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Corobrik face bricks and pavers used to increase learning space for primary school children

In line with government’s vision to establish quality educational facilities for all South African schoolchildren, Corobrik contributed 54 000 of its Nebraska face bricks for construction of four new classrooms at Manzini Primary School in Katlehong, Gauteng. The addition to the school was officially opened at a ceremony on the 28th November 2018, attended by representatives from the school, local community, Department of Education, Ekurhuleni Municipality and Corobrik.

As part of the government’s ongoing effort to accommodate every South African pupil, the four new classrooms – each of which has a storeroom – were constructed to replace previous mobile classroom units. In addition, some 25 000 of Corobrik’s clay pavers were used for the construction of walkways outside the classrooms.

“This is going to make such a difference to our learners and the entire staff,” said Zola Macu, principal of Manzini Primary School, commenting on the new structures. “The classrooms will be used by three Grade 4 classes and one Grade 3 class.”

Manzini Primary School has a current enrolment of 1 446 pupils from Grades R to Grade 7. The school services a vast area with demand for space a constant pressure. This upgrade will greatly assist teachers and pupils – many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Architects working on the project were Limgroup Consulting Services while Matubeng Trading were the contractors. Thage Phasha, owner of Matubeng Trading, said the project selected Corobrik’s range for its superior quality and the ability to match the brick to the existing school structure.

Commenting on the structural work of the building, Phashe said: “The water-based soil meant we had to build a raft foundation as well as a cavity wall. This is formed by constructing two layers of bricks with the internal cavity joined by butterfly wires, filled in with concrete. It’s a much stronger structure, almost three bricks deep.”

Phashe said Corobrik had offered him business support over the past decade, essentially developing his company into the success it is today: “They are a great organisation and Corobrik’s face brick and pavers are often my first choice for construction.”

Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s Commercial Director, said the face brick range continues to be a popular choice among many government departments with the education sector often seeking the quality Corobrik brand for its many school developments.

“The Corobrik face brick is not only an economical option, when considering the low maintenance, it is also an environmentally beneficial and aesthetic product as well,” said Shangase.

As there are no plastering or painting requirements when constructing with face brick, initial savings are made on materials and further savings are made year-on-year as maintenance costs are kept to a minimum. The durable nature of clay face brick, which has been proven repeatedly throughout history, means the school structure will remain for several generations.

In addition, the clay face brick is a thermally efficient product, able to retain warmth during the cooler winter months, while releasing heat during hot summer days. This enhances the interior conditions for schoolchildren, offering them a comfortable learning environment.

“The clay pavers, which perfectly complement the face brick ranges, are a safe option for schools because of their skid-resistance, even in wet conditions,” continued Shangase. “The pavers will retain their fresh look, despite lots of use, and are easily replaced if needed.”


Caption.   The Manzini Primary School was officially opened on the 28th November 2018.