Build it is a voluntary group of independent retailers specialising in building materials and related hardware. It is a dynamic organisation boasting a market leading growth in the hardware and building materials industry. Build it is a division of the SPAR Group Limited.
Stores are currently based in urban and rural areas throughout Southern Africa. There are stores in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. There are plans in place to further expand into other African countries. The organisation currently has a membership of over 300 stores in Southern Africa, and employs approximately 8250 people. The stores are serviced by six regional offices, a central office and a distribution centre.
In 1984, with a membership of only 20, largely rural independent retailers, Build it launched in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Moving inland in the 1990’s, expansion was steady but slow until a decision was made in 2000 to take the group national. In the first five years numbers grew from 26 to 172 with market coverage including the whole of South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia & Lesotho.
Build its target market embraces all activity within the building and hardware industry, focussing particularly on the building of the basic urban house, the ‘township’ house, rural housing and all home improvements. This includes a product offering to service the upper LSM’s.
These focus areas include:
- DIY (Do it yourself)
- BIY (Build it yourself)
- SME’S (Small and medium enterprises)
We aim to provide a full solution to build a home from the foundations to the finishes.
Build it is also committed to the development of soccer at grass roots level with our Under 13 Soccer Programme. This programme is one of the biggest junior development programmes in the country and has become a recognised brand by key players in the soccer fraternity.
Build it supports the 5 leading manufacturers of cement in South Africa namely:
These manufacturers all produce SABS approved cement for all applications, including both domestic and industrial construction. These suppliers all have world class manufacturing plants and provide backup service and guarantees for all their products. On request, via our Build it stores, we can obtain technical support for any application that you might require.
Build it distributes blended cement in several of our stores, which is technically suitable for domestic application only and would not be recommended for any major structural work, such as bridge building, high rise buildings and dam walls.
Build it provides a fantastic solution and one-stop shopping experience for all your decorative requirements!
Build it is an approved Plascon stockist carrying a full range of products for all applications, supported with paint mixing facilities to provide colours of your choice. Build it has a comprehensive Housebrand range which compliments the leading brand of Plascon.
We provide all your requirements for waterproofing and timber treatment, with all the necessary solvents and cleaning agents.
All painting ancillary products (e.g. brushes, rollers, sandpaper, mutton cloth, adhesives and abrasives) are kept in stock.
We have all your requirements in the curtain track department, with accessories.
We have a limited range of kitchen units and appliances, such as stoves and fridges. However, we can order specific items on request.
*At certain stores only*
Build it caters for all your electrical requirements, with both industrial and domestic products available. We also carry a limited lighting range in selected stores.
Batteries and cell phone accessories are available in selected stores.
We stock both chain link galvanized fencing, as well as weldmesh products, in all the standard sizes and lengths.
Gates, posts, stays and droppers are all standard line items. We also stock bird, chicken and pig wire in selected stores.
Build it carries all the BPB Gypsum products (e.g. Rhino Board and cornice) in all standard sizes. Supporting products for insulation include Sisalation, Aerolite and Isotherm.
Knotty Pine chipboard, MDF, masonite and plywood are standard products.
Certain stores carry high pressure laminates, edgings and veneers.
Garden and Outdoor
Garden and Outdoor includes all your gardening requirements, including insecticides, seed, garden tools, pots and swimming pool accessories.
Build it also supplies gas and paraffin in selected stores.
Hardware and General
Build it supplies fixings, nails, screws, hardware and ironmongery. This department caters for all your hardware needs, including drill bits, car care, twine and rope, protective clothing, lubricants, fibre glass DIY and chain.
Build it has a comprehensive range of products in this category, with several products carrying the Build it Housebrand range, which is of a high quality and is highly recommended.
Build it stores carry a comprehensive range of entrance and internal doors for all applications, sourced from the leading manufacturers in South Africa. The available brands include Solid Doors, Swartland, Bruply, Nulu and Highcroft.
Other products include internal cupboard and folding doors, custom joinery, shelving and exotic timbers.
Metals and Fencing
Build it stock structural steel, angle iron, flat bar and round bar for all your requirements. We also have flat sheet and expanded metal in selected stores.
This department specialises in windows and door frames, including steel, timber and aluminium windows, and associated products. Over and above that, you’ll also find garage doors, door frames, window sills, glass and mirrors, sliding doors (timber and aluminium) and security products.
Whether you’re building a basic low-cost structure that needs steel windows, an upmarket seaside mansion with solid meranti windows, an office park that needs a bit of everything, or just want to secure your home and loved ones with top-class security products, Build it has it all!
Many of our Build it stores also offer a glass cutting service for your convenience – check with your local store for details.
Build it are leading stockists of all the major plumbware brands. If you're looking for geysers, Kwikot and Gap Geysers are supplied with spares and accessories. We also supply JoJo water tanks.
For piping needs, we supply compression fittings for galv, copper and polycop requirements.
Our sanitaryware and brassware offering includes Cobra products, as well as our Housebrand range.
We stock a comprehensive range of stainless steel products and bathroom fittings.
Build it has a comprehensive range of gutters and accessories for all your requirements. These include PVC, galvanized and NuTec products. We also stock field toilets, water tanks, septic tanks and assorted garden containers.
All Build it stores stock SABS approved corrugated iron roof sheeting and IBR with accessories. Stores will cut these products to your specific needs; however you will need to pay for the standard lengths.
Build it supplies Ciron and IBR up to 13.2m in length. Our stores are also accredited Harvey Tile stockists. We supply concrete roof tiles from all the major South African manufactures, and we will deliver truck loads where required on request.
We are approved Everite stockists and carry all their products, including Big 6, Barge Boards and Fascias.
Certain stores stock fibre glass roof sheets in different lengths and colours.
Our Build it stores offer a comprehensive range of SABS approved treated and untreated timber products for domestic or commercial use. Varying lengths and dimensions are available and some of our stores will cut it to size. Treated and SABS approved structural timber can be used for all government approved projects, along with trusses, rafters and brandering for general construction. Your local Build it may have purpose-made trusses manufactured to your specifications on request.
Our stores also stock treated poles that may be used for structural as well as fencing purposes. Laminated beams for specific requirements may be ordered on request.
Build it has all your hand tool requirements for all applications, including woodwork, plumbing, electrical, welding, painting and fixing. We have a comprehensive range of power tools and we are stockists of Bosch Power Tools nationally.
Our stores also carry an extensive supply of ladders, trestles and wheel barrows.
Wall and Floor
Build it carries an extended range of ceramic tiles for both wall and floor, including nano polished porcelain tiles, with tile grout and ceramic cement for all applications.
Selected stores carry vinyl flooring and carpets in assorted colours and sizes.
Build it supplies sand, stone and ready-mix products in selected stores, with delivery of full truck loads on request.
We have a comprehensive range of bricks, blocks, pavers and concrete products in selected stores, also with delivery on request.
Our stores carry weldmesh, brickforce and reinforced bars for all your concrete requirements. PVC and DPC sheeting is available in all stores (SABS approved).