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The Sexual Harassment Issue Getting Paid in Seven Days

February/March 2016 COVER STORY


4 Customised Training

18 A Load Shedding Gridlock



7 Targeting Black Engineering Managers

24 Female Student Outclassed Male Builders



8 National Investigative Project Showdown


26 Good Advice

safety alert


29 Roller Door Handle Causes Injury

9 Pay Undisputed Invoices in Seven Days


30 Making a Comeback



10 Keeping Track

32 Avoiding Costly Rebuilds



12 Beauty and Brains

37 A Thing of the Past in the Built Environment?

UNIQUE SHOPPING CENTRE 13 Gillwell Taxi Retail Park

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38 Donation a Great Asset

15 The Sexual Harassment Issue



16 Healthcare Across Africa

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Customised Training The Energy Training Foundation collaborates with clients by aligning their training to the clients’ needs, and we encourage integrating ISO50001:2011 Energy Management Systems together with training to create exceptional value add. It all starts with a workshop in Energy Management System implementation in accordance with ISO50001:2011.


uring the past year, we have customised training for government departments, municipalities, engineering consulting groups, manufacturing industries, energy regulators in Africa, mines and shopping centres.

The basics and fundamentals of energy and energy efficiency are taught while the managers review their company’s current systems and processes Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has over the past three years utilised our services for the ongoing customised training of their personnel. This training has been one way in which personnel prepare for Certification training with the AEE. Also the course outcomes are


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highly beneficial as personnel apply this knowledge to optimise the operations within their facilities.


The EnTF was awarded the contract to train 90 Certified Energy Managers (CEM) for the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA). In 2015 the first 30 were trained in Harare, to be followed by 30 in Bulawayo in April and the last 30 in Mutane during May 2016.


Non-technical personnel were trained with customised material at the popular Neogesi energy auditing firm. The basics and fundamentals of energy and energy efficiency are taught while the managers review their company’s current systems and processes, so as to develop energy auditing methodologies and systems for their company to trade optimally.

COVER STORY The training was highly successful with positive feedback and major improvements in staff skills and company processes.


A proud association with a government department in Limpopo has seen EnTF customising its training to meet the Limpopo Green Strategy implementation requirements. For two years, we have trained and upskilled learners from the province through customised training sessions, practical implementation and mentoring sessions. Currently, we are mentoring the learners while employed in their positions to implement ISO50001:2011 and the related projects. Limpopo Province should be commended for this initiative. The students have in total received 10 ECSA CPD credits and are also working towards their EWSETA credits for Building Energy Auditing (BEAT). These are just a few examples of the customisation you can expect from the Energy Training Foundation.

The best trainers in southern Africa

With 15 top qualified trainers, the Energy Training Foundation boasts the top trainers in the energy industry on the continent, and according to our international learners, they are the best in the world. All our trainers are qualified and highly experienced in their field, they are academically active on a continuous basis, and all have to renew their international trainer status every three years with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), as well as with the Efficiency Valuation Organisation (EVO); EVO is the custodian of the Measurement & Verification protocol globally. So with us, you learn from the masters.

About the Energy Training Foundation

The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) was established in 2002 as the training division of Energy Cybernetics. Energy Cybernetics is a South African company established in 1998 with three offices: Pretoria, Potchefstroom and Port Elizabeth. In 2014 Energy Cybernetics became an EOH company. EOH has a staff complement in excess of 10 000 and is represented in all provinces in Southern Africa, as well as operating in Africa.

All our trainers are qualified and highly experienced in their field, they are academically active on a continuous basis The Energy Training Foundation is the affiliated training provider of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) and the sole training partner of the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) training programmes in the Southern African region, has the licence to present US-based Northwest Energy Efficiency Council’s (NEEC) Building Operator Certification (BOC) programme, and is an accredited training provider with the Energy Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) in South Africa. All courses are CPD accredited in accordance with Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) requirements through the University of Johannesburg (UJ). We are BBBEE compliant with a Level 2 status and a value added supplier. Energy Training Foundation, Yolanda de Lange Tel: 084 622 4770, Email:

“We train and certify energy professionals in the Southern African region.” EnTF

Schedule 2016 Standard training sessions in South Africa For training sessions in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda enquire at

Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)

5 days - 5 CPD credits with ECSA Pretoria - 30 May - 3 June by Prof LJ Grobler Cape Town - 30 May - 3 June by Louis Lagrange Pretoria - 17 - 21 October by Louis Lagrange

Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP ®)

3 days - 3 CPD credits with ECSA Cape Town - 30 May - 1 June by Denis van Es Pretoria - 13 - 15 June Christo van der Merwe Pretoria - 12 - 14 October lecturer tbc

Measurement & Verification Training for South Africa (MVT-sa)

2 days - CPD credits pending, EWSETA credits pending Pretoria- 12-13 May by Christo van der Merwe

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

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Renewable Energy Professional (REP)

4 days - 4 CPD credits with ECSA Pretoria - 24 - 27 May by Sean Poole Port Elizabeth - 20 - 23 September by Sean Poole

CEM and CEA Examination Preparation

Pretoria - 11 October by Louis Lagrange

Fundamentals to Energy Management Training (FEMT) prep for CEM and CEA

3 days - 3 CPD credits with ECSA Pretoria: 11 - 13 April by Louis Lagrange Cape Town: 18 - 20 April by Louis Lagrange Pretoria: 12 - 14 September

Carbon Tax 101

1 day - 1 CPD credit with ECSA Pretoria - 14 April by Adam Simcock Cape Town - 21 April by Adam Simcock Pretoria - 15 September by Adam Simcock Port Elizabeth - 19 September by Adam Simcock

Building Energy Auditor Training (BEAT)

EWSETA accredited Pretoria-based training, or in-house with a client group 20 days to 11 months options available. This training is presented on request only to

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Targeting Black Engineering Managers

A SMEC job shadowing day at the Mpumalanga magistrates court construction site in Nelspruit

The newly-launched Postgraduate School of Engineering Management (PSEM) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is ideally placed to bridge the skills gap in the South African engineering industry.


elivering an address at the official launch, Dr Tom Marshall, COO of SMEC’s Africa Division, comments that the PSEM would “develop the engineering management skills and knowledge of its students to produce innovative young engineering managers with key competencies.” Dr Marshall highlights that “the industry suffers from a shortage of black mid-management candidates, as well as a very small number of senior black engineering managers, to serve as mentors and role models.”


However, the looming management succession crisis “will create new opportunities for graduate engineers who are equipped and willing to fast-track their careers and take on higherlevel management responsibilities at a relatively youthful age.” This is particularly relevant in an African context, with South African engineering graduates having access to the entire continent. “Africa has become one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world. For engineering graduates, the opportunities are as many as one could possibly imagine.”

