By Johan Piekaar, Regional Director, WSP, Structures, Africa

There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development – and currently the local construction and property industries are undeniably experiencing a lull due to reduced expenditure by government on large scale infrastructure projects as well as uncertainty in the private sector investment markets. In fact, findings in a survey from Timetric highlight that growth in the industry forecasted between 2017 and 2021 is expected to be more moderate than the review period for 2012 to 2016. However, there is room for optimism.

The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) will again be showcased at the Rand Show from the 8th to the 13th of April 2020, having participated in 2019. The project, which already provides the single largest contribution to Gauteng’s supply of potable water, aims to further strengthen its relationships with the people of Gauteng through face to face interaction at the new-look Rand Show 2020.

The world is waking up to the dire need to go green. When looking at the current global trends, it seems that the percentage of people opting for eco-friendly products and strategies has increased substantially, and for good reason. This movement is not only visible in domestic settings but within the corporate world and Facility Management as well.

Afroteq Academy, the SETA accredited training division of the AFMS Group, has obtained accreditation by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupation for its new Occupational Certificate in Facilities Management (OCFM). Afroteq was the first training provider to be accredited by the Southern African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) in 2002, and has since gained a well-earned reputation for being one of the country’s leaders in equipping and empowering the Facility Management industry.

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