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Jonathan Kinisu Appointed as Tetra Pak’s First kenyan MD

The former student of Friends School Kamusinga joined Tetra Pak East Africa in 2012 as regional manager Tanzania and Ethiopia before he was appointed sales director in 2014.

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Jonathan Kinisu - He has been appointed as the MD for Tetra Pak East Africa

Food processing and packaging firm Tetra Pak has appointed Jonathan Kinisu to the helm, becoming the firm’s first local Managing Director, taking over from Swede Håkan Söderholm.

The appointment of Kinisu, makes him the first Kenyan to attain this position in the history of Tetra Pak, the world’s leading processing and packaging solutions provider.

Kinisu accepted the appointment with great excitement, “My ambition is to reinforce Tetra Pak’s packaging solutions leadership in East Africa and support our customers unlock real value for their investments. East Africa has vast opportunities that can firmly position the region as one of the leading food manufacturing hubs in the world for dairy, fruit juices and soya products as well as fruit pulp extraction and food processing,” said Kinisu.

Kinisu’s appointment comes at a time when the packaging industry is experiencing significant growth as consumers seek affordable, accessible and quality products.

The former student of Friends School Kamusinga joined Tetra Pak East Africa in 2012 as regional manager Tanzania and Ethiopia before he was appointed sales director in 2014.

Prior to joining tetra Pak, Kinisu worked in the oil industry with various appointments in Shell Oil Products both in Kenya and Houston, Texas.

He is a computational genetics alumnus from Imperial College London and also holds a degree in biochemistry with biotechnology from Manchester University.

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Del Monte to Create 200 Jobs in its new Sh 580m Plant

A Section of Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in Murang’a | The firm will open a new Sh 580M plan next month

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Thika based fruit juice maker, Del Monte, is currently finalizing a Ksh 580 million state-of-the-art, fresh fruit packing facility with a processing capacity of 60 tonnes of fresh fruit per year.

The new facility, which is being constructed within Del Monte Kenya’s plantation in Kenol – Murang’a is scheduled to be completed next month providing 200 direct jobs.

Del Monte Kenya currently employs over 6,500 employees and creates additional 28,000 jobs indirectly through its activities. The company houses half of its workforce within the company’s premises.

While making the announcement, the firm’s Managing Director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas said “Del Monte Kenya plans to source fruit from local and regional growers in Murang’a and Kiambu counties, we will prepare and package the products from the new Del Monte facility for both local and international markets,”

According to him, the expansion drive is the company’s way of celebrating 70 years of operations in the country while supporting the governments Big 4 agenda.

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Username Investments Awarded as Best Stand In Real Estate Category At The 2019 Nakuru National Agricultural Show

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Username Investments was awarded for the Best Stand in Real Estate Category for excellent innovation portrayed in their stand during the just ended Nakuru Agricultural Show.

The premier event was held between 3rd– 7th July at Nakuru Show Grounds and brought together players from the agriculture, finance, transport, manufacturing, education, textile, hospitality, research, health and insurance sectors.

The award Ceremony was presided over by Hon. Simon Chelugui, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Water and Sanitation. Speaking during the event, the CS commended the over 150 exhibitors for their outstanding innovations.

The theme for this year’s Show was “Promoting Innovation and Technology in Trade and Agriculture”. In line with the theme, the Company showcased innovative ways of investing in real estate through a visual guideline on how to purchase land online through their website. The platform provides investors an opportunity to navigate through the various affordable projects, select their preferred property and make payment. The website also has a feature where clients are able to request for their account statements in order to track their payments.

On receiving the news of the grand win, Reuben Kimani, CEO, Username Investments noted that the stand concept was inspired by the desire to reflect the comfort that comes with owning a home in a serene environment. It gave a unique opportunity to display technology in real estate that continues to draw Username Investments towards their mission of providing the current and upcoming generations with a place to call home.

“Our stand combined the aesthetics of indoor living and the delightful outdoor experience. There were Safari Chairs, stacks of hay, a TV and a fire place to represent the items found in a home. The stand attracted a huge number of visitors who were particularly interested in the step by step process of purchasing land online and the success stories of our clients that were being played on the screen. Everyone who visited our stand received investment insights from our professional staff,” he said.

The Username CEO also noted that, “The 2019 ASK Show has been a great platform in increasing our outreach efforts to young people with investment opportunities especially in Nakuru County, which requires 10,000 affordable housing units in order to meet the current housing demand. However, only 2,000 units are available, creating a shortfall of 8,000 units according to a report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. We continue to provide affordable land in Nakuru as a way of creating a long-term solution to housing”.

