Isikhova Media wins publishing rights to South African Builder magazine

Independent publisher Isikhova Media has been awarded the publishing rights to publish South African Builder magazine, the official journal for Master Builders South Africa (MBSA). The magazine is distributed to all the members of Master Builders Associations (MBA) in SA, as well as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which includes architects, structural engineers, quantity…

New approach to plumbing apprenticeships aims to increase employment

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, together with employers, educators and the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), have created two formal apprenticeships that aim to inspire entry-level youth to achieve professional qualifications in plumbing and unlock new employment opportunities. “Plumbing offers great opportunities. It features on the 2020 National List of Occupations in High Demand and…

SA manufacturing production up 35.3% in May

South African manufacturing production increased by 35.3% in May 2021 compared with May 2020. Workers sort avocados at a farm factory in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province, about 82 km north of the Swaziland border, South Africa. Source: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko The largest contributions were made by the following divisions: • motor vehicles, parts and accessories and…

What architects need to see in manufacturers’ architectural specifications

According to Morag Evans, CEO of BuildConnect, a division of Databuild, manufacturers that fail to improve the quality of architectural specifications provided online, risk not being specified in architects’ projects. Source: Supplied “As the construction industry claws its way back to recovery, architects are under immense pressure to source building materials and products for their…

Côte d’Ivoire’s Noël N’guessan wins 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Noël N’guessan, a chemical engineer from Côte d’Ivoire, has been named the winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. N’guessan and his team designed and patented Kubeko, a biowaste equipment innovation for smallholder farmers in West Africa to generate more income from the by-products of their harvests, without any…