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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

World's first cardboard building is constructed

By: Karel Smrcka     27th September 2002 When a school needed an after-hours club, inventors in the UK constructed what is possibly the world’s first cardboard building, using a timber truss to support the centre of the roof. 

Company moots wire beneficiation

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 Developing the worldwide market for its wire-products, East Rand-based Barnes Fencing Industries has seen potential for its products. 

$8,5m Copperbelt housing project approved

By: Laura Franz     20th September 2002 Pridwin Property Investments has started the construction of a housing complex estimated at $8,5-million in the prime suburb of Kitwe on the Copperbelt, in Zambia. 

Gauteng has spent R5bn on housing since 1994

By: Martin Czernowalow     12th September 2002 In his presentation of the annual departmental report, the Gauteng Housing MEC Paul Mashatile said on Tuesday the Gauteng Housing Department has spent approximately R 5-billion and delivered 275 383 serviced stands and 175 034 houses since 1994. 

Loan means 90 000 new homes for SA poor

3rd September 2002 Poor people in South Africa will be able to build 90 000 new homes thanks, to a $15-million (R150-million) loan guarantee provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) of the US. 

Government housing funds benefit women in business

16th August 2002 GOVERNMENT housing financing agencies, such as National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha), Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF) and Women for Housing (WFH), have channeled some R300-million to historically-disadvantaged women. 

Housing minister challenges banks

15th August 2002 South Africa's housing minister yesterday renewed her criticism of banks that refuse to lend to the low-earning black majority and urged them to devise home-loan products for young and poor blacks. 

Mortarless bricks speed up construction

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 A new technology is currently being marketed in South Africa which its manufacturers say will change the way low-cost housing is built. 

Development background stands finance firm in good stead

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 One of the biggest challenges in the low-cost housing market is the normalisation thereof. 

IT system maps out suitable land for housing development

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 Gauteng provincial government departments are using a new software system designed by the CSIR Roads and Transport Technology division (Transportek) in an attempt to identify suitable land for low-cost housing. 

Housing developer diversifies into retail centres

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 Having provided more than 60 000 homes since its inception and continuing to provide low-cost housing has not been enough for housing development company Nu-Way Housing. 

R100m housing extension approved

9th August 2002 Property loan stock company Rand Leases Properties will soon start work on a further phase of the Bram Fischerville housing development at a cost of more than R100-million. 

Coega construction village tenders under evaluation

9th August 2002 Some 520 dwelling units will be built for the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to house construction workers engaged on the development of the new port project. 

Durban's marathon building session

9th August 2002 While most eyes were distracted by the World Cup Football in June this year, the residential suburb of Sherwood in Durban appeared to be holding the Olympic Games for house building. 

Rental housing is under the spotlight

9th August 2002 Development finance institution, the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) was established by government in 1996 to search for ways to mobilise finance for housing and has since then advanced over R1,3-billion in loans to intermediaries. 

Tackling housing projects in partnership

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 One of the main issues relating to the provision of housing for the lower-income and disadvantaged communities is that government departments do not coordinate their actions. The housing department may be quick to allocate funds to certain projects and construct houses, but the provision of... 

New era of housing delivery

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 Housing in South Africa has always been a focal point for both government and the public because the need for it is so great, reaching into the millions – millions of people and billions of rands are needed to deal with this plight. 

R125-million boost for rural housing

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 A soft loan for R125-million was awarded to the Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF) by the German Ministry for Economic and Financial Cooperation in July. 

IT solution to help cut Gauteng housing backlog

7th June 2002 The Gauteng government’s plans to reduce the housing backlog in the province through a multipronged housing strategy were boosted last month with the implementation of a R2-million housing waiting list management system. 

Gauteng housing info just a phone call away

31st May 2002 Free information about housing in Gauteng is now just a phone call away. 

