April 2018

3rd International Conference Cities and People - 22-23 June, 2018. Yakutsk, Russia

3rd International Conference Cities and People

22-23 June, 2018. Yakutsk, Russia.

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The Cities and People Conference is organized by the Yakutsk City Administration and the Civic Chamber of Yakutsk. The Conference is held every two years and is a platform for discussions and exchange of views on the issues of sustainability of urban systems, the implementation of new approaches to the development of urban economies, urban environment and the formation of a healthy climate for effective interaction between all participants of the urban process.

The 3rd International Conference Cities and People theme is “Communications and Digitalization”. The Conference is hosted by Yakutsk City Administration and Yakutsk City Civic Chamber. The main partners of the Conference this year are the International Assembly of Capitals and Major Cities (IAC) and the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO).

South Africa joins the club that regulates financial markets through 'Twin Peaks'


South Africa is preparing the ground to migrate to a new way of regulating its banks and financial markets. Known as the Twin Peaks model, the decision has sparked debate, even controversy.

So what is Twin Peaks? And what’s all the fuss about?

The name Twin Peaks was adopted in 1995 by Dr Michael Taylor, who at the time was an official with the Bank of England. The name was a riff on the popular US mystery horror television mini-series created by David Lynch.

In a seminal paper published that year, Taylor set about unpacking the failings of the way banks and the financial markets were regulated in the UK. Regulation was based on a sectoral model – that is on the assumption that banks should be regulated separately from other kinds of financial institutions such as insurers. This model was used in most countries in the world at the time. It was applied in South Africa until 1 April 2018.

Twenty three years ago Taylor argued that the sectoral model was no longer fit for purpose. It was an anachronism. A throw-back to the days when there were clear delineations between different types of firms in the financial sector – banks, insurers, securities issuers. But when those firms began to amalgamate, the new firms that were created presented a problem for regulators whose authority was divided along lines that mirrored the division between banks, insurers and other financial firms. Taylor referred to this as a

What Buhari and Trump stand to gain from state visit

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari heads to the White House. EPA/Frank Augstein

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the Obama White House three years ago was ecstatic. By contrast, his visit this week to the Trump White House will be awkward. This time around, his host is a president who has referred to African states as “shithole countries” and remarked that Nigerians would never want to leave the US to “go back to their huts”.

Given Trump’s unpalatable statements about Africans in general, and Nigerians in particular, it’s fair to wonder why Trump invited the leader of a country he despises so much for a state visit. And also why Buhari accepted the invitation.

One answer is that the meeting offers both leaders a platform to promote their various political goals. Trump could use the occasion to showcase his credentials as an indefatigable fighter against terrorism. And he could pledge to help Buhari defeat Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, much as he has done with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Orange and Vivendi sign a partnership deal with the CanalOlympia cinema network to make the big screen more accessible to all in Africa

Orange (www.Orange.comand Vivendi (www.Vivendi.com)  have joined forces to meet the expectations of the fast-growing African continent, keen to consume cultural goods and rediscovering, after three decades in which cinemas had all but disappeared, the unique experience of the big screen in the best technical conditions and absolute comfort.

CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinemas and performance venues deployed by Vivendi in central and Western Africa, with 8 cinemas open to date, twenty by the end of 2018 and several dozen in the next few years. Every week, several thousand spectators visit each of the cinemas, all equipped with a cutting-edge projection and sound system.

As part of this partnership, Orange will offer its “Cinédays” programme in all the CanalOlympia cinemas where Orange is present, i.e. 8 African countries and a dozen multi-purpose cinema and performance venues. Cinédays was launched in the UK in 2004. Today, it is available in Romania, Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Morocco. It enables Orange customers to benefit from a 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer once or twice a week, to invite a person of their choice to share an enjoyable moment at the cinema together.

The offer will initially be launched in Cameroon, quickly followed by Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, and Niger, then Mali, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the CanalOlympia network is deployed.

