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GOVERNMENT

5 Are Banks Doing Enough?

CENSUS

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LEGAL EAGLE 29 Health and Safety 30 LEADING INFO

7 2011 Census

31 PRODUCTS & SERVICES

GPF

9 Affordable Housing Indaba

HOW TO 36 Finishing a Tiled Surface

BUSINESS

38 IN TOUCH

13 A Shot in the Arm

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROFILE 15 Potential in Parklands

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23 On Site Tuition

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GOVERNMENT

Are Banks Doing Enough? The Office of Disclosure Board, tasked with monitoring and promoting fair lending practices among financial institutions in terms of the Home Loan and Mortgage Disclosure Act (HLAMDA), has been appointed.

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n his budget speech in May this year, Tokyo Sexwale announced that exchanges with the Banking Association of South Africa and the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors had already taken place around these issues. The Office of Disclosure will help fulfill the mandate of the Department of Human Settlements especially when it comes to dealing with what was normally referred to as the GAP market.

Tokyo Sexwale

This market constitutes people who earn above R3 500, thus do not qualify for a fully subsidized house, yet earn below the bracket preferred by banks when they lend mortgage bonds to customers.

ʇ Making available to the public, information that LQGLFDWHVZKHWKHURUQRWÀQDQFLDOLQVWLWXWLRQVDUH serving the housing credit needs of their communities, and rating such institutions.

Members of the Office of Disclosure have been selected from various professional bodies and all have expertise and experience in matters related to banking, housing finance and investment.

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The Board is headed by Thebi Moja, former acting CEO of the National Gambling Board and consists of: ʇ Dr A Pillay (Deputy Chair) ʇ Ms T Semane ʇ Mr P Beck ʇ Adv T Mpahlane ʇ Mr HL de Kock ʇ 0U:-+RHÁLQJ ʇ Mrs NG Jikazana The Board is appointed for a period of three years and reports directly to the Minister. It is responsible for among others:

The disclosed information should, among others, enable the Department of Human Settlements to establish whether there are any discriminatory lendLQJSDWWHUQVE\ ÀQDQFLDOLQVWLWXWLRQVDQGWR DGGUHVV these should they exist. 7RN\R6H[ZDOHVD\VÀQDQFLDOLQVWLWXWLRQVKDYHWRDVVLVW WKH FRXQWU\·V FLWL]HQV WR DFFHVV KRXVLQJ ÀQDQFH ² while at the same calling upon people not to borrow LUUHVSRQVLEO\´:HEHOLHYHWKDWWKH2IÀFHRI'LVFORVXUH working together with other stakeholders will bring balance to lending practices.” Xolani Xundu, Department of Human Settlements Cell: 083 788-5747

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CENSUS

2011 Census 1DWLRQDOO\DERXWSHUFHQWRIKRXVHKROGVDUHFODVVLĂ€HGDV being in formal dwellings, up from 65 percent in 1996. Traditional dwellings are home to about 8 percent of households, down from 18 percent in 1996, and informal dwellings dropped from 16 percent households to 14 percent. Over the same time, the population increased from 40.6 mil- Electricity network - 85% lion in 1996 to 51.8 million. The average number of people in each household also dropped in every province since 1996. Nationally this dropped from 4.5 people per household to 3.4; in Gauteng it dropped from 3.8 people to three. More households have piped water. Now 46 percent of all households have water on tap inside their homes, and another 27 percent have it in their yards, compared to 32 percent and 29 percent respectively in 2001. Although the percent of homes without any water access - not even access to communal taps more than 200m away - has halved since 2001, there are still nearly one in 10 households Flush toilet - 60% in this predicament.

Radio - 68%

About 60 percent of homes have flush toilets, more than 30 percent have chemical toilets or pit latrines, but an unfortunate 7 percent have either a bucket or nothing. More homes are on the power grid, with about 85 percent of all households now using electricity for lighting. But 11 percent of homes are still lit by candlelight. When cooking, 13 percent of homes still use wood for fuel, 9 SHUFHQWXVHSDUDIĂ€QDQGSHUFHQWEXUQDQLPDOGXQJ Municipalities remove refuse from about 64 percent of homes, while 5 percent have no refuse arrangement.

Fridge - 68%

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South African Provincial Population

Computer - 21%

Province

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2001

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Western Cape

3 956 875

4 524 335

5 882 734

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6 278 651

6 562 053

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991 919

1 145 861

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2 633 504

2 706 775

2 745 590

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9 584 129

10 267 300

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2 936 554

3 193 676

3 509 953

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7 624 893

9 178 873

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3 365 885

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4 995 462

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Affordable Ho Changing lives house by house The Affordable Housing Indaba, held in October 2012 and themed “Working Together to Build Sustainable Human Settlements”, focused on the lessons drawn from GPF’s (Gauteng Partnership Fund) pioneering models in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in leveraging state capital to secure private sector investment. “Skills on Site” attended the 2012 Indaba which also marked the 10th anniversary of the GPF.

Charter, the then Department of Housing launched the fund with some R442 million with the mandate to unlock funding for affordable housing in the province.

Established in 2002, coinciding with the release Ismail Carr, GPF marketing and communications executive of the Financial Sector

According to Errol Magerman, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government

Suitable Land The province has to deliver between 130 000 to 250 000 units per annum to deal with its housing backlog that is growing every day. At present they are only managing around 80 000. “The last count showed Gauteng to have around 11,2 million people living in it and the number keeps growing as people flock to the province in search of economic freedom. Keeping ahead of supply has become near impossible,” Mongezi Mnyani, HOD for the Department of Local Government

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and Housing (DLG&H) tells “Skills on Site”. “We are looking at a backlog of around 800 000 units in Gauteng.

Gauteng Spatial Development Framework

The Gauteng Spatial Development Framework is aimed at creating a seamless Gauteng that will utilise the open spaces in the province more effectively. “At some point you will no longer have any open space when you drive between Johannesburg and

Since then the GPF has been able to attract almost R2.4 billion from the private sector to fund housing projects in Gauteng (20 000 affordable houdsing units) and continues to do so, more recently committing to another 20 000 rental units to be delivered by no later than 2014. Increasing collaboration remains a key focus of GPF.

Aggressive intervention

Tshwane,” says Mongezi, “as we will have developed all of the land. Our planning document has been approved and now our municipalities are starting to look at implementing this plan. But it’s not just about getting the right grants in place, government has to clean house to ensure it is able to attract private institutions to join us.”

