Featured Project: The Zanzibar Domino – Building

Tanzania

Description
Construction of the Zanzibar Domino mixed-use tower, 15km from Stone Town, on the west coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The entire project will be developed on an artificial island that will be linked to the main island by a high and low bridge structure. The tower itself will be a 70 floor commercial tower that houses 560 apartments, luxury hotels, resorts and a golf course. The entire project value is estimated to be US$1.3 billion dollars. The GPS marker has been placed in the general region of the proposed construction site, the co-ordinates are: -6.1626487, 39.1857006

 

Status Region
Design Tanzania
Category Value
Building R 200 Million+
Industry Timing
Hospitality & Leisure 2021 onwards
Sector Class
Private Invited


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Mind Strengthening: How to keep your head above the waves!

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How do you remain positive during unstable economic times and a global pandemic?
How do you stay sane during trying times?
How do you make your mind obedient?
How do you make your mind, mind?
By Taking Every Thought Captive!

I write this blog coming from a place where I have personally seen the face of mental illness and the battle for the mind. I battled with severe depression and anxiety for a number of years. Fortunately somewhere along the line, I found healing and in the process, I learned a few things about the mind and its power but moreover, I learned that all things were permissible in my mind but not everything was beneficial to me and I was determined to never be mastered by anything my mind willed.

In winning the battle for my mind. I went through vicious cycles that came in the form of meltdowns, relapses, and mistakes that happened after I had been momentarily volatile in stressful situations. I am aware that there is much material out there on this topic, but all I wish to do for this blog is give 3 principles that I used over the years and more frequently during the trial period of 2020 and 2021. I hope it helps someone as much as it has me.

1. Do not believe everything that you think

Sometimes what we think is far from true, the thoughts that appear in our minds do not always reflect or support the condition of reality and because of this, we should not assume that what we think is true regardless that it comes from within us. The world puts suggestions in our minds that are inaccurate, and we are flooded with those false ideas all the time and this results in corrupted minds that we should not always trust.

We tell ourselves things like ‘things aren’t as bad, things are better than they really are,we’re doing okay/I am fine’ we tell ourselves ‘it’s no big deal,’ when it really is. I often advise against not allowing your emotions to feel what they need to. This is our body’s way of re-setting when it is overwhelmed. When you try to bypass that natural process, you cause worse damage. You would not continue driving an overheating car because the radiator can explode and the engine could catch fire, why would you do that to your body and mind!?

2. Guard your mind for it is the wellspring of life

The wise are always hungry for knowledge and the foolish feed on trash’

Just like there are three kinds of food for your physical body; food that makes you smart, junk food (simple calories), and toxic food (which is poisonous) the same is true in what you feed your mind. What you graze on [even in your spare time] all diligently develop and shape your thought processes and if it is garbage that you’re taking in, garbage will come manifest as involuntary actions. My advice would be to start filling your mind with things that develop your emotional intelligence. When confronted by difficulties, do not be anxious, but approach every situation with thanksgiving and try to find things you can be grateful for within the trouble. Try to learn not to resist against tough times, but rather re-channel towards gratefulness, this will turn your mind away from the things that could potentially crush your mind. It’s all about finding a positive perspective!

3. Stretch Your Mind

If we are going to fight the battle of the mind we need to learn how to stretch it – this is a crucial part of the battle.

The act of stretching the mind begins when we teach our minds to think BIGGER. Think beyond the current circumstances: Be a person with vision!

People with goals hardly perish because they have an overarching vision for their lives that serve as GPS coordinates that keep them in control even when skies are grey and overcast. Have goals, without them it is impossible to stay grounded when this world shakes you with uncertainty.

 

Concluding, I learned it was not enough just not to believe everything I thought. It was not enough just to guard my mind against the junk. I figured I needed to stretch my mind and imagination because I saw that I was faced with the constant need to outthink, out-dream, and outsmart this world and all its troubles.

I would say this to you as a reader, learn to push against internal and external resistance. Learn to endure the discomfort. Persevere through any current limitation until the discomfort decreases and the capacities to move forward increase. Do not give in to the part of you that offers all kinds of reasons for why you should give up. Strive, run the good race until it is finished.

Hold the vision and trust the process, this will give you hope. Hope will fuel your Heart. The Heart and all its good affections will overpower the mind. And in this peculiar coming together of the heart and mind, engaging your physical body you will find that you start receiving outward fuel that helps you get through each day.

Take it one step at a time, tomorrow will worry about its own problems.

 

Book Sources:
Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith, Jon Bloom
Don’t Follow Your Heart: God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways, Jon Bloom
Think, John Piper
Craig Groeschel, Winning the War in Your Mind – Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


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Featured Project: Accra-Tema Motorway – Phase 2

Ghana

Description
Construction works for the extension of the Accra-Tema Motorway in Ghana. Works will be done on 27.7 km of road. The contract Value is US$570 million. The GPS co-ordinates are 5.6348604, -0.1437697

 

Status Region
Awarded Ghana
Category Value
Infrastructure R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Road 2021 onwards (48 months)
Sector Class
Public Private Partnership Open Tender / Pre-Qualification / Invited


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Featured Project: North West University Student Housing

North West

Description
Construction of new student housing for the Mafikeng campus of the North West University in North West Province. Included in the scope of works will be the construction of 6 residence clusters. Each cluster consists of 5 or 6 new triple-storey student residence, 1 recreation hall, 1 warden house, 1 guardhouse and laundry room with and including associated infrastructure. The exact co-ordinates are currently not available however the approximate area of location is -25.8278213, 25.6079121

