PROJECTS The house that could take building homes faster to the next level. Creating hope in three weeks It can take about a year or more to construct a decent typical two- bedroomed home but Gogo Khumalo only waited three weeks for hers. By Ntsako Khosa U sing innovative technology from Norwegian company Hjott Export AS, Selcrete are changing the way of building affordable homes amidst limited funding and borrowed time. With the help of Sphandile Enterprise, they have partnered to deliver 100 000 residential and commercial units in the City of Ekurhuleni Municipality on the East Rand of Gauteng over the next three years. Gogo Khumalo’s house is the first house that shows what they are capable of. WHAT IS SELCRETE’S TECHNOLOGY? Designed by CMAI Architects and built using Selcrete’s innovative panel system – comprised of their trademarked combination of cement, polystyrene and additive. It uses a technique that has been proven in Scandinavia and northern Europe, provides homes with a lower risk to fire, three to four times better insulation than traditional bricks during winter and summer and is a lot more environmentally friendly. Selcrete blocks and panels are light weight, can be produced on site and are quick to assemble, offering this and future houses and buildings has the advantage of being built faster. Gogo Khumalo’s new home consists of two bedrooms, a lounge/dining room, one bathroom with a toilet, shower and basin and a kitchen. The entire house is 44.14m 2 . Construction took place in three phases over about three weeks. Gogo Khumalo was very happy to have had her dilapidated shack replaced with a house and expresses great thanks to everyone who was involved in the construction project. Chief whip of the City of Ekurhuleni identified her shack as needing urgent construction during a site visit. Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for human settlements, Lesiba Mpya, says, “It is humbling to finally hand over Gogo Khumalo’s house. GIVING GOGO KHUMALO A HOME Her former home in the township of KwaThema in Ekurhuleni, was identified as needing urgent construction during a site visit to the area earlier this year by the chief whip of the City of Ekurhuleni. 26 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING Neighbours and friends attended Gogo Khumalo's home hand over event.