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Looking for a scaffolding company in Cape Town that offers the highest quality product, exceptional safety standards and excellent customer service at very competitive prices? You’ve come to the right place.

Scaffolding and Formwork News

At CFC we like to keep our customers up to date with the latest scaffolding and formwork information, as well as industry and market news. We publish this information on our “Latest News” page of our website. These stories cover all areas of the scaffolding & formwork industry as well as construction and current market conditions. Take a look at our recent articles to get the latest industry news.

28 September 2017

MBA Award for Scaffolding Excellence

CFC Scaffolding recently received the MBA award for Scaffolding Excellence. The award was presented by the Master Builders and Allied Trades’ Association for the Western Cape in recognition of the outstanding contribution made in promoting The Regional Safety Programme for the Building Industry. Well done to the CFC team for taking CFC Scaffolding to new […]

31 August 2017

ONE to ONE

CFC Scaffolding is once again proud to be a sponsor of this year’s ONE to ONE event, with this year’s event taking place at the Cape Town Stadium. ONE to ONE is a non-profit communal initiative and fair arranged exclusively for the intellectually disabled. We are happy that we could assist with this great initiative, […]

28 June 2017

CFC looks at what the credit downgrade could mean for the building and construction industry.

South Africa’s credit downgrade has rocked the industry to say the least. But the outlook is not all bleak. In terms of the ‘here and now’, top economists are expecting that the property market will largely continue as is. Recently Fitch has affirmed South Africa’s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BB+’ […]

24 May 2017

Meet Willie Huisamen, Contracts Manager at CFC

Willie began his CFC journey in 2010 after leaving Murray & Roberts. After being employed as the Safety Manager, things progressed quite quickly as the company experienced rapid growth. This is his story: I’ve been with the company for seven and a half years and have been fortunate enough to work myself up to the […]

29 March 2017

We’re specialists in engineered formwork hire and sales.

    Looking to hire or buy formwork? We supply only the best in the business, and because everyone’s needs are different, we supply a range of material options. CFC supplies Metriform and Kwikstrip formwork systems consisting of deck panels to form soffits and concrete slabs for construction. The deck panels are precision-manufactured and are […]

24 January 2017

CFC looks at trends for 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or do they? We’ve collated some of the trends for 2017, from some of the industry’s most respected thought leaders. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect in the building and construction industry this year. In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the […]

13 December 2016

Summer Safety Tips – CFC talks about fires.

    We’ve entered the hottest time of the year and the builder’s busy season. It’s also the season for fires in Cape Town. All fires start small, but when the weather is hot, dry and windy (think the infamous South Easter), a small fire can quickly become a threat to life and property. Most […]

14 November 2016

CFC gets a mention in a Cape Argus feature highlighting the perils of a bad build.

  Don MacAlister shares his views on why it is vital for you to choose the right scaffolding partner, and how it will ultimately save you time and money in a tight world economy. His advice is to “think before you build”, he goes on to add: “What might sound like a great idea from […]

17 August 2016

Meet David Poole, Director & Partner at CFC

  This is his story. I joined CFC in early 2002 as a Junior Supervisor. Most of my time was spent on the scaffold, learning the trade from our experienced scaffolders and gaining invaluable experience and a wealth of knowledge from those already in the company. Today, I’m a Director & Partner at CFC and […]

22 June 2016

Meet Jerry West, Co-Founder of CFC

    Jerry started his career as an auditor and attended UCT in the evenings to work towards his CA qualification. This is his CFC story. The early days Once my university studies were complete, I found a position as group accountant in Johannesburg before leaving to come back to Cape Town as group accountant […]

01 June 2016

CFC looks back at the scaffolding industry

    Did you know that our industry spans back over 400 years BC? In this month’s news we take a closer look at the early rise of scaffolding. From the magnificent Sistine Chapel, the Gaza Pyramids, the Empire State Building to the Paleolithic cave paintings at Lascaux, scaffolds have been in existence whenever there […]

07 April 2016

CFC says YES to NEC!

