today13 Mar 2012

Nando’s new-look restaurants provide boost for South Africa’s artisan community

{nomultithumb} Nando’s new-look restaurants, currently being rolled out across southern Africa, are providing a significant boost for the country’s artisanal community. The work of master wirework and beader, Douglas Chapeta; acclaimed ceramic mosaic artist, Jane Du Rand; ceramic glass specialist, Deon Schreiber; the lighting experts at Greencraft and pressed steel ceiling reclaimer, Pierre Terblanche plays a key role in the experience of Nando’s customers when they enter one of the new restaurants. 
today23 Aug 2017

Artisanal finishes for artisanal restaurants

Cemcrete showcases three artisanal restaurants using cement finishes and coatings to design distinctive interiors.
today9 Sep 2013

McDonald’s sees value of Light Steel Frame Building

McDonald’s South Africa is changing the way it builds its restaurants and according to Greg Solomon, McDonald’s South Africa’s managing director, is rolling out sustainable light steel frame building (LSFB) restaurants across the country.
today13 Mar 2019

Decorex Durban promises a creative feast of flavour for discerning foodies

McDonald’s South Africa is changing the way it builds its restaurants and according to Greg Solomon, McDonald’s South Africa’s managing director, is rolling out sustainable light steel frame building (LSFB) restaurants across the country.
today14 Mar 2013

Double action swing doors

Apex SCP Traffic Doors are among the most frequently specified doors for restaurants, banquet halls, dining facilities and other food service applications. The appeal of these double action high traffic doors is in their smooth operation and especially reliable hinge system. 
today25 Feb 2012

Tiles for DoRego’s

Tile Africa Contracts now supplies the Proudly South African restaurant franchise DoRego’s with tiles for front and back-of-house.  This chain of restaurants, which specialises in chicken, fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches, underwent a rebranding in 2009 and is now using striking colours in its store design.
today6 Aug 2018

Cemcrete’s featured projects

Cemcrete finishes are not just for houses. View retail shops, hair salons, restaurants and houses where Cemcrete was used to add that extra impact.
today28 Sep 2016

Iconic new Central Square at Menlyn Maine opens

Developed to be one-of-a-kind in South Africa, the iconic new Central Square opened in Pretoria at Menlyn Maine on 21 September 2016. Menlyn Maine is a ground-breaking 315,000sqm decentralised green city mega-development and the 65,000sqm R1.8 billion mixed-use Central Square will become its vibrant heart.
today18 Mar 2019

Decorex Durban lightens the mood with its latest feature

Decorex Durban has brought in leading lighting suppliers, Springlights, an illuminating feature at this year’s show
today25 Feb 2019
verified_userUnion Tiles

The Mystical Beauty of ONYX

The mystical beauty of onyx. Union tiles' range of onyx stone is used as countertops in bathrooms or splashbacks in the kitchen.
today14 Mar 2012

Beaded columns

{nomultithumb} In the beginning, wirework and beading master Douglas Chapeta created his works only in plain silver wire. That was back in 1998 – but by 2000 he had realised that by adding colourful beads to the wirework, more people were inclined to buy the goods he sold on the sidewalks of Durban and at markets like the Essenwood Market.  It was these sales that helped Douglas support his extended family back in Zimbabwe, as well as his wife and children who moved to Durban to be with him. 
today14 Nov 2018
verified_userSaint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa

Improving acoustics in retail spaces

Saint-Gobain Gyproc supplies acoustic ceilings and stress the importance of noise and sound control in the retail space, both from a shopper and a worker perspective. Acoustic performance plays a crucial and integral part in the creation of retail spaces.
today31 Oct 2018

Divercity invests R2 billion in Joburg inner-city developments

Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2bn in Johannesburg as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner-city precincts. This investment, the largest in the Johannesburg CBD for some years, is focused on the redevelopment of the iconic ABSA Towers Main building and Jewel City.
today10 Apr 2018
verified_userEuroDrain Technology / KESSEL

When to use a grease separator?

KESSEL grease separators can be fitted with the SonicControl which offers real time monitoring and data transfer of grease layer thickness, temperature measurement, 230V 50 Hz power connection, rechargeable battery backup and a BMS connection (Building Management System).
today1 Dec 2016

TAL range includes floor finishes from cement-based to epoxy, resin and urethane floors

Concrete no longer means dull or boring grey. Instead, decorative screed overlayments are available in a range of colours and finishes, including matt, satin, polished or textured, in order to create personalised designs.
today7 Sep 2016
verified_userEuroDrain Technology / KESSEL

KESSEL grease separator systems from EuroDrain Technology

KESSEL’s complete range of grease separator systems for free-standing installation in frost-protected rooms or for underground installation is available from EuroDrain Technology in South Africa.  
today30 Jan 2019
verified_userDaikin Air Conditioning South Africa

Meet Daikin’s new Bluevolution heat pump cassette

Daikin launches South Africa’s very first heat pump cassette using low GWP R-32 refrigerant gas extending the Sky Air range for light commercial applications
today9 Jul 2012

All-glass sliding walls

The optimised manual sliding wall (MSW) system from Geze offers designers flexible functionality in transparent partitioning that can be adapted for use in a wide range of applications.  The all-glass sliding wall system provides for spaces to be separated and connected – both visually and physically. It is an ideal partitioning solution for use in airports, stations, banks and government buildings as well as hotels, restaurants and offices, especially for waiting areas. 
today21 Oct 2015

Avery Dennison® Quick Erase Film

A flexible solution to replace whiteboards, the Avery Dennison® Quick Erase Film can be applied onto walls or partitions indoors, giving you a whiteboard of virtually any size. 
today1 Nov 2018
verified_userAwning Warehouse / Reboss Awnings

Maximise your outdoor spaces with a retractable roof

Awning Warehouse’s new range of retractable awnings are an optimal solution, enabling you to enjoy your exterior areas by creating ideal designs for your terrace, garden, café or restaurant. They are fully automated and are custom designed and manufactured locally.
today21 Aug 2018

