In 2015, with the help of its local specification partner Specifying Techniques, Swartland got involved in the substantial Afungi housing project, in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique.
When large deposits of natural gas were discovered in what is known as Offshore Area 1 in the Rovuma Basin, approximately 40km off the coast of northern Mozambique, a resettlement initiative was originally undertaken by Texas-based company Anadarko, then taken over by French oil and gas company Total. The local community had to be safely relocated in order for mining to commence in the area.
In conjunction with the Maputo branch of Mesch Architects and Specifying Techniques’ Mozambican contingent, the Swartland African Exports division signed on to provide all timber joinery for the new settlement.
The Swartland Winsters range was selected in the Ready-to-Fit pre-sealed, pre-glazed finish in October 2015. The order involved outfitting 570 homes, as well as a church, a mosque, a school, a police station, a clinic, an expecting mothers’ home, local administration buildings, a bus station and various community buildings.
After much negotiation, the first joinery orders were placed in May 2018. With manufacturing commencing immediately, Swartland’s first supply truck was dispatched to Mozambique in July 2018. By the end of 2019, Swartland had supplied the entire original order of windows and doors and has since been approached to outfit an additional 125 homes.
This massive project is a great example of Swartland’s ability to manufacture and supply large volumes of product in accordance with client needs and specifications.