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Industry growth depends on government contracts – risk analyst

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 The growth of the South African construction industry is dependent on government contracts and timeous payments for those services, says credit insurance solutions provider Coface. “Confidence in the industry has remained relatively constant over the past few quarters, marginally increasing in... 

R400m enviro-friendly store opened in Gauteng 

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 South African retailer Massmart opened a R400-million environment-friendly Makro store in Alberton, in the south of Johannesburg, as part of its new-generation stores. Makro’s new-generation stores – those built after 2009 – incorporate technologies which include energy efficient refrigeration... 

R400m enviro-friendly store opened in Gauteng
Makro store development manager Alan Walker discusses the environmentally friendly elements of the new Makro store, in Alberton. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

New roof-tile manufacturing machine introduced to African market 

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 A new roof-tile manufacturing machine from Swedish roof-tile specialist ABECE is expected to provide Africa with a complete roof-tiling solution, filling the gap in concrete solutions and technology provider Pan Mixers South Africa’s (PMSA’s) product offering. PMSA received the SPS712 machine... 

Manufacturer donates pipes to shack-conversion project

By: Gia Costella     7th June 2013 Manufacturer of water reticulation, drainage and pipe-fitting systems DPI Plastics donated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) building pipes and fittings to the first-ever shack-to-house eco-replacement project in Kayamandi, in the Western Cape. The test phase of the Kayamandi project, which was completed... 

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