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4 days 18 hours ago
Pratliperl, an ultra-lightweight, thermally insulating and fireproof aggregate for plaster and screed is touted as the modern solution for energy-efficient building.

Pratliperl cures to an ultra-smooth plaster finish and complies with quality standards such as SANS 204, which is a National Standard for Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

In the construction industry it is important to comply with quality standards such as SANS 204, which is a National Standard for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. SANS 204 contains performance levels that are higher than SANS 10400-XA, for example, and that define the minimum requirements that must be adhered to in order to achieve a three Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

In order to assist in promoting sustainability in the construction industry, and thereby ensure that buildings are both healthier and safer for their occupants, an ultra-lightweight, thermally-insulating and fireproof aggregate for plaster and screed is available from Pratley. Known as Pratliperl®, the product is touted as the modern solution for energy-efficient building.

Energy efficiency has become ever more critical as electricity utility Eskom has introduced long-term load shedding for planned maintenance and upgrades of its fleet. This has resulted in major metropolitan areas such as the City of Johannesburg issuing design guidelines aimed at architects, planners, and developers to design buildings that minimise their energy requirement, which also assists with the larger issue of global warming.

Specified for lightweight plaster and screeds, Pratliperl® has been pretreated to enable it to mix with ordinary cement. The thermal insulation properties of a two-leaf (220 mm) external brick wall can be doubled simply by adding 16 mm of Pratliperl® plaster on either side of the wall, Pratley Marketing Director Eldon Kruger reveals. Going into winter, this means that the heat is kept inside which also has a positive result on your municipal bill.

“Not only is Pratliperl® a ‘green’ building material that can assist in meeting sustainability criteria, the fact that it is ultra-lightweight slashes the cost of high-rise structures in particular,” Kruger adds. In addition, the product is highly durable, and features good acoustic properties. It can even be gunited when applied to large surfaces, adding to its cost-effectiveness.

Applications range from underfloor insulation and insulated roof decks to lightweight screeds on corrugated iron or concrete roofs, fireproofing structural steel columns, insulating cryogenic tanks, loose-fill thermal insulation in wall cavities, and lightweight tile adhesive filler.

Apart from its excellent thermal insulation properties, Pratliperl® is also resistant to spalling under fire conditions, which improves the integrity of structures and enhances health and safety. The product has been extensively fire tested and can withstand temperatures of up to 1 250°C without comprising its structural integrity.

Once cured, Pratliperl® has superior strength compared to conventional lightweight foam concrete. Compatible with cement and other binders, it can be used to produce ultra-lightweight panels, boards, bricks, and blocks that can be cut, nailed, and drilled.

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4 days 22 hours ago

Covid-19 has left many in financially challenging positions, affecting many jobs and weighing heavily on household income. Many landlords have found themselves in a predicament where their tenants are no longer able to pay monthly rent.

According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, landlords cannot simply evict their tenants as they are protected by the ‘Prevention of Illegal Eviction’ from the ‘Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, No. 19 of 1997 (PIE Act)’:

The act applies to the occupation of premises which constitute a dwelling, which in the case of a landlord and tenant relationship, would be the residential property. This act was introduced to ensure that tenants were protected from being unlawfully evicted from a property and that the correct procedures are followed during the process.”

Evictions were prohibited under Alert Levels 5 and 4. At Alert Level 3, it seems that landlords can issue notices for eviction, but they cannot enforce them. The below points explain the steps landlords should take before they can issue a defaulting tenant with an eviction notice:

Step 1: Communicate with your tenant

If the agreed-upon payment date has come and gone and you have yet to receive payment, contact your tenant immediately. If your tenant is facing financial difficulties, you can agree on a later payment date – however, you are not obliged to offer this.

Step 2: Provide your tenant with a notice of contract breach

If you have not received payment and your tenant has no plan to do so, you should send them a notice informing them that they have breached the lease agreement. Landlords should ensure that the lease agreement is comprehensive and in line with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). According to the Consumer Protection Act, landlords are required to provide a notice of at least twenty business days to their tenants to allow them to rectify the breach.

Step 3: An interdict or a cancellation?

Should your tenant fail to rectify the breach within the given timeframe, you (as the landlord) has two options: to proceed with a summons or, to immediately cancel the agreement. If your tenant has still not made any attempt to pay the outstanding rental (after the summons has been issued), you are within your right to cancel the lease agreement.

Step 4: The eviction process

If the agreement is cancelled, the tenant will no longer fall under the protection of the PIE Act and he / she will be regarded as an illegal occupier. According to the PIE Act, the landlord will be able to evict their tenant legally. Once the lease is cancelled, you can initiate the summons proceedings and the eviction proceedings simultaneously. Landlords should contact their attorney to begin the eviction process.

Step 5: The eviction notice

The application to evict an illegal occupier must be made to either a Magistrate’s Court or, the High Court. If the application is unopposed, it can take between eight to ten weeks for the eviction order to be granted. It is common practice in South Africa to provide the tenant with at least another fourteen days to find new accommodation before the eviction order is executed.

Don’t let the possibility of a defaulting tenant stop you from searching for an investment property. All landlords should ensure they take every precaution from the start to protect themselves and their investment. Before entering into a lease agreement, seek advice from an experienced real estate agent or attorney to avoid unnecessary situations with your tenants,” Goslett concludes.

4 days 23 hours ago

Hereby are eThekwini municipality  Covid-a9 Lockdown Level 3; Development Planning, Environment and management unit's interim operations measures.


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