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MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes COUNTRY EDITORS Kenya - Francis Makari Uganda - Samuel Bujingo Nigeria - Boladale Ademiju SUB-EDITOR David Kariuki WRITERS Elaine Young, Newton Mthethwa, Lindsay Wagner WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa Frankline May ADVERTISING Kenya William Mutama, Fred Okoth, Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Trizah Njoroge, Faustine Salleh South Africa: Manoko Thosago, Shepherd Mthethwa, Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng, Nqobile Ndlovu Uganda: Dan Nsalasata,Bill Collins Musaazi Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye, Ruth Girma Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Samuel Hinneh Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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The Great Rift Valley

Since 1989

Tapping 14000mw of geothermal energy The Great Rift Valley is 6,000km long and in East Africa alone it has vast geothermal reserves

December 2014 - January 2015, Vol 26 No.1 Africa's leading construction journal

The Great Rift Valley Tapping i 14,000mw 000 off energy

Cover Picture: The Olkaria II 105 MW geothermal power plant located in Kenya's Rift Valley. Kenya: Buffalo Mall, Naivasha South Africa: SAISC Steel Awards


Feature: Lowering costs of air conditioning Opinion: Wind power no longer a novelty

REGULARS Editor's Comment




New Products


Association News




Corporate News




Guest: Joseph Woods President at Ventera Wind


Inside Concrete additives


Air Conditioners


Lowering running costs Modern Air Conditioning


Samsung Electronics’ Built for Africa Solutions Fire protection and control systems in buildings


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Buffalo Mall Naivasha

Africa’s Grand Inga

Spearheading retail development in Kenya’s secondary cities Naivasha, a town located along the Rift Valley in Kenya, is known for its robust horticulture and tourism industries. In recent years, prime residential developments have been initiated in the area driving up the need for exclusive shopping malls to serve the growing affluent population. Buffalo Mall will be the first such mall in the town.

26 The 2014 the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards The Malapa Fossil Excavation Site project emerged as the best of the best of all entries in 2014 Awards

37 WEB Limited - Working to Achieve Sustainable Construction




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One of Africa’s most ambitious projects ever is taking shape in the DRC. It promises to alleviate poverty, stimulate economic growth and bring about rapid industrialization for most of Africa. The project is the Inga hydroelectric project that promises when completed to generate over 40,000mw of electrical power to meet Southern and Western Africa’s power needs about half of Africa’s needs to be precise. Phase 1 and phase 2 were completed in the seventies and eighties respectively and generate 4,800mw but the new 6 phase project is what could prove to be a game changer by providing 40,000mw. The power generated would be double the capacity of the largest dam in the world, the Three Gorges Dam in China. Coming at a time when hydroelectric power station projects have been facing sustained opposition for their negative environmental impact and questionable economic viablility the next phase it is set to go ahead at a cost of US$12billion. The Grand Inga mega-project is a priority project for a number of Africa development organizations, including the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), East African Power Pool (EAPP) and ESKOM, Africa’s largest power utility, among others. The project’s negative social and environmental aspects must be weighed against the benefits it can afford Africa by providing clean, cheap energy for Africa’s industrialisation and manufacturing ambitions.

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US $50 bn new Economic City in the pipeline

US$75m dam to be constructed to ease water tension Malawi Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) has indicated that it

A water desalination plant to be set up in Dakar

An economic development mega-project in the name of Tunisia Economic City has been unveiled. The planned city will host a variety of facilities, including a range of business and commercial centers that will aid international business. It will also have research and science centers, university and medical centers, as well as branches of foreign universities. Enfidha district, which is located strategically in the heart of the Mediterranean, will be the construction point for the new City. The city will be strategic for business since the district sits at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Facilities up for construction will include 14 smart zones, four economic centres, and residential areas. The plan is to construct a modern global-level economic city that aids regional and international trade. It will have academic centers, research hub and economic centers, but having residential and commercial facilities/units will make it a mixed-use development. The city will host smart zones, tourist attraction sites, and health facilities. It will also contribute to tourism. The economic zones will be available for use by international/multinational corporations, financial institutions, insurance firms just to mention a few, and these will take advantage of a Tax free zone. The academic center will entail a research hub, Medical City, University City, research hub and an agriculture center. Hence, it will have “cities” within a city.

will construct a new dam to address increasing demand for water in

A water desalination plant will be


the Mzuzu city. The board has indicated that it requires US$ 75m for


constructed in Senegal to provide

construction of the new dam. According to NRWB chief executive officer (CEO), Titus Mtegha who spoke during commissioning of

additional 100, 000 cubic metre/

the new Ekwendeni Water Treatment Plant that will ease reliance on

day of water in urban areas,

Ekwendeni plant on the Mzuzu water system, the board is talking to

and especially in the country’s

government and corporate partners to fund construction of the new

capital, Dakar. This was made

dam at Chikangawa Forest. He said that the current one dam in the area was not responsive to the growing population. Feasibility studies on the new dam, according to Mtegha, have already been done and

public by France’s Eranove subsidiary, Senegalaise des Eaux

the target was to identify a suitable location for this dam to provide

(SDE). This is also part of water

Mzuzu people with enough water for 20 or 30 years. “Once funding


has been sourced, then we should be able to construct the dam and

planned by Senegal, to connect

Mzuzu will be taken out of the water situation we are facing or likely to face,” he said.



more 1.6 million people in urbans areas of Senegal to a new


water supply system in the next

Akwa Ibom International Stadium inaugurated

six years. Another desalination

The newly constructed Akwa Ibom International stadium has been inaugurated this month. The inauguration took place in the presence of three African Heads of States among other delegates, and a play off between Nigeria Super Eagles and the Black Meteors of Ghana. The 30000-seater will be known as Nest of Champions. Construction of the Akwa Ibom was a landmark for the Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, who has also launched/initiated other construction projects in the area, including a power plant and an airport. The stadium was a remodel of the Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and has received credits from Confederation of African Football as one of the best stadiums around the world. Part of the constructed facilities included Olympic-sized track, a 70-seat bullet proof state box, and state-ofthe-art dressing rooms. The facility also boasts of medical centers and luxury hospitality suites. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Ghana’s head of state John Dramani Mahama and the Ivorian Head of State, Alassane Ouattara attended the ceremony. Construction of the stadium also marked a major shift in investment in sports, with many people having decried of lacking investment in sports infrastructure in the country. The state government has already confirmed that track and field events will be held at the stadium.

plant is also planned near Dakar, which will add 50,000 cubic metres/day in the supply. SDE has also announced plans to bid on this project. These projects will also help solve water shortages



in the capital, among other areas. Dakar has a population of about one million people. Rapid urbanization is also likely to increase demand for water, according to company’s chief executive officer, Mamadou Dia. Dakar has suffered under water shortages, with 400,000 people in city going without for water for 14 days last year following what has been termed as “acute shortage” of the commodity. Japan International Cooperation Agency




finance the water desalination project. December - January 2015

South Sudan

South Africa


Plans for a new Hydroelectric dam underway

Arabtec to launch the $40bn housing construction project

A new dam, whose construction

The planning and design stage of

will begin once related feasibility

Egypt’s US$ 40 billion housing

studies have been concluded, is

construction project that will see

upcoming in the country. The

provision of one million homes

Minister of Irrigation and Water






has also, in the meantime, set






construction firm is, therefore

a date to review the dam’s

New Aerotropolis to be constructed at OR Tambo International Airport

economic fasibility studies with

Plans are under way for construction of an aerotropolis at OR Tambo

construction before end of this

the Minister of Electricity and

International Airport in Gauteng, with the Provincial Roads and

year. The company announced

Dams Jemma Nunu Kumba. The

Transport Department looking for investing partners on the same.

in March that it would embark on

two will review the studies in a

This is according to Jack van der Merwe, head of the aerotropolis

building 1 million homes in Egypt

workshop to be held next month

steering committee. The planned aerotropolis is an industrial and

in a huge housing project that is

in Juba. Construction of the new Waw dam will help in provision of water required for electricity generation



, set to launch the first phase of

transportation hub, and will be constructed next to the airport. The project is part of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma’s strategic infrastructure projects under the presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission, which is overseeing US$ 77.25bn worth investments in three years, beginning in 2013. The implementation

backed by both the Egyptian and the UAE governments. This is part of the concerted efforts to ease the country’s housing

plan for the aerotropolis is on a five year scale and is expected to be

shortage. The construction is set

Waw dam, as disclosed, will

released to the public for comments on the same in six weeks time.

to begin once Arabtec concludes

have a storage capacity not more

According to the Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi, the project

the final agreement with the

than 2 billion cubic meters.

on the aerotropolis was not just a Government project.

Egyptian authorities.

Association Partners

activities in the country. The




- Architectural Association of Kenya - Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA) - Kenya Property developers Association - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

- Association of Ethiopian Architects - Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers

Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors

South Africa


- ASAQS - SAICE - South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession - Khuthaza ( Women for Housing) - Concrete Manufacturers Association - Green Building council of SA - South African Property Owners Association - Master Builders South Africa

Uganda Institute of Surveyors of Uganda December - January 2015

Botswana Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

Ethiopia Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers - The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)

Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

Tanzania - Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Construction Regulation Board (CRB) - Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

Nigeria - Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria


- The Nigerian Institute of Architects

- Ghana Institute of Engineers - Architects Registration Council - Ghana Institute of Surveyors - Ghana Green Builders Association - Ghana Institute of Planners - Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana

- American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region - Nigeria Society of Engineers - Nigeria Institute of Architects - Building and Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria(BACSAAN) 9


SDLG displays new construction machinery at Agri Mega Week

Local Zimbabwe firm introduces solar tiles in the market

Desso releases new tile collection

Summersrand Alternative Energy has introduced solar tiles


in Zimbabwe and neighboring markets, in a bid that will help

creative expression, the new

Babcock, exclusive distributor of SDLG construction machinery in the southern African region introduced its Western Cape customers to the new G9190 SDLG maintenance grader at the recent Agri Mega Week show in Bredasdorp. Agri Mega Week has been hosted in its current format at Mega Park since 2003. Visitors to this popular four-day annual show are primarily from the agricultural sector. This year’s event showcased the latest trends, technology, products and events around the theme “Focus on Africa”. “We take part in Agri Mega Week every year and the enthusiasm around our SDLG line-up was definitely more intense this year,” says Colin Van Blerk, Babcock’s Regional Sales Manager for Equipment in the Cape. “We were delighted by the response. The capital equipment buyers who attended the show were keen to ask us questions about the SDLG range’s technical specifications, performance, fuel consumption and pricing. Visitors to our stand were particularly impressed with the G9190’s competitive price. “Our stand was manned by our sales team, assisted by members of our product support and marketing teams. As always, the show proved an ideal opportunity to reach a wide audience, explore new markets and increase our market share.” The G9190 maintenance grader is a relatively new addition to the SDLG construction machinery family. Based on SDLG’s proven technological abilities the G9190 is a well-balanced machine with good traction and great blade down force.

