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SA’s first green development comes to Menlyn Maine precinct

Pretoria is rapidly attaining a new maturity as the decentralisation of the city centre accelerates and growth nodes such as Menlyn, which is increasingly being dubbed ‘Pretoria’s Sandton’, comes into its own.

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The ZAR10 billion Menlyn Maine precinct starts to come online with the launch of its Central Square in September 2016.

“The City of Tshwane has for long identified a need for additional, new growth and business centres that could provide relief for the overburdened infrastructure of the city centre, while broadening the development of the region,” says Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties Regional Executive for Pretoria.

“Now, with properly designed mixed-use mini-cities such as Menlyn Maine increasingly coming on stream, and the opening of the development’s impressive 60 000sqm Central Square scheduled for 21 September 2016, this imperative is finally being realised and in the process Pretoria is reaching an exciting new stage in its development cycle.”

“Menlyn Maine is an immense 315 000sqm purpose-designed green mini-city, which effectively combines office, commercial, residential and entertainment spaces. It is not only the largest project of its kind within the Tshwane municipal region but one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in Southern Africa. The developers of Menlyn Maine have partnered with the international Clinton Climate Initiative and the precinct is one of only 17 green cities that will be built in various countries and the only one in Africa.

“The precinct is already emerging as a prestigious new business centre and the address of choice in Pretoria. We truly believe that this development stands alone and that it is set to change how people throughout the region will work, live and play.”

Thys Greeff of Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings says that the soon-to-be-opened Central Square will be the focal point of the Menlyn Maine precinct. It will include a Virgin Classic Club, a 240-room 4-Star hotel by The Capital Group and 14 835sqm of office space, which will be integrated with the new 30 000sqm the specialty tenanted, boutique retail mall and the Central Square Piazza.

“The city centre will be a meeting place with coffee shops and restaurants offering a handpicked range of alternatives, from early breakfast, to all-day dining and more formal dining, all located within an exciting, accessible and safe urban green space. It will also contain an office tower.”

According to Schutte, Pam Golding Properties partnered with Menlyn Maine to assist with the purchase and assembly of 108 stands in Waterkloof Glen Ext 2 between 2006 and 2007, after which construction could commence.

“Since then, the development of Menlyn Maine has been most impressive. In addition to the launch of Central Square, we are also seeing an increasing number of leading corporates, financial institutions, law firms and a range of other professional service providers, as well as retailers and hoteliers moving into the precinct.”

According to Greeff, South Africa’s first green mini-city has been designed with the greatest attention being paid to appropriate urban planning and green design. One result of this is that the precinct will use much less energy and less water than a comparable development of this size.

“We were effectively able to develop this mixed-use city from the ground up into what we believe is an ideal urban environment. The idea behind Menlyn Maine is to create an easily accessible, exclusive and self-contained urban centre where corporate staff members and residents can work and live within a healthy, attractive and highly productive environment where everything is close to hand and within easy walking distance. Residents and visitors will also have access to a range of highly select retailers and entertainment facilities,” adds Greeff.

“The precinct is designed according to the standards set down in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighbourhood Development rating system. The streets, residential developments, office buildings, retail outlets, dining establishments, commercial facilities as well as all other public spaces are being designed to promote responsible, healthy lifestyles in a sustainable city precinct. This is establishing Menlyn Maine as an address of choice for living, working, shopping and entertainment,” observes Schutte.

On completion, the development will offer prospective tenants a variety of facilities with a total lettable area of approximately 315 000sqm. An exclusive residential component will be added as part of the second phase. All of the buildings in the precinct are required to achieve a minimum of a Four-Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Sun International’s application to move their gaming licence from Morula Sun to Menlyn Maine was approved at the end of 2014.

The development of the Time Square Urban Entertainment Complex has already commenced and will include a 5-star hotel, 8 000 seat entertainment arena, a 10 000msqm casino and conference facilities.

The first building to be completed in Menlyn Maine was the regional head office for Nedbank. This is a 16 500sqm building with a 5-Star rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Subsequent buildings that have been constructed including the new corporate head-office for Sage VIP as well as the headquarters for Regus. The development of a 4 200sqm building, with the BMW SAP Competence Hub as primary tenant, was completed in November 2015.

“Menlyn Maine is uniquely situated to take advantage of the continued development of Tshwane and is likely to assist in energising the entire eastern region. From a residential property perspective, we believe it will spur growth within the residential property market and will serve as magnet within this eastern region of Pretoria where residential property prices continue to hold their own.”

