It’s no surprise I’m sure, that tough talk ruled the hours we spent discussing our industry at Emperor’s Palace on September 9. But it was so much more than talk. This Congress, probably more so than any other in the history of Master Builders South Africa, was charged with the urgency of our situation, and we wasted no time on airy theory. We were looking for solutions.

John Matthews, President, Master Builders South Africa

And, as the editor of our industry journal, SA Builder, observed in his commendably comprehensive report on the Congress, there was no shortage of controversial opinion from some surprising participants that included SAPS, the SA Reserve Bank, and the Forum for Radical Economic Transformation, among other more likely protagonists.

We were lavishly well-informed, and in this respect not least by our keynote speaker Choeu Makabate, of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment (CARINBE) of the University of Johannesburg. His discussion of ‘The Collapse of Construction Companies in South Africa and Implications for the Sector’, commissioned by MBSA, was loaded with the list of ills that have beset us, that include non-payment of contractors, and disruption of construction sites among a host of others that have led to unprecedented company failures.

In the face of this, and in the spirit of our industry, I ventured to arouse our flagging spirits with the old adage that the show must go on, and also reminded members that it was our collective responsibility to continue working for solutions. It’s a tough job, but there’s really no alternative – nobody’s going to do it for us. In response to a panel question from Lynette Ntuli, our programme director, about whose problem it was and what would it take to rebuild the sector, I gave the simple answer, that we couldn’t talk about it any more, we had to take action.

I am on record as having commended Minister of Public Works, Patricia de Lille, for addressing the issue of non-payment of contractors, and if there is any light right now, it’s that these payments are progressing. My apprehension continues to be that the amounts paid are far short of the huge outstanding debt, so it’s her tenacity that is being put to the test here.

The Congress, as you will all read in this issue of SA Builder, covered a welter of issues, some of them highly contentious, but I was pleased to note the observation that however heated the discussions may have become, the spirit of debate was observed and any animosity was not carried from the auditorium into the common spaces where delegates mingled and interacted cordially.

Here’s hoping that this mood of collaboration will last and that the concerted action by everyone who has a role to play will, as a result, be more effective.


Things To Know Before Choosing A Garage Door

Things To Know Before Choosing A Garage Door

Garage doors can improve a building’s curb appeal, safety and insulation

A good garage door will last decades, maybe even a lifetime. So it makes sense to spend a little extra time and effort making the best choice possible. We get some advice from Mike van Arkel from leading garage door and automation supplier, Specialised Building Supplies (SBS).

SBS is the latest addition to Swartland’s offering that sells Hydro garage doors and Digi automation,” says Van Arkel.

Hydro garage doors and Digi automation have been synonymous with reliability, security, attention to detail and superior finishes since 1983. Hydro is the only end-to-end garage door manufacturer in South Africa with a national footprint that specialises in doors, automation and spares to suit. This means we can offer a full range of quality products through our SBS branches nationwide, supported by comprehensive after-sales service and spares. Our products have been used everywhere, from factories to fire stations, to luxury homes and affordable housing.”

Van Arkel notes that there is more to garage doors than merely being an entryway – garage doors can improve a building’s curb appeal, safety and insulation. There are a number of factors that need to be considered before making your final choice, such as:

Decide on how the space will be used

Firstly, decide what the garage will be used for: will it be for parking cars, a storage unit, a workshop or a living space? The application will play an important role in determining what features the chosen garage door should have. For example, if the room is going to be used for anything other than storing a vehicle, perhaps you would like to include glazing in the garage door for added natural light. Hydro garage doors can be customised with a variety of window designs that can enhance appearances, whilst allowing in light from the outdoors.

Check for added insulation

No matter how the space is used, it is important to consider insulation. “For attached garages, choosing a well insulated garage door will improve the energy efficiency of the entire home,” says Van Arkel. “Even for a detached garage, you’ll want to increase the insulation to protect the contents.

