http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.29Change: -0.09
R/$ = 11.70Change: -0.05
Au 1207.85 $/ozChange: 1.57
Pt 1174.50 $/ozChange: -1.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Oct 26, 2012

Group mitigates poverty with alternative building technology

Back
Sasol ChemCity corporate affairs manager Nevashnee Naicker discusses the role of ChemCity in South Africa. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.
 
 
 
Construction|Johannesburg|Africa|Concrete|Environment|Eskom|Housing|Sasol|Sasol ChemCity|Sustainable|Waste|Africa|South Africa|Building|Chemicals|Energy|Manufacturing|Product|Products|Proposed Technology|Service|Sustainable Solution|Sven Graef|Waste|South Africa|Alternative Building Technology|Fly Ash Technology
Construction||Africa|Concrete|Environment|Eskom|Housing|Sustainable|Waste|Africa||Building|Energy|Manufacturing|Products|Service||Waste||
construction|johannesburg|africa-company|concrete|environment|eskom|housing|sasol|sasol-chemcity-company|sustainable|waste-company|africa|south-africa|building|chemicals|energy|manufacturing|product|products|proposed-technology-industry-term|service|sustainable-solution|sven-graef|waste|south-africa-region|alternative-building-technology|fly-ash-technology-technology
© Reuse this



JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, ChemCity, believes alternative building technology (ABT) has the potential to curtail unemployment and poverty – two of South Africa’s most pressing issues.

Addressing delegates at the fifth South Africa Innovation Summit, held in Johannesburg from August 28 to 30, Sasol ChemCity manager Sven Graef said that, while South Africa had come a long way in its 18 years as a democratic country, there are still significant challenges that need to be mitigated.

“ChemCity has some innovative ways of helping government in terms of service delivery and believes ABT could be a viable and sustainable solution to some of the key issues,” he said.

While the enterprise development vehicle focuses on entrepreneurship and business development, the team at Sasol ChemCity seeks to implement some of its innovations and technologies in the community.

“For Sasol, technology and the innovation of technology is important,” said Graef.

He added, however, that the technology being developed at ChemCity needs to be assessed to determine whether the innovation is relevant to South Africa and whether it has a role to play in society.

“This is where ChemCity comes in,” he explained.

Sasol ChemCity works with entrepreneurs to indentify a market for proposed technology and, if viable, upskills the entrepreneur and helps take the product to market.

“Business is nothing without the market and to penetrate the market, one has to understand who the decision makers are,” said Graef.

He identified architects, engineers, nongovernmental organisations and government departments as ‘the market’ that ABT innovators need to target.

“The construction industry also needs to be upskilled, with ABT being able to install these technologies,” Graef said.

He added that ABT construction has also become key for job creation. Owing to the creative methods used in the manufacturing and installing of these technologies, women and the youth are now able to join the workforce of what was once a male-dominated industry, as some of the ABT materials and technologies are lightweight and easy to handle.

These materials and technologies include Sasol’s affordable fly ash technology, generated from Sasol’s and Eskom’s waste products, and lightweight insulated precision blocks, insulating concrete form, as well as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is being used in housing.

Sasol ChemCity operates on the premise that entrepreneurship is a key vehicle to drive economic and social change. In many countries, employment is provided through small and medium-sized enterprises, which, in turn, reduces poverty.

“ChemCity has the capacity and capability to [upskill] people and improve technologies in ABT,” said Graef.

He added that implementing these technologies would stimulate local manufacturing and decrease overall energy demand.

“Creating manufacturing capability rather than importing products will result in job creation,” he said.

Graef also highlighted the South African Bureau of Standards’ SANS 204 regulation, which stipulates that all new commercial buildings in South Africa have to comply with a minimal energy rating.

“Brick and mortar, however, do not comply with this standard. We believe ABT is the way forward for the building and construction environment,” he said.

 

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Economy News
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
While the new tax introductions and hiked levies outlined in Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s inaugural budget speech this week were likely to hit consumers hard, it was deemed the most efficient option for government to narrow its fiscal gap without hurting South...
African entrepreneurs under the age of 22 have until April 15 to submit applications for the fifth Anzisha Prize, which aims to identify Africa’s most exciting young social and business entrepreneurs.
Foreign direct investment in South Africa this year is likely to scale down as a result of dampened investment appetite, exacerbated by a lack of policy certainty, South African-Germany Chamber of Commerce (SAGCC) CE Matthias Boddenberg told Engineering News Online....
More
 
 
Latest News
Salani Sithole
Updated 3 hours ago International consulting engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) has appointed Salani Sithole as South African MD, effective March 1. Sithole has been with the company for six years and, prior to joining RHDHV, held various positions in engineering consulting,...
The Gauteng Provincial Government has outlined plans to develop a handful of “mega” human settlements as part of an ambitious long-term housing development strategy aimed at narrowing the housing backlog, with plans afoot to replace informal settlements with...
Eskom power stations
While State-owned power utility Eskom was unable to cut off electricity supply to some of its neighbouring trade partners, it was able to reduce energy exports by 10% when load shedding was implemented locally. The Department of Public Enterprise explained that Eskom...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) is in an advanced stage of renegotiating its deal with European airliner manufacturer Airbus to acquire A320 single-aisle (or narrow body) aircraft. The aim is to replace ten of the aircraft still on order with five...
Worldwide, the main thrust in the ports industry over the past decade or more has been to increase efficiency. Traditionally, ports have been run by engineers and mariners and, in the past, increasing a port’s capacity was achieved by expanding the harbour. “That has...
What do you do when an elephant has a toothache? You call Dr Gerhard Steenkamp from the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) faculty of veterinary science, Onderstepoort, one of only two elephant ‘dentists’ in the world.
The 2015 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) competition was launched earlier this month in Johannesburg, with the main focus on creating and inspiring entrepreneurs to create jobs and boost the economy.
In a recent letter to the editor that I sent to Engineering News (Concerns regarding South African portion of Square Kilometre Array) and in a follow-up article elaborating further (We must start preparations to build our own synchrotron light source), I stated my...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96