The RMD Kwikform Trench Box Systems have been developed to provide a revolutionary panel design, offering a market leading strength to weight ratio when compared with any like for like system. The lightweight Backhoe Trench Box has been designed specifically to cater for small to medium sized excavators which have limited lift capabilities. The Standard Trench Box range are intended for use with excavators over 16t.



The RMDK Trench Boxes can offer the customer automatic cost savings, as time taken on site for assembly, installation and removal are significantly reduced, when compared with alternative trench support systems and solutions.


Aimed at providing our customers with a straightforward box assembly, box panels and telescopic struts are built with simple ‘pin & clip’ arrangements. This enables easy adjustment for strut change overs and box panel extensions to achieve the required trench widths and depths.


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RMDK also offer a full range of universal Edge protection, Access platform and Davit systems to compliment the RMDK box range. The barrier offset bracket allows the boxes to be installed with continuous protection from falls at the box panel face. Due to the increased strength to weight ratio and clearly marked handling and pushing points, the RMDK boxes are an effective and efficient trench lining system.


Lightweight and robust, trench depths of 4.2m are achievable for the Backhoe Box and 5.6m for the standard Box.

The 25mm incremental strut adjustment negates the need for alternative spindle strut options, which are often heavy, complicated and less robust. Achieving closer trench width dimensions, when compared to other telescopic struts on the market, can mean considerable cost savings to our customers by reducing backfill material requirements.

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Form-Scaff & Doka Form A New African Partnership

Form-Scaff & Doka – A New African Partnership

Form-Scaff – a Division of Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd – has signed an exclusive agreement with Doka GmbH for sole distribution rights across sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

This is according to Waco Africa CEO, Mike Els.

Mike Els, CEO of Waco Africa

The agreement, which came into effect on 1 August 2019, makes Waco Africa the largest formwork provider on the continent in terms of presence and capacity through its subsidiary Form- Scaff, who will continue to work with Doka as its engineering and technology partner.

Commenting on behalf of Waco Africa, Mike Els, Chief Executive Officer said, “We are extremely excited about the long-term prospects that this partnership will bring. One of the most technologically advanced formwork companies in the world, Doka will add enormous value to Form- Scaff – the African market leaders – who are renowned for their extensive branch network and stockholding as well as their robust product range supported by detailed designs, engineering services and on-site technical support.”

Speaking on behalf of Doka GmbH, Member of the Management Board Paolo Zumaglini said; “Doka’s top priority when working in any market is to understand the demand and deliver suitable, cost- effective solutions that make construction sites safer, while ensuring projects are delivered on time thanks to our innovative products and systems. In signing this exclusive agreement with Waco Africa, we are gaining a strong, reliable partner whose footprint covers more than 30 branches in nine sub- Saharan countries and whose experience extends to over 55 years. Doka looks forward to supporting Waco Africa through its engineering expertise and contributing towards the development of a region that includes several of the world’s fastest growing economies.”

“Form-Scaff will integrate Doka’s existing South African branches located in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban as well as the Mozambique and Nigeria operations into their branch network extending Form-Scaff’s African footprint to 19 local and 13 African branches, making Form-Scaff the largest and most significant formwork company on the continent,” says Els.

Form-Scaff: the new bridge in Ashton, Western Cape

Doka: the new Makoko bridge in Hazyview, Limpopo

Quality Formwork – The Key To Exceptional Finishes In Concrete

Quality Formwork – The Key To Exceptional Finishes In Concrete

In order to achieve an exceptional finish in cast concrete surfaces one must seek out a company with the appropriate skills, expertise and equipment to undertake the task at hand.

Oceans High Rise Residential Towers KZN

One such company is Formacon, a leading professional formwork company based in Pretoria, which has an impeccable reputation that speaks for itself. The company offers supply and installation specialising in formwork with a clear focus on reliability, quality, transparency and professionalism as part of a complete package.

Formacon has seen rapid growth over the years becoming one of the preferred formwork companies in South Africa. Using only the highest quality products, Formacon is recognised as a market leader in the provision of specialised formwork in the construction industry.

Tshwane Regional Mall – Mamelodi

The company’s success can be attributed to an exceptional and dedicated team that delivers a high-quality product on time, every time. Formacon strives to comply with Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental standards on site and has been awarded an MBA North 5 Star Rating on its Waterfall Corporate Campus, Master Tyre and Westlake projects – a true reflection of excellence in its Safety, Health and Environmental policy aspiration of ZERO Harm.

Formacon has extensive experience in all types of projects in the building industry covering office, warehouse, retail, residential and healthcare markets. Some of the more well-known contracts we have been involved in are:

Speciality Formwork Projects

Casarredo, Hans Grotle, Luso, Commerce Crescent 33


No 2 Sandton Drive, Hertford Office Park blocks D, E, H, I & J, Waterfall Corporate Campus


Pep & Ackermans (200 000 m2 warehouse & offices in Hammersdale KZN) Various warehousing projects boasting 15 m high mono-cast columns


Tshwane Regional Mall, Cresta Mall, Menlyn Mall, Parkview Shopping Centre


Themelihle Villages High Density Accommodation, Infinite Boutique Apartments, Oceans High Rise Residential Towers KZN


Helen Joseph Hospital, Wilgers Hospital

Government projects

Booysens Magistrates Court, Presidential Residence Pretoria, University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus

Civils projects

Bushkoppies WWTW, Russel Road Reservoir (30 ML), Willowton Oil (soya bunkers)

The synergy within Formacon enhances the company’s commitment and passion to live the vision and expand its client base.

Formacon staff do nothing by half measures and opening their hearts and giving back to communities is no exception. They have partnered with Chances of Hope, a non-profit organisation, which reaches out into the South African rural areas specifically in the Northern Cape and Karoo. Supporting this initiative subsequently led to the launch of their own cycling team in 2017 to raise funds.

Since 2017 Formacon is proud to have raised R390 000 – and the team takes more pride in that than in the races they’ve won. With these funds they have:

  • built a soup kitchen;

  • supplied three existing soup kitchens with pots and utensils;

  • distributed 10 tons of clothing;

  • travelled more than 16 000 km for counselling children;

  • launched an outreach programme in Brandvlei over Christmas and New Year;

  • equipped a day-care centre;

  • equipped and financed a childrens’ computer centre;

  • repaired 63 bicycles for children to ride;

  • provided continued support in various towns, working with children and groups who are victims of a range of abuse situations;

  • funded the manufacturing of warm clothing for three towns;

  • assisted a very talented child in Oudtshoorn with his school fees and other items; and

  • have assisted schools with much needed books and materials for teaching purposes.

Formacon’s footprints are visible in all its endeavours, be it the excellent and professional execution of each and every project, its high work ethic and its participation in upliftment programmes for those in need.

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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