Western Cape Construction And Built Environment Industry In The Spotlight This September

Western Cape Construction And Built Environment Industry In The Spotlight This September

Next month Cape Town will showcase at the 7th Cape Construction Expo why it is a global investment and tourism destination with great potential for further economic development through which to increase employment, income and overcome the major socio-economic challenges facing our city, province and country.

Cape Town is renowned for being a world-class tourism destination, however, I am pleased to confirm that increasingly more businesses identify Cape Town as a forward-looking globally competitive city ready for investment. As the City, we know that our work goes beyond providing basic services and we are committed to working with all sectors to promote and retain investment. It is my priority to work with industry partners to make it easier for individuals, professionals, sector bodies and businesses to become part of this dynamic economy. We understand the barriers for the industry and professional bodies and the concerns of the industry regarding sector economic pressures. We will do all we can to ensure that we continue to be the go-to city on the African continent and globally for business and trade,” says Alderman James Vos, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management.

Servicing the entire value chain of the Western Cape’s construction industry

The exhibition element of 7th Cape Construction Expo, that is taking place on 11 and 12 September at Sun Exhibits GrandWest, will showcase the full construction cycle over eight dedicated product zones including building interiors & finishes, construction tools & building materials, mechanical, electrical and plumbing plant machinery & vehicles, smart construction, concrete, windows, doors & façades, pumps, valves & pipes.

Collaborating to overcome construction industry challenges

Mr Jeremy Wiley, a past president of Cape Chamber of Commerce says: “In the South African context Cape Town is the most expensive metropolitan region in which to live, own commercial property and develop businesses. Municipal and provincial authorities could consider making surplus public land available for affordable housing by the private sector, reducing property rates and municipal development levies to stimulate commercial and industrial property development particularly in previously disadvantaged areas and various inner city commercial and industrial corridors.”

Mr Wiley will be joined by Ms Jacqueline Samson, Chief Director of Planning and Ms Phila Mayisela, Chief Director of Implementation at the Department of Human Settlements of the Western Cape Government, amongst others, on an interactive Stakeholder Engagement Forum panel discussion that is running alongside the expo on 12 September. The discussion will highlight inner city transformation, provincial investment and development initiatives, overcoming industry challenges and how public and private sector can better collaborate to unlock construction bottlenecks.

The importance of professional development cannot be overstated

Continuous professional development is the secret to separating yourself from the pack. Alongside the 7th Cape Construction Expo attendees can benefit from the complimentary CPD accredited skills development training workshops.

The ‘Contractors Corner’ workshop area will include talks on health and safety; arbitration & legal compliance; knowing your rights when it comes to ensuring timeous payment, avoiding disputes and preventing damages being claimed; what to look out for when dealing with the specification, testing and disputing of ready-mixed concrete and more.

The ‘Architectural Talks’ workshop area will cover the relevance of CPD including the conditions and validation: SACAP’s and the voluntary association’s roles; understanding what to expect from the National Building Regulations and SANS revisions; understanding timber preservation and more.


The 7th annual Cape Construction Expo 2019 is the only event dedicated exclusively to the building and construction industry in the Western Cape, bringing together 3,750+ stakeholders operating in the sector, it presents a unique opportunity for product manufacturers and distributors as well as service providers to network with key buyers from the sector. With over 100 exhibiting brands featured across the indoor and outdoor exhibition area, Cape Construction Expo offers access to the most innovative building materials and technologies. With eight dedicated sector zones including building interiors & finishes, construction tools & building materials, mechanical, electrical and plumbing plant machinery & vehicles, smart construction, concrete, windows, doors & façades, pumps, valves & pipes. Free workshops and demonstrations will provide training, capacity building, and networking opportunities for all attendees.

Transformation initiatives revitalize South Africa’s construction industry

Transformation initiatives revitalize South Africa’s construction industry

What are acceptable tools of measurement and how do you analyze transformation in South Africa’s construction industry? With transformation now at the helm of many development partnerships, South Africa’s construction industry calls for expanded governance in the sector to promote an enabling environment for the empowerment of historically underprivileged groups. Community engagement and building capacity for small to medium sized contractors, women contractors, black contractors and other underprivileged groups has been identified as key to driving transformation and ultimately building the national economy.

Transformation and small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) development plays a critical role in building, advancing and innovating the industry. Development in South Africa cannot happen without it; growth cannot happen without it; socio-economic paradigm shifts cannot happen without it; and poverty cannot be reduced without it.

In recognition of current industry trends and of transformation in particular, the 6th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is joining forces with the National African Federation for the Building Industry (NAFBI) to co-locate their respective 2018 annual platforms which will be hosted from 16 to 17 May 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The co-located events open on 16 May 2018 with a joint keynote session dedicated to transformation and empowerment and its role in unlocking the future potential of the construction industry both locally and across the continent.

