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Commerical and Industrial Property

Developer in R1,6-billion retail-property acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     24th February 2006 The JSE-listed property loan stock company Growthpoint Properties recently announced the acquisition of 24 prime properties, worth R1,6-billion, which increases its portfolio to over R11-billion. 

R120m mall extension set for completion this September

24th February 2006 The architect of the original multiple award-winning Midlands Mall in Maritzburg, Bentel Associates International (BAI), has been retained for the R120-million extension project due for completion this year. 

Tshwane inner-city plan launched

By: Liezel Hill     25th November 2005 The Department of Public Works (DPW) and the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM) earlier this month unveiled a multibillion-rand strategy aimed at improving working conditions for national government officials in the inner city. 

Tshwane launches government precinct regeneration plan

By: Liezel Hill     11th November 2005 The Department of Public Works (DPW) and the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM) yesterday unveiled a multibillion-rand strategy aimed at improving working conditions for national government officials in the inner city. 

Housing investments 'not just bricks and mortar' 

By: Liezel Hill     22nd August 2005 Leading property economist Francois Viruly on Friday echoed comments by Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa that urban regeneration programmes should not focus on developing central business districts (CBDs) and cultural precincts at the expense of the “Hillbrows and Bereas of the world”. 

SA seek salvation in regeneration

By: Helene Le Roux     19th August 2005 Twenty-five odd years ago, South Africa's central business districts (CBDs) were still the place to be, no matter what kind of business you were involved with. 

Madiba legacy to touch sky

By: peter cromberge     29th July 2005 Winning design announced on Nelson Mandela's birthday 

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. 

Developers shun solar energy to protect bottom lines

By: Nicola Mawson     18th March 2005 Recent fears over a shortage of electricity, compounded by last year’s fire at the Hursthill power station, have prompted people to consider alternative sources of power. 

Property development not for the faint-hearted

By: Nicola Mawson     25th February 2005 The road to property development is paved with potholes – and not a case of easy money. 

Vanderbijlpark's largest mall to open next year

By: Nicola Mawson     25th February 2005 Vanderbijlpark’s largest mall is set to be ready for a public shopping spree in April next year. 

Bedford Square on course for completion by mid-2007

By: Nicola Mawson     25th February 2005 Bedford Square will be fully operational by the middle of 2007, a confident Raymond Abrosie tells Engineering News. 

Serendipity turns flea market owner into a property developer

By: Nicola Mawson     25th February 2005 Some 15 years ago Howard Matheson launched the Panorama flea market in Mulbarton, south of Johannesburg. 

The 'bubble': myth or fact?

By: Nicola Mawson     25th February 2005 Property analyst at Andisa Securities Len van Niekerk tells Engineering News that the pervasive view of a property bubble that is about to burst is a misconceived one. 

Bird's-eye view of Mother City

By: Nicola Mawson     25th February 2005 When inner-city living means no space to build horizontally, build up, says developer Roy Ingle. 

Onsite brick production creates jobs, cuts costs

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Kimberley-based Shelter Fabrication and Construction was awarded the contract of the Soul City Project in the Northern Cape early last year. 

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. 

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