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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

Partnership to help build construction industry

29th June 2001 The launch of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) marks the beginning of the realisation of the objective to encourage co-operation in the Southern African region, especially on issues of development, reports Housing Minister Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele. 

New production system developed

22nd June 2001 Cape Town based aluminium and glass design and manufacturer Aluplan Architectural Aluminium has developed the ISO 100 system of 20-25 extrusion dies for a variety of applications. 

Facelift for 100-yr-old Jo'burg township

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 In conservative estimates, Johannesburg Water executive officer Rodney Nay says the 100-year-old Alexandra township, east of Johannesburg, is a four-square-kolimetre area, with 380 000 inhabitants living in an area with facilities for only 70 000. 

Residential, Western Cape

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The Investment and Trade Promotion Agency of the Western Cape’s annual conference on business trends and investment opportunities in the Western Cape listed four mixed residential investment projects and opportunities in the Cape metropolitan area 

Low-cost housing guidelines

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Government has produced a set of draft guidelines which, it believes, will sustain an environmentally-sound low-cost housing project, which the Department of Housing has identified as a strategic focus in the development of sustainable human settlements. 

Crackdown mooted on subsidy abuse

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Housing the nation 

Formal builders shun low-cost housing

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Housing the nation 

Promoting saving to hasten delivery

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Housing the nation 

African solution is showcased

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Housing the nation 

R110m low-cost housing project kicks off

By: System Author     7th July 2000 The first phase of a R110,4-million housing project for low-income earners has started with the construction of 2 037 houses at five rural villages in the Taung district, North West Province. 

Delivery of houses set to increase

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Reconstruction & development 

R100m community upliftment

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Following a generous R100-million allocation by Amplats to the Ga-Pila community, the Ga-Pila relocation management team (GRMT) has signed a joint venture agreement with construction company Group Five. 

Inner-city housing targeted

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Reconstruction & Development 

Housing, Gauteng

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Business Day reports that Soweto has received the largest single private-sector housing investment in Gauteng, from a Malaysian property developer. 

It is now compulsory for builders to register

By: System Author     12th November 1999 On November 1 this year it became compulsory for all home-builders to register, and for new homes to be enrolled with the new National Home Builders Registration Council. 

Golf course redevelopment, Western Cape

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Proposals are invited for the purchase and development of a 16 ha portion of the Athlone golf course. 

Co-op housing project launched in Newtown

By: System Author     29th October 1999 The first official co-operative housing project in South Africa was launched as part of a R33-million housing development for the low-income market. 

Infrastructure and top structures, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Construction of infrastructural services and top structures for a housing development. 

One-day low-cost housing design developed 

By: System Author     10th September 1999 A revolutionary low-cost housing design which makes use of steel shuttering to allow for the full erection and completion of a housing unit in just one day. 

26 000 orders for steel-structure system

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s booming brick-and-mortar low-cost housing sector is set for a radical shake-up with the entry of a tested steel-structure construction system which has already secured firm orders for 26 000 units over five years. The design, developed by Pika Construction MD Pieter Botma in... 

Empty factories to be turned into housing

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The government is proposing to use vacant space in industrial areas which have lost favour with landowners and tenants alike for housing. “There are many unoccupied factories in central Johannesburg and its surrounding industrial areas. “Along with the fact that we have two-million to... 

Empowering low-cost homeowners

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Education is the key to a sustainable and effective low-income housing-finance scheme, says Home Loan Guarantee Company (HLGC) CEO Charlene Lea. The non-governmental organisation, of Auckland Park, Gauteng, provides guarantees of last resort for lenders making loans to end-users in fulfilling its... 

Inner-city decay to be combated

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Germiston, in Gauteng, is becoming the focus of national attention for its efforts to combat inner-city decay through social housing developments that give lower-income groups a stake in the upliftment of areas close to work opportunities and city infrastructure. A 437-unit apartment complex has... 