Gauteng Inclusionary Housing Act

This Act is set to be promulgated as early as next year despite several property organisations raising red flags over the new legislation. “We believe this Act is going to make a major difference in our provi-


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using Indaba and Housing in Gauteng, the GPF has made visible remarkable progress in the delivery of affordable housing in Gauteng, but more still needs to be done. “This is due to factors inherited from the previous dispensation of unequal development and spatial policies,” he explains. “It has made it incumbent upon us as government to intervene aggressively by way of prescriptive legislation and other stringent revolutionary measures to address the inequalities in the provision of affordable housing in South Africa.”

Kutoane Kutoane, CEO of the Gauteng Partnership Fund

sion of affordable housing,” says Mongezi. Once this Act comes into play, all developments will have to earmark a certain portion of their project for affordable housing. “We have now established a department within DLG&H to find suitable land that already belongs to government to ensure it is released faster,” he adds. “Also private land will be identified for projects although this has been a challenge for some time as prices seem to increase drastically when government tries to buy the land.” For this reason, they are now looking at expropriating land for affordable housing projects. “We will pay market-related prices,

now extending its mandate beyond affordable rental housing to include mixed and integrated housing developments. Successful projects have already been delivered in Kliptown, Roodepoort, Fleurhof and Jabulani, despite the housing credit crisis over the recent years.

According to GPF CEO, Kutoane Kutoane, as GPF moves into the future, it is

but it is unacceptable that negotiations have to take place over years as land owners try to demand triple or more for their land just because it is being bought by government. That kind of greed is prohibiting projects from going ahead and keeps people in shacks instead of proper homes.” He adds that land will also be more strategically used in the future with a much more long-term approach. “We must plan for the next 40 years if we want to take this province to the next level and see the economic growth we are all taking about.”

Errol Magerman, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Housing in Gauteng

More than shelter

“We must increase our affordable housing stock,” Kutoane adds. “There is strong anecdotal evidence that social housing can act as a catalyst for urban rejuvenation. It can resurrect property values in an area. Furthermore jobs will be created through the building and maintenance of units. The overall FRQFOXVLRQLVWKDWWKHEHQHÀWVH[tend well beyond just the provision of shelter for people.” Email: info@gpf.org.za, www.gpf.org.za

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Living Together Mixed housing developments are gaining popularity in South Africa with Cosmo City in Johannesburg standing proud as an example of what can be achieved. “Skills on Site� speaks to Mongezi Mnyani, Gauteng’s Head of Department of Local Government and Housing, about the concept. According to Mongezi, mixed housing developments not only suit low-income earners but also middle and high-income earners. “In Gauteng we have completed

four of these projects with great VXFFHVV&RVPR&LW\ZDVWKHĂ€UVW We are very proud of what we achieved especially as many were VNHSWLFDOZKHQZHĂ€UVWVWDUWHGÂľKH says. “While we undoubtedly made mistakes with this project, it has also been a massive learning curve for JRYHUQPHQWDQGLVQRZRXUĂ DJVKLS mixed housing development in the country with people from across the continent coming to see how we’ve done it.â€?

aimed at bringing together or integrating communities in well-located areas that provide economic opportunities. “It takes housing delivery to the next level, providing a variety of amenities in one environment from houses, schools, and libraries to clinics and sports facilities as well as commercial and industrial developments where high and low income earners all live side by side.�

Mixed income developments are

According to Mongezi these types

Diverse, viable and sustainable

A United Front Too often government delivery is hampered because of a lack of synergy across its different tiers with the one hand not knowing what the other is doing. But, says Mongezi Mnyani, Gauteng’s Head of Department of Local Government and Housing, if the country truly wants to see sustainable housing settlements delivered, it will have to start addressing this challenge with its various departments working together

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on a national, local and municipal level. “There should be no silos and no competition between the three tiers of government and its various departments. Initiatives must complement each other at all levels,� he advises. “In Gauteng we have seen the effects of working together. The various challenges and issues around local government and

housing for instance were only meaningfully addressed once the two departments were merged. For the first time we are seeing same productive results. Being able to work together has made a major difference and helped us to realise the goals we have set for ourselves.� However, Mongezi maintains that government cannot deliver on housing alone. “We need partner-


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of developments go a long way in de-racialising, integrating and restructuring the landscape. “Housing developments in South Africa need to respond to the political intentions of government in creating diverse, viable and sustainable communities.â€? It is also about maximising available land by using it more effectively. Cosmo City provides housing across the full economic spectrum offering homes for full ownership and rental units. Some 12 schools, 40 sites for churches, clinics and crèches, 43 parks and recreational sites as well as commercial, retail and industrial properties are available. At the same time more than 7 000 work opportunities were created during the construction and development of the projects. Other completed mixed housing developments include K206 in Alexandra as well as Nelmapius and Olievenhoutbosch in Tshwane. At least another 12 are already in various stages of development.

ships with investors and developers alike if we want to succeed at our goal. We need to build partnerships that will see the private sector wanting to invest in the projects and wanting to partner with government because it makes good business sense.�

Wait too long

But government processes need to be fast tracked. “Government needs to address its internal pro-

Tax incentives While no further announcements have been made by the Presidency following indications earlier this year by Minister of Finance that tax incentives would be put in place for developers to build new housing stock for sale below R300 000 per dwelling, the matter is going forward. “There has been a lot of work done since the announcement in February,â€? according to Mongezi Mnyani, HOD for the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing. “We are expecting more on this incentive in the next few months as it is crucial to encourage affordable housing development and we believe a tax incentive will go a long way in doing MXVWWKDWÂľ+HVD\VZKLOHĂ€QHU details are still to be announced, the incentives are expected to take the form of a tax credit or a deduction DWDĂ€[HG5DQGDPRXQWSHU

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unit or even as a percentage of the value of the unit built. “Our aim is really to entice developers to respond to the market need and for us, as government, to help carry the burden.�

cesses so that we are not waiting months and sometimes even years to obtain approval for a project. Too many investors and developers are turning away from government because we are taking too long.� Mongezi adds that state land also has to be made more readably available while more co-operation between private banks and government is needed for the funding of projects. Mongezi Mnyani, HOD of the Department of Local Government and Housing

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BUSINESS

A Shot in the Arm As Henley Business School South Africa understands the importance of the developing property sector in Africa, it is introducing the first African centre for the real estate, built environment and planning industries.

