Drogeheuvel Middelvlei Bulk Water Supply – A Case Study

SA Builder | Cover Story | August 2018



Middelvlei Bulk Water Supply


Ultimate Dynamic

Site Agent:

Kobus Pretorius


Randfontein Local Municipality

Drogeheuvel: Middelvlei Bulk Water Supply – RMD Kwikform played a critical role in the project’s success

RMD Kwikform Products:

Superslims & Rapidshor

Consulting Engineers:

Maragela Consulting Engineers

Project Scope & Statistics

Type of project:

Bulk water supply to new residential development on the farm Drogeheuvel

SUPERSLIM: A definitive formwork primary beam solution, with an unrivalled strength-to-weight ratio


50% local labour used

1 072 m3 of concrete in the structure

224 m3 of concrete in the Bowl

512 m3 of concrete in the base

96 Tonne of steel in the structure

35.5 m in height

2 mllion Mega Liter capacity

Project duration 24 Months

Site Agent, Pretorius states that RMD Kwikform played a critical role in the project’s success. The Rapidshor used for shoring to the working platform for erection of the Conical dome provided an easy to erect, labour-saving, shoring solution with an 80kN leg-load capacity. In addition the 8-holed lugs on standards allowed for skewed bracing without a reduction in load capacity, allowing for a stable integrated circular arrangement around the tower section.

Type of project: Bulk water supply to new residential development on the farm Drogeheuvel

Pretorius deems the Superslim Soldiers that were used as Primary bearers in the revolutionary Conical Formwork Design as “in a class of its own” and a first of its kind. He believes that the Superslim solution played a critical role in assuring Ultimate Dynamic a competitive advantage in recently securing similar projects.

RAPIDSHOR: A heavy-duty galvanised modular shoring system, ensuring no loose parts or fittings for maximum cost efficiency and safety


A heavy-duty galvanised modular shoring system, ensuring no loose parts or fittings for maximum cost efficiency and safety.

Key features include:

– High capacity – 80kN per leg

– Tilting heads and bases

– Curved grids – connections at 45˚

– Lightweight galvanised design – maximum weight of 13.5kgs

– 48mm diameter jack with 500mm of adjustment


A definitive formwork primary beam solution, with an unrivalled strength-to-weight ratio, versatility and range of accessories. Robust and easily assembled into beams of almost any length, the Superslim Soldier can be reused on site after site, in numerous temporary works applications.

Key features include:

– Any length of beam assembly

– Versatility in diverse applications

– Compatibility with other ranges

– Precisely manufactured

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Congress 2018 to Tackle Building Industry Issues

Congress 2018 to Tackle Building Industry Issues

Topics such as intimidation on building sites, the impact of the fourth industrial revolution on the construction industry, as well as the development of the sector will all come under the spotlight at the annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress, taking place on the 10th and 11th of September 2018 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth.

The Congress, now in its 113th year, has become an important platform for addressing issues and opportunities within the South African building and construction industry with input from government, building industry leaders, academia, economists and other relevant stakeholders. Under the overarching theme of Building South Africa Together, speakers from these and other sectors will be exploring matters currently impacting the industry.

Kicking off the Congress will be Councillor Athol Trollip, Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality who will be welcoming an anticipated 350 delegates to his city. This will be followed by the keynote address delivered on Construction Sector Development: 2020 and Beyond.

Afterwards, a lively panel discussion on the subject of Building South Africa Together will be headlined by John Matthews, the President of Master Builders South Africa. The conversation will consider the benefits of foreign direct investment in building the South African economy, the collapse of local construction companies and the impact on the industry, along with the relationship between land ownership and infrastructure development, amongst other matters.

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

The future of the industry and country will be unpacked throughout the course of the Congress, with talks on topics such as South Africa’s economic outlook and its impact on construction, as well as Indlulamithi: South Africa Scenarios 2030.

With MBSA members and their employees increasingly experiencing violent intimidation and harassment at the hands of mafia-style business forums on construction sites around the country, retired Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, will be sharing his insights on How to prevent and deal with intimidation and illegal stoppages on construction sites.

