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Africa’s skilled labour

A study done recently revealed that more than two-

thirds of CEOs in the construction sector were most anxious about access to key skills. However to decisively deal with skilled labour shortage in Africa, the underlying cause that is a mismatch between training and industry needs has to be addressed.



Zambia: Susan Kandeke

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Energy News 4

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Safeguarding subsurface infrastructure integrity


Utility detection and mapping is a fast growing expertise in Africa that helps keep workers out of harms way and prevent costly damage to sub-surface utilities during construction and redevelopment works.

Skilled construction labor Africa is entering into a phase where massive infrastructure projects are getting off the ground as both private and public funds are invested in areas offering attractive returns, but the lack of adequate skilled labor is becoming painfully apparent and the situation is bound to get worse before it improves.

20 Specialized Aluminium Renovators Ltd (SARL) Mark Silver Jubilee

Experts feel that this labor situation has been caused by several factors but all revolving around the economic. Take for instance the situation in Zimbabwe that has caused a massive migration of able bodied, skilled manpower into the neighboring countries where work can be found while in other countries the issue is simply one of poverty that manifests in low tertiary education numbers as primary school students fail to get the fees required to enter these colleges. If this is


The once struggling start-up is now located on its own premises and is the preferred contractor for many of its clients. The company has for the last five consecutive years featured in Nation Media Group’s/ KPMG’s annual Top 100 Mid-sized Companies. How did they do it?

Dimensions Interiors Limited takes off Xypex continues to solidify its presence in Africa 44 through its well-placed distributors

Ghana Office Image Consortium 1st Floor, The Ecobank Building, Tesano. Tel: 233(0)30 223 2728 I 233(0)274807127 I +233(0)206299159 Fax: 233(0)24 882 8286 Email:,

blue collar jobs by school leavers who would rather do anything but work on construction sites. The result is that projects are now being undertaken by unskilled laborers or those who have trained on the job with no formal employment and this can partially be a reason for the building collapses that is a scourge on the industry Governments need to take urgent measures to make

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not enough there is also the low perception of these

an enabling atmosphere for school leavers to enter tertiary colleges and also recognize the large population of unskilled laborers already in the construction sites and try to formalize their education.

Robert Barnes

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South Africa


National power utility firm partners with Toshiba to curb losses

The call for a diversified energy mix

JICA boosts electricity supply in Nigeria

Kenya Power and Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Systems (India) Private Limited (TTDI), a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, have signed a memorandum of Understanding on implementation of a pilot project aimed at decreasing distribution losses in the National Grid. The MoU will guide installation, testing and evaluation of equipment that will be supplied by TTDI, on a trial basis to improve efficiency and reduce both technical and commercial losses in the distribution network. The pilot project will involve the installation of new types of transformers (Amorphous Distribution Transformers) manufactured by TTDI in the distribution network, with the aim of enhancing efficiency and helping to significantly reduce distribution losses. In addition, TTDI under guidance from KPLC, will supply safe and eco-friendly Solid Insulated Switchgears (SIS) and Gas Insulated Transformers (GIT) to fight vandalism. Rapid economic growth has continuously increased demand for electric power in the country, calling for intensive investment in the transmission and distribution network. The country’s access to power currently stands at 56% with a focus to scale it up to70% by the end of the next year ahead of attaining universal access by 2020. Toshiba Group intends to leverage on technological advantage and high reliability of its products to contribute towards stable electricity supply in growing markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Joemat-Pettersson, Energy Minister announced. According to the


South Africa is pursuing a diversified energy mix that will include both independent power producers and the nuclear build, Tina Minister, the diversified energy mix is in support of government’s programme of economic growth and development. Earlier in the year, during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Jacob Zuma revealed South Africa plans to introduce 9 600MW of nuclear energy in the next decade to back up the current operating Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant in the Western Cape. South Africa’s Ministry of Energy is working within the policy framework of the government, and the programmes implemented by the Department of Energy (DoE), such that all programmes and interventions by the DoE are premised on approved government decisions as outlined in Energy Policy and the Cabinet approved Integrated Resource Plan which include work on all energy sources such as coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy. However, the proposed energy programmes are implemented in compliance with the relevant guidelines and legislation, as demonstrated by the nation’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.




through the Japan International Cooperation



has donated solar power to the Federal Government of Nigeria to boost electricity supply in Nigeria. Sadanobu Kusaoke, the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria confirmed the power donation during the inauguration of the project which is expected to cost US$9.7m. Japan government has donated the power project which will entail the introduction of clean energy by solar electricity to boost power and water supply at Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant. Stable power supply is crucial to support industry and at the same time improve economy and people’s lives, thus Nigeria requires stable power supply to diversify her economy. Toyota Tsusho Corporation is the designer for the Japanese


Rural electrification plan to connect a million people Tanzania is now banking on its rural electrification plan being spearheaded by Rural Energy Agency (REA) to connect a million people to the national grid. The government of Tanzania has set aside US$3.22bn to implement the proposed energy project. According to Boniface Nyamo-Hanga, REA acting General Director, over 7873 local households will be connected to electricity services and the project is expected to be completed in the next five years. He added that US$1.8bn will carter for electrifying villages that have never been connected to electricity services, whereas the remaining US$1.38bn will be used to connect customers in villages where electricity infrastructures are already installed. The government is expected to provide the project implementation funds raised from the annual levy on petroleum products as well as from development partners whereby 7,697 villages will be connected to the national grid while 176 villages will be connected to other electricity sources. From this year’s budget, the government of Tanzania has set aside a total amount of US$245.4m to commence the project implementation.





company is also responsible for managing the project and overseeing its completion on schedule. On completion the project is expected to generate 1,496MW of power. The power generation project contribution is as well expected to reduce purchase




US$100,763 a year. Additionally, the project has been designed to introduce a demonstration unit of solar electricity generation system with a view of increasing its economic strength on a sustainable basis. About 1.2MW of grid power connected to solar generation




from the Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant in order to supplement electricity supply from the national grid. October 2016




Sika opens new national Volkswagen targets wider East Africa with car subsidiaries assembly plant The establishment of new national subsidiaries in Djibouti and Cameroon takes the total number of subsidiaries on the African continent to 18. This increases Sika’s international presence to a global total of 97 national subsidiaries. Djibouti is an important location for market access to the neighboring country of Ethiopia, which is one of the largest in Africa. In addition to developing the local market, the subsidiary will supply Ethiopia’s fast-growing construction market. A new national subsidiary has also been established in Cameroon, in the city of Douala. The new organization will assume responsibility for the distribution of concrete admixtures and mortar products throughout the country and continue to expand Sika’s market share in Cameroon’s flourishing construction market. Sika products have been marketed through distributors in the country for more than a decade. The West African country’s building industry is growing dynamically under the stimulus of investments in infrastructure and residential construction. Important projects include the expansion of the Kribi seaport in the south of the country, the extension of the country’s rail network and the construction of stadiums for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protection in the building sector and automotive industry.

South Africa

constructs US$ 70m mall in Limpopo

Car maker Volkswagen(VW) has announced a major comeback into

The construction of a US$

the wider East Africa market with the establishment of a car assembly

70m mall in Limpopo South

plant in Kenya to resume producing cars by the end of 2016 four

Africa dubbed Thavhani Mall

decades after it paused operations in Kenya. Volkswagen South

is underway with opening date

Africa’s Chief Executive confirmed the news and said that VW will

slated for 24 August 2017. The

establish a car assembly plant in Kenya to primarily produce its new

mall in Limpopo sits on a 27 ha

Vivo model. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta also confirmed the

piece of land. The new mall in

reports and said that their South African counterpart will establish

South Africa will be the biggest

the plant in Kenya. VW’s assembly plant would commence with their

shopping centre in Thohoyandou

brand Vivo and expand to a range of other vehicles, with the first car

region as well as the larger

anticipated to be rolled out before the end of the year. Volkswagen is


currently ranked as the second-largest auto maker by sales in South

consisting of over 134 shops,

Africa after Toyota (7203.T) with its vehicles are sold domestically as

restaurants, and service outlets.

well as exported to the rest of Africa.


