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Why is the Bessey folding utility knife simply so much better?

Because they have a long tradition of producing such innovative, practical product solutions. The utility Knife is the perfect example of their quality and expertise. Since the cold drawn steel plant was founded in Stuttgart in 1889, the Bietigheim-Bissingen based company continues to raise the bar in cutting technology. Bessey currently offers more than 1,600 products in the cutting and clamping category, the company has a specific solution for practically and are leaders in the cutting arena. Their focus is on precision and durability, convenience and safety.


Nebula pendant (P426AM)

The aim of ambient lighting is to provide a room with general illumination so that the occupants are comfortable and can move around safely.  From recessed lights and sconces to chandeliers and pendants, ambient lighting acts as the base lighting in a room and is layered with task lighting and accent lighting. Often referred to as general lighting, ambient lighting is fairly simple to achieve, but if you really want to get the most out of it there are a few points to keep in mind.

Pratley National Sales and Marketing Manager Mark Belljpg18 April 2019: The Kraftex decoupage range from Pratley has a starter kit to introduce the arts-and-crafts novice to the wonderful world of decoupage.

The kit includes all you need to produce your first painted, ultra-high gloss coated decoupage tray. The magic is added to your creation with Kraftex Pratliglo® – an ultra-high gloss polymer finish. Being self-levelling, it’s also the ideal product for table tops, bar counters, plaques, clocks, and even artistic ostrich eggs.

The decoupage kit comes with everything needed to create a masterpiecejpgThe Kraftex Pratliglo® Starter Kit includes Kraftex Pratliglo® (200 ml), Kraftex Varnish, a tray, two mixing cups (one plain and one graded), a foam and a bristle brush, Kraftex Decoupage Sealant (250 ml), acrylic paint, two mixing sticks, and a pair of polythene gloves.

“The Kraftex range has been designed specifically to make decoupage fun and rewarding, and not something that’s only attempted by hobby specialists,” Pratley National Sales & Marketing Manager Mark Bell highlights.

2 April 2019

Mr Pratley Himself CEO Kim Pratley.jpgSouth African manufacturer Pratley has recently undergone an extensive revamp of its two main test and research laboratories, according to CEO Kim Pratley. This has bolstered its unique position among electrical-equipment manufacturers globally in that it has both the capability and facilities to manufacture base polymer materials in-house, in addition to the end products themselves.

Aluminium bar clamp, Pipe clamp, Quick-adjust band clamp, Heavy duty quick clamp, Strap clamp, Frame clamp, Spring clamp nylon/steel, G-clamp, F-type clamp, Heavy duty sash clamp

Tork Craft today offer a comprehensive range of clamps and clamping solutions in Southern Africa, covering all the popular types including some specialist clamps. The range includes all the sizes, light and heavy-duty models, with options of steel, aluminium and Nylon construction.

“We possibly have the largest range of clamp categories in the country with our Tork Craft clamping categories,” said Ryan Hunt Sales Director Vermont Sales. “The selection includes, all the basic, plus specific specialist units, a vast range of sizes, lengths, light or heavy duty.” 

ITC001[Johannesburg, 13 February 2019]: The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) accredited professional body for the engineered timber construction sector in South Africa, has successfully developed an inspectorate process to assist Local Authorities, whose role is pivotal in the enforcement of compliance with the National Building Regulations (NBR).

[Johannesburg, 29 January 2019]: Long established as the gateway to Africa’s timber trade, WoodEX for Africa’s milestone fifth edition, which took place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, alongside the inaugural Deck & Flooring Expo, was a resounding success for all stakeholders and bodes well for the show’s next instalment coming up in 2020.

A dynamic and lucrative platform in Africa for the public and industry to connect with specialised dealers, stay abreast of the latest industry trends and innovations, secure new business contacts and compare the best deals in the timber trade, WoodEX for Africa 2018 showed near on 100% growth in its exhibitors and brands on show compared with 2016.

Dawood Vawda, a well-known entrepreneur in the North-West of KZN. Owning two Mica stores in Estcourt and Ladysmith is now opening The Square Shopping Centre in Ladysmith where his third Mica franchise will also be opened. As the developer and owner of The Square Shopping Centre, Vader had a vested interested in the overall project and ensured premium products were used both in the construction and finishing touches.

Sika has recently launched a brand new tile adhesive range, including a porcelain adhesive product suitable for applying the porcelain tile finish to both the walls and the floors of the Shopping. Sika’s Regional Manager, Mervyn Naidoo, was on site to offer sound advice on correct applications and products for the specified requirements. This is the largest tile adhesive project for Sika SA to date, completing a total of 11880m² of floor and wall tile area of the mall.

