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Construction industry contraction paints worrying picture

Construction industry contraction paints worrying picture

South Africa suffered its worst decline in economic activity in a decade, in the first quarter of 2019. One of the sectors contributing to this decline is the construction industry, witnessed by some long-established industry-stalwarts and household names being liquidated or placed in business rescue. The worrying figures posted after the 1st quarter’s economic activity data released in May, do no... »

5 Incredible Modern Marvels of Civil Engineering

5 Incredible Modern Marvels of Civil Engineering

Spectacular feats of engineering are always impressive, but when it comes to civil engineering marvels, the sheer scale of the feat can be difficult at times to truly comprehend. Some projects are singular, elegant, and record-breaking efforts, as is the case of the Millau Viaduct in Millau, France, the tallest bridge in the world. Others were the accumulation of several smaller projects that toge... »

African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

GlobalData’s latest report (‘African Transport Networks’) reveals that growth in transport construction in Africa is being driven by increasing investment in railway projects. Spending will be led by Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt, where transport investment will increase from US$7.6 billion, US$9.5 billion, and US$5.6 billion respectively in 2019, to US$9.8 billion, US$8.5 billion, and US$7.5 billion ... »

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

A four-year study into Chinese construction and manufacturing firms’ employment practices in Africa suggests some of the bad press China gets on the continent is undeserved. With Chinese firms dominating road construction in Ethiopia and Angola, there are perceptions that they don’t hire many domestic nationals, and treat those they do poorly.But fieldwork carried out by University of London’s Sch... »

Can Deep Roads Restore Public Spaces and Limit Climate Change?

Can Deep Roads Restore Public Spaces and Limit Climate Change?

Cities around the world are trying to ban cars from urban areas as traffic congestion take a toll on our health and environment. Banning cars from urban spaces may make cities much more livable, but this is an especially urban-centric perspective. Banning vehicles from urban centers simply reroutes vehicle traffic that is necessary for commuting or commercial purposes further out into outlying are... »