Anatomy of the MBSA National Safety Competition

Anatomy of the MBSA National Safety Competition

Itumeleng Leshoedi

Itumeleng Leshoedi

Itumeleng Leshoedi, Manager: Occupational Health and Safety: Master Builders South Africa, provides South African Builder with some insight to the background logistics, coordination and judging of this important competition.

“The Judging / Audit Team comprised myself as Lead Auditor, Francois du Toit (Tokkie) and Ernest Pieterse, representing a wealth of knowledge and experience in construction health and safety. We found that the general standard of sites entered in the national competition was very high and overall we observed strong management commitment and support for health and safety.

Logistics and travel
In our travels we visited 41 construction sites across the country over a one month period, auditing an average of two sites per day. In some cases we’d wake up at 4am to catch the first flight. The team visited most of the MBA regions, including the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Greater Boland, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, as well as Gauteng and the Northern Provinces. In most cases fair weather prevailed, although there was a little rain on one or two sites visited.

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The first meet and greet meeting with the Independent Auditing team was at the King Shaka Airport, Durban), on the 19th of June. Pierre Fourie, Operations Director of Master Builders South Africa coordinated the introductory orientation meeting with the local KZN MBA Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.

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The audit team agreed on the following principles:
• every member will be treated equally and be given a chance to present documentation;
• competitors would be treated with respect, with no interrogation;
• documentation would be accepted at face value and the judging team would not make comments on the documentation;
• there would be no attempts at coaching members; and
• there would be no marketing of individual companies.

Where major contraventions or safety concerns were identified on-site these would immediately be raised with the site Management Team.
The hospitality shown us at all sites was heart-warming and we were well received by all MBA regional members.Throughout the audit period we were keenly aware of the passion around construction health and safety and the hunger to win the National Safety Competition was tangible.

Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital

Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital

Methodology
The MBSA Construction Occupational Health-Safety-Environment Audit System (2016-latest revision) was used in conducting the audits.
The following audit procedure was followed for all the sites:
a. Key Four Essential Audit requirements confirmed with the Company Audited
b. Opening meeting was convened by the Lead auditor with the Site Management involved.
c. Percentage Status of the project and the site applicable items were confirmed.
d. Two phase Audit Procedure was followed and explained to the members: first Site Walk-about- to provide the auditors with an overview of the scope of work; followed by the documentation review to verify sampling collected on-site.
e. Scoring was completed by all three auditors independently and consensus reached amongst the team on marks allocation.
f. Closing meeting was convened by the Lead auditor with the Site Management thanking them for their participation in the competition.
Challenges faced
• Auditing sites where there is poor housekeeping;
• Sites with poor illumination inside the building;
• One site, on the day of the audit reported that their safety files had been stolen;
• Another site had mixed up dates and were not expecting us.

Recommendations
Further training is necessary in the following areas:
• Occupational health and safety Act Training is required for members, on legal appointments and the understanding of term “competent person”;
• On the employer’s duties and obligations, especially when outsourcing critical appointments;
• General Administration Regulations;
• Facility Regulation and its requirements

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Conclusion
The audit was a great experience, with a team who made each day look flawless in hot, cold, windy, rainy and muddy weather conditions.
There is a need in certain regions for a re-workshop on the audit system requirement and the interpretation of the legislation for an effective implementation.

 

The Judges – Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition 2016
Itumeleng Leshoedi – Manager Occupational Health and Safety, MBSA
Holds a B-Tech Degree in Safety Management with UNISA (University of South Africa); Certificate: Occupational Health and Safety management system (OHS 18001:2007); Graduate member of IOSH; Completed Chevron Head Office new building two year project as Health and Safety Specialist; 18 years of detailed knowledge of the health and safety.
Francois (Tokkie) du Toit – Managing Director; Graduate member of IOSH and SAIOSH; Graded as an OHS Professional with SAIOSH;
Approved as a Professional Construction Health and Safety Agent by the SACPCMP; Registered Fall Arrest Technician / Fall Protection Planner at Institute for Work at Height; Completed more than 50 Projects as Clients Agent. Conduct Audits as a Clients Agent since 2008.
Ernest Pieterse – An “Independent HSE Professional” with over 26 years in the Health, Safety and Environmental field. He holds a B Tech Safety Management and B Administration, is a Chartered Member of SAIOSH; a Graduate Member IOSH UK; and a Past member of Minister of Labours Advisory Council.

 

2016 Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition Results

MBA Region Company Name Contract/Project Name Location (city/town) Position
CATEGORY A: Plant & Storage Yards
KZN Aveng-Grinaker-LTA Plant Yard New Germany

1

North Tiber Construction Village Deep Yard Johannesburg

2

Western Cape WBHO Phillippi Yard Philippi

3

CATEGORY B1: Allied Trades
Western Cape Brand Engineering Montague Gardens Montague gardens

1

Eastern Cape Formscaff PE Neave Industrial Premises Port Elizabeth

2

North Formscaff Polokwane Formscaff Polokwane Polokwane

3

CATEGORY B2: Manufacturers
KZN Much Asphalt (Pty) Ltd Coedmore Branch Bellair

1

North ER Signs & Safety ER Signs & Safety Johannesburg

2

Free State Aveng Steeledale Bfn Bloemfontein Branch Bloemfontein

3

CATEGORY C: Projects Less than R10m
KZN Patcon Building & Civil Engineering Engen Refinery Wentworth

1

Western Cape GVK Siyazama Clouds Estate Stellenbosch

2

Boland Mose Industries House Somerset-West

3

CATEGORY D: Projects R10m to R25m
North Belo & Kies Construction Babirwa Lodge Johannesburg

1

Western Cape GVK Siyazama Tygerberg Energy farm Bellville

2

Eastern Cape Techni Construction South City, 9th Ave Walmer Port Elizabeth

3

CATEGORY E: Projects R25m to R75m
KZN Aveng Grinaker – LTA Pavilion Virgin Active JV Westville

