In this issue
Learners get to grips with building
Another hospital for Stocks
Sailing in KZN
Malls galore in Dubai
Huge airport contract
for Cape Town
c ntents 3
by Chief Executive Tom Hendry
5 Construction Week
applies to the Gulf region in general and we have initiatives in
GAUTENG place to expand operations to countries other than the UAE. I
6 East Rand Mall can well remember wearing out lots of shoe leather during my
7 22 Fredman Drive
Our Commitment 8
Passion and smart work, MD Luc Jacobs
Catching curved balls, Barbara Sherman
first visits to the Middle East in 1997 and 1998. We know that
entry into new countries always presents new circumstances, so
Quality control, Refilwe Letsoalo any new ventures will be well considered and planned.
We at Stocks Building Africa Anglo American Parkade
are committed to working in 10 Rarified heights to rugged sites, Terry Staley
Molapo Technologies It is therefore gratifying to know that our operations span two
partnership with clients to
11 Globe-trotter home to roost, Riaan Claassen areas where strong economic conditions exist, particularly in
develop optimum solutions. Our relation to our industry. There are, however, many regions of
knowledge and experience enable the world where construction is booming, bringing the resultant
us to operate a comprehensive KWAZULU-NATAL
12 Piet Postema’s round up demand for skills, which supply currently does not meet.
range of projects. Yet Stocks 13 Raft Race Although I fully understand the problems which management in
Building Africa remains a focused The three grey mustachios the South African industry faces, I can assure those involved that
construction company able to 14 Grant Wallace
these challenges are not unique. This was fully demonstrated to
deliver innovative solutions in its Sibaya Hotel
15 Singing for his supper, Otto Singh Stephen Pell and me during a recent recruitment trip to the UK.
chosen specialisation – quality Bonding with Frank,
building. 16 Sails on Timeball Square Thanks to the recent awards of projects at Cape Town and
17 Woman’s Day celebrations
Johannesburg airports, our order book is now at a record high
Human relations at its best, Jeffrey Malala
in the history of Stocks Building Africa. Johan Brink of course
I think we can safely say that the South African construction is magnetically attracted to airports and we are looking to him
DUBAI industry will continue to look forward to exciting times. The to pilot both crews to success. In Cape Town, we are the lead
18 News from Ken Stocks
commencement of the Gautrain project and the build up to contractor in a joint venture with major listed company, Grinaker-
2010 imbues great confidence which will create momentum for LTA. This is another coup for us and demonstrates how highly
Acknowledgements 20 News from Carl Dyer
sustained growth for at least the next five years. A recent press
article demonstrated how this industry is leading the way in job
we are regarded in the industry.
We wish to thank all those who 21 True grit prime stocks
Farewell to Piet Veldman creation. One of the major barriers to entry into the mainstream of
contributed articles and photographs
our industry is the ability of the company to produce financial
to The Mixer.
We have to position ourselves to take advantage of the guarantees for the due performance of the contracts we
Produced by : Image Communications opportunities which will no doubt present themselves, and undertake. So, in a growth situation, that requirement escalates
22 Vryburg district hospital
manage the company through its next growth phase. With the in line with our order book. As is demonstrated in these pages,
recent restructuring, we have kick-started the change process, we are very definitely expanding. It’s therefore great that I can
WESTERN CAPE and we all know one thing for certain – change will continue to report that Willie Erasmus has successfully negotiated a new
23 Media City
happen. For this to be beneficial, we need to take a pro-active deal with Lombard Insurance, our major guarantor, increasing
Cape Airport contract
part in it. our facility with them from R190m to R400m. This is a marked
increase, and together with facilities from some of the major
24 CURRENT PROJECTS We are committed to growing our businesses in all regions of banks, puts us on a very sound footing.
South Africa, and although economic conditions in Botswana
have been rather depressed lately, we see opportunities Heady times indeed, but boom conditions must be viewed with
appearing which certainly brighten the outlook for the future. caution. Our own recent experiences have highlighted this in no
What is very apparent in Botswana, however, is the proliferation uncertain terms. The liquidation of Kentz in Botswana has left
of Chinese companies in the tender market. This ensures a a trail of financial devastation in the construction industry there,
competitive environment bordering on the cut-throat. our Maun Hospital contract being one of the examples. Together
with Government, we have finalised a way forward which will be
Cover Picture: Our strategies in the United Arab Emirates have borne fruit, beneficial to all stakeholders. This is great news but it will still
The Michelangelo particularly in the last two years, and with a host of opportunities result in a delay on the contract of some 18 months.
presenting themselves, there is great hope for the future. This
Continued on page 4
In Brits and Zimbali we have unfortunately been involved in
two projects which faltered after some months of construction.
We are not fully aware of the reasons for failure, but the need
I’m sure you will all agree that time has once again flown in 2006.
The year-end break is just around the corner. I suspect that 2007
will bring lots of new challenges. Our major challenge, however,
for vigilance is once again demonstrated. To date, contractual is to increase the level of professionalism in the business. We
arrangements at Brits have been amicably terminated, but the have undertaken to create sustainable relationships with
future of the Zimbali contract remains uncertain. our stakeholders. We will achieve this through our continued
commitment, hard work and investment in our people.
The first Future Leaders programme
took place last year with candidates Manoj Nair’s 8000 mile
from all regions attending. “The journey to leadership
programme is a human resources
initiative to develop and equip our Manoj Nair, construction manager at
people with leadership skills,” says Al Tayer Stocks in Dubai, is becoming
Anton Beneke, HR manager. a figure well known to many of his
colleagues in South Africa as a result
The second initiative is now of his attendance at the Future Leaders
underway at Maropeng in the course at Maropeng. Next time you moan Riaan Claassen,
Neil Erwin and
Cradle of Humankind, and 16 of
our employees from all regions, Building leaders about driving there from Gauteng, think
of Manoj ... he travels 8000 miles on a
speakers at the
including one from Dubai have been
selected to attend this challenging for the future return trip from Dubai to Johannesburg
then has to get through the traffic. How’s
programme. awards that for dedication!
The course addresses specific leadership competencies, After the first two sessions of the course Manoj said: “It was
providing potential leaders with practical tools which can an excellent and a great opportunity to meet people from all
be applied to the work environment. They are also required the regions and share their experiences. I was particularly
to work on an action learning project and present their impressed that Tom Hendry and senior management were
findings. there to encourage us and to inform us about what the In the spirit of National Construction Week 2006, (27 July to 03 August) Stocks
future holds for our company.” invited 19 learners from Athlone Boys High School to the Anglo American
Tom Hendry, Stephen Pell and Rob King, who make up the parkade site to experience ﬁrst hand what goes on at a busy construction site.
adjudicating committee, will be handing out awards for the When asked whether the problems in South Africa Construction Week was a nation-wide awareness initiative of the Department
best individual project and the best overall region on the 24 appeared to be the same as in Dubai he commented... “Not of Public Works designed to promote the image and proﬁle of the construction
October, 2006. really. It appears that you have a shortage of manpower sector and to give young learners the opportunity to experience a wide range
in SA whereas we have lots of skilled labour. Remember of exciting career opportunities available in today’s built environment and the
Those taking part are Chris Munatsi, Seelan Naidu, Devan everybody in Dubai is an expatriate wanting work. Our construction sector. Congratulations to Jeffrey Maphaha, HR ofﬁcer
Govender, Roelf Faber, Johan Wiid, Gamat Rhoda, Kobus le problem is that a lot of the subcontractors who have grown who made sure that the event ran smoothly.
