VOLUME 2 | NOVEMBER 2009 Benchm A Stefanutti Stocks Publication Continuous pursuit of higher levels of performance Award Winning Letseng Diamond Mine Project .................................................................... Cape Gate Medi-Clinic .................................................................... Petrochemical Capabilities .................................................................... New Airport for Swaziland .................................................................... Surfacing division off to a good start with SANRAL .................................................................... Socio-economic development From the CEO Benchm A Stefanutti Stocks Publication With the hourglass of 2009 rapidly emptying we reflect on some of the happenings at Stefanutti Stocks during the past year. Once again it was a year full of excitement with many positive developments in line Contents with our mission statement. Our operations expanded further into neighbouring countries and we are in the process of setting up a new construction operating unit in the Middle East. Income from outside South Africa increased from 17% to 22%, and we plan to grow this to in excess of 30%. The Group’s total turnover increased by 55% since August 2008 with operating profit up 45% for the same period. In spite of the current economic downturn, we have Industry Capabilities managed to secure significant projects in most of our business units. Our order book has grown since February 2009 to R6.65 billion and we are on track to Award Winning Letseng Diamond Mine 3 achieving our financial targets for February 2010. Generating Power 4 Our mission includes the creation of ‘a desirable place of work for our employees, Coal Mining: Material Handling 4 being a natural home for creativity and enthusiasm, within a safe working Petrochemical 5 environment’. Our efforts in this regard 7 have been recognised with numerous Mining: Environmental - De-silting 7 safety and industry awards, some of which are detailed on pages 2 and 24. P.P.Rust 600 KTPM Concentrator Projects 7 In addition, we have successfully Civil Structures in remote African locations 7 concluded the re-structuring and harmonisation process. Not only is @ Stefanutti Stocks City 12 Stefanutti Stocks a recognised force in the Southern African construction industry Demystifying Public Private Partnerships 23 but the Stefanutti Stocks brand is also fast becoming a household name. The buy-out of minority shareholders in subsidiary companies is almost complete. Project Updates From March 2010 ECMP will operate as Stefanutti Stocks Mining Services, Skelton 22 Structures 9 & Plummer will operate as Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical, Eddcor will operate as Geotechnical 15 Stefanutti Stocks Electrical & Instrumentation and Civil & Coastal will operate as Building Construction 17 Stefanutti Stocks Marine. During the year we acquired the business of Waste Roads & Earthworks 21 Energy Recovery and Management (Pty) Ltd which will in future operate as Stefanutti Stocks Material Handling. Awards & Accolades 2 / 24 It is amazing what we can achieve if when given credit for our work, we acknowledge our success as ‘we’ rather than as ‘me’. Teamwork is certainly one of the Group’s greatest strengths. Furthermore, by Socio-economic development 25 continuously pursuing higher levels of 19 performance and providing quality work on time, we will continue to be a preferred contractor. On behalf of management and the Board Our passion and unwavering commitment to service excellence continually surpasses each of Directors, I would like to thank you all benchmark we set, and will continue to drive the success of the Stefanutti Stocks Group. for your considerable efforts over the past year, and also take this early opportunity to Stefanutti Stocks Holdings Limited | Tel: +27 11 571 4300 | www.stefanuttistocks.com wish you and your families a peaceful and blessed break over the festive season. We’d like to thank everyone who made contributions, both editorial and photographic. Comments & contributions | firstname.lastname@example.org Compiled on behalf of Stefanutti Stocks by Gerbera Brand Management | Cell 082 371 1005 PAGE 1 | Benchmark What’s New? International entrance lobby, a high-class spa and the link bridge between the two buildings. update The link bridge comprises of a restaurant and bar area. The Formula 1 raceway goes under the bridge. Fulton Award Winner - Growth in the Middle East First for leisure! Construction Peter Keenan has recently joined us Other exciting current projects in the to head up the Stefanutti Stocks Middle East include the fit out for Dubai’s Construction business unit in the Bloomingdales store - the first store of Techniques Middle East. this well known American brand outside of the U.S.A! Race to completion! Project: Cold Weather Concreting With all Grand Prix fanatics eyes on Abu Al-Tayer Stocks was the first on Letseng Diamond Mine Project in Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates once contractor ‘on land’ on Saadiyat Island, Lesotho (featured on page 3). again promises to deliver astounding a new cultural island where they built Consulting engineers were Bateman images. The eye-catching new Yas Hotel Consulting (Pty) Ltd. the Gary Player golf academy and a complex has recently opened to coincide maintenance building that will double up Judges’ Citation: It impressed the with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu as a club house. “Back on the ‘mainland’ Judges that this Design Engineer/ Dhabi Grand Prix . at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, we recently Contractor combination worked so well refurbished the falcon shaped main club together in order to perform a project Stefanutti Stocks’ fit-out operation in the house”, says Ken Stocks, managing that many of their contemporaries UAE, Al-Tayer Stocks, completed the director of Al-Tayer Stocks. “We are deemed impossible during winter in the public areas including the gymnasium hoping that this is just the first package highlands of Lesotho, and in so doing provide an economically viable solution on the roof, swimming pool areas, main of a much larger project”. to the client. Amongst the noteworthy challenges that were overcome successfully by this team was working at altitude, working on steep inclines, problems with the availability of cement and suitable aggregates, access, manpower and most significantly, mixing and placing concrete in very low temperatures. The technical specification that was developed, including daily time regimes, was regarded by the judges as ground breaking in Southern African terms. An artists impression of The Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi and link bridge, designed by Asymptote Architecture, New York. Fulton Award Commendation- Construction New Techniques appointments: Project: Rehabilitation and Widening • Craig Morris, of bridge over Olifants River, Witbank. Director ECMP (Pty) Ltd. Consulting engineers were • Stephen Goodhead, Nyeleti Consulting. Director ECMP (Pty) Ltd. • Freddie Strydom, The bridge (pictured right) was Director ECMP (Pty) Ltd. rehabilitated, strengthened and • Marco Pasquali, widened to create a safer walkway. Director, Stefanutti Stocks Material Handling (Pty) Ltd. • Nico Vermeulen, Master Builders Association - Director, Stefanutti Stocks Earthworks (Pty) Ltd. Building Gauteng & NOSA 5 star KZN take top Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd achieved safety awards a NOSA 5 star rating. The two sites that were audited were the “Flying Saucer (R21) and Brakfontein Interchange” and the “SASOL 4th Train Landlord Project” More on page 24. (featured on page 5). PAGE 2 | Benchmark Structures - Mining Infrastructure Caption The Letseng Diamond Mine - an award winning success Source: Shaun Butler Stefanutti Stocks Civils recently completed the process plant at the Letseng Diamond Mine in the remote Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, located 3 100m above sea level. The footprint of the bulk rock excavation was set at 30m wide to the toes of the embankment and 95m long, incorporating five stepped terraces with heights varying from three to ten metres. The proposed location of the plant was Extreme temperatures and weather conditions presented some challenges. set on the existing 17 degree sloping ground surface to facilitate a gravity fed process plant. The levels from the top of rock terraces were required to facilitate The complexity of the contract was not in the surface bed to be laid in falls. the construction but rather the conditions that are prevalent in Lesotho. The scope of work encompassed: • Primary crusher foundation walls and The road to site, in addition to being suspended slab; incredibly steep (with gradients of up to • two cone crusher foundation walls 15% at an altitude of 3 100m asl) also and suspended slabs; contained a number of acute hairpin • the main building and crane bends. This meant that we had to take column foundations; into consideration the length and type • bins, screens and platform foundations; director. “In order to cast the concrete, of vehicles that could take the turns and • thickener foundations; a special mix design was required and make the climb. During the winter, the • clear water foundations constructed concrete had to be heated and as circular wall footings; roads were covered in ice and snow, and specially cured through the application • access stairs to the pathways on it was a common occurrence that graders had to be sent to recover vehicles. of thermal blankets”. either side of the buildings; • surface beds including up The altitude took its toll on our senior stand kerbs; The temperatures in the Lesotho mountains range between plus 20 and staff, some of whom suffered from • retaining walls to support altitude sickness and respiratory terraced backfilling; minus 20 degrees Celsius, with an average temperature of six degrees. The problems. “This meant an influx of our • gunniting of sloping rock faces on project won a Fulton Award for the cold younger Stefanutti Stocks colleagues,” the inside of the plant; • dish drains; weather concreting, which presented says Shaun. “The average age of the • MCC building; many challenges to the design engineers supervisory staff on site was 27 years • stockpile tunnel and plant and the construction management on old - and the successful completion of feed conveyor; site. “The prevailing temperatures meant this project under trying conditions, • tailings conveyor; and that we were casting concrete in sub-zero is a great achievement for the • clarified & potable water pump station. conditions,” says Shaun Butler, contracts ‘young’ team!” PAGE 3 | Benchmark Mining Power the Mining Services business unit. “All produced coal is laboratory tested and verified to conform with Eskom’s specifications and requirements”. Discard Recovery/Placement • Screening of existing dumps. • Blending of screened product. • Placement of final discard (all in accordance with stringent compaction specifications in order to prevent spontaneous combustion). • Final discard dump rehabilitation. • Slurry disposal and management. Currently, the business acts as a service Coal Mining: provider to the coal mining industry in the following key areas: Materials Handling • Handling of all terrace coal into bins, Material Energy: Coal Processing trucks, trains and feed points. • The reclamation of coal discard and • Handling of materials from designated fine coal (slurry) in order to effectively dumps and stockpiles. Handling produce a Power Station Feed Product. • The process involves the drying and reclaiming of fine coal, reclaiming of discard and middlings followed by Current clients include: Billiton Energy Coal SA; Xstrata; Exxaro; Emcebo Mining; Eskom; Siyanda Coal; Source: Mike Smith careful blending to produce a material Graspan Colliery and Optimum Coal. that meets the required specifications for a feed product into the Eskom “We are confident that these services will Stefanutti Stocks Material Handling (Pty) Ltd recently acquired W.E.R.M (Waste Power Stations. reinforce and enhance our