AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

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AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

The third annual Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector on Monday 20th February at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference on the continent to launch a specialised event for the promotion and empowerment of women in the energy sector and the theme of the 2017 one-day conference is “Developing African women Leaders to create our energy future”.

Research indicates that overcoming gender inequality and gender-related legal restrictions would increase annual GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa by 0.75 percent.

Liz Hart, the Managing Director of Women in Energy commented, “It is important for women to play a bigger role in the workplace in Africa, where women play a disproportionately active role as breadwinners and caretakers of the future generations on the continent. If more women were represented in the continent’s energy sectors, which are responsible for providing electricity access to improve the quality and standard of living, then many more people would have access to quality education and healthcare.”

Global research shows that empowering women in the workplace makes economic sense. According to Janet Riccio, Executive Vice President of the Omnicom Group, “Women’s leadership is more than important in today’s world; it’s imperative. Whether it’s the public or private sector, organisations that are led by inclusive leadership teams make better decisions that deliver better results. The qualities that are required to lead in the 21st century include the ability to connect, collaborate, empathize, and communicate—all qualities that tend to be “female” in nature. Women in leadership roles position organisations in a way that makes them fit for the future.”

The Africa Energy Indaba’s Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors. The event comprises a number of keynote addresses by leading African women as well as a number of panel sessions. The event provides a platform for women (and men who are involved in empowering women in the workplace) to network, share their knowledge, discuss achievements and encourage the advancement of women across all sectors of the energy industry.

Through its vast network of collaborative relationships with various ministries such as the Department of Energy and other key stakeholder organisations, Women in Energy provides delegates with access to networks that are committed to seeing the energy sector benefit from more female representation.


  • Women and men in senior leadership positions within the energy and related industry companies
  • High-potential women looking to enhance and advance their careers
  • Industry professionals responsible for hiring, developing and advancing an equitable workforce


  • Knowledge of how men and women can join forces to create the workplace of the future

  • Insights into the success factors of women in the C-suite and input into continuing research

  • A new approach to assimilating a generation of women leaders into companies

  • Enlightenment around the past, present and future of women’s compensation globally

  • Awareness of senior roles in the marketplace available and being acquired by women

  • Success stories from representatives of leading companies on designing, implementing, sustaining and measuring women’s initiatives


————————————————————————————————————————— AFRICA ENERGY INDABA
Creating tomorrow’s energy opportunities in Africa
Africa is the continent of opportunity for the serious energy investor. With vast natural energy resources ranging from coal, oil, gas, hydro, solar, wind and geothermal, there is ample choice for the discerning entrepreneur. Lack of access to electricity means that there is an opportunity for regional governments, energy businesses, organisations and investors to unlock electricity access to millions of people who have don’t have power. The Africa Energy Indaba is the continent’s premier energy conference and exhibition: bringing together leading African and global energy players to unlock energy and business opportunities across the African continent. Africa Energy Indaba has strategic partnerships with the World Energy Council (WEC), the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA).

21-22nd February 2017 at Sandton Convention Centre





AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 launches Africa Utility Forum to boost growth of energy projects in the region January 2017

africa-energy-indaba-2017-1-nominsationAFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 launches Africa Utility Forum to boost growth of energy projects in the region
January 2017

South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment destination. South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, led a 60-strong country delegation in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.  

Energy demands in Sub-Saharan Africa have created investment interest in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) regional market in recent years as the demand for energy in the region has grown. However, South Africa has halted its lauded Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme, sparking fears over the growth of the regional IPP market.

In a bid to boost momentum in the regional IPP market and to continue the growth trajectory of recent years, the Africa Energy Indaba is the first energy conference on the continent to launch a specialised workshop event exclusively bringing together African utilities to meet private sector project developers and investors.

“Despite the positive developments in regional independent power producer (IPP) energy projects, significant challenges remain for IPPs, especially when it comes to governments providing guaranteed off-take to IPPs. This has created significant risks for IPP developers and investors and will hamper the growth of the IPP market, unless other means and models are created to make the market more conducive to investment,” said Paul Runge, Director of Projects & Development Finance at Africa House, a partner consultancy to the event that provides clients with early alerts of projects across a broad range of sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa..

The one-day Africa Utility Forum will bring together the movers and shakers of Africa’s energy sector in February 2017 to unlock desperately needed energy projects and opportunities across the continent.

