What a show!
BETTER than a circus stuntman!
This morning I was watching a very efficient, cohesive, harmonious and focused team of builders obviously enjoying their work and, more importantly, proud of their prowess. The team comprised bricklayers, plasterers and so on.
The technology used was simple: spirit levels, trowels, spades and plaster boards, and the materials were bricks, mortar, sand, and stone. But it was a pleasure to see how fast the sizeable double-storey house took shape. A small concession to technology included an angle grinder to cut the channels for the conduits.
Some things needed outside intervention, such as the placing of cement slabs to form the first floor, and heavy lintels had to be lifted by a separate company with cranes. Even the concrete slab floors were cast by human power – two motorised cement mixers helped a little, but they had to be fed stone, sand and cement by muscles so well-conditioned that the feeders could keep up the pace for hours.
From a few periods in my own life when I had the time to perform labourintensive work, I recall how well I slept and how invigorating it was.
So what is better than a circus stuntman?
This morning the team started plastering the brick. Standing on scaffolding 3m above ground, two plasterers were catching slabs of mortar cast to them by two workers on ground level; they flung slabs of mortar to a precise height – so precise the plasterers caught the slabs on plaster boards with consummate ease!
Having seen this lusty team building, I wondered: why in the world is there a shortage of jobs in South Africa? Surely there must be a big demand for bricklayers and other such wonderful craftsmen? Ben Smit Cape Town