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There's a disconnect between research and urban planning in Africa: how to fix it
There's a disconnect between research and urban planning in Africa: how to fix itArticle

The African continent is fast on its way to becoming one of the world's largest urban hubs. This has spawned growing interest in African urbanisation by both researchers and policymakers...

Sylvia Croese and Ntombini Marrengane 20 Apr 2021

Diabetes is a growing public health burden. Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock
We're on the hunt for novel ways to assess the risk of type 2 diabetesArticle

Type 2 diabetes is characterised by elevated blood glucose levels. This can cause complications that lead to damage to the kidneys, nerves, and the retina in eyes...

Cecil Jack Weale 14 Apr 2021

Black construction companies urged to help address housing shortage
Black construction companies urged to help address housing shortageArticle

Emerging black construction companies owned by women, youth, military veterans and people with disabilities should take the lead in rolling out alternative building technology (ABT).

1 Apr 2021

Smart cities promote best practice in urban sustainability
Smart cities promote best practice in urban sustainabilityArticle

According to Carshif Talip, expertise leader, Urban Planning and Land Infrastructure at Zutari, a 'smart city' is much more than a city that is digitally enabled and brimming with technology...

18 Mar 2021

New Lanseria Smart City just 'papering over the cracks'
New Lanseria Smart City just 'papering over the cracks'Article

According to Paragon Group director Henning Rasmuss, the new Lanseria Smart City revealed during this year's SONA is just 'papering over the cracks'...

16 Mar 2021

South Africa's newest sportswear brand gives a different meaning to sports apparel
South Africa's newest sportswear brand gives a different meaning to sports apparelArticle

SMMEs have a vital role to play in the creation of jobs, especially in targeting the rampant youth unemployment rate. Kicks Sportswear, is heeding this call by introducing a South African sports brand from Africa to the world...

Issued by DNA Brand Architects 12 Mar 2021

#BehindtheMask: Jason McNeil, CEO of Interwaste
#BehindtheMask: Jason McNeil, CEO of InterwasteArticle

While McNeil's introduction to the world of waste was, as he describes it, "purely coincidental", he has a love for the industry and all its facets that ultimately contribute to environmental sustainability.

Sindy Peters 2 Mar 2021

Deriving value for safe, smart cities
Deriving value for safe, smart citiesArticle

The mobile revolution in Africa has had a powerful impact on job creation and community development. Now, off the back of this technological leap forward...

Leona Mentz 16 Feb 2021

Fast food is growing in popularity with Ghanaians. Wikimedia Commons
Ghanaians are eating more fast food: the who and the whyArticle

Across Africa fast food restaurants have spread at a rapid rate, driven by rising income levels, rapid urbanisation and changing eating habits and lifestyles...

James Boafo 11 Feb 2021

Africa's energy sector steering towards renewables
Africa's energy sector steering towards renewablesArticle

A reduction in costs and the undeniable environmental benefits have resulted in a steady transition from traditional to renewable sources of power in recent years...

8 Feb 2021

Climate change needs to be treated like the Covid-19 crisis
Climate change needs to be treated like the Covid-19 crisisArticle

2019 was the hottest year on record, not only in South Africa, but across the globe. Impacts of this are severe...

Liteboho Makhele 5 Feb 2021

#BizTrends2021: Trends to expect in the township development, office, retail spaces
#BizTrends2021: Trends to expect in the township development, office, retail spacesArticle

As the fight against Covid-19 rages on, the property sector shows a bag of mixed results with some parts of the sector...

Herbert Seabelo Theledi 28 Jan 2021

Renewables, energy storage and the future of smart cities
Renewables, energy storage and the future of smart citiesArticle

'Smart cities' are no longer considered to be just a buzzword; they are a topic of constant conversation, and they've already...

Seydou Kane 27 Jan 2021

Ghana's unstable building problem is about more than lax regulation
Ghana's unstable building problem is about more than lax regulationArticle

Collapsed buildings are worryingly common in several large African cities. One study counted 54 building collapse deaths...

Festival Godwin Boateng 25 Jan 2021

Private sector investment key in bridging Africa's housing gap
Private sector investment key in bridging Africa's housing gapArticle

The Africa Investment Conference will explore how inclusive, sustainable and resilient investment can serve to help countries across the continent...

18 Jan 2021

German auto industry strengthens ties with Africa
German auto industry strengthens ties with AfricaArticle

The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) recently partnered with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) as part of the PartnerAfrica project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)...

