RIP Cyril Vuyani Gamede

The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has announced the passing of its CEO, Cyril Vuyani Gamede, who died at the age of 58 on 1 August. CIDB CEO Cyril Vuyani Gamede passed away on 1 August 2021. “Mr Gamede made a great difference the CIDB in the short time he was with the organisation. He…

Eva-Last celebrates women in the building materials industry

This Women’s Month, Eva-Last is celebrating women in the building materials industry for whom passion is purpose and outdated perceptions will not stand in their way. Shelley Galliver, marketing director, Eva-Last Shelley Galliver, Eva-Last’s marketing director, has more than two decades’ experience in the building materials industry and says the relatively specialised nature of the…

Achieving a fair balance of risk post-lockdown

According to MDA Attorneys, the most common standard form contracts in the construction sector have been slow to adapt post the Covid-19 lockdown and should be revised to accommodate new construction technologies, dispute and claim resolution methods and ever-changing risk. “While there are some changes being introduced to standard form contracts, as well as particular…

Lonsa acquires majority stake in fibre cement manufacturer Everite

Lonsa Group Limited (Lonsa), a Mauritian principal investment entity investing in the energy, industrials, logistics and property sectors in Africa, has acquired majority and controlling shareholding in Everite for approximately R600m. Everite is an industrial manufacturer of a range of building products for the commercial, industrial and residential markets. The deal, which was effective 1…

Eskom working on replacing failing infrastructure

Eskom has committed to replacing its ailing infrastructure in Gauteng after experiencing an increased number of “pole-mounted” transformers and mini-substations that fail due to network overload. Source: Getty/Gallo According to the state-owned entity, this is caused by meter bypassing, illegal connections, unauthorised operations, and vandalism of the electricity infrastructure. To date, Eskom has successfully replaced…

CIDB 2021Q2 survey shows mixed sentiment among civil engineering, general building contractors

The results of the 2021Q2 CIDB SME Business Conditions Survey showed that while sentiment in the civil engineering (CE) sector increased for the fourth consecutive quarter, the business mood deteriorated among general building (GB) contractors. A further broad trend observed was the divergence in the confidence of smaller contractors, which moved decidedly higher in the…