Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal 118th AGM

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal 118th AGM

KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association held its 118th Annual General meeting on 25 June 2019. Mrs Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni, Honourable MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works was the keynote speaker at the AGM. Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo of Dambuza Community Development Trust was appointed as President of the Association.

In her address, outgoing President Joyce Dolly Tembe stated that the 2018/2019 financial year was one of the most challenging periods in recent South African business history with destabilising factors including an economic downturn, political instability, uncertainty about land expropriation and low investor confidence, leading to the collapse of several construction industry giants. Ms Tembe reiterated that the strategy of the Association was to be at the forefront of influencing a more positive and sustainable business environment and for this reason, stakeholder engagements had intensified during her tenure.

Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo, President, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal

The incoming President, Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo, expressed his unrelenting commitment to continuing the good work of his predecessor. He confirmed that the Association strategy would be prioritised with particular emphasis on the following:

  • High level intervention towards a sustainable construction industry

  • Growth, development and transformation of the construction industry

  • Skills development, education and training

  • Prioritising health and safety compliance and quality infrastructure

  • Membership growth and promotion of our Members

MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, KZN MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works

Keynote speaker, KZN MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni, announced that she was honoured to address the construction industry and spoke of the critical role the construction sector plays in driving infrastructure development and job creation. She reiterated the call from President Cyril Ramaphosa to prioritise the National Development Plan (NDP) and informed the industry that her mandate is to align the objectives of her department to deliver on this national imperative in the KZN province. The MEC also spoke of the need for radical economic transformation through social cohesion and stated that criminality, violence and intimidation would not be tolerated by the KZN Government. The Association welcomed an invitation from the MEC for further engagement on industry related matters.

Executive Director, Vikashnee Harbhajan, presented on the Association activities over the past year. It was pleasing to note that the Association had performed well despite a constrained economy, once again boasting an unqualified audit.

Vikashnee Harbhajan, Executive Director, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal

In her address, Ms Harbhajan reiterated that the industry had faced severe challenges and that it had become abundantly clear that a greater level of cohesion, consensus and professionalism was urgently required from all industry bodies. The Association had vigorously pursued collaborative strategies and was instrumental in establishing the KZN Good Practice Committee securing participation from key industry stakeholders.

The Executive Director encouraged members to comply with the Member Code of Conduct which is underpinned by ethical business practice. The Association had also finalised a Code of Good Practice which is a guideline for the implementation of the Construction Sector Code and Preferential Procurement Regulations.

The 2018/2019 year ended with 754 members on the membership roll. Health and safety remained a priority with safety checks, star gradings, advice and assistance requested throughout the year.

Referring to the Emerging Contractor Programme, Bursary fund and the Vuka Makhi programme, Mrs Harbhajan highlighted the success of the Association’s transformation initiatives. “These programmes are designed to help transform the industry and assist our members, students and learners in becoming key contributors to the sector. Since the inception of these special projects, about 394 beneficiaries have been impacted,” stated the Executive Director.

The Executive Council for the next term of office is as follows:

2019/2020 Executive Council
Top row left to right: Francois Louw, Thys Blom, Craig Gainsford, Lance Ridl
Front row left to right: Thobekile Ndlovu, Vic Naidoo, Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo (President), Joyce Dolly Tembe, Moegamat Behardien, Patricia Moodley

Bhekisisa Samson Ngcongo, Dambuza Community Development Trust – (President)

Joyce Dolly Tembe, Sakhisizwe Development Training – (Immediate Past President)

Vic Naidoo, Sibonele Africa (Pty) Ltd – (Vice-President)

Patricia Moodley, Globacon (Pty) Ltd – (Vice-President)

Lance Ridl, Ridl Construction – (Vice-President)

Moegamat Behardien, MET Development (Pty) Ltd – (Vice-President)

Marcus Gonzalves, FS Gonzalves Construction

Thobekile Ndlovu, Thobethulani Trading CC

Thys Blom, Plankonsult

Craig Gainsford, GVK-Siya Zama Building Contractors (Pty) Ltd

Francois Louw, MET Builders

2019 – Another Tough Year

2019 – Another Tough Year

By Greg Steele, Executive Director of East Cape MBA

Master Builders South Africa President John Matthews, referred to the “Hard Times” in his opening comment in the April edition of SA Builder. In addition, our National Executive Director of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA), Roy Mnisi, has called on Government to “Save the Construction Industry (SA Builder, April 2019) and we seem to have become an industry beset with challenges and obstacles resulting in hardly any construction projection being free from some or other serious strife.

Greg Steele, Executive Director of East Cape MBA, addresses the EC MBA AGM in Port Elizabeth

We are all aware that the Building Industry recorded negative growth for both the third and fourth quarters of last year thus entering a period of recession. Master Builders, East Cape (MBA) has felt the impact of this decline by virtue of a concerning 10 % decline in its membership over the past 12 months. This has been largely due to business closures, business rescue, liquidations and simply members who can no longer afford the annual subscriptions of the association.