1

North GVK-Siya Zama Transnet Waltloo Johannesburg

2

Eastern Cape Dewing Construction Premier Foods: New Bakery East London

3

CATEGORY F: Projects R75m to R150m
KZN Liviero Building – KZN Jelf Taylor Crescent Durban

1

Eastern Cape WBHO EC SANRAL Baywest Port Elizabeth

2

North GD Irons Valley View Shopping Centre Johannesburg

3

CATEGORY G: Projects R150m to R300m
Western Cape NMC Silos 6 V&A Waterfront

1

Eastern Cape WBHO EC Transnet TNPA Building Port Elizabeth

2

KZN Liviero Building – KZN Midlands Medical Centre Durban

3

CATEGORY H: Projects R300m to R500m
North Liviero Building (Pty) Ltd Wilge Residential Area Johannesburg

1

Western Cape NMC BAT V&A Waterfront

2

East Cape WBHO EC Greenacres Shopping Centre Port Elizabeth

3

CATEGORY I: Projects R500m plus
KZN Aveng-Grinaker-LTA Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital Bridge City Precinct

1

North Tiber/WBHO JV Discovery New Head Office Johannesburg

2

Western Cape Stefanutti Stocks Shoprite DC Brackenfell

3

FEM Safety Awards 2016

FEM Safety Awards 2016

#AccidentsMustFall
Striving to ensure that nobody in our industry is dying for a job

The Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (Pty) Limited (FEM) staged its annual Health and Safety awards dinner in October, at which the company recognises policy-holding companies in the building and construction industry who have achieved outstanding Health and Safety records.

Held at Summerplace in Johannesburg, the event was attended by achieving companies, a host of specialists in the Health and Safety field, captains of the construction industry, economists and members of the FEM Board.

Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of FEM with Nico Maas, Chairman of FEM

Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of FEM with Nico Maas, Chairman of FEM

In her passionate address, Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of FEM reiterated her call for a concerted effort to reduce accidents in the construction sector. “The induction programme is the start,” said Pugh. “Management must not only be committed to a strong and meaningful Safety Programme, they must also translate that to excellence in Safety leadership.”

“Enforcement is not where it should be,” continued Pugh. “Our construction sites are plagued with workplace accidents. As part of our SAFEtember safety awareness campaign we need an #AccidentsMustFall initiative to ensure that nobody in our industry is dying for a job.”

Nico Maas, Chairman of FEM, joined Thelma Pugh at the podium to congratulate her on her 30 years of service to FEM and to the construction sector. “Thelma is about to retire after her lifetime’s hard work and dedication to FEM and the industry. We salute her as a mother, a gran, a good wife, and friend who looks after everyone.”

Maas also pointed out that FEM is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Guest speaker, the renowned political analyst and author, Justice Malala, delivered an entertaining yet serious analysis of our country’s present situation, stating that we can expect political turmoil to continue until next December when the ANC elects a new leader; that it is a prerequisite to reduce the present unemployment level of 36.3% (8.9 million); and that we urgently need to correct our education system which is fundamentally wrong.

2. Winner of the Platinum award in the Special Awards category: Murray & Roberts Power & Energy - a division of Murray & Roberts Limited

Winner of the Platinum award in the Special Awards category: Murray & Roberts Power & Energy – a division of Murray & Roberts Limited

On the Awards, FEM’s IT Director Gys McIntosh, explained the awards criteria, saying that FEM recognises policyholders that achieve excellence in health and safety. To receive these awards, policyholders must meet or exceed very stringent criteria as set out by the Company. In addition to their normal merit rebate payment, policyholders also receive an additional rebate.

Special awards in categories Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum are also made to those companies with exceptionally low claims over a 10 year period.

 

 

FEM Safety Awards – 2016 – Certificates of Excellence – First place winners per category

  

Category

Risk rating and Category Description

Employer

Low Risk Small Employer

Rate < 2.00 and Employees < 200

Aster International South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Low Risk Medium Employer

Rate < 2.00 and Employees >= 200 and < 500

Proxa (Pty) Ltd

Medium Risk Small Employer

Rate >= 2.00 and Rate <= 3.00 and Employees < 200

Actom Industry –  A Division Of Actom (Pty) Ltd

Medium Risk Medium Employer

Rate >= 2.00 and Rate <= 3.00 and Employees >= 200 and < 500

Tyris Construction (Pty) Ltd

Medium Risk Large Employer

Rate >= 2.00 and Rate <= 3.00 and Employees >= 500

Jodan Construction (Pty) Ltd

High Risk Small Employer

Rate >= 3.00 and Employees < 200

Jackson’s Safety Blasters CC

High Risk Medium Employer

Rate >= 3.00 and Employees >=200 and < 500

Mei Construction and Services CC

High Risk Large Employer

Rate >= 3.00 and Employees >=500

Murray & Roberts Power & Energy – a division of Murray & Roberts Limited

Special Awards, measured over a 10 year period

Silver: Rodcol Contracts (Pty) Ltd – Kwazulu-Natal

Bronze: Actom Industry –  a division of Actom (Pty) Ltd – Johannesburg

Gold: Cornfield Construction  2004 (Pty) Ltd – Cape Town

Platinum: Murray & Roberts Power & Energy – a division of Murray & Roberts Limited – Johannesburg

FEM Awards of Excellence 2016 - all the winners

FEM Awards of Excellence 2016 – all the winners

Minister Davies approves Draft Construction Sector Code for public comment

Minister Davies approves Draft Construction Sector Code for public comment

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Bafikile Bonke Simelane, President, Master Builders South Africa

7 October 2016

This morning it was with a combination of relief and excitement that I read the letter from Thabo Masombuka, CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC), confirming that the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, has approved the publishing of the Draft Construction Sector Code (DCSC) for public comment.

This comes hot on the heels of MBSA’s Transformation Declaration signed at our recently held Congress in Durban last month. We are confident that the two documents are congruent with each other.

The publication and gazetting of the DCSC will be yet another significant milestone in this long, arduous journey but necessary and absolutely critical journey of transformation and will provide much-needed policy and regulatory guidance and certainty for the sector.

