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BETA HOLDINGS hosted the second edition of the Beta Architectural Students Competition, which culminated with an awards ceremony held at the Venue in Harare on Saturday the 7tH of October 2017. The competition brief required students to design a commercial building for the Institute of Built Environment on a piece of land situate in Borrowdale, Harare. Competition entrants were required to incorporate clay bricks and concrete roof tiles in their designs as economic and aesthetically pleasing building materials, whilst also focusing on environmental sustainability and green building technology.

 

The Guest of Honour at the event, Musa Shangase, President of the Clay Brick Association of Southern Africa, commended Beta Holdings, National University of Science and Technology and the Zimbabwe Institute of Architects for their partnership in administering the competition, which sets out to inspire and excite young minds in the architectural field, noting that this sets the tone for future nation building. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Francis Gudyanga said that the competition was an important expression of private sector efforts to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology (STEM) careers, in line with the Ministry’s STEM policy introduced at the start of 2016.

 

The winner, of the Prestigious Vernon Mwamuka Floating trophy, Tichaona Gondo walked away with  $3000 in cash whilst first runner up, Tatenda Jambaya received $2000, and second runner up, Yamurai Chibayanzara walked away with $1000. The adjudication team also gave a special commendation to Takudzwa Musonza for his excellent execution of the brief.

A vacancy has arisen in the Beta Bricks (Pvt) Ltd Company for the position of Factory/ Production Manager. Please note that this is a new position to be filled up for our new Face Brick Plant at Mt Hampden Brickmaking Field.

Reporting to the General Manager Bricks Production, the purpose of this position is to manage the manufacturing functions so that he/she achieves agreed performance in terms of service, quality and cost. This new position will be involved in:

      1)      Planning the daily targets for the department and managing resources to safely manufacture good quality face brick products, at efficient cost, whilst ensuring excellent customer service.
      2)      Integrate with the existing management to deliver improvements in reliability, quality, safety & health and environment performance           whilst developing production capabilities.
      3)      Taking ownership of, and developing the safety, quality control systems, environmental and product costing systems and                                 contributing as a member of the business management team.
      4)       Liaise with Supply Chain Management to maximise output and minimise downtime/bottlenecks
      5)       Spearheading the Research and develop into new products especially of face-bricks and other special clay\products
Qualifications & Experience Required : Degree in Ceramic Technology or equivalent degree in a related field i.e. Production Engineering 1 0-15 years’ experience in a Clay Brick Manufacturing industry
Millwright /Fitter Turner /NTC 4 Qualification
Skills : Planning and organisation skills to be able to run and monitor the production process

You will need to have:

  • To act decisively and solve staff or equipment -related problems
  • The capacity to grasp concepts easily
  • ICT literacy to deal with various technologies and programmes
  • Attention to detail to ensure high levels of quality
  • The ability to deal with communicate clearly and persuasively with your team, managers and clients
  • Strong negotiation skills for getting materials within budget and at the right time
  • The ability to work under pressure and motivate others to meet tight deadlines
  • The ability to work in a logical, systematic manner

Applicants who meet the above minimum requirements, are encouraged to apply and submit their letters together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae not later than 31st of July 2017 to: rob@beta.co.zw/ hellen@beta.co.zw 

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Follow this link to the competition webpage for more information.

BETA TILES Zimbabwe, a subsidiary of BETA HOLDINGS, Zimbabwe’s largest clay brick and concrete roof tile manufacturer, this week announced its acquisition of Msasa Bricks (Pvt) Ltd, a leading cement bricks and concrete products manufacturing company in Harare. The acquisition, effective 7 February 2017, supports BETA TILE’s vision to provide a full range of concrete based construction and infrastructural inputs supplies.

Msasa Bricks manufactures concrete and cement based products, including standard and face bricks as well as pavers for industrial and residential use.

“We continuously look for opportunities to better serve our growing customer base and to expand our market reach. Msasa Bricks is a terrific strategic fit to BETA TILES” said BETA HOLDINGS Chief Executive Officer Godfrey Manhambara.

Capitalising on BETA HOLDINGS’ leadership in the clay bricks and concrete roof tile markets and Msasa Bricks’ cement and concrete products expertise, the Msasa based operation will be rebranded as BETA TILES Concrete Products Division.

About BETA HOLDINGS

BETA Holdings is Zimbabwe’s largest brick and concrete roof tile supplier, with origins dating back to 1953 when it was established as Alpha Bricks. The company is headquartered in Mount Hampden and has representative sales offices in Bindura, Mutare, and Kwekwe. It has also expanded its regional footprint with operations in Zambia and Mozambique. Its three main operating subsidiaries are Beta Bricks, Beta Tiles and Beta Logistics.

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Early this year Beta Holdings launched the Architectural Students Competition, which culminated in the announcement of the winners at a prize giving gala dinner held at The Venue in Avondale on the 23rd of September. The competition is billed to become Zimbabwe’s premier architectural event, which highlights the creative and technical talent of the cream of Zimbabwe’s architectural students.

