June 2008

Nigeria: National Mosque Rehabilitation Near Completion

Nigeria: National Mosque Rehabilitation Near Completion - The Abuja national mosque renovation work is to be completed very soon, Daily Trust can report. The rehabilitation contract was awarded to A &K construction company in November 2007 at the cost of N752 million with a period of 40 weeks (ten months) to complete. [AA Construction]

Angola: Government to Asphalt 4,000 Kilometres of Road This Year

Angola: Government to Asphalt 4,000 Kilometres of Road This Year - The Angolan government wishes to asphalt 4,000 kilometres of road by the year's end, with the aim of establishing road linkage between provincial capitals and connect Angola to main production centres of the African continent, Wednesday here informed the speaker of the National Assembly (Parliament), Roberto de Almeida. [AA Construction]

Angola: Public Works Minister Announces Rehabilitation of 1,500 Bridges

Angola: Public Works Minister Announces Rehabilitation of 1,500 Bridges - Angola's Public Works minister, Higino Carneiro, on Thursday here announced the construction or rebuilding of about 1,500 bridges, as well as the rehabilitation of over 12,000 kilometres of national roads until 2012, ANGOP has learnt. [AA Construction]

Nabeel Essa to open Mary Holland Exhibition

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Property industry urged to study green-building ratings system

Property industry urged to study green-building ratings system -

Property industry urged to study green-building ratings system - The South African Property Owners' Association (Sapoa) on Wednesday urged all stakeholders in the local property industry to interrogate and comment on a new soon-to-be-released green building rating system.

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SA Chinese now qualify in terms of BEE, BBBEE

SA Chinese now qualify in terms of BEE, BBBEE -

By Bathandwa Mbola

Pretoria – The Pretoria High Court has ruled that South African citizens of Chinese descent should qualify for full benefits in terms of the country’s Employment Equity and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment legislations.

Kenya: Property Owners Face Losses As City Hall Moves to Restore Order in Construction

Kenya: Property Owners Face Losses As City Hall Moves to Restore Order in Construction - Hezron Mutuku, 52, a shop owner in Umoja Innercore Esatae in Nairobi has a distraught look on his face. [AA Construction]

World Bank offers poor nations pay-outs over drought

World Bank offers poor nations pay-outs over drought -

By Shaun Benton

Cape Town - The World Bank has introduced a new financial instrument to offer poor, agriculture-dependent developing countries a form of risk-management in the event that they are stricken by drought.

This financial instrument is part of a plan being introduced by the World Bank to use the weather derivatives market to reduce the impact of drought on the world's poorest nations if they are hit severely, the Bank said.

Govt partners with celebrities to build houses

Govt partners with celebrities to build houses -

By Bathandwa Mbola

Pretoria - As part of government's efforts to promote greater community participation to accelerate housing development, the Department of Housing has partnered with celebrities and will participate in a house "build" project.

Scheduled to start at Hammanskraal West Extension one known as Kanana on Friday until Saturday, the project aims to build about 1000 houses in the area.

South Africa: Partnership to Help Shack Dwellers

South Africa: Partnership to Help Shack Dwellers - Informal settlement residents who want to improve their homes but don't qualify for bank loans could benefit from a new partnership between a non-profit organisation and a micro-finance institute. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Gauteng Roads Get R70 Billion Injection

South Africa: Gauteng Roads Get R70 Billion Injection - Government is to spend R70 billion to upgrade and improve some road networks in Gauteng through the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). [AA Urbanisation]

Cameroon: Better Housing for the Masses

Cameroon: Better Housing for the Masses - Getting a comfortable place to live in has been a major headache for most people in Cameroon. The problem is even worse in big towns and cities. In these metropolises, many people live in swampy areas and in very poor housing conditions. These areas are usually hit by natural disasters such as floods and diverse adverse weather conditions. After such disasters, many people are left homeless.

Kenya: Key Buildings to Get Facelift After Chaos

Kenya: Key Buildings to Get Facelift After Chaos - Public buildings destroyed during the post-election violence will be rehabilitated at a cost of Sh153.6 million. [AA Construction]

New RDP house to change lives

New RDP house to change lives -

The life of Sarah Sithole, who has been living in a shack without running water or a toilet for the past 20 years, is about to change as she moves into her new RDP house, writes Ndaba Dlamini.

