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MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes COUNTRY EDITORS Kenya - Francis Makari Uganda - Samuel Bujingo Nigeria - Boladale Ademiju South Africa - Newton Mthethwa WRITERS Jimmy Swira, Thunile Alletta Nkosi Lindsay Wagner, Yvonne Andiva Erick Mongare, Hope Simuli Dorcas Kang'ereha


WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa Bonface Kimunyi

Africa’s abundant resource

ADVERTISING Kenya William Mutama, Fred Okoth, Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Trizah Njoroge, Joseph Mwangi

A record US$8b was invested in renewable energy sources in Africa last year and part of this was on solar power installations signalling a new trend for the future.

South Africa: Manoko Thosago, Happy Mokoena Shepherd Mthethwa, Winnie Sentabire, Angeline Ntobeng, Nqobile Ndlovu Uganda: Dan Nsalasata,Bill Collins Musaazi Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana Ethiopia: Haimanot Tesfaye, Ruth Girma Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Samuel Hinneh

Cover Picture The cover picture shows the first ever utility scale solar power plant which is located in Rwanda. It produces 8.5MW.


Zambia: Susan Kandeke Zimbabwe: Chiedza Chimombe Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello

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November 2015 Volume 26 No.11

A Heritage to be proud of

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Heritage Place in Lagos, Nigeria is probably the first building to attain a LEEDS certification in both design and construction for a commercial building. It is sustainably designed with the use of natural light and natural ventilation (mixed mode) to minimise energy demand which reduces between 30-40% of energy use.

Kariba Dam: Urgent Attention needed The Kariba Dam which holds the distinction of being the largest man-made lake in the world has become a source of concern for the people living downstream on the Zambezi River. Build over 50 years ago the ageing dam wall is said to be at risk of failing which would cause a catastrophic loss of life and property that would make the movie Dante’s Peak look like child’s play.

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With the dam structure standing at 280m and 600m wide it will be holding back over 180 million tones of water during this coming rainy season with the potential to cause a tsunami-like wave that would wash away everything ahead of it in Zambia and Zimbabwe and would reach the flood prone Mozambique border within

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hours. The wave would also put risk on the Cahora Bassa Dam which would not be likely to withstand the onslaught. Years of erosion of the dam wall’s foundation by the water gushing out of the sluice gates has weakened the foot of the wall by creating a huge cavity. The situation has become so serious that only 3 out of the 6 sluice gates can be opened during flooding to release excess water reducing the capacity of the dam to release excess water during flooding. It is expected that repair work estimated to cost over

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Delays in construction of Batoka power plant

Construction of solar carport to benefit the newly opened Garden City mall

Construction delays on the Batoka Power plant has resulted in an economic loss for Zimbabwe and Zambia of at least $45bn, the World Bank has announced. Batoka Gorge Power plant which is a 2,400Mw hydroelectric scheme joint venture between Zambia and Zimbabwe was first mooted in 1992. The two countries have been planning the construction of a hydro electricity generating plant on the Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River at an estimated cost of US $3bn which is expected to produce electricity to be shared between the two countries.According to the World Bank, an analysis of the foregone benefits associated with delayed implementation of the project showed a huge loss for both Zimbabwe and Zambia. This amounted to an estimated US$7bn in forgone electricity sales and an overall loss of over US $45bn. The bank also noted that they were now focused on the technical and operational resources needed for advancement of the Batoka Power Plant. There would be the updating of the engineering studies on the project, new social and environmental impact assessment and a legal and institutional review will be done on the same. Upon completion, the Batoka power plant will help secure the energy needs of more than 1.2m households split equally between the two countries. Operations of the plant together with the Kariba Dam will also help increase the overall energy production by 8962GWh annually. The Batoka Gorge hydroelectric scheme is located on the Zambezi River 54km downstream of Victoria Falls.

The construction of a solar carport in Kenya at the newly opened Garden City mall will immensely benefit the mall's power saving efforts as it will save approximately US$ 301, 888 from power bills every year due to the use of solar hybrid systems. 1,256 MW of electricity is anticipated to be annually generated from the solar carport constructed by Solarcentury. 3,300 solar panels were mounted at the uppermost car park shade. The project is also set to cut carbon emissions by around 745 tonnes annually. Guy Lawrence director of UK Company Solarcentury which installed the panels confirmed the reports and said that the system which is a US$1.9m investment will use the dual-mode technology to provide solar energy throughout the day and if no solar power is generated during the day maybe because of weather conditions, power from the national grid will be consumed. “If Garden City was paying for it, they would reduce power bills by 40 per cent that is about US$300,000 annually without using the national grid power. Since there is no power bank, the mall consumes 100 per cent power from the grid .

Delays hit construction of Coal-fired power plant


South Africa Power utility firm Eskom plans to construct major power corridors South Africa power utility firm Eskom has announced that six major power corridors will be constructed in South Africa linking the primary load centers in the country and along KwaZulu Natal coast.The project construction will see new sources of electricity generation in the south and north parts of the country. This new approach was motivated by the decline in electricity generation in the country. According to Eskom’s Transmission and grid planning Chief Engineer, Kevin Leask, the main load centers will remain in Gauteng and along KZN Coast while other power pools will emerge in Limpopo, Cape Town and the East of Johannesburg. 13,000MW and 7,000MW transmission corridors will be constructed between Limpopo and Gauteng, 6,000MW between Gauteng and KZN while three transmission corridors of 5000MW and 6,000MW between Cape Town and the center of the country. Leask also noted that work had begun on some of the corridors while others were in the planning and environmental authorization phase. There would be an increased development of energy generation in form of wind, coal, nuclear, gas and concentrated solar power in Cape Town and Limpopo.

The construction of a first coalfired power plant in Kenya is set to delay due to government plans to resettle people on the coastal site. The construction of the power plant was to start in October this year. Francis Njogu, Chief Executive of the consortium, Amu Power Company confirmed the reports and said that a resettlement plan is yet to be finalized by National Land Commission (NLC) before construction begins. The environmental impact report of the Coal-fired power plant in Kenya will be submitted to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for approval. “We are working closely with NLC, as soon as they give us the report, we will complete a few other small processes, and then we will start. We are ready to go,” Njogu said, adding that the consortium could start construction within 60 days of receiving NEMA’s approval. The 1,000 MW coal power plant which is a Kenyan and Chinese venture is anticipated to boost Kenya’s installed capacity to about 6,700 MW by 2017 from about 2,500 MW. According to the Energy and Petroleum Ministry, bids have already been invited for the project and construction is expected to take 30 months. The consortium that won the contract last year comprises of Kenyan firms Centum Investment and Gulf Energy, alongside Chinese companies China Huadian Corporation Power Operation Company, Sichuan Electric Power Design and Consulting Company, and Sichuan No. 3 Power Construction Company. November 2015




South Sudan

Construction of Second Construction of Second Line of tramway launched Kenya-South Sudan road construction gets Niger bridge halted The construction of the second line of a Moroccan tramway was World Bank funding launched early this month. The 15-kilometer (T2) of Moroccan

The ongoing construction project of the Second Niger Bridge in Nigeria has been put on hold until further notice by the federal government. This was announced by Aminu Diko the Director-General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, who attributed the project delay to the non-issuance of the Certificate of Compliance, non-compensation of the host community, nonadherence to due process in the award of contract and the actual cost of the bridge. The Federal Government of Nigeria has so far issued US$91.35m out of the planned US$149.75m towards the project construction. The Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) provided the US$2bn which is being managed by the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) under the joint venture of the public, private partnership between the Nigerian Government and some private equity capital firms, including the NSIA. The total cost of the construction of the second Niger bridge in Nigeria was initially estimated to cost US$539.1m but due to the falling value of the Nigerian currency in relation to other world currencies the cost has risen to US$ 588.52m. Obinna Ihedioha, the Vice President, Infrastructure Investment also clarified that the initial project cost did not include the VAT and when the VAT was included the cost went up by US$49.42m. Even though the affected communities have not yet been compensated adequately , the Niger Bridge in Nigeria will be constructed and operated on a Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis. November 2015

tramway will run from Ain Diab to Ain Sebaa railway station via the El Fida and Derb Sultan districts. According to the deputy project owner of Casa Transport the project looks forward to serve Hermitage ,Mers sultan, Derb Kabir, Hay Al Amal, Hay Al Farah, Hay Tissir, Hay Jamal, Laayoune, Hay Massira, Hay Mohammadi, Dar Lamane, El Badr and is expected to be completed in the shortest time that has been already set. He added that the second line will serve the areas which are highly populated at an estimation of 0.5m inhabitants. The project involves the construction of the first line that currently services Sidi Moumen in the east with Ain Diab and the Faculties district in the west. The project is estimated to cost about 3.7Bn dirhams. The first phase of the project cost almost double that of the second phase. The project will be funded by the Casablanca Urban Commune, the Grand-Casablanca region, in addition to funds from France. “The work on the second line will be ready by the end of 2018,” said Casa Transport.The Casablanca Tramway network is expected to cover 110 kilometers by 2022.

Ethiopia Addis Ababa light rail starts operations The mega electrified light rail system in Ethiopia which cost US$ 475m during construction has finally commenced operation, head of Ethiopia Railways Corporation Getachew Betru has confirmed. The 32km light rail system in Ethiopia which is Africa’s first light rail is expected to carry a capacity of up to 15,000 people per hour in one direction meaning it could attain four times that in all directions, with a projected top speed of 70km/hr hence leading to the reduction of traffic in the highly populated country. 39 stations are positioned across the service and a network of alleyways—including 12 escalators and 22 elevators, will direct commuters to the various railcars making everything seem easier. Fares could range up to US$0.5. China Railway Group Limited is the company that was contracted to build the transport system over three years after the Ethiopian government secured 85% of funding from the Export-Import Bank of China. The new rail transport network is expected to ease the huge public transport problems in one of the world’s most populated cities.

The World Bank has released US$512m for the construction of the Kenya-South Sudan road and also for the laying of the fibre optic cable which will eventually enhance trade between the two countries. South Sudan’s ICT minister Rebecca Joshua Okwaci and her Kenyan counterpart Fred Matiang’i signed a memorandum of understanding in January this year, paving way for commissioning of the project. “The entire Kenya-South Sudan road construction project and the laying of the fibre optic cable is set for completion in two years’ time, we have implemented the road and information superhighway that form the most effective way of accelerating development,” said Robert Mugo, Director, Shared Services at the ICT Authority. The fibre optic cable which will be situated along the Lokichar – Nedapal road as the road is constructed will serve as a good development tool and will be part of the Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Project. The ICT Authority is implementing the Kenyan-side of the fibre optic project through a World Bank fund estimated at Sh2.6 billion while the South Sudan section will cost Sh1.5 billion. The mega project is also anticipated to ease communication and transportation of Kenya’s products commonly traded with South Sudan. Some of the products include; pharmaceutical products, food, edible oils and other manufactured products. Kenya’s exports to South Sudan makeup 25 percent of South Sudan’s total imports. 5



South Africa Amdec constructs a multi-purpose property

Galway firm to build 5,000 low cost houses A Galway Company, Affordable Building Concepts International plans to build over 5,000 low cost houses in Nigeria for the social







announced that it will erect a factory in Nigeria to enhance its

Yacht club South Africa

activities. The low cost houses

Amdec Group, a privately owned Property Development company is constructing a multi-purpose property in South Africa worth US $0.09bn at the gateway to Cape Town’s Waterfront region. The new development which is known as the Yacht club would comprise a residential section, hotel and office space which will be adjacent to the V&A Waterfront. This will also be near the Cape Town International Convention Center. Construction works on the multipurpose property are expected to be complete by mid 2017 making it the biggest development of its kind in the Roggebaai region. This will join the Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites development and the Canal Quays apartments. According to the Joint MD for Amdec Property Development, Nicholas Stopforth, the Yacht club offices will be ideal for businesses which have links to the financial or maritime sectors, travel and tourism industries, retail, conferencing, entertainment and arts sector. The residential section of the development would have a range of apartments from one bed roomed, two bed roomed and luxury corner apartments all ranging between 54sqm to 95sqm. Stopforth also noted that the new development would include a hotel with associated serviced apartments as negotiations with a well known international hotel group were currently in an advanced stage.

in Nigeria will be designed off site and constructed in less than a week’s time. According to the Affordable Building Concepts international


Desmond Cullinane, the company is in talks with Cross River State Governor’s Ben Ayade on the developments. However, according to the governor no concrete conclusions have been made yet. No details have been confirmed regarding the value, the scope of the construction project and its delivery period. It is known that in August this




paid a courtesy visit to an Irish businessman Mr Cullinane in Ireland where he led a trade delegation








the anticipated project sites. Nonetheless,



homes will be delivered in three different grades. The materials will primarily be designed and manufactured at the proposed factory whereby the Affordable Building



will take over and have them erected within 3 days for the poor residents. Moreover, the company




quick building method where a patented foam cement panel is used to construct walls and help to deliver a house within 5 days. 6

Kenya Ongoing construction of Rosslyn Riviera Mall halfway complete The ongoing construction of Rosslyn Riviera Mall in Kenya is halfway complete with 40% of shopping space in the mall booked, residential and commercial property consultancy firm Knight Frank has announced. Located in Kenya’s affluent Runda Estate the mall is expected to serve the people from Runda, Muthaiga, Kigwaru, Nyari, the UN complex in Gigiri and Ruaka. “This signals a robust market demand for retail space in this location”, said the Knight Frank’s head of marketing Mwihoti M’Mbijjewe. The US$ 27m construction project that is Rosslyn Riviera Mall in Kenya which is being developed by Thaara Ltd consists of three-floor shopping complex which houses shops, restaurants, and entertainment and wellness outlets. It is projected to be complete by mid next year. “We believe that Rosslyn Riviera will be a thriving neighbourhood mall because of its location, size, concept, convenience, accessibility and target market,” Mwihoti said. A lot of attention has also gone into selecting the tenant-mix and this will eventually make the mall quiet and cozy, providing a serene shopping environment and great shopper experience.