The competition, which was held in partnership with the Institute of Architects of Zimbabwe and the National University of Science and Technology Faculty of the Built Environment, is also a tribute to arguably Zimbabwe’s greatest architect, Vernon Mwamuka. To this end, the winning student each year will be awarded the Vernon Mwamuka shield in recognition of the late architects sterling contribution in the field of architecture in Zimbabwe.

Presenting the adjudicators report, IAZ president, Architect Arthur Matondo, highlighted that the competition required student’s to link two elements: the changing urban landscape and low cost housing through innovative design. In addition the entrants were supposed to showcase the use of clay brick and concrete roof tiles as sustainable building materials.

BETA Holdings Group Chief Executive, Godfrey Manhamabara paid a moving tribute to Zimbabwe’s first black architect, the late Vernon Benele Mwamuka, whom the winning award is named after. Mwamuka stands out as one of the most prominent architects the country has ever produced, who left a very unique aesthetic impact on the immediate environment revitalising the surrounding urban expanse as in the case of the Kopje Plaza (West of Harare’s skyline). He is credited as being one of the driving forces behind the call to establish a school of architecture in Zimbabwe- a dream realized through the establishment of the school of architecture at NUST.

This year’s inauguaral competition saw 17 entries, with only 9 finalists completing the project. Guest of honour Mrs Margaret Mwamuka presented winner Beshine Rondodzai with the Vernon Mwamuka Award, together with a $3,000 cash prize, whilst first runner up, Hatitye “Tye” Mangwiro received a $2,000 cash prize and second runner up Tsitsi Kapfudza.

Our Logistics fleet keeps getting bigger, so we can serve you even BETA! We’ve introduced new Mercedes Actros trucks with capacity to carry smaller loads and navigate even rougher terrain. And new MAN tipper trucks to improve our mining operations. Have a look at a few of our new additions.

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Beta Holdings (Pvt Limited is a leading manufacturer of clay bricks, concrete roof tiles and other related products. Located in the Mount Hampden area where clay, the major raw material in brick manufacturing is locally available. Beta Holdings is the first clay brick manufacturer and concrete roof tile manufacturer in Zimbabwe to attain ISO certification for ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 systems at once which shows our continued commitment to excellence.

The organisation has grown from strength to strength over the years. The need to provide the utmost safe and healthy work environment for the employees that leads to production of quality products and services led to the birthing of a management system within the organisation.

The pillars of the management systems being: SAFETY, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY, gave insight and direction to the implementation of an integrated management system. An integration of the quality management system ISO 9001: 2008, Environmental management system ISO 14001: 2004 and OHSAS 18001: 2007 was then implemented in the organisation. The result is a wholesome package for the employees, the customers and the various stakeholders.

The road……………… The journey to certification began in 2012 for Beta Holdings when the issue was discussed at the strategic meeting. Integrating the system meant all three systems got equal attention when one wanted to make a decision. The documentation was easier as we had to incorporate the requirements of all three systems at once. The challenge we faced was getting staff to embrace the documents required for all the three systems at once but through hard work and training, the Project Team was able to overcome this challenge.

Implementing and maintaining the integrated management system has called for a lot of hard work from various players in the organisation. Of particular mention are:

  • Project Team led by the SHEQ Manager Ms KP Ngorima
  • SHE Representatives
  • First aiders
  • System Auditors
  • Fire Marshals
  • Management and staff for embracing the system
  • SHEQ Department staff

The SHEQ department members worked closely with the project team, SHE Representatives, First Aiders and Fire Marshals teams established with representatives from all departments who would go on to champion the SHEQ issues in their departments. The members were part of the initial and critical documentation stages of the project that involved documenting hazards and aspects and establishing the available mitigation measures. Head of Departments and supervisors were instrumental in educating and transitioning from an informal to a formalised system of doing work that required procedures, records, minutes, and various training sessions. Throughout the project we were assisted by our consultant – Enviromark (comprising of Dr T Mazodza, MR C Dhliwayo, Ms P Mtombeni, Mr M Chadini)

The system was not easy to implement, but it was worth it as we have created a structure by which we can analyse our own decisions and document best practices. This helps us to ensure that our internal operations run smoothly and efficiently, which is vital in the current operating environment.

The certification…………….By achieving OHSAS 18001:2007 Certification, the organisation has demonstrated its commitment to identify risks and actively reduce them to the best of our ability. ISO 9001:2008 Certification for the organisation demonstrates the commitment of the organisation and the work to ensure quality bricks, tiles, delivery and all support services. The focus is utmost quality, customer satisfaction, traceability and continuous improvement.

Beta Holdings is committed to the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the ecosystem. ISO 14001: 2004 clearly requires defining and establishment of controls to reduce the organisation`s impact on the environment in its everyday operations. Certification therefore provides assurance to our stakeholders that we own up to our commitment as outlined by our SHEQ Policy to prevent pollution, a minimisation of waste and efficient use of raw material and energy.

In line with our policy statement our aim is to make quality products to satisfy the requirements of our customers whilst ensuring a healthy and safe environment for our employees and taking care of our environment.