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  • 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 maritime 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 maritime 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.

  • In the news

    Mining Weekly has published a story about our expected completion of a multimillion-rand project for Mozambique mining company, Twigg Exploration & Mining, by the end of next month. We first started work on the Twiggs Balama graphite project in early 2016, supplying mobile units. In a few months, the project grew and saw us tasked with the supply and installation of lightweight roofing and fencing, as well as electrical and general work.

    McCormack notes that Twigg – a subsidiary of Australian graphite miner Syrah Resources – continually expanded Kwikspace’s scope of work because it was impressed by the company’s “excellent site service and turnaround times”.

    To read the full story, go to:

    http://www.miningweekly.com/article/service-impresses-leads-to-ongoing-work-at-balama-2017-09-01/rep_id:3650

     

  • New mobile school for King Williams Town

    We have been contracted by the Department of Education to build 13 mobile units to accommodate approximately 360 pupils for King Williams Town’s new school.

    The new facility will consist of one Grade R classroom and eight classrooms, providing learners with a comfortable and safe learning environment. In addition, we will also be constructing an admin block, staff room and kitchen unit for staff members. We aim to complete the project by November 2017.

  • Cost-effective workforce housing supplied to support major oil refinery shutdown

    Whilst South Africa is heavily dependent on petroleum products to keep the economy running, major refineries need to periodically suspend or circumvent crude oil production to conduct routine maintenance, renovations and repairs. We recently played a major role in the facilitation of a smooth turnaround process when SAPREF – Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refinery – implemented a three-month statutory shutdown in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

    We were contracted by Ark Lodge Camp to provide 16 two-bedroom sleeper units (to accommodate 64 contract workers) and a large canteen at Bluff Eco Park. Our flexible options allowed the client reduced capital expenditure, fulfilling the client’s short-term needs. As part of our value-added services, we also provided kitchen equipment, furniture and bedding.

  • In the news

    South Africa The Good News has published a story about our delivery of 21 units to Woodridge College and Preparatory School, accommodating up to 20 students per structure, after the school burnt to the ground.

    Glen Moss, Kwikspace’s Regional Sales Manager Eastern Cape shares: “Time was not on anybody’s side as the school was set to re-open on the 4th of July. As the leading provider of quality prefab rentals, we rose to the occasion to provide a reliable, temporary solution, thereby creating a safe, clean learning and working environment for its learners and staff.”

    To read the full story, go to:

    https://www.sagoodnews.co.za/kwikspace-wastes-no-time-rebuilding-burnt-school/

  • Kwikspace participates in successful DRA supplier day

    We recently had the privilege of participating in the DRA supplier day – an event that builds and promotes relationships with suppliers. The day saw a successful turnout of approximately 300 attendees.

    We supplied a demo unit which gave us the chance to showcase our products and services. DRA is one of our most valuable customers and it allowed for a great opportunity to interact with them on a social level.

    For more information on DRA, visit www.draglobal.com