President’s Report

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Sindile Ngonyama, President SAIA


In this issue of our Newsletter I chose to tackle the subject of TRANSFORMATION from a mindset perspective, with the view of alerting our colleagues to some of the opportunities we may be allowing to slip past us without us even noticing, resulting in regrettable circumstances which could be minimized or avoided if we were to be vigilante enough.

In the thirty years of my involvement in architecture, both in public and private sectors, I have become more convinced that architect’s leadership roles need to be stronger than ever,  particularly in developing countries, of which South Africa is one and that the creative ability architects possess, need to be stretched far beyond their sketch pads and computer screens.

Almost on a daily basis developing nations have to deal with serious issues such as poverty, high levels of illiteracy, poor health facilities, lack of basic shelter; limited business and job opportunities, which negatively impact their citizens. The severity of these situations tends to be worsened by inadequate or unavailability of intellectual; technical and financial resources, required for mitigating their impact.

In an attempt to deal with the aforementioned aspects and somewhat out of desperation, political principals who are naturally tasked to address these, tend to either look for solutions at external bodies such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) or Corporations for the roll-out of these massive Infrastructure Development Programmes, which in most instances tend to be formulated and driven by economists, legal and engineering professionals with notable exclusion of architects. Much as I respect the aforementioned fellow professionals and the capabilities they possess, in most instances, I am left unconvinced that the products they end up delivering bear the humane elements they would have, were they to incorporate architectural input.

To clarify my point, one needs to look at the housing delivery process South Africa has embarked upon since 1994, and check whether it has improved say the urban sprawling of our cities or whether it has transformed the township from being slum environments of the poor communities or not.

There have been countless instances whereby one experienced a sea of stand-alone toilets, used as structuring devices for new human settlements, under the pretense of utilization of cost efficient methods of planning in addressing sanitation challenges often associated with township settlements. On closer inspection of these “toilet cities” one quickly discovers that the toilet top structures used, are mass-produced by big companies elsewhere and get transported to these newly sprawling areas at exorbitant prices, thus negating all other important factors such as job creation and business opportunities for local recipient communities.

It has therefore been one of my well-considered views that there is scope for professional architects, practicing in developing economies, to be consciously involved in the promotion and setting up of agenda for strategic built-infrastructure solutions, which is an equally important step of the value chain and the one that directly influences the rest of the steps. This is a step where project briefs can be properly crafted, developmental targets determined, and delivery methodologies can be buttoned up. This is also an area whereby   society could reap benefits from our member’s worthiness, in the infrastructure delivery planning processes, over and above what the society has become accustomed to as being “normal” or traditional architectural commissions.

The last part of this subject matter seeks to make an earnest plea to fellow architects,   to see the need to avail themselves and be heavily involved in the reviewing and rewriting of various pieces of legislation geared towards the various aspects of built environment. A case in point relates to an invitation recently extended to architects to serve on the new Heritage Council. It will be very disappointing if we are to let this opportunity slide by, without being grabbed, as the heritage debate needs to be brought to the fore more than ever, particularly by the architects practicing in young democracies such as ours, and by those who are in the architectural teaching space due, to the gravitas of this subject. There are a number of fundamental questions which in my view need to be asked and answered around the subject of “Heritage”. The whole concept of HERITAGE needs to be unpacked in simple terms for everyone to understand:-

  • What it is?
  • Who benefits from it and How?
  • Why should individual members of the society concern themselves about it or its implications?

In my view, if our profession misses this opportunity to thoroughly deal with the three questions above relative to heritage, sooner or later we, or our children may find themselves caught up in similar situations like the “Rhodes must Fall Campaign” or similar to the one The University of Khartoum is currently experiencing in Sudan. (

Once again I humble myself before you to take time to ponder these issues and where possible share some of your thoughts around the issues I have raised.

Thank you
Sindile Ngonyama

CEO’s Corner

Mr Obert Chakarisa(NL)

Obert Chakarisa, CEO SAIA

Engagement, Engagement and Further Engagement – Key to Success………

The built environment in South Africa is very complex with various professional bodies and sectors who work hand in hand with each other. Given this complexity coupled with general fragmentation of the built environment, different professions tend to work in isolation with each other even though the very nature yells for a more robust collective engagement across the profession.

