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Follow this link to the BETA Holdings Student Design Competition page to learn more about this years competition and to register online.

1. Introduction

BETA Bricks, Zimbabwe’s largest clay brick manufacturer is expanding its operations. The company is a subsidiary of BETA Holdings, which also incorporates BETA Concrete and BETA Logistics. BETA Bricks is the first brick manufacturing entity in Zimbabwe to receive certification for integrated ISO management systems: ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System). The Standards Association of Zimbabwe also approves all BETA Bricks products.

BETA Bricks is the flagship of the BETA Group, being the largest subsidiary by both production and market share in its sector of clay brick manufacturing. BETA Bricks offers a range of clay bricks ranging from the popular common brick and over 15 different types of face brick. The company currently operates a Steele 50 and Steele 75 plant, as well as a specials (face brick) plant in Mount Hampden. The Mount Hampden factories are currently operating at 93% capacity, producing about 170 million bricks annually, and there is need to install additional capacity in order to meet ever-growing market demand and to enable BETA to defend its market leadership position.

2. BETA Clay Bricks Market Demand Overview

2018 production is projected to be in excess of 170 million bricks, a significant growth from 2017 volumes, however, this, compounded with seasonal downturn during the rainy season, will be inadequate to meet market demand.

It is against this background that BETA Bricks has identified part of Blue Water Farm in Melfort as suitable land for the establishment of an additional clay brick factory. This factory will be the largest brick making plant in Zimbabwe.  The first phase of the project will involve the installation of a brick making plant, construction of a residential village for workers, as well as construction of an administration office.

The piece of land earmarked for the brickfield development measures 100 hectares and is located on a relatively flat piece of virgin land on which no other development has taken place (See Arial Map below)

Map

3. Description of the Project

Parameters Description
Type of Project Brick making factory (JC Steele 90 Factory Plant)
Capacity of the Project 155 million clay bricks annually
Geographic Location A 18.00220 S, 31 448620 E and Elevation 1496m B 17.991420 S, 31 452270 E and Elevation 1505m C 17.990110 S, 31.443460 E and Elevation 1483m D 17.998110 S, 31.440680 E and Elevation 1491m
Nearest Road and rail infrastructure Harare-Mutare Road about 20.5 Km from site in southern direction

Melfort Railway Station

Effluent Volume Peak /Maximum discharge of 5m3/day

4. Key Project Enablers

In order to commission the factory successfully, BETA has identified the following as key enablers for the project. It is envisaged that through smart partnerships and with the support of the local authorities and Government these enablers will be adequately addressed.

Enabler Specification Responsible
Water Peak /Maximum requirement of 100m3/day. The water requirement of the plant would be met by the three boreholes, which will be sunk on site. This will be the only source of water for the operations of the company on site. Beta Bricks will take the necessary steps to obtain Borehole water abstraction permit from the Zimbabwe National Water authority for drawing from the underground water. BETA
Roads The plant will be located 20.5km off the Harare-Mutare Highway Road from Rusununguko School turnoff.  The road is currently in very bad state of repair and will need to be resurfaced to allow for heavy trucks and additional traffic to area. Beta Logistics trucks carry loads of up to 30 Tonnes each when operating at full load. BETA/ GRDC/ ZINARA
Power 250 KVA. Power supply will be sourced from ZESA . BETA/ GRDC  /ZESA

*GRDC=Goromonzi Rural District Council

 5. BETA Bricks Value Proposition

BETA Bricks’ value proposition is anchored on a technology driven, cost leadership system centred on best quality products and providing a total customer solution.

BETA Bricks have a distinct competitive advantage over industry rivals through offering a high quality clay brick augmented with   superior value added logistics and ICT infrastructure and a unique customer relationship management model.

6. Production Capacity

The JC Steele 90 plant has a total installed capacity of 155 million bricks.

