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Company Profile

Residential, Commercial and Industrial Development Specialists

Renico Construction was established in 1998 when Nico Louw, at that time a partner in a successful West Rand Estate Agency, realised that the demand for housing in the area, particularly for the first time homeowner, was growing rapidly. Over the years, the company has grown from strength to strength, having successfully completed over 100 projects, ranging from single residential units to large industrial and commercial complexes. It has now achieved an annual turnover in excess of R450 million.

In the residential market, we initially targeted the first-time homeowner and the investor looking for a value-for-money investment, but we are now also building for the executive market and the affordable housing market. Our first complex in the Affordable Housing Market, Protea Glen Estate in Soweto, was completed in October 2011 and was well received by homeowners and investors alike. It won for us, in conjunction with our Joint Venture partners, Hlala Kamnandi,  the South African Housing Federation Award for “Best Housing Development: Units over R120 000”. More developments in this category are planned for other areas of Gauteng, helping greatly to alleviate the severe shortage of housing for the lower income earner.

 
Recognising that there was a need to diversify, and with new industrial townships being proclaimed on the West Rand, the company ventured into commercial and industrial developments in 2000. Large-scale Industrial Parks and Office Blocks have been completed and sold to businesses and institutions. The company has also undertaken projects for specific clients, which were tailored to their exacting requirements. Those retained as investment properties have been leased or are currently available for lease.

Each project is managed by our team of highly experienced personnel, incorporating the services of various professionals in the architectural, engineering, quantity surveying and other related fields, with whom we have established an excellent working relationship. Our sub contractors have now worked with us for a good number of years and have proved their reliability and dedication to quality workmanship.

The company’s link to Renico Plant Hire, Renico Quarrying & Crushing and Janho is invaluable; we are able to maintain full control over all aspects of demolition, earthworks, construction and the recycling of waste building material. With Janho also producing aggregates, cement products and bricks, virtually all the frustrations in obtaining supplies have been eliminated.

We continually keep abreast with new developments in all fields of the construction industry, a factor that has resulted in considerable savings to our clients in both material costs and time - read more of this in our Media Coverage.

Our leased property portfolio is handled by Renico Property Holdings. We believe that good upkeep is essential and our Property Maintenance Manager, with his reliable team, attends to any problems that may arise, ensuring that our properties are kept in good order at all times.

Top management believes in an open door policy and our Managing Director is personally involved with each project. Such a “hands on” approach ensures that good relations are maintained between our clients and the company at all times.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Renico Group takes its responsibility as a corporate citizen seriously, endeavouring to ensure that all its activities have a positive impact on the communities in which it works and from which many of its employees are drawn. It aims to be a facilitator of social development and encourages meaningful and sustainable interventions, always in partnership with local communities and often in partnership with other donors. This partnership encourages support from governmental agencies, NGO’s and Community Based Organisations, making a positive contribution to poverty alleviation, community development and enabling government to facilitate improved service delivery and local economic development. It places specific emphasis on black youth, HIV/Aids, senior citizens and people living with disabilities.

To this end, Renico makes the following contributions, working mainly through the Siyanqoba ServiceFoundation Project:
The sponsorship of the office and training facilities, including reception staff and running costs, at the Zandspruit Value Centre in Honeydew.
 
The sponsorship of the premises for pension payouts at the Zandspruit Value Centre in Honeydew.
 
Assistance with ABET training.
Environmental Issues
We are acutely aware that development leaves behind it a large carbon footprint. We adhere strictly to all regulations relating to environmental issues, as set out by the Local Council and the Department of Environmental Affairs. An environmental consultant is appointed on each site to assist with any issues that may arise.

The company successfully undertook the challenging development of The Gables Office Park. The Weltevreden Farmhouse, dating back to 1861, along with the original wagon and coach house, were situated on the property and this necessitated a Heritage Impact Assessment. The original buildings were tastefully restored, and they now serve as office space. Every effort was made to ensure that the architecture of the new buildings complimented the National Monuments, and to retain the beautiful old trees in the surrounding gardens.

And we don’t stop there! Our head office is situated on a 5.70 hectare property, close to up-market residential areas. The property also accommodates the workshop area for our associate company, Renico Plant Hire. Being acutely aware that such facilities could be an eyesore, we have tastefully walled and gated the premises. We have also developed the pavement area and the island at the intersection one passes in approaching the premises and maintain the same on a regular basis. A landscaped garden, planted mainly with indigenous flora, greets visitors to our offices. Thankfully, our contribution to our local environment has not gone un-noticed, and we were pleasantly surprised to receive Fleetwatch Magazine’s “Green Star” mark of recognition in their March 2011 edition.
Safety & Health
Our key strategic objective is the achievement of "zero harm". Site Foremen and management ensure that safety is not compromised in any circumstances by taking responsibility for employee safety, leading by example, encouraging positive safety behaviour and discouraging negative behaviour. Site Foremen apply a policy of zero tolerance to non-compliance with safety standards. The company undergoes regular Safety Audits.Cases of occupational and non occupational disease are referred to external facilities. No pre-employment testing for HIV is undertaken and all HIV testing and counselling is undertaken voluntarily. Employees who are HIV positive are encouraged to participate in the wellness programmes available through various local clinics.