Africa’s Commercial Property Development shows much Promise

By Shevira Bissessor Director, Commercial Sector, Buildings + Places Africa remains one of the fastest growing economies of the world and there is no doubt that it has the greatest potential for commercial property development. While governments and the private sector in various African countries work to overcome their unique or collective challenges to attract […]

Why risk managers are suddenly interested in flexible working

Risk managers have a new weapon in their arsenals – flexible working. The use of flexible working, and a connected property strategy, as tools for risk management is a relatively new trend, and one expected to grow significantly as more businesses understand the new workspace strategies available to them. We are entering a workspace revolution, […]

Using the built environment to maximise health and wellbeing

There is a growing trend within the construction and building industry to change a building’s structure specifically to enhance the comfort of those living or working in it. This concept is nothing new and has been the basis of Saint-Gobain’s Multi Comfort principles for a number of years, as explained by Slawomir Szpunar, Saint-Gobain’s International […]

SAPOA raises concerns on property rates

On Tuesday 26 June 2018, the City of Joburg stated that: “The City of Johannesburg has taken a decision not to increase the property rates tariffs for 2018/2019.” SAPOA is concerned that although the City makes the statement above, the City is not disclosing how the new values will impact on the rates. Although the tariffs […]

Sasol head office future-proofs tech for the long term

Working in partnership with Sasol’s Information Management Services (IMS) to develop and deliver an integrated IT solution for its new head office in Sandton, professional services company Turner & Townsend has helped Sasol create a world-class workspace not only for today, but also for the future. Turner & Townsend’s role was to bridge the information […]


Modern businesses are beginning to uncover how visual analytics can be used to discover hidden relationships in simple and complex data. Why does this have such a resounding impact? It provides the key to unlock powerful insights, meaning businesses can make better-informed decisions, faster, while experiencing incredible business benefits. As South Africa Qlik Master Reseller […]

Smart buildings need smart security

Smart buildings, which allow us to remotely monitor, control and change our work environment, are the new normal for work spaces. The rationale behind the smart office, smart store or smart factory is to improve productivity, control costs, facilitate inventory management, allow remote monitoring and diagnosis of equipment and even reduce the need to perform […]

Scania and Growthpoint extend their relationship with lease renewals at four properties

Growthpoint Properties has renewed four leases with Scania, extending its relationship with the global company that offers sales of trucks, buses, and services in more than 100 countries. The leases were renewed for four properties located in established industrial areas across the province of Gauteng. Two of the leases were renewed for seven-year periods, being […]

A smart future for African real estate

Regarded as the continent’s premier gathering for key African policy makers, developers, corporates, and investors, the 9thannual Africa Property Investment (API) Summit & Expo will be held this year at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton Central, on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 September 2018. Highlighting the significant improvements made across Africa’s real estate investment landscape […]

Effective facilities management

A well-maintained facility is imperative for any business. Poor working conditions lead to a decline in the health and motivation of staff members, which, in turn, leads to a decline in productivity and profitability. Facilities that are not properly cared for can potentially result in the ‘sick building syndrome’, whereby office workers are commonly affected […]

Skyriders nets major maintenance work

Greenstone Shopping Centre is an 88 916 m2 retail development owned by Sasol Pension Fund and managed by JHI Retail. In October 2017, parts of the mall’s ceiling collapsed following a heavy wind and rain storm. Skyriders was contracted by construction and building company Bartlett Construction in October 2017, and completed its scope of work by […]

CCTV solution to protect warehouses

In most warehouses, the main problem is errors in loading or unloading merchandise with many retailers complaining of blind spots or lost pallets. The French TEB solution, available exclusively in South Africa through local business partner Fidelity ADT Commercial, is designed especially for warehouses and aims to provide 100% follow-up of your merchandise from truck […]

Midway Industrial Park raises warehouse project bar

Well-known for its landmark Sandton projects such as Sasol Place, the Discovery Campus, and the Alice Lane Precinct, Paragon senior project architect Christiaan Liebenberg points out that Midway Industrial Park is equally iconic. Directly adjacent to the N1 highway, within the busy Samrand precinct, it is a site that not only slopes and exposes towards […]

Automation trend sees increased demand for Delta solutions from EM

Delta is one EM’s fastest-growing product ranges, as industry strives to contain costs and increase productivity, EM Automation engineer Cecil Rogers comments. Key system automation products in the Delta range are programmable logic controllers (PLCs), AC motor drives (variable-frequency drives), and servo and motion controllers. “These technologies are machine-control components that enable production lines, conveyors, […]

Effective disaster management must include building design

As defined in SANS 10400 Part T: 2011, all SA buildings must comply with the requirements of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No 103 of 1977), Fire Protection. Robust fire safety solutions incorporate the building’s construction and dimensions, its construction materials, population and the storage of objects. These criteria comprise […]

DAR International Property Show 2018

A recent report by the World Bank (WB) titled “Africa’s Cities – Opening Doors to the World” declared that the total economic value of buildings in Dar es Salaam is estimated to be around UDS12 billion. This is estimated at just less than three times the city’s share of GDP and quite more than the […]

Companies need to be prepared for Day Zero

The reality of Day Zero is frightening and to get through it, Capetonians will have to pull together like never before. More importantly, if businesses in Cape Town are going to survive 2018, they will have to implement solutions that will enable staff to work remotely as a team. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says […]

Curb construction project costs through value management

Improvements in the construction process as well as the function of a building can be achieved through a highly underrated process called value management. The value management process is ideal to improve a project’s function, streamline the construction process, highlight potential future problems and reduce capital costs as well as operational expenses in all spheres […]

Hilton launches Africa growth initiative

Hilton has committed a total of $50 million over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative to support the continued expansion of its sub-Saharan African portfolio. These funds are intended to support the conversion of around 100 hotels (roughly 20 000 rooms) in multiple African markets into Hilton branded properties, namely into its […]