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a 25th Anniversary Edition

June 2014, Vol 25 No.5

Buying used construction equipment is fraught with risk especially if you intend to buy online.

In Africa, for Africa, by Africa

We interviewed some of the reputable global

Importing used Equipment?

suppliers and put together what you need to know

Here are 5 useful tips

to be ahead of the game

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Uganda: Dan Nsalasata,Bill Collins Musaazi

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Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye, Ruth Girma Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Samuel Hinneh Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda

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Osotua Villas

Taking the second hand option

Brings Luxury to the Rift Valley

The demand for used construction equipment in Africa has grown in leaps and bounds stirred up by the continents infrastructure drive that has seen roads, housing, water

Naivasha is one of the most

and electricity supply take centre stage in its development

popular holiday destinations

agenda. From West, East and Southern Africa the urgent

within Kenya’s Rift Valley.

call is for a more conducive business environment and

Recently, developers have

governments are responding

realized that people would also want to live permanently in


this serene part of Kenya and Osotua Villas is the result.

BET Architects plc Over the course of the past 10 years, BET Architects based in Ethiopia has had the opportunity to be involved in the design of buildings of various categories such as residential, office, mixed use, commercial, hotels, resorts, medical facilities, multi- purpose halls, educational facilities,

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To the economist it is all too clear that if Africa is to meet its development agenda infrastructure has to be developed whether it is to move agricultural produce to market faster, develop a nascent industrial and manufacturing base or to become an attractive tourist destination. Machinery is the tool that will get the work done. The evidence of this demand for equipment has not been lost on European, Asian as well as American dealers in used equipment some of whom have gone beyond having mere websites and have in addition become more frequent visitors to the continent as exhibitors at local fairs while setting up local partnerships. Parts and services suppliers have also shadowed this trend along with local dealers of reputable brands who today also offer refurbished equipment that is more affordable than buying new. In this issue we explore the key issues to examine when buying a piece of equipment online or in the yard.

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Solar demand in MEA region grows by 50%

Construction of Pemba Port to commence in 2015

Solar PV demand in the Middle

The construction of the Pemba Port Logistical Base, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, is set to start in January 2015 with the first phase of construction budgeted at US$150m. The first phase will include the building of the logistical base and the installations for the production and assembly of the subsea equipment used in the hydrocarbon industry. The new port in the city of Pemba will have a 300 meter dock capable of receiving ships with a maximum draught of 12 meters and a variety of other facilities on a 36-hectare plot. The facility will support the hydrocarbon industry in the Rovuma Basin, where huge amounts of natural gas have been discovered. The logistical base has been sub-leased to the recently formed company ENHILS, which is composed of Mozambique’s National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH) and the Nigerian company Orlean Invest who have extensive international experience in developing logistical bases to support the hydrocarbon industry. This venture is the first of its kind in Mozambique.

East and Africa (MEA) region is set to grow 50 %year-over-year in 2014. This is according to a NPD Solarbuzz’s Emerging PV Markets Report: Middle East and Africa. The report adds that between 2014 and 2018, annual PV demand will nearly triple as the MEA region becomes a key market for the global industry. By 2018, annual PV demand in the region is expected to reach 4.4 GW, with an upside potential of 10 GW. PV demand from the MEA region in 2013 grew by 670 %, compared to 2012 when the region added approximately 140 MW, the research group points out. Previously, the region had a substantial share of small off-grid PV systems; however, in 2013 the on-grid segment became the main factor driving growth to more than 1 GW, with 1.6 GW forecast for 2014. In 2018, ground-mount systems will account for over 70 percent of the market. So far, PV growth in the MEA region has been predominantly




small number of economically prosperous particular

countries, South


in and

Israel. Along with Saudi Arabia,


represents an ideal renewable energy type across much of the Middle East and Africa,

to begin in June 2014. This is according to the joint developers and





Flanagan & Gerard Property Investments



Property Investments. According to Patrick Flanagan who is the Executive Director and Founder mall will bring quality shopping

at the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Egypt’s government will be

in the region and help improve

presenting its ambitious plans for the development of the Suez Canal

on the social and economic

in January 2015 to both local and international financial institutions

impact of the town in the District

and several companies. The project comprises developing ports of

and region at large.

Port Said, Al-Arish and Ain Sokhna. EGP 2bn ($US 281m) has been allocated to finance studies and the infrastructure of the project. The government is preparing to present the project’s plans at the

Flanagan also added that the presence of the mall will create about 1,500 to 2,000

international conference arranged to attract funding of the project and


will be receiving and screening offers beginning as early as February

Thohoyandou will retain about

2015. Rizq said fourteen consortia had competed for the deal of

US $19.34m retail money which

preparing the plans for developing the Suez Canal and a committee consisting of international expertise was formed to appraise bids and choose the winning consortia. At a conference at Suez Canal’s simulation center the chairman of Suez Canal Authority Mohab Memish, revealed that the canal is 14.6% increases in revenue locally.

von Aichberger says solar PV

Thavhani Mall in Limpopo is set

According to Mahmoud Rizq director of the department of planning

to offer stable demand levels

NPD Solarbuzz analyst Susanne

Construction of the US $87.06m

of Flanagan & Gerard, Thavhani

gaining growth rates with foreign currency increasing by 4.9% and

next few years.

US$87.06m retail mall to be built in Limpopo

Suez Canal expansion set for 2015

these three countries are expected within the MEA region over the

South Africa




the town spends outside. Such openings will encourage new retailers to invest in the town and the old retailers to expand their stores. According to Flanagan the mall will include two supermarkets, three fashion anchors and at least two major banks. In addition there will be a food court. A taxi rank will also be incorporated with a spacious parking space with two vehicle access points.

adding that market drivers and constraints differ greatly between

The mall is set to be opened in

the two regions.

April 2016.


June 2014




US$356m varsity complex commissioned

Africa’s first thermal solar plant Construction of Africa’s first thermal-solar power plant at Arandis in Namibia is set to commence before the end of this year. The total project cost is and

estimated will





26% of Namibia’s electricity requirement. The solar power plant will combine the thermal and solar energy to produce a 120MW ‘hybrid’, the first of its kind on the continent. The power station will take 22 months to construct and will have a new connection substation and a short power line that will both be donated to NamPower. The plant will consist of eight 15MW heavy fuel oil (HFO) engines weighing 358 tons each, with a “9th engine” solar park with a capacity of up to 50MW of photovoltaic solar panels.

US$1.10bn cultural and leisure centre in the offing

Wessal Capital an investment fund focused on developing tourism in Morocco has announced the launch of its second largest project worth US$1.10bn in Rabat in a bid to build a new cultural and leisure centre for both the tourists and local residents. The project is a joint venture supported by Kuwait Investment Authority’s Al Ajial Investments, Qatari fund Qatar Holding, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Aabar, Saudi Investment Fund and Moroccan Fund for Tourism Development (FMDT). The project will be built on a 110 hectare area and will encompass the construction of a new marina for promoting tourism, hotels, residential housings, urban green spaces and a theater. The project is the second part of the Bouregreg valley development. According to Lahcen Haddad the Minister for Tourism, Rabat the capital city of Morocco is starting to become a great cultural destination a reason for huge investments in theaters and museums adding that the government plans to also invest 9 billion dirham (US$1bn) in renovating urban areas of the city.

