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4 Know-how and Skills 6 Joint Initiative
24 Sink Hole Tragedy - Fatality
7 Special Needs
25 Two Entries
8 Opportunities Available
9 The African Housing Microfinance Initiative (AHMFI)
SUCCESS STORY 10 The Road to Paradise
20 Inner City Revival
26 Oprah’s Limpopo School Wins Award
RETAIL 27 Major New Shopping Centre 28 LEADING INFO
LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES 15 Paraffin Geyser
LEGAL EAGLE 29 Leaving Employment
30 PRODUCTS & SERVICES
HOW TO 36 How to Fix Potholes
19 Lives at Risk
38 IN TOUCH
16 Mine Housing in the Northern Cape
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Know-how and Skills The traditional image of ‘the guy’ heading up the construction business still prevails as women work hard at cracking this industry. Developing the know-how and the skills is NGO Khuthaza which recently celebrated 10 years of accomplishment in equipping black women to enter the construction industry
huthaza provides a platform from which wouldbe participants can develop themselves and their businesses.
Says, Elizabeth O Leary, executive director of Khuthaza, “It’s been incredible to see the changes taking place related to women’s careers and businesses in the construction industry. I must acknowledge that it’s frustrating right now to be pulling back because of funding and industry constraints at a time when we should still be growing. This is a tough time for the non-profit sector and, as we all know, for the construction industry. “For the past two years we have been in survival mode but we’ve nevertheless had some outstanding candidates attend our contractor development programmes.”
The contractor development programmes combine Personal Development, Business Skills, Technical Skills and Industry Exposure. Lecturers and speakers share skills, services, educational resources and opportunities with 60 women (and men) each year who are developing constructionrelated businesses and careers. Industry leaders, some who have walked very similar paths, share their ups and downs and take participants through the realities of working in this sector. Tiber Construction has renovated one floor of their offices in Johannesburg’s CBD with Khuthaza training rooms, professional projection equipment, office space including hot desking for contractors and service providers, and an internet café/computer training room.
PPC, Master Builders South Africa, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and
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various other stakeholders contribute through financial grants, in-kind support, and by sharing both skills and time. Several ‘Khutazians’ have been accepted into the Goldman-Sachs 10 000 Women programme at GIBS, and Growthpoint’s Enterprise Development Programme, Property Point, while four Enterprise Development relationships are being facilitated on behalf of Bentel and HC Projects.
Other stakeholders include: Aurecon Basil Read Roadcrete C&CI (Concrete and Cement Institute) HR Practice Tjeka WBHO HC Projects Hilti Certus Engineering Fintrex Robbert Skinner Construction Maziconsult Skills On Site” magazine.
A healthy construction industry requires transformation in terms of race and gender. Elizabeth says that working together is the key to ensuring we enable people in our industry to live up to their potential, to keep momentum in transformation and ensure we have the businesses and professionals available to deliver the building and infrastructure work we’ll need into the future. Khuthaza, Elizabeth O Leary, Tel (011) 275-0268, Email: email@example.com, www.khuthaza.org.za
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The Minister of Public Works, Thembelani Thulas Nxesi launched the National Contractor Development Programme (NCDP) in Durban in December 2012. The NCDP sets the national framework for sustainable development of contractors, particularly targeting the emerging black, women and youthowned companies
Minister Thembelani Thulas Nxesi
he National Contractor Development Programme aims to strive for increased transformation in targeted categories and grades, as well as to improve the cidb grading status of these contractors. Minister Nxesi committed the Department of Public Works through the Provincial and National structures to sustainable Contractor Development and adopting the NCDP as their policy for contractor development.
The strategic objective is to ensure that contractor development objectives are included in governmentâ€™s infrastructure procurement and rollout plans, and that the legacy of capital and maintenance infrastructure budget spend, must see emerging contractors receive work opportunities while simultaneously developing their technical and business skills. Speaking at the launch, Minister Nxesi said that emerging contractors must also improve performance in terms of quality, employment practices and skills development. The Minister said that sustainable enterprises not only perform better, they are competitive and are better employers who contribute to skills development and deliver value to clients. CIDB, German Mphahlele, Tel: (012) 482-7241, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing in partnership with Standard Bank handed over 10 newly-built houses to people with special needs in Etwatwa, Daveyton. The bank donated 10 houses to beneficiaries who include a blind person, child headed household, pensioner and beneficiaries with other disabilities.
ocal Government and Housing Portfolio Committee Chairperson Errol Magerman, speaking on behalf of MEC Ntombi Mekgwe, said he was Errol Magerman in tears when he studied the profiles of the beneficiaries who were receiving their houses. “I couldn’t stop to think how much more work we need to do to bring hope to our people. The only thing that wiped my tears off and put a smile back on my face was the assurance that their frustration is now over. I was overjoyed that finally, our deserving and needy people will have a proper roof over their heads,” Errol says such public private partnerships between the bank and the department has changed the lives of these vulnerable people of the province. “All that these citizens ever wanted was hope, and today we have brought that hope to these people of Etwatwa.”
Should continue to roll up their sleeves to improve the living conditions of such challenged groups of people in different communities He says the department and the private sector should continue to roll up their sleeves to improve the living conditions of such challenged groups of people in different communities. One of the beneficiaries is a child-headed household led by teenager Anna Kunene, who lives with her siblings. They lost their father and mother in 2005 and 2009 respectively. “The house is an important gift for me and my siblings. We did not feel safe at night in the shack because of a sheeben nearby but now we will sleep peacefully in the house. Another thing that made life miserable for us was the rodents,” says Anna. Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing, Motsamai Motlhaolwa, Email: Motsamai.email@example.com
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With a view to improving the skills base and providing jobs for young people in the building industry, the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) has announced that it will be providing school leavers with the opportunity to enter the industry, obtain a trade certificate and gain employment.
MBAWC executive director, Rob Johnson, explains, “This is a wonderful opportunity for matriculants, seeking careers in the building industry, to gain immediate employment in 2013 and ‘earn as they learn’. These young people will be employed by the MBA in trade categories that best suit their potential, based on assessments prior to their employment.”
“Providing young people with both practical experience and training is essential in helping to pave the way for their individual career paths for construction management or owning their own businesses.”
employers in both the public and private sectors become involved in providing training spaces to young trainees – either as apprentices, learners or interns. Workplace experience is not only important as a means of learning and honing practical skills; it is also essential in order to prepare young people for life in the workplace. Research has shown that those with some workplace experience find it easier to find and to keep jobs.”
Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, recently stated, “It is essential that
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Research has shown that those with some workplace experience find it easier to find and to keep jobs
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The African Housing Microfinance Initiative (AHMFI) Last year, a group of colleagues working in housing finance came together to consider how the housing microfinance sector might be promoted in Africa. The meeting followed a series of consultation sessions held in nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
ut of this meeting, was formed AHMFI, the African Housing Microfinance Initiative (AHMFI). AHMFI is a collaboration between FinMark Trustâ€™s Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF), Rooftops Canada, Habitat for Humanity International, the Swedish Cooperative Centre, Homeless International, and Development Workshop in Angola.
To coordinate and harmonise member activities and to prevent unnecessary duplication; and
Their goal is to grow and support the housing microfinance sector in Africa, so that it contributes towards better access to effective and affordable housing finance. Key objectives for AHMFI include the following:
At this stage AHMFI is an idea, a concept, a way of working together. They have no legal status, no funding structure â€“ just a mutual commitment to work together to promote HMF in Africa. The AHMFI welcomes input on its structure and approach.
To collate and share information, and to commission research, to develop a body of knowledge for housing micro finance (HMF) practice in Africa;
Habitat for Humanity International has launched a housing microfinance technical advisory service toolkit to strengthen institutions involved or interested in housing microfinance services through:
To strengthen the capacity of HMF practitioners in Africa through technical assistance and training, improving technical performance of HMFIs;
developing housing microfinance products and services on product development,
To provide a networking function for the HMF sector in Africa, creating a directory of services
available, enabling linkages between HMF practitioners and promoting peer learning;
To be grounded in practice and to continually refine and update from field experience.
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The Road to Paradise In an ideal world, our rates and taxes would cover the cost of any repairs to our urban environment. But in most instances this is not the case, and roads get potholed, sidewalks crack and crime runs rampant.
or some, this is cause for complaint – and perhaps they have every right. Others, however, take a more proactive approach. “Skills on Site” recently met with Shirvaar Singh, CEO of Urban Genesis. A pioneer in the field of urban management and renewal, the company focuses on the establishment and management of City Improvement Districts (CIDs).
With proper planning we can save 30% of the cost of maintaining a CID Supplementary services
Urban Genesis currently operates twenty-oneCIDs in Gauteng. These are defined geographical areas in which a percentage of property owners determine and agree to fund services above and beyond those provided by the local authorities. “Our responsibility is to render a value-for-money service.
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Shrivaar Singh, Urban Genesis
These start with basic functions such as cleaning and security and extend to aesthetics like paving and landscaping,” begins Shrivaar, explaining that Urban Genesis is the managing agent for the CIDs based on an outsourced model. “The model has been in existence in South Africa for over ten years, and although it has served its purpose we’re now introducing alternative ways of doing things.”
‘voice’ of the people, while still having a constructive relationship with Council, which is why this works,” Shrivaar adds.
He tells us that the new emphasis will be on providing creative solutions to urban management; doing more with less. “With proper planning we can save 30% of the cost of maintaining a CID,” he tells us, going on to say that this relies on cohesion between the ‘old guard’ with their experience of the processes, and the ‘young guns’, who include specialists in finance, quantity surveying, town and sector planning, destination development, green strategy and urban governance.
While some services are simple – cleaning streets, or replacing a drain cover – others address much deeper issues. “In South Africa, combating crime is a priority, and we aim to do this effectively yet unobtrusively. In many of our districts we’ve introduced ‘public ambassadors’ on the streets. These people cut grass, help the public and assist the police in deterring crime; they’re far more pleasant to have around than security guards, although there’s a place for these too,” he acknowledges.
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“The experienced guys know the ropes while the new faces are excellent at kicking butt and making us change mindsets,” he chuckles. “We have to make sure we earn our keep.” In this way, Urban Genesis becomes a dedicated service provider with a vested interest in ensuring that things run smoothly. Right off the bat, it seems this is a mutually beneficial situation – having a managing agent also means that the private sector now has a champion to approach council on their behalf. “We provide the
We’re looking at 500 000 people going into the city every day Urban evolution
Which raises a point: In many instances, the model must be adapted to suit the district, and these have evolved over time. “Our cities have changed dramatically,” continues Shrivaar. “In the beginning, people were giving inner city buildings away. Now the mass exodus has stopped and we’re looking at 500 000 people going into the city every day. But the target market has changed; we’ve had three generations of owners in the past decade, each with different attitudes. “Initially the corporates were the owners, now we’re Skills on Site
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The Ernest Oppenheimer Park in the Retail Improvement District in Johannesburg
working with developers who are converting buildings into living areas to accommodate the 14 000 families who inhabit the area. When people live in the city, their whole life is there, so it’s vital to incorporate parks and open spaces. “On the other hand, inner city challenges are entirely different from districts such as Menlyn Maine and Sandton, where we’ve developed green precincts.” In fact, Menlyn Maine has received much attention for being created from scratch as a ‘truly globally connected green city’. Here, the team gets a chance to explore innovative waste management and recycling techniques.
Back on the topic of deeper issues, Shrivaar emphasises that there is a growing understanding that most social ills must be addressed at the source. “We need a stronger approach to social challenges,” he says. “We’re currently involved with Council in looking at situations ranging from public transport to renovating ‘bad buildings’ into sleeping quarters. It’s all very well increasing security, but the real solution is to address the cause of crime in the first place. It has to be a long-term answer.” On this note, he explains the need for a new approach to social responsibility. “We’re all in this
together. The rates and taxes we pay are never enough to cover everything, even in a first world country. The model we work with was developed abroad, not specifically for South Africa. The world is facing an economic crisis. Most governments are buckling under huge debt; even during the boom we didn’t have sufficient resources. We can’t lump the responsibility on government and then complain when it doesn’t work.”
We can’t lump the responsibility on government and then complain when it doesn’t work Despite these words, Shrivaar remains firmly on the side of the property owners. “It is essential to have the interests of the property owners at heart. We can’t adopt an NGO approach – our service has to be financially viable. Ultimately this becomes evident as property values and tenants grow aware of an improvement in their quality of environment. Often people don’t realise we’re around, but simply start to notice that things seem ‘better’. That’s when we’re doing our job right,” he smiles. Shrivaar Singh, Urban Genesis, Tel: (011) 447-8841, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: Urban Genesis Management
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Paraffin Geyser There are more than 7 million families in South Africa who have no access to hot water
aving been directly involved in the construction of RDP houses, ICBS has developed a unique alternative water heater (geyser) which heats water from cold to +/- 70 degrees C in less than 60 seconds. This geyser, which is named the “Shesa Shisa” geyser, is exclusively aimed at low income communities.
