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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

New polystyrene system makes building easy

5th August 2005 An innovative, high-strength expanded polystyrene building system that offers the local construction industry efficient assembly periods, increased wall strength and reduced building and labour costs, has been introduced by Styrox Southern Africa. 

A low-cost solution for South Africa’s homeless

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th August 2005 In response to the housing dilemma being experienced in South Africa, Cape Town-based Compu-Homes SA believes that its revolutionary method of accelerating the number of homes that can be built, is exactly what the Department of Housing needs to ensure delivery of homes, considerably cheaper than... 

Housing programmes for Cape Town communities

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th August 2005 With the aim of catapulting Cape Town’s community-housing programmes into motion, the Development Action Group (Dag), not only assists communities gain access to land, but also helps with technical and social development. 

Regeneration project moving full-steam ahead

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th August 2005 With the aim of developing a national footprint in the near future, road and infrastructure specialist Ruthcon believes that its aggressive stance has won it a significant portion of the market share. 

2014 Formalisation target

By: Helene Le Roux     29th July 2005 The Gauteng provincial government’s aim to do away with all informal settlements in the province by 2014 is advancing. 

Urgent need to enlarge housing choices

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st July 2005 As the Premier of Gauteng Mbhazima Shilowa has highlighted, some of the key strategies for the province include the eradication of informal settlements and the building of sustainable settlements. 

Office solution supplied to Berg Water Project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 Black-empowered company e-KwikBuild Housing, with 27% black woman-owned equity, supplied and installed the office buildings to the Berg Water project – a contract worth R2,2-million. 

Gauteng prepares R17bn infrastructure roll-out

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th June 2005 South Africa’s wealthiest province Gauteng believes public investment in infrastructure will be a key contributor to economic growth, job creation and in improving social conditions as well as to bridging the gap between South Africa’s first and second economies. 

Housing corporation under investigation

5th May 2005 A firm of forensic auditors has been appointed with effect from today to investigate the financial transactions of the North West Housing Corporation for the past two financial years. 

Backing sought for low-cost housing roofing solution

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th April 2005 A new innovative and cost-effective roofing system could well change the face of South Africa’s low-cost housing market, provided that this product is embraced by the industry. 

Govt, financial sector in R42bn housing pledge

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st April 2005 The South African government and financial sector yesterday concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will facilitate cooperation between the two in terms of extending housing finance on a sustainable basis to low-income borrowers – with an agreed R42-billion set aside for targeted... 

Govt to launch human settlement plan

15th March 2005 The South African Department of Housing is set to begin implementing its 'Comprehensive Plan on Human Settlements' from April 1, the country's Housing Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, told journalists yesterday. 

Empowered flooring firm seeks low-cost housing niche

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 What is reportedly South Africa’s first, and currently only, 100% black-owned flooring manufacturer, Marley FloorWorX, is looking at new avenues, especially in low-cost housing, says MD Dr Donald Platt. 

SA engineers poised for big role in rebuilding tsunami-hit countries

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) is playing a big role in the civil engineering side of South Africa’s effort to assist countries that were affected by the recent tsunami. 

Africa is the fastest urbanising continent

By: tom robbins     18th February 2005 The African Ministers Conference on Housing and Urban Development (Amchud) will aim to raise the profile of urban housing needs, but South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma warns the conference that it should avoid being overly theoretical. 

World housing goal in peril

By: tom robbins     11th February 2005 World leaders are in danger of failing to meet the United Nations’ (UN) Millennium Development Goals on housing for Africa by the year 2020, and in fact the problem is only getting worse. 

From mine dump to retail gold mine

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th February 2005 The first phase of the three-phase upmarket Bedford Square Development project is being executed by Group Five Housing and is already six months into construction. 

New R50m housing facility launched

25th January 2005 A R50-million home ownership loan facility from the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) has been awarded to Real People, a privately owned, non-banking provider of financial services. 