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he centre will focus on executive development, knowledge transfer, research and academic programmes, drawing from 34 years of experience in the Henley School of Real Estate and Planning in the UK, acknowledged as one of the top three schools in the world. Practical at heart, it will build the skills for a commercially astute, environmentally- Dineo Molomo aware and transformed industry. “We will work closely with government, business and communities in emerging economies to increase management and professional capacity and, in so doing, to accelerate rural and urban infrastructure development,â€? says Prof Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean of Henley, the African arm of Henley Business School UK. ´,Q DGGLWLRQ ZH ZLOO IRUP PXWXDOO\ EHQHĂ€FLDO SDUWnerships with local and international experts and organisations to create clarity, systems and order in all aspects of thinking and practice in the sector, LQFOXGLQJ Ă€QDQFH PDQDJHPHQW FRPPXQLFDWLRQ and skills development.â€? Heading up the Henley Real Estate Centre Africa is Dineo Molomo who brings with her a wealth of experience in the real estate and property management arena. She has run her own real estate business since 2006 and has more than three years’ experience as executive manager of the Gauteng Institute for Architecture. The centre’s programmes and initiatives will incorporate government and commercial real estate use, as well as urban and rural land and property. It will offer a comprehensive range of advanced executive and postgraduate degree courses. The centre will also host frequent networking events and talks relating to the real estate, built environment and planning industries. Dineo Molomo, Henley Real Estate Centre Tel: (011) 808-0899, Email: dineo.molomo@henleysa.ac.za

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Southwark Mews

Parklands, Cape Town

Sellesa Developers cc Developer

Tawha Rasdien Tel: (021) 556 8886 @ admin@sellesa.co.za

Stefan Hartman,

Civil Engineer g & Principal p Agent g Tel: 082 2 578 578 57 8 1302 130 13 02 2

Geomatics Cape Land Surveyor

Mark Jakins Tel: (021) 418-2995 mark@geocape.co.za

Inside Out Consulting cc Project Co-ordinator

Yvonne Pelser Tel: (011) 804 9246 yvonne@insideoutconsulting.co.za

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The Sellesa Developers’ team at Southwark Mews standing from left to right are Mark Job, Yvonne Pelser, Vanessa Fourie, Dave Macleod-Elliott (Aska Property Group – Sales Director) Mark Jakins. In front is Stefan Hartman, Tawha Rasdien and Graham Holland

Potential in Parklands Several years ago, Sellesa Properties identified the potential in the Cape suburb of Parklands where they have since made their mark with a number of housing developments. “Skills on Site” speaks to Tawha Rasdien, owner of Sellesa Properties, and his team about their three latest projects in the area – Southwark Mews, Riverside Mews and Meadowridge Mews.

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riving to Parklands one is once again reminded of the beauty of the Cape. Situated near Blouberg and bordering the suburb of Tableview, Parklands is one of the fastest growing residential developments in the Western Cape.

“There is huge potential in Parklands to create affordable lifestyle developments,” says Tawha, one of the ÀUVWWRVWDUWGHYHORSLQJODQGKHUH

Ideally situated

Developing in Parklands requires careful consideration, says Tawha, as it borders the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, a protected natural environment. “It was important to the team and me, to make sure that whatever we built would be aesthetically pleasing to the eye and would suit the landscape,” he says. Requested by International Housing Solutions (IHS), a SULYDWHHTXLW\ÀUPWRGHYHORSDQGEXLOGWKUHHFRPplexes near the nature conservation area, Tawha pulled in his team of experts. According to town planner, Mark Job the area earmarked for Southwark Mews, Riverside Mews and Meadowridge Mews was ideal as all the developmental rights were already in place and building started on Southwark Mews in January 2012. Another boon for the development has been the approval for the commencement of construction and completion of Sandown Road through to the M12 and N7 highway near the suburb. This R82 million project, which includes a road-over-rail Skills on Site

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bridge as well as ancillary underground services, is set to be completed by December 2013 and will greatly DVVLVWLQHDVLQJWUDIÀFà RZVLQDQGRXWRI3DUNODQGV Table View and Bloubergstrand while at the same time providing much needed access across the Diep River to the City’s central and Northern suburbs. The M12, when completed, will give a more direct access through to Cape Town International Airport and the N2 to Somerset West.

Recipe for success

Having acquired the land from the Aska Property Group, building on Southwark Mews commenced in January this year. “We work to a well thought out and developed recipe,â€? says Tawha. “We have very high standards from which we don’t deviate. This allows us to tailormake a product for a client as was the case with Southwark Mews.â€? He believes it is not just about the property any more, but rather about the track record of the developer. “Quality is much more important than quantity,â€? he explains. “We have been doing this for a long time and when you buy one of our products, you can know it is a sound investment. We not only have a handson approach, but we make sure it is to the highest standards. We tailor make solutions to any problems WKDWZHĂ€QG7KHUHLVQRFXWWLQJRIFRUQHUVÂľ Tawha believes that working in the affordable housing market is no different than working at the top end of the scale. “Our approach always is that no matter what the cost of the unit, it must not look cheap and therefore attention is paid to detail not just internally but also the complete external look of the development must be aesthetically pleasing to the eye and should complement the environment where it stands,â€? he says.

Southwark Mews

With a higher density than the norm cleared for this particular development, it allowed Sellesa Properties to build more units on the land than what usually is allowed. “This makes the entire development more affordable which affects the selling price of each unit positively,� says Tawha. “Price is crucial in the affordable housing market and being able to deliver units that can compete in terms of good pricing, is very important.� A total of 73 two-bedroom units were built. Each unit is 55 sqm in size with good quality, durable finishes across the board and ceramic tiles on the floor. Each unit comes standard with a built-in oven and hob, prepaid electricity and water meters which allow for better control, a security gate and at least one parking bay.

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“The complex has laundry and drying facilities, but one of the things we do different is to put a retractable clothes line in the bathroom to allow for small items to be dried inside the premises during the rainy season,” says Tawha. Outside a play area for children and lovely gardens decorate the complex. Says project designer Graham Holland, “Southwark Mews was particularly challenging as it is an unusually shaped piece of land and getting the units and all WKHSUHUHTXLVLWHVWRÀWWRRNVRPHWLPH:HDOVRKDYH to make sure that the entire development at the end of the day is visually pleasing and does not stand out like a sore thumb in the environment or look like a EORFNRIÁDWV7KDWLVQRWWKH6HOOHVDZD\µ (DFKEDWKURRPLQDOOWKUHHGHYHORSPHQWVZHUH¿WWHGZLWKDGU\LQJUDFN – a necessity during the Cape rainy season

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Riverside Mews

With a more Victorian feel than Southwark Mews,

Care was taken with the safety and security of WKHGHYHORSRPHQWVDQGDOOZLQGRZVDUH¿WWHG with burglar bars

Each of the three developments in Parklands have a play area for children

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the newly completed Riverside Mews boasts 60 units. ´8VLQJ TXDOLW\ Ă€QLVKHV WKH HQWLUH GHYHORSPHQWGHĂ€QLWHO\ORRNVPRUHXSPDUNHWÂľVD\V Tawha. “We also shied away from the earth coloured paint tones and opted for a white and teal green colour that gives the complex a distinctly different feel to that of Southwark and Meadowridge.â€? According to Graham the biggest challenge with Riverside was the parking. “It is built on a corner lot and the obvious access point to the site was from a side road, but the municipality would not allow that which meant we had to re-design and rearrange the buildings and the parking area of the complex around the entrance from the main road.â€? Working with town councils is part of the process and requires patience at times. But, says Tawha, success when it comes to a project VXFKDVWKLVOLHVH[DFWO\LQKDYLQJSDWLHQFH² and having a good team on board.

