Opportunities remain abundant for SA’s young construction entrepreneurs

Despite the real challenges it faces, the construction sector still offers young people a potentially lucrative career, says Rob Newberry, an industry veteran who is currently working with the Master Builders Association North on initiatives designed to nurture small and medium enterprises (SMEs). “While it’s unfortunate that the bigger players are falling by the wayside,…

R18m allocated for Mpumalanga water shortages

The Department of Water and Sanitation has allocated R18m to JS Moroka Local Municipality to address water shortages in Mpumalanga. The municipality has experienced water supply challenges due to persistent drought resulting from low river flows and the subsequent drying of dams, as is the case with Mkhombo Dam. The dam located in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga,…

Alarming number of engineers leaving SA

In a statement issued by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), the organisation has decried South Africa’s brain drain problem as reaching alarming proportions, particularly in the infrastructure sector. Image source: Gallo/Getty SAICE has in the past three years lost 1.73% of its members, aged 30-60, to emigration who cite seeking greener pastures…

World Architecture Festival announces shortlisted projects for 2019

The World Architecture Festival has announced its 534-project shortlist for 2019, among which are ALA Architects, Mecanoo, Heatherwick Studio, JKMM Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Gang, and BIG. Shanghai Jund Architects’ Pine Villa, Huangshan, China. Image courtesy of WAF Following the establishment of ‘Architects Declare’, a collective of some of…