It will also go a long way towards relieving the anxiety and apprehension felt by most of our members and the sector in general regarding the prospect of being verified under the Revised Generic B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice – notwithstanding that for some this development did not come early enough depending on the expiry of their current B-BBEE Certificates.

We urge all our members, large and small, as well as all other interested parties, to offer the new DCSC their full support and use the 60-day public comment period to help enhance the final implementation of the various aspects of the DSCC.

In the same vein, I would like to also remind our members, through the various MBAs and Corporate Affiliates, about the importance of responding and commenting on the CIDB’s Survey on “Cutting of Red Tape in Public Sector Procurement of Construction Works” so that we can make our voices heard and contribute not only to the efficiency and competitiveness of our sector but its sustainability too.

Speaking of sustainability, and as we apprehensively await the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) later this month, I would like to share an excerpt written by Dr Adrian Saville of Citadel Investment Services entitled: “From Muddling to Miracle” which reinforces and underscores the SMME aspect of our Transformation Declaration as well as the DSCS referred to earlier.

This is in the context of macro-economic forecasts and monetary policy data recently issued by Stats SA, the South African Reserve Bank as well as the IMF and a slew of economists with specific to reference to various consumer and business confidence indices.

There are essentially two issues that the ratings agencies are looking at when reaching a sovereign rating decision on South Africa, namely: economic performance by getting our house in order and the context and structure within which the economy is functioning, which is to say keeping our house in order.”

There is a silver lining to the seemingly dark cloud: the recent weak growth experienced in South Africa has been a function, overwhelmingly, of exogenous or once-off factors. Commodity prices are perking up, the drought is working its way out and the power deficit is becoming a surplus as demand management continues and the renewable energy independent power producers (REIPPs) start to feature.”

With these three effects reversing, we are on the cusp of a reversal in economic growth fortunes: the South African economy could see growth of 2%, or modestly more, in the next 18 months.”

We need to create jobs, which means the development and support of small and medium sized enterprises. As much as large businesses can drive economic growth, it is only mid- and small-sized firms that are able to establish and sustain job creation on the scale the country desperately needs.”

If we get these and other structural elements right, the rating agencies will go from being on our backs to backing us. It will completely change the narrative around South Africa and return us to the “darling” status we enjoyed in the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s.”

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

The NMC Construction Group committed to excellence in SHEQ Management

The NMC Construction Group committed to excellence in SHEQ Management

Aerial image of the Silo 6 Radisson Red Hotel under construction by NMC Construction Group

Aerial image of the Silo 6 Radisson Red Hotel under construction by NMC Construction Group

The effective implementation of safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) best practices is a strategic priority to the NMC Construction Group. Compliance to SHEQ standards are a minimum goal for the group, with all employees striving towards a culture of no harm. This culture is supported by the group’s values of trust, discipline, people growth and pride.
SHEQ has always played a strategic role in the group’s business operations, as such NMC has formalised its commitment with ISO Certification in the following standards; ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. These management systems add immense value to daily operations, particularly in terms of the health and safety of people within the business, the environment we operate in and the quality of products delivered.
“All employees are trained to uphold the highest safety, health, environmental and quality standards. Management is consistent in driving the importance of SHEQ through various platforms with the 10 non-negotiables of safety and the No Harm risk management initiative at the core of our SHEQ management systems. In addition, the Corrective Action and Improvement Request System (CAIRS) for non-conformances and the Safe UnSafe Act (SUSA) protocols provide added support – encouraging continuous improvement. Weekly communication sessions called ‘Toolbox Talks’ are used to further entrench the culture to all levels of the workforce.” Rowland Adams, Group SHEQ Manager.
Embedded in the NMC philosophy of building trust is the belief that success lies with our people, and as such our SHEQ strategy incorporates the wellness of our people ensuring that we have a happy and highly productive team.
The successful implementation of the protocols and systems mentioned, resulted in two NMC projects being awarded in the 2016 Master Builders Association National Safety Competition (MBSA). Based in the V&A Waterfront the Silo 6 Radisson Red Hotel won first place in Category G (projects valued R150 – R300 million) and V&A Waterway House were the runners-up in Category H (projects valued R300 – R500 million).

Recognition from the MBSA underscores the continued commitment from the company and its employees to health and safety. Regular internal and external safety audits are conducted to ensure compliance and consistency in safety standards. The accolades obtained in the MBSA safety awards were a product of the success of these audits, displaying the project team’s ability to maintain the highest safety standards.

The NMC Construction Group is proud to be associated with the Silo 6 and Waterway House projects as they are both Green Star rated buildings. There are a number of elements that need to meet Green Star requirements in order for a project to achieve its rating.

On the Silo 6 project these include but are not limited to, the use of timber from sustainable sources and the diversion of waste from landfill. To date the Silo 6 team has achieved 100% use of timber from sustainable sources. They have also been extremely efficient in managing waste exceeding the minimum requirement for diversion of waste by 15%.

The NMC Silo 6_Team,  Front row: Lukhole Zenszile, Benita Benjamin, Shanaaz Fredericks, Thabo Petros, Sonele Badjie, Phelisa Bongosa, Debbie Habelgaarn, Lauren Logue, Bazil Henn, Siyabonga Mbangi, James Nombewu, Warren Appolis and Phiwokuhle Stokwe   Back row: Lawrence Soya, Le Roux Jacobs, Rameez Abrahams, Luzelo Smile, Silindile Mdludla, Andy Shier, Dale Eurelle, Nicholas Barker, Dany Kanyumbi, Danilo Biccari and Rameez Kamaloodien

The NMC Silo 6_Team,
Front row:
Lukhole Zenszile, Benita Benjamin, Shanaaz Fredericks, Thabo Petros, Sonele Badjie, Phelisa Bongosa, Debbie Habelgaarn, Lauren Logue, Bazil Henn, Siyabonga Mbangi, James Nombewu, Warren Appolis and Phiwokuhle Stokwe
Back row:
Lawrence Soya, Le Roux Jacobs, Rameez Abrahams, Luzelo Smile, Silindile Mdludla, Andy Shier, Dale Eurelle, Nicholas Barker, Dany Kanyumbi, Danilo Biccari and Rameez Kamaloodien