With the above realisation in mind, the South African Institute of Architects has embarked on a deliberate effort to meaningfully engage our stakeholders and counterparts in the built environment. During the period under reviewed, a number of stakeholders were engaged which include, but not limited to the following;


  •  National Department of Public Works (DPW);                             National Department of Public Works
  •  Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB);                               Construction Industry Development Board
  •  City of Johannesburg – Building Control Department;                                     City of Johannesburg – Building Control Department
  • City of Tshwane – Building Control Department;                                               City of Tshwane – Building Control Department
  • City of Ekurhuleni – Building Control Department;                                    City of Ekurhuleni – Building Control Department
  • National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC);                                    National Home Builders Registration Council
  • Members of our Pretoria Regional Institute (PIA), among others.                        Members of our Pretoria Regional Institute


  • South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP);South African Council for the Architectural Profession
  • National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS);National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications


The most recent stakeholder engagement took place in Tshwane and was held prior to the quarterly SAIA Board Meeting. The approach of engaging stakeholders before each SAIA Board meeting is proving to be really successful and a plausible manner of effectively reaching out to our counterparts and placing critical matters that affect our members and greater architectural profession on the discussion table.

Our Practice Committee under the leadership of Chairman Simmy Peerutin will be using the various communication platforms in giving in depth feedback on the specific matters currently being addressed with the various stakeholders and associated entities.


Images of MPIA Stakeholder Engagement

President: Sindile Ngonyama

President: Sindile Ngonyama

CEO:Obert Chakarisa

CEO:Obert Chakarisa

Vice – President: Kevin Bngham

Vice – President: Kevin Bingham

President SACAP: Yashen Lucan

President SACAP: Yashen Lucan

Representative Department of Public Works

Representative Department of Public Works



President, Sindile Ngonyama; Olasesi Martins, Director, Golden Gate Consulting; CEO, Obert Chakarisa

President, Sindile Ngonyama; Olasesi Martins, Director, Golden Gate Consulting; CEO, Obert Chakarisa


“A collective Voice serving the interests of Architects in pursuit of excellence and responsible design”

“SAIA Architects to be the Authoritative Leaders in the built environment”

Kind regards
Obert Chakarisa

Chief Executive Officer, The South African Institute of Architects



Esther van Tonder Executive Manager, Finance and Human Resources

Esther van Tonder
Executive Manager, Finance and Human Resources

Debunking Membership Myths

Esther van Tonder, Executive Manager Finance and Human Resources, debunks the misperception that members can belong to a region only and not also the SA Institute of Architects (SAIA).

As agreed by members, and in accordance with our constitution, SAIA’s mission is: To act as the collective voice serving the interests of its members in pursuit of excellence and responsible design. Thus, just as a body could not function without a heart, lungs or brain, so SAIA and its regions need to work together to function effectively. Thus, within SAIA’s mission itself the concept of working together is clearly expressed.


Additionally, the Objective of SAIA’s Constitution (point 3), is expressed:

3.1. The objects of the institute are to organise and unite in fellowship the architects of South Africa, to promote the interests of members and to promote and maintain:

3.1.1. the dignity of the profession of architecture, high standards of conduct, professional competence and integrity;

3.1.2. the art, science, research and practice of architecture;

3.1.3. opportunities for the interchange and recording of knowledge and experience of architecture;

3.1.4. the architectural environment and cultural heritage;

3.1.5. interaction with other members of the building industry and the profession of architecture to enhance living; and

3.1.6. of society in matters concerned with architecture in relation to the environment and a sustainable future;

3.2. In exercising the stated objects, such steps as may be deemed necessary shall be taken to further these objects and substantially the whole of the activities of the institute shall be directed to the furtherance of such objects and shall not be directed to the furtherance of such objects and shall not be directed for the benefit of a member or minority group.

Thus to survive and benefit all members of the Profession, both SAIA and the regions need to work together. Members also need to recognise the interrelated nature of both the regions and SAIA and thus understand that membership of both is critical to the preservation and growth of the Profession.

Membership as Defined by the Constitution

According to 6.2.6:of the Constitution. Every member shall:

Maintain membership in the region to which they are assigned, subject to clause 6.1.3. Where more than one region exists in a province of South Africa, a member whose primary place of practice is located in such province may elect to which region in that province the member wishes to be assigned. Members may join other regions as non-assigned members.