Scatec Solar secures 100mw solar project


Thavhani Mall will further bring in many new retail brands to the region, such as HiFi Corp, Woolworths, Spur, Panarottis,

Scatec Solar has signed an agreement with CDIL, a Canadian

Pep Home, Green Cross, Jam

renewable energy development company focused on Africa to secure

Clothing, Torga Optical, Donna

a 100 megawatt (DC) solar power plant in Nigeria. The contract

Claire, Queenspark, Mr Price

was signed alongside BPS, a Nigerian strategic consulting firm,

Home, Bogart Man, Edgars, Pick

enabling it to officially secure the solar power plant built by Nova Scotia in Jigawa. This agreement was announced in connection with Scatec Solar’s second quarter results following the signing of a 20year power purchase agreement (PPA) between Nova Scotia Project Company and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) recently. Currently, Scatec Solar produces electricity from a global network of 404 megawatts of solar power plants, and is a leading

‘n Pay and SuperSpar. Local businessman, Khosi Ramovha of Thavhani Property Investments, initially visualized a regional mall seven years ago that would be in the Thohoyandou region.

independent solar power producer in Africa, with nearly half of this

He came up with the idea and

capacity located on the continent. Its construction of an additional

delivered it to the board pre-

22 megawatts in Jordan is underway, while its backlog and pipeline

eminent South African shopping

of more than 1.5 gigawatts is under development in the Americas,

centre developers and investors,

Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Flanagan & Gerard Property

October 2016

Development and Investment, so that they could help him actualize this vision. Located on the R524, the mall has excellent proximity to its existing CBD and major regional roads which links Louis Trichardt to Punda Maria and is adjacent to the primary crossroad with the major north road to Sibasa and south to Giyani. 5


Tanzania Plans to construct US$8.6m tarmac road in this financial year The Tanzanian government through the Ministry for Works, Transport and Communications is set to construct a US$ 8.6m tarmac road in this financial year.The tarmac level of road measuring 110km, will go through Njombe-NdulamoMakete as explained by Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Eng. Edwin Ngonyani. Eng. Ngonyani said the Tanzanian transport ministry through the Roads Agency (TANROADS) has already completed a feasibility study that was being undertaken by M/S Crown Tech Consult Limited. The Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) which is a decision-making Agency under the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications in Tanzania was established under the Executive Agencies Act came into operation in July, 2000.Its responsibility includes maintaining and developing the trunk and regional road networks in Tanzania Mainland Classified Road Networks. The total classified road network in Tanzania Mainland is projected to be 86,472km long and the Ministry of Works through TANROADS manages the National road system of approximately 33,891 km consisting 12,786 km of Trunk and 21,105 km of Regional roads and the 53,460 km remaining network of Urban. The contractors selected to build the road has not been stated, however, the new NjombeNdulamo-Makete road will come in handy and will be of importance to all citizens as it will lead to higher trade exchange between them. 6

Nigeria Chinese’s firm to construct $1.85 bn railway line

Kenya Plans underway to construct multi-million dollar airport Kenya plans to construct a major airport in the Eastern part of the country, area governor Martin Wambora has announced. The multi-million



will be constructed in Embu County. China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd is set to construct a major railway line in Nigeria after clinching the tender. According to government officials the project will cost $1.85 billion to build a light railway line in the northern Nigerian state of Kano. The China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd said that their subsidiaries will be carrying out the Kano railway project which remains a key project in Nigeria. The four railway lines will be 74 km (46 miles) long and will be capable of carrying trains that will be traveling at a speed of 100km/per hour. “We will use the latest technology to ensure that we deliver the project on time and we have a good reputation for we have delivered a number of projects in the past” the statement added. The corporation was awarded the contract after it fulfilled all the terms and conditions following a competitive tender application. The state of Kano will finance the project and will be partly assisted by China State Corporation. The$1.85 bn railway line project is expected to be carried out in two phases and is expected to take at least two years in each phase.


Busy highway to be rehabilitated at a cost of $2.7bn

Chinese firms Geiger International and China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), are now set to rehabilitate Zimbabwe’s busy highway after reaching an agreement with the government. According to government officials, the two companies will spell out the framework for the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu rehabilitation and dualisation. This is one of the busiest highways in Zimbabwe and once completed it will streamline the country’s economy significantly more so in the busiest North-South Corridor that directly links landlocked Zimbabwe and Zambia with access to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa. The ministry of transport added that feasibility studies for the highway project were completed back in 2013 and $1.3 billion was required to carry out the projects and an additional $883 million would be needed for the link between the capital and Chirundu on the border with Zambia, bringing the total project cost to nearly $2.2 billion. Early on June the government under the ministry of Transport had announced that the CHEC would be the main contractor while Geiger International an Austrian firm based in China, was named as the financier of the project.



Airport is expected to cost US$ 99




Martin Wambora said his county is currently in talks with the National government along with other partners to ensure that the multi-million dollar airport kicks off as soon as possible during his tenure in office. He added that the Airport would be constructed a fresh or look into expanding the current airstrip at Don Bosco and transform it into international standards. Wambora said that he has championed a group of foreign investors who have agreed to pump in more funds that will see the project kick off. He said a concept paper was already being worked on by the Ministry of Transport that will see the airstrip’s runway extended from the current 1.5 kilometres to four kilometres. He said the completed airport




buildings, warehouses, hangars, aprons and free trade zone. The Embu Airstrip is situated approximately 10 minutes by road South East of Embu’s central business district, along the EmbuKiritiri Highway. The governor added that the construction of the project is expected to kick off early next year and will take some months to complete and that will be determined by the terms and conditions of the contractor. October 2016


Architects Registration Council of Ghana registers new Architects The Architects Registration Council of Ghana has registered 43 newly-qualified Architects. The Architects were inducted onto the Standing Register of Architects permitted to work in Ghana. The architects were inducted during the 16th induction of the Architects Registration Council of Ghana that took place in Accra under the theme ‘The Architect – A Vital Partner in Development’. Turkson Stephen Leslie Bentum, Abbey Tei Mensah and Afram Maxwell Ofosuhene who were among the inductees were awarded with 1st Runner-up, 2nd Runnerup and Overall winner prizes respectively for Best Performance at the qualifying examinations. Hon. Dr. Kwaku AgyemanMensah, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing said the Ghana Building Code had been finalized and the ministry is in the process of amending the building Regulations L.I. 1630 of 1996 to reflect the Code. In the meantime, the Ministry is working on a strategy to implement the National Housing Policy which had the overall goal of providing safe, secure, adequate, affordable, and decent housing. Moreover, a bill for the establishment of a Real Estate Authority has already been presented before parliament. The proposed bill will regulate real estate agency practice, commercial transactions in real estate, including the purchase, sale and leasing of Real Estate.

UIPE conducts Continuous Professional Development The Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers recently conducted this year’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training under the theme “Contract Management for Engineers and Other Infrastructure Professionals” from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th August 2016 at UIRI Conference Hall, Kyambogo. The training was successfully conducted and a total of 227 engineers participated in this year’s training and were issued with UIPE certificates of participation. Participants gained insight into the principles and practices of infrastructure development contracts, had an opportunity to gain more awareness about the legal consequences of their actions as well as learn the essentials of engineering and construction contracts. The delegates also got a chance to learn how to differentiate between PPDA, World Bank, AfDB and FIDIC standard form of contracts. The delegates also had a chance to:Get an overview of the structure of FIDIC family of contracts and the correct use of the green, red, yellow, silver and white books, acquire knowledge on how to select the appropriate form of contract for your projects, explore ways of drafting well-structured contract documents, understand the preparation of contract agreements and contract data and the roles and responsibilities of the employer, the engineer/project manager and the contractor.

ZNBS aims to address housing deficit in Zimbabwe The Zambia National Building Society (ZNBS) has said the housing units being built by the institution in conjunction with some district councils will not become ‘white elephants’ as prospective owners will sign offtake agreements for mortgage financing.Recently,


proposed to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing on




construction of houses in newlycreated districts in an effort to address the shortage of houses in the country which is having a housing deficit of about two million. In a recent interview, ZNBS public relations officer Mubanga Chanda said the society has come up with a financing structure that will cut on the cost of housing construction in the country. He said people who intend to

AEA says quality architectural designs Crucial for Urbanization The Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA) has said that the nation is in dire need of quality-driven architectural designs in a bid to sustain its ongoing urbanization. Speaking at the Associations 18th Annual Convention recently, Construction State Minister Kalid Abdulrehman said: “Ethiopia had been the least urbanized country in Africa and the world for many years but now the fastest and the largest urban growth is taking place in this country more than ever.” He further said that the government is committed to create the best and environmentally friendly cities that go along with the ongoing industrialization move. According to Kalid, Ethiopian architects need to exert relentless efforts in owning modern urban fabric and shaping future cities in the country. Association's President Wondessen Demerew said that skill gap among fresh architecture graduates,

buy houses will be required to register with ZNBS to access the mortgage facility. So far, Nyimba District Council has set aside 27.5 hectares to Zambia National



where 300 houses will be constructed over a three-year period.