Hydro’s sectional steel garage doors can be fitted with a foam-filled backing which improves their thermal efficiency – keeping the space cool in summer and warm in winter – with the added benefits of increased security due to the double skin strength of the door. The insulation also helps absorb vibration, resulting in a quieter environment.”

Customise with colour

Choosing a colourful garage door will add character

The colour of your garage door is an important factor, and you should be able to choose something other than white, notes Mike: “Choosing a colourful garage door will add character, and enhance curb appeal. It’s always better to opt for more muted tones for longevity of style. Hydro’s steel section garage doors for example are available in Bronze, Snow White, Chalk, Rustic Bark and Thunderstorm, and they can also be painted to match your specific requirements. The powder-coated finish requires virtually no maintenance and is easy to clean – offering long-lasting and durable good looks.”

The difference is in the detail

In addition to good looks, any garage door worth its salt should be packed with numerous under-the-skin strength, safety and security features. Garage doors are an important part of the appearance of a property – but they should also offer a lot more. You really need to look at the quality of the hardware and inner workings of the door – not just its aesthetic appeal. Hydro Garage doors for example, aren’t just visually pleasing and exceptionally secure, but they also offer top-end inner workings, such as double-throw locks, and long-life counterbalance springs.

Different types of garage doors

The most popular types of garage doors comprise section and roll-up doors:

Sectional garage doors are made up of steel or wood panel sections that are connected with hinges. As the door opens and closes, wheels at the edge of each panel roll inside a vertical track on each side of the door opening. The hinges between each panel section bend over a curved portion of the track. This feature allows the door to sit parallel to the ceiling when completely open, or in line with the walls when completely closed. A pair of high-tension springs above the opening are attached to cables that operate the door and hold it from drifting down when only partially open.

These doors have many advantages over traditional solid (up and over) doors, such as maximising the drive-through width of a garage opening, allowing for close parking inside, and providing increased headroom clearance to accommodate vehicles such as 4X4’s and MPV’s,” continues Van Arkel. “We’re proud to say that Hydro’s steel sectional doors have been described as ‘over-engineered’ and ‘the Rolls-Royce of garage doors’. The value for money is unparalleled – with features like true anti-pinch hinging, quality hardware, and long service life counter-balance springs.”

Roll-up garage doors are used in both commercial and residential applications – they are a no-frills design option built for areas with limited ceiling space. This style is made with steel slat sections that roll around a drum above the door opening. Roll-up or coiling doors are built to withstand heavy usage and high-performance units can be built without springs or enclosed to prevent rust, corrosion and freezing.

Strong and secure, Hydro roll-up doors provide compact and attractive solutions, especially in smaller spaces. Hydro steel Roll-Up doors are stronger, more durable and have a superior design to other roll-up garage doors on the market. Made from 0.4 mm Aluzinc for superior corrosion resistance, our doors include a unique “roll-over lip” built into the tracking that makes them significantly stronger in heavy winds and prevents intruders from forcing the door open, which can quite easily be done with cheaper doors.

The lock is also far stronger – a high quality, double-throw unit fitted with a 10 mm round steel tube, instead of the thin flat bar commonly used on lower cost doors. These doors are also fully encased when closed, making them more attractive but more importantly – longer-lasting and more reliable. They install easily making them the go to DIY choice.

Garage door automation

Hydro garage doors aren’t just visually pleasing and exceptionally secure, they comprise best-in-market quality and durability

Automating your garage door is an essential consideration – from both a practical and convenience point of view, as well as for added security. It is far better from a security perspective to be able to press a button and the door opens for you, without you having to get out and leave your car. From a security viewpoint it is highly advisable to automate any garage door.

