Building & Construction News

Continued subdued residential building activity up to late 2016

  • 24-01-2017
  • SA Construction News

Building activity with regard to new private sector-financed housing in South Africa (see explanatory notes) remained much subdued in the first eleven months of 2016 compared with the corresponding period in 2015, based on data published by Statistic...

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Bridging the gap in Africa

  • 24-01-2017
  • Bizcommunity.com

Africa has seen great economic growth over recent years and is expected to continue growing at an average rate of 6% annually, between 2013 and 2023. However, one thing that may hinder Africa's growth prospects is its lack of infrastructure. The abse...

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problems in SA construction industry

  • 24-01-2017
  • Biznews.com

Why are so many construction contracts in SA over budget, late and being carried out at the expense of good relationships between the parties? I believe that polarisation in the construction industry is at the root of the problem. At MDA Consultin...

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Government’s new Tendering Rules to become effective soon.

  • 23-01-2017
  • Gerrit Davids

National Treasury has promulgated the new Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) Regulations last Friday and it will now make all tenders ‘unacceptable’ if they do not comply with these changed stipulations. According to Gerrit Da...

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It is likely to cost you more than R6‚500 a square metre to build a house

  • 23-01-2017
  • Bizcommunity.com

The cost of building houses rose on average to R6‚539/m² in November‚ representing inflation of 6.4% over 11 months from January‚ Absa property analyst Jacques du Toit said in a research note on Friday, 20 January. His calculations were based on p...

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Cape water restrictions start to bite

  • 23-01-2017
  • IOL

While City of Cape Town considers tighter water restrictions, golf clubs say they have taken strain as the drought begins to bite. Cape Town's mayoral committee has recommended the implementation of level 3B water restrictions by council, in the...

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Eskom’s cost calculations on renewable electricity - more nuance

  • 20-01-2017
  • Fin24

With sufficient data, more accurate approach would be to run scenarios on Eskom’s production planning optimisation models, says Eskom's Deon Joubert. Eskom’s views about the financial implications of renewable electricity projects have been roundl...

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Funds released in BEE move by PPC

  • 20-01-2017
  • Bizcommunity.com

PPC has concluded the components of its 2008 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) transaction, releasing R1bn in funding. Strategic black partners and community service groups subscribed for 15.6-million shares as part of earlier agreem...

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LafargeHolcim innovates with 3D concrete printing

  • 20-01-2017
  • Concrete.TV

LafargeHolcim is innovating and is seizing opportunities in the 3D printing market by developing specific construction solutions. The Group has entered into a partnership with the French start-up XtreeE, which specialises in the development of large-...

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Mining should be treated as business

  • 19-01-2017
  • Moneyweb

Ways we can bring our mining sector back on track. “It’s just very clear, we sit on a knife edge as an industry – it could well collapse and that means it’s unlikely that Africa’s potential will be realised because resources will be sterilised.” ...

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