Gauteng Piling Back In Action After Lockdown

The devastating pandemic lockdown in the construction sector now means that decision-makers will entrust building projects only to companies of repute, says Gauteng Piling founder and MD, Nico Maas.

“The industry has learnt to trust Gauteng Piling so demand for our services has already started to increase and the company is now busy on several sites with sufficient work in the pipeline,” says Maas, who established Gauteng Piling in 1996.

He says Gauteng Piling has managed to survive the lockdown, which destroyed many construction industry players, because it has through experience learnt that a “mean and lean” structure is essential for survival in the volatile building industry. “Tight control on spending through rig and plant refurbishment rather than spending on expensive new equipment has kept Gauteng Piling afloat through many a slump. Most of Gauteng Piling’s piling rigs are tyre-mounted allowing for quick site establishment.

“The refurbishment policy has proved most successful with our 15 auger rigs performing extremely well. Rebuilding is far less expensive than purchasing new units and this has enabled Gauteng Piling to remain competitive. Piling is a highly-competitive industry, calling for experience and the ability to adapt to change,” Maas adds.

The company – a Level 2 B-BBEE contributor – has some impressive high-profile projects to testify to its expertise including, for example, the provision of the foundation for Africa’s largest single-phase retail centre, Mall of Africa in Midrand; the expansion of the Fourways Mall; as well as additional and challenging extensions to the Market Theatre complex in Johannesburg.

Among the many current or recent contracts secured are specialised piling projects calling for pipe piling for a new lift at Clearwater Mall in Roodepoort, and the SAPS premises in Welkom; and friction (floating) piles for a new residential complex at Greenstone. Standard auger piling contracts include:

  • The new luxury Tree Tops apartment block being developed by Tricolt in Houghton;
  • A new entrance and expansion of Cresta Shopping Centre in Randburg;
  • New facility for diving rescue training for the University of Johannesburg’s Medical Rescue students in Auckland Park;
  • Tshwane University of Technology satellite campus in Emalahleni; and
  • Storage tanks of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Nigel.

Gauteng Piling was also appointed to handle piling for housing projects in Marabastad, HB Realty residential developments in Corlett Drive, and expansion of Africa Floorcare warehouse in Alberton.

For more information, contact Nico Maas on email nicomaas@mweb.co.za or cell 082 651 8182.