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GVK-Siya Zama appoints first female director

GVK-Siya Zama has appointed its first female director – Jabu Serithi has been promoted to commercial director: key projects (Gauteng).  Serithi began working as a quantity surveyor in training through a bursary programme with one of the major construction companies in the country. Over the course of her career she has been involved in numerous […]

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Government must spend more on water and electricity infrastructure

  Approximately 80% of South African engineering professionals do not think that the government will allocate sufficient funds towards projects aimed at addressing the country’s electricity and water crises. This is according to the latest PPS survey conducted among almost 600 engineering professionals. Manglin Pillay, CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), […]

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Women excelling in City of Cape’s Women at Work programme

It just goes to prove that, given equal opportunities, women can excel in most male-dominated fields. Under Women at Work, a gender transformation programme, an all-female roads repair team, which is based at the Transport for Cape Town (TCT) depot in Heideveld, is doing all the hard slog, which only men are expected to do. […]

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Disabled friendly transport facilities should be nationwide

In a month, the City of Tshwane has demonstrated that it is possible to run an efficient transport system that accommodates people with disabilities, the elderly and children. The system’s design employs principles of universal design, which means it is accessible to persons with disabilities, commuters with shopping trolleys or baby chairs, children, older persons, […]

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Taxi bosses an obstacle to an efficient public transport system

The Eco-mobility Initiative has now passed, now it’s back to driving cars and enduring road rage incidents and traffic gridlock (for those that did heed the call of Parks Tau, the Mayor of Johannesburg). It was good to see the Mayor and other powers-that-be trying to shore up support to generally indifferent motorists to embrace […]

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New CEO to continue building MBSA’s legacy

New Master Builders Association of South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Roy Mnisi is a man who wears many hats professionally. And he is certainly not someone wet behind the ears. Mnisi has served as the CEO of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers since 2008. He is a qualified attorney and is a non-practising member […]

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Trained youth to stem water leaks crisis

The youth unemployment crisis is everyone’s big concern, and government has unveiled an initiative to stem water leaks as one of ways through which the problem is to be addressed. Dubbed “War on Water leaks”, the programme aims to stop the loss of revenue that municipalities incur, which is estimated at R7b annually (and that’s […]

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South Africa’s first all-female roads repair team

There are a lot of positive developments that come from Cape Town, but one of the most outstanding during this Women’s Month is the Transport for Cape Town’s (TCT) introduction of the first all-female roads repair team. Based at Ndabeni Roads depot,   the six young women who have been appointed as part of the Expanded […]

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From the comfort zone to brick-and-mortar success  

  There was nothing to have stopped Princess Ndiweni, from the staying in the comfort zone of a job at Sasol, one of the country’s highly rated bluechip companies where her salary was guaranteed every month end.  Who would trade a Toyota Yaris, pay television and a few trappings of a middle class existence in […]

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Contractors could be underpricing themselves out of business

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so says the old saying. And this is certainly true for construction companies who have been driven to lower their bidding prices to secure public project tenders, Transform SA learns from results of FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index. In a review of findings, the Index report attributes the growing tendency […]

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