“As South Africa’s capital, Pretoria has for long needed additional business and development centres that are viable and sustainable. Menlyn Maine goes a long way to meeting these requirements and it is heartening to see this novel mixed-use precinct finally come to fruition,” concludes Schutte.
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Earthy energy-smart home maintains a minimal eco-footprint in the South African bush

Living in harmony with nature calls for a small environmental footprint, and a great example of this philosophy can be found in the House Mouton, an earthy family home that makes sustainable design a major focus. Designed by Pretoria-based Earthworld Architects, House Mouton is a low-profile structure that minimizes both its visual and environmental impact on the rural landscape. Mostly natural materials were used to construct the home, which also features a green roof, highly efficient insulation, and intensive water harvesting systems.

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Located just outside Pretoria, the 705-square-meter House Mouton is set on a 1-hectare bushveld plot near the ecologically sensitive Roodeplaat Nature Reserve. To minimize its appearance on the landscape, the dwelling is split into four separate but linked single-story pavilions—for living, sleeping, services, and guests—carefully set between existing acacia thorn trees. The areas in between thepavilions have been turned into outdoor courtyards.

The shed-like pavilions are built from steel and supported by masonry walls. Large infill timber windows frame views of the landscape. The interior is minimally finished and features an earthy color palette that features natural materials. To keep energy costs to a minimum, the architects installed effectively shaded energy-efficient glazing, solar hot water heating systems, green roofs, and water harvesting systems that feed collected water into the irrigation system and emerging water supply system.

“The house consists of three conceptual elements: the roof and ceiling emulates the horizontal plane of the acacia thorn trees providing shade for its inhabitants; the two ‘anthill like’ fireplaces are beacons in the landscape; and thirdly, the jagged edge stonewall elements emulates the klip kopje of the landscapes,” write the architects. “Finally, the building design in essence attempts to be sensitive to the pristine bushveld landscape, and at the same to create a warm home for it its dwellers without opulence.”

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SA Tourism Ministry mourns one of its trailblazers

PRETORIA, South Africa – Tribute to Sindiswa Carol Nhlumayo by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa:

As an individual, Tu – as she fondly known by her siblings – was just that –an individual. And what an exceptional one! She was born on 14 July 1970 in KZN. She holds a Master of Science Degree from the University College of Buckinghamshire, UK. At the time of her untimely death, she was studying towards her PhD in Maritime Affairs (World Maritime University) in Sweden with a specific focus on maritime policy and job creation.

Within the tourism industry she was affectionately known as Sindi. She joined the tourism industry as an intern at South Africa Tourism and in 1996 she worked as a junior Tourism Officer at the City of Tshwane, in 1999 she joined the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape as a Chief Director for Tourism and Economic Development. She was determined to fly.

In 2004 she joined the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism as an advisor to the then Minister of Tourism, Mr. Marthinus van Schalkwyk. During her term at this office, she demonstrated her deep understanding and insight of the tourism sector, and provided strategic leadership to the Department in general. She soared!

In 2006 she was appointed as the head of the first ever Tourism Black Economic Empowerment Council. During her tenure within the Tourism BEE Council, the tourism sector was the very first economic sectors to develop the BEE sector codes. This clearly demonstrated her vision to ensure transformation within the tourism industry.

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In 2008 she was appointed as the Deputy Director-General for the tourism branch. As a great thinker, innovator and a leader, she introduced new programmes that changed the landscape of the tourism sector in South Africa. She was very passionate about Tourism Human Resource Development and many programmes were introduced flowing from the Strategy. These include amongst others, the National Tourism Careers Expo which she later introduced at SAMSA, Service Excellence which was piloted during 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup, Local government intervention programmes and Responsible Tourism. South Africa is the first country in the world to develop a Responsible Tourism Strategy and this was realized through the great efforts of Sindi. As a person with a vision, she identified an opportunity that the sector could pursue in Marine and Health Tourism. Her contribution in shaping and bringing new insights into the industry was enormous. She was a visionary and a coach. She dedicated her in life to bringing change into the tourism industry and inspired both young and old. Yes, when she flew, she lit up the sky!

She was a founding member of the Cape and Craft Design Institute, and also a lifetime fellow of the Emerging Leaders Programme from Dukes University in the United States and University of Cape Town in South Africa. She served on the National Heritage Council, Tourism KwaZulu Natal, TETA Maritime Chamber and Cullinan Holdings as a Non-Executive Director. Through her hard work she was nominated in 2013 as the Best Female Public Servant. She also received an award from the University of Durban Westville (University of KZN) for being exemplary alumni. In 2015, she was awarded the IPM ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award, also in recognition of her achievements. She flew onward and upward!

