Many of the residents in the Langbos rural community close to the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth do not have access to basic amenities such as electricity, running water or basic infrastructure. But when the Langbos Children’s Shelter outgrew the community centre, the community came together to develop a new home for those children, who are either orphaned or come from unstable homes.
The design of the shelter is based on the local style of the Langbos settlement, and includes sustainable elements to harvest rainwater and initiatives to create a homely environment for the children.
Engineer Rigo Govoni from Structural Solutions, along with architect Jason Erlank from JE Architects, approached the local Sika area sales manager, John Zehmke, for assistance with a product donation for the construction of the new centre. After evaluating the project needs, a total of 125 litres of Cemflex was donated to the project and used as a protective and waterproofing coating for the roofs and walls of the structure.
Cemflex is a universal water-proofer and bonding agent. This acrylic-based emulsion improves water resistance and the adhesion of Portland cement-based composites, and was the perfect solution for the creative construction of the hut-like structures built as part of the new children’s home.
A huge amount of effort and investment also went into the community through the training of local people in the construction and development of the shelter.
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The Langbos Children’s Shelter was coated with Cemflex.