Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programmegeneral
Swellendam community upskilled through Corobrik bricklaying programme
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperativegeneral
Clay brick construction – supporting the green building imperative
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Awardgeneral
Brick supplier Corobrik win Diamond Arrow Award
Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny from the University of KwaZulu-Natal wins the 30th Corobrik Architectural Awardsevents
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 buildinggeneral
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 Awardsevents
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 Awardsevents
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 peoplegeneral
Learnership programme enriches the life of disabled people
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenationgeneral
Corobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
Corobrik face brick creates homely Centurion retirement villagegeneral
Corobrik face brick creates homely Centurion retirement village
Creative use of Corobrik’s product enhances Vredenburg high schoolgeneral
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 eventevents
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 developmentgeneral
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.events
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 Awardsevents
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.events
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 developmentenvironment, general
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 eventevents
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 Squaregeneral
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 Kimberleygeneral
Corobrik’s face bricks and pavers assimilate Sol Plaatje University with city of Kimberley
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremonygeneral
Ethekwini Municipality and Corobrik host a graduation ceremony
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing projectgeneral
Corobrik’s quality product used for Pietermaritzburg social housing project
Corobrik supports Johannesburg Municipality Police Department’s cycle team.general
Corobrik helps cycling team.
Corobrik generously donates to local social development project, ‘Phoenix Child Welfare’ among othersgeneral
Ubuntu Community Chest and Corobrik have a twenty-year relationship.
Landscaping technology students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Construction Week receive a hands-on learning experiencegeneral
Corobrik train landscape technology students.
A brick and mortar tribute to culture at Affiesgeneral
Face bricks laid upright represent the members of the Affies choir at the new music centre.
South Africa’s top architects are honoured at national architectural awardsgeneral
Exceptional architectural design recognised by the SA Institute for Architecture.
Bricks for all Seasonsgeneral
“What do you want, brick?” ….this is a question which has gained legendary status within architectural circles
Corobrik bricklaying training schools upskill construction workersgeneral
Corobrik help people obtain bricklaying skills.
New Majuba FET College campus sets a new standardgeneral
The youth in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy educational facilities at the new Majuba FET college in Dundee.
Corobrik receives award for 40-year sponsorship of KZN architectural journalgeneral
Corobrik receive commendation for support to architects
Corobrik’s new 3D Visualiser gives architects the full picturegeneral
Corobrik 3D Visualiser to assist architects and specifiers
Corobrik provides quality bricks and training for Pretoria’s Thembelihle Villagegeneral
Social housing project in Pretoria uses maintenance free Corobrik Montana Light face bricks.
A total of 612 000 Corobrik Moroccan Red Travertine face bricks were used in the construction of Royal School Alberton in Cosmopolitan Projects’ Leopard’s Rest housing development in Albertsdalgeneral
The new Royal School Alberton defined by brick
A mixture of Corobrik’s facebrick and paver range has been used in the construction of the vibrant Century City Square, a R1 billion project of mixed-use development that forms the heart of the Bridgeway Precinct in Cape Town.general
Corobrik’s facebrick gives Century City Square a modern, natural look
Vedhant Maharaj wins the 2015 Corobrik Architectural Awardsevents
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.
Corobrik’s face brick range enhances the environmental benefits of iconic Agrivaal buildinggeneral
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Students benefit from the annual CPUT-Corobrik Construction Weekgeneral
Corobrik train landscape students in the process of hard landscaping.
Corobrik’s high-quality pavers form integral part of Tembisa’s renewal programmecommunity
A million Corobrik Champagne PA clay pavers have been arranged in a Herringbone pattern along Tembisa’s sidewalks.
Corobrik installs quality-enhancing robotic technology at Lawley Factorygeneral
Robotics installed at the Corobrik Lawley factory will allow flexibility in production as it can run out of Eskom peak tariff hours.
Student’s winning architectural design proposes diverse high streets in low income areasgeneral
Architectural student proposes Delft in the Western Cape the site for FET college to reinforce town high street and facility diversity.
Corobrik’s face brick range enhances the environmental benefits of iconic Agrivaal buildinggeneral
Firelight satin facebricks enhance iconic Tshwane building.
Corobrik Most Innovative Landscape Architecture Award recognises the value of tactical urbanism in South Africaevents
A board game that shows just how various measures that fall within “tactical urbanism” can address spatial inequality
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s top student’s thesis offers a solution to revitalise the decaying Boet Erasmus Stadium in Port Elizabeth.events
A biological water treatment and research facility is proposed to revitalise decay.