increase supply of power to homes and reduce impacts of load-


shedding in these countries. The new solar tiles will also help in

different interpretations of our

exploiting of renewable resources according to the company’s Craig

transient times through changes


Mapedzamombe, something that’s already booming all across Africa. “The solar tile roofing is a new system which is part of the roof and is an environmentally friendly means of harnessing electricity without causing harm to the environment,” he said. Apart from Harare, Summersrand Alternative Energy has installed the panels in Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Apart from powering homes,

movement consists


and four

in colour, structure and nature respectively;



Pebble and Wave. With organic patterns, shimmering yarns and textured piles, the Transition

solar tiles can be useful in pumping of water. They also carry other

collection will add warmth and

benefits such as being proof to disaster, helping in protection against

definition to any office space.

electricity shocks and leakages, and carry fire resistance and ant-aging

Fuse is a striking carpet tile that

abilities. In addition, these panels can supply energy for long period

adds movement to the floor by

and are environmental-friendly. Each home will take a favorable

effortlessly flowing between two

installation option depending on the wattage required. For instance,

contrasting yet complimentary

they can opt for the 1, 000 watts panels that will in total cover 13.7

colour schemes to help zone and

square meters. This entails setting 125 packs each carrying 8 watts in

divide large interior spaces such

capacity. Another option is the 2 000 watts and 3 000 watts panels,

as open plan offices.

the latter taking an area of 41.8 square meters.

It will also allow an interior scheme to move seamlessly from one space into the next for instance a corridor into a side room or a large space into a smaller, more intimate one. The colour combinations of Fuse merges two distinctive hues from the uni-coloured Fields carpet tile – part of the Materials in Touch collection – to build a stunning

New Hyundai wheel loader HL 760-9 series: High Power Equipment Africa High Power Equipment Africa – HPE Africa – hosted a working demonstration recently of the new Hyundai wheel loader HL 760-9 series, which is an upgrade on the previous -7 series. “These robust wheel loaders, which were launched in South Africa last year, have been designed for efficient performance in arduous working conditions in mining, construction and agriculture,” says Alex Ackron, managing director, HPE Africa (a division of the Capital Equipment Group, Invicta Holdings Limited). “These versatile machines, with an operating weight of 18 400 kg and heaped bucket capacity of 3,1 m³, are suited to the terrain and load of every specific application.” Hyundai -9 series wheel loaders, fitted with fuel efficient, low noise Cummins 2 tier engines, have an in-line fuel pump that delivers more power at high injection pressure, for cleaner combustion and lower emission. The fully automatic transmission system is designed for durability, minimum power loss, low noise and improved travel speed.

design bridge between them. The combination or Fuse and Fields allow for endless creative expression with statement floors – or can be used to simply delineate different areas to great effect. Fields is available in 16 hues, while Fuse comes in seven colour combinations.

December - January 2015


Cape Construction Expo

Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya launches Awards Scheme

CranExpo 2015

Date: 12 – 13 August 2015, Venue: Cape Town, South Africa Contact: Tamsin Collins Website:

Date: 20 - 22, April, 2015 Venue: fairgrounds of AllRussia exhibition centre in pavilion

The Cape Construction Expo is the only dedicated event focusing on building and construction needs for the Western Cape. The event will feature an interactive exhibition with the latest products, tools and technologies and a training programme with DIY content. The Cape Construction Expo is designed for large and small building contractors, consulting engineers, architects, designers, building owners, academia, testing laboratories and testing equipment manufacturers active in the Western Cape.





IQSK Chairman QS Andrew Mandere

The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK), currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, recently launched the first edition of its Professional Excellence Awards Scheme in Kenya. The scheme is aimed at promoting best practices in the construction industry as







10th of

material lifting and handling equipment CranExpo scheduled to take place April 20-22, 2015

part of IQSK’s measures to streamline the industry. The Institute

at the fairgrounds of All-Russia

has made its mark in the building industry having contributed to

exhibition centre in pavilion

the success of various outstanding projects in the country. For the past two decades, the Institute has been able to identify outstanding firms that have made significant and exceptional contributions to the construction industry and it therefore seeks to award and honour them through the Professional Excellence Awards. “In the last twenty years, we have seen Quantity Surveying firms adopt and innovate to the shifting trends in the construction industry, helping us to promote the advancement of the practice in Kenya. We are proud of the role

December - January 2015




we have been able to play in recognizing and aiding these firms’

materials handling equipment

services to the public,” said Andrew Mandere, Chairman of IQSK.

“CranExpo” – is a professional

Other key objectives of the Institute include advising the Government

review occupying the position

on matters concerning Quantity Surveying and co-operation with

of industry forum in the Russian

institutions to ensure academic programmes relate to industry needs. The event will focus on: Innovation: Attendants will learn about state-of-the-art construction technologies from more than 100 exhibiting companies and sponsors showcasing the latest innovation and developments. Attend exhibitor workshops that provide training and introduce new technologies that provide further opportunities to build industry knowledge. Impact the future: A diverse attendee profile makes it even easier to share your passion for the construction industry and ignite enthusiasm for the next generation of construction professionals.


Tank World Expo 2015

Federation, the CIS and Eastern Europe. Universal opportunity to explore the potential of the

Date:13-14 April 2015 Venue:Dubai, UAE Website:

industrial market, to increase direct sales, introduce a new product




brand awareness and enhance the image of your company. The 3rd Annual Tank World Expo, with the support of the Ministry

Business platform for interaction

of Energy of UAE will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre

between producers, suppliers and

on 13th-14th April 2015. Following the huge success of Tank World

consumers of material handling

Expo 2014, Tank World Expo 2015 has established itself as the

equipment from all regions of Russia, CIS and foreign

place to do business with tank storage leaders in the Middle East and will host 100+ exhibitors and 3,000 visitors across the two days.

countries. Under the patronage of the Chamber of Commerce of

Please visit the website to find out more and to register for your free

the Russian Federation and the

exhibition pass:

Government of Moscow. 11


Bombardier awarded US$ 45m contract for Ethiopian rail project Yapı Merkezi, a Turkish firm undertaking construction of the Awash-Wedie rail, has awarded Bombardier Transportation company a contract to deliver mainline signaling for the rail project. The contract is valued at US$ 45m and is one of the longest lines tendered as a turnkey project in Sub-Saharan Africa according to Erdem Arioglu, who is a board member of Yapi Merkezi. Part of an investment programme by Ethiopian Railways to extend the country’s rail network, the new link is to be equipped with the proven BOMBARDIER* INTERFLO* 250 solution. The system will be based on the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), a global, standardized and state-of-the-art signaling system that will ensure the new railway’s high utilization and interoperability with other lines and new vehicles. Yapi Merkezi is constructing the railway line at a cost of US$ 1.7bn. The line is being constructed between Awash and Woldia towns. The railway line will connect northern Ethiopia with central region. It will also link the northern and eastern transportation network of Ethiopia. The rail project is expected to be complete by December 2015. Bombardier’s advanced rail control solutions have already been selected for provision of services across Africa.

American IGS construction firm enters Kenya

Dangote to invest in coal to power cement plant

International Green Structures, an American manufacturing, engineering and construction firm that provides building solutions using sustainable and renewable materials, has announced its entry into Kenya. IGS will invest approximately US$5.8m in its first phase, with longer term plans to build a US$15m billion manufacturing facility in the country. IGS which becomes the first US Company to enter Kenya after the USAfrica Summit, held early August 2014 in Washington, DC has already spent about US$1.5m in market research, technology approval, marketing and prototype units locally. IGS held high level discussions with both the government and developers from which it has already received commitments of 3,400 units from the private sector alone.

Aliko Dangote is planning to

Radisson Blue to construct two new hotels in Kampala Radisson Blue Hotels has made

Jaguar Overseas Limited to rehabilitate Harare thermal power station in Zimbabwe

public their intention to construct

Indian industrial engineering firm Jaguar Overseas Limited has

and another in Kampala. This

been awarded a tender to rehabilitate Harare Thermal Power station. According to Zesa Holdings, the whole rehabilitation exercise will cost US$76 million, and once complete, will see an increase in power

two new hotel branches in Accra announcement was made by the company at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum. The second hotel will be constructed at

generation across the country. Jaguar Overseas Limited is expected

Ghana’s Radisson Blu Accra

to carry out or oversee construction works such as survey, erecting

Airport by Carlson Rezidor,

commissioning lines and substations, and carrying out other civil

and will be called Radisson Blu

works. The company will also undertake engineering, procurement,

Accra Airport hotel. The planned

supply and installation works. Apart from the construction works,

hotel will sit on a 75,000sqm

the company will also procure designated-fabricated towers, power plant equipment for substations, conductors, insulators and hardware accessories, among other things. The engineering, procurement and

of land and will entail a mixeduse development. These include office, commercial and retail units. The developers will hope

contractor company is expected to finish the rehabilitation of the

to complete the first construction

power station on time, since the country seeks to reduce the crippling

phase of Ghana’s Radisson Blu

power deficits, which for a while now, has affected industrial work.

Accra Airport in 2016.


invest in developing Mbinga coal mine in the southwest of Tanzania. This was disclosed during




Dangote and Tanzania’s Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal at the Africa Global Business




Dangote is expecting that the coal from the mine will be used to power Mtwara Cement plant, located in the same region in the country. The amount of investment for the new coal plant is, however, undisclosed. The coal will be utilized to finance transportation of cement across the borders of Tanzania, according to reports. Dangote Cement is targeting to take advantage of the surge in local demand




increased construction activity in the region.

