Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak! Hartbeespoort will soon be one of the first towns in South Africa to benefit from father and son team, Hennie and Muller Snyman of Get Connected Construction’s innovative, quality and cost-effective green building method. With this method, they not only re-use polystyrene, which poses a great threat to the environment, they will also help alleviate a critical housing shortage, especially in the low-cost housing market.

The company spent six years testing and researching to patent the fire and water resistant, lightweight and durable mixture that is used in the panels (measuring 1.2m x 3m each). Recycled polystyrene is mixed with a concrete mixture, to make panels and walls that are almost indestructible. The product has been tested by the SABS and carries its certification. Polystyrene has excellent insulation properties. According to Muller, it is estimated to be between five and ten degrees cooler in summer, and five to ten degrees warmer in winter than the outside. This method of building is approximately 30 – 35% cheaper than conventional brick construction. A small-sized home (80m²) can be built and fitted from foundation phase to handover in about 10 days.

The panels are not yet available commercially, but will soon be. If you have any polystyrene lying around, the company will gladly take it off your hands. They will take any type or colour of polystyrene. You can either take it to the site at Kommandonek (in Cosmos, just before the turn-off to Caribbean Beach Club, on the right) or contact Muller (079 747 3406) or Hennie (081 309 3008) to arrange for collection. For more information, contact Hennie via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.