The local community has come together to develop a brand new home for the Langbos Children’s Shelter situated close to Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth after outgrowing the original community Centre.

The unusual appearance of this construction project could not have been possible without the input of so many companies and individuals donating of their time, products, and expertise. With the innovative outlook of Intsikelelo President, Chris Grava, this project came together with the initial phase able to house 10 children along with a caretaker.

These children are either orphaned or comefrom unstable homes within the Langbos rural community. Many of the residents in this area do not have access to basic human amenities that many of us take for granted so easily. These include access to electricity, running water or basic infrastructure.

Engineer Rigo Govoni, from Structural Solutions along with architect Jason Erlank, JE Architects approached local Sika Area Sales Manager, John Zehmke, for assistance with a product donation for the construction of the new Centre. After evaluating the project needs, a total of 125 litres of Cemflex was donated to the project and used as a protective and waterproofing coating to the roofs and walls of the structure.

Cemflex is a universal waterproofer and bonding agent. This acrylic based emulsion improves water resistance and adhesion of Portland cement based composites, and was the perfect solution for the creative construction of the hut-like structures built as part of the new children’s home.

The design of the Shelter is based on the local style of the Langbos settlement and includes sustainable elements to harvest rain water and includes other initiatives to create a homely environment that the children so desperately need. A great amount of effort and investment went into the community as an upliftment initiative as local member were trained in the construction and development of the shelter.

It was great to a part of this initiative and community project and Sika is proud to donate product to such a good cause, allowing these children to have a safe and secure place to call home.