Kenya Greenhill Hotel – Village Market Competition in Kenya’s hospitality industry is to go a notch higher with the coming onto the scene of another hotel – The Greenhill Village Market. The Greenhills hotel is designed by Symbion Kenya Limited. The Symbion Group is one of the most respected architectural, planning and design houses in East Africa. Over the years, the Nairobi-based studio has produced hundreds of elegant projects across virtually the entire architectural platform – from grand hotels and housing complexes to commercial buildings and industrial structures among many others. Symbion has bases in at least four countries in Africa but operates in nearly 15 countries on the continent. It is managed by some of the best brains in the industry. The award winning practice has at least 30 years experience in architecture. Among their latest projects in the hospitality industry is the proposed Greenhills Hotel in Gigiri, a suburb of Nairobi associated with diplomats and the affluent. It is located within The Village Market, a popular up market shopping and leisure complex in the area. The complex also accommodates The Tribe Hotel, an internationally acclaimed five-star establishment by the same developer, Greenhills Investments Limited. Says the developer, “Majority of visitors and tourists cannot afford the services at Tribe Hotel and the construction of Green Hill Hotel (three-star) will benefit many people as its services will be relatively cheaper.” According to Symbion. November 2015



South Africa Construction of a mineral facility begins

Plans to construct an oil refinery plant

Nigeria Cement plant to be constructed

Plans to construct an oil refinery

Nigeria’s Bua Group has signed a

plant in Nigeria are in top gear

US$$600m contract with Sinoma

after Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu,


the Group Managing Director of

Company, to construct a cement

the Nigerian National Petroleum

plant in Nigeria. The contract

Corporation (NNPC) announced

agreement was signed in China


at the Sinoma’s headquarters





offices. The cement plant in

inspection tour at the Kaduna Petrochemical

A ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a Mineral

Nigeria which will be the

Company (KPRC). Though there

facility in South Africa was recently held within the OR Tambo

second to be constructed by

is no indication of how many

International Airport-industrial development zone (ORTIA IDZ).

Bua Group is aimed at boosting

plants will be constructed, the

The mineral plant will boost mineral beneficiation, diamond cutting,

the Obu cement plant which

refineries are intended to provide

polishing and trading, manufacturing of jewellery and other products.

is sited in the western part of

sufficient petroleum products

The new mineral facility in South Africa which would take up to

Nigeria, Edo State. Apart from



in the country and that they will be constructed at the site of the existing refineries in the country. Nigeria currently has 4 refineries, 2 of which are located

18 months construction period at a cost of US $19.67m is expected to attract investors through offering incentives such as customs support services, duty free importation on raw materials and in puts, tax reduction and exemption for certain beneficiation activities. In

doubling the cement production in the country, the project is also expected to boost market share in Nigeria. Nigeria cement market is currently dominated

in Port-Harcourt and Rivers State

order for one to be exempted from import duty and value added

by Aliko Dangote who is on the

one situated in Warri and the

tax, their raw materials ought to have been imported for input in

top list being the richest man in

fourth one is in Kaduna. In fact,

the manufacturing process for product exports from IDZ to other

Africa. However, the Obu plant

3 out of the 6 units in Kaduna

countries. The location of the manufacturing facility is advantageous

has a production capacity of 3.5

refinery are down and there is a

in the sense that investors would have access to clustered, purpose

million metric tonnes of cement

need to turn around the refinery

built infrastructure close to OR Tambo International Airport making

a year even though the capacity

as the country cannot free itself from fuel supply challenges. The



are over 30-40 years old and constructing




provide back-up services that will ensure constant supply of products in times of challenges. The corporation is also working closely with security agencies regarding the pipelines issue to prevent them from being

it easy for exports.

Tanzania Dangote completes cement plant construction Leading cement manufacturer in Africa Dangote Cement is set to commission a new cement plant in Tanzania in October. The 3.0 million metric tonnes per annum cement plant has been constructed in Mtwara District. The commissioning of the new cement plant in Tanzania is part of the company’s expansion strategy in Africa. The plant is numbered fourth in the expansion series after Ethiopia, Zambia and Cameroun. However, other cement plants in Senegal and South

is expected to double to 7 million metric tonnes a year once the plant is fully completed by 2017. The Bua Group is owned by one of Nigeria’s wealthiest men known as Abdulsamad Rabiu who is also the Group’s Chairman. Addressing the press during the signing ceremony, Mr. Rabiu confirmed that apart from growing its market shares in Nigeria, the company is focused

destroyed. Meanwhile, Nigeria

Africa are due for commissioning this year as construction works

on growing geographically given

had signed revised oil swap deal

are ongoing in several other African countries. The ground-breaking

that the company also has plans

after it investigated previous

for the construction of the cement plant in Tanzania was done on

to embark on regional expansion.

deals which were alleged to have

May 27, 2013. Tanzania is on the verge of becoming one of Africa's

Currently, the group has about

been riddled with fraud. In this

self-sufficient countries in cement production. Dangote Group is also

10% market share in the country

regard, plans to construct an oil

expected to hold the ground-breaking ceremony for the 25 hectares

and they are looking forward to

refinery plant in Nigeria


of jetty land at Mgao village in Mtwara District in Tanzania the same

grow it to 20%. The group was

go a long way to cementing the

day. Dangote is said to have spurred the industrialization of many

founded about 2 decades ago

country as the top producer of oil

African economies through the establishment of integrated cement

importing rice, sugar and edible

products in Africa.


oil among other commodities.

November 2015



Mr Jannes Bester of the Civil Engineering Science Department of the University of Johannesburg during the training session

X-Calibur Construction Chemistry offers training in concrete Technology


-Calibur Construction Chemistry recently held a training course for professionals in the building industry in Kenya on the fundamentals of concrete technology. The 3 day course

was held under the auspices of the University of Johannesburg and was facilitated by Mr Jannes Bester of the Civil Engineering Science Department at the university. The course which focused on industrial flooring concluded with the trainees sitting an exam and getting a certificate awarded by the University of Johannesburg. According to Mr Bester the course intends to provide improved site practice and understanding of the properties of concrete. The training course was conducted for 2 groups one consisting of invited professionals and another consisting of students from

Franki’s Discovery Work Shines in Sandton

WABAG India to construct water treatment plant

Franki Africa has dominated the geotechnical industry in the plethora of major developments that have been taking place in Sandton in the recent past. Two of its most recent contracts include the 170 000m³ basement for the new Sandton premises of petrochemical giant, Sasol, and the 60 000m³ basement for the new head office of legal firm Webber Wentzel. A third, perhaps the largest basement project undertaken ever in South Africa, the mammoth 550 000m³ excavation and 15 300m² of lateral support basement for the new Discovery head office, has been a prime example not only of Franki’s ability to work under pressure, but also to find the right solution in the face of challenging geological conditions. “While this is certainly one of the largest ever basements in this country’s history, it is definitely the largest ever for Franki,” says Gavin.

WABAG India has captured an

Egypt Arab Contractors eyes expansion

order with a value in excess of EUR 30m to construct a water treatment


treatment plant (RWTP), the plant construction will have a capacity of 60,000 m3/d and process lagoon water using a combination of biological and UF/RO-based tertiary treatment. The water treatment plant in Nigeria




for Dangote Fertilizer Ltd. as part of a greenfield, integrated fertiliser and refinery complex. Dangote Fertilizer Limited is a company of the Dangote Group, one of Africa’s most diversified business groups. The fertiliser complex will be located near Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, and be the largest of its type in Africa. WABAG is to secure the water supply for this important new production facility. 60,000 m3/d of raw water from





processed using a combination of









the University of Nairobi. Speaking to Construction Review on the

filtration & reverse osmosis

now set to spread its wings

– as a tertiary treatment. The

sidelines of the training seminar, Mr Brian Davies the Managing

to other African countries in


Director of X-Calibur Construction Chemistry said that the need

a bid to expand its business.

WABAG includes the design,

for the course arose when it was realized that there was a lack of

According to Ibrahim Mabrouk

engineering and supply of the

adequate knowledge of the right application and benefits of chemical

who is Arab Contractor’s head

water treatment plant, as well as

admixtures used in concrete which is evident when ground slabs

of East and West Africa, the

supervision of installation and

company is actively seeking to


enter top African markets and

in the beginning of September

they have already landed some

2015, WABAG has received a

construction projects in three

follow-up job for a desalination

engineers were trained in Ethiopia and this year they hope to train

African countries. He said that


55 Kenyans and 100 Nigerians. The company which is a technology

the leading construction firm in

for Dangote based on the ion

leader prefers to focus on capacity building rather than product

Egypt has the muscle to fund and

exchange process with mixed


carry out various construction

bed filter. The units will treat

projects and they believe getting

salty water emanating from the

into agreement with various

WABAG Raw Water Treatment

governments in Africa will be a


great boost to them.

amounts to US$1.9 million.

begin to crack and have poor long term durability. According to Mr Davies their company’s Engineers for Africa Initiative has been held in other countries in Africa. Last year 30

X-Calibur Construction Chemistry is an American company with operations in 18 countries around the world and focuses on the supply of high quality specialist construction products 8



Dabbed industrial raw water

Leading construction firm in Arab












November 2015


Nawal elected first president of MPMA, Morocco Moroccan Project Management Association



to have a new beginning as the




elected Ms.



Gharmili-Sefrioui at an event which was well attended by various




industry. The move is aimed at boosting project management in Morocco. The newly elected President Ms. Nawal GharmiliSefrioui explained the need for

Kenyan firm wins International Interior Design Award In its quest to discover the best interior designers in Africa, the International Property Awards in London invited interior design companies to present their finest work. The judging committee chaired by two active members of the House of Lords scrutinised hundreds of entries and Planning Interiors Limited has been informed that it has won an African Property Award for Best Public Service Interior for Kenya, for its Kenya Airways Lounges. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence. Judging is carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 80 experts covering every aspect of the property business. Entries were received from companies in 16 countries across Africa and winning entrants will be presented with either a “Highly Commended” or “5Star” award. The 5-star winners will then go forward to represent Africa in the 2014-2015 International Property Awards. They will compete against other regional winners from Arabia, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, USA, Central & South America, the UK and Asia Pacific to find the ultimate World's Best in each category.

Morocco to increase its project management competences and how MPMA would contribute to face this challenge. According to Ms. Nawal projects are increasing in terms of numbers in











projects. She added that King

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Mohammed VI had speeded up the transformation process of the country’s development particularly projects.

through The




MPMA insisted on the need to increase the visibility of the association and the number of its members thanks to the press conference.

Ms. Nawal Gharmili-Sefrioui, MPMA President.

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ASAQS seminar looks into energy needs in South Africa The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) recently had its first seminar for the millennium in Johannesburg which was a great success. The theme for the seminar was “Building on Sunshine” with great focus being given on alternative energy. During the first advertisements for the seminar, only 120 seats were available but there was so much demand that this rose to 205 seats. This was the maximum capacity of seats that they could get from the venue. The seminar was opened by the President of ASAQS, Mr. Bert van den Heever. Prof Chrisna du Plessis began with addressing those who attended on energy security in an increasingly uncertain future. She made a presentation on a startling overview on climate change and the direction its headed if no changes on energy production are made urgently. Head of International Economic Relations and Policy at the South African Reserve Bank Dr Logan Rangasamy talked on the effects of energy prices on global and national monetary policy. Another guest who addressed the attendants of the ASAQS seminar was Architect and energy expert, Henning Holm who spoke on solutions that are available with specific reference to solar energy and its applications.

