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CCSA model provides a reliable method of determining concrete CO2 footprint

February 2024 Cement & Concrete South Africa’s (CCSA) concrete CO2 model is facilitating the design of concrete mixes with a smaller carbon footprint. Used by, among […]

CCSA membership denotes commitment to a vibrant cement and concrete industry

January 2024 Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) and its members are driving technical competence; innovation; sustainability; and high standards across the cement and concrete value […]

Roadshow to help find concrete solutions to dire water situation

January 2024 Cement & Concrete SA’s (CSSA) CPD-accredited Concrete Working for Water Roadshow will facilitate important discussions around the looming water crisis that the country is […]

2023 Archives

Dec 2023

NRCS calls for a nationwide recall of ECONO CEMENT

Due to pressure from Cement & Concrete SA and its Partner Members and others, substandard cement, in this case, Econo Cement, is being recalled by the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS).

In the interest of safety, CCSA recently published a leaflet “Know your cement”, detailing the markings that should appear on a bag of cement in South Africa and highlighting what to look out for when purchasing cement.

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Dec 2023

SCHOOL OF CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY’S 2024 TRAINING VITAL TO DEAL WITH NEW CHALLENGES

Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology has released its 2024 Training Programme, which contains comprehensive and trusted education for an industry facing unprecedented challenges.

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Oct 2023

NEW CCSA LEAFLET WARNS ABOUT DANGERS OF NON-COMPLIANT CEMENT

Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA) has published a special informative leaflet stressing the importance of using the correct and legitimate cement for new structures to prevent building collapses and potential lethal accidents.

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Aug 2023

CCSA Launches New Online Facility To Meet Demand For Industry Skills

Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA) has reacted to the increasing demand for skilled employees at all levels in the industry by launching a Vacancy Notice Board(VNB) on its website.

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Aug 2023

SAICE FELLOWSHIP AWARDED TO BRYAN PERRIE

Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement &Concrete SA (CCSA), has been made a Fellow of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE).

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July 2023

CCSA’S SECOND CONCRETE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM WINS WIDESPREAD PRAISE

YCRETS 2023, the second biennial Young Concrete Researchers, Engineers and Technologists Symposium organised by Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA), has been lauded as “remarkable”and “rewarding”.

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June 2023

CCSA PROVIDES GUIDELINES ON THE SAFE USAGE OF CEMENT AND CONCRETE

Concrete is the world’s most widely used building material, and workers in every sector of the construction and precasting industries, as well as DIY enthusiasts, handle Portland cement and wet concrete daily. But, as with many building materials, there are significant potential risks involved in running or working with cement or cement mixes, says Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA).

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June 2023

LOAD-SHEDDING TRAFFIC DELAYS ADD TO CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

The critical role of ready mix concrete (RMC) truck drivers in providing top-quality concrete to construction sites on time is often overlooked, says Matthews Magwaza, lecturer at Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology.

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June 2023

CCSA PUBLICATIONS PROVIDE PLASTERING GUIDELINES

Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA) has two leaflets among its extensive publications dealing with plaster problems. It has been among the most frequent technical inquiries CCSA and its predecessors received for decades.

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May 2023

CONCRETE KNOWLEDGE VITAL FOR SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

Thorough knowledge of concrete and its full potential is essential for municipalengineers to design, construct, and maintain a safe and reliable infrastructure thatmeets the needs of South Africa’s communities and ensures sustainability, says BryanPerrie, CEO of Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA).

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Mar 2023

Consider upskilling concrete batchers and plant staff to increase efficiency, reduce production waste, and lower production costs with CCSA’s School of Concrete Technology.

Cement and Concrete South Africa’s School of Concrete Technology plan to offer special one-day courses for
concrete batchers and batch plant staff in Midrand, Durban, and Cape Town in the second half of 2023.

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Mar 2023

School of Concrete Technology Planning Training Courses to Boost Entrepreneurship

Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology’s “Making Concrete Bricks and Blocks”, a relatively short training course with tremendous potential in starting small businesses producing affordable but
essential building materials, will be offered regularly this year to help increase employment in South Africa.

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Jan 2023

CCSA UPDATES IMPORTANT MANUAL ON CONSTRUCTION OF CONCRETE ROADS

Cement and Concrete SA (CCSA) has published a third and updated version of its highly respected manual, “Concrete Road Construction”, authored by Bryan Perrie and Dennis Rossman, two of South Africa’s leading authorities on concrete pavements.

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2022 Archives

Dec 2022

PERVIOUS CONCRETE COULD REDUCE TOXICITY IN URBAN RUNOFFS

With a very wet summer predicted for many parts of South Africa, increased use of pervious concrete and  concrete block paving in urban roads and parking areas could play a major role in reducing toxicity in the country’s water resources, says Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement and Concrete SA (CCSA).

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Dec 2022

FOCUS ON QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE SCHOOL OF CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING FOR 2023

Sustainability based on the best practice to ensure that the finished concrete product utilises resources
as efficiently as possible is a common theme of Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology (SCT) courses for 2023.

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Nov 2022

SA CEMENT AND CONCRETE INDUSTRY TACKLING HUGE LOCAL AND GLOBAL CHALLENGES

The entire South African cement and concrete industry is threatened by multiple challenges of economic decline, the crisis in the construction industry, cheap imports and environment-related issues. Some 35,000 local jobs are on the line, together with ZAR billions of investments in the sector’s long value chain.