She was passionate about issues of transformation, human development and she represented South Africa proudly in many multilateral fora. Her zest for life was contagious and we count ourselves lucky to have worked with such an inspirational soul. Those of us who were close to her, we will never forget her ready smile and gentle nature.

Sindi was a fearless fighter, a trailblazer and a great nurturer, strongly believed in making a contribution to people`s lives. Unfortunately, the silent killer disease called cancer decided to strike this great tree of Africa, and on 11 February 2016, she succumbed and was called to her eternal home.

To those of us left behind it is our responsibility to pick up the baton and finish the race. We shall continue to celebrate her wonderful life and legacies. Yes, we will continue to be inspired by her strength and selfless service in advocating tourism and making it relevant to all South Africans. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Sindi is still flying – this time with the angels.

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New green development set to change Pretoria’s landscape forever

The north of Pretoria will boast a new mixed-use development. Pretoria North landscape will never be the same again, once the Rainbow Junction development, costing R2,5bn, at 94,000m2 is completed.

The project is getting mass response from investors and developers wanting to be a part of the project, which will be located 6km north of the Tshwane CBD.

According to Gavin Tagg, CEO, Retail Network Services, and Rosella Dingle, CEO and spokesperson, Rainbow Junction Development, the development is a catalyst for more mixed-use developments.

“The development is located on a 140 hectare greenfield site with multiple advantages. We aim to create a new South African landmark. The development has been approved by the municipality and environmental bodies,” says Tagg.

Rainbow Junction Development is at the forefront of the new site development, which will boast 165,000m2 and 250 retail stores, a cinema complex and ice rink, 170,000m2 of commercial office space, a 120,000m2 residential node, 65,000m2 for a hotel and conferencing facilities and 37 hectares of green open space for social and recreational facilities.

The project is expected to continue for 10 to 15 years, with an extra R10bn and R12bn extension.

The development is located close to major national highways, arterial roads, and rail and air connections. It is also located next to the Wonderboom Station, and 3km away from the Wonderboom National Airport. A further larger transit hub is expected to be implemented by the City of Tshwane.

Roads running towards the development are the M1 Paul Kruger Street extension; Sefako Makgatho (Zambezi) Drive, which links to the N1 highway; the N4 Platinum Highway; and the K97 link road. It is also close to the Apies River.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development and Planning at City of Tshwane Councillor Subesh Pillay says that the project will contribute towards the City’s objectives for new, resilient living in the outlying northern area of Pretoria.

The project will further provide 45,000 new jobs over its development phase, which will boost the economy, and provide growth to the city. Developers are also looking towards a third element building, which is a high-rise viewing tower.

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South Africa: Minister Nathi Mthethwa Launches National Heritage Monument, 15 Sept

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The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, invites members of the media to the launch of the National Heritage Monument on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 at the Groenkloof Nature Plaza in Pretoria.

The National Heritage Monument will be a heritage site that epitomises intangible aspects of inherited culture, a culture that will tell the South African story, enable us to share our diversity and propel us to continue working towards nation building and social cohesion.

The National Heritage Monument will be situated on the Groenkloof Reserve which is in itself part of the national heritage and will include 400 life bronze statues of Pre-colonial, Colonial and Anti-Apartheid struggle heroes and heroines. The manner in which the statues will be placed will be known as the Long Walk to Freedom which will be the site’s most significant element because it will be seen as South Africa’s intangible cultural heritage foundation.

On the day of the launch, Minister Mthethwa will unveil the first 56 life size bronze statues of the 400 which will become part of South Africa’s cultural heritage landscape.

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Mayors sign declaration of intent at Sustainability Week

Mayors from 39 African capital cities signed a declaration of intent during Sustainability Week which took place from 23 to 25 June at the CSIR in Pretoria.

The declaration’s focus is to elevate the social, economic and environmental imperatives African cities need to adopt in order to develop society and the economy without adverse impacts on the environment.

The mayors made a commitment to convene every year to assess progress and find collaborative ways to consolidate their vision for urban sustainability. These include green building methods, waste management, reduction of poverty, transport efficiency, technology, and making the best use of human resources to help facilitate the changes.

