A concrete slab is a common structural element of modern buildings. Preparations included preparing formwork which is timber boxing and wooden planks supports into which the wet concrete would be poured. Other elements including water proofing sheets and various utilities ducts were put in place as well. Concrete slab pouring in Africa is a labour intensive activity as all the concrete materials are mixed on-site and the concrete is carried by people.
The concrete material for the ground slab was poured in an operation taking a full day to create a reinforced slab that covered the entire ground floor area. There was intense activity on the site on the particular day with a large number labourers mixing and carrying the concrete in buckets. It was quite an impressive operation to witness.