Cat VR: Feline Virtual Reality Technology Aims to Amuse Animal Companions

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

A new PVRR (Pet Virtual Reality Research) technical brief targets the hundreds of millions of global kitties who might enjoy a romp through a virtual playscape. For starters, be sure to watch the compelling promotional pitch below:

Isobar, the brainchild of this operation, boasts their brain-monitoring and emotion-measuring capabilities. Thee brief reports that they have partnered with Zoos Victoria to detail the stakeholders and potential benefits of their emerging tech. After all, they ask: why should only “big cats” get to have all of the fun?

Anaha / Solomon Cordwell Buenz

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux
  • Architects: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Architect In Charge: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Other Participants: Benjamin Woo Architects
  • Surface Design : Landscape Architecture
  • Green Living Technologies: Green Wall Manufacturer
  • 1st Look Exteriors: Subcontractor
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux

Text description provided by the architects. Combining history, context, and culture, the Anaha tower is an extraordinary example of contemporary architectural place-making. The condominium begins the implementation of Ward Village®, which is largest Platinum Certified LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) masterplan in the country.

Forensic Architecture Shortlisted for the 2018 Turner Prize

Plume analysis is used by FA. It analyses the movement of clouds released in warfare, such as those that appear after a bomb explodes. Image © TiP, Balmond Studio Plume analysis is used by FA. It analyses the movement of clouds released in warfare, such as those that appear after a bomb explodes. Image © TiP, Balmond Studio

The spatial investigation group Forensic Architecture has been nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize. Based at Goldsmiths University in London, the interdisciplinary group of architects, filmmakers, journalists, lawyers, and scientists have devoted their energy to investigating state and corporate violations worldwide.

The nomination represents the second time a team of spatial designers has been recognized by the prize in its three-decade history, following on from 2015 winners Assemble.

What can free education do for the South African construction sector?

  • Transformation initiatives and empowerment take center stage at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo.
  • The event features complimentary training for the building and construction industry on 16 – 17 May, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.  

Doing business in Africa’s construction industry becomes easier in 2018. The 6th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is launching a comprehensive education and training programme to support the local building community next month.

“Transformation initiatives and empowerment are the only way to go to unlock the potential of the South African construction sector,” says Tracy-Lee Behr.

The Portfolio Director for the Built Environment at dmg events announces a series of complimentary educational sessions alongside the exhibition on 16 – 17 May, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 

Buhari and Trump: a chance to reset Nigeria's relationship with the US

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to meet Donald Trump in Washington. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump next week. His visit comes less than four months since Trump made the comment about “shithole” countries in Africa. Trump’s comments were followed by a swift denial and a lukewarm attempt to mend fences.

But his lethargic attitude to the continent is undeniable. This was underscored by the fact that the president sacked former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he was on an African tour, forcing him to cut his trip short. Further evidence of his perceived indifference is the fact that he has not appointed substantive senior leadership within the state department to handle African affairs. As a result, his African policy is driven by a makeshift team that has shown no real desire to mediate Africa’s strategic interests and aspirations.

Art That Breathes: 17 Living Creations Made with Plants, Bacteria & Insects

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Alternately beautiful and disgusting but nearly always fascinating, works of art that use nature in place of more traditional media raise questions about the power and responsibility of human dominance over our natural surroundings and the other species living on Earth. These living, breathing works of art might be innocently pretty, like modified flower petals or arrangements of colorful mushrooms, or they might feel a little more sinister, making controversial use of living mice, insects or bacteria swabbed from human orifices.

What’s your take on the use of living things as art? Do you believe the message justifies its potential death, even if it’s a bonsai tree or an ant?

Philodendron Xanad by Ruben Bellinkx

Curious Minds

Seeing this photos of MUMA Architects' community center in Cambridge, England, via today's Dezeen Daily...

[Photo: Alan Williams]

...I couldn't help think of this photo of Antoine Predock's Ventana Vista Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona:

[Photo: Timothy Hursley (I think)]

Uniting the two are the small, low apertures that enable children to peer through them, instances captured by both photographers. With that, I decided to look around for similar images, finding the ones below. My point here is that it behooves architects designing early education buildings to cater apertures to curious minds, not just furniture and fixtures. These examples show that many architects are already doing just that.

New Building for Nursery and Kindergarten in Zaldibar by Hiribarren-Gonzalez + Estudio Urgari:

Moody's stable outlook rating to restore investor confidence

Deputy President David Mabuza says the recent decision by ratings agency Moody’s to maintain South Africa’s investment grading, as well as changing the country’s outlook from negative to stable, will go a long way in restoring investor confidence.

