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today14 Aug 2012

GMBA extends health and safety support services

The Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) is providing extended professional Health and Safety (H&S) support for members’ management teams.  Doug Michell, the GMBA HSE manager, says the extended service supports total implementation of H&S programmes for the benefit of the member companies as well as their employees. “An H&S programme can only be successful and provide the necessary benefits if appropriately implemented,” he emphasises. 
today17 Feb 2016

Corobrik views affordable housing market as a key component in 2016

Corobrik believes further developments in South Africa's affordable housing market and investments in social infrastructure are the key to positive prospects for 2016, with the clay brick and paving manufacturer and distributor seeking to add to the value of South Africa’s infrastructure stock and consumer investment at the entry housing level where there is minimal disposable income for maintenance.
today12 Aug 2015

Quarrying industry to push for autonomy

Small quarrying operations throughout the country are carrying the back-breaking burden of supplying the country’s entire building and construction industry with up to 70% of building materials used to construct infrastructure and housing.
today10 Dec 2014

Gazing into the crystal ball

As we approach the end of 2014 it is interesting to note the range of expectations for 2015, from the various industry sectors, now beginning to emerge in the press. It is, as usual in South Africa, not straightforward. We face an array of challenges, many of our own making, aside from the vagaries of the global outlook. The two editorials below illustrate these opinions. The potential is there for an improvement over 2014, despite the challenges. But it will require some effort from government and the private sector.
today21 May 2011

Government to crack down on leaded paint

The National Department of Health plans to investigate reports of the ongoing availability of hazardous lead-based paint in South Africa despite the promulgation of legislation, nearly a year ago, to ban its manufacture and sale. Professor Angela Mathee, director of the Medical Research Council’s Environment and Health Research Unit, said she has been watching with interest the South Africa Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) initiative to remove leaded paint from retail shelves over recent years.