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The East African : July 28th 2014
The EastAfrican 4 JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2014 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Building and Construction Industry in EA High on quality, low on prices Using 21st century technology, the Devki Group of companies manufactures quality building and construction materials for the region. By providing roofing sheets, cement and steel bars all under one roof, it offers builders and contractors convenience. By EVANS ONGWAE Special Co≥≥espondent G ≥oup Chai≥man M≥ Na≥end≥a Raval (Gu≥u) says that the Aluzinc Maisha Mabati ≥oofing sheets a≥e one of a kind in the East Af≥ican ≥egion. Yet they a≥e p≥iced like o≥dina≥y i≥on ≥oofing sheets. Whe≥eas o≥dina≥y galvanised sheets last fou≥ yea≥s, Maisha Mabati boast a life of 20 yea≥s, o≥ five times mo≥e. The finishing of Maisha Mabati is so ≥efined that dust does not settle on them. This makes them pe≥fect fo≥ ≥ainwate≥ ha≥vesting. “This mate≥ial is the same as that used to make ca≥s,” M≥ Raval says. He added that Aluzinc does not contain lead, a cance≥causing mate≥ial that has been banned in Eu≥ope and Asia because of the dange≥ it poses to life. These ≥oofing sheets ≥eflect 83 pe≥ cent of sunlight, Mr Narendra Raval, Guru Chairman leaving buildings coole≥ inside by up to seven deg≥ees Celsius. Maisha Mabati a≥e available th≥oughout Kenya and in othe≥ ≥egional count≥ies, including Rwanda, Bu≥undi, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democ≥atic Republic of Congo. M≥ Raval says the G≥oup has su∞cient capacity to p≥oduce enough of this p≥oduct fo≥ the ≥egion fo≥ the next 20 yea≥s. The Simba Cement b≥and, made by Devki subsidia≥y National Cement Company Ltd, is an equally popula≥ p≥oduct in the ≥egion. Acco≥ding to the G≥oup’s Chai≥man, Simba Cement holds about 35 pe≥ cent of the Kenyan ma≥ket sha≥e. He says it captu≥ed the ma≥ket fast because of seve≥al ≥easons. One, the company uses 21st centu≥y machine≥y, leading to p≥oduction of a quality p≥oduct. Two, the cement is fast-setting so builde≥s do not have to wait long befo≥e emba≥king on building the next sto≥ey. Th≥ee, less Simba Cement – up to 10 pe≥ cent – is used in a p≥oject owing to its quality. Fou≥, it o≠e≥s cost-e≠ectiveness because it is competitively p≥iced. Five, the fineness of the cement is mo≥e than 6,000 mic≥ons, as ≥equi≥ed when making specialised cement. Fu≥the≥, the company closely monito≥s cement p≥oduction to Guru with H.E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta maintain quality. The National Cement Company manufactu≥es two types of cement: The 32.5 g≥ade quality that is ideal fo≥ use in 15-sto≥ey buildings and small-scale p≥ojects, and the 42.5 g≥ade quality, which is pe≥fect fo≥ all multi-sto≥ey buildings, ≥ailways, ≥oads, b≥idges and othe≥ heavyduty inf≥ast≥uctu≥e developments (such as oil ≥igs in Tu≥kana, ≥oads and b≥idges in Kenya and a couple of gove≥nment p≥ojects fo≥ which this cement is ≥ecommended). Simba Cement is widely available in East Af≥ica with p≥oduction cu≥≥ently at 1.7 million tonnes pe≥ annum. This makes National Cement Company the single la≥gest cement manufactu≥e≥ in Kenya. Why is Simba Cement popula≥? M≥ Raval believes it is because it o≠e≥s value fo≥ money, is widely available in the ≥egion and o≠e≥s outstanding quality. Devki Steel Mills manufactu≥es a va≥iety of steel ba≥s used in the building and const≥uction indust≥y. These include ≥einfo≥cement ba≥s of all kinds, TMT (tensile) ba≥s and defo≥med ba≥s. All a≥e high quality steel made p≥ecisely in the steel mills fo≥ heavy duty indust≥ial foundations and in const≥ucting b≥idges, ≥oads as well as multisto≥ey buildings and houses. Giving clothings to the kids at his Devki Orphanage Mrs. Clegg, Dep. Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mr. Narendra Raval (Guru) -EBS and Lord Lumba, at the Prime Minister’s Residence at 10 Downing Street, London, UK Former President of Kenya, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki cuts the ribbon at the official opening for Maisha Mabati Mills Ltd overlooking is Mr. Narendra Raval (Guru) -EBS Devki provides all your building materials in one basket By EVANS ONGWAE Special Co≥≥espondent The Devki G≥oup of companies is the only conglome≥ate in Af≥ica that p≥ovides th≥ee mate≥ials in one basket fo≥ the const≥uction indust≥y. Cement, ≥oofing sheets and steel ba≥s, made by its th≥ee companies, a≥e all available f≥om Devki dist≥ibuto≥s. G≥oup Chai≥man Na≥end≥a Raval (Gu≥u) invites p≥ospective dist≥ibuto≥s to apply fo≥ dist≥ibuto≥ship and help the manufactu≥e≥ ≥each even mo≥e people with its p≥oducts. “I would like to u≥ge eve≥yone in the ≥egion to use ou≥ th≥ee b≥ands of p≥oducts and expe≥ience fo≥ themselves the quality they o≠e≥ and get value fo≥ thei≥ money,” said M≥ Raval. Unde≥ the ISCON umb≥ella, the Devki G≥oup of companies has been feeding 3,000 school child≥en eve≥y day fo≥ the past 15 yea≥s. The G≥oup also ≥uns its own o≥phanage, whe≥e it takes ca≥e of 78 o≥phaned child≥en. The G≥oup ≥uns its own school in Athi Rive≥ that has mo≥e than 200 pupils, and gives them lunch. The company employs and pays the teache≥s. M≥ Raval says that the Devki G≥oup of companies is the la≥gest single employe≥ in Kenya, with ove≥ 4,000 sta≠. AVAILABILITY MAISHA MABATI ARE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT KENYA AND IN OTHER REGIONAL COUNTRIES, INCLUDING RWANDA, BURUNDI, UGANDA, TANZANIA AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
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