It outperforms solar, is completely maintenance-free, will last for more than a lifetime, and has passed the SABS, safety tests.
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* The geyser heats water from cold to approximately 70°C in less than 60 seconds. It can be classified as an instant water heater. * It is completely maintenance free except for the 2 wicks which may need replacement once in 18 months at a cost of R20. * The product is manufactured from stainless steel and will last for more than a lifetime. * Because the Shesa Shisa geyser is so efficient, it is only switched on when hot water is needed, which makes it very economical to use. * A family is guaranteed to have hot water 24 hours a day whenever they need it for as long as they need it, regardless of weather conditions. * It has passed the safety tests of the SABS as well as the Paraffin Safety Association. * Compared to a 100 litre electrical geyser, the Shesa Shisa geyser reduces electricity consumption by 64%. * The Shesa Shisa geyser is easy to install and does not require highly skilled labour. People inside communities can be trained to do installations, creating much needed employment. Because installation is easy, the installation cost is very low and is recommended at R300/unit. If 1 000 units are installed monthly inside a community, it will generate R300 000 revenue per month for installers inside the communities. * The geyser can be supplied fully installed at R2 500/unit which is considerably cheaper than other water heaters in the market and will reduce Government’s budget requirements to supply hot water to the communities significantly. * Paraffin is the cleanest burning fuel in the industry with a 98% clean burning factor. Because the Shesa Shisa geyser is so efficient, an average family should maybe use it for 15 minutes per day only. They should not have to spend more than R100 per month to have hot water 24 hrs a day. Central Buying Supplies Quintus Jordaan Tel: 082 334-6927 Email: email@example.com
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Mine Housing in the Northern Cape Gary Westwood, sales manager for the Free State and Northern Cape region of Corobrik, says "Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore operation, which is located in Sishen near the town of Kathu, is currently building 60 mine management houses with our face bricks. A contract for the construction of a further 479 50m2 houses has been awarded to Steffanuti Stocks and is scheduled to begin before year end,” he adds.
n addition, production at the new Kolomela mine in Posmasburg saw Corobrik delivering some two million bricks for the building of 400 staff houses. This project has been divided into three projects, namely Postdene, Airfield and Boichoko,” Gary elaborates.
Quoting the revised Mining Charter of 2010, Gary Westwood points out that during the apartheid era, the mining sector was known for the appalling living conditions under which its workers lived, which led to a myriad of social ills including the destruction of the social fabric of communities, substance abuse, as well as the contraction and spread of diseases.
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“At a social level nobody wants the stigma attached to living in a prefabricated box and there is no good reason that they should. Clay brick construction is proven economical as built and its record of performance, its robustness, and its durability assures a low lifecycle cost.” In light of the fact that the region bordered the Kalahari desert
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Gary Westwood, Corobrik
“Review in 2009, prior to the amendment of the charter, indicated that many mines were making solid efforts to upgrade housing with many moving away from controversial hostel systems to create quality family homes. To build on this, new policy guidelines have since been put in place to ensure that accommodation is not only consistent with international best practices but also to help facilitate home ownership for all mine employees by 2014. It is a stipulation that home ownership must be both affordable and sustainable,” he explains.
and had some of the most acute temperature fluctuations in the country, the energy efficiency that resulted from the use of clay brick was particularly important. “The value of thermal mass the clay brick walls provide, slows the heat flow to the inside by 6 to 8
hours over the hottest parts of the day, moderating internal conditions and providing comfort for longer.
Gary adds that one of the most critical housing projects in the Northern Cape – and one of the greatest challenges faced by the mining industry as a whole – is the resettlement of residents to facilitate the expansion of a mine.
Gary understands that Assmang staff homes would be built by the mine with the intention to sell them onto the workers at subsidised rates. Corobrik, Gary Westwood, Tel: (051) 432-4791, www.corobrik.co.za
Approximately 200 have already been completed and there are plans to extend the total number of houses to approximately 1 000 “Plans are currently being finalised to relocate the entire town of Dingleton situated 12 kilometres south west of Kathu to allow further expansion at the Sishen mine. This will require the building of more than 500 houses as well as schools, police stations and commercial properties.” “The recent fall in manganese prices has forced Assmang to delay their capital projects in Black Rock and Hotazel. However, we believe these – which include 200 mine houses, a gym, a new guest house and accommodation for 40 students – is expected to go ahead towards the middle of 2013. In Posmasburg, they are currently busy with the construction of some 700 new houses. In Kuruman, 800 houses will be built. The first phase, which comprises 89 units, began earlier this year.”
“In Kathu, there are plans to build 700 houses. Group 5 is already busy with the construction of 300 houses using our products. VHB Developments is also busy with 60 houses. Approximately 200 have already been completed and there are plans to extend the total number of houses to approximately 1 000!” Skills on Site
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Lives At Risk Bob Vollmer, director of Bitcon Industries, warns that the selection of the correct fire door for specific applications receives too little attention. “There appears to be a surprising lack of awareness and understanding of fire doors and how they operate.
reported in South Africa lately where a lack of understanding, often influenced by cost-cutting, have led to fire door failures which have proved costly and could have had fatal consequences. “You can’t base your selection of fire doors on costs – not when human lives are at stake. Think of immobile bed-ridden patients in a hospital, for example: their lives can depend on the efficiency of the fire doors installed.” Bitcon Industries, Bob Vollmer, Tel: (011) 826-6057, www.bitcon.co.za
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his is not only the case in South Africa but was also the findings of several studies overseas,” he states.
