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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,   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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Roadside retaining walls

Traffic interchanges are structures that use grade separation with ramps to facilitate rapid flow of traffic in various directions without directly crossing any other traffic stream. When traffic increases, interchanges become unavoidable, they cost a fortune and often have to be squeezed into a tight space. The result is that creative engineering design has to […]

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Mall of the North set to shine

The long awaited Mall of the North in Polokwane is fast taking shape with construction progressing at a healthy pace. The mall, which is being built on the crossing of the R81 or Giyani/Modjadjiskloof road and the N1 bypassing Polokwane, is a R1.2 billion investment by Resilient Property Income Fund, Flanagan & Gerard and Moolman […]

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Financial crisis offers new growth opportunities

The company that sold every single unit in one of Johannesburg’s first inner-city loft conversion projects in just three days, Aengus Property Holdings, believes the financial crisis offers property developers and owners alike new opportunities to make real returns.   Aengus Property Holdings (APH) specialises in refurbishing older inner city buildings into stylish and affordable […]

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The Saxon opens new luxury villas

The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa, voted the best Boutique Hotel in the World since 2001 and one of the “Leading Hotels of the World” last night officially opened the doors to its newly constructed five-star Saxon Villas.   A well-established favourite amongst leisure and business travellers alike, The Saxon’s expansion has more than […]

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How to save electricity on lighting

Research shows that in terms of lighting and electricity consumption in your home,  kitchens, living rooms and outdoor lighting are the three biggest energy guzzlers (  Fortunately, lighting is also one of the easiest ways in which you can save energy and cut down on your electricity bills, says Melissa Davidson from The Lighting Warehouse. […]

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