Last month marked the anniversary of the completion of over 2000 low cost housing units in Marikana. We were proud to be part of providing sustainable, comfortable homes for people at the heart of our country’s economy.

The Marikana Housing Development project responded to the housing needs in the community, in partnership with the likes of Motheo Construction Group. More than 2000 units were completed. The project required the delivery of quality, sustainable construction. This has ensured that the cost of keeping the units warm in Winter and cool in Summer has been reduced for residents. This was achieved by installing energy efficient windows.

The logical choice for the installation of thousands of windows across 14 apartment blocks was Teva Windows. Since 2007, Teva Windows has met and exceeded global standards of excellence in ensuring sustainable and responsible use of natural resources.

Said Teva Window’s MD Pieter Malherbe, “South Africa’s move towards sustainability is going to require a lot more than just budget. It is going to require an effective partnership, a collaborative effort between architects, property developers and all the service providers in the construction industry. The Marikana project is an excellent example of this collaboration and has resulted in residents having better quality of life, having more money in their pockets and less spent on energy”.

The uPVC windows are not only energy efficient, but are also fully recyclable. They have less impact on the environment than aluminium or wooden window alternatives and use less non-renewable fossil fuel than any other commodity plastic when they are manufactured. Added to this is the ten-year guarantee. With the reinforced steel and internal locking mechanism, the windows are strong and intruder resistant.

Chairperson of the Select Committee on Social Services. Cathy Dlamini congratulated the North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements and said the province had set a good example of what the revitalisation of old mining towns should look like and encouraged other provinces with mining towns to follow suit.