Turner Appointed As SARMA’s New Manager

SARMA Appoints New Manager

Hanlie Turner

Hanlie Turner has been appointed Manager at the Southern Africa Readymix Association (SARMA).

Following the departure of Johan van Wyk who was the face of SARMA for many years, Turner has taken over the reins at the SARMA office.

She brings years of experience in the cement and concrete industry, including a two-year term as President of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa.

Concrete Conference unites the industry

AfriSam, main sponsor of The Concrete Conference, staged an impressive exhibit

A united industry is a stronger one that is better able to represent its members through periods of high growth while maintaining its solid structure in times of adversity.

This was the overriding message of The Concrete Conference 2018, which was held in Boksburg recently as the first of its kind to fully involve representative organisations of the concrete and cement industries. The events therefore gave local and international speakers the ability to address a combined audience of members of The Concrete Institute (TCI), Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), Southern Africa Readymix Association (SARMA) and the Association of Cementitious Material Producers (ACMP).

Richard Tomes, Executive: Sales and Marketing, AfriSam opened The Concrete Conference proceedings

In opening the conference, Richard Tomes of AfriSam, the main sponsor, said that a unified industry is essential for the industry to make headway. “The entire construction industry needs to plan for the future and map a way forward that involves all professionals’ bodies within the industry. It is therefore so important that the concrete industry finds its unified voice to help shape construction in future and to address challenges that face this end of the sector.

Strong voice

If we don’t get our act together soon our infrastructure will collapse, and it has already started at some levels within our municipalities and state-owned enterprises. But, in order to make positive changes we need everyone to be on board. We need to support industry associations such as these here today and obtain funding to keep them going.

The Concrete Conference 2018 in Boksburg was the first of its kind to fully involve representative organisations of the concrete and cement industries

For example, AfriSam is the only cement producer that is a member of SARMA right now and, in my opinion, it is just not right that it funds this association by itself. It is time other role players and suppliers to these industries start to contribute. If not, we will also eventually be forced to withdraw our funding and the industry’s own association may be faced with closure as a result. It is time for other role players to step up and support all our concrete professional bodies,” said Tomes.

SARMA’s Johan van Wyk, agreed adding that associations have to move with the times and become more relevant with added benefits for members and a louder voice within policy and economic frameworks. By combining the strengths of the industry bodies, it will be possible to provide more value for members. “What excites us unites us!”

Long road

Adding to the discussion, TCI’s Bryan Perrie, continued saying that the pooled resources of the five associations will make for a robust organisation that will have different agendas for different disciplines, but the same end goal to make concrete the building material of choice.

At present the individual industry bodies draw funding from the same major stakeholders and these cannot continue to fund them as they had in the past. Whereas a single coordinated body is more agile and eliminates duplicated costs, it can still continue to provide the key activities that had previously been provided and more.”

In closing he said that a lot of work still needs to be done to unify the concrete associations and that consultations with members and business studies were still being conducted to work out the finer details.

First-ever industry-wide Conference unites concrete industry

Richard Tomes, Chairman of The Concrete Institute, underpinned the value of cooperation between professional bodies in the concrete and related industries

First-ever industry-wide Conference unites concrete industry

South Africa’s concrete organisations have emerged from a first-ever, industry-wide conference united and better equipped to deal with challenges facing the concrete and construction sectors.

This is according to organiser, Johan van Wyk, of the Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma), co-host of the event along with the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), The Concrete Institute (TCI) and the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). He adds that the conference also served to unite concrete industry role players with the broader construction and civil engineering industry.

In future, we need all professional bodies in the construction sector to work together for the greater good of the industry. That is why we included professional bodies from the civil and consulting engineering fraternity, contractors, cement producers, builders and other role players to address challenges and form opinions on the way forward amidst challenging times.”

Tough times

With the construction industry suffering the effects of a lack-lustre economy and failing business confidence, trends suggest that the construction industry will remain under pressure for the foreseeable future. Political uncertainty has recently also led to a number of construction projects either being cancelled or postponed until political and business confidence returns to the market.

