Locals to benefit from construction of Sol Plaatje University

Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley is on track for its student intake in 2016. The deputy minister of higher education and training, Mduduzi Manana, visited the construction site in the Northern Cape capital on 24 March, where four cranes were keeping the building programme on track. Manana said he was satisfied with progress made on infrastructure.

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Stats SA to get new R1,4b headquarters

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will join the ranks of many government departments and utilities that are consolidating their operations under one roof when it relocates to a new state-of-the-art R1,4 billion head office in 2016.

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Western Cape hospital achieves a 5 Star Green Star SA Design rating

The Karl Bremer Bellville Health Office has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star SA (GSSA) Office v1 Design rating, as administered by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA).

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Discovery’s Sandton office set to be Africa’s largest commercial development

In three years’ time, Sandton will see the opening of Discovery’s new 87 000 square metre head office boasting, despite congestion concerns in ‘Africa’s richest square mile’.

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Mall of the South – a tailor-made design

By: Ilana Koegelenberg – assistant editor

Mall of the South opened on Heritage Day in September, but getting everything done in time was no small feat!

Regarded as the next big retail sensation to hit the South of Johannesburg, the regional shopping centre, Mall of the South offers residents an exceptional high-end shopping experience right on their doorstep. When visiting the site on 23 September (a day before the grand opening on the 24th), there was still much to be done as thousands of sub-contractors and store owners ran around to try and pull it all together in time. But in the end, it all came together (mostly).

Situated on the corner of Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive in the affluent suburb of Aspen Hills, the Mall of the South offers an initial 65 000m² of shopping pleasure through the provision of top-notch retailers including Pick n Pay, Checkers, Game, Edgars, Clicks and much more.

Lawrence Benatar of Benatar Consulting started designing options for this project about three years ago. The actual project started about 18 months ago in the beginning of 2014. As Benatar is Cape Town-based, this project was undertaken as a joint venture with Green Planet Engineering Services with managing director, Lesley Padayachee keeping an eye on things on site. Sub-contractor Douglas Ramsden was also enlisted to take care of things on site and help with the testing and commissioning.

Store design
Currently the shopping centre comprises about 168 stores. Each store has a dedicated sink with a 1/10 sub-stack to allow for future toilet connections if needed.

Each shop is also fitted out with a water metre that is connected to an electronic censoring system. It logs every 10ℓ. Each month, the client will get a spreadsheet with the water readings to allow them to bill each tenant separately.

There are two main drainage systems as to allow for a separate drainage system for the restaurants only. This system then leads to five central grease traps to ensure that the main drainage system is protected.

Drainage is only provided on the two sides and the front of the mall – nothing in the back. This meant that the drainage from the back had to be taken through the building, which also proved quite a challenge. In the beginning, the design did include a line in the back as well but once the team got to site, they realised there was a lot of rock in the back and it would be too expensive to blast to be able to put in pipes.

So to allow for the drainage from the back, the sewers had to be quite deep – 3,5m to be exact. That’s why the team had to make extra sure that the piping was installed correctly as getting in afterwards to fix leaks or bursts, would prove a problem.

Water storage
In terms of water storage, a two-day supply is provided in case the municipal lines are temporarily out of action. Initially there was a separate tank for potable water, but to keep costs down, this tank was combined with the fire tank. The first half of the tank (60%) is dedicated to fire, with 40% for potable water. These tanks (there are two, large, modular tanks at the back of the shopping centre), have a special lining inside that is suitable for potable water. Thus the tank is contamination proof and complies with all relevant regulation.

WET back up booster pumps are also provided.

Read more about this project in Plumbing Africa Novemeber 2015, page 48.

Renewed pipes for Pretoria West Hospital

By: Ilana Koegelenberg – assistant editor

When Pretoria West Hospital’s corroded pipes needed to be replaced, Nu Flow’s structural relining proved the most viable solution for a project that couldn’t afford any downtime.

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