Open-pit mining and building material supplier Afrimat said on Thursday there was still life left in SA's ailing construction sector, with its measure of building activity rising 5.1% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the second.

The index, compiled by economist Roelof Botha, has finally seen a reversal of a four-quarter trend of decline, with Afrimat saying growth should gain momentum in 2020 after solid growth of capital formation since the end of March...

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