[Johannesburg, 5 July 2016]: The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, offers insight into the benefits of pre-fabricated roof trusses and how to prevent costly and potentially dangerous situations arising from having a non-compliant, site-manufactured roof installed by an erector that is not ITC-SA accredited.
The roof structure is arguably one of the most important construction elements of any residential building to be constructed, as it protects the occupier’s property, finishes and inhabitants from the elements. It is also one of the largest, heaviest and most costly structural components in any home design.

Therefore, it is logical to expect that much planning, design and know-how would be invested in the project in order to create an aesthetically pleasing, sound structure that can safely carry the induced loading as well as offer acceptable longevity and aesthetic appeal for the lifespan of the building.

1. What is Hydroponics?

Hydro from the Greek meaning ‘water’ and ‘ponos’ from the Greek meaning ‘work’ gives us the meaning to work in water. Hydroponics is the growing of plants without soil. The plant nutrition, instead of being supplied by the soil is supplied by water soluble nutrients dissolved in the water. This gives this method of growing many advantages over growing in soil. The nutrients in soil are not evenly dispersed; very often they are lacking and need to be added; soil is a harbinger of insects, worms, larvae, and nematodes etc. all of which play havoc with the quality of the plant’s growth. Very often the vitamins and minerals in a plant grown in hydroponics surpass that of the plant grown in soil because of the perfect nutrition it received during its life.

Summer is just around the corner which means we'll soon be looking for ways to cool down as the temperature rises. Eurolux has an impressive selection of ceiling fans to choose from this season, so why not incorporate one or two into your home's design and reap the benefits that go far beyond just cooling off a room.

These new super-efficient, reliable mixing/stirrers are the ideal product for processing paint, plaster, and filler.

The importance of correctly mixing materials in powder form is often underestimated. Philipp Stahl, expert painter, and application engineer at Festool, describes why this process is so crucial. The combination of stirrer and stirring rod also plays an important role in mixing and stirring and needs to be tailored to the relevant material on a case-by-case basis.

Painters encounter a multitude of different materials in their everyday working life: Various types of plaster, filler, paint, wallpaper paste, clear coat, reinforcement adhesive, varnish, and two-component coating systems. As a rule, these materials each require a different choice of stirring rod. In everyday work, painters often use the same stirring rod for different materials. The result is that the materials are often mixed incorrectly. This could lead to the need for rework, additional costs or even the formation of structural damage. What is particularly aggravating is that the material manufacturer's warranty could also be rendered void due to incorrect application. For the painter, this usually ends in substantial follow-up costs and potential compensation demands from the customer. This risk can be easily avoided by simply using the correct stirrer, stirring rod and settings in accordance with material manufacturer specifications.

The new Kreg® Track Horse makes it easy to set up a sturdy work support anywhere to make any place your workspace. The sturdy steel and aluminium Track Horse goes beyond the capabilities of an ordinary sawhorse, thanks to dual-mode clamping with an included Kreg Bench Clamp, adjustable legs, and the ability to accept a sacrificial cutting surface. The Track Horse is portable, and expandable by pairing with a second Track Horse, or with a Kreg Mobile Project Centre to create a large work surface or cutting platform.

- by: Reinier van Den Bergh (Essential Group)


The property Sector

According to a 2016 PWC Report, the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. More than half of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities, and by 2030 this number will swell to about 5 billion. Much of this urbanisation will unfold in Africa, bringing huge social, economic and environmental transformations. This will of course lead to a growth in property development and focussed retail requirements. Former Finance Ministers have opened the door for business during budget speeches, showing that there is hope for the way forward in areas such as the property sector, which is critical to the various Essential Group Members’ target market. Positive aspects from the budget speech laid out specific plans relating to property, which include amongst others:


LEROY MERLIN, part of ADEO, is the leading home improvement retailer in Europe and the third largest worldwide with a presence in 14 countries (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Cyprus and China). And is now gearing up to open its first store on the African continent in Edenvale, Gauteng on Friday 28 September 2018.Kitchen showroom 3N0A7734

The first LEROY MERLIN store, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Hill
The store has a total surface area of 17,000m2 in which to offer the South African DIY retail market the widest selection of construction, home improvement, home decor products and tools. And with more than 50,000 references in large quantities and ample stock availability, customers will be spoiled for choice. LEROY MERLIN ensures that each customer has everything they need to build their dream home, as they will be able to shop from many departments including construction –with a very efficient drive thru– bathroom, kitchen, home decor, garden, hardware, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, tools, fix&fasten, storage and lighting. Products range from the best locally produced brands and products, to the most superior internationally sourced items, 40% of which are imported from Europe.