August 2016

Research Shows Trees in Bioswales Provide Significant Stormwater Benefits

When we talk about the value of urban trees and soils as a stormwater management tool, the contribution of the trees is often considered secondary. Soil will, of course, store significant amounts of runoff all on its own. However, new research at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, has found that trees actually provided the largest proportion of their bioswales’ stormwater benefits (Scharenbroch et al, 2016). ). In addition to significantly contributing to stormwater benefits, trees also provide many other benefits soil alone does not. 

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Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.

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Private Sector Urged to Invest in Tanzania's New Capital City

The government has called on the private sector to take advantage of the renewed capital transfer programme to invest in Dodoma and boost the country's economy.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliament, Labour, Employment, Youth and Disabled), Ms Jenista Mhagama and Capital Development Authority (CDA) Director General, Mr Paskasi Muragili, said the government has laid down grounds for investments that must be taken up by the private sector.

They were speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday when they met leaders and members of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) to outline key opportunities up for grabs as the government prepares to relocate from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma.


Police Demolish Dozens of Homes in Khartoum

Khartoum — On Thursday, a police contingent demolished 67 homes in El Shajara district in the Sudanese capital without prior notice to the inhabitants.

"The police arrived with bulldozers at El Shajara El Sina'at in the morning. Under the supervision of a prosecutor, they began to demolish the homes without any prior notice. They even did not give the 76 families living in the houses a chance to take their belongings out," Sara Nugdallah, Secretary-General of the National Umma Party and spokesman for the party, told Radio Dabanga.

She said that reasons for the demolition have not been given so far.


The Cheap Urban Necessity in Our Big City - Daladalas

By Anne Kidmose Jensen

Latifa Mapembe knows the feeling of a packed daladala all too well. The scrambling for seats and the sudden difficulty to find space for the feet are among her morning rituals.

When she leaves her home in Mbuyuni, Dar es Salaam, around 5:30 in the morning, she prepares herself to stand up for one and a half hours in the daladala to Makumbusho bus stand before she boards another bus to Mwananyamala. Although the distance is only 14 kilometres, it can take her up to three hours to get from her home to work.

"Daladala is my only mode of transport, but sometimes it is very challenging. I can be very tired when I reach work. In the evening I sometimes leave work at 6pm and reach home at 8 or 9pm. The Bagamoyo Road has so much traffic and when I reach home I just want to eat and then sleep," says 26-year-old Latifa who works at the Human Resource (HR) department at a microfinance company in Mwananyamala.


Foreign Artisans Exit Building, Construction Industry in Nigeria

By Bertram Nwannekanma, Happiness Otokhine and Victor Gbonegun

Foreign artisans from neighbouring countries such as Togo, Benin Republic and Ghana are now leaving Nigeria in droves.The Nigeria's building and construction industry has been among the hardest hit as government budget financing for projects, such as building contracts, remains unimplemented and bank financing dries up. The slowdown in construction has necessitated big construction firms to lay off and abandon their foreign workers.

Following the persisting unfavourable policies and a full-blown liquidity crisis that has brought the economy to halt, the heat on the construction and building industry is intensifying.Apart from the effects on construction cost variations on projects that are forcing investors to shift completion dates and increasing vacancy rate in residential property, a significant part of the nation's labour force resides in the building and construction industry.

In fact, Nigeria has been facing significant skills shortage in the building industry, as local artisans have dumped their trade in preference for riding bikes and tricycles. The remaining few are usually accused of poor workmanship and low efficiency.


Women in Construction: Houses for Women, by Women

Anti-apartheid activist Caroline Dunga concedes that women did not enjoy all the rights enjoyed by their male counterparts during the apartheid years.

“As veterans, we are pleased that things have changed because most women were left out of many things in those days,” she says.

“It was very difficult because when we grew up, we thought men were the dominant factors and we are there for the kitchen and to bear children, not to talk.

“Now when this democracy came in… we had a say also. We had to get out of the kitchen and say something.”

Dunga made the comments during an interview with SAnews recently. Also present in the interview was Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks who talked about the empowerment programmes aimed at ensuring that women participate in the economy and in the property market in particular.

As South Africa commemorates the 60th anniversary of the historic women’s march to the Union Buildings in the 1950s, the Deputy Minister says the department will build 60 houses through a programme that will see women-owned enterprises laying bricks and leading all the projects.

“We have a housing backlog, particularly because of the struggle…

“So we felt that it was important because in our Department of Human Settlements, we have a unit that deals directly with the empowerment of women.

“So to us, as we are going to August, we will also be building 60 houses for women.

“And we will do that in Port Elizabeth. We will launch [this initiative] in August,” she says.

South Africa’s commemoration of Women’s Month in August is done annually as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.

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SACAP : RPL Online System live launch delayed

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) –E-RPL System

SACAP advises that the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Online Portal BETA testing phase of the project has not been completed due to the delay in feedback required from the BETA Testers. The RPL online system live launch date was originally planned for Monday, 15 August 2016.