Simply because a fire door looks heavy and sturdy does not mean that it will provide sufficient protection should a fire break out. “That is when a fire door must play its life-saving role as a high-technology, engineered safety device
fitted with components that will all combine for the required and specified time to prevent the spread of fire. the frames of fire door frames, for example, are vital components, acting as barriers to flames even the quality of hinges is important in the make-up of a reliable fire door.” Bob says there have been increasing incidents Skills on Site
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Inner City Revival
“Skills on Site” speaks to Rory Gallocher, CEO of the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) about some their inner city successes.
he Joshco headquarters in New Doornfontein in Johannesburg is a hive of activity. Despite their colossal undertaking, Rory and his team are determined to see the inner city become a vibrant, economically flourishing part of Johannesburg. “It remains a place of commerce and opportunity to which people flock,” explains Rory, “resulting in us not getting ahead of housing demand. We have watched the pressure on the inner city grow over the years with the volume of people needing accommodation increasing drastically.”
Rory has been involved in the upgrade of the inner city since 1996. Joshco, tasked with the development and management of rental properties in and around Johannesburg. “Johannesburg’s inner city has many unique challenges. While we have turned the corner, there is still much work that has to take place before its transformation is complete.”
The outside façade of AA House just before contractors moved in for the big revamp
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Substantial resources have been poured into the area in an effort to address so-called bad buildings – buildings either hijacked by illegal landlords or abandoned by the owners themselves
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resulting in self-proclaimed landlords setting up shop and renting out the space to people in desperate need of accommodation. “It is because we will probably always see an over demand to the supply that people have no choice but to live in some of the conditions that we see in the inner city,” says Rory. “The volume of people needing accommodation has increased tenfold since 1996 and don’t expect to be in a position where we will surpass demand for a very long time.”
It was a striking example of a building gone bad
The AA House building in Joburg’s inner city was in a terrible state when purchased by Joshco several years ago
Flock to the City
The reality is Johannesburg remains the proverbial land of milk and honey to many people living in rural South Africa and Africa. “People don’t necessarily come to enter the labour market, but to gain experience or get skills, while some are traders looking for opportunity. The bottom line is that they have to be housed and most of them are in the inner city,” says Rory.
One building at a time
There is no quick and easy solution. Rory maintains success lies in tackling the inner city one building at a time. The newly-renovated AA House, a former commercial building standing derelict with people living in the most awful conditions, stands proud as to what can be achieved. “It was a striking example of a building gone bad,” says Rory. “When we first inspected it for potential inclusion in our inner city regeneration programme in 2008, it was in a very bad condition with poor infrastructure due to lack of maintenance and the non-payment of municipal fees to the city. It was a fire, health and security hazard.”
The bathrooms in AA House were not in a working condition prior to the renovation
Situated on Wanderers Street
The revamped bathroom and utility room
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was not easy as people had to be moved whether they wanted to or not. “There are many buildings like this in the inner city and we are going to fix them all, but it will take time,” says Rory. “It took several months to move the people, but once that had been achieved, the real work of fixing began.” Construction started in February 2011 with some R40 million spent on rehabilitating the 8-storey building over the next year from a rundown dilapidated building into beautiful, aesthetically pleasant and affordable residential units.
The renovated kitchen in one of the family units in AA House
Allows the salaried person on a lower wage who is often forced to rent for just about the same amount of money in a slum building to now have a safe, well maintained home Variation
According to Rory what makes the building truly special is that it offers variation. “We have maintained that the solution to housing demand lies in the production of adequate volumes of a variety of units between 12 and 18 square metres that can accommodate anyone from a single person to a bigger family unit. “AA House fits nicely into the affordable housing sector as it allows The hallway is a far cry from the derelict building it once was following extensive work on the property the salaried person on a lower wage who is often forced to rent adjacent to both Park Station and the Small Street for just about the same amount of taxi rank, possibly the busiest trading location in the money in a slum building to now have a safe, well CBD, Joshco managed to buy the building from its maintained home.” owners, a family living in Tshwane. Affordable “The biggest challenge was getting the illegal squatWhile most of the building was rehabilitated into ters out,” says Rory. “The concept around these living quarters the 1 000 square meters of combuildings is really quite straightforward. You take a mercial and retail space at street level was left for slum building, invest heavily in it and transform it into commercial use. affordable accommodation that is managed while the building is maintained. In the case of AA House, A total of 185 units spanning four storeys and offering the last two floors had been burnt out, there were a range of high quality and affordable accommodano services, no water, no sewage and the electricity tion has already been rented out since August 2012. was illegally connected.” Of this 167 are bachelor units measuring 18 square Several months metres and consisting of a lounge, bedroom, small Clawing the building back from imminent disaster kitchenette and bathroom, while 12 are one-bedroom
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apartments of 35 square metres and six two-bedroom units of 70 square metres. “The units have all been priced to ensure they are income generating for Joshco, but they are also still affordable with the bachelor units rented out at around R1 220 per month. The one-bedrooms units are rented for R2 100 per month and the six large units at R4 200 per month,” he adds.
Have employed security guards to ensure guarded access to the property while at the same time providing off-street parking Maintain and manage
“The success of projects such as these, however, do not lie in the ability to construct the housing product, but rather our ability to maintain and manage it,” says Rory. “For that reason a maintenance and repair programme to ensure our asset is maintained is extremely important. We make sure tenants are not destroying our units, that contracts are kept to and problems addressed as and when they arise. We have to monitor the building all the time.”
Addressing safety in the inner city, says Rory, has also made a major difference. “It is one of the biggest calls from our tenants. They want a safe and secure building, which is why we have employed security guards to ensure guarded access to the property while at the same time providing off-street parking. We transformed two levels of sub surface into basement parking,” he says. “We have disproved the theory that just because it is in the inner city it will be chaotic and unsafe. Rory Gallocher, Tel: 011 406 7300 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.joshco.co.za
How to choose the best diamond tool for the job? Time is money and choosing the correct diamond tool for a job can save you a lot of time. Start by choosing a well-known brand from a professional supplier. Remember, price and quality tend to go hand in hand. A low-cost tool of mediocre quality is rarely a good investment if you intend to use the tool professionally. The diamond tool should be adapted to the machine’s power, the type of job and the materials you will cut. You can either opt for a universal tool that works well on several different materials or Ubcdh]a]nYXhcc`XYg][bYXZcfWihh]b[UgdYW]ÂWaUhYf]U`" Decide which is most important to you - cutting speed or wear resistance. High cutting speed helps you to get the job done quickly, with less effort. High wear resistance means longer service life in more extensive jobs. If you want both high cutting speed and high wear resistance, choos a premium performance tool. To facilitate your choice, we have developed a clear and simple labelling system that displays the characteristics of all our Husqvarna diamond tools.