The Regency Apartment Hotel in Menlyn celebrates grand opening

Awning Warehouse’s new range of retractable awnings are an optimal solution, enabling you to enjoy your exterior areas by creating ideal designs for your terrace, garden, café or restaurant. They are fully automated and are custom designed and manufactured locally.
today2 Oct 2018
verified_userEDT Water Treatment

Saving resources by re-using wastewater

EuroDrain Technology wastewater treatment plants offer both below and above ground options. Designed according to the client’s requirements, the plants meet the local effluent specifications of the relevant country’s Water Affairs Departments.
today19 Sep 2018
verified_usera.b.e® Construction Chemicals

a.b.e. products for two Western Cape floor refurbishments

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied products for the upgrading of the flooring at two premises in the Western Cape: the Supa Quick tyre and fitment centre in Robertson, and Sea Harvest fish processing facilities at Saldanha Bay. Products used abescreed SLC P; abecote primer; and abecote 441.
today30 Aug 2018
verified_userTraviata Flooring Systems

Traviata Flooring is changing the options in the hospitality sector

From beach hotels to bush lodges, mountain resorts to inner city high rises, the characteristics of Traviata LVT flooring are seeing it make great inroads against more traditional materials.
today22 Aug 2018

Batyline AW optimises acoustic comfort

Batyline AW by Serge Ferrari is a versatile, high-performance sound absorbing material that offers offers unlimited creativity in terms of colour.
today20 Jun 2018

Marvellous Menlyn

The Trilogy Collection in Menlyn Maine features Miele appliances in the luxury apartments, ranging from studios to multimillion rand penthouses. Miele has also established the Miele Center in Menlyn Maine that will not only showcase Miele kitchen appliances but also offer cooking classes and demonstrations.
today19 Feb 2018

How will we live in 2025?

Property Fox discusses trends that will impact homes of the future. No more garages, Alexa organising your life, Air BNB, water saving products, multi-purpose rooftops and on-command interior design are just some of the emerging trends that will change the home of tomorrow.
today3 Jan 2018

Sunningdale Shopping Centre gets a makeover

Sunningdale Shopping Centre in Umhlanga recently refurbished using 1074 square metres of Marmoran coating products. Permacrete used as a protective and decorative coating.
today15 Jul 2011

Economical infrared zone heating

Winter is with us and in those ‘difficult-to-heat’ areas in factories, workshops, processing plants, restaurants and corporate buildings many people will be feeling the chill. One heating solution that is effective and economical is infrared zone heating, available from Technilamp. It provides warmth across controlled zones within those spacious areas.
today28 Jan 2011

Fire safety in the kitchen

Leading South African fire equipment manufacturer and supplier to the fire trade, SafeQuip, has launched a new fire extinguisher designed to extinguish fat fires. Fat fires can occur in food processing companies, industrial kitchens, hotels, restaurants and anywhere where food is prepared. Frying oil, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, maize oil, butter and lard falls under the class ‘F’ fire classification in terms of British and European Standards.
today4 Feb 2014

Ponte re-imagined, Hillbrow re-viewed

He protectively ushers his son across the zebra crossing, making sure he is between him and the traffic. The little boy is smartly dressed in a new school uniform and I can’t help noticing how black and shiny his shoes are against the dusty backdrop, as if he didn’t play outside at break time or has carefully brushed the dust off them before leaving school. I get the impression he is a Grade One pupil who has just started school, still immensely proud of his new uniform and the unblemished satchel on his back. Dad, also smartly dressed, deposits him at the entrance to Skylar Mansions and hurries off, probably going back to work. Is it strange that on this first visit to Hillbrow in about 30 years, I am left with an overall impression of neatness?
today19 Jul 2017
verified_userVan Dyck Floors

Easigrass artificial lawn marketed by Van Dyck

Easigrass artificial grass, marketed by Van Dyck, is a once off investment that delivers ongoing savings. Apart from not paying out for garden services, garden implements and expensive lawn dressings and chemicals, artificial turf will also shrink water and electricity bills.
today7 Jun 2017

Atterbury development Mall of Africa gets top honours at international VIVA Awards

Atterbury Property’s development of the iconic Mall of Africa secured its place among top honourees from around the world in the highly coveted international VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value, Achievement) Awards, announced in Las Vegas, USA, on Sunday, 21 May 2017.
today11 May 2017
verified_userGeberit Southern Africa

The new Geberit tap system for public and semi-public sanitary facilities

Geberit’s new tap system is helping to bring about a change in thinking: Electronic washbasin taps can be slim and elegant and still be very robust. They can also be installed both in the wall and in the washbasin quickly and without any errors at the first attempt. The new Geberit tap system is now available.
today27 Feb 2017

New revolutionary quick-curing a.b.e. protection for Discovery air-conditioning plant

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ new VIP QuickFloor system that can cure in less than an hour to enable flooring contractors to provide incredibly rapid flooring has been applied as waterproofing protection at the Discovery Holdings headquarters in Sandton.
today20 Feb 2017

New smart solar panel follows the sun, generates 40% more energy

Imagine clean energy for your home or business that is easy, efficient, smart and beautiful. Three curious and progressive-minded friends all living in Burgenland, Austria circa 2010 set out to a create a completely new and unique solar solution - inspired by the shape of a sunflower- in an attempt to challenge the status quo of the solar energy market at the time. From their effort, smartflower was born. Essentially, it is a smart solar panel that follows the sun. It is a fully integrated, plug-and-play solar system that powers your world with clean energy. It’s pleasing to the eye, simple to install, even easier to use.
today15 Aug 2010

Tiles create colour at Nando’s

Tile Africa Contracts supplies porcelain, ceramic and slate tiles, including bathroomware, to Nando’s outlets nationally and internationally. The company recently supplied tiles to new Nando’s outlets in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth as well as Harare and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. 
today21 Oct 2013

Self-sustainable power supply solution for Geberit taps

Touchless taps as seen in public areas such as airports, hotels and restaurants traditionally require either electricity or a battery system. In line with Geberit’s philosophy of sustainability, innovation, quality and reliability, their touchless taps can now be fitted with the newly developed SSPS, which creates its own power supply, thereby eliminating the need for electricity or batteries.
today28 Nov 2016

