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Personality Getting Tony Bentel to sit down for an interview is an almost impossible task, as he is either on site, at a ballet class, a music recital, play rehearsal or in the front room of his house accompanying musicians or actors on his piano.

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Cover Story Gotthard Tunnel (Switzerland)

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International Project New York by Gehry (New York City)

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The Shard London Bridge Tower, the Shard, is a 72-storey mixed use tower located besides London Bridge Station on the south bank of the River Thames.

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Mutiso Menezes International

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Mt. Elgon Labour-Based Training Centre

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Builders World: 20 Years Of Excellent Service

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Kingkey Financial Center The tallest tower ever seen through to realisation by a British architect, the Kingkey Financial Center comprises 173,000m2 of commercial office space, 210,000m2 of residential apartments, six floors of retail at the base and 28 storeys of five-star Regis Hotel.

82 CMA CGM Tower The newTower CMA CGM in Marseille for comprises 6,300 glass panels and is France's first double-skinned tall building. The tower rises in a metallic curving arc that slowly lifts from the ground and accelerates skywards into the dramatic vertical geometry of its revolutionary forms.

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MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes

The Site Board

EDITOR Lucy Njogu

Reconstructing Japan

COUNTRY EDITORS Kenya - Francis Makari South Africa - Jasin Maddox Uganda - Irene Kabuzire

For the next 5 years Japan will be in reconstruct mode following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that estimates puts at US$300 million.

WRITERS Irene Kabuzire, Ann Kariuki, Lindsay Wagner , Elaine Young Jacqueline van Staden

March 11th will be etched into the minds of the world who saw in graphic details the magnitude of destruction that ravaged the northeastern parts of Japan causing over 8000 casualties and leaving thousands more unaccounted for.

WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa, Simon Muhia ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Kenya Arthur Makau ,Titus Oyuga, Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Trizah Njoroge

"Damage to housing and infrastructure has been unprecedented," the World Bank has said in a recent report. "Growth should pick up though in subsequent quarters as reconstruction efforts, which could last five years, accelerate."

South Africa: Tabitha Muthoni, Winnie Sentabire, Pindiwe Ketelo, Petty Gonye , Angeline Ntobeng

The bank cited damage estimates between $123 billion and $235 billion, and cost to private insurers of between $14 billion and $33 billion. The bank further said the government will spend $12 billion on reconstruction in the current national budget and "much more" in the next one.

Uganda Winfred Nakairu, Deus Mutyaba Botswana Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Tanzania: Tom Kiage

As the dust settles Africa would be prudent to look at its own disaster preparedness to counter disasters of this magnitude.

Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Anthony Hondah, George Laing Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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June 2011

Flooring Wood floors for that warn feel

Plant and Equipment Lifting equipment

Gensets Wind powered generators

Roofing Clay tiles

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Renovations and refurbishments Old is gold

Partitions Glass partitions in offices

Concrete products Prefabricated housing units

Ceilings Low cost options in ceiling fittings

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NEWS

Algeria Construction of the Koudiat Acerdoune Dam A massive 120 m high and 493 m long, Koudiat Acerdoune Dam is situated 80 km south-east of Algiers. The barrage across the river Isser has created a huge reservoir of 640 million m³ of valuable drinking and industrial water. Over a period of 6 years, more than 5 million m³ of earth was removed and a total of 1.6 million m³ rolled concrete was used in the construction. The rolled concrete (also known as RCC = Roller Compacted Concrete) was placed in 30 cm layers with earth-moving equipment then compacted with rollers. With the 1.20 m x 0.78 m stepping of the foundations downstream, TRIO 120 panel served as as continuous side formwork, securely supported by lightweight VARIOKIT brace frames. A massive 120 m high and 493 m long, the Koudiat Acerdoune Dam is situated 80 km south-east of Algiers. (Photo by S. Cambon)

Angola Designing the First University for Angola A master plan for a new university is a bold move meant to transform the future and fate of young people in the Bié province of Angola, Africa. The plan, including design of the first academic building for Angola Central Highlands University, was the result of an international design competition sponsored by the non-profit humanitarian relief agency SHAREcircle and won by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company of Norfolk, VA, USA. University stakeholders earnestly seek to marry what is best in Angolan culture, its ancient educational system, and modern architectural design. As a result, the design team invested deeply in understanding the challenges facing the country, everything from infrastructure to materials, as well as cultural references.

A master plan for a new university in Bié province of Angola has been unveiled.

Ethiopia EEPCo Launches Plans for a Hydro Plant The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) has launched the construction of a massive hydroelectric generation plant in Benishangul state, very close to the Sudanese border, according to an Ethiopian newspaper. The construction of the dam on the Blue Nile River has been awarded to Italian multinational Salini Costruttori SPA, Salini Costruttori SPA is the same Italian construction company that built the Gilgel Gibe II and Tana Beles dams. The Ethiopian government has been accused of awarding the projects to the same company without a competitive international tender. Opponents say it was negotiated directly with Salini, in violation of the government's own procurement guidelines.

The construction of the dam on the Blue Nile River has been awarded to Italian multinational Salini Costruttori SPA.

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NEWS

Rwanda US$30 Million Kigali Hilton Hotel Hilton Hotels plans to open a 160 room 4-star hotel in Kigali after it completed the registration of their US$30 million investment, Rwandan Development Board (RDB) has said . Luxury apartments will be built alongside the hotel on 20 acres of land Kigali City Park by Opulent Hotel Group as part of their partnership with Hilton Hotels Corporation in Africa. RDB said in a statement, that the hotel is expected to be opened in 2012, helping to meet the increasing demand for high quality hotel accommodation in Kigali. Rwanda is positioning itself to grow as a conference and business hub for the region. Hilton Hotels Corporation is one of the leading global hospitality companies, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries.

Hilton Hotels plans to open a 160 room 4-star hotel in Kigali.

Nigeria The Farin-Ruwa Independent Power Project The Nasarawa State government has signed an agreement with Chevy Chase Nigeria Ltd, a principal and trade financing firm, to invest about US$30 million in the abandoned Farin-Ruwa Independent Power Project (IPP). The formal signing of the agreement, which took place at the state capital, Lafia, effectively handed over the responsibility of resuscitating the neglected Farin-Ruwa IPP, a project initiated by the immediate past administration of the state. Upon completion, the hydropower IPP is expected to generate on average 25 megawatts of electricity all year round and 35mw on peak rainy season. Chevy Chase Nigeria Ltd, will invest US$30 million in the abandoned FarinRuwa Independent Power Project (IPP).

Algeria Contract of a Railway Project Spanish contractor FCC's joint venture with Algerian company ETRHB Haddad has won a contract worth US$ 1.7 billion to build 66 km of railway in Algeria. The contract, awarded by the Algerian government, is the second railway deal that the consortium has won in the country following the US$ 1.3 billion contract it obtained in May last year. The latest contract involves the construction of a double-track electrified rail line for a maximum speed of 220 km/h. The work includes the construction of a new passenger station in Maghnia, a city 450 km west of the capital Algiers, as well as signalling and telecommunications systems. The new line will form part of the planned line connecting the coastal town of Oued TlĂŠlat to the Moroccan border. Completion is due in 2015. Spanish contractor FCC's joint venture with Algerian company ETRHB Haddad has won a contract worth US$ 1.7 billion to build 66 km of railway in Algeria.

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NEWS

Japan Tokyo Sky Tree Tokyo Sky Tree has passed the 600m mark on its way to becoming the second tallest freestanding structure in the world. Nikken Sekkei’s chainmail-style broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo is hot on the heels of the Canton Tower (610m) on its journey to becoming the second tallest freestanding structure in the world. Now measuring an incredible 601m in height, the Tokyo Sky Tree (formerly known as the New Tokyo Tower) may soar above its neighbours in Japan but resides firmly in the shadow of SOM’s highly regarded Burj Khalifa (828m). Construction commenced in July 2008 and the completed structure is due to open in spring 2012. In October 2009, the projected height of the Tokyo Sky Tower was increased from 610m to 634m in order to make it the highest self-supporting steel tower in the world.

Tokyo Sky Tree passes the 600m mark on its way to becoming the second tallest freestanding structure in the world.

Singapore

Asia Square Tower 2 Construction of the second tower at Asia Square, Singapore, will start later this year with the construction contract awarded to Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. (Hyundai E&C). Hyundai E&C is already overseeing ongoing construction works of Asia Square Tower 1, which is scheduled for completion in June, at US$560 million Asia Square project. Designed by Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall, Asia Square is a mixed use development of commercial and retail uses, and the first in the Marina Bay area to be fully integrated with a five-star business hotel.

Each tower will feature a column-free floor plate of up to 3520 m2 of office space. The development features a "fully sheltered" 9000 m2 public plaza and 6500 m2 of retail space.Tower 1 is scheduled for completion in June 2011. Tower 2 is due for completion in 2013. Construction of the second tower at Asia Square, Singapore, will start later this year.

Oman ABB to Supply Transformers ABB has won an order worth US$27 million from Oman Electricity Transmission Company to supply power transformers. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2010. The contract scope includes the supply of transformers in 2011, rated at 125 megavolts ampere (MVA), to be delivered and installed at various substations in the Oman power grid. Transformers are integral components of any electrical grid and are a critical element in the efficient and safe conversion of energy across diverse voltage systems. ABB is a leading global transformer manufacturer, offering a full-range portfolio for ANSI, IEC and other local standards that include power transformers rated up to 1,000 kilovolts (kV), dry- and liquid-distribution transformers, as well as related services and components. ABB has won an order worth US$27 million from Oman Electricity Transmission Company to supply power transformers.

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PRODUCTS

The 340AJ LG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a leading manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, announced that it is introducing a new model to the JLG line of boom lifts – the 340AJ. With a lift height of 34 feet, 20 feet of horizontal reach and a 17-foot up and over reach, the 340AJ has all the features of a traditional JLG aerial work platform, with a low gross vehicle weight of 9,700 lb. The 340AJ is easy to service and maintain. In addition, the 340AJ features steel hoods to increase its durability, and boasts a 500-pound capacity in addition to its 34-foot lift height and 17-foot up - and - over reach. The 340AJ meets sustainability regulations with its environmentally-friendly Tier 4 diesel engine. A gas/liquid propane engine is also available. Website: www.jlg.com.

New Pumps from Grundfos Grundfos, a world leasing pumps manufacturer, has introduced three new products in the market. One of them is the CM range of booster pumps to replace the popular CH models. The new pumps are quieter and more efficient without being any more expensive. Also new is the PM 'Pump Manager’, a Grundfos controller specially designed for small domestic applications and suitable for both CM booster and SQ submersible pumps. Lastly the SL range of heavy duty sewage pumps are robust and efficient, offer excellent value and are particularly suited to continuous operation. Full details of all new models are available on the Davis & Shirtliff website Website: www.dayliff.com

Fairface Concrete Doka, a leading global formwork company has created a number of easily accessible brochure downloads from their website www.doka.com Fairface Concrete is aimed specifically at the architectural profession. The brochure contains useful advice with regards to pre-tender planning and specifying of formwork methods and finishes, and a host of tips with regards to concrete, reinforcing, release agents, and construction joints. Downloads of interest for student engineers to professionals, are Bridge Formwork and Tunnel Formwork. These brochures contain reference projects from all around the world and include examples of Ultra high bridge pylons, Cable stayed Arch Bridges, Cut end Cover Tunnels to Mined tunnels, that will provide both knowledge and inspiration to all in this profession.

The Pow'r-Riser Lifting Jack Enerpac has launched the Pow'r-riser lifting jack, a unit that can be either electric or air-powered. The unit can be rolled into place, and because it is self-contained it is easy to place, with no hoses or cables to worry about. The main applications for this product in the construction industry are in the lifting of heavy equipment or objects. It can be used to service tires and other maintenance functions on heavy equipment, lifting and positioning of large constructed elements and many other applications that require heavy lifting equipment in remote locations. Website: www.enerpac.com

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ASSOCIATION NEWS & EVENTS

Ghana Institution of Surveyors The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) has elected a new five member executive body to steer the affairs of the institution for the 2011/2012 year. The new executive is led by Surveyor Robert Dwamena as President, Surveyor D.K. Kyere as the Senior Vice President and Surveyor James E.K. Dadson, the Vice President. Surveyor Humphrey Amegadoe becomes the new Honorary Secretary, whilst Surveyor E. A. Lawer is the Honorary Treasurer of the new executive charged to lead the institution for a one year mandate. The election of the new executive was done during the institution’s Annual General Meeting held at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre in Accra. The president, Surveyor Dwamena said the new executive will embark on strengthening the institution The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) secretariat to ensure effective and smooth running of administrative operations of the institution. has elected a new five member executive body to steer the affairs of the institution for the 2011/2012 year.

EVENTS

The 2nd Eastern Africa Oil, Gas & Energy Week

Date: May 16-18, 2011 Venue: Intercontinental Nairobi, Kenya Organisers: Global Pacific & Partners Contacts: Babette van Gessel/ Sonika Greyvenstein Email: babette@glopac.com/sonika@glopac.com Website: www.petro21.com The 2nd Eastern Africa Oil, Gas & Energy Conference 2011, scheduled for Nairobi, is part of our worldwide suite of senior management events in/on Africa that we have conducted annually for over 16 years . It showcases the regional oil/gas and energy game in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mozambique, and focuses on the corporate players (private and state entities) that are shaping the fast-moving dynamics one of the Continent's rapidly growing energy markets - upstream, midstream, downstream, and in gas/power, CBM/CTL, as well as in renewables and biofuels.

The 1st Zambian International Mining & Energy Conference & Exhibition Date: June 15-17, 2011 Venue: Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia Contact: Laura Sitzia Email: laura@ametrade.org Website: www.zimeczambia.com The 1st Zambian International Mining & Energy Conference & Exhibition (ZIMEC 2011) will take place at the Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia 15 – 17 June 2011. The event will be planned by an organising committee comprising of the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development, Republic of Zambia, Association of Zambian Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC), Chamber of Mines, Zambia and AME Trade Ltd, United Kingdom. The theme of the event is ‘Developing self sustaining Zambian extractive industries driven by the Private Public Sector Partnerships’. ZIMEC 2011 will consist of two days of exhibitions. It is a unique opportunity for all mining, energy and petroleum potential, as projects relating to the exploration and April 2011

plenary sessions, technical workshops, and participants to discover Zambia, the country’s well discussing the challenges of developing extraction of Zambia’s natural resources. 11


Gotthard Tunnel

World’s Longest Tunnel - Switzerland The US $10 billion railway tunnel has a route length of 35.4-mile (57-kilometer) with a total of 151.84 km of tunnels, shafts and passages. It will connect Europe's high-speed rail network and is part of a larger effort to cut in half the number of trucks – now at 1.2 million – that thunder through the Alps each year.It is the worlds longest rail tunnel surpassing the undersea Seikan Tunnel in Japan. At the beginning of December 2010, of the total of 151.8 km of tunnels, galleries and passages of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, only 1 kilometre remains to be excavated. In the west tube between Faido and Sedrun, just under 1300 metres have still to be cut to the second, and therefore last, final breakthrough. In the three sections Amsteg, Sedrun North and Bodio West, the single-track tubes are already fully concreted along a length of more than 40 kilometres and ready for installation of the railway infrastructure. Overground approach section north (Altdorf-Rynächt) In the overground approach section north, work is continuing on the railway trackbed and the various built constructions. Temporary re-routing of roads and railway tracks has been necessary. In the summer 12

of 2010, construction began of the Railway Infrastructure Installations Site North, which is at Rynächt. Various work operations are in progress for the site drainage, construction of service ducts, sewers, and foundations. As the next step, construction of the temporary railway infrastructure systems of the executing consortium can begin. In the north of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the main installation of the railway infrastructure will take place from 2011. Erstfeld section In the Erstfeld section, excavation of the tunnel tubes has been complete since mid-2009. Work on the two cut-and-cover tunnels, which when completed will form the northernmost section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, is also progressing rapidly. At present, of the 600 metres of cut-and-cover tunnel, only 50

metres of the east tunnel and 370 metres of the west tunnel remain to be completed. In addition, in both tubes in the Erstfeld section, the side benches are being concreted. Lining work in the east tube is progressing according to plan: 6,700 metres, or 98.6 percent, are concreted. In the west tube, 2,880 metres, or 42.7 percent, of the vault have been concreted. Concreting work in both branch-off structures continues. Amsteg section From Amsteg to Sedrun North, the east and west single-track tubes have been ready for installation of the railway infrastructure since December 2009. Installation of the construction shell infrastructure systems in the cross galleries, comprising doors, crossgallery ventilation and technical floors, is also complete. April 2011


The Gotthard Tunnel is currently being re-positioned almost 10 m under the ground.

