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Commerical and Industrial Property

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. 

Urbanisation: long-term planning is vital

By: katharine mckenzie     14th February 2003 South Africa’s cities are growing rapidly, as part of a global trend in developing countries. Even though our national population growth is moderate, tempered by HIV/Aids, there are major demographic shifts under way with more and more people moving to urban areas in search of economic... 

Urban landscape transformed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In an effort to temper the clinical effect created by the hi-tech buildings of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, Gauteng landscape architect Van Riet & Louw has been contracted to create an intimate urban landscape. The company was involved in the initial planning components and the... 

Sensible mixed-use approach adopted

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘new urbanism’ concept incorporated in the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, which controls building design through guidelines and combines all aspects of urban life, could be applied to complement existing parts of Johannesburg by optimising the favourable qualities of the... 

A breath of fresh air

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The job of a firefighter is one of the most difficult and dangerous there is. It not only demands strength and physical fitness, but also the appropriate equipment to protect against potential risks. The most common form of protection needed is respiratory protection, due to the fact that... 

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