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SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

1 day ago

Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project
Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project

Djibouti's electricity demand is expected to considerably increase due to various large-scale infrastructure projects including ports, free trade zones...

14 Feb 2020

AfDB provides multi-million-dollar grant to boost renewable energy access in Liberia
AfDB provides multi-million-dollar grant to boost renewable energy access in Liberia

The AfDB has approved a $34.74m grant and loan to boost renewable energy access and promote an attractive investment climate in Liberia...

12 Feb 2020

#WomenInScience: Future of women in science depends on investment in tech, innovation
#WomenInScience: Future of women in science depends on investment in tech, innovation

When the South Africa Water Research Commission (WRC) opened its doors nearly fifty years ago in 1971, it was because of a serious water shortage...

By Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa 11 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

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

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

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

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

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe
How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country's population has access to electricity...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 15 Jan 2020

Final call to enter $2m LafargeHolcim Awards
Final call to enter $2m LafargeHolcim Awards

Entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable construction will close on 25 February...

14 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: 5 key architectural and sustainable initiative trends
#BizTrends2020: 5 key architectural and sustainable initiative trends

On a micro and macro level, the world focus for 2020 and beyond is a growing commitment towards the environment and sustainable energy...

By Bouwer Serfontein 13 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The future of waste management in SA is innovation
#BizTrends2020: The future of waste management in SA is innovation

The South African waste management industry is constantly developing and can be counted as one that is most efficient within the African continent...

By Kate Stubbs 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Building for sustainability continues to promote valuable returns
#BizTrends2020: Building for sustainability continues to promote valuable returns

There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development - and currently, the local construction and property industries are undeniably experiencing a lull...

By Johan Piekaar 6 Jan 2020

Mexico builds world's first 3D-printed community houses
Mexico builds world's first 3D-printed community houses

New Story, a non-profit organisation offering pioneering solutions to end global homelessness, has announced that the world's first 3D-printed community is officially being built and it has revealed the first set of homes in Mexico...

30 Dec 2019

New OxGlen buildings target Green Star design rating
New OxGlen buildings target Green Star design rating

The two newest buildings in the OxGlen precinct, known as OxGlen Block 3 and Block 4, are targeting a four-star Green Star SA Office v1.1 Design rating...

17 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

How we can recycle more buildings
How we can recycle more buildings

More than 35 billion tonnes of non-metallic minerals are extracted from the Earth every year...

By Seyed Ghaffar 5 Dec 2019

2019 Greenovate Awards winners announced
2019 Greenovate Awards winners announced

The Greenovate Awards recognises outstanding leadership in environmentally innovative thinking for the built environment at university level...

4 Dec 2019

Saint-Gobain Gyproc Brakpan plant self-supplying 30% of its water requirements
Saint-Gobain Gyproc Brakpan plant self-supplying 30% of its water requirements

Taking into account South Africa's status as a water-scarce region, Saint-Gobain has been reviewing the water consumption patterns and levels of its operations in the country, including that of its Brakpan plant...

3 Dec 2019

UJ's Senzo Mamba wins Corobrik Regional Architecture Award
UJ's Senzo Mamba wins Corobrik Regional Architecture Award

The University of Johannesburg's Senzo Mamba is one of eight young architects from top South African universities receiving a Corobrik Regional Architecture Award...

21 Nov 2019

Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions
Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

Concrete is the most widely used man-made material, commonly used in buildings, roads, bridges and industrial plants...

By Yixia (Sarah) Zhang, Khin Soe, and Yingying Guo 20 Nov 2019

Kgothatso John Malange was recently announced as the official winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer of 2019. Image supplied.
#Newsmaker: Caesarstone's 2019 Student Designer, Kgothatso John Malange

Hailing from Alexandra in Johannesburg, Kgothatso John Malange is a design force to be reckoned with and was recently announced as the official winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer of 2019, placing him in the ranking as South Africa's most promising designer...

By Juanita Pienaar 19 Nov 2019

African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) members sign Cape Town Declaration for governments to address housing finance shortage.
5-point plan set for governments to address African housing finance shortage

Following the conclusion of its 35th annual conference earlier this month, the 35 active members of the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) together agreed on a Cape Town Declaration on Housing Finance...

15 Nov 2019

NMU's Gideon Greyvenstein wins Corobrik Regional Architecture Award
NMU's Gideon Greyvenstein wins Corobrik Regional Architecture Award

Gideon Greyvenstein from Nelson Mandela University was recently announced the Eastern Cape regional winner of the Corobrik Regional Architecture Award...

14 Nov 2019

Building new cities to meet Africa's rapid urbanisation is a risky bet
Building new cities to meet Africa's rapid urbanisation is a risky bet

By 2050 an estimated 2.5 billion more people will be added to urban areas, with 90% of this growth taking place in Africa and Asia...

By Astrid R.N. Haas 4 Nov 2019

How blockchain is central to building a circular economy
How blockchain is central to building a circular economy

Blockchain will play a pivotal role in completely transforming the recycling supply chain and making the circular economy a reality...

4 Nov 2019

Dilapidated buildings along Cape Town coastlines to be demolished
Dilapidated buildings along Cape Town coastlines to be demolished

The City of Cape Town is currently devising detailed planning for the repair and refurbishment of its assets along the coastline stretching from Strand to Table View...

1 Nov 2019

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