The Deputy President said this when he fielded oral questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

This comes after Moody’s announced on 23 March that it had maintained South Africa’s investment grade rating after expressing a view that the previous weakening of South Africa’s institutions would gradually reverse under a more transparent and predictable policy framework.

Addressing Members of Parliament, the Deputy President said: “We view this as a significant shift in the current sentiments of international investors towards us and a vote of investor confidence in the SA economy.”

The Deputy President also said that the positive investor sentiment reflects a recognition of the hard work which has begun by government to move the country’s economy and institutions in the right direction.

He said Moody’s was clear in acknowledging the gains that South Africa has made under the new leadership of the ANC.

“It is clear we have not just halted economic decline, but we have also embarked on a path of economic recovery and a restoration of the investor confidence in our economy as a country.

“It must be noted that this is a third consecutive time the South African economy has escaped a downgrade. With a stable outlook, Moody’s has affirmed that we are on the right path,” he said.

The Deputy President said the change in outlook from negative to stable was very important for international investors, who would require that their investment goes to countries that are given good investment grading.

“For those investors who may have been worried about their investment in South Africa, they can now rest easier following the decision by Moody’s,” he said.

R20 an hour is an insult, say marchers

Nationwide protests against proposed minimum wage

By Zoë Postman, Joseph Chirume, Eryn Scannell and Annie Cebulski

Photo of SAFTU protest in Cape Town
Thousands joined the SAFTU marches across the country, but COSATU, FEDUSA and NACTU did not join. Photo: Annie Cebulski

Thousands of workers from the SA Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) marched in several cities on Wednesday calling for a higher minimum wage.

They are demanding a minimum wage of R12,500 a month instead of the R3,500 a month (R20 per hour) which has been proposed. Workers also protested against proposed changes to the law on strikes and to the increase in VAT.

In Johannesburg workers gathered at the Newtown precinct and marched to the Premier’s office, and the offices of the Department of Labour and the Gauteng Department of Social Development. Unions included the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA), the National Union Of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW), the South African Liberated Public Sector Workers’ Union (SALIPSWU), the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU) and Simunye Workers Forum.

Rwanda can't achieve reconciliation without fixing its democracy

Rwanda's Genocide Memorial burial site. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

This month Rwanda marks 24 years since the genocide that left almost one million people dead. Healing is paramount in a society that’s not quite moved beyond the horrors of 1994. To ensure the past isn’t repeated, Rwanda needs to work towards meaningful political representation for all the country’s ethnic groups.

There is a model that other countries have adopted that could help it do this. It has been shown that consensus democracy is the best political mechanism to eradicate violent competition for power.

This kind of democracy – which is based on a power sharing model of government – has proven to be effective in the United States, The Netherlands and Switzerland. It also worked in South Africa during the country’s transition to democracy.

A five-point plan to make Buhari's council on food security a success

Small-scale farmers produce about 90% of Nigeria's food. ILRI/Stevie Mann/Flickr

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has established a National Food Security Council to address challenges in the country’s food and agriculture sectors. Food security is a huge problem in Nigeria. It ranks 84th out of 119 countries on the 2017 Global Hunger Index, coming in just below the Republic of Congo.

If a person is food secure it typically means that sufficient quality food is available, they have enough resources to buy food for a nutritious diet and they have stable access to adequate food at all times.

In Nigeria, about 3.7 million people, across 16 states, are food insecure. Several factors have driven this. These include civil conflicts, large-scale displacement, rising food prices, climate change, natural resource degradation, poverty and population growth.

Consumers warned against use of fake NHBRC logo

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has warned unsuspecting housing consumers against the fraudulent use of its logo in a letter allegedly sent out by Cosmopolitan Projects about guarantees on their completed homes.

“The letter, which has an NHBRC logo, distorts the benefits that consumers are entitled to - once construction of their homes is completed. An NHBRC letterhead will have a designed header as well as names of board members at the bottom,” NHBRC said.