Innovation and an appreciation of South Africa’s cultural diversity stand out in 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Awardsevents
A new use for the Johannesburg Observatory site.
Najeeba Hassim of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is the regional finalist for 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
An environmental research facility in KwaZulu-Natal to address threatened natural resources
Innovation blends with sustainability, social awareness and technical excellence in 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Awardsevents
An environmental research facility for the Karoo’s fossil heritage.
University of Free State winner Nilene van Niekerk used Freedom of Expression Forum on Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg for her winning architectural thesis at the 29th Corobrik architectural student of the year regional awardsevents
Freedom of expression is Nilene van Niekerk’s passion.
Social awareness and technical excellence and innovation blends with sustainability in 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Regional Awardsevents
A reforestation and timber mill project to rejuvenate the Nasrec Precinct.
University of Witwatersrand winners incorporate water purification, cremation, transport logistics and a youth centre into the winning thesis entries for the 29th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awardsevents
A water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganga in India
University of Cape Town architectural student Matthew Mills wins regional finals of Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year.events
A thesis that addresses social, economic and environmental issues that exist within the industrial landscape.
Corobrik views affordable housing market as a key component in 2016general
Investments in social infrastructure are key to positive prospects
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP THESIS STUDENTS FOR 2015 TO COMPETE AT THE 29TH COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEARevents
Top architectural students to compete for prestigious award.
Corobrik factories awarded more quality assurance systemsgeneral
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...
Building a career one brick at a timegeneral
Musa Shangase believes in the soundness of bricks and mortar.
Swellendam Primary Schoolgeneral
New Swellendam primary school is set to excite
Lansdowne Centre Openinggeneral
Corobrik’s Lansdowne Centre moves to new premises
New house gives new hope to Polokwane familygeneral
Corobrik House Donation in Polokwane
Traditional rondavels receive face brick skingeneral
Corobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Pavinggeneral
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company completes refurbishment after donation of top-quality Corobrik pavers
A modern tributegeneral
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....
Corobrik Builds Up Social Housing in eThekwinigeneral
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...
Face brick elevates new Pretoria affordable housing developmentenvironment
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.
Corobrik constructs R1.5m classroom block and ablution facilities for Gauteng schoolcommunity
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...
Mix of old and new brickwork revitalises landmark Lion Match Factorygeneral
Sitting aside Kings Park Stadium and near the iconic Moses Mabhida
ARCHITECTS LEAVE A LEGACY AT THE 28TH COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT AWARDSevents
University of Johannesburg student, Harold Johnson, is Corobrik’s 28th Architectural Student of the Year.
SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDINGS - ABTs FOUND WANTINGgeneral
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.
Corobrik is rated best brick supplier in SA for the fourth consecutive yeargeneral
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...
Corobrik Helps Build Landmark Western Cape Schoolcommunity
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...
Build the perfect pizza oven with Corobrikdiy
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.
Earthy Corobrik face brick enhances new University of Zululand lecture theatre blockcommunity
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...
Corobrik awards exceptional employee performance at annual Conferenceevents
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...
Solution for clay bricksdiy
Many homeowners have questions about clay bricks. Some of the experts at Corobrik provide answers.
Corobrik Helps Pave the Way for Tertiary Education in Kimberleycommunity
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...
Corobrik Clay Pavers used for Secunda Mall pavingenvironment
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...
Meet the new Corobrik Centre area sales managergeneral
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...
Corobrik Inspires Landscape Architects to Rejuvenate Tired Urban Spacesevents
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...
SOUTH AFRICA'S TOP THESIS STUDENTS FOR 2014 TO COMPETE AT THE 28TH COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR NATIONAL AWARD UNVEILEDevents
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...
eThekwini Municipality leads the way with sustainable buildingsenvironment
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,...
Corobrik face brick enhances design of Port Elizabeth's Helenvale Resource Centregeneral
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...
Corobrik Paves the Way for CPUT Studentscommunity
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)...
Clay Brick in house construction simply supremegeneral
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.
Walkways enhance upmarket estategeneral
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...
Build your own braai with Corobrikdiy
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 secures specification of double skin clay brick for Kimberley RDP housingcommunity
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...
Corobrik's Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award Bridges the Formal and Informal Sectorsevents
"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...
Corobrik's Firelight Satin Unites Old and New at Umhlanga Collegegeneral
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...
THE USE OF CLAY FACE MASONRY IS ON THE MARCH IN NORTHERN KZNcommunity
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...