The Institute of Architects in Zimbabwe The Institute of Architects in Zimbabwe, popularly known as The IAZ, is headquartered in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare. Established in 1924, the IAZ was originally named the Institute of Rhodesian Architects. At Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 the institute was given its current name. The main aim of the institute is to provide support to its registered members, architects professionally working in Zimbabwe, and to improve the professional status of architects in the country. Membership is based on payment of an annual fee, and to join, the architects must meet a minimum educational qualification. The institute is run by an elected board which works together to ensure the aims of the Institute are maintained, and the architectural profession maintains its important status in Zimbabwe. The Institution aims to assist and co-operate with the Council in any matter within the powers and jurisdiction of the Council; represent the views of the Architects’ profession and to maintain its integrity and status; to promote the amicable settlement or adjustment of disputes concerning professional matters, to promote social intercourse between members and members of other professions and callings and to consider and deal with all matters affecting the professional interests of members save where such matters fall within the sole jurisdiction of the Council.



Transschakt invests in Hitachi wheeled excavators Swedish construction company Transschakt, has invested in a fleet of new Hitachi wheeled excavators in response to the demand from its customer base in the public sector. The five ZX140W-5s and two ZX170W5s that Swedish construction company Transschakt is banking on are proving popular due to their versatility and cost effectiveness for projects in and around the city of Uppsala, north of the capital Stockholm. The Zaxis-5 machines have already demonstrated their flexibility, as they can easily move around between sites and even pull trailers for carrying the subcontractor’s wide range of attachments. The wheels also protect working environments from unnecessary damage, and the low emissions and noise levels are beneficial in urban environments. “The newer the machine, the better for us and our customers,” explains Pelle Jensen, the owner of Transschakt. “We recommend the latest Zaxis-5 machines as they are quieter and comply with the latest emission regulations.” Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (NV) the subsidiary company of the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group (HCM) for Europe, Africa, Russia and the Middle East, uses its engineering experience and advanced technology to develop and manufacture a wide range of leading-edge construction machinery.

Vanguard settles on Grove GTK1100 for construction work in South Africa Vanguard has settled on Grove GTK1100 crane due to its increased maneuverability compared to conventional cranes on the market. The move comes after the company was awarded the crane and erection contract by Vestas – an international wind turbine manufacturing company for its 60 Mw Grassridge Wind Farm. Vanguard specializes in heavy lift and plant relocation in Africa and internationally. The company won the contract for the Grassridge Wind Farm near Port Elizabeth in South Africa, which included the assembly of 20 V112 Turbines (3MW each) with heights of 85 m. Given the tight timeline of completing two wind turbines every week, Vanguard chose to use Manitowoc’s Grove GTK1100 crane, which offered an advantage in its maneuverability. “We arrived on site in week 30 of 2014 and exactly 10 weeks later we were finished. The job went like clockwork and we completed the project as per contract and without any claims or adjustments, which in the wind market is very unusual. This was despite some tough weather conditions because of the time of year in Eastern Cape. During one particular week after a long period of wind delays, and in order to keep the program on track, we managed to complete four turbines in seven days.

G1 Integrated SCBA System The G1 integrated SCBA system represents the first time MSA has developed one top-of-theline SCBA to meet and exceed all



quality and safety standards such as NFPA (North America) and EN (Europe). The NFPA approved version of the G1 is already extremely popular with the North American fire service organisations. The G1 fire service SCBA was designed to integrate all modern SCBA features into a compact and easy-to-operate system.








and user interface, telemetry radio module, head-up-display (HUD) and voice amplifier, which maximizes the system reliability. The intuitive control module provides full benefit without distraction by always displaying exclusive information which is relevant in the given situation. The G1 full face mask

Solar Frontier bringing new tech and product innovations to intersolar Europe Solar Frontier, the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, is bringing new products to Intersolar Europe. The lineup on display will include an expanded range of solutions for homeowners and businesses, as well as innovations such as a lightweight and bendable prototype module. Solar Frontier will introduce upcoming extensions

excels in outstanding wearing comfort, low profile and low effort in maintenance. In standby, the open port technology offers unrestricted breathing. No electronic components reside on the mask to reduce the overall investment. All G1 versions

to its PowerSet offering. PowerSets are CIS rooftop solutions that

include swivelling and adjustable

include modules and electrical components optimized for maximum

hip belt, electronic control unit,

return and simple installation. They are currently in use on rooftops

telemetry module, lung governed

from the UK to South Africa. New additions to the PowerSet offering

demand valve and buddy breather

will include: PowerSet Turbo: a standardized system for homeowners

second connection.

featuring a smart CIS turbo inverter for extra power, PowerSet Industrial: modular systems for industrial rooftops, consisting of standardized and optimized blocks. These ensure convenient planning and easy installation, PowerStorage: a storage system for homeowners that enables both higher independence from grid-sourced electricity and increased cost savings. PowerStorage is the perfect addition for any PowerSet since it is optimized for CIS technology.


November 2015


Housing Egypt Summit

The Lighting Show Africa 2016

SACPCMP to host its third annual conference

Date: 15 – 16 March 2016 Date: 26-28 October 2015

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre,

Venue: Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel,Egypt.

Johannesburg, South Africa Cotact Person: Nivasha Govender Tel: +27 (0) 11 516 4011

Based on extensive research


that we have conducted with a




The Lighting Show Africa is the place where Africa’s Lighting

and private developers in the

community meets to discuss their lighting challenges and needs

Egyptian housing sector, we

and where they make decisions to invest in new solutions. This is

have developed the Housing

a platform for thought leaders and disruptors to showcase their

Egypt Summit (26-28 October

solutions to Africa’s buyer community. The show presents a lucrative


opportunity for the continent’s foremost solution providers to meet




will discuss the developments

new customers and to grow their client base in Africa.

in the sector which are worth more than US$80 billion. The agenda will feature some of the current and future projects being executed and also address the challenges bodies






financing, reducing the cost of construction, urban planning and sustainability.



- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Architectural Association of Kenya

- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya

- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects

- Institute of Engineers of Kenya


- Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya

- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia

- Association of Professional Societies of East

Association Partners

The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP) is set to host its third annual Conference. The third annual conference will take off on the 13-15th of October 2015 at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg. Under the theme “Towards growth, development and transformation in the Project and Construction Management Professions”, the conference is a pre-eminent learning gathering aimed at creating a collaborative and working partnerships for the development and maintenance of infrastructure in South Africa. The Conference will promote the role of registered professionals in the roll out of infrastructure development projects. This forum will offer all participants the opportunity to discuss, debate, exchange ideas and experiences.

and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)


Africa APSEA)


- Kenya Property developers Association

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria

- Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers

- Association of Professional Women

- The Construction Industry Federation of

South Africa - ASAQS


Zimbabwe (Cifoz)

- South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession - Khuthaza ( Women for Housing)

Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers

Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region

- Concrete Manufacturers Association

- Architects Registration Council

- Green Building council of SA

- Ghana Institute of Surveyors

- Nigeria Society of Engineers

- South African Property Owners Association

- Ghana Green Builders Association

- Nigeria Institute of Architects

- Master Builders South Africa

- Ghana Institute of Planners

- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans

- Association of Building and Civil Engineering

Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)


Contractors of Ghana

Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


Zambia - Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA)


Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors

- Association of Ethiopian Architects

Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

- Association of Building and Civil Engineering

- Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers


Contractors (ABCEC).

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Electricity crisis in South Africa Clearer prioritization and coherence needed Is there clarity and coherence in current measures being taken by the government to address electricity crisis in South Africa?

S Dr Oladiran (Ola) Bello is head of SAIIA’s Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) and Busisipho Siyobi is a KAS Scholar with the same programme.

To Eskom’s credit, some of its recent improvement plans have been proceeding well. The long-delayed Medupi unit 6 is now partly operational, though generating only a fraction of its planned capacity. 12

uspension of four top executives of Eskom, the state-owned energy utility, and the subsequent resignation of its

Sibanye Gold Limited, to become energy-

chair, partly overshadowed the five-point plan

with the capacity to generate 200-600 MW

adopted by the Cabinet on 10 December 2014

of electricity. Whether such a move portends

to address electricity crisis in South Africa.

an impending mass defection of the corporate

The plan made provision for a technical

sector from the national grid remains to be

implementation ‘war room’ under the

seen. What is beyond doubt is waning private

supervision of a ministerial cluster including

sector confidence in the government’s

the Departments of Energy; Corporate

ability to address the country’s electricity

Governance and Traditional Affairs; Public

constraints. South Africa’s short to medium

Enterprises; National Treasury; Economic

term energy plans involve a mix of renewable

Development; and Water and Sanitation


with the task to address five intervention

it is not often clear how the government

areas. These included emergency measures

ranks or prioritises each of those sources

to be undertaken by Eskom during an initial

in terms of their fit, commercial viability

30 day period; harnessing cogeneration

and implications for national finance. Clear

opportunities in partnership with the private

prioritisation by government is needed,

sector; and accelerating the substitution of

particularly in light of the fiscal constraints

diesel with gas. Other measures include

unveiled in the 2015 budget.

independent. Sibanye aims to invest in solar power and build its own coal-fired plants




the launching of a coal independent power

On renewables for example, independent

programme, exploring the nuclear option

power producers (IPPs) offer market-driven

alongside renewable energy sources, and

options for government to rapidly address

managing demand through energy efficient

supplies constraints. It has long been clear


that IPP-sourced electricity hold some

Apart from the government departments

advantages, including private sector finance

tasked with the plan, technicians from

and a renewables focus. Both factors could

Eskom, joined by experts from elsewhere in

inject healthy competition into the national

government, were charged with providing

energy sector. Why the government is not

support to the war room. Crucially, the plan

doing more to encourage IPPs has confounded

was conceived not only to ensure additional

many analysts. To Eskom’s credit, some

electricity supply, but also to make sure that

of its recent improvement plans have been

due contract management and oversight

proceeding well. The long-delayed Medupi

functions are efficiently exercised. While it is

unit 6 is now partly operational, though

unclear how an independent inquiry initiated

generating only a fraction of its planned

on 12 March to look into Eskom’s challenges

capacity. Eskom is also better managing

such as poor generation capacity, delays in


its infrastructure build and its primary energy

energy efficient technologies in residential

and cash flow problems are linked to the

dwellings. There might also be an argument

five-point intervention plan, it is useful to

for extending rebate programmes aimed at

explore whether the plan goes far enough in

encouraging use of more energy efficient

addressing South Africa’s energy challenge.

appliances such as geysers.




The severity of the power problem for industry is underlined by the decision

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Africa’s abundant resource Harnessing the sun’s energy


he world today is more conscious of the need to conserve the environment and to shift from a dependence on fossil fuels for its energy needs. Several conferences in the past have extolled the virtues of the use of renewable sources of energy and the theme has begun to gain traction with solar power installations beginning to grow at a fast pace even in Africa where last year alone a record US$8b was invested in renewable energy sources on the continent. One of the disappointing facts however is that statistics indicate that of the top 10 countries using solar power in the world none are in Africa. The list is topped by Germany with an installed capacity of 35GW among other countries such as China, Italy, Japan, USA, Spain, France, Australia, Belgium and UK. Africa doesn’t even feature in the top 20, this is despite the fact that solar energy is available in abundance, the cost of photovoltaic cells is dropping and the huge energy deficit in the continent is colossal. In addition HEP which has been for decades the preferred renewable resource has become unreliable as persist droughts have left dams empty. Load shedding across the continent has had dire consequences. The lack of adequate electricity hampers gainful economic activity and the generation of wealth. This fact is backed by a report by the Africa Progress


Panel which estimated that 138 million families living on US$2.50 a day spend annually US$10b on energy related products such as paraffin and candles. Looked at another way that person in rural Africa without electricity pays 60 to 80 times more on energy than a person living in London. It is estimated that over half a billion people in Africa lack access to electricity which retards development in health, education and economic activity, not to mention the impact on the environment due to the use of charcoal and firewood as alternative sources. The picture is not as gloomy as it may seem however because investment in solar and other renewable is increasing, the bulk of which not surprisingly was focused on South Africa with other countries making great strides in solar project installations being Rwanda Mauritania and Morocco. The more general picture shows that countries in Africa are at various stages of setting up regulatory structures for Independent Power Producers(IPPs) or have at least announced targets for renewable energy. Largest solar complex in Africa South Africa has attracted the bulk of the investment directed towards renewables in Africa. One notable project is the Xina Solar One project under development by Abengoa Solar at a cost of US$1b.