Kone acquires Marryat dealers in East Africa Elevator manufacturer Kone has acquired Marryat & Scott (Kenya) and Marryats East Africa, in a deal that would see the company grow its grip in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Kone’s executive vice-president for West and South Europe and Africa, Pierre Liautaud, has said that there are new housing and infrastructure projects that have emerged in Africa due to the region’s rapid urbanization and which are creating business for the company. “These acquisitions are in line with our long-term business strategy, and we look forward to bringing reliable products and services to Kenya, Uganda and their neighbouring regions,” said Liautaud. December - January 2015

Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) symposium on annuity financed road projects Date: 31st October 2014

A section of attendees at the symposium

Eng.Samuel Omer GM Planning & Environment KENHA, delivers the key note address on behalf of the Chief Guest. Eng John Mosonik

Venue: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

RACECA Chairman Eng. Kishan Gehlot making his presentation

ACEK Chairman Eng. James Mwangi, Eng. Samuel Omer GM Planning & Environment KENHA and IEK Chairman Eng. Reuben Kosgei share insights after the conference

ACEK Chairman Eng. James Mwangi making his presentation

(L-R) Savannah Cement MD Ronald Ndegwa, ACEK Chairman and Kurrent Technologies CEO Eng. James Mwangi and RACECA Chairman Mr Kishan Gehlot (right) share a word during the tea break

iPAD Rwanda Power & Infrastructure Investment Forum Date: 3rd - 4th November 2014 Venue: Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda

CEO symbionpower USA presenting Africa's power deficit - time to roll up our sleeves.

Delegates enjoy dinner at the event.

Distinguished exclusive panel with Hon Germaine Kamayirese minister of state set the tone Rwanda is ready for business.

Participants follow the event.

Participants following presentation by Alex Marshall of Clarke Energy - UK.

The CEO RDB Rwanda presenting theme Rwanda is open 4business.


Wind Turbines Are No Longer A Novelty AN OLD FRIEND

large-scale wind projects are typically paid a

Wind power is not new, the first recorded use

fixed annual amount per turbine. Wind power

of wind power dates back to grinding grains

accounts for a majority of all new electric

in ancient Persia. In rural America small wind

generation in the United States.

generators were prevalent on farms until the

Joseph Woods President at Ventera Wind: As Africa undertakes several wind power projects, Ventera shares some insights into the wind power developments in the USA

Rural Electrification Act of 1935. This law


provided federal loans to cooperative elec-

There are many factors to examine if your

tric power companies to purchase power

farm or business is considering wind energy

on a wholesale basis, and then distribute to

on your operation. The wind resource itself is

the American countryside. The question for

the number one item that must be taken into

homeowners and farmers remains, “Is wind

account. The quality of your wind resource,

right for me, and if so how can I best harness

terrain features, buildings, and tree heights

the wind for my situation at the lowest

will dictate the specific location of your wind

possible cost?”

turbine installation and tower height. Farm usage is typically exempt from zoning rules

ON-FARM TURBINES Understanding the basics is a good place to start. What we are discussing here today is mainly Distributed energy. Distributed energy is a term used to describe individual installations of wind turbines for business or homes that help offset some—or all—of the onsite energy consumption. Small wind turbine installations are typically less than 100 kilowatts (kW) in generation capacity, sized for the amount of power needed, and are electric grid connected, selling excess power back to the utility. Small wind turbines powering homes and farms number more than 69,000 across all 50 states, accounting for


with your local officials to determine what needs to be done prior to construction.A good, local wind turbine installer can answer most questions and assist you through the entire process. Maintenance is another issue to consider. Wind turbines like the Ventera Wind 10 kW has a maintenance free design where others require semi-annual or annual maintenance. This can become costly over time and can contribute to down time thus costing you more money, time, and aggravation. Other factors to keep in mind are a 30 percent federal tax credit that is available for new equipment, accelerated depreciation, and

over 812 megawatts (MW). That’s enough

of course the power produced itself. All of

power for over 120,000 homes!

these contribute to the “payback” of the wind


A number of American wind turbine manufactures with decades of experience are producing reliable and efficient wind generation systems.

but permits may still be required so check

turbine investment. Multiple installations of smaller turbines may also be in order.

Many of us have some familiarity with

An example would be installing five-10

Utility scale wind. Utility scale wind projects

kW turbines verses one-50 kW turbine as

produce a large amount of electricity from a

on the historic Braun farm in Saline, Mich.

single site and then transmit the electricity on

Multiple installs verses one also holds the

high voltage lines to large cities and industry.

advantage that, in the event there is ever an

Wind turbines operating at utility scale “wind

issue, you don’t lose 100 percent of your

farms” are typically around 280-feet tall and

energy production. A number of American

produce power in the 1.5- to 3-MW range. A

wind turbine manufactures with decades

single wind turbine of this scale can power

of experience are producing reliable and

up to 500 homes. Farmers that lease lands to

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The Great Rift Valley Tapping 14000mw of geothermal energy


ne of Africa’s greatest challenges is the provision of electricity to power its industries and stimulate socio-economic growth amongst its population. When you consider that 12 percent of Africa’s 2 billion people have access to electricity, then the magnitude of the problem only begins to become apparent. In addition, where power is available, its cost is high, leading to an uncompetitive environment for the manufactured goods. Africa’s Great Rift Valley better known for its picturesque mountains, escarpments and lakes has become the new source of hope to enabling Africa to meet its energy needs well into the 21st century. In recent years, the geothermal energy potential on the valley floor has attracted the attention of major investors keen to tapping into an energy source that is plentiful, renewable and largely environmentally friendly. According to the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), potential of geothermal energy in the


Great Rift Valley is estimated at 14,000 MW. The Great Rift Valley is a 6,000km terrain stretching from northern Syria to central Mozambique in South Eastern Africa. In East Africa alone, the region’s Rift Valley has vast geothermal reserves. If tapped, this can considerably reverse Africa’s chronic energy shortages. Recent geological surveys have provided evidence that Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania have huge potential for geothermal energy, which could reduce heavy reliance on hydropower and fossil fuel in these countries and the region. According to an assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility, there is 4,000MW of electricity ready for harvesting along the Rift Valley. Like other renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro, geothermal offers significant potential in terms of climate change mitigation. “Geothermal is 100 percent indigenous, environmental-friendly and a technology that has been under-utilized for too long. It is time to take this technology off the back burner in order to power livelihoods, fuel development and reduce dependence on polluting and unpredictable fossil fuels,” the UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner has been reported as having said in the past. The big money seems to agree and several institutions such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, Icelandic International Development Agency and the Nordic Development Fund are making financing available to governments in the Rift Valley countries for geothermal development according to a report by consultancy firm Norton Rose Fulbright. December - January 2015

Past Setbacks Despite the huge potential already acknowledged progress in development of geothermal energy in the past has been slow with only Kenya and Ethiopia having small installed capacities. This has been blamed on lack of funding, the high risk nature in the drilling oerations as well as poor legal framework and policy in government. But today, greater focus has been given by governments due to rising fossil fuel costs, droughts and siltation of hydro electric dams, and the ever looming power deficit in Africa that was growing faster than the rate of the installed power capacity. In a move to bring about greater focus, Kenya established the Geothermal Development Company, Tanzania has recently established the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company a subsidiary of TANESCO the local power utility firm while Uganda is in the process of setting up a geothermal resources department. Despite all this activity, however, only Kenya and Ethiopia have tapped this renewable resource to date in the Rift Valley. In the case of Kenya, the first geothermal plant in Africa was commissioned in 1980’s. The 45 MW plant was commissioned in three phases and has three units each generating 15MW of electricity. The first unit was commissioned in June 1981, the second and third units in November 1982 and March 1985, respectively. Kenya has set a goal of generating 1,200 MW by 2015. Experts estimate that Kenya alone has a potential of 5,000MW. Kenya's vast geothermal energy located in the Great Rift has more than enough power to light up the entire nation. Recently, the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the Olkaria 4 gothermal power plant which has added 140MW of electricity and later in the year a further 140MW is expected to come online. The increased geothermal power will have a significant impact on the country that has for long depended on expensive fosil fuel generators to make up for the country’s electricity deficit. Indications are that power costs to consumers could go down as much as 50 percent.

Ethiopia Ethiopia also has a considerable renewable energy endowment and it is moving to tap its geothermal potential. It has so far signed a preliminary agreement with a US-Icelandic firm, Reykjavik Geothermal, for a US$4bn private sector investment intended to tap its vast geothermal power resources. The aim is to construct a 1, 000 MW geothermal power plant, Africa's largest, in the volcanically active Rift Valley. Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson, COO, Reykjavik Geothermal said the company expects to bring on board at least four other partners under an agreement that would help mobilize between US$40 m to US$80m to help cover drilling of at least five wells. “We think we have a project that can have a return on equity that is acceptable by the investors,” Gunnarsson said. Power will be extracted from under the volcanic Corbetti Caldera crater. The first 500 MW of power from Corbetti Caldera is projected to come onstream in 2018 and the second 500 MW by 2021. To read more and to comment on this story visit

Kenya Kenya has the largest installed geothermal electric capacity in Africa and the present projects in the country are Kenya’s efforts to diversify its power sources as it moves to cut reliance on hydropower which currently contributes 46% of the country’s electricity needs, but which is vulnerable to weather fluctuations. Currently, the country has a total electricity generation capacity of 1,500MW of which geothermal contributes 200MW. This is in stark contrast to USA’s 3000MW capacity. The country plans to raise the contribution of geothermal from the current 13% to about 50% by 2018. December - January 2015


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oncrete is a composite material composed of coarse granular material embedded in a hard matrix of material that fills the space between the aggregate particles and glues them together. Concrete is thus made up of three basic ingredients which are water, aggregate (rock, sand, or gravel) and Portland cement. Concrete is the next thing that one sees whenever they turn around. It is everywhere. On roads, bridges, dams, buildings just to name a few. It is the most frequently used material in construction.The frequent use of concrete has come with its share of challenges, especially to the environment. The production of concrete globally has contributed to 5% of the world’s anthropogenic CO2 production. Technology has evolved ever since the first use of concrete by the Romans. Various methods have been deployed to ensure that the concrete used is of the best quality possible. Additives are such products. Common terms There are three terms used for the mixtures used in concrete. These are additives, admixtures and agents.An additive is a substance added in another in small portions to improve desired qualities or suppress undesired properties.An admixture on the other hand is a material used in the concrete other than the usual combination of water, cement and aggregates. The material is used to modify the mixture either during or after mixing.An agent is the general term used either as an addition to cement or an admixture in concrete. The terms used are almost December - January 2015

the same and it is sometimes hard to differentiate which is which. For this reason we will use the term additives for this feature.Concrete additives can either be liquid or powdered additives. They are added to the mixture in small quantities to increase the durability of the concrete, to fix concrete behavior and to control setting or hardening. These admixtures are supplied in ready-to-use liquid form and are added to the concrete at the plant or at the jobsite. Successful use of admixtures depends on the use of appropriate methods of batching and concreting. Concrete additives have various functions depending on what the contractor wants to achieve. There are two main types of concrete additives which are chemical and mineral. Chemical admixtures reduce the cost of construction, modify properties of hardened concrete, ensure quality of concrete during mixing/transporting/placing/curing, and overcome certain emergencies during concrete operations.


