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QUALITY BUILDING MATERIALS AT THE LOWEST PRICES 191 stores and expanding throughout southern Africa CEMENT

The right stuff for the job www.cashbuild.co.za

POWER TOOLS SKIL CIRCULAR SAW

SKIL ORBITAL SANDER

BOSCH IMPACT DRILL

5003AC • 1200W

7003AA • 145W

Keyed Chuck PSB 5000 500W

SKU: 300955

344.95

SKIL HEAT GUN

SKU: 972608

663.95

230.95

SKU: 971101

SKIL ANGLE GRINDER

8003 CA • 1800W SKU: 300956

289.95 PWS-6 670W

SKU: 9741115

GWS20-230 2000W SKU: 9741119

1 149.95

SKU: 915

SKU: 300954

SKU: 300953

SKU: 914

PLASTIC FLOAT

SKIL PNEUMATIC HAMMER

SKU: 9741122

SKU: 300973

1555AA • 550W

1758AA

654.95

849.95

19.95

23.95

PLASTERING TROWEL NOTCHED

SKU: 9121517

335.95 GAUGING TROWEL

POINTING TROWEL

BRICK TROWEL

SKU: 912103

SKU: 9121510

SKU: 9121512

150 mm

415.95

848.95

SKIL PLANER

24.95 200mm

SKU: 912120

33.95

150mm

Wooden Handle 275 - 280mm

24.95

47.95

200mm

SKU: 912122

31.95

HAWK PLASTERING Plastic

SKU: 9121516

280 x 6mm

38.95

SKU: 9121514

38.95 OUTSIDE COVE TROWEL

BUILDER’S LINE

37.95

33.95

SKU: 9121524

LASHER CONCRETE WHEELBARROW

6495 MA • 1100W

BUILDERS TOOLS WOODEN FLOAT SKU: 975

CONCRETE WHEELBARROW

SKIL IMPACT DRILL

485.95

BOSCH ANGLE GRINDER

WHEELBARROWS

SKIL CORDLESS DRILL DRIVER 2006AB • 12V

344.95

Check your local store for price.

SKU: 974237

817.95

BOSCH ANGLE GRINDER

DEPENDABLE QUALITY FROM TRUSTED BRANDS. CASHBUILD GUARANTEES LOWEST PRICES ON CEMENT!

9780AA • 2000W

70lb 4211

SKU: 941052

250mm

OUTSIDE SHARP TROWEL

TYROLEAN MACHINE

52.95

37.95

199.95 194.95

SKU: 9121511

SKU: 9121526

SKU: 941701

STRAIGHT EDGE 2,0m

SKU: 905102

PVA PAINT POLY WHEELBARROW SKU: 300133

MELODY PVA • White

431.95

20 Litres

SKU: 300002

134.95

DIRECT DELIVERY

THE CHEAPEST WAY TO BUY;

CHAMPION EXTRA THICK PVA • White

5 Litres

- Cement - Bricks - Rooftiles

Is to buy large loads directly delivered from the supplier. No handling fee applies.

FREE LOCAL DELIVERY

All delivery rates are subsidised by Cashbuild. Handling fee applies to bricks and cement. Minimum order quantities apply to direct bricks and blocks. Enquire in-store for details.

SKU: 5002

62.95 10 Litres SKU: 5037 109.95 20 Litres SKU: 5001 179.95

MEDAL CONTRACTORS PVA • White

5 Litres

SKU: 5056

79.95 10 Litres SKU: 5068 149.95 20 Litres SKU: 5057 272.95 PLASCON CROWN ARCTIC PVA • White

5 Litres

SKU: 5050

89.95 20 Litres SKU: 5051 259.95

DULUX BERGERMASTER NUKOTE PVA • White

5 Litres

SKU: 5062

128.95 10 Litres SKU: 5071 219.95 20 Litres SKU: 5063 359.95

DURAM ACRYLIC

PVA • White 5 Litres SKU: 301223

165.95 20 Litres SKU: 301224 509.95

For any queries, please visit www.cashbuild.co.za or contact us on 0861 CASHBUILD (2274 28453)

DISTANT ORDERING

You can pay at one store for collection or delivery from any of our 191 other stores. Remember to bring your ID when placing and collecting an order. Direct deliveries from the manufacturer on full loads of cement, bricks and roof tiles.

Selected products may not be available in all stores. Prices include 14% VAT and are only valid in RSA until 26 February 2012. E & O.E. PREPAID HOME ACCOUNT

4728

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COVER STORY 4 FNB completes its pilot on energy efficiency

SUCCESS STORY 28 Sharing the feeling

ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING 7 Save on power, with a plug-in shower

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trucking & transport 12 Concrete anywhere, anytime

31 LEADING INFO

finance 32 Big Investments legal eagle 35 My CV and the correct job for me

MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE 17 Handling concrete pipes

36 IN TOUCH

New products 19 New Skidsteers 25 New Rental Options / New water pipes 27 Steel Shortages Over

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Training 20 Contractor development programmes WATERproofing and drainage 22 How to seal in bathrooms

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COVER STORY

Sibusiso Ndlovu, head of product growth (Marketing) FNB Housing Finance, Marius Marais, CEO, FNB Housing Finance and Abel Mngadi, general manager housing developments

FNB Completes Its Pilot on Energy Efficiency The debate on energy efficiency is rapidly becoming an increasingly important topic in many countries around the world. The need for a reduction in carbon emissions and the use of renewable energy sources is a pressing issue in terms of the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of South Africa and has demanded attention from decision makers both in the public and private sectors of our country.