MBA Free State Safety awards

MBA Free State Safety awards
By Nico de Bruyn, Safety Advisor, MBA Free State

Safety Person of the year. Left to right: Stefan Marais (Safety Person Of the year), Stephan Claassen (Jnr Health & Safety Advisor), Ian Harris (Director of Amokoro & Trophy Sponsor), Nico de Bruyn (Health & Safety Advisor), Tienie Venter (Health & Safety Advisor)

Safety Person of the year. Left to right: Stefan Marais (Safety Person Of the year), Stephan Claassen (Jnr Health & Safety Advisor), Ian Harris (Director of Amokoro & Trophy Sponsor), Nico de Bruyn (Health & Safety Advisor), Tienie Venter (Health & Safety Advisor)

Once again we had a fantastic annual Regional Safety Competition and Awards Ceremony held in August where we awarded the winners in the various categories. This year we had two National Safety Competition entries namely Peri Formwork and Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd and Aveng Steeledale Bloemfontein.

 

National Entry, Peri Formwork & Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd. Left to right: Stephan Claassen (Jnr Health & Safety Advisor), Nico de Bruyn (Health & Safety Advisor), Phillip Barnard (Peri Formwork and Engineering (Pty) Ltd), Tienie Venter (Health & Safety Advisor), Ortega Lombard (Peri Formwork and Engineering (Pty) Ltd)

National Entry, Peri Formwork & Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd. Left to right: Stephan Claassen (Jnr Health & Safety Advisor), Nico de Bruyn (Health & Safety Advisor), Phillip Barnard (Peri Formwork and Engineering (Pty) Ltd), Tienie Venter (Health & Safety Advisor), Ortega Lombard (Peri Formwork and Engineering (Pty) Ltd)

Peri Formwork and Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd received a 5th place in the National Safety Awards in the category: Allied trades; whereas Aveng Steeledale Bloemfontein received a 3rd place in the category: Manufacturers on National Level.

 

National Entry: Aveng Steeledale Bloemfontein. Left to Right: Stephan Claassen (Jnr. Health & Safety Advisor), Nico de Bruyn (Health & Safety Advisor) Henk Spangenberg (Aveng Steeledale), Tienie Venter (Health & Safety Advisor)

National Entry: Aveng Steeledale Bloemfontein. Left to Right: Stephan Claassen (Jnr. Health & Safety Advisor), Nico de Bruyn (Health & Safety Advisor) Henk Spangenberg (Aveng Steeledale), Tienie Venter (Health & Safety Advisor)

Aveng Steeledale Bloemfontein also received the All Round Award of Excellence in our Regional Safety Competition.
The winners of the Regional Safety Competition per category are as follows:

Allied Trades: Peri Formwork and Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd
Manufactures: Aveng Steeledale Bloemfontein
Projects less than R10 Million: Karpah Construction (Macsteel)
Projects R10 Million to R25 Million: Karpah Construction (Thabong Sports Stadium)
Projects R25 Million to R75 Million: Karpah Construction (Hani Park Primary School)
Sub-contractor: Pro-Care Contracting (Upgrading of waste water treatment plant, Rosendal)
Civils: Mofomo Construction (Brentpark Sport Stadium)
Best Housekeeping Allied Trades: Peri Formwork and Engineering (Pty) Ltd
Best Housekeeping Construction site: Karpah Construction (Hani Park Primary School)
Safety Person of the year: Stefan Marais, Director of Pro-Care Contracting (Pty) Ltd

All the winners.  Front: Ortega Lombaard, Lourius Erasmus, Stephan Claassen, Nico de Bruyn, Solomon Maboe, Lawrence Letsosa, Tebhoho Sefadi, Raymond Seboko Middle: Tienie Venter, Louis Steenkamp, Francois du Plessis (Snr), Henk Spangenberg, Francois du Plessis (Jnr), Anthony Harvey, Stefan Marais, Irene Kok, Edgar Malakoane Back: Jean-Pierre Hefer, Martin Westraat, Bernard Haasbroek, Christo Barnard, Connie Christiane, Willem Janse van Rensburg, Phillip Barnard, Arno van Zyl, Ruan Hallatt, Aaron Merahe, Christopher Thessner

All the winners.
Front: Ortega Lombaard, Lourius Erasmus, Stephan Claassen, Nico de Bruyn, Solomon Maboe, Lawrence Letsosa, Tebhoho Sefadi, Raymond Seboko
Middle: Tienie Venter, Louis Steenkamp, Francois du Plessis (Snr), Henk Spangenberg, Francois du Plessis (Jnr), Anthony Harvey, Stefan Marais, Irene Kok, Edgar Malakoane
Back: Jean-Pierre Hefer, Martin Westraat, Bernard Haasbroek, Christo Barnard, Connie Christiane, Willem Janse van Rensburg, Phillip Barnard, Arno van Zyl, Ruan Hallatt, Aaron Merahe, Christopher Thessner

Phillips re-elected as President of MBA Greater Boland

Phillips re-elected as President of MBA Greater Boland

MBA Greater Boland recently held its Annual Meeting at which Mr DJ Phillips was re-elected as President for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Mr DJ Phillips, President of Master Builders Association - Greater Boland

Mr DJ Phillips, President of Master Builders Association – Greater Boland

The Executive Committee for Master Builders Association - Greater Boland: Back row: From left: Mr I Rabie - Boland Bouers (Board Member), Mr L Moller - Complete Construction (Board Member). Middle row: From left: Mr S Goedeman (Board Member), Ms U Pekeur (Secretary), Mr J Conradie - Worcester Shopfitters (Board Member), Mr D Wolfaardt - Valder Construction (Board Member), Mr D Phillips (Treasurer) and Mr P van Rensburg (Outgoing President). Front row: From left: Mr G Smit (Jnr Vice-President), Mr DJ Phillips (President), Ms R Williams (Vice-President).