November 2015

The project will consist of a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant which is being built and operated by Abengoa. A concentrating solar power plant uses many mirrors running into the hundreds of thousands, to reflect sunlight on a trough of liquid which is heated and used to drive a generator. The 100 MW plant will not only produce clean energy it will also be able to store energy for upto 5 hours after the sun goes down by using molten salt thermal energy storage technology. This technology will allow the plant to operate 24/7, providing baseload power for both on-grid and off-grid applications. Xina One is expected to be completed in 2017 and is being built alongside another Abegnoa project, the 100MW Kaxu Solar One CSP plant. Together the two plants represent the largest solar energy complex on the continent. The plant will be located near the town of Pofadder in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. In East Africa the first utility scale solar project came online in Rwanda early this year. The US$23.7m Gigatt Global project generates 8.5MW of energy, enough to power 15,000 homes and is a grid-connected solar PV plant. Gigawatt Global is one of almost 90 private sector partners involved in the U.S. Government’s Power Africa Initiative, which is designed to increase access to electricity throughout all of sub-Saharan Africa. Africa’s largest PV power plant In West Africa Ghana is determined to construct Africa’s largest PV power plant. The Nzema plant will generate 155MW of energy and boost the country’s generating capacity by 6 percent. The project is being undertaken by UK based Blue Energy at a cost of US$350m and will

November 2015

include 630,000 solar modules. To attest to the investor thirst to enter the energy supply arena, the government was so overwhelmed by the number of applications for the development of solar power projects in the country that it set a cap of 20MW due to grid capacity concerns. In North Africa Egypt has taken aggressive steps towards mitigating the effects of a high energy deficit and low gas reserves that power its fossil fuel power plants. The government has set a target of having 20 percent of its electricity needs supplied by renewables by 2022 a very lofty goal that will need to attract US$12bn to install the 8GW of solar PV that will be required. On track so far is the construction of a 250MW solar plant by Building Energy (BE). Construction is set to start next year with the company constructing 50MW PV plants in Benbab Upper Egypt at a cost of US$200m. Morocco meanwhile is moving along with the Noor Ouarzazate CSP complex whose first phase is set for completion this year and will produce 160MW with a further 350MW to be completed in phase II in 2017. The country has set a target to install 2000MW of solar power by 2020. Why Solar? Perhaps one of the strongest obstacles to the use of solar is the cost of installation which is considered high, however it must be pointed out that this has been coming down. A good example of this is seen in South Africa’s Renewable Energy independent power producer program, REIPPP where in the case of PV projects, the average bidding tariff dropped 68 % between round 1 and round 3. To read more and to comment on this story visit



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Getting a credible supplier Africa is facing a power supply crisis, with uncertainty that state-owned utilities will rectify the challenges anytime soon, and project developers need a provision for alternative sources of powers. Standby generators provide much needed convenience. But this does not mean they should compromise on getting products that offer real value for money. When selecting a generator for the ‘load shedding-prone’ African environment, there are certain steps to be followed to ensure that


tempting to settle for a cheap price. Nonetheless, note that

the right equipment is selected either for a construction site

long or are prone to frequent downtime. Most importantly,

or to be used on a property. More often than not, mistakes

be acquainted with the technical details like voltage.

cheap might mean that the product might have a limited output. As most would attest, cheap products do not last

end up costing huge amounts of money to rectify at a later stage. They can create unnecessary inconvenience, during

After-sale service

the time of critical need.

Do not be excited about buying a generator for whatever

Imagine experiencing generator failure during the

application in construction at a ‘bargain’ price from a

peak of a construction project when the client is expecting

supplier with no track record or credibility. A credible

delivery or in a hospital theatre when a surgeon is in

supplier provides a guaranteed of providing assistance in

the throes of a critical operation? In both scenarios and

the event of product failure. Ask yourself the following

numerous others, the consequences can be dire, if not

questions: Will I get replacement parts? What is the scope

fatal. Thus, the following steps will ensure that you get

of the warranty? It has to be emphasised that it is important

real value for what you spend:

to read the fine print.

Buy cheap buy twice

in Kenya and Construction Review visited two of them to

If you need to use a generator for vast range of appliances,

get their views on the present state of the market. Among

you have to determine its capacity. Granted, it is very

these firms is leading motor dealer Simba Corporation

There are a number of credible suppliers of generators

DIESEL ELECTRIC SERVICES (PTY) LTD leads the way at the New Telesure Parkade building.

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Ltd (Simba Corp). The company imports and distributes power generators in the country for both domestic and industrial use. Simba Corp first ventured into generators in 1997 with the aim of tackling a serial power problem in the country. The company is now a leading genset dealer, importing AKSA power generators from a top notch Turkish based manufacturer. The sets are powered by Perkins and Cummins engines, are well suited for the Kenyan market and also come with a one year warranty. Simba Corp. sells the generators through its network of branches in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Kisii. Before settling on AKSA generators, Simba Corp performed a thorough market survey of leading global generator suppliers in order to ensure that their clients get high quality generators. Dinesh Kotecha, Simba Corp. Executive Director notes that the increasing demand for power generators in Kenya cannot be disputed. In the past year alone, Simba Corp sold over 200 AKSA generators. “Since the inception of the Power Division at Simba Corp we have seen the rise of demand for power generators”, says Kotecha adding that generators can be very useful when electricity from other sources is unreliable. Although the use of generators is common in homes, Kotecha foresees demand for generators to be largely driven by large institutions like universities, hospitals and commercial / industrial parks. “We know that the demand for power is going to be largely built around industrial applications, real estate developments, hospitals, schools and other large institutions,” Kotecha says. With that in mind, Simba Corp is positioning itself to meet the evolving market needs by providing a range of quality products that differentiate Simba Corp from other dealers, reveals Kotecha. The company also offers comprehensive after sales services that Kotecha says has continued to provide a competitive edge over other companies engaged in a similar business. “We have a rapid response team that caters for any problems that may occur after installation of the power generator and resolves technical issues to ensure clients do not experience power supply interruptions when intending to tap into their backup power source” Kotecha notes. Simba Corp. sells AKSA generators ranging from 3kVA to 2,000kVA and holds generators of up to 500kVA in stock. While demand for generators is currently on a growth path, Kotecha appreciates the evolution of the power sector and growth of other renewable sources of energy, for instance wind, solar and biogas noting that generators continue to be a good source of back-up power to complement both national grid output and renewable energy sources. However, Kotecha says that power generators are not meant to replace electricity from the national grid but to serve as backup power. When there is a power blackout or electricity interruption, he says, some households and businesses can experience significant losses.

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Keeping your air conditioner running


ike all equipment air conditioners need good care and attention in order to last long and run efficiently

and to do this in most cases isn’t rocket science. There are some basic things that you can do to ensure that you get the best from

with a worn out filter either because air will carry dust which will settle on the evaporator coil and will cause it to loose its heat absorbing capacity. Replacing filters is probably the most

coils heat absorption properties.

important maintenance task because done

Checking these out is by simple visual

properly this task alone can improve the

inspection and depending on the environment

efficiency of your air conditioner by about

should be done at least once a year. Coil fins

proper maintenance will result in a fall in

10 percent. Filters are located in the grill

that are located on the coils as the name

performance and a rise in energy costs

that faces into the room though for central

your air conditioner. Other than reducing the lifespan of your air-conditioner, lack of

For instance filters, fins and coils need

air conditioners these can be located in walls

regular maintenance. Ensure you routinely

or ceilings. Remember I talked about the

replace or clean filters. If the filters get

evaporator coils earlier? Well these too need

clogged by dust or other debris airflow

to be cared for. Despite the best efforts of the

becomes restricted reducing efficiency and

filters, some dirt will deposit on the coils and

don’t think of running the air-conditioner

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HDPE fitting and pipes have gained immense credence for their green features

Going HDPE makes ‘green’ sense Once upon a time HDPE pipes and fittings were merely viewed as alternative products in a pile of numerous options for infrastructure projects in Africa. Now they are becoming a necessity, their importance enhanced by contemporary demands of our times.


hose who have been observant can note an attitude shift in the choice of construction materials worldwide, with growing preference for products

While Construction Review could not be able to gather

which address our generation’s main priorities - cost

for the recycling of plastic products in South Africa,

and environmental consciousness. This is prominent in

lends substantial credence to the fact that plastic is more

the piping industry, in the application of high density

recyclable. The organization has noticed an increase in the

polyethylene (HDPE) pipes and fittings in particular. It is

number of recycled HDPE products.

data from other parts of Africa, information from Plastics South Africa, a non-profit organisation that campaigns

hard to ignore the growing bias towards HDPE pipes and

Just in 2014 for instance, a record 14,000 tonnes of

fittings due to their green attributes and comparative cost

HDPE and Polyvinylchloride (PVC) material was recycled


at external facilities, according to the organisation. If you

A recently concluded study by the South African Plastic Pipes Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) Technical

add 8,000 tonnes recycled in-house by manufacturers, the figure goes up to 22,000 tonnes.

Committee substantiates the growing appetite for HDPE

It should not be surprising at all that the recycled

pipes and fittings as the right products to address current

volumes of HDPE pipes and fittings are much higher. In

infrastructure development challenges. In general, the

comparison to steel and iron the cost of recycling HDPE

study’s findings underline the main benefits that HDPE

materials is significantly lower. The SAPPMA report says

brings as low energy costs, low environmental impact

it would cost four times the energy used to recycle steel or

and reasonably low operation and maintenance costs over

ductile iron than HPDE or other forms of plastic.

products manufactured from other materials.

Besides, what makes steel pipes tedious to recycle is that they are lined with materials which need to be


Highly biodegradable

removed before being recycled. Removing the lining is a

In fact, one gains a better appreciation about the benefits

convoluted process on its own, which might require more

of HDPE particularly, when ease of recycling and

energy. Indeed, it is apparent that the world is becoming

lower energy costs incurred in the recycling process are

a greener place with the adoption of HDPE pipes and

considered, points out SAPPMA Chairperson, Jan Venter.

fittings as products of choice, considering their lower

“The ability to be recycled with minimal waste

carbon footprint. However, if truth be told, HDPE is not

significantly reduces environmental pollution, a feature

toppling steel and ductile iron any time soon, but it is

not very prominent in other products,” he notes.

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Britam Tower B

ritam is not a debutant in the real estate sector. In the early 90s the company erected an iconic structure in the Upperhill area in Nairobi that is Britam Centre. According to Jacqueline Nyaguthii the company’s property manager, in the 90s the Britam center was unique as there was no other building of its caliber that had been constructed in the area. The magnificent building that has eight floors which not only serves Britam, but also other clients ranging from multinationals, government to diplomatic missions. The building’s distinctive red brick has continued to stand out even today when other striking structures are being erected.


An artists impression of Britam Tower

High cost of land One of the challenges that Britam and any other property developer faces, is the ever skyrocketing cost of land especially in Nairobi. Potential and aspiring developers have always been scared away by high costs of land leaving only organizations with financial muscle to engage in property business. Some players, however, say that Kenyans should contemplate buying land outside of Nairobi which they can afford, but the contentious question has always been the state of infrastructure in the areas. Can one live in Machakos and still make it to work in Nairobi for instance? With elaborate transport systems this can be achieved, but with current traffic jams on Nairobi roads it can be a nightmare. The diversified financial service provider says that good road infrastructure will also be a boost for their new building currently under construction in the area. Britam Tower Britam Tower is a commercial investment by the Britam Group.They are a leading diversified financial services group with interests across the Eastern Africa region, offering a wide range of financial products and services in insurance, asset management, banking and property. According to Chris Kroese, the Principal Design Architect from GAPP Architects and Urban Designers in Johannesburg, the prismatic 3D geometry allows all floors to differ in shape and size thus catering for a variety of different tenancy requirements. A performance facade was designed in close collaboration with the engineers to ensure effective performance in all aspects from structural


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all the way through to the esoteric. ‘One of the biggest challenges faced as designers of this prestigious tower, was to instil sufficient confidence for the client to have faith in what we are doing’ he states. ‘A further challenge was to lead the design process with clear objectives for the other consultants to share the vision, all of which have worked together to make this project materialise successfully.’ This 31-storey building with a parking silo for close to 1,000 vehicles is the flagship project for the Group’s property portfolio. Upon completion in mid-2016, the tower is projected to be the most prominent building in the Nairobi skyline and the third tallest in Africa. It will have an area of 31,500m2 of office space to let, providing Nairobi with a state-of- the -art, commercial building designed to international standards. It encompasses a simple, rational three-dimensional geometry, ideal for a multitenanted office building that embodies the qualities of strength and stability. Timeless and able to age gracefully, the Tower will be an inspirational and environmentally friendly building, both inside and out. Other than the building’s striking form which facilitates floor plates of varying sizes, there are two other notable points of Kenya

architectural interest. One is the façade which comprises a fullheight glass curtain wall, sun screened by a “veil” of ceramic rods functioning as a ‘brise-soleil’. The other is the 60m high sculptural feature on top of the building that will make the building stand out for generations to come. The tower has high specification security features to ensure the safety of clients and visitors and the building will have a 24hour security surveillance support system. Safe passageways and fire fighting systems have been provided for use by the building’s occupants in cases of emergency. The building has also embraced green construction principles. Key among them is effective cross and natural ventilation to minimize the need for airconditioning, excellent natural daylighting, rain water harvesting, and grey water circulation among others. The tower is expected to host triple A tenants among them financial bodies, multinationals, embassies, government bodies and other high end clients and is set to boost the listed company’s rental income and further drive diversification. Britam is not only engaged in commercial properties but residential building as well. Its foray into the real estate sector has seen it build commercial and residential buildings in Nairobi. The company is now eyeing a wider range of residential developments among them mixed use developments that encourage the live, work and play philosophy among residents. Following in the footprints of our insurance business in the counties and the wider East African region also remain a key focus for the Group. November 2015



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Aerial pictures of Nakuru Town.