HR manager Anton Beneke welcomed the learners after which contracts
Roux, Neil Erwin, Keith Randall, Jean Kotze, Lethu Mondi, up with us are becoming our competitors. We need to
manager Neil Erwin, conducted a tour of the site. Contracts director Riaan
Hennie Vermeulen, Jannie du Toit, Gareth Decker, Grant empower smaller subcontractors whom we can guide and
Claassen gave an overview of the construction industry and compliance
Heiberg and Manoj Nair. train,” he says.
manager Paula Smith encouraged the learners to work hard and to make the
Good luck guys!
most of career opportunities available in the building industry.
Dietmar Scriba is the manager of public private and are currently pursuing PPP accommodation is secured through banks and from shareholder funds. Through Roberts and rejoined Stocks in Gauteng in April this year.
partnerships at head office. Public private opportunities in South Africa and Botswana. PPP’s we have an opportunity to secure construction work at realistic
partnerships commonly referred to as PPP’s and enhanced profit margins and the shareholding in the SPV is an Dietmar describes his job as being challenging and exciting. “It
can be defined as a contractual arrangement A typical PPP structure has a specially formed investment over the project’s life – around 20 years. encompasses the whole spectrum within the construction industry, which
between public entity and private sector whereby company special purpose vehicle (SPV) that I like. It’s going to be a huge learning curve for me, and very stimulating,”
the private sector performs a departmental will contract with the public entity to deliver “It’s our job to coordinate all these activities, assess and mitigate our he says.
function in accordance with an output-based the required service. The SPV employs two risks and to make sure that we (the SPV) deliver a quality product in
specification for a specified period of time. For major subcontractors, one for the design and accordance with the client’s requirements, he says. When Dietmar, his wife Renate and children, Daniela (9) and Alexander
any PPP to be approved it must demonstrate construction of the facility and one for the operating (6) lived in Namibia it was always a family treat to pack the car and head
affordability, value-for-money and substantial and maintaining the facility over the project term. Dietmar used to work for Stocks Bophuthatswana with Don King, Piet for the desert where they would camp over weekends. However, now that
transfer of risk to the private sector. Stocks SBA participates as design-build subcontractors Postema and then Casper Steenkamp. He remained there until 1996 those days are over, they escape whenever they can, to the Vaal Dam with
has identified PPP’s as a strategic focus area and as shareholders in the SPV. Project funding after which he was relocated to Windhoek. He later joined Murray & their jet skis and enjoy the thrill of being on the water.
View from Fredman Drive
Contracts manager, Kevin Paton has been
in the construction industry nearly 30 years
and 22 Fredman Drive in the Sandton CBD
is just one of the many sites he’s worked on
The rush is on at
over the years. “I’ve been fortunate enough
to be part of the teams that have built monu-
ments around South Africa and Seychelles,”
he says. In the Seychelles he was involved in
the East Rand Mall the construction of two sewerage treatment
plants for the Seychelles government.
Fredman Drive is a R54-million project and
is on the home run for completion by the
end of October. “Being a combination of a
new building to join up
with an existing building,
we have had to revamp
the existing building
while working on the new
sections. This brings with
it the usual unexpected
surprises as we reach ﬁnal
ﬁnishes. But hey, who
said building was easy?
East Rand Mall is an extension and their fit-outs. It’s going to be tight, but
renovation of the existing shopping we’ve pulled out all the stops and we’ll
mall in Boksburg. It has 6000m2 of make it,” says Keith Randall, contracts
retail space and a parking area of 20 manager. Contract manager Kevin Paton
000m2 on two levels. The retail section
has to be ready for operational trading “I always look forward to the day when
by 31 October, and the parkade will be the job is finished on time and the client
completed by the end of January. The is happy. It gives me a great deal of
two main anchor tenants in the mall satisfaction.”
are @ Home and Cape Union Mart with
a mix of small shops, boutiques and Keith has always been an active
specialty stores. sportsman and has participated in
both the Comrades Marathon and
“There have been some major the Argus cycle race. “These days,
challenges. We were dealing with there’s not much time for sport. The
existing services and have had to responsibilities on site take up much of
contend with hidden cables and services that were my time so my exercise is limited to walking around the
unknown to us at the outset. It’s a particularly fast site,” he says.
track job and the retail section has to be ready by Keith has a son, Shane (11) and a daughter, Megan (3)
the end of September so that the tenants can start and he’s married to Natalie.
L-R Back row
Keith Randall, contracts manager;
Hub Spronck, structural foreman;
Franz de Lange, structural foreman;
Chris Oosthuizen, structural foreman;
Peet van Vuuren, wet trades foreman;
Philip Lisa, drawing clerk;
Joseph Sithole, safety ofﬁcer; L-R front row:
Jerry Molotsi, junior, QS; Calvin Motsoeneng, junior foreman; Patrick Chisunga, QS; Matthews Mahlako, junior foreman; Philip
Paul Serake, site clerk. Fourie, ﬁnishing foreman; Tony Krzus, ﬁnishing foreman; Kabir Hoosain, QS; Tony da Silva, structural
foreman; Vincent van Emmemis, junior co-ordinator; Terry Staley, site agent; Kevin Paton, contract
Front row manager.
Carlos Walane, assistant foreman; Back row
Avhartondei Malada, trainee foreman;
Funi Nengovhela, junior structural foreman; Piko
John Mabe, wet trades foreman; Charles van Wyk, structural foreman; Stanley Manomyane, site clerk;
Kolweni, site engineer ; Jacques du Preez and Melck van Rensburg, foremen; Micky Mbaz, junior foreman.
Katlego Moganedi, junior QS Not in the picture is Reg Jordaan, facades foreman.
