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Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housing
Africa's high density urban settlements: cut the red tape and slash the cost of housingArticle

The challenges of informal settlements have once again been thrown into the spotlight in the midst of the current pandemic...

Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 4 Aug 2020

Eland released in Western Cape wine estate to boost ecosystem diversity
Eland released in Western Cape wine estate to boost ecosystem diversityArticle

Five eland were released in the Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West on Wednesday, 29 July, as part of the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust's (CTEET) Gantouw Project...

30 Jul 2020

How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupations
How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupationsArticle

Cape Town has its hands full with land occupations. Fiery commentary from the national minister of human settlements, mayco member for human settlements and mayor emphasises the need to protect public and private land...

Adi Kumar 28 Jul 2020

Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?
Food security: How will we feed 9 billion mouths by 2037?Article

We need to consider all historical factors if we want to provide safe and secure food for future generations...

Dr Peter Oberem 27 Jul 2020

Has Covid-19 triggered a permanent shift away from dense city living?
Has Covid-19 triggered a permanent shift away from dense city living?Article

Currently, 55% of the world's population lives in cities, but densification forecasting in recent years has put that figure closer to 70% by 2050 across both developed and developing nations. However, the recent decentralisation trend...

22 Jul 2020

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Raising a red flag on the privatisation of communal landArticle

During an online workshop hosted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, participants discussed rapid and 'silent' privatisation of customary land under the theme women's land tenure security and livelihoods in Southern Africa...

13 Jul 2020

Housing crisis more complex than it seems
Housing crisis more complex than it seemsArticle

The outrage over the recent violent eviction of a naked Bulelani Qholani from his shack in eThembeni near Empolweni, Khayelitsha, on 1 July by the City of Cape Town's Anti-Land Invasion Unit (ALIU), will fade in time...

Jens Horber 7 Jul 2020

African produced TV series nominated at International Animation Film Festival
African produced TV series nominated at International Animation Film FestivalArticle

African produced TV series, My Better World was selected for competition at the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival...

26 Jun 2020

Call for partnerships to address key urban challenges
Call for partnerships to address key urban challengesArticle

Connected Places Catapult invites South African organisations and UK SMEs to form partnerships to develop solutions to urban challenges in Cape Town, Johannesburg and eThekwini (Durban)...

25 Jun 2020

African logistics, warehousing sector set to overcome pandemic storm
African logistics, warehousing sector set to overcome pandemic stormArticle

According to Tim White, CEO of Profica, the logistics and warehousing sectors have strong fundamentals in place which may see the industrial sector weather the Covid-19 storm and emerge with a more positive long-term outlook...

25 Jun 2020

Transit Ads to roll out digitally enhanced network of Powa Towas
Transit Ads to roll out digitally enhanced network of Powa TowasArticle

Transit Ads is once again pushing the boundaries in the commuter space, with the unveiling of a ground-breaking branding structure combining digital and large format static out of home formats in South Africa's taxi and shopping mall environments...

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Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice
Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justiceArticle

Urban investments across the African continent are at an all-time high. Yet the nature of these investments differs starkly across cities....

Biruk Terrefe 24 Jun 2020

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The new architectural frontier: buildings and their microbiomesArticle

As we grow to better understand the microorganisms in built environments - and what dynamics support their survival - we will be able to design and engineer buildings for better health...

Jako Nice 12 Jun 2020

The future of urbanisation in a millennial, post-Covid-19 world
The future of urbanisation in a millennial, post-Covid-19 worldArticle

With 55% of the world's population already living in urban areas and numbers expected to increase to almost 70% by 2050, urbanisation continues to be a major watchword in the 21st century...

25 May 2020

Imagining an altered food landscape in a post-corona world
Imagining an altered food landscape in a post-corona worldArticle

Studio H is constantly reassessing and researching what we will be eating and how we will be eating in the future. In this trend report, they turned their attention to what an altered food landscape will look like in a post coronavirus world...

5 May 2020

Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19
Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19Article

Food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty may intensify in Africa and other developing world nations as the Covid-19 pandemic deepens, making resilient and inclusive food systems to mitigate likely calamities urgent, a report says...

