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Atterbury’s Kumasi City Mall development wins the API Award for African retail property

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Cobus van Heerden Atterbury Property Development - Kumasi City Mall render Kumasi City Mall, developed by leading South African property development and investment company Atterbury, has won the first ever Africa Property Investment (API) Award for retail real estate. The awards, announced at the recent API Summit and Expo 2017 held in Sandton Central, recognise innovation and outstanding achievement. Kumasi City Mall was selected as the best retail project from a strong field of world-class calibre entries. The new awards, with a unique focus on sub-Saharan African real estate, are judged on a wide range of criteria including integration into the environment, originality of concept, technical and architectural quality, sensitivity to the local community, innovation, sustainability, response to market demands, financial performance, and the impact of the project on economic convergence. Atterbury developed Kumasi City Mall for its owners, Delico Kumasi Limited and AttAfrica has be…
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Innovators from the financial and property development sectors share green ambitions with their peers in a symbolic turning point for South Africa’s built environment 11 August 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa: More than eighty CEOs and their management teams from South Africa’s finance and property development sectors attended a forum today to share the business case for committing to design and certify their new homes with EDGE. Hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group that focuses on the private sector, the event took place at Drivelines Studios, located in the heart of Maboneng, a residential complex made of up-cycled shipping containers that is still undergoing the final stages of construction. At the forum, property developers revealed to their peers the facts and figures behind their decisions to green their portfolios going forward. Their insights reflect the industry’s experience that more customers are demanding homes that wi…

Dickinson Partnering with the community Part Two

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“Goodness is the only investment that never fails” this is a Quote by Henry David Thoreau, an American writer. In the same way, the Dickinson Group of companies is always making a continuous effort to relentlessly partner and be involved with the community. As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, the company is proud to announce yet another gesture of kindness to the less privileged within our society. Dickinson Group of Companies will be donating monthly supplies of meat to the following non-profit making organisations: Ikhwezilokusa Home Sukasambe Children’s Home Ikhwezilokusa Home Ikwezilokuza is a home for the physically and mentally challenged adults and children, located in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The facility is currently home to over 140 residents. Sukasambe Children’s Home Sukasambe is a home for physically and mentally disabled children. The home currently houses 26 children aged between 6 and 17 years. This most recent initiative fo…

PARTNERSHIP FOR ACTION CONFERENCE HELD IN PRETORIA 15-17 AUGUST

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Habitat for Humanity and UN-Habitat host land and housing policymakers and practitioners from across Africa Pretoria, 15 August 2017 – Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground Campaign in association with the Urban CSO Cluster of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) of UN-HABITAT are hosting a conference in Pretoria, August 15-17, 2017. The event will focus on land governance and management in Africa. Land is integral to securing shelter, agriculture for food security, mobilising investments and for the sustainable management of resources. The conference is taking place in partnership with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the Huairou Commission, and Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI). It will see stakeholders from multiple sectors come together to explore approaches to land governance for inclusive and sustainable development in Africa. Torre Nelson, Area Vice President of Habitat for Humanity International welcomed deleg…

Make The Intelligent Relocation to Emira’s high-grade offices

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Emira Property Fund has launched an innovative leasing initiative that offers excellent occupation cost benefits at top-quality buildings in prime office nodes. Aimed at the office market, The Intelligent Relocation by Emira offers tenants eight months of their total first year’s rental in incentives on a three-year lease, or 14 months rental in incentives on a five-year lease. It is made up of a rent-free period for fit-out and settling in, and a tenant installation allowance for layout configurations and customisation, plus buildings on this initiative will boast just a 7.5% fixed annual escalation. Ulana van Biljon, COO of Emira, believes this is the most compelling offer for tenants in a fiercely-competitive office market. “Emira recognises that relocation is a costly exercise for tenants who need to upsize, downsize or simply want to move into more effective space in a more efficient building. We are offering the market this solution to assist tenants to relocate intelligen…

Hydraulic breakers from Chicago Pneumatic first choice for major infrastructure projects contractor in Qatar

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Rock Fall Contracting WLL (RFC), a major civil engineering and earthmoving specialist contractor based in Doha, Qatar, has augmented its fleet of Chicago Pneumatic rig-mounted hydraulic breakers with the addition of new RX8 and RX54 units. The breakers are destined for use in demanding applications within the programme of infrastructure projects culminating in Qatar’s hosting of the IAAF World Athletics Championship in 2019 and World Cup in 2022. Hosting of these prestigious sporting competitions has spurred Qatar to not only build new eco-friendly stadiums but also undertake a total upgrade of its infrastructure. This includes major construction ventures such as an integrated road and rail network, as well as new drainage systems. These initiatives, plus the new Hamad Port and the expansion of Hamad International Airport, are all part of scheduled upgrades to accommodate the anticipated vast increase in tourists and passengers in and around Doha. As Shaukat Ali, Chief Operations …

Atlas Copco Industrial Technique - First in Mind-First in Choice for Rail Industry

