First CMA house officially launched.

The first 40m² Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) house, together with seven other houses, was officially unveiled by the Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Zou Kota-Fredericks, on 10 December 2012 at Sokhulumi Village in Bronkhorstspruit.

Other dignitaries attending the ceremony included the Gauteng MEC for Local Government and Housing, Ntombi Mekgwe, the South African Women in Construction’s (SAWiC) Gauteng chairperson, Ms Kelikile Kwinana, and the executive mayor of the City of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

The construction of the CMA house was managed by Ms Xoliswa Njotini, who owns and manages Xolis Realty CC.  Njotini said the 13 people who worked on the CMA house were all non-paid volunteers, with the majority being women.

“Most were skilled artisans drawn from the local community,” said Njotini. “However, three were novices and they were trained in various aspects of house construction.”

Built using modular masonry and precast concrete building materials donated by CMA members and the CMA, the house comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom and a combined kitchen/living area. Of the eight houses built, the CMA house was the only one with a ceiling and concrete window frames.

The houses were jointly developed by the Department of Human Settlements, the City of Tshwane and South African Women in Construction (SAWiC) for disadvantaged members of the Sokhulumi community.

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