Passion and Smart Work
are at the Heart of Gauteng Catching the curved balls
Barbara Sherman, who was then training, implementing the
"Doing the same thing over & over again and expecting a different result is insane.” skills development facilitator mentorship programmes to
at head ofﬁce, received a great monitoring the Employment
Albert Einstein surprise when she came back to Equity (EE) and Broad Based
Change is on the way ! the ofﬁce after maternity leave. Black Economic Empowerment
She was offered the job of HR requirements (BBBEE) for the
manager for Gauteng. “It was a company.
wonderful opportunity and I was
thrilled to accept.” One year has Every job has a certain amount of
Luc Jacobs has been appointed remuneration and management passed and another baby later, admin and paper work attached
the managing director of Stocks structures are redressed to suit she’s loving the challenges her to it. HR is no exception. “I
Gauteng. “It’s an opportunity our new business style and job offers. “Each day is different sometimes feel as though I’m
I welcome and feel very upbeat industry demands. In the past, and invariably I never know what drowning under all the paper that
about,” he says. “Fully aware of we were conservative and risk curved ball will come my way, lands on my desk. Escaping every
but that’s the part of the job that month for site visits is something
the challenges ahead, but with averse. The plan will change this
excites me,” she says. I really look forward to. It’s great
the comfort of a committed as we move to a more balanced seeing the building progress made
and competent support team, business style, creating growth It’s pretty hectic in the Gauteng from month to month, especially as
I see my role as a provider of and career opportunities for all HR division. She has to cope everything is so fast-tracked these
opportunities and remover of creative performers with talent with anything from employee days. It also gives me a chance to
obstacles for all to achieve their and ambition. inductions, industrial relations, interact with the teams.”
maximum potential within the
company’s vision.” The calibre of staff has been
deﬁned and I have already
Leading a construction team is appointed and promoted some
like choosing a rugby squad. The exciting new players and most of
coach selects his team from well our loyal and highly experienced
trained, competent, talented and stars have been retained. I
committed players according will continue recruiting to
to the game plan (business complement the existing team. Reﬁlwe Letsoalo is a quality controller
on the Malopo site, and loves her job.
plan). Each player is placed in a Skills and competency shortages
"I’m learning a lot and enjoying the
position where his/her talents are are a major challenge and the
challenges,” she says.
used to the maximum towards the biggest challenge to achieving our
ultimate goal of winning. goal is to address these shortages.
A hooker’s (site agent) role is well deﬁned. He initiates An intensive training programme from the bottom up by
the line-out, but he still forms part of defence and attack
structures and his commitment to overall team effort will
way of industry, in-house and site initiatives will form a vital
part of the skills development strategy and one to which I’m The Anglo American parkade nearly there...
make him a valuable team member. Despite setbacks, tackles, totally committed. In the middle to long term, organic growth
disappointments (missing quality information), poor passes rather then expensive recruiting will be the feeding ground for The Anglo America parkade in Joburg’s CBD is nearing
from colleagues (we are not all perfect) and sometimes running young and aspiring tradesmen, supervisors and managers. I completion. The structure and brickwork are almost done
behind, a winning team will ﬁnd the opportunities (smart foresee HR becoming much more involved in the day to day but prefab staircases and lift shafts are still presenting
work and commitment), stamina (hard work) and if needs be, management of the branch. challenges.
changes in tactics (bring in fresh or better suited players) to
“The most important subcontractors still on site are
achieve the winning formula (delivering quality products in There will be a culture of open debate, and the opportunity to
Marble Classic, responsible for the sandstone cladding
time and on budget). share ideas and opinions regardless of experience or seniority, of the façade, and aluminium and glazing company, LMD
without feeling intimidated. Communication systems have Enterprises, is progressing well with the glazing. The
A powerful business plan outlining our vision of becoming already been established in a structured format. stone work is a lengthy and meticulous process but we
tri-nations winners again in 2010 (preferred contractor in are conﬁdent that we’ll have everything ready in time for
Gauteng by 2010) is in place and will be launched over the And our quality programme? The subject I am most passionate completion in October,” says contracts manager Neil Erwin.
next few weeks. about has stood us in good stead over the past years but has
suffered in recent times. Needless to say, this programme will Dave Langmore and his merry men are preparing the
The plan takes a quantum leap in the way we do business in receive my direct attention. Maintaining our trademark quality impressive trough slab structure for a defect free handover.
Gauteng. Responsibilities, accountability, communication, proﬁle will be non-negotiable. Brothers-in-arms Dave and Alfred Ntsauba keep on beating
the branch safety record month on month. Well done guys.
FROM RAREFIED HEIGHTS Globe trotter,
TO RUGGED SITES
Terry Staley, site agent on the Fredman Drive contract, came home to roost
from the Sherwood Forest in Nottingham England to South
Africa 30 years ago. Come to think of it he does look a bit like
Robin Hood, except he doesn’t wear tights. Riaan Claassen has recently joined Stocks as contracts direc-
tor for Gauteng. He is responsible for the East Rand Mall,
In his younger days, Terry was a mountaineer of note, and Molapo and the Anglo American Parkade.
summitted some serious peaks such as the 5000m high
Riaan has spent much of his working life in the Ciskei, Na-
Matterhorn in Switzerland (below) and Mont Blanc, the highest
mibia and even a stint in Dubai, helping out on a project. The
mountain in western Europe. last ﬁve years were based in Luanda, Angola where he was
the managing director of a large construction company.
“The building industry is a way of life. You’re either working at
work or working at home and that’s the way it’s been for four My wife and I decided that while the children were still young,
decades. It just keeps going from one peak to another,” he says. we’d try and see as much of the continent as possible and go
where the work took us. However, now that the children are of
On the Fredman site, Terry has taken two technicon students, school going age, it’s time to settle down in Gauteng.
Calvin Motsoeneng and Matthews Mahlako under his wing. Riaan is married to Liesel and has two children
Living and working in Angola has been quite a learning curve. Cody Nico (8) and Karlie (4).
“When you’ve been in the industry as long as I have, I take all Portuguese is the lingua franca and I had to master the lan-
the jobs for which I am responsible for granted, and it’s quite an guage pretty quickly to make myself understood. any recourse legally. We learned very quickly how to make
effort to explain things that I do automatically. But so far my the system work for us. It’s a highly political country, espe-
There are about 400 South African contracting staff in Angola, cially after the war and more often than not, we were dealing
students are doing well. They have mastered the wet trades,
all living in a compound in the southern part of Luanda, which with top MPLA politicians and ministers. Negotiations had to
plastering and brick-laying and are learning to work with is considered to be safer than anywhere else. “We spent much be dealt with diplomatically and tactfully.
subcontractors. of our leisure time ﬁshing and braaiing. However, at the end
of the day there’s a limit as to how many braais you can attend The work we did in Angola was mainly high rise buildings,
“This site offers probably more excitement than most. There and how many ﬁsh you can catch. Angola goes crazy about the likes of which we haven’t been seen in South Africa yet.
are so many different things that are on going, making it a very football and that’s all you see on TV. Being a cricket and Contrary to the belief that Angola is a third world country,
exciting environment in which to work. There are three interior rugby fan, myself, I really can’t get too excited about football. the building industry there, is highly skilled and the quality of
Terry Staley and gap coach, John Maba (in the brown coat) with students L-
designers on site who have introduced some creative ﬁnishes work is ﬁrst class, thanks to the Portuguese inﬂuence.