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Rail Africa 2017 presented the ideal platform for Atlas Copco Industrial Technique to launch its ‘Disc to Wrist’ campaign as well as to showcase its comprehensive tool portfolio for the local rail industry. According to Paul Groves, Atlas Copco Industrial Technique Business Manager, the combined success of their participation in last year’s Rail Africa and their strong penetration into the rail sector, prompted Industrial Technique to once again support this year’s rail exhibition. To maximise exposure and build on their combined strengths in serving the rail industry, Industrial Technique shared the stand with Compressor Technique as the two Atlas Copco business areas work in close partnership. “It was also valuable for our customers to see us together as complete rail solutions providers on one stand,” adds Groves. Rail transport is an important element of South Africa’s transport infrastructure and it is therefore imperative that Atlas Copco works in partnership to deliver SHEQ …

Zip Zap Academy in Cape Town

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The NMC Construction Group’s design and construct portfolio showcases design flare, drawing inspiration from the magical world of the circus. Zip Zap Circus has long dreamed of having a permanent home, now this dream is fast becoming a reality with construction of a R23, 5 million circus academy in Salt River well underway. In partnership with Zip Zap Circus, Tsai Design Studio and Sutherland Engineers, the NMC Design and Construct team collaborated on the design of the new academy which mirrors the magical essence of the circus. Construction of the 2 200m² structure, comprising of a three storey concrete structure with steel portal structure making up an impressive trapeze hall commenced in September 2016. The new academy is scheduled to open its doors in July 2017. Sutherland Engineers came on board the project offering a full civils, structural and mechanical engineering service, ensuring a seamless integration of the planning for both the design and construction of the projec…

Air, power and flow solutions from newly evolved Atlas Copco Power Technique

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Atlas Copco Power Technique has evolved out of the success of the Construction Technique business area to bring 360° air, power and flow solutions and services to mining and industry across Southern Africa. Since its establishment in January 2012, Construction Technique has developed into much more than construction; with its extensive product and service offering which includes core products for air (portable compressors), power (generators and light towers) and flow (pumps) as well as light equipment (handheld tools, compaction and concrete equipment), the business area’s steady growth across multiple segments is reflected by a turnover of €1557 billion in 2017. “We needed a new name to reflect our current and future focus as well as all the segments where we are already successfully conducting business and Power Technique is a perfect fit,” says Philip Herselman, General Manager, Atlas Copco Power Technique Southern Africa (previously Construction Technique). “Power presents th…

A step change in affordable machine health monitoring from SKF

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SKF releases a new compact, easy-to-use model in its IMx range - offering sophisticated yet highly cost-effective, fit-for-purpose condition monitoring for a multitude of industrial applications. SKF has launched a compact 8-channel version of its highly popular IMx machine health monitoring platform. Initially targeted at the Offshore Wind and Marine sectors, this versatile system brings affordable machine health monitoring to a much wider industrial user base. The Multilog IMx-8 eight-channel unit provides an attractive option for users of mechanical and fluid power train applications, while the combination of an 'Event Capture' feature will appeal to Machine Tool users requiring a cost-effective crash detection capability. Unlike its 16 and 32 channel variants, the compact DIN-rail mounting 8-channel IMx-8 takes up very little cabinet space, so it can be installed into instrument cabinet enclosures, often alongside existing instruments. Suitably housed, it also ser…

Energy consumption halved with the Atlas Copco GHS VSD+ rotary screw vacuum pump series

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Energy savings of up to 50%, dramatic reductions in life cycle costs and significant increases in productivity define the Atlas Copco GHS 350 – 5400 VSD+ oil-sealed, rotary-screw vacuum pumps for central vacuum supply systems. In almost every production environment, the demand for vacuum fluctuates. Demand profiles are affected by numerous variants such as process changes, the time of day, week or even month. Atlas Copco’s ground-breaking VSD+ (variable speed drive) technology presents an unrivalled energy efficient solution for fluctuating vacuum demand applications. While a traditional fixed speed vacuum pump is either on or off, a VSD pump automatically adjusts its motor and element speed to the demand. As the VSD pump only runs at the required speed significant cuts in energy consumption is achieved. The VSD+ technology also eliminates peak current penalty during start-up experienced with stop-start machines. The inlet control valve which provides modulating vacuum control i…

African real estate is creating new ways to attract capital and unlock its true potential

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This year’s Africa Property Investment (API) Summit & Expo, held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 24 and 25 August 2017, will unpack and examine the latest in developments and potential opportunities for the African real estate sector. Among the topics and trends that will come under the microscope at this event will be the African real estate market markets’ ability to attract capital from different investor types. Absa, API Summit & Expo sponsor, believes there have indeed been notable developments in the last ten-year period. “This is largely linked to the improvement in the macroeconomic environment within a number of African countries, many of which are still largely commodities dependent,” says Absa’s Klaus-Dieter Kaempfer, Head of Commercial Property Finance, Africa. “One important development within African real estate markets over the past decade has been the adoption, in some markets, of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) structures as vehicles to enable the…