7. Total Investment

BETA Bricks will be investing in between US$8-10 million directly towards the establishment of the MELFORT plant. This will go towards the acquisition of core equipment, being the JC Steele 90 plant, ancillary equipment such as excavators, front-end loaders and grabbers, as well as for infrastructure such as power supply, construction of staff housing and civil works.

8. Employment Creation and Social Responsibility

At full capacity, BETA will create over 400 new jobs for the surrounding community. The offshoot business from having a vibrant manufacturing operation in the area also expects to result in a number of downstream businesses such that the local community will benefit socially and economically from the establishment of BETA Bricks plant.

The Group will also be extending its Corporate Social Responsibility programs in Education, Health and Environmental Management within the community.

BETA Bricks intends to collaborate with the relevant local authorities in the maintenance of local roads that link the project site to the main Harare – Mutare Highway. The company will also support the local clinic to ensure that it can accommodate the additional numbers stemming from the establishment of the business. In addition, BETA will also support local schools financially and materially in order to improve facilities to cater for increased enrolment emanating from the new workforce.

9. Environmental Impact

BETA Holdings is cognisant of the environmental impact of its operations and is committed to investing in sustainable environmental management programmes. BETA Bricks has already started implementing initiatives to reduce the negative impact of its operations on the environment, whilst the company has also extended various ISO 18001 initiatives adopted at its bricks, tiles and concrete plants such as land reclamation and the BETA Environmental Education Programme to the new operation.

10. Project Implementation

The construction phase is expected to take between 9 – 12 months. The project is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2019.

Activity Date
Securing of land Dec 2017
Land clearance design and layout Feb 2018
Water(boreholes) April 2018
All administrative licensing and registration April 2018
Civils Jun 2018
Electricity supply and commissioning Oct 2018
Roads Oct 2018
Staff housing and workshop Jan 2019
Plant installation Feb 2019
Commercial production April 2019

1. Introduction

BETA Concrete, a subsidiary of BETA Holdings, the parent company to Zimbabwe’s largest clay brick manufacturer is expanding its operations. BETA Holdings also incorporates BETA Bricks and BETA Logistics. The company is the first brick manufacturing entity in Zimbabwe to receive certification for integrated ISO management systems: ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System). All BETA products are also approved by the Standards Association of Zimbabwe.

In line with the Group’s strategic vision to become the market leader in the supply of key infrastructural inputs in Zimbabwe and the region, BETA Concrete has identified and procured granite claims in Goromonzi West for the purposes of establishing an aggregates quarry.

The claims are nestled in the Svisva range of mountains in Goromonzi West, 40kms from Harare. The company’s resource consists of two “Special Block’ granite claims measuring 98 hectares and 150-hectares, which both more than satisfactorily meet test requirements for both surfacing and concrete works. The Goromonzi West granite deposit has the capacity to produce high quality aggregates with reserves the resource base on both claims estimated to have a lifespan of over 100 years. To this end BETA is strategically positioned to become the biggest quarry supplier to Harare and surrounding areas in the medium to long term (See Arial Map below).

The claim’s location away from the City gives the site a competitive edge over its main competitors who face the imminent risk of closure in the medium to long term future due to conflict with the fast growing urban settlements and economic resource depletion.

2. BETA Concrete Aggregates Market Demand Overview

With no ground breaking additional capacities on the horizons, the possibility of new entrants in the aggregate sector remains low especially in light of the scarcity of economic aggregate reserves in and around Harare. The need for new infrastructure development and maintenance of existing highways and urban road networks is now taking centre stage of the country’s economic turn-around. The proposed shift by government from the traditional bitumen roads to concrete paved roads should stimulate further demand for aggregates on a phenomenal scale.

3. Description of the Project

Parameters Description
Type of Project Aggregates mining and processing plant
Capacity of the Project 620 million tonnes of aggregates
Geographic Location

The total distance from Harare CBD to the site is 37km.

Nearest Road Harare- Shamva highway

4. Key Project Enablers

In order to successfully commission the factory, BETA has identified the following as key enablers for the project.