Let’s face it. The construction industry is riddled with stories of bad workmanship and unreliable timing plans, which is why the New Engineering Contract (NEC) Family of Standard Form Contracts is so important. NEC is a family of contracts that improves relationships between employers and contractors. It facilitates the implementation of sound project management principles […]

25 January 2016

What’s happening in 2016? CFC reports.

  Now that 2015 has come and gone, we are focusing our attention on the year ahead. Analysts predict 2016 will be a strong year for the industry and will bring increased demand and booming business. Here are some of the trends and events to look out for this year. The Cape Construction Trade Expo […]

11 December 2015

To an amazing year!

  The Board of Directors and all staff at CFC want to say a big thank you to our clients, partners, service providers and to everyone who contributed to a successful 2015. We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to an inspiring 2016 as we continue to build lasting relationships. Our offices […]

07 December 2015

CFC supplies scaffolds for the Adidas “I GOT THIS” campaign!

  CFC recently took on the nationwide Adidas “I GOT THIS” campaign by providing scaffolds for window installations and in-store tactical zones. The project included 24 installations in 6 stores across the country: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Cape Town Canal Walk | Cape Town Gateway | Durban Sandton | Johannesburg Menlyn | Johannesburg Eastgate […]

18 November 2015

5 reasons why CFC is the perfect scaffolding partner.

  Impeccable, personal care and attention to each and every project. From the time we first communicate to when the scaffolding or formwork comes down at the end of the job. It’s a core business value, which sets us apart from the rest.   31 Years. That’s how long we’ve been in business. What does […]

20 October 2015

CFC proudly helps construct the new Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital

Driving onto the N1 highway, just passed the CTICC, you may have noticed the site for the new, state of the art, Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. This impressive luxury complex is set for completion in 2016 and will incorporate 250-bed wards, theatres, doctors’ surgeries and consulting rooms, linked retail, a gym and a structured […]

10 September 2015

CFC Men at Work!

We’re busy with multiple projects around the city of Cape Town, here are a few of the latest pics. The Pavilion, V&A Waterfront Victoria Road, Clifton Victoria Road, Woodstock    

18 August 2015

CFC Cape Town City News!

  Voted one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international design destination, Cape Town’s architectural landscape is growing from strength to strength both in innovation and future-focused developments. CTICC Expansion Plans to expand the CTICC are well under way. The main construction contractor started in February of 2015, with work scheduled for completion […]

21 July 2015

CFC Cape Town City News!

  We’ve been keeping track on some exciting developments taking place in Cape Town – from the Foreshore and the Athlone Power Station to the unfinished highway in the CBD. Tsogo Sun Hotel The Tulip Hotel, which was demolished in February this year, is set to become the Tsogo Sun Hotel Complex. This slick, 200-room […]

09 June 2015

In 1984 Colin Poole went into partnership to build CFC.

After years of experience working for Scaffolding Great Britain, Colin Poole joined Jerry West in building CFC. Much has changed over time as we’ve embraced scaffolding innovation that makes us one of the best in the industry today. Our values, however, remain unchanged. We continue to offer the exceptional client service, quality control and world-class […]

23 April 2015

Scaffolding Safety Q&A

  The lower the temperature, the higher the accident rate! It’s that time of year when winter is imminent in Cape Town. Wind, rain and poor visibility are just a few of the factors that can contribute to more dangerous work conditions in our industry, which is why it’s essential to polish up on safety […]

18 March 2015

Load shedding and a scaffolding accident, Eskom confirms how vital Health and Safety procedures are!

In February a unit at the Koeberg nuclear power station went down. Employees were doing routine maintenance at the plant when the incorrect positioning of scaffolding caused an accident and tripped the reactor. An Eskom report leaked to The Star newspaper indicates that the main reason for the failure of one of the two units […]

10 February 2015

CFC jumps to sponsor the Night Harvest

  This event is the largest and most unique BMX/MTB dirt competition in Africa! It’s brought to you by Monster Energy in association with Sony Mobile ZA, The Pole Yard, FOX, CFC Scaffolding, Imperial Ford and WG Dixon – Pty Ltd, and is going down on the 6th of March. Now in its fourth year, The […]

12 January 2015

A look at Builders’ Holidays

  Many countries around the world have taken on the custom of the annual Builders’ Holiday and South Africa is no exception. The holiday usually starts around the 16th of December and continues into the first and sometimes second week of the New Year. The reasons for this yearly shut down are varied. Historically it […]

15 December 2014

Happy Holidays!