Association Partners


- 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


Institute of Surveyors of Uganda

- Association of Ethiopian Architects - Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers

Association of Consulting Engineers of



- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia


Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors

Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

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

Namibia Namibia


- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)


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


Kenya's Moi University has commissioned the construction of a US$356m, 26 storey complex in Eldoret town in western Kenya. The magnificent twin-tower building is being constructed next to Imperial Bank along Uganda Road and is expected to be the tallest and biggest building in the town. According to Moi University Pension Scheme (Mups) Trustee Chebutuk Rotich, the iconic structure will have a parking space for 600 vehicles to help curb the issue of parking in the town, it will also contain modern technology in that clients will access the building either using access cards or finger biometric readings, besides screening at the main gate, and every floor will have CCTV cameras for enhanced security.

- 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

June 2014

Nigeria - Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria

- Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - 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


Liebherr’s MPSControl System

New Energy’s Validated SolarWindow™

Miele's refrigerators and freezers

A new generation of the established MPS system for the control of concrete mixing plants has just been unveiled by Liebherr and is already available on the market. Quick reaction times and maximum precision provided by the processor control featuring realtime capable operating system ensure outstanding plant outputs and concrete quality. The open system ofthis software-based solution allows upgrading at any time, as well as integration into other data systems. State-of-theart display screen visualisation of the Litronic-MPS III provides a comprehensive overview of functions for the mixing technician, and in turn straight forward operation of the overall plant. A requisite and uniform consistency of the concrete is guaranteed via after-run optimisation, tolerance monitoring and adjustable moisture measuring. Several languages are available with which the plant can be operated. Liebherr currently offer more than 20 languages, however, more would be available upon request. All data pertaining to customers, material orders or concrete types for example, are administrated on the left-hand monitor of two. The right-hand monitor provides complete plant visualisation with interactive direct operation in real time. Designed for continuous operation in demanding ambient temperatures, the system comprises a computer, a speedy four-channel precision amplifier, keyboard, two monitors (more upon request), VPN router for the Teleservice and a control panel with PC box and software.

New Energy Technologies Inc. (NENE), developer of see-through SolarWindowTM coatings, capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics, has announced that its technology has set a new record for generating electricity while remaining see-through with over 50% greater power than prior attempts publicized by others. Using today’s certified power-production data, Company engineers estimate that a SolarWindowTM installation on a fifty (50) story commercial building located in Florida could generate enough electricity to power at least 100 homes while eliminating the equivalent carbon emissions produced by vehicles driving approximately 2,750,000 miles per year. Additional total power production and carbon-offset estimates for skyscraper and tall tower installations are currently being calculated by engineers for public review using today’s validated SolarWindowTM performance results. The Company’s announcement is based on results of independent testing and certification of its SolarWindowTM modules by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Based on this newly validated data from the highperformance modules unveiled on March 26, 2014, New Energy’s review of prevailing published literature and scientific reports confirmed that SolarWindowTM modules outperform publicized devices of comparable architecture, size, and design by over 53% in terms of power production – a major achievement and new record.

For the first time in its 113-


year history, Miele is launching a new generation of built-in refrigerators and freezers that are designed to blend perfectly with other Generation 6000 kitchen appliances. The cool members of the family fit harmoniously into the fully integrated kitchen trend, and impress with an extraordinary degree of freshness, energy efficiency and innovative surprises. What do customers value most today when choosing a new refrigeration appliance? It should save energy, offer plenty of space, perfectly perform its primary task of keeping food fresh, and of course, it needs to look good. Says Liam Gawne from Miele: “Miele has really set the industry benchmark with the launch of its new integrated fridge and freezer range – the K37472iD fridge and the FNS37402i freezer. They boast A++ energy efficiency, high performance regarding their cooling capabilities, impressive capacity, and like all of Miele’s other appliances, they can be

Rapidmix400cw Mixing Plant The new Rapidmix400CW is a high volume mobile continuous mixing plant manufactured by County Armagh based Rapid International Limited. Fully mobile and self contained, the Rapidmix400CW offers a complete plant powered by its own power source, with on-board compressor and generator. Fitted with a self erecting system, using hydraulics, the plant can change from travel mode to fully operational within a few hours. The Rapidmix 400 CW mixes up to 400 Tonnes per hour depending on application and provides feed rates that are fully adjustable for the aggregate, cement and water systems. The recently updated unit incorporates full weighing options for all materials – aggregates, cement and water, which means the new generation Rapidmix 400 CW offers record keeping that is automated, precise and detailed.

seamlessly integrated into the kitchen cabinetry for a truly streamlined overall aesthetic.” The new integrated refrigeration range comes with a host of great new features, which include: Miele’s new integrated fridge and freezer pair sport an A++ energy efficiency rating.

June 2014




Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria


Date: 20th - 22nd October,

returns to the CSIR Convention Centre






Venue: Cape Town, South

second international Conference and





Contact: Emily Ng Suet Ling

2014. Hosted by the South

Email: EmilyNg@

African Society for Trenchless Technology






exhibition is a unique opportunity showcase

products and services at the only event in the African continent to focus on trenchless technology. A huge programme of new infrastructure installations, as

Website: connectingafricalse. Nigeria is notorious for building collapses and now the Council for collapsed buildings were owned by influential people. Speaking at a 3-day public hearing organised by the House of Representatives AdHoc Committee to check the Serial Incidence of Building Collapse in Nigeria, President of COREN, Ali Kazeem, disclosed that most of the collapsed buildings in Lagos and Abuja were owned by powerful people in the society adding all attempts by COREN to bring them to


book were futile.


continue to be carried out across

Kazeem explained that the situation had continued unabated

South Africa, particularly in

because the council does not have the power to arrest and prosecute

the major conurbations. As a

owners of such buildings. He however said the council was working

result there is high demand for

closely with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Nigeria Police to ensure that owners of collapsed buildings did not go scot-free. He revealed that part of measures to curb further cases of building collapse in the country was to amend the criminal law so as to sanction defaulters. The president refuted claims that sub-standard cement was the cause of building collapses and added that cement manufacturers in Nigeria adhered to safety standard. In

engineers, planners, contractors

Lagos State only, 130 buildings collapsed between 2007 and 2013.

and operators to see first hand the

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology

products on display, to evaluate


the benefits of using trenchless methods in underground pipeline construction and maintenance. Visitors to NO-DIG SOUTH

The organisers of the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair have signed a cooperation agreement with the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). Through this newlyformed partnership, both the fair’s organisers and CEDIA will

AFRICA 2014 will be provided

organise the first edition of the Home Technology Zone at the fair’s

with a one stop shop to see

2014 edition from 3rd - 5th September. The zone will be a showcase of

and evaluate a wide range

exhibitors involved in the development of audio and video systems,


associated components, home theatre equipment, multimedia systems




which will truly demonstrate

the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) says most of the

well as extensive renovation to underground

Connecting Africa: Transport Infrastructure

as well as overall system integration solutions.

Marcus Evans takes great pride in




Connecting Africa conference. Infrastructure construction plays a key role in developing the national economy, increasing the standard of peoples’ material and cultural life, creating jobs and attracting foreign investment. Developing nations are igniting the –





infrastructure massive


Infrastructure: Africa”


“Transport Connecting



innovative ideas by generating sustainable practices that are proven in the development of infrastructure across Africa. This highly-interactive and information will






studies from some of the finest examples and also provide an excellent networking platform for the public sectors, global professionals



leaders who are all directly involved with the growth and development of infrastructure,

trenchless technology and its

The CEDIA is the world’s leading authority on home technology.

capabilities. Among the displays

The association represents 3,500 member firms and serves more than

will be Horizontal Directional

22,000 industry professionals around the world, involved in the US$

Drilling equipment (HDD), pipe

14 billion home technology industry. Collectively, their members and

rammers, pipe bursters, pipe

associated professionals are involved in the manufacture, design as

this sector will thrive and address

inspection, CCTV surveying,

well as integration of goods and services for the connected home.

their enormous infrastructure



Greater integration with intelligent building systems as well as


cleaning equipment, consulting

changes in consumer behaviour have been two of the biggest factors

investment opportunities in this

services – and much more.

in the growth of professional audio and video technology in China.

emerging market.



