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Marius Oosthuizen, lecturer: strategic foresight (leadership, strategy & ethics) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
#AUW2017: Trends shaping the future of utilities

Marius Oosthuizen, a lecturer in strategic foresight at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), led delegates during the final keynote session of this year's African Utility Week in a scenario planning exercise, unpacking some of the trends shaping the future of utilities.

By Sindy Peters 1 day ago

#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency
#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency

One of the many pertinent questions asked at this year's African Utility Week was

By Sindy Peters 2 days ago

Thebe Ikalafeng, brand and reputation expert, at 2017 African Utility Week
#AUW2017: Why utilities need to build better brands

The ever-vibrant and inspirational brand and reputation expert Thebe Ikalafeng delivered one of the keynote talks at the recently concluded 2017 African Utility Week

By Sindy Peters 19 May 2017

Justin Friedman, founder of For the Love of Water (FLOW)
#AUW2017: Water conservation - what's love got to do with it?

Justin Friedman, founder of For the Love of Water (FLOW), chaired and opened the keynote session on the second day of the 2017 African Utility Week

By Sindy Peters 18 May 2017

Dr Ben Ngubane, Eskom chairman. Source: Miningmx
No-show Molefe sidesteps difficult questions at #AUW2017

Brian Molefe was a no-show at African Utility Week. Not surprising, given his track record of not pitching at this event when there's a bullet to be dodged

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2017

#AUW2017: Innovative water management in Africa requires collaboration
#AUW2017: Innovative water management in Africa requires collaboration

Uganda's Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris kicked off proceedings in the Water track on the first day of this year's African Utility Week

By Sindy Peters 17 May 2017

Abbas Jamie, community liaison for Africa, World Design Organisation, and director for innovation and transformation at Aurecon. Image:
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: How engineers can help co-create a better Africa

African engineers have been relegated to filling in the technical blanks

By Sindy Peters 12 May 2017

James Cullis, global service group leader: water, Aurecon
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: African engineers face a ‘wicked' trilemma

Addressing Africa's infrastructure deficit, according to the World Bank, will cost about $93bn a year

By Sindy Peters 11 May 2017

#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Adapt or get left behind
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Adapt or get left behind

Jeshika Ramchund opened the second day's morning session at the 24th Annual FIDIC-GAMA Conference on Infrastructure by unpacking the power of technology to disrupt both industries and the notion of the profession

By Sindy Peters 10 May 2017

#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Partnerships key to sustainable growth in Africa
#FIDIC_GAMA2017: Partnerships key to sustainable growth in Africa

Delegates from across 17 African countries are attending FIDIC-GAMA 2017

By Sindy Peters 9 May 2017

#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer
#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer

A bit of patience and manners is some of what's required to be successful in the African context, says Jean-Jacques Pierre Oelofse, Wood-Mizer corporate director for emerging markets

By Sindy Peters 4 May 2017

Building regulations workshop helps standardise construction in South Africa
Building regulations workshop helps standardise construction in South Africa

There is a deep concern in South Africa that national building regulations developed by the South African government are not being implemented by builders, architects, and engineers

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 29 Apr 2017

Are you thinking of building?
Are you thinking of building?

Unless you have the cash saved up, constructing a home is going to require getting a loan from a financial institution

By Adrian Goslett 28 Apr 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
Switch up your current kitchen décor on a budget

Planning to redesign your kitchen can often mean hours of stress and lots of money spent, however, there are many new options available for you to give your current kitchen a fresh new look without breaking the bank

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Apr 2017

Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech
Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech

With the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) now open for applications, we interviewed Gerswynn McKuur, national project manager of GCIP-SA, to get some insight on how clean technologies could address some of SA's most urgent challenges

By Sindy Peters 13 Apr 2017

SACAP catapults transformation through RPL programme
SACAP catapults transformation through RPL programme

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is about to unveil an online platform that will launch its Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme

By Yashaen Luckan 12 Apr 2017

Climate control for the smart home
Climate control for the smart home

It is important that people be comfortable at home - and climate control forms an integral part of the perceived comfort of a person's surroundings.

By Neil Cameron 12 Apr 2017

Investing in a circular water economy in SA
Investing in a circular water economy in SA

The UN World Water Development Report: Wastewater, the Untapped Resource indicates that for decades, people have been using fresh water faster than nature can replace it

By Hermann Erdman 24 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: It's about matching insides to outsides
#BrandManagerMonth: It's about matching insides to outsides

Based in more than 500 offices across 40 countries, the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff brand employs approximately 36,000 people

By Sindy Peters 22 Mar 2017

#DesignMonth: SA interior designers on par with international counterparts
#DesignMonth: SA interior designers on par with international counterparts

We interviewed ARRCC director Mark Rielly to find out more about the local interior design industry and some of the projects on which the internationally recognised studio has worked

By Sindy Peters 27 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Creative collaboration central to Blok's Konnect
#DesignMonth: Creative collaboration central to Blok's Konnect

Besides the nine properties Blok has launched since its inception in 2014, the urban property developer has also worked on various urban and design intervention projects

By Sindy Peters 21 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Is SA smart-city ready?
#DesignMonth: Is SA smart-city ready?

With the global smart cities market projected to reach $1.56tn by 2020, SA still has much to do in terms of meeting the necessary infrastructure and connectivity requirements to smarten up our cities

By Sindy Peters 15 Feb 2017

#UrbanHealth: Collaboration key in achieving SDGs, New Urban Agenda
#UrbanHealth: Collaboration key in achieving SDGs, New Urban Agenda

Collaboration between the urban development and health sectors is key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat's New Urban Agenda

By Sindy Peters 10 Feb 2017

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute. Image source:
#WSF2017: Six key investment areas for Africa to achieve the SDGs - Jeffrey Sachs

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute, addressed attendees at the sixth World Sustainability Forum, recently held in Cape Town, providing six key investment areas that he believes need to be a priority for Africa in order for the continent to meet the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By Sindy Peters 30 Jan 2017

Bridging the gap in Africa
Bridging the gap in Africa

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

By Ravi Kumar 24 Jan 2017

Polarisation leads to serious problems in SA construction industry
Polarisation leads to serious problems in SA construction industry

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

By Ian Massey 24 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency
#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency

In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the building efficiency arena, the biggest trend drivers are the entrance of digital and wireless

By Neil Cameron 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture
#BizTrends2017: Reinvention predicted in the field of architecture

In many professional fields, the explosion of multimedia options have given the public an array of resources and 'wisdom' on architecture, medicine, IT and graphics, to name a few

By Kevin Bingham 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement
#BizTrends2017: Sustainable architectural practice in the space of engagement

Architecture has more to offer the South African context than ever before, largely due to the opportunities offered by transformative development frameworks

By Yashaen Luckan 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR
#BizTrends2017: Shaping the future with immersed VR

The use of virtual reality (VR) technology - and not only in the design phases, but throughout the construction phases and in facilities management too - is quickly becoming the biggest trend in the built space today

By William Johnston 11 Jan 2017

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