August 2016

Democratic Alliance wins Pretoria, Tshwane

Pretoria - In a nail-biting finish, all the votes from the capital city have been captured with the DA winning the most votes.

The results for Tshwane, which were finalised after 12pm, showed that the Democratic Alliance (DA) garnered 43.10% or 381 022 of the votes.

The ruling African National Congress followed closely with 41.48% or 366 732 votes and the EFF was at 11.64%.

The results indicate that both parties did not get the outright 50% majority in the metro council - meaning they both would require a coalition to govern the municipality.

This leaves the EFF in a good position should one of these two parties approach it to form a coalition.

In 2011, the ANC won the capital city with a total of 800 367 valid votes (55.32%) which ensured it secured 68 out of 105 ward seats and 118 out of 210 seats in total.

Johannesburg also continues to hang in the balance with both the ANC and the DA votes neck and neck.

At noon, the ANC was leading in the City of Johannesburg with 42.47% of the votes and the DA had 40.87%.

The Electoral Commission has been slow to release some of the results at the National Results Operation Centre in Tshwane.

The delay in the finalisation of the results in Gauteng has been attributed to the extensive auditing process as well as the high number of voters in the province.

The commission is scheduled to officially announce the election results tonight.


“Ralph, Meet Sparky!” – Making the Most of Your Dog Park

It’s early afternoon on a warm, sunny Wednesday. Couples are out for a glimpse of the iconic Flatirons, folks gather to debate the best coffee roasters in town and other groups are sitting on lawn chairs in a nearby grassy area.   But the real “community gathering” is among the 40+ dogs chasing each other, hopping in a kiddie pool, competing for tennis balls and lounging around. Welcome to Boulder, Colorado’s Valmont Dog Park.

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South Africa gives Zimbabwe three week deadline over imports ban


Minister of Industry and Trade Mike Bimha

SOUTH Africa says it has given Zimbabwe three weeks to roll back a ban imposed on imports from that country ahead of a meeting of regional ministers later this month.

This follows a meeting between Zimbabwe’s minister of Industry and Trade, Mike Bimha and his South African counterpart, Rob Davies in Pretoria on Thursday.

On June 20, Zimbabwe banned the import of hundreds of items from its southern neighbour to reign in its ballooning trade deficit — $3,3 billion in 2015 — to and shore up local manufacturers.

The list included furniture, baked beans, potato crisps, cereals, bottled water, mayonnaise, salad cream, peanut butter, jams, maheu, canned fruits and vegetables, pizza base, yoghurts, flavoured milks, dairy juice blends, ice-creams, cultured milk and cheese.

The ban has been widely criticized, and sparked demonstrations and the burning down of a government warehouse in Beitbridge, a border town leading into South Africa.

AfDB projects GDP growth rate of 1,6 percent in 2016 for Zimbabwe

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa

ZIMBABWE’S Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is projected to slightly increase to 1,6 percent in 2016 from an estimated 1,5 percent in prior year and the marginal growth is anticipated on expansion in tourism, construction and financial sectors.

Another 30 homes to be built in Nissanda

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Nissanda community</span>Another 30 homes will be built in Phase 2 of Nissan and the City of Tshwane's 'Nissanda' (short form for Nissan Development Area) project. The project was launched in 2014 to provide housing for people in a new area of the Ga-Rankuwa Township, north of Pretoria. Working with Habitat for Humanity, 50 homes have already been built in Nissanda.
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Equity and Inclusion: Getting Down to the Heart of Placemaking

Placemaking, a collaborative process by which we (residents, architects, activists, community leaders and planners alike) shape our public realm together, is fundamentally about inclusion and shared community ownership.

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Newly approved Badagry seaport will provide Nigeria with much needed dollars

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a business plan for the development of a seaport in Badagry, Lagos State.

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Is Uber’s fare reduction selectively exploiting its Kenyan drivers?

Hundreds of Uber drivers came out to protest Uber’s fare cuts in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday.

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2016 ArchitectureZA SCALEs up

2016 ArchitectureZA SCALEs upThe 6th annual South African architecture conference, ArchitectureZA (AZA16), presented by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), will take place at the university from 1 - 3 September 2016.
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SACAP PPE Examination - October 2016

SACAP advises that the next  Professional Practice Examination (PPE) will be held in October 2016.