A key feature of every Congress are the technical breakaway sessions which enable teams of experts from various aspects of the industry to debate the issues of Construction Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), Skills Development and Regulatory, Contractual and Legal Matters in the Construction Industry. This year, a fourth breakaway session on Support for Emerging Contractors will be added, covering discussion points such as finding and obtaining work; transformation of the construction sector; and running an efficient building project.

Another regular highlight is the exhibition which coincides with the Congress and showcases the latest innovations in the industry, along with services available to MBSA members.

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

MBSA Executive Director Roy Mnisi says: “I invite all members of the building and construction industry, suppliers and service providers to join us at this year’s Congress to learn about how we can all play a part in building South Africa together.”

To register, or for more information about the Congress, visit www.congress.masterbuilders.org. To keep up-to-date with the latest happenings, follow the Congress’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Flashback: MBSA Congress 2017

Concrete Conference unites the industry

AfriSam, main sponsor of The Concrete Conference, staged an impressive exhibit

A united industry is a stronger one that is better able to represent its members through periods of high growth while maintaining its solid structure in times of adversity.

This was the overriding message of The Concrete Conference 2018, which was held in Boksburg recently as the first of its kind to fully involve representative organisations of the concrete and cement industries. The events therefore gave local and international speakers the ability to address a combined audience of members of The Concrete Institute (TCI), Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), Southern Africa Readymix Association (SARMA) and the Association of Cementitious Material Producers (ACMP).

Richard Tomes, Executive: Sales and Marketing, AfriSam opened The Concrete Conference proceedings

In opening the conference, Richard Tomes of AfriSam, the main sponsor, said that a unified industry is essential for the industry to make headway. “The entire construction industry needs to plan for the future and map a way forward that involves all professionals’ bodies within the industry. It is therefore so important that the concrete industry finds its unified voice to help shape construction in future and to address challenges that face this end of the sector.

Strong voice

If we don’t get our act together soon our infrastructure will collapse, and it has already started at some levels within our municipalities and state-owned enterprises. But, in order to make positive changes we need everyone to be on board. We need to support industry associations such as these here today and obtain funding to keep them going.

The Concrete Conference 2018 in Boksburg was the first of its kind to fully involve representative organisations of the concrete and cement industries

For example, AfriSam is the only cement producer that is a member of SARMA right now and, in my opinion, it is just not right that it funds this association by itself. It is time other role players and suppliers to these industries start to contribute. If not, we will also eventually be forced to withdraw our funding and the industry’s own association may be faced with closure as a result. It is time for other role players to step up and support all our concrete professional bodies,” said Tomes.

SARMA’s Johan van Wyk, agreed adding that associations have to move with the times and become more relevant with added benefits for members and a louder voice within policy and economic frameworks. By combining the strengths of the industry bodies, it will be possible to provide more value for members. “What excites us unites us!”

Long road

Adding to the discussion, TCI’s Bryan Perrie, continued saying that the pooled resources of the five associations will make for a robust organisation that will have different agendas for different disciplines, but the same end goal to make concrete the building material of choice.

At present the individual industry bodies draw funding from the same major stakeholders and these cannot continue to fund them as they had in the past. Whereas a single coordinated body is more agile and eliminates duplicated costs, it can still continue to provide the key activities that had previously been provided and more.”

In closing he said that a lot of work still needs to be done to unify the concrete associations and that consultations with members and business studies were still being conducted to work out the finer details.



August started out with Zimbabweans demonstrating in the streets of Harare because they reckoned the results of their general election had been rigged. There were threats of making the country ungovernable. South Africa kicked off Women’s Month with mass marches intended to shut down the economy – even if just for a day. Women have had enough of gender-based violence and Zimbabweans have had enough of political chicanery. But the protests weren’t having much success.

John Matthews, President – Master Builders South Africa

Then there’s the business breakfast covered in this month’s SA Builder, which tried to make sense of what was going on in the South African economy. With limited results, because the breakfast took place and the analyst made his pronouncements before Cyril Ramaphosa announced his late-night confirmation that the SA Constitution would be amended to allow land expropriation without compensation. This even before all the hearings were complete! The rand went pear-shaped again.

