Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sicelo Maziya

he con­struc­tion of the Mankayane Fire Sta­tion has been com­pleted and handed over to the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment.

The satel­lite fire sta­tion, which was be­ing con­structed through the new in­no­va­tive de­signs us­ing pre-casted pil­lars, has been com­pleted. The E3 mil­lion fire sta­tion is a first for the town and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Con­struc­tion of the sta­tion, which was be­ing con­structed by Mar &Dar Con­struc­tion through their unique in­no­va­tive con­struc­tion us­ing mor­tar pan­els, is said to have com­menced pre­cisely on April 2, 2018.

Big Bend and Lavu­misa sur­round­ing ar­eas are ex­pected to be ser­viced by the Siteki main fire sta­tion. Mankayane and sur­round­ing ar­eas are still ex­pected to be ser­viced by the Lobamba and Manzini Fire sta­tions, re­spec­tively.

Mo­hamed Mostafa dis­closed that ac­cord­ing to their sched­ule, they should de­liver the site to the em­ployer by end of July, con­sid­er­ing weather con­di­tions that can de­lay the project.

THe, how­ever, said the com­pany was look­ing at de­liv­er­ing the project even be­fore the sched­uled time. He said with favourable weather con­di­tions, they were look­ing at de­liv­er­ing the project by the end of June. The project has been com­pleted as promised by Mostafa.

Mostafa said the project pan­els were now pro­duced lo­cally in Matsapha by the com­pany and this has made things eas­ier for them.

The project is part of the ex­pan­sion of the fire and emer­gency ser­vices sta­tions in the coun­try. The fire sta­tion is the first in Mankayane, de­spite the town’s prox­im­ity to com­mer­cial forests that are prone to for­est fires.

The com­pany suc­cess­fully com­pleted the in­stal­la­tion of mo­bile or satel­lite fire sta­tions in Big Bend and Sipho­fa­neni, which were pi­lot projects.

Mar & Dar pro­duces fire re­sis­tant, sound, bul­let and ex­plo­sive proof cost ef­fec­tive build­ing struc­tures that can be com­pleted and in­stalled on lo­ca­tion within three days.

This is the same com­pany that ex­hib­ited its work be­fore His Majesty King Mswati III dur­ing the 2014 Swazi­land In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (SITF) at the Mavuso Ex­hi­bi­tion and Trade Cen­tre. Mar & Dar prides it­self in pro­duc­ing glass fi­bre re­in­forced con­crete (GFRC), whose ad­van­tage is that it re­quires ab­so­lutely no steel re­in­force­ments.


The ma­te­rial environmentally stops the drainage of us­ing steel and uses only 20 per cent of the ce­ment used in the con­ven­tional method of con­struct­ing a build­ing. Mar & Dar can con­struct even a four-storey struc­ture with­out a steel skele­ton.

The ma­te­rial used by Mar & Dar has a high fire rat­ing ef­fect be­cause there is ab­so­lutely no ma­te­rial to burn with the glass fi­bre re­in­forced con­crete.

Also, in their pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity, a 100 square-me­tre house struc­ture could be pro­duced in seven hours and in­stalled on lo­ca­tion in three days. How­ever, an ad­di­tional num­ber of days are then needed for in­stal­la­tion of win­dows, doors, floor­ing, paint­ing, fit­tings and other ameni­ties, but even that should not take more than a week in to­tal.

The com­pany’s struc­tures come from the fac­tory with panel walls, ceil­ing and floor pan­els al­ready em­bed­ded with elec­tri­cal, water and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion pipes, as well as win­dow and door pan­els, which re­duces the many de­struc­tive works car­ried out in con­ven­tional con­struc­tion.

(ALL PICS) COM­PLETE: The Mankayane Fire Sta­tion that has been com­pleted and handed over to the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment.

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