“SILO 3” Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Silo 3 is the latest of five “Silo” buildings to be completed by WBHO in the Silo District Development of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. All five buildings surround the Grain Silo Royal Portfolio Hotel and Zeitz Mocca Museum, which form the focal point of the development. The project began on 5 October 2015 and was completed in April 2017. Upon completion the building had to achieve a 4-Star Green Rating, which had a significant impact on the project’s design specifications.

Silo 3 is a residential development consisting of 79 luxury apartments (of which 5 are penthouse apartments), spread across 3 blocks of 8, 10 and 12 levels. The fact that work had to be conducted simultaneously in each of the three blocks was one of the chief challenges faced on this job. The apartments range from 1-bedroom flats to a 5-bedroom double story penthouse.

The development represents the finest quality residential space in the V&A, with the vast majority of the apartments finding buyers well before completion. The building is a combination of structural steel and concrete, and has a façade made up of aluminium shop fronts and plastered brickwork. External areas, passages and lobbies exhibit off shutter concrete, exposed services and mild steel which are characteristics of the silo district, and in keeping with the theme of a working harbour development. The internal finishes of the apartments showcase some of the latest trends in interior design. Floating timber floors, plush carpets, Italian tiles (with underfloor heating) reinforce the feeling of luxury to the apartment in themselves. All apartments are equipped with air conditioning, and premium and penthouse apartments with programmable lighting. The views from each of the floors are breath-taking, whether it is Signal Hill, Lions Head, the harbour and bay, or Table Mountain.

Ballito Junction Regional Mall

Ballito Junction Regional Mall has been named the best new shopping centre development in South Africa this year. It won the prestigious South African Council of Shopping Centres’ Retail Design and Development Award (RDDA) 2017 for a new retail property development

Constructed by WBHO, the centre opened in March this year on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is owned and developed by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment and Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings.

This spectacular regional mall is designed by MDS Architecture and Boogertman KZN. It is the major expansion of an existing 10 000 sqm shopping centre, which has grown eight times its size, to an impressive 80 000 sqm of world-class retail and leisure.

The fiercely contested awards, sponsored by Nedbank CIB, were announced at the SACSC’s 21st Annual Congress in Cape Town.

Commenting on receiving the well-regarded accolade, Patrick Flanagan of Flanagan and Gerard, said: “We are thrilled that Ballito Junction, which is an exceptional development achieved by an exceptional team, has been honoured with this prize. We believe that Ballito Junction Regional Mall realises our strategy of creating the ideal shopping and entertainment experience for its market, while also reflecting the latest in inspired mall design, tenant mix and retail innovation.”
Carl Jankowitz of Menlyn Main Investment Holdings said: “With the development of Ballito Junction Regional Mall, we have created a breath-taking experience in a truly world-class asset. We are delighted that the RDDA Awards have recognised its excellence. This honour from SACSC is a testament to the extraordinary vision, expertise, experience and skill that has been invested in Ballito Junction by the entire team.”

Clinching the esteemed award, Ballito Junction’s standout qualities that impressed the judges were noted to include its six anchors and a multi-screen cinema arranged over three levels making imaginative use of the topography of its site.

They said: “The tenant mix is excellent and clearly defined throughout the three levels with a strong food and beverage offer at the lower level forming a major anchor alongside the multi-screen cinema. The curving of the malls is attractively designed with light and bright interiors reflecting an ‘ocean’ theme in colours and motifs. Natural foot-flow feeds in at the highest level with equal distribution throughout from the concealed stacked parking.”

Adding to this achievement for the magnificent mall, Ballito Junction’s Exclusive Books also shone at the prestigious awards. It scooped top honours for the best designed retail store in the country. It was designed to Exclusive Book’s brief by Dakota Design.

Flanagan and Jankowitz congratulated Exclusive Books, on behalf of the mall, for creating a remarkable experience in its bespoke Ballito Junction bookshop, which features a design inspired by its unique setting.

The warm and inviting interior of Exclusive Books in Ballito Junction is clad throughout by its own merchandise – books. The concept is enhanced by a large central table encouraging social community and inviting customers to browse and dwell. This is combined with a coffee shop offer to further encourage relaxation in the store. The worktop and table areas are enhanced by attractive downlight fittings and the upstand fascias are given a timeless quality with distressed terracotta white glazed tiling.

Ballito Junction features as sensational selection of over 200 shops, restaurants, and services. It is located just off the N2 highway on Ballito Drive.

