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In January of 1984 Colin Poole and Jerry West went into partnership with the establishment of Cape Formwork Contractors or CFC. Their goal was to take on the highly competitive scaffolding and formwork market in Cape Town...

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The Uses of Scaffolding Services in South Africa

Scaffolding services in South Africa have become an increasing necessity in the transformation of the country into a first world entity with a thriving infrastructure of impressive buildings, busy freeways, massive sports stadiums and world-leading industry.

Scaffolding services are required for a variety of projects taking place on a daily basis in South Africa. Quality products and experienced scaffolding service providers are becoming sought after in the wake of rapid growth and construction taking place in the country.

Many providers of scaffolding services in South Africa use scaffolding systems such as Metri-Form formwork systems, Self-Lock towers and Kwik-stage systems. These scaffolding systems provide contractors with a lot of benefits due to their increased safety, easy assembly and dismantling and lesser need for manpower. These systems lower construction costs due to the decreased amount of manpower and time needed in their use.

Construction scaffolding and formwork
Scaffolding and formwork is a key element of the construction industry. With the use of scaffolding and formwork, incredible structures with modern and complex architecture are able to be constructed.

Scaffolding is used to create the support for formwork to be completed in building construction, as the scaffolding provides a medium for the concrete of the formwork to set. Scaffolding services are also used as a support structures for workers to access parts of the building which are difficult and dangerous to reach, such as alongside buildings at extremely high elevations.

The FIFA 2010 World Cup tournament is being hosted by South Africa next year, and has brought much transformation for the country. Where previously central business districts of major cities have been left looking unsightly due to negect and improper maintenance, scaffolding services in South Africa have been used by restoration companies and builders to improve the conditions of the buildings in these areas. This will provide a more aesthetic view of the CBDs and scaffolding has been used extensively in the renovations.

Many new buildings have been erected to cope with the influx of people for the tournament, including the impressive sports stadiums in major cities which will be used for the football games in the World Cup and the Gautrain, an underground railway system for public transportation. These structures have required an immense amount of scaffolding and formwork in their construction.

Special Events Scaffolding
Scaffolding services in South Africa have become widely used in special events such as marathons, rock concerts and public engagements. Scaffolding can be used to create stages for these special events which are safe for use in performances and prize givings.

Commentary towers are often required in sports events where commentators and judges need to have a very clear view of the action. Additionally commentary towers enable speakers and screens to be elevated so that those attending these events can see and hear what’s going on.

Scaffolding is also used to create signage towers for use in special events, allowing the use of large banners for advertising and displaying sponsorship logos. This is an important part of special events as advertising generates much capital for these events.

High towers can also be used as camera towers for film crews and television stations to report and film the special events. Scaffold towers provide a stable temporary structure for the use of cameras.

Special events also require seating in some instances. Scaffolding services in South Africa can be hired to construct seating stands for spectators which are not only large enough to cope with the crowds, but safe enough to support the weight of thousands of people watching the event.

Spectators may need to cross busy roads and highways to access a special event. Access scaffolding built as bridges over roads provides a means for spectators to cross dangerous routes to the special event without having to come into contact with traffic or other dangers.

Scaffolding in the film industry
South Africa has become a favourite location of film makers to produce motion pictures due to the large range of scenery available, the good weather and low production costs.

Scaffolding services in South Africa allow film makers to save time and money in productions and have thus become widely used on film sets in South Africa. Mobile tower scaffolds are easy to move and kwik-stage scaffolds are suitable for use on uneven terrain which is often experienced at film locations. Time is money on film sets, and often they have to work with the elements if they are filming outdoors. This requires that the assembly of scaffolds is quick and easy.

Scaffolding services in South Africa are a vital part of the country’s transformation into a first world country.

Whether used to create formwork, to renovate buildings, to provide access ramps, stages, signage towers and temporary structures for important events, for use on film sets and to help with the immense preparations for the FIFA 2010 World Cup tournament, scaffolding is a necessity. With the versatile use of scaffolding, the true potential of South Africa can be reached.

About the Author:
Cape Formwork Contractors (CFC) provide scaffolding services in South Africa for a wide range of purposes such as construction and formwork, special events and film sets.