Kwikspace News

  • Kwikspace and the City of Joburg: Increasing access to health care

    Kwikspace has partnered with the City of Johannesburg to increase access to healthcare with its supply of prefabricated, modular clinics for several healthcare projects to date. This has resulted in realising new centres in Alexander’s Riverpark Clinic, Soweto, Eldorado Park Extension 9, Fine Town’s Mountain View Clinic, Joubert Park and Tembisa’s Thuthukani Clinic. This is in line with the City’s strategy to eradicate substance abuse and other related social ills.

    Kwikspace has manufactured and delivered double-wide clinics ranging from 27 m2 to 210 m2 per building including consulting rooms, nursing stations, drug storage rooms, filing rooms, kitchens and ablution facilities to sites chosen by the City for pre-natal clinics and substance abuse rehabilitation centres. As the leader in prefabricated building technology, Kwikspace provides fast, efficient solutions and its plug-and-play model ensures clinic services are immediately available. Park homes for these projects have been manufactured and delivered in under six weeks.

    The City of Johannesburg’s model is to provide treatment, psycho-social and medical services within the community environment in safe, comfortable and accessible facilities. Kwikspace’s comprehensive prefabricated building solutions provide excellent insulation and high levels of comfort combined with low maintenance, easy-to-clean panels. “Our units are moisture and insect resistant and fire retardant,” says Phatlane. “They have superior thermal properties and their noise-reduction properties make them ideal for busy areas like clinics.” All the buildings that Kwikspace has provided for these projects are suitable for people with disabilities, and have air conditioners, blinds and lockable storage for medications, as well as burglar proofing and security gates.

    Kwikspace has over 50 years’ experience in prefabricated construction. Its building technology is Agrément South Africa and SANAS-certified and delivers a minimum life of 20 years. “We are proud to be part of Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba’s broader vision to provide primary health services throughout the city that are accessible, equitable, effective and efficient,” says Phatlane.

    The next substance abuse treatment clinic will be in Davidsonville.

  • Kwikspace classrooms for Sunbake Back-to-School promo winners

    Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Pty) Ltd was selected by Sunbake to manufacture and supply classrooms for three separate schools. The schools were winners of the Sunbake Back-to-School Competition 2019, which ran from 7 January to 31 March 2019, with winners determined by the number of nominations for their school. The wining schools were awarded a classroom each and R10 000 worth of stationery. They are: Celani Primary in Hazyview and Tiga Primary in Mbombela Rural, both in Mpumalanga, and Nelsonskop Primary in Marapong, Lephalale, Limpopo Province.

    Kwikspace manufactured and delivered double-wide prefabricated classrooms, each of which comfortably accommodates up to 45 school children. In addition to ensuring adequate ventilation and lighting, Kwikspace equipped the classrooms with blackboards, pin boards and the necessary plug points to power electrical teaching aids.

    Mo Gaibee, Brand Manager, Sunbake, says that Sunbake selected Kwikspace based on its professionalism, quality, price, product safety and turnaround time. “Kwikspace provided us with all the assistance needed. Even when we were in the conceptualisation stage, they provided floor plans, dimensions, delivery criteria – everything we needed to ensure we could deliver on our competition promise. Towards the end of the competition, they held our product in storage at no extra cost, allowed us to complete the Sunbake branding on their premises and delivered and erected the classrooms precisely to our schedule.”

    “The look of joy on the principals’, teachers’ and learners’ faces on receipt of the classrooms is difficult to describe,” Gaibee enthuses. “Experiencing this absolute delight from our major winners made all the hard work leading up to, during and after the competition more than worthwhile.”

    2019 marked the seventh consecutive year that Sunbake has run the Back-to-School Competition. The competition focus recently changed from individual educational prizes to that of major prizes to benefit the community. In 2017 the major prize was a sports field and in 2018 container libraries were the grand prizes. “The Sunbake brand is about giving back to the community,” Gaibee points out. “We feel this to be a far better contribution to our country’s education system than individual educational prizes where only some benefit.”

