COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKETgeneral
COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET
COROBRIK ADDS VALUE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET
Striking red Corobrik face brick creates inspired design in new Century City development
Corobrik’s bricklayer training programme empowers youth
Facebrick makes for healthy living at the University of Zululand
Corobrik chairman, Peter du Trevou, joined performers at 2017 BHCA 1820s amateur orchestra.
Western Cape Government’s newest office building constructed with Corobrik face brick on track for 5-Star Green Star SA as-built rating
Corobrik wins ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at KZN Top Business Awards
SANparks employees upskilled with paving training
Corobrik’s face brick meets sustainable needs of modern development
Corobrik products enhance Nelspruit’s Riverside Office Park development
Inspirational learning centre constructed using Corobrik’s face brick.
Corobrik welcomes new deputy managing director as part of growth plan
Urban greenery initiative takes top prize in Corobrik’s Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award
Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programme
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperative
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Award
Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny from the University of KwaZulu-Natal wins the 30th Corobrik Architectural Awards
Corobrik face brick creates inspirational 01 on Mutual inner city building
Katherine Dewar’s focus on innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity has won her a place in the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Innovation blends with sustainability, social awareness and technical excellence in 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled people
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
Corobrik face brick creates homely Centurion retirement village
Creative use of Corobrik’s product enhances Vredenburg high school
Darren Sampson’s innovation and technical skill resulted in his award at the University of Johannesburg regional event
Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development
A heritage portal created on the ruins of Westfort, a fort originally protecting the west of Pretoria, wins the University of Pretoria regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award.
Lana Bramley wins the University of the Free State regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards
A community food production facility in Alexandra wins the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Award.
Corobrik’s face brick creates neat, uncomplicated look for 01 on Lunar development
Mario van Wyk to represent Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year event
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers enhance the green aspects of Menlyn Maine Central Square
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremony
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing project
Corobrik helps cycling team.
Ubuntu Community Chest and Corobrik have a twenty-year relationship.
Corobrik train landscape technology students.
Face bricks laid upright represent the members of the Affies choir at the new music centre.
Exceptional architectural design recognised by the SA Institute for Architecture.
“What do you want, brick?” ….this is a question which has gained legendary status within architectural circles
Corobrik help people obtain bricklaying skills.
The youth in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy educational facilities at the new Majuba FET college in Dundee.
Corobrik receive commendation for support to architects
Corobrik 3D Visualiser to assist architects and specifiers
Social housing project in Pretoria uses maintenance free Corobrik Montana Light face bricks.
The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick
Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look
Vedhant Maharaj from The University of the Witwatersrand became the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards in Johannesburg last night.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Corobrik train landscape students in the process of hard landscaping.
A million Corobrik Champagne PA clay pavers have been arranged in a Herringbone pattern along Tembisa’s sidewalks.
Robotics installed at the Corobrik Lawley factory will allow flexibility in production as it can run out of Eskom peak tariff hours.
Architectural student proposes Delft in the Western Cape the site for FET college to reinforce town high street and facility diversity.
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
A board game that shows just how various measures that fall within “tactical urbanism” can address spatial inequality
A biological water treatment and research facility is proposed to revitalise decay.
A new use for the Johannesburg Observatory site.
An environmental research facility in KwaZulu-Natal to address threatened natural resources
An environmental research facility for the Karoo’s fossil heritage.
Freedom of expression is Nilene van Niekerk’s passion.
A reforestation and timber mill project to rejuvenate the Nasrec Precinct.
A water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganga in India
A thesis that addresses social, economic and environmental issues that exist within the industrial landscape.
Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects
Top architectural students to compete for prestigious award.
Corobrik has once again proved itself as a leader in quality assurance and sustainable environmental practices with the further attainment of a number of world-class operating standards at several...
Musa Shangase believes in the soundness of bricks and mortar.
