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Construction World April 2022 coverON THE COVER: Regional trade is getting a shot in the arm from the mega project underway at the Zimbabwean border town of Beitbridge; JSE-listed contractor Raubex is upgrading the border post, with the cement for this momentous scheme being supplied by AfriSam.

The project is one of Zimbabwe’s first public-private partnerships, and involves the Zimbabwe government and the Zimborders Consortium. The consortium is conducting a wide-ranging expansion of the border facilities, and will operate and maintain them for about 17 years before handing them back to the state.

Admixtures promote local sourcing and sustainability

Admixtures have become an integral aspect of concrete production in the modern economy, especially as the construction sector looks for ways to chart a low carbon future while supporting local supply chains in projects.

According to Patrick Flannigan, technical manager in the concrete business unit at CHRYSO Southern Africa, contractors at one stage used admixtures mainly to reduce the amount of water in a concrete mix.

Admixtures promote local sourcing and sustainability

Investec Property launches Africa’s largest solar rooftop PV plant

One of South Africa’s longest-standing commercial real estate developers, Investec Property, will install the largest rooftop solar PV plant in the country’s history, on the top of Cornubia Mall.

This is a key step in Investec Property’s mission to embrace renewable low-carbon emission technology across its assets, thereby decreasing their environmental impact on society. The PV plant; the largest in Africa, will reduce how much electricity Cornubia Mall will have to use, easing the pressure on the national power grid.

“We are incredibly proud of our team for securing this deal and for being able to enhance the value of the exceptional shopping centre, Cornubia Mall,” Investec Property co-CEO Gavin Bernstein says.

Investec Property launches Africas largest solar rooftop PV plant

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