August 2008

Ghana: Demolition of Structures

Ghana: Demolition of Structures - It has now become common to see security men, particularly the police supervising the demolition of illegal or unauthorised structures in the country. These demolitions are usually carried out as a result of court orders when the owners of such structures are found to have illegally acquired the land, therefore the police cannot be blamed for carrying out their constitutional duties. [AA Construction]

Namibia: UAG Gets Partner for Stalled Windhoek Plaza

Namibia: UAG Gets Partner for Stalled Windhoek Plaza - Hage Geingob, Minister of Trade and Industry, Haddis Tilahun, the United Africa Group's Executive Director, and his wife Martha Namujembo-Tilahun toasting during a ceremony to announced a loan provision of US$10 million from the IFC, a member of the World Bank. The loan will cover part of the costs of constructing a five star hotel in Windhoek.

Namibia: Most Roads in Need of Rehabilitation

Namibia: Most Roads in Need of Rehabilitation - Most roads in Namibia have outlived their lifespan and major rehabilitation will be required in the short- to medium-term. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Construction Riding High

South Africa: Construction Riding High - WHILE many sectors of the economy are choking on high inflation , construction companies are powering ahead, underpinned by the government's multi billion-rand infrastructure expansion programme . [AA Construction]

Rwanda: Ministry to Set Strict Building Guidelines

Rwanda: Ministry to Set Strict Building Guidelines - The Ministry of Infrastructure has liaised with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to help them in developing proper construction standards and codes to guide the construction practice in Rwanda. [AA Construction]

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Zimbabwe: Cement Firms on Brink of Closure

Zimbabwe: Cement Firms on Brink of Closure - CEMENT manufacturers are tottering on the brink of closure due to crippling price controls that have resulted in building contractors shelving construction projects after the market ran out of cement, The Financial Gazette can reveal. [AA Construction]

Zimbabwe: Joina City Construction Nears Completion

Zimbabwe: Joina City Construction Nears Completion - Construction of the multi-story complex Joina City is expected to be through in three months time, says the chief executive of Joina Development company Mr Shingai Mutasa. [AA Construction]

ARCHITECT AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL 2008 - STARTS NEXT WEEK IN JOBURG



Architect Africa Film Festival 2008

Fuelled by the magic of film, the Architect Africa Film Festival was created to acknowledge and embrace the astounding reality of urban living.

For three weeks each year, the Festival celebrates architecture and brings audiences face to face with the realities and possibilities of urban living and the built environment. This event is an exciting cultural platform that informs, inspires and entertains.

The Architect Africa Film Festival uses film to record the wonder of architecture, its theories and ideals, its practice and legacy. As Professor Philip Harrison said at the launch of the 2007 Festival, "Film is important in many ways. It's not only about the past and present, but also about alternative futures. By bringing us into such an immediate confrontation with diverse cultures, film helps us to imagine our realities differently. It shows us that it's possible to construct things differently and to live in different ways."

The Architect Africa Film Festival 2008 will be held over three weeks in October, at Cinema Nouveau screened by Fish Eagle, and Ster Kinekor theatres in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth:

The dates and venues are as follows:

JOHANNESBURG: 3 to 9 October 2008 Rosebank Nouveau: The Mall, Rosebank

DURBAN: 10 to 16 October 2008 Gateway Nouveau, Gateway Shopping Centre

CAPE TOWN: 17 to 23 October 2008 Cavendish Nouveau, Cavendish Square

BLOEMFONTEIN: 11 to 12 October 2008 Mimosa, Mimosa Mall

PORT ELIZABETH: 18 to 19 October The Bridge, Bridge Shopping Centre

This year, the vision is again to provide architectural films from around the world that focus on quality filmmaking and worthy architectural content. These will include classics, documentaries, archived footage, tributes and features.

This is a rare opportunity to enjoy fascinating films, inspiring exhibitions, and informative discussions on architecture and the built environment. The event is endorsed and supported by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, the Council for the Built Environment, and the South African Institute of Architects, and Business & Arts South Africa.

More information on the Film Festival and associated events is available on http://archinet.co.za

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South Africa : International convention centre to be built in Nelspruit

International convention centre to be built in Nelspruit - By Sydney Masinga
Nelspruit - A 5 000-seater International Convention Centre is to be built in Nelspruit to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA) has acquired land at the Riverside Park and is currently looking for investors for the construction and development of the centre, which will also have a five-star hotel.

Nigeria : Palms extension to form part of Lagos' first mixed-use development



Further growth in a rapidly emerging market - retail GLA to be extended, two office towers, apartment block, state-of-the-art gym and waterway link

South Africa, Johannesburg - Aug 2008: Lagos Palms, the first world-class shopping and entertainment centre in Nigeria opened in 2006. The subsequent success of this pioneering retail venture which provided Nigerians with their first 21st century shopping and entertainment experience, has prompted plans for a further $220 million extension that will form part of a proposed mixed-use development in the surrounding area.

Johannesburg based Bentel Associates International (BAI), internationally recognised commercial, retail and leisure design experts, was responsible for the design and project management of the existing regional centre and are currently working on the full design intent and details for the extension and other components of the mixed-use development.

First world retail development, driven by money and modern communication, has grown rapidly in the emerging markets. In many major African cities, there has been a wave of construction and malls are now becoming part of the shopping landscape, alongside traditional markets. There is an increasing trend towards more formalised shopping centres with anchor tenants and many national retailers. The last few years have also seen an increasing number of large mixed-use projects being developed in some of Africa's larger cities, combining residential with commercial or retail uses, they are increasingly becoming a feature of some of the urban areas in Africa.

