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GBCSA launches Net Zero Programme
GBCSA launches Net Zero Programme

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), on Wednesday, 11 October, announced the launch of its Net Zero Programme and the certification of the first four projects under its Net Zero Pilot Certification scheme.

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#GBCSA2017: Rubble is a resource
#GBCSA2017: Rubble is a resource

One cubic metre of concrete has a carbon footprint of 350kg of CO2, making this staple material in the construction industry one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases in the world. This fact was shared by Cyril Attwell, researcher and director at ARC Projects, at this year's annual GBCSA Green Building Convention. Attwell, however, is one ardent scientist looking to turn concrete's bad rap around, exploring ways to take the material from grey to green.

By Sindy Peters 12 Oct 2017

Fairfax's offer readies the field for a tug-of-war over correct value of PPC
Fairfax's offer readies the field for a tug-of-war over correct value of PPC

The naysayers are starting to crawl out of the woodwork over a proposed pan-African merger between AfriSam, Fairfax Africa Investments and PPC. Those publicly opposed to the deal now hold at least 25% of SA's largest cement group.

By Mark Allix 12 Oct 2017

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Minister inspects Western Cape transport infrastructure projects

The Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi, together with the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for transport and public works in the Western Cape province, Donald Grant, recently undertook a site inspection to monitor progress on a R487m road infrastructure upgrade and development project on the N1 between Plattekloof Road and the Old Oak Interchange.

12 Oct 2017

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Emira upbeat over conversion of office block to residential

Emira Property Fund is confident that its first asset conversion of a property from office to residential will succeed and that this will prompt the company to complete more value-enhancing property conversions.

By Alistair Anderson 12 Oct 2017

Patricia de Lille at the 10th annual Green Building Convention
#GBCSA2017: De Lille calls on building sector to 'think differently' as city continues to tackle drought

Patricia de Lille has highlighted the vital role of the property and building sectors in working with the City of Cape Town to navigate through the current drought being experienced by the region - the worst in more than 100 years.

By Sindy Peters 11 Oct 2017

Dorah Modise at the 10th annual Green Building Convention
#GBCSA2017: Celebrating 10 years of green building in SA

Founded in 2007 by Bruce Kerswill, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) turns 10 this year. It is celebrating the occasion at its annual Green Building Convention, currently under way at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town.

By Sindy Peters 11 Oct 2017

AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month
AfricArena tech innovation conference kicks off next month

AfricArena, described as the largest tech innovation conference for startups and investors hosted on African soil, will take place from 6-7 November 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre.

11 Oct 2017

Business bodies call for Eskom CEO to be reinstated
Business bodies call for Eskom CEO to be reinstated

Business lobby groups and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) have called for the reinstatement of former acting Eskom CEO Johnny Dladla as concerns grow around the capture of Eskom.

By Sunita Menon 11 Oct 2017

How Cape Town can win support for the next round of water cuts
How Cape Town can win support for the next round of water cuts

Dams in South Africa's Cape Town are half of what they were this time last year as the city continues to battle drought. Last year's shortage gave the city the driest summer in 100 years. Unless Cape Town has a miraculously wet spring, the summer of 2018 seems set to achieve some unfortunate new records.

By David Olivier 11 Oct 2017

PPC merger opposition grows
PPC merger opposition grows

Visio Capital Management, which holds 7% of PPC, is the latest investment manager to come out against a partial conditional offer for a merger with SA's largest cement group by AfriSam and Canada's Fairfax Africa Investments.

By Mark Allix 11 Oct 2017

Lafarge South Africa launches Binastore
Lafarge South Africa launches Binastore

Lafarge South Africa has launched a new home building service called Binastore. Its first store opened late last month with the rebranding of the company's Orlando East Service Centre. Further Binastores are scheduled to be opened throughout Gauteng.

10 Oct 2017

Otis Southern Africa recognises its top mechanic
Otis Southern Africa recognises its top mechanic

Otis Southern Africa, for the second year running, has awarded its top mechanic for expertise in product and safety aptitude and ability. The Otis SA Field Employee contest aims to encourage field mechanics to develop their skills through competition with their colleagues and encourages them to continuously improve their knowledge and competence.

10 Oct 2017