According to a report by the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), South Africa has a housing backlog of 2,3-million homes, with Gauteng requiring 600 000 new homes to meet the need. The backlog in Gauteng keeps growing due to the number of people who migrate to the economic hub each year.
As a leading supplier of face bricks for social housing developments, Corobrik’s products were chosen for the Turffontein development, which is one of many social housing developments addressing this challenge.
Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO), the City of Johannesburg’s entity mandated to provide and manage affordable rental housing for the lower income market, worked with the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) on the construction of the 50 150ha Turffontein development, which consists of 525 units, of which 21 are transitional housing units.
JOSHCO’s contracts manager, Nico Killian, comments: “Turffontein is one of the areas identified for the city’s development under JOSHCO’s social housing delivery programme and also earmarked as a development node. Corobrik’s range was chosen for the outer skin of the building as it is very low maintenance – the dust and dirt of everyday living will not show up against the brickwork, retaining a clean aesthetic for longer.”
Anca Szalavicz of ASA Architects, who is tasked with designing the development, says two different face bricks – Montana Light and Protea Travertine – were used to create some form of contrast within the design. “Because of the high number of units, the design hinged on creating small, manageable, semi-private courtyards. Some of the blocks have vaulted roofs which give the development quite a unique appearance,” says Anca.
Corobrik’s National Commercial Executive at Corobrik, Musa Shangase, says that while affordability was always key in bridging the social housing gap, the demand would not be met without high-quality homes being constructed.
“Our extensive face brick range ensures costs are kept down because there is no future plastering or painting maintenance needed, but the aesthetics are in no way compromised. It’s important that people feel proud of their homes,” said Musa.
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Main image: Two different face bricks were used to create some form of contrast within the design.