activities in Energy Recovery and Management) to the coal mining industry,” says Mike. “Our bolster the Mining Services business “We currently mine, blend, dry and long term objective is to expand these unit’s capabilities within the S.A. Coal process in excess of 4.28 million ton services nationally across the various Mining Industry. per annum,” says Mike Smith, head of mining areas”. Generating power, generating growth... Source: Jan Oberholzer “Since inception a few months mechanical, electrical and working relationship with RGF Power ago, the power division has power business unit. Projects, who have in excess of 21 years experience. A lot of this experience has been combing the market for been gained outside the borders of strategic acquisitive On the distribution side we have established a working relationship with Southern Africa, a geographic area we opportunities and proper had identified as a priority for the division. ZRB Electrical, who has in excess of 25 partnerships,” says Jan years of experience in the distribution Oberholzer who heads up power industry, while on the transmission In addition, a memorandum of the Stefanutti Stocks side we have established a permanent understanding with Mkhulu E.D.P. has been signed, with the intent of working together on high voltage overhead transmission line construction. Mkhulu E.D.P. has a proven track record and their growth strategy complements that of the Stefanutti Stocks power division. “We believe there are synergies in working together with all three of these companies,” says Jan, “and have already tendered in joint venture on a selection of projects outside of South Africa”. Dave Mochrie has been appointed as commercial manager for the power projects Pictured from left to right: Allesandro Lamperini (Mkhulu E.D.P.), Peter Ramaite (Mkhulu E.D.P.), division. He brings with him 36 years of Jan Oberholzer (Stefanutti Stocks), Gino Stefanutti (Stefanutti Stocks), construction experience of which a Roger Venzo (RGF Power Projects) and Marcello Lamperini (Mkhulu E.D.P.). large proportion is beyond the borders of South Africa. PAGE 4 | Benchmark Petrochemical A fast and safe turnaround for SASOL Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd recently completed the civil and structural works for the stirrer and cooling train forming part of the gasifier demonstration program (GDP) at Secunda. This fast track project for Sasol, undertaken in conjunction with Lurgi, was programmed for one month. It included piling, construction of foundations and plinths and the Petrochemical capabilities instrumental in award of installation of a multi level steel NOSA five structure. The piling was undertaken by Stefanutti Stocks Geotechnical. A project management instruction (PMI) star rating halfway through meant a change to the scope of works to allow for the installation of their vessels, which we priced for and were awarded. Source: Deon Henn This was completed within the revised contract period of one and a half months. Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd • the demolition of existing undertook the civils works for the 4th surface beds; We worked seven days a week to Train Landlord Project, which forms • excavations to bases and the complete the project on time, part of the overall Secunda growth construction of four new tanks; including the safe installation of the programme. This was undertaken for • rerouting live drainage channels; vessels, which did have an impact client SASOL in conjunction with project • applying chemical resistant linings on our initial installation plan. managers Foster Wheeler. to the tanks; and • numerous pump and tank “To work in a refinery your This project took place on a live plant, foundations and plinths. safety awareness is which underwent a scheduled shut down paramount,” says Deon Henn, part-way through the contract. “As shut The Stefanutti Stocks Civils contracts manager. “Our down work takes precedence, we had to safety department requested teams have become specialist ensure our forward planning was that the team on this project in the petrochemical field, faultless,” says Deon. “This included be one of two teams to and both projects were LTI accurate five to seven day forecasts and represent the company for a constant communication between (lost time injury) free for the full existing contractors to enable us to NOSA audit and rating. Safety extent of the scope of works”. continue working whilst not impeding manager, Jaco Strydom and the priority shut down work”. safety officer, Ernst de Vries, and Whilst this project was our site team were instrumental underway, we succesfully The scope of works included electrical in the successful achievement of priced on a substation. and civil works including: our NOSA five star rating. The site team has remained on site at Sasol working on this six month contract, which is running on programme. Bulk excavations works, strip footings and columns for the first floor have been completed. The GDP Stirrer Cooler under construction. Front row left to right: B Minnie, D Rademeyer, P van der Merwe and S Sorosho. Middle, left to right: N Potgieter, F de Bruin, L Mashamba, A Buchler and D Henn. Back, left to right: C Diedericks and Q Clark. Not pictured: W Blom, W McKenzie and D Bruwer. PAGE 5 | Benchmark Petrochemical The Sasol Our contract includes minor earthworks and road works and industrial civil Temane works. The civil works include two double-storey sub-stations, a control room, slug catcher, condensate tank NG149 Pipeline capacity increase at Expansion and bunded area, various sumps and equipment bases, incinerator and Komatipoort Project a flare drum. The concrete volume required is 6 500m3. We are crushing the coarse Source: Ken Gibbs aggregate for the concrete and crusher Source: Shaun Butler run for the roads at a quarry near the site. Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN (Pty) Ltd We chose to crush our own aggregates The construction of a new compressor is currently undertaking the expansion as the nearest reliable crusher to the site station at Komatipoort, Mpumalanga will project at the Sasol Temane Central is 800km away. “As we are quite remote, increase the flow capacity of the natural Processing Facility (CPF) in Mozambique. our biggest challenge is the logistics,” gas line from the Temane gas field in says Ken Gibbs, contracts director. “Due Mozambique to Secunda. Two new gas The CPF is situated at Temane in to the remoteness of the site and the time turbine driven compressors are being Inhambane Province, about 750 km north that it takes to transport and import the of Maputo, at the centre of an on-land necessary materials and equipment, onsite installed, together with all associated gas field. Gas is piped to the CPF from ancillary equipment and services. planning has to be on the mark. Once wells in the region. It is then filtered, orders are placed the support teams have compressed and piped to Secunda in This project, undertaken by Stefanutti to dispatch the goods in double quick South Africa. Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd, includes the time. The great support from our KZN structures, civil works and buildings The original Sasol Temane Project was and Maputo offices have however paved required to accommodate the the way for a smoothly run project”. completed and commissioned in 2004. new equipment. The increase in demand for natural gas in Secunda has resulted in the The civil contract duration is 14 months The civil scope of work entails: and is due to be complete in March 2010. current expansion project. • Trimming, re-leveling and compacting earthworks terraces and existing roads; • excavations for the construction of reinforced concrete foundations for structures and equipment; • installation of underground pipes in concrete sumps and basins; • construction of reinforced slabs and paving at grades; • construction of roads and paving; • construction of building structures in reinforced concrete and brickwork. • erection of security fences and gates; • application of graveling surfacing and grassing to unpaved areas; and Back, left to right: Riaan Faul, Albie Faul, Thembinkosi Gumede, Mandlakhe Mpontshane, George • grouting under base plates of Mapuranga, Nathan Hopkins, Omoi Johnson, Lucas Pinga, Santos Chiboze and Jared Wilkinson. equipment and steelwork erected, Front, left to right: Howard Smith, Davidson Tapererwa, Dustin Phiri, Frederico Mbendane, John aligned and leveled by other contractors. Mkara and Ken Gibbs. Seated (centre): Paulo Muepeta. Not pictured: Johannes Nkwanyana, Robert Khuzwayo, Sanele Ntuli, Robert Brogan, Albert Pinga, Sean Mckeon, Jose Da Cunha, Fransiscus Marnewick, JC Naude, John Mpesi, Alton Mjwara, Shadrack During the contract the scope of works Khubeka and Helder Quintiao. was increased by 30% and it was imperative to co-ordinate and plan with the other contractors on site. “With daily contractual targets having to be achieved, the completion of this contract hinged on the seamless running of all construction activities,” says Shaun Butler, contracts director. “Great co-ordination between all parties, including a number of other subcontractors, has meant that this contract is now nearing successful completion”. The substation under construction. PAGE 6 | Benchmark Environmental P.P. Rust 600 KTPM De-silting catchment Concentrator dams and vlei Projects areas in the Skelton & Plummer Projects (Pty) Ltd offers turnkey projects in the fields of civil, SA Mining mechanical, electrical and instrumental engineering. At the P.P. Rust site we were responsible for the supply, installation and Industry corrosion protection of piping in the following areas: Ngezi Mill feed conveyor with the site • Overland material handling piping offices in the background. Source: Mike Smith The overland materials handling piping consisted of high pressure water, potable water and plant air which followed a route The environmental clean up objectives of most Mining Houses includes the “clean from the primary crusher through to the silos and secondary crushing and Constructing civil out” of catchment dams and associate downstream vlei areas. These areas are screening areas thus providing all the necessary services to the various structures in remote typically filled with silt derived from years material handling buildings. of overflow from processing plant areas. After years of service, catchment dams • Tailing piping African have minimal storage capacity and as a The tailing pipeline consisted of ± 2 000 meters of 400 NB R5 rubber lined piping consequence, the downstream vlei areas linking the new plant with the new are often contaminated with fine silt slimes dam. residue. These areas are generally saturated and water logged thereby precluding the efficient use of Other overland lines which were installed were the process water, potable water and the return water lines ± 4 000 meters locations mechanical equipment (loaders, Source: Bob Fordyce of piping of various sizes ranging from backactors and trucks) to achieve the 100 NB to 450 NB. task at hand. Limited success has been Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd has achieved around the footprint perimeter • Reagents recently completed two projects in where machines have reasonable The reagents area consists of two Zimbabwe. The first, the construction of underfoot working conditions. Attempts different areas: flammable area and the a concentrator for Zimbabwe Platinum to clean areas beyond the perimeter non flammable area. Where all the Mines at Ngezi Mine. The second, a piping in the flammable side consisted of platinum concentrator plant for Unki generally fail due to access problems. stainless steel which required specialized Mines, a subsidiary of Anglo Platinum. welding and welding equipment. Safety ECMP provides the Mining Industry with showers and flame arrestors were also supplied and installed at suitable points. “Usually during projects, we seek to find an alternative “hydraulic mining option”. the most innovative solutions to technical The first step is to install the required problems and try to push the boundaries infrastructure (i.e. high