Nakuru County Strives to improve Infrastructure Kenya Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua


hen Kenya adopted a new Constitution in 2010, each of the 47 newly created County Governments hit the ground running. Under the leadership of a Governor, the counties were expected to set their own development priorities, manage their own budgets and collect revenues to supplement allocations from the Central Government. Administratively, management of counties mirrors that of the Central Government with various ministries each with clearly defined roles. Nakuru is one of Kenya’s key counties given its location in the heart of the country’s agricultural belt. It is also popular with tourists and is home to several large industries. The County Government of Nakuru, under the leadership of Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, has embarked on various development programmes to improve all sectors including education, health, agriculture and infrastructure. 28

The Ministry of Roads, Public Works and Transport is one of the key dockets playing a major role in realizing the vision of the County Government. It is currently headed by Mr John Kairu as Minister while Engineer Samuel Mwaura serves as Chief Officer. The Ministry’s mandate includes the following among others: • County transport, including policy management • Project management • Design and documentation of all public buildings and implementation of public building projects within the county. • Maintenance of public buildings and other infrastructure • Technical advice to all other government departments on their building projects • County public roads development • Management and maintenance of access roads • Construction of footbridges • Licensing of public transport operations • Management and maintenance of street lighting • Control of traffic flow and parking • Storm water drains management • Firefighting and disaster management.

involved in a number of projects. These include road projects meant to open up areas that have previously been inaccessible despite their potential for agricultural productivity. The Ministry of Roads, Public Works and Transport plans to rehabilitate a number of roads and intends to have all roads achieve all weather status at the very least. The Ministry is keen on quality infrastructure that lasts rather than embarking on multiple road projects that will require rehabilitation after a short period. Other projects the Ministry is working on include maintenance of lorry parks, bus parks, street lighting and storm water drainage in various parts of the County such as Naivasha, Salgaa, Molo, Subukia and others. Areas that have not been reached by Kenya Power are being lit through solar power in an initiative to promote trade and improve security. Footbridges are also being constructed at various locations.






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eading water and energy experts Davis & Shirtliff have developed a unique machine to machine (M2M) solution that allows customers to remotely monitor and control their pumping equipment. The move by the Kenya based company is in line with the Government’s Vision 2030 blue print that requires manufacturers to increase value addition by leveraging science, technology and innovation. At the heart of the system is an RTU fitted with a SIM card that transmits data to a central server. Users have access to a web-based system ( that they can log into to observe pump status and access reports and other analytics. An android application, iDayliffis, is also available for free on Google Playstore. With this app, users can control and monitor their pumps remotely. Alerts and reports can also be sent via SMS and email. Depending on the sensors provided, the following parameters can be monitored: pump start and stop, pump trip due to overload and subsequent resets, low water level conditions, motor current, power supply failure, water flow rate and system pressures, and

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olf View Office Suites is an exciting new development set in the plush Muthaiga suburb of Nairobi. The project is located on Wambui Road adjacent to the prestigious Muthaiga Golf club within close Proximity Nairobi Central Business District. Golf View Suites is a well designed, innovative, functional office block with flexible floor plates and excellent views of golfing activities at the Muthaiga golf club. It offers ease of access and a tranquil business environment. The total lettable area is approximately 67,000 sq ft subdivided into four and five units per floor. Premises available include ground floor that is suitable for a banking hall and upper floor offices. Structure The building’s design may be summarized as follows: • 7 storey office block • Ground Floor t o accommodate banking hall/showroom while offices will be located on upper floors • There are two fully serviced high speed lifts • Ample car parking facilities are provided with 2- level basement parking • The building features generous floor heights allowing for suspended ceilings to be installed as desired • For greater flexibility in subdividing premises, the building employs an open floor plan • Floors will be furnished in smooth cement screed to enable the occupants finish to their own taste

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4th Ngong Avenue Towers



th Ngong Avenue Towers is the newest office address located in Upper Hill on 4th Ngong Avenue close to where most government offices are located. It overlooks the CBD of Nairobi and will help meet the demand for office space in this sought after location as most corporate firms leave the congested CBD and opt for the more spaced out, tree lined environment offered in Upper Hill. Designed by Triad Architects the building is another addition to other iconic buildings done over the years by this well known firm of architects. Triad Architects is a 52 year old firm located in Kenya and over the years, many buildings have been built that have the firms signature such as the historic Parliament Buildings, the skyscraper Times Towers, Barclays Plaza and the National Museum. The firm has had three generations of architects in a period spanning five generations. The two founders, Amyas Connell and Graham McCullough had a vision of a firm that would outlive individuals in its journey to becoming a leader in architecture, design and development in Africa. Since its inception Triad has undertaken more than 3,000 projects which include Corner House, Loita House, Moi University Margaret Thatcher Library, Nairobi Business Park, Rwenzori House and Court in Kampala, World Agroforestry Centre, British Council Nairobi, CCK Headquarters, Longonot Place, UAP Tower and Bank of Kigali among others. 4th Ngong Avenue Towers is the latest addition to Triad’s portfolio located in Upper Hill. Nairobi has become a prime destination for international firms set on establishing a presence in Africa and sourcing prime office space is therefore essential for such firms. 4th Ngong Avenue Towers will meet this need adequately. Standing at 12 stories the new addition to Triad’s stable of buildings consists of 2 towers that offer a total of 10,779 square metres of lettable office space. Parking space is normally a headache for Nairobi’s car owners with over 5,000 cars registered every year in the country and a limited number of parking facilities. It is not uncommon to spend an hour looking for parking space and even when one finds a ...Continued on page 33

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Shamla Fernandes Architect



n consultancy, realizing the client’s aspirations is probably the most important component of a lasting relationship.

Shamla Fernandes Architect was founded

professionalism and good work which in

in 1999 to offer the full range of architectural

turn earns them referrals. After working

services including interior design. Since

with some of Kenya’s well known names in

But as Construction Review found out at

inception, the couple founded firm has

architectural practice – Beglin Woods and

Shamla Fernandes Architect, there is more

retained its management structure headed by

Planning Systems Services – and gaining

to it. Architecture is a constantly evolving

Shamla and Feo Fernandes, with a small team

invaluable exposure, Shamla explains she

discipline, with new systems, technologies

of support staff. Fifteen years is a short time

felt a need to move on as an independent

and materials emerging every day. The trend

and one would expect that the practice is only

consultant. The move would not only give

has seen architects everywhere grapple with

beginning to mature and possibly just getting

her freedom but would also enable her to

these changes and new demands.

to undertake complex projects. Within this

look after her young family more effectively.


period however, Shamla Fernandes Architect

A year later, Shamla was joined by her

architecture, one cardinal factor remains




already has hotels, office complexes, schools

husband Feo Fernandes and together they

constant and unchangeable: the need to fulfill

and other large public utility projects in their

were well on their way to creating a highly

the client’s expectations and ultimately create


efficient team that is today credited with

a structure that is satisfying to both parties

such elegant facilities as the Crowne Plaza

and positively impacts the built environment.


Hotel, a popular hotel in Nairobi that is part

This fundamental principle sums up the

In an interview with Construction Review

of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, and the

guiding philosophy at Shamla Fernandes

magazine at the firm’s offices at Yaya Centre,

recently completed Sealink Building, Elgon

Architect, an architectural and interior design

Shamla, a founding member of the firm takes

Road, and West End Towers, a high-end

firm based in Nairobi.

it all in stride, attributing their success to

commercial office building in Nairobi.


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Because most of their work in employment involved commercial projects, Shamla Fernandes Architect have tended to favour these projects, something that can be attested to by the large number of such projects whose pictures grace one of the walls in the firm’s boardroom. Their past work has also included residential projects, churches and schools. Getting Jobs Shamla Fernandes Architects has relied upon their successfully projects as advertisement for their Practice. They also rely on word of mouth from client recommendations. Many of their clients come to them after having been referred by former clients or people in the industry who have attested to the good work of the firm. They now have some iconic buildings in strategic locations that are visible to potential clients. Many of their projects have been accessible and visited by potential clients who like what they see. They have also participated and won bids through competition. For example, Crowne Plaza hotel in Upperhill, Nairobi.

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parking space security against vandalism is always at the back of one’s mind. Fortunately for tenants of 4th Ngong Avenue and their visitors, the building also has a 9 storey parking silo that provides adequate parking space and security for 350 vehicles. As demand for electricity continues to grow rapidly in the country the result has been load shedding although this has become less frequent in recent times. To offer tenants peace of mind the building has back-up generators installed to mitigate against any power outages. Nairobi is known as the city under the sun and for good reason as sunlight is more predominant on most days throughout the year. To ease the discomfort of direct sunlight on the building, the architect has suitably oriented the building in addition to having Stopsol glass cladding that offers the benefit of reflective glass and privacy for occupants.

Relating with Clients Shamla Fernandes Architects believe in giving the client what he or she wants, trying to relate to client wants and needs. They recall an incident during the practice’s early years when a priest showed up at their door. This was one of those slow periods when work was barely trickling in. The priest visited them with a sketch of a church that was his vision. He had been to several architectural firms and every time he showed his plan it was kept aside and offered something different. He insisting that he wanted to see his plan adopted. This experience reaffirmed the need for Shamla Fernandes to listen to the needs of the client. During the first encounter, SFA listen keenly to the client’s brief. It is this brief that forms the basis of the professional advice the client will receive. According to Shamla, interplay of many factors influences the final decision on a project. Important elements include budget, site considerations and building regulations including bylaws. With ever increasing cost of construction, it’s a delicate balancing act between a finished product that the client is happy with and what a client is willing to pay for it. But, the firm does not compromise on quality and regulatory issues. “Green” Buildings Today, as the clamour for sustainable buildings rages on, many developers are increasingly asking their architects to incorporate green aspects such as water recycling and solar energy harnessing. To read more and to comment on this story visit

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4th Ngong Avenue has joined the myriad of buildings available to house large corporate firms that have been relocating from the CBD and offers a unique location close to government offices, hospitals and other essential facilities. Kenya

So does it mean that work is always flowing? It has not always been rosy though for Shamla Fernandes Artchitects. Work has at times been not all flowing, there have been times when they have not been busy. However Shamla uses this time to relax and even re-organize. However most of the time they have work at different stages; some at design, other at approval while the rest may be at implementation stage.


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Dunhill Towers An Iconic Building


oday’s clients will not move into a building for the simple reason that rental or purchase prices are low. They are not merely looking for accommodation for their businesses or organizations. They are also in search of offices that are modern and hi-tech, stylishly designed and those that reflect their businesses. Dunhill Towers is one such development. The 20-storey office complex is coming up in Westlands, one of the most preferred office locations by many organizations in Nairobi. According to the developer, the tower is a “classical yet modern design that provides warmth and character to its immediate environment with high quality interior and exterior finishes”. The developer believes the building’s design will enhance the cityscape and provide office spaces with stunning views of Waiyaki Way and the general Westlands area. It will also improve the comfort of those working within it and consequently enhance productivity.


The 20-storey office complex is coming up in Westlands.

