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Building industry trending upwards

Even despite elections, crippling strikes and uneasy foreign exchange rates the building industry in South Africa is on the mend and is showing signs of recovering beyond many analysts’ expectations. This is according to Nico Pienaar, director of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association (Aspasa), whose members are key suppliers of building materials to the […]

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High energy consumption, environmental stewardship and lower operating costs are among the top reasons for the spike in the development of environmentally friendly and ‘green’ buildings in the country, as is evident in the latest McGraw-Hill Construction’s SmartMarket Report, which suggests that the number of green buildings in the country is growing faster than in […]

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The Concrete Institute’s Information Centre has been growing steadily since its inception in 1957 and its collection of reference material now stands at 119 109 lending and reference items. During the past year, the Centre has had to deal with 2 713 enquiries and 402 documents were requested via the Centre’s portal search engine. The […]

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To assist the architectural and engineering professions using the latest generation of REVIT design software, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has preloaded the specifications for all its waterproofing products onto a REVIT file. a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Autodesk REVIT is a revolutionary building information modelling software for architects, structural engineers; […]

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A new concrete retaining wall block, Aveng Manufacturing Infraset’s split-face Terrace Blok® 300, has enjoyed a spectacular launch at the Olivedale Retirement Village, currently under construction in Olivedale, Johannesburg. The TB300® was used to construct 2 200m² of open-face retaining walls. In addition, 1 400m² of closed-face walling was erected using Aveng Manufacturing Infraset’s Infrablok™ 350 retaining […]

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C&CI training programme for 2013 published

The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Education Programme for 2013 has been published.   Petrus Jooste, Education and Training Manager of the C&CI, says concrete training plays a vital role at a time when the shortage of skills is hampering economic progress in South Africa.   He states in the programme’s foreword that for the […]

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Tile Africa Contracts serves the Cape Town building industry from a new hub in Paarden Eiland

Tile Africa has opened a new retail store in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, which now functions as a central hub for its contracts division, Tile Africa Contracts, to service its clients.   The area draws many architects and contractors who are continuously looking for products to suit swimming pool, corporate, hospitality and residential projects. The […]

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Nazareth House building gets a renewed lease on life

Perched above the Durban city centre and Indian Ocean, the leafy suburb of Berea features an eclectic mix of architectural styles that hint at the colonial days of old. Amongst the various Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Modern architectural gems stands a 117 year old building that up until recently was known as Nazareth House. […]

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Johannesburg’s first mall overhauled

Cape Town has Table Mountain, Durban its beaches and the Kruger National Park, the Big Five. While tourists flock to South Africa to enjoy our country’s natural beauty, they also come from far and wide to pay pilgrimage to our shopping mecca, Johannesburg. With over 80 shopping centres serving thousands of tourists each year, along […]

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