Future of Africa

Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, the secretary-general of the United Cities and Local Governments in Africa, explained that the future of Africa depends on effectively managing integration and migration; sustainability and resilience; economic growth and job creation. Mbassi emphasised that all of these contribute towards making Africa sustainable and self-sufficient. “One of the daunting and demanding issues of global development is whether cities are an engine of growth, and whether this growth is sustainable and resilient.”

Mbassi also pointed out that cities should resist the temptation to copy the unsustainable consumption pace of natural resources as other cities of the developed world. As Africa is the continent with one of the youngest populations, the sustainability of its economic, social and environmental resources should be a pressing matter on the agenda of the continent’s leaders.

Sustainability Week highlighted that the core indicators of a country’s sustainable success are energy and water management, waste management and manufacturing ventures. Another indicator is identifying where partnership opportunities are that can ensure funding for projects that will benefit a wide variety of people.

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Following the three day conference, the Youth and Green Economy event took place on 27 June at Tshwane University of Technology. The Green Home Fair hosted on 27 and 28 June at Brooklyn Mall marked the end of the eventful week. Lively discussions took place where 27 exhibitors offered the public a chance to be ‘green’ and environmentally conscious at home. Energy from the sun, home food gardening and general tips on becoming more energy efficient and resourceful at home made for practical engagement with residents.

“Communication is the key to helping all stakeholders understand what the sustainability issues are and where the solutions will come from. The conference’s aim of ‘putting ideas into motion’ has activated the new wave of thinking around sustainability from a city perspective. The event provided unprecedented opportunities to collaborate and find solutions as the city sets its goals to secure a sustainable development path,” said Gordon Brown, organiser of Sustainability Week.

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24 hours in Pretoria

A day spent in Pretoria can include visiting historical sites, observing local art and trying the best picnic spots in town.

If you’re looking to spend a day in Pretoria, here are some places you can visit …

Walk the gardens of the historical Union Buildings, and see the 9m-high Nelson Mandelastatue, which was unveiled just after his death in December 2013 by President Jacob Zuma. The Union Buildings are a strong feature in South Africa’s history books – on 9 August 1956, 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in protest against South Africa’s apartheid-era pass laws. In 1994, after the first democratic elections, this was where Mandela made his inauguration speech.

Have coffee or lunch at TriBeCa in the CBD. This coffee shop is surrounded by stunning architecture of old buildings such as Old Reserve Bank building and the Palace of Justice. Judging by the social media commentary on the popular cafe, we’d say it’s quite a gem:

A visit to the popular Pretoria National Botanical Garden is recommended – it is home to over 220 bird species, more than 50 butterfly species and mammals such as the slender mongoose and scrub hare.

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The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (also called the Pretoria Zoo) is a fun spot if you are looking forward to an excursion with the family. It is the largest zoo in the country, and attracts more than 600 000 visitors a year. There are about 5 000 animals, reptiles, fish and birds to see.

For some South African art, the Pretoria Art Museum is home to a large collection from legendary local artists like Gerard Sekoto, who is famous for his township street scenes, and Henk Pierneef.

You can also try Aroma Gelato and Waffle Lounge for scrumptious waffles and home-made gelato.

The Voortrekker Monument, a National Heritage Site, commemorates the pioneer history of South Africa. It is situated in a nature reserve where you can see animals like, zebra, springbok and wildebeest. Here you can wander the grounds and even enjoy a braai (barbecue) with your friends.

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Africa in need of sustainable agricultural production

The lack of interest in farming among young rural people is also a risk to consider when it comes to Africa’s agricultural landscape.
Africa is in dire need of transforming its agricultural sector. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, agricultural production needs to increase 60% by 2050 to keep up with the expected demand for food*. These pressing issues will be discussed at the thought-provoking and highly anticipated Food Security Seminar taking place on 24 June 2015 during Sustainability Week at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.
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Political instability, limited access to resources and funding, poverty, skills shortages and a changing climate are just some of the challenging factors impacting food security in Africa. The lack of interest in farming among young rural people is also a risk to consider when it comes to Africa’s agricultural landscape. Thought leaders and experts in the field of food security, agriculture and fisheries will share the latest thinking and best practice in the changing face of this industry during Sustainability Week, which will take place on 24 June 2015 at the CSIR.

Four interactive sessions will contribute to the formulation of consensus on the best course for African countries in the food security, agriculture and fisheries sectors. The first session will focus on climate change mitigation and adaption where Inge Kotze, Senior Manager for Sustainable Agriculture at the World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa’s (WWF-SA) will define the issues of climate change and agriculture. The session will close with a panel discussion addressing key actions to mitigate primary causes of emissions and how to adapt to inevitable changes in the sector.

