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Eskom conducts maintenance work as demand drops during lockdown
Eskom conducts maintenance work as demand drops during lockdown

As South Africa enters day seven of a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, Eskom has announced that it will double maintenance work at its plants...

1 day ago

Covid-19 lockdown: Impact on construction contract claims
Covid-19 lockdown: Impact on construction contract claims

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has already had extreme impacts across the globe, including South Africa. The lockdown, which has resulted in construction sites being shut down...

By Richard Hoal 2 days ago

#BlockchainAfrica: Blockchain poised to propel construction into new era of efficiency
#BlockchainAfrica: Blockchain poised to propel construction into new era of efficiency

Huge strides have been made in digitising and transforming the construction industry already, but an uptake in blockchain technology is poised to be a game-changer in the built environment...

By Andrew Skudder 3 days ago

Sanral operations to remain active during lockdown
Sanral operations to remain active during lockdown

Sanral's routine road maintenance (RRM) and toll operations have been declared an essential service by government and will therefore continue during the lockdown period...

30 Mar 2020

SAPPMA urges government to invest in water infrastructure amid Covid-19 outbreak
SAPPMA urges government to invest in water infrastructure amid Covid-19 outbreak

The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa has once again highlighted the dangers that the country's lacking water infrastructure pose...

27 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Waste collection essential during lockdown
Covid-19: Waste collection essential during lockdown

As South Africans prepare to stay indoors for the next three weeks, waste generation at home is projected to increase...

26 Mar 2020

Registration open for 'De-Urbanized Epidemics' redesign competition
Registration open for 'De-Urbanized Epidemics' redesign competition

London-based architecture firm De-Urban Design Studio has launched a new ideas competition called 'De-Urbanized Epidemics: Re-Design of the Concept of Health in Relation to the Built Environment'...

25 Mar 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa announces nationwide lockdown

South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21-days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa said...

24 Mar 2020

Kangnas' turbines in place ahead of schedule
Kangnas' turbines in place ahead of schedule

All 61 turbine installations at Kangnas Wind Farm have been completed two weeks ahead of schedule...

20 Mar 2020

Professor Alfred Ngowi, deputy vice-chancellor: research innovation and engagement, Professor Fidelis Emuze, built environment and Professor Nomvula Rakolote, CEO: Association of Construction Project Managers.
AI could propel the construction industry forward

The construction industry faces a major productivity challenge because it lags behind other major sectors in adopting artificial intelligence (AI)...

19 Mar 2020

The Kampala-Entebbe expressway.
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Massive African infrastructure projects often hurt, rather than help, local people

Big infrastructure projects are always controversial. Yet in parts of the world associated with severely deficient infrastructure, the positive value of major infrastructure investments is often taken as a given...

By Tom Goodfellow 18 Mar 2020

New facility for Aramex
New facility for Aramex

Atterbury has been awarded the contract to develop a new distribution facility for Aramex South Africa in Richmond Park, Milnerton, Cape Town...

17 Mar 2020

Waterfront project goes green with ecobricks
Waterfront project goes green with ecobricks

A new green building project broke ground at the Portswood District of the V&A Waterfront last year, which will use the recycled beverage bottles known as ecobricks as part of its construction...

16 Mar 2020

R9m offloading zone set to drive efficiency in coastal cement operations
R9m offloading zone set to drive efficiency in coastal cement operations

Cement producer, PPC, has built a R9m offloading facility at its George Depot, which will receive product by rail, improving its turnaround to customers without compromising quality...

12 Mar 2020

Dumisani Nkabinde, regional manager, Sanral
Roads projects offer opportunities for SMMEs

A road building initiative on the Free State KwaZulu-Natal border will offer local SMME's significant opportunities for new business, provide important job creation within local communities and develop skills through partnerships with established construction companies.

11 Mar 2020

Ergonomics Regulations launched
Ergonomics Regulations launched

Employers have a duty and responsibility to prevent occupational diseases and injuries relating to exposure to ergonomic hazards in their workplaces...

11 Mar 2020

UK-China alliance plans to build African infrastructure
UK-China alliance plans to build African infrastructure

With a young and growing population, studies show that by 2075 the African continent will have some of the largest mega cities in the world...

10 Mar 2020

The skylight of the Weskoppies Chapel in Pretoria.
Alain Proust/Hidden Pretoria
Between care and neglect: Pretoria's grand architectural legacy

Pretoria, South Africa's capital city, contains many historical sites where government facilities have been built and developed since the mid 1800s. These often unappreciated places narrate the city's historical and ongoing political significance...

By Johan Swart 9 Mar 2020

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Heavy haul conference to play critical role in building sustainable economy

In order to ensure that South Africa's rail network achieves its true potential, the rail industry needs to take greater steps to start introducing smart and resilient railway operations and infrastructure, so as to improve efficiency and safety...

6 Mar 2020

How architect Yona Friedman used math to design utopian cities of the future
How architect Yona Friedman used math to design utopian cities of the future

Architecture has lost a great visionary. Budapest-born French architect Yona Friedman died at age 96 on 20 February.

By Theodora Vardouli 6 Mar 2020

Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos converts old industrial building into bridal store
Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos converts old industrial building into bridal store

Spanish architecture and interior design studio Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos has transformed an old industrial building into a bridal store featuring a giant golden staircase...

4 Mar 2020

New twist in Noordhoek wetland road controversy
New twist in Noordhoek wetland road controversy

For the past two decades, City of Cape Town transport planners, environmentalists, civic groups and local residents have locked horns over a controversial proposal for a new road link...

By John Yeld 3 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Factory closures in China may swell demand for SA-made products
Covid-19: Factory closures in China may swell demand for SA-made products

Albert Louw from Lasher Tools says that the company has gained new business as a consequence of the outbreak of coronavirus in China and the closure of manufacturing in the country...

2 Mar 2020

Vodacom's Cape Town HQ awarded 5-star Green Star certification
Vodacom's Cape Town HQ awarded 5-star Green Star certification

Following a refurbishment and implementation of various sustainable interventions, Vodacom's Century City building in Cape Town has been accredited...

2 Mar 2020

4 major digital trends in construction for 2020
4 major digital trends in construction for 2020

From cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), to 5G and mobility, a key trend in 2020 is the accelerated digitisation of construction companies...

By Andrew Skudder 28 Feb 2020

Sidewalk Labs releases its mass timber proto-model for high-rise buildings
Sidewalk Labs releases its mass timber proto-model for high-rise buildings

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent Alphabet, has released its new digital study for mass timber buildings that could reach 35 storeys in cities...

27 Feb 2020

African Construction, Totally Concrete Expo to focus on Africa's 4IR readiness
African Construction, Totally Concrete Expo to focus on Africa's 4IR readiness

The 2020 African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, set for 9 to 11 June, will focus on transformation in the construction industry and its adaptation to the fourth industrial revolution...

26 Feb 2020

R60bn allocated for Gauteng infrastructure
R60bn allocated for Gauteng infrastructure

The Gauteng Provincial Government will in the next five years spend R60bn on building and maintaining infrastructure, said Premier David Makhura while delivering his State of the Province Address...

26 Feb 2020

A sanitation game changer for Africa and the world
A sanitation game changer for Africa and the world

Millions of South Africans are among the four billion-plus people that are without decent and sustainable sanitation in the world. And our horror stories are well documented...

By Jay Bhagwan 24 Feb 2020

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