Enabler Specification Responsible
Water

The nearby lake will supply all water requirements for the aggregate plant, dust suppression systems and its workers. Beta will take the necessary steps to obtain Borehole water abstraction permit from the Zimbabwe National Water authority for drawing from the underground water.

BETA
Roads

12.2 km from the Chabwino farm turn off to site is wide gravel road requiring refurbishment, widening and construction of a culvert bridge.

BETA/GRDC
Power

3 x11 KVA lines and 1 MVA Transformer

BETA/ GRDC /ZESA

 

5. BETA Concrete Aggregates Value Proposition

BETA Aggregates is anchored on a technology driven, locked in system centred on best products and providing a total customer solution.

BETA Aggregates will have a distinct competitive advantage over industry rivals through a unique and superior finish resulting from the latest (VSI) technology for an enhanced final product finish.

6. Resource Estimate and Production Capacity

The total surface extent of the target area of the claim is 250 hectares. At a minimum mining depth of 50 metres, with a specific gravity (SG) of 3.8, the resource is estimated to yield more than 620 million tonnes of high quality aggregates over its lifespan.

Production capacity of the plant based on aggregate size is as follows:

Aggregate Size (mm)

Output mt/hr

-25mm +19mm 39
-19mm +13.2mm 33

-13.2 +6.75mm 59
-6.75 +0mm 114

 

Total Installed Capacity = 250 T/H
Optimum throughput = 230 T/H
2.41 Metric Tonnes = 1 Cubic Met

7. Total Investment

BETA Concrete will be investing between US$6-8 million directly towards the establishment of the Aggregates plant. This will go towards the acquisition of the processing plant including the Vertical Shaft Impactor , ancillary equipment such as excavators, front end loaders and grabbers, as well as for infrastructure.

8. Employment Creation and Social Responsibility

At full capacity BETA will create over 100 new jobs for the surrounding community. The offshoot business from having a vibrant mining operation in the area is also expected to result in a number of downstream business such that the local community will benefit socially and economically from the establishment of BETA Aggregates mining and processing plant.

The Group will also be extending its Corporate Social Responsibility programmes in Education, Health and Environmental Management within the community.

BETA Aggregates has already invested nearly half a million dollars towards an access road and bridge to the site, which road already benefits the community. The company intends to partner with the relevant local authorities in the maintenance of other local roads that link the project site to the main Harare Shamva -Highway. The company will also support the local clinic to ensure that it can accommodate the additional numbers stemming from the establishment of the business. In addition, BETA will also support local schools financially and materially in order to improve facilities to cater for increased enrollment emanating from the new workforce.

9. Environmental Impact

BETA Holdings is cognisant of the environmental impact of its operations and is committed to investing in sustainable environmental management programmes. BETA has already started implementing programmes to reduce the negative impact of its operations on the environment, whilst the company has also extended various ISO 18001 initiatives adopted at its bricks, tiles and concrete plants such as land reclamation and the BETA Environmental Education Programme to the new operation.

10. Project Implementation

The construction phase is expected to take between 6 – 9 months. The project is expected to be commissioned in the last quarter of 2018.

Activity Date
Securing of claims Dec 2017
Access Road and Access Bridge Apr 2018
Electricity supply and commissioning April 2018
All administrative licensing and registration April 2018
Civils Jun 2018
Staff housing and workshop Jul 2018
Mining Aug 2018
Plant installation Aug 2018
Commercial production Oct 2018

 

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.

At Beta Holdings, we aim to please our customers. Having carried out extensive research in early 2012,we know what you, our customers, want and need from us in order to have a satisfying experience.

The third quarter, will see a breath of fresh air blowing through Beta Holdings in our everyday operations, as we make adjustments and improvements for all our stakeholders both internally and externally. With so much happening all the time, we wish to announce to you, two of our current projects: The launch of our logistics division and the unveiling of our new cleaner modern logo.