The prospects for settlement in Zimbabwe look bleak, and we could easily, here down south, view what’s happening there as a prototype for things to come. But we’re different, we pull the rabbit out of the hat at the last minute and breathe a sigh of relief – don’t we.

So we’ve established that making predictions has become a tricky business, because in the time it takes to bring this magazine to its readers, just too many things could change. Instead, we will concentrate on where we can make a difference in the short term.

It’s Women’s month. An interesting phenomenon, because we actually believe every month belongs to women. But, if it’s a time to take stock of a woman’s role in all quarters of our humanity, then perhaps we should look at where women may be drawing the short straw in terms of jobs, security, income and influence.

If one checks the archives, it’s been a long time since women’s ostensibly minor role status in the construction industry, for instance, has been examined in any depth in the media, which could mean that it’s just one of those inconvenient truths that’s swept under the rug. Or, perhaps everyone thinks things are ok, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Women have absolutely continued to take their place in the professional strata of the industry in increasing numbers, with engineers, architects, quantity surveyors and other executive leaders being drawn from the ranks of women who have become qualified for those jobs, no question. But who can honestly say that women are actively encouraged to enter the building industry? Are women appointed to jobs in construction largely with gender equity in mind, or is there a strong feeling that their presence improves the quality of the industry?

It’s probably a very individual thing, and attitudes will differ. The women we know in the building industry do a very good job, they are viewed as equal players by their male counterparts and the women in turn, judge their colleagues by their capability rather than their gender. So, the playing field could be viewed as being level from our perspective.

But it’s not like that everywhere, and a few years ago women interviewed by a national news platform still felt that there was an inequity, grounded in the prevailing disparity in numbers between men and women employed in the building industry.

Among those who had successfully integrated into the industry, one woman said that she nevertheless felt she was being second-guessed by her male colleagues although she was equally qualified. At the time the story was published, women were urged to state their view and stand their ground. Some said they did, and were successful.

But significantly, some of the women interviewed brought up the issue of whether the predominantly masculine tone of the industry meant that women had to abandon their femininity to succeed.

This issue has been endlessly debated without much resolution, and as long as the players in an industry feel that their case has to be argued from a gender point of view, the lines will remain drawn.

We believe that aptitude, qualifications, skill, and dedication are the only criteria for a successful career in the building industry and there’s simply no place for professional gender inequity – here, or anywhere else.


State of the Construction Industry

State of the Construction Industry

Industry Insight’s Senior Economist, David Metelerkamp

At a breakfast hosted by AfriSam in Johannesburg recently, David Metelerkamp, Senior Economist at Industry Insight, delivered his analysis of the State of the Construction Industry in South Africa.

In his opening address to some 200 guests from all facets of the construction sector, trade associations, government representatives, institutions, investors, bankers, industry analysts and the media, Rob Wessels, CEO of AfriSam, stressed the need for a positive Africa vision and an integrated view by all stakeholders in mapping the way forward.

Taking the podium, David Metelerkamp outlined the global scenario and an array of factors affecting our economy, in particular the US imposition of tariffs which are having a severe negative ripple effect on the global economy.

Cautious optimism
Although there was an air of cautious optimism across the country in the first quarter of 2018, the construction sector performance has remained consistently poor; and retail too has slumped to -3.1%. Yet this remains a massive improvement to the Zuma era.

“We have past the turning point in the economy – things are looking better – but not much”

He noted that amongst the “pros” of the current state, an increase in private investment is encouraging; and that the reform of state owned enterprises (SOEs) now underway will be slow – but will ultimately be good for the construction sector. In addition, inflation is under control, and the exchange rate remains buoyant.

However the serious array of “cons” present significant hurdles to be overcome, including the land expropriation débâcle; lack of improvement in education; and the decrease in infrastructure spending from R947 billion in 2017/2018 to R841 billion for 2018/2019.

Industry Insight projects a 1.5% growth in GDP for 2018.

Metelerkamp estimates the true size of the construction sector to be in the order of R220 billion – a clear and dramatic downward trend into recessionary levels.

