Architectural trends, increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and the continual development of new building materials all result in residential roof structures becoming increasingly complex. In a bid for greater clarity and understanding of building regulations as they apply to timber roof trusses, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), in partnership with local roof truss fabricator, Coastal Trusses (Pty) Ltd, will be hosting a CPD-accredited workshop on Building Regulations and Standards of Timber Roof Trusses at Lomond Wine Estate near Gansbaai in Overstrand on 7 November 2019.

South Africa’s infrastructure network faces the same problem as that of several other countries – a harsh sulphate and chloride-rich environment, as well as aging structures which are being over-used whilst servicing a rapidly growing population. Mapei South Africa manufactures a rapid-setting, thixotropic and fibre-reinforced cementitious mortar called Planitop Smooth & Repair R4 ZA which can be applied by trowel in a single layer from 3 mm to 40 mm thickness for structural repairs on internal and external, horizontal and vertical concrete surfaces. Planitop Smooth & Repair R4 ZA can therefore be used to prolong and sustain the lifecycle of structures within South Africa.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.