Africa

China’s role in African infrastructure and capital projects

China’s role in African infrastructure and capital projects

If you want to prosper first build roads If you want to prosper, first build roads, says a Chinese proverb. This certainly appears to hold true in Africa. The continent should build many roads, railways, ports, and power plants, as large infrastructure gaps remain an obstacle to growth, investment and economic diversification. The Achilles’ heel for Africa’s economic development Recent estimates b... »

What a failed Johannesburg project tells us about mega cities in Africa

What a failed Johannesburg project tells us about mega cities in Africa

Six years ago a major development was announced in South Africa. Billed as a game changer, it was meant to alter the urban footprint of Johannesburg, Africa’s richest city, forever. The Modderfontein New City project was launched amid much fanfare, expectation and media hype. Zendai, a Chinese developer, bought a 1600-hectare site north-east of Johannesburg for the development, which it quickly du... »

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... »

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Artificial Intelligence and the Construction/Built environment: Are robots ethical?

Most of us welcomed the advent of artificial intelligence, otherwise known as AI in the Construction/Built Environment industries. [rml_read_more] However, some did so with a pinch of salt. The field of artificial intelligence (AI), which refers to work processes of machines that would require intelligence if performed by humans, is evolving rapidly and is poised to grow significantly over the com... »

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