Retrofitting an insulated ceiling

It’s worth considering retro-fitting an insulated ceiling to an existing building or home. The obvious reason is to control heat flow through the ceiling space, restricting heat from roof system entering the room below, or containing heat within a living or working space.
today2 May 2016

Give walls a makeover with locally printed wall papers

From florals, to modern geometrics, bold stripes, or soothing landscapes, wall paper has the ability to transform a wall and in so doing add a new life and energy to a room. Recognising that it’s one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to add colour, art and design to a home living room, bedroom, retail or office environment, digital printing experts Graffiti Retail Solutions has launched a range of inspired wall papers.
today2 Dec 2016
verified_userVan Dyck Floors

Athena Woven Vinyl flooring from Van Dyck

Athena Woven Vinyl is the new offering from Van Dyck. Inspired by Athena, the Greek goddess of arts and crafts, master of weaving, Athena incorporates a blend of timeless hues and modern designs. The collection consists of intricately woven strands of PVC forming highly visual, futuristic designs, which combine extreme durability and comfort, whilst exploring the boundaries of flooring design. 
today10 Nov 2016
verified_userDatlink Insulation

ThermocousTex® board or fibre by Datlink Insulation

If a sound studio suffers from any of the below, ThermocousTex® board or fibre could be the solution.
today16 Aug 2016

Cobra customises savvy solution for Hilton Durban revamp

A total of 311 Protea mixers were fitted as part of the Hilton Durban renovation. When the Hilton Durban embarked on the biggest refurbishment programme in its 17-year history, it faced a dilemma: although it was upgrading the fittings in its guest bathrooms, the original plumbing-ware had to be reused. Knowing this could present a technical challenge, the Cobra team was called in to not only install all the new fittings, but to also find a cost-effective solution, ensuring they could be used with the existing hardware.
today18 Jul 2016

"My hotel's heat pump paid for itself in just over two months!"

Located in the Johannesburg inner-city suburb of the same name and just up the hill from the Ellis Park stadium, the Troyeville Hotel remains something of a legend with a loyal following across Johannesburg.
today24 Jun 2016

Corobriks facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look

A mixture of Corobrik’s facebrick and paver range has been used in the construction of the vibrant Century City Square, a R1 billion project of mixed-use development that forms the heart of the Bridgeway Precinct in Cape Town.
today8 Jun 2016

Cobra Product Design Competition - Don't miss the deadline!

The cut-off date for the 2016 Cobra Product Design Competition (PDC) is fast approaching – all entries need to be submitted by no later than July 4th.
today18 Feb 2016

Rosebank revives al-fresco dining

The Zone Boulevard, a newly revamped building forming part of The Zone @ Rosebank with its indoor/outdoor design, delightful vertical garden, views across a bustling square and romantic nighttime lighting is the perfect place for alfresco dining. “We wanted to revive the impression of an avenue where people could enjoy pavement dining in beautiful surroundings, and the Zone Boulevard has exceeded our expectations,” says Anton Bieber, Portfolio Manager for the Rosebank Node at Old Mutual Property.
today9 May 2016
verified_userSE Controls

SE Controls keeps shoppers safe at Johannesburg's new Mall of the South

The smoke ventilation system at Johannesburg’s recently opened Mall of the South shopping centre is using SE Controls’ window automation, vents and control panel solutions to ensure it operates perfectly in the event of a fire, allowing smoke-free escape routes to be maintained for shoppers and staff.
today3 May 2016

Bitcon fire doors for Menlyn Maine "green" development

Leading fire door manufacturer, Bitcon Industries, has secured several new high-profile contracts for the company's respected range of products. 
today24 Feb 2016
verified_userEuroDrain Technology / KESSEL

Grease separators for self-disposal

Separators for self-disposal, such as the KESSEL SE-Premium grease separator, available from Eurodrain in South Africa, work according to the principle of gravity. 
today11 Mar 2019

New feature line-up planned for Decorex Durban 2019

Separators for self-disposal, such as the KESSEL SE-Premium grease separator, available from Eurodrain in South Africa, work according to the principle of gravity. 
today9 Jul 2012

Fire protection for commercial kitchens

Specialist in fire protection systems, The Centa Group, has launched a new F-Class fire safety system for kitchens, designed especially for kitchen areas in hotels, restaurants and public institutions.  Duncan Boyes, chairman of The Centa Group, says, “This new kitchen system, which incorporates an automatic fusible link fire detection system and fully mechanical suppression system, meets stringent UL quality and safety standards and enhances safety in commercial and industrial kitchens. In kitchens where large amounts of inflammable ingredients are used, electrical and gas-operated appliances are susceptible to ignition and the break out of a fire. 
today3 Apr 2012

Durban décor devotees in their element at Decorex Durban 2012

Durban’s large community of décor devotees and interior design enthusiasts were in their element at this year’s Decorex Durban 2012. The five day event concluded on Sunday 25 March, having done justice to its milestone 10th exhibition by offering its most trendy and inspirational exhibition yet. Featuring some of the most creative minds in the region and an inspiring combination of over 120 high end exhibitors, 10 feature installations and an eclectic range of unique food markets, trendy pop-up restaurants and bars, the event successfully transformed the Durban Exhibition Centre into a colourful and trendy shrine to design, décor and home living. 
today17 Jul 2015
verified_userSE Controls

SE Controls keeps shoppers safe at the new Matlosana Mall in South Africa

The smoke ventilation system at Matlosana Mall, shopping and entertainment centre in Klerksdorp, is using SE Controls’ window automation and control panel solutions to ensure it operates perfectly in the event of a fire, allowing smoke-free escape routes to be maintained for shoppers and staff.
today29 May 2015

Bitcon fire doors for new multi-million dollar Maputo landmark

South African fire door producer, Bitcon Industries, has secured a second contract for the provision of its Rubidor Class B fire doors for Maputo’s new landmark building, the multi-million dollar mixed-use, The Horizon, residential and office tower development in Maputo.
today14 Apr 2015
verified_userSE Controls

SE Controls Africa provides solution for Namibian malls natural ventilation requirements