June 2014

enabling Africa to take itself to the next stage of development. Attend this Connecting Africa event and gain insights on how





Symbion Power ventures into Nigerian electricity transmission Symbion Power, an American electricity generation, transmission and distribution company with operations throughout Africa, has gone into partnership with Jyoti Americas and Iroko Capital Partners to establish the Western Sahara Transmission Company Limited in response to the massive demand for increased power transmission and distribution in Nigeria. Speaking in Lagos, Symbion Deputy Chief Executive Officer, William Olukoya explained that Western Sahara is an indigenous company backed by experienced international players that would be primarily managed and staffed by Nigerians. Given the tremendous demand for power and the rapidly growing Nigerian economy, it was essential that the country create the local capacity to produce such towers and remain competitive in a demanding marketplace. With a shared vision to provide for the country’s huge demand for power supply, both companies are bringing together combined experience of doing business in Africa and other developing countries, together with their knowledge of the entire power delivery value chain which will include design, engineering, tower testing, tower manufacturing and construction

Pan Africa set to build US$287m office block Pan Africa Insurance Company is set to build a Sh2.5bn (US 287m) office complex in Westlands, Nairobi. The construction of the

DNV GL contracted for energy advisory project

Ormat Technologies contracted for geothermal project

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts demonstrated its commitment to modernising and developing power in Africa by advising on the construction of a 400kV high voltage overhead transmission line connecting one of Africa’s largest wind farms to national grid and substations in Kenya. Designed to strengthen the Kenyan grid and build a connection between the capital, Nairobi, and one of the largest wind farms in Africa, Lake Turkana Wind Power, the 420 kV AC transmission line runs from the national grid at Suswa to Loiyangalani. The 400kV Kenyan transmission line is supporting the government initiative to harness the country’s rich renewable resources to boost the economy and respond to consumption needs in the capital.


DSI pens agreement for petrochemical project

A project intended to connect

Drake & Scull International

which will see Kenya’s energy capacity rise to 5,000MW from 1,533 MW. The Geothermal Development Company picked Ormat



its wholly-owned subsidiaries OrPower 4, Quantum Power and local firm Sosian Energy to each build a 35MW steam power plant under a build own operate model. It is projected that at least US$500m will be required monthly for the next 42 months to finance the generation of the ambitious 5,000MW plants.

Eltel Networks contracted for power project selected parts of north-western province of Zambia to the national electricity grid will

Limited (ZESCO) spokesperson,


Henry Kapata said that the project




commissioned OSLB








complete works

and civil works that include storage facilities and ancillary

Properties subsidiary, whose sale has boosted its earnings in the past

the contract DSI will join other


will be among other projects

Electricity Supply Corporation

building. Under the terms of

are other insurers that are building office towers in Nairobi.

in December this year. This



Pan Africa already owns properties in Runda Estate under the Mae

congestion that is straining facilities such as parking. Britam and UAP

Menengai, Kenya, set to begin

for construction of the Tahrir


floors housing the insurer’s headquarters and other rental offices. Pan

locations as more companies shift operations from Nairobi’s CBD

build the 100MW power plant in

total cost of US$163m. Zambia


Upper Hill and Westlands are emerging as the preferred office

among three other companies to



entrance of the Suez Canal

two years.

power firm, has been selected


towers along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi. It will consist of 17 to 20

that construction will be funded using Pan Africa’s cash reserves.


commence in June this year at a


the new building and rent out the rest so as to generate income adding


(DSI) has signed a US$599m

building will commence later this year and it will be one of the tallest

Africa’s CEO Tom Gitogo said that they will use a third of the space in


international group of companies to embark on the Engineering, Procurement,


was expected to be completed within a period of 24 months and 1,000 jobs would be created for the local people. Zesco has contracted Eltel Networks of Sweden to undertake the project for which funding was sourced from Swedish owned Nordia Bank and Standard Bank of South Africa. A down payment of US$30 million has since been

and Commissioning activities

made to the contractor who is

associated with the utilities and

expected to move on site and

offsite facilities of the project.

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Cost management The role of a quantity surveyor (QS) is evolving from being one that typically only manages budgets and spreadsheets, to a cost manager


Mandla Mlangeni is the founder and CEO of Mandla Mlangeni Quantity Surveyors (MMQS) a firm he started 12 years ago.He is a graduate of the University of Pretoria.

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t’s well known in the industry that the success and return on investment (ROI) of a construction project is underpinned by three key pillars; quality, time and costs. While each of these pillars may be upheld by different professionals or contractors to a project, they cannot exist independently of each other – for instance, time can cost money, where quality workmanship requires time and money, and yet without a clear scope of quality or the project, neither time nor costs can be sufficiently defined at the start of a project. With this in mind, and as things continue to become more cost and time-sensitive in today’s economy, we are seeing the role of a quantity surveyor (QS) evolve, from being one that typically only manages budgets and spreadsheets, to a cost manager – a person who is able to provides invaluable consultation and cost management services to clients and contractors. In fact, the emerging cost manager is intrinsically involved in defining, managing and cementing all three pillars – quality, time and cost – towards the overall success of a project. “The sky’s the limit” If we first consider quality, for instance, it stands to reason that the more accurate the design, the more effective the cost will be. A cost manager therefore is not only responsible for managing the budget, but also the level and accuracy of the scope of work. To this end, while cost and project management remain two separate professional disciplines, it is essential that the cost manager is involved in the initial client briefings - to ensure that the scope of work is defined correctly from the start – and be able to impartially report on the budget to the client through each phase of a project. Additionally, as the cost manager will manage any and all payments, they are primely positioned to ensure that the project is delivered on time within the conditions of contract, where using the latest available

technology will also guarantee that reporting is in line with what financial departments of the respective stakeholders require. This value added service can free up significant amounts of time for the project manager to be more proactive in anticipating and addressing potential problems in terms of construction. By managing contractual administration keeping all parties in line with the conditions of contract, the cost manager is also able reduce and even mitigate certain risks associated with projects. Counting on the hands of time Once the scope of quality or work has been clearly defined and outlined in a contact, the next biggest challenge on a construction project is managing the client’s expectations – particularly around time to project completion. Often part of this challenge is that clients don’t give the professional team sufficient time to discern clear roles and responsibilities aligned to the scope of the project, delivering on deadline and within budget - and accountability if it doesn’t. When in actual fact having clearly defined roles and responsibilities at the onset of a project - and that each party can hold each other accountable to - can save significant time when there is a clash or dispute that needs to be resolved, for instance. While, a cost manager should always remain impartial where there may be a dispute – whether within the project management team, with labour on a site and/ or a client’s financial manager - a good cost manager should be focused on breaking the ice between the involved parties, without taking sides and with the aim of facilitating faster resolution – ensuring that the budget and project can be kept on track. To read more and to comment on this story visit June 2014

17th edition of Buildexpo Africa Date: 2nd - 4th May, 2014

Venue: KICC, Nairobi, Kenya

CR's Faustine Salleh and William Mutama explain the magazine's market reach to a visitor.

Caterpillar Equipment on display.

Apex Steel staff at their stand.

INGCO Tools staff pose at their stand.

Stone coated steel roofing tiles are are now being widely used. Here, a company displays its range.

The CR stand was a beehive of activity

Cityscape Jeddah 2014 Date: 5th -7th April, 2015 Venue: Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events, Saudi Arabia Venue:

Cityscape Jeddah was inaugurated by HRH Prince Misha'al bin Majed bin Abdulaziz.

