February 2012

REDAN Targets 1 Million Houses Per Annum

[Daily Trust]
Lagos -
The Real Estate Developer's Association of Nigeria (REDAN) has begun moves to have land banks in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) towards delivering one million housing units each year

COREn & FCTA Partner to Check Building Collapse

[Daily Trust]

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has indicated its readiness to partner with the development control of FCTA to curb the spate of building collapse in the territory.

Nation's Deal With BET Architects for HQ Finally Takes Wing

[Addis Fortune]

A 3D depiction of the winning design, made by BET Architect Plc in collaboration with Soehene Partners Architects from Austria, to be constructed at an estimated cost of 350 million Br on a 50,000sqm plot .

Masaka Residents Welcome Road Construction

[New Times]

Residents of Masaka Sector, Kicukiro District, expressed joy over construction works that began on a new road saying it would usher in development to their area.

Housing Crisis to Remain Unless Sector Accommodates New Laws


The challenge of providing low-cost housing is set to magnify, even as the construction industry braces for booming business once the counties take-off.

Acholi Leaders to Meet Museveni Over Evictions

Gulu -
Leaders in Acholi sub-region have resolved to meet President Museveni to help stop "illegal" evictions in the area.

Cement Investment - 10 Governors Woo Dangote


Following the successful commissioning of the Dangote Cement six million tons per annum capacity Ibese Cement plant, no fewer than 10 State governors have expressed their desire to lure the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Alijko Dangote to invest in their respective state.

Company Builds Industrial Centre in Cuvango

Cuvango -
At least six processing factories will be built in the future industrial hub of Cuvango district, 317 kilometres east off Lubango city, southern Huila province, by the Angolan company Ali-Terra- Angop learnt Saturday from the chairperson of the firm, José Arsenio Salvaterra.

LAMU Project Cost to Be Shared

[East African]

Countries expected to benefit from the construction of the Sh21.5 billion ($253million) Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor will have to foot part of the budget, it has emerged.

Accommodation Industry Income Up 13.8 Percent


Total income for the accommodation industry for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased by 13.8% compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, figures released today, 20 February, by Statistics South Africa showed.

2012 Population Census Right On Track

[Daily News]

The 2012 Population and Housing Census is just around the corner, and every one is expected to be counted on August 26, 2012. This year the census will be broader hence a longer questionnaire with 60 questions.

House Takes Interest Rates Battle to Home Loans Market

[Business Daily]

Interest on mortgage loans could drop below 10 per cent if recommendations by a parliamentary select committee investigating the fall of the shilling are adopted even as banks warned that it would limit credit supply.

Kwara to Construct 6000 Housing Units in Four Years


The Kwara state government has unveiled plans to deliver some 6,000 units of houses between now and 2015. It plans to achieve this in partnership with private developers.

Corruption Tops List of Hurdles in Property Deals, Says Study

[Business Daily]

Corruption and complex land administration systems are the major problems facing the land sector, a new survey shows.

Holili Township Suffers Cattle Influx, Water Shortage

[Daily News]
Rombo -
AN influx of cattle in the Holili area of Rombo District is raising concern amongst local authorities and residents in the border precinct.

Construction Boom Enhances Prospects of Cement Business

Dar es Salaam -
Cement business is set to expand this year due to the growth in construction industry in the country.

Corrupt & Mismanaged Municipalities - Government To Act

Mafikeng - North West Premier Thandi Modise has warned municipalities within her provincial government that those who fail to get their house in order will be dealt with. Speaking during her State of the Province Address in Mafikeng on Friday, Modise acknowledged that local government was unlikely to be "hitting the targets" soon.

"The 2010-2011 audit reports are shocking. Most municipalities did not even bother to submit their financials to the Auditor General on time," she said. Only nine municipalities and two municipal entities had submitted their financials.

Uganda Faces Health Services Crisis - Action Group


Health facilicities in Uganda have long suffered poor conditions including lack of adequate essential utilities like water, electricity and frequent stock outs of essential medicines and supplies. The stories of the health workers and patients alike reveal the tragedy of our national healthcare system in spite of a national budget that has been increasing over the years.

Inhabitants of Eden Semi-Urban Center Express Satisfaction With Health Service

Keren -
The inhabitants of Eden semi-urban center, Elaberid sub-zone, have expressed satisfaction with the health services made available, reports indicated. They further indicated that continuous campaigns have raised their awareness as regards health facilities.

VP Karen Residence Ready in Two Weeks

[Nairobi Star]

Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka can move into the Sh 400 million palatial residence in Karen in two weeks. After touring the home yesterday, the Public Accounts Committee chairman Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale announced that the residence will be ready for occupation from March. Khalwale said most of the facilities, including the VP's office, are ready.

Building Collapse - Lagos Tasks Residents, CDAs


As frequent cases of building collapse continue to take its toll on the nation, the Lagos State Government, at the weekend, implored residents and Community Development Associations, (CDAs) to monitor and report any suspected development of property that did not conform to building regulations.

Row Stalls Plan for One-Stop Border Point


A row over the compensation and resettlement of residents of Namanga town is threatening to derail construction of the proposed East African Community one-stop border point between Kenya and Tanzania.

Construction of Explosive Factory in Liberia to Begin Next Month

[New Dawn]

Construction work for an 'Explosive Factory' for the mining sector is expected to begin in Liberia next month. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in an interview with Liberian journalists at the end of the 40th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority in Abuja, Nigeria; disclosed that discussions surrounding the project have been ongoing for the past two years.

Demos Fail to Push Out Kamuli Road Contractor


Dott Services, the company contracted to reconstruct Jinja-Kamuli road, will continue working despite demands by residents to compel government to terminate its work.

Fake Building Parts Threatening Construction Growth


The mushrooming building materials large scale hardware shops that import substandard products is threatening Uganda's construction industry, according to Prof Jackson Mwakali, the chairman of the Engineers Regulatory Commission.

RHA Sets Deadline to Equip Buildings With Easy Access for the Disabled

[New Times]

The Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) has set the end of this year as deadline for owners of buildings to have specific access provisions for People Living With Disabilities (PWLDs).

Uganda to Sort Housing Deficit - Trade Minister


The Minister of Trade, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, has urged various stakeholders to get involved in sorting the deficit in the housing sector through taking up available possibilities for all Ugandans to access decent housing facilities.

Red Landscape Architects


A South African based company that operates nationally and internationally. The landscape architect is a graduate from the University of Pretoria: School of Landscape Architecture and is registered with the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP).

Red Landscape Architects strive to innovate by creating new, young, exciting, cost effective and fresh ideas. This is attained by the combination of diversified skills and imagination in the company, supporting our holistic design philosophy.

Walker Smith Architects

Durban - Westville

The original practice was established by Dean Walker in 1997. The name was changed in 2002 when Dean teamed up with Patrick Smith the former manager of Protekon Architects. Patrick Smith is currently the 100% equity holding member.

In 2009 Walker Smith Architects acquired the practice of Rougier Swiatek Architects. Their office in Kloof was retained and Rougier Swiatek Architects continues to run now as a branch office of Walker Smith Architects, the parent practice.