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When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees.

Happy and here

Happy and here 10th Dec 2020 In an always-on world, it’s often easier to identify feelings of distress and unhappiness rather than their positive counterparts. Many people find it easier to declare, “I’m pissed off!” than to say, “I’m happy”. Professor Andrew Sharman reflects on the science of happiness. Happiness is a hard topic to pin down. After all, what makes you happy may not make others happy. According to Aristotle: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, […]

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A year of challenges and resilience

A year of challenges and resilience 10th Dec 2020 It has been a year of unprecedented volatility. A perfect storm of sorrow, uncertainty and disruption. Covid-19 has fast-tracked the economy and demanded of us some weighty introspection, agility and adaptability. In a remark attributed to renowned scientist Charles Darwin, it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change. The crisis has accelerated the transition to contactless work […]

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2020: Many lessons learnt

2020: Many lessons learnt 10th Dec 2020 As we come to the end of the most traumatic year – ever – for most of us, I find myself reflecting on the many lessons that I learnt in 2020. This has been a brutal year. As I write this article, 1 565 407 people have died as a direct result of Covid-19. There have been many other related deaths though. Just this morning I read a heartbreaking story. Kimberley Eccles, a […]

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90 Noscars and counting

90 Noscars and counting 11th Dec 2020 SGB-Cape is unwavering when it comes to health and safety. This is evident from the number of Noscars it has received from Nosa over the years. We chat to the company’s national HSE manager, Thabo Modumaela, about these accolades. WHICH NOSCAR AWARDS DID SGB-CAPE WIN THIS YEAR? We won a total of 18 awards at the 2019–2020 Noscar awards. This includes seven platinum Noscars, seven green Noscars and four international awards. One of […]

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Making the grade?

Making the grade? 11th Dec 2020 The construction industry is paramount in all economies across the globe, yet skills shortages are preventing this sector from reaching its full potential. Does it have to be this way? Memory Takawira, senior quantity surveyor at the Department of Public Works, says that the construction industry plays an important role in the national and global economies. In her research paper, “Addressing Skill Shortages in the South African Residential Construction Industry Through Automation – a […]

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