Government should encourage the use of locally produced building materials

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent announcement of a substantial infrastructure development drive to address the economic impact of Covid-19 will go a long way towards stimulating recovery in the beleaguered construction industry. But it should include measures that encourage the use of locally produced materials, specifically cement, steel and bricks. Morag Evans, CEO, Databuild Local manufacturers…

Kommetjie’s Imhoff Farm repositioned to provide mixed-use offering

Despite construction slowing down during the national Covid-19 lockdown, renovation and restoration work on the 277-year-old Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie progressed with several new retail offerings and attractions set for completion in spring this year. Image supplied Found along Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula, the farmstead and its historic werf (farmyard) are being sensitively revived to…

2020 Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction Awards winners announced

The inaugural Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction (ERWIC) Awards took place late last month, celebrating women in the construction industry and showcasing women-led projects and achievements. Developed by the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), the awards programme consisted of 10 awards categories that recognised construction entities for their role in developing women in…

Kenya’s BellTower named Grand Prix winner of the 2020 Lexus Design Award

Lexus International has announced that BellTower from Kenya is winner of the Grand Prix Lexus Design Award for 2020. BellTower’s entry, titled “Open Source Communities”, was selected for the award from among 2,042 submissions from 79 countries. Image(s) Supplied. BellTowers winning design addresses challenges often found in developing countries by using smart open-source planning to…

Free CPD-accredited digital opportunity for building industry

dmg events will be providing a free, three-day CPD-accredited digital learning experience for members of the building industry from the 15-17 September. Hosts of the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, programme director Kelly Easton says: “It has been widely recognised that qualifications need to be supported by ongoing skills-based or practical learning. However, the…