The demise of the traditional large contractors such as NMC, Liviero, Aveng – and more recently, Basil Read – is the result of the increasing number of smaller contractors from 17% to 40% – doubling their market share.

“But,” said Metelerkamp, “it’s not all doom and gloom. You just have different clients now as suppliers”

“Despite the worst ever confidence levels there is presently good growth of 18% in tender activity. Furthermore, postponement and cancellation of projects has dropped significantly since 2017 and in non-residential construction there is 12.4% more going to tender – especially in the health and education arena.”

Concluding his address, Metelerkamp said we are past the turning point and looking a little better, and with civils being in recessionary territory construction companies will be better off focusing on building.


Concor Western Cape scores three safety awards at MBAWC

Concor Western Cape scores three safety awards at MBAWC

Concor Western Cape’s 16 Nettleton Road project was placed first in Category F – for projects from R100 million to R150 million – in the MBAWC 2018 Regional Safety Competition

Concor Western Cape has again proved itself a world class contractor by winning three out of the five building categories in the Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC) 2018 Regional Safety Competition.

Mark Fugard, managing director of Concor Western Cape, says that these accolades from the MBAWC is an acknowledgement and recognition of the exemplary health, safety and environmental programme that the company has in place across all its sites.

“Safety is more than a watch word for Concor, with the highest level of commitment from management to our Stop.Think.Act! philosophy. It is about remaining focused on our objective of Zero Harm while delivering quality projects,” he says.

In Category D for project values between R14 million and R40 million, Concor Western Cape was placed first for its Signature Lux project. This project scope involved internal demolition and stripping out of an extremely old heritage status six storey building and converting the building into an 88 key Signature Lux hotel. Fugard says that although challenging at times the project has progressed well and is scheduled to take its first guests in September this year.

For the second year in a row, the company’s 16 Nettleton Road project was placed first in Category F which covers projects from R100 million to R150 million. The project scope is for the construction of a luxury residential house constructed over seven levels on the steeply inclined seaward side of Nettleton Road, Clifton.

The Aurum luxury lifestyle development being constructed by Concor Western Cape came first in Category G – for projects from R250 million to R450 million- in the MBAWC 2018 Regional Safety Competition

This has been a complex project with one of the many challenges being the need to anchor the structure to the shear mountain slope at regular intervals. The project is now entering the very detailed finishing stages. Completion is scheduled for early next year at which stage a new standard of luxury residential construction will have been achieved.

The Aurum luxury lifestyle development in Bantry Bay scored another first for Concor Western Cape, this time in Category G for project values from R250 million to R450 million. This well publicised project includes building on each side of the busy Victoria Road with the sumptuous Presidential Residences cascading down to the water’s edge below the road, and the 15 plush Luxury Residences climbing the hill above the road.

“Safety is a key performance requirement on the project with traffic and pedestrian management and control vital to project performance success, considering the constant heavy flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic passing the site,” Fugard says. During construction use was made of closed-circuit cameras focused on various points on the road between the two buildings to ensure that traffic and pedestrian behaviour was closely monitored and that construction staff managed the traffic flow while accepting the necessary deliveries of concrete, bricks and other materials.

“We believe that securing these awards further underpins Concor Western Cape’s capabilities in terms of delivering complex projects on time, within budget and most importantly safely. We are also extremely proud to have these projects represent Concor in the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) National Safety Competition,” Fugard concludes.


ACHASM announces 2018 Summit date

ACHASM announces 2018 Summit date

The Association of Construction Health & Safety Management (ACHASM) has announced details of its annual two day Summit to be held at Belmont Square Conference Centre, Belmont Road, Rosebank, Cape Town on 1 and 2 October 2018.

The summit theme “The Role of Procurement and Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Construction Health and Safety (CHS)” will focus on issues and processes related to appointing and managing stakeholders in terms of health and safety (H&S).

“This focus will include the interface between clients, construction project managers, construction H&S agents, designers, quantity surveyors, contractors (construction managers), subcontractors (construction managers), and suppliers, including construction H&S managers and officers, and other stakeholders,” says Prof John Smallwood Head of the Department of Construction Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

The theme was identified due to the role of procurement and SCM in H&S, the issues that arise, and mention of the supply chain relative to ‘accidents’, and collapses in the media.