These are sorely needed to bridge the gap resulting from the skewed age distribution in the South African engineering profession

commoditised engineering markets, especially when compared with India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China, but the weak rand is our ally in hi-tech markets where we can offer cutting-edge skills and knowledge at a competitive price.” In terms of the major challenges, Dr Marshall highlights the dearth of appropriately skilled, top-class engineering managers. These are sorely Left to right: Effort Mokoena, June needed to bridge the Zhang and Byron Bahnemann are at the gap resulting from the vanguard of young talent at SMEC skewed age distribution in the South African engineering profession.

Young themselves

“We need large numbers of appropriately educated and experienced engineering and technology managers to manage, lead and mentor South Africa’s young technical human resources. When compared with international benchmarks, our future engineering managers will be young themselves.

All over the world

“Globalisation has created many opportunities for the export of professional services to all parts of the world,” Dr Marshall adds. South African engineering companies have a proud track record in this regard.

“The PSEM will therefore have to ensure that it produces well-grounded, solid engineering managers who have preferably had the opportunity of sufficient exposure to gain appropriate financial, legal and human resource management skills and knowledge,” Dr Marshall concludes.

“We are generally more expensive in the more


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National Investigative Project Showdown The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) recently held the second National Investigative Project Showdown for South African universities’ civil engineering departments in Johannesburg.


he civil engineering university research and investigation project (IP) is part of the national curriculum for final year civil engineering undergraduate students. Students are paired in teams of two and are required to select an issue, which is current in the industry. They do research in accordance with pre-set deliverables over a fixed period, leading up to the final year examinations. Once all the research and investigations on the specific issue is complete, the student teams present their findings to a panel of judges, comprising of both selected industry leaders and non-engineers.

Iksha Singh (UKZN) pictured with 1st prize sponsor representative, Kerusha Govender of PPS, handing over the prize - PPS postgraduate bursary worth R30 000 + R10 000 sponsored by Vital Engineering

Finalists came to do battle recently for a grand cash prize and the opportunity of an internship with a top South African engineering company The presentations are then adjudicated based on a set of agreed criteria to determine the winner. Finalists came to do battle recently for a grand cash prize and the opportunity of an internship with a top South African engineering company. They arrived from the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Stellenbosch and the University of Pretoria. The project titles presented were: Iksha Singh (UKZN) – The carbon footprint analysis of various construction materials and implications on building design: A comparative case study on Hotel Verde Li Bonne Swart (UP) – Modelling and Monitoring Pore Pressures in a Tailings Dam under Construction Tino Muzofa (Stellenbosch University) – Alternative connection systems for concrete wall to floor slab systems


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Christopher Gaszynski (UCT) – Impact of food waste discharge to sewer on waste water treatment plants Mpiana Erick Biselela (UJ) – Slope Stability Analysis of Potential failure of a Landfill Site Tatenda Katsumbe and Mfundo Nkosi (Wits) – StormWater Characteristics of Green-roofs Each and every young presenter provided a unique perspective on their chosen topic. The adjudicators were impressed by the incredibly high level of technical aptitude demonstrated by the participants – saying that it made it extremely difficult for them to choose the top three. The winners were: Iksha Singh (UKZN) who came first, won the Vital Engineering R10 000 + PPS Postgraduate Bursary worth R30 000. Tino Muzofa (University of Stellenbosch) came second and won the DPI Plastics prize of R6 000. In the third spot was Christopher Gaszynski (UCT) winning the Robor prize of R3 000. South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Marie Ashpole, Tel: (011) 805-5947 Email:,


Pay Undisputed Invoices in Seven Days The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu and Provincial MECs of Human Settlements met with more than 500 contractors and developers in January this year to discuss how to immediately resolve and pay all due and payable invoices that are outstanding for more than 30 days, as required by law and a Cabinet decision. red tape in the best interests of the human settlements sector as a whole. “Contractors are an integral part of human settlements delivery and we are committed to solving the payment challenges faced by the sector in order to sustain healthy business environment. Contractors help us to restore the dignity of our people and we have to provide an environment that assists them to perform at their best. “I want to build a two-way communication channel to build quality BNG houses, employ Youth Brigades, support small contractors and military veterans,” she concluded. Ministry of Human Settlements, Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Tel: 083 645 7838

Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu


inister Sisulu convened the urgent meeting following a national analysis of all unpaid projects and invoices. The analysis found that more than R1 billion has not been paid to contractors, by the Provinces in respect of invoices submitted by contractors for payment. “As Government we cannot sit with millions worth of work done by mainly black small contractors in the housing sector and not paid for, I want those undisputed invoices to be settled within seven days by Provinces and Municipalities,” said Sisulu.

Timeous payments

“The legislation stipulates that any company that does business with government should be paid within 30 days,” she added. The Minister also indicated that her department will establish an Ombudsman Office to deal with issues of conflicts between the contractors, provinces and municipalities. “With the Ombuds Office, we are setting up a structure that will mediate, work with all stakeholders to resolve dispute and cut through Skills on Site

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Keeping Track

“There is an alarming tendency - particularly on major government contracts - to totally omit the Quantity Surveyor from the professional team,” cautions Larry Feinberg, executive director of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

This could lead to spiralling costs and a total lack of control on management of what could be multi-million rand projects: Corruption, sadly, has also become a fact of life in our country, and here also the cost-factoring and expenditure control means the QS can play an essential preventative role.

“Too often the inclusion of a QS in a project’s professional team is seen as a dispensable, additional cost. However, a competent QS will provide the certainty and control a project needs, while also helping to reduce costs.


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Design changes

“Major building projects tend to be complex undertakings right from the outset, and can get even more complicated when design changes are introduced, without the client and professional team realising the cost factors involved. This is when the skills of a QS are particularly essential. “He or she will handle any unforeseen procurements and project management revisions so architects and the rest of the professional team can concentrate on their own tasks,” Larry adds.

QUANTITY SURVEYORS ROLE estimates and costs of the work.When the project is in progress, the QS will keep track of any variations to the contract that may affect costs and create reports to show profitability. The title of the job, in simplified terms, could also be construction cost consultant or commercial manager,” Bert explains. The QS responsibilities vary depending on the project being worked on, but can include: Ξ Ξ Preparing tender and contract documents, including Bills of Quantities with the architect and/or the client; Ξ Ξ U ndertaking cost analyses for repair and maintenance project work; Ξ Ξ A ssisting in establishing a client’s requirements and undertaking feasibility studies; Ξ Ξ P erforming risk, value management and cost control; Ξ Ξ A dvising on procurement strategy; Ξ Ξ I dentifying, analysing and developing responses to commercial risks;

The title of the job, in simplified terms, could also be construction cost consultant or commercial manager Ξ Ξ P reparing and analysing costings for tenders; Ξ Ξ A llocating work to sub-contractors; Ξ Ξ P roviding advice on contractual claims; Ξ Ξ Analysing outcomes and writing detailed progress reports; Ξ Ξ V aluing completed work and arranging payments; Ξ Ξ M aintaining awareness of the different building contracts in current use; and Ξ Ξ U nderstanding the implications of Health, Safety and Environmental regulations.

