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SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: Co-working trend has the potential to change office space landscape in SA
#BizTrends2019: Co-working trend has the potential to change office space landscape in SA

The international trend towards co-working, defined essentially as shared office space, equipment, and services, is set to change the office space landscape in South Africa...

By Claire D’Adorante 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: Struggling construction sector must develop a new talent perspective
#BizTrends2019: Struggling construction sector must develop a new talent perspective

South Africa's declining infrastructure remains an area of concern for the country's future, yet despite the current environment, opportunities exist for construction companies...

By Théo Gaultier 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: Alternative building methods continue to change the face of construction in Africa
#BizTrends2019: Alternative building methods continue to change the face of construction in Africa

Beyond brick and mortar, South Africans are increasingly considering new and alternative building methods and techniques...

By Jolene Blundell 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: The exciting fast-growing trend of TOD
#BizTrends2019: The exciting fast-growing trend of TOD

Transit-oriented development is the exciting fast-growing trend in creating vibrant, livable, sustainable communities...

By Karen Petersen 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: An exponential shift in many areas of SA real estate awaits
#BizTrends2019: An exponential shift in many areas of SA real estate awaits

2019 will usher in a quarter of a century since South Africa has been addressing post-apartheid challenges...

By Ziyad Adroos 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: Much of the same expected for 2019
#BizTrends2019: Much of the same expected for 2019

With pressure on costs, increased fuel prices, the water shortage in Cape Town in 2018, and an economy that is struggling at best, the remedial construction industry can prepare for much of the same challenges in 2019...

By Geoffrey Jäck 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: Great cities are built on great collaborations
#BizTrends2019: Great cities are built on great collaborations

Urbanisation continues to be one of the most powerful megatrends reshaping our world. It is a shift that is creating countless problems, but even more opportunities...

By Elaine Jack 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#BizTrends2019: Africa opens up for SA's stainless steel sector
#BizTrends2019: Africa opens up for SA's stainless steel sector

2019 seems to be the year of an 'opening up' of Africa, whether it be opening trade borders or opening key infrastructure projects...

By Lesley Squires 7 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

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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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

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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

SOUTH AFRICA

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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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

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