Congress 2017 lifts us to a new level of collaboration

Congress 2017 lifts us to a new level of collaboration

Bafikile Bonke Simelane, President, Master Builders South Africa

This month marks exactly one year since I was inaugurated as the first Black President of Master Builders South Africa at our 111th Annual Congress in Durban whose milestone was the adoption and signing of the Master Builders South Africa Transformation Declaration under the Congress Theme of ‘Building South Africa’.

This theme was continued for the 112th Master Builders Congress * held in Cape Town from the 10 – 12 September, which fittingly took place on the eve of Minister Gigaba’s maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement to be delivered in October. Our Congress theme fits in well with the Minister’s pronouncements about the Government and Private Sector working closer together to inclusively develop and grow the South African economy. We wish to partner with the Government around a common vision and purpose.

Master Builders SA stands ready, as the Minister has said, to work closely with those who share the urgency for higher economic growth to create jobs, alleviate poverty and reduce the stubbornly high levels of inequality and racialised income and wealth disparities. Otherwise social discontent will increase.

Congress 2017 was indeed very well attended and was a huge success. An impressive line-up of Speakers and Panellists, including the Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel, Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele, the CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council – Thabo Masombuka and Craig Lemboe from the Bureau for Economic Research.

It is however with some disappointment that Congress 2017 launched with the Construction Sector Charter Codes still not approved, signed and gazetted by the Minister of Trade and Industry. The sector desperately needs the policy and regulatory certainty that this will provide going forward.

Master Builders SA remains committed to its Transformation Declaration despite frustrations and setbacks along the way as we seek to operationalise and institutionalise it throughout our membership at Provincial/Regional and Association level to mitigate incidents of violence and intimidation we have seen in some Regions.

We are encouraged by the level of commitment and buy-in we are beginning to see in changes that reflect the demographics of the country especially at Executive Leadership level. This now needs to translate to the Membership Profile of the Provincial Associations. We have no doubt that in time this will be the case.

It is also worth bearing in mind that our Transformation Declaration is aligned to the Voluntary Rebuilding Programme (VRP) also known as the Tirisano Trust. We remain open to seeking out synergies, partnerships and opportunities for co-operation and collaboration with the Tirisano Trust including signing Memorandum of Agreements with the relevant parties to accelerate and deepen meaningful transformation of the sector.

We cannot bemoan silos and industry fragmentation when we ourselves are behaving in a manner that perpetuates and reinforces the status quo, institutional suspicion and gate-keeping. It is counter-productive and just promotes proliferation, alienation and inward-looking competition. The sector is one of the strategic pillars of the South Africa economy. It needs to behave and organise itself accordingly.

The 112th Congress has now planted the seeds of this vision as we seek to position the brand Master Builders SA to take its rightful place and role in the evolution of the South African Construction Economy Value-Chain and become the Leading Voice in the Building Industry in its advocacy and stakeholder engagement initiatives including with National Treasury in the mooted ‘Development of South African Construction Environment Suit of Contracts for State Procurement’. The CIDB needs to be heard too here.

The concrete, tangible, implementable, measurable and realistic resolutions made at Congress 2017 enable our united voice to be heard and to guide us in Building South Africa in accordance with our Congress theme, so that the next generation can look back with pride and gratitude.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

  • The full report on Congress 2017 will be published in the October issue of SA Builder

Dangote Cement elbows in on PPC takeover deal


Image: Clarion

Dangote Cement elbows in on PPC takeover deal

According to the following report by Bloomberg news agency, Dangote Cement has approached PPC about a takeover deal, signalling the start of a possible bidding war for South Africa’s biggest cement maker after an earlier offer led by Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings.

Dangote has told PPC’s board that it’s interested in buying “the entire share capital,” the Lagos-based company said in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange. “This communication is still at the preliminary stage,” the cement maker said.

The approach by the company owned by Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest person, follows a joint offer from Toronto-based Fairfax and PPC’s domestic rival AfriSam. While PPC will consider all bids, the Public Investment Corp., its largest shareholder, supports a tie up with AfriSam and Fairfax. LafargeHolcim, the world’s biggest cement maker, is also monitoring PPC’s situation.

