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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

Controls designed for home safety

By: Liezel Hill     4th August 2006 Electrical equipment and accessories specialist Legrand’s range of Mosaic electrical controls has been designed for optimum safety, efficiency and flexibility, as well as easy installation in any home - in original installations, extensions and modifications. 

Wild and golf estate planned for Ekurhuleni corridor

By: Zonika Botha     19th May 2006 Ekurhuleni’s R21 corridor, which stretches from Boksburg to Tshwane and is expected to grow into a major economic activity node for Gauteng, has got off the ground with the launch of the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate earlier this year. 

N2 Gateway project – what next?

10th February 2006 In January of 2005 the Mayor of Cape Town said that 22 000 houses would be constructed in the N2 Gateway Project by June 2005, later altered to the effect that the completions would be December 2005. 

German group pursues housing-system offset

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2006 German group ThyssenKrupp is optimistic about its ability to deliver offset projects this year. One of these is the industrially-produced housing system unveiled at the end of last year (2005). 

Canadian firms seeks to make SA inroads

By: peter cromberge     2nd December 2005 A Canadian-based company offering a range of environmental solutions for industry has entered the South African market with products aimed predominantly at the mining and construction sectors. 

Opportunities galore for steel-framing technology

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 Lightweight steel-framing technology first emerged in the US during the 1950s, in a response to a similar array of issues as those currently affecting South Africa – productivity, quality control and availability of skilled trade labour. 

Exhibition displays options for prospective home-owners

16th November 2005 The Sakhuluntu Housing Exhibition, under way in Motherwell, in the Eastern Cape, aims to showcase ten subsidy houses that offer home-owners a range of aesthetic and lifestyle benefits. 

Local professionals describe N2 Gateway as 'expensive joke'

11th November 2005 Cape Town’s N2 Gateway project is supposed to deliver 22 000 houses by July next year, but less than 190 units have been built, and less than 10% of these have been handed over to occupiers. 

East London municipality to provide houses to the poor

27th October 2005 The Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) is spearheading a multi-million Rand low cost housing project in the East London Area. 

Dept of housing's partnership with business pays off

By: Liezel Hill     25th October 2005 Habitat for Humanity and African Bank have answered the Housing Minister's call for business and the private sector to assist in dealing with the housing backlog in the country by providing formal housing for South Africans. 

Municipalities to use 'toolkit' for low-income housing

18th October 2005 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has launched a policy guideline to enable municipalities to provide low-income target groups with rental houses with the option to buy over the years. 

Mpumalanga to complete 8 000 abandoned RDP houses

5th October 2005 Mpumalanga's housing department intends completing 8 000 houses that were left incomplete by incompetent contractors. 

Industrial rentals strong, office demand slows - Rode

30th September 2005 Industrial rentals continued to grow at double-digit rates in most of the major industrial conurbations during the second quarter of 2005. 

Nonracialism foundation for Joburg

By: peter cromberge     26th August 2005 The first phase of the Brickfields Housing Project, one of the eight housing projects belonging to the Presidential Job Summit Housing Programme, was opened on August 12 in the Newtown cultural precinct. 

Stopping the inner-city rot

By: Liezel Hill     15th August 2005 The official opening of the Brickfields Housing Project in Newtown, Johannesburg, represented a “tangible expression” of the way that the worldwide phenomenon of decay in inner cities could be transformed through effective regeneration programmes, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. 

Equipment rolls into Cosmo City development

5th August 2005 Johannesburg’s landmark Cosmo City development will have some 60 000 people traversing its streets once it is complete. 

New polystyrene system makes building easy

5th August 2005 An innovative, high-strength expanded polystyrene building system that offers the local construction industry efficient assembly periods, increased wall strength and reduced building and labour costs, has been introduced by Styrox Southern Africa. 

A low-cost solution for South Africa’s homeless

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th August 2005 In response to the housing dilemma being experienced in South Africa, Cape Town-based Compu-Homes SA believes that its revolutionary method of accelerating the number of homes that can be built, is exactly what the Department of Housing needs to ensure delivery of homes, considerably cheaper than... 