pressure water The non flammable reagent area included for the supply and installation of various in terms of our engineering capabilities,” pipelines, slurry disposal pipeline, monitor interconnecting carbon steel galvanized says contracts director Bob Fordyce. guns, slurry pumpstations, etc.) followed and painting piping. “During our time in Zimbabwe however, by “the hydraulic mining exercise”. we found an entirely different set of our The reagents areas in general consisted capabilities being tested - above the “We have successfully completed several of all in-plant piping including the logistical considerations including of these projects, achieving the Mine’s installation of 14 pump sets and control communications and power, we were valves as well as all the necessary faced with a difficult local economic objectives in the specified contract period services such as plant air, potable within the allowable budget” says Mike situation, which meant food and local water and high pressure water. Smith, managing director of ECMP. “It is currency were scarce resources.” our intention to actively market this The total length of stainless steel piping installed was as follows: The steep learning curve we underwent expertise throughout the S.A. Mining working at Ngezi certainly laid the Industry where a strong demand for an • 25mm stainless steel piping. • 50mm stainless steel piping. foundations for a smoother project effective environmental clean up • 80mm stainless steel piping. process at Unki. Furthermore, the solutions exists”. • 100mm stainless steel piping. successful completion of both projects has established Stefanutti Stocks in “The Skelton & Plummer contract turned Zimbabwe, with the necessary expertise out to be successful for both the client to undertake any project, of any scale, and the contractor,” says Aubrey Michel, that may arise. managing director of S&P. Ngezi A concentrator plant was constructed for Zimbabwe Platinum Mines Ltd at the remote Ngezi site. The project consisted of the construction of two 5 000 ton silos, a mill area, rougher and cleaner flotation, thickener area, process water tanks, reagents storage The reclamation of saturated silt and reeds from & mixing, pipe & cable vlei area using high pressure monitoring guns. PAGE 7 | Benchmark Stuctures - Mining Infrastructure Nightfall over the Ngezi site. racks, offloading bunkers and a number The Ngezi project achieved and site, including our subcontractors. Once of conveyor bases & infrastructure exceeded their one million LTI free drinking water became a concern, we buildings. This also included the sliding safety target. added bottled water to our shipment of of the two silos at 34m in height by our food already coming in from South Africa. specialist slip-forming team. A cholera outbreak in the country did cause some concern, however we were In order to achieve the smooth running of fortunate enough not to have any of our this project, we needed to ensure that our planning and research was accurate, to staff affected. ensure supplies and materials did not run out. The majority of the equipment was The project was completed successfully exported from South Africa, and we had after 12 months and we commend the to factor in up to seven weeks to get our clients project team Vhumbanani in ‘cargo’ across the Zimbabwean border. All providing the works information on time. the built in items were also exported from South Africa, including the cement as the “We have cemented not only local cement was not of the desired quality. structures in Zimbabwe, but Local currency issues also made it impossible to purchase goods locally - the also partnerships with local only material available in Zimbabwe was contractors and have also the aggregates for the concrete. assisted in their further development,” says Bob. Due to the non-availability of food in “We look forward to Zimbabwe, this also had to be trucked in from South Africa. The entire site undertaking more projects team was given lunch on a daily basis, in in Zimbabwe and building certain cases this was the only meal the on these new relationships”. locals would have all day and they were 5000 ton silo. The Unki project achieved also given the opportunity to take some home so they could share with the other 800 000 LTI free hours. family members. We also had to ensure that the South Africans working on site Unki had enough basic supplies as nothing The scope of works at Unki was to build was available in Zimbabwe. a platinum concentrator plant for Unki “We employed sixty percent of our labour Mines, a subsidiary of Anglo Platinum. force locally, these had to be paid in local This included again two 5 000 ton silos, currency,” says Bob. “With the rocketing a number of conveyors, a milling area, inflation rate and restrictions on daily flotation area, tailings and concentrate withdrawals, it took careful planning to handling, reagents plant and ensure we had enough money on hand infrastructure buildings. to pay out wages”. A definite benefit to the community was the skills We got off to a good start on the Unki development on the project which saw project as we could resource some of employees being trained to be shutter our plant and equipment already in the hands and construction hands. Local country. In addition the local knowledge qualified civil engineers were employed gained at Ngezi, enabled us to get the and exposed to real “fast track” contracts and the experience gained contract off the ground a lot quicker. will be extremely beneficial to their future career development. A major concern during the project was the shortage of water, which caused The 18-month project was successfully problems with the batching of concrete completed under extremely difficult and we eventually had to pump water conditions. The concentrator has been out of the river to overcome this problem. commissioned and is currently operational. At a peak, we employed 600 people on Central Ready Mix Batch plant at the Unki site. PAGE 8 | Benchmark Structures Richards Bay Minerals Scope The MSP Tailings Plant is being • Construction of intermediate reinforced concrete floors and MSP Tailings Plant constructed to enable the client to extract more valuable minerals from staircases to six storey structural steel electrical building. Civil the surrounding dunes more efficiently. Area 600 – Water Treatment Plant The project is split into four areas, viz. • Three water clarifiers. Area 200, 300, 400 and 600, with a • Two cone settlers. Construction total forecast volume of concrete of approximately 10 000m3. • A clear water tank. Despite serious start-up delays, the Source: Wade Leaf Area 200 - Feed Preparation Area team has shown tremendous • Foundations and columns to three commitment in overcoming these overhead conveyor systems. challenges to currently report being Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN increased • Foundation structures to three on programme, with progress at 30% their participation in the growth of the transfer towers. completed. This commitment, under Richards Bay region, by recently • Extensive structural modifications extreme safety and procedural pressures, being awarded the Richards Bay Minerals to the Road Hopper Bridge. is further reflected in an excellent safety (MSP) Tailings Plant Project. The award is • 350m, reinforced concrete record and a satisfied client. the culmination of more than 16 months retaining walls. of pricing and intensive negotiations. “Congratulations to the team at RBM on Area 300 & 400 - Wet and Dry Plant Areas your ongoing commitment” says Wade The 12-month contract was ultimately • Foundation structures to Leaf, contracts director. “No doubt this awarded in June 2009, with mobilisation main building. will once again result in yet another of resources following soon after in • Water collection tank, plinths, floors successful Stefanutti Stocks project in July 2009. and launders. the Richards Bay Area”. Komati Power Station- was based on an innovative design & construct response by Stefanutti the piling on this project. The original geotechnical report did not give us a clear an innovative Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd to Eskom’s picture of the ground conditions, and tender requirements. once on site we discovered that there were existing foundations from previously design We proposed a more economical and demolished structures. “We adapted our effective alternative design based on a design to incorporate these existing bridge construction of a lighter weight foundations making them an integral delivered linear stacker reclaimer. Lyonell Fliss & Associates were instrumental in this design, which comprised of piled part of the final structure,” says Mike Stevenson, contracts director. “This was achieved without delays or major Source: Mike Stevenson foundations with a capping beam and financial implications to the client”. a series of secondary beams. The award of the construction of a The project was completed without stacker reclaimer for Eskom in 2008 Stefanutti Stocks Geotechnical undertook any LTI. Komati Power Station stacker foundations. PAGE 9 | Benchmark Structures The linear stacker under construction. DMO - Bospoort Dam: After rehabilitation. Performance Bospoort Dam - & Safety a key to Rehabilitated success and safer Souirce: Shaun Butler Source: Mike Stevenson Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd. Some 18 months down the line, the NOC and auxiliary spillway, with the recently completed the Douglas rehabilitation of the Bospoort dam for majority of work taking place 26m Middelburg Optimisation (DMO) ROM client DWAF (Department of Water above ground. stockpiles and conveyors project. Affairs and Forestry) is almost complete. The scope of work at this BHB-Billiton The dam has been rehabilitated in line A total of 75 000m3 of mainly rock was coal mine included: with safety requirements. excavated for the new concrete saddle • 120m diameter circular stacker; spillway some 75m long, in which curtain • 670m linear stacker; and “Whilst work was underway it was grouting was required as well. • associated civil work including imperative to control the water level conveyors and transfer towers. of dam in order construct 80% of the Three saddle embankments were works,” says Shaun Butler, contracts reconstructed and a new stabilized toe “Our performance, sterling safety record director. “However, we had to do so on the upstream side of the structure and a recommendation by the mine without limiting the water supply to was formed through dumping of material to price other work has resulted in the the water works and the community to approximately one third of the height award of further projects at the DMO” down stream”. of the structure. New rip rap protection says contracts director, Mike Stevenson. “Project manager Francois Vermeulen was bedded on the upstream face to During the duration of the contract and his team must be commended for replace the existing protection, while a the main dam has been modified, their sterling efforts.” new gravel protection layer was including the removal of the existing installed on the downstream face. spillway gates. The demolition of the A total of 250 000 hours were achieved dam spillway crest (NOC), non-overspill without LTI. With the additional work a “There have been many contributors to crest, piers, decks, slabs, training walls new target of 500 000 hours has this project,” says Shaun. “Our client and NOC took place under extreme cau- been set, thus far we have achieved DWAF, the engineers - GOBA & ARQ 380 000 LTI free hours on the way to tion to ensure the existing post tendon cables of the dam were not damaged. joint venture, Stefanutti Stocks our new target. Earthworks, Stefanutti Stocks A total of 15 000m3 of concrete was Geotechnical and of course our site placed on the dam wall comprising of team, were all instrumental in the The circular stacker under construction. successful completion of works”. labyrinth walls, buttresses, outlet works, Bospoort Dam: Before rehabilitation. PAGE 10 | Benchmark Structures Back row: Grant Kruger, Luis Mateus, John Pereira, Fred Prins, John-Paul