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12 July 2017 Debunking the rate per square metre cost myth

ASAQS on understanding the rate per square metre building costA “cost per square metre rate” is a method of expressing building cost that should be used with extreme caution by both clients and contractors involved in the cost comparison and cost planning process, says former Association of South African Quantity Surveyor President, Bert van den Heever. There are a number of design variables which can adversely influence square metre rates, thereby givin...

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07 June 2017 Marley Building Systems and GIFA join forces to award bursaries worth R150 000 to architectural students

GIFA-bursary-recipientsGIFA bursary recipients: Pictured (from left to right) are the six recipients of the joint bursary programme between the Gauteng Institute of Architects (GIFA) and Marley Building Systems. From the University of Johannesburg are Moeketsi Phori, Aisha Balde and Megan Louise; and from the University of the Witwatersrand are Keitsitse Losaba, Lauren Konstantinou and Thami Kubheka. In a joint ventu...

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07 June 2017 Atterbury development Mall of Africa gets top honours at international VIVA Awards

Mall of Africa developed by Atterbury PropertyAtterbury Property’s development of the iconic Mall of Africa secured its place among top honourees from around the world in the highly coveted international VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value, Achievement) Awards, announced in Las Vegas, USA, on Sunday, 21 May 2017....

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25 May 2017 Housing solutions for middle-income earners

Housing for the middle income earnerFORTY ON L in Bo Kaap – a Blok Raw development The appeal of city living encompasses far more than just the allure of having a convenient base in the hub of the daily hustle and bustle. With less travelling time and more time for “living”, city dwellers can truly enjoy urban living to the full, as they have more time available to explore their city's offerings and mingle with a cosmopolitan...

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10 May 2017 Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny from the University of KwaZulu-Natal wins the 30th Corobrik Architectural Awards

Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny is the winner of the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards.Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is the winner of the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards. New and distinctive ideas, a high standard of technical skill, creative flair, a good grasp of sustainability issues and a clear understanding of the complex role of built structures within an evolving urban environment were just some of the reasons why...

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28 April 2017 Building skills and employment opportunities

MBAWC offers further training in construction sector“The high costs of tertiary education, together with limited places at institutions of higher education, has meant that many school leavers have fewer options to acquire the skills required for employment beyond that of a menial level,” says Tony Keal, Group Skills Facilitator at the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) - a registered trade association for employers in the b...

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25 April 2017 Investment report shows confidence in Cape Town Central City

Cape Town Central City healthy investor confidenceApproximately R16.232 billion of investment has, conservatively, been committed to the Cape Town Central City since 2012, spanning between that year and 2019. This is according to the latest edition of The State of Cape Town Central City Report: 2016 – A year in review, released 20 April 2017....

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11 April 2017 Builder’s Workshop highlights National Building Regulations

Lephalale Municipality hosts Builders Workshop on National Building RegulationsImage caption: ITC001:Standing from left to right: Danie Steenkamp (SAGGA), Gert de Jager, Roly Adams and Amanda Obbes (ITC-SA), MG Makgamatha (Acting Municipal Manager), Thabiso Mabale (Manager: Building Control), Alfred Matjila (Building Inspector), Thapelo Sibanda (NHBRC) and Catchlife Mutshavi (Manager: Land Use). Sitting: William Matlou (Admin Officer: Building Department), Given Gabara (Bu...

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