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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

R450m for Khayelitsha property development

By: Zonika Botha     9th July 2004 A broad-based empowerment venture, in which finance will be unlocked to develop residential capital in a former township, is due to be replicated across South Africa for the benefit of communities. 

Beating the backlog

By: renay de     9th July 2004 In an exclusive interview with Engineering News, the newly-elected Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu indicates that her main aim during her tenure as minister is to speed up housing delivery. 

Additions to Sandton skyline begin to take shape

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2004 The R140-million Raphael apartment complex in Sandton, boasting 52 north-facing executive suites, will be completed by June next year, says developer Legacy Group chairperson Bart Dorrestein. 

Group 5 houses petrochem-project workers

25th June 2004 Recently, legislation governing the phasing out of leaded petrol by 2006 has prompted Sasol to introduce Project Turbo – a R12-billion plan complying with the legislation that will bring all plants into line with international standards by due date. 

Cape energy-efficiency project wins global award

By: Jill Stanford     11th June 2004 AN energy-efficient housing project in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, has won an international award. 

Gauteng plans to convert hostels into housing units

11th June 2004 The Gauteng government will convert all hostels in the province into decent family housing units. This is part of the government’s efforts to build safe and sustainable communities and ensuring that deserving people have access to decent housing and shelter. 

Special unit to tackle housing graft

1st June 2004 A special unit is to be set up to tackle corruption in the housing sector, new national Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced yesterday. 

Sisulu makes rural-urban housing pledge

26th May 2004 The South African government is to invest R24-billion over the next nine years, in a programme for rural and urban housing to comply with minimum health, safety and quality standards. 

Group Five completes Sasol projects

26th May 2004 Broad-based construction and infrastructural company Group Five recently completed three large-scale contracts for Sasol, involving work on the world’s largest air separation unit (ASU), a gas pipe and housing units. 

First Word

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2004 Like many other people in South Africa I seem to have been lured into the residential market. 

Point project to catalyse Durban renewal

By: tom robbins     14th May 2004 Approximately 70% of land in the first precinct of Durban’s Point waterfront has been sold to private developers and commitments have been made for the rest of it. 

R200m development for old Athlone golf course

By: Jill Stanford     7th May 2004 A R200-million commercial, retail and housing development is to be constructed on the site of the old Athlone golf course in the Western Cape. 

Cape Town’s killer fires: it’s time for more govt action

By: katharine mckenzie     9th April 2004 Parts of Cape Town are reeling as the annual fire season takes its toll on the City’s poorest residents. 

R71m housing project for Polokwane

8th April 2004 The Polokwane Municipality has taken a decision to establish a R71 million Social Housing Project to benefit low-income earners in the municipality. 

Architectural firm in BEE move

By: candice haase     13th February 2004 An architectural practice, SemArcH, conceived during the early years of outsourcing by the mining industry, has sold 51% of its shares to newly-appointed marketing director Christopher Moletsane. 

Incremental housing study imminent

By: laurian clemence     2nd February 2004 The National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) is currently seeking proposals from consultants to conduct research to determine the potential market for incremental housing. 

Strand apartment block sets sail

By: Jill Stanford     23rd January 2004 The main contract for Atlantica, the R78-million spinnaker-shaped apartment block that is being constructed on the Strand beachfront in the Western Cape, has been awarded to Murray & Roberts Construction. 

SA house prices surge 20% in 2003

13th January 2004 South Africa's house prices surged in 2003, boosted by aggressive interest rate cuts, but the trend was likely to slow down in this year, banking group Absa said yesterday. 

1 216 households receive homes in KZN

7th January 2004 South African Housing Minister Brigitte Mabandla handed over homes to 1 216 households yesterday, on behalf of the Slum Clearance Project of the eThekwini Municipality, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

R2bn eco-estate for Ballito

By: tom robbins     28th November 2003 Civil engineering work has started on the upmarket R2-billion Simbithi Eco-Estate residential development in Ballito, north of Durban. 

