Kwikspace News

  • Kwikspace upskills employees with onsite Learning Academy

    Kwikspace, the southern African specialist in manufacturing and erecting mobile, temporary and permanent prefabricated modular buildings, has commissioned one of its own relocatable structures as the onsite Kwikspace Learning Academy. Following on the success of Kwikspace’s Adult Based Education and Training (ABET) programme, which began in 2005, the Learning Academy was developed to upskill employees and is now Kwikspace’s National Training Centre.

    Launched in May 2018, the Academy is housed in a 57 m² classroom-like portable structure which can accommodate 24 employees and their trainer. Accredited courses run for between one and three days with training conducted by outsourced specialists, all of whom are accredited by their respective Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).

    “The Academy forms part of Kwikspace’s internal CSI,” explains Thabisa Moleshe, Human Resources Executive, Kwikspace. “We also realise that some of our employees would like to expand their academic qualifications beyond our in-house training. With this in mind, we award bursaries for employees to study further, with the criteria being that courses studied are in line with Kwikspace’s organisational needs.”

    All employees who undergo training receive certificates of attendance, while certificates of competence are awarded to those who pass accredited training.

    “The introduction of the Kwikspace Learning Academy was a natural progression from the company’s ABET training initiative, which has been running for 13 consecutive years,” Moleshe says. Also conducted at Kwikspace’s Kliprivier factory premises, the adult education covers ABET levels 1 to 4, which is essentially school grades 1 through to grade 9.

    “The ABET offering is extremely successful, with a number of our employees continuing through the various levels year-on-year,” Moleshe concludes. “At Kwikspace, we are committed to providing upskilling courses and educational advancement for all employees. As the National Training Centre for Kwikspace, employees located at our various country-wide branches are offered training at our facility every alternate month.”

    All Kwikspace Learning Academy courses are SETA-accredited: Business Skills falls under the Services SETA; Health and Safety under MersSETA and TETA, Finance under FASSET; and Computer Skills under MICT SETA.

  • Kwikspace boasts successful exhibition at Cape Construction Expo

    Kwikspace exhibited at the 2018 Cape Construction Expo, the first time the modular building specialist participated at this annual event. Held on 12 & 13 September at the Grand West Hotel and Conference Centre in Cape Town, representatives from Kwikspace Cape Town promoted the company’s offering.

    Both of the mobile units’ rental and purchase options elicited a lot of interest, with Kwikspace reps conducting presentations and providing literature on building technologies KWIKPLAST, KWIKFIRE, KWIKPREMIUM and KWIKMAX.

    Kwikspace was allocated stand number 314 which, according to Cape Town Regional Manager Mico Botha, was well-positioned. “It allowed for a lot of pedestrian traffic and the interest shown in our product line was unanticipated,” he enthuses. He says that there was equal interest shown in both the rental and sales options offered by the company, and that participating in the exhibition was extremely beneficial for the long term.

    “It was an excellent experience that also allowed us to meet with many industry experts,” he says. “The exposure to companies in the construction industry and related services we received was phenomenal, and we were able to form new relationships with a number of people in our target market. There are a number of opportunities stemming from our participation at the exhibition, with several orders that are still to be confirmed.

    Kwikspace participated alongside companies promoting their wares in concrete, construction, digital construction, mechanical, electrical & plumbing, smart and eco buildings, solar, surfaces & finishes, and tools & equipment.

  • Kwikspace provides modular solution to Port Elizabeth education infrastructure improvement

    Kwikspace has been actively involved in contributing to educational infrastructure facilities’ development in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Primarily an agricultural and industrial province, aging prefabricated school buildings in several of the province’s districts are being demolished to make way for brick and mortar-constructed replacements – a 24 to 30 month process.

    To ensure that learning continues unabated, Kwikspace was contracted by the Eastern Cape Education Department to provide interim modular classrooms to accommodate 1 700+ learners, as well as offices and other necessary infrastructure for seven schools. In another, almost concurrent, educational infrastructure project, Kwikspace was contracted by the Coega Development Corporation to provide appropriate and adequate school structures for 300 learners in a R7.8-million project called the Zamukhanyo Farm School. Located near Stutterheim, also in Port Elizabeth, Kwikspace mobile structures replaced the dilapidated rented farm building used by the school for a number of years.