Attention is given to all aspects of the development IURPWKHSDYLQJRIWKHSDUNLQJDUHDWRWKHÂżQDO ÂżQLVKHVLQHDFKXQLW

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“Team work takes a lot of the headache away as we work from a basis of trust. Everyone knows what to expect and that there will be no nasty surprises,� he explains. “It also ensures consistency as we not only share skills and best practices, but brings about a better product at the end of the day.�

Meadowridge Mews

Currently under construction the last of the three Parklands developments Meadowridge Mews is set to be completed by the end of the year and comprises 54 units. “We used the same unit design across all three projects,â€? says Graham. “The units are designed to comfortably suit a family of four. The open plan living, dining room and kitchen are spacious while the two bedrooms are the same in size.â€? This is another of the Sellesa secrets, says Tawha. “We don’t make the one bedroom big and the other small as it just wastes space. This way each bedroom can have a built in cupboard and gives the occupants more packing space.â€? 7KHEDWKURRPLVĂ€WWHGZLWKDEDWKWKDWKDVDVKRZHU a hand wash basin and a toilet.

and delivering a value-for-money product that is of good quality. “If one walks through these units you see there is more than enough space. It does not feel cramped while the finishes don’t leave one thinking there has been skimping on anything.� In the end, he says, it is all about the people who will live here. They deserve excellence. Tawha Rasdien, Sellesa Developers, Tel: (021) 556-8886 Email:

Tawha Rasdien and Stefan Hartman put much effort LQWRGHVLJQLQJDV\VWHPWR¿OWHUDQGFOHDQVWRUPZDWHU at the company’s developments in Parklands

´$OOWKUHHFRPSOH[HVKDYHKLJKVHFXULW\DQGDUHÀWWHG ZLWKDVHFXULW\RIÀFHDQGHOHFWULFJDWHDOORZLQJIRU controlled access.�

Going green

Another challenge was to ensure that all three developments are environmentally friendly. While building requirements in South Africa have changed requiring that at least 50% of energy generation happens on site, the three developments did not necessitate this. “We did however take the time to make sure that the environment was taken into consideration,� says Tawha. Like the design of a storm water cleaning system for each of the developments. According to Stefan Hartman, the civil engineer, the system is a first of its kind for Sellesa Properties. “The City of Cape Town is requiring that new developments must clean and detain storm water before it is released into the system. To meet this requirement we designed a system that collects the storm water, filters it and finally releases a cleaner product.� Not only are these systems visually pleasing but also they are also hugely environmentally friendly as they are starting to form their own eco-systems within the complex drawing bird life and frogs.

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RETAIL

Three Shopping Centres New retail experiences are on the cards for rural consumers in Polokwane and Kwazulu Natal as Nedbank Corporate Property Finance has partnered with Dipula Income Fund Limited to acquire three plazas in the respective provinces.

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ipula Income Fund Limited is a property loan stock company that has been listed on the JSE since August 2011. Focusing on long term property investment in South Africa, Dipula owns a diversified portfolio of 175 properties comprising 50% retail, 23% offices and 27% industrial properties by gross lettable area (GLA). Says Ken Reynolds, regional executive: Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, Gauteng, “The three plazas are situated in remote rural areas and were established to satisfy the retail needs of the local population, saving local consumers from travelling long distances to find a formal retail offering.” Nedbank approved finance to the value of R125 million to fund 58% of the purchase price of the Bochum and Blouberg Plazas in Polokwane and Nquthu Plaza in Kwazulu-Natal bringing the total

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purchasing price to R247.8 million. Izak Petersen, CEO of Dipula Income Fund, says he is pleased with Dipula’s first year’s performance as a listed company. “Our strategy is to continue to grow the portfolio prudently to more than R10 billion in the next four to six years, with specific focus on sustainable income growth. We also aim to invest responsibly by acquiring centres in under-serviced areas” As a JSE listed property company with high black ownership and black management control, Dipula hopes to unlock value through partnerships like this with Nedbank Corporate Property Finance. Ken Reynolds Nedbank Corporate Property Finance Tel: (011) 294-1649 Email: kenr@nedbank.co.za


TRAINING

On Site Tuition The Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) 2012 training programme for Health, Safety & the Environment site officers concludes with this year’s intake scheduled to complete their studies at the end of November.

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oug Michell, GMBA HSE Manager, says the GMBA has this year adopted a different approach to safety training in that the learning is primarily taking place on building sites with classroom sessions conducted once a week. “The GMBA has taken on two learners for the 2012 training and intends using this year’s training concept as a pilot project for the future to provide GMBA members with the means to train their current safety RIĂ€FHUVZKRPD\UHTXLUHIRUPDO2+6WUDLQLQJÂľKHDGGV Learner Lebogang Ngobeni, 22, is currently stationed DW *' ,URQV &RQVWUXFWLRQ¡V +HUWIRUG 2IĂ€FH 3DUN LQ Midrand; and Innocent Thaele, 22, is based on site DWD3DUNPRUHRIĂ€FHEORFNZKLFK5RFRQ%XLOGLQJLV constructing. Paul Irons, of GD Irons Construction, who is providing

the tuition for Lebogang at the Midrand site, says her presence has been widely welcomed. “GD Irons Construction has always believed in investing in its people and Lebogang is on site to ensure that this investment is looked after. Our company currently also has two GMBA HSE graduates on other sites and they also are making a major difference to safety practice and thinking,â€? he states. The GMBA has already run two training programmes IRU+6(RIĂ€FHUVZKLFKKDYHLQOLQHZLWK&(7$UHJLVWHUHG learnership, produced 40 graduates. “It is gratifying WRNQRZWKDWRIWKHVDIHW\RIĂ€FHUVZHWUDLQHGLQ these two programmes are still gainfully employed in the construction industry, adding value to their employers and communities,â€? Doug concludes. GMBA, James Tubb, Tel: (011) 805-6611, www.gmba.org.za

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SUCCESS STORY

Building the road to success With R5 000 in their pockets and big dreams, a husband and wife team from Chloorkop in Gauteng set about building a road construction business that is growing even beyond their wildest expectation.

and administration, it left time for Steve to advise on technical matters and lend technical H[SHUWLVHXQWLOVXFKWLPHDVKLVĂ€QDOUHVLGHQF\ papers were awarded.

