ELB Equipment and Ammann entrench their high level of commitment in Africa

ELB Equipment and Ammann entrench their high level of commitment in Africa

The ELB Equipment – Ammann customer open day was well attended

South African Builder recently attended the busy and well-attended Open Day staged near Benoni by global compaction and paving equipment manufacturer, Ammann, alongside its southern African distributor, ELB Equipment. Here the two companies entrenched their high level of service and support provided on the Ammann range of world-class compaction and paving equipment. ELB Equipment now also have a value based Paver available from Ammann/Apollo for the emerging contractors or start up type businesses to make it affordable to grow the business.

The open day followed on the back of a week-long in-depth sales and technical training programme presented by Ammann’s international specialists at an off-site venue in Benoni.

Ammann compaction equipment is built on feedback from the customer, thus ensuring the most ergonomic design and operator comfort

A sixth-generation Swiss company, Ammann is recognised as the world leader in the design and manufacture of high quality heavy and light compaction equipment, a full range of road paving equipment and asphalt batching plants.

In his address to customers and guests, Des van Heerden, divisional director of ELB Equipment said: “The close relationship that the two businesses have forged since 2014 brings our customers the very best equipment available. Ammann is very active and is very hands-on in the global operation of its business, conducting in-depth training and unprecedented support on a continuous basis. This is complimented by the ELB ethos which in turn brings our customers the very best technical and spares support around the clock, 365 days a year.”

Rocco Lehman, MD of Ammann South Africa and Des van Heerden, Divisional Director of ELB Equipment share the podium at the joint Customer Open Day

Service and support

ELB Equipment, working hand-in-hand with Amman South Africa, imports this equipment directly and manages all aspects of customer training, service and support. The stock of spare parts held at ELB’s Boksburg warehouse and at its support network throughout the country, as well as across borders as far as Kenya, keeps the Ammann range of equipment operating efficiently and productively.

We attribute our success with Ammann to the three pillars which form the foundation of ELB Equipment’s offerings,” continued Van Heerden. “These are Productivity – where we assure our customers of the highest level of machine up-time and availability; Serviceability – all Ammann equipment supplied is designed for tool-less daily maintenance in the field; and Ergonomics – where operator comfort ensures more focus on the work at hand and thus further extends productivity.”

Wladimir Drisner, Commercial manager, Light Compaction at Ammann Hennef, Germany, describes how all Ammann compaction equipment is built on feedback from the customer. “In this way we assure the most ergonomic design and operator comfort,” said Drisner.

Elmien Bolleurs, director of SedBuild Hardware pictured with ELB support for the area, Keon Kardolus

Seeing is believing

One of the many customers present on the day, Elmien Bolleurs is a director of SedBuild Hardware in Vereeniging. This thriving one-stop hardware and building material supplier has a large equipment-hire division which is geared to the needs of contractors; whereas sister company SedTrade undertakes road construction and contracts.

These two companies operate a number of Ammann compaction machines, including walk-behinds and ride-on rollers, as well as Ditch Witch machines. “ELB’s backup and support is truly exceptional,” said Bolleurs. “And their spares availability is top notch.”

The Open Day also marked the occasion of the hand-over of the new Apollo Asphalt Plant to the customer. Rocco Lehman, MD of Ammann South Africa welcomed Steve Tinarwo, CEO of Instant Tar & Plant Hire to the podium to receive “the keys” to the newly commissioned plant.

Rocco Lehman, MD of Ammann South Africa presents “the keys” to the newly commissioned Apollo asphalt plant to Steve Tinarwo, CEO of Instant Tar & Plant Hire

Ammann Asphalt holds a 75% market share in the supply of asphalt batch plants, and retains a significant competitive edge through its focused product range – comprising large plants to small. All Amman asphalt plants comply to high sustainability standards – through advanced burner and air-filter technologies.

For an in-depth perspective of the Ammann range of compaction equipment see the Construction Equipment feature in the February 2018 issue of SA Builder.

Ammann is a sixth-generation Swiss based family business operating on a global scale. It designs and manufactures compaction equipment, road construction paving equipment, asphalt mixing plants and concrete mixing plants. The company retains a competitive edge through application of advanced technology and a high focus on reliability. Ammann employs over 3 700 employees and has 200 outlets in 100 countries.