Principal Sponsor Sumou show visitors their latest projects.

Unveiling of Prince Sultan Cultural Centre attracts Cityscape visitors.

Founding Sponsor Ewaan showcased their impressive new developments including Alfareeda and Almayaar.

Crowds of visitors flock to the Al Barakati stand at Cityscape Jeddah.

HRH Prince Misha'al bin Majed bin Abdulaziz looks on at Kinan's latest developments.

Importing used Equipment? Here are 5 useful tips


reliable used heavy equipment

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he used earthmoving equipment market in Africa has become a multi-million dollar business that has attracted not only many secondhand dealers but also online auction houses eager to tap into this fast growing market. Buyers in Africa are not new to the concept of used goods given their already insatiable appetite for used cars from Japan, Europe and Dubai. In the case of used cars several years ago it resulted in the collapse of several new car franchises in Africa which is a testament to how significant this market force is. Used machinery is here to stay and machinery franchise holders have even caught on the game by introducing what they call factory refurbished equipment in order to remain relevant to market expectations. And what are those expectations? Reasonable prices for reasonably good equipment. When buying used equipment five key pointers emerged when we interviewed various global second hand dealers. We highlight them in this article as well who to go to and have peace of mind. Inspection Firstly, just as with new equipment when buying used, a buyer needs to carefully inspect the equipment and enquire on any warranty availability. Inspection is key so check out for any oil leaks and welds on the structure of the machinery both of which can signal a poorly maintained machine or one which was used very roughly to the point of breaking, hence the welds. Heavy smoke June 2014

when the engine is turned on is also a bad indication as is any seized parts and don’t be fooled by a smooth talking salesperson either who may tend to downplay these flaws. Dustin Graves of Hoss Machinery International says that you should ask for service history, oil samples and photos of the machine and if you can know who owned the machine originally that would even be better. If you are going to have to buy over the internet Bob Chafla of RLC Equipment based in California, USA advises that you can opt to appoint a local dealer or franchise holder in the region to inspect the machine on your behalf. This is far cheaper than paying for an air ticket and accommodation costs if you were to do the inspection yourself. Lieven Pauwels of Machinery Resale of Belgium adds that you can even ask for a video clip of the machine to see it in action though hidden problems will not be easily noticed. The way of the herd Secondly, going for equipment that is from the more popular brand names will ensure that parts will be available. You don’t want to get stuck with a brand name no one knows and hope to find spares for it round the corner when it breaks down. The scrap yard is filled with such machines that were purchased unwisely because of the unbeatable price offered and got grounded for lack of parts. Price And that brings us to price. This should not be your only guide when buying a piece of equipment. Low price may result in upfront savings but misery later on with escalating costs due to downtime and repairs. Better to pay a little extra for a reasonable machine than June 2014

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rock bottom price for a doubtful machine. German Flores of Worldwide Group who sell and rent machinery puts it well when he says that you only get what you pay for. Simplicity Several dealers of second hand equipment tout the advantages of less electronics and this is with good reason because in Africa technical support may not be sophisticated enough to sort out an electrical fault with a computerized system . Your technical team will love you for choosing the old tried and tested models that are simply to operate and maintain not needing high-end computerized diagnosis when it fails to start up. With time however the old will give way to newer machines and as German of Worldwide Group says tier 4 machines will be in the secondhand market soon and with their more sophisticated electronics and special fuels to meet emissions restrictions in Europe and USA the machines will be pricier. Track record Lastly, nothing beats good referrals. A dealer with many satisfied customers is one to look up. Getting your hands on a second hand grader or earth mover is not hard these days. There are many second hand equipment suppliers and many dealers of the popular machinery brands also offer refurbished machinery. In addition to this the internet has introduced online auctions where one can bid for machinery in real time on websites for auctioneers who pride themselves on selling only quality equipment with referrals and testimonials to boot. Look for reputable firms and you’ll be off to a good start. Acquisitie België Since its foundation in 1990, Acquisitie België has been a reliable worldwide heavy machinery trader and has been active in selling, importing, exporting, renting and transporting heavy machinery. The company deals in used earthmoving equipment, road construction machines, forestry equipment and mining machines and has a large stock of high quality used Caterpillar wheel loaders, excavators, dumpers, graders, bulldozers, etc Acquisitie through its own rental fleets has the base of finding the right machinery for its customers. All the machines are checked, serviced and repainted in the company’s own workshop by qualified staff. The Belgium based company has many years of experience in exporting machines to Africa. They can arrange transport from their yard to almost all ports of Africa. Acquisitie own truck fleet will bring the machines to the Belgian or Dutch port and they have worked also for several years with a reliable shipping agent who arranges transport by RoRo 18

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boat to any African port. Rick den Ouden contact person at Acquisitie says that most African countries prefer the old model machinery because they have less electronics and they are easier to use and to maintain. He adds on that as a new trend rather than buying used machinery, African countries can actually buy new LiuGong machines that are new, have less electronics and so they are easy to manage. As the perceived emerging trend, the company has in stock LiuGong machines in its other company ECEM Trading. The company’s website is always up-to-date with its latest set of used machinery for any interested buyer. TVH TVH is a worldwide company, with head quarters in Belgium and is a supplier of parts for material handling, industrial and agricultural equipment with customers in over 170 countries. The company is a one-stop shop well known specialist in new and second-hand forklifts and aerial work platforms with a stock of 2000 machines irrespective of the brand, the type and the year of construction of the material handling or industrial equipment machine. TVH operates under Parts and Accessories and Rental and Equipment. The Rental and Equipment is divided into three divisions; Equipment Division (sales of new and second-hand forklifts and aerial work platforms), Rental Division (short- and long-term rental of forklifts and aerial work platforms) and Service & Repair Division. The Rental Division is active in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia. The Service & Repair Division is a service operative in Belgium while Parts & Accessories and the Equipment Division are active worldwide. With a workforce of over 3800 people and subsidiaries on all continents, TVH is a worldwide market leader in replacement parts and accessories for material handling and industrial vehicles, new and second-hand forklifts, new and second-hand aerial work platforms and internal handling equipment. TVH is committed to growth and development, creativity and initiative. TVH rents out for temporary projects providing a cost effective solution to customers. Additionally, they have, only for their domestic market, a workforce of 60 specialized mobile engineers who answer all questions on site and have a fully equipped service van that contains a wide variety of parts while on their workshop, they have 55 in- house engineers working on effective solutions offering any company a custom- made maintenance contract at a fixed (annual) intervention price. To read more and to comment on this story visit June 2014

contributors Acquisitie België Rick den Ouden, TVH Debbie Manhaeve Grovema BV Luc Smit Holland Machinery b.v. Sanne Weeda Bobcat Nancy De Sy EMEA PR / media representative: Corporate and Public Communication Manager Tel. +32 2 371 68 41 Luber-finer – Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa Chris Stevenson Sales & Marketing Manager Worldwide Group Adam Greenberg International Parts Supplies Inc. Sukhi Sembhi Director, International Parts Supplies Inc