 

Status Region
Underway Mafikeng (Mahikeng) Region
Category Value
Building Unknown At This Stage
Industry Timing
Residential 2019 onwards
Sector Class
Public Open Tender


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Featured Project: Le Meridien

Ghana

Description
Construction of a Le Meridian, Marriott Hotel at Airport Residential Area, Accra, Ghana. The development is a 18 000m², 8 storey hotel property, comprising 160-keys including standard rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, a separate speciality restaurant, lobby lounge and associated bar, conferencing facilities, fitness centre and spa with an outdoor hotel pool and pool bar provision. The GPS co-ordinates are 5.5992335, -0.1758426

 

Status Region
Underway Ghana
Category Value
Building Unknown At This Stage
Industry Timing
Hospitality & Leisure 2019 to 2022
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated


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Featured Project: Tlhabane Square – Mall

North West

Description
Construction of a two level, 31 000m² mall for Tlhabane Square Precinct in Tlhabane, North West. The precinct is located along the Swartruggens Road (R104) and bordered by Monareng Street and Motsatsi Street. Direct on-grade open parking will be available throughout the precinct. Estimate Value: R700 Million. The GPS co-ordinates are -25.645411549782242, 27.209999514927187

 

Status Region
Underway North West
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Retail October 2019 to March 2021 extended to October 2021
Sector Class
Public Private Partnership Open Tender / Possible Pre-Qualification


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Featured Project: Autumn Leaf Mall – Infrastructure

North West

Description
Construction of services and associated infrastructure including access road, civil services (water, sewer, stormwater reticulation and electricity) for the proposed Autumn Leaf Mall and filling station including a convenience store situated on Portion 24 (a Portion of Portion 5) of the farm Hazia 240 JP, near Zeerust town situated in the Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality, North West Province.

 

Status Region
Awarded Zeerust
Category Value
Infrastructure R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Retail 2019 onwards.
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 


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Featured Project: Boulevard Triomphal Precinct – Residential

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Description
Construction of a residential zone at the Boulevard Triomphal Precinct located on the Boulevard Triomphal, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The precinct will include commercial office buildings, a hotel, residential spaces, a retail high street, restaurants, coffee shops, a conference facility and a grandstand to allow for a possible event arena. The street level is designed to enhance the informal trading market on the edge of the site and create activation along the surrounding roads.

 

Status Region
Conceptual Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Category Value
Building R 31 Million – R 60 Million
Industry Timing
Residential 2020 onwards
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 


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10 Interesting Facts on Central Africa

posted in: Did You Know 0

Central Africa, most of these regions are riddled by danger.

All because of little stones found deep beneath the Earth and other minerals too, but the dangers are mainly due to a girl’s best friend: Diamonds!

Of course, it is nothing like the war-zone found in Sierra Leone, but it is still red flag zones nonetheless. Big companies have tried for years to mine in these regions on industrial scales but have largely failed. The mining areas here are largely controlled by rebel and armed groups, for the purposes of formality, we will refer to these extremists as artisanal miners.

The point of this blog is for a much lighter note, and not the sordid realities of the mining industry in the Central African regions, but a brief scenario of those conditions was worthy of mention. I was just as surprised and shocked to learn about these two, here are the top 10 interesting facts about the mining industry in Central Africa.

PRENDRE PLAISIR!

 

10. Cameroon
Until mid-2008, Cameroon had no history of industrial mining.

9. Congo
46% of the world’s diamond production occurs in Africa, led by Bostwana and The Congo. The Congo contributing 34% of Africa’s production. That is a lot of Sparkle for Congo, I hope she never stops shining.

8. Gabon
There are NO restrictions on foreign ownership in Africa. However ONLY the Gabon government requires investors to meet the Central African Economic and Monetary Community investment regulations. I personally support this clause, 100%.

7. Gabon
The Comilog Mine is the second-largest producer of manganese alloys in the world. Why is Africa still importing stainless steel then?

6. DRC
In 2009, African Business magazine estimated the total untapped mineral wealth of the DRC to be US$24 Trillion – equivalent to the GDP product of Europe and the United States COMBINED at the time.

5. Equatorial Guinea
Signed their FIRST EVER, mining contracts in the country’s history in June 2020. So not all of 2020 has been doom and gloom. An entire five mining contracts were signed with three different companies. The contracts are for Gold, Bauxite, Uranium and Iron.

4. Cameroon
Cameroon makes it again on my list. Explorers and industry professionals say though Cameroon has vast mineral resources, it is not yet extensively mined. Why so shy? What are you hiding underneath all that soil Cameroon?!

3. Chad
Although there are several national and international mining companies exploring the potential for gold and uranium mining in Chad, no large-scale mines are operating in the country. Most mining activity is conducted by artisanal miners.

2. Gabon
Making it for the third time on my list. In the 70s uranium was mined in Gabon to supply the French nuclear power industry. This was the time frame that the Oklo reactor zone was discovered.

1. Angola
Diamonds in Angola are responsible for over 98% of the government’s earnings. Talk about top Dollar.

 

Sources:
KPMG
Mining in Africa
Mining Technology


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Featured Project: Barclays ABSA Head Office, Ghana

 

Description
Construction of the Barclays ABSA head office in Ghana. The development has 5 floors plus the ground floor.

 

Status Region
Tender Ghana
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Office & Commercial September 2020.
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 


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