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Green shoots seen in construction industry, despite tight conditions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2018 The South African construction sector is still facing "very tough and difficult" conditions, with the 2.5% inflation rate creating an even tighter environment, Econometrix chief economist Dr Azar Jamine said on Friday. Speaking to industry representatives during an Afrisam-hosted post-Budget... 

Afrisam Readymix For Unique Dynamic’s Droogheuwel Reservoir Project

     22nd February 2018 Gauteng continues to be an urban magnet drawing job seekers from far and wide, making the Droogheuwel municipal bulk water reservoir in Randfontein a vital piece of infrastructure to keep sufficient water flowing to the growing area of Randgate. Hard at work on this 20 megalitre reservoir is the... 

Widening Of Bridges At Hopetown

     22nd February 2018 Upington-based contractors Botes & Kennedy Manyano are progressing well with the widening of the 312 metre bridge on the N12 carriageway over the Orange River at Hopetown in the Northern Cape. The substantial project is consuming 4,000 cubic metres of concrete and 500 tonnes of reinforcing steel,... 

Concrete Industry Honours Afrisam With Two Top Awards

     22nd February 2018 Construction materials leader AfriSam dominated at the recent Southern African ReadyMix Association (SARMA) awards by winning two of the four accolades bestowed on the industry’s top performers for 2017. SARMA’s premier annual event – held in Gauteng during the Concrete Conference in August – saw... 

Afrisam Builds Quality And Reliability In Downturn

     22nd February 2018 Seeing through the challenging economic times requires an even more intense focus on quality, as this is what drives efficiency and cost effectiveness, according to Afrisam general manager readymix Amit Dawneerangen. “AfriSam has consistently differentiated itself in the readymix marketplace by... 

Infinité Project Rolls On For Tri-Star, Afrisam

     22nd February 2018 After the turning of the first sod in April 2017, construction of the glamourous Infinité apartments in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, has been proceeding apace – with AfriSam supplying readymix concrete and cement to contractors Tri-Star Construction. The luxury ten-storey block of 198 high... 

Updating Technology With Planned Maintenance – AfriSam

     22nd February 2018 To stay at the cutting edge of cement production technology, construction materials leader AfriSam ensures that its maintenance programme is well planned with future production targets and energy efficiency goals in mind. According to Hannes Meyer, executive - cementitious at AfriSam, the... 

Fairfax exits PPC partial acquisition bid

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 Fairfax Africa Investments has withdrawn its intention to acquire R2-billion worth of shares in cement producer PPC. In an update to shareholders on Monday, JSE-listed PPC said it had received formal notification on Friday that Fairfax would no longer pursue the partial offer. 

Dangote withdraws PPC offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th October 2017 Nigerian cement maker Dangote Cement has withdrawn its nonbinding expression of interest for the acquisition of South African cement producer PPC. In September, Dangote proposed a combination of the two companies. 

Comair dealing with poor economic situation in SA 

     7th September 2017 The weak South African economy is affecting the local airline sector. Keith Campbell reports on how one local airline group, Comair, is meeting the challenge. 

PPC receives two other indicative merger proposals as AfriSam submits revised offer

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 AfriSam has submitted a revised merger proposal to PPC, while a regional unit of Fairfax Africa Investments has offered to buy R2-billion of PPC shares, subject to PPC shareholders agreeing to the merger with AfriSam.   PPC on August 25 announced that merger negotiations between itself and... 

AfriSam terminates PPC merger terms, eyes new proposal

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2017 Merger negotiations between cement producers AfriSam and PPC have been terminated after AfriSam on Wednesday retracted the heads of terms (HoT) that were entered into in February. JSE-listed PPC on Friday said AfriSam planned to rather submit an undisclosed new proposal regarding a possible... 

AfriSam sees merger as key to surviving cement glut

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, earlier this month, he said the situation in the industry was... 

AfriSam stresses the need for industry consolidation

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, on Tuesday, he said the situation in the industry was “pretty... 

PwC Tower receives commendation in Fulton Awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 The PwC Tower, in Midrand, which is nearing completion, has received a commendation in the buildings greater than three storeys category at the 2017 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by the Concrete Society of South Africa. The PwC Tower is the twenty-fourth tallest twisted building in the world and... 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

Afrisam Steps In To Boost Customer Efficiency

     10th March 2017 A new initiative by leading cement and construction materials supplier, AfriSam is helping concrete product manufacturers (CPMs) to reduce their costs of production while maintaining quality output. According to Amit Dawneerangen, AfriSam’s national sales manager, the new service is an Efficiency... 

Cement Dust Solutions for Africa

     3rd March 2017 Despite the slow economic growth of recent months, infrastructure development continues to fuel the demand for cement in many African countries. However, the cement industry is also responsible for an estimated 5% of the world’s greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. With sustainability... 

Driving Sustainability Through Energy Efficiency Initiatives

     30th January 2017 Judicious energy usage is not just a passing concern, but one which is now a fundamental part of every organisation’s operational philosophy. As pressure mounts to find creative ways of not only preserving non-renewable energy resources but to also find alternative fuel sources, it is critical... 

