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New infrastructure vulnerable to climate change owing to mismanagement, corruption

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2022 New infrastructure was just as vulnerable to climate change as ageing infrastructure, said South African Local Government Association (Salga) senior climate change adviser Slindile Maphumulo on May 10. She explained that, while ageing infrastructure was vulnerable to being damaged or destroyed... 

Warehouse demand growth boosts Equites’ full-year results

By: Darren Parker     4th May 2022 Intensifying demand for modern and future-proof warehousing solutions contributed to a strong financial year for real estate investment trust (Reit) Equites Property Fund. “Logistics properties globally continue to outperform, supported by sustained demand in the tenant and investor markets. 

Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan
Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan

IFC supports Business Partners to expand green building financing in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2022 To support the construction of green buildings in South Africa, global development institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced a financing package for Business Partners to help fund environment-friendly industrial and retail sites for the use of small and medium-sized... 

Quantity surveyors body hails police unit dedicated to tackling construction mafia

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2022 The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) says it welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that a special police unit is being set up to deal with “the construction mafia that has been disrupting businesses in the country for years”.  The association says it has... 

RIB sponsors free-to-use tool to help make buildings more sustainable

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 Architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) technology multinational RIB has partnered with nonprofit organisation Building Transparency, which developed and provides a free and open-access tool targeted at reducing the impact of embodied carbon and making the AEC industry more efficient and... 

RIB CCS celebrates 40 years of construction software

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2022 Engineering and construction software company RIB CCS celebrated its fortieth anniversary on April 7 and outgoing CEO Andrew Skudder says the company remains strongly focused on supporting the core needs of the construction industry, which it was founded to serve. The company intimately... 

RIB CCS VP Peter Damhuis
RIB CCS VP Peter Damhuis

Emira’s Knightsbridge Block A receives net-zero, energy performance certifications

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2022 JSE-listed property company Emira Property Fund has received an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) for one of its buildings – Block A in the Knightsbridge office park, in Bryanston. Knightsbridge Block A is the first of 54 mandated commercial buildings in the Emira portfolio the company plans... 

Emira Property Fund COO Ulana van Biljon
Emira Property Fund COO Ulana van Biljon

Joburg can create more than 200 000 green jobs in infrastructure and climate adaptation

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2022 Investment by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) in rail infrastructure would create 76 000 jobs, while prioritising environment-friendly construction in city projects would create 143 000 green jobs by 2030, CoJ Environment and Infrastructure Services mayoral committee member Michael Sun has said,... 

Beckman Coulter moves premises to Growthpoint’s Centralpoint

By: Darren Parker     28th March 2022 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties has assisted long-standing tenant biomedical products manufacturer Beckman Coulter to relocate from Growthpoint Business Park in Midrand, Johannesburg, to a new bespoke 5 750 m2 premises in the Centralpoint Innovation District, in Samrand, Johannesburg. The... 

Beckman Coulter's new premises in the Centralpoint Innovation District in Samrand, Johannesburg
Beckman Coulter's new premises in the Centralpoint Innovation District in Samrand, Johannesburg

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

Concor builds Ikusasa office block in Rosebank to 6-star green rating standards

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2022 Infrastructure and buildings services company Concor has completed the Ikusasa office block in Rosebank’s Oxford Parks precinct to six-star Green Star South Africa Office green standards, with 70% of demolition and construction waste re-used or recycled, Portland cement use reduced by 30% and 60%... 

The Ikusasa office block in Rosebank, Gauteng

Fujifilm's new head office in Sandton to also serve as Fujifilm Technology Centre Africa

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2022 Technology multinational Fujifilm South Africa has turned the first sod, marking the start of construction of a new head office in Sandton, which forms part of Fujifilm’s ongoing commitment to the country, following its tenth year in the country and the opening of a new office and repair centre... 

An artist's impression of the new Fujifilm South Africa head office
An artist's impression of the new Fujifilm South Africa head office

Afrimat Construction Index muted by slow infrastructure rollout 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2022 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19 induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 74% within only two quarters.   Since then, however, progress has been muted, owing mainly to the sedate rollout of government’s... 

Image of construction site

FNB/BER Building Confidence Index reaches four-year high

By: Darren Parker     15th March 2022 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index (BCI) gained six points to 40 in the first quarter of this year, compared with 34 in the fourth quarter of 2021 – indicating a four-year high in building confidence in South Africa. The FNB/BER BCI reveals... 

cranes and construction site at sunset

AfricaGoGreen Fund receives $31.5m to promote private sector efficiency investments

By: Schalk Burger     11th March 2022 Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) and its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) have approved a combined-equity investment of $20-million in the AfricaGoGreen Fund (AGGF) debt fund, which was established to promote private investments in energy-efficient... 

New Netcare hospital to feature green technologies

By: Darren Parker     3rd March 2022 Healthcare provider Netcare’s new Alberton Hospital, which will open its doors in April, will feature several green technologies, including solar power, advanced energy, water and waste management systems, integral building design elements and sustainable materials. “Developing the large 427-bed... 

Netcare’s new Alberton Hospital
The new Netcare Alberton Hospital will open its doors in April

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff 

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

Image of WBHO CEO Wolfgang Neff
Wolfgang Neff

Sector key in economic recovery

18th February 2022 National construction industry body Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) acting CEO Bongani Dlala says the construction sector can lead South Africa’s recovery as the country emerges into a post-Covid-19 economy, but only if emerging contractors are empowered. This was the consensus... 

DBSA calls for applications for Green Fund financing

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2022 Development finance institution the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has announced the availability of funding towards green economy development projects and programmes under the Green Fund. The Green Fund has been set up to contribute towards a range of goals in transitioning to a... 