Well marketed

Initially a big portion of the R5 000 that they saved to start the business was spent on marketing and promotional activities. “We worked DURXQGWKHFORFNKDQGLQJRXWĂ \HUVDWURERWV and putting sign boards up on roadsides and on street poles in industrial areas. “The going was tough and we could only do jobs where customers were prepared to put down a deposit to enable us to buy supplies upfront. As a result we lost many opportunities for bigger jobs, as customers required us to use our own money to fund the projects and would only pay us after the job was completed,â€? Vicky says.

Steve and Vicky Tinarwo

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ut, husband and wife Steve and Vicky Tinarwo faced many trials and battles long before getting married and starting their own business. South African born and bred Vicky met and fell in love with her Zimbabwean born soulmate Steve, which was a choice often questioned and frowned upon by friends and family alike. Despite these and other obstacles, the couple stayed together and were adamant that they would steer their own destinies one day.

Right from the very beginning, Steve who had gained construction experience before marrying Vicky, knew that using the right equipment for the job would make the difference between quality and inferior work and, WKHUHIRUHVXFFHVVDQGIDLOXUH7KH\VHWDERXWUHĂ€Qing their strategies and techniques that would help them rise to the top. Among the decisions they made was to hire only the very best equipment they could afford from local plant hire companies to do the job ULJKWĂ€UVWWLPHDQGHYHU\WLPH

Their drive and determination led to them building big dreams and when they were married a while later, they wasted no time in starting their new lives. Shortly afterwards in 2007 they registered their dream business, Instant Tar. With Vicky running the business

Rolling start

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“As we made more money we decided to buy our own walk-behind roller from HA Plant Maintenance. In order to create even and properly compacted surfaces, we had found their Vipac machines to be


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chinery and labour on site and in both instances the company’s quality of work was commended.

Contract success

“At the moment we are busy working on a sub contract basis doing the asphalt surfacing on a road in Sinothelo in Siyabuswa. This is a big project in Mpumalanga and indicates how we have grown from being a small localised little business to being able to spread our wings and work anywhere in the country,� Steve says proudly.

the best for our requirements. So we made a decision and bought an old, but completely refurbished Vipac 630 roller machine from the company. This proved to be a good move and we immediately noticed savings in plant hire fees alone. Since then Instant Tar and Plant Hire has bought a further seven vibratory roller from HA Plant. Not only did this cut down on hiring costs, but it also created a sideline business for the company to begin their own hiring operation. “We had to go back and buy more machines because the hiring side of the business picked up strongly and there was a big demand for our machines.

Meanwhile the company’s à HHWRIURDGHTXLSPHQWKDV grown from the initial one 9LSDFUROOHUWRDQHQWLUHà HHWLQFOXGLQJWKHELJger Vipac 760 machines, as well big plant machines including a heavy sit-on roller, pavers, bitumen sprayers, tar/concrete cutters and two bakkies for on-site work. Smaller hand tool such as rammers and other hand tools are also part of the range of road building and repair tools that the company owns. The hire company has an ever-expanding range of machines, from the Vipac rollers to large plant machines for earthworks and general construction.

“HA Plant helped us a lot especially in the beginning and even serviced our machine on a service-now/ pay-later basis because they trusted us and wanted to see us succeed.

7KHFRPSDQ\KDVĂ€YHIXOOWLPHHPSOR\HHVZLWKPRVW of its workforce being hired on a contract-for-contract basis within the local communities in which they work. Both Steve and Vicky place a high emphasis on training the youth and on each project they make sure to include young workers on a casual basis to learn skills while earning a decent wage.

Good business sense

Customer focus

“Clifford and Chris of HA Plant also helped us with advice, service and support and they exercised great patience, even if our payments were delayed as a result of late payments from our customers,â€? Steve adds. ´6KRUWO\DIWHUZHERXJKWRXUĂ€UVWPDFKLQHVZHJRW our big break winning a contract to surface the entire parking area and driveway of a Web design company in Roodepoort. The owner, Patti, was happy with the TXDOLW\ RI RXU ZRUN DQG DV D UHVXOW FUHDWHG RXU Ă€UVW web site for us at a discounted rate. This opened new and exciting opportunities for us and it became our major platform from which we got a lot of orders and enquiries from the Internet,â€? continues Steve Since then the company has gone on to resurface and construct the Thokoza Bus route in Kwamhlanga, as well as the Morothobolong bus route in Siyabuzwa. These were large contracts that required a lot of ma-

“We always treat our customers with care and respect. Through good business ethics and delivering quality service we have become a trusted name in road construction in Gauteng and beyond. “Our hard work and perseverance has meant that our lifestyle has changed, from renting a small apartment to owning our own comfortable home. We also PRYHG RXU RIĂ€FHV IURP D KRPH RIĂ€FH WR RXU YHU\ own premises in Chloorkop and although we have achieved a lot in a short space of time, we plan to achieve even more in future,â€? concludes Vicky. Instant Tar, Steve Tinarwo, Tel: (011) 393-5194, Email: sales@instanttar.com, www.instanttar.com, HA Plant Maintenance, Clifford Altendorfer, Tel: (011) 393-1622, Email: cliff@haplant.co.za, www.haplant.co.za

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SCHOOLS

Interlocking Panels

The fast-track and cost-efficient modular construction solution provided by a pressing community need for a pre-primary school in Diepsloot, a mushrooming former informal settlement north-west of Johannesburg, has attracted widespread attention.

o much so that the Modula system used by Vela Steel Building Systems to build the Akani Metmar School in the now formal township of Diepsloot is being applied to school and crèche construction elsewhere in Johannesburg, and in other provinces,� says Brent Harris, the founder and chief executive of the company.

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“The launch and rollout of Modula in the school arena presents challenges to the construction sector to develop faster and more cost-effective alternative building technologies that do not compromise on quality. “Modula is a perfect example of the success of that process,â€? says Brent. The core of Modula’s success, says Brent, is the seamless DSSOLFDWLRQRIWKHHIĂ€FLHQFLHVRIIDFWRU\SURGXFWLRQ to on-site construction that uses low skills. “This not only results in competitive pricing and fasttrack school construction, but also counteracts the

effects of the shortage of skilled trades people, nonavailability of building materials in remote areas, and the need for maintaining construction quality,� he adds. Vela’s Modula building systems consists of 1,2m-wide structurally insulated interlocking panels that vary in height up to 3m and are 110mm thick (excluding plaster).