R Calvin Motsoeneng and Matthews Mahlako, showing off their work on the
and there are literally hundreds of doors all of which need locks The work ethic – if you can call it that - is something you have
intricate brick work needed for the water features.
and keys ﬁtted. It sounds quite a simple task, but it’s a huge to learn to adjust to. Contracts exist on paper only and mean Riaan is married to Liesel and has two children Cody Nico (8)
responsibility on a building this size, to make sure that the “Ultimately, it’s the artisans and labourers who form the guts very little when it comes to resolving disputes. There’s hardly and Karlie (4).
process is monitored and controlled.” of the industry. The sooner we can teach them skills the better.
So it’s really up to the mentors to decide whether a student is
The idea of the mentorship programme is to attract those who ready to move on to another trade. Many people would prefer to
are interested in working in the building industry into the fold. sit behind a desk, push paper and attend meetings. But it’s the
That means as soon as a student has gained experience in one people out there on a site that make the difference and that’s BITTER-ENDERS at the
aspect, he is moved to another mentor who can coach him in where mentors come in and that’s what we’re trying to do, he
one of the other trades. There’s no time limit to the training says. Shareholder’s dinner held on
programme. It could take a couple of years before training is Terry is married to Helen and has three children and two Friday 15th September.
L-R Casper Steencamp, Willie Erasmus, Carl Dyer,
THE Tom Hendry and Kevin McMinn.
Molapo Technologies is an IT company that
repairs cell phones and other electronic
equipment. The new R34-million premises,
currently under construction in Centurion, have
a repair workshop, an ofﬁce block and a double
volume distribution warehouse. The project
started in May this year and is due for completion
in February 2007.
“We’re aiming to have the contract substantially
completed by the Christmas shutdown because L-R Sandra Hendry, Susan Erasmus, Debbie Dyer,
when we start up again next year we’ll only have
three weeks left on the contract. That will give Jocelyn McMinn and Rene Steenkamp
L-R Back row: Deon Bruyns, site agent; Neil Erwin, contracts manager; Keith Mc Don-
us enough time to ﬁnish the paving, grassing ald, senior QS; Gerard de Wet, student; Zacharia Sekanka, junior structural foreman.
and landscaping,” says contracts manager Neil Front row: Langanani Makungo, junior QS; Enock Sithole, site clerk; Reﬁlwe Letsoalo,
Erwin. quality controller; Veronica Mapanga, refreshment executive.
SIBAYA HOTEL RAFT RACE
We are very pleased with the progress we’ve The Raft Race took place of April Fools’ Day
made on the contract. We handed over 50 this year, but it was no joke. The Stocks’
rooms on 26 July ready for the interior teams were highly competitive and took
decorators to do their ﬁnishing touches. it very seriously. We entered two rafts, a
There is an extension serious team and a social one. The serious
of time till the end of team turned in a remarkably good result, and
September, but we are ﬁnished ﬁfteenth, out of a ﬁeld of some 120
trying to ﬁnish earlier. rafts. The social team came 33rd which was
Things are going well. an impressive achievement.
The Gauteng Gang
THE SIBAYA ROOF WETTING KZN boys rearing to go
A Sun International roof-wetting is always stylish
Forget about the usual braai and beer-do. This one was a
fully catered affair with white table cloths and waiters in
uniform, who ﬂoated in and out with platters laden with
tasty morsels. And dancing girls to boot!
We waited for an hour or more for the Gauteng boys to
I chatted to Mark Boyd, the client’s project manager, who come in. Eventually they drifted in decidedly weather
said that he was delighted with the quality of work we beaten, bruised and battered and covered in oxide, looking
were delivering and went on to remark that it was the best vaguely as if they had come off the set of Pirates of the
he’d seen in a long time. Well done to the team. We can Caribbean. They claim that they’d been under heavy
be very proud of our achievement. attack from a number of other rafts! Nevertheless, it
was great fun and we challenge the Cape, North West and
Botswana to participate next year. Of course, you won’t
beat us, but it will be nice to see you there!
We waited patiently
HARBOUR CRUISE MORE WORK THE THREE GREY MUSTACHIOS
We had great fun on a harbour cruise recently for POSSIBILITIES
the staff, in the spirit of team building and furthering After many years of working together going back to Piet’s
the aims of becoming a preferred employer, which The Durban Point development has great possibilities
early days at Sun City, old friend and plasterer, Whitey
is the Group’s focus. Some of us took one look at for continued work as more and more projects roll out.
Khumalo and his crew are helping out on the Sibaya site
the sea and turned a paler shade of green, but all in We are conﬁdent that we will have a presence here for
after which Piet hopes to use their services again on the
all everyone enjoyed it. We’re planning a number of years to come.
similar social events in the near future.
We are considering an opportunity to work with
Grinaker-LTA team on the King Shaka Airport worth “Whitey worked for me as a plasterer at Kwa Maritane
MR PRICE WAREHOUSE some R1.3-billiion. We are also in contention for two in 1983 when I ﬁrst started with Stocks. He continued to
hotels costing in excess of R200-million each. The work for us for the 11 years I spent at Sun City. It’s really
The Mr Price project for development company Zenprop, has been Durban area is ﬁlled with opportunities. nice working with him again. He’s got a good solid and Old mates, Whitey, Piet and Gamat
successfully completed. This was our ﬁrst project for Zenprop very reliable crew.
and I believe that all parties were happy with the completion and touch with all our regular
end result. We’re looking forward to working with them again in SAILS “Gamat Rhoda started working with me in 1983 at Sun consultants with whom we’d
the near future in a number of industrial units they are planning in City as a ﬁnishing joiner and we also spent subsequent worked and with whom we
greater Durban. The R235-million Sails project is slightly behind years together. When I moved to Namibia he joined us a have worked since. She
schedule at present as we had some difﬁculties in foreman for many years after which the North West team even rescued me when
FUN EVENTS getting it out of the ground. However, we are now
starting to catch up and progress is looking positive.
attracted him. He’s been on loan to me for four months
and has been a wonderful support and played a great role
I landed in the middle
of a squatter camp.
On the social front we’ve had a few indoor cricket matches in The team is very motivated and ﬁred up under in helping us ﬁnish the Sibaya hotel. Gamat, by the way, is Her ability to organise
the last couple of weeks. The Sibaya site challenged the ‘old’ Mark Vinjevold’s close supervision backed by a top a great golfer. Being a keen learner golfer myself, I enjoy fantastic functions, roof
boys at the ofﬁce to a game and needless to say the ‘old’ boys notch team in Dennis Bengston and several section playing with him. wettings, farewells and With M
whipped the pants off the Sibaya team. Mmmm, makes you foremen, as well as our new-comers, Hugh Atkinson Christmas parties, arcia’s
think, doesn’t it! Not to be outdone, the Sails team has now and Grant Wallace. The Sails is scheduled to be is a great relief to nce we ntinued loyalt
“Marcia Tarboton, my PA, has been an amazing support Durban are bus y and
completed mid next year. ofﬁce o yp
challenged the ofﬁce team, the results of which you’ll hear system for me over the years. Coming from Namibia me as she does it n the m utting the
about next time. ap.
initially and not knowing Durban at all, she put me in exceptionally well.”