A look at pump innovations Compiled By: Christine Achieng and Dorcas Kang'ereha nyone in construction can tell you the value of having a top quality reliable pump on your site is critical. This can be for foundation drying and emptying plus Bentonite pumping for deep foundations, general over pumping services, general dewatering plus rewatering (rehydration) mains boosting, mains testing and mains cleaning Sewage by-pass and dust suppression. Whatever the case reliability is paramount in a strict deadline situation. Pumps are used for a variety of purposes and this means that they come in various shapes and sizes from very large to very small each designed to accomplish specific tasks depending on the liquid or slurry to be conveyed, the rate or conveyance, height and rate. In order to wade through the wide range of available pumps it is critical to know what pump fits what job. The following companies focus on different types of pumps used in construction. Recent trends have tended to focus on issues of raising efficiency, lowering cost and providing options in the type of energy used to drive the pumps. In the case of remote and off-grid areas in Africa the pumps being touted are those that do not need fossil fuels or electricity but can be run either by use of solar or manual power. For more robust work in mining and industrial applications emphasis is on resistance to abrasive fluids as well as prevention of clogging. Some companies have come up with innovative solutions to tackle these problems by experimenting with different alloys in the construction of the pump or even by the design of the impeller. Daniel Westin, product manager with Xylem Xylem pumps says, “improvements in dewatering pumps are due primarily to good hydraulic design and smart technologies which increase a pumps wear resistance and efficiency�. We have outlined some of these innovative changes in this article.


contributors Xylem Daniel Westin Product Manager, Xylem; Australian Pump Warwick R. Lorenz Marketing Director SunPumps, Inc. James C. Allen S.K Industries Shree S.K. Industries Sharad Jhunjhunwala


Xylem Pumps Xylem specializes in providing solutions in terms of technologies, services and expertise for water and wastewater applications including collection, distribution and the return of water to the environment. Xylem engineers design and create, with a single goal in mind: June 2014

solving the most challenging water problems. As a global leader in water solutions, with products sold in more than 150 countries., Xylem provides expertise in water pumping applications, and partners with customers around the world to fix complex water issues. Xylem Flygt and Godwin branded pumps are market leading in the removal and transport of water.Xylem’s new Flygt BIBO range of submersible dewatering pumps incorporates several proven design features taken from the original and legendary dewatering pump of the same name, as well as innovative enhancements that give the new pumps unmatched wear resistance and uptime capability. The Flygt 2600 drainage pumps feature Xylem’s patented Dura Spin hydraulic system, Hard-Iron impeller, Plug-In Cartridge seal and are three times more wear-resistant than conventional drainage pumps. Fewer components mean less spare parts to store as well as being one of the easiest products to service on the market. New enhancements to Xylem’s Flygt 2600 range include increased durability of the seal system, greater protection against corrosion, a simplified design and capability for dry running. Daniel Westin, product manager with Xylem, advises potential buyers that, Often their customers’ core business is not pumping, and sometimes they use whatever pump they have at hand, which may be too large or too small, leading to unnecessary cost. Bringing an expert on board at the beginning of the project will ensure that the right system is put in place and that it operates at an optimum level throughout the lifetime of the dewatering task. Westin also commented on emerging product trends, “Advances in pump technology in recent years are more a result of technological developments rather than new materials. Hard iron and stainless steel, both used widely in pump manufacture, have been around for a long time. Improvements in dewatering pumps are due primarily to good hydraulic design and smart technologies which increase a pumps wear resistance and efficiency.” Australian Pump Industries Australian pump commonly known as Aussie Pumps, began trading in 1993 with a clear mission to provide first class water pumps and cleaning equipment to Australian and international consumers. Their products deliver better outcomes for users in terms of reliability, water efficiency, fuel efficiency and product longevity. With 20years in the market industry All Aussie Quik Prime pumps are covered by an exclusive five year warranty, a clear indicator of the company’s confidence and the product’s quality. This five year warranty covers Aussie Quik Prime fire pumps, high pressure and low pressure transfer pumps and the range of Aussie heavy duty trash pumps. The company has introduced a breakthrough hydroblaster called the Aussie Raptor 12H. Powered by a Honda 23hp, GX630 twin cylinder industrial engine, the new machine is built in production quantities. It represents a huge breakthrough in design, effectiveness and value for money. It comes with a heavy duty galvanized steel frame trolley that makes it highly portable.

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Osotua Villas Brings Luxury to the Rift Valley

developer, these units are ideal for a small family. Then there are 15 units described as the ultimate in a holiday home. All three bedrooms en suite with the master bedroom coming with a Jacuzzi. Amenities offered at Osotua include a health club with swimming pools. A nature trail is available for walking, jogging or cycling. A marina with a cruise boat for relaxing cruises in the lake and recreational fishing for residents



aivasha is one of the most popular holiday destinations within Kenya’s Rift Valley. Its quiet nature coupled with proximity to various attractions such as Lake Naivasha, Mt Longonot and Hell’s Gate National Park among others guarantees the area steady flow of visitors. There is also an abundance of holiday resorts. But recently, developers have realized that people would also want to live permanently in this serene part of Kenya or have it as the location for their holiday home. A number of high end residential and commercial developments are coming up in Naivasha town and within the greater Naivasha area. Osotua Villas is one of the latest entrants on the scene. The developer is offering 35 tastefully designed villas of various sizes and prices to cater for diverse needs of potential buyers. The development comprises 13 spacious one bedroom units with kitchen bathroom and shower. There are 7 units consisting of two en suite bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining and lounge. According to the

and visitors to Osotua will also be available. Bespoke themed programs to give a different experience will be made possible by Osotua management. These will include adventure trips to Hells Gate National Park, hiking, camping and wild game tours. Guests can also choose to be pampered at the top of the range outdoor or indoor spas schedules and for those who prefer, sports programs will be arranged.

Project Team

Plumbing: Plumbing Systems Ltd

Main Contractor: Devshibai & Sons Ltd

Roofing Specialist: Arkshar Builders Ltd

Electrical Subcontractor: Tudor Engineering Ltd

Interior Designers: Planning Interiors Hospitality

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Urko Sanchez Architects Anyone visiting Urko Sanchez’s beautiful offices in the plush Links Plaza, Nyali, might get a surprise when they find Urko and his staff all barefoot! There is a notice which says it’s an optional choice for visitors, but it is rather refreshing and innovative – which perhaps describes the architect himself as Patricia Scott found out. Kenya


rko Sanchez was born and raised in Spain, where he completed his architectural studies – which, he says took him 10 years to complete as they were interspersed with travel, which he loves to do. As part of his studies Urko participated in various architectural projects with NGOs in several countries, working as a volunteer, giving him invaluable experence in many different countries. “I worked in different conflict zones” he recalls, “mostly building camps, schools and clinics. One of my first assignments was on the border of Somalia and Kenya, and I think perhaps that is where my love of East Africa first began.” After some years of experience, Urko decided to

Architect Urko Sanchez


make his base in Kenya and started off living in Lamu, enjoying the peace and tranquility after the high conflict countries he had been working in. He was commissioned to go back to Spain to renovate special up-market projects like the Real Madrid Football Club and the Salamanca Cathedral, before returning to Kenya after a couple of years. He built a hotel on Lamu island and found himself drawn more and more into building in Swahili structural style - with modern innovations where required. About 8 years ago, he and his family moved to Mombasa where they set up a home and an office, establishing and working with a well honed multi-cultural team with both local and international track records. The company’s aim is to focus on quality architecture, and to be proud of the finished building. With a ‘green’ aesthetic, their emphasis is on local materials, natural light, open courtyards, private gardens, wind and solar power, and recycled water – ancient traditions meeting contemporary advances. “I like to create innovative projects that transform plots and properties into vibrant residential or commercial communities; projects that inspire, excite and serve a purpose; high quality, diverse and aesthetically pleasing” says Urko. Their varied assignments cover a large part of Africa, from Somali to northern Mozambique. “The Swahili culture is extremely rich, it has developed over centuries” says Urko. “I believe buildings should be rooted in the place where they are built, and we aim to June 2014


on where the country is heading, what it can or what it should have.” “An example of something that needs attention is the drainage system in Lamu. Years ago, the island was home to only about 700 people. Then they had dry latrines and wells sited near them did not become contaminated. Now flush toilets create ‘black water’ (a term used for toilet waste) which contaminates the water


understand the needs of the client and incorporate those with our aesthetics. “Implementation is a complex process” he continues. “Makuti roofs, for example, are not really in the Swahili culture, they are more a coastal development, but with our aim to use local materials where possible, they are an attractive feature of many of our buildings”. How does Urko see the rules pertaining to building in Kenya? “Regulations are completely outdated,” he states. “A complete review is needed, from licencing, regulations to controls – and many other things. But he adds, “I think Kenya is advanced compared to many African countries; developments are taking place, and there are always risks in building, it is not easy. But we should not allow development just for its own sake, we need clear directions

table so there is no drinking water in Lamu town. As well, the open drains in the streets are no longer a healthy option. A complete review is needed, bearing in mind the number of people now living on the island, and their needs. Filters, biodigesters are required – this is the sort of thing we include in our designs for our factories, schools, clinics designs”. Among many other awards, Urko Sanchez recently won the International Young Architects in Africa Competition, by CA’ASI Association (France). This year the office was awarded Best Hospitality and Best Residential Honorable mention by the Architectural Association of Kenya Awards of Excellence.