Kimani also thanked the Agricultural Society of Kenya for organizing the forum which made it possible to share information about affordable properties to various publics and enable them own land as the first step towards home ownership in line with the Affordable Housing Agenda under the Government’s Big Four Development Agenda.

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Irene Wanjiku Talks About Roof Evolution

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The author of this article is a roofing specialist most commonly known as ‘The Roofing Queen’ and Managing Director of Rexe Roofing Products Ltd. Learn more about her here.

Most architects I have interacted with, and discussed some aspects of roofing for their projects, would not shy off from expressing their frustrations dealing with clients whose preoccupation is the roof. Not just a roof, but a complex one with a series of pitches and ridges combined with dormers and roof windows with surfaces pitched at absurd angles and finished with all manner of materials with varying colours, all as the clients fight to beat their neighbours by having the most ‘unique’ house. For them, to achieve this uniqueness and beauty, the roof is critical.

For the 15 years that I have been in the roofing industry, helping architects and developers put good roofs over the houses they design and build, I have come to learn that how a roof looks is important. More important however is the understanding that a roof equals protection and survival. A roof protects the things we love and care about and it offers us safety and strength if properly built and installed.

Man has utilized various natural resources, technological methods and ways of application throughout history to create the roofing we have today. From wood, mud and straw, to tiling, shingles and beyond, one thing we have always taken for granted is the necessity of a properly functioning roof for survival since the dawn of time. Roofs help protect us every day of our lives but we rarely think about them unless they stop working properly.

The earliest known roofing was the wooly skin of a giant mammoth noted in Siberia 40,000 BC.

In 100 BC the Romans introduced slating and tiling and in 735 AD thatched roofs made their debut. 300 years would pass before wood shingles bowed and it wasn’t until the 12th Century when things really got moving. Right about that time, King John of England decided that thatched and reed roofs of London were to be replaced with clay tiles. This was in an attempt to reduce spreading of fires. This declaration became some sort of a ‘law’.

We have come a long way since putting wooly mammoth over our heads and the roofing industry has changed a lot in the last 200 years. The idea remains the same today as it was then; a quality roof is safety and protection from the elements, it keeps us warm during cold weather and cool when it is hot outside.

How a roof is built is dependent upon a number of factors, key among them is the architectural concepts implemented in the building design. The building design concepts, especially with regards to the roofs, would be influenced by the purpose of the building, available roof building materials and technologies, and the local traditions of construction.

The basic shapes of a roof include flat, mono pitched, gabled, hipped, butterfly, arched and domed. There are many variations of the same types and the factors which influence the shapes of the roofs are climate of the area and materials available for the roof structure and finishes for the outer layer.

Currently in Kenya, roof typologies are stagnant. Most residential buildings have pitched roofs, some which could even be of organic shapes mostly due to the use of flexible materials like thatch or shingles. A few variants have made use of flat roofs, ostensibly to create usable terrace spaces at the roof level. The dominant roof typology for the commercial buildings is the flat roof.

Pitched roofs are usually two sided sloped, mostly with a gable on both ends. If the gables are replaced with pitched surfaces, creating a pyramidal shaped roof, this variation transforms into a heaped roof. In most cases, the pitch of both sides is the same although it is not unusual to see roofs pitched at different angles primarily for aesthetics.

Majority of the roofing projects we have worked on in Kenya have a traditional joinery support structure. Construction of the structure is carried out on site with the help of sawn timber. The joints of the timber are nailed together and at times reinforced with the use of hoop iron around some of the joints. Fabrication on site is preferable as it allows for flexibility especially in cases where accuracy and consistency in measurements maybe a problem.

In the recent past, light gauge steel made a debut into the industry as a possible replacement to timber. The uptake has been on the rise with developers using it mostly as a truss structure in place of the traditional timber trusses. Its popularity is rising due to the light weight of the steel allowing for quick construction without heavy tools and equipment.

Pitched roof is also aesthetically appealing effective in shedding water hence reducing water leakage during heavy rains. Most home owners have come to refer to a pitched roof as the crown of their home, as if done correctly it not only depicts order but beauty of the home and elegance as well.

In reality, there is no flat roof. This term is generally used to describe roofs with low pitches, below 10 degrees. Mostly used for commercial buildings where the form of the building is not dependent on a visible roof. Climates with low levels of rainfall and high temperatures are also dominated with flat roofs that provide a living space on the roof in the form of a terrace. Flat roofs tend fail in places with high levels of rainfall.

As you ink down the sketches for your next project, or as you reconsider what you are currently building, we shall be at hand to share ideas and insights on several aspects of roofing for projects. The roof is a broad area whose surface we have just touched. In the coming issues of BUILDesign Magazine, we shall delve deeper into the various aspects of roofing and engage with you as we discuss some of these aspects in detail.

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