 

03 December 2014

CFC gets award of excellence from the FEM!

Based on our performance in 2012, the Federated Employers’ Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) has awarded us a 1st in the 2014 High Risk Medium Employer category for the Cape Town region – an outstanding achievement! We are proud to add yet another impressive accolade to our business!  

19 November 2014

Summertime and the building is easy…

  The warm weather is finally here and that means that the building industry will go into its busy season. With all types of construction work there are pros and cons to doing certain tasks at certain times of the year. While it makes sense to build in the drier summer months, a lot of […]

20 October 2014

Did you know?

Remember Chappie’s chewing gum? We do. They’ve been around for over 30 years just like CFC, which is what inspired us to collect some “did you knows” about the construction industry over the last three decades.  Did you know? In 1997 the government published the Green Paper on “Creating an Enabling Environment for Reconstruction, Growth […]

09 September 2014

CFC is proud to be involved in the Merriman Square facelift!

  The existing and dated facades of the towers at Merriman Square on Hertzog Boulevard in the center of Cape Town CBD are currently undergoing major renovations. The budget for the project, including both towers, is in excess of R700 million. The project went out to tender, and taking into account exceptional service delivery, a […]

06 August 2014

CFC looks at iconic structures & its part in building the city of Cape Town

Over the past 30 years CFC has proudly been a part of erecting and maintaining some of Cape Town’s well-known buildings and has cemented its place as a leading scaffolding company, contributing to what we believe is the most beautiful city on earth. Our contracts have included work on the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, the […]

13 July 2014

How the Numsa strike has affected scaffolding companies

The Pretoria High Court has ordered union members in Johannesburg to stop intimidating those not taking part in the industrial action. This just a few days into the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike in the metal and engineering industries. Employers at a North Riding-based company were threatened by Numsa members for […]

22 June 2014

It’s important to work with the right people

You might need scaffolding for many different reasons; maybe you’re building a new property, extending or converting an existing house, doing roof or window work or repainting exterior walls. Maybe you’re hosting an event and need visible signage. Whatever the reason, you need to hire a qualified, experienced company to erect the scaffolding safely and […]

26 May 2014

Construction confidence at 5 year high

Good news for scaffolding companies in Cape Town and throughout South Africa! CFC welcomes this revelation and will continue to provide loyal clients with outstanding service for the remainder of 2014 and beyond. Upwards and onwards! After increasing by 6 index points in 3Q2013, the FNB/BER construction confidence index rose a further 15 points to […]

12 May 2014

You’re safe with us!

13 April 2014

Another feather in our hard hats!

In our quest to continually better our service delivery, management systems and overall business performance, we are very proud to announce our new accreditation – ISO 9001. This comes from the International Organization For Standardization (IOS). What is ISO? ISO is the internationally recognized standard for the quality management of businesses. In a nutshell, their […]

08 March 2014

CFC turns 30!

We’ve come a long way… It’s our 30th birthday this year and a time to reflect on our past and carry our learnings with us into the future. A lot has changed since we opened our doors in 1984. Our numbers have grown with many new members joining the CFC family, and our reputation for […]

10 June 2013

Building on our commitment to scaffolding health & safety

The construction industry in South Africa and the regulations governing it are constantly changing and health & safety is becoming more stringent by the day. At CFC we have always been committed to providing excellent service in Cape Town and South Africa, and more than ever, this service includes expert attention to the health & […]

04 February 2013

WP Downhill Champs 2012 – Tokai Monster Madness

CFC was recently involved in the “WP Downhill Champs 2012 – Tokai Monster Madness”. For more information about the event, please watch the video below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KhnW7sFSho