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The Palm Breeze


he Palm Breeze is a high end residential and commercial development in the Nyali area of Mombasa. Designed for the most discerning. The developer, Quality Street Limited, has spared no effort to make this a truly state-of–the art property that will transform this upscale neighbourhood of Kenya’s second largest city. The Palm Breeze developers are the same ones behind “The Palm”, another quality development in the city. Residential Many developments boast these three words but The Palm Breeze truly lives up to this concept with its mixed development of commercial, residential and health club


Live, Work and Play… sections. The Palm Breeze concept will enable home owners or tenants to live in an area where all their basic needs are met in one location. It is a convenience that many people today are willing to pay premium prices to enjoy. The apartments are spacious and come in various types namely, 2-bed apartment occupying 2,200 ft2, 3-bed apartment at 2,900 ft2, 3-bed penthouse duplex at over 4000 ft2 and 4-bed penthouse duplex at over 5000 ft2. There are 10 units of 2-bed apartments, 20 units of 3-bed apartments, 2 units of 3-bed Penthouse Duplex and 4 units of 4-bed Penthouse Duplex. Approximately 24 Apartments have beautiful sea views while the rest have amazing views of Nyali and the City

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of Mombasa. Centrally located in Nyali on Links Road, The Palm Breeze enjoys easy access to two of the largest shopping malls in Mombasa, namely City Mall and Nyali Centre, Restaurants, Hotels, Water Sports Centres, Beach, Golf, schools, Medical facilities and much more. Because of the excellent air-flow from the front to the back of the apartment residents will be able to take advantage of the north-easterly and south-easterly winds throughout the year coming directly from the Indian Ocean. The large wall to wall balcony sliding doors and large windows facilitate this constant breeze through the apartment and allow maximum light into the rooms. Each apartment is fully airconditioned and finished with high quality porcelain tiles, well designed gypsum ceilings with LED down-lighting. Other attractions include world famous Oppein/Spanish American style kitchens with islands complete with top of the range fitted appliances like 4 gas on glass hob, double ceramic glass hob, glass extractor hood, oven, microwave, double door fridge and Intelligent washer/dryer. All bedrooms are ensuite and are fitted with world renowned imported Oppein wardrobes. Sanitary fittings include Villeroy & Boche sanitary ware, Grohe concealed cisterns with Grohe mixers and tap ware. Bathrooms also come with vanity basin sets complete with soft closing drawers/cupboards under the basins. In addition, the The Palms Breeze apartments offer the following amenities: • Separate cloakroom for guests • Fans in kitchen, lounge, dining, bedrooms • 2 boreholes for back-up supply of water • 100% supply of desalinated water via a Reverse Osmosis Plant • Unlimited supply of hot water via individual solar water panels • 500-630Kva Prime Generator to supply all the power for the complex including appliances in the apartments • Water pressure pumps for 6th floor and Penthouse apartments • Intercom/Video entry system entry for the apartments • PABX system for communication within the complex • Panic buttons in the apartments • CCTV to cover the underground and ground floor areas • DSTV prewired to each apartment • Dedicated underground secure parking for all apartment residents • Open Air swimming pool • Fully fitted Gym • Games room with billiards and table tennis 28

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Ample space in the Health Club Area plus Roof Top


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Separate Ladies and Gents shower and toilet facilities in the health club area

2 high speed lifts and staircases from the secure lift lobby in the basement to service the apartments

Electric fence and 24 hour guards protecting the complex

Commercial The high end commercial area of The Palm Breeze development consists of five ground floor showrooms each between 1851 ft2 to 3723 ft2and twelve high end office spaces on the first floor measuring between 655 ft2 and 1560 ft2. With over 50 ground floor car parking spaces for the 17 units, there is ample parking for visitors and owners. There is a dedicated lift for the commercial area between

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the ground floor and first floor with separate staircases for the commercial area. A loading and off-loading bay has also been provided to service the showrooms and offices if required. Provisions for AC, WC and water have been installed in all Showrooms/Offices with fibre optic Internet available from the service provider. Project Team Developer: Quality Street Ltd Contractor: Vapco Construction Co Ltd Architect : Performance Construction Management Structural Engineer: Manor Consultants Quantity Surveyors: Mwashinga & Associates Mechanical Engineer: Yakub & Associates Electrical Contractors: Master Power Systems Ltd Plumbing Contractor: Ken Plumbers Ltd Aluminium/ Glass Glazers: Prime Aluminium Ltd June 2014



Kitololo Consultants An Engineering Powerhouse



Background itololo Consultants is one of Kenya’s best known indigenous engineering consultancies. Having been established in 1975, it has been operational for longer than many other firms in the industry and has been involved in numerous multidisciplinary projects spanning both public and private sectors over the years. The firm has been engaged as a consultant on projects implemented or funded by the Government of Kenya, World Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, EU, other bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, parastatal corporations, local authorities, public companies and private developers. Initially known as Kitololo & Partners, the firm underwent structural changes in 1984 and adopted its current name. Today, Kitololo Consultants, the brainchild of seasoned engineer A.S. Kitololo, is an independent civil and structural engineering company offering professional services to public and private sector clients in project planning, design, management, construction supervision, contract administration and maintenance programming. Due to the constantly evolving nature and complex dynamics of the construction industry, the firm found it necessary to form an arm that would complement its core work of civil and structural engineering. Kitololo Management was therefore set up in 1983 as an in-house specialist subsidiary to deal effectively with all aspects of project management and supervision of construction operations.

Guiding Values Kitololo Consultants understands that a close working relationship with clients is essential in order to understand their needs and offer suitable solutions. The firm constantly endeavours to find new and innovative ways of meeting these needs. In every project, suitably qualified and experienced professionals are assigned to guarantee quality control and timely completion.Kitololo Consultants believes the role of the consultant must extend beyond physical completion of a project. The firm therefore aims at providing responsive service before, during and after each project. Core Competencies Kitololo Consultants has a strong human resources base that is well versed with the following broad areas in which the firm provides services: Project Services The firm undertakes site selection and investigations to advise clients on the suitability of the site for the envisaged project. This is a critical service because not every project can be undertaken at any site. Many developers or project owners mistakenly believe that they can put up any type of structure on any land they purchase. However, factors such as general characteristics of the soils in the work area and environmental considerations are critical. Kitololo Consultants also

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provides Project Management services (to ensure work is done to the required standard, within the stipulated budget and time), Project Planning, Feasibility Studies, Cost Estimates and Engineering Control. Project Design Before the commencement of any project, there are several key tasks that engineers insist on performing. These include Topographical Survey which gives detailed information about terrain and surface features. This information is essential for the planning and construction of any major civil engineering, public works or reclamation projects. Kitololo Consultants provide this service in addition to producing Preliminary Design reports, Final Design, Specifications, Measurements and Quantities as well as Tender Documentation at the end of the exercise.