At the time PPC shares rose 2.4 percent to 6.10 rand, increasing gains in the past month to 62 percent and valuing the company at 9.7 billion rand ($738 million). Dangote, listed in Lagos, has a market capitalization of about $10 billion.

Dangote has the capacity to pull the deal off,” Pabina Yinkere, an analyst at Vetiva Capital Management, said by phone from Lagos. “It is a very liquid company with a very strong cash flow. It is a good strategy that would help Dangote consolidate leadership in the South African market.”

A takeover of PPC by Dangote would combine two of Africa’s largest cement makers with operations throughout the continent. It would also scupper the South African company’s plans to merge with AfriSam, a deal that the PIC wanted to get through to create a national champion.

Africa’s biggest money manager owns about 11 percent of PPC, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It’s also the biggest shareholder in AfriSam with about 60 percent.

Teichmann Structures named overall winner of Steel Awards 2017

Teichmann Structures named overall winner of Steel Awards 2017

The highlight of the structural steel industry calendar, the 36th Annual Steel Awards hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction in partnership with Aveng Trident Steel, took place on 13 September 2017 in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kwazulu Natal concurrently. Attended by close to 900 people the event showcased projects completed in the previous year that demonstrated excellence in the use of structural steel. 56 Projects were entered into this year’s awards, and over 300 project team members were involved.

Sponsors for the event were: Main – Aveng Trident Steel, Popular Vote Feature – Macsteel, Photo Competition – Cadex Systems SA, Tubular category – The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers, Light steel frame building category – MiTek Industries South Africa, Metal Cladding Category – Global Roofing Solutions, Factory and Warehouse category – Safintra, and Innovation Category Safal Steel. Partner Sponsors – ArcelorMittal SA, BSi Steel, NJR Steel and Stewarts and Lloyds.

The event culminated in the announcement of the overall winner for 2017, the BMW H-EMS Roof Lift, submitted by Teichmann Structures – who were the main contractors for the project. In addition to being the overall winner, this project also won the Safal Steel Innovation Category.

It’s rare that you get a challenge of this type

– and they pulled it off spectacularly”

The BMW H-EMS Roof Lift by Teichmann Structures – overall winner of Steel Awards 2017

Conventional roof construction methods for the BMW H-EMS Roof lift project were not possible due to construction period span and site restrictions. The solution was to launch the roof horizontally into its position, over a live plant…where costly high-end vehicles were being manufactured below. The steel roof structure was erected in segments and launched into positions with hydraulic jacking equipment. Columns were installed overhead through the use of motorized trolley and gantry system that was designed by the construction team.
When asked about the BMW H-EMS Roof Lift project, Amanuel Gebremeskel, Technical Director of the SAISC remarked: “I think it’s rare that you get a challenge of this type, in engineering terms as well as fabrication and erection terms. It’s a very risky project, which they have pulled off spectacularly.”

Category winners of Steel Awards 2014:

Summit Place

GLA School Hall

1. Light Steel Frame Building joint winners: Summit Place and – GLA School Hall.

CTICC East by Anchor Steel Projects

2. Metal Cladding: Kasane Airport.
Tubular and Architectural Categories: The Time Square Globe Bar and Casino Arch.
Commercial: CTICC East.
Factory and Warehouse: 265 Sydney Road
Steel Innovation: BMW H-EMS Roof Lift

Master Builders National Safety Competition 2017 – all the winners

Master Builders National Safety Competition 2017

– all the winners

Damien Pennefather accepts the Master Builders Association Shield for Contracts over R500 million on behalf of the Kusile Buildings Project, Stefanutti Stocks/ Basil Read JV from the President of MBSA, Bafikile Bonke Simelane and Ndivhuwo Manyonga, MD of FEM

Master Builders Congress 2017 Gala Dinner, hosted by the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company, saw the climax of the National Safety Competition as the winners of each category were announced.