26 April 2012

Scaffolding Hire In Cape Town

Cape Town, like many other major cities around the globe, is undergoing massive construction, renovation and restoration projects. People are taking notice of how striking the mixture of old and new buildings within a metropolis look, and how valuable and impressive a building’s heritage is, especially when it is centuries old. Scaffolding enables workers, architects […]

20 December 2011

Standing the test of time

CFC (Cape Formwork Contractors) has been successful  in the scaffolding and formwork business since 1984. What is our formula for sustained growth and excellent service in the construction industry? “There are a number of elements that contribute to success in business. Price, of course, is important, but in today’s highly competitive and technology driven market, […]

28 February 2011

Budget In A Nutshell

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is putting pedal to the metal with his 2011/12 national budget, blasting ahead with infrastructure spending of R800bn with no plans to cut the budget deficit. While this may raise questions over fiscal prudence, the aggressive spending may keep the economy humming in difficult times. However, the new budget, announced on […]

03 February 2011

SA set for economic recovery

Bloemfontein – All is set for economic recovery in 2011, but South Africans should not begin thinking the next growth phase has dawned. This was the view of Economists.co.za economist Mike Schüssler, the compiler of the Sake24 and BoE Private Clients provincial barometers. These indices are compiled from many data series and measure the economic […]

27 January 2011

CFC Scaffolding sponsorship to help Zip Zap cause

“At CFC Scaffolding we endeavor to help make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves; those who have, through circumstances, not been able to see their full potential,” operations director David Poole highlights. The Zip Zap Circus School shares this philosophy, not only breaking down cultural barriers through the free training […]

18 January 2011

New N2 highway fast-tracked

Johannesburg – A new road between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape would shorten the distance between East London and Durban by up to 85km and could lead to thousands of job opportunities in the two provinces. Construction of the N2 highway could begin as soon as this year, following government’s decision that the road will […]

12 January 2011

Huge untapped potential for investment between India, South Africa: Anand Sharma

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said huge untapped potential exists in the area of investment and bilateral trade between India and South Africa Addressing the India Business Forum, in Johannesburg last evening, Sharma said that for Indian businessmen, Africa is an untested but potential huge trade and investment market for the future. […]

26 October 2010

Uses of Formwork in Construction – Concrete Formwork

Concrete formwork is the use of support structures and moulds to create structures out of concrete which is poured into he moulds. There are many different types of formwork used in construction, usually differing according to what the building requirements and challenges are. Formwork is used by creating moulds out of wood, steel, aluminium or […]

26 October 2010

Film Set Scaffolding Suppliers and Movie Scaffolding

South Africa has become a haven for film productions. Cape Town is a particularly popular location, but the rest of the country has also seen an increase in the number of films being produced. With the increased number of productions being shot in both studios and on location in South Africa, the demand for film […]

26 October 2010

FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa – Scaffold and Formwork Contractors

The FIFA World Cup 2010 Football Tournament (Soccer World Cup to South Africans) is a mere 20 months away and South Africa is truly abuzz with preparations. There is an enormous amount of pressure on South Africa to execute a successful and memorable tournament and work has begun in full force to ensure that the […]

26 October 2010

Scaffold Hire In Cape Town: Construction Scaffolding

Scaffolding hire in Cape Town is no longer sought after as a construction aid only. With new technology available as well as a greater demand for scaffolding for temporary structures used at public events and short projects, the uses for scaffolding have become increasingly varied. With the influx of international music artists, film productions and […]

26 October 2010

Types Of Formwork – Concrete Formwork Contractors

Formwork is a complex technique involved in construction which requires specialist contractors for proper use. It’s the term given to specific moulds or receptacles into which concrete is poured to make slabs for construction or actual components of buildings. Once the concrete has hardened to an adequate level, the forms are removed. This is known […]

26 October 2010

How to Choose a Contractor

Choosing the right contractor to suit your building and construction needs is vital to ensure that the project is completed properly, professionally and safely. Every year, massive law suits are battled between companies and clients due to careless injuries, ill-constructed buildings or projects that miss deadlines. Whether choosing a contractor for construction needs such as […]