Today is an extremely proud day for all of us at Beta, a new day for us all. We are excited to announce the Beta Logistics Division. We are in the final stages of creating this new exciting venture. The Beta Logistics Division will be operating in the third quarter of 2012, yet another move forward to ensure that all our business operations are seamless and meet our customer needs and expectations. Efficient, high quality, cost effective products and services.

Logistics operations are ultimately a differentiating factor for any business and this is why we have taken this direction. The Beta Holdings Group we understands that logistics management is a crucial part of any supply chain which; plans, implements and controls the efficient and effective movement of goods.

In our ongoing bid to ensure that we provide a seamless supply chain to all our customers; the Beta Logistics division will be an arm of the business, which supports all transportation needs, from collection and delivery of raw materials to the delivery of the final product to the consumer.

The Beta Logistics Division will operate using pre-wrapped pallets of 5000 bricks with modified Bell Loggers (grabbers) allowing our customers to order their specified number of bricks and having them loaded in an efficient and timely manner, no more individually loaded bricks, no more hours of waiting
for your bricks to be loaded and dispatched.

Beta Logistics has gone one step further than simply buying trucks for transportation, in order to ensure our customer satisfaction, all our trucks will have a fleet management system which will translate to customers getting their delivery not long after it has been dispatched. The routes and movements of the delivery trucks will be monitored to ensure that the packages will not take any detours. With satellite surveillance on all our trucks, should there be an unforeseen delay or problem; a phone call from the Logistics Division will inform you where your delivery is and the reason for the delay. A team of well-trained and skilled mechanics and drivers will ensure that Beta Logistics vehicles will be road worthy and reliable; allowing for the prompt and safe delivery of all material and products. Our qualified team of fleet managers and inventory specialists, will ensure that we will be able to handle more cargo, reduce pilferage and breakages.

As we take control of our logistics and create a meaningful contribution to our customers, we are taking responsibility for the cost and quality of our products. We look forward to the day when all our customers will enjoy the benefits of good quality, cost effective delivery of their purchases. As our trucks get ready to move out onto the road we are branding them with our updated logo. No, we do not have a new logo, what we have is our logo, only Beta! We have made it cleaner, streamlined and more modern, in line with our company progression as a whole. Our logo, is our voice in the visual world and we felt that it needed to be more in line with who we are today and who we are working to be tomorrow. We know that an updated brand is not going to change our company overnight; all we want is for, you, our customer, to know that we have heard all that you said to us and about us and are working on rectifying our weaknesses and polishing up our strengths.

As we implement all the various systems to ensure that you get the best quality product and service, we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to be a company our customers deserve, a Beta Company not just the best company. We think we are getting this done, one step at a time and our updated logo represents this. What do you think? We are looking forward to your feedback so please do let us know what you think the next time you are in our sales room.

Our Beta clay bricks are a durable and versatile building material for walls, patios, and other structures. Given the long-lasting nature of bricks, buyers should be sure to get the most out of this investment by choosing the right bricks for the job. One of the most important things to consider when buying bricks is to match the brick to where it will be used. Another important tip involves picking the right type of brick for structural, decorative, or ground work. Finally, buyers should consider the appearance of the brick, including its profile, colour, and numerous other aesthetic properties.

The biggest mistake one can make when buying bricks is choosing the wrong type of brick for the job. Indoor bricks used in an outdoor patio are destined to fail, resulting in wasted time and money. Interior-grade bricks should only be used indoors, and builders should stick with specially crafted fire bricks when constructing a fireplace or fire pit. Another mistake buyers make is purchasing bricks that are not SAZ (Standards Association of Zimbabwe) certified, and SAZ certification means that the product has been certified in terms of safety an reliability and gives a guarantee that the product is being manufactured under an effective system of testing, control and monitoring and provides protection against inferior or sub-standard products.