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Mineral admixtures make mixtures more economical, reduce permeability, increase strength, and influence other concrete properties. Mineral admixtures affect the nature of the hardened concrete through hydraulic or pozzolanic


activity. Pozzolans are cementitious materials and include

magnification of mature Xypex crystallization

natural pozzolans (such as the volcanic ash used in Roman concrete), fly ash and silica fume.They can be used with Portland cement, or blended cement either individually or in combinations.Safety measures to be adhered to before using concrete additives: Precautions in Use of Concrete Admixtures Following simple precautions should be considered by the concrete engineer when using the admixtures: firstly, one should confirm the quality with relevant codes of practice to ensure that they are aware of the side effects of the additives and whether they are beneficial or harmful, the concentration of the active ingredient of the additives amongst other precautions. The engineer should also make sure that the negative effects is not more that acceptable limits; they are to also follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the dosage and also conduct the relevant tests to make sure that the desired effects are being obtained under the job-site conditions. Finally, they are to make sure that the batching of the additives is accurate and there is no overdosing particularly in case of very sensitive additives.Concrete additives are used under different situations. They may be used when properties cannot be made by varying the composition of basic material in a mixture, to produce desired effects that are economical, and also to make concrete that is of poor




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Air Conditioners Lowering running costs



here are several types of air conditioners that can be used in homes, hotels, offices, religious places or any other kind of buildings. The most common ones include; Window Air Conditioning System, Split Air Conditioner System, Central Air Conditioning Plants and Packaged Air Conditioners. All of them need to be serviced so as to maintain their functions.An air conditioners filter, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function well throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance results to a constant decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. According to research, air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the developed world, at an annual cost of more than US$ 11b to homeowners in USA alone. As a result, roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide is released into the air each year, this results to an average of about two tons for each home with an air conditioner. The need for proper maintenance is therefore crucial.

coil's heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioners energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

Air Conditioner Filters The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the

Future of Air conditioners Energy International Corporation based in the Middle East is an air conditioning company licensed to manufacture Penn and MetalAire products in the UAE. Their Communications Coordinator, John Peter says that the latest trend in air-conditioning in the Middle East market is moving towards district cooling which is the

Air Conditioner Coils The air conditioner evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coils will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary. Coil Fins The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Air conditioning wholesalers sell a tool called a "fin comb" that will comb these fins back into nearly original condition.

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Port•A•Cool® portable evaporative cooling units employ the same natural cooling process, using forced air over watersoaked evaporative cooling pads to reduce temperatures up to 10ºC and cools up to 370m with the largest unit.

centralized production and distribution of cooling energy. They are moving towards this direction as a means of airconditioning large buildings and even the entire residential installations. He further says that District cooling doesn’t require as much electricity to run as it doesn’t use compressors. By using this process of district cooling, chilled water will be delivered to buildings like offices and factories needing cooling. In winter, the source for the cooling can often be sea water, so it is a cheaper resource than using electricity to run compressors for cooling. Another trend is the move to build LEED Certified structures because it saves money and resources and has a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. Most of the major projects in the market are being certified as LEED, Gold and Platinum. Their major manufacturing partners are set up to help with LEED Certification as it is prevalent in the U.S. GEA Heat Exchangers headquartered in Germany, is a competent partner as a manufacturer as well as a consultant. Gert Bakkeren, Director Product Management at GEA sees the future of air conditioning as having more integrated controls and communication with Building Management Systems and energy efficiency. Port-A-Cool, LLC Port-A-Cool, LLC, a worldwide manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry, is renowned for December - January 2015

superior evaporative cooling units, media and accessories since 1990. Headquartered in Center, Texas, USA, the company produces a wide range of products and portable evaporative coolers that cool 40 to 370 square meters. Port-A-Cool evaporative coolers are an ideal way to economically and effectively reduce temperatures where traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive. Applications include construction, agricultural, industrial and manufacturing sites. Port-A-Cool differentiates itself within the evaporative cooling industry via the production and usage of KÜÜL® pads, the highest quality rigid evaporative media on the market. Made in the USA, the unique production of these pads incorporates leading-edge technology to create rigid media with the highest resin content in the industry. The result is the most efficient, effective evaporative cooling possible. The newest 36-inch unit is the Port-A-Cool® Hurricane 3600. The Hurricane 3600 can provide a cooling effect of as much as 14º C and delivers 24,635 m3/hr – the largest airflow delivery of any 36-inch evaporative cooler offered. The evaporative cooler utilizes high-efficiency cooling pads and water to naturally cool up to 325 m2. The 2014 enhanced design features a digital control panel with easy touch buttons for operation and status displays, eyecatching blue blades and requires only 11.4 amps for pump 21

worldwide distribution of air handling units and fan coil units. They try to exceed the expectations of their customers by innovation, quality and comprehensive service. More than 200 employees are at present employed.Euroclima has a well distributed network of sales and service all over Europe, Asia, Middle East and Northern Africa. Their partners in various countries assume a surface covering responsibility for marketing, local servicing and optimal assistance.Their strength is based on better quality management processes with ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, real customized solutions through unmatched flexibility on the market place, low energy consumption Euroclima’s ZHK 2000 – customized Air handling unit with Heat recovery system

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commissioning with factory designed, fitted and tested controls, plug and play solutions with packaged products having integrated refrigeration, dedicated solutions for every particular project such as ATEX classified sites, sound sensitive project, food industry or data centers.They are well represented all over the world to provide optimum support, assistance and service to their customers. For the last 50 years, Euroclima shipped more than 100, 000 units all over the world from 1.000 to 600.000 m続/h. Roland Pichler, Sales Director at Euroclima says that their products are found in African countries like Morocco, Libya, Tunis and Algeria. They are also seeking for distributors in other countries. The Kenyan market for air-conditioning has several players one of which is Universal Engineering Systems Limited. Mr Balaji Krishnan of Universal Engineering Systems Limited says their equipments are sold as far as Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda and they source their equipment from Belgium, Malaysia, Italy and China. They pride themselves on their focus on quality, after sales service and competitive pricing. Air Techniques Ltd also based in Kenya supply Rhoss SPA and Inventor brands of air conditioners which originate from Italy and Greece respectively. According to the Managing Director Mr Peter Clevers they supply

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the whole of East Africa and offer quality products at competitive prices. Pricing, running costs and and quality are what are paramount in the ever expanding market for air conditioners in Africa and most suppliers are conscious of this and so endeavor to provide exactly what the client needs inorder to win market share. For prospective customers it will always pay to search for reliable after sales service inorder to avoid complete breakdowns that can be costly.


Modern Air Conditioning Samsung Electronics’ Built for Africa Solutions

L Mr George Kebaso, Manager, Air Conditioning Business Unit.


ike all technology driven industries, the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) sector is highly dynamic and responsive to changes in technology, consumer tastes and other variables that dictate what manufacturers offer to the market. Constant research to produce innovative products suitable for different environments therefore forms an integral part of HVAC manufacturers’ operations. In the past, demand for air conditioning especially in developing countries was mainly felt in areas that typically experienced hot and humid weather. And even then, consumers were perfectly content with fans or anything that blew some amount of cold air during these periods. Today, the situation is very different. Consumer awareness has increased tremendously. Demand for air conditioning is now virtually universal. Tastes and preferences are constantly changing. For example, many employees working in modern offices are increasingly aware of the correlation between air quality and overall health. There is therefore a demand for systems that not only keep the working environment conducive but also ones that simultaneously supply clean air. A similar situation is being witnessed in residential buildings. In addition, consumers are looking for HVAC systems that are energy efficient, easy to operate and aesthetically appealing. No longer are they comfortable with huge, expensive to run equipment protruding from walls of their living and working spaces. These changing tastes have seen manufacturers of air conditioners redouble their efforts at innovation. And nowhere is this innovation more evident than at Samsung Electronics.A global leader in technology, the giant Korean company has continued to churn creative products from its HVAC division in response to market demands. In Africa, the company has developed special products specifically suitable for the continent under its Built for Africa (BFA) initiative. This means that the products developed for the market take into account special

challenges facing many parts of the continent such as unstable electricity supply and environmental concerns. For example, BFA systems such as the ultra modern DVMS air conditioner currently on offer on the commercial market come with voltage fluctuation protection, corrosion resistance, peak power demand control and long-life heat exchanger fin. Samsung Electronics has established major operational centers on the continent. One of these is Nairobi, Kenya. George Kebaso is Manager, Air Conditioning Division based at the Nairobi office. The Nairobi office, which operates as Samsung Electronics East Africa Ltd., serves 17 countries throughout East and Central Africa. With seven years’ experience in the industry, Mr. Kebaso has seen the sector grow in leaps and bounds. “Previously, demand for air conditioning was mainly in the residential category but this has now changed such that we have a 50:50 scenario for commercial and residential units”, he says. Mr.Kebaso is spearheading an ambitious market penetration strategy to capture the lion’s share of the HVAC market in his region. Already, the company enjoys market leadership in the commercial segment in the East African market according to the division leader. In this segment, the company has seen growth of more than 100 percent compared to the previous year and intends to maintain this momentum. “We have been very precise in targeting this specific market and have therefore introduced units specifically suited for it”, says Mr.Kebaso. “As you know, air conditioners operate differently in different environments.” He says part of his company’s strategy is value addition through such overtures as extended warranties and free design to developers intending to install air conditioning systems. Although design can be quite expensive, taking up approximately two percent of an entire project cost, Mr. Kebaso is confident that this value added service will pay off in terms of more uptake of their units. “My team and I have received immense support December - January 2015

Hotel Royal Orchid Azure, Nairobi: one of the buildings fitted with Samsung DVMS

for this initiative from the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Samsung in East and Central Africa, Mr. Robert Ngeru,” he says. A common perception is that air conditioning is expensive and untenable. But says Kebaso to those who hold this view: “It’s true that in the past, it was expensive to purchase and to maintain. However, today we have, for example, inverter systems that save over 30 percent of energy costs.” Samsung is working with key stakeholders in the construction industry to provide air conditioning solutions in new and existing developments. In Nairobi, some developments are already enjoying Samsung’s superior technology. The Oval, a high end office development in Nairobi’s exclusive Westlands suburb, has been fitted with an air conditioning system that offers individual consumption billing so that tenants pay for only what they consume. Another major development in Samsung air conditioning technology is smart systems that can be operated through apps on smartphones. It is now possible to switch on the system in a desired room well ahead of the room’s occupation or use. In addition, if one accidentally forgets to power down the system when leaving the premises, one can send shutdown instructions online. New air conditioners in medium to premium segments also come with Remote Management operability. Mr. Kebaso reveals that this feature enables technicians located far from the air conditioners to work on those units online. (At the time of this interview he had been working on a system installed in Tanzania the December - January 2015

previous day). “The units are also intelligent in that they are able to precisely diagnose a malfunction”, explains Mr. Kebaso. So why would someone choose Samsung air conditioners over other brands in the market?