The PPE examination date including the documentation will be published early next week on the SACAP website including social media.


Rio de Janeiro launches Gemalto contactless transport ticketing wristband

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (, the world leader in digital security, announces a partnership with RioCard (, Rio de Janeiro’s public transportation ticketing operator, to implement contactless transport ticket wristbands. When fully implemented, the solution will simplify secure payments and improve convenience ensuring smoother travel in any mode of transportation (bus, ferry, subway and train) for more than 10 million residents(1) and visitors to Brazil’s second largest city.   

With Brazil and Rio de Janeiro preparing to host the most important sport events in the world, the RioCard contactless transport wristbands are one of the major innovations being introduced to improve the infrastructure in preparation for 500,000 expected foreign visitors(2). With a simple wave of their wristband near the contactless readers already deployed throughout the city, the solution is expected to increase use of public transportation, transactions speed and simplify travel logistics, building a foundation for simple and secure contactless payments long after the event fanfare concludes.

Gemalto is supplying RioCard with its waterproof Celego Contactless MiniTag wristband ( and its Celego Contactless MiniTag Sticker ( both embedded with a contactless chip from Gemalto and certified by Visa and MasterCard enabling all the secure functionalities of traditional contactless EMV cards. Contactless transit cards were first adopted by RioCard in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and they are now a part of daily life for millions of users.

Aliko Dangote team denied Zimbabwe visas

Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote

Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote

BILLIONAIRE Nigerian investor Aliko Dangote’s plans for US$1 billion worth of investment in Zimbabwe could go up in smoke after the country’s Immigration Department denied visas to aides he wanted to dispatch into the country to expedite progress, the Financial Gazette can exclusively report.

The decision could be a result of factional fights within President Robert Mugabe’s government, torn by internecine bickering between a faction linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and another fighting to thwart any prospects of him succeeding the incumbent in the event that he leaves office.

Mnangagwa is said to be vigorously pushing for Dangote’s investment plans.

In terms of the country’s visa regime, Nigeria is under Group C classification, meaning that citizens of that country must obtain visas first before they enter Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe escalates ivory battle


This country’s elephant population is second only to Botswana with approximately 130 000 elephants.

ZIMBABWE will resume its battle to press the world to reverse a decades-long ban on ivory trade at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in South Africa next month, which has cost the country US$226 million between 2002 and 2014.

The country, whose elephant population is estimated at about 80 000, twice its carrying capacity, blames CITES for a poaching scourge that has reached alarming levels.

This elephant population is second only to Botswana with approximately 130 000 elephants.

Harare argues that controlled trade would give government a chance to raise funding to combat poaching and to bankroll its conservation programmes.

“Zimbabwe’s elephants are wholly dependent on establishing regular open-market sales of elephant ivory to fund management and enforcement actions,” it says in a document to be presented at the CITES conference.

ZCTU appeals to President Mugabe


President Robert Mugabe

THE country’s main labour union, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), has written to President Robert Mugabe, urging the veteran politician to refer back to Parliament the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Bill.

Specifically, ZCTU wants some clauses that violate labour rights to be deleted from the Bill. SEZ are areas in which business and trade laws differ from the rest of the country. Located within a country’s national borders, SEZs are meant to increase trade and investment as well as generating more jobs.

The SEZ Bill has since sailed through Parliament and now awaits presidential assent to become law.

ZCTU is, however, worried about some clauses which exempt investors licensed in the zones from complying with provisions of the Labour Act.

The union has been one of the leading forces in the anti-SEZ campaign, but failed to convince Parliament on the matter in April this year.

The labour body has now launched a last ditch attempt to stop the President from signing the Bill into law.

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Careers: Associate Directors : Cape Town Architectural Practice

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Due to strategic growth within this innovative architectural practice, our Client requires 2 Assoc Directors to support the overall practice management of projects based outside South Africa.

B Arch, B Sc Building/Civil plus a min of 10 years post grad experience is essential. MS Project is an added advantageous.

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Meet the Architects at Open Design Cape Town

The latest design-led innovations in the roll out of the Better Living Challenge will be among numerous architecture events taking place during the Open Design Cape Town festival, which runs from 10 to 21 August 2016.