6.2.9. states: To be in good standing in the institute, members must have paid all dues and other obligations due to the institute and their assigned regions. An individual under suspension for violation of Code of Ethics is not in god standing.

Thus the Constitution is unambiguously clear on the need to belong to both a region and SAIA.

The following are the regions of the institute;

  • Border- Kei (Eastern Cape Province)
  • CIfA (Western Cape Province)
  • Eastern Cape (Eastern Cape Province)
  • Free State (Free State Province)
  • GIfA (Gauteng Province)
  • KZNIA (Kwa-Zulu-Natal Province)
  • Limpopo (Limpopo Province)
  • Mpumalanga (Mpumalanga Province)
  • North West (North West Province)
  • Northern Cape (Northern Cape Province)
  • PIA (Gauteng Province)

Additionally, 10.6 states that: The membership of a region shall comprise the members assigned to such region by the institute. Regions are entitled to admit non-assigned members and members of allied professions as affiliates of the region and students as student affiliates. Only assigned members will vote for the region’s board representative.

Thus at our new Financial Year fast approaches, it is critical to bear these key facts from SAIA’s Constitution in mind when paying membership fees.

We appreciate your ongoing, timeous and continual support so that both the regions and SAIA has the means to support you, the architectural professionals.


Debbie Kirk: Executive Manager: Marketing, Communication and Fundraising

Debbie Kirk: Executive Manager: Marketing, Communication and Fundraising

Adjudicators Jet off to Establish Winners

The five in loco inspections for the Corobrik SAIA and AfriSam SAIA Awards have been completed. Adjudicators for both Award programmes covered the length and breadth of South Africa to establish the winners of these two prestigious Award Programmes. Watch out as SAIA reveals all….

 AfriSam SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation

 The Call for Entries closed on 24 March, with 47 entries. Two rounds of adjudication followed, with adjudicators using Charter Flights, 4X4s and any other means of transport required to access these architectural gems. Adjudicators chosen for this year are: Kevin Bingham (Convenor), Sebasti Badenhorst (AfriSam), Eric Noir, Richard Stretton, Daniel Irurah and Llewellyn van Wyk.






The three Corobrik SAIA in loco inspections have been successfully completed. The first, held on 15 – 17 April, covered the outlying areas and the adjudicators were transported in a Charter flight. The adjudicators are: Kevin Bingham (Convenor), Musa Shangase (Sponsor Representative), Mokena Mokeka (Eminent Layperson), Professor Paul Kotze (Academic Architect) and Sumien Brink (Eminent Layperson).


A WhatsApp group was set up with the adjudicators, SAIA and our travel co-ordinator – Lizelle.  Through this mechanism we were able to achieve more effective and efficient co-ordination of this programme, and where appropriate share via Social Media.

The second in loco inspection was held on 12-15 May.  This involved a rather tight schedule as all projects in Gauteng and Tshwane (Pretoria) were adjudicated. The final adjudication, in Cape Town took place 27-29 May.  Here are some memories:

And thus the fun began…

And thus the fun began…

(From Left: Mokena Makeka, Eminent Architect; Sumien Brink, Eminent Layperson; Kevin Bingham, Convenor; Musa Shangase, Sponsor Representative; Paul Kotze, Academic Architect

(From Left: Mokena Makeka, Eminent Architect; Sumien Brink, Eminent Layperson; Kevin Bingham, Convenor; Musa Shangase, Sponsor Representative; Paul Kotze, Academic Architect)


Putting SAIA on the Totally Concrete Platform

The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) was well represented at Totally Concrete where our members sponsors, and stake-holders were present.  Staff and SAIA members eagerly and professionally engaged with audiences on insightful architectural topics.

  • At Totally Concrete, SAIA hosted a stall. Members, potential members as well as companies looking for CPD accreditation and marketing opportunities visited our stall. Our stall was neat and professional.
  • Two free tickets (each valued at R8 000) were given to members wanting to attend this event. (CPD accredited).
  • SAIA was invited to speak at three different sessions, giving SAIA and its members a platform to express their views.
  • Although no SAIA members won, women architects were invited to enter The Women in Construction Award. Participation in this event is likely to gain traction in the future. SAIA was represented at this event.


