Addressing issues in the building industry

Builders need to develop industry skills and create jobs.

Since the world started recovering from the global financial crisis, there has been a very little rise in building activity and profitability. As a result, Danie Hattingh, the immediate past president of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) imparted the message, at the opening of the organisation’s annual congress, that now more than ever, key role-players and government departments involved in the industry must engage in issues affecting the industry’s growth.

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KZN builders unite

Builders are meeting in KZN for the latest industry trends, networking and business opportunities.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is bringing building contractors a weekend of the industry’s latest products and trends with their building exhibition being held from 15 to 17 November 2013 at the Master Builders Centre.

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Spa-like showers in the heart of the French capital

Builders inspired by spa-like showers in Paris.

The Best Western Premier Opera Diamond Hotel in Paris, located in the immediate vicinity of the Opera, Place de la Madeleine and Boulevard Haussmann, and surrounded by stylish boutiques and excellent restaurants, is the first hotel in the world to have builders fit its showers with GROHE SPA F-digital Deluxe.

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Projection Plaster is the way forward

An alternative solution for building contractors offering speed, efficiency and control.

When Saint-Gobain Gyproc was approached to offer an alternative fast-track building solution for the construction of the 840, three-bedroomed apartments that made up the All African Athletes Village in Maputo, they came up with a projection plaster methodology to apply their RhinoLite Projection Plaster.

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Just the device for contractors

Building contractors now have a smart phone designed especially for their working environment.

A device designed to enhance the building contractor’s working life, the Samsung GALAXY S4 Active, is now available from Samsung Electronics South Africa.

Building contractors no longer have to worry about damaging their devices on site. This smart phone is fully sealed to protect it from dust particles as well as water at a depth of one meter, with up to 30 minutes of submersion. It also comes equipped with a water-resistant earphone jack, enabling phone use in unfavourable conditions.

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An eco-friendly hotel

Great building materials make a builder’s job a whole lot easier, and they result in eco-friendly buildings.

In order to create a 102-room, three-star hotel in the upmarket suburb of Hatfield, Pretoria, DNJ Projects, who were responsible for Protea Hotel Manor’s drywall partitioning and ceilings, decided to use Lafarge Gypsum plasterboards as well as Lafarge’s complementary grid and finishing material as their building materials.

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Home taps for a proud South African

Builders can impress their clients with a new proudly South African tap range.

Inspired by the beauty of the local landscape and South Africa’s abundant fauna and flora, Cobra created the Heritage Collection, a stylish range of contemporary single lever mixers, launched at the Emoyeni Terrace and Pavilion in Parktown on 17 October.

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