AN OLD ICON REVIVED! The Grain Silo Hotel

On the 1st March 2017, the doors to the Grain Silo Hotel opened to the public. This 28 room boutique hotel is the result of the epic reconstruction of the existing century old Grain Silo building at the V&A Waterfront and has been two and half years in the making.

The reconstruction of the building that stands today involved retaining the existing structure’s outer shell and essentially hollowing out the inside of the building to create the usable hotel and museum spaces seen today. The concept of this development was the brainchild of the internationally renowned artist/architect Sir Thomas Heatherwick who has been involved in work such as the Olympic Cauldron for the 2012 London Olympics and the Seed Cathedral at the UK pavilion in 2010. The hotel has an exquisite restaurant and roof top bar with one of the best 360 degree views in the world.

The construction of the hotel was a real feat of engineering in that the majority of the inside of the new hotel previously consisted of grain bins. These consisted of concrete walls two and a half meters apart and 20 meters tall, which had to be demolished from the bottom up after the outer shell of the structure had been stabilized. The demolition involved driving a 5 tonne Montabert into the bins from the side and letting it eat it’s way around the inside of the hotel for one and a half floors, keeping the outer and inner main structure intact and the remainder of the bin walls left hanging above. Once this was done, the floor on the inside of the shell could be constructed and then the five tonne machine could be loaded onto this new slab to start the whole process again. The sixth floor of the hotel was constructed by driving the Montabert into and out of the building off a scaffold platform constructed on the outside of the hotel.

To finish the building off the architects clad the outside in a one of a kind “pillow façade” constructed entirely of steel and glass. Each individual window is 5 meters in height and 4 meters in width and made of 52 pieces of glass creating facets. These were constructed and glazed as one unit in a factory and delivered and installed as one. These windows add an incredible spacial sense to the rooms, when you stand in front of them, admiring the view.


In October 2013, SAFCEC, the seven participating listed Construction Companies and the Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBCBE) met
to find a way to:

  • restore the relationship and build trust with Government,
  • make the Industry more inclusive of black people, and
  • ensure SA’s very competitive and effective Construction Industry is not damaged but is kept intact as it transforms in a substantial and meaningful way.

Three years of negotiations between SAFCEC, the listed Construction companies and the PICC Ministers, with input from the BBCBE resulted in a Settlement Agreement (also known as the Voluntary Rebuilding Program or VRP) which was concluded and signed on the 11th October 2016. The Agreement includes the withdrawal of SANRAL and possible public sector civil claims and a settlement with the CIDB. There are two aspects to the VRP, a cash contribution and an empowerment commitment. Between the seven companies a total R1,5 bn is to be paid in cash over the twelve year period into the “Tirisano Fund” for:

  • Enterprise development programs
  • Bursaries for black engineers
  • Black artisan training
  • Maths and science school projects
  • Special social upliftment
  • Engineering resource development for Provincial Departments

The Tirisano Trust will be formed to be the custodian of the VRP, trustees will come from SAFCEC, the listed companies and those appointed by the PICC ministers with the BBCBE also having a Trustee. The Trust’s primary role will be to measure progress in meeting the objectives set out and decide on what projects the R1,5 bn will be spent on – the VRP provides guidelines.
For the Empowerment Commitment, the companies have two options – either sell more than 40% shareholding in their SA construction businesses to black people or alternatively mentor two or three black owned companies to achieve a combined turnover of at least 25% of the Listed Companies’ turnover within 7 years.

In WBHO’s case we have committed to mentor and develop Edwin Construction, Motheo Construction and Fikile Construction and we extend a warm welcome to these companies.

There are many positives in the VRP. This Settlement Agreement is a ground breaking model of effective and massive transformation. Also, an on-going, beneficial and co-operative relationship between the construction industry and the Government will be fostered through regular engagements between the CEO’s and Ministers. All CEO’s of the participating listed companies and beneficiaries signed an “Integrity Agreement”. All “irregular” public sector tender awards will also be exposed and dealt with at the highest ministerial level.


WBHO Construction receives the PMR.Africa 2017 Award

WBHO has yet again received the PMR.Africa 2017 Diamond Arrow Award in the category of Large Construction Firms, after a national survey was
conducted on Construction Companies in South Africa.

This is the 18th consecutive year for WBHO to have received such prestigious awards in a row. This achievement is a clear reflection of the hard work and
dedication offered by our team of professionals and support staff.

