Corobrik constructs R1.5m classroom block and ablution facilities for Gauteng school
at Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary School in Vlakfontein near
Lawley,Gauteng, are relishing using the school's first brick and
mortar classroom block
ablution facilities which were constructed by Corobrik's Lawley
R1.5 million project, which was first envisioned in 2010, goes
towards fulfilling the duty required by government that all
mining corporations getinvolved in the development of the local
community. However, Lawley factory manager, Andreas Ntseki,
said, more than this, Corobrik's employees were excited to be
involved in such a worthwhile initiative.
find a lot of joy in doing this work, said Ntseki. It is a costly job
but it is so appreciated by the local community that we are
proud to have accomplished what we have.
school, which has an enrolment of 1 347 learners from Grade R to
Grade 7, is based in the Vlakfontein township.
explained that Corobrik had involved the local community in the
choice of school.
predecessor approached the local ward councillor in 2010 to discuss
our options and Inkululeko was suggested. I took over the
project in April 2011 and supported the decision fully. The
construction of these facilities uplifts the whole community.
explained that the school was made up of entirely prefabricated
were in a state of severe disrepair.
buildings are suspended on stands and some of the classroomshad holes
in the floor which was extremely dangerous for the learners.
This meant that some of the children had to be taught outside."
said the ablution facilities were also severely lacking and
desperately needed to be replaced.
ablution facilities were awful, just a mess, so we decided to replace
a portion of these as well."
classroom block consists of four classrooms alongside the ablution
facilities. Physical construction of the facilities began in
2012 with finalisation this year.The 186 m2 buildings were
constructed using two of Corobrik's face bricks; the Montana
Travertine and Nebraska Travertine.
Montana Travertine is a red and blue brick which was used for the
bottom of the buildings so as not to show dirt, explained
Ntseki. The Nebraska Travertine is a yellow or cream brick and
was used from the windows upwards.
two colours worked really well together to provide lively contrast
that will stand the test of time and assure a lifetime of low
said more and more social infrastructure buildings are being
constructed using Corobrik's face bricks because of the proven
sustainability, aesthetic appeal and superior comfort
conditions, safety and security that clay walls provide.
clay bricks are extremely durable, clay brick wall construction is
well proven for providing the most thermally efficient classroom
environments, this so important for aiding learner
concentration. Research by the University of Pretoria well
validates clay brick constructions superior performance
attributes over lightweight IBT specified in compliance with
said The important low lifetime costs aside, there are few
building materials and methodologies that can add to nation
building as effectively as claybrick in construction does. The
failure of the prefabricated alternate building technologies on
this site represents the antithesis of what is good and proper
for social infrastructure buildings and the community knows
are just pleased part of this community upliftment project and to
witness the pride expressed by learners and staff using the
school's energetic principal, Ndifelani Mamphoto, said the staff and
learners were ecstatic with the newly-constructed facilities.
classrooms are being used by the senior classes, Grades 4 to 7, and
we started using the classrooms before they were even fully
completed. That is how desperate we are for classes, explained
Mamphoto. It is the only brick and mortar building we have, the
rest are prefabricated classes and they often collapse which
means we must get the children out of the classroom and
teach elsewhere. The brick structures have much more integrity.
the learners want to be taught in the new building. They are actually
running to the classrooms because they are one of a kind and a
wonderful place to study.
said the brick building is also a fantastic controller of climate.
gets very hot in summer and cold in winter so it helps when learners
are taught there."
explained that each factory must complete a social upliftment
project within the local community every five years.
are near completion with the classroom block so we are turning
our attention to the next possible project, he said, adding that
they were looking at another project involving social
might possibly be construction of a creche. We're so involved in
construction that there is no better way to contribute. It's an
opportunity to give back to the community using products made
from the raw materials that we have taken from the ground."
factory manager, Andreas Ntseki is pictured with the
newly completed Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary School in
Vlakfontein, Gauteng, whichhas been built by Corobrik using
Corobrik's Montana Travertine and Nebraska Travertine clay face