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8/2019 – Welcome to Ecocrete, new Free State Terraforce Licensee!

Last month we welcomed Ecocrete as our new Terraforce licenced manufacturer covering the Free State Province, ZA. Based in Bloemfontein, the company’s main line of trade is the manufacturing of quality pre-cast and custom concrete products for building and civil industries. Ecocrete also provides installation services of their specialized products. Contact them for all your retaining walls needs in the region. (more…)

3/2019 – 40 years of commitment to technical excellence!

The year 2019 marks our 40th anniversary of being engaged in the earth retaining and erosion control industry.

Initially as a supplier and installer of wire mesh gabions, we soon switched to the more sustainable concrete block method of our own design. It was a good choice, and with only one competitor from Europe in this sector, our business grew steadily and is now represented by dedicated licensees on all continents. (more…)

1/2018 – Best of 2017

Welcome to 2018 and hoping that all of you had a peaceful festive season! Looking back on the past twelve months, we are very happy with the quality and scope of projects completed – our best of 2017. Some amazing work by our recommended contractors and Terraforce licensees, without you this would not be possible. (more…)

11/2017 – Today’s projects should consider tomorrow

Is it just functional, or good to look at too?

Sustainable development or building practices should surely be on the mind of any architect, engineer and developer about to tackle a new project, always consider tomorrow. (more…)

10/2017 – Welcome to our new Terraforce family in Canada and Algeria!

Terraforce operates on five continents (find your closest supplier) through a growing  Terraforce family number of licensees. They have recognized and chosen Terraforce as an earth retaining system that offers design choices, unequaled by others. In return for a modest royalty they have access to substantial marketing and design information.

An ongoing programme of development and performance tests will ensure access to new evaluation reports, case studies and innovative design software at all times.

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8/2016 – Sustainability with Concrete

Few people realise that concrete is the most used man-made material in the world, with three tons used annually for each man, woman and child. Twice as much concrete is used around the world than the total of all other building materials, including wood, steel, plastic and aluminium. Sustainability has a important role in all of this. (more…)

4/2016 – Licensee highlight: Poort Beton, Northern Cape

Strauss Groep (Strauss Group) is a multidisciplinary construction group with a labour force of approximately 450 employees. Over the past 48 years this one-man enterprise has  grown into a group of companies (IT5 Siviel, Poort Beton and Strauss Meganies). They are currently directed and managed by the second generation. (more…)

1/2016 – Memory terrace with Terraforce blocks

Opposite the Service Dining Rooms, on the land which slopes from Fruit and Veg City in Canterbury Street, a “Memory Terrace” built of hollow bricks, filled with compost, soil and beautiful flowers commemorates the lives of street people who have passed on. (more…)

2/2015 – Recycling cut-off glass in concrete blocks

Reusable elements in concrete design, a vital component of sustainability

In a recent article in Concrete Beton, Bryan Perrie, MD of the Concrete Institute, pointed out that more attention should be paid to re-use and recycling of building materials at the design stage to more actively promote sustainability in the construction industry.

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10/2014 – 35 years of going green, going clean!

Terraforce turned 35 this year, and we wish to thank you, our clients and of course our licensees for joining us on this journey of building remarkable (some big, some small) retaining walls. The future looks very encouraging and we are excited to continue to grow our product presence in Africa and abroad. (more…)

6/2014 – Getting a grip with the new Decorwall block

October 2011 Murray & Roberts Western Cape, an operating division of Murray & Roberts Construction, was awarded a R193-million contract to construct the R300-million Willowbridge Place office development. The new development is located on the corner of Old Oak Road and Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. (more…)

5/2014 – Living a “green” life, at work AND home

This article first appeared in Footprint Limited, Jan/Feb edition, 2014

Holger Rust, founder of Terraforce, licensor of permeable and plantable concrete blocks for erosion control and earth retaining, has long been motivated by the conviction that every person who has the capacity, should strive to improve his environment, not destroy it. He has adopted this message from his father, Martin Rust, who was a guiding example in this regard. (more…)

1/2014 – Terraforce retaining walls in Europe

Some impressive retaining walls in Europe including the highest Terraforce earth retaining wall in the company’s history, an impressive 20,5m wall stabilising cut and fill slopes for the Karlitepe Road Project in the Beykoz region of Istanbul.

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14/2013 – Terraforce blocks in the UAE

As the year comes to an end, we would like to share with you some images of Terraforce projects photographed in the UAE.

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10/2012 – CMA Award for “most sustainable installation”

Terraforce wins CMA Award – Once again!

Installers: Dassenberg Retaining & Decorton Retaining Systems

Cape Town based precast block manufacturer, TERRAFORCE, managed to take home a prestigious Trophy at the CMA AWARDS and 40Th anniversary celebrations staged in Johannesburg. The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) has held the first Awards for Excellence presentation based on its new awards category format.

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8/2012 – Supporting the environment and art

Supporting art…

Terraforce is not just passionate about the built natural environment, in particular indigenous vegetation and protection of the rhino, but also the arts, and sponsors artist (Elgin Rust aka Advocate Alice) in particular, who addresses the processes and practices of legal redress for children in the children’s courts.

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4/2012 – New web and social media presence

Terraforce launches new web / social media presence

In 2009, when Terraforce, a Cape Town based pre-cast concrete licensor, specializing in modular, hollow core concrete blocks, turned 30, the company had this to say:

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7/2011 – Terraforce display gets a new look

Cape Town Building Centre gets a new home

After 53 years, the Cape Town Building Centre moved to a new home in July in a custom-designed building at Northgate Estate, which necessitated a new look stand for Terraforce.

Holger Rust, the owner of Terraforce, says: “The new display is more compact, and now the entire display can be viewed at a glance and, of course, we stuck to our signature green to highlight our focus on green building, accentuated by the generous addition of plants to the display.”

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