Housing programmes for Cape Town communities

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th August 2005 With the aim of catapulting Cape Town’s community-housing programmes into motion, the Development Action Group (Dag), not only assists communities gain access to land, but also helps with technical and social development. 

Regeneration project moving full-steam ahead

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th August 2005 With the aim of developing a national footprint in the near future, road and infrastructure specialist Ruthcon believes that its aggressive stance has won it a significant portion of the market share. 

2014 Formalisation target

By: Helene Le Roux     29th July 2005 The Gauteng provincial government’s aim to do away with all informal settlements in the province by 2014 is advancing. 

Urgent need to enlarge housing choices

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 As the Premier of Gauteng Mbhazima Shilowa has highlighted, some of the key strategies for the province include the eradication of informal settlements and the building of sustainable settlements. 

Office solution supplied to Berg Water Project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Black-empowered company e-KwikBuild Housing, with 27% black woman-owned equity, supplied and installed the office buildings to the Berg Water project – a contract worth R2,2-million. 

Gauteng prepares R17bn infrastructure roll-out

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th June 2005 South Africa’s wealthiest province Gauteng believes public investment in infrastructure will be a key contributor to economic growth, job creation and in improving social conditions as well as to bridging the gap between South Africa’s first and second economies. 

Housing corporation under investigation

5th May 2005 A firm of forensic auditors has been appointed with effect from today to investigate the financial transactions of the North West Housing Corporation for the past two financial years. 

Backing sought for low-cost housing roofing solution

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th April 2005 A new innovative and cost-effective roofing system could well change the face of South Africa’s low-cost housing market, provided that this product is embraced by the industry. 

Govt, financial sector in R42bn housing pledge

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st April 2005 The South African government and financial sector yesterday concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will facilitate cooperation between the two in terms of extending housing finance on a sustainable basis to low-income borrowers – with an agreed R42-billion set aside for targeted... 

Govt to launch human settlement plan

15th March 2005 The South African Department of Housing is set to begin implementing its 'Comprehensive Plan on Human Settlements' from April 1, the country's Housing Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, told journalists yesterday. 

Empowered flooring firm seeks low-cost housing niche

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 What is reportedly South Africa’s first, and currently only, 100% black-owned flooring manufacturer, Marley FloorWorX, is looking at new avenues, especially in low-cost housing, says MD Dr Donald Platt. 

SA engineers poised for big role in rebuilding tsunami-hit countries

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) is playing a big role in the civil engineering side of South Africa’s effort to assist countries that were affected by the recent tsunami. 

Africa is the fastest urbanising continent

By: tom robbins     18th February 2005 The African Ministers Conference on Housing and Urban Development (Amchud) will aim to raise the profile of urban housing needs, but South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma warns the conference that it should avoid being overly theoretical. 

World housing goal in peril

By: tom robbins     11th February 2005 World leaders are in danger of failing to meet the United Nations’ (UN) Millennium Development Goals on housing for Africa by the year 2020, and in fact the problem is only getting worse. 

From mine dump to retail gold mine

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th February 2005 The first phase of the three-phase upmarket Bedford Square Development project is being executed by Group Five Housing and is already six months into construction. 

New R50m housing facility launched

25th January 2005 A R50-million home ownership loan facility from the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) has been awarded to Real People, a privately owned, non-banking provider of financial services. 

R3bn lift for Cape Town's informal settlements

By: Jill Stanford     14th January 2005 A R3-billlion project to transform the informal settlements along the N2 outside Cape Town has kicked off early in the new year. 

High house prices and other market distortions

By: Seeraj Mohamed     10th December 2004 Increases in house prices over the past few years have been phenomenal. 

State mulls creation of own cement, brick factories

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd December 2004 The Department of Housing's far-reaching plan to provide housing for all South Africans will not only affect issues such as service delivery and access to credit and subsidies, but will also have implications for developers and material suppliers, a senior government official revealed. 

R30bn golf estate claims development spin-offs

By: Jill Stanford     5th November 2004 CONDEMNED of late for marginalising poor communities and damaging the environment, a new R3-billion golf course development is to be a core project in a sustainable development model for the Garden Route. 

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