Flowcrete Attends Community Crèche Opening Ceremony
17 Apr 2015
- The community project saw several local construction companies work together.
- The floor had to withstand impacts, foot traffic and spillages.
- Flowshield SL 1000 was applied within the crèche.
This week Durban’s Qalakahle Crèche was officially launched with an opening event attended by the sponsors and supporters that helped the new centre come to fruition.
The community project saw several local construction companies work together free of charge to build the crèche. Ocean Architects designed the new building and they in turn brought in Flowcrete South Africa, as the two companies have a history of successful partnerships.
The collaborative charity group We are Durban spearheaded the project when the previous crèche, which cared for the disadvantaged children of traders at the Mansel Market when their parents were working, was designated as unsafe and condemned by the health department.
When the traders turned to We are Durban for help, the organisation’s Managing Director Linda Morrison decided to turn the community’s hopes into a reality. After securing both land and sponsors for the Qalakahle Crèche the team of charity workers, builders, suppliers and architects set to work constructing the new facility.
The project spanned 18 months in total and the end result is an inviting and inspirational building that has been fully approved by the health department. Up to 80 children can now be looked after in a safe, engaging and well-resourced environment.
Several high profile guest speakers attended the prestigious opening ceremony, including First Lady Madame Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and Durban’s Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala as well as Vivian Reddy from the Afrisun Community Development Trust, which donated R1 million for the project as well as R150,000 in equipment.
Verity King, Flowcrete South Africa’s Marketing Manager, was at the opening event with Carol Best, the Flowcrete Specification Consultant who collaborated with Ocean Architects.
Verity King said: “Making a small contribution has resulted in a safer environment for young children to learn and to be looked after whilst their parents are working, hopefully resulting in better futures for all of them.
“Flowcrete SA was thrilled to be able to assist by donating several specialist resin systems for the Qalakahle Crèche's internal floor finishes.”
The floor would have to withstand impacts, foot traffic and spillages while all the time maintaining an easy to clean and attractive appearance to facilitate a hygienic and visually pleasing space.
To achieve this the high performance epoxy primer Flowprime and the hard wearing, self-smoothing epoxy floor finish Flowshield SL 1000 was applied within the crèche.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Africa has offices in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi and is one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, fast curing systems, corrosion protection and self-levelling underlayments.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.