Grant lived most of his young life in Botswana and then went on Singing for his supper
to complete his national diploma in civil engineering at the Wits
Technicon and worked as a trainee with Group 5 for three years.
While Otto Singh has
Work in the building industry was scarce in those days so after been in the building
ﬁnishing his training with Group 5, he returned to Botswana to industry for 25 years,
join the family building & civil engineering construction business. during that time he
A few years later, due to his father’s ill health, he found himself became interested in
at the helm the company. the real love of his life,
singing. And no, he
While Botswana was a wonderful place in which to live and work, didn’t change his name
the lure of being instrumental in bigger business attracted him because of this.
to Stocks Building Africa. Why Durban? Oddly, considering he’s
from a landlocked country, he’s mad about water, wind and sail- Otto as an entertainer He formed his own band,
ing........and “Durbs by the Sea” has good odds in being able to the Jets, at the age of
adequately provide this perk very close to and sometimes on the 16 and the band became quite famous around Durban. To
this day you’ll ﬁnding him still doing his regular gigs every
Grant, who is the contracts manager on the “Sails”, is married to
Nicola and has two beautiful children, Adrianne and Kyra.
Otto as a general foreman
Life has its ups and downs for a sensitive musician. At
the age of 10, Otto fell passionately in love with a girl
in his class and to declare undying love, as one does at
that age, he dedicated Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet to her
‘She wore blue velvet / Bluer than velvet was the night / horizon on the Sibaya site he can only lament what was
Softer than satin was the light’). He practiced it for weeks not to be.
in the bathroom. Unfortunately, like many love stories,
the relationship did not blossom and as the words of the Otto is a devoted family man and has been married to
song go: ‘But in my heart there’ll always be / Precious Veronica for 37 years. He is a grandfather and father of
and warm, a memory / Through the years / And I still can three children. And when he’s not singing and spending
see blue velvet / Through my tears.’ As he heads for the time with his family, he’s a general foreman.
The front of the Sibaya Hotel with swimming pool and leisure area.
TEAM EFFORT Frank Hoffenberg holding up the Crescent on the Sails’ site
Anton van Wyngaard, is a team man. When he took over as
contracts manager a couple of months ago the Sibaya Hotel
project was lagging behind. He reckons that 65% of the work Bonding
on any site is handled by subcontractors. The trick is to moti-
vate them so that they are all pulling in the same direction.
“It’s always a team game,” he says. “A site is only as good as
the team that’s pulling it. If you haven’t the team backing you Frank Hoffenberg has been with Stocks for 28 years and is currently
up, you’ll go nowhere. We have an excellent team in place working on the Sails site as a structural foreman.
now, pooling a huge amount of talent, expertise and skills. All
is back on track and we are raring to go,” he explains. Frank laments the lack of building skills in the industry. The training
courses, lasting two to three weeks, churn out apprentices, and yes, they
To make it more manageable and efﬁcient, the site has been The team who have all pulled together. may be able to put one brick on top of another, but ask them what ‘English
divided into two sections, the northern side, run by Gamat bond’ is or ask a carpenter what ‘dovetail joint’ is and they haven’t a clue.
Rhoda, and Lal Sewsanker handles the southern side. Otto
Singh oversees the whole project as general foreman. All My advice to anyone wanting to work in the building industry is that skills and
together the project has 118 hotel rooms, a restaurant, back of knowledge is an ongoing process and it’s up to the individual to get proper
house area and ﬁve staircases. It is due for completion by end training on a regular basis.
Among the highlights of Frank’s career was when he was working at the Lost
“We have taken on four students who are split up between City. “Because it was so out of the way, there were no distractions. You just
Louis Govender (our site QS) and myself. So we are doing worked until the project was ﬁnished. I really enjoyed that. On the other hand,
our bit in terms of training – essential in the building industry Durban is fun. There’s always something to do; swimming, jolling, watching sport,
these days,” he says. especially rugby, soccer, boxing and wrestling,” he says.
TIMEBALL SQUARE Sails at the Durban Point with the
canal in the foreground
The concrete work on the Sails site will be
completed by the end of October and brickwork
commenced in all earnest during August. The site
consists of three structures, the crescent, the gal-
lery and the drum.
“The crescent is by far the most challenging
because of its moon-shaped conﬁguration,” says
contracts manager Grant Wallace. “We are aiming
to achieve the target of 3500 m2 of formwork every
fortnight to meet the deadline. Work on the atrium
has started which is a series of complicated decks
with a swimming pool on the roof.”
WOMEN’S DAY ON SITE.
Over 100 women have been employed on the Sibaya
Lodge Hotel site. Their duties range from qualiﬁed
bricklayers, bricklayers in training, plasterers, trainee
plasterers, tilers, painters, trainee painters and general
“We have been very impressed with their performance,”
Cement mixers queue up to off-load says Piet Postema, GM. “They have proved to be among
the best workers in their categories, have had good work
attendance records and generally worked cleanly and
All in all there are 139 ultra luxury and technologically proudly. It is our intention to employ as many as we can
advanced apartments and 29 prime canal-facing retail on our other projects,” says Piet Postema.
outlets. The luxurious, self-catering, executive apart-
ments will become ‘the place to live’ in Durban and be Piet Postema checks the progress on site Client, Sun International, is particularly impressed with
the yardstick against which other developments will be the general quality of work and considering that up to
measured in the future. Garden penthouses, 25 in all, will one third of the workforce consists of women, this bodes
have private landscaped roof gardens and swimming pools well for their future in what has always been an industry
overlooking Timeball Square with spectacular views of the dominated by males.
POINTING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
harbour. Over the years Durban Point has been subject to creeping
Stocks KZN celebrated Woman’s Day with the women
blight that left it largely abandoned and vacant. Paradoxi-
There are logistical challenges to be overcome during workforce, an event that was to acknowledge their input
cally it represented one of the most under-utilised assets
construction owing to the shortage of space on site. Ac- for this project in particular, and the contribution women
within the city.
cess and the laydown area for equipment and materials countrywide made to the democracy we know today.
The Durban Point initiative, in which the Sails complex is
are very limited. and concrete mixer trucks have to wait situated, is not just an attempt to extend the city fabric in
their turn to ofﬂoad. a banal way nor is it intended to transform the area into
an extended theme park or tourist resort. Rather Durban
Point will become an important, well-deﬁned and exciting HUMAN RELATIONS AT ITS BEST
addition to the city and a sought after place to live, work
and play. It is envisaged that the area will provide a range HR ofﬁcer Jeffrey Malala has 123 general workers that he looks
of activities 24 hours a day. after, most of whom are ‘duration of contract’ employees. But that’s Jeffrey is married to Rosebud who
not all, he also has six children that include two sets of twins all of helps him keep his brood in check.
whom demand his attention. No wonder he loves solving problems
The drum has luxury apartments from level 6 upwards. particularly those of an industrial relations nature. He sure has had
plenty of practice.