ELB Equipment is one of a handful of South African companies who can offer a broad range of earthmoving, construction, mining and quarrying equipment from a single supplier. The company has established itself as one of the most respected names in the industry and is a division of ELB Equipment Holdings, a JSE-listed company.

The newly commissioned Ammann-Apollo asphalt batch mixing plant

The State of the Construction Industry high on the agenda at Master Builders Congress 2017

The State of the Construction Industry high on the agenda at Master Builders Congress 2017


Economic transformation in the South African construction sector and the impact of ratings downgrades on the development and future of the industry, are topics that will be discussed at the annual Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress, taking place on 11 and 12 September 2017 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town.


The Congress, now in its 112th year, has become an important platform for addressing issues and opportunities within the South African building and construction industry with input from government, building industry leaders, economists and other relevant stakeholders. Under this year’s theme of Building South Africa Together, speakers from these and other sectors will be exploring matters currently impacting the industry.


Kicking off the Congress will be a representative from the Ministry of Economic Development, who will discuss the status of the National Infrastructure Plan along with its implications and opportunities for local contractors.


This will be followed by what is bound to be a lively panel discussion on The State of the Construction Industry in South Africa, with panellists including MBSA President, Bafikile Bonke Simelane; CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council, Thabo Masombuka; the Competition Commissioner, Tembinkosi Bonakele and the General Secretary of the Black Business Council in the Built Environment, Gregory Mofokeng. The conversation will consider if the new Construction Sector Codes adequately address transformation gaps in the sector, as well as the effects of anti-competitive behaviour, amongst other issues.


The future of the industry will be unpacked throughout the course of the Congress by speakers such as Craig Lemboe, Senior Economist at the Bureau for Economic Research, who will be unveiling what’s in store for the industry and country going forward in his talk on South Africa’s Economic Outlook. The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Magwanishe, will also be exploring avenues for future industry growth in his address on Regional Integration for African Cooperation and Development.


The Deputy Minister will be participating in a panel discussion on Industry Opportunities together with Chairman of WBHO Construction, Mike Wylie; CEO of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, Webster Mfebe; MBSA Executive Director, Roy Mnisi; CEO of the Built Environment Professions Export Council, Con Korsten and President of the National African Federation for the Building Industry, Aubrey Tshalata. They will be exploring construction opportunities in the region and the roles of financing institutions and voluntary associations in the development of the construction industry and increasing SMME market access.


A key feature of every Congress are the technical breakaway sessions which enable teams of experts from various aspects of the industry to debate the issues of Construction Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)Skills Development and Regulatory, Contractual and Legal Matters in the Construction Industry. This year’s participants will include Chief OH&S Inspector at the Department of Labour, Tibor Szana; Chief Director of Artisan Development at the Department of Higher Education, David Mabusela; and Programme Manager at the Construction Industry Development Board, Dr Rodney Milford.


Another regular highlight is the exhibition which coincides with the Congress and showcases the latest developments in and services available to the industry. This year, for the first time ever, entry will be free of charge to all contractors in and around the Western Cape.


MBSA Executive Director Roy Mnisi says: “I invite all members of the building and construction industry, suppliers and service providers to join us at this year’s Congress to learn about how we can all play a part in building South Africa together.”


To register, or for more information about the Congress, visitwww.congress.masterbuilders.org. To keep up to date with the latest happenings, follow the Congress’ Facebook and Twitter pages.


Vision 2030 sparks international interest in the NDP from Zimbabwe to Japan

20 June 2017

Birchwood Hotel Johannesburg 21-22 June

Vision 2030 sparks international interest in the NDP from Zimbabwe to Japan

This week’s Vision 2030 Summit catalyses new business opportunities for investment, technical cooperation and participation around South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP).

International investors are demonstrating their interest in South Africa’s growth and transformation, even in the wake of recent economic developments – including three ratings downgrades. In spite of the nation’s current investment grade, the third annual Vision 2030 Summit is sparking renewed interest from the international arena in support of South Africa’s development through investment, technical cooperation and participation around the National Development Plan (NDP).

“The National Development Plan anchors, reflects and underpins nationwide commitment to ending poverty and inequality through improving the lives of the poor and marginalised in society,” offers Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Top Media, organiser of the Vision 2030 Summit.

