Tassmak Design and Construct (Pvt) Ltd is a wholly Zimbabwean, family business owned and managed by Tasiyana Makuvatsine and his wife Memory Makuvatsine. The business was founded in 2000 so they have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of the construction trade in Zimbabwe. They also have a wealth of local knowledge of all aspects of the industry – including the best suppliers and top notch sub-contractors. Over the years Tassmak has established a team of sub-contractors that they know they can depend on to deliver work within budgets and time frames.
Tasiyana, or ‘Tasi’ as he’s better known, has a Diploma in Architecture as well as many years of experience working for architectural design firms and property developers. He started the business in 2000 from his home in Avondale West but it soon grew so big that he needed new, dedicated premises. The administrative arm of the business was moved to their current premises at 960 Glen Helen Way Helensvale.
From humble beginnings the company now has various divisions each managed by skilled and experienced class 1 artisans.
Designing, engineering, project management and supervision. This division is headed by a qualified Engineer. They also work with others engineers and designers.
Including specialised plaster finishes.
Including satellites, alarms and specialised audio systems.
All requirements including water and sewer reticulation systems.
Including specialised paint techniques.
Including all wall and floor tiles.
Tassmak’s services include feasibility studies before the project even begins. This determines whether the budget and time frames are realistic. Often clients have a limited amount of money available so Tassmak can come with up solutions to work on projects in stages as and when funds (and materials) become available. Although Tassmak can source materials from their trusted suppliers they are also happy to adapt to different schemes whereby the clients are able to source and supply materials themselves.
Their services also include Environmental Impact Assessments through EMA in order to ensure that the projects are compliant. They liaise with the relevant local authorities to ensure projects meet the existing by-laws and regulations and to get approval from Council for plans. They supervise and oversee on site works and ensure that sub-contractors are providing the best quality product within the parameters of the budget and the schedule. From the initial civil works to the end results Tassmak will be there all the way to ensure complete client satisfaction.
Tassmak are also keen to embrace the use of the latest building and engineering technological advances in line with global trends. They are excited to incorporate new and innovative building materials and structural solutions into their projects. Most of their projects either include solar power solutions from the outset or the provision to incorporate solar at a later stage of the development. Tasi notes that while solar can be expensive to install the full solar system can be done in stages with clients starting out with a small, simple set up and then adding panels and batteries as funds permit.
Tassmak is excited to explore other innovative options for residential projects, particularly for cluster home developments. Rain water harvesting, water recycling systems and bio-digesters are just a few of their areas of interest – although Tasi notes that Council by-laws are slow to adapt. There are innovative building techniques like 3D printing and concrete poured into shuttering framework which Tasi is keen to explore more.
One of Tassmak’s recent projects was some work for the dental centre constructed for Dr Chinhara at 103 The Chase in Mount Pleasant. Other projects completed by Tassmak include a number of upmarket residential developments, the music hall at Gateway Primary School, shopfitting and construction for restaurants like Ocean Basket and Mugg and Bean, other medical facilities and the development of flats and town house apartments in Marlborough.
To contact Tassmak:
960 Glen Helen Way Helensvale, Harare
Cell: +263 772 716 747, +263 719 716 747
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Text by Michael Nott
Fair Haven Incorporated – Trusted Suppliers of Quality Steel Products
FAIR HAVEN INCORPORATED HAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS OFFERING HIGH GRADE STEEL PRODUCTS FOR RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. WITH A TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PRIOR EXPERIENCE WORKING IN THE STEEL AND METAL INDUSTRY, THEY KNOW EXACTLY THE QUALITY OF STEEL PRODUCTS THAT MOST CLIENTS SEEK AND ARE DETERMINED TO OFFER JUST THAT. THE STEEL PRODUCTS RANGE IS BROAD AND WILL NOT FAIL TO MEET THE CUSTOMER’S SPECIFICATIONS.