The council urged consumers to be vigilant and confirm this fraud by consulting their nearest NHBRC customer care office on either toll free number (0800 200 824) or on the website www.nhbrc.org.za. Alternatively, they can contact NHBRC via social media platforms Twitter: @NHBRC Facebook: NHBRCSA.

The NHBRC was created by an Act of Parliament (Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act 95 of 1998) to protect the rights of housing consumers against shoddy workmanship by unscrupulous home builders.

As such, the NHBRC manages a Warranty Fund, which all homeowners contribute towards as part of their registering with the council.

The fund is meant to act as an insurance cover for a period of five years from occupation of the new home. It covers the one year roof leakage and five-year major structural defects.

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Vrygrond residents to restart land occupation

Community leaders unhappy with outcome of meeting with mayor

By Thembela Ntongana

Photo of open land
Backyarders wish to occupy this tract of vacant land in Vrygrond. The City of Cape Town says it is a nature reserve. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

Vrygrond community leaders say they are unhappy with the outcome of their meeting on Monday with City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

The meeting followed protests after demolitions of shacks erected on vacant land known as Xakabantu. Most of the occupants were backyarders and some residents from informal settlement Overcome Heights.

The day after the protest, community leaders agreed to halt the occupation until the mayor responded on Monday.

But community leader Daniel Nomavile said the Monday meeting was unsuccessful. “She brought us a map that said the land in question was declared a nature reserve. But when was this declared, because I used to stay on that land? My shack was there. Where was that endangered vegetation that they are telling us about now?” asked Nomavile.

He said when the City removed people from the land in 1999, there was no mention of it being a nature reserve. Instead, people were moved with the promise that the land would be cleared and levelled for housing development.

Vantage Capital provides $8 million of funding to Rosslyn Riviera, a leading Kenyan retail shopping mall

Vantage Capital (www.VantageCapital.co.za), Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced today that it has provided $8 million of funding to Rosslyn Riviera Shopping Mall (“Rosslyn Riviera”) (www.RosslynRivieraMall.co.ke), a convenient neighbourhood shopping mall in the upmarket suburb of Rosslyn/Runda in Nairobi that officially opened for trading in 2017.  Sitting on 4.5 acres, Rosslyn Riviera combines the atmosphere of modern world class design against the backdrop of nature that takes advantage of a natural river on the property. It is spread over 18,211 sq.m of customer paradise offering visitors a selected blend of shopping, comprising of grocery, fashion, dining, health, wellness and entertainment establishments.

Mokgome Mogoba, Associate Partner at Vantage Capital, said, “Rosslyn Riviera is a state of the art shopping mall, developed to extremely high standards, with all the right characteristics we consider befitting the only modern neighbourhood mall in Kenya. It is located in a prime affluent area in the city of Nairobi. Direct access to a major highway provides the tenants with excellent visibility including abundant conveniently accessible parking for their customers. The mall has managed to attract high quality tenants such as Chandarana Supermarkets, Java House, News Café and Nairobi Hospital and is led by a very competent management team. This investment in a leading retail property development in the heart of Nairobi demonstrates Vantage Capital’s commitment to Kenya and the East African region as a whole.”

Rolling Out the Green Carpet: Grass Circle Transforms Madrid Public Square

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Marking the 400th anniversary of the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, a grassy circle measuring over 35,000 square feet was rolled out to create seating space for over 100,000 visitors across a four-day celebration.

The famous European square is framed by historic rectilinear architecture, beautiful in itself, but by adding a fresh layer of greenery, artist SpY provided space for locals and tourists to relax and mingle.

From above, the green dot stands out against its reddish surroundings, while, on the ground, it becomes not just a frame for interaction but also a point of conversation about local history.

What's holding Malawi back in its fight against malaria

A Malawian woman receives a bednet to protect her and her child from mosquitoes that spread malaria. MSF/ Wilfred Masebo

Malaria is a major health problem in Malawi. Each year millions of cases are recorded – most are pregnant women and children under the age of five.

Eliminating malaria – or at least reducing the burden to a point where it has no public health significance – has become a national priority in the country.

As a result Malawi has a bevy of policies and guidelines that have been developed to help tackle the challenges presented by the disease. These relate to prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These guidelines and policies have had some success. One major feat is that malaria prevalence in the country dropped by 10%, from 43% to 33% between 2010 and 2014.

