The annual Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF) Conference in Cape Town will be held on 17 September this year, and the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) will be hosting an interactive workshop session at this event.
In line with the overall theme of the conference, Building capacity for delivery, the central theme of the C&CI session, Building upon industry capacity with concrete, will focus on the socio-economic benefits of using concrete to build human settlements. Distinguished local and international experts have been invited to share their experiences on overcoming the challenges related to creating sustainable human settlements.
From a global perspective, Dr Jane Stanley, director of people and communities for the city of Ballarat, Australia, and also an award-winning author, will share her multi-national experiences in establishing capacity-building programmes with communities in the Philippines, Melanesia, West Africa and Australia.
Rob Johnson, executive director of the Master Builders Association in the Western Cape, will focus on the importance of education and training for local contractors to enable the capacity to deliver quality construction. Professional construction mentor Erica Greyling will provide a critical review on the progress made thus far in mentoring emerging contractors and building capacity within local and provincial government.
Finally Dr Thandi Ndlovu, CEO of Motheo Construction Group, will present a case study on the empowerment of women and youth through the development of sustainable construction business. Human settlements industry participants are invited to an interactive discussion with the guest speakers that will be facilitated by Adéle de Lange, human settlements technical marketing advisor at the C&CI.
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