To ensure the brick will fit the project, people buying bricks should look for units meant for specific types of applications. For example, bricks with holes cut through the centre are known as structural bricks, and are used for constructing interior or exterior walls. These holes reduce the weight of the brick in applications where the top of the brick will be hidden from view. Our Beta ‘load-bearing’ bricks are highly recommended as foundation bricks or for other load bearing construction. Beta bricks’ strength in terms of moisture resistance and compression is un-paralleled and this is important as this is a key the pillar of construction. Beta ‘pavers’ are designed for patios, walkways, and other hardscapes.

When buying bricks, homeowners have a wide variety of options in terms of colours, textures, and finishes at Beta, we have a wise array that suit any and all needs. When attempting to match existing brick, it’s best to take a sample along for comparison. Given the different types of brick sizing, it is very easy to purchase a standard brick size, then realize that the existing bricks don’t match. Even slight variations in colour can be hard to spot without a sample on hand.

Brick and mortar colour, size, texture, and type of bond, will all impact on the aesthetics of the brickwork.

This will also dictate what ‘type’ of brick you choose. Beta bricks are made of clay: clay is an efficient, cost-effective and sustainable option for modern construction, its natural properties provide complete, long-term sustainability, not only offering increasingly sophisticated low-carbon product manufacture, but giving a building life of up to 150 years with little or no maintenance.

Before committing to a purchase:

request samples
try to see a finished property in the brick you are buying
ask your bricklayer or builder to build a small sample wall (commonly a 60-brick panel, which tends to be 1m2 in size) so you can see the bricks laid, the bricklayer’s standard of work, and it will give the bricklayers a reference of what they are working towards.

Beta Logistics delivers your bricks in state-of-the art gps-enabled trucks-packed in pallets to ensure your bricks are secure, arrive undamaged and on time. Customers must make sure that the batches are stored on a hard standing to avoid bricks collapsing.

Note that it is not uncommon for the colours to vary slightly between each batch, so it’s wise to have your bricklayer mix the bricks within each batch to avoid any colour banding within the brickwork.

The appearance of brickwork will be primarily down to the pattern in which the bricks are laid, also known as ‘bonds’. The style of home you are building will depend on the type of bond you select.

Finally, when hiring bricklayers ask:

what their experience is
whether this is on smaller domestic projects or large-scale developments
the kinds of bricks they’re most familiar with
which bonds they have the most experience in laying

Bricklayers most often work in gangs of three (two bricklayers and one labourer), and their work will involve everything from bricklaying to blockwork, installing insulation, wall ties, damp-proof courses, and building in joinery. This is why it’s very important to hire the right people for the job

The Clinic is situated in Mount Hampden a stones throw away from the Beta Brickfields. It services the Beta employees as well as the entire local community.
In a bid to ensure the health of the community we at Beta have arranged a Doctor to attend to the patients on a weekly basis. This cost is covered entirely by Beta as our contribution to the well being of the community.

BETA Logistics Update

It is with delight that we announce and update you all on the growing strength and presence in the market of BETA Logistics…read more in our monthly BETA Bulletin PDF Newsletter

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Welcome to the June 2012 Beta page. This month is an exciting month for us here at Beta Holdings,as we move into the tail end of the second quarter of this year we have even more to look forward
to. At Beta Holdings, we aim to please our customers. Having carried out extensive research in early 2012, we know what you, our customers, want and need from us in order to have a satisfying experience. The third quarter, will see a breath of fresh air blowing through Beta Holdings in our everyday operations, as we make adjustments and improvements for all our stakeholders both internally and externally. With so much happening all the time, we wish to announce to you, two of our current projects: The launch of our logistics division and the unveiling of our new cleaner modern logo. Today is an extremely proud day for all of us at Beta, a new day for us all. We are excited to announce the Beta Logistics Division. We are in the final stages of creating this new exciting venture. The Beta Logistics Division will be ope ating in the third quarter of 2012, yet another move forward to ensure that all our business operations are seamless and meet our customer needs and expectations. Efficient, high quality, cost effective products and services.

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