March 26, 2019

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South Africa’s First Plastic Road! -

Friday, March 22, 2019

John Deere Power Products celebrates milestone machine -

Friday, March 22, 2019

Jacobsen supports student from South Africa to Staffordshire -

Friday, March 22, 2019

City springs into action to clean and mow parks -

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Walkway project underway at Homestead -

Friday, March 15, 2019

City receives R50 million to create 1 300 green jobs -

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Public Arts Commission ups funding for Merschel Plaza sculpture -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Comment on the Cape Town Draft Water Strategy – 08 March 2019 -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Corobrik playing its part in looking after the planet -

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Nature of Cities Summit -

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

First Green Star Sustainable Precinct’s Certification in Africa awarded to Garden Cities West Coast project by Green Building Council South Africa -

Friday, March 1, 2019

New mixed-use Barlow Park Precinct is set to begin construction -

Friday, March 1, 2019

Why There is so much buzz around ‘Sustainable Timber’ -

Friday, March 1, 2019

Key Elements of Landscape Design: Spatial Planning and Tree Layouts -

Friday, March 1, 2019

South Africa to construct rooftop gardens in Johannesburg -

Friday, February 22, 2019

A superb line up of finalists for Corobrik’s thirty-first year of sponsorship of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award -

Friday, February 22, 2019

City’s Draft Water Strategy opens for public comments -

Friday, February 22, 2019

Construction begins on Sol Kerzner’s new Western Cape estate. -

Friday, February 22, 2019

PARAGON GIVES A HEADS-UP FOR LATEST VR, AR TECHNOLOGY IN ARCHITECTURE -

Friday, February 15, 2019

Phase One of the R4.5bn O.R. Tambo mixed-use precinct development unveiled -

Friday, February 15, 2019

  • South Africa’s First Plastic Road!

    Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cape is set to build the first plastic road in SA. Left to right: Gareth Nel from MacRebur, Eastern Cape MPL Vicky Knoetze and Kouga mayor Horatio Hendricks on the road in Jeffreys Bay where construction is expected to start in April 2019. Image: Kouga Municipality/Laura-Leigh Randall Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cape is gearing up to build the first plastic road in SA. Kouga municipality mayor Horatio Hendricks said on Monday at a media launch in Jeffreys Bay that local civil engineering and construction companies SP Excel and Scribante Construction would partner with Scottish firm MacRebur to…

  • John Deere Power Products celebrates milestone machine

    John Deere recently marked a manufacturing milestone with the completion of the five millionth unit of riding lawn equipment built at the company’s Power Products factory in Greeneville, Tennessee. John Deere Power Products recently produced its five millionth machine, a 22hp E140 lawn tractor, at the US factory in Greeneville, TN. Originally founded as a small, satellite factory, Power Products is now the highest volume facility for John Deere and is responsible for manufacturing many of the iconic green lawnmowers sold by the brand. The facility was established in 1988 and celebrated its 30th anniversary last July. “The production of the…

  • Jacobsen supports student from South Africa to Staffordshire

    James Walker, a graduate of the African Turf Academy in Pretoria, South Africa, has praised Jacobsen for its commitment to education and helping to launch his greenkeeping career. James graduated from the African Turf Academy, which is supported by Jacobsen and the R&A, in 2015. James enjoyed success at the Academy based at the Silver Lakes Golf Estate and won the Student of the Year award in 2015. Three years on, and James is now the assistant greenkeeper at JCB Golf & Country Club, the brand-new 18-hole golf course based at the construction equipment manufacturer’s headquarters in Staffordshire. The golf…

  • City springs into action to clean and mow parks

    The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has refocused its operations to prioritise mowing and restoring parks around the city. The drought has wreaked havoc on City parks and greenbelts with many now dry and sandy patches. The City has set aside additional resources to restore these spaces.  The City remains committed to service delivery. ‘The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is aware of the current state and the backlog in mowing activities at our parks, open spaces and cemeteries which was caused by the recent water crisis,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for…

  • Walkway project underway at Homestead

    The park at Homestead Dam, in Farrarmere, is currently undergoing a R1-million upgrade, according to Ward 28 councillor Malanie Haggard. “We were given a budget by the Parks and Recreational Department and we chose to upgrade Homestead with this by building a walkway,” said Haggard. “The walkway will start in Kei Road (where paving has already commenced) and stretch into the park itself for at least one kilometre. “This project will take between two to three years to complete and is budget dependent. “In addition to the walkway, benches, braai areas, more dustbins, additional swings and more gym equipment will…

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First Green Star Sustainable Precinct’s Certification in Africa awarded to Garden Cities West Coast project by Green Building Council South Africa

Mar 1, 2019

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded a 4-star Green Star Sustainable Precincts certification – the first in Africa – to a project that will be built by historic Cape Town development company, Garden Cities NPC (RF), as a further phase of its flagship Cape West Coast suburb, Sunningdale. John Matthews, Group CEO of the company, which celebrates its Centenary this year, has welcomed the award as a fitting acknowledgement of Garden Cities’ leading role in the green building movement. Commenting on the 46.3 out of a targeted 48.3-point score achieved for the project, he said it reflected…