But in my research I identify one of the major factors that’s stopping Malawi from making even greater progress. This is that research isn’t being fully used in the country’s efforts to move from malaria control to elimination. This is a major problem, and one that’s experienced in many other low and middle income countries that are also finding it difficult to use evidence based research to refine and adjust policies to suit local conditions.

SAA cancels flights to Mauritius

South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday cancelled its flights to and from Mauritius due to bad weather.

“SAA advises customers that the airline has cancelled today’s flights to and from Mauritius due to a severe tropical storm 'Fakir',” said the national carrier.

SAA has cancelled flight SA190/MK950 of 24 April 2018 from Johannesburg to Mauritius as well as flight SA191/MK949 of 24 April 2018 from Mauritius to Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, the national carrier announced that it has upgraded Wednesday’s flight SA190/25April from Johannesburg to Mauritius, while flight SA191/25April from Mauritius to Johannesburg will operate with A340-600 (42 business and 275 economy seats) instead of the A330-300.

“We apologise for these cancellations, which were caused by circumstances beyond our control. SAA will operate a bigger aircraft, the A340-600, on the route tomorrow to ensure that our customers reach their destinations,” said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

Tlali said the decision to cancel was taken in the interest of safety after it was established from the Mauritius Meteorology Services that the aerodrome weather forecast created by “Fakir” would affect SAA’s operations today on Tuesday.

SAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions in Mauritius and will advise customers accordingly.

It added that the following rebooking conditions are applicable:

Rebook onto another South African Airways flight for a later date at no extra charge and subject to availability in the same cabin
Change of cabin will not be permitted
Rerouting is permitted with prescribed conditions
This policy is applicable to South African Airways flights only, issued on SA (083) ticket stock and not on separate tickets of other airlines
Tickets must be re-issued on/before 30 April 2018
Travel must commence on/before 30 April 2018

Workshop about Localizing SDGs for the Agenda 2030 in Belém - 25-27 April, 2018. Belém, Brasil

Workshop about Localizing SDGs for the Agenda 2030 in Belém

25-27 April, 2018. Belém, Brasil.

+INFO: www.localizingthesdgs.org

It is a workshop about localizing the SDGs for Agenda 2030 in Belem (Brasil) at the “Oficina de Localização da Agenda 2030”. The event is organized by the National Association of Brazilian Municipalities (CNM) in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Federation of Latin American Cities, Municipalities and Associations (FLACMA), Federación de Asociaciones de Municipios de Pará (FAMEP, by its Spanish acronym) and United and Cities Local Governments (UCLG).

This event aims foster capacities at local levels to promote planning and land management mechanisms for the localization of SDGs. Furthermore, the meeting provide a great opportunity to exchange experiences between regions and cities and promoted peer-learning experiences between participants.

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Metrorail adds to commuter woes during bus strike

“Make use of alternative transport” says official

By Tariro Washinyira

Photo of people on station platform
A signal failure left Metrorail commuters stranded at Parow station on Tuesday. Photo: Tariro Washinyira

Commuters were left stranded at Parow station on Tuesday morning, due to a “signal equipment failure at Bellville” according to a Metrorail employee who told GroundUp that commuters should “make use of alternative transport.”

Some commuters, including school children returned home, as taxi operators took advantage of the situation and charged double. Others clubbed together to hire private taxis. The prolonged bus strike has forced additional commuters to use the trains.

It was chaotic at Parow station as commuters went up and down the stairs. Some trains were standing still. The main entrance to the platform for Cape Town trains was closed and there were no ticket checkers to be found. Some commuters jumped off their stationery train and started walking along the tracks.

At 8:30am a 55-year-old woman who gave her name as Maria said she had been waiting for the train since 6am. She said she would return home. “I have ill health and would like to avoid last Friday’s experience when I arrived at work about 11am after walking from Mutual station to Koeberg to get a taxi to Cape Town.”

Maria said her constant late arrivals had strained her relationship with her employer.