Wilson Odhiambo 4 May 2020

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Post Covid-19: Why Africa will be at the forefront of future hospitality investmentArticle

Africa is on an upward trajectory, and while Covid-19 will indisputably have a negative impact on the global economy, it is entirely possible Africa will lead the world on its road to recovery - especially in respect of the hospitality sector, proffers Mark Havercroft of Minor Hotels...

Mark Havercroft 20 Apr 2020

Paving the way towards a more intelligent future
Paving the way towards a more intelligent futureArticle

The world's population is quickly moving to cities, virtually every country in the world is experiencing an increase in urbanisation. In fact, that increase is projected to accelerate in the coming decades...

Zoran Lazarevic 16 Apr 2020

Tax savings and productivity: How to make the most of a home office
Tax savings and productivity: How to make the most of a home officeArticle

Having a dedicated home office may allow you to claim a tax deduction from SARS if you are a full-time employee who spends more than half your working hours in your home office...

3 Apr 2020

Gilbert Anyetei, alternative investment associate, RisCura.
African insurance sector a key source of capital for the continentArticle

South Africa has a relatively high insurance penetration rate when compared to its emerging market counterparts and in relation to the sizes of their economies...

2 Apr 2020

Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemics
Shaping Africa's urban areas to withstand future pandemicsArticle

For all their virtues, cities have a major downside. They are a fertile ground for contagion, such as the rapid spread of Covid-19...

Astrid R.N. Haas 2 Apr 2020

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#Everydropcounts: Driving water conservation through adjusted pricing modelsArticle

South Africa remains under pressure when it comes to efficient water use and conservation, where limited supply is increasingly stressed by rising demand, aged and insufficient infrastructure and lack of consumer awareness...

Karen King 23 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 in Africa: fewer cases so far, and more preparation neededArticle

The novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has taken the world by surprise...

Akebe Luther King Abia 18 Mar 2020

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Global emissions are way off target: what needs to happenArticle

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, countries set goals that require halving carbon emissions by 2030. In a new piece in Nature, Professor Harald Winkler, as part of an international team, delivers the bad news that the emissions gap...

16 Mar 2020

Growth of liquid cartons cannot be contained
Growth of liquid cartons cannot be containedArticle

Changing dynamics within the food and beverage industry, coupled with the growth of the retail sector and increasing awareness around sustainability, has driven new growth and innovation in the packaging industry...

Quinton Swart 9 Mar 2020

Province raps city's knuckles over state of rivers
Province raps city's knuckles over state of riversArticle

The quality of water in Cape Town's rivers has deteriorated to the point where the provincial government has dispatched the Green Scorpions and issued the city with a warning to clean up its act...

Steve Kretzmann 21 Feb 2020

Edelman launches Kenya office, acquires Gina Din Corporate Communications
Edelman launches Kenya office, acquires Gina Din Corporate CommunicationsArticle

Global communications firm, Edelman is further cementing its position as a pan-African consultancy having opened a new office based in Nairobi, Kenya and with the acquisition of...

12 Feb 2020

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Coronavirus: how health and politics have always been inextricably linked in ChinaArticle

Since the onset of the Chinese revolution in the early 20th century, public health objectives have been an integral part of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) ideology...

Xun Zhou 5 Feb 2020

Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa Forum
Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa ForumArticle

At Saint-Gobain's fourth Africa Forum, CEO Jean-Claude Lasserre noted that investment into Africa is high on the company's agenda...

4 Feb 2020

Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban Forum
Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban ForumArticle

More than 50 mayors and governors from cities across the world will attend the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi from 8-13 February...

24 Jan 2020

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Making Africa's transport ecosystem benefit travelling communitiesArticle

Africa's largest cities Cairo, Lagos and Johannesburg are some of the most congested on the continent with the Kenyan capital Nairobi, reputed to be the second most congested city in the world. Needless to say, such congestion has socio-economic costs with the rate of accidents ranking among some of the highest...

22 Jan 2020

New UK aid pledged to help build green cities across Africa
New UK aid pledged to help build green cities across AfricaArticle

UK international development secretary Alok Sharma, on a visit to Kenya, pledged new UK aid support to build the African cities of the future...