No difference

7KHUPDOO\HIĂ€FLHQWDQGĂ€UHUHVLVWDQWWKHSDQHOVDUH VXSSOLHGZLWKSUHĂ€WWHGDOXPLQLXPRUVWHHOZLQGRZVDQG door frames, and can be economically transported, Ă DWSDFNHGRYHUORQJGLVWDQFHV “Once erected and plastered, there is no visible difference between a conventionally built school structure and Vela’s Modula unit,â€? Brent concludes. Vela Steel Building Systems, Brent Harris, Tel: (011) 864-8306, Email: info@velasbs.co.za, www.velasbs.co.za

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SAFETY ALERT

www.buildsafe.co.za

Drowning Fatality

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The incident occurred when four dewatering employees were busy installing a submersible pump in a temporary sump, when the edge of the pad collapsed and one employee fell into the water. The other employees threw him an electrical cable and pulled him to the edge. At almost exactly the same time the now deceased attempted to rescue the person in the water, the edge collapsed further and he also fell into sump. The witnesses reported that he was completely submerged into the water and then came up to the surface. They threw a rope towards him but he didn’t grab onto it and he thereafter disappeared underneath the surface.

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A nearby excavator operator came onto the scene to help and climbed into the sump where he found the now deceased at the bottom facing downward. He tied the rope around the mid-section of his body and pulled him up. When he was brought to the surface he had already drowned.

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‡7UDLQLQJ/DFNRIHPHUJHQF\SUHSDUHGQHVVDQGZDWHU UHVFXHWUDLQLQJDQGHYHQWKHVXSHUYLVRUGLGQRWNQRZ how to swim. There was not enough training planned IRUWDVNREVHUYDWLRQV7KLVZDVFRXSOHGZLWKDODFNRI EDVLFÀUVWDLGWUDLQLQJDQGWKHULVNDVVHVVPHQWWUDLQLQJ not being adequate. ‡ :RUN 3URFHVVHV ,QDGHTXDWH ZRUN LQVWUXFWLRQV IRU dewatering activities and no standard operating procedure available for the design and layout of the temporary sumps. The dewatering procedure was updated recently with the inclusion of life rings but this was not implemented. ‡6DIHW\&XOWXUH$GHSHQGHQWVDIHW\FXOWXUHLVHYLGHQWDVWKHUHZDVDWRWDOODFNRISURDFWLYHWKLQNLQJ 9LVLEOHDQGIHOWOHDGHUVKLSLQWHUYHQWLRQVVXFKDVWDVN observations (planned or unplanned) as well safety behavioural observations, were not carried out by any of the supervisory level employees who were exposed to the activities at the time. V

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LEGAL EAGLE

Health and Safety Being healthy and safe at work is a big part of an employer’s responsibility, but you as the employee also need to look after your own health and safety.

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mployees don’t go to work to be injured or get ailments and therefore the workplace should be the place you spend in a safe and clean manner. When an employee starts work, there is an obligation to ensure that such an employee starts at the company in a reasonably healthy state. This is the reason why medical Nico Pienaar check-ups are required by employers when or before an employee starts work. One of the issues that does not receive much attention is that of hearing loss. Most employers do issue personal protective equipment or better known as 33(7KHUXOHVLQLQGXVWU\DUHWKDWQRLV\DUHDVPXVWÀUVW be addressed by reducing the noise with mechani-

cal solutions. If not, then PPE must be issued. But the employee also needs to wear the PPE that is supplied. Employers often complain that employees refuse to wear PPE¸ or they sell their PPE to a friend. It is also important that the PPE that is supplied must be of a good quality. Noise is controlled by having audiometry test, but WKHVHWHVWVDUHFRQGXFWHGE\VSHFLDOLVWVLQWKHÀHOG Nico Pienaar, ASPASA/SARMA, Tel: (011) 791-3327, (PDLORI¿FH#DVSDVDFR]DZZZDVSDVDFR]DZZZVDUPDFR]D

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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 since 1974, and tracks projects from planning through to awarded stages. Each month Databuild will provide VWDVWLVWLFVUHÀHFWLQJWUHQGVLQWKHLQGXVWU\)RUPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQDERXW'DWDEXLOGSOHDVHFRQWDFWXVRQ  RUYLVLWXVDWZZZGDWDEXLOGFR]D Value of awarded projects by province in R millions Sep 2012 Province

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Eastern Cape

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Gauteng

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Kwazulu Natal

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Western Cape

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Ride-on Trowels Atlas Copco Construction Tools is launching a new UDQJH RI WKUHH ULGHRQ WURZHOV IRU FRQFUHWH ÁRRU specialists and rental companies. Their robust design, smooth operation and very good balance ensure top class concrete surfaces. The new machines are fully mechanical with two sizes to choose from: the 1 880 mm BG740 and the 2 336 mm BG910. Both trowels are equipped with reliable engines and heavy duty drive trains, all built into a service-friendly frame. The BG740 is equipped with four blades per rotor. A torque converter allows the machine to move quickly on the concrete and sustain the same torque, thus saving energy. The BG910 KDVODUJHUURWRUGLDPHWHUVDQGLVHTXLSSHGZLWKÀYH blades per rotor providing a more accurate surface in a shorter working time. For big jobs and high demands, the range is rounded off by the hydrostatic BG920. Its reliability, power and responsiveness are much appreciated features among larger contractors. Robust design, a Kubota diesel engine and a heavy duty gearbox contribute to a long lifetime and high performance. Hydraulic steering provides better handling control and the mechanical drive is easy to maintain. The %*LVDOVRHTXLSSHGZLWKÀYHEODGHVSHUURWRUIRU a more accurate surface in a shorter working time.

Atlas Copco, Kathryn Coetzer, Tel: (011) 821-9019, Email: Kathryn.coetzer@za.atlascopco.com

A Wide Range Goscor Power Products (GPP) has been appointed the sole distributor in southern Africa for China Lutian Machinery Company Ltd (Lutian), one of China’s leading industrial corporations. Lutian manufactures electric, diesel and petrol engines, water pumps, generators and a range of welding machines. They also specialise in high-pressure washers, which can be powered by any of their engines. GPP MD Mark Bester says that the synergies between his company and Lutian are very strong. “They make excellent quality products at very competitive prices, which will enable us to trade more competitively in the price-sensitive segments of the market.” Mark says that some products will combine the Lutian product with the iconic Subaru engines made famous by Goscor in the lawnmower, generator and pump markets. “This will enable us to provide the highest quality product at very competitive prices.” Goscor Power Products, Mark Bester, Tel: 0861 GOSCOR (467 267), Email: powerproducts@goscor.co.za, www.goscor-power-products.co.za

Goscor Power Products MD Mark Bester showing a brochure of the Lutian range. Product will be in S.A. by end November 2012