The company was formed in the United Kingdom around 2018 before establishing themselves in Zimbabwe last year. They are primarily targeting individuals living and working in the UK who would want the best steel products for their construction projects back home in Zimbabwe which is why they felt it necessary and reasonable to simply establish an offiffiffice in Zimbabwe. The process of placing orders is relatively quick, straightforward and transparent with the friendly and knowledgeable Fair Haven team assisting all the way until the products is delivered on site or whatever the destination.
Their delivery service is the most effiffifficient you can get as the personnel at the Eastlea offiffiffice gets to work as soon as they receive confifirmation of purchase from the UK team. Orders are placed in UK and in no time the products who have been delivered at the given Zimbabwe address. They have the facilities to make deliveries throughout the country.
Steel quality is determined by its strength, ductility, toughness, weldability and durability. Apart from the physical properties, other factors which affffects how steel is graded are chemical composition and how the steel has been manufactured. Fair Haven then makes it a priority to stock only the best grade of steel which can be used in any kind of project no matter the scale.
Product catalogue includes TMT reinforcement steel, deformed bars, round bars, perforated sheets, mesh sheets, H-columns, tread plates, angle bars, beams, rails and pipes. These are imported in bulk to ensure their availability all the time which is what makes Fair Haven the ultimate go-to supplier for steel. Apart from the steel products, Fair Haven also have a division which supplies timber products of all kinds from trusses, beams, planks, boards and more. This means that you can now get your timber and steel from one source which is quite convenient for customers.
Locally, they have been supplying steel products for various a number of organisations that speak highly of the quality of steel Fair Haven has supplied for them on their respective projects for example Christ Ministries, Dorowa Mine, Panvert Investments, Honstech Designs, Jestbard Investments and Prosite Media Solutions. Fair Haven is working tirelessly to become the foremost steel distributor of choice for local and international customers. Get in touch with them for quality and affffordable steel products.
5 Wembley, Cresent Eastlea, Harare, Zimbabwe
Call: +263 777195569 / 777195575 Email:email@example.com
text by Farai Chaka
ICC ExpandsTo A New Retail Warehouse In Pomona
INTERNATIONAL COATINGS COMPANY (ICC), OPENED THEIR NEW RETAIL OUTLET IN MARCH THIS YEAR. THE NEW SHOP AND SHOWROOM IS DIRECTLY ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THEIR EXISTING WAREHOUSE WHICH WE FEATURED IN ISSUE 20 IN 2019.
Their original warehouse included their offices, storage, receiving and dispatch as well as their sales department. The distinctive and funky façade, resembling a spread of paint colour swatches, as well as the reception and office spaces, were designed by Bruce Rowlands. The warehouse section was designed and built by Grid Transmission. The façade makes the building clearly stand out from the other surrounding warehouses and makes ICC unmissable.
Over the past few years ICC has grown steadily and they needed to expand their premises. In addition, they wanted to establish a distinct retail outlet and showroom separated from their warehousing space. The new outlet is much more convenient for customers as ICC’s full range of products is clearly displayed and customers can browse at leisure. It includes a colour wall where customers can see samples in larger panels to get a better idea of what their paint will look like, other display boards for different finishes, and their custom tinting department.
ICC were already considering their plans to acquire extra retail space when work started on the new warehouses directly across the road from their existing premises. They were quick to see the opportunity and approached the developers to occupy one of the two new structures which were in the process of being built. As a result, ICC were involved from the start of the construction process and were able to offer technical advice and supply some of their new products in the final build, like their micro-fibre solution which replaces the need for steel mesh in concrete slabs and their surface hardener which was incorporated in the final layer of the floor slab. This product dramatically increases the final MPa strength of the concrete Floor as well as being extremely resistant to abrasion. This means that heavy machinery like trolley jacks and forklifts don’t scratch the floor slab helping to significantly reduce the amount of dust created within the warehouse. The new premises are basically a steel skeleton, supplied by Brown Engineering, with brick in fills at the bottom while above that the walls and the roof are clad in dark grey Chromadek sheeting. An interesting detail of the construction is that both the Chromadek walls and the roof are clad with Alububble sheeting. Usually in warehouses only the roof is clad but by cladding the walls too the extra insulation helps maintain a comfortable temperature inside throughout the year.
