Construction Trends 2020

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Construction body calls for urgent meeting after CETA placed under administration
Construction body calls for urgent meeting after CETA placed under administration

Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) has called for an urgent meeting with the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande...

6 Feb 2020

Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project
Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project

Togo broke ground on its 50MW Mohamed Bin Zayed Photovoltaic Solar Power Complex in Blitta this month...

6 Feb 2020

2020 Schneider Go Green student competition open for entries
2020 Schneider Go Green student competition open for entries

South African students are invited to enter the tenth annual Schneider Go Green contest...

5 Feb 2020

Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa Forum
Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa Forum

At Saint-Gobain's fourth Africa Forum, CEO Jean-Claude Lasserre noted that investment into Africa is high on the company's agenda...

4 Feb 2020

The future of the counterbalance truck
The future of the counterbalance truck

Jungheinrich presents a sneak preview of the future of the counterbalance truck, named P30i, it's a high-voltage electric forklift truck in the shell of a diesel truck...

By Benedikt Nufer, Issued by Jungheinrich South Africa 4 Feb 2020

AECOM appoints new MD for Africa
AECOM appoints new MD for Africa

Darrin Green has been promoted to managing director, Africa at AECOM, a responsibility he will undertake in addition to his previous role as MD for Civil Infrastructure, Africa...

3 Feb 2020

SA's water storage stable
SA's water storage stable

Despite a week-long absence of rain in major parts of the country, South Africa's national water storage is stable...

3 Feb 2020

Germany, Namibia cooperate on desalination feasibility study
Germany, Namibia cooperate on desalination feasibility study

In cooperation with the German KfW Development Bank, a feasibility study was commissioned to provide recommendations on long-term solutions for the water supply to the central coast and central area of Namibia...

31 Jan 2020

Bringing critical power distribution out of the dark
Bringing critical power distribution out of the dark

As the trend towards digitisation becomes pervasive across many industries and operations, the benefits offered to power distribution systems should not be overlooked...

By Quintin Mccutcheon 31 Jan 2020

Entries open for 2019/2020 AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award
Entries open for 2019/2020 AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award

The 2019/2020 AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award is now open for entries. All practitioners, including architects, engineers, project managers and designers of sustainable solutions, are invited to enter...

31 Jan 2020

Brights Hardware expands into industrial and wholesale market
Brights Hardware expands into industrial and wholesale market

Western Cape-based retail chain Brights Hardware has launched an Industrial and Wholesale Suppliers division, the result of a merger with Cape Engineering Supplies...

30 Jan 2020

Atterbury develops new 13,500m² showroom for WeBuyCars
Atterbury develops new 13,500m² showroom for WeBuyCars

WeBuyCars has a new showroom in Cape Town that was purpose-built by property developer Atterbury...

30 Jan 2020

Contractors beware of new clauses in road tender deals
Contractors beware of new clauses in road tender deals

Sanral's recent tenders for the upgrades to the N2/N3 are worth millions, which is is great news for contractors in a sector that is in slump. But, law specialists warn that amendments to Sanral's standard contract make it much more difficult for contractors to deal with disruptions...

30 Jan 2020

China building 1,000-bed hospital in 6 days to fight Coronavirus
China building 1,000-bed hospital in 6 days to fight Coronavirus

The government of China is building a new 1,000-bed hospital in only six days to fight the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus in Wuhan City...

30 Jan 2020

Government non-payment culture driving construction job losses
Government non-payment culture driving construction job losses

Government's failure to pay building contractors on time or even not at all is one of the major causes of job losses in the construction industry...

By Morag Evans 29 Jan 2020

West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses
West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses

Five Elands Bay beach property owners have been served warning notices by the Western Cape's environmental authorities for allegedly illegally building houses and other structures within the protected coastal zone...

By John Yeld 29 Jan 2020

Time for SA to join the smart cities revolution
Time for SA to join the smart cities revolution

Smart cities use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance liveability, workability and sustainability, thereby improving the life of its residents...

28 Jan 2020

2020 competition to design emergency operations centre in Africa launched
2020 competition to design emergency operations centre in Africa launched

The Balouo Salo non-profit organisation has launched the 2020 edition of the Kaira Looro Competition which aims to design an emergency operations centre for the resolution of humanitarian emergencies in Africa...

27 Jan 2020

Laduma Hardware Group's retail expansion
Laduma Hardware Group's retail expansion

Laduma Hardware Group's store count has grown from one outlet in 1996 to 15 stores today, including a 12,900 sq metre flagship store in Lebowakgomo, South East of Polokwane...

24 Jan 2020

Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban Forum
Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban Forum

More than 50 mayors and governors from cities across the world will attend the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi from 8-13 February...

24 Jan 2020

AfDB signs 5-year agreement to use FIDIC standard contracts
AfDB signs 5-year agreement to use FIDIC standard contracts

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has granted the African Development Bank (AfDB) a non-exclusive licence to refer to seven of its major contracts...

23 Jan 2020

Making data management do the 'heavy lifting' for the construction industry
Making data management do the 'heavy lifting' for the construction industry

Despite hopes of a turnaround, the construction sector remains in the doldrums. The picture isn't likely to change soon and, as a result, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies are 'building in' business optimisation to ensure continuation...

By Chris de Bruyn 23 Jan 2020

#BehindtheSelfie with... Atisha Gopichund, techno marketing director at Saint-Gobain
#BehindtheSelfie with... Atisha Gopichund, techno marketing director at Saint-Gobain

This week, we go behind the selfie with Atisha Gopichund-Lutchman, techno marketing director at Saint-Gobain sub-Saharan Africa...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Jan 2020

Equites to develop R1.3bn logistics warehouse facility for Pepkor
Equites to develop R1.3bn logistics warehouse facility for Pepkor

Equites Property Fund Limited (Equites) is set to develop a 122,734m2 logistics warehouse facility in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal for Pepkor at a total cost of R1.3bn...

22 Jan 2020

KZN to roll out drought emergency plan
KZN to roll out drought emergency plan

The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal is set to roll out an Emergency Drought Mitigation Plan in areas affected by drought in the province...

22 Jan 2020

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has conditionally approved the Boulders wind farm project. Image from the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report by CES (copied for fair use).
Huge West Coast wind farm approved

The government has approved in principle the huge Boulders wind farm project on the West Coast peninsula near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg...

By John Yeld 22 Jan 2020

Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date
Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date

We are entering a new world where skyscrapers and other huge buildings are becoming redundant and need significant overhaul or replacement. The process is called unbuilding or, if you're a bit highfalutin, deconstruction...

By Norman Day 21 Jan 2020

SA packaging, plastics sector welcomes development of industry-managed waste management plan
SA packaging, plastics sector welcomes development of industry-managed waste management plan

Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy announced late last year that she would be starting an entirely new process under Section 18 to develop an industry-managed waste management plan...

21 Jan 2020

Digitisation and data key to transforming construction industry
Digitisation and data key to transforming construction industry

The construction sector is one of the least digitised industries in South Africa and globally. While this is largely attributed to the complexity of the industry, the power of data can no longer be ignored...

By Andrew Skudder 20 Jan 2020

How to know if you are getting the best building bricks price
How to know if you are getting the best building bricks price

When buying bricks, you want to get the best quality for your money, so the prices of building bricks need to be compared, as does their quality...

Issued by Starbright 16 Jan 2020

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