Final breakthrough between the Sedrun and Faido sections At 2.17 pm on October 15, 2010, in the east tube between Sedrun and Faido, the first final breakthrough in the Gotthard Base Tunnel took place. At the point of breakthrough, the depth of covering rock is 2,500 metres. The breakthrough took place with great accuracy: the measured deviations were only 8 cm horizontally and 1 cm vertically. In the west tube, the last rock between Faido and Sedrun is scheduled to be excavated in April 2011. Sedrun section In the Sedrun section, the main focus of the work besides conclusion of driving in the west tube is installation of the infrastructure systems in the multifunction station and lining of the tunnel tubes. Work has been performed on concreting the air exhaust shafts and on enlargement of the tunnel crossover expansion chambers. In the east tubes, further preparations for dismantling the tunnel boring machine are being made, and the breakthrough area is being supported. In the west tube, the southward drive is traversing the geologically favourable formation of striated gneisses. The blasting length is 3 metres. The average advance rate is approximately 3 - 4 metres per working day. From mid-November 2010, work will start on excavating the approximately 30-metres-long dismantling cavern. April 2011

Faido section Inner lining of the Faido multifunction station continued, particularly on air-exhaust shafts and air-exhaust shaft-head caverns. In the last few weeks in the drive of the west tunnel, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) could cut with very good advance rates. The highest daily advance rate of 30.4 metres was attained on October 6, 2010. The average daily advance rate in October 2010 was 18.1 metres. In October 2010, the west TBM was still largely traversing the Borel Zone. Since the end of July 2010, driving in the west tube has been on schedule again after it was interrupted for five months because of a rock fall. During this time, the fault zone was stabilized with supporting measures and injection bores. Bodio section In the west tube of the Bodio section, installation of the railway infrastructure already began in May 2010. In the 14-kilometres-long section, cables for the 50 Hz electric power supply and for data transmission were first pulled in. At the beginning of October 2010, installation began of the permanent railway track from south to north. In this connection, the concreting train has been used in the tunnel for the first time. In the space of 10 days, 1,200 m of permanent railway track were laid. The east tube in the Bodio section will continue to be used for supplies to the tunnel construction sites at Faido.

Overground approach line south To provide a connection to the tunnel from the installations site at Biasca, on the overground section south between Biasca and the south portal, the ballasted railway track has been laid. Construction of the new Swiss Federal Railways (SFR) operations control centre (CEP) at Pollegio continues. In the future, all railway traffic between Arth-Goldau and Chiasso will be controlled from here. Present state of work on the Ceneri Base Tunnel The 15.4-kilometres-long Ceneri Base Tunnel is being driven entirely by conventional drilling and blasting. At the beginning of November 2010, of the total of 39.78 km of tunnels and galleries of the Ceneri Base Tunnel, 9,962 metres (25%) had been excavated. Camorino At Camorino, the area to the north of the north portal of the future Ceneri Base Tunnel, various work operations were carried out on built constructions and subprojects such as canals, bridges and underpasses. These will form part of the link between the Ceneri Base Tunnel and the existing SFR line.

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New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. The building sits just north of Manhattan’s Financial District overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, occupying a large portion of the block bounded by Spruce, Beekman, Nassau and Gold Streets. It has 76 stories, 870 feet tall and takes up 1.1 million square feet. Design Concepts The architect’s distinctive glass and stainless steel cladding, flowing lines and organic shapes create an elegant architectural silhouette that has redefined the skyline of Manhattan. His innovative approach to incorporating free-form bay windows results in the building’s dynamic silhouette and exceptional panoramic views from its residences. The undulating folds in the exterior wall make for an unprecedented variety of residential unit layouts—over 200 in all. Frank Gehry has designed all of the interior finishes in the units as well as the amenity and public spaces. In addition to its 903 market-rate rental apartments, the mixed-use development includes a 100,000- square-foot public school on the first through fifth floors, the first ever built in New York City on private land, as well as doctors offices for physicians associated with New York Downtown Hospital. There will also be 1,300 square feet of neighborhood-oriented ground-floor retail space and 26,000 square feet of belowgrade parking for 175 cars for hospital use. The development also includes 15,000 square feet of open space in two beautiful landscaped public plazas. Frank Gehry has been the recipient of dozens of the most prestigious prizes in architecture, including the 1989 Pritzker Prize, which honors "significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of 14

architecture." New York by Gehry is Frank Gehry’s first high-rise residential mixed-use commission in New York City. Among the many notable buildings designed by Frank Gehry are The IAC/InterActive Headquarters, Manhattan, completed in 2007; the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, completed in 2003; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain, completed in 1997. Landscape Field Operations, in collaboration with Dutch horticulturalist Piet Oudolf, has designed the project’s two public plazas. Known for strong, contemporary designs for significant urban projects, Fields Operations, the creative force behind the High Line, is also designing Columbia University's Manhattanville expansion as well as a master plan for the 2,200acre former Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. Forest City Ratner Companies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, owns and operates 31 properties in the New York metropolitan area including Downtown Brooklyn’s transformative MetroTech Center and the acclaimed Renzo Piano-designed New York Times Building in Manhattan. Forest City Enterprises, Inc., an US$11.8 billion NYSE-listed national real estate company, is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States.

Baroque inspiration (modern technique) Sheathed in a stainless steel curtain-wall with glass panels, New York by Gehry has the unmistakably undulating, asymmetrical look of a Frank Gehry building. Its folds, reminiscent of shiny, draped fabric, were inspired by the work of 17th Century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. The architect has made a point to distinguish these dramatic “Bernini folds” from the softer look of Michelangelo’s sculptural draping. This complex surface geometry of the building’s curtain wall was mapped by a computer software platform developed by Gehry Technologies called Digital Project. For New York by Gehry, Frank Gehry has modernized the design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise, playfully but respectfully riffing on the layer-cake look so common among the city’s skyscrapers. Project Team Architect & Design: Frank Gehry, Gehry Architects New York P.C Landscape Architect: Piet Oudolf Field Operations Developer: Forest City Ratner Companies

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Guest Spurring Growth at the GHIS By Yvonne Sowah The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GHIS) is a 3 prong Surveying discipline profession which covers valuation and estate surveying, land surveying and quantity surveying. In summary, we (GHIS) should therefore be the first to enter the field in any land, sea or air related pursuit and be the last to leave. Unfortunately, sometimes we get left behind and have to remind the general public and government of our existence.

Yvonne Sowah

Valuation and Estate Surveying Valuation and Estate Surveying (VES) sometimes called General Practice is concerned with the valuation, management and development of land and property, in an economical and sustainable manner. It advices on policies relating to land ownership, land use, land reform and related aspects of national development programmes. With the oil and gas production in the country, the VES professional will have to undertake the valuation and acquisition, management and disposal of oil rigs. Quantity Surveying – The quantity surveyor is concerned with wider aspects of construction economics, in investigating the cost and economic viability of large scale planning and development proposals and the cost effectiveness of alternative solutions. Land Surveying – The Land Surveyor’s responsibilities include: geodetic surveys, which involve the application of precise measurements in three dimensions to provide major control systems for national and international mapping; topographical surveys, which are concerned with the portrayal on a map of the physical features of the earth and involve the measurement of distances and heights in finer detail; and cadastral surveys, which are made for the purpose of delineating property boundaries and the compilation of data for the registration of title to land among other things.

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Role of the president As President therefore I try to ensure that we are at the fore front of any governmental developmental agenda, while ensuring that general membership is kept abreast with all activities the institution is involved in. With the assistance of the Secretariat and the Executive Committee (ExCo), members with requisite expertise are nominated on to boards and/or technical committees. I have also continued where my predecessors left off in the pursuit of the promulgation of the Survey Council Bill which after several years is far closer to promulgation than ever before as it is on the verge of being submitted to Cabinet

for consideration. There has been meetings with Sector Ministers – Lands and Natural Resources, Water Resources, Works and Housing – allied Ministers namely Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Mines, Universities of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology (KNUST), University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa where Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) will be signed. This will enable the collaboration on training and establishment of certified specialized modules for the surveying industry, including the oil and gas industry- the latest natural resource discovery and production in the country. Creating visibility Short as my Presidency has been – one year which is the norm for our three division rotational presidency, I believe I have been able to make our Institution slightly more visible both locally and internationally, where we are being consulted more by government (though there could be more of such) such as being made a member of the STX Ghana National Housing Project Implementation Committee, collaborating with His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to reorganize his Lands Secretariat to meet international best practices etc. We have also upgraded our website to increase traffic of general membership and the public both local and international. We appointed a Director of Education, Training and Public Affairs and have started running training courses which in the future will be fully certified. This first training course which will run for the first quarter of the year is a collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) on VAT/NHIL on Construction works. With the amended VAT/NHIL Law in 2002, Construction works which was initially exempt from VAT was brought under the law. Unfortunately, a lot of built environment professionals and contractors are not too conversant with its calculation. GRA will by the middle of the year latest start enforcing the law. International level Internationally, our professionalism has been recognized such that during the XXIV FIG International Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia our Accra Conference of February 2010 which saw my election and investiture, our collaboration with FIG (Comm. 8) was the toast of the conference. Read more on this article at http://main.constructionreviewonline.com

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Personality A Bentel Who Marches to his Own Drum

Tony Bentel

Getting Tony Bentel to sit down for an interview is an almost impossible task, as he is either on site, at a ballet class, a music recital, play rehearsal or in the front room of his house accompanying musicians or actors on his piano. Creativity is and always has been an integral part of Tony Bentel’s life. Beauty, the appreciation of it, and the re-creation of it is part of his everyday life. Apart from his architecture practice, he is a professional musician, artist, dancer and actor. Tony Bentel was born in Hillbrow and has lived in Johannesburg his whole life. He qualified as an architect at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1976 and has become one of the most successful and sought after residential architects in Johannesburg over the last 30 years.

Bentel, Abramson & Associates has been the leading architectural firm in South Africa for 50 years. Born into the Bentel family and with an interest in architecture, Tony Bentel had a stable and lucrative career as an architect all but assured, but he chose to follow his passion for design and people, his love of proportion and simplicity and has been one of the most successful and sought after residential architects in South Africa for the last 30 years. The Bentel Years He began working for Bentel (his uncle’s firm) in the 1970s before he went to university. “I always wanted to study architecture because I thought it was a good combination between creativity and practicality,” says Bentel. The firm was involved with the Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarkets and designed the first Hypermarket in the country. He also worked on the Standard Bank, The Firs shopping centre in Rosebank and the Killarney Mall. “Killarney was a big one: we worked on the whole shopping centre, not just the Pick ‘n Pay. I remember going through the process of checkout counters which all had to be drawn by hand and in ink, and I remember changing the checkout counter layout about five times, which took days and days and days,” Bentel recalls. Working on these Pick ‘n Pay and mall projects, Tony was part of the birth of mall culture in South Africa: “We had a lot of literature about the philosophy behind malls and mall developments in America and Europe. There was a lot of talk, even at that time, about the sensibility of doing a big shopping mall that was a completely controlled and closed environment.

There were hippie concerns about selfsufficiency, ecology and conservation. We were studying them at that time because we were well aware that we were living in probably the best climate in the world and there was a question about the sensibility of transplanting the European model of a closed-in mall into Africa. The whole idea of the ‘shopping experience’ and attracting customers into a closed, self-contained environment smacked, to the lateral thinkers amongst us, of consumerism, but that was the way the world was going. Shopping centres had to be ‘smart’ and ‘upmarket’ and the more ‘village-y’, open plan centres just weren’t cutting it anymore. So we at Bentel were very aware of it as a marketing ploy. In terms of creativity in mall design, there was very little, because there was a ‘bible’ of the ‘Big Box’ mall and you designed according to this bible. There were small changes here and there, but no creativity,” Tony argues. With this comparatively menial labour as his main experience at Bentel, he left for university thinking that when he qualified he would come back to Bentel as a qualified architect and be able to become involved in the design aspect of the firm. “I kept finding myself looking for the creativity in amongst the check-out counter layouts, the floor layouts, the ceiling and sprinkler layouts,” he remembers. His most enjoyable experience at Bentel was while working on the Killarney Mall, owned by Anglo-American. Tony Bentel found the interaction with the individual

Private Residence ‘Kerriston’2006 Location : Mooiriver, Kwa-Zulu Natal Style: Victorian Client: Mr & Mrs Adam Kethro (Photograph by Tony Bentel)


shop owners exciting and interesting as there were shop fronts involved, shop layout and meeting one-on-one with clients. Residential Architecture “I left Bentel in 1980 as I felt stifled by the situation. Creatively, I wasn’t getting anywhere and I really wanted to get involved with people on a direct level. I’d done a little bit of consulting for relatives and friends and it was the kind of direction that I thought suited me quite well,” says Bentel. He had seen the work of architects involved in residential architecture and he experienced this as an opportunity to get involved on a much more realistic level, a very face-to-face basis with clients, with builders and with design. Leaving Bentel, without any rancour from either side, Tony Bentel joined a private firm for the next 14 years. In the early 1990s, Bentel’s wife, Janet was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Bentel felt that he wanted to work from home. “I had done a lot of private work while at the practice so that by the time I left the practice I had a substantial client-base. A lot of them are still with me. For instance, we were doing Gary Player’s house through the practice and I was doing Mark Player’s and Wayne Player’s houses privately. Site meetings were very interesting,” Tony laughingly explains. Design Philosophy “The design abilities I was given by the Wits school are the design abilities everyone should experience because I believe that when you can approach a problem through design, you can design anything, because you’re taking a set of requirements and you’re interpreting them in a certain way to work with what you have. Design principles don’t change: you’re taking one set of circumstances and moulding them into another,” argues Bentel. Philosophically, Bentel aligns himself more with the ‘less is

more’ approach of Mies van der Rohe than the aestheticism of Le Corbusier. “I have a passion for traditional details, classical order, classical mouldings, Bannister Fletcher…. The scale of the work is much smaller in residential architecture [as opposed to the mall architecture of Bentel and Associates]. You can actually come to terms with things like mouldings, column capitals and proportion on a much more realistic level,” argues Bentel. Design Principles – the Architecture of Relations Bentel’s grounding in the visual arts (he studied Fine Art up until his final year at university) influenced his design philosophy and design principles greatly. “My design principles revolve around nothing more than simplicity. William Morris said, ‘Decoration is a principle part of architecture’ and I’ve never agreed with that. I think the principle part of architecture is logic, for example, feng shui, which is logical,” argues Bentel. Bentel’s architectural and design philosophy and principles can best be described as an ‘architecture of relations’: the relation between the architect and the client, the architect and the space, and the client and the space: “When I design for a client I prefer them not to give me pictures of houses they like, but rather pictures of what they like looking at. These give me clues as to where their heart lies. There is thus a complex relationship between me and the client, and the client and what they like looking at, and how I interpret what they like looking at into a building,” says Bentel. Using the basic principles of logic and simplicity, Bentel takes the client’s requirements and tries to make them relate to each other very simply: “The way the house works must be simple before it is clever. I like architecture that does not need to be decorated. The proportion needs to feel good; the relationships between the spaces must be the

right relationships; the way you move through the space and from one space to another must be the right movement; the way the spaces are lit and ventilated – it’s all very basic, logical simplicity. When you achieve that, the finishes and decorations do not matter,” argues Bentel. The emphasis in Bentel’s architecture is on the space as an inhabited space: “It is not a museum, it’s not an intellectual or academic exercise, it’s not a psychological diatribe – it’s a space inhabited by people who need to feel that it’s a haven; they need to feel comfortable.” Bentel is not fond of architectural gimmicks and effects. He gives the example of a floating staircase: “For me, the people using the staircase are always more important than the staircase. Yes, the staircase is beautiful, but is it safe, is it functional?” As a man who centres his life around that which is beautiful, what is Tony Bentel’s definition of his architectural aesthetic? “Space, proportion, the function of the space, the inhabitability of it,” argues Bentel. “The aesthetic follows directly from these functions. I don’t look to add aesthetic elements: classic proportion is the foundation of my aesthetic. There’s a certain serenity and natural human response to classic proportions. This ties in with the emphasis on relations. The aesthetic exists in inhabitability of the space, the relation between the client and the space. The aesthetic does not lie in the building alone.” How does Bentel measure his success as an architect? Bentel replies, “My personal sign of success is when a client phones me on a Sunday night and says, ‘I’m very happy in my house.’ Winning prizes is another level of architecture and doesn’t interest me. My clients need to be able to live in what I build, and when all is said and done, I need to be able to live with myself.”