Finding the money

“In today’s business environment, Quantity Surveyors are also expected to provide essential guidance and input regarding sustainable construction, as well as play a far bigger role than ever in postoccupancy matters, such as lifecycle costing and facilities management, “ he adds.

Vital input

Bert van den Heever, president of ASAQS, outlines the vital input a QS could bring to a construction project: “A QS manages all costs relating to building, civil engineering and mining projects, from the initial estimates to the final figures. He or she seeks to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while - importantly - still achieving the required standards and quality. Many of these standards are specified by statutory building regulations, which the QS will understand and see that these are adhered to.

Cost control

“A QS may be employed by either the client or the contractor, working in an office or on site. They should be involved in a project from the start, preparing

Other services that can be provided by a Quantity Surveyor with experience and specialised knowledge can include: Ξ Ξ Offering advice on property taxation; Ξ Ξ Assisting clients in locating and accessing additional and alternative sources of funds; Ξ Ξ Enabling clients to initiate construction projects;and Ξ Ξ Advising on the maintenance costs of specific buildings. Members of ASAQS can be contacted by clicking on the ‘member search’ button at the top of the home page of the ASAQS website at ASAQS, Midrand, Larry Feinberg, Tel: (011) 315-4140

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Beauty and Brains Twenty-four year old Mmina Ndala, who has been working within Saint-Gobain since 2012, recently made it to the semifinals of the Miss Earth SA pageant.


mina is currently studying mechanical engineering part-time through Unisa, while holding down a permanent position as an engineering trainee at Saint-Gobain Gyproc in Brakpan. Only once Mmina commenced her full time employment did she enroll at Unisa, as she needed to earn a salary to be able to fund her studies and financially support her family.

• to adopt global trends in sustainability and

A real difference

• to implement these in South Africa.

When the opportunity came along to enter Miss Earth, Mmina didn’t hesitate as she sees herself as an agent for change, and she is a very pretty young lady. “I want to help bring about change with a specific focus on the manufacturing industry. As a prospective engineer I plan to make a difference by designing and implementing Green Manufacturing Plants and designing Green processes,” explains Mmina.

Only once Mmina commenced her full time employment did she enroll at Unisa, as she needed to earn a salary to be able to fund her studies and financially support her family

Mmina Ndala at the bloubos spruit clean-up

Building bridges

The Miss Earth semi-finalist firmly believes that the youth in South Africa must be made aware of the power they have to implement change. “The youth must be encouraged to participate in the many programmes that have been established such as Engineers/ Doctors without borders, Sasol Youth Summits, Lead SA, Wildlife SA etc, I personally feel that by getting involved the youth can make a massive difference, not only would they assist in improving the environment but they could also learn, grow and network to engineer real change,” Mmina concludes.

• to be exposed to other parts of the world,

Once this talented and environmentally aware lady completes her studies and forges a career as an engineer, she sees herself building bridges where they are most needed, building water supply systems that will carry water to communities and playing a role in ensuring that South Africans live a more environmentally friendly life.

• to learn from their best practice models,

Saint-Gobain Gyproc,

She hopes that one day she will be in a position to make a real difference by embracing sustainability and exploring the option of implementing engineer exchange programmes in the workplace, giving young local engineers the opportunity

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Gillwell Taxi Retail Park The R316 million Gillwell Taxi Retail Park, developed for Dipula Income Fund by Isibonelo Property Services and Eris Property Group, opened in October last year. The 22,260sqm three-level shopping centre is in the East London CBD, and brings together retail and public transport under one roof.

Izak Petersen, CEO of Dipula Income Fund


he centre increases the retail variety in East London and complements, rather than competes with, other shopping malls. It provides the dispersed retail already trading in the CBD with a modern, one-stop retail destination. It also creates a quality, contemporary, weatherproof shopping environment for customers to enjoy. “The many people who work, live and commute in the city centre every day mean that Gillwell Taxi Rank Park already has an excellent trade market. It has a natural critical mass of shopper numbers made up of consumers who were previously under-served by retail,” says Shadrack Mthethwa, CEO of Isibonelo Property Services.

airport. Gillwell Taxi Rank Park is a new landmark,” adds Shadrack.

Walking distance

Gillwell Taxi Rank Park is within walking distance from all key metropolitan and regional government departments. It is also near to the local train station, buses and harbour. Plus the Mercedes Benz factory – the largest employer When they get off a taxi, in East London – is close by.

they’ll be in it. When they get off a bus, they’ll be next to it. When they get off a train, they’ll be only steps away from it

Already in it

The new shopping centre is perfectly located for people moving into and around the East London CBD. “People won’t have to look for the centre. When they get off a taxi, they’ll be in it. When they get off a bus, they’ll be next to it. When they get off a train, they’ll be only steps away from it. It is the first thing you see when you enter the CBD from the

The growing student population of nearby educational institutions including the University of Fort Hare, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University, Unisa and various schools and colleges, will also be catered for at Gillwell Taxi Rank Park.

“This is a unique shopping centre, and an ideal asset to meet the retail needs of a modern, world-class South African city. We are expecting big things from its performance for Dipula,” Shadrack concludes. Dipula Income Fund, Izak Petersen, Tel: (011) 325 2112,

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An accessible and clear guide on how to grow your business through export


ngineers receive a broad education in the nuts and bolts of machinery, equipment and systems but not much attention is paid to the commercial aspects of running an engineering concern.

“Engineering World”, a new annual publication being produced by Promech Publishing, in co-operation with the SACEEC (SA Capital Equipment Export Council), will serve to make financial and commercial decisions easier for engineers to make. The publication will focus on the export market but also on local content as a reliable tier of suppliers and supplier industries is vital to local manufacture. SACEEC will share its experience and expertise on a variety of elements that must be taken into account to become a successful exporter, such as:

Freight forwarding Tax matters Forward cover Deciding on what to sell to whom The culture and customs of the export destination country Building a robust supply chain The financial implications of exporting Marketing internationally Building a presence in the destination country Getting the correct legal advice. The SACEEC has assisted many companies in navigating the pitfalls of going over our borders. They remain committed to growing South African exports and have generously agreed to share their knowledge with the readers, in the interests of the country and our economy.

Eric Bruggeman, MD of SACEEC: “What you didn’t think to

ask? We trust that this first-of-its-kind publication will prompt capital equipment companies, who are contemplating the export route, to ask the right questions before setting off on what can only be described as an exciting and potentially lucrative journey.”

