The RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) increased by a minuscule two points to 40 in the first quarter of 2017. This means only four out of every 10 respondents were satisfied with business conditions. Since 2008 the BCI has only been above the neutral 50 mark on four occasions - a pattern consistent with an economy continuously treading water.
Leading international exhibitions organisers, dmg events – Middle East, Asia & Africa, will in June next year stage Coatings for Africa 2018, the largest event for its industry on the continent.
Key players in the engineering industry are taking legal action against the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), alleging that the appointment of the new ECSA council is unlawful.
Government will spend over R50-billion to fund national and provincial economic infrastructure requirements, according to the National Budget 2017 announced recently by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Noticably, however, according to the Auditor-General report on local government audit outcomes for the 2014-15, infrastructure was one of the items that municipalities struggled with most to correctly measure and disclose in the financial statements over the past five years.
Eight finalists from Universities around South Africa have already won the regional competitions and will meet at the Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg between 8 and 10 May 2017 for the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards evening.
By Mohau Mphomela
The recent collapse of a section of the roof at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg has thrust health and safety issues within the construction industry into sharp focus.