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Building a powerful communications strategy to accelerate strong customer relationships

Architecture News South Africa

Companies today are building much deeper relationships with customers than ever before, and one of the key reasons for this is their ability to maintain constant and open channels of communication.
'Companies today are building much deeper relationships with customers than ever before, and one of the key reasons for this is their ability to maintain constant and open channels of communication.'

‘Intensify the fight on long queues’: Home Affairs tackles service issues

Architecture News South Africa

Building a “world class” visa regime, new legislation on immigration and getting rid of those pesky lines at Department of Home Affairs offices are some of the top priorities for the department this year.
'Building a “world class” visa regime, new legislation on immigration and getting rid of those pesky lines at Department of Home Affairs offices are some of the top priorities for the department this year.'

Everything you need to know about the South African Menswear Week

Architecture The South African

The South African Menswear Week Spring/Summer 2020 collection is set to take place on 6 July at the KPMG building in Cape Town.
'The South African Menswear Week (SAMW) is coming up and promises to showcase trendy clothes for Spring and Summer. Yes, the Spring and Summer collection for 2020 is set to kick off on 6 July 2019 in Cape Town. For the culture collection coming your way @SAMenswearWeek Get your ticket now! #iconicblack pic.twitter.com/Qxl2TyjW5V — Iconic Black (@iconic_black) June 25, 2019 According to their official website , the South African Menswear Week is Africa’s only stand-alone platform dedicated to the development and promotion of menswear within the African continent.   Taking place twice a year in Cape Town, SAMW aims to provide a world-class platform for menswear designers and brands to showcase their latest collections.  A series of shows over three days, only the best of menswear is invited to be on the schedule each season. “The goal is to be the leading platform in terms of innovation, trends, production and most importantly, the promotion of our designers.  It’s about building credibility for the platform that will enable designers to grow their businesses.” The SA Menswear Week is modelled on the world’s leading platform,  London Fashion Week Men’s . SAMW takes place each season within interesting, unexplored settings, with show spaces seating no more than 400 people; a clean, simple show production with nothing to detract from the clothing.    Future SA Menswear Week dates are set internationally in terms of the calendar for other Menswear Weeks, including London, Pitti, Milan, Paris and New York.    This year many designers return to release their Spring/Summer collections. These include ALC Man, By El Apparel, Ellen Madie, Good Good Good, Iconic Black, Imprint, Jason Porshe, JReason, Lutuleigh, Masa Mara, One I Am, Sol Sol, Thobey Cooper, Throwaway Twenty, Tokyo James and XM Creations. See the full schedule over here : SA Menswear Week Tickets: Access for the general public is free this season for SAMW. However places are incredibly limited, and you will need to sign up online. Please  click here to register  for your pass. FREE TICKETS TO #SAMW SS20! Yes, you heard right. We are giving away a limited number of FREE day passes to SA Menswear Week taking place on Saturday at the KPMG skyscraper in Cape Town. Head on to: https://t.co/0Xs1T73tkc to claim yours. Once gone, they are gone! — SA Menswear Week (@SAMenswearWeek) July 1, 2019'

Scaling To Success: The Secrets To Capacity Building And Brand Building

Architecture iAfrica.com

Forbes 30under30 meet-up.This panel explores the importance of upskilling and training programs to make sure enough jobs are created and resources are maximised.
'Forbes 30under30 meet-up.This panel explores the importance of upskilling and training programs to make sure enough jobs are created and resources are maximised. . The post Scaling To Success: The Secrets To Capacity Building And Brand Building appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

SABC RADIO PARK BUILDING DECLARED SAFE

Architecture SABC – Official Website

Johannesburg – Tuesday, 25 June 2019 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Radio Park building has been declared safe for occupation, following the fire which broke out earlier today.
'Johannesburg – Tuesday, 25 June 2019 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Radio Park building has been declared safe for occupation, following the fire which broke out earlier today.'

Mashaba details plan to expropriate abandoned buildings for low-cost housing

Architecture The South African

Joburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, says he can address the issue of housing in the province.
'Gauteng mayor, Herman Mashaba, has laid out his plans for addressing the issue of housing in Johannesburg. As reported by Times Live , the mayor believes that there is a cheaper and more efficient solution to housing shortages than RDP development — expropriate abandoned buildings. Drawing inspiration from a resolution that was passed by council in 2018 to make 84 abandoned, city-owned buildings available for low-cost living in inner-city Johannesburg, Mashaba stated that the same principle could be applied for other areas in desperate need of housing opportunities. Where will Herman Mashaba expropriate these buildings? According to the mayor, this is a decision that has garnered the support of the province’s multi-party government. Many areas outside of Johannesburg are dealing with the rampant increase of informal structures due to the unavailability of land and the last thing they need, he said, are promises of new cities and bullet trains. “Our residents cannot wait for dreams of new cities to materialise in the distant future, if at all,” Mashaba said. He revealed that the City has identified, so far, a total of 37 abandoned buildings that tick all the boxes in the expropriation checklist. These include: Kew Devland Rabie Ridge Doornfontein Booysens Nancefield On what basis can these buildings be expropriated? Most of these structures were once bustling factories. However, the owners of the respective properties have failed to make any attempts at maintaining their upkeep, making it possible for the government to step in and put them to use for a greater purpose. “Arising from their large stand sizes, the yield of these properties will offer nearly 3 000 housing opportunities in multi-storey buildings,” Mashaba added. In his statement, the mayor made assurances that the government would follow the appropriate legal processes in taking over ownership of the abandoned structures. He revealed that the owners of the buildings are untraceable, and that “monies owing on these properties exceed their value.“ Once the matter has been passed by council and the expropriation is seen through, Mashaba noted that the buildings would be awarded to the deserving players in the private sector, whose mandate will be to convert these structures into multi-storey housing units.'

New York Tenants Fight as Landlords Embrace Facial Recognition Cameras

Architecture News South Africa

Tenants in a New York City apartment complex are fighting their landlord’s effort to install a facial recognition system to access parts of the buildings, calling it an affront to their privacy rights. From a report: The row, which the tenants
'Tenants in a New York City apartment complex are fighting their landlord’s effort to install a facial recognition system to access parts of the buildings, calling it an affront to their privacy rights. From a report: The row, which the tenants believe could become an important test case, comes as concern about the spread of facial recognition systems has grown across the US and globally, with law enforcement agencies increasingly relying on the tool. San Francisco this month became the first US city to ban city police and government agencies from using it. Private firms are also increasingly keen on the technology. At Atlantic Plaza Towers in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, the landlord, Nelson Management Group, is moving to install a new system to control entry into the buildings. It would use facial recognition to open the front door for recognized tenants rather than traditional keys or electronic key fobs. More than 130 tenants have, however, filed a formal complaint with the state seeking to block the application. “We do not want to be tagged like animals,” said Icemae Downes, who has lived at Atlantic Plaza Towers since it opened 51 years ago. “We are not animals. We should be able to freely come in and out of our development without you tracking every movement.” Some residents also fear the move reflects the spreading pressures of gentrification further into the east of Brooklyn, and a desire to attract white, higher-income residents in the buildings, whose tenants are mostly black. They say there is already a culture of surveillance and that if they are suspected of breaking one of the building’s rules, they might find an image of themselves pushed under their doors. Read more of this story at Slashdot.'