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OPINION PIECE Date: 28 May 2024 To: All media Embargo: For Immediate Release About the Author: Dr. Msizi Myeza is a registered professional town planner and the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for the Built Environment. He writes as a serving public sector official….

Address mental health fears for young graduates – IOL

DR MSIZI MYEZA Various scholars have studied and written extensively about the role of the built environment sector in promoting or hindering mental health. They have noted that people are more likely to perform better if the environment they live in is mentally stimulating and…

Young woman making a mark in the construction industry

Being a woman in a built environment is no walk in the park, especially for a young black professional. At 30, Abongile Mntu Mketsu, director for infrastructure procurement at the Department of Transport, is already curving her path in the male-dominated industry. “Industry conditions are…

The role played by women in building for the future

The month of September, celebrated in our country as Heritage Month, provides us with an opportunity to shed light on the significant role that women have played in shaping our built environment, their invaluable contributions to nation-building and the development of a democratic society. As…

Town planners must build strategic movements

MSIZI MYEZA Inclusive urban development in South Africa should be something that dominates our public discourse: it affects most people daily, be it through the long distances that the poorest of the poor undertake to get to and from work, school and even health care;…

Climate change is a stark reality, Zikalala warns during indaba

“CLIMATE change is not a distant threat but a stark, present reality,” said Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister, Sihle Zikalala. He was speaking at the 1st Built Environment Climate Change Indaba held yesterday at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, under the theme: “Restoring…

DPWI and CBE Organize First Built Environment Climate Change Indaba

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) are joining forces to organize South Africa’s first Built Environment Climate Change Indaba. The two-day conference, taking place on August 31 to September 1, 2023, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, aims…

Durban Climate Indaba: Building Resilience Against Disasters

With the recent wave of climate change-induced disasters wreaking havoc in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, a pivotal event is set to unfold. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) are joining forces to convene the much-anticipated Built…

Climate change is a stark reality, Zikalala warns during indaba

Durban — “Climate change is not a distant threat but a stark, present reality,” said Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister, Sihle Zikalala. He was speaking at the 1st Built Environment Climate Change Indaba held on Thursday at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, under…

Town Planning Is a Catalyst to the Movement of Change

When I think of “a movement” I think of something that resonates with people, something that galvanises people into action and something that brings people together. The majority of South Africans became a movement driven to free the country from apartheid. Their actions were driven…

Women Empowerment & Gender Equality Media Coverage

The CBE was covered in the following mainstream media platforms: Achieving Gender Equality. Diversity, and Inclusion in the Built Environment Professions – covered by Concrete Trends on 29 September 2022. Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Gender, equality, diversity, and inclusion in the built environment professions –…

ECSA Accounts to Stakeholders at its First Annual General Meeting

On Thursday, 20 October 2022, the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) convened its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) through a hybrid sitting. The meeting attended by members of the ECSA Sixth Term Council, registered persons, government departments, academia as well as recognised Voluntary Associations,…

21st Century Mayors Must Act Locally and Globally

South African cities and towns, like their global counterparts, face the super-sized challenges of unemployment, poverty, inequality, and it is the 21st century mayors that must lead the charge. They all face historic imbalances that need attention, increasing constraints on existing resources due to new…