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…

MSCI Green Annual Property Index reveals higher return in case of green-certified properties

Released in conjunction with the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) and sponsored by Growthpoint Properties, the MSCI South Africa Green Annual Property Index measures investment returns for a total of 317 prime and A-grade offices (R54.5bn capital value), and compares the returns of 96 green-certified buildings (R21.8bn capital value) to the return of the…