Notwithstanding the difficult period that the industry finds itself in, associations like the Master Builders Association often become even more essential as contractors and subcontractors look for support and assistance with the various issues facing them many of which revolve around late payment or even non-payment as a result of client or principle contractor default. The MBA has again been reliably informed that there are some provincial government departments that have indicated a lack of funds to continue or complete certain projects.

Part of the MBA’s mission is to assist its members in these situations and this sometimes requires intervention at the highest level. Non- or late payment by government remains a major concern and a further survey will be conducted amongst members to ascertain exactly where the problems lie. The disruption of building sites by forums and SMME’s has almost become a norm in the industry and procurement and contractual provisions will need to be reviewed and adapted to suit the changing landscape and to ensure that contractors and subcontractor members are protected and risks shared with the employer where relevant.

EC MBA Port Elizabeth AGM

The client’s responsibility in Health & Safety on site is well defined in the Construction Regulations but are clients aware of their obligations? This is another issue that MBSA is committed to addressing across the country with the support of the local MBA’s in each region.

On a local level MBA, East Cape has committed itself to the recruitment and support of Home Builders and subcontractors in 2019 and much of our strategic focus will be in this area. The promotion of the question “Is your builder a Master Builder?” is foremost in our minds and we are asking Client bodies, Housing & Golf estates and other developments throughout our region this question. This in an effort to market our members to clients on a wide scale based on the following benefits for the homeowner:

  • Status & Quality

    • Use members of this respected 120 year old contractor organisation

    • Values – Skill· Integrity· Responsibility·  Ethics

    • Experienced and graded contractors

    • Good standing reference check

  • MBA Advice for home-owners on their Building Projects

    • Get the best from your building contractors

    • Advice and standard contract documentation

  • Advice on legislative Compliance and Home-owner responsibilities

    • NHBRC

    • Safety Regulations

    • Municipal compliance

  • Dispute resolution

    • Recourse to mediation

    • Arbitration, etc.

  • Our members have access to tailored and relevant services at discounted member rates

    • Contractual and Legal advice and assistance

    • Health and Safety Compliance support

    • Education and Training – Relevant and Accredited

    • Labour Relations support and representation

(All services at members discounted rates.)

Is your builder a Master Builder?

Golf Days

The MBA has held two golf days to date this year. The first in East London on 28 March and the second in Port Elizabeth on 11 April 2019. The East London day was held at Olivewood Golf Estate on the East Coast Resorts Road and hosted a smaller field of around 45 Golfers. The local Stutt Group was a major sponsors of the event and despite the smaller field a great day was had by all.

The PE Golf day enjoyed a bumper field with over 90 golfers on the day. The day was supported by some of the QACCS Golf Club members and proved to be a great start to the MBA’s social calendar in PE region.

AGM’s

The MBA holds and Annual General Meeting in each region or branch namely Port Elizabeth, Southern Cape and Border/Kei with the main objection of electing office bearers for the branches. Through the special efforts of the Executive Committee members in each branch the AGM’s were well attended throughout with almost 200 people in attendance overall. The following members were elected to serve as office bearers.

Port Elizabeth

Chairman – Gregg Clarke – Techni Construction

Vice Chairman – Andrew Scott – William Scott Contracts

Border/Kei

Chairman – Peter Jones – ABE Construction Chemicals

Vice Chairman – Dane Langhein – Dekon Projects

Southern Cape

Chairman – Brett Holton – Tusker Construction, Knysna

Vice Chairman – Cameron Ward-Able – Cape Island Construction, Knysna

Remaining Resilient During Turbulent Times

Remaining Resilient During Turbulent Times

Master Builders Association North (MBA North) re-elected its current office bearers for a second term at its Annual General Meeting held in Midrand in February: Musa Shangase – President; Wayne Albertyn – Vice President; Sello Mokawane – Second Vice President and Mandla Danisa – Treasurer. Jason Wilmot was retained as Immediate Past President.

The AGM was well attended by members, past office bearers and industry guests. MBA North Executive Director Mohau Mphomela acknowledged and welcomed Past Presidents and Honorary Life Members: Geoff Irons, Nico Maas, Neil Duncan, and Peter Buchel – as well as Past Presidents Hennie Bester, Manie Bosch and Peter Rϋde – and extended a special welcome to Webster Mfebe, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and Herman Enoch, Marketing Manager of the Federated Employers Mutual (FEM).

MBA North Executive Director Mohau Mphomela

Honorary Treasurer of MBA North, Mandla Danisa detailed the Association’s financial statement which reflected a positive situation in all, with special reference to the continued

success of reducing the need for drawdowns from investment, resulting in a favourable financial situation. He also gave special thanks to FEM for their grants of R2.6 and R2.8 million, for which MBA North is very grateful.

