From small beginnings, Corobrik has evolved into the major South African manufacturer of masonry, paver and concrete earth retaining systems. With its head office in Durban and 15 factories around South Africa, Corobrik is geared to distribute in excess of 5 million products each day, and has a footprint in every major centre throughout South Africa.
Planning for a Sustainable Future
Corobrik has a holistic plan, focusing on the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental and social, and the integrity of the Corobrik brand is sacrosanct.
In a construction environment characterized by persistent low levels of investment in new buildings, Corobrik has continued to increase both turnover and profits, out-performing its peers and listed companies in the building industry. This performance is underpinned by a consuming focus to do the basics really well, clear operational strategies and successful implementation of associated action plans to increase the competitiveness of the business.
The company has not only retained market share in its traditional markets, the company has also gained share with new products, in market segments in which the company has not previously actively competed.
Corobrik has been recognised for outstanding service to the building industry, having been awarded PMR Diamond Arrow Award for three consecutive years.
Corobrik has also made continuous progress in the "greening" of the business, incrementally lowering the carbon footprint and improving eco-systems around Corobrik operations. Corobrik is also progressing towards ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification at Corobrik operations.
On-going product development offers customers enhanced product quality and products in line changing design trends and new innovative applications. Recent product developments have taken advantage of the new extrusion technology at all Corobrik operations resulting in further energy reductions, a lower carbon footprint with enhanced product economies in application.
All quarrying and manufacturing operations comply with an approved Environmental Management Plan, which provide for the rehabilitation and the reuse of quarries and factory sites, which will, in the future, be transformed into nature reserves around pollution free dams, recreational areas, farm land or land for commercial and residential developments.
More effective use of energy, wider use of cleaner-burning fuels, and reductions to Corobrik's carbon footprint are key operational objectives. Corobrik has two registered Clean Development Mechanism projects with the UNFCCC, and currently six factories are fired on natural gas.
Corobrik has the distinction of being the first company in Sub-Saharan Africa to be awarded "Certified Emissions Reductions" (CERs) by the UNFCCC.
Corobrik is committed to promoting the economic upliftment and empowerment of disadvantaged communities and individuals.
All Corobrik employees are shareholders in the business through the Staff Trust, promoting a sense of common cause for the well-being and continued strong performance of the company, and providing a stable employment environment.
The Corobrik Staff Trust, a HDSA entity where each employee beneficiary has one vote, controls 26% of the issued share capital of Corobrik, and two trustees represent the Trustees on the Corobrik Board. Currently, these two Directors are longserving Corobrik employees, who have risen through the ranks to their current positions of Centre Manager and Factory Manager.
Local Economic Development
Local Economic Development projects have been introduced at all operations, promoting empowerment and sustainable employment, contributing to social investments and making a meaningful contribution to the economy of KwaZulu-Natal.
These projects are designed to create employment opportunities for persons from communities in close proximity to Corobrik, and are wide-ranging, from strawberry farming, to the provision of facilities and resources for apparel ventures and project management and training of unemployed persons on school upgrade projects.
The Corobrik Building Training Centres focus on equipping unskilled people with building and bricklaying skills such that they can be gainfully employed. Corobrik operates schools in both Stellenbosch and Durban that are accredited in terms of the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) and they run courses both at the Centres and on building sites in locations throughout South Africa.
Corobrik has a long-running bursary scheme for the children of Corobrik employees to study at tertiary institutions, with 30 students currently studying with the assistance of Corobrik bursaries. The company also awards eleven bursaries each year, to Grade 12 students from communities close to Corobrik operations, to pursue university degrees.
Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Programme
The sponsorship of the Regional and National Architectural Student of the Year Award Programme, now in its 27th year, involves 8 major Universities and Universities of Technology throughout South Africa. The program recognises the best emerging architectural talent, challenging them to make a meaningful contribution to the future sustainability of South Africa's built and natural environments.
Corobrik sponsors product and people to help build "sustainable" projects in disadvantaged communities ranging from housing for the unemployed, to new school facilities, community facility upgrade projects and facilities for the mentally impaired.
Corobrik's donation policy focuses mainly on the donation of building materials that Corobrik manufactures, to causes within previously disadvantaged communities in and around Corobrik's operations and financial contributions to charities supporting the needy.
Nature of Business:Manufacturing although because of our clay quarry operations to secure raw material
for brick manufacture, we fall in the Mining Sector
Services/ Products: Face Bricks, Non Face Bricks, Clay Pavers, Concrete Masonry and Pavers,
Earth Retaining Systems
Date Established: 1902
Customer Base: National
No of Employees: 2800
Auditors/ Accountant: BDO South Africa Incorporated
Bankers: First National Bank
Memberships: Chamber of Commerce, Green Building Council, World Wide Fund, Clay Brick Association,
Concrete Manufacturers Association
Advertising Agency: Draft FCB Durban
Industry Quality Standards: ISO 9001: 2008
Management Systems at 6 factories with others busy with the accreditation process; SANS 14001
Environmental Management Systems at 5 factories and others are currently completing the accreditation
process; ISO IEC 17025 Certified Central Laboratory audits to ensure all products sold are in
compliance with the appropriate SABS standard quoted and against which the order was placed
BEE Status: Level Four Contributor with a 100% Procurement Recognition Level
Chairman: Peter du Trevou
Managing Director: Dirk Meyer
Financial Director: Joshua Thessal
Sales Director: Chris Dickinson
Human Resources Director: Sthe Sosibo
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