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Sink Hole Tragedy - Fatality
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WHAT HAPPENED? On 10 January 2012 a bulldozer partially fell into a sinkhole which had suddenly appeared. At 17:30, while attempting to recover the dozer from the first sinkhole, another sinkhole occurred and engulfed three of the team members. Two people were rescued, however, the third person was further engulfed when a severe thunder storm and heavy rain halted rescue operations and resulted in further ground failures in the sinkhole which completely covered the now deceased.
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44 entries were submitted for the SAIA (SA Institute of Arhitects) awards. We feature two interesting entries. The Football Training Centre, Soweto was an existing football training ground for approximately 1 200 youth clubs under the administration of Soweto Football Association. The refurbished centre is intended to be a performance and life skills centre for the development of football for the youth in Soweto.
he biggest challenge for the project team was the short contract period of five months. A steel structural system, combined with concrete retaining walls was chosen for speed and flexibility.
The project, conceptualised by Nike designers, was a product of international collaboration. Local
The Container Sport Centre, commissioned by South African shipping company Safmarine, is designed as a stand-alone unit.
sing a recycled 12 metre long container, the Sports Centres are intended for school fields or community grounds as an anchoring point that accommodate a
and international artists produced graphics and artwork for the building. The new building provides a clubhouse character in the bigger network of facilities comprising the training centre. The building is designed to create a flexible space for football specific events, and also act as a hosting ground for community events.
coachâ€™s office, two change rooms and a store room. In order to benefit disadvantaged communities, the design has three main elements to maximise its use: A sheltering roof is placed over the container to shade the spectators, and act as a heat buffer against direct sunlight. A small grandstand seating was attached under the roof canopy as a meeting point and social space for the children. The roof structure folds down vertically on one side, and can be used for advertising or a movie screen. Skills on Site
Oprah's Limpopo school wins award Vele Secondary School in Limpopo, which was funded in part by US television dynamo Oprah Winfrey, could revolutionise the way schools are designed in this country. The school, recently won the Afrisam SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture, an honour it shared with another rural South African school, Lebone II College in North West.
n an impressive turnaround Vele’s matric pass rate rose from 38 percent in 2009 to 84 percent last year. This increase which has, in part, been linked to the improvements made to the school campus.
Oprah’s Angel Network donated R5-million toward the project with the SA Department of Education funding the majority of the construction costs which saw the school radically altered from a typical dilapidated rural learning facility into a pioneering South African educational and community resource.
Oprah’s Angel Network donated R5-million toward the project with the SA Department of Education funding the majority of the construction costs
food and medicinal garden, situated in the heart of the school, provides sufficient vegetables and fruit for the school’s needs. The medicinal garden serves as a source of medicinal plants for the community. Derek van Heerden, from East Coast Architects, who were responsible for the project is delighted that the school has been recognised in this way. “It is fitting that schools display the new realities in the time in which we are living. This is the generation that will have to repair our mistakes.” Afrisam, Tel: (011) 670-5555, www.afrisam.co.za
Samuel Makhado, principal of Vele Secondary School, explains that before the building operations began the big problem was the overcrowding. It was also so cold in the morning that the learners had difficulty concentrating on their studies.
The building, he says, is now designed in such a way that on hot days the classrooms are cool and on cold days they are warm. The learners are able to concentrate better, and the improvement in the pass rate is proof of this. The building includes a rainwater-harvesting installation, solar energy and green roofs planted with indigenous plants from the region. The permaculture
Vele Secondary School, East Coast Architects
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Major New Shopping Centre Consumers in the rural village of Moletlane, Zebediela in the Limpopo Province are set to benefit from a conveniently-located new shopping precinct following the recent announcement by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance that it has financed and taken an equity stake in the 15 016m² Zebediela Plaza.
ocated on the R519 between Roedtan and Zebediela, Zebediela Plaza is the brainchild of Masingita Property Investment Holdings (MPIH), which already holds a significant retail portfolio that includes Masingita Mall in Giyani, Jabulani Mall in Soweto, and the recently completed Protea Glen Mall, also in Soweto. According to Ken Reynolds, regional executive of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance in Gauteng, “The proposed site for the retail development, with its high visibility and easy access to com- Ken Reynolds muters, will undoubtedly see Zebediela Plaza become a major shopping destination for the vast majority of consumers in the area. “The closest formal retail centre to the site where the Plaza will be located is in Lebowakgomo, some 27 kilometres away, which means that the people of Mokopane and surrounds currently have to undertake a round trip journey of over 50km to do their basic shopping.”
He points out that these long distances can add significantly to the living costs of individuals and communities in the area – the vast majority of whom fall within the lower income brackets of the economy. In addition, he highlights the potential held by the new shopping centre for long-term job creation as a key factor in Nedbank’s decision to invest in its success. The viability and value of the retail development is further enhanced by the fact that the town planners have already approved plans for the construction of approximately 400 new residential dwellings in the immediate vicinity of Zebediela Plaza during 2013 and 2014. Construction on Zebediela Plaza is scheduled for completion in November 2013. Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, Ken Reynolds Tel: (011) 294-1649, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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LEADING INFO These statistics are provided exclusively for â€œSkills on Siteâ€? readers by Databuild, the leading provider of construction related information in South Africa. Databuild has been providing information since 1974, and tracks projects from planning through to awarded stages. Each month Databuild will provide VWDVWLVWLFVUHĂ€HFWLQJWUHQGVLQWKHLQGXVWU\)RUPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQDERXW'DWDEXLOGSOHDVHFRQWDFWXVRQ RUYLVLWXVDWZZZGDWDEXLOGFR]D Value of awarded projects by province in R millions Jan 2013 Province
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he issue of â€œresignationâ€? is something that often is neglected, misunderstood and misused by employees.
The Basic Conditions of Employment Act deals with the issue of resignations in Section 37, and we do not need to repeat the Act in this article. What we will do is to highlight some issues that are not always abided to or understood, How long the notice period is, is clear in the Act, so parties should apply this. The employer can pay an employee for the notice period and ask them to leave. Sometimes you get the situation where the employee just leaves or â€œdisappearsâ€? without informing the employer. Employees must be made aware that the employer may take action against the employee to recover the notice period money.
about her plans. The manager phoned the new employer and shared the absconding story. The new employer was not too interested, which was made worse when the new employee was caught sleeping on the job. The new employer let her go with immediate effect. In these cases, always ensure a hearing is held, donâ€™t pay monies unnecessarily because if this employee was to have been put in a disciplinary hearing, she would have been summarily dismissed.