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Oct 2022

PROMPT ATTENTION TO SPALLED JOINTS VITAL TO PREVENT COSTLY REPAIRS

Spalling joints in concrete floors should be considered an early warning of more potential severe long-term
damage. The size and cost of spalling repairs can be reduced if the damage is detected and repaired early,
says Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA).

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Sep 2022

ECONOMICAL FOAMED CONCRETE SUITABLE FOR LIMITED BUDGETS

Foamed concrete is the most popular of all low-density concretes in developing countries mainly because of
its low capital expenditure on equipment and the ready availability of its principal materials, says Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA).

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Sep 2022

BASIC CONCRETE KNOWLEDGE IMPORTANT FOR NEW STAFF

All smaller companies in the construction industry should ensure that new junior and non-technical staff
are “introduced to concrete” as part of their initial inhouse training to ensure that they deal with customers
professionally right from the outset, says John Roxburgh, senior lecturer at Cement & Concrete SA’s
School of Concrete Technology.

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Sep 2022

FIBRES CAN ADD SIGNIFICANT STRENGTH TO CONCRETE

Including stiff natural or synthetic fibres in the concrete mix can significantly augment the strength of concrete, says Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA).

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Aug 2022

QUALITY OF MORTAR MIXIMPORTANT FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The quality of the mortar invariably determines the durability of any new structure, says Matthews Magwaza, lecturer at Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology. “Mortar binds bricks and blocks together to give strength and stability to a wall. In developing countries, where contractors tend to produce their mortar rather than factory-purchase it, correctly produced mortar is essential to ensure sustainable structures,” Magwaza states.

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Aug 2022

FIVE DAYS OF CONCRETE TRAINING THAT CAN BOOST CAREERS – AND
SUSTAINABILITY

SA construction industry professionals need only devote five days of their time later this year for intensive concrete technology training to boost their career opportunities and ensure that the structures they design have maximum sustainability, says John Roxburgh, senior lecturer at Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology.

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July 2022

CEMENT AND CONCRETE SA (CCSA) ANNOUNCES “VISION: NET ZERO CARBON” BY 2050 FOR ITS PARTNER MEMBERS

The CCSA has noted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) position that parties should act to protect the climate system “on the basis of equality and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities” based on Principle 7 of the Rio Declaration at the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

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June 2022

PARTICIPATION INVITED FOR CCSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ON CEMENT AND CONCRETE’S ROLE IN CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA) is now calling for abstracts for papers for next year’s YCRETS 2023, the second Young Concrete Researchers, Engineers and Technologists (YCRETS) symposium. CCSA established the forum in 2021 for young individuals involved in the research, design, and application of concrete and cementitious-based materials.

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June 2022

CCSA’S new Emerging Contractor membership category gain Eastern Cape Member!

An Eastern Cape company has joined as the first member of Cement & Concrete SA’s new “Emerging Contractors” membership category, created for this vital part of the construction industry and the national economy.

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May 2022

CONCRETE KNOWLEDGE COULD SAVE S.A. MILLIONS

Engineers and technicians in the construction industry urgently need to increase their knowledge of concrete technology to prevent project failures which cumulatively cost SA millions of rand every year, says John Roxburgh, senior lecturer at Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology.

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May 2022

THREE IMPORTANT CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING COURSES PLANNED FOR COAST

With Covid-19 lockdown restrictions now eased, Cement & Concrete SA’s School of Concrete Technology (SCT) will visit Durban in June and Cape Town in August to present live tuition for three basic but essential training courses in concrete technology.

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May 2022

TILT-UP CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION SAVES TIME AND COSTS

Tilt-up construction, a building technique where the concrete structural elements are cast on site and lifted into the final position by crane, offers several benefits in terms of time and money, says Gary Theodosiou, Cement & Concrete SA’s Technical Consultant.

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Feb 2022

CCSA Publications Provide Plastering Guidelines

Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA) has among its extensive list of publications two leaflets which deal with plaster problems which often becomes a nightmare for contractors and have for many years been among the most frequent technical inquiries received by the CCSA and its predecessors.

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Feb 2022

CARELESS CURING CAN RUIN THE BEST CONCRETE, CCSA WARNS

Concrete that has been correctly specified,batched, mixed, placed, and finished can still fail without adequate curing. “Curing is usually the last step in a concrete project and, unfortunately, is often neglected – even by professionals,” says Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA).

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Feb 2022

STEADY SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL OF CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY’S HOME BUILDERS’ COURSE

As the construction industry gradually gains post-pandemic momentum, there has been a steady support for the School of Concrete Technology’s “Mortars, Plasters, Screeds, and Masonry – SCT12” online training course for home builders.

Jan 2022

CORRECT PROCEDURES CAN CONTROL CRAZING OF CONCRETE FLOORS, SAYS CCSA

Unsightly craze cracking of concrete floors – caused by the shrinkage of the cement paste on the surface – can generally be prevented by correct placement, curing, and finishing, says Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement & Concrete SA (CCSA)

Jan 2022

CONCRETE ROADS COULD HAVE PREVENTED POTHOLE PAINS

With exceptionally heavy summer rains still expected for an already drenched country, municipalities should expect massive claims for vehicular and personal damage caused by potholes. “There is already a proliferation of dangerous potholes all over South Africa. Potholes could have been prevented were there more concrete roads,” Bryan Perrie, CEO of Cement &Concrete SA (CCSA), has pointed out.

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