15 plumbing trends to keep an eye on for 2023

Qualified plumbers are navigating a rapidly changing industry that is also fraught with many challenges that, in some instances, are being turned into opportunity with the help of the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA).

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Local construction player remains resilient despite major industry challenges

The construction industry endured a difficult year in 2022, with an extended downtick following on from the Covid pandemic, which saw many businesses meet their demise. Those that survived have been struggling to keep their doors open, with some publicly listed firms reporting as much as a 36% decline in share prices over five years.  

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Slava Village: Making residential living safe and affordable

An affordable and secure residential village is in the works for the Boksburg CBD and will be ready for occupation in the beginning of 2023. Property entrepreneur Leroy Slava, together with TUHF, is following on the previous TUHF funded project, @Fourteenth, and this time converting a retail mall to a residential village.

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Immerse yourself

Immerse yourself in a landscape where wildlife and flora leave you truly captivated and transformed.  Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned nature reserves, stretching across 58 000 Hectares of rich protected ecosystems within two biodiversity hotspots. 

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Brick by brick perseverance: Becoming a property mogul in South Africa

For many people, the world and vocabulary of investing can be bewildering – stocks, shares, bulls and bears – but there is one investment option that most of us understand and where, using the tips below, almost anyone can become a tycoon – and that is property.

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Designing a Positive Future

Logitech’s FY22 Impact Report

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Premier’s Western Cape Energy Council seeks to make province energy resilient

This week, Premier Alan Winde hosted the first meeting of his newly established Energy Council. The meeting was held against the backdrop of the first round of stage 6 loadshedding for 2023, not even two weeks into the new year, and before intensive energy users have restarted operations.

The Council laid out the foundations for how it will be constituted and has fleshed out its priorities; namely to ensure that the Western Cape is energy resilient. Former Eskom manager Alwie Lester – who has been appointed as an energy advisor in the Office of the Premier was also officially introduced to other Council officials. “Mr. Lester has wasted no time and has hit the ground running,” the Premier pointed out.

“Urgency is required if we are to save our economy and push ahead with our Growth For Jobs strategy. Loadshedding is costing South Africa and our province billions in lost opportunities. It is conservatively estimated that stage 6 loadshedding is costing South Africa between four and six billion rand per day,” stressed the Premier. He added, “The urgency needed to address this catastrophe is painfully absent at national government. The Western Cape has to become independent of Eskom as quickly as possible”.

At the gathering a plan of action, both medium and long-term – was discussed, involving whatever resources the Western Cape Government (WCG) has at its disposal.

The council has resolved that:

  • its work must be data-driven;
  • a broad energy mix must be considered;
  • all viable opportunities must be explored; and
  • the most vulnerable in the province must always be borne in mind as they are suffering the most as a result of relentless power cuts, which are predicted to worsen this year.

“The same response the Western Cape Government applied to fight Covid-19 must be used in addressing the energy crisis.”

“A key approach is further opening up the market to Independent Power Producers to come on board to help us end loadshedding.”

Tertuis Simmers, Western Cape Infrastructure Minister

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Solutions boost for power-strapped property owners in SA

With loadshedding on the horizon for the foreseeable future and increasing concerns about water supply in many metros, property owners – particularly in the non-residential space – are under pressure to find solutions.

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The V&A Waterfront reopens a revamped Alfred Mall

The V&A Waterfront warmly welcomes visitors to the renovated Alfred Mall; aiming to redefine the African retail shopping experience.

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IOPSA’s workmanship surpasses the materials in 2022

2022 has been a very productive year for the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA).

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