Government officials, investors and other international leaders are seizing the opportunity provided by the annual Vision 2030 Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, to be involved in dynamic discussions to achieve delivery targets for South Africa’s 9-point plan as stipulated by the NDP. Not only is the annual progress of the NDP benchmarked at Vision 2030, but a roadmap is also updated for the implementation of the NDP’s most progressive developmental goals, providing new business opportunities for local and international stakeholders alike.

Taking place at Johannesburg’s Birchwood Hotel from 21 to 22 June, the Vision 2030 Summit convenes leading figures from across the globe to drive development from within both the private and public sectors and to unite all stakeholders behind a practical, achievable roadmap for building the South Africa envisaged by the NDP.

African dignitaries in attendance include Prof. Arthur Mutambara, President of the African News Agency and former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, while international investors in attendance include the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), amongst others.

Supported by AMSCO, Aerosud Aviation, ADCORP, Basil Read, Huawei, Old Mutual, PMI, MMI Holdings, Sentech, SANBS, Siemens and Tiger Brands, Vision 2030 presents a unique opportunity for ordinary South Africans to join both local and international leaders, from government and the private sector, in driving economic acceleration and transformation. There are still limited seats available for professionals from all vocations who want to participate in new business opportunities arising out of the ongoing implementation of the NDP.

To book your attendance at the Vision 2030 Summit, please book online: https://vision2030.co.za/shop/ or call 086 000 9590.

Africa: second-fastest growing FDI destination – our silver lining

Map-Africa-FDI-projects.jpg.pagespeed.ce.EdBEI67dgbAfrica: second-fastest growing FDI destination – our silver lining

As we settle down and adjust to the reality of the political, economic and social instability and uncertainty engulfing the country subsequent to our investment rating downgrades it is important and incumbent upon us that in our conversations and attitudes we do not take a ‘brace-for-impact’ posture but rather put on our life-jackets and paddle to shore instead of lamenting; despite recent concerns by the Reserve Bank regarding the risk of further downgrades to local currency debt and the impact thereof on the stability of the domestic financial system.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

This could have a significant impact on the cost of funding and investment flows upon which our sector also depends for its sustainability exacerbated by the low growth global environment we are mired in.

Notwithstanding the foregoing Ernst and Young’s latest Africa Attractiveness report asserts that South Africa remains the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) hub in Africa over the last 10 years. The continent-wide surge in capital investment was primarily driven by capital intensive projects, namely real estate, hospitality and construction, and transport and logistics.

The continent’s share of global FDI capital flows increased from 9.4% in 2015 to 11.4%. This made Africa the second-fastest growing FDI destination by capital. This is something positive around which to build our resilience and outlook as we chart our way through the stormy seas we find ourselves in.

Investor sentiment towards Africa is likely to remain somewhat softer over the next few years. This has far less to do with Africa’s fundamentals than it does with a world characterised by heightened geo-political uncertainty and greater risk aversion,” says Ernst and Young Africa CEO Ajen Sita.

In yet another study South Africa has been ranked as the fourth most attractive economy for investments flowing into Africa. This is according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm. South Africa received the number four ranking on the Index because it scored well on the growth factor of GDP, ease of doing business in the country and significant population.

Head of Quantum Global Research Lab, Professor Mthuli Ncube, said Africa offered significant opportunities to invest in non-commodities sectors such as financial services, construction and manufacturing amongst others. Ncube also pointed to structural reforms and greater private sector involvement as crucial factors to unlocking Africa’s true potential.

It is therefore not all ‘doom-and-gloom’ and the foregoing research shows that there is a silver lining out there somewhere. We can only go up from here and it is crucial and critical that as we do so we grow the pie for wider and inclusive socio-economic participation and emancipation through a genuine commitment to transformation, skills development, SMME development and formation of capacity-building partnerships across all sectors and industries.

Master Builders South Africa also supports the National Dialogues that are being mooted by various social and political commentators as we seek to forge a common nationhood for a better and prosperous future.

It is only through constructive engagement that we can build our country so that we become one winning nation that is able to solve its own problems and come up with new and lasting solutions for the progressive realisation of the South Africa that our Constitution and its drafters envisioned. This is a duty we should not take lightly as the vanguard generation.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Stanley Black & Decker flexes its muscles

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As part of a global roadshow Stanley Black & Decker showcased its full brand range and future strategy to its clients at a special launch held in Johannesburg in May.

