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BUILDING: Grinaker-LTA Lands R394m Mitchells Plain Hospital


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The R394-million contract for the construction of a new hospital in Mitchell's Plain has been awarded to Grinaker-LTA, a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Aveng Group. The contractor has moved onto site, and reports that one of the most significant aspects of this project is the employment of local labour, as well as the purchase of materials and equipment from businesses and residents within the Mitchell’s Plain and Phillippi areas.

Mark Belman, business development director at Grinaker-LTA Building Cape, elaborates: “Our contract, for long-standing client the Department of Transport and Public Works, features stringent requirements in terms of the employment of HDI (historically disadvantaged) service providers and “Women-Owned Enterprises”, as well as other groups including youth, women, disabled persons, rehabilitated drug addicts and ex-convicts. These employment statistics will be monitored on a monthly basis,” he notes.

Over and above these stipulations, the construction project will also see a minimum of 150 suitable candidates from the local community undergoing training in traditional building skills such as bricklaying, plastering and painting. “In addition to the ongoing training, some of the candidates will be enrolled with an accredited training agent to undergo learnership training and will hopefully be utilised on the project once they have completed their training,” Belman adds. “This project also forms part of the Department of Public Works’ Expanded Public Works Programme, which requires the employment of local unskilled labour who must be trained during the course of the contract in both life skills and construction disciplines. HIV/AIDS awareness and training will also be undertaken on site, in terms of the Department's standard policies.”

Belman says that Grinaker-LTA is proud to be associated with this exciting new project, and looks forward to working closely with the local community to ensure its success.

The hospital is a four-level building that will offer 230 beds, with state-of-the-art medical equipment. The building is a conventional reinforced concrete frame on piled foundations with brick infill. Face brick will be utilised externally, with plaster and paint and partitions internally, Belman says. The hospital will feature timber roof trusses with steel roof sheeting. Grinaker-LTA's contract includes all external works and landscaping for the new hospital.

It is located adjacent to the Lentegeur Hospital in an ecologically sensitive area. Belman says that provision has been made for the fencing off of certain areas to protect the natural flora and fauna during construction. “There will be the controlled protection and replacement of all the plants and animals within the confines of the building site prior to the commencement of any construction work,” he notes.

Some 4.4 million bricks will be used in the construction of the new hospital, together with 82 500 m2 of plaster, 10 500 m3 of concrete and 28 000 m2 of floor screeds. The project is due for completion in October 2012.


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