11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Revitalising property markets through inner-city investment and refurbishment
#BizTrends2021: Revitalising property markets through inner-city investment and refurbishmentArticle

South Africa's property sector, in general, has shown poor performance during the Covid-19 pandemic. Property stocks have taken a significant hit, where retail and commercial office space have been hit hardest...

Paul Jackson 6 Jan 2021

Water solutions to aid the most vulnerable in Kenya
Water solutions to aid the most vulnerable in KenyaArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly illustrated how multiple water security risks affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across Africa, Kenya included. The pandemic has compounded the severity of the impacts resulting from water-related climate hazards, such as floods, droughts and cyclones.

Simon Thomas 31 Dec 2020

Muhammad Ali Albakri
#BizTrends2021: 5 government interventions urgently-needed to support air transport, tourism sectorArticle

The air transport industry was one of the hardest hit in 2020 with traffic and revenues falling off a cliff at the end of last March following the imposition of worldwide Covid-19 containment restrictions on travel...

Muhammad Ali Albakri 21 Dec 2020

The loss of vegetation is creating a dangerous heat island over Nairobi
The loss of vegetation is creating a dangerous heat island over NairobiArticle

Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, used to be known as the "Green City in the Sun" for its lush environment. There have, however, recently been a lot of changes to Nairobi's land cover...

17 Dec 2020

Metals from urban pollution are contaminating the last few old forests in Cape Town
Metals from urban pollution are contaminating the last few old forests in Cape TownArticle

Forests are good for the planet: they purify the air and moderate the climate...

Anne-Liese Naude (Kruger) 15 Dec 2020

EPF Tech Hub helps empower young developers with hackathon
EPF Tech Hub helps empower young developers with hackathonArticle

The EPF Tech Hub is a local NPO committed to harnessing emerging technologies like AI, big data, fintech and IoT to build solutions that address the key challenges in South Africa, such as unemployment, urbanisation, rural development, and water and energy challenges...

20 Nov 2020

Entrepreneurs are crucial to SA's economic recovery
Entrepreneurs are crucial to SA's economic recoveryArticle

According to Bonga Xulu, Johannesburg's regional portfolio manager at TUHF, SMMEs have a crucial role to play in South Africa's economic recovery as the Covid-19 pandemic remains an ongoing concern...

19 Nov 2020

A sustainable future: Green buildings key to reducing energy consumption
A sustainable future: Green buildings key to reducing energy consumptionArticle

Construction is a key sector to address South Africa's housing shortage and infrastructure needs, and thus is unlikely to slow down...

Thabang Byl 18 Nov 2020

Why tech companies should open offices in small towns, villages
Why tech companies should open offices in small towns, villagesArticle

Covid-19 has induced massive reverse migration with employees moving back to their homes, making it the right time for tech companies to capitalise on the trend of operating in smaller towns...

Andrew Bourne 10 Nov 2020

Spatial applications show where the Covid-19 vulnerable populations and active cases are, where to find care, and where there are resource gaps. Bushko Oleksandr/Shutterstock
The 'science of where', or GIS, fortified Kenya's response to Covid-19. Here's howArticle

The value and potential of geographic information system - or GIS, "the science of where" - has become even more obvious this year as the world responds to the Covid-19 pandemic...

Peter Macharia 6 Nov 2020

Climate change, migration and urbanisation: patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa
Climate change, migration and urbanisation: patterns in Sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

The link between climate change and migration has gained both academic and public interest in recent years...

Roman Hoffmann 4 Nov 2020

SA needs a food policy and more collaboration
SA needs a food policy and more collaborationArticle

Saying South Africa is food secure when more than 14 million people go hungry each day, and more than a quarter of children under the age of five are stunted, shows a gross misunderstanding of what food security entails...

Hugo Lochner 3 Nov 2020

Sustainable urbanisation the focus this World Cities Day
Sustainable urbanisation the focus this World Cities DayArticle

Coined by the United Nations General Assembly, World Cities Day is celebrated annually on 31 October...

30 Oct 2020

Covid-19 will not change cities in long term - Norman Foster
Covid-19 will not change cities in long term - Norman FosterArticle

Delivering an opening keynote to the first United Nations Forum of Mayors earlier this month in Geneva, Switzerland, Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, said the coronavirus pandemic will not change cities in the long term...