The Executive Committee for Master Builders Association – Greater Boland:
Back row: From left: Mr I Rabie – Boland Bouers (Board Member), Mr L Moller – Complete Construction (Board Member).
Middle row: From left: Mr S Goedeman (Board Member), Ms U Pekeur (Secretary), Mr J Conradie – Worcester Shopfitters (Board Member), Mr D Wolfaardt – Valder Construction (Board Member), Mr D Phillips (Treasurer) and Mr P van Rensburg (Outgoing President). Front row: From left: Mr G Smit (Jnr Vice-President), Mr DJ Phillips (President), Ms R Williams (Vice-President).

 

Outcomes of the 11th World Plumbing Council Conference, Cape Town

The11th World Plumbing Conference (WPC) 2016 will be hosted by the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) and the World Plumbing Council in Cape Town from 14 to 16 September

Outcomes of the 11th World Plumbing Council Conference, Cape Town

 

The Institute of Plumbing South Africa hosted the 11th World Plumbing Council Conference in Cape Town in September.

Under the theme of Regulations For Sustainable Plumbing – A Case For International Standards, the event was attended by over 200 delegates from around the globe and was opened by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana.

World Plumbing Conference 2016, Cape Town: Shayne La Combre, Chairman World plumbing Council, Errol Gradwell, CEO EWSETA, Hon M Manana, Deputy Minister Higher Education & Training, Lea Smith, President Institute of Plumbing SA

World Plumbing Conference 2016, Cape Town: Shayne La Combre, Chairman World plumbing Council, Errol Gradwell, CEO EWSETA, Hon M Manana, Deputy Minister Higher Education & Training, Lea Smith, President Institute of Plumbing SA

The conference was chaired by Prof. Mike Muller, Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Governance and renowned doyen of water security.

The opening plenary dwelt on research into plumbing matters and the need for the plumbing sector to change its thinking to do work in the broader areas of countries and not restrict operations to suburbia. This means extending the focus to include townships and rural areas. SABS standards executive, Dr Sadvhir Bissoon , spoke of the need for standards in securing a safe and healthy environment.

Critical to the whole event was that delegates were able to discuss issues from their experience at the rock face with the leaders of industry who are driving the discussion with governments, local authorities and industry bodies.

Lea Smith, President of IOPSA, addresses delegates and guests at the WPC Meet and Greet cocktail party sponsored by IOPSA

Lea Smith, President of IOPSA, addresses delegates and guests at the WPC Meet and Greet cocktail party sponsored by IOPSA

In a break with tradition, the Conference split into four breakaway sessions in which various speakers thrashed out pertinent issues that had been grouped under the themes of Energy, Sanitation, Environment, and Water.

It was agreed that the following outcomes, which apply to most countries, require immediate attention:

Establishment of compulsory standards and enforcement thereof
Promotion of the plumbing industry to end users, such as consumers, regarding health and safety and the role of the plumber.
Better thinking about water storage and collection as well as opportunities for plumbing to expand their businesses into this area.
Better regulations for water efficiency labelling systems.
Improved Training from leak fixing all the way to master plumbers and everything in between, such as solar and heat pump installation

 

 

 

Summary of Breakaway sessions:
Energy
Chaired by John Joseph, principal consultant and managing director at John Mech-El Technologies in Mumbai, India, who said that the major point that surfaced from the discussions is that energy conservation implies resource conservation.

Sanitation
Programme officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sun Kim, chaired this session. Lawrence Benatar from Benatar Consulting presented on the topic of various configurations of drainage systems and the design of waterless urinals. Benatar also spoke about the antiquated regulations in South Africa and the need to update them.

Final Discussion l to r Mike Muller, John Joseph Session Chair – Energy, Shayne La Combre, Chairman World Plumbing Council, Domenico DiGregorio – chair Water, Sun Kim – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Chair Sanitation, Erwin Reisch – CEO Gentner Verlag- Stuttgart – Chair Energy

Final Discussion l to r Mike Muller, John Joseph Session Chair – Energy, Shayne La Combre, Chairman World Plumbing Council, Domenico DiGregorio – chair Water, Sun Kim – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Chair Sanitation, Erwin Reisch – CEO Gentner Verlag- Stuttgart – Chair Energy

Environment
Erwin Reisch, chief executive officer of Stuttgart-based publishing house Gentner Verlag, chaired the sessions on the environment. Water and Sanitation R&D officer from the City of Cape Town, Nina Viljoen, spoke on “Access to water and sanitation services within informal settlements in the City of Cape Town: towards improvement and adaptation”.

Water
This session was chaired by Plumbers Without Borders president, Domenico DiGregorio.
DiGregorio gave an account of how vice-chair of the body, Fred Schilling, travelled to Haiti to assist with community sanitation. Schilling had been struck by the fact that no sewer system or other infrastructure whatsoever is in place, and implored improvements to be made within that context.

In conclusion, Gary Macnamara, Executive Director of the Institute of Plumbing South Africa, says it is expected that much more will come out of this in terms of outcomes once all the session chairs have completed their reports. “It is clear that the issues facing plumbing are worldwide and the World Plumbing Council, together with their full members – associations like the Institute of Plumbing SA – will have their work cut out for them, which is only good for the industry.”
Prof. Mike Muller is Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Governance. He was also a Commissioner of South Africa’s first National Planning Commission (2010-2015) and chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security (2012-2014). He was Director-General of South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry from 1997-2005

Passionate about light steel frame construction

Passionate about light steel frame construction

Just a decade ago light steel frame (LSF) building technology was a revolutionary new construction technique in South Africa. Within a few years it rapidly started gaining traction due to the efforts of a small number of pioneering companies in this technology.

Peter Wiehahn, CEO of LSF Supplies

Peter Wiehahn,
CEO of LSF Supplies

One such company is Light Steel Frame Supplies (Pty) Limited based in Alrode, Gauteng. Founded by Peter Wiehahn in 2014, LSF Supplies is built on the unique concept of being a one-stop-shop supply service to the lightweight steel framing industry. They offer and supply lightweight steel frame wall panels, flooring systems, internal and external cladding, thermal and acoustic insulation options, roof sheet manufacturing, aluminium windows and doors as well as conventional and curved trusses. They also offer a variety of fasteners to secure frames, cladding and roofs in the lightweight steel framing process. This niche company offers a full turnkey material supply solution to the LSF market.