Ludwich Ackermann Executive Manager:  Practice and Stakeholder

Ludwich Ackermann
Executive Manager: Practice and Stakeholder

In the past few months the Practice portfolio has been repositioning itself to serve our members to the best of our ability.

 Of significant importance was the engagement with SACAP on the 10 March 2016, prior to which various position papers were submitted to the regulating body. The day was attended by SAIA en masse and our voice was firmly asserted.

 Subsequent correspondence has not delivered any outcomes but we remain confident that the concerns raised were taken to heart by SACAP.

 Practice Advisories

Practice advisories were forthcoming and a number of further advisories are to be expected in the future. We have identified some significant aspects of the industry that need to be addressed and we are actively working on getting these important matters into the public domain for discussion.

Member Queries

Inquiries over the past few months were varied, what can be derived from the ‘cold call’ inquiries that the office has had, are the following points:

  •  We are all reminded to make sure that we use rigorous contracting vehicles with our clients and act within the mandate of these contracts.
  • It is important that we understand that we have an obligation to our client but that our ethics as professionals should always be above reproach, not only because the code of conduct binds us but we are bound by the SAIA code of ethics.
  •  We are reminded to ensure that all our regulatory compliances have to be met, on various levels, ranging from BEE codes that have changed all the way to ensuring that we have met the regulatory body requirements.

Practice Manual

The next three months will see the finalisation of the long anticipated amendments to the Practice Manual which will coincide with the launch of an online portal to enable ease of access.

Practice Stream – AZA

There will be a Practice stream at AZA 2016 that will cover topics such as the Legislative environment of building regulations, Tendering, Fees and JBCC contract management. Please keep an eye out for further communication regarding this exciting event.

There have been regional visits by the Practice portfolio to four of the eleven regions that proved to be very effective in narrowing the gap between the national and regional offices; continuation of these visits will currently be postponed until the launch of the revised Practice Manual but will continue thereafter.


Penelope Sebe Manager: Transformation

Penelope Sebe
Manager: Transformation

Educating a Future Architect

Join SAIA on the journey to educate; invest and empower prospective architectural students through the SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme. Prospective students who are top academic performers and are interested in studying towards a Professional Architectural qualification through a recognised South African university of university of technology would now be afforded the opportunity to apply for a bursary through SAIA.

The bursary programme is not only designed to give students financial aid for their tuition fees, but also to serve as a platform for providing mentorship opportunities to the bursary recipients.

SAIA has developed an online pledge platform that makes it easy for donors who wish to participate in educating a future architect to make a financial contribution towards the bursary programme. Visit us on to make your pledge contribution.

Every pledge, whether big or small makes a difference.

For more information on the SAIA Future Bursary Programme email us at

Penelope Sebe
Manager: Transformation


Derek van Heerden and Steve Kinsler

Derek van Heerden and Steve Kinsler

East Coast Architects Scoop Global Awards

The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) proudly congratulates East Coast Architects (Steve Kinsler and Derek van Heerden) on being awarded the 2016 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.

The Award is made to five architects annually by the LOCUS Foundation under the patronage of UNESCO.

As the East Coast Architects are members of SAIA KZN and the National Office, SAIA KZN believes that this is an enormously important event for SAIA KZN and indeed the entire South African Architectural Profession.

Derek van Heerden and Steve Kinsler travelled to Paris to present a lecture of their work and receive the award at a symposium at La Cité de L’ Architecture & Patrimonie on 9 May 2016.

More About the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

The unseen economic, ecological, social and cultural challenges facing contemporary societies are being addressed by architects and planners as they search for a new definition of progress and the right balance between man and the environment. The understanding of design as a collective process based on shared ethics, methods and experiments has been rewarded since 2007 by the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture™, an honour created by the architect and professor Jana Revedin in partnership with international scientific institutions and the Cité de l´Architecture of Paris. The award received the patronage of UNESCO in 2011.

This year the LOCUS scientific jury received more than 200 entries submitted by architects and planners, critics, academics, government officials and architectural associations from every continent. Rather than offering financial rewards, the award seeks to establish a community based on dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and visions – a think-tank that, over time, has become a do-tank and driver of change.