Pereira and Calvin Naidoo. Front row: Jean-Luc D’Unienville, Quwyn Dray, Shannon Moll and Sipho Gumbi. Insert: Alpheus Khubeka. The Umgeni-Inanda routes, retaining walls and soil anchor beams, as well as the construction The one kilometer long bridge site is situated on the N2 highway and forms Interchange of new infill decks between the part of a very busy intersection. The existing decks of the bridges across traffic volume is extremely high in this the Umgeni River; area, and lane closure was limited to upgrade • the demolition of existing traffic off-peak periods only. Vehicular access barriers on the existing service road is not always possible. bridges and N2 bridges; and The original method of constructing Source: Grant Kruger • the construction of 690m of new the 44m long decks over the river would F-type SANRAL traffic barriers. have been to span the piers with a This project, undertaken by pre-stressed steel truss, and erect Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN, comprises Additional work on the contract requires the upgrading of the Umgeni/Inanda Split formwork on this truss. This would have the construction of 450m of structural necessitated the lowering of the truss Interchange on the N2 in KwaZulu Natal, steel walkway which will be installed on and the formwork units into the river and for client SANRAL. the outside of the service road bridges, then moving them on to the next section The upgrade includes: thus allowing an additional traffic lane in as work progressed, however for • The construction of two new jackspan each direction. environmental reasons and ease of Repairs to No.1 Virginia were originally constructed in 1986. They were lined with railway began to rehabilitate the first silo as specified by Walker Ahier Holtzhausen Concrete Silo at tracks to absorb the impact of the ore and to reduce the wear on the silo wall Engineering Consultants. Harmony when discharging the ore into the The scope of work included: outlet hoppers. • removal of damaged and loose concrete; Central Plant, The continuous impact of the incoming • replacement of missing ore was concentrated mainly on two reinforcing steel; areas of the silo wall, resulting in a • installation of new rail liner brackets; Virginia gradual reduction of the wall thickness. • guniting the silo wall to its This, combined with the friction of the original profile; discharging ore and the failure of the • installation of new rail tracks; and railway tracks, led to the sudden • post tensioning of the silo. Source: Leon Mentz disintegration of a 2m diameter section of the silo wall. Our first task on site was to provide a The two 6 000 ton gold-ore silos at safe platform inside the silo on which our Harmony’s Central Plant Refinery in In early June 2009 Stefanutti Stocks Civils scaffolding was to be erected. The 3.5m The Stefanutti Stocks site team. PAGE 11 | Benchmark Structures - Marine constructed alongside the existing container berth consists of a row of 150 number 914mm diameter piles, which are being driven parallel to the existing construction, the method was changed. quay at intervals of 6 850mm. The piles are vibrated into the sea bed with a The adopted method therefore involves the precasting of the decks on one side A mega marine vibratory piling hammer, and once the piles hit hard rock, a pile socket is drilled of the river and then moving them into position using a gantry which runs along project at the using a Wirth pile top drill rig. Rebar is then inserted into the pile casing and a rail. The major concern with this method was whether the cantilevers of the existing bridges could carry the Cape Town concrete tremmied into the piles. Due to construction restraints the need weight of the new decks, which weighed 310 ton and 195 ton for the service road and median decks respectively. Container for a precast construction yard was identified. We have set up a precast yard in the harbour and are manufacturing Once it was established that the existing decks could carry the load, a concrete rail Terminal our own precast for this project. Precast panels are placed on top of the row of piles and span between the piles and the beam was cast on either side of the gap and a series of steel gantries were placed Source: Graham Moore existing deck. Once the precast is placed over the gap to carry the new deck. we then perform in-situ concrete casts Seven gantries are being used in series tying the structure together. to distribute the load sufficiently across existing cantilevers. The new decks were The increasing size of then cast in position on one side of the container ships visiting the bridge and lifted using a computerised Cape Town Container hydraulic system and then towed 180m Terminal has necessitated across the river into their final position. the dredging of the berth to a In order to lift the decks, a total of 28 depth of -15.5m Chart Datum jacks are used, each with a capacity of in order to accommodate the 30 ton. “The computerised hydraulic larger vessels. In addition, to system allows us to control all of the ensure that the integrity of the jacks to a 2mm tolerance between jacks” says Grant Kruger, contracts manager. existing container berth quay “The system also enables us to tilt the wall was not compromised A birds eye view of berth 601, beams in both the transverse and and in order to cater for the with suspended deck complete longitudinal directions if required”. larger berthing forces, a piled and ground anchors being installed. structure needed to be The project is 45% complete. constructed alongside the existing container berth. deep openings over the three discharge hoppers and the overhanging dead box Civil marine specialist, Civil & Coastal, material made access for the scaffold in conjunction with our JV partner, has erection unsafe and virtually impossible. been on site since late 2007 undertaking “In order to create a level platform, we this berth deepening and quay manually relocated the 400 m3 of dead refurbishment of the Ben Schoeman box material into the voids over the hoppers,” says Leon Mentz, site agent. Dock for client Transnet. Currently Due to the unstable nature of the ore, valued at over R900 million, this four year our team was attached to life-lines by project is due for completion in 2013. means of safety harnesses, and suspended from the top of the silo. As construction is in a working port, the project is being undertaken in four Cranes at work: A 914mm pile The principal activity of the project was phases to facilitate uninterrupted mooring being installed on berth 601. the guniting of the wall once the brackets of container vessels. were in place. The criterea for the material used was that it had to obtain 70 MPa in The scope of work includes: Once the new deck is cast, the compressive strength after 28 days. installation of new quay furniture • Dredging the Ben Schoeman basin; A specialized pre-bagged, ready-to-use, fibre-reinforced cementitious mortar mix, • Piling; follows including bollards, fenders and containing a unique blend of selected • Precast concrete; crane rails. In the areas up against the cements, micro-particles and a • Ground anchors; new quay, scour protection in the form of combination of admixtures is being • Quay furniture; and grout blankets are installed on the utilized. This material provides a long • Scour protection. sea bed. lasting durable surface and the micro-particles reduce rebound thereby The dredging operation has progressed Where the ground conditions are not lowering costs. “Strength tests successfully and is 95% complete. The conducive to conventional methods a during installation indicated that we instability of the existing quay wall led to split deck option will be implemented had surpassed the compressive the decision to install ground anchors in creating a completely separate requirements, by attaining results in the underlying rock layers to prevent structure from the existing quay. excess of 80 MPa,” said Leon. rotation of the wall. 84 number 1 422mm pile against the The contract is on track for completion quay wall will act as a pin preventing in early November 2009. The new piled structure being the quay wall from slipping out. PAGE 12 | Benchmark PAGE 13 | Benchmark PAGE 14 | Benchmark Geotechnical Piling for Brickmakerskloof Bridge, Bakens Valley- Port Elizabeth Source: Petrus van Straten A dolomitic grouting solution for Adcock Ingram In August 2009 Stefanutti Stocks Geotechnical (Pty) Ltd was appointed to carry out the piling which provided Healthcare founding for the new proposed road-over- river bridge, spanning across the Sharks River in the Brickmakerskloof area, Port Source: Deon van Rensburg Elizabeth. The three-month project is being undertaken for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Stefanutti Stocks Geotechnical (Pty) Ltd The existing bridge was closed for has been awarded the contract for the traffic in 2006, due to severe flood dolomotic solution for the high-volume damage, with the new proposed packing facility for client Adcock Ingram bridge and access road replacing the Healthcare in Clayville, Olifantsfontein. existing infrastructure. The project commenced in September A total of 48 piles (14 at each of the two 2009 and entailed the rehabilitation of abutments and ten at each of the two two possible sinkholes. piers) are currently being installed. To complicate matters 70% of the piles We drill 114mm diameter holes using a are being installed as 1:8 raking piles. down-the-hole hammer and then grout The piles are formed by means of up the voids under pressure by pumping augering and coring through alluvium, in a 5MPa sand-cement grout mix. Redlion logger - medium hard rock (25MPa) and hard grout volume being monitored. rock (100 MPa). This combined with severe groundwater seepage and the We measure and monitor using occurrence of alluvium gravels and boulders, state-of-the-art electronic Jean Lutz results in severe sidewall collapse. (drilling) and Red Lion measuring equipment (grouting). “In order to address the challenging geological aspects of the project,” says At the beginning of October the project Petrus van Straten, contracts director, had reached its half way mark and “we priced the works with an alternative 481m3 of grout had been pumped. for the installation of 750mm diameter temporary-cased auger cast in-situ piles Site agent Ulrich Cooke and foreman with an average pile drilled length of 9m”. William Nhlapo are happy with progress The bottom of the pile holes are cleaned on site. thoroughly by a cleaning bucket, followed by airlifting. Concrete is placed by means of a tremie whilst the temporary casings are being extracted. Shear dowels are being installed through pre-placed steel tubes to provide additional scour resistance. Quality control measures include carrying out two compressive load tests, load testing the piles to 1.5 times the design working load. In addition, integrity testing by means of the CSL method is being carried out to confirm concrete shaft integrity. Extraction of casing - using Stefanutti Grout being discharged into pump. Stocks Geotechnical A-frame design. PAGE 15 | Benchmark Geotechnical Maxwell. Nelmapius. The Brickmakerskloof piling team. Lateral support to six sites along the Gautrain line Source: Shaun Nell In late 2008 Stefanutti Stocks variety of tools and machinery used to Geotechnical (Pty) Ltd was awarded the complete the project. These methods lateral support contract for Bombela CJV included drilling with: for three sites along the Gautrain line • a DTH Hammer with a hand boom from Frankenwald to Nellmapius Road, from scaffold; (Frankenwald Bridge, Maxwell Bridge, • a Furukawa Air Rig; Nellmapius) - with an original tender value of over R7 million. As the project • a C6 Casagrande Drill Rig; progressed, an additional three sites • a Comacchio Drill Rig; (Allandale Cute, Dale Road and the New • Drilling and installing titan bars with a Road Service Bridge) were added, more Comacchio Drill Rig; than doubling the contract value. • Drilling and installing 200mm steel Unforeseen geological conditions were tubular micro-piles with an C8 encountered at Dale Rd, where we