Kwikspace News

  • Derek Halstead-Cleak appointed Kwikspace CEO

    Derek Halstead-Cleak has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kwikspace, Africa’s largest manufacturer of prefabricated buildings, effective January 2020.

    Halstead-Cleak previously served as Non-Executive Director on the Kwikspace Board from November 2018, and as Chairman of the Board from June 2019. He has held various senior level positions throughout his working career, providing both operational and strategic leadership to management teams across a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to chemicals and minerals industries.

  • Kwikspace supplied new Early Childhood Development Centre for Mfuleni Community

    Kwikspace has completed its second Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre for the City of Cape Town in less than a year, as government, business and NGOs continue to utilise alternative building technologies (ABT) to leverage greater returns on their corporate social investments.

    The Bosasa ECD Centre, supplied to the Mfuleni community by the City of Cape Town, includes 10 classrooms, two ablution units and a social hub, which will provide a safe and nurturing educational and development facility for young children from the community.

    Supplied as a complete turnkey solution, Kwikspace also provided all fencing, generators, a playground, mini soccer field and seating areas, as well as landscaping for the site. The entire facility was constructed in just two and a half months.

    “Kwikspace is very proud of the role it plays in increasing access to early childhood development and education in South Africa,” explains Mico Botha, Kwikspace’s Cape Town branch manager. It has delivered a number of successful educational projects around Cape Town and the Western Cape, from temporary classrooms to complete schools using the company’s technology.

    Optimising CSI spend

    Prefabricated educational facilities have become a preferred avenue of corporate social investment in South Africa because they enable lasting and valuable impact by providing a more cost-effective solution for space.

    The low cost, rapid fabrication and delivery, and long lifespan of Kwikspace’s prefabricated building technologies offer a greater return on investment over conventional brick and mortar-based facilities and are therefore ideal for community upliftment projects.

    “The reduced cost/m2 of Kwikspace ABT means CSI expenditure can be used to procure more space than can be gained via conventional buildings,” Botha concludes. This is why it is becoming the preferred solution for development initiatives across the country.

    Kwikspace park homes are NHBRC and SANAS and provide a guaranteed lifespan of over 20 years.

    “Kwikspace has a proud and success-driven business relationship with the City of Cape Town,” he says. “We take our responsibilities towards our clients and the requirements of the Western Cape for modular building solutions very seriously.”

  • Temporary Classrooms

    Kwikspace supplies temporary classrooms to Springfield Primary School

    Kwikspace was contracted to supply temporary classrooms to Springfield Primary School in Wynberg, Western Cape, while several of its permanent classrooms are renovated during the course of this year.

    As is standard with all Kwikspace classrooms, the four units are fitted with chalkboards, whiteboards and pin-boards, as well as lighting and electrical plug points. Blinds and air-conditioners were selected as additional features by Springfield Primary School.

    Cape Town Branch Manager, Mico Botha, highlights Kwikspace’s focus on South Africa’s education system, where its classrooms – permanent and temporary – are used in schools across the country.

    Kwikspace is a leading supplier of modular, pre-fabricated classrooms. Schools utilise these robust, fast-fitted, classrooms to provide high-quality learning spaces.

  • Kwikspace: Preferred supplier for petroleum company shutdown 2019

    For 20 years, Kwikspace has been a preferred supplier for one of South Africa’s leading petroleum company’s shutdown. This is due to its ability to provide modular buildings in high volume, in short turn-around times and adhere to the strict petrochemical shutdown health and safety standards.

    Every year, for one to three months, the company shuts down in the Free State as a global statutory requirement for petrochemical industries. All equipment must be shut down for inspection, repair and overhauling to ensure both process and equipment integrity, while maintaining safety as the highest priority.

    Kwikspace provides plug-and-play, prefabricated rental buildings, delivered to site, to meet clients’ specifications, timeframes and requirements. “Our products are very flexible in terms of size and versatility”, says Cookie Nandlall, Kwikspace Rental consultant. “Our prefabricated buildings are a fast, cost-effective and convenient solution for under-roof space.”

    Kwikspace provided offices of varying sizes, kitchens and canteens, as well as ablutions during the shutdown that took place this year from April to June. There is a planned shutdown schedule that allows forward-planning and preparation. “We have been working on this project for many years so we know many of the stakeholders and what their requirements are”, says Nandlall.

    Safety remains the first priority during such shutdown projects and Kwikspace is very proud of their health and safety standards and achievements in line with client’s guidelines.

  • Kwik, safe modular classrooms for Ngcobo school

    Thousands of schools across the country lack the infrastructure necessary to provide learners with the quality education which they are legally entitled to receive. School infrastructure is still largely inadequate. Kwikspace has been sub-contracted to provide 13 modular classrooms for the 450 high school learners at Sitoza Senior Secondary School in Upper Gqobonco, Ngcobo, in the Eastern Cape.

    According to South African education Norms and Standards, each classroom must accommodate between 35 and 40 learners per class. This is the size of Kwikspace’s modular classrooms. “The standard modular classroom is 49 – 56 m²,” says Glen Moss, Area Manager for Kwikspace Eastern Cape. Kwikspace classrooms come standard with two chalkboards, pin boards at the back of the class, electrical fittings and plug points.

