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28 February 2019

Set against the backdrop of improved
optimism now that the South African economy has emerged from its technical
recession, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos are about to
break the records set in 2018.

The 2019 expos, now under the hugely
successful Big 5 banner, being held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in
Johannesburg from 11-13 June, will be upping the ante.  dmg events is bringing their expertise and
experience to bear in building on existing
knowledge sharing, networking and business matching opportunities, as well as
using its wider reach to attract even more international visitors and exhibitors.

With Johannesburg Mayor Herman
Mashaba’s Inner City Revitalisation Project in full swing, there is, as he has
said, “No better
place in terms of real estate to invest in other than the inner City of
Johannesburg in South Africa.”

The city is
abuzz with projects:

  • The first three buildings in the Inner City Revitalisation Project have
    been handed over to developers, and the mayor promises to release 80 to 100
    more buildings for redevelopment in 2019 to make a dent in the city’s 300,000-unit
    housing backlog.
  • The R2 billion Jewel City initiative will see property developers
    Divercity redevelop six blocks of
    Johannesburg’s CBD and the Absa towers main building, constructing over 2,700
    apartments, a school, clinic, and gym.
  • The GM of O. R. Tambo International Airport,
    Ms Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana, has held the sod-turning ceremony for major new
    developments on the airport’s Western Precinct. Investment of R4.5-billion will
    enable the airport to unlock the potential of 1,000 hectares of serviceable
    land in the Western Precinct. Opportunities for construction will encompass
    office, hotel and retail facilities.

In addition, President Cyril
Ramaphosa’s recent State of the Nation Address announced that:

  • Increased emphasis is being placed on
    infrastructure development to support ambitious development plans for the
  • Government will inject R100 billion into the
    Infrastructure Fund over a 10-year period to leverage financing from the
    private sector and development finance institutions.
  • The Housing Development Agency will construct
    an additional 500,000 housing units in the next five years, and R30 billion
    will enable municipalities and provinces to fulfil their respective mandates.
  • Human Settlements
    Development Bank
     will be established to leverage both
    public- and private-sector financing to aid in housing delivery.
  • The People’s Housing Programme will be
    expanded; households will be allocated serviced stands to build their own
    houses, either individually or through community-led housing cooperatives.
  • Student accommodation
    projects around the country are being accelerated.
  • Government will work to
    remove constraints to greater investment. Already a high-level
    multi-departmental team is working to eradicate policy, legal, regulatory and
    administrative barriers that frustrate investors and make doing business in
    South Africa easier.

In addition to the South African market, McKinsey’s
new book, Africa’s
Business Revolution: How to Succeed in the World’s Next Big Growth Market,
sees Africa poised for economic acceleration,
akin to the Asian boom.

From very extensive research and interviews with
Africa’s most prominent business and development leaders, McKinsey sees a
trillion-dollar opportunity to industrialise Africa to meet rising domestic
and create a
bridge-head in global export markets. Investment
opportunities abound and the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos –
powered by The Big 5 will bring together stakeholders at every level to
identify and exploit opportunities.

This year, for the
first time, the
African Construction and Totally Concrete
Expos will be co-located with Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa. This new co-location will bring PVP sector’s players an
even bigger platform for the industry to do business, a much bigger audience, more
growth opportunities and new partnership opportunities within a broader
spectrum of industries.

Currently, the Internet of Things (IoT) and
Big Data are accumulating decades of knowledge and connecting billions of
physical devices around the world to collect and share data. These technologies
will ensure better visibility, forecasting and maintenance planning. Pumps,
Valves & Pipes Africa 2019 will be showcasing some of these technologies
along with many new products.

Together with Pumps,
Valves and Pipes Africa, the
African Construction and Totally concrete
Expos will offer more product showcases with free-to-attend
strategic and technical workshops that will be more interactive with
revolutionary case studies and interactive panel discussions. The dynamic
programme has been designed by the industry for the industry.

Last year the African Construction and
Totally Concrete Expos attracted 8,016 construction professionals, showcased
3,243 participating companies, 178 exhibiting companies, 102 media and
association partners and offered 44 free workshops. Participants came from 42
countries and 4 continents – Africa, Europe and the Middle East, USA and South
America, and Asia and Australasia.

2019 is poised to smash these records.

While dmg events’ reach will bring
visitors closer to an international audience, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos remain
South African events, serving to promote local values, business and

there’s one show you can’t afford to miss, this is the one!

Book a stand or register to visit now at www.africanconstructionexpo to
be part of the event on 11-13 June 2019, Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South

Some of 2018’s exhibitors had this to say

Five years ago the Conchem brand was not very prominent, but now, thanks
to the African Construction Expo, people know who we are and what we do. We
walked away with 13 serious enquiries. 
Graham Smith, Sales and Business Development, Conchem

Our stand has been getting bigger over the
years: we brought more products and machines and by doing that we opened the
doors to a bigger market. And Totally Concrete has opened the market for
Colte Smit, Technical Sales Manager, Sanika Waterproofing Specialists.

This is a
tremendous show in a great emerging market. We got over 100 customers, not just
from South Africa, but also from West and North African countries. 
Aniruddha Banerjee, Senior
Manager, KHK Scaffolding & Formwork LLC, United Arab Emirates

We got
invaluable leads, including key stakeholders from Eskom and other large
corporates that are not easy to reach. At the expo, they come to us. 
Tracy Harris,
Commercial Manager, Mapei South Africa.

Visitors to
the 2018 show said

The workshops I attended were very useful and I can’t wait to come back
next year.

Samson Khumalo,
Workshop Manager, Coastal Hire

We met many suppliers and other companies that we will have synergies
with in the future. I will definitely be back next year.
 Seddick Toffa, CEO, Jojabesi

We learned how to participate in tenders and how to ensure our company
is the government database so that we can grow our business.
Raymong Mongale, Director, Djengo Enterprise

I came here for the contractors’ section and I found some great products. Next year I have to plan to spend more time at the event. Kay Chetty, Tender Buyer, Temi Construction

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