New Swellendam primary school is set to excite
Corobrik’s Lansdowne Centre moves to new premises
Corobrik House Donation in Polokwane
Corobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company completes refurbishment after donation of top-quality Corobrik pavers
At the Afrikaans Boys' High School in Pretoria, a public high school for boys situated in the city affably known as Affies, a new ground level canteen and upstairs computer room were required....
Prudent sourcing and selection of building materials and fittings and fixtures has delivered Lakehaven Phase 11- a ground breaking social housing project that will definitely raise the bar in this...
After joining Corobrik as National Commercial Manager in July 2013, Musa Shangase has been appointed Commercial Director from 1 January 2014.He joined Corobrik bringing with him his considerable...
Platinum Manor, a new Central Development Projects, affordable housing scheme recently completed in Chantelle Pretoria, features 2.37 million Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks.
Pupils at Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary School in Vlakfontein near Lawley, Gauteng, are relishing using the school's first brick and mortar classroom block and ablution facilities which were...
Sitting aside Kings Park Stadium and near the iconic Moses Mabhida
University of Johannesburg student, Harold Johnson, is Corobrik’s 28th Architectural Student of the Year.
Clay brick wall construction is long proven as the common denominator when providing truly sustainable, superior performing infrastructure across South Africa at the lowest lifetime cost.
PMR.africa presented the Diamond Arrow Award to Corobrik for the fourth year running for achieving the highest score in its annual national survey on brick suppliers to the South African construction...
Follow this simple video guide to building your own pizza oven by Corobrik, South Africa's leading brick manufacturer, and go from D.I.Y. to delicious in no time at all.
Corobrik and the architectural team from Revel Fox & Partners Architects and Planners who designed the Bongolethu Primary School in Philippi in Cape Town agree on one thing using the simplest means...
More than 222 000 Bergendal Satin Blend face bricks from Corobrik's Witbank factory were used to build the new R40 million lecture theatre block at the University of Zululand (Unizulu) which students...
Consistent teamwork by employees dedicated to selling a quality product to satisfied customers. This was revealed as the winning formula at this year’s Corobrik Conference where a number of...
Many homeowners have questions about clay bricks. Some of the experts at Corobrik provide answers.
A blend of 100 000 nutmeg piazza and onyx pavers used to create an iconic public square that forms part of the first phase of the new Sol Plaatjie University development in Kimberley, has seen...
Tasked with designing the paving of Mpumalanga's new Secunda Mall development, Insite Landscape Architects in Centurion, opted for a 'simplistic but not simple' look. They immediately...
His comprehensive understanding of building products; keen eye for detail and quality customer service are just some of the reasons Corobrik's Indren Munsamy will be heading up the team at...
In the past, Woodstock used to be a conveniently forgotten area between two bustling highways leading out of Cape Town. Once a vibrant business district, it was caught in a steady downward spiral...
The annual Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award is the country's premier event to highlight the creative and technical talent of the cream of South Africa's architectural...
The eThekwini municipality leads by example when it comes to state-of-the-art green building as demonstrated by the eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) Customer Service centre in KE Masinga Avenue,...
Quality building materials and good design should not be restricted to high profile buildings. Even greater thought needs to be put into facilities that serve those that need them most - in this case...
600 Corobrik pavers, 300 clay bricks, ornamental gravel and a selection of planting materials were all that was needed for 80 Landscape Technology students at the Cape University of Technology (CPUT)...
Research findings in the USA, Australia and South Africa continue to compound endorsing clay brick constructions pre-eminent status for sustainable house construction in South Africa.
Conceptualised and developed to provide a quality lifestyle in a secure and natural environment, Dainfern Valley Estate is one of the most sought-after areas to own a home in the entire...
South Africans love braaing. And thanks to Corobrik's easy step-by-step D.I.Y. video guide to building your own braai, you won't have to be a master builder to be a braai master.
Corobrik has secured the specification of double skin brickwork for 500 RDP houses at the Lindelani Youth Build Project in Kimberley and commenced supplies for first phase of 153 houses under...
"We are Europe," an elder in an informal settlement told University of Cape Town (UCT) architectural student, Amy Thompson, during her extensive research for a thesis that won this...
