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Milkwoods, Port Elizabeth

Developed by Own Haven Housing Association and contracted to WBHO, Milkwoods is a R250 million, 630-unit housing development on Port Elizabeth’s Victoria Drive. Named after the protected tree species found in the area, the striking new development is visually more akin to a small village than a social housing project. The estate is ultimately expected to accommodate more than 1,000 residents in a green environment. During construction, very little of the existing vegetation was removed, and the precious milkwood trees were avoided.

Gillian Ardendorff Architects specified Ironspot Clinker with a mix of plaster and paint.  Makana's clinker brick provides a unifying...

Zwartkops Conservancy clean-up

To honour the life and legacy of our late president Nelson Mandela whom this year is his centenary, Algoa Brick partnered with Zwartkops Conservancy and the Department of Water and Sanitation to take part in cleaning our environment at the Motherwell Stormwater Canal. We were supplied with bags, gloves and rakes upon our arrival. We embarked on cleaning the sides of the canal, the initiative was fun and well supported, we had made a real difference to the Swartkops Estuary.

As Algoa Brick we are proud to have partnered and participated in this initiative in making a difference in the community and commemorating Tata Madiba.


Algoa donates to Khayalethu Youth Centre

“When our Youth Centre approached Algoa Brick for assistance with our inaccessible and muddy entrance path, we hoped for no more than a donation of broken bricks,” explains Dr Marietjie van der Merwe, Director of Khayalethu Youth Centre.

“We never imagined such a generous response. They not only sponsored bricks, but also paid for a professional bricklayer to put down the paving. ”

Khayalethu Youth Centre in Theescombe Port Elizabeth provides intervention programmes and alternative care for street children, specifically boys, between the ages of 8 and 18; meeting their basic needs through a holistic and developmental approach with the...

Algoa Brick sponsors an Architects talk

Algoa Brick sponsored an Architects talk on 7 June 2018 at the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects offices in Central, Port Elizabeth.

About 25 professional Architects attended the promotion of our 90 products.

After welcoming all by Nico Mienie, MD, Algoa Brick, Mark Hunter-Smith, Sales and Marketing Director of Algoa Brick explained the cost saving of using in particular the Econo 90, Maxi 90 and Super-Maxi products vs normal Imperial NFP products.

His presentation was followed by Lisa Reynolds, currently president of SAEEC.

She gave all attendees insight into the new SANS 10400-XA as well as promoting the use of Green Star building tools. Very relevant...

Annual tour of Construction Management students from the Nelson Mandela University

Algoa Brick is proud to host an annual tour of Construction Management students from the Nelson Mandela University to our facility.

The team of students with their lecturers visit our facility regularly whereby they learn more of the production processes as well as the benefits of clay bricks.

Algoa Brick is proud to be the biggest clay brick producer in the area and with that we carry both a huge social and environmental responsibility, which we take extremely serious.

We will continue to enable further education of our young people and we are proud to be associated with all learning facilities in our area, so as to improve their decision-making skills in order to...

Upgrading of our Firing Technology

Energy being nearly 40% of our cost, management is continuously focusing on reducing this cost by upgrading our firing technology. Not only do we save on fuel, but assure less greenhouse gas emissions through improved combustion.

Two sets of burners were replaced with state-of -the -art burners from Bernini Impianti – Bologna, Italy. These burners were installed on zones 1 and 2 where we have the most fuel consumption. At a cost of nearly R 900’000.00, these new burners will improve the product yield, decrease our fuel consumption as well as reduce our greenhouse gas emissions significantly.

Algoa Brick is proud to announce that the installation in January 2017...

Algoa Brick acquired two new 4 Ton Forklifts with Meyer Fork attachments

Algoa Brick recently acquired two new 4 ton forklifts from Linde. These two new forklifts will add to Algoa brick’s fleet of new and modern machines. With energy cost (including fuel) being the greatest cost of the plant, management continuously look at ways and means to save on fuel. Adding these two new machines with modern technology motors would reduce emissions as well as fuel consumption. What makes these machines special is that they are both fitted with Meyer fork attachments that can enable the operator to work...

Algoa Brick keep Mobile Plant Fleet Modern and Energy Efficient

Algoa Brick strive to keep its mobile fleet modern and fuel efficient at all times to cope with the daily challenges of a Clay Brick plant. Here Nico Mienie – Managing Director and Odwa Sanda – Mechanic hand-over the keys to Mandisi Mqondeki - Driver. The existing New Holland TD 80, which gave the...

Algoa sponsors Construction Student Golf Day

In April 2015, Algoa Brick co-sponsored the annual “Construction Management Student Society / Chartered Institute of Building” golf day held at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club. This event is part of Algoa Brick’s ongoing commitment in establishing and maintaining a relationship with the Nelson Mandela Metropole University and its staff and students.

Talking to the build environment students and staff of the university ensure their better understanding of the benefits of clay bricks and pavers as well as...

Algoa Brick in support of the CANSA walk (over 12 hour's)

On Friday evening the 6th March, Algoa Brick participated in a 12 hour walk in aid of cancer. Our team
of 15 were just one of many teams who walked from 18h00 to 06h00 the next morning.
The event was held at Victoria Park School in Port Elizabeth.
Allistair Galloway, as team captain organised the Algoa team into a sleek, mean walking machine,who did not give up.

Well done to all the participants and thanks for the support we received from our staff, suppliers and
customers. Every rand we received as donations will be paid over to the cancer association of SA.

Mark and Heidi prepared curry for the evening and the proceeds also went to CANSA. Well...