Mall we have started work on
Over at the Mall of the a new R5-million toilet block,
Emirates, Jagan Reddy and not very exciting, but this
his team have handed over has to be done to allow the
the ﬁrst phase of the Commu- upgrade of the Magic Planet
nity Theatre. The arts centre entertainment area, which we
building is now occupied and are busy tendering for.
the client is providing classes
Jumeirah for artistic activities such as
music, painting, pottery and
photography. The main thea-
Ofﬁce ﬁt-outs for Barclays
Bank and Gulf News have just
been completed by project
tre block includes a 550 seat engineer Mohammed Mukram
Shop front at Harvey Nichols two level auditorium, a 150 with ﬁnishing foremen Sala-
seat studio theatre, rehearsal man Dass and Suresh John.
rooms, ofﬁces, a workshop Both jobs were undertaken
One of the most recognised hotels in Dubai, apart from and a bar and lounge. The simultaneously in two months
the adjacent Burj Dubai, is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. project was handed over at the with a combined value of
Both ﬁve star hotels are owned by Jumeirah Interna- end of September and Dubai R12-million. The work at
tional and ATS can now add this prestigious client to its residents will be exposed to Gulf News is rolling over into
portfolio. different types of cultures from phase 2 as another section of
Arabic dancing to West End ofﬁces is going to be convert-
The Colonnade, one of the main features inside the shows. ed into a Radio Station.
hotel, is a double volume restaurant covering an area Almaz by Mono
of 1800m2. Our site team headed by contracts manager Mr. Spinney formerly known
Mohammed Riazuddin, took great pleasure in gutting the After completion of the largest as Kennedy Devasahayam has
restaurant and salvaging whatever ﬁnishes they could. In Harvey Nichols store outside recently ﬁnished the complete
South Africa we could have put everything on the street the United Kingdom, also in strip out and renovation of the
and sold it, but here in Dubai there is no market for sec- the Mall of the Emirates, work new Spinneys Supermarket
ondhand materials, so we now have the best furnished continued on the third level at Al Tawuun Mall in Sharjah.
site ofﬁce in Dubai. with an integrated restaurant. Kennedy has been working on
‘Almaz by Momo’ is one of the Spinneys
latest high class restaurants to projects on and off for the last
Atrium at Harvey Nichols open in Dubai. Extending over three years but recently has
several open plan rooms, with been Almaz lounge
On the other side of the road, we are a ﬂoor area of 600m2. This handling several stores at
constructing a R20-million extension Moroccan style restaurant is one of a kind. once. Some of the stores in Al
to the Hospitality Training Academy, Tawuun,
for the same client. The start of the ‘Almaz’ means diamond in Arabic and this is reﬂected in the Musaffa in Abu Dhabi and Khaladia in
project was delayed due to the mu- faceted shape of the ceiling and the reﬂective panelled ceiling Abu Dhabi, have involved
nicipal procedures, but within hours of in the ﬁne dining room. The R20m project was quite a chal- stripping out existing shops and ﬁtting
getting clearance contracts manager lenge for Sajin Suliman as the Mall was open to the public, and out a complete new store.
Bhagaval Prasad pumped 250m3 of Harvey Nichols was already trading. One of the ﬁrst problems, Ramada was a complete refurbishment
concrete into the foundations. With due to the ceiling void being up to 17 metres high, was bring- of an existing store which took
temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees ing in 75 tons of steel beams to create the support structure several months of painstaking work op-
during the day, concrete placing has to to carry the fan coil units, the access catwalk and the ceiling erating only at night, as the store contin-
take place through the night and the support structure. The sloping gypsum ceilings were covered ued trading. The Umm Sequim store is
concrete is temperature controlled by with glitter wallpaper from France, and handmade lampshades nearing completion of its refurbishment
the addition of ice. The double storey from Morocco hang below. The ﬂoor and walls in the ladies and Kennedy is now getting ready to
structure will have a combination of in restrooms are lined with genuine gold mosaic tiles costing start in Ajman. Apart from QS Sangeetha
situ concrete and precast slabs, with a R 15,000m2. While the men have to put up with black mosaic Augustine,
total ﬂoor area of 2200m2. Completion tiles, black sanitary ware and dimmed lighting (Oi vey!). these projects are handled solely by
is scheduled for January next year. Kennedy and he deals directly with the
Elsewhere, ﬂoor ﬁnishes consist of timber strips interspersed Spinneys project manager
with handmade concrete tiles from Lebanon, and one side of
Mohd Riazuddin, contracts manager; Olim Lawrence Mendonca,
the restaurant has handmade Zellige mosaic tiling imported Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, not Dubai
projects architect; Biju.K, site engineer; Pradej.G, projects
from Morocco ﬁtted by specialist artisans. like most people think, and until last year construction was
engineer; Shanoj.T, site clerk; Dilip Ganesan, safety inspector;
running at a snail’s pace compared to Dubai. Now President His
Fijo Franco, qa/qc; Bhawar Lal, foreman; Sateesh Kumar Pillai,
In Deira City Centre James Devadason’s team are close to Highness Sheik Khalifa has set Abu Dhabi on a course to catch
timekeeper; Tomy Polouse, foreman; Arun Madhusudhanan,
completing the latest upgrade of the Mall. When superstore up with its neighbour. Projects announced already include a
‘Ikea’ moved out last year they left a 6000m2 void in the Mall. R50-billion airport terminal, the R100-billion Al Raha beach
ATS has been busy modifying the area to create an extension of development, the R70-billion Al Reem Island development
the pedestrian mall lined with 12 shops. As well as modifying and the R200-billion Saadiyat City project. No we haven’t been
In order to increase seating capacity, a new mezzanine the adjacent Arabian Treasures area that we originally built ﬁve awarded any of these yet but we are moving into Abu Dhabi. As
ﬂoor is being built in the middle of the restaurant, and new years ago, we had to punch through the part of the Al Tayer Group retail expansion
features such as raised timber ﬂooring, glass wine racks, existing second ﬂoor to accommodate we are starting work on six shops in the
Ray Porter riding high
and water features hanging from the ceiling, will give a a new escalator. On the Mall roof we existing Marina Mall, and nine shops in the
visual impact to the new design. The project valued at R50- built new foundations and a 100 ton new Al Wahda Mall. This work will keep
The Prasad team steel structure to receive chillers and us occupied to the end of the Year, and we
million is scheduled to be completed by end of November.
