Tender Infographic: North West

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Essential Tips on Pest Control in Construction

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The best way to treat pests is prevention before construction, rather than managing a problem that arises after your building has been standing a while when prevailing conditions could result in an open invitation to pests. This may pose the threat of them making a home within your building, or neighbouring buildings. The damage that little critters cause, without one even being aware there is a problem, is substantial. Infestations can prove more costly to eradicate than preventative solutions. There are ways and means to avoid the unwanted attention of pests throughout the construction process, but the bottom line is to build pest control into your construction plans as early as possible.

See below for a 4 step strategy for successful pest control.

1. To establish the best pest prevention methods it will be vital to establish the following:
What kinds of pests pose threats in the area of the site and how high risk do they pose (types and numbers)
What routes might pests use to enter the building
How the building is constructed (to avoid high humidity, accumulation of water, or contact between timber and soil)
What materials are being used in construction such as timber and other permeable building materials, opting rather for impermeable materials such as brick, stone, concrete, and steel

2. Assess the risk of pests in the site location:
Monitoring – To assess types and numbers. Monitoring could be in the form of traps, inspections, and sampling or visual counts to assess the patterns of pests in the area. Monitoring can be done continuously through all stages of construction and as a management tool post-construction
Water Sources – What nearby water sources are there such as ponds and lakes which could pose a threat as pests will locate their nests close to water sources.
Grading – If your property is not appropriately levelled or graded, water may pool in areas of the site, attracting termites, mosquitoes, and other pests.

3. Formulate an adequate plan to prevent and manage pests:
The plan should not be an isolated pest control method but rather a combination of a number of control methods based on various factors and the information obtained through the above assessments, together with ongoing monitoring and reports.

Control methods to remove pests include:
Non-chemical
Pest trapping
Heat/cold treatment
Physical removal
Chemical
Pesticide application – a chemical treatment helps to form a protective barrier against later infestations
Control methods to avoid the influx or return of unwanted pests:
Training of construction workers, and the staff who will later occupy the building in the importance of sanitation and pesticide safety. Unhygienic practices and conditions will encourage the inhabitation or re-inhabitation of pests.
Inspection of all building materials that enter the site during construction
Reducing debris and clutter around buildings, the removal of litter and overgrown vegetation, and keeping planting away from the perimeter of the building will all discourage pests from settling
Sealing areas where pests enter the building
Installing traps, pest barriers and repellents
Maintaining clean dining and food storage areas

4. Documenting pest control actions is helpful in the evaluation of the success of your plan:
Record of each pest control method, including pesticide applications
Evidence that non-chemical control methods were considered and implemented where possible, due to the toxicity levels of pesticides.
Recommendations for preventing future pest infestations

Finally, to ensure continued pest prevention and control, it is advisable to work with a pest management professional on a regular basis and to keep your prevention and management plan relevant and current. Why not search the Leads 2 Business Directory for Pest Control and Management service providers?

Sources:
Hobby Farms
Pest
Nedcc
China Preservation Tutorial
Cycreek Pest Control
EPA


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Featured Project: Tlhabane Square – Offices

Tlhabane Square – Offices

Description
Construction of an office block 20 000m² in extent for the Rustenburg mixed use development known as Tlhabane Square located in Rustenburg, North West.

 

Status Region
Awarded Rustenburg
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Office & Commercial August 2019 to November 2020 (15 months)
Sector Class
Public Private Partnership Open Tender / Possible Pre-Qualification


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Why you should safely dispose of Asbestos

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Firstly… let’s start with understanding what asbestos is. 

Asbestos is a term used to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. All are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fibre is composed of many microscopic ‘fibrils’ that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes. Asbestos fibres are naturally resistant to heat, fire, electricity and chemicals and use to be used extensively in the past in products such as insulation, cement and some floor tiles.

Fibrous tremolite asbestos on muscovite

 

Manufacturers and builders began using asbestos for its desirable physical properties. Asbestos use was widespread during the 20th century until public recognition of the health hazards, beginning in the 1970s, of asbestos dust, led to its outlawing by courts and legislatures in mainstream construction and fireproofing in most countries. Despite this, at least 100,000 people a year are thought to die from diseases related to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a well-known health hazard and inhalation of the fibres and long term exposure can lead to various lung conditions. Inhaled asbestos fibres aggravate lung tissues, which cause them to scar. There are three primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure:

  • Asbestosis 
  • Lung Cancer 
  • Mesothelioma 

So now that we understand what asbestos is and the health hazards it carries, removing of asbestos safely is extremely important and no short cuts should ever be taken. It is recommended that you use a licenced asbestos removalist to remove asbestos and dispose of it safely. 

If you are removing asbestos yourself you need to take precaution and follow the necessary steps to remove it safely to protect your health and the health of those around you including children. 

Some do’s and don’ts to ensure your family and the people around you are safe. 