GBCSA appoints new chairperson

By: Darren Parker     26th January 2022 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) board has appointed property investment firm Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) asset management executive Brian Unsted as its new chairperson. Unsted has 28 years of experience in the South African property industry and is the sustainability champion for... 

A photo of new GBCSA chairperson Brian Unsted
New GBCSA chairperson Brian Unsted

Schneider Electric launches green-focused business software suite

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is introducing an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure. The Infrastructure of the Future suite offers a holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies, while tackling the challenges... 

Building owners have one year left to obtain energy performance certificates 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2021 Owners of buildings in South Africa have one year left to obtain and prominently display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or risk a fine of R5-million, five years imprisonment or both. The regulations, under the National Energy Act, were gazetted a year ago and apply until December 7,... 

Afrimat Construction Index recovers further in the third quarter

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2021 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19 induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 60% in the next quarter.  Since then progress has been muted. However, the ACI in the third quarter of this year managed to record a... 

Image of construction in Sandton

City Lodge reinvents itself for competitive edge 

9th December 2021 City Lodge Hotel Group’s new Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City, in Midrand, which opened on March 1, offers a full dining experience, a move away from a breakfast-only offering. This represents the vision for the group moving forward. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

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City Lodge reinvents itself for competitive edge

GBCSA awards City Industrial Property building with Green Star, Net-Zero Carbon rating

By: Simone Liedtke     8th December 2021 City Industrial Property’s flagship Belville facility and home to City Logistics in Cape Town, has achieved a 4-Star Green Star Custom Industrial rating and a Net-Zero Carbon rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). “City Industrial Property is showing true leadership with... 

Pic of City Industrial Property's facility in Cape Town
City Industrial Property's facility in Cape Town

Second phase of plant expansion begins  

By: Claire O'Reilly     19th November 2021 Secondary steel manufacturer Veer Steel Mills has entered its second phase of expansion with the construction of a melt shop – the newest addition to its plant in Alrode, Alberton. 

Picture of Veers steel Mills alrode Plant
MELTING AWAY  A melt shop has commenced construction and will be the newest addition to Veer’s plant in Alrode, Alberton 

LSFB creates faster, more economical construction

By: Claire O'Reilly     19th November 2021 Developers, local authorities and housing associations are quickly embracing steel framing technology, such as light-steel-frame building (LSFB), says the International Zinc Association Africa Desk (IZA Africa Desk).  

Cladding used in solar tress

19th November 2021 Aligned to Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) Good Spaces building block, which aims to minimise the impact on the natural environment while creating spaces that are agile, adaptable and aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as well as L2D's 2030 Net Zero carbon target, L2D’s... 

Picture of solar tree used to generate electricity at Eastgate mall
MAN-MADE PHOTOSYNTHESIS The solar trees have continued to efficiently generate energy since October 2020

EAPASA, CBE sign MoU to bolster collaboration, good working relations

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 The Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), committing to work together on issues of transformation, skills development, research and promoting and protecting... 

Hospital benchmarks in sustainable healthcare facilities

12th November 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari provided design and construction supervision of the mechanical services, as well as environmentally sustainable design (ESD) consulting, at the new Cintocare Hospital in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria. It is the first Green Star South Africa... 

An image of Cintocare Hospital at night
CINTOCARE HOSPITAL Zutari provided design and construction supervision for the hospital build

Emira steps up biodiversity preservation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2021 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund says it has made meaningful progress on its biodiversity policy in consultation with the Biodiversity Disclosure Project (BDP) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). “Emira is proud to have initiated its biodiversity plan and aims to enhance it even further as we... 

An image showing indigenous landscaping at Knightsbridge office park - an Emira property
Indigenous landscaping

Growthpoint sponsoring new green building rating tool

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2021 Real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties is the sponsor of a new Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) rating tool – the pilot Green Star Existing Building Performance (EBP) rating tool for existing industrial buildings. The EBP tool is a first for the industry and the country... 

Pic of Growthpoint industrial asset management head Errol Taylor
Growthpoint industrial asset management head Errol Taylor

Amendments demand stringent compliance

By: Claire O'Reilly     5th November 2021 With the new amendments to the Carbon Tax Act earmarked to pave the way for developing a national standard to approve offset carbon positive projects and administer these projects on a national database, Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner says... 

Picture of interviewee Eckart Zollner who is the Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development
ECKART ZOLLNER Economic Development Solutions head of business development

Afrimat posts strong interim results, with all segments contributing positively to growth  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2021 Midtier openpit miner Afrimat has confirmed it is in a healthy financial position and able to accelerate growth, after delivering a ‘pleasing’ performance in the six months ended August 31. The group posted an operating profit of R582-million, up 65% on the R353-million operating profit... 

Afrimat Cape Lime operation
Afrimat's executive team unpacks the group's interim performance

More than 30 developments in the pipeline in Cape Town CBD

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2021 The economy of the Cape Town central business district (CBD) remained stable in 2020, despite Covid-19, with the official nominal value of all property set at R43.8-billion by the City of Cape Town, and with 31 new developments worth more than R6.9-billion in the pipeline. This is the key finding... 

Foundry company converts to renewable energy

22nd October 2021 The recent announcement by government that “own generation of power” without the requirement for a license had been increased from 1 MW to 100 MW was well received by industry as a whole. Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is looking into the viability of incorporating solar power as the... 

More than 30 developments in the pipeline in Cape Town CBD – report

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2021 The economy of the Cape Town central business district (CBD) remained stable in 2020, despite Covid-19, with the official nominal value of all property set at R43.8-billion by the City of Cape Town, and with 31 new developments worth more than R6.9-billion in the pipeline. This is the key finding... 

Image of the Cape Town city centre
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