Council has also allocated 70 hectares while Chilanga has offered 20 hectares with Kabwe and Luanshya councils showing an interest to engage ZNBS on the construction of housing units.

failure to upgrade ones professional career and monitoring mechanism for a given architectural design were cited as major hindrances in the construction industry. He called on African architects to work in unison with a view to sharing knowledge and experience as well as speeding up the urbanization process in Africa. October 2016



Turkish group Limak Doosan looks local shifts focus to with newly launched Africa’s construction diesel generators industry Limak Holding plans to bid in a


sale of Sofia airport and is looking


at more investments in Africa for its main construction, energy and cement businesses, and the SMA Managing Director, Thorsten Ronge (left) and Davis & Shirtliff CEO David Gatende at a recent press briefing held at D&S Headquarters.

Davis & Shirtliff Partners with German Firm Davis & Shirtliff, East Africa’s leading supplier of water and energy products, has announced their Exclusive Distributor partnership with German global solar market leader, SMA Solar Technology AG. SMA is a manufacturer and supplier of solar inverters for photovoltaic systems with electricity grid connection, off-grid power supply and backup operations. Together with Davis & Shirtliff, the partnership will offer innovative key technologies for future power supply structures in the region. In Kenya, SMA inverters have been used in multiple solar installations e.g. the ultra-modern Garden City Mall, Thika Road as well as Strathmore College, Nairobi West. Headquartered in Niestetal, Germany, it was founded in 1981 and enjoys a global market share of 21% with 3,000 staff employed globally. Davis & Shirtliff is a major provider of various photovoltaic solar powered solutions for water pumping, lighting, water treatment and on grid electricity generation with over 70 years of experience. It has 50 branches spread across nine countries in East and Southern Africa.






Equipment leasing business in Africa is a promising opportunity to venture into with strong prospects. Just like any other booming business leasing construction equipment has its own critical success factors. 1) It is a capital intensive business Leasing construction equipment simply means most companies and individuals cannot afford the equipment so they opt to




targeting its newly launched diesel generators at industrial applications in Africa, primarily for prime power applications

head of the group’s investment

requiring 24/7 operation. The

arm said. Limak, which is not

Doosan G-series range of diesel

listed, already has interests in Mozambique and Ivory Coast. In Bulgaria, Limak aims to bid

generators – featuring 30 models –




generation for medium to high industrial demand, ranging from

in Bulgaria’s tender to operate

58 kVA produced by the smallest

Sofia airport for 35 years, in a

generator in the G-series – the

deal expected to bring in some

Doosan G60 – to 847 kVA

$684 million. The company won a $4.34 billion tender last year to build Kuwait’s international

produced by the largest generator in the G-series – the G850. The G-series range is manufactured in




airport terminal. In May, Limak

specifically for use in Middle

and Cengiz Holding won a tender

Eastern and African conditions.

to build the Asian section of a 7 billion lira motorway connecting to





Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait.

Prior to being launched in South Africa, the G-series has been selling in the Middle East for about three years, with the first unit being sold locally in June.

3 things to consider before you start construction equipment leasing business in Africa



lease.The edge you will have in this business is the high cost of the hired items, which is exactly the reason why customers will come to you to hire or lease. Therefore when venturing into the business ensure you have adequate capital that can allow you serve more than ten clients at the same time who probably need the same equipoment. 2) Your equipment is the heart of this business. Take good care of them One of the great things about the leasing/ hiring business is that anytime your equipment is with a client, it’s very likely making money for you. And this is why you need to ensure that your property/equipment is in good working condition at all times. As the owner of the equipment, it is your responsibility to ensure they are operated,

managed and maintained according to the recommended standards. Poor maintenance and management is the single biggest reason why many hiring businesses go out of business. The owners are often carried away by the money they’re making and forget to properly service and maintain these assets. 3)The terms and conditions of hiring your equipment must always be clear In dealing with clients who hire your equipment/property, you must always set clear terms and conditions for the use of your asset. It always helps to have your clients sign your Standard Terms and Conditions of Use during the hiring transaction to ensure that each party knows their responsibilities and expectations. October 2016


Powering Africa: Nigeria

The Africa Renewable Energy Forum

The annual Powering Africa:

Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN), EnergyNet will host

Nigeria meeting will take place

the Africa Renewable Energy Forum under the umbrella of the UN

in Abuja on the 12 – 14 October

COP22 Climate Change Conference from 2-4th November 2016 at

at the Hilton Transcorp. The

Marrakech, Morocco. The Africa Renewable Energy Forum aims

Forum will be a premium private

to utilise the outcomes of COP21 and COP22 as a springboard to

sector-led and finance focused

continued investment and Africa’s growth; it will also strategically

summit on investment strategies,

create a COP22 legacy for Africa as the annual leading renewable


In partnership with Global Nexus and the Institute of Research in



energy gathering of governments, energy, environment and finance



ministries, national utilities, regulators and rural electrification

local finance institutions, IPP

agencies across the continent, along with DFIs and private sector



investors. ARF will bring together African Energy Ministers and


Government Representatives, leading investors, power developers,

financiers to release capital in

technology providers, financiers and multilateral agencies to deliver

Nigeria’s transforming power

strategies for sustainable energy development that meet the climate

electricity NIPP


investors, and

sector. EnergyNet will facilitate this




change requirements.

250 decision-makers including DFIs, banks, developers and EPCs to discuss what is needed to fully support and enable the transformation of Ghana’s electricity sector in the medium to long term.

October 2016

Central & Eastern Europe Nuclear Decommissioning Focusing on the growing market, the Central & Eastern Europe Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Congress 2016, will be held in December 8-9, Sofia, Bulgaria. In the European Union, a total of 133 NPP units are currently in operation, about one third of them will have attained their end-of-operation and will be in decommissioning by 2025. Comparatively, Central and East Europe (CEE) seems to be recently accelerated by decisions of several governments in Europe to shut-down operation of some nuclear power plants from different reasons. Between 1999 and 2013, the EU has pledged to provide financial assistance totaling €2.85 billion to Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia.



Rwanda’s construction sector continues to grow Construction Review speaks to Arc Eudes Kayumba (Msc in Building and Urban Design), the Chairman of Rwanda Architects and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board, Chairman of the Rwanda Green Building Council, Vice-President of African Union of Architects, and the MD of Landmark Limited, on a number of issues including the rise and rise of Rwanda’s construction and real estate sector, as well as why infrastructure is set to remain a hotbed for investment and development activity for the foreseeable future in the region.

Arc Eudes Kayumba

What is the secret behind Rwanda’s construction and real estate sector’s growth? The lack of modern, good quality Office, Housing real estate for the ever expanding and growing middle class. But generally due to security, less or no corruption and good weather; many organizations are moving their activities in Rwanda. What is being done to alleviate the shortage of professional architectural and engineering skills in the region? The growing number of architects and engineers, in Rwanda and the region to reduce the ratio of the professionals to people has been helped by the output not only from universities (graduates) but also construction technicians from the various vocational schools. The number of universities in the region has increased with those options and technical and vocational training has been given more emphasis.

