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Commerical and Industrial Property

Soweto roads upgrade complete this month

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 This month will see the completion of 7,2 km of newly-upgraded and tarred roads in Soweto, Gauteng, by the Nyoni Africa Joint Venture. 

From power station to peace centre

By: Jill Stanford     4th February 2005 ALTHOUGH a final decision on the commercial component is still to be taken, Desmond Tutu Peace Trust executive director Chris Ahrends is confident that work on the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre will begin in Cape Town’s central business district this year. 

Tax relief for inner city development

29th October 2004 The South African government has launched a new tax incentive to encourage companies to invest in the development of new buildings or refurbishments in the inner cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town. 

R200m for North West spatial development project

24th August 2004 North West Premier Edna Molewa has pledged R200-million towards spatial development initiatives (SDIs) in the province in an effort to revive the provincial economy. 

New development on the cards for Newtown

By: Helene Le Roux     6th August 2004 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), one of the organisations spearheading the urban renewal drive in Newtown, in Johannesburg, anticipates that the first mixed-use project mooted for the area could be implemented as soon as January. 

Engineers in urban renewal and science project

6th August 2004 Engineering firm WSP Consulting Engineers and Ubunye Engineering Services have been jointly appointed to carry out all of the civil, structural, mechanical and electrical work on the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. 

Soweto redevelopment project kicks off

4th August 2004 A R6-million redevelopment project in Diepkloof Soweto, that will bring about the Diepkloof Extension 3 Neighbourhood Centre, has been initiated by the City of Joburg Property Company (JPC). 

Khayelitsha receives R60m for renewal

27th July 2004 The Khayelitsha township has received a whopping €7,5-million (approximately R60-million) that will bring increased development in the area. 

BEE group to develop Cape power-plant site

By: Jill Stanford     23rd July 2004 A BLACK empowerment partnership is to develop a R390-million residential, commercial and retail centre on the old power station site in Cape Town’s financial district. 

Developers scramble for Durban Point action

By: tom robbins     23rd July 2004 The Durban Point Development Company had achieved bulk land sales of 135 000 m3 at a value of R140-million, alongside the flagship uShaka Marine World theme park, said by Moreland resort development director Neels Brink at the launch of the 45-ha waterfront development’s Timeball Square. 

Cape Town moves to provide services to poor

By: Jill Stanford     16th July 2004 NINETY per cent of Cape Town’s 164 informal settlements were to have rudimentary basic services by the end of June and by the end of July servicing will be completed. 

Tax breaks proposed for Cape Town urban renewal projects

By: Jill Stanford     2nd July 2004 A R500-million project to rejuvenate seven buildings in Cape Town’s city centre could be among the first to benefit from tax breaks for urban renewal. 

Joint venture in mine support

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 The black economically empowered DCD-Dorbyl is a significant supplier of mine support products as a result of its joint venture (JV) with steel tube manufacturing company Robor, the Barloworld subsidiary. 

Urbanisation needs new focus

By: katharine mckenzie     26th March 2004 Urbanisation in South African cities remains an important topic for policy makers in government. 

R45m Jo’burg renewal project advances . . .

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 The newly revamped Faraday precinct in the Johannesburg city centre opened its doors in December, even though development at the R45-million project remains ongoing. 

Facelift planned for another Cape inner-city building

By: Jill Stanford     16th January 2004 LOUIS Karol Architects (LKA) is to convert another Cape Town architectural landmark into residential apartments. 

Acsa seeks consultants for upgrade initiative

By: laurian clemence     24th November 2003 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has issued two tenders seeking consultant teams for the upgrade of the international arrivals terminal and international pier development at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), which forms part of the company’s R3,8-billion upgrades project,... 

A tale of two inner-city revivals

By: Jill Stanford     17th November 2003 The inner cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg are confident that the worst of times have passed and the best of times are yet to come. 

A tale of two inner-city revivals

By: Jill Stanford     14th November 2003 The inner cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg are confident that the worst of times have passed and the best of times are yet to come. But that is where most of the similarity ends. 

Projects worth R5,8bn for Cape Town inner city

By: Jill Stanford     7th November 2003 THE value of projects completed, planned or under way in the centre of Cape Town has reached R5,8-billion since the formation of the Cape Town Partnership four years ago. 

