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Manufacturer stresses need for quality materials during downturn

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Amid strained economic conditions, contractors are opting to buy cheaper and lower-quality building materials, such as cement, to reduce costs, which cement manufacturer AfriSam cementitious executive Hannes Meyer argues is short-sighted and can lead to numerous issues. He emphasises the... 

Readymix quality key to construction success

26th July 2021 It is no surprise that cost cutting is the order of the day in the construction sector, but this should not prevent contractors from ensuring that their readymix concrete is up to scratch. “The manufacture and supply of readymix needs to meet not just customer expectations, but also a range of... 

Leg up for women truck owner-drivers

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Building materials company Lafarge South Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa have joined forces with other stakeholders to launch the AccelerateHer initiative, aimed at speeding up the development of women-owned truck operations in the country. Ten women from KwaZulu-Natal will be selected for... 

Avoid delays in concrete finishing this winter

29th June 2021 As winter approaches, the colder ambient temperatures can cause delays in concrete strength development as well as finishing aspects. This is a real headache for contractors and precast production plants, but the challenge can be easily overcome using CHRYSO’s winter accelerator range of... 

Lafarge SA, Volvo Trucks SA launch initiative to establish women-owned truck operations

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 Building materials company Lafarge South Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa have joined forces with other stakeholders to launch the AccelerateHer initiative, aimed at speeding up the development of women-owned truck operations in the country. Ten women from KwaZulu-Natal will be selected for... 

AfriSam notes readiness to bring more capacity on stream for roadworks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2021 With some important road contracts already secured for this year, building materials company AfriSam notes that it is well placed to bring more capacity on stream as and when there is an upswing in South Africa’s roadbuilding sector. “The construction materials market is now only about a third of... 

Afrisam geared up for better year in roadwork

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th February 2021 AfriSam’s Construction Materials Executive, Avi Bhoora, says AfriSam is well placed to bring more capacity on stream as and when there is an upswing in South Africa’s roadbuilding sector. With some important road contracts secured for 2021, AfriSam is well placed to bring more capacity on stream... 

PPC’s cost containment bears fruit, contributes to R610m interim profit  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2020 After what had been a difficult start to the financial year, JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC managed to turn a profit of R610-million for the six months ended September 30, which was a 77% improvement year-on-year. The company posted a restated profit of R344-million for the six months ended... 

Aspasa takes action against dodgy concrete lab test results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th August 2020 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) has hosted an urgent meeting of its technical committee to address inaccurate and procedurally incorrect laboratory tests that are costing the sand and aggregate industry millions of rands every year. Aspasa director Nico... 

PPC delays full-year results publication, restates FY19 earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2020 JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC has advised that the publication of its financial results for the year ended March 31 has been delayed to the end of September. It had initially been scheduled for release by the end of August, but the impact of Covid-19 on the year-end audit process has been... 

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