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Sadolin Paints East Africa Limited Dinner Sadolin Paints East Africa Limited dinner was held at Haveli Restaurant, Capital Centre in Nairobi on March 17, 2011.

Mr. Salim Alibhai - Managing Director at the event.

Mr. Nashir Kassam - GM addressing guests during the dinner.

Guests following proceedings during the dinner.

Guests at dinner.

Guests at dinner.

A showcase of Sadolin products during the dinner.

South African Institution of Civil Engineering Seetella Makhetha has been inaugurated as the 109th president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in Johannesburg in February 8, 2011.

Alli Naidu, immediate past president of SAICE and Seetella Makhethawith the presidential portrait.

Seetella Makhetha during his presidential address reciting "I am an engineer."

Alli Naidu congratulates Mrs Martha Makhetha, the president's wife who is also a civil engineer.

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Shower Rooms turn the Ordinary into Extraordinary Shower room is a part of architectural art, which shows host's personality of unique insight. The concept of advanced shower room can perfectly accord with people's personality and brings a strong visual and touch experience. A shower room is the best way for the space of a small bathroom to be maximised, according to British designer and leading provider of shower rooms and frameless shower enclosures, Kudos Showers. Choosing Shower Rooms A shower room has no bathtub and they feature a shower instead of a bath to wash in. It can even grow to become an entire wet room. Shower Rooms are gaining a lot of popularity as time goes by. As showers become not only the preferred but the only type of washing many people do, it just makes sense. When designing a shower room from scratch there are a number of things of the actual room to be used. A low maintenance shower room might be ideal for home owners hence this article will focus on ways to achieve a low maintenance bathroom which is still comfortable, attractive and modern. Tiles and Low Maintenance Shower room In recent years it has been fashionable to use tiles extensively on the walls and floor. Another thing that should be considered is what kind of tiles one wants. The first thing to consider when choosing tiles is what color one wants them to be. The second thing to consider when choosing tiles is what size one is going to have. This is going to depend on one’s budget and the size of the space that the tiles are going to be used on. Figure out which will be more economic by the size of the room and whether or not one will save money by buying the large tiles or the smaller tiles. If you have a small space, lighter colors, generally make smaller spaces look bigger and cleaner. UC Tiles, a south African based company sells these kinds of tiles and as a representative told Construction Review, they plan to expand their line. The preferred type of tiles for shower room walls are long and thin light tiles, high gloss is also preffered. For floors, square tiles should be used and the color should be darker than the wall tiles. An emerging trend in shower room tiles is the use of mosaic. People like to use mosiac as decor, this new trend is very easy 22

and has limitless options. Mosiac can be used between wall tiles as listello or on the side of the bath as a feature, also the 'zen' look, where people use vertical stripes of mosiac both on the wall and in the shower. Colored mosiac is also used in shower floors, which are decorative and practical. Shower room Walls, Backsplashes (Splash backs) and Paints Plain plaster and paint suitable for the wet, humid conditions of a bathroom is the simplest solution for large expanses of wall. Painted walls can be wiped clean and repainting is fast and cheap. A splash back solution must be applied around the bath or sink and tiles may be suitable used in small amounts in these areas. These materials can come in large panels so that there are minimal joint, unlike tiles. They can come in many colors and wall panels even have a variety of textures. Easy Maintenance Flooring for Shower rooms By far the easiest floor covering to maintain is Vinyl which is also easy to replace. One of the leading manufacturers of hard wearing floor materials is Altro who also make floor suitable for wet shower rooms. Shower Rooms with Glass Enclosures Shower rooms with glass enclosures open up the space and make the room look so much bigger. Now most luxury bathrooms incorporate shower glass enclosures because they simply look very elegant and highend. The nice advantage of showers with glass enclosures is that one can see the tile pattern that is featured inside the shower as a continuation of the overall design. Shower Room Fixture The shower is not the only fixture in a shower room. One should be looking to complement his/her home decor with their shower room. The type of tiles used can also make a statement about one’s particular style. It is also important to use accessories that compliment your shower space. Towels need to be hung, thus simple towel rails and robe hooks should be used. This also created space in a small shower room. Read more on this article at http://main.constructionreviewonline.com

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Exterior Paint Ideas and How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Home There are certain factors to consider when choosing the right exterior house paint for your home. You want to ensure it fits your budget, is durable and of good quality and that the color reflects your personality and style. This article provides sound advice and tips as a starting point in your search for the right exterior paint. Choosing the right exterior house paint for your home is an exciting and serious task. A new coat of paint will give your house a totally new look. However, there are specific things you need to consider before picking out the perfect exterior paint. The article below is an excellent starting point but if you feel intimidated by the project, you can also find the right painter for your house by approaching- Insignia Customer care- the manufacturers of its well known brands – Galaxy Paints & Coral Paints.

Determine Your Budget The first thing to do is figure out how much money you can afford to spend on this project. Set your limit from the get-go; this will save you stress and frustration later and keep you focused. Once you’ve determined your budget, you will know what kinds of exterior house paint to look at. Paint is sold by litres and will cost you between Tshs 2000/- and Tshs 8000/- per litre. The old adage "you get what you pay for" holds true with exterior paint. You can certainly buy a cheaper paint, but odds are it will flake off soon and you will have to repaint it in a few years. If, however, you spend more money on quality exterior house paint, it should last you a lifetime. Consider other possible costs that might be included in your painting budget, such as hiring Painting Contractor and purchasing equipment and materials. Identify Your Local Weather Patterns The general rule is that solvent-based paint be used when the temperature is higher than 20 degrees centigrade, and emulsion/water based paint is best when temperatures are above 15 degrees centigrade. Solvent-based paint (most commonly known as oil paint) is oil-based; it can only be removed with certain chemical solvents, while emulsion paint (acrylic being the most common) is

water-based, and can be removed with water. Avoid painting in lower temperatures. If you do paint when it is too cool, solvent-based paint will thicken, run and wrinkle when applied to surface. It may even damage paint brushes. Emulsion paint will not adhere properly to the surface if the temperature is very low, meaning it will easily flake off prematurely. If your house gets lots of sun, be cautious of using oil paint. The solvents in it dry by oxidation, and if they receive direct sunlight, they will dry too fast, without giving the first coat of paint enough time to bond to the surface.

most surface coverage, resistance to the elements, and durability. Quality paint is also denser in pigmentation, meaning that the color is brighter, richer, and will last longer.

The result can be unattractive blistering of the paint. If your area is very humid, be weary of latex paint, as the humidity will greatly lengthen its drying time. Also, humidity can be absorbed by the surface, which can equally cause blistering when paint is applied.

Choose Paint Colors This is the fun part….something all the family can participate in! The paint colors you chose for your home’s exterior will say a lot about your personality and style. Have you tried the various options available in Color Picker on website: insigniatz.com? The color/shades you choose should make you, the home owner; feel good when you drive up to it. Consider the following questions: Do you want your house to stand out with bold colors? Do you prefer an understated look with neutral colors? Do you want your home to blend into others’ in the neighborhood, or do you want it to be different?

Choose Paint Type and Quality Although the weather in your area will influence your choice between oil-based or water based exterior house paint, each type of paint has other points to take into consideration. For one, identify the kind of paint that is currently on your house. If it is oilbased, you can apply emulsion (water-based) over it (must apply a primer coat first); but if it is emulsion, and not chalky you can apply oil paint over it. If chalky please ensure that bonding solution is applied before applying any paint. To find out what kind outdoor paint is there now; rub a piece of sandpaper against the surface. If the paint flakes off, it’s emulsion; if it’s dusty, it’s oil-based. There are some other differences between emulsion and oil paint for you to think about. Emulsion paint dries faster and is easier to clean up. It doesn’t do well in cooler temperatures. If you choose to go with emulsion/latex paint, your best bet is premium 100% acrylic exterior house paint (Galaxy Weather guard Exterior Emulsion). The advantages of oil paint are that it is generally glossier and reflects sunlight very well. It resists mildew more than emulsion paint. However, it is usually more expensive, and definitely messier to clean up. If you are able to afford it, buy premium outdoor paint (Galaxy Professional Lifeguard Coatings). It will provide the

Before buying exterior house paint, take a look at the warranty on the can. It should tell you how many years the paint is guaranteed for. You should also consider health and environmentally-friendly products that don’t contain chemicals and toxins that are harmful to the environment or people’s health. Ask a Professional about which paints are safer.

Before making a final choice, go get samples of paint colors and hold them up to the walls of your home. This should give you a better idea. Once you’ve decided on one main color, consider picking two more out, one for the trim, and another for the accents. You may wish to choose colors that either contrast or blend together. Don’t rush into making a decision about what kind of paint to buy until you are 100% certain. Consult with others - professionals, friends, and family members Remember, there are companies like Insignia limited – the manufacturers of well known brands – Galaxy Paints & Coral Paints have dedicated professional to advice you free of any charge on various options for your Home. You can also do some research in magazines, books and on internet to find out about current trends. And finally, enjoy the process! The end result will feel like a brand new home. Mithran Mathew. Insignia Ltd.



Association of Consulting Engineers Tanzania (ACET) at 25 Years

Tanzania

The Association of Consulting Engineers Tanzania (ACET) celebrated its 25th anniversary on 27thJanuary 2011. The colourful event was held at the Karimjee Hall and was attended by 210 delegates. Among them were foreign delegates who came from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Sudan and Nigeria. FIDIC Secretariat was represented by the Nigerian delegate, Eng. Mayen Adetiba (Mrs.) who is also the current Chairperson of GAMA (Group of Africa member Associations) which is the wing of FIDIC in Africa.

The Chief Guest to the event was Deputy Minister for Works Hon. Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe (MP). Dr. Mwakyembe represented the Minister for Works, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli (MP). Also present was the Minister for Communication, Science and Technology Hon. Eng. Prof. M. Mbarawa (MP) and some Members of Parliament.

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Activities of the day included, recognition of individuals who played prominent roles in the establishment and promotion of ACET, recognition of female role models in engineering consultancy, paper presentations, presentation of membership certificates and technical and commercial exhibitions. The Association of Consulting Engineers Tanzania (ACET) is a voluntary, non-profit making organization established to promote the practice of engineering consultancy in Tanzania. It was established in 1985 and registered by the Registrar of Societies on 28th December 1985. The objective of the Association is to promote the business of engineering consultancy in Tanzania. Hence the objects and purposes of the Association are to consider and act in management, business and professional matters pertaining to consulting engineering, with the

aim of assisting its members in achieving higher professional, business and economic standards, thus enabling them to provide better consulting engineering services in the interest of their clients. For this purpose the objects include: 1. Formulating policies and guidelines upon which the practice of professional engineering services shall be performed 2. Protecting and serving the public welfare and establishing a standard for the competence and conduct of consulting engineers Tanzania 3. Supporting and assisting in the advancement of the profession of consulting engineers in Tanzania 4. Promoting the professional interests, rights, power, privileges and economic welfare of consulting engineers. 5. Promoting harmony, cooperation and mutual consultation amongst members of the Association on matters pertaining to professional engineering practices 6. Acting as a clearinghouse and information centre among its members and providing corporative services for their common purpose and benefit 7. Cooperating with public bodies and other organizations in matters of common interest. April 2011


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ACET is a committed member of Group of African Member Associations (GAMA) which is a wing of FIDIC for Africa. Both GAMA and FIDIC acknowledge that ACET is an association that has a lot to contribute to the promotion of the engineering consultancy industry. Member Associations of GAMA look at ACET as one of the role models in the promotion of engineering consultancy in Africa. At national and International level ACET has achieved the following, among others: Recognition by the Government The government recognizes ACET as one of key stakeholders in the construction sector and as the voice of the consulting engineers in Tanzania. Government institutions that have been established to promote the practice of engineering or the construction sector have, by acts of parliament, representatives from ACET in their boards. Such boards include the Engineers Registration Board (ERB), the Contractors Registration Board (CRB) and appropriate technology Training Institute (ATTI). ACET is also regularly involved in various relevant Government committees and task forces. The Government and its agencies/institutions enlist participation of ACET in workshops and conferences relevant to the construction industry. ACET is also invited to review bills, acts, policies and regulations that have a bearing on the construction industry and the practice of engineering. The Construction Industry Policy of 2003 and its Implementation Action Plan got a lot of inputs from members of the Association. Relationship with Consulting Engineers in Kenya and Uganda There exists a good working relationship with the Association of Consulting Engineers Kenya (ACEK) and the Uganda Association of Consulting Engineers (UACE). This relationship was further strengthened by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in September 2010. The MoU stipulates that the associations shall be the voice of consulting engineers in East Africa. Objectives of the MoU are: • • • • •

Enhancing cooperation among the East Africa Associations of Consulting engineers Sharing of information on upcoming job opportunities in East Africa Exchange of data bases of professional resources among Members Fostering development of engineering consultancy in East Africa Fostering business integrity management systems (BIMS) and business integrity procurement systems (BIPS) in the engineering consultancy firms

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Promoting growth and sustainability of East Africa engineering consultancy firms Promoting partnerships and joint ventures among East African engineering consultancy firms.

ACET has increased membership, strengthened ACET Secretariat and has a widely used scale of fees in addition to conducting of regular capital building activities. Despite the achievements enumerated above, the engineering consultancy industry in Tanzania still face a number of challenges. These include: 1. Domination of foreign consultants in the construction sector. These are big and experienced foreign firms competing with small local firms. Obviously the small ones do not go through. 2. Small number of local consulting engineers compared to the number of engineers in the country. Tanzania has slightly over 10,000 engineers but there are only about 200 consulting engineers and the number has remained static over the last five years. While the Engineers Registration Board has continued to register more consulting engineers, other consulting engineers have left the industry due to lack of job opportunities. If one looks at job opportunities that abound in the country, under normal circumstances the few consulting engineers would be overwhelmed by the opportunities. 3. Lack of clear system of elevating local deputy resident engineers to positions of full resident engineers. There are a lot of local engineers who have deputized foreign resident engineers in very many projects but they are not recognized as possessing adequate professional qualifications to work as resident engineers. Accordingly local firms do not have engineers with strong CVs and consequently such firms cannot bid for infrastructure projects. 4. Lack of capacity building components in infrastructure projects where key players are foreign firms. To address these challenges the Association is influencing its members to come together either through mergers and form bigger consulting firms that compete effectively in the industry, form Joint Ventures with local or foreign firms. In addition ACET has talked to some of its member firms and 9 of them have agreed to form a consortium which we believe will effectively compete with big foreign firms. ACET has also started discussions with relevant authorities on recognition of local deputy resident engineers and elevating them to positions of Resident Engineers and matters of capacity building in projects where key players are foreign engineers.

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Since its establishment ACET has made a number of milestone achievements. ACET is now widely known locally and internationally.

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Howard Humphreys is one of East Africa leading consulting engineering firms. The firm has successfully executed hundreds of major projects in the region since 1931.