Rwanda being a small country blessed with immense natural environment seeks first to conserve its environment and maintain it for future generations to enjoy. 10

What are the challenges and opportunities faced by the members? One of the major challenges is the low number of architects in Rwanda to provide the needed skills to the population, since independence of Rwanda in 1962, there hasn't been any school of architecture until recently in 2009. We have now started to get our graduates from local university. As part of East Africa Community we have East Africa Common Market Protocol that requires professionals to create Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). We have already signed this agreement as Architects and this was done during my tenure as regional President. The

agreement between member states of Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Kenya has allowed free movement of architects between these states and has thus helped bridge any gaps that may appear. Importance of Green Building Council in Rwanda and its role in creating clean cities Rwanda aims to create six secondary cities and have taken the green city approach. In May this year Rwanda launched a National Roadmap for Green Secondary Cities Development. The Vision 2020 that was elaborated in 2000 promotes the green growth. In 2011, Rwanda elaborated the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy aiming to achieve development with low carbon domestic energy resources and practice, reducing its contribution to climate change by 2050. In its Programme 10: Low Carbon Urban System, Rwanda is to: • Adopt energy and water efficiency standards into building codes; • Establish an integrated multi-mode urban transport system; • Employ low carbon urban planning; and • Fully utilise urban waste as a high-value resource stream. The Rwanda Urban Planning and Building Code of 2015 give guidelines on Green constructions and incentives for green buildings. With the physical effects of global warming manifesting in recent periods, the need for green sustainable building design has become more pertinent and especially since construction and its sub processes contribute a huge proportion to the carbon footprint. But also keeping with the growing international standards like LEED (leadership October 2016

in Energy and Environmental Design), a Green

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What was the motivation of turning Kigali into one of the cleanest and greenest cities in Africa? Basically Kigali is considered the cleanest city on the continent and this is the same with other secondary cities around the country. Cleanliness is embedded in Rwanda culture but today's environment has been helped more by making policies that conserves the nature. Kigali is

secondary cities and have taken the green city approach. In May this year Rwanda launched a National Roadmap for Green Secondary Cities Development. 
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Apex Steel Seeks to be a Construction Solution Provider Apex Steel Limited now endeavours to be a solution provider as opposed to being merely a steel provider. In addition to manufacturing steel that conforms to BS:4449-2005: Grade 500+, Kenyan ISO 6935 -2, Apex Steel now is meeting client expectations by offering customized solutions. Contractors have acknowledged the fact that their projects - be they multistorey or infrastructure projects - are benefitting in ‘speed of execution’ because they are now getting from Apex Steel ‘cut and bend’ steel delivered to site; as per their ‘Bar Bending Schedule’. A ‘cut and bend’ arrangement saves resources for the Contractor as they pay only for the length of the steel they buy. The benefit of ‘cut and/or bent’ steel is that it can be immediately utilized when at site, expedite the speed of construction and hence meet the challenges of the time frames. It also minimizes pilferage and wastage on site and assists site personnel who now do not have to manage the inventory of ‘off-cuts’ that is sold at a low value as scrap. In addition to the supply of ‘cut and bend’ deformed bars, special length Deformed Bar that goes beyond the standard length of 12 meters can be supplied. Apex Steel is also the only company in East and Central Africa that has to its credit the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. This simply means that its manufacturing processes have been certified to make ‘green steel’. Developers can now bring to fruition projects that required ‘Green Steel’ using APEX TMX Deformed Bars manufactured by Apex Steel. To read more and to comment on this story visit

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Wanted: Skilled labour With a booming construction industry in Africa the need for skilled labour force is badly needed to economically propel the continent forward


By Anthony Kiganda growing skills shortage in Africa’s construction sector continues to be a major problem to the sector with employers saying it’s the second threat to their companies after the ubiquitous heavy tax burden. The shortage of skilled labour in the construction sector comes in the wake of growth in infrastructure projects that the continent has witnessed. In South Africa for instance, in the 2015/16 budget, it was announced that the government would spend US$8.1bn on infrastructures over the next three years, presenting huge growth opportunities across some of the country’s key sectors, particularly within construction. But with the current key skills challenge it remains to be seen whether this can be realized. Indeed the PwC’s-SA Construction 2014 report revealed that more than two-thirds of CEOs in the construction sector were most anxious about access to key skills. Although the magnitude of the problem varies from country to country, there have been concerns that the general shortage of skilled labour in Africa is still a major deterrent to achieving major infrastructure development goals. Some players in the industry are worried that if nothing is done to address the challenge the outlook will be one of contrained labor supply in the industry.. “In the next few years, South Africa is going to be running out of skilled bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, plasterers and even painters. This means that soon our limited building industry skills base will disappear,” says John Matthews, Chairman of the Master Builders Association Educational Trust and President of the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC). It is a problem that extends to other African countries. In Kenya, while for years the capital Nairobi was full of plumbers and painters looking for contracts, today this is less so. The rising cost of hiring a plumber, mason or painter — who are in short supply — has expanded the share of labour costs to a quarter of total building expenditure in Kenya, with surveyors forecasting a further rise. The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) estimates that the ratio of labour to building cost has grown to 25%from 20% two years ago, making construction more expensive for aspiring home owners and property developers. Many countries in Africa have seen a trend towards adire need of skilled carpenters, masons, joiners, tilers, electricians, steel fixers, blacksmiths, plumbers and machine operators. Plumbers and 14

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electricians are the most sought-after. In Kenya for instance their charges range from between KSh1,500 (US$15) and Sh2,000(US$20) per day up from a range of Sh750(US$7.5) and Sh1,000(US$10) a few years ago. Technical colleges Exorbitantly high cost of tertiary education has been blamed as the reason for escalation of shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry in Africa. “The high costs of tertiary education, together with limited places at institutions of higher education, has meant that many school leavers have fewer options to acquire the skills required for employment beyond that of a menial level,” says Tony Keal, Group Skills Facilitator at the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) - a registered trade association for employers in the building industry. Yet to address the issue players in the construction industry say the establishment of more technical colleges and middle level institutions need to be encouraged. Andrew Mandere chairman of IQSK says that the move would help to train tradesmen in the respective construction trades. “Kenya’s policy of construct at least one polytechnic in each constituency is an excellent idea and if implemented can go a long way in rectifying the situation,” he says. According to Kenya’s National Construction Authority’s Construction Industry Status Survey Report 2014, only 30.3% of construction workers in Kenya are skilled, with 67.6 % mainly semi-skilled and lacking the relevant competencies to be engaged in construction works. Only 2.1% are competent enough having acquired technical training as Construction Site Supervisors. The Survey also indicated that of the 30.3% skilled construction workers, 81.3% have gained their competencies through experienced gained on the job as opposed to only 18.7% who have acquired the skills from formal technical training. Apprenticeship The education sector has for a long time been blamed for having lacked structures that recognize prior on-job learning experiences and create career progression pathways that would allow for skills development especially in the construction industry. This situation can easily be turned around through introduction of more demand -driven training modules as opposed to supply -driven curriculums. NCA plans to enhance the apprenticeship approach to skill acquisition and transfer as a timely and effective mechanism for bridging the huge skills gap existing in the industry. This will surely change the story from one of shortage to abundance of skilled workers ready to serve the Kenyan construction industry as well as competitively be engaged at the global platform. It is a model that is up and running in South Africa where MBAWC has taken it upon itself to train people in the Western Cape for free. They are also given an opportunity to train while they learn. The organisation is doing so by providing those who have passed grade 12 and have excelled in maths an opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Construction Supervision. The opportunity is also open to those who have not achieved this academic level but who October 2016



undergo psychometric tests that prove their suitability for the course. This four-year course, approved by South African Qualifications Authority, will result in a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level IV qualification -equivalent to a diploma from a Technikon. During the initial three months of their first year, students are exposed to all of the facets of the building industry including carpentry, plumbing, plastering as well as Health and Safety. They are given practical experience through being employed at MBAWC member companies for the next nine months. Over the following three years, they undergo two months of theoretical training at a technical institution and are employed by different member companies each year. At the end of the fourth An electrician examines a power station. Electrical skills are among the much sought after in Africa

year, if they have completed all of their modules and projects, they receive their certificate. Brain drain Even so, a debilitating exodus of African talent to more developed nations is one reason for the skills shortage. For example, there could be as many as 4 million Zimbabweans living outside their country, half of them in South Africa. The effects of shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry cannot be ignored. Over the years, concerns have been raised on the quality of the buildings that are being constructed in some of the African countries. Collapse of building in Kenya for instance has been linked to skills problems. “The resulting skilled labour shortage in the construction industry has led to a decline in the quality of

Construction workers on site: Shortage of skilled labour is hurting the industry.

work and projects. This is because semi-skilled workers are now being engaged as skilled workers to fill the gaps,� explains Mandere. To tackle the issue Mandere urges for salaries for blue collar jobs be reviewed upward to attract more entrants to the middle level colleges that will train skilled tradesmen. However to decisively deal with skilled labour shortage in Africa, the underlying cause that is a mismatch between training and industry needs has to be addressed. Employers have over the years complained that technical graduates do not have the relevant competencies needed by the industry. This has created a skills gap amidst the context of high unemployment and underemployment rates, yet majority of the youth have academic certificates

Road construction in progress: Booming infrastructure development in Africa has increased demand for skilled labour force.