Why the Fish River Sun land claim case took 20 years

Court was scathing about Land Claims Commission

By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti

Satellite photo of FIsh River Sun area
The area where Sun International’s popular Fish River Sun resort used to be has been claimed by three communities. Image from <a href="https://goo.gl/3EgdJG">Google Maps</a>

On 10 April 2018, the Land Claims Court delivered judgment in a case involving three competing land claims for a large area of land between the Fish and Keiskamma Rivers in the Eastern Cape. The disputed territory includes the land upon which the Fish River Sun Resort is situated. The judgment brings to an end a nearly 20-year-long legal dispute.


If your community wants to make a land restitution claim, you need to meet four requirements according to the Restitution of Land Rights Act:

You must prove that you are a “community” with “rights in respect of land”; that you were dispossessed of your land rights as a result of racially discriminatory practices after 19 June 1913; that you did not receive just and equitable compensation; and you must have lodged your claim before 31 December 1998.

Three separate “communities” – Mazazini, Prudhoe and Tharfield – claimed that they were the rightful owners of the land in question.

End to seven-month strike by Port St Johns municipal workers

Garbage piled up in town, turning away tourists

By Asanda Maliwa and Wara Fana

Photo of piles of rubbish
Rubbish piled up in Port St Johns during the seven-month municipal workers’ strike. Photo: Asanda Maliwa

Municipal workers returned to work in Port St Johns on Monday after an on-off strike which has lasted seven months, leaving the town strewn with garbage.

Municipal workers had been on an intermittent strike since last year, demanding the dismissal of the municipal manager and the implementation of wage promises they say were not kept. According to South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) spokesperson Andile Bara the problems started in 2013 when seven SAMWU shop stewards were fired after a strike over wages.

The strike had left the scenic coastal tourist town looking like a rubbish dump.

The workers returned to work on 23 April after a meeting between the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU), representatives of the Department of Cooperative Governance, the municipality and the tourism industry. The workers were promised that their grievances would be investigated.

Businesses in the town had complained about the condition of the streets. Barbara Radford, owner of Purple Indigo guest house, says the town was filthy. “Tourists just drive through and you cannot blame them. Who wants to stay in this filthy town?”

Khanyiso Nogwina manager at the popular Jungle Monkey backpackers’ lodge says it will take the town a long time to recover. “Tourists are telling us straight that they will never come back to Port St Johns. This matter has affected all business owners.”

Redeveloped, rebranded Maluti Crescent will incorporate informal traders

Redeveloped, rebranded Maluti Crescent will incorporate informal tradersDesigned by MDS Architecture and developed by Flanagan and Gerard for Vukile Property Fund, Setsing Crescent in Phuthaditjaba is being transformed into Maluti Crescent.
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Edwin Seda from Paragon Architects goes travelling with his camera

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The SDGs will not be achieved without reshaped subnational financing!

From 23 to 26 April 2018, a delegation of local and regional governments, led by UCLG on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, is taking part in the third ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up.

On Monday 23 April, Parks Tau, President of UCLG, led the Delegation of Local and Regional Governments during the first Ministerial Round Table of the Third Financing for Development Follow-up Forum. Each year, the ECOSOC Forum convenes to present the Interagency Task-Force Progress Report on the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. As lead discussant, Parks Tau welcomed the inclusion of a specific section on Subnational Finance in the 2018 IATF Report and reinforced the importance of having local governments participating in the monitoring process of the global agendas.

Exploring Resilience & Innovation at AZA18 - Book Now!

#AZA18 under the theme WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience

Anthony Orelowitz’s of Paragon will present Sasol Place and Alice Lane in Sandton, Johannesburg, as cutting-edge case studies in driving leadership in innovation with design and value engineering at #AZA18.

From 3-5 May 2018, #AZA18 will be exploring the journey towards sustainable, adaptive and integrated cities that can respond to growing social, economic and environmental challenges, under the theme ‘WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience’.

The role of architects in the built environment is being increasingly highlighted as new opportunities are created towards improved resource consumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, human development and climate change adaptation.

Sponsored by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), PPC and Boogertman + Partners, AZA18 offers an important platform for engaging around solutions and ideas that are regenerative, adaptive and diverse in the face of these new scenarios – in discussion with some of architecture’s key thinkers and practitioners.