Current Issue Flipbook

Trade Journals for the Concrete Industry

Current Issue Archive Online Flipbooks CPI Middle East CPI TV Events Buyers' Guide Newsletter Advertising Subscription

Building practice and Concrete InfrastructureDevelopment in Eastern and Southern Africa

Future Innovative Technology Cooperation for African Cement and Concrete Infrastructure Development


The construction sector has traditionally been a source of employment in African regions. However, due to policy changes, cut backs in public investments as well as a fall in the number of employments in the private sector have been observed in many countries [1]. Furthermore a shift from registered companies to informal contractors could be noticed [1-3]. Many contractors offer services they do not provide permanently or for which the required equipment has to be borrowed. A study that was published in 2000 about the situation in Tanzania pointed out that only ca. 15% of the enterprises that offer concrete works own a concrete mixer [4]. The building practice with concrete varies widely over the African continent. Whereas the level of technology and the infrastructure for cement and concrete in South Africa is elaborate, in East Africa and particularly those that were heavily suffering from civil war during the nineties of the last century, the availability of cement and concrete is poor and these materials are far from being everyday building practice. Most of the population relies on indigenous forms of construction requiring wood obtained from felling of forest trees and ultimately contributing to de-forestation. Informal settlements in South-Africa and Kenya are literal evidence where originally green natural vegetation has been turned into artificial desert-like landscapes.

Show article
Download article


BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Unter den Eichen 87,
12205 Berlin, Germany
T +49 30 81040· F +49 30 8112029
info@ bam.de

CPi worldwide journals are trade journals for the concrete and precast concrete industry that are published in 10 different language editions in more than 170 countries. These trade journals, with their practical editorial reporting on research, production and applications, are specifically addressing the decision makers of the concrete and precast concrete industry.

About us
ad-media GmbH

Industriestrasse 180
50999 Cologne

T: + 49 2236 96 23 90
F: + 49 2236 96 23 96

  • Magazine
  • CPi-tv
  • Events
  • Buyers' Guide
  • Newsletter
  • Advertising
  • Patents
  • ad-media GmbH
  • Linkedin
  • Imprint
  • Data Protection
We are using Cookies on www.cpi-worldwide.com. Some of them are essential, while others help us improve this website and your experience. More information can be found in our privacy policy. Accept all Extended Configuration
Cookies of this category are required for the basic functions of the website. They are used for safe and proper use and therefore cannot be deactivated.
Cookies of this category allow us to analyze (Google Analytics) the use of the website and measure performance. They also help us to provide useful functions.
Cookies of this category allow us to show third-party content (social networks, videos)
Save settings and close Accept all