SA Roofing September 2017 // Issue: 93 - Page 27

FEATURES Pupils using the school hall. various companies to assist and the Minister of Defence and the Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force were willing to assist with manpower. Working with the defence force team makes it easier it for him to have access to manpower. “The defence team have been trained in the proper handling of asbestos, so that comes in very handy,” he says. He has also received a donation of overalls from Jonsson. Handling asbestos ACMs, especially roofing material, contains between 10 and 15% of asbestos, the rest is cement. The aim of his project is not only to service one school, but to service roofs of various schools. “First across Maseru, and then across the country,” he says. Roofs that specifically contain ACMs with an aim of reducing the exposure of young children to asbestos fibres or spores. The danger in asbestos lies in its removal. A plan needed to be made to keep the asbestos in place. He must ensure that the fibres stay bonded to the cement to reduce the risk of asbestosis through fibres flying through the air. “We need to remove the roofs when the kids are not there. When the funding and time is ready we’ll be able to work through several schools in a short space of time,” he says. Lesotho has no legislation on handling asbestos so he The parts of the roof that were blown off. opted to use South African standards as research showed him that ACM roofs were being removed. “The biggest problem is that Lesotho does not have a dump site that can handle asbestos waste, so the waste has to be sent to South Africa. I have been keeping the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, in the loop and getting their input on what to do,” he says. Funding the project The project to remove the roof at Ratjomose Primary School, was funded by the Central Bank of Lesotho. “I have investigated doing a cost/benefit analysis of removal versus rehabilitation. This benefit analysis is not just cost, but on the environmental impact at the end of each process,” he says. Ramolefe has managed to raise funds to prepare for the rehabilitation phase of the project. Much of the funding was sourced from Salugazi Hlongawana from Nozala Investments and Louisa Mojela of Wiphold. Over R30 000 was raised to pay for training, which Aircheck provided, and the venue. “Lesotho is an under developed nation, it cannot get rid of ACMs in one go. The cost of the removal and replacement of the roof at Ratjomose Primary is at about R80 000. We need to have a comprehensive plan of action,” he says. RESIDENTIAL // COMMERCIAL // INDUSTRIAL SEPTEMBER 2017 25