    The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape will be building a new brick and mortar school for these 450 learners and Alex Maintenance was contracted to supply the classrooms. In order to avoid any disruption of schooling, Kwikspace was sub-contracted to provide modular classrooms that are an innovative, cost-effective, flexible way to provide necessary space in a hurry.

    Kwikspace’s innovative prefabricated mobile units deliver safe, fast, hygienic modular building options for any school requirement. They are rapidly deployed and easily transported. “With a lifespan of up to 30 years, Kwikspace modular classrooms provide long-term spaces to learn and grow”, says Moss.

  • Kwikspace assists Curro Rosen Castle provide education and care

    Kwikspace, Africa’s leading prefabricated building solutions provider, supplied Curro Rosen Castle nursery school with a 8 m x 7 m double-wide classroom to accommodate up to 25 children at the Cape-based school. It was fitted with air conditioners, white boards and pin boards, which are add-on features to Kwikspace’s mobile classrooms.

    “The whole project, from the planning to seeing it come together smoothly was wonderful for us,” says Mico Botha, Kwikspace Branch Manager, Western Cape. “Watching our teams in action to get the unit in the place, and notice the smiles on the customers’ faces once the unit had been installed makes our work special.”

    Curro Rosen Castle prides itself on their culture of making young children feel connected, safe, stimulated and celebrated. Kwikspace is proud to be part of that experience.

  • Kwikspace contracted to provide onsite amenities at Eastern Cape wind farm

    Kwikspace’s experience and expertise in the provision of prefabricated modular buildings for the wind energy sector has helped land the contract to supply site camp facilities to Nxuba Wind farm near Bedford in the Eastern Cape, developed by Enel Green Power.

    Subcontracted by the appointed contractor Power Construction, Kwikspace supplied the wind farm with 20 modular buildings. Designed for use as kitchen facilities, ablutions and office space, all units were anchored and supplied with window blinds, burglar bars and air conditioners.

    There are 16 office units in total, five of them measuring 3 m X 12 m and 11 of them 3 m X 6 m. Of these, three of the 3 m X 6 m are for use by the developer, and all other office and facilities units are used by Power Construction.

    In support of Government’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPP), Kwikspace has increased its supply of mobile units to the renewable energy industry, particularly in the Eastern and Northern Cape, helping projects to get up and running quicker. Kwikspace has previously provided solutions at Kouga, Grassridge, Amakhala, Njoli and Gibson Bay wind farms.

    Kwikspace was the first contractor on site when the project commenced. “We formed close relationships with local and international companies that are based on site for the project duration,” says Glen Moss, Eastern Cape Area Manager. “As a result, Kwikspace now has four additional onsite clients which, between them, require 20 more relocatable modular buildings. This brings the total number of units for the Nxuba Wind farm project to 40.”

    The 18-month rental agreement runs from November 2018 to May 2020.

  • Kwikspace supplies temporary solutions to growing SA business

    Kwikspace provided a temporary building solution for an international brewery in Gauteng during the facility’s expansion project. It rented 26 park homes for use at the brewery as office and ablution facilities during the expansion.

    Site safety is a very important consideration and Kwikspace needed to satisfy the brewery’s stringent health and safety standards before it was able to deliver its units. Kwikspace maintained a presence on site throughout the project with continuous engagement and site surveys to ensure ongoing safety of the site.

  • Kwikspace helps upgrade school in the Northern Cape

    In line with the National Department of Basic Education’s Accelerated School’s Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) programme, schools across the country are being upgraded. ASIDI affects all schools constructed from inappropriate materials like mud and asbestos, as well as those without sanitation, electricity and water, in an effort to make them safe and conducive to learning and teaching.

    Kwikspace has been involved in many school upgrade and expansion projects in Gauteng, the Free State, and the North West provinces. Now, for the first time, Kwikspace is providing temporary classrooms, ablutions and offices for a school upgrade in Kimberley, Northern Cape. This is to facilitate learning and other necessary space while the school revamp project is underway. The project is two-fold: knock down unsafe structures and those that negatively affect the health of the learners, and rebuild and expand these structures to add capacity to the school.

    In a process of ‘school decanting’, Kwikspace was contracted to provide temporary structures on site at the school while construction is underway. “While parts of the school are a building site, we provide clean, safe, comfortable classrooms and ablutions so the teaching syllabus is not interrupted and the learners are safe,” says Kwikspace Rental Account Manager, Claude Naidoo. Kwikspace provided a total of 23 units to the school in a turnaround time of only four weeks. “We provided 18 classrooms, a staffroom and kitchenette, as well as teacher and learner ablutions,” says Naidoo. The contract runs for 16 months.

    As a market leader in alternative building solutions, expanding its footprint to other provinces is in line with the company’s expansion objectives. “We believe that you never know if the next president of the country is sitting in one of our buildings or classrooms,” says Naidoo. Kwikspace field agent in Kathu is in contact with the school and the project team. He will conduct regular site visits and inspections during the projects’ duration. According to the Department of Basic Education, “Every child is a national asset”. “The constitution provides that every child has the right to an education and we provide safe, comfortable spaces for kids to learn and grow,” says Naidoo. Kwikspace classrooms come fitted with at least seven windows to provide natural lighting and include air-conditioners for the comfort levels of the learners and teachers. ASIDI schools are helping to restore dignity and pride for people who been deprived of facilities for far too […]

  • 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.”