African Construction Expo, Southern Africa’s construction and built environment multi-award winning, flagship exhibition, has unveiled its refreshed and reworked identity. The event will run as The Big 5 Construct Southern Africa for its 2022 in-person edition from 7 – 9 June, at its usual home, the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng
According to the organisers, leading event company dmg events, the name update is reflective of the evolution of its place in a dynamic and transforming market and geography. Whilst a name change and rebrand is significant, the core foundation and vision of the event has not changed and the team is committed to ensuring that they provide a platform that not only unites the Southern African construction sector but demonstrates cutting-edge innovation, and provides a stage for knowledge and business opportunities for industry stakeholders.
Timing of the event could not be better. A key component of South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in November 2021 is underpinned by ‘aggressive infrastructure investment’, with a strong emphasis on localisation, job creation and streamlining of the regulatory framework.
According to Devi Paulsen, Vice President of dmg events, “With a healthy pipeline of infrastructure projects on the cards in both Southern and South Africa, indicators point to a healthy rebound for one of the worst hit sectors by the pandemic. The decisions by governments to develop and invest in infrastructure provides a wealth of opportunities for established players and new market entrants.”
“Our decision to rebrand to The Big 5 Construct Southern Africa allows the Southern African edition of this series to successfully align to the strengths of an iconic portfolio of global events, hosted in Dubai, Egypt, Saudi, Nigeria and Kenya, which has been running for over 42 years and collectively welcome over 100,000 participants annually.”
With hundreds of global suppliers exhibiting their products and services, a number of thought leadership conferences, hours of networking, business matchmaking programmes and free-to-attend workshops and talks, The Big 5 Construct Southern Africa 2022 will play host to thousands of attendees from over 45 countries, all in a safe and secure environment. New for 2022, the exhibition will feature Green Construction products and services along with dedicated Green Construction Talks which will focus on the philosophy and processes that makes the creation and usage of the built environment to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, negative impacts on our climate and natural resources.
The President’s Clean Energy and Infrastructure Fund has deployed just short of R2 billion of capital that supports 17 wind, solar and hydro energy projects. Inclusion of Green Construction allows The Big 5 Construct Southern Africa to align with overarching industry objectives in improving our quality of life whilst preserving precious natural resources through the use of innovative, sustainable products and services.
The event has also partnered with leading industry associations to provide free CPD-accredited workshops to equip industry professionals with tools and strategies to carry out their respective roles effectively. The interactive workshops and case studies, that will be examined by leading industry experts, will tackle advanced technology solutions, sustainable best practices, governance and regulation, new health and safety protocols and green construction solutions.
The Big 5 Construct Southern Africa is free to attend and construction industry professionals are encouraged to pre-register to secure their place at www.thebig5constructsouthernafrica.com. For companies looking to grow their business in the region, there are various options available to exhibit or sponsor the event to suit any budget. For further information, please contact KennethMasvikeni@dmgevents.com.