September, 2014


Corobrik’s Firelight Satin Unites Old and New at Umhlanga College

Umhlanga College – a state-of-the-art learning facility that is taking shape amongst the green sugar cane fields of Umhlanga – is a perfect example of a blend of old and new and testament to the fact that Corobrik products are timeless. The school, which opened its doors in 2003, started out as an initiative of […]

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Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle

Building an Effective Construction Industry for the Future

Discussions continued on the second day of the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Conference   aimed at presenting effective routes towards transformation, improving skills and sustainability of the construction industry. Talks began with an emphasis on the Eastern Cape. Dr Pierre Voges, CEO of the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) discussed urban renewal in Port Elizabeth […]

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Deputy Minister of the Department of Labour, Inkosi Sango Patekile Holomisa

Experts Consider the Foundations for a Sustainable South Africa

The 109th annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Conference got underway on September 22nd, at the Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth. The theme for this year’s Congress was ‘Building a Sustainable South Africa’, aimed to address subjects such as skills development, growth and job creation within the building and construction industry. The […]

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La Lucia Mall: fabulous at 40 with a fantastic future ahead

An icon of modern shopping in KwaZulu-Natal, La Lucia Mall celebrates 40 years of retail success this month. Originally built in 1974, La Lucia Mall has grown and evolved with its community and retail trends to remain a relevant and exciting shopping attraction, frequented by over six million shoppers each year. Now, it is set […]

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Economic challenges make the business imperative for green buildings even stronger

With rising operating costs and the economic slowdown in South Africa likely to have an impact on commercial property developments within the next few months, it is an opportune time for developers to explore the business case for green buildings further. That is the view of Ken Reynolds, Regional Executive Gauteng, Nedbank Corporate Property Finance. […]

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Sarah Farrell from Hotel Verde, winner of the Energy Saving category, in her Alter Eco-ego dress

Winners for the 2014 Eco-Logic Awards announced.

After a nail biting month of anticipation – the winners of the  2014 Eco-Logic Awards were announced last evening at The Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng. Celebrities, senior government officials, representatives from municipalities and the private sector, environmental NGOs and NPOs as well as finalists and Certificate of Merit recipients attended the Glamorously Green Awards Ceremony. […]

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Growing demand for Cape Town’s luxury retirement apartments

An increasing number of SA’s senior individuals and couples are opting to move into retirement homes and apartments within ‘retirement lifestyle estates’, a term that denotes far more than just accommodation. It includes a large number of lifestyle benefits as well. Says Phil Wilson, National Sales Manager of Evergreen Lifestyles, SA’s first national award-winning retirement […]

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Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) has welcomed the slightly more positive outlook reflected in the latest FNB/Bureau for Economic Research Building Confidence Index – but is still extremely concerned about the “pedestrian rate of building activities throughout the country” and its effects on job creation. Tumi Dlamini, Executive Director of MBSA, says in a statement […]

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In the early 2013 and following an assessment of the lifecycle performance of low cost housing projects in Bergville, Glencoe and Ladysmith built of Corobrik’s Coro Maxi 140 face bricks some 20 years ago, the Endumeni Municipality (Dundee) supported by the NHBRC endorsed the use of Coro Maxi 140 face construction for state provided subsidy […]

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SA’s brightest green stars are honoured

South Africa’s top rated Green Star buildings and top green building professionals were announced at the Green Star Leadership Awards 2014, held at the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Convention, sponsored by Nedbank, in Cape Town last week. For their stellar contributions to green building in South Africa, this year’s big winners of these […]

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