Heavy rains improve dam levels

Dam levels in parts of South Africa have slightly begun to improve as a result of persistent rain. “Dam waters rose by 1% week-on-week, while an average national level is at 60.2% – an improvement from 59.2% the previous week,” said the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday, 15 January. Human Settlements, Water…

How smart building automation will drive security market growth

Smart access control and security are the key reasons why businesses choose to establish ‘smart’ buildings or those that reflect the intelligent combination of technology and automation to facilitate intuitive interaction. Image source: Gallo/Getty This is according to Paul Chari, principal consultant, EDC Solutions at access control and security specialist Dormakaba South Africa, who helps…

Final call to enter $2m LafargeHolcim Awards

Entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable construction will close on 25 February. The competition seeks projects by professionals as well as bold ideas from the next generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. All images courtesy of The LafargeHolcim Foundation The awards foreground projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban…

Afro-optimism in focus at BizTrendsLIVE!2020

Bizcommunity, the continent’s largest multi-industry news website, in association with Ster-Kinekor and Kantar are honoured to announce the line-up of published and awarded trend analysts from London, Lagos, Senegal and SA, to share their vision of intra-African tech, trade and trends at BizTrendsLIVE!2020 on Thursday, 30 January 2020, at Mall of Africa, IMAX theatre, Midrand.…

5 key focus areas for the concrete sector

Cement production and consumption is a reliable indicator of a nation’s growth, as its infrastructure is a reflection of development. Without infrastructure, development is impossible, and without concrete, infrastructure is unachievable. Looking at future trends of the concrete sector, here are five interlinked focus areas: jobs, training, infrastructure, transformation, and sustainability. The cement sector has…

#BizTrends2020: Pioneering immersive design

Rapidly changing technology such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is not only having an impact on the architecture industry, but interior design and fit-out as well. Construction plans are, by nature, difficult for non-technical people to comprehend. ‘Immersing’ clients in a virtual environment gives them a much better understanding of what they…