Do’s: 

  • Plan your job so you have all the necessary equipment on hand.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times. 
  • Ensure no electrical wiring or electrical products are in the work area.
  • Prepare your equipment and work area before you start
  • Only wear old clothes under the coveralls. These should be disposed of when the job is completed. 
  • Cover removal area in 200um plastic drop sheets to catch any fibres, dust and debris.
  • Wet the area that contains asbestos using a gentle mist spray of water before commencement. Detergent added to the water helps improve absorption or a mix of 1 part PVA glue to 5 parts water will help bond the material to minimise any dust. 
  • Continue wetting asbestos that is exposed – if you can see it, wet it. 
  • Spray using a spray bottle to wet smaller areas.
  • Low-pressure constant spray mist using a garden hose with a mist nozzle can be used to wet larger areas outdoors such as external walls or fences.
  • Minimise the number of people in the work area.
  • Decontaminate yourself, the work area and equipment when work is completed. 
  • Dont’s:
  • Never create dust
  • Never break asbestos sheeting
  • Never work in windy conditions
  • Never use power tools or equipment that can produce dust
  • Never use brooms or brushes except for sealing if using paint or PVA glue solution
  • Never use high-pressure water spray on any asbestos product including walls, fences and roofing 
  • Never use household vacuum cleaners. Only special H class asbestos vacuum cleaners are used by licensed removalists to collect dry asbestos dust and debris. 

An interesting fact: In 2008, South Africa banned asbestos. The ban prohibits the importation and exportation of asbestos, as well as the use and manufacturing of the mineral.

I hope I have educated you a little bit more on asbestos and the dangers of being exposed to it.

 

Sources:
Wikipedia
Flickr
Mayo Clinic
Asbestos
Asbestos Awareness

 


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My journey at Leads 2 Business all started back in September 2014 as a content researcher in the Daily Tenders Africa Department. In March 2018 I was promoted to content researcher in the Private Project department. I am a fun loving, bubbly person and mom to a beautiful baby boy who is the absolute light of my life.

Featured Company: Rock Blasting Services

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This week we are featuring Rock Blasting Services, based in Cape Town, Western Cape. Charle Ehlers is the Managing Director for Rock Blasting Services and you can read what he has to say here…

Rock Blasting Services

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I started my journey with Leads 2 Business in 2016 after having a successful career in aviation. I have since found a passion for the construction industry and helping smaller companies break into the larger scale projects/tenders. I am a devoted Sales Executive based in beautiful Cape Town who truly believes Leads 2 Business is the future for any professional within the construction industry serious about growing to their maximum potential through well researched, up to date leads. Uniting one professional to another creating life long business relationships throughout the construction industry.

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Industry Events: South Africa October 2019

Industry Events: South Africa October 2019

Event:

Africa Property Investment Summit

Date:

02 to 03 October 2019

Event Location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

Africa Property Investment Summit is Africa’s largest and most premier real estate event. It connects the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, driving investment and development into a wide range of real estate and infrastructure projects and developments across the continent.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 250 2260
Email: info@apievents.com

Event Details:
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Registration

 

 

Event:

Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa

Date:

13 to 16 October 2019

Event Location:

Sun City Resort, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

CAPSA will once again offer a broad spectrum of practitioners the opportunity to interact and to share their professional skills with colleagues from the subcontinent and abroad.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 422 2402
Email: charlene@soafrica.com

Event Details:
Website
Registration

 

Event:

The Property Show Joburg

Date:

18 to 20 October 2019

Event Location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

The Property Show, acquired by Private Property, is the ideal platform for anyone looking to further their property journey whether it’s buying, selling, renting or investing. The Show brings together all the brands under one roof and includes financial service providers, estate agents, developers, conveyancers and additional services.

Event Details:
Website
Registration

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How to Build Bridges without Building Walls

Building bridges in a metaphoric term means to open up, invite people into your personal space, and create relationships with people outside of your comfort zone. This is never an easy thing to do; as we get older it gets harder to “Build Bridges” and allow people to see a more vulnerable  side of yourself. This is when we “put up walls” so we don’t appear weak to new people: – for example colleagues or clients.

When it comes to a business and the workplace, companies want employees to be able to be open and honest with each other within the Business (Building Bridges) this then creates a positive outlook when it comes to prospective and/or existing clients. With these “bridges built” within a company, it creates an atmosphere for us to be able to go out and impress clients as a collective and not individuals; therefore boosting our power within our prospective network. Empowering businesses and employees to strive for excellence. Every employee can “add a brick to the bridge”  by striving for a positive office environment, as well as when representing the company by portraying a sense of professionalism.

Walls are important when building a solid structure such as an office block or building a new mall, but “Walls” are not good in a working environment. Walls are a metaphor for anything that is creating a negative block; walls contain a build-up of negative energy.  When employees or even management of a company or businesses build walls, it can cause in office fighting and a lack of trust between management and employees.

There is going to be times when walls are going to be built, but it is important to break down those walls and build bridges.

Pope Francis quoted; “Build bridges, and tear down walls.”

 

Sources:
World Economic Forum
The Human Wi-Fi

 


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