Rondebosch, Cape Town – Fanie Manjete has been in construction for 13 years, moving up the ranks from a subcontractor who specialised in painting, paving and plastering, all the way up to the role of Project Manager in 2007. Having worked on many houses in both the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, Fanie has developed a reputation for completing his builds and home renovations both on time and to an exceptionally high standard. Ever the student, in his free time he loves to read up about new developments and techniques in the South African construction industry in order to keep abreast and ahead of the pack.
As he wraps up another successful project, Fix Forward got down to Fanie’s latest site to find out a little more about how he and his team does things. Completing the finishing touches on this beautiful Rondebosch family home, he told us all about the ins and outs of his projects and ran us through a few of the challenges and successes – the latter including the dreamy double volume ceilings of which Fanie is so proud.
Despite full and careful planning, Fanie explained how projects such as these often give rise to unexpected difficulties. In this case, being a wintertime build in the Southern Suburbs with major glass panels, Fanie faced the prospects of severe rain delays and wind-induced material damage. The inclement weather – the scourge of Cape Town builders – threatened to adversely affect the installation of all the striking glass panels around the home; however, with some good project management and a reliable glass subcontractor, the project was able to move ahead on schedule.
Although challenging at the time, difficulties such as those described above provide an invaluable opportunity to learn from mistakes going forward, and Fanie does this with aplomb. This particular house has been one of his best projects, and has consistently attracted and inspired neighbours who are now planning to use Fanie for builds or renovations of their own.
The family, set to move in in early August, are extremely happy with their new home. This is testament to the skill and workmanship of Fanie and his team, with each task carefully and meticulously completed. Although he enjoys all types of construction work, Fanie says that bathrooms and kitchens have become his speciality, which is clear to see in the intricate tile work and precision finishing in this build.
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With handover fast approaching, Fanie is excited for all the new projects and opportunities that showcasing this beautiful home has bought him, and hopes that all his projects continue to be both on budget and time. We have no doubt they will be!