A natural ventilation solution from SE Controls Africa is ensuring shoppers at Maeura Mall in Namibia keep their cool.
today16 Mar 2015

Stiebel Eltron three phaseinstant water heaters

Instantaneous “tankless” water heaters on three phase power supply can deliver hot water in many different ways. 
today29 Aug 2018

Creating Franschhoek Beer Co’s new foodie destination

In the construction of Tap | Eat, Inhouse had to extend the former premises of Franschhoek Beer Co, which consisted solely of the brewery. Inhouse Director, Phillip Wyatt notes that the design “needed to tie in with the brewery next-door, but also have its own identity”.
today16 Jul 2018
verified_usera.b.e® Construction Chemicals

a.b.e. Products for floor revamp at Waterfront restaurant

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied three key products for the refurbishment of the floors of the popular Panama Jacks restaurant at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. For the new flooring, a.b.e. – part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group – supplied abecote primer; abeflo HPU; and Dow Corning 813.
today8 Oct 2018

Marriott International reveals robust expansion plans across Africa

Marriott International’s planned growth reinforces its commitment to Africa and underscores the substantial emphasis that countries across Africa are placing on the travel and tourism sector.
today4 Jun 2018
verified_userInternational Slab Sales

7 Awe-inspiring marble use cases

There are so many varieties of marble in the Rudi’s Choice Collection, ranging from dramatic blacks to chocolate brown to cream and white. Marble is ideal for flooring, kitchens, wall cladding, countertops, staircases, backsplashes and fireplace surrounds.
today26 Nov 2018
verified_userGeze SA

Flagship development integrates work-life-play convenience

Unencumbered access was essential for Park Square which houses a sizeable Nedbank call centre. GEZE door closers and fire safety doors played a pivotal part in the project, with specifying made easy using GEZE EZE BIM specifying software.
today20 Nov 2018
verified_userGlobal Roofing Solutions

Global Roofing overcomes challenges in Campus Square extension

- The roof is an innovative aspect of the Campus Square Extension project. The roof was designed according to the minimum requirements as specified by the code, resulting in a very light weight roof. Klip Lok 700 by Global Roofing Solutions was specified for the 8000sq.m roof.
today30 Aug 2018
verified_userMac Brothers

Mac Brothers Catering Equipment - COMPANY PROFILE

Mac Brothers manufacture an extensive range of catering and refrigeration equipment in its factory located in Epping, Cape Town. They have also secured supply agreements from some of the world’s finest catering equipment brands; and carry a wide range of spare parts.
today13 Nov 2018

African style and homegrown comforts influence the Decorex SA 2019 theme

Africa is finally emerging from the shadows in respect of stylistic influence, being viewed as a leader in design inspiration rather than a mere accessory. Attend Decorex 2019 in Durban, Cape Town or Johannesburg.
today10 Aug 2018

A bamboo kaleidoscope: Green Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam

Hotel Jakarta included many sustainable applications like solar panels and a rainwater collector to reach the sustainable certification score BREEAM Excellent. The building is energy-neutral; all used bamboo materials even have a negative CO2 footprint. The total quantity of different bamboo products that have been installed in the hotel would fill five giant sea containers.
today18 Jul 2018

Eurocucina kitchen trends set to feature at Decorex Joburg

The trends seen in the South African kitchen industry filter down from what is showcased at Eurocucina, one of the world’s largest kitchen exhibitions that takes place in Italy. See these trends on display at Decorex Joburg.
today22 Aug 2018

Ecophon Focus™ Ez ceiling tiles

Saint-Gobain Ecophon's new design ceiling tile with recessed visible grid is easily demountable.
today21 May 2018

TAL’s quick-setting high traffic grout

TAL High Traffic Grout is a quick-setting grout designed to provide a durable, scratch and water-resistant finish in installation areas subjected to high traffic volumes, or heavy loads. TAL High Traffic Grout is ideal for car showrooms, retail centres and stores, as well as exterior installations.
today29 Mar 2018

Five new Green ratings for V&A Waterfront buildings

V&A Waterfront is proud to be awarded five Green Star Ratings from the Green Building Council South Africa.
today13 Mar 2018
verified_userGlobal Roofing Solutions

GRS providing sustainable relief to uplift and rebuild Knysna area

One company that stepped up to the plate and offered the Knysna-Plettenberg Bay-Sedgefield their support is Global Roofing Solutions. The company contacted Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the current Miss Universe, and the Gift of the Givers Foundation to find out how they could get involved. After assessing the current need in the area, it was decided that Global Roofing Solutions would be donating the sheeting that was needed for a number of projects.
today8 Mar 2018

Decorex Durban reveals fresh features for 2018 show

Decorex Durban – sponsored by Plascon – promises a strong design-focused exhibition for 2018 with 15 leading designers collaborating with industry experts to curate on-trend spaces that encapsulate the #rhythmoflife theme.
today5 Feb 2018

The Race to Zero: 78 Corlett Drive

78 Corlett Drive in Johannesburg is leading the local green building sector into a new phase of evolution. The project was awarded a Net Zero Carbon (Pilot) Level 1 Certification in late November 2017, and a 6-star Green Star Office V1.1 Design certification in January 2018.
today3 Jan 2018

Naturally defined: surfacing trends 2018

Ongoing research and development in the Sintered Stone Surface market has meant there is now something to suit any taste and application. Applications include cladding, worktops, flooring and surfacing applications.
today29 Sep 2014
verified_userFranke South Africa

One hundred years in South Africa

Franke Beverage Systems (beverage containers) and Industrial Engineering. The Franke Group employs around 8,900 people worldwide and is established in 37 countries with 72 subsidiaries.
today10 Dec 2014

McDonald’s wins LSFB category at Steel Awards 2014

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) hosted the Steel Awards 2014, which took place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban on 18 September.
today4 Jun 2014

TAL X-Calibur introduces X-Tech StoneFlow decorative screed

TAL X-Calibur is introducing a newly developed industrial grade, rapid-setting and self-smoothing decorative screed called X-Tech StoneFlow.
today28 Feb 2014

