Tag Archive: housing and human settlements

One of the houses in Sokhulumi Village nearing completion. The houses were built by SAWIC together with members of the community and Duro donated steel windows and doors.

Helping with housing in Sokhulumi Village

Mar 14, 2013 6:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the houses in Sokhulumi Village nearing completion. The houses were built by SAWIC together with members of the community and Duro donated steel windows and doors.In support of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, an international campaign focused on raising awareness about this issue, leading manufacturer of steel and aluminium products in South Africa, Duro, contributed to the building and donation of four two-bedroomed homes for disadvantaged families in Sokhulumi Village near Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng. Duro partnered with the Department of Human Settlements, the City of Tshwane and South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) in this project. The company donated a variety of high quality, durable steel door frames, combination doors and window frames for the houses. 

At the recent MBSA Congress South Africa’s Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, spoke of the need for public-private partnerships to ensure effective implementation of government’s 17 planned strategic infrastructure projects.

Building South Africa – MBSA Congress

Oct 8, 2012 9:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

At the recent MBSA Congress South Africa’s Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, spoke of the need for public-private partnerships to ensure effective implementation of government’s 17 planned strategic infrastructure projects.Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) recently brought together members of the building industry at its 107th annual congress, convened under the theme Building South Africa. Invited speakers and panel discussions looked at future infrastructure trends, growth opportunities and the challenges and changes experienced in the construction sector. Experts from South Africa and other African countries shared their knowledge and highlighted the need for collaboration among stakeholders to promote the industry.  Environmental issues and sustainability in building were a key focus as was the important role the industry can play in South Africa’s economic growth. 

Duro supplies a wide range of steel windows and doors for the low-cost housing market, as seen in this housing development in Orlando, Soweto.

Steel windows and doors meet low-cost requirements

Sep 26, 2012 9:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Duro supplies a wide range of steel windows and doors for the low-cost housing market, as seen in this housing development in Orlando, Soweto. 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.

Housing needs bulk infrastructure too

Sep 26, 2012 8:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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. 

Cobra’s Dura taps and mixers were selected for Garden Cities’ latest developments at its Pinehurst and Sunningdale residential estates in the Western Cape.

Taps and mixers for Garden Cities developments

Sep 26, 2012 8:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Cobra’s Dura taps and mixers were selected for Garden Cities’ latest developments at its Pinehurst and Sunningdale residential estates in the Western Cape.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. 

Members of the local community in Ngangelizwe, Mthatha, were employed and trained within government’s Expanded Public Works Programme to lay the concrete block paving on roads and pavements in the township.

The people prefer concrete block paving

Sep 26, 2012 8:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Members of the local community in Ngangelizwe, Mthatha, were employed and trained within government’s Expanded Public Works Programme to lay the concrete block paving on roads and pavements in the township.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. 

A state-owned construction company?

Aug 14, 2012 8:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

National Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale has again raised the possibility of establishing a state-owned construction company, calling for debate on the idea.

Sexwale was addressing stakeholders in the construction industry in Pretoria recently when he reiterated the idea that he first mooted in his Budget Vote speech in parliament earlier this year. 

The ‘shield’ ceiling at the First National Bank building in Fairlands, Johannesburg, illustrates the versatility of Gyproc’s RhinoBoard.

Saint-Gobain Gyproc saving energy one house at a time

Aug 14, 2012 7:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The ‘shield’ ceiling at the First National Bank building in Fairlands, Johannesburg, illustrates the versatility of Gyproc’s RhinoBoard.Saint-Gobain Gyproc is committed to manufacturing products that contribute to the reduction of energy usage in homes and address the need to combat South Africa’s mounting energy crisis, as detailed in the recently published legislation. 

Gyproc uses mainly natural materials in the manufacturing of its products and recycled materials in its production processes. As a company Saint-Gobain saves more energy per year than it uses to produce its products. 

Helping home wishes come true

Jul 16, 2012 12:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

RBA Homes handed over the keys for a brand new home to Lucky Mathibela and his family on Friday 1 June 2012, making good on its promise made on 94.7 FM Highveld Stereo’s Christmas Wish campaign. 