“There are several

reasons”, says the youthful manager. “Our units are energy efficient and are designed for comfort. They are silent and unobtrusive. Besides, we not only cool or heat air but also purify it”. In addition, he says, Samsung air conditioners have proven reliability. “You can always count on the Samsung team for professional services”, he adds. “Over 80 percent of air conditioner problems occur through faulty installation. So we have a highly skilled and trained technical team that undertakes installations and maintenance”. Mr. Kebaso explains that Samsung has been at the forefront






Academies, an initiative that began when the company realized there was a severe shortage of qualified air conditioning engineers in the region. Looking into the future, Mr. Kebaso is optimistic that Samsung is strengthening its leadership position in the air conditioning industry. “We are a company that fundamentally rethinks ways of doing business. We do not do it the conventional way. We have managed to venture into new markets or introduce revolutionary products through calculated risk taking resulting in major success.” – Francis Makari 25

Fire protection and control systems in buildings


ompanies providing fire safety technology are today applying the knowledge that will contribute to the development of innovative, high-quality fire safety products, systems, and solutions. When protecting commercial structures where occupants range in the thousands and proterty and equipment costs are incalculable, fire protection is the uppermost concern of builders, owners, and facility managers. For large buildings with mixed occupancies, it is imperative to maintain their fire protection system and equipment to ensure proper function as designed to operate during emergency conditions. In the last decade in Africa there has been a regulation given to fire prevention and control, because most fire departments were concerned only with extinguishing fires. However in the recent pastmost urban areas have established some form of a fire-prevention unit, the staff of which concentrates on such measures as heightening public awareness; incorporating fireprevention measures in building design and in the design of machinery and the execution of industrial activity; reducing the potential sources of fire; and outfitting structures with such equipment as extinguishers and sprinkler systems to minimize the effects of fire.

Fire Suppression Systems An automatic sprinkler system is the single most important fire-safety system a building can have. In its simplest form, a sprinkler system is a network of overhead pipes (with or without water in them connected to a water supply. Attached to these pipes, at regularly spaced intervals, are automatic sprinkler heads. Firemiks AB There are several companies that offer fire fighting solutions and Firemiks AB is one of them. Originally founded in 1979, Firemiks AB is a Swedish family based business currently operating in the third generation. Throughout the years, their main focus has been to develop, manufacture and distribute their product line of water motor driven dosing systems worldwide. FIREMIKS® is a mechanical foam proportioning system used for firefighting. The circulation of water solely drives the motor. According to FIREMIKS®’s sales director Per Aredal currently their products are available in Africa mainly in South Africa where they have a distributor; Specialist Fire Equipment (Pty) Ltd, recently they have also got a new distributor in Nigeria; McGrath Power Solutions Ltd. Previously there has been sales through a UK company to BP in Mozambique.

Per also added that their water motor driven foam pump system are gaining more and more acceptance as a strong alternative to old bladder tank system. With FIREMIKS® dosing is flow-proportional and effectively working regardless of pressure variations. One has the freedom to use several nozzles or sprinkler heads of different types, at different heights and open/close them independently of each other. There are three main types: FIREMIKS Fixed type is provided with a gear pump and is particularly suited for use in fixed systems with higher flow rates, such as deluge system, foam chambers, foam monitors and in fire trucks, etc., in addition also very suited to concentrates of high viscosity FIREMIKS Sprinkler type is provided with a plunger/piston pump and is particularly suited for use in sprinkler systems with low starting flows and high working pressure, in addition also very suited to concentrates with low viscosity, such as wetting agents. FIREMIKS Mobile type is mainly used by fire brigades as a handy complement to fixed foam admixing systems. Just connect FIREMIKS to the fire hoses and put down the suction tube into a foam drum, and it is ready to be used! FIREMIKS is an economic system with accurate proportioning – optimum use of foam concentrate. Low maintenance and very easy regular testing allows for a low cost of ownership. Contacts FIREMIKS®


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How WEB Limited is Working to Achieve Sustainable Construction Nairobi Business Park (Phase 2) - won LEED Gold precertification, making them the first commercial buildings in East Africa to be registered as ‘green’ buildings under the international standards of the world’s leading green code, the LEED Core and Shell rating system. This marked a milestone for the young company. Garden City, a project by Actis, will be the largest and most innovative retail mall in East Africa.



EB Limited is a sustainable construction consultancy offering highly integrated services for the built environment across the full property and infrastructure life cycle. WEB Limited is a corporate member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is involved in establishment of Kenya Green Building Society, both members of the World Green Building Council. They offer services spanning from inception of the client’s project, feasibility studies, design and construction through to maintenance, operation and disposal. These services include Environmental Management Systems, Product Evaluation, Environmental Due Diligence, Energy Service, Energy Modelling, Carbon Footprint Analysis as well as Water Sustainability and Hydrology. WEB Limited promotes sustainability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own by striking a balance between Environmental, Social and Economic pillars in project development. The company was established in May 2012 by Elizabeth Wangeci Chege and Boniface Chege Kimani. They are the co-founders of WEB Limited as well as the CEO and director of the company respectively. Recently, two of the projects under the company’s wings – Garden City and

It will be a large mixed-use development on Nairobi’s Thika Highway, occupying 32 acres with a primary catchment area of 1.5 million people. In addition to the 50,000sqm retail mall, Garden City will accommodate state-of-the-art commercial premises, 500 new homes and a three acre central park, offering familyfriendly leisure space for Kenyans and visitors to the city. The center is being planned as a unique family leisure and retail destination which through its mix of offer will appeal middle and upper-income Nairobians, city-wide. Nairobi Business Park is an exceptional example of A Grade office accommodation. Set in a unique location next to the Ngong Racecourse on Ngong Road, this prestigious office park has successfully attracted high profile corporate tenants and enjoys an excellent reputation in the market.

Apex Steel Bars

Why Apex Steel is ahead of Competition One Kenyan company is “steeling” a march on its rivals by continuously growing and expanding its operations in order to offer its customers a one stop shop for all their requirements. Apex Steel Limited has morphed from its beginnings as a supplier to also become a manufacturer in order to meet the need of its clients in hardware, construction, fabrication and engineering industries. Traditionally, twisted bars were used in the building construction projects. However globally twisted bars have been banned due to their inconsistency in quality. The new generation steel- namely ‘Deformed Bars’; December - January 2015

also known as ‘Ribbed Bars’ are now being used all over the world. In Kenya Apex Steel was the pioneer in bringing to the industry deformed bars, manufacturing them locally but to international standards. Apex Steel was the first to introduce deformed bars, the first to be awarded a KEBS approval for compliance and then achieve a ‘Diamond Mark of Quality’ for conformity. The KEBS requirement in Kenya is for the Steel to have a tensile strength of Grade 460. The deformed bars being manufactured by Apex Steel are consistently of Grade 500+ (British Standards BS: 4449). 27


Buffalo Mall Naivasha Spearheading retail development in Kenya’s secondary cities


Naivasha, a town located along the Rift Valley in Kenya, is known for its robust horticulture and tourism industries. In recent years, prime residential developments have been initiated in the area driving up the need for exclusive shopping malls to serve the growing affluent population. Buffalo Mall will be the first such mall in the town.


s completion nears of the much anticipated Buffalo Mall Naivasha, it heralds the latest stage of shopping centre development in Kenya’s fast

growing retail landscape.

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Developments, has set its sights on targeting Kenya’s secondary cities with Buffalo Mall Naivasha being its first project in Kenya. The principals of the company have a long track record of developing and managing similar projects in Europe, including in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe. Buffalo Mall Naivasha is being developed in partnership with Delamere Holdings, with senior debt finance provided by Housing Finance Company of Kenya (HFCK). Buffalo Mall Naivasha, billed as the gateway into the Rift Valley, is located at the junction of Moi South Road and the

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Strong tenant demand The development of Buffalo Mall Naivasha has generated considerable interest from Kenya’s leading retail brands seeking to target Rift Valley consumers with over 95% of Phase One already leased. Tuskys, one of the four giant supermarket chains in the country, is the anchor tenant having leased 3,861 sq. m. (41,544 sq. ft.) of supermarket premises plus 450 sq. m. (4,842 sq. ft.) of loading areas in Phase One. In addition Tuskys has leased a further 2,409 sq. m. (25,920 sq. ft.) in Phase Two. A selection of the in-line tenants includes:

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Java House, Mimosa Pharmacy, Optica, Healthy U, City Walk, Wine Gallery, One Way, Rift Valley Leather, Chapa Copy, Micos Drycleaners and Laundry. Housing Finance Company of Kenya (HFCK) is the developments financing Kenya

Trans African Highway on the northwest edge of Naivasha town. Phase One is due for completion in November this year and will total over 7,400 sq. m. (79,653 sq. ft.) comprising a supermarket and a retail gallery. Phase Two will add a further 14,000 sq. m. (151,000 sq. ft.) upon completion in mid 2016. The shopping centre is situated at the heart of an 18 hectare (44.5 acre) master planned site which features a range of complementary planned developments including a business hotel, a process and packaging facility, apartments, hospital, petrol stations and car servicing.

bank and will also have a branch within Buffalo Mall.

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Buffalo Mall Naivasha features a striking modern design and benchmarks the latest international standards.

