Building new cities to meet Africa’s rapid urbanisation is a risky bet

If managed effectively, Africa’s cities will drive the continent’s economic growth, and thereby help reduce poverty. To date, however, Africa has yet to realise the positive gains of rapid urbanisation experienced elsewhere. Instead, increasingly concentrated populations have become a major stress on the limited infrastructure and services, such as housing, employment, health, education, and safety.…

How mega infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are reshaping development

Construction underway of a new port at Lamu, Kenya. Michael Edward Walsh/flickr: /11046323839675127-mubla/ni/82973886572/40N@029055751/sotohp/moc.rkcilf.www//:sptth, CC BY-NC-ND The scramble to build infrastructure across Africa, Asia and Latin America is reconfiguring the economic geography of countries and regions. As we argue in our recent research, these initiatives enhance the connection between territories so that strategic industries and resources…

PPS-SAICE Awards recognises innovation in civil engineering

The PPS-SAICE Awards ceremony took place in Johannesburg recently celebrating the outstanding innovation and contributions made by civil engineering practitioners for 2018/2019. SAICE received over 20 project entries from across South Africa which competed in categories including international, technical excellence and community-based projects. Awards were also presented to the Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer…

ITC-SA reverses dormancy resolution

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) has reversed its resolution of dormancy following overwhelming feedback from the engineered timber construction industry on the critical role that the institute plays. An extra-ordinary board meeting was held on 16 October 2019 in order to collate this feedback and investigate a possible turnaround strategy. Image source:…