“Our track record speaks for itself,” says Wiehahn, CEO of LSF Supplies. “As a company, our passion for light steel frame construction shines through, and our dedication to innovation, quality of design and workmanship and most importantly – customer satisfaction – is the key to our continued success.”

Wiehahn’s experience in LSF construction stretches over a decade which offers him the needed know-how to serve the LSF industry with products and expertise. In 2008 he founded Steel Home Company and constructed light steel frame buildings in all sectors across Africa – from residential to retail, commercial and industrial as well as infrastructure such as banks, schools and clinics.

With this knowledge Wiehahn soon realised that the LSF industry needed a specialised organisation to service numerous construction enquiries and multiple building service providers who needed products and guidance in this building technology.

In this Before and After example of a residential light steel frame building, the importance of attention to detail in the design phase is evident. Once the foundation is ready, final and accurate measurements are taken on site. Adjustments are made to the design and a manufacturing file is created for the steel roll former – this results in a perfect fit of the LSF structure to the foundation. It is important to note that the wall cladding overhangs the foundation by 10 mm, thus mitigating the ingress of rain water. A prerequisite of this project was the client's request that the plaster finish and colour were matched exactly to the existing home out of picture on the left.

In this Before and After example of a residential light steel frame
building, the importance of attention to detail in the design phase
is evident. Once the foundation is ready, final and accurate
measurements are taken on site. Adjustments are made to the design
and a manufacturing file is created for the steel roll former – this
results in a perfect fit of the LSF structure to the foundation.
It is important to note that the wall cladding overhangs the foundation
by 10 mm, thus mitigating the ingress of rain water.
A prerequisite of this project was the client’s request that the plaster
finish and colour were matched exactly to the existing home out of
picture on the left.

In this Before and After example of a residential light steel frame building, the importance of attention to detail in the design phase is evident. Once the foundation is ready, final and accurate measurements are taken on site. Adjustments are made to the design and a manufacturing file is created for the steel roll former – this results in a perfect fit of the LSF structure to the foundation. It is important to note that the wall cladding overhangs the foundation by 10 mm, thus mitigating the ingress of rain water. A prerequisite of this project was the client's request that the plaster finish and colour were matched exactly to the existing home out of picture on the left.

 

LSF Supplies now has five construction teams still under Steel Home Company, all trained in-house to high skill levels in light steel frame construction. Supported by three design engineers, LSF Supplies operates an impressive fully automated factory using the latest technology in lightweight steel frame roll forming and roof sheeting. The capability of this production facility is second to none. “At LSF Supplies we place a high priority on research and development,” continued Wiehahn. “For each project undertaken we spend significant time with the client in order to fully understand his or her specific needs. In the process we develop unique methodology to suit that project to ensure that it is completed in the most efficient manner to the highest quality in every aspect.”

“Built-in quality control processes are in place throughout every step of the design, production and construction phases. Our unique approach ensures fast and efficient construction with concurrent finishing, in such a way that teams don’t work over each other. We now have this technique perfected, providing the LSF industry with a distinct competitive advantage in terms of speed and quality of build, as well as cost effectiveness.”

“By spending time on the initial design, with appropriate checks and cross-checks throughout, we ensure that all is in place prior to project start – then the rest falls into place.

LSF Supplies has a dedicated roofing division specialising in the design and construction of light steel frame roofing and trusses. This technology offers architects and designers significant creative scope, in that curved roofing and unusual shapes can be achieved with relative ease.

LSF Supplies has a dedicated roofing division
specialising in the design and construction
of light steel frame roofing and trusses. This
technology offers architects and designers
significant creative scope, in that curved roofing
and unusual shapes can be achieved with
relative ease.

In addition to its own construction teams, LSF Supplies also works closely with a hand-picked group of specialist sub-contractors, aligned to the LSF Supplies work ethic.
Once construction has started on a project LSF Supplies conducts weekly site-meetings with clients as well as with sub-contractors.

This project was very demanding in that accuracy of logistics prior to construction played a critical role. Following design, all elements were pre-manufactured in South Africa prior to being transported by road to Kuito Bea in Angola. The site itself presented its own challenges being laid out on difficult terrain in an industrial area, with a significant mains sewage leakage nearby. Nonetheless, the LSF team completed this 600 m2 project in a mere 9 ½ weeks from time of arrival, with no construction hitches or delays.

This project was very demanding in that accuracy of logistics prior to
construction played a critical role. Following design, all elements were
pre-manufactured in South Africa prior to being transported by road to
Kuito Bea in Angola.
The site itself presented its own challenges being laid out on difficult
terrain in an industrial area, with a significant mains sewage leakage
nearby. Nonetheless, the LSF team completed this 600 m2 project in a
mere 9 ½ weeks from time of arrival, with no construction hitches
or delays.

Retail and Commercial
Retail Shop: Project Scope: Construction and finishing of the complete 600 m2 shop from foundation to roof was pre-packed for construction and assembled on site in Kuito Bea, Angola.

 

Completed in just 8 weeks, this structure demonstrates the efficiency and speed of construction for which light steel frame building is renowned.

Completed in just 8 weeks,
this structure demonstrates
the efficiency and speed of
construction for which light steel
frame building is renowned.

Infrastructure: Schools and Clinics
School hall: Project Scope: full turnkey, design and construction of a 400 m2 school hall in light steel frame, including foundation, flooring, roofing and finishing.

Industrial
Red Farms Market Project: Project scope: Design, manufacturing and installation of 4 000 m2 industrial porthole building.

Skeletal structure and 4 000 m2 roofing were done for this project. This structure lend itself to ground breaking innovative design using LSF engineering software and also realised significant savings compared to a conventional steel structure. Instead of a heavy-duty crane a lighter and much smaller crane was deployed to hoist the lightweight steel main beam structure at a far lower cost.