When RBA Homes was approached by 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Breakfast Show and heard Lucky’s story, it welcomed the chance to make a difference in his life. RBA Homes was impressed by the young man’s positive spirit and his desire to give back to his community as a teacher – even though he was struggling himself. 

Eco Building Systems recently launched Thermapour – a pourable, insulating material designed for use in cavity walls and under roof and floor screeds.

Alternative building systems support energy efficiency

Jul 9, 2012 10:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Eco Building Systems recently launched Thermapour – a pourable, insulating material designed for use in cavity walls and under roof and floor screeds.ABP Building Products, specialist in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of alternative building systems that support energy efficiency, has changed its name, because of a naming rights conflict, to Eco Building Systems. 

Rodney van Dam of Eco Building Systems says, “We focus primarily on using expanded polystyrene systems (EPS) to provide building products that withstand the impacts of rising building, energy and labour costs. With the promulgation of new energy efficiency legislation in the National Building Regulations, our products are playing a greater role in the South African building environment. 

Among the 12 qualifying submissions for the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture 2011/12 are Lebone II College in Phokeng, North West, and Lulu Kati Kati, a house in Melville, Johannesburg.

Leading the way in sustainable architecture

Jul 2, 2012 12:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Among the 12 qualifying submissions for the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture 2011/12 are Lebone II College in Phokeng, North West, and Lulu Kati Kati, a house in Melville, Johannesburg. The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture, initiated in 2009, seeks to identify and honour outstanding South African architectural projects that reflect sustainable outcomes. This year, following a vigorous adjudication phase, 12 qualifying entries have been announced for the 2011/12 awards programme. 

The entries will be exhibited at the South African Institute of Architects Architecture ZA 2012 Biennale, to be hosted by the Cape Institute for Architecture in September, in the run-up to the announcement of the award-winning projects in October. 

Entries for the 2011/12 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture were submitted under two categories – one for built work that has been beneficially occupied since 15 March 2011 and the other for works of social importance, including research. 

Housing a key driver in infrastructure rollout

May 22, 2012 12:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ahead of the presentation of the Human Settlements Budget Vote 2012-13 to the National Assembly last week (9 May 2012), Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, highlighted the progress the department has made not only in the continuing development of housing and human settlements but also in rooting out the corruption that has, over past years, undermined the delivery of decent housing. 

Interestingly, Minister Sexwale raised the question of whether government should not be turning to sizeable, established contractors and their BEE partners rather than the “wheelbarrow and bakkie brigade” to support its housing delivery commitments. He said that while some emerging contractors are genuinely committed to building houses of sound and long-lasting quality, many had shown themselves to be fly-by-nights, abusing taxpayers’ money and government’s resources. 

Jabulani hostels make way for family housing

May 22, 2012 11:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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. 

Energy-saving insulation for housing retrofits

Energy-saving insulation for housing retrofits

May 22, 2012 11:19 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Energy-saving insulation for housing retrofitsAt 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.

The home built for Angelina Msizi in Lwandle, Strand in the Western Cape, makes use of Corobrik’s Meadow Rustic maxi face brick for the exterior walls and clay maxi plaster bricks for the inside walls.

Donated house demonstrates benefits of clay brick

May 22, 2012 11:06 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The home built for Angelina Msizi in Lwandle, Strand in the Western Cape, makes use of Corobrik’s Meadow Rustic maxi face brick for the exterior walls and clay maxi plaster bricks for the inside walls.A new home built by Corobrik in Lwandle, Strand, is a “dream come true” for disabled resident Angelina Msizi – and a tangible way for Corobrik to show its support for the rights of women and children. The house is a part of the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements new Siyazama housing project which consists of 82 units. 

Speaking at the official handover ceremony in April, which was attended by Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Corobrik director Bertha Zwane said that the house had been built both as a way for the company to give back to those in need and to demonstrate the appropriateness of double skin clay brick construction with a face brick exterior wall as a ‘best solution’ for sustainable housing in terms of economic, social and environmental considerations. 