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n response to the above, FNB has recently announced the findings of its energy efficiency pilot project carried out on 10 housing units in Cosmo City. The 12-month project, in partnership with GIZ, a German development agency and Carbon Programmes, was carried out with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and to assess the social, environmental and financial impact of implementing energy and thermal efficiency technologies in the mainstream market.

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The selected housing units, which range between 40m2 and 60m2, were fitted with a variety of energy efficient adaptations which included solar water heating (SWH) and passive thermal interventions such as insulated ceilings, vermiculite floors and walls and optimum orientation which involves the strategic position of the house in relation to sunlight.

Comfortable living

In order to accurately monitor temperatures inside


COVER STORY

and outside the houses, electricity and water use, GPRS enabled data loggers and sensors were utilised from April to August 2011, covering most of the winter months. Hot water temperatures were measured for the duration of the project. The demand patterns for hot water using the SWH system were also measured for four of the ten houses and the data collected compared to the energy requirements of houses with conventional electric geysers. The total installation costs ranged from between R4760 and R11500 for each of the ten units. Respondents saw an average saving of R250 per month on their energy bill based on their past experience in a house operating off the normal electricity grid.

All seasons

The results collected were gathered across all seasons to ensure that the effects of various weather conditions on energy usage were fully taken into account. It was also found that the savings for a house constructed in a northerly direction were greater than those facing other directions. “We are pleased with the results of this study and also believe that our contribution in this regard will make a meaningful impact for our customers and hopefully, in the future, for many SA households. Besides the

reduction of carbon emissions, we see this project as a way of improving the living conditions of households in the mainstream market across South Africa while also proving the business case for such investments,” says Marius Marais, CEO of FNB Housing Finance.

Future savings

The breakeven point for the cost of the energy saving measures based on an annual interest rate of 10% and an annual payback model was found to be between two and four years dependent on the size of the housing unit. The electricity increases were conservatively assumed to be 25% for the first two years and 7% thereafter. The current occupants of the houses said that in future they would be willing to pay more for a house installed with SWH and other passive thermal interventions – as informed by the savings they have experienced. “In future we plan to develop financial products which will be aimed at assisting home buyers in this market to access these technologies. In order to create a long term benefit with regards to energy efficiency, we will also look at exploring the potential of clean production mechanism (CDM) credits and how this might contribute to the successful financing of such a project at a large scale,” Marais concludes. FNB, www.fnb.co.za

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ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING

Save on Power, with a Plug-in Shower Affordable housing developers should investigate the new generation of plug-in water heaters for use in showers or basins. They are often cheaper to install and to run than a full sized geyser.

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ith Eskom’s rising costs on electrical bills, the South African family is running into higher and higher monthly electrical bills. Companies like The Electric Shower Co, are now bringing in plug-in water heaters that can cut down on electrical bills and save an average household up to 60% on water heating (which is the most costly part of any household’s monthly electrical account). The company’s Creda Showers has advanced electrical heating technology built into shower-type models or general water heaters for everyday use. With electricity prices constantly going up develop- Typical shower installation ers can use the energy-saving water heaters as a potential marketing tool to attract home buyers. Ten reasons to choose plug-in electric water heating:

1. Affordability

At a time when many people are tightening their purse strings, the electric shower is an affordable option, with massive savings on electrical bills. Contractors will save money on the units, as well as transport.

2. Convenience

An electric shower can be installed just about anywhere in the home because it only needs

Typical under-counter unit installation

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to be plumbed into a cold water rising main, and have an electrical connection direct to the DV box: This is also a practical option for a new en-suite, or an additional shower room downstairs or for a small bathroom.

3. Wide range application. Can be used in schools, hospitals, factories, houses or anywhere hot water is needed.

4. Style No longer just a white box on the wall, electric showers now come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with a wide variety of different functions making them a good-looking part of the bathroom.

5. Power The powerful 8.5kw shower models deliver a powerful showering experience.

6. Efficiency An instantaneous electric shower is 98% thermally efficient, as it only heats the water used throughout the duration of the shower. This is in stark contrast to other shower concepts many of which rely on large volumes of stored hot water. Electric water heaters (geysers) draw substantial amounts of constant power to maintain water heat. This is replaced by instantaneous water heaters.

7. Ease of installation The electric shower is a perfect fit and forget product and is easy to install either as an initial installation or a replacement.

8. Function Cleverly designed, the electric shower is simple to use with large easy grip controls. Different models are suited to different situations such as low water pressure or hard water, there’s an option for every application.

9. Suitability Shower technology has advanced since the days of

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you have to announce to the entire family that you were about to take a shower. Taking an electric shower requires no pre-planning. From switching it on, it’s ready for use within approximately 10 seconds.

10. Shower for longer The water is heated as it is used so the supply of hot water is inexhaustible making it the perfect choice for hard-working South Africans that need more than a quick five-minute blast in the morning. Electric Shower Co, Tel: (011) 791-7134, Email: salesjhb2@electricshowerco.com, www.electricshowerco.com

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TRUCKING AND TRANSPORT

Concrete Anywhere, Anytime Wherever certified concrete is needed for construction projects contractors can expect to pay a premium for this concrete, especially if the site is more than 40km away from the batching plant.

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his is changing with new self-loading mixer trucks from Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) that can self-load, mix and provide certified concrete on site. The truck will even give a printout of the concrete and its ingredients for record keeping purposes and to prove compliance with engineer’s requirements. The Fiori mixers sold by Pan Mixers are 4 x 4 trucks that can travel around site under their own power even on bad roads. On site they can self load, weigh the aggregates and mix the cement, aggregates and any required admixtures to produce concrete to specification. This is a first in South Africa. For contractors that are involved in building housing developments out of town or in rural areas the truck can quickly pay for itself through savings alone, even excluding labour and productivity savings.