    The Zamukhanyo project

    Zamukhanyo School now comprises eight 7 X 9 m classrooms with lighting, plug points, blackboards and pin boards; a fully functioning kitchen with amenities, administration block with appropriate electrification, Grade R classroom and ablution facilities, paved assembly and parking areas. The area dedicated to the Grade R structure also received a jungle gym. All earthworks formed part of the contract, as did civils, electrification and water and sanitation connections.

    “The site on which the school was developed has access to the municipal water and waste infrastructure,” explains Glen Moss, Eastern Cape Area Manager, Kwikspace. “So once the buildings were complete it was a simple matter of linking the school to the municipal system and tapping into the municipality-provided Eskom connection. This ensured that we provided a fully functioning school with all necessary amenities.”

    Site work commenced in November 2017 with the completed school handed over in mid-July 2018. Subsequent to the handover, additional scope of work has been requested.

    The districts project

    Schools within the OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo districts will benefit from Kwikspace’s involvement in the project. They are: Mahobe SPS, Nazareth SPS, Mkiwane SPS, Mpolosa SPS, Silindini SPS and Qebeyi PS, with the seventh school to be awarded. The respective schools, each with a 250 – 300 learner capacity, will receive five classrooms, a Grade R classroom, computer laboratory, administration blocks and ablution facilities. Each standalone unit is 7 X 8 metres except for the administration block which measures 7 X 12 metres.

    As is standard with most school […]

  • Kwikspace to exhibit at Cape Construction Expo

    Kwikspace, the mobile and site erected building specialists, will be exhibiting at the Cape Construction Expo for the first time. The 2018 exhibition, taking place on 12 & 13 September at the Grand West Hotel and Conference Centre in Cape Town, will now feature Kwikspace with its mobile unit sales and rental options as well as five of its building technologies, including the manufacturer’s most recent innovation, KWIKPLAST.

    The building technologies being showcased are:

    KWIKMAX: Premanufactured high-density polyurethane panels clad with magnesium oxide or fibre cement boards. This solution has exceptional thermal and sound ratings, is Agrément-certified and can be used as double storey without additional load bearing structures. KWIKFIRE: Polyurethane-filled high-quality 40 mm steel clad panels with 30 minute fire rating and Agrément South Africa certified. The panels have an additional 12 mm magnesium oxide board which provides the necessary fire-resistant properties. KWIKPREMIUM: Made of polyurethane-filled 40 mm steel clad panels, it is the quickest system to erect and finish, and the most cost-effective. Panels can be used as walling and roofing systems that provide excellent thermal properties, and they are moisture- and insect-resistant and fire retardant. KWIKPLAST: Consisting of expanded polystyrene (EPS) core clad with high-tensile reinforcing mesh, it is Agrément-certified and plastered on site. Providing an excellent hard plaster finish with outstanding fire and thermal ratings, the system is used for buildings up to eight storeys high.

    “Our solutions are used by government departments throughout South Africa and various industrial sectors in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa,” says Mico Botha, Kwikspace Cape Town Regional Manager. “State-owned enterprises like Eskom and Transnet have used Kwikspace solutions extensively on their various sites across the country, and our mobile and permanent structures are used by a number of industries for accommodation, ablutions, office space, clinics, dining areas and more.”

    A few examples of industrial and commercial applications that make use of Kwikspace’s offering include mining camps, construction sites, renewable energy plants, healthcare facilities and NGOs to name only few. “We are also extremely active in the South African education sector, both government and private, from Grade R through to tertiary institutions,” Botha concludes.

    Visit Kwikspace at the Cape Construction Expo 2018, Stand number 314.

  • Kwikspace was honoured to support this children’s home and spend some time with the staff who devote so much of their lives helping and nurturing the Siyabonga family.

    Kwikspace teams up with Siyabonga Children’s Home on Mandela Day.

    Kwikspace celebrated Mandela Day this year with a trip to Siyabonga Children’s Home to deliver our donations of non-perishable foods.

    Kwikspace put out the call to all interested people and companies to contribute to this initiative, and, thanks to this support, we were able to assemble a healthy supply of foodstuffs!