SACAP has selected 20 BETA Testers from the architectural draughtsperson, architectural technologist and architectural senior technologist registration categories.

The selected BETA Testers are requested to complete the self assessments and provide feedback by no later than 16h00 on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Feedback must be sent via email : 

SACAP will communicate the details of the new live launch date, once we have completed BETA testing.

Placemaking on Main Street: Revitalizing Rural Communities

Jobs: Project Manager - Gauteng

South Africa


Leading International Project Management Consultancy needs a top quality person to increase their PM team based in Gauteng.

B Sc Building/Civil or related qualification. It is essential that you must have worked for a contractor previously and understand how a building is put together. Projects could include commercial, retail, leisure or high end residential in areas around Gauteng. They are looking for someone who has worked as a PM for at least 3/5 years and ready to take on the responsibility to project manage a project reporting to the Project Director on a monthly basis. If you are confident, organised and keen to take the responsibility and use authority to ensure the delivery of project timeously, within budget and to spec, this may be for you?

To start ASAP but happy to wait for a good candidate to give notice. Package is around R500/600K Please ensure you forward an updated CV for assessment. Look forward to supporting your career growth.

Intertoll gets US$56 million from toll gates, coy on Zinara contract


Intertoll Zimbabwe is the local unit of Intertoll Africa, a subsidiary of South African engineering firm, Group Five.

INTERTOLL Zimbabwe has collected US$56 million from the nine tollgates it operates on the rehabilitated Plumtree-Mutare highway on behalf of Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA) over the past four years, an official has said.

Intertoll Zimbabwe is the local unit of Intertoll Africa, a subsidiary of South African engineering firm, Group Five. Group Five rehabilitated the 800 kilometre highway under a $206 million loan from the Development Bank of South Africa.

“Since we embarked on our contract, our toll collection income has been US$56 million. Out of that, at least 10 percent were exemptions so what has been banked directly into Zinara’s account is about US$51 million,” Intertoll Zimbabwe managing director Bridget Ledwaba on Monday told a parliamentary committee on transport and infrastructure.

Cape Town Auction — Last vacant Foreshore property

Aucor has announced that the City of Cape Town has mandated the company to sell the remaining open piece of land owned by the city in Lower Long Street on the Foreshore.

'Unacceptably low number of women in architecture'

SVA International Eastern Cape head Debbie Wintermeyer (left) and leadership coach Bev Hancock discuss the importance of women in architecture at a recent Women in Architecture South Africa (WiASA) meeting in Port Elizabeth. (Image: Supplied)
SVA International Eastern Cape head Debbie Wintermeyer (left) and leadership coach Bev Hancock discuss the importance of women in architecture at a recent Women in Architecture South Africa (WiASA) meeting in Port Elizabeth. (Image: Supplied)</span>There is a lack of understanding with regards to women architects' issues, said South African Institute of Architects Eastern Cape (SAIA EC) president Neill Kievit at a Women in Architecture SA (WiASA) meeting last week.
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Three circular economy projects in South Africa

Image: [[ Rambrick]]</span>Environmentally friendly bricks, sustainable heating, and the re-use of underutilised resources are just some of the projects that are pioneering a degree of circular economy thinking in South Africa.
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New Corobrik bricklaying training centre opens in Lawley

New Corobrik bricklaying training centre opens in LawleyCorobrik has opened a new bricklaying training centre at its Lawley factory in Gauteng. It is one of three countrywide that provides opportunities for unskilled South Africans to acquire the expertise they need to secure work in the building industry.
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SACAP Professional Practice Examination - 26 October 2016

The Professional Practice Examination will be written on 26 OCTOBER 2016.

Closing date for applications to write the PPE - 05 SEPTEMBER 2016.
Confirmation of applications and eligibility to write the PPE - 19 SEPTEMBER 2016.
Confirmation of venues and general arrangements for PPE - 03 OCTOBER 2016.

Please click on the following link to access the PPE OCTOBER 2016 documentation.

#WomensMonth: Diversity in the workplace encourages innovation

#WomensMonth: Diversity in the workplace encourages innovationWith more than 10 years of experience in the built environment, associate director at Turner & Townsend Noluthando Molao has been involved in some of South Africa's more iconic projects. She was recently awarded the Women in Construction Pioneer of Innovation Award 2016.
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Zimbabwe’s social media revolution by-passes rural areas

Collection of social media and networking related words for design projects.

The internet and mobile phone apps have given people a sense of anonymity, helping to create an army of activists expressing anger against high unemployment, an acute shortage of cash, poor public services and corruption.

CHIREDZI  – Deep in Zimbabwe’s drought-stricken rural district of Chiredzi, news of the biggest protests against President Robert Mugabe in a decade reached Peter Mufaro only after a week.

The demonstrations in Zimbabwe’s towns and cities are being organised through social media that few people have access to in remoter villages such as Malipati, where Mufaro works as a carpenter and part-time farmer.

“When you catch up with the news, it feels like you are not part of the country,” he said of last month’s ‘stay at home’ demonstration when urban Zimbabweans vented their anger at Mugabe’s handling of a failing economy.

