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Building supplies and structures

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Africa Land-Use Training (ALUT) – Africa Land-Use Training offers a four day course on basic farm planning (includes a basic infrastructure development plan for your farm).
Nelson Mandela University – Expertise in basic wooden structures on farms
ARC-Agricultural Engineering (AE) – The ARC-AE is involved in the designing, testing and development of farm structures, stores, work shops, labour housing and appropriate animal housing/ handling facilities. Building and structure guidelines can be purchased from them (see last heading on this page). Some of these can also be read on their website.

Further reference:

Training and research



  • Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) Directorate: Infrastructure Support Tel: 012 319 846 8502

Websites and publications

Call 012 842 4017 or email iaeinfo [at] for the following publications, available from the ARC in Silverton:

  • Manual on housing for pigs (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Extensive pig housing (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Beef cattle facilities manual (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Dairy cattle facilities manual (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Manual on sheep facilities (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Small-scale broiler house (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Heating of broilers and broiler housing
  • Small-scale poultry housing in South Africa
  • Concrete on the farm (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Building of permanent trench and bunker silage silos (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Manual for the construction of grain silos for farm storage (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Structures and equipment for the storage and handling of grain on the farm
  • Small-scale milking shed (also available in Afrikaans)
  • Agricultural structures and facilities database (suppliers of livestock/agricultural equiment) – also available in Afrikaans

And only available in Afrikaans:

  • Afkoel van melkbeeste in Suid-Afrika
  • Lae-koste melkverkoeling
  • Handleiding oor volstruisbehuising

Publications which overlap with Water StorageFencing and Hydroponics & undercover growing are listed on those Agribook.Digital pages.

The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (No. 103 of 1977) forms the basis of how buildings in the country should be constructed to suit human habitation. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) published the Code of Practice for The application of the National Building Regulations, SABS 0400-1987. Both the legislation and the Codes have been revised. Find out about these at

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