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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

Construction technology tackles housing backlog 

By: Carla Thomaz     31st July 2009 With a construction time of between 66% and 75% faster than regular bricks and mortar construction, patented alternative construction technology company Imision reports that it is able to provide a solution to meet the country’s current housing backlog, while successfully addressing the... 

Housing development on track for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     31st July 2009 The occupation of the first phase of the R8-billion Lufhereng housing development, west of Soweto, is on track for February 2010. 

Local housing project claims international award

31st July 2009 One of car manufacturer General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Foundation's housing project, Sakhasonke Village, in Walmer Township Port Elizabeth, has won an international award for the best practices towards improving living environments. 

Home financier teams up with building supplier

By: Dennis Ndaba     17th October 2008 Credit management company Real People has signed an agreement with building supplies retailer Build It, in terms of which Real People is expected to grant more than R3-million in loans a month during the first year through this new distribution channel. 

Task team tackles Eastern Cape housing delay

1st August 2008 A total of 57 flagship projects, with the potential to yield 36 820 housing units have been identified by the Eastern Cape Intervention Task Team, that was deployed to accelerate housing delivery in the province. 

Land availability contributes to housing delivery woes

By: Fatima Gabru     1st August 2008 The shortage of land available for the City of Cape Town's N2 Gateway housing project is a critical constraint in the progress of the project, an unnamed source tells Engineering News. 

Township improvement programme sees R4-bn investment

1st August 2008 The Gauteng Department of Housing has implemented projects to the value of over R4-billion across the province since the start of the 20 Prioritised Townships Programme (20 PTP), in 2007. 

Mpumalanga exceeds housing delivery target

1st August 2008 The Mpumalanga Department of Housing has exceeded its delivery target of 8 583 housing units by delivering 12 320 units to the province iduring the past financial year, MEC Candith-Matshego Dlamini said at the 2008/9 policy and budget speech. 

Costs associated with township renewal programme rise to R4bn 

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st August 2008 The Gauteng provincial government’s 20 Priority Township Project (20 PTP), aiming at building better communities and upgrade local and social infrastructure has exceeded its initial target of R3-billion. 

South Africa’s affordable-housing programme is maturing, but the delivery pressures are mounting

By: Dennis Ndaba     11th July 2008 “The areas which were engulfed by violence and attacks on foreign nationals were in informal settlements and in hostels. These areas often experience a lack of service delivery and are where the poorest people reside.  

Gautrain project creates hot properties

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2007 The property in areas surrounding the intended Gautrain route are experiencing a boom in both development and pricing. 

Another brick in the wall? Coming right up

3rd August 2007 Manufacturer, distributor and exporter of bricks and allied building products Corobrik has dispelled a growing perception that its clients and customers could be facing a shortage of clay plaster and clay face bricks. 

Contractor rolls ahead with urban precinct development

3rd August 2007 The Melrose Arch Development Company has appointed Murray & Roberts Construction as the main contractor on the R1,1-billion Melrose Arch Piazza project. 

High occupancy rates motivate Northriding business park expansions

By: Neal Goldwyer     3rd August 2007 Further expansions are planned for the Northlands development in Northriding, north of Johannesburg, which is already 85% completed and consists of six business parks over 1 000 000 m2 of land. 

Development management software aids municipal project delivery

By: Neal Goldwyer     3rd August 2007 JSE-listed software development company InfoWave Holdings (Infowave), through its operating subsidiary InfraSoft Technologies (Infrasoft), has won a contract for the installation, training and support of its Devman relational database system at a municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. 

RMB finances R300m Khayelitsha housing development

5th December 2006 Construction is about to start at a new 1 200-home affordable-housing project at Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, a statement by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) said. 

Minister backs emergency fold-away-house concept

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th November 2006 Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu this week called on municipalities to make use of the new “fold-away house” to provide quality and decent accommodation in times of emergencies, such as flood and fires. 

R26-million Moz housing project completed

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 In one of its most complex undertakings to date, South African 

R1-billion target reached

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 A leading financier of government allocated subsidy housing, infrastructure and community facilities projects, the National Urban and Reconstruction Housing Agency (Nurcha), recently hit its R1,2-billion rand target in terms of project value. 

