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Faster, safe brick handling

"We are continuously upgrading our forklift fleet with the latest and most fuel efficient stock, says MD Nico Mienie. "This not only reduces our fuel costs it also  contribute to lower total energy consumption as well as reduced emissions."

With big, heavy loads, uneven outdoor surfaces, dust, humidity and coastal air, Algoa Brick really puts their forklift trucks through their paces. These Toyota 2,5 ton capacity machines will need to handle tough conditions.

2019 Sustainability Report

Pivotal to the sustainable transformation of the Clay Brick Sector, is the ongoing monitoring and reporting on the performance of clay brick producers across key sustainability indicators.

This sustainability report is based on an extensive data gathering effort through the online sustainability monitoring and reporting portal in collaboration with clay brick producers across South Africa. The report can be used at a management level, to assess the overall sustainability performance, as defined across the nine sustainability categories contained in the clay brick sustainability framework.

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Algoa donates to Khayalethu Youth Centre

Alogoa Brick has donated R50 000 for road paving to Khayalethu Youth Centre in Port Elizabeth. This hard-working organisation provides intervention programmes and alternative care for street children, specifically boys, between the ages of 8 and 18. They follow a holistic and developmental approach with the ultimate aim of re-socialisation and family re-unification.

In thanking Algoa Brick, Dr Marietjie van der Merwe reported: "Our paved road is such a blessing and is used every day. It makes our property look well maintained and we are looking forward to the next phase. Thanks so much for being part of the growth and improvements of Khayalethu.

"You are part of a...

Nico Mienie - lifetime achievement award

Nico Mienie, managing director of Algoa Brick, has been recognised for his lifetime service to the clay brick industry.  At the 2019 Award ceremony, CBA President Colin Meyer announced the 2019 Honorary Member.

"Nico has served as the Technical Director of the Clay Brick Association of South Africa for many years, and we have been fortunate to have him as a committed and capable CBA Board member for over two decades.

"With more than 30 years’ experience in the clay brick industry, Nico is currently Managing Director one of the biggest brick factories in the Eastern Cape.  The company is known for its innovations in reducing the use of fossil fuels...

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...