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Strip Lighting The recently launched Eurolux LED strip lights are GXUDEOHYHUVDWLOHHQHUJ\HIÀFLHQWZDWHUSURRIDQG easy to install. Whether for residential or commercial use, this is a cost-effective lighting option with varied application possibilities. These strip lights or ribbons of imbedded LEDs are ideal for those hard-to-reach places. They are commonly used in lighting applications such as wall features, stairs, shelves, cupboards, advertising, retail and hospitality decorations. The strip lights are HDV\WRLQVWDOODQGà H[LEOHDQGFDQEHPRXQWHG anywhere in no time. They are not only extremely HQHUJ\ HIÀFLHQW EXW DOVR ZDWHUSURRI DGGLQJ D WRXFKRIà DLUWRDQ\VSDFH These inexpensive and long-lasting lights are designed to cast no shadows and offer a seamless glow. Eurolux’s range comes in a variety of colours including blue, green, pink, purple, red and yellow; as well as traditional warm and cool white. The adapters and connectors offer even greater à H[LELOLW\DOORZLQJIRUWKHVWULSVWREHFXWDQGHDVLO\ MRLQHG7KH/('VWULSVKDYHQRÀODPHQWWKDWZLOOEXUQ out and offer a very low heat output, allowing for continuous use. The LED strip lights are available in power intensities of 4.6W/m and 14.2 W/m. All versions come with 3M adhesive tape for easy application. Eurolux, Shaun Boucher, Tel: (011) 608-2970, www.eurolux.co.za

Increasing Its Foo AfriSam has signed a lease agreement with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) for the establishment of a cementitious milling and blending plant in Zone 5 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The plant will have a production capacity of 740 000 tons per annum and will supplement AfriSam’s existing supply of cement to the Eastern Cape market. The construction phase will see an estimated 400 jobs created and the operational phase will create approximately 90 jobs. “We are pleased about the conclusion of the agreement and are excited to have this new opportunity to establish an operational presence in the Eastern Cape, expanding our internal capac-

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Signing the impressive agreement are CEO, Stephan Olivier and CDC CE, Pepi Silinga


PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Socially-responsible Machines Mines can strike a double blow for social responsibility by setting up road crews to build and repair roads in local communities while making use of local labour as well as locally built machines. ,QWKLVZD\ORFDOFRPPXQLWLHVEHQHÀWWKURXJK better, safer road infrastructure while at the same time creating jobs for labourers along the roadways. By supporting local road building machine manufacturers, they also contribute to uplifting South Africa’s manufacturing economy and contribute to lower unemployment rates. Clifford Altendorfer of HA Plant Maintenance says that the company has been building mechanically vibrating pedestrian rollers for more than 30 years. The Vipac-branded rollers that the company produces provide the deepest and best compaction for road construction in the market. They are also built using the highest grade materials and best components available, which gives them a long and trouble free operational life compared to many of the imported machines. Clifford Altendorfer of HA Plant Maintenance

tprint ity,” says Stephan Olivier, CEO of AfriSam South Africa. AfriSam already has a well-established market presence in the Eastern Cape, which is supplied with cement from AfriSam’s Ulco plant in the Northern Cape. The company has existing distribution depots in Queenstown and East London. These depots would ideally be complemented by the planned milling plant and distribution depot at Coega. ´7KHQHZRSHUDWLRQZLOOEHQHÀWRXUFXVWRPHUVLQWKH Eastern Cape directly through increased guarantee of supply and shorter product lead times. The plant will also provide employment for sixty people, with an additional thirty employment opportunities created through service providers,” says Stephan. Ntaga Mojapelo, AfriSam, Tel: (011) 670-5541, Email: ntaga.mojapelo@za.afrisam.com, www.afrisam.com Ayanda Vilakazi, Coega Development Corporation Cell: 082 645-7277, Tel: (041) 403-0464, Email: ayanda.vilakazi@ coega.co.za

Vipac mechanical vibrating pedestrian rollers are able to do the work of far bigger ride-on machines. For the purposes of setting up small business to repair roads that have been damaged by heavy trucks or build new roads in previously disadvantaged communities, the Vipac machines are perfect solutions. The machines can be transported on the back of a bakkie or even a trailer. With the use of local labour using hand tools, the roads can be prepared and asphalt (or pavers) can be laid and compacted. In instances where bigger stretches of road need to be constructed, a skidsteer in tandem with the pedestrian roller can ensure hundreds of metres of road can be surfaced in quick time. HA Plant Maintenance, Clifford Altendorfer, Tel: (011) 393-1622, Email: cliff@haplant.co.za, www.haplant.co.za

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Official Stockist 5RERW ,QGXVWULDO ² D OHDGLQJ VXSSOLHU RI WRROV DQG equipment to the industrial sectors of the South $IULFDQPDUNHW²KDVH[SDQGHGLWVSURGXFWRIIHULQJ DIWHUEHFRPLQJDQRIĂ€FLDOGLVWULEXWRURIWKH'LDPRQG Products range. Robot now stocks a comprehensive range of Diamond Products tools, including saw blades, grinding and polishing tools and drill bits. The company’s Johannesburg-based store stocks more than 58 000 different product lines, making it one of the largest industrial hardware stores in South Africa. Robot made the decision to stock the Diamond Products range, due to the quality and reliability of the brand. “A large number of our customers are required to cut through substantial amounts of concrete, and cheaper blades work out to be more expensive in the long term, due to the fact that they have to be replaced on a constant basis. Diamond Products blades last substantially longer, and thereby provide the client with the peace-of-mind that their initial payment will result in the long term investment of a high quality productâ€?, says Robot director, Mark Jackson. Diamond Products, Brian Clark, Tel: (011) 552-8310, Email: info@diamondpc.co.za, www.diamondpc.co.za

loader offers all the advantages of a vertical lift path loader with plenty of power. All Bobcat machines are manufactured from the highest grade materials to deliver optimum robustness; these machines can tackle the toughest jobs with ease.

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7KH6FRPHVZLWKKLJKĂ RZK\GUDXOLFVDVVWDQGDUG The powerful vertical boom arms deliver plenty of lift capacity for excavating and handling heavy loads. The long wheel base platform improves productivity and operating capacity and gives excellent stability, Ă RWDWLRQ DQG WUDFWLYH HIIRUW IRU DOO W\SHV RI JURXQG conditions. With more than 55 Bobcat loader attachments that can be changed quickly and easily by the operator using the standard Bob-Tach Attachment Mounting System, this unit offers unparalleled versatility.