Masari Rd, Parklands P.O. Box 10374-00100 Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 789 611364 Email:

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Design Considerations The architects paid attention to the following factors while designing the building: • Adequate natural lighting • Effective natural ventilation • Spacious offices • Minimal heat gain (through use of solar glass) • Sun shading ledges • Low water consumption • Low power usage • Expansive views of the surroundings • Adequate parking The main building has been designed as two towers with a common connecting lobby. There are six high-speed lifts and a central staircase to move users within the building. The external facades have been treated with warm palettes. To read more and to comment on this story visit

Project Team Client: Black Gold Ventures Limited Project Management Team: B. Doshi, N. Shah, Tina Ndirangu - Dunhill Consulting Architect: Guru Manku/ TarvinderSembhi - Studio Infinity Mechanical Engineer: Mustafa Zoeb - EmPlan Consulting Electrical Engineer: Ravi Pattni - Emplan Consulting Structural Engineer: Khalid Alkizim - Metrix Intergrated Quantity Surveyor: Eddie Otieno - Target Cost Management Green consultants: Elizabeth Chege/ John Mulatya - Web Limited Main Contractor: Hirji K. Seyani - Seyani Brothers Kenya

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The development consists of 91 maisonettes of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom configuration.

Victoria Gardens

Ultra Modern Living Comes to Kisumu


riving around Kisumu, Kenya’s largest city on the shores of Lake Victoria, one cannot fail to notice the multiple construction projects taking place. The town is experiencing a construction boom with property prices rising by more than 300 per cent in some areas and real estate agents and developers reaping massive returns. Even areas that were just a few years ago dominated by shrub land and isolated shanty homesteads are now being transformed into gated communities with modern residential houses. Improvement in infrastructure over the last few years has also meant increased confidence among individual and institutional investors. Major highways and feeder roads across the Nyanza region have undergone upgrading and expansion, opening up the city. The upgrading of Kisumu Airport to an international hub has further seen property investors make a beeline into the city. Victoria Gardens is one of the latest and exciting residential developments coming up in the city. The development consists of 91 maisonettes of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom configuration. A club house is also part of the project. 4-bedroom features Plinth area 186 square metres

A covered entry porch

A large fitted kitchen with extra storage in the pantry, and a covered kitchen yard

Elegantly designed cloak room

One bedroom that can be used as Guest room

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Ensuite master bedroom, with porcelain tile floor finishes

Project Team

Two additional ensuite bedrooms

Common covered balcony

Client: Victoria Gardens

3-bedroom features

Plinth area of 156 square meters

Architects: Adventist in Africa (Architect) Structural Engineers:

Ground floor

Shelter Consultants

Spacious living room


A covered entry porch


Fitted kitchen with extra storage

Ditech Engineering Limited

Elegantly designed cloak room

En-suite domestic staff quarters

Quantity Surveyors: Getso Quantity surveyors Main Contractor:

First Floor •

• •

Ground floor • Spacious living room with an adjoining dining area.

En-suite domestic staff quarters.

Club House features The Club House occupies 360 square meters a spacious gymnasium, sauna, steam room, changing room and a swimming pool. Others include an entertainment/functions area, juice bar, bar and restaurant. There is also an indoor games area. The club house’s balconies face Kisumu City and Lake Victoria. Overall, Victoria Gardens is a thoughtfully designed gated residential development with professionally landscaped beautiful greenery, lush manicured gardens with soothing water fountains and open spaces that are designed to be relaxing and rejuvenating.

Ensuite master bedroom, with built-in

Jayshiv Builders Ltd

wardrobes, porcelain tile floor finishes

Electrical subcontractor:

and ceramic floor and wall tiles for the

Jogra Electrical contractor


Mechanical subcontractor:





Kennal Plumbers

bathroom facilities

Joinery subcontractor/

Common covered balcony

Interiors: Bizzline interiors

2-bedroom features Plinth area 101 square metres

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Ground floor • Spacious living room with an adjoining dining cum kitchen area. • A covered entry porch • An open fitted kitchen with dining space, and a covered kitchen yard • Elegantly designed common bathroom • Ensuite master bedroom • One extra bedroom


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We are proud to be associated with Aleem Manji Architects on the Solitaire Apartments project 2nd Flr,Norfolk Towers, Block G, Kijabe Str. P.O. Box 27090-00100 Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 3572725/6. Email:

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The development, which consists of spacious 4 bedroom duplex apartments

Summary of features and amenities Finishes and fittings • Engineered wood flooring throughout the apartment • Porcelain tiles in wet areas, kitchen and balconies • Gypsum false ceilings with fitted down lighters in living room, family room and bedrooms • Fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms • Fitted kitchens with integrated kitchen appliances (fridge, oven, extractor fans) • European (sanitary) bathroom fittings • European light switches • LED and energy saving light fittings • Centralised MATV system • Intercom system • Toughened glass railing for the internal staircase • Solar hot water heating • Individual voltage stabilisers for each apartment • Reverse osmosis water purifier in the kitchen • Hollow pot slabs between apartments for soundproofing • Provision for air conditioning • 6 penthouses with 1,889 sq. ft. additional terrace space with a bar, jacuzzi and pergola


n Nairobi, apartments are the preferred choice of most young individuals or families and nearly every week, there is an announcement of a new apartments project getting underway or coming onto the market. Knowing that buyers have an array of choices to pick from, developers are pulling all the stops to make their developments the preferred choice. Part of their strategy is to pick highly experienced consultants especially for architectural and interior design services. They are also travelling widely to more sophisticated markets such as Dubai and Europe to see the latest concepts in apartments. By incorporating the latest designs and amenities, they hope to attract buyers faster and recoup their investment within a short period. Another factor they are considering is the location. No matter how sophisticated the development is, location will determine the kind of clientele it will attract. It would be foolhardy to invest huge sums of money in a development targeting high end customers without considering where such customers prefer to live. Clearly, the developers of Solitaire Apartments in Nairobi’s Westlands area have taken all these factors into account. Choosing a site on General Mathenge Drive, a quiet, lush green section of Westlands, they have got the location absolutely right. With the bustling Westlands “Central Business District” a mere five minutes away, Solitaire is located within the vicinity of Nairobi’s finest restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping malls, office parks, schools and hospitals. The development, which consists of spacious 4 bedroom duplex apartments, has been skillfully designed so that all apartments benefit from panoramic views, while retaining ample greenery. The living space, amenities, specifications and finishes for Solitaire have been thoroughly detailed to ensure the aspirations and expectations of residents are exceeded. Notes the developer: “The specifications have been carefully detailed and the fittings and finishes imported from Europe. A unique feature of the development is the array of indigenous trees within the 1.3 acre plot. This, together with the low footprint area adds to the serenity and character of Solitaire.” But these are not the only unique aspects of Solitaire. Unlike in many competing properties, residents and visitors to Solitaire will find the reassuring presence of a concierge desk at the entrance. The desk will be manned on a 24-hour basis to guarantee security and convenience for residents and their visitors. All the four bedrooms are ensuite, with abundant natural light coming through ceiling to floor windows and doors.

Amenities • Borehole and solar water heating • Generator • Heated swimming pool with garden view • Entertainment area • Fully equipped gym • Changing rooms with showers and lockers • Landscaped gardens with pergolas • 24 hour manned concierge desk • 24 hour CCTV • Access control • 3 parking spaces per apartment + visitors’ parking • 2 x 10 pax elevators 37

Apex Steel has achieved many “Firsts”


pex Steel began its operations as General Hardware and Construction material Trading and Supply House and has grown to be the leading manufacturer of construction and

structural steel, deformed bars; sections and hollow tubes that cater to the needs of a growing industry in East and Central Africa. The new generation steel - namely deformed bars (also known as ribbed bars) is now being used all over the world. In Kenya, Apex Steel was the industry leader and in 2007 pioneered the manufacture of deformed bars, manufacturing them locally but to international standards. The KEBS requirement in Kenya is for the steel to have

Gypsum false ceilings have been used with fitted down lighters

a tensile strength of Grade 460. Apex Steel manufactures Grade

Electric fence

500+ Construction and Structural Steel (BS:4449). It has several

Water feature in courtyard

‘firsts’ to its credit - the first to introduce deformed bars, the first

Children’s playground

to be awarded a KEBS approval for conformity and then achieve a

Jogging track around the perimeter

‘Diamond Mark of Quality’ for compliance.

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As a major supplier of steel to the construction industry, Apex Steel has been involved in many major Kenyan projects. Amongst the iconic structures, the Thika Superhighway stands out. Hotel Villa

Project Team Client: Solitaire Investments Ltd Architects: Aleem Manji Architects Main Contractor: D. Manji Ltd Electrical Engineers: Metrocom Consultants Mechanical Engineer: Gamma Delta Eastern Africa Structural Engineer: Engplan Ltd Interior Design: Studio62 Ltd Electrical Subcontractor: Master Power Systems Ltd Mechanical Subcontractor: Allied Plumbers Ltd

Rosa’s concrete is held together by the deformed bars manufactured by Apex Steel. And you swim with confidence at the Hotel Sankara because ‘APEX TMX’ the high quality steel from Apex Steel is the assurance that the building is secure. Apex Steel isn’t just about ‘Sustainable Solutions’ but ‘Sustainable Construction’ too. Apex Steel is the first Steel manufacturer in East and Central Africa to be certified for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Developers seeking to construct buildings and other projects with ‘Green Steel’ can now do so as this is available locally with Apex Steel being the sole manufacturer to have a LEED certification and produce ‘Green Steel’ for supply to the continent.

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A Heritage to be proud of The Heritage Place’s iconic design, prestigious address and bar-raising specification are quite distinctive - no wonder it has become one of the most sought after business addresses in Lagos, observes THUNILE NKOSI


ssembled by the investor consortium Actis and developed by Laurus Development Partners in association with Primrose Development Company, Heritage Place is a

world-class development in a prime location of Nigeria. Conveniently situated at the crossroads of Lugard Avenue and Kingsway Road in Ikoyi just a few minutes walk from the most important venues in the city, it is Lagos' commercial and retail hub. With state of the art finishes, Heritage Place has certainly led the way in the adoption and application of the latest green building principles in the Lagos area - most probably in Nigeria - as the first environmentally certified Nigeria Ghana

commercial building in the city. Spacious The Heritage Place’s size is quite enormous relative to buildings in its niche market in Lagos. Distinctively, it comprises15,600sqm office space over eight floors. Available from 450sqm to 2,000sqm, its large floor plates offer great flexibility and efficiency to the modern occupier and are fitted to internationally recognised Grade A standards. Tenants are serviced by double-height reception, meeting and dining area on the ground floor and over 350 private car parking spaces. Certified green, as designed and built Beautiful and meticulously designed, Heritage Building is certainly Nigeria’s most advanced development, employing the latest building principles and state-of-the-art finishes. As the first commercial building to achieve LEED certification in both design and construction, Heritage Place applies cutting edge technology to fulfill, not just today’s environmental expectations,but tomorrow’s too. It is sustainably designed and thoroughly equipped, with the use of natural light and natural ventilation (mixed mode) to minimise energy demand which reduces between 30-40% of energy use. Water is recycled throughout from rain water harvesting to water re-use in the irrigation of the gardens, toilet flushing and condensate recovery from the building’s cooling units and accurate control systems in the bathroom facilities to reduce wastage. Certainly, the Heritage Building’s iconic design, prestigious address and bar-raising specification set a new standard for Nigeria’s architectural landscape. Small wonder, it has become one of Lagos' most recognisable and accessible buildings. November 2015




The emergence of K&M Archplans K&M Archplans Limited kicked off its operations in 1978 shortly after Kimathi resigned from the government. The company was registered as a limited entity in 1996 and has continued over the years to offer quality services to its clients in various fields of architecture. “Since our founding we have consistently strived to offer quality services to our clients,” says Kimathi adding that customer satisfaction has been their core value. The University of Nairobi graduate shares that while starting the company he faced a myriad of challenges but chose to soldier on. “I was young and potential clients could not trust that I could deliver top notch services,” explains the high flying architect. A resilient entrepreneur, Kimathi decided to leverage on the mushrooming churches that wanted designing and consultancy services in far flung areas from the city. This he says would help him gain the prerequisite experience he needed. In this bid the company worked with Presbyterian Church and ACK Church both found in Meru. Their services were greatly appreciated a move that gave K&M Archplans the much needed impetus it needed to propel itself forward and consequently approach clients in Nairobi.

K&M Archplans We design iconic structures Under the leadership of architecture James Kimathi, K&M Archplans Company limited has been offering architectural services to thousands of clients and is leading the way for upcoming architects.


or 37 years K&M Archplans Company limited has been involved in interior design and development, construction management and consultancy. Over the years, the company has

established itself as market leader in Kenya and in East Africa. To this end, the company has established a functional office in Dar es Salaam. Managing Director James Kimathi has been leading K&M Archplans since its inception in 1998. He has a background in architecture and worked in the Ministry of Public Works as architect in the early 70s. His experience with the government helped him to hone his skills in preparation for his current position.