L-R cooling towers. At the other end of the have also been approached to ﬁt-out three
Jagdish Sharma, general foreman; Bharat Rajan, site engineer; Banawari restaurants.
Lal, assistant foreman; Jayaprakash K.P, charge hand; Bhagaval Prasad P,
contracts manager; Dileep C, site clerk; Kheemji Lal, charge hand, Umanath
18 Sharma, carpenter; Divagaran, driver; Ranjith Kumar V, carpenter. 19
BOTSWANA more difﬁcult to continue without the input of the major
subcontractor’s work. It has been a very long and testing true grit
NEWS FROM period for all concerned but hopefully, by the time you
read this, the problem will be sorted out and we will be on
site again eager to get the project back on track. prime stocks
Tom Hendry and Stephen Pell visited the site in July and
The Maun District were suitably impressed by the quality of the product we The Maun 2006 Apache Relay is no ordinary race.
Hospital project suffered are producing on the northern Botswana border. Tom and It’s an annual, much anticipated event that has
a major setback Stephen thanked Dieter, Kevin, Giepie and the team, for been taking place for years and has become a
in December 2005 when the nominated electrical, ‘hanging in’ and for holding the team together under very highlight on the town’s calendar.
mechanical and piped gases subcontractor went into difﬁcult circumstances.
liquidation. Work on site has diminished signiﬁcantly This year and for the ﬁrst time in the history of the
over the last seven months as it has become increasingly race Stocks, decided to participate. In no time nine
young and ﬁt boys and one girl formed the Prime
Stocks’ team vowing to give the ‘big boys’ a run for
CONGRATS TO KEVIN AND SPUIKER Of course, every top notch team needs a strong
management team behind them, so into the breach
A bush braai in the boma at Maun Lodge went down well - with the help sprung team captain Srdjan Campar, manager L-R standing: Baits Mazunga, Dierenge Jane, Julie (surname) , Rodger
of a few jugs. The occasion was used to announce the appointment of Oliver Bowl and team technical consultant Giepie Madiehe, Shono Rasedibo, Srdjan Campar, Pamela Stellenberg, Oliver Bowl,
Kevin McMinn as a full director of the Botswana division. Kevin needs Barnard who briefed, coached, trained and Giepie Barnard.
no introduction having been an alternate director for several years. He motivated them as only the Maun guys can do. But Front: Boniface Mokgosi, Ishmael Kabelo, LLewellyn Hamilton, Kathrine
was reminded that his appointment carries a lot more responsibility that’s not all ... An experienced, and rather bossy, Benningﬁeld, Brian Silishebo
and that he has to work so so much harder!! support crew made sure that they were in the right
places for the start of the relay well ahead of time
Alphius “Spuiker” Kapano, who has worked on a variety of our large knowing the limit, pushing a wheel barrow to the nearest
and diligently monitored them for signs of dehydration.
projects in Gauteng, North West and Botswana received his 20 year long restaurant, eating pies and a ‘Stellenbosch Omelet’ a
service award. He was chosen as a candidate for the foreman’s course concoction made of Tabasco sauce, a raw egg and tequila.
On the day, the whole town turned out along the route to
during which he achieved great results. There is no doubt that Spuiker Yuk!
witness the seven enthusiastic competing teams as they
will maintain his high standards and keep the Stocks name held high. A underwent the 15 wicked and challenging tasks.
big well done ‘Spike’ - 50 years is on its way!! The gruelling event culminated with the teams having to
The typical internal courtyard façade push a raw egg across the width of the tennis court. We
between the hospital wings. The tasks were varied and ranged from cycling and
held our breathe as Baits Mazunga, with the second team
running to pushing weights and kicking rugby balls. Our
virtually licking his heels, saved the day by crossing the
young QS, Shono, saved the day and wowed the crowd
line in the nick of time with his egg a mere 1.5m in front
when he leapt into the air to catch the ball behind the
of his opponent, which made us the overall winners. We
posts, landing on his back still holding on to the ball
The ‘Maﬁoso’ cool hoods for dear life. This act of supreme sportsmanship was
rewarded with the prize for the individual that completed
in their shades: a task the best.
Our prize was a slap-up dinner for the whole team at one
of the local hotels and can you believe it - Kevin gave us
L-R Stephen Pell, Tom Hendry, Kevin money for some drinks!
Unrelenting, the tasks continued through the heat of
McMinn, director Botswana and chief the day testing skills and concentration. Endurance
QS on Maun: Sergan Campar, services We are now the proud victors of the two main events in
was pushed further by shooting at empty cans with a
co-ordinator: Giepie Barnard, contracts Maun this year, namely the Relay and the Action Cricket
catapult, downing cold drinks, marching 2km with right
manager and Dieter Pickhardt, project Tournament. And now, while we are ﬂush with victory, we
legs tied together, ﬂipping a tractor tyre over a distance
manager. will be giving our all to ﬁnish the hospital.
of 100m, ﬁlling a shopping basket with groceries without
MUCH RESPECTED PIET SAYS FAREWELL
Much loved and respected Piet Veldman, who has worked predominantly in the North West
Province and Botswana for the past 13 years, is to hang up his construction overalls and look
forward to his retirement.
Carl Dyer MD of North West and Botswana fondly refers to him as a ‘tough old bugger’ who
stood his ground for Stocks. He took pride in his work and strived to do the best he could.
Subcontractors and suppliers always greeted him respectfully with a ‘good morning sir’ as they
The maintenance storage facility
‘pasop-ed’ gingerly passed him.
But underneath the tough exterior lies a big heart that always remained compassionate to his
staff when sympathy was required and one that showed an enormous amount of tenderness
towards his wife, Cathy.
We wish him well as he enters his twilight years. However, we have to remind him that we
have earmarked another project for him in the not too distant future. In the meantime, I am
sure all who had crossed paths with Piet join me in wishing both him and Cathy well in their
retirement. May they have many years of good health, peace and happiness.
Stocks leading contractor on Cape Town
International Airport's new intergrated terminal
A R664-million contract for a new Integrated Terminal at Cape departure terminal is fully relocated, the old terminal will be
Town International Airport has been awarded to a joint ven- demolished. Work on the new integrated arrival’s terminal
ture comprising building contractors Grinaker-LTA and Stocks will be completed by December 2009. Once completed, pas-
Building Africa. Some 74 500m2 in size, the new terminal is sengers will be able to use an additional eight new passenger
scheduled for completion in December 2009. Stocks will be loading bridges that will be connected to the new terminals.
the leading contractor.
Included in the works is a new elevated roadway along the
A challenge for the contractors will be phasing the work in front facades. The new terminal will feature a striking, mod-
order to provide for the continual operation of the airport, ern structural steel roof and concrete supports in an unusual
comments Grinaker-LTA Building Cape managing director “Y” design, Potgieter says.
Neil Potgieter. Public safety will also be a priority, he adds.