Casagrande Drill Rig; and discovered a diabase dyke that crossed • Drilling and installing 300mm grouted the excavation. “This necessitated quick piles with a C8 Casagrande Drill Rig. thinking and action so as not to loose too much time on the project,” says Shaun During this project a total of 4600m2 Nell, managing director of the gunite was placed, the majority of geotechnical division. A unique solution which required a wood floated finish. to suit the environment was designed and new equipment and technology “We always had a minimum of three sites was introduced. running at the same time,” says Marius van der Merwe, contracts manager. “The seamless communication and great “We installed 914m team work resulted in the successful of micro-piles with our completion, to the client’s satisfaction, in September 2009”. C8 Casagrande Rig in seven working days getting the construction of the wall back on track,” Other noteworthy quantities: says Shaun. • Soil Nail Drilling, installation and grouting: 11 365m During this project, which was completed • Total gunite: 1 440m3 in September 2009 we implemented a • Mesh Ref 395 installed: 4 296m2 variety of different methods of lateral support. Worth a mention are the • Grout Cement: 9 410 bags spectrum of drilling machines used on the six different sites, as well as the wide PAGE 16 | Benchmark Building Construction Sikhupe Airport, Swaziland - building a national airport in less than a year! Fair play @ Princess Magogo Source: Shaun White Stadium, The Swaziland Government recently awarded the Stefanutti Stocks operations Kwamashu in Swaziland two contracts forming part of the overall construction of the new national airport. Source: Dave Lourenco The first contract is the construction of the passenger terminal and cargo buildings, with the second contract The development of Princess Magogo will be used to host different events once consisting of the critical services is forging ahead and the sports stadium the World Cup is over. The extent of the buildings including the Fire Station, will serve as one of South Africa’s largest roof structure will incorporate walkways Air Traffic Services Building and the training venues for the 2010 World Cup. and platforms to accommodate camera Air Traffic Control Tower. The contract commenced in January crews, inline with SABC and SuperSport 2009 and involves both civil and requirements. Close attention has been “We started on site in June 2009 and building operations. paid to the general finishes and despite at times struggling to get the specifications as a whole in order to correct information we have established The stadium grounds will incorporate an meet FIFA standards. a good pace,” says Shaun White, athletics track, ball courts and the entire contracts manager. “An achievement field and banks have been reconstructed “Our greatest challenge”, said Dave by the site team deserving of a special to align with the new stands. The Lourenco, site agent, “is the time frames mention is the pouring of a 700m3 for completion, which is scheduled for suspended slab in a 16-hour, two infrastructure around the stadium is team shift for the Terminal Building”. also being upgraded with the aim of the end of 2009. We have increased developing the venue as a sports and our resources and up to 400 people The concrete structures to the ATS events hub for the local community. are employed at peak. We have several Building and ATC Tower are complete. Very strict environmental restrictions work-faces running concurrently, so The 50m high control tower was were imposed on the extensive external close co-ordination of operations is vital, slipformed by Stefanutti Stocks Civils works as the surrounding area falls under in particular with regard to the access over a continuous period of 15 days. a ‘wetland’ reserve zone. On a ‘green required for the erection of the four 46m The builders works are well under note’, the stadium grass will be grown high lighting masts and the surrounding way and due for completion and from sprigs on site. The grass on the follow-on trades”. handover early 2010 for the installation pitch will be to similar specifications as of specialist air traffic control equipment. Durban’s main stadium - the Moses In terms of employment, it was an Mabhida stadium - and the grass will integral (and audited) part of the contract The concrete structures to the Fire therefore serve as a back-up should that the surrounding community benefits Station and Terminal Buildings have anything go wrong at the main stadium. from the employment opportunities. been completed and we have entered “This applied not only to Stefanutti the next phase of the project, where The demolition and underpinning of Stocks,” says Dave, “but also to our enclosing the external envelope of the the foundations of the existing structure subcontractors. A lot of effort was building is critical to allow the internal was required to accommodate the new invested in training and transferring the works to continue unhampered by grandstand extension and additional floor necessary skills to these individuals, and the elements. levels. The mezzanine levels comprise ensuring that the quality of work and our offices and VIP/hospitality suites, which attention to detail was upheld at all times”. Project completion date is currently scheduled for mid 2010. The sliding of the air traffic control Construction of the three floor terminal building of Sikhupe Airport. tower was undertaken continuously over a period of 15 days. PAGE 17 | Benchmark Building Construction Goetz, contracts manager. “There are Need offices? however also advantages to working in Shopping is We’ll travel quieter localities,” continues Dries. “One that comes to mind is the two minute even better at Kenilworth journey to site in the morning!” Source: Dries Goetz Centre Stefanutti Stocks Building Gauteng has been expanding it’s areas of operation and exploring new markets, one Source: Peter Leppan of these being the town of Kenilworth Shopping Centre, which is Ermelo, where they are well over 30 years old, has undergone a currently constructing new major upgrade and expansion in recent offices for the Gert Sibanda years, to modernise and bring it in line District Municipality. with the expectations of the 21st Century shopper. The project, undertaken in joint venture “The relationship with the client with Khumbula Property Services, commenced with a negotiated small consists of two phases. Phase one, Back row left to right: Charlton Bihl, Sindy Hlophe, Dries Goetz, Fortunate Ngubane, works contract being awarded to which the team is currently busy with Charles van Wyk and Willie Meyer Stefanutti Stocks Building Western Cape consists of a 6-storey main building and Front row left to right: Vickus Thomas, Tsepang in 2007,” says Peter Leppan, contracts two 4-storey office blocks. Phase two, Senotlela, Abiot Masoko and Sean Rautenbach. director. “After two years this has grown which is scheduled to commence on into almost R100 million worth of work”. 1 September 2010 consists of two 3-storey and two 2-storey office blocks. The renovations and extensions were all undertaken within an operational shopping centre with an approximate We have a batching plant on site and monthly footfall of 950 000. The scope place the concrete utilising two tower of works included new builds (such as cranes. To date we have placed 4 500m3. the 2 000m2 food court which now houses many of the national food brands, Once complete the main building will and a new 5 000m2 Game store). Further have a massive concrete dome as part upgrades were undertaken to the existing of the roof slab. The dome will be cast mall including Shoprite (to Checkers) and in-situ and in layers making it a upgrades to the entrances, public toilets time-consuming process. Formwork and external areas. Checkers received a new double volume bulk store making will be erected on purpose-made trusses room for the new Virgin Active Gym. and the shutter board will be cut by laser to ensure a perfect fit. The installation of the feature lift and staircase “The team achieved every prompted the landlord to upgrade all the milestone that was set,” “Working in a location that does not entrances, paint some of the external surface says Peter, “and we are have readily available resources meant areas, finishing everything off with new age currently finishing off and will we had to plan carefully prior to horizontal zinc-alum wall cladding, signage be handing over on schedule commencing work on site,” says Dries panels and Howsolpan signage surrounds. in November”. Adding a little more glitz to the Golden Horse Casino Source: Malcolm Reeves Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN measures zones were in place to ensure part of the complex, and on race days commenced work on the alterations a minimal disruption to casino activities. we had to clear all access scaffolding and refurbishment to the Golden Horse Work zones were broken down into a and material stockpiles, to ensure the racing Casino, Pietermaritzburg in August 2008. number of phases and we worked our public could move around freely and safely. way systematically through the casino “It is a credit to the entire site The scope of work on this project (and the project). Operational constraints management team, especially Shaun included the refurbishment and new meant that the original intended phasing White, Paul Fenton, Justin Roberts, Nic finishes to the casino, which consisted was radically changed and we have van der Salm, Greg Cogan, Rob Haupt of new food & beverage facilities, a new had to constantly reprogram as and Sahil Ramharak that the entire studio for Radio Lotus, hotel foyer, hotel work progressed. operation ran smoothly” says rooms and passages, public areas and Malcolm Reeves, senior quantity the conference centre. Work also Alteration work in the cashiers section surveyor. “Construction activities have included the removal of existing screeds; was particularly difficult, as access to caused little disruption to the casino and plastered wall finishes; ceilings; the area was restricted due to the hotel, which has not lost a day’s trading”. shopfronts and shop-fitting; electrical; security risk. Work in this area was split As a result of the successful completion fire control and air-conditioning and the into four phases in an overall floor area of the casino we negotiated an replacement of these with new services. of 100m2, to allow the cashiers to extension and refurbishment of the function continuously. conference centre and racecourse All work was undertaken while the casino underpass, both of which are was fully operational, and all necessary The Scottsville racecourse also forms now complete. PAGE 18 | Benchmark Building Construction The new Cape Gate Medi-Clinic in Brackenfell – the latest addition to the Medi-Clinic Group of Private Hospitals facilities. In harmony with the environment Cape Gate Medi-Clinic - This 19 500m2 hospital has been designed to achieve a balance between aesthetics and an environmentally-friendly design. Emphasis making its mark! has been placed on natural and energy-efficient lighting through-out the nursing units and administration areas, and a water recovery plant is be- ing installed to recycle autoclave and grey water for irrigation purposes. Source: Gys van der Westhuizen & Jannie du Toit Standby generators and a UPS system will ensure that the hospital can operate safely and without interruption should there be a loss of electricity supply. Stefanutti Stocks Building Western basement parking and the morgue and rooms for transmission of x-ray images Cape commenced with the construction other storerooms. “At each inspection, also form part of the services installation. of the first major Medi-Clinic hospital, a three-man team scrutinizes every inch the Cape Gate Medi-Clinic in of the building,” says Jannie du Toit. The three passenger lifts situated at the end of the link passages, are being Kraaifontein in early 2008. “They are looking not only at quality and commissioned and will be ready for aesthetics but also at the ergonomics the delivery of hospital equipment e.g. The 140-bed Medi-Clinic hospital, and practicality of the new facility”. autoclaves, theatre beds and furniture. scheduled to open in March 2010, Many of the areas inside the hospital are comprises of three and four-storey ultra-hygienic areas making it essential We have received the design layouts for blocks with approximately 530 that they are thoroughly sealed against the 3 753m2 area of doctors consulting parking bays for visitors and staff. ingress of dust and other particles. rooms and their completion will coincide Facilities include 24-hour emergency with the completion of rest of the building. centre, six operating theatres, an ICU, In addition to the other usual Site works, parking areas, roads and obstetrics unit with neonatal ICU, a services installed in ceiling voids such landscaping is progressing well and will pharmacy, pathology department, as air conditioning, electrical, telephones, be ready for handover on programme. radiology department, consulting data cabling etc, we also have to install rooms and a restaurant. medical gas throughout, to serve each The latest edition to the Medi-Clinic ward and bed through a vertical service Private Hospital Group is scheduled to The hospital is at an advanced stage of panel situated at each bed position. In open during March 2010. finishing and we have recently submitted addition a nurse call system from each the ICU for works completion and bed to the nurse station in each ward Quantities: received a works completion certificate also has to be installed to facilitate 8 183m3 of concrete for the floor containing all the emergencies and service to patients. 