First contract The firm’s breakthrough emerged in 1999 after the company won in an architectural competition and consequently was awarded the tender to design the Tanzanian parliament debating chamber. The interior of the chamber is designed to assume the shape of traditional houses in Tanzania. Kimathi says that the move was deliberate. “We wanted to be unique compared to other companies offering the same services as ours. We wanted our design to have an African touch,” quips the flourishing architect.Kimathi opposes a situation where Kenyan architect import designs from other countries oblivious of the consequences that might come with the move. For instance, he says, some designs imported from Europe may not withstand the environmental conditions in Africa. He wants architects to come up with structures that portray the African tradition and that can stand the test of time. November 2015

Refurbishing Kenyan parliament In Kenya K&M Archplans has been involved in the modernization of Kenyan parliament. The major task in the refurbishment was to infuse modern technology and the trappings of the information age to the present chambers. The challenge was to ensure improvement of natural lighting, internal climate, voti ng comforts, acoustics and considerations for the physically challenged while maintaining its historical symbolism and appearance. The new design proposed a spacious chamber providing sufficient space for individual MPs. Generous circulation spaces were allowed for and easy sightlines were achieved across and along the chambers. Emergency escape routes were also punched through major sidewalls. According to Kimathi parliament is a citadel of democracy and meeting point for diverse political persuasions and as such the need to put in excellent designating and consultancy.


Tanzanian Port Authority K&M Archplans has also designed the Tanzanian Port Authority headquarters in the coastline of Dar-es-Salaam. The 35 storey high rise development assumes the shape of a moving ship. The building accommodates commercial spaces on ground floor two level basement parking, 3 levels of podium parking and a 1200 capacity conference hall on the fourth floor. The structure has underground and above the ground parking space. With a rotating restaurant at the top, the structure is one of the iconic and magnificent structures in Tanzania. Currently, K&M Archplans is designing an ultra modern shopping mall in Mwanza in Tanzania at a cost of $4.2 million the complex has about 50, 000 square of shopping

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space with ample parking space. The firm is also working on other projects including the proposed Methodist Church of Kenya mall to be located along Gitanga road, opposite Valley Arcade. It has 30,00 square metres of shopping space. It also has other spaces that include cinema halls, restaurant and banks. The mall has basement parking as well. With a highly competitive industry, K&M has leveraged on technology to ensure it continues to have a competitive edge over other firms. In 1990, the architectural company was the first in the country to adopt computer aided design software to enhance its designs and construction services. Over the years, the firm has cultivated trust among its clients by offering breathtaking designs. On their part, Kimathi says that they take their job seriously. For example, he travelled to the Coast of Miami in the USA to test the Tanzania Port Authority design. “We wanted to ascertain that the structure can withstand the harsh wind from the Coast and sometimes very high temperatures,” Kimathi explains.


Budding architects For upcoming architects, the accomplished managing director urges them to be patient and resilient. He tells them to put customer satisfaction first. He also urges anyone aspiring to be an architect to critically think of the art that goes into an iconic structure. “Kenyatta International Conference Centre is one of Kenya’s iconic buildings that portray our culture and tradition. I pay tribute to the Norwegian architect who designed the building,” Kimathi says. He acknowledges that such buildings will require the adoption of current technologies in the construction and designing industry. A lot goes into architecture says Kimathi. In order for an architect to be successful; he must be experienced, and be able to look into art, acoustics, technology, environment and be extremely mindful of areas where a building will be constructed a trend he says is quickly picking pace. “More people are now realizing the importance of building firm structures that can withstand the test of time. Consultancy is also emerging to be one of the most important aspects of construction,” he states. In the wake of collapsing buildings in Kenya, Kimathi calls on all stakeholders including the government and designers and engineers to work together to help salvage the situation. “As an architect you must have the skills to listen, communicate, contribute as well as make decisive and tactical decisions,” Kimathi reveals An award winning architect, Kimathi has received numerous awards including an ward from Tanzania Bunge Design Competition in 1999 and another accolade from Kenya Debating Chamber prize for designing the interior of the Kenyan parliament. Additionally, he has been recognized for designing the Ultra modern shopping mall in Mwanza (Tanzania) among other awards. Looking into the future, Kimathi wants to see a firm that continues existing way after he is gone. To this end,he is working with the youth who are keen to enhance their architectural skills. For him, working with the youth will ensure the legacy continues. 42

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nternational School Of Business And Technology (ISBAT) evolved from the need for a world-class education in East Africa. The founders, some of the best minds from the corporate and academic worlds, anticipated the leadership needs of the emerging East African economies. They recognized that the rapidly changing business landscape would require young business leaders who not only have an understanding of the developing economies but who also present a global perspective. Since 2005, ISBAT has been committed to creating such leaders through its inspiring and innovative programs, outstanding faculty and thought leadership. Since its inception in 2005, ISBAT has been associated with Sikkim Manipal University, one of the leading Indian Universities with a global presence. ISABT has been funded entirely by one of the leading corporations Future Education and Technology Group (FETG), whose vision is to create world class Education institutions that deliver responsible leaders of tomorrow. FETG is not only into Education and Training, but also in software development and consulting services. Infrastructure ISBAT campus is situated in the heart of Kampala, and its infrastructure consists of a computer lab, an integrated Wi-Fi enabled campus, student activity areas such as student lounge and snack bar, classroom of varying seating capacities, seminar halls, discussion

rooms, conference halls and an auditorium. It also has ample parking space and an exclusive area for the administration staff. The campus also has an in-house banking facility in association with the Diamond Trust Bank (DTB). Research Centre Research is driven by the big picture. A problem is looked at from all angles, combining the expertise and talents of scholars from multiple disciplines. ISBAT is home to several interdisciplinary research centers and programs.Through the ISBAT Research Networks Scheme funding and support are provided to develop large and productive collaborations that enable high quality multi-disciplinary research. There is a well equipped library that provides all the learning resources for research. This Research Centre encourages and provides opportunities to those interested in doing research in any discipline they prefer. Computer Lab The computer labs at ISBAT are equipped to handle intensive computing application and are equipped with the latest hardware for both client and server computing. The labs have been designed so that the students can work in a secure safe and sophisticated system unhindered by erratic power supplies and connectivity. ISBAT believe in 1:1 computer student ratio and also each lab is

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he last thing that a contractor would like to experience is the depletion of dry cement products stock while construction is at its peak, with fretful clients watching. Fortunately, with cement silos, sufficient stock is available at all times, ensuring that such incidents don’t occur. Silos made from mild steel are a popular choice for their durability and convenience in short term storage requirements compared to other products. One misconception unfortunately still held by some in the construction industry that Liezel Cronje–Du Preez, the Marketing Manager of Vicrobulk has observed is that one type of a steel silo can meet multiple project requirements. Vicrobulk manufactures Silos, Screw conveyors, Bucket elevators, Chain conveyors, Paddle and Fountain Mixers for the agricultural and cement blending industries. “There is no such a thing as one size fits all in many industries, and mild steel storage silos are no exception,” she warns. Misinformed decisions worrying Worryingly, cases of a misinformed decision undertaken during purchase backfiring are one too many and worrying at that, bemoans Cronje–Du Preez. And this has a big impact on a project’s delivery. From years of dealing with clients from various industries, Vicrobulk has identified a number of factors that normally contribute to this problem. Client indecisiveness and lack of information about their product capacity requirements; clients failure to discuss their needs in full and end up coming back after silo delivery to enquire and add on more components – this causes time delay and added costs; lack of proper planning with regard to silo unload height requirements; proper planning with regard to silo unload (screw conveyor) requirements and the capacities required for batching and; proper planning of site set up - soil conditions, soil tests by geologist, foundation design and casting thereof, silo with correct outlet height, mobile crane hire for silo off load on site, screw conveyors and electrical reticulation. To read more and to comment on this story visit


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Life cycle costs: Concrete poles and masts have the edge


outh African municipalities and rail operators are making extensive use of prestressed concrete poles and masts manufactured by Aveng Infraset. The reason is quite simple. Low life cycle costs and exceptional durability give precast concrete poles and masts a distinct advantage over other materials such as steel and timber. Aveng Infraset poles and masts are being used countrywide, not only in rail and municipal applications, but in mining, private property development and industrial estates. They are manufactured to world-class quality standards in ISO 9001-2008 accredited factories in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape, and are available in a wide range of lengths, strengths and sizes. Designed to comply with most MV and LV line requirements, they also conform to Eskom’s DTC 0106,various SABS and Transnet Freight Rail specifications. Experience worldwide demonstrates that during their lifetime prestressed concrete poles are maintenance-free. Unlike other materials, concrete poles don’t weaken over time and are resistant to insects, fire, rot and corrosion. The environmentally friendly nature of precast concrete also means that one is able to reduce the dependence on the use of hydrocarbons for treating timber poles used for similar applications. Concrete poles have no scrap metal value and are fire resistant. Cast in conduits, furthermore make it possible to reduce the risk of cable theft as these are no longer easily accessible to vandals and cable thieves. Aveng Infraset prestressed concrete masts are widely used for the replacement of steel rail masts for electrical overhead track equipment (OHTE) in the electrified railway environment not only in coastal areas but also inland. The overall life cycle costs, starting from construction cost savings and the long term maintenance

savings make this an automatically viable alternative, especially when one considers the large capital investment and long term maintenance cost of owning and maintaining an electrified railway system. For example, in the coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal, it has supplied prestressed concrete masts for the replacement of corroded steel masts on several sections of track. These include a ±30km rail link between Mtunzini and Empangeni where 1,235 masts were supplied to Transnet Capital Projects to support the OHTE systems on the line. Similar projects have and are being undertaken in the Richards Bay area. Prestressed concrete masts have also been used by Transnet Freight Rail for the installation of a supplementary electricity feeder system to boost the power supply to the overhead track line on the Saldanha/Sishen ore line. As a section of the line runs adjacent to the Atlantic between Strandfontein and Saldanha, where sea spray quickly corrodes anything made of steel, the inert properties of prestressed concrete poles are especially apt. In the drier, inland environment between Kimberley and De Aar, prestressed concrete masts are being used for the double line section of the Transnet Freight Rail network. In addition, their high strength-toweight ratios places them in a class of their own. Aveng Infraset’s prestressed concrete poles have been successfully deployed for medium and low voltage reticulation for major municipalities throughout the country such as City Power, EThekwini, Ekurhuleni and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Most recently, Telkom in the Kwazulu Natal region, has installed several poles to replace problematic support structures previously used for their fixed line telecommunication distribution network. In the greater Gauteng area, many housing projects have been supplied with

OHTE masts manufactured by Aveng Infraset recently installed on the Transnet line between Bridge City and KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal.

prestressed I-shaped poles by Aveng Infraset, some of which include: Fleurhof in Roodepoort (3 000); Windmill Park Ext 16 and 17 in Boksburg (248); Palm Ridge, a township situated close to Katlehong, (533); and Winnie Mandela Park in Tembisa, (1 000). Moreover, over 15,000 concrete poles have been used by the Ethekwini (formerly Durban) Municipality for the electrification of various townships. Although the programme is still being rolled out, concrete poles were first supplied for the electrification and street lighting of Illovoas long ago as 1994/5. In Springs, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has replaced vandal-prone steel street-lighting poles with over 800 prestressed I-shaped concrete poles. Mothemane



Manager, Aveng Infraset, advises that poles and masts are designed for different ultimate loads depending on the strength and length required. “However,we always manufacture them to guarantee maximum strength and this takes the guesswork out of line design,” he adds. “We don’t really just sell prestressed concrete poles, we do pre-construction training, advise on best practice stacking, handling and transportation, on site construction advice and.....actually we sell sustainable solutions”, he exclaims.

