Construction Trends 2020

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#Sona20: Grinaker-LTA welcomes infrastructure initiatives
#Sona20: Grinaker-LTA welcomes infrastructure initiatives

Construction group Grinaker-LTA has welcomed the announcements made during Sona 2020 relating to the various economic and social infrastructure initiatives...

17 Feb 2020

Upskilling vital to construction industry
Upskilling vital to construction industry

Amid positive job creation news, it is now especially vital for the construction industry to adapt to advancing standards and adequately train the emerging workforce...

By Anthony Keal 14 Feb 2020

Coronavirus hits construction sector with indefinitely delayed shipments
Coronavirus hits construction sector with indefinitely delayed shipments

With shipments of construction material from China being indefinitely delayed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in that country, South African contractors are having to...

11 Feb 2020

Aurecon Africa demerges from global brand
Aurecon Africa demerges from global brand

Aurecon officially announced the demerge of the African business from the Aurecon Group late last year, and the separation came into effect from 1 January 2020...

11 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

AfDB provides €345m in road construction support to Tanzania and Kenya
AfDB provides €345m in road construction support to Tanzania and Kenya

The total amount of co-financing is expected to be more than $ 1.2bn when subsequent phases of the project are concluded...

27 Dec 2019

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AfDB lends $272m for construction of Tanzania's Msalato International Airport

A $272.12m loan has been approved from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to Tanzania for the construction of the new Msalato International Airport in the capital Dodoma...

20 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Construction & Engineering
#BestofBiz 2019: Construction & Engineering

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content...

17 Dec 2019

Motheo Construction Group appoints new CEO
Motheo Construction Group appoints new CEO

Following the tragic passing earlier this year of Dr Thandi Ndlovu, founder of the Motheo Construction Group, Lettie Mashau has been appointed as the company's new CEO...

12 Dec 2019

FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index 7 points up in 4Q2019
FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index 7 points up in 4Q2019

For the first time since 2Q2017, the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index has risen above 20 points, with 22 points in 4Q2019, 7 points higher than in 3Q2019...

10 Dec 2019

FNB/BER Building Confidence Index shows uptick in building activity in 4Q2019
FNB/BER Building Confidence Index shows uptick in building activity in 4Q2019

The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index edged higher to 25 in 4Q2019 after a 20-year low of 22 in 3Q2019...

6 Dec 2019

New SAICE president calls for return to ethical leadership
New SAICE president calls for return to ethical leadership

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) recently inaugurated Mopilwane Fana Marutla as its 117th president...

5 Dec 2019

Construction begins at new Durban cruise terminal
Construction begins at new Durban cruise terminal

Transnet plans to commence construction on its own section of the promenade in quarter three of 2020 which will connect to the new cruise terminal, allowing cruise passengers direct access and connections to the central beachfront with relative ease and safety...

19 Nov 2019

Corobrik invests over R1bn in manufacturing plants
Corobrik invests over R1bn in manufacturing plants

Corobrik's investment into its SA manufacturing plants over the next two years is set to pass the R1bn mark...

19 Nov 2019

Construction industry under siege
Construction industry under siege

Armed gangs are increasingly invading construction sites across the country, harassing workers and threatening violence unless their employment demands are met...

By Morag Evans 18 Nov 2019

Deconstructing the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill
Deconstructing the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill

In terms of Government Gazette dated 30 August 2019, the Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation published the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill, 2019 which, if promulgated, will repeal the existing Housing Consumer Protection Measures Act No 95 of 1998...

By Simphiwe Maphumulo 7 Nov 2019

Why SMME development is crucial to the construction industry
Why SMME development is crucial to the construction industry

By now, we have all heard about the local communities stopping projects across the country because the local SMME is not being given opportunities...

By Jeff Pipe 31 Oct 2019

PPS-SAICE Awards recognises innovation in civil engineering
PPS-SAICE Awards recognises innovation in civil engineering

The PPS-SAICE Awards ceremony took place in Johannesburg recently celebrating the outstanding innovation and contributions made by civil engineering practitioners for 2018/2019...

29 Oct 2019

Dutch building industry professionals in South Africa 1902-1961
Dutch building industry professionals in South Africa 1902-1961

Cape Dutch architecture is a well-known and studied shared heritage. The legacy of Dutch-born and -educated building industry professionals in the twentieth century has hardly been studied...

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 29 Oct 2019

MBAWC entrepreneurship programme readies SMEs for construction industry uptick
MBAWC entrepreneurship programme readies SMEs for construction industry uptick

While South Africa's construction industry is firmly in recession, there is cause for optimism with the government's economic stimulus plan reported to inject billions into infrastructure development...

29 Oct 2019

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