The key brands on display were Stanley, Black+Decker, Dewalt, Facom, Expert, Lenox and Irwin. Of these Lenox and Irwin are new brands to Stanley Black & Decker (SBD) following the acquisition of Newell Tools last year and they were launched in South Africa along with Facom and its subsidiary brand Expert at the event.

2-STANLEY-IMG_7339Bart Muller, President of Emerging Markets Stanley Black & Decker Inc. and Manoj Panikkal, General Manager of Stanley Black & Decker sub-Saharan Africa explored the strategy of the holding company and the Global Emerging Markets (GEM) division, with a particular focus on South Africa in their presentations. Technical experts for each brand were available and demonstrating tools at the various stands for the high level guests.

The range of brands enables the company to address every level and niche of the market, from DIY through to professional, across all price and quality ranges.

Manoj Panikkal, General Manager of Stanley Black & Decker sub-Saharan Africa

Manoj Panikkal, General Manager of Stanley Black & Decker sub-Saharan Africa

“Our distribution strategy will be across multiple channels, including retail stores and distributors where appropriate,” said Manoj Panikkal. “And although we enjoy a high visibility presently we expect to raise that from one of prominence to one of dominance in the marketplace.”

To this end the company is focused on strengthening its position as one of the world’s most innovative companies, leveraging their transformational platform known as SFS 2.0 (Stanley Fulfilment System). The SFS 2.0 initiative focuses on a range of growth strategies in areas including breakthrough innovation, digital excellence, commercial excellence, functional transformation, and operational excellence.

STANLEY-IMG_7347The strong brands provide a meaningful competitive advantage and command deep loyalty among consumers. Stanley Black & Decker has a strong track record of taking iconic brands and accelerating their growth and deployment around the world.

Exhibit at Master Builders South Africa Congress 2017

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10 – 12 September 2017, Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town

“Building South Africa Together”.

Master Builders South Africa invites you to participate in its upcoming Annual Congress in Cape Town, Western Cape by exhibiting and promoting your organisation and the services it provides to a unique group of decision-makers from the Construction industry in Southern Africa.

This event is a major highlight on the construction industry calendar that is attended by leaders and owners of established and emerging businesses in the industry, senior government officials from sector departments, representatives from local government, financial institutions, suppliers in the construction industry and many more.

Approximately 400 delegates are expected to attend this year’s event, and a keynote address is expected from the Minister in the Presidency.

Additional information and online registration for delegates and exhibitors is available on the Master Builders Congress 2017 website

The 2017 Master Builders South Africa Congress is the 112th edition of this annual event, and is planned around the theme: “Building South Africa Together”.

For more information please contact +27 11 205 9000;

An array of new elements to greet attendees to the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo


Captains of Construction and Infrastructure Leadership Forum panel discussion, African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2016

An array of new elements to greet attendees to the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2017

On 23 and 24 May 2017, an anticipated 9 000 members of the construction, cement and concrete industries are expected to attend the fifth annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

ace-tce-exprom-banner-213-x-184px-tc-141216This 2017 edition of Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show will feature a range of new elements in response to the evolving African construction marketplace.

Among these will be six dedicated zones throughout the interactive indoor and outdoor exhibition, covering concrete, construction, digital construction, mechanical electrical and plumbing (MEP) services, surfaces and finishes as well as tools and equipment. In addition to the 250 exhibitors, each zone will feature a working group advisory panel. The Expo’s Programme Director, Soren du Preez, says: “The six zones ensure that the show truly represents the entire built environment value chain with something for everyone who visits.”

A highlight of the 2017 show will undoubtedly be the complimentary Thought Leadership Keynote Session where the Honourable Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu will be addressing delegates on creating a favourable regulatory climate for infrastructure investment in Southern Africa.

Other augmentations to the Expo include: the Contractor’s Corner – offering Africa’s first live-streaming masterclass for boosting the soft and hard skills of building contractors; and interactive workshops on the Expo floor.

Four co-located events will take place during the Expo: the Smart Buildings & Infrastructure Africa Summit; Women in Construction Awards; Captains of Construction and Infrastructure Leadership Forum; and Digital Construction Speakers at the Leadership Forum include Mbulelo Tshangana, Director General of the Department of Human Settlements; Abram Masango, Group Executive of Group Capital at Eskom and John Tanui, CEO of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority from Kenya.