The keynote discussion focuses on how government and community stakeholders can collaborate to empower SMMEs and other underprivileged groups. “An all-star line-up of cardinal leaders defining catalytic projects will discuss the role of both public and private sector in infrastructure development, spatial transformation, economic empowerment, alternative building materials for sustainability and more,” says Aubrey Tshalata, National President, National African Federation for the Building Industry of the joint keynote session.

Founded in 1979, the National African Federation for the Building Industry (NAFBI) is the oldest and largest Building and Construction Industry Federation in South Africa. For the first time in 2018, the annual NAFBI conference aligns with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo to deliver a comprehensive platform providing access to an indoor/outdoor exhibition hosting more than 200 exhibitors, an interactive training and education programme including Africa’s only Contractors Corner and Digital Knowledge Lounge and unprecedented networking opportunities with over 9000 built environment professionals who will be in attendance over the two days of the event. In line with transformation and empowerment defining the cornerstone of South Africa’s construction industry narrative this year, the event will also launch the African Construction Awards Gala Dinner, powered by NAFBI​, and taking place on the evening of 16 May 2018. This premier awards evening recognizes key players in the construction sector, and includes awards categories such as:
– BBBEE with a focus on excellence in enterprise development and transformation
– Safety
– Women in Construction
– Projects and contracts
– Excellence in construction media and communications

The convergence of these events provides the industry with an opportunity to discuss and define the tools of measurement and analysis for transformation as well as a yardstick against which to measure the pace of transformation for the construction industry at annual intervals. Africa still needs an annual investment of approximately R 93 billion to bridge its infrastructure gap, 33% of which is required for infrastructure maintenance alone. The rising demand for infrastructure and service delivery can be directly translated into growth opportunities that, once coupled with transformation initiatives, provide unlimited possibility for an infrastructural and economic awakening across South Africa and the continent.

Sponsored by AMF, Ashak Construction, Liebherr, Carmix, Knauf, PMSA, Bosch, Mapei, Total and supported by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development and over 80 association and media partners featuring more than 200 exhibitors across the indoor/outdoor exhibition, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo caters to the entire built environment value chain from concrete technologist to small contractor to consulting engineer.

Date: 16 – 17 May 2018
Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre
Time: 16 May 09:00 – 18:00 | 17 May 2018 09:00 – 16:00

Free Tickets Available for Africa’s Mega Construction and Infrastructure Show

African-Construction-and-Totally-Concrete-ExpoFree Tickets Available for Africa’s Mega Construction and Infrastructure Show

The Gauteng construction, cement and concrete industries are abuzz with excitement as over 71,000 free tickets to the fifth annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – taking place on 23 and 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre – have been made available. These can be claimed from 92 participating building material retail stores across Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as at select traffic intersections.

Ticket holders will have access to an array of opportunities to network, expand their industry expertise, earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, try out the latest technologies and stand the chance of winning prizes with a combined value of R100,000.

A variety of interactive workshops will be held on the Expo floor at no cost. These CPD-accredited sessions will allow participants to develop skills and gain insight into the business and project aspects of the construction industry. Architects will receive 0.2 credits for Category One (development activities) and an additional 0.2 for Category Three (individual activities) per day of attendance. Quantity surveyors will obtain five CPD hours in Category One for taking part in the training on 23 May. The assessment and validation of CPD points for registered professional engineers is currently underway by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.

Learning opportunities extend to the six zones spanning the interactive indoor and outdoor exhibition where more than 200 leading construction industry suppliers will be on hand to educate visitors about the latest advances in concrete, construction, digital construction, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) services, surfaces and finishes as well as tools and equipment. The zones have been introduced at this year’s Expo to bring inextricably linked, priority industry segments together under one roof and give professionals working across varied sectors the opportunity to network and share knowledge.

Attendees can pop in at events co-located with the Expo including workshops held by the South African Institute of Building Design and Southern Africa Readymix Association, GreenCape industry body meeting and Digital Construction Expo (DCE2017). However, some of these may require registration and payment.

Those who do venture into DCE2017 can join free software workshops where they can get a better understanding of how the software solutions and BIM tools available to them can assist in unlocking future industry development and earning potential. They can also enter the Drone Zone – designed to get professionals out of the office and introduced to this simulated flying experience that also has innovative applications for the industry.

Over the course of the two-day Expo, visitors can participate in competitions and give-aways for the chance to win prizes ranging from Builders Warehouse vouchers, smartphones and tablets to four-ball golf games, safety boots and association subscriptions.

“Judging by the level of excitement in Gauteng at the moment, this year’s African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is not only going to be a huge success, but will also be the perfect platform to secure business for the rest of 2017,” says African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo Marketing Director, Dianne Bussel.

Tickets to the must-attend show for the built environment are available from Talisman Hire, DIY Depot, Hiremax, Cashbuild, MICA, Build It, Builders Warehouse, Jack’s Paint, Easybuild and SA Timber and Brick Warehouse. Keep an eye out for Expo ambassadors handing them out in Gauteng’s streets too.


For more information or to register, visit http://totallyconcrete.co.za