Rapid Hard For Faster Turnaround Concrete Products

     16th January 2017 Giving concrete a minimum strength of 30 MPa in just two days is the key advantage of AfriSam’s Rapid Hard Cement product, allowing concrete product manufacturers (CPMs) quicker turnaround times and confidence from one batch to the next. According to AfriSam national sales manager, Amit... 

AfriSam Committed To Responsible Transporation Methods And Road Usage

     14th December 2016 Leading concrete materials producer, AfriSam takes its responsibility towards the road-going public extremely seriously and has put various measures in place to ensure that its extensive fleet of readymix trucks takes both safety as well as the environment into consideration when on the road.... 

Afrisam Proud Sponsor Of Concrete For The Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa

     22nd November 2016 AfriSam is not about what its concrete makes, but all about what its concrete makes possible. This leading supplier of cement and concrete solutions has been building solid foundations throughout southern Africa for more than 80 years. Richard Tomes, AfriSam’s sales and marketing executive, says... 

Afrisam Centre Of Product Excellence Cements Knowledge In SA Construction

     1st August 2016 Not only is Roodepoort in Johannesburg, Gauteng, home to the AfriSam state-of-the-art clinker grinding plant, it is also a hotspot of construction materials expertise. AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence is a major driver of innovative cement, aggregate and readymix products and has become a... 

Final qualifiers for AfriSam-Saia Awards announced

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2016 The shortlisted contenders in this year’s AfriSam–South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were unveiled on Wednesday after record entries across the four categories were received by closing on March 24. Twenty-two projects out of 47 entries... 

Afrisam Partners With The Royal Bafokeng Group To Create Enterprise Development Opportunities

     8th June 2016 At a ceremony held at Phokeng, North West Province, AfriSam and New Business Consulting, a 100% Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Bafokeng-owned company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), cementing a partnership aimed at facilitating enterprise development and creating job... 

Afrisam Donates Fire Extinguishing Equipment To Protect The Livelihood Of Local Community Members

     23rd May 2016 AfriSam’s Ulco cement factory contributed towards the safety and prosperity of local community members when it donated much needed fire extinguishing equipment to emerging farmers at Koopmansfontein farm in the Frances Baard District Municipality, Northern Cape. The donation included 15 backpack... 

Afrisam Steps In To Create Possibilities For Maths And Science Learners & Teachers In Kimberley

     23rd May 2016 Leading construction materials group AfriSam, has partnered with the Maths and Science Leadership Academy to create possibilities of quality education aimed at learners and teachers across 38 schools in Kimberley. AfriSam’s commitment to the initiative is in line with its Corporate Social... 

Murray & Roberts Buildings Gives Old Dame a Major Makeover

     23rd May 2016 For most in the building sector, a project of the sheer magnitude and complexities of the Menlyn Park Reconfiguration Phase 2 project comes once or twice in their lifetime. 

Afrisam Invests In The Economic Development Of Lesotho And Its People

     23rd May 2016 As the leading supplier of concrete materials in southern Africa, AfriSam has been supplying the Lesotho nation with superior quality cement for over half a century. The company established a physical presence in Lesotho when it opened its distribution centre in Maseru in 1999.  This year AfriSam... 

Concrete Footprint In Growth Nodes

     3rd May 2016 South Africa’s leading concrete solutions provider, AfriSam has strengthened its readymix production and supply capacities in the northern areas of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Since September 2015, its new batching plant in Phoenix has been supplying concrete for the construction of the massive Dr... 

Outdoor element enhances exhibition

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 This year marks the first indoor/outdoor expo at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – ranked first among construction stakeholders for its relevant and strategic content, according to a 2015 survey – which will be held from May 9 to 11 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in... 

AfriSam-Saia Award introduces two new categories

By: Samantha Herbst     20th April 2016 The programme for this year’s AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects (Saia) Award for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation will now include two new categories, namely Sustainable Products & Technology and Sustainable Social Programmes, which join the mainstay categories of Sustainable... 

Métier board members step down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 Two of the three founding directors of Sephaku Holdings’ 100%-owned subsidiary Métier Mixed Concrete, operations director Wayne Witherspoon and FD Richard Thompson, will step down from their positions at the end of March. The two directors opted not to renew their employment contracts. 

Calling All Visionaries: Entries open for 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation

     27th November 2015 November 19th : Entries are now open for the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation. The bi-annual awards recognise contributions that bring sustainable innovation to human living environments through an integrated approach to communities, planning, design,... 

Producer prioritises sustainable concrete solutions

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The demand for cement in South Africa dropped from a peak of around 16-million tons a year to about 14-million tons a year between 2014 and 2015, says Southern Africa’s largest concrete materials producer, AfriSam. AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes adds that South Africa... 

Afrisam Acquires An Equity Stake In Leading Eastern Cape Readymix Concrete Supplier

     19th August 2015 AfriSam, the largest producer of concrete materials in southern Africa, has acquired an equity stake in Port Elizabeth based Concrete 4 U, expanding its footprint in the Eastern Cape. AfriSam has an existing well established cement presence in the Eastern Cape through its depots in East London,... 

AfriSam launches new Dry Mortar automated plant

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th August 2015 Concrete materials company AfriSam officially launched its new Dry Mortar automated plant last month that will produce dry mortar product, which it believes is a response to demands for increased convenience by customers. 

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