Accolades pour in for Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN record Lost Time Injury (LTI) free hours achievement

Accolades pour in for Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN record Lost Time Injury (LTI) free hours achievement

In March Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN released its unprecedented record of having worked 3 031 818 hours without a lost time injury. January 2019 marked the 58th month of being lost time injury free, over some 23 projects, a record of which the company is of course extremely proud – and which it intends to maintain through 2019 and beyond.

South African Builder congratulates Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN on this outstanding achievement.

To whom it may concern

Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN Lost Time Injury (LTI) Free hours milestone as at 31 January 2019

As at 31 January 2019 Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN have worked 3 031 818 hours without a lost time injury. January 2019 marks the 58th month of being lost time injury free, a record of which we are extremely proud of and intend to maintain this in 2019 and beyond.

Considering ours is a very high risk and labour intensive industry, achieving these kind of stats is no doubt remarkable. This achievement would not have been possible without a strong management commitment, a comprehensive and constantly evolving OHS program and more importantly support from our employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and organisations like the MBA KZN and FEM.

The regular and timely OHS campaigns and constantly improving safety induction programmes have no doubt played a significant part in creating a culture of health and safety awareness on all projects. We acknowledge that more work lies ahead of us if we are to remain accident and incident free but it is a challenge we look forward to as we owe it not just to our employees but to our clients, contractors and the public alike.

Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN have displayed their unwavering commitment to health and safety over the years. The company is renowned for winning multiple awards for excellence in Health and Safety at both provincial and national level. It comes as no surprise to the industry that they have achieved this remarkable milestone as it demonstrates their commitment towards managing and maintaining a safe and incident-free environment. Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal congratulates Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN on yet another exemplary milestone.” Vikashnee Harbhajan – Executive Director, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal.

From left to right: Mark Stewart, Contracts Director, Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN; Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal; John Dorning, Managing Director KZN, Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN; Neil Enslin, Health and Safety Manager, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal

Dear Sivan and Howard,

Congratulations to you and your team on this outstanding achievement. I hope, Industry at large can adopt some of the initiatives and best practices that you have adopted in order to achieve successes such as this. Congratulations once again.

Lennie Samuel,

Forensic Investigator,

Inspection & Enforcement Services,

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office

From: Smallwood, John (Prof) (Summerstrand Campus North) [mailto:John.Smallwood@mandela.ac.za]

Sent: 13/March/2019 11:09 AM

To: siven.naidoo@stefstocks.com; Howard.Schwegmann@stefstocks.com

Cc: ‘CHSExecutive@sacpcmp.org.za’; RodneyM@cidb.org.za; Ishmail Cassiem; Tibor Szana (HQ); Phumi Maphaha (HQ); Lennie Samuel (DBNPO); Hilton Ganesen; ‘Claire Deacon’; Nomvula Rakolote; Petra Devereux; john@sabuilder.co.za

Subject: 58 months of lost time injury free work

Dear Howard and Siven

Congratulations to you and your teams wrt this notable achievement.

Regards

Prof John Smallwood

 

A small selection of projects which contributed to this commendable feat:

Watercrest Mall, Waterfall – R481M

Nedbank Park Square Mall, Umhlanga – R619M

DCC Jesus Dome, Mayville, Durban – R117M

MBA North outlines opportunities for building contractors in Mpumalanga

MBA North outlines opportunities for building contractors in Mpumalanga

In the face of tough economic conditions, the Master Builders’ Association (MBA) North, NHBRC and CETA are helping contractors in Mpumalanga make the most of available opportunities.

MBA North, the construction sector industry association for Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, partnered with the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) and the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) to present a workshop session aimed at helping Mpumalanga building contractors to find and optimise opportunities in the region.

2019 is proving to be yet another challenging year for the industry, with even large contractors battling with cash flow, shrinking margins and labour issues. For smaller contractors, securing sub-contracting engagements and accurately costing jobs in an increasingly competitive market, are also challenges. To help contractors, the annual Mpumalanga Contractor Opportunities Breakfast is held to help contractors overcome current challenges in the market, and successfully seize opportunities that exist,” says MBA North Marketing & Business Development Manager, Boitumelo Thipe.

The event outlined industry trends, what key contractor opportunities currently exist in the region, and give advice on finding work, best practice in applying for tenders and how to price bill of quantities.

A major trend developing in the construction sector is the emergence of scores of informal and SMME construction companies across the country, says Robert Semenya, CEO at CETA. “While we have been very active in terms of skills development across the construction sector, we have concluded that we have focused primarily on technical skills in the past, and one area we need to focus more on is enterprise development,” he says. “At our recent CETA SMME Summit, we announced plans to focus more on supporting SMME development through practical business skills development to take the informal sector beyond ‘hand to mouth’ operations.”

With around 1.4 million people in formal employment in the construction sector, Semenya estimates that there could be hundreds of thousands working informally in the sector. CETA is currently conducting research into the scale and needs of these informal construction companies, and is set to launch a new SMME strategy around June this year. CETA plans to offer business training tailored to their unique circumstances, helping them to grow into more formal, sustainable companies that in turn become employers. At the Mpumalanga Contractor Opportunities Breakfast, he outlined CETA’s plans and highlighted opportunities on offer via CETA.

Effective and accurate pricing is a significant challenge facing many smaller construction firms – particularly at a time when margins are tight, says Kabelo Sentsomedi, Senior Technical Consultant at Construction Computer Software (CCS). “While emerging contractors may be very skilled at the technical aspects of the work, they often lack the experience to price quotes competitively and accurately,” he says. In a constrained market, some contractors will quote at break-even point, just to stay in business and with low or no margins at play, pricing too low or overlooking allowables could be disastrous.

At the Mpumalanga Contractor Opportunities Breakfast, Sentsomedi outlined best practice in project pricing and management and demonstrated CCS’s Candy estimating, planning and project control, which enables contractors to accurately estimate and cost projects, from quantity take-off, first estimate right through to final account.

Knowing where to find opportunities and how to get the work – with a reasonable margin – are key to survival in these tough times,” says Thipe. “MBA North and partners therefore present an ongoing series of breakfast workshops for contractors, to help them stay in business and hopefully even thrive, despite the challenging market.”

Hastings Moeng, Marketing Officer at NHBRC Mpumalanga, says: “The NHBRC is a regulatory body of the Department of Human Settlements mandated to protect the interests of the housing consumer whilst regulating the home building industry. In light of this, we were delighted about this opportunity and platform to engage both emerging and established builders. We unpacked the mandate of the NHBRC comprehensively whilst offering more information on our processes. Our goal is to continue to assist and protect housing consumers by educating and empowering the home builders with the correct information and practical solutions, thus minimising any prevalence of contractors who deliver housing units of substandard design, workmanship and poor quality materials.”

For further information, contact MBA North on 011 805 6611 or mail sheilla@mbanorth.co.za