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Future-proof architecture at the new R140m Waterkloof Hills School in Rustenburg

Face brick and paving from Corobrik played a prominent role in the future-proofed design of the new state-of-the-art Waterkloof Hills Combined School in Rustenburg, North West. The 11 500m² project was built by Royal Bafokeng Platinum in partnership with the North West Department of Education. Mzansi Wealth was the lead consultant and project manager.


The Waterkloof Hills Combined School was officially opened by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in a high-profile unveiling ceremony on 5 August.


Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects


“Face brick is durable, long-lasting and keeps its appearance for an extended period. In addition, there is the added benefit of no maintenance, which is important in the context of a school,”

Floris van der Walt



Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects


A total of 180 000 Onyx Satin FBX and 480 000 Ruby Light FBS face bricks, 27 000 Nutmeg pavers and 110 000 plaster bricks for the internal walls were supplied from Corobrik’s Midrand and Springs factories.

Gary Westwood

Corobrik Sales Manager for Mpumalanga, North West and Botswana



A key requirement from RBPlat and NWDoE was durability. This resulted in choosing face brick for all high contact and high traffic areas. For example, in the classrooms themselves, only the front and back walls are plastered brick to cater for the necessary internal services, while all the side walls are face brick.


Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects


Even a school building can be inspirational and, in turn, inspire its eventual end users. Even though we had a limited budget, face brick allowed us to heighten the aesthetic appeal of the project and also to future-proof it.

Floris van der Walt



Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects


Corobrik’s collaboration with Olivehill Architects on this project is typical of the extra mile it goes for its architectural clients. Its business development team discussed various options for the school.


Full-size sample walls were then built on-site to give the architects a better impression of the end product in terms of quality, sizing and colour. Corobrik also supplied a bricklayer trainer to train local bricklayers, thereby assisting with skills development and empowering local communities.


Not only does this translate into better quality at the end of the day, but it means a project that all stakeholders can take pride in.

Gary Westwood

Corobrik Sales Manager for Mpumalanga, North West and Botswana



Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects
Corobrik Ruby Light & Onyx Satin face bricks and Nutmeg Pavers used for Waterkloof Hills School_Olivehill Architects



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