We have come through a year filled with challenges, both from our Association (MBA North), the Construction Industry and lack of economic growth in our country,” said Musa Shangase in his Presidential Address.

The MBA North AGM was well attended by members, past office bearers and industry guests

He noted that the Association had met its strategic goals for the period, namely to continue to build a team that will become a coherent group with well-developed goals; to reduce drawdowns to ensure that the MBA north is financially sustainable and to increase service delivery to the members.

I am proud to say that the Association is on the correct path and is really coming out of its shell and is starting to engage more on industry matters important to its members and take the lead on matters affecting its members,” continued Shangase.

Musa Shangase, President, MBA North

On the construction industry front, demand for new construction work remained a constraint and activity growth is likely to remain under pressure in the near future. From CIDB grades perspective, confidence fell to historic lows of 25 and 15 for Grades 5 and 6, and Grades 7 and 8, respectively.

The Construction Industry Development Boards (CIDB’s) small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) business conditions survey has shown that civil contractor confidence fell by six index points to a historic low of 27 during the third quarter. Weakness in all the underlying indicators, especially construction activity, contributed to the drop in confidence.

Meanwhile, general building confidence has been trending downwards since early 2017. During the third quarter, business confidence shed three index points to 30.

On the Macro Economy, Shangase referred to the recent medium-term budget policy statement by Finance minister Tito Mboweni in his first major policy statement since returning to the cabinet, in which he halved the Treasury’s growth forecast and predicted a slower and later normalisation of the country’s debt profile, sparking a sell-off in the rand and causing bond markets to worry about the reaction of ratings agencies.

MBA North office bearers 2019: Back row: Executive Director – Mohau Mphomela; Jason Wilmot – Immediate Past President – Mandla Danisa – Treasurer.Seated: Sello Mokawane – Second Vice President; Musa Shangase – President; Wayne Albertyn – Vice President.

The budget in a nutshell

  • Economic growth revised downwards from 1.5% to 0.7% for 2018.

  • Consolidated budget deficit for 2018-2019 revised to 4% of GDP (from 3.6 %)

  • After rising to 4.2%GDP in 2019-20, it is expected to stabilise at 4% in outer years.

  • Gross debt to stabilise at 59.6% of GDP in 2023-24(February budget projection was 56.2% of GDP in 2021-22).

  • Tax revenue for 2018-19 projected to fall R27.4 billion short of February estimate due to VAT refund backlog, underestimation of refund and slower corporate income tax collections.

  • Expenditure ceiling to be maintained and set to grow at 1.5% in 2021-22.

The construction sector contributed negatively to the GDP with -2.7% in the third quarter of 2018, a trend that has prevailed since 2013 when the industry was in the headlines for all wrong reasons.

Shangase concluded by saying: “Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they are doing it because they care about team”

Dr Andrew Dittberner, Chief Investment Officer, Old Mutual

Guest speaker for the event was Dr Andrew Dittberner, Chief Investment Officer, Old Mutual, entitled Remaining Resilient During Turbulent Times. This dynamic presentation on an all too familiar topic had the audience riveted to their seats.

His array of powerful slides included a “Smartie Box” of investments; a “Wall of Worry” and a reveal of “Who has the Money”.

The future is uncertain – but brighter”

Who then does government turn to for investment – seeing their coffers are empty?” said Dr Dittberner. “To the South African Corporate sector – which is quietly sitting on large stockpiles of investment funds, and is essentially the primary future investors for our economy.”

Master Builders Association WC AGM

President, John Slingsby, extended a warm and hearty welcome to all those attending the 117th AGM

At Master Builders Association Western Cape 117th AGM held at Belmont Square Conference Centre in Cape Town current President, John Slingsby, extended a warm and hearty welcome to all those in attendance.

He delivered his report on the performance of the company in the last fiscal year and the achievements made by the association during that period.

At the event a 50 year continuous membership award as presented to Danie Hattingh of Coverland.

Danie Hattingh receives a 50 year continuous membership award for Coverland

The Occupational Health and Safety awards ceremony followed and the President congratulated all those worthy entrants who took home awards on the night.

