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The 7th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo has been announced. Taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 June 2019, the event is the construction industry’s largest gathering of professionals.

2019 African Construction and Totally Concrete expo announced

This year’s expo is co-located with four other industry expos – Totally Concrete, Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa, African Smart Summit and African Construction Awards. “It is a chance for attending industry players to not only stake their claim in Africa's construction industry but also to take holistic stock of the industry and come up with solutions that benefit the entire built environment value chain to ensure resilience,” says Tracy-Lee Behr, Portfolio Director of African Construction Expo at dmg events.

“Given the construction industry’s challenges and contracting growth over the last decade, the expo affords an opportunity to rethink challenges the industry has been facing and mapping a positive way forward.”

South Africa experienced a technical recession in the first and second quarters of this year. Coupled with 2018’s economic instability, woeful performances by state-owned enterprises and its negative effect on civil construction, as well as institutional uncertainly and policy paralysis that are typical of an election year, it certainly presents a less than favourable outlook for the South African construction industry, she adds.

“However, there is cause for optimism with the South African government’s economic stimulus plan to inject billions into infrastructure development. Add Statistics SA Q2 figures, which suggest a 2.3% uptick in construction activity and the construction tide may rise sooner rather than later.”

Research giant Fitch Solutions also expects 2019 to be the year the sector finally emerges from recession. The 2019 sub-Saharan Africa construction growth report expects year-on-year growth of 6.8%, with total infrastructure spend expected to amount to R855 billion over the next three years, an increase of 2.5% from last year.

According to Fitch, Ethiopia, the continent’s top construction performer, is expected to increase its construction industry value to 12.3%. Industry growth in Zambia and Namibia is slowing down as Zambia faces fiscal challenges and rising debt, while Namibia is seeing major projects coming to an end, the researchers say.

“Against this background, it is critical for the construction sector to work to develop the necessary capacity and new technology today to be able to meaningfully contribute to the future worldwide economy. Construction technology and new building methods remain the biggest disruptors for the construction industry. So, the latest industry technology will be on display and will feature the best pump, valve and pipe engineering products, building materials and smart city technology to touch, feel and experience,” Behr says.

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