R3bn lift for Cape Town's informal settlements

By: Jill Stanford     14th January 2005 A R3-billlion project to transform the informal settlements along the N2 outside Cape Town has kicked off early in the new year. 

High house prices and other market distortions

By: Seeraj Mohamed     10th December 2004 Increases in house prices over the past few years have been phenomenal. 

State mulls creation of own cement, brick factories

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd December 2004 The Department of Housing's far-reaching plan to provide housing for all South Africans will not only affect issues such as service delivery and access to credit and subsidies, but will also have implications for developers and material suppliers, a senior government official revealed. 

R30bn golf estate claims development spin-offs

By: Jill Stanford     5th November 2004 CONDEMNED of late for marginalising poor communities and damaging the environment, a new R3-billion golf course development is to be a core project in a sustainable development model for the Garden Route. 

Govt, Bafokeng mull housing-delivery pact

13th October 2004 The Minister of Housing, Dr Lindiwe Sisulu, and the King of Bafokeng, Kgosi Lerou Tshekedi Molotlegi, have discussed a possible partnership for the delivery of housing. 

New building system to aid housing backlog

29th September 2004 A Port Elizabeth-based entrepreneur's new housing system is helping to solve housing problems around the world. 

Western and Eastern Cape top housing-delivery list

By: ongezwa manyathi     24th September 2004 The Institution of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (Imesa) is a non-profit organisation consisting mainly of civil engineers in the public service needing to share and receive advice and information. 

Tallest residential building under construction in Cape

By: Jill Stanford     24th September 2004 ASLO Properties, a new residential property development group in the Western Cape started work last week on the R165-million Topaz building in Beach Road in the Strand. 

Building body bullish on new housing plan

By: Zonika Botha     17th September 2004 The country’s foremost building industry employer representative body Masters Builders South Africa (MBSA) is confident that the construction and building industry will be able to significantly contribute to the housing delivery outlined in the country’s new housing plan, which was... 

Phase one of R450m facelift for Soweto water network nears end

By: ongezwa manyathi     3rd September 2004 More than 68-million kilolitres of water is unaccounted for each year in greater Soweto. 

South Africans to be given new housing choices

By: jenny furness     3rd September 2004 Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu yesterday unveiled a far-reaching new strategy for the delivery of housing, designed to ensure greater choice as well as an improved living experience for the beneficiaries of the programme. 

Ekurhuleni Metro moves to clear housing backlog

31st August 2004 Ekurhuleni Mayor Duma Nkosi announced last week that the council had resolved to fast track the delivery of houses for those who have been on the list since 1996 and 1997. 

SA, EU launch multi-million rand housing programme

16th August 2004 Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu yesterday launched a multi-million rand social housing programme, in partnership with the European Union (EU). 

W Cape faces major housing challenges

13th August 2004 Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the Western Cape Province faces major housing challenges, such as the shortage of about 310 000 units, three-quarters of which are needed in the Metropole. 

R1,9bn of R2,8bn budget spent

By: ongezwa manyathi     6th August 2004 It will take an estimated three years and billions of rands to give the inner city of Johannesburg a much-needed and well-deserved facelift. 

Over 300 000 rural people benefit from housing loans

By: ongezwa manyathi     6th August 2004 Alicia and Vanani Mkiva lived with their three children in a reconstruction and development (RDP) house in Sweetwaters, Eastern Cape. 

Another high-rise for the city – 20 years later

By: ongezwa manyathi     6th August 2004 It has been some 20 years since the inner city of Johannesburg has seen the building of a high-rise building. 

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. 

Comprehensive housing plan promised

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th July 2004 South Africa’s national Department of Housing will submit a comprehensive housing plan to Cabinet within the next ten days, Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said yesterday. 

Beating the housing backlog

By: renay de     12th July 2004 In an exclusive interview with Engineering News, the newly-appointed Housing Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, indicates that her main aim during her tenure as minister is to speed up housing delivery. 

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