Compact Bobcat S185 versatile Skid Steer Loader

Bobcat is a leading equipment specialist with expertise behind their name that dates back more than ÀYHGHFDGHV7KHFRPSDQ\WRWKLVGD\FRQWLQXHVWR manufacture world class skidsteer loaders complemented by a wide range of other leading technology, compact plant equipment. One of the most powerful workhorses in the Bobcat Equipment skidsteer stable, is the S185 Bobcat skidsteer loader: The S185 comes in a compact package with features that extend beyond systems performance and versatility. This medium long wheel base skidsteer

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In terms of maintenance, the complete range of Bobcat loaders is designed for cost-effective ownership. The rugged Bobcat chain case is the only maintenance-free chain case in the industry with H[FOXVLYH Ă€[HG D[OH WXEHV VWURQJHU D[OHV DQG IXOO\ sealed bearings. The chain case, which is the largest in the industry, requires no adjustments. The axle bearings are automatically lubricated with chain case oil, “so they never need greasing.â€? The use of maintenance-free and low-maintenance components is complemented with easy service access. The S185 comes with a standard warranty of 12 months or 2000 KRXUVZKLFKHYHURFFXUVĂ€UVW Bobcat Equipment Rental SA, Deryck Jordan, Tel: 086 026-2228, Tel: (011) 389-4400, Email: djordan@bobcatsa.co.za, www.bobcatsa.co.za


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Antimicrobial Bench Trunking signed especially to help reduce microorganisms which may cause harmful infections and diseases in environments such as hospitals, laboratories, kitchens and schools. Rehau’s cable trunking incorporates BioCote’s silver ion antimicrobial technology which inhibits the growth of bacteria and mould, which can also cause product deterioration, discolouration and bad odours. Designed for the safe and discreet distribution of data cabling in teaching and working spaces, it is a flexible solution based around an asymmetric triangular shaped UPVC base profile and single lid.

Rehau has launched an antimicrobial bench trunking range, a first for South Africa.

The base can be configured either ‘high’ to maximise the useful worktop area or ‘low’ to fit where vertical space is limited, for example beneath a window; and the system can even be used back-toback across the middle of worktops or as columns, pods or pillars.

Profila antimicrobial bench trunking has been de-

Tel: (011) 201-1300, www.rehau.co.za

New Appointments Aberdare Cables appointment Keith Edmond as chief executive officer with effect from 1 September 2012. Keith first joined Aberdare in 2009 as CFO. He was then appointed marketing, sales and distribution director and in March 2012 he was promoted to CEO-designate, after the announcement of the retirement of Harry Coetzee from 31 August 2012. Keith Edmond as chief executive Aberdare Cables is a major RIÂżFHU &(2

player in all areas of the cabling industry. Aberdare's merger with Crabtree, a manufacturer of electrical accessories such as plugs, switches, sockets and circuit breakers, affords opportunities for further growth. Considerable synergies between both companies are leading to greater efficiency in both operations, generating a positive impact on its customers. The company also recently improved its BBBEE status to Level 2 (AAA). Aberdare Cables, Annelene Sivalingum, Tel: (011) 396-8000, Email: asiva@aberdare.co.za

The board of directors of PPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ketso Gordhan to the Board as Chief Executive 2IÀFHU'HVLJQDWHIURP November 2012. He will succeed Paul Stuiver as &KLHI ([HFXWLYH 2IÀFHU from 1 January 2013. Ketso’s most recent role has been with The Presidency for the Government of South Africa, Recently appointed PPC Chief since 2009, where he developed performance ([HFXWLYH2I¿FHU.HWVR*RUGKDQ metrics and targets for all government ministries. Prior to this role he was Head of Private Equity at FirstRand Financial Services Group for almost a decade. In his role as city manager during 1999 and 2000, Ketso led the team which successfully UHYHUVHGWKHWKHQGLUHÀQDQFLDOSRVLWLRQRIWKH&LW\ of Johannesburg. Tel: (011) 386-9000, Email: contactus@ppc.co.za, www.ppc.co.za

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Finishing a Tiled A nightmare for any contractor is cleaning up concrete and grout off tiled surfaces in a building before handover. Try these tips for removing small marks if you have a good hard surface that won’t scratch easily. Here’s how:

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Step 2 Try rubbing the tiles with a stainless steel scourer pad.

Step 3 If you still have a few larger lumps try scraping with a blunt screwdriver to get the worst off and then the scourer.

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Try a very small spot at a time and observe how it goes. This is important, as doing a small section at a time, you will be working safely. Use a small bristle brush and dab a spot one at a time. When the bubbling stops, wash it off with water, and try the mark with your scourer again and with a bit of luck it will come off easily. Repeat the process as needed. Wash clean and wash again, get rid of all traces of the acid.

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Xylem, a leader in water technology, presented 378 pumps to the Mvula Trust in October. These pumps will be used to support domestic water consumption in Setumong Village in Limpopo. The Mvula Trust has been providing water and sanitation services to rural and periurban communities across South Africa for nearly 20 years. The trust will oversee the distribution and installation of the donated pumps to the community. “The total value of the pumps Darryl MacDougall from Xylem (left) presents a cheque to Lucky Maleka (middle) from the Setumong village in Limpopo and Goodenough Molefe (right) from the Mvula Trust. The cheque symbolises the value donated to the Mvula trust of a selection of pumps donated to the Mvula Trust to be distributed within the Setumong community. is just under R400 000. “We in the skills and experience it has developed as both hope that this donation will go a long way towards an implementing and policy organisation. helping the Setumong-community, and we look forward to more initiatives of this kind in the future,� Mvula’s origin and full range of expertise allows it says Vincent Chirouze, managing director of Xylem to address all challenges related to water services, South Africa. whether it is implementing new projects, providing support to water services authorities, establishing The Mvula Trust was formed initially to alleviate the water services provider capacity, developing water critical situation in the early 1990s by setting up a fast services policy, or working with communities. and effective mechanism for funding community-driven water and sanitation projects. The organisation has Xylem, www.xyleminc.com been going from strength to strength since and is now Mvula Trust, www.mvula.co.za in its eighteenth year of existence. Its main strengths lie

Building Homes

Nedbank partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in Orange Farm, Gauteng from 1 to 5 October 2012. Fifty-eight year old Gladys Dlamini from Orange Farm is one of the millions in South Africa in a long list of candidates who have been eagerly awaiting the allocation of a home. Over the years Nedbank in partnership with Habitat for Humanity has built several homes in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal in keeping with its ethos of ‘Make Things Happen’ with communities. 2QH RI WKH EHQHĂ€FLDULHV -HWKUR Nedbank Home Loans builds a home for a family in Orange Farm Mashile from Orange Farm says that KDYLQJWKLVKRPHKDVPDGHDVLJQLĂ€FDQWFKDQJHLQ long time. My life with my family is now easier and a lot the lives of his family with wife Wendy and their two better and the community members were also happy children. for me because we all have the same problems and Equally thrilled was Ms. Khethiwe Nzama from KwaZulu draw strength from each other’s fortunes.â€? Natal, “Getting our new home was like a blessing for Nedbank Media Relations, Vukani Makalima me because I’ve been on the waiting list for a very Tel: (011) 294-0624, Email: vukanim@nedbank.co.za

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