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Alarming rate of material extraction over last 40 years

According to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP), the amount of primary materials extracted from the Earth has tripled in the last four decades...

21 Jul 2016

PPC seeks R4bn to repay bank debt

Cement maker PPC is being kept alive by its banks. On Friday, 15 July, R1.6bn of very scarce cash went whooshing from its books to pay back bondholders...

By Stuart Theobald 19 Jul 2016

Stainless steel shows high value potential in municipal water delivery

A 30-year case study has shown how stainless steel piping is non-corrosive, features sophisticated corrugated joints which prevent leakage and sophisticated leak detection monitoring systems...

15 Jul 2016

New stores add to Cashbuild's revenue and customer base

Cashbuild's revenue jumped 9% in the fourth quarter to June from the previous financial year, with 20 new stores opening since the beginning of July 2014, contributing a 3% increase...

14 Jul 2016

Benefits of pre-fabricated timber roof trusses

The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), the South African professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, offers insight into the benefits of pre-fabricated roof trusses...

8 Jul 2016

West China Cement shares plunge following deal collapse

Shares in struggling West China Cement plunged as much as 34% on Monday, 4 July, after a much-needed merger deal with the country's largest cement maker collapsed last week...

4 Jul 2016

Eight innovative ways drones are being used today

This year non-military use of drones is believed to double as new companies and organisations rapidly come up with innovative ways to improve efficiency with drones...

By James de Villiers 21 Jun 2016

Dutch architects reveal "What a brick can do in Mali"

Architecture firm LEVS architecten champions non-fired bricks for the design and development of Dogon, Mali...

By Kate Walker 20 Jun 2016

Hardware retailers lead drop in building confidence

Hardware retailers led a fall in building confidence, a quarterly poll by Stellenbosch University's Bureau for Economic Research (BER) reported on Thursday...

By Robert Laing 10 Jun 2016

Craig Brookes appointed Flowcrete president

Craig Brookes, previously the Flowcrete Group VP and international MD, has been appointed president, spearheading global operations...

6 Jun 2016

Energy-efficient firing method for brick-making industry

Langkloof Bricks in Jeffreys Bay currently burns waste tyres at 1200°C, to dry the clay bricks...

30 May 2016

ArcelorMittal's Saldanha plant to keep running

ArcelorMittal SA fears a disaster for the country if the primary steel industry collapses, as the sector underpins national economic growth and social development...

By Mark Allix 27 May 2016

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