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Two registered companies operate in the region with a specific mission of providing cost effective engineering and management solutions that aim at satisfying customer needs

Howard Humphreys (East Africa) Limited Howard Humphreys House, Muthangari Drive, Westlands P.O. Box 30156-00100, GPO, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 4445254/6 Fax: +254 4440299 Email: enquiries@howardhumphreys.co.ke Website: www.howardhumphreys.com

Howard Humphreys’ Service Lines The Company’s main fields of activity in East Africa include: x Building and Structures x M & E Building Services x Project Management x Water and Sanitation x Safety, Health and Environment x Transportation, Roads, Bridges and Airports Howard Humphreys (Tanzania) Ltd Plot 1120, Chole Road, Msasani Peninsula P.O. Box 2555, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tel: +255 22 2600545/6/7 Fax: +255 22 2600158 Email: info@howardhumphreys.co.tz Website: www.howardhumphreys.com

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KIMPHIL is made of the following individualities: (Knowledge, Intelligence, Masterly, Perfection, Hands-on, Icon and Leading)

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DOCH Engineering and Management Consultants Doch carries out Multi-disciplinary, Technical, Economical, Environmental and Social Services . The services cover all phases of a project cycle from the earliest pre-investment and feasibility studies through planning and design, tendering and construction supervision.

Room 1C, Ground Floor Rubada Building, Morogoro Road P.O. Box 13752 Dar Es Salaam Tel: +255 713406659/714188458 Email: Sou.consult@gmail.com We congratulate ACET on the auspicious occasion of the Silver Jubilee April 2011

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Steady Growth at Amazon Consultants Kenya

Amazon Consultants Ltd is a medium sized Kenyan Quantity Surveying practice founded in 1998 as a partnership. It was later incorporated in 2007 with three Directors - Steve Rukwaro (Managing Director), Michael Mbugua (Technical Director) and David Gaitho (Marketing Director).

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Established 13 years ago, Amazon Consultants Limited has grown rapidly to become a respected firm of quantity surveyors and project management. The practice is now gearing up for ISO certification. Amazon Consultants Ltd is a medium sized Kenyan Quantity Surveying practice founded in 1998 as a partnership. It was later incorporated in 2007 with three Directors Steve Rukwaro (Managing Director), Michael Mbugua (Technical Director) and David Gaitho (Marketing Director). The Directors take up different management roles on rotational bases ensuring continuity even in the absence of one of them. The key roles are Administration, Technical and Marketing. The Directors are supported by a team of five well trained Quantity Surveyors. Amazon Consultants

Ltd provides the full range of Quantity Surveying Services together with a growing list of Project Management Assignments. Amazon Consultants Ltd lays emphasis on staff training and retention. Most of their staff have gone through internal CPD (Continuous Professional Development) training before eventually being registered by the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS). All technical staff members are encouraged to join professional associations, a cost that Amazon meets for

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Amazon have been involved in numerous projects in the country.

Amazon Consultants Ltd works with various architects and engineers to deliver projects to their valued clients. The consultancy has extensive experience in Public and Private Sector Projects ranging from Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Religious and Social Projects. Every project irrespective of size or fees is important to Amazon Consultants Ltd. Some of the projects undertaken include: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Bank Expansion and Renovation Programmes for Banks and Saccos Office Blocks and Hotels Residential Apartments/Estates in Nairobi and its environs. Institution Buildings for Government Departments and Parastatals

Some of Amazon’s major clients include Ministry of State for Defence, Africa Development Bank/MOH, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Barclays Bank of Kenya, Kenya Commercial Bank, National Bank, East African Breweries Ltd (EABL), Housing Finance (HFCK), Craft Silicon Ltd and many others. The firm plans to expand and consolidate its specialized services like Project Audits, Valuation for Property Insurance, Fire Loss Assessment, E-Tendering, and Risk Assessment in order to create a wide range in the market. In addition, Amazon is currently in the process of ISO Certification and plans to relocate to bigger premises by the end of 2011. The firm is grateful to Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Developers with whom it has worked over the years as it plays its part in national development.

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them. The non-technical staffs are offered annual grants for furthering their training in Accounting, Office Administration, Secretarial, Marketing and other support services.

Amazon Consultants Ltd works with various architects and engineers to deliver projects to their valued clients. The consultancy has extensive experience in Public and Private Sector Projects ranging from Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Religious and Social Projects.

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TMS Consulting Group In 2007, a group of professional consultants representing different disciplines in the Kenyan construction industry decided to offer their services under one roof. Today, TMS Consulting Group is a force to reckon with. Construction Review sought to know what is behind their success and their take on the industry.

By Njiraini Muchira Over the past decade, the building and construction sector in the country has witnessed an unprecedented boom.

construction of oil pipelines, dredging of ports, construction of railway lines among others are all being implemented by foreign companies and particularly Chinese firms.

During the 1980s and 90s, the sector had largely stagnated due to lack of government investment and an economy in limbo. However, a resurgence in economic growth and huge investments in infrastructure by the government in recent years has seen the sector reawaken in a big way.

Does this mean that local firms lack the know-how and capacity to undertake such projects? Arch. Nderitu Macharia, a director at TMS Consulting Group in charge of architecture and interior design, does not think so. According to him, the local scene is fragmented and is filled with numerous small engineering firms that lack the requisite capacity to undertake big projects.

According to the Economic Survey 2010, the building and construction sector recorded an impressive 14.1 percent growth in 2009 up from 8.2 percent in 2008. Considering that in the 90s the sector could hardly manage a 3 percent growth, it effectively means today the building and construction sector is a key pillar in driving economic growth and in the realization of the Vision 2030 blueprint. Yet despite the boom in the sector, it is worrying to note that the main beneficiaries appear to be foreign companies and professionals. This is because majority of the huge projects like roads construction, energy projects, airports expansion, April 2011

This compares badly with firms in developed countries that have come together and formed big entities that can bid for any project. “In Kenya we have small companies with less experience unlike out there where firms are big. We need to build big companies with enough capacity to be able to undertake huge projects,” he states. The understanding that clinging to a small firm with minimal capacity always locked Kenyan firms out of big projects was an important eye opener for a group of eight professionals from different disciplines within the construction industry who

were running individual consulting firms. For the eight, operating as individuals always meant being secluded in one’s field of expertise and looking for work in that specific field either be it mechanical, civil, structural or electrical engineering, architecture, project management, interior design, quantity surveying/cost engineering, construction management among others. In case one needed to bid for a job that cut across all disciplines, the only option was to form loose consortiums that went their separate ways as soon as the job was delivered. Instead of continuing to operate in an ad hoc setup, the group of eight decided in 2007 to come under one roof and established TMS Consulting Group, the only wholly integrated building and construction consulting firm in the country bringing together experts from different disciplines. “We came together to form TMS because we wanted to create synergy and provide efficiency in the construction industry. For us we want to provide a one-stop-shop for clients,” explains Arch. Nderitu. Though initially the idea seemed unworkable considering that each individual previously ran their own consulting firm and each haboured 37

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different aspirations, they developed a cohesive structure that has made them integrate seamlessly. For instance the firm, whose mission is to offer multi-disciplinary consultancy services of international standards, bids for projects under the umbrella of TMS although it has subsidiaries dealing in different fields. Besides, all their 28 staff are employed by the group and source for business together although they are trained in different disciplines.

undertaking projects in Upperhill, Mlolongo, Athi River, Kitui, Kisumu and Juba in South Sudan. “At TMS, we seek to maximize the value addition to projects starting from the onset by aligning the client’s expectations with market realities”, observes Qs. Silvester Mutharia, the Group’s Chief Executive & director in charge of project management.

He adds that being a wholly integrated firm, it becomes easy to resolve technical issues when they crop up during a project because they operate under one roof.

He adds: “Throughout the design process, we institutionalize values expected of professionals within our industry towards providing the most appropriate design anchored on sustainability during the project’s economic life and a valuefor-money basis. Planning especially the design, implementation and close-out stages and scheduling all critical activities is indispensible if the project is to be delivered both efficiently and profitably. Operating fully on an integrated software platform enables TMS seamlessly achieve most of the foregoing and deliver projects on short timelines.”

Considering that the firm can provide clients with all round services, TMS is fast becoming the preferred consultancy firm in the country and the region. Among the group’s flagship works are the Delta projects that include the Delta Corner, a 20 storey building in Westlands and the Delta Riverside Office Park. The group is also

However, Qs. Mutharia stated that it was worth noting that each project has its own unique challenges whether technical, contractual, financial or commercial and at times some of the challenges will adversely affect the delivery of even the best planned of projects. “TMS prides itself in having the capacity to efficiently resolve these

“Our advantage is that through the synergy we have created, we can turn around projects in a short time,” observes Eng. Zachary Macharia, the director in charge of electrical engineering.

challenges as a team”. But as the group stamps its authority in the country and seeks to spread its tentacles in the wider East Africa region, other firms are slowly becoming jittery that TMS could monopolise the building and construction industry in the coming years. However, the directors of the group do not view the firm as a monster in the making. To the contrary, they argue that TMS is a consortium that decided to operate in a permanent setup as compared to the loose consortiums that are often formed when bidding for various works and dismantle when the job is done or when they do not succeed in clinching a contract. “We are not a monopoly but a permanent consortium,” notes Qs. Francis Ombura, the director in charge of quantity surveying. He adds that considering the government always demands firms to form consortiums when bidding for its projects, time is ripe for firms that have merged to form permanent consortiums to be fully recognised and registered. Currently, the country only has various professional bodies that serve different disciplines like the Institution of Engineers of Kenya, Engineers Registration Board of Kenya, Institute of the Quantity Surveyors of Kenya, Architectural Association of Kenya and the Board of registration

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of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya. The fact that permanent consortiums in Kenya are not recognised by law as compared to other countries has in effect made it nearly impossible for local firms to be awarded huge contracts by the government because they are perceived to lack capacity.

One of the major challenges facing the local building and construction industry, and one that has that has made local firms to be relegated to second best, is the lack of capacity. While countries like China and India are investing heavily in training engineers, capacity building and in research, Kenya is lagging behind by far. Indeed, although the industry is booming, the country is facing a severe shortage of well trained engineers to undertake the numerous works, something that might impact on the achievement of Vision 2030. “The government needs a pro-active approach in training engineers because there is so much work but no people to do it,” reckons Eng. Macharia.

undertaken many projects that have withstood the test of time. He reckons that while the industry has been invaded by quacks, the biggest blame should be directed on people who engage their services either because they are ignorant or want to cut costs. “The biggest challenge is that people do not know what they want and I think they need to appreciate the services of consultants,” he states.

According to Arch. Nderitu, this should not be the case because local firms have the capacity and capability to undertake some of these projects, something that would ultimately mean the Kenyan economy would benefit greatly considering there would be no significant capital flight. “The government looks for proper capacity particularly in huge projects, something that lacks locally.

Besides lack of capacity, local firms are also grappling with the challenge of credibility crisis. Though the industry is endowed with many firms that strictly adhere to professional tenets, isolated cases of buildings collapsing and claiming innocent lives, failing to deliver projects on time and on budget and an increasing number of quacks has seriously dented the image of local firms. In effect, this has created a perception among many that local firms are largely driven by greed rather than carrying out professional work.

Already the firm is in the process of establishing a department on roads and energy, something that will enable it to become an all-encompassing consulting group.

Yes we are not totally locked out but awarding these contractors to foreigners reduces the amount of money left here,” he observes.

According to Eng. Macharia, although these cases have impacted negatively on local firms, they are isolated considering that local firms have

Despite operating in a tough environment, TMS Group believes the opportunities in the local and regional markets are enormous and that the firm is bound to grow significantly.

The firm is open to opportunities of partnering with financial institutions, developers and land owners to put up projects for sale. Though in the past local commercial banks have been shy towards financing construction as it was perceived to be high risk and only opted to concentrate on providing mortgages, they are slowly loosening up, something that is seen as a positive sign towards driving further growth in the building and construction sector. Kenya

Thus, local companies always play second fiddle to their international counterparts and only manage to squeeze themselves to some of these projects due the rule that stipulates that in any project, 20 per cent should be reserved for local firms. And despite being involved, say in projects like the expansion of Thika Road or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, many just play the role of support service.

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Mutiso Menezes International 40 years of Architectural Excellence

When the history of architecture in Kenya is finally written, Mutiso Menezes International (MMI) will have an immortal place in this record. For nearly four decades, the Nairobibased firm of Architects, Planners and Interior Design Consultants has shaped the architectural landscape of the country. As one of the oldest practices and among the first major consultancies set up in postindependent Kenya, MMI had a unique advantage of being a pacesetter for future architectural firms. Many of the landmark buildings in Kenya constructed in the 1970s and 80s bear the signature of the firm.

Simon Nzioka and Arch. David Ndungu. The rest of the team consists of Associates, Architects and technical, administrative and support staff. MMI is guided by the core values of Innovation, Passion for Excellence, Timelines, Team Work, Integrity and Corporate Social Responsibility. The firm’s vision is to be a world-class habitat at home and abroad. The cornerstone of the firm’s success is largely as a result of its quest to address constantly changing

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Over the years, MMI has had minimum staff turnover and as such, the firm’s three Directors have worked closely for over two decades. Range of Services Since inception, the consultancy has gained invaluable experience in built environment and is deeply involved in all aspects of architectural design, tender documentation, project management, site planning and interior designs.

MMI was founded in 1974 by two architects - David Mutiso and Braz Menezes. Architect Mutiso, now retired, was in fact the supervising architect in the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, an iconic feature on the East African scene and the most easily recognizable landmark in Nairobi. Over the years, MMI has put together a core of project designers. The practice is currently headed by Arch. Alan Simu (Managing Director) assisted by fellow Directors Arch.

technologies and evolving design trends. To do this, MMI employees continuously research on every new project to ensure client needs are fully understood and addressed, including the various mandatory requirements by regulatory authorities.

Alan Simu, Managing Director, MMI

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that minimize energy use, waste generation, pollution, and incorporate biodiversity and environmental concerns in planning and landscape decisions, meet and where possible exceed environmental standards and regulations.

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Quality Policy MMI is committed to providing high quality client-interactive architectural, planning and interior design services, aesthetically and functionally unique, cost-effective and environmentally friendly designs that satisfy the requirements and go beyond the expectations of all its clients, through a practice that is founded on teamwork and the tenets of high professional ethics.