Project Supervision Once a project commences, the most important control is keen supervision. Even the best designed projects will go wrong if the consultants who did the designs fail to check the quality and accuracy of the work being done. Kitololo Consultants stays with the project until its completion, providing vital services along the way such as Site Management, Construction Supervision, Quality Control, Materials Testing, Cost Control, Contract Administration and Maintenance Scheduling. The firm also does the Final Accounting and provides As-built documentation (which typically describes the project as has been built and not what was necessarily planned on paper). Specifically, the following are the civil engineering services offered by Kitololo Consultants: Roads The firm provides the complete package – from initial survey and design to auxiliary services such as Traffic Control Systems. Kitololo Consultants will undertake Preliminary Studies and Route Selection, Topographical and Materials Surveys as well as Alignment and Pavement Design. In addition, the firm has expertise on Storm Water Drainage, Parking Facilities, Bus Terminals and Bridges and Culverts. Water In water projects, Kitololo Consultants provides its expertise in Rural and Urban Masterplans, Intake and Treatment Works, Reservoirs and Elevated Storage Facilities, Pipelines, Distribution Networks and Pumping Stations dams. Other areas the firm handles are Irrigation, River Training Works and Pollution Control. Sewerage Kitololo Consultants can produce Masterplans, design and oversee Sewer Networks, Sewage Treatment and Disposal, Trunk Sewers and Sea Outfalls as well as implement Industrial Sewerage Systems. Structures The firm has experience and expertise on Soil Investigations, Foundations Design, Low and Highrise Structures, Factory Buildings, June 2014



Crown Paints Kenya commission a Ksh300million factory in Kisumu


eading paint manufacturer, Crown Paints Kenya Ltd commissioned a Ksh300million paint factory in Kisumu

County, the first of its kind outside Nairobi. The factory, which will be located in Kisian Junction along Kisumu‑ Busia Road, Ojola Sub‑Location,

Office Blocks, Residential Housing and Public Buildings. It has also done extensive work involving Liquid Containing Facilities, Retaining Walls, Silos, Storage Tanks, Bridges and Culverts, Dams, Elevated Highways, Marine Structures and Structural Surveys.

South‑West Kisumu Location, Otonglo Division of Kisumu North District in Kisumu County, will manufacture various paint products and its first production of water based paints is expected to be ready in 2015. Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony


Others Other services include advice on Building Regulations, Investment Analyses, Financial Planning and Technical Audits. This therefore makes Kitololo Consultants a onestop centre for engineering and relates services.

at the Kisian grounds, Kisumu County Governor

Experience In the nearly four decades that Kitololo Consultants has been active, the firm has been appointed as the civil and structural engineers in many projects.

At the same time, Crown Paints Kenya Ltd Chief

Buildings The firm was the engineering consultant on a 22-storey building project housing lecture theatres, auditorium, offices, lecture rooms and a helipad. The tower consisted of reinforced concrete frame with large spans ranging from 8 to 20 metres clear and two-level basement car parking area. It has also overseen 14 and 20-storey buildings with similar challenges, among others. In special projects category, Kitololo Consultants has overseen a church sanctuary in Kampala, Uganda with three-level basements, 7-metre cantilevered balconies in reinforced concrete, a clear roof span of 28.8 metres in structural steel and 33-metre-tall bell tower in reinforced concrete. Factories Kitololo Consultants were appointed engineers in the construction of storage godowns and dried leaf processing plant at Thika for BAT (Kenya). The structure had a clear span of 41 metres and 138 metres long. The roof consisted of 3-pinned steel arches bearing on reinforced concrete columns. The firm also provided consultancy services for Kwale Cashew Processors Limited in the company’s Cashew processing complex in Kwale, South Coast, Kenya.

Jack Ranguma lauded Crown Paints investments saying, “It is our desire to create, connect and call you to a higher goal of partnership in order to make Kisumu the desired COMESA city of choice for investment, holiday and trade in 10 years.” Executive Officer Rakesh Rao said, “Kisumu is a regional hub with great infrastructure and proximity to the greater Western and North Rift Regions hence making our project viable. Our business in the region grew by over 30% in 2013.” Rao further added, “The project will be funded internally and from various Crown Paints subsidiaries.” After the completion, Rao said, the raw materials to manufacture water based paint will be transported from Nairobi to the site for mixing, packaging, storage and dispatch to the market. “This will drastically reduce the Crown Paints operation costs, which will in turn lead to a reduction in the price of water based paints in the and increase service delivery to our customers in the region,” he added. The CEO hinted that the project will provide over 100 job opportunities to the locals. In addition, as a responsible corporate citizen, Crown Paints has initiated several societal investments to positively impact on the local community starting off with the painting of Ongalo Secondary school and Nyawara Primary School both in Kisumu. Rao further added, “We shall work with the county government to invest in education through scholarships for bright students from needy families in the region.

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BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION Exhibition and Seminars Accra International Conference Centre 02-04 July 2014 Top Water, Sanitation & Building Show returns to Ghana. Water Africa and West Africa Building & Construction Exhibition and Seminar programme will be taking place again this year at the Accra International Conference Centre from the 2-4 July 2014. The exhibition area is now 90% booked with over 75 companies confirmed exhibiting from all the world as well as Ghana. Only a few remaining stand locations are still available. If you are in the WATER SUPPLY and BUILDING CONSTRUCTION Industries and you want to display your products and innovations to your clients, THEN HURRY IF YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT! Running alongside the exhibition will be a two-day seminar programme dedicated to the Water Supply and Building & Construction sectors. This will give governments officials, contractors, consultants, engineers, architects and surveyors the opportunity to discuss in detail challenges facing Ghana in these sectors. Entrance to the seminar programme is FREE OF CHARGE! If you wish to give a presentation, then hurry as the deadline for submission is the 5th of May. Topics below for discussion are outlined below:





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Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters 1st prize competition winner, designed in collaboration with Soehne & Partner Architects based in Vienna,Austria .Concept based on ‘flows and connection’ in line with the airlines business of transporting people and goods.


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ET architects plc was established in January 2003 by two architects TesfamariamTeshome and Daniel Alemayehu. The name BET was derived

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Building Core Values The current situation indicates that the construction industry in Ethiopia is showing tremendous progress, the scale of which is unprecedented. However, there are a number of challenges being faced and need to be addressed. To mention some, lack of technical capacity and attitude problems in professionals, lack of management systems in firms, and unethical practices in the industry. The team at BET believe one of the solutions for such challenges is to build a vision led set of core values that would help to reduce and eventually eliminate them. These core values are also the same values that as an organization they adhere to, forming the foundation on which they perform work and conduct themselves. Vision Statement Attaining EXCELLENCE Technology (B E T)



Strategic Goals/Quality Objectives (Corporate) To attain personal and corporate success by producing a cost effective, high quality and schedule responsive design and construction management service outputs through proper and sustained application and fulfilment of the quality management system requirements.