As a result, there is fiercer competition within the entire construction supply chain which can lead to healthy competition, but also may lead to price cutting that may result in a lesser focus on quality of materials and workmanship. Without proper checks and balances throughout the industry the leaning towards substandard practices needs to be avoided at all costs.

The conference, sponsored by Afrisam, Sephaku, PPC and Lafarge, therefore cut to the heart of many of the issues and raised concerns among the multi-disciplinary audience. Further, it focused on excellence by highlighting award-winning project through in-depth technical case studies. These proved that even in the face of tough economic conditions, innovation and design excellence can overcome challenges and lead to the construction of noteworthy concrete landmarks.

High performance concrete

Concrete is by far the most commonly used building material on earth and is the binding ingredient that runs through all of our industries. Quality concrete used in the right applications is essential for construction and it is vitally important that all professionals are kept abreast of developments in concrete.

Rapid urbanisation is driving the development of new concrete material and techniques to allow ever-faster construction of larger, taller and more complex structures. At the same time challenges are emerging because of skills shortages and cost pressures, which places stress on the entire industry, from the cement producers, to the concrete manufacturers, contractors and engineers.

The timing of the conference was therefore perfect and these role-players the opportunity to communicate and network, while also using this platform to share best practices. Without industry-wide cooperation we cannot hope to successfully meet these challenges. I imagine that this is the reason why the conference was able to attract over 300 professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds,” says Van Wyk.

Flourishing together

Chairman of TCI, Richard Tomes, also suggested that the theme of the conference, “unlocking high-performance concrete” was particularly relevant this year as unless companies continue to advance standards, we will eventually see how our infrastructure begins to fail.

Each company, in each sector of the construction industry, must therefore do their bit to uphold quality and to speak out where it is not being advanced. “My challenge to you as civil society is therefore, to self-govern and work together to do things right in order to flourish together.

We must therefore ensure we gravitate towards quality to uphold and support professional bodies that act in the interest of the industry and ensures that users are protected. The professional bodies in concrete, as well as broader construction organisations have a role to play in self-regulating, testing and furthering transparency in their own specialised area. In this way we can consolidate our efforts in going forward.

First steps

We need neutral industry authorities and we must ensure that we consolidate our efforts so that we are not duplicating work or wasting resources on work that has already been carried out by one of the other bodies. The kind of cooperation shown between the concrete organisations is therefore an important step in the right direction and shows we are making progress in the fulfillment of our combined duties to further the use of quality, fit-for-purpose concrete,” he concluded.

Planning has already begun for the next installment of the conference which is expected to become an important fixture for construction professionals with interests in concrete as a means of construction. The dates and venue are yet to be announced.

Register now for the Concrete Conference 17-18 August

Register now for the Concrete Conference 17-18 August

It’s all systems go for the first ever Concrete Conference, a joint initiative of South Africa’s concrete industry associations to bring concrete professionals together in the interest of developing the industry.

An AfriSam readymix pour in progress
Photo: John Thomé

Concrete is the most important building block in the development of our country and the conference aims to discuss and discover concrete technologies that will set the country apart in the provision of quality construction materials. The conference will leverage the technical expertise of the Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma), Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), The Concrete Institute (TCI) and the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) to deliver insight into the world of concrete.

This is an important milestone in the industry as it marks the first truly integrated event of all four concrete bodies working in alliance. Concrete is changing and building techniques are too, so we will be looking at uncovering advancements that will impact concrete producer’s offerings and improve construction techniques,” says Johan van Wyk, lead organizer of the event.

Professional appeal

He adds that the Concrete Conference is for professionals involved in the procurement, specification and manufacture of concrete and is CDP accredited through the Engineering Council of South Africa. It will also provide companies involved in the manufacture of concrete with an opportunity to exhibit and showcase their products alongside the conference proceedings. The event is anchor sponsored by four major cement producers, Afrisam, Lafarge, PPC and Sephaku, taking the opportunity to show their support for the industry.

