Waterfront project goes green with ecobricks

A new green building project broke ground at the Portswood District of the V&A Waterfront last year, which will use the recycled beverage bottles known as ecobricks as part of its construction. The Ridge Building, a bespoke eco-building, will serve as the regional office of a multinational client, Deloitte. The ecobricks comprise polyethylene terephthalate (PET)…

Ergonomics Regulations launched

Employers have a duty and responsibility to prevent occupational diseases and injuries relating to exposure to ergonomic hazards in their workplaces. This is according to the Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi at the launch of the Ergonomics Regulations at Destiny Hotel and Conference Centre, in Kempton Park, on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. Ergonomics is…

Roads projects offer opportunities for SMMEs

A road building initiative on the Free State KwaZulu-Natal border will offer local SMME’s significant opportunities for new business, provide important job creation within local communities and develop skills through partnerships with established construction companies. Dumisani Nkabinde, regional manager, Sanral The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) will be upgrading national roads. The…

Between care and neglect: Pretoria’s grand architectural legacy

The skylight of the Weskoppies Chapel in Pretoria.Alain Proust/Hidden Pretoria Pretoria’s inner-city buildings tell a history of the city’s politically central role. Its 19th century development as the capital of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek can be understood through edifices such as the Old Government Building on Church Square, with its beautiful yet underutilised interiors still…

Vodacom’s Cape Town HQ awarded 5-star Green Star certification

Following a refurbishment and implementation of various sustainable interventions, Vodacom’s Century City building in Cape Town has been accredited with a five-star Existing Building Performance (EPB), Version 1 Certification by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). “The GBCSA is thrilled to be awarding an Existing Building Performance Version 1 Certification to Vodacom Century…