October 2010

BUILDING GRADUATES - Jnr FOREMAN OPPORTUNTIES - Gauteng Bldg Contractor

This is an opportunity for a new building graduate. Not just any graduate but we need the above average person who enjoys the hands-on training to get their career started. You will work for a notable construction company who has a full order book and many projects which are negotiated. Prospects to develop further with the company. They handle general building projects – new and refurbs – commercial, leisure, residential, retail.
We need to build a few teams, so please send your CV ASAP with a copy of your ID book. Palcage around R15K plus
Our Client needs you to start early 2012

GENERAL FOREMAN – Gauteng Building Contractor

This is an opportunity to work for an exceptional building contractor in Gauteng.
Due to continued negotiated work, our Client needs a stand alone General Foreman who is able to be fully involved. From hands on setting out, site establishment is effective and timeous, all site staff organised, managed and supported where needed and the long-term subbies provide the service promised. Technically you need to be on the ball, able to push production to ensure top quality, financially beneficial and the project handed over on time to ensure further projects. If you have a related qualification – all the better but you do need to be fully computer literate, thrive on managing a site effectively and the related pressures.
In return you will work for a building construction company who rewards according to your output. Excellent salary R50Kplus and all the benefits and excellent bonuses and some extra perks as well.
Please ensure we have your updated CV, contact details, Skype address and a copy of your ID book.
Our Client needs to interview and get this person in place to start early 2011. We need to put another site team together.

Investment in Electrical Power to Boost Country's Development

Angola: Investment in Electrical Power to Boost Country's Development - The investments that have been done by the Angolan Government in the electrical power sector will strengthen the country's social and economic development, Angop has learnt. [AA Urbanisation]

Minister Reiterates Engagement in Construction of Dignifying Houses

Angola: Minister Reiterates Engagement in Construction of Dignifying Houses - Angola's minister of Urbanisation and Construction, José Ferreira, on Thursday here reiterated the Angolan government's engagement in the construction of social, middle income and comfortable residences that meet the demand of the society, ANGOP has learnt. [AA Construction]

Cement Factory to Increase Production Next Year

Angola: Cement Factory to Increase Production Next Year - New Cimangola cement factory foresees to increase its production to 1.8 million tons, as from January 2011, with the functioning of a new mill, on Thursday here announced the head of the commercial division, Carla Marina Graça. [AA Construction]

Expanded Public Works Programme To Be Implemented

Durban - National government is set to pour more resources into municipalities so that they can fully exploit the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The Department of Public Works is expected to meet with the MECs and mayors from the nine provinces soon to ascertain the next step in their respective EPWP programmes.

In addition to financial support, mayors will receive assistance in technical areas.

"Municipalities will receive technical support across all EPWP sectors to optimise the implementation of EPWP and will be provided in the form of monitoring and evaluation, training, enterprise development of all municipal projects," said Doidge, speaking at the end of a three-day EPWP Summit in Durban.

The summit found that work opportunities were being created but not properly reported by the municipalities. The department therefore will be developing an implementation manual.

Effective reporting of EPWP projects allows municipalities to access incentives grants, which is something KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng has managed to do efficiently.

International : Jinso Pavilion Wins Dutch National Steel Prize 2010


The cepezed-designed Jinso-pavilion on the Arena Boulevard in Amsterdam has won the Dutch National Steel Prize 2010 in the category commercial and industrial buildings. The prize was presented during the National Steel Day on October 14th. With the Jinso-pavilion, cepezed has won its sixth National Steel Prize from a total of no less then seventeen nominations over the years. Earlier, the office also won two Belgian and two European Steel Prizes. 

Slum Dwellers Urge FG to Review Land Use Act

Nigeria: Slum Dwellers Urge FG to Review Land Use Act - The Federation of Urban Poor (FEDUP), a coalition of slum dwellers, has appealed to the federal government to look into the Land Use Act as it affects ownership/title, mostly in slum communities. [AA Urbanisation]

Flooding - Ogun Seeks N9bn to Construct Artificial Lakes

Nigeria: Flooding - Ogun Seeks N9bn to Construct Artificial Lakes - Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State yesterday declared that the state needed the sum of N9 billion to construct three artificial lakes in the state to forestall a recurrence of the recent flood that wreaked havoc on some communities in Lagos and Ogun States. [AA Construction]

Call for extension to comments on the IRP

Pretoria - Members of the National Stakeholder Advisory Council on Energy have called for an extension in the period in which the public can comment on the country's long term energy plan - the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010.

