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Analyst firm Deloitte has painted a rosy picture of the African construction sector in its recent Deloitte African Construction Trends Report. The third annual edition of the report states that investment in African mega projects surged 46% to $326-billion (almost R4-trillion) in 2014, led by heavy investment in transport, energy and power.

The market for construction and mining machinery in sub-Saharan Africa holds great potential–a fact that is reflected in the level of interest in BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA. Many major players in the industry have already signed up to exhibit. The next edition of this International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles takes place from 15 to September 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC).

International Consulting Engineering Company Royal HaskoningDHV has appointed Salani Sithole as Managing Director for its South African operations with effect from 1 March 2015. Mr Sithole has been with the company for six years. With his wide spectrum of knowledge and experience, as well as his thorough understanding of the company Mr Sithole is well placed to further develop the South African operations.

Conservation history was made on 15 February 2015 with the release of ten captive bred parent-raised CapeVultures at VulPro. These chicks took their first flight into the wild to join the Magaliesberg’s CapeVultures, marking the initiation of a population recovery plan which has taken years of preparation.

The Avaricum project is located in a strategic space, on the threshold between the medieval and modern city. The new gateway to the heart of the city of Bourges, in central France, Avaricum reveals itself to the city as a development hub and a unique opportunity to strengthen the commercial appeal of the city centre. In the heart of the space, Arte Charpentier Architectes and the Blatter architectural firm designed a major commercial and residential project. The complex extends the city’s existing pedestrian zone toward the north while alleviating the landscape discontinuities caused by post-war urban development.

Teraco Data Environments and data networks communication provider SEACOM have worked double time this past week to re-connect clients affected by a cable cut that occurred some kilometres north of the coast of Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea. Lex van Wyk, Teraco chief executive officer says that the benefits of hosting in a vendor neutral data centre was highlighted this week when the facility was able to swiftly connect the likes of MWEB, Cell C and others following the outage.

‘Explore technology for life - the best energy is energy that isn't consumed' - is the motto of Light + Building 2014, the world's biggest trade fair for lighting and building-services technology.

"Energy consumption can be reduced dramatically through the use of innovative, market-ready technologies. In combination with intelligently networked building management, these technologies are the key to a sustainable electricity supply. And all of this can be seen at Light + Building in Frankfurt", says Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt.

COPPER thieves have met their match. Equipped with state-of-the-art ‘night vision', thermal imagers and with helicopter backup, the well-trained, dedicated members of Combined Private Investigations (CPI) arrest about 75 copper thieves every month in military-precise operations.
Roy Robertson, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the SAPS and principal director at CPI, a corporate investigation firm based in Midrand, Johannesburg, which specialises in the investigation of non-ferrous metal theft, says the theft of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, particularly copper, has "increased drastically in recent times".

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