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September 2011

Project History

This is a ‘blocked’ project of 552 houses implemented by the ADM (Amathole District Municipality) The first contractor appointed by the ADM failed to complete the work leaving behind some 363 houses that are either incomplete or requiring major rectification work.

In July 2010 the ADM appointed Amanz’abantu Services to construct only 110 new houses including a contingency for some rectification work. The appointment (Contract Value) was for R12 million out of a Tender Sum of R35 million.

Project Planning Phase

This is a rural housing project with houses spread out over a relatively large area in undulating terrain.

The Project team,

  • Contract Manager         James Paxton
  • Site Manager                Basil Jonas
  • CLO                             Nomsa Ndongeni (local community)
  • Materials Manager        Andrew Rensburg
  • Stores                         Fundiswa Mfazwe (local community)
  • Site Supervisor            Keith Daniels
  • Site Supervisor            Khanya Siwisa
  • Driver                          Malibongwe Mbenana (local community)

Preparation and planning,

  • A month was spent on project preparation before work started on site
  • Procurement of materials and labour resources were put in place.
  • Setting up site offices and stores,
    • In consultation with the local community chief,
      • The community centre was renovated and served as the site office.
      • The half-built community resource centre was completed and served as the site store.
  • Identifying and verifying beneficiaries and marking out houses positions and orientation.

The project was completed in 4 months.

The work was carried out as follows:

  • Foundation
    • This work was carried out by a sub-contractor (Dumco cc).
    • Cutting of Platforms was carried out using 2 TLB’s.
    • Reinforced raft foundations were constructed on the platforms.
    • Most of the houses were on steep inaccessible slopes so the platforms excavations were quite extensive.
    • There was no electricity or water on site – water had to be carted in using water carts and generators were used for electricity.
    • Access roads had to be formed where necessary.
  • Top Structures,

    • Initially Abaphumeleli (an ‘emerging’ contractor) was appointed for all top structures. However after 3 weeks of poor performance their contract was terminated.
    • The intervention plan involved splitting the top structure milestones into blockwork, roofs and finishes. This work was completed by smaller labour-only contractors (including local contractors) working under Amanz’abantu supervision.
    • The major challenges were,
      • getting water to the sites (this was carried out by Dumco)
      • the procurement of blocks due to our major suppliers delayed delivery for 3 weeks
      • It was the rainy season – so rain delays were inevitable


The successful implementation was due to the following,

  • Careful methodical planning especially with;
      • Material procurement and good stores control.
      • Beneficiary identification and verification
  • Identification and the solving of problem areas promptly
  • Establishing and maintaining a good relationship with the community and its leaders.


  • The success of any business lies in its ability to secure payment for services rendered. Regardless how good the service has been – without payment the project cannot be deemed a success. For Teko Springs this remains so.
  • 10 months after completing the project, the ADM have yet to pay the final certificate.

---------------------        R 3.3 million is a LOT of money         --------------------

Platform cut

Excavate foundation beams

Shutters dpc reinforcing in place

Foundation concrete poured

Foundation concrete curing

Tops structure blockwork

Build in rafters into gables using jig

Blockwork ready for roof sheeting

Finishes underway

House complete


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