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and technical teams assembled for the development drew from both international expertise and local experience and knowhow. The Canadian concept architect worked closely with the local planning architect to design a comprehensive master plan envisaging a phased delivery of each of the development components. The traffic flow design and car parking layout were reviewed by a leading UK traffic specialist in order to avoid the all too typical jam at entry and exit. The development team’s engineers and architects ensured that the building reflected the project brief to create a low energy, low environmental impact ‘green’ building. To achieve this, the public areas and retail premises benefit from a system of ‘passive cooling’, calculated using the stack effect principle. All the light fittings are LED, requiring a fraction of the energy of conventional fittings while offering a considerably greater lifespan. All irrigation water for landscaping and grey water used within the building is derived from the outflow of the water cleaning

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station, a device imported from America, which utilises the latest technology in environmental waste management and recycling. Upon completion, the project as a whole will be submitted for an environmental efficiency rating, based upon international best practice and will be the first building in Kenya to be considered on

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Developer: Buffalo Mall Developments Architects: DMJ Architects Quantity Surveyors: YMR Partnership

Services Engineers: Krapton Consultants Interior Design: Aligned Systems Main Contractor: Parbat Siyani Construction Limited


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Swahili Gem Development, Mombasa Defining Modern Swahili Architecture

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wahili Gem is an intimate residential development of 14 luxury apartments set on the beautiful Tudor Creek of Mombasa. The project is exceptionally innovative in its architecture, skillfully combining the finest elements from the 2,000-year-old Swahili culture and from 21st century design. The Swahili Gem team brings a contemporary interpretation of Swahili architecture; it emphasises comfort, aesthetics, quality finishes and creative use of spaces.

Project Team Developer: Swahili Gem Limited Contractor: Continental Homes Limited Architect: Urko Sanchez Architects Structural engineers: Interphase Consultants Quantity surveyors: Mandhry Associates Mechanical and electrical engineers: East African Maritime Services Limited Electrical contractor: Relcon Power Systems Ltd Plumbing contractor: Ken Plumbers Ltd HVAC: Shankar Electronics Ltd Swimming pool: Davis & Shirtliff

Iconic award-winning architecture Works on site started a few months ago, but Swahili Gem has already won an award by the Architectural Association of Kenya, an honourable mention in the 2014 awards of excellence in architecture (best residential project). This is recognition for the tremendous amount of work that was put into the architectural design of this project. The overall concept is to build modern apartments of the highest standard but also symbolically rooted in their cultural context. This is achieved by putting forth a modern architecture of the highest quality and at the same time by showing its attachment to Mombasa’s history by borrowing inspiration from the rich traditions of Swahili designs. In a way, this development is committed to harmonising Mombasa's past, present and future architecture. The building features a unique Musharabieh structural shell which is aesthetically pleasing but which also offers protection from the sun and from possible onlookers from neighbouring buildings. The project provides large outside living spaces and for the lower apartments, unique interior gardens which will boost natural ventilation. This unique design is the works of Urko Sanchez Architects, a studio which has in the past ten years strived to achieve modern architecture with a local twist. Works of the Studio at Vipingo Ridge and in Lamu are examples of uniquely

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Environmental conscious development Swahili Gem is an eco-friendly development which aims to minimize its impact on the environment. The building has been designed to work in harmony with its natural surroundings. An environmental strategy has been developed to promote resource conservation. Natural ventilation and protection from the sun are promoted. All apartments are fitted with solar hot water systems. The provision of a bio-digester waste water treatment plant allows for recycling of grey water. More information on this development can be found at


innovative architecture. A residence of high calibre in the heart of Mombasa. The Swahili Gem development is a work of art as much as it is a residence of high calibre. Swahili Gem apartments offer all the 21st century luxury and comfort of high standards. The development comprises 3 patio homes, 10 terrace apartments and 1 penthouse. All units are very spacious. The layouts are optimised to maximize creek views and natural ventilation. Terraces are vast and constitute a natural extension of interior spaces, hence maximizing living spaces. he 14 units conform to the highest standards of modern luxury. Kitchens and bathrooms boast European-style fittings and bedrooms are designed to provide the ultimate in comfort. Air conditioning, lift, false ceilings, led lighting and backup generators are some of the specifications which make Swahili Gem the epitome of 21st Century living. Security and fire-protection are also enhanced through modern technologies. An infinity swimming pool, gym and landscaped garden are amongst the amenities which will make living at Swahili Gem a great pleasure. Convenient location The development is on the island of Mombasa, minutes away from Mombasa Central Business District, the airport, the port, shopping centres and beaches. The location is ideal for a business base as well as leisure indulgence.

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hopping malls are becoming an integral part of every community especially in cities and the surrounding areas. The convenience of getting multiple services at one location is what primarily drives many Kenyans to prefer shopping at malls rather than waste time going from shop to shop. Typical features of modern malls include supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, boutiques and others.



Milele Mall is one of the new such facilities coming up in Ngong on the outskirts of Nairobi. It is owned by Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Ngong Parish. The mall is being built within a parcel of land measuring 4.25 hectares that was previously underutilized.The project kicked off in February 2013 and is nearing completion. Some of the big tenants include Tuskys Supermarket (anchor tenant), I&M Bank, Chase Bank, AAR Medical Centre and Innscor.

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Architectural features The roof structure is supported by two major trusses spanning almost 80 metres anchored on the ground floor. The building contains many windows to provide maximum natural lighting. The arcade has an atrium which is roofed with polycarbonate to allow natural lighting. Louvers have been used to allow for air circulation. Recycled water from the water treatment plant is to be used in the washrooms for flushing and irrigation.


Facilities Facilities at Milele Mall include parking with at least 200 bays, elevators, borehole and a standby power generator.

The compound will have a perimeter wall backed up by CCTV and security guards. Access to the development Milele Mall will be accessed through Ngong Road. The exit is through an access road that connects to Ngong town. There’s also a service entry and exit through a different access road. Challenges The mall had been designed to have at least four floors. However, due to some financial constraints, the team has managed to cap it at two. Project Team

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Crown Paints introduces silicone based paint in Kenya


rown Paints Kenya Limited has introduced a Silicone technology to its exterior range of paints. The NSE listed paint manufacturer will start manufacturing

silicone paints at its factory in Nairobi, which will trade under the brand name Permacote Ultraguard Silicone. The paint will be produced in Kenya using silicone technology from Germany and will be packed in 1ltr, 4ltr and 20ltr cans. “For the first time in Kenya we are introducing a silicone based paints in Kenya. This technology isn’t new in the world since it has been practiced in other continents. We are delighted to announce that Crown Paints has partnered with Wacker Chemie plc from Germany. Wacker will provide expertise in silicone technology since they are a world leader in silicone based products,” Crown Paints Kenya CEO Rakesh Rao

Rakesh Rao (right), Crown Paints Kenya CEO and Nilesh Gosavi (left) the Product Manager display the newly launched paint product in Kenya dubbed, “Crown Permacote Ultraguard with Silicone” during the official launch at Crown Paints Muthithi place showroom.

said during the launch. Silicone helps the product to be strong

does not allow dirt to settle on painted surface. These high end

and to withstand all extreme weather conditions.

(self-cleaning and breathing) properties help in reducing the

Currently, Crown Paints produces 2.3million liters of paint per month and in the next five months the firm intends to produce over 70,000 liters of Permacote Ultraguard Silicone Paint. Mr Rao added, “This unique product is designed to suit

maintenance cost of building.” According to Mr Rao, Permacote Ultraguard Silicone Paint is ideal for almost all architectural structures such as exterior concrete, masonries, new surfaces, previously painted plaster, cement, brick, stone and many other

Kenyan environment because it’s withstands extreme weathers.

surfaces including soft-board and hardboard ceilings and walls,

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2014 Steel Awards

Compelling engineering!

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The 2014 the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards attracted massive attention from those in the built environment and related sectors. So high were the standards that in undertaking the adjudication process, judges faced a pleasant dilemma of selecting the best amongst the excellent works in steel fabrication entries that were submitted. Held annually, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards have evolved into a benchmark against which most enterprising organisations and individuals in the field of steel fabrication and associated sectors measure their performance. Every year, conventions are challenged as contestants introduce new standards in engineering inventiveness. And the 2014 event was no exception. The 2014 event was held in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town concurrently. Construction Review looks at some of the projects which emerged winners and earned commendation.


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2014 Steel Awards – Overall winner

Malapa Fossil Excavation Site The cream of the crop When the Malapa Fossil Excavation Site project emerged as the best of the best of all entries in 2014 Awards, there was virtually no contest. According to the judges, the project epitomises the high standard of creativity from all perspectives The structural elements resemble parts of the shoulder, the scapula and clavicle. Even to the casual observer, theMalapa Fossil Excavation Site is eye-catching; it stands there screaming, “Here I am. See me!’ Malapa’s award

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mongst the judges there was overwhelming consensus that the Malapa Fossil Excavation Site was the overall winner, as well as winner of the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa’s Tubular Category. To be fair, this was not surprising. Every phase was thoroughly considered. In the area of architecture, the brief was to build a removable structure over the proposed dig site to serve three functions: protecting the site and the exposed fossils from the extremes of the weather; allowing for as much ‘dig time’ as possible; and blending in with the ‘ring of trees’ and the rest of the bush on the hillside. Further, there was need for a tourist viewing platform, a crawl hoisting structure to lift out rocks of mass up to 1 ton and impart maximum natural light into the covered area. Evidently, the project team worked around the clock, ensuring that every element was observed in the course of construction. And the result is a fascinating work of engineering. Outstandingly, when viewed from above, it takes the shape of a beetle with eight legs.

was richly deserved. It was a fitting end to superior project management, from planning to execution, under able supervision of Spiral Engineering. The unanimous observation was that the project had ticked all boxes on Excellence in the use of steel in four areas –architecture, engineering, fabrication and Erection. In fact, according to Judge Erling, it was the first time that a project had achieved such a feat in the thirteen years that he has been managing the Steel Awards process. What stood out from the judges’ perspective were the following aspects: the determination of the whole team, especially the site team; the quality of the site team; the fact that when you visit the site the roof is not visible from just a few metres away;and that the construction team has left the site virtually as they found it, except for the structure.