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uropa Infrastructure has grown in leaps and bounds in the last 5 years.... and today we welcome AlimakHek to our family...AlimakHek is the worlds best brand in passenger and material hoists for building and industrial applications. The hoists are built on a very simple and effective design that aims to maximise the benefits to their clients. The hoisting system is based on a rack & pinion system that allows our hoists to carry more capacity but also minimises power consumption on site. AlimakHek are the pioneers in this system and with constant investment in R&D, they are always ahead of the market. Their market manager Piet Theunis visited us a few months ago and was very impressed in our approach to the construction and aftersales business model. He also sees a very bright future for the East & Central Africa region and believes AlimakHek will play a very big role in shaping the skyline of Kenya. AlimakHek had recently just sold over $2,000,000 of hoists in India and Dubai....and even in a competitive market with so many Chinese and Indian suppliers they remain

the market leader for the past 50 years. wMr Thenis was also very happy to visit their old customers and even found a major contractor in Nairobi who is still using their AlimakHek machine for over 32 years... This, he was very quick to point out, is the difference between AlimakHek and the competition...if you invest in a machine it should be for the long term. AlimakHek recently opened a fully automated factory in China to cope with the demand from Asia and Africa and as result have become even more competitive in their pricing. We still offer a 5 year warranty on the product to show you our confidence in the brand. All AlimakHek machines are built with safety and quality in mind. Europa Infrastructure Technogies Ltd "built on a very simple business model.... Be exclusive distributors for one product range and become the masters of aftersales in this...This allows us to stock spare parts and provide prompt aftersales services...The second was to market only strong reliable brands. By adding AlimakHek to this range Europa Infrastructure Technologies has only enhanced its reputation in this....Since taking

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New Technology in Surveying The Game Changer improving making prices go down in the best interest of the consumers. He says going by current trends, there seems to be a widening gap between prices of well established brands and the new up and coming brands. He advises suppliers to be very vigilant in following new technologies so as to remain competitive specification-wise, qualitywise and price-wise. He adds that big brands may end up losing on the market share if they remain complacent, and charge higher prices for the same thing. Autobuild is based in South Africa with distribution links in Botswana and Zimbabwe and sells a complete range of surveying instruments and equipment including GPS, Total stations, theodolites, lasers, levels plus accessories such as measuring wheels, measuring tapes etc. We take a look at some of the game changers in surveying


n recent years surveying has seen the development of new technologies in both the equipments used and the skills applied. There has been an upsurge in the latest surveying hardware and software that has significantly transformed the field of survey. Today, land surveying has become more accurate and precise, not to mention faster and easier. The advance in technology has led to improved, forestry, meteorology, natural resource management and vehicle speed tracking. New technologies continue to emerge on the market to enhance data acquisition and analysis. This has helped people like architects to plan for projects that match the land use better as well as commercial foresters to plan planting and harvesting that better serve the overall environment. With these mushrooming technologies and innovations therefore land surveyors have to keep up with the current technologies and be knowledgeable as regards the use of new tools. Those who do make themselves available for a wider range of opportunities and industries while those who fail to update their knowledge are rendered obsolete and nonoperational in the industry. These new technologies also make the field of surveying safer and quicker. From buildings and cities surveying, to mapping disasters, modern technology has given talented surveyors the means to pitch in more places than ever before with a lot of practical information. . Pricing is also a key factor influencing the market today as new players in equipment supply take on the more established brand names. According to Davie Beattie from Autobuild Africa, technology is constantly 18

Total Stations A total station is made up of an electronic theodolite with a distance meter so as to give surveyors a modern tool for mapping and measuring. Total stations are used to electronically calculate distance down to the centimeter at a range of hundreds of metres. And with robotic total stations, the surveyor can operate the instrument with a remote control. Integrated surveyor rovers that combine the Global Navigation Satellite System and total station target on a single pole are already available. Total stations with integrated video technology make it possible for the surveyor to see exactly what the instrument sees and can therefore capture georeferenced images for use in photogammetry and ‘in-office surveys’ Satellites and Global Positioning Systems The Satelite Positioning Systems are used measure features or points anywhere on the globe from space and can also be used to control large infrastructure projects. The advantages of using GPS for modeling and mapping include improved productivity, faster delivery of information, and fewer limitations such as line-of-sight requirements, the GPS has therefore revolutionized the surveying profession, providing latitude, longitude, and height information more quickly, inexpensively, and accurately than was possible by traditional surveying methods. GPS surveying has been found to icrease accuracy and reduces costs. Research indicates that one person operating GPS equipment is generally twice as fast as a conventional survey crew. With advancements, GPS technology is getting even more accurate and agencies will update their standards accordingly. GPS surveying is October 2016

an evolving technology. This is because as GPS hardware and processing software are improved, new specifications will be developed and existing specifications will be changed. 3D Laser Scanners Yet another new technology is the use of the laser scanning to produce 3D models or other maps. This technology is used in many applications, including historical preservation, surveying hard-to-reach areas, and monitoring construction progress. The 3D Laser Scanning technology is used in many applications including 3D modeling of processing plants to develop asbuilt CAD models to enable asset registers of all components of the plant, dimensional Control to determine differences from design to as-built, operational applications on large platework components to determine wear on structures, monitoring of building facades during commercial construction as well as assisting in presentations by producing a 3D model of any structure.

measuring several thousand meters in length. It is the same technology that was used in the search for flight MH 370. Future Opportunities These surveying technologies are increasingly growing in power and use, and so are the software systems and

Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Drones are emerging as one of the latest technologies in the field of surveying. Although drones have been around for a long time, the technology has not yet been widely applied in the surveying and remote sensing professions. This technology is gaining wide applicability thanks to the advent of practical, lightweight lithium polymer batteries, low-cost drone technology, lightweight digital cameras and advances in close-range oblique aerial photography – all of which make the future of drones in land surveying exciting. They come with GPS and altimeters that help enhance their capabilities. Small, on-board video cameras with micro-video transmitters enable pilots on the ground wearing digital video headsets to “fly” as though they were sitting in the pilot’s seat. Drones can access areas that can not be accessed by human surveyors.

niche support applications (cloud-computing, online geodatabases, cell phone controlled equipment, multispectral analysis). This evolution cannot stop here. To fall behind this curve means missed opportunities both for agencies and consultants.

GIS software The GIS Software technology is used to capture and analyze data to create digital maps of areas. The hightech software is used to create programs such as google maps, used by over 100 million people a month. The GIS software provides a high-accuracy mapping platform that merges everything you need in an interoperable environment, letting you express your trade with speed and precision. You can seamlessly integrate high-accuracy positioning data into the GIS platform, giving you the best of both worlds in one work environment. Deep tows Deep tows are deep ocean floor survey systems of often a AUV – autonomous underwater vehicle that can be outfitted with sonar or cameras and towed through the water at low speeds at the end of a cable normally October 2016



Excavation: an example of utility detection indicates where it is safe to dig

Safeguarding subsurface infrastructure integrity It is not uncommon for one to encounter a burst water pipe in an urban area where a construction project is taking place in Africa. However, good news is that, with the increasing use of utility detection and mapping these occurrences, which have been costing both municipalities and companies millions (if not billions), in replacement and repair costs, will in due course be significantly minimised.


he use of utility detection and mapping has become increasingly important on the African continent, as construction and engineering projects move away from developing “undeveloped” land and towards improving current infrastructure and re-developing existing cities and towns. Although this service is not new in other parts of the world, it is, only now, gaining momentum in Africa as contractors realise the benefits of not endangering employees as well as reducing costs incurred by accidents and damage to utilities’ infrastructure on site. Travis Holman, an expert from UDS Civils, an organisation widely experienced in the provision of utility detection and mapping services in Africa, mentions four


scenarios in which the African construction sector can benefit from utility detection and mapping. Firstly, Holman regards enhancing the safety of all people on construction sites by removing various, previously unpredictable risks, both small and large as probably the most important aspect of utility detection and mapping. Illustrating this point, he says: “If you Google “cable strike” or “digger hits water pipe” you will see many videos and photographs showing the danger and devastation caused to people and property as a result of hitting sub-surface utilities.” Secondly, the significance of utility detection and mapping as a cost-saving activity cannot be overstressed. It reduces delays and unnecessary costs spent on projects October 2016