Letâ€™s assume the notice period of an employee is one calendar monthsâ€™ notice. Note there is a difference between a calendar month (i.e. 1 Jan, 1 Feb) and a monthsâ€™ notice (i.e. 15 â€“ 15 of a month). If the employee has leave owed to him/her, then
The new employer was not too interested, which was made worse when the new employee was caught sleeping on the job A further problem when employees do this is that checking of references is a big issue in employment these days and absconding is not seen in a positive light.
Recently a case was noted where the lady waited for her salary to be paid and then she â€œabscondedâ€?. Unfortunately she made one mistake in that she discussed what she was planning and where she was going to with other employees. When she pulled her stunt and after she left, they told the manager
such leave does not get taken in this last month. The company pays it out. It is important to also note that an employer and employee might come to an agreement that the employee need not work this last month as say the employee is in a critical position and could be a problem if he or she continued work. The leave cannot now be deducted, it must still be paid out. Nico Pienaar, ASPASA/SARMA, Tel: (011) 791-3327, (PDLORIÂżFH#DVSDVDFR]DZZZDVSDVDFR]D www.sarma.co.za
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New Shopping Centre
Following the development of Mall of the North, City Centre and Makro Polokwane in recent years the Moolman Group, in partnership with two local businessmen Jaco Nel and Sam Mabotja, is back in their “home town” with the development of a new shopping centre in Seshego, Polokwane. The new shopping centre is located at the confluence of Nelson Mandela and Polokwane Drive being the two main arterial roads connecting Seshego with Polokwane and the north. “The shopping centre will be developed as a community based facility and follows the recent trend of shopping centres being developed in peri-urban areas,” says Pieter Beyers, director at Moolman Group, adding: “The shopping centre will primarily
cater for the needs of the Seshego community but will also serve some of the outlying areas like Makgofe, Mobokele and Perskebult.” Sam Mabotja states, “We see the opening of the Seshego Circle Shopping Centre as bringing sustainable economic growth and a host of new employment opportunities in the area. The development will substantially contribute to the advancement of BEE in this previously marginalised area where approximately 400 people will be employed during construction and 300 permanent employment opportunities will be created upon its opening, scheduled for the last week of October 2013.” Moolman Grou, Pieter Beyers, Tel: (012) 361-7970, www.moolmangroup.co.za
Water Hose Veyance Technologies Africa has recently introduced its improved Green Hornet XF all-weather water suction and discharge hose to offer distinctive flexibility and robustness in waste management, construction, agricultural, marine, septic tank cleaning and manufacturing applications.
The Green Hornet hose from Goodyear
The Green Hornet XF can bend 90 degrees around equipment for trouble-free use in the field. It also features a 10% lighter construction and requires up to 45% less force to bend, giving it a tighter bend radius than competitive products. However, this increased flexibility doesn’t interfere with its suction power as the hose is still rated very close to full vacuum. Available in inner diameter sizes up to 15.24cm, the Green Hornet is the largest hose capable of up to 29” Hg in vacuum applications. With a smooth-bore tube that minimises material build-up, the product has the ability to resist most chemicals found in agriculture and sanitation industries.
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Bucket Crushers Atlas Copco has launched a range of four rig-mounted bucket crushers. Asphalt, stone and concrete debris
as well as mine and quarry material can be crushed and directly re-used on site or sold to third parties. Atlas Copco bucket crushers reduce the mechanical equipment on site, as well as transportation and dumpsite cost. They can be employed at all urban worksites, especially in confined conditions. The range follows the strategy of lower cost of ownership which is common in all hydraulic attachments from Atlas Copco. Bucket crushers require low maintenance: a 30 hour greasing interval and only two grease points are the standard maintenance. All crucial parts are long-lasting even under extreme stresses. The bucket jaws which take the most stresses, follow a clever wear part concept. They can be inverted, top and bottom jaws can be exchanged or single jaws can be rotated by 180 degrees to also use the rear part. Atlas Copco, Neville Stewart, Tel: (011) 821-9000, Email: Neville.firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atlascopco.com
Safe, Solvent Free Adhesive A high grip, solvent free adhesive has been developed for contractors working in confined spaces or where ventilation is poor. The MT480 adhesive is water-based and has been specially developed to provide workers with high initial grab and ultimate bond strength. This allows work to be performed quickly, while maintaining high final cure strength. MT480 bonds most construction materials and its gap filling formulation forms a strong bond even with irregular or uneven substrates. It has excellent adhesion to expanded and extruded polystyrene, brick, concrete, blockwork, wood, plywood, chipboard, hardboard, plasterboard, polystyrene, laminated plastics, metals and ceramics. With a broad temperature resistance of -40°C to +100ºC it is suitable for use in ducting, as well as inside roofs or other areas that are exposed to temperature extremes. FG Trading, Stuart Fraser, Tel: (011) 450-0263, Fax: (011) 450-0306,
Hospitals in the Eastern Cape Multi-disciplinary engineering company, Gibb has been appointed by the Coega Development Corporation in a consortium with other professional service providers to complete the planning and implementation of two hospitals in the former Transkei, Eastern Cape. The R400 million projects are still in the planning phase and will form part of government’s roll-out programme aimed at providing rural communities access to quality health facilities and services. “Although the project is still in its infancy stages, we are excited to be part of an initiative that will help improve the lives of fellow South Africans,” says Linda Nama, sector unit manager at Gibb. In addition to Gibb, the consortium consists of MDA Architects, Time Space Architects, Thembela Architects, Imvelo QS and Lakhanya QS. The three-year project will see the consortium work on two sites, one to be developed on a greenfields site and the other, a refurbishment of an existing facility. Both sites will be developed using a turnkey contract. Gibb, Linda Nama, Tel: (011) 519-4600, www.gibb.co.za
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Backhoe Loader Range “Together with significant body design enhancements, the F-Series backhoe loader machines across the range come to market with greater lift capacity, increased dump height, more bucket breakout force and increased backhoe control,” says Barloworld Equipment product application specialist, Desigen Naicker. The loader’s arms have been redesigned and are now fully parallel (rather than divergent), improving stability and strength, plus facilitating better bucket material retention. New one-piece counterweights further improve stability.