26 October 2010

Health and Safety Guidelines in the Construction Sector

Any construction site poses potential hazards to those working on it. Construction safety is one of the most important considerations when planning a construction project. Some rules and regulations are law, others are common sense, but all equally as important due to the high risk of injury and death on construction sites. In South Africa, […]

26 October 2010

Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Sponsorship

Addressing social needs is a major requirement for positive global growth. To make a difference, many corporations have become involved in corporate social responsibility. Many businesses have expendable capital which can be easily used to fund social development projects, or they are able to gain a tax benefit for charitable contributions. In South Africa especially, […]

26 October 2010

Guidelines for the use of Scaffolding

Scaffolding construction services in South Africa are a necessity due to the major upgrades of so much of the existing infrastructure in and around cities and the construction of new buildings. With events such as the FIFA World Cup in the near future and the progression of South Africa into becoming a first world country, […]

26 October 2010

Pedestrian and Public Safety at Construction Sites

Construction sites require a rigorous amount of care and vigilance from workers in terms of health and safety. Many accidents and even some fatalities happen to workers each year which could have been avoided through proper application and awareness of on-site safety procedures. Pedestrian and public safety is just as vital. Many construction sites are […]

26 October 2010

The Uses of Scaffolding Services in South Africa

Scaffolding services in South Africa have become an increasing necessity in the transformation of the country into a first world entity with a thriving infrastructure of impressive buildings, busy freeways, massive sports stadiums and world-leading industry. Scaffolding services are required for a variety of projects taking place on a daily basis in South Africa. Quality […]

26 October 2010

Scaffolding Suppliers in Cape Town

Cape Town is a cosmopolitan, modern and vibrant city which is growing consistently, receiving upgrades and requiring services from scaffolding suppliers. In Cape Town, scaffolding services are an important part of the city’s growth and functioning. This impressive metropolis hosts major sporting, social and political events and is the centre of the South African film […]

26 October 2010

Construction and the Use of Formwork Contractors in Cape Town

The Mother City is undergoing major upgrades in terms of buildings and infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. This has put formwork contractors in Cape Town in high demand for their formwork skills and expertise. Formwork involves pouring cement into moulds to create large concrete slabs and sections which form parts of a […]

26 October 2010

Metriform System – Decking Soffits and Beam Soffits

Cape Formwork Contractors make use of a Metriform system to complete formwork services involving decking soffits and beam soffits. A soffit is the term used to describe the part of a structure that forms the ceiling or underside of an architectural structure (typically a roof’s eave). Soffits can be made with engineered formwork using beams […]

26 October 2010

Aluminium Scaffold Tower Providers – Aluminium Scaffold Tower Hire in Cape Town

Many different industries make frequent use of aluminium scaffolding tower providers to supply dependable scaffolding tower hire in Cape Town. The use of scaffolding in industries other than construction has become more common, especially in the film, special events and sporting industries. Aluminium tower scaffolds have many benefits to their use. Aluminium is a metal […]

26 October 2010

Mobile Tower Hire – CFC Mobile Tower Providers in Cape Town

Mobile tower hire in Cape Town is especially important for use in film sets, special events, sports events and many other specialised fields of industry. Mobile tower scaffolds are popular because they are versatile and cost effective as they cut back on labour costs and time. Mobile towers have wheels at the base of the […]

26 October 2010

Signage Tower Providers – Signage Tower Hire in Cape Town

Signage tower providers use scaffolding systems to build temporary towers for special events where advertisers and sponsors are able to display their logos and billboards for advertising and informational messages. Signage tower hire in Cape Town used during special events is an important part of event marketing and sponsorship as these towers allow the signage […]

26 October 2010

Camera Tower Providers – Camera Tower Hire in Cape Town

Various high profile industries such as the film industry, special events and sporting events require the services of camera tower providers to ensure that the best angles and views of the action can be accessed. With the growing number of major events in Cape Town such as major motion picture productions and large scale rock […]

26 October 2010

Commentary Tower Providers – Commentary Tower Hire in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the major metropolitan areas of South Africa and the city is host to a large number of impressive sports tournaments and special events requiring commentary tower providers. Commentary tower hire is needed to equip the events with safe and reliable scaffolding for commentators and commentary equipment. Sports events and annual […]

