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Abland and Retail Africa to refurbish Norkem Corner

Abland, one of South Africa’s leading property developers has partnered with Retail Africa as developers to refurbish Norkem Corner shopping centre in Kempton Park. The centre which is a JV between the two developers and POD Property Fund was built almost 30 years ago and will get a much needed facelift with renovations set to be completed in the second half of 2019.

The 10 000 m² development will continue to be home to existing tenants that will be revamping their respective new looks. The centre will also be welcoming new exciting tenants.

“We are taking on an asset that has historically been neglected over the decades. We saw a gap in the market, analysed it and listened to the retailers to ensure that the final offering speaks to the needs of not only the consumers who will make use of the centre but also the tenants. We have put a lot of emphasis on the lifestyle elements of the centre and will be applying the latest design trends to blend it into a neighbourhood environment,” says Jurgens Prinsloo, MD, Abland.

Abland and Retail Africa have identified a need in the current Retail Market to focus on Brownfield developments – reviving outdated retail spaces into modern contemporary spaces that families can enjoy as part of the bigger urbanisation, SMART cities concept. 

“At Retail Africa, one of our strategies is the redevelopment of neighbourhood convenience shopping centres, to create family oriented centres in safe and secure environments.

“Norkem Corner is the perfect example of an opportunity to reenergise a centre that has existed for almost 30 years, by applying the latest trends from a design and aesthetic point of view as well as substantially enhancing the centre’s tenant mix, making the centre attractive to today’s modern shopper”, adds Retail Africa’s Richard O’ Sullivan.

 To find out more visit: http://www.abland.co.za and www.retailafrica.co.za

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Old Cape Town hospital site to house thousands in R3 billion development

The Western Cape Cabinet has approved a R3bn development where Conradie Hospital in Cape Town used to be. Conradie Hospital closed 16 years ago. The development, the ‘Conradie Better Living Model, is a step at redressing "apartheid urban space", Premier Helen Zille said. It is situated between Thornton and Pinelands. 

The development ends more than three years of planning and consultation with various stakeholders, including members of the public, through public hearings. It is expected to include affordable housing and catalyse upgrades to road infrastructure and public transport in the surrounding area.

"Transforming apartheid's spatial planning is a big priority for the City, and this project will help accelerate our efforts in this regard. We are planning on getting more projects like these going [in other areas]," Zille said.

It was announced earlier this year that the Western Cape government was planning to sell the site to Concor Construction for R202m. "The State makes the land available and the private sector comes in to assist financially because we need to have an eye on viability and whether it can be replicated in other areas," Zille said

Jared Rossouw, co-director at activist organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi praised the move. Ndifuna Ukwazi has been supporting lobby group Reclaim the City (RTC) in their campaign for affordable housing and urban land justice.

"Too often, neighbours object to new developments because they don't like change but change is needed in the midst of the current housing and segregation crisis. The 'Better Living Model' is exactly what the city needs. It brings together families with different incomes in a well-designed dense development," Rossouw said.

Physical construction is set to start toward the end of 2019.

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R200 billion earmarked for infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal

The KZN Construction Expo will be taking place at Durban Exhibition Centre in Durban from 20 to 21 February 2019.  

With more than R200 billion government expenditure earmarked for infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal over the next seven years and R35 billion set aside for the Port Waterfront development over the next 15 years, now is the time to capitalise on the growth opportunities for construction companies. 

Being the only dedicated expo for KZN’s built environment, focusing on buyer and seller engagements through free-to-attend practical training, CPD accredited workshops, live product demonstrations and face-to-face interactions, this is an event not to miss.     

Over 2 750 attendees are expected, ranging from small contractors to architects, quantity surveyors, property developers, government and industry associations. This platform not only facilitates new investment into infrastructure but also builds capacity for local construction professionals through free education and technical skills development during training workshops over the two days. Sponsored by Spider Mini-Cranes and supported by over 60 association and media partners, the KZN Construction Expo provides access to KZN’s entire building and construction value chain. 
Key features of the 2019 KZN Construction Expo include:

Free-to-attend training workshops, hosted by the South African Institute of Building Design (SAIBD), Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), Southern Africa Ready-mix Association (SARMA), JBCC and many more

Stakeholder Engagement Forum, is an open platform of engagement where key government stakeholders and private role players engage in crucial conversations about current opportunities and challenges facing KZN’s construction sector.  

Over 75 exhibitors showcasing the latest products, technologies and services.

Outdoor exhibition area featuring heavy equipment and product demonstrations

Seven dedicated product zones on the exhibition floor showcasing (building interior & finishes; construction tools & materials; mechanical, electrical & plumbing services; smart construction; plant machinery & vehicles; windows, doors & Facades).

networking opportunities and much more!

For more information, go to www.kznconstructionexpo.com 
About KZN Construction Expo

KZN Construction Expo is the only event in KwaZulu-Natal that brings together over 2,750 stakeholders involved in construction and infrastructure projects in the region to address strategic issues around funding, collaboration, project delivery and sustainability.

With over 75 exhibitors featured across the indoor and outdoor exhibition area, KZN Construction Expo offers access to world-class innovative building materials and technologies. Free workshops and demonstrations will provide training, capacity building, and networking opportunities for all attendees.

More information from Justin Marthinus
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MAPEI extends international presence to East Africa

The MAPEI Group, headquartered in Milan, Italy, has grown to include 87 subsidiaries with the addition of Mapei East Africa Ltd, located in Nairobi, Kenya. The office joins existing MAPEI facilities in Egypt, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates to increase MAPEI’s reach in the growing African and the Middle Eastern construction industries.

According to Veronica Squinzi, MAPEI’s Global Development Director, “Mapei East Africa Ltd will be focused on developing the markets in Kenya and surrounding countries – an area having almost 300 million citizens where major investments in infrastructure, residential and industrial buildings are foreseen for the next years.”

Mapei East Africa Ltd is staffed by a team with broad experience in the construction and chemicals markets. Led by Middle East and East Africa Regional Director, Stefano Iannacone, the new facility enhances MAPEI Group’s presence in Africa and the Middle East.

For information about the new Mapei East Africa Ltd office, please visit www.mapei.co.ke

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