South Africa’s leading cement supplier, PPC Ltd, has decided to be the Anchor Sponsor of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa’s (CSSA) Fulton Awards in 2015. Considered as the “Oscars” of the concrete industry, the Fulton Awards event is arguably the most prestigious award that a project team can receive in the built environment.
“Sponsoring an event of this nature not only enhances our leadership position in the industry, but it also shows our true commitment to delivering on our promise of strength beyond the bag. As a company, we remain passionate about investing in initiatives and projects that advance excellence in concrete. We also look forward to strengthening our partnership with the CSSA,” says Richard Tomes, the Managing Director of Cement Sales at PPC.
The Fulton Awards have been associated with the celebration of achievements in the South African building industry for decades. It is also an indication of the high standards of the skills and creativity found in both the local construction professionals and contractors.
“These awards are also synonymous with the recognition of excellence in construction, and of excellence in concrete in our country,” says Daniel van der Merwe, Architectural Concrete Specialist at PPC.
“The Fulton Awards began as a tribute to the late Dr Sandy Fulton for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of concrete, its development and improvement. The first Fulton Awards were held in 1979 and has grown to be one of the highlights on the industry’s calendar,” says John Sheath, Chief Executive Officer of CSSA.
At the last Fulton Awards in 2013, two of PPC’s clients were presented with awards in the ‘Civil Engineering Structure’ and ‘Sustainable Concrete’ categories for its work on the De Hoop Dam project in the Limpopo Province.
The judging panel said the work at the De Hoop Dam project led to significant simplification of the construction process and allowed one of the highest construction rates achieved in South Africa, with a peak of more than 130 000 cubic metres of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) placed in one month. The De Hoop Dam is a flagship project for the Department of Water Affairs and will address a significant portion of future water needs in the Limpopo Province.