August 22, 2017

  • Park upgrades provide community upliftment

    The construction of two 35 m pedestrian bridges is under way in Paterson Park, completing the final phase of an upgrade project that will provide the community of Norwood, in Johannesburg, with a visually pleasing and functional recreational environment. In 2015, the Johannesburg Development Agency initiated a project to uplift the Norwood area through the upgrade of the park, as well as through the construction of a new recreation centre and a township of cluster houses. As part of the upgrades, independent engineering specialist Arup South Africa was approached as a sub-consultant to hydrologist specialist company Chris Brooker & Associates…

  • Street-wise trees for roadsides, parking lots and highways

    Life Landscapes, the landscaping division of Life Green Group has decided to take a closer look at the street trees that line our roadsides and parking lots.  Here are some things a facility manager or landscape architect should think about before a trees drips sap on the sunroof or starts pushing up the paving. Definition of a street tree: A street tree is non-scientific landscaping lingo for vegetation that is ideally suited to growing along pavement, roadsides, driveways, highways and parking lots. Why street trees are important? Johannesburg has a reputation for being one of the most tree’d cities in…

  • Lasher’s EcoBarrow

    “Committing to quality makes choosing local manufacturing a no-brainer”, said Ian Kendall, MD of Lasher Tools, the largest manufacturer of hand tools in Africa.   Despite being presented with numerous opportunities for foreign investment and even more opportunities for foreign manufacturing, Lasher Tools has remained true to its South African roots. While many companies have moved their manufacturing facilities out of South Africa over the years, Lasher Tools did not. Although it has not been without its challenges, they are determined to uplift the local economy and to build a lasting legacy. Local manufacturing also allows for much stricter control…

  • Sunflowers, Smiles and Safety Shoes

    Sisi campaign showcases and celebrates the hard-working women of South Africa Every August, South Africans commemorate Women’s Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the role of women and the incredible contributions they make to society. In 2017, the theme for Women’s Month is “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”. As part of its Women’s Day 2017 initiatives, Sisi launched a campaign focused on celebrating the hard-working women of South Africa. Sisi is a brand within the BBF Safety Group stable that designs and manufactures a range of safety footwear specifically for women. “South Africa…

  • Landowners called to report invasive plants

    Landowners who have listed invasive species must notify any relevant competent authority, in writing, of the listed invasive species occurring on that land. Furthermore, landowners must take steps to control and eradicate the listed invasive species and prevent them from spreading, the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement on Friday. “Failure to do so can result in a fine and/or the work being done by the authorities, at the expense and risk of the land-owner. This includes any necessary follow-up clearing of the invasive plants, and any fire-related need to deal with the cleared biomass,” the department said….

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Park upgrades provide community upliftment

Aug 22, 2017

The construction of two 35 m pedestrian bridges is under way in Paterson Park, completing the final phase of an upgrade project that will provide the community of Norwood, in Johannesburg, with a visually pleasing and functional recreational environment. In 2015, the Johannesburg Development Agency initiated a project to uplift the Norwood area through the upgrade of the park, as well as through the construction of a new recreation centre and a township of cluster houses. As part of the upgrades, independent engineering specialist Arup South Africa was approached as a sub-consultant to hydrologist specialist company Chris Brooker & Associates…

Street-wise trees for roadsides, parking lots and highways

Aug 22, 2017

Life Landscapes, the landscaping division of Life Green Group has decided to take a closer look at the street trees that line our roadsides and parking lots.  Here are some things a facility manager or landscape architect should think about before a trees drips sap on the sunroof or starts pushing up the paving. Definition of a street tree: A street tree is non-scientific landscaping lingo for vegetation that is ideally suited to growing along pavement, roadsides, driveways, highways and parking lots. Why street trees are important? Johannesburg has a reputation for being one of the most tree’d cities in…

Lasher’s EcoBarrow

Aug 18, 2017

“Committing to quality makes choosing local manufacturing a no-brainer”, said Ian Kendall, MD of Lasher Tools, the largest manufacturer of hand tools in Africa.   Despite being presented with numerous opportunities for foreign investment and even more opportunities for foreign manufacturing, Lasher Tools has remained true to its South African roots. While many companies have moved their manufacturing facilities out of South Africa over the years, Lasher Tools did not. Although it has not been without its challenges, they are determined to uplift the local economy and to build a lasting legacy. Local manufacturing also allows for much stricter control…

