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A company started by AS JOFFE. It later became known as NATIONAL REINFORCED CONCRETE CO (PTY) LTD.

In 1921 they designed what was possibly the first reinforced concrete framed building in South Africa, Transvaal Hat and Cap in Troye St, Johannesburg (thereafter strengthened and increased in height as the Gallo Building).

Bob Lees worked as a Steel Fixer for A.S. Joffe from before he went up north with the S.A. troops, to October 1960 when he passed away. The following was sent to us by his daughter, Lynette Mathewson nee Lees.

"If I remember correctly the workshop was situated in John Street, Selby, Johannesburg.

As far as I can remember the company built the steel curved staircase in the Concourse of the Johannesburg Station, which I think was a 'first'. I think Mr Joffe also designed it.

In 1960 the company built a steel curved staircase in the OK Bazaars in Rosebank, which my father also worked on. The OK Bazaars was due to open in December 1960 and my father was going to take my mom and my brothers and sisters Christmas shopping there when it opened, but unfortunately he passed away in the October.

The company also put in the steel reinforcing for the double basement in "Randcom" building in Braamfontein which I think was also a 'first'. I remember the building overlooked the curve on the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg."

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

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Capitol Theatre: 1931. Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng - Engineer
City Hall: 1926 - 1935. Central, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng - Engineer