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Dangote Group: building on concrete foundations

14 April, 2014

Dangote Group: building on concrete foundations

A mix of natural advantages and protectionism has made Dangote Group Nigeria’s biggest firm. Now its mettle will be tested as it expands across Africa.Cement is the mainstay of Dangote...

Size does matter, but development counts too

11 April, 2014

Size does matter, but development counts too

In the South Africa/Nigeria top-dog economic debate, development is also a significant factor. Most of Nigeria's 170-million people live below the poverty line and felt no benefit from Nigeria’s new...

Researchers tackle cement’s carbon content

31 March, 2014

Researchers tackle cement’s carbon content

Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement makes up about 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest....

Power-hungry South Africa: coal, gas or nuclear?

18 March, 2014

Power-hungry South Africa: coal, gas or nuclear?

Although South Africa's long-term energy plans look solid, with coal, nuclear, gas and renewables all viable options, none will prevent potentially crippling power crunches in future unless there’s a decision...

Boosting Ethiopia's economic growth with building boom

12 March, 2014

Boosting Ethiopia's economic growth with building boom

Above Addis Ababa's concrete skyline, cranes tower high amid blasts from nearby drills and diggers. At the feet of buildings shrouded in bamboo scaffolding, excavators dig up dirt tracks, to...

Cement industry leaders seek sustainable solutions to emissions reduction

05 March, 2014

Cement industry leaders seek sustainable solutions to emissions reduction

The November 2013 United Nations climate change conference identified human actions as the dominant cause of global warming and highlighted an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions by at least...

Are these buildings really green?

04 March, 2014

Are these buildings really green?

It has been speculated about for years: Is LEED certification -- based on the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards -- anything more than...

Use of Geopolymer / Zero Cement Concrete with practical on site applications

27 February, 2014

Use of Geopolymer / Zero Cement Concrete with practical on site applications

Warren Mc Kenzie from Murray and Roberts Construction Group Services shares his presentation on the use of Geopolymer / Zero Cement Concrete with practical on site applications. Warren will also be...

Kenya's growing cement consumption

19 February, 2014

Kenya's growing cement consumption

Kenya: That there has been a property boom in Kenya goes without saying. Real estate agents across the country have made money. Land speculators have bet big, and so far...

GT researchers develop "self-healing" concrete

17 February, 2014

GT researchers develop "self-healing" concrete

Georgia Tech researchers have developed “self-healing” concrete, and a way to monitor that healing process. Self-healing happens due to a combination of mechanical blocking by particles carried into a crack, along...

Clash of the cement giants

12 February, 2014

Clash of the cement giants

A clash of the giants is imminent between PPC Ltd and Nigeria’s Dangote in the cement industry in SA, as the new player gears up to challenge PPC Ltd in...

Power, labour pose risks to realising weak-rand benefits in 2014

11 February, 2014

Power, labour pose risks to realising weak-rand benefits in 2014

The weaker rand should be supportive of a reduction in South Africa’s current account deficit over the medium-term, but Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim warns that continued industrial unrest...

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