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First green DHL Express facility in SSA unveiled

DHL Express recently unveiled its first green facility in sub-Saharan Africa, located in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The company also announced the roll-out of further green upgrades to additional sites...

5 Sep 2017

Katse Dam's deep flood of suffering

A Basotho pony is struggling up a cliff, burdened by jerry cans that have been filled up at a spring. Behind the animal, far below and out of reach, lies the fat gleam of Katse Dam...

By Alexander Matthews 31 Aug 2017

Smart evolution of Africa's megacities will help address infrastructure challenges

Facing rapid growth and evolution in Africa's megacities, radical and effective urban management is needed...

24 Aug 2017

Technology is not enough to create connected cities - here's why

The United Nations (UN) estimates that by 2050, 66% of the world's population will live in cities...

By Mike Cooray and Rikke Duus 24 Aug 2017

2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda winners announced

The US African Development Foundation (USADF), in collaboration with partners Power Africa and GE, recently announced the winners of the 2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda...

23 Aug 2017

Growing more plants and trees can cut down the heat in Nigerian cities

Nigeria is regarded as a hot country. Average maximum temperature can reach 38? - one of the hottest in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Olumuyiwa Adegun and Tobi Eniolu Morakinyo 21 Aug 2017

Africa's cities face unique risks. What can be done to manage them?

Cities in sub-Saharan Africa are growing fast. Nigeria alone is projected to add 212 million urban dwellers by 2050...

By Sarah Colenbrander 31 Jul 2017

Africa shows rising interest in green building design

The UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative attributed 30% of annual carbon emissions to the global building sector...

By Alison Groves 13 Jul 2017

Urban growth a boon for Africa's industrialisation

There has been much talk about Africa's urban dividends — the increased prosperity and sustained socioeconomic development resulting from the expansion and industrialisation of African cities...

By Franck Kuwonu 23 Jun 2017

Crystal Lagoons sets eyes on Kenya for further expansion in SSA

“Rapid urbanisation and economic development make sub-Saharan Africa a promising market for property, especially as countries like Kenya are starting to adopt international frameworks..."

21 Jun 2017

Can you redevelop a big city like Lagos without displacing the poor?

Urban planner Lookman Oshodi seems to think it is possible...

14 Jun 2017

How streets can help bridge social and spatial divides

I recently had a very inspiring conversation with Marcela Guerrero Casas, co-founder and MD of Open Streets Cape Town about the power of streets and its ability to bridge social and spatial divides...

By Ilse van den Berg 26 May 2017

Congo breaks ground on $58m China-funded parliament building

Congo broke ground on a new Chinese-funded parliament building in the capital Brazzaville on Monday, 22 May, estimated at over $58m...

24 May 2017

#AUW2017: Trends shaping the future of utilities

Marius Oosthuizen, a lecturer in strategic foresight at GIBS, unpacked some of the trends shaping the future of utilities...

By Sindy Peters 23 May 2017

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International

Dubai developers unveil mega projects despite downturn

Property developers in Dubai showcased new multibillion-dollar mega-projects on Monday, 11 September, despite falling prices, in the hope of stimulating demand and helping to end a three-year market downturn.

12 Sep 2017

Six rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of 'unprecedented' weather events

Before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on 25 August, there was little doubt that its impact would be devastating and wide-ranging.

By Thaddeus R. Miller and Mikhail Chester 8 Sep 2017

Beyond the seas and centuries: Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in November

The Louvre Abu Dhabi - a universal museum with a focus on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures - will open its doors on 11 November 2017, the first of its kind in the Arab world. Located in Abu Dhabi, the opening celebrations will include a range of public programmes including symposiums, performances, concerts, dance, and visual arts by renowned contemporary and classical artists.

7 Sep 2017

Why China's audacious building plans could be a major strain on African economies

It has been described by Chinese president Xi Jinping as the “project of the century”. And the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is certainly ambitious. A massive infrastructural development program that will potentially span 60 countries, and cost an estimated $5tn, it will mean building new rail networks, roadways, and pipelines across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

By Ricardo Reboredo 7 Sep 2017

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