Energy Director General Nelisiwe Magubane said on Friday that while it was agreed that an extension would be looked at, the details still needed to be thrashed out.

"We are still going to discuss with the constituencies how long that time will be," she said.

Magubane was addressing the media after a meeting of the council, chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. The council, comprising of government, labour, business and communities, held the meeting to discuss the recent release of the draft IRP for public comment.

"What came through from all the constituencies was that while 30 days has been given for public comments, most constituencies would like to have more time to discuss some of these issues taking into consideration that the IRP 2010 is a fairly complex document," she said.

Peter Rich on Mapungubwe

Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/HaneefT

architectureZA - Architect Peter Rich being interviewed on one of his recent building, the visitors centre at Mapungubwe. The building won the 2009 World Building of the Year prize.

Recorded off 50/50 on SABC2 2010 08 30. The interview is unfortunately incomplete, so I've included some of my photographs of the place.

NPA Unfolds 25-Year Development Plan

Nigeria: NPA Unfolds 25-Year Devt Plan - The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said yesterday that the agency was working on a 25-year Port Development Master Plan for the nation to streamline and plan phased development of port capacity in the country. [AA Urbanisation]

Victims of Flood And Demolition Order Appeal for Help

Gambia: Victims of Flood And Demolition Order Appeal for Help - It could be recalled that the department of Physical Planning has issued warning to carryout a demolition exercise in Bundung Borehole and Sukuta Nema. [AA Urbanisation]

Tororo Market Construction Blocked

Uganda: Tororo Market Construction Blocked - COURT has blocked the construction of Tororo main market pending the disposal of the civil suit filed against Tororo municipal council. [AA Construction]

Service Delivery and Corruption Agreements Signed in Cape Town

Cape Town - Minister of Public Service and Administration, Richard Baloyi, today signed an agreement pledging to create an efficient public sector which would help to increase service delivery by government and boost efforts to tackle corruption.

Baloyi said the delivery agreement, which is part of one of the 12 outcomes adopted by Cabinet earlier this year, would be phased in over four years.

In the agreement, the department pledges to focus on developing more skilled public servants, better business processes, foster a national identity and improve social cohesion.

The implementation of the agreement will be reviewed annually in consultation with the Department for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency.

Baloyi said the new outcomes-based approach was being introduced at a time when access to government services had "improved significantly" since 1994. However, he added that services still needed to be vamped up.

A study conducted by the department in 2009 into service points revealed many people were still travelling long distances to access services.

DP Kgalema Motlanthe and Ministers to discuss Energy Security

Pretoria - Looming threats to the country's national electricity grid are expected to take centre stage when Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe chairs a meeting of the National Stakeholder Advisory Council on Energy on Friday.

The meeting, to be attended by the Ministers of Energy, Public Enterprises, Finance, National Planning, Water and Environmental Affairs, Cooperative Governance, Trade and Industry, Mineral Resources, Economic Development and Labour, follows the release of the country's draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) policy for Electricity.

The draft IRP, released for public comment, sets out the outcome of the first round of work in government on an integrated electricity plan for the next 20 years.

Amongst the goals the policy aims to achieve is a balance between an affordable price for electricity to support a globally competitive economy and a move to a more sustainable and efficient economy that creates jobs, taking into account carbon emission targets in line with global commitments.

The IRP says the country requires 52248 MW of new capacity in order to meet the projected demand and provide adequate reserves.

Mass Break-Out From Nampula Prison

Mass Break-Out From Nampula Prison - Mass Break-Out From Nampula Prison - A group of 17 prisoners escaped from the Nampula Industrial Penitentiary in northern Mozambique on Monday night, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

300 enterprises expected at "Constroi Angola 2010"

300 enterprises expected at "Constroi Angola 2010" - 300 enterprises expected at "Constroi Angola 2010" - Luanda; Over 300 national & international building contractors are expected at the the 8th edition of  "Constrói Angola" Fair to happen at Luanda International Fair (Filda), from 14 to 17 of October.
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[AA Angola]

Workshop : The Integration of AV Technology + Architectural Design

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"If you design buildings with high end technology needs, such as video walls, you cannot afford to miss this workshop."

