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Growsmart Western Cape champions for 2023 are announced
And the winners are... Literacy: Delft South Primary School, Cape Town | Mathematics: St Agnes Primary School, Cape Town | Story writing: Helderkruin Primary School, Cape Town. 19 Sep 2023 Read more

Divercity kicks off leasing of Barlow Park's affordably luxury living apartments in Sandton
Divercity Urban Property Group has commenced leasing for its highly anticipated rental apartments at the Barlow Park mixed-use development. 19 Sep 2023 Read more

Emira's strategic selling of The Bolton residential units makes good progress
Emira Property Fund (JSE: EMI) is over the halfway mark in selling the 282 apartments in its groundbreaking office-to-residential conversion, The Bolton in Rosebank, Johannesburg, as it continues its ongoing programme of strategic capital rotation. 19 Sep 2023 Read more

Hotel construction commences to add the final touch to Growthpoint's historic Longkloof precinct
Growthpoint Properties (JSE: GRT) is moving ahead with its final improvement to the historic Longkloof precinct in Cape Town - the development of the Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof hotel. 6 Sep 2023 Read more

Woman to woman, we need female mentors
Isn't it funny, even mildly frustrating, how the word mentor starts with men? 30 Aug 2023 Read more

Make offices 'just right' for childfree women (and everyone else) with Goldilocks thinking
Too big, too small, just right! Too hard, too soft, just right! If even that young trespasser and thief Goldilocks understood the importance of things being customised to suit the individual preference, then workspaces can do the same. 27 Aug 2023 Read more

Do we really want more of the same? Now is our chance to change it
Much of our built environment has historically been designed for men, by men. Yes, progression has been made in more recent years and decades, but certain standards and assumptions are entrenched and their effects linger on. 15 Aug 2023 Read more

When office walls are gender barriers
Making office spaces work well for women is vital in ensuring companies are more equitable, and therefore more welcoming for their female staff. However, on a purely pragmatic level it makes perfect business sense too. A 2020 McKinsey report into workplace diversity found that corporations that were more diverse and inclusive were 35% more likely to outperform than their competitors. 8 Aug 2023 Read more

We still live in a made-up man's world where real women don't fit
Reference Man was the mythical standard for humanity in the 1970s, and his influence is still felt in offices and urban environments to this day, ensuring anyone who doesn't fit this mould simply doesn't fit - particularly women. 2 Aug 2023 Read more

Natasha Bruwer is named acting chair of CoreNet Global sub-Saharan African Networking Group
Natasha Bruwer has been appointed acting chair of the CoreNet Global sub-Saharan African Networking Group (SSANG), bringing nearly two decades of hands-on experience in global corporate real estate to the role. 28 Jul 2023 Read more

McDonald's opens highly anticipated drive-thru at La Lucia Mall
La Lucia Mall, the premier shopping destination located in the upmarket suburb of La Lucia, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, has an exciting new addition to its dining experience. McDonald's, the global fast-food favourite, has opened its doors, bringing its iconic and mouth-watering menu to La Lucia. 19 Jun 2023 Read more

South Africa's hotspots for hyperscalers
Cushman & Wakefield | BROLL facilitates data centre growth in Africa's emerging markets 16 May 2023 Read more

ID leads the way with exceptional office design for Thebe Investment Corporation
Internal Developers, a division of Cushman & Wakefield | BROLL, has completed the exceptional turnkey office design and fit-out for Thebe Investment Corporation's new head office at Inanda Greens Business Park in Sandton. 24 Apr 2023 Read more

Local and cross-border retail trading shine at Limpopo's Musina Mall
Musina Mall, the dominant shopping centre in Limpopo's heritage-rich town of Musina, is notching up excellent performance and continues to increase its trading metrics, shopper appeal and convenience. 12 Apr 2023 Read more

Cushman and Wakefield | BROLL secures new facility for Edward Snell and Co. with Growthpoint
In a significant industrial property deal, Cushman & Wakefield | BROLL has arranged the development of a new 28,380sqm distribution facility for South Africa's largest independent spirits group, Edward Snell & Co. by South Africa's largest REIT, Growthpoint Properties (JSE: GRT). 28 Mar 2023 Read more

Ballito Junction to enhance its offering with a major upgrade to cornerstone section
Ballito Junction, the popular regional mall on KwaZulu-Natal's north coast, has announced plans to upgrade the original section of the mall, bringing it in line with the rest of its premier shopping experience and enhancing its offering to the community. 15 Mar 2023 Read more

How long can your business go without grid power?
How long can your business operate without Eskom grid electricity? Two hours? Two days? Two weeks? More importantly, how long should it be able to operate without electricity? This is one of the most important questions businesses in South Africa should be asking right now, advises Jason Griessel, head of Cushman & Wakefield | BROLL Strategic Risk Services. 7 Mar 2023 Read more

Growthpoint's Trade Park Phase 2 to meet growing demand for industrial space in KZN
Growthpoint Properties (JSE: GRT) has broken ground on Phase 2 of Trade Park, a prime industrial park in the Mount Edgecombe industrial precinct in KwaZulu-Natal, north of Durban. This R180m development is in response to overwhelming demand for, and a genuine scarcity of, quality A-grade warehouse facilities in the region. 6 Mar 2023 Read more

Vaal Mall gets a powerful infrastructure boost
Vaal Mall, the shopping capital of the Vaal Triangle, situated in the heart of Vanderbijlpark, is upgrading its infrastructure to include a solar-first power and backup energy system and a convenient new link road into the mall directly from the R57 Golden highway. 3 Mar 2023 Read more

Growthpoint powers SA business through load shedding
Growthpoint Properties (JSE: GRT) is going to great lengths to ensure its buildings and tenants' businesses remain powered up during South Africa's electricity crisis resulting from Eskom's more frequent and longer load shedding outages. 10 Feb 2023 Read more

Fairvest completes renewal of Pretoria office building, 2Twenty Madiba
Fairvest Limited (JSE: FTA & FTB), which is a diversified REIT, has completed an aesthetic refurbishment of the landmark offices at 220 Madiba Street in central Pretoria. The upgrade of this asset secures its future relevance, appeal and competitiveness in an up-and-coming city node. 9 Feb 2023 Read more

Emira's signs major deal with international contact centre at Newlands Terraces in Cape Town
Office occupancies in Cape Town and Durban could well be seeing an upswing - welcome news in markets that have suffered from rising vacancies in the wake of corporate downsizing and restructuring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 24 Jan 2023 Read more

IFC Partners with Growthpoint Properties Ltd. to support green buildings in South Africa
To promote more sustainable and resource efficient buildings in South Africa, IFC today announced an investment in a green bond issued by Growthpoint Properties Limited that will help the company finance energy and water efficiency improvements in its existing commercial properties. 14 Dec 2022 Read more

Emira is embedding ESG values in the foundations of property ownership
Emira Property Fund (JSE: EMI) is making practical moves to further integrate environmental, social and governance action into its investment and operating decisions. 8 Dec 2022 Read more

New and improved retail variety opens at La Lucia Mall, just in time for the festive season
La Lucia Mall on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal now offers even more lifestyle shopping variety with the introduction of Seattle Coffee and Tafelberg Furnishers and the stunning upgrade of its Food Lover's Market. 6 Dec 2022 Read more

Greenovate Awards 2022: announcing the winners
University of Cape Town (UCT) continued its dominance at the Greenovate Awards 2022. UCT students triumphed to take the top spots in both the property and engineering categories of the awards, which encourage, enable and reward innovative solutions for a more sustainable built environment by young talent. 28 Nov 2022 Read more