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If South Africa's surviving emerging construction companies were a patient, the ambience in the hospital ward would be intensely uptight.    These companies are facing a financial crisis of sorts as local and provincial governments in some provinces allegedly continue to fail to pay them timeously for commissioned work.   …

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Now that women’s month is over, has the construction industry forgotten about women’s rights? Can the construction industry lead to changes in equality?    Read more about the problems women face in the construction sector, the changes that can be made to remedy the situation and the solutions the construction…

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The Green Building section of the Sustainability Conference addressed the current hot topics of green building and energy efficiency. The conference, held at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 26-29 July 2012, covered many themes concerning sustainability. One of the modules within the Green Building section was Energy Efficiency. Speakers…

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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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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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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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