Over the years, MMI has developed particular i n-depth expertise in a number of specialized fields:

To achieve this, MMI has implemented a quality management system based on ISO 9001:2000 with measurable objectives disseminated to all staff, and reviewed periodically. Environmental Policy MMI is committed to upholding fundamental principles that minimize negative impact on the environment through sensitivity to design, conservation, rehabilitation, economical use of natural resources and reverence for biodiversity. As a mark of their commitment to society, the firm embraces specific objectives April 2011

Planning and development Since its inception, MMI has been engaged in urban and rural planning projects and has established a worldwide reputation for its innovative and imaginative approach in this field – not least in the area of low income shelter provision and squatter upgrading. Within the greater Nairobi Area alone, the firm

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has identified affordable shelter solutions for various income groups, prepared structure plans, undertaken detailed planning and subdivision layouts for over 20,000 housing plots. Industrial and commercial A considerable number of industrial projects of various kinds and commercial administrative buildings have been undertaken by MMI. These include several high-rise office developments and the United Nations complex in Nairobi. The firm responds positively to the particular requirements and operational needs of each client, combining cost efficiency with design quality. Education The scope of MMI’s activities extends from type plans for schools in nomadic semi-arid area, to master development plans for entire college -campus developments. Flexibility for future expansion and response to changing demands are integral parts of MMI’s design philosophy for buildings of this type. Health and Research MMI’s experience and organisational expertise is brought to bear in these complex and often highly serviced buildings. A design solution with inherent sensitivity to user needs and functional efficiency is sought. These factors were of particular importance to four widely differing projects – a mental hospital in Kampala, alterations and renovations to a major hospital in 43

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Nairobi, type designs for out-patient departments and nurses’ training schools for provincial hospitals in Kenya as well as rural health centres in Trans Nzoia County, also in Kenya. Residential MMI has developed extensive experience in the planning and design of housing of all types, ranging from low income site and services to large middle income estates and private homes. Particular interest is attached to both cost control and the fulfillment of the occupiers’ needs, achieved through social survey at the inception of each scheme and by regular detailed dialogue and collaboration with the client, as demonstrated at the Buru Buru Mortgage Housing Project comprising 5,000 housing units. In all projects, MMI pays requisite attention to environmental protection and landscaping. A Selection from MMI’s Project Portfolio Office Blocks

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Kenya Pipeline Company Headquarters This inspiring design is aimed at providing the client with a corporate image. The design concept embraces the use of client corporate colours and organizes two office barrels interconnected by a service core and lays

emphasis on a well defined sequence of spaces starting from the entrance, lobby checkpoint, floor receptions and finally into work areas. The 18m high central atrium at each barrel floods these deep office spaces with sky light and enhances cross ventilation and visual/spatial connectedness. The building features 8 floors and one basement with an approximate area of 15000 sq.m. at a cost of US$18.6m. The work was completed in 2007. Victoria Towers This was the winning design in an architectural competition for Victoria commercial bank head office. The 10 storey building accommodates a total of 11, 107sqm comprising of office space in 2 towers with a central services core, retail space in a 2 storey podium and parking space in an open-sided partially sunken level. The stimulating design concept aims at achieving a prestigious state of the art building to reaffirm the standing of Victoria commercial bank, endowing it with cutting edge in a highly competitive banking industry. The project had an approximate cost of US$4.5M. It was completed in 2000. United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) This site, 40 hectares of land donated by the Government of Kenya on the north-west outskirts of Nairobi, is approximately 9km from the city center. It

comprised of 30,000 sqm of extensive conference, library, communications, office, recreational and welfare facilities and committee rooms. Each conference hall seats 500 participants and each of the two committee rooms accommodates 200. Conference Hall West features fixed horseshoe seating arrangements, whereas Conference Hall East offers optimum flexibility. 6 Office Blocks totalling 11,000 sqm was provided with the provision for expansion by 150 per cent gross. The project has included the coordination of structural, mechanical, electrical, landscape, catering and energy consultants and has embraced investigation into and integration of alternative energy systems and environmentally appropriate technologies, including solar heating installations for the main kitchen and water-heating, and recirculation of treated effluent for irrigation and waterscape purposes. The effluent is treated in the oxidation pond system, and is further diluted after discharge to the artificial lake, which has a storage volume of 10,000 cubic meters. The cost of construction is approximately US$ 20M Health Institutions Nairobi Hospital The masterplan layout of the old central wards, theatres and offices was generated with a concept

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Phase one of this masterplan comprising of the Admissions facilities and Executive Offices was implemented where the interior spaces were adopted using familiar and non-institutional materials with cheerful, varied colours and textures. The concept adopted the opening up an inwardly directed environment with views of landscaped courtyards and other outdoor spaces, particularly from waiting spaces. The project cost was approximately US$0.8m. Residential Projects Buru Buru Housing Estate This is a dormitory suburb for lower middleincome earners in Nairobi. MMI carried out the master planning for the development, complete with all infrastructure including social amenities and services.The design concept is one that attempts to build houses in labour intensive methods, an appropriative technology for Kenya, within realistic cost limits, and yet achieve housing that is well adapted to emerging social priorities. The scheme attempts to ensure that space,

privacy and comfort need not be the privileges of the wealthier classes. The total development was built in five phases, served by a central spine of communication and utility facilities separated by green areas. The houses are designed to meet the needs of young Kenyan families with an average of three children, in the lower middle income group and with the prospect of securing employment, and earning enough to take a mortgage commitment for their homes. A particular feature of this development is the attempt to create interest in an otherwise barren topography, by the very simple juxtaposition of form and space, particularly the roof lines. A very successful innovation f the project is the concept of parking courts and the small-scale grouping of dwellings. Footpaths concept the parking courts to the main pedestrian routes and to larger green areas that surround each housing sector. Play areas, schools and shops on the pedestrian network are separated from car traffic and since children less than fifteen years of age are expected to make up more than half the residents of the estate, their safety was a major consideration in the evolvement of the layout design. Phase 1 was completed in mid 1974 and the final phase 5 in 1982 with the project comprising of over 5000 housing units and the cost being approximately US$29m.

Educational Projects Masinde Muliro University Library This state of the art and ultra-modern Library is found at the heart of the university with a seating capacity of 2000 and a book volume of 1 million. The building’s form concept is abstracted from the under graduate and post-graduate graduation hats as viewed from different angles within the campus. It features three levels consisting of lower ground floor, ground floor and first floor with ample external recreational spaces, parking spaces and areas for future extension. It is the first building in the periphery of the university’s great courtyard as featured in the master plan. The library was officially opened by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki in 2010. The project cost was approximately US$2.7m. Other projects in MMI’s vast portfolio include commercial/office buildings such as, British American Centre, KASNEB Towers and Stima Plaza; University buildings such as for Egerton University, Inoorero University and Housing projects such as Koma Rock Estate and Miotoni Common Housing. In the years ahead, MMI hopes to continue serving an increasingly demanding clientele by providing creative design solutions guided by the firm’s pillars of quality and integrity.

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MT. ELGON LABOUR-BASED TRAINING CENTRE FOR CAPACITY BUILDING IN ROAD WORKS

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Mt. Elgon Labour-Based Training Centre P.O. Box 2415, Mbale, Uganda. Tel. No: +256 –392-221-533, 0772-221-543 Fax No. +256 – 454-463502 Email: meltc@iwayafrica.com Web Site: www.meltc.org

BACKGROUND The Ministry of Works and Transport’s ``Strategy for the Sustainable Maintenance of District, Urban and Community Access Roads’’ emphasizes the use of local level planning and labourbased methods of road construction and maintenance to address the problem of unemployment. As a key strategy to actualize this, Mt. Elgon Labour-Based Training Centre was established in 1995 by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications with support from the Nordic Development Fund and backstopping from the International Labour Organisation. The Training Centre has since continued to receive support from the Government of Uganda and the DANISH Government through provision of additional infrastructure, operational funds for 50 trainning and technical assistance.

For instance DANIDA through the Road Sector Programme Support that commenced in January 2003 has extended Labour-Based Training support to a number of districts in the northern, east ern and southern parts of the country. During the 5-year RSPS2 that ended in 2007, DANIDA injected DKK 33.4 million (UShs10 Billion) on the Labour-based Training component while the government funded the project operations. Today, MELTC is fully established as the National Labour-Based Training Centre in the country.

MISSION In line with the policy on poverty alleviation, MELTC mission is to

Road after completion supplement the efforts of the government to achieve sustainable development and maintenance of transport infrastructure to secure accelerated socio-economic development.

OBJECTIVES This mission is achieved through the immediate objective of developing capacity in the private and public sector in the planning and implementation of road rehabilitation and maintenance using labour-based methods and in a manner responsive to environmental, gender and social April 2011 aspects.


LOCATION The Training Centre is situated in Mbale, 250km East of the capital city, Kampala, 15km from Mbale on Budadiri Road.

TRAINING COMPONENT BACKGROUND

BENEFIT TO COMMUNITIES

Labour-based method employs many women on the road

As a result, the component has had Further, road sector specific gender, an impact on poverty alleviation HIV/AIDS, health and safety, and by increasing opportunities for environmental issues have been employment for local people as integrated in MELTCs teaching Ministry of Works and Transport and materials, and trainee selection This was mainly done to:district councils have managed to criteria has been reviewed to broaden • Increase the physical capacity implement these road works using women’s access to the training. of MELTC to transform it into a labour-based methods with local national centre for training in contractors. Labour-Based methods. The focus of this Labour-based promotion sub-component was to anable further development of MELTC which, at that time had fulfilled modular form with of knowledge and skills in the workplace. These Uganda Transport Rehabilitation a learner centred highly interactive training methods give participating The Project (UTRP) support role but approach. trainees the opportunity to share a wide range of training methods was facing an uncertain future; experiences. range • Increase the capacity of MELTC’s employed from interactive training staff; • Support accreditation of MELTC classroom sessions, case curriculum by a recognized exercises, studies, discussions, institution in Uganda; workshops • Support the training of district short seminars staff in the management of road and practical improvements and maintenance to d e m o n s t r ations using labour-based methods; • Support the training of local both at the training road contractors for the implementation model and during trial of road improvements and maintenance using labour-based contracts. Quality control using a ditch template methods; also • Support the establishment of MELTC organises and labour-based contractors within study Uganda Labour-Based Road facilitates field Contractors Association (ULBRCA); tours, excursions and and for • Support affiliation of the Uganda attachments Labour-Based Road Contractors enriching trainees Association (ULBRCA) with Uganda with ideas through The National Association of Building exposure. of and Civil Engineering Contractors provision outreach training (UNABCEC). and support Courses at the Training Centre are in facilitates transfer

MELTC’S TRAINING METHODOLOGY

Quality control using a camber template

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The National Labour-Based Training Component (NLBTC) was formulated by DANIDA to accord with the Government of Uganda’s transport and road sector policies, and to build on earlier donorsupported initiatives to provide Labour-Based Training.


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MELTC helps in the training of engineers and technicians both from public and private organizations in innovative designs like footbridges, ladders, footsteps, etc on nonmotorised access aimed at improving connectivity between isolated communities.

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Model Road Practical Training To strengthen the trainee understanding and application of this appropriate technology the Center operates model-training roads that are usually within its proximity. The sites are particularly important for training in eective work organization. They also help mentor the trainees on the real world site conditions as they cover a wide range of activities that the trainees are expected to encounter in the field. Tractor-trailer combination used during earthworks

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MELTC provides outreach support services to the trainees in the respective districts or place of business location. The trainees are required to demonstrate ability to produce good quality work meeting the set standards of the Ministry of Works and Transport. The Center at this stage evaluates the trainees with other independent assessors and successful trainees are awarded certificates. April 2011


SECTOR POLICIES AND STRATEGIES

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS’ STAFF TRAINING Contractor Managers Training The Contractor Managers are enlightened on the potential benefits of labour-based technology and to identify LBRW resources and operations for a sustainable contracting business.

Forepersons and Assistant Forepersons Training The site supervisors are the key contractor personnel. MELTC mentors them to master the labour-based road works terminologies and techniques, operations and their sequences, construction materials and their correct handling procedures, application of the appropriate labour-based work methods, etc.

CONSULTANCY FIRMS TRAINING FOR ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS MELTC helps build capacity of the technical support units, which offer technical expertise to a group of districts.

TOT on Routine Road Maintenance (RMM) for District Technical Staff MELTC trains engineers and senior technicians both from public and private organizations through an interactive practical approach to training in road maintenance, introducing basic principles of routine road maintenance, gaining familiarity, knowledge and skills in RRM contracting, etc

International Training Course for Trainers in Cross-cutting Issues in Road With the multi-sectoral approach to integrate cross-cutting issues (namely: Environmental Issues, Customer-care, Human Rights, Occupational Safety, HIV/ AIDS, Gender Issues and Community Participation) in road works, MELTC has designed a course for trainers from other April 2011 countries.

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Non-governmental organisations MELTC helps in the training of engineers and technicians from non-governmental organizations involved in road works and53 other innovative designs.

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Forepersons and Managing Directors on completion of their classroom training in October 2009

Government of Uganda’s 1996 ten-year Road Sector Development Programme(RSDP) had a national roads focus, but in March 2002 the updated RDSP covering the period 2001/2 to 2011 was concerned with the entire road sector with key provisions that included:, Establishment of a Road Authority which became a reality in the year 2008; Increased reliance on the private sector for operations, with 90% of road maintenance to be undertaken by contract; Road maintenance to be fully funded by Government; Increased use of labour-based methods for construction and maintenance, especially in rural areas; and Having improved and sustained accessibility with 80% of the national and district road networks in a fair to good condition.


International Training Courses for Engineers and Supervisors Most developing countries are widely adopting employment intensive methods and other innovations to solve the problem of poverty and unemployment and to achieve sustainable development. The use of labour-based methods for infrastructure development requires specialized skills, knowledge and attitude that are not common. MELTC has the capacity to provide these requirements. MELTC also has adequate capacity in terms of resources; personnel and physical facilities to conduct international courses for engineers and supervisors with close collaboration with ILO.

COURSES OFFERED AT THE TRAINING CENTRE SN

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1 Labour-Based contract Management for District Engineers 2 Labour-Based contract Supervision for Senior Engineers/SoWs 3 Labour-Based contract Supervision for Engineering Assts/Rd Inspectors 4 Cross Cu ng issues in road works for Community-Based service oďŹƒcers 5 Road Maintenance for Road inspectors/ Road overseers

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENT Degree in Civil and Building Engineering Degree in Civil and Building Engineering Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering Diploma in Humani es or related Field Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering

COURSE SPONSORSHIP DURATION District local 6 Weeks Governments District local 10 Weeks Governments District local 8 Weeks Governments District local 2 Weeks Governments Disrrict L.Gs 2 Weeks and UNRA

(B) PRIVATE SECTOR COURSES 1 Labour-Based contract Management for Managers of Companies 2 Labour-Based Road Rehabilita on & Maintenance for Forepersons 3 Labour-Based Road Rehabilita on & Maintenance for Asst.Forepersons 4 Labour-Based contract Management and Supervision for Engineers 5 Labour-Based contract Supervision for Technicians

U.C.E Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering Advanced Cra cer ficate (BCP) or related field Degree in Civil and Building Engineering Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering

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(C) INTERNATIONAL COURSES 1 Labour-Based contract Management for Engineers and Supervisors 2 Cross cu ng issues in road works for Community-Based service oďŹƒcers

Degree in Civil and Building Engineering Diploma in Humani es or related Field

(D) ON COMING COURSES 1 Labour-Based sealing of low volume roads

Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering

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Min. Of Works/Roads/Infrustructure/Private Co.

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Min. Of Local Govt./District LGs

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Construc on Urban councils/District LGs/Construc on firms/ firms/DLGs private en es Urban Councils/ Individuals

-Work planning of road works -Estimation of quantities -Pricing of road works -Site and productivity management -Cross-cutting issues

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Physical Facilities The Centre has spacious, fully equipped office facilities for all resident and external trainers. There are two hostel blocks which can accommodate up to 52 participants, dining facilities, three classrooms with modern training equipment, computer lab, satellite internet communication facilities, and soil materials laboratory. There are adequate transport facilities including a school bus for field trips. All physical facilities at the Training Centre are gender friendly i.e. providing for both female and male trainees as well as people with disabilities. Recreation MELTC has sporting facilities for in and out door activities and TV receiving both digital satellite television channels and local channels. MELTC also provides opportunity to trainees to tour the country’s unique and beautiful scenic sites and national parks. These include among others; The Source of the Nile, Bujagali Falls, Sippi Falls, and Mt. Elgon Exploration sites. The sceneries are only a few hours drive from MELTC. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison National Park, and Mount Rwenzori offer delightful opportunities for April recreati on2011 and relaxation.

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using labour. Work is usually organised on task rate basis (quantity that a single individual is expected to completed in The Training Centre has been able to 5-8hours) and workers are rewarded train different cadres viz:or paid daily wage rate on completion • Two consulting firms: M/s PROME and of the daily task. M/s Associated Consulting Engineers; • Over 94 local construction firms have Labour-Based Operations been trained in LBT of which 74 have Activities relating to labour-based completed practicals; operations are unique in nature. • District local government staff from Methodologies were developed and engineering and community based modified to suit efficiency and safety services departments from over requirements in the utilization of 55 districts received training and labour while producing roads that are thereafter successfully implemented comparable in quality to machinelabour-based road works; based construction. Labour-based • Training of trainers’ course for works tend to be small-scale compared Routine maintenance course was done to majority of machine-based works for 55 districts; and in most cases, do not warrant • Management of Labour-based Works the setting up of a fully equipped for Engineers Course for 3 groups of laboratory on site because the costs of Somali engineers sponsored by ILO was doing so tend to be out of proportion done; to cost of works. • Course for Trainers from Kisii Training Centre in Cross-cutting Issues was Appropriate Engineering Standards carried out; The infrastructure should be • Community Access Innovations produced in accordance with the set training has commenced; and specifications meeting the quality • Complete set of technical manuals standards set by the client. It therefore for labour-based road works have been follows that works carried out by the developed. implementing agent have to be verified for conformity with specifications Labour-Based Technology and approved at each stage before Labour-Based technology-refers to the subsequent stages can executed. appropriate and efficient use of labour for construction with equipment Construction Equipment playing only a supportive role. The equipment on typical LabourConstruction activities which would based construction project includes otherwise be carried out by machines tractor and trailers,1-ton smooth are carried out by labour and machines pedestrian or even larger vibratory are only used on activities that cannot roller, water bowsers, a tractor-towed 55 be efficiently and effectively executed grader, etc

MELTC ACHIEVEMENTS

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Staffing The Training Centre is headed by a Principal and has twelve full time and experienced trainers. The good hospitality and friendly staff provide on optimum learning environment. The Center also uses part time resource persons for specialized nonengineering subjects.


