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Defending and growing markets for copper

Online since 5.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 184
Defending and growing markets for copper

The CDAA, based in Wadeville, Germiston, is a non-profit organisation sponsored by the International Copper Association in New York.

The Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is responsible for promoting the use of copper in Africa. Its mission is to defend and grow markets for copper based on its superior technical performance and its contribution to a higher quality of life in Africa.

Copper for architecture and health

Architectural copper has evolved from a weather barrier and exterior design element to indoor building environments where it is changing the way commercial and residential interiors are decorated. The anti-microbial efficacy of copper has also ncreased interest for its use in touch surfaces to protect people against infectious microbes. CDAA has embarked on a CSI project with Transnet on both its Phelophepa trains – mobile clinics that serve the most rural areas of the country. Antimicrobial door handles and touch surfaces have been installed to assist with reducing the spread of infectious diseases in these areas.

Copper in plumbing and electrical systems

For domestic, commercial and industrial work, copper is the preferred material for plumbing, electrical and heating systems. CDAA warns users to only purchase plumbing and electrical products that are SABS approved and compliant. Inferior tubes and fittings may cause corrosion and pitting, leading to leaks if it is sub-standard tubing with below specification wall thickness is installed. Sub-standard electrical products can cause fire, injury and even death. Approximately 18% of all fires start because of sub-standard electrical fittings/installations.

Copper in HVAC systems and generators

Contaminated HVAC systems can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi. Air-borne fungal spores can pose problems in buildings where airconditioning units are installed, and contribute to sick building syndrome. The use of aluminium fins within air-conditioning units offer no protection against the spread of fungal spores and, in fact, may increase their numbers. Incorporating copper into HVAC systems in place of aluminium prevents fungal spore growth and survival, and reduces the risk of infection and spread of fungalrelated diseases. Copper has the highest rated thermal and electrical conductivity. Generators with 100% copper windings provide ultimate reliability and performance.

Copper theft

‘In March this year, CPI arrested 79 copper cable thieves – all of them caught red-handed in the act,’ reveals Roy Robertson, director at Combined Private Investigations (CPI). He estimates that copper theft – now regarded as a ‘high priority crime’ – costs the South African economy about R5-billion every year. He urges electrical contractors to ensure that any redundant copper cable in their possession is sold legally. The community can be extremely helpful by reporting any suspicious activity to companies, such as CPI, that have made it their goal to eradicate copper theft in this country. The CDAA is engaging with government to change the laws controlling the export of copper scrap as the current legislation is totally inadequate.

Copper Development Association Africa

T +27 11 824 3916



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Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 184 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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