Master Builders South Africa has for many decades been proudly at the forefront of promoting occupational health and safety in South Africa’s construction industry. Working in close collaboration with the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) – a household name in the construction industry delivering world class services to its policy holders – Master Builders SA is proud to maintain a close relationship with the licensed workmen’s compensation assurer.

The well-being of member companies’ workforces, together with safe working conditions on construction sites, is a fundamental objective of Master Builders SA. It strives to achieve this by coordinating various interventions at its national office which is executed by the Master Builders Associations who play a vital role in delivering advice and services to employers on building sites throughout the country.

Winners of the coveted Master Builders Association Shield

for Contracts over R500 million:

Winners of the coveted Master Builders Association Shield for Contracts over R500 million: Stefanutti Stocks & Basil Read for Kusile Power Station

Stefanutti Stocks & Basil Read for Kusile Power Station”

Let there be no doubt that this is indeed an enormous task, conducted by recognised professionals in the field of Construction Health and Safety. Readers will be pleased to learn that this year’s Competition was overseen and coordinated by Pierre Fourie, the recently retired Master Builders SA operations director.

MBSA National Safety Committee Chairperson for the period under review was Greg Steele

National Safety Committee Chairperson for the period under review was Greg Steele, Executive Director of Master Builders Association – East Cape. In keeping with the customary high standard of the national competition and in the interest of transparency, Master Builders SA appointed ASHREQ Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Consultants (Pty) Ltd as the independent auditors. ASHREQ Judges for the competition were: Tïandre du Preez, Health & Safety Manager and Dirk Human, Health & Safety Practitioner.

Ndivhuwo Manyonga, Managing Director, Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company

In her address to Award winners and guests at the Congress 2017 FEM Gala Dinner, Ndivhuwo Manyonga, Managing Director, Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company said “Health and safety is an investment – not a cost – and needs to be integral to the culture of an organisation. At FEM we will continue to lead the way by doing innovative things to enable organisations to achieve zero harm on their constructions sites, and thereby across the construction industry spectrum.”

Winners of Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition 2017






Vice President’s Shield


Plant & Storage Yards

Tiber Construction (Pty) Ltd

Village Deep Yard, Johannesburg


Master Builders Association Shield



Manufacturers and Allied Trades

Brand Engineering SA. (Pty) Ltd

Storage Yard, Cape Town


Master Builders Association Shield



Manufacturers and Allied Trades

Steeledale (Pty) Ltd

Steeledale – Cape Town

Manufacturing Plant


Chief Executive Officer’s Shield


Contracts less than

R10 million

Patcon Building and Civil Engineering (Pty) Ltd

Vopak Terminal Durban – Early Works Projects


Safety Management Shield



R10 million to R25 million

GVK Siyazama Building Construction (Gauteng) (Pty) Ltd

Aloe Ridge Hotel


Ramsay Herd Shield



R25 million to R75 million

GVK Siyazama Building Construction (Cape)(Pty) Ltd

Alexandra Precinct


Vice President’s Shield



R75 million to R150 million

Concor Western Cape

16 Nettleton Road


President’s Shield


R150 million to R300 million

Liviero Building (Pty) Ltd

JAVETT : UP Arts Centre


Federated Employers’ Mutual Shield


R300 million to R500 million

Group Five (Pty) Ltd

Werksmans Head Office


Master Builders Association Shield


R500 million PLUS

Stefanutti Stocks/Basil Read JV

Kusile Buildings Project, Mpumalanga

Master Builders South Africa is very proud to be associated with FEM who again funded the cost of judging the National Competition.

Master Builders Congress Lays Foundations for Co-creating South Africa’s Future

Master Builders Congress Lays Foundations for Co-creating South Africa’s Future

The 112th annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress got underway on 11 September 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. The first day of the Congress featured robust engagement, challenging debates, thought-provoking discussions and the sharing of knowledge, information and ideas – all linked to this year’s theme of Building South Africa Together.

Opening the event, MBSA President, Bonke Simelane, stated: “At this year’s Congress we seek to co-create the future, come up with solutions and put forward resolutions that enable us to contribute meaningfully and make a positive impact as a sector in the face of the country’s triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.”

