February 2011


East London
Cape Town

Winterbach Pretorius Letele Architects RSA has prospered over recent years through its commitment to a service and design quality tailored to meet the requirements of its clients.

During this period the practice has acquired considerable expertise, completing numerous projects in rural and developing areas as well as in all the major centres.

While essentially a commercial practice, its field of expertise includes schools and hospitals for various government and municipal organizations as well as retail, commercial and residential development for private sector clients.

KCC to Eliminate Thatched Houses By Next Month

Rwanda: KCC to Eliminate Thatched Houses By Next Month - The management of Kigali City has said that by next month, all grass-thatched housing will be eliminated in all the three districts. [AA Urbanisation]

700 Water Wells Project Takes Off

Tanzania: 700 Water Wells Project Takes Off - IF one goes to any village in Tanzania and Africa in general and ask the communities what is their priority basic need if they were to be given support, they would certainly say it is water. [AA Urbanisation]

Industrialisation Gone Wrong

Zimbabwe: Industrialisation Gone Wrong - FOR the last few months there has been recurrent media reference to the collapse of the manufacturing sector, notwithstanding that surveys by the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industry in 2009 and 2010 showed growth in the usage of productive capacity. [AA Urbanisation]

Municipal Services Restored in Wesselton

South Africa: Municipal Services Restored in Wesselton - Municipal services in the troubled township of Wesselton outside Ermelo have been fully restored after a week of violent protests. [AA Urbanisation]

Western Cape to Establish Development Agency

Pretoria - A development agency is to be established in the Western Cape, in an effort to attract investment to the province, says Premier Helen Zille.

"We are currently planning the establishment of a Western Cape Economic Development Agency," Zille said on Friday as she delivered the State of the Province Address in the Western Cape Legislature.

A plan for the new agency will be given to the premier by the end of June. "Provided all the relevant processes are properly completed in time, we hope to have the agency up and running by the beginning of the 2012 financial year," she said.

South African Government Sets Housing Targets

Pretoria - Government plans to build 220 000 housing units for each financial year between now and 2014.

Speaking during a cluster media briefing in Parliament on Friday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini outlined the targets government had set for itself.

She said by the start the current financial year, more than 8 000 human settlements projects were already underway across the country.

Preliminary figures indicate that these projects will result in the construction of 219 000 housing units.

Toll Trauma : More talks to be held on tolling system

Pretoria - There will be further talks on the implementation of the tolling system to be levied on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), with a summit expected to be held next month, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said on Thursday.

"Over the past weeks, we have been listening to the various views regarding the tolling of the GFIP. There will be further engagement on this matter. However, constructive proposals and solutions are required. There will be no scapegoats," said Minister Ndebele.

Further engagement will culminate in a specific roads funding summit in March 2011 to be hosted by the department.

The announcement of the tariffs recently was met with heated debate from the taxi industry, labour, opposition parties, the business sector as well as the general public who make use of the freeway network.

The minister said that the taxi industry, through the leadership of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), has shown leadership on this matter and has already come forward with proposals.

Wesselton is quite after protests

Pretoria - The Wesselton settlement near Ermelo, which has been the scene of violent protests this week, was quiet overnight.

The protests, which saw angry residents blockading streets, damaging infrastructure and hurling stones at police, had forced National Police Commissioner, General Bheki Cele to intervene.

He deployed a large contingent of highly trained and seasoned crowd-management police officers to stabilize the area.

Cele, who visited the area himself yesterday, deployed 160 police officers to the troubled township bringing the total number of officers to more than 200.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Captain Leonard Hlathi, said the situation was calm this morning.

"It has been quiet since last night, but our police officers are still at the settlement closely monitoring the situation."

More than 100 protesters have been arrested for public violence, while a 41-year-old man is alleged to have died during the unrest on Tuesday.

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Toll Crisis : Toll tariffs are affordable, says Sanral

Pretoria - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) on Wednesday insisted that the open road tolling tariffs to be introduced on Gauteng's freeways are affordable.

Addressing the media this week on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and the Open Road Tolling Systems (ORT), Sanral boss, Nazir Alli said : "We've tried to making the tolling system tariffs to be more affordable, that is why we are also offering discounts."

R500m approved for solar water heaters

Pretoria - The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has approved an amount of R500 million to install low pressure solar water heaters to households that have benefited from government's low cost housing programme.

The three-year roll out programme will begin in this first quarter of 2011 and is aimed at reducing poverty levels by significantly helping residents save on energy costs, while at the same time contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions.

Mayors To Play Key Role In New Growth Path

Cape Town - Improved planning and co-ordination between national and provincial governments and municipalities will be central to the New Growth Path, the Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, announced today.

Briefing the National Council of Provinces' select committee on economic development, Patel said his department will work with the various MECs of economic development and mayors to strengthen economic development planning, while the private sector will play a central role in the plan.

Patel pointed out that this planning will involve the improved placement of infrastructure projects, for example, setting up power stations, water and industries close to settlements, adding that much of the population was still concentrated in former homelands.

The minister said his department was also working with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and other development finance institutions to target investments that would boost regional economic development and create more jobs.

