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Congress 2018 grapples with issues affecting our construction industry and country

A summary of the 113th Master Builders South Africa Congress held on 10 and 11 September 2018 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth. 

Issues impacting the South African construction industry - and the country as a whole - came under the spotlight at this year’s Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress.




MBSA National Safety Competition winners announced
All the winners of the 2018 Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition All photos: Michael Sheehan Photography

At the Federated Employers’ Mutual (FEM) Gala Dinner held at Congress 2018 anticipation was high as announcement of the winners of the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) National Safety Competition 2018 began.


My natural optimism may not have been immediately evident as we started our blockbuster 113th Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress in Port Elizabeth, but it’s my belief that there is a distinct difference between gloomy pessimism, and a good hard airing of the facts, however unpalatable, with the object of finding solutions.

Consequences of Cannabis Use in the Workplace

Master Builders Association North (MBA North), in collaboration with the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and The Institute for Work at Height (IWH) are staging a special seminar in Midrand on 27 November 2018 to address this burning issue...


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Concor Western Cape scores three safety awards at MBAWC 

Concor Western Cape has again proved itself a world class contractor by winning three out of the five building categories in the Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC) 2018 Regional Safety Competition

State of the Construction Industry  

At a breakfast hosted by AfriSam in Johannesburg recently, David Metelerkamp, Senior Economist at Industry Insight, delivered his analysis of the State of the Construction Industry in South Africa.

Innovative BIM formwork solutions from PERI South Africa

The construction industry is in need of change so as to boost productivity, minimise project overruns, and reduce rework due to lagging or slow information flow. As a supplier of a key service to main and sub-contractors, the formwork sector is wellpositioned to assist with achieving such savings and improved production levels by leveraging the advantages that Building Information Modelling (BIM) can offer.

Corobrik’s Springs factory meets market demand for superior clay pavers 

A leading manufacturer of masonry, paver and concrete retaining systems countrywide, Corobrik distributes in excess of five million products daily produced from its 15 factories. A large portion of the clay pavers that contribute towards this number are produced at Corobrik’s Springs Factory in Gauteng, which has an impressive output capacity of between 110 000 and 144 000 pavers daily

Construction of the Kazungula bridge progressing well  

Construction of the US$260 million project, which includes international border facilities in Zambia and Botswana, officially began on 12 October 2014 and was due to be completed by 2018. The Times of Zambia recently reported that handover is now expected in March 2019.

How to schedule a precast plant project 

“Before equipment manufacturing starts, a launch meeting should be organised to ensure that all the technical details are in place; the production capacity, their feedings and even the equipment size required to make sure the site is appropriately designed. Drawings of the future precast concrete production hall should be available.