Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:25

Emira is powering business the sustainable way

Mitigating environmental and economic risks for itself and its tenants’ businesses, Emira Property Fund is continuing its programme of investment into clean energy from renewable resources to create long-term growth and drive economic recovery.

Thursday, 27 October 2016 02:08

R553m allocated towards drought relief

Government will over the next three years provide an additional R553.3 million towards drought relief efforts, National Treasury said on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 02:00

Going Potty in Jo’burg

Do you remember all those promises about potholes in our roads being fixed at the beginning of the previous financial year: the homeless bathing in them; cars disappearing into them?

Friday, 04 February 2011 02:00

Road rehab fix

Recent disruptions to the supply of bitumen may encourage road builders to try an alternative technology developed by the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research.

Monday, 13 December 2010 02:00

Potholes puncture World Cup legacy

The 2010 FIFA World Cup left behind a landmark transport legacy for South Africa, but the country's long-standing troubles such as chronic potholes remain too.

Pretoria - Construction of the R300 million first phase of the Innovation Hub, the science and technology park on a part of the University of Pretoria's experimental farm, is scheduled to start in July.

Construction IndustryNeville Comins, the chief executive of the Innovation Hub Management Company, said yesterday that the company would take transfer of the land "within weeks".

The farm on which it is located is adjacent to the N1 and N4 highways.

Current planning specified five development phases for the park, involving a total investment of R1.4 billion.

"Obviously a lot of that is private sector investment and owner-builder developments, with companies building research and technology centres on site," he said.

The Innovation Hub is a joint venture between Blue IQ, the development and investment arm of Gauteng's finance and economic affairs department, and the Southern Education Research Alliance, a strategic alliance between the CSIR and the University of Pretoria.

The hub is designed to support new technological research and businesses and has been operating as a pilot since its launch two years ago.

Comins said Gauteng was investing R258 million in the project, the bulk of which would go into the infrastructure and the construction of an 8 000m2 multi-tenanted building and a 4 500m2 innovation centre in the first phase.

The first phase would be about a quarter of the approved capacity of 121 000m2 of gross floor area on the 60ha site.

Potential clients included international hi-tech companies starting South African development operations, he said. Occupancy of the Innovation Hub was expected in the third quarter of next year.

"This will place the country on a new road of accelerated knowledge creation and commercialisation, and will spearhead the country's advance into the hub of global technology and world markets."

Wednesday, 28 May 2003 02:00

Hub will promote innovation

Gauteng's Innovation Hub, an initiative intended to enhance the province's innovative capacity and economic development, is set to take transfer of a site for southern Africa's first internationally benchmarked Science Park.

Monday, 27 January 2003 02:00

A Focus on BIDs/CIDs.

The second Improvement District in Sandton became operational in mid-November last year. The ‘Sandton Business Improvement District’ (SBID) covers the commercial area of Sandton bounded by Rivonia Road, Sandton and Grayston Drives. Anyone passing through the area can’t help but notice the smartly uniformed and highly visible safety and security officers and cleaning and maintenance personnel as well as a noticeably cleaner environment than previously. The older Sandton Improvement District, the ‘Sandton City Management District’ operates around the predominantly retail area in which Sandton City, Sandton Square, the Sandton Convention Centre and a number of hotels and office buildings are located. Between the two Improvement Districts some 38 safety and security officers (16 on mountain bikes), four rapid response vehicles with six armed officers and 24 cleaning and maintenance workers operate daily. In addition 16 “Ambassadors” attached to the hotels, convention centre and certain buildings dressed in complementary uniforms “bulk up” visible physical presence A smaller crew operate at night.

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