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A wide range of Sika concrete repair and protection products were used in the Cornelis River Dam project, which needed major refurbishment in order to implement a sustainable regional bulk water supply scheme in the Phumelela Local Municipal area, prioritising Warden.
The saying goes that change is as good as a holiday, and renowned cement-based finish manufacturer, Cemcrete has taken this to heart. The company recently launched its new website and some of the innovative features are: 1) Find your perfect finish quiz The revamped website features a new look-and-feel with an emphasis on ease of […]
a.b.e. Construction Chemicals now supplies duraproof cem block, an easy to apply powdered product that when added to Portland cement plaster or mortar mixes, streamlines waterproofing by obstructing the capillaries and restricting moisture movement. a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Elrene Smuts, Communications Manager of the Chryso SA Group, says duraproof cem […]
In cooperation with the German federal research institute BAM, Nigerian scientist Dr. Kolawole Olonade from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife received the “German African Innovation Incentive Award” for the project research idea of re-using the residues of cassava as a rheology modifier for concrete and building materials. The prize was announced and awarded by the […]
The Chryso Southern Africa Group, a leading admixture producer, has substantially expanded its laboratory testing facilities with the opening of its new Centre of Excellence at the Group’s head office in Jet Park, Johannesburg. The Centre of Excellence features ultra-modern equipment and temperature control systems to offer cement, concrete, and construction systems technology as an […]
Strongly focused on addressing the needs of its customers, Lafarge South Africa, a member of the international LafargeHolcim group, a world leader in building materials, has a well-established reputation for providing the local construction industry with innovative products, solutions and services.
a.b.e Construction Chemicals supplied a wide range of waterproofing and concrete repair products for the refurbishment of dozens of grain silos at SAB Miller breweries in Caledon, Western Cape. a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Steff Dalton, a.b.e. Technical Sales Consultant, says for the waterproofing of the 56 silos, a.b.e.’s Index Fidia […]
TAL has introduced TAL Superscreed SL to their underlayment range. This rapid-setting self-levelling and smoothing underlayment is designed with high flow properties to produce smooth durable floor surfaces prior to fixing floor covering. TAL Superscreed SL is ideal for residential and commercial installations. The rapid-setting formula means that the TAL Superscreed SL initial set is […]
An impressive addition to Chryso’s range of decorative concretes is LuminTech, which comprises a variety of different luminescent particles that are applied to the surface and incorporated into the concrete skin. During the day these particles look like natural aggregates but they also absorb both natural and artificial UV radiation. After dark, the particles release […]
A unique class of construction material supplied by Kaytech not only solved logistical problems but also saved the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform time and money, due to its speed and ease of installation. The 22 km long Mooi River Irrigation Canal, supplying water to the remote Keate’s drift area of KwaZulu-Natal, was […]
The cement supplier recently commissioned a new cement blending and packing facility in Maseru. It is the first cement manufacturing facility established in the country.
There are at least five major benefits in designing and building with concrete: versatility, attractive appearance, cost-effectiveness, structural integrity, and sustainability, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute (TCI).
How can a property owner be sure that the plaster provided by the smaller or relatively inexperienced building contractor is acceptable, and if not, what can be done about it? It’s not a simple question to answer, says John Roxburgh, lecturer at The Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology.
Garth McMillan, divisional general manager of Bosun Bricks, receives the CMA CS Mark of Approval from executive director, Frans Minnaar The Concrete Manufacturers Association Certification Services (CMA CS) has undertaken its first complete initial assessments and certified a number of products on behalf of its maiden client, Bosun Bricks.
House Brink, beautifully transformed by timber construction company, Logo Homes, and clad in UCO Sedartex Plank from UFCC, won the Gold Award in the Alterations & Additions category in the 2015 Institute for Timber Construction Awards. United Fibre Cement Company (UFCC), supplier of asbestos-free cellulose fibre cement products to the construction, renovation and landscaping markets in South Africa, is proud to mark 11 years of successful business since its inception in 2005.
Developed by CHRYSO’s Research Centre, CHRYSO® Equalis 250 is based on new patented polymer technologies. The development is in line with this leading cement additives and concrete admixtures producer’s drive towards green technology and the need to produce more extended concretes, enabling contractors to achieve a lower carbon footprint.
Modern concrete roads are a far cry from the concrete pavements of old which are still in existence today but were designed long ago to very different design criteria to those employed today, says Bryan Perrie managing director of The Concrete Institute.
Craze cracking of concrete floors is caused by the shrinkage of the cement paste on the surface, and is particularly noticeable when the concrete slabs are damp. But there are certain steps to take to prevent floors displaying this unsightly appearance, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute.
Quality concrete does not happen by accident. Rather it is a combination of technical skills, quality materials, ratios and equipment that combine together to make a material that can easily be put in place to build a structure that may last for hundreds of years. Yet each element involved in the manufacture of concrete is closely interwoven in a complex chain. The weakest link determines the ultimate strength and suitability of the concrete for the job at hand which is why industry bodies that strive to uplift each segment of the industry are of the utmost importance.
Dr Pascal Boustingorry, the Interface Physical Chemistry team manager at Chryso France, recently visited South Africa to give a short course on the ‘Effect of Admixtures on Concrete Rheology’. This was part of a two day programme put together by the South African Society of Rheology (SASOR) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Precast concrete cladding provides the designer with substantial freedom in the choice of form, texture, and appearance, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute.
Concrete structures are expected to last a certain number of years and in order to meet the expected lifespan the concrete must be able to withstand structural loading, fatigue, weathering, abrasion and chemical attack. Eddie Correia, executive vice president of Chryso Southern Africa, says that the duration and type of curing applied during the setting process will play a determinant role in enabling the concrete to achieve the strength and durability that is required to meet the design parameters of the structure.
The use of readymix concrete is growing in leaps and bounds as the Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma) continues its drive to make accredited readymix concrete the building material of choice. This year the large-scale uptake of readymix concrete by construction firms, municipalities, roads authorities and other role players has led to a massive increase in concrete suppliers seeking memberships with the Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma), as they apply for accreditation from the highly respected industry body.
All measures should be taken by Government to ensure specifiers and engineers insist on quality assured building products sourced from suppliers belonging to regulated and accredited industry organisations in order to avoid costly rebuilds of sub-standard housing and infrastructural projects.