keyboard_arrow_upClay face masonry on the march
keyboard_arrow_downClay face masonry on the march

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.

keyboard_arrow_upJabulani hostels make way for family housing
keyboard_arrow_downJabulani hostels make way for family housing

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. 

keyboard_arrow_upDonated house demonstrates benefits of clay brick
keyboard_arrow_downDonated house demonstrates benefits of clay brick

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. 

keyboard_arrow_upThe CMA House – building plans available
keyboard_arrow_downThe CMA House – building plans available

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.