He said jobs would also be created through Eskom's build, electrification and municipal electricity programmes.

Massive road maintenance to create jobs

Cape Town - Government says it plans to create at least 120 000 jobs in 2011 through a massive road maintenance programme that will include maintenance of secondary roads and pothole patching projects across the country.

The announcement by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele on Tuesday comes days after President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address last week, which called on government departments to come up with ways to assist in job creation.

During the address, Zuma called on all departments and state-owned enterprises to help government achieve its objective of creating five million jobs in the next 10 years.

On Tuesday, Ndebele said more than R22 billion has been set aside for the project over the medium term period, with R6.4 billion to spend this year.

He said 70 000 of the jobs were permanent and real work opportunities that will be sustainable over a long period. "You are maintaining a stretch of roads and so you have responsibility over it as the roads will always need maintenance. So it's quite sustainable," he told reporters during the Infrastructure Development Cluster briefing in Parliament.

'Apo Resettlement Site is 95 Percent Complete'

Nigeria: 'Apo Resettlement Site is 95 Percent Complete' - FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir, Wednesday said his administration has almost completed the Apo Resettlement Site by 95 per cent.He made this disclosure during the monthly FCT Operational Briefing Session at Gwarinpa, Abuja. [AA Construction]

Cross River to Develop Public Transportation Master Plan

Nigeria: Cross River to Develop Public Transportation Master Plan - Cross River State government has announced that it will soon institute a Public Transportation Master Plan that would tally with the state's tourism programme. [AA Construction]

Work Commences On Lokoja Varsity Site

Nigeria: Work Commences On Lokoja Varsity Site - Kogi State Commissioner for Education Chief Sylvester Onoja says the government has begun some projects on the site of the newly approved Federal University of Science and Technology, Lokoja. [AA Construction]

Companies to Build Development Centre in Cabinda

Angola: Companies to Build Development Centre in Cabinda - The US company Offshore Papelain-International (OPI) and Angolan Operatec firm will build in Malembo zone in the northern Cabinda province a Development Centre, aimed for technical professional training of national youths in several oil industry related areas. [AA Construction]

d3 Natural Systems 2011 - International Architecture Design Competition

d3 Natural Systems 2011 - International Architecture Design Competition - The d3 Natural Systems competition for 2011 invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects. The competition calls for innovative proposals t ...18.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]

Venice City Vision Competition

Venice City Vision Competition - The purpose of Venices competition to give the opportunity to architects, designers and students to activate their creativity to stimulate the contemporary potential of the city and besides wanting to enhance the historic texture of the city, sees on the aquatic identity of the lagoon a fundament ...18.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]

International Student Competition by Architecture in the Fourth Dimension

International Student Competition by Architecture in the Fourth Dimension - The competition provides a unique opportunity for future architects to challenge conventional approaches to design, and to investigate and develop new concepts for an open and sustainable architecture for the 21st century. ...17.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]

Karu Residents Protest Bid to Convert Recreation Ground

Nigeria: Karu Residents Protest Bid to Convert Recreation Ground - Youths in Karu community have staged a peaceful protest against suspected land speculators from the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) who attempted to take over the community recreation centre at the Federal Housing Authority Phase 1, Karu, in Abuja. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Tackling the Country's Housing Challenge

Nigeria: Tackling the Country's Housing Challenge - Although the federal government says affordable housing is paramount in its agenda, realising housing for all by the year 2020 remains a mirage, reports Omotola Oloruntobi. [AA Urbanisation]

City Dumps Pro-Poor Plan

Namibia: City Dumps Pro-Poor Plan - Plans to subsidise municipal services for the poor in Windhoek at a cost of N$36 million a year have been scrapped owing to zero commitment from targeted stakeholders. [AA Urbanisation]

Angola: Government Committed to Construction of Houses

Angola: Government Committed to Construction of Houses - Luanda vice-governor for technical and infrastructure sector, Carla Ribeiro, said Saturday that the Angolan Executive continues mobilizing and intervening along with all public and private institutions, with a view to fulfilling the pledge on the construction of social houses. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: High Cement Prices Bother Dealers

Nigeria: High Cement Prices Bother Dealers - Cement dealers in Abuja have decried the scarcity and high cost of the product in the country. [AA Construction]

Cross River Housing Units for Civil Servants Ready August

Nigeria: Cross River Housing Units for Civil Servants Ready August - About 200 of the 610 housing units constructed in Akpabuyo near Calabar for Civil and Public Servants by the Cross River State Government is expected to be completed in August this year. [AA Construction]

City's Tallest Building to Open in April

Rwanda: City's Tallest Building to Open in April - Kigali City Tower (KCT) will be launched in April with the opening of a Shopping Mall as the initial phase of the multi-million dollar project, The New Times has learnt. [AA Construction]

Competition - Facing the Floods

Competition - Facing the Floods - Tesseract is asking you to design for flood victims. You can look closely at one area which has been recently effected, or tackle the subject on a wider level- you are to explore what you think is necessary in these chaotic situations and what you would like to implement to improve people’s living. ...15.02.2011 [WAC Latest News]