April, 2011

Long slog ahead before housing market recovers

There are still some major hurdles to clear before the South African residential housing market will start to recover meaningfully, economist Elize Kruger has stated.   Addressing the annual general meeting of Gauteng Master Builders Association in Midrand, Kruger – who heads the independent economic consultancy, Carpe Diem Research Services  – said the building of […]

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‘Shot in the arm’ for solar thermal knowledge in southern Africa

South Africa’s store of solar thermal knowledge and expertise was given a ‘shot in the arm’ when 37 Solar Water Heating industry leaders and academia sat down to attend the third SOLTRAIN technical training course in Pretoria today (February 15). The objective behind SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) is to contribute […]

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Striking roofing for 5-star landmark

The new Royal Marang Hotel, “home” for the England squad during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has now resumed normal duty along the popular Sun City region tourist route, its striking roofing a feature of the five-star landmark.   More than 120 000 Technicrete Bold Double Roman profile roof tiles in brown, with matching round […]

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Steel roof structure completed at Sandton City Shopping Centre extension

Striking roof structure crowns Sandton City extension

The skyline of the Sandton CBD is rapidly evolving with the swift progress of the Sandton City Shopping Centre extension.  Its futuristic steel roof structure, which proudly adorns the new entrance court to the South East extension, has been completed.   The super-regional shopping centre’s iconic expansion and refurbishment project – which involves interior refurbishments […]

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Contractor is committed to keeping it “green”

Reflecting its commitment to the environment, contractor Grinaker-LTA has started the New Year on a bright note – bright “green” that is. The new Ridgeside office development on Umhlanga Ridge, which Grinaker-LTA recently handed over to client the Umhlanga Rocks Property Trust, has the proud distinction of being only the second building in the country […]

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Retrofit office lighting for reduced energy consumption

South Africa’s complete lighting solutions provider, Lighting Innovations, offers clients that are looking to improve their buildings’ energy efficiency, an innovative retrofit lighting technology that is ideal for office environments and delivers outstanding benefits for both the company and the carbon footprint.   Lighting Innovations’ newest, optimally designed Pinnacle recessed luminaire ensures a luminaire efficiency […]

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Sustainability link part of C&CI new website

The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) has completed the first phase of the redesigning and updating of its website, www.cnci.org.za   Hanlie Turner, C&CI Marketing Manager, says the updating of the website is currently a “work in progress”, subject to regular future updates. “The website now already has a sustainability link to reinforce the industry’s […]

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Motor vehicle accidents rise in construction industry

Motor vehicle accidents continue to cause the highest number of fatalities in the South African construction industry, warns Doug Michell, Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) Health Safety & Environment Specialist.   Michell says, according to figures supplied by the Federated Employers Mutual (FEM) Assurance Company, there were 58 fatalities in accidents involving building industry vehicles […]

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Engineering Sciences amongst list of critical skills shortage

According to a statement by the basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made on the 10th of January 2011, Engineering Sciences is amongst the list of critical skills shortages and areas for further study.  The African Academy is amongst the numerous FET Colleges nationwide offering courses in the critically scarce-skilled area of Engineering and Draughting.  The […]

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ILASA Awards of Excellence

The the 2011 Corobrik-ILASA Awards of Excellence will be held in Durban for the first time ever. This awards ceremony, awarding entrants for excellence in landscape architecture on a national level, is held on a bi-annual basis and will this year be taking place on 21 May 2011 at the Docklands Hotel on Mahatma Gandhi […]

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