Clay bricks fulfil an important role in developing South Africa’s economy. They provide a durable and affordable means of building high quality housing and structures for the nation.
The formal clay brick sector is made up of around 100 small, medium and large brick manufacturers. These companies provide valuable employment opportunities across the country, with total direct employment of over 15 000 jobs. Many of the formal brick manufacturers are family‐owned businesses that have been operational for more than one generation. The sector produces approximately 3.6 billion bricks per year, making it an integral part of South Africa’s industrial economy.