Second-year students from the University of Johannesburg’s construction and quantity surveying department and the University of the Witwatersrand’s construction and property development department donned high-visibility jackets, safety boots and hard hats as they visited three projects currently being undertaken by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA).
The visits took place over two days and provided the students with an opportunity to see how some of the theory in their studies is put into professional practice.
Topics covered during the visits included insulation, roofing, scaffolding, brickwork, energy efficiency and health and safety. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and take photographs, which they will in future use as supporting material for course assignments.
The first stop of the tour was in Doornkop, Soweto, where the JDA has been implementing the construction of Bophelong Clinic, a new 1790m² modern clinic. Ongoing construction work consists of the demolition of existing structures, building new foundations, diggings, brickwork, plastering, tiling, installing ceilings, painting and paving of the road and walkways.
The second stop took the students to Dube, Soweto, where the JDA is implementing the construction of non-motorised transport (NMT) infrastructure at Dube Railway Station. Construction work at Dube Station is an example of how using labour-intensive methods can provide cost-effective short-term employment opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled workers without compromising quality.
The final stop of the visits saw the students travel to Norwood, Johannesburg, where the construction of the Paterson Park Multi-Purpose Centre is taking place. This leg of the visit provided the students with an opportunity to see how multiple and contrasting types of construction works can be simultaneously undertaken under one project.
Once completed, the multi-purpose recreation complex will include a library, craft centre, a tennis pavilion, swimming pool, gym building, administration building and combi-courts, for basketball and netball.