1 675 190 bricks transformers, electrical switchgear, A direct link from the radiology unit to standby generators as well as the the theatres and doctors consulting 18 000m3 of earthworks This healthcare facility, with all its detail and intricacies has left quite an impression on the enthusiastic 82 strong site team. From church Located in Cape Town’s CBD, 15 on Orange is a 5-Star luxury hotel development being built by Stefanutti headquarters to a Stocks Building Western Cape for client African Pride Hotels as their flagship 5-star hotel designer hotel. The development comprises 130-suites; 12 penthouses; an adjacent 3 500m2 boutique retail and designer development; spa and wellness centre. Additionally, a range of classy restaurants, al fresco bistros and elite social nightlife retail venue will be aimed at a sophisticated local and international clientele. The project is a combination of demolitions, refurbishment and new build and will be opening at the end of 2009. PAGE 19 | Benchmark Building Construction An artists impression of the Aula. Back to the buildings and extensions to existing (heritage) buildings. The site was handed We are currently awaiting approval of the work to be undertaken in and around the University over in September 2009, with a contract heritage buildings. completion date of February 2011. “All aspects of the contract will be of Pretoria The new buildings include: scrutinized by a number of experts,” • A new student area and bridge says Greig Bastion, contracts links (800 m2); director. “Not only is the project team • Four auditoriums, laboratories and largely made up of engineering Source: Greig Bastion offices (10 000 m2); professors from the University, but the • Four levels of parking (26 800 m2); central location of the site ensures that With the recent award of the • an entrance road and associated construction of a new engineering young budding engineers and other guard house structures (600 m2); and building and parkade, Stefanutti Stocks technically minded students and onlookers • a pedestrian drop off area (1 500m3). Building Gauteng is back on site at the have a clear view of construction”. University of Pretoria. In 2008 Stefanutti Work to existing buildings, that fall Stocks successfully completed the under heritage protection include: The University of Pretoria has further construction of twelve blocks of • The extension to the existing aula increased the visibility of this contract multi-storey student residences foyer and new circulation areas by installing a webcam, which takes a at the University of Pretoria. (1 500 m2); and photo of the site in 30 second intervals. • a new library and extension to the Progress can be viewed on the The scope of works includes both new Musaion events area (400 m2). university’s web site at www.up.ac.za. Freedom shutter boards, a slip sheet, a breather layer and finally copper. walls; some interesting water features; 850 linear meters of “designer” gabions; and sloped- and splayed face brick walls. Park - “The whole building, roof and facades, is clad in pure copper!” says Danie This project started in July 2008 with Moolman, contracts manager for the bush clearing, excavation of 33 000m3 project. “Like roof sheets, the copper of material and lateral support to form combining conventional is brought to site in coils weighing between 500 - 1 000kg each, and the three major terraces. The first concrete was cast in September 2008 with the unconventional rolled into sheets which are then fixed to the sub-structure”. and completion is scheduled for March 2010. Source: Danie Moolman The structure is designed to depict six boulders protruding from the side of the Stefanutti Stocks Building Gauteng is in a hill. The inside of the building is also 70/30 JV with Fikile Projects to construct designed to give the feeling of being the “Phase 2A” section of The inside caves and, like the exterior, is Freedom Park in Pretoria. Our Client also put together with many unusual is “The Freedom Park”, a Government shapes and sizes that have been funded Cultural Institution. formed with dry-wall partitioning, ceilings and bulkheads. The facility, entitled //HAPO (The Dream) includes an exhibition area, a restaurant, In addition to //HAPO, we are Back, left to right: Gerhard Botha, Eddie Teicherdt, conference facilities, a curio shop and constructing a 1.6km long elevated spiral At vd Westhuizen, TC Schreuder, Caiphus Ngobeni a kiosk. path made up of a structural steel frame and Godfrey Makhubela. Middle, left to right: and a timber walk way on the north and Pieter van Aardt, Dusty Ramoshaba, Andre Patrys, //HAPO is best described as a east slopes of The Freedom Park hill Pinkie Lebogo and Divan Serfontein. Front, left to “structure”, housing permanent and (old Salvokop). A strict Environmental right: Danie Moolman, Voight Uys, Bazuka Lesele temporary exhibitions depicting the past Management Plan must be followed, and Mali Ngqekethe. Not pictured: Chris Munatsi, 3.2 million years’ of southern African making access a challenge. “We have Veronique Mojono, Juries Isaacs, Johan Ras, Thulani history. The exhibitions depicting this needed to build a scaffold walkway Ngwenya and Phiko Nqedo. history will be sub-divided in six epochs, along the route to enable access,” namely Earth, Ancestors, Colonization, says Danie. “We transport the material Industrialization, The Struggle and for the construction of the walk-way via Nation Building. wheelbarrows and ‘hands’ - not a mean feat when this consists of around 70 ton The structure is made up of a of structural steel, 3 500m2 timber conventional concrete frame on decking and 400m3 of concrete!” numerous different levels, connected by a series of ramps and staircases. Other elements making this an extremely From there, a very unconventional interesting and challenging project include structural steel frame is clad with a the shaped windows and shop fronts; a build-up of acoustic layers, top-hats, “maze” of timber crate finish landscape PAGE 20 | Benchmark Roads & Earthworks Mphofu Dam outlet structure. LUSIP - Tertiary subsistence farming into sustainable commercial agriculture, thus uplifting counseling, as well as the treatment of minor injuries and ailments”. Distribution System their standard of living. About 2 618 households are expected to benefit Remote bushveld, spanning 96 km of Phase 1(b) - phase directly from the project activities and generally include smallholder farmers, rough terrain, makes supervision on this project difficult, however good two of a poverty mainly involved in sugarcane farming, cotton, maize and other high value crops under irrigation. The real long communication and forward planning is resolving this challenge. Access alleviation remains a challenge with the project term benefits will only be appreciated, crossing existing farmer association once the crops are planted during lands. This necessitates ongoing November 2009 and harvested scheme negotiations and compensations, later in 2010. relocations and grave exhumations. Furthermore construction water and 250 local labour from the various chiefdoms have been employed, with suitable material sources are scarce, Source: Derek du Plessis but this is being addressed and training and skills development an ongoing focus. “We have also set up managed. “Nevertheless, despite the Phase one of this poverty alleviation challenges of working in such a remote scheme designed to bring water to a clinic run by a qualified sister,” says Derek du Plessis, director of the and wide-spread location, the project the dry lowveld area of Swaziland was Swaziland Roads & Earthworks is progressing well,” says Derek, completed in February 2009. operation. “The clinic has been well “and we are currently on target, with In June 2009 the second phase received and takes care of entry and fifteen of the sixty dams and three commenced, with S&B Civils Roads, exit medicals, AIDS testing and of the off-takes complete”. a division of the Stefanutti Stocks Group, being awarded the 21-month tertiary distribution system project to supply irrigation water for 5 700 ha of land. The scope of works during phase two includes the construction of 16 irrigation off-takes spanning 96 km. This comprises: • 56 km of pipeline, ranging from 200 mm UPVC to 700 mm GRP; • valve stations; • a single pump station; and • 60 balancing dams fed from the LUSIP phase one primary and secondary canal supplies. The people in this area are currently the poorest in the country and the aim The Lusip team. is to transform the local economy from Stefanutti Stocks - has expanded its fleet to include five more Mercedes-Benz trucks. an Axor 2628 chassis cab and an Actros 3550 6x4 truck tractor will add saying “I do” to The Stefanutti Stocks Group owns, tremendous value to our existing fleet”. quality, operates and maintains a wide selection of plant, equipment and vehicles to support all aspects of its multi-disciplinary construction activities. Since company reliability inception the fleet of heavy duty trucks has included the Mercedes-Benz brand. “We continually invest in our plant and and prestige vehicles and the Mercedes-Benz brand on our sites is a clear statement of quality” says Eric Blom, alternate director at Stefanutti Stocks Earthworks. “Our recent Stefanutti Stocks Earthworks (Pty) Ltd purchase of three Axor 3335 tippers, PAGE 21 | Benchmark Roads & Earthworks With the recent award of two projects from SANRAL, the Roads & Earthworks business unit has further bulked up its N17 upgrade capacity and has purchased additional plant including two new recycling between Bethal and Source: Robert Turner machines, two new asphalt paving Davel (17.5km) machines and a new premix plant on order. The business has purchased this The N17 project will see the earthworks Rehabilitating high spec asphalt mixing plant from America to manufacture the asphalt on and surfacing teams working together as one. The contract entails the full Roads across both SANRAL projects. It’s a counter-flow asphalt plant with the mixer outside the rehabilitation of the shoulders and reconstruction of the base course with South Africa drum in an independent pug-mill with twin shafts. It has a production capacity an asphalt overlay over the entire road. The base course will be reconstructed of 120 ton an hour and it is fully mobile. with a cold in-situ recycler to construct The SA National Roads Agency Limited an ETB (emulsion treated base). The (SANRAL) and local agencies like the latest technology asphalt pavers and The new division brings with it benefits