Deal set to revolutionise low-cost housing plans

By: System Author     9th July 1999 deal between one of South Africa’s largest financial institutions and homeloan-guarantee provider National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha), of Doornfontein, Gauteng, set to be struck by the end of the year, will revolutionise low-cost housing delivery to the South African... 

Novel approach to use of subcontractors

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The All Africa Games Village of the Stars project in Johannesburg has redefined the concept of tight margins for subcontractors, necessitating an efficient and well co-ordinated approach by all concerned. Builders contracted to construct brick superstructures ranging in size from 32 m2 to 50 m2... 

Builders must now register

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The implementation of the newly-promulgated Housing Consumers’ Protection Measures Act took place last month. This means that the first phase of the Act, making the National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC) a statutory body, is now in effect. The second phase of the Act... 

Low-cost should not imply urban sprawl

By: System Author     9th July 1999 There will be a move away from low-cost housing development in and around historically ‘black’ township areas, with developers attempting to secure land better suited for such projects, says Urban Dynamics MD and town planner Rocco de Kock. “Over the past four years a trend has... 

R5-million 380-unit extension completed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The first 380 homes have been completed at the R5,28-million Olievenhoutbosch Extension 13, in Centurion, Gauteng, through the efforts of the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha) and emerging developer Ahanang Hardware & Construction. The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council... 

The difference between a house and a home is love

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The standard of living in the Western world is higher than it was for most people two or three generations ago. Technology has done a lot to make life more comfortable. Can it be said, though, that people are happier? If statistics are a reliable guide, we are following America, where 60% of... 

Roofing market is set to gain momentum

By: System Author     9th July 1999 An order-book show- ing a 55:45 split in favour of exports has pushed Harveytile to the forefront of the drive by South African businesses to globalise. A shrinking local market has necessitated an offshore focus by many firms, which are supplementing dwindling volumes and a weakening rand by... 

Building up for big international trade expos

By: System Author     9th July 1999 In one of her first public functions as the new Minister of Public Works, Stella Sigcau will officially open the Afribuild and Afriwater trade exhibitions in August. Afribuild is the international trade exhibition focused on the building, construction and infrastructure sectors, while Afriwater... 

R80m housing project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Gauteng Housing Board has awarded an R80-million contract for the development of 5 068 subsidised houses in Midrand to the Kaalfontein Development Company, Engineering News can today report. The company is owned by shareholders Grinaker Housing (45%), Group Five (30%), and credit-linked... 

International recognition for local institution

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Poor knowledge of rights and responsibilities is one of the primary reasons for home buyers defaulting in South Africa, together with issues of affordability. Section 21 Home Loan Guarantee Company (HLGC) GM training and education Billy Davies says 15% of claims against its guarantees relate... 

Demolition paves way for project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Demolition of the more than 60 low-density houses to make way for the R3-billion Melrose Arch project has been completed by Gauteng firm DOD Contractors. The company made use of a labour-enhanced demolition method, which included subcontracting to entrepreneurs from Alexandra township to strip... 

R30m Eastern Cape housing projects on track

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Eastern Cape housing projects worth R30-million are progressing steadily and will provide homes for about 2 000 families once complete. The projects, which will be launched this week by the Minister of Public Service and Administration Dr Zola Skweyiya, are being developed for the Department of... 

Building event supported

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Housing and Land Affairs was the most recent public sector institution to choose Afribuild ’99, South Africa’s international infrastructure, building and construction exhibition, to showcase its achievements and ambitions. In its... 

R19m technology complex for Gauteng

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new R19-million technology centre was officially opened last week in Modderfontein, Gauteng, by South African polymer and plastics manufacturer Polifin, as part of its programme to become a world-class company, Engineering News can today report. Equipped with nine specialised laboratories and a... 

Sports village an energy-efficiency model

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The athletes’ village being built for the seventh All Africa Games, in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, could serve as a model for future low-cost housing developments. The R80-million, 1 799-unit athletes’ village, situated on a 52 ha site located on the far east bank of... 

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