Garage door automation is quick, easy and affordable: “At SBS, we pride ourselves on many years in the garage door automation field with proven technology, as well as long term spares availability for our products, assisted by our large distribution footprint,” says Van Arkel. “Digi-One for example, features a powerful 1,000Nm lifting capacity, which is a very reliable and affordable automation system is ideal for all types of sectional garage doors. It is supplied standard with two Digi-E-key transmitters with secure Keeloq® technology, as well as electronic obstacle sensing optional battery backup, which allows for trouble-free operation during power failures.”

Contact details:

Contact Number: 021 933 5556

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Winners of Master Builders National Safety Competition 2019

Winners of Master Builders National Safety Competition 2019

All the winners of the 2019 Master Builders South Africa National Safety Competition

The winners of the Master Builders SA National Safety Competition 2019 were announced after Congress at a special banquet at Emperor’s Palace hosted by the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company.

The well-being of member companies’ workforces, together with safe working conditions on construction sites, is a fundamental objective of Master Builders South Africa. 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 R750 million:

WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd Building North for River Creek Deloitte”

Gys McIntosh, IT Director, FEM

In his address to Award winners and guests, FEM’s IT Director, Gys McIntosh, congratulated all participants and winners in the 2019 MBSA National Safety Competition and expressed the importance of giving recognition to companies strive for Zero Harm in the workplace and on construction sites. He also noted that FEM’s statistics from the first half of 2019 show that there was a total of 1 538 accidents, of which six were fatal and one resulted in a permanent disability. With an average cost of R37 725 per accident, and a total of 4 112 lost days, the financial cost is also very high.

Auditing and judging of the winners of the MBSA National Safety Competition is indeed an enormous task and is conducted by recognised professionals in the field of Construction Health and Safety. The team of judges travelled for the whole of July and most of August visiting 38 participating construction sites throughout the country.

The two independent auditors included in the team, Ernie Pieterse (from the SHE Group) and Duncan Sehularo (from Dawn SHE Consultants)are registered with the SACPCMP (as OHSM and OHSA). The Lead Auditor was Thembi Mabuza – MBSA OHS Manager. The MBSA Audit System was applied throughout.


A total of 38 plant yards, allied trade operations and building sites were entered for the MBSA National Safety Competition.


Boland 4

North 9

Free State 3

KwaZulu-Natal 7

Western Cape 8

East Cape 7

Total 38


Winners of the coveted Master Builders Association Shield for Contracts over R750 million:

WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd Building North for River Creek Deloitte

All the winners of the 2019 Master Builders SA National Safety Competition

Plant Yard and Manufacturers Section

Plant and Storage Yards – Vice President’s Shield

1st Place: WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd (Cape Division) – Plant and Services Yard, Phillipi

2nd Place: Aveng Grinaker -LTA – Henwood Road, New Germany.

3rd Place: Probuild Construction (Pty)Ltd – Plant Yard

Manufacturers and Allied Trades

Allied Trades – Master Builders Association Shield

1st Place: FormScaff – FormScaff Durban South

2nd Place: Peri Formwork Scaffolding Engineering (Pty) Ltd – Peri Polokwane

3rd Place: FormScaff – Bloemfontein Branch

Manufacturers – Master Builders Association Shield

1st Place: Much Asphalt (Pty) Ltd – Coedmore Branch

2nd Place: Much Asphalt (Pty) Ltd – Port Elizabeth Branch

3rd Place: ER Signs & Safety (Pty) Ltd – Springs Workshop Building Section

Contracts less than R15m – Chief Executive Officer’s Shield

1st Place: Patcon Building & Civil Engineering Construction (Pty) Ltd – Canaan College-Construction of Staircases and Lifts Shaft Project