These contractors can look forward to making the following savings: •Between R300 and R500 per 1 m³ for in town deliveries •Over R500 saving per 1 m³ for out of town deliveries more than 40 km away •Volume savings, eg, if you only need 2 m³ you mix it and don’t pay for the full load as you would from ready-mix supplier •Labour savings where workers don’t sit waiting for deliveries •Constant work flow means fewer workers needed because concrete is delivered though continuous smaller loads throughout the day rather than giant loads delivered once off that need many hands to lay •High quality and no reworks due to non-compliant concrete Skills on Site

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Magazine gains even more support The Southern African Ready-mix Association (Sarma) has endorsed “Skills On Site” as an essential publication adding value to its members and the construction industry in general.

In order to introduce our readers to the benefit of using ready mix concrete and the importance of dealing with Sarma members “Skills On Site” will publish a Special Pull-Out Feature about the association, its members, as well as some technical advancements in ready mix concrete. Readers should look out for this exciting issue at their nearest distribution point including all Cashbuild stores nationwide, CIDB contact centres, as well as NHBRC, CETA, Khuthaza, ECA, SAWIC and Nurcha offices countrywide. To advertise in this special issue please call Colleen Cleary on (011) 781 1401 or Email: skillsonsite@promech.co.za

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•Proof of quality and certified concrete made on site Even in town it is possible for contractors using the truck to pay off a Fiori truck in savings after pouring just 2000 m³. This is the equivalent of 125 medium sized affordable houses or 200 small affordable houses. This is worked out on a medium house foundation having a 16 m³ concrete foundation and a small house having a 10 m³ foundation. At a saving of R500 per m³ of conventionally purchased ready-mix concrete the savings are massive and can pay the truck off in the space of just one project. For

out of town uses, the savings will be greater which means that it can be paid off faster with greater savings on rural or out of town projects. For bridges and road works or civil buildings like prisons and multi-storey buildings the pay-off can be equally quick although the biggest value in this instance will be the ability to produce certified concrete anywhere anytime. Pages 14 and 15 explain exactly how the product work Pan Mixers Group, Walter Ebeling, Tel: (011) 397 3754, Email: sales@panmixers.co.za, Web: www.pmsa.com

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This is how

it works:

Step 3 Load the aggregate

Step 1 Fill the machine with water

The Fiori is equipped with a 550-litre bucket, powered by five hydraulic cylinders. This means that the bucket is independent from the lifting arms. It also comes with a hydraulic shutter (tip off) for material control.

The Fiori is equipped with a pre filtered auto suction water pump which is capable of pumping up to 300-litres-per-minute, as well as onboard water tanks with a capacity of 900-litres, making water easy to fill in even the remotest of locations. The pump is controlled by a fluxometer for accurate volume control.

Step 2 Rotate the seat The Firoi’s entire seat consol rotates 180° from transfer mode to working mode. This enables the driver to see exactly what he is doing while loading aggregate and discharging concrete.

Step 4 Load sand Step 5 Tip off excess materials The Fiori’s advanced weighing system and a state-ofthe-art controller calculate the precise weight of the aggregates being loaded, all while the bucket is being lifted and excess material is dumped before it reaches

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Step 6 Load cement

the discharge chutes the machine is capable of pouring 360 degrees around itself, making it extremely versatile and able to pour accurately in hard-toreach places.

Step 7 Mixing

Step 9 Print out

Normally producing low or high slump concrete can be difficult if the raw materials are too moist. With the new CBV range, the truck has a slump detection system, which allows the operator to achieve a desired slump for each mix design and a concrete mixed indicator, which enables the operator to determine the exact homogenous mix.

The Fiori CBV comes standard with a USB port, which enables all records of batched concrete to be electronically-retrieved. Fiori has developed a system whereby the operator is provided with a comprehensive overview of what is required for the production cycle. If the incorrect amount of aggregate is added, a warning light will come on and an alarm will sound to notify the operator. If the operator still loads the incorrect amount in the mixer, an error report will be printed for that batch.

Step 8 Pouring cement The drum has a 240 degree turning circle, and with

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40 YEARS OF INNOVATION

SALBERG CONCRETE PRODUCTS

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ave Salberg was born and brought up in the green and mighty hills of Zululand, and from his earliest days he had a passionate love for the beauty of the land and the history of South Africa .It is therefore small wonder that the factory Dave built in 1972, was in the veldt amongst the kopjies, on the historic Smuts farm. Dave qualified as a Civil Engineer with an enquiring mind, and a firm belief that all problems had solutions, and that many of them could be solved through the medium of Precast Concrete. The precast manhole was the first SALBERG innovation to the Civil Engineering Industry. New products required new specification, and the drafting of SABS 1294, was the beginning of a long association with the SABS, which continues to this day as SALBERG are proud to be a SABS/ISO9001 accredited Company.

TEL:

011—357 7600

FAX:

011—357 7619

E-mail: info@salberg.co.za www.salberg.co.za

From this small beginning the Company SALBERG steadily built a reputation for small concrete products, all of which were intended to solve an Engineers problem. Marker posts, stop cock boxes, channel sections and many other simple products flowed from the production line. The range grew and so did the size of product, and this required an expansion of the production capacity. Typical of this new generation is the range of plinths designed for electrical sub-stations, these vary in dimension from 3.5m*1.3m to 0.6m*0.4m and can have a mass of 3500kg.