Contact the SACEEC on For advertising, contact Louise Cresswell on Tel (011) 781-1401 or 071 886 1263 For editorial: contact Patricia Holburn (B Comm BA Eng.Comm) on


The Sexual Harassment Issue This issue of sexual harassment is something that is not always clear-cut and often misunderstood.


colleague was once charged for sexual harassment as a female employee alleged that he let her walk into the lift before him so as to allow him to “check her behind out?”

What was right and what was wrong?

Some ladies dress inappropriately to the extent that I have been involved in having to call staff in and ask them to dress more appropriately. A bit embarrassing having to tell a female she is showing “a bit” too much at work. Dress codes are therefore very important. Recently there was an important case held in the Labour Appeal Court, which readers should take note of. The case in short can be summarised as follows: Three colleagues, two males and one female, had gone out on a trip to a neighbouring country. After dinner, the one male asked the female if she needed “love that night”, she replied that she did not and the male stated that if she did, she could come to his room. Nothing further happened. The company investigated the incident after the female discussed this conversation with another colleague. A hearing was held. At the CCMA it was found that the person who made the advance was a contractor and not an employee. Also that the incident happened outside working hours. The

Nico Pienaar

verbal sexual advance was found to be unwanted and the dismissal was found to be fair.

Labour Court

The defendant took the matter one more step up and took it to the Labour Court. The court found that the two people involved were not employees and they did not work together again as one had left the country. The incident had also not taken place during working hours. The court also distinguished between sexual attention and sexual harassment and found that the male person had not crossed the line to where sexual attention becomes sexual harassment. The court felt that words were not serious enough to justify dismissal as a fair sanction. The court found that he had to be given a final written warning valid for one year.

Labour Appeal Court

The company felt that the Labour Court had erred in the decision and took the matter to the Labour Appeal Court. The LAC referred to a previous decision it had made in which it was stated that, “sexual harassment was the most heinous misconduct that plagues the workplace.” The LAC found that the age difference between the male and female of some 25 years was unfair. The LAC noted that employees who commit sexual harassment must do so at their own peril and employers must not shy away from imposing the maximum sanction of dismissal to the perpetrators of sexual harassment in the workplace. The LAC therefore found the dismissal was fair. Nico Pienaar, ASPASA/SARMA Tel: (011) 791-3327 Email:

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Healthcare Across Africa Mogul Medical Solutions founded by Managing Director, Menelisi Moyo, is an inspiring enterprise and one of a kind in Africa.

covers the widest range of products from day-today consumable items, such as surgical gloves, to wheelchairs. Customers include individuals, clinics and hospitals. Major clients include many embassies across the continent. The company partners with clients as well as major international donor organisations, viz, USAID, Pepfar, UK Aid, while destination countries for Mogul’s products include countries such as Ethiopia, Madagascar, Botswana, Zambia, and Rwanda or wherever there is a need for medical supply shipments to be moved either in a crisis or on a routine basis. Menelisi Moyo


he company is the first, and therefore the only service provider across the continent that has a fully functional online purchase portal with over 8 000 lines on offer. “We are also the only medical company with an online store on Facebook in Africa. We distribute across the whole sub-continent, says Menelisi. “Furthermore, Mogul Medical is a certified M.I.B. body builder, which means we are certified to build bodies on any truck, and we can also build trailers, through our new engineering division, which builds all our mobile clinics and ambulances.

We brand them in the well-recognised colours and with the logos of the NGOs, so that the acceptance levels in the communities where they operate, remains constant “We make use of the FAW truck brand because it adds to our efficiencies and helps us contain our costs superbly,” adds Menelisi. “Our business is of such a critical nature, if you consider that it is a crucial supply service, and the fact that good corporate governance is demanded by our clients. We just had to choose the best trucks in terms of reliability and cost efficiency.”

Across the continent

Mogul’s medical supply service is far-reaching. It


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In South Africa, one of the company’s largest clients is the government and the Department of Health. All the hospitals and brick-and-mortar clinics in the Western Cape source medical supplies through the company. Large NGO’s supported by international funders, also source supplies from Mogul, as does the TB HIV Association, an NGO which focuses on HIV prevention and care; and uses treatment kits for diabetes, TB and for monitoring cholesterol levels.

Long distances

Two mobile clinics, built on the recently introduced FAW 8.140 FL truck chassis, have been commissioned into service. “These units were selected because the trucks can comfortably travel long distances from their base stations in the Western Cape to rural areas in the Eastern Cape and up to Clanwilliam. Our mobile clinics are also specifically equipped to provide circumcision services to rural communities. “The FAW trucks are kitted out exactly to our NGO clients’ needs. We brand them in the well-recognised colours and with the logos of the NGOs, so that the acceptance levels in the communities where they operate, remains constant.”

Routine service

Mogul Medical, together with the TB HIV Association, also provides routine services to disadvantaged communities, and the national prison network for a variety of services, as well as a mobile X-ray testing facility. “We are especially proud of our Mobile X-ray Facility, also built on the FAW 8.140 FL chassis,” says Menelisi. “The truck had to have a particularly strong chassis frame to carry the extra weight as the entire body is lead-lined. In addition, the drivetrain had to be


powerful and efficient, and of a high quality with superior durability to drive the unit efficiently en route to its destinations.”

up service and routine maintenance, as well as parts supply in this critical mobile service provision, by the FAW team.”

The FAW 8.140 FL is powered by the Euro III Cummins ISF 3,8 litre engine, delivering a healthy torque at 450Nm between 1 200 and 2 200 rpm, with a solid output of 105kW on tap at 2 600 rpm. This highpressure, common rail four-cylinder in-line engine is one of the latest from Cummins’ reputable engine ranges and is ideally suited to the medium-weight truck category.

Good business

This engine fitted with a turbocharger is water-cooled and intercooled. Benefits of this particular engine include exceptional performance, low operating costs, low weight, low noise and low emissions.


The transmission, which is the six-speed synchromesh manual ZF 6 S 500 TO Ecolite is a great match, taking full advantage of the Cummins powerhouse while adding easy driveability and full driver control. The FAW 8.140’s drivetrain makes it ideal for weight sensitive, space-constrained applications. “The braking system is exceptional too. This was also on our ‘demand’ list. The last thing from a reputation risk point-of-view, was that one of our units be involved in a collision and as a result be deemed to be unsafe,” Menelisi emphasises. The addition of ABS and an air-cut parking brake, on a medium-sized truck is invaluable to the safety of driver, truck and payload. “Furthermore, we have enjoyed guaranteed back-

The company provided several NGOs with eight more mobile clinics, built on a FAW 8.140 FL chassis and bodied by Mogul Medical themselves before the end of last year. These mobile facilities are kitted out as centres for testing for cervical cancer amongst rural women; circumcision trucks; HIV and testing units; surgical and trauma mobile clinics; mobile dental units; and mobile ear, nose and throat (ENT) clinics.