    Founded in 1989, Siyabonga Children’s Home has cared for more than 130 children over the years, and currently houses 36 children aged 1 to 18 years old. What was originally a foster home, this Germiston facility has grown into a full child and youth care centre, driven by a passionate, dedicated and tireless workforce that provide ongoing care and guidance to the children that call the centre home.

    Kwikspace was honoured to support this children’s home and spend some time with the staff who devote so much of their lives helping and nurturing the Siyabonga family.

    If you would like to get involved or find out more about Siyabonga Children’s Home, visit their Facebook page here.

  • converted shipping containers by Kwikspace

    Kwikspace concludes first turnkey converted container camp

    The African specialists in mobile and site-erected buildings, Kwikspace, completed its first turnkey converted container solution for a client in Temane, Mozambique. The relocatable camp caters to the domestic and business requirements of 50-plus personnel, which includes living quarters with en suite bathrooms; kitchen and adjoining dining room; recreation room; offices; laundry; and ablution facilities, as well as two refrigerated containers – one used as a freezer and the other a chiller. The camp, which houses personnel involved in the contractor’s remote test site drilling for months at a time, is a complete living and working environment that can be easily moved to accommodate site relocation when necessary.

    Kwikspace supplied a turnkey solution which included generators for the power supply and the plug-n-play water and sanitation plants. The marine containers were treated for corrosion and insulated, refurbished for living quarters and dining space, and fitted with electrical points and air-conditioners, while the en suite bathrooms comprise conventional toilets and showers. Kwikspace also supplied all required furniture such as beds, lockers and lamps for the living quarters; desks and chairs for the offices; and leisure activity paraphernalia for the recreation room.

    The tender was to supply converted marine containers because of the durability required for multiple-use modular buildings. “Sasol needed a solution that would serve as both home and office space with the associated comfort levels, but also one that was sufficiently sturdy to be relocated every few months,” explains Andy Harris, International Operations Executive, Kwikspace.

    “Our shipping containers, once converted, provide exactly the same convenience as our other modular buildings but are much sturdier, lending themselves to limited abuse resulting from frequent relocations over rough terrain,” he says.

    The order was received in the latter part of April 2017 and the last consignment collected from Kwikspace at the end of June – only six weeks later. The client assumed responsibility for site installation, providing all required equipment, machinery and labour, although Kwikspace operations from Tete was on site to train client personnel and oversee water and electrical connections to the units. “One of our locally trained supervisors from Kwikspace Tete was on site for the three month-long site installation period,” Harris explains. “Even though our buildings were delivered already assembled, he performed a skills-transfer role, ensuring that site staff were trained and competent in levelling and siting, water and sewage connections and associated plumbing arrangements and electrical connecting.”

    Harris concludes […]

  • prefabricated classrooms supplied by Kwiksapce

    Kwikspace supplies 81 classrooms to Free State

    The Department of Education in the Free State recently contracted Kwikspace to aid with a portion of government’s three-year ASIDI* initiative in that province. Under extremely tight deadlines, Kwikspace was only given three months to construct and supply 81 relocatable classrooms and 11 relocatable kitchens to 38 schools across the Free State.

     

    Project scope included manufacturing the classrooms and kitchens as double-wide units – the joining and connecting of two 3.5 metre-wide single units to form one structure – with unit connection carried out on site. Included as standard within each classroom are windows to provide appropriate lighting, mounted chalk and pin boards – one on either end of each classroom, and all electrical cabling with accessible plug sockets. The kitchens contain cabling and plug sockets as well as all fittings required to accommodate the collection and disposal of running water and those necessary for hygienic food and drink preparation.

     

    Acquiring this project meant that Kwikspace had to comply with various tender requirements, one of which was to empower the potential workforce in the province in which the project took place. “As we are a Gauteng-based company we partnered with a Free State company to conduct site inspections on our behalf,” explains Kgakgamatso Phatlane, Government Sector Manager, Kwikspace. “We also initiated intensive personnel training, which provided our sub-contractors with the necessary skills to conduct site handovers on our behalf.” He points out that, even though outsourcing certain aspects of the contract to local companies was part of the tender requirements, upskilling and employment creation does form part of Kwikspace’s skills development and empowerment initiatives.”

