntrepreneurMonth: Residential construction from the Ground Up

Founded by Marco Kriek in 2015, Ground Up is an independent construction consultancy that aims to ensure home build quality in SA...

By Sindy Peters 7 Nov 2016

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