Also looking into the specifications for a possible mobile, eight-bed hospital, to be deployed in major disaster circumstances Mogul Medical Solutions is also looking into the specifications for a possible mobile, eight-bed hospital, to be deployed in major disaster circumstances. Menelisi Moyo, is a passion-driven entrepreneur. “Providing medical supplies at an affordable price, efficiently and conveniently, is just good business. However, and even more importantly, is the personal reward of being part of bringing basic healthcare to so many people who would otherwise not be in a position to access such services. FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA Tel: 087 702 0800

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A Load Shedding Gridlock

s if the crisis of bad manners on our roads wasn’t enough, now load-shedding and non-functioning robots have been thrown into the mix to create a dangerous situation. Tiger Wheel & Tyre poses the question: How do you ensure your own road safety in the midst of this madness? “You drive for everyone else on road, or to use the technical term, you drive defensively. That’s all you can do,” answers Group Marketing Executive, Joe du Plooy. “We must take responsibility for our own road safety.”

your only defence against these incoming missiles. ╠╠ D on’t lose your cool, especially when load shedding leaves robots out of order and traffic gridlocked. Take a deep breath and pay extra attention so you don’t miss your turn at the intersection, or get sideswiped by someone going out of turn. Nerves will be frayed and people frustrated by their inability to get where they’re going on time, and you don’t want to stir the pot and fuel a road rage incident.

╠ ╠ Make sure your car is roadworthy – that the tyres have sufficient tread and are properly inflated, that the brakes are working and the car is running well. This will enable you to come to a timely stop, accelerate out of trouble and keep your wheels on the road if you need to swerve suddenly.

“Anticipation is the most important element of defensive driving. You can’t let your guard down for a minute. If you see someone driving recklessly, let them pass and keep your distance, because the chances are good that they will cause an accident. Always assume that others won’t indicate, so keep a safe following distance to compensate for this. Be alert at intersections. Even if the light is green for you, that’s no guarantee that another driver won’t skip the red light,” advises Joe.

╠ ╠ C heck your mirrors. Always know who is to your front, rear, left and right, adjust your speed to make space when drivers are too close, and try to anticipate their next move. Most people start turning before they indicate. Your awareness is

Tiger Wheel & Tyre,

The term defensive driving is much more than just swerving out of the reach of other cars. Here are some tips for defensive driving:


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Finally, if you have an important meeting, or need to get to the airport on time, check the load shedding schedule that applies to your route, and either leave earlier or reschedule.

Top 4 Absolutes Concrete failure on construction project can be a costly affair especially where the nature of the failure calls for the removal and replacement of the failed concrete.


uch an event can bankrupt a contractor or at the very least will dent profits and cause longterm damage to their reputation. Speaking at the recent Readymix by Sarma Conference, Neil Cloete, Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) president, gave the following four tips to contractors and readymix company operators to ensure suitable quality concrete is delivered to site.


Definition - know the requirements, route, timing, design, required additives, quality testing and discharge methods, as well as onsite protocols and responsible persons’ contact details.


Do it right the first time – assess what can go wrong, do a risk analysis, plan for traffic, seek alternate

Neil Cloete, Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) president

routes, check the weather and have suitable contingency plans.


Performance standard – know the exact parameters required, don’t improvise.


Measurement – know the procedures to test for quality, customer satisfaction is essential. Ask customers to rate their satisfaction, ie, check your measurement of outcome versus your promise of performance. Remember that sometimes your most unhappy client can be your best source of info on how to improve. Sarma, Johan van Wyk, Tel: (011) 791-3327, Email:,


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Understanding Cement As the main ingredient in concrete, cement has been used over the centuries as the ‘glue’ that binds sand and stone together in the creation of the many structures around us.


he key to its prolonged use, predicted to extend many centuries into the future, lies in its ability to offer durability and proven strength over very long periods. To the layman, cement is generally considered to be a grey powder but to professionals in the built environment, it is a significant part of their trade which demands an understanding of its classifications, applications and properties as it has a critical influence on the outputs of this industry.

Typical physical requirements for cement include air content in the cement, its fineness, expansion properties, strength, heat of hydration, and setting times and all these factors play a role in strength development Cement is manufactured to meet different physical and chemical requirements, as well as for specific applications. Chemical tests verify the content and composition of cement, while physical testing demonstrates physical criteria of the cement. Typical physical requirements for cement include air content in the cement, its fineness, expansion

properties, strength, heat of hydration, and setting times and all these factors play a role in strength development. The classification of cement is based on early strength development and its 28 day performance results. Compressive strength tests are conducted to determine the performance of the resultant concrete mixture. This performance is based on a standard ratio of cement, water, sand and other components. The compressive strength of cement is measured in Mega Pascals (MPa) where one MPa is equal to one million Pascals (Pa) and a Pascal is one Newton of force per square metre. Essentially, the final strength required is based on the application and the expected forces that will impact on it. For the industry, an understanding of the applicationbased requirements is a key factor in determining the right cement for an application. Depending on the MPa range, the concrete can then be classified as either low, medium or high strength concrete.

The distinction between 32,5MPa, 42,5MPa and 52,5MPa The resulting classification has three broad strength classes, 32,5MPa, 42,5MPa and 52,5MPa, all suitable for different

applications. These refer to broad strength categories where the strength gained varies within the ranges. • Class 32,5 for applications where high initial strength is not a requirement (to achieve at least 32,5MPa strength in 28 days). • Class 42,5 for applications requiring a compressive strength exceeding 30N/mm² (to achieve at least 42,5MPa strength in 28 days). • Class 52,5 for applications where even higher initial strengths are required (to achieve at least 52,5MPa strength in 28 days).

‘Rapid’ denote the three classes of early strength for each class of standard strength. Within each strength class, the performances define the distinction between the following: • L (Low early strength development) • N (Normal early strength development) • R (Rapid or high early strength development)

It is also important to be able to balance strength requirements with an overall consideration of all other factors


The cement strength class has a limited influence on the final strength of concrete to be achieved. Factors like the cement to water ratio, cement to aggregate ratio and admixtures used have an effect on the overall strength of the concrete. For this reason, the strength class of cement has little bearing on the maximum strength of concrete. While one can achieve any strength with any or each type of cement, there is an economical limit to achieving high to very high concrete strength with low strengths cement like the 32,5. It is therefore also important to be able to balance strength requirements with an overall consideration of all other factors such as the quantity of cement that would be required to achieve a given strength compared to using higher strength cements. An understanding of this not only influences the cost of a project but may also affect setting times.