     

    With the contract awarded in December 2017 and delivery in February 2018, the manufacturing, transportation, joining, installation and utilities connections for the kitchens were done in very tight timelines. “Partnering with the local company helped meet our deadline,” Phatlane says. “They were strategically positioned to conduct site inspections in a timeous and professional manner, and the reports we received from them allowed us to take corrective measures on identified onsite challenges which mitigated any potential delays.”

     

    “We have been working with this education department since 2013 and this is the first time we have been awarded the longer Government Framework Contract with a three year tenure. The fact that Kwikspace, a company outside of the Free State province, was chosen as part of the selected seven companies is proof of our ability […]

  • Kwikspace contributes to “Schooling 2025” goal

    In a report released by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025, a number of priority areas that needed addressing were outlined. These included:

    –improving access to education

    -providing safe buildings

    -providing learning and teaching materials promptly

    -increasing educator numbers and improving their skills

     Building on the work that has already been accomplished and continuing to strive towards the greater “Schooling 2025” goal, we are pleased to contribute towards this progress by providing a number of schools with suitable classrooms and buildings.

     In Gauteng, specifically, we have been contracted by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) to supply 64 classrooms and six Grade R units throughout 2017, together with our partners Tendiwanga Engineering and Khauki Construction.

     To date, we have created 80 jobs to benefit local communities. This has also included skills development in the following areas: plastering, pave laying, roofing, slab and foundation laying, slab foundation, construction, plumbing and electrics. We are happy to report that the rollout thereof has been incredibly successful thus far.

     Source: http://www.treasury.gov.za/publications/igfr/2015/prov/03.%20Chapter%203%20-%20Education.pdf

  • Construction World’s Best Projects Awards

    We are pleased to announce that Kwikspace will be attending Construction World’s Best Projects Awards on Wednesday, 8 November 2017. We have been selected as a finalist in the Best Projects category for the supply of modular buildings to Woodridge School. Kwikspace were quick to respond in supplying mobile units after the school suffered devastating losses from the raging fires in Van Stadens Gorge area.

    To read more, go to: https://www.kwikspace.co.za/in-the-news-7/

    As the only award that recognises excellence across the field of the built environment, suppliers and professional services, we are extremely proud to be attending the ceremony once again.

    For more information regarding the awards, visit: http://crown.co.za/latest-news/construction-world-latest-news/5481-recognising-excellence

  • Our quick, reliable and relocatable solutions have had a positive impact in Zambia

    We are pleased to be able to support the ongoing success of the Zambian mining industry and the country’s subsequent economic growth. Our newest branch – based in Zambia and established to facilitate the workings of the mining industry in the country – is located on a property that we share with Hyundai Heavy Equipment Agents in Lilayi, Lusaka.

    Since its opening, we noticed that we can support most needs of an array of clients and that needs vary from accommodation to ablutions and office space in mining communities. We, therefore, provide the possibility of renting temporary and relocatable units that are available quickly, without the need to commit to a purchase.

  • Four libraries, four communities, built in four months – this is when government chooses efficient partners for service delivery.

    Bantu Bonke (Midvaal Local Municipality), Kwazenzele (Lesedi Municipality), Munsieville (Mogale City Municipality) and Smokedown (Mogale City Municipality) are communities that struggled without proper library facilities.

    Through our partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government of Arts and Culture, we were able to respond to this need. These communities now have a chance to enhance their knowledge using well-equipped library facilities that cater for 1 000 to 3 500 people, including school leaners. We feel honoured to have played a role that adds value to these communities.

    Throughout the implementation of these projects, a total of 45 much-needed jobs were created while upskilling some labourers with concrete-works, paving, bricklaying and fencing skills. We trust that these community members now have a gateway to a brighter future for themselves and their children.

  • New mobile classrooms for Eastern Cape districts

    We have been appointed by Coega Development Corporation, to supply 82 mobile units to the Eastern Cape Department of Education for the Butterworth and Libode districts.

    We started the project in November 2016 and we’re pleased to announce that it is now nearing completion. The classrooms will accommodate approximately 3 300 pupils and provide them with a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn. Despite having encountered a few challenges, such as access to certain sites due to poor road conditions, we are pleased with how well the project is taking shape.