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Atlantic Tower an iconic addition to Ghana’s buildscape Ghana

Atlantic Tower is a thirteen storey building with a modern architectural concept and design.


hana’s airport city is rapidly growing into what can be described as a skyscraper city. In recent times the area has been developed to the point where it can boast of world class architectural buildings, denoting the pace of infrastructural development in the country. Some people may refer to the rapid development of tall buildings around the airport area as a good initiative since it ensures that the scarce Professional team Contractor: EnergoProjekt (Ghana/Serbia) Consulting Engineer: in-house team (Meridian Group) Architect: CSA-CSO (Lebanon) List of Suppliers Air condition: Daikin (Japan) Walls: Shuco (Italy) Aluminum cladding: Alubond (Ghana/UAE) Tiles: PerondaCeràmicas - Onda, Spain Doors/doorknobs: Yale or equivalent Lights: Osram Shop fitters: in-house team (Meridian Group) Sanitary ware: Duravit/ Grohe Lifts: Mitsubishi Generators: Caterpillar 48

land finds optimal use. Due to its contemporary setting, the location is rightly the preferred location for businesses, visitors or tourists, due to the availability of a number of trendy entertainment spots. It only takes a few minutes drive to the Accra mall and a little over one kilometre to the international airport. Shopping complexes also abound in the area. As the construction of more buildings get underway in the area, one that is also showcasing beauty, with modern a modern architectural design is the Atlantic Tower. The Atlantic Tower is a multi-storey building, located within the heart of the Airport City, Accra, the capital of Ghana. The building boasts many world class features that offer tenants high standard office and retail space that meet the demanding standards of the Ghanaian market. The unique building has been developed by Wahhab Estate Company Limited, owners of the prestigious brand name, Meridian Group. The Atlantic Tower is strategically located on a 2.05 acres land, off the Liberation Road in the capital city. Moreover, it is also adjacent to the Kotoka International Airport and affirms itself as a first class, high-end commercial hub for office accommodation and retail services. The location of the building is good for businesses, visitors, or tourists due to its proximity to shopping malls such as Marina Shopping Mall, and also a few minutes drive to the Accra Shopping Mall. Atlantic Tower is a thirteen storey building with a modern architectural concept and design, encased in curtain wall glazing. It provides a further two underground parking levels, with a total area of 6,390sqm, wiht a capacity of up to 377 vehicles in order to address the vehicular parking deficit of the area. The tower upon completion promises to deliver a gross total floor area of approximately 23,640sqm with floor area of 17,250 m². All the floors are fully accessible from the basements or the main lobby using any of the five lifts. In order to maintain a high level of service, the building is equipped with state-of-the-art systems and equipment such as electronic access control, CCTV, voice and high speed data cable system, intercom systems (PABX), VRV Air conditioning system that is eco-friendly and energy saving. A 3,000 KVA generator to guarantee reliable and uninterrupted power supply has also been installed. Other facilities include large water reservoirs, both underground and overhead, filled by a 60 meter deep borehole to back-up water supply from the Ghana Water Company Limited, emergency stairs in addition to the main stairs. Firefighting facilities have been provided consisting of water hose reels on each floor as well as a water sprinkler system in the basement. Like on other buildings, the curtain wall glazing minimises noise pollution. Stefano Verugi of Meridian Group says the application of the soundproof curtain walls in the project is cost effective in the long run as well as faster to install.The Atlantic Tower is scheduled to be completed by April 2016, and currently all the required arrangements are being done in order to implement the requests of future tenants/owners. November 2015


Ghana One Airport Square is Ghana's first building to be constructed on seismic isolators.

One Airport Square By Thunile Nkosi ne Airport Square (OAS) is the first certified commercial green building in Ghana, this 17000sqm multifunctional building comprises of nine floors of office space and 2000sqm of retail space which will enrich the retail offering of Airport City. As one of the prominent design landmarks this development is located on Airport by-Pass road which is just minutes away from the Kuduka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. One Airport Square was developed by Laurus Development Partners which is a joint venture between Actis and Myma Belo Osagie a Ghanaian national and owner of the land. Politecnica Ingegneria e Architecttura are the structural engineers behind this remarkable work of art, and designed by the award-winning sustainability architect Mario Cucinella Architetto. This world-class development is the first building in Ghana to be constructed on seismic isolators without the grid systems, the first to utilise the U-boot slab system for reduction of the superstructure, and also the first building in Ghana to utilise Halfen coupler system for rebar connections. OAS has a



diamond-patterned bark exterior which is a representation of Ghana’s palm trees, Besides the unique architectural features OAS is designed to use 30% less energy than its peers in Accra, with rainwater harvesting systems that use non-potable water for flushing toilets and irrigation, energy and water consumption metering for ongoing monitoring, an upgrade to the site ecology from contaminated land to indigenous landscape, a state-of-the-art air-conditioning system with complete refrigerant leak-detection and offers unmatched office quality space to its tenants. As an eco-friendly building, OAS is the most advanced development with a unique structure on the facade. The depth changes and section allow flexibility in the internal layout and provide the appropriate shade from direct sunlight. The local climate encouraged the use of solid materials such as concrete for more than one reason, concrete acts as a fundamental thermal mass and facilitates the realization of the angled pillars that give greater rigidity to the cantilever structure while giving the architecture an ultra-modern identity with a sense of place. November 2015

Structural Engineer The complexity of Politecnica’s design theme lies mainly in the analysis of the static support between the various parts of the structure. The architecture is expressed by the bare structure itself with no ornament or cladding. Even the stained glass partition outside are located inside the diagonal rod structure, so that the exoskeleton design is free to express itself in its full figurative beauty. The building, therefore, is not "broken down" into elements added to the structure and changing its configuration would affect the language of the building’s aesthetic. The close relationship between architecture and engineering, image and structure has made Politecnica’s role in the project particularly significant. OAS has been no ordinary structural engineering and its development has been even more complex due to the constraints of the technological solutions allowed. The 3D modelling of the grid’s intersections and angles with the floor slabs (always different for each node) is

OAS has mastered the challenge to stretch innovation further and an excellent example of integration between architecture and engineering. This building is a message of excellence and an exemplary practice from West Africa

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A respected voice of contractors in the industry since 1970


ewton Mthethwa from Construction Review spoke to Mr. Michael Nyirenda (MN), the current president of the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC), a body that provides a platform for its members to connect with various stakeholders in the industry, regarding the growth of the association, it’s functions, opportunities, challenges as well as the state of the construction industry in Zambia. ABCEC offers tremendous networking opportunities as a result of its powerful membership that encompasses many successful and dynamic construction companies. The body is recognised as an effective meeting point amongst contractors, - proving over time to be an invaluable tool for members’ business development. CR: What are ABCEC’s core values? Networking-ABCEC provides a unique opportunity for contractors to connect with various stakeholders in the Industry.ABCEC is also a respected voice of contractors in the Industry .This status/position in the industry helps us to have meaningful dialogue with various stakeholders in the industry for the benefit of our members. In the ever changing environment, ABCEC identifies trends/ needs that help provide our members with competitive advantage/better working environment. 52

CR: What are the objectives, functions and activities? To generally watch over, promote and protect the interests of members; to promote excellence in work and honourable/good practice in the conduct of business, and to eradicate malpractices; to regulate relations between members and their employees or trade unions; to encourage the settlement of disputes by conciliatory methods; to promote and support progressive legislation relating to the Association business or having a bearing on the activities of the Association; to advise members on matters affecting the relationship between themselves and their employees or trade unions; to co-operate with any other organisations which may be established to deal with matters which affect members; to acquire either by purchase, lease or otherwise any movable or immovable property, or also to sell, let, mortgage or otherwise deal with and dispose of movable or immovable property or other assets belonging to the Association or use such property for such other purpose as the members may approve; In addition, it is to borrow, invest, lend, subscribe or donate money for the furtherance of the objects of the Association; to use every legitimate means to encourage all persons who are eligible for membership to become members; to affiliate with or join any federation, or November 2015

to otherwise co-operate with any similar association or federation; to promote and uphold the status of the Construction Industry in general; to foster and encourage the training of persons for the Construction Industry and its Allied Trades, and the general educational advancement of persons engaged in the Industry; to do such other lawful things as may appear to be in the interests of the Association or its members and which are not inconsistent with the objects or any matter specifically provided for in the Constitution.

CR. Challenges facing the association One of the biggest challenges for the Association is striking a balance between the Public interests/Political Interests and the business industry interests.We also have a long way to go in terms of advocating and lobbying for the betterment of the construction industry.

Mr. Michael Nyirenda (MN), President of the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC).

maintain a relationship for its members with ZRA (Zambia Revenue Authority) for the Cash Accounting facility that they enjoy. The association has also continued to attract large and medium scale foreign and local contractors because of the benefits that it offers to its members. Growing membership numbers due to increased economic activity with the construction sector posting a growth rate of about 17% per annum in the last 3-4yrs. CR. What is the current state of the construction and built industry in Zambia?


CR. What are the growth opportunities and challenges facing the Association? Growth opportunities include an increase in economic activities which basically means more infrastructure development for the country which leads to an increase in construction works and contractors thus leading to increased number of members joining the Association. This also means a lot needs to be done as new technologies, skills and needs arise; this is a growth opportunity for the Association to explore new areas to better the Industry. A lot thus needs to be done.

From the Perspective of construction works, I would say the construction and building industry is growing. Zambia is among Africa’s top 10 fastest growing economies and this indicates that there is a lot of economic activity

CR. What are the benefits for ABCEC MEMBERS? These include Cash Accounting on VAT; collective labour bargaining; conflict resolution; occupational health and safety; legal advice; local business networking; proven advocacy; industry Insight and representation on the NCC board.

largely driven by the construction sector which is among the priority sectors for the Government. Therefore the industry is performing well. CR. Is the association meeting its mandate The Association’s mandate is to represent its members and

CR. Any incentives available for nonmembers to encourage them join the Association Benefits are in themselves incentives e.g., a workshop was held in May this year (2015) with FQM/Kansanshi Mines to discuss areas of possible collaboration in their Kipemba housing project with our members. In addition, a Cash Accounting on VAT which is exclusive to our paid up members. CR. ABCECs milestones and achievements ABCECs major achievements since 1970 includes the fact that it has managed to maintain its Status Quo in the ever changing market environment, various players have come into the market since its existence but ABCEC has managed to still maintain its relevance in the Industry. ABCEC is also the only Private body that has managed to November 2015

be the voice of the contractors in the Industry. ABCEC is presently a member of both ZACCI (Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and ZFE (Zambia Federation of Employers) and through these two institutions has participated in programs that have been beneficial to our members. The Association also has strategic partnerships with institutions such as Thorn Park Construction School and works closely with institutions like ILO (International Labour Organisation). It is thus meeting its mandate though as for most organisations, this is a continuous process and the Association is striving to do better for its members. The Association also has Radio Programs, Breakfast meetings, Workshops including this feature which will enable the Association have interaction at a regional level. 53

The link between business performance and access to Social Protection The link between access to social protection and reducing poverty, containing inequality and sustaining equitable economic growth is well acknowledged globally (ILO 2011). According to the Zambia Labour Force Survey (2012) almost 90 % of the workers in the construction sector are informally employed. Without adequate social protection combined with the high fatality and injury risks of the sector, these workers become vulnerable and exposed to poverty. Furthermore, a lack of social protection coverage results in decreased productivity among MSMEs and has direct cost implications to the business owner in the form of out of pocket compensation for workers’ disabilities; hiring temporary employees; overtime pay for workers performing extra duties on behalf of injured colleagues; loss of production time; legal costs; penalties; and loss of contracts due to delayed deliveries. With proper social protection coverage, these expenditures could be avoided and finances channelled for business investments and growth. However, notwithstanding the productivity and cost arguments outlined above, many business operators in the Zambian construction industry still view social protection as a cost to business, rather than an investment in human capital. In addition, new trends and practices such as project-based work and temporary labour agreements demand for new types of social protection packages, a demand which current schemes do not meet. In efforts to find creative and innovative ways to achieve this, the Zambia Green Jobs Programme (ZGJP), a joint UN Programme led by the ILO, has joined hands with the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) and Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) to support the promotion of productivity and working conditions through innovative work injury and pension schemes designed specifically to cover MSMEs in the building construction sector. Registering your workers with social security schemes will not only promote decent working conditions, it will also improve the quality, productivity of your workers and enhance business growth. Patience Matandiko, ILO Green Jobs Social Security Officer


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Kilewah ...................................................29

Athi Steel ............................................OBC

Life Expo ................................................16

Apex Steel .................................................1

Mehta Electricals Ltd ..............................32

Barker & Barton Kenya ..........................24

Metrocom Consultants ............................36

Bizzline Interiors .....................................36


Car & General .........................................26


Central Electricals Int'l Ltd .....................42

Orion Associates Ltd...............................44

Diesel Electric .........................................17

Politecnica ...............................................51

Ditech Engineering Services ...................36

Remco Int. Ltd ........................................41

Electromag Engineering Co. Ltd ............30

Schindler Limited....................................27

Epco Builders Ltd ...................................31

Sheffield Steel .........................................33

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Studio 62 Interiors...................................38

GAPP ......................................................26

Simba Corporation ..................................19

Geomax ...................................................31

Tanzania Ports Authority ........................43

Greenjobs ................................................54

Tamashi ...................................................20

Hi-Tech Airconditioning .........................30

Target Cost ..............................................34

Howard Humphrey (EA) Ltd ..................25

Tile and Carpet ........................................13

Infraset ....................................................47

Tillyard Nigeria Ltd ................................39

Jesani Construction Ltd...........................45

Universal Engineering Systems Ltd........21

Jessop & Associates (Pty) Ltd ................18

Vicrobulk ................................................46

Jogra Electricals (K) Ltd .........................36


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