Two of Corobrik’s face-brick products were used in the construction of 544 new low-cost houses in Marikana, North West.
The Marikana Extension 2 Housing Project in North West started in July 2014 with the goal of building 544 houses for the local community. The project is a joint initiative between the North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements and the Lonmin Mine.
Two of Corobrik’s face-brick products were used in the construction of the 544 units, which were completed at the start of 2016. Residents in the North West town of Marikana, situated just east of Rustenburg, welcomed the donation of the much-needed housing earlier this year.
Quality face bricks
Contractor Malome Business Enterprise was selected to build 292 low-income, free-standing units using 1,1 million of Corobrik’s CoroJem classic brick range sourced from its Rietvlei factory. Each of the 45m² units consists of two bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge and a kitchen, and these have been handed over to 292 deserving families who are currently enjoying the facilities.
A further 252 one- and two-bedroom community residential units were constructed by Motheo Construction and Andisa Construction, using 310 000 of Corobrik’s Montana Travertine FBS bricks from its Lawley factory.
The R700-million housing project will eventually yield an impressive 2 600 units upon completion, while catering for the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme and bonded houses. North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo, handed over the completed houses to the local community earlier this year.
“Face brick is really the perfect material for any government infrastructure project,” comments Musa Shangase, commercial director of Corobrik. “We are always delighted to be supporting government initiatives such as these, providing excellent housing for worthwhile beneficiaries.”
The benefits of brick
Commenting on Corobrik’s range, Shangase points out that, besides the advanced quality of the face bricks, the durability and strength of each individual brick will ensure that any structure remains for years to come.
“In addition, Corobrik’s face-brick range has a very low lifecycle cost as no further maintenance in the form of plastering and painting is required once the bricks are laid,” he says. “Brick-wall construction also provides better acoustics and superior thermal comfort, negating the need for artificial heating and cooling, which also reduces costs.”
Further to this, correctly laid brickwork has minimal cavities, making the structures impervious to vermin infestation, while the face brick’s ability to absorb water slowly and then release it through evaporation prevents moisture build-up, thereby ensuring a healthy living environment.
A place to call home
“We understand that developers don’t want to just provide houses for these families, but a place they feel proud to call home,” Shangase adds. “The aesthetic quality of all our face bricks immediately creates a welcoming structure which is evident in every unit constructed at the Marikana housing project.”
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