Ms Sithole, a mother of four, from Freedom Park, an informal settlement south of Johannesburg migrated to Johannesburg from Mpumalanga about 30 years ago.

Uganda: Construction Exhibition to Be Held Next Month

Uganda: Construction Exhibition to Be Held Next Month - THE sixth construction and interior designing exhibition is to be held next month at the Lugogo showgrounds. The exhibition, which will take place from July 17 to July 19, will be bigger and better than before, Judith Nabatanzi, the business manager of International Links Ltd, the organisers of the event, said. [AA Construction]

Namibia: Cabinet Okays Sectional Title Bill

Namibia: Cabinet Okays Sectional Title Bill - Flats or town houses within complexes might be more affordable compared to freestanding houses but they come with migraine, especially for those with mortgage bonds on such units. [AA Urbanisation]

South City Mall, Kolkata, India

SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHITECTS DESIGN WORLD-CLASS MALL IN INDIA IN LANDMARK MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT



South Africa, Johannesburg - May 2008: South African architects Bentel Associates International (BAI), pioneers in commercial architecture, have been making their mark on the Indian architectural landscape for the last few years. Currently, they have about 50 projects underway in the country with one of their recently completed projects, South City Mall in Kolkata, creating substantial international interest.

The one million square feet (93 000m2) South City Mall on Prince Anwar Shah Road is part of a mixed-use development project across 31 acres in south Kolkata. The development includes four residential towers with 1 600 flats, a 75 000 square feet (7 000m2) art club and 125 000 square feet (11 650m2) dedicated to school and car parking facilities for more than 1 600 cars.

"The planning for the one million square feet (93 000m2) South City Mall is based on symbiosis between large and small retailers to create a micro environment that encourages visitors to shop," says architect and senior director at BAI Nicolas Kyriacos, who coordinates the development of new business in India for the company and oversees concept, development and design direction.

Kyriacos says that ten years ago India did not have a single shopping mall. "Now, nearly 50 million sq ft (4.7 million m2) of mall space is in various stages of completion, across seven major cities. Calcutta and its fringes alone will have about 40 new retail centres in the next three years."

Nigeria: Leadership, the Root of Our Problems - Mallama Zainab

Nigeria: Leadership, the Root of Our Problems - Mallama Zainab - Mallama Zainab Goggo Bayero has been a human capacity builder,  educationist, researcher, trainer and consultant with some United Nations agencies such as UNICEF, UNAID, UNDP, and the British Council and the BBC World Trust,  for about 20 years on. [AA Urbanisation]

Zambia: Kantolomba - Forgotten Ndola Township

Zambia: Kantolomba - Forgotten Ndola Township - KANTOLOMBA is a place of many contrasts and contradictions. Like a rocking chair, it is a busy place. Men and women, boys and girls and children alike crowd every corner. [AA Urbanisation]

Namibia: Property Developer, Agent War Rages On

Namibia: Property Developer, Agent War Rages On - In a bizarre twist of events, the melodramatic fight between former estate agent Daphne Swanepoel and hopeful property developer, Tony Mbok, has escalated into a spy war with each party levelling accusations against the other. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa 2008-06-07 : Plan to Address Greenpoint's Shortfall

South Africa: Plan to Address Greenpoint's Shortfall - Cape Town will adopt a multi-pronged plan to address the almost R600-million shortfall it faces in its construction of the Green Point stadium. [AA Construction]

Uganda: VP Eyes Global Drive to Rebuild Namugongo

Uganda: VP Eyes Global Drive to Rebuild Namugongo - VICE-PRESIDENT Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has called for a worldwide campaign to raise funds to renovate Namugongo Catholic shrine, the home of Africa's largest group of martyrs. [AA Construction]

Angola: Five Hundred Houses Already Built Under Camama Project

Angola: Five Hundred Houses Already Built Under Camama Project - At least 500 social residences have already been built in Camama zone, Kilamba Kiaxi district, under the "Camama Project", Wednesday here said the general manager of the Angolan "Emproe" construction firm, Silva Neto. [AA Construction]

Angola: Over 7,000 Flats to Be Built in Camama Zone

Angola: Over 7,000 Flats to Be Built in Camama Zone - A project to build 7,200 apartments at Camama zone, in Luanda's Kilamba Kiaxi district, was launched on ednesday by the provincial governor Francisca do Espirito Santo, ANGOP learnt. [AA Construction]