New mixed-use Barlow Park Precinct is set to begin construction

Mar 1, 2019

The R3 billion redevelopment of Barlow Park Precinct will start before mid-year. The project will transform this landmark Sandton Central site from a sprawling corporate park previously  housed Barloworld’s Corporate office, Logistics and Equipment head offices, into a vibrant modern mixed-use precinct.The project is a collaboration of three leading South African businesses; Barloworld, Atterbury and African Rainbow Capital. As the co-investors in the redevelopment of the prime Barlow Park Precinct, each party will hold one-third of the iconic property.Property investor and developer Atterbury, which is leading all aspects of the development for the joint venture, in conjunction with Barloworld, and…

Why There is so much buzz around ‘Sustainable Timber’

Mar 1, 2019

Unlike traffic, Eskom and Bitcoin, I wouldn’t say sustainable timber is a topic of conversation that comes up at every braai. (Sorry, neither is Bitcoin any longer, because those peeps seem to have gone rather quiet.) Still, when you reach the age where people are talking about renovations and building and home improvements, you’ll start to notice things. You don’t have to be in the game to know that chopping down ancient trees for timber decks is probably not the smartest thing to do. You most likely also know that there are alternative sustainable timbers that you could use, that would significantly reduce…

Key Elements of Landscape Design: Spatial Planning and Tree Layouts

Mar 1, 2019

Written for Arch Daily By Matheus Pereira Just like the architectural elements that make up built space – floor, walls and ceilings – natural elements are also capable of creating spaces in large-, medium- and small-scale areas, in places like public and residential gardens. According to Brazilian landscape architect Benedito Abbud, “Landscaping is the only artistic expression in which the five senses of the human being participate. While architecture, painting, sculpture and other visual arts use and abuse only the vision, landscaping also involves smell, hearing, taste and touch, providing a rich sensory experience by adding the most diverse and complete perceptual…

South Africa to construct rooftop gardens in Johannesburg

Feb 22, 2019

South Africa is set to construct rooftop gardens up amid the skyline of Johannesburg in bid to increase commercial production of salads and vegetables in the country. According to Future Farms, the company contracted for the project, The basis of the farms is an A-frame holding 600 plants, grown with nutrient film technique (NFT). The A-frames are supplemented by beds filled with a medium of coconut husk, perlite, vermiculite and probiotic for crops that need to be planted in greater density, like baby spinach, rocket or parsley. Also Read:Zambia set to construct Down UB market in Luapula Province It is estimated that each rooftop…

A superb line up of finalists for Corobrik’s thirty-first year of sponsorship of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award

Feb 22, 2019

Dirk Meyer, Corobrik’s Managing Director commented on the excellent standard of entries for this year’s awards.  “Finalists have incorporated sustainable architecture with innovation, technology and creative building design in their entries for this year’s event to be held on the 7th May in Johannesburg.” Each of the regional winners has been judged top of their tertiary institution and will compete against each other at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.   The winner to be announced on the evening of the 7th May 2019 will receive a prize of R70 000. Nelson Mandela University Winner Riaan Huiskens Thesis title “The design of a 3D…

City’s Draft Water Strategy opens for public comments

Feb 22, 2019

The City of Cape Town’s Draft Water Strategy has today opened for public comments and recommendations. The primary purpose of this strategy is to ensure that the city will be more resilient to future droughts. Read more below: Summary: The Draft Water Strategy articulates the City’s plan to ensure greater water security over the next 10 years as it moves towards being a water-sensitive city New surface water resources are limited. Therefore, in future, a greater proportion of Cape Town’s water demand will be met from alternative sources including groundwater, water re-use and desalination Based on scenario analysis, the City…

Construction begins on Sol Kerzner’s new Western Cape estate.

Feb 22, 2019

Construction has commenced at the much anticipated Kerzner Estate, considered one of the most exclusive estates on the Atlantic Seaboard. Kerzner, 81, is one of South Africa’s most successful businesspeople, known for building luxury hotels and resorts around the world. These include the likes Sun City, the Lost City, Sandton Sun, the Beverley Hills Hotel, and the Elangeni. Since leaving the hotel business, Kerzner revealed in a 2017 interview that he was looking to get into the residential property space, leveraging the 10 hectares of land he owned between Hout Bay and Llandudno. According to Ross Levin, director of Seeff…

PARAGON GIVES A HEADS-UP FOR LATEST VR, AR TECHNOLOGY IN ARCHITECTURE

Feb 15, 2019

The application of Virtual Reality (VR) in architecture stands to become an invaluable resource as the technology evolves to the point where multiple people can partake in the same VR session, either in the design process itself, or when used to present a building design. This has resulted in architecture and interior architecture group Paragon promoting the use of VR headsets in order to give their clients a better understanding of design proposals, according to 3D Visualisation Manager Emile Maritz. Both VR and Augmented Reality (AR) media have developed from mainly viewing 360° images using a smartphone in conjunction with…

Phase One of the R4.5bn O.R. Tambo mixed-use precinct development unveiled

Feb 15, 2019

O.R. Tambo International Airport has unveiled the first phase of a multi-billion-rand development plan for its Western Precinct which will feature new offices, retail space, hotel and conference facilities and additional transit-related services. At a sod-turning ceremony for its Western Precinct development, an 8.5-hectare site, general manager of the airport Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana detailed the airport’s plans to unlock the development potential of 180,000m2 of bulk for a mixed-use development to be located on the northern precinct of the airport. Construction begins this month with an anticipated completion date for the first phase of the end of 2020. Pityi-Vokwana was joined at…