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  • Africa: Experts Explore Infrastructure and Cooperation to Improve Lives

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Addis Ababa — African economies require structural transformation to attain sustained increase that trickles down to all its peoples, an official from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told experts gathered at the organization’s Ethiopian headquarters. Soteri Gatera, who heads the ECA’s Industrialization and Infrastructure Section, says only such “inclusive” economic increase will help resolve the “persistent social economic problems” Africa faces.
  • Construction begins on South Africa’s new $7.4bn smart city

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/08/20 Construction has begun on the new $7.4 billion (R84 billion ZAR) new city in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, owned by Hong Kong listed Shanghai Zendai, with development of 300 residential units underway. Plans to build a new city were unveiled last year in April by founder Zikhang Dai and some of the roads were reportedly by presently underway. Shanghai Zendai acquired 1600 hectares of land in Modderfontein in 2013 from explosives and chemicals company AECI which sold it for R1.06 billion.
  • Africa's Infrastructure Spending Drops

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/20 Africa's infrastructure investment spending decreased in 2016 compared 2015, according to Deloitte 2016 African construction trends statement. In 2016, 286 projects worth 50m and additional were being built in Africa, down from 301 in 2015. The fall in in general capital price was $51bn — from a total of $375bn in 2015 to a total of 324bn in 2016.The statement, released on Tuesday, said there were 109 projects worth a total of $140bn in Southern Africa in 2015. For 2016, project numbers had fallen to 85, worth $93bn. “Africa has seen a downturn in both the number and price of projects included this year, in contrast to previous years,” said Jean-Pierre Labuschagne, Deloitte Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader.
  • sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

    AFRICA, 2016/05/22 Until recently, the major thrust of AVN's work has been in Burkina Faso, and over the border in neighbouring regions of southern Mali. But three years ago, we started getting requests from several organisations for sending trained VN master masons from Burkina Faso to work on projects in Senegal. Of these requests, the majority significant has been in the region of Matam in north-eastern Senegal: the construction of a technical training centre and annexes (La maison des énergies) in Thiangol, close to the Senegal river, launched in January 2009, with financial sponsorship from the Communauté de Communes Val de Drôme (CCVD), France.
  • South Africa: Investigations Into Johannesburg Bridge Collapse Begins

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2015/11/15 While a clean-up operation to remove the rubble from the aftermath of the collapse of the bridge structure on the M1 freeway in Sandton continues this morning, the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, has called on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. The highway remains closed while investigations continue and motorists are being directed to alternative routes. Minister Peters appealed for calm and patience while the highway remains closed to allow investigations to continue and the subsequent clean-up operation.
  • Zimbabwe: U.S $2 Billion Highway Project Raises Eyebrows

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/11/15 CBRE's John Knott and Michael Parks announced this week the firm's listing of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a partially completed hotel casino project that represents an original investment in land and improvements of additional than $2 billion. At 730 feet, it stands as the tallest hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip. Situated on 22.65 acres on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard south of Sahara Avenue, the project's structure provides for flexibility relative to its completion and can be reconfigured to meet a new investor's vision, according to Knott. "A Las Vegas Boulevard address, coupled with adjacency to the planned expansion of the Convention Center District by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), along with the tower's iconic height, combine to make this one of the majority exciting development opportunities in Las Vegas in a lot of years," said Knott. "The structure has been well-maintained and is ready for immediate development to bring to fruition the vision of its next owner.
  • Namibia: Shrinking Pohamb's Housing Dream

    NAMIBIA, 2015/08/14 The government is preparing to technically bury former president Hifikepunye Pohamba's N$2,9 billion housing dream and replace it with a small-scale low-cost housing scheme. Launched in the last months of Pohamba's reign, the project was seen as the former president's legacy but it has been marred by controversy. The programme was supposed to make available 10 000 houses by next year and 180 000 by 2030. But like a lot of top government projects, mass housing failed to meet the target, managing to build less than 2 000 houses. This is considered a drop in the ocean considering that Namibia has a national backlog of over 140 000 houses.
  • South Africa: Construction Sector Must Throw Its Weight Behind

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2014/09/01 The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls on the construction sector to throw its weight behind government developmental programmes that will assist to fast-track development. "Partnership in public works is crucial for both sustainable development and job creation, which will help to reduce poverty. The construction industry is widely seen as one of the driving forces to fight poverty because it creates jobs and has the ability to develop skills that empower people to start their own businesses," said IFP Spokesperson on Public Works, Mr Hassan Motala, MPL.
  • Platz Am Meer and Desert Rose 'Will Continue' - Mutjavikua Namibia

    NAMIBIA, 2014/08/18 CONSTRUCTION on the N$400 million 'Platz am Meer' waterfront in Swakopmund started yesterday and according to Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua, this development, and the proposed N$8 billion Desert Rose development south of Swakopmund "will continue". "These are significant projects for the region and they have the full support on political level, and so they will continue," said Mutjavikua at the site handover and sod turning function yesterday at the waterfront. Both projects have been criticised by pressure groups who argue that the developers and the authorities have allegedly bypassed laws and not followed the correct channels to realise the projects, and that public input and objection were allegedly merely sidestepped or shrugged off as unwarranted.
  • Southern Africa: SADC to Benefit From African Infrastructure Programme

    AFRICA, 2014/07/07 At least seven infrastructure projects in southern Africa were presented at the recent Dakar Financing Summit for implementation under the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). PIDA is a blueprint for African infrastructure transformation for the period 2012-2040. The programme was adopted by African leaders in January 2012 and provides a strategic framework for priority infrastructure projects expected to transform the continent into an interconnected and integrated region. To mobilise financial investment to accelerate PIDA implementation, the New Partnership for Africa's Improvment(NEPAD) organized the Dakar Financing Summit on 14-15 June in Senegal where a total of 16 strategic and regionally balanced projects were presented to potential donors.