Top achievers recognised

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 A local industry body, the South African Housing Foundation, will be awarding outstanding contributors to the housing sector in its 2006 housing awards competition. 

Conference to explore housing, development challenges

By: Amy Heydenrych     4th August 2006 On October 9 to 11, a three-day conference and exhibition on housing will be held in Cape Town. Hosted by the South African Housing Foundation (SAHF), the event promises to expose delegates to the latest thinking and information on local and global housing developments. SAHF MD John Hopkins adds... 

R15-million contract secured

4th August 2006 Local civil engineering firm Ruthcon Civil Contractors has been awarded a R15-million contract for the first four housing precincts at Jackal Creek Golfing Estate for client Group 5 Development Services. 

Controls designed for home safety

By: Liezel Hill     4th August 2006 Electrical equipment and accessories specialist Legrand’s range of Mosaic electrical controls has been designed for optimum safety, efficiency and flexibility, as well as easy installation in any home - in original installations, extensions and modifications. 

Wild and golf estate planned for Ekurhuleni corridor

By: Zonika Botha     19th May 2006 Ekurhuleni’s R21 corridor, which stretches from Boksburg to Tshwane and is expected to grow into a major economic activity node for Gauteng, has got off the ground with the launch of the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate earlier this year. 

N2 Gateway project – what next?

10th February 2006 In January of 2005 the Mayor of Cape Town said that 22 000 houses would be constructed in the N2 Gateway Project by June 2005, later altered to the effect that the completions would be December 2005. 

German group pursues housing-system offset

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2006 German group ThyssenKrupp is optimistic about its ability to deliver offset projects this year. One of these is the industrially-produced housing system unveiled at the end of last year (2005). 

Canadian firms seeks to make SA inroads

By: peter cromberge     2nd December 2005 A Canadian-based company offering a range of environmental solutions for industry has entered the South African market with products aimed predominantly at the mining and construction sectors. 

Opportunities galore for steel-framing technology

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 Lightweight steel-framing technology first emerged in the US during the 1950s, in a response to a similar array of issues as those currently affecting South Africa – productivity, quality control and availability of skilled trade labour. 

Exhibition displays options for prospective home-owners

16th November 2005 The Sakhuluntu Housing Exhibition, under way in Motherwell, in the Eastern Cape, aims to showcase ten subsidy houses that offer home-owners a range of aesthetic and lifestyle benefits. 

Local professionals describe N2 Gateway as 'expensive joke'

11th November 2005 Cape Town’s N2 Gateway project is supposed to deliver 22 000 houses by July next year, but less than 190 units have been built, and less than 10% of these have been handed over to occupiers. 

East London municipality to provide houses to the poor

27th October 2005 The Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) is spearheading a multi-million Rand low cost housing project in the East London Area. 

Dept of housing's partnership with business pays off

By: Liezel Hill     25th October 2005 Habitat for Humanity and African Bank have answered the Housing Minister's call for business and the private sector to assist in dealing with the housing backlog in the country by providing formal housing for South Africans. 

Municipalities to use 'toolkit' for low-income housing

18th October 2005 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has launched a policy guideline to enable municipalities to provide low-income target groups with rental houses with the option to buy over the years. 

Mpumalanga to complete 8 000 abandoned RDP houses

5th October 2005 Mpumalanga's housing department intends completing 8 000 houses that were left incomplete by incompetent contractors. 

Industrial rentals strong, office demand slows - Rode

30th September 2005 Industrial rentals continued to grow at double-digit rates in most of the major industrial conurbations during the second quarter of 2005. 

Nonracialism foundation for Joburg

By: peter cromberge     26th August 2005 The first phase of the Brickfields Housing Project, one of the eight housing projects belonging to the Presidential Job Summit Housing Programme, was opened on August 12 in the Newtown cultural precinct. 

Stopping the inner-city rot

By: Liezel Hill     15th August 2005 The official opening of the Brickfields Housing Project in Newtown, Johannesburg, represented a “tangible expression” of the way that the worldwide phenomenon of decay in inner cities could be transformed through effective regeneration programmes, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. 

Equipment rolls into Cosmo City development

5th August 2005 Johannesburg’s landmark Cosmo City development will have some 60 000 people traversing its streets once it is complete. 

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