Collaboration between neighbouring countries and between public and private sector players can greatly increase the growth of regional power markets and reduce the overall costs, which will make power accessible for African consumers.

Successes in the market such as South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the current privatisation process in Nigeria demonstrate that there can be power sector solutions when the public and private sectors work together to open up the market to various solutions.

The first-ever Africa Utility Forum is taking place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017, during the Africa Energy Indaba conference.

The Forum will provide IPPs, investors and key role players with the opportunity to meet role players and decision makers in the African utility space and find out about actual energy projects, current developments and priority projects in the regional power market.

This one-day workshop is an opportunity for IPPs & utilities in Africa to work together on specific, high-priority energy projects for the development of the continent’s power sector.

Through its vast network of collaborative relationships with various ministries such as the Department of Energy and other key stakeholder organisations, the Africa Energy Indaba provides delegates with access to networks that are committed to seeing the energy sector benefit from more viable energy projects being built.


* The Africa Utility Forum is a closed session of the Africa Energy Indaba. Spokespeople will be available after the workshop to brief the media on the proceedings.

————————————————————————————————————————— AFRICA ENERGY INDABA
Creating tomorrow’s energy opportunities in Africa
Africa is the continent of opportunity for the serious energy investor. With vast natural energy resources ranging from coal, oil, gas, hydro, solar, wind and geothermal, there is ample choice for the discerning entrepreneur. Lack of access to electricity means that there is an opportunity for regional governments, energy businesses, organisations and investors to unlock electricity access to millions of people who have don’t have power. The Africa Energy Indaba is the continent’s premier energy conference and exhibition: bringing together leading African and global energy players to unlock energy and business opportunities across the African continent. Africa Energy Indaba has strategic partnerships with the World Energy Council (WEC), the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency (NPCA).

21-22nd February 2017 at Sandton Convention Centre





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Let’s build the South Africa of our dreams together

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Bafikile Bonke Simelane, President of Master Builders South Africa


Let’s build the South Africa of our dreams together

Compliments of the new season to all our readers and members of Master Builders South Africa. We trust you had a safe and restful festive season with your loved ones. We hope you are returning with renewed vigour ready to take on the challenges of what is likely, by most macro-economic indicators and commentators, to be yet another long and difficult year for our sector and our country.
In December the ratings agencies gave us what is widely interpreted to be yet another reprieve. We just need to come together as a country and as a nation to make our contribution to the extraction, harnessing and realization of the country’s infinite potential and intellectual capital despite the many socio-economic challenges brought about by poverty, unemployment and inequality that we continue to face.
Despite this we have much to celebrate, be optimistic about and look forward to. We look forward to The State President’s State Of The Nation address and the Budget Speech by the Minister of Finance to set a positive tone and outlook for 2017 to underscore our resilience as a nation and as a sector despite the strong headwinds predicted with specific reference to economic growth forecasts which does not bode well for the country and the sector.
We congratulate the Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) for their act of patriotism in establishing a R750 Million Education Fund through which they’ll partner with the Make A Difference (MAD) Leadership Foundation; with a core focus on generating much-needed additional skills in the building industry. A cursory glance at the Department of Higher Education and Training Report titled “List of Occupations in High Demand: 2015” gives an indication of the magnitude of the problem and potential crisis the country and the sector faces. We urge other corporates to follow FEM’s example and demonstrate their belief and confidence in the country’s future.
We also welcome the Settlement Agreement reached by the Government and Construction Companies implicated in the collusion scandal. We hope this heralds and ushers in a new chapter and the beginning of the restoration and building up of the trust deficit that was eroded by revelations of collusion and anti-competitive behaviour in our sector.
We look forward to the gazetting of the Construction Sector Charter Codes as a legislative instrument to drive and monitor the extent and pace of transformation in the sector. MBSA will continue to get its members to embrace and drive meaningful transformation as our contribution to the de-racialisation of the economy and the sector. It is however regrettable that this change has to be by force of legislation and not by a sense of patriotic duty. We need to move from a culture of perfunctory compliance to that of genuine commitment.
We also look forward to the finalisation of the Draft Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act which is currently under consideration by National Treasury.
In similar vein we look forward to the finalisation of the National Minimum Wage.
Let’s build the South Africa of our dreams together, united in our diversity.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Outlook 2017 – from the Captains of our Construction Industry

Outlook 2017 – from the Captains of our Construction Industry

Every year SA Builder invites captains of the construction industry and related sectors to
participate in an objective outlook of anticipated operating conditions and initiatives for the building and construction industry for the forthcoming year. Here follow some of their views:


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Nico Maas, Past President of Master Builders South Africa and Chairman of The federated Employer’s Mutual assurance Company (FEM).

