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South Africa’s future energy mix: wind, solar and coal, but no nuclear

South Africa’s future energy mix: wind, solar and coal, but no nuclear
Hartmut Winkler, University of Johannesburg South Africa has a new energy plan which covers 2019 to 2030. It follows cabinet’s recent adoption of a new Integrated Resource Plan for electricity generation. The plan – which builds on a relatively well-received draft announced last year – makes...

World Energy Outlook 2019 highlights deep disparities in the global energy system

World Energy Outlook 2019 highlights deep disparities in the global energy system
Deep disparities define today’s energy world. The dissonance between well-supplied oil markets and growing geopolitical tensions and uncertainties. The gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions in line with international...

Panic over water in South Africa’s economic hub is misplaced

Panic over water in South Africa's economic hub is misplaced
Mike Muller, University of the Witwatersrand It has been a hot, dry October in much of the interior of South Africa. And the rains have started later than usual. So it was not surprising that alarm bells went off when it was announced that the Lesotho...

Ghana’s construction industry is lively but needs regulation

Ghana’s construction industry is lively but needs regulation
Divine Kwaku Ahadzie, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Over the past two decades, Ghana’s construction sector has both contributed to and benefited from a rapidly growing economy. The government is investing in rail, road and property projects across the country amid strong...

Recent Study Highlights Safety Issues In South African Construction Industry

Recent Study Highlights Safety Issues In South African Construction Industry
The construction industry accounts for 7% of employment globally. In South Africa the figures are even higher, representing 8% of formal employment and 17% of total informal employment. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the world’s most dangerous industries. In South Africa, construction is the third...

Lessons about housing from Ghana’s Volta River project 50 years on

Lessons about housing from Ghana’s Volta River project 50 years on
Iain Jackson, University of Liverpool The Volta River project in Ghana was a symbolic embodiment of progress, modernisation, and development. It offered the opportunity for newly independent Ghana to develop a complex and integrated industrial base using local resources and materials. While the initial concept was...

Cape Town almost ran out of water. Here’s how it averted the crisis

Cape Town almost ran out of water. Here's how it averted the crisis
Cape Town’s water crisis got so bad last year that there were competitions to see who could wash their shirts the least. Restaurants and businesses were encouraging people not to flush after going to the toilet. The city was just 90 days away from turning off the taps. A...

Construction sites of the future set to be clean, green and people-free

Construction sites of the future set to be clean, green and people-free
The construction sector is on the cusp of a technological transformation which will drive sustainability considerations to the forefront of decision-making, according to experts who will be debating key challenges associated with construction megatrends at an event this month. Robots are predicted to replace humans...

New transport infrastructure rollout set to boost trade in Kenya

New transport infrastructure rollout set to boost trade in Kenya
In mid-July the government launched tenders for the construction of a KSh33bn ($319.6m) highway through central Kenya. The 84-km dual carriageway, the country’s second-most-expensive road project after the Thika Superhighway, will connect the town of Kenol in Murang’a County with Marua in Nyeri County, via...

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...
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