Master Builders Association, Western Cape – Executive Committee 2018/ 2019

Contractors

Mark Brooks – WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd

Adriaan Fourie – GVK Siya Zama (Cape) (Pty) Ltd

Mark Fugard – Concor Western Cape

Henry Fuller – Levenbach Building & Roofing

David Gelb – Gelbuild Contractors CC

Alton Jooste – Group Five Coastal (Pty) Ltd

Jannie Joubert – Status Africa Construction CC

Fadiel Isaacs – Isaacs Construction

Murray Payne – W Voigt (Cape) (Pty) Ltd

Wynand Smit – Isipani Construction (Pty) Ltd

Jonathan Stevens – Haw & Inglis Projects (Pty) Ltd

Gareth Wall – Dekon Projects (Pty) Ltd

Bricklaying & Masonry – Vacant

Ceiling & Partitions

Wouter Viljoen Scheltema & Co.(Pty) Ltd

Glazing, Aluminium & Metalwork

Dawie Jongh Pinnacle Glass & Aluminium(Pty) Ltd

Joinery & Shopfitting – Vacant

Painting & Decorating

Jonathan Mitchell Damp Control Cape CC

Plasterers & Tiling – Vacant

Plumbing

Barry Van’t – Slot Plumslot CC T/A Plumbing For Africa

Roofing

Danie Hattingh – Coverland

Waterproofing

Alan Haefele AG Haefele & Sons CC

Other Trades

Wendy Damon – Damp Control Cape CC

Manufacturers, Merchants & Suppliers

Chandre Abrahams

Ron Petersen

Corobrik (Pty) Ltd

Rbs Katz Breskal (Pty) Ltd

Consultants

Roekeya Bardien

Howard Boetcher

Damon Abadia Projects (Pty) Ltd

Supplyside CC

Wilmot elected President of MBA North

mba_n_logorgbWilmot elected President of MBA North

Master Builders Association North elected Jason Wilmot, director of Sir John Hire, as President at its 113th Annual General Meeting held in Midrand on 2 February 2017. Musa Shangase, Commercial Director of Corobrik was elected Vice President and Wayne Albertyn of Gothic Construction as Junior Vice President.

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Musa Shangase, Jason Wilmot and Wayne Albertyn

Bongani Malazi as re-elected President of the MBA North Youth Forum for a second two year term.

Also resent at this auspicious occasion were Honorary life members Peter Buchel, Nico Maas and Rob Giuricich; and Past President’s Nico Maas, Neil Duncan and Lee Smith. 

During my tenure as President I believe we have achieved the goal of building a solid team around the MBAN Executive Director,” said outgoing President Tony Riley. “The new staff are of a high calibre and are key to is energised Association achieving its goals.

During the 2016 financial year the drawdowns on the Association’s reserves were reduced by 30 percent. This continues the effort by the whole MBA North team to ultimately eliminate drawdowns entirely in 2017/2018.

Transformation of the Organisation is key to long term success and industry relevance, the MBAN has continued the journey in 2016 and this has seen the face of the Executive team change significantly.

It is my belief that at times like these, the relevance of MBAN and other MBA associations countrywide are at their strongest. It is our role to represent the interests of our members at the highest level at all times, from a position of being the voice of the industry, within the auspices of the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA),” concluded Riley.

Master Builders Association – North Executive Committee for 2017/2018 is as follows:

Mr Wayne Albertyn – Gothic Construction

Mr Rob Blackbeard – Steel Studio

Mr Brad Boertje – Liviero

Mr Deon Calitz – WBHO Construction

Ms Penny Cornelius – Pro-Plan Construction

Mr Jose Correia – Tiber Construction

Mr Mandla Danisa – 4Square Projects Group

Mr I Duncan – Kevin Bates Flooring & Carpeting

Mr Werner Kroon – W.F Kroon Projects

Mr Bongani Malaza – Ubuhlebethu Business Enterprise

Mr James Martin – SA Paving

Ms Gretchen Matthews – Constructive Consulting Group

Mr Andrew McFarlane – Damp King

Mr Christian Micha – Archstone Construction

Mr Sello Mokawane – SNS Plumbing & Projects

Mr Michael Moloto – M2M Projects

Mr Tony Riley – Builders Warehouse

Mr Musa Shangase – Corobrik

Mr Fanie Stadler – Murray & Roberts

Ms Liana van der Walt – Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium

Mr J Wilmot – Sir John Hire

Mr H Wolfswinkel – HJ Wolfswinkel

Mr Moses Maponyane – Liviero has been nominated as a co-opted Exco Committee member

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Master Builders Association North Executive Committee 2017/2018: Standing from Left: Mr C Micha, Mr B Malaza, Mr F Stadler, Mr M Shangase, Mr J Wilmot, Mr W Albertyn, Mr J Martin, Mr W Kroon, Mr H Wolfswinkel Seated from Left: Mr S Mokawane, Mr M Danisa, Mr B Boertje, Ms G Matthews, Mr M Mphomela, Mr T Riley, Mr M Maponyane

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Rob Price

Guest speaker Rob Price, economist for Investment Solutions in a pragmatic yet light-hearted way spoke of “2017 – The Year After the End of The World,” reflecting a degree of optimism for the future. Despite tough conditions there is a sliver lining on the horizon.