Salberg Kerb Inlet

Electrical Mini-sub Plinth

The damage caused to our roads by the frequent summer storms was a topic that Dave Salberg wrestled with for many years, and from this was born the SALBERG patented kerb inlet. A significant section of Valve Boxes & Markers the SALBERG property was developed as a full size test area, with sections of road and kerb in various configurations.

The solutions to the problems caused by storm water, are varied and SALBERG can provide many of these, such as slotted drains, storm water pipes, kerb inlets of various types, and embankment chutes. The latest contribution by SALBERG is a one day seminar designed for people involved in the design of storm water systems, the seminar has been accredited by ECSA for one CED point. SALBERG originated with innovation and this spirit continues with products such as Fire Watch Towers, ATM Blast Containment Structures, Guard Towers and many other unique concrete products. The ethos of the Company has been “Bring us a problem and we will find the solution”.

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So it has been for forty years, so it is today, and so it will be into the future.


MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Handling Concrete Pipes Contractors installing storm water or other pipelines in suburbs know the benefits of using good quality concrete pipes. In order to make the most out of any pipeline project it is worthwhile taking note of the following guidelines put forward by the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) when handling concrete pipes.

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ave time, money and effort by following the following procedures when handling concrete pipes:

Offloading

Remember although concrete pipe can be offloaded with conventional lifting and excavation equipment

it is recommended that specialised equipment be used where possible. Do research when choosing transport companies because some transporters specialising in handling concrete pipe have equipped their vehicles with mechanical and/or hydraulic offloaders.

Small and medium pipes

In the past small diameter pipe was traditionally offloaded by hand, 35 to 45kg was generally accepted as the maximum mass that an individual can handle repeatedly. Today most pipes are offloaded mechanically. But if need be, small to intermediate diameter pipe (ie, up to 900 mm nominal diameter) can be offloaded by manually rolling the pipes off the truck by means of skids (remember, the pipe should always be controlled by rope). Loosely piled soil should be banked up along the offloading point near the toe of the skids to provide a cushion and prevent runaways. When offloading pipe by this method, the pipe is lowered all the way down to the skids and not allowed to roll free. One pipe is lowered at a time with the ropes located towards the end of the pipe and securely tied to the opposite end of the truck from which the pipe is being offloaded. Alternatively, one rope located at the centre of the pipe may be used.

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Large pipes

Larger diameter pipe can also be offloaded with skids but lowering must be controlled with ropes. Mechanised equipment is recommended for offloading larger diameter pipe. It usually simplifies and speeds up the offloading process. When mechanical equipment is used, the lifting device must not damage the pipe.

Offloading with skids and ropes

Where pipe is provided with a lifting hole, the most common lifting device consists of a sling with lifting eye and spreader bar. Alternatively a lifting lug with wedge, snotter plug or spreader plate can be used. Where lifting holes are not provided, it is normal to use a sling passing around the centre of gravity of the pipe. The sling should have a width of about 150 mm, and on no account should wire rope be used for the purpose.

Lifting equipment – (L to R) Lifting Lug with Wedge, Snotter Plug and Spreader Plate

Important

The offloading of pipes must be controlled to prevent collision with other pipes or hard objects. Caution is necessary to ensure that all persons are out of the path of the pipe as it is lowered down the skid. If it becomes necessary to move any pipe after offloading, the sections should be rolled or lifted, but never dragged or rolled over uneven ground. By taking note of these guidelines and recommendations contractors can save money on the prevention of breakages, as well as contributing to a safe working environment. Planning done before the work starts will save a lot of time and effort and lead to faster and more efficient handling of pipes and so contribute to a more profitable contract. Concrete Manufacturers Association, Hamish Laing, Tel: (011) 805-6742, www.cma.org.za

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NEW PRODUCTS

New Skidsteers

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ell-known earthmoving machines supplier, CSE Equipment, has launched its new Case SR and SV series skid steer loaders with features for even better performance on the building and construction site. “These Case SR and SV series skid steer loaders have been designed for strong driving force and reliable handling in all conditions,” says Alex Ackron, national manager of CSE Equipment division. “Turbocharged diesel engines provide the power and torque needed to cope in the toughest site environments and ensure cheap operating costs,” he adds. Models in the SR and SV series range from the SR130 unit, with a 590 kg operating capacity, to the SV300 machine, with a 1 360 kg operating capacity. Peak torque ranges from 130,5 Nm at 1 750 rpm, to 340 Nm at 1 400 rpm. The tipping load capacity extends from 1 179 kg to 2 720 kg and the breakout force of the bucket cylinder ranges between 18,5 kN and 38,2 kN.

Right for you

Contractors can choose from standard mechanical

drives, or optional electro-hydraulic (EH) switchable controls. These machines also offer increased travelling speeds and improved stability, regardless of working conditions. “Another advantage for contractors is that this series has a large fuel tank ranging which means the machine can operate all day without the need to stop operations for re-fuelling. Easy reachable maintenance points make checks easy and a standard quick coupler enables the operator to switch attachments without having to leave the cab. Optional attachments for these skid steer loaders include buckets, pallet forks, breakers, augers, sweepers, backhoes, stump grinders, cement mixers, cold planers, trenchers, rollers, slot cutters. Case construction equipment, available exclusively from CSE Equipment in Southern Africa, includes loaders, backhoe loaders, excavators, telescopic handlers, mini-excavators and skid steers loaders. CSE Equipment, Alex Ackron, Tel: (011) 922 2000 Email: alexa@cse.co.za, Web: www.cse.co.za

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TRAINING

Contractor Development Programmes Are you a contractor interested in developing your skills, growing your business and accessing new markets? Or are you new to construction but think you might want to start a construction company? Over the years we have had a number of businesswomen and aspiring businesswomen benefiting and developing their business skills through our Contractor Development Programmes.