SAIA MPIA – Arranged Uplifting Day and Members Earned CPD Credits

The SAIA Mpumalanga facilitated by Artefacts ( recently presented an ‘Eaton for Africa’ day.

Out-of-region turnout was disappointing but the thirty-odd takers – mainly local architects – had opportunity to spend a perfect Lowveld Autumn day touring their own back yard in a specially provided bus – ensuring that it was not the proverbial herding of cats that architectural events often prove to be!

The tour to the Eaton-designed 1960 residence of his artist friend Esias Bosch, was hosted as an open-house by its heir, his daughter and fellow potter Esra , and as part of an artists’ trail of wider family and friends. The relaxed informality and hand-crafted execution of its design have stood the test of time and give testimony to the richness of frugality of materials and pallette.

An al fresco lunch at Casterbridge Centre was followed by the lecture of Marguerite Pienaar’s at the iconic Winkler Hotel. Its spaces and venues served perfectly both the informal and formal requirements of the events and if eyes and mind wandered during the lecture there was plenty to engage in the architecture. Even though now dead some half-a-century, Eaton’s lessons in commitment, the melding of African sensibilities to Classical and Modern rigour and a personalisation of these inspirations by talent within a limited palette still has relevance. The film turned these observations into a more poetic, reflective and artistic rendering.

The buffet supper that followed served well for discussion, consolidation of thoughts and reflection.

Some follow-up comments received:

“Thank you very much for this special day.”

“It was a great day and days like this really help to strengthen the bond between the local architects.”

“Thanks to all involved in organising a wonderful day. The walk back to the bus was the exceptional sting of the day, but prepared us well for the midday wine.”

“Great day with exceptional presentation and information.”

“Had a great day and even the fact that we were just a handful seems to have been a blessing in disguise!”

“It was fantastic, please do it again, here in the low veld.”

Roger Fisher





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Architectural Film Festival, a Dynamic Event

Fuelled by the magic of film and fired by the desire to celebrate architecture, the Architect Africa Film Festival was created in 2006 to acknowledge and embrace the astounding reality of urban living.

In 2016, the Architect Africa Filaam Festival (#AAFF2016) will partner with our valued sponsors – the SA Council for the Architectural Profession, the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg, PPC Cement, Business & Arts South Africa, Saint-Gobain, Propertuity, the Paragon Group and Afritects – to bring audiences exciting and thought-provoking content on our dynamic and multi-layered built environment.

Advances in digital communications and media have changed the way we live, work and play. It has become easier, cheaper and faster to communicate new concepts, concerns and ground-breaking ideas. Correspondingly, the power of digital media to offer us a more socially equitable, environmentally considerate and economically effective platform has never been greater. Previously unheard voices can now be heard; new spaces and opportunities are opening up all around us all the time; and we’re able to engage around common causes in ways that previous generations could not.

In keeping with this spirit, we have selected some inspiring films from around the world:

Ecumenopolis:  City Without Limits (2011)

Director: Imre Azem

Ecological limits have been surpassed. Economic limits have been surpassed. Population limits have been surpassed. Social cohesion has been lost. In Istanbul, lacking a tradition of principled planning, the adopted neoliberal approach put financial gain ahead of people’s needs; everyone fought to get a piece of the loot. The result is a mega-shantytown of 15 million struggling with a mesh of life-threatening problems.

Perween Rahman: the rebel optimist (2016)

Director: Mahera Omar

An intimate portrait of Pakistani architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman, and her remarkable work for Karachi’s poor. Rahman had an alternate vision for the development of Karachi and dedicated her life to the poor of Pakistan. She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013. “Development doesn’t come from concrete. Development is not five star hotels and mega road projects. What we need is human development.”

City Futures (2015)

Directors: Lone Poulsen, Pedro Buccellato, Kyle Ferguson

“South African City Futures: Visualising the Futures of our Neighbourhoods” is a project that aims to encourage South African cities and their constituent neighbourhoods to start thinking differently about their future. The intention was to implement an innovative project that is part research and part radical co-creation, which combines the use of futures thinking, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and multiple forms of visualisation to reflect upon the future of urban neighbourhoods to 2030.

Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form (2013)

Director: Aimee Madsen

Beyond Form is a cinéma vérité style documentary that presents a fresh and intimate look at the legendary and multi-talented artist, philosopher, urban theorist and architect Paolo Soleri – a man who had a dream to create an environment in harmony with man. Soleri is the most interesting architect you’ve never heard of.

For almost a decade, the Architect Africa Film Festival has been recognized and enjoyed by many as a top quality event bringing together built environment professionals, students, the media and the public. The selected films are highly rewarding and enjoyable; and have raised pertinent issues, encouraged discussion, and facilitated interaction between audience members and filmmakers since 2007.

 The #AAFF2016 will be held at The Bioscope in Maboneng, Johannesburg from 23-26 June 2016.

 Bookings will open on 1 June 2016, and pre-booking is advised.

 Visit, follow us @AAFF_2016, and tweet #AAFF2016.




WEDESIGN 2016 Conference Calling for a ‘National Spatial Revolution’

Conference organisers have announced that Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will be one of the keynote speakers at the one-day WeDesign2016 Conference taking place in Durban on 8 July 2016. Gordhan will be joined by international speakers, Felipe Leal, immediate past Minister of Urbanism for Mexico City and Kelvin Campbell, chair of Smart Urbanism in London.

AHosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture (KZNIA), the prime objective of the conference is to put the radical transformation of our cities, towns and villages at the very top of the national agenda, and embed it in the popular and collective consciousness.  Also on the podium is an impressive line-up of South African business and property specialists and leading practitioners in Urbanism, Architecture and Urban Planning.

“It is clear that widespread, vibrant and sustainable economic growth and accessible opportunity is central to meaningful job creation, poverty reduction and narrowing of the wealth disparity gap. These are essential to attract financial investment, build social stability, and significantly reduce non-renewable natural resource consumption” says Ruben Reddy, President of the KZNIA.

Conference organisation committee member Andrew Makin from DesignWorkshop, says, “almost every South African is preoccupied with the single, important question of how things will realistically and radically improve in our country, but the answer might be in a very different place to where we’re all looking.”

“South Africa is currently estimated to have just 0.5% economic growth, which is a generous way of saying zero. It means only one thing.  Joblessness will increase, poverty will deepen, inequality will widen, and social antagonisms like unrest and crime will worsen.  The future is dramatically less optimistic than it was any time between 1994 and today.”

“Physical distance is ‘enemy number one’ of infrastructural efficiency. Idea-sharing which leads directly to innovation and job creation, public service provision and social cohesion, especially for small entrepreneurial business, could turn 0.5% to 5%. If this does not become the singe gathering nation vision of all our efforts, there is zero chance of a better future for any of us in South Africa.”

Other speakers exploring the potential of a comprehensive National Spatial Revolution [NSR] in South Africa include:

  • Malijeng Ngqaleni, Head of Intergovernmental Relations of The National Treasury
  • Musa Mbhele, Deputy City Manager, Head of Urban Renewal of the City of Durban
  • Paul Wijgers, Design leader of the Urban Design Framework for the Inner City of Durban
  • Edgar Pieterse, Head of African Centre for Cities AND
  • Michael Deighton, Managing Director of Tongaat Hulett and President of SAPOA

“By removing so many of the physical and spatial barriers between current reality and a prosperous, egalitarian, stable, safe and secure South Africa, we can radically transform into a sustainable powerhouse of economic opportunity, underpinned by cohesive social networks and celebrated in compellingly vibrant centres of unique urban cultural expression. We invite interested parties to join us on this paradigm-shifting journey,” says Reddy.

For more information or to attend WeDesign 2016 contact Kubash on (031) 201 7590 Or visit

bloembuildnewnewnewCome Meet Us At the Bloembuild Conference

The BloemBuild Expo is presented by SAIA Free State in conjunction with the UFS Department of Architecture and UFS University Estates. Standard Bank is the main sponsor for BloemBuild 2016.
The Expo was started as the ‘Open Day Expo’ in 2013, with the new branding launched as BloemBuild Expo in 2014.

The Expo has grown into the ideal Event for suppliers to showcase their products/promote their services and to meet potential clients. The Expo will be held on 27 and 28 July 2016 at the Callie Human Centre and Badminton Hall (inside the Exam Centre) at the UFS Main Campus.

Register here for The Bloembuild Conference

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