Erratic heritage application processes costs billions in lost investment

Both private and public sector investors and built environment professionals are extremely frustrated by the drawn-out and increasingly vague processes being encountered with heritage applications. This is the finding of a dipstick survey conducted by the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF). While the survey was a response to numerous complaints received by the WCPDF,…

Innovative thinking needed to kickstart infrastructure development

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the R100bn Infrastructure Fund, aimed at revitalising South Africa’s battered economy, will blend resources from the fiscus with financing from the private sector and development institutions. Such partnering between government and the private sector is essential to get these projects off the ground and achieve results. Polihali Western Access Roads…

but their cities aren’t walkable

People walking next to traffic in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images Under the right physical and social conditions of the urban built environment, walking offers major benefits. But in most cities across Africa, poor planning and pedestrian infrastructure makes walking a serious challenge. Yet, it’s something that most people who…

Justice Tootla appointed new MD of Averda

Effective 1 March 2021, Justice Tootla is the new managing director of Averda. With over 20 years’ experience within various industries including telecommunications, oil & gas, and manufacturing, Tootla spent the last three years as the CEO at Soleil, and previously held the same position at Thales SA Systems. Justice Tootla, MD of Averda “I…