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In 2016 Beta Holdings launched the Architectural Students Competition, which culminated in the announcement of the winners at a prize giving gala dinner held in Avondale on the 23rd of September. The competition is now billed as Zimbabwe’s premier architectural event, which highlights the creative and technical talent of the cream of Zimbabwe’s architectural students. The competition is borne out of a realization that there are very few avenues currently available for students to showcase their talent, with almost all architectural students leaving the country for better opportunities. Our hope as a company is that through this platform, we can not only show the students that there are ample opportunities within the country, but also bring together key industry partners to experience first hand the talent we have locally and create employment opportunities. The future building landscape is dependent on retaining these key skills locally.

 

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

 

A panel from the Institute of Architects develops the competition brief for the Student’s based on an existing challenge that any one architect may be working on. The student’s work under the guidance of an architect in developing the architectural solution which must incorporate bricks and concrete roof tiles as sustainable and economically viable building materials. The winning drawings are currently archived at BETA Holdings, with the long term vision being to find partners and investors who are wiling to take these projects further and turn them into a reality.

 

The Overall winner, of the Prestigious Vernon Mwamuka Floating trophy, Tinotenda Nyamukapa walked away with $2000.Prince Benny Chipadza won the first prize from Polythechnic College and walked away with $2000 as well.  The first runner ups from NUST and Polytechnic College, Muranda Titus and Takura Kadembo received $1500 each, and second runner ups, Thengisani Zhou walked and Roamello Ngwenya walked away with $750 each respectively.

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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.

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.

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.

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