Umhlanga College a state-of-the-art learning facility - is a perfect example of a blend of old and new and testament to the fact that Corobrik products are timeless. The school, opened its doors in...
In the early 2013 and following an assessment of the lifecycle performance of low cost housing projects in Bergville, Glencoe and Ladysmith built of Corobrik's Coro Maxi 140 face bricks some 20 years...
Corobrik's Western Cape region scooped six awards at the company's national business conference which was held in the Drakensberg from 25 to 27 July. Dawid Norris won the award for sales manager of...
A panel of broad vivid yellow, orange, green and white stripes at the front entrance is the only clue that Heideveld Primary School in Heideveld, Western Cape is not your average government learning...
The cream of South Africa's architectural talent was acknowledged for their talent and skill at the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence and Merit at a gala dinner at the ICC Durban on 1...
Established in 1920, the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science is the second-oldest in Africa, and is still the only faculty of its kind in South Africa. Situated in...
Anyone looking to build, whether it be a home, warehouses, offices or plan an extension or renovate will soon have access to hands-on building expertise and a range of quality bricks and paving as...
The heart of Warwick Junction is beating with new life in the form of the recently constructed community building, Denis Hurley Centre. Replacing the demolished 106-year-old parish centre which sits...
Corobrik has supplied 2,4 million Moroccan Red travertine face bricks for construction of the award winning Little Manhattan apartment complex. Ockert van Heerden, Corobrik Director of Sales said...
A firewall constructed of Corobrik's clay face bricks protected a warehouse from being consumed by a devastating industrial fire. In the early hours of 26 March, a fire broke out at the Sun Oil...
More than 400 million people in Africa live in urban areas and because of high rural to urban migration rates the number of people living in urban areas will increase from 62% to 70% by the year...
As government's belief in the benefits of clay brick construction for affordable housing becomes increasingly evident, Corobrik's support for this new direction was cemented with the donation of two...
Four women have been honoured in the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence presented by Corobrik and the South African Institute for Architects (SAIA) at a gala dinner in Durban on 1 August....
The University of Pretoria student received first prize with her thesis entitled Machinarium: Architecture as a living machine at the prestigious annual event held on 9 April 2014.
While the solid all round performance and life-time value that clay brick brings to infrastructure buildings remains unparalleled; local and international comparative research continues to compound...
A person’s home is more than just a place to sleep and store personal belongings. It’s a representation of who they are, what their place is in society. Because of this, a home must be created with care and consideration that acknowledges the dignity that is owed.
Corobrik understands the connection between quality products and the respect for a home, which is why the demand for its face brick range continues to soar in the affordable housing sector.
“The successful construction of affordable housing developments across the country has cemented Corobrik’s relationship with government as a supplier of high-quality material that comes with economic, environmental and social benefits,” said Corobrik’s commercial director, Musa Shangase. “Looking purely at the aesthetic aspect, the clay face brick range is universally acknowledged as an aspirational product, evoking inspired feelings of comfort and satisfaction for homeowners.”
Corobrik’s contribution to affordable housing
Anyone who has been a recipient of one of Corobrik’s affordable homes can attest to this. Working closely with government departments and leaders within rural communities, Corobrik is committed to fulfilling the Constitutional mandate that outlines that every citizen has a right to adequate housing.
Being a leading supplier of face bricks for affordable housing developments, Corobrik is meeting government requirements of dependable, attractive structures for projects by delivering the highest quality product. In the past year alone, Corobrik has supplied millions of bricks to affordable housing developments countrywide, among them:
• Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks for Platinum Manor, a Central Development Projects affordable housing scheme in Pretoria.
• A range of Corobrik products – Burnt Apricot and Montana Travertine face bricks, plus plaster bricks, geolok and pavers used in the construction of one of South Africa’s biggest social housing developments, Aloe Ridge in Pietermaritzburg.
• Moroccan Red Travertine Nebraska Travertine face bricks used in the construction of The Junction @ Forest Hill, Pretoria, a 440-unit affordable housing `complex by Central Developments.