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2014 Steel Awards – Mining and industrial Winner

Bakubung Platinum Mine First-class fabrication As mines get deeper in search of ore, so is the contest for the coveted prize in the category in the mining and industrial category. However, in spite of stiff competition from equally compelling entries, the Bakubung Platinum Mine notched the first prize.


he 2014 Mining and Industry winner, the Bakubung Platinum Mine, under Wesizwe Platinum Limited, is an underground mine with a twin vertical shaft system- a main shaft and a ventilation shaft which also functions as the second escape route - and a process plant. The first priority From the engineering perspective, the headgears have been designed to satisfy the sinking requirements for the shaft, the equipping stage, over and above permanent mining use with all the skip unloading facilities and safety equipment for emergencies. The headgear’s core constituents The structure consists of a frame designed to resist horizontal and vertical wind loads, three sheave levels with the upper level at 72 metres above the bank, a 14 metre centre tower between the bank and the underside of the sheave levels, six floors to the tower, a 30 ton capacity

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electric overhead travelling (EOT) crane and support structure tops out the structure. A full height staircase and elevator to the 72 metre level complete the structure. What’s the fuss about the headgear? The designs of the headgear and its associated loads are in accordance with the SANS10208 series of specifications. These specifications were drawn up by a committee under the auspices of the SAISC. The dominant loads are gravity, wind and the forces associated with the loads on the ropes and snapping of the steel wire ropes and the catapult-like effect it would have on the headgear. Skip tipping loads are considered for the permanent use. There are other impact loads from emergency situations such as overwind of conveyances that have been taken into account. Specifically, the steelwork needs to be fabricated to the highest standards with many full NDT tested penetration welds, considering that the heat input from all the welding can lead to distortion. 41

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shafts built so that mining operations could commence. In terms of

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done to the steel and flooring, hot dipped galvanising of permanent

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small steel components, and full painting specifications to plate

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girder components. In his analysis of the project, Spencer Erling, the

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2014 Steel Awards - Bridge Category winner

Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge (KwaJolwayo) All weather access The Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge in KwaJolwayo, Kwazulu Natal has enabled people of surrounding communities to cross the other side of the river bank at all times and access various services.

Just how did the project team translate a riveting design into a functional facility? First to be constructed were Grouted rock anchors, reinforced concrete piers, rock anchors and abutments. Final erection of the steel components by the rigging subcontractor was carried out over a period of four weeks. The rigging subcontractor carried out the final erection of the steel components over a period of four weeks. Ultimately, the Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge has given surrounding communities improved all weather access to the opposite bank, hitherto problematic.

benefits that technical solutions and efficient design structural steel can bring to rural communities faced with dangerous natural barriers which adversely affect their everyday lives.�

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he 2014 Winner in the Bridge Category,Tugela River Pedestrian Bridge (KwaJolwayo,) demonstrates the difference which imaginative engineering can bring to community development

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The project brought economic benefits to surrounding communities. During construction labourwas sourced from the local community. Spellbound, the Judges could not hesitate in conferring the Tugela River Bridge with theBridge Category Winner accolade.Their justification was: “It merits an award in view of its portrayal of the

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2014 Steel Awards Commendation - Bridge Category

The Isando Pedestrian Bridge Functionality cast in steel For all consultants behind the bridge, no doubt, the most satisfying aspect about the Isando Pedestrian Bridge is not the 2014 Steel Awards Bridge Category Commendation, but the benefits it is bringing to 9,000 commuters who use it every day.

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he Isando Pedestrian Bridge, which earned a commendation in the Bridge Category, epitomises the ongoing initiative aimed at upgrading freeways in and around Johannesburg. It replaces two footbridges that were built in the early 1970s. 446 metres long, ranked as one of the longest pedestrian bridges built in South Africa, it connects the Isando PRASA Rail Station with the OR Tambo International Airport precinct.

Design The central section of the bridge has spans of varying lengths.The superstructure consists of a continuous composite steel box girder with wide concrete deck slab. The main span is supported by two vertical planes of fanned cables that are anchored into the back spans. A main feature of the bridge is its two un-braced cigar shaped steel pylons – one leans forwards at 11 degrees and the other backwards.

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The versatility of steel What creativity can do to steel! Evidently, a riveting work of engineering has produced a number of distinctive elements. A sculpted tapering section with internal cable anchorages that retains the sleek look of the pylons has been created.A torsionally stiff structural steel box girder supports the walkway, as well as allows the asymmetrical cable arrangement on either side of the deck. Attached to the box, the sculpted outriggers create integrated and flowing forms. These elements are galvanized and painted to reduce future maintenance activities over the highway.


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2014 Steel Awards – Bridge Category Nomination

The DRA Footbridge A safe engineering solution

The DRA Footbridge blends functionality and safety brilliantly.

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little work was done above the roadway, ensuring less interruption to traffic flow. All in all, the DRA Pedestrian Bridge blends functionality and safety brilliantly.

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he DRA Footbridge, earned a nomination in the 2014 Steel Awards in the category split on either side of busy Leeuwkop Road in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. Why did DRA International indulge in such extravagance? Couldn’t the funds have been channeled somewhere? Actually, the project was driven by necessity. The bridge is the best way to link the main DRA Office Park, which is located on the west corner of Leeuwkop and Witkoppen Roads, with the adjacent building on the east side ofLeeuwkop, which now houses their infrastructure division. DRA realised that staff faced safety risks from frequently crossing the busy street. Hence,a decision was made to construct a footbridge linking the two properties. Delivery time was of the essence. The major concern was: what if, in the course of 8 months of ‘brick and mortar’ construction, a member of staff got involved in an accident? For this reason, a practical method which could ensure that a high quality bridge was built within a short time had to be sought. DRA opted to construct the bridge using only steel in order to speed up completion. In the design the use of composite fibre grate flooring which is both lightweight and easy to fabricate, as well as a watertight roof and cable trays to increase the capacity of services across the entire DRA Campus was recommended. DRA carried out engineering of the support columns and the steel stair structures in-house, together with panels underneath the stairs, and space for an elevator to be installed in the future to cater for people with disabilities. Off-site fabrication reduced the time it took to erect the structure and made transportation easier. Further,


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2014 Steel Awards - Light Steel Frame Nomination Category

MediclinicKimberley South Africa

A quality fast track health facility The 2014 Steel Awards-nominated MediclinicGariep facility demonstrates the expediency of light frame steel construction to deliver health services to a community.


ediclinic needed a health facility in Kimberly to be constructed within a short time. And as it was apparent that time-consuming brick

and mortar methods could not suffice, light frame steel


hospital offering acute-care. It complements services currently offered at Mediclinic Kimberley. Concerning facilities, Mediclinic Gariepen has a surgical complex with

provided a convenient option. Officially opened in July

five theatres – including two sophisticated multimedia

2014, Mediclinic Gariep is a new 146-bed multidisciplinary

theatres – and a dedicated endoscopy suite. Other

Professional Team

specialised services include an emergency centre, high

Developer/Owner: Mediclinic Architect: Graceland Architects Structural Engineer: Civilsense Consulting Quantity Surveyor: Taljaard Meyer Storm Incorporated Project Manager: Scitus Consulting (Pty) Ltd Main Contractor: Tronkon Gauteng (Pty) Ltd Steelwork Contractor/s: Kabelo Investments (Pty) Ltd t/a Central Roof Industries, MasenkeBeaconplate LSF Supplier: MiTek Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd

care and critical care units and a radiography department. Mediclinic took the decision to build a new hospital in El Toro Park south-western suburbs to serve Kimberley’s south-western suburbs. Its proximity to the R31 and the N8 makes it accessible to areas beyond the borders of the municipality. Uniquely, the hospital’s sustainable design elements include solar water heating, heat pumps to centralise ventilation, shading louvres for windows, low-emission glazing, insulated walls and roof and a water-wise garden with indigenous veld and protected trees. Making it on the 2014 Steel Awards nomination list is laudable for a fast track project which is going to provide quality health services to people from surrounding areas. December - January 2015


Prefabricated timber roof trusses

• Light Gauge Steel Trusses • Steel Wall Framing

eCo Fasteners® are timber and steel fastening devices that provide strong and rigid connections to any building structure.

A network of more than 190 licensed roof truss manufacturers across South Africa, provides a competitive and economic solution to even the most complex of roofing problems. This MiTek fabricator network, using MiTek’s state-of-the-art software programs, provides high quality, purposeengineered truss units to satisfy the need of an ever increasing complex roof market. The scope of MiTek’s services includes not only unrivalled expertise in terms of professional structural engineering service but also the extensive Research and Development into all aspects of timber and light gauge steel roof design and construction as well as a full range of manufacturing equipment - that makes MiTek a World Leader. creating the advantage World Leaders since 1956. MiTek Park,754 16th Road, Randjespark, Ext. 34, Halfway House,1685. Midrand (Head Office) Tel: + 27(0) 11 237 8700 Cape Town Tel: 021 905 0244 • Durban Tel: 031 700 6332 • Port Elizabeth Tel: 041 581 7525 email: • *MiTek

Industries South Africa (Pty)Ltd, a division of the worldwide MiTek Group.

The Safal Group shows staying power and vision Over the last 50 years the Safal Group has vastly expanded its footprint in Eastern and Southern Africa– and is strongly positioned for the next half century. The United States of Africa is the 10th largest economy in the world, worth almost a trillion dollars a year, putting it ahead of India and even China. Economies across Africa withstood the economic meltdown of 2008 and have grown at an impressive 6% on average. This is tied to the demand for the riches under the African soil, but also to the dramatic growth of the African middle class - consumer spending accounted for more than 60% of sub-Sahara Africa’s growth in 2013, according to the World Bank. Steel roofing giant the Safal Group has been a part of Africa’s growth for over 50 years. It has witnessed sweeping change on the continent, seeing steady growth driven by an awakening consumer market and the emerging middle class spending money to educate their children, build homes and improve their quality of life.

Kenya – the trailblazer Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM) was set up in Mombasa in 1962, with its colour-coating and sheet profiling operations near Nairobi. Its metal coating mill was the first in Africa to produce zinc-aluminium coated steel, which is the global benchmark in coating technology for durability and quality. Mabati Rolling Mills has sold its iconic Dumuzas (metal coated) and Resincot (pre-painted) roof sheeting products in Kenya and neighbouring countries for over 45 years.

Tanzania – a regional powerhouse ALAF (previously Aluminium Africa) is Tanzania’s oldest steel company, and was established in 1960. Also part of the Safal Group, ALAF sells its products from its main operation in Dar es Salaam and via service centres around the country, with substantial exports to neighbouring landlocked countries.

