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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
FIVE DAYS OF CONCRETE TRAINING THAT CAN BOOST CAREERS – AND
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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)
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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