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AfDB debars construction company for fraudulent practices

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday announced the debarment of Nigeria-based construction company Lutoyilex Construct and its MD Bamidele Obiniyi – also known as Bamidele Abayomi – for a period of 36 months. An investigation by the bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption found that Lutoyilex Construct engaged in fraudulent practices while bidding for a construction contract under Phase 1 of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme, in Nigeria.

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Sisulu promises traction in water sector

The Department Water and Sanitation is taking stock as it determines the required solutions for a sector fraught with major inequalities and unequal distribution, and an “inability to uphold the right of every South African to access water”. “South Africa’s water story is not a good one,” Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Tuesday during a post-Budget Vote media briefing, outlining a bleak, untransformed environment that required urgent remedial action.

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‘Monetisation’ of risks will be key to transitioning from climate awareness to resilience

The City of Cape Town’s ‘Day Zero’ water crisis of 2018, as well as the deadly Cyclone Idai, which ravaged parts of Mozambique and Malawi in March, has increased awareness about the need to begin investing in climate-resilient infrastructure. To transition from awareness to implementation, however, requires a “monetisation” of the climate risks, Mott MacDonald global head of climate resilience services Ian Allison argues.

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Council pursuing sustainable initiatives for property sector transformation

The property sector achieved a mixed performance in terms of broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) over the past year, Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC) CEO Portia Tau-Sekati said on Thursday. She was speaking at the PSCC seminar, in Johannesburg, during which the entity’s ‘2019 State of Transformation of the Property Sector’ report was released.

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City of Joburg takes construction approvals system online

The City of Joburg (CoJ) will roll out a Building Application System to optimise the process of securing construction approvals and permits, thereby moving away from manual processes to a streamlined, efficient online solution.  This forms part of CoJ’s plan to bolster economic growth in the city and the country, CoJ Building Development Management operational manager Laban Naidoo said on Thursday.

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Garden Route Dam spillway on track for completion

Construction on the raising of the Garden Route Dam spillway is on track and is expected to be completed within ten months, George Municipality said in a statement on Friday.  Construction of the spillway kicked off in May and the old concrete spillway was demolished and a new drainage channel excavated. 

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Group Five BRPs still committed to Aug 30 deadline for business rescue plan

Group Five on Thursday reiterated that its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) plan to publish a business rescue plan by August 30. This follows after it announced last month that creditors had agreed to extend the deadline for the publication of the plan from Jun 28.

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Vryburg’s first enclosed mall to open in 2021

Pretoria-based developers Twin City Development will build Vryburg’s first enclosed shopping mall, situated in North West. Dubbed Twin City Vryburg, the R290-million development is expected to change the face of retail in the town, with around 70 stores, three anchor tenants, restaurants and service outlets to be housed at the 20 000 m2 mall.

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CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.

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Collaboration key to property, construction success – De Lille

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille on Thursday called for collaboration between the public and private entities in the property and construction sectors in order to tackle the challenges facing these sectors and to pursue opportunities to boost growth in these sectors, as well as the broader economy. De Lille was speaking at the Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC) seminar, held in Johannesburg.

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