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In fact, Holman emphasises, various types of equipment, using different technologies, have to be utilised to gather all the relevant information on a site to present to the client. Although utility detection devices are easily purchased, it is the use of a combination of equipment and qualified operators that produce accurate results and make utility detection and mapping most effective, he explains. What if it fails? Whilst underground Survey or utility detection is unlikely to “fail”, some utilities can be more challenging and timeconsuming to locate than others. So, to overcome this requires using more than one method of utility location, recommends Holman. “The more comprehensive the investigation, the more accurate and effective the result. The use of one generic Utility Detection device or method by an unqualified operator will result in failure.” Most effective solution There are various technologies that can be used in the detection of underground services available. While each of them has its own benefits and downsides, often a combination of locating techniques will result in the most effective and accurate results, notes Holman. “Combining in-depth on site and in-office investigations provide clients RD – an example of detection equipment

with the most comprehensive as-builts.”

as a direct result of hitting a waterline, an electrical cable or other essential and dangerous utilities. Thirdly, utility detection technologies can be used to locate water leaks, blockages in pipe and cable faults. Underlining this feature, Holman says: “It is a noninvasive technology that provides the contractor with as much information about the services and utilities beneath the service without disturbing as much as a teaspoon of soil. These technologies and techniques save time and money as well as removing a variety of potential dangers and risks from a construction site and project.” Last but not least, utility detection technologies become more important on the African continent as there is high awareness of the need to preserve natural fuels such as water, oil and gas. They can ensure that the systems transporting and storing these precious resources remain intact and free from leaks or damage.

Making it compulsory

For better output For utility detection to be most effective, it is necessary that the correct equipment is used by qualified operators, informs Holman. “Each team has to be equipped with the latest technology to ensure accurate information is gathered on site to present to the client.” 22

Holman summarises the relevance of the technology coherently: “Utility detection and mapping gives the contractor an accurate, easy to read, as-built of all utilities on a site. This not only dramatically reduces the risk of damaging the existing utilities, but also allows for accurate project planning and execution.” Sadly, as part of UDS Civils, which has been widely involved in projects across the African continent, she has established that utility detection and mapping is often underestimated and not implemented due to lack of knowledge and/or experience. Nevertheless, given the growing evidence of benefits it is bringing, Holman reveals that the team at UDS Civils are of the view that governments should make utility detection and mapping a compulsory phase of every construction project in Africa. “We would like to see Utility Detection and Mapping being implemented by Municipalities across Africa to preserve natural resources and reduce wastage by removing the potential to disrupt or damage utilities and pipelines.” Indeed, other service providers would unequivocally concur with this view. October 2016


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Qs David Gaitho My Journey in the Construction Industry Qs David Gaitho is a familiar face in Kenya’s construction industry. He’s not only a practising quantity surveyor and project manager but has also held key positions in associations within his profession. Construction Review spoke to him about his background and career development


he stage of computing the cost of any building project is often eclipsed by design and implementation

stages. In fact, in many cases, developers put more emphasis on the architectural design, allowing their imagination to run wild. In the process, they forget that costing is also critical and is at the heart of any project’s success. “It is important for developers to understand that the success of any project is determined by the accuracy of cost,” says David Gaitho, Director at Amazon Consultants Limited, a renowned quantity surveying and project management firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. As a quantity surveyor and project manager, Gaitho clearly understands the troubles that developers face when the cost of a project is not precise. Indeed there are many projects that have stalled because of cost overruns. “Failing to get the exact cost of a project has huge implications,” he states.

Gaitho heads a consultancy that has over the years distinguished itself as a leading practice in the field of quantity surveying and project management. Established in 1998 and incorporated in 2007, Amazon Consultants has been at the heart of the building and construction sector in Kenya offering professional services. The firm was founded by Gaitho himself in partnership with Michael Mbugua and Steve Rukwaro. That Amazon Consultants is a big player in the country’s building and construction industry is evident from the projects the firm has been involved in over the years. The firm boasts a rich portfolio of projects cutting across residential apartments, offices, hotels, government buildings, schools and universities, shopping malls to industrial buildings. As he steers Amazon Consultants to greater heights, Gaitho opens up about his journey in the building and construction industry. He was born and raised in Nyeri

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County in Central Kenya where he attended local schools for his primary education. But his love of the building and construction industry started during his high schools days at Starehe Boys Centre in the early 1980s. “I started doing building construction while in Form Three and it inspired me to love the industry,” explains the fourth born in a family of six. 25


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Having fallen in love with the industry, he joined the University of Nairobi where he studied for a Bachelors degree in Building Economics. The course has since been renamed Bachelors of Quantity Surveying in response to industry voices. After graduating in 1992, Gaitho immediately landed his first job in a building construction company although he only worked for one year before joining the public sector and was posted to North Eastern province. Although initially he strongly resisted the idea of being posted in North Eastern, the three years he spent in the province played a key role in shaping his career. “In North Eastern, though a junior Qs, I was dealing with high government officials and this helped me develop high confidence in dealing with people,” he reveals. By the time he left North Eastern and came back to Nairobi to work for another building contractor as a contract manager, Gaitho had made up his mind that he wanted to set up his own company. This was because during his years of employment, he had managed to make good contacts that were instrumental in the take-off of his private practice. “Over the years I had made good contacts and some were telling me to set up my company,” says Gaitho who is currently pursuing a Masters in Project Management at the University of Liverpool. While venturing into private practice was a dream come true for Gaitho, the first project for Amazon Consultants turned out to be a baptism by fire. According to Gaitho, Amazon Consultants’ first major project was the construction of Kenya Airways Staff Sacco headquarters. In the project, Amazon Consultants’ brief was quantity surveying and cost management. But as it turned out, implementation of the project was marred with controversies because of disputes involving the land. “There were delays in the project because of disruptions emanating from land disputes,” he notes. He adds that despite the challenges, the project was nonetheless implemented to conclusion and Amazon Consultants was commissioned to do Phase II of the project. Since then, the firm has undertaken numerous high profile projects including the administration block and accommodation units of the Kenya Military Academy in Lanet, the Wangari Maathai Institute of Peace, Leadership Center for College of Insurance, Safaricom mixed-use development in Mavoko, Clay City and Komarock Estate for Housing Finance, Wadi Degla Sports Complex, KWFT office block, Century Park in Kigali, Rwanda among many others. Of the many projects that Amazon Consultants has completed, the Senate Chambers and Offices for National Assembly project clearly stands out as a signature project. Implemented in six concurrent phases, the project stands out because of the urgency in which it had to be completed while Lawmakers continued working. As the quantity surveyors for the project, Amazon Consultants feels very proud to be associated with the project which has now been handed over despite the challenges. According to Gaitho, Amazon Consultants has managed to become one of the leading quantity surveying and project management consultancies in the country by investing in a highly qualified team and embracing the latest technologies. To read more and to comment on this story visit

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Dimensions Interiors Limited takes off Having been hived off from Dimensions Architects and Interior Designers, Nairobi-based Dimensions Interiors Limited has now grown its own wings and is ready to carve out a niche for itself in the competitive interior design industry. Mrs Stromsmo


imensions Architects and Interior Designers Ltd was founded in January 1994 to provide specialized professional services in architecture, interior design and project development

company known as Dimensions Interiors Ltd. This separation made

in the East and Central African Region. Dimensions currently has

to creative, tasteful, economical and functional interior design. The

offices in Kenya, Uganda and an associate office in Rwanda.

directors have brought together a rich pool of professional experience

the company more flexible to work with various other architectural firms on different projects. Dimensions Interiors Ltd is committed

