ON THE COVER: AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence aims to excel at technical customer support, product development and optimisation as well as independent laboratory services. AfriSam is the leading supplier of superior quality construction materials. Its cement, readymix, concrete and aggregate materials have contributed to key infrastructure development on the continent over the last 85 years. Its core values of ‘people, planet and performance’ reflect its commitment towards customers, communities and the environment. Construction World visited the CPE at AfriSam’s Roodepoort facility and spoke to Mike McDonald, its manager.
The importance of sand in construction
Construction sand is used in various construction activities including the built environment, roads and bridges and other civil infrastructure that includes dams, railways, ports and harbours. The role of sand in these projects is vital as substandard sand can severely compromise the integrity of the final product. Pilot Crushtec International (Pilot Crushtec) has been a leading supplier of mobile and semi-mobile crushing, screening and washing solutions to the construction industry for three decades. Construction World asked Francois Marais (Director: Sales and Marketing) and Fernando Abelho (Africa Sales Manager) about sand’s vital role, how the company assists customers with assessing specific conditions and how its product offering enables the delivery of optimal quality sand product to the required spec.
Building a sustainable industry
Globally CHRYSO’s sustainability aim is twofold: it wants to create wealth while encouraging social progress and minimising its ecological footprint. This is done through its offering of admixture solutions for the green revolution, specifically the aim of reducing the construction industry’s impact on the environment with focus on CO2 reduction. Construction World spoke to Hannes Engelbrecht, Concrete Unit Business Director for CHRYSO South Africa about how it is contributing to this drive in the Southern African construction context, especially its aim to provide products to allow interaction between cement and concrete to reduce its overall CO2 footprint.