26 October 2010

Self-Lock Scaffolding Towers – Scaffolding Tower Hire

Self-Lock towers are scaffolding towers, comprising of frames attached to one another to form the tower and are a favourite choice of contractors in scaffolding tower hire. A self-Lock tower can be built up to four times the base length, so for example, if the base is three square meters, the tower can be built […]

26 October 2010

Kwik-Stage Scaffolding – Industrial Scaffolding Systems

Kwik-Stage scaffolding is a type of scaffolding used in construction and formwork and is extremely popular due to its reliability and easy construction and dismantling abilities. Kwik-Stage is also made according to strict health and safety standards. Kwik-Stage scaffolding is available in painted or hot dip galvanised form. Kwik-Stage can be referred to as Kwik-Form […]

26 October 2010

Film Set Scaffolding Suppliers in South Africa

Cape Town has become a popular location for film shoots and movie productions and has a frequent need for film set scaffolding suppliers. Movie set scaffolding and rigging is used frequently in movies to construct sets, for equipment placement, to gain access to high points, create temporary structures and much more. Film set scaffolding suppliers […]

26 October 2010

Stage Creation Specialists – Special Events Platform Manufacturers

Stage creation specialists for important special events and construction sites are required to build temporary structures which are safe and reliable. When a special event such as a sports race, a rock concert or political ceremony is held, temporary structures like stages and platforms need to be contracted to create a temporary infrastructure designed to […]

26 October 2010

Seating Stand Suppliers – Grandstand Seating Suppliers

Large events requiring scaffolding services to create temporary structures often require seating stand suppliers to help create arena, stadium or grandstand seating. Stands for such events often seat thousands of people, making safety a necessity when constructing scaffold stairs and grandstand seating. CFC (Cape Formwork Contractors) is a safety approved grandstand seating provider, ensuring that […]

26 October 2010

Special Events – Stage Creation Specialists

CFC (Cape Formwork Contractors) are platform manufacturers, stage creation specialists and scaffold seating suppliers for events in Cape Town. Even though our services are predominantly scaffolding and formwork in the construction and civil engineering sectors, we are hired frequently to create temporary structures that are easy to assemble and disassemble. These platforms and stages have […]

26 October 2010

Access Equipment – Access Ramp Creators in Cape Town

CFC (Cape Formwork Contractors) is an access equipment and access ramp creator and contractor. We are able to provide access ramps and pedestrian walkways at construction sites in Cape Town and also for various functions and events. Temporary pedestrian walkways are often needed in situations where large crowds of peopleare required to cross a main […]

26 October 2010

Scaffolding Tower Hire In Cape Town

CFC (Cape Formwork Contractors) is a specialist in scaffolding and formwork and are reliable scaffold tower providers. Tower scaffolds are constructed so that workmen can gain access to high areas in which they need to do work. A tower can help workmen with painting, plastering, bricklaying, maintenance work and >column erection to name but a […]

26 October 2010

Formwork Company – Concrete Formwork Contractors

Formwork companies and formwork contactors will provide clients with moulds into which concrete or another hardening material is poured for the creation of parts for structures. Concrete formwork is the use of moulds by a formwork company to create concrete slabs for use in construction. The moulds are then broken away or left in place, […]

26 October 2010

CFC Scaffolding Suppliers in Cape Town

Scaffolding is a structure built out of metal uprights and horizontals (standards and ledgers) upon which wooden and steel boards are placed to assist builders, contractors, and other workers involved in construction and maintenance. Construction scaffolding is available from scaffolding suppliers, and in Cape Town, CFC (Cape Formwork Contractors) is a company that is highly […]

26 October 2010

Construction Scaffolding – Scaffolding Building Systems

Cape Formwork Contractors provide scaffolding building systems in Cape Town for any type of construction. A construction scaffold system allows contractors to perform many tasks in construction work successfully and safely. CFC use Metri-System formwork and Kwik-Stage and Self-Lock scaffold systems for construction scaffolding. These systems are popular scaffolding building systems as they require less […]