In October 2015, the interior division of Dimensions Architects

in Architecture and Interior Design. In addition to the directors,

and Interior Designers Ltd became an independent fully fledged

Dimensions has a team of technically qualified interior designers

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who assist them in various areas of their work enabling them to accomplish myriad projects. One such project is the firm’s signature interior design masterpiece, Enashipai Resort and Spa in Naivasha. In the project, for which the firm won accolades at the Duracoat Architectural Awards 2016, Dimensions Interiors Ltd worked under the lead Architect and Project Manager Kariuki Muraya of Aaki Consultants and Urban Designers alongside a great team of other consultants. Other architectural firms Dimensions Interiors Ltd has worked with on large projects include Triad Architects, Arprim Consultants and Arch link. Dimensions Architects and Interior Designers Ltd also won other Duracoat Architectural 2016 awards for both architecture and Interior design work. These awards were for their previous joint projects Brookhouse Preparatory School (which won second runners up for best educational institution project) and All Saints Cathedral which won second runners up for best cultural building project. Both projects were under the Architectural guidance of Arch Chema Katua of Dimensions Architectural division and Mrs. Charity Stromsmo of the Interior Design division. Dimensions Interiors Ltd’s area of expertise and key qualifications involve full development of office interiors, tourism/hotel design, schools, fitness and health facilities, residential houses, hospitals, churches, as well as entertainment centres. As the lead interior designers, their responsibilities also involves client consultation, full design development, coordinating with the lead consultants as well as other consultants, contractors, suppliers up to final supervision of work on site and handover. Under Dimensions Architects and Interior Designers Ltd, Dimensions Interiors Ltd has accomplished numerous projects over the last two decades and is at any one time handling several projects simultaneously. The firm hopes to expand further in the region and intends to keep up with the latest trends in the industry to make it the firm of choice when it comes to Interior Architecture and Design. Management The company is currently headed by Mrs Charity Stromsmo as Managing Director. Mrs Stromsmo has vast experience as an interior designer spanning over a period of 24 years, in busy interior and architectural environments. During the last 16 years, she has mainly focused on various projects ranging from hospitality, offices, commercial projects, schools, health facilities, fitness facilities as well as residential projects. Before heading the Interior Design division of Dimensions Architects & Interior Designers, Mrs Stromsmo served as an Assistant Interior Designer and later as a Senior Interior Designer at Symbion International. Mrs Stromsmo is a Holder of a Bachelors degree in Interior Design from the American College for the Applied Arts (Atlanta, Georgia, USA). The institution has since been renamed American Continental University. October 2016



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Future Looks Bright as Specialized Aluminium Renovators Ltd (SARL) Mark Silver Jubilee

This year, Specialized Aluminium Renovators Limited, a Nairobibased Interior fit-out company, marks 25 years since inception. Construction Review had a chat with Chief Executive Kamaljeet Sihra and learnt that although the firm is now doing very well and the future looks bright, the journey has not been a rosy one. Kamaljeet Sihra: Chief Executive

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Kulvinder Sihra: Chief Operating Officer


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In 1991, during the height of agitation for greater democracy in Kenya and uncertain political and economic future, two brothers, Kamaljeet Sihra and Kulvinder Sihra (Sunny) plunged into the unknown by setting up an aluminium fabrication company to serve the construction industry. It was a bold move but the pair was determined to see Specialized Aluminium Fabricators Limited (SAF) as it was known then, make it in the highly competitive industry. They rented a 6,000 sq.ft godown off Enterprise Road in Nairobi’s Industrial Area. But within a few months, it became evident that they had more than they could chew. Survival mode kicked in. In order to pay overheads and to keep the young company in operation, the brothers decided to sublet their premises. It did not take long to acquire the space back as the company grew and expanded, investing in more modern machinery and diversifying. Today, Kamaljeet is the Chief Executive Officer of Specialized Aluminium Renovators Limited (SARL),

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a company that has for the last five consecutive years featured in Nation Media Group’s/KPMG’s annual Top 100 Mid-sized Companies. The once struggling start-up is now located on its own premises and is the preferred contractor for many of its clients. Looking back over the last 25 years, Kamaljeet marvels at the journey SARL has made to the present day. Initially set up as an aluminium fabrication company, the business scope gradually expanded to include interior fit-outs, stainless steel fabrication, joinery and uPVC works. Two years after the company’s creation, it dropped “Fabricators” from its name and replaced it with “Renovators” to reflect the growing scope. SARL’s first breakthrough job was an aluminium glazing contract at Cooperative Bank in Eldoret. Asked why so far away from the company’s base, Kamaljeet says they could not afford to be selective. “Everything was a gamble. We would take even the smallest jobs at the time.” Steadily, as the firm became more experienced and

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known in the industry, more and bigger jobs started coming its way and in 2005, the company secured its own premises off Road A in Industrial Area from where it operates today. “Our first big client was Posta Sacco”, reveals Kamaljeet. SARL was contracted to partition the three floors which the Savings Society was to occupy at Posta Sacco Plaza in Nairobi’s Central Business District. From then on, equally bigger and more complex jobs have been coming the company’s way. SARL no longer has to worry about the complexities of tendering that are often mired in corruption and irregularities. The company’s impressive Curriculum Vitae now ensures that it gets jobs on merit. Most of the jobs are from repeat customers who know what SARL is capable of and therefore prefer to work with it, reveals Kamaljeet. The company has invested heavily in state of the art CNC machinery at its workshop and is therefore adequately prepared to undertake projects of any magnitude. SARL has undertaken fit-out work for several large banks in the country, among them I&M, CBA, Gulf African Bank, National Bank, Chase Bank and GT Bank. The company has also worked for major international organizations and blue chip companies such as General Electric, IBM, Tullow Oil, ATIA and AGRA. At IBM, SARL worked on a Research Laboratory at Catholic University of East and Central Africa. The IBM Research Africa lab, which is the first of its kind in East and Central Africa, was opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013. The project demanded extremely high standards of workmanship that SARL readily offered. The company has also just completed a healthcare training facility for

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General Electric (GE) and office fit-out for Unilever (K) Ltd. at the Watermark Business Park, Karen. It is currently undertaking major renovations at the headquarters of the region’s leading media group, Nation Centre. In addition, there are several other projects underway. So which of these major projects gives SARL most satisfaction? “All our jobs, no matter how big or small provide us with equal levels of satisfaction”, explains Kamaljeet. “What distinguishes us from our competitors is the true passion and determination we put into our work to produce the best that we can, as our clients can testify”, he adds. He says SARL has been able to meet client expectations so far due to a highly motivated human capital that takes on each project with the same zeal. At the moment, SARL has

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between 90-100 permanent employees but this number swells to 150 or more depending on the number of jobs under execution. Kamaljeet is cognizant of the need to keep employees happy as this has a direct impact on output. He says besides striving to provide attractive remuneration, SARL take a keen interest in the personal lives of its staff. SARL has cordial relations with its suppliers, ensuring all payments are made on time. This discipline has enabled the company to achieve great credit worthiness within the industry. But like any other organization, SARL faces several challenges in business. “There is a shortage of qualified personnel especially for upmarket projects”, says Kamaljeet. He

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reveals that SARL has in the past conducted interviews and hired staff, only to be disappointed when the new employees are deployed to sites. “Directors are therefore forced to take an active role to ensure the success of projects”, he adds. Fortunately for SARL, the directors have construction backgrounds. Their father was an assistant architect and Kamaljeet himself served in the same capacity in leading architectural firms in Kenya including Mutiso Menezes International, Mruttu Salmann & Associates, Joel Nyaseme & Associates, amongst others. Kamaljeet decries what he sees as inefficiencies and red tape in critical areas such as cargo clearance at Mombasa Port noting that although there has been some improvement, a lot still needs to be done to save the business community from losses arising from demurrage and delays in completion of projects when materials do not arrive within the anticipated timelines. As the CEO of a rapidly growing company, Kamaljeet is alive to the importance of keeping up the growth, diversifying income streams and business continuity. In 2014, SARL entered into a partnership with Alumil SA, a Greek company

and a world leader in Aluminium

Systems. This resulted in the birth of Alumil Kenya.

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SARL directors are also the shareholders in this new entity with Angad Singh Roopra (MD) playing a principal role in the day to day management of the company. Alumil Kenya aims to supply aluminium systems for high end projects. Already, they have completed projects in Nairobi such as Tune Hotel on Rhapta Road and Pine-Tree office complex along Kamburu/Kindaruma Road besides various residential projects. Running a busy enterprise is a daunting task and SARL directors know breaks are essential and that social responsibility is a necessary component of a complete and happy life. To this end, the brothers take family vacations from time to time and also play key roles in community affairs and charity events.