Skeletal structure and 4 000 m2 roofing were done for this project.
This structure lend itself to ground breaking innovative design using
LSF engineering software and also realised significant savings
compared to a conventional steel structure. Instead of a heavy-duty
crane, a lighter and much smaller crane was deployed to hoist the
lightweight steel main beam structure at a far lower cost.

LSF Supplies offers a complete turnkey construction solution in conjunction with Steel Home Company and is a one-stop-shop for contractors operating in light steel frame construction. In addition, they also offer a wide range of light steel frame kit-buildings with a selection of customised cladding finishes.

 

 

A light steel frame structure leans itself to energy efficient design, Green building and “off grid” living from the outset.

 

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Tel: (+27) 011 864 0052 / 3
sales@lsfsupplies.co.za and info@steelhomecompany.co.za
www.lsfsupplies.co.za and www.steelhomecompany.co.za

Steel Awards 2016: Winners announced

Steel Awards 2016 winners announced

The highlight of the structural steel industry calendar, the 35th Annual Steel Awards hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) in partnership with BSi Steel, took place on 15 September 2016 in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kwazulu Natal concurrently. This year’s event, under the theme of Versatility, Diversity and Innovation, was attended by over 1 000 people, showcased projects completed in the previous year that demonstrated excellence in the use of structural steel.

The quality of entries for the annual Steel Awards improves each year and 2016 is no different. This year’s Steel Awards had 46 entries reflecting steel as the material of choice.

Sponsors for the event were: BSi Steel, MacSteel, Cadex Systems SA, The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers, Saint-Gobain, Global Roofing Solutions, Safintra, ArcelorMIttal SA, Genrec Engineering, NJR Steel and Aveng Steel.

Paolo Trinchero, CEO,  Southern African Institute of Steel Construction

Paolo Trinchero, CEO,  Southern African Institute of Steel Construction

In his opening address Paolo Trinchero, CEO of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction said: “Steel structures of all types are now readily achievable and due to the all-round efficiency and sustainability of the material, it’s no wonder steel is being used more and more. What is encouraging is the broad range of projects from residential houses, to commercial projects, mining and industrial and some really innovative projects showing sustainability and innovation.

This bodes well for us as we need to ensure that we play in as many sectors of the South African and Southern African economies as possible. This year a number of projects displayed characteristics of a winning industry. They showed innovation in every process and the integration of design, detailing, fabrication and erection using modern CNC equipment and software which our industry has invested in so heavily.

The SAISC is passionate about training our next generation so we can continue to take advantage of opportunities in South and Southern Africa. We would like to see the industry working harder on integration and competitiveness as displayed by our winning entries.

I would like to thank the entrants which have made this event possible, the judges and the SAISC support team. Having had the privilege of attending most of the site visits and event meetings one realizes the amount of work that goes into making the steel awards such a successful event.

This year will be recorded as one of enormous challenge for our industry but as always we show that we are indeed men and women of steel. I would like to congratulate the winners and encourage our members to continue to participate and grow our industry into the future,” concluded Trinchero.

Overall winner of Steel Awards 2016 is Tass Engineering for the Eastgate Phase 2 Redevelopment

Overall winner of Steel Awards 2016 is Tass Engineering for the Eastgate Phase 2 Redevelopment

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Overall winner
The event culminated in the announcement of the overall winner for 2016, the Eastgate Phase 2 Redevelopment, submitted by Tass Engineering – Steelwork Contractors and project team members. In addition to being the overall winner, this project also won the Commercial Architectural Category.

Tass Engineering Father and Son team

Tass Engineering Father and Son team

 

 

Overall winner of Steel Awards 2016 is Tass Engineering for the Eastgate Phase 2 Redevelopment

This project encompasses a number of new structures, the primary change of which is the relocation of the lower level cinema complex onto a section of the roof-level car park, enabling more retail space at the lower level and incorporating substantial additional retail space within the new cinema complex at roof level.

Connection design, particularly between the numerous beams throughout the lower levels of the cinema complex and all the Bond-Dek slab support beams was a major cost saving item from a fabrication point of view. Minimal if any welding was employed rather opting for bolted connections with back to back angles bolted through the incoming beam webs to achieve all end plate connection details. Due to the high visibility of the building, great care was given to the aesthetics.

The building form consisted of scalloped segments with sloped Kingspan side cladding & aluminium roof sheeting.
Steelwork Contractor: Tass Engineering (Pty) Ltd

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Light Steel Frame Category – Joint Winners

Outpatient Day Clinic for Mbabane Hospital: Steelwork Contractor: Razorbill Properties 127 (Pty) Ltd

Outpatient Day Clinic for Mbabane Hospital: Steelwork Contractor: Razorbill Properties 127 (Pty) Ltd

 

 

Nothing emphasises more the coming of age of light steel frame building (LSFB) in South Africa than the record number of LSFB project entries for Steel Awards 2016. From this great batch of entries there were two stand-out projects that caught the judges’ imagination; both exemplifying excellence in the use of LSFB. Because of the exceptional standard, the judges had difficulty in choosing so opted for Joint Category Winners in the Light Steel Frame category. They are the new Outpatient Day Clinic for Mbabane Hospital in Swaziland and Mall of Africa Façade and Parapet Walls in Midrand.