2017 is likely to be fairly similar to 2016. Although the municipal elections took place in 2016, which is one of the reasons for a sluggish performance in the construction industry, the new municipal leaders are still finding their feet and trying to get rid of corruption. On top of that the possible downgrade and the political uncertainty, both play a roll in how 2017 will pan out.

The NDP remains a plan and until the emphases can be shifted to execution, the economy is not going to benefit from “The Plan”. There is far too much red tape and fear for a qualified audit to really get things done.

Overseas investment is unlikely to make a big difference in 2017. Until the fraud and corruption get under control, investors will be hesitant to invest in infrastructure. The proposed nuclear plant/s are also not necessary if we invest in solar and wind and manage the storage properly.

South African construction industry is becoming a much safer place to work in, due to the awareness and safety programmes that are being run. The Lost Time Ratios have reduced dramatically in the last 10 years. In this regard, the efforts of FEM with industry associations have played a major role and more effort is planned for the future.

On Skills and training: There are no shortages of major skills in the industry, but the average age of artisans is very high and more emphasis need to be placed on training artisans. Over the years CETA has been blamed for the lack of training, but it is not CETA’s roll to organise training. Industry has to use the training institutions and claim their grants back from CETA for the training that was done.

Green building is more expensive than conventional building, in the short term, but with the projected increases in the price of electricity, the long term rewards for going green is under-estimated. The credits that can be claimed for going green, is also not well enough used.

Many South African companies are working in Africa, but few seem to be very successful, especially competing with the Chinese. Some of the larger companies have ventured on other continents and appear to be very successful. This is proof that our methods and knowledge can be very well used globally.

Until we get rid of corruption and until government at all levels employ competent people to run the planning, tendering, awarding and supervision of contracts, there will not be sustainable growth in South Africa. It is a myth to think that you can push students through the system and that they will be skilled overnight to do what is required. Experience only comes from hard work and years of hands on appropriate work.



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Shaun Webber, CEO of the NMC Group

V.U.C.A : Shaun Webber, CEO of the NMC Group

2016 Has been a rollercoaster ride for the world and our country. Even if some of it was anticipated I do not think anyone quite realized how much of a rollercoaster ride it was going to be. We have been charting turbulent waters to say the least and the new acronym of V.U.C.A (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) is going to be very real for us in the coming years ahead. This is the catchall and simply means “it is crazy out there”.

From strategist Eric J. McNulty the words mean the following:
Volatility: reflects the speed and turbulence of change
Uncertainty: means that outcomes, even from familiar actions are less predictable
Complexity: indicates the vastness of interdependencies in globally connected economies and societies, and;
Ambiguity: coveys the multitude of options and potential outcomes resulting from them.

Flexibility and resilience is going to be crucial for 2017 as the one thing we know for sure is that it is going to change. As an industry we need to try and remove the noise and keep asking the pertinent questions and adapting accordingly – often easier said than done.
Our industry and the traditional modus operandi has changed and is changing.

There is a new normal in the application of terms of engagement governing the construction industry with, new BEE grading and legislation, CIDB requirements ,contractual vigilance and Competition Commission outcomes and consequences exacerbated by weak growth, lack of confidence, budget constraints and skills shortages. Feast or famine still very much characterizes our industry, however it is more nodal than before.

South African construction industry has been in a slump since 2010 and the added impact of reduction of skills, slow roll-out of NDP, budgetary constraints and slow project starts or non- starts is constraining construction companies both in terms of delivery and profitability.

We can definitely see some form of rationalisation of the industry and a changing face of construction companies with more emphasis on SMME development. Who would have thought that Murray and Roberts would have unbundled the way they have. We should be seeing a lot more of these changers in our industry during 2017.

As largely categorized by the CIDB the sector is now also divided into large, medium and small projects. Government are breaking up the larger infrastructure projects into smaller packages to accommodate the smaller contractor and although this opens opportunities for more participation across the industry, it does mean that the larger established sector have to either find larger projects outside our borders, or restructure their companies.

Economic growth will remain lackluster in 2017 with the various nodes in the metropoles continuing to provide opportunities .As an industry we hope that the NDP and the infrastructure spend announced in Minister Gordhan’s MTF budget will start rolling out on a greater scale, and should this happen , and one is well positioned in terms of being aligned with respect to all the different requirements , 2017 should provide more opportunities.