2nd Place: INDAWO (Cape) (Pty)Ltd – King’s warehouse, V & A Waterfront

Contracts R15m to R40m – Safety Management Shield

1st Place: Belo and Kies Construction (Pty) Ltd – Toyota Vryburg

2nd Place: R&N Master Builders (Cape) (Pty) Ltd – Queens Building

3rd Place: Isipani Construction (Pty) Ltd – Eikestand Woolworths

Contracts R40m to R100m – Ramsay Herd Shield

1st Place: Aveng Grinaker –LTA – NMU Missionvale Medical School

2nd Place: Belo & Kies Construction (Pty) Ltd – Toyota Polokwane

3rd Place: Belo & Kies Construction (Pty) Ltd – Sterkspruit Plaza Phase 2

Contracts R100m to R250m – Vice President’s Shield

1st Place: GVK Siya Zama Building Contractors (KZN) (Pty) Ltd – Isipingo Retail Development

2nd Place: WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd (Cape Division) – 169 on Main, Greenpoint

3rd Place: WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd, Building North – Steyn City High School Phase 2

Contracts R250m to R450m – President’s Shield

1st Place: WBHO Construction Eastern Cape – EL IDZ Hop & Refab Facility

2nd Place: WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd Building North – Pretoria Head & Neck Hospital

Contracts R450m to R750m

1st Place: WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd (Cape Division) – Biomedical Research Facility

2nd Place: Stefanutti Stocks/AXSYS/Simunye Joint Venture – MBSA Body Shop, Eastern Cape

3rd Place: WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd Building North – Trilogy Collection

Contracts R750 plus

1st Place: WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd Building North – River Creek Deloitte

2nd Place: WBHO Construction KZN – Umhlanga Arch, KwaZulu-Natal

MBSA President’s Award

Carl Mouton (L) receives the President’s Award from MBSA President, John Matthews

At the banquet a special President’s Award was presented to Carl Mouton.

Carl became interested in construction from a very young age when two rooms were added to a farmhouse near Standerton, where he, his mother and his sister were staying, while his father was away fighting in World War II. After school, he decided to go into architecture, completed his studies (University of Pretoria) and then in 1962 spent three years in Arabia, where his practical experiences were considered very valuable.

During his time in Arabia (now Yemen), Carl encountered mud-built buildings, up to nine stories high, which had been standing over a thousand years in the Wadi Hadhramaut. On his return from Arabia, he started his own practice with partners and later in 1966 started an office in Durban. That was an extremely difficult and challenging time as he was considered a stranger and faced tremendous challenges in sustaining and growing the business. Through relentless effort and perseverance, the business began to grow and went on to become a major firm in KZN and beyond. By the time he retired, he was a senior partner of the largest firm of Architects in the country with 14 offices throughout Southern Africa and five associated offices overseas.

In South Africa, he also served on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of the Chamber of Industries. He chaired over 20 Boards, Councils and Committees. Carl served as a Director for Com Housing who built over 69 000 RDP houses. This was all done for no remuneration. He grew from a 1 man-band to 19 offices throughout the world.

Carl has served the industry his entire adult life. He still serves the industry today, as a judge in the Excellence in Construction competition. He has also mentored numerous architectural students and help create many tradesmen.

MBA NC Elects Andrews as President

MBA NC Elects Andrews as President

At it’s 75th Annual General Meeting held in Kimberley the Master Builders Association – Northern Cape (MBA NC) elected Graham Andrews as its President for the 2019/2020 period. Keith van Rensburg was elected as Senior Vice President and Eddie du Toit as Junior Vice President.

During his presentation the outgoing President Keith van Rensburg emphasised the fact that during the past year there had been a significant downturn in the Industry with no notable contracts currently in the pipeline, except for the Sol Plaatje University ongoing projects. Most of these projects has been done by sub-contractors from beyond the borders of the Northern Cape.

The newly elected Executive Committee members are as follows: From left: Martin Jooste, Dudley Dally, President Graham Andrews, Snr. Vice President Keith van Rensburg and Jnr. Vice President Eddie du Toit. Absent were Yolande Botha and Kobus Duvenhage.

The implementation of the minimum wages had no great effect on the Building Industry in the region, as most contractors were paying their employees above the stipulated rate before implementation.