22 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: Design thinking to rise in the public sectorArticle

In the face of increasingly tough systemic and complex challenges, there is an emerging global trend in the public sector towards using a design thinking approach to unlock new and innovative solutions...

Erica Elk 15 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruptionArticle

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

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Africa gains prominence in Global Retail Development Index 2019Article

A.T. Kearney's bi-annual Global Retail Development Index highlights the rise of African countries in the global retail context, with Ghana and Senegal securing spots in the top 10 on the index...

13 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Key development trends to drive the new South African city
#BizTrends2020: Key development trends to drive the new South African cityArticle

The post-apartheid development of South African cities stimulated a refreshing injection of global ideas, creativity and talent, but this injection was largely defined by Western narratives and investment...

Warren Hewitt 10 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The future of retailing in sub-Saharan Africa
#BizTrends2020: The future of retailing in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 14% of the world's population and by 2030, the region's population will surpass that of China. The way consumers shop in the region is ever-changing...

Christele Chokossa 8 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: 5 key focus areas for the concrete sector
#BizTrends2020: 5 key focus areas for the concrete sectorArticle

Cement production and consumption is a reliable indicator of a nation's growth, as its infrastructure is a reflection of development....

Bryan David Perrie 7 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demand
#BizTrends2020: Africa's double-edged consumer demandArticle

Africa's consumer landscape is fragmented and polarised, characterised by the double-edged demand of a diverse base of consumers...

Ailsa Wingfield 3 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: 3 key trends shaping Africa's property sector
#BizTrends2020: 3 key trends shaping Africa's property sectorArticle

When looking at trends in Africa, it's always important not to fall into that all too common trap of seeing the continent as a homogeneous entity...

Gerhard Zeelie 3 Jan 2020

Food for Thought from the Social Enterprise World Forum 2019
Food for Thought from the Social Enterprise World Forum 2019Article

The rise of social entrepreneurship is a topic that either excites you - or one you glance over because of a failure to understand its role and socioeconomic impact. Either way, we're here to provide some insights based on our experience at the Social Enterprise World Forum.

Jennifer Beason, Delia Sieff, Ansophie Strydom 2 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: New technologies to power smart cities
#BizTrends2020: New technologies to power smart citiesArticle

'Smart cities' is a buzz term which has gained popularity globally over the past decade...

Taru Madangombe 23 Dec 2019

Durban named world's greenest city
Durban named world's greenest cityArticle

According to the Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index (HUGSI) 2019, Durban is the greenest city in the world...

23 Dec 2019

#BizTrends2020: Educating Gen Alpha
#BizTrends2020: Educating Gen AlphaArticle

In today's society, the youth are ageing at a faster rate than ever before. But are our educational facilitators ready for this, or are they in need of a reboot?

Nicola Cooper 13 Dec 2019

These five trends will change business in Africa in 2020
These five trends will change business in Africa in 2020Article

With the World Bank forecasting economic growth in sub Saharan Africa at 3.6% for 2019-20, some of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa...

Pieter Bensch 12 Dec 2019

Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development
Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable developmentArticle

The Government of Italy, with support from the FAO, recently held an event highlighting Mediterranean and other traditional healthy diets as fundamental to...

28 Nov 2019

Preparing for a digitally infused world - education is the place to start
Preparing for a digitally infused world - education is the place to startArticle

In the later stages of the 21st Century, illiteracy as we have come to know may be completely eliminated and digitalisation will be infused into all human activity. This rapid evolution is changing the essential knowledge that people in future societies will need to possess in order to survive. The change is sweeping through the Eastern Cape already...

Loyiso Pulumani 25 Nov 2019

#WorldToiletDay: Catalysing a new sanitation paradigm for South Africa
#WorldToiletDay: Catalysing a new sanitation paradigm for South AfricaArticle

There are many reasons to celebrate a hygienic toilet, chief among them is that it serves as one of the most important medical devices in a house along with clean water supply...

Dr Sudhir Pillay and Akin Akinsete 18 Nov 2019

Smart cities embrace 4IR
Smart cities embrace 4IRArticle

Smart cities rely on smart grid technology that includes traditional and renewable energy sources in its mix of power supply...

18 Nov 2019

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