The distinction between L, N and R in cement descriptions

A further distinction is made in terms of the rate of strength gain in concrete where the terms ‘Low’, ‘Normal’ and

Additionally, a distinction is also made where common cements are grouped into five varieties based on their composition. Below are the different classifications. • CEM I Portland cement • CEM II Portland – composite cement • CEM III Blast furnace cement • CEM IV Pozzolanic cement • CEM V Composite cement To achieve structural integrity for any project, it is vitally important to have a sound understanding of cement, its properties and application suitability. AfriSam’s product range is designed to support the full range of applications in the industry. Our Centre for Product Excellence is well equipped to provide support and an in-depth understanding of all our products and uses. Afrisam, Maxine Nel, Tel: (011) 670 5893 Email:,

Innovative Fencing System


he need for a cost-effective security fencing system that will offer the market a low maintenance and sustainable option has been addressed with the introduction of the Spear Fencing system which uses Mentis Expanded Metal. This innovative fencing system is based on a patented concept whereby all forms of welding have been eliminated from the manufacturing and installation process. Fencing by its very nature is exposed to all climatic elements including rain and it is often the ingress of water at welding points that starts the corrosion process. Once the corrosion process has started, it is difficult and even impossible to reverse the process and the fencing system will require intensive and expensive ongoing maintenance to sort out the problem. Spear Fencing is a product completely different from conventional fencing and the fencing system offers structural strength, durability, low maintenance and is simple to erect.

Once the corrosion process has started it is difficult and even impossible to reverse the process The manufacturing process is extremely economical providing a cost-effective product for the fencing panel. Expanded metal is produced by slitting and expanding a solid sheet of metal into a web of diamond-shaped meshes. The metal sheet can, in fact, be expanded up to ten times its original size, without losing material in the process and resulting in a remarkably light mesh.

Comprehensive range

The raised mesh, or Mentex, can be put through an additional process in which the raised meshes are flattened into the same plane as the sheet of metal expanded known as Flatex. Mentex and Flatex Expanded Metal is available in a comprehensive range of sizes, mesh sizes and thicknesses and can be fabricated in any form. The mesh can be bent, shaped to radii, angled or notched, while maintaining its inherent rigidity. One of the other distinguishing features of Mentis Expanded Metal is its inherent structural integrity and strength, created by the network of rigid strands which also permit light and air to pass freely through it making it ideally suited for security fencing applications. Andrew Mentis, Elaine van Rooyen, Tel: (011) 255 3200,


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Mall of Africa


oscor Access Rental (GAR) has to date rented out a total of 95 access equipment to support construction work currently underway at the Mall of Africa in Midrand, Johannesburg. According to the company’s General Manager, Nici Verster, they faced some challenges in securing the project. “Our success in being appointed as the preferred rental equipment supplier is the result of a tremendous team effort, perseverance and building good customer relationships.


“Following several calls and visits to the site, we finally got hold of the correct decision-maker but as he was on a very tight schedule, I only had five minutes to pitch our business.” The real breakthrough came when Nici sold a GTH2506 telescopic handler to the customer on behalf of Goscor Hi-Reach; GAR was then requested to supply a few tele-handlers and not long after, requests for other equipment started coming in. Covering an area of 115 000m², the Mall of Africa will be the largest shopping mall ever built in South Africa in a single phase. Valued at R5-billion, this super-regional mall is scheduled for opening in April 2016. Goscor Access Rental, Tel: (010) 594 4357

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Female Student Outclassed Male Builders

Laaiqa Shaik Habeeb, top student for the MBA North’s Small Builders Development Course 2015, receives her special award from course lecturer, Chris Jennings, while MBA North Education, Training & Transformation Manager, Dr Deon Landmann, looks on.

The top student in last year’s Master Builders Association (MBA) North Small Builders Development Course not only outperformed the men in her class, but also had to travel about 740kms to attend each of the fortnightly classes in Midrand.


aaiqa Shaik Habeeb, Project Manager: Administration for building contractors, Tshenolo Resources, was based at her company’s Mafikeng branch when the course started in April 2015 and thereafter undertook the four hour trips to Midrand every second Saturday for I think I did well six months.

I think I did well in the course because I am eager to increase my knowledge and learn new things. I also always set goals for myself and passing this course was a major one for me.”

industry for the past 16 years so I was keen to learn more about the technical aspects of construction. I found the course extremely beneficial and stimulating and now feel there is much room for me to grow in the industry - perhaps as consultant to assist in the project control of contracts, or even becoming a contractor myself in future.”

“I would say the women who attended the 2015 course generally fared better - and were more dedicated - than the men, although there were some very promising male students as well.”

Steady increase

Chris Jennings of Eight J Construction, who has been the in the course lecturer for these courses because I am eager to increase my “They were long trips, about for several years, says there knowledge and learn new things 370kms to get to Midrand has recently been a steady early on a Saturday morning, increase in the number of and then the same distance women attending. “The 2015 back again after the lectures class started with 13 women finished around midday. But it was worth the effort,” and 14 men. The women came from a variety of Laaiqa recalls. backgrounds: one was a travel agent close to retirement, another an ex-social worker who now Beneficial and stimulating wanted to become involved in building, and another Nominated by her employers to attend the course, the girlfriend of a man who specialised in ‘putting she immediately agreed. “I have been working contracts together. mainly in an administrative capacity in the building

Laaiqa believes there is generally now far more potential for women to pursue careers in the building industry. “All that is needed is for us to grab the opportunities - and have belief in our abilities.


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MBA North, Midrand, Henk Delen, Tel: (011) 805-6611 www.

New Intake of Small Businesses


roperty Point, a Growthpoint Properties’ initiative, has welcomed a new batch of small businesses to both its enterprise development and supplier development programmes in 2016. So far, almost 100 businesses have participated in Property Point’s two-year programme, enabling them to generate Shawn Theunissen over R451 million in procurement opportunities, with a reported revenue growth of a remarkable 54.5%. It has also been instrumental in creating over 1 141 jobs.

Induction session

This year’s 17 intake companies took part in a recent Property Point induction session at Turbine Hall in Johannesburg. They were introduced to the programme by Shawn Theunissen, Head of CSR at Growthpoint Properties and Head of Property Point. Property Point nurtures small business and entrepreneurs to become sustainable, relevant and competitive companies.

Focus elements

Property Point focuses on three elements: • m inimising the risk perception of small businesses in the property industry, • b uilding solid relationships and • a ssisting entrepreneurs to establish a good reputation in representing Growthpoint. Its supplier development intake includes businesses that are already approved and active vendors on Growthpoint’s supply chain. “This creates a win-win situation. In this way, businesses are able to operate at a higher level in terms of service delivery, capacity and quality which ultimately benefits Growthpoint and its clients,” Shawn concludes. Property Point, Tel: (011) 833 0340,

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Good Advice

Dura Equipment Sales invests hundreds of millions of Rands each year to purchase and refurbish quality used plant machines to enter a second term of life in mining, construction, plant hire and other applications.


ith a more affordable price tag these machines offer small and medium size operations the opportunity to expand their fleet with highly productive machines at a fraction of the cost of new equipment.