Decorative privacy

SOLYX® Decorative Films bring design light and vision control to glass. Internal and external partitions, privacy and security windows, panels, dividers, screens, doors, special effects, decorative and architectural glass are all enhanced with SOLYX® Decorative Films. 
today25 May 2014

Good looks and functionality combine in the Apex SR 9000

It is important that traffic doors combine functionality with longevity. In areas where the movement of pedestrians and goods is particularly high, consideration to the durability of the door needs to be balanced with its ability to provide an unhindered flow of traffic.
today4 May 2014

New improved tamperproof floor drain

It is well known within the food industry that pilfering and shop lifting often takes place via the floor drains. The goods are simply flushed down the drain to be collected later at the outlet, outside the premises.
today13 Apr 2014

Light steel frame building ideal for penthouse projects

The light steel frame building (LSFB) method, which has proven itself across the building spectrum, is in the opinion of John Barnard, director of the Southern African Light Steel Frame Association (SASFA), ideal for add-on loft units.

The benefits of installing a cement-based floor

One of the trickiest decisions when renovating or building your home is deciding on the most suitable type of flooring. An important part of making this decision is being aware of the pros and cons of different flooring options. Consider concrete for its versatility and durability, and read on to discover the overall benefits of choosing a cement-based finish for your floor.
today31 Aug 2017

Living art and living screens by GreenHive

LivePicture and Living Green Screens are used as wall decorations or as area dividers and offer the benefits of plants together with aesthetic properties. Available from GreenHive, no electricity or water connections are needed.
today12 Oct 2017

Announcement of the winners in the PG Bison 1.618 competition

Stephanus Petrus Diedericks from the University of the Free State won the 2017 PG Bison 1.618 competition with his transformation of an ailing building into a gastronomic restaurant.
today31 May 2017

The 2017 brief for the PG Bison 1.618 competition and awards

PG Bison launched the 2017 brief for their long-standing 1.618 Competition in March. This year it is based on the Environmental Centre, Delta Park Heritage Precinct, in Johannesburg.
today14 Dec 2017
verified_userSaint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa

How savvy product choice raised construction standards for the Silo Hotel

The development of Silo Hotel, located above the Zeitz Mocca, features a variety of Saint-Gobain Gyproc plasterboard materials that contain sustainability, comfort and safety properties. Selecting the right materials for the hotel and detailing product systems that would add the most value to the building, was a major part of Saint-Gobain’s contribution to the project.
today4 Oct 2017
verified_userUnion Tiles

Ceramic or porcelain - which tile to choose?

Union Tiles provides ceramic and porcelain wall and floor tiles. Here they explain how to choose a tile depending on the application and location.
today14 Sep 2017
verified_userVan Dyck Floors

Envirobuild paving is a safe bet at the Eagle Creek Spur

The impact attenuating properties of Envirobuild rubber paving are tested and certified to SANS 51176/7 for playground safety. The rubber paving bricks are perfect for surfacing of playground areas as the severity of a fall is greatly reduced.
today30 Nov 2017

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

The impact attenuating properties of Envirobuild rubber paving are tested and certified to SANS 51176/7 for playground safety. The rubber paving bricks are perfect for surfacing of playground areas as the severity of a fall is greatly reduced.
today21 Jul 2017

100% Design South Africa comes full circle in 2017

From being a fledging show in 2014, 100% Design South Africa has matured into Africa’s premier exhibition and sourcing platform for high-end contemporary design. 100% Design South Africa is set to shake up Gallagher Convention Centre in Gauteng when it happens alongside Decorex Joburg from 9-13 August 2017.
today22 Mar 2017
verified_userUnion Tiles

Terra-Stone slim line terrazzo tiles

Terra-Stone slimline terrazzo tiles are suitable for both wall and floor. Available from Union Tiles, the range includes Carpet Stone, Lava Stone, Classic Polished, and Rustico. These lightweight terrazzo tiles are ideal for high traffic areas and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
today10 Mar 2017
verified_userTraviata Flooring Systems

Vinyl flooring stands the test of time

How confident are you with the warranty that comes with your chosen floor?  Traviata Flooring Systems recently revisited a couple of the highest traffic sites that have exceeded the warranty period for their Traviloc 5.0 interlocking vinyl.  
today28 Oct 2010
verified_userJohnson Tiles

Tiles for Eden on the Bay

Tile Africa Contracts recently supplied tiles to Eden on the Bay, an upmarket residential / mixed use development on the beachfront at Blouberg’s Big Bay, near Cape Town.
today24 Apr 2010

Fire safety in hard working kitchens

The Lehavot system, available from the Centa Group, is an automatic fire detection and fully mechanical suppression system for fire safety in commercial and industrial kitchens, including kitchen areas in factory canteens and on the mines.
today9 Jan 2010

Cobra Watertech Cobratron touch-free taps

Leading manufacturer of quality sanitaryware and plumbing supplies, Cobra Watertech, reported a growing demand for touch-free sensor taps to help stem cross-contamination following the spread of the swine flu virus in South Africa and internationally last year. Touch-free electronic Smart taps – in the latest Cobratron range – are being installed in areas where there is a particularly high volume of human traffic, such as schools, shopping malls, airports, petrol station restrooms, hospitals and restaurants.
today17 Jul 2013

Maintain architectural integrity with clear security

The personal safety of the occupants of a building should never be compromised because of a reluctance to obscure the structure’s architectural beauty with a muddle of busy burglar proofing, says Peter Rawson of Trellidor.  He has some suggestions on how to improve security without a negative aesthetic impact.  
today31 Oct 2013

Great sound, whatever the weather

HFX Systems announces the launch of the Bowers & Wilkins AM-1 weatherproof loudspeaker – perfect for bringing music to your outdoor patio, garden or pool surrounds.
today23 Sep 2013
verified_userYork International (SA) Inc

Peermont's Emperors Palace reduces energy consumption

Peermont, in partnership with Shared Energy Management (SEM), a joint company owned by Johnson Controls (JCI) and Spoormaker, have implemented an energy saving initiative at its Chiller Plant and Plant 5 (Air Handling Units  for the Main Casino) at Emperors Palace that has resulted in a significant reduction in its overall electricity demand. 
today28 Feb 2013

