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The first phase of Aloe Ridge in Pietermaritzburg’s Westgate Grange has been constructed from Corobrik’s Burnt Apricot. Hundreds of families in the Westgate Grange area of Pietermaritzburg will soon have access to affordable housing with the completion of Aloe Ridge, the largest social housing project in the city constructed entirely of Corobrik’s facebrick.
With affordable housing backlogs growing, developers are increasingly turning to precast concrete products to speed-up construction times while improving build quality of houses.
Residents in the North West town of Marikana, situated just east of Rustenburg, welcomed the donation of much needed housing earlier this year.
Repairing badly constructed houses costs South Africans millions of rands annually. This is according to National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) spokesperson Tshepo Nkosi. Speaking at the launch of the housing regulator’s countrywide consumer education campaign, Nkosi added that despite a house being the most significant purchase that the average consumer will ever make, many South Africans continued to spend large amounts of money, and even their life’s savings, with unaccredited builders.
Corobrik believes further developments in South Africa's affordable housing market and investments in social infrastructure are the key to positive prospects for 2016, with the clay brick and paving manufacturer and distributor seeking to add to the value of South Africa’s infrastructure stock and consumer investment at the entry housing level where there is minimal disposable income for maintenance.
Traditional mud brick rondavels can be easily and affordably upgraded to increase thermal efficiency and aesthetics with the addition of a face brick skin.
Jubilation filled the air during the official handover of houses to 76 indigent families in Lindelani just outside Galeshewe in Kimberley on Thursday 13 November 2014.
Established in 2012 in the wake of increasing demand for quality services and expertise in the housing solutions market, Raubex Housing is currently delivering a R280m, 476-unit housing contract at Kathu, for Kumba Iron Ore.
In early 2013 the Endumeni Municipality (Dundee) supported by the NHBRC endorsed the use of Coro Maxi 140 face construction for state provided subsidy houses in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Gap housing defines those residential units whose prices fall between government housing and those delivered by the private sector. A perceived gap exists in the monthly income requirements for prospective owners, meaning their levels of income are too little to enable them to participate in the private property market, yet too much to qualify for state assistance.
Fairview Links, a social housing development in Port Elizabeth, provides 375 new, affordable rental apartments to low-income earners, in a project funded by the Department of Human Settlements. It features studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units that are only available to qualifying candidates that earn between R2 500 and R7 500 per month.
Beneficiaries in 10 wards in the Bushbuckridge Municipality benefitted from the collaboration between Buscor, a leading passenger bus company that operates predominantly in the Lowveld region of the Mpumalanga Province and Technicrete, to assist in the construction of ten houses for the local community.
When South African based company Structure Now unveiled the new design of their portable schools and functional medical clinic buildings for Africa, they were delighted when they captured the attention of companies as far away as Moscow and New York. Enquiries from overseas have been steadily coming in since the official opening ceremony of the first unit, the Investec Westbury School Teacher Development Centre, located in Gauteng. The classroom, donated by Investec, is completely solar powered and will be a place of ongoing learning.
The remarkable development of Eyethu Orange Farm Mall will result in the entire Orange Farm community holding a 10% stake in this 27 000m2 regional shopping mall, which is helping to transform the area into a flourishing central business district, and creating a valuable multi-faceted community asset.
If Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale is turning to the private sector to find a solution to the 2,2-million backlog in toilet delivery in rural and semi-urban communities, the solution may be found in the area of alternative building technologies (ABTs).
South Africa has the largest known deposits of manganese ore in the world and is the largest producer of iron ore on the continent making mining operations in the arid Northern Cape critical to the national economy and the largest employers in the region.
Duro, one of the leading manufacturers of steel and aluminium building products in Southern Africa, has supplied windows and doorframes to phase 3A of the housing development currently under way in Langa, Cape Town. The development is being undertaken by the Provincial Department of Human Settlements and the City of Cape Town.
Speaking at the handover of 49 houses at Mantheding Village outside Polokwane in Limpopo in July, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said the provision of bulk infrastructure remains one of the major challenges in delivering houses in rural areas. Sexwale stressed, however, that this challenge did not mean that people in villages should be excluded from receiving houses.
Well-known Cape property developer, Garden Cities, has expanded its Pinehurst, Durbanville and Sunningdale, West Coast developments significantly with the construction of several new residential villages at the two estates. In line with the company’s commitment to build quality homes with quality fittings, Cobra Watertech’s Dura range of taps and mixers were specified for the bathrooms and kitchens in all the new homes.
The people living in South Africa’s second oldest township, Ngangelizwe in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, are happy with the installation of concrete block paving (CBP) on some of their roads and footpaths. In fact, such is their enthusiasm for concrete block paving that when the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport proposed switching to asphalt instead of CBP in 2009/10, objections from the community led to a compromise. This saw tarring being restricted to a ring road around the township while four internal roads and some adjacent pavements were surfaced with CBP.
The R487-million Jabulani Housing Project in Soweto, launched at the end of March, will see the development of 1 919 community residential and RDP housing units completed over the next few years – replacing the existing hostels on the site which are to be demolished over time. The new housing units will provide a more family-oriented environment for hostel dwellers and people from other income groups.
At the 4th annual convention of the GBCSA (Green Building Council of South Africa) held in Cape Town last year, several residential green building retrofit projects were announced by GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson, including a British High Commission-sponsored ‘green street’ retrofit in KwaZulu-Natal, coinciding with Durban’s hosting of COP17. Energy performance and the use of the most appropriate green building materials are key to sustainable building – in housing as in other sectors.