ReGen Village Design Pushes for Self-Sustenance

The rate and degree of evolution for building types and development patterns around the world may be one of the most critical decisions facing the fate of the biosphere over the next century. One developer/architecture team has recently rolled out a vision that does more than toggle the mainstream model, but proposes the framework for a cultural shift built around goals of balance.

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Joburg Calls On Techies to Help Map Its Streets

The City of Johannesburg is calling on software developers to help improve processes of allocating and maintaining street addresses in rural and informal settlements in the municipality.

The challenge - which is dubbed 'GeoJozi Challenge - encourages developers with an interest in apps, maps and urban development to come up with innovative solutions to help citizens understand the significance of street addresses.

This year's initiative marks the first of its kind and is being run by the City in partnership with the Wits University's Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and map software company Esri South Africa.


Opinion: SA government must now focus on the future


By Minister for Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen

The successful local government elections held on August 3 build on the solid foundation laid by local government in the past 15 years. In this time remarkable progress has been made in accelerating the provision of basic services to the poor.

The recent elections were an important milestone that further contributed to building a strong democratic South Africa. It is also encouraging that the combined efforts of all stakeholders ensured that they were largely incident free.

The peaceful elections and high voter turnout have attested to the maturity of our constitutional democracy and effectiveness of our electoral system. We applaud all voters for braving the unforgiving cold winter weather to cast their ballots in the country’s fifth democratic local government elections.

This selfless act by voters is a recognition of the importance of the local government sphere which is closest to the people. All South Africans should also be applauded as our election was once again declared free and fair elections by observers.

Now that the people have spoken, we must look to the future. In the coming weeks, new mayors and councillors will be sworn in throughout the country. These men and women from various political parties have been entrusted with the will of the people and must now step up and deliver on their promises.

Jobs: Head of Projects - Water Engineering - Mauritius



Superb opportunity for someone to live in Mauritius and make a difference in the Indian Ocean Islands portable water supplies.

Join this dynamic multi disciplinary engineering consultancy and report directly to the COO. You would be required to streamline the effective change management of this active division. French would be required as well good communications skills with the emphasis on all legislation, acts, policies and procedures governing the activities of potable water supplies.
A degree in one of the following would be preferred Administration, Management, Economics, Finance, water related civil engineering. An MBA would be a great advantage. Your proven track record in a similar position for at least 5 years is a requirement.

If this opportunity appeals to you, our Client is offering a market related expat package plus an opportunity to leave your positive mark in this area.

Jobs: Director Procurement - Mauritius



Join this dynamic organisation which is turning around the quality of potable water in the Indian Ocean Islands.

As Procurement Director, reporting to the COO you would be required to advise management on procurement and supply operations best practice, by providing support in the implementation of policies and programmes. Your negotiation skills must be of the highest order as well as your ability to structure and motivate to ensure competence while developing and managing your team which supplies potable water at various locations. Ideal candidate would have at least 5 years experience in a similar position as your skills would include knowledge of legislation, processes and procedures. French would be a great advantage!

Our candidate needs to have a degree in Procurement & Supply Management or Business Administration, Economics, Finance or related Civil Engineering. A Master's is always a plus. Should be a full member of the Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).

Should you wish to make a difference and be recognised, this may be for you. Our Client offers an expat package according to the level of this position. Please ensure we have an updated CV for perusal and trust we are able to support your career growth.

Green Infrastructure: Back to Basics

“Imagine this design assignment: Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, makes complex sugars and foods, changes colors with the seasons, and self-replicates.” —William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

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Government takes over CAPS


Industry and Commerce Minister, Mike Bimha

GOVERNMENT has taken full control of troubled drug-maker, CAPS Holdings, after buying out former major shareholder, Frederick Mtandah, the Financial Gazette’s Companies & Markets (C&M) established this week.

Work starts on a multibillion-rand project in Western Cape

Work has finally begun on a multi billion-rand mixed-use development located in an industrial node of Milnerton, Cape Town

Zambia Elections 2016: ZEIC Launches Citizens Pre-Election Report

A pre-election report providing a comprehensive view of events and activities in the run-up to the elections. In this report offered to key stakeholders and the electorate, ZEIC notes a number of key issues that may be determining factors in the delivery of a free fair and credible elections. 


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Green buildings catching on in South Africa

Green buildings catching on in South AfricaSouth Africans are increasingly opting for green property solutions in both their residential and commercial investments. This is excellent news for property values in the future, and is increasingly setting the standard for planning and construction.
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400 Contractors Bid for Nigeria Railway Canteens, Car Parks, Others

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Tuesday said that no fewer than 400 bidders were competing to participate in its capital projects for 2016.

“The bidders are bidding for alternative revenue streams like canteens, clubs and car parks, communication centres and others; the disposal of scrap metals and other capital projects.’’

Ben Iloanusi, the Deputy Director in charge of the corporation’s procurement disclosed this at the official unveiling of documents’ screening for the bidders at its headquarters in Lagos.