Khuthaza offers a number of initiatives within our Contractor Development Programmes:

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huthaza offers affordable training and programmes

Khuthaza is a Non Profit Company promoting the development of women’s careers and businesses within the construction industry.

• 8-month certificate programmes (3 levels) • Workshops and short courses • Construction information • Encouragement and support • Construction and business resources • Business strategy • Exposure to the industry • Information on opportunities • Networking

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Personal, Professional, Technical and Business Skills Development

Our Contractor Development programmes aim to assist contractors in improving their success in accessing, managing and completing construction projects on time and within budget! We are currently establishing a Construction Career and Enterprise Development Centre at Tiber in Village Deep (Joburg). Through this Centre we aim to provide a range of services and support. While our programmes are targeted primarily for women, men are also welcome.

A few comments from our 2011 participants:

• Khuthaza was a life changing experience that had an impact on both my personal life and professional career • I have learned a lot about compliance, industry regulations, health and safety, risk management, financial aspects and project management • I am more confident and I have for the first time executed a project from start to finish on my own • I would like to be part of Khuthaza as long as I live! Khuthaza, Tel: (011) 275 0268, Email: info@ khuthaza.org.za, Web: www.khuthaza.org.za

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WATERPROOFING AND DRAINAGE

How to Seal in Bathrooms Whenever working in bathrooms you need to make sure you keep water out of joints and wooden cupboards, as well as waterproofing showers, baths and basins.

Follow these easy steps to do the job right:

Clean and prepare the area by making sure that any dust, cement and dirt are cleaned away. Also, make sure that any old silicon from the work area is removed as well.

Once you have cleaned the area you can load the silicon gun. With a knife, cut the tip at 45 degrees, keeping the hole fairly small. This will give you better control over the amount of silicon released. The opening should not be so big that a bead cannot be formed, and it should not be so small that the tube is highly pressurized.

Remember: dust, dirt, grease and oil will prevent the sealant from sticking and it will peel away in time.

Pop the silicon seal. Most tubes have a thin barrier inside the tube to prevent it from curing. Many silicon guns have a tool to do this built into them. However, if yours does not, then a long nail or something similar will work. Load the tube of silicon into the gun.

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Test the sealing. Silicon sealing can be tricky. Hold the gun over a rubbish bin and press trigger to move silicon forward, filling the tip. It should flow out, not squirt or drip. Release the trigger lock to relieve the light pressure inside the tube. You may want to first practice to make sure it is flowing right if you have not used the gun before messing up your work area. Use the corner of a cardboard box. This will give you a feel for the gun and the rate of the silicon flow.

Begin to gently apply seal around the area. For best results, hold the gun at a 45 degree angle. You want to apply it in an even and steady manner. Be careful not to put too much down as it can be tricky to remove the excess. When you come to the end of the area you plan to seal, then release the handle and give it a quick pull to stop it forming strings.

Complete the seal with tooling. Tooling is the process of using your finger to create a clean bond between the sink and the silicon sealer. Gently pull your finger around the silicon to complete the seal. You may wish to use latex gloves. Now wipe away excess silicon from your finger, and allow to dry. When smoothing the silicon, start in a corner and go 1/2 to 3/4 across. Then start in the opposite corner and meet in the middle. When meeting the already smoothed section, lightly lift your smoothing device so there isn’t a hump.

The tip should be slightly above the surface, nearly touching. As you begin to press the trigger, watch the flow of silicon. With one steady motion, move the gun straight along joint, creating a uniform and even bead. Before flow stops, quickly release the trigger and begin to press again as you keep it going over the length of the joint. Do not stop until you reach the corner. Skills on Site

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• Allow the silicon to dry • Use masking tape along joints to keep the silicon from smearing everywhere (much like taping trim when painting). • Wet your finger to tool the joints and remove excess. • Remove the tape as soon as you can, but make sure that you’ve removed as much excess caulk as you can • Wash your hands quickly after completing tooling. • Use silicon approved for bathroom or kitchen surfaces. There are choices in colour and price. Remember silicon for kitchen and bath has a mildew preventer built into it. • If you’re sealing a bath, fill it three quarters of the way full of water to allow it to sag while the silicon dries for 24 hours. Otherwise it will sag when you get in and pull on the joint, causing possible long-term cracking and breaching. • If you do not use the entire tube, you may plug the tip with an object such as a match and cover with plastic or tape.

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NEW PRODUCTS

New rental options marketing manager, Willy Buist. (Barloworld Equipment is Caterpillar’s southern African dealer.)

Big range

Cat equipment has lots of options from skid steers to asphalt and general compaction, hydraulic excavators, articulated trucks, plus dozers ranging from the D6R to the D10T.

Contractors working on special projects who are in need of equipment for specific contracts or limited periods can get a new range of excavators and even off-highway trucks at Barloworld Equipment Cat Rental Store fleet. Cat Rental Store carries around 250 product items that means contractors can use Cat’s fit-for-purpose, modern machine fleet that is perfect to serve today’s construction, mining and plant hire segments. “The store focuses purely on Caterpillar earthmoving equipment and provides contractors with the option of using machines that are right for the job,” explains Barloworld Equipment Cat Rental Store sales and

New water pipes

Water pipeline contractors and ultimately the final client in South Africa are set to benefit from a revolutionary new range of PAM Hydroclass ductile iron products introduced to the local market by well-known pipe provider, Incledon.