The broad objectives of the summit are to:
• Educate and inform all stakeholders with respect to the role of procurement and SCM in construction H&S;
• Promote the practice of construction H&S risk management;
• Promote accountability, ethics, professionalism, and leadership, in managing procurement and the supply chain relative to construction H&S, and
• Provide a platform for exchanging ideas and networking with like-minded professionals.

Presenting organisations
Representatives of, among other, ACHASM, Artis Mavin, cd&a, Eppen-Burger & Associates, Essential SHEQ, Federated Employers Mutual (FEMA), Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC), Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), MBA Western Cape, Nelson Mandela University, Peri, and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) will present at the summit.

Stakeholders who should attend
The programme is designed for a multi-stakeholder audience comprising:
▪ Client organisations (public and private);
▪ Architects;
▪ Engineers (civil, electrical, mechanical, process, and structural);
▪ Construction and Construction Project Managers;
▪ Construction H&S Agents, Managers, and Officers;
▪ Property developers;
▪ Quantity surveyors;
▪ Contractors (general and co-contractors);
▪ Consultants (H&S and Construction Management);
▪ Union representatives;
▪ Government (Construction Industry Development Board, Department of Labour, Department of Public Works);
▪ Insurers (Compensation Commissioner, and FEMA);
▪ Media

This two-day summit has been validated by the SACPCMP, who will award 10 CPD points (Validation No. SACPCMP/CPD/13/004RV).

For further information contact Professor John Smallwood at:
E-mail: john.smallwood@mandela.ac.za | Mobile: 083 659 2492

For registration and financial information contact Jackie Fort at:
E-mail: info@achasm.co.za | Mobile: 076 263 0549

AEG Power Tools launches in SA

AEG Power Tools launches in SA

A high-quality, simple-to-use, and cost-effective power-tool brand has been added to the Upat stable in the form of AEG Power Tools. While not new to the South African market, Upat’s distributorship is expected to increase the brand’s footprint significantly.

Corded power tools will be introduced initially, to be followed by tools using advanced cordless technology in accordance with market requirements, Upat Retail Sales Manager Jaco Jansen explains. The AEG Power Tools range that will be introduced to the South African market includes grinders, drills (masonry and steel), planers, saws, sanders and some accessories.

This is the first time that Upat has a dedicated power tool brand for the retail and reseller markets. “We identified a gap in the market for a high-quality, simple-to-use, and cost-effective power-tool brand,” Jansen comments.

Aftermarket service and training will be a major focus to ensure customers receive the highest level of support. “Our sales staff have received in-depth training from AEG Power Tools in order to be able to provide customers with market-leading support throughout the lifespan of the tools.”

Upat has established a dedicated AEG Power Tools service centre, in addition to a comprehensive spares’ holding to ensure rapid and efficient servicing. AEG Power Tools come standard with a one-year warranty, which can be extended by an additional year free-of-charge if registered on www.aeg-powertools.eu within 30 days from the date of purchase.

Jansen reveals that Upat will also be sourcing reliable independent distributors and retailers with a proven track record to ensure the AEG Power Tools brand has sufficient traction in the local market. “We are confident that skilled service providers and professional DIY users will both see the value of standardising on the AEG Power Tools range.”

Established over 35 years ago, Upat is well-known for introducing world renowned brands into the local market. “The addition of AEG Power Tools to our stable complements our existing brands and allows us now to offer complete solutions for the professional users,” Jansen concludes

Upat SA (Pty) Ltd. is a 100% South African owned business that began trading in 1983. From the outset, Upat has been committed to the building industry, supplying not only a range of anchor bolts, but also rotary hammer drilling machines, tungsten-tipped masonry drill bits, powder actuated tools, and other allied building and construction products. Upat’s ability to supply a range of top-quality products at market-related prices has resulted in it becoming a market leader in Southern Africa. Upat is proudly the sole Southern African distributor of the Fischer range of construction fasteners, the Milwaukee power-tool brand, the AEG power-tool brand and the Stabila range of measuring tools.