Tembisa was established in 1957 as a township north of Kempton Park on the East Rand of Gauteng. Originally named 'Thembisa', which means promise and hope in Nguni, it was later misspelled.
The modern-day Tembisa has grown considerably from its humble size and features more than 60 sections. Its population has also increased significantly and the town enjoys a much better infrastructure than it used to.
In order to further expand the area, a new housing development project was set up in 2018. This concept, which will focus on building more than 3,000 housing units in Tembisa Ext 25, is set to be finished within the next three years. The R140 million set aside for the project will also include the upgrading of the relevant infrastructure for water reticulation, sewer reticulation, a network of roads, as well as electrical wiring.
The main beneficiaries of the new housing project will be the residents of Winnie Mandela Informal Settlement.
With top-notch interior design, a living space becomes both aesthetically pleasing and practical – and that is only for residential areas, as interior design in the commercial industry (such as restaurants and shopping malls) focuses on an entirely different set of factors.
Other factors that highlight the importance of proper interior design include:
It is vital that you communicate your preferences with your interior designer before starting on a project, however large or small that may be. But how do you go about achieving that?
➀ You can live in one city/town and still work with a professional in another city/town
Yes, working with an interior designer in Durban while you're situated in Tembisa might not be ideal in terms of setting up meetings and face-to-face consultations, but it's not impossible! Bear in mind that a lot of firms have offices scattered across the country, and some designers are quite willing to travel for work and/or work long distance. If you really want to work with a specific professional, it's always worth inquiring.
➁ Interior designers go through a rigorous education- and training process, just like other professionals in the industry
Just like architects, formal training at a university or college is crucial to become an interior designer in South Africa. And for an individual to graduate, an official diploma or degree is required.
➂ Interior designers use up-to-date technology for your benefit
Computer-aided design (CAD) has revolutionised the way interior designers and architects, among other professionals, work in the 21st century. As part of their formal training, interior designers are schooled on the relevant tools and software (like AutoCad) in order to present better designs for the client. This allows the client to visualise something much better (and make the necessary changes) before committing.
➃ Interior designers can design anything from a dining room to an entire shopping mall
Clients should never be scared to reach out to a designer just because they aren't building a new home or renovating an entire house. Interior designers are trained to work with all types of projects and budgets.
➄ Interior designers are updated on safety standards and building codes
Similar to architects, certified interior designers are required to know current building codes and other laws that may affect a client's project. This is to ensure not only better results for the client, but also their safety.