Key to success

According to Ernest Human, Dura Equipment Sales marketing manager, “With the company’s roots in plant hire we started the business with hard-earned knowledge of the different types of machines and have always been keenly aware of the kind of lifespan and cost of ownership each of the brands and models can offer. Ernest Human of Dura Equipment Sales


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“As a result, we know what to look for and know which machines to buy. We are also able to pass this knowledge onto our customers and give them


sound advice when it comes to selecting the right machine for the job and assist them with cost of ownership calculations. “Machines on offer range from small TLB-type machines for agricultural applications and general construction, to road resurfacing machines, loaders, dumpers, excavators, graders and large production machines for mining applications.

Give sound advice when it comes to selecting the right machine for the job “These are serviced within our fully-equipped workshop facility and where refurbishment is required we restore them to near factory condition ready for resale,” says Ernest.

Cross border trade

The company also has the expertise to import and export machines across the border making the setting up of operations in any African country a seamless operation no matter where machines come from or are going to. In addition the company has established branches in all major centres in South Africa with a comprehensive dealer network in outlying areas wherever there is a requirement for equipment. “With more than 110 machines available in Johannesburg and many more throughout our branches, there is sure to be a machine to match almost any requirement,” concludes Ernest. Dura Equipment Sales, Ernest Human, Tel: (011) 918 4760 Email:,

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Roller Door Handle Causes Injury

Re-enactment of the incident


Whilst a supervisor was removing the lock on a roll-up door, to put tension on the winding shaft, the handle of the door broke and the lever moved in an unwinding direction hitting the injured person’s left hand causing a laceration that resulted in a lost time injury.


• Suspend the servicing of the roll-up doors that was to be done in the workshop • Brief the employees about the incident • Check that all handles on roll-up doors be inspected for wear • Issue a risk assessment for roll-up doors, where all repairs are being carried out

The broken handle

including persons from all workshops where roll-up doors are used • Check that SLAM (Stop, Look Assess and Manage) was done before they started with the job.


• Maintaining, Inspecting roll-up doors and Include these into a checklist • Ensure baseline process includes roll-up doors and their mechanical parts • Develop procedure on opening and closing heavy-duty doors and communicate the procedure to all involved in these tasks. • Ensure personnel are following procedures and not just providing ‘lip-service’.

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Making a Comeback

ments have been building schools and indications are that KwaZulu-Natal is coming to the fore with its school infrastructure development initiatives. This bodes well for the coming year as the company supplies a significant share of the government’s social infrastructure programmes from schools to hospitals and clinics.

Corobrik believes further developments in South Africa’s affordable housing market and investments in social infrastructure are the key to positive prospects for 2016. This clay brick and paving manufacturer and distributor is seeking to add to the value of South Africa’s infrastructure stock and consumer investment at the entry housing level where there is minimal disposable income for maintenance.

This bodes well for the coming year as the company supplied a significant share of the government’s social infrastructure programmes from schools to hospitals and clinics


orobrik facebrick is an aesthetically appealing, high quality product with its roots deep in South Africa’s building fabric. The product does not require painting every three years and possesses sound environmental credentials.

The country is experiencing growth in construction of homes between R500 000 and R2 million targeting the emerging middle-class. “This is the townhouse market that virtually disappeared in 2008 and now is making a comeback. It offers significant growth opportunities as outside that arena, there has been only a slow, gradual increase in the number of plans passed,” Corobrik MD, Dirk Meyer says. Houses between R100 000 and R350 000 falling within the government subsidised housing segment cater to a different market, but also one in which Government has been falling behind its targets. However, recent government initiatives are aimed at boosting delivery which signalls an opportunity for growth and market penetration for Corobrik.

Some urgency

Dirk says the Gauteng and Eastern Cape govern-

“The municipal elections this year will provide impetus as municipalities experience some urgency to deliver before their voters head for the polls. One example is the cycle tracks being installed in Soweto and Tembisa - good potential business for us,” Dirk concludes. Corobrik (Pty) Ltd, Peter Kidger, Tel: (031) 560- 3233 * * * * *

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Non-negotiable Quality


stablished in 1938, Cape Brick is the longestestablished manufacturer of quality concrete masonry in operation in the Cape. Their comprehensive product range includes standard masonry products such as all sizes of bricks and blocks, as well as retaining wall blocks and decking blocks. In October 2009, the company introduced a range of wet-cast paving products, featuring over 300 different modules in a wide variety of colours and textures. Cape Brick operates a brick-and-block facility at Philippi and Blackheath and a wet cast operation producing slabs and cobbles. The company is now able to handle 4 200 pallets in the factory, as opposed to 3 000 previously, which continues to give it an edge in the highly competitive and quality-conscious Western Cape market. Cape Brick carries out a lot of affordable housing work, while also having the biggest reseller network in the region.

PMSA, Quintin Booysen, Tel: (011) 578 8700, Email:,

New Regional Centre Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), along with its brand divisions Daimler Trucks & Buses and Mercedes-Benz Vans, has opened a Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA). RCSA will be responsible for Daimler’s full commercial vehicles portfolio in the region, from the full offering of Mercedes-Benz Vans, heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses as well as the products (trucks and buses) from Fuso. The RCSA, based in Pretoria, will be in charge of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho and Swaziland. “Opening our new Regional Centre Southern Africa, we are able to respond even faster to our commercial vehicle customers and their requirements. This will help us to further tap the growth potential of

this emerging region,” says Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses. “Having a stronger presence in the southern African markets means that we are able to react faster and be in touch more frequently with our commercial vehicles customers and the various general distributors in the respective countries. The Regional Centre Southern Africa provides further opportunities for all our commercial vehicle endeavours, including sales, after-sales, marketing, client services and parts.” Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Sibusiso Mkwanazi, Tel: (012) 673 6864, Email:

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Avoiding Costly Rebuilds

Johan van Wyk, general manager of the Southern African Readymix Association (Sarma), says government’s repair bill for poorly built low cost houses alone peaked at R50-billion recently and that poorly constructed infrastructural projects similarly account for substantial losses.


s a result, the time has come for Government and private contractors to put a premium on quality and to procure materials only from organisations that can display credentials that are in keeping with the overall requirements to produce quality structures.

get what they pay for. It also proactively seeks ways of ensuring the highest quality products are delivered by its members on a consistent basis. A good example is the association’s world class quality management system (QMS) that was developed specifically for the readymix industry.”

Managing inputs

The QMS is world-class and sets certain minimum standards for the manufacture of readymix concrete, from supplier management to policies and procedures to final delivery of the mixed product.

“Sarma members, for example, are compelled to adhere to a number of key criteria governing the manufacturing of concrete to ensure customers

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Verification is required along the way and accountability is assigned at each step in the process. Annual audits are also undertaken to ensure Sarma members adhere to the association’s set codes of conduct.