Mall of Africa: Steelwork Contractor: Ohlhorst Light Building Solutions

Mall of Africa: Steelwork Contractor: Ohlhorst Light Building Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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he cladding to the New Head Office for Statistics SA, winner of the Metal Cladding Category, accentuates the strong geometric lines of the building. Steelwork Contractor: Cadcon (Pty) Ltd

The cladding to the New Head Office for Statistics SA, winner of the Metal Cladding Category, accentuates the strong geometric lines of the building. Steelwork Contractor: Cadcon (Pty) Ltd

 

Factory and Warehouse Category Winner: Mr Price Distribution Centre. Steelwork Contractor: Avellini Impact Joint Venture (Avellini Bros (Pty) Ltd / Impact Engineering (Pty) Ltd) Structural Steel

Factory and Warehouse Category Winner: Mr Price Distribution Centre. Steelwork Contractor: Avellini Impact Joint Venture (Avellini Bros (Pty) Ltd / Impact Engineering (Pty) Ltd) Structural Steel

Mining and Industrial Category Winner: Husab Uranium Stockpile Cover & Ancillary Structures. Steelwork Contractor: Union Structural Engineering Works (Pty) Ltd

Mining and Industrial Category Winner: Husab Uranium Stockpile Cover & Ancillary Structures. Steelwork Contractor: Union Structural Engineering Works (Pty) Ltd

Siesa Ramabodu Stadium Wins Tubular Category. Structural Steel Detailer / Detailing Company: Construct Steelwork Detailing

Siesa Ramabodu Stadium Wins Tubular Category. Structural Steel Detailer / Detailing Company: Construct Steelwork Detailing

Residential Category Winner: The Tree House Constantia. Steelwork Contractor: Link Engineering

Residential Category Winner: The Tree House Constantia. Steelwork Contractor: Link Engineering

SASFA’S Light Steel Frame training courses making their mark

Light Steel Frame training courses making their mark

The series of CPD-accredited training courses arranged by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) have made their mark in 2016. This is according to Sasfa director, John Barnard. “We are seeing a growing interest in these courses in line with the excellent growth in popularity of LSFB in South Africa,” Barnard says adding that the RSA market for LSFB is estimated to already be worth about R1 billion per annum.

Mike Hull

Mike Hull

The first course deals with SANS 517 Light Steel Frame Building and is aimed at all architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, developers and other LSF practitioners, who should all have a working knowledge of the building code.
The second is a course on Cold-formed steel and LSF design to SANS 10162:2 and is aimed specifically at design engineers.

The courses are presented by John Barnard (SASFA) and Mike Hull (Hull Consulting) – from foundations and the steel frame to floors, walls and roofs, including insulation and installation of services.

SANS 517
The SANS 517 1-day course consists of an introduction to LSFB, as well as an overview of the development of this building method and industry in Southern Africa. The advantages of LSFB are discussed and explained – ranging from speed of construction, enhanced insulation and the resulting energy efficiency, low mass and the corresponding logistical cost advantages, through to accuracy, ease of installation of services and durability. “The steel frame will last several 100 years if installed correctly,” Barnard says.

Light Steel Frame Building continues to grow exponentially

Light Steel Frame Building continues to grow exponentially

The correct terminology is dealt with, the major LSF elements described and the properties of the major materials used in LSFB are presented. Apart from the high-strength galvanised steel sheet used to manufacture the cold-formed sections for the light steel frame components (wall frames, roof trusses or floor beams), LSFB makes use of:
fibre cement cladding (exterior),
gypsum board lining for walls and ceilings (interior),
insulation (thermal and acoustic)
vapour permeable membrane (external walls), and
fasteners – screws, rivets and anchor bolts or screws.

The main components of a LSF structure are described: foundations with cost saving potential compared with masonry building, the steel structure, walls, floors, ceilings, insulation and the installation of services. This is followed by spelling out the requirements for these components to comply with SANS 10400 – structural stability, weather resistance, durability, energy efficiency, acoustic insulation, fire resistance and fire rating and prevention of air infiltration and robustness. “These are also the criteria tested by Agrément SA when assessing new building methods,” Barnard says.
The structural aspects pertaining to wall systems are explained, including some Do’s and Don’ts, how and where to anchor down wall panels, different roof structures (trusses, panel roofs and rafters), and the requirements of floor elements.
The insulation specification to comply with the energy efficiency requirements of SANS 10400 XA are set out in SANS 517, for each of the six climatic zones in RSA, for floors, walls and roof structures and how these requirements can be met is explained.
Finally, the session is concluded with a discussion on the design of foundations, for different soil conditions.
Cold-formed Steel for Design Engineers
The second 1-day course, Cold-formed steel and LSF design to SANS 10162:2, is aimed specifically at design engineers who have to check LSF structures for structural adequacy. “SASFA has been fortunate to obtain support from the University of Stellenbosch in presenting the theoretical and academic part of this course,” Barnard says.
The course begins with the fundamentals of plate buckling theory, and contextualizes this with thin-walled structural elements as encountered in LSFB. Three buckling mechanisms are generally considered: member buckling, local buckling and distortional buckling.
Until recently the LSF designer has had to use the effective width (of the plates making up the cold-formed section) method to calculate the capacity of the member in each of the failure modes. This is an iterative and time-consuming method. The latest design method, referred to as the ‘direct strength method’, which simplifies the design calculations considerably, does away with the need to do iterative calculations. Design examples are discussed using both analysis methods to illustrate the application of the theory.
The second half of this course is more practical in nature, covering the design intent when dealing with LSF structures, and highlights the design criteria provided in SANS 517. The design of floor systems is covered using an Excel-based design tool for joists. To prevent excessive vibrations especially in longer floor spans, the designer can use a simplified approach by calculating the deflection of the floor under a static 1 kN load, or doing a dynamic analysis to calculate the response frequency. Should the frequency be below 8 Hz, damping measures have to be implemented, such as increasing the depth of the floor beams. The design output of one of the LSF systems with regard to walls and roof structures is discussed, and it is shown that the design engineer only needs to check critical elements in the panels for structural adequacy. Finally, the design of connections between elements and components are discussed, using screws, rivets or bolts.

Sasfa ensures the highest levels of professionalism for the courses including some of the most experienced LSFB experts in the country. This year, presenters for the SANS 517 course included Mike Hull of Hull Consulting and Barnard; and for the Cold-formed steel course Hull, Barnard and Etienne van der Klashorst of the University of Stellenbosch presented.
“As is required by the professional institutes, the attendees are requested to evaluate and rate the courses, from suitability of the venue, presentations by the lecturers, course material and handouts. The aspects of the 2016 courses have consistently been rated between ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’. We look forward to presenting these courses again in 2017,” Barnard concludes.