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The City of Ekurhuleni Municipality aims to build 100 000 residential and commercial units on the East Rand of Gauteng over the next three years.

Innovative technology company, Selcrete's in partnership with Sphandile Trading Enterprise has bid to secure a tender, the company’s built the first demo unit, designed by CMAI Architects. The innovative panel system – comprises a combination of cement, polystyrene and additives. The panels are used extensively in Scandinavia and northern Europe and provide homes with a lower risk to fire, three to four times better insulation than traditional bricks during winter and summer. Selcrete blocks and panels are light weight, can be produced on site and are quick to assemble, offering this and future houses and buildings the advantage of being built faster.

The partnership provided the demo unit to a former township resident. The new two bedroomed 44 m² house has a lounge/dining room, kitchen and bathroom.

Dumisane Ntuli, Founder and the current Executive Chairman of Sphandile Trading Enterprise says: “We believe that Selcrete can assist in addressing the existing backlog of housing in South Africa we’ll be able to roll out quality built homes far quicker and cheaper than traditional methods.”

Selcrete CEO Graeme Horwood says that Selcrete is certified by Agrément and offers a better more affordable and greener solution to easing the housing backlog.”

Selcrete is currently in discussions with Ekurhuleni, Knysna and the City of Cape Town.  The product has been introduced to Eastern Cape and KZN municipalities and negotiations with other SADC countries are underway.

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