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9 Economic Indicators that Construction Professionals should know

9 Economic Indicators that Construction Professionals should know

Practically any and every commercial operation in any economy is executed under some kind and form of construction – making construction the pulse of every economy’s heartbeat (Educational facilities have to be built to enable commerce, roads, commercial offices, shopping malls, sea ports, air ports, dams, houses, train tracks etc).  This makes construction the economic health indicator of the South African  economic performance. The industry is a significant contributor to employment and economic growth through significant direct and indirect multiplier impacts Of  all the sectors on the JSE, the building and constructions sector is probably the most cyclical and the most volatile. Economie... »

How to inspire a workflow ecosystem that creates a sustainable work environment

How to inspire a workflow ecosystem that creates a sustainable work environment

Increased complexity in the workplace requires specialisation when it comes to successfully completing multiple projects within the strict confines of deadlines and budgets. Gareth Robb, Contracts Manager at GVK-Siya Zama, says that in light of this, it is vital to find effective ways to get things done as well as manage stress levels in a fast-paced working environment. Robb, recently attended the Getting Things Done (GTD) summit in Amsterdam, says that “the quantity and speed at which we receive new information is overwhelming, and this perpetual cognitive fight and flight mode that we live in is causing our cortisol levels to remain constantly elevated which could result in health issues ... »

5 Ways Buildings of the Future Will Use Biotech to Become Living Things

5 Ways Buildings of the Future Will Use Biotech to Become Living Things

Biology is capable of extraordinary feats of engineering, and the next frontier in building technology might be to make buildings part of nature. Here are five ways buildings of the future might become living, breathing things. 1. Buildings that grow From the crushed shells of limestone to the timber of dead trees, we already use nature’s materials for building. Yet this pallet of materials could be radically extended. For instance, Scientific American recently featured mycelium, the root network of fungus, as a material of the future. Mycelium can grow on little more than wood chips and coffee grounds in very short periods of time, creating materials with significant structural performance.... »

SA Unemployment rate – 3 things you should know

SA Unemployment rate – 3 things you should know

The results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the second quarter of 2019 released by Statistics South Africa, indicate that the official unemployment rate increased by 1,4 percentage points to 29,0%. Here are other facts that you need to know about our current unemployment rate 1. Unemployment rate highest in 11 years There are two official sources of employment statistics in South Africa: the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES)  – which is establishment based and the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) – which is household based. The quarterly labour force survey (QLFS) was introduced in 2008. This is the highest it has been in years since it was first introduced in... »

Should we build cities from scratch?

Should we build cities from scratch?

People have been building new cities from scratch for millennia. From the foundation myths surrounding Athens and Rome, to the clearance of virgin forests in western New York state to create the “garden city” of Buffalo, to scores of purpose-built capitals – Brasília, Canberra, Astana, Washington DC – building new cities is just something that humans do. When countries rise up, when markets emerge, people build new cities. Today, though, we are taking it to unheard-of levels. We have never before built so many new cities in so many places at such great expense as we are right now. New dots have been popping up on the maps of countries such as China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria and India wit... »

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