Another design detail is that rather than incorporating whirlybirds in the roof, as most warehouses do, there’s an air vent running the full extent of the roof ridge allowing for good air circulation. There are, of course, skylights set in roof for natural lighting, which can be augmented by LED lighting if needed. The high roof is a single span of approximately 42 x 20 metres with no supporting pillars, so the whole flfloor is open and clear. The retail outlet is around 840 square metres under the roof with a mezzanine bringing the usable space up to around 1000 square metres.
There’s the showroom and display area on the ground floor, as well as staff and customer toilets and a small kitchen while the mezzanine has two glassed in offices, a boardroom, and an open plan office/meeting space at the end. The mezzanine runs across the back wall of the building and is accessed by industrial looking steel staircases on both sides. The front face of the building has large windows facing the street as well as two large openings forming a separate entrance and an exit. There’s ample, paved, secure, of street parking for customers at the front. Large roller shutter doors at either end of the building provide easy access for the dispatch of larger orders.
Because the soil in the Pomona area is particularly unstable, a great deal of time and attention has been paid to the civil works, compacting and levelling the site, long before the actual construction began. Other building sites in the area have neglected to do this and then attempted, clumsily, to compact the surrounding soil after the structure was already in place. The civil work,
which was delayed by the pandemic, took over a year to complete before the real construction work started towards the end of 2021. ICC finally gained access to the building in March this year so apart from the preparatory work the actual structural process was fairly quick, efficient and cost effective.
ICC’s huge product range includes decorative paints for the construction industry as well as industrial coatings for the mining, engineering, manufacturing and automotive industries. They supply wood coatings for DIYers and furniture manufacturers as well as a range of epoxy products, ready mixed specialized mortars, waterproofing solutions and concrete additives for repairs and finishes. They also supply some specialist coatings like anti-bacterial and anti-mosquito paints and low VOC water based epoxies and enamels.
Their leading paint range for decorative use is Prominent Paint and Paint chem for industrial applications, although they stock a variety of other brands. They even produce some coatings under their own ICC brand where they blend raw materials to create their own product. (They’re members of the Zimbabwe Paint Manufacturers Association.) Of course they stock all the necessary accessories like brushes and solvents and even spray painting equipment. ICC pride themselves on being up to date with leading worldwide trends and innovations.
They’re probably the most technically advanced coating company in Zimbabwe and can advise on the best products for any situation as well as supplying information about how best to use or apply their products. They can even supply quotations for quantities from either site visits or working offff plan. So whether you’re a keen DIYer, a contractarian engineer or a manufacturer ICC has the perfect coating solution for you.
Visit their new retail outlet in the Pomona Industrial Park near the corner of Harare Drive and Apes Road.
They can be contacted on 008677004867, or alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
They’re open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays until 1.00pm.
text by Michael Nott | photos by Fotohaus
Amcotts’ new warehouse, offices and retail outlet opens in Msasa
AMCOTTS TRADING OPENED THEIR NEW SHOWROOM, BONDED WAREHOUSE, WORKSHOPS, AND OFFICES IN MSASA IN APRIL THIS YEAR. IT’S INCORPORATED IN A HUGE WAREHOUSE, WITH A DISTINCTIVE SAW-TOOTHED ROOF, SET ON THE CORNER OF ANTHONY AVE AND MARTIN DRIVE. THE BUILDING WAS ORIGINALLY OPENED IN 1981 BY THE THEN MINISTER OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE, KUMBIRAI KANGAI, AND STILL HAS A COMMEMORATIVE GRANITE PLAQUE AT THE ENTRANCE. IT’S CONVENIENTLY ADJACENT TO THEIR HEAD OFFICES AT 30 ANTHONY AVE SO WHEN THE BUILDING BECAME AVAILABLE FOR SALE IT WAS A NATURAL DECISION TO SNAP IT UP TO EXPAND THEIR EXISTING PREMISES. THEY STILL HAVE THEIR OLDER, ORIGINAL BRANCH AT 118 SIMON MAZARODZE ROAD IN SOUTHERTON, ALTHOUGH THE NEW MSASA BRANCH IS MUCH BIGGER AND MORE CONVENIENT FOR CUSTOMERS. IT’S ALSO MUCH BETTER FOR AMCOTTS TO INCORPORATE MOST OF THEIR BUSINESS ENTERPRISES IN A SINGLE LOCATION.