The first Court of Appeal and the High Court are currently based in Lobatse, the country's judicial capital since Botswana’s independence in 1966.

There is another High Court in Francistown but so far the capital Gaborone only has magistrates' courts and the Industrial Court. However, the construction of a High Court and a Court of Appeal in Gaborone’s Central Business District is currently underway.

There is another High Court in Francistown but so far the capital Gaborone only has magistrates' courts and the Industrial Court. However, the construction of a High Court and a Court of Appeal in Gaborone’s Central Business District is currently underway. Its erection has raised suspicions in Parliament that Lobatse will lose its status as the judicial capital.But the Minister for Justice, Defence and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse has assured the MPs that these two facilities being built currently under construction are merely divisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal and are not intended to replace the current one in Lobatse. Contract award The project management team was appointed in November 2007 with a brief to formulate a design

and build (D&B) Contract for the High Court and Court of Appeal Division which were to be constructed in the Central Business District (CBD) of Gaborone. A brief was obtained from the Department of Building and Engineering Services (DBES) following close coordination with the end-user client, the Administration of Justice. A contractor pre-qualification exercise took place in February 2008 and tender documents were issued to pre-qualified bidders in May 2008. Tenders were received at the end of August 2008 and the contract award to China Jiangsu International Botswana (Pty) Ltd was made in March 2009. Following all the paperwork and administration the actual construction works of the P374 million(US$ 58million) project commenced on 30th April 2009 with the completion date scheduled for October 2011.

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10, 600m2 3,100m2 6,700m2 5,100m2 25,500 m2

Design Philosophy The design concept adopted is in accordance with the client’s brief to provide a design of a timeless structure which combines contemporary or modern architecture, which reflects the image of the High Court and High Court of Appeal, with the traditional and rich culture of Botswana. Site Appraisal The structure is within the CBD of Gaborone and the design had to conform to the CBD guidelines prepared by the Department of Town and Regional Planning (DTRP). Four plots were consolidated. Very little rock was found during the excavations and the building sits on foundation piles. Remarkable Features What makes this project stand out from the rest are the two 8m high domes on either side of the building, each with a sculpture mounted on top of it.

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The facilities within the above mentioned space include inter alias, courtrooms, judges chambers, registries, library, administration, attorneys and

public areas, parking lots, fencing and general landscaping. Even though materials used for the building are not prescribed, it is expected that they be sourced locally so as to ensure easy maintenance. Also, the use of indigenous and drought resistant vegetation should be incorporated in the landscaping so as to ensure that the offices always look presentable given the relative scarcity of water in the region.

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Student hostels The country of Botswana has repeatedly been noted as a shining example of democracy in Africa. And as such, the free citizens of this country are entitled to human rights, among which is the right to education, which the government has strived to achieve despite various challenges.

This building project started in February 2009 with an initial completion period of 45 calendar weeks. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the student hostels were finally complete in October 2010 after an extension was awarded. The finished buildings were then handed over to the user client for beneficial occupation in December 2010. The cost of the entire project was estimated to be P18.2 million (US$ 2.76 million). Brief Description The project involved construction of RADS hostels for an existing primary school at the village of Shadishadi. All the buildings are single storey structures and they cover a wide area. The girls’ hostels face the kitchen and have been positioned in a “U” shape to form a courtyard amidst them (inner part of the “U” shape), with a traditional thatched shelter being located in the centre of this very courtyard.

Each of the hostel blocks houses 14 fourteen students and is attached to an ablution block.

Thatched shelter engulfed by hostel block

The kitchen

The ablution block includes toilets, wash areas and clothes wash rooms. There is a kitchen and dining block with modern kitchen equipment and matron’s house. The external works mainly constitute soil drainage, water reticulation feeding the buildings through a high level water tank, an access road and parking area. The buildings have been constructed from burnt clay face bricks sourced from Lobatse Clay Works. Site Appraisal The site was flat and covered with black cotton soil which was removed prior to executing the foundations. Imported earth filling was placed to make up levels under the footings. Challenges The major challenge was transportation of building materials to the site as most of the materials had to be sourced from the capital, Gaborone, and delivered a distance of 250km. Also, sourcing of skilled personnel to perform the necessary functions posed a challenge as they could not be found in the Shadishadi locality.

Matron's House

The same arrangement has been applied to the boys’ hostels, making the total number of thatched shelter (2) two. There is a fence which separates the girls’ hostels from the boys’.

Similarly, skilled tradesmen were, therefore brought from Gaborone and temporarily housed on site. They were given high monetary incentives as a means of inducement. Additionally, the site was extensive which made supervision of staff and their progress slightly difficult. Project Team Client: Kweneng District Council Main Contractor: Obakeng Construction (Pty) Ltd

The hostels have been built adjacent to the primary school to increase the bed space and

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One such challenge is that some people live too far from the locations where schools have been built. To tackle this setback, we have witnessed the emergence of the first public boarding school, Mogoditshane Secondary School in Gaborone, recently completed. Similarly, the Rural Area Dwellers (RADS) Hostels in Shadishadi have also recently been completed to house the students of the already existing Shadishadi Primary School.

associated ancillary buildings, such as ablution block, games rooms etc. There are a total of (10) ten hostel blocks, (5) five of which are designated for the boys and the other (5) five for the girls.


OBAKENG CONSTRUCTION (PTY) LTD. (BUILDING & CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS)

PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHADI SHADI RADS HOSTEL FOR STUDENTS

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P O Box 94 ▫ Tsabong ▫ Botswana ▫ Tel: +267 654 0155 P O Box 501620 ▫ Gaborone Station ▫ Botswana ▫ Tel / Fax: +267 391 4194


foamex INDUSTRIES

P/Bag 00277 Gaborone Tel: +267 395 7398 Fax: +267 395 7409 E-mall: foamex@botsnet.bw Unit 3 Plot 25001 Maakgadigau Road Gaborone West Industrial Botswana

(Pty) Ltd

100 percent locally manufactured expanded polythylene foam building and construction products comprising: • Roof thermal insulation • Ducting insulation systems • Refrigeration & waterpipe insulation • Cut-to-size expansion joint filter

• Sealant backing cord • Roof closure (IBR, KLIPLOCK etc) • Wooden floor underlay • Mattress support products

Kwayedza Enterprises (Pty) Ltd

Plot 25083, Ditshoswane Road Gaborone West Industrial Private Bag 00277, Gaborone

P. O. Box 404192 Gaborone, Botswana Tel: +267 572 8014 / 395 7398 Fax: +267 572 8014 / 395 7499 Cell: +267 7211 2253 / 7165 4345

Tel: +267 313 3604 Fax: +267 313 3695 Cell: +267 7130 7540

Manufacturers of:

Quality bricks for Botswana

POLYMEX INDUSTRIES

(PTY) LTD

Manufacturers of Plastic Containers We provide various plastic containers in the following sizes: • 5l plastic bottles • 20l plastic containers • 25l plastic containers

W WE EC CONGRATULATE ONGRATULATE BUILDERS BUILDERS WORLD WORLD H A ON O N THEIR THEIR 20TTH ANNIVERSARY NNIVERSARY


Builders World 20 Years Of Excellent Service

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Builders World is the leading building and construction hardware firm headquartered in Gaborone with several branches throughout the nationactive in the construction industry since inception and continuously strives to satisfy the needs of each every client.

Builders World, a member of the World Group of Companies, opened its doors in January 1991 with an initial staff complement of forty (40) employees. January 2011 saw Builders World attain 20 years of successive years of unparalleled achievements. The company’s growth is evidenced by the increase in the number of employees to date and the number of branches springing up across Botswana. Background Builders World is the leading building and construction hardware firm headquartered in Gaborone with several branches throughout the nation. This lucrative organization has been active in the construction industry since inception and continuously strives to satisfy the needs of each every client. They supply building; plumbing; timber products; iron monger; and all hardware materials of the highest quality; to their clientele who comprise of construction companies, property developers and the general public.

Mr . Salim Shaikh, Managing Director

Customer Focus With the vision to become a market leader in the provision of building materials in the country, Builders World has put some measures in place to ensure that this vision manifests itself, some of which include: developing a long term relationship with clients, offering bulk purchase discounts,

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Branch Network Nationwide, Builders World has twelve branches which are located in Lobatse, Mochudi, Molepolole, Mogoditshane, Malapye, Palapye, Maun, Kasane, and Selebi Phikwe. These work jointly to give the company an advantage over the competition. Mr. Salim Shaikh, Builders World Managing Director, explains that the whole idea which strengthens the effectiveness of the branch system is for the branches to be as close as possible to communities, providing better service and to minimize the distance required for customers to reach Builders World. The company runs a reliable fleet of delivery trucks ranging from 1ton up to 30ton trucks, which deliver free of charge to clients within a 30km radius from the branch. Achievements Builders World has, without a doubt, become established as the forefront building and construction hardware One Stop Shop… literally! Most building materials can be sourced under one roof and delivered promptly to the required location of the client. The organization has supplied many noteworthy projects

including the Malapye Hospital, Serowe College of Education, recently completed Bokamoso Private Hospital and Mogoditshane Secondary School, to name but a few. Corporate Social Responsibility With an eminent presence all over the country, evident through a network of branches in major towns, Mr. Salim Shaikh expressed his satisfaction with the ability of the company to have created employment for many Batswana. Builders World has also been involved in building shelters for destitute in conjunction with various NGO’s as a way of giving back to the communities in which they operate. Challenges In the past the recession in the early 1990’s, building material shortages as a result of neighboring Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown (as Zimbabwe was one of the leading building material suppliers in the region), price hikes and competition, have all jointly posed a threat to the strong standing of Builders World in the past. The emergence of business people selling cheap and sub-standard goods resulted in competition for clients, but Builders World has remained triumphant as their products are authentic.

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Nationwide, Builders World has twelve branches which are located in Lobatse, Mochudi, Molepolole, Mogoditshane, Malapye, Palapye, Maun, Kasane, and Selebi Phikwe.

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month-end specials, free in-house estimates, free delivery within 30km and providing quality services which exceed customer expectations.


OUR STRENGTH, YOUR VISION

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For all your quality steel products “Suppliers of various quality steel products”

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Branches countrywide...

builders world “We Build with You” Lobatse: Mochudi: S/Phikwe: Mogoditshane:

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686 1699 472 0654 241 4571 241 4444

Molepolole: 590 7916 Palapye: 490 0741 Kasane: 625 0214

P. O. Box 502704 Gaborone, BOTSWANA Plot 54123, New Lobatse Road Gaborone West Industrial Tel: +267 392 2656 Fax: +267 392 2657 E-mail: buildersworld@it.bw


Precast Concrete Manufacturers

& T & T Industries (Botswana) (Pty) Ltd.

Manufacturers & Suppliers of: » HDPE pipe & Compression fittings » Marquees & tents » Light & heavy duty tarpaulins » Truck covers, Industrial crop covers & assorted canvas products

WE ARE PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH BUILDERS WORLD GABORONE & CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Tel: +267 3912 571 / 3975 122 Fax: +267 3951643 • E-mail: t&t@info.bw P O Box 1469 • Gaborone • Botswana

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“We congratulate you on your 20th Anniversary” We are proud to be associated with BUILDERS WORLD, in supplying them with lintels For enquries you can contact us at: Private Bag BR13 Broadhurst Gaborone, Botswana

Plot KO 274, Mmamashia Tel: +267 397 3092 Fax: +267 397 3091

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...Continued from page 63 Also, the booming construction industry in neighboring South Africa with the building of new and refurbishments of older stadia in 2010 prior to the World Cup soccer games, impacted negatively on the supply of materials from South Africa. This resulted in price increases, particularly of steel, added Mr. Shaikh. Despite its gradual recovery, the current state of the international economy has not been favorable for business as most companies and government have had to cut back their expenditure (including infrastructure). This situation has consequently negatively impacted builders as there are insufficient projects which require building material to be supplied to. Staffing Builders World has a staff compliment of over 1000 well trained employees (nationwide) who are skilled, motivated and are experts in a wide range of fields as is required by their employment. The company runs various training programs for its employees on regular intervals to ensure that value is not only given to clients, but also to the workers who service them. In so doing, Builders World invests in human capital. Future Plans Despite having set the benchmark for building material suppliers, Builders World will not cease to grow, but will continue to spread its reach to give Botswana the best quality services and products. Before the end of the year, Mr. Shaikh revealed, the organization is anticipating further growth as three more branches are expected to be established. Inevitably this is will create yet more employment for Batswana and better their lives. Botswana

Premises for Builders World Gaborone

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MANAGEMENT & STAFF OF BUILDERS WORLD GABORONE th ON THEIR ANNIVERSARY

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RHINO Group of Companies

P. O. Box 621, Francistown Plot 1895/6, Sam Nujoma Drive Light Industrial Site, Francistown

Suppliers of Construction Sheeting, Agricultural Products, Solar Systems, Water Purification Technologies and Water Tanks

BMS

Building Material Supplies (Pty) Ltd.

Telephone: 00267 41 451 3197 A MEMBER OF THE WORLD GROUP OF COMPANIES

www.rhinoplastics.co.za is proud to be associated with

Suppliers of:

BUILDERS WORLD

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TO: MANAGEMENT & STAFF

builders world Congratulations on 20 years! (...wow! time flies!)

Ted Alexander

ZEE ILE ADHESIVES

Address: Rammopyana Mochudi, Botswana Tel: +267 573 9786 Fax: +267 573 9200 E-mail: bwm@micro.co.bw

THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF BUILDERS WORLD MOCHUDI th CONGRATULATE BUILDERS WORLD GABORONE ON THEIR 20 ANNIVERSARY! ....PRICES ARE BORN AT BUILDERS WORLD AND RAISED ELSEWHERE

builders world “We Build with You”

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WE CONGRATULATE BUILDERS WORLD ON THEIR 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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Kanye National Archives The new archive building will ensure the preservation of the Batswana’s rich historical and cultural heritage for posterity Botswana

The importance of preserving the a nations government and historical records safeguards its people’s heritage for posterity. National archives are an important tool for the continuance of various societies because they enrich future generations with past knowledge to ensure that they do not remain ‘in the dark’ about their origins as well as significant occurrences in their countries pasts. Also, it is not sufficient to just have the buildings to keep these documents, but to form and appoint organizations which are bestowed with the task of keeping records and availing them to the public. The Botswana National Archives and Records Services is one such government body which was established by the National Archives Act of 1978 (amended in 2007) with this responsibility at hand.

public access. Archived documents and artifacts are often unique and fragile documents as they contain some of the earliest information on Botswana. They are a vital past of a national heritage and in most cases exist in single copies. This calls for handling archives with care to protect then against further deterioration. Access to these documents is facilitated through a Search Room service. Access to documents is free and there are basically no restrictions to open documents. Buildings used to house national archives are spread throughout the country one of which has just been completed in Kanye.

The main function of the Department is to provide records and information management service to government agencies; and to collect, preserve and access the nation’s documentary heritage.

The construction works began in March 2009 and it was expected to be completed towards the end of 2010. By beginning of December 2010 much progress had been made as the project was 93 percent closer to completion and, with two extensions of time awarded, it will be completed by mid-2011.

Access The National Archives Act provides that records which are 20 years and above be open for

The contract sum for this very important project was approximately P34.2 million (US$5.2 million). Some of the facilities found on the site include a

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Main office block: one section single storey and the other double storey; a Generator House; and a Guard House; Sewers, water reticulation, paved parking and brick boundary wall are all part of the external works. The nature of project did not call for non-conventional construction materials. Remarkable Features Some of the additions which made this project outstanding are the special fire suppression systems which have been installed in the stack rooms where archives are stored. This feature is very important as it is meant to protect archives in the event of fire. Another feature which is noteworthy is of structural nature; the office block is constructed on a soil platform (raft) due to the sloppy ground. Challenges Lack of water in the village for some days, lack of meaningful progress, delays in delivery of some materials which were purchased outside the country, and cases of unacceptable workmanship all posed difficulties to the prompt completion of the project.