    In excess of 350 000 competition entries representing more than 960 schools were received, with the number of entries per school determining the winners. Sunbake arranged special ceremonial events at each of the schools, where company representatives conducted a ribbon-cutting and key hand-over ceremony with school representatives and school-goers.

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  • Kwikspace partners with Limpopo DOE to serve over 900 schools

    The Limpopo Department of Education has awarded a three-year contract for new modular buildings to Kwikspace. The company will manufacture and deliver brand new units, and relocate existing modular units to over 900 schools throughout Limpopo’s Sekhukhune district over the period. The deployment of these units forms part of the Limpopo Province’s three-year expansion project to increase school capacity throughout the province, which comprises five districts.

    For the 2019/2020 financial year, 36 double-wide Kwikspace units have been constructed and delivered to 12 schools around the district. An additional 124 new units will be delivered to 35 schools up to March 2020, and 149 existing double-wide classrooms will be relocated to over 50 schools. Reallocation of the mobile classrooms is determined by the Department and based on individual school’s enrolment statistics. This ensures that primary, high, combined, as well as farm schools will equally benefit from the Limpopo Province school expansion project.

    The new units are a combination of classrooms, administration office blocks and ablution facilities, with the latter including separate boys’ and girls’ bathrooms and combined male/female ablutions for teachers. The classrooms consist of Kwikspace’s standard double-wide units, which measure 7m X 8m and each can cater for up to 42 children. The admin blocks are double-wide 18 metre-long units and all ablution facilities are single-wide units (3 m wide) that are 9 metres in length.

    “A feather in our cap is the local economic development component of this project,” says Kgakgamatso Phatlane, Kwikspace Government Sector Manager. “We briefly alleviated some economic strain in the local community by providing temporary employment for eight people per site for the first 36 classrooms. These were installed at 12 schools, which translates to 96 community members employed on short-term contracts.”

    Phatlane points out that, as a result of the type of work required, the contracted labourers received skills development training in the areas of basic electrical reticulation, fencing and minor civil works.

    “We have a specified roll-out plan for the new units and are guided by the Department as far as the when and where of the classroom relocations are concerned,” he concludes. “Wherever we are able to do so, we will employ locally to aid with the labour and simultaneously upskill them within the tasks they are employed to complete.”

  • Kwikspace to promote new standard products range at Cape Construction Expo 2019

    Kwikspace will be exhibiting at the annual Cape Construction Expo on 11 and 12 September 2019 at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest Casino, Cape Town. This marks the second time the modular building manufacturer is exhibiting at this industry-renowned exhibition, and this year will showcase its standard products for rental and purchase.

    Kwikspace recently streamlined its products to provide a standard product offering, enabling off-the-shelf solutions for offices, accommodation, ablutions, classrooms and kitchens. “The introduction of this range means that Kwikspace can now produce even better quality products in less time”, says Mico Botha, Cape Town Area Manager, Kwikspace.

    In addition to the construction industry, Kwikspace is targeting the agriculture, commercial and general industries, as well as the government sector – especially with regards to education, healthcare and housing.

    “Kwikspace is the market leader and we are positioning ourselves to produce our standard product offering at best value,” Botha explains. “We are also now focussed on material supply to the market as we believe that there is huge opportunity in DIY construction and B2B supply. We are extremely proud of our top-quality products and exceptional service, and we are working closely with Government and the City of Cape Town to provide lasting and quality modular buildings to the people of the Western Cape.”

    Also part of Kwikspace’s exhibition is the promotion of its channel partnership with Kaap Agri, which sees Kwikspace’s products and services available in all national Kaap Agri stores.

  • Kwikspace serves Western Cape education with 26 mobile classrooms

    Partnering with the Department of Public Works (DPW) as a selected preferred supplier in the Western Cape, Kwikspace is assisting DPW to improve school infrastructure with 26 mobile classrooms and two ablution units. Kwikspace is currently involved in three task orders as part of its ongoing commitment to safe education.

    The Department of Basic Education has a mandate to eradicate inappropriate structures in schools, specifically unsafe classroom structures and asbestos classrooms. The need for school infrastructure support is overwhelming and Kwikspace takes great pride in being able to provide safe spaces for children to learn and grow.

