ON THE COVER: FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa’s extensive heavy vehicle range has been given a new look, in conjunction with improved ergonomics and enhanced levels of driving comfort.
The new J5N range in question comprises the following; the FAW 33.340FD 6x4 15,5 m³ Hub Reduction Tipper, boasting impressive off-road capabilities is ideal for the SA construction market and mining applications; the FAW 33.340 FC 6x4 6 m³ mixer, is made for construction; the FAW 28.290FL 6x4 13-ton Freight Carrier, which is perfectly suited to specialised applications, such as water bowsers, drop sides and flat decks; the FAW 28.380FT 6x4 Truck Tractor, promises to deliver exceptional value in the medium-haul sector and the reputable FAW 33.420FT 6x4 Truck Tractor, which caters for long-haul operations.
Positive momentum support economic growth
Despite the headwinds facing the world economy, the global construction sector entered 2019 with significant momentum, having seen growth of five percent in 2018. And, according to the latest annual International Construction Market Survey (ICMS) by independent professional services company, Turner & Townsend, prospects throughout 2019 are expected to remain buoyant.
This latest overview of the construction market across six cities in Africa, including Johannesburg in South Africa, and another 58 cities around the world, reveals that 28 percent of markets are hot or overheating while a further 36 percent continue to warm up. Only eight percent are cooling, indicating widespread and continued growth in workload throughout the year.
On top of stylish new Illovo development
The elegant Illovo Central mixed-use block near Sandton being constructed by Concor Buildings has topped out at 15 floors and is due for completion in March next year.
In a format driven by developers FWJK and increasingly popular in South Africa’s urban designs, the building will be a combination of office space and residential units. With parking taking up levels 1 to 5, there will be offices on floors 6 to 8 and apartments from floors 9 to 15. The living units are a combination of sizes including 80 studio apartments, 36 one-bedroom units, 43 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom penthouse apartments.
A sustainable future for architecture and beyond
In his role as Head of Sustainability at Bentel Associates International, Brett Chrystal strives to remain abreast of the latest sustainable design strategies and best practices.
Chrystal is one of the founder members of the Parkhurst Go Green Initiative pioneering green technology implementation within his neighbourhood, and he 'walks the talk' by boasting a 95% off the-grid green building solution for his own home.
These milestones have laid the ground work for his role in helping establish Bentel Sustainability as a new in-house department, offering Green Building services and consulting in new and existing buildings, as well as precinct developments.