Cresta Shopping Centre gets top honours at international Solal Marketing Awards

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Pareto Limited’s Cresta Shopping Centre secured its place among the top honourees in the prestigious Solal Marketing Awards for 2017, announced in Vienna, Austria in June. The Solal Awards are an initiative of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and bring together the very best of retail marketing across Europe and South Africa to reward those with the most effective campaigns. Recognising best practice and outstanding marketing performance, the Solal Awards are seen as a benchmark of quality throughout the industry. Pareto’s Cresta Shopping Centre received a Silver Award in the Customer Services category, recognising excellence and innovation in customer service and experience, and holds the honour of being the only mall in South Africa to achieve in the awards this year. “The award further entrenches the Pareto Group’s mission to provide superior customer experience through its properties to generate sustainable and diversified total return for its shareholders…

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate’s Liezel Conradie wins business achiever award

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Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate’s Regional Director – Western & Eastern Cape: JHI, Liezel Conradie, is the winner of the Business Women’s Association (BWA) Regional Business Achievers Awards – Corporate Category. Conradie received the prestigious award at a formal Gala Dinner last night (26 July), at the Kelvin Grove Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. A skilled property professional, Conradie is responsible for JHI’s regional team of some 60 staff members in South Africa’s Western Cape and Eastern Cape. She has gained excellent industry insight over 19 years in commercial, retail and industrial property management, and has been with Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate for the past five years. Conradie administers high-profile properties and blue-chip accounts for Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, ranging from some of the biggest names in South African real estate to smaller private clients. The total area currently under her supervision is approximately 800,000sqm. Within…

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND UN-HABITAT TO HOST LAND AND HOUSING POLICYMAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS FROM ACROSS AFRICA

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Partnership for Action Conference to be held in Pretoria this August Pretoria, 04 August 2017 – Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground Campaign in association with the Urban CSO Cluster of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) of UN-HABITAT will be hosting a conference in Pretoria on August 15-17, 2017. The event will focus on land governance and management in Africa. Land is integral to securing shelter, agriculture for food security, mobilising investments and for the sustainable management of resources. The conference is taking place in partnership with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the Huairou Commission, and Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI). It will see stakeholders from multiple sectors come together to explore approaches to land governance for inclusive and sustainable development in South Africa. Anne Myers, the director of Habitat’s Solid Groun…

SKF hub bearing unit seal halves friction for optimum vehicle efficiency

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The ground-breaking product combines the lowest levels of friction ever achieved in an SKF hub bearing unit seal with exceptional sealing performance for long and efficient bearing service life. SKF has introduced a newly developed inboard seal for hub bearing units that leads to a 50 per cent cut in friction when compared with other competing seals – the lowest level witnessed yet in an SKF seal of this kind. Specifically designed for the application, the innovative technology combines outstanding sealing capabilities over a long service life in even the most challenging environments with the power to boost overall vehicle efficiency and a substantial drop in CO2 emissions. The robust cassette seal accommodates current ABS encoders and features an external lip and an optimised labyrinth design that collects and redirects contamination flow away from a main radial lip. This radial lip, along with low friction grease, ensures even interference and contact pressure distribution, as…

This is how the Dynapac Soil Compactor Rolls

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The Dynapac CA255 Soil Drum Roller (SDR) is a low maintenance, fuel efficient machine that delivers reliable, high quality compaction to South Africa’s 10 ton market segment. The CA255 follows close on the heels of its bigger sibling, the CA270 which has done exceptionally well in the 12 ton segment since its introduction in 2012. “Because of the CA270’s success, our emphasis has up to 2016 not been on the opportunities presented by the 10 ton segment,” says Business Line Manager, Dynapac SA, Neville Marthinussen. “We are certainly focussed on new market development so the much-needed introduction of our CA255 a few months ago has opened up new opportunities for us within the 10 ton segment. Now that we are able to offer a quality Africa spec compaction solution for both the 10 and 12 ton segments, our growth in the SDR segment is evident. The big contributor is the 10 ton category due to the fact that the CA255 has been very well received. This unit is ideally positioned and priced…

Wacker Neuson hosts farmer’s day following successful exhibition at Nampo 2017

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Following yet another successful exhibition at Nampo, light equipment and Compact Equipment specialist, Wacker Neuson South Africa, recently hosted a farmer’s day in Hartswater in collaboration with their dealer, Hooiland. Low operational and input costs are fundamental to farm sustainability and profitability. Compact and robust in design, high in performance, and economical to operate, Wacker Neuson’s range of agricultural machines are up for the task. “The farmer’s day presented us with the opportunity to demonstrate the all-round versatility and efficiency of our robust agricultural machines to over 200 farmers,” says Dennis Vietze, Managing Director, Wacker Neuson, Sub-Saharan Africa. Wacker Neuson wheel loaders, mini-excavators and telehandlers were put through their paces to show their capabilities in taking care of a wide range of applications in and around the farm, from general material handling functions such as loading and stacking to bush clearing and trenching. Versat…