Inspiring features at Decorex Durban 2013

Decorex Durban, in proud partnership with sponsors Plascon, M-Net and Sunday Times, promises an unrivalled array of décor inspiration, cutting-edge trends and innovative insider tips.
today21 Feb 2013

Decorex Durban 2013 takes place from 21 to 24 March

Along with the annual transition into the New Year comes a shift in the trends that characterise both local and international décor, design and home living industries. Locally, as one of South Africa’s most highly anticipated exhibitions, Decorex Durban 2013 will no doubt set the scene for trend-forward South African’s, having amassed an inspiring combination of high end exhibitors, workshops and demonstrations. Decorex Durban takes place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, 21 – 24 March 2013.
today6 Jan 2013

Summer 2013 outdoor furniture collection

Mobelli, a leading supplier of classic and contemporary outdoor furniture and accessories, has travelled the globe to bring South Africa its latest collection of outdoor furniture for summer 2013.
today18 Oct 2016

25 Steps to building a beach

Following on from the successful implementation of beach front protection using Terraforce concrete retaining blocks walling on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Knutton Consulting were requested to design a support system for the beach front facilities at the Fairmont Hotel in Ajman . . . before the beach even existed. 
today11 Mar 2016
verified_userSE Controls

Energy efficient Agrivaal building earns 4 star Green Rating

The new energy efficient Agrivaal building in Pretoria’s Tshwane Central Business District is using advanced natural ventilation and smoke control solutions from SE Controls Africa to maintain a comfortable indoor environment while improving safety by ensuring escape routes are smoke free in the event of a fire. 
today22 Jan 2016

LSFB brings peace and beauty to Vrede en Lust

It has taken some time for the South African architectural industry to accept that light steel frame building (LSFB) is a construction method suitable even for complex and creative design. Yet, in the recent past in South Africa, not only has this exciting building method become increasingly accepted in the main stream architectural and construction industries, it has also shown that an architect can design almost any building or structure and have it executed with LSFB.

It has taken some time for the South African architectural industry to accept that light steel frame building (LSFB) is a construction method suitable even for complex and creative design. Yet, in the recent past in South Africa, not only has this exciting building method become increasingly accepted in the main stream architectural and construction industries, it has also shown that an architect can design almost any building or structure and have it executed with LSFB.
today2 Oct 2009

Designed for space

For more than forty years, Parthos has been the most versatile manufacturer of movable wall systems
today21 Feb 2012

Tile Africa Contracts shows off the bold and beautiful at Nandos Gandhi Square

Tile Africa Contracts supplies porcelain, ceramic, slate and mosaic tiles, including bathroom ware, to Nando’s outlets nationally and internationally. The company recently provided tiles to the Gandhi Square outlet in central Johannesburg.
today23 Nov 2012

Culinary arts made easy

Miele’s CombiSet modules make up personal cooking centres that will satisfy the needs of the most passionate cooking aficionado.
today28 Aug 2012

New specialist tile ranges from Tile Africa Contracts

Tile Africa Contracts is growing its offering to architects, contractors, specifiers and designers with new and specialist tile ranges it now imports from Italy, Portugal, Germany, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.
today17 Apr 2012

Lifestyle brands unite in new concept store

Two of South Africa’s leading lifestyle brands, Mobelli Outdoor Furniture and WOMAG (World of Marble and Granite), have partnered to create a glamorous new concept store in Fourways, Johannesburg.
today14 Feb 2012

Ventilation in the workplace

Eight out of ten industrial and commercial buildings in South Africa are inadequately ventilated
today21 Jul 2015
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Sika floats Durbans boat

Sika’s bonding, sealing and protection products were first choice for use on La Vue, the new 85ft luxurious floating restaurant now resident in Durban Harbour. 
today1 Nov 2015

Yet another fast food chain converts to light steel frame building

Well-known fast food chain, KFC, recently chose Light Steel Frame building (LSFB) for its new outlet in Mthatha, joining both MacDonalds and Burger King in recognising the advantages of this modern building method. LSFB supports an energy efficient building, leaves a reduced carbon footprint, offers a fresh approach to creating the right environment for a restaurant while, at the same time, contributing towards a sustainable environment.
today27 Jul 2015
verified_userUnion Tiles

Beautiful to look at, comfortable to walk on, kind to the environment

Bamboo flooring is considered a hardwood in terms of its abrasion resistance, indentation resistance and toleration of moisture condition variations. 
today11 May 2011

Glass signs put logos in best light

Klingshield, the company that introduced window film to the South African market, is expanding its product range, having signed a licence agreement with the ISpace group of companies in Australia for the rights
today29 Sep 2011

New flooring products for SA market

Established distributor of laminate flooring, Traviata Flooring Systems, has recently partnered with two global manufacturers to bring new ranges to South Africa.  Traviloc, described as a luxury vinyl wood-plank, represents the cutting edge of solid vinyl technology.  Using a patented, click all round system, it forms a truly floating resilient floor.
today29 Aug 2011
verified_userMaxiflex Door Systems

Swingflex doors ideal for high traffic flow

Maxiflex, South Africa’s sole distributor of Albany high speed doors, is a popular name amongst manufacturers in the automotive industries
today3 Jul 2011

Ceilings deliver thermal and acoustic benefits

Ceilings have long been more important than simply providing an aesthetic barrier between a room and the mechanics of a roof. In addition to their aesthetic value – which can achieve the architecturally striking or simply protect from dust – ceilings provide thermal and acoustic protection, contributing significantly to the comfort of the interior environment.
today24 May 2011

New Beginnings: 100 Doors Project

{nomultithumb} A door symbolises a new beginning. For 100 years, Jo’burg Child Welfare (JCW) has opened its doors and offered hope to our community’s most vulnerable children and their families. 100 years. 100 doors. New Beginnings: 100 Doors Project was initiated as the centerpiece of Jo’burg Child Welfare’s (JCW) Centenary Year celebrations. Its goal is to involve the community, increase the public’s awareness of the organisation and contribute to its sustainability for another 100 years.
today24 May 2011
verified_userTraviata Flooring Systems

New flooring products see shift in focus

Traviata Flooring Systems, established distributors of laminate flooring, have recently partnered with two global manufacturers to bring exciting new ranges to South Africa
today28 Feb 2011

A statement in architectural elegance

The Comet Wall Coatings range includes acrylic resin fixed coatings, pigmented aggregate coatings, natural / pigmented spray coatings, natural aggregate coatings, semi specialist coatings and modern designer coatings
today26 Jan 2011

What's so special about glass tiles?