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Xypex continues to solidify its presence in Africa through its well-placed distributors


ypex Chemical Corporation, a market leader in waterproofing and concrete protection solutions applicable to various sectors such as the

construction sector-reservoirs, sewage and water treatment plants, secondary containment structures, tunnels and subway systems, underground vaults, foundations, parking structures, precast components, etc. has a global network of distributors. In Africa, the company has gained a strong market presence through its well-placed distributors’ abilities to provide concrete waterproofing solutions for their customers. Xypex is a unique chemical treatment for the waterproofing, protection and repair of concrete. Concrete is the most widely used material in modern building construction and by its very nature and structure is susceptible to damage from water penetration and water-

Xypex Concentrate, Xypex Admix C-1000NF, Xypex Admix C-500 NF, Xypex Patch’n Plug and Xypex Modified, offering numerous advantages. These products are applicable to various sectors including waste and water treatment, water storage, general construction and the marine and power sector. The products are being used every day in major projects throughout Africa, states Matthew Fidler, Xypex (UK) LLP. Xypex success has been critical waterproofing and concrete protection problems such as high water table, hydrostatic pressure, wet or moist concrete, chemical attack, membrane failure and high cost of waterproofing failure- and our products have been used on numerous projects throughout the African continent, adds Matthew Fidler.

borne chemicals such as chlorides and sulfates, hence the need for the correct solution. Conventional waterproofing solutions such as membranes and coatings may still leave concrete susceptible to water and chemical damage. In response to the challenge posed by conventional waterproofing solutions, Xypex has developed a number of products such as the Xypex Crystalline Technology, 44

Xypex Crystalline Technology The technology works to remedy the primary problems that concrete encounters because of its naturally porous condition. It is now specified and used on thousands of diverse waterproofing projects around the globe and it was an idea that grew because Xypex chemists questioned October 2016

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what concrete was all about and found a way to make it better. Basic to the development of Xypex Crystalline Technology was a thorough understanding of concrete’s chemical and physical make-up. Concrete is porous, its tunnel-like capillaries are a natural part of its mass, and permit the passage of water and other liquids. Researchers at Xypex recognised the opportunity for a chemical treatment that would fill these capillaries to prevent the penetration of water and other liquids from any direction. By means of diffusion, the reactive chemicals in Xypex products use water as a migrating medium to enter and travel down the capillaries of concrete. This process precipitates a chemical reaction between Xypex, moisture and the by-products of cement hydration, forming a new non-soluble crystalline structure. This integral structure fills the capillary tracts rendering the concrete waterproof. What sets Xypex apart from other conventional waterproofing solutions? • The Xypex crystalline process works deep inside the concrete mass to prevent the penetration of water and aggressive chemicals. In contrast, barrier-type products function only at the surface of the concrete. • Because Xypex is not dependent on surface adhesion, it is resistant to extreme hydrostatic pressure. • Xypex is not subject to the deterioration problems encountered by membranes. October 2016

Xypex is permanent and reactivates whenever water is present.

Advantages of using Xypex for an application • Xypex is available as a coating, dry shake or additive. This is an asset to the value engineering process and flexibility of the construction schedule. • Xypex coatings do not require a dry surface; in fact, a wet surface is necessary. • Xypex coatings can be applied to either side of the concrete. • Xypex cannot puncture, tear or come apart at the seams. • Xypex does not require costly surface priming or leveling and is less costly to apply than other methods. • Xypex does not require sealing, lapping and finishing of seams at corners, edges or between membranes. • Protection during backfilling or during placement of steel, wire mesh or other materials is not required. Xypex Concentrate It is a unique chemical treatment for the waterproofing, protection and repair of concrete. This is the most chemically active product within the Xypex Crystalline Waterproofing System. When mixed with water, this light grey powder is applied as a cementitious slurry coat to 45


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above-grade or below-grade concrete, either as a single coat or as the first of a two-coat application. It is also mixed in Dry-Pac form for sealing strips at construction joints, or for the repairing of cracks, faulty construction joints and honeycombs. Xypex prevents the penetration of water and other liquids from any direction by causing a catalytic reaction that produces a non-soluble crystalline formation within the pores and capillary tracts of concrete and cement-based materials. Advantages of using Xypex Concentrate: • Resists extreme hydrostatic pressure • Becomes an integral part of the substrate • It can seal hairline cracks up to 0.4mm • Allows concrete to breathe • Highly resistant to aggressive chemicals • It is non-toxic • Does not require a dry surface • Cannot puncture, tear or come apart at the seams

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No costly surface priming or leveling prior to application Does not require sealing, lapping and finishing of seams at corners, edges or between membranes Can be applied to the positive or the negative side of the concrete surface Does not require protection during backfilling or during placement of steel, wire mesh or other materials Less costly to apply than most other methods Not subject to deterioration It is permanent

Xypex Patch’n Plug It is a specially designed, fast-setting, non-shrink, highbond strength, hydraulic cement compound for concrete patching and repair. Patch’n Plug stops flowing water in seconds and is used to seal cracks, tie holes and other defects in concrete. The high performance characteristics of Patch’n Plug are enhanced by Xypex’s unique crystalline waterproofing technology. The solution is recommended for stopping an active flow of water through cracks and repair of concrete substrates before application of Xypex coating materials. The solution also offers a number of advantages: • Single component (simply add water) • Fast setting: two to three minutes at 21oC • Excellent structural strength • As durable as the masonry and concrete to which it is applied • Non-metallic (will not rust or deteriorate) • It is also non-toxic October 2016

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Xypex Admix C-Series The Admix C-series has been specifically formulated to meet varying project and temperature conditions. This is a unique chemical treatment for waterproofing, protection and improvement of concrete. It is added to the concentrate mix at the time of batching. The solution consists of Portland cement and various active, proprietary chemicals. These active chemicals react with the moisture in fresh concrete and with the by-products of cement hydration to cause a catalytic reaction. This reaction generates a nonsoluble crystalline formation throughout the pores and capillary tracts of the concrete that permanently seals the concrete and prevents the penetration of water and other liquids from any direction. Xypex C-500 NF is specifically formulated to meet modern concrete practices that incorporate additives such as fly ash and slag. For most concrete designs adding the Admix C-500 NF will have minimal or no effect on setting time. Xypex Admix C-1000 NF is designed for typical Portland cement-rich concrete, where normal to mild retarded set is desired. Xypex Admix C-2000 NF is designed for projects where extended retardation is required due to high ambient temperatures or long readymix delivery times. Advantages offered by the Xypex Admix C-series: • Resists extreme hydrostatic pressure from either positive or negative surface of the concrete • Becomes an integral part of the substrate • Highly resistant to aggressive chemicals • Can seal static hairline cracks up to 0.4mm • Allows concrete to breathe • Non-toxic October 2016

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As an organisation ‘we look forward to build on our past history and success in solving the critical waterproofing needs of African infrastructure projects for many years to come. For instance, the development of Xypex Crystalline technology was a result of a thorough understanding of concrete’s chemical and physical make-up. The fact that Xypex Crystalline technology is now specified and used on thousands of diverse water proofing projects around the globe is a testament to the original concept, concludes Skidcom Company Limited-Xypex representatives in Ghana.

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July - August 2014

At Genrec Engineering, our values deliver your vision. We know that a company’s products are a reflection of the team that creates them. Our people are the underlying force driving the delivery of your vision with embedded values to deliver beyond our customers’ expectations.

Loulo-Gounkoto Mine Complex

Dealing with corrosion Minesite catering

THE FUTURE IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE. IT’S BETTER! When Franki Africa was bought by the Keller Group the geotechnical universe changed forever in Southern Africa. Our capability and range of specialist solutions is now greater than ever before. ISO 9001 ISO 14001 OHSAS 18001


Tel: +27 (0)11 531 2700




Solutions include: Piled Foundations; Rigid Inclusions; Jet Grouting; Lateral Support; Underpinning; Deep Soil Mixing; Soil Improvement; In-situ Replacement; Pipe and Culvert Jacking; Environmental Remediation; Marine Foundations and Structures; Geotechnical Investigations; Geotechnical Advice & Design and more.

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CR October 2016 Issue Vol 27 No.10 Africa's leading building and construction industry journal featuring news, views and construction proj...