    Kwikspace’s modular prefabricated buildings are as comfortable as traditional buildings and its panels are easily cleaned, hygienic and require low maintenance. High-quality polyurethane injected panels provide excellent thermal insulation and noise reduction with a lower carbon footprint – the perfect classroom to foster learning and development. “Our mobile classrooms comfortably accommodate 40 learners and are effective in preventing dust, water and insects, making them an ideal mobile learning environment”, says Mico Botha, Kwikspace Regional Manager, Cape Town.

    Soon, learners in Mitchells Plain, Imboniselo, Orchard, Scottsville, Charlton and Sibabalwe will be learning in new, safe modular mobile classrooms and have brand new ablution facilities that are safe, dignified and hygienic.

    Lighting, electrical plug points for teaching aids, blackboards and pin boards are supplied standard with all modular school buildings and all the required cabling comes standard with each Kwikspace modular prefabricated classroom and ablution unit. From site preparation to hand-over, Kwikspace’s modular, prefabricated units are rapidly deployed and have a lifespan of up to 30 years.

    Kwikspace’s efficiency, quality products and exceptional service make them the preferred supplier for the Department of Public Works in the Western Cape for all their school needs.

  • The ultimate space for the ‘ultimate human race’ – from Kwikspace

    Kwikspace sponsored two single-wide (6 m X 2.4 m) prefabricated relocatable units for use as time-keeper offices at this year’s Comrades Marathon and another single-wide unit, which was used to house the Marathon’s co-ordinating staff.

    Positioned a few metres from the finish line, the Kwikspace time-keeping offices were fitted with air conditioning units ensuring a comfortable temperature for time-keepers to do their work. Burglar bars were added to the windows, which allowed Marathon officials to set up everything needed prior to the event, knowing that any valuable equipment would be secure if left overnight. The co-ordinators’ office was similarly equipped.

  • Providing Kwik solutions for mining

    Kwikspace, Africa’s largest manufacturer of prefabricated modular buildings with over 45 years’ experience, has supplied mines throughout Africa with both temporary and permanent accommodation. The Kwikspace product offering ranges from temporary facilities during green or brown field projects to permanent facilities such as offices, clinics, kitchens, canteens, control rooms, ablutions and accommodation, Kwikspace offers fast, innovative solutions for any mine accommodation requirement.

    “Delayed start-ups and downtime on any project is counterproductive, costly and should be prevented says Andre Prinsloo, Kwikspace Rentals Executive. It is here where Kwikspace plays a pivotal role. As a result of the manufacturing capacity and expertise, clients ordering Sales units are assured of a quality product, timely delivery and a great experience. In fact, there is no other company in sub-Saharan Africa with the manufacturing capacity to service orders across the continent within tight delivery deadlines.

    In addition to the Sales units Kwikspace also offers a Rental solution. According to Prinsloo some of the advantages on the Rental side include a reduction in capital expenditure, flexibility, scalability and rapid deployment. Rental units are typically deployed within 5 to 10 days from date of order. As the market leader, Kwikspace has the largest Rental fleet in sub Saharan Africa and offers Rental solutions throughout South Africa.

    Due to the fleet size Kwikspace can accommodate significant orders ranging from short term projects such as maintenance shutdowns or long term accommodation camps in a range of market segments ranging from mining, construction, Oil & Gas, Education and Health Care. In certain sectors some clients will increase their maintenance staff by ten to twelve thousand people for a single shutdown. Kwikspace has the ability to handle this kind of volume and supplies a range of offices, ablutions and shutdown centres to accommodate the influx of people. In addition to the Rental buildings Kwikspace also provides furniture and equipment that are supplied as a Rental or outright purchase option.

    With five branches strategically located across South Africa, Kwikspace has the capacity to assist with high-volume orders for mobile buildings required for camps, special events, ablutions and offices. With our track record of successful projects, we strive to remain the first port of call for our clients.

  • Kwikspace leads the way in SHEQ Manufacturing

    Employees are an organisation’s most valuable asset and, as such, it’s crucial to ensure their physical and mental well-being to increase workplace safety, boost morale, retain talent and reduce employee-related costs.