Johannesburg Roads Agency are set to rollers will be utilized and a total of to not only the group, but also to invest heavily in upgrading and improving 21 000 ton of asphalt will to be laid the country’s road infrastructure. In light employees and local communities. “The very nature of our work often sees during this 18-month contract. of these opportunities, Stefanutti Stocks Earthworks (Pty) Ltd. recently established us working in remote locations,” says Robert Turner, surfacing manager. Effective traffic management will play a an asphalt division, which expands the large part in both this and the project on business capacity to execute all types “This in turn brings the added benefit of job creation to the area”. the N2, with a stop-go scenario being of road surfacing. implemented (3 closures of 4km each “Both projects commenced in October at a time). One side of the road will be The new division complements the completed first - the shoulder will be existing capabilities of the group, 2009 and their award by SANRAL certainly places high expectations on reconstructed, then the base will be affording it entry into the road reconstructed and finally the asphalt rehabilitation sector and further the new division,” says Robert. will be laid on top. The whole process entrenching it as a ‘one-stop shop’ “We are however quietly confident will then start again on the other side for all construction related projects. that we will not disappoint!” of the road. The surface milling team. Reconstruction of N2 from Piet Retief to Camden (87.4km) This project again sees the earthworks and surfacing teams working together. Site engineers and personnel will first assess the existing road and allocate the sections according to requirements. Parts of the road will be fully rehabilitated The asphalt team. with the reconstruction of the layers, while others portions will have double seal done. During this 24-month contract a total of 51 000 ton of modified asphalt will be laid on the reconstructed sections and 550 000m2 of double seal will be done. The seal team. Deryck White, Zulfa Allie and Russell Crawford (from Stefanutti Stocks) with SANRAL regional director, Ismail Essa. PAGE 22 | Benchmark Concessions Putting the PPP process into perspective In order to place a PPP in perspective we’ll examine how government normally provides serviced office accommodation for its institutions. Once the institution has identified its requirements it tasks the Department of Public Works (PWD) to procure the facility on its behalf. The PWD Demystifiying appoints a professional team to design a facility that meets its requirements. The Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) measures the design public and produces a Bill of Quantities (BOQ) which is used by the competing construction companies private to price the construction of the facility. NASREC pedestrian The PWD then appoints the contractor, usually promenade - based on the lowest price submitted for the partneships construction of the facility. From here onwards the a work of art! contractor usually engages with the Professional Team in the construction of the facility. On completion of the facility the institution engages Source: Rob King other private companies for the provision of services such as cleaning and security. These Source: Ryan van der Walt Public Private Partnerships (PPP) has are known as Soft Facilities Management (or become a buzzword in the construction Soft FM). The PWD remains responsible for the Stefanutti Stocks Earthworks (Pty) Ltd, industry - and is a project procurement upkeep of the physical building (or Hard FM) and in joint venture with Molokotwa type that is very relevant for all of it would appoint private companies to undertake Stefanutti Stocks business units. this upkeep as required on its behalf. Construction has just completed work on this 20-month contract for client JDA The institution approaches the national treasury (Johannesburg Development Agency). A PPP is a partnership between to have the project registered as a potential PPP. government (the public sector) and Once registered the institution appoints a team of The pedestrian promenade at NASREC the private sector where the private transaction advisors who assist the institution in links the transportation hub to the main sector is contracted to deliver services determining its requirements. These would that would normally be provided by include not only a description of the physical entrance of the 96 000 seat stadium that building but also the maintenance and services will be hosting the opening and closing government. In a PPP the overstretched public sector utilises private sector required to run it, as well as the funding for the ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup here entire facility. in South Africa. resources to finance, build, operate and transfer back a public asset. The first task for the institution is to assess The scope of works on this whether indeed their requirements can be best project, which commenced in In South Africa the PPP principle has procured by means of a PPP or by traditional February 2008, included: mainly applied to toll roads and office means. This exercise is called a Public Sector accommodation, however PPP services Comparator (PSC) and once again this is • 30x80m pedestrian bridge spanning can range from the payment of presented to national treasury who gives over a railway line and busy road; government pensions to the provision of the project the green light. The next step is • 86 000m3 of fill (two abutments); serviced office accommodation, power advertised for those parties interested in providing • landscaping, electrical and lighting these services in what is called a Request for supply, water and sanitation, schools, Qualification or RFQ. The respondents would installations on the pedestrian universities, accommodation and the group themselves into consortia comprising: promenade, including installation of treatment of solid waste. “Currently, the • Architects and engineers - to do the design. LEDs over the pedestrian bridge; increased pressure on municipalities to • A contractor - to build. • intricate paving to public areas step up their service delivery poses an • A financier - to fund the project. including the walkway leading up to opportunity for the Group”, says Rob • A facility manager - to maintain and the bridge; and operate the building. King, head of the Stefanutti Stocks • As well as multitude of other specialist advisors. • an amphitheatre. Concessions business unit. “We have submitted a couple of tenders and are Usually the institution would pre-qualify two to The bridge (which was subcontracted to eagerly awaiting the results”. four consortia to bid for the provision of the Civilcon) comprised of 48 beams, each serviced accommodation. Only the pre-qualified beam weighing between 30-40 ton. We In principle, regardless of what service consortia are invited to submit bids in terms of had a 440 ton crane on site to lift the is being provided, the PPP process the institution’s Request for Proposals or RFP. the beams and strict safety measures in remains the same. It is complex and The RFP describes the institution’s requirements place as we were working above a busy time consuming, and it could take in what is called an output specification. The road and an in-active rail line. between two and three years before output specifications would give the number and construction starts. However, this is sizes of offices, meeting rooms, kitchens As this is a high profile project and the quite reasonable when considering cafeterias and specialised areas. The performance worlds eyes will be on it during 2010, how long the normal process takes levels are required in the different facilities in great emphasis was placed on the from inception to procurement terms of ambient temperatures, lighting levels, IT of a contractor with the added requirements and sound levels. The facility aesthetics of the promenade. The management requirements outline the required bridge-deck has glass in-lays so that advantage of a fully funded, fixed service levels in terms of security, catering, pedestrians crossing it can view the road price offering with the maintenance cleaning, response times, routine maintenance below. There are LEDs in the handrails of and running costs included to boot. and availability. It also indicates the concession the bridge, bespoke lights, trees, 2.5 ton period for which the private party would be benches and 20 000m3 of intricate “As a government procurement method, responsible for providing the serviced PPPs are here to stay” says Rob. accommodation (usually for a period of between paving. “We utilised mainly local labour “Stefanutti Stocks is up there with the 15 and 30 years) during which the institution (public for the paving part of the project,” says best of them - it is up to us to capitalise party) pays a unitary charge (think of this as rent). Ryan van der Walt, site agent. “It was on every opportunity that presents itself”. quite an intricate work of art depicting The private party gets the design and construct flames via the use of seven different contractor to provide a fixed price (CAPEX) to design and build a facility to suit the requirements types and colours of paving blocks”. of the Institution as outlined in the output specification. The facility manager provides the “Our focus on producing quality whilst private party with a price (usually annual) for the being able to work to tight deadlines running and maintenance costs (OPEX) of the has established Stefanutti Stocks as facility. The financiers provide the private party a contractor of choice with many of with a funding proposal to amortise the CAPEX over the concession period. The amortized funding our clients,” says Ryan. “The JDA has and the OPEX would be used to calculate the expressed their satisfaction with our work Unitary Charge which is the commercial and we are looking forward to further offering submitted for consideration solidifying our relationship with them”. by the institution. PAGE 23 | Benchmark Awards & Accolades Master Builders Association, Safety Awards The jubilant Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN and Civils KZN team. A total of 12 awards were received. Gauteng Master Builders Association, Regional 2nd: Liberty Life Phase 1 Safety Awards (Category: R120-R200 million) Special Award: KZN Safety Person of the Year: Jabulani Mkhize The Stefanutti Stocks KZN building and civils operations’ commitment to health and safety was acknowledged in the recent national and regional Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2009. Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN (Pty) Ltd: Regional 1st: Liquid Chemical Berth The winners of the Contractors Trophy. (Category: Civils) Jabulani Mkhize, the safety officer at the Back, left to right: Bradley Nortje, Liberty Life project receives his award from John Borradaile and Gerhard Roets. Regional 2nd: Front, from left to right: Ali Zahif, Stefanutti Stocks Plant Yard Brandon Abdinor, the executive director of the (Category: Plant Yard) KwaZulu Natal Master Builders Association. Lincoln van Wyk and Fanie Boucher. Highly Commended: Khangela Bridge (Category: Civils) Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN (Pty) Ltd: National 1st: Standard Bank PMB (Category: R5-R20 million) National 1st: Liberty Life, Phase 2 (Category: R200-R500 million) Regional 1st: Standard Bank PMB (Category: R5-R20 million) The MBSA National winners from KZN. From Regional 1st: left to right, posing with their certificates and Liberty Life, Phase 2 All the 2009 winners from Stefanutti shields are: James Kilner (Liberty Life Phase 2 Stocks Building Gauteng and North West. (Category: R200-R500 million) site), Dallas Pakkiri (safety manager), Siven Naidoo Back, from left to right: Chad Kruger, Bradley Regional 2nd: (safety manager), Howard Schwegmann (managing Nortje, John Borradaile, Greig Bastion, Kobus Vodacom, Mt Edgecombe director) and Paul Fenton (Standard Bank site). Koekemoer, Luc Jacobs and Danie Moolman. (Category: R20-R50 million) Front, from left to right: Nico Mulder, Mervis Regional 2nd: Burger, Fanie Boucher, Lincoln van Wyk, Ali Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd wins Zahif, Voight Uys and Johan Ras. Princess Magogo Stadium (Category: R50-R120 million) Fulton Award. Read more on pages 2 & 3. Best contracts manager: Highly Commended: Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd achieves a 2nd: Nico Mulder - Stefanutti Stocks Spar - Mt Edgecombe Building North West - (Category: R50-R120 million) NOSA 5 Star rating. Read more on pages 2 & 5. Lebone College II 2nd: Kobus Koekemoer - Stefanutti Earthworks 2008. The second is for most supporting Johannesburg Road Stocks Building North West - Lebone College II excels again Agency partner for contributions to the DUBE Bridge in Soweto. Best site safety officer: 3rd: Joseph Sithole - Stefanutti Stocks The Roads & Earthworks business unit Building Gauteng - I-Langa Mall recently received two awards at the Africa A special thanks to Michael Welsch, John Roads 2009 Awards. The first is for most Welsch and Able Nhlabathi for their Best performing safety manager: innovative and creative contractor for efforts on these contracts and holding 2nd: Fanie Boucher - Stefanutti Stocks the Orange Farm contract completed in the Stefanutti Stocks name high. Building Gauteng R120 - R200 million (Contractors trophy): 1st: Stefanutti Stocks Building Gauteng - FNB Block G R200 - R500 million (Presidents trophy): 2nd: Stefanutti Stocks North West - Lebone College II Congratulations to the the Styldrift site team for their achievement of 150 LTIs. Here’s to the next 150!! PAGE 24 | Benchmark Socio-economic development The future is only as good as we build it. Gabrielle’s Creche - A bright and airy Unica School Hostel - making a Stefanutti Stocks a unique place for difference edutainer unique Stefanutti Stocks Geotechnical (Pty) Ltd In the few months since opening in classroom people As a group initiative Stefanutti Stocks is Skelton & Plummer Investment Holdings April 2009, Gabrielle’s Creche has made sponsoring an Edutainer (a shipping Company (Pty) Ltd (S&P) from the a big impact on the lives of 70 children container that is converted into a and their five teachers in the Vlakfontein classroom) to the Noah Orphans Mechanical, Electrical and Power area. The new facilities were made Reamogetswe Ark in Muldersdrift. business unit has donated an amount possible by a joint initiative which saw the Noah’s is in dire need of assistance and of R250 000 towards the renovations Geotechnical division contributing a after receipt of an Edutainer, can be of Unica School Hostel in Pretoria. substantial amount to the almost registered with the Department of Health. R500 000 project. The building has Unica School is one of only six schools enabled the separation of children in South Africa that caters for the needs according to their age groups and of learners with autism. The school abilities. Each week has a special theme, offers individualised educational, and each day is split into a variety of therapeutic and development support activities. The five teachers are benefiting programs adapted to the learners from an experienced external trainer and needs. Of the 105 learners, 40 reside children with learning disabilities or in the Unica hostel, where over the challenges are benefiting from the years, due to a lack of funding, the input of a social worker. facilities have deteriorated to almost uninhabitable conditions. The kids are looking forward to their bright and airy edutainer classroom for the next schoolyear. The S&P contribution has been put towards the restoration, upgrading and The school has one qualified teacher brightening of these facilities, as well the serving 49 children in very basic facilities. purchase of new furniture and equipment. The Stefanutti Stocks Edutainer will accommodate 20 children who have “We are very humbled by the dedication been orphaned by AIDS. This group and enthusiasm at Unica,” says Aubrey initiative sees the individual companies Michel from S&P. “Our contribution is within the group contributing to the just a means to an end, not an end itself. overall edutainer cost of R200 000, What really counts here is the motivated with Nedbank contributing R30 000. and dedicated staff who make a Shaun Nell, managing director of For more information on Edutainers Stefanutti Stocks Geotechnical at and The Bright Kid Foundation difference daily in the lives of the official opening of the creche. please visit www.brightkid.co.za. these learners.” Nedbank hands over a R30 000 cheque for the Edutainer initiative. From left to right: Johan Fourie (Nedbank), Rob King (Stefanutti Stocks), Paula Smith (Stefanutti Stocks), Some of the children who will Willie Meyburgh (Stefanutti Stocks) and Members of the Unica School Hostel benefit from this new facility. Wellwood Nortier (Nedbank). staff outside the main entrance. PAGE 25 | Benchmark Caring for the Laying foundations in community local education During the first week in October, Stefanutti Stocks Roads & Earthworks launched an Adult Based Education Training (ABET) community outreach. The Source: Nadine Gieseler ABET program is for selected previously disadvantaged learners and community Over the past years, Stefanutti Stocks members, involved on the projects that Civils KZN (Pty) Ltd has completed a are being undertaken by the business number of successful contracts in the unit. “The objective is to equip these Durban South area of Wentworth. We The KZN exhibition stand. participants with construction, building became aware of the plight of maintenance skills, numeracy, literacy and Collingwood Primary school, an other related business skills to increase their employability, even once we have left educational institution in dire need of Youth in Construction assistance. First established in July 1971, the area,” says Zulfa Allie on behalf of the school caters for 1 200 learners from Stefanutti Stocks Earthworks (Pty) Ltd. previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Week The business has also pledged their Two specific areas of need were support to a home in Kempton Park identified - the shortage of books in their catering for handicapped children, library and the fact that their tuck-shop and individuals who are physically and had recently been destroyed by a storm. Source: Kevin Reid mentally challenged . This relationship To this end, the company made a will continue indefinitely, with the home substantial contribution of new books to The Buildings, Structures (including Civil receiving food and toiletries on a monthly the library as well as a brand new & Coastal in Cape Town) and Roads & tuck-shop. Stefanutti Stocks Civils Earthworks business units were actively basis. The home is called CASA involved in Youth in Construction Week CARITAS, which translates to house KZN views this project as a social across South Africa. of compassion. and economic investment into a community that has benefitted the The Civils and Building operations in KZN company over the years, and looks combined forces to host an exhibition forward to their relationship with stand at the Youth In Construction Week. Top award for Collingwood Primary School growing from strength to strength. The exhibition was well attended by a cross-section of learners from the greater Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas. The Field team placed an emphasis on the core capabilities of the Stefanutti Stocks Group, highlighting the need for a solid Band school education particularly with regard to subject choices enabling tertiary education in the sciences field (necessary Foundation for entry into construction). The importance of the Stefanutti Stocks core values was highlighted. Prospective candidates demonstrating these At the 12th Annual Business Day BASA characteristics would gain valuable Awards, held at the end of August 2009, advantage in securing a position within the group. The Field Band Foundation and it’s sponsors received the top award, the Chairman’s Premier Award, for youth development through music and dance outside formal education. John Jackson, managing director of Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN (Pty) Ltd with Our children The Field Band Foundation provides the Stefanutti Stocks Building business unit Colin Chand, headmaster of Collingwood Primary. In the background some of the enquiring minds that will benefit from the are our future with an efficient vehicle to positively affect donation of books to the school library. the lives of many young South Africans in rural and urban townships. We assist the Foundation financially, with an annual Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN donated contribution of R250 000. We also donate R10 000 to the Open Air School, a school employee time to assist with manage- for the physically disabled in Glenwood, Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd has for ment. Durban. This initiative was led by the second year running been involved commercial director, Nick Pousson, who in a maths and science programme in Mamelodi. The initiative sees scholars The programmes and activities used his participation in the Comrades from schools in Mamelodi attend extra to which our sponsorship Marathon as a platform to raise funds for classes, given by the students and other contributes include: the school. Over and above the donation volunteers, at the Mamelodi University • Youth social development through from Stefanutti Stocks, various individuals campus. Following a presentation on the music and dance; from within the group contributed to this impact of maths and science in • HIV AIDS and life skills programmes; worthy cause. Nick has registered for the construction, the children received stationary packs and snacks courtesy • Education and life skills training; 2010 Comrades Marathon and we wish of Stefanutti Stocks. “We also presented • Scholarship and exchange pro him luck for his training and preparation the students who are teaching the kids grammes; and for this event, and look forward to further in their spare time with R500 gift • Employment. assisting the Open Air School. vouchers,” says Eben Britz. PAGE 26 | Benchmark Stefanutti Stocks 1st prize was awarded to Werner Pretorius for his photograph of the R21/N1 Interchange Incremental Structures Launch Bridge in Pretoria. Stefanutti Stocks business unit - 2nd prize went Leigh Dressing for his photograph of theTransnet Chemical Photo Berth 208, Richards Bay. football 3rd prize went to Larry Ellingson for his photograph of the Umgeni & Inanda Rd tournament competition Interchanges, Durban. The three winning photographs will feature in the Stefanutti Stocks 2010 calendar. On the 3rd October 2009 the Stefanutti Stocks Earthworks (Pty) Ltd football team took first place in the annual Stefanutti Stocks football tournament held at Esslen Park. 1st 2nd 3rd Quads 4 Quads 2009, awareness and funds for the QuadPara Assocation of South Africa. 20th Annual Concrete Joburg to Representing Stefanutti Stocks were Des Seaman on a Yamaha 700R Raptor, Eric Blom on a Honda 450, Anthony Hay on a Durban Yamaha 450, Glen De Villiers on a Suzuki Boat LTZ 400, Ethan Blackstock on a Kawasaki LTZ 400, Timothy Hay on a Honda 400, Pukkey Baker on a Honda 300, Camren Race Day Col Baker on a 230 Induro and Stefan On the 24th September 470 off-road riders Grobler on a Yamaha 350 Raptor. Their left Carnival City, heading for Ballito, on a 4 backup team included Bertie Venter, day, 900km off-road adventure, to to raise Duncan Titlestad and Luvo Mhlauli. On the 19th September the Concrete Society of South Africa Inland Branch held their 20th Annual Concrete Boat Race Day at the Victoria Lake Club in Germiston, near Johannesburg. Stefanutti Stocks Civils sponsored one of the 70 boats taking part in the relay with their “Buoyant” entry. Pictured above is the Stefanutti Stocks Civils team “The Legends”, from left to right Kwazi Dube, Oratile Nthite, Letlotlo Mosethle, Seabelo Shezi, Panashe Daringo and Lesego Ratlhogo. “We weren’t placed this time around,” says Panashe from Stefanutti Stocks Civils. “We did however have a lot of fun and are planning a come-back in 2010”.