Jose Correira, Managing Director, Tiber Construction


We are cautiously optimistic and firmly believe that there are good opportunities to be explored:  Jose Correira, Managing Director, Tiber Construction

It is important to note that our outlook is based on the market we operate in which is predominantly the Private sector within the Gauteng region.

We experienced reduced activity in the first half of 2016 which raised concerns going forward as to whether or not all the negativity surrounding our political environment was resulting in contraction due to poor investor confidence. Although this could be the case we must however note that activity over the last three to four months has increased as can be seen by the number of enquiries and tenders that have been circulated in our space.

This increased activity in the last few months has made us more bullish on the outlook for 2017, however margins remain under huge pressure which has been the case for some time and we don’t see much of a change going into 2017.

We must also note that many of these tenders are being submitted with unrealistic programmes which is evidence that developers are also under pressure to secure limited leasing opportunities with tight move in dates.

We believe that we are in for an interesting year ahead as the playing field undergoes major changes and restructuring as a result of additional pressure placed by Government in a bid to rebuilt relationships with the Major’s previously damaged by the Competition Commission’s findings. This will all add more pressure to an already struggling industry which is noticeable by the number of Listed Entities expressing interest in selling off majority share holding and in some circumstances leaving the space completely.

We are hopeful that due the avoidance of a ratings downgrade, foreign investor confidence will be boosted thus unlocking further opportunities for growth in our sector.

In summary even though employment figures for the year in the industry were up we did not feel these increased levels of work in our sector but as a result of recent increased activity, are more positive for the New Year. Due to the volatile nature of our industry we do however remain cautious on the outlook but still firmly believe that there are good opportunities to be explored for those who are prepared to invest the time and effort .

Master Builders South Africa’s Executive Director appointed to CETA Board

Roy Mnisi appointed as CETA Board Member

Roy Mnisi, Executive Director, Master Builders South Africa

Roy Mnisi, Executive Director, Master Builders South Africa

Master Builder South Africa is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Roy Mnisi, has been appointed to the Board of the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) for the period up to 31 March 2018. He is appointed in the capacity as the representative of Organised Employer.

This is further testimony of Master Builders SA’s commitment to promoting the interests of the building and construction industry.

Mnisi is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa with more than ten years post admission experience. He served articles at Medelein Nel Attorneys and Johan Jacobs and Malcolm Moodie Attorneys, and was admitted as an Attorney in 2004. He then joined the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality as a Legal Specialist within the revenue Department of the City.

In 2008, he joined the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers in as a Chief Executive Officer and held that position until 2015, when he joined Master Builders South Africa. He has served on several Boards including the Playhouse Company, Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors, Water Research Commission, Freedom Park and others.

He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and a non-practicing member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.

Civil Confidence Index lowest since 2012

new-fnb-logo-2Civil Confidence Index lowest since 2012

Following a cumulative 24 index point rise during the second quarter of 2016 (2Q2016) and 3Q2016, the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index shed 17 points to register a level of 35 in 4Q2016.
This is according to Jason Muscat, Senior Economic Analyst, FNB.
“A number of factors contributed to the drop in confidence,” says Muscat. “These include lower activity growth, keener competition and, consequently, also weaker profitability.”
Barring 1Q2016 when the index was at 28, confidence is at its lowest since the beginning of 2012. The fall in the index means that sixty-five per cent of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions.

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Jason Muscat, Senior Economic Analyst, FNB

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FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index Percentage satisfied

The lower confidence is a result of deteriorating growth in construction activity as well as keener competition. “This was a perfect storm,” continues Muscat. “The weaker activity as well as increased tendering price competition took its toll on overall profitability. In fact, the index measuring profitability declined to its lowest level in two years.”
“The survey results confirm what we have suspected for some time: that the civil construction sector remains under pressure,” noted Muscat. According to Stats SA, annual growth in the real value of construction works contracted by 1.5 percent in 3Q2016, in addition to the 0.3 percent decline recorded in 2Q2016. A large part of the weaker demand stems from a fall in government capital expenditure (capex) amid mounting fiscal pressures.

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Muscat states that: “The slowdown in government investment is unlikely to be a short-term phenomenon, despite government’s recent commitment to invest more than R900 billion in infrastructure over the next three years.” Construction work by the private sector, mainly mining, was probably also lower during the quarter.

