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#BizTrends2018: Interest in energy, water infrastructure to intensify in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Interest in energy, water infrastructure to intensify in 2018

Energy is one of the sectors of our economy most closely watched by local and international investors...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Malls think outside the box to win over shoppers
#BizTrends2018: Malls think outside the box to win over shoppers

Time. There is never enough of it. It is an increasingly valuable commodity for all South Africans across the entire social and economic spectrum...

By Paul Gerard 12 Jan 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: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms
#BizTrends2018: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms

Photogrammetry, cloud sharing, remote cloud collaboration, laser scanners, 3D printers, capacitive styluses, augmented and virtual reality design tools with immersive presentations, visual programming, building information modelling, parametric design...

By Louis Cottle 10 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: A brave new world for South African stainless steel manufacturers

Here are some of the 'hot spots' in the local stainless steel sector over the next year...

By Lesley Squires 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa

The impact of buildings and construction on the environment is astounding...

By Dorah Modise 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: A recipe for innovation in a cash-strapped country
#BizTrends2018: A recipe for innovation in a cash-strapped country

In today's rapidly changing and fiercely competitive marketplace, it is innovative brands that come out on top. The big problem is that only a few companies in South Africa are spending enough money on research and development...

By Werner van Antwerpen 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities
#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities

"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transport." These are the paraphrased words uttered by Enrique Penalosa, the former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia...

By Elaine Jack 9 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

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#BizTrends2018: Green buildings, fit for a sustainable purpose

According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...

By Alison Groves 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security
#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security

Could it be that recycling the water we have is the key to water availability relief...

By Theunis Coetzer 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Enter Generation Z: Fusing the old with the new
#BizTrends2018: Enter Generation Z: Fusing the old with the new

Traditionally the domain of a serious set of older engineers, cement / concrete technology and civil engineering are currently undergoing a slow but steady transition...

By Hanlie Turner 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

#BizTrends2018: Trends in HVAC and smart building technology
#BizTrends2018: Trends in HVAC and smart building technology

Over the last decade we have seen a continual refinement in heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and building technology...

By Neil Cameron 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018
#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018

The famous revolutionary hall of fame has a new name - technology. It changes regimes, rules and industries. It transforms the traditional, it disrupts the conventional and it redefines the future...

By Vinny Perumal 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency
#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency

In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the building efficiency arena, the biggest trend drivers are the entrance of digital and wireless...

By Neil Cameron 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture
#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture

In many professional fields, the explosion of multimedia options have given the public an array of resources and 'wisdom' on architecture, medicine, IT and graphics, to name a few...

By Kevin Bingham 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement
#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement

Architecture has more to offer the South African context than ever before, largely due to the opportunities offered by transformative development frameworks...

By Yashaen Luckan 11 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: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability
#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability

Although SA has made huge leaps in provision of clean water, there is still a significant amount of untreated sewage contaminating our water courses...

By Theunis Coetzer 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry
#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry

Despite numerous appeals made to government by industry, not enough has happened this past year to improve South Africa's water infrastructure...

By Jan Venter 10 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: A look at the affordable housing space
#BizTrends2017: A look at the affordable housing space

There remains a huge interest and demand in affordable housing in South Africa...

By Karen Petersen 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Reinventing traditional materials
#BizTrends2017: Reinventing traditional materials

"Necessity is not the mother of invention. It more often happens that the acquirement of knowledge of the previously unknown properties of a material suggests its trial for some new use." - Willis R. Whitney

By Daniel van der Merwe 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

#BizTrends2017: Developing Africa's future cities
#BizTrends2017: Developing Africa's future cities

Cities are "smart" when infrastructure, urban assets, public services, human and social capital, mobility systems and other forces are improved and optimised under ICT...

By Nadir Jeeva 9 Jan 2017

[BizTrends 2016] A tougher construction industry for smaller players
[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

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