The CBA represents the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Southern Africa.

We inspire sustainable, contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape.

Photo Galleries

Special shapes, special projects

Specially shaped bricks provide an aesthetic visual appeal and unique design elements. For inspiration, this gallery shows South African residential and commercial buildings using special shapes. Corners, radials, bullnoses, sloped sills, headers, coping caps angles, curves, and other dramatic effects result in signature residential and commercial architecture. For playgrounds, schools or swimming pools, bricks with rounded edges provide safety benefits. Sill and coping arrangements protect wall brick beneath windows, doors or wall caps.

Top Projects - Paving

Clay brick pavers are the material of choice for their natural beauty, durability and superior colour retention even when wet.  The timeless, earthy look and inherent durability of clay brick pavers withstands centuries of use. However, these are just some of the numerous benefits of the environmentally sustainable product.

Curved Walls, Arches & Domes

Many contemporary buildings are characterised by the imaginative use of curves, playing with elements of light and shadow that change throughout the day. Curved walls are often conceived as an aesthetic feature but there are also structural advantages such as wind flow and the ability to resist lateral or compression loads.

CBA SA Education

2019 AGM & Conference

Thank you to all our sponsors, speakers & delegates!

We were supported by 67 conference delegates, and a total of 112 people.  On behalf of the CBA Board of Directors, thank you to all our organisers, sponsors, speakers and delegates who made this an unforgettable and fun event.  Thank you to our host Johan and the regional Mpumalanga team and especially to organisers Mariana and Marnie.

Top Projects - Schools

Inspiration - Exposed brick

Exposed masonry designs define one of the latest trends in modern homes, adding character by creating stunning accents that enrich the design whatever its inspiration.

In the 90’s, brick finishes were used to bring construction and long term maintenance costs down. While faux concrete bricks were cheapest, natural clay facebrick has always been popular for luxury suburban homes.

DIY Paving Project Ideas

A brick-in-sand patio is easy to build and requires just a few basic skills. It’s a great way to expand the living area of the home, provide an entertainment area for family and friends and increase the value of your home. The same brick-in-sand method can be used to provide a convenient, flat pathway keeps your feet out of the mud on a rainy day.

Gala Dinner Individual Photos

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Heritage Buildings of the World

Clay brick has been used in famous heritage buildings throughout the centuries

Educational Videos

Top Projects - Residential

Top Projects - Commercial

Top commercial buildings that use brick as part of their architectural design or structure.

2019 AGM - Mardi Gras

Our Mardi Gras evening was both entertaining and educational, as sponsors were available to discuss their products and services.

Thank you to photographer Natasha Bird!

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Barbeques, Braais & Firepits

Brick braais are perfect for a large patio. A braai is not a difficult project, and you should be able to complete it in a weekend.

CBA SA Tradeshows

Top Projects - Social Infrastructure

Social infrastructure project enhance our public spaces, and serve the community with hospitals, clinics, libraries, municipal buildings, schools and universities. Safe & secure clay brick masonry ensures a lasting legacy for social infrastructure. Brick masonry is energy-efficient, with excellent noise insulation and maximum fire ratings.

2019 AGM - Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 Honorary Member Nico Mienie - thank you for your support and service over the decades.

Well done to all prize winners and new members and thank you to our generous sponsors!

Thank you to photographer Natasha Bird!

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2016 Corobrik SAIA Awards of Excellence in Architecture

The 2015/2016 Corobrik SAIA Awards of Excellence in Architecture are the highest accolade to be given to an architectural projects in South Africa. Read more

Brick Art

Brick is used creatively in artworks around the world, demonstrating the flexibility and adaptability of brick as a construction design material.

Top Projects - Affordable & Density Housing

Examples of high-density residential complexes, and Affordable residential housing using clay brick for architectural detail or structure.