EXHIBITIONS African Construction and Totally Concrete a huge success South Africa’s only multidisciplinary built environment show was outstanding this year, heralding further growth as one of the world’s largest construction events. H osting more than 8 000 professionals from 44 countries, the sixth edition of the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo that took place at Johannesburg’s Gallagher Convention Centre offering the industry two days of business and networking. The expo also achieved its declared objective for 2018: putting the topic of transformation and empowerment at the centre of the construction industry’s agenda. The show offered 45 workshops, where experts shared insights and knowledge with hundreds of attendees. The event also hosted the first ever Transformation Corner, focused exclusively at promoting transformation and empowerment in construction. “Transformation and SMME development play an ever more critical role in building, advancing and innovating Africa’s construction industry,” says Aubrey Tshalata, national president of the National African Federation for the Building Industry (NAFBI) and one of the speakers at the event. “Because commitment from the established industry as well as public sector is integral to achieving transformation goals, this event successfully provides a conducive platform for forming development partnerships by bridging the gap between public and private sector as well as uniting professionals from all disciplines across the industry for a comprehensive approach to growth.” Executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. 12 JULY - AUGUST 2018 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING Transformation initiatives were also in the spotlight at the event’s opening keynote session. Executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba and MEC Jacob Mamabolo from the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development, among others, addressed more than 500 attendees. “I listened to the mayor of Johannesburg and to the MEC of the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development at the keynote session, and I am now excited that as a woman- owned company we are finally going to have the right space in the industry,” says visitor Jackie Gokamilwe, owner of Socrasync Investment. The expo will return to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 June 2019 as part of ‘The Big 5’, which is the largest portfolio of construction events in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and with this new positioning the exhibition is expected to grow its international participation significantly. “For the first time ever, the show will run for three consecutive days. The decision comes in response to a growing market demand,” announces Tracy-Lee Behr, portfolio director at dmg events, the event organisers. “Through dmg events’ global network, the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo brings more investments to South Africa next year. The 2019 edition of the show plays a key role in the transfer of know-how and technologies from international players.” According to Rohit Banerjee from KHK Scaffolding and Formwork LLC, one of the exhibitors, “The show was fantastic. Hundreds of visitors came at our stand, all leads for potential business. We also secured a local partnership, which will head the distribution and marketing of our products (in South Africa). We have potential partnership agreements that could be worth USD10-million or more.” Rui Barbossa, sales manager of exhibitor Nu-Line Elevator Product, confirms, “We had good exposure at the show. We also received enquiries from other African countries like Congo, Angola, and Zambia. This is excellent for us, as we would like to expand in the broader African market.” For more information about The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, visit: www.totallyconcrete.co.za.