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Despite the deterioration in their fortunes, civil contractors expect some improvement in activity next quarter. This is somewhat supported by the constraint measuring new demand which, although reasonably high, is below its five year average. “While it is important to take note of respondents’ expectations, the underlying economic fundamentals do not suggest a much improved civil construction sector in the near future,” said Muscat.
In conclusion Muscat states that the fall in confidence is substantiated by the deterioration in construction activity and keener tendering competition, which led to worsening profitability. Overall, the civil construction sector likely weighed on GDP growth in 4Q2016, with only a small chance of some respite over the short term given current economic (and fiscal) conditions.


MBA-Western Cape addresses skills shortage

MBA WC LogoMBA-Western Cape addresses skills shortage

The 2015 Skills Shortage Survey indicates that the category Site Supervisory staff, which includes the trade and general Foreman level, to have the most critical shortage overall.
In order to resolve this situation the Master Builders Association – Western Cape (MBA-WC), through its Skills Trust facility, embarked on a Cadet Foreman Programme, which is aimed at young matriculated people between the ages of 22 and 30, who, through lack of career guidance, wish to pursue a more stable career.
Candidates are subjected to rigid selection process, which includes psychometric tests designed to indicate their trainability and ability to work under pressure.

Once selected, candidates enter a training environment which exposes them to all the facets of building work, including but not limited to – excavation, carpentry, concrete, scaffolding, bricklaying, plastering, tiling and setting out. They arrive with ‘soft’ hands and at the end of twelve weeks have a good understanding of building, and, in fact they can even build their own house.

The Cadets are then placed with MBA WC member companies for nine months on-site to gain practical experience. Each month their attendance and performance is evaluated. Following this period the Cadets then return to the training provider and are registered to complete the Learner programme Site Supervisory Practices at NQF IV a SAQA approved programme. They are then exposed to theoretical knowledge such as, measurement, computer literacy, quality management, health and safety, management, advanced setting out, risk management, report writing and communication.

After three months they are then placed for further practical training for nine months and again are subjected to monthly evaluation reports.

The process is then repeated, after which the Cadets are assessed and receive the NQF IV Certificate in Site Supervisory Practices.

During their theoretical training period, Cadets are paid a stipend by the MBA Development Trust, and when on site are paid a stipend by the host employer.

During March, 2017 Master Builders Association – Western Cape will be interviewing an additional group of eight persons to start in early May 2017. Interested member companies wishing to host our Foremen of the Future should contact MBA-WC.

The Association extends thanks to those member companies who are currently hosting cadets.

JBCC seminars 2017

Second Semester August - November 2016


The Joint Building Contracts Committee ( JBCC) seminars 2017




FIRST SEMESTER – March – June 2017

Wednesday 01 March 2017 – The Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park – 1.0 CPD credit
Principal Building Agreement and Nominated/Selected Subcontract Agreement (08:00 – 16:30)

Wednesday 08 March 2017 – Garden Court , Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Cape Town – 1.0 CPD credit
Principal Building Agreement and Nominated / Selected Subcontract Agreement (08:00 – 16:30)

Wednesday 10 May 2017 – Bytes Conference Centre, Halfway Gardens, Midrand – 1.0 CPD credit
Principal Building Agreement and Nominated / Selected Subcontract Agreement (08:00 – 16:30)

Wednesday 07 June 2017 – Sica’s Guest House, Owen Avenue, Durban – 1.0 CPD credit
Principal Building Agreement and Nominated / Selected Subcontract Agreement (08:00 – 16:30)

R2 800.00 (VAT incl) per delegate/R2 500.00 (VAT incl) per delegate if more than one delegate
from the same company attends the seminar

Allison Kuhn – (011) 482 3102 /

LSFB six-day training course 6 to 11 March 2017

The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association – SASFA – will be presenting its 6-day training course for building contractors from 6 to 11 March 2017 in Gauteng.

See below for more detail, and the registration form.

There is limited space available on the course, SASFA can only accept 20 registrations – so book now to ensure your place!

Also, please forward this link to anyone you believe may be interested in the course – it is essential for the growth of this industry that all role players be properly trained.

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 – cinema complex – in Light Steel Frame construction

Training course for BUILDING CONTRACTORS of light steel frame buildings:

Gauteng, 6 – 11 March 2017

Background: Light steel frame building is rapidly growing in popularity in Southern Africa. A recent survey has shown that the volume of LSFB has grown significantly during the past few years, notwithstanding the adverse conditions in the building industry.