26 Oct 2020

Green, integrated approaches could address food security challenges
Green, integrated approaches could address food security challengesArticle

According to advisors from food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa), IFAT Africa, and analytica lab Africa, agriculture and food production does not happen in isolation, and to maximise food production and address world hunger, stakeholders across a broad value chain have to start working more collaboratively and sustainably...

15 Oct 2020

South Africa’s east and west coastlines have some of the world’s richest, unexploited, naturally occurring heavy mineral sands. Shutterstock
South African community wins right to access mining application. But who will win the war?Article

South African law states that mineral resources are the common heritage of all the country's people. The state is the custodian of these resources for the benefit of all citizens...

Tracy-Lynn Field 14 Oct 2020

Backyard rentals offer real gains, with help from better utility management
Backyard rentals offer real gains, with help from better utility managementArticle

The informal housing rental (or backyard rental) sector is transforming as it expands, and utility management is key in the new landlord-tenant relationship...

Issued by Semaphore Communications 6 Oct 2020

Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventions
Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventionsArticle

If there was any doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has clearly revealed that we inhabit a world where people, animals and environments are interconnected and interdependent...

Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa and Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila 23 Sep 2020

Coastal and marine economy: Can it be salvaged from the impacts of poor water quality?
Coastal and marine economy: Can it be salvaged from the impacts of poor water quality?Article

We (the citizens) need to re-establish an ecological healthy relationship between nature and culture...

Bonani Madikizela 21 Sep 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systemsArticle

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

21 Sep 2020

Remote workers heading out of town
Remote workers heading out of townArticle

When we talk of semigration now, we are no longer just talking about the familiar pattern of movement from Gauteng to Cape Town, but about the worldwide counter-urbanisation or de-urbanisation movement...

Berry Everitt 3 Sep 2020

Paul Nel, energy lead, Zutari
Fossil fuel-based energy mix remains a challenge for South AfricaArticle

The main challenge facing South Africa is its fossil fuel-based energy mix that is heavily dependent on the mining industry for supplying coal and employment opportunities...

Paul Nel 3 Sep 2020

Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions
Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissionsArticle

August 22 was Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year...

Brant Walkley 31 Aug 2020

New project explores impact of biodiversity loss on well-being in Africa
New project explores impact of biodiversity loss on well-being in AfricaArticle

Lack of access to global data on biodiversity loss and its impact on people is a major barrier to tackling the issue in Africa...

17 Aug 2020

Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housing
Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housingArticle

The challenges of informal settlements have once again been thrown into the spotlight in the midst of the current pandemic...

Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 4 Aug 2020

Eland released in Western Cape wine estate to boost ecosystem diversity
Eland released in Western Cape wine estate to boost ecosystem diversityArticle

Five eland were released in the Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West on Wednesday, 29 July, as part of the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust's (CTEET) Gantouw Project...

30 Jul 2020

How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupations
How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupationsArticle

Cape Town has its hands full with land occupations. Fiery commentary from the national minister of human settlements, mayco member for human settlements and mayor emphasises the need to protect public and private land...

Adi Kumar 28 Jul 2020

Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?
Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?Article

We need to consider all historical factors if we want to provide safe and secure food for future generations...

Dr Peter Oberem 27 Jul 2020

Has Covid-19 triggered a permanent shift away from dense city living?
Has Covid-19 triggered a permanent shift away from dense city living?Article

Currently, 55% of the world's population lives in cities, but densification forecasting in recent years has put that figure closer to 70% by 2050 across both developed and developing nations. However, the recent decentralisation trend...

22 Jul 2020

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Raising a red flag on the privatisation of communal landArticle

During an online workshop hosted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, participants discussed rapid and 'silent' privatisation of customary land under the theme women's land tenure security and livelihoods in Southern Africa...

13 Jul 2020

Housing crisis more complex than it seems
Housing crisis more complex than it seemsArticle

The outrage over the recent violent eviction of a naked Bulelani Qholani from his shack in eThembeni near Empolweni, Khayelitsha, on 1 July by the City of Cape Town's Anti-Land Invasion Unit (ALIU), will fade in time...

Jens Horber 7 Jul 2020

African produced TV series nominated at International Animation Film Festival
African produced TV series nominated at International Animation Film FestivalArticle

African produced TV series, My Better World was selected for competition at the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival...

26 Jun 2020

Call for partnerships to address key urban challenges
Call for partnerships to address key urban challengesArticle

Connected Places Catapult invites South African organisations and UK SMEs to form partnerships to develop solutions to urban challenges in Cape Town, Johannesburg and eThekwini (Durban)...

25 Jun 2020

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