Sunflowers, Smiles and Safety Shoes

Aug 16, 2017

Sisi campaign showcases and celebrates the hard-working women of South Africa Every August, South Africans commemorate Women’s Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the role of women and the incredible contributions they make to society. In 2017, the theme for Women’s Month is “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”. As part of its Women’s Day 2017 initiatives, Sisi launched a campaign focused on celebrating the hard-working women of South Africa. Sisi is a brand within the BBF Safety Group stable that designs and manufactures a range of safety footwear specifically for women. “South Africa…

Landowners called to report invasive plants

Aug 4, 2017

Landowners who have listed invasive species must notify any relevant competent authority, in writing, of the listed invasive species occurring on that land. Furthermore, landowners must take steps to control and eradicate the listed invasive species and prevent them from spreading, the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement on Friday. “Failure to do so can result in a fine and/or the work being done by the authorities, at the expense and risk of the land-owner. This includes any necessary follow-up clearing of the invasive plants, and any fire-related need to deal with the cleared biomass,” the department said….

A Lovely, lively living wall to add colour to the office.

Aug 4, 2017

Living walls – the interior plantscaper’s response to a lack of space. Having the word, Life, as part of our company name requires that we live up to the name. So Life Indoors has made sure our offices are full of living plants and has even gone as far as to add a living wall in our reception. Living walls, not only add life to dull office walls with an ever-blossoming array of foliage and flowers, but also enhance the office space with positive health benefits of indoor plants. Along with roof gardens, green walls help provide cleaner air and…

Business Adopt-a-Park Johannesburg

Aug 2, 2017

South African Parks are established in residential areas to create a favourable environment; an environment where the community can safely relax and where children can establish healthy living through play. This is obtained through children’s play areas and other recreation facilities such as Sport facilities Walking trails Community farming projects Heritage & historical significance Family related activities Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has entered into a strategic partnership arrangement with Crebus (Pty) Ltd. One of the exciting projects is the ‘Business-Adopt-a-Park’ partnership programme. JCPZ and Crebus would like to extend this invitation to the Business community to actively play…

Creating sustainable environments through organic compost

Jul 20, 2017

Reliance Compost recently earned a gold Eco-Logic Award in the Recycling and Waste Management category, which recognises a policy, programme, or project that has demonstrably contributed to a greater public understanding and participation in waste reduction, re-use, and recycling. We chat to Reliance Compost founder and director, Eddie Redelinghuys about organic compost, growing green minds and ensuring a healthy world for future generations.     Congratulations on Reliance Compost’s win at the Eco-logic Awards in the Recycling and Waste Management category! Tell us what this win means to you. Thank you – the win is an honour. Our mission and…

What Cape Town can learn from Windhoek on surviving droughts

Jul 20, 2017

Human population growth, urbanisation, and climate change are all changing the world. To adapt, attitudes and behaviour must change and unsustainable attitudes and behaviours must shift. In addition, the social and political will to implement technological solutions must increase. Without these changes the world will continue to be vulnerable to the impact of climate change and the over-use of limited resources like water.   Populations in cities are growing, putting pressure on resources like water. This is likely to increase as climate change leads to more frequent and extreme droughts, particularly in southern Africa. For decades Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek,…

Cape Construction Trade Expo 15-16 August

Jul 14, 2017

Cape Construction Expo is the Western Cape’s only dedicated event for the built environment. With over 100 exhibiting brands, dedicated zones, free to attend workshops, networking opportunities and more. With an audience including contractors, architects, civil engineers, quantity surveyors and features a number of knowledge and technical training opportunities, the Cape Construction Expo is the must attend show for the built environment. Start date: 15 August 2017 End date: 16 August 2017 Opening & closing times: 9am – 6pm (15 August); 9am – 4pm (16 August) Point of purchase for ticket: www.cape-construction.co.za or at the registration desk on event days…