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Inland Branch Technical Meeting: Concrete – getting it right (Polokwane)

Roelof Jacobs – Chairman Inland BranchRoelof Jacobs – Chairman Inland Branch

Buiding on spreading its footprint wider in the region, the Inland Branch held a techincl seminar recently in olokwane, Limpopo. More than 50 delegates attended the meeting which focused on getting concrete right from an operations point of view and also from the technical aspects.

In his welcome and introduction, Chairman of the Inland Branch, Roelof Jacobs from Lafarge, confirmed that the branch will be making a visit to the region on a regular basis, if demand continues to be high for this type of event.

He also advised that in recognition of the difficulty in reaching those who were some distant away from the Branch base, a new category of Membership of the Society had been introduced this year.

The ‘Country’ member category has been launched in 2016, which carried a much smaller membership fee, commensurate with the reduced number of services that the Concrete Society could provide members residing more than 200 kms away from the branch centres, and in this particular case – Johannesburg.

Proceedings began with a presentation from the National President of the Concrete Society, Hanlie Turner, describing the organisation, its mission and activities. This was followed by the first technical presentation, given by Roelof himself, covering concrete materials selection, testing and interpretation of test results. Then Johan van Wyk, General Manager of the Southern Africa Readymix Association (SARMA) described pre-batching checks, batching and transportation of concrete.

The third and final technical presentation was given by George Evans from PPC who covered the more practical aspects of placing, finishing and the often-neglected, curing of concrete.

In concluding the meetings, the Chairman thanked the delegates for attending, saying that he was very impressed with the excellent turnout.

He also thanked PPC Cement for their generous sponsorship of an event that proved to be a great success.

Delegates listen to the speakers at PolokwaneDelegates listen to the speakers at Polokwane
CSSA President Hanlie Turner speaks to delegatesCSSA President Hanlie Turner speaks to delegates

Some of the Inland Branch committee at Polokwane with the National PresidentSome of the Inland Branch committee at Polokwane with the National President

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