IMISON AND THE COMMUNITY
Tokyo Sexwale, Minister of Human Settlements:
âInstead of âRDP housesâ, we have to build the people âhomesâ, where they can work, live and play and be happyâ.
Imisonâs technology provides a new standard of low cost housing â we believe that this is the type of standard that qualifies a house as a home.Â Here is how using Imison contributes to a better future:
a. Community Acceptance : The previously insurmountable problem with alternative construction technologies wasÂ always community acceptance.Â Imison offers a home with the solid look and feel of brick and mortar construction, resulting in unparalleled community acceptance.Â Plastered and painted walls, temperature control and aluminium window frames bring a more upmarket look, feel and experience to the low-cost sector.Â On each occasion that authorities required Imison to build show houses alongside other companies using brick/mortar, the communities chose the Imison house.
b. Job creation : Imisonâs technology allows the company to employ 95% of its construction labourers from the local community â of which 29% are women. This is sets a new standard in the construction industry.
c. Skills Transfer : Imison uses local SMME subcontractorsÂ to perform an array of activities including plastering, hanging windows and doors and painting.Â 95 % of Imisonâs on-site labourers are unschooled.
d. Health : Imisonâs structures create healthier habitats. From the prevention of damp, structural integrity to thermal transfer control and safer materials, Imisonâs technology offers healthier habitats.Â For this reason the technology was approved for the construction of schools and clinics too. Acoustic rating (sound transfer) is the same as that of brick walls.