Slow progress for SA’s Urban Renewal Programme

By: katharine mckenzie     24th October 2003 South Africa’s Urban Renewal Programme was launched by President Mbeki in February 2001. 

Cape Town’s poor commuters get poorer

By: katharine mckenzie     19th September 2003 When Acting Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe presented the Department of Transport’s budget in June this year, he announced that subsidies for public transport would henceforth be allocated in line with income distribution. 

Joburg reinvents itself in the wake of apartheid

By: katharine mckenzie     29th August 2003 Emerging Johannesburg: Perspectives on the Postapartheid City (published by Routledge) is a new publication in the canon of literature developing about South Africa’s dynamic urban environment. 

Germans part-fund urban-renewal project

By: Jill Stanford     15th August 2003 KHAYELITSHA, one of Cape Town’s most deprived and marginalised urban areas, is to be enriched with a R150-million upgrade. 

The Great Cape Transport Debate

By: Jill Stanford     1st August 2003 While commuters in the Western Cape paint a bleak picture of public transport, a debate is simmering between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), provincial and local government and business over whether a rapid-bus transit system, which has been proposed as the first phase of a... 

Unicities counter poor policy legacy

By: katharine mckenzie     11th July 2003 It is not often that we celebrate good policy decisions, because all too often we forget about them, side-tracked watching the missiles whiz past aimed at the poor ones. 

Tarring Joburg’s township roads

By: Zonika Botha     11th July 2003 Some sixty six kilometres of the 1 000 km gravel roads in Johannesburg’s previously-disadvantaged township areas have been surfaced, Engineering News can today report. 

Municipal budgets warrant closer scrutiny

By: katharine mckenzie     4th July 2003 Municipalities in South Africa have just passed their annual budgets which came into effect on July 1 together with new rates and tariffs, as well as changes to operating and capital expenditure. 

CT CBD becomes magnet for investors

4th July 2003 THE Cape Town Partnership (CTP) says that new investments announced in Cape Town’s CBD have topped R 3,049-billion for the six months to June 2003. 

Gun-control lessons from New York

By: katharine mckenzie     27th June 2003 Murder and violent crime is drastically reduced in cities where strict gun control is enforced. 

Big residential refurb for CT inner city

By: Jill Stanford     27th June 2003 FOLLOWING the news that an entire city block in Cape Town has been bought by Irish investors for a R350-milllion inner-city renewal project, Louis Karol Architects has announced that it is to undertake Cape Town’s largest ever inner-city residential refurbishment. 

SA municipalities turn to peer reviews to polish their performance

By: katharine mckenzie     13th June 2003 Late in 2002 the City of Johannesburg and Buffalo City (formerly East London) became the first South African municipalities to host peer reviews undertaken by teams of ‘peers’ made up of councillors and officials from other municipalities, representatives of the South African Local... 

Power station makes way for R150m office block

By: Jill Stanford     30th May 2003 CONSTRUCTION of a R150-million office block has begun on portion C1 of the old power station site on Cape Town’s foreshore. 

Irish eyes smile on Cape Town buildings

By: Jill Stanford     23rd May 2003 AN entire city block in Cape Town has been bought by Irish investors for a R350-milllion development project that will be the largest private-sector inner-city-renewal project in Cape Town’s history. 

R200m renovation for Joburg cultural ‘arc’

By: Zonika Botha     16th May 2003 An ambitious R200-million initiative is being undertaken by both the private and public sector to regenerate the Braamfontein area in Johannesburg as a centre of business and entertainment. 

R300m public-transport project for the W Cape

25th April 2003 CONSTRUCTION of an estimated R300-million project to transform the Western Cape’s public transport system is to begin this financial year.?The Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town are to pool their resources to develop a city-wide network of public transit corridors and... 

Redevelopment of District Six begins

11th April 2003 THE redevelopment of the land that was formerly the suburb of District Six in Cape Town has begun. 

Municipal police: expense or investment for cities?

By: katharine mckenzie     28th March 2003 Perhaps I am missing something, but it is still not clear to me what the role of municipal police is and whether they represent good value for ratepayers money. 

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