Amcotts was founded in 2000. They have over 20 years experience in the business of tyre – and later – truck distribution. Initially,they focused on the importation and distribution of well-tiren tyre brands like Bridgestone and Firestone, as well as Nexen, Sailun, Maxam, Wideway, and Constancy. In addition, Amcotts has sold the Hanksugi brand of tyres for over a decade to major transport companies across theSouthern Africa region. Amcotts supplies specialised heavy-duty tyres for the transport, mining and agricultural industries, while their sister company Rossi Tyres offfers tyres, fifitment, balancing and alignment, suspension and brake services and batteries for smaller commercial or private vehicles. In 2017 Amcotts diversified to start selling Shacman and XCMG (Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group). To date they’ve sold over 500 units of trucks and equipment.
The Shacman brand includes cargo trucks, dump trucks, tipper trucks and tractor trucks, cement mixer trucks and crane trucks. All Shacman trucks come with a two-year warranty. The XCMG brand includes equipment for the construction and mining industries including earth moving The warehouse has had a number of tenants over the years – most recently, before Amcotts purchased the property – it was occupied by BenBar Tromps Engineering. After being derelict for a while the exterior of the building had become a little run down but Amcotts has given the structure a major makeover with a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and new eye-catching bright red branding and signage supplied by Compusign. If you’re driving along Martin Drive, it’s unmissable and helps to boost Amcotts’ corporate image.
They’ve also created a large paved parking area in front separated from the main road by Clearview fencing as well as the secure bonded warehouse for their trucks. It’s given the whole area a much needed facelift. machinery like graders, excavators and front end loaders, mining machinery, hoisting machinery, cement mixers and equipment for road construction.
While Amcotts has a good supply of stock at their Msasa branch they also have extensive catalogues that prospective customers can order from. Amcotts deals directly with the manufacturers so there are no middle men involved. In this way they keep prices down and ensure quicker delivery times. In addition to supplying trucks and equipment they stock a full range of spares and genuine parts and their experienced and well trained staff can assist with repairs and maintenance.
Internally the structure was still fairly sound with a high roof and extensive glass panels in the saw-tooth structure allowing natural light into the vast interior space which is around 2000 sq m. Amcotts has added an additional mezzanine floor over part of the warehouse creating around 1000 sq m of storage space. The mezzanine floor was built by Grid Transmission – a steel structure tied to existing concrete pillars keeping the ground flour relatively clear. It has a carrying capacity of 600 kg per sq m to cater for the weight of the tyres stored above.
Currently it’s accessed by two steel staircases although a conveyor belt system is soon to be installed. Big roller shutter doors provide access for receiving and despatch and can accommodate vehicles up to 30 tonnes. Amcotts will also deliver larger orders for customers if needed and have their own fleet of delivery vehicles for customers’ convenience. They frequently despatch larger orders to other retailers across the country.
There are 10 offices spread over two floors mostly at the front of the building. Amcotts has installed new, larger aluminium window frames so the ofices are lighter and brighter the ground flfloor there’s also a spacious boardroom and the sales and reception areas. All the offices have been given a new coat of paint and new floor tiles to give a fresher, cleaner look. Amcotts plans to open new branches in Bulawayo and Mutare in the near future. To contact Amcotts in Harare:
Call 0772 471 299
Visit: 30 Anthony
Avenue, Msasa or
118 Simon Mazarodze
966 Pomona Industrial Park, Harare
text by Michael Nott
photos by Fotohaus
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