The new building will comprise piled foundations and a
Stocks’ major projects director, Johan Brink says that the concrete framed structure ranging in height from three to ﬁve
project will commence with the enabling phase that kicks off ﬂoors. Potgieter explains that slabs will mainly be post-ten-
District with construction of a new drop-off road on the west side of
the new car park. Existing tenants and other service provid-
sioned, coffered and troughed, with approximately 12 000 m2
of slabs at high levels – exceeding eight metres.
ers presently situated in the centre of the airport and around
the old control tower building will be relocated to temporary External civil works comprise the elevated road for access to
containers and new buildings during this phase. The current check-in on the second ﬂoor, and 30 384 m2 of premix roads
security ofﬁces will be incorporated into the new multi-storey as well as 32 000 m2 of brick paved areas.
Work on the R164-million, 120 bed hospital parkade and the existing drop-off roads will be relocated to
started in mid October 2005. By the beginning make space for the new terminal and the contractors’ site. This year marks the 10th anniversary of a successful associa-
of the December shutdown period, the site tion between the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)
establishment was completed and excavations Only after this phase has been completed, will construction and Stocks. Since 1996, the company has been permanently
had started on the boucell raft foundations. begin on the new 62 000 m2 departure terminal amalgamated based at the Johannesburg International Airport and has
Then the heavens opened and just like the rest with the existing international terminal and the elevated drop- been involved in close on 20 major projects.
of the country Vryburg was soaked. off road. Alterations to the existing 12 500 m2 international
terminal will follow. The enabling phase and new terminal is Cape Town International is South Africa’s second-largest
expected take about two years to complete. airport, and a major tourism gateway for millions of visitors to
The Vryburgers say it never rains in Vryburg,
the city each year. It’s estimated that by 2015, 14 million pas-
but after experiencing 863mm of rain during Once the new terminal is commissioned and the existing sengers will land in Cape Town annually.
the ﬁrst three months of this year (the average
annual rain fall is normally 25mm), the locals
are now keeping very quiet. Some of the
residents that have been here for 18 years L-R Back row:
have never seen the local river ﬂowing. This Patrick Matela, safety ofﬁcer; Roelf Faber, senior site agent ; Comfort Moepi,
junior QS ex Madona Property Developers; Ray Fillis, site agent; Barry Steen-
time it was in ﬂood and came very close to
huisen, senior contracts manager; Johan Schutte, senior QS; Obert Chombo,
the staff park home camp. Unfortunately, the trainee engineer; Botsotso Tsendwana, junior foreman; Gustav Mofokeng,
deluge set the project back three months and junior foreman; Thomas Mlindazwe, carpenter.
every endeavour is now being made to get back
on track in order to complete the project by Front row:
December 2007. Foremen, Joseph Maake, Freddy Goliath and Renier van Aswegen; Louis
Panizza, charge hand ex Madona Property Developers; Shareef Rhoda, trainee
The boucell raft foundations are a new QS; Manny Soares, general foreman.
concept to most of the staff and formwork
subcontractors on site, and have produced
their fair share of teething problems. But the MEDIA CITY the adjacent Broadmont building. Five new slabs are being
constructed to close up the atrium, and the ﬁnishes for BMW
learning curve is over and progress on the rafts pours often go on late into the night and particular care Work has begun on the R150-million Media City project on the on the ﬁrst four ﬂoors are also part of the Stocks’ contract.
is improving. had to be undertaken during the cold winter period (with Foreshore in Cape Town. The existing 44 Hertzog Boulevard
temperatures plummeting to -3o) to prevent the freshly building is being revamped for Sage Trust Investments as The site team is led by Jannie du Toit with John de Gaaf, the
Brickwork on the single storey ward blocks has begun and poured concrete, not to mention the foremen and labour, part of the inner city revitalisation programme. structural site agent, Willie Baadjies the general foreman for
the arrival of the ﬁrst steel trusses is imminent. Concrete from freezing. BMW, Jack Wilson & Kenneth Maya the structural foremen
The building will be enlarged on two facades with a new and Mzandile Njozela the site QS. The ‘juniors’ on site are
access ramp to service and link up the old Monte Carlo Buntu Somhlahlo, junior site agent; Ruth Gelderbloem recep-
and Broadway buildings (now Broadmont) with 44 Hertzog tionist & ofﬁce admin, Lucia Nqenqa site clerk, Lona Luke,
Boulevard. These buildings now form part of the Media City student and others soon to follow. Gys van der Westhuizen,
complex which houses Media 24, Naspers and other tenants. contracts manager and Jakes Erasmus, QS are the directors
involved on this project.
The new extensions include a large BMW and Mini show-
room, ofﬁces and work shops on the ﬁrst four ﬂoors. The next A very tight construction programme is in place to accommo-
four, will be mainly parking for tenants and the top four of date the new tenants. All of the documentation for the project
the 12 storey building will be occupied by Shell. Demolitions is being issued electronically only and a very strict discipline
are virtually complete on the ground ﬂoor and piling will be has to be maintained to ensure that the correct and latest in-
completed by the end of August. Work is also being done in formation is being maintained and ordered from the system.
The staff is housed in park homes and houses in and around Vryburg and since there is just ‘so much’ to do in Vryburg
it’s just WORK, WORK, WORK with most returning home on pay weekends at the end of the month.
SBA Current Projects
Contracts Value R million
East Rand Mall 95
Molapo Technologies 33
ABSA International Trade Bureau 18
Maropeng Cradle of Humankind 104
AOL Parkade 32
Tembisa Hospital 83
Johannesburg General Hospital 46
Fredman Drive 54
Parkview Villas 24
Kendal Heights 18
Cape Royale 122
Worcester Hospital 122
Media City 137
Manorgan Mews 49
Cape Town International Airport 664
The Sails on Timeball 235
Sibaya Lodge Hotel 48
Vryburg Hospital 164
Maun Hospital P272
United Arab Emirates
Harvey Nichols AED 4.5m
Dubai Community Theatre AED 13m
Emirates Training Academy AED 3,4m
Spinneys Al Taawun Mall, Sharjah AED 1m
Barclays Bank AED1m
Spinneys, Abu Dhabi AED1m
M.O.E. new prayer room AED 292,000
Jumeriah Beach Hotel AED 5m
High-end Villa Palm, Jumeriah AED 6m
New toilet block, DCC AED1m
Fit-outs for Al Tayer stores, Abu Dhabi AED 847,000
Jumeriah Hospitality Academy AED 11m
Gulf News Ofﬁce ﬁt-out AED 4m
Barclays Bank ofﬁce ﬁt-out AED 3m
Spinneys, Abu Dhabi AED2m
Deira City Centre, Ikea refurbishment AED7m
The Colonnade, Jumeriah Beach Hotel AED27m
Prayer rooms, alterations M.O.E AED 1m
Spinneys, Ajman AED 2m
DCC toilet block AED3m
Areej & Armani stores Abu Dhabi AED 2m