Representatives from local and national government, building industry leaders, economists and other relevant stakeholders shared their perspectives on issues and opportunities within the South African building and construction industry.

Among them was Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of the City of Cape Town, who, in his Welcoming Address, spoke about the severe drought currently affecting the Western Cape. “Water is a vitally important resource, not only to our health and ecosystems, but to economic production processes and infrastructure development. Reducing consumption is vital and, for this reason, the City has offered the construction industry the option of using treated effluent water to reduce their use of municipal drinking water. I would like to urge the construction sector to take action to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry and the economy on which it relies. Like it or not, we live in interesting times. However, times of disruption and uncertainty also offer unique opportunities. In order to seize these opportunities, we need to change how we do things.”

The Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel

Delivering the Congress’ Keynote Address, Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel shared: “A week ago, the economy emerged from the recession, powered mainly by the exceptionally strong performance of the agriculture sector. Nevertheless, there were some dark linings to this silver cloud – two sectors that, in the past eight years had driven economic growth and employment in an otherwise sluggish environment, experienced negative outputs in this past quarter. One of those was the construction industry, a major employer providing work for 1.4 million South Africans and a significant contributor to the country’s GDP.” He listed some of the challenges that the construction industry is facing such as reduced infrastructure spending by a number of state-owned enterprises, collusion, corruption, project delays, cost overruns and a lack of transformation. Patel revealed some of the work that his department was doing to help bolster the sector and, in turn, the economy. This included consulting with National Treasury on the possibility of a multi-year budget system to mirror the build cycle of mega infrastructure projects to provide a level of certainty in the market. He also said that, despite the softening of spending, government is still outlaying approximately R280 billion per year on infrastructure and that this will be boosted further with the Minister of Finance adding increasing emphasis on infrastructure spending over the next two budgets. In addition, Patel reminded attendees of the opportunities presented for infrastructure development by urbanisation and growth within other parts of the continent.

Transformation took centre stage in the panel discussion on The State of the Construction Industry in South Africa, with the debate on whether the new Construction Sector Codes adequately address transformation gaps in the sector being a key focus. Thabo Masombuka, CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council, said: “The Codes are only a blueprint through which the industry seeks to facilitate meaningful integration of historically disadvantaged communities in the mainstream economy. They are a minimum framework and should serve as encouragement for the industry to do more.” Gregory Mofokeng, General Secretary of the Black Business Council in the Built Environment, added: “Doing more includes being serious about ensuring that the ownership of the industry rests in black hands. In black-owned companies, all aspects of the Construction Codes are met and even surpassed. In contrast, the majority of companies that are white-owned merely comply with the minimum targets.” In terms of how the panellists believed transformation needs to advance, Mike Wylie, Chairman of WBHO Construction, stated: “Transformation must become part of daily life.”

Following the panel discussion, Craig Lemboe, Senior Economist at the Bureau for Economic Research at the University of Stellenbosch, unpacked South Africa’s Economic Outlook. He shared that although the economy enjoyed significant growth in the first half of the year, it is unlikely to be sustained as the year progresses. Additionally, he noted that the construction sector faced two periods of decline, meaning that it is technically still in a recession and will experience more pain for the remainder of the year. Looking to the future, Lemboe predicts that GDP growth will remain flat, but that more meaningful growth is on the horizon in 2018, if risks are managed appropriately.

The first day of Congress concluded with enlightening technical breakaway sessions on the issues of Construction Occupational Health and Safety, Skills Development and Regulatory, Contractual and Legal Matters in the Construction Industry.

Govt. poised to boost infrastructure spend

Government poised to boost infrastructure spend

CAPE TOWN, Monday 11 September 2017

The 112th Master Builders South Africa Congress 2017 was declared open by the organisation’s President, Bafikile Bonke Simelane.

This summary will be followed by a detailed report on Congress 2017 in the October issue of SA Builder.