• Another Central Developments project saw Nebraska Travertine and Classic Satin face bricks used in the construction of Eldoraigne Retirement Village, Pretoria.
The benefits of Corobrik’s clay face brick
Shangase said the organisation was committed to adding value to the affordable and entry-level housing markets where there was little disposable income for maintenance.
“Corobrik has specifically designed the CoroJem face brick for the affordable development’s market,” explained Shangase. “It fills the need for a product that is visually appealing, economical and long-lasting with all the other associated benefits of face brick. More importantly, it fits the criteria of creating a finished product where people would aspire to live!”
CoroJem is twice the width of a standard brick and laid as a single skin. This means it offers a solution that is applicable across a wide spectrum, from low-cost subsidised housing to gap and the affordable housing arenas.
“Corobrik’s CoroJem face bricks were a response to government’s call for quality, inexpensive and maintenance-free houses,” continued Shangase. “Double skin walling is more expensive in the wall than CoroJem’s through the wall format. This means savings on mortar and labour, reducing the overall costs of CoroJem construction. In a relatively short period of time, we have seen the CoroJem emerge as a frontrunner for the holistic solution it affords.”
All Corobrik face bricks are extremely cost-effective as they don’t need to be plastered or painted. This saves on future maintenance costs, particularly important in the affordable housing market.
Face brick also has incredible thermal efficiency which enables the building to store heat and remain cooler for longer than lightweight structures. It deals efficiently with extremes of temperature in both summer and winter so that, regardless of how hot it becomes outside in the daytime or how much cooler it gets inside the house at night, the interior remains comfortable. In a country like South Africa, with such extreme climates, this insulation is incredibly beneficial to occupants who can’t necessarily afford artificial heating or cooling systems.
The nature of affordable housing developments often necessitates the construction of homes in close proximity. Face brick proves its worth, under these conditions. Firstly, the material density provides a natural sound barrier which facilitates quiet indoor environments, offering a form of sound insulation. Secondly, face brick also has fire-resistant properties which assist in preventing the spread of fires and minimising any damage as a result.
The durable nature of face bricks allows for the construction of solid homes that promise homeowners longevity. This, saves on costs associated with maintenance or re-building of homes, pertinent in a sector where savings are meaningful.
As a result, clay brick construction is increasingly being recognised as a vital component of green building in the quest to find solutions that eliminate or reduce adverse impacts of development on the environment and its occupants.
“Comparative studies undertaken by WSP Green by Design show face brick building as the most viable way forward for house construction in South Africa,” explained Shangase. “This is directly related to its competitive built cost, thermal comfort, life-cycle energy costs and overall life-cycle costs,” said Shangase. “The attractive, earthy tones that come from creating bricks from clay result in a really stunning finished product and it’s this aesthetic quality that really makes a house feel like a home.”
Community uplift through training programmes
Corobrik continues to uplift the lives of those in disadvantaged communities by empowering individuals through its extensive training programmes. The organisation has three training centres namely Lawley Centre in Gauteng, Avoca Factory in KwaZulu-Natal and Lansdown Centre in the Western Cape.
The three centres, which are not-for-profit, are solely focused on upskilling South African citizens through an extensive training programme. The instructors – all of whom are qualified artisans and assessors accredited with a Construction CETA - provide theoretical training in class, with participants then given real-world experience with some on-site practical experience. On successful completion of the training programme, candidates receive a certification, empowering them with the skills to secure employment in the construction field or even start their own businesses.
“Skills development remains a key priority in South Africa and Corobrik is committed to playing a meaningful role in this process,” said Shangase. “Our three training centres are designed to provide unskilled workers in both the public and private sectors with recognised qualifications in bricklaying, blocklaying and segmental paving disciplines.”
“Corobrik will continue to play an important role in the building of the South African nation, offering high quality products for the creation of sustainable, appealing buildings that citizens are proud to call ‘home’,” concluded Shangase.
Caption for Housing Project in Christiana, North West An attractive home in Christina, in the North West, constructed from Corobrik’s CoroJem.