The CMA House – plans detail the block layout for odd and even courses. Full sets of drawings are available at no charge from the CMA.

The CMA House – building plans available

May 17, 2012 11:52 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The CMA House – plans detail the block layout for odd and even courses. Full sets of drawings are available at no charge from the CMA.The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) is offering architect-designed plans for a 40m² subsidy house, at no charge, to anyone wishing to use them. This initiative is seen by the CMA as one which, if adopted by the construction industry, will improve the quality and building productivity of subsidised housing significantly. Dubbed ‘The CMA House’, the project was officially launched by CMA director, Hamish Laing, at the South African Housing Foundation Conference in September last year. 

Laing says the use of modular concrete masonry forms the backbone of The CMA House.

Aveng Manufacturing Infraset is supplying over 3 000 prestressed concrete I-section poles to carry electrical cabling, metering boxes and street lamps as well, in the new Fleurhoff housing development.

Concrete poles for electricity distribution at Fleurhof

May 17, 2012 11:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Aveng Manufacturing Infraset is supplying over 3 000 prestressed concrete I-section poles to carry electrical cabling, metering boxes and street lamps as well, in the new Fleurhoff housing development.Over 3 000 prestressed I-section concrete poles are being supplied by Aveng Manufacturing Infraset for the electrification of the integrated housing development in Fleurhof, Roodepoort, in Gauteng. 

The development involves the construction of 9 600 houses, between 30m² and 100m² in size. The building programme began in 2010 and will run until 2016. Some of the units are being sold on the open market, others fall under the RDP umbrella and the balance are being allocated for social rental and the gap market.

Concrete and concrete products offer among the most durable and affordable solutions for the development of infrastructure and housing in human settlements.

Concrete solutions for infrastructure and housing

May 15, 2012 12:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Concrete and concrete products offer among the most durable and affordable solutions for the development of infrastructure and housing in human settlements.Concrete and concrete products offer social, environmental, economic and other benefits in housing as well as in the development of infrastructure for human settlements. These benefits are set out in a leaflet entitled Sustainable Concrete for Human Settlements, published by the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI). 

Compared with new, sophisticated and relatively expensive alternative construction technologies, concrete remains one of the most cost-effective and durable building materials. 

The Hult Global Case Challenge in housing

Apr 25, 2012 7:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Port Elizabeth company, Moladi Housing, has reached the finals of the R7-million ($1-million) global challenge to solve the crisis of creating secure and affordable shelter for the poor. Over 100 presentations from higher education institutions around the world were submitted in the housing category for the 2012 Hult Global Case Challenge – and just six, including PE’s Moladi Housing, made the cut. 

Patented by inventor and Moladi founder Hennie Botes, the Moladi model was presented by a team from Kingston University at the regional final in London in March. The team is now bound for the finals which will be held 26 April in New York.

Precast hollow-core concrete floor slabs supplied by Elematic South Africa are being used in the construction of the Urban Ridge Estate rental housing development in Midrand, Gauteng.

Value for money in multi-storey rental housing

Apr 2, 2012 1:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Precast hollow-core concrete floor slabs supplied by Elematic South Africa are being used in the construction of the Urban Ridge Estate rental housing development in Midrand, Gauteng.Despite the slowdown in demand for homes in some sectors of the market, demand for affordable rental housing remains high. There is, however, pressure on property developers and building contractors to deliver housing projects to the market at a reasonable cost and return. Products such as Elematic South Africa’s (ESA) precast hollow-core concrete floor slabs are a popular choice for such projects as they help save time on site and can contribute to reducing the overall cost of a project. 

ESA has been supplying all the precast hollow-core slabs for the Urban Ridge Estate development in Midrand – a 260-unit rental housing development which is being completed in four phases. The estate will be owned and units rented out by Zotec Developments and it is being constructed by Central Development Projects. It comprises three- and four-storey walk-up blocks with two-bedroom, one-bathroom units. The first three phases are complete with Phase Four on track for completion in March.

