Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is out-pacing the rest of the world with the region’s economy expected to grow by 6.1% in 2014. Rapid infrastructure development is required to sustain these predicted growth estimates climbing higher as 2014 approaches. The TotallyConcrete Expo has emerged out of industry demand as the cement, concrete and construction industry’s answer to keeping pace with future demand.
Over 80 internationally renowned speakers from over 20 countries will be at TotallyConcrete addressing current industry issues and sharing cutting edge building innovation for the African context. Funani Mojono, CEO of Lafarge Mining in South Africa, Ketso Gordhan, CEO of PPC South Africa and Dr. Stephan Olivier, CEO of AfriSam South Africa will all take part in the keynote session focussing on establishing efficient infrastructure delivery in Africa and HE Thembelani Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Public Works South Africa will give the Keynote address offering insight into South Africa’s promised R827 billion infrastructure roll-out.
PPC, platinum sponsor of the TotallyConcrete Expo, hosts the Concrete Applications conference track specially designed for engineers, contractor, architects and designers. Abram Masango, General Manager of Eskom’s Kusile Power Station will discuss the construction of one of South Africa’s largest infrastructure projects underway today and Werner Jerling, Managing Director of Stefanutti Stocks Civils will join him to address project delivery from the contractor’s perspective. Major infrastructure projects will also be in the spotlight with VIPs in participation from across the continent to discuss upcoming projects and tenders. Ismael Vadi, MEC for Roads and Transport in Gauteng, South Africa will present the region’s 25-year integrated transport plan and Cesar Freitas, President of the Cape Verde Order of the Architect and Dr. Eugene Atiemo, Director of CSIR’s Building and Road Research Institute in Ghana will offer their perspectives on West African building and construction and how government and industry is keeping pace with housing and infrastructure demand.
Soren Du Preez, Programme Director for the TotallyConcrete Expo, aims to provide participants with an unprecedented Pan-African networking opportunity and predicts, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s most influential project owners will congregate at the TotallyConcrete Expo to build relationships and identify new and future commercial partners in preparation for exponential industry growth.”
Over 50 African media and partner association have joined together to support this leading cement, concrete and construction industry event and partner organisations include the Concrete Society of Southern Africa, the Engineering Council of South Africa, Eskom, Kenya Master Builders Federation, Master Builders Association of South Africa, Namibia Institute of Architects, Institute of Engineers Tanzania and National Home Builder’s Registration Council of South Africa.
PPC, Lafarge, AfriSam, NPC Cimpor and Reimer are the sponsors of the event and in addition there will be over 80 exhibitors offering construction industry professionals the opportunity to meet the right people to help them perfect project delivery and win more tenders in Africa’s diverse regions of lucrative development.