    The South African Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act, No. 181 of 1993 (OHS Act) requires every employer to provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of the employees. Kwikspace strives to manufacture alternative building solutions that are safe with no hazards to employee or client health, and no impact on the environmental. Kwikspace products are all of high quality and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001: 2007.

    From employees to contractors, clients and the environment, at Kwikspace, safety is a company-wide commitment. “We continually assess, manage and improve our standards in order to mitigate risk and promote well-being and sustainability,” says Georgina Björkman, SHEQ Administrator. “Our modular factory-built accommodation is built to high and prioritise the safety of our employees and end-users at all times.” At Kwikspace, Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) stewardship is central to the company’s values and fundamental to the way they do business.

    In spite of good legislation, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is in crisis in many South African workplaces. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that work-related diseases represent the main cause of workplace fatalities globally – almost six times more than occupational accidents. Workers in South Africa are generally exposed to a large number of occupational hazards, which often result in negative health outcomes. Kwikspace conducts regular checks and medical assessments like fitness and tests in order for occupational and non-occupational diseases to be prevented or managed effectively.

    “From a safety point-of-view, we understand the hierarchy of incidents and how they happen in order to prevent them.” At Kwikspace, safety is not one person’s responsibility. “It’s a shared responsibility and we strive to instil a culture of safety within every division”, says Björkman. Employee health and safety in the workplace remains a top priority. Legislation must be translated simply for people on the ground, to ensure that they understand the importance of the function. “When it comes to SHEQ, we know we are effective when our teachings are taken home. SHEQ influences people’s behaviours. It is fantastic when safety education at work infiltrates into a community. To affect a culture change, we must first have widespread behaviour change.”

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  • Kwikspace enters channel partnership with Kaap Agri

    Kwikspace and Kaap Agri, the specialists in agricultural, fuel and related trade and retail markets in Southern Africa, have entered into a channel partnership that will see Kaap Agri stores promote the Kwikspace offering.  The partnership agreement, signed during May 2019, is the first promotional/reseller partnership entered into by Kwikspace.

    Initial roll-out, which began shortly after the agreement was in place, utilises Kaap Agri stores in Paarl, Franshoek, Ceres and Vredenberg. The Paarl outlet now has Kwikspace’s 3 X 6 m relocatable units on display in open-plan format, with the remaining three stores utilising promotional banners and specifically trained sales personnel to promote the product lines.

    The tangible display provides customers with a look and feel opportunity, allowing them to familiarise themselves with unit composition. The Kwikspace-trained Kaap Agri sales teams across all stores provide accurate and detailed information on all aspects, including flooring, finish types and the range of available extras like air conditioning, burglar bars, special lighting and other options

    “We approached Kaap Agri due to a mutual client profile – specifically in the agricultural and construction industries,” says Mico Botha, Cape Town Reginal Manager, Kwikspace. “They have an established footprint of 60 stores nationally, which provides us with a new platform to market our product lines and access to market. Potential customers in these stores will be able to see how Kwikspace relocatable units can be used for a variety of onsite applications, from accommodation to kitchens and laundries, to dining rooms, offices, store rooms, guard houses and even mobile clinics among many others.”

    “Kaap Agri is an inspiring and forward-thinking leader in SA business,” says Botha. “They have an open mind to new opportunities and have very approachable leadership. Our entire product range, optional extras and updated pricelists are communicated to the Kaap Agri sales teams, who also receive training from Kwikspace.”

    Kwikspace retains all responsibility for manufacturing, preparation, delivery and handover of all units bought via Kaap Agri outlets.

  • Kwikspace provides lecture space for technology students in Bellville

    Kwikspace was approached by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, a longstanding client, to assist with modular units as part of a facilities improvement project. Kwikspace is Africa’s largest manufacturer of prefab and modular buildings that provides prefabricated, modular solutions for any accommodation requirement across industries and locations.

    CPUT is the only university of Technology in the Western Cape, and the largest university in the province. It required extra space to accommodate lectures and Kwikspace provided two non-standard Kwikspan units to be used as lecture halls for the Bellville campus.