The translucent nature of glass creates amazing 3D imagery. The square edged, refined finish, gives off a sophisticated look and glass tiles complement and bring to life any setting into which they are placed
today26 Nov 2014

Tile Africa reports back on the latest international tile and bathroom ware trends

Every year, the Tile Africa team travels to Cersaie, the tile and bathroom ware industry exhibition, held in Bologna, Italy. This year the event showcased current and future trends that have or will soon shape the local industry. Some of the top trends spotted at Cersaie 2014 are:
today11 Sep 2014
verified_userMatco (a brand of COBA Africa)

Keeping the VIP aircraft facility clean

Fireblade Aviation is the first 7 Star VIP aircraft facility located at OR Tambo International Airport.
today7 Jan 2014

A showcase of success

Eco-Insulation, well respected in green building circles, is enjoying increasing usage in the commercial retrofit and new housing development markets.
today9 Aug 2010

Wooden floors for bistro dining

Floors Direct recently supplied and installed wooden floors to the new Doppio Zero restaurant in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The Doppio Zero experience offers a morning café ritual for many, an all-day bistro environment as well as a bar and smoking lounge. “The interior decor had to match this bistro-café culture and the selected wooden floors were integral in achieving the desired effect,” says Paul Christie, co-founder of the Doppio Zero concept and the Rosebank restaurant.
today17 Aug 2010
verified_userDesign Stainless Products South Africa

Beyond your imagination

An alternative to ceramic tile, Inoxta stainless steel tiles are ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, interior walls and any cladding applications
today15 Aug 2010

Fire safety systems at Cape Town International Airport

At the new departures terminal for Cape Town International Airport, opened in November last year, Cape Town-based FireSpec installed various electronic fire safety systems as well as passive protective measures.
today13 Jul 2010

World first in interlocking flooring

When performance and quality are required in flooring for high traffic areas, Allure-Locking presents a solution. This latest addition in Traviata Flooring Systems’ waterproof, vinyl wood-plank flooring range incorporates a world first in locking systems: the Uniclic system, which allows for a truly floating resilient floor covering.
today16 Mar 2010

Reducing food waste

The Waste Wonder food waste disposers newly launched by Kwikot can reduce kitchen food waste by up to 80%. The food waste disposers, available in the WKI-2600 and the bigger WKI-3300 models, are designed for the effective and hygienic disposal of domestic food waste.
today10 Jan 2010

Floating flooring system for OR Tambo clinic

Over 180 m² of Allure floating resilient flooring was laid recently, in just nine hours, at the Medical and Travel Vaccination Centre at OR Tambo International Airport – without any disruption to the centre’s service on a busy Monday morning.
today11 Dec 2013

Durban restaurant saves costs using induction cooking

ThermoWise, which provides energy saving solutions for the industrial, commercial domestic agriculture sectors, has recently established an induction division, which ensures savings in electricity consumption, as well as safer and cleaning cooking procedures.
today6 Oct 2013

Yet another organisation sees value of light steel frame building

C.A.T. Motors, a General Motors Delta dealership in Cradock, has built a state of the art 1800m² facility in less than 6 months, approximately 3 months faster than conventional building methods, saving more than 30% on construction time. The project began in Jan 2013 and was completed on 30 June 2013.
today29 Mar 2012

Tiles set the scene at Nando’s Gandhi Square

Tile Africa Contracts supplies porcelain, ceramic, slate and mosaic tiles, as well as bathroom ware, to Nando’s outlets nationally and internationally. The company recently provided tiles for the Gandhi Square outlet in central Johannesburg.  This Nando’s outlet demonstrates how neutral-coloured tiles can be used to great effect to highlight vibrant colours in a restaurant’s design. The Gandhi Square outlet carries the ‘retro’ Nando’s theme – one of four design themes the restaurant group has developed, the others being vintage, chic and organic. The outlet shows off the bold and beautiful colours of the African continent, complemented by colourful artwork and fabric.
today18 Sep 2012

Excellence in architecture

The 2011/12 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit and Awards for Excellence were celebrated recently as part of the South African Institute of Architects biennial convention and the Architecture ZA 2012 festival held in Cape Town 13 to 16 September.  From the 55 projects submitted from around the country for the awards, 26 were presented with Awards of Merit and a further three projects received commendations. 
today28 Aug 2012

PHG Hotels saving R4.5 million per year after energy-saving retrofits

In the start of a concerted portfolio energy sustainability drive, 20 hotels in the Protea Hospitality Group have in the past year been fitted with lighting or water heating energy saving devices that substantially reduce those properties’ overall electricity consumption. The retrofits of lighting and water heating systems makes sense not only from a sustainability perspective, says Protea Hospitality Group Operations Director William Ford, but also from a savings perspective for hoteliers who face ever-increasing input costs that reduce already narrow profit margins.
today10 Apr 2012

Grease and oil separators

Contributing to minimising water contamination and in support of clean water supplies, Rocla Southern Africa, in collaboration with Alltrap Engineering, has introduced a range of separators, filters and purifiers to separate grease, oil and petrochemicals from industrial and commercial effluent.  Alltrap Engineering is the local importer of the ecoTechnic® range of products from Austria and Rocla has designed a range of concrete tanks to suit the specifications of the ecoTechnic products available. The product range includes ecoLine_b, ecoSep and ecoSorp, for different applications, as well as ecoStop, which is a petroleum spill control system designed for use at any site where the risk of a petroleum spill exists (at petrol and other fuelling facilities, electrical transformers, generators and oil storage areas).
today2 Apr 2012