Recognised as the de facto representative body for the South African construction industry, Master Builders South Africa annual Congress assembled a formidable array of speakers from the construction sector, government departments, health and safety specialists, and other industry bodies, to debate and tackle the challenges facing the sector.

The Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, addresses delegates at Master Builders Congress 2017.

In his keynote address the Minister of Economic Affairs, Ebrahim Patel, revealed that government will, over the next two years, significantly boost infrastructure spend by some R270 billion per year with the aim of cementing certainty within the construction and related sectors. “Working closely with the National Treasury it is our aim get bricks and mortar onto the ground and to create an environment of certainty across the South African economy, specifically within the construction sector, for as far ahead as ten years hence,” said Minister Patel.

The event was well attended by, amongst others: Master Builders Associations and their members from all regions of the country, Master Builders SA office bearers and Past Presidents Past Presidents Eunice Forbes and Nico Maas, construction companies, captains of the construction industry, government bodies, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Federated Employers Mutual Company (FEM), leading manufacturers and suppliers, project managers, engineers, architects and designers.

A brisk panel discussion on Economic Transformation in the South African construction industry in which panellists Mike Wiley – Chairman of WBHO, Gregory Mofokeng – General Secretary: Black Business Council of SA; Hardin Ratshisusu – Deputy Commissioner of the Competition Commission; Bafikile Bonke Simelane – President of Master Builders SA; Craig Lemboe – Bureau for Economic Research: University of Stellenbosch; and Thabo Masombuka – CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council, debated the effects of anti-competitive behaviour and the impact of ratings downgrades in the construction industry.

Earlier, Clint Wicomb, General Manager: Coastal Region – PPC – the primary sponsor of the event said: “Very few industries have the opportunity to change the lives of all South Africans as much as the construction industry. It is our aim at Congress 2017 to find more effective ways to build sustainable structures to the benefit of all aspects of our nation.”

At a gala dinner hosted by FEM, the winners of the Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition were announced. The winner of the FEM Super League Trophy for Projects R500 Million and Above was awarded to the Stefanutti Stocks and Basil Read Joint Venture (SSBR JV) for their outstanding safety performance at the Kusile Power Station. 

Also at Master Builders SA Congress 2017, stakeholders in the construction industry exhibited their products and services.

More follows…

Vikashnee Harbhajan honoured with two prestigious awards

Vikashnee Harbhajan honoured with two prestigious awards


Vikashnee Harbhajan – Executive Director, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal, proudly displays her two awards

On 3 August 2017, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal Executive Director Vikashnee Harbhajan was the recipient of two prestigious awards at the CEO Global South Southern African Development Community (SADC) Gala awards for Africa’s Most Influential Women and Titans in Business and Government.

Ms Harbhajan was honoured with a Country Award for South Africa, along with the momentous SADC South Region Award, making her a finalist in the Africa awards in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities Sector.

The programme aims to honour the unsung heroes and heroines in Africa’s business landscape, with over 4 000 nominees from 57 countries. The journey is a challenging one with several tiers of judging and the final results are then audited.

SADC South Region recognized the outstanding and unwavering leadership role that Vikashnee Harbhajan has played over the years.

Part of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal’s rich and illustrious history is Ms Harbhajan’s proud heritage as the first Black Executive Director of the Association and its first female Executive Director. This legacy also holds true for the history of the Master Builders movement in South Africa. Ms Harbhajan is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa and holds a Master’s degree in Law.

She has set herself apart by holding senior positions in both the public and private sector, including University of Durban–Westville, Technikon Mangosuthu, Legal Aid Board, Harbhajan and Associates, Free State Department of Education as Director: Legal Services and Labour Relations, before taking up a position with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) as the Programme Director.

She then joined Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the national voice of organised business in SA where she served as Executive Director responsible for Social Policy for over four years. 

Vikashnee Harbhajan – Executive Director, Master Builders Association KwaZulu-Natal (centre) pictured with Moegamat Behardien – Immediate Past President, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal (left) and Joyce Dolly Tembe – President, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal (right)

She has also gained experience on several Boards and Councils, including the National Board for Further Education and Training (NBFET), Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOHS), the South African Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS Board (SABCOHA), Wholesale and Retail SETA Board (WRSETA). Construction Industry Development board (CIDB) National stakeholder forum and the Essential Services Committee (ESC).

