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Water, wastewater infrastructure security a concern

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2021 Few cases of theft and vandalism of water and wastewater treatment works are reported by municipalities or to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and many of these plants in the Free State and in other parts of South Africa are currently dilapidated owing to vandalism, the Free State... 

LSFB creates faster, more economical construction

By: Claire O'Reilly     19th November 2021 Developers, local authorities and housing associations are quickly embracing steel framing technology, such as light-steel-frame building (LSFB), says the International Zinc Association Africa Desk (IZA Africa Desk).  

Esso expands gas agreement for Victorian glass maker

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2021 Gas provider Esso Australia Resources, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has increased its gas sales agreement with glass manufacturer Oceania Glass. Esso earlier this year extended its gas sales agreement with Oceania Glass to continue supplying Gippsland gas until at least the mid-2020s. This latest... 

Retail complex work complete

By: Cameron Mackay     12th November 2021 While the Montecasino leisure and retail complex in Fourways, Johannesburg, has its own maintenance team and specialised contractors, the complex occasionally requires work-at-height and confined-space experience for maintenance work, with rope access specialist Skyriders assisting in this... 

IZA Africa Desk expresses ‘serious concern’ at steady decline in uptake of galvanized steel

5th November 2021 The steady decline in the uptake of galvanized steel in South Africa is directly related to the drop-off in manufacturing activity and the dwindling number of construction and civil engineering projects on the go. This is the message from the Africa Desk of the International Zinc Association... 

Growthpoint, Rubicon stress the environmental advantages of renewables in green buildings

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2021 US automotive manufacturer Tesla’s South African partner Rubicon Group and JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties have joined forces to highlight the environmental advantages of making use of renewable energy to provide some of the power requirements of buildings, such as Growthpoint’s 144 Oxford, in... 

The role of zinc in building and construction

20th October 2021 By Simon Norton, International Zinc Association Africa Desk Zinc (Zn) is used in architectural applications for rainwater systems, cladding and roofing, and alloyed with copper and titanium. This combination of metals maximises tensile strength, malleability and load bearing capacity. Zinc sheet... 

Using continuously galvanized steel for light steel frame building

13th October 2021 Simon Norton, Africa Desk, International Zinc Association Light steel frame building (LSFB) is not the same as prefabricated or ‘kit’ buildings, as it is rather a building method. Another term is ‘off-site’ construction, due to the fact that a lot of the manufacturing takes place in factories,... 

Rocla and Technicrete fund Tsekere Primary School upgrades

19th August 2021 Rocla and Technicrete, part of the Infrastructure Group of Companies (ISG), funded the conversion of 14 pit latrines into flushing toilets and supplied associated paving and concrete structures at the Tsekere Primary School, Ga-Raphahlelo in the Limpopo Province. The total funding by ISG for the... 

Rocla and Technicrete fund Tsekere Primary School upgrades

19th August 2021 Rocla and Technicrete, part of the Infrastructure Group of Companies (ISG), funded the conversion of 14 pit latrines into flushing toilets and supplied associated paving and concrete structures at the Tsekere Primary School, Ga-Raphahlelo in the Limpopo Province. The total funding by ISG for the... 

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