Project Team: Architect : Watkins Gray Morris

Mechanical Engineer: Arup Botswana

Structural / Civil Engineer: BCHOD Botswana (Pty) Ltd

Quantity Surveyor: Babadi Consultants

Electrical Engineer: ZMCK Consulting

Main Contractor Mido Construction (Pty) LTD April 2011


WE ARE PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH NATIONAL ARCHIVES & RECORDS CENTRE AT KANYE FOR THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR & HOME AFFAIRS

Haile Selassie Road Plot no. 17950 P. O. Box 474 Gaborone, BOTSWANA

Tel: +267 395 3571 Facsmile: +267 390 4152 E-mail: bchodgabs@info.bw


Blue Route Mall Shoppers enjoy an entirely new shopping experience in the comfort of a brand new building with modern furnishings and up-to-date designs and technologies. By: Kim van Schoor A Welcome change for Cape Town’s Grand Lady of Tokai The multimillion rand Blue Route Mall development is well under way, with phase one of construction having commenced in April 2010 and completion of the project will be done in two sections in 2012. The first part of completion entails the new building that will be fully built and functional by March 2012; the second part will see the completion of the engrade parking by October 2012 which is when the official launch of Blue Route Mall will take place.

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Brief history The Blue Route Mall was built in the early 1970s and progressively expanded from a marginal convenience centre to a bustling Mall of over 48,000m² of retail space. It was the only major Mall in the Southern Suburbs area for many years, attracting people from the Kirstenhof, Tokai and Constantia areas. After this project is complete, the Mall will attract people from all over Cape Town and as far as the Cape Peninsula and the Atlantic Seaboard. Blue Route Mall will regain its title of the largest retail precinct in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Rebuild vs. Refurbish The decision to build a completely new Mall as opposed to refurbishing the existing building came after much deliberation and research by the landlord, Fountainhead Property Trust. They felt that because the building was so old and vulnerable, it would be very expensive to revive its appearance and aesthetics to the required status. Thus, a completely new development was agreed upon whereby shoppers will be able to enjoy an entirely new shopping experience in the comfort of a brand new building with modern furnishings and up-to-date designs and technologies. Trevor Matthews, Landlord Representative of Fountainhead Property Trust, explains: "Blue Route Mall has performed in stellar fashion over the years and has been upgraded and expanded on a piece-meal basis. Relative to the new competition, research has proven that Blue Route Mall's comparative position was in decline. The cream of the local market is being lost to the Mall's other Southern Suburbs competitors. Given this huge need, we made the obvious decision not to refurbish but rather to rebuild the Mall completely. This is also in recognising that the existing Mall is structurally incapable (as an envelope) 70

of meeting modern needs. The existing Mall itself is spatially dated not simply in terms of finish, but architecturally as well. The new Mall speaks to the aspirations of the people in the area and we, as Fountainhead Property Trust, are dedicated to provide the Cape Town Southern Suburbs with an entirely new retail and lifestyle facility which is appropriate and indeed demanded." What to expect The new Mall will be an extra 8,000m² bigger, having expanded from a previous size of 48,000m² to an impressive 56,000m². This in turn will increase the tenancy from 104 shops to 137 shops including Woolworths, Checkers Hyper and Edgars as the anchor tenants. Shoppers will be able to enjoy larger outlets, a dedicated food court with diverse cuisine offerings, as well as trendy coffee shops and restaurants. In addition to this, shoppers can look forward to modern ablutions and other customer friendly facilities such as more parking bays, 24 hour security, wheelchairfriendly access and restrooms, baby-changing facilities and well located information desks. Wendy Radford, Blue Route Mall’s Centre Manager from Broll Property Management believes that "the success of any retail building lies in a good tenant mix. The new Blue Route Mall will still retain a large majority of our shoppers' familiar favourites, but added to this we have introduced eclectic and exciting additions to our tenant mix offering. The revitalised tenant mix will establish our market position and market share allowing shoppers a varied array of merchandise they could not access before at Blue Route Mall. The aesthetic details considered in the new Blue Route Mall are welcoming and comfortable. Careful attention has been given to the modern finishes, features and attractions for all interactions that our valued shopper will experience in their new Mall." Construction and Design The architect, Louis Karol, has chosen to incorporate the beautiful surroundings of the area in his innovative design of the Blue Route Mall. The new food court will be enclosed by panoramic windows capturing mountain views and glimpses of the Tokai Forest. Generous natural light will flood the interiors as a result of the extensive skylights, thereby minimising the carbon footprint. The generous width of the Mall walkways exceeds April 2011


the standard mall requirements; therefore vertical movement throughout the Mall will be made easier allowing for optimal flow of shoppers to all areas of the Mall. Specific focus has been placed on the comfort of shoppers, especially the elderly, disabled as well as parents with children. “Pause” areas have been designed to accommodate this focus as well as ample parking in prime positions.

Bramley & Associates cc Adding Value through Expertise

Approximately 2,500 parking bays will pepper the exterior of the Mall, including an additional approximation of 1,200 undercover bays. FIRE PROTECTION CONSULTANTS

CAPE TOWN Tel: (021) 462-4960 Email: bramley@iafrica.com

Often copied but Never Surpassed

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Facts • 33,000m³ of reinforced concrete will be utilised during the project • 118,000m² of formwork will be utilised • 2.6 million bricks will be used • 55,000m² of plaster will be used • 60,000m² of screeds will be used • 4,000 tonnes of steel will be utilised • There is almost 100km of conduit of different sizes for this project • Approximately 10kms of cable ladder of different sizes will be incorporated into the project • 16,280m² of scaffolding will be used • 20,750m² of the existing Mall will be demolished • Bulk excavations will total 75,000m³ • Concrete foundation piles equate to 1,500no • Approximately 1,000 workers will be employed on site • Approximately 50 specialist sub-contractors will be employed for the project • An approximate of 2 million man-hours will be tallied for this project Challenges encountered As with any major project, challenges are to be expected. Some of the challenges encountered during this new development process to date include an extensive concrete roof slab to be constructed on top of the first floor of the new building to accommodate equipment such as air-conditioning plants and the like. Another challenge, which is in fact a positive one, is to ensure that the new Mall can accommodate the vast amount of enquiries for space from both national as well as specialty retailers. Extensive piling work needed to take place within the immediate vicinity of the Checkers Hyper store which is currently trading and will continue to do so throughout the project. This proved to be a challenge as the developers do not want to hinder the shoppers experience any more than it has been. However, all piling work was planned for conclution by the end of February 2011. Another challenge has been to retain as much parking as possible as the availability of parking during the first phase of demolition was reduced considerably. 700 new parking bays will become available in June 2011 which will be integrated into the existing trading Mall as part of the Checkers Hyper underground parking. Burgert de Jager, of BFH de Jager Project Managers, re-iterates that “as project managers, we strive to strike a balance between the neighbour, the shopper and the contractor, to continuously ensure that each of these parties is accommodated to the full. Daily monitoring of the surrounding area by a team of environmentalists, traffic, health and safety and ourselves ensures that we minimise the inconvenience to our surrounding neighbours and keep the project as well as the balance of the centre, trading smoothly”. With phase two of this shopping Mall development project well under way, and construction of the new Mall in sight, shoppers are waiting in anticipation for a whole new shopping experience. April 2011

de jager PROJECT MANAGERS

(Pty)Ltd

Services

Integrated Management Scope Management Time Management Cost Management Quality Management Human Resource Management Communications Management Risk Management Procurement Management

Postal: Postnet Suite # 294 Private Bag x26 Tokai 7966 Physical: Dale House, The Terraces, Steenberg Office Park, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945 Tel : +27 (0)21 702 7740 Fax : +27 (0)21 702 7733 Email: info@bfhdejager.co.za Website: www.bfhdejager.co.za

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Delivering the nation … supporting the recovery ESSENTIAL solutions

MATERIALS

sustainable

Aggregate and sand are essential to our construction and manufacturing industries, to our economy and to our everyday lives. SA is fortunate that our geology provides us with high quality minerals. As a result, we have a robust mineral products industry and are not dependent upon imports. We need mineral products not just for construction and manufacturing, because they offer sustainable solutions to the challenges of creating and maintaining our built environment and coping with the effects of climate change and a growing population.

South Africa

The aggregate industry has much to offer in the next few years. We will be in the engine room as the nation recovers from the recession. Our relationship with Government is crucial. Delivery of its aspirations for the built and natural environment is heavily dependent upon our contribution. We will play our part – but we need support from Government and a willingness to tackle several crucial issues. Economic conditions that support investment As the major supplier to the construction industry, we have been particularly hard hit by the recession. A period of economic stability is now essential if our industry is to have the confidence it needs to invest for the future and contribute to the recovery. Too much complexity, cost and taxation acts as a disincentive for investment, especially for international companies who could opt to spend elsewhere.

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We will deliver: But we need: • A healthy mineral products industry to underpin a well-balanced economy • A stable economy to support investment • Quality products that meet the design, technical and commercial needs of our clients and customers • No new taxes or regulations that would damage our competitiveness. • A significant contribution to local economics, communities and employment throughout SA • Long term investment commitments from Government that convert into actual spending • Employee skills programmes that deliver competence and promote sustainable construction • An objective to reduce and simplify the tax burden on business • Continuing improvement in standards of operational and environmental performance • Development of new and sustainable materials and products • Better Government support for an essential industry SA needs a secure long-term supply of mineral products that enhance sustainable development. Our roads, sewers and other vital industrial and commercial infrastructure are in need of continual development; our housing stock needs to grow to meet demand and there is a constant need for the repair and maintenance of our infrastructure and buildings. Climate change means that the minerals industry’s products have never been more relevant. They can protect against

floods, boost energy efficiency and reduce the need for air conditioning. • • •

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We will deliver: But we need: Mineral products that are responsibly sourced, quality assured and sustainable Heightened awareness of the industry’s contribution to the economy and recognition that we are critical to SA’s national infrastructure Reduced use of energy and lower carbon emissions More effective sponsorship of the industry by Government World-class land management and restoration and enhanced biodiversity Better coordination between Government departments and more effective engagement with the industry. Annual reporting against key performance indicators as clear proof of progress More rigorous evaluation of the sustainability credentials of building and construction materials to ensure a “level playing field” based on sound science Recognition that excellence in design can deliver more sustainable solutions for the built environment

A reasonable “license to operate” SA can only enjoy the considerable benefits of its mineral products if the industry has a sound “license to operate” that provides reasonable access to the mineral resources upon which its downstream manufacturing activities and the construction industry rely. We need a planning system that operates on the basis of identified strategic or local need, with national policy

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translating effectively to regional and local climate change. Our industry is committed to the levels. principles of sustainable development and also to continuous improvement across all aspects of our We will deliver: But we need: business. • A steady and adequate supply of mineral products We will deliver: But we need: • An effective, simpler, more • Evidence of our ever-improving operational consistent and faster planning and environmental performance system • Recognition of our progress in operational • Operations managed to high and environmental performance environmental and safety • Transparency of our operations through standards provision of data and performance indicators • A mineral planning system based • Expert advice on the sustainable use of our on realistic assessments of future products demand • Positive action on climate change and • Continuing management biodiversity improvement and protection of the natural • Restoration that benefits nature and environment and further communities improvement of biodiversity • Aggregate supply options that reflect national, regional and local demands realistically • Positive engagement with local communities and other stakeholders • A system which enables long term supply of aggregate minerals

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Proactive community liaison. Recognition for our restoration and biodiversity achievements Recognition that mineral products are essential to the construction and manufacturing industries and to the economy Recognition that mineral products issued should be central to Government delivery of its aspirations for the natural and built environments A more informed and committed response from Government.

www.aspasa.co.za email: office@aspasa.co.za P O Box 1983 Tel: 011 791 3327 Ruimsig 1732

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Proportionate legislation and regulation Every industry needs to be properly and reasonably regulated and the quarry industry is no exception. Often, legislation can become goldplated� or deluded. Operators whose employee base is already reduced and overstretched by the recession are struggling to cope with ever more excessive and unnecessary demands. We will deliver: But we need: • A positive response to reasonable, proportionate, consistent and effective legislation and regulation • New legislation that is reasonable, proportionate, consistent and fit for purpose • Engagement with Government and regulators at an earlier stage to evaluate the potential impacts of proposed regulation and legislation • Recognition of the cumulative impacts of regulation followed by corrective action • Effective and early consultation and more accurate and realistic impact assessment Recognition of progress SA aggregate and sand industry has come a long way in the past 20 years and is now a world leader in the fields of restoration and biodiversity. The constantly evolving built environment is heavily dependent on our products and we are contributing greatly to the challenges that arise from April 2011

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Lebone II The general state of education in african states leaves much to be desired. When comparatively measured to other nations known for their educational exploits, there is rarely reason to celebrate. Yet, lebone ii is challenging the concept of inferior academics with its atypical, yet fresh campus design and revolutionary teaching methodology. Founded by and named in honour of former Kgosi Mollwane Lebone Boikanyo Molotlegi, the college is a legacy development for the realisation of excellence in education for the Bafokeng people. Rooted in African culture, the school encourages curiosity and experimentation, while following the example of the best educational institutions around the world. But how did it all start? The Beginning of Educational Excellence In 2007 the Royal Bafokeng Institute (RBI) was established to oversee educational reform in all the schools in the region. The RBI comprising a team of subject specialist, exam moderators, school management experts, educational psychologists and gifted educators took on the educational challenges in local schools. South Africa

What resulted from this was the need to create Section 14 schools, public schools on private land, also known as charter schools. Lebone II college of the Royal Bafokeng is such a school. Nestled in the hills of the Royal Bafokeng Nation (North West Province), this school is a leading independent preparatory and secondary school. It is a primary and secondary boarding school accommodating 44 boys and 44 girls that emphasises education through dynamic, relevant and non-traditional techniques. A research-driven school, it draws on international best practices in the formulation of their own teaching models that subscribe to the national norms. In addition to providing students with the

best possible learning environments, the school was also designed as a teaching dojo, or training centre, incorporating spaces and opportunities for 1200 local area teachers to improve their teaching techniques for the benefit of other schools in the Phokeng region. Redefining an African Education. In a world where higher education is perceptually synonymous with Eurocentricism, there is a belief that many Africans give up much of their culture in pursuit of higher education at schools that are based in European ideology. Some feel that to be educated, is to be un-African. Yet, Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, set up the new Lebone II with something totally different in mind. “I envisioned a place of academic excellence rooted in an African context that celebrates African traditions, replete with stories of pride and upliftment that kids from rural and developing communities like ours can recognise and call their own,” continues Kgosi Molotlegi “We designed a school that offers an academic programme as good as any in the world, one that is not elitist, but an institution that embraces and celebrates its context.” Though rooted in the African context, this school is of global standards and accepts students of all races from all socio-economic backgrounds. “We welcome students from all backgrounds to come here to learn Setswana and participate in our traditions, to appreciated colonial and apartheid history through the lens of the Bafokeng people and to celebrate the spirit and identity of a small African community that welcomes modernity, change and growth as opportunities to learn.”

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Classrooms and other teaching spaces were designed by Activate Architects, who also designed all the administration and auditoriums within the Library, Drama and Music buildings. Lastly, Lewis Levin Architects was charged with the design, manufacture and erection of the amphitheatre tensile canopy. The school’s layout embodies a typical African homestead, with various components or facilities centred by a larger, dominant structure. In case of Lebone II, that structure is the state-of-the-art amphitheatre. This amphitheatre is used as the main civic space, where many school or community activities take place. The thinking around this spaces ties into the rich African heritage, which relied on sharing wisdom in the open air, under a tree. It is the school’s hope that these gatherings as a college will emulate this type of exchange between young and old, encouraging cross-generational learning. Another dynamic space, popular among students and teachers alike is the music facility. Centrally located on the campus it encourages all learners to embrace the vibrancy, thrill and importance of learning a musical instrument as part of their holistic education. There are eight practise rooms and two studios. Lebone II’s new facility is conceived with innovation in classroom arrangement and general architecture in mind. These classes are designed as flexible learning

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environments with the aim of encouraging facilitators to foster creativity in thinking and learning by designing lessons that explore both inside and outside spaces all the time. To this end all classrooms open out onto an enclosed courtyard spaces that can be used for artwork, creative presentation spaces, exploration and other activities.

