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The female architects behind The Leonardo-Africa’s tallest building

The Leonardo
Upon completion, The Leonardo an iconic building whose construction is underway in Sandton, South Africa will be the tallest in Africa. But there is another aspect to the 55-storey building on Maude Street, which was designed by Co-Arc’s emeritus partner, Francois Pienaar. The project boasts a...

South Africa’s construction industry could become safer. Here’s how

South Africa's construction industry could become safer. Here's how
Patrick Nwabueze Okonkwo, Stellenbosch University Construction is tough, sometimes dangerous work. Globally, the construction industry accounts for about 7% of employment. But it’s responsible for between 30% and 40% of all work-related fatalities. The figure is at its highest in developing countries. This is because...

Could Wood be the Solution for More Sustainable Architecture?

  As both the construction industry and the size of the population in Africa continues to grow, more demand is created for the raw building materials required for development. An example of this is the increased mining of sand in countries like Kenya. This demand for...

Experts say South Africa can solve water crisis

Experts set to participate in the IFAT water treatment and recycling trade fair taking place in Johannesburg in July 2019, have expressed confidence in the country's ability to solve water crisis facing the country. "The solutions to these challenges are readily available within the country,"said ...

How a more integrated approach could help to end energy poverty

How a more integrated approach could help to end energy poverty
With almost four years completed since the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we face a narrowing window of opportunity to mobilize the disruptive solutions and ambitious partnerships needed to bend the curve and improve the lives of billions within that...

How Kenya can profit from renewable energy

On February 13 Rebecca Miano, the CEO of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), said the company intended to issue a new bond in the fourth quarter of this year to fund new developments. Speaking to Reuters, Miano said that on top of looking at potentially...

Financing energy projects in Africa: The traditional business model needs to change

Financing energy projects in Africa: The traditional business model needs to change
“Honestly, I think the business model for energy investment needs to change” says Penny Herbst, Director Strategy for Africa GreenCo. “There are far too many players that are comfortable with the same structures for investment, selling to an SOE (state-owned enterprise) with a government guarantee....

Why mini grids are the answer and why South Africa doesn’t have them yet

Why mini grids are the answer and why South Africa doesn’t have them yet
“Mini grids could very quickly sort out a lot of the biggest challenges that South Africa is having with its energy supply at the moment” says Dr Sam Duby, Africa Director for TFE Energy and mini grid expert. He adds: “deregulation would open a...

What happened to the much hyped Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria?

What happened to the much hyped Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria?
In 2015, a plan was hatched to construct the Cross Rivers Superhighway in Nigeria to connect a proposed deep seaport in Calabar with the cities of Ikom and Katsina Ala. Three years on, nothing much has been happening. "They came here, cleared our lands and farms and...

Why consumers need to research before undertaking construction projects

Consumers urged to research before undertaking construction projects
 A recent segment on South Africa’s institutional Sunday evening investigative television show, Carte Blanche, shed light on the financial and emotional devastation left in the wake of shoddy – and, by all accounts, illegal – timber frame building practices by a local contractor. The Institute...
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