Finishing Trades Lambson has made the increasingly popular Whiteman plaster/mortar mixers available for professional contractors on sites. The robust, heavy duty mixers are easy to maintain and come complete with an EasyClean
Safety is a key design feature on all Cat machines; as is an emphasis on ease of maintenance. On the F-Series, a new battery isolator enables the operator to safely isolate the machine’s electrical power, which also increases machine security. Oil checks, fills and other service items are now all accessible from the left-hand side of the machine at ground level, plus the front axle has no greasing points. A larger 160 litre non-metallic fuel tank in turn extends refill intervals. Barloworld Equipment, Desigen Naicker, Tel: (011) 929-0000, Email: email@example.com
polyethylene drum that allows simple removal of all old plaster and/or mortar with a rubber mallet, significantly decreasing the amount of cleaning time required for the conventional steel drum. Since no plaster and/or mortar is left over on refilling, the mixers are ideal for residential developments requiring significant quantities of the material. The final mix achieved is, in fact, far superior to that obtained by traditional labour intensive methods. Available in 7, 9 and 12 cubic feet designs, the mixers have a 2.5 to 3.5 bag capacity and built-in bag cutters. They are powered by an 8 HP Honda engine mounted to the base which significantly minimises vibration and enhances operator comfort. The level seating of the engine also facilitates oil checking. Lambson’s Hire also offers specialist technical advisory services to its customers thanks to highly trained and experienced staff familiar with the diverse needs of the professional contractor and construction operator. Whether projects are large or small, Lambson’s Hire delivers not only the most appropriate equipment, but the correct recommendations for its most cost-effective application. Lambson’s Hire , Rohan Lambson, Tel: (011) 627-7700, www.lambsonshire.co.za
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JLG and Hinowa., leading handling equipment manufacturers locally represented by Eazi Sales & Service, announced at the SAIE conference in Italy an agreement that will see Hinowa manufacture JLG-branded, ultra-lightweight crawler boom lifts for the global access market.
offering customers far greater mobility and versatility. The models will be manufactured with three power options; electric powered by lithium-ion batteries, petrol or diesel, and combustion for indoor and outdoor use. A track wheel carriage will further help the crawlers travel over sensitive flooring and grass, through mud, and even climb stairs. JLG developed these crawlers to service hard to access places such as atriums, lobbies and mezzanines, as well as areas where conventional machines arenâ€™t applicable because of their size and weight.
JLG is expanding its range of aerial work platforms with the addition of five specialty boom lifts, ranging in working height from 14m to 23m. These highly versatile articulated boom lifts feature a light overall vehicle weight, the ability to pass through narrow spaces, and outriggers that automatically level on uneven surfaces. These new MEWPs [mobile elevated work platforms], more commonly known as crawlers or spider lifts, answer to the marketâ€™s demand for operating on surfaces that require low ground bearing pressures. Lightweight design and build also make it easier to transport, load and offload the crawlers from trucks,
Other applications include maintenance on high ceilings, where narrow access and doorways prevent standard machine access. Lightweight design and build makes it easier to WUDQVSRUWORDGDQGRIĂ€RDGWKHFUDZOHUVIURPWUXFNV making them suitable for a wide range of applications.
Eazi Sales & Service, Larry Smith, Tel: 086 100-5540, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eazisales.co.za
Double Action Doors Apex SCP Traffic Doors are fast becoming the most frequentlyspecified doors for restaurants, banquet halls, dining facilities and other food service applications. The appeal of these double action high traffic doors lies in the fact that they offer the smoothest operation and most reliable hinge system on the market today.
convenience stores and take-away food outlets.â€?
â€œThis door is ideal for areas that donâ€™t require a particularly heavy duty traffic door and where a conventional swing door would simply not suit the purpose,â€? Wim Dessing Senior, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, says. â€œTypical applications for these double action doors include bars, restaurants,
opening, while vision panels can be sized and located to meet regulatory and safety needs.
â€œDouble actionâ€? describes a door that swings in both directions â€”inwards and outwards. This means the door will always swing away from the person or load passing through it, allowing for easy and safe passage. The primary usage of this type of door is where areas The Apex SCP Traffic door can be need to be separated for visual, fully customised for any application environmental or sound control. using a wide selection of colours, Protective options can be placed window sizes, impact plate con- on the doors to provide attractive figurations and graphics depicting armour for rough pallets, carts or slogans or corporate logos. other devices passing through the
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Bulk Water Project Incledon has supplied more than 15 km of ductile iron and PVC piping products to the R41-million Mbuzini bulk water augmentation scheme in Mpumalanga. The project, which began in January 2012 and was due for completion in February 2013, entails the construction of bulk water infrastructure to increase the capacity of the bulk lines from Khombaso, to Tsambokhulu and Mbuzini. The project infrastructure involves the construction of two pump stations, two 0Ĺ FRQFUHWHUHVHUYRLUVD0Ĺ FRQFUHWHUHVHUYRLU and 15,4 km of water pipelines. Incledon national product manager for civils Kelly Wilson points out that the company supplied the appointed civil contractors, Gabby construction and Thakitsi Construction, with a total of 9,5 km of 300 mm and 4,5 km of 250 mm hydroclass ductile iron pipe, in addition to 1,4 km of 110mm uPVC pipe, waterworks valves, water meters steel specials in order to complete the contracts. â€œThe Hydroclass ductile iron pipes and fitting systems are produced by internationally-recognised French manufacturer St Gobain PAM, which is one of the first companies worldwide to comply with international EN 545:2010 and ISO 2531:2009 quality standards. Nathi Mnyaka, project manager at Monde Consulting Engineers, the appointed consultant for the project, points out that Hydroclass was selected as the piping product of choice for the 25 bar bulk line, due to the fact that it is easy to install. â€œThe project is located along mountainous terrain, which is always more challenging when it comes to installation. Hydroclass ductile iron pipes are considerably easier to install than industry standard steel pipes, as they are simply slotted into one another. Whatâ€™s more, ductile iron is also very competitively priced and easier to transport on site.â€? In addition to the high quality product offering,
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Nathi points out that Incledon has also provided Monde Consulting with excellent after sales service and support. â€œThe service from Incledon has been outstanding, and the companyâ€™s sales representatives did not only educate us on the advantages of using Hydroclass, but have also kept us up to date with the progress of the orders, in addition to offering support services to us on an around the clock basis.â€? Incledon, Kelly Wilson, Tel: (011) 323-0800, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.incledon.co.za
As demand increases for drinking water, PVC pipe systems are a sustainable and cost-effective solution for rolling out water and sanitation networks. â€œPVC piping is ideal material for water piping systems. It requires very little maintenance, it is inherently non-burning and energy efficient, while exhibiting excellent mechanical strength and has a high resistance to chemicals. It also has a working product life in excess of 75 years in certain applications,â€? says Maria Stephanou, marketing manager for Chlor Vinyls, Sasol Polymers. â€œIn most instances, all it needs is a wipe over with a soapy cloth.â€? â€œWeâ€™re seeing wider applications of PVC not just for piping systems, but also, windows and even kitchens,â€? adds Maria. Sasol, Jacqui Oâ€™Sullivan, Tel: (011) 441-3252, Email: email@example.com
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South Africa’s second oldest township, Ngangelizwe in Mthatha, Eastern Cape installed Concrete Block Paving (CBP) on some of their roads in 2010. All labour for the project was recruited locally and trained at the Mthatha factory premises of CMAproducer member, Inca Eastern Cape.