The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) was established to develop the light steel frame building industry in Southern Africa. Supported by all the major players in this industry, SASFA strives to establish desirable quality standards in all facets of the LSF building process.

In order to ensure quality in buildings, training of all role players in the value chain is of paramount importance. Training courses for building contractors, designers and inspectors are presented.

Successful completion of the course for Building Contractors will enable attendees to correctly erect a simple LSF structure, and to plan and supervise installation of cladding, lining, insulation and services.

Who should attend? The course is aimed at new as well as practising builders and building contractors of light steel frame buildings. Attendees must at least have passed Grade 12, and be able to read building plans. We have had architects, engineers and senior managers attend the course, to develop fundamental knowledge of the process.

Course content: the course covers all aspects of LSFB, including practical work – trainees will erect a small LSF building:

  • Steel frames: properties of steel, manufacturing of steel frames, setting out and erection

  • Installation of external cladding, and

  • Internal lining, insulation and services

The six day course will be presented by SASFA, in co-operation with Marley Building Systems, Saint-Gobain and Everite. The attendance fee of R7 300 covers a set of course notes, refreshments and light lunches daily. A certificate of successful completion will be issued to qualifying candidates.

Please complete the attached registration form if you wish to attend the course. Also, feel free to forward this invitation to others whom you think may be interested to attend. Act now – we can accept only 20 applications!

Registration form

SASFA Light Steel Frame Training Course for Building Contractors,

Gauteng 6 – 11 March 2017

Fax to: SASFA , fax no 086 549 4630, or

E-mail to

Registration deadline: 24 Feb 2017

I wish to attend the course for Building Contractors of Light Steel Frame Buildings

Course fee (Vat Incl): SASFA members: R 6 900 / person

Non-members: R 7 300 / person

The fee includes all course notes, materials for practical work, refreshments and light lunches daily. A copy of SANS 517, the building code for LSFB, can be included, at an extra fee of R 670.00 (non-members) or R550.00 (SASFA members).

Please attach proof of payment with your registration.

Directions to the venue will be e-mailed with confirmation of your registration.

Delegate details

Name & surname: ………………………………………………………………………

Company name: ………………………………………………………………………

VAT no (if applicable): …………………………………………………………………………………..

E-mail address: ………………………………………………………………………

Postal address: ………………………………………………………………………………………………

SANS 517 (recommended): Yes ……. No ……… (please indicate).

Tel no’s: Cell ……………………………… Landline ………………………………………

Our banking details: Electronic deposits are preferred

Account name: SASFA

Bank: FNB

Account number: 62211975159

Branch name: Parktown

Branch Code: 250655

Deposit reference: ‘Builders’, ‘your surname’.

For any further information, please contact Reubenette Andrews at +27 (0)11 726 6111 or

If electronic payment is not possible, please contact our accountant, Debbie Allcock, at

tel: +27 (0)11 726 6111 or


Written cancellations received by at least 15 working days before event – 100% refund

Written cancellations received by 7 working days before event – 50% refund

Thereafter – no refund. Substitutes will be accepted.

Pointers for Emerging Contractors

Pointers for Emerging Contractors


Clean up your business and improve potential profit in 2017

Heinrich van der Vyver

Heinrich van der Vyver

Heinrich van der Vyver offers emerging contractors some sound business advice

As a business owner in South Africa for over 18 years, I know what it’s like to hit a brick wall. That ‘S-curve’ graph that tracks your business growth, starting at the initial growth spurt, then levelling out, and then the big slump where you’re not sure if you’re going to make it through, and then the surge of new business growth as you reach your next zenith of client-acquisition, mostly on the back of you getting to know who you really are as a business, what your brand is, and who your ideal client is. Yes, I know that S-curve well.

But once that surge has settled, and becomes the new norm, your growth seems to hit sludge. Your turnover is steady and good, your clients are happy, you’re replacing those clients who fall away with new ones, and you are covering costs. But the line on the graph doesn’t go up as steeply as you’d like it to any more.

It’s in times like these that your business – and probably your way of thinking about your business – could do with a vigorous spring clean. I don’t mean the ‘I changed the linen’ kind of spring clean. We’re talking pick up the rug, move the couches and strip the curtains type of spring clean. So put on your yellow gloves, because it’s about to get dirty.