Angola: Foundation Stone for Construction of Youths' Houses Laid

Angola: Foundation Stone for Construction of Youths' Houses Laid - The deputy minister of Youth and Sports, Gonçalves Muandumba on Monday laid in Santana ward, Caxito city, northern Bengo province, the foundation stone for the construction of 100 social residences for youths, under the "Angola Jovem (youth)" programme. [AA Construction]

Liberia: China Vows to Build 100 Primary Schools, 13 Hospitals

Liberia: China Vows to Build 100 Primary Schools, 13 Hospitals - The government of the Peoples' Republic of China says it has resolved to build 100 primary schools across Africa, with Liberia considered as one of the favorites to benefit from the gesture. [AA Construction]

JO NOERO TO SPEAK AT ARCHIFEST 2008

South Africa budgets R34m to reconstruct mud schools in KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa budgets R34m to reconstruct mud schools in KwaZulu-Natal -

By Siboniso Ntuli

KwaZulu-Natal - The Department of Public Works has set aside R34 million for the reconstruction of mud schools in KwaZulu-Natal.

One of the schools to benefit from the reconstruction is the St Faiths Primary School under the Ugu District Municipality, which was built with mud in 2003 by parents of local children.

South Africa : Port Elizabeth housing project comes to fruition

Port Elizabeth housing project comes to fruition -

By Proffesor Ndawonde

Port Elizabeth - Almost 1 000 families living in informal settlements in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will receive keys to their own homes on Friday.

The Minister of Housing, Lindiwe Sisulu, will visit the area in the Eastern Cape to hand over the houses to the beneficiaries of the Zanemvula Housing Project.

South Africa: PE Housing Project Comes to Fruition

South Africa: PE Housing Project Comes to Fruition - Almost 1 000 families living in informal settlements in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will receive keys to their own homes on Friday. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Kimberly Conference Centre to Generate Jobs, Business

South Africa: Kimberly Conference Centre to Generate Jobs, Business - Construction has begun on the Big Hole Conference Centre which will not only create 350 jobs for the residents of Kimberly, but bring more business to the town. [AA Construction]

South Africa: 'Massive Budget' for Reactor Queried

South Africa: 'Massive Budget' for Reactor Queried - The government must explain its plans to build the controversial Pebble Bed Modular Reactor demonstration plant at Koeberg, and particularly why its massive budget will not be better spent on other energy sources, says the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Work Begins on Kusile Power Station

South Africa: Work Begins on Kusile Power Station - Construction has begun on the Kusile power station, the second coal-fired power station being built by South African state company Eskom, as part of its multi-billion rand expansion, with completion scheduled for 2017. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Govt to Build Teachers' Houses

Uganda: Govt to Build Teachers' Houses - The Government is to construct and rehabilitate 4,215 teachers' houses in 40 districts in the north, education Namirembe Bitamazire told Parliament yesterday. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Chinese Firm May Replace Julius Berger in Rivers

Nigeria: Chinese Firm May Replace Julius Berger in Rivers - The Rivers State government has, following the withdrawal of German construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, from the State on account of insecurity, entered into negotiations with a Chinese firm, China Harbour and Engineering Company to take up projects in the state. [AA Construction]

Uganda: New Taxi Park to Be Demolished

Uganda: New Taxi Park to Be Demolished - Kampala District Council on Monday approved the building plan for re-developing the New taxi Park into a modern commercial area. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Chinese to Build New Presidential Office

Uganda: Chinese to Build New Presidential Office - THE Chinese government is to construct an office block for the President and the prime minister, works state minister John Byabagambi told Parliament yesterday. [AA Construction]

Kenya: 2,000 Houses Set to Be Demolished in Slums

Kenya: 2,000 Houses Set to Be Demolished in Slums - More than 2,000 houses will be demolished in various slums. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Kebbi to Construct 840 Classrooms

Nigeria: Kebbi to Construct 840 Classrooms - Kebbi State government is to spend N 1.2 billion for the construction 840 classrooms and provision of furniture in primary schools in the state before the end of the year. [AA Construction]

South Africa : Oxford road still not open - Bombela

Oxford road still not open - Bombela -

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - The Bombela Concession Company has confirmed that Oxford Road in Rosebank is still not open to motorists.

Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka told BuaNews on Tuesday that Bombela Civils Joint Venture was still carrying out Gautrain tunnelling activities underneath Oxford Road.

NIC KYRIACOS APPOINTED MD OF BENTEL INTERNATIONAL



Nic Kyriacos appointed managing director of Bentel Associates International

South Africa, Johannesburg - August 2008: Bentel Associates International (BAI) is proud to announce that senior director, Nic Kyriacos, has been appointed as managing director with immediate effect.

Botswana: New Airport Terminal is a Diamond!

Botswana: New Airport Terminal is a Diamond! - The architectural design of Sir Seretse Khama International Airport's new terminal has the shape of a diamond. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: 'How 3-Storey Building Crashed On Me'

Nigeria: 'How 3-Storey Building Crashed On Me' - One of the survivors of last Saturday's collapsed building in Kano, Malam Abubakar Ali, yesterday relived his ordeal over the incident, saying the three storey structure came down soon after one of its pillars collapsed. [AA Construction]