Also in the fleet for civil contractors and quarrying applications is the new generation 75 tonne Cat 374D L excavator. Willy points out, “these and other ongoing investments are examples of how the Cat Rental Store provides solutions for customers, typically for medium to longer term contracts.” Rental agreements start from round three months and can extend anywhere up to two years. “Historically, regions like North America and Europe have always tended to favour machine rental options, and we are now increasingly seeing this happening in South Africa,” Willy explains. All Cat Rental Store models are low hour machines and once they reach a predetermined limit are sold back to the market as Cat Certified Used (CCU) units. CCU models carry a 12 month warranty and, as with new equipment, can be purchased via Cat Financial. Cat Rental Store, Tel: 0861 228 736, Web: www.catrental.co.za

Kelly highlights the fact that in addition to being competitively-priced, Hydroclass ductile iron pipes are also easy to install, as they are simply slotted into one another. Incledon, Kelly Wilson, Tel: (011) 323 0800, Email:kellyw@incledon. co.za, Web:www.incledon.co.za

Incledon has been the exclusive local distributor to the PAM range of ductile iron pipes, fittings and accessories for the past two years and has recently introduced the new range of Hydroclass ductile iron pipes and fitting systems that meet local and international quality standards. Kelly Wilson, Incledon national product manager for civils points out, “The Hydroclass range is designed for the delivery of drinking water and was launched in Europe in 2010, specifically with new international standards in mind. This means that Hydroclass ductile iron pipes are manufactured with increased accuracy, and in accordance to specific classes and wall thicknesses. Skills on Site

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NEW PRODUCTS

Steel shortages over

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ood news for contractors around the country is the opening of BSI Steel’s new cash and carry Express stores in key areas around the country that will provide the surrounding areas with a welcome relief to the current steel shortage and price hikes. The combination of severe steel shortages in South Africa as a result of the temporary shutdown of ArcelorMittal’s Newcastle blast furnace, as well as an unexpected increase in the demand for steel in general, has resulted in the whole industry struggling to maintain acceptable steel stocking levels. Since opening its first store at Kya Sands in northern Gauteng, the BSi Steel Express store has already provided a welcome relief to many of these steel end-users in the Kya Sands and surrounding areas. More stores are to follow where needed in other parts of the country.

Meeting demands

“With the backing of BSi Steel’s main processing and distribution centre, the Express stores have access to the stock and resources that is necessary to keep up with our customers’ demands. In cases where we do not have stock due to the current

shortages, we have the ability to source an alternative product range to suit our customers’ requirements,” explains BSi Steel Express Kya Sands branch manager, Pieter Gaum. The BSi Steel Express store offers a wide range of steel products which can be cut down to size and delivered to the customer within 24-hours. The store’s product line varies from long and flat steel products to steel tubing and roofing products – ideal for building contractors. In line with BSi Steel’s core values, Pieter says the Express store has a strong focus on customer service and quality products. Good news for contractors is that according to BSi Steel Chief Executive for SA Merchants, Ross Teichmann, the company plans to open a series of Express stores nationwide over the next three years. BSi Steel, Pieter Gaum, Tel: (011) 704 3700, Email: Pieter.gaum@bsisteel. com, Web: www.bsisteel.com

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SUCCESS STORY

Sharing the Feeling Shumanie Construction, is an emerging construction company that places social responsibility and skills transfer high on its list of priorities.

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ed by CEO Irene Gumbo, the Kempton Parkbased company has gained considerable experience in general building, project management, infrastructure and facility maintenance management. What’s more, the company has already won several awards, including both the national and Gauteng 2006 “Govan Mbeki Emerging Contractor of the Year” awards; the Gauteng 2006 “Govan Mbeki Previously Disadvantaged Contractor of the Year” award; and the Gauteng 2009 “Govan Mbeki Non-Subsidy Builder of the Year” accolade. “The word ‘Shumanie’ means ‘let’s work hard’ and this is the secret of our success, together with going the extra mile for clients. We specialise in providing total

integrated property solutions for residential and commercial Irene Gumbo premises based on the core principles of professionalism, integrity, knowledge of the industry, complete transparency, and quality workmanship and service at an affordable cost,” Irene explains.

Going the extra mile

“Home-owners and potential home-owners have been going through a tough time with the downturn in construction,” Irene says. In providing top quality buildings, Shumanie complements the government’s efforts to provide housing to all South Africans. “We also offer a three-month, after sales service to clients free-of-charge to ensure satisfaction and to grow our business through word of mouth and referrals,” she adds. “Shumanie provides free support to clients to fast-

A house built by Irene and her team from Shumanie Construction at Serengeti Golf Estate

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track projects by submitting plans and following-up on their behalf; assisting them to engage a good engineer and architect; and enrolling the property with the NHBRC.”

Project spotlight

The company has been involved in the revamping of South African Post Offices and residential properties, as well as developing and construction of luxury estate properties including several projects for the respected SBE Architects of Johannesburg.

Success Shumanie staff are well trained to do the jobs required of them Success Even after the customer has taken delivery of their house Shumanie Construction stays in touch and guarantees their houses for three months after hand-over

“We place great importance on social responsibility and on all projects we aim to create jobs as well as transfer skills to communities in which we operate,” Irene explains passionately. “We try to do our bit when it comes to upliftment. When employing casual workers, as well as when we buy building materials we always support the local communities where the project is taking place. In addition, we are in a process of making plans to recruit matriculants and new graduates, as well as launching learnerships and internship programmes.”