Vikashnee currently serves on the Equality Review Committee (ERC), SACPCMP Transformation Committee Chairperson, MBSA Board as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Human Resource Development Council. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and Business Women’s Association (BWA).

In 2016, the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) awarded Vikashnee Harbhajan the ASOCSA Leadership Award for demonstrating consistent, ethical and exemplary leadership in the broader construction industry. 

Ms Harbhajan was honoured and deeply humbled to be the recipient of SADC South Region Award for Africa’s Most Influential Women and expressed her sincere gratitude to the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council for their leadership and support, the Management and staff and her family for their contribution in achieving this recognition of visionary women leadership.

South African Builder, on behalf of Master Builders South Africa and each of the regional Master Builders Associations, congratulates and salutes Vikki Harbhajan on being honoured with these awards.

Embattled Northern Cape construction sector still under siege

Embattled Northern Cape construction sector still under siege

Master Builders Association Northern Cape (MBA Northern Cape) held its Annual General meeting in Kimberley in July 2017, at which the new Executive Committee for 2017/2018 was announced – as were the winners of the Regional Health and Safety competition.

MBA Northern Cape Executive Committee: Keith van Rensburg – Senior Vice President; Graham Andrews – President; Dudley Dally; Martin Jooste; Eddie du Toit -Junior Vice President; and Benno Jacobs. Not present: Kobus Duvenhage.

During his presentation the president, Graham Andrews, stated that although it seems as if the building industry in Kimberley is booming the local builders and suppliers are going through a lean period as most of the construction is being done by contractors and sub-contractors from other regions. Construction has also slowed down to a snail’s pace in surrounding areas.

Sol Plaatje University Photo: M&D Construction

The good news however is that new projects at the Sol Plaatje University have been taken over from Wits and will be handled by a local team who have committed to make sure that local contractors and merchants will be used where possible.

The winners of the MBA Northern Cape Health and Safety competition are as follows:

Category Winner

Plant & Yard RMD. KwikForm

Projects R10 – R20 Million Kobus Duvenhage Construction for Quinn Flats, Kimberley

Projects R50 – R120 Million Kobus Duvenhage Construction for the Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Kimberley

Current construction projects in progress in the region include:

Lenmed Hospital; Sol Plaatje University; Drug Rehabilitation Centre; and the Mental Hospital.

The third annual ASAQS Conference promotes agility and adaptability

The third annual ASAQS Conference promotes agility and adaptability

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Conference took place 2 August at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. The Conference inspired quantity surveyors from across the country.

Meritorious Service Award winner Prof Kathy Mitchell and Larry Feinberg, Executive Director ASAQS

Academic excellence and outstanding professional achievement was rewarded at the ASAQS Gala dinner. Prof. Kathy Mitchell received the prestigious Meritorious Service Award for her contribution to the profession and built environment. Quantity surveying university students from across the country also competed for the Future Leaders Award, Candidate Achievers Award and the Gold Medal Award. The awards are not only aimed to reward and congratulate students for academic excellence, but also to inspire them to take over the reins as future leaders in the quantity surveying profession.

The theme of the Conference, Agility, Swift and Strong aimed to embrace the winds of change to better decide whether you should build walls or windmills. All the speakers said changes in the technological, economic and political landscape need to be embraced by the Quantity Surveying profession.

Gold award nominees: Those that have exhibited traits during their studies that give us great hope for the future of our profession. Winner: Alain Alexander (middle) Charnike Coetzee (left) and Jhon Thatcher (right)

Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS said over the past three years they have been incrementally growing the value proposition of the ASAQS annual flagship Conference. “Certainly not in the last 3 decades has it been more important for practising quantity surveyors to understand and embrace the ever changing technological and political landscape and become adaptable and agile in using these new powerful tools to their own advantage,” he said. At the ASAQS annual flagship Conference numerous tools were discussed.

