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Christian Roberg, president of GMBA, has spoken out against collusive practices in the building industry.

A deepening crisis in the building industry

Feb 4, 2011 4:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Christian Roberg, president of GMBA, has spoken out against collusive practices in the building industry.At almost the same time as Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) expressed extreme concern at the low levels of building work being initiated in the country, despite the lowest interest rates in decades, the news broke on the Competition Commission’s finding evidence of collusion and bid-rigging in the construction sector.

Clearly the allegations of such anticompetitive behaviour do not help the cause of the building industry.

The Housing Debate – some thoughts on the way forward

Jan 28, 2011 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The State of Housing in SA formed the focus of the opening debate at Architecture ZA 2010 (AZA 2010), the architectural festival that was held in Johannesburg in September last year. The debate looked at the successes and challenges of South Africa’s contemporary housing strategy and how it contributes to the restructuring of South African society in economic, social and spatial terms.

Ikhaya Futurehouse Systems EPS wall panels in residential refurbishments

EPS wall panels simplify residential upgrades

Jan 26, 2011 1:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ikhaya Futurehouse Systems EPS wall panels in residential refurbishmentsMany old commercial buildings in Johannesburg’s central business district are currently being transformed from derelict offices into secure and comfortable residential accommodation.

Craig Paton-Ash of Ikhaya Futurehouse Systems says, “These refurbishment and conversion projects are challenging for building contractors,particularly when it comes to transporting heavy, bulky construction materials, like conventional bricks, in small, passenger lifts.

Echo Prestress ground beam system for low-cost housing

Ground-breaking plan to speed housing

Jan 26, 2011 12:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Echo Prestress ground beam system for low-cost housing

Social housing projects in Gauteng could be speeded up – and build quality substantially improved – with the introduction of a new foundation system adapting Echo hollow-core prestressed concrete floor slabs, traditionally used in multi-storey commercial and residential buildings.

Installing the Sasol Homegas storage tank at Waterfall Estate, Midrand.

A safe, clean and efficient home energy solution

Nov 22, 2010 10:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

	Installing the Sasol Homegas storage tank at Waterfall Estate, Midrand.Leading South African petrochemical and energy group, Sasol, has introduced LP gas reticulation for housing developments with supply from bulk tanks on site – offering property developers a ‘greener’ alternative energy option.

With Sasol Homegas the carbon footprint of new housing developments is reduced and electricity consumption costs for the homeowners will be lower.

Botswana Defence Force barracks constructed in record time using lightweight steel frame and Echo Prestress hollow-core concrete floor panels.

Twin technologies for fast-track building

Oct 18, 2010 10:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Botswana Defence Force barracks constructed in record time using lightweight steel frame and Echo Prestress hollow-core concrete floor panels.Fast-track building combining prestressed hollow-core concrete panel flooring with a lightweight steel frame structure enabled contractors to erect a three-storey, 90-room barracks building for the Botswana Defence Force in barely 20 weeks. This project marked a first for the use of these twin technologies in Botswana – and it was completed in record time.

Pan Mixers concrete manufacturing plant for Odebrecht Luanda

Rugged equipment for rugged terrain

Feb 22, 2010 10:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Pan Mixers concrete manufacturing plant for Odebrecht LuandaAs a supplier of concrete manufacturing equipment South African company Pan Mixers  has won several contracts across the African continent based on its ability to provide first-world technology built with third-world resilience. The latest of these is for the supply, delivery and installation of two VB4X block plants for construction giant Odebrecht's operation in Luanda, Angola. Odebrecht  is a Brazilian business conglomerate operating internationally in the fields of engineering and construction, chemicals and petrochemicals.

Investment boost for building products supplier

Jan 28, 2010 10:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Institutional investors Metropolitan and Molash have jointly acquired a significant minority stake in Duro Pressings – one of South Africa’s biggest and longest-standing manufacturers and distributors of steel and aluminium windows, doorframes and allied building products for the housing development and construction sector.