Echo’s hollow-core concrete floor slabs are being used to fast-track the construction of new housing in three- and four-storey buildings in Jabulani, Soweto.

Hollow-core concrete floor slabs for new housing

Jan 31, 2012 10:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Echo’s hollow-core concrete floor slabs are being used to fast-track the construction of new housing in three- and four-storey buildings in Jabulani, Soweto.The delivery of decent housing for hundreds of thousands of South Africans remains one of the country’s most important development imperatives. The Echo Group, the biggest manufacturer of hollow-core concrete flooring slabs in the country, is playing a key role in the rollout of new housing projects. 

Echo’s advanced hollow-core concrete floor slab technology is being harnessed to accelerate the delivery of thousands of new homes in two new high-density Gauteng “suburbs”.

Corrugated steel roofing ready for dispatch from BSi Steel in Kliprivier, Midvaal.

New supplier of steel roofing

Nov 22, 2011 7:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Corrugated steel roofing ready for dispatch from BSi Steel in Kliprivier, Midvaal.JSE-listed steel processor and supplier, BSi Steel, established a dedicated roofing division in May last year, based at the company’s central steel processing and distribution centre in Kliprivier, Midvaal. 

The BSi Steel Group has seen strong growth over the past year and Alan Havenga, manager of the roofing division says, “Roofing is an important aspect of the steel industry. Creating this division is a logical step forward for BSi Steel, to support the company’s plans for expansion into the structural steel industry.”

Vela Steel Building Systems supplied much of the cold rolled steel used in the innovative steel-frame system chosen for the construction of the All Africa Games Athletes Village in Maputo, Mozambique.

Steel-frame construction for All Africa Games

Nov 2, 2011 8:52 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Vela Steel Building Systems supplied much of the cold rolled steel used in the innovative steel-frame system chosen for the construction of the All Africa Games Athletes Village in Maputo, Mozambique.South African company, Vela Steel Building Systems, played a part in enabling the fast-track construction of accommodation for athletes involved in the 10th All Africa Games, which were staged in Mozambique in September 2011. 

Brent Harris, managing director of Vela, says, “The biggest challenge of this project – which was designed to house most of the 6 500 competing athletes from 48 countries – was the extremely tight construction timeframe.

Terraforce 4 x 4 Multi Step blocks in combination with retaining blocks provide seating at the Pniel sports arena in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.

Step blocks create convenient seating

Nov 2, 2011 8:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Terraforce 4 x 4 Multi Step blocks in combination with retaining blocks provide seating at the Pniel sports arena in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.The Terraforce 4x4 Multi Step block was developed originally to be used with Terraforce retaining blocks in order to provide for stairway access up and down retaining walls. The Multi Step blocks soon became popular not only for stairways but to create comfortable, practical seating arrangements at school sports fields and other recreational facilities.

Technicrete Double Zig-Zag concrete paving blocks are being used in the upgrading of rural roads in the Free State.

Rural roads upgrade gathers pace

Nov 2, 2011 8:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Technicrete Double Zig-Zag concrete paving blocks are being used in the upgrading of rural roads in the Free State.The concept of sustainable human settlements encompasses not only housing but also the infrastructure that enables settlements to function and the amenities that contribute to creating a sense of community and connection among residents. Hence it encompasses roads and storm-water drainage, electricity supply, and water and sanitation systems, as well as amenities such as schools, clinics, shopping centres, recreation facilities and places of worship, among other things.

Volunteers help to build houses

Nov 2, 2011 8:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Building on the success of a 2010 employee community involvement (ECI) project in which hundreds of its employees got involved in helping to build houses for the very poor, Standard Bank once again this year donated both financial and human capital to the annual Mellon Housing Initiative

The initiative is aiming to build ten houses each in Tembisa, Gauteng, and Witsand, Western Cape, between August and November, building one house a week. The houses will be handed over to families that, until now, have lived in shacks and have had no access to running water or electricity.