The Women in Construction Awards enables the industry to celebrate its women pioneers and rising stars who have made a vital contribution to development. Hosted as a gala dinner in 2017, this prestigious awards ceremony promotes gender empowerment and industry transformation.

Click here to register for African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2017

Africa: mine the sun… the energy is there


Louis Shaffer

Africa: mine the sun… the energy is there

These are the words of Louis Shaffer, Distributed Energy Segment Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, Eaton during an exclusive interview with South African Builder following his participation in two panel discussions at the Africa Energy Indaba held in Sandton in February – one on the future of the energy mix in Africa and one on how to maximise the renewable opportunities in Africa.

The myriad power solutions being examined and rolled out across Africa include the high-end long-term and costly infrastructure power utility projects such as coal-fired and nuclear installations, solar thermal plants, geo-thermal plants and extensive wind farms – through to the more modest yet highly effective photovoltaic (PV) solar panel arrays.


A PV solar array installation at the Hospital-de-Labe in Guinea

Large scale power generation entails large investments, long project lead times and complex investor and project management requirements. In contrast, small and medium scale PV solar is affordable, straightforward to install – even in rural areas – and is extremely efficient. “The future for Africa’s power is without doubt going to include a large proportion of solar power,” said Shaffer. “Whilst the larger power generation options are still necessary and will forge ahead at government level – private homes, schools, clinics communities, company buildings and urban segments are all able to take advantage of solar with immediate results. For Africa, solar is the way forward for the majority of such solutions.”

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For Africa, solar is the way forward

Furthermore, the cost of energy storage continues to drop dramatically,” continued Shaffer. “Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion) projects are being built now that are four times larger than a few years ago, but at less than half the price, equating to a 90% drop in cost. And constantly improving technology will continue to drive this trend. Furthermore, the life of Li-ion batteries projects are often more than 10 years, making them a much more attractive option to conventional lead-acid batteries when coupled to a PV solar panel array.”

Couple this with the fact that rapid drop in the price of solar, and affordability is no longer a blocker for rapidly increasing access to low cost electrical power for Africa”

Is there a “quick fix” for Africa? “Mine the sun,” replied Shaffer. “The continent has an abundance of solar energy which can be tapped quickly, cost effectively and efficiently. Through community, small urban projects and corporate solar installations – coupled to effective storage systems – these installations can play a key role in stabilising the grid. In fact one such site was told afterwards that they had actually improved the performance of their local grid.”

Louis Shaffer has a BSc in Engineering Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. Having worked in the US, Asia, and Europe, Louis is currently based in Eaton’s EMEA headquarters in Morges, Switzerland.

His career of more than 20 years has included progressively higher positions in engineering, sales, service, and marketing.

Louis has worked for Eaton since 2011, where he is currently the Distributed Energy Segment Leader for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Eaton’s Electrical division.

Energy increasingly comes from diverse sources, impacting all aspects of power generation, distribution, and end user usage. In his current role, Louis focuses on how the rapidly growing applications and technologies for energy storage and micro-grids, can solve the challenges that come from this changing energy landscape in both developed and emerging markets.


The Khi Solar One central tower CSP plant near Upington, South Africa (Image: Abengoa)

What next Africa? …

RICS Africa Summit 2017

RICS Africa Summit 2017

What next Africa? …

RICS Africa Summit 2017: Land and Rapid Urbanisation in Sub-Saharan Africa
The slump in economic growth in Africa over the past five years has been a setback, but it should not cloud the bigger picture of a youthful continent urbanising rapidly and set to supply the global workforce of the future. The challenge of developing sprawling settlements into sustainable cities was at the heart of the 2017 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Africa Summit in Johannesburg in February. Roz Wrottesley reports:
“Be Africa-optimists!” urged the Africa Summit chair, CNBC presenter Gugulethu Cele, in her opening address to the gathering of local and international academics, practitioners in the property, construction and finance sectors and government representatives from all over sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Amanda Clack RICS President and Head of Infrastructure UK

Amanda Clack RICS President and Head of Infrastructure UK

Amanda Clack RICS President and Head of Infrastructure UK, set the tone by issuing a passionate call for collaboration in the transformative journey that lies ahead for Africa – where, as one speaker pointed out, 70% of the buildings needed to accommodate half of the world’s population by 2050 have yet to be built.