Master builder

Ike Motsusi, marketing manager of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA), says the association respects Shumanie’s efforts to transfer skills to local communities and to use experience gained as a previously disadvantaged company to help other emerging businesses successfully enter the industry. “These are among the core values embraced by GMBA and we are delighted to welcome Shumanie as a new member,” Ike added. Shumanie Construction, Irene Gumbo, Tel: (011) 394-7324 Email: Irene@shumanie.co.za

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LEADING INFO

These statistics are provided exclusively for Skills on Site readers by Databuild, the leading provider of construction related information in South Africa. Databuild has been providing information for thirty five years and tracks projects from planning through to awarded stages. Each month Databuild will provide statistics reflecting trends in the industry. For more information about Databuild please contact us on (011) 259-4500 or visit us at www.databuild.co.za

Value of awarded projects by province in R millions Dec 2011

Value of awarded projects by province - Dec 2011

Province

Value Rm

Eastern Cape

293

Free State

148

Gauteng

436

Kwazulu Natal

1181

7%

Limpopo

188

6%

Mpumalanga

221

North West Province

189

Northern Cape

65

Western Cape

268

Grand Total

2988

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape

2%

9%

5%

10%

Free State Gauteng

6%

Kwazulu Natal

15%

Limpopo Mpumalanga North West Province Northern Cape

40%

Western Cape

Grade 2

Value Rm

Grade 3

Value Rm

Grade 4

Value Rm

Grade 5

Value Rm

Grade 6

Value Rm

Grade Not Value Rm Applicable

CIDB Grade 1 - 9 Total Count

CIDB Grade 1 -9 Total Value Rm

2

0.5

2

1.6

1

3.1

5

23.9

6

50.6

2

3.5

24

293.2

Free State

2

4.4

1

2.6

1

5.7

4

38.2

1

27.0

11

147.9

Gauteng

3

4.2

1

3.0

8

357.6

15

435.8

19

169.8

24

61.5

14

74.5

14

122.4

91

1180.7

Limpopo

2

4.1

1

5.9

1

4.5

3

27.5

1

146.0

9

187.9

Mpumalanga

3

3.2

8

15.3

1

5.8

1

10.5

1

10.0

16

220.8

2

5.0

1

3.2

2

17.3

1

5.0

13

189.3

Kwazulu Natal

North West Province

3

1.2

2

1.9

4

9.9

3

12.7

3

15.0

1

13.0

8

64.7

Western Cape

14

6.2

25

29.1

5

15.0

5

17.0

5

51.7

3

101.0

59

268.0

Grand Total

21

9.2

60.0

226.2

46

124.2

31

149.6

36

331.2

17

650.1

246

2988.2

Northern Cape

*Not applicable refers to private project and projects where the CIDB grading had not been disclosed at the time of going to print

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BIG

FINANCE

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Global investor, International Housing Solutions (IHS) has put up R1 billion in the South African affordable housing market since 2008 to provide funding to 25 projects and about 25 000 units across all the major urban centres in South Africa.

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oula Proxenos, managing partner at International Housing Solutions (IHS), says the company has commissioned a study into the social impact of the affordable housing sector, as it believes the sector is doing very well in terms of financial as well as social return on investment.

and beneficiaries, as well the many jobs created through construction and other services.

“I believe that there is no industry that creates as many job opportunities as construction, and so there is a double impact with our investment - job creation as well as the creation of homes for families,” she says.

Soula says foreign investors are keen to invest in Africa’s emerging markets and this sector offers them a niche opportunity to invest in the big lower and middle class of South Africa, which bodes well for the growth of the affordable housing market. This sector is populated by South Africans who earn too much to qualify for a state subsidised home, but not enough to

Space for growth

“There is lot of space for investment in this sector. This remains true despite the clear value it offers investors

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“We have recently been encouraged by the recognition government has that gains can be made in this sector, and that the private sector can become a valuable partner.”


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“We have been privileged to be able to make this contribution to the South African landscape and look forward to working with IHS in future. Affordable housing is an important sector for the DBSA, as it offers us strong risk adjusted returns and has a positive impact on the quality of living for so many South Africans.”

Donna Oosthuyse of Citibank says: “Citi is pleased to have been an early investor in the South African Workforce Housing Fund and we are delighted that over 70% of all the housing units financed by the fund are oriented to provide affordable housing for lower income families where there has been a shortage of supply.”

New fund

IHS plans on launching a second fund in future. “We have a huge pipeline of projects, ranging from new buildings, land to stand, and top structure developments, as well as solid relationships with the developer partners we have built since launching the first fund. We hope to be in this business for as long as there remains a backlog of affordable homes in the country, and for as long as demand continues to outstrip supply,” Soula concludes.

Soula Proxenos

afford a home in the traditional market.

IHS, Soula Proxenos, Tel: (011) 215-8300, Email: infoSA@ intlhousingsolutions.com, www.ihsinvestments.co.za

She says a special mention has to be made of the support of the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), Citibank and the PIC on behalf of the Government Employees Pension Fund, who, through their initial investment and support, ensured that the project to improve the living conditions of thousands of South Africans got successfully under way.

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G l o r i a Mamba of the DBSA says the bank was very satisfied with its decision to throw its weight behind IHS. Skills on Site

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LEGAL

My CV and the Correct Job for Me In the interest of keeping our readers up-to-date and informed of the latest employment law related issues, Nico Pienaar, director for Aggregate and Sand Producers Association (Aspasa) and Southern African Readymix Association (Sarma) writes a short monthly column for “Skills On Site” that deals with practical labour issues at the workplace.

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ast month’s article discussed issues that were relevant before the start of the employment relationship and we still need to finalise this discussion. With the high unemployment figures in South Africa, one often finds that when a position is advertised, then a lot of people apply. When applying there are, however, a few things the candidate needs to bear in mind:

Are you trained and qualified to do the job advertised?