Uwe Putlitz from JBCC discussed Life is too short to deal with avoidable (building) disputes. Another highlight at the Conference was the presentation by Craig Howie from AECOM on Building Information Management (BIM) and how this new technology is creating new potential opportunities. “In the near future clients and other practising professionals within the built environment will most likely increasingly require the professional team to employ BIM and pass on the savings that this platform can generate when used on large construction projects,” Feinberg said.

Rudolf Pienaar spoke on Growthpoint’s sustainable journey and how the industry can bring about change through green building. “Green building and sustainability are no longer just catch phrases for the privileged few that strive to reduce carbon emissions. The word sustainability in the public domain is fast becoming synonymous with cost and energy savings and I am by no means alone when I say that I can see a much larger role for QS’s to play in advising their clients of potential long term savings,” Feinberg said.

Dr. Ron Watermeyer discussed government’s Standard for an Infrastructure Delivery Management system (SIPDM), how the processes work, how target contracts can be utilized and how this has benefited projects he’s been involved with.

The ASAQS thanked the over 230 delegates for their contribution and reiterated that the QS profession is going from strength to strength.

Gold Award Nominees should have obtained an average mark exceeding 75% for all years of study, made up of an average mark exceeding 75% for the first three years of study combined, plus an average mark exceeding 75% for the fourth and final year of study. Other assessment criteria, includes extramural activities, contribution to community, social responsibility, personality and leadership qualities.

Exquisite Dekton® cladding graces new Majorca hotels

Exquisite Dekton® cladding graces new Majorca hotels

In 2017 the hotel chain Hipotels opened two new hotels in Playa de Palma, Majorca, Spain: the 5 star Playa de Palma Palace and the 4 star Gran Playa de Palma.

Orientated towards foreign tourism, the chain’s main objective is to provide quality establishments, a personalised service, an excellent location and a fitout of facilities and services that goes above and beyond market demands.

For the execution and set-up of both complexes, more than 72,700 m2 of the ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino was used.

The ventilated façade of the 4 star Gran Playa de Palma hotel building is composed of Dekton. The properties of the material are ideal for this application. In proximity to the sea, Dekton provides optimum resistance to erosion caused by beach sand and salt residue. Similarly, it has exceptional qualities such as high resistance to rays of ultraviolet light, colour stability and high stain resistance.

More than 9 000 square metres of Dekton in the colour Edora create an architecturally impressive façade. Walls made entirely of Dekton can be seen applied in bedrooms, common areas, dining rooms and bars. Thanks to its excellent performance in damp or wet environments, Dekton was the perfect product to clad the walls of the heated swimming pool, as well as the bathrooms in the hotel rooms and spa.

A wide range of Dekton tones was chosen to clad the different walls: soft, pale colours such as Ariane and Blanc Concrete, spectacular glossy finishes such as XGloss Halo and XGloss Glacier, the wooden effect of Makai and the unconventional industrial appearance of Trilium.

More than 20 000 square metres of Dekton was applied as wall cladding.

Dekton special architectural elements

Dekton has allowed architectural details such as the diverse pillars that decorate the halls of both hotels and the vertical structures that stand out for their elegance and beauty, to become a reality. For the 4 star hotel the subtle colour Edora was chosen, while for the 5 star hotel the extraordinary glossy finish of the white tone Halo has been selected.

The bedroom entrances of the 4 star hotel stand out due to bespoke Dekton door frames in the colour Danae. The mix of materials and colours combine perfectly offering exclusivity, personalisation and differentiation to the design.

The new buildings, Hipotels Gran Playa de Palma (4*) and Hipotels Playa de Palma Palace (5*), will provide a major boost to the tourism, economy and quality of the area.

Connected by a convention centre, Hipotels Gran Playa de Palma (4*) has 368 rooms distributed throughout six floors, while Hipotels Playa de Palma Palace (5*) has 224 rooms spread over seven floors. Located only 200 metres from the beach, their facilities boast a wide range of services such as a terrace, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bars, restaurants and a spa.