Africa rising
Keynote speaker, Bennet Kpentey, Chief Executive and Managing Consultant at Sync Consult in Accra, Ghana, set the scene for an approaching African renaissance by highlighting magazine covers that demonstrate how quickly perceptions of Africa can change. In the late 1980s, Time magazine trumpeted “Africa’s Woes” and “The Agony of Africa”. A decade later, more than one cover reflected “Africa Rising”, while the austere Harvard Business Review of October 2013 provided “Seven Reasons Why Africa’s Time is Now”.

On the other hand, the “shine beyond the gloom”, he said, includes Africa’s increasing resilience to global economic crises; a growing workforce expected to number a world-leading 1.1bn in 2034; urbanisation that has overtaken India and is hot on the heels of China; rising household consumption and a burgeoning middle class – hinting at the huge market Africa will become; and an extraordinary understanding of the transformative power of technology, with smart phone ownership soaring from 2% in 2010 to 50% in 2020.

Bennet Kpentey, Chief Executive and Managing Consultant at Sync Consult in Accra, Ghana

Bennet Kpentey, Chief Executive and Managing Consultant at Sync Consult in Accra, Ghana

Kpentey pointed out that Africa has a tendency to defy expectations – citing the staggeringly rapid adoption of ICT (information and communications technology) and a leap in FDI (foreign direct investment) from US$10bn to US$55bn in the 15 years between 2000 and 2015. To exploit the potential of the continent, he called for strategies focused on the diversification of economies, rapid acceleration of infrastructure development, growth of manufacturing, the introduction of pro-private sector (particularly pro-SMEs) policies, and, of course, a no-tolerance approach to corruption.

“Build strong cities through supported decentralisation,” said Ian Palmer, retired Director of development consultancy PDG in South Africa and a professor in the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. “Improve access to finance by improving rates systems and development charges; reform state-owned entities, which provide most urban services; reform land regulation by reviewing legislation and improving local government capacity; and focus on informal settlements, introducing innovative tenure arrangements, making basic services available and providing access to small loans for housing.”

Whilst Jacob Mamabolo, MEC for Infrastructure Development in Gauteng, spoke of alternatives to PPPs (public/private partnerships). His department’s policy is to approach infrastructure decisions with three priorities in mind – transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation.

PPP is too costly for government, and his department has come up with a creative new funding mode: the “precinct model”, which entails the province making “good, serviced land” available for development and assisting investors through project management efficiencies and cost savings.

RICS aims to play a key role in the coordination of qualifications and standards in the areas of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure across Africa in the crucial decades ahead.

Photos: John Thomé

BEPEC launches extended membership platform

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Master Builders South Africa welcomes the initiative by the Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC) to extend its membership platform to take in the construction services sector. This is with the aim to establish a united South Africa Inc to lead expansion into the rest of Africa.

The council’s widened base opens all the BEPEC export promotions and export-enhancing offerings of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Trade Investment Africa to companies working in the construction services sector and will allow the utilisation of numerous opportunities outside South Africa’s borders.

This recently expanded export council will be taking the joint approach to aid the industry access a continent with a $93-billion infrastructure market.

“It is essential to build up and raise our businesses so they are not barred from the long-standing development of Africa moving forward,” said BEPEC chairperson Kribbs Moodley at the launch of the new council in Pretoria.

With aspirations of capturing 1% of overall universal exports by value by 2030, it is increasingly vital for South Africa to organize joint trade and execute those what is embedded in South Africa’s economic strategy.

In line with this, it made “complete sense” to have the extended membership base, said BEPEC CEO Con Korsten, pointing out that it made for more effective securing and execution of projects as SA Inc and smoothed the way to the formation of consortia of joint disciplines for such projects.

The newly refurbished council, which will be re-branded and renamed, will now take in associations such as Master Builders South Africa, the Black Business Council in the Built Environment and the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, for which three new board positions will be formed within BEPEC.

The BEPEC move unlocked numerous benefits for the construction services sector, such as network opportunities, facilitating effortless access to trading and project opportunities, support while contracting in a foreign nation, a voice in government for the private sector and opportunities to take part in the numerous DTI missions to Africa.

Source: Construction Review Online