Do you have experience in the work being advertised? Remember, should you misrepresent yourself and if you are smart enough to get the job and you are later caught out, then the employer / company can allege that you lied and misrepresented yourself and the contract is easy to terminate in such circumstances. (Somebody recently told me that there was a position advertised for a “bookkeeper”. A person who applied was a librarian. When asked why he/she applied it was disclosed that they worked in a library, where books are kept. The moral of the story is to make sure you understand what the position will entail and if you will be able to do the work required. For those who want to prove qualifications make sure the qualifications are real. Also understand how they work. (A person applied for a position once and showed that they had first done their Master degree and then their Honours. This caught them out and even when the so-called certificates were checked it was noted they all were false and the person only had a matric). Remember you first get a certificate, a diploma, a degree, an Honours then a Masters and

Nico Pienaar

then a Doctorate and this is the way it works.

Interesting story

One of the famous boxers who many jokes have been told about, once, for real asked a friend of mine who had a law degree if he (the boxer) should first do his matric or rather start with his B.Proc. The friend could not laugh at this, because if the boxer got angry he would kill my friend. The friend then politely said that it is better to do a matric as this helps make it easier to do a law degree. Yes, we still have not started work. Well let’s next month have a look at the CV and going for the interviews. ASPASA, Tel: (011) 791-3327, Email: office@aspasa.co.za, www.aspasa.co.za, SARMA, Tel: (011) 791-3327, www.sarma.co.za

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In Touch

For the community

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he Lafarge Group has played a massive role in the development of the entire area surrounding its operation in Lichtenburg.

The Lafarge Lichtenburg Cement Works has been a major employer and contributor to the economy of the Lichtenburg communities for over sixty years. This is one of the biggest and the most technically advanced cement facilities in southern Africa and is the company’s flagship cement production site. “While we are a key player in the South African building materials industry, we never lose sight of our responsibility to respect our neighbouring communities and to contribute to their economic growth and general well-being,” comments Thierry Legrand, general manager of Lafarge Cement. Lafarge’s support for its employees and the communities associated with the Lichtenburg Cement Works is extensive.

Artisan training

Addressing the country’s skills shortage, with particular benefit for the Lichtenburg community, Lafarge Cement has developed a centre of training excellence at the Works. The Lafarge Africa Training Centre provides

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artisan training leading to nationally recognised qualifications and a stepping stone for an individual’s further advancement. Courses are run for employees of Lafarge companies, as well as young men and women from the local communities.

Health a primary concern

In the belief that an effective workforce has to be a healthy workforce, Lafarge employees have the benefit of a comprehensive healthcare programme that embraces regular medical examinations, nutritional support and convenient, free access to confidential counselling on any matters that may be of concern to an employee and their family, whether financial, emotional, legal, sexual or medical.

Today’s learners: tomorrow’s leaders

School learners are the future employees and leaders in the Lafarge businesses and the schools around Lichtenburg are high on the priority list for support from the Cement Works. Whether the projects are large or small, the aim is working in partnership with the school principals to achieve some sustainable benefit.

A helping hand

Lafarge’s Cement Works endeavours to provide assistance to schools that are engaged in sustainable


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is the vigorous self-help culture among the learners, who achieve a great deal with very little. The learners are taught crafts and tackle building projects without the help of contractors. Lafarge donated cement to the school: the learners made their own bricks and in no time at all they had built impressive new classrooms. Lafarge Cement, Charlene Lamb, Tel: (011) 657 0000, Email: Charlene.Lamb@lafarge-za.lafarge.com

development work on their facilities: Motswaiso School in Meetmekaar was recently given a donation of cement as a contribution to one of its building projects. Similarly, donations of cement and the loan of earthmoving equipment helped the Lichtenburg Primary School lay the foundations for their new toilet building. A close relationship with the Lichtenburg HoÍrskool reflects in frequent support for school projects with donations of cement and expertise. The Lafarge Workshop at Lichtenburg also manufactured a roller to improve the condition of the school’s cricket and hockey fields.

An example to us all

Coligny Special Needs School provides an environment to develop mentally disabled youngsters into self-sustaining adults. While the basic needs of the school are provided by government, funding for better facilities is a continual challenge. What sets the school apart and fills visitors with admiration Skills on Site

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In Touch Homes for needy families

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uilding a house is back-breaking word, but doing it yourself fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment – even more so when you’re building for someone who has great need of it.

That was the outcome of a week’s work by employees of the Mercedes-Benz group of companies, who got together recently to build two houses in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg. The Mercedes-Benz group of companies (MercedesBenz South Africa, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services South Africa and Daimler Fleet Management) has a well-known track record for its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, of which a relatively new part is volunteering by employees. In partnership with Habitat For Humanity South Africa (HFHSA), they went to work and made the building project a big success. The employees built the houses together from the ground up, tossing bricks,

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making mortar, building scaffolding, installing windows, doors and roofs, and plastering and painting the houses in five days. It’s the third year that the Mercedes-Benz group of companies has become involved in the project, providing R810 000 to the community through nine houses built over this period as part of the communityrun programme. The two most recent houses built were handed over to Anna Mashiane and Florence Mkhize, and their families. They were selected according to strict HFHSA criteria, based on financial need and willingness to partner with their community group and HFHSA. They also contributed ‘sweat equity’ on other houses within the community before qualifying for their own house. Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Sue-Ann Cooper Tel: (012) 677 1914, Email: sue-ann.cooper@daimler.com Web: www.mercedes-benzsa.co.za


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