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Sapa in South AfricaSapa has been delivering aluminium building systems for the Maxwell office park project in Midrand, also known as Waterfall City, since the first phase of the project in 2010.

Did you know?

South Africa is one of the countries that is spearheading development on the African continent. Interestingly, although the country is a democratic republic, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has a monarchy system of government that is specially provided for by the constitution.

South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and is has nearly 90 percent of all platinum metals on earth. In addition, it has produced around 41 percent of all the gold in the world. South Africa also was the first country to develop coal-to-oil technology.

Among other facts, the world’s first heart transplant was performed in Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital in December 1967. South Africa is the world’s second-largest producer of fruit. There are more than 2,000 shipwrecks off the South African coast, most dating back at least 500 years. And not least, two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – had houses on the same street of Vilakazi, in Soweto.

Meet one of our plant managers:

Benjamin FontaineBenjamin Fontaine (pictured, right) is acting general manager of Sapa’s aluminium building systems unit in South Africa. The office is in Midrand.

We believe our strengths in South Africa are:

Sapa’s team in South Africa is very versatile and will always go the extra mile for customers. The group works to ensure that all the company’s building systems products are delivered on time, and works to build close relationships with both partners and customers.

Our safety advice:

Staff has been trained to understand the safety standards and know that when working in the factory, personal protective equipment is available and must be followed at all times to ensure that no injuries occur either on-site or in the factory. The company strives to ensure that these standards are followed not only at work, but at home.

A project we are proud of:

Sapa in South AfricaThe Maxwell office park project in Midrand, also known as Waterfall City (pictured above and at right), has been an ongoing project since 2010, when the first of four phases was started. Sapa has used two partners to get this project to where it is today. CGA has done most of the fabrication on the phases, with Industria responsible for Phase 3.

Sapa has just secured Phase 4 together with CGA, with project start in early 2016.

Facts about South Africa: 

Capital: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative)

Highest point: Mafadi, 3,450 meters

Population: 54.8 million

Languages: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga

GDP:  USD 350 billion

Cost of a Big Mac: USD 1.77








Capital: Tallinn

Highest point: Suur Munamägi, 318 m

Population: 1.3 million

Language: Estonian

GDP: USD 25.9 billion

Cost of a Bic Mac: EUR 3.05