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Transformation: Transforming both in technical skill and attitude from the inside out as well as attaining personal and corporate success. Holistic-ness: Managing the whole scope and process in an integrated manner (The Built Environment, Integrating Design and CM, etc.) Ethiopia

Balance: Managing work, personal and the social aspect of life in a balanced way. As well as balancing the social, environmental and economic dimensions of our design. Integrity: Maintaining an ethical and consistent service at all times and places. Sustainability: Ensuring continuity of our excellent service and continual improvement throughout our life time and the next generations. Influence in the industry The two founding members Tesfamariam and Daniel have been able to play a role in tackling challenges that arise in the field of Architecture due to the significant positions they hold in the industry. As senior lecturers at the Ethiopian institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) they have

Tesfamariam Teshome Sen. Architect & Daniel Alemayehu Sen. Architect &Partne. Partner.


been able to debate and address issues concerning the state of Architecture and human settlement in general, in a developing country like Ethiopia. Their involvement in the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA) also makes it possible for them to influence discussions on current topics in the profession like the registration and licensing of professionals, regulation of professional fee for architects, curbing unethical practices in the industry, standardizing and improving bye-laws and much more. Areas of competence: BET has developed a variety of competencies during the last ten years. Its areas of proficiencies include: Urban Design: It is about analysis and design of certain urban tissue and housing neighbourhoods in terms of land use, built forms, open spaces and circulation based on bigger plans to create coherent built environment responding to physical and social needs. Pre Design: This service includes consulting clients or developers related to project inception by making feasibility study, environmental Impact assessment, design programming, and project planning in collaboration with relevant professionals. Building and Landscape Design: This service includes design of buildings of various kinds, from conceptual level to final stage, interior and furniture design, various engineering studies, specialist designs like acoustics and air conditioning, and landscape design in collaboration with sub consultants. Renovation works are also part of this service. Construction management: Construction Management (CM) service handles all processes related to project implementation: construction bid document preparation, Bid process handling, construction supervision and contract administration. June 2014

Most of our projects are acquired through national design competitions held for design, supervision and contract administration services. Some of our current and notable projects both works in progress and completed include: • Ethiopian Airlines Headquarter - design in progress • Ethio Telecom Headquarter - design in progress • Hawassa University 4th phase expansion-completed 2011 • Computer lab, Dormitory, Classrooms, Library, Administration and Staff Cafe, Student cafe & General store • Hawassa University Sports Complex and main campus landscaping - under construction • Hawassa University, Awada Campus (New Expansion)-under construction • Hosseana (Wachemo) University new developmentunder construction • Civil Service University: Dormitory and Classroom - completed 2011, Office Extension, Dormitories, main Gate, Road - under construction • Addis Ababa Condominium housing for AAHDPO: Summit 76 blocks completed in 2012, Summit I I and Bole Ayat 83 blocks-under construction • Sugar Factory Housing Development project: Prototype Building Design and Sample Neighbourhood design completed - 2011. Neighbourhood and infrastructure design, for 11 towns of Kessem sugar factory-under construction

typologies that was done in ECBP as sub consultant with MH Engineering Plc. Green Dream Company (Netherlands) Gulele Botanical Garden Design Competition (Awarded the 2nd Prize) DP Architects (Singapore) Ethiopia

Other Competencies: BET has also established additional competencies in Training on various built environment related topics, project analysis and evaluation, and property valuation by using the key managing architects’ academic and practical experience.

Design Competition of Head Quarters Building for Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (Awarded prize for Daring Proposal) Orbit Design (Bangkok) Interior design and construction supervision of Ethiopian Air Lines ticket offices in different African countries: Accra, Libreville, Khartoum, Addis Ababa Shone & Partner Architects (Austria) Design of Ethiopian Airlines Head Quarters Building, won 1st prize in the competition held in 2011(Under final design stage) Tetra Tech (America) Prototypical Health centre design and Site development for various regions in Ethiopia (currently under construction).

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Promotion of international cooperation and partnership with foreign contractors and other



ontractors Association of Tanzania (CATA) was officially established on 9th October 2002 and was officially registered by the Registrar of Societies on 3rd December 2002 according to the laws of the United Republic of Tanzania. CATA is an Association constituted to unite and foster the development of contractors and the construction best practices as well as the construction industry in general.

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Objectives The main objective of the association is to foster the development of the contractors as well as the construction industry in partnership with the government and other stakeholders as outlined here-after:1.


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To unite contractors of all types so that they have a common voice as an important segment of the construction industry and thus become a partner of the government in developing the construction industry. To coordinate contractors’ business initiatives with the aim of protecting and furthering the rights and interests of all contractors. Be the main representative of contractors in regional, national and international business forums. Promote business ethics and discipline among contractors. Promote fair practice among contractors and the industry in general. Promote its members through training, meetings, seminars, and workshops, exchange of visits, study tours, training courses and symposia for the benefit and development of its members. To assist contractors in any manner that will enable them to access capital and equipments.

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iv) Mechanical works contractors v) Specialized works contractors Members are also drawn from foreign and local contractors on a single tier basis.

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construction industry. 10. Carry out research on all aspects of construction industry in order to promote contractors’ development.


Membership The membership of the Association is open to all contractors operating in the United Republic of Tanzania who are Registered by the contractors Registration Board as per Act No.17 of 1997. Currently the Association has 359 members. Members are drawn from all five types of construction business that is:i) Building works contractors ii) Civil works contractors iii) Electricity works contractors


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• Industrial, Commercial and Domestic Installations. • Power Engineering, Test and Commissioning. • Power line construction and cabling from 400 Volts up to 132,000 Volts. • Installation and Commissioning Diesel Generators, Transformers, Switchgear and Motors. • Repair and Servicing Industrial plants, Engines, Generators, Motors Transformers, Switchgear and Power lines.

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Management Committee The daily activities of the Association are carried out by the secretariat under the supervision of the Management Committee. Management Committee office bearers:• Eng. Davis M. Baitani (D&G Construction Co. Ltd) - Chairman • Eng. Lawrence Mwakyambiki (Mac Contractors Ltd) - Vice Chairperson • Arch William Ngowi (NW Builders Ltd) Secretary General • Eng. Eva G. Fumbuka Pomy (Engineering Co. Ltd - Treasurer Services and activities Contractors Capacity Building initiatives The Association identifies challenges that affects construction firms capacity building and finds solutions through advocacy and training. For example the Association currently is running a joint venture Programme as a contracting capacity building strategy. Training The association conducts training to address specific areas such as new knowledge (technical & Managerial etc), best practices in the industry and many others. Public Affairs (Advocacy) Through advocacy the Association has been able to influence a number of decisions with the aim of improving the construction business environment. Contract and Legal Affairs The Association reviews the legal and regulatory framework constantly and advocates for changes where the laws and regulation are found to suffocate the business. It also reviews the contracts that are in use and recommends the necessary correction measures. Marketing and Job Opportunities Clients looking for contractors are able to obtain recommendations from the Association. The association also provides the credibility guarantee for its members hence enhancing their opportunities to access jobs. The association also disseminates information on the available job opportunities to its members mainly through e-mail. June 2014

Local Business Networking The association provides a forum for construction companies to interact and exchange ideas which lead to business development. In order to interact with other leading members of the business community the Association is a member of the Tanzania private Sector Foundation. Tanzania, Malagarasi Bridge and associated Road Project.

Professional representation The Association has representation seats on a number of professional and regulatory beards. It is also represented in a number of committees and tack forces. By having direct access and dialogue with the government authorities, CATA is able to protect and further its member’s interests. Social Responsibility Function Members are urged as part of corporate governance to give back to the community through activities that directly benefit the community they serve. The Association also coordinates collective social responsibility projects.

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International Cooperation CATA is affiliated to the Africa Federation for Construction contractors Associations (AFCCA). It is also the administration host for the Dar es salaam Building Construction cluster initiative under pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) which aims at developing the competitiveness of Dar es salaam construction Enterprises (Contractors, Consultants, and Supplies etc) The Association has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the international Contractors Association of Korea which will lead to the cooperation on various fronts for mutual benefit. Through such cooperation the Association is able to market and promote the members services to foreign markets and potential partners.


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