Spreading further afield The Safal Group opened a third coating mill in Uganda 1964, and a state-of-the-art coating mill for South Africa in 2011. Over these 50 years, the Safal Group has also established 30 roll-forming operations and 6 associated businesses in 11 African countries, making it the continent’s largest producer of quality coated steel sheeting. In the next half-century, the Safal Group will remain a part of the future of Africa by embracing its opportunities as well as its challenges, by manufacturing ethical products, establishing strong brands and growing into new regions.

Putzmeister Profile

Concrete convenience for Africa Well-resourced, Putzmeister South Africa is a reliable provider of one-stop concrete solutions to construction sites in sub-Saharan African countries

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riven by the philosophy “African solutions for African needs”, South African-based concrete pumps, mortar machines, industrial pumps and truck-mounted transit mixers manufacturer, Putzmeister South Africa is able to meet the exact requirements of mega infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa sufficiently. While most South African suppliers engage local agents, Putzmeister South Africa’s Managing Director, Ludwig Geyser, tells Construction Review that his organisation works more efficiently by dealing with sub-Saharan Africa clients directly from South Africa. “As soon as we sell a machine to a customer a relationship starts. We believe that a product is only as good as its after-service. Hence, we ensure that every machine that we have sold is functioning perfectly. “When a customer experiences a problem, we often use telephonic troubleshooting. However, it is only when we can’t solve it that we send someone. We have several travelling technicians on hand,” he says. Putzmeister offers a comprehensive aftersale service to its customers in Africa and its warehouse in Honeydew, Johannesburg, has a steady supply of replacement parts. Practical solutions Through experience and timeous market research, Putzmeister has succeeded in developing a market outside South Africa, says Geyser. “Realising that, while technology that works in South Africa is generally accepted it is not always practical. That's why, with our factories, we have developed low tech Africaspecific machines that have simplified hydraulics and electronics making fault finding easier. The products are simple, manually operated. Furthermore, they are mainly diesel-driven, convenient for most parts of Africa which have little or no access to electricity,” he explains, adding that although low-tech, the products are made to Germany quality specifications in accordance with ISO


9001 standards. With guaranteed availability of machines and spares from its factories, Putzmeister is able to meet demand in any country within their allocated region. Tailored turnkey package Putzmeister’s unique approach to African needs can also be reflected in the turnkey package tailored made for customers. Putzmeister South Africa supplies the batching plants where concrete is produced, truck-mounted and trailer-mounted concrete pumps, concrete mixers for a complete concrete solution. “With regards to Africa, we have had to diversify and broaden our horizons in terms of product spectrum to create a convenient one-stop shop kind of service,” explains Geyser. Remarkable growth Putzmeister’s unique approach has paid off substantially, with tremendous growth experienced in countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to name a few. Its recent supply contracts include Dar Es Salaam-based projects, the Pension Towers and the Port Authority Building – which will be the tallest building in the area once completed – the I-Towers Phase 1 and 2 in Gaborone, Botswana, and the expansion of various mines in the DRC and Zambia. To a degree, Geyser believes the company’s success in implementing German machines in Africa has been facilitated by the groundbreaking success of Putzmeister products in projects globally. “The fact that our brand is well known in a way opens the door for us sometimes,” he says. He adds: “In the main, what works to our advantage is that every construction project in Africa needs a concrete pump. Further, we are the only group that can supply a truly turnkey project in the region – sub-Saharan Africa including the Indian Ocean Islands (Madagascar, Reunion, Seychelles, and Mauritius).” With South African construction and in infrastructure sector in a stagnant state, Putzmeister hopes to capitalise on steady demand for complete concrete solutions in subSaharan Africa. It is aiming to utilise events like Bauma Africa to increase its footprint. December - January 2015

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The Concrete Manufacturers Association NPC The Voice Of Africa’s Precast Concrete Industry • • •


he Concrete Manufacturers Association NPC (CMA) is the primary custodian of Africa’s precast concrete industry. Over its 43 year history, the CMA has evolved from its origins as a masonry association into a body which promotes the full scope of today’s precast concrete line up. Membership is open to all precast concrete manufacturers, and members fit into either or both of the Association’s two operational pillars, Precast Building and Precast Infrastructure, depending on their product mix. Although membership has always been open to companies throughout Africa, the Association now actively recruits among African precast concrete manufacturers. Besides South Africa, the current membership roll comprises companies from Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in addition to some from Europe and Asia looking to enter Africa’s lucrative market. Besides access to the industrial know-how of the CMA’s panel of experts, there are numerous benefits to membership.

These include: • Being part of an association brand which is widely recognised and respected for setting and maintaining best-practice standards • Access to industry-specific statistical information • CMA branding on company stationery, website, packaging and products • Participation in the prestigious CMA Awards for Excellence competition • Listing on the CMA website • Membership discounts on seminars and educational courses • Participation in setting national standards for the industry • Access to best-product design and manufacturing processes • Opportunities to feature innovative precast concrete projects in the CMA’s magazine, Precast • Client referrals • Participation in and product displays at exhibitions. For CMA membership purposes, precast concrete is defined as a concrete product cast in a re-usable mould or form, cured in a controlled environment, transported to site and lifted into position. There are five membership categories: producer; nonproducer; associate; contractor; and cement producers. Membership is granted on the basis of the following: • Production takes place in a purposebuilt manufacturing facility • A quality assurance system is in place • Occupational, health and safety (OHS)


procedures are in use Technical and engineering competence Financial stability Environmental compliance.

The CMA’s promotional activities target architects, engineers, developers, contractors and property owners and the pooled knowledge and expertise of its members fosters an environment which encourages the development of innovative, environmentally and community-friendly products. Members are encouraged to hold accredited product certification such as the relevant SANS standard or to manufacture to specifications laid down by the CMA. The CMA has published numerous manuals, brochures and audio visuals on the practical application of precast concrete and this material is available to members at a nominal charge. It also runs refresher courses and holds seminars to introduce new technology and methodology, often featuring overseas experts. Over the past 15 years the CMA has virtually re-written, amended or upgraded nearly all South Africa’s national standards on precast concrete. These standards focus on both the manufacture and application of precast concrete.The preparation of new and the revision of existing standards is undertaken in collaboration with bodies such as The South African Bureau of Standards and Agrément South Africa. The Association is currently working with the SABS on the revision of four national standards. CMA director, Wally Armstrong, says the main challenge facing the CMA is to convince professionals and specifiers that the products and systems it advocates are of considerable advantage to all concerned i.e. specifiers, industry professionals, and of course, the end-user. “Our other challenge is to nurture and encourage technical skills and innovation in the manufacture and application of precast concrete industry - to the benefit of all.” Visit . For further information contact CMA director, Wally Armstrong on +27 11 805 6742 or via email on . December - January 2015

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GIBB Africa Profile

Port Harcourt

Strategic expansion


ith a tremendous track record of delivering complex projects such as Gautrain, Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, Medupi Power Plant as well as the 2010 World Cup stadiums for clients in South Africa on time, within budget as well as to the required quality standards, it should not be surprising that GIBB continues to excel on the continent. Muzi Siyaya, GIBB Group Business Development Executive, the seasoned provider of custom-made engineering, architectural and urban planning solutions, enlightens Construction Review that, essentially, social and business factors drive the company’s involvement on the continent. “Firstly, being part of Africa and as an organisation with South African roots, we cannot ignore the growth opportunity that the infrastructure development deficit in Africa offers. “Secondly, we do align ourselves with the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) initiative aimed at promoting infrastructure development through sharing knowledge gained from a 58 year presence in Africa,” he says. GIBB is a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm that is mainly involved as an implementing

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agent (owner engineer) or a trusted partner in projects taking place in respective African countries in all stages. Services offered by the firm range from Engineering Consulting and Implementing Agency services related to the procurement of EPC contractors and the management of project implementation on behalf of clients. Siyaya adds that additional services include, project selection and prioritisation, transaction and technical advisory services related to the mobilisation of project preparation funding, the drawing up of studies for each specific project (feasibility, techno-economic and financial, environmental and social impact, detailed pilot study and documentation for invitations to tender); GIBB also gets involved in the mobilisation of debt and other financing instruments as may be required for viable projects. Siyaya explains that the firm understands that every country has a unique way of doing business. “We ‘go native’ by building partnerships with local companies that have a better understanding of the local environment. We have realised that for us to succeed, we have to respect local culture.” Furthermore, as part of due diligence to ensure that projects are environmentally sustainable, GIBB ensures that all projects it undertakes comply with 55

the best practice engrained in its ethos. “We ensure that the projects we work on have a lasting legacy in communities in which they are meant to serve,” says Siyaya.

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Focus on West Africa Buoyed by the successful completion of the massive framework and master plan for the infrastructure revitalisation and current implementation thereof in Port Harcourt, River State in Nigeria, Arcus Gibb Nigeria, is determined to make inroads into other countries in West Africa. The successful completion of the Master Plan Project and the subsequent design and the roll-out of housing and bulk infrastructure in Port Harcourt, Nigeria is very encouraging, says Wiero Vogelzang, the Managing Director of Arcus Gibb Nigeria, which is part of the GIBB family. “We see it as a springboard into the rest of Nigeria and Anglophone and Francophone countries in West Africa.” Through the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, the River State Government had contracted Arcus Gibb Nigeria to produce a Master Plan for Port Harcourt City’s infrastructure revitalisation. Specifically, the Master Plan documents how the city’s infrastructure

shall be redeveloped in the areas of transport, housing, water supply and reticulation, stormwater management, electrification and sanitation and sewerage in an environmentally sustainable manner. Arcus Gibb Nigeria has worked on the project for over six years. Now, with Port Harcourt’s experiences and a depth of skills gained from its recent merger with SVA International, the company is well-positioned to handle more complex projects. Currently, Arcus Gibb Nigeria is promoting itself through high profile avenues such as conferences and exhibitions. “Presenting a paper on Water and Sanitation in Port Harcourt – Lessons Learnt during the Accra International Conference Centre provided an opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in planning and service delivery to government officials, development agencies, local consultants, suppliers and contractors from across the West Africa region,” says Vogelzang. This has resulted in many opportunities being brought to us from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Cote D’ Ivoire, Senegal and The Gambia. Vogelzang adds, “With our level of determination, nothing will stand in our way of achieving our objectives.”

GIBB is a leading multi-disciplinar engineering firm Leaders in engineering consulting

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