Ankoroabato training site

Hydraform technology has had a resounding buzz in as far as the Indian oceans Malagasy Republic.

In the effort to grow skills and businesses, Base Toliara, which is fully owned by Base Resources LTD, Australian Company, Paul Thomson together with his training division colleague Mark Haywood approached Hydraform for a machine to develop their local people. Acquiring good reviews from the onsite translators, Lary Pattrick, Herman Jean as well as Ako Maesth – who now have had extensive Hydraform blockmaking experience. The purpose of the training on blockmaking is to have local skilled people to build for the mine when it is project ready, an 80 bed community hospital with operating theatres, clinics, schools and a Cricket Breeding Farm.

Base Toilara mines sand to extract Ilmenite which is used in paint, printing, fabrics, plastics, paper, sunscreen, food and cosmetics. With a training program in place for local men and women ranging from 17 to 45 years old, in many different skills besides blockmaking they also trained them to become qualified plumbers, electricians, pipe layers, bore hole drillers, water exploration, building etc.

First day training blocks being cured next morning.

Slab using the brick,block and paver machine.

Hollow block production onsite.

Hydraform appointed Chris Carter, one their well versed qualified technical trainers for a 5 weeks training on the interlocking, brick and block technology. Training began with setting up a blockyard on the football field under Carters supervison. The days that followed had intensified ground work on normal building skills, out of the 140 trainees placed on rotation, Carter began imparting theoretical and practical knowledge to 48 trainees on site.

As a result of the area having an influx of under privileged families, the training empowered the community. The trainees appreciated the opportunity to learn and earn. Training on making bricks and building was received as a promise of a better future for them as well as security for what lies ahead. 

The Ankaraobato community trained on both the Hydraform interlocking, together with the Brick, Block and paver range technology . The hope remains in the forecast of buildings in this community will commence when the economy progresses as well as when the pandemic restrictions are eased in construction, inspite of the delays impacted by the global pandemic over 48 trainees walked away empowered with the knowledge of the Hydarform building technology.

Madagascar trainees, upskilled on the Hydraform building technology.

(Far right) Chris Carter, Hydraforms technical trainer, with Elyse Guide(training manager) and Lary Patrick the translator.

Slab using the brick,block and paver machine.

Early construction phases for teachers toilets.

Refuse bin station finishing.