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Sustainable Measures Lebone II’s curriculum teaches students to be contributors to society, community and environments in many ways. One of which is implementation of ‘green’ solutions in and around the school. All water on the property is harvested for irrigation of the playing fields. A series of dams work in tandem with a sewerage treatment plant in an endeavour to be as ecologically friendly and self-sufficient as possible. This serves as an opportunity for the school to practise behaviours that engenders responsibility in young people, making them conscientious of nature’s scarce resources and aware of managing them properly. Additionally, students are encouraged to perform social-service programmes, allowing them to connect with the surrounding community engendering an appreciation of community service.

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Design In order to design a campus reflecting Lebone II’s innovative pedagogical endeavours, three architectural firms were enlisted. Each firm provided their unique interpretation forming a single entity that exudes modern and contemporary African designs. Afritects designed the halls and refectory buildings, including all residential accommodation such as teachers’ houses, boarding houses and staff quarters.

A Model of Success It may take a couple of generations to see the long-term success of Lebone II’s strategies, yet immediate indices from the community, students and teachers show that the school is already resounding success story. In a few years, the international standard of education facilities and methodology may come from this small African village with huge compassion for the preparation of their students to be viable contributors in the world around them. Information supplied courtesy of Databuild www.databuild.co.za (Images courtesy of the Royal Bafokeng Nation)

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Steering committee New Africa Developments (NAD) is in the final stages of its Jubilee Mall construction, which has resulted in 400 jobs being created during this construction phase. The jobs created range from the employment of community members by Beckers Construction, to subcontractors rendering their goods and services to the project. Bafana Radebe of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) says: “The involvement of the community in the construction of Jubilee Mall has given the community a sense of ownership therein and it is looking forward to its successful

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completion. The community is excited about the opening of the mall as it will mean a saving on time and travel costs to outlying shopping centres, which are often too far.” A steering committee was formed to foster a sound relationship between the community, NAD and Beckers Construction, and to ensure a cohesive integration of the construction phase. The development of Jubilee Mall has been well received by the community who see the mall as an answer to their shopping woes. All stakeholders are extremely excited and proud of the project successes to date. Jobs The Hammanskraal community has been given the opportunity to bring about growth in its local economy, and notes that this is by far the biggest job creator in many years. Post-construction, it is estimated that a further 2500 jobs will be created. An impressing number of applicants will be drawn from the local database which boasts local community members offering their skills set to Jubilee Mall post-construction, further enhancing

the key pillars of the project’s success in pioneering local economic development. NAD is pleased to announce that they are piloting a central resume registration centre to give first preference to the inhabitants of Hammanskraal. Hammanskraal is a peri-urban community and the impact of the global recession has had a staggering increase in the unemployment rate, and a negative impact on its socioeconomic landscape. Having said this, Coley Jele of the PSC says: “Jubilee Mall is seen as a new hope for the community and NAD has gone to great lengths in ensuring that both the business and community benefit from this project” New Africa Developments is a successful property development group which was established in 1991. NAD has a total of 30 successfully completed developments. The group specialises in bringing retail developments in underdeveloped areas in South Africa. NAD has played a major role in bringing major retailers to previously disadvantaged communities by partnering with Black empowered groups.

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Jubilee Mall is situated in the heart of the Hammanskraal and Temba communities, north of Pretoria. It is a R400 million development mall project initiated by New Africa Development (NAD). The mall is due to open in April 2011. The development will contribute to the improvement of the overall infrastructure in the area and has seen key milestones reached within the project development timeframes, yet another feather in NAD’s cap.


Century Property Developments Century Property Developments endeavours creating viable, well-planned developments that provide increasing asset values for investors and homeowners, while enhancing the areas in which they are located. South Africa

On The Rise The success that Century Property Developments has achieved shows that one truly reaps what they sow. In recent years the company significantly invested into its marketing and development strategy as well as its staff. These efforts culminated into industry recognition. Century Property Developments has been bestowed with a number of local and international awards for its properties. Waterfall Equestrian Estate brought home seven Awards of Excellence by Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA).

by Mark Corbett, CEO of Century Property Developments. “We are truly honoured to receive these accolades. This is our first year of entering the Europe and Africa Property Awards, and winning in all five of the categories we entered is a wonderful achievement!”

Two of the awards were in the Premier category two years running—the first time such an achievement was made by a property developer.

History and Philosophy As with most stories of success, it did not come overnight. Century Property Developments’ history began in 1975, as a developer of shopping centres. Seeing further opportunities, it diversified into residential developments and exclusive lifestyle estates.

In 2009, the company received six awards by the prestigious CNBC International Property Awards competition. The awarded developments were again the Waterfall Equestrian Estate and the Waterfall Hills— Mature Lifestyle Estate. CNBC International Property Awards is the world’s most prestigious competition dedicated to recognising the best real estate professionals and projects worldwide. Century Property Development’s achievement of winning six awards reflects South Africa’s capacity to compete and triumph within the highly competitive international property market.Winning such awards was pivotal and defining for the company as expressed 78

“We pride ourselves on our uniquely South African approach and I reckon that it was the combination of environmentallyfriendly principles and aesthetically pleasing architecture that won the day for us,” notes Corbett.

In each of its projects, the company provides investors with a valuable asset of enduring quality and integrity. The staff’s thorough understanding of the unique South African context and its core principles of financial feasibility and sustainability, combined with design and aesthetic vision, consistently make for sound property investment opportunities. With its proven track record and numerous residential developments, Century Property Developments endeavours creating viable, well-planned developments that provide increasing asset values for investors and

homeowners, while enhancing the areas in which they are located. Uniquely South African The company unabashedly punts certain design and aesthetic principles that are uniquely South African. This is done for various reasons including showcasing the beauty of local culture to local citizens and the international community. Recognising climate as a major design influence, the properties’ architecture is conducive to a specific style not commonly found in colder regions such as Asia, Europe or North America. Hence, Century Property Developments’ aesthetic principles do not relate to imported styles such as Balinese, Georgian or Tuscan designs. Such imported styles tend to age comparatively quicker, as well as bringing general value depreciation throughout the surrounding neighbourhood. Associated with supporting indigenous designs, is a belief that a strong synergy needs to be established between landscaping and architecture. In doing so, Century Property Developments has an indigenous landscape policy that overlooks use of exotic flora in place of indigenous ones. In addition to reinforcing the uniquely South African brand, it brings additional advantages including natural adaptability to climate, a lesser need for water than exotic plants and its capability to attract indigenous fauna. April 2011


All retail and commercial precincts are undertaken by property developer, Atterbury, while Century Property Developments drives the all residential precincts.The residential portion of this development is situated near the N1 (Ben Schoeman) highway between Pretoria and Johannesburg. It is bound by Allandale Road, Woodmead Drive and the World of Golf and has the Jukskei River meandering through the entire property. Waterfall City is home to the Waterfall Country Estate, Waterfall Village, Waterfall Valley including the award-winning Waterfall Equestrian Estate and Waterfall Hills—Mature Lifestyle Estate. Waterfall City is undeniably central to Midrand’s growth and one of Central Property Developments flagship properties. All of Waterfall City’s developments have been designed to provide a sense of personal freedom, expression and security for each and every resident. Security is managed to the highest degree by highly trained staff with stateof-the-art CCTV and access control systems. However, the pinnacle of Waterfall City, is the lifestyle variation it affords its diverse range of residents and their specific needs and desires. Waterfall Equestrian Estate This estate is a prime example of a secure lifestyle development that integrates security with lifestyle elements. Situated less than 10km north of Sandton CBD, between April 2011

Woodmead and Kyalami, the 200ha property was developed as a lush, secure country estate with a high quality infrastructure and facilities. Notable of these are equestrian facilities and the boutique hotel. The equestrian amenities include stables, paddocks, veterinary and tack rooms, training track, jumping arena, lunging ring and dressage arenas. The luxurious boutique hotel, ‘Tintswalo at Waterfall’ overlooks Midrand and comprises 16 opulent suites, a worldclass restaurant, spa and conference facility.

lap pool is found in the main clubhouse along with a travel agent, beauty salon, library and newsagent with deli. A business centre will assist members who are still serving on executive committees, as they ease into their retired lifestyle. Residents also receive computer assistance making it easier for them to communicate with family and friends. The actual development spans 20ha and offers either luxury apartment suites or freestanding homes of one to threebedrooms.

Waterfall Hills—Mature Lifestyle Estate ‘Waterfall Hills—Mature Lifestyle Estate ‘Retirement is an achievement, a way of life that is to be embraced and celebrated’.

Waterfall Country Estate and Country Village In tune with Century Property Developments’ design philosophy, the residential buildings exude architecture embedded in modern South African tradition. Waterfall Country Estate’s and Village’s ethos is intertwined with sustainability and a focus on ‘green’ living.

This is Century Property Developments’ philosophy and it is thoroughly translated in this estate. Waterfall Hills, a mature lifestyle estate located on Maxwell Drive between Sandton and Kyalami, sets a new benchmark in retirement living. It offers all the standard facilities one comes to expect from an upmarket retirement village such as, comprehensive frail care, doctors-on-call and assisted living. Furthermore the estate is in close proximity to Sunninghill Hospital and the future site for Waterfall City’s hospital.

Concepts like waste recycling, solar water geysers, use of gas appliances and guidelines to sustainable living are mandatory and will be seamlessly integrated into the lifestyle of all residents. Facilities on offer include over 37km of walking trails meandering through 30ha of pristine green belts along the Jukskei River; there are also several bird hides, park benches and drinking fountains along the paths.

Yet, life is about living, not dying and the lifestyle components clearly emphasise that point. The vision for the development is to house a community of individuals who enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle.

These developments are upmarket and span a total 640ha. Country Estate boasts 800 stands ranging in size from 1200m2, while Country Village consist of 1000 stands at sizes ranging from 600m2.

Communal facilities include a horticultural centre, where seniors will be assisted in the cultivation of plants; frequent seminars, held in the auditorium as well as screenings of both classic and modern movies. Outdoor activities include a bowls green, croquet lawn putting green and a tennis court. A comprehensive gym and indoor heated

Century’s Lasting Legacy Century’s head of architecture, Michael Bishop says, “Part of Century’s commitment to our own residents and the people in the areas in which we have our developments is to ensure that where we build, we leave a positive legacy and make the lives of those we impact a little easier.” 79

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Developments of the Century Waterfall City Waterfall City is the ultimate property development in Gauteng and possibly all of South Africa. This 3000ha space connects Midrand to Woodmead and is one of the largest mixed-use developments in the country combining commercial, residential, retail, a 5-star hotel, and internationally-acclaimed schools, all within a secured environment.


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1980's – Heroes’ Acre – © Arup Photo Library

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‘This year we are 60 years old, and this has seen many changes in the political and economic environment in Zimbabwe’

ARUP Zimbabwe 60 Years on Arup’s first venture into opening an office outside the British Isles was in 1951. In what was then called Salisbury (Harare) in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Nils Lisborg, a friend of Sir Ove Arup and one of his senior engineers, was leaving to join other consultants in Salisbury, but Ove persuaded him to open an Arup office instead. Then two years later Ole Haxen, another friend, opened an office in Bulawayo.

Structural commissions filled the order books for several years, until a downturn in workload following the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965 nearly closed the practice. Salisbury office shut, but Bulawayo remained open under Eric Walker’s leadership. In 1968 workload grew, and the Salisbury office re-opened, primarily to handle the design of the microwave towers on the new telecommunications link between Bulawayo

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and Salisbury, and a major new city hospital, the Andrew Fleming (now Parirenyatwa). At the same time we received our first major mining appointment – for the design of the replacement King Mill for African Associated Mines in Mashaba. This project broadened our skills to include civil engineering. In June 1972 we further expanded our skills by absorbing the firm Jongen & van Straaten,

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then the leading mechanical and electrical engineering consultants in Rhodesia. Our first multi-disciplinary appointment was Meikles Hotel, Salisbury in 1975, and a year later we took on the country’s biggest ever project – the asbestos mill for Shabani Mine (The Arup Journal special issue 1981). This comprised the largest building in Zimbabwe (to this day), a considerable amount of ancillary structures in the feed system to the mill, total electrical design, and significant volumes of civil engineering work both on the mill site and in ancillary developments resulting from the mill project. The Republic of independent nation the Practice, Ove forge greater links

Zimbabwe became an in April 1980, allowing Arup & Partners, to with the UK Practice.

Commissions to note in the late ‘80s and early 90’s were, on the industrial side, the meat storage and processing facility for the Cold Storage Commission at Harare, together with partial appointments for the abattoirs at Bulawayo and Masvingo. As for building engineering, there a great influx of work from the developers and pension funds, and Practice had a hand in most of the rise buildings that were constructed

was main the highthen.

The Team grew and the section flourished with landfill and audit skills and a Waste Management section. The Team continued to grow with the addition of Cleaner Production assessments.

The landmark project was Eastgate, which has been documented in many sustainable design articles (including The Arup Journal 1/1997), and which has won a number of International awards. This, together with Harare International School, has set a trend, and the Practice became renowned for its innovative approach to sustainable design.

One of our key business strategies was to develop ‘upfront’ skills that our clients needed when considering the feasibility of a project. Environmental Approvals was the key in this strategy and our success on the Ngezi Road was in part due to our understanding of our client Zimplats’ specific needs and requirements built on the EIA.

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The firm started its Environmental Section after being inspired by the Arup London Environmental Team. A bid was made for the major Environmental Impact Assessment study for Zimplats on the expansion of their new Ngezi open cast mine, which we duly won (The Arup Journal, 1/2000).

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This strategy was strengthened by our relationship with Sasha Jogi Planners where we jointly undertook many projects. Often these were thought up, planned, schemed and then presented to our clients building on the strengths of our understanding of the development process which brought value to our clients and work to our teams. In 2002 we absorbed Hart Frost, a highly regarded firm of dam and water engineers into our practice. With their key staff our water skills base was greatly enhanced and a new dimension –dams - was added to the ever widening Civils capabilities of our firm. It was becoming increasingly evident that Planning was a key initial stage of many developments and so a few years later we were joined by the staff of Sasha Jogi Planners, a firm of Environmental, Regional and Urban Planning consultants operating in Zimbabwe. This new capability has enabled us to add value to many projects by becoming involved at a much earlier stage of the development process. Our skills base in this field has grown steadily since then and we have undertaken commissions both here and in Zambia. The firm changed from a Partnership to a Private Limited Company in 2005 and 84

became known as Arup Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd. The Directorship comprises of Stuart Perry (Chairman), Peter Rix (Managing Director), Sasha Jogi and Mudzviti Mudzviti. The firm however remains an autonomous, independent office within the Arup fold.

international and national building contractors, government bodies, public authorities and international funding agencies. The firm is on the list of approved consultants of the major international funding agencies and has carried out projects under their auspices.

This year we are 60 years old, and during this time there have been many changes in the political and economic environment in Zimbabwe. However, successfully adapting to them has provided a sound base from which we can move forward. We see ourselves becoming increasingly involved in the Region to assist in providing a ‘first world service’ locally, and in developing our growing Arup Africa initiatives. We have been successful in the field of work sharing, and proud to have close international links with London, Dublin, Cardiff, New York, Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpar as well as regionally with South Africa, Botswana and Nigeria.

The core services we provide cover the fields of : • Project Management • Land Use Planning (Strategic Planning and Master Planning, Development Planning including Sub-divisions) • Water and Sewerage • Dams and Reservoirs • Roads and Stormwater • Structural Engineering • Industrial Projects • Environmental Services (EIA, EMP, Audits) • Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health Engineering • High Voltage Electrical

Global team working enables us to assemble project teams suited to individual client needs.

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We have a wealth of experience of working as team leader and as a member within multidisciplinary teams incorporating other consultants. Commissions are undertaken for a wide range of clients including industrial organizations, commercial groups,

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