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Cape Town region declares drought disaster
Cape Town region declares drought disaster

South Africa's Western Cape region which includes Cape Town declared a drought disaster on Monday, 22 May, as the province battles its worst water shortage for 113 years.

9 hours ago

Property sector under pressure due to low levels of confidence
Property sector under pressure due to low levels of confidence

Low business and consumer confidence are placing the property sector under pressure.

By Sunita Menon 1 day 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 Thebe Ikalafeng delivered one of the keynote talks at the recently concluded 2017 African Utility Week. His key message was that the utilities sector across the continent needs to start building great brands and, in turn, deliver on the promise of those brands.

By Sindy Peters 19 May 2017

CT appoints first chief resilience officer
CT appoints first chief resilience officer

The City of Cape Town, on Friday, 19 May, announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its first chief resilience officer (CRO). As part of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), the announcement was made during the city's resilience agenda-setting workshop.

19 May 2017

Zanzibar about to undergo mega transformation of the sustainable kind
Zanzibar about to undergo mega transformation of the sustainable kind

Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd has announced the development of the Zanzibar Amber Resort which will see the cluster of tropical islets forming Zanzibar undergo a mega transformation in terms of social upliftment and tourism.

19 May 2017

2017 Women in Construction Awards finalists revealed
2017 Women in Construction Awards finalists revealed

The finalists in this year's Women in Construction Awards have been announced. The initiative aims to celebrate the achievements of women within Africa's construction, cement and concrete sectors, in addition to recognising organisations that support and contribute to their development in the industry.

19 May 2017

Gisela Kaiser, executive director, Utility Services, City of Cape Town
#AUW2017: Cape Town drought - city ‘waiting on a miracle'

Amidst what has been labelled the worst drought in Cape Town in 100 years, a city official told delegates at the 2017 African Utility Week conference that there was no way they could reasonably have anticipated the severity of it.

By Alicestine October 18 May 2017

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The CEO of South Africa's power utility is back. Why the move can't be justified

The return of Brian Molefe as CEO of South Africa's largest state owned enterprise, the power utility Eskom, has caused outrage due to the circumstances under which he resigned in December last year.

By Seán Mfundza 18 May 2017

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

Brian Molefe, Eskom's reinstated CEO, was a no-show to deliver the keynote address at African Utility Week. This is hardly surprising, given his track record of not pitching at this particular 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. The first session's focus was on water scarcity in Africa.

By Sindy Peters 17 May 2017

Interventions under way to mitigate Western Cape drought crisis
Interventions under way to mitigate Western Cape drought crisis

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has stressed the need to urgently maintain infrastructure, repair leaks rapidly and to operate water systems more efficiently in South Africa, if the country wants to curb losing R7bn annually to water losses.

17 May 2017

Cape Town drought crisis reaching critical point
Cape Town drought crisis reaching critical point

With dam levels now at 21,2% (storage levels) and the last 10% of water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%. The City of Cape Town has warned all residents and businesses to cut non-essential municipal water use immediately.

16 May 2017

RICS requests input on new property standard
RICS requests input on new property standard

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is updating its global property measurement standard to ensure it incorporates new internationally agreed benchmarks for residential property management. The new edition will also reflect the views and opinions of professionals and their clients around the world.

16 May 2017