September 2008

Nigeria: Anambra to Build New Business Park

Nigeria: Anambra to Build New Business Park - Anambra State Government is to embark on immediate construction of another business park in Onitsha, the Commisionier for Information and Culture, Prof. Stella Okunna, has said. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Buikwe to Build District Offices

Uganda: Buikwe to Build District Offices - Fourty eight acres of land has been acquired for the construction of the Buikwe district headquarters. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Construction Sector Buoyant

South Africa: Construction Sector Buoyant - CONFIDENCE in the construction sector rem-ained high in the third quarter despite a slight dip, according to the FNB quarterly construction confidence index compiled by the Bureau of Economic Research (BER). [AA Construction]

PANCHO GUEDES HONOURED IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Director of Arts Culture and Heritage, Steven Sack, cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition: PANCHO GUEDES AN ALTERNATIVE MODERNIST : WORKS AFTER APRIL 24th 1974 by Justice Albie Sachs & Painter Malangatana Valente Ngwenya in the presence of the architect. Museum Africa Thursday, 25 September 2008, 17:30 for 18h00 Please reply to Zola Mtshiza by 20 September Email: zolam@joburg.org.za Telephone: 011 833 5624

South Africa: Gauteng Sues Hospital Builders

South Africa: Gauteng Sues Hospital Builders - THE Gauteng public transport, roads and works department yesterday decided legal actions needed to be taken against a joint venture of contractors to recover losses suffered after the companies failed to complete building the Jabulani hospital in Soweto, the provincial government said yesterday. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Boi Building - Lagos Prepares Final Demolition

Nigeria: Boi Building - Lagos Prepares Final Demolition - The Lagos State Government has evacuated occupants of buildings that surrounded the collapsed 18 storey Bank of Industry that partially collapsed two years ago towards final demolition of the building. [AA Construction]

Ethiopia: Foreign Ministry to Get New Headquarters

Ethiopia: Foreign Ministry to Get New Headquarters - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is to construct an eight-storey building on the 500Sqm plot behind the current headquarters located off Menelik Avenue. The Ministry also intends to construct a conference hall with a capacity to seat 250 -300 people.

Namibia: House Collapses At Gibeon, Kills Teacher

Namibia: House Collapses At Gibeon, Kills Teacher - A teacher at C Spellmeyer Senior Primary School at Gibeon died on Thursday when the wall of a dilapidated house collapsed on him. [AA Construction]

South Africa: Gauteng Sues Hospital Builders

South Africa: Gauteng Sues Hospital Builders - THE Gauteng public transport, roads and works department yesterday decided legal actions needed to be taken against a joint venture of contractors to recover losses suffered after the companies failed to complete building the Jabulani hospital in Soweto, the provincial government said yesterday. [AA Construction]

South Africa : Cape Town approves R1,2bn high-rise building

Cape Town approves R1,2bn high-rise building -

Cape Town approves R1,2bn high-rise building - Cape Town has given the go-ahead for a new addition to the city's skyline – a R1,2-billion,150-m-tall mixed use development, which, once completed, will hold the accolade of being of the city's tallest building.

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[SADC News]

Nigeria: Builders List Problems Against the Industry

Nigeria: Builders List Problems Against the Industry - The Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), has identified problems bedevilling the Nigerian building industry. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Akwa Ibom Signs N33 Billion Entertainment Centre Contract

Nigeria: Akwa Ibom Signs N33 Billion Entertainment Centre Contract - AKWA Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio has signed a N33 billion contract agreement with Silverbird Showtime Limited for the state's Tropicana Entertainment Centre. On completion, the Tropicana would have a 16-storey building with a 250-bedroom five-star hotel, galleria with cinema, a 10,000 sitting dome as well as water parks. [AA Construction]

New Govt Says Rebuilding of Country Starts Now

New Govt Says Rebuilding of Country Starts Now -

New Govt Says Rebuilding of Country Starts Now - The new government of national unity in Zimbabwe has agreed that the rebuilding of the country starts today. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

[AA Zimbabwe]

Architect Africa Online

Architect Africa Online is an independent Built Environment Journal & News Aggregator focused on African urbanisation and the human condition. This website and its satellite sites and feeders are owned by the Architect Africa News Network (AANN). The company's Internet Servers are located in Germany. The Editorial offices are located in Cascais, Portugal.

AANN was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, by architects Pedro Buccellato and Karen Eicker in 2000 and acquired by AANN (EU) in 2010.

PETER RICH TO DESIGN RWANDA'S PRESIDENTIAL PRECINCT

Click to read the article in the Sunday Times.


"A South African architect has scooped the contract to design a “White House” for Rwanda, which will be home to President Paul Kagame and all future heads of state.