Lonza’s longstanding commitment to offer ‘peace-of-mind’ after-sale assurance to its customers is carried through in its Wood Preservative Treatment Guarantee Programme, the first guarantee of its kind to be offered in South Africa.
A total of 10 emerging CBP contractor teams each comprising: a contractor, two supervisors and six labourers, were trained with Ceta approval. Moreover, contractors and supervisors were tutored by Ceta-approved trainers in classrooms. “The experience gained on this project has subsequently enabled some of the labourers to set up paving contracting companies of their own.” CMA (Concrete Manufacturers Association) president, Taco Voogt says the Ngangelizwe project is an excellent example of how CBP township roads provide a cost-effective road-surfacing solution, while simultaneously creating jobs and transferring skills to the unskilled. “This project is evidence that unskilled people can be trained to lay concrete blocks with a high degree of workmanship and these skills can be subsequently used in other construction-related projects. “Besides its labour-intensive and job creation attributes, CBP is proving to be a very durable and aesthetically appealing road surfacing material in many parts of the country. “The type of CBP roads laid in Mthatha should have a lifespan of at least 30 years. In addition, CBP roads can be maintained and repaired by the local community, using skills developed during the construction period,” concludes Taco. Concrete Manufacturers Association, Taco Voogt, Tel: (011) 805-6742, www.cma.org.za
Tanapole products that are treated according to H2 and H3 Hazard Classes, are covered by a 25-year guarantee, while Tanapole products treated H4, H4V (vineyards) and H5 Hazard Classes are covered by a 15-year guarantee against insect attack and fungal decay. All Tanapole products are treated according to SANS 10005 The Preservative Treatment of Timber, and meet the product SANS 457 product specifications for timber poles, droppers, guardrail poles and spacing blocks for Pine poles (SANS 457-2) and Eucalyptus poles (SANS 457-3). Lonza Wood Protection, Gerard Busse, Tel: (039) 315-8406, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tanapole.co.za
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n new housing developments it is common for roads to get damaged or for potholes to appear on service roads. When this happens it is best to fix it quickly before water gets underneath the surface and erodes more and more of the road.
Potholes can often be filled in with cold asphalt filler. Here are some steps to help you carry out your own repairs to private roads and driveways. (Repairs of public roads needs to be done with permission from local government).
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Measure or estimate the amount of filler material you will need to execute your repairs. A small pothole, can be repaired with about 20kg of cold mix asphalt filler.
Select the asphalt filler you want to use for your repair. Cold asphalt filler (a mixture of asphalt tar and rocks) is sold in plastic bags similar in size to cement bags weighing 20kg.
Access roads need to be maintained and potholes repaired
Stamp it down with a hand tamp, a plate compactor, or even a hammer for very small holes. Make sure the cold asphalt mix is packed firmly into the hole or you will find the patch will fail quickly when it is exposed to traffic.
Cover the patch if possible. You can put a board or piece of plywood over the fix for a few days to ensure that it hardens more but this is optional. If you pack it down tightly, it can be driven over immediately.
Clean up your tools and any spilled material around your patch.
Clean loose sand and debris out of the hole with a shovel, a trowel, or other suitable tool. If the material in the hole is dry soil, you may want to use a hose to dampen it because the tar will not stick to dry sand.
Big holes will sag a little when cars drive over them so don't be afraid to fill the hole at least 2cm higher in the centre. The cars driving over will lower the filler with time.
Fill in holes that are more than three or 10cm deep with a material that can be compacted tightly, such as clay, crushed concrete, or crushed limestone. For repairs where the material underneath the patch is not compactable with normal methods, you may want to over excavate the hole and pour concrete to about 10 cm below the finished pavement grade to stabilise the area.
Fill the hole with the asphalt filler to about 2cm above the adjacent paving. This will leave the finished patch level with the pavement after it is packed.
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In Touch Absolute Joy In support of 16 Days of Activism against gender violence, South Africa's manufacturer of steel and aluminium products, Duro, partnered with the Department of Human Settlements, the City of Tshwane and SAWIC to build and donate four two-bedroomed homes in Sokhulumi Village near Bronkhorstspruit. In order to complete the homes, Duro donated a variety of high quality and durable steel door frames, windows and combination doors. The project was managed by a women-only section 21 company SAWIC which provided supervision, training, advisory, skills and project management for the labourers. The project was launched to coincide with the government’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, whereby the aim of the project was to provide housing while raising awareness in the community about abuse as well as skilling unemployed youth.
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Comments chief marketing and sales officer John Lamb, “The majority of our business is currently in the affordable housing sector or catering for people in the 1 – 3 LSM Category, and we therefore pride ourselves on supplying this sector with quality affordable products. Our slogan is “Building With Pride” and we want that slogan to encompass all that we do. It is just as important for us to provide for our employees and for the communities we serve. “To see the absolute joy on the families faces, proved that we are on the right path with regards to what our brand and company is striving for.” Duro, Tel: (010) 590-9060, www.thedurogroup.com One of the volunteers from the Department of Human settlements helping to oversee the completion on the house
From left: A representative from SAWIC, Honourable Zou Kota-Fredericks Deputy Minister Human Settlements, Councillor Joshua Ngonyama Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing and Sustainable Human Settlements in Tshwane Municipality, and members of the community from the local traditional house. In front, the 2 new homeowners.
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