The architecture events are part of the 12-day Festival, which features over 140 events including talks, exhibitions, workshops, tours, activations and interactive experiences that explore how design and innovation can be used to add great value to our daily lives and create a more sustainable future. 

The festival takes place in two stages, with events, expos and workshops at Cape Town City Hall from 10-16 August and citywide activations from 17-21 August.  Open Design is open to everyone, whether they are new to design or already see design and innovation as critical to designing a better future world. While some festival events are ticketed, most events are free to attend.

Festival goers will be able to download apps enabling them to experience a range of different applications of augmented reality.

China to Build Zimbabwe's New Parliament

Lovemore Chikova — Zimbabwe and China have signed an agreement worth $46 million as part of the first tranche of funds for the construction of the new Parliament Building in Mt Hampden. The agreement was signed by Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister here during a meeting on the follow-up to the implementation of various projects being carried out by the Chinese.

This came as Chinese Foreign Minister Mr Wang Yi told the same meeting that Zimbabwe was among six countries in Africa with which the Asian economic giant had signed framework agreements for production capacity cooperation.

The meeting that was attended by more than 100 government ministers from African countries, was a follow-up to the Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac) held last year.


Africa's Development - New Chinese Funding Window Ignites Competition

By Godlove Bainkong

Beijing — In less than a year, over 230 agreements worth some 50 billion dollars already concluded within the 60 billion new Sino-African cooperation plan.

If the enthusiasm with which Africa is showing the new funding window opened to her by the People's Republic of China is translated into concrete execution of projects on the ground, the continent's socio-economic development could receive fresh impetus in the next three years. Less than a year since China's President Xi Jinping announced a new Sino-African Cooperation plan with 60 billion US dollars earmarked for projects, African countries are currently scrambling for the funding with each striving to make the best of the opportunity.


Mwanza Airport Expansion Stalls Over Fund Shortage

By Nashon Kennedy

Mwanza — Mwanza Airport expansion project has stalled due to lack of funds, according to the Airport Manager, Ms Easter Madale.

She told the Daily News here yesterday that the authority signed the contract in June 2012, allowing the contractor to start work in July 2012, but fund shortage has impeded the expansion and renovation works on the runway. Under the contract, the contractor had 24 months to finish the work.

BADEA and the Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) are jointly funding the 105bn/- project, which the Chinese contractor, Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) is executing. She said construction started with 20bn/- from BADEA and OFID, with the government required to pay the balance.


Remittances startup Ozaremit secures early stage investment, eyes multi-million Euro valuation

By Nigel Gambanga

As part of its plans to expand its services, Ozaremit recently secured a six-figure investment from three angel investors focused on the emerging markets. Thibault Launay, Romain Girbal and Célia Grémy are French investors who have had their hand in some startups including an African classifieds service called Afrimalin that’s active in 8 Francophone countries.

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Open Design Cape Town Festival 2016

Event Date: 
Wednesday, 10 August, 2016 - Sunday, 21 August, 2016
12 days
City of Cape Town
Cape Town
South Africa

Design is the unifying thread that links innovation, education and community as the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, prosperous society. The Open Design Cape Town Festival brings these concepts together in a 12-day programme of inspiration, discussion and discovery.

The programme comprises two components:

10 – 16 August: Open Design City Hall programme, Cape Town
17 – 21 August: Open Design city-wide programme, taking place at venues across the city

Join us. We’d love you to participate.

World Bank alleges abuse of funds meant for projects in Malawi

The World Bank has accused the Malawian government of abusing funds meant for its projects in the country. This adds up to several corruption cases the south east African country has been rocked with.

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International Building Construction and Property Exhibition 2016

Event Date: 
Thursday, 29 September, 2016 - Sunday, 2 October, 2016
5 days
Accra ICC

The International Building Construction and Property Exhibition (IBCPE) creates the most convenient platform for the construction industry where quality materials, professionals and industry players, gather to showcase their expertise, trade and consult with each other on sector reforms and policies.

The 14th IBPCE aims contributing its quota to national development in infrastructure, a journey government and the private sector are well on and we at Image Consortium Limited have over the past decade been advocates for the “build it right” mantra.

