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PE Hospitality Industry feels AirBnB sting

The idea behind Airbnb started off simply enough. Those with a spare room could rent it out for a night or two and earn some extra cash. But now the online platform is threatening the viability of conventional lodging providers such as hotels and guest houses. ... Full story

Port Elizabeth’s inner-city renewal on track

New inner-city project will see the revamp of Vuyisile Mini Square in front of the Port Elizabeth City Hall linked to the overall face lift of the Baakens River Valley precinct. ... Full story

R12m earmarked for Jeffreys Bay

Seen as a tourism draw card, Jeffreys Bay is in for a commercial transformation, with Department of Environmental Affairs investing over R12m to upgrade facilities at the main beach area. ... Full story

Toilet outcry leads to plans for homes

Outcry from residents over the 'toilet city' in Despatch's Khayamnandi township prompts the government to focus on building more than 800 houses in the area over the next 10 months. ... Full story

Top officials intervene in housing protest

Angry residents take advantage of the presence of ANC bigwigs in their area to express their frustration with the lack of development. ... Full story

Bringing life to architecture

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's school of architecture has been busy at work for the first few months of this year with yet another exhibition of student work under way, this time at the Alliance Française in Richmond Hill. ... Full story

Families left in the lurch

Twenty-six families spend a second night sleeping in the open after being promised that they would be relocated to a nearby settlement. ... Full story

New life for 'Biko building'

Port Elizabeth's notorious Sanlam Building, where black consciousness leader Steve Biko was tortured by the then security police in 1977, will be transformed into a social and rental housing project by the end of the year. ... Full story

G’town centre given reprieve

The Makana Municipality in Grahamstown makes a U-turn on its decision to demolish the Makhanda Mall, which is constructed without approved building plans. ... Full story

Security fears over estate agent campaign to photograph homes

East London residents, rattled by house burglaries, takes on issue with their homes being photographed without their know ledge. ... Full story

Small firms halt work over pay

Subcontractors working on roadworks in the Eastern Cape down tools and block the entrance of a main contractor’s site office in an effort to get paid. ... Full story

Logistics park set for big expansion

In a bid to attract new businesses to Uitenhage, Bay municipality and Coega are planning expansion of the R287m Nelson Mandela Bay Logistic Park. ... Full story

Lack of houses sparks sit-in

Residents from Ward 41 staged a sit-in at the of fices of the Housing Development Agency in Port Elizabeth. ... Full story

MBDA tasked with finding new stadium operator

Nelson Mandela Bay council gives the go-ahead for the Mandela Bay Development Agency to start the process of finding a new stadium operator. ... Full story

Bay needs to cut red tape

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is one of the metros leading the pack when it comes to fast-tracking construction permits for new businesses. ... Full story

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