Most of us never give a second thought to the pipes that provide water when we turn on a tap or what happens to the water that goes down the drain. Katiso Molapo isn’t like the rest of us and spends his life weighing up the pros and cons of different types of piping for various applications and the best diameter for each job.
In fact, he cares so deeply that he visited a pipe machine manufacturer, Bauku in Weihl (Germany) towards the end of 2018 with a view to purchasing extremely high-tech machinery capable of producing large structured wall polyolefin pipes with a diameter of up to 4 metres! These pipes can be used for sewer installations, storm-water drains, landfills, underground storage tanks and ground water drainage applications.
“They are also the best solution for safeguarding the environment and faster attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – deadline for these to be achieved is 2030. I’m passionate about these goals and I noticed that they are taken seriously in Germany.
“My host Mr Hawerkamp couldn’t have been more hospitable. He’s the owner of this company and not only showed me around his operation and construction sites in Allendorf and Kriftel near Frankfurt, but also made sure that I could visit the magnificent Cologne Dome,” said Molapo.
As a civil engineer, Katiso started his company, Rinka Africa in 2015 and has established it as an important player in the local piping market.
“There is plenty of infrastructure work needed in South Africa. Rinka Africa is poised to take advantage of the opportunities available,” said Molapo.
The visit to Germany was an eye-opener for Molapo on many levels. “It’s mind-blowing driving on the autobahn where there’s no speed limit! And I met amazing people at the AirBnB where I was staying – one of the hosts was a lecturer from Colombia and her boyfriend was playing at a jazz concert in a park by the River Rhine. She invited me to join her to the concert, which was a brilliant experience!”
“I’m excited for the future of my business because I see opportunities all around me,” commented Molapo.