Celebrating 15 years and 100 issues!

by Tania Wannenburg
Celebrating 15 years

This copy of WALLS&ROOFS is our 100th edition and marks the start of our 15th year of bringing you the latest in specification news.


The magazine, the brainchild of the intrepid Schalk Burger, was launched in August 2000. Since the very first issue, WALLS (which incorporated ROOFS by its fourth edition and became WALLS&ROOFS by its sixth issue), set a new industry benchmark. Excellent articles, quality advertisers and exclusive content coupled with high-quality photographs and high-end, fresh design, made it THE magazine to read for professionals in the built environment.

I remember when we put together the first issue: it was a daunting task and I was terrified! Our clients had such high expectations and Schalk wanted everything to be perfect. My fears were unfounded as it was a hit! Today, as we are busy putting this issue to bed, I still have a sense of excitement. I cannot wait for everyone to receive their copies and for our clients to get their feedback. Wow – I love my job!

Many firsts
From featuring Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel’s home in Maputo to exclusive features on the latest buildings and more recently, being the first to publish photographs of the newly completed DEA building, WALLS&ROOFS has always been at the forefront of news and product coverage, bringing you everything you need to know FIRST!

Over the years, we have had many firsts – our first double cover for Dulux, our first Roadshow, our first Architecture Day, our first personalised covers and many more (pictured elsewhere on the page).

One of these unique offerings you hold in your hands – a Scratch and Win INSPIRATION calendar. Just another special gift from us to you! Tear it out, put it on your wall, scratch the foil, follow the instructions and win awesome prizes including TVs, weekends away, cash prizes and much more!

We travel the world to bring you the latest international projects and products first, as well as exclusive interviews with world renowned architects.

Multiple Award winners
There are numerous awards, both local and international, that we can boast with in our trophy cabinet – a testament to our dedication and recognition that we bring you excellent products. Our awards are as follows:
–    eta Award winner 2008 (RSA)
–    TABPI winner 2008 (International)
–    SANEA Journalism Award 2009 (RSA)
–    SAPOA Property Publication of the Year 2010 (RSA)
–    PICA Nomination: Editor of the Year: B2B 2010 (RSA)
–    Cersaie International Journalism Award 2011 (International)
–    SANEA Journalism Award 2013 (RSA)

Mattering more to you every day
Over the past 15 years, we have built up a veritable and enviable knowledge base and unique industry contacts. This ensures that we deliver what you have come to expect every time – excellent, unbiased, technical and interesting content.

We have always aimed at creating excitement in the industry and have done so successfully since inception. We have created and maintained a standard of excellence that is unsurpassed by others and has earned us the reputation of industry leaders. Innovation and excellence is in our DNA – we ask ourselves every day “How can we matter more to more people?”. On this premise we create unique offerings for our clients and readers, adding value every day.    

WALLS&ROOFS is also no longer just a print publication – the publication has branched out significantly to include the online version of the magazine, the comprehensive www.wallsandroofs.co.za website, Roadshows to professionals, CPD accredited Architecture Seminars as well as a unique and extensive social media presence through our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest profiles.

Always there
Companies have come and gone, people have moved on, retired, emigrated or just circulated from one company to another. Magazines too have come and gone, yet we remain – a steadfast pillar in a sometimes uncertain sea. WALLS&ROOFS continues to be a staunch advocate of sustainable, quality and responsible building – a strategic partner to our clients and the go-to source for our readers.

We could not have done this without the technical and financial support of the industry. There are numerous individuals and companies that belong to our VIP club, people who have generously given of their time, expertise and knowledge. We have been privileged to have been able to tap into that. Thank you!

Thank you to all our advertisers – we promise to look after your investment wisely! Thank you to our long serving clients – BPB Gypsum DONN (now Saint-Gobain) advertised with us in our very first issue and is still one of our biggest supporters having advertised continuously for 15 years!

Lastly, thank you to my incredible colleagues. They are truly passionate about WALLS&ROOFS, about service, excellence and being the best in the industry. Every issue they give so much of themselves and aim to serve our clients and our readers to the very best of their ability. I am blessed to work with such dedicated, excellent, loyal people and honour them – they are truly an inspiration to me!

We are so glad you have journeyed with us and look forward to making an even bigger difference in the industry together with you.
Enjoy this exciting time with us!

Marlene E van Rooyen

PS: Feel free to chat to us –we’d love to hear from you!

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