    Kwikspace is renowned for its efficiency and for the quality of their products, which are manufactured according to ISO 9001:2008 and OSHAS 18001:2007 standards and have a minimum life of 20 years. Quicker than conventional building techniques, Kwikspace’s alternative building technologies are ‘Kwik to Deliver, Kwik to Setup’. Implemented as prefabricated, pre-assembled buildings, Kwikspace solutions are cost-effective and fit perfectly with CPUT’s ethos of being “efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious.”

  • Kwikspace supplies 100+ units for GDE school expansion project

    Kwikspace supplied 119 prefabricated modular buildings to various schools across Gauteng for the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE). Used as temporary classrooms, kitchens and ablution facilities, these mobile units form part of the GDE’s school expansion project in the province. The project is aimed to ensure there are sufficient structures in place to accommodate the increased number of children enrolled for the 2019 academic year.

    Of the 119 units, 80 are classrooms, assembled from Kwikspace’s double-wide (7 X 7 m) prefabricated modules, 31 are kitchens and eight of them ablution facilities, each prefabricated as single-wide (3.5 X 7 m) units.

    Delivered to over 70 primary, high and special needs schools along the length and breadth of Gauteng, each unit included the required lighting and plug points, as well as the standard blackboards and pin boards for each classroom. “Kwikspace fitted all the structures with the required accessories,” says Kwikspace Government Sector Manager Kgakgamatso Phatlane. “The external connections, however, were conducted by a third party contractor.”

    The quota allocated to Kwikspace formed part of a larger 300 modular building order, which the GDE divided among several of its suppliers. “The GDE experienced unexpected high learner enrolments at the beginning of this year,” Phatlane explains, “driving their decision to be proactive in their resource planning for the 2019 academic year. Because of overcrowding at schools and a backlog of the required number of classrooms, Kwikspace was approached to help alleviate the backlog.”

    “One of our value propositions is speed to market,” he concludes, “and Kwikspace was, and is, ideally positioned to provide the exact solution required by the GDE within the specified timeframes. The fact that our company is able to play a role in helping to improve the quality of education in our country by assisting with some of the infrastructure requirements, is a feather in our cap and something we would like to become involved in regularly.”

    Kwikspace was contracted in late January 2018 and the last of the 119 prefabricated mobile units were delivered in August.

  • Kwikspace places first operational buildings for Mpumalanga mine

    Kwikspace was contracted to manufacture, supply and erect 10 mobile units to for use at a new mine in Mpumalanga. Consisting of four single-wide and six double-wide prefabricated modular units, they were the first operational buildings to be placed on site. All units, which provide structures for four different applications on the mine, were completed and handed over during 2018, within a specified three-month timeline.

    One double-wide unit (7 x 7 m) is used as the induction office located near the entrance and five of them make up the site office block. Two of the single-wide containers (3.5 x 3.5 m) form the ablutions for the office block, and of the remaining two single-wide units, one is used for the security guard hut at site entrance and the other serves as the ablution facilities for the guard hut and induction office.

    The project was awarded on 1 November 2017 following a tender process. Part of the successful tender, according to Kwikspace Senior Accounts Manager Gerry De Beer, was due to Kwikspace’s product quality, quality of workmanship and willingness to work with the client to meet their exact requirements within budgetary constraints. In addition to the standard electrical and plumbing connections, Kwikspace was commissioned to source and install non-standard items specified by the client. These included air-conditioners, security bars and gates, verandas and walkways, external lighting, diffused internal LED lights and several high level hydro-boilers for instant boiling water.

    To ensure that the handover of the units was a seamless procedure, a complete snag checklist was agreed to by both parties prior to building handover. “This ensured an effortless handover subsequent to the final building checks carried, both of which were carried out by client representatives and two senior Kwikspace personnel,” De Beer explains. “In addition to ensuring all units were installed and equipped to spec, we aim for continued client satisfaction, which is guaranteed with our monthly aftersales service site visits.”

    “Having our locally prefabricated buildings as the first buildings on a site that is envisaged to be there for at least the next 20 years, and possibly to become one of the largest coal mines in the vicinity, is certainly a feather in our cap,” he concludes.