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03 May 2021
The magic of zinc in corrosion control

By Simon Norton, International Zinc Association, Africa Desk Zinc is truly a magic metal that few people and few engineers…

The magic of zinc in corrosion control

By Simon Norton, International Zinc Association, Africa Desk Zinc is truly a magic metal that few people and few engineers appreciate for its multitude of applications and versatility. For us in the corrosion world, where we seek to extend the life of atmospherically-exposed steel, zinc is best-known in terms of…

22 Apr 2021
Raw materials shortage puts the S.A. Coatings industry under heavy pressure

A serious shortage of raw materials, coupled with substantial increases in prices for raw materials, has put the South African…

Raw materials shortage puts the S.A. Coatings industry under heavy pressure

A serious shortage of raw materials, coupled with substantial increases in prices for raw materials, has put the South African coatings industry under intense pressure, says Tara Benn, executive director of the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA). Benn says a complex mix of demand; production issues at global chemical plants;…

07 Apr 2021
The 2019/2020 AfriSam-SAIA Award through a photographer’s lens

The standard of entries in the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation is always impressive, and 2019/2020 was no…

The 2019/2020 AfriSam-SAIA Award through a photographer’s lens

The standard of entries in the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation is always impressive, and 2019/2020 was no different. The only challenge was COVID-19 and lockdown, which resulted in the adjudication process being delayed by four months, and presented other obstacles. To do justice to the project entries,…

26 Mar 2021
The Water-Wise City is a smart choice to optimise Africa’s water infrastructure

The concept of Water-Wise City, as outlined by the International Water Association (IWA), is a key initiative to assist cities…

The Water-Wise City is a smart choice to optimise Africa’s water infrastructure

The concept of Water-Wise City, as outlined by the International Water Association (IWA), is a key initiative to assist cities to conserve this precious resource. What’s more, Water-Wise Cities are liveable, resilient, sustainable and productive. “It is all about diversifying and integrating the urban water cycle into the design of…

08 Mar 2021
Preventative maintenance of assets “makes financial sense”

Property owners should employ preventative maintenance programmes for their structural assets instead of resorting to tightfisted, short-term thinking when refurbishment…

Preventative maintenance of assets “makes financial sense”

Property owners should employ preventative maintenance programmes for their structural assets instead of resorting to tightfisted, short-term thinking when refurbishment can no longer be delayed, says Frederik Nel, MD of independent maintenance consultants, Curasure. The company offers specialist maintenance consulting services to the property industry, particularly building owners, building managers,…

08 Mar 2021
Exports to drive further growth for SPL

Synthetic Polymers Limited (SPL) has recently completed five years of operations – a period of rapid growth. Despite the disruption…

Exports to drive further growth for SPL

Synthetic Polymers Limited (SPL) has recently completed five years of operations – a period of rapid growth. Despite the disruption of the pandemic, SPL is confident that the future holds even more success for the relatively young company with exports among its key priorities, says founder and MD, Sanjeev Bhatt.…

01 Mar 2021
Cement & Concrete SA established to drive the industry to new heights

Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA) has today announced that the new consolidated industry body is open for business and is…

Cement & Concrete SA established to drive the industry to new heights

Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA) has today announced that the new consolidated industry body is open for business and is set to take the lead on all matters relating to cement and concrete in South Africa. The single non-profit entity, CCSA, was established through an extensive and thorough process of…

20 Jan 2021
Promac expansion to mark 30th Anniversary

Promac Paints, privately-owned South African paint producer and a leading toll manufacturer of quality paint and coatings, has expanded its…

Promac expansion to mark 30th Anniversary

Promac Paints, privately-owned South African paint producer and a leading toll manufacturer of quality paint and coatings, has expanded its operations with the installation of additional automation and capacity at its Silverton, Pretoria plant. After the company’s new expansion, and the acquisition of the 51-year-old Cedar Paints two years ago,…

11 Dec 2020
‘Safe Return to the Workplace’ Guideline

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) and Zutari (formerly…

‘Safe Return to the Workplace’ Guideline

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) and Zutari (formerly known as Aurecon) has launched a ‘safe return to the workplace’ guideline to help facilitate a responsible reopening of offices in South Africa.  “What is emerging is a realisation that lockdown cannot…

22 Oct 2020
Construction students build careers despite COVID-19

According to the International Monetary Fund, the construction sector was one of the industries that were most affected by COVID-19. This hasn’t…

Construction students build careers despite COVID-19

According to the International Monetary Fund, the construction sector was one of the industries that were most affected by COVID-19. This hasn’t deterred a group of local Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) students. In the face of adversity are more inspired to grow their careers, become independent and start their own businesses. According…

17 Sep 2020
Global Anti-Lead Conference

The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) has been asked for input for a major global conference dealing with the hazards…

Global Anti-Lead Conference

The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) has been asked for input for a major global conference dealing with the hazards of leaded paint. Tara Benn, executive director of SAPMA, has been attending preparatory online meetings with the World Coatings Council (WCC) to provide input on the situation in South Africa…

26 Aug 2020
Skilled welders scarce in SA

Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) which highlights the need for quality over quantity when it comes to the training…

Skilled welders scarce in SA

Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) which highlights the need for quality over quantity when it comes to the training of South African welders. This is critical as the global restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic emphasise the importance of a trusted, locally-based manufacturing sector, where as much as 80%…


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