Western Cape scoops six awards at annual Corobrik business conferenceevents
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...
Clay brick, Simply Splendid!gallery
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...
Corobrik-SAIA Awards celebrate architectural excellenceevents
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...
Corobrik drives affordable sustainable housing solution for students at Onderstepoort campuscommunity
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...
Corobrik opens its Ballito Centreenvironment
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...
New Denis Hurley Centre built to serve the community for years to comecommunity
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 Helps Deliver Sustainability at Little Manhattangeneral
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...
Corobrik's clay face brick firewall saves warehouse from infernogeneral
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...
BEAUTIFICATION OF TEMBISA SIDEWALKSgeneral
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...
Transforming the affordable housing landscape brick by brickcommunity
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...
Top women architects win national awards Celebrating award-winning women in architectureevents
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....
Heidi van Eeden’s restoration of a 21st century textile mill earns her the accolade as the 27th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year.events
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.
Corobrik proud to manufacture clay bricks for sustainable buildings and a proper infrastructure in South Africa.environment
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...
Corobrik views affordable housing market as a key component in 2016
Corobrik believed further developments in South Africa's affordable housing market and investments in social infrastructure were the key to positive prospects for 2016, with the clay brick and paving manufacturer and distributor seeking to add to the value of South Africa’s infrastructure stock and consumer investment at the entry housing level where there is minimal disposable income for maintenance.
Corobrik MD Dirk Meyer says that while masonry construction presented a unique value proposition to Government it presented a sound product choice for young families managing debt, with limited capital for maintenance. Corobrik face brick is an aesthetically appealing, high quality product with its roots deep in South Africa’s building fabric, does not accrue painting bills every three years or so and possesses sound environmental credentials.
The country was experiencing growth in construction of homes between R500 000 and R2 million targeting the emerging middle-class.
"This is the townhouse market that virtually disappeared in 2008 and now is making a comeback. It offers significant growth opportunities as outside that arena, there has been only a slow, gradual increase in the number of plans passed," Meyer says.
Houses between R100000 and R350000 falling within the government subsidised housing segment catered to a different market, but also one in which Government have been falling behind its targets. However, recent government initiatives were aimed at boosting delivery which signalled an opportunity for growth and market penetration for Corobrik.
During 2015 Corobrik grew both its volumes and profits, albeit it in single digits, at a time when competitors were backsliding. Consequently, Meyer says Corobrik was outperforming the trend, but acknowledges the pie was growing slowly - individual companies were largely boosting turnover at the expense of competitor market shares
Corobrik's direct competitors in the paving and facebrick market had shrunk, meaning the company was currently competing at a more intense level against glass, plaster and paint and fabricated alternate walling systems seeking share of the market.
Meyer says the Gauteng and Eastern Cape Governments had been building schools and indications were that KwaZulu-Natal was coming to the fore with its school infrastructure development initiatives. This boded well for the coming year as the company supplied a significant share of the of South Africa's Governments social infrastructure programs from schools to hospitals and clinics.
"The municipal elections this year will provide impetus as municipalities experience some urgency to deliver before their voters head for the polls. One example is the cycle tracks being installed in Soweto and Tembisa - good potential business for Corobrik.”
However, load shedding this year had posed significant challenges and might present a constraint on future growth. Without power, buildings could not be constructed and, while there were building projects aiming to come off the national grid, this was still a specialised niche. "The current stability of the power supply has been a positive factor," Meyer says.
Looking to the environmental issues, Meyer says Corobrik had all but concluded its ISO 14001Environmental management certification program and that its operations were now aiming for the safety, health, environment and quality integrated ISO 18000 management system certification. Currently three Corobrik factories had already achieved ISO 18000 certification and management was rolling out the project across the remaining 12 factories. Meyer noted that the Avoca factory complex was the first Corobrik operation to achieve ISO 18000 certification this extending its good neighbourliness in an area of Durban that was attracting new housing developments.
Corobrik was currently modernising the Gauteng-based Lawley factory to be more environmentally and economically sustainable. This included installing robotic handling systems to boost manufacturing, quality, quantity and flexibility which with its natural gas firing systems put the facility well ahead of its competitors. Meyer says there were opportunities for Corobrik to build new factories to cater for niche market growth.
While growth within South Africa will have to be fought for, Meyer believed there were a variety of opportunities into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries that Corobrik will be pursuing. Corobrik currently supplies into these markets and will pursue sales growth in these neighbouring countries.