Thank you to everyone who played a significant role in our continued successful journey!
WBHO Management

WBHO achieves one million accident free hours at Kumasi City Mall

The Kumasi Mall safety representatives proudly displaying there awards presented at the ceremony.

The Kumasi Mall safety representatives proudly displaying their awards presented at the ceremony..

Kumasi City Mall During construction

Kumasi City Mall During construction

WBHO Ghana, currently constructing the new Kumasi City Mall in Ghana has recently achieved one million lost time injury free hours since the start of the project in March 2015 This Safety milestone marks the third time in four years that WHBO has achieved one million LTI free hours for a building project in Ghana.

A commemorative event was held on the construction site in Kumasi and the WBHO Safety representatives were awarded for this remarkable achievement. Also at the ceremony, the Chief of Asokwa in Kumasi, Nana Fe-Baamoah II, who carried out a congratulatory message to all the workers.

Kumasi City Mall, strategically positioned on one of the major roads in Kumasi, Ghana, in the gold rich area of Ashanti, comprises over 400m of frontage and include main anchor tenants such as Mr Price, Game and Shoprite. The mall has a GLA of 18 157 m2 and a GBA of 47 187 m2 which includes a 15 440 m2 basement parking and will be the first of its kind to be built in Kumasi and is scheduled to open for trade in April 2017. The Kumasi City Mall development is owned by Delico Kumasi Limited, an affiliate of Delico Achimota Limited and Delico Property Developments Limited, also the developer of Accra’s famous West Hills Mall also built by WBHO. Projects of this size is critical for the Infrastructure development and progress of the Ghanaian economy and WBHO is honored to be part of this development.

The WBHO team have had three major safety award presentations for Ghana projects to date. Projects include the new West Hills Mall in Accra that achieved 2 000 000 LTI free hours, the Achimota Mall with 1 000 000 LTI free hours, as well as the Kumasi City Mall with 1 000 000 LTI free hours. Occupational health and Safety on all projects are of the upmost importance and is taken seriously by all staff and have the full support of senior management. All site staff are given a comprehensive safety induction on site before the project starts as well as a daily safety talk where a different safety topic is discussed and a safety pledge is repeated.

For all projects, the necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) is always available on site for everyone in need. Our labour team receives training and are certified on site for doing critical functions such as scaffolding. A WBHO safety auditor visits all WBHO Ghanaian projects throughout the year to audit and train and our culture is to support and not to criticise.

Safety stats and current and completed projects by the WBHO building team in Ghana include:

• West Hills Mall – 2 171 695 LTI free hours. As well as a further 392 946 LTI free hours until completion. Valued at US$ 63 Million and was opened for trading in October 2014.
• Junction Mall – 1 020 456 LTI free hours until project completion. Valued at US$ 19 Million and was opened for trading in November 2014.
• Puma Energy Fit Out – 48 860 LTI free hours. Valued at US$ 1.7 Million
• Achimota Mall – 1 829 549 LTI free hours. The project has been completed and we are also doing extra minor works on site. Valued at US$ 28 Million and was opened for trading in November 2015
• Accra Mall – 355 595 LTI free hours. The awarded 2 phases have been completed and we are still being given addition work. Valued at US$ 3 Million.
• Kumasi City Mall – 1 000 450 LTI free hours on the project to date and is 50% complete. Valued at US$ 58 Million and will be completed in March 2017.

Roads & Earthworks stats in Ghana:

• Ahafo Mine for Newmont – 4 495 691 LTI free hours on the project, valued at US$ 80 Million and still in progress.
• Iduapriem Mine for Anglo Gold Ashanti – 1 980 120 LTI free hours on the project, valued at US$ 75 Million and completed in July 2014.
• Golden Ridge Mine for Newmont – 2 918 729 LTI free hours on the project, valued at US$ 60 Million and completed in May 2013.
• Asanko Plant Site for Adansi Gold Company – 764 098 LTI free hours on the project, valued at US$ 18 Million and completed in December 2015.

It is clear that WBHO Ghana receives the full support from WBHO Construction in terms of plant, equipment, finance, personnel and expertise. The Kumasi team has had the benefit of lessons learnt on the previous contracts with a core team made up of both Ghanaians and South Africans.

WBHO is also working successfully with local suppliers and subcontractors as well as our trusted SA subcontractors who are all making a big contribution towards our efforts and successes in Ghana.

Whilst working on the Achimota Mall project, WBHO engaged in some community responsibility work by helping the local police station with new female jail cells and we are currently improving the school on the property adjoining the Kumasi Mall site which involves the construction of a toilet facility and landscaping.