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER : BOB SIMPSON - Writer and lecturer on Audio Visual and Lighting Control topics, his books include "Effective Audio Visual", "Videowalls - The Book of the Big Electronic Image" and "Lighting Control - Technology and Applications". He has worked on many corporate, control room, EXPO, museum, theme park and permanent exhibition audio visual projects.

Jubilations in Durumi As Dimeji Bankole Opens Clinic

Nigeria: Jubilations in Durumi As Dimeji Bankole Opens Clinic - There was jubilation in Durumi village in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) last Saturday as the Speaker of House of Representatives; Dimeji Bankole formally opened a clinic there. [AA Urbanisation]

Memories of Colonial Africa

Africa: Memories of Colonial Africa - I was born in 1954 in colonial Africa. One of my most cherished mementos from the colony of Nigeria is one of the pennies I received for my school lunch allowance. The coins bore the likeness of Edward VIII, who became King of England on January 20, 1936, and were minted in anticipation of his reign. However, Edward abdicated the throne on December 11th of that year before he could be crowned. He gave up the British kingdom to marry the love of his life, an American divorcee. [AA Urbanisation]

Minister Gives Hospital Land to Developer

Uganda: Minister Gives Hospital Land to Developer - Land that had been reserved for construction of a hospital in Makindye Division has been allocated to a private developer by a minister, authorities have complained. The minister denies any wrong doing but offers no proof. [AA Construction]

Sh340 Million for Bushenyi School Latrines Lying Idle

Uganda: Sh340 Million for Bushenyi School Latrines Lying Idle - OVER sh340m meant for construction of latrines in primary schools in Bushenyi district has not been utilised. [AA Construction]

Work Commences at Zamfara Refinery Site

Nigeria: Work Commences at Zamfara Refinery Site - Work has commenced at the proposed site of the 1.5 Billion euro (300bn) refinery in Zamfara State, the spokesman of the Zamfara State Government, Malam Sani Katuru told Daily Trust. [AA Construction]

Real Estate Fair to Address High Cost of Building

Nigeria: 'Real Estate Fair to Address High Cost of Building' - The fifth real estate fair will not only introduce new trends in building cheap houses in Nigeria but will also address the knowledge gap in the building industry, the Managing Director and chief Executive Officer, Soe Properties Limited, Mr. Olisa Ebigwei has said. [AA Construction]

Social Aid Fund Invests U.S.$165,000 to Build a School

Social Aid Fund Invests U.S.$165,000 to Build a School - Social Aid Fund Invests U.S.$165,000 to Build a School - The Social Aid Fund (FAZ) invested USD 165,000 to build a school with three classrooms in the district of Helena de Almeida, outskirt of Kuito, central province of Bié. [AA Network News] [AA Angola]

Zimbabwe Ranked Worst for Business

Zimbabwe Ranked Worst for Business - Zimbabwe Ranked Worst for Business - A new report shows Zimbabwe is one of the worst places to do business in the world, and it has been ranked at the bottom in the world in terms of lack of economic freedoms for businesses. [All Africa : Zimbabwe] [AA Zimbabwe]

Chinhoyi Sitting On Time Bomb

Chinhoyi Sitting On Time Bomb - Chinhoyi Sitting On Time Bomb - DESCENDING into Manyame River on approaching Chinhoyi town, the ambient and breathtaking picturesque view of brilliant architectural proficiency, the pride of Mashonaland West Province, interlaced with beautiful flora greets you. [All Africa : Zimbabwe] [AA Zimbabwe]

Makadara MP Protests Against Demolitions

Makadara MP Protests Against Demolitions - Makadara MP Protests Against Demolitions - Makadara MP Gidion Kioko Mbuvi, popularly known as Sonko, on Monday stormed Nairobi's Jogoo Police Station to protest against the demolition of kiosks in his constituency. [All Africa : Kenya] [AA Kenya]