With the focus on high performance concrete (HPC) the speakers will include professor Hans Beushausen, who is responsible for writing the high performance concrete section in the Concrete Institutes “concrete bible” Fulton Concrete Technology reference book. He will discuss the criteria for producing high performance concrete and how to produce and procure it. Dedicated speakers on the subjects of precast, readymix and structural concrete will add further insights.

A unique panel discussion involving executives from the professional construction bodies, including the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Master Builders Association (MBA) and Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) will look at concrete possibilities in the current economic climate.

Future gazing

Johan van Wyk, director of Sarma, is an organiser of the Concrete Conference

Industry Insight economist, David Metelerkamp will then provide an overview of the economy and insight into what the future holds for the industry and the country. Another unique feature of the conference will be talks presented by entrants and winners of the Concrete Society’s Fulton Awards where they will look into lessons learned and what it takes to make a successful concrete project. Entertainment will follow the first day’s proceedings at the Gala Dinner.

Who should attend:

  • Construction professionals, engineers, specifiers and project managers

  • Construction companies and their employees, dealing with concrete

  • Cement industry

  • Concrete manufacturers

  • Admixture industry

  • Aggregate industry

  • Readymix producers

  • Construction associations and their members

The Concrete Conference will be held at Misty Hills Conference Centre on 17 & 18 August 2017. Visit the website at bit.ly/2qmMszG for more information or to book delegates and/or stands.

SARMA’s game-changing readymix concrete conference 25-26 August

SARMA’s game-changing readymix concrete conference takes place at Misty Hills Conference Centre, Mulderdrift on 25-26 August

To Register now click here

readymixWhether you are a concrete technologist, a readymix plant owner or high flying construction executive it pays to attend this year’s instalment of the Readymix Conference by Sarma and be part of the change that is shaping a new and improved concrete industry.
For the first time the conference will include participation of all other bodies affiliated with concrete in South Africa, including the Concrete Manufacturers Association, The Concrete Institute, Concrete Society, Association of Cementitious Material Producers and the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa. Along with speakers and exhibitors from within the cement and concrete industries, the conference list will effectively read like the “Who’s Who” of concrete in the country.

Conference“Why it is so important to attend, is so that everyone can gain an understanding of the way the concrete industry is evolving and how partnerships with materials suppliers are going to become key to doing successful business in future. We live in a changed world and it is important that companies, Government and parastatals understand how new technologies and techniques can improve service delivery and the quality of construction in South Africa,” says Johan van Wyk, general manager of Sarma.
The high-powered line-up of speakers includes an in-depth panel discussion between the concrete organisations that will outline the future of concrete in South Africa, as well as comment from cement suppliers and other key contributors to the concrete industry. There will also be talks by respected concrete experts including Bryan Perrie of The Concrete Institute, who will discuss specifications in relation to concrete, Amit Dawneerangen of Afrisam will outline an interesting case study, as well as the evergreen concrete expert Jacques Smith, who will give case studies of concrete in mining applications.
Companies with technical speakers will include Chryso with an in depth technical discussions on getting best out of concrete, Oxyfibre will discuss the possibilities available through the use of structural fibre reinforced concrete, as well as an in-depth technical discussion delivered by the team responsible for concrete work on the impressive PWC Tower that is currently under construction in Midrand. Readymix case studies and projects will also be delivered on behalf of the readymix industry by Johan himself.
Hard-hitting business related topics will include talks by renowned economist, Dr Roelof Botha, analyst Dr Piet Croucamp, futurist Raymond de Villiers, motivator Ian Thomas and a business opportunity discussion will be delivered by Eskom’s Nico Singh, among others. Exhibits and networking opportunities will provide delegates with an opportunity to foster new relationships and nurture new business opportunities.

To Register now click here or contact the office on (011) 791 3327.