The MBA NC is holding head above water even though membership is declining. He thanked all members for upholding the Association and expressed hope that the future becomes brighter for all parties involved in the Industry.

Following the meeting the winners of the regional Health & Safety Competition were announced:

1st Place: Kobus Duvenhage Bouers in the R20-50 million category for the New Factory for Solar Salt Processors Upington.

Left: FJ Henzen (Kobus Duvenghage Bouers) Right: outgoing President Keith van Rensburg.

Left: Eddie du Toit (Tswela Construction) Right: outgoing President Keith van Rensburg.

Kobus Duvenhage – Plant & Yard Inkuba Ready Mix Upington.

The New Factory for Solar Salt Processors Upington

Construction Sector Mourns The loss Of Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu

Construction Sector Mourns The loss Of Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu

Dr Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu, owner of Motheo Construction, passed away following a car accident in August

The owner of Motheo Construction – the largest female-owned construction company in South Africa – Dr. Thandi Cynthia Ndlovu tragically passed away in August following a car accident.

Establishing Motheo Construction
Ndlovu obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Zambia in 1984 and obtained an MBChB from the same university in 1991. She worked as a medical practitioner in private practice prior to 1994, and dedicated herself to the built environment through Motheo Construction, the company she established in 1996. She was the founder and executive chairman of the Motheo Group of companies, and the managing director of Motheo Construction. By 2011 the Motheo Group had delivered over 30 000 serviced sites and over 50 000 affordable housing units spanning six provinces, translating into over R1.2 billion worth of affordable housing all across South Africa.

Affectionately known as Dr T, she was a founding member of South African Women in Construction and the Built Environment (Sawic & BE), and served as its president between 2009 and 2011. She was also deputy chairperson of the South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) Steering Committee.

For many years we were both very active in South African Women in Construction and Built Environment ,” said Eunice Forbes – the first woman to become president of Master Builders South Africa. “The fight and struggle was always the same: the admission of women into construction and transformation within the sector. She had such a presence – a tangible aurora about her – when she entered a room. Her loss to Sawic is immeasurable.

In her position as one of the founding members and deputy chairperson of South African Women in Dialogue, chaired at the time by Dr. Brigalia Bam, she co-facilitated the SAWID/Democratic Republic of Congo Peace Dialogue in March 2003 and the South Africa/Burundi Peace Dialogue in July 2004. She was the leader of a delegation of South African women from different political parties attending the 2007 Women in Politics Conference in Juba, South Sudan.

Earlier years

Ndlovu was born in Soweto, where she attended Orlando High School, and where she became a founding member of the Student’s Christian Movement. At the time of the Soweto Student uprising in 1976, she was serving as the administrative secretary of the student representative council at the University of Fort Hare, where the political repression at the time forced her to abandon her Bachelor of Science degree. She spent the next few years being trained within the ranks of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC, and during 1976 she was posted with other cadres to Novo Catengue, a military training camp in the South of Angola.

Dr T was not only an activist for the emancipation of women in construction but she was a voice of reason and a sounding board to many leaders including politicians on matters that speak to the transformation agenda of business in the country. She was also a medical practitioner and served within MK as a senior political commissioner, charged with a literacy and education programme, and as a military commander. Although she had not yet trained as a doctor, she served as medical officer, and in 1978 she was sent to the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) where she obtained further training. Upon the completion of her training, she was sent to the ANC headquarters in Lusaka where, amongst many other positions, she served as administrative secretary of the Women’s Section.

While working for Radio Freedom between 1978 and 1984, she addressed the United Nations Conference on the Year of the Child in 1979 and the United Nations Conference on the International Women’s Decade in 1980. She attended several UN forums where she addressed issues of women and children under apartheid rule.



