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While Africa is sitting on the cusp of increasing investment, the continent should transform the growth spurt into a more sustainable developmental path that is driven by industrialisation, while also attracting foreign direct investment, says Trade and Industry (dti) Minister Rob Davies.   Emerging economies, including those in Africa, are…

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  South Africa's most ambitious urban development is taking form at Waterfall Business Estate. Unifying northern Sandton and Midrand, Waterfall is a 330-hectare mixed-use development, spanning spans both sides of the N1 highway, from Woodmead Interchange through the Buccleuch Interchange to Allandale Interchange. It joins Modderfontein in the east, reaching…

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South Africa’s Pretoria Portland Cement Company Limited (PPC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) are pleased to announce that they have jointly secured a 47% equity stake in the Habesha Cement Share Company (HCSCo) of Ethiopia.   PPC’s US $12 million cash investment secures 27% equity in HCSCo and…

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Mayibuye Primary School in Ivory Park is a collection of Pre-fab huts and is over crowded. Land was allocated for the school in 1999 but was never built.   Mayibuye Primary School in Ivory Park, north of Joburg, has been in existence for more than 10 years – yet its…

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President Jacob Zuma, left, on his way to shake hands with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.   International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is triumphant as she emerges from Beijing’s imposing China World Hotel. Her plan seems to be coming together.   She has just taken over from her Egyptian…

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The Department of Trade Industry (DTI) has launched a green technology and resource efficiency grant under the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) for companies in the manufacturing sector.  R 5.7 billion has been allocated to the MCEP for the next three years.  A portion of this has been specifically allocated…

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Corobrik’s Burgundy Piazza Paver and complementary charcoal Corocobble pavers came into their own again with the extension of Ballito’s Lifestyle Centre in the centre of the seaside town’s thriving commercial precinct.   “Midway in 2011, we delivered 1050 m2 of Burgundy Piazza Pavers which were laid in herringbone pattern with…

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For a six-story, 50,000 sq. ft. building to function completely off the grid, its tenants will need to get used to taking the stairs and using composting toilets   How can a six-story, 50,000-sq.-ft. office building in downtown Seattle function completely off the grid? The answer involves solar panels for…

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Rapidly emerging as a vibrant growth node, Braamfontein in Johannesburg’s inner city is experiencing a surge in demand for property, reports David Reid, investment broker for JHI Properties.   “This area is undergoing a significant turnaround and the escalating demand for property is not as much from an institutional or…

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