Kumasi Mall Consulting Team:
• Architects: Boogertman and Partners in association with Multicad
• Project managers: GHC Africa in association with Diagonal Projects Africa
• Civil: Aurecon in association with ABP Consult
• Electrical: Nortelec in association with ABP Consult
• Structural Engineers: Bms Baker in association with Rizzle Consult
• Quantity surveyors: DELQS in association with Antwi Baah Consult
• Mechanical Eng: Aurecon in association with ABP Consult
• EHS: MBA Consult

Over the past 11 years in Ghana, WBHO has truly made its mark and been rendering invaluable services to different classes of consultants and clients. True to the core values, culture and vision of WBHO, every client we have worked for has been impressed with the quality of works, efficiency and competitive cost for the project.

It is now well known that all our clients can Rely on Our Ability.

WBHO awarded “Construction company co-developer of the year” at Ressano Garcia


Gigajoule was awarded the Africa Investors “Developer of the year” award and WBHO the “Construction company co-developer of the year” on Monday 9 May 2016, both for our role at the Ressano Garcia Gas Fired Power station in Mozambique.

Congratulations to the WBHO and Gigajoule team involved.


Ressano Garcia Gas-Fired Power Station


WBHO, with it’s joint venture partner, has recently completed the construction of the new 100MW Gas-fired Power Station at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique for the energy company Gigawatt-Mozambique. The project was executed on a turnkey basis with all engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning forming part of the project scope. The project was inaugurated by Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi on 19 February 2016.

Two WBHO divisions were involved in differing rolls in the project. WBHO Projects in a Joint venture was the overall EPC contractor. WBHO’s Mozambican division (WBHO Projects Limitada) was the civil works subcontractor for the project.

The contract commenced in June 2014 with the civil construction process started on site in August 2014. The foundations for the engines being completed in March 2015. The project as a whole, spanned 18 months. The final test being completed in December 2015; on time, on budget and without any significant accidents. The engineering, procurement, construction cost at completion was approximately 120 million US dollars.

Electricity is produced by 13 ABB generators, equipped with thirteen Rolls-Royce gas engines that have a combined installed capacity of 120 megawatts. Gigawatt-Mozambique will supply the power to EDM (Mozambique’s publicly owned electricity company) under a long term contract. The natural gas will be delivered by Matola Gas Company (MGC) which in turn obtains it from the Pande and Temane gas fields in Inhambane province.

This new power station will add value to Mozambican natural gas industry, create employment opportunities and help attract more investment to Mozambique.

Contract Duration: June 2014 – December 2015
Contract Value: USD 120 Million
Engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Subcontractors: WBHO Civils and TSK (Spain)
Client: Gigawatt-Mozambique
Location: Ressano Garcia, Mozambique

A good year for safety in the Cape


Through the dedication and commitment of all our employees to health & safety, we have had a remarkably improved year.

Safety initiatives, like the “quarterly inter-site safety competition” have assisted in raising safety awareness amongst us. This improved awareness and support is evident in the various accolades that we have achieved.

In the Master Builders Western Cape regional safety competition, the following sites achieved 1st place in their respective categories: Grain Silo, Car Park & Plant Yard.

In the Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition, the Silo’s came first, with the Car Park and Plant Yard placing second.

In August, Erf 247 Roggebaai, the Silo’s and the Plant Yard all reached 1 000 000 man hours without a lost time injury.

The Divisions LTIFR has improved from 2.5 to 1.3 over the last year, although this is a vast improvement, through further safety initiatives and the commitment from all of our employees we will improve this statistic.

Deon Bester, OHS Manager of MBAWC, in an interview, stated “During our national audits it was clear that when there was management involvement and commitment, health and safety was taken seriously by all. WBHO Cape was no exception, which is evident in their regional and national safety results.”

WBHO Projects wins


WBHO Projects Moçambique Limitada won 2 awards at the PMR Africa Awards 2015 in Moçambique, for Best Construction Company and for Best Road Maintanance Projects.

The companies were rated through a random national sample, there were 130 respondents comprising of CEOs, MDs, business owners, company directors, managers and senior government officials based in Moçambique.

The company currently employees 1,110 Mozambican residents and contributed ZAR 1,1 Billion to the group turnover in the 2015 financial year. Congratulations to the team in Moçambique and the rest of the WBHO family who made this possible.