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

Cornubia Bridge – KwaZulu-Natal

Cornubia Bridge – KwaZulu-Natal

Contractor: CMC di Ravenna – South African Branch

Duration of Project: 18 months

Equipment Used: RMD Megatruss Traffic Portal supported by Megashor Towers

Benefits of Solution Provided: To fast track the construction of the Cornubia bridge deck between two freeway lanes (N2 NBC/SBC) with limited space in between (median).

Background: The Cornubia Bridge and interchange will provide a critical link between the economic growth node of Umhlanga and the emerging Cornubia Integrated Human Settlement Development and areas to the west and broader hinterland. Co-incidentally the eTM’s Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) will also make use of the bridge over the N2 as part of its C9 routing between Bridge City and Umhlanga Ridge.

RMD Megatruss Traffic Portal and Megashor Towers provided CMC di Ravenna with an indispensable solution and flexibility to simultaneously prepare all the falsework required, especially above the freeway and where the height restriction required to be strictly observed during construction.

Further delay in Grayston bridge collapse inquiry

Further delay in Grayston bridge collapse inquiry

Grayston bridge collapse, October 14, 2015 -picture Chris Collingridge Independent Media

Johannesburg 01 October 2017 – The Star reports:

Following yet another postponement on Wednesday, the commission investigating the collapse of the Grayston/M1 pedestrian bridge confirmed that 21 witnesses would testify when it resumes next year.

Following a two-day sitting at the Department of Labour’s offices in Pretoria, its commissioner Lennie Samuel postponed the inquiry.

But before the postponement, testimony from Form-Scaff expert witness Gary Farrow was heard.

Farrow, an Australian mechanical engineer, took the commission by surprise on Tuesday when he produced a report that neither the commissioner nor Murray & Roberts had seen.

Samuel then decided along with all legal representatives of the stakeholders that in the interests of completing the hearing without undue delay, further continuation with Farrow could make the hearing unmanageable.

Samuel then decided the information presented was sufficient to continue without further cross-examination and accepted the proposals from the legal representatives. He, however, said: “Should the need arise to recall expert witness, I will not hesitate to do so.”

The commissioner set aside July 2 until September 2018 for completion of the case, which were the only dates on which all the legal representatives said they would be available.

To date, five expert witnesses have appeared before the inquiry. They include Farrow, civil engineer Richard Beneke, Ric Snowden and Dr Stefanus Francois van Zyl, all representing Murray & Roberts.

The Section 32 inquiry was set up by the Department of Labour following the collapse of the temporary pedestrian bridge on October 14, 2015 about 3:25pm.

It claimed two lives and left 19 people injured.

The construction of the pedestrian and cyclist bridge commenced on January 29, 2015.

It was originally expected that it would take about six months for the public to know the exact cause of the collapse. The inquiry has experienced numerous postponements.

The commission was appointed by the department in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The Star

picture: Chris Collingridge / Independent Media.