Verification is required along the way and accountability is assigned at each step in the process “It is understandable that officials and procurement officers within organisations may not always be aware of the intricacies involved in manufacturing certain goods. Readymix concrete, like many other products, needs to be made according to a careful recipe and by cutting costs or substituting certain ingredients with inferior products, the end result can turn out to be a complete failure,” Johan concludes. Sarma, Nico Pienaar, Tel: (011) 791 3327 Email:,

Bad recipe

While wet concrete might look the same and be delivered in the right consistency, it may have completely different end characteristics that are completely unsuitable for the purpose it was meant for. If corners are cut to save costs and win a tender, it is the the end-user who pays the

price for poor quality. Fly-by-night operators most commonly substitute quality cement with inferior product, add excessive extenders, use low quality, illegally obtained sand and aggregates or add too much water to the mix to make it easily pourable.

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Plant rescue

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Ohlanga Pump station ECO Duties

Freightpak Warehouse Site Audit

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Ballito Interchange Botanical survey

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Low Level Access

20% Off Professional Power Tools Price-conscious contractors in Africa now have the opportunity to purchase world-class Bosch professional power tools at a 20 percent discounted rate off the retail price, as part of the company’s ‘Exchange Campaign 2016’ that runs from March to June.

The GSB 1300 impact drill will be discounted by 20%


azi Sales and Service recently introduced Power Towers range of low-level access equipment to the local market.

Power Towers specialises in the engineering and manufacturing of low level access products which comprises a range of seven mast-based models; the self-propelled SP range; the push-around Power Tower and Nano; and the latest non-powered Eco range, Pecolift and Ecolift, that are rated for indoor and in some cases, outdoor use. Low level access is an entirely new specialist sector within the access industry. The term is generally used to denote operating environments up to 4.5m to 5m working height, internally and on flat level surfaces, using manual or powered access equipment. The introduction of the Power Towers low level access platform range will no doubt provide a quick, cost effective and safer alternative to using aluminium towers, ladders and steps. Able to be positioned ‘at the job’ within minutes, the product range offers unparalleled efficiency and productivity in a multi-storey environment, for finishing trades such as electrical contracting, dry lining and ceiling slabs up to 5m. The cost-effectiveness, productivity and safety factors, combined with the manoeuvrability and ease of operation, could never be achieved with a scaffold tower or podium, as the achievable work rate can be up to eight times faster using the Power Towers. Eazi Sales & Service, Larry Smith Tel: 086 100 5540, Email:

Our ambition is to change the power tool landscape in Africa by offering affordable yet robust and long lasting quality products that professionals can use with pride,” says Bosch Power Tools SA senior brand manager, Juergen Lauer. The idea is for the customer to hand in any brand of old power tools to a participating dealer and receive a 20 percent discount on a selected Bosch professional power tool.

Our ambition is to change the power tool landscape in Africa Products that will be discounted as part of the Bosch Exchange Campaign 2016 include: • GSR 1080-2-LI and GSR 1800-LI cordless drill/ drivers, • GSB 1080-2-LI and GSB 1300 impact drills, • GBM 320 and GBM 1000 rotary drills, • GWS 6700 and GWS 22-230 H angle grinders, • GST 8000 E jigsaw, • GHO 6500 planer • GAS 15 vacuum cleaner. In addition to 20 percent off the retail price, all customers purchasing a Bosch professional power tool during the Exchange Campaign 2016 will also receive a complimentary Bosch-branded baseball cap. They can also register online with the campaign to stand a chance of winning a Bosch Professional GML 50 jobsite radio. Bosch Power Tools, Juergen Lauer,

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A Thing of the Past in the Built Environment?

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The South African Competition Commission recently ruled that the practice of using fee guidelines within the Built Environment Industry is non-completive and effectively results in price-fixing. This follows an application, in 2014, by the Council for the Built Environment to have the practice of Fee Guidelines exempted from the Competition Act.

South Africa is more than two decades behind international markets in terms of its use of fee guidelines. A decision to move away from using them could be good news for the local industry, although it will probably take a decade to fully eradicate the practice in totality,” says Simon Berry, a director of Fresh Projects, an online business platform for South African built environment professionals.



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The Competition Commission claims that the use of fee guidelines reduces price competition and could also result in prices within the built environment being set above the competitive level to the detriment of consumers.

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“If we had to follow international practice, then we should have scrapped this approach a long time ago. There have been too many guessing games within the industry, with so many professionals relying too heavily on fee scales and not understanding the true cost of a project,” says Simon.

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Bidding frenzy

This results in a bidding frenzy on discount percentages and bidders who are not even aware of what amount will result in a profitable job. A new approach, based on realistic budgeting, will ensure that projects are not only run more profitably, but the playing field will be level and more competitive. “While the United Kingdom built environment was initially against the scrapping of fee guidelines, it has resulted in more meaningful client discussions on the value of engineering services. This is a very positive outcome and South Africa can only hope for the same result,” he concludes. Fresh Projects, Simon Berry, Tel: (011) 463 5244,

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In Touch Donation a Great Asset


From left - Quentin van Breda, technical director of Torre Lifting Solutions, Karl Jensen, announcer and retired SAA pilot, Evan Zian, principal Kliptown Primary School and Oren Fuchs, director of MIC

n an initiative that combined both corporate social investment and environmental awareness through recycling, Torre Industries has benefitted Kliptown Secondary School in Lenasia with the donation of AstroTurf to the value of R146 000. Quentin van Breda, technical director at Torre Lifting Solutions (formerly SA French), explains that the AstroTurf was ordered as the flooring for the Torre Industries stand at the recently held BAUMA CONEXPO exhibition in Johannesburg. “The AstroTurf provided an attractive and durable surface on which to display our offerings and interact with the visitors. However, once the exhibition was finished, we needed to do something worthwhile with the AstroTurf since storing it until next year was not a feasible solution.”

Suitable beneficiary

Quentin approached the Torre Industries BBBEE partner, the Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC), to find a suitable beneficiary for the AstroTurf. Kliptown Secondary School, which has 1 420 learners, was identified and is currently using the AstroTurf as temporary seating for learners who are unable to find seating in the classrooms.


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Evan Zain, principal of the school, explains that Kliptown Secondary School is one of 28 schools in the area catering to the education of the youth from surrounding informal settlements. “There are only seven sports facilities in the area so it is almost impossible to find a gap in the hectic stadia timetables for our learners to play football. The donation of the AstroTurf is allowing us to plan for a five-a-side pitch in 2016.”

Roll-up and roll-out

He says that the school is currently in the process of securing a suitable area and once this is finalised, the AstroTurf will be permanently laid in place for the students to enjoy football matches. “In the interim we are thrilled that our learners are able to use the artificial grass surface while we make further plans to accommodate them in the currently overcrowded classrooms. At the end of each school day, we simply roll-up the AstroTurf and store it in a classroom. It is making a big difference in our lives and we are excited about its next role as a football pitch.” Torre Lifting Solutions, Quentin van Breda, Tel: (011) 822-8782 Email:

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