Affordable Housing in Africa

Accommodation is rarely affordable in Africa. The majority cannot afford down payment in some parts of the continent, while some also struggle to meet payments and repayments. For instance, according to research, in Angola, a $3.5bn social housing project was done in Luanda, which offers about $84,000 for apartments. This is in a country where […]

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The Rise of Africa’s Lifestyle Malls

Africa’s shopping centres are getting a dramatic makeover. Consumers are becoming increasingly time pressured and technology focused. They are no longer content to park, enter the store and simply buy the goods. For most, shopping has become an integral part of the leisure time. Opening of the Mall of Africa in South Africa. Image source: […]

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EGYPT: Nuclear power plant to be constructed by 2016

Vladimir Putin- Russian’s President made an agreement with Egyptian President- Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during his visit to Egypt in February to build a nuclear power plant in the country. The project is expected to kick off in 2016 through 2021. Russia, China and South Korea are in competition to win the tender for the construction […]

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South Africa to host annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo

All roads lead to Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa, from Tuesday, 12th May to Friday, 15th May 2015 for the annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo. Five unique experiences have been prepared for delegates to attend. They include: African Construction Expo, Totally Concrete Expo, Coatings for Africa, Housing for Africa and African Roads Evolution. […]

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SUDAN: Real estate recession in the nation’s capital

Early in the year, the real estate market witnessed significant increase, but at the beginning of this month, there has been a recession in the sector.  According to reports by El Meghar newspaper, a housing broker attributed the drop to the current economic situation. He further stated that the market is expected to regularise after […]

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ETHIOPIA: Eleven public universities to be built

Plans to construct 11 new universities have been announced by the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. Through this, the country will experience an increase in enrolment capacity. Dr. Kaba Urgessa, the Education Minister stated that the new projects would be undertaken in the next growth and transformation plan named the GTP II, whose implementation starts next fiscal […]

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EGYPT: Pyramid-inspired skyscraper to be built in Cairo

Plans to construct a 200-metre-high skyscraper: The Zayed Crystal Spark has been revealed by the Government of Egypt. The 49-storey building tower would be a composed of two pyramids, thereby surpassing the 143-metre-high Ministry of Foreign Affairs by over 50 metres and making it the country’s tallest building. Although the name of the architect involved […]

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World’s largest power plant to be built in Ghana

Cenpower Generation Limited has signed an agreement for the construction of Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in the Tema Industrial Zone in, Ghana. Upon completion, this would be the largest independent power plant in the world. The Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant is projected to start stream in 2017. It will be amongst […]

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Innovative building design and construction in Africa

The building and construction industry is one of the most important sector in the worlds’ economy. This sector hires more than 10% of the workforce accounting for almost 20% of the national product. In construction, innovation refers to the introduction and actual utilization of non-trivial improvements and changes in the processes, systems and products in a […]

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African Vernacular Architecture

The term vernacular is derived from the Latin vernaculus, meaning “domestic, native, indigenous”. In architecture, vernacular refers to that type of architecture which is indigenous to a specific time or place. It is most often applied to residential buildings. Vernacular architecture is a component of a country’s culture. African vernacular architecture is also called traditional architecture or indigenous architecture. It’s architecture is constructed of materials native to a particular […]

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