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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.

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.