TANZANIA: Plans to construct iron ore mining and smelting plants in full gear

The National Development Corporation (NDC) has announced plans to start local commercial production of iron ore and steel by construction of related smelting plants. The country is also expecting to produce 1.1 million metric tones per year, with the first production expected in four years. China International Mineral Resources Limited (TCIMRL) and NDC have entered […]

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Reasons why you should learn photoshop as an architect

1. Break out of the norm: The way your project looks can make the difference between a successful presentation or a ok one. First impressions count and clients sometimes have hard time reading a building plan. Instead of having black & white page layouts for your project presentations, go the extra mile and give it some […]

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Sidama huts in Ethiopia

Bamboo once played an important role in the rural economies of East Africa but indiscriminate clearing of natural bamboo forests have resulted in losing natural resources and many of the traditional building skills. The Sidama hut is a traditional split bamboo plaited roundhouse by people of Ethiopia. The dome, with its pointy top, is designed to […]

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ALGERIA: Four house fabrication plants to be built

The government of Algeria has given Indjab a sum of $200million to finance the construction of four house prefabrication plants in several cities. Construction works will be launched in May 2015. According to Mohamed Yassine Hafiane- chairman of Injab, the project is expected to improve the quality of houses and reduce delivery deadlines of housing projects. The plants will be built […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: Upgrade for Mmbatho Water Treatment Plant launched

The North West Provincial Government has launched an upgrade project for the Mmabatho Water Treatment Plant. This is to meet both present and future water demands. This upgrading project is part of Setsokotsane (whirlwind) Programme, and also part of the government’s larger commitment to providing clean water for residents in Mahikeng. By November 2016, it is expected […]

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Tips for achieving success as an Architect

The list gives some pointers that will certainly help young students and graduates, but may well be useful to some of the not-so-young practitioners who need to refocus on what’s important. 1. Get started on your career path: This can be achieved by working towards licensure. 2. Networking: Get to know a number of people in the Architecture community and allied fields […]

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Wettech Africa: Water treatment plant designers

Wastewater treatment is important to ensure availability of water for communities and cleanliness of environment. More than ever before, urban environments need more wastewater treatment engagements, considering the pressures of urbanization, growth of slums, and population such as increased need for cleaner water. Wettech Africa offers decentralised wastewater treatment options for lodges, private homes and […]

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Ongoing road construction in South Sudan heralds a new dawn

South Sudanese Government has set out to construct the road networks linking Juba to Bor in Jonglei state and Rumbek in Lakes state. The project would be funded by China’s Exim Bank. South Sudan has only around 300 kilometers of paved roads of which a third are in the capital city of Juba. The 192 Km […]

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Powder coating

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”. The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is […]

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