“There is an urgent need for the world’s farmers to be empowered to produce more food per unit of land, water and agrochemicals, while confronting widespread physical resource scarcity, a changing climate, and rapidly increasing input costs,” says Kotze.

Biodiversity and productivity in land use will be the theme for the second session where Jan Coetzee, Project Extension Officer at The South African Breweries (SAB) will enlighten attendees with a case study on better barley, better beer. This session will ultimately address the big question of whether intensive farming work can co-exist sustainably with the local biodiversity to ensure conservation and the ongoing supply of ecological services.

During the household food security session, freelance science writer Leonie Joubert will shed light on what food security really means. Paul Barker from Here We Grow Again will speak about the direct impact food gardens have on food security. The panel discussion will round off this session by framing the required policy and infrastructure foundations to enable broad-based urban farming.

The final compelling session will address rural poverty by stimulating the rural economy. Speakers will explore how to convert subsistence farmers into successful commercial farmers to extract the economic potential of land. The session will also delve into Afrocentric labour intensive approaches to improve productivity and uplift rural communities.

“A company such as BASF can play a defining role in addressing the challenges facing our planet, including those of energy and food resources, as well as urban living,” says Joan-Maria Garcia-Girona, Vice-President and Managing Director of BASF South Africa and Sub-Sahara.  “In 2050, the world’s population will reach nine billion with 70% of the people living in cities. Resources are already scarce and we have only reached almost seven billion people. To feed nine billion people in 2050, we will need twice as much food as today. Innovation in agriculture is vital to address the gap between food demand and supply. We at BASF have a 150 year legacy of providing farmers with innovative solutions to protect crops and improve sustainable agricultural production.”

The Food Security Seminar, sponsored by Nedbank and BASF forms part of the larger Sustainability Week, organised by alive2green, which runs from 23 to 28 June 2015. Associate sponsors of the Food Security Seminar include: Participate Technologies, Massmart and Backsberg Estate Cellars.

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South Africa to Review E-Toll Funding Model for Gauteng Province

South Africa will review the payment options recommended to finance the upgrade of highways in Gauteng province after opposition from unions and motorists.

A report, released today by Premier David Makhura, found that in its current form the e-toll system is not affordable and places a burden on middle-to-low income households. “The primary recommendation is that the current system must be reviewed on equity, sustainability and affordability,” Makhura told reporters in Johannesburg.

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd. has at least 33.1 billion rand ($2.9 billion) of principal debt outstanding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Its projects include the improvement of highways in Gauteng, the nation’s most populous province that includes Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria. As much as 60 percent is backed by the government.

An electronic tolling system, which operates under a “user pay” principle, was implemented in December 2013 and has been opposed by labor unions, car rental companies and motorists who refuse to pay, with some burning e-toll tracker tags in protest.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading the national government’s participation in the consultations with other stakeholders, according to Makhura.

“Consultations into the recommendations and looking into a funding model that is affordable, sustainable and equitable will be finalized in February,” Makhura said. “As we are finding appropriate responses to the issues that were raised on the e-tolls, which have been identified as valid, people must continue paying their e-tolls.”

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South Africa’s new government building is “milestone” in green leadership

The South African government’s Department of Environmental Affairs has opened a brand new head office in Pretoria that exemplifies its approach to sustainable building, including the country’s National Climate Change Response Policy.

The building, which is 6 Green Star SA Office Design rated, is designed with the aim of capping energy consumption at 115kWh/m2 per year, 20% of which comes from the solar photovoltaic panels that cover the roof. A concentrated photovoltaic panel in the car park also tracks the sun in order to provide solar-powered charging stations for electric cars.

The design also makes use of rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems, and water-saving indigenous plants, in order to reduce water consumption by 30%.

In order to incentivise low energy consumption, the building also operates a “green lease” with it maintenance contractors, which monitors performance and introduces penalties if the building consumes more than planned.

For any building to achieve a 6-star rating is a feat that should be celebrated because of the high standard of green building design and construction applied.

This landmark new Green Building represents a major commitment by the government to green building and sustainable development. We welcome the green leadership shown,” commented Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the government-affiliated Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA).

For any building to achieve a 6-star rating is a feat that should be celebrated because of the high standard of green building design and construction applied. For a government building, this is a precedent setting move by the leadership of our country and is quite a progressive demonstration of consciousness for the green movement.”

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