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More than R7-billion is due to be spent by government on revitalising and rebuilding District Six but as with so many of these large-scale infrastructure developments, it just seems to take more and more time.

As things stand the rebuilding of District Six should have started a few years back but consistent delays have seen the project start, falter, halt, start again then splutter some more.

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Land claims and renewable energy

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With the many new renewable energy companies actively starting to get their new power plants going, several property experts seem concerned that land claims – over land where these power stations are built – could hamper the delivery of power and scupper power generation in later years.

Published in Electrical Engineering
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Why not use alternative building methods?

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Just about everybody even remotely involved in the construction industry is aware that the government is planning a huge roll-out of infrastructure as it sets about spending R840-billion on improving our roads, houses, townships and railways in South Africa.

Published in Construction

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Community action is so much more productive and sensible than the violent and angry protests that tend to dominate any service delivery issues in South Africa.  These violent outbreaks are characterised by looting, hooliganism, damage to property, loss of life and even the destruction of entire trains, trucks or buses.

Published in General

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I like hearing about government plans on how they intend to spend my money and I don’t particularly object to what our Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan has outlined in his budget for the coming year.

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Salga figures might just be garbage

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I either hate government statistics – particularly when they relate to money – because most of the time they are just wrong.

The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has heaped a barrow of scorn onto South African citizens by telling its members that ratepayers and residents owe local councils R81-billion in unpaid accounts, a sharp increase from the initial estimates done three years ago that pegged the figures at about R40-billion.

Published in Electrical Engineering

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Some time ago the term ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ seemed to be widely used to define different business sectors.  Informal traders were those chaps selling goods on the pavements whereas formal traders had impressive shops, tax and registration certificates and a respectable infrastructure.

Published in Construction

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The City of Johannesburg is increasing the price of electricity by 7,32% for residential and industrial consumers within its boundaries and that’s hardly surprising given the fact that inflation remains slightly above six percent anyway.  It’s not what I would call a staggering price rise.

Published in Construction

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The City of Cape Town has plans to build a new suburban city in Melkbosstrand, 25km away from the centre of town at a cost of R140-billion over 20 years.  Once built, it will house about a million people and have all sorts of amenities to keep the people living there quite happy, contented and maybe even employed.

Published in Construction

How, one might ask, do you lose a building – let alone 20 000 of them?  That’s a question that a lot of people – among them mystified government officials – must be asking after Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development said that it did not know where the properties were.

Published in Housing
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