4 ways to clean up your business and improve potential earnings in 2017
Think, think, think – and schedule Dream Time
I have two young children who love watching Winnie the Pooh. One of this yellow, fluffy sage’s sayings when faced with a challenge is, ‘Think, think, think’. Like the yellow bear with the red top, it’s time we slowed down to speed up. Take the time to step back from your business and think. Dream. As business owners we easily fall into the trap of believing that being busy means we are successful. On the contrary, we need to schedule dream-time where we can think our way into the next stage of growth.
Systems check
In this context, ‘systems’ does not mean technology or bleeping lights or white lab coats. Quite simply, a system is where any two parts work together towards a common function or goal.

Your business has a lot of different systems that act independently or in conjunction with each other to produce or support your profit-making efforts.
Doing a systems check involves you, sitting with your managers and function owners, and mapping out what systems you have in your business. Remember, this is not just about computers and machinery. This is every system that has a set of elements that work together to produce a function or goal.

It could be the printing machine in the factory being manned by an operator. The machine, the human operator, his lunch break, the process and the material being used by the machine make up one system. It could be the secretary answering the phone and replying to customer emails. The phone, the tired/happy secretary, the computer and the slow/fast internet connection all make up that one system. And on you go, through your entire business until you have identified all the systems that make up your business.

The reason we do this is because the thought of improving a business as a whole is much too vague and too daunting, and so we usually just stop before we’ve even started. It is better to break up the business into systems that are in more bite-sized pieces, and then understand how we can improve each system, rather than look at the business as a whole. If we improve each system, even by just a little bit, our entire business will shift into another level of operations.
The next step is to map out your workflows. Basically, a workflow is the pathway your product or service takes from start to finish to be produced: from answering the first email enquiry, through to creating a quote to pushing it through production, including stock management and QC, to loading it in a van and delivering it to the client, finally culminating in an invoice and accounts.

1. Identify the workflow. What is the task or function? Perhaps construction site logistics and health and safety compliance.
2. Identify the processes involved in the workflow: such as construction staff on-site and getting the right building materials to them at the right time.
3. Identify the process owners. Who is the person responsible for each part of the workflow? Who is the expert in that role? If no-one is identified, have a discussion on who is best to handle that function.
4. Identify what steps are needed in each process. Sit with the process owner and unpack what takes place in that workflow. Take the brief, brainstorm with the team, put together a first draft, apply changes, send to client for comment and apply changes.
5. Identify how to do each step in the most efficient way. This is sometimes called a procedure document. The process owner will help with this and should include instructions on what questions to ask and how to record the brief on a template that is also attached.
6. Identify which of those steps can be automated. Repetitive admin tasks can often be automated by using business operating software. This frees up time and expensive resources can be redirected into more profit-supporting roles.

This process will streamline your workflow and make your business outcomes predictable, stable and measurable. In other words, you can confidently provide your customers with a consistent result, which ensures your customers keep coming back for more, and you remain profitable.
The lid
Once you have broken your business up into systems and mapped out your workflows, identify what limitations might be restricting the smooth and easy flow of work through that system.

A lid on your system could be an old machine that is slowing things down, staff that have a bad attitude, the lack of policies and procedures, or insufficient shifts to handle the demand on production.

This step could take a while.

You could think about taking your management team away on a workshop to brainstorm these points in a focused and deliberate fashion.
Alternatively, your ERP or business operating software will show you immediately, on a daily basis, in real time, where your constraints are across your entire business. ‘It can’t measure attitude,’ you might say. Well, it may not measure smiles per minute, but it does show you individual staff productivity, which should give you some indication of their attitude. At the very least it will raise a flag for you to address that you might not have otherwise noticed.

Once you’ve identified what the lid is in each system, you can brainstorm ideas to remove the lid and improve the system.

A good business coach can help you unpack these steps further, along with your ERP or business operating software. We never said it was going to be easy! But following these steps will improve efficiency across all channels, reduce wastage, and ultimately improve your bottom line. Here’s to spring cleaned businesses and better growth in 2017.

Heinrich van der Vyver is the founder of QuickEasy Software, a proudly South African software company in Cape Town with a national footprint. QuickEasy’s business operating system, or ERP, simplifies business processes and integrates every aspect of the business cycles into one, easy-to-use system. With a well-known legacy in the printing sector in South Africa, QuickEasy offers the same user-friendly, reliable business software to all businesses in South Africa, backed with friendly on-site support, business support and training.