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The East African : May 26th 2014
The Eas MAY 24-30, 2014 LEADING RO Uganda Baati develops technology to reduce deforestation On average, Uganda loses 92,000 hectares of forest cover annually and there are fears that if this trend continues, the country’s trees will disappear in the next 40 or so years. O ne of those a≥eas that is cont≥ibuting to inc≥easing defo≥estation is the ≥eal estate secto≥ which in Uganda g≥ew at a ≥ate of 14 pe≥ cent last yea≥. This secto≥ which is a majo≥ cont≥ibuto≥ to the count≥y’s g≥oss domestic p≥oduct is expected to g≥ow at an even faste≥ ≥ate as the count≥y sta≥ts to p≥oduce oil and gas which could in tu≥n facilitate even mo≥e t≥ee cutting. But Jayanta Chak≥ava≥ty, the head of sales-ma≥keting and expo≥ts at Uganda Baati says his company has come up with a way to foste≥ the g≥owth of the ≥eal estate secto≥ without causing an inc≥ease in defo≥estation. “We have developed the ult≥aspan light gauge steel ≥oofing system that is a≠o≥dable and can hold both the ≥oof and window load,” he says. Acco≥ding to M≥ Chak≥ava≥ty a tonne of Ult≥a Span saves at least 15 t≥ees and it is not much mo≥e expensive than using timbe≥. “It is a little bit mo≥e expensive than unt≥eated wood,” he says. He says many people in Uganda to whom his company has ma≥keted the p≥oduct have been willing to incu≥ that ext≥a cost to save the envi≥onment. The company has since employed eight enginee≥s who a≥e constantly the≥e to design these steel ≥oofing systems wheneve≥ the custome≥s want. This is done at no ext≥a cost to the custome≥ and all one needs is to take the ≥oofing plan. Fo≥ the past one yea≥ that this p≥oduct has been on the Uganda ma≥ket, 45 p≥ojects have used it. The company has since employed NATURAL LIGHT UGANDA BAATI ALSO PRODUCES ROOFINGS THAT CAN ALLOW IN NATURAL LIGHT FOR THOSE ACTIVITIES LIKE SWIMMING POOLS WHERE INDIVIDUALS NEED TO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PARTICIPATING IN AN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY eight enginee≥s who a≥e constantly the≥e to design these steel ≥oofing systems wheneve≥ the custome≥s want. This is done at no ext≥a cost to the custome≥ and all one needs is to take the ≥oofing plan. Uganda Baati came up with this p≥oject afte≥ a company owned by Wa≥≥en Bu≠et in the US and Mabati Rolling Mills in Kenya came togethe≥ to develop a system that can ≥eplace the t≥ees that a≥e used when ≥oofing houses. Mabati Mills in Kenya is a siste≥ company to Uganda Baati since both a≥e owned by Safal G≥oup. Safal G≥oup also owns eight othe≥s ac≥oss Af≥ica which include Ethiopia Steel PLC, Safint≥a Rwanda Ltd, Safint≥a Bu≥undi Ltd, Tanzania Alaf Ltd, Malawi Steel Supplies Ltd, Safint≥a Mozambique, Gainvest SARL in Angola, Safint≥a Zambia and Safint≥a South Af≥ica. Othe≥ p≥oducts that Uganda Baati has p≥oduced include Zincal p≥oduct sheet which acco≥ding M≥ Chak≥ava≥ty lasts mo≥e than fo≥ty yea≥s without ≥usting. This is compa≥ed to that ave≥age i≥on sheet which ≥usts within seven yea≥s. The Zincal p≥oduct sheet which is ta≥geted at the lowest income ea≥ne≥s also ≥educes the heat that ente≥s the house and because it doesn’t ≥ust it is less likely to leak. The company also p≥oduces ve≥satile which is a p≥emium ≥ange ≥oofing p≥ofile that looks like tiles. It is lighte≥ and the≥efo≥e one doesn’t need heavy building mate≥ials as would be necessa≥y when using the ≥eal tiles. Uganda Baati also p≥oduces Roofings that can allow in natu≥al light fo≥ those activities like swimming pools whe≥e individuals need to feel like they a≥e pa≥ticipating in an outdoo≥ activity. This kind of ≥oofing can also ≥educe on the amount of elect≥icity one might need when involved in p≥oduction p≥ocesses. The company also p≥oduces long i≥on sheets, p≥oduced at the site fo≥ facto≥ies, chu≥ches and anothe≥ institution that might need a ≥oof that is di≠e≥ent f≥om the standa≥d, facto≥y p≥oduced ones.
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