Ceiling fans indoors or out

Solent Trading, which manufactures and distributes a wide range of wall and ceiling fans as well as other electrical products, is now also the exclusive South Africandistributor of Hunter fans.  Since 1886 the USA-based Hunter Fan Company has pioneered new and smarter ways to clean, circulate and condition the air in homes and other buildings. Hunter ceiling fans have set the standard in quality and craftsmanship for more than 120 years.
today31 Mar 2012

Lateral concepts, getting real and do-good design flourish at Decorex Cape Town

A bedroom inspired by a bird’s first memory; a lounge-design with the mood of a ‘50s  detective novel; designer bookshelves promoting literacy and Man Caves cause célèbre. The imaginative concepts planned for Decorex Cape Town 2012 is why this décor and design exhibition is still leading-edge after fourteen years. Plascon is the main sponsor and M-Net is the media partner of the four-day exhibition taking place from 26 to 29 April at the CTICC. Visitors will be impressed with the many curated trend installations, creative collaborations with a charity-angle and cutting-edge concept stands. “This year we celebrate the design status of Cape Town and the extraordinary creative energy of our local talent,” says Cairey Baxter-Bruce, General Manager of Decorex SA.
today6 Mar 2012

Pizza at your place

As someone who has gone through the trauma of building a pizza oven and someone who has subsequently realised what an amazing addition to their entertainment area a pizza oven is, I can only recommend the Vanstone family pizza oven kit.
today10 Aug 2011

How do you protect a wooden floor against 35 million visitors?

How do you protect a parquet or wooden floor against 35 million visitors? This was an important consideration for the architect of the Publicis Drugstore on the Champs-Elysées in Paris
today28 Sep 2011

Treated timber for new KZN game lodge

Bivane Game Lodge in northern KwaZulu-Natal presents a prime example of the use of treated timber in construction in the natural environment.  The lodge was acquired in 1999 by entrepreneur Des Robins and, with the changes and upgrading he has implemented, it has carved itself a special niche among visitors from local and international markets.  The lodge comprises two family units – thatched chalets that sleep four each, plus three chalets that sleep two each and a split-level chalet that offers extra luxury. There is also a full restaurant that caters for functions and meals, and a bar.
today20 Sep 2011

Hygiene in public bathrooms

As creators of the first original vandal proof toilet roll holder, TCS Hygiene markets directly to the consumer that needs to ensure their public cloakrooms remain in clean, immaculate condition
today31 Oct 2011

Glass sliding wall systems

Manual sliding walls (MSW®) made from glass and supplied by Geze can be used in shopping malls and shopfronts, or wherever there is a need to connect interior and exterior spaces, or associated spaces, with a transparent and movable barrier.
today11 May 2011

A tale of toilets for the disabled….

{nomultithumb} I have to wonder whether architects who design facilities for the disabled have ever considered how their facilities are actually used… As a disabled person myself, I often ponder on this. I know we speak about disabled people being ‘differently abled’ but we don’t have the abilities the architects seem to think we have.
today26 Jan 2011

High performance matting for retail centres

Shopping centres in major urban areas can attract thousands of people daily – and lots of people potentially means lots of dirt on shoes. It is important to provide effective entrance flooring systems so that the transfer of dirt and moisture is reduced and interior floors and galleries remain clean and safe underfoot. The most effective solution is an all-in-one combination which will scrape, dry and clean and ensure that dirt is not transferred into the centre.
today23 Nov 2010

Diverse flooring materials from one supplier

Floors Direct has expanded its product offering to include carpets, decking and rubber tiles. Since the company was founded five years ago, it has specialised in laminate, solid wood and bamboo flooring. Floors Direct now also offers carpeting from Belgotex, Nouwens, Crossley and Van Dyck as well as international brands such as Desso, Milliken Floors and Balsan.
today22 Nov 2010

Fire doors, fire safety and security systems

FireSpec, based in Cape Town and operating nationally, specialises in the supply and fitment of active and passive fire protection and security systems. “We can supply fire protection, security and access control systems and fittings as well as a comprehensive maintenance package on an ongoing basis,” says CEO, Leo Slootmans.
today22 Jul 2010

Wine Route laminate flooring

Floors Direct, specialist in laminate, engineered and solid wood flooring, has a new laminate on offer, the Kronotex Route des vins or Wine Route range that has a classical, sophisticated look. This laminate is distinguished by the print it carries which replicates the wording and graphics on vintage wine bottles and barrels. It is suitable for domestic and commercial use and is ideal for the kitchen, dining room, pub, wine cellar, a small restaurant or boutique cafe. The vintage look lends elegance to any area where it is fitted.
today17 Sep 2010

Official opening of the AZA Pavilion

The AZA Pavilion in Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square has its official opening on Tuesday, September 21, at 3.30pm as part of AZA, South Africa’s first architecture mega-event. The structure has been designed by architects Sarah Calburn and Dustin Tusnovics while a team of women and young men from the Thinasonke informal settlement on the East Rand has helped with its construction, all of whom belong to the Federation of the Urban Poor.
today10 Jan 2010

Lifestyle showroom displays diverse bathroom and kitchen products

Dawn has taken its innovative lifestyle concept to the Eastern Cape with the opening of a new showroom in Port Elizabeth that profiles its latest products, along with those of complementary brands like Cobra, Vaal, Libra and Isca. The showroom marks an industry first for the province.

When choosing a new interior colour scheme it is advisable to start with the floor and work your way up. Typically, the floor area constitutes one sixth of the total surface area of a room, like the ceiling. It is sure to have a strong influence on the overall colour scheme.
today31 Dec 2009

SA Pine for boutique hotel

The versatility of treated SA pine as a structural material was once again demonstrated with its extensive use in the Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel in Hout Bay, Cape Town. With unsurpassed views of The Sentinel, the hotel is situated on a pebbled private beach. It offers 10 luxury suites and a presidential suite, within metres of the waves. All the suites are linked to the main hotel by a boardwalk and the main building includes a restaurant overlooking Hout Bay.
today2 May 2009

Solid surfacing material

"Across the Board" is PG Bison's product and design catalogue which has recently been issued to all Specifile subscribers