The International Building Construction and Property Exhibition has a proven track record of a professional gathering where all involved in the construction.

industry meet. This platform helps to foster growth and create unity amongst the professionals to help enforce policies and strategies to effect change in the industry. For exhibitors, this platform gives you access to a discerning and sophisticated captured market comprising institutional bodies, private developers, players and professionals in the built industry.

Visitors on the other hand, will come from all walks of life looking for quality products such as what you display at the right price and with possible demonstration, terms and conditions on offers. Our unique platform provides them a one stop shop where all their construction needs will be met.

The 14th International Building Construction and Property Exhibition - Ghana

Preparations are underway for the 14th International Building Construction and Property Exhibition which will showcase various products, services and technology in the building and property industry.

The annual Building Construction and Property Exhibition, which includes seminars and workshops organized alongside the exhibitions, is geared towards creating awareness to "Build Right" using the right products and services in the construction, building, homes furnishing and interior designing sector of the economy.

It is intended to create a regular forum for dialogue and business networking for participants, discussion of pertinent problems affecting the industry for solutions and to serve as a one-stop shop for products and services in the sector.

This year's event, to be organized by Image Consortium, an Events and Marketing Communications Company, in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, is scheduled for August 29 to October 2 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Speaking ahead of the fair at a stakeholders meeting in Accra, last week, the Executive Chairman of Image Consortium, Mr Erick Houadjeto, gave the assurance that this year's event would offer best deals that people could find in the industry.

In his remarks, the Chairman for the occasion, Mr William Evans-Anfom, said he was looking forward to a successful exhibition and urged all stakeholders to help enhance the quality of the exhibition, adding "We want your businesses to prosper and progress".

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Nigerian Surveyors Worry Over 19,000 Abandoned Public Projects

By Hope Abah

Makurdi — The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) have expressed worries over 19, 000 abandoned public projects scattered across the country.

President of NIQS, Mrs Mercy Iyortyer made this known in Makurdi at a two-day workshop organised by the institute entitled, "Budgeting and Capital Project Monitoring and Evaluation in an Era of Change."

She said: "There are up to 19,000 abandoned projects scattered all over the country. This is not only worrisome but a monumental waste of public funds which presents a wake up call for proper planning and monitoring of projects."


Residents Sue Developer for Breach of Construction Laws

By Maureen Kakah

Kiamumbi residents have protested a move by a private developer to construct a high density residential flat without approval from the construction authority.

Through their association, the Damview Estate Kiamumbi, the residents sued Mr Mugeria Kinyua, the National Construction Authority (NCA) and the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema).

They accused Mr Kinyua of starting a construction in breach of clear directions from the NCA. They argued that unless he is restrained, he intends to proceed regardless of their concerns.


FAEO to Benefit African Engineers - Sehu


By Usman Bello, Benin

Benin — Engr. Mustapha Balarabe Shehu, is the President of Federation of African Engineering Organization (FAEO), the umbrella body of engineering societies from almost all the African countries. In this interview, he traces the origin of FAEO and the stake for Nigeria. Excerpts:

How did FAEO came into being?

Well actually FAEO is not a new organization; it was initially established as far back as 1972 in Cairo. The essence of getting it established is to have an African engineering voice to represent African engineering institutions internationally, at that time it was known as Federation of African Organization of Engineers FAOE, but with time it was made to have international membership with WFEO World Federation of Engineering Organizations, the world body of engineering comprising world engineering institutions all over the world with headquarters in Paris.

Somehow with the passage of time there was a period of inactivity on the part of the federation for a long time and of course nature abhors vacuum. There were some challenges that the inactivity brought like another organization cropped up from the South African region which they called African Engineering Forum AEF promoted by South Africa. This AEF started getting some recognition and at a time given observer status at the WFEO.


World breastfeeding week 2016: Breastfeeding could save close to a million babies every year

“Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development.” – UNICEF and WHO In commemoration of World’s breastfeeding week, August 1- 7 2016, themed...

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Investment approvals at US$305,6 million in first half 2016

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ZIA chief executive officer Richard Mbaiwa

THE Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) says investment approvals in the first half of 2016 reached US$305 587 782.77 from 84 projects compared to 67 that were approved same period last year on the back of improved appetite for investment in Zimbabwe.