Eunice Forbes, Past President of Master Builders South Africa

Hard-Hitting Master Builders South Africa Congress 2019 Sets The Scene for Re-construction Of The Construction Sector

Hard-Hitting Master Builders South Africa Congress 2019 Sets The Scene for Re-construction Of The Construction Sector

Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, 9 September 2019

In what is arguably the most robust construction-related events in recent history, the Master Builders South Africa Congress pulled no punches in presenting the dire state of the construction industry and trying to find solutions to help struggling contractors and to revive the sector.

The panel discussions often became somewhat passionate and heated, and the presence of bodies such as the Federation for Radical Economic Transformation (FRET) certainly surprised the audience. However, the Congress resulted in concrete resolutions being formulated on how the industry will work together in resolving complex matters such as the sensitive issue of transformation in the industry, and how to tackle the culture of late and non-payment of contractors by the state and state-agencies.

The event was well attended by some 210 delegates representing all facets of the construction and related industries, including the full staff complement and office bearers of Master Builders South Africa – as well as a number of its Past Presidents; Master Builders Associations from all regions of the country; Directors of Government Departments; the South African Police service (SAPS); the SA Reserve Bank; the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC); the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB); the National Federation for Building Industry; the Forum for Radical Economic Transformation; various industry Sector Charter Councils; the Black Business Council in the Built Environment (BBC-BE); the SA Association of Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS); the SA Property Association (SAPOA); the National Union of Mine Workers; the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA); the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC); National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC); the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), amongst others.

Setting the scene in his opening address the President of MBSA John Matthews, noted that such forums were critical to break the log jam inhibiting the growth of the construction sector and the economy. “The show must go on,” he said. “It is our collective responsibility to heed the call to continue to seek solutions.”

The keynote speaker, Mr Choeu Makabate of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment (CARINBE) of the University of Johannesburg, presented his report on “The Collapse Of Construction Companies In South Africa And Implications For The Sector” which was commissioned by MBSA.

Makabate noted that contributing factors include inter alia: late or non-payment of contractors resulting in their inability to pay suppliers and subcontractors and the misinterpretation of pieces of legislation which resulted in the emergence of Community Business Forums – commonly known as the “construction mafia”. Other factors cited included the economic decline experience since 2018 which has resulted in a negative impact on infrastructure investment; the reduction in infrastructure spending post-2010; and corruption in the public and private sectors. These challenges had in-part, resulted in the liquidation of major construction companies in South Africa, and negatively affected emerging contractors’ sustainability.

[The full report will soon be available online at]

The Resolutions of MBSA Congress 2019 were summarised by MBSA Vice-President, Vic Naidoo as follows:

1. Re-model Construction Industry Procurement System;

2. Aim to re-establish trust (between all parties – contractors/professional teams/clients);

3. Engage with all legitimate role players such as industry bodies and forums, including the Forum for Radical Economic Transformation;

4. Look at role of “implementing agents”. Engage closely with National Department of Public Works (NDPW) – raised by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS);

5. Evaluate and review the tender framework, including training requirements;

6. Engage CIDB on 30% set aside for SMMEs, designated groups (Some felt the CIDB’s draft standard on issue should simply be scrapped).

7. Look into circumstances to claim Force Majeure provided in the JBCC Principal Building Agreement

8. Consider the effect on the building industry with property developers’ preference to invest in countries other than RSA.

The MBSA Annual General Meeting, a closed session, followed the Congress formalities. Here John Matthews and Vic Naidoo were both re-elected for their second terms as President and Vice-President respectively.

The Master Builders banquet followed in the evening – the highlight of which was the announcement of the winners of the National Safety Competition, in which the overall winner of Category I for projects of over R750 million was the River Creek Deloitte project currently under construction by WBHO.




In the August issue of South African Builder it was erroneously stated on page 4 that Stefanutti Stocks had gone into business rescue. This is in fact not the case.

South African Builder apologises to the management and staff of Stefanutti Stocks for this error and regrets any inconvenience caused.

This retraction and correction will also be published in the October print issue of South African Builder, and emails to this effect will also be sent to all delegates who attended MBSA Congress 2019.