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Minister calls for tangible suggestions from construction stakeholders

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille on Monday requested that the Construction and Industry Development Board (CIDB) resubmit a report containing industry views on issues faced by the industry and recommendations on how to solve those issues by the first week of March. The Minister said she would reconvene with the 35 members of the CIDB next year, to provide time for stakeholders to provide tangible solutions to industry issues, as well as recommendations related to who should be implementing solutions.

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Atterbury completes R340m mall development in Mauritius

Property developer and investor Atterbury has completed the development of the R340-million Bo’Valon Mall, in Mahebourg, Mauritius. The mall is a joint venture (JV) between Atterbury and EnAtt and takes its name from the village it is located in in, Beau Valon, which means “beautiful valley”.

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FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index finds ‘some life’ within construction sector

First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) says construction activity has continued to improve in the fourth quarter of the year. The higher activity lifted the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index to 22, from 15 in the third quarter.

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Aveng provides update on disposals

Global infrastructure and resources group Aveng on Friday reported on the status of several previously reported disposals. In relation to the Aveng Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) disposal, announced in July, Aveng confirmed that all consents and conditions precedents have been fulfilled or waived, and the purchase price of R129-million has been received.

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Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable

Cool coating technologies, also known as cool surfaces, can play a key role in making human settlements more energy efficient and sustainable, and buildings more habitable, says research institution South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency cool surfaces project officer Denise Lundall. “Tests from the low-cost housing cool surfaces project in Groblershoop completed in April, in the Northern Cape, showed that the indoor daytime temperature of a low-cost, corrugated-iron house dropped from 34 °C to 25 °C.”

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Data management in construction adds resilience, efficiency benefits

Effectively managing data in construction sector businesses helps them to be more resilient in the event of a cybersecurity breach or loss of data, and helps them to use their data efficiently to support operations , says data management consulting company Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie. While construction industry businesses generate data specific to the industry that have their own data management requirements, it still retains a conventional business information technology (IT) profile. Companies in the industry typically have IT departments and centralised infrastructure, which will impact on or can disrupt the business if they are affected.

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Tribunal dismisses cement industry cartel case against NPC

A decade after the Competition Commission launched an investigation into a cement cartel, the matter has been finalised, with the Competition Tribunal this week  having dismissed a case of indirect price fixing and market division against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC).   The cement industry cartel case stemmed from a commission investigation launched in 2008, which probed alleged anticompetitive conduct in the cement industry in South Africa. This was against a backdrop of meetings held in …

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Treasury has to change its thinking around public transport, says Van der Merwe

National Treasury has to change its attitude towards public transport, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “If Treasury keeps on saying public transport is for the poor, we are dead.

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Emira successfully converts Bolton property from offices to residential

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Emira Property Fund and its partner Feenstra Group have completed the residential conversion of The Bolton, in Rosebank. Following the two-year development, Emira confirmed that more than 95% of the apartments have already been let.

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Afrimat Construction Index gains some traction in third quarter

The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI), a composite index of the level of activity in South Africa’s building and construction sectors, increased by 5.1% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter. Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who compiles the ACI on behalf of construction materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities provider Afrimat, on Thursday said it was encouraging that that third-quarter ACI was at a higher level than the year before.

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