SA social housing sector geared for growth

By: Zonika Botha     10th May 2002 Although the social-housing sector is relatively new in South Africa, it has done exceptionally well to provide good quality, subsidised housing options to low- and moderate-income earners, Social Housing Foundation (SHF) spokesperson Odette Crofton reports. 

SA Housing project, nationwide, South Africa.

10th May 2002 The rental housing project will be financed by government, through National Housing Finance Corporation and the private sector. The long-term project plan is to construct 150 000 housing units throughout South Africa. 

Rural hardware franchisee opportunities

By: Deborah Spicer     12th April 2002 A joint venture has been formed between DNA Supply Chains (DNA) and rural hardware and building-materials supplier Skonkwane Holdings. 

Mpumalanga in housing drive

26th March 2002 More than 70% of Mpumalanga’s housing budget, or R290-million, will be spent on housing projects this year, announced housing MEC Mabhuza Gininda 

Low-cost housing subsidy to rise

13th March 2002 Cabinet has approved a rise in the subsidy it gives to low cost housing, effective from next month. 

Plan to de-densify Johannesburg's most cramped suburb

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2002 Alexandra, adjacent to posh Johannesburg suburb, Sandton, is set to sprawl across the N3 highway to Linbro Park, as well as closer to its trendy neighbour, as the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) advances the de-densifying of the area’s cramped quarters. 

Moleketi points to lack of coordination in urban renewal

12th November 2001 The Gauteng Provincial government is still awaiting finality on the role that national and local government will play in its flagship Alexandra Renewal project. 

New deal is planned for for Gauteng housing

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th October 2001 The Gauteng Housing Department plans to build more than 200 000 new houses within the next three years, whittling down the province’s housing backlog of about 500 000 houses considerably. 

Tender invite for 800 Malawi houses

By: Marcel Chimwala     21st September 2001 The Malawi government is inviting tenders for the construction and maintenance of 800 teachers houses on ‘fast track’, using environment-friendly construction materials. 

Roofsheeting producer to expand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 A significant manufacturer of stainless-steel roofsheeting and special roofsheeting in South Africa will start up a new production line by March next year. 

Energy-efficient housing concept takes off

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2001 An innovative eco-housing project has proved so successful in the small town of Kutlwanong, in the Northern Cape, that the concept is now being extended to South African and beyond. 

Finance lack hurts housing

By: Deborah Spicer     6th July 2001 Research presented by the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) suggests that lack of access to finance from traditional banks and lack of suitable housing stock are obstacles that most low and moderate-income South African families experience when seeking to buy a house. 

Programme helps to raise top-up finance

By: Deborah Spicer     6th July 2001 If the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Association’s saving programme is a success, savers may soon be able to add an extra room, hot water system or a ceiling to their basic, shell-structure, 30 m2 to 35 m2 house. 

Single hostel units becoming family homes

By: Deborah Spicer     6th July 2001 The Sethokga hostel in Gauteng and Transnet’s hostels in Kwazulu-Natal and Western Cape are being transformed from single-sex compounds into family units with the assistance of the Social Housing Foundation, which aims to mobilise financial, human and technical resources for housing projects. 

Big contractor tackles small housing projects

By: Deborah Spicer     6th July 2001 Consulting engineers, project and programme management company Bigen Africa is coping with the challenges of low-cost and up-market developments, and may soon be entering into a new market sector as it attempts to enter the little-known rural housing market. 

N$34m housing project completed

6th July 2001 A unusually-structured co-operative venture between a municipality and private sector companies has brought new pride to the people of Katima Mulilo in Namibia. 

Exhibition to place focus on housing the nation

6th July 2001 A number of key issues facing Gauteng’s Department of Housing and Land Affairs will come under the spotlight at Afribuild 2001 from August 15 to 17 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. 

SA building system for world's houses

6th July 2001 One of the South Africa’s best-kept construction secrets is making inroads in building sectors around the world, reports Cortec David Anderson. 

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