Veteran architect Peter Rich, 63, got the job of designing the state house in the capital of Kigali last week on the strength of his revolutionary design for the new museum at the Mapungubwe world heritage site in Limpopo.

Challenged with a building so iconic that it is likely to appear on future Rwandan bank notes, Rich said Kagame had agreed to a design which could make the state house the first completely eco-friendly executive building in the world.

“It’s an incredible honour. I feel like (architecture legend) Louis Khan, when he was asked to design the Bangladesh parliament,” said Rich. "
- The Times, 15 September 2008

Read the full report in the Sunday Times. Click Here!

The oldest known Architects on Earth came from Mpumalanga...


Famous for its mixture of grassland and wetland environment, Mpumalanga titllated the artistic sides of John Heine and Michael Tellinger. Despite Mpumalanga's beauty, this place is not exempted to the consequeces of climate change-a problem that would effect Mpumalanga tourism in a great way. This predicament spurred the need for climate change jobs across Mpumalanga and nearby provinces.

A new book by Johan Heine and Michael Tellinger, "Adam's Calendar" highlights the theories that New School historian authors such as Cyril Hromnik and Rob Milne have put forth over the last twenty years: thousands of years before the Bantu races arrived from Central Africa and the Portuguese Explorers graced the shores of Africa a highly sophisticated and architecturally articulate civilization lived in what is today South Africa's Mpumalanga Province.

Zimbabwe: As Talks Stall...business Rings Warning Bell

Zimbabwe: As Talks Stall...business Rings Warning Bell - Business and industry this week warned that the economy would further deteriorate if the country's two major political parties which adjourned talks two week ago fail to find a lasting solution to the country's prolonged crisis. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Reformation of Cities Panacea to Vision 2020 -UN-Habitat

Nigeria: Reformation of Cities Panacea to Vision 2020 -UN-Habitat - Professor Falade Johnson, Habitat Programme Manager for Nigeria, says the Federal Government will have to fix existing cities if it is to position the economy as one of the top 20 by 2020. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: Police Arrest Constructor Over Shoddy Work

Uganda: Police Arrest Constructor Over Shoddy Work - The managing director of a construction firm assigned to refurbish Rukungiri's health units has been arrested by the police for allegedly doing shoddy work. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Financial Challenges Cripple Hilton Hotel Construction

Uganda: Financial Challenges Cripple Hilton Hotel Construction - The construction of Kampala Hilton Hotel, based at the former premises of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, has been halted with reports that the project has been abruptly crippled by a severe cash crunch. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Collapsed Building - Police Quiz Ex-Youth Corps Member

Nigeria: Collapsed Building - Police Quiz Ex-Youth Corps Member - A former National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Kingsley Kanu who served with the Federal Capital Territory's Department of Development Control has appeared before the Criminal Investigation Officers of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command to clarify his role in the supervision of the building that collapsed in Utako District Abuja. [AA Construction]

South Africa : Construction not just a man's job

Construction not just a man's job -

By Nthambeleni Gabara

The world of construction is being seen more and more as an attractive career choice for women, as it gradually sheds off its image of being a traditionally male dominated industry.

The industry is competitive; the rate of business turnover is high and young women from all over South Africa are vying for learnerships, diplomas and degrees that are construction related to work alongside their male counterparts.

South Africa attends Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibition

South Africa attends Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibition -

Venice - Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Ntombazana Botha is expected to attend the opening of the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition in Venice to market South Africa as a tourist destination ahead of 2010.

The South African Violin Tenors will represent the country too and will perform during the exhibition.

Rwanda 2008-09-10 : Two Synthetic Stadiums to Be Ready By January

Rwanda: Two Synthetic Stadiums to Be Ready By January - As several stadiums have come under heavy public heavy criticism, the Ministry of Sports and Culture is set to start construction of two synthetic stadiums ahead of the 16th edition of the Africa U-20 Youth Championship scheduled for next year in Kigali. [AA Construction]

CHIBWE AFRITECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION :: GUESTS

Herbert Prins amongst other guests

Laurence Chibwe with architects Jocelyn Rhodes (right) and Karen Eicker (left) with some other people.

CHIBWE AFRITECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


"I remember sitting with one desk, a computer and a phone ;anxiously waiting for the phone to ring…." that was Mr. Laurence Chibwe, MD of Chibwe Afritects reflecting on his early days that saw the birth of Afritects Architects. There was no nostalgia in these references - rather a mixture of memory and pride.

Afritects was first established in 1998! 10 years ago. Originally known as Chibwe Ritschl Afritects changed in 2002 to Afritects. The firm currently employs well over 10 highly qualified professionals with more than 50 years combined experience in the fields of Architecture and construction.