Gauteng home to phase 1 of R2,2bn housing finance deal

By: nkolola halwindi     14th November 2003 A R2,2-billion finance agreement, signed in September between black-owned company Bluedot Finance with its joint-venture partner Real People Investment and a syndicate of London-based financial institutions, will see the construction of at least 1 700 low-cost houses. 

Tender soon for 15 Joburg buildings

By: Deborah Spicer     17th October 2003 It will be weeks before a project starts which allows purchasers of selected buildings in the inner city to have ownership transferred to them on the basis that they invest certain sums in the building, and that they have a strong track record or clear ability managing buildings. 

Gauteng releases draft housing plan

By: laurian clemence     9th October 2003 Following a meeting in Johannesburg this week, which focused on housing and urbanisation challenges in Africa, the Gauteng Housing Department released details of a draft strategic plan for housing in the province. 

Housing developer eyes shopping-centre market

By: zeena isaacs     3rd October 2003 To date, housing developments company Nu-way has developed more than 50 000 houses, with an additional 5 000 currently being built, with a thousand in Mpumalanga and 4 000 in Gauteng. 

Timber firm progressing empowerment strategy

By: Deborah Spicer     12th September 2003 Forest products company York Timber Corporation (Yorkor) has made solid progress in its empowerment structures, announced chairperson Solly Tucker at a presentation on the results for the six months to June this year. 

SA firm building residential development

By: Martin Czernowalow     5th September 2003 Broad-based infrastructural company Group Five is about to conclude the first phase of an Angolan residential development contract said to be worth almost $100-million. 

R440m upgrade for home of Freedom Charter

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 With a R440-million investment, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is busy with phase one of the redevelopment of Kliptown, south-west of Johannesburg. 

New R78m beachfront apartment block for Strand

By: Jill Stanford     22nd August 2003 A SPINNAKER-shaped apartment block is to be constructed on the Strand beachfront in the Western Cape. 

Infrastructure group builds 700 rental units in booming Rustenburg

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The housing construction arm of infrastructural company Group Five, Group Five Housing, has been actively involved in housing construction, from mass low-cost to upmarket housing developments, for over 25 years, throughout South Africa and neighbouring African countries. 

Another 450 apartments for popular Cape Town

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The construction of the first phase of 450 residential apartments in Century City, Cape Town, called The Island Club, began at the end of last month. 

Loan fund has so far provided R221m for rural housing

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF) has, to date, supplied more than 48 000 loans, amounting to more than R221-million, to assist an estimated 200 000 low-income South Africans to build and improve their rural homes. 

Counting the cost of housing defects

8th August 2003 “Serious consideration must be given to stop wasting millions of taxpayers’ money on repairs to defective homes in the affordable housing industry, especially due to the fact the expense could have been avoided. 

Housing industry in the process of professionalisation

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The Institute for Housing of South Africa (IHSA) is a voluntary-based organisation, with only head office in Johannesburg having full time employees, namely the executive director, a researcher and an executive secretary. 

R150-million Cape upmarket residential development launched

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 Luxury residential schemes company Warner Projects launched a R150-million residential and retail complex, known as ‘t Waterkant, on the western side of the four hectare Tyger Falls lake, in Tyger Valley, Cape Town, at the end of June. 

Housing agency has delivered 123 000 new homes

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 In March this year, the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha) had arranged finance for 571 projects involving the construction of more than 123 000 new homes. 

R1,3bn Alex renewal set for action

By: Deborah Spicer     8th August 2003 The R1,3-billion Alexandra (Alex) renewal project is gathering momentum after a two-year preparatory phase when it concerned itself primarily with consulting with the community, preparing documentation and doing detailed planning. 

Housing forum debates low-cost funding options

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th July 2003 The first Housing Finance Forum was held yesterday, in Johannesburg, under the auspices of the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC), a development finance institution responsible for facilitating access to housing finance for low- and moderate-income communities. 

Urban renewal gains momentum

15th July 2003 A multi-million rand project to upgrade the previously disadvantaged townships north of Durban through the national government's urban renewal project is gaining momentum with the commitment of R1,5-billion towards this development. 

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